A nearly Festive parkrun

So Michele seemed to think that a busy weekend was a reasonable excuse to entrust someone else
with the parkrun pencil. As I achieved the statistically pleasing result of 99th position on my 99th run
at Crystal Palace I decided to offer, primarily so that I could ensure that this made it into the run
report! Someone asked if I was going to try for position 100 next week- the short answer is No.
Today was pure chance.

The weather was cold and windy for this mornings run, but at least the forecast rain decided not to
make an appearance. 307 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 32 people were tackling the
hills of Crystal Palace for the first time, and of these 32 Chris Ellis, Paul Alani, Steven Cameron
Ferguson, Rachel Lang, Lucy Bull, Holly Ellis and Jennifer Ugali were box fresh parkrunners doing
their first ever parkrun event. Welcome to the parkrun cult, your Saturday mornings will never be
the same again… Chris Ellis was particularly speedy finishing in 6th place. To run that fast he must
have some previous form, so why did it take him so long to find parkrun? The remaining first timers
came from a variety of locations, some toursiting from as far away as Peckham (!). One of these first
timers was Daniela Bassoumba. I know Daniela from our parkrun Yammer group at work so I am sad
that I only spotted her in the results and not in person.

Mario Machado and Mark Stafford both did their 50th runs and so will be able to claim their red
milestone t-shirt as an extra Christmas present.

Lin Skinner clocked up another first female finisher position today in her 200th parkrun, only 2
seconds off her pb. I bet she is kicking herself now for not trying just a little bit harder on her sprint
finish. Crystal Palace stalwarts Piers Bromley and Julie Letts will both achieve their 200th event next
week. While 200 runs is a massive achievement, there were 2 rare blue 500 t-shirts on view today.
Patricia Cue and Kaye Quinn have clocked up an astonishing 564 and 531 runs respectively.

There were a total of 28 personal bests recorded today. Too many to mention but well done to all.
Achieving personal bests at this time of year when it is cold and usually windy is particularly
impressive.

Thanks as ever to the volunteers who allow the event to take place. A big round of applause to Karen
SHONE • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM •
Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Jessica RANSOM • David Nicholas FOX • Chris
BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Jake ENGLISH • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Clare
DAVIS • Jane LOVEL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Fred HAYES • Efa PARRY • Dave ROOKE • Thomas BRIGGS •
Luka JONES.

See you all next week #loveparkrun
Jane H

Geeky stats for Crystal Palace below:
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 11,737 participants have
completed 84,352 parkruns covering a total distance of 421,760 km, including