event closure – Sunday, 26th August 2018

Due to a music event in the Park we will not be running an event on Sunday, 26th August 2018. We aim to be back on Sunday, 2nd September 2018.

Kind Regards,

The B&D junior parkrun team


Celebrating 4 years of Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun!


Today we celebrated the 4th Anniversary of Barking and Dagenham junior parkun in Central Park. There were 25 juniors who completed the 2K course with one first timer and 3 PBs.

The full results can be found here:http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barkinganddagenham-juniors/results/latestresults/

Our first event was held on 13 April 2014 with just 15 runners. Our small, friendly community has gradually grown over the last four years and we now regularly have over 30 children participating every week.

Children receive an email after the event with their time and have the opportunity to gain wristbands and certificates at 11, 21 and 50 events, equivalent of a half, full and ultra marathon distance. There is also a certificate for completing 100 events. This week Evie celebrated her half marathon milestone collecting a blue wristband.

The event is entirely run by volunteers and everyone contributed to today's celebration. Ronnie Waller baked a lovely birthday cake. Andy Beazeley designed a badge to commemorate the special occasion. And there were treat bags for everyone!

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Andrew BEAZELEY, Vennisa CHOWDHURY, Julie DALPHINIS, Beverley EAGLES, Rahana ISLAM, Nazia ISLAM, Hardeep LADHAR, Jia LADHAR, Christine LARDNER, Michael LARDNER, Jason J M LI, Jenny O'HANLON, Sam VEERASAMY, Sonya VEERASAMY, Kresh VEERASAMY, Timi Selon VEERASAMY, Ronnie WALLER.

About Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun

Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun is a free 2k event for 4-14 year olds held every Sunday at 9am in Central Park, Dagenham. It’s completely free – juniors just need to register with parkrun once and bring a printed copy of their barcode to get their times.  It’s not who comes first or a race against others, it all about having fun, improving your child’s health and community.



Mini Marathon Time Trial – 22/04/2018

This year’s Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon will take place on Sunday 22 April 2018.

The fastest teenagers in the borough will have the chance to represent Barking and Dagenham in this year’s Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon.

Hopefuls must take part in a three-mile time trial at the Jim Peters Stadium, Mayesbrook Park, at 11am on Sunday 28 January 2018.
The quickest six boys and girls in each of the Under-17, U15, and U13 categories over the distance will be selected for the team. The four runners-up in each age group will be chosen as reserves.

To help runners prepare for the Mini London Marathon, which launched in 1986, weekly training sessions will be arranged with local running clubs.

To register, complete the online form or register on the day of the event by visiting the stadium’s club house from 9.30am.

mini marathon application form


A birthday on junior parkrunday!

A very special junior parkrunday today with a first for us in Central Park; a junior celebrating their 4th birthday. Congratulations to Evie who was our only first timer and finished in a time of 21:28 and even helped pick up the cones on her second lap.


Well done to Dad, Andy, who got up super early today to register Evie and went to his parents house at to print a barcode so that Evie would be able to complete her very first junior parkrun in Central Park. What dedication! It has been a complete joy to welcome the Beazeley family to our event. Andy spotted our hi-hiz jackets one morning in January this year and came to have a chat. Since then the whole family have become regulars to Central Park, started doing the 5K events on Saturday, fitted in a spot of tourism and joined our core team of volunteers. We had a lovely morning celebrating with this very special family.

Another special birthday this week for Rahana, one of our regular volunteers, Happy Birthday Rahana! Untitled

A special mention for Maya who received her green marathon wristband for completing 21 junior parkruns. Well done Maya! Loved your beautiful ear warmers, perfect for keeping the chill off in this frosty weather.


We had a great turnout with 26 finishers and 5 PBs. Well done to all our brilliant juniors. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers - without you turning up every week, rain or shine, there would be no junior parkrun.


Full results are here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barkinganddagenham-juniors/results/latestresults/

Photos from today are on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124947453@N05/albums/72157690109514725

Straight after junior parkrun, some of the volunteers and juniors dashed off to join the Kayleigh 10K charity run organised by one of our parkrun family, Jason Li. The Team Kaleigh 10K Challenge fun run was hosted with the kind and generous support of the local Sikhs in the City running club. The event was to raise additional funds for local 7-year-old girl, Kaleigh Lau's, future medical treatments and assist her fight against a rare and incurable brain tumour known as D.I.P.G. (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).  Team Kayleigh are also trying to increase the awareness of this terrible illness which primarily affects young children.

To find out more about Kaleigh's story, please visit her website at http://kaleigh.ethanet.co.uk/



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