Parkrun. Wanstead Flats vs Valentines Park

Any views?

9 messages
25/05/2011 at 13:59

Just wondering if anyone can recommend one above the other. I'm more of less equidistant to both. Cheers.

25/05/2011 at 14:18
Well, they're both flat for starters.

Valentines is completely on tarmac paths, Wanstead is on trail paths and grass.

What else do you want to know?
25/05/2011 at 14:42
It's funny... I used to live very close to Wanstead Flats, and I never actually ran on the bit that the parkrun is on. Not a bad place to run in general and, yes, flat as a pancake. Valentine's Park has been known to be used by Essex County Cricket Club for one-day games. Nice place, flat, I've never run there... Do one one week, the other the next, whydoncha?
25/05/2011 at 14:58

Both Wanstead Flats and Valentines Pk have 5k races held there. I know Valentines Pk 5k
is organsied by Ilford AC.

Valentines Pk would be better because of location. It might get council support and
possible support from the local running club. Not sure about Wanstead Flats.

Essex CC left Valentines because it didn't fit with their plans. I know they redeveloping
the county ground and possibly using the London Olympic stadium for 20/20 games.

25/05/2011 at 15:22

Runnerman there are already parkruns at both locations.

My pb is at Valentines

Wanstead is a slower surface and more twisty. Both are run by excellent vounteers!

25/05/2011 at 15:40
That teaches me for staying out of east London. However I still go for Valentines.
25/05/2011 at 17:09
Thanks all. Sounds like both are good but the surfaces differ. I might try Valentines for those valuable extra seconds
02/06/2012 at 22:47
.....gunpowder park is very quick.....so is 'ackney.....Finsbury has a killer hill but what goes up must come down....I find Wanstead Flats tough but it is good....must try Valentines soon...
03/06/2012 at 13:02

I thought I read that a parkrun was being organised in Dagenham or Havering. I wonder what happened/is happening.


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