Tourists, tourists, everywhere – Lloyd parkrun Report #452 by Debra Bourne

Last week, with many of our regular runners off at South Norwood parkrun for mob matches (two – one a Striders vs. Harriers Croydon derby, the other a meeting of the church running groups), numbers were down somewhat. This week, our numbers were added to by a sizeable influx of parkrun tourists.

Many of the tourists were there to support one runner in particular, John Butcher. John, who is 87 years old, was running his 242nd parkrun – at his 100th different parkrun venue. Reaching 100 different parkrun locations makes him a member of the Cowell Club, named after Chris and Linda Cowell, who were the first male and female parkrunners to reach that (unofficial) parkrun milestone. John was wearing a distinctive parkrun tourist bobble hat, while many of the other tourists sported the “Cow cowl” – a distinctive black, white and yellow neck-scarf that can only be purchased after you have reached parkrun’s Most Events table (20 parkrun venues, usually): If you look at these closely you will see that they feature cow heads – and there was one on the front of John’s bobble hat as well. It was my pleasure as Run Director today to present John with a framed listing of all his parkrun venues, in order. John also holds records at many parkrun venues for his age class, and today added Lloyd parkrun to that list as well, setting a VM85-98 record of 39:34.

Other notable tourists were the Pattison family. Matt and S-J Pattison’s stories feature in my book “parkrun: much more than just a run in the park” – Matt was quoted (p166-7) talking about the friendships made or re-kindled by parkrunning, and the joy of bringing family and friends together. Sarah-Jane’s story features near the end of the ‘Bounding dogs and bouncing buggies’ chapter, where she talks about starting parkrunning after her third son, Flynn was born, pushing him in the buggy. Five and a half years later, Flynn is parkrunning himself, has already reached the 50-parkruns club and is about to reach the 20 venues mark to have his own place on the Most Events board, and today greatly enjoyed running through Lloyd parkrun’s mud. His oldest brother, Dexter, who like his parents is already in the 250-club, was not so happy about the mud, while Clark (100-club) didn’t seem to mind much one way or the other. I wish all of you many more years of happy parkrunning.

All of today’s runners were treated to another edition of the ‘wandering course’ forced on us by the construction of the new cycle path. This week a diversion round the fencing at the top of the sports field produced an extra, short, uphill section, which several people complained about as they passed the marshal standing there – along with comments that we keep changing the course (yes – don’t blame us, blame the council) and about the rather blustery wind – although one runner, after finishing, noted that she was relieved it had at least been against her on the downhill, not the uphill. The mud came in for comment as well, of course, with some tourists commenting ruefully that they had brought trail shoes but arrived a little late, so the trail shoes were still in the car!

Today’s first finisher was a visitor, Jack Leafe (South Derbyshire Road Runners) in 18:57, followed by Lee Flanagan and Simon Ambrosi (both Striders of Croydon) in 19:44 and 19:55 respectively.

Jenny Rowe (Striders of Croydon) was first woman at 22:59, followed by Kyra Sethna-Macintosh and Gulcin Erten (both Croydon Harriers) in 23:55 and 24:19.

Top age-graded runs came from Matthew Stone (76.29%), Lee Flanagan (71.88%) and visitor Anne Ramsden (70.61%).

Wendy Field reached the 50-club today, while Jamie Taylor reached the 100-club – please both remember to log onto your profile, follow the link and claim your T-shirt. Mark Tittle was delighted to reach 150 parkruns, and Lynn Seymour reached her 200th parkrun, with several people running at Lloyd parkrun today to be there for the occasion – they will have to come back again in about a year to see her reach 250!

Many thanks to all of today’s volunteer heroes, without whom no parkrun could take place. Nick Fiander, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Marcelo Kern and Paul Elliott arrived early for course set-up. John Chambers and Stephen Tyler (the Ref) were today’s timekeepers, while Noah Tolfrey handed out the finish tokens. Kyra Powell, Eleanor Hunt and Ben Hansen scanned everyone’s barcodes, and Joy Harris, Krzysztof Klidzia, David Graves, Nick Fiander and Aidan Dixon were your marshals. Dave Linkson took the photos, Joanna Scanlan and Eliane Martini were the tailwalkers and Joanna Scanlan processed the results. Aidan, Richard Corby and the Ref did much of the post-event clearing away. And special thanks to Foong Cheek, who did a bit of everything, from helping Aidan set out the finish funnel to starting up the third, backup-backup, stopwatch (which turned out to be rather important today) to handing out fliers for the Croydon Half Marathon.

Finally, do consider running the Croydon Half Marathon, which is being held by Striders of Croydon on Sunday 31st March. The course is two laps of roads pretty much around the outside of Lloyd Park. We have fantastic specially-designed medals for the runners, while local sports shop The Winning Margin is sponsoring the technical T-shirts. Anyone willing to marshal during the race would also be very much welcomed – ask me for details! (


Absent Friends – Lloyd parkrun Report #451 by Jenny Booth

Many of our regular runners were at South Norwood battling for the honour of their clubs in a mob match, but we still had 177 runners at Lloyd Park, with ten tourists and six absolute parkrun novices. They all owe a debt to the indefatigable Nadine Pryce who reached the park at 7.30 to make sure the course was ready in time and the adjustments made necessary by the continuing work on the cycle track were all in place. She and the rest of the set-up crew did an amazing job.

It was pretty cold and a bit on the windy side although the worst of the wind came later. The course was not too bad for this time of year, but the mud was building up nicely for those at the back on the second lap. Twelve of our runners didn't seem to mind the conditions and recorded personal best times. Congratulations are due to Zoha Jetha, Sophie Griffiths, Sam Clarkson, Dan Donaldson, Darren Doyle, Jacob Omoefe Johnson, Jane Rose, Paul Kerr, Eric Lanquaye, Abi Blood, Mark Parker and Nicole Seymour.

First to the finish funnel was Daniel Bagley of Holme Pierrepoint RC. It was his first parkrunat Lloyd Park and he finished in 17:59. We waited for the rest of the field to come home, wondering whether they had managed to manoeuvre their way through the cones, but then Jonathan Ponting of Ravens arrived in 19:34, followed by a Lloyd parkrun regular David Ogden of South London Harriers in 19:53. Deborah Whiston of Defence Sports and Recreation was First Lady to finish in 21:30, followed by Jodie Gray in 24:20 and Zoha Jetha with a new personal best time of 24:46. Deborah, Daniel and David all recorded age grades of over 70%.

Three runners reached personal milestones today. Jasper Chong joined the ten Club for junior runners while Andrew Harrison and Gunther Preissner, the oldest runner in the field today, both completed their 50th parkruns.

We had a great team of volunteers today. Stephen Tyler and Noah Tolfrey with the stopwatches and Jayden Douglas with the numbers were stationed at the funnel, while Kyra  Powell, Lucy Cheetham and Eleanor Hunt scanned all the barcodes. The marshals were Simon Powell, Keith Booth, Christiane Martini and Les Todd, and the tail walkers were Trevor Stotten and Susan Wray. The set-up team was Nadine Pryce, Simon Powell, Madeleine Little, Paul Elliott, Mark Burrows and Jon Bridges. There was no photographer unfortunately – so if you like to see the photographs you might like to volunteer to take them sometimes. [And the Run Director, Number Checker and Run Report Writer was Jenny Booth! – Debra]


Results processing problem 9th March

The results have now been processed and are online. If you have not got your result email/text and are not listed in the results, but think you should be, please contact ith your name, parkrun ID, and finish position/time (as available).


Results processing problem 9th March 2019

There was a problem with processing the results yesterday. I'm about to sort it out, so please be patient for just a little longer - I'm only just getting to it having had a snooze after completing the Samphire 100 Endurance Run. Debra Bourne, Event Director


View from The Corner By The Tree – Lloyd parkrun Report #450 by Aidan Dixon

Spring has sprung--or not, depending on whether you count it from the first of March, or from the solstice on the 21st. The unseasonably warm and dry February has given way to slightly more tradional weather for the time of year: grey and damp. The mud still lingers of course, or should I say it clings on? It certainly did to my boots, although I'm given to understand it wasn't any worse than usual today, at least by the time of the Surrey County Cross Country Championships, anyway. Personally, I suspect the parkrunners just trod the water out, like grape treading. I hope the cross countriers were grateful.

As it does every year, the SCCCC giveth and the SCCCC taketh away. Some of our regular runners were saving themselves for the Championships, but as always other Championships runners chose to join us as a warm-up. We had 40 first-timers today, most of whom had parkrun elsewhere before, but we had nine runners completely new to parkrun. Welcome one and all, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. If you were here for the Championships, we hope you'll join us again next year and if you were here for parkrun then we hope to see you again next week.

I have to say, I was impressed to learn that we had somebody run with us on their way back home from Gatwick Airport--luggage still in tow!  Equally impressive were the couple with a baby. parkrun rules say you can run with a baby in a buggy, but for safety reasons a baby in your arms or on your back can only be walked with. So one partner ran while the other walked with the baby, then once the first had finished, they handed the baby over so the second could finish at a run. Teamwork!

We had 266 runners today, from no less than 37 different clubs, thanks no doubt to the SCCCC.

First to finish was Patrick Lucas (Croydon Harriers) at 18:28, followed by William Cole (Runhead AC) at 18:43 and Simon Ambrosi (Striders of Croydon) at 18:58. On the distaff side, first place went to visitor Sarah Davis (Rugby & Northampton AC) in 21:58, second to another visitor, Claire Oxlade in 24:45 and third place to our own Zoha Jetha, on only her third run with us, in 24:47, which was also a PB!

There were 24 PBs in all today, so congratulations to Abi Blood, Sam Clarkson, Neil Coleman, Sophie Dixon, Luong-Hoc Duong, Paul Grace, Chris Hudson, Angela Hudson, Charlie Jeffrey, Noor Jetha, Zoha Jetha, Lamie Kendrick, Paul Kerr, Nakisha Kiely, Jason Kinkead, Simon Liau, Carl Linkson, Corinne McPartland, Gajalakshan Mohankumar, Jay Patel, Gabriella Roe, Almat Suleimenov, Luke Terry and George Toms.

Susan Wray, Peter Whiteley and Daniel Voss all reached 50 runs today. Lez Gonsalves reached 200; not an official milestone, but remarkable all the same, especially as almost all have been here at Lloyd. Bravo, all!

Looking at the age-gradings, David Ogden scored 81.33% and Krzysztof Klidzia just missed an 80% at 79.28%. Sarah Davis, Graham Hansen, Simon Ambrosi and Phil Richards all cleared 70%. Well done!

Last but by no means least come those without whom this couldn't happen: our volunteers: Sarah Allport, Jennifer Booth, Debra Bourne, Linda Daniel, Aidan Dixon, Jayden Douglas, Paul Elliott, Jodie Gray, Benjamin Hansen, Eleanor Hunt, Colin Jackson, Marcelo Kern, Louise Lauder, Azra Mathias, Kyra Powell, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Noah Tolfrey and Stephen Tyler.

As you may have noticed, my name is among them, owing to a foolishly twisted ankle. May I take the opportunity to remind you that if you can't run for some similar reason, volunteering is a much pleasanter way to spend a Saturday morning than lying in bed feeling sorry for yourself? With the disruption caused by the cycle path construction, our set-up team perform herculean labours each week re-measuring and re-laying the course. Any assistance would be gratefully recieved--even if it's just to stand by the tree at the corner and warn people about mud on the path and rutted ground...

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