March parkrun #35 – Bodymode Take Over …Take 2

What a fantastic way to start your Saturday morning ..... 35th parkrun at March and BodyMode Running Club's 2nd coming!!!!

There were 146 runners and walkers in total on a beautiful sunny morning, total opposite to the deluge last weekend. We were very priviledged to have an "Uber Tourist" in our midst. Morgan Daniels who travelled all the way from East London ... (he was visiting Cambridge for the weekend)and decided to make March Parkrun his 97th consecutive different parkrun.Three more runs and Morgan will be in the 100 club...
 Well done Morgan! It was nice to have your company along with a cuppa for a post run catch up.
The tale of the tape this week for the statistically minded amongst you was......

Male placings:
Justin ELVIDGE (VM45-49) of March AC, was first over the line in 20:15 - third time in 34 appearances.
Christopher THOMPSON (VM50-54) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:20.
Rhys DAVIES (VM40-44) of March AC, was third over the line in 20:56.

Female placings:
Toni ALCARAZ (VW40-44) of March AC, was first (4th overall) over the line in 20:57 - first time in 2 appearances.
Rebecca SMITH (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 24:31.
Kay NAUGHTON (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 25:15.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Christopher THOMPSON (VM50-54) was graded 74.34% for the time 20:20 (second overall).
Toni ALCARAZ (VW40-44) was graded 73.99% for the time 20:57 (4th overall).
Oliver MARSH (JM10) was graded 73.14% for the time 23:16 (16th overall).

This week there were 146 runners, of whom 27 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Dan Bales and guests also joined us on his 40th birthday - What a great start to the day!!

Special thanks goes out to all the fabulous walkers and runners who gave our BRC volunteers lovely big smiles as they passed by. There were even a few high fives given out by Noah, Grace, Tia & Millie. Who says chivalry is dead?  One of our volunteers spotted a faster runner sprinting for the finishing line. Being a gentleman he slowed down to ensure the runner in front of him went through the finishing line before him! 
You have to admit we are a very friendly and welcoming parkrun bunch.... we look forward to welcoming you next Saturday. 
Have a fab week and happy running....



March parkrun #29 – Trolley good show


Another fine sunny day greeted Simon at the start of March parkrun #29 when at 7.30am he set off to set up the course which greeted 141 finishers. With his chic and shiny brand new trolley expertly put together by other members of the Core Team (whose names shall not be revealed) only a couple of weeks previously, he set off to put out the signage for the course only for it to break down a few metres into his journey when the nuts and bolts decided to detach themselves. Undeterred, like driving a vehicle in limp mode, he managed to complete the lap, joined by Dawn who (may have) had nothing to do with the piecing together of the trolley... Dawn however did bring cake to mark her 25th occasion volunteering which was well received!


We had 25 volunteers today involved in the various stages of the parkrun including a new role for Darren Moat as Tail Runner. We were well stocked with Marshalls armed with plenty of encouragement. Gena Jackman also received worthy mention, having already volunteered at March over 25 times, running just once. Selfless.


We welcomed a few first time tourists, parkrun Ambassador Andrew Lane from Wymondham, Jason and Alexandra WATSON-USHER from Leeds/Valley Striders AC, John and Gabrielle BIGGINS from Brighton and Colin GLEN from Cambridge. We hope that March parkrun sits favourably on your parkrun experiences.


The pearly King and Queen of this week's parkrun was Matthew Peel and Lisa Marriot, with Matthew just 4 seconds ahead. It was an entertaining finish when Matthew, famed for running Superhero style wide beside the steps as opposed to up them nearly found himself tangled up with some runners he was lapping. Graham Chapman had a very impressive age % record of 79.50, finishing 4th at 20.10 in the 60-64 age category. That's the second highest that we have seen at March and the best of all our male runners.


We had 35 Personal Bests this week giving the bell another battering. Jamie Sutton was over 3 minutes quicker than his previous best with Todd Robertson close to him being rewarded for his continual improvement. Malcolm Hunt achieved his best of 23.53, Simon Neville achieved his sub 25. Samantha Wool is now very close to sub 27. Carole Davis coped with the handicap of having to pace her Husband Gary round the course to improve her best by over a minute to 30.50. Carole is another success story from a local Monday night 'beginners' running group who are regular faces at the parkrun. Gold star of the week however goes to Angela Anderson who finished her 15th parkrun at a best time of 35.53, over 9 minutes quicker then when she first started getting involved in the parkrun scene.


Of our first time visitors to March we had a visit from Ben Goodman, who finished in 8th but without a barcode so sadly no official time. However, feedback was that he enjoyed the run and will be back with a barcode to challenge at the top end again soon! One to watch. Megan AYLING, in her first parkrun ever finished 4th lady in 26.13. Nathan Crofts also made this first appearance, nearly embarking on a 5th lap of the park before being turned around at the bandstand and back to the finish line. Experienced under 10 runner Lucy had no sympathy for Nathan however, taking advantage to sprint ahead and finish a place higher...! Suzie Handley visited March on a house hunting expedition and managed to complete her first parkrun into the run – complete with handbag at the finish line!!!


March parkrun began on the 23rd of January 2016. Since then we have seen 983 different finishers with barcodes. This week we welcomed 30 'first timers' to March. If we get a similar number of first timers to March next weekend then we will be greeting our 1,000 different finisher at March parkrun #30.


I am sure that are most of you are deeply concerned about the health of our new trolley. After the parkrun Harry Littlemore and Darren Moat made attempts to repair the trolley. Darren, still fresh from his Tail Runner duties raced off to his car and returned with his unused socked set purchased from Woolworths. Even with this specialist piece of equipment they were unable to bring the trolley back to health in time so it looks like the much loved old Somerfield trolley will be promoted back to head trolley next week. Stay tuned...



March parkrun #24 – Joseph’s Dreamcoat

Run report

March Parkrun #24

After volunteering and running in several of the March parkruns this week saw my debut as the Run Director. It enabled me to sport a special blue vest, presented to me in the same manner that Joseph had his Technicolour Dreamcoat presented to him – just without the music, no Potiphar and no Pharoh!

Rewind back to 7.30 am and I met with Billy Bremner to set up the course. It was pouring with rain and we got completely soaked. Not living the dream! We wondered how the weather would impact on the numbers of runners. At the same time, the Streetscene team from the Council were busy on the park, picking up a serious amount of litter. It's a shame that not all of the park users appreciate what we do actually have. Despite the weather and a Manea Charity run nearby we managed 118 runners, only just below our average turnout. We had to make a couple of late changes to the volunteer roster, with Katie Hunt giving up her run to Barcode Scan. Hugely appreciated Katie. Our volunteers always get a mention and praise, but this week it was even more appreciated is it was guaranteed that they were going to get absolutely drenched in the process!

First runner to arrive this week was Sam Lowings who brought her Dog along for an early warm up – ready for Michelle Bird to take the lead for the actual run. Some superb work by Gaelle Bryant saw us have 5 pacers, running at 2 minute intervals from 23-31 minutes. We had Tourists today from Essex and Herts. One of those was was Paul Probert, who goes down in March parkrun folklore as being our first tourist volunteer, taking on the Tail Run duties. Paul's efforts were hugely beneficial for Dympna Probert, who being a regular face at March over the past few weeks completed her first parkrun. A huge well done!!! Young Courtney completed her fourth parkrun, beating her previous best time by six minutes. Great work Courtney and great work Dad!

Sean Searle in his third run has managed to reduce his times by two nad a half minutes and there was a strong group of runners around the 28-29 minute mark, many of whom not that long ago were aspiring to get any time under 30. Just ahead of them was James Lee, running consistently just over 27 minutes, with the real success being that he has lost 4 stone since November last year, no doubt with the parkrun being a contributor with what he has achieved.

There were a couple of birthdays with Allan Turpe celebrating his 50th birthday. He did exceptionally well to get round the course given the size of his badge that he had to carry round with him!!!

Our pacers were well used with successes for many runners, including some of our younger ones. Eddie had too much speed for pacer Simon Render at the end, and even though his is under 10 he came in at 24.18 which was a 100 second improvement. Liam linked up with pacer Lee Carey and improved his best time by 94 seconds at 22.32.

Looking at our quickest runners of the day, Abbie Jeeves and Jevan Robertson were once again at the top end. Praise to Jamie Shelton who managed a time of 18.45 which was a massive improvement on his previous times. Brandon Pearce was the fastest Junior of the day, finishing 5th in a best time of 21.20.

My final praise must go to those who recently made the successful transition from parkruns to a longer race – completing the March AC 5 mile Spud Run last Sunday.

Being a Run Director wasnt as difficult as I thought it would be. The morning passed without incident, I didnt stutter too much whilst on the bench doing the pre-run brief and the volunteers all knew what they were doing. Thank you everyone for another good week!



March Parkrun #2 – The parkrun Code

The parkrun code As a new parkrun and with many first timers in the last couple of weeks, we thought it was a good time to mention the parkrun code that has been developed to help every parkrunner understand a little more about what they can do to help the events run smoothly every week.

1. Please pay attention to the pre-run brief: The grass is very wet and slippery and cones have been put in place to help you avoid the very soggy areas. Where one line of cones have been used, please run to the left of them. Where two lines of cones have been used, please run in the middle. This is the kind of safety information we need to share during the pre-run briefing, as well as making announcements about milestone celebrations, welcoming visitors (this week from Milton Keynes) and reminding everyone of parkrun rules about running with children and dogs (see below). We want to make sure no one misses out on important information, so please respect your fellow parkrunners and the volunteer team by staying quiet for just a few minutes before the run each week. Please make sure you complete your warmup before the brief too; it will also prevent you from missing the start (like 3 runners did this week) as we like to start the run on time.  If you have something you’d like us to announce, please speak to the Run Director before the run.

2. Respect everyone’s right to participate in their own way: One of the beauty's of parkrun is that everyone has different reason to participate; sometimes it is to achieve a PB, sometimes to come back from injury and sometimes to run/jog/ walk a 5km for the very first time. Everyone completes a 5km whether they run, jog or walk. This week we welcomed 130 runners of which 57 runners ran their first parkrun in March. Our first finishers were Paul Barnes from Redway runners (19:50) and Sophie Fenner from March AC (25:30).  Because of the nature of the course, there is a good chance you’ll be overtaken by faster runners or be the one overtaking - please look out for other runners and do your best not to block the path by running on the LEFT. Try and avoid running in a group and if you do so, please always leave room on the path for other runners or park users

  3. Under 11s must be within arm's reach of a responsible adult:  Juniors are an integral part of parkrun and it was great to see 10 juniors running this week. If juniors are “under 11”, they need to be accompanied throughout their run. This is a condition for the continuing involvement of juniors at parkrun. All March parkrunners have embraced this rule and we thank you all for this. If you are struggling to keep up with your “under 11” or you have more than one and they run at different paces, it is your responsibility to find someone else to run with them. Not many sporting events encourage children and family members to take part together, so please do not let children run off on their own or we will have to take the difficult decision to refuse to hand you in a finish token which means your time will not be recorded officially.

Daisy's first parkrun - one dog per runner on a short leash please.

4. One dog maximum, short lead only: Each runner is able to run with one dog only and a short lead must be used. This week, it was Daisy’s first parkrun and she did very well once she calmed down after the first straight!  Be mindful of other park users: In general there is plenty of space for all users of the park. If you need to slow down for pedestrians or cyclists, please do and give them a “hello” and give them way.

5. No barcode, no time, no exception: If you forget your printed barcode, you are always welcome to take part in the parkrun, but you won’t get an official time. Take a finish token as you cross the line and then simply hand it back to one of the volunteers on scanning (if you make a note of your position, you will be able to get an approximate time from the result table). Please please do not leave the park with a finish token, we need them every week!

6. Have fun, it is only a run! It is good to challenge yourself to improve but be mindful of the conditions and other users. If you do not get the time you are aiming for, you can always try again next week!!!

7. Please thank the volunteers:  We are very grateful to everyone who volunteers at March parkrun. Thanks to a large number of volunteers this week, we were able to have extra Marshals out on the course to help us keep you safe with their vocal reminders about mud, rabit holes etc. We also have a tail runner - do get in touch if you would like that (or any Volunteer) role in the future. This week, we would like to give a special thank you to Rose Biddle from Milton Keynes whom offered her help in the morning as she could no longer run due to an injury. This is such a lovely thought and proves volunteering is open to everyone! You can email us to let us know when you can help out (mail us at:, have a chat after your run or write your name down on our volunteer board that is kept on the bench where the Run Director gives their pre-run brief each week.

This week statistics: This week there were 130 runners, of whom 57 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part. The first female, Sophie Fenner, ran in a time of 25:30 (there is mistake in the result table as William Martin in position 22 is registered as female; William, if you read this you may want to update your profile), the 2nd female was Lois Russell in 28:07 and the third female was Katie Leach who finished in 28:22. The first male, Paul Barnes, ran in a time of 00:19:50, second was Peter Ward in 19:58 and third was Tony Daglish in 20:24. The highest Age Grade (74.46%) this week was achieved by Peter Ward.







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