What a fantastic start from the Queen's Park London juniors and Volunteers. Almost 40 kids crossed the finish line on our first ever event, lovely running conditions, sun out, marshals not (too) cold - Big smiles all round. :)
Someone didn't get the email about the bobble hats
Well done to every single runner who took part today. Junior parkrun in particular is all about participation and enjoyment and it was fantastic to see so many kids and parents enjoying the excitement and community spirit. We hope to see you all back many times, running and volunteering as the event matures. Hero of the Week for Event #1 goes to Rhys Heal who crossed the line to a great big cheer in 17:29. Well done Rhys
Pre run briefing
After a run briefing that went (almost) without incident, the runners were put through their paces with a terrific warm-up thanks to Queen's Park Harrier Nathan Barnard and Thames Valley Harrier Lilly Salkeld. Great job guys
Lilly & Nathan ready the troops for action
And then they were off... Two laps inside the park. The runners puffed, the sun shone and the marshals showed the way and before long the barcode managers and scanners were busy at their work.
First man home was the unstoppable Liam Bailey (Highgate Harriers), who, after giving the pace marshals a run for their money, romped home in 8:02. Liam was followed closely by Alex Quinn of Queen's Park Harriers who finished in 8:07.
Liam (right) and Alex (left) battled it out for first place.
Charlotte Tatham cemented the cracking performance she put in at last week's test event by crossing in third place overall and as first female finisher in 8:35. Well done and congratulations to Charlotte & Liam who will be forever recorded in history as the first placed runners at the first ever Queen's Park London junior parkrun. For now at least they both also hold the course records... but for how long..?
Charlotte takes the first female spot.
Second and third female finishers were Sofia Raez and Roisin Quirke with times of 9:16 and 9:27 respectively.
Third home among the boys and 4th place overall was Tony Raez who crossed the line with just 9:11 on the clock.
Liam and Sofia also deserve congratulations for being our top age grade performers today. Age grading is a percentage calculated against world records for each age - you can find out more about it here. Our furthest commute today went to 82 time junior parkrun veteran Yusuf Muhammad, who made the journey from Harrow Lodge juniors his usual parkrun in Hornchurch especially to be with us for our first event. Great to see you
Even a few parents made it through the woods
Rhys: Massive cheer, Massive fist pump :)
Thanks to all the kids and parents who turned up today to make it a terrific event and especially to all the volunteers that made it happen. If you'd like to volunteer at future runs, please email us to let us know you'll be there and the run director will add you to the roster for that week (it appears here). Special thank you to Brent Councillor Krupesh Hirani for coming along to volunteer and for supporting the event.
If you have any pictures or videos of today's run that you'd like to share, then you can join our Flickr group here or join the Facebook group to share our run with everyone. Thanks to Alban Millas for taking official pics today, you should find those in the Flickr group and the facebook page in due course and we'll post a few more here over the next few days. If you can help as photographer at any future events, please click here to email and let us know.
We'd like to offer our special thanks to Sarah Hawken at Brent Council and Tim Howells at England Athletics, who between them produced the funding to cover the start-up costs. Thanks go to Charles Marks, Sophie Barnard and all the team at Gladstone parkrun who donated £500 to enable us to pay for a secure storage unit and of course to Richard Gentry of City of London. Richard allowed us to install our storage and more importantly for gave permission to hold the event in Queen's Park and supported us through that. Nearly there... Massive thanks go to Andrew Lawrence our London parkrun Ambassador, for guiding us through the activation process and for all those at parkrun HQ for kit, website help, understanding and all that...
Event #1: You were there! Thanks everyone.
Finally, and most importantly of all... Thanks again everyone who ran and especially to those who volunteered. See you all again next week, (Not Christmas Day or New Year's day), and then every week, to Infinity and beyond...