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 crystalpalace@parkrun.com 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.
Michele
#loveparkrun

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.

 

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.
Michele
#loveparkrun

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.

 

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.
Michele
#loveparkrun

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.

 

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 crystalpalace@parkrun.com 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.
Michele
#loveparkrun

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.

 

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.

Michele
#loveparkrun

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.

 

Superscanners

Well, both Alison and I were a bit worried this morning as we were in charge of putting on parkrun without a safety net. George has gone on holiday and left us alone. The pressure was almost too much for us but we rocked up and with the help of a wonderful team of volunteers put on a very successful parkrun. Fingers crossed next week will be the same (George will still be away).

parkrunners paying rapt attention to Alison's run briefing

parkrunners paying rapt attention to Alison's run briefing

parkrunners concentrating on Alison's run briefing

parkrunners concentrating on Alison's run briefing

As luck would have it we had a crack squad of barcode scanners and we had no clashes or discrepancies in the results, which made life easier for us when it came to processing the results. Thank you!

We had 257 of you line up to run/walk/cartwheel around our slightly undulating two and a bit lap course. Thirty-five of you had never run with us before. Oliver Munn - what kept you? 45 parkruns, most local to us but today was his first at Crystal Palace. Oliver ran in a speedy 21:01 and then did some barcode scanning. Thanks Oliver.

We had 15 brand new sparkly parkrunners.

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Special mention to Robbie, Alex and Andzelika who were three of today's first timers and who had never met before today but have all promised to come back next week. Robbie very kindly took part in the new runners role play! I have no idea why Sally Jackson felt the need to photobomb the photo - general attention seeking behaviour! A HUGE welcome to all 15 of the new parkrunners, your Saturday will never be the same. And if you don't feel up to running then come along anyway, I have already washed the Hi-Viz vests so they will be ready!

Thirty-seven people ran their fastest ever parkrun, far too many for me to mention individually but I will shine a light on a couple. Matthew Ironside has run parkrun 167 times, today was his fourth time at CP, the last time was in 2016! Today he ran seven seconds faster. Well done Matthew. Now Yvette Stanley must have had her two Weetabix with an extra banana this morning. Yvette ran her fourth parkrun today. She ran her first on 14 Aug in 48:52 and has run every week since. Today she ran in a blistering 38:12, that is over ten minutes faster! HUGE congratulations Yvette. And well done to all of you who ran a faster than ever parkrun today.

I was chatting with Adrian Lobb who was our second finisher this morning. Adrian is an editor for the Big Issue. I wouldn't usually put a link but he assured me he mentioned Crystal Palace parkrun in the latest edition! You can buy it here.

https://www.bigissue.com/category/latest/

Adrian and Mike

Adrian and Mike

As I said, Adrian was our second finisher and I love the photo above as it's Adrian with Mike Woodward who was today's tailwalker. Thirty-five minutes and 29 seconds separated them today and that is exactly why parkrun is so great, it really doesn't matter how long you take.

I regularly bang on about how important it is to volunteer and it was great to see so many familiar faces today and some newer ones too. Do feel free to come and volunteer any time. There are three ways to let us know you're coming along to volunteer; email crystalpalace@parkrun.org, post a note on our Facebook page or come and tell any volunteers on a Saturday that you'd like to volunteer in future. It is also OK to turn up on the day but to be honest this morning we had only two marshals we knew of so both Alison and I were a little nervous!

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John Moss

John Moss

Now, I couldn't help noticing John Moss had no sticks with him today and ran without any assistance at all. Both Sarah (his wife) and I think he's a bit of a hero. However, I have just come off the phone to Bob Bell who ran with John until John sped off the final hill, leaving Bob eating dust! So, maybe he's not such a hero after all!

Finally, we have a treat in store for you all in two weeks time. And it's no coincidence that I am hoping to do my first parkrun since we returned that day. You'll have to come along and see what the surprise is, I promise it's not just me running, even I'm not that much of a narcissist!

Last couple of photos (now I've mastered the art!).

A bevy of Crystal Palace Fun Runners.

A bevy of Crystal Palace Fun Runners.

Another bevy of Crystal Palace Fun Runners! :)

Another bevy of Crystal Palace Fun Runners! :)

As ever the results are available by clicking the link below.
Until next week.
Michele
#loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 485
4th September 2021
This week 257 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Michael WOODWARD • Laura TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Nicky PENKOV • Andrew CHONG • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Liz PEPPER • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Suzi DALEY • Philippa RYAN • Alison YATES • Peter HALL • Pat GRIFFIN • Susannah JENKINS • Oliver MUNN • Nicole PELLETIER • Andrew LOVERIDGE • Alison YOUNG • Luka JONES • Kaori TSUBOUCHI

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 12,865 participants have completed 91,948 parkruns covering a total distance of 459,740 km, including 14,664 new Personal Bests. A total of 684 individuals have volunteered 6,189 times.

 

At last Palace get a goal

20210821 Michele with Sal and Nicky

Hello lovely parkrunners
I'm writing this in a good mood after Crystal Palace surprisingly scored not one but two goals in their game against West Ham yesterday. I wasn't there (actually it's the first match this season I've missed so maybe the lesson I need to learn is not go to the football) but here I am on Sunday afternoon still smiling about it. AND I'm not doing as badly as usual in my fantasy football leagues so life is good.

Yesterday we had our biggest turnout since we returned after lockdown with 265 of you lined up like thoroughbred race horses at the start line. Alison Yates was doing her first stint as Run Director (other volunteering roles are available) and she did a great job. You too can be a Run Director (or RD as we like to call them (or do any other volunteer role)) and we offer VERY high quality, free training. Just ask Alison, she will be RD again next Saturday, now that she's fully trained. Yesterday George trained Alison and I in results processing and he's on holiday next week so Alison and I will try to do the results without him guiding us! Wish us luck!

Welcome to the 16 brand new parkrunners we took delivery of yesterday. I was particularly impressed with Amelia O'Keeffe who was doing her first ever parkrun, with parkrun regular, dad John. She was still smiling on the second lap by the back of the café, where I was marshalling (other volunteer roles are available). Amelia was our youngest first timer yesterday. A warm welcome to all of the new parkrunners who joined us yesterday, it really is a great way to start your Saturday. And if you don't feel up to running you can get your parkrun fix by volunteering, details further down. Something makes me think I may be mentioned volunteering one or two more times today! ;)

We had 23 tourists with four in particular from Guildford and some other countryside area. I didn't catch their names (or remember where they're from) but after we had gone for breakfast, sorted the tokens and processed the results they were STILL chatting in the car park!

Thirty-six people achieved a personal best (PB) yesterday. You really were a speedy lot! Nicole Pelletier (on the left in the photo above) is in danger of finding herself friendless as she got yet another PB yesterday, once again a week after doing a half marathon! Seriously, well done Nicky (she says through gritted teeth!). PBs come in all shapes and sizes so well done to Callum Horton who ran in a blistering 19:04 and equally well done to Alison Fleming who did her second parkrun yesterday over two minutes faster than the week before.

I had promised to run with Sally Jackson (on the right in the photo above)yesterday but I couldn't. Sally wasn't very happy and whinged a bit each time she saw me, marshalling outside the café with a coffee in hand. Anyway, she proudly told me she was 10 in her age group and then wondered if that meant last in her age group. No, Sally, it doesn't, there were four women in your age category who finished after you. May I remind you, it isn't a race!!!

You may have noticed my new skill, yes I have worked out how to upload photos so I may try and do that a bit more. The photo is of Nicky, Sally and me at the start of the Vitality Half Marathon last week. Once we'd crossed the start line Nicky raced off but we really did start with her!

You may also have noticed a bit of a theme today, I've been banging on about the huge smorgasbord of volunteering opportunities. So, do feel free to chat to any of the volunteers next week (we're in very attractive bright pink hi-vis vests) to find out what different roles we have, drop a message on our Facebook page or email crystalpalace@parkrun.com There are always volunteering opportunities, in fact George is co-ordinating volunteers while he is on holiday for the next two weeks! You don't necessarily have to miss your run and if you are marshalling you can drink coffee while you're doing it!

Right, I'm off now to go to my niece's 40th birthday party. See you all on Saturday.
Michele
#loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 484
28th August 2021
This week 265 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Chris BALMER • Chris BELL • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Suzi DALEY • Sue CORCORAN • Alison YATES • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Peter HALL • Pat GRIFFIN • Emma MCINTYRE • Amir HASSAN • Nicole PELLETIER • Emily WILLIAMS • 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 12,830 participants have completed 91,691 parkruns covering a total distance of 458,455 km, including 14,627 new Personal Bests. A total of 680 individuals have volunteered 6,164 times.

 

Better late than never

Thanks to Bob Bell for this week's run report.

Michele was away this week (well having her hair done, which I’m not sure is a valid excuse for missing parkrun) (Ed: my hair does look lovely though!)so handed me the parkrun crayon. Now the wags amongst you will say the report is late because I was still “running”. Partly true as I got injured at the beginning of lockdown, over a year ago, which I thought was a good time to get injured as I had plenty of time to recover, but sadly I’ve got worse both injury and running wise. Good thing is I get more parkrun for my money!

Anyway, with Michele out at the hairdressers, somebody took the new runners briefing. I’m not sure who as I was involved in a military exercise to get a very extended family out of Bell Towers and up to CP Park (at one stage having to turn back to get “The Bell” that chimes on Chris’s Corner) only arriving just before the start. Somebody however clearly did a good job introducing the new to parkrun/ Crystal Palace runners briefing as nobody was reported lost or not getting scanned properly. This of course was, in some way due to the excellent 25 volunteers marshalling both on the course and at the finish.

Susannah Simpson was in charge today and after the official brief briefing everybody was off on our three lap course as music is still going on at the concert bowl, more affectionately known as “The Rusty Laptop”. A warning there’ll be a few more weeks before the Fat Lady stops singing and we can get back to the heady heights of the Upper Terrace

This week 231 of you ran, skipped, cartwheeled or sensibly walked the foothills of the park taking in the dinosaurs, ducks, trees boating lake and anything else that caught your eye.

Alex Turner clearly ran and probably didn’t do much taking in of anything as he whipped round in a PB (one of 26) of 17:20. Local girl Lin Skinner, who probably also didn’t take in much of the view either, as she was moving fast and has also seen it all before, was first female in 21:46

Jaime Smith topped the age gradings with an impressive 74.83%

One of the downsides to the shortened run briefing is no milestones are mentioned. So to put that right Sarah Wren clocked up her 200th and Joanna Goodwin is now in line for a red T shirt emblazoned with 50.

Anyway it’s nearly time to don those trainers again, brush off your barcode and join us all for another fun filled Saturday morning.

Enjoy what’s left of your week and don’t forget to volunteer. Without volunteers parkrun will not happen

See you soon

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 483
21st August 2021
This week 231 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Gillian CAVELL • Chris DYKE • Lianne PETERKIN • Chris BALMER • Chris BELL • Paul HILTON • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Oliver M-COOMBS • David COOK • Ann MCMAHON • Maja HILTON • Alison YATES • Ashley DYKE • Colette DOLLIN • Fred HAYES • Jake PRZYBYSZ • Pat GRIFFIN • Amir HASSAN • 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 12,789 participants have completed 91,426 parkruns covering a total distance of 457,130 km, including 14,590 new Personal Bests. A total of 679 individuals have volunteered 6,142 times.

 

Be more gazelle

Good morning Crystal Palace parkrun. I'm writing this on Sunday morning having gone to Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon to watch Crystal Palace play their opening match of the season against Champions League Winners, Chelsea. That's enough about the football. :(

Our numbers are creeping up with 268 of you lining up at the start line to listen to Bob Bell do the pre run speil. There were 17 brand new crinkle free parkrunners, too many to mention individually. I will however mention Tine Bladbjerg who I noticed when I was delivering the new runners briefing. Tine stood out because she was standing with two regular parkrunners, daughter and dad, Bibi and Dominic Grise. When I asked Bibi what she was doing at the new runners briefing she explained she was there to support her mum. Which was lovely. And she did. Dom claimed he was also there to support her. All I shall say about that is Dom ran in 27:09 and Bibi and Tine at 52:12. I will leave it up to you to decide who was doing the supporting!!

I don't usually mention who finishes first as you can look up the results yourself by clicking a link at the bottom of this report. But, Lewis Warren really does deserve a mention as he breezed over the finish line with a personal best (PB) of 17:21. He hadn't even broken a sweat and was really quite chatty. I'd be tempted to say he could have run faster but he admitted he didn't actually see much of the park as he was charging round it so quickly! Well done Lewis!

Twenty-three of you ran your fastest ever parkrun yesterday. Alan Steel, Katie Guy, Andrew Forshaw, Roger Odili and Sarah Harper all enjoyed their first parkruns so much they came back for a second time and did it even faster. Well done to all 23 of you but especially those five, I often think the second parkrun is harder than the first as you know what you've signed up for now!

Sadly, yesterday we had a complaint. I know you all think you look like a herd of gazelles as you set off at the beginning of the run but to some of the park users you're more like a herd of wildebeest. And someone complained yesterday that you were all trampling all over the park. We should probably acknowledge that the other park users have had free run of the park for about 17 months and are having to get used to sharing the park again. So, if you could avoid trampling all over the park we (and they) would be very grateful. The marshal they spoke to very kindly invited them to join us next week to experience what a great community parkrun is but they declined. Anyway, we do need to all use the park together so try to be more gazelle and less wildebeest. :)

Now, regular readers of 'The view from near the back' will know I have waxed lyrical about John Moss (not the referee, I would not wax lyrical about him, especially after yesterday). I have taken the liberty of cutting and pasting a snippet of a run report from March 2020:
'A few months ago (end of last summer) I mentioned John Moss in my run report. John had been on holiday (in Greece, I think) and had a terrible life changing accident which resulted in him having external pins in his right lower leg and having to walk with his leg in a cage. So, being unable to run parkrun in his usual (remarkably consistent over seven years) sub 23 he started volunteering every single week. He said parkrun was what he did on a Saturday so for a while he would be volunteering. Today John did his first parkrun since 29th June 2019 in 40.09. He actually ran down the home straight despite still having a crutch for balance. He said it's his new time to beat. Simon Lang said he should have made more of an effort! I cannot begin to express how in awe I am of John, what an amazing achievement and what a positive approach to life. John - I shall try and channel your optimism and resilience. HUGE HUGE HUGE congratulations.'

Yesterday Jon looked utterly amazing as he ran and walked with those posh looking walking poles. To see him running really was wonderful. His wife, Sarah, even videoed him running. When I went over to congratulate him after the run Sarah commented on how fast he was getting. Slightly bitterly (in my opinion) she went on to suggest her days of running faster than him were numbered and she had only ever achieved that because of his injury in the first place! Seriously though, it's great to see how far you've come John.

Only one milestone runner yesterday. Congratulations to Anna Brett for running her 50th parkrun. We look forward to seeing you in your shiny new T-shirt.

Finally, a word about volunteering. You'll see our photos yesterday were all of volunteers having a great time experiencing parkrun in a different way. I was particularly pleased to meet Suzie Pelletier. Suzie did her second ever parkrun yesterday and chose to tailwalk with her daughter, the incredibly vanishing Nicky (who you will remember got a PB last week). Suzie has come over from Canada to see Nicky and family for the first time since last August and it was great to see the two of them together. Sadly, she will be going back on Wednesday but we look forward to seeing her on October. As Bob said yesterday, the more volunteers we have the more frequently we can all run. I'm really looking forward to running parkrun and hope to do my first one on 28th August but that is dependent on us having enough volunteers! You know you want to. We're still hoping someone will want to pick up the volunteer co-ordinator role. You get the benefit of volunteering and you can still run. As I frequently bang on, not all volunteering roles require you to give up your run so do get in touch in the usual ways; either email crystalpalace@parkrun.com or message us on Facebook.

My son, Alex, is off to university next month so I'm making the most of spending time with him. Today, that means going to the gym together. Please think of me!

Until next week.
Michele
#loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 482
14th August 2021
This week 268 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Nicky PENKOV • Chris BALMER • Mylene ELLIOTT • Fiona VICKERS • Sue CORCORAN • Philippa RYAN • Jake PRZYBYSZ • Pat GRIFFIN • Nicole PELLETIER • Sue PELLETIER • Luka JONES • Kaori TSUBOUCHI • Daniel FLETT • Roy PETERSON • 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 12,755 participants have completed 91,195 parkruns covering a total distance of 455,975 km, including 14,564 new Personal Bests. A total of 678 individuals have volunteered 6,115 times.

 

A surprisingly dry parkrun

Well, at 8:50 today we had more volunteers than runners. The heavens had spent the night emptying themselves and to be honest we were just hoping people were hiding in their cars hoping the parkrun deities had arranged for the rain to stop at 9:00. Oh ye of little faith who didn't join us this morning, the rain stayed away until nearly 10:00! So, we had a select group of 178 runners/walkers/cartwheelers/buggy pushers. And 11 of them/you were absolutely brand new and shiny - well at the start anyway, you were all pretty muddy by the end! So HUGE congratulations to those 11 elite athletes who chose today to do their first parkrun.

We had another 11 tourists (for the uninitiated a tourist is someone who does a parkrun at somewhere other than their home parkrun). Drew Forrest had got a bus at 6:11 so he could get the train to London and come and be a tourist at our parkrun! Now THAT is dedication. Poor Drew slowed down at the finish line as he saw he was about to run into the two finishers just before him and was consequently pipped at the post by two blokes who overtook him just before finishing. But Drew did not let this ruin his morning. He stayed around, helped with the event close down and then came for breakfast with us. Then he put photos he'd taken on Facebook! #belikedrew

Eighteen of you ran your fastest ever parkrun today - or as we like to say; got a PB. One absolutely awesome runner today was Nicky Pelletier who ran her fastest ever parkrun a mere six days after getting a PB at the Landmarks Half Marathon! The woman is an unstoppable machine! Another person who got a PB today was Ashley Middlewick. Ashley had kindly said he was happy to scan finishers so sped round so he could volunteer!

Someone who did not get a parkrun today was Mike Stephenson. Mike's PB is 24:17 and today he ran in 28:41. Now I am the first person to say today's pace was not too shabby. However, I know he was running in a pair of, Olympic gold and silver medalist, Alex Yee's old trainers. As Mike himself admitted that was probably the slowest they had ever run!

In the pre Covid days we used to make a bit of a fuss at those marking milestone runs at the runners briefing. We can't do that now as we need to disperse you quickly at the beginning. So congratulations to Sally Gibbons (50) and Adey Lobb (100) on their milestone runs. I particularly feel for Adey who did his 99th parkrun just before parkrun stopped for the pandemic and has waited 16 months to get to 100!

I mentioned how we had loads of volunteers today. THANK YOU! As I said last week and again this morning we have a much better event when we have lots of volunteers as we can make sure we have lots of marshals to make sure you don't get lost. So, please please do pop your name down to volunteer. It doesn't necessarily mean you can't run; see what I wrote about Ashley or you can write this report or help us close the event down. In fact if anyone would like to take up the role of volunteer co-ordinator that would be great. You get volunteer credits every week for that! We are also looking for Run Directors. If you're interested then drop us a line at crystalpalace@parkrun.com or pop a note on our Facebook page or chat to whoever the Run Director is on any Saturday. The more RDs we have the less frequently we have to do it. Surprisingly, I am more than happy to be on megaphone duty if you don't want to do that part!

One last point. Lots of you say you like the three lapper and the beauty of it is we see you all running and get to applaud you as you run past us. But, some of the faster runners among you like to have a bit of chat with friends/acquaintances etc and today blocked the path which meant the slower (or as I like to call us, normal) runners had to weave around you. So, let's try to keep a clear path for all of our runners.

Right, that's my lot. As usual the results are accessible through a link on this page.
Until next week.
Michele
#loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 481
7th August 2021
This week 178 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Chris DYKE • Lianne PETERKIN • Chris BALMER • Julia ANDERSON • Samuel WILCOCK • Julie LETTS • David COOK • Sally JACKSON • Philippa RYAN • Alison YATES • Kylie CUFF • Fred HAYES • Drew K FORREST • Pat GRIFFIN • Ashley MIDDLEWICK • James BARKER • Kaori TSUBOUCHI • 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 12,703 participants have completed 90,927 parkruns covering a total distance of 454,635 km, including 14,541 new Personal Bests. A total of 675 individuals have volunteered 6,094 times.

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