Event 363- 16th February 2019 Another historic occasion

When 49 runners and 5 volunteers met to run the first ever Ally Pally parkrun on 3rd Dec 2011, who would have thought that the event would see its 50,000th finisher? But today we reached this milestone with 308 spirited runners and 20 very efficient volunteers.

Unfortunately, finisher 124 failed to register a barcode, so the 50,000th finisher is officially Unknown, although the word on the street is that the elusive runner was Matthew Riley. Congratulations to him for this completely random achievement!

Congratulations also to those who reached a personal milestone, Ally Pally stalwarts, David Pratt on his 50th parkrun, and Andy Hall and Rolf Greg on their 150th.

The weather was fine with a springlike feel, although I had a minor panic the night before when I consulted the weather forecast to see a predicted temperature of -5 degrees; fortunately this was in Reykjavik where I was last weekend!  Ground conditions at Ally Pally were certainly drier than last week, but still not dry enough to revert to the summer course.

Results were as follows:-

Fastest men:  Matthew Devlin 17.17 (in his first appearance at Ally Pally), Will Frost 17.53 (inspired perhaps by achieving his 100th last time?), Matthew Munro 18.15 (also doing his first at Ally Pally)

Fastest women:- Rebecca Bunting 18.17 (in fourth position overall), Kat Alpe 19.55, Jennifer Wing 22,27

Fastest Juniors:- Charlie Johnston 19.30, Janak Subberwal 21.19, Ben Ryan 21.45

Best age grade: Rebecca Bunting 81.77%, Helen Mayer 81.55%, Mike Hurford 81.26% (all Ally Pally regular champions in the age grade stakes)

Many thanks to all the volunteers for doing the technical work necessary to produce everyone's results and to keep us safe during the run, as well as doing all the practical preparation and clearing away.

Here's to the next 10,000 finishers at Ally Pally




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


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.



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 allypallyoffice@parkrun.com



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.

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