Barrow parkrun #294 – 17th June 2017

Talking the talk

Talking the talk

This weeks weather was a definite contrast to last weeks. Heavy rain gave way to a clear sky and glorious sunshine for the 161 taking part and a team of 24 volunteers.
Barrow parkrun is a 5km course which is a challenging 2.5 lap course, passing the cenotaph 3 times and the top of the lake twice, it's a free weekly timed event and people of all ages and abilities can join in. We meet at the bandstand for 8:50am each Saturday morning for a quick run briefing and ready to go at 09:00. Just register beforehand, print a barcode and bring it along, this will give you an official time and you'll find your name on the results table later in the day-find more details here -
6 taking part this week were 1st time parkrunners, we hope to see you back again soon, thanks for joining us. Kelly White from Preston parkrun joined us today, we hope you enjoyed our event Kelly, please come back for another go sometime. Among the 1st timers was Barrow and Furness Strider, Richard Walker - 1st over the line in an outstanding time of 17:45. 2nd to complete 1:44 later was Walney Wind Cheetah and regular parkrunner David Harker in 19:29 and his 214th parkrun to date. 3rd home was Parkside Panther Matty Hill 10 seconds later. Great running you 3!
Will McNally, finished in 20:18 putting him top of the age grade table and 1st junior runner to complete the course in 6th position. Brilliant effort Will. Zoe Travers achieved an new personal best time of 21:54 and makes her the 1st female to cross the finish line in 15th overall position. 23 parkrunners achieved personal best times this week, good weather conditions, grit and determination can do wonders for PB's. Well done everyone.
There were no milestone runs this week but there are many up and coming. As usual many of gather for a chat, coffee and cake at the cafe after the event, it's great to catch up with fellow runners, family and friends. The cafe is situated close to the finish line-very handy.
Next week is junior volunteer week which in the past has been a great success, volunteers are an essential part of parkrun and it could not go ahead without them. I'm sure many of you have forgotton the alternate parkrun route, next week our junior volunteer lineup will be reminding us of this delight when guiding us around a course many won't yet have tried. The alternate course has been used in the past due to flooding or a coinciding event, on this occasion it's the latter in the form of a funfair which will be in the process of setting up. Please come along next week and enjoy our alternate route.
Barrow parkrun began in September 2011 with just 25 runners, the highest attendance so far was 208 in July 2015 it would be brilliant to top that this summer! Come along and join us and make it happen.
See you next week.
Gary Woodhouse


Barrow parkrun. Event #293 – 10th June 2017

The weather was decidedly unkind with heavy rain prior to, and during this weeks timed 5k event. We are very grateful for the team of 17 volunteers who endured the weather for 96 of us to participate in completing the challenging 2.5 lap undulating course around Barrow park, a quieter week than usual but understandably the wet weather doesn't suit everyone.
The event begins at the bandstand at 08:50 every Saturday morning.
Stephanie Kershaw was this weeks volunteer run director. She took us through a quick course briefing before runners, joggers and walkers made their way (already wet) to the start line. As always, it's really good to see how parkrun attracts people of all ages and abilities-from infants running with an adult to Septuagenarians (and beyond in previous weeks).
Erin Singleton, one of our junior regulars made it to her milestone 50th parkrun this week. Congratulations Erin. A Tribesports tshirt well deserved!
3 taking part this week were 1st timers and what a wet week to start, hopefully you'll come back next week for another go, as did 6 participants completing their 2nd parkrun. Thanks for coming along.
14 parkrunners achieved new personal best times. Very well done to you all. Well done indeed. Barrow welcomed several parkrun tourists including Todmordon Harrier - Josh Murphy, Max Nicholson from Southampton and Ashley Hughes of Saint Helens. We hope they enjoyed our parkrun.
1st finisher this week was Ryan Everett in a very respectable 18:54, I expect even though he ran the route faster than everyone else he got just as wet, 1st lady home this week was Alex Fairer in 8th position and time of 21:44, 1st Junior runner over the finish line was Edward Singleton in 26:35 and his 60th parkrun to date.
Brenda Bagley topped the age grade results with 77.86% with Ian Sadler scoring 76.90% put him in close 2nd place. Age grading takes into account a runners age and gender and is said to be a more accurate way to measure performance.
Members of local running groups made good attendances, 25 from Walney Wind Cheetahs, 10 Parkside Panthers, Furness Striders and Ulverston Harriers made up a further 7.
Leigh and Louie Trelore were our time keepers this week, tokens handed out by Patricia Newby.
Barcode scanners David Shaw and Alison McMenemy kept things moving along nicely too.
Afterwards, many participants, volunteers, and spectators headed to the cafe (close to the bandstand and finish line area), it's a great way to catch up with fellow runners while still buzzing from having done something really worthwhile.
If you feel like giving parkrun a try why not come along next week? It can't be any wetter than this week. It's free, fun and an energetic way to start the weekend. Register, print a barcode and bring it along with you to the bandstand at 08:50 on Saturday morning. Under 11's need to be within arms reach of a responsible adult, you can run fast, jog slowly, even walk a dog on a short leash.
Register here -
View the latest results here -
If you'd like to volunteer then please do! Email It's a great way to meet new people and help out. It's nice to see what goes on if you are unsure about taking part, many of our volunteers have joined in running that way. Volunteers are an essential part of parkrun, they make it happen.
Gary Woodhouse

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Barrow parkrun #292 – 3rd June 2017


Barrow parkrun #292 - 3rd June 2017

Another fine sunny morning for our parkrunners this week, 154 runners, joggers, and walkers completed the timed 5km barcode event. A quick course briefing at the bandstand by our run director-Dave Bayliff and by 09:00 the event was underway. The course is two and a half laps of a challenging route around Barrow park, our volunteers are at key points along the way offering cheers, and suprisingly helpful motivation.
18 minutes and 7 seconds after the off, Dave Edwards was 1st to cross the finish line, his 41st parkrun to date. Owen Wilson was our 1st junior runner home in 6th place with a very respectable time of 20:29 and 1st lady to finish this week was Sarah Bouffler in 36th place with a time of 24:18, her 228th parkrun so far! Well done to you 3.
Dave Edwards and Catherine Grisedale topped the age grade scores with 80.13% and 75% respectively, Age grading is a way to adjust a participants performance according to age and gender.
7 participants made this the week to try parkrun for the 1st time, we hope you enjoyed it and come back soon, parkrun tourists from Burnley, Newcastle and Wythenshawe and York tried our course this week, thank you for joining us. New personal best times were recorded by 21 participants showing real grit and determination. Well done to you. Michael Cook running his 238th barcode took 11 seconds off his best time set only a couple of weeks ago. Brilliant effort Michael.
Harvey Cooper helped several runners to new personal best times as our volunteer pacer, Harvey is a junior runner and it's always great to see people helping eachother out and is very much appreciated.
After the event many of the participants, volunteers and spectators head to the cafe for refreshments and a chat, this week was no exception. It's great to have the chance to catch up with friends and fellow runners.
If you'd like to come along and give parkrun a try then you're very welcome, it's not a race, you can run, jog or even walk with a pet on a short lead. Under 11's must have a responsible adult at arms reach. Register, print a barcode and come along.
If you 'd like to volunteer please email or speak to our run director on the day.
Hope to see you soon.
Gary Woodhouse


Barrow parkrun – Event number 291 – 27th May 2017

A glorious morning in Barrow park welcomed the 175 runners, joggers and walkers for the annual “Purple parkrun” – a special parkrun that remembers local teenager Alice Pyne. The parkrun was, as always, free to enter, but there was an opportunity after the run to support the charity that Alice founded, Alice’s Escapes by buying some of the gorgeous cakes that people had baked.

The park was awash with purple as many of the parkrunners wore purple tops and other running gear to remember Alice – we even had some snappy dressers with Terry McSorley donning a purple tie! The morning run was preceded by a minutes silence in memory of both Alice and the events earlier in the week in Manchester.

Of the 175 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, 30 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers, to whom we are really thankful as the event just would not take place without them.

There was quite a battle for first place this week as only 8 seconds separated first placed Ian Sadler (19:09) – ad second placed William McAllister of Parkside Panthers (19:18, shaving 2 seconds off his previous PB). 3rd place was filled Katie Waite of Furness Striders AC in 20:07 claiming the ladies first place position. 3rd male was  Ryan Toomey crossing over the line in 4th place 20:26.

For the ladies Heather Travis of Hoad Hill Harriers, was second (21st overall) over the line in 23:35 and tourist Sharon Cousen of Halifax Harriers & AC was third (22nd overall) finishing in 23:36.

Juniors Harry Hughes and Evie Dixon both completed their 10th parkrun and will receive the junior reward running shirts from parkrun sponsors Tribesports.

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,377 participants have completed 33,773 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,865 km, including 6,056 new Personal Bests.

To join the fun simply register at , print off your barcode and being it along with you to the bandstand in the park at 8-45 on Saturday morning for a 9am start to the fun, see you there!

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Barrow parkrun – Event number 290 – 20th May 2017

This week 167 people ran, jogged and walked the testing parkrun course, 2 and a half laps of our stunning Barrow park, of whom 17 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part. We also welcomed "parkrun tourist" runners joining us from Gosforth (Rachel Read) and South Wales (Laura Hire), who were both very complimentary about the park and the welcome they received.

Male placings this week:
David Harker (VM40-44) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was first over the line in 19:31 – his 210th appearance at Barrow parkrun.
Junior runner Philip Shrimpton (JM15-17) of Lakeland Orienteering Club, was second over the line in 20:24.
Steven Batty (VM55-59) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was third over the line in 20:32.

Female placings:
Karen Ann Maggio-Poyntz (VW45-49) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was first (19th overall) over the line in 22:33 – Amazingly the 100th time she has finished first in 252 appearances, well done Karen!
Emily Edwards (SW20-24) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 22:47.
Riikka Gröhn (SW25-29) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was third (26th overall) over the line in 23:00.

Parkrun employs a mathematical to level the playing field regardless of the age of the entrants and this week the three highest "age grades" were recorded by:
David SPENCER (VM75-79) – 77.93% for the time 26:21 (49th overall).
Steven BATTY (VM55-59) – 75.49% for the time 20:32 (third overall).
Philip LOW (VM50-54) – 71.99% for the time 20:39 (4th 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 3,347 participants have completed 33,598 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,990 km, including 6,035 new Personal Bests.

This coming Saturday sees the annual "Purple parkrun", where we remember Alice Pyne, the inspirational young teenager who founded the charity Alice's Escapes – runners are encouraged to wear purple in memory of Alice and share a cake and a drink in the café after the run. To join the fun go to 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!


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