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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.