A New Years Double

Ally Pally parkrun 405 & 406

As is our custom we saw the New Year in with two parkruns in quick succession which not only gave a number of people the chance to do the New Years Day double but also saw our first Saturday event of the year set a new attendance record. We have also been blessed with a good turnout of volunteers at both events and would love to see this become a trend in the weeks and months ahead.

We, like many other events up and down the country, have been affected by the very wet winter and it is to everyone’s credit that a sensible approach is being taken on the narrower and more treacherous parts of the course. We have had a few falls so do take care, and once again we thank those who stop to help their fellow parkrunners and in some cases abandon their own runs to give assistance. Fortunately everyone has been able to leave under their own steam.

Event 405 - 1st January
We had 274 finishers of whom 35 did a double combining a 9.00 run at Grovelands (21) or Highbury Fields (14) with us. In addition at least one of our volunteers did a run/volunteer double. Amongst the doublers was young David Sheldon following firmly in the family tradition and clocking up his 99th & 100th runs. We were joined by 14 new parkrunners and 55 first time visitors. A very creditable 32 PBs were recorded given the date and the conditions.

The following recorded milestones:
10 parkruns (junior): Lia Tibenham-Crofts
50 parkruns: Matthew Cartledge, Sarah McPake
100 parkruns: David Sheldon

25 volunteering events: Christian Sailer

Our first finishers were:
1 Carl Fiford 17:50 (New PB)
2 Peter Gould 17:58
3 Luke Kavanagh 18:31

First female finishers were:
8 Rachel Thomas 19:18 (First time at AP)
51 Tallulah Jeffes (JW15-17) 22:56
56 Lia Tibenham-Crofts (JW15-17) 23:05

First juniors were:
13 Harry Glyn (JM11-14) 19:35 (First time at AP)
23 Samuel Lindsell (JM11-14) 20:37 (First time at AP)
51 Tallulah Jeffes (JW15-17) 22:56

Our age grade top three were:
Sue Eedle (VW60-64) 78.68%
Mike Hurford (VM60-64) 78.40%
Ed Boden (VM45-49) 77.70%

Which brings us to event 406 (4th January) and although a large number of participants was expected it is unlikely that anyone thought there would be a record turnout. Rather neatly we had 406 finishers thus beating our previous high (set last June) by two. This event was also notable for the high number of pacers covering nearly every minute between 20 & 40. Despite the congestion on the upper path they helped 43 of our finishers to a PB. Starting the new year with a first ever parkrun were 18 beginners and we had 40 more experienced participants making their first visit. As usual we hope you will join us again soon. Slightly disappointing was the 44 unknowns.

We had one milestone with John Hillan reaching 10 parkruns (junior). Congratulations also go to Andrew Thomas who set a new age category record of 17:22 in the SM18-19 category.

Our first finishers were:
1 Andrew Thomas 17:22 (First time at AP)
2 Samuel Anderson 17:51 (First time at AP)
3 Thomas Grimley 18:33

First female finishers were:
23 Eilidh Wagstaff 21:22
47 Anna Cawdron 22:31
51 Lia Tibenham-Crofts (JW15-17) 22:53 (New PB)

Our first juniors were:
9 Janak Subberwal (JM11-14) 19:51
16 Charlie Johnston (JM15-17) 20:25
39 Matthew Sheldon (JM11-14) 22:02

Our age grade top three were:
Caroline White (VW60-64) 80.89%
Leo Burningham (VM50-54) 79.14%
Mike Hurford (VM60-64) 77.15%

Congratulations to all those named above and to every single person who has run, jogged, walked, and volunteered so far this year. Here’s to the next 50 weeks!

All our respults can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/allypally/results/eventhistory/