A foggy parkrun

Well, when we set off this morning I was glad we lots of Hi-Viz heroes as it was soooooo foggy. Apologies to those who thought the start time was sometime after 9am as we were very prompt today! If you're on time next week you won't need to start with a sprint! George is off on his holiday (again??? I hear you cry, my sentiments exactly!) so yours truly donned the jacket of absolute authority and power and all was going well until we started to process the results. But, I'm getting ahead of myself!

Today saw our biggest turnout since we restarted parkrun in Sept with 293 of you lined up like thoroughbreds at the start line. Not that we could see much! There were lots of you sporting hi-viz marathon finisher T-shirts. I obviously hexed it for Che saying he was the one to follow due to his hi-viz T-shirt and his speedy pace. Che came an embarrassing second place a full 11 seconds after Peter Lighting, who was living up to his name. Che said afterwards that he wasn't that surprised as Peter had finished the marathon seven minutes ahead of Che on Sunday. Che finished in a quite shabby 2:40, a time that it takes me to cover half the distance!! All my respect for marathon runners is saved for those who take six hours or more, that stamina is really something!!

We had 46 first timers today with 14 of you fresh out of the box. Welcome to you all and particular welcome to Phoebe, Kay and Joana who all took part in the role play. I should tell you I think we may be the only parkrun that does role play at the new runners briefing. It's part of what makes us the best parkrun in the world. In order to verify that point you can do some touring. John Bellars is an experienced tourist with today being his 50th different venue! He chose today's venue very carefully as John is a local lad who grew up in Gipsy Hill. He hasn't been back for sometime so his run around the dinosaurs would have been lovely, if he could have seen them! He's promised to come back. He's a Palace supporter as well so all in all a great man.

We had 36 of you running your fastest ever parkrun this morning with Alexa Cruickshank running sub 26 mins for the first time ever. I don't know what Alexa is eating for breakfast but she seems to be getting faster every week! Well done Alexa. Alison Hamlett joined the 50 club this morning and Jennifer Henry joined the 100 club along with Douglas Aikman who also got a PB. Congratulations to you all.

Barbara Kopczynska ran without stopping today, a huge achievement given she had her second total hip replacement three (or maybe five (husband Guy wasn't sure!)) months ago. Whether it was three or five that's brilliant, well done Barbara.

So, what went wrong with the results. Alison and I were all set to get the results processed. We'd had a bit of an issue with one of the scanners being unable to upload their results so they had emailed them to the parkrun address. Anyway, I won't bore you with the minutiae but if it hadn't been for Sean Hill coming to the rescue we might have had to wait for George to get back in three weeks to get today's results processed! Thanks for saving us Sean!

It wouldn't be my run report if I didn't mention volunteers. In two weeks time most of the core team will be away for one reason or another. Bob is Run Director and will need lots of volunteers. I did mention that at the run briefing this morning so thanks to all of those who have already come forward to offer. I know its half term but if you're around we really do need help. That doesn't mean we don't need you next week. As usual, email crystalpalace@parkrun.com or pop a message on our Facebook page to offer your services. We offer virtually no training but you do get to wear a bright, freshly washed hi-viz jacket. Anne-Marie Kennedy volunteered for the first time today and appeared genuinely shocked at how much fun she had!

Right, results, as ever, clickable somewhere below this. James Duffy - I have your barcode.
Have a great week and good luck to all of those running either the Petts Wood 10K or the Royal Parks Half Marathon tomorrow.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 489
9th October 2021
This week 293 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Clare Elizabeth WYNGARD • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Paul MANN • David COOK • Sally JACKSON • Philippa RYAN • Seán HILL • Alison YATES • Peter HALL • Ann-Marie KENNEDY • Pat GRIFFIN • Amanda RENWICK • Nicole PELLETIER • Kaori TSUBOUCHI • Joanna CLARK • 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 13,006 participants have completed 92,927 parkruns covering a total distance of 464,635 km, including 14,802 new Personal Bests. A total of 690 individuals have volunteered 6,281 times.