Celebrating 300 parkruns – and some well-deserved milestones!

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On Saturday 8th December Walthamstow parkrun celebrated its 300th event; and the parkrun gods made sure the sun was shining for the day so that despite being in December, we were able to celebrate after the run with cake outside in the sunshine - more on that later! We were honoured with the presence of the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Sally Littlejohn, who started the run before making her way to the finish funnel where she officiated by handing out finish tokens to the 111 runners, joggers and walkers who had made their way around the rather muddy Peter May field! Our first Walthamstow parkrun was on 26th January 2013, and there were three people present on 8th December who were at the very first parkrun, and who have watched it grow and grow to the success it is today.

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We welcomed tourists from Norwich and the Lake District, the latter being Dawn Attwood who was well used to a bit of mud as her home parkrun is the infamously muddy Millom parkrun.
First finisher was Patrick Brown in 18:04, who despite the mud ran barefoot this week, and first lady was Anna Morgan, who ran her way to a new PB of 23:19.

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The mud also didn't stop the following 9 people from getting PBs: Stephen MACKERSHAN, Sean CAREY, Anna MORGAN, Alisdair CHERRY, Thomas WARDEN, Julian FERREIRA, Nimisha MISTRY, Frieda JOHNSTON and Paula CORBETT - well done to all of you.

As well as celebrating our 300th run, five of our stalwart regulars were also celebrating milestone parkruns, and so we had 6 reasons to celebrate with cake! Huge congratulations go to the following on their very well-deserved milestones:

250th - Thomas Hardy
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100th - Sharron Rooney
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100th - Andrew Jacobs (Now - are you camera shy, Andrew? Could only find you skulking in the background!)
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100th - Sue Louise
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50th - Clare Hirst - again, sorry Clare - I can only find you in the background of other photos, but very well done on your 50th!

As it was a special day we decided to award some random spot prizes to four runners finishing in 4th, 25th, 50th and 100th places - many thanks to Penny for donating these prizes.
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But it wouldn't be a parkrun celebration without cake - and what wonderful cakes and goodies we enjoyed - many thanks to those who made and brought them.
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We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Steve BYWATER, James CHESELDINE, Janine DURRANT, Lynne DURRANT, Dermot HUGHES, Jamie LAMB, Darren LAMB, Angela LAMBERT, Laura MACKIE, Leoni MITCHELL, Ellis SHARMAN, Ali SHEPPARD, Gail SHEWELL-COOPER, Sue TAN, Gerard TRILL, Nicholas VOO. The volunteer roster is looking a tad bare for the next few weeks, so please consider putting your name down to help out. As the weather gets colder, as a volunteer you have the advantage of being able to wear bobble hats, scarves and warm boots as you're not running! If you can help out please email walthamstowhelpers@parkrun.com to let us know which week you can help out and what role you would like to do.

Finally, we are missing finish token 68. Please, please, please check your pockets if you think this might be you, and bring it back next week - no questions asked!

Here's to the next 300 events!

Ali Sheppard

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