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
As usual, we won't be running on Christmas Day, but our friends at Barking will, so see you there
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.
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!