In 2010 and 2011 "longest parkrun" chains were held in London [South West] and in 2012 a North chain took place for the first time. For 2013 they are now joined by an East chain. Sunday June 23rd is the date for your diary.
The 7 stages [in order] will be Walthamstow, Wanstead Flats, Valentines Park, Barking, Beckton. Mile End, Hackney Marshes. The reconfigured North chain will meet up with the East chain at the last stage for a friendly 'match off'.
The runs are 'unofficial' Freedom runs [ie they do not count towards annual points competition], are a lot of fun, a great way to try local parkrun courses and meet people from other events, plus quite a physical challenge [if more than one are attemped].
The start of each successive stage is spaced 1.5 hours apart giving participants [and marshals/helpers] time to complete the course [suggested 45min cut off times] and get to the next stage. The first stage starts at 9am [Times: 9:00, 10:30, Noon, 13:30 15:00, 16:30, 18:00] giving a finish time after 7 stages of approx 7:00pm.
Finishing times will not be officially recorded but runners are free to keep a record of their own times, which could be submitted at a later time.
Participants are encouraged to cycle, use public transport or share cars to get between stages (or indeed jog!). The approx distance between the stages is 25 miles. There are decent public transport links between most of the stages.
I have created this map to aid travel on the day. Hope to see WFlaters attending.