With the vagaries of London's public transport system, your volunteer team often turn up to get things set up, to be greeted by the popular orange hue of parkrun's visitor/tourist t-shirts on smiling faces around 0815 on Saturday mornings. This time round, Kathryn Berry (home turf of Guildford, but a seasoned tourist attempting to chalk off all the London events in the coming few months), and Eden Grey (from Washington DC, USA) were our tourist welcoming committee, building in extra time to make sure they didn't miss out on their weekly parkrun community fixes.
So it turns out that Eden is in the UK for a week, and after scouring the parkrun UK events website, chose Barking as her stop-off point. We obviously couldn't let the moment pass. After further enquiry, we discover that state-side, Eden is a regular blogger and part of the 'barkrun' community, combining their love of our canine friends with a devotion for parkrun! Our event name combines both of her passions, so no transatlantic trip could be complete without discovering our own corner of east London! Well, Eden, we are glad you chose us, and hope that your first experience of a London 'greasy spoon' at the Daily Munch cafe, Faircross Parade afterwards was as much an enjoyable experience!
Eden and Kathryn were among 18 first-timers. And while both are forgiven if this ends up being their only visit to Barking parkrun, we hope all of the other first-timers, and particularly those who also began their parkrun journeys this weekend, come back as often as possible and take part. You will all be made very welcome when you do.
We were also pleased to help a couple of celebrating milestoners at the start line. Mahbub Khan, a member of local running club Barking Road Runners, chalked up the 150 milestone today, and we also cheered heartily for Justin Chisholm, who reached his '100. Well done, both. As always, we try to look out for upcoming milestones, but a quick tug on the sleeve of your Run Director beforehand guarantees we always get the announcement in, and you get your deserved accolade!
One of our favourite PBs of the day belongs to W70-74 age-grouper Evelyn Riches. Having taken on the course for a twentieth time, and with family and friends there every step of the way, she crossed the line for the first time under the hour mark! Congratulations, Evelyn! Evelyn was one of eight people recording a personal best this week - well done one and all!
And the eagle-eyed among you will realise that we are just over a month away from our 8th Birthday. Your core team will start kicking around ideas about how we might mark the occasion. While none of us claim to have connections with senior members of the royal family, or could call in favours from the RAF's Red Arrows,we welcome any suggestions from you Barking regulars about how we could mark the occasion on the last Saturday in July.
This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:
Alison FRYATT • Harmander SINGH • Chris HESLEGRAVE • Andy PRESTON • Ita O'CONNOR • Lorraine HILTON • Denise GRAHAM • Leslie JAY • Yolanda CEVEIRA
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 Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded 90.47% (14:52) on 25th December 2017 (event number 287).
Barking parkrun started on 28th July 2012. Since then 3,505 participants have completed 28,634 parkruns covering a total distance of 143,170 km, including 4,444 new Personal Bests. A total of 393 individuals have volunteered 4,482 times.