Walthamstow parkrun is cancelled on 11 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Walthamstow parkrun number 363 – 7th March 2020 #IWDparkrun #ThisGirlCan

Run report by Ali Sheppard

This week it was all about the women as parkruns around the world hosted a special celebration of female participation, with parkrun taking place the day before International Women’s Day (IWD). In England, the #IWDparkrun celebration was supported by the This Girl Can campaign created by our partner Sport England.

So what has International Women’s Day got to do with sport and parkrun, I hear you say? Well, research carried out by parkrun shows that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in a 5k parkrun event. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to make it the start line or to continue participating. International Women's Day parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world, and we at Walthamstow parkrun were happy to join in as we have some amazing, inspirational women taking part on a regular basis.

To celebrate the day, everyone was encouraged to wear purple, which is the colour of International Women’s Day, and we also encouraged the colours of the Suffragette movement – purple, green and white. We had a special selfie frame which we all enjoyed using:


Liz, Gail and Angela - these girls certainly can!


Helen and Gail


Alison, Helen, Lorna and Maureen


Susan encouraged us all up the little hill on the far side of the course


Inspirational Walthamstow women Penny and Rachel

Inspirational Walthamstow women Penny and Rachel

We’ve had some atrocious weather recently, with waterlogged ground at the Peter May Centre making it more of a parkslip-and-slide than parkrun. The day before parkrunday the sun came out however, and dried out the ground a little bit, although it was still super-muddy. But it takes more than a bit of mud to put off the intrepid 82 parkrunners who took on the course and amazingly 7 people even managed to get new PBs – congratulations!

89427984_10156527068222820_6470324113519935488_o 89353146_10156524334037820_7983843319882973184_o

We had tourists from Coventry and Cumbria, and 17 first timers to Walthamstow. One of the aims of IWDparkrun was to encourage women to come and participate, and beforehand parkrun asked people to bring along a female friend, family member, neighbour or colleague. Whether this was the inspiration for the six people who were doing their very first parkrun at Walthamstow, I don’t know, but 5 out of the 6 were women! A special welcome to Emma West, Kathryn Cyr, Ken McKenna, Lorette Fredericks, Debbie Cotterill,  Lily Garaghty who all ran their first parkrun this week. I do know it was the inspiration for Debbie Cotterill, pictured below, whose partner comes along to Walthamstow but who hasn’t made it along before now. It was lovely to meet you, Debbie, and we hope to see you again.


Debbie after her first ever parkrun - dressed in purple for #IWD

Before the start, Andrew Jacobs gave the first timer’s briefing, and then handed out some  out some inspirational stickers that he had brought along to celebrate International Women’s Day – thank you, Andrew, they were great fun!


Andrew delivers the first timers' briefing

83682675_10156527060232820_1825291161552551936_o 89336451_10156524333787820_4383684372394409984_o

Then we all gathered for the run briefing given by Run Director, Steve Peacock. After going through the announcements and safety briefing, Steve then pulled a stroke of genius and invited all the women to come to the front to start in front of the men. I have to admit, as I always start at the back of the field, it made a change to start at the front and gave a whole new perspective on parkrun! As well as being RD, Steve doubled up as photographer and has taken some wonderful photos of the event. I think he’s managed to capture absolutely everyone who was there, so take a look at our facebook page where he has uploaded them all into an album.

Women lined up at the front for International Women's Day

Women lined up at the front for International Women's Day

A mere 21 minutes and 21 seconds after Steve said “GO”, first finisher Rupert Rowling crossed the finish line. And not long behind him was our first lady, Anna Roman, finishing in 25:15. And speaking of inspirational women, Anna has run 98 parkruns, 62 of them at Walthamstow where she was first lady on 11 occasions. She’s also been first lady at Barking parkrun and parkrun Skorzec in Poland.

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

We had two milestone parkrunners at the event. Firstly congratulations to Alfie Fresco who was celebrating his 50th run. We look forward to seeing you in your red 50 t-shirt soon. If anyone has a milestone coming up do please let us know so that we can celebrate it with you.


Alfie running his 50th parkrun

Alfie running his 50th parkrun

And I was celebrating my 100th run. I’d like to say that I coordinated it to land on International Women’s Day, but I’m afraid that it was a coincidence! But it was certainly due to some Walthamstow’s inspirational women that I’ve made it to 100 runs, even though it took me 6 years! When I first came to Walthamstow parkrun, in 2013, I came as a volunteer and thought that there was no way that I could actually run 5k. Each week our Event Director, Sharron Rooney, would ask me when I was going to run, and encouraged by Sharron and also Penny Wiles who said that she would run with me the first week, I eventually made it onto the starting line and the rest, as they say, is history! To thank everyone for their encouragement over the years I was delighted to bring some cupcakes with black and purple t-shirts on them, to mark both my 100th and IWD.

89255438_2769653693152498_4614576857835110400_o 85133176_10156698298141360_6675639016445968384_o 84204653_10156524335642820_3323099347482050560_o

I’ve saved the best until last with this run report: a huge thanks must go to our 14 volunteers who made this event happen: Angela LAMBERT • Steve PEACOCK • Anna MORGAN • Ali SHEPPARD • Jon GAMBLE • Liz WORRALL • Hameera DARR • Andrew JACOBS • Susan JACKMAN HILLS • Gail SEAL • Lucy RATHBONE • Danny MAGILL • Lily GARAGHTY • Frederick DOODY. Without volunteers, our parkrun just wouldn’t happen, so your help is really appreciated. Lucy Rathbone was volunteering with her daughter Lily for the first time, and afterwards she posted on our facebook page: “Thanks for having me today – I really loved marshalling”


Lucy and Lily


Tailwalker Hameera Darr with Lily who enjoyed her first time volunteering at Walthamstow

If you would like to have fun marshalling, timekeeping, barcode scanning, handing out tokens, writing the run report or doing any of the volunteer roles, take a look at our future roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/walthamstow/futureroster/ and email us with the week and role that you would like to do.

Finally, did you leave a pink jacket behind after the event? It was left under the tree, and has been handed into the reception at the Peter May Centre where you can collect it.

Have a good week everyone.




29th February 2020 – Back up and Running/Leaping over puddles.

Hi all. Walthamstow parkrun will resume tomorrow but we will be operating a modified course tomorrow due to parts of the course still being waterlogged. Please listen carefully to the run briefing. Full details of the modifications will be given by Andrew your RD for tomorrow. If you have spikes or claws please wear them. Wrap up for the rain. More rain forecasted for tonight and tomorrow morning. Hope to see you all in the morning.


1ee129f0-9497-4aab-9a02-0ad94aef9e1b 6fc4b23a-5015-475e-801a-06a22ed7dbe9 81c590fa-7aa7-46f1-ae15-a8aa39df7b5c c93957a3-ed67-446b-ad6c-c143992025b9


22 Feb – Walthamstow parkrun Cancelled

There will be no Walthamstow parkrun this weekend, Saturday 22 February 2020. 

It's a mudbath on Peter May playing fields. But not like this:



More like this:

pmwet3 pmwet2 pmwet1

Photo credit:  our man on the (waterlogged) ground, Steve Peacock

Reluctantly, we have decided the course is too waterlogged to support a fun safe parkrun.

Why not visit other nearby parkruns? These are all run on hard paths:   Pymmes (2.8m),  Hackney_Marshes (3.5m),  Valentines (4.2m),  Grovelands (5m), Highbury Fields (5.6m)

Richard Selby (Run Director)


International Women’s Day parkrun – 7th March

We will be celebrating International Women's Day parkrun on Saturday 7th March.

In England, #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

We encourage all female and male runners to join us on this special day.  We look forward to welcoming you on the day.

Walthamstow parkrun team


Run Report Walthamstow Parkrun 359

Walthamstow parkrun
Event number 359
1st February 2020

The sun was shining this morning and was a pleasant temperature, but it was windy and muddy 106 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

A big thank you to our 12 volunteers,  without volunteers each week we are unable to hold the run.  Please get in touch if you wish to volunteer.  All jobs are easy to do.

Steve BYWATER • Andrew BAXTER • Janet BYWATER • Maureen BARRY • Ruth LOVELL • Lynne DURRANT • Darren LAMB • Jamie LAMB • Steve LOVELL • Frederick DOODY • Claire LOVELL • Akasma GUNKORDU all olunteered this morning

Well done to First male Rupert Rowling in a time of 20:37, and First female Suzan Sakarya in a time of 25:37.

Five Highest Age Grade

  • Rupert Rowling 63.06%
  • Janet Bywater 62.47%
  • Antony Smith 61.76%
  • Russell Wellard 61.66%
  • Penny Wiles      60.62%



Well done to our 15 first timer, hope to see you all again soon.

Congratulations to Phoebe Bowman on her 50th Parkrun today.

IMG_7171 (2)


Happy running everyone.  Have a good week.

Lynne - Run Director.

A few more photos from today.






⇐ Newer Posts