My new found respect for volunteers

Many of you will arrive at parkrun on a Saturday morning and find it all set up with the finish funnel ready and the signs all around the park. I usually rock up at about 8:45, select my hi-viz vest and sign up for scanning duty.  Yesterday though was a bit different as most of the core parkrun team weren't going to be there so Simon Lang and myself had agreed we would meet at the park at 07:45, yes a whole hour earlier than usual, for me anyway.  Simon, thankfully was waiting with coffee for me when I arrived and we set up the course and the comes etc although there was still plenty for Mike Woodward to do when he turned up at 8am.  Luckily, it was a beautiful morning but I do think I need to acknowledge the effort made every single week by Barry Graham and Chris Balmer who turn up at about 7:30 to set up our free event. Barry also takes responsibility for all the tech stuff so every weeks charges the scanners and the timers and the laptop so we can turn up and run/walk/skip etc round the course before sloping off for breakfast!

As we knew most of the core team were going to be away this week we put out an early call for volunteers but to be fair it was about 10pm on Friday evening before we were confident we weren't going to have to cancel the run yesterday. So, in line with many other parkruns we are going to activate the volunteer roster page. Watch this space - we will be actively looking for volunteers and hopefully this will mean we are able to get more marshals out on the course itself.

Anyway, to yesterday's parkrun. It was, as I've already said, a beautiful morning and 314 people lined up at the start line to enjoy our nearly flat one lap route. Pam Cooper filled two roles in that she was a tourist as well as one of our volunteers. She was visiting our beautiful park but didn't want to run as her next parkrun will be her 250th so she was happy to volunteer instead. And at the risk of making you all feel very sick; that is exactly what makes parkrun so brilliant. Pam was still able to take part, she just didn't run but helped us make sure we could go ahead yesterday! And she can do her 250th parkrun at her home parkrun. Thanks Pam and congratulations in advance for next week.

What else can I tell you about yesterday's parkrun? Well, I've already mentioned Pam so let's look at our other tourists. Now Pam had come from the Midlands which does mean a  bit of a trip so we can excuse her not coming before. I'm not sure what Keith Baker's excuse is. He ran his 165th parkrun yesterday and his first with us but Keith has run most of his parkruns at Dulwich park!  What kept you Keith? James and Henry Baker were also running their first CP parkrun so I suspect they were with Keith (they usually run at Dulwich as well). Both James and Henry are in the JM10 age group, I bet they LOVED our hills and I have no doubt they'll be back! Peter White was also a tourist who had a few runs under his belt; yesterday was his 128th parkrun. He usually runs at Keswick so he did have a bit of a commute yesterday. Welcome to you all.

I don't usually mention who comes first as parkrun isn't a race but Dominic Grise was our first male finisher. He has done all of his 40 parkruns with us and yesterday was his first first finisher position! Afterwards Dominic and Adrian Lobb (second male finisher) were trying to get their breath but still managed to speak. Dominic asked me how he can volunteer (there is a theme here!) and we were teasing him about 'winning' parkrun. Cue 'it's a run not a race'! Much as we missed Jake (who was racing later so had come along to watch) and Che (who was probably running the Berlin marathon) it was quite good to see who would take up the mantle of the ridiculously fast first finisher! As ever the full set of results are available by clicking on a link somewhere on this page.

Eighteen people completed their first ever parkrun yesterday. Well done and welcome to the parkrun family.  Your Saturday will never be the same again. I really want to acknowledge Tom Archer and Brian Simpson who both did their first parkruns last week and came back yesterday to do their second.  A surprisingly high number of people do a parkrun and then decide it's not for them, which is fine (if misguided). Often they come back a few weeks later and do another one. It took me over four years to get my first 50 done with frequent gaps so I was really impressed at Tom and Brian. I spoke to Brian yesterday and told him how impressed I was and then told him to have next week off as we aren't having a parkrun in CP next week and I don't want him going off to another parkrun and (mistakenly) thinking it's better than ours.

Thirty-nine people ran their fastest ever parkrun yesterday. Brian was one of them and another was Matthew Broderick-Vasey who ran his third parkrun yesterday in as many weeks yesterday. Matthew has already demonstrated his parkrun commitment by buying one of those barcode wrist bands so I suspect he'll be getting a few mentions in our run reports in future! As will Jack Oliver-Blaney who ran his third parkrun in as many weeks and also got a PB. Oh and it wouldn't be a parkrun report without mentioning Ollie Longworth got a PB.........again. Ollie, I suspect you LOVE your name in print but as I established last week you're actually quite lazy as you're just getting faster every week and I think you're doing it for a mention in my much revered run report!

Forty people ran naked yesterday. Not a barcode between them. I know, shocking, I mean what possessed them to turn up, run 5K and not have it recorded.  Now, i do know about one person. As I was wandering round in my hi-viz vest, trying to look important a woman came up to me and handed me her barcode. She explained she hadn't registered as she had not left the house with the intention of doing parkrun. She came to the park to do a run, went for a pre-run wee and as she came out heard Simon call: 'ready, steady, go!' so she did!! I didn't get her name but she has promised to sign up and next time she will have a barcode and recorded time. #DFYB.

Now, next week we won't be having a parkrun at CP. Apparently there is another event in the park. There are other parkruns so have a look at the parkrun website and if we decide to do some CP parkrun flash mob takeover type thing at another parkrun we will put it on the Facebook page.

So, see you in two weeks time.

Michele #loveparkrun


Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 406
15th September 2018

This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Michael WOODWARD • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Pam COOPER • Simon LANG • Julie LETTS • Posy LARYEA • Alison YATES • Fred HAYES • Andy BURGESS • Amy INNES • Jonathan GOODWIN

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 9,097 participants have completed 63,825 parkruns covering a total distance of 319,125 km, including 10,832 new Personal Bests.




A day of celebrations.

This summer feels like it's never going to end but yesterday there was definitely a hint of autumn in the morning as 332 of you lined up at the bottom of Crystal Palace park for our 405th trot around the park.  I did the new runners briefing yesterday, there were 33 people who had never run/walked/skipped/ around the course before, 12 of whom had never run a parkrun before! Welcome to the parkrun family, your Saturday mornings will never be the same again!

One of our first timers was also a tourist: Christine Carbarns ran her first parkrun yesterday with husband Don. They are from Newcastle, Australia. Yesterday was Don's 17th  having joined the parkrun family in April this year. Don (and once they return home Christine) have their home parkrun at Lake Mac, one of Australia's longer established parkruns.  Welcome to you both and well done on your first parkrun Christine.

They are over here for three weeks as they are attending Don's nephew's wedding. Sadly, both Don's nephew and his fiance didn't bring their barcodes and so count among the 43 people whose name and time we will never know. #DFYB

We did have other tourists: Bethany van Melsen did her 18th run with us having travelled all the way from her usual parkrun at Burgess Park, in Southwark, yes that's two whole boroughs away! Matthew Eastell did his 67th parkrun yesterday, first at CP. He's a man on a mission I think as he's participated at 44 different parkruns.

At the new runners briefing I always remind people it's a run not a race. And when I'm on funnel management or timing I always see people who manage a sprint finish down the avenue of trees sometimes because they want to pip someone else at the finish line, sometimes because they are on track for a personal best (PB) time and sometimes because, well, you would, wouldn't you, I mean that avenue of trees was planted for people to charge down! Sixty-seven of you ran your fastest ever parkrun yesterday. Obviously, Ollie Longworth got another PB. Ollie, it's clear to me that you weren't really making an effort when you first started running at parkrun! You've taken 90 seconds off your time since June! Maybe we'll introduce drug testing! Dom Salzano did his first parkrun since April and ran is 15 seconds faster than he'd ever done before, well done Dom. Chris Axon got a PB of 19:48, he's chipping away at his time having gone sub 20 for the first time three weeks ago. James Neylon ran his third parkrun with us yesterday having first run with us last month. Yesterday he ran nearly two minutes faster than on his first run with us.  Well done to all of you who managed to run their fastest parkrun yesterday.

So, we've covered first timers, tourists, PBs and the Unknowns. What else is there?  Of course, yesterday's celebrations: our parkrun yesterday finished in a lake of prosecco and a mountain of cakes and chocolates. Christine Zelenyanszki, Annie Chui, Paul Vassar and Melissa Allwork all joined the 50 club. Matt Hunt joined the 100 club and Belinda Cottrill joined the 250 club. Don't forget to order your T-shirts. Whilst not an official milestone we can't ignore the fact that Piers Bromley did his 150th parkrun (a fact that had passed him by until he processed the results!) and Michael Dodds ran his 300th parkrun. HUGE congratulations to you all.

parkrun really is brilliant and part of what makes it brilliant is the fact it's so easy: turn up, run and when you finish present your barcode and you'll get sent your time and position.  There are very few rules and the few rules we have are there for a reason. Every week Simon reminds all runners of those rules: runners with dogs can only have one dog and it must be on a harness or short lead, runners under the age of 11 must run with a responsible adult. The adult doesn't really have to be responsible in all aspects of their life but for the 25-40 minutes they have a child running with them. An adult is anyone over the age of 18. Just a gentle reminder that an 11yo is not an adult.

We'll be back next week, if you want to have a stab at writing the run report I shall gladly hand over the parkrun pencil. Oh and Sidney has found a way to get an audio version of this run report and I'm sure he'll put a comment on our Facebook page. We also have plenty of volunteer spaces available if you fancy wearing a hi-viz vest.

Stats are available by clicking on the link.

Until next week then.

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 405
8th September 2018

This week 332 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Andy C ELLIOTT • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Tom WILSON • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Andrew CHONG • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Simon LANG • Julia ANDERSON • Julie LETTS • Clare DAVIS • Posy LARYEA • Philippa RYAN • Lucy WILSON

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 9,052 participants have completed 63,511 parkruns covering a total distance of 317,555 km, including 10,793 new Personal Bests.



The return of summer

Hello!! I'm back!  Now, you lot need to look at yourselves and decide whether you really want to depend on me for producing the vast majority of our run reports.  I know Sam Oliver steps up sometimes and very grateful we are too but.......I am Crystal Palace parkrun's equivalent to Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace FC. Yes, I am writing this after watching my beloved Crystal Palace lose at home to Southampton and our talisman player Wilf was on the injury bench and so, as we always do when he's not playing we lost.  Now, this run report is not going to be about the match mainly because Simon Lang supports Southampton and I won't give him the satisfaction but I can't help noticing that in the weeks I was away on holiday (and an unavoidable hairdressers appt (long boring story)) we have been a bit thin on run reports.  So, if any of you EVER fancy getting your clammy little fingers on the parkrun pencil then do let us know and we will give you free rein and volunteer points!

Well, it was the first Saturday of the month so we had pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners. Usually the first Saturday of the month follows the first Friday of the month and many, if not most, of the Fun Runners are feeling slightly fragile but as today is 1st September the Fun Runners were all feeling fabulous which may explain why 47 of our 347 runners/walkers/cartwheelers/buggy pushers achieved their fastest ever parkrun.  Well done to all of you, far too many to mention so I will take pencil holder's prerogative and name a few. Well done to Sidney McIntosh who took 15 seconds off the PB which he achieved three weeks ago. I am particularly in awe though as Sidney hadn't got a PB since 20 Sept 2014 before his PB of 11 Aug. AM AZ ING!!!! Perseverance really does pay!

Now parkrun is not competitive so I am not going to wax lyrical about Michael Worboys; I will merely state the facts.  Michael Worboys ran his first parkrun in Aug 2016 and I think it's fair to say he hasn't really developed a huge love for parkrun as today was only his eighth. Of the eight, three have been in our beautiful park. Today Michael achieved a PB of 31.18. Michael runs in the 70-74 age category. Yes, you read that right Michael runs in the 70-74 age category. Michael - you left your barcode behind, I have it, I will let you have it when you explain to me how you achieved this magnificent feat!  Liam Worboys also got a PB on his third parkrun, I suspect he ran really fast because he was worried his Dad was going to catch up with him!  (I don't actually know if Michael is Liam's dad but I have decided it makes a good story)

Right, that's enough praising of fast runners. Despite me telling them at the new runner briefing to leave as parkrun ruins your life (I mean I haven't run since the beginning of March and still turn up every single week (well nearly)) 40 people ran their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun addiction, sorry family! Again too many to mention but I will mention Naomi who ran with her friend Aailyah Okpor. Naomi didn't have a barcode but assured me she'll have one next week.  They were running with Aailyah's mum, Anita who was pushing Aailyah's little brother in the pushchair. Unfortunately, he was wearing an Arsenal shirt as their dad supports Arsenal. I wouldn't have mentioned them but I promised before I saw the shirt.  As I don't know much about Junior parkrun I called Cameron Tough over to give me all the info I needed. he's a veritable mine of info, that boy!

Now, I do like to have a bit of a look at who our tourists were.  Sadly, today most of them/you hadn't really travelled that far! I mean, Jacquie Allix; you've done 89 parkruns and today was your first in our beautiful, slightly undulating park and you usually run in Orpington, hardly transatlantic travel!! But, thank you for doing the funnel ducking role play!  We did have one real tourist; Lauren Holland usually runs in Callyea, Western Australia and she has toured to Crissy Fields in the US but today she ran her 80th with us!

We had a few milestones as well: Frances Aldridge and Jane Hollowood did their 50th parkrun today and Chris Balmer did his 251st (not an official milestone but as there was no run report last week (see above) I couldn't let that one pass! HUGE congratulations to you all.

Thirty-four people ran today WITHOUT A BARCODE. I know, I know, it's unbelievable. How can you get up, run/walk/etc 5K and then not get an official time. Naomi had an excuse, I don't think she realised she was doing parkrun this morning for the first time ever. Jake English crossed the finish line first and didn't have a barcode which is, quite frankly, a bit silly but he knows full well that he should take a barcode with him. And next week Michael Warboys will need to print another one. Please, please, please do bring a barcode or you won't get a time. #DFYB

It was lovely to meet Sam Preston today. Anyone who looks at Fred's photos on a Saturday (and really, who doesn't) will have watched Erica Harris' pregnancy progress. At 37 weeks pregnant Erica was still leaping in the air when she saw Fred and his camera. Well, Sam has clearly had enough of the jumping and made his appearance. he is absolutely gorgeous and I'm sure you will all join me in congratulating Erica!

Right, that's your lot. There are sorrows to be drowned and curry to be eaten. If you want to have a look at results there's a link somewhere here: click on that. Until next week then, unless someone else wants the pencil

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 404
1st September 2018

This week 347 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Andy C ELLIOTT • Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael DODDS • Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • Joanne SHELTON PEREDA • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Amy CURTIS • Chris AXON • Che COMPTON • Chris BALMER • Stuart FRANKLIN • Rachel LYNN • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Simon LANG • Belinda COTTRILL • Piers BROMLEY • Elinor (Lin) SKINNER • Julie LETTS • Suzi DALEY • Matthew IBBS • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Lyndsey MORLEY • Adrian LOBB • Fred HAYES • Jonathan GOODWIN

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 9,019 participants have completed 63,179 parkruns covering a total distance of 315,895 km, including 10,726 new Personal Bests.





400 Not out

We celebrated a venue milestone this morning with the 400th staging of the Crystal Palace parkrun. It’s come a long way since its first outing back in May 2010; I thought it would be interesting to do a bit of ‘compare and contrast’ when reviewing event #400 by having a look back to event #1. That first event drew 49 people to the park, and numbers raised oh-so-steadily in the first few years. In fact, event #200 had an attendance of only 126. The last three years or so, though, mirroring the explosion of parkrun, has seen CP parkrun blossom. Today’s attendance, 314, was the twentieth time we’ve gone over 300 this calendar year. In amongst the ranks today were six people who lined up all those years ago at our first event. Take a bow therefore, Graham Laylee, Max Macmenemey, Michael Dodds, Michael Woodward, Susannah Simpson and Clare Wyngard. Of these, Susannah has amassed the most runs at the Palace in the intervening years, with 243. I *think* (there’s no easy way to check this) that this puts her fourth on the all-time Crystal Palace attendance list behind Sid McIntosh (285 runs here- and more of him later), Bob Bell (271) and event director Tom Wilson, who today marked his 250th run here by putting sparkly stuff in his beard, as you do. 250 seemed to be a magical number as well as 400 today, as Clare Wyngard mentioned earlier and Claire Steward both marked their quarter-millenium of parkruns. Clare S has done 66 at Crystal Palace, while Clare W has managed 125, exactly half of all her runs, a statistic which pleases me rather! The glut of milestones was not over there- celebrations are also required for Michael Rooney’s 100th as well as Sally Griffin and Tom Butterfield reaching 50 (Sally having run every single one at CP). The t-shirt distributors are going to be inundated in the next few days! parkrun is of course for everyone, the old heads, the ‘fresh out of the wrapper’ newbies (copyright M.Golden) and travellers from afar indulging in some tourism. Many of the runners back in event #1 were doing their first ever parkrun, a couple their first and only ever, but there were also a few tourists from in and around London. Today, we welcomed 35 people to the Palace for the first time ever, fifteen of whom were taking their very first step into the parkrun world, welcome and try not to get too hooked too soon! Our visitors included some serial tourists such as Ragiv Ratan and Natalie Ker Watson (predominantly based at Finsbury parkrun), John Kipps (Kingston), Claire Seckington (Buckinghan) and James Neylon, who has run over 100 times at Bromley before trying something a bit more hilly over here! And so to the run itself. We had some pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners helping us along in the seemingly-never-to-end sunshine, including Jack Davidson all dolled up in wedding gear to celebrate his impending nuptials later in the day, congratulations Jack! They managed to help 41 people home to PBs despite the heat- particular “well done”s to Frances Clark, John Greene, Jaime Smith and Eugene Varnavskiy, all of whom recorded their best times in over 30 attempts. Another who came oh-so-close to a PB was the aforementioned Sid McIntosh. Half-way round the course I thought to myself, Sid doesn’t seem to be here today; he metronomically will catch me up somewhere between the final climb and the end of the top terrace every time I run here, yet I hadn’t seen him anywhere. Yet I got to the finish and there he was, merrily helping with the barcode scanning as usual. Turns out he’d had a flier several minutes ahead of me, clocking in at 21:18, his second best time in his 285 runs here, and a miniscule two seconds slower than his PB of 21:16 set back in September 2014 (event #207). Sid actually ran 21:20 last week, his third best time ever, so at this rate of improvement that PB should arrive soon enough! Heading back to that first ever event, it was possible only with the support of a small team of seven volunteers. Each of the events from then on have seen thousands of volunteer hours given up by hundreds of people. Today of course was no exception, with people chipping in before, during and after the run to make sure it went without a hitch. Thank you as ever to those involved. One interesting final comparison between events #1 and #400 is in the finish times. Back in 2010 the average finish time was 24:33, with the final finisher registering 34 and a half minutes. Today, our average time was 28:13, and thirty-nine parkrunners (one in eight of us) came in slower than the final finisher managed back then. This mirrors a nationwide statistic- parkrun is getting slower, and the powers that be are thrilled! It’s testament to the ever-more-inclusive nature of the parkrun movement, and the way it appeals to a much wider spectrum of the community. Who knows where we’ll be come event #500, #800, #1000? Bring it on!

This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • Monica FISK • Barry GRAHAM • Chris DYKE • Amy CURTIS • Chris AXON • Chris BALMER • Jack DAVIDSON • Julia ANDERSON • Russell WHITE • Sean HILL • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Tim ANDERSON • Christina MARRONI • Sam Oliver

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 8,876 participants have completed 62,008 parkruns covering a total distance of 310,040 km, including 10,525 new Personal Bests.


Crystal Palace parkrun run 399

Crystal Palace parkrun Event number 399 28th July 2018

It looked like this morning was going to be a little wetter than we've been used to recently, and it was raining on my journey down from Kings Langley (near Hemel Hempstead), but by the time I had arrived at the park by 8:20am it was turning into another gloriously sunny parkrunday.

As a tourist, it's handy to try to get to the event early so that I can locate the start and find the facilities (ie toilets). Upon my arrival I found Simon LANG (Run Director) and one of the Marshals (sorry I didn't catch your name) were just finishing pre-event setup, so my offer to help was not needed. I suggested that perhaps I could write my first Run Report and here we are.

I loitered by the finish funnel until my friends arrived (one was running and two were Marshals) and before long it was time for the first timers briefing. When asked if there were any first timers, quite a few hands were nervously raised and quickly lowered. Simon then informed us all that Crystal Palace is not the easiest course around, with a reasonably tough climb for the first third, but that would be followed by the rest being flat or downhill.

I managed to grab a quick few words with some other tourists on the way to the start line. We had Anita and Henri ROUX all the way over from South Africa. They are both keen parkrunners and have run at 81 and 80 different events respectively. Whilst in the UK for a 6 week holiday, they will be visiting 6 different events with Crystal Palace being the fourth.

As we approached the start line, the faster runners were already there and lined up. A very friendly and sedate black Labrador seemed to be wandering about aimlessly and I was getting worried it would be in the way of the runners, but suddenly the owner appeared, clipped the dog to her harness and everyone was ready to go. As soon as we heard "on your marks", the otherwise sedate Labrador suddenly turned into a very keen runner.

Whilst touring around the country to different parkrun events I always film them on my head mounted GoPro, so I lined up facing towards the runners ready for the start with the intention of watching you all go and then joining at the back. Simon was not wrong, the first part of the course was tough, but throughout the run there are some lovely sights and it really is a thoroughly enjoyable event, so Kudos (Strava or otherwise) to all of the organisers and Marshals for creating Crystal Palace parkrun.

If you would like to see my video of todays run, or just want to try and spot yourself then please click the link below (photos of some of the Marshals can be see at the end)...

On to the stats....

This week we had 269 runners (slightly lower than recently, most likely due to school holidays), of which 27 were UNKNOWNs, 102 Female and 140 Male.

First finisher was UNKNOWN (#DFYB), so top 3 Males were Adrian LOBB in a superb 18:45, followed by Ian FENN in 18:58 and Philip JONES in 19:03. Top 3 Females were Belinda COTTRILL in 21:39, Elinor (Lin) SKINNER in 21:53 and Yvette DORE just behind in 21:56

There were 29 parkrunners who were new to Crystal Palace, of whom 6 were doing their first ever parkrun. So well done to Rebecca DARBON, Anna BRETT, Gemma WALTON, Gary ROBSON, Benjamin EREN and Mark LOVELL and we hope you'll be back next week.

Most runniest runner was Bob BELL on 337 parkruns, but there were 6 other members of the 250 Club, 41 members of the 100 Club and 44 members of the 50 Club. Milestones today were Mike STEPHENSON who joined the 100 Club and Andrew PARKIN who joined the 50 Club, well done to you both.

As ever, a big thank you goes out to all of the Event Makers who ensured we had a well organised and safe run. They are: Tim ANDERSON, Julia ANDERSON, Andrea AXON, Chris BALMER, Piers BROMLEY, Helen CAMERON, Will H H DAVIS, Clare DAVIS, Colette DOLLIN, Barry GRAHAM, Finley JONES, Barbara KOPCZYNSKA, Simon LANG, Julie LETTS, Alison LODGE, Christina MARRONI, Amelie MAY, Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH, Lyndsey MORLEY, Mark PINNEY, Susannah SIMPSON, Tom WILSON, Andrew WITHERS


Other news....

I was informed that we had a celebrity amongst us today. None other than Jonathan Creek himself (Alan Davies). I couldn't find him on the results so he must be down as an UNKNOWN. Don't Forget Your Barcode Alan!!!

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independant parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Next week marks the 400th Crystal Palace parkrun, so please feel free to bring drinks, sweets and cake to celebrate this massive milestone.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)

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 8,841 participants have completed 61,694 parkruns covering a total distance of 308,470 km, including 10,484 new Personal Bests.

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