Event 363- 16th February 2019 Another historic occasion

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




Ally Pally parkrun CANCELLED – 2nd February 2019

Please be advised that we inspected the course at dusk today and have decided to cancel the run on Saturday 2nd February due to snow and ice on all our courses (main and alternatives) making it unsafe for parkrunners and volunteers. Apologies for any inconvenience caused but the health and safety of parkrunners and volunteers must come first. Please forward this message onto anyone who is thinking of coming to avoid disappointment.

Our plan is to return next week 9th February (weather permitting)!

Ally Pally parkrun team


Whoop Whoop its the sound……..


Whoop Whoop its the sound........

As many of you well know, parkrun does seem to attract the more middle aged participant. So I have started this report with the well known words of 90s Hip Hop act, KRS One, and say hi and welcome to some officers from the Met; the police service not the Opera. They visited us this morning as part of community outrreach work. Alas my request that they taser parkrunners allowing their dog off the leash was politely declined but they have said they will be visiting again and next time they might bring their running gear

Hello to Chris Speers who completed his 100 today and of course all the volunteers who helped wrangle over 370 parkrunners to the finish line today.

As always thanks to everyone who took part and see you all next week,





Running with resolution – Event #358

A combination of new year's resolutions and perfect running conditions ensured a strong turnout for our run this morning - 331 runners and a full complement of volunteers.  Our 47 registered first timers included 17 parkrun debuts. As a first Saturday in the month, this was a paced event, so special thanks to all our pacers who together covered every time from 22 to 33 minutes.  New year's resolutions apply as much to organisers - hence getting this report written and published on the day of the event!

The most quotable statistic of the day has to be the number of new Personal Bests: 79 - very nearly a third (actually 32%) of the participants who had run here before.  I imagine it was partly down to the conditions, and partly the impact of having pacers to chase. Well done to all, whatever the reason.  Special mention among the PBs has to go to Archangelo Power, who has run here over 150 times.

Looking at individual fastest times - the first three home were Tom Cowling (18:03), Thomas Avery (18:28) and Marcus Craven (19:03) - two PBs and a first timer between them. In fact the first six were all first timers (2) or PBs (4) - so Paul Collyer in 7th was the first person to finish without setting a new personal best time!

The first woman to finish was Lily Woolcock (21:05), followed by Monique Sapla (21:38) and Jennifer Wing (21:46). Monique and Jennifer both featured in a rare cluster of very close finishers - 15 runners within 20 seconds between 21:30 and 21:50 - stress testing our timers and token handlers at the finish line even before the first pacer came home.  They of course passed the test!

Although the first Saturday of the new year traditionally has a high turnout, the following weekend has always (bar one year) been even higher. So keep up the resolutions and the training - and see you next week!



Happy New Year – Event 357- 01/01/2019

The New Year's resolutions got off to a great start as 270 people completed Ally Pally parkrun on 1st Jan. Most enjoyed an extra hour's lie-in before our 10am start, but a small band were gluttons for punishment and came hot-foot to the start line after already running a 9am parkrun elsewhere. Well done to all, and keep it up.
We were honoured to welcome Mark Presland from Great Lines who was completing his 100th parkrun, and Jose Zalabardo, Oliver Nicholls and Kim Noble who were all achieving their 50th.
Results were as follows:
Fastest men: Kit Grierson (17.29), Unknown runner, Michael Cockings (18.31)
Fastest women: Rebecca Bunting (18.20, 3rd overall), Lily Woolcock (21.33), Cheryl Sacks (21.53)
Fastest juniors: Eric Beale (21.17 and a PB), Joe Ewbank (21.23), Ben Ryan (22.01)
Best age grade: Rebecca Bunting (81.55%), Gavin Evans (80.79%), Mike Hurford (80.03%)
Many thanks to all the volunteers who made the run possible.
Back to normal this Saturday, which will be a paced event.


Ally Pally #355: Elves and milestones

A grand total of 234 parkrunners enjoyed lovely winter running conditions to complete the 355th running of Ally Pally. Well marshalled by elves, the runners included not just a Santa (really good effort, Dominic!) and Ken from Brisbane (now that’s proper tourism!) but also two Ally Pally regulars completing significant milestones.

Richard Nichols ran the first Ally Pally parkrun on 3rd December 2011 and today completed his 250th run, an impressive 238 of which have been here at Ally Pally. Completing his 100th run today was Nick Ryan, an almost ever-present with the rest of the Ryan family at Ally Pally in the last couple of years. Well done both!

Also acknowledged was Matthew Sheldon who recently completed 100 volunteering stints – another fantastic effort.

A big thanks as ever to all the volunteers who made today’s run and all the other Ally Pally parkruns possible. If you’d like to volunteer any time in the next few weeks – Sat 29th Dec (9am), Tues 1st Jan (10am) or Sat 5th Jan (back to 9am – pacers also wanted for this event!), please send an email to allypallyhelpers@parkrun.com.

If you’d like to see which parkruns in London or elsewhere are holding events on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, check the Christmas & New Year Compendium at www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events.

The only thing left is to wish all Ally Pally parkrunners a very Happy Christmas!


Baby it’s cold outside.

At last we come to the time of year when we separate the parkrunners from the also ran's. With a gentle but cold breeze most of us volunteers lost the use of our fingers  through numbing cold by about 8:55h! But no matter, the parkrun went ahead. Although the cold weather thinned the herd down to the most committed park runners we were delighted with a field of 219 runners who braved the cold. These were not just the club runners who live to run and stride around the course like antelope. Also us mere mortal parkrunners who are just trying to burn off last night's chocolate biscuits showed up in large numbers. In my humble opinion its the getting out on a Saturday morning when you can, whatever the weather, that makes you a committed parkrunner. This morning I was proud to see so many of you out for your weekly dose of parkrun.

We will be running as normal on the Saturdays during the holidays and have a New Years parkrun at 10:00h 1/Jan/19. We will not be doing an event on Christmas day but I believe some local parkruns will happen on Christmas day so check their websites for details.

Until next time have a good few weeks .



Ally Pally parkrun over the festive season

We will be holding events on the following dates:

Saturday 22nd December 2018 at 9.00am as usual

Tuesday 25th December 2018 – NO EVENT

Saturday 29th December 2018 at 9.00am as usual

Tuesday 1st January 2019 at 10.00am - New Year’s Day parkrun - There will be an extra parkrun on New Year’s Day so why not join us and start 2019 with your parkrun family! Please be advised that the event will start at the later time of 10.00am.

Saturday 5th January 2019 at 9.00am 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



Winter is coming:

With the recent change in the clocks, the days getting shorter and somewhat more moist we have all been reflecting to another year drawing to an end, and for me nothing signals that more starkly than the first use of the alternate course. Although when I left my house this morning I knew in my heart of hearts that I would be using the “winter” course I still held on to a small ray of hope that we might get a few weeks longer out of the “proper” course. But my mother always did say I was optimistic to to the point of naivety. So after a check of the drainage in the lower field (#fastshow) the alternate course it was. For those of you that might remember the course from days past we started running the course clockwise at the end of last year so the knee killing downward slope from the regular course becomes a heart attack inducing uphill grind just a few hundred meters into the Parkrun. That said once I remembered where the start line was (please forgive me its been a year) we all had a very pleasant Parkrun. Big shout out to all the volunteers, to those who hit a milestone Tim who hit fifty today and Ed who hit one hundred and fifty, and don't forget there is no Parkrun at ally pally on the eighth of December. As I did Finsbury Park for the first time last week my NENDY has now become Grovelands so perhaps a trip north for me in three weeks as I really want to add some Parkruns to my tourist badge Until next time take it easy, Shane


7th Anniversary Event – 1st December 2018

Ally Pally parkrun will be celebrating it's 7th Anniversary on Saturday 1st December 2018.

It would be great to see faces from the past and present, whether to run or volunteer, joining us in the celebrations. There will be presentations before the run to celebrate some special achievements. We would appreciate if people could bring cake, biscuits, refreshments e.t.c. to share in order to celebrate.

Please spread the word to your fellow parkrunners, family, friends and colleagues.

Hope to see many of you there!

Ally Pally parkrun Team

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