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!


Bit of a Muddle – Lloyd parkrun Report by Jenny Booth

[As many of you have noticed, there was a results processing problem this week. Jenny is taking all of the fault on herself for this, which is unfair - she has made the best she could of a very difficult situation and I for one thank her for it. Hopefully I will be able to sort out the results once I'm back home. Meanwhile, very best wishes to Jenny and to Keith.]

First, let me apologise to anyone who is unhappy with the results this week. When I downloaded the information from the timer and the barcode scanners I discovered that the scanners had not been properly cleared ( my fault!) and I had two runners for every position. Last week's results were all muddled up with this week. I didn't know how to clear last week's runners so I took the computer home, got last weeks results on my i-pad and went through deleting them one by one. It took ages and sometimes I think I have deleted the wrong ones. Debra will be able to sort some of it when she returns from South Africa this week as she has a better understanding of the system than I have.

I had been at A & E at Saint Helier Hospital with my husband the night before the run. We got home at 3 o' clock in the morning and I had had only three hours sleep so was not feeling at my best. The week before I got home from Lloyd Park to find my husband had had a dizzy spell and his legs had buckled under him. He was sprawled across an occasional table unable to stand up. Because of this I feel that I have to stop coming to parkrun for a little while, until Keith is better. Because I live in Sutton and need a bus, a train and a tram to get to the park I have to leave home at 7.30 and get back about noon. This is too long to leave someone who might have a fall.

Because some of the results may be wrong I will not do what I usually do and list the first three finishers, age grades, and personal bests in case I leave someone out or put someone in who shouldn't  be.

I can list the lovely volunteers, though. Thanks to our set-up team of Erik Schrijnemaekers, Jane Sparks, Nadine Pryce, Pauline James and Nick Fiander and our marshals, Rosemarie Stevens, Samiullah Khan and Darren Woods. Richard Corby was Run Director and Number Checker while bar-code scanning was in the hands of Louise Lauder, Peter Whiteley and Danyal Nawaz. Hannah Luffmann handed out the numbers and Matthew Crossley joined me on the stop- watches. The team was completed by our two tail- runners, Bob and Marguerite Ewen.

We had well over three hundred runners as our numbers were swelled by a visit from a contingent of Zero to Hero runners, brought along by John Isaacs. They made a great splash of colour in their blue tops. I love the way the ones who finished early came to the finish line to cheer on their slower members.

We also had a good crop of special milestones.Today Jenny Hansen and Martin Longstaff clocked up their 150th parkruns and Ian Wesson his fiftieth.  Nora Little completed her hundredth run. At the age of 8 years, 7 months and 4 days, we think she is the youngest Lloyd parkrunner to reach this target. She has run 90 of these at Lloyd Park and runs at junior parkrun as well. Today's Crown, though, goes to Andrew Crossley. Today he finished his four hundredth parkrun, having started down the road at Roundshaw in 2011. He has run 246 times at Lloyd Park, 98 at Roundshaw and the rest at 32 different venues. These superstars brought so much cake and so many biscuits that the tables groaned under their weight. Thanks, it was all very much appreciated.


Multitude of milestones – Lloyd parkrun Report #409 by Debra Bourne

Another warm and muggy morning at Lloyd Park for the 409th Lloyd parkrun. The sky was rather dull and grey initially but cleared later, with the sun breaking through. As for the previous few weeks the ground was quite hard underfoot, and the grass is getting somewhat long – some care is needed now to put the course marker arrows where they will be seen properly rather than being hidden in the greenery.

We had a large field of runners, with 244 finishers this morning, including 11 first time parkrunners – great to see you and I hope you will be back soon – and of course some dogs. We also had a number of visitors from both local parkruns and further away, with one runner coming from Forest Rec parkrun in Nottingham, and a couple of others from Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun. I hope you all had a good morning.

Several parkrunners reached milestones today: Heidi Allen and Rosemarie Stevens both reached the 50-parkruns club. Isaac Flanagan, Tasushi Ito and Michael Proctor all reached the 100-parkruns club, and Graham Hansen ran his 150th parkrun, while Robert Kidd completed his 50th occasion volunteering at parkrun! Many thanks to all of you who brought the lovely edibles – they went down a treat! It was also my great pleasure to present Eric Campbell with his 50 and 100 parkruns T-shirts. All of Eric’s parkruns have taken place with us at Lloyd parkrun, and he was the first member of Croydon Harriers to reach the 50 and the 100 all at Lloyd.

First to finish today was Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) in 18:29, followed by Lloyd Collier (Dulwich Runners) on his first Lloyd parkrun, who finished in 18:51 with Robbie Tambling (Croydon Harriers) third home in 18:56. For the women, Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) led the field to finish in 23:35, followed by Georgina Horton in 24:15 and Aisling O’Reilley in 24:34 – both on their second Lloyd parkruns and both improving on the time they ran previously.

David Ogden was highest age-graded at 83.17%, with Steve Corfield, Graham Hansen, Lee Flanagan and Lloyd Collier all over 75% and Robert Lines, Robbie Tambling, Geoff Pennells, Chris Morton, Simon Howden, Ian Taylor and Jeff Thwaites over 70%.

It’s always great to see children being introduced to parkrun at a young age. Hannah Musk and Richard Lee-Smith have always brought their kids to the parkrun. Last week and this week, Richard ran pushing a double buggy with his children in it. It was, he admitted, hard work, and he had to walk up the hill. Despite that, it’s an amazing achievement on the Lloyd parkrun course, and enabled the whole family to take part – with Hannah noting that he still finished before her!

Many thanks to all of today’s volunteering heroes: Nick Fiander, Nadine Pryce, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Jane Sparks and Pauline James on set-up; Rachel Lindley and Louise Lauder clicking the stopwatches for the first time and keeping in perfect unison with each other and with Gemma Halliday – who was likewise giving out the finish tokens for the first time; Jenny Booth, Foong Cheek and Eric Schrijnemaekers barcode scanning; Bob Ewen and Ron West as 30- and 27-minute pacers; Sandra Francis and Robert McCann as our tail walkers and Peter Attewell, Linda Daniel, Paul Baillie and Robert Kiss as your marshals around the course. Shaun Smith kindly took the photos, and I was Run Director and Number Checker. Jenny Booth carried out the bulk of the results processing and I finished it off at home after the café wi-fi decided to stop working properly.

On the subject of volunteers: I would really like to get the next two weeks’ worth of volunteers organised this coming week, as I may not have internet access the following week. Many thanks to those who have already offered. To volunteer, simply email lloydoffice@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun ID.

Have a great week – and Lloyd parkrun will be back next Saturday.


The muggy one – Lloyd parkrun Report #408 by Debra Bourne

parkrunday morning started off looking dull and not particularly warm, so I grabbed a sweatshirt to take with me as I left the house. I would be the only person on setup with a key to the storage cupboard, so I was determined to be at Lloyd Park for 8am. Garage door opened, car driven out and onto the drive and I hopped out to close the garage door – and watched as a fledgling sparrow hopped into the garage. Moving slowly so as not to startle it further into the garage, I edged in and around behind it and gently shooed it out. It fluttered a little – then hopped directly under the car! Closing the garage door before it could decide to head back in there, I peered under the car and could just make out the sparrow hiding in a clump of grass growing from a crack in the tarmac. It seemed likely to stay put, so I slowly rolled the car forwards and set off, arriving at the park only a few minutes late.

The sky was still dull at Lloyd Park, but I certainly didn’t need the sweatshirt. Three other members of the setup crew, Bob Ewen, Michelle Klein and Jane Sparks, were already waiting for me, and Colin Jackson and Paul Elliott soon appeared, so it didn’t take long for us to haul out all the kit and set up the tables, before dividing into teams to set out the finish funnel and sections of the course, armed with rubber mallets for knocking the pegs into the firm ground to support the marker arrows. By the time that Paul and I had marked out the course up and down our much-loved (!) hill, my feet were rather damp from the wet grass, but I was pleasantly warm.

Arriving runners were few in number by 08.30, but 15 minutes later the area around the registration tables was getting much busier – and various cakes and biscuits were appearing in celebration of no less than THREE of our regular runners reaching their 250th parkruns. Jenny Booth was this week’s Run Director and she had the pleasure of congratulating Sandra Harris, Peter Attewell and Michael Bassett on reaching this landmark.

As usual, Jenny finished the usual announcements by checking that the timekeepers – this week Paul Elliott and Lesley Bassett – were ready then calling to the runners: “Are you ready? Go!” And they went.

First back to the finish funnel was Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) in 18:25, followed by David Ogden (South London Harriers) in 19:10 and Robert Lines (Selsdon Baptist Church Runners) in 19:15. They were followed by two juniors, with George Ogden just beating Isaac Flanagan to the line. For the women, junior runner Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) finished first in 22:16, followed by team mates Gulcin Erten in 24:13 and Leanne Moore in 25:19.

This week’s highest age graded run came from David Ogden (82.96%), while five other runners, lee Flanagan, Robert Lines, George Ogden, Tim Rowe and Geoff Pennells were over 70%. Jaqueline Bradford’s run was age graded 68.54% - the highest for the women this week.

General consensus amongst runners after the run was that the morning was deceptively warm and muggy, despite the dull sky – not the easiest running weather. By the time that many runners had settled down outside the café with teas, coffees etc., the sky had cleared to blue and it was turning into a very nice sunny day.

Very many thanks to this week’s volunteering heroes, without whom no parkrun could take place. Besides those already mentioned, Darren Over handed out the finish tokens (and checked beforehand that they were all present and in the correct order); Oliver Little, Danyal Nawaz and (after his run) Peter Whiteley scanned barcodes; Chris Smith and Robert McCann were our tail walkers, and Helene McCann, Abid Rehman, Roger Stevens, Robert Kidd and Katharina Harr were your marshals. Jennifer Page took the photos. Foong Cheek helped me to hand out the little cards with all the Lloyd parkrun online contact details on, together with the new, two-click method of signing up for the volunteering emails. Jenny and I processed the results.

Extra thanks to those who helped Colin Jackson when he suffered a sudden attack of cramp and needed help to get safely back to the pavilion – and thank you Richard for taking him home!


Church runners ahoy! – Lloyd parkrun Report #407 by Debra Bourne

Sun, blue skies, just a little bit of breeze, firm ground underfoot - what a beautiful day for a parkrun! Some 309 runners agreed and lined up for the start this morning, several of them attached to a variety of sizes and shapes of dog.

Truthfully, the extra numbers were due to the mob match being held between several church running groups at Lloyd parkrun this morning. Welcome to all today’s visitors, whether you were taking part in that event or otherwise. And welcome also to today’s 13 first time parkrunners!

Arriving in the park this morning at about 0805, several of the others on the setup crew were already there and waiting for me, and we all pitched in to get the tables, flag, finish funnel etc. out of the storage cupboard, before Nadine Pryce, Eric Schrijnemaekers, Danyal Nawaz and Matthew Crossley set off to do most of the course marking while Jane Sparks helped me to get the finish funnel up and the first and last few signs set up. No sooner had we done that then it was time to start organising the rest of the volunteers: marshals Kerena Ivens, Hannah Luffman, Helene McCann, Peter Whiteley, Xihuai Guo and Yaning Zyu; timekeepers Robert Butlin and Jon Dean; Linda Ingram giving out the finish tokens; and Louise Lauder, Foong Cheek, Erik Schrijnemaekers and Nikki Javan on barcode scanning. Richard Corby took on number checking so I would be able to take the photos after making the announcements as today’s Run Director. Robert Butlin kindly carried out the First Timers’ briefing so I could concentrate on the volunteers.

Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon)had a great run this morning, and was first in to the finish, in 18:03, followed by Adam Hudson (Good Shepherd Runners) in 18:35 and Kevin Lewis (Sutton Runners) in 18:37. For the women, Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) finished first in 23:20, with Patroulla Lorke (Emmanuel Runners) second in 24:25 and Viv Mitchell (South London Harriers) third in 25:30.

Lloyd parkrun regular runner Jenny Little joined the parkrun 100 club this morning, while visitor Marie Gray (Chiltern Church Runners) joined the 50-club. I love seeing all the white (10 parkruns – under-18s only), red (50 parkruns), black (100) and green (250) shirts being worn on a Saturday morning – and indeed seeing them worn with pride by runners during the week.

A fantastic 63 runners ran PBs today: Adam Hudson, Ashley Pate, Dave Shaw, Léo Lawless, George Ogden, Steve Corfield, Darren Woods, Phil Docherty, David Colm O'Domhnaill, Deji Elerewe, Lukasz Farbaniec, Maximilian Lorke, Jon Bridges, Gary Harrison, Phil Richards, Ian Smith, Ian Yates, Christian Vietz, Wilfred Yung, Darren Millings, Jamie Taylor, Bob Dear, Amatare Oki, Steve Price, Monty F. P. Atkinson, Donal Deasy, Thomas Meadows, Sonja Shakespeare, Michael Ogunnaike, Stephen Heinemann, Kyle Cheatley, Derek Harding, Ian White, Tamsyn Down, Ray Royer, Jane Sparks, Jeremy Hopes, Yvonne Harrison, Tom Algar, Aneta K, Kirsty Cotton, Paul Lewis, Periasamy Selvaraj, Sophia Lunn, Andy Poole, Matthew Crossley, Shaun Smith, Martin Tyrrell, Kannan Sundararajan, Matthew Gray, Wendy Field, Timothy Lunn, Tamsin Bosch, Polly Albany-Ward, Carmel Spanswick, Andrew Ward, Daria Kaczmarek, Aga Naturalna, Sean Neighbour-Sinclair, Emma Brown, Alison Ward, Carol Payne and Elsa Zeelie – well done all.

Two runners – Mathew Stone and Dave Shaw – ran runs over 80% age-graded today, with Steve Corfield, Mark Constantinou, Lee Flanagan, Graham Hansen and Adam Hudson over 75% and Kevin Lewis, George Ogden, Geoff Pennells, Tim Rowe, Ashley Pate, Phil Richards, Ian Taylor, Viv Mitchell, Gary Harrison, Isaac Flanagan and Chris Light over 70% - great running all of you.

And thank you to all those associated with the mob match who brought the nice edibles that were happily consumed after the run.

Finally congratulations to Andy Crossley on his birthday yesterday and well done running while towing your birthday balloon.

See you all next week.


parkrunaway dog! – Lloyd parkrun Report #406, 12th May 2018 by Sophia Sachedina

It was near perfect running conditions for today’s parkrun – not too hot, not too cold, Goldilocks would have been happy! Anyone venturing over to Lloyd parkrun in search of its notorious muddy XC conditions will have been disappointed, as the ground was firm and easy underfoot. The bank holiday and a 4 day week may also have been what drew out a large number of runners, with over 250 parkrunners taking on the “undulating” 5k course this morning.

First through the funnel was Jonathan Pontin (Ravens) in 18:15, followed by an “Unknown” (if you’re going to run sub-20 on that course, get yourself a/bring your barcode!), with Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) coming in third in 18:40. Although official results show the first lady as Sophia Sachedina (Striders of Croydon) in 23:40, I know that there was a woman in front of me (another “Unknown”). Miriam de Souza (Croydon Harriers) came in second lady in 25:35, followed closely by Viv Mitchell (South London Harriers) in 25:49, who was also top of the female age-gradings, with 70.11%.

An impressive age-grading of 84.01% saw David Ogden top the age-grading runs (10 seconds off a PB in 18:46), with Steve Corfield at 78.35%, and Graham Hansen at 76.45%. Seems late 50s is a good age to be running, as the top 4 age-graders were all in the VM55-59 category.

Almost a quarter of runners achieved PBs today (59), with 22 first timers taking on Lloyd parkrun – well done all!! Nikki Javan was a Pacer superstar, bringing people round in 30:02 – couldn’t ask for much closer pacing than that, so stick with her when she next paces and you’ll be in good hands – while Ron West brought a happy Rebecca Thring in to finish in 34:58 – also great pacing. Big congratulations to Tim Fahey, Tracey Walters and Miriam de Souza who all ran their 50th Parkrun today! It was a huge milestone for Rachel Tanner who ran her 200th Parkrun today, well done! Ones to watch are Jennifer Little who is one parkrun away from reaching 100, and Andrew Crossley who is knocking on the 400 Club door!

Whilst all 258 parkrunners turning up at 9am on a Saturday morning is impressive, it was the “runaway” dog that stole the show! Dog gets on the tram at Addington (Everyone: “Ah, he’s probably with a parkrunner”), dog gets off the tram at Lloyd Park (Everyone: “Ah yes, he must be with a parkrunner”), dog lines up at the start line (Run Director: “Whoever’s dog that is, please can you put him on a lead”), dog runs parkrun with everyone (“Hmm, who’s dog is this??”). Thanks to Lee’s dog-catching skills and Debra’s spare lead, the runaway dog was detained, the dog warden called (thank you, Kevin), and I’m pleased to report that Sally has been returned to her owner. Just goes to show, even dogs can catch the parkrun bug!

And finally, a big shout out to all of today’s parkrun volunteers who made your morning run happen. I’ve only really dabbled in marshalling a couple of times (stood on the course, cheered people on, handed my bib in, and then headed home), but today I (and Martin Cross) helped Richard Corby with barcode scanning, and I got to glimpse just how much behind the scenes work goes into making your Lloyd parkrun experience. Long after the tail walker has finished and the crowds of happy runners dispersed, the volunteers are still hard at work, packing up, clearing away, sorting tokens, processing results, so that you can receive your “Congratulations” email. So thank you to all those who take the time to give back to running and volunteer at parkrun, with particular thanks today to Debra Bourne, Emma Budgen, Richard Corby, Martin Cross, Matthew Crossley, Martin Drake, Nick Fiander, Lee Flanagan, Ernie Hann, Andrew Harrison, Nikki Javan, Robert Kidd, Helene McCann, Robert McCann, Danyal Nawaz, Simon Powell, Nadine Pryce, Stephen Rhys-Davies, Sophia Sachedina, Jane Sparks, and Ron West. See that’s a lot of people just to make parkrun happen, so do sign up to volunteer occasionally – it really is fun!

Have a good weekend all, and see you at Lloyd parkrun again soon!


Merry month of May – Lloyd parkrun Report #405 by Debra Bourne

May at Lloyd parkrun got off to a very pleasant start with beautiful weather and firm, dry conditions underfoot, although some dew was still lingering on the longer areas of grass during the first lap. The general consensus when (while scanning barcodes after running) I asked people how the run had been for them was “hot”, with a sprinkling of answers of “hard” for variety – particularly from people who hadn’t run our challenging course before.

We had lots of those – our 226 finishers included 16 first-time parkrunners plus 11 visitors from as close as Roundshaw Downs, Riddlesdown and Crystal Palace and as far as Newcastle.

One of the marshals counted eight dogs and wondered whether that was a record. Speaking of which, I must remind all people running with dogs to keep their dog on a short lead and run off to the side where appropriate. I saw one occasion on the first lap where a dog veered across from one side of the stream of runners to the other and a runner had to check himself quite hard to avoid being tripped by the lead, and another parkrunner told me she had twisted a leg avoiding another parkrunning dog on a longish lead. Please be considerate to other parkrunners and keep your dog on a short lead – I really don’t want any accidents and I’m sure you don’t either.

Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) was first home today in 18:12, followed by David Ogden (South London Harriers) in 18:57, and Isaac Flanagan (Croydon Harriers) in a PB of 19:10. For the women, Striders of Croydon led again: Debra Bourne in 23:28, with Lauren Cotton next in 24:43 and Aisling O’Reilly, a first-timer, third in 24:50.

Top age-graded runs came from David Ogden (8320%), Lee Flanagan (77.29%) and Matthew Stone (77.11%); other runners passing the 70% mark were Anthony Harran, Graham Hansen, Geoff Pennells, Tim Rowe, Soul Hallums, Isaac Flanagan and Debra Bourne.

A fantastic 42 runners, from those completing their second parkrun to Claire Mitchell on her 194th parkrun, recorded personal best times, so well done Elizabeth Bradnam, Katie Weston, Lauren Barnett, Paula Delaney, Sarah Allport, Sally Leung, Frederic Demay, Cristiane Martini, Kate Keane, Taruna Iyer, Kannan Sundararajan, Paul Lewis, Ernest Onyebuchi Iloghalum, Chanka Perera, Isaac Esho, Jeremy Hopes, Venkat Kasireddy, Ian White, Leanne Graham, Claire Mitchell, Steven Marsh, Stuart Beech, Kevin Field, Andrew Bates, Dom Tooze, Steve Price, Alex Morrall, Adrian Ham, Fintan O'Reilly, Luke O'Reilly, Rotimi Oyegunle, Carl Linkson, Peter Whiteley, Tony Martin, Stefan Ciulu, Edward Hall, Marcelo Kern, Darren Woods, Soul Hallums and Isaac Flanagan.

Many thanks of course to this week’s volunteer crew. Particular thanks from me to Richard Corby who took over from me as Run Director once I’d done the announcements, and took on the Number Checker role, so that I could run. Thanks also to all the other volunteers: the set-up crew of Nadine Pryce, Graham Hansen, Colin Jackson and Bob Ewen, who set out all the course markers while Jane Sparks helped me to sort out the Finish Funnel and registration area; Jenny Booth and Matt Crossley on the stopwatches; Angelina Damonsing handing out the finish tokens – she has been volunteering for her Duke of Edinburgh Award and has done a great job – Heather Sinclair scanning barcodes, joined by me and by Sean Parry after we had run; marshals Andrew Honeyman, Cress Davidson, Jane Sparks and Robert Kidd; Photographer Wendy Spear and Tail Walker Jennifer Page. Jenny and I processed the results – with a few glitches but all sorted now, I think. Special thanks to today’s pacers, Jon Dean, Ron West and Bob Ewen – several of the runners mentioned how useful you had been.

Finally, congratulations to Nigel Davidson on his 200th parkrun and Matthew Stone on his 250th – and thanks for the edibles!

Lloyd parkrun will be back same time, same place next week – hope you can join us!


Running in the gloom – Lloyd parkrun Report #404 by Jenny Booth

179 runners, including 6 parkrun novices and 10 tourists, lined up with the usual complement of dogs of assorted sizes, on a murky start line, to be sent off on the course by Run Director Richard Corby. We watched them disappear and waited for their re-appearance. We didn't have to wait long as the front runner, a Lloyd Park regular, Matthew Stone of Selsdon Baptist Church runners came home in 19:13 with the very high age grade of 80.66%. 

There was a scramble for the next three places. Krzysztof Klidzia was overtaken in the last couple of yards, which should have pushed him into third place, but the gentleman who overtook him had come without his barcode so could not be included in the results and Krzysztof became the official second-placed finisher in 19:46. The third finisher Steve Corfield was only a second behind. Both Krzysztof and Steve achieved age grades in the high seventies. 

For the ladies, Gulcin Erten of Croydon Harriers led the field in 23:45, her second first place in her nineteen runs. She achieved a personal best time for the ninth time in those runs - a magnificent achievement. Selena Wong of Striders of Croydon finished second in 24:36 with Jodie Gray third in 24:43.

Although the weather was unkind, quite cold and drizzling, the terrain was not as awful as we had anticipated. It was a bit muddy and slippery and the tree roots were lurking to trip the runners up, but on the whole the course was reasonably firm. As a result there were a lot of personal best times. Congratulations to Gulcin Erten, Theo Flanagan, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Henry Mitchell, Gary Harrison, Jonathan Fenugaras, Carl Linkson, David Dixon, Becky Thomas, Joseph Cosgrave, Caroline McLellan, Christian Vietz, Bob Dear, Jeremy Monksfield, Tugce Erten, Jane Sparks, Ian White, Martha Gallagher, Emma Robinson, Kannan Sundararajun, Sophie Cook, Polly Albany- Ward, Joanne Barton, Megan Bradnam, Marie Holman and Morgan Bulled. And congratulations, too, to the first three finishers and Theo Flanagan, John Punt, Chris Morton and Geoff Pennells, who all recorded age grades of over 70%.

It was a milestone day for Christine Hewett who ran her hundredth parkrun today. She has run 94 of them with us at Lloyd Park and brought treats to share with everyone. In fact we were quite spoiled for treats as Krzysztof also brought cakes to celebrate his birthday.

As always parkrun was brought to you by a wonderful team of volunteers. Early morning saw the set-up team of Nadine Pryce, Nick Fiander, Robert Ewen and Graham Hansen out on the course with the arrows to guide you round. Our marshals were Sheena Hammond, Alison McArthur, Robert Kidd and Nikki Javan. Nikki was accompanied by her little daughter, Libby, resplendent in a yellow high-viz jacket about ten times too big, who cheered and clapped all the runners. We let her run through the finish line at the end! Angelina Damonsing excelled on the stopwatch, which was just as well as mine went wrong with four runners still to finish, and Yvonne Harrison handed out the numbers. Barcode scanning was done by Lorraine Saunders, helped by Martin Drake and Erik Schrijnemaekers after they had completed their runs. Danyal Nawaz took the photographs, not an easy task with the drizzle, and Robert Ewen acted as pacer for 30 minutes. Michael Procter and Louise Lauder were the tail walkers seeing everyone safely home.

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