Hellos, goodbye and a few well dones!

It was a day of hellos and a goodbye yesterday at our beautiful parkrun.  Sadly, we said goodbye to Neil Jeffries. Neil ran his 181st parkrun yesterday, his 164th at Crystal Palace.  He joined our parkrun family on 2nd March 2013 when he first put his trainers on at Crystal Palace.  Neil is one of those parkrun stalwarts, always there, always cheerful and one of those people who finish far too quickly and then hang around until the last person has crossed the finish line and we can close down the course.  We'll miss you Neil, Hastings are lucky to get you!

And we said hello to 45 people for the first time at Crystal Palace, 20 of whom had never run parkrun before! Firstly to our first timers: Edson da Silva only came to the UK on Tuesday and sensibly signed up for parkrun immediately.  Edson comes from Brazil so we made a big fuss about that as it's a long way to come to find a parkrun! Welcome Edson to England and to the parkrun family; looking forward to seeing you next week.  Another first timer and also our furthest away tourist was Simon Oliver, Simon has never run a parkrun before although there is one in his hometown of San Francisco.  We made a big fuss about him too! So, I set to wondering who had travelled furthest to come to our lovely slightly hilly parkrun and using the centre of San Francisco and the centre of Brasilia as my reference discovered that Edson travelled about 100 miles further.  There is a completely useless factoid for you on this lovely sunny morning.

Wether you travelled from Brazil or Penge to run your frst parkrun you are very very welcome, as I said at the new runners briefling your Saturdays will never be the same!

Now to the tourists: Paul Groves, Tim Allison, Carrie Allison and Victoria Allison all came to our parkrun for the first time. They usually run at Riddlesdown but Paul is recoevering from a hip replacement and as part of his rehab is doing some touring with the Allisons as he can't run yet.   It was Paul's 302nd parkrun so he's not exactly new to this parkrun malarkey. Well done for getting out there Paul and delighted you chose us for your first parkrun post surgery.  Another tourist was Andy Down running his 16th parkrun. Andy usually runs at Penallta in South Wales so he was yet another international runner in our ranks!  We are obviously an attractive location for international runners and who can blame them.

It really was a beautiful morning and clearly the weather inspired some people to fly around the course faster than they had ever done before. In fact there were 38 of you, too many to mention individually: congratulations to Melissa Allwork who achieved her sixth parkrun since December and second in three weeks. Melissa has taken a minute and a half off her time since December; amazing work Melissa, well done. Joan Lennon also got a PB a full six minutes faster than when she last ran at Crystal Palace in January this year. Joan has run 194 times usually at Brighton and has volunteered 144 times too!  #belikejoan

Although she didn't get a PB it was great to see Carol Hayes running yesterday, she last ran with us in February and was three minutes quicker yesterday.

We also had some milestone runners yesterday: Zachary Pescod-Everiss and Ted Marston ran their 10th parkrun, Giorgio Lai his 50th and Mark Anderson ran his 300th which may not be an official milestone but is worthy of mention.  However, a massive pat on the back goes to Jules Anderson who ran her 100th parkrun a mere year after her 99th.  Yes, you read that correctly, Jules was all set for her 100th parkrun a year ago and then a knee injury put paid to that and indeed all running. For the last year Jules has been on scanning duties so it was fabulous to see Jules back on the start line. Congratulations Jules. Oh and Jules has notched up 51 volunteering stints. #belikejules

There may have been other milestones but as 36 people ran without a barcode we'll never know. Actually, that is a bit of a fib as I know at least three of them were first timers, three lovely young men who handed in their tokens and said they will be registering before next week!  As for the others; well, we'll never know. #DFYB

Now next week is our birthday!  So, we are having a party. Come along in fancy dress - the theme is 'other sports', I know, as I said last week I didn't realise there were any but apparently there are. So come in fancy dress, bring cake, coffee, prosecco (or any other drink you'd like) and we can celebrate the fact we've been starting our Saturday mornings for eight years now with a gentle run, walk, hop, skip or jump.

See you next week!

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 389
19th May 2018

This week 324 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • Monica FISK • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Julia ANDERSON • Neil JEFFRIES • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Amelie MAY • Lucy ARABELLA • Adrian LOBB • Fred HAYES • Leslie MALCOLM • Cameron TOUGH

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 8,533 participants have completed 58,618 parkruns covering a total distance of 293,090 km, including 10,037 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Business as usual

Regular readers of 'view from the injury bench' will know we had a bit of a shortage of volunteers last week but this week business as usual was re-established as both Simon 'Run Director' Lang and Barry 'I've been here since 7:30 setting up' Graham were back in their rightful roles. For some strange reason there was a cycling event at the top of the park so we ran the much hated and moaned about three lap route.  I say much hated and moaned about, I've not run it and I really don't like three lap parkruns becase even when I'm running I'm sooooooo ssssllllooooowwww that I get bored by the same scenery.  I suspect quite a few people don't like it as 74 of our 298 attendees did it in their fastest ever time!  Of course, the three lapper may be what running magazines call a fast course, I always thought it was the runners who were fast, not the ground they're running on but what would I know!

With 74 of you I can't mention you all by name so will abuse my position of being holder of the parkrun pencil and congratulate my son Alex Singhgolden who ran his 60th in 20:37, Dan Harding who ran sub 23 minutes for the first time, Carys Lewis who started parkrunning with us in February and who yesterday ran sub 24 minutes having taken a fantastic three minutes 45 seconds off her time and Noah Slattery who on his fourth parkrun went sub 27 for the first time.  And a HUGE congratulations to the eight people who turned up for their second parkrun yesterday and ran it faster than the first time!

Thirty-five people ran Crystal Palace parkrun for the first time yesterday: thirteen, fresh out of the wrapper new people, not a wrinkle between them. Actually , there were another two but more about them later.  Welcome to the parkrun family and we look forward to seeing you again next week.  We'll have a different route next week, which is a lovely one lap route that takes in most of the park.

The mathetmaticians amoungst you will have worked out that if we had 35 first timers and 13 of them were brand new parkrunners we must have had 22 tourists.  We had more but for 22 lucky lucky people they were running in our beautiful, slightly undulating park for the first time. It's like when you see someone on the train reading a book you loved and you slightly envy them the pleasure that is to come.........or maybe I just need to get running again.

So, welcome to Ian Brannen who usually runs at far away Brockwell Park. Ian what took you so long? He was running his 104th parkrun yesterday. Welcome also to Mike Grundmann who joined us for the first time yesterday for his 21st parkrun, his home parkrun is the Mecca of parkruns Bushy so he probably thought we'd started a bit early as he's more used to running in a pack of 1300!! Sergei O'Farrell (what a wonderful name) also usually runs at Bushy, I presume he and Mike know each other or it would be too much of a coincidence!

There were no official milestone runs yesterday but there were some noteworthy ones: Zi Shiripinda ran her 120th, David Hamilton his 150th, Neil Jeffries his 180th and Ameet Patel his 190th. Well done to you all.

Now for the 'unknown' runners.  I know, I know, it beggars belief that some people turn up, walk, run, hop or skip around our beautiful course without a barcode! By not having a barcode they've forfeited the right to claim a PB, a bit of tourism or just bragging rights for being up and running 5k at a time on Saturday when lesser mortals are still asleep. #DFYB.  Yesterday, we officially had 33 'unknown' participants.  But, I did a little bit of research and unearthed two of them! Imelda Onah and Jennifer Eren joined the parkrun family yesterday. Welcome to you both! Now, if two people ever deserved a lie-in on a Saturday it's these two who are both nurses and so don't get many Saturday morning lie-ins, so a big pat on the back to the two of you and I'm looking forward to seeing you again. Next week #DFYB

Again, my regular reader will know I usually suggest that if you want to see the results and stats click on the link but I will congratulate Peter Lighting who was our first male finisher yesterday. Peter alternates between us, Brockwell Park and Dulwich. Well done Peter.

Finally a huge thanks to our volunteers, as you know we couldn't do this every week without some people giving up their run, obviously for the likes of Jules, Simon and me injury has sort of forced us to volunteer but it really is a great way of being involved. So, whether you're injured or not do come along and ask for a hi-vis vest and, if you're very lucky, we'll also let you use some gadgetry.

Really finally, on 26th May we will be celebrating our eighth birthday so we are obviously having a fancy dress birthday party.  The theme is, rather unusually, 'Other Sports', I didn't realise there were any!  So come along, bring cake and I'm sure we'll have some fizzy drinks too. Looking forward to seeing you!

Until next week, Michele  #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 388
12th May 2018

This week 298 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Carys MORGAN • Tom WILSON • Michele GOLDEN • Valerie NICOLLE • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Simon LANG • Julia ANDERSON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Clare DAVIS • Elizabeth FRANCIS • Philippa RYAN • Fiona MOORE • Pete OFFORD • Christina MARRONI • Sue GAUGE • Geri GRIBBEN

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 8,488 participants have completed 58,294 parkruns covering a total distance of 291,470 km, including 9,999 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

 

Sunny PB Saturday

We nearly didn't have parkrun this morning; we just didn't have enough volunteers and with our fifth highest turnout then no one really wanted to be the one to call it off. And when I say no one I mean me as I had the 'jacket of overall authority' otherwise known as being Run Director. So a MASSIVE thanks to Dan Humble, who kindly agreed to volunteer instead of run and to Che Compton who after finishing in a blistering 17:41 took over the role of handing out finishing tokens so we could have two scanners.

In fact, in the end our list of volunteers looked quite healthy: :Chris BALMER, Piers BROMLEY, Che COMPTON, Clare DAVIS, Monica FISK, Michele GOLDEN, Daniel HUMBLE, Julie LETTS, Christina MARRONI, Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH, Lyndsey MORLEY, Michael OKARIMIA, Susannah SIMPSON, Cameron TOUGH, Fiona VICKERS, George WILLIAMS, Tom WILSON, Michael WOODWARD and Jack DAVIDSON. That's partly because, being the first Saturday of the month, we had pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners and I like to think that partly explains the facetwe had 64 people run their fastest ever parkrun! 

So, what are the tales from Crystal Palace parkrun? Let's look at the PBs - for those unused to elite athlete terminology PB means personal best; the fastest time you've recorded for the course. Today we had 64 of you so far too many to mention. As I have the parkrun pencil I shall chose a few. So well done to Daniel Tough who took a minute and 50 seconds off his previous PB which he got in February which was also the last time he ran at Crystal Palace. Daniel's PB was 23:49, he's one to watch!  Many of you will have seen my friend Cameron who usually helps me with the tokens and is Daniel's younger brother.  Cameron was, once again on token duty, helpfully telling people their finishing position but he also helped set up the finish funnel. Daniel and Cameron are six and four respectively and really are parkrun stalwarts.

Lucy Arabella also managed a PB in her third parkrun (38:36) and was then going off swimming, youth really is wasted on the young. Frances Chan got a fabulous PB of 30:44 on her fourth parkrun and I am truly impressed with that. Frances will know why. Well done Frances.

Adrian Lobb got a PB today, he's another of those ridiculously fast people who hasn't finished outside the first 10 since April last year. In previous posts I have mentioned how difficult pacing is: Michael Okarimia will testify to that. He was supposed to be pacing 23 minutes but managed to secure a PB of 21:22. I won't criticise as I am, as ever, in awe of fast runners, I do feel a bit sorry for the people that thought they could run 23 mins and just couldn't keep up with him! Congratulations also to Niclas Jeppsson who was one of last week's fresh out of the wrapper runners and who came back this week to run it even faster.  Maybe he doesn't like the course and just wants to get it done a bit quicker!

So, who are these 'fresh out of the wrapper' runners. They are the people who tentatively turn up on a Saturday morning to our beautiful, slightly undulating park and think they will try this parkrun malarkey. Today we had 16 of them.  Welcome to the parkrun family.  I was going to mention Rebecca Seddon who agreed very enthusiastically to some funnel ducking role play. I would have said she was a great sport and a fantastic addition to our family but.... but she ran the course on her first time in 27.07 and, quite frankly, that's just rude. Rebecca, you seemed very nice but you turn up, dash around the park in a ridiculously fast time (my PB is 29:37 and it took me YEARS to achieve that) and so I'm not mentioning you in the parkrun report.......... because I am very very jealous!

It would be remiss of me to not mention one of our other fresh out of the wrapper first timers, he won't thank me as I suspect he's a shy retiring type but welcome Greatest Ever (yes someone registered themselves with that name.......really!) to parkrun!

Monica Fisk ran her 50th parkrun today. Monica ran her first parkrun in Oct 2014 and it's taken her until today to reach 50 but she normally runs marathons so I suppose we can forgive her! Congratulations also to Rosanna Peirson who ran her 100th parkrun this morning, it was her 7th at Crystal Palace as Rosanna usually runs at Brockwell Park or Dulwich. Well done Rosanna.

Forty people turned up this morning, ran 5K and didn't have their time recorded because they didn't have a barcode!!!!! I know, I know how can that happen?  Dear reader (I suspect there is only the one), I have no idea, really. So we will never know, were they tourists, first timers, got a PB or just thought 'Oh, that looks like a nice little funnel, I'll have a walk down it'. So, if you want your time recorded DFYB

So, in summary, what can I say. We had a fabulous turnout of lovely, friendly, walkers, runners, buggy pushers and dog pullees. Please come and join us again next week. If you would like to volunteer then get in touch via face book or our office address and we will happily lend you a hi-vis vest, possibly a bit of gadgetry and our gratitude.

Oh, if you like to look at all the stats then click on the link and fill your boots.

Until next week.....Michele

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 387
5th May 2018

This week 355 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Tom WILSON • Monica FISK • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Che COMPTON • Chris BALMER • Jack DAVIDSON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Daniel HUMBLE • Clare DAVIS • Lyndsey MORLEY • Christina MARRONI • Cameron TOUGH • Michael OKARIMIA

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 8,453 participants have completed 57,996 parkruns covering a total distance of 289,980 km, including 9,925 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

 

 

What a difference week makes

Oooh it was horrible this morning: cold, drizzly and thoroughly miserable.  That didn't stop 303 elite athletes lining up at the start line in our mountains.  There were quite a few ultra elite athletes who ran the London Marathon in ridiculously hot weather last week and turned out this morning: take a bow Julie Letts, Sarah Campbell, Yvette Dore, Chris Balmer and Peter Lighting and apologies to anyone I haven't named.

No Che today but he is entitled to a rest having run London in 2:37!  Instead we had the return of Jake English who wasn't familiar with our one lap course and so was first finisher in a leisurely (for him) 17:39.

As I mentioned the weather this week was in complete contrast to last week's heatwave and David Bostock has asked me to point out he was here again today. He'd like me to apologise for saying he's a fair-weather runner but that's not going to happen!  Nice to see you again this morning David.

Crystal Palace are playing Leicester at home today so I was greeted with an unpleasant sight as one of our 25 tourists was from Leicester.  For some reason Andy Fletcher (37th parkrun and he's earned his volunteer T-shirt ) thought it appropriate to wear a Leicester shirt.  I would like to be really horrible about Andy but the fact is he was a very pleasant man who flew round our course in 20:44. Let's hope parkrun was the highlight of his day! *

Some of our tourists came from far and wide like Natalie Davys who was running her 38th parkrun today and who usually runs at Dulwich (about two miles away) or Stephen Richards, running his 113th and who has done the bulk of his runs at Dulwich as well. In fact, I spoke to a few runners today who said Dulwich is their local but they prefer the challenges of our mountains and no doubt, the fresher air! I've never done Dulwich parkrun: when I am running I'm slower than a hippo in treacle so the idea of three laps would be too depressing to contemplate. I suppose I should give it a try one day.

The fact is I absolutely LOVE Crystal Palace parkrun - a huge thanks to all the people who commented on the fact that I was standing today as I no longer need two crutches and can stand for as long as I need to.  The idea of not getting my parkrun fix while being injured was unthinkable and I am really looking forward to putting my trainers on again in a couple of months.

Anyway, back to you lovely runners. David Nelson ran his 195th parkrun today and first at Crystal Palace. Now David has run 36 times at Highbury fields which is a FIVE LAP parkrun, definitely not one for me.  I would have loved to have asked him how our one lap wonder compares.

We also had eight brand new out of the wrapper runners today. Welcome to James Luce, Jamie Goulds, Christy Wellings, Emma Clements, Niclas Jeppsson, Rick Smith, Philip Tucker and Angela Atkinson.  Your Saturdays will never be the same!

I should also welcome Adam Teszke who ran his second parkrun today a mere four years after his first!  Of course he could be like Ann McMahon who I mentioned a few weeks ago, Ann doesn't usually bring her barcode and she's usually down as an Unknown runner. It's an odd idea but some people do turn up and run parkrun and don't have their barcode!!! I know, there are some odd people out there. In fact there were 42 of them today.  #DFYB  Anyway, today Ann turned up brandishing a brand new keyfob barcode!  So she has officially done 33 parkruns in three years but I suspect the true figure is much bigger than that! She ran with Sarah Campbell who ran her 70th parkrun this morning, she's done 35 of them at Crystal Palace and when she next runs here she will be as tourists as she's moving to Manchester, we'll miss you Sarah.

Fifty-one people ran their fastest ever parkrun today, far too many to mention so a massive congratulations to you all. I will mention Denise Delamain though. Denise ran her 13th parkrun today, all at Crystal Palace.  She didn't get a PB but that's unusual for her as she has achieved a PB eight times so I should have mentioned her before. Well done Denise - she's running about seven minutes faster now than when she started in January!

Richard Brown ran his 100th parkrun this morning and his 64th at Crystal Palace.  And Clarice Yvie Wamba ran her 200th!  Well done to you both.

As ever, stats are available if you click on the link. There you can spend many happy minutes pouring over the stats.

Finally, thanks to all our volunteers: young Lysander D'Arcy-Graham is too young for his own barcode but Mum, Penny, got volunteer points and is one step closer to her much coveted purple T-shirt.  If you haven't volunteered then do contact us via the Facebook page or email the office and we will happily allow you to wear a hi-vis vest and you may get a gadget to play with. That's it from me. Have a fabulous week and see you on Saturday.

*I didn't get a chance to post this before going to Selhurst Park for the Palace Leicester match.  Andy Fletcher - you are welcome anytime you like!  To see a wonderful 5-0 victory for Palace is not something I have ever seen!  I imagine parkrun really was the highlight of your day! X

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 386
28th April 2018

This week 303 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Tom WILSON • Yvette DORE • Andy TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Penelope D'ARCY GRAHAM • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Daniel TOUGH • Clare DAVIS • Cameron TOUGH

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 8,413 participants have completed 57,641 parkruns covering a total distance of 288,205 km, including 9,861 new Personal Bests.

 

Fairweather runners and marathoners

Today assistant report writer Sam Oliver ran his 100th parkrun.  He also brought his own support in the form of Donna (his wife) and gorgeous daughter Bethany. It was Bethany's first appearance at Crystal Palace parkrun but her second mention in the run report as we did announce her birth. Some people may chose things like the Times or the Telegraph to announce the birth of their offspring but the really discerning people chose the local parkrun report!  We offer very good rates!

Well done Sam and true to his Geek in Chief title Sam told me we had our third highest attendance today.  Sam didn't need to go home to check that statistic, he keeps information like that in his head, which given he should be sleep deprived is really quite impressive.

Another impressive runner today was Penny D'Arcy-Graham who a mere 12 weeks after giving birth to the rather gorgeous Lysander returned to parkrun this morning. Granny Chrissie was in charge of Lysander.

The warm weather was bringing people out in droves: both Russell White and David Bostock came to parkrun for the second week running after months of absence due to the cold weather. We're a forgiving lot at Crystal Palace and so we made very few snide comments about their absence during the cold and snow.

We did have to remind our 378 runners that there is etiquette at parkrun such as not funnel ducking and making sure if you cross the finish line you take a token even if you don't have your barcode.  In fact 46 people took a token and chucked them in the bucket as they didn't have their barcodes so we'll never know if they were tourists, first timers or got PBs or if they weren't part of parkrun at all but couldn't resist running over the finish line! #DFYB

One of the things we didn't think we would need to say to people is that it is extremely unpleasant for the scanners if they are sitting because their leg is still in a boot to have finishers stand over them and drip sweat onto them. Peter Killip - next time you do that I will make sure we don't record your time!

Anyway, whether it was the sun or the fact that it's the London Marathon tomorrow we had a great turn out with 59 new faces at Crystal Palace parkrun.  Twelve of those faces were bright shiny and fresh out of the wrapper; yes, they had NEVER run a parkrun before. Well done, you have chosen the best!  I know that first mile uphill can be a bit of a challenge but after that it's down hill or flat, what's not to love!  A special thank you to Jessica Webb who was very game and did a bit of role play!  Welcome to you all, now you've found us you will find this really is the perfect way to start a Saturday so do come back.

So, we had 47 tourists: lots were marathon support teams and some are running tomorrow.  Quite a few mentioned how their parkrun are flat and so it was a bit of a shock to have our mountain to climb. Being very London centric I always assume that people from Up North (ie north of Watford) are used to hills so I was quite surprised. We had 12 runners from Lincsquad who were down to support people in the Marathon tomorrow and we had international runners as both Edward Land and Lina Verseckaite came from Aberystwyth!

Frances Chan, Tina Colville, India Knight (no, not that one, ours is an elite athlete) and Elisabetta Ferricchi all came back for their second parkrun which they all did quicker than last week.  They were four of 46 people who achieved a PB this week, far too many to mention individually. Champions the lot of you.

Apart from Sam we had a couple of other milestone runners: Stanley Clarke did his 10th parkrun and Roger Beardsworth did his 150th (not an official milestone but not too shabby either).

As ever stats are available by clicking on the link: obviously Che was first finisher, he's doing London tomorrow so ran at his marathon pace, slightly slower than usual finishing in 17:57.

Good luck to the following Crystal Palace parkrunners who are running the marathon tomorrow: in addition to Che we have Joanna Killip (with fresh legs as she's had six days to recover from Boston last Monday!), Carol Hayes, Chris Balmer, Julie Letts, Sarah Gibbs, Yvette Dore, Fiona Vickers, Tom Wilson and Rachel Lynn - apologies to anyone I haven't mentioned. Have a great great day.

And next week, when you're exhausted come and grab a hi-vis vest and do a bit of volunteering!  Speaking of volunteering I must apologise to Fred 'Photographer' Hayes who volunteered officially for the 50th time last week and I didn't mention him.

Many of us are grateful that Fred doesn't post all the photos he takes!

Until next week then.......

Crystal Palace parkrun Event number 385 21st April 2018

This week 378 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Michael WOODWARD • Carol HAYES • Yvette DORE • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Eleanor DEAN • Alice BAVERSTOCK • Fred HAYES • Julie LETTS • Lisa PEACHEY • Alison LODGE • Leslie MALCOLM

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 8,380 participants have completed 57,338 parkruns covering a total distance of 286,690 km, including 9,810 new Personal Bests.

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