Harrow Lodge junior parkrun is cancelled on 2021-04-18 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Mild and Muddy Event #296 26th January 2020

While the weather was definitely milder than last week, that also meant the return of the mud at Harrow Lodge Junior parkrun.  Despite this, 69 enthusiastic young runners turned out to complete the course.

We were pleased to welcome some first timers to our course.  A big parkrun welcome to the Williams, Bere, Powell and Dungate families.  We hope to see you back running with us again in weeks to come!

Congratulations to our wristband recipients this week.  Half marathon wristbands (for completing 11 junior parkruns) were awarded to Millie Cook, Anastasia Phillips and Cooper Rodwell; all of whom have been running consistently at Harrow Lodge juniors since last autumn.

Massive thanks as always to all our volunteers.  We can’t stress enough that this event really cannot run without you.  If you haven’t volunteered yet please do consider doing so one week, we’re all very friendly, honest!

Moving on to our PBs for the week.  Well done to:

Abigail Rogers - 4 PBs in 4 runs, and another 12 seconds off her time this week.

Brothers Joshua and Samuel Donegan – another PB this week for both boys with 9 seconds off for Joshua and 18 seconds for Samuel.

Anastasia Phillips – powered by her new wristband she took a great 48 seconds off her previous best.

Joel Hutton – returning to Harrow Lodge after a 5 year break, and taking 24 seconds off his time – welcome back, Joel!

Isabelle Wilkins – 35 seconds off her previous best – great running!

Zoe Jones – taking a huge 56 seconds off her time – keep it up!

Eva Abdelhameed – super running today and a great 55 seconds faster.

Thanks again to everyone who attended today.  Look forward to seeing you next Sunday.  A reminder that, due to the mini-marathon trials taking place in the park on the same day, we will be looking to start our event promptly at 9:00 – so don’t be late!



Cold and Frosty Event #295 19th January 2020

It was a cold and frosty morning at the park this week with the whole area looking a beautiful icy white and being very crunchy underfoot. None of that deterred our 60 young runners who turned up as enthusiastic as ever for their run.

We were really pleased to welcome some first timers - a few who hadn't registered (remember you can do this from our event webpage) along with Ben Cottrell visiting from Queen's Parade junior parkrun in Aldershot - well done on your run Ben and beating your PB from that event by 1 minute and 45 seconds - that's an amazing run.

It was lovely to have so many wristbands to present this week - and for everyone to be there to receive them! Huge congratulations (and apologies for missing him from the start of the run) to Thomas Simpkins for earning his marathon band. Thomas has done most of his running at Harrow Lodge but has managed to fit in a bit of tourism along the way in Harlow and Gorleston. Emily Brewington also earnt her marathon band, having been running with us consistently since last summer - well done Emily - its been great to see your progress.

Lots of half marathon bands too - brothers Leo and Callum Key who have been running since October and making regular appearances on both our PB lists and in our top 10 finishers. An extra well done to Leo for celebrating his half marathon with another PB - 5 seconds quicker! Ivy Smith also collected her half marathon and also got a PB - super stuff Ivy - congratulations on both achievements - 28 seconds quicker this time out. Finally - Harry Walsh - another regular runner since October - you've shown great consistency in your performances and we are very proud of you.

A huge congratulations as ever to our amazing volunteers - a particular mention this week to Les who celebrated his 100th time marshalling at a parkrun event over the weekend. That's an amazing contribution and we are so pleased you are part of our team.

On to our PB's - an extra amazing achievement in those conditions - we had 8 this week. Along with those already highlighted well done to

Olivia Forrest - a crucial second off her PB to lead the field home this week - very strong running.

Brothers Joshua and Samuel Donegan - first timers last week and PB breakers this week - well done both. Doing it in style too - 2 minutes 33 seconds quicker for Joshua and 29 seconds quicker for Samuel.

Connie Catherall - 2 PB's in 2 weeks - great performances and 24 more seconds taken off her best time.

Sophie Russell - second run with us and a brilliant 1 minute and 9 seconds quicker - super stuff!

Ellie Gilmore - another staggering effort - 2 minutes and 33 seconds quicker - amazing!

Thanks again everyone for coming out to join us - we look forward to seeing you again next Sunday



Smiley, Happy, Runners – Event #294 12th January 2019

What a lovely run we had this morning! We welcomed 72 amazing, smiley happy children, accompanied by lots of equally enthusiastic parents and all supported by 23 fantastic volunteers - an ideal mix!

It was particularly lovely to welcome our 6 first timers who came to join the parkrun family for the first time. A huge hello to Ivy Dobinson, George Snoad, Peggy Dobinson, Joshua Donegan, Antonio Joseph and Samuel Donegan. An excellent first run from all of you - well done.

We were thrilled to be able to present Evelyn Raison with her ultra marathon wristband today for running 50 junior parkruns. Evelyn has been running with us since 2017 and always has the loveliest smile on her face. We are also grateful to her for the times she has volunteered as tail walker or handing out the finish tokens - she really has had the full all-round parkrun experience!

For 11 of our runners today was PB (personal best) day! We strongly believe that every time you get out for a run you are doing something amazing but we know that all our runners love to beat their best times and we love to celebrate that as part of their running journey. So huge congratulations go to:

Abigail Rogers - following up from last weeks PB with another great run today and a 21 second quicker time.

Oliver Trevor - excellent running today and a brilliant 14 seconds off his previous best time.

Connie Catherall - a fabulous 16 seconds knocked off her PB.

Rosie Philpott - 5 seconds quicker than her September PB.

Charlotte Cummings - a great effort to take 19 seconds off her time.

Ivy Orwell - 17 seconds off her previous best time - well done!

Erin O'Flynn - A totally brilliant 1 minute and 1 second quicker run than last week! Fantastic stuff!

Libby Adams - First time running on her own and getting a brilliant 32 second PB - well done Libby

Stanley East - Back for his second run and 12 seconds faster

Paul Ledger - a well earnt 18 seconds quicker

Zoe Jones - Another of our second run runners getting a fantastic PB - 50 seconds quicker this week!

Thanks again to our amazing volunteers - you are all brilliant and we are so grateful that you come along every to help us hold our parkrun. Please do get in touch if you can help out too.

See you next Sunday!




Happy New Year! Event #293 5th January 2020

Happy New Year to all our amazing runners, parents, volunteers and other general supporters! It's amazing to think that our little junior parkrun is heading rapidly towards it's 6th birthday and it's 300th event - both staggering achievements but clear evidence of the great little running community we've built.

The start of the year often sees an influx of new runners and we were very pleased to welcome 7 to Harrow Lodge on Sunday. Hello to Zoe Jones, Eva Abdelhameed, Ellie Gilmore, Damon Ford, Marnie Conner, Stanley East, Erin O'Flynn and Darcy Ford. Welcome to the world of parkrun all we hope you will be back again soon to beat your first time as with experience and familiarity often comes an easy first PB! We also welcomed Thomas Cato visiting from Leyton Jubilee junior parkrun.

We had a few wristbands to celebrate this week - well done to John Coshell for earning his ultra band having now completed 50 junior parkruns. Hot on his heels and earning a marathon wristband for 21 runs were Maisie White and Isabelle Wilkins - great effort girls! Finally a half marathon wristband for Alexa Upjohn who has managed an impressive 5 PBs on her journey to that first wristband.

Of course our junior parkrun couldn't happen without our amazing volunteers who were all as keen and eager as ever this week - definitely a super bunch of hi-vis heroes! Do let us know if you want to get involved and help out - we promise it's incredibly easy.

Finally we have 4 amazing PBs to celebrate - Abigail Rogers - 18 seconds quicker than her last visit to Harrow Lodge, Arnuv Barton - 54 seconds quicker than his last run with us, Matthew Ley - an important 9 seconds faster and Thomas Simpkins  - proving perserverance pays off with his first PB since last January - 12 seconds quicker. Well done all.

We're already counting down to next Sunday and we can't wait to see you again then



Last run of 2019! Event #292 29th December 2019

Our last run of 2019 saw us joined by 35 of our regular runners and 17 amazing volunteers who all braved the continuing (but improving!) muddy conditions.

Well done to Ethan Johnson who received his half marathon wristband for completing 11 junior parkruns all at Harrow Lodge - it's been lovely to see your progress and we hope to be presenting your marathon wristband next year!

There are 3 great PBs to highlight too - Raphael Phillips - making a 5 second improvement from his Christmas day time, Ayooluwa Omotosho - who took a brilliant 1 minute 1 second off his time, and Freya Goodyear who made a 43 second improvement on her best Harrow Lodge junior run!

As we look back at 2019 we're incredibly proud of all our Harrow Lodge junior runners who have come and joined us for the first time, earned wristbands for their loyalty, beaten their PBs or simply just come out and enjoyed a Sunday morning run with their friends and family. We hope for much more of the same in 2020 - Happy New Year to you all