Walthamstow Parkrun's 3rd anniversary

Anonymous 26 January 2016

On Saturday 23rd January LPFF joined in Walthamstow Parkrun’s 3rd anniversary celebrations at Peter May Sports Centre. Parkrun organise free, weekly 5K runs across the country that are safe and easy to take part in and open to all abilities and ages.

We have a unique relationship with Parkrun, where they are permitted free usage of our grounds as we are keen to encourage local people to take advantage of the green space on their doorstep. Certainly within London, Peter May Sports Centre is the only non local authority ground on which Parkrun takes place, they are usually held in public parks and open spaces.

There was a great turn out with 68 people taking part, from juniors to veterans and first timers to those who have completed over 100 runs. Once the runners had crossed the finishing line and removed their muddy trainers they joined us upstairs in the bar where we laid on free tea and coffee to accompany the cakes prepared by Parkrun volunteers.

LPFF Trustee Sally Hopper who presented the annual awards to celebrate the achievements of the dedicated runners and volunteers said:

“It was wonderful to see the local community making such good use of a playing field right on their doorstep. I must thank Run Director Sharron Rooney for all her hard work and dedication in delivering such an excellent event.

The purpose of our visit today was to let people know about our work because I am sure that many were unaware that Peter May Sports Centre is owned by a charity. It was lovely to hear that some of the runners were long term users of the ground and really valued the facilities that we provide. I am sure that we have recruited some new LPFF Friends as a result of today’s activities.”