A blockbuster of a run report for you this week, thanks to Tourist Barry Shackleton for writing the report!
We have moved into the second month of winter and the first parkrun Saturday of 2019, and so far the weather Gods have been kind with no bad weather threatening enough for cancellations. Indeed, at 9am as 242 runners gathered at the bandstand for the Run Director's address it was about 8°C with no wind so it felt mild and maybe that is what was attracting the highest attendance ever seen at a Barrow parkrun.
It is the 9th time there have been 200+ runners at Barrow and 242 was 19 more than the previous record which was set in October last year. This was one of 64 new attendance parkrun records which have been set this week in the UK. There were also a record number of parkruns taking place in the UK with 581, and this attracted 168,139 runners which was over 150,000 for the first time ever and beats the previous record set in May 2018.
So with all this activity, here is a closer look at who did what:
The first runner home was Liam Walker of the University of Sheffield Tri Club who finished in 17:44. This was his 16th run at Barrow, and the 14th time he has crossed the line in front of everyone else. He is also the 4th fastest runner ever seen at Barrow which was when he ran his PB of 16:11 on New Years Day this year.
An unknown runner finished in 2nd place while in 3rd position was Ian Sadler of Walney Wind Cheetahs who was running his 265th parkrun, of which 248 have been completed at Barrow. Ian already has his 250 run t-shirt and needs just two more appearances at Barrow to complete a 250-double. Ian is the 123rd fastest runner ever seen at Barrow.
The Walney Wind Cheetahs club also produced the first Lady with Amy Singleton coming home in 13th place overall in 21:15. This was her 124th parkrun of which 120 have been at Barrow and this is the 13th time that Amy has finished as first Lady.
Karen Oldham was 2nd Lady in 22nd place who was taking part in her 78th parkrun and Karen is a true passionista having completed all 78 runs at Barrow. Third position was claimed by Sarah Bouffler who runs for the Barrow and Furness Striders and this was Sarah's 288th appearance at Barrow out of 295 completed parkruns. She also had the 8th highest attendance of any runners appearing on the day.
Another Barrow and Furness Strider, David Spencer, was the only one on the day with an Age Grading higher than 80% when his 82.15% scored higher than anyone else. He finished in 65th place with a time of 26:14 which is brilliant for someone who is in the V80 category. He holds the Barrow record for the quickest run in that category, and also holds the V75 category. David has completed 238 parkruns with 236 of them being at Barrow, having strayed only twice at Cardiff and Fell Foot.
There were 26 runners today who ran a Personal Best time, so well done to them. All aboard the PB Express. There were no new Category records. 116 runners today were ladies and 124 were men, and there were 30 juniors. Don't forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult. 12 of the juniors were female aged 10 and under so there is a rich vein of young running talent in the Barrow area.
There were 18 First Timers who joined the parkrun party at Barrow of which 15 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. Now that you have completed your first parkrun why not come back to Barrow next week and try to run a Personal Best time by beating it?
This week there were 23 runners who were shown as 'unknown'. It's terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, or finish in 2nd place as happened today, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don't Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don't take home your finish tokens. They are not souvenirs - DON'T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE.
HALL OF FAME
Those celebrating milestones with us this week were:
250 - Dave Aitken (Parkside Panthers) joined the 250-club and gets a green commemorative t-shirt.
100 - Alan Robinson joined the 100-club and gets a black commemorative t-shirt.
75 - Kim Anderson (Walney Wind Cheetahs)
75 - Alexia Blackburn (Walney Wind Cheetahs)
50 - Pam Robertson joined the 50-club and gets a red commemorative t-shirt.
50 - Rachael Park joined the 50-club and gets a red commemorative t-shirt.
10 - Casey Turner (junior) joined the 10-club and gets a white commemorative t-shirt. He finished in 25th place in 22:35 which was a new Personal Best time.
Over the holiday period in the UK:
4,149 runners joined the 50 club, 2,050 runners joined the 100-club, 277 runners joined the 250-club
-and Barrow runners were featured in each group!
And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:
199 - Ruth Haughian (Walney Wind Cheetahs) She is only 5k away from completing 1,000,000 parkrun metres.
Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:
Junior White (10 runs) - 14 runners
Cardinal Red (50 runs) - 36 runners
Jet Black (100 runs) - 44 runners
Green (250 runs) - 18 runners
Blue (500) - 0 runners
The top 5 attendees this week were:
Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 399 runs
Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 341 runs
Jacqui Armstrong (Parkside Panthers) 333 run
Karen Magio Poyntz (Walney Wind Cheetahs) 327 runs
Ian Jones (Walney Wind Cheetahs) 312 runs
These five runners have completed 1,712 parkruns between them.
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This week, we had 20 credited volunteers so thank you all.
And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Barrow (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at www.parkrun.org.uk , but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run.
DON'T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.
Barrow parkrun started on the 24th September 2011 with 25 runners and 9 volunteers. The course record was set in October 2015 by Phil Waite in 15:12, and the female course record was set by Lizzie Browne in October 2012 at 16:24. There have been 4,377 different runners on the course, representing 421 different running clubs, and they have completed 47,447 runs. The average attendance is 126 every week and there have been 7,844 Personal Bests. The attendance record stands at 242 which was set this week. Barrow parkrunners have completed 237,235Km and have been running in total for 2 years and 256 days.
And that's it for the report for run #376.
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Barry Shackleton #loveparkrun