Crystal Palace parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Not a parkrun report

I had a dream last night. I had arrived at the park at 10:00 and was heading to the area where we usually do the scanning. I knew parkrun was indefinitely postponed during the Covid 19 pandemic so you can only imagine my horror when I saw Tom had gone ahead and set up a finish funnel for the 120 of you who had done parkrun anyway! He was busily scanning all the finishers. I clearly need to get out more if this is an example of an anxiety dream, just at a time when I can't get out!

I missed what turned out to be our last (for the time being) parkrun last week as I had gone to another part of the country (you'll understand my reticence at mentioning where) to see my niece. We had planned to do her local parkrun but I forgot my sports bra so had to walk instead. It was a really interesting route, not least because there were quite a few police in attendance. Apparently, a local dog walker resented the fact the parkrunners crossed a small road in the park and had taken it upon himself to start driving at runners in an attempt to dissuade them from participating in this ridiculous running activity. Anyway, suffice to say they are changing the route in the park and so while they work out the new route they were cancelling anyway. And we thought we had dog walkers who are unenthusiastic about parkrun!

If I was writing the run report I would have said it was a beautiful day for running. No one needed me to tell them that. The park was heaving! I saw lots of people I would normally see at parkrun and we all called a cheery hello to each other and continued on our way! The Mulimba Family were out in force and Caeden keeping with both his parents for once and Azkia sporting his 50 T Shirt. Chris Balmer was cycling round the park, Claire Parkinson was speed walking and I had a lovely bit of socially distanced running with Susannah Simpson. Oh that's what we normally do! And I saw loads of parkrun regulars, along with lots of families and cyclists. It really was a beautiful day for being in our park.

I saw Lin Skinner who said she would text me the program she was doing in the park. She was doing a 12,8,4 run.......on her own. So, if you're interested in trying sme proper training here goes:
15 mins warm up
12 mins tempo
10 mins easy
8 mins tempo
6 mins easy
4 mins fast
15 mins cool down.

For a point of reference when Susannah and I were running towards the exit of the park Lin sped past us in what I think may have been her cool down pace!

So, these are odd times. I think I'll miss my weekly parkrun fix, as much for the social side of things as the running, well just for the social side of things! I realised this morning how many people I know by sight who all make my Saturday morning a fun and happy time. I'm going to try and keep running, as much for my mental health as anything else. And sometimes I will write a run report, because I can. When this is all over we will be back to meeting in the park and complaining about how fast Jake is.

So take care, try and stay well and see you on the other side........or at a safe distance in the park.

Michele #loveparkrun

 

The greatest comeback in sporting history

A few months ago (end of last summer) I mentioned John Moss in my run report. John had been on holiday (in Greece, I think) and had a terrible life changing accident which resulted in him having external pins in his right lower leg and having to walk with his leg in a cage. So, being unable to run parkrun in his usual (remarkably consistent over seven years) sub 23 he started volunteering every single week. He said parkrun was what he did on a Saturday so for a while he would be volunteering. Today John did his first parkrun since 29th June 2019 in 40.09. He actually ran down the home straight despite still having a crutch for balance. He said it's his new time to beat. Simon Lang said he should have made more of an effort! I cannot begin to express how in awe I am of John, what an amazing achievement and what a positive approach to life. John - I shall try and channel your optimism and resilience. HUGE HUGE HUGE congratulations.

Anyway, enough of me being nice.

With it being International Woman's Day (well, it's really tomorrow (I'm writing this after watching the mighty Palace beat Watford; three consecutive wins!)) being the first Saturday of the month, we decided to have a group of female pacers only. Now, as you know, we usually have pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners but we welcomed the lovely Yvette Dore into our ranks today to be a pacer even though she is a member of Dulwich Runners.

An amazing 57 runners got their fastest ever time today and I think we should thank the pacers for that. Dan Wattsdanw (which may not be his actual surname) managed a very impressive 19:14 and Madeline Little got 33:38. So well done to you and the other 55 people who ran their legs off today.

We had 65 people at our beautiful park today who had never run our slightly undulating route and as we were using our three lap route is was slightly more undulating than normal. Twenty-one of you/them were brand new crinkle free parkrunners. Daryl Cyprien caught my attention early on when he laughed out loud at my suggestion I am of a slim and athletic build. For that, I made him do the new runners briefing role play. And so, to get me back Daryl then ran round in 20:34 and was our 16th finisher. As I said to him afterwards: that is really unnecessary and quite rude! He should at the very least look like it's been a bit tough for him. Tracy Shapiro-Smith was a much more reasonable first timer in 40:10, a time much closer to mine. And just to strike a middle space Philip Cooney finished in 29:57.

We had lots of tourists as well. Most notably Paul Wenham who did his 50th parkrun today but the first time he had run in our beautiful park. Paul - what kept you? Other milestone runners were Genevieve Greer, Jackie Holloway and Debbie Chard who all ran their 50th parkrun today. Debbie had a sign on her back saying it was her 50th parkrun and Sally, Dave, Mike and myself (we were all running together) were particularly lovely to her, very congratulatory for instance and then, at the end, she put on the burners and left us for dust. So, I am not going to congratulate her for what should be a great achievement. I did tell her that in the finish line so she shouldn't be surprised! Oh I do love the power of the parkrun pen!

Thirty-nine people ran without their barcode this morning so we will never know if they were first timers, tourists or got a PB. #DFYB

I'm doing a parkrun in Nottingham next week and Sally Jackson has very kindly offered to do the run report. I checked with my deputy editor (Bob Bell) and he has agreed so we will blood a new reporter next week. There are, as ever other volunteering roles so Facebook or IM us or turn up a bit early and we will give you a job.

So, see you soon.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 477
7th March 2020
This week 500 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Jane HAILE • Joanna PATERSON • Bob BELL • Will H H DAVIS • Dominic GRISE • Monica FISK • Yvette DORE • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Jessica RANSOM • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Simon LANG • Sharon MARTIN • Liz PEPPER • Mylene ELLIOTT • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Rachael TOON • Suzi DALEY • Sally JACKSON • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Tim SHAKESPEARE • Seán HILL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Colette DOLLIN • Florence JACKSON • Peter HALL • Christina MARRONI • Pat GRIFFIN • Efa PARRY • Amir HASSAN • Jada MENSAH • Darcey GUNNY • 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 12,559 participants have completed 89,889 parkruns covering a total distance of 449,445 km, including 14,422 new Personal Bests. A total of 662 individuals have volunteered 6,006 times.

 

IWD

Hello lovely (and not so lovely) parkrunners.

Tomorrow we are celebrating International Women's Day (a day early). We'll have an all women pacing team and all men have to finish after the women. OK, I made that bit up! So, come along and run/walk/cartwheel and take a photo with our IWD selfie board.

#Thisgirlcan #IWD

 

Wet but not too windy.

It's not surprising we had a lower than normal turnout this morning. What is surprising is that as many as 276 of you turned out to run/walk/cartwheel in the park. When I arrived at 8am it was pouring down and I was so pleased to see Pat Gif, Simon Lang and Chris Balmer arrive to set up the course. We were speculating on how many (or few) parkrunners would venture out in the rain and at 8:50 we were thinking we might be looking at one of our lowest turnouts when you all materialised out of the rain. Simon told me to keep the runners briefing brief so I did that and you were all remarkably good natured.

Astonishingly 12 people turned out with their brand new never been scanned barcodes. Seriously, Max Menardi, Rabi Thapa, Belinda Raphael, Yemi Arole, Graham Pearson, Karen Bateman-Pearson, Ana Weller, Anna Cottle, Patrick Kelly. Aisha Land, Alice Clarke and Hugh (didn't finish so I didn't get your surname but at least you turned out and stayed and waited for your friends, so you get a mention); you are all hardcore choosing today as the day of your first ever parkrun. Please don't think we only run on 29th February, we'll be there next week celebrating International Women's Day - you don't need to be a woman to join us!

Our new runners clearly demonstrated the spirit of parkrun with Patrick and Hugh gamely joining in the new runners role play (I understand not all parkruns have obligatory role play at the new runners briefing which I think is a great shame). Anyway, our new runners covered the course in times ranging from 21:55-45:27. Jake, on the other hand did it in about 17 minutes which is just quite rude and unnecessary. Rachel Lynn commented at breakfast that her finish token started with a 1 for the first time in ages (she finished in position 155). Jake responded by saying he only ever gets the number one. #Rude.

We had lots of tourists today, 35 in total from as far away as Tooting and Clapham and some from further but in my rush to get you all started I forgot to check where. Twenty-six of you ran your fastest ever parkrun with Cameron Tough (running with dad, Andy) getting a PB of 34.28. Well done Cameron. Again, in my rush to get you all on your way I early forgot to mention people running milestones. Super speedy Azkia Mulimba earned his 50 T Shirt today and Danielle Dasgupta earned her 100th. Stuart Franklin did his 150th parkrun while pacing (as he does every week) 25 minutes.

And I must say a HUGE thank you to the volunteers today. It really was quite grim with the rain this morning but all the volunteers were smiling and happy despite having to give up their run. We did have one complaint this morning from a dog walker who said one of our number had shouted at her (and her dog) in an aggressive way. Now, we don't have exclusive use of the park and usually we co-exist quite happily with the dog walkers. There are one or two of them who don't think we should be using the park and we generally find being polite takes the wind out of their sails a bit. So, if it was you being rude, don't do it again. We don't want to give the whingy people ammunition. :)

Twelve people ran without a barcode this morning so don't get a recorded time. Eleven of them are really unknown, Jake was our first finisher so we know who that unknown is! For the rest of you, I can only say I am in awe, running in those vile conditions and not having a barcode. #DFYB

OK, having not run this morning I am going for one now, having watched a very satisfying win by Crystal Palace over Brighton. So I'm glad all over.
Until next week then.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 476
29th February 2020
This week 276 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Bob BELL • Clare PARKINSON • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Helen CAMERON • Rosanna PEIRSON • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Jake ENGLISH • Simon LANG • Julia ANDERSON • Eleanor PARKER • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Claire BARNARD • Sue CORCORAN • Seán HILL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Florence JACKSON • Pat GRIFFIN • Darcey GUNNY • Luka JONES

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 12,494 participants have completed 89,389 parkruns covering a total distance of 446,945 km, including 14,365 new Personal Bests. A total of 662 individuals have volunteered 5,967 times.

 

A windy parkrun

In hitherto unprecedented organisation Bob asked me yesterday if I would do the new runners briefing this morning. I obviously said yes and then when I arrived at the park this morning realised I had left the defibrillator on my kitchen table along with, some might say more importantly, Bob's Crystal Palace season ticket. So, I dashed home picked up the defib and season ticket and made it back to the park just in time to see and hear Bob setting us all off on our windy two laps round the park. What is it about the wind that causes it to only blow against us when we're running?

There were 451 of us perambulating around the park this morning with 16 brand new, crinkle free runners. Welcome to the cult! We had a new George Williams who shot round the course in a very fast 22:32. And I thought there could only be one George Williams! We also had 32 tourists with Pawel Kacprzyk joining us for his third ever parkrun. He has run his previous two in Jabonna parkrun, which is, I think, in Poland. They get about 30 runners each week so our turnout must have been a bit of a shock. Lucy Hill chose us today for her 217th parkrun, really Lucy, what took you so long?

Fifty people ran their fastest ever parkrun today so I can't name check them all. I will mention Joanne White who took 41 seconds off her previous parkrun, Neil Vosper and Dan Stephens who are both part of the best running club in the world! I must also mention Efua Hagan who joined us for the first time last week, having scoped us out the week before. She went round with Sharon Martin today 33 seconds faster than last week. She told me today she's sending the link for this run report to her uncle who is in Africa (she did tell me which country but I had forgotten by the time I got home!). Anyway, Efua's uncle - you should be very proud of her.

What other little points of interest can I tell you? It was great to see Verity Spooncer running with dad Jeremy. Verity was running her 54th parkrun but last ran with us in December 2016. She has been doing parkrun since, just using her parkrun at other places. So welcome back to the best parkrun Verity, hope to see you next week. I ran faster than a member of the Tough family in what was definitely a first and likely to be only time. Cameron was running with Laura's mum who apparently slowed him down but I don't care, I beat a member of the Tough family! I remember years ago trying to run with Daniel Tough and he couldn't run as slowly as me so left me for dust! Brian Clements was dicing with death today. Brian was the volunteer at the top of the short, sharp undulation who was sporting a smashed nose and two black eyes. That didn't stop him being particularly abusive to Sally Jackson and me but we decided against punching him in the face as his face was bashed up enough. He fell over when out running on Monday and is blaming another person in our running club who kept telling him to not fall over, so I suspect he was dragging his feet. Anyway, he obviously lacks any reflexes as he didn't think to put his hands out in front of him to break his fall. Heal soon Brian. X Oh and we were joined by Donna Fraser who was running her fourth parkrun ever, having done one in 2014, 2015 and 2016 each until today. Donna represented Team GB in racing the 400m at numerous events in the 1990s and 2000s and has an envious medal haul. Do come back soon Donna.

And our very own Fred Hayes celebrated both his 70th birthday AND his 100th volunteering stint today. Fred has taken over 5000 CP parkrun photos and has yet to get one of me looking slim and athletic! Thanks Fred and well done on such a huge volunteering stint.

Fifty people joined the 50 club today: well done to Matt Smith (not that one), Richard Holloway, Chloe Messer and Helen Robertson. Whilst not an official milestone Calix Eden ran his 150th parkrun today so well done to you too. Forty people ran without a barcode so we will never know if they were elite athletes, first timers, got PBs or were tourists to our lovely park. Remember: no barcode, no time, no exception. #DFYB

Right, that's your lot. I think I'm RD next week so if you would like to be part of my fabulous volunteering team you know what to do. If you don't then here you go: send us a message on Facebook or by IM or turn up at 8:40 next Saturday. Next Saturday is 29th February and the next opportunity after that to participate in parkrun on 29th February will be in 2048 so you don't want to miss out being involved. We do need volunteers next week as many of our core team will be away so don't be shy.

Right, I'm off to cheer Palace on in what is likely to be a relegation battle.

See you next week.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 475
22nd February 2020
This week 451 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Chris BALMER • Sharon MARTIN • Julie LETTS • Russell WHITE • Suzi DALEY • Maria HEATHER • Sally JACKSON • Sue CORCORAN • Lyndsey MORLEY • Maja HILTON • Florence JACKSON • Fred HAYES • Tali EMDIN • Pat GRIFFIN • Geri GRIBBEN • Darcey GUNNY • Joanne WHITE • Camille MICUA • Thomas BRIGGS • Luka JONES • Jd REES

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 12,448 participants have completed 89,113 parkruns covering a total distance of 445,565 km, including 14,339 new Personal Bests. A total of 660 individuals have volunteered 5,944 times.

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