A day of celebrations

When I arrived at parkrun this morning I was struck by how few people there were.  And then Chris Balmer asked if I was Run Director. I thought after the debacle of two weeks ago it was probably better if I was given a little less responsibility so suggested Barry do it instead.  Turned out Chris (who, as he does EVERY SINGLE WEEK) had been putting out the signs for our winter route and thought we needed quite a few marshals as we didn't want runners, cartwheelers and stilt walkers to run, cartwheel or stilt walk over the rather muddy grass.

Despite Barry having the hi-vis jacket of overall responsibility I couldn't resist a little bit of delegation and so Jules found herself with two trainee scanners in the guise of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers (Efa Parry and Jada Mensah).

Those of you who were in the park this morning will have noticed how utterly stunning it looked with the sun and the beautiful autumnal colours and from my marshalling spot every single person looked happy to be out there.  Some even commented on what a beautiful morning it was and it really was.

I've given this week's run report  the title of 'A day of celebrations' so I ought to explain what we were celebrating.  Well firstly the wonderful Robert Nagorski who came along this week to celebrate surviving his cardiac arrest 53 weeks ago.  Robert celebrated in style by getting a PB today!  Yes, he ran his fastest ever CP parkrun in a phenomenal 23:35.  Robert - you have no idea how wonderful that is, well, you probably do.

Another superstar today was our own Simon Lang.  Many of you will know Simon as our regular Run Director.  Simon's been injured for 18 months, needing knee surgery.  So it was fantastic seeing Simon running today, in a quite frankly too fast 24.02. I mean, you'd think he would run at a reasonable pace in order to appreciate the beauty of the park. Anyone would think he wanted his breakfast!

And we had milestone runners: actually we didn't but Tom Wilson did his 300th parkrun so worthy of a nod!

Of the 334 runners/walkers etc 33 had never run in our beautiful, slightly undulating park before. Of those seven were fresh out of the wrapper and crinkle free. Welcome to the parkrun family: Claire Bryson, Giovanni Biagiotti, Jamie Clutson (of whom more later), Kevin Leitao, L Fordham, Steve Berry and Tom Lee-Smith.

The mathematicians among you will have noticed we had 33 people who had never run at CP before and if seven were newbies then 26 must have been tourists. Well, don't believe what you read: we had at least nine newbies as there were two women who hadn't actually registered..........they will by next week I'm sure. And Jamie Clutson was actually a tourist as he is from Somerset but chose not only to do his first parkrun with us but was game to do pre run briefing role play. This man will go far.

As ever our tourists were from far and wide with Lloyd Park and South Norwood both represented by intrepid explorers.

Apart from Robert there were other people who ran their fastest ever parkrun at Crystal Palace: there were 29 of them far too many for me to mention individually so here are a few mentions. Charmiane Charles - I have no idea what she's been doing since she last ran in our park in May 2017 but whatever it is is working as she is seven minutes faster now.  George Tovey went sub 20 for the first time. And, I've mentioned Robert already. Well done to everyone who got a PB today.

As ever, we have barcodes refusniks. I know, it's incomprehensible to me too. Why would you get up early on a Saturday morning, run 5K and then not get it timed. Obviously, the two women I mentioned earlier didn't know and that's not their fault but really to the other 31 of you: sort yourselves out! If you don't have a barcode, you don't get a time and a lovely fluffy email reminding you of your elite athlete status! #DFYB

Next week it's business as usual. As ever we need volunteers so please put a post on our Facebook page or email our office and we will willingly give you a high-viz vest and a role of great responsibility.

Until next week.

Michele #loveparkrun

 

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 413
17th November 2018

This week 334 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • Yvette DORE • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Valerie NICOLLE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Julie LETTS • Clare DAVIS • Fred HAYES • Christina MARRONI • Jacob PLIETH • (Jo) Josephine PATERSON • Efa PARRY • Jada MENSAH

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 9,369 participants have completed 66,079 parkruns covering a total distance of 330,395 km, including 11,180 new Personal Bests.

 

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.

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