It was another gorgeous morning in the park for our 64 enthusiastic young runners this week with the previous days rain simply leaving us a bit of mud to contend with. We were fortunately overwhelmed with volunteers this week which is always an amazing thing to see as a RD - many thanks to all of them - excellent work as always! Thanks too to Gill and Lewis who kindly brought along some sweet treats for our runners when they finished.
As ever it was lovely to see some first timers to our course - Frankie Poyton, Archie Robertson and Rosie Robertson all made their parkrun debut - well done all, we hope this is the start of a life long love of running for you!
We were fortunate to have some wristbands to give out - a marathon (21 runs) band for Millie Dowsett who has run with us since 2017 and shows great determination every single time she comes! Also an ultra marathon band (50 runs) for Heath Baker - Heath has run consistently since July 2018 making excellent progress from his first run of 18 minutes 22 seconds to now regularly getting round our course in under 13 minutes - well done Heath impressive stuff.
We had lots (12) of impressive PBs at Harrow Lodge this weekend so huge congratulations on beating your best time to the following:
Rosie Warner - It's taken a year to break her last PB but she did it in style with a huge smile and 15 seconds off - well done.
Leo Key - 2 PBs in 2 weeks and showing lots of potential with 18 seconds further improvement.
Callum Key - Also with 2 PBs in 2 weeks - 12 seconds quicker this time.
Harry Walsh - 3 PBs in 3 weeks and 10 seconds quicker!
Michael Burke - Matching Michael with 3 PBs in 3 weeks (always good to have a battling friendship to push you round!) - 8 seconds quicker
Millie Cook - 2 PBs in 2 weeks - 6 seconds quicker
Alice Jones - super effort knocking 29 seconds off her best time.
Ivy Smith - a 12 second improvement on her old PB
Marcus Bourne - 7 seconds faster this weekend
Cooper Rodwell - taking a massive 2 minutes 1 second off his first Harrow Lodge appearance last week - what a super effort
Oliver Gemmill - another huge PB - with 1 minutes 30 off his time
Evelyn Raison - our tailwalker volunteer last week (thank you) and a super new PB this one - a 15 second improvement
Finally just a reminder that next weekend is Remembrance Sunday - we will be holding our run but we know that a lot of you will be running off to church parades and services. We promise we will do what we can to get you under way at 9am sharp so will aim to start the briefing just before that - please be on time!