Barrow parkrun event #355 – 25th August 2018

Barrow parkrun's 355th event saw 148 participants take on the challenging 5km route with a team of 20 volunteers making sure the event was a safe and enjoyable one. A big thank you to everyone who took part this week.
Clare Greenwood was this weeks Run Director. On the approach to 09:00 at the bandstand the event gets underway with a quick course briefing before those taking part make their way to the start line. There's always a buzz at this point, some are eager, some not so. Never-the-less, the effort is made and the taking part is the important thing.
You don't need to be fast to take part in parkrun so there's no need to be put off by the name. There's always plodders, joggers and dog walkers taking part. The sprinters at the front get off to a good start and it's not long before they've made their way round the 2.5 laps which passes the cenotaph 3 times.
Johnathon Bellman was 1st this week in 19:06. His 60th parkrun to date.
2nd over the line (and 1st Junior) George Bessant in 19:37, with 271 parkruns under his belt!
Ian Sadler, a Barrow regular was 3rd in 19:47.
1st Lady home was Amy Singleton just 7 seconds off matching her best time in 21:20 and 11th place.
Top of the age grade scores this week - David Spencer for the gents with 85.35% and for the ladies - Marian Danson with 76.83%. Age grading is a fairer way to record a participants performance as it takes age and gender into consideration rather than the time taken to complete the course.
4 taking part were new to parkrun. Peter Gunson, Adam Morris, Dyllan Armstrong and Alexandra Beecroft. Now they've made their debuts we hope to see them back again soon.
18 determined parkrunners achieved new personal best times-that takes grit and gusto so well done to you all, very well done indeed.
Luke Broadbent ran his 50th parkrun, well done Luke. Milestone runs are rewarded with a snazzy tshirt and are all well deserved.

Parkrun events take place all over the country and beyond. It's lovely to have tourist parkrunners join us at Barrow from Worcester, Hull, Middlesbrough and Keswick to name a few. Thank you for joining us.
Participants, volunteers and spectators go to the cafe after the event for a brew, milestone cake and friendly banter. Everyone's welcome.
If you'd like to give parkrun a try then we'd love to see you, just register (it's free) - print a barcode and bring it with you to the bandstand area of the park on a Saturday at 08:50. It's a great way to start the weekend, keep fit, train for a future event or just to enjoy it for what it is - a plod round the park!
Register here -
Gary Woodhouse