parkrunday wedding day – Lloyd parkrun Report #424 by Debra Bourne

For the middle of September, the weather was still pretty good today – sunny, and a pleasant temperature for running (and not too cool for volunteers standing on a field for an hour or so). The ground at Lloyd parkrun is still nice and firm – to be enjoyed while it lasts.

This morning, Tom Wells was running with us – and this afternoon, he was getting married – so congratulations to Tom, and you can thank Tom Hutchinson for letting me know so I could announce your wedding to everyone this morning!

Congratulations are also due to Martin Drake, on the birth of his daughter Kitty.

We had 17 first-timers joining us today, and as usual some of those arrived rather early when the volunteers easily outnumbered the runners. I reassured them that this would change, and indeed the usual magic occurred by which numbers swelled rapidly from about 8.50 and we ended up with 239 people completing the parkrun today.

The last people to finish were Robert and Helene McCann, as our Tail Walkers. Just before them came Keith Booth, walking both laps (having said he would just do one) on his first parkrun for three months. It was great to have Keith back.

The first parkrunner to finish today was Jack Burton (South London Harriers) in 18:27, followed by David White (Croydon Harriers) in18:54 and Andrew Manion in a PM of 19:02. For the women, Eloise Stradling (Farnham Runners) finished first in 21:54 in her first run with us, followed by Jenny Rowe in a PB of 22:15 and Amy-Rose Poole in 24:13.

Highest age graded runs came from Jack Burton (75.43%), John Isaacs (73.70%), and Daniel Jewell (72.67%), with Andy Perks, Phil Richards, Pauline James, Simon Ambrosi, Gary Harrison and Paul Elliott also coming in over 70%.

A great 48 people ran PBs: Andrew Manion, Daniel Jewell, Jake Moir, Paul Elliott, Jon Bridges, Luke White, Adam Costello, Tom Wells (a great start to your wedding day!), Jenny Rowe, David McLellan, David Peach, Phil Richards, Jim Meadows, Caroline McLellan, Roo Stewart, Edmund Fallon, Stephen Siu, Nigel Booth, Joy Barker, Jonathan Stillwell, Daria Kaczmarek, Simon Tucker, Louisa James, Clara Smowton, Suresh Vellore, David Graves, Catherine Kane, Alex Hesketh, Simone Ragavooloo, Marine Passavant, Hannah Heard, Casandra Dohmatob, Sophia Brown, David Kane, Ricky Thompson, Marie Holmes, Tim Stephens, Rosemarie Stevens, Lydia Goromonzi, Gema Rolfe, Isabella Brown, Sarah Read, Mary Bates, Rosemarie Stephens, Alan Clarey, Ama Mohammadi, Karin Aspeling and Anne Johannes – well run all!

More than 20 people didn’t have their barcodes today. If anyone is having problems getting theirs printed out, please email and I will help with that. If you are a regular Lloyd parkrunner do remember you can leave a copy or two of your barcode in the boxes we provide for that purpose. I also recommend that you keep a copies everywhere – under the cover of your mobile phone is a good place as well as in your wallet/purse, in the car, under the insole of your running shoe (yes, really) – or invest in a parkrun ID wristband.

Finally, as always, we couldn’t hold a parkrun without the volunteers. Today I had the pleasure of being your Run Director. Jenny Booth and ‘The Ref’ (Stephen Tyler) clicked the stopwatches while Joy Harris handed out finish tokens. David Appleton, Bob Thomas and Thea Franklin scanned barcodes, and Jane Sparkes wrote down those that didn’t scan properly (in nice legible writing, which Jenny and I appreciated greatly while we processed the results). Jane also helped set out the course, together with Pauline James, Nadine Pryce and Colin Jackson. Lee Flanagan took photos until the card in my camera was full (my apologies for forgetting to check and clear space on it beforehand), and Sarah Allport, Sandra Harris, Richard Spear and Graham Hansen were today’s marshals.

The last words for this report come thanks to a runner who used to be a regular at a different parkrun and now runs regularly with us – she said we’re much friendlier. Thank you to everyone for that, and long may we continue with a reputation as a friendly parkrun.

See you next week.



Run in the sun – Lloyd parkrun Report #422 by Jenny Booth

It was a beautiful morning with blue skies and bright sunshine. The tail walker actually got a telephone message from her daughter from the finish line asking her to get a move on as the finish funnel team were all getting sunburnt! The course was firm but the grass was covered in very wet dew. I shouldn't have worn my sandals.

Some of our runners certainly did get a move on. First home was Joe Lyne of Trafford AC in 18.27, with Daniel Gillett of South London Harriers second in 18.43 and Krzysztof Klidzia of Striders of Croydon third in 18.48. The ladies got cracking as well. First lady home was Anna Corby of Croydon Harriers in 21.02, a new personal best time. In fact Anna has recorded a new personal best time in each of her last three runs at Lloyd Park. Second lady finisher was Jenny Rowe in 22.35 and third was Alex Jervis in her first outing at our venue.

Congratulations to all of today's runners who achieved a personal best time. Apart from Anna, they were Terry Eeles, Luke White, Caspar Dean, Donal Deasy, Nithipan Vananathan, James Gooding, Gajandra Sivadhas, David Lawton, Abigail Robertshaw, James Beatt, Horatio and Edmund Fallon, Joshua Edwards, Thomas Barker, Monika Martin, Richard Hooper, Aidan Dixon, Clara Smowton, Tamsin Bosch, Lamie Kendrick, Louis Rockall, Sarah Allport, Anna Bond, Stuart Brown, Toks Olusamokun, Caroline Brown and Umesh, Ranjani Vellore Suresh. There was, also, a very large number of runners who recorded high age grades. Two of our regulars reached the dizzy heights of over 80% age grade - David Ogden and Krzysztof Klidzia and there were grades of over 70% for Anna Corby, Jeff Thwaites, Geoff Pennells, Jon Dean, Chris Morton, Brahem Hansen, Roger Stevens, James Moore, Tom Gillespie, Lee Flanagan, Daniel Gillett and Joe Lyne.

We welcomed 30 Lloyd Park first- timers - 15 of them parkrun novices and 15 of them tourists from other venues. Our visitors included runners who normally run at Beckenham, Reigate Priory, Tooting Common, Nonsuch, Brockwell, Crawley, Southend, Milton Keynes and Stretford parkruns.

It was a milestone day for Anirudh Kasireddy who joined the junior ten club this mornig. Two more runners, Phil Richards and Robert Fisher completed their fiftieth parkrun. Well done all!

As always Lloyd parkrun is delivered to you by a team of volunteers, some of whom actually give up their own opportunity to run in order to give you all an organised and safe run. Many of them appear regularly and it would be good to see a few new faces helping out, so please think about whether you could come and join the team occasionally. Today's heroes and heroines were our set up team of Michelle Klein, Nadine Pryce, Pauline James, Jane Sparks and Erik Schrijnemaekers, our marshals Marion Davis, Henk Witlox, Jon Bridges, Keith Booth and Hélène McCann and tail walkers Lynn Seymour and Robert McCann. Bar code scanning was in the hands of Danyal Nawaz, Erik Schrijnemaekers and Jon Dean and Stephen Allport handed out the finish tokens. Stephen Tyler joined me with the stopwatches, Debra Bourne took photographs and processed the results and the event was presided over by today's Run Director, Richard Corby.


Irish blessing – Lloyd parkrun report #421 by Joanna Scanlan

There’s an Irish blessing:- “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft upon your fields.” Which isn't a bad summary of the more-or-less perfect running conditions experienced by 231 participants in our 421st event. The heavy rain of the night before threatened a greasy run but the sun and wind dried out the thirsty course before the start - last night’s moisture adding welcome give to the scorched paths without a hint (yet) of muddying them up. The cooling autumnal breeze had arrived a week or so early, yet the sunshine and post-squall air meant the stunning views from the top of the hill were as good as they get. Even the London Carnival Funfair parked close to our start seemed to add to a benign festive Bank Holiday vibe celebrating or commiserating the statutory end of summer. What a welcome for the 21 first timers, including Robert Page of Holme Pierrepont Running Club and James McDonald from our own Striders of Croydon AC!

The welcome was underlined by the generous baked goods including homemade cakes donated by Chao Gibbs to mark her milestone 100. Thanks and congratulations are in order. Equally, pastry and other celebrations went on for those with the milestones from last week: Luke White (Junior) 10th, Clara Smowton, 150th, Chris Brough 200th, Tamsin Bosh 50th. Well done all. Most excitingly, alongside the massive effort and determination of this week's delighted achievers, the excellent conditions contributed to the eyewatering 43 PBs this week, from Phil Symonds, Andrew Manion, Lucas Kemperman, Ben Amey, Anna Corby, Peter Lawton, Jon Bridges, Simon James, James Gooding, Nick Fiander, Gajandra Sivadhas, Ian Garton, Soheil Khalili, David Dixon, Steven Marsh, Neel Maniar, Abigail Robertshaw, James Beatt, Zsofia Jones, Stephen Siu, Claire Mitchell, Rachael Root, Matthew Mcguinness, Carrie Day, Callum Paterson, Vincent Milne, Selina Armoudon, Sheila Eade, Tamsin Bosch, Nikki Riley, Lamie Kendrick, Sally Lane, Stuart Brown, Anna Bond, Toks Olusamokun, Tim Stephens, Amali Lokuge, Hollie Riley, Ashleigh Stevens, Caroline Brown, Elena Brown, Isabella Brown and Esther Brown

We are grateful to Colin Dear for pacing 23 mins. Out on the course he accompanied a strong set of milestones for this week - most stupendous (and numerous) of which was that of Simon Ambrosi running both his 100th at Lloyd and his very impressive 300th overall parkrun. Tom White (Junior) ran his 10th, Carlos Rebelo 50th, Chao Gibbs 100th, David Peach 100th, Keith Watt 200th, Michelle Kline 150th. Huge Congratulations.

First over the line by 36 seconds was James Lyne (South London Harriers) with a terrific 18:02, followed by Phil Symonds in 18:40 and Krzysztof Klidzia (Striders of Croydon AC) in 18:49. First woman was Anna Corby (Croydon Harriers) at 21:03 (a PB!), with Sophie Sachedina (Striders of Croydon AC) second at 24.11 and Jenna Cooper (Croydon harriers third in 24:28. Massive respect. Last over the line (someone’s got to do it) was yours truly Joanna Scanlan at 52:34 (followed by the Tail Walker, of course), giving an overall spread of 34.32 for today. The wider the spread the greater the range of participants of which we can be very proud at Lloyd. We hope to encourage many friends and family to join us on a Saturday regardless of ‘perceived ability’!

Our top age graders this week were Krzysztof Klidzia (50-54) with 80.34% and Anna Corby (20-24) 70.31%. There were a further 7 runners with an over-70% age grade: Matthew Stone, Steve Corfield, James Lyne, Richard Moore, Geoffrey Pennells, Jeff Thwaites and Chris Light.

None of the above would have been possible without the volunteers. When you volunteer at Lloyd you will be made as welcome as when you run. Indeed you can do both by taking on certain of the positions. As a rule of thumb we are enormously grateful to those who volunteer approximately every twenty runs, or take the opportunity whilst injured or resting for longer runs to take on some of the roles open to all. My personal favourite is timekeeper, but then I enjoy a bit of pressure! Currently there are 12 positions open for 1st September. And if you go on the site to check out the volunteer roster do take the opportunity to opt in to the weekly volunteering email. It helps the run director’s blood pressure, I'm sure, to see the weeks ahead filled in good time! [It certainly helps the Volunteer Coordinator’s blood pressure! – Debra]

So thanks to this week’s heroes - Run Director today was Richard Corby backed up by the tireless Jenny Booth. Thanks to the rest of the team, Debra in absence (hope your Ridgeway 86 miler was a blast) Colin Dear, Hannah Luffman, Jane Sparks, Joanna Scanlan, Joe Lyne, Keith Booth, Martin Drake, Michael George, Nadine Pryce, Nick Fiander, Pauline James, Robert Ewen, Roberta Ann Gilkinson, Sharon Rhys-Davies, Simon Powell, Stephen Rhys-Davies, Wendy Spear, Yvonne Harrision, Zsofia Jones and particularly Vivienne Little for bravely tail walking with a broken wrist.

A closing bit of inspiration from my rummage through this week's national parkrun stats: congratulations to Harry Tempan from Mole Valley parkrun for a jaw dropping 106.27% age grade. He is in the VM-90-94 category and finished in 33.14 minutes. Bring on as many Irish Blessings as you can find!



Dinosaur on the course! Lloyd parkrun Report 420 by Debra Bourne

This morning dawned rather cool and grey – a notable change from the weather we’ve had for most of the summer and there was even a little very light drizzle soon after 8am. Thankfully that never came to anything and the run itself was held in very pleasant conditions – not too cold, not too hot, and just a light breeze. The ground was still very firm underfoot, with only the very top layer damp – not nearly enough to start anyone thinking about needing to change from road shoes to trail shoes yet.

The parking checkers were out in force this morning – we spotted them three times before 11am – so I was very glad I had given warning at the start of the announcements, and hopefully no parkrunners were “got”. Note that they can fine you for not being in a proper parking bay as well. There are spaces available on the side roads on the other side of Coombe Road, so do use those if possible if you need to drive, rather than filling up the car park.

The “magic of appearing runners” was very much in action today: 08:40 and the volunteers present still outnumbered the runners, but during the next 20 minutes people must have arrived at an average rate of at least one per 6 seconds, since we had 231 human finishers today – plus of course several dogs.

Of the 231, 21 were running Lloyd parkrun for the first time, including 10 first-time parkrunners (welcome!) and 11 visitors – one of whom, Neil Birkby, was visiting from Australia, where he recently discovered parkrun.

Helped by the cooler conditions, perhaps, 45 people ran PBs, so well done to Nicholas Marshall, Thomas Beare, Lucas Kemperman, Faiyaz Farouk, Gary Harrison, Luke White, Jenny Rowe, Simon James, Ian Hanley, Tim Lawlor, Ian Garton, Steven Marsh, James Beatt, Oli Lewis-Jones, Abigail Robertshaw, Charles Allanson, Jovian Ma, Joshua Edwards, Christian Xavier, Laura Cullum, Noah Cornes, Ed Cummins, Ashwin Kumar, Chanka Perera, Carrie Day, Vanda Barta, Sean Bradnam, Aidan Dixon, Martin Damonsing, Jennifer Kerr, Gayle Webster, Polly Albany-Ward, Janet Han, Nicola Kidd, Anirudh Kasireddy, Liane Ward, Ljerka Martinovic-Vavra, Stuart Brown, Gema Rolfe, Caroline Brown, Neelima Reddy, Mary Bates, Eliane Martini, Susan Farman and Esther Brown.

Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) was first home today in 18:54, followed by his son Isaac Flanagan (Croydon Harriers) in 19:23, with his team mate Nicolas Marshall next in 20:01. For the women, Jenny Rowe finished first in 22:32 (a PB), then Selena Wong (Striders of Croydon) in 24:11 and Sarah Belaon (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) third in 24:39.

Lee Flanagan also topped the age graded list with 74.43%, followed by Gary Harrison (71.84%), Geoff Pennells (71.52%), Thomas Beare (71.25%), Isaac Flanagan (70.68%) and Jeff Thwaites (70.57%), while Margaret Flaherty ran 70.36% and Pauline James came very close to 70%, with 69.33%!

Thanks as always are due to our volunteers: joining me on the team today were Claire Browse, Rafal Dawidko, Aidan Dixon, Michael George, Roberta Ann Gilkinson, Pauline James, Louise Lauder, Vincent Milne, James Porter, Nadine Pryce, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Jane Sparks and The Ref ( Stephen Tyler).

As for the dinosaur (or was it a crocodile?) onesie – that was being worn in training for a 10K for charity!

Next week Richard Corby and Jenny Booth will be running the show while I’m deserting Lloyd parkrun for a little 86-mile jaunt along the Ridgeway – have a good parkrun!


Reclaim your hoodies! – Lloyd parkrun Report #419 by Michelle Klein

There were near-on perfect conditions, if not a little on the warm side still, for today's parkrun, with a much cooler temperature versus the last couple of weeks. The pleasant morning drew in 213 park runners, with an impressive 32 new PBs.

There were a total of 12 first timers to parkrun today, one of whom was Bob Campbell, who I chatted to at the start; he's a keen Badminton player and doesn't profess to be a runner but thought he'd give parkrun a go. He ran well and I think he had fun but let's see if he comes back next week. We also had a few tourists, with 11 first timers to Lloyd this week, one of whom was Kirsty Bangham, who is one of 24 people who has reached the 500 club. From Bushy parkrun, she was there with a few friends who are currently touring the A-Zs of parkruns.

Racing home in first place today was Krzysztof Klidzia from Striders of Croydon, who I bumped into at the tram stop after the run, he casually asked me how I had done today. I told him that I had opted for a nice comfortable run. Krzysztof on the other hand told me he couldn't help himself and ran like a bat out of hell, giving his all, but failed to mention he was the first runner home! Well done Krzysztof, who with a time of 18:43was also placed second in age grade with an age graded score of 80.77%. Second runner home, in 19:11, was David Ogden from South London Harriers with the highest age grade score 82.88% and third placed was George Ogden, also from South London Harriers, in 19:43 and age graded 71.94%. Sophie Fludger was first woman home; from WESPA Fire Athletics, Sophie came in with an age grade score of 74.42% and a new PB of 22:21: well done Sophie! Second woman home was Lucy Hughes in 22:27, followed by third woman Jenny Rowe in 22:51 – both also with PBs.

The other runners with PBs were Elsa Zeelie, Neelima Reddy, Mark Parker, Sandra Mensah, Lamie Kendrick, Carl Lydner, Shaun Lok, Emma Jennings-Hester, Felicia Flinders, David Graves, Aidan Dixon, Vanda Barta, Oliver Goodwin, Vincent Milne, Alice Dungate, Joshua Edwards, Christian Spragg, Edmund Fallon, Steven Marsh, Bruce Maguire, Ian Garton, Harry Ogden, Tracy Pitcairn, Daniel Lee, James Gooding, Jeremy Sinclair, Simon James, Luke White and Faiyaz Farouk.

Debra took the opportunity today to showcase all the lost property, with the hope that some of the hoodies, gloves and a pair of socks would find their way home to their long-lost owners and homes. You have another week folks to claim your stuff before it goes off to a charitable cause to help out the refugees in Calais.

Thanks must always go to our lovely volunteers for supporting today's event: Stephen Tyler, Paula Bryan, Ian Butler, Theo Flanagan, Debra Bourne, Nadine Pryce, Nick Fiander, Selena Wong, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Trevor Stotten, Pauline James, Danyal Nawaz, Jonathan Fengaras, Jane Sparks, Reynold Floode, Rafal Dawidko and yours truly.

Without all our volunteers parkrun wouldn't happen, so give volunteering a go. It's so great to witness first-hand the comradery and community that parkrun brings.

Until next week.


Parched ground – Lloyd parkrun Report #418 by Debra Bourne

[Apologies for the delay in the writing of this report – a small family crisis (water leak), a trail marathon and a bit of computer shenanigans got in the way (as well as work, of course)! – But I have sorted the photos and got those online as well, so do go and browse them]

Another hot and sunny morning at Lloyd Park saw 215 runners lining up for the 418th Lloyd parkrun, including 27 first-timers – 10 of whom were running their first ever parkrun (I do hope we will see you again) and of course a few visitors from parkruns such as Mile End, Dulwich, Fulham Palace, Greenwich and Kingston.

The ground continues rock hard, with some quite sizeable cracks – thankfully nobody has lost a foot down any of those yet! It was very hot again as well, with no breeze to speak of, making it quite tough for running – at least one person decided to stop at one lap today, and there were only a couple of dogs running. Everyone managed to avoid tree roots and other hazards, so there were no twisted ankles and no need to fill in the dreaded “Incident Report Form”– thank you for your care and consideration!

The key that had been left behind last week was claimed this week, with the owner looking very pleased to get it back. We do have rather a lot of clothing piling up in storage, so if you’ve been wondering where your sweatshirt or jacket disappeared to some weeks/months ago, try asking us about it! We’ll try to display them soon, to jog memories (I have fond memories of Vanessa Wheeler crying out “I thought I’d lost that while camping!” as she rushed to claim her coat a couple of years ago), after which they will go off to a charity shop.

First back to the finish chute today was Peter Mills (Striders of Croydon) in 17:09, followed by Kieran White (Hercules Wimbledon) in 17:22 and Jonathan Pontin (Ravens) in 18:12. For the women Anna Corby (Croydon Harriers) came home first in a PB of 21:36, with Janet Cobby (New Eltham Joggers) second in 24:02 and Sophia Sachedina (Striders of Croydon) third in 24:17. That’s five clubs represented – and we had runners from a further 23 clubs, as well as lots of people who are not running club members. If you are curious about/interested in joining a running club, do ask those of us wearing running club shirts for more information.

David Ogden’s run was age graded 82.31%, with seven others coming in over 70%: Kieran White (79.75%), Stuart Fludger (76.05%), Peter Miles (75.61%), Janet Cobby (75.31%), Lee Flanagan (74.82%), Jonathan Pontin (70.88%) and George Ogden (70.74%).

PBs were run by Stuart Fludger, Andrew Manion, Lucas Kemperman, Anna Corby, Faiyaz Farouk, Andrew Venables, Ian White, Daniel Lee, Neel Maniar, Edmund Fallon, Joy Barker, Johnny Kendrick, Edward Forman, Thomas Barker, Emma Robinson, Suresh Vellore, Aidan Dixon, David Graves, Alex Hesketh, Cristiane Martini, Emma Jennings-Hester, Ricky Thompson, Nicola Kidd, Louise Rockall, Fiona Dyer, Neelima Reddy – congratulations!

Last week, Pauline James and Paul Elliott each reached the 50 parkruns club. This week, no official milestones (which are 50, 100, 250 and 500, plus for the under-18s only, 10), but Jo Wheeler ran her 200th parkrun and Wayne North his 150th.

Finally, many thanks to this week’s volunteers, without whom none of the above could have happened: the setup crew (Nick Fiander, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Nadine Pryce, Pauline James and Jane Sparks); Robert Butlin giving the first-timers’ briefing and deputizing for me on Number Checker while I checked up on other aspects of the run; marshals Jon Dean and Marion Davis; timekeepers (Stephen Tyler, Ian Butler and Danyal Nawaz), finish tokens (Susan Wray, ably assisted by her husband Peter); barcode scanners (Vincent Milne, Peter Whiteley, Lucas Kemperman and Erik Schrijnemaekers ), Photographer (Matthew Stone), pacer (Bob Ewen); and last by design – but definitely not least – Micky Wheeler and Lesley Bassett as the Tail Walkers. Thanks also to Lez Gonsalves and Anna Corby for taking water to runners in the queue to be scanned, and to Aidan Dixon for washing up cups during the week!


Lloyd parkrun will return same time same place next Saturday – see you there!


After the rain comes a parkrun (they’re more reliable than rainbows) Lloyd parkrun Report #417 by Anna Corby

Despite the torrential rain on Friday evening, the sun had reappeared by this morning, along with a generally appreciated breeze, to make this weekend’s 417th Lloyd parkrun (marginally) cooler than the week before! We had to contend with the festival being set up in the middle of the park, so the Run Director, Richard Corby, wanted to thank all the runners for staying out the way of their vehicles and keeping safe!
Today, three runners joined the 50 club: Paul Elliot, Simon Webster and Pauline James! Today’s parkrun was also the first time at Lloyd for 19 runners, including people new to parkrun and some parkrun tourists! So congratulations, and hope to see you all at Lloyd in the future!
The first three men home today were Dave Shaw with a new PB of 18.45 (Striders of Croydon), Robert Lines in 19.08 (Selsdon Baptist Church Runners) and George Ogden in 19.42 (South London Harriers), all achieving age-gradings of over 70%! Stevie Lawrence (Croydon Harriers) was the first woman home (and third overall), racing round with a new PB of 19.26, which equates to 76.16%. Anna Corby (Croydon Harriers) was next in a time of 22.16, followed by Jenny Rowe in 23.22. Steve Corfield and Graham Hansen also achieved age-gradings of over 70%.
21 more runners also achieved personal best times today, despite the warmth, so a big well done goes to: Dean Dyer, Adrian Ham, Simon James, Nick Fiander, Sam Oliver, Edmund Fallon, Abigayle Ashman, Isaac Esho, Ashwin Kumar, Edward Forman, Neil Bicknell, Harshavardhan Anand, Cat Lee, David Graves, Emma Jennings-Hester, David Durrant, Carl Lydner, Louise Rockall, James Carter, Mark Parker and Neelima Reddy!
As always, a big thank you to all the volunteers that made today’s run possible, we couldn’t do it without you, particularly with the festival chaos happening around the park!  Thanks to Stephen Allport, Sarah Allport, Jennifer Booth, Keith Booth, Debra Bourne, Richard Corby, Andrew Crossley, Linda Daniel, Jon Dean, Nick Fiander, Sandra Harris, Joy Harris, Pauline James, Michael Procter, Nadine Pryce, Erik Schrijnemaekers.
An especially big thank you goes to Andrew Crossley and Sandra Harris for assisting Frank Dargan in returning to the Lloyd park café for ice after he twisted his ankle on a tree root! And who both then completed the run!
Finally, a key was left on the table at the end of the run, so please contact us if you think it’s yours!
P.S. Apologies that there are no photos this week as no-one volunteered for the role!
[Addendum: As Event Director and Volunteer Coordinator, can I add an extra thank you to everyone for being so careful with the festival being present, particularly with the cars, and to the volunteers who did little bit more than usual to make sure it all went off safely today? Also, thank you to Anna Corby for carrying water to people in the queue to be scanned (since she was too modest to mention that in her run report). Debra]

Cool in the shades – Lloyd parkrun Report #416 by Debra Bourne

The sky was actually covered in pale clouds first thing this morning, and drops on the tilting windows suggested there had – barely – been some rain during the night. However, by the time we arrived at Lloyd parkrun the sky was blue, the sun was hot, and sunglasses and peaked caps were once more highly helpful if you wanted to avoid squinting in the bright light. Underfoot condition was definitely hard, and there are a number of cracks in the ground at the moment in the park, presently outlined in pink spray-on paint from the Race for Life a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully the grass, mowed for that event, is still reasonably short as well.

We had a couple of new items at the finish tables: a small water bowl on the floor for dogs, while on the top there was a new plastic box into which finish tokens can be placed if you don't have your barcode. The new stock of copies of "parkrun: much more than just a run in the park" had also arrived.

We had 18 people completing Lloyd parkrun for their first time today. These included eight people doing their first ever parkrun – for some it was their first ever 5k, and they did it very well! Tourists running Lloyd for the first time came from Brueton, Crystal Palace, Wanstead Flats, Chelmsford Central, Pymmes, Nonsuch, Riddlesdown, Wormwood Scrubs and Finsbury parkruns.

Rachel Lindley (Striders of Croydon) was first woman (and fifth overall) for the second week running, finishing in 19:36, with Anna Corby (Croydon Harriers) next in 22:31 and Elisabeth Parham third in a PB of 24:17. For the men, first to finish was Ben Howe (London City Athletics Club), taking nearly a minute off his time from a year or so again when he last ran here to come in at 17:18. Next was Lloyd parkrun regular David Ogden (South London Harriers) in 18:54, followed by Dave Shaw (Striders of Croydon) in 19:10.

Only six runners were age graded over 70% today: good running by David Ogden (84.13%), Dave Shaw (80.87%), Steve Corfield (78.55%), Rachel Lindley (77.21%), Ben Howe (74.66%) and Tim Rowe (72.61%).

Jonathan Long ran his 100th parkrun today – well done, Jonathan – and brought some chocolates to celebrate – which disappeared quite quickly. Eric Campbell ran his 150th parkrun, all of which have been run with us here at Lloyd parkrun.

Congratulations to the 41 runners who finished with a new Personal Best time: Lynn Nunn, Nick Fiander, David Lawton, Elisabeth Parham, Owen Brabon, Jon Bridges, Ramsay Gashut, Alan Wateridge, Ryan Moore, Dana Benedek, Faiyaz Farouk, Donal Deasy, Edmund Fallon, Danny O'Sullivan, Zoltan Benedek, Andrew Smith, Simon James, Felicia Flinders, Taruna Iyer, Matt Garner, Joanna Bega, Steven Marsh, Jeeshu Ganguly, Huesan Chan, Jamie Rodwell, Orla O'Connor, Suresh Vellore, David Graves, Simon Tucker, Julia Hiles, Johnny Kendrick, Eleanor Fusaro, Lamie Kendrick, Michael O'Connor, Caroline Brown, Agnieszka Gawrys, Gema Rolfe, Umesh Ranjani Vellore Suresh and Morgan Bulled.

One of today’s local tourists was Clare Parkinson, registered at Crystal Palace parkrun. She can’t run any more, but is still enjoying parkrun, particularly parkrun tourism, trying out the different courses within and beyond the London area. Today she race walked the Lloyd course in under 35 minutes, which is pretty good. I’ve tried race walking and it’s surprisingly difficult – it uses your muscles differently to how they are used when running.

It’s also different running pushing a buggy, as you can’t use your arms. Richard Lee-Smith ran pushing his children in their double buggy again today, gaining several admiring comments from runners who find it amazing he managed on this course and particularly of course on the hill.

And no parkrun report would be complete without thanking today’s parkrun heroes – the volunteers. Jane Sparks, Nadine Pryce, Pauline James, John Punt and Nick Fiander arrived early and set the course markers out. Hannah Luffman, Darren Woods and Keith Booth were your marshals (very good to see you back at Lloyd Park, Keith!), while Russell Nevard and Susan Wray were the Tail Walkers. Jenny Booth and Simon Powell were the timekeepers; Madeleine Little and Edmund Sinclair handed out the finish tokens and Krzysztof Klidzia, Foong Cheek, Peter Whitely (after running) and Oliver Sinclair scanned barcodes. I was Run Director, Number Checker and Results Processor – easy jobs today as everything went smoothly except a temporary loss of internet connection in the café. Matthew Stone kindly agreed to take photos. Thanks also to Lez Gonsalves and Anna Corby for carrying cups and water to people waiting to be scanned in, and to Richard Corby for leading on getting everything packed up after the run.


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.

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