Half-marathon season – Lloyd parkrun Report #453 by Debra Bourne

It’s spring, which means we’re nearly into marathon season, and runners are entering half marathon races as final tune up runs – or of course, are running a half marathon as their main race. There are quite a few around if you know where to look. This morning, by the time we were finishing, the Selsdon Half Marathon runners were streaming down Coombe Road. Next Sunday it will be the Croydon Half Marathon, organized by Striders of Croydon. The course is two laps on roads encircling our lovely Lloyd Park, and the medals have just been delivered and they are really great! You can still enter: http://bit.ly/CroHalf and on the day.

Arriving a little late at the park this morning (08:10, rather than 08:00), course set-up was already in progress, and Joanna Scanlan was waiting for me, to help with setting out the last section, which still needs checking and changing each week at present due to the construction of the new cycle path. The ground is drying up nicely, presently still a bit soft in places, but not really muddy – it has been quite a dry winter, and most visitors have failed to experience the true glory of the Lloyd parkrun winter mud! Sadly I missed seeing the deer further into the park – regular set-up volunteer Nick Fiander had that privilege.

Finally everything was ready, this week’s volunteers were all briefed, and the first timers were briefed, before we all headed down to the start area for a quick general briefing and the count-down: three, two, one – go! I always love watching everyone heading off, from the fastest runners to the tail walker, with excited dogs being controlled and people arriving late and (quite properly!) dashing down to the start area in order to turn around and run back along and past the pavilion.

We had a respectable field of 219 parkrunners today, including eight first-time parkrunners and 10 tourists, from close by, such as Roundshaw Downs and Riddlesdown, and further away, including Portsmouth and Coventry.

Simon Ambrosi (Striders of Croydon) was first back to the finish funnel, in 18:55, followed by Nick Marshall (Croydon Harriers) in a PB of 19:05 and David Ogden (South London Harriers) in 19:11. For the women, Amy Miller (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) finished first ( 17th overall) in 20:53, followed by Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) in 21:27 and visitor Katie Carew-Robinson (City of Portsmouth AC) in 23:05.

Highest age-grade runs came from David Ogden (82.88%), Matthew Stone (79.42%), Steve Corfield (79.36%), Graham Hansen (75.62%), Amy Miller (73.26%), Nigel Davies (73.11%), Simon Ambrosi (72.69%), Matthew Saunders (72.30%) and Nick Marshall (71.79%).

For 34 people, it was PB time, so congratulations to Nigel Davies, Nick Marshall, Ifetobi Salako, Jonathan Long, Zoha Jetha, Jon Saunders, Chris Taruwona, Tim Allen, Caz Heath, Mark Whatling, John Williamson, Neil Blackley, Andrew Smith, Andrianna Hadjimichael, Richard Hooper, Jeeshu Ganguly, Joe Ingram, Jordan Leader, Steve Dixon, Libby Lawrey, Tim Stephens, Thomas Barker, Heidi Allen, Darren Doyle, Emma Moir, Michael Hazell, Eme Chan, Helen Green, Andre Markley, Abi Blood, Eric Lanquaye, Gisele Malin, Samantha Malin and Angua Bediako.

Many thanks to today’s wonderful volunteers: Stephen Allport, Jennifer Booth, Debra Bourne, John Chambers, Jayden Douglas, Paul Elliott, Nick Fiander, Agnimitra Ghosh, Jenny Hansen, Benjamin Hansen, Eleanor Hunt, Louise Lauder, Colin Lynch, Neel Maniar, Joanna Scanlan, Les Todd, Noah Tolfrey and Stephen Tyler.

I’m going to be away from Lloyd parkrun quite a few weeks over April to June, due to work and races. Please support Jenny, Richard and anyone else who takes on the Run Director role over this period, by VOLUNTEERING - if you’re not sure about it, ask me (I -will- be around next Saturday). If anyone wants to try giving the briefing to the first timers, writing the run report or doing results processing (any of which can be combined with running) please email me. We would also like to recruit some more people for Run Director and Number Checker, so please let me know if you’re willing to try those.

 

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! (https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/CroydonHalf)

 

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]

 

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...

 

Misty hill-hop – Lloyd parkrun Report #449 by Debra Bourne

[Apologies for this being posted somewhat later in the week than usual - life outside parkrun got in the way]

It was as misty this morning as I’ve ever seen it at Lloyd Park at 8am. The sun was occasionally visible as a round object looking more moonlike through the haze, and the path works were invisible. While most of the setup crew went off to mark out the main course, a few of us walked round the final section and worked out what we had to mark this week to make it safe and produce the correct distance. Lots of short cones, plus some of the larger orange cones borrowed from Lloyd junior parkrun (thanks, guys!) enabled us to produce a curving route away from the holes left by heavy machinery.

There was an extra problem to be solved in that the finish funnel was not visible, even with the orange cones we placed before the taped area. However, Richard, who was marshalling today, sensibly moved after one lap to a good spot from which to point people in the correct direction, and as far as we’re aware everyone managed to find it!

The volunteer ranks were swelled by a contingent of Girlguiding volunteers, brought along by Jo Wheeler, and we also had several young people who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards. The full roster of volunteers, without whom of course the parkrun could not happen, was Stephen Allport, Jennifer Booth, Debra Bourne, Marc Burrows, Eric Campbell, Lucy Cheetham, Richard Corby, Michael Davis, Adrienne Dawson, Aidan Dixon, Jayden Douglas, Robin Faulkner, Nick Fiander, Debbie Goodier, David Graves, Gemma Halliday, Eleanor Hunt, Colin Jackson, Marta Lindner, Dave Linkson, Beverley Malin-Smith, Azra Mathias, Vincent Milne, Nadine Pryce, Sarah Read, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Andrew Smith, Stephen Tyler and Jo Wheeler.

First to emerge from the mist was Simon Ambrosi (Striders of Croydon), finishing in 18:53, followed by David Ogden (South London Harriers) in 19:23 and his son George Ogden (also SLH) in 19:38. For the women, Laura Marshall (Croydon Harriers) returned first in a PB of 23:29, followed by Amy-Rose Poole in 23:42, also a PB, and Sarah Belaon (Blackheath & Bromley) in 24:06.

David Ogden ran 82.03% age graded, with Steve Corfield at 78.81%, Matthew Saunders 73.33%, Simon Ambrosi 72.82%, Thomas Beare 71.30% and George Ogden 70.88%. Lynn Nunn finished with a very respectable 67.76%, and Laura Marshall with 67.64%.

We had quite a few tourists, with 24 people running at Lloyd parkrun for the first time, but only seven of those being first-time parkrunners.

Congratulations to Parthasarathy Thandavarayan on reaching the 50-club, and to Jeremy Sinclair and Robert Ackerley for reaching 150 parkruns. Also Happy Birthday to Nadine!

A fantastic 32 runners – more than 10% of the field – ran a PB, so very well done to Robert Turner, Richard Stirzaker, Nicolas Duplessis, Simon Liau, Leila Du Toit, Jo Stoffell, Monica Turner, Laura Marshall, Jordan Leader, David Thomas, Makaela Mclean, Patrick Webster, Laura Mclellan, Jason Kinkead, Grant Bosworth, Sanjay Agarwal, Thomas Meadows, Daniel Lee, Paul Hunter, Sean Hayes, Prashant Mistry, Lee Levon, Daniel Hyde, Sridhar Shanmugam, Chris Tompkins, Aaron Vaz, Madeleine Burt, Aidan Dixon, Amy-Rose Poole, Matthew Radford, Joshua Edwards and Matthew Morton.

 

‘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.

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