Ally Pally parkrun 407

Ally Pally parkrun 407

Another Saturday, another new record attendance of 444 as we benefited from all those January resolutions on what is becoming a traditional weekend for high numbers We weren’t the only ones with over 80 parkruns and junior parkruns hitting new heights, including several of our neighbours. A warm welcome to the 33 new parkrunners who joined us. We hope you will soon be doing that “difficult” second run or walk. If you really try you could just about qualify for a red milestone T-shirt by the end of the year!

Bearing in mind that our attendances tend to rise by the odd two or three we have to give huge thanks to our volunteers who had to cope with an additional 38 parkrunners over last week’s record. An emergency double funnel was instituted at short notice and seems to have worked well. Thank you to everyone who helped by following instructions. A slight shuffling of the positions had to be dealt with during processing, but everyone got the right time. Please remember that once you have crossed the line you need to stay in the funnel and collect a finish token. Ducking out of the funnel causes a lot of headaches for the results processors as the timings and positions get out of synch. If you don’t want your time recorded either don’t cross the line, or just take a token and hand it in at the sorting table.

With these higher numbers it would be great to have a few more volunteers so that we can manage the finish area and keep marshals out on the course for whole event. If you are new to parkrun you can opt in to receive our volunteer emails via the link in your results email or via the Ally Pally parkrun website.

Joining our 33 newbies were 45 first time visitors, who were equally welcome. There were 38 PBs recorded in what were still testing conditions, although not as testing as the Metropolitan League cross country course held later in the day. If you see any photos do not fear - we do not use that particular hill! Our top path is muddy and narrow enough as it is, and Storm Brendan won’t have helped with things for this coming week. (Although as I write the sun is actually shining!)

Congratulations to the following on reaching milestones:
10 parkruns (junior): Alexandra Staebe, Johnny Reeves
50 parkruns: Diane Saxby, Matthew Hopley
100 parkruns: Kate Howe, Mark Colwill

Our first finishers were:
1 Al Pelmont 17:41
2 Chris Palfreman 19:03
3 Leo Burningham 19:17

First female finishers were:
45 Lia Tibenham-Crofts (JW15-17) 22:50 (New PB)
55 Claire Morris 23:16 (First time at AP)
84 Lottie Higgins 24:30

First juniors were:
11 Janak Subberwal (JM11-14) 20:54
24 Eli Jay (JM15-17) 21:46 (First parkrun)
38 Ben Ryan (JM11-14) 22:23

Our top age grades were:
Mike Hurford (VM60-64) 80.77%
Leo Burningham (VM50-54) 77.70%
Tal Pelmont (SM18-19) 74.55%

All the details can be found here:

If you are reading this with a view to visiting us in the near future, or if your route involves arriving via Alexandra Palace station then please be aware that East Coast Upgrade works are taking place. Crucially this means there is no service to AP over the weekends of 25-26 January and 29 February-1 March. Other weekends will have amended services, including this week. Check before travelling! At least Tottenham are away so we don’t need to worry about parking restrictions.

Fingers crossed for more sunshine and a lot less rain - and a full volunteer roster.