Oh dear, “#dfyb”, and “oh – deer!” Lloyd parkrun Report #474 by David Wood (with notes by Debra Bourne)

#dfyb – by David Wood


DFYB they tell the youth

So they’ll avoid the painful truth

Of finding that their run won’t count

That after climbing muddy mount-


-ains In Lloyd Park they’ll miss the mail

Or text and therefore, epic fail loo

The PB run, the greatest pace

(Of course we know it’s not a race)


It might as well have not existed

As the course was wet and twisted

Up the hill and through the trees

I came here to avoid the bees


(Or hornets) back in Wimbledon

They’ve changed our course it feels all wrong

early morning Croydon tramlinks

Change at Centrale many hijinks


Here in time but check my pocket

Missing that important docket

Sitting there beside my bed

Two feet from my sleepy head


Walked straight past and out the door

Sorry this poem’s getting bor-

-ing back to Lloyd park, lovely run

Two hundred people having fun


A welcoming and friendly team

Debra led them with esteem

Organised the volunteers

Encouraging the mountaineers


Announcing milestones none of them

Would be so foolish miss a gem

Of opportunity to shine

Matt Stone ran his three hundreth time


Nick pulled up the double ton

William got his hundredth run

Paula ran her fiftieth

Let’s hope it was her swiftlyest


(Hey sorry for that awful rhyme

I’m writing this with little time

I bet that you could have done better

Aren’t you the wordy go getter


Swiflyest is a brand-new word

And one that never will be heard

Beyond the lines of poetry

A little gift for you, from me


So thank you Lloyd park for my day

I hope I wasn’t in the way

This tourist might have to come back

To suffer miles of tramlink track


It should be parkrun one one five

But with no barcode man alive

It might be that my time was missed

(I snuck onto the special list)


Alas, the list is for people whose barcode didn’t scan, not for those who don’t have one, even if they can’t remember their number. So please come and run again sometime, David – but DFYB, as it’s ‘no barcode, no result’!

It was 1-2-3 for the Flanagan family today, as Lee Flanagan led the way into the finish chute in 19:09, hotly pursued by sons Theo and Isaac in 19:18 and 19:26 respectively. Stevie Louise Lawrence was first woman, in 20:37, with Jenny Rowe second in 22:31 and Jodie Gray third in 23:14.

David Ogden was highest age graded (79.24%), with Steve Corfield at 77.14% and Paul De Frein, Lee Flanagan, Matthew Stone, Graham Hansen and Theo Flanagan also over 70%. Stevie Louise Lawrence came in with 71.79%, while Mark Matthews topped 69%.

Many thanks to Matthew Stone and Nick Fiander, who provided lovely goodies to celebrate their 300th and 200th runs respectively, while William Pennells ran his 100th, Paula Bryan her 50th and junior runner Connor Davies his 10th.

Thank you as always to today’s great volunteers: Debra Bourne, Eric Campbell, Joseph Cosgrave, Jayden Douglas, Tim Fahey, Nick Fiander, Benjamin Hansen, Alice Hunt, Colin Jackson, Neel Maniar, Libby Marlow, Vincent Milne, Jake Moir, Emma Moir, Ben Newbery, Michael Procter, Chris Tompkins, Stephen Tyler, Ron West and David C Wood. Also thanks to those who answered my call for volunteers for junior parkrun – Michael and Lesley Bassett were very relieved!

Please do volunteer – it’s fun, and if everyone volunteered a couple of times a year (or twice for every 50 runs) we’d always have enough people. We’re also looking for more people to take on the Run Director and Results Processor roles, so if you’re interested in learning either of those, email lloyd@parkrun.com.

Finally, a few runners got a special treat today as a deer ran across their path a little way into their second lap! Deer have been spotted on occasion by people setting out the course, but it’s rare that one is seen during the parkrun.


Run Directors & Results Processors wanted

Looking to increase the number of Lloyd parkrun regulars trained as Run Director and for Results Processing.

Neither role is particularly difficult. If you're interested in knowing more/signing on please email lloyd@parkrun.com or talk to me (I -will- be at Lloyd parkrun on 3rd August).

Debra, Event Director


Results delay

Results from 27th July will be processed tomorrow, Monday 29th July, since nobody was available to process them after the run, and your Event Director cannot process them until she is back in London (currently in the Lake District having run the Lakeland 50 (miles) yesterday!


Back to normal – Lloyd parkrun Report #464 by Jenny Booth

The course reverted to our usual one with two laps and two trips up the hill today. The double baby buggy was back, after missing last week because of the possibility of getting stuck in the gaps in the hedge, and the usual assortment of runners and dogs assembled for the start. We welcomed fifteen runners experiencing their first ever parkrun, and eleven tourists, including runners from Salisbury and the British Airways Athletics Club.

Although there had been some rain the course was described as "all right" and the first runners came home in quick times. First, as he often is, was Lee Flanagan of Striders of Croydon in 18.:49. A short gap and then second and third, George Ogden of South London Harriers and Nick Marshall of Croydon Harriers ran in together finishing a second apart in 18:57 and 18:58. All three recorded age grades of over 70%. First Lady finisher was Madeleine Armstrong Plieth of Croydon Harriers in 22:41, followed by the McLellans, Laura in 22:54 and Caroline with a new personal best time of 23:27.

Five other runners also achieved age grades of over 70%. They were Julie Barclay, David Ogden (actually over 80%) Theo Flanagan, Steve Corfield, Richard Corby and Phil Richards. Well done! Looking at their surnames I think running must be in the family genes.

There were no milestone runs today but there was success for a number of athletes who improved their personal best times. Congratulations are due to Caroline McLellan, Christina Joannou, Annabel Dixon, Anna de Souza, Samantha Malin, David Doyle, James Goldsmith, Paul Mills, Ottilia Chadenga, Toni Dowding and Shanine Salmon.

As always, Lloyd parkrun was delivered by an incredible team of volunteers. Setup was in the hands of Nadine Pryce, Azra Mattias and Joanna Scanlon and the marshals and photographer were Andy Elliott, James McDonald, Chris Morton, Ben Parry and Stephen Lambert. On the finish line Joanna Scanlon and Ben Hansen were in charge of the stop-watches and Lukas Kemperman, sitting on a chair as he is nursing a broken ankle and couldn't run today, handed out the number tokens. The barcode scanners were sisters Kyra and Sian Powell helped, after his run, by Marcelo Kern, and Graham Hansen processed the results using his mobile phone to create a personal hotspot when the cafe wifi refused to cooperate. Today's tailwalkers are members of Dacorum and Tring Athletics Club but have visited Lloyd Park a few times. Lucy Wallduck and Vadim Sumenkov were accompanied round the course by son Freddie Sumenkovs who enjoyed a ride on Dad's shoulders [only allowed walking, not running!].

There was a slight panic at the end when I found that one of the barcode scanners had gone AWOL, which would have made processing the results rather difficult. It had been taken home around a neck and fortunately was returned by a sheepish looking father before I went into complete meltdown.


Results reprocessed

There was a little problem with the results from last Saturday so they have been reprocessed. I hope nobody is too disappointed with their new time!



Food bank collection – 8th December

On Saturday 8th December Lloyd parkrun and Croydon Food Bank are joining forces to collect food for those in need over the Christmas period. It would be fantastic if anyone attending the run could bring one of the Croydon Food Bank Shopping List items below.

Milk (UHT or powdered)
Sugar (500g)
Fruit juice (carton)
Pasta sauces
Sponge pudding (tinned)
Tomatoes (tinned)
Rice Pudding (tinned)
Tea bags/Instant coffee
Instant mashed potato
Tinned meat/fish
Tinned fruit
Snack bars


My Contra review – Joanna Scanlan

You know the feeling. With each stride, your waistband keeps dropping towards your knees, the tiny tear on your top where you caught it on a bramble last month is becoming indecent and nothing you grab from your gym kit drawer seems to work with the change of season. Time for some new gear.

As a parkrunner I have been getting emails from Contra, which is Paul Sinton-Hewitt’s new sportswear brand where all the profits go to support parkrun itself, so I thought I would give it a go. I spent £97 on three items, with an extra £4.85 p&p: a pair of long women's running tights, a base layer to work against the nip in the air and a long-sleeve running top. So it’s not cheap. However, all of these are available in what is described as ‘gender neutral’ colours - I chose a kind of greeny aqua - they are produced in ethically sustainable European factories and of quality fabrics, and best of all they come in a range of sizes from 6-26 for women and 26” - 56’ waist for men. Though the majority of runners fall close to average human size and shapes, the lack of available kit for smaller or larger runners can put off hopefuls from getting to the starting blocks. This is a huge barrier to the available health benefits we are all so familiar with. I am a size 18-20 and the only other supplier of kit for my size that I know of is Marks & Spencer.

The Contra designs are much sexier than anything M&S come up with, fashionable, edgy and fun. As a plus-size runner there is nothing more off-putting than feeling you are different and not able to join in, the very opposite of the parkrun ethos, and Contra is clearly trying to extend a welcome to all comers. I wonder if they are looking into the problems of man-made fibres in technical wear getting into our rivers and then seas causing damage to marine life? There is nothing on the website about this but I would be interested to know what Contra is planning to prevent or reduce this in future.

So far so worthy. How did the clothes function this morning out in Lloyd Park? I was delighted. The tights fitted like a glove, thick enough to feel support in the legs, no movement whatsoever in the waistband and a good wicking effect so that I didn't overheat on the big hill going widdershins (a bit longer that way, no?). I put my 50-parkrun T-shirt on top of my new long-sleeved shell and it worked a treat. I didn't try the base layer today as it was too warm - I'm holding that back so that I can feel the benefit when winter really hits. I don't think I will be buying from anyone other than Contra from now on. There are a plethora of positives for this brand but the first and foremost for me, beyond the miracle that they actually fit, is that the profits go back into our weekly community event. I personally benefit in three ways: one, by ensuring the long term prospects for parkrun so that I can keep attending; two, I’m contributing to making sure new parkrunners are welcome so that there are more people to befriend and volunteer; AND, three, I have some trendy kit which doubles as genuinely practical clobber. Do check it out when you next find yourself complaining ‘I've nothing to wear’.




Runners and community – Lloyd parkrun Report #412 by Debra Bourne

After two weeks away, running Comrades in South Africa and having a holiday (including running North Beach and Thousand Hills parkruns), it was great to be back in my own Lloyd parkrun community for this parkrunday.
For a Saturday without any special occasion or group visit, we had a very high turnout this morning, with 331 finishers, including 29 people enjoying their first Lloyd parkrun – 14 of whom were doing their first ever parkrun. I do hope you enjoyed it. We also had several dogs, of course. Visitors came from local parkruns such as Banstead Woods, Dulwich and Nonsuch, elsewhere in London, such as Hampstead Heath and Barking, and further afield – for example Guildford, Wolverhampton, Cardiff and Newport, Reigate Priory and Worcester.

Conditions were very good, with firm/hard ground underfoot. It was warm, but not TOO hot, and on the upper sections of the course there was a pleasantly cooling breeze. The grass really has got long recently. Joy Harris noted that normally as she goes up the hill Sandra Harris is running back down and they encourage each other: today they couldn’t do that because they couldn’t see each other over the tall grass!

Today’s set-up crew all got to the park before me, so many thanks to Nick Fiander, Nadine Pryce, Pauline James, Eric Schrijnemaekers, John Punt and Jane Sparks. Your marshals were Abid Rehman and daughter, Roberta Gilkinson, Paula Bryan, Yaning Lyu, Marshall Guo and Nikki Javan and daughter. Tail walkers were Jennifer Page and Louise Lauder; timekeepers were Alan Dolton and Colin Jackson, while Ian Flinders took lots of photos! Foong Cheek started off the barcode scanning and was joined by Grahn Hansen, John Punt and Eric Schrijnemaekers. Richard Corby made sure the water didn’t run out and led post-event take-down. I would also like to thank whoever took the cups away to wash them, but didn’t see who that was: if you read this, please email lloydoffice@parkrun.com so I can add you to the list of volunteers.

First home today was Andy Bond (Dulwich Runners) in a PB of 17:12, followed by Jonathan Pontin (Ravens) in 18:14 and Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon) in 18:19. For the women, Amy Miller (Blackheath & Bromley) finished first in 20:14, followed by Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) in 23:30 and Stephanie Niven (Saltaire Striders) in 24:13.

On an age-grade basis, David Ogden ran 83.61%, Andy Bond 81.78%, Steve Corfield 79.83%, Graham Hansen 78.76%, Krzysztof Klidzia 78.66%, Lee Flanagan 76.80%, Amy Miller 76.61%; the other runners over 70% were Jon Dean, Chris Light, Jeff Thwaites, Ian Taylor, Roger Stevens, Phil Richards, Jonathan Pontin, John Punt and George Ogden – great running, all.

An amazing 67 people ran a PB today: Andy Bond, Damian Scannell, Steve Corfield, Andrew Manion, Dominic Goodliffe, Steven Collins, Chris Light, Vamshi Rallabandi, Adrian Ham, Billy Gee, Carl Linkson, Jonathan Fengaras, Michael Stanley, Kevin Clark, Jas Dhoat, Stephen Wrack, Ian Andrews, George Richard Luther Smith, Andrew Bates, Ian Garton, Ian White, Barry Culling, Kerry James Clark, James Porter, Nick Payne, Lee Atkins, Daniel Priddle, Michelle Carr, Natxo Bueno, Zsofia Jones, Dmitry Tarasov, Carlos Rebelo, Joshua Edwards, Martin Crabbe, Edmund Fallon, Isaac Esho, Natalie Collister, Sitong Zhu, Kathryn Robson, Clifford Punter, Joe Heard, Stephen Siu, Katy Kirkby, Carrie Day, Huesan Chan, Suresh Vellore, Susan Jane Haynes, David Kane, Catherine Kane, Sumathi Kumar, Celani Sithole, Mina Pourashrafi, Liane Ward, Louisa James, Tracey Walters, Rosemarie Stevens, Ljerka Martinovic-Vavra, Sophie Da Costa, Toks Olusamokun, Johnny Kendrick, Susan Wray, Senthil Kumar, Pippa Goldie, Alison Fallon, Umesh Ranjani Vellore Suresh, Tréjean Gicquel and Elsa Zeelie – well done all of you.

Several people ran milestone runs this morning, so well done to Neil Bicknell and Stefan Ciulu for reaching the 50-parkruns club, Carmel Spanswick for reaching the 100-club, and to Ian Taylor for his 100th run at Lloyd parkrun.

I like to include an appropriate quote from a parkrunner when I can, and this week would love to share this one with you: “That’s the great thing about running – it’s such a community.”

Lloyd parkrun will be back same time, same place next week. NOTE: Jo Wheeler has agreed to be Run Director for the first time so I can go and run a race elsewhere. I want to make sure she is well sorted for VOLUNTEERS, so please do volunteer if you can. If anyone can take on Volunteer Coordinator on the day to lend her a hand that would be fantastic – email lloydoffice@parkrun.com if you can help in any role.


Results update -16th June

The majority of issues from 16th June should now be sorted. There may still be some slight time errors - I may or may not be able to adjust those - and a couple of people still not in the results.

If you are sure you ran and were scanned but do not appear, please email lloydoffice@parkrun.com with your name, parkrun ID and any information you can give about your probable position, finish time or who you were before or after, and I will try to slot you in.

Debra Bourne, Event Director, Lloyd parkrun



Results processing problem 16 June

There was evidently a problem with results processing today. I will look into it but this will be delayed as I'm presently in South Africa and unlikely to be able to do anything about this until I'm back in the UK.

Please be patient - we don't have problems like this very often.

Debra Bourne, Event Director

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