A note of thanks, 7th October 2018

You may have noted that there was a lot of coverage of parkrun in the press this weekend as the event celebrated it's 14th birthday. Clearly we haven't been going for quite as long (just the 4 and a bit years) but we are very proud to be part of the parkrun family.

This weekend did have a significance for our event too. In a change that will be noticeable to no-one and have no impact on our usual weekly run, Sunday was my first junior parkrun as the Harrow Lodge Event Director. Event Director basically means that I am responsible for making sure that our run can happen every week and that we have enough volunteers to ensure it is run in a safe way. I am really pleased and excited to take on the role. I love our parkrun - we have so many lovely people that come down and join us each week to volunteer and to run, we have a great number of really brilliant children that love running and want to improve and we have even more lovely children (and families) that just like getting up on a Sunday and doing something together that keeps them healthy.

One of the big reasons our parkrun is like that is thanks to our outgoing Event Director - Pete. Pete, and his family (Lucy and Samuel) have been a fundamental part of the parkrun for the last 2/3 years and will be a familiar sight to anyone who has ever come and run on a Sunday morning. I am really pleased to say that they will still be around and they remain part of our run director team but I didn't want the occasion to pass without showing them the gratitude they rightly deserve for all they have done over the past few years.

As for this weeks event - we had ideal running conditions which led to some great PB's, including some long standing one's that were finally beaten by the determined children. You know it means a lot when you hear them shouting on the finish line that they've finally done it and a big smile creeps onto their face. We were very pleased too at awarding some more wristbands - Ethan & Brooke for their half marathon, Maisie for her marathon and Dylan for completing 50 runs and getting his ultra marathon band. It takes a lot of commitment to reach that level. So well done all.

Our volunteers were as amazing and enthusiastic as ever and Rob did a great job in his first outing as Run Director (looking after the event on the day). Yet more thanks to them!



Christmas 2018

Following a good response to our facebook poll, I am pleased to confirm that we will be going ahead with the Harrow lodge junior parkrun Christmas day run. This will take place at the usual time of 9am and be in the usual place. Christmas outfits encouraged (but optional!). It would be lovely to see you there.


2 September 2018

With the summer holidays coming to an end and a new school year almost upon us, all we could hope for was some sunshine at the end of the long, hot summer that 2018 has given us.  Well we certainly got that for the 225th Harrow Lodge junior parkrun on 2 September 2018.

66 youngsters lined up on a beautiful morning.  We had 7 first timers today and welcome Emma and Bobby Love, Jessica and Emily Sewell, Grace Dunne, Erin Maher and Georgia Hallam to the parkrun family.  We really hope you enjoyed the event and come back for many more.

We also saw 17 personal best times recorded.  Many congratulations for great efforts go to Muhammad Yaqub, Evelyn Raison, Heath Baker, Amelia Eason, Libby Adams, Edie Smith, Alice Jones, Lucy Hetterley, Thomas Watson, Cherry Andrews, Matthew Ley, Aileen Henry, Oliver Andrews, Lucy Burke, Jacob Ley, Leila Jones and Hannah Evans.

We were really pleased to be able to award 4 wristbands today.  James and Marcus Bourne received half-marathon bands having completed 11 runs and Summer Smith and Isabel Forrest received ultra-marathon bands after reaching 50 runs last time out.  Well done to all of you.

Thanks go to all our super volunteers for making the event possible via marshalling, timekeeping, barcode scanning, tail walking, handing out finish tokens and (to our younger volunteers) leading the pre-run warm-up.

Hopefully we will keep the sun for at least one more week.  Whatever the case, we will see you next Sunday.


1 July 2018

A gloriously sunny, and rather warm, day to start July for the 217th Harrow Lodge Junior Parkrun with 59 children starting at the park.

We had 5 first timers, including Arron Hick, Teddy Vincent, Gracie Liddle and Eddie Smith, we hope you enjoyed it and that we'll see you again soon.

We gave out two marathon wristbands to Rosie Warner and Samuel Kirk. A very well done to you both.

There were 15 PBs this morning. Well done to Chloe Rand, Findlay McLlaren, Joe Scanes, Max Robins, Grace Murphy, Rocco Bellamy, Isabel Forrest, Charles Poch, William Hobbs, Cassen Alassani, Joshua Eve, Oliver Trevor, Cherry Andrews, James Tieu and William Haynes.

Thank you to all the brilliant volunteers, please let us know if anyone would like to volunteer in the coming weeks.

Have a great week!


10 June 2018

It seems like a lifetime ago when the weather every Sunday was awful and parts of the course were saturated.  Well here we are on 10 June 2018 and the park was beautiful for the 214th Harrow Lodge junior parkrun.  And the weather brought the numbers with an amazing 76 youngsters lining up.  Our record from 2 years ago is 77 runners so fingers crossed we will be able to beat that over the next few months.

We had 8 first timers today and we welcome Joshua and William Haynes, Olivia and James Tieu, Dylan Fox, Joshua Eve, Frankie Dillon and Henry Flowers.  We also had a first time visitor from Brentwood (for only his second every jpr) and welcome Ethan Fox.  It's great to see new faces and we hope you enjoyed the event.  We hope to see you again for many more!!

We had an incredible 24 personal best times today.  Congratulations go to Harry Kalo, Mark Mwangi, Annie Kalo, Ivy Smith, Sam Harvey, Rahul Dasgupta, Joseph Gray, Jake Pawsey, Matthew Mwangi, William Hobbs, Oliver Trevor, Lenny Hollins, James Bourne, Harrison Nolan, Emily Dixon, Kate Kilcoin, Samuel Kirk, Alice Atkins, Summer Smith, Lochlan Dyer, Aidan Doherty, Orlaith McLaren, Jamieson McLaren and India Emery.

We don't usually focus on times as junior parkrun is a run/jog/walk for all.  However I have to mention that we had a truly amazing 15 runners finish in under 9 minutes today.  Make a note of some of the names as some may be wearing GB tops one day!!

We had just the one wristband to award this week and it was a half-marathon band which went to Harrison Nolan after he completed his 11th run last Sunday.  Well done Harrison - keep going and you will have the green marathon band to match soon!

Thanks and happy birthday go to Summer Smith and her family for some lovely cakes today.  Summer is one of our future superstar runners, but even great runners deserve the odd cake.  And a personal best is another great, well earned gift!!

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers.  We have some super parents, grandparents and carers but we could always do with a few more.  So do get involved if you can as we can only survive with the support of volunteers.

Let's hope the lovely weather continues.  Whatever the case we will see you all next Sunday.

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