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.
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.