Many of you will arrive at parkrun on a Saturday morning and find it all set up with the finish funnel ready and the signs all around the park. I usually rock up at about 8:45, select my hi-viz vest and sign up for scanning duty. Yesterday though was a bit different as most of the core parkrun team weren't going to be there so Simon Lang and myself had agreed we would meet at the park at 07:45, yes a whole hour earlier than usual, for me anyway. Simon, thankfully was waiting with coffee for me when I arrived and we set up the course and the comes etc although there was still plenty for Mike Woodward to do when he turned up at 8am. Luckily, it was a beautiful morning but I do think I need to acknowledge the effort made every single week by Barry Graham and Chris Balmer who turn up at about 7:30 to set up our free event. Barry also takes responsibility for all the tech stuff so every weeks charges the scanners and the timers and the laptop so we can turn up and run/walk/skip etc round the course before sloping off for breakfast!
As we knew most of the core team were going to be away this week we put out an early call for volunteers but to be fair it was about 10pm on Friday evening before we were confident we weren't going to have to cancel the run yesterday. So, in line with many other parkruns we are going to activate the volunteer roster page. Watch this space - we will be actively looking for volunteers and hopefully this will mean we are able to get more marshals out on the course itself.
Anyway, to yesterday's parkrun. It was, as I've already said, a beautiful morning and 314 people lined up at the start line to enjoy our nearly flat one lap route. Pam Cooper filled two roles in that she was a tourist as well as one of our volunteers. She was visiting our beautiful park but didn't want to run as her next parkrun will be her 250th so she was happy to volunteer instead. And at the risk of making you all feel very sick; that is exactly what makes parkrun so brilliant. Pam was still able to take part, she just didn't run but helped us make sure we could go ahead yesterday! And she can do her 250th parkrun at her home parkrun. Thanks Pam and congratulations in advance for next week.
What else can I tell you about yesterday's parkrun? Well, I've already mentioned Pam so let's look at our other tourists. Now Pam had come from the Midlands which does mean a bit of a trip so we can excuse her not coming before. I'm not sure what Keith Baker's excuse is. He ran his 165th parkrun yesterday and his first with us but Keith has run most of his parkruns at Dulwich park! What kept you Keith? James and Henry Baker were also running their first CP parkrun so I suspect they were with Keith (they usually run at Dulwich as well). Both James and Henry are in the JM10 age group, I bet they LOVED our hills and I have no doubt they'll be back! Peter White was also a tourist who had a few runs under his belt; yesterday was his 128th parkrun. He usually runs at Keswick so he did have a bit of a commute yesterday. Welcome to you all.
I don't usually mention who comes first as parkrun isn't a race but Dominic Grise was our first male finisher. He has done all of his 40 parkruns with us and yesterday was his first first finisher position! Afterwards Dominic and Adrian Lobb (second male finisher) were trying to get their breath but still managed to speak. Dominic asked me how he can volunteer (there is a theme here!) and we were teasing him about 'winning' parkrun. Cue 'it's a run not a race'! Much as we missed Jake (who was racing later so had come along to watch) and Che (who was probably running the Berlin marathon) it was quite good to see who would take up the mantle of the ridiculously fast first finisher! As ever the full set of results are available by clicking on a link somewhere on this page.
Eighteen people completed their first ever parkrun yesterday. Well done and welcome to the parkrun family. Your Saturday will never be the same again. I really want to acknowledge Tom Archer and Brian Simpson who both did their first parkruns last week and came back yesterday to do their second. A surprisingly high number of people do a parkrun and then decide it's not for them, which is fine (if misguided). Often they come back a few weeks later and do another one. It took me over four years to get my first 50 done with frequent gaps so I was really impressed at Tom and Brian. I spoke to Brian yesterday and told him how impressed I was and then told him to have next week off as we aren't having a parkrun in CP next week and I don't want him going off to another parkrun and (mistakenly) thinking it's better than ours.
Thirty-nine people ran their fastest ever parkrun yesterday. Brian was one of them and another was Matthew Broderick-Vasey who ran his third parkrun yesterday in as many weeks yesterday. Matthew has already demonstrated his parkrun commitment by buying one of those barcode wrist bands so I suspect he'll be getting a few mentions in our run reports in future! As will Jack Oliver-Blaney who ran his third parkrun in as many weeks and also got a PB. Oh and it wouldn't be a parkrun report without mentioning Ollie Longworth got a PB.........again. Ollie, I suspect you LOVE your name in print but as I established last week you're actually quite lazy as you're just getting faster every week and I think you're doing it for a mention in my much revered run report!
Forty people ran naked yesterday. Not a barcode between them. I know, shocking, I mean what possessed them to turn up, run 5K and not have it recorded. Now, i do know about one person. As I was wandering round in my hi-viz vest, trying to look important a woman came up to me and handed me her barcode. She explained she hadn't registered as she had not left the house with the intention of doing parkrun. She came to the park to do a run, went for a pre-run wee and as she came out heard Simon call: 'ready, steady, go!' so she did!! I didn't get her name but she has promised to sign up and next time she will have a barcode and recorded time. #DFYB.
Now, next week we won't be having a parkrun at CP. Apparently there is another event in the park. There are other parkruns so have a look at the parkrun website and if we decide to do some CP parkrun flash mob takeover type thing at another parkrun we will put it on the Facebook page.
So, see you in two weeks time.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 406
15th September 2018
This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Michael WOODWARD • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Pam COOPER • Simon LANG • Julie LETTS • Posy LARYEA • Alison YATES • Fred HAYES • Andy BURGESS • Amy INNES • Jonathan GOODWIN
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 9,097 participants have completed 63,825 parkruns covering a total distance of 319,125 km, including 10,832 new Personal Bests.