Well, it felt like summer had finally arrived today, and it brought with it one of our highest turn-outs at Barking parkrun for a non-Christmas day run. This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, including 17 first timers to Barking, of whom six were first timers to parkrun too (welcome to Sam Ferguson, Amie Macklin-Proffitt, Rajesh Muthusamy, Keely Perry, Vilma Bieliunaite, and Natalie Radcliffe). It was also good to see quite a few people coming along for their second run – hopefully that means they’ve already become addicted to parkrun! We also saw 17 new Personal Bests this week, including from Jason Li, who celebrated his birthday the day before and treated us to cakes and some much-needed orange squash.
For those of you interested in a bit of local history, I mentioned that it was the 108th anniversary of the great oak tree of Barking Park. The tree was planted in the middle of the park on 22 June 1911 to celebrate the coronation of King George the 5th, the grandfather of the current Queen. Oak trees live for 200 years on average, though the oldest oak tree in England (in Lincolnshire) is estimated to be over 1,000 years old. Oaks are the tree most likely to be hit by lightning, so best to keep away from the Barking Oak if you are caught in a storm while in the park!
Back to parkrun, and today’s event was made possible by 13 wonderful volunteers:
Rowland LYONS • Alison FRYATT • Harmander SINGH • Mick MOOHAN • Chris HESLEGRAVE • Noel COTTRELL • Chris ANASTASI • Leigh LI • Harrison K H LI • Gwyneth M W LI • Irma CERNYCHIENE • Charity ANYIKA • Liz PEARCE
Parkrun is organised by volunteers; they’re just normal people like you and me, but they’re also extra special people because they help put on our fantastic event every week. If you would like to help one week, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know when you are available and what role you would like to try. The full roster, which lists all the key roles, can be found at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/barking/futureroster/.
The first three men across the line today were:
1. Liviu Ionita in 16:34 (new PB)
2. Joe Stacey in 18:44(new PB)
3. Diarmuid Mac Donnell in 19:20
The first three women across the line were:
1. Virginia SILIO in 20:39 (first timer at Barking parkrun)
2. Carolina Chisolm in 24:45 (new PB)
3. Charlotte Owen in 25:29
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 3,522 participants have completed 28,775 parkruns covering a total distance of 143,875 km, including 4,461 new Personal Bests. A total of 393 individuals have volunteered 4,495 times.