Barrow parkrun event #303 – 19th August 2017

This week, 127 particpants representing 11 running clubs completed Barrow parkrun, of which 2 were 1st time parkrunners and 46 runners have completed 10 or less events so far, it's good to see so many new faces!
24 recorded new personal best times (PB's) - Excellent effort especially with the strong winds. Tourist parkrunners joined us this week from Bristol, Penrith, and Fell Foot. We hope they enjoyed our course and come back again soon. No milestone runs this week but many are fast approaching.
1st finisher this week was Stuart Garnett in a very respectable time of 19:31, his 10th parkrun to date. Close behind in 2nd place - William McAllister in 19:35 and Neil Grace got 3rd with a time of 20:12. Luke Broadbent was the first junior runner over the line in 20:59 which made his 41st parkrun event to date and earned him 4th place. Darina Delinova was 1st lady home in 21:38, her 6th run and 5th consectutive PB time. Excellent running, well done to you.
Age grade results are given to each taking part, Age-Grading calculations take into account your age and gender to produce a percentage score for your run, this is more accurate way to measure your result and compare with runners old and younger. David Spencer, a regular at Barrow parkrun scored highest with a remarkable 79.41%. Mr Spencer is in the 80-84 age catagory and is an inspiration to many. Junior runner Georgia Bell scored highest for the females with a brilliant 72.01%. Georgia is in the under 11 age group and finished today in 23:42. Well done to you both!
This week a team of 20 volunteers made parkrun a safe and enjoyable event for those taking part, it can't go ahead without them and their efforts are much appreciated. If you are a regular runner at Barrow please consider taking a turn, if you aren't up to running or simply want to help. Please get in touch via email - or just ask the run director next week. John Wearing is a well known and popular figure at Barrow, today he was timekeeper and 59th time as volunteer-John is a great runner too with 68 parkruns to his name, he goes about things in a quiet manner and this morning was sweeping up broken glass from a busy path before his official role had started. Thank you Mr Wearing.
You don't need to be a top sprinter to try parkrun, it's open to all ages and abilities so if you'd like to give it a go you are welcome to run, jog or walk. Under 11's must be with an adult-this is parkrun policy and is for the safety of the child. There are regulars who bring their young ones in a push chair/buggy, and pets on a short lead and are advised to start at the back to let the faster ones get away safely. Visit, print your barcode and come along on Saturday. We meet at 8:50 at the bandstand. Everything is explained before we start. There's a cafe in close proximity and many of us have coffee, cake and a chat afterwards. By all means come along and join us, it's a great way to finish parkrun and to meet new people.
Phil Waite holds the record for the fastest time of 15:12. The female record holder is Lizzie Browne in 16:24. The highest attendance so far is 208. The course is 3.1 miles long and is challenging but enjoyable. 176,865 km ofBarrow parkrunning has been completed by everyone taking part since the 1st event. That's not even 5 times round the world, so come along next week and add to the statistics.
Gary Woodhouse.

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