Well done Camila.
A massive thank you to everyone who made our 400th event such a joyful occasion - the runners and the volunteers and the cake bringers and the cake eaters and, of course, the parkrun weather fairy who made sure the sun shone.
Next week we will be drawing names out of the hat for our London Marathon place - for those who don't know, earlier this year a group of Wanstead Flats parkrunners help out at the start of the London Marathon, and in return we get a place for next years race. The names in the hat will be those who volunteered last year. If you don't want your name in the draw then please let us know via
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I'm sure you'll all have seen the news about the grassland fire on Wanstead Flats. Our thanks, of course, to the London Fire Brigade who have been working tirelessly since Sunday to put out the fire and make the site safe.
We've seen reports that the number of firefighters on the scene is now 5 - down from 225 on Sunday. The fire did not affect our course directly. It was east of Lake House Road, and our course is to the west. I ran round an hour ago, and all is well.
We are therefore confident that the run will go ahead on Saturday,
but do keep an eye on our Facebook, or here, just in case.
Just a quick note: due to the unusually large numbers today, we had a teeny bit of chaos and kerfuffle at the finish - sorry if you were caught up up in it. We think we have sorted out the results and your times are right, but if they aren't please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Tim Gray
Some time ago my friend Alison and I decide to go ‘on tour’ on March 3rd – we even settled on a few possible venues, with Wanstead Flats at the top of the list. Then came Snowmageddon – could we still travel ? We knew our home run (Roundshaw Downs in Sutton/Croydon) would likely be on, bit of a gamble then. After much debate – we went for it, and made it to your lovely run, proper pleased with ourselves we were – hardcore tourists obviously.
Then we found out our friend Nicola Tarrant had made it from London to the outskirts of Manchester – pride cometh before a fall!
Before the run we were asked if there were any brand new first timers, and gamely there were a couple, so well done to Jimmy Dale and Katharine Voss. Then they asked for visitors – it felt like nearly everyone put their hand up (I think 70 or so), and indeed I had recognized a few – I’ll scatter some across the report. Some local like Ercole Lugari from Walthamstow these days (although also a Roundshaw runner at heart), or Neil Turney from Mile End parkrun and his friends (though I know Neil from our work – small world isn’t it?).
The cry then went up is anyone here from Wanstead Flats – about 20 hands went up, though the results suggest it was more like 150. Mike Bristow was on Marshal duty – the last time I saw him he was sailing past me at the Westminster Mile – the day after he had run a marathon. Thanks for the breakfast tip Mike, we liked the fry up at the Paradise café. Also I know Ken Agnew in his tail walking role was much appreciated – many thanks Ken.
Other volunteers to thank are;
Alan BRANCH • Catriona HOULT • Chris SCHOFIELD • Fiona DAY • Graham WHITE • Ken AGNEW • Mike BRISTOW • Morag CAMPBELL • Paul LEWIS • Richard LANGRON • Ron TROTMAN • Simon NICHOLSON • Tony LOBO
All the volunteers were on top form – very encouraging and helpful – I particularly liked the advice to try a sliding finish – no hang on a minute, the advice not to try a sliding finish on H&S grounds.
I was spotted by Chris Schofield (now Southwark parkrun) who I had first met at Tilgate (his then home run), then at Roundshaw. I spotted Chris Orange a dedicated tourist, who I first met in Poland, then later at Peckham Rye – there were a lot of dedicated tourists keep the cow cowl flying – including the Tarrant brothers Steve and Dave from my own club Chiltern Church Runners, who I had not known where coming. Andrew Chilcraft from Milton Keynes was another familiar face.
I also briefly chatted with a group from Chelmsford who had ventured out on tour, and who enjoyed a more intimate experience away from their rather busy home run. I’d love to list all the tourists, but there were simply to many of us – so apologies to those left out.
There were 19 250+ runners, 15 more than the week before, 21 more had over 200 runs, again 15 more than the week before – suggestive many of us have a bit of a parkrun addiction problem.
The tea/coffee & biscuits with the honesty box was a very nice touch – toilets were good as well, we only have bushes at Roundshaw!
The run itself was fab – the snow made the whole run seem very pretty, is it usually, if not please don’t tell me – and also nice to visit a parkrun that had once had it’s own air defences (which I believe happened to coincide with the Olympics). The snow was just nice to run on, and my trail shoes dug in well.
No milestone runs that I could see, but a 150 - Diane Archer from Finsbury park also a flake run – Oliver Homes of Wanstead Flats, and a Dalmatian run Mark Moir – Sunderland/Mile End.
PB’s in such conditions do deserve a mention so;
Thanks again folks – it was fab – and by the afternoon, like the parkrun as well, all signs of the snow were gone. Till next time.