Wanstead Flats Run Report Event #477 – 21st August 2021 – Backtogether #5


Beautiful morning and perfect conditions for runners at Wanstead Flats today.


  • 217 Runners
  • 13 Volunteers
  • 15 Brand New parkrunners
  • 45 new PB’s

Well done everyone!

I wanted to cross a W off my parkrun alphabet, plus planning to move into the area shortly, therefore had intended for a couple of weeks to visit Wanstead Flats parkrun.

It was a beautiful morning in East London and we were greeted with lots of smiles and cheery good mornings!  After having a first dose of shockwave therapy on my 2 year long painful feet last night (caused by too much running!), I decided that maybe running today wasn’t my best plan!

My partner ran the fab 2 lap course all on grass and loved every second, he likened it to Bath Skyline parkrun which we both loved!

I was in the privileged position to be able to clap everyone through the 2 lap course at Wanstead Flats and was able to say hello to 3 lovely parkrun pooches that I met! Nora the Hungarian Vizsla who was celebrating her 1stbirthday today, Mo the spaniel (named after Mo Farrah) and Barney the Cockerpoo!

Big shout out to Geoffrey Nicholls who very kindly introduced himself to talk about Eton Manor running club in Leyton.

Post parkrun, we checked out the Bungalow Café in Wanstead which we can highly recommend!

Thank you Wanstead Flats for a lovely warm welcome, we will definitely be back and I still need to get that W!

Thanks to all the volunteers

  • Paul Conlon
  • Keith Mountford
  • Malgorzata Jermakowicz
  • Mary Burkett
  • Elizabeth Worrell-Jude
  • Tony Lobo
  • Agnieszka Paterek-Cotton
  • Helen McTaggart
  • Paul Lewis
  • Deborah Harouma
  • Marianna Tortell
  • Vicky Nock

If you fancy having a go at volunteering at Wanstead Flats parkrun, please request to add your name to the roster by emailing wansteadflats@parkrun.com


Nigel Zucker achieved his 250 t-shirt, very well done Nigel!

Sacha Waters achieved her red 50 t-shirts, very well-done Sacha!

Up & Coming Milestones

Kwadwo Sarkodie is currently on 249 parkruns and one away from the fantastic 250 t-shirt!

June Nicholson is currently on 99 parkruns, and one parkrun away from the lovely 100 t-shirt!

Sheila Makokha is currently on 49 parkruns and just one parkrun away from the gorgeous 50 t-shirt!

The Speedy Runners

The Fastest Women

  • Emma Turner - 22.16
  • Kate Rickards - 23.22
  • Kasia Stachowiak - 23.23

The Fastest Men

  • Peter Johns - 18.46
  • Tom Murphy - 18.52
  • Chris Peters - 18.55

The fabulous junior girls

  • Eve Swallow (JW11-14) - 28.43
  • Erin Ruggles (JW10) - 35.57
  • Mieke Van Dam (JW10) - 36.02
  • Florence Gray (JW11-14) - 36.49
  • Nika Melon (JW10) - 39.19

The fabulous junior boys

  • Ronan Edwards (JM15-17) - 19.39
  • Christopher Richardson (JM15-17) - 21.24
  • Max Van Dam (JM10) - 27.22
  • William Smith (JM10) - 28.25
  • Luca Frodsham (JM11-14) - 31.30
  • James Rooney (JM15-17) - 32.44
  • Leopold Swallow (JM10) - 34.33

Thanks very much for reading my 1st Wanstead Flats parkrun report, happy parkrunning everyone!

Vicky Nock A116715


28th August 2021 – Event cancellation

I'm sorry to have to announce that Wanstead Flats parkrun will be cancelled on the 28th of August; this is due to filming in the park.

However, don't let this stop you getting your parkrun fix! I'm sure that our neighbours will welcome you and the nearest events (Hackney and Valentines) are only a couple of miles away.  Or you could be weird and travel further away and explore strange new places, like Southend.

Happy parkrunning wherever you end up (even if it's a lie-in)!




pr return july 2021



If you are the timekeeper or doing barcode scanning, please bring a (fully charged!) mobile with you, and download the 'Virtual volunteer' app.  You can find details here:


It is useful to bring a phone with you if you are a marshal or tail walker as you are our eyes and ears out on the course and it may be useful in the unlikely event that an incident occurs.

Thank you for your contribution. If you find you enjoy helping, please encourage others to get involved. We know it can seem a bit intimidating, but all our tasks are straight forward, and we give full training. Please spread the word it's fun!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!


welcome back

Following on from Monday’s announcement by the Prime Minister, that England will be moving into Step 4 on Monday 19 July, everything is now in place regarding the return of the large majority of 5k parkrun events on Saturday 24 July.

We are happy to let you know that we have been given permission by the City of London to restart our event at Wanstead Flats.

More details to follow ...

paul lewis
event director

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