Today was an interesting day for ally pally parkrun. The preparations for the Kaleidoscope festival next week have already started and this meant we had to use the emergency summer course. Our ED Catherine first had to herd over 300 parkrunners to the new start-line; which did feel a little like she was leading one of the many marches that London played host to this week. (Chanting: ‘What do we want? A PB. When do we want it? Today’). For those of you that know our normal course we just used the bottom half of the normal summer course meaning that the steep climb on the muddy slope and the equally steep decent back were cut out. It turns out the omission of both these challenging sections were enormously popular. The good news is that the more accommodating course combined with a clearly very serious/committed runner resulted in a new course record of 15:42, congratulations Paul Martelletti.
For the rest of us mere mortals we must give a shout out to Charlene from Tooting and Clapham group who visited us today to do her one hundredth park run. Congratulations also to Kitty who celebrated her tenth birthday with a her tenth parkrun, and tourists from Washington DC and the Pineto parkrun in Rome.
And finally a massive thanks to Di and Marc for helping Lizzi out.
There is no parkrun in ally pally next week, 21-7-18, as we will be basking in the majesty of the Flaming Lips who are headlining the Kaleidoscope festival taking place in the park. Personally I think I need to visit Finsbury park as the internet tells me its my “nenyd” (nearest event not yet done) and it adds F to my alphabet, but I do like a visit to Hampstead Heath. Oh, Decisions! Decisions!