I'm writing this on Sunday evening, we were really lucky to miss the snow yesterday as I think if we'd been running today we would have been slipping around a bit. I'm not sure how the junior parkrun got on this morning but those children are a sturdy lot. Just as well we were walking/running/hopping as 221 people turned up in various colours and in some cases multiple layers. Quite a few people were nursing slightly fragile heads and so decided to go for the therapeutic effects of a brisk 5K around the park.
I was a bit disappointed as after last week's reasonably successful run I only managed a mile yesterday and then limped the rest slowly. And my usual family stalwart (Alex) was tailwalking with Louisa Lally. Louisa was tailwalking because she is six months pregnant and Alex was walking as he had his appendix out last week (another long story) and running is off the agenda at the moment; much to his disappointment as he is inching towards his 50th parkrun. Obviously, that meant Mike wasn't the official tailperson - something he snuggled to get his head around. So, once I realised I couldn't run he decided to go back and find the last person in front of Louisa and Alex and ran with them. So huge thanks to Pauline Small (one of our brand new out of the wrapper first timers) who provided Mike with company and saved innocent people who were just in the park for a gentle walk by themselves!
Welcome to the 20 tourists who ran with us for the first time yesterday. Krysia Smith ran her 146th parkrun yesterday, her first at Crystal Palace as did Martin Smith (who maybe her husband). They usually run at Bushy so I would have loved to have spoken to them to see what they thought of our rather more hilly route! We had a new record yesterday - only 11 people turned up without their barcodes. This is the lowest number of barcode refusniks we've ever had so I am now of the belief that my constant refrain of Don't Forget Your Barcode is beginning to resonate! #DFYB
So, to PBs. Most weeks people turn up trying to see if they can better their previous times. Not all of them/us/you but there are often people on a bit of a mission. Yesterday an amazing 41 people did just that. Far too many to mention but, as ever, I will take editors prerogative and name one or two. Lin Skinner got a PB taking three seconds off the PB she achieved in June of this year. This is particularly disappointing for Alex as he is keen to catch her and his appendicitis will make him a bit slower. But, as I said to him yesterday, it's not all about him! Lin was first woman so a double celebration. Peter Guy, our first male finisher, also got a PB, a very fast young man indeed.
And we also had some milestone runners: Mark Drinkwater ran his 100th parkrun. Given that a couple of weeks ago Mark turned up in time for breakfast it is great that he managed to turn up before 09:00! Nelson McLennan not only ran his 10th parkrun but a PB to boot. And Steve Ferrar also ran his 100th. Congratulations to all three of you.
As ever Fred Hayes took our photos. And, as ever, they were great. I do have a bit of an issue with Erica Harris - she had a huge amount of energy when she was on the home stretch and did a fabulous jump. Now, Erica, if you have enough energy to leap skywards on the home straight then you really weren't working hard enough in the previous three miles.
As ever we can only run/walk/hop/crawl or (in the case of Tom Wilson) be dragged round by a huskie because we have volunteers. So, thanks to the volunteers.
Now on 23rd December we're having a festive parkrun. So the order of the day will be fancy dress (you'll be glad to know I spoke to Tom and his rather convoluted rules have been abandoned!) and we'll be having mulled wine, prosecco and of course mince pies. But before that we have a business as usual parkrun next week, so see you then.