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!