March parkrun #191. Raindrops (an angel cried)

The 191st 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.

Although our numbers were reduced by the rugby and the weather, we still had a decent turn-out on a typical autumnal morning. Our run director, Dawn blew her whistle to let everyone know playtime was over, began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing. We don’t want to be ‘that’ person, but can we please remind you of the following: Please 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.

We had no milestones this week but we did have a tourist birthday. This week we have those worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section, that is all who turned up to run and volunteer in the rain and turned up on time. We also welcomed tourists from Stevenage, Heanor and Swaledale. Also joining us were our fellow local runners from Bodymode, BRJ, Lynnsport 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 :-

Toni ALCARAZ, James CONROY, Alexa CONROY, Carole DAVIS, Sydney DAVIS, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Nicola FUNNELL, Georgina JACKMAN, Susan MOLONEY, Vanessa MURRAY, Gary NORMAN, Jacob PATTERSON, Beatrice PATTERSON, Graham PEARCE, Gemma SOMMERSBY, Bill SWADLING, Beryl TOTH, Dawn VEAL, Lawrence WEETMAN, Anthony WHIBLEY, Andrew WOOL, Samantha WOOL

A list of this weeks runners and riders can be found at, and the duck was 9th.

This week there were 113 runners, of which 11 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 gdifferent athletics clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3524 different runners, including participants from 257 athletics clubs, have completed 29434 runs covering a total distance of 147170km, and there have been 5906 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 a 83.07% run (23:02) on 26th March 2016 (event number 10).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the March parkrun Results Page.

See you next weekend for general fun and frolics.