Barrow parkrun event #297 – 08th July 2017

On the approach to 9 o'clock every Saturday morning you'll always find people gathering at the bandstand in Barrow park, adults, kids, pets, and a group of volunteers donning high vis who make an event happen, parkrun.
Stuart Wallace, this weeks run director gave a short run briefing and emphasised that parkrun is for people of all abilities, runners, joggers and walkers - are all welcome.
The weather was kind to us this week. The sun was out as 145 participants set off on the 5km challenging route around the park, Paula Herbert was timekeeper and gave us a countdown, faster runners at the front were already making good ground as the pram pushers, dog walkers and slower runners further back were yet to set off.
Among the participants this week, Walney Wind Cheetah Helen Marr reached her milestone 100th parkrun in fine style with a new PB, after the event fellow runners helped Helen celebrate by eating her cake-thanks to their dedication and cake eating skills they performed very well and it was soon all gone. Jeff McCully also reached the 100 mark and junior runner Jakob Nelson completed his 50th run this morning. Milestone runners are rewarded with a free Tribesports tshirt and are always well deserved. Clare Greenwood completed her 200th parkrun this morning and although not an official milestone number it's worth a mention.
Six taker parters took part for the 1st time today, it's always good to see new people at parkrun, and it's even better to see them come back again-several 2nd timers came back, all of which improved on their times. Well done to you.
Well deserved mentions to Black Coombe Runner - Josh Hartley, 1st to cross the line in a very respectable time of 17:49. Hoad Hill Harrier Mark Tomkinson not far behind in 2nd place with 17:58 and regular at Barrow, Furness Strider Ian Sadler didn't hang about with a time close to his best, he was 3rd in 18:59. Good running!
1st lady to finish this week was Darina Delinova in 22:13, with a new personal best time and 15th position. Jakob Nelson already mentioned was the first junior runner to complete the course in 17th place. David Spencer topped the age grading with 80:42% and 1st time runner Georgia Bell topped the ladies age grade with 73.99%. Excellent! Age grade is a way to calculate a runners performance regardless of age and gender. Mr Spencer sits in the 75-79 age catagory and completed the course in 25:32.
31 taking part achieved a new personal best time, the good weather may help but grit and determination play the biggest part so well done to you all. Well done indeed. Parkside Panther Chris Young was back on track today after a several weeks of volunteering due to an injury, recovering nicely I hope.
Tourist parkrunners joining us this morning, Roy Simpson visited us for the 31st time of 149 runs, Hugh Porter, a regular at Bangor parkrun ran his 73rd parkrun this morning at Barrow. Lancaster parkrunner Andy Holgate made his 4th appearance here, good to see you all and thanks for coming.
Volunteers are vital to parkrun, a team of 23 made this weeks event happen, they made it fun and safe for everyone taking part. Marshals along the way offer encouragement and kind words while other roles include scanning barcodes, handing our finish tokens and putting equipment away afterwards. Thank you to everyone who helped, you are appreciated.
If you'd like to give parkrun a go why don't you? You could volunteer or just come along as a spectator and see how things work. It's a free event and it's a great way to meet new people and be involved in something really worthwhile. There's no pressure to go at speeds you aren't comfortable with just register, print your barcode and bring it with you. There's a cafe located near the finish line where we meet for post run coffee and cakes, talk about how well we've performed-or not or just catch up with friends and fellow runners. Register here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/. Your name could be on the results list next week! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/
A few interesting facts worth mentioning - Barrow hosted it's 1st parkrun in September 2011 with 25 taking part. Of the 297 events so far, 2 regulars have reached their milestone 250 runs with many more fast approaching. Our 200th event was the busiest so far with 208 taking part, the average attendance is 116. The record holder is Phil Waite with a time of 15:12 and the ladies record is 16:24 by Lizzie Browne. Michael Cook has volunteered 34 times so far in 2017. Donna Bates has co-ordinated volunteers 224 times since the 1st event.
Come along and join us, see you soon.
Gary Woodhouse.

100/PB/Cake

100/PB/Cake