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.