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You smashed it today!

By Tim Gray (Chiltern Church Runners)

Today you completely smashed your attendance record – or to be more specific pushed you that one extra person and Sharon MARTIN took it up to very nearly 90 more – or to put it another way just over 118% of your old record. What an epic day. 560 runners – massive. Not 560 massive runners mind!
You were not alone either, at least 60 new record attendances today across the UK.

Thanks to all the volunteers;

Alex SINGHGOLDEN  •  Alison YATES  •  Barry GRAHAM  •  Bob BELL  •  Cameron TOUGH  •  Carol HAYES  •  Chris BALMER  •  Clare DAVIS  •  Claudia RIOS  •  Daniel TOUGH  •  Efa PARRY  •  Eleanor PARKER  •  Gareth MORRIS  •  George WILLIAMS  •  Hannah LAZELL  •  Hazel FREEMAN  •  Jada MENSAH  •  Jessica RANSOM  •  Julia ANDERSON  •  Julie LETTS  •  Laura VINCENT  •  Lin SKINNER  •  Luka JONES  •  Michael MCINTYRE  •  Michele GOLDEN  •  Monica FISK  •  Ollie LONGWORTH  •  Pat GRIFFIN  •  Paul HILTON  •  Peter GALLAGHER  •  Peter HALL  •  Piers BROMLEY  •  Rachel LYNN  •  Sharon MARTIN  •  Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH  •  Simon LANG  •  Sue CORCORAN  •  Susannah SIMPSON  •  Suzi DALEY  •  Thomas BRIGGS  •  Tim GRAY  •  Tom SINGHGOLDEN  •  Unity KINGSTON  •  Yvette DORE

But especially to Michele (First Timers Briefing) – we have heard a lot of first timers briefings over the years, and yours was one of the most entertaining – token infection control, lack of showers for male parkrunners pre event & the shooting of Token Stealers & Funnel Duckers was excellent – I should note if you come to Roundshaw Downs we have the same shoot on site policy for TS & FD offenders, as we are also South London.

Also kudos to the marshall we overheard as we ran past – “That’s not the winner, that’s just the fastest runner.” Proper parkrun etiquette that is.

Every volunteer we met was helpful and cheerful – how lovely.

Also a little shout out to Crystal Palace Fun Runners for providing the pacers


Also a lot of these – to many to list, but I’ll pick out a few; Peter DURRANT, Eleanor SIMMONS, Liz PEPPER , John O'LOUGHLIN, and Nora, Oliver & Vivienne Little – nice to see an extended family doing well.

Brand new – a lot of you, how cool is that!

Astra SPYROU, Arthur DRIVER, Katie BARTON, Emma QUARTEY, Callum MCKENNA, Veron LAI, Hannah MCMULLAN, Robyn TAYLOR-STAVELY, Amelia RALPH, Sarah WOOD, Jacob RALPH, Charles SKERRETT, Mathew DAVIES, Michelle HENDERSON-VIEIRA, Jason RALPH, Joanna CLARK, & Beverley RETTER.
That’s 32 – amazing – and clearly some of you were a bit shy, because I don’t remember that many hands going up as brand new parkunners at the start. As today’s Run Director Barry said the event is open to you every Saturday – so do come back for more!

First Timers to Crystal Palace

Again to many to list, so a selection; Harry REYNOLDS Tooting Common parkrun/Tourist,
Tom EDWARDS Hilly Fields parkrun, Emma DAVIS Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill/Tourist, Mike STOREY Tooting Common parkrun/Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill, Chris KITCHENER St Albans parkrun/tourist, Robert STEWART St Peters parkrun/tourist, Sarah WHITELEY Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham, Michaela STEWART St Peters parkrun, Ichiro SUGAWARA Gunnersbury parkrun, Lynne CASTLE Riddlesdown parkrun, Debbie STOREY Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill, Madeleine LITTLE Lloyd parkrun, Croydon, Matthew GRAY Lloyd junior parkrun, and Stephen JACK Fulham Palace parkrun.
Not a bad spread at all – for any who do not know, tourist denotes 20 or more parkrun events (not runs) completed.

Not 1, not 2, but 3 excellent 50’s for; Robert KETTELL, Benjamin TAYLOR, & Audrey LIVINGSTON (Crystal Palace Triathletes) – well done.
I see Robert was visiting from Dulwich parkrun – very similar (‘ish) course profile of course, Benjamin is mainly Peckham Rye parkrun – with only Audrey doing her 50 at her home run.
No other milestones, but flake runs for Helen LISTER and Robert STEWART.
Thanks for having us – it was a nice break from the mud of Roundshaw Downs and Lloyd (we doubled on New Year’s Day) – and maybe you will visit us at Roundshaw Downs some time – we are cross country, but we are a hidden gem of a parkrun course!

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 468
4th January 2020
This week 560 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:

Tim GRAY • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • Monica FISK • Yvette DORE • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Tom SINGHGOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Jessica RANSOM • Gareth MORRIS • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Simon LANG • Sharon MARTIN • Unity KINGSTON • Julia ANDERSON • Paul HILTON • Eleanor PARKER • Laura VINCENT • Piers BROMLEY • Lin SKINNER • Julie LETTS • Hazel FREEMAN • Suzi DALEY • Hannah LAZELL • Daniel TOUGH • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Michael MCINTYRE • Peter GALLAGHER • Ollie LONGWORTH • Alison YATES • Peter HALL • Claudia RIOS • Cameron TOUGH • Pat GRIFFIN • Efa PARRY • Jada MENSAH • Thomas BRIGGS • 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 11,910 participants have completed 85,490 parkruns covering a total distance of 427,450 km, including 13,885 new Personal Bests. A total of 646 individuals have volunteered 5,725 times.