The eagle eyed among you will have noticed there was no run report last week. This is because I was busy all weekend and out every night this week so quite frankly the fact I was even at parkrun this morning was a miracle. As ever, if anyone, at all, ever, wants to pick up the parkrun pencil/pen/crayon then please do step up and let us know. Having seen Sam Oliver back today and last week after quite an absence (Baby Bethany is nearly two now!) I'm hoping he'll want to produce another statastic parkrun report but honestly anyone is welcome.
Last week the weather was a bit spooky (told you it was a bumper edition) and as I ran/walked with newbie Romy Gordon we discussed how like the set of Stranger Things it was. If you're not familiar with Stranger Things you need to stay in a bit more and watch it. Romy had come along last week with her brothers Che and Orlando having been convinced by their cousin Kalise Powell that parkrun is the perfect way to start a Saturday. To be fair Kalise is a bit of a newbie herself having run her sixth parkrun this morning in a personal best of 24.29. Well done Kalise. And although they weren't able to join us this morning I am sure Romy, Orlando and Che will be back next week.
Kalise wasn't the only person who ran their fastest ever parkrun this morning: 33 parkrunners did. Well 33 that we know of. Jake Simmonds for instance ran without a barcode so is down as an unknown runner along with 28 others. As most of you know there is no way I would run parkrun without my barcode: I want every single instance of every single step I run being recorded for prosperity! #DFYB Jake probably didn't get a PB but to my horror he overtook me as I was coming to the end of my first lap and decided to be my personal pacer for the second lap. My protestations had no effect whatsoever and I managed to get round in just over 35 minutes. See my point about about being out every night this week!
Because 33 elite athletes ran their fastest ever parkrun I can't name them all so I will mention Kiya Daniel who must have been delighted to break that pesky 37 minute barrier, James Hewlett and Alex Martin also got PBs with both coming in well under 20 minutes so missing out on the opportunity to really appreciate how beautiful our park is! And Lucy Town ran a blistering 27:43, a PB at parkrun made all the more sweet as she has had to watch a few parkruns since having gorgeous Baby Elijah.
Some people may have been paced to a PB by the Crystal Palace Fun Runners who turned out in their droves to provide pacers. For those who want to achieve a faster than ever parkrun they are there on the first Saturday of the month and provide pacers: some more effectively than others!
We took delivery of eight brand new crinkle free parkrunners this morning. A huge welcome to Harry Foges, Mario Castro, Victoria Bright, Sarah Smith, Nadia Taylor, Silvia Baumgart, Eilidh Wallace and Barbara Houghton. Your Saturday mornings will never be the same. We also had some tourists, fifteen in total. Sarah Mayall ran her 397th parkrun with us having run 334 t Bushy parkrun. Sarah, it's not exactly a huge journey, what kept you? I've run Bushy parkrun and I suspect our slightly undulating course was a bit different for you! Andrew Mayal also cae along from Bushy but he seems like a comparative lightweight with today being his 278th parkrun (205 at Bushy).
Some people ran milestones today and some just ran lots so a big shout out to Julie Kenny for joining the 50 club on her 30th birthday. Happy birthday Julie. Ziyanai (Zi) Shiripinda ran her 200th parkrun today and whilst not an official milestone worth noting; not least because since Zi ran her first parkrun in October 2015 she had barely missed a week and had halved in size! And Jeremiah (Jerry) Fiagbe ran his 250th parkrun and didn't tell us at the beginning that he was doing that so an extra pat on the back to you Jerry!
Finally a little note about Brian Clements. A couple of weeks ago I quite rightly complained that when he got to the table Clare Davis, Ann McMahon and I were on with his celebratory bottle of prosecco for his non milestone 201st parkrun there was barely a spit in it. Today Brian came along with a mini bottle of prosecco for Clare, Ann and me. If Brian thinks he can inveigle his way into my run report by bribing me with alcohol he is absolutely spot on. Thank you Brian! I do accept other bribes if you want to be mentioned in the parkrun report although I do ask that wads of £20s are not sequential!
Right, that's your lot. Honestly, if anyone wants to write this next week do let me know, I've got a family party on Saturday afternoon so who knows when I'll get round to this! Results are accessible to you through hitting a link somewhere on this page.
Until next week then.
Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 464
7th December 2019
This week 300 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Jane HAILE • Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Christopher John MONK • Michele GOLDEN • Chris DYKE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Jessica RANSOM • Chris BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Jake ENGLISH • Simon LANG • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Stephen JONES • Clare DAVIS • Steven GAUGE • Michael MCINTYRE • Ollie LONGWORTH • Fred HAYES • Chris BRIGGS • Efa PARRY • Jada MENSAH • Dave ROOKE • Luka JONES
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 11,705 participants have completed 84,045 parkruns covering a total distance of 420,225 km, including 13,734 new Personal Bests. A total of 637 individuals have volunteered 5,608 times.