AP parkrun #310 – a record attendence (again)

The first Saturday run of 2018 at Ally Pally saw a new record attendance of 305 parkrunners completing the Winter Course with 24 running their first ever parkrun and a further 29 running Ally Pally for the first time. Galvanised by a dozen enthusiastic pacers aiming for times between 20 and 33 minutes, 44 of the remaining 252 recorded new PBs! Congratulations to all!

A special thanks to the pacers, every one of whom came in just under their target time and we received feedback that the encouragement given by the pacers while out on the course really helped people keep going!

Two Ally Pally stalwarts completed their 100th run – congratulations to Simon Marshall and David Cohen. We look forward to seeing you in the black 100 shirts when they become available.

Thanks also to the 30 volunteers (including pacers) who made the event possible. While this is not quite a record (there were 32 for the anniversary back in December), it is the first time there has been a ‘double’ of 300+ runners and 30+ volunteers: Ally Pally continues to go from strength to strength.

A couple of tourists should be mentioned: Polly Adams, an Ally Pally first timer but Bushy regular may be the first 500 club member who’s run with us (anyone remember anyone else?) and Lynda Cameron from Southwark parkrun who, wanting to run 30 different parkruns, chose AP as the 29th. Lynda also manned the barcode scanner when she’d completed her run. Thanks!

Finally, a gentle reminder to return all finish tokens to the token table once they’ve been scanned at the end of your run. We usually have one or two go walkabout each week but it was five on this occasion. If you come across any at home or in a pocket next time you put on your running kit, please bring them back the next time you come to Ally Pally parkrun – no one is ever cross about tokens being returned, just a little relieved.

See you soon,


Ally Pally parkrun 308 – 30th Dec 2017

237 runners gathered today to try and run off the Christmas excesses. The good news was that there was no ice, though a suggestion was made that anyone arriving by bike would have the opportunity to take up Triathlon since the road at the start was deep in water.

We were delighted to welcome tourists from far and wide, including the Grundys from Derby who came on the 6am train just to be with us.

Apologies to anyone who noticed that their position in the results was slightly different from the one on their position token. There were a few problems processing the results, owing to missing and refused tokens, and the results were adjusted to try and ensure that people got the right time.

First timer at Ally Pally Will Brewin was first home in 17.38, followed by Charlie Ogilvie in 18.17 and Matyas Sinko in 19.26. First women home were Hannah Wylie, also a first-timer with us in 20.43, Catherine Airey in 21.31 and Tanya Addison in 24.05.

Fastest junior was Matyas Sinko, followed by Daniel Geiger and Eddie Fairhurst.

Highest age grade was Mike Hurford with a score of 74.72%.

Congratulations on milestones for regular Ally Pally runners Ellika McAuley reaching her 100th and Samuel Romaner and Jake Stafford reaching their 50th.

Don't forget to get your New Year's Resolutions off to a good start with our New Years Day run at 10am, and our Paced Run on Sat 6th Jan at the usual time of 9am.

Happy New Year to all.



Ally Pally parkun over the winter season

It is this time of year when you find that there is a higher chance of a parkrun cancelling an event due to bad weather conditions. We are currently using an alternative 'winter' course in reverse which consists of three clockwise laps of the upper half of the original course only. We have every intention of still holding Ally Pally parkrun as long as we can hold the event safely. If we know in advance of a cancellation we will put it up on the news page and send a message via social media but if the decision to call off an event is made on the morning we hope you will understand if you arrive to find this out. The health and safety of the volunteers and parkrunners must come first. You can still run the course under your own choosing but it will not be an official parkrun.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Ally Pally parkrun team


Ally Pally parkrun over the festive season

We will be holding events on the following dates:

Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 9am as usual

Monday 25th December 2017 – NO EVENT

Saturday 30th December 2017 at 9am as usual

Monday 1st January 2018 at 10am - New Year’s Day parkrun - There will be an extra parkrun on New Year’s Day so why not join us and start 2018 with your parkrun family! Please be advised that the event will start at the later time of 10am.

Saturday 6th January 2018 at 9am as usual

It would be great to have a good turnout for all the events over the festive period so please do come and join us and spread the word to all your family, friends and colleagues. Also don’t forget to bring your barcode as these events will count towards your t-shirt count.

We will need volunteers for each of these events, so please get in touch with us at allypallyhelpers@parkrun.com if you're willing to help out!

Thanks to all parkrunners and volunteers for their continued support throughout the year. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

Ally Pally parkrun team


Happy birthday to us – 6th anniversary run, 2 December

Six years on from our inaugural run at Ally Pally, close to 300 of us congregated on Saturday for a celebration - not just of running/jogging/walking, but also of volunteering, supporting, chatting and just a bit of eating and drinking.

We decided for the first time to hold our annual award presentations before the run rather than afterwards, so that everyone would be there. This put a certain pressure on us to be swift and to the point - we are, after all, supposed to start running at 9am not 9:30! Catherine rose to the task (quite literally), mounted the pedestal, and after some important "thank yous" announced six new champions:

  • "Ever present of the year" - Rodger Thompstone - 42 runs and 13 volunteering shifts
  • "Veteran of the year" - Helen Mayer - 32 runs, 9 volunteering shifts, and an age-weighted ranking of 81.3% (meaning she ran at 81.3% of world record pace for her age)
  • "Junior of the year" - Ben Ryan - 38 runs and 4 volunteering shifts, and still under 11
  • "Family of the year" - the Ryan family - Nick, Meg, Ben and Lucy - over 100 runs between them and 22 volunteering shifts
  • "Volunteer of the year" - Tim Fletcher, fresh from running a new parkrun in the US last weekend, for services to all things volunteering, including all our social media
  • "Muddy trainers" - Wendy Appleby - not actually for having muddy trainers (although no doubt that would sometimes be apt), but for general stalwart behaviour and reliable presence come rain or shine, whose 38 runs this year have taken her tally to over 150

After a well-deserved round of applause for each of them, a rousing rendition of "happy birthday" (not for the event, but for twins Matthew and Benjamin Woolf, running today on their 15th birthday), and a quick "3-2-1-Go", we were away at 09:12 - not bad considering!

As for the day's statistics:

  • 256 runners, including 16 pacers (covering every minute from 20 to 35), 17 visitors and 8 parkrun debutants
  • 32 volunteers (again including the 16 pacers) - many thanks to every one of them
  • a massive 72 personal bests - despite the intimidation factor of "three times up the tarmac slope", the evidence is that the subsequent long, gentle descent makes this our quickest course overall; among the first 20 finishers, apart from the pacers, all bar four runners achieved personal bests!
  • first three male runners home were:
    - 1. first timer Graham Russ - 17:42
    - 2. Ed Spencer - 17:54 (PB)
    - 3. regular Lee Connor - 19:17
  • first three female runners home were:
    - 1. (7th overall) junior Angel Grimes McTavish - 20:15 (PB)
    - 2. (10th overall) Lily Woolcock - 20:37 (PB)
    - 3. regular Katherine Hipwell - 23:14
  • three runners met personal milestones:
    - John Mulvihill reached his 50th run
    - Andrew Holt and Robert Glynne both ran for the 100th time.
    Look out for them in new red and black shirts in a few weeks.
  • Number of cakes eaten - plenty (pretty much all!); number of teas/coffees served - even more judging by the queues

Thanks again to all the volunteers and contributors of cakes galore


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