I am really enjoying this summer: the weather is fabulous, the football has been great with England doing far better than expected, the tennis has been exciting and I've got both my boys at home. Those of you who know me will know my older son studies in the US but he's been home since mid May. My younger son, who I write about a lot in 'View from the Injury Bench' has finished his GCSEs and has been off school now for nearly a month. Yesterday Tom did his first parkrun since coming back from the US and Alex beat him. I know, I know, it's not a race. Could someone explain that to my sons' who are still, as I write this (Sunday afternoon) arguing over whether this means Alex is a better runner than Tom!
Anyway, the football is over (France bet Croatia in the final), the tennis is over (Djokovic beat Anderson) (this report really is a public information service) and I may actually get to eat family meals at the table instead of in front of the TV!
So, to parkrun. It was hot yesterday but that didn't stop 340 people lining up at the start line. Those of you who have already looked at the results will see that we had 337 finishers. Don't worry we didn't lose three runners: Melissa Allwork, Julie Letts and George Williams kindly gave up their runs as we didn't have enough volunteers. So a HUGE thank you to them. George and Julie are marathon training so after they had closed down parkrun they did a training run.
We had added incentives yesterday as the Co-op are working in partnership with parkrun to encourage healthy lifestyles (a bit like preaching to the converted I would have thought) so gave all finishers and volunteers a box containing goodies. What;s not to like!
Eleven people joined the parkrun family yesterday. Welcome to you all but particularly welcome to Emma McKittrick who did the funnel ducking role play! And to Elena Martinez who flew round in just over 30 minutes with her daughter in a buggy (and not one of those running buggies). In fact Elena was so fast her poor exhausted daughter fell asleep and missed seeing the dinosaurs! We had tourists too, of course we did. Jill Thompson was one of the 20 people who ran our parkrun for the first time having run elsewhere before. Jill came up to me afterwards asking if I was the Run Director, as I wasn't I said no but I probably would have anyway as Jill is one of those no-nonsense northern women and so I wasn't sure if she wanted to complain! She did say she thought our thermostat was broken as the heating had clearly been left on overnight. Sorry Jill - do come back again to see us and I will make sure we have cooler weather! So lovely to meet you.
I didn't get to meet Andrew Civil - he was running his first Crystal Palace parkrun yesterday but his 229th. He usually runs in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia but seems to be doing some English parkruns so may be on holiday as he's run in Woodley and Keswick as well as with us. You are making very good choices Andrew!
I didn't think it was really PB weather yesterday but that didn't stop 32 people running their fastest ever Crystal Palace parkrun. Ollie Longworth gets a PB every other week so was due one yesterday which of course he got. Doug Taylor got a PB which should be disallowed as he brought along a south Londoner, George Butler who supports Arsenal. Mary Goodger came back to run with us for the first time in four years and took 1 min 19 seconds off her previous PB! Well done to all of you and to all of those who ran their fastest parkrun yesterday.
Mark Mahoney and Glynn Mcdonald joined the 50 club yesterday. Matthew Michael and Alistair Smith joined the 100 club. Well done to you all, don't forget to look out for the email about your T-shirts.
I could go on about other achievements but but there were 36 people we had down as 'unknown'. Yes 36 people ran our mountainous parkrun without a barcode! So, we will never know if they were first timers, tourists or got a PB. DFYB
Final point - we are going to get a bit better at asking for volunteers as we seem to be depending on a small group of the same people to put their hand up. I'm going to pin a post on our Facebook page - it's a very attractive photo of Simon, Barry and me in matching outfits.........don't worry, you don't have to copy us, although we will love you a bit more if you do! Email the office or reply to the photo if you're happy to don a hi-vis vest and maybe get to play with a bit of gadgetry. I think we will also be revitalising our volunteer page on the parkrun page so that's another place to drop us a note.
I'm here next week and then away for the next three Saturdays. If anyone would like to have the parkrun quill and parchment please do let us know and I will gladly hand them over!
Until next week then, results are available by hitting the link.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 397
14th July 2018
This week 337 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Will H H DAVIS • Tom WILSON • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Julia ANDERSON • Melissa ALLWORK • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Russell WHITE • Clare DAVIS • Lucy ARABELLA • Colette DOLLIN • Amy INNES
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 8,783 participants have completed 61,080 parkruns covering a total distance of 305,400 km, including 10,415 new Personal Bests.