They came from far and wide……

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.

Male placings:
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.

Female placings:
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.

 

Crystal Palace Overground Festival

Hello

This weekend will see the Crystal Palace Overground Festival being held in the park. We have discussed this with the organisers and they are confident our graceful group of gazelle-like runners won't interfer with the setting up of the event so we will be going ahead with parkrun on Saturday.

Michele

 

A sunny parkrun

It was a gorgeous morning and for a brief moment yesterday I wondered if we might have a record turnout, but it was not to be.  These days 270 feels quite average, a sign of the huge phenomena that parkrun is now.  We do have tokens up to 500 though, some of them have never been used to do come along, bring your friends and see if we can use all of our tokens!

Obviously Jake English (first male finisher in 17:12), Che Compton (second male 17:54), Thomas Mountford (third male, 18:02), Belinda Cottrill (first female with yet another PB of 20:37), Linsey Craike (second female, 21:34), Tamsin Arthur (third female, 22:59) and Ben Giles (first jnr 15-17, 22:12) won't qualify for a shiny new token, they will have to make do with the frequently used (and if I'm being really honest, slightly grubby) higher numbers. It does serve them right for running so quickly really.

I'd like to apologise for the comment in last week's report about having more cakes this week. Bob Bell did a sterling job trying to off load faintly stale Jaffa cakes and brownies but to not much avail. We will have to think up a reason for a celebration sometime soon.

As usual the sun shone and the gentle wind helped push us up the hills. I met  Vijal Parmar who was doing her first Crystal Palace parkrun but her 15th in all. She has recently moved to London and has decided a good way to get to know our fabulous city is to try a different parkrun every week! What a great idea and I'm sure she'll soon realise she actually wants to live in South London rather than North!

We know we had at least 39 first timers as they had all dutifully printed off and brought their bar codes.  One of them was (I think) Ian Gostling, he usually runs at Hilly Fields and fancied a change and so decided to run our slightly undulating course.  If it wasn't you I spoke to Ian then apologies, I forgot to ask your name and some low level stalking revealed you as a possible culprit.  I won't fight any injunction you decide to take out against me! Of our first timers at least 17 had never, ever run/walked or jogged parkrun before so welcome to a new Saturday addiction.

I say, at least because we know there were 21 people who didn't have a barcode.  I do like to ram home the message of 'no bar code, no time': but it feels a bit harsh in the case of the person who took token 270. You see, I'm not entirely sure she was actually intending doing parkrun. Mike Woodward was, as usual, tailrunning. Yesterday he was joined by Stephanie Evans who is a bit of a machine and who had already gone to the gym before coming to parkrun.  As they set off they spotted a woman walking and stopped to talk to her. Before she knew it, the poor woman was walking with Mike and Steph. Unknown woman if you want to join Ian (mentioned above) in his injunction please do.  If not, then do come back and join us next week and bring your barcode and I can mention you by name! #DFYB

I always feel a bit odd thanking the volunteers as I usually do some volunteering at parkrun: I write this (anyone else is welcome to borrow the pen) and sort tokens at the end so that the following week they are in order! But yesterday, I was not running and asked if I could hand out the finish tokens. It's my favourite volunteering role. You get to congratulate every runner. Some months ago I said I love the person who gives out the tokens and to be fair lots of people crossing the finish line do look pleased to see me. That might be because they've finished of course! Yesterday I felt like a 'proper' volunteer because I wasn't running! Do put your name for a volunteer slot - without volunteers we couldn't do the run.  Not only do you get a mention in the results, you get volunteer credits and 25 of them earn you a lovely free technical T-shirt.  Unless you're Clare Davis.  Clare comes along to the cafe every week and helps with token sorting (it's a complex job!). Yesterday as he put the laptop away (having uploaded the results and sent the texts and emails to all runners) Piers Bromley looked at Clare and said 'Oh, I forgot to list you as a volunteer, again.'  Piers is Clare's husband.  It's nice to see her name has now been added to the volunteer list for yesterday!

Oh and I promised Carol Hayes a mention this week. She got an asthetically pleasing time of 32:32!

So, thanks for reading. See you all next week, I hope, if there aren't any injunctions against me.

Stats here!

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 341
10th June 2017

This week 270 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Imran SALIM • Simon LANG • Chris BELL • Penelope D'ARCY GRAHAM • Salim SHOLEYE • Piers BROMLEY • Lin SKINNER • Clare DAVIS • Saadia AJIBIKE • Lyndsey MORLEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crystal Palace parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Jake ENGLISH (SM20-24) of Croydon Harriers, was first over the line in 17:12 - 44th time in 56 appearances.
Che COMPTON (VM40-44) of Kent AC, was second over the line in 17:54 - has been first to finish on 28 previous occasions.
Thomas MOUNTFORD (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:02.

Female placings:
Belinda COTTRILL (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was first (19th overall) over the line in 20:37 - 4th time in 169 appearances.
Linsey CRAIKE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (28th overall) over the line in 21:34 - was first to finish once before.
Tamsin ARTHUR (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (49th overall) over the line in 22:59.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Che COMPTON (VM40-44) – 77.37% for the time 17:54 (second overall).
Jake ENGLISH (SM20-24) – 75.29% for the time 17:12 (first overall).
Stuart Crosby FRANKLIN (VM50-54) – 74.02% for the time 20:05 (15th 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 6,945 participants have completed 45,474 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,370 km, including 8,192 new Personal Bests.

 

A birthday party parkrun

For many of us a birthday party on a Saturday is a regular occurrence; usually for those of us with young children and so it was fitting today that we had lots of cake at parkrun as we were celebrating our 7th birthday. I'm not sure how many 7th birthday parties have free flowing prosecco or if that's just a SE London thing. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself.

It was our 7th birthday at parkrun and we decided to run the route in reverse, personally I prefer it that way. There is one absolutely punishing climb (that we have to do twice) but there is definitely more downhill and we finish on a downhill sprint too. There were 287 of us lined up at the start line this morning compared to 49 on our first one and we had 16 volunteers making it possible. On the first parkrun at Crystal Palace we had a mere seven volunteers so we've got more efficient at running the event. We couldn't do it without the volunteers so thank you to them all. It wasn't an attendance record though, that was 318 in April this year. Che Compton was first male finisher today with Lin Skinner unsurprisingly being the first female finisher. I'd like to think they ran quickly because of the prosecco but no one touched that until I I sauntered in and started popping corks with Piers Bromley and Clare Davis who was celebrating her own birthday as well as parkrun's. She is a little bit older than seven so we allowed her to have some prosecco - she was celebrating a PB too!

Forty-eight other people also ran a PB - given it was another very very hot morning that's very impressive. Obviously, with that many I can't name them all but I will name all a few, like Thomas Mountford who probably had a mixed reaction to getting a 41 second PB. One second faster and he would have been sub 18! Lin Skinner was another of those who ran a PB in a blistering 20:37 on what was her 125th parkrun. And Xavi Rabanal-Hunt went sub 28 for the first time ever, having left lovely Luna to run with his mum, Lisa.

Forty-two people ran today who had never run a parkrun at Crystal Palace before. We don't have prosecco every week, we do have it fairly frequently though, so do come back. Especially if you were one of the 21 people who had NEVER run parkrun before. What kept you?? And Jon Cribbens - not to name and shame - 'I don't like 09:00 on a Saturday morning' is really not good enough. Welcome to a wonderful way to start a Saturday, even if we don't always have cake and prosecco. In fact, there are many many reasons to run parkrun, I was lucky enough to run this morning with someone who really is a Goddess, not everyone can say that. She knows who she is and I promised not to actually name her. Thank you!

We did get a bit away with ourselves in celebrating this morning, well Bob Bell did. As he was setting us off with his usual quiet and reserved manner he asked if Ian Shorthouse was present. 'Oh no', I heard whispered beside me. So I sent Ian off to the front where Bob made a huge fuss of it being Ian's 300th parkrun. Except, it wasn't, it was his 299th, not to shabby admittedly but not 300. Ian, being a sensible man is running parkrun in Sweden next week so maybe it's just as well we celebrated yesterday.

So, seven years after it all started in Crystal Palace we celebrated the phenomenon that is parkrun: a run, walk, jog, pushing a buggy, pulling (or being pulled by) a dog. It's more than just a run, for many, it's become a way of life.

Now for the stats:

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 340
3rd June 2017

This week 287 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Jane HAILE • Michael WOODWARD • Tom WILSON • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Simon LANG • Piers BROMLEY • Daniel HUMBLE • Clare DAVIS • Philippa RYAN • Lyndsey MORLEY • Fred HAYES • Charlotte SEATON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crystal Palace parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Che COMPTON (VM40-44) of Kent AC, was first over the line in 17:22 - 28th time in 166 appearances.
Michael LONGLEY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:27.
Matthew LOW (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:44.

Female placings:
Lin SKINNER (VW40-44) of Crystal Palace Fun Runners, was first (27th overall) over the line in 20:37 - 31st time in 87 appearances.
Belinda COTTRILL (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was second (31st overall) over the line in 20:50 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Linsey CRAIKE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:25 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Che COMPTON (VM40-44) – 79.75% for the time 17:22 (first overall).
Christopher LYDON (VM55-59) – 79.07% for the time 19:26 (14th overall).
Clare Elizabeth WYNGARD (VW55-59) – 77.52% for the time 23:21 (68th 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 6,906 participants have completed 45,204 parkruns covering a total distance of 226,020 km, including 8,147 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Bank Holiday parkrunning

Last week I had the pleasure of a canter round York Racecourse parkrun (see what I did there!). It was dead flat and it was easy to see how Johnnie Brownlee achieved a course record on the one and only time he ran it, when he was about 10! Having spend the previous day at a vintage wine festival I decided not to try and break his record.

In my mind though, I was in good form and so, for some obscure reason, when Chris Balmer said yesterday he intended taking it slow I asked him if he would pace me to a new PB. I shall spare you the suspense (or need) of reading to the end of my report - I didn't manage it. Chris is in no way to blame, he chatted all the way round and at times burst into song which was really really irritating and did make me speed up a tiny bit, in the hope he'd shut up! It was just one of those days where I didn't have it in me and I tried really hard, I couldn't even speak and those who know me will know I usually chat my way around!

I blame the heat which doesn't really explain how 31 people did achieve a PB! Maybe they ran quicker so they could have a well deserved lie down afterwards. As ever, with that many PBs I can't mention them all although I will mention my son, Alex who has run a PB on his last three appearances at Crystal Palace. He usually runs at Peckham before football training and has been knocking out PBs there too. I like to think it's my elite athlete genes that have given him this ability. Anyone who has seen me puffing and chatting around the course will know that's extremely unlikely!

Daniel Santos also ran a PB with his first sub 21 parkrun, knocking 10 seconds off his previous PB which he got last time he ran at the Palace a month ago. I look forward to next month's time! And Lorraine Charlton not only ran a PB on what appeared to be her monthly visit to our mountainous park she did it in an aesthetically pleasing time of 51:51. Astonishingly, Lorraine and Charmaine Charles who were running with Mike Woodward managed to pull a sprint finish out of the bag at the end. Mike left them to it!

Afterwards I was talking to one of the 40 people who were running parkrun for the first time at Crystal Palace. Micaela de Freitas had never run parkrun before and when she turned up she said she'd be happy to do it in an hour. She ran our very difficult course in 43.01! She asked me the time afterwards and I said it was 9:47 which she took as the time she run it in but of course, being Crystal Palace time we usually set off a few minutes after 09:00 so she will have been even more delighted when her time came through! Well done Micaela! Of our 40 first timers, 12 had never done a parkrun before. Welcome to the parkrun family! It's such a great way to start the weekend and if you come back next week we'll have prosecco, more of which later.

Our tourist numbers were boosted by 21 runners from Norman Park parkrun who were doing a bit of mob tourism, they were distinguished by their bright blue 'Zero to Hero Runners' emblazoned T- shirts. They were quite a tough lot who apparently do a tourist parkrun once a month and were a bit dismissive of our mountains!

Now to the prosecco - next Saturday marks our 7th birthday. We shall be celebrating in true parkrun style with reversing the course and then finishing with prosecco. When you arrive come up to where we would usually finish and we'll start from there. We'll have cake, prosecco, coffee and no doubt a speech or two. Looking froward to seeing you all on Saturday.

Now for the stats:

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 339
27th May 2017

This week 238 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crystal Palace parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Jake ENGLISH (SM20-24) of Croydon Harriers, was first over the line in 17:39 - 43rd time in 55 appearances.
Matthew LOW (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:52.
Richard BROWN (VM35-39) of Severn AC of Gloucester, was third over the line in 18:42.

Female placings:
Lin SKINNER (VW40-44) of Crystal Palace Fun Runners, was first (10th overall) over the line in 20:57 - 30th time in 86 appearances.
Belinda COTTRILL (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was second (41st overall) over the line in 23:23 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Laura TOUGH (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (45th overall) over the line in 23:31 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Neil JEFFRIES (VM55-59) – 74.68% for the time 20:56 (9th overall).
Heath GRIFFIN (JM10) – 73.45% for the time 23:10 (38th overall).
Lin SKINNER (VW40-44) – 73.43% for the time 20:57 (10th 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 6,863 participants have completed 44,917 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,585 km, including 8,097 new Personal Bests.

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