March parkrun 186 – The one which the Cubs took over.

There were red and yellow neckers everywhere as 2nd Chatteris Cubs joined March parkrun’s Hi-Viz heroes and took on many of the volunteering roles. There were 10 Cubs in (aged between 8 and 10 1/2) in total who along with willing parents, marshalled , scanned and helped hand out finish tokens. The Cubs made a choice to volunteer as a group at March parkrun in order to complete part of their 'Our World Challenge Badge' specifically a task to complete an activity that benefits the local community. A big shout out also goes to regular volunteering who were still responsible for funnel managing, time-keeping and tokens and Justin who had the task of keeping the young scanners focused (and not dancing around and out of the bandstand!).
It was a fine September day for the Cubs to volunteer and importantly also for those participating in parkrun. The weather was dry, the sun was shining and conditions were fantastic under foot. March welcomed 165 participants this Saturday and 14 were first timers at March. A few tourists also made it over including one chap from Auckland , New Zealand who said he enjoyed the flat friendly course as it’s all hills at Auckland parkruns! The great conditions made for good running as 26 people clocked up PBs. One lady comments that the “power up” sign one Cub had made and was holding up made the difference to her knocking off 6 seconds from her previous time. I’m sure the Cub in question (Toby) was glad to be of service. The first male was Louis Fairfax in a time of 18:56 only seconds away from his PB. Louis Beningfeild was not far behind with 19:13 and had the best age grading at the parkrun. 3rd male Kev Bunn took away a PB at 19:47. The ladies were running well too with first female Hannah Daniel in at 24:46 closely followed by Abigail Jeeves at 24:57. Wendy Hart came in 3rd female at 26:25. parkrun 186 was wrapped up without incident. Hopefully we will see one of two Cubs back to run in the future! Thank you March for welcoming 2nd Chatteris Cubs and being a friendly welcoming run as always - Katie Leach (Cubs Takeover RD).

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Justin ELVIDGE • Samantha WOOL • Katie LEACH • Emma UDEN • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Noah WOOL • Gillian COE • Chris UDEN • Toni ALCARAZ • Isla LEACH • Victor JEEVES • Lorraine COE • Vanessa MURRAY • Rory JUDGE • Toby SUTTERBY • Megan FULLER • Beryl TOTH • Stuart WALKER • Jorja WALKER • Darren ROSE • Ethan ROSE • Louis ROSE • Liam MALIK • Katie CHANDLER • Edward CORBY • Thomas BARCLAY • Iain CASE • Nathan CASE

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 3,477 participants have completed 28,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 144,100 km, including 5,801 new Personal Bests. A total of 513 individuals have volunteered 4,569 times.