I know, I know, it's Tuesday and I am only just writing the run report. The trouble with bank holidays and being from a large Irish catholic family is there is LOTS of socialising to do and quite frankly I didn't get round to putting pen to paper or, in this case, fingers to keyboard until this evening.
So, what can I tell you about parkrun this week? We had 329 people at the start, which confused lots of people as it was in a different place. The advantage of the start and finish areas being quite far apart (at separate ends of the Avenue of Trees) was people got to do a little warm up run; which may account for the (SPOILER ALERT) 78 PBs, more about them later.
According to the parkrun wiki (which is VERY different from Julian Assange's wikileaks, well in most respects)) we had representatives from 31 different running clubs and 48 people attended our slightly undulating park for the first time. Now parkrun wiki doesn't do a break down of first timers so I had to do that manually. I can, though tell you that 20 people were crinkle free, fresh out of the wrapper brand new parkrunners. I was particularly impressed by Jacob Tuhami who not only did his first ever parkrun in a phenomenal time of 29:21 (a time I can only dream of) but also took part in the new runners briefing role play. Thank you Jacob. There was another first timer who role played the funnel ducking but I forgot his name and as I'm perimenopausal I forgot to write it down. I think he was called Lewis but I could be wrong. Anyway, he forgot his barcode but said he enjoyed it so he'll be back I'm sure!
Welcome to all of the first timers: the hills never get easier but we're a welcoming cult and always friendly!
If we had 20 first timers we must have had 28 tourists and they came from far and wide: Huddersfield, Leeds and Peckham spring to mind! Welcome to you too; next time we'll probably have a different course, we do that quite a lot!
Back then to the 78 people who ran their fastest ever parkrun or as us elite athletes like to say; got a PB. I was delighted to see Oscar Dodds ran faster than on his first week, I didn't see him at the end but he took a very respectable 16 seconds off last week. Mike Stephenson who appears to be the incredibly vanishing man got yet another PB (4th consecutive week!) and Murat Agus got a PB as well. He only started running about 18 months ago and is just getting faster and faster. Denise Delamain is another relatively recent runner. She ran her first parkrun in January 2018 in 42:23 and on Saturday got a phenomenal PB of 34:06. Well done to all of you and to everyone who got a PB.
Thirty people didn't record a time as they didn't have their barcode. So, we will never know if they ran a PB, were first timers (well, apart from Lewis, if that's his name), tourists or finished first. Oh, we do know an unknown runner finished first but that was Jake so he wasn't really unknown. #DFYB
On 10th March 2018 I ran parkrun expecting to miss one parkrun as I was going away with my sisters. Whilst away with them I managed to tear a muscle in my calf and exacerbated a hip problem and I had to hang up my running shoes. Since January this year I have been slowly running and walk/running and tonight I managed 5k so for the next few weeks I'll be doing some parkrun tourism. This is a long winded way of saying the parkrun pen is available if any of you fancy taking it for a spin. In fact, all of the volunteers roles are available every week so do let us know by email, Facebook, Facebook messenger or Twitter. We will let you have a bit of hi-vis action!
So, happy running one and all.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 433
20th April 2019
This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Clare Elizabeth WYNGARD • Michael DODDS • Clare PARKINSON • Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • George WILLIAMS • Clarice Yvie WAMBA • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Adam HARMAN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Andrew CHONG • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • David APPLETON • Clare DAVIS • Seán HILL • Fred HAYES • Tim LUND • Pat GRIFFIN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crystal Palace parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Nicholas TORRY who recorded a time of 15:26 on 1st July 2017 (event number 344).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 90.93% (23:20) on 22nd April 2017 (event number 334).
Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 10,217 participants have completed 72,826 parkruns covering a total distance of 364,130 km, including 12,039 new Personal Bests. A total of 557 individuals have volunteered 4,892 times.