Another bumper double Christmas special

Well, I did warn you I might not get a run report done last week as I was busy! So this week is another double and if anyone wants to read a run report weekly then do let me know and you're welcome to the parkrun pencil. Christmas is taking it's toll on you/us all with a low turnout today of 287 runners; the lowest number since June and Sept 2017. We have no doubt next week will be a bumper turnout with plenty of 'New year, new me' runners in their shiny new trainers. Some of them will even return the following week. So a particular welcome to our 16 brand new fresh out of the wrapper parkrunners this morning. Too many to name but I must mention Deon ('think of Celine Dion but with an 'e'' he said) Kritzinger who ran with his son, Theo, and wife, Magda. Deon said they were tourists as they had run in South Africa a couple of weeks ago and to be far he did sound like he'd just got off a flight from South Africa but Magda pointed out they live round the corner from the park so we really are their home parkrun and then it turns out today is down as their first parkrun so even if they did run in SA it can't count as they didn't have a barcode there. Welcome to the parkrun cult, oops family.

We had some tourists as well, the bravest ones being Jess and Katy Topping. They have done nine and seven parkruns respectively, each at a different venue. I was dropping my sons off at Crystal palace station at the start of their journey to Southampton to watch the Eagles hopefully grab a point and saw Jess and Katy leave the station, in running gear and promptly get a phone out. I made an assumption they were looking for parkrun and offered them a lift. The intrepid Kiwis (they're from new Zealand) took me up on my offer, much to the incredulity of the rest of the core team and then ran incredibly fast (probably worried I'd offer them a lift back to the station).

Some of our other tourists came from far and wide with Manchester being mentioned but I forgot to get the woman's name. I did get the name of Valeria who was from Argentina, running her first ever parkrun but I can't find her on the results so must assume she didn't have a barcode. No barcode, no result. I hope she liked it enough to do it again with a barcode. #DFYB

Tourists who did have their barcodes included Iain MacDonald and Lucy Marshall who are from Edinburgh. And welcome to the Little and Hunt contingent who usually run in Riddlesdown or Lloyd park but wisely chose our mudfree park to run today. I kept Adrian in my sights but try as I may I couldn't keep up with him so had a chat with him later. Today was his 134th parkrun so quite why it's taken him and his mob this long to run in our slightly undulating park is beyond me! It was lovely to see Neil Jeffreys today who moved to Hastings earlier this year, so although he didn't come up as a tourist he was one really.

Some people ran their fastest ever parkrun today. Daniel Steel (our first finisher) ran in a blistering 17:12. He also ran the small loop at the top of the park twice so could have been a good minute faster (actually at that speed probably just 20 seconds faster!). Che Gordon ran his third parkrun with cousin Kalise Powell. Che ran in 28:23, 10 minutes faster than last week and five minutes faster than his first parkrun. He's one to watch! Joy Lang ran a very speedy PB of 29:24 today, that really is phenomenal given a lot of us were complaining the excesses of Christmas had made us much slower, well done Joy and to all 37 of you who ran your fastest today.

Today and last week we had some milestones run: last week Philip Jones and Natalie Davys joined the 50 club last week with Ella Pobee joining them today. Sean Archer who spends his time running his parkruns at Finsbury Park and Ally Pally wisely chose Crystal Palace to run his 100th today. Whilst not an official milestone last week marked 200 parkruns each for Julie Letts, Piers Bromley and Gary Edwards; an event marked by prosecco and today Sean Hill joined their illustrious ranks. And, although again not an official milestone, only a completely miserable person would deny Bob Bell feeling a bit proud of achieving his 400th parkrun today. And in a real treat for us all Chrissie Bell was back at Chrissie's Corner today, clapper and bell in hand and making us all run that little bit faster. It was lovely to see you Chrissie.

As you'll know runners under the age of 11 need to run within arm's length of their responsible adult, something Azkia Mulimba struggles with so it was great to see him running along with mum Ashlee and when they saw me Azkia made a point of telling me he was running with a responsible adult! I checked with Simon Lang today to make sure Joy is his wife and he told me a really good spirit of parkrun tale. At the end of parkrun a runner called Jane picked up a two tone blue backpack and realised it wasn't hers. Being an honest sort she mentioned this and Simon's daughter, Elsie, saw another woman with an identical backpack and, as it turns out, an identical name. Well first name!

Now, it's gone 2pm, I need my shower and want to watch the Palace match so, results are available as ever by clicking on a link on this page. We won't be having a parkrun on New year's Day but will be back on Saturday. Do feel free to volunteer!

Until next week.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 467
28th December 2019
This week 287 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Ian SHORTHOUSE • Helen CAMERON • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Sharon MARTIN • Chris BELL • Julie LETTS • Hannah LAZELL • Liam HYLANDS • Alison YATES • Fred HAYES • Chris BRIGGS • Michele GOLDEN • Efa PARRY • Jada MENSAH

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 11,832 participants have completed 84,930 parkruns covering a total distance of 424,650 km, including 13,820 new Personal Bests. A total of 641 individuals have volunteered 5,681 times.