Last Saturday I was talking to Daniel Tough at the end of parkrun. We realised that his slowest time is just a bit faster than my PB so he said he'd run with me this week. Luckily for me, Daniel's mum, Laura, was pushing Daniel's three year old brother, Cameron, in the pushchair so was going slower than normal. I say this, because when we got to the playground, for the first time, Daniel realised he could walk quicker than I could run this morning and was off, like a whippet to claim a truly wonderful PB of 27:37, a full 43 seconds faster than his last PB. Oh and Daniel is six years old so any hope I have of every catching him is diminishing with every week!
Of 216 runners who lined up at Crystal Palace parkrun this morning, 59 other people joined Daniel in achieving a PB! Some obviously get a mention: what sort of a mother would I be if I didn't mention my son, Alex Singhgolden, who took 22 seconds off a PB he achieved nearly five years ago. He credits Lyndsey Morley who he kept in his sights until about 75m before the end and then dug deep to overtake. Lyndsey, next time, do trip him up! Mind you, Lyndsey was another one of those who got a PB (24:43).
Another person who credited someone else for their PB was Penny D'arcy-Graham. Penny ran her fastest ever (24:26) and said to me that I should give credit to Chris Balme as he was pacing her. I assumed she meant chasing her and was going to suggest an injunction and then I checked the results and see she was chasing him! Well done, Penny and Chris, for inspiring her, which is particularly impressive as I know how much you had to drink last night! A final mention must go to Steph Evans who did her first parkrun since doing her first marathon three weeks ago and her first parkrun since picking up a knee injury. Resting must suit her as she flew round in 22:23 and then came to have a cool down run with me as I puffed round my last 1K.
Our first five finishers all got PBs too - as I said, too many to mention - HUGE well done to all of you.
It was very warm in the mountains this morning and very sunny. Quite frankly, the 15 volunteers had it easy, standing around, clapping and being encouraging. I suppose I should thank them though, as without them we couldn't run, so thank you volunteers for enabling us to wear ourselves out running up and down the mountains. Twenty-eight of us had never run at Crystal Palace before. Sixteen of those has never run parkrun, anywhere before so a huge welcome to the parkrun family. Sometimes we have cake and sometimes we finish with prosecco so do come back.
So that leaves 12 tourist parkrunners. Welcome to the mountains of Crystal Palace! Most of our tourists were actually quite local: bored, I suspect of the flatness of Dulwich, Peckham or Tooting or the slow, never ending slope of Brockwell Pk. Amy Griffin, however, had done 12 parkruns in Jersey before joining us this morning so she qualifies as our furthest away tourist today.
Of course, we may have had tourists from further afield but as 21 people didn't have a barcode we will never know. #DFYB.
So, another parkrunday, running done, tokens sorted and sunshine enjoyed. Until next week then, here are the stats.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 332
8th April 2017
This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crystal Palace parkrun Results Page.
Chris TAYLOR (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:23 - first time in 5 appearances.
Richard BROWN (VM35-39) of Severn AC of Gloucester, was second over the line in 18:40.
Michael ROONEY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:11.
Lin SKINNER (VW40-44) of Crystal Palace Fun Runners, was first (19th overall) over the line in 20:55 - 26th time in 80 appearances.
Belinda COTTRILL (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was second (29th overall) over the line in 21:41 - was first to finish once before.
Laura DENISON (VW40-44) of Serpentine RC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 22:03 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John FENWICK (VM65-69) – 76.07% for the time 22:55 (48th overall).
Neil JEFFRIES (VM55-59) – 75.04% for the time 20:50 (17th overall).
Lin SKINNER (VW40-44) – 73.55% for the time 20:55 (19th overall).
The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 00:17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Nicholas TORRY who recorded a time of 00:15:38 on 1st October 2016 (event number 306).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sian Cwyfan HILTON who recorded 90.39% (20:18) on 15th June 2013 (event number 145).
Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 6,569 participants have completed 43,107 parkruns covering a total distance of 215,535 km, including 7,779 new Personal Bests.