When I arrived at parkrun this morning I was struck by how few people there were. And then Chris Balmer asked if I was Run Director. I thought after the debacle of two weeks ago it was probably better if I was given a little less responsibility so suggested Barry do it instead. Turned out Chris (who, as he does EVERY SINGLE WEEK) had been putting out the signs for our winter route and thought we needed quite a few marshals as we didn't want runners, cartwheelers and stilt walkers to run, cartwheel or stilt walk over the rather muddy grass.
Despite Barry having the hi-vis jacket of overall responsibility I couldn't resist a little bit of delegation and so Jules found herself with two trainee scanners in the guise of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers (Efa Parry and Jada Mensah).
Those of you who were in the park this morning will have noticed how utterly stunning it looked with the sun and the beautiful autumnal colours and from my marshalling spot every single person looked happy to be out there. Some even commented on what a beautiful morning it was and it really was.
I've given this week's run report the title of 'A day of celebrations' so I ought to explain what we were celebrating. Well firstly the wonderful Robert Nagorski who came along this week to celebrate surviving his cardiac arrest 53 weeks ago. Robert celebrated in style by getting a PB today! Yes, he ran his fastest ever CP parkrun in a phenomenal 23:35. Robert - you have no idea how wonderful that is, well, you probably do.
Another superstar today was our own Simon Lang. Many of you will know Simon as our regular Run Director. Simon's been injured for 18 months, needing knee surgery. So it was fantastic seeing Simon running today, in a quite frankly too fast 24.02. I mean, you'd think he would run at a reasonable pace in order to appreciate the beauty of the park. Anyone would think he wanted his breakfast!
And we had milestone runners: actually we didn't but Tom Wilson did his 300th parkrun so worthy of a nod!
Of the 334 runners/walkers etc 33 had never run in our beautiful, slightly undulating park before. Of those seven were fresh out of the wrapper and crinkle free. Welcome to the parkrun family: Claire Bryson, Giovanni Biagiotti, Jamie Clutson (of whom more later), Kevin Leitao, L Fordham, Steve Berry and Tom Lee-Smith.
The mathematicians among you will have noticed we had 33 people who had never run at CP before and if seven were newbies then 26 must have been tourists. Well, don't believe what you read: we had at least nine newbies as there were two women who hadn't actually registered..........they will by next week I'm sure. And Jamie Clutson was actually a tourist as he is from Somerset but chose not only to do his first parkrun with us but was game to do pre run briefing role play. This man will go far.
As ever our tourists were from far and wide with Lloyd Park and South Norwood both represented by intrepid explorers.
Apart from Robert there were other people who ran their fastest ever parkrun at Crystal Palace: there were 29 of them far too many for me to mention individually so here are a few mentions. Charmiane Charles - I have no idea what she's been doing since she last ran in our park in May 2017 but whatever it is is working as she is seven minutes faster now. George Tovey went sub 20 for the first time. And, I've mentioned Robert already. Well done to everyone who got a PB today.
As ever, we have barcodes refusniks. I know, it's incomprehensible to me too. Why would you get up early on a Saturday morning, run 5K and then not get it timed. Obviously, the two women I mentioned earlier didn't know and that's not their fault but really to the other 31 of you: sort yourselves out! If you don't have a barcode, you don't get a time and a lovely fluffy email reminding you of your elite athlete status! #DFYB
Next week it's business as usual. As ever we need volunteers so please put a post on our Facebook page or email our office and we will willingly give you a high-viz vest and a role of great responsibility.
Until next week.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 413
17th November 2018
This week 334 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • Yvette DORE • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Valerie NICOLLE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Julie LETTS • Clare DAVIS • Fred HAYES • Christina MARRONI • Jacob PLIETH • (Jo) Josephine PATERSON • Efa PARRY • Jada MENSAH
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 9,369 participants have completed 66,079 parkruns covering a total distance of 330,395 km, including 11,180 new Personal Bests.