Regular readers of 'View from not quite at the back' will know I have an (some would say unhealthy) obsession with Jake English. This obsession has resulted in me even commenting in my run report when he wasn't at parkrun. Sadly, we've only seen him once since August last year (and that was the weekend in January that I was stuck in Istanbul) so you can only imagine how excited I was to see him on Saturday. He claimed he hadn't been scared off by all those young Bromley athletes (or me stalking him) but came up with some excuse about illness, injury and exams. Anyway, it was great to have him back although, knowing Jake, I suspect he was disappointed with being merely the third male finisher in a relatively sedate 18:38. I was just relieved he didn't lap me!
In the interests of fairness I will give praise where it's due to Peter Lighting and Tom Boswell who came in first and second respectively. Che Compton came in fourth, having already run 10K and he sped off straight away after in order to run another 25K before tacking the Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday.
Our first female finisher was Cheryl Sacks who was running her 205th parkrun (third at Crystal Palace) and she came in with a PB of 20.27. Cheryl has run at 101 different parkruns so she's a bit of a tourist too! Lily Tappenden was second female and was our first junior female to boot. Belinda Cottrill was third with Milo and they both celebrated a PB, knocking an amazing 24 seconds off their previous PB and coming in under 22 minutes for the first time ever! Well done to all of you.
Of the 230 people who lined up at the start 24 achieved PBs today, too many to mention individually. Ben Giles should get a mention though as he went sub 22 for the first time ever and Melody Arazaz rocked up to her second parkrun ever and knocked an obscene 4 mins off her time of a fortnight ago. I can only think Melody doesn't actually like running and is one of those people who just run really quickly so they can get to the cafe quickly!
By a lucky coincidence the number of first timers to our beautiful park was also 24. Fifteen of those were tourists. Killian McCartney had managed to clock up 167 parkruns at 97 different locations before joining us for a swift 5k round the lake and the rusty laptop. Welcome Killian, what took you so long to get to us?!
Nine of those first timers had NEVER EVER run a parkrun before. Welcome to all of you. I do hope we see you all again next Saturday. It's a great way to start Saturday! There were 26 people called 'Unknown' on Saturday. Seriously, 26 people turned up: ran walked, crawled or hopped up those punishing mountains and didn't get their time recorded as they didn't have their barcode. Every week some people do that; I would cry if I didn't have my barcode and trust me the sight of a middle aged, overweight woman clad in Lycra crying like a two year old is not something you want to see. So I always remember my barcode. #DFYB.
We had four milestone runners today: Ella Monks was running her 10th parkrun and can now order that much coveted 10 T-shirt; Alexander Tollworthy ran his 50th parkrun and Piers Bromley ran his 100th with all but five of them being run at Crystal Palace. Well done to all of you. And a massive well done to Mark Anderson who ran his 250th parkrun. Mark has run at 91 different locations and chose to run his significant run with us in a super speedy 22:50. And I must mention our own Tom Wilson who (last week) ran his 200th parkrun at Crystal Palace bringing his total to 230. Sam was in charge of the pen last week and forgot to mention it so I was tasked with mentioning it in this week's report.
So, all in all a great week of parkrunning. Thank you all for coming and enjoying it and as ever thanks to our wonderful volunteers, without whom we wouldn't be able to run around the park in our hundreds. Which brings me to a little monitoring matter. As you will know we have a few strategically placed park benches where runners leave their tops, bags etc while they run. Once those runners return they pick up their stuff and often hang around talking to friends, loved ones and strangers. Unfortunately, a couple of these benches are on either side of the finish funnel and so the groups of chatting people can end up blocking the finish funnel and causing those of us who may be a bit slower to have to navigate around them. It would be great if we could all remember to keep the finish funnel clear and avoid congregating at the start of it so people can have an unobstructed run up to it. Thanks in advance.
Right - now for the stats.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 329
18th March 2017
This week 230 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 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.
Peter LIGHTING (VM35-39) of Kent AC, was first over the line in 17:46 - 4th time in 8 appearances.
Tom BOSWELL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:31 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Jake ENGLISH (SM20-24) of Croydon Harriers, was third over the line in 18:38 - has been first to finish on 39 previous occasions.
Cheryl SACKS (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (12th overall) over the line in 20:27 - first time in 3 appearances.
Lily TAPPENDEN (JW15-17) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was second (24th overall) over the line in 21:31 - was first to finish once before.
Belinda COTTRILL (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was third (28th overall) over the line in 21:38 - was first to finish once before.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Cheryl SACKS (VW45-49) – 77.67% for the time 20:27 (12th overall).
Peter LIGHTING (VM35-39) – 74.67% for the time 17:46 (first overall).
Bernie HUTCHINSON (VM60-64) – 74.57% for the time 21:30 (23rd 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 6,473 participants have completed 42,475 parkruns covering a total distance of 212,375 km, including 7,650 new Personal Bests.