Barrow parkrun – Event number 341 – Saturday 12th May 2018

Whilst some people were up at the crack of dawn to take in a stroll from Keswick to Barrow and others had a lie in before taking the shorter hop from Coniston to Barrow, 143 people made their way to Barrow park for the free weekly parkrun, Considering the number of local runners, joggers and walkers taking on these mighty challenges, such a turn-out at the park shows just how popular this 5km run has become, Before reporting on this week’s run, I can’t let the opportunity pass to congratulate parkrun regular Ryan Everett on breaking the Coniston to Barrow record in 2 hours and 25 minutes, well done Ryan, the training of tackling the undulations of Barrow parkrun every week has paid off!

First across the line at parkrun for the second consecutive week was Andrew Dorrian in a time of18:32,  second was Stuart Garnett in a new Personal Best time of 18:40. Third was Ian Sadler in 19:03.

For the ladies it was a one-two for Barrow parkrun’s Thelma and Louise, Karen Maggio-Poyntz (22:15) and Janice Callister (22:47), the latter hot-footing it to Hawcoat park to assume her Mayoral duties in dishing out medals to K2B and C2B finishers. Heather Travis was third home in 23:11.

There were celebrations and cake to be shared at the café after the run, with our youngest regular Harrison Marr completing his 10th run, Stephen and Alison McMenemy achieving their 50th, Scott Wilson his 100th and Karen Maggio-Poyntz her 300th!

Fifteen “First-timers” joined us, yes, you guessed it, for their first time, including tourists from West Cumbria, South Manchester and Lancaster. The couple who regularly run at Lancaster parkrun, John and Stella Birchall were very complimentary about our park and what a beautiful location it makes for a parkrun, they’ve toured quite extensively at other parkruns and they placed Barrow up there at the top as the nicest location. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful amenity on our doorstep and the team that manage the park, the landscaping and flowers deserve special mention.
Full results, complete event history and loads of info for beginners or regulars can be found on the Barrow parkrun page at

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