Mile End parkrun

Race Date: Saturday, 23/02/2019
Race Distance: 5 Km

Mile End Park is a park located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is a linear park of some 79 acres,and was created on industrial land devastated by World War II bombing. It lies on land to the east of the Regent's Canal and in the north is separated from the southern edge of Victoria Park by the Hertford Union Canal. A plan existed from the end of the war to create the park but extensive development did not begin until the end of the millennium. A pedestrian bridge, opened in July 1999, was built over the Mile End Road (A11), which bisects the park, near Mile End tube station (The Green Bridge). The bridge was designed by Piers Gough. Prior to the park's construction, 193 Grove Road - at the edge of the park - was transformed by sculptor Rachel Whiteread into a cast of its interior. This work won her the Turner Prize in 1993. In 1381, 60,000 Men of Essex camped here and met Richard II at Mile End, on 14 June 1381, during the Peasants' Revolt. The park now consists of a number of elements (running north-south): The Play Arena - for children, The Ecology Park - including a lake, an ecology building, wind turbine and climbing wall, The Arts Park, The Green Bridge, The Terraced Garden, The South Park, Adventure Park, and the Sports Park. The parkrun course itself is 2 out and back laps of the park, so 4 times over the Green Bridge! This makes for an interesting undulating run, only around the 357th flattest UK parkrun!