Hampstead Heath parkrun, Event number 448, 28th December 2019

This week 238 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

A catch up on notable recent milestones follows the volunteer section below.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers. Is this the best ever ratio of volunteers to runners? Long may it continue…

Andi SHAH • Michelle MOSSADEGH • Nick KAUFMANN • Adam LENNOX • Marina GROMOVA • Gareth WILLIAMS • Jon SLEEMAN • Jen PEMBERTON • Richard THOMAS • Polly THOMAS • David LEVEY • Jill ELLIS • Irene BINGHAM • Paul SANT • Barbara ABRAHAM • Edith MACLEAN • Sarah MARTIN • Nicky CHORLEY • Veronica BANE • Solomon SEYOUM • Ashia LOGIE • Hannah GRABINAR

Thank you

Damien Lane stepped down as one of the three overall event directors with his last weekly stint as a run director on 30 November. He has led HHpr’s volunteer team for a few years while marathoning and ultra-marathoning on the side. We wish him all the best for his next challenges, including another Comrades in S Africa. He marked his farewell with the best volunteer roll of all - folding up the filthy ground sheet – see photo

MilestonesDamien farewell

28 December
Co-event director Adam Lennox finished first at HHpr for the first time today in his first new PB for nearly 3 years and first time over 70% age graded score.

Nina Simmons JW15-17 ran her 100th parkrun at HH today, a long way from her usual home in Lower Hutt, Petone, across the harbour bay from Wellington, New Zealand.

Another antipodean visitor was Rafi Gordon, JM15-17, from Sydney, Asutralia, with a sub-20’, >70% run.

Jason Vessey, travelled down from Yorkshire to run his 50th as HH.

21 December
Angela Pollitzer notched up her 250th parkrun with another 70%+ AGS. Her gingerbread celebrations with her family are in the photo.Angela 250

Paul Sants reached 50 parkruns but was gallingly 1 second short of his pb, for the second week running. At least he got over 70% AGS for the first time with those two runs (age has some benefits).

Harriet Williams ran her 50th too.

Age category records

Toni McIntosh from Ayr in Scotland ran 20:00 (the most annoying time possible) to set a new VW40-44 record on 14 December.

Austin Soane set a wonderful VM65-69 record of 20:39 (81.19% AGS) on 2 November. Based in Frimley Lodge, Farnham, where over 200 of his 308 parkrun have taken place, he has been a tourist oin some 50 other parkruns. I wonder how many age records he has on different courses?

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

The female record is held by Hannah VINER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 347).
The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:23 on 29th September 2018 (event number 385).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 91.51% (23:33) on 9th June 2018 (event number 370).

Hampstead Heath parkrun started on 14th May 2011. Since then 17,641 participants have completed 98,538 parkruns covering a total distance of 492,690 km, including 15,373 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,023 individuals have volunteered 6,617 times.


More Marshals. And maybe a New Route

Greetings from HH parkrun towers!

The eagle eyed among last Saturday's runners will have noticed a somewhat familiar figure loitering at the start and around the course as we ran last week's event.

It was none other than the great Dave Bedford, former 10k world record holder, a later Race Director of the London Marathon. He was not scouting the faster runners (though with three men under or around 16:34 he might have been doing that as well), rather he was there to help the Heath management assess the event and help the RD team to think of ways to mitigate / reduce the disruption to other Heath users which has become a larger issue as we regularly attract over 400 participants to the Heath.

The visit, together with a rather damp and chilly walk round the Heath has encouraged us to do two things;

1. We need to deploy more Marshals around the Heath. These marshals will be scattered around the course, particularly at pinch points / crossing points where potential disruption are most acute. These marshals will be mostly outward facing, ambassadorial roles (in addition to the current run focused role), who will - ideally - talk to other users of the Heath, explain what parkrun is, explain what an amazing thing it is - how many people run it in London / worldwide, what it is so brilliant etc etc, as well as warning other users ahead of the start that a wall of runners is about to come hurtling down Lime Avenue. This will mean that we need to have more volunteers each week. But as we all love parkrun, and acknowledge that for it to continue we need to do our part to minimise the disruption and build relationships with other users, I am confident this will be possible. This week's response has been amazing. Please shout an extra thank you to the volunteers this week - they are awesome!!

2. The start was pretty muddy this week - if you hadn't noticed. We think we may have found a new route (even hillier, of course) which will involve starting in roughly the same place, but finishing a little distance away, so stay tuned as we firm up thinking on this.

In the meantime, thanks for reading to the end of this long message!!

See you on Saturday.

And don't forget your barcode.



Reminder – No Hampstead Heath parkrun 14 September

Hi All. A reminder that there is no parkrun on the Heath tomorrow due to the Jubilee Trust events. We'll be back - better than ever - next week. Have a great weekend. The RD Team.


Run for Your Life Charity Event by Jubilee Hall Trust – Saturday 14th September

We are taking a break from parkrun on Saturday 14th September. Our friends at Jubilee Hall Trust are holding their annual charity run. It is scenic 5K lap course covering most of the heath. See below for more information.

Run  Start

5th Annual Run for Your Life Charity Event by Jubilee Hall Trust – Saturday 14th September on Hampstead Heath

We are a small London based charity whose mission is to build healthier communities.  This event is for runners of all levels – including walkers and true beginners. The 5k/10k Trail Run will be chip-timed and provide a professional-quality running experience for seasoned runners, as well as a friendly, community atmosphere to encourage and support new and beginner runners. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to join the 2k Fun Run with those under 6 accompanied by an adult around the course.

All finishers will receive a T-Shirt and medal.

Be active, be well – bring the whole family! Local partners will join us to provide a full morning of fun, activity and wellness.

  • Enjoy wellness treatments from our lead sponsor www.Breathe-London.com
  • Connect with local athletics clubs
  • Learn about health and wellness programmes on offer from a range of local groups
  • Meet The Little Foxes and take part in their challenge (www.thelittlefoxesclub.com)

All proceeds will benefit Jubilee Hall Trust's charity programmes to get more people engaging in physical activity.

Further information and registration details can be found at www.jubileehalltrust.org/run




Hampstead Heath parkrun, Event number 430, 17th August 2019

The sun came out to light up a soggy Hampstead Heath on Saturday and the parkrun spirit was shining brightly. Among the 364 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 87 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests, we had I think our first wheel chair user, Claudia Burrough. Her new course record on her HHpr debut but 90th parkrun shows how tough our course is since it is almost double her times on a flat course. Claudia, pictured below, is based at Bushy Park and has done 21 different parkruns. She is rather inspirational and you can read her twitter feed and blog, where you can see the challenges she has to overcome, here https://twitter.com/claudiaburrough and http://www.seetheable.co.uk/blog

Claudia Burrough parkrun

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Avril RIDDELL • Nick KAUFMANN • Yan WEAVER • Richard POWELL • William DAWBER • Adam LENNOX • Gareth WILLIAMS • Alice COBURN • Nick HARDING • Francesco DI MAGGIO • Chris GOUGH • Janine MAKARONIDIS • Ruth GIBSON • Charlotte BLAKE • Paul SANT • Skevi FARAZI • Jenny HENMAN • Nunzia DIMAGGIO

Since our last update, the following age category records have been set at HHpr:

00:38:51 38.10 %

00:18:29 81.15 %

00:21:05 83.64 %

00:22:17 88.33 %

Christopher GREENWOOD
00:17:29 81.12 %

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

The female record is held by Hannah VINER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 347).

The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:23 on 29th September 2018 (event number 385).

The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 91.51% (23:33) on 9th June 2018 (event number 370).

Hampstead Heath parkrun started on 14th May 2011. Since then 16,405 participants have completed 91,949 parkruns covering a total distance of 459,745 km, including 14,580 new Personal Bests. A total of 969 individuals have volunteered 6,227 times.


Hampstead Heath parkrun #429 10/8/19

Hampstead Heath parkrun #429 10/8/19

So, visiting Grandma gives us an opportunity to do some parkrun tourism again, me and my son Morgan have been before and we brought a friend Anna with us. She is visiting from Warsaw and had never heard of parkrun before, she has now completed 3 different parkruns (Daventry, Leamington and Hampstead Heath) and is a total convert!

I’ve just looked it up and the last time we ran at HH was December 2016, so it’s been awhile! We were actually nearly thwarted by the car park as both machines were not functioning, and I had left my phone at Grandma’s house. But, as ever the kindness of parkrun strangers shone through and somebody helped out by adding my car to their app so we could park without worry of getting a massive fine.


The day was lovely and sunny but my oh my it was quite blustery too! The briefing was quite a revelation as I frequently do this at my home parkrun but I was blown away by how many new people there were. HH welcomed 21 fist timers to the parkrun family and a further 36 newbie tourists – 57 at a first timer’s briefing is quite a challenge without a megaphone!

There was one Junior runner who made it their 10th parkrun, 2 people joined the 50 club and one runner was doing their 100th parkrun – congratulations to all of you!


We were running route B apparently, slightly different from the route that I have run before which took us around the pond rather than across the grass, this meant that we went further down the hill and inevitably further up as well!


And we are off

And they’re off!                                                                                               By the pond


Talking of hills I did a little research as my home run – Leamington Spa prides itself on having a “hill” which we regularly warn tourists of. When looking through the parkrun statistics I noticed that the elevation change at Leamington is 159m which really doesn’t feature on the charts when it comes to elevation changes (375th on the charts) – Hampstead Heath parkrun has an elevation change of 316m (493th most elevation change out of a list of 519 in the UK!) and boy oh boy did I notice it. I vaguely remembered that there was a small slope on the final lap but it did rather take me by surprise how long it was!


Finish Funnel                                                                     Anna me and Morgan

And another totally useless fact, but it amused me: there were 344 runners at Hampstead Heath parkrun and run that backwards to 443 – the exact number of runners at my home run of Leamington.

Thanks Hampstead Heath parkrun – we had a blast and we won’t leave it so long next time!

Many thanks to Eleanor Nabney for this post


Sunny, chilly and hilly!

Today I had the pleasure of touristing at Hampstead Heath parkrun for their 412th event. Lovely sunny day but with a generous nip in the air so perfect for a run! The start was super easy to find with great directions, and always a relief when at a new parkrun to walk into the park and see a funnel being constructed!

First timers briefing contained essential information, and soon it was time for the start. Unfortunately I couldn’t hear the Run Director’s briefing as I was starting near the back, but there was some distinct cheering and clapping from in front of me so well done to anyone who achieved a milestone today!

The course was very enjoyable to run. Lovely pathways and views over the river. No sense of boredom even on the sections that were repeated which was nice. The long hill was a bit of a challenge, but the scenery and encouragement from the marshals made it much more bearable!

As always, parkrun is a sociable place and I ended up chatting with Jennifer, a lovely lady who’s recently moved from Los Angeles to work in London. This is part of what I really love about parkrun - it’s a real community wherever you go! It was both of our first times at Hampstead Heath so nice to run most of it chatting. Good luck to Jennifer in her upcoming first half-marathon!

This was a fun parkrun and an excellent route - very glad I chose to come here this morning and clock off my ‘H’ touristing the alphabet!


Thanks to Joanna Pellereau for today's parkrun report.

Farewell to the Fairground

Farewell to the Fairground

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill


Joanna & Jennifer


How to donate to Hampstead Heath parkrun

We always talk about parkrun being free, forever, for everyone. That said, running the event every week is not FREE. We do incur minimal costs from time to time such as batteries for the timers, vital supplies for the first aid kit and defibrillator, signs and barriers, flags and safety markers for the course.

There is no central funding pot for these things that help make the event happen. There is a donations process that is there for us to keep our supplies topped up and develop the event.

As an event team we are constantly on the lookout for ways to make the event better, safer, more inclusive and every now and then we want to buy things to facilitate this. Our ability to do any of this is completely dependent on your generosity and willingness to support the event. Without your contributions we simply cannot do any of these things as we do not have access to the funds to do it. We have a massive community of over 14,000 runners registered to parkrun with their home run as Hampstead Heath, and about 450-500 participate in the event every week. If everyone (even half of them) gave us £1 or £2, we would be set for the next few years! If you can spare a pound or two and are willing to donate to support the event, you can donate by visiting this link:


and clicking the donate button. Please note that it is parkrun policy that no one in the event team or volunteering at parkrun can handle cash. We can only accept donations via the online platform.

All of our expenditure and donation are published on the parkrun site – this pot is purely there for us to develop the event and keep our supplies topped up.

We really appreciate your support for our event!


Hampstead Heath parkrun team


Route A on 16 March 2019

Hello, my lovely people. Route A tomorrow. Don't forget your barcode.



Due to worsening conditions overnight, we are cancelling the parkrun today 2nd February.

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