Wimbledon Common parkrun Weekly Report – Event no. 552 – 17 June 2017

We Parkrun hacks are always looking for a scoop to add interest to our weekly report.  This is not easy and depends on events beyond our control.  This week was no exception. Could I engineer something? Luck was on my side as you will now see.

First of all, briefing. Thanks to Alastair.

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Stretching - very important. parkrun 552-13

Volunteers - vital to the whole operation

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Walk to the start - it always seems more than 400 metres.... parkrun 552-23

Obligatory selfie..

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We're off and runnning... parkrun 552-42

 

and then from this

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to this.... Parents, please be careful about showing this to your children if you wish them to continue doing Parkrun or indeed running at all

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Our revered permanent Run Director, Charles Lawrie, according to totally unreliable sources, tripped over a blade of grass and this was the result. I do not wish to draw any conclusions from this - no decent hack would - but as I was told by a fellow Parkrunner when I tripped on the roots of a tree, "Pick your legs up"!!

Now for the stats.

This week 486 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

Male placings:
Stephen HURLEY (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first over the line and round the bend of the funnel to record a time of 16:53 - third time in 5 appearances.
Mark BRIDGES (VM40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second over the line and recorded a time of 17:21
Andy WEIR (VM45-49) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was third over the line in 17:32 - has been first to finish on 18 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) (Unattached) was first (39th overall) over the line in 20:51 - 35th (yes 35th!- well done!) time in 260 appearances.
Laura YORK (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (42nd overall) over the line in 21:02 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Poppy CRAIG-MCFEELY (JW11-14) of Herne Hill Harriers, was third (44th overall) over the line in 21:11.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) – 85.69% for the time 20:51 (39th overall).
Andy WEIR (VM45-49) – 83.46% for the time 17:32 (third overall).
Mark BRIDGES (VM40-44) – 79.25% for the time 17:21 (second overall).

Congratulations are also due to Volker Vogler for completing his 100th Parkrun today.

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271).
The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 00:15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (event number 224).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 92.99% (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212).

Our thanks to the 22 volunteers who helped today:

Joe Toomey • Charles Lawrie • Alastair Brown • Richard Evans • Nicola El Kadiri • Bernadette Maher Allan • Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins • Annette Barrett • John Sabourin • Volker Vogler • Jaspal Dhalley • Robert Fortes • Christopher Cull • Bob Walsh • Harsha Arunkumar Naik • Nick Wright • Sandy Pfeifer • Warwick Wagner • Sarah Jones • Oliver Knight • Otto Levi • Nathan Cutting.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.
Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 17,129 participants have completed 131,828 parkruns covering a total distance of 659,140 km, including 21,938 new Personal Bests.

Robert Fortes

P.S. My thanks to Charles Lawrie without whose incident this report would not have been possible.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun event number 551, 10 June 2017

 

"Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly"

(Pablo Neruda)

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It was a lovely, sunny morning, perfect for running. So much had happened since last week’s parkrun, including the awful events on London Bridge on Saturday night and waking up to a hung parliament on Thursday morning. But as John Carter wisely stated in his last report, “There's no easy answer to the troubles of the world, but there's no doubt about the benefits of parkrun, and running.”

 

Out of Africa

As some of you will know, I recently came back from running the Sierra Leone Marathon for the charity Street Child. In addition to the international runners, about 500 local people (including several amputees) enthusiastically turned out to run in the various races, with most of them choosing the 5k. It made me think how good it would if there could be a parkrun in Sierra Leone. The benefits could potentially be great for a country which is slowly recovering from years of civil war followed by ebola. It seems an unlikely prospect at the moment, but then a few years ago who would have imagined the country hosting an international marathon?

 

Back in SW19

In Wimbledon this week, 483 people took part. Not quite the record-breaking numbers of recent weeks, but still enough to make sure there were queues for the car park and that the start was pretty congested. Of those, 52 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Members of 29 different clubs were present.

 

IMG_0013Strong and stable: run director Nicola El Kadiri

 

Magnificent milestones

Jayne Hurrell kindly brought along cakes and fizz to celebrate her 300th run and her 293rd at Wimbledon Common. Clare Wood and James May reached 100 and 200 runs respectively. Did you know that Clare is a former British number 1 tennis player who competed several times at the Wimbledon Championships before retiring in 1998? My sources report that James May is also pretty good at tennis. Feeling nifty at 50 (runs) were Gary Window and Alistair Kinnear.

 

IMG_0019A special day for Jayne (centre) along with some shady characters

 

Unbeatable Ben

Once again Ben Toomer (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 16:48, even though he told me he hurt his ankle and had to jog for a while! Blair Laird (SM25-29) of Moray Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:42. He's been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. James Adams (VM35-39) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 17:54.

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 Hydration is important in the heat

 

Lucy leads the way

Lucy Reid (SW20-24) of Tonbridge AC, was first female and a brilliant third overall, crossing the line in 17:48. There was some debate about whether she had broken the course record, but that is still held by Justina Heslop for her time of 16:33. Claire Anna Hall (SW30-34) of Army AA, was second (28th overall) over the line in 20:34 and has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. Louise Rayner (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (33rd overall) over the line in 20:44.

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 Try to keep moving in the finish funnel

 

Many thanks

The event was made possible by the many volunteers: Pete Mulholland • Charles Lawrie • Nicola El Kadiri • Sue Rothwelll • Sophie Toomey • Guy Gibbons • Caroline Helder • Briarna Clifford • Jasmine Paradinas • Christopher Cull • Nick Wright • Sandy Pfeifer • Ryan Cho • Graham Trainor • Andrew Bailey • Jo Manley • Jong Yoon Rha • Warwick Wagner • Hyun Sup Han • Tony O'Brien • Neil Winter • Lewis Fletcher • Otto Levi • Woosub Lee. If you've never volunteered, why not give it a try?

IMG_0411   Pete Mullholland on the lookout for the stars of the future

 

Good for age

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) – 85.01% for the time 21:01 (41st overall). Lucy Reid (SW20-24) – 83.15% for the time 17:48 (third overall) and Andrew Lenon (VM60-64) – 79.70% for the time 20:07 (22nd overall).

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

 

Words: Caroline Helder. Parkrun photos: Guy Gibson

 

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Racing in Sierra Leone

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun report: event 550 June 3 2017

 
 

Sanity in a world gone mad

 

I started writing this on Saturday afternoon. I'd kicked off with an amusing preamble about the election, how I'd be glad when it was all over, how the parkrun model of volunteers might improve the running of government, and how junior parkrunners were better behaved and talked more sense than most of our politicians. All jolly stuff. Come Sunday morning it didn't seem so funny. Francesca went off to Wimbledon Park to volunteer at Junior parkrun and I went for a nice slow run down to the river. There's no easy answer to the troubles of the world, but there's no doubt about the benefits of parkrun, and running however you enjoy it. By the time you read this the election really will be over, or very nearly, so who was first past the post at Saturday's parkrun?

 

It's that man again

 

Hercules' Ben Toomer takes the honours - and how! His time was 16:21, and it was a minute and 48 seconds before the second-placed man crossed the chalk. Despite the gap, fellow Hercules Henry Silverman's time of 18:09 was pretty swift by anyone's standards, and he had to work hard to keep Matt Gallagher behind him. Matt, running without his four-legged friend this week, upheld the Windmilers' colours with a time of 18:11. Ben has run 33 times on the Common, and unbeaten for all but three.
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Poetry in Motion
 

Happy Birthday Pete!

 

It was celebration time for another well-known Hercules man as Pete Mulholland was celebrating his 78th birthday. We all know Pete as the amiable gent at the end of the funnel, handing out tokens and witty quips in equal measure. What you may not know is that, back in his day, Pete was a formidable runner. Pete and Ben Toomer's 10k PBs are a mere 10 seconds apart. Pete is well known in the world of athletics, and even at parkrun he does more than hand out tokens. Apart from his new role as funnel-ducker spotter, he is also a keen talent scout. Over the past 10 years, many a fine performer at parkrun has gone on to greater things wearing the familiar yellow vest, thanks to Pete's guidance. As Pete came back to the bench, having handed out exactly 500 tokens this week, an impromptu choir which included Pete's wife Pat, put their running lungs to good use with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday.
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Man of the Moment, Pete Mulholland
 
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48:08 minutes later, 500 had crossed the line
 

Other happy bunnies

 
Perennial speedster Lucy Woolhouse was top age-grade scorer this week with 85.90% finishing third lady over the line in a time of 20:48. On the next finishing-step up for the ladies was Claire Hall of the Army AA, in 20:15 and at the top of the podium, Alex Binley of Hercules Wimbledon AC with a time of 20:03. Others knocking up impressive age-grade scores were Richard 'Round the World' Evans 81.16% and Andrew Lenon 79.05%.   But you don't have to run at supersonic speed to go home happy. Nearer the back of the field, Carol Searle was delighted with her run. Unknown to Francesca Carter, Carol followed her over the line and said that Francesca had helped pull her along to the fastest time she'd run for ages. Carol had narrowed the gap to four seconds, finishing in a time of 33:54. It was her best time since May 2015. So, if you want a faster time, find someone ahead who's running a bit quicker - and hang on!
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Carol (in red) going for it
 

Windmill joins 200 Club

 

The Windmill, an iconic landmark in SW19 since 1817, is 200 years-old this year and as part of the bicentenary celebrations, entry to the museum is free. If you've not been round the Windmill I would urge you to do so; I found it fascinating. It was in operation as a mill only until 1864 when it was converted into residential accommodation (nothing new there then). In 1976 the first floor was opened for the museum and in 1998, the whole building. Summer opening hours (to October 29) are Saturday 14.00 to 17.00 and Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11.00 to 17.00.

 

And another thing

 

When writing 'It's that man again', I was tempted to use the acronym ITMA but realised few would twig its significance. It's That Man Again, which became known as ITMA, was a very popular BBC Radio comedy programme broadcast between 1939 and 1949. I assumed only aficionados of old radio comedy, or those long in the tooth, would be in the know.

 

Report by John Carter, photographs by Louise Robinson

 

Facts and figures

 

This week 500 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers.

Male placings: Benjamin TOOMER (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 16:21 - 30th time in 33 appearances. Henry SILVERSTEIN (JM15-17) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second over the line in 18:09 - was first to finish once before. Matt GALLAGHER (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third over the line in 18:11 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions. Female placings: Alex BINLEY (SW25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (20th overall) over the line in 20:03 - 7th time in 8 appearances. Claire Anna HALL (SW30-34) of Army AA, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 20:15 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) (Unattached) was third (32nd overall) over the line in 20:48 - has been first to finish on 34 previous occasions. The three highest age grades were recorded by: Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) - 85.90% for the time 20:48 (32nd overall). Richard EVANS (VM55-59) - 81.16% for the time 18:56 (9th overall). Andrew LENON (VM60-64) - 79.05% for the time 20:17 (24th overall). The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 00:15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (event number 224). The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 92.99% (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212). Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 17,018 participants have completed 130,859 parkruns covering a total distance of 654,295 km, including 21,811 new Personal Bests.

 

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

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun #549 – 27th May 2017

FA CUP FEVER!

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Such a shame none of these guys support teams who will ever win anything...

Bank Holiday weekend. Sunshine - well, the odd heavy shower. What to do: Day-trips? DIY? A feast of sport on TV? I most definitely opted for the latter. Golf: Check. Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500: Check and Check. I was definitely sympathising with Fernando Alonso when he had an engine blow-out over three-quarters of the way through the Indy 500 - that has happened to most of us three-quarters of the way around parkrun... But the biggie was of course the FA Cup Final - compulsory viewing even for some non-football fans, and for once this end of season bash produced a cracking game. The icing on the cake as always was a parkrun to get the ball rolling.

To celebrate the FA Cup Final on parkrunday we should have a little football flavour... If you're not interested in football you may be a little bit Foxed by this, but you're just Gunner have to Abide with Me whilst the Eagle-eyed amongst you might notice what's going on... This week, the paths, normally sticky like Toffee were as smooth as Claret despite the showers, and we no longer have any trouble from our resident Hornets. So with the course in great condition (almost Ironed flat but I wouldn't want to Hammer the point) would this week's runners be Spurred on to reach a PB - the Cherry on their parkrun cake? Perhaps some inspirational music, probably not Blues but maybe Eye of the Tiger to push for that finish line. Volunteers, those Saints amongst parkrun Citizens, were ready to cheer every runner on - some Swanning about or just Pottering along, others Red in the face, Baggy shirts fluttering behind them. Speaking of T-shirts we had plenty of Red Devils and Black Cats from the 50 and 100 Clubs. I Don want to stop but get the impression I might be on Boro'ed time....

Yes, I think that was all twenty Premier League Clubs (plus a bonus for the locals)... No I'm not sorry - I've had a ball. I'll pay the penalty - don't turf me out!

OK OK, I'll stop. For now...

 

Milestones

Josie Hill joined the Junior 10 Club. Ian Andrew, Daniel Thornton, Libby Hipkins and Andrew Bailey all reached 50 runs - there's a delay with t-shirts at the moment with Tribesports but you can look forward to your new apparel soon...

We also saw three runners hit 150 runs. Richard Mellor who has run at ten different events, but commendably Andrew Lenon has run all 150 at Wimbledon, and we'll excuse young Cullen Clifford for 1 run in Australia when the other 149 were all on the Common.

Wimbledon is ever the tourist magnet, and as usual the keen UK tourists (some Apricot shirts from Basinggrad - oops, I mean Amazingstoke) were trumped by the customary runner from Australia. A special mention to Ian Taylor who is closing in on 'Lon-done' - completing all of the events inside the M25.

469 runners would have seemed high a month ago, but after several record attendances in excess of 500 this seemed like a bit of half-term relief. The changeable weather might have put off a few and we were treated to a shower during the briefing, although it quickly got hotter! This included 47 first timers, 31 of which are brand new to parkrun. I hope you all complete your difficult second parkrun.

There were an impressive 60 PBs - the most impressive of which came from Katherine Laidler, still setting new best times after 203 Wimbledon parkruns!

 

Volunteers

Please remember that parkrun is free and relies on the hard work of a group of volunteers to keep going. Thanks this week to Andrew Rice, Briarna Clifford, Charles Lawrie, Claire Adams, Clare Wood, David Ford, Gary Forde, Gilmar Wendt, James Chappell, Jo Manley, John Sabourin, Lewis Fletcher, Liam O'Hare, Lisa Margaret Thomas, Matthew Salisbury, Nicola El Kadiri, Otto Levi, Pete Mulholland, Sandy Pfeifer, Stephen Willerton, Stewart Bond, Tessa Kelly and Warwick Wagner.

To get involved - and please do! - take a look at the volunteer page.

 

First Finishers

Jonny Earl of Hercules Wimbledon AC was first over the line in 16:51 - for the 9th time. Jacob Landers of Clapham Pioneers was second in 17:23 and an Unknown runner was third.

First Lady was Caroline Pyper in 19:49 (30th overall) - her first first finish at Wimbledon in 6 appearances. Claire Anna Hall of Army AA was second in 20:21 (37th overall). Lucy Woolhouse rounds out the podium with a time of 20:59 (50th overall).

 

Age Gradings

Two runs in the 80%s this week - ever-present Lucy Woolhouse with 85.15% for her time of 20:59 in 50th place overall and Richard Evans finishing in 18:32 for 82.91% in 13th place. Andrew Lenon was best fo the rest with 79.18% for the time of 20:15 in 35th place.

 

History

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 16,945 participants have completed 130,359 parkruns covering a total distance of 651,795 km, including 21,752 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271).
The male record is held by Chris PARR who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (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).

This week’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

Your parkrun reporter - Andy Rice

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun – event number 548, 20th May 2017

There may be sunshine after rain...

...and there was! After some pretty cataclysmic rain during the week (although apparently of the wrong sort to stave off a hosepipe ban), Saturday morning was once again perfect running conditions, albeit on a slightly damper course than we have been speeding around recently. 513 people agreed and turned up to do the full two laps, of which 61 runners were making their debut on the Common, 43 of them newcomers to parkrun. As always, the new runners were very welcome to come and share our fabulous space.

Milestones and miles from home

I didn't catch where the furthest visitor was from, but it is not important, as there seems to be always someone from Australia these days. A parkrun tourist from Sutton was welcomed effusively, but then eclipsed by even more enthusiasm for someone down from Durham for the weekend.

On the clocking-up runs front, milestones tumbled. Daniel Roets claimed his junior 10 t-shirt and set a personal best at the same time, so very well done to him. Sally Atherton (also new PB!), Dieter Schlegel and Alistair Feest went red by crossing into the 50 zone, and James Saville notched up his 100th run. I write excitedly about t-shirts, but I learnt myself today that there is a small hiatus at the moment with a phenomenal 23,000 expected by the end of June. It all sounds under control, but shows just how big parkrun has become.
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a happy milestoner

Rising popularity

Talking of becoming big, regulars will have noticed the amazing, and understandable, rise in popularity Wimbledon Common parkrun has enjoyed over the last few weeks. On the 15th April 428 runners completed the two laps. The following week there were 505 of us, followed by 509, then a whopping 537, and last week 506 before today’s 513. The same week in the years 2013 to 2016 saw a consistent 385, 382, 393 and 387, so this 33% annual uplift is unprecedented.

All this of course means we are putting the common and car park under huge pressure, and we all need to emulate the vast majority of parkrunners by being wonderfully behaved. On the course that means looking out for other common users, keeping your under-12s with you, ensuring your dog is on a lead and above all remembering this is an event, not a race!

The car park is trickier. Arrive early, follow the marshals instructions, lift share wherever possible, and above all please, please, please do not leave your vehicle anywhere other than a genuine car parking space. The very best thing to do of course, is to find a different route - park on the edge of the common and jog in, cycle to the start, or take the excellent number 93 bus that covers Putney Bridge through Wimbledon, Morden and onto Cheam and back eight times an hour on Saturday mornings.
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there’s room for a little one this way

Podium honours

Top of the podium should really go to Gerri Hart (W65-69, Epsom Allsorts) who was the real winner this week with an incredible age graded score of 84.14%, whilst first-timer Jon Wigley (VM65-69) was second with 78.82%. Mark Bridges was a superb third with 78.50%, but as he crossed the line third anyway we will leave him for a minute. Gerri and Jon were 202nd and 60th in the “real” order, but every week there are amazing age graded scores, so I thought I would mention them first for once.

Back to the actual podium, and top step honours went to Stephen Hurley (VM35-39, Wimbledon Windmilers), first over the line in 17:13 for the second time in his four appearances. Samuel Browne (SM25-29, East London Runners), was just behind in 17:30, and Mark Bridges (VM40-44, Wimbledon Windmilers), took that third step, hot on Samuel’s heels with 17:31.

The women’s podium was a Hercules Wimbledon AC triple lock-out, crowned by Alex Binley (SW25-29, 25th overall), making it six wins from seven appearance with a time of 19:58. Eileen Brandley (SW25-29, 45th overall), was second with 20:54, only just in front of Ellen Weir (JW11-14, 47th overall), at 20:58.

Congratulations to all!
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dodging the puddles made by the wrong kind of rain

Making it happen

You were able to run at event 548 thanks to Claire Adams, Alastair Brown, Simon Cheetham, Briarna Clifford, Kylie Corso, Christopher Cull, Steven Cull, Nicola El Kadiri, Lewis Fletcher, David Ford, Nick Hudson, Charles Lawrie, Otto Levi, Susan May, Christine McNeill, Pete Mulholland, Dominic Ostrowski, Sally Scoon, Volker Vogler, Warwick Wagner, Bob Walsh, Graham White, Simon Williams, Lucy Woolhouse and Hugh Woolhouse. Wimbledon Common parkrun depends upon our volunteers, please consider helping by visiting the volunteer pages and finding out more.

History

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 16,898 participants have completed 129,890 parkruns covering a total distance of 649,450 km, including 21,691 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (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).

 

words by Alastair Brown, images by Bob Walsh

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