Lots of PBs and a superstar in the making

Hello everyone. I am writing this on Tuesday morning after watching Brighton steal a draw from the jaws of defeat. They came to Selhurst Park fully expecting to win the match and reach the top of the Premiership and managed to equalise as a result of a goalkeeping error in the 95th minute. Crystal Palace fans, myself included, felt like we'd lost. The Brighton fans celebrated a draw like they'd won the league. So, commiserations to any Palace fans reading this.

So, to parkrun last Saturday. Firstly, a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers. We had more than ever before and it really does make it a great event. If you're thinking of volunteering and don't have a dog please don't worry. Dog ownership is optional and we do have roles where your lack of dog won't be so apparent! Seriously though, volunteering is a great way to enjoy parkrun so do sign up. Not for this Saturday though as we're not on due to a commercial running event, where you can pay to run 5K on Saturday morning. I know, I don't get it either! Apparently, they're also offering 10K and HM routes as well.

Two hundred and 25 of you lined up at the bottom of the park to run/cartwheel/walk and buggy push our beautiful, slightly undulating park. Ten of you were box fresh (let's see how long that takes to make it's way into the Kingston parkrun report). Welcome to Raphael, Tiarnan, Holly, Simon, Laura, Natasha, Diana, Nicholas, Rupert and Vattano. We are a bit of a cult but a very friendly one. Do come back!

Thirty-eight people ran their fastest ever parkrun; far too many to mention individually but there are a few who I will shine a light on. Andzelika Jedrzejewska ran her third parkrun in a faster time than her previous two and hung around after to encourage slower runners (people like me!). Cameron Tough wasn't going to get a mention in this run report. I even told him I wasn't going to mention him but I noticed he got a PB too, his first sub 32 parkrun. He was doing a proper training run with his dad, Andy which involved some walking. I know walking doesn't come naturally to Cameron so a huge congratulations to him for being so disciplined and achieving a PB. Charmain Dennis also achieved a PB which must have been particularly satisfying as her last PB was in Oct 2019. Very impressive Charmaine.

Those of you who heard me do the runners briefing at the start of the run on Saturday would have heard me mention my son, Alex, who was doing his last parkrun before going to university. It was Alex's 90th parkrun and he ran in a blistering 19:33, his fastest ever parkrun. He then did that really annoying thing of running the route in reverse until he found Sally and me approaching the cafe on our second lap and paced us to the finish. I must admit to saying some words to him that were probably not entirely appropriate but to be fair he did manage to get me to run nearly two minutes faster. Anyway, much to his horror I'm looking forward to doing Loughborough parkrun very very soon!

Another person who should be feeling very proud of themselves is Colette Dollin. Many of you will know Colette as she regularly tailwalks but she chose to run on Saturday. It was her 100th parkrun and she did her fastest ever parkrun. Colette has also volunteered 55 times! Like me, Colette has seen her gorgeous son off to university so she may have needed a bit of a cathartic run. Well done Colette. Jonathan Gibbs was our other milestone runner clocking up his 50th on Saturday.

I wasn't going to mention Cameron this week because I wanted to talk about Alex Kirk. Many of you will have seen Alex's photo on our Facebook page. Many of you will also have seen his fabulous sprint finish with Mum, Vicky, trying and failing to keep him at arm's length. Alex had never run at Crystal Palace parkrun before and got an amazing three minute PB. He usually runs at Kingston parkrun which is dead flat. I spotted his running club T-shirt and asked where the family normally run parkrun and when they said Kingston asked if they knew my sister, Josie. Of course they did, Josie is a louder version of me, yes really, such a thing exists! So, HUGE well done to Alex and his lovely family for coming to a superior parkrun and smashing it!

Most of you will be familiar with the fact we've got a two and a bit lap route at the moment. Dave Cook has been volunteering for weeks reminding people that if they have run past him twice it's time to turn left. On Saturday he had to convince an irate cyclist that cycling through the runners was perhaps not a great idea. The cyclist was clearly upset that people were using the park for something other than cycling and Dave utilised his diplomatic skills to talk her down. This did mean one or two people got an extra loop in as they ran the ridge a third time. You'll be delighted to know we're not charging you extra for the slightly longer run! Do come and do it again though as you're almost guaranteed a PB!

Right, there is packing to be done and a final favourite dinner to cook. See lots of you in two weeks. Results available by clicking a link somewhere below this rambling report.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 488
25th September 2021
This week 225 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Cathy WELLINGS • Gareth MORRIS • Chris BALMER • Jake ENGLISH • Sharon MARTIN • Belinda COTTRILL • Julia ANDERSON • Mylene ELLIOTT • Lin SKINNER • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Sally JACKSON • Philippa RYAN • Seán HILL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Alison YATES • Joanne MCLOUGHLIN • Kylie CUFF • Fred HAYES • Susanna WAERN • Pat GRIFFIN • Jane EAST • Luka JONES • 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 12,960 participants have completed 92,634 parkruns covering a total distance of 463,170 km, including 14,766 new Personal Bests. A total of 687 individuals have volunteered 6,258 times.