An interesting day for ally pally parkrun

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!



Event Cancellation – 18th August 2018

Please be advised that there will be NO Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 18th August 2018. The Summer Fete will be held on the same day therefore we will be unable to hold parkrun that day.

Please let your fellow parkrunners, family, friends and colleagues know to avoid disappointment. You may want to give another local parkrun a go or try one further afield.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Ally Pally parkrun team


Event Cancellation – 21st July 2018

Please be advised that there will be NO Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 21st July 2018. The Kaleidoscope Festival will be held on the same day therefore we will be unable to hold parkrun that day.

Please let your fellow parkrunners, family, friends and colleagues know to avoid disappointment. You may want to give another local parkrun a go or try one further afield.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Ally Pally parkrun team


Ally Pally parkrun – 2nd June 2018


Ally Pally parkrun is such a lovely beginning to the weekend - or at least that’s what I hope the 32 first timers thought.  To my surprise, the midges didn’t eat me and hopefully not the 294 people who covered the lovely summer course with its variety of mud (baked hard and soggy) grass, slopes and flat, ably helped by our wonderful volunteers – covering every job imaginable, from pacing to packing up.  Maybe it was a pacer who helped you keep going, or the cheers - thank you all very much to all the volunteers.  Is 33 a record?  Not sure, but it made my life much easier and hopefully next week will be equally plentiful (and it's me again!). 


Congratulations to David Sheldon for reaching his 50th, milestone (v proud of my boy!) to the 41 PB's and hope to see you next week.  If you're finding it harder to run in the heat, remember to be kind to yourself - I'm still slowly chasing my PB from 2014!




Event 329 – 26th May 2018

Conditions were good for the summer course, and 337 runners completed allypally parkrun today.

An unknown runner stormed home in 18.01, but unfortunately did  not bring his barcode. 2nd was Ed Spencer and 3rd Matthew Cockerill

For the women, Jane Faram came in in 19.59 in her first run at allypally. Lily Woolcock was 2nd and Ruth Forbes 3rd.

Fastest junior was Stanley Brown, visiting from Finsbury Park, in 20.52, followed by Daniel Geiger and Joe Ewbank.

Best Age Grade scores were Helen Mayer with 80.44% ,  Caroline White and Matthew Cockerill.

Congratulations to Pippa Faulkes who was completing her 100 milestone

Many thanks to all the volunteers without whom this wouldn't be possible.



Found card 12th May

A  lost card was handed in today, possibly belonging to GH, If you have missed it, please could you email



Event 327 12th May 2018

Weather and conditions were good as 320 parkrunners completed the summer course, with the essential help of a strong team of 18 volunteers. Thanks to the numbers of people volunteering in advance, we were able to provide marshals on the course throughout the event, which creates a much safer environment, so well done to the volunteers.

Results were as follows:

Overall and male finishers :  1st Philip Nind         2nd Peter Gould       3rd Nathan Martin

Female finishers   1st  Gabrielle Taylor (junior)   2nd Katherine Hipwell   3rd Gail Mackie

Juniors    1st Daniel Geiger      2nd Eric Beale       3rd Joe Ewbank

Age Grade   1st Helen Mayer   2nd Mike Hurford     3rd Sue Eedle

Advance warning:  There will be no Ally Pally parkrun on 21st July, due to the Kaleidoscope Festival in the park.

We seem to be missing tokens  11 so , if you have it please bring it back.





It’s May already

A lovely sunny day for our record number of runners and walkers. 376 crossed the finish line, happy, hot and a small splattering of mud, led by our monthly pacers who paced beautifully and on time. I heard quite a few positive comments. So well done pacers.

Our fist three over the line were

Gary Towers
Peter Gould
Joseph Mckeown

Our first three females were

Jennifer Wing
Tammela Platt
Alice Waddingham

and a PB from our first junior Daniel Geiger.

What a lovely morning for Dominic Smith and Thomas Griffiths to run their 100th, Jenny Coombs to ran her 50th. Congratulations to you all.

A massive thank you to our band of volunteers, as we say every week and it is still true, without you there would be no parkrun. There was a moment of panic this morning when I thought there would be only 3 volunteers doing all the jobs, timer in one hand, scanner in the other and marshalling the corners, but luckily we had a few on the day offers so crisis averted. That said, a massive thank you to Matthew Sheldon, who did the first runners briefing, sorted the pacers and then ran home to get his watch so he could pace and then helped at the end. You certainly earned your breakfast !!

If you can volunteer and let us know before Saturday, it would help greatly and avoid high blood pressure for the Run Director. To volunteer just email

One small favour, actually a big one, if you have gone home with any of our position barcodes, can you please return them.

Have a great week, only 7 more sleeps til the next parkrun.



Event 324 – 21st April 2018

Event 324 was full of a record breaking (well for Ally Pally anyway) 356 parkrunners, 39 of which were joining us for the first time, who welcomed the return to the summer course. The sun was out and they were ready along with 20 volunteers. Whilst most of the course was firm underfoot, one area in the woods was extremely muddy. Thank you to everyone for following instructions and running in single file through this point, it made for a safe and fun event.

Milestones and celebrations

Edie Viljoen (parkrun junior) – 10th parkrun – a great achievement!
A special good luck goes to all those running the London Marathon.

Run Results
Male placings:
1. Ben Norris – 17:30
2. Chris Mattinson – 19:44
3. David Dugdale – 20:12

Female placings:
1. Amy Hadley (first timer – 28th overall) – 22:47
2. Angharad Harris (first timer – 53rd overall) – 24:11
3. Louise Dwyer (first timer – 61st overall) – 24:28

Even though the summer course is found to be more challenging, there were still 10 personal best times achieved.


Thank you as always to our brilliant volunteers who make the event possible:

Andres Arana Garcia
Janet Smith
William Griffiths
Matthew Sheldon
Bethan Sheldon
Wendy Appleby
Tim Fletcher
David Houlton
Dominic Smith
Ed Tytherleigh
Shane Langan
Clare Goodman
Stephanie Burns
Cassidy Ashworth
Andy Dawson
Louie Mekler
Haleema Stone
Musa Stone
Sean Marsh

Become a volunteer at least three times a year. If you are worried about the tasks, don't be as they are all very simple and you will receive a briefing on the day. Please also encourage your friends and family to get involved. Anyone interested should get in touch with us at We also have a signup sheet on our event days. We would love to hear from you!

See you soon!


Twitter: @AlPal_parkrun


Event number 320: 24th March 2018

After last weekend's attritional arctic conditions, this Saturday saw us restored to a more normal complement of runners - 270 to be precise. While the weekend saw the return of British Summer Time, it was too damp underfoot for a synchronous return to our summer course - so we stuck to the winter alternative, albeit with minor adjustments to accommodate a fleet of trailers which had invaded our usual start/finish area.

29 were first timers so knew no different - but the other 241 will have enjoyed the extra 25m delay before each climb up the tarmac slope, and 48 liked it well enough to record new Personal Bests. Three runners made it home inside 19 minutes: Will Chivers, Andrew Edge (PB) and Alister McDonough. The first three women finishers, not far behind, were Eilidh Wagstaff, Lily Woolcock, and Josephine Chadwick (PB).

Statistic of the week: this week's run brought the cumulative total distance run by all participants at Ally Pally parkrun to date to 188,740 km - not far off 5 times round the circumference of the planet! With our current numbers, we shall reach 200,000 some time in June.

Many thanks to the team of volunteers who helped make the event possible. Do contact us at if you'd like to join them any time soon. Your parkrun needs you!


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