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.


See you all soon

Mike & Louise Cook


Barrow parkrun event #297 – 08th July 2017

On the approach to 9 o'clock every Saturday morning you'll always find people gathering at the bandstand in Barrow park, adults, kids, pets, and a group of volunteers donning high vis who make an event happen, parkrun.
Stuart Wallace, this weeks run director gave a short run briefing and emphasised that parkrun is for people of all abilities, runners, joggers and walkers - are all welcome.
The weather was kind to us this week. The sun was out as 145 participants set off on the 5km challenging route around the park, Paula Herbert was timekeeper and gave us a countdown, faster runners at the front were already making good ground as the pram pushers, dog walkers and slower runners further back were yet to set off.
Among the participants this week, Walney Wind Cheetah Helen Marr reached her milestone 100th parkrun in fine style with a new PB, after the event fellow runners helped Helen celebrate by eating her cake-thanks to their dedication and cake eating skills they performed very well and it was soon all gone. Jeff McCully also reached the 100 mark and junior runner Jakob Nelson completed his 50th run this morning. Milestone runners are rewarded with a free Tribesports tshirt and are always well deserved. Clare Greenwood completed her 200th parkrun this morning and although not an official milestone number it's worth a mention.
Six taker parters took part for the 1st time today, it's always good to see new people at parkrun, and it's even better to see them come back again-several 2nd timers came back, all of which improved on their times. Well done to you.
Well deserved mentions to Black Coombe Runner - Josh Hartley, 1st to cross the line in a very respectable time of 17:49. Hoad Hill Harrier Mark Tomkinson not far behind in 2nd place with 17:58 and regular at Barrow, Furness Strider Ian Sadler didn't hang about with a time close to his best, he was 3rd in 18:59. Good running!
1st lady to finish this week was Darina Delinova in 22:13, with a new personal best time and 15th position. Jakob Nelson already mentioned was the first junior runner to complete the course in 17th place. David Spencer topped the age grading with 80:42% and 1st time runner Georgia Bell topped the ladies age grade with 73.99%. Excellent! Age grade is a way to calculate a runners performance regardless of age and gender. Mr Spencer sits in the 75-79 age catagory and completed the course in 25:32.
31 taking part achieved a new personal best time, the good weather may help but grit and determination play the biggest part so well done to you all. Well done indeed. Parkside Panther Chris Young was back on track today after a several weeks of volunteering due to an injury, recovering nicely I hope.
Tourist parkrunners joining us this morning, Roy Simpson visited us for the 31st time of 149 runs, Hugh Porter, a regular at Bangor parkrun ran his 73rd parkrun this morning at Barrow. Lancaster parkrunner Andy Holgate made his 4th appearance here, good to see you all and thanks for coming.
Volunteers are vital to parkrun, a team of 23 made this weeks event happen, they made it fun and safe for everyone taking part. Marshals along the way offer encouragement and kind words while other roles include scanning barcodes, handing our finish tokens and putting equipment away afterwards. Thank you to everyone who helped, you are appreciated.
If you'd like to give parkrun a go why don't you? You could volunteer or just come along as a spectator and see how things work. It's a free event and it's a great way to meet new people and be involved in something really worthwhile. There's no pressure to go at speeds you aren't comfortable with just register, print your barcode and bring it with you. There's a cafe located near the finish line where we meet for post run coffee and cakes, talk about how well we've performed-or not or just catch up with friends and fellow runners. Register here - Your name could be on the results list next week!
A few interesting facts worth mentioning - Barrow hosted it's 1st parkrun in September 2011 with 25 taking part. Of the 297 events so far, 2 regulars have reached their milestone 250 runs with many more fast approaching. Our 200th event was the busiest so far with 208 taking part, the average attendance is 116. The record holder is Phil Waite with a time of 15:12 and the ladies record is 16:24 by Lizzie Browne. Michael Cook has volunteered 34 times so far in 2017. Donna Bates has co-ordinated volunteers 224 times since the 1st event.
Come along and join us, see you soon.
Gary Woodhouse.




Barrow parkrun #296 – 1st July 2017

Wycombe Wonders

Barrow parkrunners all gather at the bandstand each Saturday morning for a quick briefing before the event and by 09:00 we're off. The course is a challenging but enjoyable 5km undulating 2.5 laps of the park, which if participants remember to look at is very colourful and summery at the moment.
159 participants of all ages and abilities took part this week, a good attendance and up considerably from this time last year. Of all taking part 6 were 1st timers, we hope it's the 1st of many. Tourist parkrunners joined us this week, visitors from Wycombe Rye including Ben Sendall who was 1st to finish in a blistering 16:57, nearly a minute ahead of Ryan Everett who finished 2nd in a very respectable 17:54. 3rd position went to Ian Sadler in19:30. Philip Shrimpton was our 1st junior runner home in 21:32, his 48th parkrun to date. 1st lady to finish was Darina Delinova in 16th position at 22:34. Well done to you all.
28 new personal best times were achieved this morning, weather conditions were ideal, but it takes good attitude and determination to improve your parkrun time, very well done to everyone who did so.
A milestone 50th run was completed today by Karen Herrington, and will be rewarded with a parkrun tshirt supplied by Tribesports. Karen joined the parkrun community in July 2015 and is a regular runner and volunteer. Congratulations Karen.
Much appreciated volunteers make each parkrun happen, this week was no exception with a team of 24 had it covered. From barcode scanners to marshalls, Run director to results processor, thank you very much.
Parkrun is open to all, if you'd like to give it a try please register here -, under 11's need to be within arms reach of their responsible adult, you can run as fast as you can or walk as leisurely as you like, even walk a pet on a short lead. It's a great way to get fit and meet new people.
See you next week, and don't forget your barcode!
Gary Woodhouse

Karen Herrington 50 mileston


Barrow parkrun #294 – 17th June 2017

Talking the talk

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 -
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 -
View the latest results here -
If you'd like to volunteer then please do! Email 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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