It was a day of hellos and a goodbye yesterday at our beautiful parkrun. Sadly, we said goodbye to Neil Jeffries. Neil ran his 181st parkrun yesterday, his 164th at Crystal Palace. He joined our parkrun family on 2nd March 2013 when he first put his trainers on at Crystal Palace. Neil is one of those parkrun stalwarts, always there, always cheerful and one of those people who finish far too quickly and then hang around until the last person has crossed the finish line and we can close down the course. We'll miss you Neil, Hastings are lucky to get you!
And we said hello to 45 people for the first time at Crystal Palace, 20 of whom had never run parkrun before! Firstly to our first timers: Edson da Silva only came to the UK on Tuesday and sensibly signed up for parkrun immediately. Edson comes from Brazil so we made a big fuss about that as it's a long way to come to find a parkrun! Welcome Edson to England and to the parkrun family; looking forward to seeing you next week. Another first timer and also our furthest away tourist was Simon Oliver, Simon has never run a parkrun before although there is one in his hometown of San Francisco. We made a big fuss about him too! So, I set to wondering who had travelled furthest to come to our lovely slightly hilly parkrun and using the centre of San Francisco and the centre of Brasilia as my reference discovered that Edson travelled about 100 miles further. There is a completely useless factoid for you on this lovely sunny morning.
Wether you travelled from Brazil or Penge to run your frst parkrun you are very very welcome, as I said at the new runners briefling your Saturdays will never be the same!
Now to the tourists: Paul Groves, Tim Allison, Carrie Allison and Victoria Allison all came to our parkrun for the first time. They usually run at Riddlesdown but Paul is recoevering from a hip replacement and as part of his rehab is doing some touring with the Allisons as he can't run yet. It was Paul's 302nd parkrun so he's not exactly new to this parkrun malarkey. Well done for getting out there Paul and delighted you chose us for your first parkrun post surgery. Another tourist was Andy Down running his 16th parkrun. Andy usually runs at Penallta in South Wales so he was yet another international runner in our ranks! We are obviously an attractive location for international runners and who can blame them.
It really was a beautiful morning and clearly the weather inspired some people to fly around the course faster than they had ever done before. In fact there were 38 of you, too many to mention individually: congratulations to Melissa Allwork who achieved her sixth parkrun since December and second in three weeks. Melissa has taken a minute and a half off her time since December; amazing work Melissa, well done. Joan Lennon also got a PB a full six minutes faster than when she last ran at Crystal Palace in January this year. Joan has run 194 times usually at Brighton and has volunteered 144 times too! #belikejoan
Although she didn't get a PB it was great to see Carol Hayes running yesterday, she last ran with us in February and was three minutes quicker yesterday.
We also had some milestone runners yesterday: Zachary Pescod-Everiss and Ted Marston ran their 10th parkrun, Giorgio Lai his 50th and Mark Anderson ran his 300th which may not be an official milestone but is worthy of mention. However, a massive pat on the back goes to Jules Anderson who ran her 100th parkrun a mere year after her 99th. Yes, you read that correctly, Jules was all set for her 100th parkrun a year ago and then a knee injury put paid to that and indeed all running. For the last year Jules has been on scanning duties so it was fabulous to see Jules back on the start line. Congratulations Jules. Oh and Jules has notched up 51 volunteering stints. #belikejules
There may have been other milestones but as 36 people ran without a barcode we'll never know. Actually, that is a bit of a fib as I know at least three of them were first timers, three lovely young men who handed in their tokens and said they will be registering before next week! As for the others; well, we'll never know. #DFYB
Now next week is our birthday! So, we are having a party. Come along in fancy dress - the theme is 'other sports', I know, as I said last week I didn't realise there were any but apparently there are. So come in fancy dress, bring cake, coffee, prosecco (or any other drink you'd like) and we can celebrate the fact we've been starting our Saturday mornings for eight years now with a gentle run, walk, hop, skip or jump.
See you next week!
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 389
19th May 2018
This week 324 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • Monica FISK • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Julia ANDERSON • Neil JEFFRIES • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Amelie MAY • Lucy ARABELLA • Adrian LOBB • Fred HAYES • Leslie MALCOLM • Cameron TOUGH
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crystal Palace parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Nicholas TORRY who recorded a time of 15:26 on 1st July 2017 (event number 344).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 90.93% (23:20) on 22nd April 2017 (event number 334).
Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 8,533 participants have completed 58,618 parkruns covering a total distance of 293,090 km, including 10,037 new Personal Bests.