Hot! – Lloyd parkrun Report #403 by Debra Bourne

Returning after three weeks (unusually) away from Lloyd parkrun, it was very nice to be back. There was one major difference from four weeks ago, however: the weather! I was last at Lloyd parkrun in somewhat warmer “more spring-like conditions” after the previous week’s snow and strong winds – now we’ve been catapulted into high summer – temporarily, at least – with bright sunshine and temperatures over 25C – crazy for April. The ground has dried up rapidly with the last few days of hot sunshine, leaving the course on the hard side, and with baked ruts in some areas, such as the bottom of the hill.

The beautiful weather brought lots of people out and despite losing a number of people who are resting for the London Marathon or Mini-Marathon (juniors) tomorrow (best of luck, all of you!), we had 238 finishers plus a number of dogs. Thirteen people ran or walked their first ever parkrun with us today, and eight completed their second parkrun (and all got PBs). We also had 11 visitors to Lloyd parkrun for the first time, including David McCall, based at Nonsuch parkrun, who has been parkrunning so long his ID number is only in triple digits, with other visitors from Rugby, Harrow, Roundshaw Downs, Tooting Common, Banstead Woods and Riddlesdown.

Our first finisher today was Joe Elliott (Clapham Common Chasers) in 18:04 on his first run with us, hotly pursued by Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) in 18:13. David Ogden (South London Harriers) finished third today in 19:21. He did, however, lead the age grading, with an impressive 81.35%, and the fourth finisher, Steve Corfield, graded 78.35% (19:47), with Lee at 77.22% and Joe at 71.40%. Graham Hansen, Geoff Pennells, George Clare and Paul Cripps were also over 70%.

For the women, junior Valerie Parocki (Hercules Wimbledon AC) finished first in 23:42 (67.32% age graded) followed by Gulcin Erten (Croydon Harriers) in a PB of 23:47 (age grade 67.13%) and Amy-Rose Poole in 24:11. Highest age graded was Jo Quantrill of South London Harriers with 78.21%.

A fantastic 47 people ran PBs – so very well done to everyone who has stuck it out over the winter, battled through the mud and is now seeing positive results from that. These included Miriam De Souza finally going under 25 mins on her 48th parkrun, and David Alderson PBing on his 40th Llloyd parkrun and 392nd parkrun overall – it’s never too late to PB! Congrats to all 47 of you: Phil Docherty, David Alderson, Richard Taylor, Philip Coley, Ryan Moore, Edward Hall, Peter Whiteley, Gulcin Erten, Stephen Allport, Mark Watson, Carl Linkson, George Clare, Alex Morrall, Miriam De Souza, Ian Andrews, Adrian Ham, Luke Morrell, Michael Forteath, Steve Price, Tina Anderson, Kyle Cheatley, Jeremy Monksfield, Charles Allanson, Nick Moore, Zsofia Jones, Heiman Cheng, Jane Sparks, Carlos Rebelo, Amy Butler, Ian White, Kundiona Zata, Sophie Sinclair, Tracy Kirby, Chelsey Wilcher, Tamsin Bosch, Sophie Cook, Louise Richards, Nikki Riley, Jennifer Flippance, Sally Leung, Molly O'Shea, Megan Bradnam, Elizabeth Bradnam, Emma Jennings-Hester, Lydia Goromonzi, Emma Brown and Hortense Julienne.

Many thanks to today’s volunteers: Nadine Pryce, Bob Ewen, Danyal Nawaz and Pav Mootoosamy helped me with setup; Steve Tyler (the Ref) and Oliver Little clicked the stopwatches in perfect synchrony and Jenny Booth as Number Checker made sure they were okay, while Jenny Little handed out the finish tokens. Louise Lauder, Angelina Damonsing, Danyal Nawaz and Matthew Crossley scanned barcodes, I took the photos, Paula Bryan and Michael Procter were Tail Walkers and your marshals round the course were Ian Taylor, Andy Randall with Callum Randall and sibling, Margo Ewen, Tony Hunt, Robert Kidd and Jonathan Pontin.

And well done Neil Witherow for running his 150th parkrun! (And bringing goodies.)

Lloyd parkrun will be back same time, same place next week. Meanwhile, happy running!

 

Sunny, breezy and bright – Lloyd parkrun Report #402 by Joanna Scanlan

Having been working away from home for the last 20 odd Saturdays I was excited to be returning to Lloyd Park parkrun. Sadly, due to ongoing ankle injury (does 'unstable ankle syndrome' count as injury, folks?) I was unable to run myself but was delighted to volunteer, to be given the task of "Finishing Tokens" and even more delighted to find that, at last, Spring has truly sprung. What a lovely day! Sunny, breezy and bright. Many of the runners finished saying they had found it 'hot out there' - a seasonal readjustment to come for all, I expect. We will need to acclimatise pretty speedily: it's less than a month ago that we had snow on the course and next week promises to be 'Mediterranean' in temperature. The paths are drying up but there is still mud around the bends into the big hill and out of it. The banks of daffodils on the far border of the playing fields are enjoying the sun like the rest of us and giving a stunning April display.

Today we had a healthy field of 217 runners, plus several well-behaved dogs. Considerably up on last week's 169, with a similar hike on the number of volunteers from 14 to 19.  Cheers all round.  The first four finishers bunched together for the run and came in pretty much as a strong competitive pack.  David Ogden finished first in 19:07 with a whopping 82.48% age grade, followed by Jack Burton in 19:14 - both of South London Harriers - Adam Dustin in 19:21 and Striders of Croydon’s Thomas Lawson with his new PB of 19:28. First female was Amber Bloomfield, Croydon Harrier and a junior to boot in 25:07, well done Amber - Amy-Rose Poole followed her in 25.27 and Leanne Moore (another Croydon Harrier) in 26:58 completed the medal positions today.

Many congratulations are in order for 14 runners who achieved personal best times in the glorious weather: Jeremy Monksfield, Tina Anderson, Jeremy Hopes, Zeljko Popov, Chelsey Wilcher, Laurence Manuel Wesson, Sophie Cook, Beverley Malin-Smith, Nikki Riley, Cherise Veeraswamy, Megan Bradfield and Elizabeth Bradfield. Alongside these there were a number of runners age graded above 70%, including the aforementioned David Ogden over 80%,plus  Jack Burton, Matthew Stone, Dave Shaw, Steve Corfield, Robert Lines, Jon Dean and Graham Hansen.

Lesley Bassett ran her 150th parkrun today and Sharon Rhys-Davies ran her 200th. Huge congratulations to both. There were some very pretty (and tasty) cakes to celebrate, for which many thanks.

A warm Croydon welcome to the 20 first-timer Lloyd Park runners today. 12 of these runners were new to parkrun completely, so we do hope they enjoyed the encouragement they received from fellow runners and the satisfaction of their own 5km. They certainly had the weather for it and we hope they will be back soon. Visitors included several runners from Ealing Eagles Running Club.

Many thanks to this week's crack volunteering team: out in the field Danyal Nawaz for pacing 25 minutes, then back at base Jenny Booth Run Director, Debra coordinating volunteers in the week before the run (hope your Ultra went well today, Debra) The pre-event set-up gang Nadine Pryce, Nick Fiander, Andrew Crossley, David Robinson and Danyal Nawaz. Thanks too to Steve Tyler for timekeeping with Angelina Damonsing in back up position, I very much enjoyed handing out Finish Tokens myself and luckily didn't drop them; Jenny Booth was number checking, Louise Lauder, Jamie Goodwin and Jon Dean, did sterling barcode scanning, Jennifer Page took photos (though she had some trouble with the batteries in the camera and resorted to using her phone for which we are hugely grateful [apologies for the batteries – Debra!]), and finally the race results were processed by Jenny Booth and Claire Mitchell. Thanks too to Madeline Little who stepped in to go the extra (fraction of a) mile to collect some more finish tokens when we unexpectedly went over the 200 runners mark.

Well done everyone. Let's see today as the unofficial start to what promises to be a great summer season for parkrunners of all abilities and age grades.

Happy parkrunning.

 

The boys are back in town – Lloyd parkrun Report #401 by Jenny Booth

Well, we were lucky with the weather. As I stepped off the tram it started to rain. A rapid consultation with the volunteers resulted in moving the registration table back to the storage shed to provide some cover for the barcode scanners. This move had the almost immediate effect of stopping the rain, but we left the table there anyway. There was no more rain and although the morning stayed a bit on the dull side the sun did threaten to appear a couple of times. The course had had time to improve from last week. The runners were not crossing the line covered in mud and apart from our usual bad spots the track was firmer than it has been for a couple of weeks.

The first finishers today included the three Lyne brothers who have not been running in Lloyd Park recently. They came home in 1st, 3rd and 7th place, and father Andrew was also in the field. James Lyne of South London Harriers was the first finisher in 17:49. Second man home was Alastair Falconer of Striders in 18:22, a new personal best time and Joe Lyne took third place in 19:17 to complete his 100th parkrun.

The ladies must remember to bring their barcodes. For the second consecutive week the first female finisher had no barcode so the honour of first position went to Anna Corby of Croydon Harriers who romped home in 22:36. The next lady, Maria Harron, was a visitor from Stainland Lions RC, who chalked up a time of 22:52 in her first run in Lloyd Park. Third place went to Gulcin Erten of Croydon Harriers in 24:46.

There were plenty of personal best times today, proof that the going had become a little easier. Congratulations to Alastair Falconer, Dave Shaw, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Nicholas Marshall, Peter Whiteley, Adam Loveday, Mark Watson, Alex Morrall, Paul Grace, Thomas Meadows, Michael Deacon, Tugce Erten, Jeremy Monksfield, Zsofia Jones, Isaac Esho, Neil Bicknell, Zeljko Popov, Cindy Lim, Sarah Allport, Olga Dubov, Jennifer Lloyd and Anirudh Kasireddy. Eight runners also recorded age grades of over 70%: Maria Harron, James Lyne, Alastair Falconer, David Ogden (over 80%), Dave Shaw, Chris Morton, Graham Hansen and Jon Dean. Great running!

There were 18 first time Lloyd Park runners. They listened intently while Robert Butlin gave a first time briefing. Four of them were absolute parkrun novices. The others had run before, some just a handful of runs while others were seasoned parkrunners. In particular the Wardle family of Karen, Steve and daughter Poppy were visiting from the New Forest and they have run over 400 parkruns between them.

As usual parkrun was brought to you by a great team of volunteers. Nadine Pryce, Nick Fiander, Erik Schrijnemaekers and Danyal Nawaz were on the early shift, setting up the funnel and marking out the course with arrows. On the finish line we let Jenny Little loose with a stopwatch for the first time and she and Simon Powell synchronised perfectly. Danyal Nawaz took on a second job and handed out the numbers. The marshals were Steve Corfield, Peter Attewell and Nick Fiander. Barcode scanning was in the hands of experts, Angelina Damonsing, Erik Schrijnemaekers and Matthew Stone; Annie Cripps took the photographs and Robert Butlin was the tail runner. Robert had to sprint a bit when the last runner he was tailing dropped out after one lap and the next last runner was quite a long way ahead. Nadine came to help me with processing the results, which was really good, and everything was all done and dusted in record time.

Good luck to everyone running the Croydon Half Marathon tomorrow.

 

An Easter Feast – Lloyd parkrun report 400 (31.03.18) by Anna Corby

After the torrential rain we’ve had for the last few days, I’ll admit I wasn’t looking forward to helping with pre-event set up for this week’s parkrun. However, it was a pleasant surprise to arrive at Lloyd park to find it dry (if a little cold) and the sun attempting to shine from behind the clouds! Today was Lloyd parkrun’s 400th event, and we were lucky enough to be provided with some delicious cake from two regular parkrunners: Martin Drake, completing his 200th parkrun, and John Punt, who was completing his 200th Lloyd parkrun (out of 263 runs) – both amazing achievements! Robert Kidd also completed his 250th run today, of which 129 have been at Lloyd Park! We had some tasty macaroons made by Foong Cheek, as well as mini Easter eggs, nuts and raisins provided by Debra and hot cross buns provided by Selsdon Baptist Church. There was also a lovely homemade banana and walnut cake – I’m not sure who brought it but thank you as all the goodies meant we had a wonderful post-parkrun feast!

Today, the first parkrunners home were all from Striders of Croydon, with Simone Luciani finishing in 18.35, Alistair Falconer in 18.43 and Simon Ambrosi in 20.19. Meanwhile, the first three registered ladies, Jessica Moore, Kyra Sethna-McIntosh and Anna Corby (all from Croydon Harriers) finished in a sprint finish and all recorded a time of 24.02.

Doing very well in the very muddy conditions, Simone Luciani, Matthew Stone, John Punt and Steve Corfield all achieved age-gradings above 70%, whilst new personal bests were run by Jeremy Monksfield (28.27) and Nicholas Bull (30.27)! Hopefully we’ll have some real spring sunshine in the next few weeks to dry out the hill and make the course a bit less muddy!

As always, the event wouldn’t be able to be run without our wonderful volunteers, so thank you to Nadine Pryce, Hayden McLeod, Nick Fiander, John Punt and Erik Schrijnemaekers for setting out the course and registration tables; Jenny Booth and Annie Cripps for timekeeping with Matthew Crossley on the finish tokens; Richard Corby for being Run Director and Number Checker; John Punt, Ian Butler and Erik Schrijnemaekers for scanning everyone’s barcodes; Les Gonsalves, Juliet Stevenson, Foong Cheek and Robert Ewen for being your fabulous marshals and tail walker; Lesley Basset and Christine Hewett for taking photographs and Leanne Moore for helping clear the signposts up, whilst Jenny Booth and Martin Drake processed the results.

If anyone wants to volunteer, it’s great fun and the roster is looking a bit bare for the next few weeks so we’d love to have you! Just contact Debra (lloydoffice@parkrun.com) if you’re interested – no experience necessary!

Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend and hope to see many of you back again next week – including the 19 first timers! It’s not always so bad, I promise!!

Happy parkrunning!

 

Daffodils nodding – Lloyd parkrun Report 399 by Debra Bourne

After last week’s snow and strong winds, it was good to see a return to more spring-like conditions this Saturday morning in Lloyd Park. The daffodils at the far side of the big sports field are well in bloom, the mud has dried out on much of the course – although still wet on the back section by the bushes and at the bottom of the hill, and sticking well to shoes, as some runners reported – and although not exactly warm, temperatures were much more pleasant for both runners and volunteers.

As well as several dogs we had 157 human runners, including 10 first-timer parkrunners and five visitors from Valentines, Wimbledon Common, Worthing, Whitley Bay and Preston parkruns enjoying their first Lloyd parkrun. Welcome all!

Prince Reid (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) definitely found the course conditions more to his liking, finished first in a PB of 17:52, closely followed by Jonathan Pontin (Ravens) in 17:54, also a PB, then Jack Burton (South London Harriers) in 18:33. First woman was Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) in 22:50, pursued by teammate Anna Corby, who finished in 23:07, with Nikki Javan (Striders of Croydon) third home in 24:20.

Highest age grading came from David Ogden, with an impressive 80.72%., with Steve Corfield, Dave Shaw, Jack Burton, Matthew Stone and Prince Reid all topping 75%, and Lee Flanagan, Jonathan Pontin, Graham Hansen, Anthony Harran and John Punt all over 70% - good running.

No official milestones, but congrats to Robert McCann who ran his 150th Lloyd parkrun.

Many thanks as always to the volunteers: Jenny Booth was Run Director and Number Checker; Nick Fiander, John Punt, Nadine Pryce, Hayden McLeod and Debra Bourne set out the course markers; Stephen Tyler and Tony Flowers were the timekeepers while Joy Harris handed out the finish tokens; Angelina Damonsing and Trevor Stotton scanned in barcodes, joined after his run by John Punt; Ian Garton, Andrew Honeyman and Wendy Spear were your marshals encouraging you around the course; Jennifer Page was Tail Walker, Danyal Nawaz was 25-minute pacer and I was your photographer; Jenny and I processed the results.

Easter Saturday will see our 400th run – which I will unfortunately miss! Mini Easter Eggs will be provided (and nuts and raisins for anyone who cannot eat chocolate), but do bring other contributions if you want to.

Happy parkrunning!

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