At last Palace get a goal

20210821 Michele with Sal and Nicky

Hello lovely parkrunners
I'm writing this in a good mood after Crystal Palace surprisingly scored not one but two goals in their game against West Ham yesterday. I wasn't there (actually it's the first match this season I've missed so maybe the lesson I need to learn is not go to the football) but here I am on Sunday afternoon still smiling about it. AND I'm not doing as badly as usual in my fantasy football leagues so life is good.

Yesterday we had our biggest turnout since we returned after lockdown with 265 of you lined up like thoroughbred race horses at the start line. Alison Yates was doing her first stint as Run Director (other volunteering roles are available) and she did a great job. You too can be a Run Director (or RD as we like to call them (or do any other volunteer role)) and we offer VERY high quality, free training. Just ask Alison, she will be RD again next Saturday, now that she's fully trained. Yesterday George trained Alison and I in results processing and he's on holiday next week so Alison and I will try to do the results without him guiding us! Wish us luck!

Welcome to the 16 brand new parkrunners we took delivery of yesterday. I was particularly impressed with Amelia O'Keeffe who was doing her first ever parkrun, with parkrun regular, dad John. She was still smiling on the second lap by the back of the café, where I was marshalling (other volunteer roles are available). Amelia was our youngest first timer yesterday. A warm welcome to all of the new parkrunners who joined us yesterday, it really is a great way to start your Saturday. And if you don't feel up to running you can get your parkrun fix by volunteering, details further down. Something makes me think I may be mentioned volunteering one or two more times today! ;)

We had 23 tourists with four in particular from Guildford and some other countryside area. I didn't catch their names (or remember where they're from) but after we had gone for breakfast, sorted the tokens and processed the results they were STILL chatting in the car park!

Thirty-six people achieved a personal best (PB) yesterday. You really were a speedy lot! Nicole Pelletier (on the left in the photo above) is in danger of finding herself friendless as she got yet another PB yesterday, once again a week after doing a half marathon! Seriously, well done Nicky (she says through gritted teeth!). PBs come in all shapes and sizes so well done to Callum Horton who ran in a blistering 19:04 and equally well done to Alison Fleming who did her second parkrun yesterday over two minutes faster than the week before.

I had promised to run with Sally Jackson (on the right in the photo above)yesterday but I couldn't. Sally wasn't very happy and whinged a bit each time she saw me, marshalling outside the café with a coffee in hand. Anyway, she proudly told me she was 10 in her age group and then wondered if that meant last in her age group. No, Sally, it doesn't, there were four women in your age category who finished after you. May I remind you, it isn't a race!!!

You may have noticed my new skill, yes I have worked out how to upload photos so I may try and do that a bit more. The photo is of Nicky, Sally and me at the start of the Vitality Half Marathon last week. Once we'd crossed the start line Nicky raced off but we really did start with her!

You may also have noticed a bit of a theme today, I've been banging on about the huge smorgasbord of volunteering opportunities. So, do feel free to chat to any of the volunteers next week (we're in very attractive bright pink hi-vis vests) to find out what different roles we have, drop a message on our Facebook page or email There are always volunteering opportunities, in fact George is co-ordinating volunteers while he is on holiday for the next two weeks! You don't necessarily have to miss your run and if you are marshalling you can drink coffee while you're doing it!

Right, I'm off now to go to my niece's 40th birthday party. See you all on Saturday.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 484
28th August 2021
This week 265 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Chris BALMER • Chris BELL • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Suzi DALEY • Sue CORCORAN • Alison YATES • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Peter HALL • Pat GRIFFIN • Emma MCINTYRE • Amir HASSAN • Nicole PELLETIER • Emily WILLIAMS • Luka JONES • Kaori TSUBOUCHI • 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 12,830 participants have completed 91,691 parkruns covering a total distance of 458,455 km, including 14,627 new Personal Bests. A total of 680 individuals have volunteered 6,164 times.