Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun # 132 - 29/01/2017
27 finishers, 16 first timers, 2 PBs, a half marathon wristband milestone AND an Olympic athlete!
This week was an extra special event for Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun - we were joined by Andy Baddeley from Team GB who holds the course record of 13:48 for parkrun - the fastest time in the world for the 5K event.
Andy is a two-time Olympian 1500m runner for Great Britain and an Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth finalist. On Friday 27 January, Andy visited three local primary schools with run director Sonya Veerasamy to encourage children to join the junior parkrun event in Central Park.
The sun shined bright on Sunday 29 January to welcome Andy and 16 first timers to Central Park. Andy took part in the warm-up with our enthusiatic juniors and gave hi-fives to help power them along as they ran, walked and jogged the 2K, two lap course.
Headmistress, Mrs Johnson, SS Peter & Paul's Catholic Primary School also ran the course alongside a number of her pupils, who were very pleased to see her on a Sunday.
Andy kindly stayed to chat with the children and parents and take photos with an excited crowd of volunteers. We can't thank Andy enough of taking the time to help spread the joy of junior parkrun in our local community.
junior parkrun is completely free and open to all children between the ages of 4 to 14. All you need to do is register at parkrun.co.uk/register, print your barcode and bring it along every Sunday at 9am to Central Park, just behind the fire station.
Several children came today to experience the event for the first time but did not have a chance to print their barcodes, we very hope to see them again next week so they can start clocking up events towards the milestone wristbands.
There are three milestone wristbands for junior parkrun:
11 junior parkruns - Blue (Half Marathon)
21 junior parkruns - Green (Marathon)
50 junior parkruns - Orange (Ultra-Marathon)
Congratulations to Zach Bridges who achieved his half marathon milestone today and was presented his wristband by run director, Barry Culling, before setting a new PB of 12:19. His brother Lewis also set a PB of 10:43 and is only one event away from achieving his own half marathon milestone. The boys kindly helped with post event close down collecting volunteer points which will go towards the special parkrun 25 volunteer t-shirt.
Thank you to Vicky Woodhouse at SS Peter & Paul's Catholic, Donna Rose at William Bellamy, Richard Ash at Five Elms and Rowan Ardill at parkrun UK for your help and support in organising the school visits.
A final thank you to all amazing hi-vis heroes - our volunteers...
Andrew BADDELEY, Maria Ivonne BARRERA, Amelia BEAZELEY, Lewis BRIDGES, Zach BRIDGES, Mick BROWN, Vennisa CHOWDHURY, Barry CULLING, Julie DALPHINIS, Beverley EAGLES, Jacqui ELLIOTT, Zoe EVANS, Christine LARDNER, Bruce LI, Emma O'SHEA, Mark SHOTTON, Jojo THOMAS, Timi Selon VEERASAMY, Sam VEERASAMY, Kresh VEERASAMY, Sonya VEERASAMY