March parkrun Run Report #188 5/10/19 – That’s an awful long way to come for a parkrun

When asking in the pre-brief where tourists are visiting from you typically get answers like Turves, or Benwick. I was genuinely taken aback when someone shouted out ”Canberra”. New South Wales? I thought Graham Pearce from Old South Wales was as exciting as it got in March. I’ve no idea what brought Aaron Shrubb halfway round the world to the Fens, but I hope you enjoyed your time here, and though it wasn’t a personal best, I think it could be the quickest you’ve gone in the Northern Hemishpere? Well done regardless.

Aaron was joined by volunteers and 159 other barcode-waving parkrunners who turned up at West End Park to cover the distance at a pace of their choosing. Nine of which were running their very first parkrun.

A few milestone runs to note: Charlie Wright and Luke Gibson both ran their tenth, so qualify for the free white juniors 10 t-shirt, Katie Ellson ran her 50th, and the newest parkrun centurion in our ranks is Michelle Fovargue. Three years ago Michelle and myself were two weeks into the Couch To 5K beginners plan, and as I type this we’re presently less than two weeks away from attempting the Yorkshire Marathon. We had no idea how much running would change our lives, all we ever wanted to do at the outset was to somehow get fit enough to attempt a parkrun!

Everything today, I’m pleased to say, went like clockwork. You never know quite what you’re in for when you connect the stopwatches and barcode scanners to the parkrun laptop, but thanks to the sterling efforts of our international timekeeping team of Gaelle, and Toni, and of others in and around the funnel and the bandstand, everything married up perfectly, resulting in minimal swearing or head-scratching in the Tea Parlour at 10:30.

March AC’s Louis Beningfield was the first runner home, covering 5km in 19:22 on his 105th parkrun. The first lady back was Kanina O Neil, in 22:29, achieving a personal best in the process.

33 runners ran personal bests today, there are too many to mention everybody individually, but I would like to single out Lin Sutton, Ruth Atkins, and Katie Thompson who have all recently been through The C25K plan, led by Teilo Pearce of March AC. You’re making great progress ladies, long may it continue!

Finally, just a reminder that City Road Car Park is full of dodgems and candy floss stalls, so, if driving, please leave in good time and make sure you can get parked up in good time this weekend.

Thanks again to all volunteers that allowed March to have its 188th parkrun. We really couldn’t do it without you.

This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Mark DARLOW • David WATTS • Debra WATTS • Ainslie BOUSFIELD • Stephen COWELL • Maura BROWN • Gaelle BRYANT • Samantha WOOL • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Lin SUTTON • Anthony WHIBLEY • Philip COLE • Toni ALCARAZ • Kay DEDMAN • Andrew FOVARGUE • James CONROY • Leia WATSON • Richard UPCHURCH • Alexa CONROY

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 3,497 participants have completed 29,142 parkruns covering a total distance of 145,710 km, including 5,865 new Personal Bests. A total of 517 individuals have volunteered 4,611 times.

 

March parkrun 186 – The one which the Cubs took over.

There were red and yellow neckers everywhere as 2nd Chatteris Cubs joined March parkrun’s Hi-Viz heroes and took on many of the volunteering roles. There were 10 Cubs in (aged between 8 and 10 1/2) in total who along with willing parents, marshalled , scanned and helped hand out finish tokens. The Cubs made a choice to volunteer as a group at March parkrun in order to complete part of their 'Our World Challenge Badge' specifically a task to complete an activity that benefits the local community. A big shout out also goes to regular volunteering who were still responsible for funnel managing, time-keeping and tokens and Justin who had the task of keeping the young scanners focused (and not dancing around and out of the bandstand!).
It was a fine September day for the Cubs to volunteer and importantly also for those participating in parkrun. The weather was dry, the sun was shining and conditions were fantastic under foot. March welcomed 165 participants this Saturday and 14 were first timers at March. A few tourists also made it over including one chap from Auckland , New Zealand who said he enjoyed the flat friendly course as it’s all hills at Auckland parkruns! The great conditions made for good running as 26 people clocked up PBs. One lady comments that the “power up” sign one Cub had made and was holding up made the difference to her knocking off 6 seconds from her previous time. I’m sure the Cub in question (Toby) was glad to be of service. The first male was Louis Fairfax in a time of 18:56 only seconds away from his PB. Louis Beningfeild was not far behind with 19:13 and had the best age grading at the parkrun. 3rd male Kev Bunn took away a PB at 19:47. The ladies were running well too with first female Hannah Daniel in at 24:46 closely followed by Abigail Jeeves at 24:57. Wendy Hart came in 3rd female at 26:25. parkrun 186 was wrapped up without incident. Hopefully we will see one of two Cubs back to run in the future! Thank you March for welcoming 2nd Chatteris Cubs and being a friendly welcoming run as always - Katie Leach (Cubs Takeover RD).

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Justin ELVIDGE • Samantha WOOL • Katie LEACH • Emma UDEN • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Noah WOOL • Gillian COE • Chris UDEN • Toni ALCARAZ • Isla LEACH • Victor JEEVES • Lorraine COE • Vanessa MURRAY • Rory JUDGE • Toby SUTTERBY • Megan FULLER • Beryl TOTH • Stuart WALKER • Jorja WALKER • Darren ROSE • Ethan ROSE • Louis ROSE • Liam MALIK • Katie CHANDLER • Edward CORBY • Thomas BARCLAY • Iain CASE • Nathan CASE

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 3,477 participants have completed 28,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 144,100 km, including 5,801 new Personal Bests. A total of 513 individuals have volunteered 4,569 times.

 

March parkrun #185. Round Norfolk starts in March.

The 185th parkrun at March is brought to you, in part, by Fenland District Council and also by Smickelskis & Swinkels, purveyors to the extremely wealth and the very fat. 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.

Despite the Round Norfolk Relay taking runners away from parkrun, we still had an excellent turn-out on a warm day that had a relaxed and groovy feel to it. Our run director Nicola began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, unfortunately, I had to be that person again this week. But can we please remind you of the following, respect the briefing stay quiet. We don’t do this for fun, it is for your safety and there are currently newcomers that may not have heard it before. If you’re chatting through it, then it’s unfair to your fellow runners. 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.

This week, we inducted into the red 50 t-shirt club and the purple 25 t-shirt Helen Siems and into the black 100 t-shirt club Florence Mai. Congratulations to you both from all the Core Team and everyone at March parkrun. This week everyone is worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section regardless of whether you walk, walk/run, run or volunteer. We had tourists this week from Manchester, and we were joined by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Lynsport Ladybirds 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 :-

Mary BETTLES, Kevin BULL, Jackie BULL, Tracey DICKERSON, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Nicola FUNNELL, Georgina JACKMAN, Victor JEEVES, Katie LEACH, Willow MILLS, Sally MILLS, Roger MONEY, Helen SEIMS, Gemma SOMMERSBY, Beryl TOTH, David WATTS, Grace WOOL, Samantha WOOL

For those of you who get their geek on over stats, a full list of the results are available at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/march/results/latestresults/

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

David WATTS • Justin ELVIDGE • Samantha WOOL • Katie LEACH • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Grace WOOL • Sally MILLS • Tracey DICKERSON • Nicola FUNNELL • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Willow MILLS • Victor JEEVES • Mary BETTLES • Roger MONEY • Helen SEIMS • Jackie BULL • Kevin BULL • Beryl TOTH
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 3,463 participants have completed 28,655 parkruns covering a total distance of 143,275 km, including 5,775 new Personal Bests. A total of 502 individuals have volunteered 4,540 times.

 

March park run #182

We were over the 200 participant barrier for March Park Run Event No 182, with 24 being a significant number for the run. We had 24 new PBs and 24 volunteers (and thank you all for your help today). There was a real mix of people, with runners from Portsmouth, Blackpool and Kings Lynn, plus the biggest cheer and G'Day went to the Australian runners.

The event started with Marshal Tick deciding to slow down one of the younger runners (Noah) by holding him back - this has little impact on the lad's run, who quickly recovered from the Tick Kidnap Incident. In splendid weather and lots of cheering from the Marshals, plus a 90s Night Club Corner (I swear I heard some Kylie and Shape Shifters blaring out), there was certainly a great atmosphere, with the usual encouragement from fellow runners and spectators. A special mention to Sally Mills, who was proudly wearing her 100 event running top for the first time and the excellent photographer who smiled throughout and took hundreds of photos.Also a well done to Carole Davis who got her best time of the year and run the event non-stop for the first time since her ankle injury and Emma Frost. Frosty is a March Town United player and runs regularly to improve her fitness (the same goes for Dani Green of Park Ladies) - top effort girls.

In the group of first runners to complete the course today, we had Simon Mead and first timers to Park Run - Joel Molloy and Daniel Snipe. But the event is all about the 201 runners and well done all for participating. Hopefully, the run set everyone up for a top Bank Holiday Weekend.

Finally, just a request for some additional marshals. We had a fantastic turn out again this week but I know that some of these volunteers would also like to run. If you have completed a milestone, perhaps 10, 25 or 50 runs, how about giving a bit back and thanking those marshals by offering to help with the volunteering. It would be great to see some new faces marshaling and after doing one volunteer role you really do feel part of the event and want to do it again and again!!!

This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Mark DARLOW • Stephen COWELL • Samantha WOOL • Dawn VEAL • Teilo PEARCE • Gayna OROURKE • Emma UDEN • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Patricia NORRIS • Gary DAVIS • Andrea LONG • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Chris UDEN • Toni ALCARAZ • Sean STACEY • Alexander SHAW • Andrew WOOLLEY • Linda RETCHLESS • Marcus RETCHLESS • Maria WRIGHT • Andrew MURRAY • Amy DODSON • Beryl TOTH

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 3,423 participants have completed 28,142 parkruns covering a total distance of 140,710 km, including 5,667 new Personal Bests. A total of 500 individuals have volunteered 4,480 times.

Thanks

Gary

 

The mist rolled in and disappeared as quickly as it came – Run Report #180

At 7am as I sat and ate my breakfast mist rolled in and I thought we might lose the marshal or two at parkrun however by the time I arrived at the park to assist Run Director Nicola and her able assistant Andrew to finish setting the park up for the run the sun was burning off the mist and we knew we were in for a warm morning.
Just before the start Nicola welcomed all to March parkrun including the 10 people trying out parkrun for the first time. Visitors from Poole, Leeds, King’s Lynn and nearby Thorney joined the March regulars.
Before the start we wished Gena AKA the Token Queen a happy birthday.
Despite the very warm weather there were 19 people who did personal bests including the first person home, local runner, Louis Fairfax. Second home was tourist Jason Mumford from Poole with March parkrun regular Roger Hannam in third. First lady finisher was March AC runner Melissa Neal who I was surprised to note was running her first March parkrun, second lady was Geraldine Larham, who is recovering after a foot injury, and third lady was March regular Agata Chelchowska, not pushing a buggy for a change.
Once again the March parkrun team thank all the people who volunteer as without you there would not be a parkrun. If you fancy seeing parkrun from the volunteering angle just drop us a line or come and have a chat with one of those in the Hi-viz.
This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Maura BROWN • Samantha WOOL • Nina MARKILLIE • Georgina JACKMAN • Noah WOOL • Sally MILLS • Anthony WHIBLEY • Nicola FUNNELL • Willow MILLS • Simon MILLS • Andrew FOVARGUE • Victor JEEVES • Richard UPCHURCH • Robert GOUGH • Steven ROBINETT • Laura YARNELL • Helen SEIMS • Amy DODSON

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 3,380 participants have completed 27,768 parkruns covering a total distance of 138,840 km, including 5,613 new Personal Bests. A total of 493 individuals have volunteered 4,436 times.

 

After the rain –

As I did my impression of a TV sloth on Saturday evening it rained that heavily that I wondered whether Westend Park would change into Westend lake however my fears were unfounded as when I turned up at 7:45 to join Andrew Wool to set up the course we only had one small puddle at what used to be the Captain Birdseye corner until Tic shaved his beard off and it’s now just High 5 corner.
Two of the marshals, Roz Coombs and Joseph Fitches, turned up early and helped us set out the course which was a great help.
Andrew greeted everyone to the parkrun and this week he had a number of milestone to celebrate with Sally Mills running her 100th parkrun and Alan Turpie his 100th March parkrun. We also had three people doing their 50th parkrun Grant Lenton, Dennis Willis and Chris Amps – well done all. Tourists from Birmingham, the Isle of Man and King’s Lynn were all greeted before we headed off to the start.
On a warm morning first finisher was the long striding Ramsey Road Runner Simon Mead he was followed in by Luke Brown, who is now more streamlined having shaved off his beard, and young Louis Beningfield who once again had a great run. First lady home was Allys Kelsey with a PB second lady was Lesley Wright just ahead of another Ramsey Road Runner Olivia Mead. 31 runners got PB’s Including Keith Saward who after years of running being interrupted by injury has returned to running via parkrun and at over 85 is an inspiration.
This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Roz COOMBS • Gillian HOLMES • Stephen COWELL • Samantha WOOL • Katie LEACH • Gayna OROURKE • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Grace WOOL • Andrew WOOL • Jake LEACH • Joanne ANDERSON • Claire WRIGHT • Isla LEACH • Alan PUGH • June DANIEL • Jim REEVES • Louise GOAKES • Joseph FITCHES • Karen JACKSON • Noah WOOL

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 3,346 participants have completed 27,435 parkruns covering a total distance of 137,175 km, including 5,557 new Personal Bests. A total of 488 individuals have volunteered 4,394 times.

 

March parkrun #177. A relaxed affair in the sun.

The 177th parkrun at March is brought to you, in part, by Fenland District Council and also by Smickelskis & Swinkels, purveyors to the extremely wealth and the very fat. 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.

Despite the Manea Gala 5k run tempting runners away from parkrun, we still had a excellent turn-out on a warm day that had a relaxed and groovy feel to it. Our run director Gaelle began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, unfortunately, I had to be that person again this week. But can we please remind you of the following, respect the briefing and stay quiet. We don’t do this for fun, it is for your safety and there are currently newcomers that may not have heard it before. If you’re chatting through it, then it’s unfair to your fellow runners. 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.

This week, we inducted into the white 10 t-shirt club David Kettringham from March AC and to the red 50 t-shirt club Donna Mackie. Congratulations to you both from all the Core Team and everyone at March parkrun. This week everyone is worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section regardless of whether you walk, walk/run, run or volunteer. We had tourists this week from Kirkcaldy in Scotland, and we were joined by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Hunts AC, Ramsey, Three Counties and Werrington. 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 :-

Gaelle BRYANT, Kevin BULL, Jackie BULL, Stephen COWELL, Karen DANDO, Justin ELVIDGE, Cate EWAN, Georgina JACKMAN, Patricia NORRIS, Peter OCONNOR, Teilo PEARCE, Debbie PERRY, Fay SCRIVENER, Dawn VEAL, David WATTS, Debra WATTS, Laura WEBB, Anthony WHIBLEY, Samantha WOOL

For those of you who get their geek on over stats, a full list of the results are available at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/march/results/latestresults/

This week there were 161 runners, of which 12 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3332 different runners, including participants from 240 athletics clubs, have completed 27263 runs covering a total distance of 136135km, and there have been 5527 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).

I’m away this weekend, so if anyone wants to take on the pacing mantel, then let the run director know. Failing that I'll see you all in two weeks back to pace 24.

See you for shenanigans and tomfoolery.

Justin

 

Another Saturday, another parkrun

I have the pleasure of writing the run report for 6 July 19. Those who know me will be aware that I suffered a bad ankle injury in January 18 and after an operation I am back on the road to recovery. This run was my 63rd - not bad considering my long lay off. Andrew Wool did extremely well getting everyone's attention with his head master voice, as run director for the day. There were several milestones, 9 year old Maisie reached a landmark 100 - a fantastic achievement and Pat Norris achieved her ton for volunteering, and has been a stalwart for the organisers of March parkrun. Both received a loud round of applause and quite rightly so. Tourists came from as far as Colchester with Huntingdon also getting a mention.

In total, there were 184 runners, who thought that they were in for a cool weathered run but when that sun came through the Ambre Solaire needed to be splashed all over, due to the strong sun rays. Good to see members of the Monday Night Running Group there and Teilo's Couch 2 5K posse there in force. It was a fast run with 39 (THIRTY NINE) PBs on the day. At the front of the field, Louis B came in first place, seeing off a late challenge near the finishing line. A best time for Louis for 10 months. Other notable runners include Amy Mitchell, first lady, who came in with a PB and well ahead of new hubby Rob, almost beating his PB. Andrew Fovargue, also put in a great performance with a new PB.

A big thank you to all the Marshalls and Run Director for a very smooth run.

This week 184 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

Carole Davis

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

David WATTS • Justin ELVIDGE • Samantha WOOL • Dawn VEAL • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Andrew WOOL • Patricia NORRIS • Lin SUTTON • Wendy HART • James ARRAN • Anthony WHIBLEY • Sadie MANN • Claire WRIGHT • Graeme DEDMAN • Chris UDEN • Toni ALCARAZ • Kay DEDMAN • Carole DAVIS • Victor JEEVES • Al DUNCAN • Donna MACKIE • Abbie MACKIE • Dylan MACKIE

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 3,320 participants have completed 27,102 parkruns covering a total distance of 135,510 km, including 5,500 new Personal Bests. A total of 484 individuals have volunteered 4,355 times.

 

March parkrun Run Report # 175 – 29th June 2019 – Gemma’s Run a Ton

Our hi-vis heroes and 151 parkrunners arrived at West End Park to be briefed by Nicky, on a bright and warm Saturday morning. Nine people ran their very first parkrun.

Tourists were welcomed, birthdays celebrated, and milestones announced. The biggest cheer was for Gemma Sommersby who today qualifies for her free black t-shirt, having completed 100 parkruns. Congratulations Gemma, huge achievement!

It's interesting looking at the results, sometimes, and observing the progress runners are making. Of the 19 runners who achieved personal bests today five were running their second parkrun, nine had run between three and ten, and only five runners who have run more than 10 parkruns ran their fastest ever parkrun today. Of those Graeme Dedman was running his 87th parkrun, shaving a mighty 30 seconds off his previous best time. Graeme is working hard on a controlled heart rate based training plan, the idea being you only get faster by training slower. It definitely seems to be working wonders for him, and I'd not be surprised if we have a future celebrity in our midst... “The Dedman Walking” training plan could be the next big thing in running!

Well done to all who got personal bests, and indeed to anyone who rocked up and covered the distance. A finish is a finish irrespective of how long it takes.

 

A View from the Back -

Of the field that is – it is now well over 3 years since the founder of March parkrun, Simon Render, approached a number of us to talk about setting up March parkrun. Lots of things have changed since those days – Simon has moved away from the area and only three of the original team remain – Gaelle Bryant, Dawn Veal and myself, however March parkrun has had a great influx of local people to join the core team and more and more people enjoy March parkrun each week. Due to the onset of a condition that has affected my knees, hips and shoulders another major thing has changed, for me at least, - I am now no longer a 26 minute parkrunner and so recently I have joined the growing number of people getting their Saturday morning exercise from either strolling around the four laps, force marching or run/walking the course. Those of us at the back of the field are a mixed bunch with a number of ex-runners now sporting artificial knees and/or hips, people recovering from illness/injury or those using a brisk walk to start their weekend off with the health benefits of a walk in the park. This week I was joined by two ladies, one was Sue from March AC and the other her friend Karen wanting to get a bit of exercise. Our very brisk walk took a little under 50 minutes so we weren’t hanging around. Walking the course gives you a completely different view of the Park, the volunteers and the event. You have time to appreciate what a great park we have in March, have a chat with the volunteer as you march past them and have the time, and breath, to have a conversation with your fellow walkers. So my message to anyone thinking “Oh I can’t run so parkrun is not for me” is get yourself down to the park and join the walkers you never know you might then progress to trotting round puffing and panting like all the runners who charged passed me on Saturday.
This week was the birthday of one of our regulars Tina Lambert who got round in 4 minutes slower than her PB – did she celebrate early and suffer?
The week also found Andrew being Run Director, who has asked me not to write too much about him – so I won’t – however I must mention that Andrew welcomed everyone to the sunny park where we had a few tourists the one of whom had travelled from Wales. We also had around 20 people new to parkrun I hoped you all enjoyed your introduction to parkrun and please come back as Andrew is only RD every 8 weeks or so!

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Sarah STARR • Justin ELVIDGE • Stephen COWELL • Samantha WOOL • Serge LAMBERT • Gayna OROURKE • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Daniel BARBER • Patricia NORRIS • Lin SUTTON • Tracey DICKERSON • Nicola FUNNELL • Philip COLE • Rachel REDHEAD • Graeme DEDMAN • Adele O CONNOR • Chris UDEN • Andrew FOVARGUE • Michelle FOVARGUE • Victor JEEVES • Peter OCONNOR • Fynn BARBER

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 3,283 participants have completed 26,767 parkruns covering a total distance of 133,835 km, including 5,442 new Personal Bests. A total of 481 individuals have volunteered 4,309 times.

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