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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Barrow Parkrun event 28, April 7

THE Easter weekend drew in visiting tourists from all parts of the UK, with 14 of the 43 runners, first timers to Barrow Park’s timed 5k Parkrun.

And after having talked with a few of the visiting runners post run, all agreed that Barrow Parkrun course was very beautiful and very undulating, and if the opportunity arose they would definitely return for second outing.

With the ‘promise’ of Easter eggs on the run on Saturday 43 men, women and children arrived at the bandstand to run and jog around the 5k course.

The weather turned out to be pleasantly warm.

The Easter bunny was busy and instead of presenting eggs, there were 10 personal bests recorded this week.

This week’s personal best times were achieved by Olivia Thompson; Leigh Trelore; Caroline Davis; Karen Ann Maggio-Poyntz; Neil Armstrong; Ian Jones; Thomas Thorne; Robert Henry Doyle; Daniel Burns and David William Scrimshaw.

Barrow Parkrun is open to all ages, genders and even certain pets, and it’s one of the fastest growing events in the country, with Parkruns all over the UK, all starting at the same time every Saturday.

When you register you will be given a barcode, which you print off and bring to the bandstand at 8.45am for a pre-run brief.

At 9am the run starts, this then sets off the official electronic timer, after two and half laps of the park, you cross the finish line and your time is recorded.

This is then added to your personal barcode, which has all your details, and will be available on the Barrow Parkrun website (www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/news) normally within two to three hours.

The first man to complete the course on Saturday was Jeff Cunningham, of Herne Hill Harriers, in 16:57 – his first appearance.

In second place was David William Scrimshaw of Beckenham RC, in 17:31 and third was Callum Southern in 18:18.

Kathleen Crisp achieved her sixth win in 14 appearances, finishing in 21:04.

Second woman home was Karen Stretch, of Striders of Croydon AC, in 23:10 and in third place was Karen Ann Maggio-Poyntz, in 23:57.

Current standing in the men’s annual points competition:

Dave Parker (Barrow & Furness Striders AC) – 1,733 points.

David Harker (Unattached) – 1,655 points.

Michael Cook (Unattached) – 1,553 points.

Current standing in the women’s annual points competition:

Fiona Wilson (Unattached) – 2,290 points.

Donna Kay Speirs (Unattached) – 2,012 points.

Jacqui Armstrong (Unattached) – 1,712 points.

Barrow Parkrun is run by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer email BarrowHelpers@parkrun.com – there are many different roles to be filled which are all easy to do.

If you would like to run, jog or walk next Saturday please remember to register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/barcode and arrive at the bandstand at 8.45am for the pre-run briefing.

See you next Saturday,

MIKE AND LOUISE COOK

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