March parkrun #185. Round Norfolk starts in March.

The 185th parkrun at March is brought to you, in part, by Fenland District Council and also by Smickelskis & Swinkels, purveyors to the extremely wealth and the very fat. Saturday morning, or as it’s known in certain circles, parkrun day, dawned, and the parkrun family consisting of old friends and new, gathered in the amphitheatre of Westend Park to enjoy some well supervised exercise, whether it be to run, walk, or just generally have some fun.

Despite the Round Norfolk Relay taking runners away from parkrun, we still had an excellent turn-out on a warm day that had a relaxed and groovy feel to it. Our run director Nicola began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, unfortunately, I had to be that person again this week. But can we please remind you of the following, respect the briefing stay quiet. We don’t do this for fun, it is for your safety and there are currently newcomers that may not have heard it before. If you’re chatting through it, then it’s unfair to your fellow runners. Some of our RD’s don’t have the loudest voices and amplification can muffle voices, hence why we don’t have one, so please stay quiet just for five minutes of your time while this is delivered.

This week, we inducted into the red 50 t-shirt club and the purple 25 t-shirt Helen Siems and into the black 100 t-shirt club Florence Mai. Congratulations to you both from all the Core Team and everyone at March parkrun. This week everyone is worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section regardless of whether you walk, walk/run, run or volunteer. We had tourists this week from Manchester, and we were joined by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Lynsport Ladybirds and Three Counties. The core team also wish to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers, without whom, park run could not happen every week. If you wish to volunteer, please see the March parkrun volunteers Facebook page or email

This weeks brave and fluffy and splendid Hi-Viz heroes were :-

Mary BETTLES, Kevin BULL, Jackie BULL, Tracey DICKERSON, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Nicola FUNNELL, Georgina JACKMAN, Victor JEEVES, Katie LEACH, Willow MILLS, Sally MILLS, Roger MONEY, Helen SEIMS, Gemma SOMMERSBY, Beryl TOTH, David WATTS, Grace WOOL, Samantha WOOL

For those of you who get their geek on over stats, a full list of the results are available at

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

David WATTS • Justin ELVIDGE • Samantha WOOL • Katie LEACH • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Grace WOOL • Sally MILLS • Tracey DICKERSON • Nicola FUNNELL • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Willow MILLS • Victor JEEVES • Mary BETTLES • Roger MONEY • Helen SEIMS • Jackie BULL • Kevin BULL • Beryl TOTH
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 3,463 participants have completed 28,655 parkruns covering a total distance of 143,275 km, including 5,775 new Personal Bests. A total of 502 individuals have volunteered 4,540 times.