Wimbledon Common Parkrun Event Number 479 6 February 2016

NICOLA’S 350th

The big news this week, which may (!) not have been fully or adequately announced, was that Nicola El Kadiri ran her 350th run. It is quite a thought. Wimbledon parkrun has been going since January 2007, about 9 years. 350 runs represents more or less 7 years of runs, if you assume that you turn up every Saturday. To reach that in only 9 years is a remarkable effort of dedication and determination. To boot, Nicola is one of if not the most popular people at parkrun for obvious reasons – particularly sense of humour, willingness to laugh and determined optimism. The fact that she is the only person to have a course feature named in their honour reflects her status and the general affection in which she is held. A great achievement, Nicola, and well done and best wishes!

 

The course conditions were something of an improvement on the mud-fest of recent weeks, which was no doubt the cause of this cheerfulness :

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And plenty of mud, too, as Ben Toomer, first person home notices:

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But Ben, like Gina Galbraith here in an "off the ground" shot, still flew round: EVENT 479 CS(13)

Before the stats, thanks to this weeks volunteers, the lifeblood of parkun:

Carol McCormack  •  Caroline Rider-Dobson  •  Charles Lawrie, our great leader •  Christopher Cull  •  Clive Scamell aka David Bailey  •  Colette Doran •  Duncan Watkins  •  Gina “twinkle toes” Galbraith  •  Jamie Ash Vie  •  Jo Manley  •  Kylie Corso  •  Matthew Searle  •  Nick Fulford  •  Paul Willatts  •  Pete “Mr. Running” Mulholland   •  Philip Tosh  •  Samuel Reeves  •  Sandy Pfeiffer  •  Sophie McKay  •  Steven Cull.

They do seem to get younger ! Ben giving Sophie McKay some extra help:

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STATS:

Male placings: Benjamin Toomer (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 17:01 - 14th time in 16 appearances. Nic Gould (VM35-39) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was second over the line in 17:42 - has been first to finish on 15 previous occasions. Andy Weir (VM45-49) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was third over the line in 18:01 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1791 pts. Adam Harwood (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 1786 pts. Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 1701 pts.

Female placings: Gina Galbraith (VW35-39) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 20:16 - 9th time in 49 appearances. Julia Donovan (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (31st overall) over the line in 21:10 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions. Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third (35th overall) over the line in 21:15 - has been first to finish on 45 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Sarah Goodwin (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1753 pts. Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 1660 pts. Jessica Searle (Unattached) 1599 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Andy Weir (VM45-49) was graded 80.57% for the time 18:01 (third overall). Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) was graded 78.90% for the time 21:15 (35th overall). Richard Evans (VM50-54) was graded 78.52% for the time 19:24 (11th overall).

This week there were 334 runners, of whom 34 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 13,911 different runners, including participants from 602 athletics clubs, have completed 103,813 runs covering a total distance of 519,065 km, and there have been 17,960 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.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 479 6th February 2016

Male placings:
Benjamin TOOMER (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 17:01 - 14th time in 16 appearances.
Nic GOULD (VM35-39) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was second over the line in 17:42 - has been first to finish on 15 previous occasions.
Andy WEIR (VM45-49) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was third over the line in 18:01 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Nick MCKAY (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1791 pts.
Adam HARWOOD (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 1786 pts.
Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 1701 pts.

Female placings:
Gina GALBRAITH (VW35-39) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 20:16 - 9th time in 49 appearances.
Julia DONOVAN (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (31st overall) over the line in 21:10 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Lisa Margaret THOMAS (VW50-54) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third (35th overall) over the line in 21:15 - has been first to finish on 45 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sarah GOODWIN (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1753 pts.
Liz OSTROWSKI (Unattached) 1660 pts.
Jessica SEARLE (Unattached) 1599 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Andy WEIR (VM45-49) was graded 80.57% for the time 18:01 (third overall).
Lisa Margaret THOMAS (VW50-54) was graded 78.90% for the time 21:15 (35th overall).
Richard EVANS (VM50-54) was graded 78.52% for the time 19:24 (11th overall).

This week there were 334 runners, of whom 34 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 13,911 different runners, including participants from 602 athletics clubs, have completed 103,813 runs covering a total distance of 519,065 km, and there have been 17,960 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.

 

 1st Lady Home - Gina Galbraith of Hercules AC

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 2nd Lady Home - Julia Donovan of Wimbledon Windmilers

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1st Man Home - Benjamin Toomer of Hercules AC

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2nd Man Home - Nick Gould of Thames Hare & Hounds

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Wimbledon Common parkrun, event number 478, 30 January 2016

“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there
is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.”

(Carl Sandburg)

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I think we can safely say this was a better week for being a wallowing hippo than a soaring eagle. After Storm Gertrude had swept across the country (handing the baton to Storm Henry for this coming week), much of the course was boggy, soggy and squelchy, with some impressively deep puddles. But none of that deterred 313 runners, not to mention all the volunteers, from turning out.

 

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Rooting for Tooting

There weren't too many peacocks strutting around this week – see previous report – as there were no exciting VIP visits taking place (there is a certain luck of the draw when it comes to the parkrun report-writing rota). That was all taking place down the road where parkrun founder Paul Sinton Hewitt was back, this time at the inaugural Tooting Common parkrun, along with MP Sadiq Khan. It’s the first ever parkrun in Wandsworth, after campaigners eventually persuaded the council to scrap charges for the use of their parks, and is currently on a trial basis. It attracted 200 runners, which is a great start. Here’s hoping all goes well and that Wandsworth Council realise the immense benefits of parkrun.

 

Bubbly jubbly!

 

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Back at Wimbledon, Tessa Kelly (above) and Adam Fenton (below) were both celebrating their 200th runs this week, which meant they each got presented with a trophy and there was a good excuse to get the bubbly out (I can't actually remember a week recently when there hasn't been bubbly and/or cake, or do I just choose the best times to turn up?)

 

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Tough mudders and soaring eagles

 

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First over the line this week among the men was Nick McKay (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, in 18:21 – his fifth time in 313 appearances. Matt Gallagher (VM35-39) also a Windmiler, was second in 19:02 and has been first to finish on seven previous occasions. An unknown runner was third. Could this be the same unknown runner who was third earlier this month, or even the person who was first a couple of weeks ago? Are they incredibly modest or do they just forget their barcode, as I did this week? This week's top tip, given to me by Phil Tosh, keep one in your car.

Among the women, Julia Donovan (VW35-39) another Windmiler, was first (12th overall) over the line in 20:43 for the seventh time in 46 appearances. Valerie Parocki (JW11-14) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second (34th overall) over the line in 22:37. Sophie Russell (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) in 22:44 and was first to finish once before.

The best Age Grade scores were attained by James Wallace (VM55-59) who was graded 76.05% for the time 20:44 (13th overall). Andrew Lenon (VM55-59) was graded 73.91% for the time 21:20 (19th overall). Valerie Parocki (JW11-14, see above) was graded 73.54% .

This week there were 30 first-timers and 19 managed new PBs in spite of the conditions. Members of 16 different athletics clubs took part, including 34 from Wimbledon Windmilers and 17 from Hercules Wimbledon AC.

 

Thanks guys!

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Many thanks to all the volunteers (some of whom are shown above): Adam Harwood,  Alison Good, Andrew Burt , Andrew Fickling, Annette Barrett , Bob Walsh, Carol McCormack, Caroline Helder, Charles Hampden-Smith, Christopher Cull, Colin Harris, Gina Galbraith, Graham Trainor, Jo Manley, John Sabourin , Kylie Corso, Margaret Lord, Matthew Searle, Philip Bennett, Richard Evans, Sally Atherton , Sandy Pfeifer , Sophie McKay  and  Steven Cull.

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

 Ready to do it all again next week? 

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Caroline Helder 

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 477 23rd January 2016

 

 

I Want To Live Like Common People

 

There was an undeniable sense of excitement at the start of our run on Saturday morning and as I wondered around chatting I noticed more than the usual smattering of parkrun t-shirts. Indeed, the regulars were sporting their red 50’s, their black 100’s, a few black and gold 250’s (doff cap here please - this is a vintage classic) and of course the all important purple volunteer shirt.  The reason behind all this wonderful peacock strutting was because we were expecting a visit from Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of our beloved parkrun. Paul obviously got the dress code email too because as he took to the bench to address the crowd he was proudly sporting his rather natty green 250 shirt!

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I listened as Paul introduced the new parkrun partner, Intersport and I was interested to hear about the ways in which he felt they were a natural match for us. He used the term “Grassroots Level” as he described how Intersport often support small events at their beginnings.

It got me thinking about this expression “Grassroots Level” and of how it is inherently linked with Paul’s parkrun concept in so many ways. I googled the phrase and one definition is “having to do with something that originates from the common people” – how apt for our Wimbledon event.

As yet, who can say what effect parkrun will have on untapping the potential of future middle distance running champions? When I see the enthusiasm and joy of some of our younger runners out on the course every weekend, I cannot help but feel that a valid contribution is being made here to the welfare of our sport.  On a different grassroots level, just knowing that some “common” people come together every Saturday morning in so many different parts of the world to share a “common” goal of completing a 5k run must surely make this awesome notion anything but common, it is exceptional and remarkable and long may it roll!

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Our volunteer team on Saturday included the above from left to right Philip Bennett, Danuta K Grabda, Mohd Kharbat, Sophie Toomey, Howard Hopkins, Alison Good and Gordon Lilly.

 

I Want To Do Whatever Common People Do

 

 

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Welcome Back Helen, You Were Missed 

 

Fanfare for the less common man

Amongst the 57 first timers was Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, up from Sevenoaks. He has run a total of 210 parkruns, mainly in Kent.  On Saturday he broke the Wimbledon Common record for men aged between 80 and 84 in an impressive time of 33.17.

Well done to "Nick the Chip" for turning up - she is now on an impressive 348!

Male placings: Graham Russ was first over the line in 17:35 - second time in 3 appearances, Joe Toomey of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second in 18:02 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions and in third place was another Hercules runner, Adam Harwood in a time of 18:06 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: At this early stage, Nick McKay leads the way on 1194 points, in second place is Adam Harwood with 1190 points, with Charles Hampden-Smith (our volunteer guru) in third position with 1163 points.

Female placings: Gina Galbraith of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (25th overall) over the line in 20:36 - 8th time in 48 appearances, Julia Donovan of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (29th overall) in 21:08 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions and Marta Sawicka of Imperial College Cross Country & AC, was third (41st overall) in 21:47.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Amelia Ashton-Jones is the early leader with 1189 points, in second place is one of our reporters, Sarah Goodwin on 1175 points and in third place is last years winner Danuta K Grabda 1130 points.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: James Wallace (VM55-59) was graded 77.48% for the time 20:21 (22nd overall). Carol Patterson (VW50-54) was graded 77.06% for the time 22:18 (49th overall). Ian Higgins (VM50-54) was graded 74.65% for the time 20:15 (21st overall).

This week there were 394 runners, of whom 57 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 13,847 different runners, including participants from 601 athletics clubs, have completed 103,166 runs covering a total distance of 515,830 km, and there have been 17,892 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.

 

Annie Tosh

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event #476 – 16th January 2016

What goes on behind the scenes...

For those of you present at last week's run you will have heard Charles Lawrie, our Leader and Director, encouraging people to read the weekly report and saying how amusing, witty, stimulating, informative ...( I could go on but space prohibits) the reports are. No, he didn't say all that!! I would just like to mention some of the work that goes on behind the scenes. Nearly a year ago the reporter team was increased to 10 people which was great as it meant that there was more variety in the reports in terms of style and content and it was less onerous for the individual reporters as they now only have to report one week in ten. We reporters are extremely well managed by Philip Tosh, Editor-in-Chief, who arranges the rota. Towards the end of last year Peter Brunnen retired as Photographer-in-Chief. He had done the job for 7 years, in fact since Wimbledon parkrun started. Now Karen Walsh has taken over and is looking to bring in more photographers. She is also organising things differently, whereby there will be fewer photos but hopefully the lesser amount will better reflect the spirit of parkrun.

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Dog takes parkrunner in tow to find a home.

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Dog on a mission - I hope he has his barcode

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This is before the run - all smiles.....

Now for some news:

Next Saturday will be quite important as Wimbledon parkrun will receive a visit from the senior management of parkrun including Paul Sinton-Hewitt who is the parkrun founder and Nick Pearson, the parkrun CEO. They are part of a team coming to present the new Intersport store in Wimbledon which opens this Friday. Yes, parkrunners will be able to receive a 20% discount!!

We had a little piece of history on Saturday. Patrick MacDougall ran his 100th parkrun. I think it was his 58th at Wimbledon but it has taken him more than 8 years to do it! His very first parkrun was at Wimbledon on 26/07/07 when there were just 81 runners. You may well be thinking, “Why did it take him so long?” I could say that he is not very fast… but that would be unkind and untrue as he had an age grading last Saturday of 75.87%, second in the Age Grade scores - in fact not shabby at all.
In honour of Patrick’s achievement and the great Bard’s death 400 years ago this year it seems appropriate to include a little poem written by that other great Bard who dates back even further, Anonymous.

Its cold
Its wet
There is no sun
Do I still need to do that run

But its Saturday
I am near my half ton
A real achievement
At Parkrun

Friends are there
Full of cheer
I really need
To volunteer

A bit of mud
May slow me down
My socks will end up
Rather brown

I go out fast
There will be no rest
Sights are set
On a Personal Best

End in sight
The crowds cheer
My fastest time
So far this year

Goal achieved
Completed 5k
Clouds part
For the sun's first ray.

Wimbledon parkrun is not without its cultural element as well.

A comment heard at last Saturday’s parkrun:

Excuse for not turning up at parkrun, even though his partner did. “I can’t unlock the car because of the frost.”
There is a sequel to this. He did turn up at parkrun and so we have to say, “Congratulations for triumphing over adversity!”

There were 349 runners this week compared to last week’s 468. This could be down to the cold – it was -1’C – or to the fact that the New Year’s resolutions of losing weight, running faster, doing more parkruns, taking the dog for more exercise, had begun to lose their appeal. Bravo to all those who made parkrun part of their Saturday routine.

Now to the results:

Male placings:

An unknown runner was first. Shame that we do not know his name. We could have given him the recognition he deserves.
Nick McKay (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second over the line in 18:15. He has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Adam Harwood (SM30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third over the line in 18:23. He was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Pete Mulholland (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 900 pts.
Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 900 pts.
John Philip Carter (Wimbledon Windmilers) 900 pts.
I should mention that all these gentlemen have volunteered this year, for which they gained the points. It’s worth volunteering!!

Female placings:

Talita Zavrsnik De Campos (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (50th overall) over the line in 22:28 - first time in 9 appearances.
Zoe Baker (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (57th overall) over the line in 22:45.
Amelia Ashton-Jones (VW40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third (58th overall) over the line in 22:55.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sophie McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 900 pts.
Amelia Ashton-Jones (Wimbledon Windmilers) 892 pts.
Sarah Goodwin (Wimbledon Windmilers) 883 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores
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Peter Justin Collins (VM45-49) was graded 76.19% for the time 18:37 (4th overall).
Patrick McDougall (VM45-49) was graded 75.87% for the time 19:08 (6th overall).
Ian Higgins (VM50-54) was graded 74.77% for the time 20:13 (16th overall).

This week there were 349 runners, of whom 48 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 13,790 different runners, including participants from 596 athletics clubs, have completed 102,772 runs covering a total distance of 513,860 km, and there have been 17,859 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.

Robert Fortes.

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