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.
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.