New Years Day parkrun Special

We will be running a NYD parkrun at 10:30am. The timing allows the possibility of an easy double with our sister event at Raphael parkrun, who are starting at 9:00 am

 
 

Danny calls it as it is.

26.01.2019; Harrow Lodge parkrun #303 report. (Danny Gillard)

Another windy and cold day here at Harrow Lodge parkrun. Winter weather is definitely here to stay but it won’t stop HL parkrunners from enjoying their weekly 5k! A warm well done to all 186 runners for taking part this week and special callout’s to Robin Smith (18mins 32secs – first male), Emily Dixon (22mins 37secs – first female) and those 19 that delivered the holy grail… a pb! (David King, Andrew Houseago, Reece Maycock, James Vale, Kieran Martin, Ronnie Maguire, Jacqui Farleigh, Colette Coyle, Gary Clare, Russ Bradman, Stephen Earle, Neil Windley, Alison Kerr, Nicola Surridge, Alex Kersey, Rachel Anne, Sophie Bolt, Helen Sommerville, Lisa Merrill). Real heroes don’t wear capes… they wear parkrun apricot.

 It was my 50th parkrun on Saturday and I felt, after completing my first official milestone, it was prime time to reflect and say thanks to parkrun. I’m not one for early mornings at the weekends (and yes a 7.50am alarm is early on a Saturday when you don’t have kids, as I keep telling my brother) but the last 50 counts of parkrun Saturday mornings have had 0 counts of regret. Forget the time, forget the exercise and health benefits, what makes parkrun special is the community. I don’t know half of the people that turn up and run each week as individuals but as a collective I know them all. From the barcode scanners to the volunteer cheering me on at that last bend around the lake (when I’m about to pass out), they are all good and positive people. Whether they know it or not they have a good and positive impact on me and the 185 other runners every week. Because, despite all the glitz and glamour, likes, friend requests and re-tweets, all that really matters is being good and having a positive impact. And (for me, at least) that is what parkrun is all about. And why, on Saturday coming, my alarm will be set once again for 7.50am.

 Have a brilliant week and look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

 Same time. Same place. Same parkrun enthusiasm.

 Best,

Danny Gillard

 

Franks 300th parkrun

A lovely report from Jodie Schubert, celebrating her Dad's success. Plus a mention (warning?) for her hubby-to-be.

19th Jan, pr #302 & pr #303, 26th Jan

A super cold start to today with temperatures of just above freezing. Now the winter weather has truly kicked in we are learning who the true hardcore parkrunners are! A big well done to the 171 runners who made it today. It is usually around this time of year that Harrow Lodge parkrun could get called off due to the horrific mud – it’s not been too bad as yet, so let’s hope it stays that way!

A huge well done to Frank Schubert (my dad!) who celebrated his 300th parkrun today! Whilst not an official milestone, Frank was delighted to celebrate with everyone and of course bring cake! The huge cheer Frank received when leaving the café after parkrun shows what a supportive bunch everyone at parkrun really is – the parkrun family!  A big thank you to everyone for showing their support, anyone who has celebrated any parkrun milestone will know how wonderful it feels. I am very proud!

Frank’s son-in-law-to-be Danny Gillard celebrated his 50th parkrun the following week (26th Jan, pr #303)  – keep up those parkruns Danny or the wedding may get called off!

pr #302 - John Whitehead was first across the line in a super speedy time of 18.14. First female to cross the line was junior parkrunner Jessica Wright in a time of 23.29. Awesome stuff!

pr #303 - Robin Smith was first home in 18:32, while junior parkrunner Emily Dixon was first female in 22:37

With marathon season approaching I am sure many of you are training for various distances. It’s not easy (or fun!) with the cold weather and the dark nights but keep it up, spring will be here soon!

Have a wonderful week and see you all next Saturday!

 

Harrow Lodge parkrun #299, New Year’s Day 2019

Everyone a record-breaker!
New Year's Day attendances at Harrow Lodge have grown steadily from 49 in 2014 to 164 in 2018. However a new factor in the mix in 2019 was neighbouring Raphael's first New Year event, and rumours of a strong attendance there at 9am and a consequent parkrun horde heading for Harrow Lodge caused concern among the Token Team armed only with their standard ration of 250 results tokens! Fortunately the next set of 250 were found just in time.....and they were needed: in total there were 269 runners, supported by 24 volunteers. Of these 156 had impressively made their way from Raphael (just under half the attendance there) to complete their 'double'; and for some of these it was merely part of a longer journey.
So, firstly, thank you very much to Daniel Noonan and John David Rozee and their team of volunteers for coping so well with the record numbers at the opening briefings. Milestones today included Paul Newland's 50th parkrun, and quite a collection of superheroes carrying on from Brynley Gidding's 250th at Raphael earlier. There were 80 First Timers welcomed to Harrow Lodge, and 4 of those were running their very first parkruns.
New Year's Day was mild and calm this year and the pleasant conditions resulted in 23 Personal Bests despite or perhaps because of the night before; congratulations to those. Course and volunteers all seemed to be looking their best! Harrow Lodge is favoured by having one lap, rare amongst London parkruns, which I think gives a very pleasant run experience. It's also surprising no one (that I saw anyway) was tempted by a New Year's dip in the lake afterwards. Among the First Timers, Toby Johnson (JM11-14) made a strong start with a time of 21.46.
At the faster end of the event, Robin Smith (SM35-39) was once more first into the funnel with a time of 18.30, followed by Ryan Murphy (JM15-17) with a PB of 18.47 and Barry Smith (VM40-44) with 18.50. Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) made one of her regular appearances as First Female in 21.36, followed by Caroline Tuck (VW50-54) in 23.55 and India Sandever (JW15-17) in 23.59. On Age gradings Linda Smith (VW65-69) took top honours with 26.17/78.31% followed by Findlay Mclaren (JM10) with 21.24/73.75% and Caroline Tuck with her 23.55/73.73%.
All in all a very successful and enjoyable 5th New Year's parkrun for Harrow Lodge. A great start to the year. Thank you again to all the Harrow Lodge volunteers.
Guy Surtees
A visitor from Woking parkrun

 

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