March Parkrun #203 – They will let anyone run these things!

Parkrun day dawned also known to some as Saturday and unbelievably today I was getting to have a go in charge (guided by the experienced Andrew Forvague – what could possibly go wrong). We started out by walking the course to check it all and put up the various signposts and James and I put down a LOT of cones in a vague attempt to avoid the worst muddy patches! We had the added excitement of Bruce and Jack joining us from parkruns new partners Mini Electric with loads of fab freebies. While the runners continued to weigh themselves down with free t-shirts and bunches of bananas Pat welcomed the new runners and briefed them.
Finally my moment came to climb up onto the bench and welcome our fantastic 172 mad, mud loving runners to March parkrun 203. I rambled excitedly through the important bits (even over the slight murmurs of excitement – did I mention there was free stuff). We welcomed Tor to the 50 club, Jacob Patterson (Jnr) to the 10 club and although he kept it quiet during the briefing Andrew Mai to the 100 club. We also had tourists from Grantham, Aylesbury, Kings Lynn, Poole and the Lake District and I am sure we also welcomed a few from Peterborough due to their run being cancelled by flooding at Ferry Meadows. We thanked our sponsors and our amazing volunteers (remember parkrun can’t run without volunteers so please consider taking at least a couple of turns a year) it was excellent to hear 2 of our new volunteers this week say they were making a commitment to try and volunteer at least once a month this year. THANK YOU.
Then we were off to the start and I had the amazing privilege to be the person to set the runners off this week. The greatest bit of being run director, other than shouting go, is the opportunity to walk the course while the runners go round, to check all is going as it should and cheer on all our amazing participants. Whether you walk, run, jog or do a combination of all 3 I think you are all amazing! We had a couple of fallers this week and I hope you are all okay and recovering from any bumps and scrapes well. I do need to just give a little reminder this week about under 11’s please, they must be running within arm’s reach of their responsible adult. We know it’s exciting and they just want to do their best but the rule is there for a reason it’s for their own safety and for our insurance purposes.
From our runners this week, incredibly despite all that mud we still saw 6 personal bests and welcomed 12 first timers as well as representatives of 13 different clubs.
First man over the line today was Kev BUNN in 21:02 and the first woman was Kanina O’NEIL in 22.28 well done to both of you.

This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Louis FAIRFAX • Mark SALMONS • Samantha WOOL • Sandra RHODES • Emma UDEN • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Patricia NORRIS • Lin SUTTON • Joanne ANDERSON • Chris UDEN • Toni ALCARAZ • Andrew FOVARGUE • Victor JEEVES • Mary BETTLES • James CONROY • Donna JOHNSON • Roger MONEY • Richard UPCHURCH • Natalie SZULC • Emma REED

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 3,639 participants have completed 31,067 parkruns covering a total distance of 155,335 km, including 6,025 new Personal Bests. A total of 539 individuals have volunteered 4,934 times.