March parkrun #199. Ring out Solstice Bells.

The 199th 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.

Our Christmas themed parkrun dawned on a bright and crisp morning, but we still had a damp and soaky course due to much rain over the last few days, but despite all that and the continuing work on the skate park, we still had a decent turn-out on the first Saturday morning of winter. Proceedings began with the important and must be listened to briefing. On several occasions we had to call for quiet this morning. Can we please emphasise that during the briefing we ask you to remain silent whilst the brief is delivered, we don’t do this for fun, we do it for your safety, so respect the briefing and stay quiet. If you’re chatting through it, then it’s unfair to your fellow runners and information can be missed as was today by several runners who either didn’t attend the NRB or were too busy chatting during the brief. 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.

Milestones and birthdays where congratulated and tourists welcomed, and always we include everyone in our meritorious dispatches section that turn up to run and volunteer regardless of the weather. We welcomed our fellow local runners from Bodymode, Ely, Fenland, Ramsey 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 :-

Jonathan BRADLEY, Jackie BULL, Alexa CONROY, James CONROY, Stephen COWELL, Karen DANDO, Sydney DAVIS, Tracey DICKERSON, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Nicola FUNNELL, Georgina JACKMAN, Tina LAMBERT, Jackie NOSWORTHY, Hilary RANGER, Jim REEVES, Sean SEARLE, Helen SEIMS, Anthony WHIBLEY, Andrew WOOL, Samantha WOOL

A list of this weeks runners and riders can be found at

This week there were 78 runners, of which 6 were first timers and 0 new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3597 different runners, including participants from 263 athletics clubs, have completed 30,562 runs covering a total distance of 152,810km, and there have been 6001 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.