Great news this week; with thanks to everyone who was able to make a donation, our new defibrillator battery and pad pack has arrived. The battery is valid until 1 December 2025, so we can now rest assured that, in the unfortunate event that we needed to use the defibrillator to help either a parkrunner or another Barking Park user, we are equipped to do so.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and get a stopped heart beating again. It's an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.
The defibrillator that our lovely parkrunners, and a donation from local running club Barking Road Runners, helped us to buy a few years’ ago actually talks you through what you need to do in an emergency so you don’t need to be trained to use it. And the shock won’t work if the casualty’s heart is still beating, so there is no risk at all of getting it wrong. Sorry if we bore you every week by saying that we have a defibrillator available, but we want to everyone to know that it is there to help if it is needed.
This week 91 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.
Congratulations to our first finisher James Connor, whose time of 15.01 was a new Personal Best and only nine seconds off our course record. In second place was Samuel Crane (20.04) and in third was Steve Chissell (20.17). First female finisher was Anna Crawley (21.14) followed by Hanna Mason (21.32) and Jess Collett (22.14).
In addition to James, Personal Bests were achieved by Ed Osborne, Carole Adams, Kelly Drake-Tapscott, Monni Shirley Cacoujat, Bence Maroti, Barry Rowell, Shafin Khan, Muhammed Yusuf, Kevin Grant, and Lorraine Allen.
We welcomed three brand new parkrunners this week: Akhil Reddy, Keighley Luff and Dan Warrington.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Philip PEARSON • Ronald VIALLS • Alison FRYATT • Chris HESLEGRAVE • Mark NEW • Aftab SARWAR • Hafsa AFTAB • Denise GRAHAM • Jason J M LI • Harrison K H LI • Gwyneth M W LI • Leslie JAY • Joe STACEY • Lai OGUNSOLA • Rosie FFORDE • Maya BUTT • David BOTTERILL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barking parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lydia HALLAM who recorded a time of 17:42 on 12th August 2017 (event number 267).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:52 on 25th December 2017 (event number 287).
The Age Grade course record is held by Breege NORDIN who recorded 91.10% (21:55) on 7th September 2019 (event number 376).
Barking parkrun started on 28th July 2012. Since then 4,321 participants have completed 34,616 parkruns covering a total distance of 173,080 km, including 5,152 new Personal Bests. A total of 428 individuals have volunteered 5,027 times.