Running with resolution – Event #358

A combination of new year's resolutions and perfect running conditions ensured a strong turnout for our run this morning - 331 runners and a full complement of volunteers.  Our 47 registered first timers included 17 parkrun debuts. As a first Saturday in the month, this was a paced event, so special thanks to all our pacers who together covered every time from 22 to 33 minutes.  New year's resolutions apply as much to organisers - hence getting this report written and published on the day of the event!

The most quotable statistic of the day has to be the number of new Personal Bests: 79 - very nearly a third (actually 32%) of the participants who had run here before.  I imagine it was partly down to the conditions, and partly the impact of having pacers to chase. Well done to all, whatever the reason.  Special mention among the PBs has to go to Archangelo Power, who has run here over 150 times.

Looking at individual fastest times - the first three home were Tom Cowling (18:03), Thomas Avery (18:28) and Marcus Craven (19:03) - two PBs and a first timer between them. In fact the first six were all first timers (2) or PBs (4) - so Paul Collyer in 7th was the first person to finish without setting a new personal best time!

The first woman to finish was Lily Woolcock (21:05), followed by Monique Sapla (21:38) and Jennifer Wing (21:46). Monique and Jennifer both featured in a rare cluster of very close finishers - 15 runners within 20 seconds between 21:30 and 21:50 - stress testing our timers and token handlers at the finish line even before the first pacer came home.  They of course passed the test!

Although the first Saturday of the new year traditionally has a high turnout, the following weekend has always (bar one year) been even higher. So keep up the resolutions and the training - and see you next week!

Graham

 

Happy New Year – Event 357- 01/01/2019

The New Year's resolutions got off to a great start as 270 people completed Ally Pally parkrun on 1st Jan. Most enjoyed an extra hour's lie-in before our 10am start, but a small band were gluttons for punishment and came hot-foot to the start line after already running a 9am parkrun elsewhere. Well done to all, and keep it up.
We were honoured to welcome Mark Presland from Great Lines who was completing his 100th parkrun, and Jose Zalabardo, Oliver Nicholls and Kim Noble who were all achieving their 50th.
Results were as follows:
Fastest men: Kit Grierson (17.29), Unknown runner, Michael Cockings (18.31)
Fastest women: Rebecca Bunting (18.20, 3rd overall), Lily Woolcock (21.33), Cheryl Sacks (21.53)
Fastest juniors: Eric Beale (21.17 and a PB), Joe Ewbank (21.23), Ben Ryan (22.01)
Best age grade: Rebecca Bunting (81.55%), Gavin Evans (80.79%), Mike Hurford (80.03%)
Many thanks to all the volunteers who made the run possible.
Back to normal this Saturday, which will be a paced event.
Jan

 

Ally Pally #355: Elves and milestones

A grand total of 234 parkrunners enjoyed lovely winter running conditions to complete the 355th running of Ally Pally. Well marshalled by elves, the runners included not just a Santa (really good effort, Dominic!) and Ken from Brisbane (now that’s proper tourism!) but also two Ally Pally regulars completing significant milestones.

Richard Nichols ran the first Ally Pally parkrun on 3rd December 2011 and today completed his 250th run, an impressive 238 of which have been here at Ally Pally. Completing his 100th run today was Nick Ryan, an almost ever-present with the rest of the Ryan family at Ally Pally in the last couple of years. Well done both!

Also acknowledged was Matthew Sheldon who recently completed 100 volunteering stints – another fantastic effort.

A big thanks as ever to all the volunteers who made today’s run and all the other Ally Pally parkruns possible. If you’d like to volunteer any time in the next few weeks – Sat 29th Dec (9am), Tues 1st Jan (10am) or Sat 5th Jan (back to 9am – pacers also wanted for this event!), please send an email to allypallyhelpers@parkrun.com.

If you’d like to see which parkruns in London or elsewhere are holding events on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, check the Christmas & New Year Compendium at www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events.

The only thing left is to wish all Ally Pally parkrunners a very Happy Christmas!
Andrew

 

Baby it’s cold outside.

At last we come to the time of year when we separate the parkrunners from the also ran's. With a gentle but cold breeze most of us volunteers lost the use of our fingers  through numbing cold by about 8:55h! But no matter, the parkrun went ahead. Although the cold weather thinned the herd down to the most committed park runners we were delighted with a field of 219 runners who braved the cold. These were not just the club runners who live to run and stride around the course like antelope. Also us mere mortal parkrunners who are just trying to burn off last night's chocolate biscuits showed up in large numbers. In my humble opinion its the getting out on a Saturday morning when you can, whatever the weather, that makes you a committed parkrunner. This morning I was proud to see so many of you out for your weekly dose of parkrun.

We will be running as normal on the Saturdays during the holidays and have a New Years parkrun at 10:00h 1/Jan/19. We will not be doing an event on Christmas day but I believe some local parkruns will happen on Christmas day so check their websites for details.

Until next time have a good few weeks .

Shane.

 

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
Jan

 

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.
Jan

 

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.

Jan

 

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!

 

Rosie

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