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.





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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