Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 498 18 June 2016

 

Missed ‘Er and Misses – A Hurrell Guide To Mud Spattering

 

There is so much to talk about this week that I barely know where to begin and beware some of this report may even contain talk about running….

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Mr and Mrs Hurrell (nee Pooley) back to the fold of our parkrun. Jayne and Rich (who have clocked up a respectable 406 runs between them) were married on 12th June and such was the unbridled joy for this occasion that even some local Flamingos (I know, random ha?) were so tickled pink that they went into rapturous squawks and got into quite a flap, as this popular couple said their I do’s. Who knew that Flamingos had such a great sense of occasion – gotta love ‘em.

 

Flamingo

 

Hugh Done It

There was more cause for celebration as one half of another splendid running pair tonked up his 250th parkrun.  Hugh Woolhouse outshines wife Lucy on this occasion by being a few steps ahead of the game with 250 runs to Lucy’s 219  runs. Still, do bear up Lucy, some might say it’s not all about quantity- but let’s not be churlish, 250 is epic so a massive WELL DONE Hugh, top shout!
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Bench Mark

It was great to see the welcome return of Ian Higgins as this weeks race director. I was still in the process of “re-grouping” after a lively afternoon at the races the day before, so could be forgiven for thinking that I was experiencing some sort of flash-back as I listened to Ian’s witty repartee. Still, he seems to have lost none of his candid humour and timing as he delivered the pre-run talk with aplomb and orange stickers, nice one. Congratulations also goes out to the delightful David Watkins on completing his 200th parkrun. Here he is seen receiving the Collins Cup. David has run 199 of those 200 here at Wimbledon Common, what a fantastic show of loyalty and commitment.

 

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F.Y.I – You too could have your 5 mins in the sunshine and volunteer to be a race director as this has now become a roving role.  Just ask Charles Hampden – Smith or Kylie Corso, our volunteer coordinators.

 

Young Christopher Cull

Wowzer, sorry but I just have to mention him. He acquired a PB of 22.13 last month and was only 37 seconds off it this week. Colin Harris, who has scampered around this course no few than 410 times, has described the current underfoot conditions thus - “As muddy as I have ever seen it.” Given Christopher’s light frame and tender age, this achievement is rather astonishing to me. Keep on keeping on young man.

 

Mud Montage

 

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New Hacks

We welcome Lynn Cox and Peter Metcalf to our writing team, they are sure to be a refreshing addition so look out for their words of wisdom, coming to a parkrun report near you soon.

 

The Stats

Male placings: Phil Coales, was first over the line in 17:57, Sandy Pfeifer came second in 18:16 with Nick McKay third in a time of 18:21

Current leaders in the Men's annual points competition are dominated by members of that fine running club Wimbledon Windmilers, with the three top spots all members with PAFITY Collins on 6597 points, in second position is Nick McKay only 40 points behind on 6547 points and in third place Sandy Pfeifer with 6203 points.

Female placings: Carol Anne Vereker was first over the line in 21:07, in second place was Amelia Ashton-Jones in 22:37 and in third place was Jessica Pealing in 22:55, her first run on the Common in over 5 years.

Current leaders in the Women's annual points competition are: Liz Ostrowski leads the way on 6725 points with Danuta Grabda in second place with 5756 points and in third position is Nicola El Kadiri on 5680 points.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) was graded 84.85% for the time 18:16 (second overall). Richard Evans (VM50-54) was graded 78.25% for the time 19:28 (10th overall). Volker Vogler (VM50-54) was graded 75.71% for the time 19:29 (11th overall).

This week there were 342 runners, of whom 39 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,665 different runners, including participants from 633 athletics clubs, have completed 110,579 runs covering a total distance of 552,895 km, and there have been 18,900 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 2012-03-17 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 2011-04-23 (event number 224). The Age Grade course record is held by Jane Davies who recorded a 92.99% run (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

 

 

Report Writer:  Annie Tosh

Photographer Bob Walsh (in the main)

 

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 497 11th June 2016

Calm amidst the storms

After the torrential downpour midweek (and the heavy rains that followed the weekend), it gladdened the hearts of 419 Parkrunners to see the sun break through on the Common at 9am. A chorus of birdsong greeted these valiant rays of light, lending event 497 a definite Spring feel.

(A few runners later noted that the sun’s breakthrough had instantly raised the humidity when the heat hit the damp ground. Some people are never happy…)EVENT 497 CS(72)

We also had a camera crew (well, person) in attendance, documenting the Parkrun experience. It was back-room stuff this week, but look out for them next week when they'll be capturing more of the running and runners. Say hi!EVENT 497 CS(2)We had 37 first-timers to enjoy the break in the weather, and they will have been heartened by the warm welcome applause and a course that was, bar a few persistent puddles, in great shape even with the downpours. We had a quick reminder about the value of running with a phone in case a fellow runner gets into difficulty. There is a list of numbers runners can call in the event of someone needing assistance – so why not drop the numbers into your phone now in case you need them:

  • Charles Lawrie (overall event director) –  07802 273537
  • Kylie Corso (volunteer co-ordinator) – 07717191272
  • Wimbledon Common Rangers –  020 8788 7655

And then onto the milestones. Gary Lloyd ran his 200th event – although there was no sign of David Hall, current holder of the famous 200 Cup, to make the customary presentation. With David Watkins on 199 this week, Gary’s possession of it could be extremely short. Hugh Lenon ran his 150th, while Christine McNeill hit treble figures. Jeremy Rolls won the right to a red shirt with his 50th – and celebrated by running a PB. Look out on Saturday coming for Hugh Woolhouse, who may well be hitting the big 250 (and the right to wear that terrific olive shirt… It’s reason enough for anyone to stick with Parkrun!)

 Onto the results…

A quick note on personal bests (PBs) – 59 were recorded this week, and it’s worth noting that as well as Jeremy Rolls, Morgan Wroe (75th run) and Adrian Clement (91st) were also clocking PBs after more than 50 runs. A reminder that progress is always around the corner no matter how long you've been running, especially as the weather improves.

Fastest this week was Andy Weir (VM45-49) of Thames Hare & Hounds in 17:14. It’s Andy’s 18th time in 58 appearances (and makes him a hero to all the rest of us VM45-49s struggling to recapture PBs…). An unknown runner was second over the line, but the well-known Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) of Wimbledon Windmilers came home third-fastest in the day’s top age-graded time of 17:52 to maintain third in the Men’s annual points competition.

Bar the unknown runner, there were only two under-30s in the top ten. Move aside young whippersnappers. Peter Collins remains leader of the men’s points competition on 6330 pts. Nick McKay’s sub-18 minute fourth kept him in contention in second on 6249 pts.

Female placings: Lucy Reid (SW20-24) of Tonbridge AC maintains her 100% record of fastest women in 19:21 – OK, it’s only two appearances, but it’s still 100%. Gina Galbraith (VW40-44) of Hercules Wimbledon AC hit 20 minutes on the nose for second fastest woman. Karen Tostee (SW25-29), third fastest and 39th overall, ran in 20:49.

The Women's annual points competition is still dominated by Liz Ostrowski on 6444 pts after she ran 25:48 in her 99th run – so look out for her milestone next week. She’s well clear of Danuta Grabda (5476 pts) and Nicola El Kadiri (5428 pts).

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We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Andy ALLAN, Daniel BERRY, Simon CHEETHAM, Kylie CORSO, Christopher CULL, Steven CULL, Guy GIBBONS, Andrew GOULD, Natasha HAMPDEN-SMITH, Hyun Sup HAN, Charles LAWRIE, Young Hum LEE, Bernadette MAHER, Susan MAY, Carol MCCORMACK, Pete MULHOLLAND, Jong Yoon RHA, Clive SCAMMELL, Jane SCOON, Graham TRAINOR, Duncan WATKINS, Graham WHITE, Richard YOUNG

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun report: event number 496 June 4 2016

Putting the DON back into WimbleDON Common parkrun

And I am not talking about the superb performance of AFC Wimbledon since we last gathered for parkrun - defeating Plymouth Argyle 2-0 to enter League One where they can lay waste to that pretend team squatting in Milton Keynes. No. I am talking about one of the sixty-one, very welcome, newcomers to our event - also newly promoted don, Professor Paola Dazzan. As part-time run director, full-time event director, Charles Lawrie pointed out - we always knew Wimbledon Common attracted a better class of runner!

Paulo and her sixty friends contributed to a super strong field of 449, representing twenty different athletics clubs and setting sixty-eight Personal Bests. In a busy week for PBs, two Sutton Runners stand out - Felicidade and Lionel Gunn setting PBs on their 169 and 139 runs respectively. Congratulations to all!

Milestones

There were plenty of milestones this week, with William Frost and James Southern bagging their junior 10 T-shirts, James Chappell qualifying for a Red 50, and Shaun Overy and Peter Combe putting Black 100 run T-shirts on order courtesy of Tribesports and Wiggle. Further on, your scribe notched his 150th parkrun (all at Wimbledon Common if you were asking) and Gerry Smith ran for the 200th time. Prize for the most lavish celebration of the week though goes to Sophie Toomey, also on 200, and parkrun legends Matthew Salisbury and Sue Rothwell at 250 apiece.EVENT 496 CS(3) Sophie, Matthew and Sue did a bit of maths and found that 200 + 250 + 250 made...
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...which was gratefully received by all!

Busy, busy, busy...

As usual the volunteer car park stewards did a fabulous job squeezing as many people in as possible. This time of year is busy though and a 449 runners are a lot to marshal. In the week that Little Stoke parkrun closed its doors, our continued good relationships with the Rangers and other Common users are vital. Please, please, please consider ride-sharing, parking close together, catching the bus, cycling, moving to Wimbledon, and above all arrive early and smile at all the other people we share this amazing space with.

Results...

On the men's podium, it was a Hercules Wimbledon week with Benjamin Tooomer (SM25-29) and Joe TOOMEY (SM20-24) seeing off Mick McKay  (VM35-39, Wimbledon Windmilers). Benjamin crossed the line in 16:53, his 15th victory in 17 appearances, whilst Joe at 17:15 was 30 seconds ahead of Nick's 17:45 - both first finishers on six previous occasions.

The Wimbledon Windmilers fought back with the ladies, with Julia Donovan (VW35-39) first (19th overall) over the line in 19:48 for the 15th time in 58 appearances. Carol Anne Vereker (VW40-44, 21st overall) in 19:51 and Emma Stringer (SW30-34, 33rd overall) at 20:44 completed the podium and as unattached runners look like prime targets for Hercules!

On the age grade front, regular speedsters Sandy Pfeifer and Lucy Woodhouse led the way, with 85.87% and 82.79% respectively - the only runners to breech 80% this week.

Congratulations to all!

The men’s points competition is still all to play for as we approach the mid point of the year, with totals: Peter AF Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 6058, Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 5952 and Sandy Pfeifer (Wimbledon Windmilers) 5606.

It's far too early to call the ladies' points but Liz Ostrowski on 6166 is clearly making a break for it, leaving Amelia Ashton-Jones (Wimbledon Windmilers) 5293 and Natalie Fell 5206 squabbling over second place.

Making it happen...

As always Wimbledon Common parkrun only happens thanks to the many volunteers who give their time each week. Don't forget Charles Hampden-Smith has challenged us to supply 300 unique volunteers this year, and there are spaces in the roster as we enter the summer period. Click here to book your slot!

In the meantime a big thank you to the people who made event 496 happen - Amelia Ashton-Jones, Matthew Beaney, Alastair Brown, Kylie Corso, Christopher Cull, Rudi Damhuis, Matt Earl, David Hall, Stephen Johnson, Geraint Laidlaw-Wilson, Charles Lawrie, James Little, Theo Lloyd, Carol McCormack, Pete Mulholland, Sandy Pfeifer, Alison Purnell, John Sabourin, Clive Scammell, Ingrid Southorn, Oliver Thornton-Flowers, Norman Urquiza and Graham White.
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History...

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,589 different runners, including participants from 631 athletics clubs, have completed 109,818 runs covering a total distance of 549,090 km, and there have been 18,823 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop with a time of 00:16:33 on 2012-03-17 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 2011-04-23 (event number 224). Finally, the Age Grade course record is held by Jane Davies who recorded a 92.99% run (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

Alastair Brown

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun report: event number 495 May 28 2016

It’s speed week!

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…and the fastest runner on the Common this week was Richard Gregory who whizzed round at an average speed of 11mph. In hot pursuit, separated by the blink of an eye, was Phil Coales who covered the ground at 10.90mph, his fastest parkrun ever. A few seconds pause, then Keith Macintosh whipped across the line, clocking up 10.61mph. Setting a blistering pace, first lady Julia Donovan, zipped along for her fastest ever parkrun at 9.42mph. Blazing a trail behind Julia came Laura Blazey at 9.16mph and Lisa Thomas at 9.11mph. Those at the other end of the field were also running at a fair lick and putting in just as much, if not more, effort. It’s no wonder most runners look a little flushed as they cross the line; speed merchants one and all.

Fastest ever

114 runners, out of 428, recorded their fastest-ever time. For most of us, the golden PB window is during the period leading up to a 50-Club shirt, and Lynn Cox is a good example of just such improvement. Saturday was her 17th parkrun on the Common and her 10th PB. In so doing Lynn has knocked over 10 minutes off her time, which now stands at 40:12. I’m sure breaking the 39 barrier won’t be far away. However, some parkrunners seem able to pull one out of the bag despite being old hands. Notable achievers this week include Andrew Lenon after 122 runs, Neill Ebers 152, Doug Laidler 154, Stephen Johnson 183 and Malcolm Nicholls after 194.  

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Good for age

Those who outpaced their peers were: Joseph Willis JM10, Alex Forbes (20:07 PB) JM11-14, William Frost (20:59 PB) JM15-17, Anna Barker JW10, Natasha Southorn JW11-14, Celia Willis (22:24 PB) JW15-17, Karim Nizam (34:51PB) SM18-19, Phil Coales (17:04 PB) SM20-24, Martin Dickson (18:26 PB) SM25-29, Adam Harwood SM30-34, Natasha Hampden-Smith SW18-19, Laura Clark (23:32 PB) SW20-24, Alice Sinclair (21:28 PB) SW25-29, Laura Blazey SW30-34, Richard Gregory VM35-39, Keith Macintosh VM40-44, Patrick McDougall VM45-49, Volker Vogler VM50-54, Sandy Pfeifer (17:36 PB) VM55-59, David Reeves (22:42 PB) VM60-64, Charles Lawrie VM65-69, Andrew Balcerkiewicz VM70-74, Julia Donovan (19:43 PB) VW35-39, Amelia Ashton-Jones VW40-44, Suki Gilliland (23:52 PB) VW45-49, Lisa Thomas VW50-54, Susan May (28:04 PB) VW55-59, Anne Walker VW60-64, Jane Scoon VW65-69.

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This week’s T-shirt claimers were Anna Barker 10, Jake Houlder 10 and Gilmar Wendt 50. Waiting in the wings, with just one more run to go, are William Frost 9, James Chappell 49, Alistair Brown 149, Sophie Toomey 199 and Sue Rothwell and Mathew Salisbury 249.

Wild thing

The fastest bird on the Common (other than Julia!) is the Swift. If someone could train one to follow our parkrun course it would cover the 5k in around 07: 25. Fastest of all the natural beasts roaming around on a Saturday morning is, however, the Greyhound. Substituting the flour for something more enticing – a hare’s breath? – our four-legged friend has the potential to lower the course record to 04:55.

Sails forecast

Good news for our forlorn sail-less windmill. A Heritage Lottery Fund of £100,000 has enabled work to start sooner than planned and restoration of the windmill is scheduled to start next month. The sails, which will be the last part of the restoration, should be back in place by September/October.

And finally

While we were busy volunteering, cheering or pounding round the Common, at whatever speed, six Wimbledon Windmilers were among the 1,874 setting a new parkrun record at North Beach in Durban, the highest attendance ever at a parkrun. David and Lisa Wood, Phil and Annie Tosh, Ella Waddingham and Bronwyn Mayo are in South Africa to run or support other Windmilers who were taking part in the Comrades Marathon. This gruelling event starts in Pietermaritzburg and finishes in Durban, a total distance of 56 miles. Not one for the faint hearted.

This week’s stats

Top Age Grade runners: Sandy PFEIFER (VM55-59) was graded 88.07% for the time 17:36 (4th overall), Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW50-54) was graded 83.57% for the time 21:06 (49th overall), Lisa Margaret THOMAS (VW50-54) was graded 83.24% for the time 20:23 (37th overall) Quick men: Richard GREGORY (VM35-39) of Ranelagh Harriers, was first over the line in 16:53 - third time in 6 appearances, Phil COALES (SM20-24) of Striders of Croydon AC, was second over the line in 17:04, Keith MACINTOSH (VM40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third over the line in 17:30 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions Men's points: Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS (Wimbledon Windmilers) 6058, Nick MCKAY (Wimbledon Windmilers) 5654, Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 5453 pts Speedy ladies: Julia DONOVAN (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first (19th overall) over the line in 19:43 - 14th time in 57 appearances, Laura BLAZEY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) over the line in 20:17 - was first to finish once before, Lisa Margaret THOMAS (VW50-54) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third (37th overall) over the line in 20:23 - has been first to finish on 47 previous occasions Ladies’ points: Liz OSTROWSKI (Unattached) 5895, Amelia ASHTON-JONES (Wimbledon Windmilers) 4993, Natalie FELL (Unattached) 4981 This week there were 428 runners, of whom 57 were first timers and 114 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part. Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,528 different runners, including participants from 629 athletics clubs, have completed 109,369 runs covering a total distance of 546,845 km, and there have been 18,755 new Personal Bests. Course records: female Justina HESLOP 16:33 on 17.03.12 event number 271, male Chris PARR 15:04 23.4.11 event number 224. The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded a 92.99% run (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212). Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page

This week’s combo: John Carter on keyboard and calculator, Guy Gibbons on Zoom.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Weekly Report – Event no. 494 – 21 May 2016

We were greeted by a new face to welcome us to today’s Parkrun. This is because parkrun HQ have advised that the weekly Run Director should be a non-runner at each week’s event. This is an instruction to all parkrun events. Sophie McKay was bold enough to take on the responsibility and give the instructions to the runners. She was also to be seen patrolling the last 400 metres of the course (with Ben to assist her) during the run. Well done, Sophie, and of course many thanks, particularly for being the first.

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As we all know Parkrun is not a r*c*. However there are some very serious runners who take part and compete at the highest level elsewhere. Today we have to salute six of our regular runners Charles Hampden Smith, Richard Evans, John Hudspith and Simon Bodle who are going to represent Great Britain in the World Duathlon Championships in Aviles, north-west Spain. The first three are in the 55-59yrs category and Simon is in the 50-54 category. They are doing the standard distance of 10k run, 40k bike and 5k run. Gina Galbraith will be taking part in the Sprint Duathlon at the same event, also representing Great Britain, in the female 40-44 category. (Unfortunately she could not attend the photo-shoot and so does not appear in the photo). She will be doing a 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run. John Krause, a positive running machine, is representing Great Britain at the Ironman in Poland in July in the 55-50yrs category. Our best wishes to all of them for a successful race. parkrun 494 (1)

From l. to r. Simon Hudspith, John Krause, Richard Evans, Charles Hampden-Smith and Simon Bodle
The credit to Bob Walsh is a technical hitch but why not give credit where it is due. Our photographers do not often get a mention.

Congratulations are also due to the following for having reached important milestones: David Hall (VM55-59) 200 runs, Jessica Ward (JW15-17) 100 runs and Richard Crewe (VM35-39) 50 runs.

An interesting twist on turning up without your bar code. Use your MyWaitrose card. You can still get a coffee after the run, thanks to John Sabourin, and there is the bonus of cake and flapjacks (not available free at Waitrose!). Even at Wimbledon Common parkrun you are never knowingly undersold!

Now to the nitty gritty……

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The volunteer nerve centre which ensures we all get the results that follow:

Male placings:

Alan Chetwynd (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:22 - second time in 4 appearances.
Andy Weir (VM45-49) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was second to finish in 17:44 - has been first to finish on 17 previous occasions.
Thomas Greenwood (SM30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC, was third over the line in 17:49.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 5792 pts.
Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 5358 pts.
Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 5171 pts.

Female placings:

Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (34th overall) over the line in 20:45 - 47th time in 210 appearances.
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (48th overall) to finish in 21:25 - has been first to finish on 26 previous occasions.
Alice McCormack (JW11-14) of Merton mini-marathon trial, was third (56th overall) over the line in 21:41.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 5626 pts.
Natalie Fell (Unattached) 4762 pts.
Nicola El Kadiri (Unattached) 4700 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) was graded 86.83% for a time of 17:51 (4th overall).
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 82.33% for a time of 21:25 (48th overall).
Andy Weir (VM45-49) was graded 81.86% for a time of 17:44 (second overall).

This week there were 387 runners, of whom 43 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,471 different runners, including participants from 626 athletics clubs, have completed 108,941 runs covering a total distance of 544,705 km, and there have been 18,641 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 2012-03-17 (event number 271).
The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 2011-04-23 (event number 224).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane Davies who recorded a 92.99% run (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212).

Robert Fortes.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

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