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.

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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.

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Barrow parkrun event 301 – 5th August 2017

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This week, run director Donna Bates opened proceedings with a quick course briefing before runners, joggers and walkers made their way to the start line ready for the off.
The weather was kind for the 157 participants who took part, the 18 volunteers and many more spectators and supporters along the 5km undulating course around Barrow park. Of the 157 taking part, 5 were 1st time parkrunners. It's always good to see new people join the parkrun community and it's great to see so many come back again, this week 7 did so and all achieved a PB (personal best). Well done to you all.
Tourist parkrunners from Dalby Forest joined us this week, Stuart, Emma and Oliver Simpson and Shropshire Shufflers - Emma and Joseph Humphreys, not many can say they have carried an elephant around a parkrun but Joseph can. We hope you all enjoyed our course and it was good to see you.
1st to finish our 301st event was Lizzie Brown in a very impressive 17:24. Lizzie set the record time for fastest female back in 2012 and still stands at 16:24. Stuart Garnett finished in 2nd place with a new PB time of 18:48 and his 9th appearance. David Harker was 3rd over the line in 19:15 his 219th event to date. 1st Junior runners to complete the course this week were Luke Broadbent in 22:05 and Freya Nelson in 25:28.
What better way to celebrate milestone runs by letting other runners eat your cake! This week was a good one. Holly Gomersall completed her 50th event and is still in the under 11's catagory and also Ian Jones completed his 250th parkrun, only the 3rd so far to do so at Barrow. Ian first ran back in 2011 at Barrow's 5th event and has been a regular ever since. Congratulations Holly and Ian. Tribesports tshirts well deserved!
A mention to each volunteer who made parkrun happen today, without them parkrun can not go ahead and it's sometimes difficult for our event co-ordinator to get a full team together. Donna filled 3 roles this week so it would be really helpful to take a turn every so often. Thank you to - Ann Nicholson, Anthony Clarke, Bernie Mullen, Charlie O'Hare, Clare Greenwood, David Farish, David Spencer, Donna Bates, Heather Aitken, John Wearing, Karen Hawkrigg, Marie Morris, Michael Cook, Neil Stirling, Nicola Noble and Patricia Newby. Email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com to help or just appproach the friendly run director next time.
If you'd like to give parkrun a go, why not come along? It's free, friendly and there's no pressure. Dog walkers and pram pushers are welcome, under 11's need to be with a responsible adult, this is a parkrun policy. Details of how to register are here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/, print your barcode and bring it with you. Once you finish you'll see how it works and later on you'll see your name on the results page here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/.
After the event many of us have a brew and chat afterwards at the cafe and there is usually cake. The cafe is close to the finish line and it's great to catch up with the friends and other runners.
See you next week.
Gary Woodhouse.

 

Barrow parkrun 300

Barrow parkrun 300

The rain kept away long enough on Saturday for us to celebrate not only our 300th Barrow parkrun, but the 80th birthday of our own running legend Dave Spencer.  Dave is a regular at Barrow park, where he not only runs on a Saturday morning, but he volunteers nearly every week doing the post run sign collection.  We celebrated Daves birthday with a cake after the run, thank you from all the runners, joggers and walkers.  It was lovely.

Daves time this week earned him the age grade score of 82.58%.

What is age grading?

All parkrun events use age grading to allow athletes to compare results.

Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance.

The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

Age Grades are calculated to allow rough comparisons between all our runners, and should not be taken too seriously. For example, age grading makes no allowance for different weather conditions or the varying terrains of our courses.

We welcomed tourists from Millom, Carlisle and Manchester.  We hope you like our slightly undulating course.

This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Fiona BANNISTER • Sonja FOSTER • David FARISH • Donna BATES • Sarah BOUFFLER • Michael COOK • Louise COOK • Patrick THOMAS • Jo WADDINGTON • Gordon GIBSON • Raymond ROBB • Heather AITKEN • Charlie O'HARE • Vicky PYNE • Anthony CLARKE • Susan BIRKBY • Michael HIGGINS • Al WILSON

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

Male placings:
Matty HILL (SM25-29) of Parkside Panthers, was first over the line in 18:48 - first time in 33 appearances.
Stuart GARNETT (SM30-34) of Ulverston Triathlon Club, was second over the line in 18:57.
James CORBISHLEY (JM11-14) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was third over the line in 19:09.

Female placings:
Katie WAITE (SW30-34) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 20:05 - 16th time in 19 appearances.
Heather TRAVIS (VW40-44) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 23:15 .
Amy SINGLETON (VW35-39) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was third (27th overall) over the line in 23:54.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David SPENCER (VM80-84) – 82.58% for the time 25:27 (41st overall).
Brenda BAGLEY (VW60-64) – 76.08% for the time 25:30 (42nd overall).
James CORBISHLEY (JM11-14) – 74.06% for the time 19:09 (third 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 3,470 participants have completed 35,068 parkruns covering a total distance of 175,340 km, including 6,251 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

 

 

 

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Barrow parkrun 299

Barrow parkrun 299

It has taken nearly 6 years, and a few cancellations due to bad weather but we are nearly there at Barrow parkrun number 300.  There will be lots of celebrating next Saturday and hopefully a bit of cake as we are looking forward to the milestone runs of Ian Jones (250) and junior runners Owain Clark and Lily Pennington (10 runs).  It will also be a special birthday run for Dave Spencer, Dave is celebrating his 80th birthday during the week.  Congratulations to you all.

This week we saw the milestone runs of Jenny Fox, Lorraine O'Neill, Fraser Symon, Heather Travis and Martin Clarkson who all completed their 50th parkruns  Thank you for all the lovely cakes that we shared after the run over a cuppa and a chat.

The rewards are juniors (under 19's) 10 runs, over 19's 50,100 and 250 runs, for these you receive a free running t-shirt from our sponsors at Tribesport.

We also welcomed tourists from Lancaster, Burnley, Sheffield, Durham and Pennington, we hope you enjoyed our slightly undulating course.

This week 170 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Fiona BANNISTER • Sonja FOSTER • David FARISH • Marie MORRIS • Robert EDWARDS • David SPENCER • Michael COOK • Louise COOK • Harvey COOPER • Raymond ROBB • Charlie O'HARE • Gary WOODHOUSE • Linda CROUD • Susan BIRKBY • Nicholas EMERSON • John SHERWEN • John WEARING • Emma GOMERSALL • Olivia GOMERSALL • Susan CLARKSON • Eve Munro CLARKSON • Al WILSON

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

Male placings:
Liam WALKER (SM25-29) of University of Sheffield Triathlon Club, was first over the line in 17:28 - 8th time in 9 appearances.
David HARKER (VM40-44) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was second over the line in 19:00.
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was third over the line in 19:07.

Female placings:
Jill SEDDON (VW40-44) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 21:50.
Kim ANDERSON (VW35-39) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was second (21st overall) over the line in 22:35.
Heather TRAVIS (VW40-44) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was third (28th overall) over the line in 23:17.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David SPENCER (VM75-79) – 80.47% for the time 25:31 (52nd overall).
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) – 78.38% for the time 19:07 (third overall).
Brenda BAGLEY (VW60-64) – 76.48% for the time 25:22 (50th 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 3,458 participants have completed 34,935 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,675 km, including 6,230 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 298

Barrow parkrun 298

It was a soggy run this morning for the 141 brave people who turned up at Barrow parkrun on Saturday, well done to all of you and a big thank you to the volunteers who encouraged us on the slightly undulating course.
There was no significant milestone runs this week, but we got to celebrate the birthdays of 2 of our junior runners: Antonio Maggio-Poyntz and Ollie Wilson, thank you for the cake Ollie which we shared after the run, they are both now 11 and no longer have to be accompanied on the run with a responsible adult.

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all. Please remember you do not have to run the whole course, you are welcome to run, walk, jog or even skip around our lovely park.

This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Fiona BANNISTER • Robert EDWARDS • David SPENCER • Michael COOK • Louise COOK • Gordon GIBSON • Harvey COOPER • Stephen BANNISTER • Edward TYSON • Heather AITKEN • Clare GREENWOOD • Charlie O'HARE • Linda Lou TYSON • Anthony CLARKE • Janice CALLISTER • Susan BIRKBY • John WEARING • Fred BAGLEY • Janet HONEY • Al WILSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barrow parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Mark TOMKINSON (VM45-49) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was first over the line in 18:07 - third time in 12 appearances.
David HARKER (VM40-44) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was second over the line in 19:17.
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) of Barrow & Furness Striders AC, was third over the line in 19:23 .

Female placings:
Georgia BELL (JW10) (Unattached) was first (20th overall) over the line in 22:11 - first time in 2 appearances.
Emma BROADBENT (VW35-39) of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was second (26th overall) over the line in 22:38.
Heather TRAVIS (VW40-44) of Hoad Hill Harriers, was third (31st overall) over the line in 23:12.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David SPENCER (VM75-79) – 80.05% for the time 25:39 (47th overall).
Mark TOMKINSON (VM45-49) – 78.29% for the time 18:07 (first overall).
Ian SADLER (VM50-54) – 77.30% for the time 19:23 (third overall).

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 00:16:24 on 21st January 2012 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Phil WAITE who recorded a time of 00:15:12 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 3,443 participants have completed 34,765 parkruns covering a total distance of 173,825 km, including 6,208 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.

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See you all soon

Mike & Louise Cook

 

Barrow parkrun #294 – 17th June 2017

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Talking the talk

This weeks weather was a definite contrast to last weeks. Heavy rain gave way to a clear sky and glorious sunshine for the 161 taking part and a team of 24 volunteers.
Barrow parkrun is a 5km course which is a challenging 2.5 lap course, passing the cenotaph 3 times and the top of the lake twice, it's a free weekly timed event and people of all ages and abilities can join in. We meet at the bandstand for 8:50am each Saturday morning for a quick run briefing and ready to go at 09:00. Just register beforehand, print a barcode and bring it along, this will give you an official time and you'll find your name on the results table later in the day-find more details here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/.
6 taking part this week were 1st time parkrunners, we hope to see you back again soon, thanks for joining us. Kelly White from Preston parkrun joined us today, we hope you enjoyed our event Kelly, please come back for another go sometime. Among the 1st timers was Barrow and Furness Strider, Richard Walker - 1st over the line in an outstanding time of 17:45. 2nd to complete 1:44 later was Walney Wind Cheetah and regular parkrunner David Harker in 19:29 and his 214th parkrun to date. 3rd home was Parkside Panther Matty Hill 10 seconds later. Great running you 3!
Will McNally, finished in 20:18 putting him top of the age grade table and 1st junior runner to complete the course in 6th position. Brilliant effort Will. Zoe Travers achieved an new personal best time of 21:54 and makes her the 1st female to cross the finish line in 15th overall position. 23 parkrunners achieved personal best times this week, good weather conditions, grit and determination can do wonders for PB's. Well done everyone.
There were no milestone runs this week but there are many up and coming. As usual many of gather for a chat, coffee and cake at the cafe after the event, it's great to catch up with fellow runners, family and friends. The cafe is situated close to the finish line-very handy.
Next week is junior volunteer week which in the past has been a great success, volunteers are an essential part of parkrun and it could not go ahead without them. I'm sure many of you have forgotton the alternate parkrun route, next week our junior volunteer lineup will be reminding us of this delight when guiding us around a course many won't yet have tried. The alternate course has been used in the past due to flooding or a coinciding event, on this occasion it's the latter in the form of a funfair which will be in the process of setting up. Please come along next week and enjoy our alternate route.
Barrow parkrun began in September 2011 with just 25 runners, the highest attendance so far was 208 in July 2015 it would be brilliant to top that this summer! Come along and join us and make it happen.
See you next week.
Gary Woodhouse

 

Barrow parkrun. Event #293 – 10th June 2017

The weather was decidedly unkind with heavy rain prior to, and during this weeks timed 5k event. We are very grateful for the team of 17 volunteers who endured the weather for 96 of us to participate in completing the challenging 2.5 lap undulating course around Barrow park, a quieter week than usual but understandably the wet weather doesn't suit everyone.
The event begins at the bandstand at 08:50 every Saturday morning.
Stephanie Kershaw was this weeks volunteer run director. She took us through a quick course briefing before runners, joggers and walkers made their way (already wet) to the start line. As always, it's really good to see how parkrun attracts people of all ages and abilities-from infants running with an adult to Septuagenarians (and beyond in previous weeks).
Erin Singleton, one of our junior regulars made it to her milestone 50th parkrun this week. Congratulations Erin. A Tribesports tshirt well deserved!
3 taking part this week were 1st timers and what a wet week to start, hopefully you'll come back next week for another go, as did 6 participants completing their 2nd parkrun. Thanks for coming along.
14 parkrunners achieved new personal best times. Very well done to you all. Well done indeed. Barrow welcomed several parkrun tourists including Todmordon Harrier - Josh Murphy, Max Nicholson from Southampton and Ashley Hughes of Saint Helens. We hope they enjoyed our parkrun.
1st finisher this week was Ryan Everett in a very respectable 18:54, I expect even though he ran the route faster than everyone else he got just as wet, 1st lady home this week was Alex Fairer in 8th position and time of 21:44, 1st Junior runner over the finish line was Edward Singleton in 26:35 and his 60th parkrun to date.
Brenda Bagley topped the age grade results with 77.86% with Ian Sadler scoring 76.90% put him in close 2nd place. Age grading takes into account a runners age and gender and is said to be a more accurate way to measure performance.
Members of local running groups made good attendances, 25 from Walney Wind Cheetahs, 10 Parkside Panthers, Furness Striders and Ulverston Harriers made up a further 7.
Leigh and Louie Trelore were our time keepers this week, tokens handed out by Patricia Newby.
Barcode scanners David Shaw and Alison McMenemy kept things moving along nicely too.
Afterwards, many participants, volunteers, and spectators headed to the cafe (close to the bandstand and finish line area), it's a great way to catch up with fellow runners while still buzzing from having done something really worthwhile.
If you feel like giving parkrun a try why not come along next week? It can't be any wetter than this week. It's free, fun and an energetic way to start the weekend. Register, print a barcode and bring it along with you to the bandstand at 08:50 on Saturday morning. Under 11's need to be within arms reach of a responsible adult, you can run fast, jog slowly, even walk a dog on a short leash.
Register here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
View the latest results here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/
If you'd like to volunteer then please do! Email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com It's a great way to meet new people and help out. It's nice to see what goes on if you are unsure about taking part, many of our volunteers have joined in running that way. Volunteers are an essential part of parkrun, they make it happen.
Gary Woodhouse

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Barrow parkrun #292 – 3rd June 2017

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Barrow parkrun #292 - 3rd June 2017

Another fine sunny morning for our parkrunners this week, 154 runners, joggers, and walkers completed the timed 5km barcode event. A quick course briefing at the bandstand by our run director-Dave Bayliff and by 09:00 the event was underway. The course is two and a half laps of a challenging route around Barrow park, our volunteers are at key points along the way offering cheers, and suprisingly helpful motivation.
18 minutes and 7 seconds after the off, Dave Edwards was 1st to cross the finish line, his 41st parkrun to date. Owen Wilson was our 1st junior runner home in 6th place with a very respectable time of 20:29 and 1st lady to finish this week was Sarah Bouffler in 36th place with a time of 24:18, her 228th parkrun so far! Well done to you 3.
Dave Edwards and Catherine Grisedale topped the age grade scores with 80.13% and 75% respectively, Age grading is a way to adjust a participants performance according to age and gender.
7 participants made this the week to try parkrun for the 1st time, we hope you enjoyed it and come back soon, parkrun tourists from Burnley, Newcastle and Wythenshawe and York tried our course this week, thank you for joining us. New personal best times were recorded by 21 participants showing real grit and determination. Well done to you. Michael Cook running his 238th barcode took 11 seconds off his best time set only a couple of weeks ago. Brilliant effort Michael.
Harvey Cooper helped several runners to new personal best times as our volunteer pacer, Harvey is a junior runner and it's always great to see people helping eachother out and is very much appreciated.
After the event many of the participants, volunteers and spectators head to the cafe for refreshments and a chat, this week was no exception. It's great to have the chance to catch up with friends and fellow runners.
If you'd like to come along and give parkrun a try then you're very welcome, it's not a race, you can run, jog or even walk with a pet on a short lead. Under 11's must have a responsible adult at arms reach. Register, print a barcode and come along. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
If you 'd like to volunteer please email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or speak to our run director on the day.
Hope to see you soon.
Gary Woodhouse

 

Barrow parkrun – Event number 291 – 27th May 2017

A glorious morning in Barrow park welcomed the 175 runners, joggers and walkers for the annual “Purple parkrun” – a special parkrun that remembers local teenager Alice Pyne. The parkrun was, as always, free to enter, but there was an opportunity after the run to support the charity that Alice founded, Alice’s Escapes by buying some of the gorgeous cakes that people had baked.

The park was awash with purple as many of the parkrunners wore purple tops and other running gear to remember Alice – we even had some snappy dressers with Terry McSorley donning a purple tie! The morning run was preceded by a minutes silence in memory of both Alice and the events earlier in the week in Manchester.

Of the 175 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, 30 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers, to whom we are really thankful as the event just would not take place without them.

There was quite a battle for first place this week as only 8 seconds separated first placed Ian Sadler (19:09) – ad second placed William McAllister of Parkside Panthers (19:18, shaving 2 seconds off his previous PB). 3rd place was filled Katie Waite of Furness Striders AC in 20:07 claiming the ladies first place position. 3rd male was  Ryan Toomey crossing over the line in 4th place 20:26.

For the ladies Heather Travis of Hoad Hill Harriers, was second (21st overall) over the line in 23:35 and tourist Sharon Cousen of Halifax Harriers & AC was third (22nd overall) finishing in 23:36.

Juniors Harry Hughes and Evie Dixon both completed their 10th parkrun and will receive the junior reward running shirts from parkrun sponsors Tribesports.

Barrow parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 3,377 participants have completed 33,773 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,865 km, including 6,056 new Personal Bests.

To join the fun simply register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ , print off your barcode and being it along with you to the bandstand in the park at 8-45 on Saturday morning for a 9am start to the fun, see you there!

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