Week 52: one whole year of (not)parkrunning! When parkrun introduced the (not)parkrun concept 52 weeks ago, in Walthamstow we introduced the rainbow wave where we ran each week wearing a different colour of the rainbow as a symbol of hope. At the time I commented on the weekly report that if parkrun re-started by the end of week 7 then the symbol would have worked! As parkrun had been paused in March, by the beginning of June it seemed inconceivable that the pause would continue for months, let alone a whole year. And yet here we are.
I was going to announce that after a year of writing weekly ‘run’ reports for a non-existent run I would stop for a couple of weeks as parkrun was due to re-start on 26th June. However, today the Government announcement of a delay to the end of all restrictions, which was quickly followed by an announcement by parkrun that they were delaying the start of parkrun by a further four weeks with the new potential re-start date of 24th July. (Statement in response to Roadmap announcement | parkrun UK Blog) So perhaps we should do another initiative like the rainbow wave for the next six weeks; something to motivate us and bring us together as a parkrun community whilst we wait for parkrun to return. Any suggestions would be gratefully received – anyone got any bright ideas? Perhaps we could set a word each week, and people have to run/walk/jog on a 5k route that includes street signs beginning with each letter of the word to spell out the word – starting with parkrun of course! And post a photo of themselves in front of each street sign. Any interest?
So meanwhile, over the last week 14 parkrunners logged a total of 24 (not)parkruns with an average time of 30:13 minutes. Fastest overall was Carlo Metcalfe in a time of 23:18 minutes, whilst fastest female was Anna Morgan who was not far behind in a time of 23:57 minutes. And Spencer Reynolds got a shiny new (not)parkrun PB in a time of 29:05 minutes. Well done all.
Mo Allen, Gail Seal and Steve Peacock all managed to log 4 (not)parkruns this week. Steve is currently on 94 (not)parkruns in total, so I thought he may have been trying to reach 100 (not)parkruns before parkrun returned. Well, you’ve got a few more weeks to reach that milestone now, Steve!
See the full (not)parkrun results for the week here: results | Walthamstow parkrun
Stay safe everyone – we’ll get through this together.
Walthamstow (not)parkrun history
The female (not)parkrun record is held by Corinna O’Sullivan who recorded a time of 20:09 in week #15.
The male (not)parkrun record is held by Patrick Brown who recorded a time of 16:42 in week #49.
The age grade (not)parkrun record is held by Gail Hennessy who recorded an amazing 87.67% in week #48.
(not)parkrun is a temporary replacement for parkrun which will start again when it is safe to do so.
For more information about (not)parkrun go to http://parkrun.me/ywtjv