Crystal Palace parkrun is cancelled on 23 March 2019: another event in the park

Super Spring Bumper Run Report

The observant among you will have noticed there was no run report last week.  What possible excuse can I give for making you miss your run report fix? Well, quite frankly, it's my lack of commitment! Actually, that's not strictly true: I had a busy weekend last weekend and a really busy week at work and so I just didn't get round to it.  But, never fear, this week's report is a bumper edition with lots of news.

Having had a freak false summer in the week it was almost reassuring to see the return of winter weather as apparently we're on the edges of another storm.  I went out for a short run this afternoon (Sunday) and I must say I felt like an elite athlete as it was cold, windy and raining and I LOVED every second of it. I much prefer running in the cold and rain just adds to that enjoyment. I suspect the 60 of you who ran your fastest ever parkrun yesterday would agree, although it could have been the motivating Crystal Palace Fun Runners who were pacing.  More about them later.  Now, I know the only reason people go all out to run their fastest ever parkrun is to get a mention in the run report, it has nothing to do with improving your time and fitness etc but sadly with 60 of you I really can't give you all a namecheck,so here are a few. Once again Azkia Mulimba, running with mum Ashlee ran his (and her) fastest parkrun; now running in under 30 mins.  Zoe Henderson running with her mum Aimee went sub 31 for the first time.  Kirsty Treadwell went sub 41 for the first time.  Frances Sarah Northall ran her third parkrun with us yesterday and got her second PB, she's taken five minutes off her time since she first ran with us. Well done to all of you.

Chris Dyke also got a PB yesterday. For those of you who are new to our wonderful world of parkrun a PB is a Personal Best - that is your fastest ever time.  Chris last got a PB in June 2012, so it's fair to say it's not a regular occurrence for Chris.  Yesterday he ran in 21:41 which is absolutely fabulous and he was, quite rightly, delighted.  I would like to apologise to the people who ran with him as he was pacing 22 minutes and who found it hard to keep up with him!

I must mention my niece Emma Bate who usually runs at Kingston parkrun.  She ran her first ever parkrun in April 2016 when her mum (my sister Josie) was suddenly rushed to hospital with appendicitis. (As it was 1 April I assumed the panicked phone call from her was an April Fool's joke and took some convincing that she really needed to come and stay with me for the weekend but that's another story!). Anyway, I dragged Emma along to parkrun where she ran/walked/whinged but then came back the following week for more. Yesterday she got a PB of 25:54, she's taken nearly 14 minutes off her first time. What a girl! I am so proud of her. Not that I would ever tell her.

Thirty-two people ran for the first time in our slightly undulating park. We had taken delivery of seven brand new parkrunners so welcome to the cult Bhups, Holly, Russell, Alvaro, Nicole, Emma and Sara.  Also, welcome to Rachel and Peter who did their first parkrun last week and didn't get a mention as I didn't do the report last week (see above for pathetic reason).  Your Saturdays will never be the same, they really will be better and whether you like it or not you will make friends.

Twenty-five more seasoned parkrunners did their first parkrun with us yesterday. Again too many to mention individually so I'll limit myself to a few. Rebecca Sugden ran her 202nd parkrun yesterday but her first with us. She usually runs in Finsbury Park (I had a brief stint living in North London and my therapist thinks I will soon be able to mention that without a nervous twitch) and so I know it's flat.  People there think they have a hill! Rebecca - I do hope you liked our flat parkrun! Jenni and Mike Dimmick ran with us for the first time. Their home parkrun is Woodley where my friend Sam is the ED. See, it's a really small world.

We also welcomed seven people who are registered with the Auckland Road Practice - a GP service in the area.  parkrun (I am so institutionalised I can't even start a sentence with the word and use a capital letter!) has recently signed up to a scheme with the Royal College of General Practitioners whereby practices encourage people to sign up for parkrun. If your GP is not signed up, do encourage them and we can have even more people enjoying their Saturday morning with us.

We had some milestone runners yesterday: Karen Shone and William Own joined the 50 club and James Taverner ran his 100th. HUGE congratulations to you all and an apology to James who, as he crossed the finish line, reminded me I had forgotten to ask if anyone was doing a milestone run as he would have mentioned it.

Other people who I think should have a mention:

1. Sally Jackson. Sally ran her 15th parkrun yesterday. It was her second this year. She ran her first parkrun in June 2015. Why should Sally get a mention? She is the Club Secretary of Crystal Palace Fun Runners and doesn't really like getting her sorry rear end out on a Saturday morning. This mention is to congratulate her on managing to get out a couple of times this year and to shame her into doing it a bit more frequently.  Love you Sally! X

2. Che Compton. Che ran the Tokyo marathon this morning in 2:56.  Che underwent surgery 37 days ago. Much to the disgust of Adrian Lobb and Dominic Grise; when Che was waiting for surgery he still beat them at parkrun every week (I know, I know, it's a run not a race but you know what I mean) just by a smaller margin. So, well done Che.

3. Clare Wyngard. Last week I was marshalling at the top of the park and noticed Clare walking. Clare usually finishes in about 23-24 minutes.  A few months ago she was told she needed open heart surgery to replace a leaky valve in her heart and had to slow down her pace. She did her last parkrun before her surgery on 5th January in 25.06. Last week I noticed her walking and she said she'd had the surgery six weeks previously and so was taking it easy (having walked Dulwich parkrun a week post op in just about an hour). So, last week Clare walked our parkrun in 43:25. Yesterday she walked it in 32:15.  I'm so glad Clare is taking it easy!!!!!!

4. Robert Nagorski. Many of you will be familiar with Robert's name. He didn't finish his first parkrun at Crystal Palace due to having a cardiac arrest. Following a short stay in hospital and a few stents Robert ran his first parkrun at his home parkrun (which was in Poland) eight weeks after his cardiac arrest. He completed his first parkrun at Crystal Palace in July 2018 and last week Robert got a PB of 22:08. Well done Robert.

I'm not going to mention the 46 unknown runners. If you don't bring your barcde I'm not going to write about you! #DFYB

Just a gentle reminder we need volunteers every week. Poor Daniel Steel ran his first parkrun with us yesterday and was our first finisher yesterday (see the rest of the results by clicking on a link near the bottom of the page). He would have been a bit quicker if we had had marshals to direct him. So, do sign up, email, IM or put a message on our Facebook page and we will let you wear a hi-vis vest!

Right - stats and stuff just below. I'm off to do something else! Until next week.

Michele #loveparkrun

 

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 427
2nd March 2019

This week 368 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Jane HAILE • Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Will H H DAVIS • Tom WILSON • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • David Heath BOSTOCK • Valerie NICOLLE • Chris DYKE • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Belinda COTTRILL • Paul HILTON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Hannah COLLINS • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Philippa RYAN • Lyndsey MORLEY • Doug TAYLOR • Steve JONES • Efa PARRY • Oscar DODDS • Shaan BHATNAGAR • Christopher RELPH

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 9,944 participants have completed 70,780 parkruns covering a total distance of 353,900 km, including 11,716 new Personal Bests. A total of 547 individuals have volunteered 4,746 times.

 

 

The accidental pacer

Yesterday had a real feeling of Spring in the air and it was evident lots of parkrunners thought so too as there was an abundance of flesh on view as you lot eschewed your running tights and were out in shorts!  We had our 7th highest attendance with only one of those being last year. Yes, six of our highest ever attendances have been this year. We must be doing something right.

I was back on scanning duties yesterday ably assisted by Cameron Tough who did token-sorting-into-pots so we had plenty of opportunities to see new runners. In fact yesterday we had 57 people who had never run at Crystal Palace parkrun before.  Fifteen of you/them were fresh out of the wrapper and crinkle free - welcome to the greatest cult you can ever join.  Really, your Saturdays will never be the same!

Forty-two of you had never run at Crystal Palace parkrun before. Quite frankly, I don't know what kept you. OK I can sort of understand Huw D Roberts who usually runs in Cardiff as it's a bit of a trek I suppose.  Gill Holmes ran her 225th parkrun yesterday, she has run 125 of then at Maidstone and had notched up 100 at other parkruns - now that is tourism.

It was also lovely to speak to Charlie Jeffrey who was running his 139th parkrun but first in our slightly undulating park. He usually runs at Kingston parkrun but has also got a few tourism parkruns under his belt. When I start running again I have a list of runs I really want to go to.

An astounding 72 people ran their fastest ever parkrun yesterday or as us elite athletes like to call it got a PB. Now it would be remiss of me to neglect to explain the title of this week's run report so here we go. My son Alex Singhgolden really wanted a new PB so Jake Simmonds kindly agreed to pace him.  Jake is usually our first finisher (he likes to run under the cloak of anonymity and rarely brings his barcode!). So, yesterday lots of people noticed Jake wasn't at the front of the pack and decided to stick with him, thanking him afterwards for pacing them!  Anyway, Alex got a nine second PB (finishing in 19:46) so he was delighted.  Other people who were delighted were Lin Skinner (20:29) and Gareth Morris (22:09) both of whom run with Crystal Palace Fun Runners; those track sessions are paying off!

Azkia Mulimba ran his 4th parkrun yesterday (although he's also run 14 junior parkrun). He told mum, Ashlee, he was going to run his fastest parkrun and didn't disappoint. He took nearly two and a half minutes off his previous PB finishing in a blistering 32:11, he's one to watch. Ashlee got a PB too as she was following the rules and keeping Azkia with her as he's under 11. Well done to you both.

Final PB accolades go to Denise Delamain who also got a PB today.  Last autumn Denise went through a run of PBs every week.  She started doing parkrun in January 2018 and yesterday went sub 35 for the first time. She's taken eight minutes off since she started. Amazing Denise, well done.

I could tell you about other PBs, tourists and newbies but we had 48 barcode refuseniks yesterday. Yes 48 people didn't have a barcode and so we were unable to record their time.

One last plea before I settle down to watch Crystal Palace try and stay in the FA Cup for another round.  We don't have good form at Doncaster. Yesterday we struggled a bit for volunteers. We only had Simon at the top of the park and we do need more people. With 400+ runners every week we shouldn't have a problem getting enough volunteers so if you could all commit to volunteering a couple of times a year.  As ever, email the office, send a message on IM on Facebook or post on Facebook and we will happily give you a hi-viz vest of responsibility.

Until next week then. Happy parkrunning.

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 425
16th February 2019

This week 404 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Paula MCWATERS • Chris BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Jake ENGLISH • Simon LANG • Clare RITCHIE • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Clare DAVIS • Fred HAYES • Efa PARRY • Oscar DODDS

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 9,876 participants have completed 70,054 parkruns covering a total distance of 350,270 km, including 11,590 new Personal Bests. A total of 542 individuals have volunteered 4,693 times.

 

 

Not quite a record but not far off it

Yesterday we had our 4th highest attendance at Crystal Palace parkrun.  After our last minute cancellation last week (sorry about that; it really was very icy and we didn't want to take the risk of spending the rest of the day filling in accident forms!). It was a bit breezy, well blowing a gale but that didn't deter 422 of you lining up at the start line.  I was marshalling at the top with Jada and Efa and we were quite sheltered so didn't realise how windy it was until we battled our way down at the end, so HUGE congratulations to you all.

Fifty-six people ran/walked/cartwheeled their way round our lovely course.  And that's not only my opinion; one man ran past me calling 'I'm really loving this!' Twenty of those 56 had never ever done parkrun before!  Welcome to you all, your Saturday will never be the same again. If 20 of you were newbies then 36 people were tourists, too many to mention individually but a few stuck out for me: Sally Monger-Godfrey ran her 201st parkrun but her first at Crystal Palace. So, you may ask , where does Sally usually run if it's taken her so long to come to us?  Well, Sally travelled a whole 10 miles to get to us but I think Nonsuch Park is dead flat so it was a different terrain for her.  It was also a very different terrain for our second finisher Oliver Parry who in seven parkrun experiences has visited four different venues but who gets most of his running fixes from Mercia Fell Runners.

We had three parkrunners achieve a milestone yesterday with Ben Day and Sandy Fazio joining the 50 club and Stephen Starvis notching up his 100th. Well done to all of you. Thirty-nine people ran their fastest parkrun at our slightly undulating course. Far too many to mention so I will restrict myself to a couple.  Robert Anderson ran his 157th parkrun yesterday and his second at Crystal Palace. Robert last ran with us in February 2018 and yesterday ran 41 seconds faster than he did last year.  Robert runs in the 75-79 age category. I am in awe, Robert, in total awe.   Another person who seems determined to just keep getting faster is Helena Thomas who ran her 4th parkrun yesterday (all at Crystal Palace) and has achieved PBs in the last three! Well done to all of you who ran their fastest ever parkrun yesterday.

#spiritofparkrun

Now, as we all know parkrun is an inclusive family friendly lovely way to start the day.  Unfortunately, we sometimes need to be reminded of this and I've been asked to make a couple of points in this week's report. Firstly, there are plenty of car parks in the park and there is also plenty of free parking in the nearby streets. If the Thicket Road car park is full and you don't need to park in a parking space reserved for those with blue badges then please take the opportunity to use one of the other car parks or nearby streets. If time is against you you can incorporate a little warm up run as you come to the start line.

The second point is one I don't feel I should be making because it shouldn't need making at all.  As our parkrun grows in popularity it is also growing in numbers of runners.  Occasionally someone may bump into someone else, they usually apologise and all is well. We had an incident yesterday when the person bumped into let loose a stream of expletives.  I'm sure you'll all agree Crystal Palace parkrun isn't the place for that. The stands and quality of football at Selhurst Park are well designed for expletive throwing and certainly yesterday's game gave ample opportunity so do feel free to go along there for your swearfest.

#spiritofparkrun

I want to mention one  runner who made a big impression on me yesterday. Helen Robertson ran her 21st parkrun yesterday, her 13th at Crystal Palace.  She is amazing as she was really smiley and happy and she is 34 weeks pregnant!! I am so in awe of someone who can do that, I spent both of my pregnancies conserving every bit of energy for the birth! HUGE congratulations Helen.

OK, you're nearly at the end, well done for getting this far. Results are available by clicking on a link on the page.

Until next week then. Happy running/walking/skipping/cartwheeling.

Michele

#loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 424
9th February 2019

This week 422 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Simon LANG • Clare RITCHIE • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Rachael TOON • Amelie MAY • Clare DAVIS • Lloyd COLLIER • Philippa RYAN • Seán HILL • Rhoda COLLIER • Lucy ARABELLA • Rafe COLLIER • Alison YATES • Fred HAYES • Rosalind JOHNSON

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 9,819 participants have completed 69,650 parkruns covering a total distance of 348,250 km, including 11,518 new Personal Bests. A total of 541 individuals have volunteered 4,673 times.

 

 
 

I can’t think of a title so better post this before next weekend without a title!

Oh it was so cold yesterday, definitely much harder for us poor volunteers standing in the freezing cold while you lot did your running. Spare a thought for us in thermal long johns, two pairs of socks, a thermal vest and loads of layers.  And that's just Barry. :)

To be fair lots of you did t hank us as Efa, Oscar, Jada and I stood at the top of the park where the oxygen is thin encouraging you to keep running and reassuring you that you had done the worst part.

412 people completed the course yesterday: the fourth highest turnout we've ever had.  Fifty-nine of them/you had never run at our lovely park before and of those 18 were brand new crinkle free parkrunners. That's too many to mention individually so welcome all of you to the parkrun family. And a special welcome to Isobel Freeman who was running her first ever parkrun in the JW10 category.  The mathematicians among you will already have worked out we had 41 touring parkrunners.  I do like to while away a few minutes on a Sunday afternoon (while I am warming up after watching Alex play football, there's clearly a bit of a theme in my weekend activities) doing some low level stalking of our results page. So I can tell you one of our torutsists was running his 490th parkrun yesterday. Yes, Charles Hampden-Smith ran parkrun 489 times before coming to Crystal Palace parkrun. I know, it's unbelievable to think someone had run that many parkruns without coming to our one and you would be forgiven for thinking Charles lives far away and so couldn't manage the trip.  Dear reader, you would be wrong: Charles' home parkrun is............Wimbledon Common, yes, a mere eight or so miles away.  Really Charles, what kept you?

Charles may or may not have been accompanied by Richard Evans who was running his 277th parkrun and running ours for the first time. Richard also runs at Wimbledon Common.  At least the Mcteer family had travelled all the way from Bexley: Alastair and (I think) mum, Kirsten ran together for their 38th (plus 50 junior) and 44th parkruns respectively while Rowan (30 and 51 junior) ran with dad Stuart (48th yesterday).  We often remind you that runners under the age of 11 must stay within arms length of a responsible adult and it was lovely to see Rowan running hand in hand with dad Stuart yesterday.*

Every week I mention the barcode refuseniks and yesterday was no exception 56, yes, you read that correctly, 56 people yesterday ran without a barcode. One of them was David Bostock who came up to tell me before we'd even started he had realised when he got on the bus that he didn't have his barcode. As he pointed out my weekly reminders are clearly not that effective. Realy David, I don't know why I bother! #DFYB

On a brighter note 57 people ran their fastest ever parkrun yesterday, too many to mention but I'll pick a few. Gareth Morris ran his fastest parkrun since he ran his first one at Crystal Palace in August 2014! He's been pretty consistent since he started and yesterday took an impressive 20 seconds off his time from that day.  Clearly being a member of Crystal Palace Fun Runners has made him faster! Helena Thomas only started parkrun last week but she clearly enjoyed it as she came back yesterday and completed it 16 seconds faster coming in under 43 minutes! And finally, Joe Stipo on his 65th parkrun (second at CP) went sub 30 for the first time. Well done to all of you.

We had two milestone runners yesterday with John Greene earning his 50 T-shirt and Steve Kingston his 100th. We look forward to seeing you in your new T-shirts!

As ever we have a great need for volunteers. So if you would like to join the injury bench and volunteer or if you just want to get some hi-viz action do drop us a line by email, send a message on Im or post on our Facebook page. We will welcome you with open arms, a hi-viz vest and if you're very lucky a bit of gadetery!

Results as usual can be reached through a link on thi page.

Until next week.

Michele #loveparkrun

*I have no idea if Rowan was running with his dad really but I did see a small boy running hand in hand with a man and they were both smiling and so I'm taking a bit of a punt here.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 422
19th January 2019

This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Joanna PATERSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Valerie NICOLLE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Simon LANG • Clare RITCHIE • Belinda COTTRILL • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Melissa ALLWORK • Piers BROMLEY • Clare DAVIS • Lyndsey MORLEY • Fred HAYES • Tali EMDIN • Efa PARRY • Jonathan GIBBS • Jada MENSAH • Oscar DODDS

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 9,705 participants have completed 68,823 parkruns covering a total distance of 344,115 km, including 11,440 new Personal Bests. A total of 537 individuals have volunteered 4,622 times.

 

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