Barking parkrun #404 14th March 2020

First and foremost a big thank you to the volunteers, who unfortunately didn't get there usual thank you on the start line, although we all do it for the love of parkrun and not for the glory.
A toast to absent friends, at the time of writing we are aware of a least a couple of our regulars who felt under the weather and stayed away. We wish them a speedy recovery and indeed in these uncertain times, best wishes to all who are ill, and whilst obviously we miss people we really appreciate that you are thinking of others as well as yourselves. Now that brexit gets little media coverage you will all be aware of the latest news re coronavirus/ covid19. We probably know as much as you, but suggestions are that mass participation events are likely to be cancelled in the coming weeks/months. Whilst we are a fairly small parkrun, we have the potential to become a much larger parkrun if local bigger events are cancelled.To this end if the regrettable decision to suspend parkrun is taken then it will more than likely include all events even Barking. We therefore would strongly recommend looking at our web page and / or our Facebook page before heading out for next week.
The latest position from head office is clearly outlined in a red banner across the top of all the sections of our website. Some of you may be aware that you can run the course and log a freedom parkrun at any time which you can add to your profile. This can be completed at anytime, although obviously there will be no volunteers and you will need to record your own time. You can therefore still get your parkrun 'fix', although we can not guarantee the same feel good factor you achieve on a Saturday morning.

So now for the good news to try and lift your spirits, in what are difficult times, this week we were delighted to welcome 37 of you making your first appearance at Barking, including an impressive 10 making their parkrun debut. A very warm welcome to Barking and to parkrun to the following, Jamal Allen, Satender Rathee, Melanie Dobson, Kamrul Islam, Neil Sallis, Cherisse Keech, Angela Enaohwo, Fiona Katherine Smith, Sanjeev Kumar Armugam & Fatima Diaby. We truly hope you enjoyed your experience and will be back to see us at the next available opportunity. At the other end of the spectrum congratulations to Niall Mulholland for completing your milestone 100th parkrun.

We like to mention as many people as possible in our run reports so an equally warm welcome to the following first timers, in no particular order, Michelle Messenger, Jenny Storey, Matthew Hunt, Siobhan Mcandrew-Smith, Katie Hindley, James Mcandrew-Smith (James was the largest of the canine participants, you may have noticed him in his guide dogs for the blind costume), Ben Walker, Lucy Bent, Aine Lawrence, Joanna Bilcliffe, Amelia Lawrence, Chris Morgan, Immer Pashhur, Chris Brolly, Hilary Lawrence, Peter Lawrence, Amelia Prentice, Stephen Perry, Joshua Bell, Jacques Van Oorschot, Lina Bates, Peter Bates, Barry Nolan, Annie Trihan, Chris Parkinson-Best, Simon Le Good & Robin Sorflaten.

For 19 of you perhaps the near perfect conditions or the fear of the unknown and the need to run away from people as quickly as possible contributed to a pb for today. So a pat on the back for completing the event faster than you have ever done before to (again in no particular order) Kevin Jake Richards, Ina Howlett, Syed Fahim Ahmed Roomy, Daniel Miller, Gopal Myilsamy, Steve Wilson, John McGregor, Carla Burchell, Frank Goulding, Kieran R M O'Hara, Nicholas Sharp, Paul Cadogan, David Giles, Sophie Barker, Jamie McWatt, Peter Burdett, Dee O'Brien, Trevor Powell & Scott McMillan.

FEMALE RESULTS: 1; Dee O'Brien 19.29(pb) 2; Amelia Lawrence 21.06 3; Annie Trihan 23.35 Highest age graded score Dee in first place 81.52%

MALE RESULTS: 1; Immer Pashhur 16.28 2; Kieran R M O'Hara 16.39(pb) 3; Nicholas Sharp 17.15(pb). Highest age graded score Scott McMillan in 4th place.

The way the parkrun system works, you can not have a pb on your first appearance at an event, although if you consider our first timers ran their fastest time so far recorded at Barking, we have 7 pb/fastest times in the top ten.

Meaningless statistic for today Jacques Van Oorschot,in 5th place ran his 119th parkrun in a time of 19.19, shame you didn't finish in 19th place although this would have needed a further 14 quick runners.

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Philip PEARSON • Alan MURPHY • Mick MOOHAN • Chris HESLEGRAVE • Julie GILLENDER • Sally BRIDGE • Margaret BYERS • Martin MCCORMICK • Pascalia PAMBA • 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 4,191 participants have completed 33,681 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,405 km, including 5,047 new Personal Bests. A total of 421 individuals have volunteered 4,912 times.

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