Firstly, apologies. I have been crazy busy organising the Crystal Palace Fun Runners Dino Dash and just haven't had a chance to write this.
But I'm sitting in the garden, beer in hand, and my thoughts have turned to last week's parkrun and so I'd better post something before my reputation for late posting is as bad as Tom's!
Saturday was a day when people travelled far and wide to run in our wonderful mountainous park. The route itself is flat (just in case anyone is thinking of joining us and put off by the idea of mountains) and the views are spectacular. Not that Nick Torry would notice either the course of the views. As I was coming to the playground at the end of my first lap a flash of red flew by me. I was initially a bit disappointed but then realised it was Nick. Nick set the course record (beating his own previous record) in October and on Saturday ran a leisurely (for him) 16:11. It was his 15th appearance at Crystal Palace and of course his 15th time to finish first. Then he went off to run multiple laps of the park while the rest of us were just pleased to complete the 5K once. It really is pointless to be disappointed when Nick laps you.
Che came in second followed by Richard Brown. I think Che was saving himself for the Dino Dash (he was in the fastest male team). This week Belinda Cottrill was first female finisher with Lin Skinner hot on her heels and Sarah Browne hot on Lin's. Well done to all of you.
We were expecting a big turn out on Saturday as Bromley parkrun wasn't on. As it was, we had 245 people line up, I think the heat might have put people off. We did have 23 people who had never run at Crystal Palace parkrun before, eight of them had never run parkrun before, welcome, you picked a scorcher for your first one. We do usually have lovely weather although it was a tad warm on Saturday. A special welcome to Veronika Formanova who has just completed a couch to 5K programme and was still smiling at the end!
We did have visitors. Joanne Hayes must have a mention. She was at her second Crystal Palace parkrun as she usually runs her parkrun in Australia. She ran/walked/chatted with mum, Carol and it took every bit of energy in me to get across the finish line before them.........and I'd run the whole thing. A huge thanks to Ann McMahon for dragging me along. David Drysdale (whilst not a first timer) was running at Crystal Palace a mere five years after he last did it. He usually runs in Falkirk. Sharon Martin went to school with him so was particularly pleased to see him. He was running with his brother-in-law (whose name I've forgotten, sorry) so it was probably a bit more than the lure of our mountains that brought him back to us!
Our first timer visitors were also numerous with Antony Ansell driving up from Whitstable just because he wanted to run our parkrun. Antony likes doing a bit of tourism (we were his 76th different parkrun) and we got him volunteering as well, dragging our favourite trolley back to the start line once we'd packed everything up. I'm probably unnecessarily excited about the fact that Joby and Francesca Thomas who usually run or volunteer at Bushy parkrun chose our parkrun to do their 200th!
Finally we had an astounding 27 people ran in the furnace like heat and didn't have a barcode! Why oh why would you do that, rock up on a Saturday morning, whiz round the park and then not get your time recorded???? #DFYB
Once again, a huge thanks to our volunteers who make it possible for us to run/walk/hop/skip or in Lin Skinner's case cartwheel round the course. OK , maybe not the whole way around the course!
Now for the stats.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 342
17th June 2017
This week 245 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Tom WILSON • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Sharon MARTIN • Anthony George ANSELL • Chris BELL • Piers BROMLEY • Clare DAVIS • Posy LARYEA • Lyndsey MORLEY • Rae AMOSU • Fred HAYES • Sthe THUSINI
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crystal Palace parkrun Results Page.
Nicholas TORRY (VM40-44) of Serpentine RC, was first over the line in 16:11 - 15th time in 15 appearances.
Che COMPTON (VM40-44) of Kent AC, was second over the line in 17:41 - has been first to finish on 28 previous occasions.
Richard BROWN (VM35-39) of Severn AC of Gloucester, was third over the line in 18:46.
Belinda COTTRILL (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was first (19th overall) over the line in 21:06 - 5th time in 170 appearances.
Lin SKINNER (VW40-44) of Crystal Palace Fun Runners, was second (21st overall) over the line in 21:17 - has been first to finish on 31 previous occasions.
Sarah BROWNE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 22:36 - was first to finish once before.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Nicholas TORRY (VM40-44) – 84.35% for the time 16:11 (first overall).
Julian SPENCER-WOOD (VM65-69) – 79.13% for the time 21:24 (22nd overall).
Che COMPTON (VM40-44) – 78.32% for the time 17:41 (second overall).
The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 00:17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Nicholas TORRY who recorded a time of 00:15:38 on 1st October 2016 (event number 306).
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 6,968 participants have completed 45,719 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,595 km, including 8,216 new Personal Bests.