Run Report for Event 228

108 runners joined us in the crisp autumn sun for Event 228 this morning.



We awarded wristbands to Anton, Esther and Adam who had reached their half-marathon goal, and to Alice who joined the ultra-marathon club with an orange wristband this week. Let us know if you have any wristbands due in your household for next week!

We are very grateful to all of our volunteers this week: Adele, Alex, Alice, Andrew, Eddie, Eloise, Freya, Frankie, Gemma, Jacqueline, Jess, Jo, Joseph, Judith, Kate, Kev, Laura, Luke, Lyra, Max, Ruth, Sara, Scott, Sharon, Sky, Suzanne, Zoe. A great mixture of new volunteers and regulars; adults and juniors. If you’d like to get involved, drop us an email - Lots of roles up for grabs for next week.

We didn’t have a volunteer Funnel Manager this morning so I stood by the side of the cones watching the runners go through. What a sight that was - so many focussed runners, sprint finishers, big smilers, happy walkers. Seeing 100+ kids complete a challenging hilly run with such pride on their faces at that finishing moment of glory makes it worth getting out of bed at the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning.

Thanks to everyone who gave us nice feedback about our event today - it really does make our day and it means a lot to know that people appreciate what we do.

One thing I forgot to mention at the park today was that as it’s Halloween on Thursday, if there is anyone who wants to give their costume a second outing at junior parkrun next Sunday, we’d love to see it!

And we had a lovely time after the run where a gang of us planted some flowering bulbs around two of the trees near our finish funnel area in memory of volunteer-extraordinaire Lucreta La Pierre who died last year. Thanks to everyone who took part, brought gardening tools and donated bulbs.  Particular thanks to Zoe Negus for suggesting it, and to the Friends Of Hilly Fields, Glendale and Lewisham Council for their support.  We are really excited to see what spring brings!!


We’ve got our next junior takeover on November 24th, where all of the volunteer roles will be done by under-18s (accompanied by an adult). Have a look at the roster and let us know if your family would like to take part. We’ve had a number of submissions for the position of Run Director and we’ll be announcing who the lucky recipient of the role will be in the coming weeks!


Hope you all have a great week and look forward to seeing you for more fun next Sunday,
Co-Event Director


Run report for Sunday 20th October 2019

Well done to the 80 junior parkrunners who completed our 2km course this morning. 3 ran for the first time. Well done to Miles, Ethan and Sophia. Congratulations to the 27 who ran a brand new personal best this morning.

Many thanks to the adults who came forward to make the event happen. Thanks to Luke Ashton, Sharon Barnett, Erica Brackenbury, Chris Callender, Heather Castle, Adam Cole, Oscar Cole, Amanda Dominy, Jacqueline Francis, Susan Hancock, Mary Hodgson, Julene Knox, Ruben Mathers, Layla Mathers, Suzanne McDougall, Simon Milward, Alex Smith, Kate Ward, Tien Wilde and Kev Wrake. Congratulations to Oscar Cole who volunteered for the 25th time.

Before the run began this morning, we awarded wristbands to Ruben Veninga, who received his half marathon wristband, and Peggy Knox who joined the ultra marathon club after 50 runs.

If you ran 11, 21 or 50 runs this morning, please let us know when you are next coming to Hilly Fields junior parkrun and we will be able to present your child with their wristband.

Hope you all had fun at junior parkrun this morning and have a great half term week. Hope to see you all again soon

Glenn - Run director







Run report for event 226 – 13th October 2019

Well done to the 98 young people who finished the 2 laps of Hilly Fields this morning. 48 were boys, 40 were girls. If the 10 unknowns were also girls, we could have a 50/50 gender split this morning.

4 junior parkrunners ran for the first time, and congratulations to the 14 children and young people who got a brand new personal best.

Two entered the half marathon club (Eddie and Ruben). Please let us know when you're next coming to junior parkrun so we can present you with your blue wristband.

Massive thanks to the army of hi-vis heroes who made it all possible. Please let us know if you are available to volunteer in future weeks.

Happy Sunday everyone.

Glenn (Run Director)




What a glorious morning in Hilly Fields.


On Sunday 6th October 2019 it was Hilly Fields Junior Takeover number 4. Could we just say a big thank you to all of our children volunteers.

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The volunteers were Jonah, Abigail, James, Claudia, Mateo, Daisy, Jake, Rosie, Imogen, Elina, Lyra, Isobel, Eloise, Oscar, Hector, Oliver, Johannes, Agnes, Silas, Luke, Lily, Bess and Joseph.

IMG_4164One of the volunteers Johannes got his blue wristband for running 11 parkruns, a half marathon. And another wristband was given out for 21 parkruns, a marathon a green wristband to Abigail.

We had 77 runners, a few first timers and a whopping 25 PBs!!!

This week for junior takeover our child run director was Freya (me).

I hope you all enjoyed the run as much as I did.


Run Report For Event 222 – and news of the next junior takeovers!

What a lovely morning in Hilly Fields!

Bright sunshine and 147 eager runners - amongst them 18 people doing their first ever junior parkrun, plus 25 new PBs (including the first and second girls to finish - Edie and Emily).
We were delighted to award wristbands to Brandon who collected his blue half-marathon band, Bonnie who collected both her half-marathon and green marathon band, and to Clifford who collected his ultra-marathon orange wristband. Well done to you all. And shout out to Theo Gaymes, first finisher today, who was doing his 150th junior parkrun.

Massive thanks to our volunteers this morning:
Adam, Adela, Alex, Amanda, Anya, Ed, Eibhlin, Eloise, Hector, James, Joseph, Kev, Layla, Linda, Mateo, Oscar, Roni, Ruth, Sam, Scott, Sharon (who was one of our timekeepers today despite a hand in plaster cast!), Sky, Suzanne, Thomas and Zoe.

The big news today was about our next junior takeovers. These special Sundays where all of the volunteer roles are done by under-18s are always EXTREMELY popular events - and we have not one, but two junior takeovers coming up before the end of the year; on 6th October in 3 weeks time, and again on 24th November. The roster always fills up very fast so don’t forget to email us ( to bag a role for the juniors in your household. And this time around we’re opening up the coveted position of Run Director to all interested applicants. We got a few submissions of interest this morning at the park, but we’re also keen to hear from people during this week by email with applications to be Run Director (on either 6th October or 24th November), and we’ll be selecting some lucky juniors for the role soon!!

We also reminded everyone about our Big Half community places. Just a few left so if you fancy doing a half-marathon in London on 1st March 2020 at a reduced rate of £10 do get in touch -  More information on the Big Half here.

The other lovely thing happening in Hilly Fields this morning was the Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust sponsored relay run. It was great to see so many of our junior runners and volunteers take part - as well as a big contingent of our Run Directors. Well done to our four junior parkrun runners Oscar, Jake, Ray and Lucien who won the event, completing 10k between them in about 42 minutes. And our Run Director Luke was on the 2nd place team along with some of the GoodGym gang. If you’d like to donate to the Marsha Phoenix event fund, don’t forget you can still do so online here at their Just Giving page.



Sam is on RD duty next week, check out the roster and do get in touch with him if you can volunteer.

Have a great week,
Lisa (Run Director Event 222)



Run report for event 214 – Sunday 21st July 2019

It was all about the numbers 2, 1 and 4 at Hilly Fields parkrun on 21st July. It was our 214th event. 114 junior parkrunners ran, jogged and walked the 2 laps of the park. 24 got a brand new personal best and another 24 volunteers helped to make it all happen. Thank you to Adam Cole, Agnes Stanley, Amanda Dominy, Andrew Mundy, Anya Quiney, Cameron Livingstone, Clare Griffiths, Darryl Chamberlain, Frankie Campbell, Freya Wrake, Glenn Hancock, Isaac Mathers, Jala Aldous,  Kev Wrake, Layla Mathers, Luke Hodgson, Mary Hodgson, Mateo Mathers, Robin Morgan, Sam Broderick, Scott Koronka, Sharon Stanley, Sheonaidh Johnston, Sky London, Suzanne Spalding.

Special mention to the volunteers who picked up litter from around the course before the run started this morning.

We will be holding junior parkrun events every Sunday through the summer holidays. Please let us know if you know you are coming along and can help out. It's great fun and a fantastic way to start the day. If you are able to help Jacqueline next Sunday please get in touch with her at or via our socials. Thank you in advance.

Have a great week, and I hope to see you at Hilly Fields junior parkrun again next Sunday.

Glenn - Run director



Run report for event #213

I was worried that the rain shower of rain that made my feet wet while setting up the course might affect the turnout today but well done to the 111 children and young people who ran, jogged and walked with us this morning. 4 completed the course for the first time and 22 got brand new personal bests.

Our first finisher Guy completed his parkrun quadruple with a first finish at Hilly Fields parkrun and a new personal best of 18:09 (for 5km) before a new 2km personal best of 6:50 and another first finish today. Massive congratulations Guy!

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who made it all possible. Adam Cole, Amanda Dominy, Anya Quiney, Cameron Livingstone, Chris Callender, Clare Griffiths, Claudia Griffiths, Darryl Chamberlain, Eibhlin Vardy, Glenn Hancock, Helga Wittmann, Isabelle Guillemot-Barbour, Jala Aldous, James Griffiths, Judith Greeves, Kev Wrake, Lily Hancock, Martin Faulkner, Poppy Greeves, Robin Morgan, Sal Tebbs, Sally Drayton, Sam Broderick, Sky London and Suzanne Spalding.

Please let us know if you're available to volunteer next Sunday,

Many thanks,

Glenn Hancock - Run Director



Thank You, Natalie!

We’ve known it was on the cards for a while, but there was a message on our Run Directors’ WhatsApp group on Friday from Natalie, to let us know that this week’s event would be her last time to be a Run Director at Hilly Fields junior parkrun.



She asked us not to make a fuss and of course we told her we would respect her wishes. But then we changed our minds and gave her a little thank you shout out from the bench this morning anyway!


Natalie has been on our Run Directing team from the very start - right from the first discussion in Glenn’s sitting room in late 2014 (no photos exist to illustrate this!).

But we do have photos of her at our trial run event in March 2015 leading the warm up on what was probably one of the wettest days we have had at Hilly Fields (and we have had many!), as well as fun times captured on many other days over the last 4+ years and 210 events.






We want to say a MASSIVE thank you to Natalie for being such a great person to have on our team, a dedicated Run Director and a wonderful friend. We will miss her a lot, but we know that she will come back to visit us soon.

Good Luck Natalie from all of your Hilly Fields junior parkrun family!




Run report for event 210 – 23rd June 2019.

This mornings event was a record breaking one. It was our biggest attendance to date (273), and also our second largest number of first timers (65) since our inaugural event in May 2015.

As part of our outreach into local primary schools, we welcomed over 100 children and their parents/carers from Gordonbrock School in Ladywell this morning. Gordonbrock School is less than half a mile from our start line but only a few of their school community attend Hilly Fields junior parkrun each week. As a result, many of the children ran 2km for the first time today. We hope to see lots of you back in future weeks.

Well done to the 46 finishers who ran, jogged and walked a shiny new personal best time today too. Massive thanks as always to the 32 volunteers, many of whom volunteered for the first time as well. We hope to see lots of you back again running, jogging, walking or volunteering with us next week.

Run director


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:
Jacqueline Marathon

And Luke with his medal:
Luke with medal

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

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