Walthamstow parkrun rainbow wave

rainbow tees

It's been 19 weeks since the last parkrun was run/walked/jogged on 14th March 2020 - it seems such a long time ago. Although a lot of people have managed to continue to get out and run or walk throughout lockdown, one of the big things that I miss about parkrun not being on is the social element, the chance to see old and new friends and catch up with their week, perhaps over a coffee after parkrun. And so for the last 7 weeks we came up with an initiative that, whilst it doesn't enable us to chat over a cup of coffee, enabled us to see the faces of our fellow parkrunners and perhaps hear a few words about where they went out to walk or run.

The idea was simple. Each week one of the colours of the rainbow was selected with the instruction to go out - or stay in - and do some exercise wearing something in that colour. Then to take a photo of it, and post it on the Walthamstow parkrun facebook page. And so we could wave at each other through pictures, stay in touch with the parkrun family and perhaps be motivated to do some exercise. But why a rainbow? In its most literal terms, a rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. But it is also a symbol of hope, and one that was adopted at the start of the Coronavirus crisis, with children drawing pictures of rainbows that were proudly displayed in windows, and rainbows being drawn on pavements, fences and walls not just to symbolise hope but also to thank the NHS workers and other keyworkers who kept things going whilst people were 'locked down' in their own homes. And the rainbow flag is also used as the symbol of gay pride or LGBTQ+ so it also seemed fitting in June as our Pride parkrun was also cancelled. There are many myths surrounding rainbows, including the Irish myth that leprechauns hid pots of gold at the end of the rainbow! And so it seemed appropriate to choose a rainbow as a symbol of hope - perhaps the pot of gold at the end of our rainbow would be the confirmation of a date as to when parkrun will resume! 

The first week was 30 May - 6 June, and designated RED week as red is the first colour in the spectrum. I anxiously wondered whether anyone would take part, but very relieved to find that 28 of you did, posting your photos on the facebook page. Fortunately, the parkrun milestone t-shirt earned for doing 50 parkruns is red, so many of you didn't have far to go to find a red t-shirt, but it is also the colour of the MIND "Run Every Day" challenge, and the club colour of East London Runners running club so it didn't prove too much of a challenge. Although it was great seeing everyone's photos, I think my favourite was Mo Allen's handstand against the obelisk at Pole Hill, which led me to do a bit of research and I fell down a wikipedia wormhole reading all about Laurence of Arabia!

Mo Allen Pole Hill

I was taught the mnemonic "Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain" to remember the order of the colours of the rainbow. At the time, I was trying to grow beetroot in a little patch of garden, so for some reason best known to a six-year old I changed it to "Richard Of York Grew Beetroot In Vain" which is how I have remembered it ever since! However you remember the order, the second colour in the rainbow is orange, which I thought might be a bit more of a challenge until I realised that in a certain light the parkrun apricot top might easily be classed as orange! This week we had pictures taken in back gardens, in parks, in the Olympic park, by lakes or even on roof terraces like this one of Suzi Brent who ran her 5km orange run at 5am on her roof terrace in Walthamstow, in memory of Justin Edinburgh, the Leyton Orient manager who tragically died a year ago at the untimely age of 49.

Suzi Brent

Week 3 (13-20 June) was all about mellow yellow! I loved this week; there was something about seeing all the sunshiney yellow tops that just made me feel happy! It did prove a challenge for some though, as yellow doesn't seem to be a common colour for a running top. Not to be deterred though, we had some creative entries this week, including this fabulous yellow lego bag modelled by Richard Selby!

Richard Selby

There was no such problem for GREEN week (20-27 June) for the hard-core parkrunners who have previously run over 250 parkruns, as they could wear their milestone green t-shirt, as modelled by Steve Bywater who wore it for a freedom run at Wanstead Flats parkrun course. And a number of other parkrunners wore t-shirts from races they have previously run in, bringing back happy memories sometimes of races completed alongside other members of the parkrun family.

Steve Bywater

Blue week (27 June - 4 July) also didn't prove too much of a problem for finding coloured tees. Walthamstow parkrun hasn't been going long enough for our most loyal parkrunners to have earned their blue 500 milestone tee, but blue is the club colour of Eton Manor running club, and also a lot of events seem to chose blue for their finishers' tees, including the London Marathon, worn here by Antony Smith at Connaught Water:

Antony Smith

However, Indigo posed a bit more of a problem, as there was a lot of confusion about what colour indigo actually is! I think my favourite pic of this week was a socially distanced group shot of Penny, Clare, Rachel Sharron and Steve at the Peter May centre reminding us all that we can still run on our parkrun's grounds, even though it seems to have worn Steve out!

Group photo

And all too soon it was the last week - Violet - 11th-18th July. When we started this challenge, I said that if parkrun was back before we got to the end of the rainbow we would take it that our symbol of hope had worked - sadly this was not to be. But it was small consolation to see everyone's violet photos and the effort that everyone went to - even Gail Seal managed to get out and get a violet selfie in front of some violet flowers despite having fallen over on her long run the week before and fractured her elbow!

Gail Seal

One of the reasons we wanted to do this challenge was so that we could see all the familiar faces of our parkrun friends, despite not being able to see them in person at Peter May on a Saturday morning. And a huge thank you goes to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to post photos - some every week. It's been lovely seeing the familiar faces, and also some newish ones too. But an added bonus has been seeing the faces of some virtual parkrun tourists, who have posted pics each week from Luton, Scarborough and South and North Wales proving that the parkrun family stretches far and wide! So a big thank you also goes to Kathy Sandler, Helen and Andy Rutter, Anthony Howe and Elizabeth Czaban. I hope that when parkrun resumes and we are able to do some parkrun tourism again, that you will come and see us in person - and I also hope to get round to see you on your home turf at some point in the future.

Kathy and Alan Helen and Andy Rutter Anthony Howe Elizabeth Czaban

And so we come to the final rainbow collage featuring everyone's photos in glorious rainbow technicolour! I hope you enjoy seeing the final rainbow wave and looking for yourself amongst the photos! And keep an eye on our facebook page for the next challenge...

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We Will Get Through This Together #loveparkrun #parkrunfamily

Ali Sheppard


Run Report – Walthamstow parkrun rainbow wave – Week 5: BLUE – 27 June – 4 July 2020


This week’s colour for the Walthamstow parkrun rainbow wave was blue, which has contrasting connotations attached to it. We talk about feeling blue, and being in a blue mood which is pretty negative, but we also refer to ‘blue sky thinking’ and clear blue skies can often lift the mood to a more positive one. In the music field, whilst Elvis sang about his blue suede shoes and had a blue, blue Christmas, the Marcels sang about the blue moon, and Eric Clapton sang about his blue eyes being made blue, surely E.L.O.’s “Mr Blue Sky” is one of the happiest songs ever composed?

The colour blue is one of the three primary colours of pigments in painting and traditional colour theory. It lies between violet and green on the spectrum of visible light, with the eye perceiving blue when observing light with a dominant wavelength between approximately 450 and 495 nanometres. Blue has been an important colour in art and decoration since ancient times. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was used in ancient Egypt for jewellery and ornament and later, in the Renaissance, to make the pigment ultramarine, the most expensive of all pigments. In the eighth century Chinese artists used cobalt blue to colour fine blue and white porcelain. In the Middle Ages, European artists used it in the windows of cathedrals. Europeans wore clothing coloured with the vegetable dye woad until it was replaced by the finer indigo from America – but more on that next week! In the 19th century, synthetic blue dyes and pigments gradually replaced mineral pigments and synthetic dyes. Dark blue became a common colour for military uniforms and later, in the late 20th century, for business suits. Because blue has commonly been associated with harmony, it was chosen as the colour of the flags of the United Nations and the European Union.

It also seems to be the colour of choice for many marathon t-shirts, and a number of our rainbow wave parkrunners chose to show off their very well-deserved marathon tees this week. Starting off with our virtual tourist from North Wales, Anthony Howe, who managed to sneak a bit of blue sky into his photo whilst wearing his blue 2017 Greater Manchester Marathon t-shirt for his Saturday 5k around his village – which he did at marathon pace.  Meanwhile, our home-grown Antony, Antony Smith, also managed to find some blue skies to add to blue water and his blue London Marathon finishers’ shirt at Connaught Water. Also sporting a London Marathon finishers’ t-shirt was Janet Bywater, who loves rainbow parkrun so much that she actually did it twice this week with different tees!  Her second tee is from the 2016 Mountains to Sea half marathon in north Wales - maybe Anthony Howe has done this one as well? Janet says: "You take the take the steam train up the mountain from Porthmadog up to Blaneau Festinniog and then run back down again. It’s a brilliant race."  Finishing our quartet of marathon runners is Sam Jackson who wore his very blue Halstead Marathon tee this week.

Anthony Howe Antony Smith Janet Bywater Monday Janet Bywater Sam Jackson

It’s not just the full marathon though; a number of half-marathons have had blue finishers’ tees in the past. Gillian Andrews wore the t-shirt from her first ever half marathon, whilst Steve Bywater wore his Vitality Big Half tee to get “all hilled out” at Highams Park. Steve Peacock also wore his Vitality Big Half tee, which I was surprised to discover was his only official half marathon T-shirt, even though he declares that he hated it! (The half marathon I think, not the t-shirt!). He also dug out a pair of blue shorts that he says he never seems to wear in honour of blue week.

Gillian Andrews Steve Bywater Steve Peacock

Of course, if you’re going to run a half marathon, full marathon, ultra or triathlon, you need to take your training seriously for when races resume. Taking it seriously with the lockdown training this week was triathlete Brian Longman, who wore blue for a 5.8 mile run through Harold Court Woods and Pages Wood, and Ercole Lugari and his partner in crime Leoni Mitchell, who did a 3 x 2k sprint training session. It makes me tired just thinking about it – and Leoni sure is one Tough Mudder as her blue t-shirt proclaims!

Brian Longman Ercole and Leoni

I was feeling pretty blue in mood this week and feel like I’ve lost my running mojo. But I matched my mood by wearing all blue - blue shoes, socks, top, cap and buff for my first 5k (not)parkrun – which I think was the slowest 5k I’ve done since the start of lockdown! At least the blue Eton Manor buff acted as a handy face covering when I popped into the Spar at the end of the run to buy some milk! Elizabeth Czaban, our virtual tourist from South Wales, used her parkrun World Tourist cap and buff to hide her lockdown hair on a 6.9km Welsh valleys country lanes walk. She also appears to have hidden the blue sky behind some threatening clouds too!

Ali Sheppard Elizabeth Czaban

Some of our parkrunners looked for inspiration this week from the world of TV and films. Firstly, Richard Selby answered the question we were all asking in the 1980s, possibly self-incriminating himself into an attempted murder case!  Ah, NOW we know who shot JR!  And is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Super Mo (Allen), out for a 5k jog with Amy.  Meanwhile, at Peter May (where else?) Charlie’s Angels were doing their thang, with Rachel Emmett, Penny Wiles and Clare Hirst posing after their weekly freedom run – whilst presumably Charlie took the photo? Or was it Dermot? Perhaps we've also solved another conundrum from 1980s telly - Dermot Hughes is the never-seen Charlie from Charlie's Angels!

Richard Selby Mo and Amy Allen Mo Allen Group photo

Meanwhile, were these two parkrunners dog or child assisted? Jonathan Partington, running with 2 year-old Jake in a running buggy, thought that Jake found their run together a little easier than he did! And Liz Worrall ran her blue run in the forest with her lovely dog Ted whilst wearing her 2018 Run the River t-shirt which again brought back very happy memories of running it with lots of the ‘Stow parkrun gang. There will be more happy memories to make in the future, Liz, I'm sure.

Jonathan Partington Liz Worrall

Also running in the woods was Gail Seal, although she ran in Knebworth woods, not Epping Forest. Gail is a scientist and she was back at work in the lab this week, so went for her blue run at lunchtime near her workplace. Her blue t-shirt is from Runners Heal, who donate a month of lunches to school children in Kenya for every purchase.

A little – well, a lot actually – further North were virtual tourists Helen and Andy Rutter from Scarborough, who ran a family 5k on a route from their home which runs along an old railway line and is one of their lockdown favourites. Helen is wearing a CONTRA vest, the purchase of which goes to support parkrun too. Ellis Sharman was also sporting CONTRA for a shade of blue on our green turf (Peter May)!

Gail Seal Helen and Andy RutterEllis Sharman

Sue Mei Tan managed to coordinate her blue top with the blue Olympic ring after her run in the Olympic park, whilst Neil Richardson ran in a blue Team WN t-shirt, which I read as “Team WIN”! Ruby Daly  treated is to another view of her pocket sized garden as she posed for a selfie in a blue shirt after her morning run just ahead of a downpour.

Sue Mei Tan Neil Richardson Ruby Daly

So that’s it for BLUE week folks – next week we have a completely different colour in… um… INDIGO!

Thank you all again for your contributions – whilst we still can’t meet up at Peter May on a Saturday morning, I really enjoy seeing all of your faces and hearing about what you are up to, and hope you do too.

Don’t forget that if you run/walk a 5k anywhere, on any day, you can record it as a (not)parkrun. Just log into your parkrun profile to log your (not)parkrun. You can log a run every day of the week if you like, but only your fastest will show up in the results.

Until next week,

Ali Sheppard


Run Report – Walthamstow parkrun rainbow wave – Week 3: YELLOW – 13-20 June 2020

Hello mellow yellow! Week 3 of the rainbow wave initiative saw parkrunners reaching for their brightest, happiest shades of yellow to wear whilst out and about running/walking/jogging or doing any exercise!

Yellow is the colour between orange and green on the spectrum of visible light, with a dominant wavelength of roughly 570–590 nn. Because it was widely available, yellow ochre pigment was one of the first colours used in art; the Lascaux cave in France has a painting of a yellow horse that is 17,000 years old. Ochre and orpiment pigments were used to represent gold and skin colour in Egyptian tombs, then in the murals in Roman villas. In China, bright yellow was the colour of the Middle Kingdom, and could be worn only by the emperor and his household; special guests were welcomed on a yellow carpet.

According to surveys in Europe, Canada, and the United States, yellow is the colour people most often associate with amusement, gentleness, humour, and spontaneity, but also with duplicity, envy, jealousy, avarice, and, in the U.S., cowardice. In China and many Asian countries, it is seen as the colour of happiness, glory, harmony and wisdom. But I will always see it as a happy colour – the colour of sunshine and the smile emoji! It also must be the colour of creativity, because we had some pretty creative posts this week!

The glorious yellow sunshine came out for Ercole Lugari and Gillian Andrews for their yellow runs. For his run, Ercole wore his first running club vest – Collingwood AC in South London, which just happens to be yellow!

Ercole Lugari Gillian Andrews

However, the sun didn’t shine on Anthony Howe, our virtual tourist from Conwy in North Wales, as it started to rain the moment he stepped outside for his yellow run. Here he is having a nap against the marvellously named Parish Church of St. Margaret of Antioch, Bodelwyddan – known as “The Marble Church”. Doesn’t it always rain in Wales, Anthony?! Ellis Sharman was in fine punning form, noting that it didn’t feel like “Cold-Play” out there, but was all “Yellow”! And it must have rained just before Steve Bywater went out for a run as he’s managed to capture an actual rainbow for his rainbow run – good effort Steve!

Anthony Howe Ellis Sharman Steve Bywater

When I was in primary school I was taught a mnemonic for remembering the order of the colour of the rainbow: Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain, with York standing for yellow of course. So it was very apt that Sam Jackson celebrated the return of football with a snap at York Road (Walthamstow) for his yellow run, whilst wearing his yellow York City football top! Checking the parkrun website I see that of Sam’s 133 parkruns he has completed in the past, 77 have been at Walthamstow and 21 at York so I deduce he must have a connection with that fine city!

Sam Jackson

Not everyone liked their yellow tops, however! Penny Wiles described her top as “truly horrible” so I’m doubly impressed at her dedication to wear it when she stepped out on a “Maureen” style attempt to stride around Lloyd Park behind Rachel Emmett as she is nursing a hamstring injury this week. I hope you’re able to run next week, Penny. And Steve felt that his previous yellow vest was rather too clinging so actually bought a new yellow T-shirt for this week – it suits you, Steve!

Penny WIles Steve Peacock

Three of our parkrunners managed to double up with their virtual runs, combining their yellow runs with another virtual run. Janet Bywater combined her yellow run with the ELR virtual track session for her double bubble run, whilst Clare Hirst combined hers with a Cheshire Cat Virtual Tri run, leaving her with just a 1.5k swim and 40k bike ride to do before Sun night. She not only managed to complete the Virtual Triathlon, but came 2nd in her age category - fantastically well done, Clare. Lockdown hasn't held you down at all, and I hope you are grinning like a Cheshire Cat at your success!  Christina Watson went on a ‘hoppit and mob match 5k run’, improving on last week’s time too.

Janet Bywater Claire Hirst Christina Watson

Meanwhile, Sharron Rooney and Rachel Emmett were back on home turf rocking it in yellow at Peter May. Photo courtesy of Dermot Hughes – perhaps we can see you in front of the camera in your green 250 top next week, Dermot? Liz Worrall also had a lovely mellow yellow run over at Peter May, as did Gail Seal who wore her only yellow top – the London Landmarks Half which she hopes she will finally be able to run next year after it was cancelled this year.

Rachel and Sharron Liz Worrall Gail Seal

Leoni Mitchell and I had remarkably similar club t-shirts from completely different clubs that are/were organised by running shops! Leoni wore a top that represented her time in Leeds, with her Leeds Central SRG top. SRG stands for “Social Running Group” and is organised by “Up and Running” and caters for all level of runners – I’ll have to look them up the next time I am in Leeds. I wore my Sweatshop Running Club shirt which I got from attending the run sessions that used to be put on by Sweatshop in Westfield Stratford, before it closed. For a splash of double yellow I set off in front of some yellow flowers for a very slow bimble around Walthamstow village. Also going for a foliage shot was Ruby Daly who took her yellow shot in her garden in front of a rather spectacular tree

Leoni Mitchell Ali Sheppard Ruby Daly

Finally we had some rather creative entries from those who don’t own a yellow t-shirt this week. Elizabeth Czaban, our virtual tourist from South Wales, hid her lockdown ‘hairstyle’ under her parkrun tourist cow cowl. The Cow Cowl is worn to show membership of the UK parkrun tourists facebook group, for which members have to have completed a minimum of 20 different parkruns. Liz work her cowl for a trail 5k run alongside the river Sirhowy, which looked lovely. Mo and Amy Allen also lacked anything yellow to wear, so wrapped themselves in a high vis vest! This photo was taken at the end of Amy’s early birthday present – a strava segment that Mo created for her called “Amy’s square” – a 3.65 jog near Chingford. And finally, I love the improvisation Richard Selby, a.k.a. the Lego King, went to in order to fashion a yellow top out of a lego bag!

Elizabeth Czaban Mo and Amy Allen Richard Selby

Thank you to all of you for your hello mellow yellow contributions! Next week we move onto green, which I hope will represent the green shoots of recovery and a symbol of hope that parkrun will return soon!

Ali Sheppard


Run Report – Walthamstow parkrun rainbow wave – Week 2: ORANGE – 6-13 June 2020

Week 2 of the rainbow wave initiative saw everyone getting tangoed*, with orange being the colour of the week! It was great seeing everyone’s orangetastic photos, and hearing about how everyone in the parkrun family is getting on – and getting out there to run/walk/jog around the area and beyond!

Orange is the colour between yellow and red on the spectrum of visible light, with a dominant wavelength between roughly 585 and 620 naonmetres.

Before the late 15th century, the colour orange existed in Europe, but without the name; it was simply called yellow-red. Portuguese merchants brought the first orange trees to Europe from Asia in the late 15th and early 16th century, along with the Sanskrit naranga, which gradually became part of several European languages: "naranja" in Spanish, "laranja" in Portuguese, and "orange" in English. The earliest known recorded use of orange as a colour name in English was in 1502, in a description of clothing purchased for Margaret Tudor. Prior to this word's being introduced to the English-speaking world, orange things were sometimes described as red such as red deer, red hair, and robin redbreast.

The orange colour of carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges and many other fruits and vegetables comes from carotenes, a type of photosynthetic pigment. These pigments convert the light energy that the plants absorb from the sun into chemical energy for the plants' growth. Similarly the hues of autumn leaves are from the same pigment after chlorophyll is removed.

In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the colour most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, autumn, taste and aroma, as well as having long been the national colour of the Netherlands and the House of Orange. In Asia it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism.

In ancient Egypt, artists used an orange mineral pigment called realgar for tomb paintings, as well as other uses. It was also used later by medieval artists for the colouring of manuscripts. Pigments were also made in ancient times from a mineral known as orpiment. Orpiment was an important item of trade in the Roman Empire and was used as a medicine in China although it contains arsenic and is highly toxic. It was also used as a fly poison and to poison arrows. Because of its yellow-orange colour, it was also a favourite with alchemists searching for a way to make gold, both in China and in the West.

And in the parkrun world, orange is the colour given to the non-milestone parkrun t-shirts, jackets and vests, although for some reason they will insist on calling this parkrun ‘apricot’! Wearing their parkrun apricots (ahem, oranges) for this week’s run were Antony Smith, Janet and Steve Bywater, Christina Watson and Gail Seal. Steve looks as if he’s in the middle of the countryside, but is only about 10 metres away from the North Circular. Gail went for double orange with son Matty after they had run 1km for Matty’s Weetabix protein summer challenge (10 weeks of running 1k for a medal!) I don’t know what week Matty is on, but we look forward to seeing you sporting your medal with pride – well done Matty! Christina Watson was rocking the mirror sunglasses after her freedom run at Peter May with a very creditable 33:05 finishing time.

Antony Smith Steve Bywater Janet Bywater Gail Seal and Matty Christina Watson

Also choosing to run their orange runs at Peter May this week were Steve Peacock, Rachel Emmett, Sharron Rooney and Penny Wiles who all did a socially distanced run and posed for a group orange photo bringing a bright splash of colour to our rainbow wave. Liz Worral also ran at Peter May wearing the t-shirt she got from her first half marathon, the Royal Parks half marathon, which is naturally very special to her.

Steve Peacock managed to get out for a second orange run this week, a 13km run which included Memorial Park where he stopped to pose for a photo. He says he was ‘plodding’ but I suspect his description of plodding is very different to mine!


PM group Liz WorrallSteve Peacock

Two parkrunners made it to the Olympic Park in Stratford for their orange runs; Sue Mei Tan and Gillian Andrews. Gill says that it brought back lovely memories of a 4am start by the velodrome with Walthamstow parkrun friends when volunteering at Ride London. Another person who is not a stranger to an early morning start is Suzi Brent. She did her 5km orange run at 5am on her roof terrace in Walthamstow, in memory of Justin Edinburgh, the Leyton Orient manager who tragically died a year ago at the untimely age of 49. The #JE3Mile initiative encouraged everyone to get out there and cover three miles of any activity – walk, run, cycle, swim – then share it online with the hashtag #JE3Mile, donate to the JE3 Foundation and encourage three others to get involved too. And the reason she did it at 5am is because she then had to go to work to do a long shift dispatching ambulances for the NHS, so it is fitting that she ran for the JE3Mile initiative as some of the money from the Foundation is going to ensure all sports facilities and health clubs have access to defibrillators.

Sue Mei Tan Gillian Andrews Suzi Brent

Another event that was taking part last week was the Orion Harriers John Clark Memorial Fell Race which was run virtually to adhere to Covid-19 regulations. Mo Allen said that he didn’t own any orange clothing but then his new Orion 15 shirt arrived in the post which just happened to be orange! So he went out and tried to follow the mini fell run posted by Orion Harriers – whilst modelling his “Lockdown Haircut” (by Amy Allen!). The photo is of Mo at the top of Pole Hill after 5.85k with a slight route deviation and 243 metres of climb – looking good, Mo!

I also combined my orange run with my first attempt at the Eton Manor 2 Hour Virtual Relay race. Our club captain has allocated all the participants into teams of 4 runners with imaginative animal-based team names! Each member of the team has to run for 30 minutes, and the combined distance is added up, and the team who runs the furthest over the 2 hours wins. I’m in the ‘Cheetahs’ although I feel that I should be in Team Snail rather than Team Cheetah! I wore my Adidas City Run 1 Hour 2020 t-shirt which I got for running another virtual race earlier in lockdown, but which conveniently happened to be orange this year. Richard Selby had the same idea and wore his Adidas City Run 1 Hour t-shirt too for his first actual run in months, as he is recovering from an ankle injury. He is pleased to report that his ankle was ok after the run. We hope that we will see you running regularly again soon, Richard.

Mo Allen Ali Sheppard Richard Selby

Jenny Shone managed to get out and about and did a 5k run around Higham Hill and the wetlands. Jenny had only just conquered the 5k distance at the beginning of the year, and is hoping to get her fitness back up so that she can get a PB when parkrun returns! Continuing the ‘wet’ theme, Clare Hirst ran along the canal for her orange run, whilst Brian Longman did a wet orange run around Epsom racecourse! We hope you’ve dried out now!

Jenny Shone Clare Hirst Brian Longman

Two of our parkrunners are a bit shy when it comes to posting selfies; Leoni Mitchell whose face we can’t see, and our centurion Ercole Lugari who, in fact, appears to be invisible in his photo – just posting a photo of his t-shirt! And Ruby Daly was a bit late to the party with her garden shot, but better late than never!

Leoni Mitchell Ercole LugariRuby Daly

We were delighted to see the return of our virtual tourists to Walthamstow parkrun again this week. Firstly, Helen and Andy Rutter representing the North of England as Helen’s home parkrun is Dalby Forest, but Andy’s is Sewerby parkrun even though he’s never done it! Kathy and Alan Sadler from Luton Wardown posted a photo of their orange run taken on the upper Lea Valley path, providing a nice link with Walthamstow as the Lea Valley walk goes through Walthamstow marshes. I had no idea that the Lea Valley path, which I often run along, went all the way up to Luton. Looking it up I discovered that the source of the River Lea is at Leagrave near Luton, and the Lea Valley Walk runs for 50 miles (80 km) all the way down through Walthamstow to where it runs into the Thames at Limehouse Basin.

Anthony Howe from Conwy ran his orange run at Bodelwyddan Castle and posed with a teeny tiny castle in the background! Anthony is presumably looking sad because the scenic Bodelwyddan Castle parkrun closed down last July. Such a shame as it looks a lovely place to run around, but I understand that the core team there are looking for other courses nearby. And finally, Welsh tourist Elizabeth Czaban from Penallta parkrun ran a 5k in a local country park wearing her special lockdown parkrun apricot (orange!)

Helen and Andy Rutter Anthony Howe Anthony Howe 2 Kathy and Alan Elizabeth Czaban

Next week we say ‘hello mellow yellow’ and look forward to seeing your yellow photos brightening up our facebook page!

Have a good week everyone – and stay safe!

Ali Sheppard

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Walthamstow parkrun rainbow wave – Week 1: RED – 30 May – 6 June 2020


The week of 30 May to 6 June saw the start of the Walthamstow parkrun rainbow wave initiative. 11 weeks on from the last parkrun to take place at the Peter May centre, and with no idea when it will be safe to resume parkrun, the rainbow wave is a way of staying in touch with the wider parkrun family. The rainbow has been used as a symbol of hope during these lockdown days, and we thought it would be nice to make a human rainbow as our symbol of hope!

Each week we will be selecting a colour of the rainbow, and doing some exercise somewhere – whether it’s a #notaparkrun 5k, or a walk, a run on a treadmill or even a yoga session at home – whilst wearing an item of that colour! Week 1 was RED week to kick us off to a dynamic start – and what a colour to start us off with!

Red is the colour at the end of the visible spectrum of light, next to orange and opposite violet. It has a dominant wavelength of approximately 625-740 nanometres. Red pigment was one of the first colours used in prehistoric art; the Ancient Egyptians and Mayans coloured their faces red in ceremonies and Roman generals had their bodies coloured red to celebrate victories. It was also an important colour in China, where it was used to colour early pottery and later the gates and walls of palaces. In the Renaissance, the brilliant red costumes for the nobility were dyed with kermes and cochineal. Red also became the colour of revolution; Soviet Russia adopted a red flag following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, later followed by China, Vietnam and other communist countries. Since red is the colour of blood, it has historically been associated with sacrifice, danger and courage. Modern surveys in Europe and the United States show red is also the colour most commonly associated with heat, activity, passion, sexuality, anger, love and joy! In China, India and many other Asian countries it is the colour used to symbolise happiness and good fortune. And of course, it’s the colour of the first parkrun milestone t-shirt, which you get after taking part in your first 50 parkruns!

Whilst we are not able to go to the Peter May centre on normal parkrunday, as it is shut at weekends, Dave the groundsman has done a fabulous job of keeping the grounds maintained, has cut the grass and painted a white line around the edge of the field which just happens to be along the route of parkrun! The grounds are open to walkers or runners on weekdays from 9am to 4pm, although the back pitch is closed off at the moment, so if you want to do a freedom run and you start at the normal start you will end up having to do the hill (ahem, slight incline!) four times – but that just means you’ll be all the stronger when we come back for real! If you do a freedom run you can record this by going onto your profile on the parkrun website and entering the details – look for a link in a previous results email if you’ve kept them!

Three of Walthamstow’s longest standing and most loyal parkrunners did freedom runs at the Peter May this week – Rachel Emmett, Steve Bywater and Steve Peacock. I have red t-shirt envy for Rachel’s Adidas 50 tee, from back in the day when I hadn’t even heard of parkrun and when Adidas were one of the sponsors. We don’t just have double Steve though this week, we also have double red from Steve P who went all out and wore a red cap as well! And the Peter May centre is looking lovely in the background.

Steve Bywater at PM Steve Peacock at PM Rachel Emmett at PM

Also running on a parkrun course was our wonderful Event Director, Sharron Rooney, who ran on the course of Victoria Dock parkrun, which is where she lives. This is also the site of the temporary Nightingale Hospital and so an area of the dock was sectioned off and not possible to run, but now Sharron tells us that they are removing the portakabins and gradually opening up the area, and I also understand that they’ve opened up the dock for swimming if anyone fancies that for a future week!

Other ‘red’ runners ran in a variety of different places. Because the Peter May is shut at weekends, Rachel Emmett did a double red run again and ran with Penny Wiles in Lloyd park.

Sharron Rooney Rachel and Pen at PM

I ran in the Walthamstow section of Epping Forest. I’d never really run in the forest before lockdown, but have enjoyed getting out into the forest and exploring and finding new routes and things to see. Also running in Epping Forest, although at the North end, were Mo and Amy Allen. Some parkrunners may remember Mo doing a spectacular dive across the finish line in the mud for his 50th parkrun when he earned his red tee, and here he is doing a very impressive handstand against the pillar at Pole Hill. I’ve not seen this pillar before so had to look it up. It was erected in 1824 under the direction of the Astronomer Royal, the Reverend John Pond, and was placed on the Greenwich Meridian with its purpose being to indicate the direction of true north from the transit telescope of the Royal Observatory. However the Greenwich Meridian changed in 1850 and the line of zero longitude now passes 19 feet to the east of this pillar! Laurence of Arabia once owned a considerable amount of land on the western side of Pole Hill and built himself a small hut there in which he lived for several years. Having seen Mo’s photo, and found out about the area, I’ve promised myself I must make a trip there at some point!

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Another area that has been popular to run in over lockdown is the Walthamstow Wetlands, which is where Suzy Brent went for her red run. Despite living in Walthamstow and being an avid parkrunner, I don’t think that Suzy has made it to Walthamstow parkrun yet except virtually with this post! We’ll have to get you along when parkrun resumes, Suzy!

Janet Bywater, meanwhile just ran to the pub! Not because she was that desperate for a pint, but because she did the “Two birds with one stone” run, combining the red run with a challenge set by her running club, East London Runners, who had another photo challenge, this one being to run ‘past a pub’! Designed as a gentle return back to some form of running routine, but mainly as a bit of fun, the idea was for club runners to go on a ‘Covid Compliant Club Colours Run’ on 3rd June, and to run PAST a pub… or two… or three! Runners had to put on their club colours, which conveniently is red, join the other members for announcements over zoom, head out for an evening run up to 10k during which they had to run to a pub and take a quick snap of themselves, then keep on running. And on their return, post their snaps on the club facebook event page to see what their fellow teammates got up to.

Suzi Brent at Walthamstow Wetlands Janet Bywater ELR run to the pub

Two people who were out and about finding new routes were Gail Seal and Antony Smith who both wore red to chase the Walthamstow Hare! The WH sets a trail on Strava for the ‘hounds’ to follow, and to see if you can catch him. It’s a different route each week, all around 5km, and a great way of discovering new places in the area to run. Antony incorporated his Walthamstow Hare chase into a routine that makes me feel tired just thinking about it: 10 min warm up / 4 x strides / 5k in 19:59 (Walthamstow Hare) / 4 mins rest / 3k in 11:50 / 3 mins rest / 2k in 7:50 / 10 mins cool down. He comments that it was “not easy this morning in the wind!” – I’d say that’s not easy any day!

Antony Smith chasing the Hare Gail Seal chasing hare

Chloe Woodhead, Ercole Lugari, Sarah Todd and Gillian Andrews all appeared to be at home, but I believe they actually took their photos before or after going out for a run – Chloe did so on an exceptionally hot day so well done! And Gillian had made it outside for a run for the first time since lockdown – you look so happy you could be an advert for running!

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Christina Watson got her parkrun fix by running exactly 5k around Chingford – and made a good time too for it!  Not everyone ran for their exercise – Richard Selby is injured at the moment, but managed to get out on rollerblades for his red exercise pic, although you can’t tell from his photo! I hope you get better soon, Richard, and are able to start running again. And Ellis Sharman appears to be taking his exercise in the supermarket! Liz Worrall assures me that her lovely dog Ted was wearing a red collar, although he was a bit too distracted by a squirrel to pose for the camera!

Christina Watson Richard Selby Ellis Sharman Liz Worrall and Ted

Lovely to also see Clare Hirst, Jonathan Partington, Ruby Daly and Leoni Mitchell joining in – although Leoni appears to be a bit camera-shy!

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However it wasn’t just Walthamstow parkrunners who were out and about wearing red for our rainbow wave, we were joined by some virtual tourists too! We had Kathy Sandler who joined us from Luton Wardon parkrun, and Helen and Andy Rutter who ran in the beautiful Dalby Forest near Scarborough. And both North and South Wales were represented, with Anthony Howe from Conwy who was photobombed by a mate who helpfully was also wearing red, and Elizabeth Czaban from Penallta who is showing off her spectacular rainbow mirror as well! I also love the fact that Elizabeth is wearing her MIND R.E.D. (Run Every Day) t-shirt too - another double red!  I hope that when parkrun resumes I can come and visit you all and be a real tourist at your home parkruns one day.

Kathy Sandler Luton Wardown Helen from Dalby Forest Anthony Howe Conwy Elizabeth Czaban Penallta

So next week we move onto ORANGE – which I’m sure will bring some debate about whether the parkrun apricot is actually orange! I look forward to seeing all of your orangetastic photos and hearing about what you’ve been up to over the week

Until then, keep smiling! Ali Sheppard



Walthamstow parkrun 7th Anniversary – event number 358 – 25th January 2020

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday dear 'Stow parkrun, happy birthday to us!

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On Saturday we celebrated 7 magnificent years since the first Walthamstow parkrun was run at the Peter May Centre. I first started volunteering at Walthamstow parkrun shortly before the first birthday and remember the first birthday celebrations well, so I was very disappointed that I could not join you all to celebrate the 7th anniversary. After my first time on barcode scanning duty, it took me about 9 months before I plucked up the courage to put on a pair of trainers and run (well walk and run!) and that was only due to the encouragement over several months by our founder and Event Director Sharron Rooney, and the other Queen of Walthamstow – Penny Wiles! Having started running, I haven’t looked back and my life has changed immeasurably – for the better – and I can’t remember what ‘normal’ people now do on a Saturday morning. I’m not just talking about the improvement in my health and fitness (and waist size!), but through parkrun I have made lifelong friends as the social side of parkrun is, to me, just as much a part of parkrun as the running bit! So thank you, Sharron, for getting Walthamstow parkrun off the ground and running (excuse the pun!) those magnificent seven years ago!

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Before the celebrations could take place, there was the small matter of the 358th parkrun to take place, and I shall hand over to Andrew Jacobs, Run Director on the day, for the run report:

This week an amazing 145 people ran, jogged and walked the course Walthamstow to celebrate our 7th birthday. We had 25 first timers - welcome to you all and we hope to see you back again soon. There were 22 Personal Bests which is amazing in the sticky Walthamstow mud!

A fabulous well done to Antony Smith who made it 100 Parkruns today - 85 of which have been at Walthamstow.

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As always, our runs are only made possible by the sterling efforts of our amazing volunteers! This week the crew were made up of the following heroes:

Today's full results can be found on our results page.

Wishing everyone a fabulous week and look forward to seeing you next time.



After the run it was time to celebrate our 7 years since we started on 26 January 2013. Since that first run, a whopping 4,523 participants have completed 29,175 parkruns covering a total distance of 145,875 km, which is more than 3.5 times around the world! As well as this, a total of 519 individuals have volunteered 4,210 times at Walthamstow. Amazing figures.

And whilst we’re talking stats, I don’t know if anyone else, like me, is a fan of Elliott Line’s parkrun stats which are often posted on various social media platforms and which give the stats for parkruns and parkrunners in the UK and globally each week. If you are interested, they can be found here: http://www.elliottline.com/parkrun

In Elliott’s stats for this weekend, he lists the “Dunbar parkruns” (150 -/+ 5%), and Walthamstow with 145 runners this week is listed amongst them. A Dunbar number is the suggested limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships – i.e. relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person, or put informally by the anthropologist Robin Dunbar who first came up with the idea, it is “the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar”! Dunbar proposed that this number was 150 - more than this number of people in a group starts to mean that it becomes harder to maintain a cohesion. With a number of parkruns around the UK getting larger and larger, with some having in excess of 1,000 participants, it has been suggested that around the Dunbar number of 150 people is the ‘perfect’ number of people for a parkrun – not too few, and not too many; just the right number so that you can get around and see people and chat to them after parkrun! I'd agree with this, and think that Walthamstow parkrun is the perfect size - not too big and not too small; just right!

There was the chance to chat to other parkrunners and talk to old friends, and make new ones, after parkrun at the 7th birthday party inside the Peter May centre. To celebrate, there were trophies and medals and certificates – not for running fast but for participating the most as befits the ethos of parkrun; it is a run not a race, and for everyone, of all ages. I particularly love seeing the juniors grow and turn sometimes from reluctant participants to dedicated, regular runners. I particularly like seeing the under-11s who often (like Lance Lee-Selby!) improve so much that they start to outrun their parent and can’t wait to turn 11 so that they can run on their own and not within arm’s length of their responsible adult who is struggling to catch up with them!

So firstly, well done to the following juniors:

Junior Female Category:

1st – Kate Lucas (29 runs, volunteered 2 times)

2nd – Emma Hardy (19 runs, volunteered 2 times)

3rd – Charlie Lovell (15 runs)

Emma Hardy

Junior Male Category:

Joint 1st – Jamie Lamb (41 runs, volunteered 12 times)

Joint 1st – Evan Willingham (41 runs, volunteered 1 time)

2nd – Alfie Fresco (37 runs)

3rd – Lance Lee-Selby (20 runs, volunteered 6 times)


Congratulations also to our adult trophy winners – you are all superstars!

Female Category:

1st – Penny Wiles (39 runs, volunteered 3 times)

2nd – Rachel Emmett (37 runs, volunteered 4 times)

3rd – Katie Martin (29 runs, volunteered 2 times)


Male Category:

Joint 1st – Thomas Hardy (39 runs, volunteered 2 times)

Joint 1st – Alex Pickering (39 runs, volunteered 9 times)

2nd – Darren Lamb (36 runs, volunteered 16 times)

3rd – Mo Allen (33 runs, volunteered 17 times)

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Walthamstow parkrun would not happen each week without the help of our hi-viz heroes, to whom we give a huge cheer! We are blessed at Walthamstow with an amazing group of volunteers who make the parkrun run smoothly, however there is always room for more! All the roles are easy to do, and fun – I’ve often enjoyed volunteering more than running as you get time to chat whilst everyone else is walking/jogging/running around the field! If you have never volunteered, why not make 2020 your year to give it a go! Just email walthamstowhelpers@parkrun.com to discuss.

Huge congratulations to our amazing hi-viz heroes who came top of the volunteers’ category for number of times they have volunteered over the last year:

1st – Angela Lambert (volunteered 33 times)

Joint 2nd – Dermot Hughes (volunteered 24 times)

Joint 2nd – Steve Peacock (volunteered 24 times)

3rd – Gerry Trill (volunteered 22 times)

Angela 2 Dermot and Steve Gerry

But of course, Walthamstow is not just about participating, or volunteering – it’s about CAKE!!! After the ‘business’ of trophy giving was done, there was the chance to eat cake and other goodies, maybe drink a thimbleful of fizz and socialise with fellow parkrunners!

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Thank you to everyone who has made Walthamstow the wonderful parkrun it is, and here’s to the next year and the 8th anniversary celebration!

Ali Sheppard


Walthamstow parkrun #355 – 04/01/2020

An amazing 143 runners and walkers showed up for the first Walthamstow parkrun of 2020. Andrew Luck was first man to finish while Anna Roman was first woman. And well done to Tom Hardy who completed his 300th parkrun today.

A special congratulations goes out to the 17 “first timers”, many of whom proving that their New Year’s Resolutions weren’t “just talk”. We hope you’re inspired to keep coming back. As I’m sure Tom Hardy will tell you, that hill will always be just as steep but you will get faster!

Finally, thanks as ever to our fantastic team of volunteers. It was good to see some new faces alongside Lynne and Angela (who between them have volunteered well over 200 times). If we all make a resolution to volunteer at least a couple of times in 2020 then our parkrun will keep going from strength to strength.

Have a great (rest of the) weekend everyone!

Steve Bywater (RD)


Walthamstow parkrun event #330 – 6th July 2019

It was another scorching hot parkrunday but this didn’t deter the 132 people who turned  up to run, jog or walk the course, including Christine MULRYNE, Elliot ALT and Vikitha PREM who ran their very first parkrun today – welcome to the parkrun family!

Looking at some of the run reports from other parkruns around the world, I often notice people talking about wildlife on the course, whether it’s cows, sheep or geese, the famous deer at Bushy Park, or more exotic wildlife that sometimes cross the paths of runners in South Africa or Australia. Now being a more urban parkrun we don’t often come across such wildlife, but Walthamstow is home to one or two urban foxes who can be seen roaming the streets late at night or in the early hours of the morning. And this morning at parkrun we were graced with the presence of a ‘fox on tour’ who had strayed out of Essex from his usual parkrun in Maldon to come and check out the parkrun scene in East London! I’m sure when Mr Fox, a.k.a. Tim Marney, came up with the idea of being a fox on tour and running around different parkruns dressed as a fox it seemed like a good idea in the depths of winter, when a nice fur coat would be very welcome, but maybe he was starting to question the wisdom of this in today’s heat! He managed very well running in a fur coat – although he needed a bit of a lie-down at the end to recover!

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Also visiting us today from Coventry was Imran Ali and his son Yusuf. Anyone who is a member of the parkrun discussion group or uk parkrun tourists group on facebook cannot help but notice the smiling face of selfie king Imran taken at various parkruns that he has visited around the country, when he is sometimes seen literally jumping for joy at the pleasure of parkrunning!  Imran is on the core team at Coventry and has run 279 parkruns to date at 54 different places. Lovely to see you at Walthamstow today, Imran!


The heat didn’t stop 23 of you from getting a PB – I’m very impressed as last week when it was so hot I felt like I was running with lead weights around my ankles! Particularly pleased with his new PB was Joshua Milton from Eton Manor who celebrated with a quick snap with our photo frame and which deserves the traditional shout out: “Up The Manor”! Congratulations to Mateusz KUMELA, Clark HUNT, Noel ADAMS, Fergus MCHUGH, Max GLAZER-MUNCK, Joshua MILTON, Kester LOPEZ-REAL, Nicola BAILEY, Elena CLAYDON, Charlie ANDERSON, Kelly GASPER, Benjamin GROVES, Ciaran O’CONNOR, Karen SIBLEY, Lewis ALLAN, Naomi BONNER, Katrina HUDSON, Charlotte SILCOCK, Sue COOPER, Paul HERCULES, Chloe COOPER, Penny ALT, Steve ROFFEY on your new PBs.


First finisher today in a superb time of 18:27 was Dylan Williams, home for the holidays from Leeds University. He is certainly challenging the myth that all students laze around and don’t get out of bed until midday in the mornings!  This was Dylan’s first time holding finish position token number 1 apart from when he’s been token sorting, and those of us who have watched Dylan week in week out over the last four years at Walthamstow felt very proud, as must be his family who are the backbone of Walthamstow parkrun. Well done Dylan – all your hard work has paid off.

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First lady was Anna Roman in another superb time of 23:06 – Anna is old hat at being first lady as this was her 8th time as first female at Walthamstow – well done, Anna. Another "congratulations" goes to Thomas Hardy who ran his 250th Walthamstow parkrun today - well done, Tom. Tom has run 276 parkruns in total so already has his green 250 shirt which he wears with pride. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walthamstow parkrun Results Page.

We have some lovely events coming up at Walthamstow, so make sure you get them in your diary! On 20th July we have our Annual Summer Picnic which will be held after the run. All are welcome – runners and non-runners alike – please bring some goodies to share and stay behind after the run for a bite to eat and drink and to chat to your fellow parkrunners – it’s a great chance to put faces to names!

Then on 27th July Walthamstow is holding its own Pride event – and we are supporting this with a Pride Celebration parkrun – run in rainbow colours or outfits celebrating diversity.

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Many thanks for the volunteers who made this run happen: Gerard TRILL • Christina Margaret WATSON • Paul MORLEY • Imran ALI • Dermot HUGHES • Ali SHEPPARD • Maureen BARRY • Karen VARNEY • Dylan WILLIAMS • Darren LAMB • Cornelia LOOSLI • Derek JUDGE • Andrew JACOBS • Holly LAMB • Yusuf ALI

Thank you also to everyone who responded to my plea for volunteers over the next few weeks and who signed up on the board. We do still have quite a few gaps so if you think you can help out, please email walthamstowhelpers@parkrun.com  All the roles are easy – and fun – to do! A special thank-you goes to Holly Lamb who did an excellent job as barcode scanner this morning – even when the sunshine made it a little more difficult to scan the tokens!


Finally, we often have to put out a plea for missing finish tokens – well, this week all the finish tokens found their way home (thank you!) but we are missing our start and finish signs, finish funnel and two fold-up tables! I’m sure they’ve just been taken by mistake – and used possibly by one of the schools holding their sports day at Peter May, not realising they were parkrun property – but if anyone knows of their whereabouts please let us know and see how we can go about getting them back!

Have a great weekend everyone,

Ali Sheppard, RD


Walthamstow parkrun #318 – 13/04/2019

Well done to the 113 finishers at a bright but very chilly Stow run this morning. A special thanks to the volunteers today who got very cold standing around. Congratulations to the first male and female runners across the line, Anthony Withstandley 19:05 and Leoni Mitchell 21:24. We welcomed some newcomers who we hope to see again very soon.

Well done to Steve Roffey who was announced as park runner of the month. Steve has been attending regularly and in that time has seen some real reductions in his finishing times. All that effort is paying off - and another PB this morning!

Steve Roffey

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Runners who graduated from the Forest Fitness Walker 2 Runner group last week attended their first park run this morning - welcome!. Well done on what you have achieved so far. We hope to see you every Saturday morning from now on.

Also young James in his buggy seemed to enjoy his first Walthamstow parkrun if the smiles and chuckles as Mum pushed him through the finish funnel is anything to go by!
Message to Trisha Ng - your barcode and ID card was found in the car park and is being kept safely for you behind the reception at the Peter May Centre.

A big shout out to all the runners running the Brighton Marathon tomorrow. I'm full of admiration for you all. I hope it all goes well and you achieve your goals.

Next week is Easter Saturday and we have some special treats lined up. Anyone who runs the course has an equal chance of wining a treat as they are not based on times or attendance. If you want to know more, and be in with a chance of a treat, then come along next week.

Happy running Sharron and Steve

PS: Here are some of the fabulous Walthamstow parkrunners at the Brighton marathon - they all did so well:

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Walthamstow parkrun Event number 317 – 6th April 2019

It was a grey day, but the parkrun weather fairies worked overtime to keep it from raining on the 119 people who ran or walked around the course at the Peter May centre this week. We welcomed 27 first timers to Walthamstow, including 6 people who were brand new parkrunners as well as tourists from Pymmes, Gunpowder, Brierley Forest in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire, and a group of Vegan runners who came from Clapton, Whitechapel, Brixton, Margate, Southend and Whitstable.

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There was a thrilling race for the finish line with Liam Dickson just pipping our barefoot runner, Patrick Brown, to the post by a mere 4 seconds to finish in 17:14. Patrick’s finish in 17:18 was a new PB for him; it constantly amazes me how anyone can run that fast, let alone run that fast barefoot! And Liam was only 3 seconds slower than his PB – amazing running both. First lady across the line was Eton Manor’s Zoe Woodward in a superb time of 22:17 – well done, Zoe.

The weather proved to be perfect for the 23 people who got shiny new PBs – many congratulations to Lulu Caps, Patrick Brown, Sharon Coughlan, Chris Speirs, Christopher Caps, Amy Bell, Ellis Sharman (who was running on his birthday, so a birthday PB is twice as special!), Clare Hirst, Peter Van Tongeren, Chia Barsen, Martin Hobley, Noemi Barrington, Danny Magill, Sue Cooper, Julian Ferreira, Christopher Gibson, Peter H-Parker, Florent Tual, Emine Insalaco, Benjamin Hills, Joseph Gallagher, Gabriella Watson and Majid Hanif.

Congratulations also go to Gwilym Johnston who came along with his family and ran his 100th parkrun, and who provided us with some delicious cakes to celebrate. I love the creative use of a swiss roll and two Victoria sandwich cakes to make 100! Thanks to Gwilym’s daughters Frieda and Lottie for helping with the finish tokens, the cakes, and for handing out sweets to any young parkrunners – and some young-at-heart parkrunners!
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6 April 2019 Gwilym

Paul Cates – please could you check your pockets as we think you may have gone home with finish token number 5! Let us know, and we can work out a way we can get it back – perhaps by taking it to Eton Manor for one of us to pick up?

Also, if you’ve left a pair of white earphones we’ve left them behind the reception at the Peter May Centre. Also left behind was this little mascot, who I have named “parky” and who came home with me to help with the results processing. Parky will be returning to parkrun next week where his owner can claim him.
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Thank you to the fabulous volunteers who made this event possible – your help is very much appreciated:

Gerard TRILL • Benjamin James KNIGHT • Angela LAMBERT • Ali SHEPPARD • Adam BURTON • Sue LOUISE • Derek JUDGE • Antony SMITH • Rachel DENYER • Paula CORBETT

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

Finally, good luck to Event Director Sharron Rooney who is running the Vienna Marathon tomorrow – we’ll be keeping everything crossed for you and hope you have a fabulous race.

See you all next week,

Ali Sheppard
Run Director

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