Athletics: Harlow parkrun celebrates its seventh birthday

Athletics / Wed 17th Nov 2021 at 09:58am

HARLOW parkrun celebrated its seventh birthday on Saturday.

The 5k challenge through the town park first took place on November 8th, 2014 when 154 participants took part.

Since then 5,988 individuals have taken part in 301 separate runnings of the run which is very much seen as less of a race and more of a personal challenge.

Saturday’s run saw 178 take part.

But these are statistics. More importantly are the human stories that have emerged over the seven years.

The courses (both winter and summer) have developed a character all of their own. From Roy’s Hill. Coatrack Corner, V-Turn and Brooks Bridge.

Friends have passed (we remember Darren Fazackerly and Spencer Brooks to name just two) but there has also been marriage proposals (Gary and Debra) plus a few wedding bell runs (Anna and Michael).

But most of all there have been friendships. It may only be a hello at 0854 on Saturday morning or a wave as they lap you (again) but there is a real camaraderie.

The run would not take place without the help of the hardy volunteers. A few weeks ago, it was pouring down with rain but every volunteer had an encouraging smile on their face.

There are also the race directors that do all the hard yard tasks behind the scenes.

Thank you to all those who make parkrun what it is.

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3 Comments for Athletics: Harlow parkrun celebrates its seventh birthday:

Yasmin Gregory
2021-11-17 12:12:49

Happy Birthday ParkRun! This is a great excuse to get up on a Saturday morning and get 5km under your belt, in your own time. Well done to all for making this happen week by week. I know that there are a minimum number of volunteers required to put on the event and ask that everyone who has taken part volunteers at some point. I use every 10 ParkRuns as the trigger for volunteering.

Lee Webber
2021-11-17 13:00:23

201 completed the course this week. As you have said, so many individual stories, everybody taking on their own personal challenge. It's been important for me to have a focus away from 'real life'. We have a beautiful Town park that we can enjoy as we run. It really is a great way to start the weekend !

Sara Coombe
2021-11-17 21:21:01

Thanks for this wonderful write up. It really is a cracking start to the weekend whether you run or walk it and so many friendships made and going strong. Thanks always to the volunteers including the main core team who take it in turns week to take charge. Come rain or shine we'll continue to be there as long as people want to challenge themselves in our beautiful park ❤ 🙂

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