Barrow parkrun Event 315 – 11th November 2017

This week, Jennifer Fazackerley was our volunteer run director and began proceedings with a course briefing before participants made their way to the start line ready for the off at 09:00.
183 participants, a team of 27 much appreciated volunteers and many spectators made for a lively parkrun - a challenging timed 5km event around Barrow park. Volunteers always offer encouragement and applause along the way and other roles include handing out tokens, scanning barcodes and collecting up flags and pointers afterwards.
Of 183 participants, 5 were 1st timers and possibly the 1st of many to come. Tourist runners Agnieszka Colcomb joined us from her regular Newbury parkrun and Christine Rodgers from Millom parkrun made Barrow parkrun her 5th event to date.
30 parkrunners achieved new personal best times this week. Well done to each of you. Good weather conditions may have helped but mostly it's due to determination and attitude. 13 taking part were unknown, which means they either forgot to bring along their barcode or have yet to registered at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/.
1st finisher was unknown, if I finished 1st I'd really want to see my name on the results page! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/
Andrew Dorrian finished 2nd in a nimble 18:56 making his 20th parkrun event to date. 1st Junior runner home was Greg Barnard-Mackenzie in 20:00 and his 113th parkrun done. 1st lady this week was Janice Callister in 23rd place and just 8 seconds shy of a PB with a time of 22:36.
Merryn Stangroom ran her milestone 10th parkrun in fine style with a new personal best time of 25:52 and also Daisy Parkinson earns her milestone Tshirt supplied by Tribesports, completing her 10th parkrun this week. Congratulations to you both.
David Spencer tops the age grade chart this week with a very impressive 81.94% with an equally impressive time of 25:39 and 204th parkrun to date. David is a regular at Barrow and runs in the 80-84 age catagory. A true inspiration to many a younger runner,
The 280th event completed today by Jacqui Armstrong is the highest attendance of a Barrow regular. Many more are fast approaching their milestone 250th run as Barrow parkrun has become well established since it began in September 2011 with just 25 taking part.
Many taking part meet afterwards at the cafe for a refreshments and a chat. It's good to catch up with friends and fellow runners if you can't catch up with them along the route you probably can here.
If you'd like to give parkrun a try then you are more than welcome, we'd like to see you and you don't need to go like the clappers, just at a pace that suits you - run, jog or walk. Many dog lovers bring their pooch on a short lead and parents can be seen pushing their young ones in a buggy. The volunteer tail walkers finish the event and scan in last to ensure nobody is left behind or loses their way. If you don't feel up to running then a volunteer role is good way to get involved and see how things work. FInd out more here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/volunteer/
Junoir parkrun starts on the 3rd December. More details can be found here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow-juniors/
The male record holder at Barrow parkrun is Phil Waite in a keen 15:12 while Lizzie Browne holds the fastest female top spot in an equally keen 16:24.
We don't need to be THAT keen.
See you soon!
Gary Woodhouse

11th Nov parkrun.