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A very cold start to our run with temperatures hitting zero and then hail coming down hard and settling on our course making the conditions a little tricky, particularly coming down the cenotaph hill.  Despite the wintry weather we still had 125 running, jogging or walking the 5k course with 6 people joining us for the first time and 17 people achieving new Personal Best times.

Well done to junior runner Poppy Gomersall who ran her fastest time wearing her new 10th parkrun t-shirt and took 46 seconds off, giving her a time of 30:59.  Also to Lucy Montague who only recently started running with us and after 8 runs she has achieved 7 new Pbs and took her time from 30:39 to 24:50 in the space of 2 months.

It was a milestone run for junior runner Milly Dickinson who completed her 50th run and also for Alfie Dale who completed his 10th run.  Well done and be sure to look out for your email that will allow you to order your technical t-shirt.

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Stu Wallace also formally handed over Event Director responsibilities to Donna Bates and Fiona Bannister as he stepped down to take over the junior parkrun event.  This is an event that is aimed at children between 4-14 years old and is a 2k course on Sunday at 9am.  More information about this event can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow-juniors/.baton hand over

Finally a big thanks to all those people that volunteered, we could not run this event without you.  If you can help out please drop an email to Donna at barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or let us know on facebook. We also need helpers for the junior event so if you can help out, please message Stu on barrow-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com.

On to the results, in the men’s placing David Harker finished in first position in 19:39 and was followed by first timer junior runner Isaac McKenna in 19:48.  Ben Lindsay, another junior runner, finished in third place with his first sub 20 time of 19:56 setting himself a new PB in the process.

In the ladies placing, the first to finish was Janice Callister who finished in 23:08 and was followed by Karen Oldham in 23:11.  In third position was Joanna Barnard who ran the course in 24:11.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores;

  • Greg Barnard MacKenzie 73.33% (4th overall)
  • Janice Callister 73.34% (15th overall
  • Brenda Bagley 73.13% (40th  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.

Happy running,

Fiona Bannister

 

Barrow parkrun report #318 – 2nd December 2017

 

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Mick Cull, this weeks run director opened proceedings with a quick course briefing before parkrunners made their way to the start line by 9 o'clock. The weather was mild and the puddles from recent heavy rainfall had dried up nicely.
132 participants completed the weekly 5km timed event, quiter than usual perhaps due to another popular event taking place the following morning.
39 runners represented local running club Walney Wind Cheetahs and 15 Parkside Panthers joined in. Many other club members and unregistered runners take part.
2 debut parkrunners this week, Mark Wallis and Mark Grenfell-Shaw, welcome to parkrun.
Tourist parkrunners joined us from neighbouring Fell Foot and Millom and further afield from Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Kingston to name a few. Thanks for joining us.
23 achieved new personal best times, well done to you all! Congratulations to Andrew Leece who ran his milestone 100th run this week, a new Tribesports tshirt well deserved.
The fastest 3 runners were -
David McNally, in 18:47 - his 6th parkrun to date and a new PB time.
Barrow regular Ryan Everett was just a second behind David, in 18:48 and his 73rd parkrun so far.
3rd place went to David Harker in 19:16 with 229 parkruns completed.
First lady home this week was Georgia Bell, with a brilliant time of 21:30 in 16th position and a new PB time. Excellent effort Georgia.
The top 3 age grade scores went to -
Raymond Gill with 77.56%
Ian Sadler with 77.50%
Georgia Bell with 77.36%
Age grading is an accurate way to measure a runners performance according to age and gender.
A team of 26 volunteers made parkrun happen this week. Their time and effort is much appreciated. Thank you. If you would like to volunteer please email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or ask a volunteer next week. It's a great way to get involved. There are many roles to fill ranging from scanning barcodes to marshalling at key points along the course.
If you'd like to give parkrun a try just register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/.
Print a barcode and bring it along with you and meet us at the bandstand in Barrow park at 08:45 on Saturday morning. You don't need to be a top athlete to take part, you can run, jog or walk, dog owners can bring their pooch on a short lead and under 11's can join in with a responsible adult, starting at the back are many buggy pushing parents so there's plenty of scope to join in, whatever your level.
The latest results can be found here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/
After parkrun many runners, volunteers and spectators have a cuppa, chat and more often than not -a slice of milestone cake. It's a good way to rest your legs and catch up with fellow runners. (in more ways than one).
Barrow parkrun began in September 2011 with 25 runners. The record holder is Phil Waite in 15:12, the female record holder is Lizzie Browne in 16:24. Those times are brilliant, but not essential.
Come along and join us, what's to lose?
Gary Woodhouse.

 

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Barow parkrun event #317 – 25th November 2017

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A cold wet and windy morning with several puddles from the recent heavy rain did not dissuade the 164 participants, a team of 21 volunteers or the spectators from coming along to Barrow park for the weekly timed 5km event.
As usual the event begins with a pre-run briefing at 08:50 around the bandstand and ready at the start line for 09:00.
From serious runners who sprint the 3.1 mile route to casual walkers who amble with a dog, young and old, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, they are all here and make up the parkrun community.
1st over the line this week was Ian Sadler, a regular at Barrow parkrun. His 219th event to date with a time of 19:04 puts him at the top of the age grade table with a score of 78:58%. Newark parkrunner Geoffrey Gregory joined us for a tourist parkrun this week and completed our course in 4th position with a time of 19:35. Luke Broadbent was the 1st junior runner home in 5th positon in 19:53, a new personal best time. Preston parkrunner Andrew Duffy joined us for the 1st time and finished with a very impressive time of 20:18.
1st Lady to finish was Janice Callister in 23:04, a good effort especially with the paths being wet and muddy in places. Junior runner Poppy Gomersall completed her milestone 10th parkrun and Duncan Mill completed his 100th event, Poppy and Duncan will be rewarded with a Tribestorts running tshirt. Well done to you both!
9 taking part were new to parkrun, and visitors from Manchester, Riverside parkrun and Birkenhead to name a few, I hope they enjoyed our parkrun and come back again soon.
20 taking part achieved a personal best time, well done to you all. It takes determination to achieve a PB and more so in difficult weather conditions.
A big thank you to our volunteers who make this event happen. Your time and effort was much appreciated.Andy Jones-Barnes, Christopher Hughes, Christopher Punton, David Farish, Donna Bates, Fred Bagley, Gemma MCGlinchey, John Wearing, Julie Clark, Mark Noble, Melissa Greaves, Michael Cook, Nicholas Emerson, Oscar Punton, Philip Leigh, Ray Robb, Sam Jones-Barnes, Stuart Wallace, Tom Mortlack-Jackson and Valerie Hayward.
The cafe was open as usual and many meet afterwards for a brew and a chat. Feel free to join us next time.
If you'd like to give parkrun a try then why not? Just register and print a barcode http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ bring your barcode and meet us at the bandstand at 08:50 each Saturday morning. You can bring a pet on a short lead, or push a young one in a buggy, under 11's must be within arms reach of their responsible adult.
If you'd like to volunteer then we'd be very grateful, it's also a good way to get involved. You can email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or come along and ask.
Happy running.
Gary Woodhouse

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Another great turnout at Barrow parkrun with 170 runners and walkers tackling the 5k course. Well done to the 5 first timers and 19 runners who achieved new PBs (listed below).

Derek Fryer, Danny Turner, Lucy Montague, Matt Messenger, Carol Park, Susan Clarkson, Rachael Park, Helen Thomas, Linda Allonby, Stephen Donnelly, Oscar Punton, Eleanor Harvey, Malini Kamalanthan, Maya Coxon, Noah Goodings, Jakob Nelson, Dean Steele, Tim Winder and Freyah Nelson

Also well done to Megan Carter who as part of her Duke of Edinburgh volunteering, stepped up and did her first Run Director role.  You did an amazing job.

It was a milestone run for junior runner Bobby Dempsey who completed his 50th run and also to Sarah Bouffler who became the 7th person to complete her 250th run at our parkrun.  Well done and be sure to look out for your email that will allow you to order your technical t-shirt.

Sarah Bouffler - 250th run

A big thanks to all those people that volunteered, we could not run this event without you.  If you can help out please drop an email to Donna at barrowhelpers@parkrun.com or let us know on facebook.

On to the results, in the men’s placing Ryan Everett finished in first position in 17:16 which is his fastest time this year.  In second placing was Jeff Chadwick who ran the course in 18:47 and was followed by Ian Sadler in 19:10.

In the ladies placing, the first to finish was 12 year old runner phenomena Olesia Winder who finished in 19:35, just one second from her PB. In second placing was our mayoress Janice Callister who ran in 21:51 and was followed by Karen Oldham in 23:41.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores;

  • Olesia Winder 83.15% (4th overall)
  • David Spencer 81.09% (46th overall
  • Ian Sadler 78.17% (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.

Happy running,

Fiona Bannister

 

Barrow parkrun Event 315 – 11th November 2017

This week, Jennifer Fazackerley was our volunteer run director and began proceedings with a course briefing before participants made their way to the start line ready for the off at 09:00.
183 participants, a team of 27 much appreciated volunteers and many spectators made for a lively parkrun - a challenging timed 5km event around Barrow park. Volunteers always offer encouragement and applause along the way and other roles include handing out tokens, scanning barcodes and collecting up flags and pointers afterwards.
Of 183 participants, 5 were 1st timers and possibly the 1st of many to come. Tourist runners Agnieszka Colcomb joined us from her regular Newbury parkrun and Christine Rodgers from Millom parkrun made Barrow parkrun her 5th event to date.
30 parkrunners achieved new personal best times this week. Well done to each of you. Good weather conditions may have helped but mostly it's due to determination and attitude. 13 taking part were unknown, which means they either forgot to bring along their barcode or have yet to registered at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/.
1st finisher was unknown, if I finished 1st I'd really want to see my name on the results page! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/
Andrew Dorrian finished 2nd in a nimble 18:56 making his 20th parkrun event to date. 1st Junior runner home was Greg Barnard-Mackenzie in 20:00 and his 113th parkrun done. 1st lady this week was Janice Callister in 23rd place and just 8 seconds shy of a PB with a time of 22:36.
Merryn Stangroom ran her milestone 10th parkrun in fine style with a new personal best time of 25:52 and also Daisy Parkinson earns her milestone Tshirt supplied by Tribesports, completing her 10th parkrun this week. Congratulations to you both.
David Spencer tops the age grade chart this week with a very impressive 81.94% with an equally impressive time of 25:39 and 204th parkrun to date. David is a regular at Barrow and runs in the 80-84 age catagory. A true inspiration to many a younger runner,
The 280th event completed today by Jacqui Armstrong is the highest attendance of a Barrow regular. Many more are fast approaching their milestone 250th run as Barrow parkrun has become well established since it began in September 2011 with just 25 taking part.
Many taking part meet afterwards at the cafe for a refreshments and a chat. It's good to catch up with friends and fellow runners if you can't catch up with them along the route you probably can here.
If you'd like to give parkrun a try then you are more than welcome, we'd like to see you and you don't need to go like the clappers, just at a pace that suits you - run, jog or walk. Many dog lovers bring their pooch on a short lead and parents can be seen pushing their young ones in a buggy. The volunteer tail walkers finish the event and scan in last to ensure nobody is left behind or loses their way. If you don't feel up to running then a volunteer role is good way to get involved and see how things work. FInd out more here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/volunteer/
Junoir parkrun starts on the 3rd December. More details can be found here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow-juniors/
The male record holder at Barrow parkrun is Phil Waite in a keen 15:12 while Lizzie Browne holds the fastest female top spot in an equally keen 16:24.
We don't need to be THAT keen.
See you soon!
Gary Woodhouse

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