Is there such a thing as the perfect sized parkrun? Does size matter when it comes to parkrun? I’ve been musing on this over the week since doing Edinburgh parkrun last Saturday with 545 other parkrunners. In the 1990s the British anthropologist Robin Dunbar suggested that there is a cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships – and he put the number at 150, which has come to be known as the Dunbar number. This has been adopted by Elliott Line who lists the “Dunbar parkruns” in his weekly stats (parkrun STATS — elliottline.com). So in case you are wondering why I’m rabbiting on about Dunbar numbers, today we made Dunbar parkrun status as 147 people ran, jogged and walked Walthamstow parkrun making this the perfect sized parkrun in some people’s eyes!
First finishers and PBs
We had some great performances today with no fewer than 33 of you recording a new personal best!
Fastest male was a barefooted Patrick Brown in a time of 18:18
Fastest female was Ali Burrows to set a new PB of 22:29
Fastest under 18 male was Evan Willingham in a time of 23:40
Fastest under 18 female was Emma Hardy to set a new PB of 25:18
Highest Age Grade was Colin Read with an Age Grade of 73.09%
Shiny new PBs were achieved by:
Gareth Marshall • Jack Stonebridge • Ali Burrows • Russell Wellard • Kris Stafford • Lloyd Nicely • Wilkie Hollens • Emma Hardy • Niall Smith • David Jarrard • Chris Floyd • Kathy Morrissey • Emma Claridge • Andrew Howard • Stephen Cole • Ciaran O’Connor • Bryony Irvine • Max Bell • Laichan Chau • Martha Jeffery • Isabella Allan • Patrick Dennis • Sofia Read • Melanie Sebepos-Rogers • Thomas Rodgers • Darrell Woodhead • Edward Seymour • Paul Claridge • Dan Greaves • Flavia Duddridge • Christine Somerville • Jessica Fryer • Jean Norton
Well done to you all!
Thank you to Julian Ferreira for a great first timers' briefing:
We welcomed 19 “first timers” to Walthamstow, with tourists from Bath and Fowey in Cornwall (thank you for bringing the sun with you!) and 7 people who ran their first ever parkrun. So welcome to:
James Humphrey • Sarah Watson • Clair Grant-Salmon • Marli Silva • Lindsey Harris • Mark Hough • Remi Harris • Arun Chopra • Emily Motto • Albert Pierce • Leo Joyce • Paul Manington • Sreelekha Sarkar • Graham Wheeler • Andrew Kenward • Frances Powrie • Adam Shephard • Paul Gordon • Michael Ridge
One of those first timers was Mark Hough (pictured below). Mark started doing a Couch-to-5k course run by Sheffield University to raise money for Parkinsons in February, and he managed to run 5km last week finishing in Walthamstow Town Square. Today he ran his first parkrun in a very creditable time of 33:56 which beats my PB! We hope you enjoyed it and hope to see you and the other first timers back at Peter May in the future.
Congratulations to Clare Laine, Paul Gordon and Jonathan Partington who ran their 100th parkrun today. We look forward to seeing you in your black 100 tees in the future. Do let us know if you have a milestone run coming up and we will give you a shout out – and thanks for the delicious cake Clare!
I love seeing children enjoying themselves at parkrun, and couldn’t resist taking a quick snap of young Aidan here who was doing a fantastic job of looking after mummy’s barcode! Hopefully you will be able to have your own barcode and run a parkrun in a few years’ time!
We had a wonderful team of pink hi-viz heroes this morning - thank you to:
Steve BYWATER • Patrick BROWN • Alex PICKERING • Dermot HUGHES • Angela LAMBERT • Arthur ANSELL • Ali SHEPPARD • Maureen BARRY • Simon GENT • Richard SELBY • Rachael WILLIAMS • Katy AMBROSE • Mo ALLEN • Derek JUDGE • Ellis SHARMAN • Julian FERREIRA
We have lots of spaces for volunteers in future weeks – take a look at the future roster to see if you can help out, and why not try a new role? future roster | Walthamstow parkrun
Our ‘sister’ junior parkrun, Leyton Jubilee juniors, also need volunteers. Taking place in Jubilee Park, Marsh Lane, Leyton, every Sunday at 9am, junior parkrun is a 2km run for children aged between 4-14. You don’t have to have children taking part to volunteer, or even have children at all, and there’s no better way to get your Sunday started as the joy on these kid’s faces as they sprint to the finish line is a sight to behold! It never fails to pick up my mood when I volunteer at junior parkrun. Their future roster is looking rather sparse over the next few weeks, so take a look and see if you can help out: future roster | Leyton Jubilee junior parkrun
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walthamstow parkrun Results Page.
That’s all for this week folks, have a good weekend and a good week until next parkrunday!
Ali Sheppard, RD