Cancellation: Saturday 30th December

Unfortunately, following the recent tragic events at Finsbury Park the police have advised us to cancel this Saturday's parkrun. Please spread this message to anyone hoping to attend.

Highbury Fields, Ally Pally, Hampstead Heath and Hackney Marshes are all proceeding as usual.

If anyone attended the Christmas day run and saw anything unusual, particularly at the north of the park near the baseball fields, please contact the police non-emergency number on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We hope to be running again on 6th January, but do check our website, twitter or facebook for confirmation.

 

Christmas day is on!

Hello all,

Christmas Day parkrun at Finsbury park is ON! We'll be running at 9am.

Of course, this is provided we can get sufficient marshals and volunteers. So if you have visiting friends and relatives, why not ask if they'd like to join in the festive cheer and volunteer?

Send an email to finsburyhelpers@parkrun.com so we can populate the roster - now booking until January 2018!

Cheers,
Diane

 

Event 395 – an 8th birthday, milestones and some Commonwealth Games history!

The fourth Saturday in October is Finsbury parkrun's birthday, and last Saturday we celebrated our 8th year - thanks to you all for coming to run, walk and volunteer since 2009!

We celebrated two milestones as well: Matthew Cockerill's 50th run, and Bill Sutherland's 100th. Congratulations to you both!

Bill's milestone prompted a few of us to do some research - as many of you are aware, Bill is a medalled Commonwealth athlete, receiving a Bronze medal for the 20 mile walk at the 1970 Commonwealth Games, representing Scotland. Mark Jefford found a couple of photos in the archives, shown below, as well as the following words from Bill in 1970:

“The red haired Sutherland was jubilant after the race over his Bronze. “When I came into the stadium I just couldn't believe it was all happening. The crowd were yelling for me and I knew I was going to get a medal.” He thought the crowds all along the route “fantastic” and the organisation “really wonderful”. (See more at http://www.vrwc.org.au/tim-archive/articles/Commonwealth%20Games%20Walks%20History.pdf)

Bill Highgate Harriers
(source: https://sarnia.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/bill-sutherland-7-miles-allcomers-record/ )
Bill medals
(source: http://www.vrwc.org.au/tim-archive/articles/Commonwealth%20Games%20Walks%20History.pdf)

When I shared with Bill the lovely feedback you all provided on Facebook, he sent the following words of inspiration:

“It has been a remarkable journey since 2014 and the encouragement and support of so many at Finsbury Park has been my foundation stone. I greatly admire all those who take part and challenge themselves week after week or from time to time. Patience and consistency are so important and each and every one of you are very special. It took me around 7 years to reach my greatest achievement of my Commonwealth Bronze Medal and I was never a natural athlete at the start. I am sure there are many within the Park Run movement from the young upwards who have the ability and the gift to become top athletes in the future. Go for it and I am sure you will reach your goals. Thank you again so much and Good Luck to you all whether a runner or volunteer in your future endeavours. See you again soon. Yours in Sport and Friendship, Bill Sutherland”

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Thanks Bill, we look forward to many more parkruns with you!

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Cheers, Diane.

 

Volunteer Tales

Alongside all the running milestones on Saturday (event 390), three parkrunners had their first volunteering experience at Finsbury.

Alice marshalled at the Seven Sister's Gate:   20170916_085922

"I've just moved to the area so tried out the FP parkrun a few weeks ago. As I was running up the hills in the blazing heat it struck me what a difference it made to me to see friendly, smiley faces clapping me round and encouraging me! So I decided to give back a bit and volunteer to marshal and cheer on the runners. I loved the experience - everyone seems so happy to be running and joining in. I especially enjoyed the people who make a point of saying "Thank you marshal" as they run past! I'll definitely be doing it again!"

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L-R Alice, Leanne and Tom

 

Let them eat cake

Plenty of the sweet stuff to go around as we celebrated milestone after milestone on Saturday.

Michelle reached the big 250 on Saturday. All the Finsbury 250 alumni got involved. Her cake was baked by Ros and she ran the course accompanied by The Great Alun Nash and Tim.
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Lorna, first to do the double (50th run alongside her 25th stint volunteering), got to celebrating early. 20170916_094024

She also produced this chocolate vegan delight!
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Stan, celebrated his 100th, one of a handful of juniors to do so at Finsbury. 20170916_093025
 
With his Heathside track mates
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Marcus ran his 50th
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 And we had 3 amazing first time volunteers on the course.
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We are cancelled 23rd September get your run, walk, jog or volunteering in elsewhere. 
See you on the 30th.

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