Running minstrel Leo Altarelli recorded a first success at parkrun when he broke the tape at Saturday's (July 28) Wanstead Flats event on 18:58. The East Anglian based performer is something of a parkrun tourist and he has taken part in events in Cambridge, Birmingham, London (Hampstead Heath), and Sydney as well as nearer home at Fritton Lake and Gorleston Cliffs.
An unusually low turnout of 22 gave Leo the chance to collect parkrun gold in London's East End and he prevailed in a good contest with Clapham Chaser Arif Merali (19:01). Phoebe Kallin (24:11) produced a PB to finish fastest woman. Sweeper Tony Lobo brought the field home on 34:35. Race director Don Bennett wasn't too disappointed with the turnout attributing it to holidays, late night TV viewing and Olympic volunteers.
Leo Altarelli combined his passions for music and running with his recent song Run and Become. The track, a homage to Sri Chinmoy's phrase 'run and become,' has been described as 'catchy, upbeat and lyrically thought-provoking'. Leo said of Run and Become: "This is a song I hope everyone can understand and take inspiration from, it is about doing things you are passionate about."