Barrow parkrun 334 – 24th March 2018

The weather was much warmer for Barrow parkrun on Saturday, the rain had stopped an hour or so before the start and it made for great running conditions. Thankfully the icy wind that seemed to be always in your face no matter which direction you were running a week ago was long gone, as the clocks go forward hopefully we’ve seen the back of icy cold conditions. This week 144 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Quite a few local runners were competing in the “Coniston 14” later in the morning, so a few regular faces were absent.

Setting off like a whippet from the start line, Ryan Everett was first home in 17:04, finishing over two minutes ahead of his nearest rival Ian Sadler who finished the course in 19:13. Third male home was Dave Harker on his 240th parkrun, just 10 more until he earns the ultimate parkrun accolade, joining a select group who have completed 250 runs.

For the ladies, Amy Singleton put in a lot of effort to finish first in 22:14, just 15 seconds outside of her PB and looked like she still had some in reserve, a PB to tumble in weeks to come I’m sure, to add to the three PBs she’s recorded this year. Finnish flyer Riikka Gröhn was second to finish in 24:15, with Sarah Bouffler also coming in below the 25 minute mark in 24:32.

The 15 runners recording new Personal Best times were:

Paul Corkill, Gareth Davies, Lewis Watts, Derek Fryer, John Williamson, Patrick Donohue, Leeann Evans, Anna Donohue, Adrienne Banks, Susan Clarkson, Elizabeth Williamson, Katie Noble, Ella Matthews, Sandra Bristow And James Hemsworth.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers, without whom the event could not take place. If each runner volunteers three times in a year then all the roles are covered, to volunteer contact Donna in the bandstand before or after the run.

Full results, complete event history and loads of info for beginners or regulars can be found on the Barrow parkrun page at

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,844 participants have completed 40,365 parkruns covering a total distance of 201,825 km, including 6,944 new Personal Bests.

parkrun is completely free to enter, just register at so that you can  receive an official time, print off your paper barcode from the registration process and brig it along to the bandstand at 845 for a 9am start every Saturday, see you there!

Darren McS