A parkrun without the legendary Bob Bell

Hello lovely parkrunners, I'm back. Thanks to Bob for picking up the journalist pen in my absence. We had 402 runners/walkers/cartwheelers at the start line this morning as our Run Director Barry set us off in unusually quiet tones. He was heckled by some ruffian who didn't need a megaphone as she sounds like a fishwife but he was undeterred!

So, what can I tell you about our parkrun this morning? We took delivery of 13 fresh out of the wrapper brand new parkrunners, welcome to you all. Some weeks we do a one lap course which is not quite as punishing as this morning's. Do come back next week and experience it. We also had some tourists - 47 in total. Owain Rees ran his 105th parkrun but first with us. With a name like that I fully expected him to be an experienced mountain runner from Wales but Owain seems to favour flatter parkruns with most of his previous ones done at Clapham Common and Tooting! Not too sure what took him to long to come to our slightly undulating course. Another intrepid traveller, this time from Dulwich was Will Forbes who was running with us for the first time. Welcome to you both! And a massive welcome to Joanne White who was running her fourth ever parkrun, first at CP and she ran her fastest ever which shows she is clearly someone who loves running up those hills!

Joanne was running with us as her husband Russell was running his 100th parkrun; a feat that has taken him a mere five and a half years! Well done Russell! Other milestone runners included Tim Anderson and John Highmoor who were both running their 50th, Rupert Bedford and Anna Rymill who notched up their 100th and Claire Steward who was running her 300th, which whilst not an official parkrun milestone run is definitely worthy of a mention. Well done to you all.

Some people ran their fastest ever parkruns today: Lin Skinner (20:10), Murat Agus (22:32) and Emma Mcintyre (28:30). And I must give a whole separate sentence to Kiya Daniel who has done four parkruns in the past four weeks and taken a phenomenal seven minutes off her time! HUGE congratulations to you all.

We were missing parkrun regulars today: Bob Bell, Belinda Cottrill, Lisa Rabanal and Matt Hunt were all running in Farfalle in Italy. Farfalle described Bob as the 'legendary Bob Bell' which may be because he was running his 393rd parkrun or may be because of his legendary writing skills. We will never know. Much like we will never know the identify of 34 of our runners who ran without a barcode so we will never know if they were first timers, tourists, milestone runners or got PBs. #DFYB

I found it all a bit hard today and although I was supposed to be running with Sally Jackson (on an unprecedented third week in a row attending parkrun) and Dave Cook I found myself falling back. As I was coming up the hill for the third time I saw Dave waiting for me and assumed he'd run back to find me but he hadn't, he had stood around in the cold waiting for me to get me to the finish line, having first made sure Sally got up the hill. What a gent! Thanks Dave.

As ever we do need volunteers in order to keep the event going so if you haven't volunteered (or even if you have) do come along and help. You can be high tech or low tech and with many volunteering roles you can get your run in as well.

Results can be looked at by clicking on the link in the next bit.
Until next week then.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 461
16th November 2019
This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

G EDWARDS • Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • John MCGRATH • Russell WHITE • Clare DAVIS • Michael MCINTYRE • Lyndsey MORLEY • Elliot CHAPMAN-JONES • Colette DOLLIN • Christina MARRONI • Efa PARRY • Joanne WHITE • Dave ROOKE • 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 11,621 participants have completed 83,035 parkruns covering a total distance of 415,175 km, including 13,610 new Personal Bests. A total of 633 individuals have volunteered 5,523 times.