Barrow parkrun – event 359 Barrow parkrun

 

Barrow parkrun – event 359

On Saturday 132 runners and 20 volunteers celebrated barrow parkrun’s 7th anniversary.  Since then 4,152 participants have completed 44,667 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,335 km (roughly around the world 5.5 times) including 7,535 new Personal Bests.  It’s incredible to reflect on the success of our event given when we first started we had 25 runners and it took 18 months before we reached over 100 runners.

We ran on our “alternative course” as there was another event on in the park and it definitely does feel more undulating than our normal course.  One runner kindly informed me that there were 17 inclines as opposed to our normal 9 but it gives our hamstrings and calves a good workout.

The roster is looking sparse for the next few weeks so please get in contact if you can help out.   There are various roles including Run Director, barcode scanner, timer, handing out finish tokens and marshalling.  We even have a group of people who arrive extra early to put signs out so you don’t get lost on the course and then when people have finished and head to the café, the same people put them away.  Email us at barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or come along and ask a high-vis wearer.

Milestone runs for 3 runners this week including Clare and John Greenwood who completed their 250th run.  About 6 months ago that achievement might have seemed impossible for John as he took seriously ill with Guillain Barre but that fighting spirit in him ensured he recovered quickly and got back to parkrun as soon as he was able to.  Peter Hall, one of our veteran runners in the 75-79 age category ran his 50th run and as a first time on the alternative course lost count of the laps so did an extra one.  We look forward to seeing you wear your new tshirts when they arrive.

And a big thank you for those runners that stopped to assist and help the lady who had an accident and needed medical assistance.

Men’s placings

1st – William McAllister in 19:55

2nd – Paul Singleton in 20:28

3rd – Cameron Bell in 20:31

 

Ladies placings

1st – Amy Singleton in 22:51

2nd – Karen Oldham in 23:13

3rd – Lauren Booth in 25:54

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