We had a great turn out this week - 371 of you/us lined up at the start line as today's RD Susannah Simpson set us off on our one lap muddy and slippery parkrun. Twenty-eight people had never run in our slightly undulating park and of those we had seven brand new crinkle free parkrunners. Welcome to: Matthew Connolly, Daria Gilmore, Luiza Branklin, Laura Fergerson, Jonathan Moore, Max Moore and Richard Commin and Guy Murray. Your Saturdays will never be the same.
So, if seven of our 28 first timers were brand new we must have had 21 tourists. I got to speak with Andrew Harris whose home parkrun is Sean Woods in North Kent. He was running his 221nd parkrun at his 112th different venue. Andrew was accompanied by Richard Harris (85th parkrun in 66 venues) and Megan Walker (66 in 38). Not only are they dedicated parkrunners they are also dedicated volunteers with Andrew having clocked up 89 volunteering roles, Richard 13 and Megan five. Do remember you can come along and volunteer whenever you feel like it: just email the Crystal Palace parkrun office, send us a message on Facebook or just turn up at about 8:40 on a Saturday morning. You're almost guaranteed a hi-viz vest and if you want it a bit of hi-tech kit to play with!
Whether it was the muddy conditions (we're going to try out a mud free winter route next week), the lure of the Pride of Venice for breakfast post run or the slightly milder conditions we had 51 people run their fastest ever parkrun this morning. Six of them were Crystal Palace Fun Runners and as that's my running club I know I will be expelled for not mentioning them. So well done to: Monica Fisk, Russell White, Joe Cryer, Liz Pepper, Jessica Ransom and Sophie Griffin! Other people who ran their fastest ever parkruns were Adrian Lobb (baby Joanie is teething so he needed to get back to her quickly) and Amy and Amanda Boulton who ran their fastest ever on their third time to parkrun. Well done to all of you.
Some people ran milestone runs today: Elodie Owen ran her 10th and fastest parkrun this morning, Gareth Morris ran his 50th and Steven Gauge and Steve Harris ran their 100th. One person who did not run a milestone run was Brian Clements. Brian ran his 200th parkrun last week and parkrun regulars will know that's not actually a milestone run. So quite what possessed him to turn up today in his vest and pants to run his 201st parkrun like it was some sort of celebration beats me. He then got a load of prosecco and chocolate cake out when we went to the Pride of Venice although Clare Davis, Ann McMahon and myself merely got the last spit of that. Well done Brian.......I suppose. Perhaps when you're running your 250th parkrun (which is a real milestone) you'll celebrate with us in Crystal Palace rather than your new friends up North. Who says I'm bitter!?
Lynsey Morley was our tailwalker today and she asked me to mention the fact she got our final parkrunner home in 40:05. In fact we have no idea who she got over the line as s/he was one of our 46 unknown parkrunners (#DFYB). But the last parkrunner in who we do know was Lorna Man who took a minute and a half off her previous PB in June so I am prepared to acknowledge Lynsey must have done something right!
I never like to write a run report without mentioning me! Today I started off with Sally Jackson (in an unprecedented four weeks in a row appearance!!) but soon realised she would be better off without me and so Sally and Dave Cook set off into the hills. I was quite happy (well it's all relative) plodding by myself when I approached the bridge by the sports stadium (the final part as we approach the dinosaur lake) I saw Fred about to take a photo and then, to my horror Jake Simmonds. Jake was our 'unknown first finisher' and I realised with a sinking heart he intended running to the end with me. Suffice to say I ran my fastest parkrun since August! Thanks Jake, I think.
As ever results are accessible somewhere by clicking on a link.
Until next week then.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 462
23rd November 2019
This week 371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:
Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Monica FISK • Andy TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Unity KINGSTON • Julia ANDERSON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Russell WHITE • Daniel TOUGH • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Ann MCMAHON • Lyndsey MORLEY • Fred HAYES • Christina MARRONI • Murat AGUS • Susanna WAERN • Cameron TOUGH • Emily WILLIAMS • 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 11,649 participants have completed 83,406 parkruns covering a total distance of 417,030 km, including 13,661 new Personal Bests. A total of 634 individuals have volunteered 5,555 times.