Barrow parkrun – event 304

Barrow parkrun – event 304

It was a fairly humid morning at parkun on Saturday which made the course a little more challenging than normal.  The pleasant weather including the knowledge of lots of cake must have encouraged many people to leave their beds early as 170 runners/joggers/walkers arrived at the bandstand for the 9am start.   We had 14 first joiners of which half were tourists visiting us from other parkruns including Chester and London.  And an incredible 19 people (listed below) recorded new Personal Bests.

Lynda Fisher, Mandy Woodburn, Tracy Henderson, Leeann Evans, Bill Kitchin, Ian Verber, Pete Burton, Richard Tiley, Frans Strydom, Nicola Noble, Maya Coxon, Andrew Scopes, Isabella Sanger-Davies, Poppy Gomersall, Billy Ashton, Kieran Bannister, Ruarie Coxon, Boyd Laurie and Kian Park.

As always a big thank you to the 22 volunteers who made the event possible.

It was a milestone run for four people with junior runner Kai Johnson running his 10th run, Philip Everett completing his 50th, Ann Mutton her 100th and Mike Cook his 250th. All amazing achievements that require dedication and commitment.  Well done to everyone and look out for the email that will allow you to order your technical t-shirt.  In addition, we also had Malcolm Hill celebrating his 60th birthday.  So lots of jubilation and cakes.

Mal's 60th bdmike 250thOn to the results, in the men’s placing an unknown runner finished first.  He either had not registered or forgot to bring his barcode.  You need to do both in order to get an official time.  In second placing Stuart Garnett finished in 19:06 and was followed by first timer Lee Gaukrodger shortly after in 19:11.

In the ladies placing, Karen Maggio-Poyntz was first to finish in 22:58, her 101st time to finish in the top female position.   Heather Travis was 2nd in 23:05 followed by Tracey Henderson who achieved a new PB with her time of 23:19, which represents a 5 second improvement.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

David Spencer (VM80-84) – 79.86% for the time 26:19 (53rd overall). Ian Sadler (VM50-54) – 77.70% for the time 19:17 (4th overall). Brenda Bagley (VW60-64) – 76.23% for the time 25:27 (45th overall).

To join in the fun, head over to and sign up, it’s completely free, you’ll be given a barcode of your personal number to print out, then it’s just a case of making your way to Barrow park bandstand at 8:45am on a Saturday morning and everyone will make you more than welcome. Don’t forget to bring your barcode along, and then you will receive an official finish time. No barcode, no time, no exception.

Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or responsible adult and should remain within arm’s reach throughout the course. And runners with dogs (one only) should ensure they are kept under firm control on a short lead or harness and extreme care is taken to avoid tripping other runners.

parkrun is operated entirely on the volunteers that put themselves forward. If you want to help out next week or register your interest to volunteer for future events you can email with the date and position you would like to fill.
Happy running,

Fiona Bannister