A parkrun without the legendary Bob Bell

Hello lovely parkrunners, I'm back. Thanks to Bob for picking up the journalist pen in my absence. We had 402 runners/walkers/cartwheelers at the start line this morning as our Run Director Barry set us off in unusually quiet tones. He was heckled by some ruffian who didn't need a megaphone as she sounds like a fishwife but he was undeterred!

So, what can I tell you about our parkrun this morning? We took delivery of 13 fresh out of the wrapper brand new parkrunners, welcome to you all. Some weeks we do a one lap course which is not quite as punishing as this morning's. Do come back next week and experience it. We also had some tourists - 47 in total. Owain Rees ran his 105th parkrun but first with us. With a name like that I fully expected him to be an experienced mountain runner from Wales but Owain seems to favour flatter parkruns with most of his previous ones done at Clapham Common and Tooting! Not too sure what took him to long to come to our slightly undulating course. Another intrepid traveller, this time from Dulwich was Will Forbes who was running with us for the first time. Welcome to you both! And a massive welcome to Joanne White who was running her fourth ever parkrun, first at CP and she ran her fastest ever which shows she is clearly someone who loves running up those hills!

Joanne was running with us as her husband Russell was running his 100th parkrun; a feat that has taken him a mere five and a half years! Well done Russell! Other milestone runners included Tim Anderson and John Highmoor who were both running their 50th, Rupert Bedford and Anna Rymill who notched up their 100th and Claire Steward who was running her 300th, which whilst not an official parkrun milestone run is definitely worthy of a mention. Well done to you all.

Some people ran their fastest ever parkruns today: Lin Skinner (20:10), Murat Agus (22:32) and Emma Mcintyre (28:30). And I must give a whole separate sentence to Kiya Daniel who has done four parkruns in the past four weeks and taken a phenomenal seven minutes off her time! HUGE congratulations to you all.

We were missing parkrun regulars today: Bob Bell, Belinda Cottrill, Lisa Rabanal and Matt Hunt were all running in Farfalle in Italy. Farfalle described Bob as the 'legendary Bob Bell' which may be because he was running his 393rd parkrun or may be because of his legendary writing skills. We will never know. Much like we will never know the identify of 34 of our runners who ran without a barcode so we will never know if they were first timers, tourists, milestone runners or got PBs. #DFYB

I found it all a bit hard today and although I was supposed to be running with Sally Jackson (on an unprecedented third week in a row attending parkrun) and Dave Cook I found myself falling back. As I was coming up the hill for the third time I saw Dave waiting for me and assumed he'd run back to find me but he hadn't, he had stood around in the cold waiting for me to get me to the finish line, having first made sure Sally got up the hill. What a gent! Thanks Dave.

As ever we do need volunteers in order to keep the event going so if you haven't volunteered (or even if you have) do come along and help. You can be high tech or low tech and with many volunteering roles you can get your run in as well.

Results can be looked at by clicking on the link in the next bit.
Until next week then.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 461
16th November 2019
This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

G EDWARDS • Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • John MCGRATH • Russell WHITE • Clare DAVIS • Michael MCINTYRE • Lyndsey MORLEY • Elliot CHAPMAN-JONES • Colette DOLLIN • Christina MARRONI • Efa PARRY • Joanne WHITE • Dave ROOKE • Thomas BRIGGS

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 Lucas SOPER who recorded 98.02% (20:10) on 5th October 2019 (event number 455).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 11,621 participants have completed 83,035 parkruns covering a total distance of 415,175 km, including 13,610 new Personal Bests. A total of 633 individuals have volunteered 5,523 times.

 

Bob has a rant

Greetings it is I with the crayon this week as Michele, who very kindly washed and dried all the hi viz jackets after last weeks downpour is away on family stuff

Luckily the rain from the night before had gone and the next lot only arrived after we had packed up and some of our volunteers had headed off to various cross country runs.

389 of you turned up this week which was 140 more than decided that parkrun was more important than the rugby or staying dry was last week.

Observant readers will have noticed that parkrun HQ has changed the format of the results. I haven’t quite grasped all the intricacies’ of the new system so apologies but looks like Coach Carol gave 17 new comers and 5 tourists a first time briefing to. Welcome and I hope you enjoyed the Crystal Palace experience.

I had the dubious honour of wearing the white and black Run Director vest and, conscious that the sun wasn’t yet putting in an appearance, hopefully got proceeding underway pretty quickly.

I did run over a few parkrun rules including showing courtesy to other park users and if wearing headphones then keep the volume down. Last week I was impeded (if you could call injury invoked hobbling being impeded) by a lady who was oblivious to any runners around her because her earphones were blocking out anything. It resulted in me having to step into a large puddle to avoid a sudden change in her direction, which my trainers took two days to recover from.

As runners came down the funnel, despite me having a pretty loud voice several people clearly couldn’t hear any instructions as, yes you’ve guessed it, their headphones were blocking out anything but Black Sabbath at full volume. So again please, please, please if you wear headphones then keep the volume down.

Secondly I was confronted by a lady wearing the largest headphones going, going nuts as she felt that, as a lone jogger, she had been terrorised by all the runners coming at her. We had a more reasonable discussion once she had taken her headphones off and she no longer needed to shout. I said that we always asked runners to respect other park users and offered her a free place next week. She didn’t seem that keen which was a shame but her loss. Hopefully she’ll see the parkrun light, take her headphones off and join us, thereby ensuring she isn’t run over again. We live in hope.

Apologies and rant over but at least I’ve got Palace losing to Chelsea off my chest. Maybe listening to Leonard Cohen whilst writing this is a mistake too.

So back to events of the day.

The runner with no name/ barcode (Jake) was first home by a significant margin. He was followed by Che Compton who, considering he ran New York in 2:46 last week wasn’t showing much sign of jet lag, or if he was he was hiding it well. Lisa Rabnal was the fastest lady accompanied, on a short lead, by Raffa. She was also second in the age gradings by achieving 77.44%. Top slot in this went to Roger Beadsworth on 82.12%.

Of the milestones Eliot Woolf collected a red T shirt, Meredith Phillips got a black and I note that Neville Henry, who often runs at CP is now on 402. He may have celebrated a couple of weeks ago when many of us were doing Beachy Head Marathon, but if not well done on such an auspicious number. A blue T shirt is now only 98 runs away.

You were all very gracious in your applause for this weeks volunteers and a second one for last weeks volunteers who endured such appalling conditions they deserved a second shoutout. There are plenty of opportunities going so don’t be shy but contact George our volunteer coordinator through the links on the home page or Face Book. We really do rely on a good flow of volunteers to keep the run going.

Finally again apologies for ranting but parkrun has very few rules so they should be easy for us to follow

Show courtesy to other park users and fellow runners.

Children under 11 must run with a responsible adult

Dogs on a short leash

Headphones kept at a low volume

Stay in order after finishing

No funnel ducking but take a token even if you put it straight in the bucket

No printed bar code no position

Simples.

Have a great week

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 460
9th November 2019
This week 389 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Karen SHONE • Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Yvette DORE • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Stuart FRANKLIN • Rachel LYNN • Belinda COTTRILL • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Suzi DALEY • Sue CORCORAN • Fred HAYES • Murat AGUS • Efa PARRY • Thomas BRIGGS

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 Lucas SOPER who recorded 98.02% (20:10) on 5th October 2019 (event number 455).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 11,561 participants have completed 82,633 parkruns covering a total distance of 413,165 km, including 13,563 new Personal Bests. A total of 631 individuals have volunteered 5,502 times.

 

A biblical parkrun

Well, now that I have dried out and removed bits of tree from my hair and more importantly can retrieve notes from my phone (apparently Samsung phones can be used in water but beware using them in rain as that seems to make them waterlogged!) I can write the run report. On Saturday I was RD so arrived early enough to agree putting up tape to mark out the finish funnel might be a bit of a risk as the gale that was due to descend on us was just starting. NOTHING however had prepared me for the torrential downpour that started just after we set off. In eight years of coming along to parkrun I have never experienced weather like we had on Saturday. More importantly, people who regularly come to parkrun regardless of weather (in my earlier days a hint of rain was enough to make me snuggle down under the duvet) said they had never experienced anything like it either.

Anyway, neither the rugby nor the weather deterred 248 of you lacing up your trainers and setting off on our two and a half lap course so huge respect to all of you. Particular respect goes to Dorothy Gwillim, Zoe Jones, Neve Doro, Kirk Reynolds, Leon Mitcheson, Michael Foo, Joel Mulimba and Tim King who chose last Saturday to do their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the cult! I met Kirk just before we set off, bright eyed, bushy tailed and really excited about his first parkrun. I smiled inwardly thinking he wouldn't be like that at the end but he would have a sense of chanievemtn. How wrong I was: Kirk bounded over the finish line with a huge grin on his face saying how much he'd loved it! Well done Kirk and looking froward to seeing you again soon. I'm going to make a punt and say Joel Mulimba might be Azkia and Caeden's dad as they usually run with mum Ashlee and she wasn't there on Saturday. She chose a great day to miss parkrun! Tim King was another newbie, having never done a parkrun before it was particularly good to see tim as I'd met him I the night before in the pub and was wondering if he would actually turn up! Finally, Dickie Halliday is listed as a first timer but I happen to know Dickie did his first parkrun on 5th October and because of a technical glitch got listed as an unknown runner so welcome back Dickie. :)

Now to unknown runners. Jake Simmonds and Ronnie Kadibu were our first finishers, both running without their barcodes so they don't get an official time. So I am going to note Adrian Lobb as first finisher! He came in after Jake and Ronnie and was still under 19 minutes: that really is obscenely fast and hardly worth getting out of bed for in my opinion. We had another 36 runners listed as unknown and apologies to those of you who did get scanned but somehow didn't end up on the list. We tried really hard with the scanning but by the end of the morning had one working scanner. I must say a massive thanks to the volunteers particularly Unity, Thomas and Efa who are all doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards and who stood in that horrible weather helping scan and generally being wonderful. As ever, we can only put on parkrun with the help of volunteers so do put your name down sometime either by posting on our facebook page, emailing the office and sending us an IM. One unknown parkrunner was Michael Mcintyre who came along, offered to volunteer and agreed to tailwalk, in his jeans, in a storm and then, at the end said he didn't have his barcode. What a star!

Some people ran their fastest ever parkrun on Saturday. I was really pleased to see George Stephenson ran his fastest ever with an incredible time of 20:17 although he was a little disappointed as he's aiming for sub 20! Jack Davidson ran his 250th parkrun on Saturday, it was his 75th in our lovely park. Well done Jack.

Being the first Saturday of the month we had pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners so a huge thanks to them for trying to run at a steady pace in such conditions. Lin Skinner should have been pacing but she really wanted to watch the rugby so did the route at 08:00 in 20:04! Well done Lin.

Next week's RD is Bob Bell so do step up to volunteer. Bon has apparently sorted much better weather for next week!

See you all soon.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 459
2nd November 2019
This week 248 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Richard HARRISON • Chris DYKE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Jessica RANSOM • Chris BALMER • Unity KINGSTON • Mylene ELLIOTT • Suzi DALEY • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Michael MCINTYRE • Lyndsey MORLEY • Fred HAYES • Chiara PETRONE • Claudia RIOS • Murat AGUS • Pat GRIFFIN • Efa PARRY • Thomas BRIGGS

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 Lucas SOPER who recorded 98.02% (20:10) on 5th October 2019 (event number 455).

Crystal Palace parkrun started on 29th May 2010. Since then 11,522 participants have completed 82,244 parkruns covering a total distance of 411,220 km, including 13,509 new Personal Bests. A total of 631 individuals have volunteered 5,480 times.

 

parkrun instead of the rugby

Thanks to Bob for stepping in to write this week's run report yet again!

Greetings it’s me with the crayon this week.

I went to bed Friday night with the sound of rain lashing the windows. Fortunately it had cleared up by Saturday morning and the park was in full autumnal splendor and an almost perfect running day. However only 302 of you showed up to run; with a strong suspicion that a certain rugby game was diverting people from their parkrun fix. Luckily we had a good quota of volunteers. This was mainly due to Crystal Palace Fun Runners (CPFR) having been on a wine tasting the night before. I say tasting but it was evidently more drinking than tasting with the result that a hearty call of “thank you marshal” wasn’t appreciated. In the café I got the feeling that Coach Carol wasn’t too impressed with their lack of commitment to athletic prowess so I wouldn’t want to be on the end of her training schedule this week. I heard 10X 1,000 reps and that was just the warm up!

George was RD today and I was pleased to note that he was back wearing that blue and white vest of authority which had somehow gone missing. He greeted 9 newbies and 25 tourists. Welcome to you all and hope you enjoyed the experience. Thomas Lloyd, a tourist from Bromley, decided to visit our park to celebrate his 50th run and was joined on the red T shirts by local girl Amy Carter. 36 people achieved a PB. I commented last time that Adrian Lobb seems to be enjoying fatherhood and sure enough he chose his 90th run to get a new PB. At 78.43% he was also only just behind Che Compton (80.13%) and Lisa Rabnal (78.53%) at the top of the age gradings.

32 people may have featured in the above comments but decided on anonymity by hiding, losing or eating their barcode. I’m still not sure why people do this but I’m sure they have a great reason. In the case of Jake anonymity can’t be the reason as everybody knows he won and there is a fine picture taken by our resident photographer, Fred, showing him leading the way home.

Now listen up. As George said at the run briefing a lot of CP parkrun people are away next week (26th) doing the mega park run that is the Beachy Head Marathon. We really do need people to commit to helping out so please contact George, who is volunteer coordinator, by using the link on the home page or facebook. We don’t want to be like a parkrun last week where they canceled through lack of volunteers so get your offers in early.

Next week I believe we have a guest correspondent so you may get something intelligent to read, so watch this space.

Have a great week.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 457
19th October 2019
This week 302 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • George WILLIAMS • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Paul HILTON • Piers BROMLEY • David COOK • Clare DAVIS • Michael MCINTYRE • Lyndsey MORLEY • Alison YATES • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Murat AGUS • Susanna WAERN • Pat GRIFFIN • Emma MCINTYRE • Amir HASSAN • Thomas BRIGGS

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 11,453 participants have completed 81,732 parkruns covering a total distance of 408,660 km, including 13,461 new Personal Bests. A total of 622 individuals have volunteered 5,440 times.

 

A rainy parkrun

Event number: 456
Weather: drizzly, damp but warmish
Number of runners/walkers/cartwheelers: 342

Newbies: we took delivery of 13 brand new fresh out of the wrapper newbies this week. Welcome to the parkrun family. :)

Tourists: Nineteen people ran in our beautiful, slightly undulating park this morning for the first time ever. Peter Attewell was running his 304th parkrun and being an intrepid sort of guy had travelled all the way from his home run of Lloyd Park, a whole 3.0 miles away from us. Welcome Peter! Richard Evans was also running with us for the first time. The last time I saw Richard he was about to emigrate to Michigan with his wife, the lovely Steph Evans who was a member of Crystal Palace Fun Runners. Richard wasn't a runner. Now, they're back from the States and he is a runner with a very speedy finish of 32:45 on his 22nd parkrun.

PBs: Caeden Mulimba ran his fastest ever parkrun this morning with a stunning 25:05 and Roger Beardsworth ran his 201st parkrun in a blistering sub 19 minutes. Roger runs in the 55-59 age group so I get particularly pleased when someone who is around my age manages to go faster than they ever have before! :)

Milestones: Dylan Davies not only ran his fastest ever parkrun but he did it to celebrate his 10th parkrun and will soon be the proud owner of a white parkrun T-shirt.
Rachel Homer ran her 50th, Rob Halsall ran his 100th and although not an official milestone run it would be plain rude to ignore Sarah Moss running her 200th!

Unknown parkrunners: There were 35 renegade parkrunners. people who ran without a barcode so I can't mention any of them by name. No barcode, no time, no exception. #DFYB

Warblings: I had the pleasure of running with Ian Cocklin who was doing his 3rd ever parkrun. This man has paced marathons so I was in good hands. His local parkrun is probably Riddlesdown but he's been avoiding that as it's a bit hilly! Ian - thanks for a great run. Oh and a HUGE congratulations to Monica Fisk who was the first woman finisher at South Norwood parkrun this morning, proof that hangovers increase your speed!

Volunteers: we had a slight slump on volunteers today so didn't have as many marshals out on the route as we've got used to. John Moss was there though, celebrating wife Sarah's 200th. You'll remember I mentioned John's accident a few weeks back. Well, his leg is still in a cage and he is still on crutches but he was there in his Hi-Viz vest. So, a gentle nudge, we can only put on parkrun if we have volunteers so do put your name down, don't feel you have to wait until you're injured! Next week I'll be run Director (I wonder if the RD jacket will be found in time ;) ) The following week (27th Oct) most of the core team will be at the Beachy Head 10k and marathon so we will be in desperate need of volunteers. Volunteering is easy: you get a choice of low tech or high tech and you are almost guaranteed a Hi-Viz vest. Just drop us an email, IM, message on our facebook page or turn up at 8:45 on Saturday.

History: Today history was made as Eliud Kipchoge broke the two hour time for a marathon. He averaged some ridiculously fast time of 2:54m KMs. AS TON ISH ING! As Ian and myself remarked when we were talking about this as we pottered around a six hour marathon is MUCH harder as you have to stay on your feet for so long! OK, maybe it's a bit of an achievement to run a marathon in under two hours. :)

Format of run report: stolen from Kingston parkrun who stole it from someone else.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 456
12th October 2019

This week 342 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • Monica FISK • Gaby DRINKWATER • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • John MOSS • Michael GREENWOOD • Unity KINGSTON • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Stephanie EVANS • Piers BROMLEY • Richard EVANS • Seán HILL • Fred HAYES • Eva PARRY • Amir HASSAN

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 11,418 participants have completed 81,430 parkruns covering a total distance of 407,150 km, including 13,426 new Personal Bests. A total of 620 individuals have volunteered 5,417 times.

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