Run Report for Event 209

What a day! Google said dry, or at least only 20% chance of rain - be we got a few showers...

Even so, we had a great run.

Joseph was leading the warm-up for the 50th time - amazing! Here he is showing us how it's done:


We had a crack squad running the finish funnel - no mistakes here, tip top timing and tokens!

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And a lovely bunch of runners...

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We had 27 PBs - incredibly, that's almost a quarter of this week's 116 runners getting a new PB. Great job y'all!

See you next week, when I'm sure we'll have the biggest turnout ever. Be there or be square!


Run Report, Event #208

We were so lucky to have bright blue skies and warm weather after a blustery Saturday! As I set up the course, the birds were singing and the park was pretty much deserted, bliss!

Our meeting point

Our meeting point

Our event was made possible by 23 volunteers stepping up to help, 23! This week we had a full roster mid-week, thanks to our GoodGym Lewisham friends having a volunteer takeover (ably assisted by a few of our regulars!). If you don't know about GoodGym have a look here - the Lewisham group meet at Glass Mill on a Monday evening at 6.45pm and run to community spaces and charities, to help out with a physical task, something for your adults to get involved with!

Top Timer Team!

Top Timer Team!

This week we were joined by six first-timers - welcome! Our regulars seemed boosted by a bit of solar power, with a whopping 37 getting a new personal best time (including our first boy ,Theo, and first girl, Honor)! Something we get even more excited about than times is commitment to getting involved, so I was delighted to hand out a few wristbands this week. Well done to Daisy, Gaia and Kian, who all received a blue 'Half Marathon' wristband and Magnus, who received his green 'Marathon' wristband. Adults, please remember, we can't keep track of milestones, so rely on you letting us know if your child is expecting a wristband (it's helpful if you do this ahead of the run, via email: - this is also the address you contact to volunteer).

One of our runners was hitting an even bigger milestone this week. Well done to Hector Day, who ran his 100th junior parkrun, wow!

We had a great turnout, with 143 athletes crossing the finish line. With this many people, it can get a bit crowded as everyone finishes, so please remember only children go through the finish area and it's great if you can leave space for those following after you (and no dogs, buggies, scooters or bikes through the funnel please...!). We look forward to seeing you all again next week, when Luke will be Run Director. He is looking very lonely on the roster right now and just look at how happy volunteering makes you feel!

Warm Glow

Warm Glow



See you soon!

Adele :)


Run Report for Event 207

We had a lovely sunny morning for our 207th Hilly Fields junior parkrun today... And 114 runners came along to enjoy it with us. Getting set up was a little tricky though - I think we overloaded the trolley!

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And the ground was a bit too hard to get the flag in - luckily Edward is very strong and was able to help!

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But once we got running everyone had a fab time... There were a dozen first timers, and seventeen new PBs - way to go HFjp!!

Hope to see you all again next week... when the good folks from GoodGym will be helping out :)


Claiming your child’s wristband

If you've been to junior parkrun at Hilly Fields more than a couple of times, you've probably seen us giving our wristbands to children who have completed 11, 21 or 50 runs. We think that coming back time and again, showing commitment and running these distances - a half marathon, a marathon or a 100km ultra-marathon - deserves recognition.

However, for us to be able to give your child a wristband, you need to tell us when they're eligible. Unfortunately, we don't get any notification from parkrun HQ to tell us when a child has hit a milestone, so we rely on parents letting us know.

So, when your child is eligible for a wristband, please let us know. The two best ways to do this are:

  • Drop us an email to the inbox - - in the week you'd like us to present your child's wristband, letting us know your child's name and how many parkruns they've done.
  • Come up and talk to the run director on the day, before the run briefing

Don't forget, wristbands are awarded after the required number of parkruns are completed (so for a child receiving a blue wristband for completing 11 parkruns, the wristband will be awarded at the 12th parkrun - but only if you tell us!).

We look forward to giving out many more wristbands in the coming weeks!

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Run Report for Event 205

This morning saw perfect running conditions at Hilly Fields for 111 runners. Today there were five first timers and 31 runners achieved personal bests!
Ellis, Julian and Robin joined the Half Marathon club and were awarded blue wristbands, while Summer joined the Marathon club and received a green wristband; well done to you all!
This week's parkrun was made possible by Adam, Adele, Amanda, Amelia, Andrew, Cameron, Clare, Clifford, Darryl, David, Eden, Glenn, Heather, Hector, Isabelle, Jacqueline, Jala, Jonah, Layla, Luke, Mary, Mateo, Oscar, Sarah, Silas, Suzanne and Tien. A huge thanks to each of you for volunteering.
If you would like to help next week, or any of the coming weeks just send an email to
See you next week!


Happy 4th birthday to Hilly Fields junior parkrun

If a picture paints a thousand words, then a lot of pictures paints…an awful lot of words! Thanks to Suzanne, Oscar and Adam who were our photographers on Sunday, we will be making an album of birthday photos from our 4th birthday event which you can browse at your leisure on Facebook, but for now, here are some highlights from this week’s run.

We started bright and early, hanging bunting and balloons to set the scene.

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For fun, we ran the course in reverse today. This meant going down the big hill, rather than up it…


…and then up the deceptively long gradual hill!


Lots of people tried to run as fast as they could…
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... while others chose to stop for high-fives, to take a rest, or to pick up some good sticks, all of which is totally fine by us.
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The tail walkers made sure everyone reached the finish line safely – when they weren’t leaping about doing star jumps!

Jacqueline’s cake was extremely popular, as were the other treats brought along by Clare and Amanda.

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We had 31 volunteers – here are some of them. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out.
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Here's the obligatory annual photo of the Run Directors! (Missing Sam and Glenn who couldn't make it this year)
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After the event we all played with the selfie frame, tidied away, and started thinking about next week. park run 12th May 2019-119 20190512_HFJrParkrun-100-web

Fun birthday facts:

• Children who were only just born when we started in 2015 are now old enough to register for a parkrun barcode.

• Three children - Barnaby, Rufus and Joseph - ran today and were also at our very first event. Eloise was also at the first event but was too young to run at the time. She had a great time running today. And Silas, who ran in the first event, was volunteering today.

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• We had 147 runners for our 4th birthday, which is a lot, but still not quite matching our record of 169 which was set on our 3rd birthday last year.

• 20,235 runs have been completed at our event over the years.

• The total distance that has been run is 40,470km.

• Between you, you have spent 186 days, 23 hours, 8 minutes and 35 seconds running at Hilly Fields junior parkrun.

We have lots more photos to share with you later in the week. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all three, so that you don't miss anything.


Run Report for Event 203

This bright and somewhat chilly morning saw 120 keen runners make their way around the course at Hilly Fields. There were 16 first timers and 18 runners who achieved PBs, well done everyone.
Today we were taking the annual snapshot survey to help understand the impact of junior parkrun beyond those running. Silas, Isobel and Joseph counted 78 adults running with children and 63 spectators! A special thanks to the three of you for helping with this; it's amazing to see how junior parkrun involves everyone.
As always there would be no junior parkrun without all of the amazing volunteers. A big thank you to, Joseph, Amanda, Isobel, Sam, Barnaby, Carl, Martin, Nick, Edward, Jacqueline, Silas, Mark, Isabelle, Kevin, Scott, Cameron, Layla, Ben, Joseph, Eden, Lisa, Adele, Hector, Alex, Sharon, Thi and Kev who helped this week.
If you would like to volunteer just send an email to
Next week will be our 4th birthday!!! Feel free to bring something yummy to share.
Run Director - Event 203


Run Report for Event 202

There was definitely something in the air today…perhaps the marathon fever in Greenwich Park had made its way across the borough boundary to Lewisham!
We don’t often talk about speed at Hilly Fields junior parkrun (it’s a run not a race!), but a whopping 28 of our 107 runners got new PBs today. Some serious determination and focus across the two laps of the park this morning. Indeed well done to everyone who came and ran with us, and thanks so much to everyone who volunteered this week. London Marathon weekend is traditionally a tough weekend to recruit volunteers so we were especially grateful to everyone who joined the volunteer team today.

We gave out wristbands to Umami and James who have both done the equivalent of a half-marathon in junior parkruns. And we reunited a few people with lost barcodes which was a relief - top tip, if your running gear doesn’t have a secure pocket for your barcode, it might be better to leave it in the care of an adult while you run and get it from them at the finish.

So, did you go cheering at the marathon today?
We are so proud of our Run Directors Luke and Jacqueline who ran the 26.2 miles across London this morning. Well done to them for all their hard work and determination, and for the money they raised for charity - Luke was running for Dementia Revolution and Jacqueline was running for Leukaemia UK in memory of our good friend Lucreta La Pierre.
Here is Jacqueline in action:
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And Luke with his medal:
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Well done too to our junior runners who swapped their junior parkrun this morning for the London Mini Marathon.

We were beyond delighted to see that our course record holder, Oli Bright, was the fastest finisher in the Borough Challenge at the London Mini Marathon today - although his running prowess comes as no surprise at all to us!!
Our regular runners Lucas Zurdo, Guy Barnett, Jude Weekly, Theo Gaymes, Sophie Walker and Maryam Drammeh were all out in force today, as were former regulars Isaac Maxwell, Luke Abrams and Oscar Zurdo. Go Team Lewisham, and congrats to their coaches Spencer Lane, Sarah Young and Ted Aston!!
The full borough challenge results are here if you fancy a browse:
Boys Borough Challenge.
Girls Borough Challenge.

And the Lewisham Under 13s team took 2nd place in the Under-13s borough challenge teams. All that hill training is clearly paying off...!

We spied a few of the Lewisham juniors in this great picture gallery video on Twitter! Hope you all had a good race…

Lots of our volunteers and parents running today too, well done to you all.

And a shout out to our Run Directors Glenn, Adele and Natalie who were up super-early to volunteer on the baggage trucks in Greenwich park. Can you spot them here amongst the whole gang from Hilly Fields?

Hope you have a great week and we’ll be running as normal next week on bank holiday Sunday so hope to see lots of you out and about. If you have a medal or a t-shirt from the marathon or mini-marathon to show off please do bring it along!!

Run Director - Event 202


Run report for event 201 – 21st April 2019

The junior parkrun at Hilly Fields had a Easter flavour this morning. We had volunteers and runners in bunny ears and there were lots of Easter eggs around the course (thank you Sally).

We welcomed four first timers to the event this morning. 22 of the 76 finishers achieved a shiny new personal best today. Well done to everyone who ran, jogged, skipped and walked the 2km with us.

Before the run, Thomas Lehner received his ultra marathon wristband for completing 50 junior parkruns. Well done Thomas.

Two of our run director team are running the London Marathon next weekend. Jacqueline Francis and Luke Ashton will be running their first marathon. Good luck to them and all parents/carers who have been running the junior parkrun alongside their children as part of their training.

Lisa is run director next Sunday. If you know you are planning to come along, please let us know if you're able to volunteer.

Event co-director


Run Report – Event 200!

This week was our 200th event at Hilly Fields juniors!
You may be interested to learn that 1633 runners have covered a distance of 39,402km around Hilly Fields park since event number 1. Impressive, eh?

We had a record breaking 34 volunteers - and 8 of them were under-18.

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Poppy and Isabel marshalled with their mum, Oscar took photos with his dad, Joseph led the warm up, Amelia handed out the finish tokens, Luke and Niamh sorted tokens in the cafe with their dad, and Lyra baked the most wonderful chocolate fudge cake with her mum to mark the celebrations for our 200th run.

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And we had a few special accessories to mark the occasion too - Saturday Run Director Sally made us some lovely bunting from the old hi-vis vests (we love a bit of up-cycling).

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And we had a brand new selfie frame. If you took a photo with the selfie frame do share it with us on social media!

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84 runners took part in event 200, we had 6 registered first timers and there were a whopping 24 new PBs. Heidi got her blue half-marathon wristband too. Don’t forget to let us know if there are wristbands due for anyone in your family - we award them after 11 runs, 21 runs and 50 runs.

Check out all of the brilliant photos by Adam and Oscar in our
Facebook Album.

Hope you have a nice week of holidays ahead, and see you next Sunday for our Easter event.

Run Director
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