International parkrun day

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!

Michael Schubert

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.

Male placings:
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.

Female placings:
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).

 

Breaking Records

The course held up quite well considering the rain in the previous few days, but there are a few soft spots starting to form. Let's see what the tail ends of Hurricanes Lee and Maria do for next week.

We had a record turn out this week of 165 runners, which was aided by 27 first timers who came along from far and wide from other parkruns or locals who came to see what all the fuss is about. It was great to see Chris, Steven, Joe, Dan and Barbara McDonnell - ex Havering '90 members and now Dengie 100 - who came along with the Hadleigh core team as their parkrun had a fair on the course. We hope you were impressed. Chris probably was, because he took the M70 age category record.

We also had a new runner first home. Robin Smith got home first at the fourth time of asking after a couple of fourth places and a second, narrowly ahead of Barry Smith. Looks like they will be battling in future. Sydney Foley from Havering AC led the ladies home.

MIke Diver, fellow RD and course setter upper, surprised us by actually running the course (to inspect the signage?). Setting up the course is a work of art, usually done by some combination of Mike, Ryan, Joachim and Steve to whom we are eternally grateful. They put out close to 50 markers for your enjoyment. Fast tourists rely on the signage and marshals as they don't know where they're going otherwise and have nobody to follow.

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Anthony MAPLESDEN • Jenni KULESZA • Tony Ross COLLINS • David KEELEY • Louise WINSTON • Roger WINSTON • Hazel WINSTON • Sandra DOBIE • John David ROZEE • William CLISSOLD • Steve CIPA • Rosemarie SAYER • Daniel NOONAN • Pamela HOWARD • Ryan EAST • Joaquin POLO • Zainab OBI • Jess BROOKS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrow Lodge parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Robin SMITH (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:49 - first time in 4 appearances.
Barry SMITH (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:51 - has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions.
Gary ATKINS (VM45-49) of Havering Athletic Club, was third over the line in 20:06.

Female placings:
Sydney FOLEY (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club, was first (27th overall) over the line in 23:14 - 13th time in 20 appearances.
Daisy DURDEN (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 23:20.
Alice ATKINS (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 23:42 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Chris MCDONNELL (VM70-74) – 78.11% for the time 23:09 (24th overall).
Smith LINDA (VW60-64) – 75.92% for the time 26:18 (64th overall).
Martin LAND (VM70-74) – 75.84% for the time 23:15 (28th 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).

 

Harrow Lodge parkrun Event # 236 9th September 2017

 

As I made my way round our sun-drenched parkrun today my head was filled with thoughts about this run report. Should it be a basic result only, congratulations type or a comment on the conditions and weather? I couldn’t decide. I was faced with an obstacle, albeit a small one and I was reminded of an article I had read this week in the Trail Running magazine. Kilian Jornet is a Spaniard, 29 years of age and the world’s top trail runner amongst other things. Recently Kilian summited the planet’s highest mountain, Mt Everest, twice within a week. Yes, you read that correctly, TWICE within one week.

Remembering the article set me thinking about how parkrunners must have their own mountains that they climb each Saturday morning. Just getting out of bed and making it to Harrow Lodge could be someone’s ‘mountain’, or actually starting the run after hearing 3-2-1 Go! For some the summit may be reached if they make it to the finish, others if they run the whole distance. There are I am sure runners who have a ‘mountain’ in the shape of the runner who always finishes just in front and their summit would be reached if they managed to sneak past them in the final metres. Is your summit that elusive PB? I bet there are a few of them out there each Saturday. Finally there are those whose summit may be a place in the top ten or a first over the line.

So we may not be attempting Jornet’s type of summit - by the way, he had no supplementary oxygen or fixed ropes – but we can all celebrate as we conquer our own ‘Everests’, as part of the parkrun family.

Two of Harrow Lodge’s runners topped the mountain that is 50 parkruns today. Congratulations to Joel Edwards and Sandra Dalton and thanks for the cakes. Another conqueror was Kieran O’Hara who was first over the line for the first time and in a PB time of 18:46! More congratulations!

This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Jenni KULESZA • Melanie WILTSHIRE • David KEELEY • Neil TRUSLER • Danny COYLE • Laura KELLY • Dave SHERMAN • Sandra DOBIE • Ronald DOBIE • Mike DIVER • Tracy QUIGLEY • Kaci SHERMAN • Jeremy WILKES • Lisa GASKIN • Mumbi KEINAMMA • Rosemarie SAYER • Josy HUGHES • Margaret SCORE • Ryan EAST • Mei Lin EDWARDS • Joaquin POLO • Jodie GOODMAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrow Lodge parkrun Results Page.

That’s my personal ‘Everest’ conquered. Run report finished!

 

 

Male placings:
Kieran R M O'HARA (SM18-19) of Havering Athletic Club, was first over the line in 18:46 - first time in 26 appearances.
Antonio PECORARO (VM55-59) of Havering '90 Joggers, was second over the line in 18:50 - has been first to finish on 40 previous occasions.
Robert WESTLAKE (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:44.

Female placings:
Isabella WOODS (SW20-24) of Havering Athletic Club, was first (10th overall) over the line in 21:50 - 22nd time in 33 appearances.
Daisy DURDEN (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (16th overall) over the line in 23:18.
Amy BAGGS (SW18-19) of Havering Athletic Club, was third (26th overall) over the line in 23:50 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Antonio PECORARO (VM55-59) – 81.59% for the time 18:50 (second overall).
Martin LAND (VM70-74) – 75.46% for the time 23:22 (19th overall).
Smith LINDA (VW60-64) – 74.60% for the time 26:46 (57th 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).

Harrow Lodge parkrun started on 12th January 2013. Since then 3,321 participants have completed 22,797 parkruns covering a total distance of 113,985 km, including 4,654 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Harrow Lodge parkrun Event # 234 19th August 2017

Today 123 athletes took part in parkrun number 234 at Harrow Lodge. I like the numerical pattern that creates.

The weather was less August, more September but there was still enough blue sky to make a pair of sailor’s trousers as my old Granny used to say.

The café was busy with the terrace overlooking the lake full of parkrunners and volunteers. If you haven’t visited come and say hello to us there after the next parkrun. On that note there is NO PARKRUN at Harrow Lodge next Saturday (26th) due to the Havering Show. Please visit the Home page on the Harrow Lodge parkrun website to find a local alternative. There are 10 parkruns within 10 miles of Harrow Lodge.

Barry Smith was first over the line today for the 18th time. Well done to him!

17 of today’s parkrunners were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers (hurrah!):

Anthony MAPLESDEN • Jenni KULESZA • Melanie WILTSHIRE • David KEELEY • Neil TRUSLER • Keith PENFOLD • Sandra DOBIE • Mike DIVER • William CLISSOLD • Steve CIPA • Mei Lin EDWARDS • Rory BURR • Richard ROZEE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrow Lodge parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Barry SMITH (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:52 - 18th time in 84 appearances.
Robin SMITH (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:59.
Joe DEAR (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 21:38.

Female placings:
Sydney FOLEY (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club, was first (5th overall) over the line in 21:48 - 12th time in 19 appearances.
Leanna ROMANO (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (31st overall) over the line in 25:10.
Karen COOK (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (35th overall) over the line in 25:52.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Martin LAND (VM70-74) – 75.30% for the time 23:25 (18th overall).
Sydney FOLEY (JW11-14) – 74.69% for the time 21:48 (5th overall).
Smith LINDA (VW60-64) – 74.32% for the time 26:52 (44th overall)

 

Harrow Lodge parkrun Event # 230 22nd July 2017

 This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part. Iain Brooks and Tracy Bailey completed their 50th parkruns today. John Evetts achieved his 100th. Many congratulations to them!

Below are a couple of pictures from the newly refurbished 'Lakeview Palace Cafe' which has been under new management for a month. The new coffee machine arrived yesterday and I enjoyed an expertly created cappucino this morning - in a china cup! The menu is extensive - from eggs or beans on toast right through to a 'big breakfast'. The outside terrace has more tables and umbrellas to protect you from UV rays or a summer shower.

So come along and say hello to the Harrow Lodge core team and other parkrunners every Saturday. The cafe is open before the run starts and toilet facilities are available.

         Cheers!
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The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Jenni KULESZA • Melanie WILTSHIRE • David KEELEY • Danny COYLE • Chris THOMAS • John David ROZEE • Jacqueline Denise BUTLER • Mike DIVER • R SEDDON • Tracy QUIGLEY • George SMITH • Alison CLIFFORD • Bruce MAIL • Richard ROZEE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrow Lodge parkrun Results Page.

Here are today's stats:

Male placings:
Harry TULLETT (JM15-17) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:32 - first time in 22 appearances.
Barry SMITH (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:41 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Gary ATKINS (VM45-49) of Havering Athletic Club, was third over the line in 20:13.

Female placings:
Isabella WOODS (SW20-24) of Havering Athletic Club, was first (13th overall) over the line in 22:11 - 21st time in 32 appearances.
Amy BAGGS (SW18-19) of Havering Athletic Club, was second (21st overall) over the line in 23:27 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Rebecca O'ROURKE (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club, was third (37th overall) over the line in 25:42 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Alan BUTLER (VM60-64) – 77.82% for the time 20:58 (8th overall).
Sue DALE (VW60-64) – 75.49% for the time 26:27 (43rd overall).
Smith LINDA (VW60-64) – 73.59% for the time 27:08 (49th 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).

Harrow Lodge parkrun started on 12th January 2013. Since then 3,217 participants have completed 21,962 parkruns covering a total distance of 109,810 km, including 4,541 new Personal Bests

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