20 January 2019 – Event 245

It was a super cold morning for the 245th Harrow Lodge junior parkrun on 20 January 2019.  Temperatures below zero greeted our runners but with the sun slowly making it's way over the surrounding houses, it was actually a beautiful morning.

59 youngsters layered up for the event, including 4 newcomers.  We welcome Gabriella-Grace Barrett, Jack Beaseley, Dylan Elsayed and Harrison Pearce to the parkrun community and hope to see you for many more runs.

We were very pleased to award a wristband today with Gabriel Norton receiving his half-marathon band having made it to 11 junior parkruns a couple of weeks ago.  Well done Gabriel!!

There were 8 personal bests this week.  Congratulations go to Kasey Perceval-Broadfield, Summer Smith, Natalia Greenfield, Charlie White, Alice and Isla Duke, Niamh Coyle and Jessica Green on their great efforts.

As ever, we are hugely grateful to our wonderful volunteers and appeal to all parents/carers to step forward if they are able, in order to make the event possible.

The forecast is for continuing cold weather so we will no doubt remain wrapped up for next Sunday.  Don't worry though - junior parkrun will continue however cold it gets!!  See you then.


13 January 2019 – Event 244

A windy and wet day greeted us for the 244th Harrow Lodge junior parkrun on 13 January 2019.  Despite the poor weather we had 54 hardy youngsters turn out.  Among them were 4 first timers.  We welcome Daniel Mullane, Alice Duke and Charlie & Phoebe White to the parkrun family.  We hope you enjoyed the event and come back for many more.

We were very pleased to award Libby Adams a marathon wristband having completed her 21st junior parkrun last Sunday.  Well done Libby!!

We had another significant attendance milestone today with Samuel Burdett completing his 200th junior parkrun, putting him third on the worldwide junior parkrun attendance table.  Samuel has been a regular for over 4 years and regularly volunteers as well as taking part.  Today he conducted the briefing prior to the run.  Well done Samuel on a great effort!

We saw 7 personal bests on a day that was far from ideal for quick running.  So particular congratulations go to Cole Cassius-Dyer, Taylor Green, Erin Maher, Asmee Yanglang, Scarlett Anderson, Sophie Cross and Jessica Green.

A big thank you goes to all our wonderful volunteers for giving up your time to stand in the cold to make the event possible for the children. If you've not volunteered then please consider helping out.  It's really easy and there is a team of regulars to assist you.  Just let the Run Director know and he/she will find a spot for you!

We look forward to seeing you all again next Sunday for more!  Keep running!!


New Year’s Resolution – Weekly run reports!

It's that time of year again - January sees many of us make New Year's resolutions - whether it's to eat better, lose weight, exercise more, save money - we often start with great intentions and struggle to keep it going throughout the year.

So... my intention this year is two fold - firstly, my own resolution - to write weekly run reports and keep a proper record of the great things going on at our weekly junior parkrun in Harrow lodge.

My second resolution is one I really need your help with - it is to keep spreading the word to the local community that every Sunday at 9am, we hold a totally FREE 2km timed run in a fantastic local park for children (4-14) and their families. We really want to help children to enjoy running and to exercise regularly.

Last year we reached a peak attendance of 89 and this year we want to surpass that and reach 100 - With your help recruiting new runners, this should be very achievable.

As for this Sunday's run - we were pleased to welcome 54 enthusiastic runners out in the park including 5 first timers. Conditions were really good for running with firm ground and a lack of breeze coupled with a cool temperature which saw 7 of our runners beating their PB's - huge congratulations to them. Congratulations also to Marie who received her half marathon wristband for completing 11 junior parkruns.  Huge thanks as always to our amazing volunteers - we really couldn't do this without you.



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.

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