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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!