Mini Marathon Time Trial – 22/04/2018

This year’s Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon will take place on Sunday 22 April 2018.

The fastest teenagers in the borough will have the chance to represent Barking and Dagenham in this year’s Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon.

Hopefuls must take part in a three-mile time trial at the Jim Peters Stadium, Mayesbrook Park, at 11am on Sunday 28 January 2018.
The quickest six boys and girls in each of the Under-17, U15, and U13 categories over the distance will be selected for the team. The four runners-up in each age group will be chosen as reserves.

To help runners prepare for the Mini London Marathon, which launched in 1986, weekly training sessions will be arranged with local running clubs.

To register, complete the online form or register on the day of the event by visiting the stadium’s club house from 9.30am.

mini marathon application form


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.


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.


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.


Full results are here:

Photos from today are on Flickr:

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




Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018

Please note that we will not be holding events on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

That said events are running locally, for more details please see the Christmas Compendium which you can access by clicking here.


new event laptop & community hero award & thank you to Dagenham Pitch & Putt

New laptop:

Yes, we now have a new event laptop.


The purchase of the new laptop and rucsac was only possible thanks to those who helped us fundraise via volunteering at tri London, Prudential Ride London and all the donations from our supportive community over the last four years.

Community Hero Award:

Also in other news, Timi Veerasamy our very own Run Director and Volunteer Co-ordinator has recently received a community hero award. For more details, please see this great video on one borough live's website.

There are two version of the video. The full version can be seen by clicking here.

Dagenham Pitch & Putt:
Our special thanks to Dagenham Pitch & Putt who kindly allow us to process our results each and every Sunday using the clubhouse which is undercover. Please feel free to join us after our junior event for a cup of tea / coffee and some toast. All are welcome.

Latest Photo Album:
You can access our flickr album by clicking here.


Our 3rd Anniversary – Event #142

The sunshine was glorious this morning as we celebrated our third anniversary in Central Park and what a celebration - a record 31 finishers, 11 PBs and 2 first timers!


Our first event was held on 13 April 2014 with just 15 runners. Our small, friendly community has gradually grown over the last three years and it was a real pleasure to celebrate with our parkrun family this morning. Thank you to everyone who joined us to make today special and to all our absent friends and parkrun family who have been such a big part of our journey. Untitled

The warm up was led in style by the Jak and Jack.


junior parkrun is a free, weekly 2k run for 4-14 year olds. This week saw the last outing for Manraj from Sikhs in the City, who turns 15 next week, finishing his 24th junior parkrun with a PB of 07:05. Manraj said a heartfelt farewell thanking the volunteers and junior parkrun community for their welcome and support. Thank you Manraj and we wish you the very best for the future.


A special mention was made for Mrs Woodhouse, PE and Science Co-ordinator, from SS Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School, one of three schools that we visited in January. We have seen our number of juniors and volunteers steadily increase with Mrs Woodhouse's support and encouragement. She is now part of our regular volunteer team and recently completed her first 5k parkrun at Raphael's park. A very welcome addition to the parkrun family and she says it's for life!

Congratulations to Jak who held onto the course record and matched his PB of 06:59 today as well as leading the warm up.


Krishy and Annika received special treats today for completing the most junior parkruns at Central Park. Krishy (for the boys) has an incredible 104 junior parkruns under his belt (97 in Central Park) and Annika (for the girls) has 70 (63 in Central Park).



Full results are here

Photos on Flickr here

Thank you to all our fabulous hi-vis heroes - without you junior parkrun would not be possible. We are pleased to announce that regular volunteers Christine Lardner, Joanne Luckhurst and Emma O'Shea are training to be Run Directors for our event.


Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun # 136 – 26/02/2017

100 junior parkruns

Well, what a Super Sunday! Every Sunday is of course special because it's junior parkrun day but this Sunday was extra special - a 100th junior parkrun, a half marathon wristband, one first timer, one birthday and seven PBs.


Krishy celebrated an incredible milestone of 100 junior parkruns. As a regular at Barking & Dagenham junior parkrun, he has run 92 out of 100 junior parkruns in our very own Central Park. An absolute star, Krishy didn't just complete his own 2K in style today, he also helped first timer Luca finish his first ever junior parkrun. Fabulous! We are so proud of Krishy showing what the true spirit of junior parkrun is all about.


Annika also celebrated a birthday this week so there were treats on hand for our juniors, supplied by Mum and core volunteer Vennisa #parkrunfamily.

Our timekeepers were kept busy with 17 finishers. Our first finisher marked his 75th outing at junior parkrun with a PB recorded by his Dad, another regular with 68 runs at Central Park.


Lewis collected his half marathon milestone wristband which he proudly sported around the park, matching his PB time to finish second, with his Mum clocking his finish time as backup timer.


A wonderful Sunday morning in Central Park and it is great to see our #parkrunfamily slowly growing and new families joining in.

Full results are here and photos are on Flickr.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Maria Ivonne BARRERA, Vennisa CHOWDHURY, Richard DUDMAN, Aimee DUDMAN, Beverley EAGLES, Zoe EVANS, Christine LARDNER, Emma O'SHEA, David SOUTHALL, Sam VEERASAMY, Sonya VEERASAMY, Kresh VEERASAMY, Timi Selon VEERASAMY




Valentine’s Weekend – Wear Red!

This weekend we will be wearing something red to mark Valentine's weekend - whatever you fancy - socks, trainers, gloves, hats, t-shirts. See you for a 9am start on Sunday.


Inspire a generation – a visit from GB runner Andy Baddeley

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.

SS Peter & Paul's Catholic Primary School

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, 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.

The full results are here. Some photos are on Flickr, official photographs from Bruce Li are here.

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...



Christmas & New Year

Please note that we will not be holding an event on either:

Christmas Day

New Year's Day

That said, feel free to check out the parkrun christmas compendium as this will show you which local parkrun events are taking place.

Have a great Christmas & New Year

The Barking & Dagenham parkrun Core Team

Just in case you have not seen them our Christmas Photo Shoot from Bruce Li can now be found by clicking here.


Special Photographer Visit – Bruce Li – 11/12/2016

This week we had a special visit from Bruce Li.

You can check out the great photo's he took via this URL: