Oh dear, what can I say: last weekend was a bit of a sociable one and so I didn’t get round to writing this. As they say ‘better late than never’ so this week’s is late and anyway, it’s a bit of a buy one get one free as I’m not around tomorrow. In fact, if anyone fancies having the parkrun pen and pad please do either respond to this message on Facebook or email the office and I am more than happy to pass the pen on.
Last Saturday marked the end of a season. It was the Bromley Schools Cross Country competition and so we had the last week of the very enthusiastic parents. I nearly offered one of them some Strepsils! I don’t think they read ‘View from the back’ as I did mention the congestion caused by their numbers on the starting avenue as last week was no different from the previous few.
I'm not sure if this is of any significance but we had a lower turn out than usual with only 292 people lined up at some random point at the park. I say random point at the park. As you’ll know we have found a lovely one lap route but Bromley Schools put paid to that last week so Chris Balmer very kindly found a 1K lap and made us do it three times......which I hated. But I didn’t bother trying to find a new route to I need to get over myself. Now, I may whinge a bit about the very enthusiastic parents but you can’t deny they have produced some beautiful runners. As Dave Cook, Ann McMahon (who actually had her barcode) and I were pottering around we were lapped by teenagers who really looked like they weren’t making an effort but still did the run in under 19 mins!
There were 37 first timers at Crystal Palace last week of which 10 were brand new fresh out of the wrapper shiny runners. I was chatting to two at the end: Adam Casey and Louise Ingrams. Adam is a regular Marathon runner and Louise is his partner. I asked them what brought them along to parkrun and Adam said that Louise had suggested they didn’t really do enough together and so Adam suggested they sign up for parkrun. Really Adam, there are so many many things you can have suggested so well done you for suggesting the best! Louise -you will LOVE this way to start your weekend, I look forward to seeing you next week.
An astonishing 28 ran/walked/jogged/crawled or hopped around the three laps but we will never know who they were: if they were tourists, first timers or got PBs as they didn’t have their barcodes. How can you live with yourself, unless you’re Ann, of course who makes a habit of leaving her barcode at home....weirdo.
As ever, stats are available from this.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 379
10th March 2018
This week 292 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Tom WILSON • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Sharon MARTIN • Neil JEFFRIES • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Clare DAVIS
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 8,177 participants have completed 55,645 parkruns covering a total distance of 278,225 km, including 9,598 new Personal Bests.