Run Report 23rd November 2019

Event 79

A moist, misty, murky morning greeted the 170 walkers and runners at Victoria Dock parkrun this Saturday – however this didn’t dampen the spirits of everyone! Huge thanks heed to go to Run Director Lina Dannfors and her team of volunteers for providing such a successful event, cheering everybody whilst they were running and performing heroics to get the results to the participants! As some of you may know, there was a problem with the data from one of the scanners which has resulted in Lina adding numerous results in manually – thank you! The full team of volunteers on duty were:

David DUGGAN  •  David ELLIOTT  •  Dee O'BRIEN  •  Diarmuid BOWE  •  Dorothy WRIGGLESWORTH  •  Elda BEYENE  •  Elliot BEYENE  •  Gillian JUSTICE  •  Kevan WILKINSON  •  Leon KONG  •  Lina DANNFORS  •  Trixie OON

At the time of writing, there are still a number of unknowns in the results – please email in if you had your barcode scanned but are not appearing in the results. There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email if you are interested.

Those collecting low number tokens

Collecting token number 1 was Ewan Cameron in a time of 15:44, which is the 10th fastest finish time around the Dock! Brian O’Keefe was the second person to be issued with a token just over two minutes later and Andrew McArthur was the third runner to complete the course, in 18:09. First lady home was Dee O’Brien in a time of 19:36, with Maria Jovani following her home 48 seconds later! Carol Carter was the third lady to reach the funnel, completing her 39th parkrun with a time of 20:44, her quickest ever parkrun!

What the numbers tell us!

Although the running conditions have been better, 10 people achieved Personal Bests! This is almost 14% of the runners who had previously recorded times, a great achievement, especially as many other got close to their best times! This week nudged the total number of runs at Victoria Docks to just over 11,000…that means a whopping total of 55,000 km has been completed by parkrunners around the Dock! On a personal note, having run 337 parkruns, the parkrun website tells me that my average finish position is 112.99 – and I finished 113th yesterday!

First timers to Victoria Dock

An amazing 66 of the runners were visiting Victoria Dock parkrun for the first time and this included Royston Thorne, James Farr, Neil Kennedy, Lucy Saunders, Mark Benham, Helen Dance and Peter Shellswell who were all christening their barcodes for the first time. Sarah Brough was visiting from west London and was celebrating her 50th parkrun – watch out for the email to be able to order your T shirt Sarah!

David Duggan


Run Report 16th November 2019

Event number 78

Tennis fever gripped Victoria Dock this morning as visitors grabbed their parkrun fix before heading to the O2 to watch the ATP finals. As well as regulars, there were plenty of first timers and tourists, with tourists coming from as far afield as Chester, Dolgellau, Letchworth, Margate, and Wepre.

Congratulations to all of our first timers, we hope you'll be joining us again at parkrun soon whether that's at Victoria Dock or elsewhere!

A crisp and morning provided beautiful views down the dock and perfect running conditions. Victoria Dock is one of those lovely parkruns in which you can see the entire course from the start line.

After listening to the run director battle against planes passing overhead we all huddled together at the start line was a truly wide line allowing for a fast start with runners looking to up their pace as they headed towards the first turn around point. The faster runners were off at a cracking pace with everyone else following behind and making their way towards the superyacht, the EdExcel, and the first turn around point. The beauty of such wide paths is that overtaking is easy and so everyone had a good chance of a PB today.

As we approached the super yacht it appeared to get bigger and bigger in front of our eyes, before we passed it and headed down the side of the EdExcel. After reaching the far end of the conference centre, it was time to turn around towards the start again. As I ran back towards the start line I was encouraged by waves and smiles from fellow parkrunners who were still heading towards the yacht.

We turned the corner shortly after passing the Emirates Cable Car, providing an excellent spectacle for those above. We also had a wonderful view with Canary Wharf and the O2 arena looming large before us! However, turning the corner to reach the start line we were nowhere near the finish line as it was time to run down the other side of the dock towards the bridge, and we still had about 2k left. Like many others at this point, I was feeling the effects of the fast start but I was determined to push on. This determination was fortified as I was inspired by the fastest runner who was way out in front of fellows behind him and was making it look effortless. As they pushed forward, we seemed to find some extra energy to push on.

As I reached the turn around point just after the bridge, a vocal volunteer shouted words of encouragement which fortified me for the last push. Turning back round I could see the finish line and I knew exactly where I was going. A stream of faster runners were nearing it and other runners were running from it but giving just as much effort. With one final push and a final turn, I was there. I was tired but I was exhilarated by a fast paced parkrun with plenty of support and views all around!

There were some truly Grand Slam performances with new PBs all around. The fastest male finisher was James Ross who finished in a very impressive 15:52 whilst the quickest female Penelope Teoh ran the course in a lightening quick 19:36.

Thanks to all the volunteers who stood out in the cold and cheered us all on. The event is not possible, your dedication to ensuring event goes smoothly is matched only by the warmth of your encouragement!


Owain Morris


Run Report 9th November 2019

Cold but beautiful day for a run

Event number 77

Such a beautiful event!

Sparkling sunshine on the open water of the docks greeted us as we arrived at this parkrun. Turns out at 8:30am the only people there are tourists! Said hello to visitors from Jersey, Maidenhead, Birmingham, various areas of London, not forgetting me from Reading. It was not long before the awesome volunteering team arrived to set up the course and welcome everyone to their parkrun.

The start is underneath the Emirates air ride which makes for interesting shadows on the ground as you run and every now and then you see a plane that has taken off from the nearby London City Airport full of those strange beings who do not organise their travels around the availability of a parkrun!

The community hut was a little cut off by the works going on in the area but as there was a toilet and safe storage available many still found their way there.

The parkrun course is around the dock itself which has much of the old machinery still in place but no longer used I imagine. There is an open water swimming venue at the same location and at least one hardy soul making progress around the water, most impressive in the near zero air temperature. Might have to come back in the summer and jump in...

The course is all on concrete and pretty near level so a great place to get a pb: 29 people managed this, myself included. The statistics say 57 were first timers but I suspect that many of those were tourists looking for that rare V for their alphabet, well alright so was I! Heard one actual first timer saying he lived in the area, had seen lots of people running, asked what it was all about and decided to join the Parkrun family. Welcome! Hope you and the other first timers enjoyed the run and come back regularly.

This week 151 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 wonderful people, all volunteers giving up their chance to run, so that we could:

Ian Robert WILSON • Diarmuid BOWE • Andrew HODGETTS • Lina DANNFORS • Helen FERNANDES • Sadie EPPS • Angela RIGBY • Danny WINGATE • Dorothy WRIGGLESWORTH • Leon KONG

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

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:43 on 11th May 2019 (event number 55).

The female record is held by Jess SAUNDERS who recorded a time of 18:22 on 18th May 2019 (event number 56).

The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 95.99% (22:27) on 5th May 2018 (event number 8).

Victoria Dock parkrun started on 17th March 2018. Since then 5,003 participants have completed 10,643 parkruns covering a total distance of 53,215 km, including 1,671 new Personal Bests. A total of 139 individuals have volunteered 696 times.


Angela Rigby


Victoria Dock parkrun 21st September 2019

We would like to thank everyone for their patience during our two weeks closure due to the DSEI event at ExCeL. 

The event has now concluded and we are expecting the dock paths around the ExCeL estate to be fully open for this weekends run.

We would like to thank our friends at both Beckton and Mile End parkruns for hosting great events during our closure and welcoming our runners and volunteers to their courses. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our course on the 21st September where (all being well) we will be able to run a full course!


Event Cancelled – 14th September 2019

Due to the DSEI 2019 event at ExCeL this week, we have had to cancel our run on the 14th September as the dock paths are closed around the ExCeL estate and we are unable to create an alternative route.

As an alternative run to ours for this week, please do visit Mile End (Course map found here). We will have a number of our volunteers running and volunteering for this run.

We do hope that you will be able to join us!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our friends at Beckton parkrun for hosting a great event and for welcoming us so warmly on the 7th September. If you are unable to join us at Mile End parkrun this week, do visit Beckton instead. If you would rather volunteer for them instead of running, do email them at

We return back to normal (hopefully without any interruptions to our course) on the 21st September.

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