New talent Event #311 1st August 2021

This weekend has seen the Essex County Athletics Championship with a number of our regular Harrow Lodge juniors competing across a number of events. We hope all their weeks of regular running with us have helped them perform at their best and they are pleased with their performances.

Their absence though meant there was plenty of opportunity for new talent to shine at the parkrun this Sunday and it was brilliant to see all 38 of our youngsters go out and run with such joy and enthusiasm. A special well done to Charlie Keenan and Holly Kavanagh who were our first boy and girl finishers for the first time at our parkrun - i'm sure it won't be the last!

One of our favourite things at parkrun is to welcome along new runners who come and start their running journey with us. This morning we had four first timers - Calum Lewis, Mya Sigllechner, Mustafa Akhtar, and Harry Collier - congratulations on making your debuts.

There were 8 brilliant PB performances this morning - well done to:

Holly Kavanagh - 3 seconds quicker than her previous PB

Samuel Kirk - 20 seconds faster than his previous best

Peter Swaisland - 1 minute and 5 seconds than his 2019 PB

Jessica Arnold - 2 PBs in 2 weeks - 23 seconds quicker today

Luca Gray - 2 PBs in 2 runs and a massive 1 minute 33 seconds faster theis time

Jude Newton - Beating a 2019 PB by an incredible 8 minutes 13 seconds faster than that appearance!

Autumn Francis - 38 seconds quicker than her 2018 PB!

Jack Collier - 16 seconds quicker than his 2019 PB.

Super efforts from our runners and amazing work from our volunteer team who were as brilliant as ever - do let us know if you are available to help out in the future. We always need new volunteers to help support our event.



Welcome back (part 2)! Event #310 25th July 2021

This weekend saw everything go back to normal parkrun wise - with the adult parkruns returning yesterday and our 11-14 year olds returning this morning. It was really lovely to see some of our old regulars again and a number of them also getting new best times (more of that below).

First though - I know I always thank the volunteers because they are brilliant but this week I really want to thank them - in particular Timi, David, Barrie and Louis. Due to covid related reasons my family and I were unable to attend the parkrun this weekend and with the other RD's away on holiday or competing we were quite close to having to cancel the parkrun. Fortunately our ambassador David managed to persuade the lovely Timi to come over from Barking to substitute for us. Barrie and Louis then collected the equipment and set up the course and everything else ran like clockwork. I also hear there were some brilliant warm up leaders this morning led by the lovely Orlaith. So thank you - I really am very grateful to all of you and I know that everyone who ran this morning is too.

It was lovely to welcome some first timers to the junior parkun today - great first efforts from Charlie Keenan, Oliver Eve, Rosanna Meredith and Callun Francis - do come back soon to have another go.

On to those PBs and a super 15 of our runners managed to beat their previous best times. I appreciate that some of those come from our 11-14 year olds who haven't been for a while but we are still very proud that they have kept fit and been rewarded with a new best time. So well done to:

Rosie Warner - Welcome back Rosie - a totally brilliant 1 minute 48 second PB today

Ronnie Hardy - Welcome back Ronnie - also a totally brilliant 1 minute 48 second PB today

Aidan Raison - Welcome back Aidan - one of our longest attending runners - so pleased to see you knock 35 seconds off your PB today

Isabella Taylor-Bush - Welcome back Isabella - a 16 second PB today - brilliant

Oliver Keenan - Second run and a 37 second PB - wow!

Raphael Phillips - A crucial 1 second PB - excellent running today

George Burgess - Welcome back George - a 5th PB in 5 more recent runs with us - 21 seconds quicker this time.

Harry Smale - Welcome back Harry - a 4 second PB today - great effort

Jessica Arnold - Second run and 16 seconds quicker - well done

Amy Ashlin - Second run and 15 seconds quicker - excellent effort

Jude Crawley - a super 31 seconds quicker than his PB from a couple of weeks ago

Ella Lloyd - Welcome back Ella - a fantastic 2 minutes and 26 seconds off your old time.

Mitchell Thurgood - Welcome back Mitchell - 35 seconds quicker than your old PB - excellent!

Violet Impey - Welcome back Violet - a 58 second PB today - brilliant!

Amrit Walia - Second run and 2 minutes 5 seconds quicker - super!

Have a great week all - see you next Sunday!



Sunny Sunday! Event #309 18th July 2021

What a beautiful sunny morning we had in the park today! Arguably a bit on the hot side for our runners but we still had 40 enthusiastic participants who enjoyed their 2K run / jog / walk. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who did an excellent job as ever - we are always grateful to you for giving up your time.

Special congratulations to Anastasia Phillips who collected her marathon wristband for completing 21 junior parkruns, and to Dylan and Senan Leggate who were presented with their certificates for 100 junior parkruns - a really superb effort.

A huge parkrun welcome to our new runners this week - Oliver Keenan, Jessica Arnold and Amrit Walia. We hope you enjoyed your first run and that you will be back again soon to have another go.

We had an amazing 11 PBs this morning - in fact our first 6 runners today all encouraged each other along and all collected a new PB. Leading the way was Isabel Forrest in her last run as a JW10 and knocking 8 seconds off her previous best.

Our top male runner since our return has been Leo Key and he ran his best today knocking 2 seconds off his PB - we are all really pleased for you.

Mr PB George Rodgers has recorded a best new run everytime he has run since we've come back - this week taking a brilliant 29 seconds off.

Ollie Johnson - a super 13 seconds quicker than his previous PB.

Holly Kavanagh - lovely to see you back and a super PB for your return of 31 seconds

Macy Sains - excellent new pb this week - 25 seconds off - well done

2 PBs in 2 runs for regular runners Luka and Kate Kilcoin - 6 seconds quicker for Luka and 33 seconds quicker for Kate - excellent efforts both

Jacob Kilgannon - lovely to see you making your return too - 2 minutes 42 seconds better than your 2019 PB so well done

Owen Herd - a very impressive 2 minutes and 50 seconds faster than last weeks first run!

Luca Gray - a truly incredible 4 minutes and 28 seconds quicker than his 2019 PB - wow

Just a quick reminder that next week we are really excited to be able to welcome back all our older juniors as 11-14 year olds can once again participate in junior parkrun. Also, the adult parkrun is back on Saturday if any of our parents are looking to challenge themselves - it starts at the same place - Saturday 9am. Children can run too but under 11s must run with an adult.


Pre Euros Final Warm Up! Event #308 11th July 2021

On a day that is hopefully going to bring a good result for England in the football, our talented young runners were demonstrating their own speedwork this morning with some brilliant efforts at the junior parkrun. We also had some very enthusiastic walkers, joggers and skippers - as ever - everyone is welcome and applauded for their efforts.

Joining us for the first time today we had a fantastic 8 new runners - well done to Orla Murphy, Dylan Herd, Daniel Garrard, Owen Herd, Maddie Kemp, Ciaran Mcnally and our two without barcodes (do remember to print these off when you register!). We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Today we also celebrated Emily Johnson's marathon wristband for completing 21 junior parkruns. A brilliant effort. We also want to say a huge congratulations to Senan and Dylan Leggate who both ran their 100th junior parkrun - we look forward to presenting their certificates soon.

8 of our juniors managed to break their personal best times this morning - we know how pleased they are when they do this and we love to celebrate with them so congratulations to:

George Nicholls - 21 seconds better than his last PB - well done

Jake Cole - 7 seconds off his PB - a great run to the line

Mason Liddle - 1 minute and 10 seconds quicker than his previous best. Amazing!

Maggie Denham - 1 minutes and 27 seconds quicker than the rain filled run from last week - very impressive

Eden Key - 21 seconds quicker than her debut run - brilliant

Lucy Jenkinson-Smith - A 32 second PB - great effort

Sophie Spry - 2 minutes and 4 seconds faster than her previous best run - super stuff

Rehan Meah - 27 seconds quicker than last weeks effort - well done

Finally a huge thank you to our amazing volunteer team - you really are wonderful people and we couldn't do it without you. See you all next week!


There may have been “some” rain. Event #307 4th July 2021

It is fair to say that there are some Sunday mornings when my family and I are out setting up for the junior parkrun that we wonder if we might actually end up standing there by ourselves. Today was definitely one of those days! In fairness when we arrived there were just a few spots of rain but by 9am we were in the middle of a torrential downpour. Somehow though emerging from their cars came 16 superbly wonderful volunteers and an amazing 31 enthusiatic runners. Furthermore 4 of those runners had picked today as their first ever Harrow Lodge junior parkrun - wow! That is a whole new level of enthusiasm. So a very warm welcome to Rehan Meah, Zachary Perceval-Broadfield, Maggie Denham and Amy Ashlin. Do come again soon - some weeks we actually have sunshine!

Just a quick reminder at this point that unfortunately parkrun rules at present mean that junior parkrun is only for 4-10 year olds. This rule will change when the main parkrun returns - hopefully on July 24th. So from July 25th 11-14 year olds will be very welcome to run and register times again.

Today didn't feel like a day for PBs and yet as ever our youngsters amaze us. 5 brilliant efforts from:

Charlie Spurdle who took almost 2 minutes off his PB!

George Ashlin who took just over 2 and a half minutes off his previous PB!

Molly Jenkinson-Smith who was 9 seconds faster than her old PB

Nabhaan Chowdhury who was 43 seconds quicker than his previous best

Sylvie Swinburne who took well over 5 minutes off from her old parkrun PB - Wow!

A final note of congratulations to Leo Key who picked up his marathon wristband for completing 21 junior parkruns - well done.

Thanks again all - I know it was rainy today but you definitely made me smile this morning. Let's hope there's some sun next week though!

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