March parkrun Run Report #188 5/10/19 – That’s an awful long way to come for a parkrun

When asking in the pre-brief where tourists are visiting from you typically get answers like Turves, or Benwick. I was genuinely taken aback when someone shouted out ”Canberra”. New South Wales? I thought Graham Pearce from Old South Wales was as exciting as it got in March. I’ve no idea what brought Aaron Shrubb halfway round the world to the Fens, but I hope you enjoyed your time here, and though it wasn’t a personal best, I think it could be the quickest you’ve gone in the Northern Hemishpere? Well done regardless.

Aaron was joined by volunteers and 159 other barcode-waving parkrunners who turned up at West End Park to cover the distance at a pace of their choosing. Nine of which were running their very first parkrun.

A few milestone runs to note: Charlie Wright and Luke Gibson both ran their tenth, so qualify for the free white juniors 10 t-shirt, Katie Ellson ran her 50th, and the newest parkrun centurion in our ranks is Michelle Fovargue. Three years ago Michelle and myself were two weeks into the Couch To 5K beginners plan, and as I type this we’re presently less than two weeks away from attempting the Yorkshire Marathon. We had no idea how much running would change our lives, all we ever wanted to do at the outset was to somehow get fit enough to attempt a parkrun!

Everything today, I’m pleased to say, went like clockwork. You never know quite what you’re in for when you connect the stopwatches and barcode scanners to the parkrun laptop, but thanks to the sterling efforts of our international timekeeping team of Gaelle, and Toni, and of others in and around the funnel and the bandstand, everything married up perfectly, resulting in minimal swearing or head-scratching in the Tea Parlour at 10:30.

March AC’s Louis Beningfield was the first runner home, covering 5km in 19:22 on his 105th parkrun. The first lady back was Kanina O Neil, in 22:29, achieving a personal best in the process.

33 runners ran personal bests today, there are too many to mention everybody individually, but I would like to single out Lin Sutton, Ruth Atkins, and Katie Thompson who have all recently been through The C25K plan, led by Teilo Pearce of March AC. You’re making great progress ladies, long may it continue!

Finally, just a reminder that City Road Car Park is full of dodgems and candy floss stalls, so, if driving, please leave in good time and make sure you can get parked up in good time this weekend.

Thanks again to all volunteers that allowed March to have its 188th parkrun. We really couldn’t do it without you.

This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Mark DARLOW • David WATTS • Debra WATTS • Ainslie BOUSFIELD • Stephen COWELL • Maura BROWN • Gaelle BRYANT • Samantha WOOL • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Lin SUTTON • Anthony WHIBLEY • Philip COLE • Toni ALCARAZ • Kay DEDMAN • Andrew FOVARGUE • James CONROY • Leia WATSON • Richard UPCHURCH • Alexa CONROY

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 3,497 participants have completed 29,142 parkruns covering a total distance of 145,710 km, including 5,865 new Personal Bests. A total of 517 individuals have volunteered 4,611 times.