Mile End parkrun will be looking forward to celebrating International Women's Day and female participation in parkrun on 7 March 2020. #IWDparkrun is supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by parkrun's partner Sport England.
Mile End parkrun will not be putting on an event on New Year's Day but we are sure there are plenty of parkruns close by to enjoy!
Mile End parkrun will not be putting on an event on Christmas Day but we are sure there are plenty of parkruns close by to visit!
Lovely race report from a parkrun tourist, Graham Lee:
Three of us ventured across the river from Bexley to participate in today’s Mile End parkrun. This was a return visit having previously ran at this event nearly 1 year to the day. We had originally chosen this event as a “warmup” to the Poppy Run which took place at Victoria Park and had little hesitation keeping to the same itinerary this year.
What parkrun has provided is the opportunity to visit London parks which would not have necessarily been on our to do list. We have participated in 37 different events and each have their own personality. Mile End is no exception. A predominately flat tarmac course but with a challenging up and down around the half way point on each lap. A mix of old and new with a scenic run along Regents Canal with its barges and waterside buildings offset by the modern backdrop of Canary Wharf at the finish.
Conditions were good for running with the rain holding off and I’m sure everyone was grateful for this given the weather during the week. I’m not sure how numbers fared this week but may have been impacted by a certain Rugby semi-final; it will be interesting to see what happens next Saturday!
Thanks to the Run Director and her team of volunteers. As expected at parkrun, a friendly welcome and well-organised event. Toilet facilities are available at the start / finish and a very welcome coffee awaits at the finish (and brownies at the token collection point).
A recommended event to put on your list to visit.
The morning of Mile End parkrun's 5th birthday started off with 'Coffee Mike' doing a 19 point turn in his coffee van in the tightest of spaces. He might still be there trying to manoeuvre his way out, if so, give him a wave!
As parkrunners gathered in the cold and wet, our pacing team mostly from local running group Goodgym gathered to collect their pacing vests. Run Director for the day Craigie-Lee called upon our human megaphone Johnny to announce the briefing for new runners was about to take place. Johnny is a super mild mannered chap so to hear his booming voice echo around Mile End park probably came as a big surprise to many folks.
The pacers then lined up in order for the traditional before-the-run photo. With nearly every minute covered between 17-35 there was potential for a lot of personal bests today. At the start Craigie-Lee announced that 63 runners completed the course on it's inaugural run on this day 5 years ago. Not keeping the runners out standing in the cold, she got the run underway quickly.
It was really lovely to see the pacers dotted around the course during the run with small groups of runners in tow looking to break their pb's. Despite the rain there was lots of smiley faces on runners and volunteers. The first runner to finish was an unknown male, the second was James Maddison of Victoria Park Harriers who finished in 16:41. The first female finisher was Polly Skeates-Beswick of Goodgym running club who finished in 20:50. Both James and Polly broke their pb's! Great running both of you.
263 runners completed the course, exactly 200 more than this time 5 years ago. 51 of whom broke their pb's. Congratulations to you all. Nearly 50 first timers visited us today, we hope you all enjoyed the run, despite the weather! If you come back next week, there will be cake! Well done to all the pacers who did a terrific job in helping runners break some personal records.
Our volunteers for the day deserve a huge cheer as without them we would have no run and for Axel for being our photographer out on the course (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/mileend/photos/) and Claire and Frances for organising the pacers.
We look forward now to next Saturday for part two of our celebrations….cake!