Barrow parkrun – Event number 370 – 8th December 2018

I missed Barrow parkrun this week (and last) -the pounding rain and wind against my window and the comfort and warmth of the duvet meant I failed to make the start line. But that’s one of the great things about parkrun, there’s no pressure to turn up week in, week out. I’m telling myself that anyway!

The sixteen volunteers who made sure the event went ahead didn’t get the luxury of rolling over and going back to sleep however, they had to be there and in awful weather too, so a huge shout out to David Farish, Donna Bates, Jeff Crosthwaite, David Spencer, Michael Cook, Sarah Cubiss, Jamie O’hare, Jakob Nelson, Philip Everett, John Wearing, Fred Bagley, Owen Baxendale, Sian Littlemore, Darren Fearnley, Brian Leece and Kay Sutherland. Oh, and myself, as “run report writer”, although sitting here with the laptop on my knee, the heating on full and a rum and coke by my side, I don’t think I can claim the same credit!

Liam Walker was first home on a return visit to his hometown, the Sheffield based flyer completing the Barrow course in 17 minutes exactly. He’s back for a Christmas break soon so that first place slot may well be his a few more times in the next few weeks. Youngster Luca Messenger Jones was second in 19L20 and Martin Currie was third in 19:51.

For the ladies, Karen Maggio-Poyntz was first in 23:50, Jo Kilkenny was 2nd on her first appearance at Barrow in 24:16 and 3rd place was Michelle Whalley in a time of 24:50.

Milestone celebrations this week were Martin Clarkson and Leslie Wearing, both celebrating their 100th runs!

Barrow parkrun is free to enter and takes place every Saturday at 9 am, meet at the bandstand at 8:45 for the pre-run briefing. Register at www.parkrun.org.uk/register and follow the instructions on that page to print your personal barcode then you can receive an official time, which is emailed and text to you on the Saturday when the results are processed.

Don’t forget our special runs over Christmas - Join us for our 6th Christmas Day parkrun here in Barrow - 9am start and why not start 2019 with a parkrun? Join us for a 9am start to our 5th New Year's Day parkrun.

See you at the bandstand (if released for the duvet in time)

Darren McSweeney