Harlow parkrun celebrates run number 400
Athletics / Sat 14th Oct 2023 at 12:09pm
THE 400TH running of the Harlow parkrun took place on Saturday morning.
The first run took place on November 8th, 2014, when 154 runners took part.
Since then thousands have run, walked, perambulated the 5k (3.1 mile) journey around the town park.
It is a lovely course that takes you out on the cycle track to near Glebelands before heading back at the top of the old pitch and putt course.
The smallest number of participants was 55 in Feb 2015. The record number was 416 in Feb 2020. Now it sits around a comfortable 250.
We think the very modest Kris Foster has run the most Harlow parkruns with 299.
There are some runners who live around the corner and then most weeks, there are tourists. This week it was South Africa and Warrington.
The parkrun depends on its volunteers, marshals and course directors in order for the event to go ahead.
From first light they are out marking the course, putting out the markers, the V-turn sign, Brooks Bridge, to name just a few.
The marshals are a force of nature. Come rain or shine, they are there encouraging all the runners.
We would also like to take a moment to remember the who have passed but we will alway remember them.
Harlow Council’s Darren Fazackerley, who was fundamental in getting the event off the ground. Spencer Brooks, who fought his illness with such bravery.
Robin and Ruby Campbell, Derek Jenner to name just a few.
This week’s winners were Martin Westley with a time of 19.45 and Donna Milton, who came home in 15th place with a time of 22.45.
There are some people who are out running but take time between breaths to encourage other runners.
There are also the loyal trail runners, who make sure everyone gets home safely. A special mention to Carol Lynch and Helen Darvill.
Parkrun and especially Harlow parkrun is like a universal family, a global village, where people from all walks of life get together to share an enthusiasm for staying healthy.
Speaking of families, the Webber family (Lee, Sandra, Emily and Tegan have run a combined 543 parkruns!).
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Well done to all the regular runners and thank you to the volunteers who enable it to happen. Keep up the good work.
Never knew that fact! 😀 Love coming every week and have encouraged others to come with me and take up park run and other activities along the way!! Thanks to all the volunteers and organisers who keep it going!!
Congratulations Harlow parkrun organisers, regular marshals and runners. You have inspired locals, put Harlow on the map for our tourists, introduced hundreds to our beautiful Town Park and changed people's lives. Thank you for enriching ours.