It was our annual Santa Dash at parkrun with lots of runners taking the opportunity to wear their festive clothes and hats as they ran, jogged or walked the 5k course. We had 140 runners of which 5 were first timers and a number of tourists as they travel to area ahead of visiting family and friends over the Christmas period.
An impressive 15 people achieved new PBs. Well done to Ryan Everett who has joined the sub 17 group with his time of 16:53. This is a phenomenal achievement and to date, there are only 15 people who have ran Barrow course under 17 minutes. Also well done to father and son, Mark and John Williamson who both ran their fastest times and it won’t be long before Mark gets his sub 30.
It was a milestone run for sisters, Alison and Lucy Fryer who were both home for Christmas and celebrated their 50th run together. Lucy’s ‘home’ parkrun is Chelmsford and Allison’s is South Manchester. Well done and thank you for the cakes.
We are holding an extra parkrun on New Year’s Day so please come and join us at 9am. Millom parkrun is hosting their run at 10:30am so if you are dedicated or maybe the word is 'bonkers', then why not do both. If you are not quite up to running after New Year’s Eve celebrations, then why not volunteer instead. There are lots of roles that need still need filling.
Moving onto the results, Ryan Everett was first male home in 16:53 taking 10 seconds off his previous best time. In second place was Mark Tomkinson who ran the course in 18:05 and was followed by Ian Sadler in 19:15.
In the ladies placing, the first to finish was Karen Stretch from Croydon who finished in 21:27 and was followed by junior runner Georgia Bell in 21:36. In third position was Heather Travis who ran the course in 22:40 and achieved a new PB in the process.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores;
- Mark Tomkinson 78.99% (2ndoverall)
- Ryan Everett 78.08% (1st overall
- Ian Sadler 77.84% (3rd overall)
Remember parkrun is for people of all abilities and ages. If you want to get fit as a new year’s resolution, 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.