Pants! Runners told to keep their trousers on in park cafe

Shock, horror, and barely disguised disgust among the demure “ladies who lunch” in Selsdon and Ballards after “outrageous” behaviour – outrageous, no less – following a cross-country race in Lloyd Park a fortnight ago. There were even mutterings of refunds having to be made to unhappy customers.


The Parklife Cafe near the Lloyd Park tram stop has been doing a good trade since it opened at the end of last year. But on busy, sporty Saturdays it has found itself over-run on occasions by some of the participants.

This is not an issue with the well-dressed participants in the ParkRun which starts and finishes outside the cafe each Saturday morning.

Nor is it much of a problem even with the footballers who turn up for their match and manage to enjoy the pies and pasties in the cafe after their game without the FA ever having to call in the betting fraud squad.

But there were shocking scenes after the staging of a Surrey League cross-country fixture for some of south London’s leading distance runners in Lloyd Park a fortnight ago.

“There were grown men in here standing around in their underpants,” one witness to the lewd goings-on told Inside Croydon.

“They seem to regard the place as their clubhouse. The changing rooms are only 10 yards away.”

The unprecedented scenes so upset a party of more demure women from the better part of the borough that one of them actually spilt her tea.

Strong words have been had with the parks department at the council, and a request has gone out to cross-country runners ahead of the next fixture to consider other customers when ordering their sausage. And buns.

Dog-friendly Parklife Cafe, which has received a series of excellent reviews since it opened in December, maintains a welcome to all walkers, joggers, runners and casual passers-by, seven days a week, from breakfast time to tea. Though the management does request that patrons keep their trousers on at all times.

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1 Response to Pants! Runners told to keep their trousers on in park cafe

  1. mikebweb says:

    Seems to me that the “ladies” would do better to avert their gaze and concentrate more on their tea, then they would not spill it.

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