March parkrun #204. Happy birthday March parkrun.

The 204th 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 West End Park to enjoy some well supervised exercise, whether it be to run, walk, or just generally have some fun.

Four years ago, 242 people attended our first parkrun, some are still here, some visit occasionally, and some we have never seen again. During that time many have come and gone, but parkrun remains and always be here while people run and volunteer.

A week without rain has improved the course after last weeks cancellation due to flooding and the work on the skate park is now finished, however, without a connecting path this will continue to affect the course. After the free t-shirts and bananas parkrun, the popularity overflowed into our 4th birthday with a decent turn-out which was 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.

Richard Upchurch was inducted into the red 50 t-shirt club, and 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 :-

Mark DARLOW, Justin ELVIDGE, Sally FAWKES, Raymond FEW, Nicola FUNNELL, Maddie GIBSON, Paul GIBSON, Lucy GODFREY, Robert GOUGH, Victor JEEVES, Sally MILLS, David MILTON, Graham PEARCE, Debbie PERRY, Mark SALMONS, Helen SEIMS, Gemma SOMMERSBY, Helene UPCHURCH, Richard UPCHURCH, Andrew WOOL, Samantha WOOL

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

This week there were 196 runners, of which 25 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3664 different runners, including participants from 267 athletics clubs, have completed 31622 runs covering a total distance of 156315km, and there have been 6054 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.