A birthday on junior parkrunday!

A very special junior parkrunday today with a first for us in Central Park; a junior celebrating their 4th birthday. Congratulations to Evie who was our only first timer and finished in a time of 21:28 and even helped pick up the cones on her second lap.

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Well done to Dad, Andy, who got up super early today to register Evie and went to his parents house at to print a barcode so that Evie would be able to complete her very first junior parkrun in Central Park. What dedication! It has been a complete joy to welcome the Beazeley family to our event. Andy spotted our hi-hiz jackets one morning in January this year and came to have a chat. Since then the whole family have become regulars to Central Park, started doing the 5K events on Saturday, fitted in a spot of tourism and joined our core team of volunteers. We had a lovely morning celebrating with this very special family.

Another special birthday this week for Rahana, one of our regular volunteers, Happy Birthday Rahana! Untitled

A special mention for Maya who received her green marathon wristband for completing 21 junior parkruns. Well done Maya! Loved your beautiful ear warmers, perfect for keeping the chill off in this frosty weather.

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We had a great turnout with 26 finishers and 5 PBs. Well done to all our brilliant juniors. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers - without you turning up every week, rain or shine, there would be no junior parkrun.

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Full results are here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barkinganddagenham-juniors/results/latestresults/

Photos from today are on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124947453@N05/albums/72157690109514725

Straight after junior parkrun, some of the volunteers and juniors dashed off to join the Kayleigh 10K charity run organised by one of our parkrun family, Jason Li. The Team Kaleigh 10K Challenge fun run was hosted with the kind and generous support of the local Sikhs in the City running club. The event was to raise additional funds for local 7-year-old girl, Kaleigh Lau's, future medical treatments and assist her fight against a rare and incurable brain tumour known as D.I.P.G. (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).  Team Kayleigh are also trying to increase the awareness of this terrible illness which primarily affects young children.

To find out more about Kaleigh's story, please visit her website at http://kaleigh.ethanet.co.uk/