If you can't survive without your weekly 'parkrun' 5k fix, try one of the other parkruns; Dulwich, Brockwell Park, Norman Park or Hilly Fields.
So how many times can lightning strike? Last week we had a glitch in the uploading of results, which meant that results were recorded as 14 seconds too fast. During the week the little orange cones that are used to mark out the starting line and finishing funnel somehow walked off, and then this weekend, there was an issue with the main servers which meant some runner's details were 'dropped' off the results pages, despite being submitted.
I am told that as a result of the re-processing that the kind folk at parkrun HQ are doing to fix the issue, the results email will be re-sent - that is assuming you have received one already.
Despite the hiccups, what a morning! The weather was gorgeous, if not a little too hot for running, but I am really not going to complain with there not being a cloud in the sky all day.
Adidas challenged parkrunners to beat their PBs this weekend, and at Crystal Palace almost a third of us did just that, including both Marc Leyshon and Lydia Van Rensburg, who won the boy's and girl's race.
The park was also playing host to 'the big fun run' 5k, which was starting a couple of hours after the parkrun. Fortunately, more luck than design, their route copied ours, and as a result we didn't have runners being mid-directed around the park, or at least no one admitted to it. I've never seen so many fluorescent yellow arrow signs pointing us the right way!
I have heard a number of runners debate which part of the course is the hardest over recent weeks, and maybe the heat just added to the discussion. Some say, the short sharp steep bit before you lurn left at the lake. For others it's the bit just before you reach the top of the hill when you turn right and then realise you're still climbing.
The only consensus seems to be that the second time round is always worse, and yet we all seem to come back... This week we recorded our joint highest attendance record - 119 parkrunners. George Williams was almost encouraged to do a quick couple of laps after the race to make it a record breaking attendance, but we will have to wait a bit longer for that record to be beaten.
As a result of the cones going walkies, a couple of the early finishers made a human funnel and clapped the remaining parkrunners over the line. Congratulations to Ameet Patel for reaching his 50th parkrun, who was so keen to make sure that his time and position was recorded in the little black book, that he forgot to scan his position and came somewhat close to not having a time recorded.
For those that reach a t-shirt milestone, you will automatically receive an email, in which you will be asked to confirm your home parkrun and what size t-shirt you would like. If in doubt about sizes, a good guide is to check with runners who have already received their Club shirts, as it is not possible to do returns. Also, please note that children specific sizes are not available, although this may change in the future.
A massive thanks as always to our volunteers, without whom we would not be able to put the run on - this week's heroes were George Williams, Malcolm Hicks, Mike Woodward and Nigel Williams.
Anyway, the results were:
Marc LEYSHON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:06 - second time in 4 appearances.
Jez DUNNETT (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:29.
An unknown runner was third.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Tom WILSON (Unattached) 1120 pts.
Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH (Unattached) 1105 pts.
Che COMPTON (Unattached) 1028 pts.
Lydia JANSE VAN RENSBURG (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (17th overall) over the line in 21:16 - 5th time in 18 appearances.
Lisa COLLINS (SW30-34) of Crystal Palace Triathletes, was second (19th overall) over the line in 21:31 - Was first to finish once before.
Rachel BENTLEY (VW35-39) of Clapham Chasers RC, was third (20th overall) over the line in 21:34 - Has been first to finish on 38 previous occassions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rachel BENTLEY (Clapham Chasers RC) 1490 pts.
Lydia JANSE VAN RENSBURG (Unattached) 1285 pts.
Charmain BENJAMIN (Unattached) 1185 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Clare PARKINSON (VW55-59) was graded 76.80 % for the time 24:34 (55th overall).
Omar HARHARA (JM14) was graded 72.20 % for the time 20:05 (11th overall).
Marc LEYSHON (SM30-34) was graded 71.64 % for the time 18:06 (first overall).
This week there were 119 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.
CrystalPalace parkrun started on 29th May 2010, and since then 1,550 different runners, including participants from 102 athletics clubs, have completed 6,997 runs covering a total distance of 34,985 km, and there have been 1,695 new Personal Bests.
The Women's course record is held by Justina HESLOP who ran in a time of 17:23 on 14th January 2012 (event number 77).
The Men's course record is held by Orlando EDWARDS who ran in a time of 16:07 on 6th August 2011 (event number 55).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a 86.29 % run (18:58) on 4th February 2012 (event number 80).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the CrystalPalace parkrun Results Page.
Due to gremlins in the system, the kind folk at parkrun HQ have advised that some results have been 'dropped' from the results page - They are currently addressing the situation and attempting to correct the results to what they should be.
I am advised that this will be resolved by Monday at the earliest and emails (if you have received one - i haven't) will be re-distributed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused
2nd June 2012
It has been moved our anniversary for the 2nd June and we would like to invite everyone to come along and celebrate this great occasion with us!
The anniversary celebration coincides with the parkrun runfree events taking place that weekend. The plan is very simple - bring along your friends and family, dig out your finest fairy tale costume and most importantly bring along some cakes, treats or drinks for a 'bring & share' picnic after the event.
Please take any goodies that you bring with you up to the finish area before the start of the event where our marshals and volunteers will set them up ready for the end of the race. If you have any foldable tables, gazebo or willing family members to help set out / guard the goodies please bring them along to help out our team of volunteers who will also be trying to run the event as usual on the day!
So whether you are a regular runner, have turned out a few times or even signed up but have never taken part at Crystal Palace before it would be great if you could join us to help celebrate our successful second year in the parkrun family!
We hope you all have a great day and that the event continues to flourish for many more years to come!
Rubid & Mike
Joint Event Directors
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Also,in the future we will be adding news of other events or parkrun cancellations to reach those who are not on the volunteer list or who haven't read the Parkrun newsletters.
We have been forced to Cancel our event on this day as there is a schools cross country run. The route of the cross country impacts on our parkrun course, and unfortunately will have to cancel it.
THANKS A LOT !
to DULWICH PARK RC
MIKE AND RUBID are thankful for all your support and we are sure that all the Crystal Palace Parkrunners who have attended on January have seen our event more alive with the increase of volunteers of this wonderful club who not only give their time and support, but without them we could not make it.
We would like to invite the other clubs to help us for a month on Saturdays to volunteer doing the main tasks and we are sure that all would like to see more volunteers around the lake as their encouragement, sweet voices and wonderful smiles push you up a couple of meters more on the difficult ups and downs of the race.
We would like to invite the clubs to come forward to help to run this enjoyable event to continue growing as a big family and supporting each other. REMEMBER we are a charity whose only aim is to encourage people to get in shape. We look forward to hearing from you.
RUBID & MIKE
JOINT EVENT DIRECTORS
Parkrun 19th November
Unfortunately we are having to cancel the parkrun at Crystal Palace Park on 19th November 2011 due to a schools cross country event that is taking place in the park on that morning.