Wimbledon Common parkrun weekly report – event 408 – 25 October 2014

This week it’s all about me (and John)

A slightly self-indulgent headline perhaps, but this week was a little bit special as John Carter and I did the double double - both running our 200th parkrun. It was my 197th on Wimbledon Common and John’s 179th. John is obviously a bigger parkrun floozie than I am, having run at 21 different parkruns. However, he keeps returning to Wimbledon Common, even after falling badly in the mud earlier this year and being whisked away to St George’s in an ambulance. So it was special for both of us to reach this momentous milestone on the Common, surrounded by friends and family.

There were balloons, there were trophies, there were congratulations, there was cake, so it really did feel like it was all about me (and John). And, not swaying me in any way, a fellow parkrunner said he would pay me to write this headline. Thanks Phil - if you could bring the cash next weekend that would be great.

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But it also got me thinking. There has been a lot of talk recently, with parkrun celebrating its 10th anniversary, of the huge global community parkrun has become. But while there may be thousands of us taking part every Saturday, parkrun can be a very personal thing. Whether you’re running for the first time or the 200th, aiming for a PB, volunteering, taking some all-important ‘me time’ at the end of a hectic week or simply enjoying the experience of running through the woods with a friendly bunch of mud-spattered individuals, everyone has their own personal parkrun story. Each event really is all about me, and you, and that bloke with the dog/buggy that you try to beat every week.

 

Let’s talk about stats

An unknown runner was first. Do you know the man in blue below? Nick Gould (SM30-34; pictured, centre) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was second over the line in 17:12. Nick has been first to finish on nine previous occasions. Matthew Dove (SM30-34; unattached; pictured, right) claimed the third place on the podium, with a time of 17:24.

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Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) currently leads the way in the Men's annual points competition, with 10954 points. Not far behind are Joe Busa (unattached) with 10614 points and Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) with 10373 points.

 

It was the usual suspects in the Women's placings. Lisa Thomas (VW45-49; pictured, left - a small photo, but I think we all know what Lisa looks like by now) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (21st overall) over the line in 19:42; Lisa’s 29th win in 166 appearances. On her 50th run, Samantha Pickford (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers triumphed in the battle for second place (22nd overall) in 19:57, followed just one second later by Ruth Wallace (SW30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds (23rd overall) - so close they shared the same photo (below, right). Sam and Ruth are no strangers to the top spot, having been first to finish on 4 and 22 previous occasions, respectively.

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In the Women's annual points competition, Lisa Thomas leads with 11052 points, followed by Lucy Woolhouse (unattached) with 10755 points and Natasha Hampden-Smith (Merton mini-marathon trial) with 9084 points.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 84.27% for the time 20:40 (38th overall).
  • Lisa Thomas (VW45-49) was graded 84.09% for the time 19:42 (21st overall).
  • Peter J Collins (VM40-44) was graded 78.91% for the time 17:42 (4th overall).

 

This week there were 288 runners, of whom 27 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Of note, Steve Shaw recorded a new PB on his 118th parkrun on Wimbledon Common with a time of 21:57. This is 10 seconds off his previous best set just over a year ago. Christine McNeill  earned herself a new PB and a coveted red t-shirt on her 50th run with a time of 26:23. And finishing just behind me, Nicole Nicklas took a whopping 5 minutes and 40 seconds off her previous best. This was only Nicole’s second parkrun, so who knows how fast she’ll go next week.

This week’s event produced a veritable glut of milestone runs. Young runners Yasmin Howe and Eleanor Williams (both JW11-14) and Karlis Pauzers (JM15-17) ran their tenth parkruns - look out for your 10-club t-shirts on the washing line soon. Finn Snow, Samantha Pickford and Christine McNeill celebrated their 50th runs, while Jason McIntyre ran his 100th. No t-shirts for 150 runs, but I hope Peter J Collins and Simon Bodle helped themselves to an extra-large slice of cake to celebrate their achievements. And did I mention that John Carter and I ran our 200th parkruns?

10-club t-shirts have arrived for the Searle clan (Jessica, Rebecca and Robbie) and 100-club t-shirts for Stephen Johnson, Anthony Eastaway, Matthew Ineson and Tessa Lovell are also ready to collect. You can collect your t-shirt from the washing line next Saturday or, if you would like it presented to you, give it to Charles before the event.

 
And finally ...

The more cultured among you will know that Saturday was also St Crispin’s Day and the 599th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. We didn’t have any Crispins running this weekend, but it seems appropriate to mark the occasion with a take on the famous St Crispin’s Day speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V, Wimbledonised by Colin ‘352 parkruns’ Harris:

From this day to the ending of the week,

But we in it shall be remembered -

We few, we happy few, we band of parkrunners;

For they that run through mud with me

Shall be my brother and sister; be they ne’er so dirty,

This day shall improve their condition;

And idlers in Wimbledon now-a-bed

Shall think themselves grateful they were not here,

And hug their duvets tight while any speaks

That parkran with us upon Saint Crispin’s Day.

 


Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 11,286 different runners, including participants from 485 athletics clubs, have completed 80,839 runs covering a total distance of 404,195 km, and there have been 14,933 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 2012-03-17 (event number 271).
The men's 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.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 407 18th October 2014

Where There's A Will – There's A Way.

OK Charles, if your are reading this weeks report from sunny and hopefully hurricane free Barbados, I just wanted to reassure you that this one was not on your watch. So, just sit back, relax and enjoy that Rum Punch – this one was on Adam!

While all the parkrun elves were scurrying around doing their good deeds. Nicola El Kadiri was out marking the course with oddly enough a Madeira cake mix. Adam Fenton (this week's race director) was out inspecting her handiwork, no doubt sceptical of the course marking merits of Madeira cake mix – maybe he is a Victoria Sponge man, who can say. Lisa Thomas was arranging our finishing funnel, all were unaware of the impending doom looming from the car park.

This week it was poor Sebastian Vons who fell foul of our recent unlucky streak and an ambulance was called when he came off his bike and took a nasty blow to the head. The poor chap looked utterly beaten up and dazed but was kindly looked after by Sune Du Toit and Julia Donovan. Julia took the sound decision to call an ambulance and she also fell on her sword by foregoing her run in favour of sticking with Seb while accompanying him to A & E where she waited with him while he received medical attention and waited for x-rays. I am relieved to report that although Seb's injuries looked alarming, he was patched up successfully and was spotted racing at the Cabbage Patch 10 miler the following day where he managed a very respectable time – well done to him and we wish him a speedy and full recovery. Thank you very much to Sune and Julia for their kind care and attention.

On a cheerier note, congratulations to Will Cockerell of Belgrave Harriers who was first over the Madeira line (a bit of a cake walk for him) in a time of 17.15 and to Ruth Wallace of Thames Hare & Hounds, (both pictured below) whose pre baby form is rapidly returning giving her a win for the ladies in a time of 20.33.

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Congratulations must also be extended to the effervescent Hugh Woolhouse on completing his 178th parkrun and on his 66.94% age grading, splendid work Hugh!

Well done to David McCabe on reaching a century of parkruns and to Matt Gallagher who reached his fiftieth.

Finally, as our Harvest Festival weather gives way to something more traditional, I leave you with this poem, I hope it will make you all smile.

Who Likes The Rain (Could it be Hugh Woolhouse)?

I,” said the duck. “I call it fun,

For I have my red rubbers on;

They make a little three-toed track,

In the soft, cool mud, - quack! Quack!”

I!” cried the dandelion. “I!

My roots are thirsty, my buds are dry.”

And she lifted a tousled yellow head

Out of her green grassy bed.

I hope 'twill pour! I hope 'twill pour!”

Purred the tree-toad at the gray bark door,

For, with a broad leaf for a roof,

I am perfectly waterproof.”

Sang the Beverly Brook: “I laugh at every drop.

And wish they never need to stop

Till a big, big river I grow to be,

And could find my way to the sea.”

I,” shouted Hugh Woolhouse “for I know I can hack it,

All I need is my trail shoes and the return of my pilfered parkrun 100 jacket,

Through every puddle and runlet and pool,

I will splash anyone in sight, cause I think it's cool!”

(My version of the Clara Doty Bates poem)

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Weekly stats:-

Men's placings: Will Cockerell of Belgrave Harriers, was first over the line in 17:15 - 5th time in 11 appearances. An unknown runner was second, and Knut Hegvold also of Belgrave Harriers, was in third position in 18:00, he has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Charles Hampden-Smith leads the way with 10673 points, followed by Joe Busa with 10359 points with Nick McKay in third place on 10078 points.

Women's placings: Ruth Wallace of Thames Hare & Hounds, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 20:33 - 22nd time in 28 appearances. Gina Galbraith of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second (25th overall) in a time of 20:36, she has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions. Samantha Pickford of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third (28th overall) in 20:41, she has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Lisa Thomas is in first place with 10752 points, second place on 10458 points is Lucy Woolhouse and in third place is Briarna Clifford on 8927 points.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Knut Hegvold (VM50-54) was graded 83.98% for the time 18:00 (third overall). Matt Shields (VM60-64) was graded 83.58% for the time 19:11 (10th overall). Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 81.39% for the time 21:24 (42nd overall).

This week there were 357 runners, of whom 54 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 11,259 different runners, including participants from 481 athletics clubs, have completed 80,551 runs covering a total distance of 402,755 km, and there have been 14,887 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 2012-03-17 (event number 271). The men's 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.

 

Wimbledon Common Parkrun Report – Event 406 – 11 October 2014

Aspiring David Baileys wanted…
One of the very popular – and useful - features of parkrun is the photographs. People like to look at them for many reasons: for example, to remind themselves of the run, to see what they look like running – speaking personally it can be a shock ! – and, for the competitive minded, to see who was around them and how far behind or in front they were, especially on lap 1. Resort has also been had to photographs on rare occasion to check placing/timing, when timer issues have occurred, and then they can come in very handy.

Peter Brunnen, who has done and does a sterling and largely unsung job as our main photographer for years, often despite physical adversity, tells me that we are running out of volunteers in this department. Having done it myself, I know it is good fun and it does not involve anything technical. Peter is therefore hoping that some new blood will step into the breach, otherwise we are going to find ourselves running without any visual record. Peter asks me to stress that all that is asked is that the volunteer takes the photos and then sends them to him; the nightmare of negotiating flickr and uploading the photos (my words not Peter’s) which takes huge amounts of time and patience will be done – very kindly - by Peter. So please consider volunteering as photographer.

Returning to the actual event, the onset of autumn - well it is October - continued. Downpours aplenty during the week leading up to the run. But to the many connoisseurs of Wimbledon parkrun amongst us, the course proved surprisingly friendly still. A few puddles but no real mud, generally just rather dampened and spongy soil and path, actually very nice to run on. So in many ways good running conditions, but the humidity still felt for some at any rate sub-tropically sweat-inducing, as it has done for much of the last few weeks.

Although the start of the cross-country season and the Budapest marathon took its toll of runners (although some hardy souls – an initial clue – did both parkrun and the cross country) and possibly some were put off by the weather, there were still a healthy 328 runners, with a good proportion - 23 - of first timers.

Looking first at the men, James Neave of Clapham Chasers, pictured below, was first to finish in 17:21, followed by Matt Gallagher in 17;45 and Joe Philips, on his first time at Wimbledon, third in 19:02.

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First lady over the line was Lucy Woolhouse, also pictured below, who was also the best age grade performer on the day by some distance, in 20:48, followed by Bronte Somes in 22:40 and, a whisker further back, Rebecca Le Grange in 22:43.

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In the Age Grade stakes, Lucy Woolhouse as noted above was first with a magnificent 82.61%, followed by Anni Struthers in 78.45% and Dieter Schiegel with 77.75%, very good runs by all of them.

Notable new PBs included Louise Beal in 29:09 on her 54th parkrun. Louise has done most of her parkruns at the “faster” Bushy parkrun and comfortably beat her best time there; well done. Well dones also to juniors Morgan Wroe – who has done all his parkruns here - and Oliver Beal on PBs on their 12 and 18th parkruns respectively.

Men's podium placings:
James Neave (VM35-39) of Clapham Chasers RC, was first over the line in 17:31 for the third time in 5 appearances.
Matt Gallagher (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:45 – he has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Joe Phillips (SM20-24) of Newport & District RC, was third over the line in 19:02.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 10673 pts.
Joe Busa (Unattached) 10101 pts.
Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 9782 pts.

Women's podium placings:
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) (Unattached) was first (29th overall) over the line in 20:48 for the 21st time in 174 appearances.
Bronte Somes (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (61st overall) over the line in 22:40.
Rebecca Le Grange (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (63rd overall) over the line in 22:43.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lisa Margaret Thomas (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 10456 pts.
Lucy Woolhouse (Unattached) 10161 pts.
Natasha Hampden-Smith (Merton mini-marathon trial) 8833 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 82.61% for the time 20:48 (29th overall).
Anni Struthers (VW65-69) was graded 78.45% for the time 27:55 (221st overall).
Dieter Schlegel (VM55-59) was graded 77.75% for the time 20:27 (20th overall).

This week there were 328 runners, of whom 38 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 11,205 different runners, including participants from 479 athletics clubs, have completed 80,194 runs covering a total distance of 400,970 km, and there have been 14,860 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 2012-03-17 (event number 271).
The men's 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.

 

 Ten years that shook the world

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun weekly report: event number 405, October 4 2014

‘She woke before the sun. She heard the still

Small sounds which whisper when the night is gone

Though all the curtains of her room were drawn,

She saw the gray light creep across the sill.

This was her day. How would it help fulfil

Her destiny? She looked out at the dawn,

Stepping across the velvet of the lawn,

She saw the purple of a distant hill.

In cloak and slippers, she glided through the halls

Softly – she would disturb none still asleep –

Then looked through maple branches to the sky;

Her small heart beating against its delicate walls,

The marvel of ten years too much to keep.

“What is this lovely world, and who am I?”’

 

Yes, parkrun is ten, and what is it? It’s a question worth asking as this strange and compelling thing we have moves into its second decade. It’s certainly very different from when it started: 13 lucky souls ran the first parkrun in Bushy Park, then known as the Bushy Park Time Trial, and they were all back at the original venue last Saturday to celebrate this birthday – among 1,705 finishers (including, it has to be said, many Wimbledon Common regulars – for shame; oh, very well, we forgive you).

ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIVE!! It’s hard to comprehend how and why this very simple idea has caught the imaginations of so many people, but there’s no doubting that it’s one of the most important sporting phenomena of the early 21st century.

But is sporting the right word? After all, that implies a level of competition, and parkrun prides itself on being a run, nothing more, nothing less, with each runner as important as those in front and those behind. Perhaps a leisure phenomenon would be better. Or fitness. A fitness phenomenon?

This writer is going to go for a word that’s way out of fashion in our self-interested times: it’s an exercise (look what I’ve done there) in solidarity. Organised almost entirely by fluid, ever-changing groups of willing volunteers, this is about people taking charge of something in their lives, however minor, in collaboration with others. Their contribution might simply be to be part of it. They might turn up week in, week out an hour early to help set up their event, run, then stay on to take things down. They might volunteer, say, three times a year to rack up their 100 or 300 points and to feel better than they would if they didn’t. They might, ahem, sit in front of a computer late at night wondering what an earth there is new to write about several hundred people scampering around a patch of grass or tarmac. They might be involved in any number of ways.

Most of all it brings together people of both genders, all ages, many races, myriad nationalities, different social classes, with and without disabilities, and of widely differing ability as runners – all accepted, no one turned away or considered too slow to get a finishing token and a time.

Many plaudits have gone, rightly, to the founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, without whom etc – but, hey, look what WE’VE done. Sure, it’s not always perfect – witness the occasional timing glitch, the disappearing tokens, the thankfully few and far between serious illnesses or injuries – but every week a vast number of events occur around the world almost without a hitch, thanks to people who want no slap on the back, no payment, no glare of publicity, just the knowledge that it happened and that others reaped the benefits. More power to its metaphorical elbow, and may there be another ten years, and another, and another, until the world is a sea of parkrun 1,000-run T-shirts…

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This week’s first finisher at Wimbledon Common was Richard Gregory (SM30-34, pictured) of Ranelagh Harriers, in a time of 16:16 – his first first in three appearances. Next was Nick Gould (SM30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds in 17:32 – Nick has been first to finish on nine previous occasions. And a step behind on the invisible podium was Tom Conlon (VM50-54) of Herne Hill Harriers, fourth overall in 17:36.

Despite deserting us this week for cheap glory at Bushy, Charles Hampden-Smith of Hercules Wimbledon maintains his lead in the men’s points competition with 10,385 points. Joe Busa (unattached) has pushed his way up to second with 9,841 points, helped by the fact that Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) also chose to be a mere face in the crowd at Bushy and didn’t add to his 9,782 points, now good enough only for third place.

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The unattached, clubwise, Louise Wiker (VW35-39, pictured) was first woman to finish, a fantastic third overall, in 17:36 – her fourth first placing in five appearances here. Clubless, but definitely clubbable, Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was second (38th overall) in 20:35 – the Wonder of Woolhouse has been first to finish on 20 previous occasions. Hercules Wimbledon’s Alison Purnell (VW50-54) was third (61st overall) in 21:32.

Lisa Margaret Thomas of Hercules Wimbledon, another Bushy deserter, nevertheless retains an imposing lead at the top of the women’s points compy, with 10,166 points. Lucy, the Wizard of Woolhouse (unattached) is in second with 9,861 points. And Briarna Clifford (unattached) is third with 8,674 pts.

The best age grade scores were recorded by: Tom Conlon (VM50-54), with 85.89% for the time 17:36 (4th overall); Louise Wiker (VW35-39), with 84.94% for the time 17:36 (third overall); and Sandy Pfeifer (VM50-54), with 83.62% for the time 18:13 (8th overall).

This week, the redoubtable Colin Harris notched up his 349th parkrun, most of them here. Phil Tosh is now just six away from 250, the latest so far for which there is a T-shirt. Jayne Pooley needs to finish two more parkruns to notch up 200; and Peter Bodley-Scott, who evidently has a phobia about large crowds of people, chose not to be at his usual Bushy Park this auspicious week, appearing for the first time at our slightly smaller event to rack up his 197th parkrun in toto. Well done to Jonathan D White and Stephen Johnson, who both finished their 100th parkruns on Saturday. T-shirts will no doubt be with you in about six months. Two people completed their 50th parkruns with us on Saturday: congratulations to Dom Evans and Lily Waldeck-Evans. And a junior 10-run T-shirt was earned by Toby Ward.

Most PBs this week were racked up by people with only a few runs to their names, not that they don’t count of course. Well done to Suzanne Carr, with a PB of 27:52 on her 133rd run – mind you, it was only her fourth at Wimbledon Common. Zachary Purnell, who holds the course record at Wimbledon Park Junior parkrun, smashed his 5k PB with a remarkable 19:16 – not only was it his first run under 20 minutes here, it was the first time he’d gone under 22 minutes. Have you been holding back for the juniors, mate? Great work.

And it finally happened for young Isabelle Busa: a sub-22-minute time, with 21:56, an improvement of seven seconds – but seven seconds that smashed that psychological barrier. Sarah Goodwin is also edging towards that mark, her 22:14 a 19-second improvement. Well done both. Sorry I can’t mention everyone, but there were 69 PBs, which is fantastic.

This week there were 373 runners, of whom 46 were first timers. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 11,167 different runners, including participants from 476 athletics clubs, have completed 79,866 runs covering a total distance of 399,330 km, and there have been 14,816 new PBs.

The women's record is held by Justina Heslop, who ran in a time of 16:33 on 17 March 2012 (event number 271). The men's record is held by Chris Parr, who ran in a time of 15:04 on 23 April 2011 (event number 224).

The age grade course record is held by Jane Davies, who recorded 92.99% for the time of 21:24 on 29 January 2011 (event number 212).

The full results for last Saturday and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun weekly report: event number 404 September 27 2014

 

First timers at Wimbledon Common

 

Welcome to the 16 runners trying out Wimbledon Common for the first time and a double welcome to the 19 who were taking part in their first ever parkrun. With no more than a few small puddles to navigate, the course was in pretty good shape, as a 24% PB rate would seem to confirm. A quirk of parkrun is that they are all different, yet all the same. Is it, as Brooklands used to boast, ‘The Right Crowd and No Crowding’? (Brooklands opened in 1907 and was the first purpose-built motor-racing circuit in the world.)

Well we certainly had a good crowd this week, with some notably fine runs up and down the field. Well done regular best age-grade scorers Lucy Woolhouse and Sandy Pfeifer, and especially Lesley Bowcott, an inspirational lady who ran an excellent 27.16, scoring 81.66%.

For those at the sharp end with younger lungs and legs, the first three to greet Pete were impressively all under 17 minutes: Alexander Robinson (pictured) 16:22, Chris Whitcombe 16:23, Edward Catmur 16:40, and all achieving PBs. This doesn’t happen every Saturday. For good measure, fourth man Matt McDaniel came home in 17.01, also a PB.
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First lady home was Newbury AC’s impressive Charlotte Clover (pictured chasing Simon Woodley) in 20:03, followed by Lucy Woolhouse 20:15, and Bronwyn Mayo 20:25, a PB.
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T-shirts on the line

The following unclaimed T-shirts will be on the washing-line at the next event, so if you’d like to have your shirt presented, please bring it over to the bench. 10: Bailey O'Leary, Emma Clare O'Callaghan, Henry Pope, Neil Arora. 50: Christian Campain, Gavin Berry, Mark Delaney, Clive Scammell, Angharad Callaghan, Steve Tallis, Clive Davies, Jonathan Barnett. 100: Gerard Strahan. Be prepared to applaud JM11-14 runner Finn Snow who needs just one more run to claim his 50 shirt.

Summer sails 

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Most of us have passed the Windmill countless times, but have you looked inside? At the recent Open Weekend, while others were busy in the cafe putting the world to rights, I took a tour and can thoroughly recommend it. The Windmill is a fascinating part of Wimbledon’s history and the story of how it worked, and provided for local people, is well exhibited. When the Windmill ceased working in 1864, it became living accommodation for six families. A typical room has been recreated where you can listen to an interesting account of life in the Windmill at that time. Baden Powell wrote Scouting For Boys here, and for woggle enthusiasts there’s a display-case full of Scouting and Guiding memorabilia.

Footnote 

This report is coming to you from Sunny Spain where I spotted a familiar parkrunner sporting some snazzy new shoes.
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Facts and Figures 

Three top men Alexander Robinson (SM20-24) Hercules Wimbledon AC 16:22, Chris Whitcombe (SM30-34) 16.35, Edward Catmur (SM30-34) Thames Hare & Hounds 16:40

Three top women Charlotte Clover (JW15-17) Newbury AC 20:03, Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) 20:15, Bronwyn Mayo (SW30-34) Wimbledon Windmilers 20:25

Best Age-Grade scores

Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) 84.86%, Sandy Pfeifer (VM50-54) Wimbledon Windmilers 84.16%, Lesley Bowcott (VW70-74) Wimbledon Windmilers 81.66%

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition Charles Hampden-Smith 10,385, Nick McKay 9,782, Joe Busa 9,645

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition Lisa Margaret Thomas 10,166, Lucy Woolhouse 9,562, Briarna Clifford 8,674

This week there were 339 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 11,121 different runners, including participants from 475 athletics clubs, have completed 79,493 runs covering a total distance of 397,465 km, and there have been 14,747 new Personal Bests

The men's record is held by Chris Parr 15:04 (23.4.11) The women's record is held by Justina Heslop 16:33 (17.3.12)

The Age-Grade course record is held by Jane Davies 92.99% (29.1.11)

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

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