Prosecco fuelled parkrun

What a beautiful morning we had for parkrun today. A bit autumnal in feel and some lovely warm sunshine. And I got to run for the first time since we restarted. That wasn't guaranteed though as, once again, we were a bit short of volunteers. Luckily a few people turned up ready to volunteer and so King George (back from his holiday) said I could run. We really do need volunteers and there are plenty of roles that mean you can still run. Thanks to Paul Mann and Gareth Morris who have already emailed crystalpalace@parkrun.com to put their names down for next week. You can also volunteer by putting a message on our Facebook page.

We had 261 of you/us line up at the start, numbers are creeping up and it really is lovely to see that. I don't usually mention who finishes first but Alex Turner ran a blistering 17:18, a personal best for him. Sadly, Alex (who is aptly a member of London Frontrunners!) probably didn't see much of the park at that pace. As he lapped Nicky and me he said we were doing well. Which was very kind of him. More kind that he realised as both Nicky and I were suffering having chosen last night to sit in my garden drinking bucket loads of prosecco. Nicky brought her aid dog, Remus, and she had promised me lots of walking and at least one poo stop (for Remus, not Nicky) but they were false promises. Even when Remus wanted to walk Nicky dragged him behind her! Anyway, although I felt dreadful I really enjoyed finishing and will be back next week!

Thirty - one people ran their fastest ever parkrun today. Obviously, Yvette Stanley was one of them! Marijana Urbany also ran her fastest ever parkrun today. Marijana volunteered last week.......... You can draw your own conclusions. ;) Well done to all of you who got a PB.

There were 31 people who had never run at our beautiful, slightly undulating park. Tony Collins was one of those. Tony it was your 181st parkrun, what kept you?! Thirteen people ran their first ever parkrun. Too many to mention individually but welcome to the cult. We look forward to seeing you again and who knows you could be like Derrick Harman, Andzelika Jedrzejewska, David Vallade and Julia Murray who came back for their second parkrun and ran it faster than their first!

Before Covid we used to call out the milestone runners but we can't do that now as we need to get you all off and running/walking/cartwheeling as quickly as possible, hence my rushed introduction this morning! So well done to Peter Lighting, Jason Carpenter and John Halpin who all joined the 100 club today. We look forward to seeing you in your smart black t-shirts soon.

I will remind you all again next week but on 2nd October we won't be holding parkrun at Crystal Palace. There is a paid for event taking place in the park; 5k, 10k and a half marathon. I don't entirely get why anyone would pay to run 5k but there you go. We will be back the following week and of course we'll be there next week.

As usual, the results are available by clicking the link below this report.
Have a great week, happy running and see you on Saturday.
Michele
#loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 487
18th September 2021
This week 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Orlando BROOKE • Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Lianne PETERKIN • Chris BALMER • Ashlee MULIMBA • Mylene ELLIOTT • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • David COOK • Russell WHITE • Sue CORCORAN • Philippa RYAN • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Emma MCINTYRE • Luka JONES • Daniel FLETT • Mark LUDDEN

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 12,926 participants have completed 92,409 parkruns covering a total distance of 462,045 km, including 14,728 new Personal Bests. A total of 686 individuals have volunteered 6,229 times.

 

What a fabulous Saturday

I am writing this on Sunday evening with the bass of the Wireless Festival in the background. I am still beaming from yesterday: a great parkrun with 200 of you lining up in our beautiful park, a Palace THRASHING of Tottenham at Selhurst Park and Emma Radacanu (yet another local elite athlete) wining the US Open. As this is a parkrun report I won't talk about Emma Radacanu too much other than to say, 'wow, just wow!'

What can I say about yesterday's parkrun? 200 of you lined up at the start line, clearly really looking forward to three times up that very very gentle slope! I suspect many of you stayed away due to the Wireless Festival and subsequent lack of parking and to be honest at 8:50 we did have more volunteers than runners so we were relieved when you lot started coming out of the bushes!

Twenty-nine of you had not run at Crystal Palace before. I really wish I had taken down the name of one of you, a Spurs supporter who said he liked my introduction but I supported the wrong team! :) For the uninitiated, tourists are people who ran at CP for the first time yesterday but it wasn't their first parkrun ever. One tourist joining us yesterday was Amanda Renwick, she usually walks at a parkrun in Johannesburg and was a bit worried we might not want walkers at our parkrun. Or, if we did welcome walkers would have a cut off time. I reassured Amanada that we really didn't care how long she took. She had the pleasure of being accompanied by Crystal Palace Fun Runner Kylie Cuff who had volunteered to be tailwalker yesterday. Kylie was running her first ever half marathon today (which she did in an astonishing 2:31, well done Kylie) and was happy to potter around at whatever pace Amanda set; which was a very respectable sub 51.

Of the 29 first timers yesterday eight of you were brand new crinkle free parkrunners. A huge welcome to Walter, Thomas, Jordan, Mike, David, Derrick, Kat and Simon. I was chatting to Derrick at the start yesterday and he had some great stories about growing up in the area. We should probably do a special series of interviews with him. He told me he had been kicked out of the pool at the sports centre WHILE IT WAS BEING BUILT!!!!!! Derrick supports Tottenham.

Thirty-three of you ran your fastest ever parkrun yesterday. That's far too many for me to discuss individually so I shall focus on two: Philip Jones who ran in 18:15 and didn't appear to break a sweat and Yvette Stanley (again!). Yvette, you're getting boring now and I'm going to stop mentioning you, getting faster every single week. Seriously, well done!

Many of you will have spotted the runner, sitting on a bench with a load of plasters on her knee. Sue Corcoran had run something like eight miles before coming to parkrun, helped a disorientated Wireless Festival goer and then tripped up. All before 9am. We patched her up and then got her doing token sorting later, so she could feel involved. We really are all heart. The only Jon Moss I am mentioning today is the referee at the Palace Spurs match. He had a really good match, not least because of giving a Spurs player a red card early in the second half. Also, because I suspect Sarah Moss (John Moss's wife) might take out a restraining order against me if I keep saying how in awe I am of her husband (who ran without crutches or sticks yesterday and who is a bit of a hero of mine but I'm not mentioning him this week).

You would all be so disappointed if I didn't mention volunteering. George has been away for the last two weeks, leaving Alison and myself in charge which has been quite scary. He'll be back next week and I am hoping to run (for the first time since we restarted parkrun (George hasn't run either)). He will need volunteers so please please pop a note on our Facebook page or email crystalpalace@parkrun.com or turn up Saturday and offer (which is what Paul Hilton did, even though he was dressed in running gear).

Nearly finally; if you would like to run the London Virtual Marathon and reckon you can do the distance on 3rd October and have £28 to spare then we can make your dream come true. The Alex The Leukodystrophy Charity has three places available for £28. They'd obviously like you to raise a bit more than that for them but if you're interested email info@alextlc.org to enquire.

So, that's your lot. Feel free to volunteer. Particularly on the weekend of the 25 September as we really need a run report writer as I have a very very busy social weekend! See you on Saturday.

Michele
#loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 486
11th September 2021
This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • George WILLIAMS • Marijana URBANY • Michele GOLDEN • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Julie LETTS • Sue CORCORAN • Seán HILL • Alison YATES • Colette DOLLIN • Kylie CUFF • Emma MCINTYRE • Nicole PELLETIER • Luka JONES • Kaori TSUBOUCHI • Mark LUDDEN

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 12,894 participants have completed 92,148 parkruns covering a total distance of 460,740 km, including 14,697 new Personal Bests. A total of 684 individuals have volunteered 6,206 times.

 

Superscanners

Well, both Alison and I were a bit worried this morning as we were in charge of putting on parkrun without a safety net. George has gone on holiday and left us alone. The pressure was almost too much for us but we rocked up and with the help of a wonderful team of volunteers put on a very successful parkrun. Fingers crossed next week will be the same (George will still be away).

parkrunners paying rapt attention to Alison's run briefing

parkrunners paying rapt attention to Alison's run briefing

parkrunners concentrating on Alison's run briefing

parkrunners concentrating on Alison's run briefing

As luck would have it we had a crack squad of barcode scanners and we had no clashes or discrepancies in the results, which made life easier for us when it came to processing the results. Thank you!

We had 257 of you line up to run/walk/cartwheel around our slightly undulating two and a bit lap course. Thirty-five of you had never run with us before. Oliver Munn - what kept you? 45 parkruns, most local to us but today was his first at Crystal Palace. Oliver ran in a speedy 21:01 and then did some barcode scanning. Thanks Oliver.

We had 15 brand new sparkly parkrunners.

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Special mention to Robbie, Alex and Andzelika who were three of today's first timers and who had never met before today but have all promised to come back next week. Robbie very kindly took part in the new runners role play! I have no idea why Sally Jackson felt the need to photobomb the photo - general attention seeking behaviour! A HUGE welcome to all 15 of the new parkrunners, your Saturday will never be the same. And if you don't feel up to running then come along anyway, I have already washed the Hi-Viz vests so they will be ready!

Thirty-seven people ran their fastest ever parkrun, far too many for me to mention individually but I will shine a light on a couple. Matthew Ironside has run parkrun 167 times, today was his fourth time at CP, the last time was in 2016! Today he ran seven seconds faster. Well done Matthew. Now Yvette Stanley must have had her two Weetabix with an extra banana this morning. Yvette ran her fourth parkrun today. She ran her first on 14 Aug in 48:52 and has run every week since. Today she ran in a blistering 38:12, that is over ten minutes faster! HUGE congratulations Yvette. And well done to all of you who ran a faster than ever parkrun today.

I was chatting with Adrian Lobb who was our second finisher this morning. Adrian is an editor for the Big Issue. I wouldn't usually put a link but he assured me he mentioned Crystal Palace parkrun in the latest edition! You can buy it here.

https://www.bigissue.com/category/latest/

Adrian and Mike

Adrian and Mike

As I said, Adrian was our second finisher and I love the photo above as it's Adrian with Mike Woodward who was today's tailwalker. Thirty-five minutes and 29 seconds separated them today and that is exactly why parkrun is so great, it really doesn't matter how long you take.

I regularly bang on about how important it is to volunteer and it was great to see so many familiar faces today and some newer ones too. Do feel free to come and volunteer any time. There are three ways to let us know you're coming along to volunteer; email crystalpalace@parkrun.org, post a note on our Facebook page or come and tell any volunteers on a Saturday that you'd like to volunteer in future. It is also OK to turn up on the day but to be honest this morning we had only two marshals we knew of so both Alison and I were a little nervous!

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John Moss

John Moss

Now, I couldn't help noticing John Moss had no sticks with him today and ran without any assistance at all. Both Sarah (his wife) and I think he's a bit of a hero. However, I have just come off the phone to Bob Bell who ran with John until John sped off the final hill, leaving Bob eating dust! So, maybe he's not such a hero after all!

Finally, we have a treat in store for you all in two weeks time. And it's no coincidence that I am hoping to do my first parkrun since we returned that day. You'll have to come along and see what the surprise is, I promise it's not just me running, even I'm not that much of a narcissist!

Last couple of photos (now I've mastered the art!).

A bevy of Crystal Palace Fun Runners.

A bevy of Crystal Palace Fun Runners.

Another bevy of Crystal Palace Fun Runners! :)

Another bevy of Crystal Palace Fun Runners! :)

As ever the results are available by clicking the link below.
Until next week.
Michele
#loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 485
4th September 2021
This week 257 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Laura TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Nicky PENKOV • Andrew CHONG • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Liz PEPPER • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Suzi DALEY • Philippa RYAN • Alison YATES • Peter HALL • Pat GRIFFIN • Susannah JENKINS • Oliver MUNN • Nicole PELLETIER • Andrew LOVERIDGE • Alison YOUNG • Luka JONES • Kaori TSUBOUCHI

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 12,865 participants have completed 91,948 parkruns covering a total distance of 459,740 km, including 14,664 new Personal Bests. A total of 684 individuals have volunteered 6,189 times.

 

At last Palace get a goal

20210821 Michele with Sal and Nicky

Hello lovely parkrunners
I'm writing this in a good mood after Crystal Palace surprisingly scored not one but two goals in their game against West Ham yesterday. I wasn't there (actually it's the first match this season I've missed so maybe the lesson I need to learn is not go to the football) but here I am on Sunday afternoon still smiling about it. AND I'm not doing as badly as usual in my fantasy football leagues so life is good.

Yesterday we had our biggest turnout since we returned after lockdown with 265 of you lined up like thoroughbred race horses at the start line. Alison Yates was doing her first stint as Run Director (other volunteering roles are available) and she did a great job. You too can be a Run Director (or RD as we like to call them (or do any other volunteer role)) and we offer VERY high quality, free training. Just ask Alison, she will be RD again next Saturday, now that she's fully trained. Yesterday George trained Alison and I in results processing and he's on holiday next week so Alison and I will try to do the results without him guiding us! Wish us luck!

Welcome to the 16 brand new parkrunners we took delivery of yesterday. I was particularly impressed with Amelia O'Keeffe who was doing her first ever parkrun, with parkrun regular, dad John. She was still smiling on the second lap by the back of the café, where I was marshalling (other volunteer roles are available). Amelia was our youngest first timer yesterday. A warm welcome to all of the new parkrunners who joined us yesterday, it really is a great way to start your Saturday. And if you don't feel up to running you can get your parkrun fix by volunteering, details further down. Something makes me think I may be mentioned volunteering one or two more times today! ;)

We had 23 tourists with four in particular from Guildford and some other countryside area. I didn't catch their names (or remember where they're from) but after we had gone for breakfast, sorted the tokens and processed the results they were STILL chatting in the car park!

Thirty-six people achieved a personal best (PB) yesterday. You really were a speedy lot! Nicole Pelletier (on the left in the photo above) is in danger of finding herself friendless as she got yet another PB yesterday, once again a week after doing a half marathon! Seriously, well done Nicky (she says through gritted teeth!). PBs come in all shapes and sizes so well done to Callum Horton who ran in a blistering 19:04 and equally well done to Alison Fleming who did her second parkrun yesterday over two minutes faster than the week before.

I had promised to run with Sally Jackson (on the right in the photo above)yesterday but I couldn't. Sally wasn't very happy and whinged a bit each time she saw me, marshalling outside the café with a coffee in hand. Anyway, she proudly told me she was 10 in her age group and then wondered if that meant last in her age group. No, Sally, it doesn't, there were four women in your age category who finished after you. May I remind you, it isn't a race!!!

You may have noticed my new skill, yes I have worked out how to upload photos so I may try and do that a bit more. The photo is of Nicky, Sally and me at the start of the Vitality Half Marathon last week. Once we'd crossed the start line Nicky raced off but we really did start with her!

You may also have noticed a bit of a theme today, I've been banging on about the huge smorgasbord of volunteering opportunities. So, do feel free to chat to any of the volunteers next week (we're in very attractive bright pink hi-vis vests) to find out what different roles we have, drop a message on our Facebook page or email crystalpalace@parkrun.com There are always volunteering opportunities, in fact George is co-ordinating volunteers while he is on holiday for the next two weeks! You don't necessarily have to miss your run and if you are marshalling you can drink coffee while you're doing it!

Right, I'm off now to go to my niece's 40th birthday party. See you all on Saturday.
Michele
#loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 484
28th August 2021
This week 265 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Chris BALMER • Chris BELL • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Suzi DALEY • Sue CORCORAN • Alison YATES • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Peter HALL • Pat GRIFFIN • Emma MCINTYRE • Amir HASSAN • Nicole PELLETIER • Emily WILLIAMS • Luka JONES • Kaori TSUBOUCHI • Mark LUDDEN

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 12,830 participants have completed 91,691 parkruns covering a total distance of 458,455 km, including 14,627 new Personal Bests. A total of 680 individuals have volunteered 6,164 times.

 

Better late than never

Thanks to Bob Bell for this week's run report.

Michele was away this week (well having her hair done, which I’m not sure is a valid excuse for missing parkrun) (Ed: my hair does look lovely though!)so handed me the parkrun crayon. Now the wags amongst you will say the report is late because I was still “running”. Partly true as I got injured at the beginning of lockdown, over a year ago, which I thought was a good time to get injured as I had plenty of time to recover, but sadly I’ve got worse both injury and running wise. Good thing is I get more parkrun for my money!

Anyway, with Michele out at the hairdressers, somebody took the new runners briefing. I’m not sure who as I was involved in a military exercise to get a very extended family out of Bell Towers and up to CP Park (at one stage having to turn back to get “The Bell” that chimes on Chris’s Corner) only arriving just before the start. Somebody however clearly did a good job introducing the new to parkrun/ Crystal Palace runners briefing as nobody was reported lost or not getting scanned properly. This of course was, in some way due to the excellent 25 volunteers marshalling both on the course and at the finish.

Susannah Simpson was in charge today and after the official brief briefing everybody was off on our three lap course as music is still going on at the concert bowl, more affectionately known as “The Rusty Laptop”. A warning there’ll be a few more weeks before the Fat Lady stops singing and we can get back to the heady heights of the Upper Terrace

This week 231 of you ran, skipped, cartwheeled or sensibly walked the foothills of the park taking in the dinosaurs, ducks, trees boating lake and anything else that caught your eye.

Alex Turner clearly ran and probably didn’t do much taking in of anything as he whipped round in a PB (one of 26) of 17:20. Local girl Lin Skinner, who probably also didn’t take in much of the view either, as she was moving fast and has also seen it all before, was first female in 21:46

Jaime Smith topped the age gradings with an impressive 74.83%

One of the downsides to the shortened run briefing is no milestones are mentioned. So to put that right Sarah Wren clocked up her 200th and Joanna Goodwin is now in line for a red T shirt emblazoned with 50.

Anyway it’s nearly time to don those trainers again, brush off your barcode and join us all for another fun filled Saturday morning.

Enjoy what’s left of your week and don’t forget to volunteer. Without volunteers parkrun will not happen

See you soon

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 483
21st August 2021
This week 231 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Gillian CAVELL • Chris DYKE • Lianne PETERKIN • Chris BALMER • Chris BELL • Paul HILTON • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Oliver M-COOMBS • David COOK • Ann MCMAHON • Maja HILTON • Alison YATES • Ashley DYKE • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Jake PRZYBYSZ • Pat GRIFFIN • Amir HASSAN • Daniel FLETT • Mark LUDDEN

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 12,789 participants have completed 91,426 parkruns covering a total distance of 457,130 km, including 14,590 new Personal Bests. A total of 679 individuals have volunteered 6,142 times.

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