Barrow parkrun 311

Barrow parkrun 311

There was celebratory cakes this morning for the 200th run of Edward Tyson, the 100th run for John Sherwen and the 10th run for junior Billy Ashton. Thank you for the cakes, which we all enjoyed they were lovely.  Congratulations on reaching your milestone runs.

Keep an eye out for the junior parkrun, this is due to start in Barrow in December. Junior parkruns consist of a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14. Registered parkrunners do not need to register separately for the junior events.

parkruns are timed for people who want to keep track of their own personal improvements, there are finishing positions and age grading percentages too, all of these though are instruments for measuring personal progression, if that’s what you want. We regularly hear stories of people who are achieving what they never thought possible, but for many parkrunners it is simply about running or walking with like-minded people and being part of their local community. We value everyone at parkrun equally and the fact that 80,000 people who previously did no physical activity have become active through parkrun over the past three years alone, demonstrates how successful we have been at breaking down the barriers to taking part in regular physical activity.

This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Fiona BANNISTER • David FARISH • Donna BATES • Jeff CROSTHWAITE • Megan Jessica CARTER • David SPENCER • Michael COOK • Louise COOK • Philip HORROCKS • Christopher HUGHES • Anthony CLARKE • Janice CALLISTER • Paula HERBERT • Ruth HAUGHIAN • Fred BAGLEY • Beth HUGHES • Amy SINGLETON • Erin SINGLETON • Philip LEIGH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barrow parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was first over the line in 19:17 - 7th time in 202 appearances.
Jamie ARMSTRONG (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:39.
Neil GRACE (VM50-54) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was third over the line in 20:30.

Female placings:
Kate SINTON (SW25-29) of Newcastle Frontrunners, was first (35th overall) over the line in 24:56.
Suzanne BOYLE (VW45-49) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was second (39th overall) over the line in 25:09.
Fiona BANNISTER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (40th overall) over the line in 25:13.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) – 77.70% for the time 19:17 (first overall).
David HOWIE (VM70-74) – 73.31% for the time 24:40 (34th overall).
Cliff ETHERDEN (VM65-69) – 73.15% for the time 23:50 (28th overall).

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:24 on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Phil WAITE who recorded a time of 15:12 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 206).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded 90.24% (16:24) on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,602 participants have completed 36,823 parkruns covering a total distance of 184,115 km, including 6,494 new Personal Bests.

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

See you all soon

Mike & Louise Cook

 

 

 

 

 

Barrow parkrun 310

Barrow parkrun 310

This Saturday saw the milestone runs for husband and wife,  Steve and Cath Grisdale who celebrated their 200th run, junior runner Lucy Bell completed her 10th run  and Phil Horrocks completed his 250th run, Phil will receive a commemorative 250 T-Shirt from our sponsors Wiggle, congratulations to you all and thank you for the cakes that we enjoyed after the run.

It was also a  birthday celebration for parkrun on Saturday, as parkrun celebrated its 13th birthday.

History of parkrun:

The first parkrun event to launch was the Bushy parkrun, which was founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt in 2004. Originally called the Bushy Park Time Trial, it grew into a small collection of events called the UK Time Trials. In 2007, the second event was launched at Wimbledon Common, while the first outside of London was launched in Leeds later that year. The UK Time Trials were renamed parkrun in 2008. The first event outside of the United Kingdom was launched in Denmark in 2009.

Events now take place every week in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the Czech Republic, the United States, Italy and France. parkruns have previously been operated in Zimbabwe and Iceland. There was also formerly a parkrun at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, which was operated by parkrun UK

By 24 December 2015, there were over two million registered parkrunners globally, together having done over 12.5 million runs, with one million instances of volunteering. Come December 2016, parkrun "athlete" number 3,000,001 had been issued, representing over 2,000,000 participants with runners using over 1,000 parks worldwide.

This week 177 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

David FARISH • Donna BATES • Megan Jessica CARTER • David SPENCER • Michael COOK • Louise COOK • Gordon GIBSON • Harvey COOPER • Val FLEMING • Clare GREENWOOD • Laura JONES-BARNES • Anthony CLARKE • William MCALLISTER • Sam JONES-BARNES • Lorraine O'NEILL • John SHERWEN • Riikka GRÖHN • John WEARING • Fred BAGLEY • Gemma MCGLINCHEY • Maria BLAKEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barrow parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Neil KIRKHAM (SM30-34) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, was first over the line in 18:48 - third time in 5 appearances.
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was second over the line in 19:11.
David HARKER (VM40-44) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was third over the line in 19:47.

Female placings:
Janice CALLISTER (VW50-54) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 22:59 - 7th time in 146 appearances.
Heather TRAVIS (VW40-44) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was second (26th overall) over the line in 23:13.
Sarah BOUFFLER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 23:43.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David SPENCER (VM80-84) – 81.51% for the time 25:47 (51st overall).
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) – 78.11% for the time 19:11 (second overall).
Greg BARNARD-MACKENZIE (JM11-14) – 75.02% for the time 19:49 (4th overall).

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:24 on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Phil WAITE who recorded a time of 15:12 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 206).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded 90.24% (16:24) on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,577 participants have completed 36,642 parkruns covering a total distance of 183,210 km, including 6,468 new Personal Bests.

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

See you all soon

Mike & Louise Cook

 

 

 

 

 

Barrow parkrun 309

Barrow parkrun 309

The morning run started with a poignant moment as a single red balloon was released into the sky to celebrate the birthday of the late Jake Ellis.  Members of the Team Jake charity took part in the run and money left over from the 6th anniversary party will be donated to this charity.

We celebrated the milestone runs this morning of Jamie O'Hare,100 runs, Steve Batty, 200 runs and the 10th birthday of junior runner Ryan Bentley, congratulations on your personal best Ryan.  Thank you to Jamie for the cakes that we all enjoyed at the cafe after the run, and congratulations on your PB.

This week 168 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers, thank you for all your encouragement especially when the rain started, and a big thank you to 'The 3 Wise Monkeys' at the bottom of the cenotaph hill, there was plenty of cheeky encouragement today.

Today's volunteers were:
Sonja FOSTER • David FARISH • Donna BATES • Megan Jessica CARTER • David SPENCER • Michael COOK • Louise COOK • Gordon GIBSON • Adrian NEWNHAM • Raymond ROBB • John GREENWOOD • Charlie O'HARE • Anthony CLARKE • Julie CLARK • Ann MUTTON • Hannah Louise SMITH • Ryan EVERETT • Jakob NELSON • John SHERWEN • John WEARING • Fred BAGLEY • Alison MCMENEMY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barrow parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Grant JOHNSON (SM25-29) of Salford Harriers and AC, was first over the line in 16:08 - 9th time in 14 appearances.
William MCALLISTER (SM25-29) of Parkside Panthers, was second over the line in 18:53.
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was third over the line in 19:24.

Female placings:
Georgia BELL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (13th overall) over the line in 21:34 - third time in 5 appearances.
Emma BROADBENT (VW35-39) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 22:13.
Janice CALLISTER (VW50-54) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was third (27th overall) over the line in 22:49.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David SPENCER (VM80-84) – 80.78% for the time 26:01 (54th overall).
Grant JOHNSON (SM25-29) – 79.96% for the time 16:08 (first overall).
Raymond JONES (VM55-59) – 79.08% for the time 19:36 (4th overall).

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,569 participants have completed 36,465 parkruns covering a total distance of 182,325 km, including 6,443 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:24 on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Phil WAITE who recorded a time of 15:12 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 206).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded 90.24% (16:24) on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

See you all soon

Mike & Louise Cook

 

 

Barrow parkrun 309

Barrow parkrun 309

 

6th anniversary – run 308

  Barrow parkrun – event 308

Happy 6th anniversary to Barrow parkrun!!  Saturday was a big day as we celebrated 6 years of running and great friendships.  The event has changed since our conception on 24/09/2011 as we were then a small field of just 25 runners and we never hit the 100 mark till 2013.  Now we often have 150 people turning up to run 5k at 9am regardless of the weather.

Today we had 167 people, many in fancy dress.   From bees and ladybirds, to pirates, prisoners, skeletons and even batman who helped a struggling mum push her pram up the one of the steep hills (I am very grateful!).  We also had to run on an alternative course as there was another event on in the park, which made the run even tougher than normal, but we still had 7 people achieving new Personal Best times.

fancy dress parkrun

In attendance was the Lady Mayoress who presented our Parkrunner of the Year a special trophy.  That person was 79 year old John Wearing, who has been coming to our parkrun since 2015 when he volunteered every single week and never ran.  He then started to running but would still volunteer at least monthly. He is often there before many others helping set up and sweep the bandstand and surrounding areas to remove glass and rubbish that is left from the night before.  Well done John.

john wearing 6th anniversaty

It should be noted that it is incredibly difficult selecting just one person as GOMERSALL PIRATESthere are some many people who do a fantastic job helping and supporting our event.

As always a big thank you to the 16 volunteers who made the event possible.

On to the results, in the men’s placing David Harker was first over the line in 19:37 his 36th time in top position in 211 appearances. In second place was William McAllister who finished dead on 20 mins and was followed by Jon Lowther who achieved a new PB with his time of 20:24, taking over a minute of his previous best.

In the ladies placing, Newcastle runner Catherine Eaton came in first position in 22:53 achieving a new Barrow parkrun PB having last run the course in 2014.   In second placing was Sarah Boffler who finished in 23:38, just two seconds off achieving a 2017 best time. In third place was a ‘minion’ runner Hilary Henry who despite the fancy dress still ran a great time of 23:56.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:enjoying cake

  • Ian Sadler (VM50-54) – 72.15% for the time 20:46 (4th overall).
  • David Harker (VM40-44) – 71.20% for the time 19:37 (first overall).
  • Gillian Thompson (VW75-79) – 70.19% for the time 35:50 (133rd overall).

To join in the fun, head over to www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and sign up, it’s completely making your way to Barrow park bandstand at 8:45am on a Saturday morning and everyone will make you more than welcome. Don’t forget to bring your barcode along, and then you will receive an official finish time. No barcode, no time, no exception.

Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or responsible adult and should remain within arm’s reach throughout the course. This is really important and we are on occasions seeing breaches of this rule.  This is part of parkrun’s insurance policy and where it is noted this rule has not been adhered to, results will be removed.  And runners with dogs (one only) should ensure they are kept under firm control on a short lead or harness and extreme care is taken to avoid tripping other runners.

parkrun is operated entirely on the volunteers that put themselves forward. If you want to help out next week or register your interest to volunteer for future events you can email BarrowHelpers@parkrun.com with the date and position you would like to fill.
Happy running,

Fiona Bannister

 

Barrow parkrun – event 307

Tony and JaniceBarrow parkrun – event 307

We had a special visitor taking on the Run Director role as we welcomed Barrow Mayor, Tony Callister donning his official chains.  He was a natural in front of the crowd and joked with them as he reminded those wearing their Man Utd tops that fancy dress is next week and not today.

Another good turnout with 155 people running, jogging or walking the 5k course.  We had 16 first timers with many of them visiting Barrow doing a tourist run and an incredible 33 people recorded new Personal Bests. Well-done to 4 year old Alexis Blackburn who only started running in Feb and has reduced her time from 54 mins to 30:51.

As always a big thank you to the 18 volunteers who made the event possible.

volunteers

It was a milestone run for Kim Anderson who completed her 50th run – look out for the link to order your t-shirt. Whilst not official milestones, there were significant runs for a number of people are they reached 150 and 200 runs.   Well done to Antonio Maggio-Pontz, William Jones-Barnes and Ruth Haughian on their 150th runs and Dave Spencer and Suzanne Boyle on their 200.  Parkrun rewards people with t-shirts as they reach 50/100/250/500 runs with juniors having an extra one on their 10th run.

Kim

Next Saturday is our 6th anniversary and we would love for people to come in fancy dress.  We encourage you to search the wardrobes and attic for some fun and fancy clobber.  There will also be cake as Justine Blackburn has kindly offered to bake us a cake for the day which is an amazing gesture and really sums up the community spirit we have at our event.

On to the results, in the men’s placing James Corbishley was first over the line in 18:41 achieving a new PB in the process.  In second place fellow HHH runner Jeff Chadwick was on his tail and finished in 18:47 reducing his 5k time by 13 sec.  David Harker finished in third position in 19:22.

In the ladies placing, junior runner Georgia Bell came in first position in 21:45 knocking 26 seconds off her previous best time. Emma Broadbent was in second place in 22:03 who was followed by Kim Anderson in 22:38 who was celebrating her 50th run.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

David Spencer (VM80-84) – 81.62% for the time 25:45 (49th overall) Andrew Jeyes (VM65-69) – 78.82% for the time 22:07 (21st overall) Jeff Chadwick (VM45-49) – 77.91% for the time 18:47 (second overall)

To join in the fun, head over to www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and sign up, it’s completely making your way to Barrow park bandstand at 8:45am on a Saturday morning and everyone will make you more than welcome. Don’t forget to bring your barcode along, and then you will receive an official finish time. No barcode, no time, no exception.

Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or responsible adult and should remain within arm’s reach throughout the course. This is really important and we are on occasions seeing breaches of this rule.  This is part of parkrun’s insurance policy and where it is noted this rule has not been adhered to, results will be removed.  And runners with dogs (one only) should ensure they are kept under firm control on a short lead or harness and extreme care is taken to avoid tripping other runners.

parkrun is operated entirely on the volunteers that put themselves forward. If you want to help out next week or register your interest to volunteer for future events you can email BarrowHelpers@parkrun.com with the date and position you would like to fill.
Happy running,

Fiona Bannister
 

 

 

Barrow parkrun – 306

volunteer parkrun picBarrow parkrun – event 306

The heavy rainfall cleared up for our 9am start as we welcomed 132 people who turned up to complete our 5k undulating course. We had 8 first timers and 12 people record new Personal Bests of which 6 were junior runners.

As always a big thank you to the 23 volunteers who made the event possible.

It was a milestone run for junior runner Niamh Noblin who competed her 10th parkrun.  Well done and we look forward to seeing you wear your parkrun t-shirt soon.juniors

On 23rd September it is our 6th anniversary and we are asking people to come and join us in fancy dress, after all F is the 6th letter of the alphabet and we know lots of you like to dress up.  Justine Blackburn has kindly offered to bake us a cake for the day which is an amazing gesture and really sums up the community spirit we have at our event.

We will also be having a party on the 30th September at Furness Cricket Club (evening and ticket only) – if you are interested and would like to attend please drop us an email.

On to the results, in the men’s placing Jeff Chadwick was first over the line in 19:00 narrowly missing a PB.  In second place was Ian Sadler in 19:22 and then William McAllister took third position in 19:30.

In the ladies placing, first time runner Louise Daw was first to finish in 21:54.   Karen Oldham was 2nd in 22:37 followed by Sarah Bouffler who crossed the line in 23:00.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • David Spencer (VM80-84) – 81.72% for the time 25:43 (34th overall)
  • Will McNally (JM10) – 79.05% for the time 19:58 (4th overall)
  • Ian Sadler (VM50-54) – 77.37% for the time 19:22 (second overall)

To join in the fun, head over to www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and sign up, it’s completely free, you’ll be given a barcode of your personal number to print out, then it’s just a case of making your way to Barrow park bandstand at 8:45am on a Saturday morning and everyone will make you more than welcome. Don’t forget to bring your barcode along, and then you will receive an official finish time. No barcode, no time, no exception.

Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or responsible adult and should remain within arm’s reach throughout the course. This is really important and we are on occasions seeing breaches of this rule.  This is part of parkrun’s insurance policy and where it is noted this rule has not been adhered to, results will be removed.  And runners with dogs (one only) should ensure they are kept under firm control on a short lead or harness and extreme care is taken to avoid tripping other runners.

parkrun is operated entirely on the volunteers that put themselves forward. If you want to help out next week or register your interest to volunteer for future events you can email BarrowHelpers@parkrun.com with the date and position you would like to fill.
Happy running,

Fiona Bannister

 

Barrow parkrun – event 305

parkrun picBarrow parkrun – event 305

A great turnout this week at Barrow parkrun with 173 people running, jogging or walking the 5k course. This was one of our largest turnouts in 2017 but still a little way off our best when we had 208 runners in 2015.

We had 8 first joiners and an incredible 27 people recording new Personal Bests.  Well done to everyone, particularly Billy Ashton who has ran with us five times now and achieved a new PB every time he has run.

As always a big thank you to the 23 volunteers who made the event possible.

It was a milestone run for three of our junior runners with Owain Clark and Katie Noble celebrating their 10th parkrun and Philip Shrimpton his 50th run.   Well done to everyone and look out for the email that will allow you to order your technical t-shirt.

On to the results, in the men’s placing Mark Tomkinson of Hoad Hill Harriers was first over the line with a new PB time of 17:57.  In second place was Ian Sadler in 19:15 and then Raymond Jones took third position in 19:52. Top running from all with sub 20 min times.

In the ladies placing, Emma Broadbent was first to finish in 22:07, her 10th time to finish in the top female position.   Karen Maggio-Poyntz was 2nd in 22:39 followed by Sarah Bouffler who ran her second fastest time this year.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:Emma broadbent

David Spencer (VM80-84) – 81.35% for the time 25:50 (50th overall).

Mark Tomkinson (VM45-49) – 79.57% for the time 17:57 (first overall).

Ian Sadler (VM50-54) – 77.84% for the time 19:15 (second overall).

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barrow parkrun Results Page.

To join in the fun, head over to www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and sign up, it’s completely free, you’ll be given a barcode of your personal number to print out, then it’s just a case of making your way to Barrow park bandstand at 8:45am on a Saturday morning and everyone will make you more than welcome. Don’t forget to bring your barcode along, and then you will receive an official finish time. No barcode, no time, no exception.

Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or responsible adult and should remain within arm’s reach throughout the course. And runners with dogs (one only) should ensure they are kept under firm control on a short lead or harness and extreme care is taken to avoid tripping other runners. parkrun is operated entirely on the volunteers that put themselves forward.

If you want to help out next week or register your interest to volunteer for future events you can email BarrowHelpers@parkrun.com with the date and position you would like to fill.

Happy running,

Fiona Bannister

 

Barrow parkrun – event 304

Barrow parkrun – event 304

It was a fairly humid morning at parkun on Saturday which made the course a little more challenging than normal.  The pleasant weather including the knowledge of lots of cake must have encouraged many people to leave their beds early as 170 runners/joggers/walkers arrived at the bandstand for the 9am start.   We had 14 first joiners of which half were tourists visiting us from other parkruns including Chester and London.  And an incredible 19 people (listed below) recorded new Personal Bests.

Lynda Fisher, Mandy Woodburn, Tracy Henderson, Leeann Evans, Bill Kitchin, Ian Verber, Pete Burton, Richard Tiley, Frans Strydom, Nicola Noble, Maya Coxon, Andrew Scopes, Isabella Sanger-Davies, Poppy Gomersall, Billy Ashton, Kieran Bannister, Ruarie Coxon, Boyd Laurie and Kian Park.

As always a big thank you to the 22 volunteers who made the event possible.

It was a milestone run for four people with junior runner Kai Johnson running his 10th run, Philip Everett completing his 50th, Ann Mutton her 100th and Mike Cook his 250th. All amazing achievements that require dedication and commitment.  Well done to everyone and look out for the email that will allow you to order your technical t-shirt.  In addition, we also had Malcolm Hill celebrating his 60th birthday.  So lots of jubilation and cakes.

Mal's 60th bdmike 250thOn to the results, in the men’s placing an unknown runner finished first.  He either had not registered or forgot to bring his barcode.  You need to do both in order to get an official time.  In second placing Stuart Garnett finished in 19:06 and was followed by first timer Lee Gaukrodger shortly after in 19:11.

In the ladies placing, Karen Maggio-Poyntz was first to finish in 22:58, her 101st time to finish in the top female position.   Heather Travis was 2nd in 23:05 followed by Tracey Henderson who achieved a new PB with her time of 23:19, which represents a 5 second improvement.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

David Spencer (VM80-84) – 79.86% for the time 26:19 (53rd overall). Ian Sadler (VM50-54) – 77.70% for the time 19:17 (4th overall). Brenda Bagley (VW60-64) – 76.23% for the time 25:27 (45th overall).

To join in the fun, head over to www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and sign up, it’s completely free, you’ll be given a barcode of your personal number to print out, then it’s just a case of making your way to Barrow park bandstand at 8:45am on a Saturday morning and everyone will make you more than welcome. Don’t forget to bring your barcode along, and then you will receive an official finish time. No barcode, no time, no exception.

Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or responsible adult and should remain within arm’s reach throughout the course. And runners with dogs (one only) should ensure they are kept under firm control on a short lead or harness and extreme care is taken to avoid tripping other runners.

parkrun is operated entirely on the volunteers that put themselves forward. If you want to help out next week or register your interest to volunteer for future events you can email BarrowHelpers@parkrun.com with the date and position you would like to fill.
Happy running,

Fiona Bannister

 

 

Barrow parkrun event #303 – 19th August 2017

This week, 127 particpants representing 11 running clubs completed Barrow parkrun, of which 2 were 1st time parkrunners and 46 runners have completed 10 or less events so far, it's good to see so many new faces!
24 recorded new personal best times (PB's) - Excellent effort especially with the strong winds. Tourist parkrunners joined us this week from Bristol, Penrith, and Fell Foot. We hope they enjoyed our course and come back again soon. No milestone runs this week but many are fast approaching.
1st finisher this week was Stuart Garnett in a very respectable time of 19:31, his 10th parkrun to date. Close behind in 2nd place - William McAllister in 19:35 and Neil Grace got 3rd with a time of 20:12. Luke Broadbent was the first junior runner over the line in 20:59 which made his 41st parkrun event to date and earned him 4th place. Darina Delinova was 1st lady home in 21:38, her 6th run and 5th consectutive PB time. Excellent running, well done to you.
Age grade results are given to each taking part, Age-Grading calculations take into account your age and gender to produce a percentage score for your run, this is more accurate way to measure your result and compare with runners old and younger. David Spencer, a regular at Barrow parkrun scored highest with a remarkable 79.41%. Mr Spencer is in the 80-84 age catagory and is an inspiration to many. Junior runner Georgia Bell scored highest for the females with a brilliant 72.01%. Georgia is in the under 11 age group and finished today in 23:42. Well done to you both!
This week a team of 20 volunteers made parkrun a safe and enjoyable event for those taking part, it can't go ahead without them and their efforts are much appreciated. If you are a regular runner at Barrow please consider taking a turn, if you aren't up to running or simply want to help. Please get in touch via email - barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or just ask the run director next week. John Wearing is a well known and popular figure at Barrow, today he was timekeeper and 59th time as volunteer-John is a great runner too with 68 parkruns to his name, he goes about things in a quiet manner and this morning was sweeping up broken glass from a busy path before his official role had started. Thank you Mr Wearing.
You don't need to be a top sprinter to try parkrun, it's open to all ages and abilities so if you'd like to give it a go you are welcome to run, jog or walk. Under 11's must be with an adult-this is parkrun policy and is for the safety of the child. There are regulars who bring their young ones in a push chair/buggy, and pets on a short lead and are advised to start at the back to let the faster ones get away safely. Visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/, print your barcode and come along on Saturday. We meet at 8:50 at the bandstand. Everything is explained before we start. There's a cafe in close proximity and many of us have coffee, cake and a chat afterwards. By all means come along and join us, it's a great way to finish parkrun and to meet new people.
Phil Waite holds the record for the fastest time of 15:12. The female record holder is Lizzie Browne in 16:24. The highest attendance so far is 208. The course is 3.1 miles long and is challenging but enjoyable. 176,865 km ofBarrow parkrunning has been completed by everyone taking part since the 1st event. That's not even 5 times round the world, so come along next week and add to the statistics.
Gary Woodhouse.

303 -1 Jeff & Audrey

 

Barrow parkrun event 302 – 12 August 2017

Helen Haney, this weeks run director opened proceedings with a course briefing at the bandstand on the approach to 9am.
Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and ablities join in at parkrun, 148 participants this week. The sprinters at the front got off to a good start as timekeeper Clare Greenwood set the timer going. The course is a 5km challenging route, 3 times past the cenotaph and twice past the head of the lake, the sprinters 'in the zone' perhaps didn't notice the lovely surroundings so much, but the park is lovely if you remember to look and comes at no extra cost. On the way round there's always encouragement and praise from the marshals and spectators and it's lovely to see so many people taking part, youngsters with their parents, older parkrunners (one parkrunner recently celebrated her 77th birthday) and friends who just like to have a natter along the way. Pet owners with happy dogs and many lads and ladies on a new fitness regime. Whatever the reason, it's just good to see them.
After next to no time at all those sprinters have already made good ground, Ryan Everett was over the finish line and had his breath back before most of us were about half way round but with a time of 17:39 it's no wonder. Ryan is often 1st finisher and today was his 70th parkrun to date. 2nd to finish this week-Matt Berry. Matt's usual parkrun in South Manchester and today made his 5th appearance at Barrow with a time of 18:21 and that earned him 2nd place.
Paul Brennan and Kirsten Farquhar joined us this week, adding Barrow to their very impressive list of tourist parkruns. We hope Barrow was a memorable one for them. Paul finished in a very impressive time of 20:45 in 4th position and Kirsten completed the course in a brilliant time of 21:29, her 200th parkrun so far and was 1st lady to complete todays event. Paul and Kirsten, well done!
There are so many brilliant achievements this week, and so many deserve a mention, tourists who joined us, first time parkrunners and so many new faces recently.18 taker parters recorded new personal best times (PB's) and many came close but perhaps the best achievement we all made was just taking part, getting there and doing it. We made the effort!

Last week regular runner and volunteer Fiona Bannister ran her 250th parkrun at Blackpool's Stanley park, this week however she was back at Barrow wearing her promptly delivered milestone tshirt supplied free by Tribesports and brought cake to share out at the cafe after the event. Congratulations Fiona.250 Fiona

15 unknown runners completed the course, they either forgot to bring along their barcodes or haven't registered yet. It's easy to register and you can find details here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/.
The team of 25 volunteers made the event happen, and are very much appreciated. Thank you very much.
Come along next week, give it a try. We won't bite.
Gary Woodhouse.

making the effort

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