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.