Barrow parkrun 310

Barrow parkrun 310

This Saturday saw the milestone runs for husband and wife,  Steve and Cath Grisdale who celebrated their 200th run, junior runner Lucy Bell completed her 10th run  and Phil Horrocks completed his 250th run, Phil will receive a commemorative 250 T-Shirt from our sponsors Wiggle, congratulations to you all and thank you for the cakes that we enjoyed after the run.

It was also a  birthday celebration for parkrun on Saturday, as parkrun celebrated its 13th birthday.

History of parkrun:

The first parkrun event to launch was the Bushy parkrun, which was founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt in 2004. Originally called the Bushy Park Time Trial, it grew into a small collection of events called the UK Time Trials. In 2007, the second event was launched at Wimbledon Common, while the first outside of London was launched in Leeds later that year. The UK Time Trials were renamed parkrun in 2008. The first event outside of the United Kingdom was launched in Denmark in 2009.

Events now take place every week in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the Czech Republic, the United States, Italy and France. parkruns have previously been operated in Zimbabwe and Iceland. There was also formerly a parkrun at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, which was operated by parkrun UK

By 24 December 2015, there were over two million registered parkrunners globally, together having done over 12.5 million runs, with one million instances of volunteering. Come December 2016, parkrun "athlete" number 3,000,001 had been issued, representing over 2,000,000 participants with runners using over 1,000 parks worldwide.

This week 177 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

David FARISH • Donna BATES • Megan Jessica CARTER • David SPENCER • Michael COOK • Louise COOK • Gordon GIBSON • Harvey COOPER • Val FLEMING • Clare GREENWOOD • Laura JONES-BARNES • Anthony CLARKE • William MCALLISTER • Sam JONES-BARNES • Lorraine O'NEILL • John SHERWEN • Riikka GRÖHN • John WEARING • Fred BAGLEY • Gemma MCGLINCHEY • Maria BLAKEY

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

Male placings:
Neil KIRKHAM (SM30-34) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, was first over the line in 18:48 - third time in 5 appearances.
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was second over the line in 19:11.
David HARKER (VM40-44) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was third over the line in 19:47.

Female placings:
Janice CALLISTER (VW50-54) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 22:59 - 7th time in 146 appearances.
Heather TRAVIS (VW40-44) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was second (26th overall) over the line in 23:13.
Sarah BOUFFLER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 23:43.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David SPENCER (VM80-84) – 81.51% for the time 25:47 (51st overall).
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) – 78.11% for the time 19:11 (second overall).
Greg BARNARD-MACKENZIE (JM11-14) – 75.02% for the time 19:49 (4th 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 3,577 participants have completed 36,642 parkruns covering a total distance of 183,210 km, including 6,468 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