Big Half 2018: The Southwark parkrun ballot


You may have heard that the London Marathon organisers are launching a brand new half marathon next March called The Big Half ( It'll be a busy, exciting London event with a route that follows much of London Marathon route, including the loop around Southwark Park.


As a local community group, we have been granted 3 community entry places for the race and as a gesture of gratitude have decide to award these to our regular volunteers. All Southwark parkrunners who have volunteered 3 times or more within the past 12 months will be eligible to enter our ballot and we will hold a live draw at our Christmas-themed run (our 'Tinsel Run' - more news on this to come) on Saturday 9th December to select the winners.


How it works:


  • If you have volunteered at Southwark parkrun on 3 or more occasions between November 2016 and October 2017 then you are eligible to enter. We've counted 84 parkrunners who meet these criteria.
  • Eligible parkrunners will NOT be entered into the ballot automatically. You MUST tell us if you would like a place.
  • To enter just drop us an email at We will reply and confirm your ballot entry.
  • If you aren’t sure whether you qualify, you could check how many times you received a pre-run reminder email or post-run thank you email. If in doubt drop us a line and we’ll happily check our records.
  • If you already have a place for the Big Half then please do not enter the ballot – you can’t run it twice!
  • If you enter the ballot and later change your mind (or receive a place elsewhere) please let us know so we can withdraw your entry.
  • The deadline for entering the ballot is Friday 1st December with the live draw occuring at parkrun the following week (9th December).


We're hoping for lots of ballot entries so that our live draw on 9th December is extra exciting!


Best of luck :)




We are grateful to London Square for their offer to subsidise our race entries.


Trick or Treat Runs at Southwark Park


It’s typical of Halloween-themed runs through Southwark Park. You wait all year for one and then three come along at once.


You may have already heard about our own Pumpkin Run on Saturday 28th October (more on that here). We’re excited to introduce you to two more events occurring later that day – the Trick or Treat Runs in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

There will be two races: a 1.30pm family-friendly 'Spooky Run' (2.5k or 5k) and a 5.30pm 'Scare Run' (5k) in the dark.

Both will feature

  • themed Halloween Zones around the course
  • Thriller warm-up routines
  • glow-in-the-dark medals
  • fancy dress competitions

There are also opportunities to volunteer as a zombie / skeleton / mummy / pumpkin at one of the race’s themed zones! Volunteers can help entertain the runners during one race and then enter the other for free.

You can find out more about the event here:
or email to sign up as a volunteer.


Southwark parkrun’s Pumpkin Run


We're back with another 'Pumpkin Run' this Halloween!


On Saturday 28th October, Southwark parkrun will be a little different from usual.

There'll be:

  • Halloween theming - spooky but still family-friendly!
  • Fancy dress competition - with prizes!
  • The return of 2015's Pac-Man pacers (see photos)!
  • Post-run treats


Our Halloween event is one of the most fun events we do and definitely worth coming along for. There'll be lots of runners in fancy dress and we encourage you to join in if you'd like to!


Save the date, start planning what to wear and we'll see you on the 28th!

If you're on Facebook you can also join the event we've made:


Here are a few of our favourite Pumpkin Run photos from previous years:


Southwark parkrun #113 31-October-2015 Sport in the City: Halloween Run


4th anniversary social plans

We’ll be celebrating our fourth anniversary on Saturday 2nd September in the park at our run and also later on that evening at a social. All our runners, past present and future(!) are invited to join us at Leadbelly’s Bar and Kitchen, next to Canada Water station. We have an area reserved from 7:30. Do come along and say 'hi'  - we love new faces :D


For the Facebookers among us there is an event page you can join here:


parkrun and Parallel London 2017


We're delighted to be welcoming Parallel London to our event on Saturday 19th August.


Much like parkrun, Parallel London are champions of inclusivity and have created the world's first fully inclusive fun run, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It's a fantastic concept, featuring a range of run distances designed to be accessible to people with mobility or sensory impairments. It truly is an event for everyone. Several of the Southwark parkrun team ran at Parallel London in 2016 and our experience left us really excited to be able to collaborate with them this year.

For their 2017 event on Sunday 3rd September, Parallel are inviting parkrunners to join their celebration of inclusivity by signing up to run. A special discount code for parkrunners has been made available so you can book your place for only £5.

You can sign up to run at Parallel London here:
Don't forget to use the promotional code parkrun2017.

A single entry allows you to take part in up to 3 distances, including the brand new Super Sensory 1km.

Here's the planned schedule:

08:00 Participant registration/information opens
10:00 10km commences
11:00 5km commences
11:30 1km commences
12:00 Super Sensory 1km commences
12:40 100m commences

We hope you can join - we love seeing familiar faces at events! The deadline for entering is Friday 1st September.

The Southwark parkrun team

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