Prosecco fuelled parkrun

What a beautiful morning we had for parkrun today. A bit autumnal in feel and some lovely warm sunshine. And I got to run for the first time since we restarted. That wasn't guaranteed though as, once again, we were a bit short of volunteers. Luckily a few people turned up ready to volunteer and so King George (back from his holiday) said I could run. We really do need volunteers and there are plenty of roles that mean you can still run. Thanks to Paul Mann and Gareth Morris who have already emailed to put their names down for next week. You can also volunteer by putting a message on our Facebook page.

We had 261 of you/us line up at the start, numbers are creeping up and it really is lovely to see that. I don't usually mention who finishes first but Alex Turner ran a blistering 17:18, a personal best for him. Sadly, Alex (who is aptly a member of London Frontrunners!) probably didn't see much of the park at that pace. As he lapped Nicky and me he said we were doing well. Which was very kind of him. More kind that he realised as both Nicky and I were suffering having chosen last night to sit in my garden drinking bucket loads of prosecco. Nicky brought her aid dog, Remus, and she had promised me lots of walking and at least one poo stop (for Remus, not Nicky) but they were false promises. Even when Remus wanted to walk Nicky dragged him behind her! Anyway, although I felt dreadful I really enjoyed finishing and will be back next week!

Thirty - one people ran their fastest ever parkrun today. Obviously, Yvette Stanley was one of them! Marijana Urbany also ran her fastest ever parkrun today. Marijana volunteered last week.......... You can draw your own conclusions. ;) Well done to all of you who got a PB.

There were 31 people who had never run at our beautiful, slightly undulating park. Tony Collins was one of those. Tony it was your 181st parkrun, what kept you?! Thirteen people ran their first ever parkrun. Too many to mention individually but welcome to the cult. We look forward to seeing you again and who knows you could be like Derrick Harman, Andzelika Jedrzejewska, David Vallade and Julia Murray who came back for their second parkrun and ran it faster than their first!

Before Covid we used to call out the milestone runners but we can't do that now as we need to get you all off and running/walking/cartwheeling as quickly as possible, hence my rushed introduction this morning! So well done to Peter Lighting, Jason Carpenter and John Halpin who all joined the 100 club today. We look forward to seeing you in your smart black t-shirts soon.

I will remind you all again next week but on 2nd October we won't be holding parkrun at Crystal Palace. There is a paid for event taking place in the park; 5k, 10k and a half marathon. I don't entirely get why anyone would pay to run 5k but there you go. We will be back the following week and of course we'll be there next week.

As usual, the results are available by clicking the link below this report.
Have a great week, happy running and see you on Saturday.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 487
18th September 2021
This week 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Orlando BROOKE • Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Lianne PETERKIN • Chris BALMER • Ashlee MULIMBA • Mylene ELLIOTT • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • David COOK • Russell WHITE • Sue CORCORAN • Philippa RYAN • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Emma MCINTYRE • Luka JONES • 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 12,926 participants have completed 92,409 parkruns covering a total distance of 462,045 km, including 14,728 new Personal Bests. A total of 686 individuals have volunteered 6,229 times.