Saturday is parkrun day, and the 337th event took place at Barrow this week. Weather conditions were fine and definitely more spring like for the 165 taking part, the team of wonderful volunteers and for the many spectators and supporters.
The event begins with a pre-run briefing at the bandstand and everyone is ready at the start line by 09:00, Timekeeper ready and a countdown for the off.
The faster runners at the front gain good ground on the slower lot at the back, but whatever the speed it matters not - taking part and enjoying the event is more important for many participants.
Whatever the motivation or goal, it's a great feeling to have completed the course, a challenging route of the park with a few hills and twisting paths along the way. 5km in total.
Event 337 welcomed 8 1st timers with applause and also to tourist parkrunners from Bradford, Leeds and Manchester. We hope to see you again soon.
A very impressive 22 participants achieved new personal best times. Good conditions may help but mostly it's just down to grit and determination. Very well done to each of you.
Finley Corkill ran his milestone 50th run in style with a new PB and Raymond Robb ran his 200th. 50 runs earns a red t-shirt. Ray needs another 50 for his green one.
On to some results-
A superb effort from Olesia Winder very much topped the lot this week-with a time of 19:11 earned her 1st place, first lady, junior and top of the age grade chart with 84.88%. Outstanding!
2nd over the line was Daniel Burns in a lively 19:34, and 49th parkrun event to date.
3rd to finish - Mike Cubin with 19:47 and 18 seconds quicker than his previous best!
Most of us just can't run that fast, but there are still many brilliant achievments every week -
David Spencer, in the 80-84 age catagory achieved the highest male age grade with 80.22%.
Amy Singleton chopped 33 seconds off her PB.
Donna Bates has volunteered for 378 positions in 337 events.
Alastair Rainsbury ran his 244th parkrun.
If you'd like to give parkrun a go, then please come along and join us, it's a great way to get fit, healthy and meet new people. There is no pressure to run fast, just encouragement to complete the course. Register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ print a barcode and bring it with you.
If you'd like to volunteer please email email@example.com or ask one of our helpers on the day. If you are a regular runner please consider taking a turn to help fill the roster!
Pram pushers and pets on a short leash are welcome, under 11's must run with an adult. The cafe is open after the event and many catch up for a brew and a natter.
Please note Barrow parkrun is cancelled on 23rd June, another event is taking place.
A junior parkrun event takes place every Sunday, a free, weekly, timed 2k parkrun for 4-14 year olds meeting at the bandstand at 08:50 to begin at 09:00.