Barrow parkrun 286

Barrow parkrun 286

It was bright and sunny on Saturday for the locals and the tourists to make their way around our picturesque park.  There was a few local runners missing this week as they made their way to London to run a little bit further in the 2017 London Marathon, well done to you all and we look forward to seeing you all back with your medals.

Milestone runs took place this week with Helen Merrell and Sue Clarkson completing their 50th runs, David Postle completing his 100th run and Karen Maggio Poyntz completing her 250th run.  Well done to you all and thank you for the cakes and fudge that we all shared at the cafe after the run.

Karen is the 2nd person to complete their milestone 250th parkrun, the first being Jacqui Armstrong. Karens first appearance at Barrow parkrun was on 5th November 2011, run number 7.  Since that time she has run 19 personal bests and her current pb is 21.07.  In this time she has finished 1st on  97 occasions, she has also volunteered  numerous times.  Well done Karen and congratulations on reaching this milestone.

This week 151 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers, thank you to all the volunteers, both the ones that you can see round the course cheering you on and the ones behind the scenes making sure our parkrun runs smoothly.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barrow parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Ryan EVERETT (SM18-19) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was first over the line in 18:18 .
Matty HILL (SM20-24) of Parkside Panthers, was second over the line in 18:45.
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was third over the line in 18:49.

Female placings:
Rachel NEWCOMBE (VW50-54) of Liverpool Harriers & AC, was first (21st overall) over the line in 22:46 .
Yvonne MORRELL (VW45-49) of Parkside Panthers, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 22:57.
Joanna BARNARD (VW40-44) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was third (28th overall) over the line in 23:37.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Brenda BAGLEY (VW60-64) – 79.67% for the time 24:21 (30th overall).
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) – 79.63% for the time 18:49 (third overall).
David SPENCER (VM75-79) – 79.43% for the time 25:51 (48th overall).

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 00:16:24 on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Phil WAITE who recorded a time of 00:15:12 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 206).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded 90.24% (16:24) on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,288 participants have completed 32,994 parkruns covering a total distance of 164,970 km, including 5,950 new Personal Bests.

A date for your diary is Saturday 27th May, when the runners and volunteers will be turning Barrow park purple to honour Alice Pyne, this is a yearly event and it would be great to try to beat our course attendance of 208 which was set on 22nd August 2015.

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

See you all soon

Mike & Louise Cook

 

 

 

 

 

Barrow parkrun 285

Barrow parkrun 285

Unfortunately no Easter rabbits made an appearance this morning at Barrow park, but there was an appearance from members of Walney U11 football team, they had no game this week so decided to use the run as part of their training programme.  Well done to all the boys and the young lady for joining us this morning, we hope you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing more of you in the coming weeks.

There were 3 celebration runs this week with Marie Morris completing her 100th run, Junior runner Olivia Gomersall completing her 50th run and Leslie Wearing completing his 50th run.  Thank you for all the cakes and sweets that we all enjoyed after.

A date for your diary is Saturday 27th May, when the runners and volunteers will be turning Barrow park purple to honour Alice Pyne, this is a yearly event and it would be great to try to beat our course attendance of 208 which was set on 22nd August 2015.

This week 162 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers.  Thank you to :

Andy JONES-BARNES  •  Carrie MCGOWAN  •  Chris YOUNG  •  Claire O'HARE  •  Craig Alexander MOYES  •  David FARISH  •  David SPENCER  •  Donna BATES  •  Fiona BANNISTER  •  Fred BAGLEY  •  Gordon GIBSON  •  Helen HANEY  •  Jamie OHARE  •  Jeff CROSTHWAITE  •  Laura JONES-BARNES  •  Louise COOK  •  Malcolm HILL  •  Michael COOK  •  Philip LOW  •  Sam JONES-BARNES  •  Sonja FOSTER  •  Susan BIRKBY  •  William JONES-BARNES

Male placings:
Andrew MCMENEMY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:29 - in his first appearance at Barrow parkrun.
Mark LEHRLE (VM40-44) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was second over the line in 18:36.
Matty HILL (SM20-24) of Parkside Panthers, was third over the line in 19:09.

Female placings:
Karen Ann MAGGIO-POYNTZ (VW45-49) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was first (20th overall) over the line in 21:54 .
Zoe TRAVERS (SW18-19) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was second (21st overall) over the line in 22:09 .
Hilary HENNAH (VW40-44) of Parkside Panthers, was third (22nd overall) over the line in 22:29.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David SPENCER (VM75-79) – 80.42% for the time 25:32 (46th overall).
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) – 78.11% for the time 19:11 (4th overall).
Brenda BAGLEY (VW60-64) – 76.58% for the time 25:20 (42nd overall).

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 00:16:24 on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Phil WAITE who recorded a time of 00:15:12 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 206).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded 90.24% (16:24) on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,279 participants have completed 32,843 parkruns covering a total distance of 164,215 km, including 5,925 new Personal Bests.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barrow parkrun Results Page.

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

See you all soon

Mike & Louise Cook

 

 

 

 

 

Barrow parkrun – Event number 284 – 8th April 2017

The glorious weekend weather attracted 172 runners, joggers and walkers to Barrow park on Saturday for the free, weekly 5km timed parkrun. That was the second highest turnout of the year so far and surely a sign that the course record of 208 entrants from 2015 will be broken this year as the weather improves. 13 were first timers at Barrow and an amazing 28 people recorded new "Personal Best" times.

It was great to see a lady finish in the top three overall, as Lauren Gowland finished in third place on her first appearance at Barrow and recorded her fastest parkrun time (19:28) on only her third ever parkrun, her previous two having been made at Lancaster.

Completing the top three were John Millen crossing the line first in 18:15 and Ian Sadler finishing second in 19:08. Third male was Neil Grace in 19:52.

The rest of the ladies top three finishers behind Lauren were Kerry Travers, second in 21:41 and Emma Broadbent making one of her rare appearances, third in 23:06. It was Emma's 49th parkrun and we are hoping that she will be back soon to complete her 50th and receive her free "50" T-shirt from parkrun sponsors Tribesports!

Steve Batty deserves particular mention, putting in a strong performance to challenge his Personal Best time, I bet Steve couldn't believe it when the results came through by text message on Saturday afternoon that he'd run exactly the same time as the PB he set in February 2015 – one second quicker and he could have had a party!

The age grading system, a mathematical formula to level out the age differences of runners saw Dave Spencer in the 75-79 age group record the best age graded score with a time of 25:39, finishing 52nd overall.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers, supporters of parkrun and runners taking a week out to help make sure the event could take place, thank you all. The café in the park has now re-opened and it was great to see everyone enjoying the sunny morning and sat outside having a chat over coffee and cake after the run.

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,268 participants have completed 32,681 parkruns covering a total distance of 163,405 km, including 5,912 new Personal Bests.

Barrow parkrun is open to all and free to enter, go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register to register if you've never been before and print off your barcode then bring it along to the bandstand at 8:45 am on Saturday morning for the 9am run, see you there!

 

Barrow parkrun Event number 283 1st April 2017

It was certainly a good reminder of the "Don't Forget Your Barcode" message at Barrow parkrun on Saturday as Mark Lehrle powered home in first place but leaving his barcode at home meant he didn't receive an official time for his run. Well done Mark on a great run, be sure to bring it with you next time! Ian Sadler was second across the finish line in a time of 19:23, good going in the drizzly conditions. 3rd to finish was Simon Austin from the Black Coombe Runners club, in 20:24. A special mention for 4th placed youngster Greg Barnard-Mackenzie, knocking four seconds off his PB – there's a lot more to come from this young lad and he's certainly one to watch.

For the ladies, Karen Maggio-Poyntz recorded her 96th first place finish in 21:49, Janice Callister crossing the line second 22:35, six seconds outside of her best which was pretty good going given the conditions.  Sarah Bouffler was 3rd in 23:16 on her 222nd parkrun.

For the age-graded results, a mathematical formula that takes out the age differences of runners to give a measure of overall performance irrespective of age, Dave Spencer who runs in the age 75-79 group was first in 26:20, with Ian Sadler second and Janice Callister third.

The growing popularity of the Barrow parkrun was shown, despite the wet morning, 19 people made their first ever appearance and hopefully they'll have got the bug and will be back next week to try again. 21 people recorded new personal best times.

The event is made possible by a team of volunteers, some runners who take a week out to help and other supporters who come along every week just to make sure the event takes place. This week 26 people volunteered  - if you can help out drop the office an email on barrowhelpers@parkrun.com and add your name to the roster for future events, the more the merrier.

The park café is now re-opened and post-run there is a great atmosphere as runners and walkers share a drink and have a good chat, hopefully the weather is turning for the better now and we can all sit outside and enjoy the sun too!

It's not all about running – there are plenty of people who turn up week in, week out and either jog or walk the 5k course, there is no pressure to be fast and the inclusive nature of parkrun is strengthened by the Barrow parkrun community who go the extra mile to make sure everyone is welcome and supported whether they finish first or last, it's a real family event and if you've never been you don’t know what you're missing.

Barrow parkrun is open to all and free to enter, go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register to register if you've never been before and print off your barcode then bring it along to the bandstand (and you Mark Lehrle)  at 8:45 am on Saturday morning for the 9am run, see you there!

 

Barrow parkrun event 282 – 25th March 2017

A lovely spring morning made a welcome change for runners, the team of volunteers and spectators attending this weeks parkrun. As usual, on the approach to 09:00 the bandstand is buzzing with activity and this week it was run director Jennifer Fazackerley who kept us in check for a quick course briefing before making our way to the start line ready for the off.
Timekeeper John Preston was on the stopwatch this week for the timed 5km, up and down course of the park, twice past the head of the lake, thrice past the cenotaph. 139 participants completed the course, a good turnout considering the Coniston 14 event had enticed many a regular parkrunner to a different challenge this week. They say a change is as good as a rest, in this case I would disagree.
In good form with a time as fine as the weather, Dave Edwards was 1st over the line with a new personal best time (PB) of 17:34. His 40th parkrun to date. Furness Strider Fraser Symon finished second...fine style. 3rd to complete was Will Kozer who joined us from his regular Widnes parkrun, we hope he enjoyed our event, a great time of 18:59 for the 1st go is a very respectable one. 4th runner home was Owen Wilson in 19:36, our first junior runner to complete. Owen runs in the 11-14 age catagory and is his 54th parkrun to date. Jess Ensoll, took 27th position, making her the 1st female/junior female to finish. Double well done Jess!
14 participants made this the week to join us for the 1st time, a warm welcome to you all, in 2 ways. 4 returned for a second crack and all improved on their times. Junior parkrunner Oscar Punton completed his milestone 10th event and his efforts will be rewared with a running tshirt from our sponsors - Tribesports. Congratulations Oscar. Bob Wells joined us from Bedford and Rebecca O'Donovan from our neighbouring Fell Foot parkrun joined us for the 1st time. Annette Higgins as tailrunner completed the course in last position to ensure nobody got lost along the way. Thanks for that Annette.
Top of the age catagories this week was our Bedford visitor Bob Wells with a very impressive 86.44%, and Gillian Thompson with 69.92%. Age grade is a way to measure a parkrunners efforts regardless of age and gender. Well done to you both.
This week was another tough week for Donna, our volunteer co-ordinator and only just managed to get a full team together in time for the event to go ahead. If you can help out please do so. It's great to see parkrun from a different perspective. If you are a regular runner please take your turn. Thank you to all the volunteers who took part this week, you made it safe and fun - and you made it happen. Please email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or find out more on the facebook page.
The cafe was open for business this week after quite some time being close, it's great to get our cafe and seating area back, having a place to sit and get together after the event is for many the best bit. Great news for us. When most of us were on our way home or enjoying refreshments (and cake supplied by Oscar), Michael Cook and Carrie McGowan collected flags and pointers to close down the event and Stuart Wallace was already processing the results. Thank you.
If you'd like to give parkrun a try we'd love to see you. Why not come along next week? You don't need to be a top athlete, you don't even need to run, it's not a race! Just go at at a pace that suits you. You can push a pram or walk a pet on a short lead. Under 11's must be with a responsible adult. Just register - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/ print your barcode and bring it along with you. We meet at the bandstand at 8:45am on Saturday mornings. You can take part without a barcode but you won't get an official time.
Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011, and since then 3,186 different runners, including participants from 292 athletics clubs, have completed 31,787 runs covering a total distance of 158,935 km, and there have been 5,784 new Personal Bests.The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who ran in a time of 00:16:24 on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).The male record is held by Phil WAITE who ran in a time of 00:15:12 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 206).The Age Grade course record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a 90.24% run (16:24) on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).
This weeks results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/
Thanks for reading.
Gary Woodhouse

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