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John Welbourn completes 100th parkrun as record numbers run at King’s Lynn

By Fenland Citizen Reporter

Fenland Running Club were out in force on Saturday at the 388th King’s Lynn Parkrun when the club took over most of the volunteering roles for the first time.

Many of the members took over tasks such as marshalling, time keepers, barcode scanning, token sorting, finish tokens, lead bike, tail walkers and pace-makers.

It was the first time that some members had taken on these roles but all agreed that it was very enjoyable supporting fellow participants running/walking the weekly 5k event.

James Shelley (6664003)
James Shelley (6664003)

Other milestones included John Welbourn completing his 100th parkrun and breaking the existing record of participants running at King’s Lynn, which now stands at 444.

Twenty-five Fenland members ran the event with James Shelley, Paula Connolly and Lesley Dolan competing in a parkrun for the first time.

James was also the first Fenland male over the finishing line (15th overall) and Nigel Seale was 25th with both of them finishing first in their respective age groups.

Claudia Milburn was the first Fenland female home and Richard Agger, Nigel Seale, Pete Lunt, Mandy Coleman, Toni Coupland and Corinne Egginton all achieved personal bests.

Results were: James Shelley 20:11; Richard Agger (23rd) 20:37; Nigel Seale 20:42; Colin Ferguson (65th) 22:36; Mark Williams (68th) 22:40; Aaron Petts (75th) 23:08; Pete Lunt (79th) 23:22; Claudia Milburn – pace maker (128th) 24:55; John Welbourn (148th) 25:28; Trevor Sutherill (150th) 25:34; Oguzhan Deneri (229th) 28:35; Stacie Youngs (233rd) 28:41; Barbara Welbourn (239th) 28:54; Stephanie Payne (263rd) 29:44; Mandy Coleman (270th) 30:01; Andy Wicklen - pace maker 276th) 30:10; Paula Connolly (292nd) 30:46; Toni Coupland (316th) 31:26; Rebecca Richardson –- pace maker (329th) 32:16; Sally King (341st) 34:02; Lesley Dolan (343rd) 34:11; Valerie Shelley (370th) 35:55 and Corinne Egginton (388th) 37:30 with Julie Peeling and Grahame Peacock as tail walkers (443rd & 444th) 58:58 and 58:59 respectively.


Travelling to a sunny but extremely chilly Folksworth (near Peterborough) on Sunday didn’t prevent some Fenland Running Club members from achieving great results at this race now in its 30th year.

The 15-mile, two lap undulating course has three fairly steep and challenging hills on each lap but with much more favourable weather than last year’s snow, three members achieved spectacular personal bests helped by the great support of marshals and supporters. Several of the runners were using this race as part of their preparation for spring marathons.

Of the 433 finishers, Stuart Follen was the first male home for Fenland (57th overall) achieving a PB by over 3 minutes in a time of 1:44:29; Nicky Jennings was the first female for Fenland (105th), smashing her PB by 7 minutes in 1:55:51. Jon Rowell (236th) 2:12:40 and Neil Bailey (319th) 2:22:35 also achieving PB’s by 8 minutes and 25 seconds respectively.

Steve Bennington, Alan Clarke and Chris Anderson were taking on this 15-mile race for the first time. Steve (87th) pulled out all the stops and finished in a time of 1:51:53, Alan Clarke (237th) in 2:12:40 and Chris (387th) finishing in a very respectable time of 2:41:10.

Other results are: Paul Wiegand (104th) 1:55:32; Jane Greenwood (316th) 2:21:58 and Larissa Follen (349th) 2:28:17.


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