Barking parkrun #400 15th February 2020

Please excuse a little Barking roadrunners slant to the opening of this report. I was reliably informed that Dennis Spencer-Perkins would attend today but was running a little late. However neither Dennis or his brother Stormy turned up, perhaps they are still on the way. We were aware of it being our 400th event, however with the storm looming, the unique 29th February run upcoming and our birthday in a few months we did not feel the need to make a fuss although chocolates were kindly provided by your event director Alison. You are a hardy lot and a little breeze didn't stop 131 of you today, although we appreciate you were all buffeted, and a little windswept by the end. Special thanks to those who arrived nice and early to check the course was suitable, and we were able to go ahead without any issues.Further thanks to the other volunteers who helped out today, we really can not proceed without you, and greatly appreciate your assistance.

Welcome to parkrun to Kevin Jake Richards, Deborah Veysi & Rahila Matin who chose to join us at Barking for their first parkrun, and begin the adventure, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and will become hooked and be back in the very near future. Welcome to a further 15 of you who undertook our little event for the first time, so welcome to Barking; Adam Walker, Halina Tsip, Max Tucker, Laura Thomas, Volodymyr Glushak, Simon Roberts, Ann Cardus, David C Wood, Nick Trencher, Sam Hickling, Ethan Skipp, David Skipp, Rebecca Sugden, Jeremy Townsend & Scott Mcmillan. Please feel free to call again, but only on a Sarurday Many congratulations to Nehal Patel for completing 50 parkruns, thanks for the cakes.

We are unsure if the wind came to your aid but we had 13 people who managed a pb today, including 3 of the first 5 finishers. So a hearty well done to the following; Robin Smith, Liam O'Driscoll, Dieu Merci Luyengi, David Rigby, Catherine Pettit, Steve Allen, Chris Thomas, Fola Awe, Pascalia Pamba, Alexandra Stan, Grace Kelly, Noah Crawley &James Theobald.

FEMALE RESULTS : 1; Belinda Riches 23.59 2; Catherine Pettit 24.51 3; Sophie Moore 25.55. Highest age graded score in 4th place Linda Smith 80.08%.

MALE RESULTS : 1; Kieran R M O'Hara 17.07 2; Robin Smith 17.36 3; Liam Driscoll 17.42. Highest age graded score again in 4th place Stephen Philcox 83.02%.




This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Philip PEARSON • Alison FRYATT • Harmander SINGH • Alan MURPHY • John LANG • Chris HESLEGRAVE • Dawn BLAKE • Annette PRIOR • George HANMORE • Dee HANMORE • Charity ANYIKA • Maya BUTT

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 4,071 participants have completed 33,069 parkruns covering a total distance of 165,345 km, including 4,985 new Personal Bests. A total of 419 individuals have volunteered 4,866 times.