6th anniversary – run 308

  Barrow parkrun – event 308

Happy 6th anniversary to Barrow parkrun!!  Saturday was a big day as we celebrated 6 years of running and great friendships.  The event has changed since our conception on 24/09/2011 as we were then a small field of just 25 runners and we never hit the 100 mark till 2013.  Now we often have 150 people turning up to run 5k at 9am regardless of the weather.

Today we had 167 people, many in fancy dress.   From bees and ladybirds, to pirates, prisoners, skeletons and even batman who helped a struggling mum push her pram up the one of the steep hills (I am very grateful!).  We also had to run on an alternative course as there was another event on in the park, which made the run even tougher than normal, but we still had 7 people achieving new Personal Best times.

fancy dress parkrun

In attendance was the Lady Mayoress who presented our Parkrunner of the Year a special trophy.  That person was 79 year old John Wearing, who has been coming to our parkrun since 2015 when he volunteered every single week and never ran.  He then started to running but would still volunteer at least monthly. He is often there before many others helping set up and sweep the bandstand and surrounding areas to remove glass and rubbish that is left from the night before.  Well done John.

john wearing 6th anniversaty

It should be noted that it is incredibly difficult selecting just one person as GOMERSALL PIRATESthere are some many people who do a fantastic job helping and supporting our event.

As always a big thank you to the 16 volunteers who made the event possible.

On to the results, in the men’s placing David Harker was first over the line in 19:37 his 36th time in top position in 211 appearances. In second place was William McAllister who finished dead on 20 mins and was followed by Jon Lowther who achieved a new PB with his time of 20:24, taking over a minute of his previous best.

In the ladies placing, Newcastle runner Catherine Eaton came in first position in 22:53 achieving a new Barrow parkrun PB having last run the course in 2014.   In second placing was Sarah Boffler who finished in 23:38, just two seconds off achieving a 2017 best time. In third place was a ‘minion’ runner Hilary Henry who despite the fancy dress still ran a great time of 23:56.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:enjoying cake

  • Ian Sadler (VM50-54) – 72.15% for the time 20:46 (4th overall).
  • David Harker (VM40-44) – 71.20% for the time 19:37 (first overall).
  • Gillian Thompson (VW75-79) – 70.19% for the time 35:50 (133rd 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.
Happy running,

Fiona Bannister