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.
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.