Mick Cull, this weeks run director opened proceedings with a quick course briefing before parkrunners made their way to the start line by 9 o'clock. The weather was mild and the puddles from recent heavy rainfall had dried up nicely.
132 participants completed the weekly 5km timed event, quiter than usual perhaps due to another popular event taking place the following morning.
39 runners represented local running club Walney Wind Cheetahs and 15 Parkside Panthers joined in. Many other club members and unregistered runners take part.
2 debut parkrunners this week, Mark Wallis and Mark Grenfell-Shaw, welcome to parkrun.
Tourist parkrunners joined us from neighbouring Fell Foot and Millom and further afield from Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Kingston to name a few. Thanks for joining us.
23 achieved new personal best times, well done to you all! Congratulations to Andrew Leece who ran his milestone 100th run this week, a new Tribesports tshirt well deserved.
The fastest 3 runners were -
David McNally, in 18:47 - his 6th parkrun to date and a new PB time.
Barrow regular Ryan Everett was just a second behind David, in 18:48 and his 73rd parkrun so far.
3rd place went to David Harker in 19:16 with 229 parkruns completed.
First lady home this week was Georgia Bell, with a brilliant time of 21:30 in 16th position and a new PB time. Excellent effort Georgia.
The top 3 age grade scores went to -
Raymond Gill with 77.56%
Ian Sadler with 77.50%
Georgia Bell with 77.36%
Age grading is an accurate way to measure a runners performance according to age and gender.
A team of 26 volunteers made parkrun happen this week. Their time and effort is much appreciated. Thank you. If you would like to volunteer please email email@example.com or ask a volunteer next week. It's a great way to get involved. There are many roles to fill ranging from scanning barcodes to marshalling at key points along the course.
If you'd like to give parkrun a try just register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/.
Print a barcode and bring it along with you and meet us at the bandstand in Barrow park at 08:45 on Saturday morning. You don't need to be a top athlete to take part, you can run, jog or walk, dog owners can bring their pooch on a short lead and under 11's can join in with a responsible adult, starting at the back are many buggy pushing parents so there's plenty of scope to join in, whatever your level.
The latest results can be found here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/
After parkrun many runners, volunteers and spectators have a cuppa, chat and more often than not -a slice of milestone cake. It's a good way to rest your legs and catch up with fellow runners. (in more ways than one).
Barrow parkrun began in September 2011 with 25 runners. The record holder is Phil Waite in 15:12, the female record holder is Lizzie Browne in 16:24. Those times are brilliant, but not essential.
Come along and join us, what's to lose?