Volunteer at the 2018 London Marathon

Would you like to take part in the 2018 London Marathon? Well if you didn't get a place then you can still get involved by joining the Greenwich parkrun team volunteering at the start.

What's involved? You will be helping out on the baggage trucks. Taking the bags from the runners and putting them in the truck. Simple!


Where is it? We'll be based in Blackheath.

When? 22 April 2018.

What time? Your help will be needed between 7am and 10.30am on the day leaving you lots of time to watch the rest of the marathon or you could pop over to Blackheath or Greenwich afterwards for brunch.

Can non-parkrunners join the team? Yes! Friends and family are more than welcome to join our team. The only prerequisite is that they're aged 18 or above - sorry no under 18s.

What's in it for me? Well apart from a great morning providing support to over 30,000 runners you'll get a London Marathon t-shirt! Also, if you volunteer at Greenwich parkrun you'll also be entered into Greenwich parkrun ballot to win one of our guaranteed places in the 2019 London Marathon (the exact number of places we have will depend on the number of volunteers in our team).

OK, how do I get involved? Please email us a at Greenwichhelpers@parkrun.com and let us know what size t-shirt you will require (S, M, L or XL).In addition, if you didn't volunteer with us last time then you'll need to send in a passport style photo, which meets the following criteria

  • The photo's digital size must be more than 100KB (photos taken on phone should still be acceptable, but just double check the file size)
  • Photo will need to be one of the following file types - GIF, JPEG, JPG or PNG
  • Head & shoulders only (and no hats or sunglasses)
  • Preferably a plain background (as much as possible)
  • Please do not take a photo of a photo – must be an original image

We will be in touch closer to the time with further details.

We've been asked to provide a team of 60 people, which we achieved last year. With your help we can match that again this year.


Greenwich parkrun Event number 421 13th January 2018

Run Directors: Daniel COOPER & Linda BOSCIC

The New Year revolution continues as another large turnout of 311 people descended on Avery Hill Park to complete the 3 laps of the course – just 20 short of our all-time record attendance of 331. 50 people were running, jogging or walking the course for the first time. 32 of the first-timers were recording their first ever parkrun, and this included regular volunteer Jane CAPEY, who has volunteered 16 times at Greenwich parkrun and finally took the bold step of completing the 3 laps of the course for the first time. Best wishes for a PB on the second run!

 Kudos to the 54 people who recorded new PBs. Most notable performance was Vincent LEGGETT’s 14th PB in 109 runs at Greenwich. Other record-breakers who’ve completed up to 20 runs here include:

  • David MEARS – 5th PB from 28 runs
  • Nicola ILES – 10th PB in 26 runs
  • Robert HICKS – 11th PB in 24 runs
  • William DINEEN – 10th PB in 24 runs
  • Andrew MYERSCOUGH – 7th PB in 22 runs
  • Sinead DINEEN –11th  PB in 20 runs
  • Katie BARRETTA –6th PB in 20 runs
  • Joan STOKES –5th PB in 20 runs

It was double joy for Aidan NEWTON (JM11-14) as he celebrated his 10th run with a PB.  Thomas EVERSON (JM10) also completed his 10th run to stake a claim for a white club t-shirt.

Greenwich parkrun Event Director, Colin ARMSTRONG, competed his 200th parkrun, 175 of which have been completed here.


Male Placings:

Andy WHELAN (VM35-39) of Cambridge Harriers was the first to finish in a new PB of 16:50 on his 7th run here. Next to finish was an unknown runner, followed by Pete HARLAND (SM25-29) also in a new PB of 18:49 on his 9th run here.

Female Placings:

Emma GRIFFITHS (SW25-29) was first to finish in 22:16 (31st overall) followed by Hannah CAPEY (JW15-17) of Greenwich Tritons in 22:50 (34th overall) and Alexandra CLAESSENS (JW11-14) of DofE  in a new PB of 22:52 on her 2nd run here (35th overall). Alexandra is using parkrun for the  Sports/Activity element of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.


As ever, massive thanks are due to the 22 Hi-Viz heroes who helped to make the run happen: Linda BOSCIC • Alan B COX • Wole ODELE • Vernon THOMAS • John HANNAN • Ian KING • Simon HANCE • Roderick COOKEY-BRESI • Hugh BOYLE • Ian SCOTT • Daniel COOPER • Kieran FOWLER WRIGHT • Tom DALEY • Chris SIMPSON • Marion OSBORN • Oliver MAY • Liam LOCKWOOD • Curtis MAY • Kalina CHRISTEV • Joe IGOE • Una PALMER • Jake CLARKSON

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 6,667 participants have completed 55,457 parkruns covering a total distance of 277,285 km, including 8,987 new Personal Bests.

Report by Wole Odele

Do you want to be part of the Royal Greenwich Mini Marathon Team 2018?

Are you aged 11 – 17 years old?

Live or go to school in Royal Greenwich?

You will run the last 3 miles of the London Marathon course on the 22 April 2018

Trial dates: Saturday 17 & 24 February and 3 March 2018

Trial Location: Greenwich parkrun, Avery Hill Park, Bexley Road, Eltham, SE9 2PQ

The trials are being run in conjunction with parkrun. parkrun organise free weekly 5k timed runs. They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in. You can complete any of the 3 dates; or if you’re feeling super fit, all 3. Your fastest time will be used for selection.

Before taking part in parkrun ensure you are registered and print out your barcode (no barcode on mobile phones accepted). You can register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

Contact kim.hoskins@gll.org to register your interest.

For more information on the mini marathon, please visit their website http://www.minimarathon.co.uk


Greenwich better


Greenwich parkrun #420, 6th January 2018

Run Director: Mavis Williams

For the first Saturday run of the year, with people looking to make new year resolutions, 26 people chose to record their first ever parkrun at Avery Hill Park and we hope to see them all running regularly throughout the year. In all 40 first time visitors to Greenwich parkrun, completed the 3 laps of the course, boosting the overall turnout to a total of 293 runners, joggers and walkers. The event was made possible by 21 volunteers


Congrats to the 25 runners who got their new year off to a flying start by recording new PBs. Barry WETHERILT was the pick of the bunch setting his new mark on his 54th run here and was the only adult from the group to have run over 20 times here. Junior runner Emer TYNAN (JW10) also set a PB on her 16th run here.

Male Placings:

Ang PIERIS (VM35-39) of Northampton Road Runners was first through the funnel in 18:11. Steven GROOM (VM35-39) of Cambridge Harriers was not far behind in 18:23 and Matthew PRESTON (VM40-44) also of Cambridge Harriers was third to finish in 19:13.

Female Placings:

Victoria BASQUILL (VW45-49) of Serpentine RC was first female through the funnel in 20:27 (10th overall), followed by Hester BARSHAM-ROLFE (SW30-34) of Greenwich Tritons in 21:35 (19th overall) and Agata KASPRZYK (SW30-34) of New Eltham Joggers was next in 23:06 (35th overall)

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.


Massive thanks to our Hi-viz heroes who made it all happen:
Mavis WILLIAMS • Alan B COX • Wole ODELE • Ian KING • Simon HANCE • Hugh BOYLE • Julian BARTLETT • Nicholas JORDAN • Noel DUFFY • Ian SCOTT • Daniel COOPER • Kieran FOWLER WRIGHT • Tom DALEY • Chris SIMPSON • Heidi MCCANN • Linda DUFFY • Marion OSBORN • Elaine SIDGWICK • Oliver MAY • Curtis MAY • Kalina CHRISTEV

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 6,617 participants have completed 55,146 parkruns covering a total distance of 275,730 km, including 8,933 new Personal Bests

Report by Wole Odele

Greenwich parkrun #419 1st January 2018, New Year, New Start

Run Director: Hugh Boyle

It was definitely a new start to the new year in more ways than one for the record breaking turnout of 323 people who ran, jogged and walked the Greenwich parkrun course, on new year’s day as we tried out a new start with the intention of finishing near the café where most people congregate. There were 76 first timers oblivious of the change.This record-breaking attendance for a new year's day run followed hot on the heels of a record-breaking Xmas day run.


Kudos to all the 45 people who recorded new Personal Bests. The mother and daughter duo of Sally HAFFENDEN (39 runs at Greenwich) and Chloe HAFFENDEN on her 40th run, were the only record breakers who’ve recorded over 20 runs here. It was also Sally’s 200th run. Most of the other record breakers were visiting for a second time.


Congratulations to Gabe WOLFE, Hayley CLAYTON and Darren STRINGER, who all made it to the 50 runs milestone.

Male Placings

James MACDONALD (VM35-39) of Cambridge Harriers was first to finish in 17:37, followed by first timer Tony MACDOWALL (VM35-39)  of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC in 17:46 and Brett BAKER (JM15-17) of Greenwich Tritons in18:38.

Female Placings

Clare ELMS(VW50-54) was first female finisher in 19:07 (5th overall) followed by Victoria BASQUILL (VW45-49) of Serpentine RC in 19:56 (12th overall) and Sally HAFFENDEN (VW45-49)  of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC in a new PB of 22:08 (50th overall) on her 39th run here.

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.


Massive thanks to the  21 volunteers who coped admirably with the record attendance:
Iain SWATTON • Peter FISHER • Wole ODELE • Alex COODE • Richard FURZE • Simon HANCE • Hugh BOYLE • Jez COAD • Derek HOPKINS • Linsey HOPKINS • Kerry GALLAGHER • Ian SCOTT • Fionnuala BOYLE • Sarah PAYNE • Marion OSBORN • Aodhan BOYLE • Alison MINNEY • Erin RYAN-DOLAN • Jane CAPEY • Kalina CHRISTEV • Stacey STRACHAN

Do let us know if you have any feedback on the start change. Send an email to greenwichoffice@parkrun.com or pass on your feedback to the Run Director on the day.

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 6,577 participants have completed 54,853 parkruns covering a total distance of 274,265 km, including 8,908 new Personal Bests.

Report by Wole Odele
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