EVENT CANCELLATIONS – 2nd November and 30th November 2019

Please be advised that there will be NO Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 2nd November 2019. The Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival will be held on the same day therefore we will be unable to hold parkrun that day.

There will also be NO Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 30th November 2019 as the YMCA North London Santa Run will be held in the park on that day.

Please let your fellow parkrunners, family, friends and colleagues know to avoid disappointment. You may want to give another local parkrun a go or try one further afield.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Ally Pally parkrun team

 

Event 390 – 7 Sept 2019

A beautiful autumn day greeted us helping 359 parkrunners enjoy Ally Pally in ideal conditions.  Congratulations to the first finishers and huge thanks to the support of the stalwart volunteers and pacers, who helped 44 people get a new PB.  Also, welcome to the 48 first timers boosting our numbers, including 25 doing their first ever parkrun.  We hope to see you again.

Apologies that I forgot to raise a cheer for the mile stones achieved:

Paul Beale and Jacqualine Murphy (100)

Louise Richards, Lottie Higgins and Barbara King (50)

See you soon!

Rosie

Facebook: www.facebook.com/allypallyparkrun
Twitter: @AlPal_parkrun

 

Event 384 – 20th July 2019 – The clouds parted and the sun shone through

As 254 parkrunners and 17 volunteers arrived it was clear to see that they were well prepared for the rainy and damp conditions (layered clothing, umbrellas e.t.c.). Things soon changed, as sun rays soon appeared over the start lin. The smiles of those present grew bigger and there was a real sense that the positive atmosphere caused the clouds to disappear and the sun to break through.

Well done to Robin Pullen 18.47), Leo Buringham (19.13), Michael Cockings (19.35), Sophie McKeenan (23.24), Lily Beckford (23.46) and Nicola Vallins (24.51) for their podium finishes.

A special congratulations to Michael Cockings for running his 100th and Libertine Bringas for running his 350th parkrun.

A special thanks goes to the following volunteers for which without their support the event would not have happened:

Graham CARTER • Rodger THOMPSTONE • Janet SMITH • Nick HAWARD • Paul WILLIS • Maria VERNAZZA • Shay KOHLER • Theo GATWARD • Susan DELGADO • Adelaide CARTER • Stephanie BURNS • Mark ENGLAND • Anne THOMPSTONE • Kate HOWE • Leila ENGLAND • Mike FULLER

Become a volunteer at least three times a year. If you are worried about the tasks, don't be as they are all very simple and you will receive a briefing on the day. Please also encourage your friends and family to get involved. Anyone interested should get in touch with us at allypallyhelpers@parkrun.com. We also have a signup sheet on our event days. We would love to hear from you!

See you soon!

Catherine

Facebook: www.facebook.com/allypallyparkrun
Twitter: @AlPal_parkrun

 

EVENT CANCELLATION – 17th August 2019

A reminder that there will be NO Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 17th August 2019. The Great Fete will be held on the same day therefore we will be unable to hold parkrun that day.

Please let your fellow parkrunners, family, friends and colleagues know to avoid disappointment. You may want to give another local parkrun a go (Finsbury Park, Hampstead Heath, Highbury Fields e.t.c.) or try one further afield like new event Sunny Hill in Hendon.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Ally Pally parkrun team

 

Event 383 -13th July – A thousand, not out.

After our enforced absence last week, we had a fine and warm morning for our return to Ally Pally, where we enjoyed comparing our touring experiences.

It was a day of celebrations.

The Sheldons were out in force to reach the marvellous achievement of their 1000th  family parkrun. Matthew, Bethan, David, Rosie and Andrew celebrated by coming over the line together, and by treating the rest of us to cake. The 1000 does not even include the numerous times they have been there to volunteer as everything from Run Director to Run Starter, nor the many runs that David did being bumped up and down in his buggy. Here's to the next thousand.

Congratulations also to Bethan Sheldon on reaching her own 200th, and to Terry McCarthy also achieving his 200 milestone.

Chloe, Katerina and Theo Macaulay represented Evelina Childrens Hospital in their "parkrun takeover" to celebrate the 150th birthday of this venerable NHS institution which treats 95,000 children per year.

Unfortunately, the name of the first person to cross the line currently remains Unknown, although his female J10 alter-ego made a brief and transient appearance in the results, with a spectacular age grade record, subsequently removed!

Second and third home were Jamie Wood and David Dugdale.

Top 3 women were Kath Hipwell, Angharad Harris and Sophie Nettleton.

Fastest juniors were Janak Subberwal, Ben Ryan and Fred Beale.

Top age grades were Helen Mayer, Sue Eedle and David Dugdale.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible.

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO ALLY PALLY PARKRUN ON 17TH AUGUST

Jan

 

 

Ally Pally Parkrun #381

Ally Pally Parkrun #381

My friend and I have been doing some Parkrun tourism lately.

Mostly this consists of searching around for a Parkrun as near by as possible so I don’t have to rise from the pillowy bliss of bed until the last possible second. However, last week there was also an added wrinkle:

“Can we do a non-hilly run please? I just can’t handle doing hills this time”

“Sure, well that’s Hampstead Heath out. What about this one?”

“Yeah that seems flat. What’s it called? Ally Pally…”

As those who regularly face the Alexandra Palace Parkrun will know, “flat” is not the word you’d use to describe it. Unless you were saying “I nearly fell flat on my face on that last giant hill”.

Ally Pall features a number of short, sharp uphill darts that I was completely unprepared for. That, combined with the heat, meant the run was never going to be my fastest 5K.

At last week’s run the sky tried to drown me, and this week it tried to melt me. Sometimes I wonder if I upset Mother Nature by dropping a Dr Pepper can or something and she’s slowly taking revenge by sabotaging my running career (or maybe I just need to stop coming up with excuses).

Still, some people did manage to squeeze out an improved time. Matthew Field, Rondo Selwyn, Lloyd Williams, and Tom Holland (calm down, not that one) all got PBs.

In fact, of the 404 runners who ran, walked, and jogged the course on Saturday, 32 set personal bests.

My friend and I weren’t the only first timers there either.

Hills. Hampstead Heath.

Hot.

404 runners.

1st
Louise Middleton, Pallavi Sharma, Charlie Barnett, Asher Cohen, Amy Bush, Zoe Elliot, Nedum Orike, Andrew Sutherland, Philip Tibenham, Akash Gulati, Tony Sayers and Sam Turner all made their Ally Pally debut.

Meanwhile on the other end of the spectrum, Julie Wallis completed her 50th Parkrun, Dominic Pride and Ana-Maria Norbury did their 100th, and Alun Nash racked up a staggering 429th.

Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up despite the conditions and to everyone who contributes to parkrun in ways large and small.

 

Event 377 – 25th May 2019

This week 394 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Catherine EDEAM • Janet SMITH • Paul WILLIS • Maria VERNAZZA • Michelle VAN DER KNAAP • Tim FLETCHER • Matthew COCKERILL • Shay KOHLER • Gemma SOUTHREN • James ARRICH • Vicki BAKHSHI • Nye AIDEN CHAUHAN • Henry VAN DER KNAAP • Stephanie BURNS • Nick MUGRIDGE • Caroline FLETCHER • Andy DAWSON • Ian NOUTCH • Ruth MOULTON • Cathy LEVY • Ella CERNY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ally Pally parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:02 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 188).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:42 on 14th July 2018 (event number 336).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 86.30% (23:29) on 14th June 2014 (event number 127).

Ally Pally parkrun started on 3rd December 2011. Since then 7,940 participants have completed 54,925 parkruns covering a total distance of 274,625 km, including 8,574 new Personal Bests. A total of 566 individuals have volunteered 4,127 times.

 

Event 376 – 18/05/19

It was a pleasant spring day for the 321 runners who completed the summer course and there was no shortage of volunteers as people were saving themselves for the Crouch End 10k the following day. There were 39 running for the first time at ally pally, and 43 people achieved a PB.

First home were Thomas Burden 18.11, Sam Peach 18.14 and an unknown runner .

The fastest women all came in almost together,  at positions 58-60, Amira Kohler 24.06, Alice Victor 24.10 and Fiona Carr 24.17.

Fastest juniors were Ben Redland, Zac Paul and Olivier Mudry.

Best age grades were Mike Hurford, Ben Redland and David Dugdale.

Some of us enjoyed a coffee from Daniel's van, but this proved to be the last one. Unfortunately, following the trial run, Daniel concluded that it was not financially viable to attend on a regular basis, although we are hoping that he will return as a one-off for our anniversary in December.

Please note the cancellation dates of 6th July and 17th August when there will be other events going on in the park.

Well done to all those who completed their events at Crouch End.

Jan

 

 

Car Key found

A car key with a green fob was found in the parkrun area this morning. If anyone has lost it , please email ally pally parkrun.

 

EVENT CANCELLATIONS – 6th July and 17th August 2019

Please be advised that there will be NO Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 6th July 2019. This is due to the construction of the Soap Box Race course which will be held in the park that weekend.

There will also be NO Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 17th August 2019. The Great Fete will be held on the same day therefore we will be unable to hold parkrun that day.

Please let your fellow parkrunners, family, friends and colleagues know to avoid disappointment. You may want to give another local parkrun a go (Finsbury Park, Hampstead Heath, Highbury Fields e.t.c.) or try one further afield like new event Sunny Hill in Hendon.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Ally Pally parkrun team

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