Not a parkrun report

I had a dream last night. I had arrived at the park at 10:00 and was heading to the area where we usually do the scanning. I knew parkrun was indefinitely postponed during the Covid 19 pandemic so you can only imagine my horror when I saw Tom had gone ahead and set up a finish funnel for the 120 of you who had done parkrun anyway! He was busily scanning all the finishers. I clearly need to get out more if this is an example of an anxiety dream, just at a time when I can't get out!

I missed what turned out to be our last (for the time being) parkrun last week as I had gone to another part of the country (you'll understand my reticence at mentioning where) to see my niece. We had planned to do her local parkrun but I forgot my sports bra so had to walk instead. It was a really interesting route, not least because there were quite a few police in attendance. Apparently, a local dog walker resented the fact the parkrunners crossed a small road in the park and had taken it upon himself to start driving at runners in an attempt to dissuade them from participating in this ridiculous running activity. Anyway, suffice to say they are changing the route in the park and so while they work out the new route they were cancelling anyway. And we thought we had dog walkers who are unenthusiastic about parkrun!

If I was writing the run report I would have said it was a beautiful day for running. No one needed me to tell them that. The park was heaving! I saw lots of people I would normally see at parkrun and we all called a cheery hello to each other and continued on our way! The Mulimba Family were out in force and Caeden keeping with both his parents for once and Azkia sporting his 50 T Shirt. Chris Balmer was cycling round the park, Claire Parkinson was speed walking and I had a lovely bit of socially distanced running with Susannah Simpson. Oh that's what we normally do! And I saw loads of parkrun regulars, along with lots of families and cyclists. It really was a beautiful day for being in our park.

I saw Lin Skinner who said she would text me the program she was doing in the park. She was doing a 12,8,4 run.......on her own. So, if you're interested in trying sme proper training here goes:
15 mins warm up
12 mins tempo
10 mins easy
8 mins tempo
6 mins easy
4 mins fast
15 mins cool down.

For a point of reference when Susannah and I were running towards the exit of the park Lin sped past us in what I think may have been her cool down pace!

So, these are odd times. I think I'll miss my weekly parkrun fix, as much for the social side of things as the running, well just for the social side of things! I realised this morning how many people I know by sight who all make my Saturday morning a fun and happy time. I'm going to try and keep running, as much for my mental health as anything else. And sometimes I will write a run report, because I can. When this is all over we will be back to meeting in the park and complaining about how fast Jake is.

So take care, try and stay well and see you on the other side........or at a safe distance in the park.

Michele #loveparkrun

 

The greatest comeback in sporting history

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.

Anyway, enough of me being nice.

With it being International Woman's Day (well, it's really tomorrow (I'm writing this after watching the mighty Palace beat Watford; three consecutive wins!)) being the first Saturday of the month, we decided to have a group of female pacers only. Now, as you know, we usually have pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners but we welcomed the lovely Yvette Dore into our ranks today to be a pacer even though she is a member of Dulwich Runners.

An amazing 57 runners got their fastest ever time today and I think we should thank the pacers for that. Dan Wattsdanw (which may not be his actual surname) managed a very impressive 19:14 and Madeline Little got 33:38. So well done to you and the other 55 people who ran their legs off today.

We had 65 people at our beautiful park today who had never run our slightly undulating route and as we were using our three lap route is was slightly more undulating than normal. Twenty-one of you/them were brand new crinkle free parkrunners. Daryl Cyprien caught my attention early on when he laughed out loud at my suggestion I am of a slim and athletic build. For that, I made him do the new runners briefing role play. And so, to get me back Daryl then ran round in 20:34 and was our 16th finisher. As I said to him afterwards: that is really unnecessary and quite rude! He should at the very least look like it's been a bit tough for him. Tracy Shapiro-Smith was a much more reasonable first timer in 40:10, a time much closer to mine. And just to strike a middle space Philip Cooney finished in 29:57.

We had lots of tourists as well. Most notably Paul Wenham who did his 50th parkrun today but the first time he had run in our beautiful park. Paul - what kept you? Other milestone runners were Genevieve Greer, Jackie Holloway and Debbie Chard who all ran their 50th parkrun today. Debbie had a sign on her back saying it was her 50th parkrun and Sally, Dave, Mike and myself (we were all running together) were particularly lovely to her, very congratulatory for instance and then, at the end, she put on the burners and left us for dust. So, I am not going to congratulate her for what should be a great achievement. I did tell her that in the finish line so she shouldn't be surprised! Oh I do love the power of the parkrun pen!

Thirty-nine people ran without their barcode this morning so we will never know if they were first timers, tourists or got a PB. #DFYB

I'm doing a parkrun in Nottingham next week and Sally Jackson has very kindly offered to do the run report. I checked with my deputy editor (Bob Bell) and he has agreed so we will blood a new reporter next week. There are, as ever other volunteering roles so Facebook or IM us or turn up a bit early and we will give you a job.

So, see you soon.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 477
7th March 2020
This week 500 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Jane HAILE • Joanna PATERSON • Bob BELL • Will H H DAVIS • Dominic GRISE • Monica FISK • Yvette DORE • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Jessica RANSOM • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Simon LANG • Sharon MARTIN • Liz PEPPER • Mylene ELLIOTT • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Rachael TOON • Suzi DALEY • Sally JACKSON • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Tim SHAKESPEARE • Seán HILL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Colette DOLLIN • Florence JACKSON • Peter HALL • Christina MARRONI • Pat GRIFFIN • Efa PARRY • Amir HASSAN • Jada MENSAH • Darcey GUNNY • Thomas BRIGGS

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 12,559 participants have completed 89,889 parkruns covering a total distance of 449,445 km, including 14,422 new Personal Bests. A total of 662 individuals have volunteered 6,006 times.

 

IWD

Hello lovely (and not so lovely) parkrunners.

Tomorrow we are celebrating International Women's Day (a day early). We'll have an all women pacing team and all men have to finish after the women. OK, I made that bit up! So, come along and run/walk/cartwheel and take a photo with our IWD selfie board.

#Thisgirlcan #IWD

 

Wet but not too windy.

It's not surprising we had a lower than normal turnout this morning. What is surprising is that as many as 276 of you turned out to run/walk/cartwheel in the park. When I arrived at 8am it was pouring down and I was so pleased to see Pat Gif, Simon Lang and Chris Balmer arrive to set up the course. We were speculating on how many (or few) parkrunners would venture out in the rain and at 8:50 we were thinking we might be looking at one of our lowest turnouts when you all materialised out of the rain. Simon told me to keep the runners briefing brief so I did that and you were all remarkably good natured.

Astonishingly 12 people turned out with their brand new never been scanned barcodes. Seriously, Max Menardi, Rabi Thapa, Belinda Raphael, Yemi Arole, Graham Pearson, Karen Bateman-Pearson, Ana Weller, Anna Cottle, Patrick Kelly. Aisha Land, Alice Clarke and Hugh (didn't finish so I didn't get your surname but at least you turned out and stayed and waited for your friends, so you get a mention); you are all hardcore choosing today as the day of your first ever parkrun. Please don't think we only run on 29th February, we'll be there next week celebrating International Women's Day - you don't need to be a woman to join us!

Our new runners clearly demonstrated the spirit of parkrun with Patrick and Hugh gamely joining in the new runners role play (I understand not all parkruns have obligatory role play at the new runners briefing which I think is a great shame). Anyway, our new runners covered the course in times ranging from 21:55-45:27. Jake, on the other hand did it in about 17 minutes which is just quite rude and unnecessary. Rachel Lynn commented at breakfast that her finish token started with a 1 for the first time in ages (she finished in position 155). Jake responded by saying he only ever gets the number one. #Rude.

We had lots of tourists today, 35 in total from as far away as Tooting and Clapham and some from further but in my rush to get you all started I forgot to check where. Twenty-six of you ran your fastest ever parkrun with Cameron Tough (running with dad, Andy) getting a PB of 34.28. Well done Cameron. Again, in my rush to get you all on your way I early forgot to mention people running milestones. Super speedy Azkia Mulimba earned his 50 T Shirt today and Danielle Dasgupta earned her 100th. Stuart Franklin did his 150th parkrun while pacing (as he does every week) 25 minutes.

And I must say a HUGE thank you to the volunteers today. It really was quite grim with the rain this morning but all the volunteers were smiling and happy despite having to give up their run. We did have one complaint this morning from a dog walker who said one of our number had shouted at her (and her dog) in an aggressive way. Now, we don't have exclusive use of the park and usually we co-exist quite happily with the dog walkers. There are one or two of them who don't think we should be using the park and we generally find being polite takes the wind out of their sails a bit. So, if it was you being rude, don't do it again. We don't want to give the whingy people ammunition. :)

Twelve people ran without a barcode this morning so don't get a recorded time. Eleven of them are really unknown, Jake was our first finisher so we know who that unknown is! For the rest of you, I can only say I am in awe, running in those vile conditions and not having a barcode. #DFYB

OK, having not run this morning I am going for one now, having watched a very satisfying win by Crystal Palace over Brighton. So I'm glad all over.
Until next week then.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 476
29th February 2020
This week 276 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Bob BELL • Clare PARKINSON • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Helen CAMERON • Rosanna PEIRSON • Chris BALMER • Rachel LYNN • Jake ENGLISH • Simon LANG • Julia ANDERSON • Eleanor PARKER • Julie LETTS • Fiona VICKERS • Claire BARNARD • Sue CORCORAN • Seán HILL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Florence JACKSON • Pat GRIFFIN • Darcey GUNNY • Luka JONES

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 12,494 participants have completed 89,389 parkruns covering a total distance of 446,945 km, including 14,365 new Personal Bests. A total of 662 individuals have volunteered 5,967 times.

 

A windy parkrun

In hitherto unprecedented organisation Bob asked me yesterday if I would do the new runners briefing this morning. I obviously said yes and then when I arrived at the park this morning realised I had left the defibrillator on my kitchen table along with, some might say more importantly, Bob's Crystal Palace season ticket. So, I dashed home picked up the defib and season ticket and made it back to the park just in time to see and hear Bob setting us all off on our windy two laps round the park. What is it about the wind that causes it to only blow against us when we're running?

There were 451 of us perambulating around the park this morning with 16 brand new, crinkle free runners. Welcome to the cult! We had a new George Williams who shot round the course in a very fast 22:32. And I thought there could only be one George Williams! We also had 32 tourists with Pawel Kacprzyk joining us for his third ever parkrun. He has run his previous two in Jabonna parkrun, which is, I think, in Poland. They get about 30 runners each week so our turnout must have been a bit of a shock. Lucy Hill chose us today for her 217th parkrun, really Lucy, what took you so long?

Fifty people ran their fastest ever parkrun today so I can't name check them all. I will mention Joanne White who took 41 seconds off her previous parkrun, Neil Vosper and Dan Stephens who are both part of the best running club in the world! I must also mention Efua Hagan who joined us for the first time last week, having scoped us out the week before. She went round with Sharon Martin today 33 seconds faster than last week. She told me today she's sending the link for this run report to her uncle who is in Africa (she did tell me which country but I had forgotten by the time I got home!). Anyway, Efua's uncle - you should be very proud of her.

What other little points of interest can I tell you? It was great to see Verity Spooncer running with dad Jeremy. Verity was running her 54th parkrun but last ran with us in December 2016. She has been doing parkrun since, just using her parkrun at other places. So welcome back to the best parkrun Verity, hope to see you next week. I ran faster than a member of the Tough family in what was definitely a first and likely to be only time. Cameron was running with Laura's mum who apparently slowed him down but I don't care, I beat a member of the Tough family! I remember years ago trying to run with Daniel Tough and he couldn't run as slowly as me so left me for dust! Brian Clements was dicing with death today. Brian was the volunteer at the top of the short, sharp undulation who was sporting a smashed nose and two black eyes. That didn't stop him being particularly abusive to Sally Jackson and me but we decided against punching him in the face as his face was bashed up enough. He fell over when out running on Monday and is blaming another person in our running club who kept telling him to not fall over, so I suspect he was dragging his feet. Anyway, he obviously lacks any reflexes as he didn't think to put his hands out in front of him to break his fall. Heal soon Brian. X Oh and we were joined by Donna Fraser who was running her fourth parkrun ever, having done one in 2014, 2015 and 2016 each until today. Donna represented Team GB in racing the 400m at numerous events in the 1990s and 2000s and has an envious medal haul. Do come back soon Donna.

And our very own Fred Hayes celebrated both his 70th birthday AND his 100th volunteering stint today. Fred has taken over 5000 CP parkrun photos and has yet to get one of me looking slim and athletic! Thanks Fred and well done on such a huge volunteering stint.

Fifty people joined the 50 club today: well done to Matt Smith (not that one), Richard Holloway, Chloe Messer and Helen Robertson. Whilst not an official milestone Calix Eden ran his 150th parkrun today so well done to you too. Forty people ran without a barcode so we will never know if they were elite athletes, first timers, got PBs or were tourists to our lovely park. Remember: no barcode, no time, no exception. #DFYB

Right, that's your lot. I think I'm RD next week so if you would like to be part of my fabulous volunteering team you know what to do. If you don't then here you go: send us a message on Facebook or by IM or turn up at 8:40 next Saturday. Next Saturday is 29th February and the next opportunity after that to participate in parkrun on 29th February will be in 2048 so you don't want to miss out being involved. We do need volunteers next week as many of our core team will be away so don't be shy.

Right, I'm off to cheer Palace on in what is likely to be a relegation battle.

See you next week.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 475
22nd February 2020
This week 451 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Bob BELL • Carol HAYES • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Chris BALMER • Sharon MARTIN • Julie LETTS • Russell WHITE • Suzi DALEY • Maria HEATHER • Sally JACKSON • Sue CORCORAN • Lyndsey MORLEY • Maja HILTON • Florence JACKSON • Fred HAYES • Tali EMDIN • Pat GRIFFIN • Geri GRIBBEN • Darcey GUNNY • Joanne WHITE • Camille MICUA • Thomas BRIGGS • Luka JONES • Jd REES

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 12,448 participants have completed 89,113 parkruns covering a total distance of 445,565 km, including 14,339 new Personal Bests. A total of 660 individuals have volunteered 5,944 times.

 

Star spotting and an apology

Today, in the Pride of Venice, while we were token sorting and having breakfast and George was processing the results we were discussing what we were doing on 1st July 2017. I was celebrating my birthday and watching in awe as Nick Torry broke our course record. So, why were we talking about that? Well, Nick flew round the course today in a blistering 16.03! So not quite his course record, in fact a leisurely 37 seconds slower but still not too shabby! and, sorry to bleat on yet again about it but that really is the beauty of parkrun. People like Nick run round in less than half the time it takes me to run and yet we're all taking part and enjoying it.......well, enjoying the fact we've done it.

Today we welcomed 13 brand new fresh out of the wrapper parkrunners. Kelsey Farish and Kate French very sportingly demonstrated funnel ducking and not staying in line as I insist we do role play in the new runners briefing and then (rudely in my opinion) ran round our slightly undulating course MUCH faster than me. Ladies, you need to slow down to really appreciate the beauty of our park. We had 46 tourists; some from very far away like Carolyn Dell who ran her first parkrun with us today but has clocked up 99 and came from Bromley; Genevieve Patnelli who ventured from her home run of Clapham Common to do her third parkrun and Sarah Rookledge who chose her 10th parkrun to venture from Burgess Park. All three of those parkruns are flat, not slightly undulating like ours so I hope they appreciated the effort we go to to keep those undulations free of leaves etc.

So, if you were popping your parkrun cherry or coming along to be a tourist you're welcome to our lovely park, do come along again, we're there most weeks.

Thirty-nine people ran their fastest ever parkrun today. Georgia Vintner ran her sixth parkrun in 23 minutes dead and Pascale Ashman ran her second in 29 minutes dead. But the weirdest personal best was achieved by Tom Eagan who ran his first ever parkrun last week in 32.59 and today ran in 31.59. That's clearly not natural and I have no doubt Tom will be kicking himself if next week's time isn't 30.59! Well done to all of you and anyone else who ran their fastest ever parkrun. Just not Richard Murray who having been beaten by Daniel Tough in a sprint finish last week (which was particularly embarrassing as Richard teaches both Daniel and Cameron Tough (brave man)) failed to get a PB today.

Great respect should be given to Mike Stephenson who flew back from South Africa overnight and landed in London at 6.30. He had tried to sleep and in an attempt to do that had mixed beer and wine with sleeping tablets; to no avail. But trotting round the park this morning in 27.20 achieved the desired effect as he said he was definitely going to sleep now. HUGE kudos to his wife Jane who was doing a Lidl shop while he ran.

Now, my title alludes to an apology and that apology must go to Anna Brett. Anna was running along approaching the finish line when suddenly Alison Yates and I sprinted past her in what, quite frankly, was NOT a demonstration of parkrun love. I blame Alison. We had been running with the lovely Dave Cook and had about five metres to run when Alison set off like a whippet and I couldn't bear the thought of her beating me, I know, I know, it's a run not a race. Anyway, poor Anna was the person in front of both of us and I feel really bad for doing that nasty competitive finish thing. I just need to clarify I was trying to beat Alison............and I didn't.

Right, we're nearly finished. I do need to mention a few milestones. Leon Mitcheson achieved his 10th parkrun and Jane Morris her 50th. Liz Pepper did her 100th parkrun (it's only taken her 10 years, although to be fair she has probably done 100 marathons in that time too!) and John O'loughlin did his 200th. HUGE congratulations to you all.

Four weeks ago Bev Retter did her first parkrun. She loved it so much she dragged her partner Hopeton Reid along the following week. Last week on her third parkrun Bev was our tailwalker and today, on his third Hopeton was tailwalker. I am just going to put it here that today they were 11 minutes slower than when Bev was tailwalker. Draw whatever conclusions you like! Most importantly though, tailwalking is one of our many volunteering roles so do consider what you can do. You can come early and help set up, run really really quickly and help scan, not run and do marshalling or funnel management (although Jess Ransom enjoyed the power bit too much today so might not want to relinquish the role too readily) and you get to wear a hi-viz vest AND start earning points for a lovely purple volunteer T-shirt. If you'd like to volunteer please send us a message on facebook, post on our Facebook page or just show up at 8:30 on a Saturday morning.

I'm having a lovely weekend, Crystal Palace aren't playing so I don't need to be disappointed!
Until next week.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 474
15th February 2020
This week 422 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Carol HAYES • Andy TOUGH • Laura TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Valerie NICOLLE • Jessica RANSOM • Richard MARTIN • Chris BALMER • Sharon MARTIN • John MOSS • Piers BROMLEY • Russell WHITE • Daniel TOUGH • Alison YATES • Fred HAYES • Michele GOLDEN • Cameron TOUGH • Pat GRIFFIN • Geri GRIBBEN • Thomas BRIGGS • Luka JONES • Hopeton REID

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 12,400 participants have completed 88,662 parkruns covering a total distance of 443,310 km, including 14,289 new Personal Bests. A total of 658 individuals have volunteered 5,917 times.

 

I’ve thought up a highly original title for this week: the calm before the storm!

Yesterday (yes, I'm writing this on Sunday afternoon while sitting in my cosy kitchen) saw a much reduced turnout so I am so impressed with those of you who were there. You're the real stalwarts, once January is over all the 'new year, new me' people can relax. When you all set off I commented that I thought we were about 100 down on the last few weeks and indeed we did have fewer than we've got used to with a mere 496 people at the start line. Well, obviously a few more as there were some barcode refuseniks. Remember parkrunners no barcode, no time, no exception. #DFYB We still had our sixth highest turnout though with the top six turnouts all being this year.

It really was a beautiful morning yesterday, so different from what we;re exericneing now. So what can I tell you about yesterday's event?

We had 20 brand new, fresh out of the wrapper, parkrunners yesterday and I shall just mention one: Efua Hagan who came along last week but missed the start and despite a chat with George amd me came back yesterday and got round under an hour. And she's coming back! Welcome to the cult Efua and all the other sparkly crinkle free runners/walker/cartwheelers etc.

We had 43 first time tourists and I'm name checking just two. Amy Cameron who ran her 10th parkrun ever had travelled all the way from Beckenham and Simon King who waited until his 380th parkrun to come and run with us. I would ordinarily make a disparaging comment about Simon waiting so long but he kindly put a note on Facebook saying my introduction to set runners off was entertaining so I shall just say thank you for coming along Simon!

Now, us elite athletes like to record our fastest times and we call them a PB. I doubt anyone has ever achieved a PB like Hopeton Reid did yesterday. On his second ever parkrun Hopeton took a massive 12 minutes off his previous time! AM AZ ING! Now the eagle eyed among you will have noted our Facebook page has a new profile photo. It's a photo of our tailwalker yesterday giving assistance to a parkrunner. Yes, Beverley Retter on her third parkrun offered to volunteer and decided Hopeton was going too slowly. So the PB was a bit assisted but who cares, we'll just get Bev to push him faster next week. Onto volunteers thanks to Bev, showing the real spirit of parkrun, volunteering on her third event. And thanks to Paul Gray who charged round in 27 minutes and then started scanning. Yesterday the Tough boys helped with token sorting which for both Daniel and Cameron was their 17th volunteering stint - those purple t-shirts will soon be yours boys! Other PBs included Georgia Turner who was our fifth finisher and first woman finisher and Ashlee Mulimba who celebrated her 50th parkrun with a PB of 24.26. HUGE congratulations ladies.

And finally to our milestone runners: Hamish McDowell earned his 100 T-shirt ad whilst not official milestones we must mention Samuel Wilcock (200) and Mike Woodward (300).

Right, that's the lot. Do offer to volunteer: ideally by posting on our facebook page or sending us an IM on Messenger or respond to George's weekly request or failing all of those turn up about 8:40 on Saturday morning.

Have a lovely week.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 473
8th February 2020
This week 496 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Brian CLEMENTS • Susannah SIMPSON • Clare Elizabeth WYNGARD • Carol HAYES • Andy TOUGH • Laura TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Michele GOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Nina BYRNE • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Daniel TOUGH • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Seán HILL • Lyndsey MORLEY • Florence JACKSON • Fred HAYES • Chris BRIGGS • Alison LODGE • Susanna WAERN • Cameron TOUGH • Pat GRIFFIN • Paul GRAY • Geri GRIBBEN • Efa PARRY • Jada MENSAH • Darcey GUNNY • Raymond GROENEWALD • Dave ROOKE • Luka JONES • Beverley RETTER

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 12,341 participants have completed 88,240 parkruns covering a total distance of 441,200 km, including 14,250 new Personal Bests. A total of 656 individuals have volunteered 5,893 times.

 

Rantings of an old bloke

Greetings parkrunners it’s Bob with the crayon this week as Michele is too busy gallivanting around to pick up her pen. What it is to have a busy social calendar. After last nights rain the sun almost shone on the 531 of you who assembled to take part in the first run since we left the European Union. That’s enough of politics as its running and friendship that binds in this glorious event called parkrun. Fourteen did their first ever parkrun; having been shown the ropes by Michele. Michele also hogged the megaphone for the pre run briefing. Now our wonderful marshals held up signs asking for quiet but a group next to me decided that talking was OK. TALKING DURING THE RUN BRIEFING IS NOT OK as they found out. There are things that parkrun demand that we tell you. It is also a time to celebrate milestones and other important events. Would you talk through a wedding speech or your bosses boring powerpoint presentation? No, so please don’t talk through the briefing. First (of three) rants over.

Michele welcomed 51 tourists mainly from neighbouring parkruns, which is hardly tourism but worth a mention as they clearly came to a superior event this week. One person did the push the boat out by coming from Australia, I did catch where in Oz but was too busy ticking off the talkers to remember. Anyway welcome to you all. Of the milestones Dave Baxter, Julija Bugajeva and Fiona Vickers will all be dressed in red next week. Now Fiona is a Crystal Palace Fun Runner (CPFR) and has done nearly all her runs at CP but she’s taken 7 years to get to this milestone. As she produced some bubbles and cake let's hope it’s not another 7 years to that black T shirt.

Eighty-one of you achieved a PB this week maybe thanks to our great pacers from Crystal Palace Fun Runners. I’ll mention John O’Loughlin as he runs in the same age category as me and I used to be quicker than him. Recently he has had the after burners on and achieved a number of PB’s including this week storming round in 23:24 and an age grade of 72.36%. Well done. Drug testing will be done when I’m RD in a few weeks time.

And of age grading Donna Mewis topped the rankings at 80.22% followed by Mike Dennison who achieved 79.79% on his first trip round our park but his 404th in total. Georgia Turner who is a young gun compared with our top two performers achieved 79.36%.

Jake (aka Mr Unknown) led us home followed by Peter Lighting and Sean Fitzpatrick. Already mentioned Georgia was the quickest Lady followed by Lin Skinner and then the ever smiley Yvette Dore. (Not that Lin and Georgia aren’t smiley too)

And so to the finish line. Michele had laid out shiny new cones to help our super new funnel system and this works really well however (rant spoiler alert) it works if people don’t funnel duck. Yes every week we get somebody who can’t be bothered to take a token. Even worse if that person is the only person in the entire park who cannot hear me shouting at them as, yes, they have headphones on. Even though it doesn’t affect you if you don’t get a position token having crossed the finish line it affects others. Carol Hayes paced the 34 minute slot perfectly (watch time 34:01) but got awarded 33:33 probably because somebody didn’t take a finish token so she moved up. In case anybody doesn’t understand the system, the timekeepers take everybody’s time as they cross the finish line. The tokens are handed out in order of finishing and then, thanks to the wizardry of parkrun technology, the times, finish tokens and your name are “married” together and you get your result. Clearly changing places in the funnel, not taking your finish token or not having your bar code (#DNFB) messes the system from, in the case of #DNFB, to coming up as unknown to giving everybody behind you the wrong time and finishing position. Also if you can’t hear me your headphones are too loud and you are a danger to yourself as you’ll not hear a park truck running you down and you’re also likely to trip other runners as you're spatial awareness is zero. End of rant although I doubt it will be the last time it is raised.

Can I also suggest that if you can’t be bothered with following the rules then you're welcome to start with us but miss the finish line altogether. That way you run with lovely people and don’t upset anybody. Result!

None of this happens of course without our great volunteers. It takes a lot of people to mark out the course, marshal, control the finish and much more. Thanks to each and everyone and if you haven’t yet done so then get your name down to help out one week. Special thanks this week to Daniel and Cameron Tough who chalked the finish funnel with our new chalk.

Enjoy your week and hopefully see you next Saturday.

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 472
1st February 2020
This week 531 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 81 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Joanna PATERSON • Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Anna DAVIS • Carol HAYES • Joanne SHELTON PEREDA • Monica FISK • Joe SIMMONDS • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • David Heath BOSTOCK • Chris DYKE • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Stuart FRANKLIN • Simon LANG • Sharon MARTIN • Piers BROMLEY • Fiona VICKERS • Hannah LAZELL • Daniel TOUGH • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Seán HILL • Michael MCINTYRE • Lyndsey MORLEY • Ollie LONGWORTH • Florence JACKSON • Fred HAYES • Cameron TOUGH • Pat GRIFFIN • Efa PARRY • Emma MCINTYRE • Jada MENSAH • Darcey GUNNY • Timothy KING • Luka JONES

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 12,278 participants have completed 87,744 parkruns covering a total distance of 438,720 km, including 14,171 new Personal Bests. A total of 653 individuals have volunteered 5,858 times.

 

I can’t think of a witty title so I won’t bother trying anymore

Yesterday 532 of you lined up at the start of parkrun. I may have to take back my 'new year, new me' disparaging comments about all the new January runners as 500+ seems to be our new turnout. So yesterday we did the triple funnel again. With over 100 fewer of you we needed the three funnels for a slightly shorter time and although we will have it again next week I'm confident we will have finessed it a bit more. So bear with us, although saying that you are all being very patient in our experimenting, so thank you all for that.

What can I tell you about yesterday? Andy Bond finished first in a blistering 16:51. I think he knew he was going fast but it did make me laugh as he ran past the finish line at the end of his first lap saying 'where's Jake?'! There was no Jake yesterday and to be fair, if there was I think he would have had a battle on his hands, well feet, getting round sub 17. No doubt he'll now turn up next week and go sub 16 just to prove me wrong.

We had 29 fresh out of the wrapper parkrunners yesterday. Welcome to the cult! When I said that at the new runners briefing they all laughed, some nervously, little do they know how obsessive this Saturday morning running malarkey can be. Obviously with 29 newbies I can't mention them all but I must mention Douglas Mapuranga who did his first ever parkrun yesterday. He also claimed to be one of 33 tourists but could only really claim one accolade. I was so impressed when he said he had come from Zimbabwe but it turned out our parkrun wasn't actually enough of a lure to get him over here; rather he's a very longstanding (I was going to write old but feared Zi's reaction!) of our own Zi Shiripinda who, on her 209th parkrun, came in as our 500th finisher. Poor Douglas will have to travel to South Africa when he wants to do another parkrun as that's his nearest country with a parkrun. Of course, he could always try and set one up in Zimbabwe. Another tourist was Jo Newstead. Jo was running her 316th parkrun having run 251 at parkrun Mecca aka Bushy. I'd love to know what Jo thought of our poor imitation finish funnel.........I think.

Eighty people ran their fastest ever parkrun, or as us elite athletes like to say; got a PB. Again, too many to name although I will note Billy Morris did his 10th parkrun in a PB of 18:21. Other milestone runners were Kiya Daniel and Honor Mitcheson who joined the (junior) 10 category. Ali Foster and Angie Shah earned their red 50 T-shirts; Claire Osbourne earned her 100th and (although not an official milestone) Chris Dyke ran his 200th with son, Ashley, just ahead of him. Ashley was running his 16th senior parkrun having notched up 77 junior parkruns and has already run at 20 different parkrun venues. Well done Ashley.

Now yesterday afternoon I was on the phone with my niece Louise who excitedly told me she had run at Kingston parkrun with her mum (my sister Josie) and dad. Turns out she FORGOT HER BARCODE. So, she didn't get a time or a finish place. As far as I'm concerned she hasn't run a parkrun yet, although there are three people with her profile, none of whom have actually ever run/walked/cartwheeled a parkrun course. #don'tbelikelouise #DFYB

I'm writing this early Sunday evening so really need to get on with making the gravy for dinner. Don't forget we will be using the tripe funnel again next week and it does mean we need more volunteers. Either send us a message on Facebook, send us an IM on Facebook or turn up about 8:40 on Saturday morning. George is RD next week so come along and find him and he will give you a job with Hi-Viz and with or without some high tech gizmo. Or maybe just a wooden spoon, honestly!

Until next week then,
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 471
25th January 2020
This week 532 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Susannah SIMPSON • Bob BELL • Joanne SHELTON PEREDA • Yvette DORE • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Emma CAMPBELL • Chris BALMER • Simon LANG • Sharon MARTIN • Eleanor PARKER • Piers BROMLEY • Richard PORTER • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Michael MCINTYRE • Lyndsey MORLEY • Alison YATES • Florence JACKSON • Peter HALL • Pat GRIFFIN • Efa PARRY • Jada MENSAH • Darcey GUNNY • Thomas BRIGGS

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 12,212 participants have completed 87,213 parkruns covering a total distance of 436,065 km, including 14,090 new Personal Bests. A total of 652 individuals have volunteered 5,820 times.

 

Experimental funnel management

This year we have had three parkruns in Crystal Palace. Each week has broken our attendance record. Yesterday saw a phenomenal turnout of 642 with our numbers considerably boosted by the children, parents and staff from Dulwich College Prep school. They had attempted to join us this time last year but we cancelled at last minute as the course was really icy. Yesterday the course was a bit icy so I warned everyone at the beginning thereby ensuring no one could sue us if they fell! At the risk of sounding like I'm channelling my inner Chris Dyke or Sam Oliver I did a little bit of statistical analysis this morning. Well, I did a bit of quite simple maths and discovered that if we hadn't had 160 people running their first time at CP we would still have had 482 runners making it our third highest attendance (and if you discount this years bumper attendances it would have been an attendance record). Clearly doing Dry January is making hitherto sleeping mathematical synapses wake up after years of gentle slumber.

To be fair we knew we would have a big turnout yesterday. I had already told George (who was RD yesterday) I wasn't planning on running as we were having two new Duke of Edinburgh volunteers: welcome Flo and Darcey. We're up to our maximum of six now as we said goodbye to Unity yesterday after six months; thank you Unity for sticking with it through the damp autumn and early winter months. I'd said to George I was happy to do funnel management: anyone who knows me will know I am more than capable of bossing people around and generally barking orders with or without a megaphone and I figured with a likely big turnout I would be an ideal funnel manager. Then at about 10 pm Friday evening I had a bit of a panic about how we would manage the funnel and decided we should try and emulate what they do at Bushy parkrun. Anyone who has been to Bushy will know they have a really slick finish funnel system which has clearly taken years of practice. What could possibly go wrong if we tried it out for the first time yesterday?

I thought I might need backup so managed to persuade my son Alex to come along and volunteer. He had been intending having a lie-in so I am particularly grateful to him for agreeing. When I did the runners briefing at the beginning I warned everyone we were going to try a new system of funnel management and warned them it might or might not work.

Well, the reason it worked was because you were all brilliant. Somehow we had three lines of people obediently lining up where we had told them to. Particular thanks to Bob Bell, Pete Offord, Laura Tough and Piers Bromley who did their parkrun and then stepped in to help manage the funnel and generally make sure things ran smoothly. Thank you to any others who helped without me knowing. And apologies to the woman who tried walking the wrong way down the finish funnel with a couple of children who I snapped at. And MASSIVE thanks to Pete who stepped in and gently guided her to safety.

So, a couple of reflections. parkrun only works if we have people prepared to step in and help and if runners accept they just had to do what they're told! parkrun is definitely growing in popularity and I think our new type finish funnel is probably here to stay so I shall try to make it a little more sophisticated than scrappy pieces of paper with letters scrawled on them. Yesterday we had a great turn out of volunteers which helped immensely so do think about volunteering. You can email our office address, send us an IM on Facebook, post on our Facebook page or do what Richard Porter did yesterday and some up and find me or anyone in Hi-Viz and tell us when you're available to help out. Thanks Richard. You can, of course, turn up at about 8:40 on Saturday and volunteer your services. Oh and thanks to Ellie Davis who stood alongside mum Anna and gave out finish tokens very professionally!

I have rambled on a lot so I will finish with a few notes about people who actually ran/walked/cartwheeled round the course. Of course Jake finished first but without his barcode. Of the 160 people who ran our parkrun for the first time ever 63 were brand new out of the wrapper parkrunners; welcome to the cult! Despite having to struggle through the masses 78 people ran their fastest ever parkrun yesterday (well at CP). I'm going to mention two. Susan Hill ran her 59th parkrun yesterday. She last ran at CP in June 2019 and yesterday ran 4 minutes and two seconds faster. Susan runs in the 70-74 age category. Dan Wainwright ran his 21st parkrun. His last PB at CP was in December 2019 and yesterday he took 45 seconds off that. Dan runs in the 60-64 age category. They both give me hope I can get faster too. Well done to both of you.

Final point. Yesterday we had 69 runners who did not have a barcode. parkrun rules are very clear: no barcode, no result, no exception. We were told other (local) parkruns allow you to scan your barcode from your phone. We don't. Please don't try and get our volunteers to try and break the rules. Do come and have a chat with me if you want to discuss this further. #DFYB

OK, it's a beautiful sunny day so I may go and do some gardening, well try and repair some of the squirrel damage.

Until next week.
Michele #loveparkrun

Crystal Palace parkrun
Event number 470
18th January 2020
This week 642 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 160 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Karen SHONE • Bob BELL • Anna DAVIS • Carol HAYES • Andy TOUGH • George WILLIAMS • Barry GRAHAM • Michele GOLDEN • Alex SINGHGOLDEN • Sidney Ansell MCINTOSH • Chris BALMER • Kathryn CHESHIRE • Stuart FRANKLIN • Sharon MARTIN • Unity KINGSTON • Julia ANDERSON • Piers BROMLEY • Julie LETTS • Daniel TOUGH • Clare DAVIS • Sue CORCORAN • Emily BAKER • Seán HILL • Fiona MOORE • Florence JACKSON • Fred HAYES • Pete OFFORD • Cameron TOUGH • Pat GRIFFIN • Caroline DUTTON • Efa PARRY • N SAVORY • Jada MENSAH • Darcey GUNNY • Thomas BRIGGS • Luka JONES

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 12,150 participants have completed 86,681 parkruns covering a total distance of 433,405 km, including 14,010 new Personal Bests. A total of 650 individuals have volunteered 5,792 times.

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