Where is Simon Lang when you need him? Today, in Simon's absence I took the hi-vis vest of ultimate authority and decided to be the Run Director. All was going well until Chris Balmer told me the top of the park was closed and so we would need to use one of our alternative routes. After a bit of discussion we agreed on recycling our original parkrun route and so we did a swift bit of sign moving, marshal allocating and finding ourselves a volunteer to sit with all the gear and we were off.
Jake was happy as the two and a bit lapper is where he got his PB (I'm not sure which of his many profiles his PB is on). All was well until about 17 mins in when I realised WE DIDN'T HAVE THE FINISH TOKENS! As we tried to avoid panicking we got all finishers to queue up while Tom ran to the start line to try and find the tokens and eventually peace prevailed. I am obviously very sorry for any inconvenience caused and by way of compensation we're giving you next week off and the following week you can have a free parkrun experience. If you're one of the five people who left early in disgust and are reading this please do come along and experience the true parkrun experience when Simon is back!!
You are all welcome to come along and run in the park at any time you like but next week we won't be having parkrun as the core team are now going on remedial training. No, seriously, Bromley Schools Cross Country will be in the park next week and it's just not possible to have both events.
It was a lovely sunny autumnal morning and 351 of you lined up at the start line. There were 34 new faces of which 11 were crinkle free, fresh out of the wrapper newbies. Welcome to the parkrun family, some weeks we have prosecco, some (like today) we have chocolates, some weeks we do fancy dress and some weeks we have all of the above. Come back in two weeks and see how efficient we can be, when we try! The mathematical geniuses among you will have already worked out that if we had 34 new faces and 11 were brand new we must have had 23 tourists. And indeed we did, some from as far away as Brockwell Park!
We had some milestones today: Guy Betts ran his 100th as did Dana Benedek. Dana is in the 15-17 age group and we think she may be one of our younger runners to have achieved this milestone. I had a little milestone of my own as I was volunteering for the 100th time; a bit bittersweet as I'd rather be running but any sort of parkrun fix is better than none.
As today is the first Saturday of the month we had pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners. Now, I should point out we are all volunteers and largely (well pretty much completely) untrained. So a HUGE well done to the people who were paced by Suzi Daley as she was the 30 minute pacer and came in at 28:05! Hannah Voss got a 27:42 PB (her third PB in as many weeks), Frances Clark did the run in 27:22, Maria Heather broke the 32 min barrier in an impressive 31:45, Maja Hilton whose PB of 27:32 (her 4th PB in five weeks), Jack Houghton-Jones who ran with his Mum Sylvia Houghton achieved a PB of 34:40. And today's final name check goes to Belinda Cottrill and Milo who came in with a PB of 19:48, about 16 seconds faster than last week's PB, clearly they haven't really been trying for a while!
Sadly 35 people didn't have a barcode with them today and so we will never know if they were first timers, tourists or just people who stumbled across the finish line, were forced to join a long queue only to take a finish token which they promptly handed back! #DFYB
Right, that's it, I need to go and read up on the responsibilities of the Run Director to make sure I don't forget what to do next time I get given the RD vest! Don't forget no parkrun in Crystal Palace next week.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 412
3rd November 2018
This week 351 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Tom WILSON • Joe SIMMONDS • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Russell WHITE • Clare DAVIS • Philippa RYAN • Lyndsey MORLEY
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 9,336 participants have completed 65,745 parkruns covering a total distance of 328,725 km, including 11,151 new Personal Bests.