March 3 – A little bit of snow

Has Harrow Lodge ever looked as beautiful as it did today covered in a blanket of white? On a day when so many other park runs were closed it was wonderful to be able to run at our home course.


Run director Josie gathered us all at the start line and announced two amazing celebrations. It was the wedding day ofJames but he turned up to run like a true trooper. Good luck on your big day! We were all delighted to give you a big cheer.
We were also honoured to have Steven Ramek, a tourist from Surbiton run his 300th run with us. Well done Steven, an AMAZING achievement!
Welcome to all tourists, especially those whose home courses were closed. We were delighted to host you!
Today, even more so than usual I felt the strong sense of community that parkrun is all about. As someone who has been a Harrow Lodge regular for a long time now, I love seeing all the different characters running every week. When I arrived in the car park our lovely Leanna was doing laps of the lake after running to the park as part of her marathon training. Our old Harrow Lodge regular Mark Fowler was back today, and pushing his buggy round the course! Well done Mark, couldn't have been easy (was super jealous of you little one all bundled up and snug in the buggy!). During the run, Laura Sherman was kindly marshalling (at arguably the riskiest part of the course!) and was possibly the only marshal to have felt warm - evidently pregnancy is it's own form of central heating. Thanks for helping out today Laura, looking radiant :-). On that note a MASSIVE thanks to all the marshals this morning. Today more than ever the marshals played an important part in getting us all safely round the course and making sure we avoided the slippery paths. Thanks guys!
Next week it's International Women's Day and we are asking for men to take the volunteer slots so women can run. To all the guys who haven't marshalled in a while, next week may be a good time to do so!
Good luck to everyone running elsewhere this weekend, especially those doing the Big Half. Lets hope its a tad warmer.
See you next week guys!

Harrow Lodge Parkrun #255 24/02/18

Well it was very chilly to begin with however it was so nice to have the sun out while we were running, it made me think it was summer or spring and actually it will be soon. The ground was frozen today with one soft bit of mud towards the end. It was really good to see 116 people complete the course this morning with 10 of you getting a new PB (well done) and a huge welcome to the 10 first timers to Harrow Lodge I hope you had fun and come back at any time.

Male Placings

Finn Hutton (SM 18-19) of Havering Athletics Club was 1st over the line in 18:25 (new PB)

Robin Smith (VM 35-39) (unattached) was 2nd over the line in 18:45

Barry Smith (VM 35-39) of Havering Athletics Club was 3rd over the line in 18:54

Female placings

Juliet Ward (VW 50-54) of Havering Athletics Club was 1st (34 overall) in 25.37

Tracy Bailey (VW 50-54) was 2nd (39th overall) in 26:08

Jodie Schubert OF Havering Athletics Club (SW 30-34) was 3rd (42nd overall) Club in 26:26

Age Grades

The 3 highest age grades were:

Barry Smith (VM 35-39) - 71:69% in the time 18:54

Finn Hutton (SM 18-19) - 71:58% in the time 18:25

Robin Smith (VM 35-39) - 70:31% in the time 18:45

Thank You to all the volunteers that made HL parkrun happen today. Remember you are always more than welcome to volunteer at any time by emailing or by speaking to the run director. See you all next week

Rory Burr


Cancelled Saturday February 10

The park still needs to dry out, so we are cancelled again on Feb 10. However, we are definitely going ahead on February 17 as the extra week of drying should be enough.

Enjoy your tourism or lie in.


Cancelled Saturday February 3

Harrow Lodge parkrun is cancelled again on Feb 3 due to conditions in the park. Hopefully, we will be back on the 10th as the weather forecast is set fair.

Enjoy your tourism or lie in.


Cancelled Saturday 27 January

We are cancelled again on January 27 because the park is too muddy in places.

Until next week.

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