run report – 319

Barrow parkrun – 319

A very cold start to our run with temperatures hitting zero and then hail coming down hard and settling on our course making the conditions a little tricky, particularly coming down the cenotaph hill.  Despite the wintry weather we still had 125 running, jogging or walking the 5k course with 6 people joining us for the first time and 17 people achieving new Personal Best times.

Well done to junior runner Poppy Gomersall who ran her fastest time wearing her new 10th parkrun t-shirt and took 46 seconds off, giving her a time of 30:59.  Also to Lucy Montague who only recently started running with us and after 8 runs she has achieved 7 new Pbs and took her time from 30:39 to 24:50 in the space of 2 months.

It was a milestone run for junior runner Milly Dickinson who completed her 50th run and also for Alfie Dale who completed his 10th run.  Well done and be sure to look out for your email that will allow you to order your technical t-shirt.

milly 50th parkrun

Stu Wallace also formally handed over Event Director responsibilities to Donna Bates and Fiona Bannister as he stepped down to take over the junior parkrun event.  This is an event that is aimed at children between 4-14 years old and is a 2k course on Sunday at 9am.  More information about this event can be found at hand over

Finally a big thanks to all those people that volunteered, we could not run this event without you.  If you can help out please drop an email to Donna at or let us know on facebook. We also need helpers for the junior event so if you can help out, please message Stu on

On to the results, in the men’s placing David Harker finished in first position in 19:39 and was followed by first timer junior runner Isaac McKenna in 19:48.  Ben Lindsay, another junior runner, finished in third place with his first sub 20 time of 19:56 setting himself a new PB in the process.

In the ladies placing, the first to finish was Janice Callister who finished in 23:08 and was followed by Karen Oldham in 23:11.  In third position was Joanna Barnard who ran the course in 24:11.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores;

  • Greg Barnard MacKenzie 73.33% (4th overall)
  • Janice Callister 73.34% (15th overall
  • Brenda Bagley 73.13% (40th  overall)

Remember parkrun is for people of all abilities and ages. If you want to get fit as a new year’s resolution, train for a future race or meet new friends then barrow parkrun provides the solution to anyone’s motivation. Participants can walk, jog/walk or sprint. No pressure is put on people only encouragement to finish the course. If you are a first time runner wanting to join us it is recommended that you register at and arrive at the bandstand at 8.45am for the pre run briefing. Please bring along your barcode if you want your time to be registered.

Happy running,

Fiona Bannister