There was definitely something in the air today…perhaps the marathon fever in Greenwich Park had made its way across the borough boundary to Lewisham!
We don’t often talk about speed at Hilly Fields junior parkrun (it’s a run not a race!), but a whopping 28 of our 107 runners got new PBs today. Some serious determination and focus across the two laps of the park this morning. Indeed well done to everyone who came and ran with us, and thanks so much to everyone who volunteered this week. London Marathon weekend is traditionally a tough weekend to recruit volunteers so we were especially grateful to everyone who joined the volunteer team today.
We gave out wristbands to Umami and James who have both done the equivalent of a half-marathon in junior parkruns. And we reunited a few people with lost barcodes which was a relief - top tip, if your running gear doesn’t have a secure pocket for your barcode, it might be better to leave it in the care of an adult while you run and get it from them at the finish.
So, did you go cheering at the marathon today?
We are so proud of our Run Directors Luke and Jacqueline who ran the 26.2 miles across London this morning. Well done to them for all their hard work and determination, and for the money they raised for charity - Luke was running for Dementia Revolution and Jacqueline was running for Leukaemia UK in memory of our good friend Lucreta La Pierre.
Here is Jacqueline in action:
Well done too to our junior runners who swapped their junior parkrun this morning for the London Mini Marathon.
We were beyond delighted to see that our course record holder, Oli Bright, was the fastest finisher in the Borough Challenge at the London Mini Marathon today - although his running prowess comes as no surprise at all to us!!
Our regular runners Lucas Zurdo, Guy Barnett, Jude Weekly, Theo Gaymes, Sophie Walker and Maryam Drammeh were all out in force today, as were former regulars Isaac Maxwell, Luke Abrams and Oscar Zurdo. Go Team Lewisham, and congrats to their coaches Spencer Lane, Sarah Young and Ted Aston!!
The full borough challenge results are here if you fancy a browse:
Boys Borough Challenge.
Girls Borough Challenge.
And the Lewisham Under 13s team took 2nd place in the Under-13s borough challenge teams. All that hill training is clearly paying off...!
We spied a few of the Lewisham juniors in this great picture gallery video on Twitter! Hope you all had a good race…
— Love Catford (@Love_Catford) April 28, 2019
Lots of our volunteers and parents running today too, well done to you all.
And a shout out to our Run Directors Glenn, Adele and Natalie who were up super-early to volunteer on the baggage trucks in Greenwich park. Can you spot them here amongst the whole gang from Hilly Fields?
Hope you have a great week and we’ll be running as normal next week on bank holiday Sunday so hope to see lots of you out and about. If you have a medal or a t-shirt from the marathon or mini-marathon to show off please do bring it along!!
Run Director - Event 202