Run slow, make friends on the go

Today I ran with Sally Jackson and Dave Cook and ran 16 or so seconds faster than last week. In May last year I returned to parkrun after a year being injured and it's taken me until now to start running in the sort of times I was running in 2017, recovering from injury takes so long and at the risk of sounding all sentimental the parkrun community is so welcoming that I feel my decreasing time is an indication of my hitherto hidden Olympic potential! If parkrun wasn't such a relaxed place to be with such a friendly bunch I may not have persevered but as Sally and I agreed as we were plodding around if you go slow you make friends on the go. To be fair Sally and I were friends anyway and I love running with her. There is something about running at chatting pace (well for that first mile) that makes it slightly less hideous. Jake wasn't here today, much to my relief but his constant bullying of me seems to be paying off. I love you really Jake.

Well, so much for my 'new year, new me' disparaging comments last week. Today we had our second highest attendance with 549 people lining up at the start and, more importantly, finishing! Thirty-one of us were brand new and crinkle free fresh out of the wrapper. Too many to mention you all individually but a huge welcome to the cult. Your Saturdays really will never be the same. Hopeton Reid was one of our new parkrunners and he'll definitely be quicker next week as Sharon Martin was tailwalker and she apparently chatted all the way round. She's our new weapon!

We had 49 tourists today as well. Matthew Bennett ran his 323rd parkrun and first at Crystal Palace and he also has the coveted purple T-shirt which denotes 25 stints at volunteering. He's actually volunteered 53 times. I'm not entirely sure what took Matthew so long to come to us given he's run at lots of different parkruns and his home run is Guildford. Another new tourist for us was the intriguingly named MH who has run most of his runs at Tooting and who also has a purple shirt. His local parkrun is Tooting so another one who really should have made the journey to our slightly undulating run before now. Welcome to all our newbie runners and tourists.

Forty-seven people ran their fastest ever parkrun today. Kalise Powell ran sub 24 minutes for the first time ever and our first female finisher was Georgia turner who ran in a blistering 18:04. Really ladies, that sort of speed is quite rude and you won't make any friends: see my note above! Clare Wyngard ran sub 29 today, her fastest time since returning from open heart surgery, well done Clare.

Olivia Greenfield earned her 50 T Shirt today and Helen Lister and Alan Roberts earned their 100 T Shirts. Well done to all of you, great perseverance!

I'm writing this now because I was unable to go to the Palace vs Arsenal match. It's finished at 1-1 which will probably upset all those Gooners who should be supporting their local team! Most importantly though, we're still above them. Final point, thanks to Sean Campbell who has just posted on Facebook that Crystal Palace parkrun is the best parkrun by far in London! I obviously agree but Sean is somewhat more objective than me as he has sampled five London parkruns and his home parkrun seems to be in South Africa. Thanks Sean!

Right, that's your lot, I have stuff to do and I'm just pleased I've got this done early. Don't forget, we will be back next week and are always happy to welcome volunteers to our masses. Just put a message on our facebook page and george will give you a job to do, with or without hi tech stuff!

Until next week then, Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 469
11th January 2020
This week 549 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 80 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Laura TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • David Nicholas FOX • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Simon LANG • Sharon MARTIN • Unity KINGSTON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Russell WHITE • Suzi DALEY • Daniel TOUGH • Seán HILL • Michael MCINTYRE • Fred HAYES • Peter HALL • Ella PATERSON • 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 11,990 participants have completed 86,039 parkruns covering a total distance of 430,195 km, including 13,932 new Personal Bests. A total of 647 individuals have volunteered 5,755 times.