Harrow Lodge junior parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-23 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Still running! Event #301 15th March 2020

Whilst the world around us is a crazy place right now, it's nice that it was business as usual in the park on Sunday with 44 young, enthusiastic runners enjoying their regular opportunity to run. A huge thank you as always to the volunteer team who were out in force to support their efforts.

It was lovely to welcome 3 first timers to the park for their first run on Sunday - hello to Florence Tillson, Jake Fairhead and Sam Hollins. It was also lovely to see some visitors from Brentwood as their own event was cancelled due to the half marathon - you are always very welcome. Just a reminder to all first timers that parkrun is always free to everyone but if you want to get a time for your run each week you do need to register and bring along your barcode - https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

The great news this week is that the route is clearly improving as we had an abundance of PBs - 8 in total! Excellent efforts all and well done to:

Isabella Taylor-Bush - one of our Brentwood visitors but taking a massive 26 seconds off her last visit back in February. A new junior parkrun pb as well - congratulations!

Abigail Rogers - one of our regulars taking a crucial 3 seconds off her PB - good work

Samuel Kirk - 13 seconds off an October PB - brilliant running

Elizabeth Giwa - 2 PBs in 2 weeks and an amazing 27 seconds quicker this week

Jenny Bradley - another Brentwood visitor beating an old Harrow Lodge time with a junior parkrun PB - 39 seconds quicker than her last visit

Rose Sargeant - 2 PBs in 2 weeks and a brilliant 22 seconds quicker this Sunday

Charlotte Powell - 2 PBs in 2 runs and a staggering 57 seconds faster!

Jasper Devlin - beating his first run at our course with a totally fantastic 2 minutes 33 seconds taken off his PB - awesome.

Obviously we live in interesting times right now and the safety of all who attend our event is our primary concern. We will continue to hold our event as long as we are able to but please do keep and eye on the official parkrun advice - https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/ and on our facebook page for regular updates. We very much hope that we can see you again next Sunday




Super Samuel! Event #300 8th March 2020

It was a very exciting Sunday at our junior parkrun this week with lots of reasons to celebrate. To start with we are incredibly proud to have reached our 300th junior parkrun event - which makes us the third junior parkrun in the world to meet that milestone. Much more impressively,  since our very first run on the 30th March 2014 we have seen 1355 young people run at our event covering a total distance of 24,710km (about 586 marathons!). We will definitely do some more celebrating of this achievement on the 29th March (the closest date to our 7th birthday) so do make plans to join us again then.

We were also celebrating Annabelle Kirk's ultra marathon wristband - a very impressive 50 junior parkruns completed over the last 4 years, almost exclusively at Harrow Lodge. A brilliant effort - well done.

Whilst we think all of our runners are total superstars we do have to give special attention this week to our very own super Samuel Burdett. This Sunday saw Samuel take part in his 250th junior parkrun making him the first boy (second child) in the world to reach the milestone. That's a staggering effort - from his very first run at event 5 on the 27th April 2014 where it took him 12.31 to get round the course to his 7.52 PB set last year - he has been an incredibly loyal parkrunner. He really does know our course better than anyone having run it 215 times now - it's no wonder he always suggests we do it in reverse when we are have a special event! Samuel's contribution goes beyond simply running though - he also always volunteers at our events - from helping set up, leading the warm up, marshalling or giving out the finish tokens - he really knows everything there is to know about our event. So well done Samuel - we're all very proud of you and we don't think anyone could be a better recipient of first boy to reach this milestone - you really do live parkrun!

We also had some very impressive PBs to celebrate - given it's still a bit muddy (lots of lost shoes this week!) - that is no mean feat so huge congratulations to:

Jenson South - a super 56 seconds off his previous Harrow Lodge appearance - well done.

George Burgess - a brilliant 4 PBs in 4 runs this time taking 27 seconds off his previous performance

Matthew Cottee - second run and a staggering 1 minute and 50 seconds off his PB - a huge well done!

Elizabeth Giwa - second run and 55 seconds quicker - well done.

Rose Sargeant - a newcomer last week and a fantastic PB this week - 1 minute and 14 seconds quicker - incredible!

Alex Hollins - It's been quite a while since his last run but that takes nothing away from Alex's 35 second PB! Well done and don't leave it so long until your next run!

We were thrilled to welcome some first timers to Harrow Lodge this week - so congratulations on your first run - Valerie Giwa, Daniel Tahmisyan, Lily Chappel, Sebastian Newland, Jaya Rai, Jasper Devlin and Isabella-Rose Giwa.

Of course we couldn't do any of this without our wonderful volunteers to a huge thank you to everyone who helped out this week (or has offered to help in the future) - you really are amazing and we appreciate you all.

See you next Sunday!



Yet more mud! Event #299 1st March 2020

With the weather a little bit better this week we were pleased to welcome 40 enthusiastic runners to Harrow Lodge park. Unfortunately for anyone responsible for the washing - we still have some very muddy fields to run on which makes the childrens efforts even more impressive.

We were thrilled to welcome one brave first timer to the park despite the conditions - so a big parkrun welcome to Rose Sargeant we hope you had a good time.

Always having a lovely time in the park were our amazing volunteers who were doing a great job as always. We know some are off next week so we look forward to hearing from anyone else who can help out.

In conditions like Sunday's we know that PBs are extra well earned and hard won so huge congratulations to:

Nathan Cottee - It's been six months since his last run with us but even so one of our biggest PBs (I think) - 5 minutes and 9 seconds quicker! Well done Nathan

Patrick Airey - 5 seconds off his PB set last summer - impressive running

Charlotte Powell - a second run on our course often guarantees a PB! This makes it no less impressive though and Charlotte did an amazing job to 1 minute and 19 seconds off last weeks time!

Finally 2 exciting updates! Whilst we had no wristbands to give out this week - next weekend we are celebrating 2 amazing achievements - the Harrow Lodge junior parkrun reaches it's 300th event, and more impressively our very own Samuel Burdett reaches his 250th junior parkrun - a staggering achievement.

Also we were thrilled this week to be nominated in 2 categories in the Mum's guide to Romford awards - please do vote if you can - https://www.mumsguideto.co.uk/romford/awards.php

See you on Sunday!



And we’re back! Event #298 23rd February 2020

Its been a sad couple of weeks without our junior parkrun but safety must always come first. We were however very relieved on Sunday morning when the winds had died down just enough for us to make a return to the park and hold our event. Not that it wasn't windy - it definitely was and we were extremely grateful as always to all the amazing people that came and volunteered so that the children were able to run.

We have great admiration for the 32 brave youngsters that came along despite the conditions - surprisingly we even had some first timers - hello to Ciara Taylor and Charlotte Powell - even more surprising is they enjoyed it so much they are coming back next week! We promise you the weather is usually much kinder and you are pretty much guaranteed a PB next time when you don't have to wade through the mud!

Of course there is always one child that surpasses expectations and on Sunday that was Jacob Kelly who somehow managed to get himself a PB - 27 seconds at that. Ok he might not have been to Harrow Lodge for a while but in conditions like that it's still impressive.

Congratulations also go to Dara Suleva who picked up her first wristband - a half marathon. Dara has been running with us regularly since September and its great to see her consistency.

We look forward to seeing you again next week when hopefully things are back to normal!



Mud run! Event #297 2nd February 2020

It was definitely muddy in the park this week - from my vantage point at the end I was witness to a lot of sloshing through the mud by the trees with one poor child almost losing a shoe! Still as ever, nothing stops our amazing young runners - 39 were present for the occasion. We're just slightly apologetic to anyone who had extra washing to do (clothes and children!)

As usual the course conditions did nothing to put off first timers - we welcomed 2 this week so hello to Elizabeth Giwa and Albert Vasile - we promise you that not every Sunday is like that one so do come back and see us again soon.

It was hardly surprising that we were also a little short on PB's this week but we have great admiration for our two amazing superstars who somehow managed to achieve just that. Congratulations to Dominic Howard - only a second quicker but impressive all the same and to Tomiwa Holloway - a totally remarkable 39 seconds knocked off - we are in awe!

Just like every week we had some amazing work from our volunteers whose enthusiasm never wavers! It was lovely to welcome David O'Brien to Harrow Lodge this week who is the new parkrun ambassador for our area and we were really pleased to hear that he had a lovely time and was particularly impressed by our warm up leaders. We would also like to extend our best wishes to Gill, Dave and Les as they all head off for well deserved holidays - we can't wait to see you back and refreshed soon. In the meantime we're a few volunteers short - so do make yourself known if you can help out.

Finally - a quick word of congratulations to our regulars who went and ran in the mini marathon trials - you really did us proud and we know a few of you were successful in getting selected. Well done! Something for all our youngsters to aspire to in the future.

See you again next Sunday!


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