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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)