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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com if you can help in any role.