Barrow parkrun – event 288

Barrow parkrun 228

A dry but windy spring morning with 118 people who ran, jogged or walked the course. It was noticeable quieter than normal but we had many of our regular runners take part in the K2B and C2B event and then some resting for Sunday’s Fred Whitten bike challenge. Fourteen people joined us for the first time and 17 people recorded new Personal Best times – well done!

The event was made possible by 26 fantastic volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped out, without you we could not make parkrun happen.  If you would like to help out in any future runs please email

It was a milestone run for Emma Broadbent who completed her 50th run (“it only took her four years”) and Greg Barnard- Mackenzie who celebrated his 100th run that he ran last week whilst doing Whitby Bay parkrun. So it was double cakes at the café afterward much to the delight of the finishers and volunteers.

Two dates to add to your calendars. First, Saturday 27th May as we will do our Purple parkrun in honour of Alice Pyne and then 24th June which is our Junior parkrun day when all our volunteering roles will be carried out by our younger runners.   If our junior runners have a certain role they would like to do, please let us know as early as possible.

Onto the results. In the men’s placing, Mark Tomkinson was first over the line in 17:59 taking 8 seconds off his previous best time. In 2nd position was Ian Sadler in 18:06 followed by David Harker in 19:20.

In the female placings, Karen Maggio-Poyntz finished in first place in 22:17, it was her 98th time to finish in top place in 250 appearances which is a phenomenal achievement. Heather Travis was 2nd in 23:09 followed by Jo Barnard who finished in 23:30 and ‘bagged’ another PB in the process.

The three highest age grades were recorded by

  • Mark Tomkinson (VM45-49) – 78.87% for the time 17:59 (first overall)
  • Ian Salder (VM50-54) – 78.45% for the time 19:06 (second overall)
  • Dave Spencer (VM75-79) – 78.27% for the time 26:14 (43rd overall)

If you'd like to join us we meet at the bandstand at 08:45am every Saturday morning for a pre-run briefing for a 09:00 start. Please note that all Under 11's must be with an adult at all times and within arm’s reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice.  This is for the safety of your child and to abide by insurance requirements.  People can run with a dog (just the one!) and must be on a short least. Register for a barcode at and bring it along with you for an official time. It's a great way to get fit, meet new people or to start something new.

Fiona Bannister