When 49 runners and 5 volunteers met to run the first ever Ally Pally parkrun on 3rd Dec 2011, who would have thought that the event would see its 50,000th finisher? But today we reached this milestone with 308 spirited runners and 20 very efficient volunteers.
Unfortunately, finisher 124 failed to register a barcode, so the 50,000th finisher is officially Unknown, although the word on the street is that the elusive runner was Matthew Riley. Congratulations to him for this completely random achievement!
Congratulations also to those who reached a personal milestone, Ally Pally stalwarts, David Pratt on his 50th parkrun, and Andy Hall and Rolf Greg on their 150th.
The weather was fine with a springlike feel, although I had a minor panic the night before when I consulted the weather forecast to see a predicted temperature of -5 degrees; fortunately this was in Reykjavik where I was last weekend! Ground conditions at Ally Pally were certainly drier than last week, but still not dry enough to revert to the summer course.
Results were as follows:-
Fastest men: Matthew Devlin 17.17 (in his first appearance at Ally Pally), Will Frost 17.53 (inspired perhaps by achieving his 100th last time?), Matthew Munro 18.15 (also doing his first at Ally Pally)
Fastest women:- Rebecca Bunting 18.17 (in fourth position overall), Kat Alpe 19.55, Jennifer Wing 22,27
Fastest Juniors:- Charlie Johnston 19.30, Janak Subberwal 21.19, Ben Ryan 21.45
Best age grade: Rebecca Bunting 81.77%, Helen Mayer 81.55%, Mike Hurford 81.26% (all Ally Pally regular champions in the age grade stakes)
Many thanks to all the volunteers for doing the technical work necessary to produce everyone's results and to keep us safe during the run, as well as doing all the practical preparation and clearing away.
Here's to the next 10,000 finishers at Ally Pally