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.

 

Ally Pally parkrun over the festive season

We will be holding events on the following dates:

Saturday 22nd December 2018 at 9.00am as usual

Tuesday 25th December 2018 – NO EVENT

Saturday 29th December 2018 at 9.00am as usual

Tuesday 1st January 2019 at 10.00am - New Year’s Day parkrun - There will be an extra parkrun on New Year’s Day so why not join us and start 2019 with your parkrun family! Please be advised that the event will start at the later time of 10.00am.

Saturday 5th January 2019 at 9.00am as usual

It would be great to have a good turnout for all the events over the festive period so please do come and join us and spread the word to all your family, friends and colleagues. Also don’t forget to bring your barcode as these events will count towards your t-shirt count.

We will need volunteers for each of these events, so please get in touch with us at allypallyhelpers@parkrun.com if you're willing to help out!

Thanks to all parkrunners and volunteers for their continued support throughout the year. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

Ally Pally parkrun team

 

 

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

 

7th Anniversary Event – 1st December 2018

Ally Pally parkrun will be celebrating it's 7th Anniversary on Saturday 1st December 2018.

It would be great to see faces from the past and present, whether to run or volunteer, joining us in the celebrations. There will be presentations before the run to celebrate some special achievements. We would appreciate if people could bring cake, biscuits, refreshments e.t.c. to share in order to celebrate.

Please spread the word to your fellow parkrunners, family, friends and colleagues.

Hope to see many of you there!

Ally Pally parkrun Team