March parkrun #202. Black with white stripes or White with black stripes?

The 202nd March parkrun is brought to you, in part, by Fenland District Council. Saturday morning, or as it’s known in certain circles, parkrun day emerged, 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 rain the previous day, the course is still drying out and not cutting up so badly. The work on the skate park is still continuing to affect the course, but we still had a decent turn-out with a nice mixture of old and new to parkrun, some wearing their RED January t-shirts in support of MIND, the mental health charity. There is still time to sign-up and claim your t-shirt for £10 by visiting the website at www.redjanuaryformind.co.uk.

Proceedings began with the important and must be listened to briefing. 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 if people are 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.

No milestones or birthdays today, but our tourists were brightly welcomed, and always we include everyone in our meritorious dispatches section that turn up to run and volunteer regardless of the weather because parkrun is for life and not just for January. We welcomed our fellow local runners from Bodymode, Ely, 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 marchhelpers@parkrun.com.

This weeks brave and fluffy and splendid hi-viz heroes were :-

Toni ALCARAZ, Joanne ANDERSON, Jonathan BRADLEY, James CONROY, Sarah COWLEY, Tracey DICKERSON, Amy DODSON, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Andrew FOVARGUE, Georgina JACKMAN, Kelly JACKSON, Victor JEEVES, Tina LAMBERT, Louise LARKINS, Dean MARKILLIE, Paul MUNCEY, Emily MUNCEY, Helen SEIMS, Andrew SLOWEY, Anthony WHIBLEY, Andrew WOOL, Samantha WOOL, Jan

A list of this weeks runners and riders can be found at www.parkrun.org.uk/march/results/latestresults

This week there were 150 runners, of which 7 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3,620 different runners, including participants from 266 athletics clubs, have completed 30,745 runs covering a total distance of 153,725km, and there have been 6,010 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.