Barrow parkrun event #281 – 18th March 2017

Andrew Leece, this weeks run director began proceedings with a well informed briefing at the bandstand. This only takes a few minutes and at 09:00 all 118 participants set off on the 5km challenging up and down course - 2 and a half laps of Barrow park. The rain held off for the duration though due to recent rainfall I like many others were expecting the 'other park lake' to be ready for wetting 118 pairs of feet but that didn't happen due to the efforts of Matthew Tarry who had completely cleared the oversized puddle away down the nearest drains by the time anyone had made it to that point. Thank you Matthew, we really appreciated your effort.
Of the 118 to complete Barrow parkrun this week, Fraser Symon was 1st over the finish line in a lively 18:59, his 48th parkrun to date. Connor O'Hara was our 1st junior runner to finish in 6th position with a new PB (personal best) time of 20:29. Karen Maggio-Poyntz finished in 21:47, making today her 95th time as 1st lady to cross the line. Pats on backs to you and to Merryn Stangroom, 1st junior girl to finish and in good style with a PB of 25:56.
7 made this the week to join the parkrun community, we hope to see you all back again next week for another go. Simon Garrod-Bell joined us from North Beach, South Africa, taking parkrun tourism to another level! The Gore family joined us from Preston, making Barrow their 50th parkrun location, we hope it will be a memorable one. Thank you for joining us.
16 plucky parkrunners achieved PB's this week, a commendable effort and well deserved mentions to Nick Johns, Kamran Baqai, Jeff McCully, Stephen Bannister, Thomas Taylor, Kirsty Brennan, Mia Francis, Joelle and Richard Lewin, Jenny Fox, Shelagh Morrall, Samantha Silveri and Alexia and Lydia Blackburn. Congratulations!
Michael Webster reached his 50th parkrun milestone this week and will be rewarded with a Tribesports running tshirt for his efforts. Well done Michael.
David Spencer and Brenda Bagley who are both regular and great runners topped the age grade chart this week with 78.92% and 77.45% respectively. Age grading is a way of putting all participants on a level playing field, regardless of age or gender. Well done to you both.
Volunteers make parkrun happen, this week was no exception, thank you to you all for your efforts, marshals at key points along the way offer encouragment and point us in the right direction, and today at cenotaph hill proved a great place for blowing bubbles, this was a new and welcome addition. Event setter uppers were David Farish and Sonja Foster who arrive before many of us have opened curtains. Michael Cook with Carrie McGowan were this weeks event closer downers, staying behind after most of us left. Thank you to you and the rest of the volunteer team. If you'd like to volunteer, or you could give up your run every now and then to make parkrun happen please email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com. It's a great way to see parkrun from a different perspective and though mentioned above many positions don't involve arriving early or leaving late.
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