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.