Event 400 & VMLM place

A massive thank you to everyone who made our 400th event such a joyful occasion - the runners and the volunteers and the cake bringers and the cake eaters and, of course, the parkrun weather fairy who made sure the sun shone.

Next week we will be drawing names out of the hat for our London Marathon place - for those who don't know, earlier this year a group of Wanstead Flats parkrunners help out at the start of the London Marathon, and in return we get a place for next years race. The names in the hat will be those who volunteered last year. If you don't want your name in the draw then please let us know via
email to wansteadflatsoffice@parkrun.com.

 

Wanstead Flats Fire

I'm sure you'll all have seen the news about the grassland fire on Wanstead Flats. Our thanks, of course, to the London Fire Brigade who have been working tirelessly since Sunday to put out the fire and make the site safe.

We've seen reports that the number of firefighters on the scene is now 5 - down from 225 on Sunday. The fire did not affect our course directly. It was east of Lake House Road, and our course is to the west. I ran round an hour ago, and all is well.

We are therefore confident that the run will go ahead on Saturday,
but do keep an eye on our Facebook, or here, just in case.

 

Results – 21st April 2018

Just a quick note: due to the unusually large numbers today, we had a teeny bit of chaos and kerfuffle at the finish - sorry if you were caught up up in it. We think we have sorted out the results and your times are right, but if they aren't please let us know at wansteadflatsoffice@parkrun.com.

 

Event 363 – Snowmageddon what snowmageddon?

By Tim Gray

Some time ago my friend Alison and I decide to go ‘on tour’ on March 3rd – we even settled on a few possible venues, with Wanstead Flats at the top of the list. Then came Snowmageddon – could we still travel ? We knew our home run (Roundshaw Downs in Sutton/Croydon) would likely be on, bit of a gamble then. After much debate – we went for it, and made it to your lovely run, proper pleased with ourselves we were – hardcore tourists obviously.

Then we found out our friend Nicola Tarrant had made it from London to the outskirts of Manchester – pride cometh before a fall!

Before the run we were asked if there were any brand new first timers, and gamely there were a couple, so well done to Jimmy Dale and Katharine Voss. Then they asked for visitors – it felt like nearly everyone put their hand up (I think 70 or so), and indeed I had recognized a few – I’ll scatter some across the report. Some local like Ercole Lugari from Walthamstow these days (although also a Roundshaw runner at heart), or Neil Turney from Mile End parkrun and his friends (though I know Neil from our work – small world isn’t it?).

The cry then went up is anyone here from Wanstead Flats – about 20 hands went up, though the results suggest it was more like 150. Mike Bristow was on Marshal duty – the last time I saw him he was sailing past me at the Westminster Mile – the day after he had run a marathon. Thanks for the breakfast tip Mike, we liked the fry up at the Paradise café. Also I know Ken Agnew in his tail walking role was much appreciated – many thanks Ken.

Other volunteers to thank are;

Alan BRANCH  •  Catriona HOULT  •  Chris SCHOFIELD  •  Fiona DAY  •  Graham WHITE  •  Ken AGNEW  •  Mike BRISTOW  •  Morag CAMPBELL  •  Paul LEWIS  •  Richard LANGRON  •  Ron TROTMAN  •  Simon NICHOLSON  •  Tony LOBO

All the volunteers were on top form – very encouraging and helpful – I particularly liked the advice to try a sliding finish – no hang on a minute, the advice not to try a sliding finish on H&S grounds.

I was spotted by Chris Schofield (now Southwark parkrun) who I had first met at Tilgate (his then home run), then at Roundshaw. I spotted Chris Orange a dedicated tourist, who I first met in Poland, then later at Peckham Rye – there were a lot of dedicated tourists keep the cow cowl flying – including the Tarrant brothers Steve and Dave from my own club Chiltern Church Runners, who I had not known where coming. Andrew Chilcraft from Milton Keynes was another familiar face.

I also briefly chatted with a group from Chelmsford who had ventured out on tour, and who enjoyed a more intimate experience away from their rather busy home run. I’d love to list all the tourists, but there were simply to many of us – so apologies to those left out.

There were 19 250+ runners, 15 more than the week before, 21 more had over 200 runs, again 15 more than the week before – suggestive many of us have a bit of a parkrun addiction problem.

The tea/coffee & biscuits with the honesty box was a very nice touch – toilets were good as well, we only have bushes at Roundshaw!

The run itself was fab – the snow made the whole run seem very pretty, is it usually, if not please don’t tell me – and also nice to visit a parkrun that had once had it’s own air defences (which I believe happened to coincide with the Olympics). The snow was just nice to run on, and my trail shoes dug in well.

No milestone runs that I could see, but a 150 - Diane Archer from Finsbury park also a flake run – Oliver Homes of Wanstead Flats, and a Dalmatian run Mark Moir – Sunderland/Mile End.

PB’s in such conditions do deserve a mention so;

Mark WELLING
Chris SPEIRS
Stuart NORRIS East London Runners
Nathan BOASE Orion Harriers
Viorel MIH
In-Yong HWANG
Aneirin GLYN St Helen's Runners
Emdad RAHMAN
Harry GLYN Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC
Harvi SINGH
Matiullah SAMIULLAH
Oliver BROWN
Frances WELLING
Andrew MASON

 

Thanks again folks – it was fab – and by the afternoon, like the parkrun as well, all signs of the snow were gone. Till next time.

 

Wanstead Flats parkrun Event number 343

It was a beautiful morning as 193 people ran, jogged and walked around the Flats, of whom 25 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Andrew HOWARD and Maud HODSON who both joined the Volunteer 25 Club today - and, of course, to Elizabeth WORRELL-JUDE, Don BENNETT , Tony LOBO, Tracy RICHARDSON,  Desiree CLARKE NOBLE, Mike BRISTOW,  Anne CREYKE & Deborah HAROUMA who also volunteered.

Congratulations also to the fastest Juniors: Abigail HOULT (JW10), Patrick CROKER (JM10),  Annie CONIAN (JW11-14), Deelan BUSHDARI (JM11-14), Charlotte WYATT (JW15-17), and  Videsh WEERAKKODY (JM15-17).  Fantastic running, well done.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wanstead Flats parkrun Results Page.

 

Wanstead Flats parkrun Event number 331

What a lovely morning for a parkrun!  178 runners, of whom 15 had never run a parkrun before and a further  34 parkrunners who were visiting us for the first time - almost as if there was some kind of event nearby that runners are interested in.

Your run director today outrageously didn't thank the volunteers during the run briefing so let me thank them here and now: a massive thank you to Kathy BROWN • Don BENNETT • Paul LEWIS • Tony LOBO • Ken AGNEW • Luka MELON • Mike BRISTOW • Sabine GAITZSCH NAIR & Deborah HAROUMA.  Thank you!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wanstead Flats parkrun Results Page.  I think the stand out performance was John HOLMES who took three minutes off the VM70-74 course record.  Well done!

Male placings:
Sebastian ANTHONY (SM20-24) of West Suffolk AC, was first over the line in 15:53 - first appearance.
Oliver WILLIAMS (SM30-34) of Les Croupiers RC, was second over the line in 15:54.
Jake CALLIS (SM18-19) of Orion Harriers, was third over the line in 16:09 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Justine ANTHONY (SW20-24) of West Suffolk AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 18:28 - first appearance.
Jane ROSE (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 21:04.
Christine ANTHONY (VW50-54) of West Suffolk AC, was third (30th overall) over the line in 21:11.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Christine ANTHONY (VW50-54) – 83.24% for the time 21:11 (30th overall).
Jake CALLIS (SM18-19) – 82.56% for the time 16:09 (third overall).
Sebastian ANTHONY (SM20-24) – 82.06% for the time 15:53 (first overall).

 

 

VMLM Baggage Volunteering – 23rd April 2017

For those who are volunteering at the baggage at the London Marathon please either be at Wanstead Flats on Saturday or email wansteadflatsoffice@parkrun.com with a photo - this will be needed for the photo ID.  The coach will be able to pick up at Wanstead Flats (by the gate to the car park on Harrow Road) at 6:15 am or outside Stratford Town Hall on the Broadway at 6:30.

The list of volunteers we have is:

Paul Lewis,
Mike Bristow,
Tony Lobo,
Elizabeth Worrell-Jude,
Maya Goodwin,
Stuart Barton,
Ellie Page,
Ivaylo Enchev,
Fiona Day,
Kieran Brown,
Petter Axby,
Alan Branch,
Alexandra Rutishauser,
Alessio Cardone,
Maria Fernandez,
Liz O'Donnell,
Danute Grosz,
Andrew Howard,
Bernadett Kalmar,
Jaroslava Collyer,
Vicky Allen,
Angela May,
Chris Gray,
Sabjan Sama
Jean Munroe
Miriam Muzzell,
Susan McDowell,
George McDowell,
Anna Mutunaga,
Nick Dowsett

 

Event 310 – 11th March 2017

The glorious weather this morning brought out many new runners this morning. A very warm welcome to Lucy HARWOOD, Paul RANCE, Jj ALI, Lydia HARRIS, Mark CUMMINGS, Jessica HOLLAND, Elizabeth HARWOOD, Stephen RANDALL, Jill FREIMANIS, Katie CARMICHAEL, Donna AMATO, Chux AMA, Jordanna GREAVES, Niamh, NEVILLE, Alex BOLT, Katie MCBRIDE, Hariet KEMPSTER, and Nadia AMA.  Welcome to the parkrun family!

They were joined by around 20 tourists travelling from as far away as parkrun Poznan and Valentines parkrun and many points in-between.  Hope you liked our course!

Congratulations to  Alex JAMESON for reaching your 50 run milestone and also to Bernd SCHULTE for reaching 100 - thanks for sharing your milestone with us here, Bernd.

Finally a big cheer for Dorothy HAWKINS, who has finished first in her age category on all six visits to Wanstead, and has taken over thirteen minutes off her time.  Well done!

Happy parkrunning,

Mike

 

Event number 289 – 29th October

What a lovely day for a run in the park with some friends!  And an especially big welcome to the 18 first timers this week.

Next week, Paul is planning to "do the draw" for the volunteers who helped out at the London Marathon earlier this year, so be prepared to cross your fingers and toes for luck.

As far as the results go, the first three finishers were Nikki BAYNES (SW25-29) in 20:21; Louise GILBERT (JW15-17) in 21:29; and Kavita SOLDER (SW25-29) in 22:51 for the women and Tomaz PLIBERSEK (VM35-39) in 16:29; Duncan STEEN (SM30-34) in 18:21 and Daniel HILEY (SM25-29) in 18:22 for the men.

Happy running,

Mike

 

Wanstead Flats parkrun #277

Many thanks to Dominic DRAGONETTI, Bernadett KALMAR, Tony LOBO, Abdushshakoor SULEMAN, Anna SZABADI, and Oliver SZABADI who suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous sunshine, while 123 runners ran, jogged, and walked round.  I suspect the cool and shady woods were a welcome relief each lap for those going round!  Beautiful weather, but perhaps not the best for running.

Well done to those who were first across the line - David Jones in 16:48 and Alexandra Wilkinson in 22:53 for the men and women respectively.

Well done for all those who managed to record a new PB - there were 24 who managed it this week.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wanstead Flats parkrun Results Page.

Happy running,

Mike

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