barrow parkrun – 358

Barrow parkrun – event 358

A great turnout with 182 participants on a surprisingly warm morning.  After recent weather, it seem certain that summer was finally over but it was still a shorts and vest kind of day.  We had 4 first timers and 32 people recorded new personal bests.  Well done to everyone, especially for our first time runners.  It can be daunting turning up for the very first time, unsure what to expect but we hope you will return soon.

Great volunteer squad out too with 22 people doing various roles to ensure the course is well marshalled, people get a time, are handed a finish token, that token it scanned, tokens are resorted, results processed.  Even before most people arrive, there are a number of people who get up extra early to put the signs out so we don’t get lost.  If you want to help out, please email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or come along and ask a high-vis wearer for details.

Parkrun reward people with t-shirts once they meet certain milestones.  These include 10 (just the junior runners) then 50, 100, 250 and 500.  This week we had mother and daughter Shelagh and Elizabeth Morrall complete their 50th runs.  And Sarah Cubiss also reached the same milestone and managed to combine it with her 25th volunteering stint which means two t-shirts will be in the post for her.

Next week will be our 7th anniversary and we are having a party in the evening at the Soccer Bar from 7:30pm. Tickets are available and include DJ and pie and peas. We will be running on the alternative course next week because of another event on in the park so remember bandstand 4 times, cenotaph 3.

Men’s placing's

1st – Andrew Dorrian in 18:36

2nd – David Harker in 19:16

3rd – unknown runner (reminder that you need to bring your barcode to get an official time)

Ladies placing's

1st – Karen Oldham running a new PB time in 22:07

2nd – Kerry Travers in 23:33

3rd – Sandra Garnett also recording a new PB in 23:34

parkrun is for people of all abilities and ages. If you want to get fit, train for a future race or meet new friends then barrow parkrun provides the solution to anyone’s motivation. Participants can walk, jog/walk or sprint. No pressure is put on people only encouragement to finish the course. If you are a first time runner wanting to join us it is recommended that you register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/barcode and arrive at the bandstand at 8.45am for the pre run briefing. Please bring along your barcode if you want your time to be registered.

We also have a junior parkrun which is held on Sunday at 9am and is for kids aged 4 to 14. Children do not have to run with an adult for this event and the course is shortly at 2k. More information about this event can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow-juniors/

Happy running,

Fiona Bannister