201 parkrunners attended this weeks event, marking the 70th birthday of the NHS we had some NHS staff in uniform taking on the 3.1 mile 5km event.
The event begins with a pre-run briefing at the bandstand at 08:50 every Saturday this week the briefing included some words of inspiration from Stuart Wallace of how the NHS has affected the lives of so many. It was lovely to also see Gordon Gibson back in running gear taking part after major surgery earlier this year.
Parkrun events up and down the country take place each week by volunteers who give up their time for others. Barrow parkrun appreciated this weeks team-
Stuart Wallace, Ann Horton, Owen Baxendale, Clare Greenwood, Sian Littlemore, Laura Leigh, David Farish, Michael Cook, Michele Ashton, Fred Bagley, Leeann Evans, Ian Sadler, Sarah Cubiss and Donna Bates.
If you'd like to volunteer please get in touch with the event directly, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're a regular parkrunner please help by taking a turn now and then.
Taking part in parkrun for the 1st time this week were Martin Beddoes, Nathan Smith and Oliver Barker. Welcome to the parkrun community. Tourists from Lancaster, Stockton On Tees, Ormskirk and Barnsley joined us and we hope Barrow was a memorable event for them.
The weather was glorious for parkrun this week, the sun was out and by 09:00 we were all running around the park in it. There's people of all ages and abliities who take part, their reasons for doing so are as diverse as the parkrunners themselves. 27 determined characters achieved personal best times, 17 of which where by the ladies. The Geese have yet to register and did not complete the course.
It's a great achievment to reach a milestone and event 345 saw Philip Lowe complete his 100th parkrun and a 50th parkrun for Kirsten Johnson only 5 seconds off matching her personal best time. A milestone run is rewarded with a new tshirt, red for a 50, black for 100. Be sure to order yours Phil and Kirsten. Well done.
A few results -
1st over the line today in an impressive 17:47 was Ryan Everett - his 90th parkrun to date
2nd place went to Andrew Dorrian - his 32nd event with a time of 18:30.
3rd finisher - Lee Winter, a Hoad Hill Harrier. 18:55
Highest age grade for the men was Peter Hall with 81.14%, Mr Hall finished in 23:46 and is in the 75-79 age catagory!
Ladies placings -
Georgia Bell was 1st Female to finish, overall 8th. Georgia also was 1st Junior, and topped the ladies age grades at 80.03%. Excellent!
2nd Lady home was Chloe Naylor with a new PB of 21:09
3rd Lady was Amy Singleton in 21:23 - a new PB time and her 101st parkrun to date.
Well done to all mentioned - great running.
Parkrun is free and open to all. There's no pressure to run fast, only encouragement to complete. Dogs on a short lead are welcome, as are parents with pushchairs. Under 11's must be with an adult. Registering is free visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/, print a barcode and bring it with you.
A junoir parkrun takes place weekly for 4-14 year olds at 9am every Sunday, for more information visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow-juniors/
Please note Barrow parkrun is cancelled on 23rd June due to another event taking place.
Why not take this opportunity to visit an out of town parkrun? For a list of events visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/
Participants, volunteers and spectators meet afterwards at the cafe for a brew, milestone cake and a natter-the best way to catch up with friends and runners you can't catch up with during the run. Please join us next time.
Don't forget your barcode!