Mid Lancashire Cross Country League Event 5

The Mid Lancashire league takes place after our parkrun. It starts a good time after parkrun and so gives plenty of time to get washed and changed and do a few jobs.

The order of events is as follows;

ORDER OF EVENTS (Different race times for UKA Cross Challenge)

Approx Distances
(12.30pm u11 girls)
~ 2K
(12.45pm u11 boys)
~ 2K
1.00pm u13 girls
1.20pm u15 girls and u13 boys
1.40pm u15 boys and u17 women
2.00pm u17 men; jnr, snr & vet women
2.30pm jnr, snr and vet men

The event takes place at the Youth Fields and up into Howtun Woods (Hawcoat). The event is free for spectators.

Anybody affiliated to a running club can enter on the day for the price of £2. Unfortunately, those unaffialited cannot run.

Cross Country's are great events to watch and to take part in. The differences between our parkrun event and the XC are;

  • They are on mud and grass, not tarmac,
  • They are shorter for juniors (perhaps 1 -2k) or longer (an extra 1-2K for senior women and junior men, 5k for senior men)
  • You must be a member/affiliated to a club

So they are the differences and that is where it ends. If you do go up to watch, you will see, there is a great variety of runners taking part and not everybody is an elite athlete. They are just normal people like you and me, speed and pace is relative, nearly everybody is working at their maximum and they don't mind getting wet or muddy. Just like us at parkrun (perhaps with the exception of getting muddy, but that can change!).

Barrow could do with your support and you never know, you may really enjoy watching it, it may inspire you once again, as has parkrun to date. It may make you realise that there is no wall between us and the club runner and it may make you think about joining. 

See you at parkrun and then hopefully later at the XC



The Lead up to Christmas

As we approach Christmas we are trying to add a few little twists to your parkrun to hopefully drag you away from the shops, pubs and restaurants.

December 17th is Junior volunteer week. We hope the junior runners will use this opportunity to fill the volunteer roster completely with junior runners, even the race directors position! Too many people call the youth of today but we know that at parkrun they can show us all that they can run an event as good as the adults, if not better! If you want to volunteer for this event please let me know by email and I'll put you down and don't worry you'll be told exactly what to do and wont be left completely on your own (especially the race director).This week is also open for the Juniors to do something fun with if they want. You could do a santa dash or anything you want so if you have an idea stick it on your email and we’ll go with the one mentioned most or pick one at random.Remember juniors this is your parkrun as much as the adults so here is your chance to do your bit.

December 24th is our Sir Jimmy Saville tribute week. I cant write enough about Sir Jim to do him justice. But raising £40 million for charity,racing 300 professional bike races, running 212 marathons and 107 wrestling fights are but a small part of what he achieved. All that on top of being one of the nations favourites on Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It made Sir Jim mean that much to so many of us that we were very sad when his death was announced in October. His selfless giving is such a great messasge to honour at this time of year. So please drag out those 70's shellsuits, get the long wig out and start digging out the jewellery for a great day honouring a great man. So come on "guys and gals" lets have a fun parkrun before Christmas.

Please volunteer where and when you can. If we all do our bit it lightens the load for everyone.

Remember, this is your parkrun

Ask not what parkrun can do for you, but what can you do for your parkrun

Dave Parker
Event Director
Barrow parkrun

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