Barow parkrun event #317 – 25th November 2017

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A cold wet and windy morning with several puddles from the recent heavy rain did not dissuade the 164 participants, a team of 21 volunteers or the spectators from coming along to Barrow park for the weekly timed 5km event.
As usual the event begins with a pre-run briefing at 08:50 around the bandstand and ready at the start line for 09:00.
From serious runners who sprint the 3.1 mile route to casual walkers who amble with a dog, young and old, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, they are all here and make up the parkrun community.
1st over the line this week was Ian Sadler, a regular at Barrow parkrun. His 219th event to date with a time of 19:04 puts him at the top of the age grade table with a score of 78:58%. Newark parkrunner Geoffrey Gregory joined us for a tourist parkrun this week and completed our course in 4th position with a time of 19:35. Luke Broadbent was the 1st junior runner home in 5th positon in 19:53, a new personal best time. Preston parkrunner Andrew Duffy joined us for the 1st time and finished with a very impressive time of 20:18.
1st Lady to finish was Janice Callister in 23:04, a good effort especially with the paths being wet and muddy in places. Junior runner Poppy Gomersall completed her milestone 10th parkrun and Duncan Mill completed his 100th event, Poppy and Duncan will be rewarded with a Tribestorts running tshirt. Well done to you both!
9 taking part were new to parkrun, and visitors from Manchester, Riverside parkrun and Birkenhead to name a few, I hope they enjoyed our parkrun and come back again soon.
20 taking part achieved a personal best time, well done to you all. It takes determination to achieve a PB and more so in difficult weather conditions.
A big thank you to our volunteers who make this event happen. Your time and effort was much appreciated.Andy Jones-Barnes, Christopher Hughes, Christopher Punton, David Farish, Donna Bates, Fred Bagley, Gemma MCGlinchey, John Wearing, Julie Clark, Mark Noble, Melissa Greaves, Michael Cook, Nicholas Emerson, Oscar Punton, Philip Leigh, Ray Robb, Sam Jones-Barnes, Stuart Wallace, Tom Mortlack-Jackson and Valerie Hayward.
The cafe was open as usual and many meet afterwards for a brew and a chat. Feel free to join us next time.
If you'd like to give parkrun a try then why not? Just register and print a barcode http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ bring your barcode and meet us at the bandstand at 08:50 each Saturday morning. You can bring a pet on a short lead, or push a young one in a buggy, under 11's must be within arms reach of their responsible adult.
If you'd like to volunteer then we'd be very grateful, it's also a good way to get involved. You can email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or come along and ask.
Happy running.
Gary Woodhouse

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