And now for something a little different.

The alternative course

I had hoped to be able to post this before today’s run but unfortunately work intervened so I didn’t get the chance. The recent bad weather has taken its toll on our usual course and while we can change the usual route to avoid some of the worst affected areas the layout of the park limits our options to modify the route.

Although some parkruns have a separate winter and summer course this is not our intention. If it is possible to use our normal route we will do and between now and the spring the run director will check the state of the course each week and decide which route to run. If they decide to use the alternative route that decision will be final.

Until the weather improves I would recommend that everyone meet at the cricket club each week to ensure you get to the correct start point.

For those of you who missed todays run, the backup course starts at the top of the hill by the playground follows the usual route then turns left down to the lake then right to follow the path around the lake twice. From there you retrace your steps back to the top path and turn left at the the t junction to follow our usual route around the top end of the park and back up to where we usually leave the lake. Then back past the lake to the t junction to complete a lap. At the end of the 4th lap it is a left turn back to the finish which is in the same place as the start.

Todays run

Thank you to all the volunteers today you were all superstars, especially the marshals who were dropped in at the deep end a bit. Congratulations to all 45 runners especially Michael Waddington, Steve Lucas, Phillip Gayner, Richard Coppen, Valerie Wheeler, Richard Francis, Mark Sanz, Laura Kirk, Emiliy Francis, Vivienne Cobos and Hayley Cannon who all recorded a new personal best and welcome to Tony Wilkinson and Peter Coleman who completed their first ever parkrun with us today.

Friends of Barclay park

There is a meeting of the friends of Barclay park on Tuesday 9th February at 7pm in the meeting room at the Spotlight, as regular users of Barclay park it would be good if some of the parkrunners can be there to support those who look after our park.

The results bit

Male placings:
Michael WADDINGTON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:15 - 11th time in 15 appearances.
Paul DOHERTY (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 23:41.
Steve LUCAS (VM50-54) of Ware Joggers, was third over the line in 23:53.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Kevin FRANCIS (Unattached) 2720 pts.
Paul DOHERTY (Unattached) 2075 pts.
Barry HOLT (Unattached) 1973 pts.

Female placings:
Anthea FRANCIS (VW35-39) of Run Mummy Run, was first (11th overall) over the line in 27:13 - third time in 26 appearances.
Deborah MEEK (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 28:30.
Abbie WHEELER (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (16th overall) over the line in 29:12.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anthea FRANCIS (Run Mummy Run) 2670 pts.
Lucy DUPUIS (Unattached) 2360 pts.
Hayley CANNON (Unattached) 2302 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Michael WADDINGTON (SM25-29) was graded 67.01% for the time 19:15 (first overall).
Deborah MEEK (VW55-59) was graded 63.51% for the time 28:30 (13th overall).
David GOODWIN (VM50-54) was graded 62.38% for the time 24:14 (4th overall).

This week there were 45 runners, of whom 2 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.

Barclay parkrun started on 6th June 2015, and since then 588 different runners, including participants from 62 athletics clubs, have completed 1,775 runs covering a total distance of 8,875 km, and there have been 333 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Sarah WILLIAMS who ran in a time of 00:20:41 on 2015-08-22 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Glen TURNER who ran in a time of 00:17:46 on 2015-06-13 (event number 2).
The Age Grade course record is held by Madeleine RUSSELL-SMITH who recorded a 78.93% run (26:11) on 15th August 2015 (event number 11).

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