Run Directors wanted

Currently we have 6 people who can Run Direct but I would like to add more if possible to spread the workload and help cover when people are unavailable etc..


If you are a regular runner who could give up One Saturday every 5 or 6 then it would and would like to have a go at being a Run Director then please let us know


Either by email: or just come and speak to myself Kevin Chadwick or any of the other others who run direct


Full training and support shall be given and its role anyone can do, there is nothing to worry about


Thank You








NHS Take over week



 What do you get if you put three consultants, a transplant co-ordinator, a speech and language therapist, a clinical nurse specialist, a dentist, a midwife, a NHS project co-ordinator and their friends and family members in Peckham Rye Park?


 #NHS70 #parkrun @Peckhamparkrun

 On Saturday 9th June 2018, parkrun and the National Health Service (NHS) came together to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. It’s hoped that the events put on in parks across the country will encourage more people to get involved in both physical activity and volunteering.

Here at Peckham with the support of Kev Chadwick, our Event Director and the core team we were really pleased to welcome a number of local NHS staff to the park. In fact most of the volunteers on Saturday were NHS staff and for many of them it was there very first parkrun experience and they were warmly welcomed to parkrun by our 258 runners.


As a number of the NHS staff at the event, including myself, work in the Paediatric Liver Centre at King’s College Hospital I took the opportunity in the Run Director’s briefing to pick up on the theme of volunteering and asked if everyone taking part could also please consider volunteering their organs by signing up to the organ donation register!


You can find more information out about organ donation and how to register at the following link



 On a slightly chillier morning than of late, our runners were set off by one of our double-act of Paediatric Consultant Hepatologist timekeepers to run our three lapped A course.

Of the 258 runners, 36 were first time runners at Peckham Rye and an impressive 22 of these were brand new to parkrun! The course boasted some pretty special cheer squads this week rather than just a lone marshal at each marshalling point and their energy and good spirit definitely seemed to be taken on board by the runners as there were an impressive 51 people posting new personal best times!


First home remains ‘unknown’ so taking the laurels is Charles Lound in a time of 18:03 and first lady home in her debut run at Peckham was Louise Cazan in a time of 21:34


The top three age graded results were:

  • Charles Lound 82.36% VM 50-54 with a time of 18:03
  • Sam Crane 78.92% JM10 with a time of 20:43
  • Martin Kelson 76.73% VM 55-59 with a time of 20:12


Of the 51 new personal bests, I’m going to highlight the achievements of our junior runners. Congratulations to:

  • Oliver Bottle JM15-17 with a pb of 20:27
  • Jude Martynski JM11-14 with a pb of 25:05
  • Sami De Jong JM11-14 with a pb of 25:31
  • Anna Jones JW11-14 with a pb of 31:03


Nobody claimed a milestone run during the run briefing but the results show that four people have hit the red t-shirt jackpot and completed their fiftieth parkrun. Congratulations to Jon Godfrey, Stewart Godfrey, Remi Lacroix and Kate Greenwood!

You can take a full look at the results here

Huge thanks to all of our volunteers this week, not all of whom are shown on the volunteer roster, as they haven’t yet committed to registering for parkrun, (we hope that they all will). The event wouldn’t have been the same without you all and your enthusiasm and we hope we can welcome you back to Peckham Rye parkrun soon!


Thank you, thank you, thank you and much parkrun love to: Butch Ali, Kevin Chadwick, Jeremy Crump, Candice Ebelthite, Maesha Deheragoda and family, Sara Faulkner, Tassos Grammatikopoulos, Jonathan Hind, Sarah Jones, Ben Newell, Chrissi Palidis, James Pearson-Kirk, Miranda Loveday, Louis Penry Davey, Justine Pope, Mia Semmens, Mark Semmens, Jo Sayward, James Stokes, Sarah Tizzard, Emily Warburton-Brown, Daniel Watson and not forgetting Juno and Scarlett the dogs!

volunteers nhs


Peckham Rye volunteer co-ordinator, Emily Warburton-Brown and Peckham Rye regular Vinnie Darch are both on the cusp of achieving their next milestones as they’re both now on 49 runs. Hopefully they and you will join us at this coming weekend’s event when Peckham Rye parkrun will celebrate its fourth birthday and hopefully Emily and Vinnie’s new red t-shirts! Oh and there’ll be cake! (It was never in doubt…)



 Sarah Tizzard

Clinical Nurse Specialist for Paediatric Liver

Paediatric Gastrointestinal, Liver and Nutrition Centre

Variety Children’s Hospital

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust






Event Cancelled

We have had a great run, 201 Events with no cancellations is a great achievement

However this Saturday (March 3rd) Due to ice and bad weather conditions, We have decided to cancel.

A course inspection took place this morning and the course is unsafe to run on

We will be back on 10th March

Thank You

Kev Chadwick - Event Director


Happy New Year

1st January 2018

I arrive in the park about 08:30am and already runners had arrived! Apricot vests and Cowl Cowl neck warmers all visible.

Normally at Peckham rye we are used to the park being pretty quite until 08:50am, then in the last 10 minutes around 200 gather at the start. With a chance to record Two parkruns in One day (only time you can) We expected numbers to increase considerably and considerably they did!

A new attendance record of 339 runners started 2018 with a 5km run before heading off to do it again at another local park.

Tony Donaldson delivered the new runners brief to easily over 100 runners completing their first run at Peckham rye and after asking you all to thank our wonderful volunteers:

Alison SYMONDS-TAYLER • Paul BODDEY • Tony DONALDSON • Catherine MCDONALD • Helen STEPHEN • Rachael PRESTON • Sarah TIZZARD • Owen BRADY • Belinda CHAU • Daniel WATSON • Butch ALI • Emily WARBURTON-BROWN • Juliet BRISTOW • Martin WALSH • Eszti TAKACS

A prompt 9am start ensured maximum time to make your Second parkrun. We had One milestone with Xavi Rabanal-Hunt running his 100th parkrun so congratulations to you.

Regular first time finisher Andy Bond was 1st to finish in 17:09 he then went off to Southwark and finished 1st again in 17:16

First Female to finish was Alice McGushin in 19:35 It was Alice's first visit to peckham

I would like to also mention that a set of Car keys were found, Despite Facebook and Twitter posts we have had nobody come forward. Strangley we have not received any emails. The keys are currently safe with One of or core team. So if you lost them then please contact us.

I would like to end by thanking everyone who has ran or volunteered in the past and help us grow, We have a strong community here and I feel very lucky to be apart of that. Organising the parkrun is not easy but recently lots more people have come forward to help take the pressure off me.

I am still looking to take on more Run directors so please ask if you are interested

But it looks like you are all stuck with me as your event director for the long term future!

Happy New Year

Kev Chadwick - Event Director










I need some help!

Good Morning

Its that time for the week where I try to fill the volunteer roster for next Saturday (11th November)

You can see all the positions we need filling here:

Sometimes it can be hard to fill the roster and I appreciate roles such as Timer and Tail Walker are not always appealing, People feel the pressure of holding the stopwatch and many do not like walking a parkrun in potentially 50 minutes ( especially faster runners) but all these roles are vital and come with full training.

The Tail Walker is an important role to ensure everyone finishes safely and is rewarding to have helped someone finish a 5km for whom it may be a big personal challenge.

So recently some of you may beware I stated on Social media and on our News page that I would like to stand down.

Setting up this parkrun and watching it growth from 50/60 runners a week to now over 200 is probably my greatest achievement (or maybe 2nd to when I got married!)

Anyway its not easy and doing this around a full time job it is often very difficult. In 5 years of being involved in parkrun I have only missed 3 Saturdays! I am pretty exhausted and need some help!

Ste Kakoulli/Sarah Parkins/David Burgess/Tony Donaldson and soon Catherine McDonald have been fantastic as have many others (too many to mention)

but I need more help and to have some time to myself which is why I am asking if anybody would like to take over from me? or share the commitment?

I am also open for people to step-up on a rota basis and become Run Directors (The more we have, The less we do! )

A volunteer Co-ordinator who would have access to the email account who could perhaps take the burden off me and help fill up the volunteer roster would be great. This role could be done on your home computer in a few hours per week

Thank You all for reading and sorry its long!

An even bigger thanks to everyone who has helped me get this far and to the runners who turn up every Saturday because you and not me have made this event grow and become what it has.

Kevin Chadwick