Easter parkrun

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.

Michele #loveparkrun

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.

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s excuse for no report last week……….

.........is quite a good one in that it doesn't really involve me.  Poor old Alex rolled his ankle playing football on Friday and in an unprecedented, and unlikely to be repeated episode of good parenting, I decided to take him to A&E on Saturday morning, meaning we missed parkrun and so I didn't do the report.  Anyway, I was back today in what was, quite frankly, odd and therefore typically springlike weather: one minute cloudy, the next sunny and the next hailstoning.

We had a reasonably low turnout today with 289 runners/walkers/cartwheelers lined up at the beginning.  Forty-two new faces were there looking forward to our mildly undulating parkrun, some touring from East Anglia, I warned them it was not quite as flat as their parkrun. Gemma and David Hood came from Whitley Bay from the beautifully named Ocean Fit running club.  Welcome to all our tourists!

Sixteen of our attendees today were brand new, fresh out of the wrapper runners. Well, one of them wasn't really. Oscar Dodds has been a familiar volunteering face for the last three months as he has been doing his Duke of Edinburgh award.  In addition to volunteering DoE people have to do an activity and Oscar has chosen to do parkrun for six months!  When he came to speak to me afterwards I asked if he'd enjoyed it and he very honestly said no! He ran in a very fast 24.49 but didn't look like he'd exerted himself at all! Welcome to the parkrun family (or cult as I like to call it!) to all of you, we always have that dreadful mountain to run up and we always have a friendly bunch of people and you'll be pleased to know we don't always have hailstones.

We had milestone runners today. Azkia Mulimba ran his 10th parkrun and as ever finished in a sprint against his mum Ashlee. They are the smiliest pair every single week!  Hannah Little, David Taylor, Alison Yates and David Cook all ran their 50th. And last week Nonie Hamilton ran her 100th but as I wasn't here I didn't mention her in my run report. Looking forward to seeing you all in your new T-shirts.  Non milestone but worthy of mention: Carol Hayes ran her 150th today, David Bostock ran his 200th last week and Chris Balmer ran his 280th today.

Forty-three people ran their fastest ever parkrun today, or as we like to say got a PB. Far too many to mention individually so I shall choose a few. John Nagorski ran 31:48, Matthew Wenham (23:35) a mere week after running the Manchester Marathon! And Tom Pither ran in 19:52. Well done to the three of you and all of you who smashed your previous records. Especially Clare Parkinson who walked the course in her fastest time (33:00).

I could write so much more but 30 people got out of bed, walked/ran/were pulled by dogs/pushed buggies and DIDN'T HAVE A BARCODE. They could have been tourists from far away, brand new parkrunners, ran their fastest ever, were getting married later or any other possible exciting tale and we'll never know. Well, we do know Jake Simmonds was first finisher of course! #DFYB

To finish a bit of housekeeping: if you would like to volunteer we only require a complete CV with three referees, a DNA sample and your inside leg measurement.  Alternatively, you can email us at the office address which is accessed somewhere on this page, send us a message on Facebook, send us an IM on Facebook, Tweet us (now that Tom has started using the Twitter account, it was that or allow me to tweet and he's not prepared to give up control of the password! (follow us on @crystpalparkrun)) or turn up a bit early on a Saturday and Barry will find a job for you to do and a highly coveted hi-vis jacket. Volunteering really is nearly as much fun as running; ask Efa Parry who was supposed to be volunteering for three months as part of her DoE and has decided to volunteer for six!

As ever, results can be accessed on a link on this page.

Until next week then, Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 432
13th April 2019

This week 289 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • George WILLIAMS • Clarice Yvie WAMBA • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Chris DYKE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Clare RITCHIE • Belinda COTTRILL • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Maria HEATHER • Tom BUTTERFIELD • Philippa RYAN • Lyndsey MORLEY • Alison YATES • Fred HAYES • Tim LUND • Christina MARRONI • Christopher RELPH

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 10,174 participants have completed 72,497 parkruns covering a total distance of 362,485 km, including 11,961 new Personal Bests. A total of 555 individuals have volunteered 4,868 times.

 

 

 

Spring time parkrun

Hello all

Well after another spot of laziness from yours truly here I am on Mother's Day no less writing the parkrun report from yesterday.  Personally, I am a bit ambivalent about Mother's Day; I miss my Mum all the time not just on Mother's day and I think it's a day which can be uncomfortable for lots of people for many different reasons. That's quite lucky (my ambivalence, not the difficulty for other people) as it's Alex's birthday today and he pointed out he only gets one special day a year and I get two so I can manage without this one! So, whether Mother's Day is a day you love, loathe or feel something in between I hope today has been a good Sunday for you.

The beautiful Spring sunshine brought lots of you out to our beautiful park yesterday: 392 in total. And lots of you took the opportunity of the warmth to pack away your running tights and get your legs out so there were a lot of very pale legs warming up in the sunshine.

So, what can i tell you about yesterday's parkrun.  We had 46 first timers (actually 47 but I'll explain about Scott shortly). Given how long it takes to stalk tourists I haven't done that today so I will concentrate on the 19 (actually 20) fresh out of the wrapper parkrunners.  Well, on one. Tessie Ring had arranged to meet her sister at the park so they could do their first ever parkrun together.  And her sister didn't come! So, Tessie not only did it in a very respectable 37:04 she even did the 'not keeping your place in the finish funnell' role play with a big smile.  Looking forward to seeing you next week Tessie.  Scott (whose surname I don't know because HE DIDN'T BRING HIS BARCODE!!!!!) was another wrinkle free parkrunner who did the 'funnell ducking' role play.  So a HUGE welcome to both of you and the other  17 (well 18) newbies who joined our ranks.  Just a couple of points you may need to be aware of for future parkruns (in particular when you're a tourist). I understand not all parkruns do role play and apparently, other parkruns new runner briefings don't discuss the infection control risks of taking finish tokens home with you!

If you were a brand new parkrunner yesterday and you're wondering why I am making such a fuss about Scott not bringing his barcode the reason is this: when you looked at the results you'll have seen we had 35 runners down as being 'unknown'. These people did not bring their barcode so we don't know if they were first timers (apart from Scott), tourists, ran their fastest ever parkrun (or as we like to say 'got a PB') or were running a significant parkrun for some other reason. #DFYB

However, I can chat away for ages so now it's Mike Stephenson's turn to be in the spotlight. Mike ran his 124th parkrun yesterday and his fastest ever (see above, yes it was a PB) in a blistering 25:02.  Mike's previous PB (25:14) was achieved on 2 May 2015  and he runs in the 50-54 age category so clearly regular training pays off!

We had people run milestone runs yesterday. Matthew Niblock joined the 50 club having run all 50 at Crystal Palace. Well done Matthew. I don't blame you for not venturing further. Who, in their right mind would want to run a flat parkrun?!  Joanne Shelton-Pereda and Tolkein Osborn ran their 100th and although not official parkrun milestones it would be rude not to congratulate Paul Hodge (150) and George Williams (200).

One of the advantages of holding the parkrun quill and parchment is I can chose what and indeed who to write about. My sister Josie Bate ran her 100th parkrun yesterday. Josie runs in Kingston and as with so many of us started doing parkrun and then found herself a stalwart of a running club.  This running malarkey really is a bit of a cult.  Anyway, Josie didn't tell me it was her 100th. If she had I would have gone to Kingston and partaken of the prosecco and cake if not the running. As it was Alex's Birthday Eve yesterday I suggested Josie and her husband Richard and daughter Emma (who also do Kingston parkrun so I'm not really deviating from my chosen topic) join us for dinner. Josie, being a shy and retiring type turned up with two 100 balloons. She had them for her run at Kingston and thought recycling them for Alex's birthday would be a good idea.  As luck would have it Adam Harman was in the same restaurant and commented on the fact he hadn't received a 100 balloon when he did his 100th parkrun two weeks ago. His wife, Kim, had come to my 100th with a balloon and prosecco so I sort of understood his comment. Anyway, Alex kindly gave Adam one of his balloons so the evening ended with smiles.  We did attract a lot of stares in the restaurant though as I had the 100 balloons tied to my chair and even in a dark room I don't look 100!!

Right, being Mother's Day and Alex's birthday I need to get on with cooking Alex's favourite roast. As ever, results are available on a link so fill your boots with looking at those.  We are always welcoming to new volunteers so please do let us know if you'd like a bit of hi-vis action. I have to admit I'm not wearing a hi-vis vest in my kitchen as I write this but I am really happy to lend the parkrun quill and parchment to any budding journalists out there.Let us know through Facebook, emails or MSM.

Until next week then happy running.

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 430
30th March 2019

This week 392 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Carol HAYES • Will H H DAVIS • Joe SIMMONDS • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Julie LETTS • Fred HAYES • Stuart MCWATERS • Anthony GALLEY • Pat GRIFFIN • Michael OKARIMIA • Efa PARRY • Rachel RUSSELL • Christopher RELPH

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 10,074 participants have completed 71,856 parkruns covering a total distance of 359,280 km, including 11,868 new Personal Bests. A total of 551 individuals have volunteered 4,818 times.

 

 

 

Super Spring Bumper Run Report

The observant among you will have noticed there was no run report last week.  What possible excuse can I give for making you miss your run report fix? Well, quite frankly, it's my lack of commitment! Actually, that's not strictly true: I had a busy weekend last weekend and a really busy week at work and so I just didn't get round to it.  But, never fear, this week's report is a bumper edition with lots of news.

Having had a freak false summer in the week it was almost reassuring to see the return of winter weather as apparently we're on the edges of another storm.  I went out for a short run this afternoon (Sunday) and I must say I felt like an elite athlete as it was cold, windy and raining and I LOVED every second of it. I much prefer running in the cold and rain just adds to that enjoyment. I suspect the 60 of you who ran your fastest ever parkrun yesterday would agree, although it could have been the motivating Crystal Palace Fun Runners who were pacing.  More about them later.  Now, I know the only reason people go all out to run their fastest ever parkrun is to get a mention in the run report, it has nothing to do with improving your time and fitness etc but sadly with 60 of you I really can't give you all a namecheck,so here are a few. Once again Azkia Mulimba, running with mum Ashlee ran his (and her) fastest parkrun; now running in under 30 mins.  Zoe Henderson running with her mum Aimee went sub 31 for the first time.  Kirsty Treadwell went sub 41 for the first time.  Frances Sarah Northall ran her third parkrun with us yesterday and got her second PB, she's taken five minutes off her time since she first ran with us. Well done to all of you.

Chris Dyke also got a PB yesterday. For those of you who are new to our wonderful world of parkrun a PB is a Personal Best - that is your fastest ever time.  Chris last got a PB in June 2012, so it's fair to say it's not a regular occurrence for Chris.  Yesterday he ran in 21:41 which is absolutely fabulous and he was, quite rightly, delighted.  I would like to apologise to the people who ran with him as he was pacing 22 minutes and who found it hard to keep up with him!

I must mention my niece Emma Bate who usually runs at Kingston parkrun.  She ran her first ever parkrun in April 2016 when her mum (my sister Josie) was suddenly rushed to hospital with appendicitis. (As it was 1 April I assumed the panicked phone call from her was an April Fool's joke and took some convincing that she really needed to come and stay with me for the weekend but that's another story!). Anyway, I dragged Emma along to parkrun where she ran/walked/whinged but then came back the following week for more. Yesterday she got a PB of 25:54, she's taken nearly 14 minutes off her first time. What a girl! I am so proud of her. Not that I would ever tell her.

Thirty-two people ran for the first time in our slightly undulating park. We had taken delivery of seven brand new parkrunners so welcome to the cult Bhups, Holly, Russell, Alvaro, Nicole, Emma and Sara.  Also, welcome to Rachel and Peter who did their first parkrun last week and didn't get a mention as I didn't do the report last week (see above for pathetic reason).  Your Saturdays will never be the same, they really will be better and whether you like it or not you will make friends.

Twenty-five more seasoned parkrunners did their first parkrun with us yesterday. Again too many to mention individually so I'll limit myself to a few. Rebecca Sugden ran her 202nd parkrun yesterday but her first with us. She usually runs in Finsbury Park (I had a brief stint living in North London and my therapist thinks I will soon be able to mention that without a nervous twitch) and so I know it's flat.  People there think they have a hill! Rebecca - I do hope you liked our flat parkrun! Jenni and Mike Dimmick ran with us for the first time. Their home parkrun is Woodley where my friend Sam is the ED. See, it's a really small world.

We also welcomed seven people who are registered with the Auckland Road Practice - a GP service in the area.  parkrun (I am so institutionalised I can't even start a sentence with the word and use a capital letter!) has recently signed up to a scheme with the Royal College of General Practitioners whereby practices encourage people to sign up for parkrun. If your GP is not signed up, do encourage them and we can have even more people enjoying their Saturday morning with us.

We had some milestone runners yesterday: Karen Shone and William Own joined the 50 club and James Taverner ran his 100th. HUGE congratulations to you all and an apology to James who, as he crossed the finish line, reminded me I had forgotten to ask if anyone was doing a milestone run as he would have mentioned it.

Other people who I think should have a mention:

1. Sally Jackson. Sally ran her 15th parkrun yesterday. It was her second this year. She ran her first parkrun in June 2015. Why should Sally get a mention? She is the Club Secretary of Crystal Palace Fun Runners and doesn't really like getting her sorry rear end out on a Saturday morning. This mention is to congratulate her on managing to get out a couple of times this year and to shame her into doing it a bit more frequently.  Love you Sally! X

2. Che Compton. Che ran the Tokyo marathon this morning in 2:56.  Che underwent surgery 37 days ago. Much to the disgust of Adrian Lobb and Dominic Grise; when Che was waiting for surgery he still beat them at parkrun every week (I know, I know, it's a run not a race but you know what I mean) just by a smaller margin. So, well done Che.

3. Clare Wyngard. Last week I was marshalling at the top of the park and noticed Clare walking. Clare usually finishes in about 23-24 minutes.  A few months ago she was told she needed open heart surgery to replace a leaky valve in her heart and had to slow down her pace. She did her last parkrun before her surgery on 5th January in 25.06. Last week I noticed her walking and she said she'd had the surgery six weeks previously and so was taking it easy (having walked Dulwich parkrun a week post op in just about an hour). So, last week Clare walked our parkrun in 43:25. Yesterday she walked it in 32:15.  I'm so glad Clare is taking it easy!!!!!!

4. Robert Nagorski. Many of you will be familiar with Robert's name. He didn't finish his first parkrun at Crystal Palace due to having a cardiac arrest. Following a short stay in hospital and a few stents Robert ran his first parkrun at his home parkrun (which was in Poland) eight weeks after his cardiac arrest. He completed his first parkrun at Crystal Palace in July 2018 and last week Robert got a PB of 22:08. Well done Robert.

I'm not going to mention the 46 unknown runners. If you don't bring your barcde I'm not going to write about you! #DFYB

Just a gentle reminder we need volunteers every week. Poor Daniel Steel ran his first parkrun with us yesterday and was our first finisher yesterday (see the rest of the results by clicking on a link near the bottom of the page). He would have been a bit quicker if we had had marshals to direct him. So, do sign up, email, IM or put a message on our Facebook page and we will let you wear a hi-vis vest!

Right - stats and stuff just below. I'm off to do something else! Until next week.

Michele #loveparkrun

 

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 427
2nd March 2019

This week 368 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Jane HAILE • Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Will H H DAVIS • Tom WILSON • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • David Heath BOSTOCK • Valerie NICOLLE • Chris DYKE • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Belinda COTTRILL • Paul HILTON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Hannah COLLINS • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Philippa RYAN • Lyndsey MORLEY • Doug TAYLOR • Steve JONES • Efa PARRY • Oscar DODDS • Shaan BHATNAGAR • Christopher RELPH

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 9,944 participants have completed 70,780 parkruns covering a total distance of 353,900 km, including 11,716 new Personal Bests. A total of 547 individuals have volunteered 4,746 times.

 

 

The accidental pacer

Yesterday had a real feeling of Spring in the air and it was evident lots of parkrunners thought so too as there was an abundance of flesh on view as you lot eschewed your running tights and were out in shorts!  We had our 7th highest attendance with only one of those being last year. Yes, six of our highest ever attendances have been this year. We must be doing something right.

I was back on scanning duties yesterday ably assisted by Cameron Tough who did token-sorting-into-pots so we had plenty of opportunities to see new runners. In fact yesterday we had 57 people who had never run at Crystal Palace parkrun before.  Fifteen of you/them were fresh out of the wrapper and crinkle free - welcome to the greatest cult you can ever join.  Really, your Saturdays will never be the same!

Forty-two of you had never run at Crystal Palace parkrun before. Quite frankly, I don't know what kept you. OK I can sort of understand Huw D Roberts who usually runs in Cardiff as it's a bit of a trek I suppose.  Gill Holmes ran her 225th parkrun yesterday, she has run 125 of then at Maidstone and had notched up 100 at other parkruns - now that is tourism.

It was also lovely to speak to Charlie Jeffrey who was running his 139th parkrun but first in our slightly undulating park. He usually runs at Kingston parkrun but has also got a few tourism parkruns under his belt. When I start running again I have a list of runs I really want to go to.

An astounding 72 people ran their fastest ever parkrun yesterday or as us elite athletes like to call it got a PB. Now it would be remiss of me to neglect to explain the title of this week's run report so here we go. My son Alex Singhgolden really wanted a new PB so Jake Simmonds kindly agreed to pace him.  Jake is usually our first finisher (he likes to run under the cloak of anonymity and rarely brings his barcode!). So, yesterday lots of people noticed Jake wasn't at the front of the pack and decided to stick with him, thanking him afterwards for pacing them!  Anyway, Alex got a nine second PB (finishing in 19:46) so he was delighted.  Other people who were delighted were Lin Skinner (20:29) and Gareth Morris (22:09) both of whom run with Crystal Palace Fun Runners; those track sessions are paying off!

Azkia Mulimba ran his 4th parkrun yesterday (although he's also run 14 junior parkrun). He told mum, Ashlee, he was going to run his fastest parkrun and didn't disappoint. He took nearly two and a half minutes off his previous PB finishing in a blistering 32:11, he's one to watch. Ashlee got a PB too as she was following the rules and keeping Azkia with her as he's under 11. Well done to you both.

Final PB accolades go to Denise Delamain who also got a PB today.  Last autumn Denise went through a run of PBs every week.  She started doing parkrun in January 2018 and yesterday went sub 35 for the first time. She's taken eight minutes off since she started. Amazing Denise, well done.

I could tell you about other PBs, tourists and newbies but we had 48 barcode refuseniks yesterday. Yes 48 people didn't have a barcode and so we were unable to record their time.

One last plea before I settle down to watch Crystal Palace try and stay in the FA Cup for another round.  We don't have good form at Doncaster. Yesterday we struggled a bit for volunteers. We only had Simon at the top of the park and we do need more people. With 400+ runners every week we shouldn't have a problem getting enough volunteers so if you could all commit to volunteering a couple of times a year.  As ever, email the office, send a message on IM on Facebook or post on Facebook and we will happily give you a hi-viz vest of responsibility.

Until next week then. Happy parkrunning.

Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 425
16th February 2019

This week 404 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Carol HAYES • Tom WILSON • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Paula MCWATERS • Chris BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Jake ENGLISH • Simon LANG • Clare RITCHIE • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Clare DAVIS • Fred HAYES • Efa PARRY • Oscar DODDS

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 9,876 participants have completed 70,054 parkruns covering a total distance of 350,270 km, including 11,590 new Personal Bests. A total of 542 individuals have volunteered 4,693 times.

 

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