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,