Barrow parkrun 300

Barrow parkrun 300

The rain kept away long enough on Saturday for us to celebrate not only our 300th Barrow parkrun, but the 80th birthday of our own running legend Dave Spencer.  Dave is a regular at Barrow park, where he not only runs on a Saturday morning, but he volunteers nearly every week doing the post run sign collection.  We celebrated Daves birthday with a cake after the run, thank you from all the runners, joggers and walkers.  It was lovely.

Daves time this week earned him the age grade score of 82.58%.

What is age grading?

All parkrun events use age grading to allow athletes to compare results.

Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance.

The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

Age Grades are calculated to allow rough comparisons between all our runners, and should not be taken too seriously. For example, age grading makes no allowance for different weather conditions or the varying terrains of our courses.

We welcomed tourists from Millom, Carlisle and Manchester.  We hope you like our slightly undulating course.

This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Fiona BANNISTER • Sonja FOSTER • David FARISH • Donna BATES • Sarah BOUFFLER • Michael COOK • Louise COOK • Patrick THOMAS • Jo WADDINGTON • Gordon GIBSON • Raymond ROBB • Heather AITKEN • Charlie O'HARE • Vicky PYNE • Anthony CLARKE • Susan BIRKBY • Michael HIGGINS • Al WILSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barrow parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Matty HILL (SM25-29) of Parkside Panthers, was first over the line in 18:48 - first time in 33 appearances.
Stuart GARNETT (SM30-34) of Ulverston Triathlon Club, was second over the line in 18:57.
James CORBISHLEY (JM11-14) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was third over the line in 19:09.

Female placings:
Katie WAITE (SW30-34) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 20:05 - 16th time in 19 appearances.
Heather TRAVIS (VW40-44) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 23:15 .
Amy SINGLETON (VW35-39) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was third (27th overall) over the line in 23:54.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David SPENCER (VM80-84) – 82.58% for the time 25:27 (41st overall).
Brenda BAGLEY (VW60-64) – 76.08% for the time 25:30 (42nd overall).
James CORBISHLEY (JM11-14) – 74.06% for the time 19:09 (third overall).

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:24 on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Phil WAITE who recorded a time of 15:12 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 206).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded 90.24% (16:24) on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,470 participants have completed 35,068 parkruns covering a total distance of 175,340 km, including 6,251 new Personal Bests.

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

See you all soon

Mike & Louise Cook




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