Barrow parkrun event #339 – 28th April 2018

Barrow parkrun saw a record number of 217 participants this week, a brilliant turnout, with a team of 24 lovely volunteers, many spectators and supporters the park was a lively place on Saturday morning. The weather was bright, sunny and ideal for a good run.
Jenny Fazackerley was our run director, and by 08:50 at the bandstand she brought the crowd to attention for a quick run briefing before everyone made their way to the start line.
There's always a really mixed bunch of people taking part, from sprinters to walkers, young and old with different levels of ability, with such a good turnout the slower ones are some way back, as are the pets on leads and parents pushing buggies. Laura Leigh was the timekeeper and set us off for the 5km route of our barcode event, the park is full of colour with flowers in bloom and plenty of bright sportswear too.
12 taking part were new to parkrun and were welcomed with applause, it's great to see new people come along and even better when they keep coming back. A very impressive 33 personal best times were recorded this week. Congratulations to each and everyone of you!

jazz hands

Tourist parkrunners join us most weeks and event 339 saw Mike Hipkin complete his 130th event at Barrow from his regular Melton Mowbray parkrun, Nostell parkrunner Paul Marriage and Emma Lockey from Brockenhirst joined us too. We hope our event was an enjoyable and memorable one. Thanks for joining us.
14 taking part didn't bring their barcode, perhaps forgetting or possibly because they have yet to register. It's easy and free to do so. Visit, print a barcode and bring it along, the results are processed and can be found at
3 regulars at Barrow celebrated their milestone 50th parkruns, Paul Managh, Alan Foster and Alexia Blackburn. Alexia is in the under 10's age catagory and has rarely missed an event since she started in February last year. Red 50 tshirts well deserved you 3.

Jacqui Armstrong completed her 300th parkrun event this week, though this isn't an official parkrun milestone it's still a fabulous achievement. Jacqui joined in at Barrow's 2nd ever event in 2011 and has been a regular ever since. Well done Jacqui!
On to some results.
The gents.
Event 339's first finisher was Matthew Elkington in a rather impressive 16:22. Matthew sits in 3rd position as the fastest male at Barrow parkrun with his first fine effort of 16:20.
2nd over the finish line was Ian Sadler in 19:02 and his 240th event to date.
3rd to complete the undulations was Fell Foot regular Alan Coulston in 19:26. His 1st time at Barrow. Well done Alan!
The ladies.
1st lady home - Corrine Parsons in 24:12, her 1st appearance this year.
2nd went to Alexandra Gill in 24:38 - 41st overall position.
3rd lady to finish was Amy Rowlinson - soon after in 24:43
The age grade chart was topped by David Spencer in 82.20% for the gents and Brenda Bagley - 77.14% for the ladies.
1st Junior for the lads was Philip Shrimpton in 21:00 and for the lasses it was Milly Dickinson in a super 25:41.
Many runners this week went an extra distance, a total of 3.7 miles in remembrance of Matt Campbell who tragically lost his life after collapsing during the London Marathon last weekend. Matt had just 3.7miles left to run and many people across the running community joined together to complete the distance on his behalf.

finish for matt

The cafe was open as usual and provided a great place to have a cuppa and a chat. Cake is often supplied by the milestone runners and this week was no exception. A very impressive cake brought in by Alexia was much appreciated and I'm sure none went back home.

Whatever your motivation for joining in at parkrun doesn't matter, training for an event, getting fit or just getting out and meeting people-parkrun fits the bill. So why not come along and join us? There's no pressure to run faster, just encouragement to finish. There's no need to worry you might finish last as the volunteer tailwalker does this to ensure everyone is safe and not lost. If you don't feel like taking on the course then you could volunteer, it's a smashing way to join in. Come along and ask - or email

Please be aware Barrow parkrun is cancelled on 23rd June due to another event taking place.

Happy running.
Gary Woodhouse