What a fabulous Saturday

I am writing this on Sunday evening with the bass of the Wireless Festival in the background. I am still beaming from yesterday: a great parkrun with 200 of you lining up in our beautiful park, a Palace THRASHING of Tottenham at Selhurst Park and Emma Radacanu (yet another local elite athlete) wining the US Open. As this is a parkrun report I won't talk about Emma Radacanu too much other than to say, 'wow, just wow!'

What can I say about yesterday's parkrun? 200 of you lined up at the start line, clearly really looking forward to three times up that very very gentle slope! I suspect many of you stayed away due to the Wireless Festival and subsequent lack of parking and to be honest at 8:50 we did have more volunteers than runners so we were relieved when you lot started coming out of the bushes!

Twenty-nine of you had not run at Crystal Palace before. I really wish I had taken down the name of one of you, a Spurs supporter who said he liked my introduction but I supported the wrong team! :) For the uninitiated, tourists are people who ran at CP for the first time yesterday but it wasn't their first parkrun ever. One tourist joining us yesterday was Amanda Renwick, she usually walks at a parkrun in Johannesburg and was a bit worried we might not want walkers at our parkrun. Or, if we did welcome walkers would have a cut off time. I reassured Amanada that we really didn't care how long she took. She had the pleasure of being accompanied by Crystal Palace Fun Runner Kylie Cuff who had volunteered to be tailwalker yesterday. Kylie was running her first ever half marathon today (which she did in an astonishing 2:31, well done Kylie) and was happy to potter around at whatever pace Amanda set; which was a very respectable sub 51.

Of the 29 first timers yesterday eight of you were brand new crinkle free parkrunners. A huge welcome to Walter, Thomas, Jordan, Mike, David, Derrick, Kat and Simon. I was chatting to Derrick at the start yesterday and he had some great stories about growing up in the area. We should probably do a special series of interviews with him. He told me he had been kicked out of the pool at the sports centre WHILE IT WAS BEING BUILT!!!!!! Derrick supports Tottenham.

Thirty-three of you ran your fastest ever parkrun yesterday. That's far too many for me to discuss individually so I shall focus on two: Philip Jones who ran in 18:15 and didn't appear to break a sweat and Yvette Stanley (again!). Yvette, you're getting boring now and I'm going to stop mentioning you, getting faster every single week. Seriously, well done!

Many of you will have spotted the runner, sitting on a bench with a load of plasters on her knee. Sue Corcoran had run something like eight miles before coming to parkrun, helped a disorientated Wireless Festival goer and then tripped up. All before 9am. We patched her up and then got her doing token sorting later, so she could feel involved. We really are all heart. The only Jon Moss I am mentioning today is the referee at the Palace Spurs match. He had a really good match, not least because of giving a Spurs player a red card early in the second half. Also, because I suspect Sarah Moss (John Moss's wife) might take out a restraining order against me if I keep saying how in awe I am of her husband (who ran without crutches or sticks yesterday and who is a bit of a hero of mine but I'm not mentioning him this week).

You would all be so disappointed if I didn't mention volunteering. George has been away for the last two weeks, leaving Alison and myself in charge which has been quite scary. He'll be back next week and I am hoping to run (for the first time since we restarted parkrun (George hasn't run either)). He will need volunteers so please please pop a note on our Facebook page or email crystalpalace@parkrun.com or turn up Saturday and offer (which is what Paul Hilton did, even though he was dressed in running gear).

Nearly finally; if you would like to run the London Virtual Marathon and reckon you can do the distance on 3rd October and have £28 to spare then we can make your dream come true. The Alex The Leukodystrophy Charity has three places available for £28. They'd obviously like you to raise a bit more than that for them but if you're interested email info@alextlc.org to enquire.

So, that's your lot. Feel free to volunteer. Particularly on the weekend of the 25 September as we really need a run report writer as I have a very very busy social weekend! See you on Saturday.


Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 486
11th September 2021
This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • George WILLIAMS • Marijana URBANY • Michele GOLDEN • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Julie LETTS • Sue CORCORAN • Seán HILL • Alison YATES • Colette DOLLIN • Kylie CUFF • Emma MCINTYRE • Nicole PELLETIER • 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 12,894 participants have completed 92,148 parkruns covering a total distance of 460,740 km, including 14,697 new Personal Bests. A total of 684 individuals have volunteered 6,206 times.