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 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


EVENT CANCELLATIONS – 3rd November and 8th December 2018

Please be advised that there will be NO Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 3rd November 2018. The Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival will be held on the same day therefore we will be unable to hold parkrun that day.

There will also be NO Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 8th December 2018 as the YMCA North London Santa Run will be held in the park on 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 346 – 06/10/2018

A big welcome to all those who joined us for the 346th Ally Pally parkrun.  We had extra volunteer support from London Heathside - some of our regular runners belong to this club and it was great to meet more of them.  Also a big thank you to our pacers today - this meant it was particularly valued having more hands on deck.  If you would like to volunteer next week, please get in contact.

If anyone finds a front door key around the start / finish area, please let us know and we have a phone handed in last week (and other less exciting lost property too - please check!)

Always good to meet friends old and new.  Glad we missed the rain,

Until next week, Rosie




Event 345 29th September

The weather was dry and bright, and those able to look around as they ran had a beautiful view of the palace from the bottom of the field.
Congratulations to Bethany Wright and Joanna Kerr Williams who both chose this ideal day to achieve their 50 milestone.
Many thanks to all the volunteers, including some who responded to an appeal from the start line to take on scanning (Sarah Johnson, if you see this, please let us have your barcode ID so we can credit you).
Top results were as follows:-
Men: Ed Spencer 18.06, William Griffiths 18.25, Rory Wagstaff 18.44
Women: Kath Hipwell 23.29, Gail Mackie 23.35, Michelle Brister 24.22
Juniors: Benjamin Simanowitz 22.09, Ben Ryan 22.14, Eric Beale 22.28
Age grade: Mike Hurford 80.24%, Caroline White 78,97%, Lee Connor 74.75%
The lost property bag was opened as a free-for-all and the residual items have been taken to a charity shop. It immediately filled up again with a fresh lot of lost property, so please check it if you left anything behind this week. If you left anything prior to that, feel free to cruise the charity shops of Muswell Hill!
This Saturday is International Parkrun Day, and we are looking forward to a full quota of volunteers as our local Heathside Running Club are volunteering en masse. It is also Pacing Week, so you can challenge yourselves even more than usual.
See you there


Event 344 22nd September

In spite of heavy winds, the course was remarkably clear of obstructions, other than numerous conkers, and it was a pleasant day for running.
Thanks to a highly-skilled team of volunteers, 362 runners were able to take part, including visitors from as far away as Poland, Edinburgh and Gloucestershire.
First men home were Darryl Davison 17.54 (4th time in 4 runs at ally pally), Ed Spencer 18.00 and Joel Northcott 18.48.
First ladies were Bethan Everson 20.32 (first run at ally pally), Sue Rust 21.17 and Lily Woolcock 21.20
Fastest juniors were Ben Ryan 22.36, Charlie Johnston 23.43 and Franklin Ashworth 23.54.
Best age grades were Mike Hurford 79.50%, Caroline White 78.97%, and Carl Heap 74.13%
Well done to May Edmondson who cracked last week's anagram competition. "Bored mice at noon" translated to the well-known parkrun phrase or saying "No barcode, no time".
Many thanks to volunteers Louis Mekler and Vincent Azmi, who have recently completed their 6-month Duke of Edinburgh award volunteering slots with us.
Weather permitting, the lost property bag will be "free for all" next week, so if you want a new wardrobe, arrive early.


A series of uneventful events.


For various reasons I will not bore you with, today was my first attendance at a Parkrun for five weeks (and yes I am suffering from both withdrawal symptoms and weight gain). The last time I acted as run director(RD) we had to do an emergency course change at the last minute. So I was hoping for an uneventful morning and it appears that the gods of Parkrun saw fit to smile upon us today.

The course was dry, the ground soft enough to place course flags in it easily, the weather was clement and the Parkrunners were, as always, delightful. We had some milestones; congratulations to Rob Shulman who reached 100 while Peter and Anthony reached 50. Also a special hello to the parents who brought their adult daughter to a Parkrun while here on a visit from the Arrow Valley. I bet your daughter thought she had outgrown being dragged out of bed on a Saturday morning to do stuff when she flew the nest. I hope she enjoyed her first Parkrun and that we see her at many more in the future.



25th August 2018- Event 340 Locals reunited, and travellers from afar

It was a beautiful morning for our Bank Holiday weekend run, which saw the return of some ally pally locals from summer travels and from our enforced bit of parkrun tourism last week, when we were cancelled.

Our numbers were swelled by tourists from as far away as South Africa, Wales, Dublin, Wigan and Brighton, to name but a few. We were slightly low on volunteers, but thanks to people stepping in at the last minute, we managed to get by.

Special thanks to Cass Ashworth, finishing his 6-month stint as a Duke of Edinburgh volunteer; he has been a great addition to the volunteer team, and we hope to see him remain with us as a runner.

Results were as follows:

Fastest men : Ed Boden 18.35 , IJuan Eugenio Iglesias 18.50, Andrew Edge 19.27

Fastest women: Eilidh Wagstaff 21.13, Hayley Young 24.45, Caroline White 25.16

Fastest juniors: Daniel Geiger 20.09, Hugo Cox 20.56, Theo Boden 22.50

Best age grades: Helen Mayer 80.38%, Mike Hurford 79.30%, Adri Hartveld 77.80%

We will be culling the lost property in the next few weeks, so , if you think you have lost anything, please check the bag next week, after which it will be a free-for-all and/or charity shop trip for the remainder.



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!


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