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!