Rocky – 5/02/2009-11/04/2017

A sad news story.

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Lisa, Rocky, and Luna began their Parkrun careers at Crystal Palace back on 18 September 2010 (having watched a little shyly from the side for a few weeks, and Lisa having worked out that this looked a great way to burn off adolescent pup energy). They gradually encouraged the rest of the family to take part too. It was a small field back in the early days, usually around 60 runners max. We reckon Rocky probably did more than 150 parkruns, mostly at Crystal Palace. His PB was 21:23 in 2012 - but he could have gone a lot faster, Lisa slowed him down! He was a tourist on many occasions, doing other South London Parkruns, and some as far afield as Norwich, Mulbarton and Thetford in Norfolk, and last December the super hills (that make CP look flat!) of Tresillick Parkrun in Cornwall. He last ran at CP on 25 March 2017, with our 12 year old Xavi. It was always Rocky, with his calm temperament, who was delegated to tow our children around. When I started (reluctantly!) running Parkruns last year, as a novice, it was most usually Rocky that I was allocated. He helped me to PBs five weeks in a row back in October 2016 and I got the bug. Rocky and Luna loved Parkrun. They particularly enjoyed shouting doggy opinions at each other during the race briefing, and telling off naughty ‘cheat-at-the-startline’ Milo. They had the odd memorable moment of chasing squirrels en route, and arguing with each other about whether or not to go down the finish funnel on lap 1. Rocky particularly enjoyed ‘scanning in’, especially on a sunny day when he liked to chase the barcode lights.

On the 11th April 2017, Rocky very sadly went through the biggest finish gate of all. He is missed more than words can say.
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Luna
Matt Hunt
Lisa Rabanal
Kane Rabanal-Hunt
Zac Rabanal-Hunt
Xavi Rabanal-Hunt

 

 

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Easter parkrun

I have found the last few weeks at parkrun really tough: for some reason I've been getting slower week on week. This morning I asked Carol Hayes if I could run with her as I thought she might drag me along a bit. And she did, resulting in both of us getting a faster time than we had in months (January for me and June for Carol). As we were coming up the home straight Erica Harris glided past us with a cheery 'thank you ladies, you've been pacing me' and Erica did her best time since February this year. Personally, I think Erica could have gone faster as she looked extremely relaxed as she finished: for the record I think it's fair to say that neither Carol nor I looked particularly relaxed.

With it being Easter weekend we had a relatively low turnout of 181 runners which makes the 31 PBs even more impressive. Ben Harding, our first finisher got a PB of 16.09, nearly a minute faster than when he last ran at Crystal Palace in December, well done Ben! Belinda Cottrill hadn't got a PB for a month so she was well overdue one and did it in style, knocking 34 seconds off her last one. Well done, Bee.

And my son, Alex Singhgolden knocked 17 seconds off last week's PB, being paced by his brother, Tom. I would love to say I enjoyed watching them run together but, as I didn't actually see them, I can't! Louise Wood also got a PB which is particularly impressive when you see the photos Fred took , as Louise's eyes were firmly closed as she ran up the finish funnel! I'm not sure how long she had her eyes closed for, when I run with Louise I'm normally wittering on so maybe she always runs with her eyes closed and just follows the sound of my voice - not today though, she was another one whose dust I was eating.

Of our 23 first timers at Crystal Palace six had never run parkrun before. Welcome to Lisa Hall, Lee Goward, Victor Stefan, Murray Clelland, Barry Golten and Jez Phillips! Your Saturdays will never be the same again! Mike Woodward, as ever, did a fantastic job of pacing and this week he ran with Lorraine Charlton. Lorraine lives up near Leeds. This was her second parkrun, she'd done her first last week in Australia and was immediately hooked. So, as she was travelling through London this week she did her second with us and next week she'll be doing her third in Leeds. She made me reflect on how brilliant parkrun is - it doesn't matter where you are, as long as you have your barcode, you can pitch up and run 5k with people who will love you just because you've turned up to run/walk/jog/be dragged by a dog or drag your dog. Speaking of barcodes, 11 people didn't have them. So, they didn't get a time. How sad, to do that mountainous run, on a not very warm day and not get that cheery email. #DFYB.

Tom Wilson brought our shiny new defib along today, without the leads or paddles. I think it's fair to say we need some training! So, if anyone can offer to train us or if anyone wants to be trained to use the defib please email us at the Crystal Palace parkrun office and we'll get it sorted.

I'm off to parkrun Mecca next week - I'm doing Bushy for the first time so if someone wants to write the run report please let us know and I'll leave the pen and paper for you.

See you in a fortnight.

Now for the stats:

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 333
15th April 2017

This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Ben HARDING (SM30-34) of Kent AC, was first over the line in 16:09 - first time in 2 appearances.
Richard BROWN (VM35-39) of Severn AC of Gloucester, was second over the line in 18:53.
Dominic GRISE (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:25 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Belinda COTTRILL (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 21:04 - second time in 161 appearances.
Linsey CRAIKE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (16th overall) over the line in 21:13 - was first to finish once before.
Naomi KINGSTON (JW15-17) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was third (26th overall) over the line in 22:00 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Ben HARDING (SM30-34) – 80.08% for the time 16:09 (first overall).
John FENWICK (VM65-69) – 75.85% for the time 22:59 (33rd overall).
Neil JEFFRIES (VM55-59) – 75.16% for the time 20:48 (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 Sian Cwyfan HILTON who recorded 90.39% (20:18) on 15th June 2013 (event number 145).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 6,594 participants have completed 43,288 parkruns covering a total distance of 216,440 km, including 7,809 new Personal Bests.

 

A hot and sunny parkrun.

Last Saturday I was talking to Daniel Tough at the end of parkrun. We realised that his slowest time is just a bit faster than my PB so he said he'd run with me this week. Luckily for me, Daniel's mum, Laura, was pushing Daniel's three year old brother, Cameron, in the pushchair so was going slower than normal. I say this, because when we got to the playground, for the first time, Daniel realised he could walk quicker than I could run this morning and was off, like a whippet to claim a truly wonderful PB of 27:37, a full 43 seconds faster than his last PB. Oh and Daniel is six years old so any hope I have of every catching him is diminishing with every week!

Of 216 runners who lined up at Crystal Palace parkrun this morning, 59 other people joined Daniel in achieving a PB! Some obviously get a mention: what sort of a mother would I be if I didn't mention my son, Alex Singhgolden, who took 22 seconds off a PB he achieved nearly five years ago. He credits Lyndsey Morley who he kept in his sights until about 75m before the end and then dug deep to overtake. Lyndsey, next time, do trip him up! Mind you, Lyndsey was another one of those who got a PB (24:43).

Another person who credited someone else for their PB was Penny D'arcy-Graham. Penny ran her fastest ever (24:26) and said to me that I should give credit to Chris Balme as he was pacing her. I assumed she meant chasing her and was going to suggest an injunction and then I checked the results and see she was chasing him! Well done, Penny and Chris, for inspiring her, which is particularly impressive as I know how much you had to drink last night! A final mention must go to Steph Evans who did her first parkrun since doing her first marathon three weeks ago and her first parkrun since picking up a knee injury. Resting must suit her as she flew round in 22:23 and then came to have a cool down run with me as I puffed round my last 1K.

Our first five finishers all got PBs too - as I said, too many to mention - HUGE well done to all of you.

It was very warm in the mountains this morning and very sunny. Quite frankly, the 15 volunteers had it easy, standing around, clapping and being encouraging. I suppose I should thank them though, as without them we couldn't run, so thank you volunteers for enabling us to wear ourselves out running up and down the mountains. Twenty-eight of us had never run at Crystal Palace before. Sixteen of those has never run parkrun, anywhere before so a huge welcome to the parkrun family. Sometimes we have cake and sometimes we finish with prosecco so do come back.

So that leaves 12 tourist parkrunners. Welcome to the mountains of Crystal Palace! Most of our tourists were actually quite local: bored, I suspect of the flatness of Dulwich, Peckham or Tooting or the slow, never ending slope of Brockwell Pk. Amy Griffin, however, had done 12 parkruns in Jersey before joining us this morning so she qualifies as our furthest away tourist today.

Of course, we may have had tourists from further afield but as 21 people didn't have a barcode we will never know. #DFYB.

So, another parkrunday, running done, tokens sorted and sunshine enjoyed. Until next week then, here are the stats.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 332
8th April 2017

This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 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:
Chris TAYLOR (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:23 - first time in 5 appearances.
Richard BROWN (VM35-39) of Severn AC of Gloucester, was second over the line in 18:40.
Michael ROONEY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:11.

Female placings:
Lin SKINNER (VW40-44) of Crystal Palace Fun Runners, was first (19th overall) over the line in 20:55 - 26th time in 80 appearances.
Belinda COTTRILL (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was second (29th overall) over the line in 21:41 - was first to finish once before.
Laura DENISON (VW40-44) of Serpentine RC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 22:03 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John FENWICK (VM65-69) – 76.07% for the time 22:55 (48th overall).
Neil JEFFRIES (VM55-59) – 75.04% for the time 20:50 (17th overall).
Lin SKINNER (VW40-44) – 73.55% for the time 20:55 (19th 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 Sian Cwyfan HILTON who recorded 90.39% (20:18) on 15th June 2013 (event number 145).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 6,569 participants have completed 43,107 parkruns covering a total distance of 215,535 km, including 7,779 new Personal Bests.

 

 

A very late run report

Somehow it's got to Thursday and I'm only just sitting down now to write the run report so I'm afraid I need to keep it short or it won't happen at all.

As promised, last weekend was sunny with a very gentle wind which stayed behind every single runner, helping 30 of you achieve a PB. So well done to all of you. As my regular reader of 'View from not quite at the back but might as well be' will know; with that many PBs I can't congratulate you all by name BUT Linda Talbot on her 60th parkrun (8th at Crystal Palace as she usually runs at Dulwich) must get a mention. After she had run she came up to Crystal Palace parkrun Carol Hayes (of who, we shall hear more later) and thanked her. On 11 July 2015 Linda did her first ever parkrun. Carol paced her and they crossed the finish line in 55:13. On Saturday she ran the course in 34:45! She then went onto say she is running the Brighton Marathon on Sunday and she has lost 5 stone in weight. What an amazing story - Linda, you are an inspiration to us all. Good luck on Sunday.

Carol was running her 100th parkrun. She has run 93 of them at Crystal Palace. She ran her first parkrun on 19 June 2010. Now, you may ask, how did it take her nearly seven years to get to 100 parkruns. I can answer that question for you........Carol spends most of her weekends running marathons, the woman is an absolute machine. And actually, she's a lot more than that. Linda wanted to thank Carol for getting her round her first ever parkrun. I want to thank Carol for, quite frankly, nagging me relentlessly, every time she saw me at parkrun, to join a running club. After five long years I succumbed, we can add tenacity to her many many qualities. Oh and she's married to Fred who hangs around in the bushes taking photos of everyone, looking like elite athletes and me looking like a sloth.

Mia Henderson was our other milestone runner - marking her 10th parkrun so she can order her lovely T-shirt.

Twenty-five of our 220 runners didn't have a barcode. I was on token duty and was, really, astonished at the number who said, in quite a blasé way, 'Oh, it's OK, I haven't got a barcode'. I mean, I know it was a lovely sunny day and a beautiful day for running but but have any of you seen my brother-in-law, Richard's, Strava view of our route? It looks like one of Madonna's circa 1980s bras. Why on earth would you run that and then be relaxed about your barcode??? #DFYB

Thirty-eight people ran our beautiful, slightly undulating course for the first time. Welcome to all of you and a special welcome to the 20 of you who had never run parkrun before. Thank you for trying us out and we look welcome to seeing you again on Saturday.

Finally, our defibrillator fund. As you know, last week we launched our defib fund. We needed to raise £674 and, as of today we have £700. Thank you all. I shall update you when we get the defib, which we hope to never use.

Now for the stats:
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 331
1st April 2017

This week 220 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers.

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 17:32 - 27th time in 162 appearances.
Jake ENGLISH (SM20-24) of Croydon Harriers, was second over the line in 17:55 - has been first to finish on 39 previous occasions.
Tom BOSWELL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:01 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Linsey CRAIKE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (19th overall) over the line in 21:02 - first time in 5 appearances.
Belinda COTTRILL (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was second (28th overall) over the line in 21:42 - was first to finish once before.
Lisa RABANAL (VW45-49) of Canix, was third (44th overall) over the line in 22:49 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Che COMPTON (VM40-44) – 78.99% for the time 17:32 (first overall).
John FENWICK (VM65-69) – 75.41% for the time 23:07 (51st overall).
Tom BOSWELL (VM35-39) – 73.64% for the time 18:01 (third 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 Sian Cwyfan HILTON who recorded 90.39% (20:18) on 15th June 2013 (event number 145).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 6,541 participants have completed 42,891 parkruns covering a total distance of 214,455 km, including 7,719 new Personal Bests.

 

Lots of PBs and a plea.

It's been a horrible week hasn't it. I'm sure I wasn't the only person who didn't really feel the running love this morning when my alarm went off and then reflected on how lucky I was to be able to run and hauled myself out of bed. It was a beautiful spring morning and we were a rather select bunch with only 196 of us lined up at the start line. Maybe lots of people were visiting their Mums or maybe lucky Mums were being whisked away for fun filled weekends, or maybe lots of people just didn't feel the parkrun love. Whatever, we lined up and we listened to Tom and the poor first timers got to hear his 'jokes' and we were off.

It was my 100th time running Crystal Palace parkrun and as David Bostock pointed out, I've run up those mountains 200 times. They don't get any easier do they?! Although given we had 39 people achieve a PB (personal best to the uninitiated) maybe they do get easier for some people. With that many people running their fastest ever CP parkrun I can't mention them all by name so here are a few highlights: Chris Axon who really didn't look like he was trying that hard and still ran the course in 20:03, if he'd made an effort he might have gone sub 20. Maybe try a bit harder next time Chris. I don't know if Tom Morton and Conor Murray know each other but our first two finishers both ran their first ever sub 19 minutes today so they clearly spurred each other on.

And Sharon Martin always claims she hates parkrun and I might now believe her as she knocked an astonishing three minutes off her previous time, I can only assume she just decided to run really fast in order to finish quickly as she really does hate it. Sam Oliver, on the other hand, went for the gradually faster time and achieved a PB of one second, coming in at 23:25! Alex Gatty must get a mention for aesthetically pleasing figures: he ran his 100th parkrun (10th at Crystal Palace) and got a PB! I'm sure there was lots of celebrating in Alex's house and very well deserved it was too. Guy Beggs ran his 50th parkrun (34th at Crystal Palace) in a PB of 25:44. This is 15 seconds faster than Guy's last PB which was in May 2014. Guy runs in the 70-74 age category so if anyone believes you get slower as you get older speak to Guy. He is my new running hero, I don't actually know him so I intend to find him and ask him his secret!

Our other milestone runners were Debra van Jarrsveldt (50) and although not official milestone runs Claire Parkinson and Lisa Rabanal clocked up 150 and 170 respectively. Well done to all of you.

Thirty people ran at Crystal Palace for the first time. If Sam was writing this report he'd tell you what percentage of the field that is but I'm no mathematician so shall leave it for you all to work out for yourselves. It's a lot though. Twelve of those had never run parkrun before - welcome. It's a fabulous way to start the weekend and sometimes we have cake. There are 20 people walking around today who didn't get an official parkrun time. It may have been deliberate, they may be barcode refuseniks or they may genuinely have forgotten to bring their barcode with them. Whatever the reason they didn't have their barcode and so we'll never know who they were or what their times were; if they were first timers, got PBs or were tourists. Someone once asked me if it was a problem for the results processing if people didn't have their barcodes. 'No, not really I replied, it's the token refusers who are the real problem'. So, don't forget your barcode (#DFYB) and do take a token and if you don't want your parkrun email (surely the highlight of the weekend) then chuck it in the bucket (the token that is).

Finally, a plea. Last week we raised the subject of buying a defibrillator for Crystal Palace parkrun. There have been a couple of occasions in the last few years when parkrunners have survived cardiac arrests at parkrun. On these occasions there was a defibrillator within easy access. Sadly, last week a parkrunner died following a cardiac arrest, at a parkrun, where there wasn't a defibrillator.

The presence of a defibrillator doesn't guarantee someone will survive a cardiac arrest; it does improve their chances though.

A defibrillator will cost about £1000 and so we are asking people to consider donating for this life saving piece of kit. So, it would be great if we could buy a defib for Crystal Palace parkrun.

I have posted the link to the page so if you do wish to donate you should be able to from this post.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/crystalpalace/aboutus/

Huge thanks in advance and see you Saturday.

Now for the stats.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 330
25th March 2017

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Tom MORETON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:28 - first time in 2 appearances.
Conor MURRAY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:57.
Ian GALE (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:12.

Female placings:
Diana Faye NORMAN (VW40-44) of Epsom & Ewell Harriers, was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:22 - first appearance.
Lin SKINNER (VW40-44) of Crystal Palace Fun Runners, was second (13th overall) over the line in 20:57 - has been first to finish on 25 previous occasions.
Mhairi MACKENZIE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (21st overall) over the line in 21:28.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Diana Faye NORMAN (VW40-44) – 80.03% for the time 19:22 (4th overall).
Ian GALE (VM45-49) – 75.61% for the time 19:12 (third overall).
John FENWICK (VM65-69) – 74.77% for the time 23:19 (46th 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 Sian Cwyfan HILTON who recorded 90.39% (20:18) on 15th June 2013 (event number 145).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 6,503 participants have completed 42,671 parkruns covering a total distance of 213,355 km, including 7,689 new Personal Bests.

 

 

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