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.

 

3 June 2018

Phew what a scorcher - again!!  The sun was really shining on us for the 213th Harrow Lodge junior parkrun on 3 June 2018.  And the sun brought out the runners with a fabulous 69 youngsters lining up today.

Among those runners were 10 first timers.  We welcome George and Grace Pearce, Romel and Casey Odquier, Holly and Mason Liddle, Annie and Harry Kalo, George Crick and Summer Taylor to the parkrun family.  We hope you enjoyed the run and come back for many more!

Just one wristband today, and that went to Emily Dixon who completed her 11th junior parkrun last Sunday.

I'm not sure if such a hot morning can be considered perfect for personal bests but we saw 11 today anyway.  Congratulations go to Giddy Buck, Jake Pawsey, Michael Henry, Conrad McCants-White, Francis Fido, Thomas Warner, Abbey Philpott, Tommy Patten, Isabel Forrest, Olivia Forrest and Samuel Burdett for such fabulous efforts.

A big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for making the whole thing possible for the kids!

See you next time for more great running and hopefully more sunshine!!

 

 

27 May 2018

The recent great weather continued into 27 May for the 212th Harrow Lodge junior parkrun.

61 youngsters (and plenty of parents/carers) lined up for today's run.  Among them were 7 first timers.  We welcome Jacob and Oliver Sparks, Alfie, Mia and Maisie Haynes & Jack and Lucy Hetterley to the parkrun family and hope to see you all for many more events.

We were really pleased to hand out 3 milestone wristbands today.  Reece Hollins and Jessica Page received their half-marathon bands, with Rosie Hobbs receiving her marathon wristband.  Well done to you all.

On a day made for good times 16 personal bests were recorded.  That's more than a quarter of the field!!  Congratulations go to Joseph Gray, Hugh Kelly, Nye Buck, Jake Pawsey, Noah Crawley, Lenny Hollins, Matthew Ley, Maisie Lee, Asmee Yanglang, Emily Dixon, Reece Hollins, Jessica Page, Rosie and Abbey Philpott, Tommy Patten and Samuel Burdett.  What a great effort by you all.

Thanks as ever go to all our wonderful volunteers.  It was great to see several new purple volunteer shirts on display, worn by some of our longer serving helpers.  This is something all volunteers will receive after just 25 occasions so if you've not joined in to date, why not become one of the volunteer team?  Just let the Run Director know or contact us on Facebook and you will be on your way to being part of the team that makes it all possible for the children.

Fingers crossed for more sunshine next weekend.  We'll see you then I hope!

 

22nd April 2018

A gorgeous sunny event for our runners today (though we were grateful to only be doing 2K and not the London Marathon!). A great turn out and lots of new faces to the parkrun too - it's always lovely to see you. Do help us spread the word and we hope to see the event continue to grow through the summer months.

There was a real sense of girl power at our run today - with 7 of our top 10 finishers being in the JW10 category. Well done girls! A special well done also to Charlotte Evans, Lucy Chapelhow, Isla Hope-Crossley and Henry Hope-Crossley for their PBs this morning.

A final word for our fantastic, enthusiastic volunteers - thank you for once again coming out and helping us run the event - we really couldn't do it without you. Please do get in touch if you would like to help out one week too.

 

8 April 2018

Another Sunday and more grizzly weather for the 205th Harrow Lodge junior parkrun.  Despite the rain and poor underfoot conditions, 36 youngsters lined up this week.

Among them were 3 first time runners.  We welcome Matthew Ley, Lenny Hollins and Lucy Chapelhow to the parkrun family and hope to see you for many more runs.

We were very pleased to present a half-marathon wristband to Muhammad Yaqub who had previously completed 11 junior parkruns.  Well done Yaqub!!

Even with conditions extremely poor in the park we saw 4 personal best runs today.  Congratulations go to Summer Smith, Henry Hope-Crossley, Reece and Alex Hollins for their great efforts.

Particular thanks go to our volunteers this week who braved the rain to ensure we could put the event on for the children.  We thank you all.

Fingers crossed we will see the sun next week.  Whatever the case, we will see you then.

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