Better late than never

Thanks to Bob Bell for this week's run report.

Michele was away this week (well having her hair done, which I’m not sure is a valid excuse for missing parkrun) (Ed: my hair does look lovely though!)so handed me the parkrun crayon. Now the wags amongst you will say the report is late because I was still “running”. Partly true as I got injured at the beginning of lockdown, over a year ago, which I thought was a good time to get injured as I had plenty of time to recover, but sadly I’ve got worse both injury and running wise. Good thing is I get more parkrun for my money!

Anyway, with Michele out at the hairdressers, somebody took the new runners briefing. I’m not sure who as I was involved in a military exercise to get a very extended family out of Bell Towers and up to CP Park (at one stage having to turn back to get “The Bell” that chimes on Chris’s Corner) only arriving just before the start. Somebody however clearly did a good job introducing the new to parkrun/ Crystal Palace runners briefing as nobody was reported lost or not getting scanned properly. This of course was, in some way due to the excellent 25 volunteers marshalling both on the course and at the finish.

Susannah Simpson was in charge today and after the official brief briefing everybody was off on our three lap course as music is still going on at the concert bowl, more affectionately known as “The Rusty Laptop”. A warning there’ll be a few more weeks before the Fat Lady stops singing and we can get back to the heady heights of the Upper Terrace

This week 231 of you ran, skipped, cartwheeled or sensibly walked the foothills of the park taking in the dinosaurs, ducks, trees boating lake and anything else that caught your eye.

Alex Turner clearly ran and probably didn’t do much taking in of anything as he whipped round in a PB (one of 26) of 17:20. Local girl Lin Skinner, who probably also didn’t take in much of the view either, as she was moving fast and has also seen it all before, was first female in 21:46

Jaime Smith topped the age gradings with an impressive 74.83%

One of the downsides to the shortened run briefing is no milestones are mentioned. So to put that right Sarah Wren clocked up her 200th and Joanna Goodwin is now in line for a red T shirt emblazoned with 50.

Anyway it’s nearly time to don those trainers again, brush off your barcode and join us all for another fun filled Saturday morning.

Enjoy what’s left of your week and don’t forget to volunteer. Without volunteers parkrun will not happen

See you soon

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 483
21st August 2021
This week 231 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Gillian CAVELL • Chris DYKE • Lianne PETERKIN • Chris BALMER • Chris BELL • Paul HILTON • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Oliver M-COOMBS • David COOK • Ann MCMAHON • Maja HILTON • Alison YATES • Ashley DYKE • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Jake PRZYBYSZ • Pat GRIFFIN • Amir HASSAN • Daniel FLETT • Mark LUDDEN

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 12,789 participants have completed 91,426 parkruns covering a total distance of 457,130 km, including 14,590 new Personal Bests. A total of 679 individuals have volunteered 6,142 times.