Milestones and PBs

I've got a busy weekend so thought I should dash this out quickly, a bit like a LOT of our participants this morning! We had a great turnout of 267 this morning and more importantly 267 finishers! We're sticking with out two and a bit lap course at the moment. When King George gets back from holiday we may revisit this, that ridge does get very muddy in winter but for now we get the 'pleasure' of that slight undulation three times still!

Unlike last week, we had no fog just a dull autumnal morning. I'm running in Scotland next week and the weather is forecast for rain but today I saw they were running in brilliant sunshine! Anyway, we had thirty-five people who had never run our beautiful parkrun before. Ten were brand new box fresh and crinkle free. Welcome to the cult Magnus, Katia, Ed, William, Ellen, Connie, Ella, Alison, Abimbola and Leola. Do come back next week! We had 25 people who were either touring or moving to the best parkrun in the world permanently. The furthest away tourist was from Tottenham and no one admitted to coming from a local parkrun.

We had a load of people running their fastest ever parkrun, 41 in total. I am feeling particularly bitter about fast runners today so shall not be praising them but shining a torch on people who have upset me most. Stand up and take a bow Nicki Pelletier. Nicki ran in a blistering 29:40. At the beginning Sally and I said she could run with us, she just looked at us and went off at her usual pace. When we went past the farm the second time Pat Griffin told us Nicki was miles ahead of us and to our horror as we past the finish line on our way to that hill for the third time she was crossing the finish line. What really annoys me about Nicki is she used to struggle to keep up with me and now that she's lost five stone in weight runs off like a whippet. Unfortunately, Nicki is also a really lovely person so I can't hate her. Likewise Helen Duffy. Helen did her second ever parkrun today having run her first at Dulwich. Helen ran in an obscene time of 27:59. I love Helen, she's my neighbour and lives two doors away from me but showing up at MY parkrun and then running it nearly 10 minutes faster than me is just plain rude.

Cameron Tough looked at me with disdain when I suggested Sally and I might run with him. He then ran his fastest ever parkrun, running sub 30 for the first time in his relatively short running career. I suppose I deserved the disdain. I remember his older brother Daniel once trying to run with me but being unable to run that slowly. And Valerie Stanley may be lovely, I have never actually met her but once again she got a PB today and it goes without saying finished in front of Sally and me!

So congratulations to all of you who got a PB today, (she writes with gritted teeth!).

We had some milestone runners today. John Gilchrist and Holly Barren joined the newly established 25 club, Richard Smith the 50 club and Andy Bladon the 100th. Jane Haile joined the 250 club and celebrated by baking biscuits which were demolished in no time at all. Philippa Ryan turned up with a delicious banana bread she'd made as a result of a glut of bananas.

We had lots of new volunteers this week which was lovely. Next week most of the core team will be away. Bob Bell is going to be Run Director and we really do need volunteers so if you have been thinking about hanging up your trainers for a week next week is the one to do it! Thanks to those who have already said they'll volunteer, we still have lots of vacancies so don't hold back. One volunteer role that doesn't need to prevent you running is writing this report. I won't be writing a report next week so if anyone else would like the parkrun pen then contact us in one of the usual ways: email drop a message on our Facebook page or message us on IM on Facebook. Writing the report requires no experience or talent at all so do consider it.

On Saturday 30th October we will have live entertainment. The Pengenista Drummers will be coming along to play. They are a fabulous group and I suspect will get lots of people running faster. They are also collecting for St Christopher's Hospice so do feel free to bring some money to contribute. And, as it's Halloween we shall be encouraging fancy dress. It's about time we had a fancy dress week.

That's your lot for this week. Results available by clicking on a link somewhere.
Have a great week, see you in a fortnight.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 490
16th October 2021
This week 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

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 13,042 participants have completed 93,194 parkruns covering a total distance of 465,970 km, including 14,843 new Personal Bests. A total of 690 individuals have volunteered 6,283 times.