Barrow parkrun #294 – 17th June 2017

Talking the talk

Talking the talk

This weeks weather was a definite contrast to last weeks. Heavy rain gave way to a clear sky and glorious sunshine for the 161 taking part and a team of 24 volunteers.
Barrow parkrun is a 5km course which is a challenging 2.5 lap course, passing the cenotaph 3 times and the top of the lake twice, it's a free weekly timed event and people of all ages and abilities can join in. We meet at the bandstand for 8:50am each Saturday morning for a quick run briefing and ready to go at 09:00. Just register beforehand, print a barcode and bring it along, this will give you an official time and you'll find your name on the results table later in the day-find more details here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/.
6 taking part this week were 1st time parkrunners, we hope to see you back again soon, thanks for joining us. Kelly White from Preston parkrun joined us today, we hope you enjoyed our event Kelly, please come back for another go sometime. Among the 1st timers was Barrow and Furness Strider, Richard Walker - 1st over the line in an outstanding time of 17:45. 2nd to complete 1:44 later was Walney Wind Cheetah and regular parkrunner David Harker in 19:29 and his 214th parkrun to date. 3rd home was Parkside Panther Matty Hill 10 seconds later. Great running you 3!
Will McNally, finished in 20:18 putting him top of the age grade table and 1st junior runner to complete the course in 6th position. Brilliant effort Will. Zoe Travers achieved an new personal best time of 21:54 and makes her the 1st female to cross the finish line in 15th overall position. 23 parkrunners achieved personal best times this week, good weather conditions, grit and determination can do wonders for PB's. Well done everyone.
There were no milestone runs this week but there are many up and coming. As usual many of gather for a chat, coffee and cake at the cafe after the event, it's great to catch up with fellow runners, family and friends. The cafe is situated close to the finish line-very handy.
Next week is junior volunteer week which in the past has been a great success, volunteers are an essential part of parkrun and it could not go ahead without them. I'm sure many of you have forgotton the alternate parkrun route, next week our junior volunteer lineup will be reminding us of this delight when guiding us around a course many won't yet have tried. The alternate course has been used in the past due to flooding or a coinciding event, on this occasion it's the latter in the form of a funfair which will be in the process of setting up. Please come along next week and enjoy our alternate route.
Barrow parkrun began in September 2011 with just 25 runners, the highest attendance so far was 208 in July 2015 it would be brilliant to top that this summer! Come along and join us and make it happen.
See you next week.
Gary Woodhouse