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


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.