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).
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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!).
As ever the results are available by clicking the link below.
Until next week.
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.