HO HO HO MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Firstly thank you all for joining us on a beautiful morning in Barking park and helping us to achieve our highest ever attendance, which was better than last Christmas, perhaps a few of you had a silent night last night and were able to attend.Merry Christmas everybody or as they say in Spain, feliz navidad. No winter wonderland or white Christmas, but plenty of you were able to step into Christmas as Christmas time is here or at least it is now that parkrun has happened.It's the most wonderful time of the year and apologies to those trying to listen to the run briefing as people were saying do you hear what i hear although plenty were saying no as apparently little could be heard at the back of the field.Just after halfway you will have heard jingle bells courtesy of event director Alison. You all seemed to have a wonderful Christmas time, we are sure we saw frosty the snowman and a santa baby in the field.
This will be a mega run report as we like to mention as many people as possible so we will start with an incredible 73 of you taking part in your first Barking parkrun, including an impressive 8 people completing their first parkrun. So welcome to Barking and parkrun to Sucha Bhaker, Debra Jean-Baptiste, Kostos Ntounis, Sule Shevket, Jia Ladher, Hardeep Ladhar & Karina Ladhar. The Ladhars may have completed their first event but are no strangers to parkrun as they all have acheived v25 status. The following undertook their first Barking event,so welcome to ; Jack Nixon, Jonathan Botterill, Mark Abbott, David Alan Dixon, Sophie Broom, Patrick Clark, Gary Glennard, Paul Whittaker, Alex Cooper, Kevin Wright, Jonathan Solley, Hitesh Odedra, Lucy Summers, Ursula Abbott, Emma Garcia-Solley, Rebecca Liss, Bharat Tailor, Michael Alexander, Stephanie Groves, Elena Stylianou, Holly James, Chris Roberts, Karen Smith, Marilyn Schubert, Geetha Ramesh, Lucy Golding, Amritpal Ghatora, Lee Kyson, Jacob Everingham, John Schofield, Yusuf Ahmed, Lalita Jena, Tom Wiggins, Bruce Mail, Lilly-Rose Patten, Amanda Wixon, Richard Tromans,Brendan O'Mahony, Janaki Ramesh, Wendy Everingham, Ryan Murphy, Andrew Cook, Garry Tooey, Fran Leddra, Kirsty Brunton,Shaheda Arthur, John Arthur, Natasha Saunders, Ray Sparra Everingham, Andrew Mclaren, Mark Mcclaran, Paul Cadogan Henry Monaghan, Karen Cook, Marian Williams, Luciano Lucioli,Brian Cross, Russell Cook, Andrew Gray, Haseeb Raja, Garry Sukhija, Ken Willis, Amar Bhatti, Roderick Joyce & Julie Dalphinis. We hope you all enjoyed our event, feel free to call again next year, or sooner if you are in the area, we are not usually quite so manic and you will have a lot more room on the course to try and improve your times.
Special mention to three people for reaching landmark runs with us today; Steve Chissell 100, Luiia Vuika 50 and Rabea Begum 50. Talking of milestones we were delighted to welcome over 20 members of the 250 club.
Next we have the role of honour for those who obtained a pb here goes, very well done; Paul Howard, Barry Smith, John Whitehead, Haydn Newland, Morgan Campbell, James Nichols, James Johnson, Rory Burr, Lee Patten, Mark Fowler, Peter Jackson, Tomasz Samuel Robert, Danny Gillard, Anna Crawley, Trevor Cooper, Dharmesh Tailor, Tommy Patten, Alan Winston, Nikhil Patel, Darren Radford, Bilkis Achha, Scott Summers, James Pain, Raz Aslam, Denys Vuika, Naimah Riaz, Sumaya Riaz, Eliza Pain, Jocelyn Summers, Richard Cossey, Melanie Green, Sue Parkinson, Bill Saunders, Rajesh Patel,George Georgiou, Iuliia Vuika, Kerry Curtis, William Wright, Pascalia Pamba, Katie Garcia & Imogen Clare Garner.
FEMALE RESULTS: 1; Morgan Campbell 18.51 2; Lucy Golding 20.55 3; Anna Crawley 21.05 Highest age graded score Morgan in 1st place 78.51%
MALE RESULTS: 1; Paul Whittaker 15.33 2; Paul Howard 17.16 3; Steven Whittaker 17.41 Highest age graded score Carl Partis (in 4th place) 83.99
As we have said this has become our record attendance and we will learn from it as there was quite a bit of congestion on the finish line, as it became blocked by the queue for scanning. we will move the scanning table further away next year. The only downside to the event possibly because of the congestion was that we had a few problems with token distribution. For this reason the results are correct to the best of our ability although we are aware of a few errors, which mean the results are not 100% accurate for which we apologise. Unfortunately we can not pinpoint exactly where things went array, and consequently we can not change the published results. We hope you will enter into the Christmas spirit and cut us some slack.
This week 306 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:
Alison FRYATT • Robert COURTIER • Pritesh PATEL • Harmander SINGH • Mick MOOHAN • Chris HESLEGRAVE • Andy PRESTON • Chris ANASTASI • Denise WOOLSTON • Wayne LATIBEAUDIERE • Ally BUTT • Uzma BUTT • 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 3,908 participants have completed 31,920 parkruns covering a total distance of 159,600 km, including 4,855 new Personal Bests. A total of 411 individuals have volunteered 4,775 times.