We had a special visitor taking on the Run Director role as we welcomed Barrow Mayor, Tony Callister donning his official chains. He was a natural in front of the crowd and joked with them as he reminded those wearing their Man Utd tops that fancy dress is next week and not today.
Another good turnout with 155 people running, jogging or walking the 5k course. We had 16 first timers with many of them visiting Barrow doing a tourist run and an incredible 33 people recorded new Personal Bests. Well-done to 4 year old Alexis Blackburn who only started running in Feb and has reduced her time from 54 mins to 30:51.
As always a big thank you to the 18 volunteers who made the event possible.
It was a milestone run for Kim Anderson who completed her 50th run – look out for the link to order your t-shirt. Whilst not official milestones, there were significant runs for a number of people are they reached 150 and 200 runs. Well done to Antonio Maggio-Pontz, William Jones-Barnes and Ruth Haughian on their 150th runs and Dave Spencer and Suzanne Boyle on their 200. Parkrun rewards people with t-shirts as they reach 50/100/250/500 runs with juniors having an extra one on their 10th run.
Next Saturday is our 6th anniversary and we would love for people to come in fancy dress. We encourage you to search the wardrobes and attic for some fun and fancy clobber. There will also be cake as Justine Blackburn has kindly offered to bake us a cake for the day which is an amazing gesture and really sums up the community spirit we have at our event.
On to the results, in the men’s placing James Corbishley was first over the line in 18:41 achieving a new PB in the process. In second place fellow HHH runner Jeff Chadwick was on his tail and finished in 18:47 reducing his 5k time by 13 sec. David Harker finished in third position in 19:22.
In the ladies placing, junior runner Georgia Bell came in first position in 21:45 knocking 26 seconds off her previous best time. Emma Broadbent was in second place in 22:03 who was followed by Kim Anderson in 22:38 who was celebrating her 50th run.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
David Spencer (VM80-84) – 81.62% for the time 25:45 (49th overall) Andrew Jeyes (VM65-69) – 78.82% for the time 22:07 (21st overall) Jeff Chadwick (VM45-49) – 77.91% for the time 18:47 (second overall)
To join in the fun, head over to www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and sign up, it’s completely 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. This is really important and we are on occasions seeing breaches of this rule. This is part of parkrun’s insurance policy and where it is noted this rule has not been adhered to, results will be removed. 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 BarrowHelpers@parkrun.com with the date and position you would like to fill.