John Barker stormed to first place in this weekend’s run as 119 souls tackled a slightly slippery Harrow Lodge course.
It was John's second first place in as many outings at Harrow Lodge, so we'll see if the man from Thrift Green Trotters can make it a hat-trick next week,
The combination of recent rain and frost has started to turn the course into the challenging winter beast we know it can become at this time of year, but it didn’t deter a healthy field coming out to show January what we’re made of.
A special hello to our visitors from Birmingham’s Cannon Hill parkrun who came to sample the sights and sounds of Harrow Lodge, including George Sudhakar who lodged sixth place.
We also welcomed a clutch of first-timers, with newcomer John Whitehead popping his parkrun cherry with a seventh place finish.
Next week we’ll be celebrating our birthday which means you can shelve your cake-free New Year's resolutions for the day and join us in marking four years of Harrow Lodge parkrunning!
Another date for your diaries is 21 January, when regular runner and volunteer Mark Dalby completes his 100th run. Mark has requested a superhero theme. Where else will you get to wear pants outside your tights in public and not risk arrest?
A huge thank you to all those who have donated to our appeal for funds to purchase a defibrillator.
We only launched the appeal on 6 Jan and have surged beyond halfway towards the £700 target already. There’s still a little way to go, so if you’d like to donate, click here.
See the full results from today's run here. See you next week for the big No. 4
Today by the numbers
John BARKER (VM50-54) of Thrift Green Trotters, was first over the line in 19:10 - second time in 2 appearances.
Antonio PECORARO (VM50-54) of Havering '90 Joggers, was second over the line in 19:11 - has been first to finish on 36 previous occasions.
Barry SMITH (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:31 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Barry SMITH (Unattached) 4143 pts.
Roderick JOYCE (Unattached) 3696 pts.
Gary FLINT (Unattached) 3373 pts.
Sydney FOLEY (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club, was first (8th overall) over the line in 22:06 - 8th time in 14 appearances.
Madeline BARKER (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (33rd overall) over the line in 25:12.
Michelle RICHARDSON (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (36th overall) over the line in 25:37.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy BURDETT (Havering '90 Joggers) 4429 pts.
Jodie SCHUBERT (Havering '90 Joggers) 4237 pts.
Ann SEARS (Unattached) 3534 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Antonio PECORARO (VM50-54) was graded 79.41% for the time 19:11 (second overall).
John BARKER (VM50-54) was graded 77.57% for the time 19:10 (first overall).
Sydney FOLEY (JW11-14) was graded 73.68% for the time 22:06 (8th overall).
This week there were 119 runners, of whom 14 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part.
Harrow Lodge parkrun started on 12th January 2013, and since then 2,729 different runners, including participants from 210 athletics clubs, have completed 18,355 runs covering a total distance of 91,775 km, and there have been 3,881 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Lauren DEADMAN who ran in a time of 00:17:40 on 7th May 2016 (event number 168).
The male record is held by Grant TWIST who ran in a time of 00:16:11 on 6th September 2014 (event number 82).
The Age Grade course record is held by Breege NORDIN who recorded a 84.50% run (21:43) on 10th August 2013 (event number 31).