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