Lloyd parkrun, Croydon is cancelled on 2021-05-22 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

(Not) parkrun for Jenny!

We don't know when we'll be running Lloyd parkrun together again, and be able to hold an in-person memorial to Jenny Booth.

For now: I suggest that anyone who can, please run (or walk or jog) at least 5K TOMORROW, 6th February and record your 5K on your parkrun profile - if you can also note it on the Lloyd parkrun Facebook page, even better!

... and if you can't manage it this Saturday, then please do so another day instead.



Christmas Day parkrun Report

[Sincere apologies for this being VERY late online. The Ref, aka Stephen Tyler, has run every Lloyd Christmas Day  parkrun - including the memorable 2012 parkswim -  and he made sure that 2020 was no exception. This is his report on the day.]

Cometh the 25th December, cometh the Christmas Day parkrun although 2020 it was more like cometh not the Christmas Day parkrun. Nevertheless, being the only 'ever present' as far as I am aware, it just had to be done.

The previous seven days had produced prodigious amounts of precipitation and Lloyd Park was at its most playful – but not quite like 2010 when we had the impromptu lake and I finished in the top ten!

I knew what the course was like having run in in off-roaders twenty-four hours early and therefore the management decision was to dust off my old football boots – the two new pairs are still needed for refereeing so they stayed out of the way.

Eight days ago I did a community event on a day when it hammered down and that was the precursor to the week before Christmas turning the course into a quagmire in all the usual places and a few that you wouldn’t normally expect!

Starting by the café which was closed for a few days for the festivities, the worn out pathway across to the start of the disc golf course was wet, but slightly drier than the Friday, but you could clearly make out the footprints of those who had gone before. Up the hump and it was horrible heading uphill alongside the tram tracks and worse after bearing left.

Down the slope to the dog-leg right and going along the worn ground down to the hedge was quite soft and, without studs, slippery. Firmer ground awaited alongside the hedge but on the approach to the hill, it became more treacherous. The 180 degree uphill bend was playful to say the least, Friday’s off-roaders leaving me slipping and sliding, the moulded studs giving improved traction uphill. Again, as one plateaued, the surface was firmer up to the tree but then the downhill to the park proper started off okay and then there was waterlogged, cloying mud as one approached and went through the trees.

Back into the view of the non-existent spectators, the top end had a few walkers and their pooches but that long downward slope was a relief. Through the trees, round the bend and down to the bowling green. Through my start / finish line to do it all again.

The only thing that was missing was a cup of tea from the café and putting all the equipment away after all the runners had disappeared.

P.S. who read the parkrun promo in this week’s Advertiser?


Sad news

I am really sad to inform everyone that Jenny Booth, long-time stalwart of the Lloyd parkrun volunteering team, has died.

Jenny first started volunteering at Banstead Woods parkrun, in the very early days of parkrun, while her husband Keith was running there, and also volunteered at Roundshaw Downs parkrun, but moved over to Lloyd parkrun, first volunteering in December 2010, then volunteering more regularly with us during  2011, becoming a Run Director, core volunteer and member of the management team. She volunteered with us 354 times, and in the region of 500 times in total when her stints at other parkruns are considered as well. She has filled almost every non-running volunteering role over the years, from marshal to Run Report writer. She was dedicated to the Lloyd parkrun community, and if her husband Keith wasn't coming to run, she would journey by a combination of bus, train and tram to reach us, whether in sunshine or in rain. I always looked forward to seeing her on weeks when we were volunteering together, and knew that Lloyd parkrun was in safe hands if Jenny was Run Director while I was away. Unflappable and always smiling (except occasionally when dealing with gadgets that wouldn't work how they should do), she will be hugely missed, not only at Lloyd parkrun but in all the other communities that knew and loved her.

Our thoughts are with Keith Booth at this sad time.

We will honour her at a memorial Lloyd parkrun for her when circumstances allow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cancer Research UK in her name.

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Lloyd parkrun CANCELLED (and all other UK parkruns)

“All parkrun events in the United Kingdom have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates. parkrun’s global position is published and will be updated here.”

Personal addition from Debra, your Event Director:
- Many thanks to those who said they would be willing to volunteer if this Saturday's parkrun did go ahead.
- Look after yourselves and look after each other. Community is important even while social distancing is needed.
- Keep exercising, even do a Freedom parkrun - but please not at 9am on Saturday morning!

Drying mud – Lloyd parkrun Report #506, 14 March 2020, by Debra Bourne

On Saturday I was off down to the south coast to run the CTS Sussex Ultra – a 34-mile ultramarathon that involves a lot of running up and down the Seven Sisters and similar hills. It was muddy in places, hard work, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

One of the reasons I was able to enjoy it is because I knew that in Jenny Booth – Run Director and Number Checker – and the rest of the volunteer crew for the week, Lloyd parkrun was in safe hands. So many thanks to Jenny, and to the rest of the week’s volunteers: Paul Alder, Peter Attewell, , Phoebe Broadhead, Martin Donnelly, Martin Drake, Paul Elliott, Nick Fiander, Agnimitra Ghosh, David Graves, Marcelo Kern, Richard Lee-Smith, Carl Linkson, David Colm O'domhnaill, Lynn Seymour, Heather Sinclair, Stephen Tyler.

The 506th Lloyd parkrun attracted a smaller number of parkrunners than usual. Many familiar faces from both Striders of Croydon and Croydon Harriers were down the road at South Norwood for the annual ‘mob match’ between the two clubs. (The South Norwood parkrun report provides some fun statistics of the mob match, for any regulars who are interested).

Meanwhile, Lloyd parkrunners were treated to the start of the Great Spring Mud Drying. Every year, those who have been loyal to our wonderful hilly cross-country course, who have battled through sticky mud and slippery mud, get to enjoy the course gradually drying out and becoming firmer. That’s not to say there wasn’t any mud – there was, particularly at the bottom of the hill. However, it was definitely less muddy than expected after the preceding weeks. As a bonus, the temperature was mild and there was even patchy sunshine to herald that spring is on its way. At the top of the big field, the daffodils are sprouting – at least those that were not sacrificed to the tarmac cycle path.

There were fewer first-timers than usual, but Annie Molotkova completed her first parkrun (congratulations!), while John Stan visited from Grovelands parkrun, Enfield and Tim Chambers had come the furthest distance, as he was visiting from PE Hobie Beach parkrun in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

This week’s front runners were Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) in 19:13, followed by Marcelo Kern in 20:36 and Ben Amey in 20:46. For the women, Zoha Jethra led the way, finishing in 23:41, with Oluremi Johnson next in 28:45 and Caz Heath third in 29:42. The tail walker was also a Strider – Lynn Seymour, so that would have been Striders first and last (despite the mob match), except that Chao Gibbs (and dog) started rather late and never caught up.

Congratulations to the six parkrunners who managed a PB: Daniel Szaniszlo, D Sandsy, Mohammed Khan, Lucinda Elliott, Elizabeth Parsons and Lisa Alder., and to Tom Corfield for reaching the 50 parkruns club and Mark Robert Kelly for reaching the 250 club!

Age graded honours go to Lee Flanagan (74.33%), Zoha Jethra 67.42% and Geoff Pennells (65.57%).

As you may know, parkruns in 15 other countries were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m awaiting an update from parkrun HQ regarding this Saturday and will let you know what’s happening as soon as possible.

Please remember that if parkrun is cancelled you can still run the course by yourself and record it as a freedom run – and even run it with friends so long as you keep a sensible distance from one another.

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