Never leave an amateur in charge

Where is Simon Lang when you need him?  Today, in Simon's absence I took the hi-vis vest of ultimate authority and decided to be the Run Director.  All was going well until Chris Balmer told me the top of the park was closed and so we would need to use one of our alternative routes.  After a bit of discussion we agreed on recycling our original parkrun route and so we did a swift bit of sign moving, marshal allocating and finding ourselves a volunteer to sit with all the gear and we were off.

Jake was happy as the two and a bit lapper is where he got his PB (I'm not sure which of his many profiles his PB is on).  All was well until about 17 mins in when I realised WE DIDN'T HAVE THE FINISH TOKENS! As we tried to avoid panicking we got all finishers to queue up while Tom ran to the start line to try and find the tokens and eventually peace prevailed. I am obviously very sorry for any inconvenience caused and by way of compensation we're giving you next week off and the following week you can have a free parkrun experience. If you're one of the five people who left early in disgust and are reading this please do come along and experience the true parkrun experience when Simon is back!!

You are all welcome to come along and run in the park at any time you like but next week we won't be having parkrun as the core team are now going on remedial training. No, seriously, Bromley Schools Cross Country will be in the park next week and it's just not possible to have both events.

It was a lovely sunny autumnal morning and 351 of you lined up at the start line. There were 34 new faces of which 11 were crinkle free, fresh out of the wrapper newbies.  Welcome to the parkrun family, some weeks we have prosecco, some (like today) we have chocolates, some weeks we do fancy dress and some weeks we have all of the above. Come back in two weeks and see how efficient we can be, when we try! The mathematical geniuses among you will have already worked out that if we had 34 new faces and 11 were brand new we must have had 23 tourists. And indeed we did, some from as far away as Brockwell Park!

We had some milestones today: Guy Betts ran his 100th as did Dana Benedek. Dana is in the 15-17 age group and we think she may be one of our younger runners to have achieved this milestone. I had a little milestone of my own as I was volunteering for the 100th time; a bit bittersweet as I'd rather be running but any sort of parkrun fix is better than none.

As today is the first Saturday of the month we had pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners. Now, I should point out we are all volunteers and largely (well pretty much completely) untrained.  So a HUGE well done to the people who were paced by Suzi Daley as she was the 30 minute pacer and came in at 28:05! Hannah Voss got a 27:42 PB (her third PB in as many weeks), Frances Clark did the run in 27:22, Maria Heather broke the 32 min barrier in an impressive 31:45, Maja Hilton whose PB of 27:32 (her 4th PB in five weeks), Jack Houghton-Jones who ran with his Mum Sylvia Houghton achieved a PB of 34:40. And today's final name check goes to Belinda Cottrill and Milo who came in with a PB of 19:48, about 16 seconds faster than last week's PB, clearly they haven't really been trying for a while!

Sadly 35 people didn't have a barcode with them today and so we will never know if they were first timers, tourists or just people who stumbled across the finish line, were forced to join a long queue only to take a finish token which they promptly handed back!  #DFYB

Right, that's it, I need to go and read up on the responsibilities of the Run Director to make sure I don't forget what to do next time I get given the RD vest! Don't forget no parkrun in Crystal Palace next week.

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 412
3rd November 2018

This week 351 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Tom WILSON • Joe SIMMONDS • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Russell WHITE • Clare DAVIS • Philippa RYAN • Lyndsey MORLEY

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 9,336 participants have completed 65,745 parkruns covering a total distance of 328,725 km, including 11,151 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Today really was a perfect day for running; a little bit crisp and very sunny and that probably accounted for the 58 PBs (more of which later). 315 people lined up at the start and although we had a few barcode refuseniks (I mean, who in their right mind would walk let alone run 5K without getting it logged #DFYB) we managed to record times for them all.

Whether it was the beautiful weather or autumnal resolutions is irrelevant; we took delivery of 14 brand new fresh out of the wrapper parkrunners this morning. Welcome to the family, your Saturdays will never be the same!  And although today wasn't one of them we frequently have prosecco and/or cake and chocolate, I mean, why else would you run!

We also had some returnees, unfortunately neither of them had barcodes but I can tell you finisher number 7 was running his second parkrun. He ran it once when he was 11 and came back today, aged 16 and is clearly one to watch!

I was on finish funnel management, making sure people stayed in line and although I didn’t get his name I must mention the man who I saw covered in blood as he waited to collect his token. I went straight into nurse mode (and no I didn’t ignore him and tell him to stop making a mess on the grass) but did ask what had happened. He cheerily said ‘Oh nothing, just a nose bleed’. Now, I know our parkrun is a little undulating but I certainly don’t expect participants to get altitude sickness.  Anyway, it didn’t seem to deter him; there he was smiling and bleeding but quite happy. I do hope he reads this and tells us who he is.

As ever we had some tourists. One joined us from Melbourne . I said hello at the new runners briefing but forgot to get her name so I do hope she enjoyed our run and the fact we'd ordered warm weather! For many people today was the first day of half term which may have explained the glut of tourists with Sittingbourne Striders and Canterbury Harriers represented. Welcome to our slightly undulating run.

What sort of a mother would I be if I didn’t mention Alex Singhgolden’s amazing 30 second PB. He charged round the park in 20:10 seconds; a mere six seconds slower than Belinda Cottrill who chalked up an amazing PB with Milo.  Being 16 Alex then cycled off to football training. Youth. Clearly he should be able to run even faster.  Others who ran their fastest ever parkrun included: Frances Chan who by her own admission has 'been a bit lazy' and hasn't run with us since June and still managed to pull an amazing 29:04 out of the bag, Bibi Grise who ran her fifth parkrun today with the last four being PBs. Today she was nearly 50 seconds faster than last week coming in at 25:11.  Holly Skinner also got a PB of nearly TWO MINUTES running her sixth parkrun in 28:08.  And Rob Kempsell ran his first parkrun ever last week and today came back and ran it nearly a minute faster. Rob either loved it or hated it last week!  So, well done to all of you including the many I didn't mention.

Couple of little points - if you're finished running or have come along to watch and brought a dog may I remind you to keep the dog on a lead, particularly if you're near the finish line, it's all very exciting and we nearly had a couple of fallers. Thanks.

Also, next week most of us will be at the Beachy Head marathon. Obviously, I'm not running but have been convinced by Valerie Nicholle to go for a swim in the sea after she's run 10K. So, we are using a new system for getting volunteers. Every week you'll get the opportunity to volunteer for the following week or the week after.  I think we may be OK for next week but do keep an eye out for a call for volunteers on our Facebook page.  I'm not going to be writing the run report next week so if you fancy a go with the parkrun pencil do let us know either by posting on our Facebook page or emailing the office.

Now, as regular readers of 'view from the injury bench' will know I don't usually mention who were the first finishers but today I will mention that Che did a leisurely 17:44 today because he ran the Chicago Marathon two weeks ago in a blistering 2:37!  Gaby Drinkwater also ran Chicago and was back today in a super speedy 27:47. As ever stats are available by clicking on a link hidden somewhere on this page.

 

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 410
20th October 2018

This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Will H H DAVIS • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Andy GRAY • Chris BALMER • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Julia ANDERSON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Claire MITCHELL • Clare DAVIS • Ben DALY • Philippa RYAN • Lyndsey MORLEY • Doug TAYLOR • Sharon CHESWORTH

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 9,263 participants have completed 65,084 parkruns covering a total distance of 325,420 km, including 11,036 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Run report 2

Clearly my protestations about the gloomy weather last week were heard by the weather gods - it was positively tropical by comparison this week! I think it caught a few people out as there was quite a large pile of jumpers left on the bench by the start line. This said, we did have a slightly smaller, select crowd this week of only 320 runners out to make the most of the sunshine. Perhaps last week had made a few people think twice about getting out of bed early!

Once again, as far as the scan team was concerned, this week was fairly straightforward, and as new scanner (but regular CP) volunteer Posy Laryea found out, scanning might sound scary, but it’s fun! Remember if you’re not feeling like running, or want to top up your good karma, new volunteers are always welcome – 8.40 at the start for Hi-Vis glory.

 

Regular readers will have heard mention of our regular first finisher Jake, but he was absent this week so that place was ably filled by Chris Taylor, who earned himself a new PB in the process. Hot on his heels was brand new park runner Richard Craske – where have you been!! – congratulations to both of you. 18 other people also decided that this was the weekend to jump trainers first into the parkrun crowd and come down for the very first time: welcome and we hope that you enjoyed the experience. For the 23 people who, although not new to parkrun, were with us here at Crystal Palace for the first time too - hopefully you’ll be back for some touristing again soon. Thomas Skinner and Robert Dugdale hit 50 and 100 park runs this weekend respectively, and there were 30 people who had clearly had their readybrek (or just had places to be, perhaps) and achieved new PBs: well done all! Who knows if it could have been more as ‘unknown runner’ managed 25 simultaneous laps of the park. I’ll never know how they do it….#DFYB.

 

That’s me over and out for a week or so but only 4 days until Saturday and we’ll be back on the start line. Who knows who’ll be writing this next week, it could be you!

 

Christina

 

 

Run run run report

You’re hands are so cold!! The view from the scan team.

That phrase can only mean one thing: summer is officially over, and there was a distinctly autumnal feel to the air in the park this morning as we began to dread the long cold winter ahead. However, best not be gloomy as today was International parkrun Day!! On 5th October 2004, 13 people turned up to run the inaugural Bushy Park Time Trial, and along with their five volunteers began a movement that has taken the Saturday morning running world by storm. On behalf of the 346 people running in Crystal Palace this morning – we salute you! The first Saturday of the month also brings us some lovely Pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners, and though their numbers were down slightly from normal, (off running marathons or by the beach I heard...) they still did a marvellous job and we’re very grateful.

From my post on scanning duty, today seemed fairly incident free and most of the barcodes behaved, which is not always the case. As usual it was lovely to hear people’s thanks for helping, even if we did put that hill in the way, and it does make coming out on a Saturday all the more worthwhile. Amongst the crowds flooding our way were 6 intrepid explorers from Clapham Pioneers, who were with us on their once-a-month tourist trip – we hope you enjoyed yourselves, and 20 shiny new parkrunners!! Welcome, and we hope you’ll be back. A special mention to Louise Bensaid who’s two boys were among the youngest runners today and who is using parkrun to get her going for her first running event next year – we look forward to seeing lots more of you all! A little further down the milestone road finds Amy Innes and Grant Martin who reached 50 and 100 parkruns today respectively – bravo. 61 people also achieved personal bests today, so the cooler air is obviously doing some good for something. Congratulations – from my rather too warm seat on the injury bench, I am almost jealous!

Next week we might have a funfair to contend with, so brace yourselves for last minute route changes but we will do our best to make sure everything is as well organised as usual. Right – I’m done with my post-caf-spin-rehab-sesh. Time for a cuppa to warm up my hands...

 

Christina

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 408
6th October 2018

This week 346 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Will H H DAVIS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • John MOSS • Sarah MOSS • Posy LARYEA • Philippa RYAN • Christina MARRONI

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 9,181 participants have completed 64,449 parkruns covering a total distance of 322,245 km, including 10,948 new Personal Bests.

 

I may think of a title later.

May I just make a little suggestion: don't ask any of today's core team to represent you on any of those competitions like how many jelly beans in a jar or how many people in a mini. As you all set off on our beautiful autumnal morning we did a quick 'how many people set off this morning' guesstimate. We were ALL hopelessly out. We had quite a small turn out this morning with only 278 people starting but none of us thought there were fewer than 310 of you!

Those hardy souls that did turn up were particularly fast with an amazing 55 of you running your fastest ever parkrun.  Well, possibly............Jake English was our first male finisher. Nothing new there regular readers of 'still watching from the blo&$y injury bench' will know except that this week Jake had a barcode!  Apparently Mr English ran his 25th parkrun today, he does have a number of profiles so I just hope he is keeping some sort of record!

Fifty-five is FAR too many to mention individually so Melissa Allwork, Matthew Broderick Vasey and Hugo Saunders, well done but no mentions for you! Hope Skinner smashed an amazing 3 min 22 secs off her previous PB to celebrate running her 10th parkrun. Well done Hope! Also well done to Trevor Dennis who ran his 41st (out of 308) parkrun with us this morning in an aesthetically pleasing PB of 24:24.  And sympathy as well as congratulations to Robert Dugdale who ran his 98th parkrun today and got a PB of 29 mins.  He last got a PB on 22 Oct 2016 so must have been delighted with himself but the sympathy is because one second faster and he would have gone sub 29!  Well done to all of you, including those I haven't mentioned at all.

One person didn't get a parkrun but ran their fastest parkrun since 28 March 2015 was Carol Hayes.  Carol ran in 30:39 today, she often misses parkrun because she runs a ridiculous amount of marathons, often running two on a single weekend. So clearly her long distances have made her get even faster over 5K. Well done Carol.

This morning we took delivery of eight fresh out of the wrapper, crinkle free parkrunners. Welcome Jemima McWilliams, Rosanna Head, Lucy Evans, Robert Clark, Angela Fernandez, Chris Price-Morgan, Steven Wingrove and Cody Bryne to the parkrun family. Your Saturdays will never be the same, we really are a friendly cult. The real test is whether we will see you back again next week! Some people will suggest you shouldn't drink alcohol on a Friday night but as Jack Davidson can testify running with a hangover can almost aid recovery.

We also had tourists today 20 people ran in our beautiful, slightly undulating park for the first ever time.  Now we did have some tourists who are repeat visitors and quite frankly, can you blame them but it's always nice to welcome tourists and watch their faces when I do the new runners briefing and explain there is no gentle way to tell them the first mile is unremittingly uphill! So huge thanks to David and Sheila Johnson from Coventry who came up to me afterwards when I was scanning finishers and said how much they enjoyed our course.

Sadly, 31 people didn't have a barcode this morning. I know, I know, I know: they got out of bed, came along to parkrun and didn't get a recorded time. Who knows whether they were tourists, first timers or just people who couldn't resist running down the avenue of trees at the end to rapturous applause and then realise they needed a barcode! #DFYB

Next week most of the core team will be away so if you fancy a spot of hi-viz action (and the hi-viz vests were washed by me this week, is there nothing I won't do for you lot??!) then do get in touch in the usual way: email the office, instant message on Facebook or post on our Facebook page.

As ever the stats are available by clicking on a link somewhere on this page.

Until next week then,

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 407
29th September 2018

This week 278 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Julia ANDERSON • Julie LETTS • Rachael TOON • Posy LARYEA • Séan HILL • Fred HAYES • Christina MARRONI

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 9,125 participants have completed 64,103 parkruns covering a total distance of 320,515 km, including 10,887 new Personal Bests.

 

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