Barrow parkrun began back in September 2011 with just 25 taking part and a team of 9 volunteers. This week, the 338th event held saw 195 participants and a team 19 volunteers. The weather was lovely, and the park is looking rather fine though many taking part might forget to look around.
Everyone meets at the bandstand for a quick run briefing at 08:50 ready to go for 09:00. Saturday morning parkrun is a 5k event for all ages and abilities. On Sunday there is a Junior parkrun, a 2k event for 4-14 year olds, also meeting at the bandstand at 08:50.
Ann Horton was the run director and got things underway, by 09:00 the timed event began.
There is always a mixed bunch at parkrun, from sprinters to walkers, young and old. Pets with people on leads, parent pushing buggies. Plenty of huffers and puffers, Cheetahs, Harriers and Panthers.
The course is a challenge - a hilly route which passes the cenotaph 3 times. There are marshals along the way offering encouragement and direction for those unfamiliar with the course. Of the 195 to complete parkrun, 4 of those were 1st timers. A hand up at the start gives applause, cheer, and a hope they come back again for another go next week. It's always good to have parkrun tourists joining us at Barrow, welcomes and applause to those at the bandstand aswell. Thank you for visiting, James Maher and Matt Sims from Fellfoot and Basingstoke runners Judith, Brian and Cami Cameron.
29 determined parkrunners achieved personal best times (PB). Excellect efforts everybody!
Paul Corkill completed his 100th parkrun today, a black milestone tshirt well earned.
Gillian Thompson completed her 200th event, only another 50 to go for her green one.
Paul and Gillian. Well done to you both on your fabulous achievments.
The faster runners finish quicker, that's usually how it works-this week included.
1st finisher was Ryan Everett, running like a leveret in 17:40.
2nd home was Matt Sims on his 1st time at Barrow in 18:35.
3rd over the line was James Corbishley soon after with a new PB. 18:40. James was also the 1st Junior to finsih.
Ladies to mention-
1st lady was Karen Maggio-Poyntz in overall 21st position with 22:24 and her 297th parkrun to date.
2nd lady, Mayoress Janice Callister in 22:43 and Liz McNally in 22:51 was 3rd lady and a new PB for Liz.
Age grade, a way to measure a particpants' result takes into consideration age and gender rather than just the finish time. Topping the the tops this week are regular Barrow parkrunners Ian Sadler for the gents with an impressive 79.42% and Brilliant Brenda Bagley for the ladies with 75.75%.
There were some problems with barcode scanners this week, the volunteers worked hard to resolve these issues with scanning and processing the results. Thank you to the participants for their patience and to Fiona Bannister for her efforts to fill in the missing gaps on the results page.
Tail walkers ensure everyone finishes safely and they always finish last so nobody needs to worry they might. Andrea Anderson and Lorraine Dickinson did so this week. Thank you to both, by the time they had finished many were already at the cafe enjoying a brew, cakes and friendly banter. The cafe is near to the finish, and all are welcome. Milestone runners often bring cakes to share and is always gratefully and enthusiastically accepted. A parkrunner is usually hungry.
Please consider volunteering, ask a high viz wearer on the day or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/
If you'd like to give parkrun a try please do so! It's free and fun. Register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ print a barcode and bring it with you.
Please note Barrow parkrun is cancelled on Saturday 23rd June.
Join us next week!