A squint finish – Lloyd parkrun Report #415 by Debra Bourne

Another hot and sunny Lloyd parkrun – the sky was cloudless and bright blue – it was such a bright morning that I was very grateful to have my cap to shield my eyes, and runners without caps or sunglasses were squinting as they ran into the sun towards the finish funnel. The ground was dry and hard, with some large cracks appearing. The tree roots were bright pink, having been well marked for last Sunday’s Race for Life – congratulations to all who completed that – and we had no reported injuries from tripping over tree roots or anything else, although I did finish my run with one shoe off after my laces came undone in the last quarter mile – it was quicker to grab the shoe off and carry it than stop and tie the laces!

We had a lot of first-timers this morning: 36, including 21 people completing their first parkrun, with the other 15 being visitors from near and far.

First to finish this morning was Dean Bain (Waveney Valley AC), visiting from Gorleston Cliffs parkrun parkrun, in 18:33, followed by Phil Symonds, who usually runs just along the road at South Norwood parkrun, in 18:44, just ahead of Lloyd parkrun regular Robert Lines (Selsdon Baptist Church Runners) finishing in 18:45. First woman was Rachel Lindley (Striders of Croydon) in 19:27, with Deborah Whiston (Defence Sports & Recreation), another visitor, usually running at Plymvalley and Winchester parkruns, second in 20:01 – a PB, but just missing out on a rare place in the Lloyd parkrun list of women finishing sub-20 minutes) – with Jo Ross (26.2RC, visiting from Richmond parkrun) third in a PB of 24:05.

Highest age grades came from Rachel Lindley (77.81%), Graham Hansen (77.41%), Deborah Whiston (76.44%), Robert Lines (76.18%), Paul Finch (71.15%), Andy Evans (70.72%), David Harris (70.39%) and Chris Morton (70.20%) - great running.

And 36 people ran PBs: Claire Mitchell, Deborah Whiston, Paul Finch, Adam Costello, Jo Ross, David Harris, Phil Mitchell, Marcelo Kern, Lydia Goromonzi, Faiyaz Farouk, Caroline McLellan, Sonay Erten, Prashanth Ramakrishna, Sonja Shakespeare, Janet Mcquade, Michael O'Connor, Adrian Ham, Christian Vietz, Marcia Wilson, Cliantha Kay, Edmund Fallon, Stephen Siu, Simon Lythgoe, Emma Jennings-Hester, Ramsay Gashut, Lamie Kendrick, Cindy Lim, Huesan Chan, Michelle Carr, Luke White, Mina Pourashrafi, Aidan Dixon, Peter Lawton, Simon Gicquel, Tréjean Gicquel, Daniel Morris, Jonathan Stillwell, Pablo Rousset, Lucas Kemperman, Trevor Stotten, Lauren Terry, Carl Lydner, Ramya Balu, Sheila McCluskey, Toyin Rodwell and Chris Porter – well run all.

Congratulations to Jane Sparks and Alex Morrall on reaching the 50 parkruns club, and to Matthew Hansen for reaching the 100-club, and thank you for the edibles (which were rapidly demolished!)

And many thanks to this week’s volunteer heroes. Your fantastic marshals cheering you on around the course today were father and son team of Colin and Bob Dear, Sanjay and Taruna Iyer, Martin Cross, Steve Corfield and Geoff Pennells. The great set-up crew were Nadine Pryce, Jane Sparks, Pauline James, Nick Fiander, Eric Schrijnemaekers and Hayden McLeod – leaving me with nothing to do but arrange things on the tables. Heather Sinclair, Anna Corby (back from university), Foong Cheek and (after running) Eric Schrijnemaekers did a great job on barcode scanning, and Jo Wheeler, Louise Lauder, Neil Bicknell and Jenny Booth did sterling work as your finish-line crew – particular thanks to Jenny for taking over Number Checker so I could run after making the announcements. Jennifer Page and Trevor Stotten were today’s Tail Walkers, making sure everyone finished safely and not-last (!) – and they said thank you to the marshals who collected up all the course markers. Special mention to Lez Gonsalves and Richard Corby for carrying water to runners waiting for scanning, and to Jenny Henson who brought water to us at the finish line – which I particularly appreciated as I’d forgotten to have any between finishing running and starting taking photos!

See you next week: Lloyd parkrun will be back same time, same place.


It Weren’t Half Hot Mum! – Lloyd parkrun Report 414 by Debra Bourne

NOTE: the Lost Property clothing collection is getting excessive. It will be on display before/during/after the parkrun for the next couple of weeks (if it’s not raining) and then will go to charity. So if you mislaid a sweatshirt, jacket or whatever, do check before it goes!

Another bright, sunny parkrunday morning at Lloyd Park, and all the runners asked for comment were agreeing with each other: “hot” said each in turn, with a few minor variations on the theme, such as “the heat made it tough out there today” and “even hotter than last week”. I’m not surprised: we volunteers were sweating under our volunteering tabards – and we were not even running. Lez Gonsalves took water to runners in the line waiting to be scanned, which I'm sure was much appreciated - thanks, Lez!

A tenth of the field, 25 of the 247 finishers today, were running Lloyd parkrun for the first time, while 27 people managed a Personal Best time despite the hot conditions. We had some tourists, as usual, such as Gill and Roger Wilson from Stragglers, who have each run more than 300 parkruns; one runner from Wanstead Flats parkrun (“much flatter and less interesting”, he said), and one runner from Switzerland!

Today’s volunteer heroes were: Nadine Pryce, Pauline James, Nick Fiander and Jane Sparkes setting up the finish and registration areas and marking out the course; Vanessa Wheeler, Sharon Rhys-Davies, Ian Garton, Jennifer Page and Karen Davidson were your marshals. Sean Parry, Tony Martin and Elliott Rose were your timekeepers, and Gabriella Martin, Louise Lauder, Foong Cheek and Paul Baillie scanned barcodes. Danyal Nawaz took the photos and Zsofia Jones and Sally Smith were the tail walkers. Martin Drake, Michelle Campbell, Nadine Pryce and Graham Hansen were Pacers. Jenny Hansen handed out the finish tokens, and I was Run  Director and Results Processer. Louise also took the cups home to wash – if anyone else would be willing to do this occasionally, please let us know.

First back to the finish today was Jonathan Vintner (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) in 18:08, followed by Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) in 18:38 and Dave Shaw (Striders of Croydon) in a PB of 18:52. For the women, Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) finished first in 23:32, followed by Danielle Nichols in 23:58 and Jodie Gray in 24:17.

Highest Age-grade runs came from David Ogden (82.74%), Dave Saw (81.45%), Matthew Stone (79.83%), Krysztof Klidzia (79.77%), Steve Corfield (78.28%), Lee Flanagan (75.49%), Tim Rowe (72.97%), Jacqueline Bradford (72.70%), George Ogden (71.69%), Jonathan Vintner (71.23%), Ian Taylor (70.24%) and Roger Stevens (70.02%) – great running.

The 27 PBs came from Dave Shaw, Ashton Goymer Brown, Carl Ntifo, Matthew Bristow, Ramsay Gashut, Lucas Kemperman, Peter Lawton, Philip Gallagher, Danielle Nicholls, Natalie Clerke, Jacqueline Bradford, Ayo Bello, Stephen Gould, Sophie Shaw, Nicole Mera, Johnny Kendrick, Louisa James, Hannah Barber, Huesan Chan, Lynn Nunn, Catherine Kane, Joanna Bega, Kelly Mills, Angela N, Lamie Kendrick, Sophia Brown and Sonay Erten – well done, all.

Milestone-wise, Nicholas Marshall joined the 10-parkruns (under-18s only) club today and Rowena Stone joined the 100-parkruns club today. Last week Jana Sehna-McIntosh joined the 10-club, Gary Harrison and Dave Linkson reached the 50-parkruns club and Carl Linkson the 100-parkruns club.

Do join us for another Lloyd parkrun same time, same place, next Saturday.


Volunteer heroes! Lloyd parkrun Report 413 by Jennifer Page and Debra Bourne

I write this report (with contributions from Jennifer Page) having been away from Lloyd parkrun this morning to run an ultramarathon. In my absence, and with the other regular Lloyd parkrun Run Directors unable to be there (Jenny Booth not able to attend at the moment while Keith is having problems with medication side-effects, and Richard Corby off collecting Anna from university), and other, occasional, Run Directors also away, Jo Wheeler stepped into the breach to be RD for the first time – thank you, Jo! Also thanks to all the other volunteers, who supported Jo through the morning, and without whom the parkrun could not have happened: Annie Cripps, Andrew Crossley , Janet Simms (visiting from Bromley parkrun specifically to support Jo), Matthew Crossley, Krzysztof Klidzia, Nadine Pryce , Jennifer Page, Joy Harris, Nick Fiander , Sandra Harris, Erik Schrijnemaekers, John Punt , Robert Lines, Pauline James, Hayden McLeod, Danyal Nawaz, Jonathan Fengaras, Michael Procter, Jane Sparks , Roberta Gilkinson, Lynn Seymour and Zsofia Jones – all of you, together with Jo, are this week’s Lloyd parkrun heroes!

The weather at Lloyd Park was beautiful. It started cool with a gentle breeze and a touch of cloud, but started to warm up as 9am approached. From the point of view of the runners, the course was firm underfoot, and it was a hot – definitely hot – morning for running, with some runners finding it tough going in the heat.  Our well-known little hill was not beloved by all this morning: a parkrun first timer came round at the end of lap 1 and shouted to the volunteers, "You should have warned me, somebody should have warned me!" - with a put-on horrified look on his face.

The 289 finishers included 38 Lloyd parkrun first-timers, of whom 15 were completing their first ever parkrun – welcome, and well done! One of today’s parkrun tourists. Katharine Clements, a self-declared parkrun evangelist, has spent the last three months parkrunning in Florence – and met some Lloyd parkrunners touring to that parkrun one weekend. She was at Lloyd today visiting her cousin Jo Bega, on the premise that she would introduce Jo to parkrun – but she was also here to meet up with her newly found Lloyd parkrun friends.  Katharine is now off to the Caribbean where there isn't a parkrun... yet... but she might just end up setting one up!

Despite the heat, 54 people managed a PB, including 11 of those completing their second parkrun. Congratulations to Michelle Klein, Heather Sinclair, James Nichols, Amy Leach, Clifford Punter, Rosemarie Stevens, Gary Harrison, Andrew Smith, Christian Xavier, Vadim Sumenkov, Richard Hooper, Peter Cleavely, Johnathan Connor, Andrew Burrell, Lucy Wallduck, Jenna Hooper, Zsofia Jones, Carrie Day, Joshua Edwards, James Beatt, Pippa Goldie, Hugh Lindsay, Sue Linkson, James Gooding, Daria Kaczmarek, Monika Martin, Tim Lawlor, Edmund Fallon, A Tucker, Sally Bartlett, Anirudh Kasireddy, Louisa James, Liane Ward, Stephen Siu, Charles Allanson, Catherine Kane, Albert Vas, Simon James, Matthew Bristow, Lamie Kendrick, Toks Olusamokun, Johnny Kendrick, Michael Hazell, Caroline Brown, Gema Rolfe, Tommy Gadsby, Rebecca Brown, Dhanya Ravindranath, Marion Davis, David Graves, Lisa Munasinghe, Sanjana Kannan, Pablo Rousset and Daniel Mullarkey.

Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) returned to the finish funnel first this morning, in 18:46, followed by Hugh Lindsey in 19:05 and Isaac Flanagan (Croydon Harriers) in 19:16. For the women, Amy Leach (Blackheath and Bromley) led the way in 20:33 (9th overall), followed by Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) in 22:21 and club mate Jenna Hooper in 23:08.

Highest age graded runs came from Steve Corfield (78.95%), Graham Hansen (78.49%), Jon Dean (76.78%), Lee Flanagan (74.96%), Tim Rowe (74,61%), Amy Leach (72.83%), Isaac Flanagan (71.11%), Gary Harrison (70.89%), Paul Cropps (70.73%), Viv Mitchell (70.52%), Jeff Thwaites (70.52%), John Punt (70.41%) and Andy Perks (70.13%). Well done all.

Finally, a message from Jenny Booth, who says thank you to all who have sent their best wishes to her and Keith.

Lloyd parkrun will be back same time, same place next Saturday – see you there!


Runners and community – Lloyd parkrun Report #412 by Debra Bourne

After two weeks away, running Comrades in South Africa and having a holiday (including running North Beach and Thousand Hills parkruns), it was great to be back in my own Lloyd parkrun community for this parkrunday.
For a Saturday without any special occasion or group visit, we had a very high turnout this morning, with 331 finishers, including 29 people enjoying their first Lloyd parkrun – 14 of whom were doing their first ever parkrun. I do hope you enjoyed it. We also had several dogs, of course. Visitors came from local parkruns such as Banstead Woods, Dulwich and Nonsuch, elsewhere in London, such as Hampstead Heath and Barking, and further afield – for example Guildford, Wolverhampton, Cardiff and Newport, Reigate Priory and Worcester.

Conditions were very good, with firm/hard ground underfoot. It was warm, but not TOO hot, and on the upper sections of the course there was a pleasantly cooling breeze. The grass really has got long recently. Joy Harris noted that normally as she goes up the hill Sandra Harris is running back down and they encourage each other: today they couldn’t do that because they couldn’t see each other over the tall grass!

Today’s set-up crew all got to the park before me, so many thanks to Nick Fiander, Nadine Pryce, Pauline James, Eric Schrijnemaekers, John Punt and Jane Sparks. Your marshals were Abid Rehman and daughter, Roberta Gilkinson, Paula Bryan, Yaning Lyu, Marshall Guo and Nikki Javan and daughter. Tail walkers were Jennifer Page and Louise Lauder; timekeepers were Alan Dolton and Colin Jackson, while Ian Flinders took lots of photos! Foong Cheek started off the barcode scanning and was joined by Grahn Hansen, John Punt and Eric Schrijnemaekers. Richard Corby made sure the water didn’t run out and led post-event take-down. I would also like to thank whoever took the cups away to wash them, but didn’t see who that was: if you read this, please email lloydoffice@parkrun.com so I can add you to the list of volunteers.

First home today was Andy Bond (Dulwich Runners) in a PB of 17:12, followed by Jonathan Pontin (Ravens) in 18:14 and Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) in 18:19. For the women, Amy Miller (Blackheath & Bromley) finished first in 20:14, followed by Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) in 23:30 and Stephanie Niven (Saltaire Striders) in 24:13.

On an age-grade basis, David Ogden ran 83.61%, Andy Bond 81.78%, Steve Corfield 79.83%, Graham Hansen 78.76%, Krzysztof Klidzia 78.66%, Lee Flanagan 76.80%, Amy Miller 76.61%; the other runners over 70% were Jon Dean, Chris Light, Jeff Thwaites, Ian Taylor, Roger Stevens, Phil Richards, Jonathan Pontin, John Punt and George Ogden – great running, all.

An amazing 67 people ran a PB today: Andy Bond, Damian Scannell, Steve Corfield, Andrew Manion, Dominic Goodliffe, Steven Collins, Chris Light, Vamshi Rallabandi, Adrian Ham, Billy Gee, Carl Linkson, Jonathan Fengaras, Michael Stanley, Kevin Clark, Jas Dhoat, Stephen Wrack, Ian Andrews, George Richard Luther Smith, Andrew Bates, Ian Garton, Ian White, Barry Culling, Kerry James Clark, James Porter, Nick Payne, Lee Atkins, Daniel Priddle, Michelle Carr, Natxo Bueno, Zsofia Jones, Dmitry Tarasov, Carlos Rebelo, Joshua Edwards, Martin Crabbe, Edmund Fallon, Isaac Esho, Natalie Collister, Sitong Zhu, Kathryn Robson, Clifford Punter, Joe Heard, Stephen Siu, Katy Kirkby, Carrie Day, Huesan Chan, Suresh Vellore, Susan Jane Haynes, David Kane, Catherine Kane, Sumathi Kumar, Celani Sithole, Mina Pourashrafi, Liane Ward, Louisa James, Tracey Walters, Rosemarie Stevens, Ljerka Martinovic-Vavra, Sophie Da Costa, Toks Olusamokun, Johnny Kendrick, Susan Wray, Senthil Kumar, Pippa Goldie, Alison Fallon, Umesh Ranjani Vellore Suresh, Tréjean Gicquel and Elsa Zeelie – well done all of you.

Several people ran milestone runs this morning, so well done to Neil Bicknell and Stefan Ciulu for reaching the 50-parkruns club, Carmel Spanswick for reaching the 100-club, and to Ian Taylor for his 100th run at Lloyd parkrun.

I like to include an appropriate quote from a parkrunner when I can, and this week would love to share this one with you: “That’s the great thing about running – it’s such a community.”

Lloyd parkrun will be back same time, same place next week. NOTE: Jo Wheeler has agreed to be Run Director for the first time so I can go and run a race elsewhere. I want to make sure she is well sorted for VOLUNTEERS, so please do volunteer if you can. If anyone can take on Volunteer Coordinator on the day to lend her a hand that would be fantastic – email lloydoffice@parkrun.com if you can help in any role.


Results update -16th June

The majority of issues from 16th June should now be sorted. There may still be some slight time errors - I may or may not be able to adjust those - and a couple of people still not in the results.

If you are sure you ran and were scanned but do not appear, please email lloydoffice@parkrun.com with your name, parkrun ID and any information you can give about your probable position, finish time or who you were before or after, and I will try to slot you in.

Debra Bourne, Event Director, Lloyd parkrun


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