Barrow parkrun – event 229

Barrow parkrun 229

An overcast but warm morning with 150 people turning up to tackle the 5k undulating course.  We had 18 first timers and a couple of tourists from Liverpool and 15 people recording new Personal Bests.  A special mention to Mike Cook, who last recorded a PB in April 2013, managed to better his time by 24 seconds and no doubt will be aiming for a sub 25 min time now.

A big thank you to all the 17 amazing volunteers who came along to support the event. If you would like to help out in any future runs please email and let us know what role you would like to do.

It was a milestone run for Mark Johns who ran his 50th parkrun and Dave Parker who celebrated his 100th run.  Dave will be forever known as the man that gave us parkrun in Barrow as he and Andy Young both worked tirelessly to introduce this amazing community event back in 2011.

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 as a number of them have already been taken.

Onto the results. In the men’s placing, David Harker was first over the line in 19:19. In 2nd position was Raymond Jones in 19:51 followed by first timer Joe Horsley in 20:07.

In the female placings, Karen Maggio-Poyntz finished in first place in 21:50. Janice Callister was second in 23:00 followed by Heather Travis who crossed the line in 23:15.

The three highest age grades were recorded by

  • Raymond Jones (VM55-59) – 77.41% for the time 19:51 (second overall)
  • Brenda Bagley (VW60-64) – 76.73% for the time 25:17 (40th overall)
  • Patrick Thomas (VM65-69) – 76.26% for the time 22:24 (17th 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