A lovely Easter Saturday morning saw 182 runners, joggers and walkers turn up at the bandstand in Barrow park to enjoy the undulating 5km challenge that is Barrow parkrun.
There were 14 first timers joining the parkrun family for what will hopefully be the first of many appearances. An amazing 23 people recorded Personal Best times too!
If there was a theme to this week’s parkrun, it was that the kids are a force to be reckoned with. Although Barrow now has a 2km junior parkrun every Sunday for ages 4 to 14, several youngsters stole the limelight mixing it with the “grown-ups” on Saturday. Three under 14s finished in the top ten, which is nothing short of amazing, we really do have some up and coming talent in the local running community. Olesia Winder finished 6th with a new PB of 18:50, Will McNally was close on her heels with a PB of 18:56 and Jakob Nelson also bagged a PB in 19:04 to finish tenth.
Proving that they’re aren’t just a flash in the pan, these kids are showing real commitment, with seven-year-old Lydia Blackburn having completed her 50th run this week and providing the runners with slices of an amazing cake at the café after the run. Younger sister Alexia (5) is only three runs behind her big sister and we are all looking forward to more cake in a few weeks’ time.
Youngster Olesia was first lady home, with Chloe Naylor second and Janice Callister third, all three of them putting in new PB performances. For the men it was local flyer Ryan Everett finishing first, with visitor Neil Kirkham second and Mark Tomkinson third.
Other notable achievements were Elizabeth Williamson with her sixth PB in ten runs and hubby Mark recording his second of the year, Paul Corkhill with a PB two weeks on the run and Justine Blackburn not being outdone by her kids with her second PB of the year. Siobhan Lines who has gotten faster on each of her four appearances, Adrienne Banks in the ladies 60-64 age group with PBs two weeks running, Matthew Lister with a fifth PB this year, Janice Callister with her third of the year, Ella Matthews with three PBs in three weeks and Paula Herbert celebrating her first PB since 2013. Well done all and a big thankyou to the 21 volunteers who made the event possible.
Full results, complete event history and loads of info for beginners or regulars can be found on the Barrow parkrun page at www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow.
parkrun is completely free to enter, just register at parkrun.org.uk 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!