I think our new one lap course is gaining momentum - 278 people turned up to complete it. In weeks past I have mentioned how I think Mike Woodward as tail person (I'm avoiding getting dragged into the tail runner/ tail walker debate) picks up innocent people in the park and forces them to join us. He's a bit like the Pied Piper of parkrun. Anyway, this morning I had that suspicion confirmed. I was at the end waiting for our final finishers when I saw Mike running away from the person I'd seen him with earlier to chivvy an innocent couple of women who appeared to be going for a very pleasant walk in the park. I went over to protect them from him and as we were talking and running back to rejoin the course they told me they had come to the park for a walk, seen us, joined in and intended registering as soon as they got home and they would be back next week!
I hope they do come back. I didn't see Haddy Quist this morning but I saw from the results that she came back for her second parkrun a mere week after her first and did it nearly three minutes faster. Well done Haddy! Another second timer was Maya Hilton who was running with her husband Peter. It was Maya's second parkrun but sadly neither Maya nor Peter had their barcodes with them so their finish times weren't recorded. #DFYB
I'm particularly impressed by Maya and Haddy. I think it's hard enough coming to your first parkrun but coming back for your second is, in my opinion, a little bit harder because you know what to expect! We had 33 people running in our beautiful park this week - 15 of them had never ever run, walked, jogged or hopped a parkrun before. To be honest I'm not sure anyone hopped ours today but you never know. We may have had more first timers but 38 people ran without a barcode. Now we know at least two of them were lured in by Mike so it's a real possibility some of the others were too. Our second and third male finishers didn't have their barcodes, I would cry if I did that.
An amazing 44 people ran their fastest ever parkrun yesterday. (I've had to have a break from writing this to go to watch Crystal Palace beat Chelsea. I had fully intended finishing the run report last night but the unexpected result meant I celebrated far too long to be able to write a coherent sentence!). So, I can't mention them all by name. Here are my top picks Xavi Rabanal-Hunt again! That boy is a machine having taken five minutes off his time since June! Andy Rowland got his annual PB, yes it was a year since his last one and yesterday he went sub 19 for the first time. HUGE congratulations Andy!
As ever, we can only put parkrun on if we have volunteers. Tom tried to encourage people to volunteer but seemed a little confused. Luckily Simon Lang was our RD and so the event was started efficiently and Simon reminded us all that we do need to volunteer sometimes if we want to experience the pleasure of running. Seriously, much as I prefer running I do enjoy my stints as a volunteer. Either email us or turn up a bit early on a Saturday morning and we can give you a job.
Stats as usual follow:
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 359
14th October 2017
This week 278 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Tom WILSON • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Ian SHORTHOUSE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Chris DANIELS • Simon LANG • Andy COTTRILL • Julia ANDERSON • Alex PHILIP • Julie LETTS • Leslie MALCOLM
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crystal Palace parkrun Results Page.
Tom BOSWELL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:18 - 6th time in 41 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
An unknown runner was third.
Lisa RABANAL (VW45-49) of Canix, was first (32nd overall) over the line in 22:20 - 12th time in 143 appearances.
Anne GUY (JW15-17) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) over the line in 22:24.
Carly QUIGLEY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (36th overall) over the line in 22:28.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Claire STEWARD (VW65-69) – 76.61% for the time 26:52 (147th overall).
Roger BEARDSWORTH (VM55-59) – 75.43% for the time 20:33 (11th overall).
Lisa RABANAL (VW45-49) – 73.28% for the time 22:20 (32nd overall).
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 7,520 participants have completed 49,946 parkruns covering a total distance of 249,730 km, including 8,903 new Personal Bests.