A View from the Back -

Of the field that is – it is now well over 3 years since the founder of March parkrun, Simon Render, approached a number of us to talk about setting up March parkrun. Lots of things have changed since those days – Simon has moved away from the area and only three of the original team remain – Gaelle Bryant, Dawn Veal and myself, however March parkrun has had a great influx of local people to join the core team and more and more people enjoy March parkrun each week. Due to the onset of a condition that has affected my knees, hips and shoulders another major thing has changed, for me at least, - I am now no longer a 26 minute parkrunner and so recently I have joined the growing number of people getting their Saturday morning exercise from either strolling around the four laps, force marching or run/walking the course. Those of us at the back of the field are a mixed bunch with a number of ex-runners now sporting artificial knees and/or hips, people recovering from illness/injury or those using a brisk walk to start their weekend off with the health benefits of a walk in the park. This week I was joined by two ladies, one was Sue from March AC and the other her friend Karen wanting to get a bit of exercise. Our very brisk walk took a little under 50 minutes so we weren’t hanging around. Walking the course gives you a completely different view of the Park, the volunteers and the event. You have time to appreciate what a great park we have in March, have a chat with the volunteer as you march past them and have the time, and breath, to have a conversation with your fellow walkers. So my message to anyone thinking “Oh I can’t run so parkrun is not for me” is get yourself down to the park and join the walkers you never know you might then progress to trotting round puffing and panting like all the runners who charged passed me on Saturday.
This week was the birthday of one of our regulars Tina Lambert who got round in 4 minutes slower than her PB – did she celebrate early and suffer?
The week also found Andrew being Run Director, who has asked me not to write too much about him – so I won’t – however I must mention that Andrew welcomed everyone to the sunny park where we had a few tourists the one of whom had travelled from Wales. We also had around 20 people new to parkrun I hoped you all enjoyed your introduction to parkrun and please come back as Andrew is only RD every 8 weeks or so!

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Sarah STARR • Justin ELVIDGE • Stephen COWELL • Samantha WOOL • Serge LAMBERT • Gayna OROURKE • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Daniel BARBER • Patricia NORRIS • Lin SUTTON • Tracey DICKERSON • Nicola FUNNELL • Philip COLE • Rachel REDHEAD • Graeme DEDMAN • Adele O CONNOR • Chris UDEN • Andrew FOVARGUE • Michelle FOVARGUE • Victor JEEVES • Peter OCONNOR • Fynn BARBER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the March parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lisa MARRIOTT who recorded a time of 19:08 on 21st May 2016 (event number 18).
The male record is held by Glen WATTS who recorded a time of 16:12 on 1st October 2016 (event number 36).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine WRIGHT who recorded 87.35% (22:32) on 6th May 2017 (event number 67).

March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016. Since then 3,283 participants have completed 26,767 parkruns covering a total distance of 133,835 km, including 5,442 new Personal Bests. A total of 481 individuals have volunteered 4,309 times.