11 June 2017

Another Sunday, another junior parkrun and more super weather for our super kids.  I don't know how we keep doing it but the Harrow Lodge junior parkrun just keeps getting better and better.

60 youngsters lined up for our 164th parkrun.  Amongst them were 7 first timers.  So we welcome to the parkrun family Isabelle Bartlett, Faith Wicks, Charlotte Crossley, Ted McKenna, Cherry Andrews, Elena Perry and Adi Norton.  We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun experience and come back for many more.

Conditions were very good today (though perhaps a little too warm to be classed perfect for running).  We saw 9 personal bests though, so congratulations go to Finley Perry, Dylan Leggate, Rosie Philpott, Robin Walmsley, Daniel Lammas, Charlie Rogers, Anna Regan, Oscar Emery and Steven Tudor.  Well done to you all on a great effort.

We were very pleased to be able to award an Ultra-Marathon wristband today.  Ultras don't come along that often - 50 runs shows some real drive and willingness to come out in all weather.  That is certainly the case for Eliza Pain who only started park running in April 2016 and has therefore achieved 50 runs in just 14 months.  You can't miss too many events to achieve that so a huge well done to Eliza from all involved at Harrow Lodge junior parkrun!

On the volunteering side, thanks go out as ever to all our wonderful volunteers.  We also welcomed 3 young ladies, 2 of whom have started their Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering section with us.  So thanks to Aimee Usher, Olivia Hyde and Mollie Howard for giving your time to enable the children to run.  The DofE scheme is a great thing and we love supporting young men and ladies in the area as they progress through.

The forecast is for great weather to continue through to next weekend so let's keep the numbers up (try to help us beat our record of 77 runners by bringing along some friends!!).

See you then!



21 May 2017

The great weather continues and 21 May 2017 presented us with a perfect day for running as the 161st Harrow Lodge junior parkrun took place.

We had another great turnout again with 63 youngsters lining up this week.  Among them were 3 first timers.  We welcome Oliver Trevor, Noah Victorin and Darcey Gevaux to the parkrun family and hope you all return for many more junior parkruns.

We were over the moon to present sisters Jamie and Connie Philpott with their half-marathon wristbands after having previously reached 11 runs.  Well done to both young ladies!

With the perfect conditions there was an idea that a few personal bests might be achieved but even we were surprised to find that a huge 19 runners had scored a PB.  So, a big well done goes to Izzie Valentine, Rebecca Clarke, Jamieson McLaren, Emily Clarke, Alice Coshell, Connie Philpott, Isabelle Foley, Jack Rand, Ollie Mummery, Reese Crollie, Sarah Huttlestone, Emily Carter, Cas Johnson, Zac Johnson, Aiden Darkins, Evie Green, Kayla McNamara, Eva Yohannes-Williams and Isla Green.

Thanks as ever to all our wonderful parents/carers/friends who turned out to volunteer and ensure that the event could take place.

Fingers crossed for continued good weather into next weekend.  We'll see you then!


7 May 2017

After reporting the second highest turnout of runners at the Harrow Lodge junior parkrun last week, hopes were high for continued good numbers this week.

A bit of drizzle was in the air as we approached 9am on 7 May but there was never any fear of people staying away.  63 youngsters lined up (5th highest ever), including 10 first timers (the first timer's briefing has never been so important as in recent weeks).  We welcome Jayden Pritchard, Chloe and Toby Keegan, Hugh Kelly, Aiden Darkins, Macy Sains, Holly Coals, Sophie Brosnan and Sophie & Kayle McNamara to the global parkrun community.  We hoped you enjoyed your first junior parkrun experience and come back for lots more!

We also saw a truly incredible 21 personal bests today.  So well done to Steven and James Tudor, Bethany and Rebecca Clarke, Oscar Fido, Jamieson McLaren, Toby Johnson, Jessica Page, Tommy Oliver, George Yarrington, Robin Walmsley, Alex Robinson, Alice and Sammy Yusuf, Sarah Huttlestone, Ellen and Emily Carter, Jacob Robb, Natalie Church Benitez and Cassie Rutter.

We were very pleased to be able to present a half-marathon wristband to John Coshell who completed his 11th junior parkrun last Sunday.  Well done indeed!

We were a little short on the volunteer front initially so a big thank you goes to all those that stepped forward to assist.  Giving up time for the children is always greatly appreciated so thank you all!

We will see you again next Sunday for another great run!


30 April 2017

30 April 2017 presented us with a beautiful Spring morning and a bumper turnout for the 158th Harrow Lodge junior parkrun.  67 juniors lined up making it our second highest ever turnout!!

Among the 67 were 14 first timers.  We welcome Cas and Zac Johnson, Cassie and Phoebe Rutter, Harry, Max and Katie Pengelly, Daisy Cossey, Blake Berry, Ruby Brown, Sophie Kelly, Sophie and Emily Allan and Emily Carter.  We also had 2 visitors with us for the first time, so welcome to Reid and Erin Burrows.  We hope you enjoyed the run and come back for many more.

We were very pleased to present 3 milestone wristbands today.  A half marathon band went to Alice Coshell who hit the 11 run mark last Sunday.  Also, Laura and Erin Dack received marathon wristbands for making it to 21 junior parkruns.  Well done to all 3 young ladies.

There were 9 personal bests recorded today.  Congratulations go to Sonny Gregory, Layla Teece, Ciaran O'Dea, Robbie Brown, Robin Walmsley, Abigail Rogers, Oscar Fido, Bethany Clarke and Jacob Ley for their fabulous efforts.

Thanks once again to all our wonderful volunteers.  Without you none of this could happen and all involved are very grateful.

We hope to see you all again next Sunday!



23 April 2017

23 April was London Marathon day.  Our numbers suffered due to many youngsters supporting family and/or friends in the marathon but we were happy to welcome youngsters from Barking & Dagenham and Brentwood juniors as their runs were cancelled.  In total 38 youngsters lined up on a perfect running day.

Among the runners were 4 brand new park runners - we welcome Sarah Huttlestone, Ellen Carter, Natalie Church Benitez and Toby Allen to the parkrun family.  We also welcomed first time visitors who travelled to be with us today, so welcome to Jamie Saddington and Amelia Beazeley - we hope to see you all again in the future.

We were very pleased to present 3 wristbands today.  A half marathon band went to Darcy Sturt who completed her 11th run a few weeks ago.  There were marathon wristbands for Roseanna Smailes and Emily Clarke who both made it to 21 runs last week.  Well done for a great effort to all 3 young ladies.

We saw 6 personal bests recorded today.  Well done to Amelie Kelly, Luca Biagioni, Tommy Oliver, Harry Clift, Ryder Islam and Samuel Burdett on a fabulous effort.

Last and by no means least, a very big thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers (2 of whom helped out even though they were visiting from Brentwood!!).  Without you the event is not possible and all the children are hugely grateful.

We look forward to seeing you all next Sunday!


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