March parkrun #189. Greyhound bound for Nowhere.

The 189th parkrun at March is brought to you, in part, by Fenland District Council. 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 there still being a minor disturbance with some building work on the skate park, the course still wound around it merrily without any kind of kerfuffle and was still enjoyed by an excellent turn-out on a warm day that had a relaxed and groovy feel to it. Our run director Stephen began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing. Once again I had to be that person to call for quiet. Can we please remind you of the following, respect the briefing and 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 had no inductees this week for milestones or birthdays. 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 were joined by tourists from Newbury and Portugal, and by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Ely, Fenland, Hunts AC, Ramsey & 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 marchhelpers@parkrun.com.

This week's brave and fluffy and splendid Hi-Viz heroes were: -

Toni ALCARAZ, Joanne ANDERSON, James BARRETT, Jackie BULL, Kevin BULL, Emma COLE, Alexa CONROY, Stephen COWELL, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Georgina JACKMAN, Nina MARKILLIE, Patricia NORRIS, Mark SALMONS, Justin SHOWELL, Beryl TOTH, Richard UPCHURCH, David WHITE, Andrew WOOL, Samantha WOOL

For those of you who get their geek on over stats, a full list of the results is available at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/march/results/latestresults/

This week there were 140 runners, of which 15 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3497 different runners, including participants from 256 athletics clubs, have completed 29142 runs covering a total distance of 145710km, and there have been 5865 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Lisa MARRIOTT who ran in a time of 19:08 on 21st May 2016 (event number 18).

The male record is held by Glen WATTS who ran in a time of 16:12 on 1st October 2016 (event number 36).

The Age Grade course record is held by Joan CLARKE who recorded 83.07% run (23:02) on 26th March 2016 (event number 10).