Barnsley parkrun – Event number 125 – 29th June 2013

It's a Record

The Barnsley parkrun attendance record was smashed today with 143 runners completing the challenging 5k course. It was great to see so many first time runners out there and we hope to see you all again soon.

Not quite a record

On its first event the Barnsley parkrun course record was set by Ian Kimpton at 15:56. Today we really thought it was going to be beaten at last by Darren Middleton of Leeds AC. However, it was not to be, Ian crossed the line in first place in 16:02; just 6 seconds shy of the record, or 2 seconds per lap! Hopefully someone will break this long standing record soon.

Talking of records the fastest time for a lady at Barnsley was set by Julie Briscoe back in July 2012 in a time of 18:07. It's about time someone broke that record too.

So while I'm at it talking about records, for the first timers you'll notice an Age Grade % against your name. This is the WAVA method of working out a % score for a performance, based on the world record at a particular distance for a particular age, and is a good way of seeing "where you are" compared with other runners of different ages or for comparing your current times with previous performances set at a younger age. So as well as looking at your time have a look at your Age Grade too, it's a good measure of how well you're doing against others of a similar age.

Race Report

Men's placings:
Darren MIDDLETON (SM30-34) of Leeds City AC, was first over the line in 16:02 - 5th time in 5 appearances.
Thomas David WHITE (SM25-29) of Barnsley AC, was second over the line in 17:52 - Has been first to finish on 15 previous occassions.
Mark LEGGETT (VM50-54) of Denby Dale Travellers, was third over the line in 19:19 - Has been first to finish on 2 previous occassions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ian NEVILLE (Unattached) 1923 pts.
David HARLING (Barnsley AC) 1529 pts.
Gerard TAYEH (Barnsley Harriers) 1475 pts.

Women's placings:
Lesley LEGGETT (VW55-59) of Denby Dale Travellers, was first (10th overall) over the line in 20:49 - 14th time in 23 appearances.
Abby PARKIN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (19th overall) over the line in 22:43.
Mel GREEN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (20th overall) over the line in 22:52.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Vikki SKIPPER (Barnsley Harriers) 1769 pts.
Lizzy ADDIS (Unattached) 1456 pts.
Vicky LEVITT (Barnsley Harriers) 1403 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lesley LEGGETT (VW55-59) was graded 85.83 % for the time 20:49 (10th overall).
Darren MIDDLETON (SM30-34) was graded 81.08 % for the time 16:02 (first overall).
Mark LEGGETT (VM50-54) was graded 76.96 % for the time 19:19 (third overall).

This week there were 143 runners, of whom 34 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

Barnsley parkrun started on 22nd January 2011, and since then 1,363 different runners, including participants from 99 athletics clubs, have completed 9,519 runs covering a total distance of 47,595 km, and there have been 2,341 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Julie BRISCOE who ran in a time of 18:07 on 21st July 2012 (event number 76).
The Men's course record is held by Ian KIMPTON who ran in a time of 15:56 on 22nd January 2011 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie BUCKLEY who recorded a 93.04 % run (19:24) on 30th July 2011 (event number 28).

See you all next week