Celebrating 8 years of Highbury Fields parkrun on November 9th


On November 9th we will be celebrating 8 years of Highbury Fields parkrun.

As in previous years, we are asking you to bring food items that we can donate to the Islington Foodbank. For more information, take a look here They have a list of essential items needed on an ongoing basis, so if you can bring any of these they will be extremely grateful.

We are also pleased to confirm that we will have pacers available to pace parkrunners from 19 to 40 minutes. So if you are targeting a new PB, this could be your day.

Watch this space & social media for updates as we get closer to the event. There is currently a rumour that some parkrunners are considering dusting off their 8-ies clothing...think leg-warmers, shoulders pads and sparkly disco flares!

Looking forward to seeing you on November 9th.

The Highbury Fields parkrun core volunteer team


Christmas & New Year events

Christmas & New Year events

Christmas 2017

Good news! Highbury Fields parkrun will be hosting extra events again on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, both at 9am. New Year's Day is the only day of the year where participants are allowed to 'do the double' and get credits for two separate parkruns. As in previous years, our friends down at Southwark parkrun (a short hop down the overground line) will be hosting their New Year event at 10:30 and there'll be lots of us doing both.

Please email us if you'd like to volunteer on either day!


Highbury Fields parkrun Event number 336

Saturday saw a healthy turn out of 306 runners with two of those achieving their 50th milestones; congratulations to Olivia Desborough and Steve Latham! Junior runner Amy also completed her 10th run with us, so a big round of applause to you too - may there be many more parkruns to come!

In addition to our run at Highbury Fields we were also playing host to the City of Westminster London Mini Marathon Trials, well done to all of the junior runners who participated, there were some fantastic performances and I'm sure this will be reflected in April at the London Mini Marathon.

I'm happy to report that our volunteer roster for next week is already full - which is amazing! Thank you to everyone who contributes their time, if you haven't volunteered before and would like to give it a go then check out the roster here and drop us an email to get involved; the more the merrier :D http://www.parkrun.org.uk/highburyfields/futureroster/

Not forgetting everyone who volunteered at event 336, I extend a big thank you to; David Barnett, Felix Samuels, Isobel Graham, Jennifer Glassford, Jenny McCullough, Jerome Mills, Jessica Vinluan, Jethro Elsden, Joe Grela, Jonathan Litchfield, Lindsay McDermott, Martin Black, Meseret Grela, Nikki Barnett and Rachel Day.

See you soon - your RD this week;


Highbury Fields parkrun Event number 310

Perfect running conditions graced the fields on Saturday; not too hot, not too sunny, no rain, no wind, it certainly had PB potential. For 58 of you the PB dream came true, in addition we had Stephen Perkins completing his 100th run and junior runner Ivor reaching the no10 milestone.

Impressively we also gained a new age grade course record of 94.10% which was achieved by Ros Tabor VW65-69 from Dulwich Runners AC in a time of 22:54 - congratulations Ros!

Event Director Martin Black announced that he has the support of a new partner-in-crime, Lizzy Muggeridge, who is going to Co-ED Highbury Fields parkrun. Regulars of Highbury Fields will know Lizzy has already been a stalwart of the core volunteer team for some years so we're sure she's going to be a perfect fit for the role.

Well done to everyone who walked, jogged, ran and volunteered. I hope you enjoyed yourselves and I'll see you again soon.

Big thanks as always to our volunteers; Lizzy Muggeridge, Martin Black, Richard Murphy, John Roback, David Fallon, Chris Peacock, Mia Oyesiku, Yuki Oyesiku, Christian Alibert, Simon Littlejohn, Felix Samueals and Jackson Rathbone.

Your RD this week; Kim


Highbury Fields parkrun Event number 301

It was rather cloudy (yet still very warm!) on Saturday, still that didn't deter 284 of you visiting Highbury Fields for some parkrun action.

We had 69 first timers, 28 PBS and 2 milestones with Sarah Goodacre (first time at the fields - come back again soon!) and Jane Guidon both reaching their 50th parkruns.

The front runners were;

Male placings:
Rob SMYTH (SM30-34) was first over the line in 17:24
Jack BROTCHIE (SM30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers, was second over the line in 18:12
Francesco MELLONI (SM20-24) was third over the line in 18:14.

Female placings:
Julia JOHNSON (VW50-54) of Penistone Footpath Runners AC, was first (53rd overall) over the line in 22:00
Elizabeth WALSH (VW35-39) of Running Mums Australia, was second (54th overall) over the line in 22:05.
Rachel ROSENTHAL (SW25-29) was third (70th overall) over the line in 22:47.

Some less exciting news is that seven finishing tokens were taken at the end of the event eeek! Please ensure you return tokens to us so that we can use them for the following weeks event - if you've forgotten your personal barcode you can hand your token in to any volunteer.

More exciting news is that this weeks volunteers did a fantastic job, that said every week's volunteers do a fab job also! I had a couple of parkrunners approach me about wanting to volunteer in the near future which is great - make sure you opt in to receive volunteer emails, you can do this via a link on your results email which takes you to your profile.
Which brings me to thanking event 301's volunteers who were; Martin Black, Paul Kelland, Jessica Vinluan, Jonathan Litchfield, Meseret Grela, Adrian Osmond, John Roback, Andy Cohan, Eleanor Young, Jerome Mills, Chris Peacock, Conny Dickgreber and Jackson Rathbone.

See you in a few weeks (don't forget we're cancelled on the 22nd!)
Your RD for Event #301 - Kim


Highbury Fields parkrun Event number 264

What a great turn out we had this week with 242 parkrunners, coming very close to our attendance record of 249 - will we smash this number at our birthday next week? Time will tell, more on our birthday shenanigans below but first thing's first..

We had Chris Orange return to his home parkrun of Highbury Fields to celebrate his 250th run with us and did so in a great time of 22:14. Stephen Mumford ran his 50th run in 27:47 and John Roback of our core volunteer team celebrated his 100th volunteer stint. We also had 47 first timers and 43 PB's recorded so round of applause to everyone - good work!

On to next week... it is of course our 5th birthday and we can't wait to celebrate. Here's what's in store and how you can get involved too;

-Pacers; we have a range of parkrunners volunteering to pace between 19mins - 32mins so you can try to nail that PB. (Still on the hunt for people to pace 22/29/30mins - please email highburyfieldshelpers@parkrun.com if you can pace one of these times).

-Bakers; what's a birthday without a cake?! We welcome homemade treats so if you've been inspired by the Great British Bakeoff recently then why not get creative in the kitchen and bring a treat along so everyone can enjoy your culinary delights.

-Awards; we'll be announcing the winners of this years points competition and maybe even giving out a couple of prizes too.

-Collection; this year we'll be supporting the Islington Food Bank by taking donations of dried food/tinned goods. If you would like contribute simply bring your items along with you to parkrun as usual. You can find a list of desired items here: https://islington.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Looks like we're set to have an amazing birthday so I hope you can all make it down and celebrate with us.

Thank you to the volunteers;
John Roback, Ben Roback, Deborah Roback, Emma Roback <<< the entire Roback clan out in force! Alan Quartly, Alex Chase, Jenny McCullough, Jerome Mills, Jessica Vinluan and Lizzy Muggeridge.

See you next week;

Your RD Kim


Highbury Fields parkrun Event 257

This week saw 192 parkrunners attend Highbury Fields. We had a couple of milestones recorded with Daniel Savory and newcomer to Highbury; Mark Opie, both complete their 50th parkrun - congratulations both! Make sure you order your tshirt and wear it with pride at your next visit to Highbury Fields.

Post parkrun a fun practical session on guide running was held by Tim Todhunter and his colleagues from the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB), which was a great success with many of you staying behind to learn these valuable skills. We hope you enjoyed it and thank you to Tim for hosting this.

Meanwhile over at Highbury Fields parkrun HQ...aka the White Swan, volunteers Jo and John were sorting the finishing tokens ahead of next weeks parkrun and noticed five were missing - eek! Please make every effort to return these after you've finished your run so that we can use them the following week. Otherwise our Event Director Martin has to get his arts and crafts out to create substitute tokens, and as fun as arts & crafts is I'm sure he'd rather go for a run instead ;)

Big shout out to to the volunteers for their help as always, this week we had; Chris Peacock, Dante Cumberbatch, Jo Beill, Marina Harden, Martin Black and Stephen Johns.

See you next time;
Kim - RD this week.


Highbury Fields parkrun Event 228

This week there were 206 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests.

The regulars amongst you will have spotted that we have ever so slightly moved our winter finish oooh ahhhh (and therefore accordingly moved our start line thanks to some careful measuring by our ED Martin). Please be courteous to one another around this area, we suggest those finishing keep left as they turn into the finishing funnel, if you are continuing on the course then keep to the right. Simples! (yes 'Simples' is in the dictionary therefore I'm using it!).

Here's the top standings for this week -

Male placings:
Tom EAMES (SM20-24) of West Suffolk AC, was first over the line in 17:01.
An unknown runner was second (Bring a barcode next time!)
John BERNARD (SM25-29) was third over the line in 18:02.

Female placings:
Megan KELSEY (SW25-29) was first in 19:40.
Claire BURNHAM (SW25-29) of Hastings AC, was second in 20:35.
Bronwyn FRASER (SW25-29) was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:12.

"Volunteers, Volunteers, where art thou?"
As I write this it's actually Valentine's Day, and the volunteer roster is looking pretty lonely. So if you love, love, parkrun (of course you do who doesn't?!) then get in touch to volunteer one Saturday morning! Roles available can be viewed here: www.parkrun.org.uk/highburyfields/futureroster

Thanks to this weeks volunteers;
Andrew McGeary, Anne Marie Maclaren, Martin Black, Sally Broughton Micova and Stephen Hey.

See you next week, your RD;
Kim Butler


3rd Birthday – Morning of PB’s

3rd Birthday - Morning of PB's is just a few days away now!

We are hopeful we will have pacers as follows:
19 mins
20 mins
22 mins
23 mins
24 mins
25 mins
26 mins
27 mins
28 - 29 mins
29 -30 mins
34+ mins
We hope to be able to cater for 21 mins as well. Come along early to find your respective pacer and we hope to be able to meet all the needs.

Hang around after your run (PB or not!) for some prizes, cakes, treats and something to drink to celebrate another wonderful year of Highbury Fields parkrun.

If there is anyone that wants to be photographer for the day please contact us (it's is another volunteering role); it would be nice to have the morning captured. (You will need to have a flickr account to post the pictures - if you don't have one already, please sign up in advance as it takes time for new users to post public pictures).


North London Longest parkrun 2013

Highbury Fields will be hosting the penultimate stage of the North London Longest parkrun 2013, at 16:30 on Sunday 23rd June. There will be seven stages in all, starting at 9am, with the last stage combining with the East London Longest parkrun at Hackney Marshes. You can run one, some or all of the stages and, as many parkruns are multiple-lap courses, you can do as much or as little of each 5km course as you choose. There are no official timings, and no registration or barcodes required, but runners are encouraged to record times and upload them as freedom runs or to the official Longest parkrun spreadsheet (available after the event). We hope to see you there!

Google map (with lots of information): http://goo.gl/maps/n6qxy


09:00 - Gladstone parkrun
10:30 - Hampstead Heath parkrun
12:00 - Ally Pally parkrun
13:30 - Oak Hill parkrun
15:00 - Finsbury parkrun
16:30 - Highbury Fields parkrun
18:00 - Hackney Marshes parkrun

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/598922160119062 and here: http://www.parkrun.com/crispy/category/longest-parkrun/

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