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.


Did you know about….Victory for Catherine

Catherine Edeam, your allypally parkrun lead director, set herself a new standard recently, when doing another 'double' marathoner. On September 29th, she ran the Berlin Marathon, setting a new personal Best time of 3.32.36. One week later, as seems to be her habit, she did the whole 26.2 mile thing again - but this time over a far more challenging course at the Isle of Wight. The results? She stormed through to win the women's race by a margin of 13 minutes, in 3.36.04! A hearty congratulations from all of us at allypally parkrun goes to Catherine, who was obviously pleased that her training had paid dividends.


Catherine Does the double

Our race director and the lead of the core team Catherine Edeam achieved a super milestone in her running this month by completing two marathons back-to-back over the bank holiday. Perhaps overcoming fifty-two milestones would be a more appropriate way of describing this incredible success.

True to her word and commitment, following a promise in December 2012 she had made to herself, the ultimate prize of achieving two marathons in as many days somewhat tentatively hung in front of her at times over the four months she set herself to prepare.

Training was never going to be easy. Let’s face it not many people could imagine doing one - never mind two marathons - ever - and this was to be in just two days.

The first hurdle was the snow and ice, which came in the middle of her build up to the challenge. Juggling a full time job plus 4 or 5 extra evenings a week as an aerobics instructor, the target was seemingly moving further and further away as days then weeks of frozen out conditions passed by (remember all the cancelled parkruns!!!?).

There was no turning back for Catherine though, who returned to a her self-styled training regime and began again to clock up mile after mile on Saturdays and Sundays, running 10, 13, and 15 miles back-to-back in a schedule befitting of only the most resilient. In the final few weeks she was hitting 20 mile runs on both weekend days, as well as somehow managing to participate or volunteer at our parkrun at Ally Pally.

Time moved on, and with one week to go, Catherine was perfectly poised for the attempt, with all her training completed on time. She did the right thing, what some say is the hardest step of all, and took a break in the final lead up. She knew it was going to have to be a matter of not just easing off, but preserving every single ounce of energy for this incredible double. “In fact I did barely anything that week” she told me.

Carbo’ loaded and race ready, Catherine stood robust on the line - first it was to be Richmond Park Marathon on Sunday 5th May. It was the first warm weekend of the year, and the sun rose high in the sky during the race whilst Catherine blazed through incredibly - at least until mile 23. At this point the tough trails and terrain of the park that had previously been second nature to her (being a regular at Ally Pally, what else would you expect?) suddenly told a different story and she knew that the fast time she was heading for was going to have to be compromised slightly. Overall second female at this point, she dropped to 4th before crossing the line in 3 hours 39 minutes. It was still a PB although she had wanted bigger glory; painfully witnessing two females steal places from her so late in the race. She was not beaten yet though.

Now just imagine having been through near hell and back over 26.2miles of hills and turns in the first heat of the year. You are devastated at the late stages of the race by dropping two places, you get home, wake up the next morning, and, while your legs feel like they just don’t want to move never mind run - you then have to do exactly the same thing again. And she did. It was back to the start line for another go at the marathon. This was her second comeuppance. An opportunity to obliterate any negative thoughts about her previous achievement that may have been lurking in her mind which was already set on achieving only the highest standards. Keeping herself well watered between events and continuing to carbo’ load with nutritional drinks, she hauled herself through the Milton Keynes event, never looking back. “This time”, she told me, “it was just a matter of keeping going. I knew I just had to complete - it was definitely not the time to look for a PB again!”.

The conditions were again going to test her though, as the temperature soared into the mid-20’s, forcing her to dig deep into her reserves. In what must have seemed an endless 4 hours 25 minutes on top of months of training, planning and the metaphoric and literal roller-coaster race of the previous day, she pressed on, totally unforgiving to her head and legs, and finally reached her ultimate destination - as the champion of 52.4 miles of racing in just two days!

Well done Catherine - for the record, that’s nearly 17 park runs - it would take the most frequent of all parkrunners four months to do this. Truly amazing! But then we are all at least a bit special at Ally Pally, come and join us...whether you just want to watch, help out, just get around or run with the wind...there’s a place for everyone. And if you’re lucky you can probably even get to meet Catherine in person.


Allypally parkrun – Event 58 02/02/13


Due to a technical error we were unfortunately unable to record times for those runners who finished in positions 12 -50. Please accept our apologies for this.

If you recorded your own time please could you email us at with the following information:

  • Name
  • Barcode
  • Finish position
  • Time

This will help us to fill in the gaps, and by doing so you will also help those runners who didn't record their time ( but know their position) to estimate their time. Please can you email us with this information before 7pm on Tuesday 5th February.

Once again please accept our apologies for this malfunction.



Actual 5Km times (corrected)

Apologies to all our fantastic parkrunners who ran 5.525Km today instead of just the usual 5Km. Have you ever wished the ground would just open up and swallow you? Well it didn't, for me, so I am thinking about hiding from you all for a long time. Meanwhile here are the corrected times, showing the time it would have taken you at your pace to go through 5Km. The first time is the corrected time, the second is your recorded time for the 5.525Km you ran.
Best wishes, Liam
Paul MERCER 20.30
2 Sam ALBERTI 20.51
3 Jennifer ANSELL 20.57
4 Robert CRANGLE 21.13
5 Graham CARTER 21.22
6 Rebecca BUNTING 21.27
7 Robin BENSTEAD 22.05
8 Nigel PENNEY 22.10
9 Graham TOWL 22.25
10 Lee CONNOR 22.52
11 Rob KONOWALCHUK 23.00
12 Ruairi MCILROY 23.12
13 Stephen MIDDLETON 23.16
14 Kirsty WRIGHT 23.28
15 Richard BUDD 23.52
16 Unknown
17 Richard MORRIS 24.48
18 Michael MERCER-COX 25.07
19 Louise TURNER 25.13
20 Oliver WOOD 25.29
21 Richard NICHOLS 25.46
22 Chris FAULKES 25.47
23 Patrick MCDAID 26.29
24 Tim BURNS 26.44
25 Natalie ALEXANDER 27.24
26 Robyn OFFORD 27.33
27 Georgina WILSON 27.46
28 Eoghan BREEN 28.21
29 Ian MYLETT 28.22
30 Rosie SHELDON 28.24
31 Matthew SHELDON 28.35
32 Aisha Elizabeth STRUTT 28.47
33 Gemma MYLETT 29.13
34 Sylvia Carina RICHARDS 31.36
35 James RICHARDS 31.37
36 Krishna RAMAMURTHY 35.03
38 Heera SINGH 43.26


Event 53 – 22nd December 2012

A combination of truly atrocious weather conditions and the start of the Christmas holidays saw just six brave runners, including three from the same family, turn out for the 53rd Ally Pally park run.

Park run regular Rob Shulman was the first runner home - for the eighth time - followed by the ever -improving Griffiths brothers, Thomas in 2nd and William just behind him in 3rd. To cap a real family feel to the run, dad Simon was the 5th placed finisher in his first outing on this course.

First lady home was Caroline White (4th overall) in her second Ally Pally parkrun – she was also the first lady home back in her first outing in November – followed by Rosie Sheldon (6th).

Such were the conditions on the course that unsurprisingly no PBs was set.

Robin Benstead was the race director, supported by Sam Alberti, Lee Connor, Catherine Edeam, Melvyn Jones, Janet Smith and Graham Wright. A huge thanks to runners and volunteers for turning out in poor weather.


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