Photos and lost property

If you have photos you'd like to share from this morning's parkrun, we have a Google Photos album you can upload to!

Here are just some of this morning's visitors and newbies, listening to our first-timers' briefing:

Also, if you recognise this top, please get in touch:


Travelling to Valentines by rail

Demolition work at Ilford station
Due to engineering and station building works, there will be no service at Ilford station on Saturday mornings for much of 2020. There should be a replacement bus service, but we recommend you investigate your options if planning on using public transport to visit us. Fortunately there are a number of alternative routes, including the Central line (Underground) via Gants Hill station, and various buses!

To check dates for possible train route cancellations, Transport for London have information on their website. Ilford is on the TfL Rail line from Liverpool Street station.

TfL's website also has an online journey planner, maps, and various other resources.

PS: As Ilford station is currently being rebuilt, even when it's open it will probably have its main exit/entrance in a different location than usual, so please allow extra time to get to/from Valentines Park.


Photos from 11th January 2020

Valentines parkrun


Many thanks to Mike Taylor for uploading lots of great photos of our parkrunners in action at yesterday's event. Just follow the link below to see them, or to upload your own photos!


It’s the wrong fleece, Gromit!

Does this look familiar?

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One of our parkrunners took home the wrong fleece today. Please get in touch by e-mail ( if you have a Regatta fleece with very long sleeves, instead of a CS Active Sports fleece (see photos above).

Thanks in advance!


Christmas Day 2019 and New Year’s Day 2020


It's that time of year again!

The festive season brings additional opportunities for parkrun fun, including the only occasion when you can officially complete two different UK parkrun events on the same day! Of course this also means additional opportunities to volunteer; the past two years we've had record-breaking numbers of runners at Valentines on New Year's Day, so some willing helpers would very much be appreciated.

Christmas Day, Wednesday 25th December 2019:
There won't be an event at Valentines on Christmas Day, but you might like to pop along to either Barking or Wanstead Flats for some parkrun fun. Both events will be starting at 9 o'clock in the morning.

New Year's Day, Wednesday 1st January 2020:
The traditional double is on once again! Wanstead Flats starts at 9 o'clock, and we'll be holding an event at 10 o'clock at Valentines, so you have just enough time to run/cycle/drive between the two.
Alternatively, you might like to try out Raphael parkrun (near Romford), starting at 9am, and/or Harrow Lodge (near Hornchurch), which will be starting at 10:30am.

Things to be aware of:
If you are doing a parkrun double, we suggest you plan your journey in advance, and allow time for parking, etc. Note that the car parks at Valentines will be closed on New Year's Day, so if driving you'll need to find somewhere to park locally; don't forget that you won't be the only person trying to find a space.

Barking and Raphael parkruns are both entirely on tarmac. Wanstead Flats and Harrow Lodge parkruns are on a mixture of grass and trails, so will be muddy... be prepared!

Not all events have declared yet whether they'll be holding an additional event on either day, so check the official "compendium" for updates:

Finally, don't forget that Valentines and other parkrun events will also be going ahead as usual at 9 o'clock every Saturday morning throughout the winter... weather permitting!

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