Yet another record

Yesterday we broke our course attendance record again!  Yes, we had our highest ever turnout yesterday with an amazing 462 people lining up at the start line. Sixty-eight of them had never run at our parkrun before. Justin and Alex Parris usually run at Roundshaw Downs parkrun and ran with us for the first time yesterday.  They have 433 and 329 parkruns respectively under their belt. What took you so long to come and find us?!  Daniel Warner ran his 180th parkrun yesterday. Daniel usually runs at Bognor Regis parkrun and put his club down as Promenade Plodders.  He runs in the 70-74 age group and if 27.07 is considered plodding in Bognor then I shan't be going there to run!!

Not all of the 68 were seasoned parkrunners, 28 of them were brand new fresh out of the wrapper parkrunners. Some of them were used to running 5K and had taken the step of joining our cult, sorry happy community; others had less experience. I was marshalling yesterday with two of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers and it was great watching people running, walking and cartwheeling (well maybe not cartwheeling) and nearly everyone was smiling. Obviously not the really fast runners who turn up, sprint 5K and probably don't actually see us in our hi-vis jackets or if they do merely see a blur but the majority who looked a lot happier when they had run along the terraces and knew they were now on the downhill section. Welcome to the newbies and I do hope we will see you all next week.

Thirty-nine people ran their fastest ever parkrun at Crystal Palace. Well done to all of you and as I can't list all of you (well I could but I do have a life outside of parkrun and it would just take too long) I'll confine myself to three.  Clare Davis celebrated her 100th parkrun with another PB taking 10 seconds off the PB she achieved last week!  She did celebrate with cake as well.  Sam Shutt ran his 22nd and fastest parkrun at Crystal palace (81st in total) and his fastest since July 2017 and Oscar Gibbs ran his fastest too on his 11th outing.

We had three milestone runners yesterday: Matt Devonshire ran his 50th, Clare Davis (as I mentioned above) her 100th and Tim Nicholson his 100th. We look forward to seeing you in your new T-shirts!

Sadly Simon Lang rejoined the volunteer roster yesterday as he is injured again.  With Jules, Paul, Simon, Christina and me all injured and Barry who always volunteers we have a core team of six. We also have three Duke of Edinburgh volunteers and plenty of people who do the close down of the event and token sorting etc.  I think the route is really well signposted but yesterday I was struck by the fact we really do need marshals out on the course.  So, don't look at the volunteers list and think we're OK for volunteers, we can always use more and with both Jules and me beginning running again we will be needing more volunteers anyway. So, do sign up to volunteer either by telling someone on a Saturday morning that you're available for the following week, sign up on our Facebook page or email us. Thanks.

That's my lot for this week. Stats can be accessed by clicking on the link which can be found somewhere on this page.

Happy running.

Michele #loveparkrun

 

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 421
12th January 2019

This week 462 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Clare PARKINSON • Tom WILSON • Laura TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Valerie NICOLLE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Lucia MINTO • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Simon LANG • Clare RITCHIE • Belinda COTTRILL • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Russell WHITE • Clare DAVIS • Philippa RYAN • Seán HILL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Doug TAYLOR • Christina MARRONI • 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 9,646 participants have completed 68,411 parkruns covering a total distance of 342,055 km, including 11,383 new Personal Bests. A total of 536 individuals have volunteered 4,595 times.

 

 

New Year, New course attendance record.

On the first Saturday of the every new year we are joined by lots of new enthusiastic wrinkle free runners lining up in the bitter cold determined to start the new year with some exercise. Yesterday was no exception and so we recorded our highest ever attendance with 27 fresh out of the wrapper parkrunners joining our ranked masses of 430. Twenty-seven is too many to mention by name but I must mention Grant King who approached me before I started the new runners briefing (I didn't even have a hi-vis vest on, I must exude authority..........or bossiness (before Barry starts)) asking what he needed to do with his barcode. This rather rookie error made Grant the perfect victim for my new runners briefing role play and I have to admit, despite his original reluctance he played the parts of 'funnel cheat' and 'funnel ducker' with aplomb. Thank you Grant!

Another fresh out of the wrapper runner was Cameron Tough. Now regulars at Crystal Palace parkrun will know Cameron, as he often helps with barcode scanning but yesterday, at the grand old age of five (17 days until he's 5 and a half if my maths are right!), Cameron ran his first parkrun in an astonishing 35.36. Cameron is also an accomplished junior parkrunner with 25 of those under his belt.  Well done Cameron.  In fact we had the Tough family out in force with Mum, Laura running her 250th parkrun (and providing very welcome cake), brother Daniel running his 22nd parkrun (in addition to 112 junior parkruns)  and Dad, Andy (running with Cameron) his 151st.  Well done to you all.

We had other milestoners as well: Oscar Gibbs ran his 10th parkrun so will get a much coveted white T Shirt, and Neil Wilson, Alison Lodge and Eliette Daly-Gourdiasling all celebrated joining the 50 club but running their fastest ever parkrun!  What an achievement, well done to you all.

In fact we had a few people running their fastest ever parkrun yesterday.  I should note that as yesterday was the first Saturday of the month we had Crystal Palace Fun Runners doing pacing. Our pacers are all volunteers and had been out the night before so the fact they were there at all is nothing short of miraculous. Forty-six of our runners yesterday achieved a new PB. With so many people running a PB I can't mention them all so I shall confine myself to one. Clare Davis knocked an amazing one minute and 26 seconds off her previous PB yesterday. She last achieved a PB in Dec 2017 so HUGE congratulations Clare.  However, with that sort of PB it's clear she hasn't really been trying for much of the past year, so we shall expect further brilliance in the future now we know she can do it!

We could have more amazing achievement stories from yesterday but 53 people did their parkrun without a barcode. One person seemed to be a parkrun saboteur, charging past the finish line and then straight out of the funnel with their head down and headphones in.  Lots of others just didn't have a barcode. As you know no barcode, no time so next week #DFYB.

Thanks to all of you who stepped up to volunteer yesterday and a big thanks to Laura Tough, Jules Anderson and Jonathan Gibbs who have already put their names down to volunteer next week. Don't let their eagerness out you off though, we've got plenty more spaces! Either email the office or put a message on our Facebook page. We are working on how we will make it easier to volunteer in future but yesterday Jonathan just came and found me (if you don't know what I look like I usually do the new runners briefing, often do the start and wear a bright pink jacket and can often be heard with (or without) the megaphone!

I'm sure many of you are wondering if we ever identified the French man who ran with us last week and who didn't seem to get recorded. You'll remember Valerie Nicolle did a bit of stalking and thought she had identified him and then Barry also saw him so we can now identify him as Jack-Louis Bourne. Incidentally, if you're looking for a PI you could do worse than appoint Valerie!

Right, the roast won't cook itself so I better get to the oven. Results, as usual available somewhere by hitting the link below.

Until next week then.

Michele #loveparkrun

 

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 420
5th January 2019

This week 430 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Clare PARKINSON • Carol HAYES • Monica FISK • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Chris DYKE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Geoff MARSHALL • Che COMPTON • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Barbara KOPCZYNSKA • Clare RITCHIE • Julia ANDERSON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Seán HILL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Fred HAYES • Christina MARRONI • Steve JONES • 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 9,577 participants have completed 67,949 parkruns covering a total distance of 339,745 km, including 11,344 new Personal Bests. A total of 535 individuals have volunteered 4,564 times.

 

 

 

 

That odd Saturday in between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Crystal Palace parkrun no. 419 had a lower turnout that usual.  Clearly the slothishness (not sure that's actually a word!) had a profound effect on most of our regulars but it didn't deter some fresh out of the wrapper newbies putting on their trainers and joining us.  Welcome to the parkrun family: Matthew Duggan, Tom Noden, Matthew Harwood, Henry Rebailoi, Pablo Navascues, Tristram Conroy, Zoe Henderson, Aimee Henderson, Liane Harrison, Eddie Pinn, Laura Pin and Janet Wyngard.  I'm particularly indebted to Laura Pinn who did the new runners role play with aplomb.  I should now let Laura know; not every parkrun starts with role play. I know, shocking, how do people then learn about how to avoid funnel ducking or what to do when you turn up without a barcode of which more shall be mentioned later.

Regular readers of 'View from the Injury Bench' will know I don't usually bother with stats as you can easily click on a link somewhere on this report and look at them for yourself but this week I am making an exception.  Our two first finishers ran without a barcode.  I know, this seems unbelievable.  I do know who they are though and to be fair this is part of a public broadcast message as finisher number two did have a barcode and it didn't actually scan; a fact we only found out when we were firmly ensconced in the Pride of Venice eating breakfast and processing the results.  So, if you know who the man from France is then please get him to get in touch with us as we would like to credit him. He can email our parkrun page and/or contact us through Facebook and we will add him to the results.  The first finisher was our own Jake Simmonds now sporting a Kent Athletics Club top.  Alistair Locke finished his 100th parkrun in third place and Che was fourth finishing in a leisurely (for him) 18:13.

In addition to Jake and (for now) Monsieur France (and we must give credit to Valerie Nicolle who has probably identified the man concerned as she is clearly very good at stalking) there were 20 more barcode refuseniks.  One even told me she didn't need a barcode as she attempted to duck out of the funnel having passed the finish line.  I mean, I know it's Christmas but some rules are not made for breaking and so #DFYB but if you do still take a finish token and chuck it in the bucket.

In addition to our 12 newbies we were visited by 21 tourists, running in our flatish park for the first time. Our French friend claimed to be a tourist and as none of us had seen him before we'll take his word for it. Other tourists included the Reep Family who usually run at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun. I ended up chatting to Mum Sarah who claimed she had seen a large black bell about half a mile from where the run started.  Her son Jonny hadn't seen it but to be fair I imagine most of what he saw was a blur finishing, as he did, in a ridiculous time of 18:18. I think the thin air in Crystal Palace (we are the second highest point of London, beaten only by Alexandra Palace as my north London leaning husband likes to point out!) may have got to Sarah so unless anyone can verify the existence of this then we will continue to regard Sarah as being a bit deluded.

Alistair was not the only milestone runner on Saturday - John Cobb and Lachezar Nikolov jined him in the 100 Club.  Lachezar told us he'd run 100 times in the Bulgarian equivalent to parkrun already so not a bad achievement at all.  And Daniel Waas joined the 250 club so new t shirts will be winging their way to these elite athletes. Congratulations to you all.

Eighteen people ran their fastest ever parkrun on Saturday, too many to mention individually (so Alex Singhgolden and Emma Bate (my niece from Kingston parkrun) running a little slower than your PB does not get you a mention in my run report) but a couple of noteworthy ones are Patrick Eastabrook who went sub 21 for the first time ever and Joanna O'Brien who did her first parkrun on 24 November and over the next four weeks has taken nearly five minutes off her time.

We had some feedback on Saturday that it would have been helpful to have had more marshalls on the course. We really do struggle with getting enough volunteers and although the volunteer list looks quite healthy most of them are doing token sorting and results processing etc.  So, if everyone could volunteer even once or twice a year then it would mean we had enough volunteers.  Piers is working out a way to make volunteering easier so watch this space. In the meantime do feel free to email us, message us on instant messenger or post on the Facebook page.

Right, our next parkrun will be next year on 5th January. So, from all of us at Crystal Palace parkrun Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you on 5 January 2019.

Michele #loveparkrun

 

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 419
29th December 2018

This week 247 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Andrea JEFFRIES • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Will H H DAVIS • Monica FISK • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Valerie NICOLLE • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Belinda COTTRILL • Julia ANDERSON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Clare DAVIS • Philippa RYAN • Jada MENSAH

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 9,512 participants have completed 67,519 parkruns covering a total distance of 337,595 km, including 11,298 new Personal Bests. A total of 533 individuals have volunteered 4,536 times.

 

A One-Horse Open Buggy

Festive spirit was in force at this morning- welcome refreshments awaited at the end of a run where many of our runners and riders took to the course in Christmas fancy dress. It made for quite a spectacle, but was surprisingly useful for gauging your progress around the run. (OK, I’ve passed the snowman and the cracker… the polar bear looks to be too far ahead to catch though… the elf is keeping a nice pace, stick with them… careful, that present is gaining on you… etc.)

We had 298 finishers today- with at least thirty-one taking on Crystal Palace for the first time. These newbies ranged from a couple of people doing their first parkrun anywhere ever to seasoned tourists such as Eileen Jones (201 runs) from the lovely Fell Foot parkrun in the Lake District, and Durham-based Adam Walker in his 196th run. I know nothing about Durham parkrun but I’m sure it’s lovely too. It’s always good to welcome such ‘travellers on the road’- I’m sure that if they had the opportunity, the Three Wise Men would have factored in some parkrun tourism during their journey home from Bethlehem!

While not a newcomer officially, we also welcomed Louise Ayling today for her third run at CP and her 378th altogether, making her today’s most experienced parkrunner. A closer look at Louise’s stats reveals that she has amassed this by running at TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY* different venues. That’s ridiculous. Put your feet up over Christmas, Louise!
(*It may be a little bit more or less than this, but I wasn’t going to count it again to check!)

I lined up for the first time here in nearly four months, and for the first time with a buggy to push around the course! I’ve been running with my daughter Bethany, who turned one this week, since September, but being a bit of a wimp I’ve stuck to the relative plateau courses of Dulwich and South Norwood until today. It was good to see that I wasn’t the only one foolish enough to try this- in fact there were at least a half-dozen “pushy parents”. To get in the spirit I blinged-up the buggy with tinsel, lights and even some sleigh bells which proved useful in the rare instances that I caught someone up to overtake them. It was tough work- getting up to and down from the top terrace in particular a challenge, apologies to those who I held up in the narrow bits! But we made it to the end in good time, and Bethany was her usual charming self to all who said hello (Stuart Franklin aside).

We finished a whole eleven minutes behind the first finisher- Julian Forbes the first of thirty-four runners to achieve PBs despite the various festively-atired runners and three/four wheeled friends which needed avoiding along the way!  Particular mentions are needed for Brian Clements, who recorded his best time in 104 runs here and broke a PB he set in 2013, and for Tim Nicholson who got his best time in 90 attempts here.

There were also some great achievements among the large cohort of junior runners we had today. Well done to Cali, Alexander and Adam for completing your first run at Crystal Palace, and to our PB-makers George, Florence, Arthur, Daniel, Carys, Theo, Bibi and Ben! Once upon a time I used to pace Florence and Arthur in cross-country training at the primary school I taught at. Today Florence breezed past me with no respect at all for supposedly the ‘best teacher ever’, whereas Arthur was so quick he’d finished and left by the time I got to the end- I didn’t even know he was there! I blame the buggy, not the copious amount of mince pies I’ve eaten recently.

We had a plethora of Santa’s little helpers giving up their time to ensure parkrun happened today- thank you as ever to the lovely cohort of volunteers. I hope that lots of us can add “do some parkrun volunteering” to you New Year resolutions- I will be having been rather slack this year. It really is a very rewarding and valued thing to do.

So, happy holidays to all. Crystal Palace is NOT holding a Christmas Day parkrun, but some venues are so search out ‘parkrun Christmas compendium’ online if you’re keen for a bonus outing!

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 418
22nd December 2018

 

This week 298 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • Tom WILSON • George WILLIAMS • Ian SHORTHOUSE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Che COMPTON • Caroline ALLEN • Chris BALMER • Belinda COTTRILL • Julia ANDERSON • Melissa ALLWORK • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Clare DAVIS • Philippa RYAN • Seán HILL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Fred HAYES • Efa PARRY • Rosalind JOHNSON • Jada MENSAH

 

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 9,479 participants have completed 67,272 parkruns covering a total distance of 336,360 km, including 11,280 new Personal Bests. A total of 532 individuals have volunteered 4,515 times.

 

 

 

Crystal Palace select parkrun

I wasn't at parkrun last week but I understand the weather was absolutely dreadful. That may explain why we had a low turnout today as a mere 264 people lined up at the start in order to participate in our slightly undulating one lap course today. I assume a lot of the missing runners were still drying out from last week.  We had a rather astonishing volunteer today: Roger Beardsworth turned up and said he would be happy to marshal at the top of the park the terraces. That's always the hardest volunteer post to fill, it's a long old schlep up to the top of the park setting off long before the runners/walkers/cartwheelers etc, standing in splendid isolation and then by the time you get back nearly everyone has left. So, a huge thanks to Roger for volunteering.

We are in volunteer heaven at the moment as we have three people doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards and have chosen parkrun as the place to do it. I am really impressed at them; getting up on a cold Saturday morning, standing around encouraging people running and only sometimes being thanked for it. So thanks to Efa, Jada and Oscar.

When doing DoE you have to do a volunteering stint but you can also learn a new skill so pats on the back to Joseph Ritchie (who to be fair wasn't there today) and Julie Westrup who are running as their activity.  Julia was one of our six fresh out of the wrapper crinkle free brand new parkrunners. She was being ably escorted by Gaby Drinkwater who is mentoring her through her running journey. Our other brand new parkrunners were: Gillian Schrecker, Lydia Buckingham, Melissa Atkin, Rosie Martin and Saleh Rifaie. Welcome to the parkrun family, your Saturday morning will never be the same.

We had some tourists today as well.  Sarah Byrne came all the way from Roundshaw parkrun and Emma Wilson-Shaw came all the way from Gladstone parkrun: neither a million miles away.  Jenny Thorne did her first parkrun with us today having come from Brighton parkrun.  She did it in a rather fast 22:31, presumably hoping to avoid any very disgruntled Crystal Palace FC fans. I'm not commenting further about why that might be; you either know or you don't and I can't face the pain of writing about it.

A few people (15) ran their fastest ever parkrun this morning: well done to you all. I can't mention you all by name so here is a taster: Reena Shah ran in aesthetically pleasing 41:00 mins dead on her third parkrun and Odette Fiorini got her sixth PB in nine outings at Crystal Palace (we don't mention the week she played away at Brockwell Park).

Now, as you know; if you run without a barcode you don't get a finish time. Melissa was giving out finish tokens this morning and called to me that our first finisher didn't have a barcode. I mean, really, who would get up on a Saturday morning, run a blisteringly fast 5K, finish first (I know, I know, it's a run not a race) and then not have their barcode.  So, unless he comes back another week with a barcode we will never know he is. He may need to come back because he presumably didn't actually see anything other than a blur as he sped round the park. In fact, 20 people were listed as 'Unknown' #DFYB

And, of course we had some milestoners today, some official and some unofficial. James Toolan ran his 50th and Nick Fordham his 100th so they'll be claiming lovely new T-shirts. Zi Shiripinda ran her 150th and Bob bell his 350th, no T-shirts for them but certainly worth a mention. Well done to all of you.

We will be running as normal next week and the following week having our Christmas Fancy Dress Extravaganza. Do bring prosecco, coffee, tea, cakes, mince pies etc. and we can party like it's Christmas in the park after we've parkrunned.

Until next week then.

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 416
8th December 2018

This week 264 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Roger BEARDSWORTH • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Clare DAVIS • Fred HAYES • Christina MARRONI • Efa PARRY • 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 9,430 participants have completed 66,738 parkruns covering a total distance of 333,690 km, including 11,221 new Personal Bests. A total of 530 individuals have volunteered 4,459 times.

 

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