The council parks dept advises us that we have to cancel this week due to muddy patches still present and more rain forecast. Until next week.
There will be no parkrun on Saturday 6 nor Saturday 13 January due to conditions in the park. We will notify you by email / facebook when we are good to go again.
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A great start to the New Year with 164 runners taking part today. Amazingly, considering the conditions, there were 18 PBs and 33 first timers. Eight of the first timers were doing their very first parkrun and the others were doing a spot of tourism from places as distant as Darlington, Chichester, Billericay and er Raphael Park. Many of the runners were completing a New Year's day double, most of whom had been to Wanstead at 9am or Billericay or...... Let's hope the conditions don't put runners off coming along on Saturday.
Lisa and Jackie both celebrated their 100th run in bridal gear along with others similarly attired, but the mud and having to hitch their dresses meant not running off the bridle today.
As the conditions worsen, we might have to cancel depending upon what the council direct. To keep up to date, check out our Facebook page (no account required) and this page. We will also send out an email with latest news. If you don't get weekly emails from Harrow Lodge, open a results email, select manage my profile and add Harrow Lodge parkrun in the email options.
Let's hope that we are not cancelled as on January 13, it's our fifth anniversary. More cake then.
If you would like to write an occasional or regular report, let us know by email or on the day.
The Harrow Lodge attendance record tumbled as ‘taches were donned for parkrun No. 246 with 173 souls slogging through the wintry conditions today.
The vast majority of the runners were sporting various forms of facial furniture to raise awareness of Movember, prompting curious looks from the Saturday morning dog walkers in the park.
But the addition of a decent handlebar mo didn’t deter Barry Smith from romping to claim token No. 1 in 18:26, to keep up a rich vein of form that started with a new PB on 4 November, This was just 12 seconds outside his current best time.
Barry the Bullet, as we have literally just decided to call him, was followed in by Robin Smith in 18:34, shaving another four seconds off his PB, and James Coker on his Harrow Lodge bow, in 20:34.
First lady through the finish funnel was Jody Goodman, who chopped a whopping 30 seconds off her PB when she stopped the clock at 22:39. Jody was among an impressive 36 runners achieving new PBs.
Congratulations to Henry Monaghan, Paula Carter and Leanna Romano, who each reached their 50th parkrun totals today.
Word on the street is there could be some prehistoric creatures lurking in the park next week, and we don’t mean Dave.
Plenty of pictures today as we welcomed 115 runners, many in fancy dress for Hallowe'en! Some scary characters indeed! We counted all the marshals and fortunately they all returned unscathed, although some looked a little pale!
Amongst our 13 first timers today was a visitor from Somerset and we hope all enjoyed their first run at Harrow Lodge. 25 of you recorded personal bests including first over the line Finn Hutton and first female Jodie Goodman. Well done to you all!
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Anthony MAPLESDEN • Jenni KULESZA • David KEELEY • Neil TRUSLER • Roger WINSTON • Hazel WINSTON • Mike DIVER • David BACON • Tracy QUIGLEY • William CLISSOLD • Steve CIPA • Laura THOMAS • Maria CHARLESTON • Mei Lin EDWARDS • Joaquin POLO • Richard ROZEE • Joseph HYDE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrow Lodge parkrun Results Page.
Finn HUTTON (SM18-19) of Havering Athletic Club, was first over the line in 18:29 - first time in 16 appearances.
Robin SMITH (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:53 - was first to finish once before.
Lachezar NIKOLOV (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:32.
Jodie GOODMAN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (19th overall) over the line in 23:36 - third time in 10 appearances.
Karen COOK (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (22nd overall) over the line in 24:46.
Smith LINDA (VW60-64) (Unattached) was third (36th overall) over the line in 26:07.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Alan BUTLER (VM60-64) – 78.91% for the time 20:52 (6th overall).
Smith LINDA (VW60-64) – 76.45% for the time 26:07 (36th overall).
Lachezar NIKOLOV (VM45-49) – 73.12% for the time 19:32 (third overall).
The male record is held by Grant TWIST who recorded a time of 16:11 on 6th September 2014 (event number 82).
The female record is held by Lauren DEADMAN who recorded a time of 17:40 on 7th May 2016 (event number 168).
The Age Grade course record is held by Breege NORDIN who recorded 84.50% (21:43) on 10th August 2013 (event number 31).