5th anniversary celebrations for Barking and Dagenham juniors

Today we celebrated the 5th Anniversary of Barking and Dagenham junior parkun in Central Park.

The event was set up by Event Director, Kresh Veerasamy and we held our first event on 13 April 2014 with 7 runners and 15 volunteers. Over the past five years, 4132 runs have been completed, supported by 3523 volunteers.

There were 31 juniors who completed the 2K course today with one first timer and a smashing 7 PBs. Kyle Patel collected his blue wristband for completing his half marathon milestone.

Ryder Islam from Dagenham 88 runners was our first finisher, setting a new PB of 7:55. Ryder is also our junior with the highest participation at 150 runs in Central Park and 160 junior parkruns under his belt in total, not to mention an impressive 194 5K parkruns. He has also acheived his 25th volunteer milestone.

Our next highest participation is by Karina and Jia Ladhar have been both completed 96 junior parkruns in Central Park and have also acheived their 25th volunteer milestone alongside their Mum, Hardeep who was today's Run Director. Their little brother, Karan, also set a PB today!

Both girls have were both born with ASD heart murmur which meant they had a hole in their heart. junior parkrun is ideal for children with heart conditions because it isn’t a race, children can go at their own pace, jog or walk and can take a break if tired or breathless so they can exercise safely.

The event is entirely run by volunteers and everyone contributed to today's celebration. Ronnie Waller baked delicious cupcakes and the core volunteer team contributed lovely treats for the volunteers and juniors. All volunteers and juniors received a 5th anniversary medal to commemorate the special occasion.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Mick BROWN, Jaimin CHAUDHARI, Julie DALPHINIS, Claudia DU TOIT, Beverley EAGLES, Rahana ISLAM, Karina LADHAR, Hardeep LADHAR, Jia LADHAR, Karanveer LADHAR, Christine LARDNER, Michael LARDNER, Roberta MIH, Pramila MONRO, Emma O'SHEA, Pete O'SHEA, Sonya VEERASAMY, Sam VEERASAMY, Timi Selon VEERASAMY, Vicky WOODHOUSE

The full results can be found here:http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barkinganddagenham-juniors/results/latestresults/

About Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun

Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun is a free 2k event for 4-14 year olds held every Sunday at 9am in Central Park, Dagenham. It’s completely free – juniors just need to register with parkrun once and bring a printed copy of their barcode to get their times.  It’s not who comes first or a race against others, it all about having fun, improving your child’s health and community.

Children receive an email after the event with their time and have the opportunity to gain wristbands and certificates at 11, 21 and 50 events, equivalent of a half, full and ultra marathon distance. There is also a certificate for completing 100 events.


Leyton junior parkrun team takeover – 16/12/2018 – event#223

This week we had the team from Leyon junior parkrun with us learning the ropes of how to run a junior parkrun

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This weeks results can be found here:


A link to this week's photo's can be found here:


Next week we are celebrating Christmas with a festive run.  Please arrive in your Christmas Jumpers / Christmas Outfits.

Latest milestone report:





Run Report – 04/11/2018

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Jia and Karina were both born with ASD heart murmur which meant they had a hole in their heart. Making them less active and breathless with activities. Karina underwent open heart surgery less then 2 years old.

Today at our JPR at Barking and Dagenham the girls wanted to show what children with heart conditions can achieve and how a simple exercise can improve their cardiovascular health which will improve their overall fitness and reduce the risk of them developing cardiovascular disease in later life even if you do not have a heart condition.

JPR is ideal for children with heart conditions because it isn’t a race, children can go at their own pace, jog or walk and can take a break if tired or breathless. Some children with heart conditions may need to avoid contact sports, parkrun is a good way for them to exercise safely.

Well done for my heart warriors for coming so far.

CHF had a special JPR dedicated for CHD which we were invited to attend this morning, we opted to attend our Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun family.
Regards Hardeep
Run Director, B&D junior parkrun and (mum)

To see our latest results table, please click on the URL below:

We also would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kyle VARSANI and Chloe BURPITT as they have now joined the 11 junior parkrun milestone club. For more on this, please see our latest table which you can access by clicking on the link below:


A first RD outing and triple birthday celebrations

The September sunshine made an appearance this Sunday for a special junior parkrun morning in Central Park where our good friend, Andy Beazeley, celebrated his birthday weekend and his first outing as a Run Director. In fact, it was a triple birthday celebration - many happy returns to Andy, Jia and Dhyani! Thank you for the lovely treats.


Andy has been a regular volunteer since January 2017 and his whole family participates in junior parkrun and parkrun. You can read more about how they got involved in Andy's blog.

Andy is the second Run Director to join our dedicated core team this year. Hardeep Ladhar became a Run Director in May. She also started volunteering with us in January 2017 and has become a very active member of our core team helping us grow our event by supporting outreach activities to local schools.

We are thrilled that our event continues to welcome first timers every single week - with four new juniors joining us for the first time today, bringing our total finishers to a whopping 30.

Thank you to all our awesome volunteers - without you there would be no event. A big shout out to our absent regular volunteers; Timi, Sam and Christine (supported by Mike) and Rahana who ran the Flanders Fields marathon, while Emma (supported by Pete) did the Great North Run. Well done everyone!

A Mickey Mouse hat was left behind today. Please let us know if this belongs to you, or ask one of our volunteers next week.

Full results can be found here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barkinganddagenham-juniors/results/latestresults/

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone receiving finish token number 10 or higher will notice that their position number has been moved up by one (so for example if you received token 16, you will be listed as position 15). This is not an error, we had to remove number 9 as only one lap was completed.

There was no official photography today as we were a little short on volunteers. If you would like to volunteer then please do email us at barkinganddagenham-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com.


event closure – Sunday, 26th August 2018

Due to a music event in the Park we will not be running an event on Sunday, 26th August 2018. We aim to be back on Sunday, 2nd September 2018.

Kind Regards,

The B&D junior parkrun team

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