Northala Fields parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-26 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, I miss you all!

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Well, we won't be meeting in the morning with our santa hats and getting ready to drink mulled wine and eat mo-mos and mince pies after our 5k run or walk or volunteer. However, I didn't want to let the day pass without a couple of memories of last year. I also wanted to say that although we cannot currently parkrun, one day we will be able to again, and I'm looking forward very much to that day. I miss our parkrun and all of you parkrunners and volunteers, and I hope very much that you are all healthy and able to continue to get out for your run or walk, even if it's on your own or with one other for a while still.

I see that Santa is our Meet the parkrunner this week, so hop over to Facebook if you haven't already and have a look. There are also some other photos and videos of Christmases past there to enjoy.

Wishing you and yours a healthy and peaceful winter break, a Happy Christmas if you are celebrating, and a much better 2021.

Lindsay x

The Sat before Christmas we always have Santa to RD

The Sat before Christmas we always have Santa to RD


How you can help Northala Fields parkrun

Sadly, this is not a run report. I hope everyone connected with Northala Fields parkrun is keeping mentally physically well and safe. We miss seeing you all on a Saturday morning. I'm writing with news of how you can, if you shop at the Co-op, easily help Northala Fields parkrun raise money, which we hope to use to improve our storage once we are up and running again.

Recently, our run directors Danielle and Louise very kindly submitted a bid to the Co-op Community Fund, which means that they will support us for a year. It doesn't cost you anything. The bid was submitted jointly with the juniors, who share our storage.

Existing Co-op members can nominate us as their cause for the year. If any of you are Co-op members, you can do this right now It would be great if you could also ask anyone you know who is a Co-op member to nominate us.

If you are not a Co-op member, but ever shop at the Co-op - anywhere - please do consider becoming a member. Every time you shop, we will earn money

Many thanks in advance.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Take care, and good running.


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Happy Birthday Northala Fields parkrun!

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Some memories.

Memories 2 Thank you everyone for joining in and coming together in the only way we can to celebrate our birthday! Thank you to those of you who posted on Twitter and Facebook, and to those pictured here.

Fiona & John; Zachary & Louise; Gary (happy birthday, Gary!); Gurmeet; Tom; Danielle & Amy; Santosh; Adam, Kylie & Annabel; Steve & Marion; Beatrice & Xavier; Derese & friends; Derek and the rest of the bench; Annie (& Ian); Sandra (& all of us!); Martin, Bruce, & Mike. Looking forward to running with you all again soon.

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Northala Fields parkrun – Event no 302 – 14th March 2020

I think we all knew it was going to be the last parkrun for a while before we even set out on Saturday morning. In some ways, I really wished I could run as well, as it was the last, but I have to say it was an absolute privilege to be part of the team putting on the event so others could get their final run in, and I know the rest of the team felt the same.

Although we didn't get to do the usual pre-run brief in quite the same way (those of you who are familiar with how un-brief my pre-run brief is and how late I usually start the run as a consequence will probably be seeing the upside in the situation!) I'm sure I speak for all the runners when I extend a big thank you to all the volunteers who turned up on the day to make the run possible.

Huge apologies to Kim Payne, doing her 100th run, and John Dobbs and James Lane who were doing their 50th runs for not being able to get you up on the celebration bench - I think we should do that as soon as we're back running.

And we will be back running. Whilst we can't run together at the moment we can still run and we can still keep in touch, which is important.

As we're not looking for volunteers for the week, the email box won't be manned quite so much as usual, but we'll still be checking. We'll still be manning the Facebook page, and you can keep in touch via our Twitter account.

Those of you who follow the Facebook account will have seen there are messages from our parkrun community offering to help people who are isolated and need errands running, and I'm sure many more of us will do all we can to help our parkrun family in these difficult times, make sure you ask if you need help. And if you have any great ideas about things to do on a Saturday morning instead of a parkrun, please share those too. I'll probably be doing a 5 minute pilates session from an app I've downloaded - I'm sure it'll take more effort than some of my parkruns, too!

The core team here at Northala Fields would like to remind everyone of our running and volunteering family that, even whilst we can't meet for mass runs and share a coffee (and ice cream!) afterwards, we are still a community, and are here to help offer support and friendship in difficult times. We would encourage you to share pictures of your solo runs where you can, let's see if we can make #NFparkrunselfies a thing! Doesn't even have to be at Northala (and definitely not Northala at 9AM on a Saturday), just you running, something to brighten people's news feeds.

Look after yourselves, and each other, and we look forward to seeing everybody back as soon as we can.



Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 301 – 7th March 2020



Saturday dawned cold and clear, but still very wet underfoot. A wonderfully kind and generous parkrun fairy had taken last week’s wet hi-viz and beautifully washed and ironed them. If you let me know who you are, I can give you a volunteer credit. It is very much appreciated.

Two people on the bench this week: Lorraine McNulty and Guy Long. Well done to both of you.


We love inspiring stories at parkrun, and one of our visitors had a great one to share this week. Here’s Ed Harman:

I work in the city and in my spare time I've been enjoying triathlon for several years, training a lot and racing about 12-14 races a year with Clapham Chasers Tri Club. It's all amateur but I've enjoyed seeing how far I can take the sport and had progressed to Ironman plus even European and World Champs for GB Age Group. [Amazing! says Lindsay] However, 16 months ago I suffered a heart attack resulting in emergency heart bypass surgery. Being in my mid 40s and so fit naturally this was unexpected, however my rehab was incredible and they got me back to triathlon training after 12 weeks and just 6 months after surgery I was signed off to race again [even more amazing!]. I took my place at the European Champs last year but it was tough and I've lost the top end of performance so can no longer compete at that level. So whilst my body adjusts and I reset my priorities, parkrun has been a fantastic way to get back to running, without training goals and PBs to chase down! I just enjoy some social running. More recently I have discovered the unofficial parkrun challenges which helps to appease my competitive side as I'm now seeking out new parkruns to attend in order to achieve the Alphabet of parkrun, together with the Compass, Pirates, BeeGees, Groundhog Day and oh so many more. Thank you parkrun!

We hope you remain well for many decades, and enjoy parkrunning, Ed.

Finally, thank you to Richard Harper for some great pictures this week. You can see them all here:

Join us next Saturday, when Louise is in charge. If you can lend a hand by volunteering, that would also be great.


This week 441 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Nick WALKER • Barbro JULIN • Annie BIRCH • Ian BIRCH • Fiona KENNEDY • John FALVEY • Andy LEUNG • Russ HEWLETT • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Gowan CLEWS • Laura LEUNG • Phil H DAVIES • Juliet AIBANGBEE MELLOR • Christopher SHEARWOOD • Helen MARK • Eamonn FLYNN • Maria PAZ • Betty HARPER • Tony WALLER • Philip VAUGHAN • Sai PANG • Annick HOOGE • Lisa YIP • Louis MITCHELL • Linda READ • Jaydat MEHTA • Richard HARPER • Charlotte YIP • Stephen WONG • Tim OAKLEY • Jamie PANG • Michael EVANS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Northala Fields parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:42 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 263).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).
Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 9,365 participants have completed 76,838 parkruns covering a total distance of 384,190 km, including 12,002 new Personal Bests. A total of 737 individuals have volunteered 7,817 times.

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