Now We Are Nine (with apologies to A.A. Milne) Lloyd’s 9th anniversary – parkrun #483, 19 October 2019

When I was one,
I had just begun
… to run parkrun, joined by Amy BRENNAN, Claire BRYANT, Divyesh RAYAROTH, Dovile KIRTIKLE, Katie DAVIES, Kevin BRYANT, Magdalena Aleksandra KORDEK, Mark EVANS, Max WEBB, Tayler WEBB, and Victoria BRENNAN for whom this was their very first parkrun. Also Victoria BOYCE, Nga Sze LEUNG, Maddy LOSITO, Robert MORLEY, Oscar PHILLPOT, Anmol KHURANA, Kristina MOELLER, and Fergus JOHNSON running at Lloyd for the first time.

When I was two,
I was nearly new
– and new personal bests were set this week by Aayush GANESH, Alex LYNE, Ankush KAUL, Callum RANDALL, Gerard SCANLAN, Jason HUGHES, Jennifer GUTTERIDGE, Kalise POWELL, Maanik MANCHANDA, Michael Ian BRADFORD, Neil PRIOR, Oscar PEGLER, Peter DAOUD, Rachel TUNBRIDGE, Ramesh NAVALADI, and Vadim SUMENKOV.

When I was three,
I was hardly me.

When I was four,
I was not much more
… but more was done for the celebrations, with Nicholas BRYANT running his milestone 50th today, and super face paintings and fancy dress costumes.

When I was five,
I was just alive
… 5k felt a long way for some, but not for our super-speedy first runners home Fergus JOHNSON in 18:39, and Ellie OSMOND in 21:29.

When I was six,
I nearly tripped over sticks
. And tourists from as far afield as Johannesburg will dine out on tales of Lloyd’s muddy hills and tree roots for weeks to come.

When I was seven-

-ty percent-plus age graded results felt like heaven (say it very quickly so it scans, please) for Ellie OSMOND, Isaac FLANAGAN, Maanik MANCHANDA, Lorraine HEWETT, Joachim BAMBURY, Robert LINES, Steve CORFIELD, and Matthew STONE.

When I was eight,
I was often late,
particularly when reminded to pop back and grab a ticket for the car park

But now I am nine,
I'm as clever as clever
. And chuffed to bits with the super turnout of 225 runners and lovely volunteers Stephen ALLPORT, Matthew BEVILACQUA, Jennifer BOOTH, Debra BOURNE/Robin Hood, Paula BRYAN, Aidan DIXON, Martin DONNELLY, Paul ELLIOTT, Nick FIANDER, Marcelo KERN, Libby MARLOW, Ben PARRY, Simon POWELL, Nadine PRYCE, John PUNT, Ashleigh STEVENS, Trevor STOTTEN, Stephen TYLER, Andrew WHITING, and report writer Narmada DE SILVA.

So I think I'll be nine now
for ever and ever
. Or until the Lloyd anniversary comes around again, next year.

 

No limits! – Lloyd parkrun Report #482 by Debra Bourne

****Bring & share for the Lloyd parkrun Anniversary celebration NEXT SATURDAY, 19th October****

The middle of October and we’re definitely in autumn rather than summer now. Thankfully the threatening rain mostly held off, with the very lightest of showers not sufficient to move barcode scanning into shelter. Cool for standing around, it was warm enough while running (as I discovered for myself a little later in the day running in a team cross country race for my club, Striders of Croydon). Ground conditions were definitely beginning to get muddy, and one visitor went full-length in the mud on the turn up the hill – but commented that it had at least been a soft landing!

With both the women’s and men’s Surrey League cross countries being held in the afternoon, and several other races such as the Royal Parks half-marathon on the Sunday, as well as the unfriendly-looking weather earlier in the morning, our numbers were down slightly, with 191 human finishers. We welcomed five first-time parkrunners and 18 first-time visitors to Lloyd parkrun. Today’s ‘longest distance visitor’ note goes to Rob Thomson, visiting from South Africa, with honourable mentions to those from Jersey, Worcester, Wakefield and Tring – nice to get a return visitor, after I volentoured there in August before running the Ridgeway 86.

We were also visited by Matty Sinfield and a group of friends on “Matty’s M.S. parkrun Challenge”. Matty is running parkruns chosen letter by letter to spell out “multiple sclerosis” (Lloyd was chosen for the L in ‘sclerosis’) and raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society – you can read more and make a donation if you wish at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matty-sinfield.

While we and many thousands of other parkrunners were starting our weekly parkrun, in Vienna, running history was being made: Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon, 26.2 miles, in 1:59:40 – an amazing 20 seconds under the 2-hour barrier. This is not a new world record (he holds that, at 2:01:39), as it was run under special conditions, and having finished, Eliud was quick to thank all the pacemakers who had run with him and helped make it possible. However, his run has proved that it is humanly possible to run the marathon in under 2 hours – amazing! (And a new women’s world record of 2:14:04 was set by Bridget Kosgei at the Chicago marathon the following day, breaking Paula Radcliff’s 16-year-old record of 2:15:25 set in London in 2003).

Meanwhile, at Lloyd parkrun, 11 people defied the conditions to run a Personal Best, so congratulations to Kobi Blake, Maanik Manchanda, Oscar Pegler, Tom Goulding, Eryk Trus, John Kirby, Gerard Scanlan, Gordon Poon, Andrew Ralphs, Ramesh Navaladi and Suzanne Donnelly!

Neil Reissland led on age-grade, with 79.97%, while Graham Hansen, Barnaby Gray and Jennie Butler were also all well over 70%.

First back to the finish funnel was Jonathan Pontin (Ravens) in 18:50, followed by Neil Reissland in 19:13 and Barnaby Gray (Farnham Tri) in 19:57. For the women, Jennie Butler (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) ran home in 21:45, 10th overall, with Zoha Jetha second in 24:52 and Patroulla Lorke (Emmanuel Runners) third in 25:01.

As always, the parkrun was held thanks to the efforts of a number of marvelous VOLUNTEEERS. This week I was Run Director and the volunteer team included Lisa Castle, Suzanne Donnelly, Martin Donnelly, Paul Elliott, Nick Fiander, Dan Forrester, Marcelo Kern, Tina Laws, Paula Lincoln, Jonathan Long, Robert Mccann, Lorraine Saunders, Trevor Stotten, Ian Taylor and Stephen Tyler. Many thanks to everyone who helped to pack everything back into the storage cupboard – and to my husband Aidan Dixon who did most of the washing up of water cups!

See you next week to celebrate our 9th anniversary!

 

15 years of parkrun! – Lloyd parkrun report #481, 5 October 2019, by Vivienne Little

The 15th anniversary of the first ever parkrun (with 13 runners at Bushy Park), and 244 runners completed the Lloyd park course this morning.

The weather was mild and though a bit soft in places the course was not as muddy as I had feared.

We welcomed 11 first timers at Lloyd park, and.20 “tourists” from other parkruns in London, the South of England and as far away as Gloucester.

First to finish was Matthew Stone from Selsdon Baptist Church Runners at 18:59 and an impressive age grading of 82.35%. Following him 19 seconds later was Nick Marshall of Croydon Harriers at 19:18. Third was Simon Ambrosi from Striders of Croydon at 19:42.

First female runner to finish was Antara Singh of Croydon Harriers at 24:01, second was Katherine Webb with a new PB at 24:33 and third was Cindy Woo from Holy Trinity Church, Wallington, at 25:22

Four runners achieved age grades over 70%. Well done to Matthew Stone, Micky Wheeler, Nick Marshall and Jeremy Morris.

37 PBs this week! Congratulations to Ben Amey, Harishwar Rajkumar, John Williamson, Ethan Cort, Katherine Webb, Matthew McGuinness, Nithipan Vananathan, Ryan Pollock, Sam Calder-Bray, Justin Lansdowne, Maanik Manchanda, Dhanapalan Kulandai Vadivel, Lucas Tan, Jennifer Jones, Libby Lawrey, Zack Wroot, Umesh Mehta, Will Sherlock, Evie Bathmaker, Eryk Trus, Thahira Sulaiman, Terry King, Alex Kolodziejski, Sally Patrick, Bhavin Patel, Joanna Davis, Gordon Poon, Sahara Fergus-Simms, Probir Chakravarty, Andrew Ralphs, Monica Turton, Haochen Wang, Abi Blood, Sid Sasankan, Dara O’Donnell, Mohammed Khan and Christine Murkin. Amazing, well done all.

Milestone runs recorded for John Morides 50, and Alan Dolton from Striders of Croydon completing his 450th parkrun.

All this could not be possible without the amazing people who volunteer each week. Thanks this week to: Jennifer Booth, Debra Bourne, Martin Donnelly, Paul Elliott, Tim Fahey, Nick Fiander, Dan Forrester, Joy Harris, Colin Jackson, Julie Jordan, Marcelo Kern, Vivienne Little, Libby Marlow, Robert McCann, Jake Moir, Erik Schrijnemaekers, Lynn Seymour, Oliver Sinclair, Stephen Tyler and Andrew Whiting.

 

A dark and storm-free run – in Lloyd Park on Saturday 28 September 2019 (Lloyd parkrun #480)

It was a dark and stormy night. And a band of rebel runners were gathered in Lloyd cafe, sheltering from the rain. Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night. And a 297-strong band of rebel runners were gathered in Lloyd cafe, sheltering from the rain, after a surprisingly rain-free parkrun – it was a bit slippery in places, but no big muddy patches. The field was boosted by the Dulwich Runners vs Striders of Croydon mob match. Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the runners from as far afield as Wimbledon Common and Southampton? And the 16 who ran without a barcode so didn’t get a run time (including a family group who finished in positions 257, 259 and 260 in 39 minutes?) I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night. And a band of rebel runners were gathered in Lloyd cafe, sheltering from the rain. Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about all the new runners running their very first parkrun - Aimee RONAN, Dara O'DONNELL, Evie BATHMAKER, Karen NEWMAN, Mia RONAN, Sid SASANKAN, and Skye RONAN, as well as people running for the first time at Lloyd - Claire BOLTON, Kobi BLAKE, Jack RAMM, Philippa BRUCE, Nazim DABOUZ, Des WOLLASTON, Monica TURTON, Andrea CECCOLINI, Martin BELZUNCE, Eden GILBY, Ben RICHARDSON, Madi ROBINSON, Rosalind JOHNSON, Alexie SHAW, Sophie HARRIES, Thomas SOUTH, Alex LOFTUS, John YOUNG, Andrew THOMPSON, Sara ROLOFF, Richard MUSCAT, Gower TAN, Matthew WRIGLEY, Elena CHAPMAN, Oliver KENNEY, Yvette DORE, Edward CHUCK, Joe TWOMEY, Nicola MEHERAN, Rebecca SPENCER, Jonny HOUGH, Ben REVILL, Ebe PRILL, James HAWKER, Michelle LENNON, Belinda COTTRILL, Tom WILSON, and Ange NORRIS? I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night. And a band of rebel runners were gathered in Lloyd cafe, sheltering from the rain. Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the runners hitting a milestone – Anna CORBY completed her 250th parkrun, returning to Croydon from time in Durham and now Oxford; Graham HANSEN completed his 200th (both of whom shared great brownies and cakes); Tim FAHEY ran his 100th, Dan FORRESTER his 50th and Zachary BLAIR his 10th 5k run as a junior? I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night. And a band of rebel runners were gathered in Lloyd cafe, sheltering from the rain. Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the first runners home – for the women, Alexie Shaw (20.21) followed by Sara Roloff (21.20), plus the men Edward Chuck (16.56) and Jack Ramm (17.30), all of Dulwich Runners? I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night. And a band of rebel runners were gathered in Lloyd cafe, sheltering from the rain. Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the runners who managed a PB - Agnieszka GAWRYS, Alice BARLEY, Andrew RICHARDS, Andrew WHITING, Anna THOMAS, Azamat AZAMAT, Guy COCKER, Iuri MARTINS, Jodie WHALE, Julie CHARLES, Katherine WEBB, Kathiravan BALU, Laila MORRELL, Leah ADAMSON, Lorraine TURNER, Maia MORRELL, Marcia DU TOIT, Mohammed KHAN, Moorthy SUBRAMANIAN, Patrick WEBSTER, Peter LEE, Probir CHAKRAVARTY, Rebecca GOLIGHTLY, Robert LINDSAY, Ronnie DANN, Thahira SULAIMAN, and Vinny SIVZ? I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night. And a band of rebel runners were gathered in Lloyd cafe, sheltering from the rain. Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the runners who were age graded over 70% - Steve CORFIELD, Lee FLANAGAN, Robert LINES, Jennie BUTLER, George OGDEN, Nick MARSHALL Kyron-Bailee BURKE and Simon AMBROSI? I asked them to tell me a story, and the story ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night. And a band of rebel runners were gathered in Lloyd cafe, sheltering from the rain. Their leader turned to one of them and said, Antonio, did you hear about the volunteers today – Peter ATTEWELL, Debra BOURNE, Richard CLARKE-IRONS, Narmada DE SILVA, Martin DONNELLY, Paul ELLIOTT, Michael GEORGE, David GRAVES, Benjamin HANSEN, Sandra HARRIS, Marcelo KERN, Rachel LINDLEY, Madeleine LITTLE, Colin LYNCH, Azra MATHIAS, Robert MITCHELL, Claire MITCHELL, Jake MOIR, Stacey SEYMOUR, Oliver SINCLAIR, Edmund SINCLAIR, and the run director, Vanessa WHEELER? Visitors today commented on how friendly and encouraging the marshals and other volunteers were, despite standing at some very windy corners of the course, and how welcoming Lloyd is, making it a super-friendly parkrun. Volunteering is very easy, and helps the parkrun run smoothly, so why not give it a go? And personal thanks to those who stopped and helped dust down the runner who went flying after tripping over a tree root.

One of our number left their running shoes behind, and an under-5 dropped a very small black woolly glove, all ready to be reclaimed via the Lloyd parkrun email address.

Thank you for running and reading – look forward to joining the parkrun next week.

 

Mown grass and firm ground – Lloyd parkrun #479 , Saturday 21st September 2019

A lovely sunny morning to celebrate the end of the summer/start of the autumn welcomed a fantastic 293 runners (plus dogs and buggies) today. I am told that the course was firm with the grass having been mowed.

Of the 293, 41 finishers were Lloyd parkrun first-timers, of whom 21 were doing their first ever parkrun – we hope to see them again soon. Johannesburg was the furthest that we saw any tourists travelling from!!

There were a couple of milestone runs today - Richard Clarke-Irons was celebrating his 50th parkrun and brought along goodies to celebrate, and Simon Powell was celebrating his 150th.

First to finish today was Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) in 18:25, followed by Robert Lines (Selsdon Baptist Church Runners) in 18:43 and Nick Marshall (Croydon Harriers) in 18.52. The first lady to finish was Jennie Butler (Blackheath and Bromley Harriers) in 21:24 followed by Jennie Rowe (Striders of Croydon) in 22:12 and in 3rd place Alex Leckie completing her first ever parkrun in 24:19!! Well done

In the age-graded stats, there were 8 runners with results over 70%. These were Steve Corfield at 79.22%, Lee Flanagan 77.01 %, Robe Lines 76.94% and Jennie Butler 74.92%, along with George Ogden, Nick Marshall, Kyron Bailee-Burke and Simon Ambrosi.

We saw 50 runners obtain PBs today , so congratulations to Matthew Shires, Greg Kirby, Kyron-Bailee Burke, Nicholas Bryant, Matthew Grindrod,  Will Dobbie,  Nick Gill,  Ryan Pollock,  Simon James, Azamat Azamat, Jakob Bolle, Richard Clarke-Irons,  Stuart Nunn,  Ali Dewji, Nikita Makashov, Matthew McGuinness, Ian Flinders, Senthilkumar Sathyaraj, Thomas Barker, Neil Coleman, Erik Erskine, Gaz Goulding, Dhanapalan Kulandavadivel, Rebecca Balcombe, Katherine Webb,  Carrie Day, Magdalena Galant-Miecznikowska, Lamie Kendrick,  Will Sherlock,  Rebecca Golightly, Robert Campbell, Kiruthika Chinnappan, Leah Adamson, Katy Johnson, Eryk Trus, Gordon Poon, Slavka Kaczmarek, Matt Hayoukane, Claire Foley, Joe Lydon, Grace Magecha, Hannah West, Alice Barley, Haochen Wang, Lucy Haig, Julie Charles, Mehmet Erten, Janice Nugent, Nina Nduwaro and Louise Lauder.

Alongside myself volunteering today were Debra Bourne as the ever-enthusiastic run director, Jenny Booth, Robert Butlin, Martin Donnelly, Jayden Douglas, Martin Drake, Nick Fiander, Agnimitra Ghosh, Graham Hansen, Benjamin Hansen, Louise Lauder, Alexander Lorke, Adam Lucas, Libby Marlow, David Ogden, Geoffrey Pennells, Joanna Scanlon and Stephen Tyler. Thank you all so much for helping.

Finally just a reminder of Striders of Croydon‘s Switchback 5 next Sunday, 29th September. As Debra mentioned this is a 5 mile run starting in Lloyd Park, going up into Addington Hills and back down finishing in Lloyd Park.  I have done this for the past 2 years and can highly recommend it to anyone who is unsure.  I will be back next week to make it 3 years in a row and to celebrate with cake at the finish. Hope to see you there or if not then hopefully back at Lloyd parkrun soon.

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