27May/24

Crystal Palace Inter-Church Mob Match (May 2024)

Thank you all so much for coming, 8 ran for Chiltern, 5 for Holy Trinity Church Wallington, 9 for St Patrick’s Tigers, 5 for Grace Church Dulwich, 1 for  Selsdon Baptist Church, 1 for Croydon Jubilee Church, and 4 for the Salvation Army  – 33 runners in total, and one non-running volunteer.

Photo credits to Sue Gray & Kerena Ivens. Well done to Ken Wright (assisted by Winnie) who was barcode scanning to help the local team out. The non-running volunteers are really essential to us, and appreciated. Also a big thank you to Andy Crossley who stood in for me to take the lead in my absence. In all 425 people ran Crystal Palace parkrun that day, and we were spread from position 3 to position 424! It was great so many of you tried out this new venue.

Scores for those who like such things, as follows;

1st St Patrick’s Tigers 19 points

2nd Chiltern Church Runners 12 points

3rd Holy Trinity Wallington 8 points

4th Grace Church Dulwich 7 points

5th The Salvation Army 4 points

Joint 6th Selsdon Baptist Church and Croydon Jubilee Church

Just for the record Buzz the dog, did not score!

Next Mob match 20th July at Roundshaw Downs so get that one into your calendar! It’s also the Roundshaw anniversary, and my 500th parkrun – so hoping for a good turn out.

Within the churches (GDPR permission given, or listed under club name);

Not an exhaustive list but course PBs for; Scott Worsfold, Simon Pavey, Kerena Ivens, Pui Sai Tam, & Ching Lui

Great running folks.

First Timers to Crystal Palace include; Malachai Barnett, James Widdows, Mark Constantinou, Nathaniel Widdows, Matthew Paryag, Bruce & Catherine Gardiner, Cindy Woo, Ian Smith, Wilfred Yung, Darren Millings, Phil Longster, Dapo Oluwa-Dahunsi, Andy Crossley, Allan Kuhar, & Geoff Nunn.

Good to see us spreading the word.

And, as ever, a few photos for you to see;

23Jul/23

Roundshaw Mob Match (Jul 2023)

by Emily James

William Wordsworth once wrote:


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.


I’m not sure Wordsworth was thinking of a sky quite like the one we had above Roundshaw Downs on Saturday, but at least at the mob match we were not lonely. With a hundred and sixty-one parkrunners including forty-eight churchrunners, and twenty-two volunteers including two non-running churchrunner volunteers, we had quite a crowd descend on the
course (albeit not Wordsworth’s crowd of daffodils). Nor were we wandering, with several new PBs and some very close competition for the podium spots.

Continue reading
01Mar/23

churchrunner (Inter)National Virtual Mob Match returns (Feb 2023)

For 2023, the National Virtual Mob Match took place a little later than usual, on 18th February, with a decent turnout at many parkruns around the UK and beyond.

In total there were 230 volunteers, walkers and runners participating for 25 Christian running groups/churches.

A big thank you to parkrun and all of the volunteers who make events up and down the country (and across the world) happen through their dedication and commitment to their local communities.

Continue reading
11Feb/20

Running in Faith – the National Virtual Mob Match (Jan 2020)

Another January National, and it looks like we got a good turnout.

In total there were 245 runners (7 up on last year), across 94 parkruns (up 26 on last year year) running for 20 Christian running groups/churches. Please note some runners are not listed in the individual results due to GDPR issues.

Obviously none of this would be possible without parkrun – so a big thank you to them.

Continue reading
29Oct/19

Nonsuch Inter-Church Mob Match (Oct 2019)

Brilliant to see you all, 14 ran for Chiltern, 14 for Good Shepherd, 1 for Croydon Vineyard, 5 for Grace Church Dulwich 1 for All Saints West Ewell, 6 for Holy Trinity Church Wallington, 16 for St Patrick’s, 2 for the Salvation Army, 6 for Selsdon Baptist, 2 for Tandridge Deanery, 1 for Sutton Christian Centre, 2 for Hook Evangelical, & 1 for Cheam Baptist – so 13 different Churches.

Continue reading
16Sep/19

Tarrant on Tour – Parts 1-14

So one of the Chiltern Church Runners is going on Tour, big time, and you can follow his adventures here – so here is part 1;

Photo of me running at Bishan parkrun, Singapore. Lesley and I took a taxi to make sure we got there. Nice core team and Volunteers. Slow time as has had to stop as so hot. It was a bit hazy due to Indonesia burning to make way for palm trees. Haze due to the wind direction it also closed the two in KL, so some tourist who had gone there came down and ran East Coast, as the haze was less down here.

image001

Continue reading