‘Run Mummy Run’ at Lloyd parkrun – Lloyd parkrun Report 447 by Joanna Scanlan

An unseasonably mild February morning followed a Valentine week of light breezes, sunshine and early morning frosts. Indeed, I am reliably informed that it was so clement that handwarmers could be shed by marshals at far flung outposts on the course. Crucially, there was no rain this week that I can recall. The course was therefore much drier than on the 9th of February, so that a pleasurable run could be undertaken by 237 participants. However, the ever-changing route due to the new cycle path snaking its alarming path through the top half of the big sports field field made for some nimble responses to the earthworks thrown up by the digger. It is hard to imagine this in its finished form at the moment and I do feel sad that we will lose our solely cross-country route. No harm done this morning, however, as we navigated the uneven ground. Special thanks to the set up team for making the new route so easy to follow and for the energy expended on ‘coning’ it all.

We welcomed Run Mummy Run this morning. This is an international organization that links women (motherhood not required to qualify) online through facebook and organizes social runs and other events in order to support women to be fitter, happier and healthier. Elizabeth Ayres, who runs under the Serpentine running club badge, told me at coffee in the café that there were about nine women today who had joined us from all over London. She said that in her view Lloyd was the toughest course in Greater London, a greater challenge than Alexandra Palace and Hampstead Heath! I couldn’t help feel proud of us regulars’ efforts as she passed on her comparative verdict. “It’s a real hill, not a slope!”. We also welcomed run directors from Newbury parkrun, Sue and Paul Bennett – we hope you had a great day and keep coming back!

Well done to those first across the line. In the men’s category, the Croydon Harriers had it, followed by two Striders of Croydon. Alan John Burn came in with 19.07 and a terrific age grade of 79.08% followed by Simon Ambrosi with 19.26% and Peter Mills at his leisurely pace of 19.38. Well done all. In the women’s category, Jennie Butler from Blackheath and Bromley Harriers smashed her PB to lead the pack at 20.56 (age graded 75.88%) followed by Holly Perks with 23.22 and Jessica Moore with 23:55, both also from Croydon Harriers.

The all-important age grades were topped by Alan John Burn and Jennie Butler plus Steve Cornfield at 77.56%, Andy Perks at 73.72%, Colin Oxlade with 72.33%, Simon Ambrosi with 70.75% and Graham Sutherland with 70.42%. Compared with the summer levels when the ground is much easier to run these are great results.

There were 35 first timers to welcome today, we hope you will return and enjoy the hospitality on many occasions to come. Congratulations are in order to the 29 Personal Best time runners today. Keep it up as the weather improves over the next few weeks and the course becomes even more parkrunner-friendly.

Christopher Tanner celebrated his milestone 50th with 28.07 alongside Jessica Moore celebrating 200 parkruns on her 18th birthday. Many happy returns also. to Antara Singh, who volunteered today. Top of the milestones today goes to Alf Marcovecchio who ran his 250th, coming in at 26.00. Many congratulations to everyone and thanks to Alf and Jessica for the treats at the end of the run!

Huge debts are owed to today’s volunteers. We do encourage everyone to join the volunteer force; it’s tremendous fun, you learn a lot about running itself by observing and participating in all the aspects through to processing results and you will be royally thanked for your efforts by the run directors – what’s not to like? If you volunteer every twenty runs or so you will easily help to meet the required numbers, so we all can continue to enjoy our Saturday mornings.

This week we must salute Aidan Dixon, Antara Singh, Benjamin Hansen, Debra Bourne, Eleanor Hunt, Evangeline Harris-Duff, Foong Cheek, Jake Moir, Joanna Scanlan, Joshua Edwards, Joy Harris, Les Todd, Lynn Seymour Mark Parker, Nadine Pryce, Nick Fiander, Nick Marshall, Noah Tolfrey, Paul Elliott, Robert McCann, Simon Powell and Stephen Tyler.

 

It’s a breeze at Lloyd parkrun – Lloyd parkrun Report #447 by Debra Bourne and Madeleine Little

The BBC this morning predicted a high of 11 degrees for London, which is extremely mild for early February, and it was definitely warmer than a week ago, when snow dusted the fields and ice slicked the car parks. However, there was a biting wind, which not only leached heat but also formed a strong barrier headwind for parkrunners coming down the hill and along the top of the big sports field. Conditions were not helped by the recent rain, producing some slippery and sticky mud in all the usual places round the course. We had 192 finishers braving the wind and mud, including 7 people running their first ever parkrun and a further 12 tourists, including some from Bushy parkrun and a couple of Alphabeteers from Burgess parkrun who had come to get the “L” on their journey to complete the alphabet of parkruns. Several runners who had arrived in road shoes were assisted by loans of trail shoes from local sports shop ‘The Winning Margin’, who were going to display their shoes during the league cross-country and had arrived early.

With construction of the cycle path through Lloyd Park (and across our parkrun course, alas) continuing, this morning, as for the last couple of weeks, we needed another bit of course reorganization, and we are grateful to Lloyd juniors, who are very understanding about our borrowing some of their marker cones to supplement our course arrows in these circumstances.

As I am presently unable to run due to a truly horrible cough, and Richard has an injury stopping him from running, we both marshalled the latest ‘magical mystery tour’ section of the course, while Les Todd, Robert Kidd and Ian Garton took the usual marshal points. I was lucky enough to be not only well muffled up in several layers of warm clothing but also standing in a relatively sheltered spot, but Ian Garton informed me that standing on the top of the hill for an hour pretty much turned him into an icicle – thank you, Ian, and Les and Robert and all the other volunteer!

For a runner’s view of the morning, I will hand over to Shrek and the Donkey, as channeled by Madeleine Little:

[Disclaimer: parkrun still doesn't own Shrek, nor do any real Princesses called Fiona turn up here.]

Shrek: Fiona my dearest. Would you like a hand with the washing?

Princess Fiona: Thank you yes, perhaps you could hang out all these nappies on the washing line. They should dry really quickly in this wind.

Shrek: Right you are my love. Come on Donkey, you can carry the laundry basket.

Donkey: Isn't it Saturday today, Shrek?

Shrek: Yes? And? Oh of course - it's parkrun day. It rained quite a lot yesterday so there should be some great quality mud out there for all our friendly runners.

Donkey: I think they might enjoy the changes in the course as well. Are you planning to get a bicycle, Shrek?

Shrek: No way I'm getting on a bike in this wind. I'd get blown off it and roll down the hill.

Donkey: Here come the runners now. The slower ones look like they're running through treacle.

Shrek: Some them are having trouble breathing when they try to run into the wind - they need enormous lungs like mine.

Donkey (brays loudly): Or like mine!! EEE AWWWW!!!

Shrek: We'll check out the results later on the website and see if there are any milestones.  In the meantime, hand me those clothes pegs and let's get on with the chores so I can watch the rugby later. It's my favourite sport after mud wrestling.

Donkey: And don't forget to thank the volunteers, especially those who set out the course and who are having to adapt every week to the course changes.

Shrek: THANKS ALL. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.

 

Simon Ambrosi (Striders of Croydon) finished first in 20:13 today, chased by visitor Timothy Barker on his first run at Lloyd parkrun, and the third male finisher (5th overall) was Ian Taylor (South London Harriers) in 22:05. Third finisher overall and first woman was Lydia Chapman in 21:38 (in her first outing with us), closely followed by Rachel Lindley (Striders of Croydon) in 21:41; third woman was junior Gulcin Erten (Croydon Harriers) in 25:10.

The top age-graded runs today came from Rachel Lindley (69.79%), Graham Hansen (68.55%), Lydia Chapman (68.41%) and Simon Ambrosi (68.01%), with Ian Taylor and Geoff Pennells the only other runners exceeding 65% in the difficult conditions.

Seven runners managed PBs despite the mud and the wind, so congratulations to Zoha Jetha, Eleanor Upson, Siobhan Endean, Flo Sivz, Nick Babb, Dan Donaldson and Abi Blood.

Ass always many thanks to everyone who volunteered today, whether before, during or after the parkrun: Jennifer Booth, Debra Bourne, James Carter, Lucy Cheetham, Richard Corby, Karen Davidson, Aidan Dixon, Andy Elliott, Ian Garton, Benjamin Hansen, Eleanor Hunt, Marcelo Kern, Robert Kidd, Madeleine Little, June Lloyd, Jonathan Mark Pegg, Nadine Pryce, Joanna Scanlan, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Jeremy Sinclair, Richard Spear and Les Todd. Special mention to Lucy Cheetham and Ben Hansen, who did

 

The one with all the cold – Lloyd parkrun Report #446 by Eleanor Hunt

Afternoon all. I didn't see you today, but I have several spies that have reported back to me and informed me about all the excitement I missed. The most exciting being the delayed start due to a dog poop incident (when you gotta go, you gotta go!). Apparently, it was cold but I can't imagine why it would have been considering the tropical weather we have been having recently. This was the second week on our temporary new and improved mystery course (thanks to the new cycle route undergoing construction).

The extreme mud and occasional snow flake didn't stop our 156 runners, however, with speedy front runners Prince Reid, Isaac Flanagan and David Ogden finishing in 19:05, 19:23 and 19:25. The first three females were Jessica Moore, Kyra Sethna-McIntosh and Jodie Gray in 22:01, 23:22 and 23:33.

We had 5 tourists this week; Steve and Unity Kingston from Crystal Palace, Eleanor Jane Upson from Roundshaw, Sophie Bennet from Wimbledown Common and Emma McKenzie from Wanstead Flats.

As well as this, we welcomed 2 new first timers braving the snow, it can only get better from here! Well done to Stephen Crowley and Abi Blood.

Congratulations to people with high age gradings; David Ogden (81.89%), Matthew Stone (77.5%), Steve Cornfield (75.3%), Lee Flanagan (72.86%), Ted Bridges (72.36%), Prince Reid (70.74%) and Isaac Flanagan (70.68%).

Milestones this week were achieved by Ben Amey (running his 50th parkrun) and Simon Gosney (running his 200th).

There were 5 personal bests this week (surprising in these tough conditions), belonging to John Williamson, Peta-Ann Stevens, Nick Babb, Ted Bridges and Jodie Gray. Amazing work everyone.

Of course, this event couldn't have taken place without all our brilliant volunteers so thank you to: Jennifer Booth, Debra Bourne, Paula Bryan, Ian Butler, Aidan Dixon, Joshua Edwards, Paul Elliott, Nick Fiander, David Graves, Eleanor Hunt, Marcelo Kern, Louise Lauder, Samuel Lines, Robert Lines, Jennifer Little, Karen Macenhill, Nadine Pryce, John Punt, Jane Sparks, Noah Tolfrey, Richard Corby and Vanessa Wheeler.

 

Escape to Lloyd – Lloyd parkrun Report #445 by Pippa White

[This week's run report is a view from a visiting parkrunner]

My final parkrun in January wearing my RED January tshirt wasn’t particularly usual.

In early 2017 I answered a desperate plea for an adult to help at a Brownie Holiday. Having decided to step down from my Guide unit in 2016, I told the leader that I would help out but that she had to understand that I did parkrun on a Saturday morning and she could have me for all but an hour and a half of the weekend. “What’s parkrun?” said the leader.

Roll on two years and not only am I accidentally helping at a Brownie unit, but this weekend was my third pack holiday with the team and third pack holiday tourist parkrun. The leader is now very involved with her local parkrun (Clapham Common) and my request to come and help out came with “Pippa’s parkrun” blocked out in the timetable. Sadly that is parkrun not parkrun+coffee but it’s lovely to get a breather after the difficult first night.

I knew that the Radcliffe holiday house was near Lloyd park, but it wasn’t until the Friday evening when Jo Wheeler described the short trot I would need to take to the start line that I realised HOW close we would be. Harriet White, keen parkrun volunteer (less certain Brownie helper) and I ran away from very excitable girls at 0820 and were surprised at how quickly we arrived.

The route of the parkrun had changed temporarily due to consteuction of a new cycle path, but the short sharp muddy and slippery hill was still a feature on the way up and the way down and on both laps. There is free parking near the start but a ticket MUST be put in the window. I gather that the council is very happy to issue fines if a parkrunner forgets. I meant to grab some water (noted the washable cups, thank you) but I was far too puffed from the hills.

To the run. The weather was perfect for the 251 runners and 22 volunteers. 16 first timers joined some very runny runners with the most completed/recorded parkruns being 433 by Andrew Crossley. A splendid five runners joined the 50 club, Alan John Burn, Ian Garton, Lydia Goromonzi, Roo Stewart and Yichuan Cao, while one awesome volunteer, Sandra HARRIS, joined the 25 volunteers club. Even though the hill was slippery, 10 parkrunners managed PBs (though all those PB setters were in their first 5 parkruns). A nice arbitrary  run for Justin Lansdowne with parkrun 101.

I’ve threatened to come back next year with the Brownies for junior parkrun – after all, there must be something that the leaders can do to make up for the first night of no sleep.

Thank you to the team and all the volunteers – it was awesome, friendly, welcoming and welcome.

Pippa White (Queen Elizabeth parkrun)

 

Make way for the cycle track – Lloyd parkrun Report 444 by Jenny Booth

The new cycle track through Lloyd Park has forced us to make a small adjustment to our 5K course. We decided to leave the finish funnel in its usual place and move the runners along a little way to a new starting line. Today's Run Director, Richard Corby, calculated the distance and Rob Lines reminded him to double it to account for two laps. As soon as the runners set off we removed our new starting line so the park looked the same as usual.

261 runners completed the course, including 16 first- timers and 10 tourists. Today's first finisher was a first timer who has run only 7 parkruns but at 7 different venues. He was Tom Simmons and finished in 18.34 minutes. The second finisher, William Cole of Runhead AC was a tourist from Peckham who came in 11 seconds later, while third place went to a Lloyd parkrun regular, Rob Lines of Selsdon Baptist Church Runners in 18.53. The ladies' front runner, Jenny Rowe of Striders of Croydon, finished in 22.54 and two young runners  of Croydon Harriers, Gulcin Erten  in 23.32 and Antara  Singh  in 24.17 took the second and third places.

Everyone seemed to feel the cold today and several runners told me they had found the course "stickier" than last week but, thankfully, no one could describe it as muddy.

Sticky or not, however, there was a good crop of personal best times. Congratulations to William Cole, Sean Marshall, Tom Butler, Juanito Andino, Jim Meadows, Ken Parr, Tim Allen, Nicolas Stevens, Peter Stenning, Jason Kinkead, Sanjay Agarwal, Gareth Endean, Ryan O' Reilly, Emily Stenning, Katie Hollobone, Ravi Patel, Martin Stevens, Chloe Mayall, Irene Francis, Robyn Matthews, Adrienne Dawson and Colette Folan.

In addition, threerunners recorded age grades over 75 %. Well done Rob Lines, David Ogden and Matthew Stone.

We celebrated a number of personal milestones today. Eden-Marie Derosa joined the junior 10 club and James Rolfe clocked up his 50th parkrun, while Justin Lansdowne ran his 100th. Two of today's runners reached the 200 mark: Jon Dean who has run 121 of his 200 at Lloyd Park and Nadine Pryce . Records show that Nadine has run 167 of her runs at Lloyd Park but, of course, she has been round the course many more times than that as she helps with set up almost every week. Today her son Hayden helped with set-up and Nadine then drove him to an appointment, came back and started the run well after all the other runners. What a star!

We had a magnificent turn-out of volunteers today. Runners may have noticed how young many of them were. This is because we have the help of a number of young people who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. They all seem to have learnt the ropes really quickly, and it is great to have them with us. Today's volunteer team was made up of the set- up team of Nadine and Hayden, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Paul Elliott and Agnimitra Ghosh, bar-code scanners Eleanor Hunt, Ashleigh Stevens, Lucy Cheetham and Kyra Powell and marshals Roberta Gilkinson,  Matthew McGuinness, Karen Macenhill, Robert Kidd and Edwyn and Stephen Rhys-Davies. Ben Hansen took the photographs, Stephen Tyler and Alice Hunt wielded the stopwatches and Noah Tolfrey gave out the numbers. Richard Corby was Run Director and number checker and all the runners were shepherded home by our two tail walkers, Trevor Stotten and James Carter. And you will have clean cups for your drinks of water next week as Graham Hansen kindly took them home to wash.

 

Cavalcade of gratitude – Lloyd parkrun Report #443 by Eleanor Hunt

The course was distinctively less muddy as in recent weeks, and the weather was bearable; not too cold but noticeably windy in the open which created the illusion of a colder temperature.

Well done to all the 309 people who completed a parkrun today at Lloyd park! We were missing a number of local male runners who were off running in a Surrey cross country league match, but had a lot of runners from the ‘Zeros to Heroes” running group in their blue shirts. They mostly run at Bromley parkrun, but visit us every so often

Congratulations to the 27 with a new PB: Marc BURROWS, Sean MARSHALL, Sophia LORKE, Jim MEADOWS, Colin LYNCH, Sean HAYES, Stephen BRYARS, Aidan DIXON, Caz HEATH, Angeli PETRIDES, Jason KINKEAD, Becky THOMAS, Vicki OSMOND, Sophie DIXON, Liz KING, Heidi ALLEN, Adil BAWA, Sanjay AGARWAL, Thinesh THAYABARAN, Charlotte HILL, Sridhar SHANMUGAM, Richard FRANCIS, Sarah REA, Chloe MAYALL, Gary MCQUEEN, Robyn MATTHEW, Debbie WILLIAMS.

Well done too to the first 3 named men to cross the finish line today, Jordan O'Dongo (with a time of 20:00), Henry Le Jeune (20:30) and Phil Docherty (20:54). Also a huge well done to our first 3 female finishers this week, Ellie Osmond (who was 2nd overall with a time of 20:24), Jessica Moore (position 14, 22:06) and Sophia Lorke (position 25, 22:50). This week, for the first time in a while, we had a second runner as a female so amazingly well done to Ellie Osmond! As well as this, there were two unknown runners within the first 10 to finish so apologies if your name was missed: #DFYB (don’t forget your barcode!)

Thank you also to all the 23 volunteers: Jennifer BOOTH, Debra BOURNE, Alison BULLYMENT, James CARTER, Martin John CROSS, Aidan DIXON, Paul ELLIOTT, Nick FIANDER, Lez GONSALVES, David GRAVES, Stephen HEINEMANN, Alice HUNT, Eleanor HUNT, Colin JACKSON, Louise LAUDER, Madeleine LITTLE, Tom LITTLEWOOD, Janet MCQUADE, Jake MOIR, Kyra POWELL, Simon POWELL, Nadine PRYCE, Lisa RICHARDS, Chris SMITH, Jane SPARKS, Trevor STOTTEN, Stephen TYLER, Ron WEST and everyone else who made this event possible.

The runners did a good job of thanking the marshals today (which is appreciated): one marshal commented that he had a “cavalcade of gratitude” passing him.

We only had one milestone this week so well done to Gill Poole who completed her 50th run.

And congratulations to Gavin Hamilton who ran before his wedding today!

This week brought 3 runners with age gradings of over 70%: Ellie Osmond, Doreen Abbott and Liz Carter.

We saw 24 first timers and 22 first-time tourists who we hope enjoyed their run today and will come back again next week. See you soon!

 

Where’s the winter mud? Lloyd parkrun Report #442 by Eleanor Hunt and Alice Hunt

The course was certainly not as muddy as it has been, and the weather was bearable; not too windy, and, although it was quite cold, at least it didn't rain.

Well done to all the 260 people who completed a parkrun today at Lloyd park!

Congratulations especially to the runners in the first 3 places: Patrick Lucas (with a time of 18:41), George Ogden (19:01) and Peter Mills (19:23). Also a huge well done to our first female finishers this week, Kate O'Loughlin (who was 28th place with a time of 22:46, a new PB!), Luce Hughes (position 37, 23:22) and Jodie Gray (position 41, 23:50).

Well done to the 30 others with a new PB too, and congratulations to Kerim Suruliz, Lee Levon, Sridhar Shanmugam, Stuart Nunn, Steven Marsh, Amanda Bell and Sophie Dixon who all completed their 10th run, Marcelo Kern, Harvey Edser and Venkat Kasireddy who completed their 50th run, and to Adrian Little who completed his 100th run.

Thank you also to all the 22 volunteers: Nina Bennet, Jennifer Booth, Debra Bourne, James Carter, Martin John Cross, Nick Fiander, Theo Flanagan, Benjamin Hansen, Eleanor Hunt, Alice Hunt, Louise Lauder, Rachel Lindley, Ruby Little, Oliver Little, Nick Marshall, Alex Morrall, Nadine Pryce, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Jane Sparks, Noah Tolfrey, Stephen Tyler, Steve Young and everyone else who made this possible.

We also had a lot more photography going on than usual this week thanks to our sponsors at Persil. They had chosen to visit us to take photos of parkrunners going through the mud – and when the visit was arranged a few weeks ago there was lots of mud! However, with a couple of dry weeks, the parkrun course was almost mud free – unusually for this time of year.

This week brought 5 runners with age gradings of over 70%: George Ogden, Roger Stevens, Geoffrey Rowan Pennells, Simon Ambrosi and John Punt.

Well done, again, to everyone, and we hope the 16 first timers enjoyed their run today and will come back again next week.

 

Starting the year the parkrun way – Lloyd parkrun Report #441 by Debra Bourne

“Happy New Year” we greeted each other, arriving at Lloyd Parkrun setup this morning – me and my husband Aidan to Eric, Nick, Jane, Paul, Alex and Colin, who were this morning’s set-up crew. As on Saturday it was a bit dull and overcast, but it remained dry and mild, with no breeze to speak of.

The mud was drier on Saturday than it had been on Christmas Day, and this morning the ground was even drier than it had been on Saturday – very unusual for this time of year.

Nobody ran an official parkrun milestone run with us, but Ron West ran his 300th parkrun, following that by hopping over to Roundshaw Downs for his 301st, while Darren Jackson ran his 299th parkrun with us followed by his 300th at Bromley parkrun over in Normans Park.

After the run, this Being New Year’s Day, there was hot spiced apple juice and fruity, seedy, cinnamon-laced flapjacks for everyone to enjoy – if they had time before dashing off to their second parkrun. New Year’s Day is the only day of the year when you can run in and be recorded as taking part in two parkruns on the same day. (A few years back it was possible to do three on New Year’s Day, but for various reasons that is no longer permitted.)

Tom Higgs (South London Harriers) finished in the great time of 16:33 today, followed by Stephen Thackeray (Kent AC) in 17:50 and Robert Lines (Selsdon Baptist Church Runners) in 18:36. Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) led the women round, in 22:01, with Kate O’Loughlin next in a PB of 23:07 and Michelle Edye (Clapham Common Chasers) close behind in 23:11.

Only three runners were total newcomers to parkrun this morning – welcome Zoe, Eric and Katie – but we had a further 28 people completing their first Lloyd parkrun: many of course heading for the double with Roundshaw Downs or Bromley.

An excellent start to the year for 20 parkrunners who ran PBs (nearly 10% of our 217 finishers): congratulations to Ian Yates, Colin Lynch, Agnimitra Ghosh, Peter Lawton, Kate O'Loughlin, Adrianne Gibbins, Ian R Wesson, Lamie Kendrick, Antara Singh, Alexander Gee, Michael Ashiotis, Carol Johnson, Heidi Allen, Theo Flanagan, Gavin Englefield, John Cazabon, Lynda Cameron, Chloe Nicola Constantinou, Clara Smowton and Joe Victor.

Krzysztof Klidzia was our sole runner over 80% age graded this morning. Tom Higgs, Robert Lines, Matthew Stone, Stephen Thakeray, Mark Constantinou, Lee Flanagan, Colin Oxlade, Isaac Flanagan, Roger Stevens and Stephen Harris all ran over 70% - great running.

Today’s amazing volunteers were Nina Bennet, James Carter, Caroline Corfield, Julie Corfield, Paul Elliott, Nick Fiander, Jennifer Gutteridge, Colin Jackson, Zsofia Jones, Louise Lauder, Jennifer Little, Azra Mathias, Alex Morrall, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Stephen Siu, Jane Sparks, Rosemarie Stevens, Debra Bourne and Aidan Dixon.

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, injury-free 2019 – with lots of parkrunning.

 

New Year’s Day Lloyd parkrun

A reminder that we will be holding a parkrun on New Year's Day at 9am as usual.

Hot spiced apple juice and flapjacks available after the run.

Note this is the only day of the year that you can be officially recorded at TWO parkruns. Roundshaw Downs parkrun is being held at 10am, as are Bromley and Nonsuch. Reigate Priory is at 10.30.

 

Birthday 100 – Lloyd parkrun Report #440 by Debra Bourne

Another remarkably mild morning at Lloyd Park, if rather grey, dull and damp for the more than 200 runners and volunteers. We had four people completing their first ever parkrun – welcome! – and an amazing 27 parkrunners visiting Lloyd parkrun for the first time, including runners from as far away as Yorkshire.

With a last-minute flurry of volunteers, plus extra offers this morning, we had plenty of people, including five marshal points with marshals encouraging us around the course. I say “we” because Anna Corby, resting due to an injury, agreed to take on the official Run Director and Number Checker roles so that I could run – which I very much appreciated. If anyone would like to try the Run Director post, please let me know – it would be good to have a few more people trained in this. Ditto Results Processing – and if anyone wants to write the Run Report, that would be good as well.

We do still need a Tail Walker and a couple of other posts filled for New Year’s Day – email lloydoffice@parkrun.com if you can help then or on 5th January. Note there’s a cross-country being held after we finish on 5th, and if anyone is willing to stay and help marshal that, it would be very much appreciated (email the same address).

The mud was noticeably drier today than it had been on Christmas Day, and in particular the section heading upwards at the foot of the main hill was definitely easier – both less slippery and less sticky. There was a head wind when coming down the hill and along the top of the main sports field, but it wasn’t too bad.

Congratulations to Andy Perks, who ran his 100th parkrun today, on his birthday; the Rocky Road treats that he brought to celebrate were much appreciated by those who ate them. Edibles from Tuesday were also polished off – mince pies, biscuits and some rather nice marshmallow-centred chocolates. Water was the only drink on offer today – although there was the usual tea, coffee and hot chocolate assortment available in the café.

First home was Joe Lyne (South London Harriers) in 18:26, followed by Jonathan Pontin (Ravens) in 18:41, just pipping Robert Lines (Selsdon Baptist Church Runners) who finished in 18:42 and Krzysztof Klidzia (Striders of Croydon) whose time was 18:43!

Kathleen Mooney (South London Harriers) led the women back, finishing 13th overall in 20:50, with Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) next in 21:43 and teammate Madeleine Armstrong third in 21:49.

Jo Quantrill led in age-grading (82.45%), followed by Krzysztof Klidzia (80.77%), Alan Burn (77.26%), Robert Lines (76.38%), Steve Corfield (75.92%), Kathleen Mooney (75.44%), Nicholas Smith (72.80%), Alice Smith (72.71%), Ted Bridges (72.11%), Isaac Flanagan (71.11%) and Maisie Gibbins (70.32%).

Many thanks to today’s volunteer heroes: Anna Corby, Nina Bennet, George Bridges (and his mother), Martin John Cross, Aidan Dixon, Robin Faulkner, Nick Fiander, Ian Flinders, Agnimitra Ghosh, Benjamin Hansen, Sandra Harris, Joy Harris, Eleanor Hunt, Colin Jackson, Hortense Julienne, Louise Lauder, Oliver Little, Jennifer Little, Mike Papworth, Chris John Smith, Jane Sparks and Trevor Stotten, plus Robin Faulkner and Mike Papworth as guides for Visually impaired runners. Thanks also to Claire Browse for sorting all the stored barcodes back into alphabetical order - and providing a new set of dividers (the old ones really were getting rather shabby).

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