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!



Ally Pally parkrun CANCELLED – 3rd March 2018

Please be advised that we inspected the course this morning and have decided to cancel the run on Saturday 3rd March 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 10th March (weather permitting)!

Ally Pally parkrun team


Ally Pally parkrun Event number 317, 24th February 2018

Crisp and very cold, 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Wow!

A huge thank you to the 16 volunteers: Darryl DAVISON • Rosie SHELDON • Janet SMITH • William GRIFFITHS • Matthew SHELDON • Alister MCDONOUGH • Shane LANGAN • Sophie DORMAN • Katie DORMAN • Stephanie BURNS • Cassidy ASHWORTH • Tania SKELLI • Wolfie SMITH • Louie MEKLER • Nathan YAOZ • Haleema STONE.
Please consider volunteering 3 times a year minimum. Today, we ideally would have had more volunteers and next week sounds icy too so we need marshals who can stay on the course for 3 laps.

One runner was physically moved aside by one of the fast runners today. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Run Directors rely on all parkrunners to be the eyes and ears on the course so if anything like this happens to you, please let the Run Director know as soon as possible so we can raise it with the individual directly. A small minority of runners, fast or slow, should not jeopardize the enjoyment of many.

Some bar codes were dropped - so please ask if you've lost yours. And we've lost token 238 - please bring it back!

Congratulations to Michael YOULTON for completing 150 runs and to Phil RUTTER for 100!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ally Pally parkrun Results Page.


Run 316- 17th February – Spring is (almost) sprung

We were blessed with a beautiful crisp and sunny day, with a promise of spring to come. The bottom of the park remains muddy so we were still on the Winter course, but were maybe able to see the light at the end of the winter tunnel.
Congratulations to Rosie Sheldon, regular run director, who was running her 200th parkrun. Andrew had put his secret cooking skills to good use, and we enjoyed post-run cake thanks to the Sheldon family.
This was a good week for milestones, as another regular volunteer, Joanna Elson, was running her 100th, and Kate and Dan Stolworthy came all the way from Huddersfield to run their 100th, as well as Eliot Toynton visiting us for his 50th. Congratulations to all.
The first runners home were Edward Campbell in 18.31, closely followed by Chris Mattinson in 18.38, and an unknown runner in 3rd. For the ladies, first home for the 3rd time at Ally Pally was junior Mia Manttan in 21.50, followed by Ruth Forbes in 22.15 and Gail Mackie in 23.27.
Mia Manttan was fastest junior, followed by Matthew Sheldon, and Janak Subberwal.
Best age grades were achieved by Caroline White and Mike Hurford.
Many thanks to all our volunteers, including those who stepped up in response to our late Friday plea. It is always good for the run director's blood pressure if we have a full complement of volunteers well before the day, so please consider signing up if you haven't done it before.


Run #315 – Saturday 10th February

A very chilly (minus 3 degrees) morning saw 220 intrepid runners assemble for our weekly run on Saturday – 18 of them joining us for the first time, and 6 of those for their first ever parkrun – welcome!! Half an hour (or so) later, 27 people had negotiated the icy puddles to achieve new personal bests. Well done! These did not include Helen Mayer, whose new personal best from last week we had celebrated at the start line – running 5k at 83% of world record pace for her age/gender in winter conditions on our course is quite simply remarkable. Remember that the world record holder would not have run up our tarmac slope three times, negotiated puddles, tree roots or hairpin bends, have started metres behind the start line or experienced any congestion on a narrow windy path. Respect!

Commenting on the results this week is harder than usual, as regular Will Chivers (19:19) was the only one in the first three finishers to avoid anonymity. The first three women home were less shy: Tamsin Simmonds (22:17), Ruth Forbes (22:44) and Lottie Higgins (22:54). No prize for guessing who headed the age graded ranking (yes, that would be Helen).

Thanks as always to our volunteers, who all seemed to have as much fun as the runners. If you don’t believe me, try it out one week!



Muddy Event

223 ran and walked the Ally Pally parkrun winter course, A few mud splashes did not deter our parkrunners, and there certainly were some muddy moments.

First three over the line were 
Peter Gould 18.30
Finlay Gall 18.49
Ed Boden 19.05

First three females were
Edith Wagstaff 20.26
Gail Mackie 23.14
Jane Rowden 24.52

and our first three juniors were
Eddie Fairhurst 19.51
Monte Watson 21.03
Janak Subberwall 23.04

Well done everyone, excellent running in challenging conditions.

Congratulations to David Houlton who completed 100 park runs, and Jonathan Jacobs 50.

A massive thank you to Ben Lee from our travel partner Exodus who braved the rain and provided us with a great cookbook and some inspiring ideas for holidays. I hope you've all entered the competition to win a holiday, what more could you want, a holiday to a parkrun destination?

Thank you to all the 17 fabulous volunteers, between you, you gave out tokens, timed, scanned, set up, marshalled, tail walked, token sorted, gave runners briefing and then packed it all away back into the shed. As you know without the volunteers we would not be able to run the event so if anyone wants to volunteer just get in touch via

So have a good week and see you next Saturday.


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