Hello to everyone who volunteered, walked, jogged, or ran HL parkrun this morning! We had 136 participants including 6 first timers!
This is a special run report, as it's my first ever, but more importantly because it's set on International parkrun Day. 13 years ago, a small group of people, armed with a stop watch, a park, and a few amazing friends as volunteers, (less ingredients than a margherita pizza!) decided to run 5k around Bushy Park in southwest London. Like the margherita pizza, simple ideas often prove the most popular. Now parkrun is enjoyed worldwide, bringing communities together and promoting companionship and wellbeing. Healthier than a pizza, and of course... it's free!
Parkrun finds us all in different ways. We go over to our local parks every Saturday to see our friends, work on our fitness, improve our PB, or simply just to take our minds away from the daily grind. Parkrun found me in a time of family tragedy, on a January morning in 2013 at the first-ever Harrow Lodge parkrun. I'm forever thankful as it is a place to go to put my thoughts and energy to good use. Today let's think of all those who have made parkrun possible worldwide, and to Dave and the rest of the volunteers at our beloved Harrow Lodge!
On that note - please put your name down to volunteer in the future. Volunteering is not sacrifice, it's a feeling of self-reward.
Today was event number 240 at HL.
Prior to the start all those in apricot shirts were gathered together (eventually) for a big group photo for IPRD!
The skies were grey and the field looked as long as ever. The rain held off and the ground was still firm from the summer. Those who kept their clean trainers on will probably be deciding it's time for the winter trail shoes in a couple of weeks. But for now, it is still a fast course. This is definitely PB season as it's not too hot or too cold.
This was my 133rd Harrow Lodge parkrun and the buzz on the start line has never dipped since Day 1. William was there as run director today and regaled us with the quick messages at the start before sending us off on our way. No faffing at Harrow Lodge!
Lots of beautiful apricot shirts were on show as we ran down the first field. Jeremy Wilkes lead the way as we made our way past the first volunteer post by the tree. With lots of marshals helping us around the course this morning, including Danny, and Beau, the dog at the sports centre, I'm sure we all had enough encouragement to get around well today.
We have a mixed terrain one lap course @ HL. Each section throws up different feelings. Personally the long straight at the end is always a long drawn out affair for me, but maybe you find yourself bursting with energy at the finish. It was great to see so many happy smiles throughout the pack. From the front of the field with Alan, through to parkrun legends Frank, George, and Jenni, to our tail runner today, Laura Kelly.
With Barry Smith, Mark Dalby and Tony Pecoraro on the side lines volunteering today those up at the front may have been a bit excited with thinking "is it my day to come first?". Alan Butler stepped up to put himself first over the line followed by Conor Bannon. Well done to all those picking up PBs, including John Evetts who's been on a great streak recently.
In recent weeks the revamped cafe on the lake has become a welcome new spot for Lodgers to go for a coffee and catch up. Wherever you go this weekend, feel proud of yourself for volunteering or participating in one of the best movements in the world.
Have a great weekend! Best of luck to all those running in the Royal Parks HM, and also the Big Blue Run back at HL tomorrow!
Our results in full today were:
This week 136 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Anthony MAPLESDEN • Michael SCHUBERT • Henry MONAGHAN • David KEELEY • Roger WINSTON • Danny COYLE • Laura KELLY • Keith PENFOLD • Hazel WINSTON • John David ROZEE • Jacqueline Denise BUTLER • Mike DIVER • Mark DALBY • Alison CLIFFORD • William CLISSOLD • Leanna ROMANO • Barry SMITH • Ryan EAST • Joaquin POLO • Ian QUIGLEY • Joseph HYDE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrow Lodge parkrun Results Page.
Alan BUTLER (VM60-64) of Thrift Green Trotters, was first over the line in 20:50 - first time in 32 appearances.
Conor BANNON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 21:01.
Gary FLINT (VM50-54) (Unattached) was third over the line in 21:25.
Daisy DURDEN (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (13th overall) over the line in 22:29 - first time in 3 appearances.
Karen COOK (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (37th overall) over the line in 25:21.
Tracy BAILEY (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (42nd overall) over the line in 25:34.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Alan BUTLER (VM60-64) – 79.04% for the time 20:50 (first overall).
Smith LINDA (VW60-64) – 77.49% for the time 25:46 (45th overall).
Findlay MCLAREN (JM10) – 70.61% for the time 24:06 (23rd overall).