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Fun Run Events Information 2016


UKA Race Licence Number 2016-23428


If you have opted to collect your race packs, please collect from the Fitness Centre, entrance on Elmfield Avenue, YMCA North London, 184 Tottenham Lane.

Collection Dates:

Friday 6th May         2pm – 7pm

Saturday 7th May    2pm – 6pm

Sunday 8th May       12pm– 5pm

Adult 10k Event

The Adult 10k Event starts at 09.30am. The 10k follows a route that goes out of Priory Park, up Park Avenue North, around the back of the waterworks, up and around Alexandra Palace train station and into the lower areas of Alexandra Palace Park. It exits via the Farmers Market, into Priory Road, up Redston Road and then there is a second lap, which finishes back in Priory Park.

As in 2015 we have obtained a Traffic Management Order to close off Park Avenue North for 20 mins from 09.30 – 09.50am. This is to ease the flow of runners and prevent too much congestion at the start of the course, and as the runners leave Park Avenue North via the alleyway and into Northview Road. Once again we have again obtained a Traffic Management Order to close off Priory Road from 09.30 – 11.00am from the Middle Lane roundabout to the traffic lights at the bottom of Muswell Hill Road, thus ensuring safety and facility for the runners exiting and entering Priory Park and running down Priory Road. The 10k route is marshalled by a large voluntary team of marshals from London Heathside Athletics club who help direct runners around the 10k course. Also in attendance are CSP (Combined Service Provider) marshals who specialise in traffic management and road closures. Both these groups of marshals are there for your safety, so please pay attention to their directions. For this reason the wearing of IPODs/MP3s whilst running the event is strongly discouraged as it may lessen your ability to hear a Marshal’s instruction, thus endangering yourself or others and could cause you to be disqualified from the Fun Run event. Click here to view the adult 10k route map.


Adult 10k Training

Race sponsors and marshals, London Heathside (www.londonheathside.org.uk), will be providing weekly training sessions to all runners, for which they will make a small charge of £4 per session.

Training for the adult Crouch End 10k will take place for 7 weeks from Tuesday 29th March 2016. Sessions will start at 7.30pm.  Please note you need to join the sessions by Week 4, Tuesday 19th April latest, in order to benefit from the training.

Please ensure you have prepared for your 10k – with training, making sure you have enough to eat and are well hydrated on the morning of the race and it is very important that, if you are feeling unwell on the day of the Event, seek medical advice before taking part.

For more information on the Adult 10K training programme please click here.

Children’s 1 Mile Fun Run Events

The children’s Fun Run Event is a one-mile long, figure of eight circuit completely contained within Priory Park. Each Fun Run event will be announced over the race stage sound system, and as the events are close together please pay attention to the stage announcements. Please ensure that your child(ren) are there in good time before their event, and that he/she runs in the correct Fun Run Event for their age group. Running in the wrong Fun Run can mean disqualification. Smaller children should start at the back for safety reasons. Parents and siblings may jog around with small children as it can be quite daunting for them. Do not wear your timing tags to accompany others as this will confuse the results. Any parent seen “pulling along” their child will be stopped and their child disqualified. To make this event as safe as possible for all the children running we ask that children aged 8 years and older run unaccompanied.

Children’s 1 Mile Fun Run Events Schedule

12.10pm* Under 6 boys’ Fun Run starts (4-5 year olds)
12.30pm* Under 6 girls’ Fun Run starts (4-5 year olds)
12.50pm* Under 8 boys’ Fun Run starts (6-7 year olds)
1.05pm* Under 8 girls’ Fun Run starts (6-7 year olds)
1.20pm* Under 10 boys’ Fun Run starts (8-9 year olds)
1.35pm* Under 10 girls’ Fun Run starts (8-9 year olds)
1.50pm* Under 12 boys’ Fun Run starts (10-11 year olds)
2.05pm* Under 12 girls’ Fun Run starts (10-11 year olds)
2.20pm* Under 16’s Fun Run starts (12-15 year olds –
boys and girls and children with mobility difficulties)

*approximate timings, please listen for announcements from the race stage

Adults and Children with disabilities
We can accommodate a wide range of disabilities within the existing events. However children who are under 16 years of age and are wheelchair users should enter the U16s event. Individuals who are wheelchairs users over the age of 16 will find the Adult 10k course accessible.

Chip Timing tags and Bib Numbers

  • You must wear both your numbered race bib and the chip timing tag to get an official finish time. The timing mats at the Start/Finish will record all the tags passing over them do make sure they are attached securely. Pin the bib to your running vest/Tshirt and attach the tag to your running shoe.
  • NB the tag must lie horizontally to be read electronically as it goes across the Start/Finish so it is important you do not place it in your sock.
  • Do not wear your tag if you are accompanying a child on their race.
  • If you have multiple entries for your household, please make sure the tags are kept with the relevant bib numbers to avoid confussion. There is a £5 charge for bibs or tags that have been lost or mixed up.
  • If you cannot run do not give your tag to someone else. All entries are non-transferable and non-refundable and Fun Run entry fees are based on a certain number of ‘no-shows’ each year.
  • At the end of your race a team of people will be clearly located at the end of the finish funnel to help you remove your tag. You then take your bib and timing tag to collect your free medal and doughnut at the Doughnuts and Medals Tent.

Information Tent

There will be an Information Tent situated close to the Fun Run Stage opening at 8.30am on the Event Day.


There will be a manned baggage area for you to leave your bags in, though bags are ultimately left at their owners’ risk. Expect queues and leave yourself plenty of time to deposit your bag. Loose items will not be taken so please have a suitable bag with you.

Changing Facilities

It is best to come to the park dressed for your run, but wearing warm outer clothing that can be removed before your event. After the run, changing and shower facilities will be available at the YMCA North London Fitness Centre 1,000m away on the corner of Elmfield Avenue and Tottenham Lane.

Runners’ Refreshments

There will be plenty of water available in the start/finish area, and your well-deserved doughnut (generously donated by Dunn’s the Bakers) after you finish your run. There are two water stations out on the Adult 10k Fun Run route just before the 2k and 4k marks, and, as this is a two-lap race, you will pass by these twice! If you feel this won’t be enough for your needs we suggest you think about carrying further personal supplies in a running water bottle.

Treatment Tents

All runners should visit the “treatment tents”, where a variety of local therapists will be offering free treatments or consultations. All are offering their services free of charge (although donations are gratefully received).  This will be the 10th year that Corehealth and Simon Heale have been providing the free pre and post treatments for the YMCA Crouch End 10k and Fun Run,  with help from  students from the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM). Each runner is eligible for discounted treatments from Corehealth, details on the website.


Prize Giving

Prize giving for the 10k will commence from the Fun Run stage at 11.45am, and immediately after each 1 Mile Fun Run for the children’s races.

Adult 10k and Children’s 1 Mile Fun Run Results

Online race results will be available by the day after the event on www.chiptiming.co.uk