Wimbledon Common parkrun – event number 570, 21st October 2017

An anonymous weather system

Whereas parkrun had previously done a good job of dodging both the rash of named storms, and the tail-end effects of pleasant sounding named ex-storms, we found ourselves in something resembling an anonymous tempest on Saturday morning. As the weather had been deceptively fair at 8 o’clock, 384 people had been conned into turning up for a double spin around the common, fifty-one of them picking a very wet day for their first runs.

Matthew Salisbury, race director for the day, broke all records for snappy briefings, speaking to the shivering huddle under the tree from a rain-lashed bench. He didn’t pause to establish the origin of the most remote tourists (let’s assume someone was there from Australia, there usually is!), but did congratulate an array of milestone baggers before imparting the most essential rules, cheering the bedraggled volunteers, and suggesting we all got on with it. A motion that was very enthusiastically received!

Billable hour

One group of runners not put off by the conditions was the barristers and solicitors running at the Wimbledon Common parkrun as part of their Billable Hour movement. Originally created in 2015 to raise money to support Save the Children’s amazing work helping child refugees by given up the proceeds of an hour’s billable time, the campaign has extended into many other events, including raising money running. After spending nearly a year failing to find a wedding free weekend for an Inn-to-Inn event, Wimbledon Common parkrun was delighted to host the team whose wigs, briefcases, fabulous cause and infectious spirit brightened up the rainy day.

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Billable heroes

Full details of this brilliant campaign, and a link to support the team, are available of the Billable Hour website.

Milestones

Catherine Lambert, Connie Baxter, and Janice Rockwell all laid claim to their fifty run T-shirts, and Oliver Haines-Francis ran his one-hundredth parkrun, but first at Wimbledon Common, with us. In a league of his own this week, at an amazing three-hundred runs was Mark Robson. Congratulations to all, and come back soon Oliver!

Results corner

Despite boldly asserting en route to the start that there was no way a PB was on (true), and complaining on the the line itself that he was all fogged up and couldn’t see, Benjamin Toomer (SM25-29, Hercules Wimbledon AC) was first over the line again at 17:33, an incredible 34th win from 37 appearances. Neil Henderson (VM40-44, Epsom & Ewell Harriers) kept Ben honest for most of the course, ultimately finishing a little back in second at 17:57, hotly pursued by Nick McKay (VM35-39, Wimbledon Windmilers) at 18:00, himself a winner on nine previous occasions.

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Treacherous conditions at the front

For the women, Katie Lysons (SW25-29, Clapham Chasers RC), was first (21st overall) over the line in 19:41. This was the first time she broke the tape on our Common after nine appearances, and also represented a new Personal Best on her 98th parkrun. Congratulations! Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) was next (53rd overall) at 21:51, a previous winner at Wimbledon on 36 previous occasions, and Jessica Rice (SW25-29, Clapham Chasers RC), was third (63rd overall) at 22:27.

Lucy Woolhouse’s second place was the best age graded time at an impressive 82.84%. Volker Vogler (VM50-54) came second in the age contest with 78.59% for his 10th place time of 18:55, and Geraldine Hellings (VW55-59) was third at 76.64%.

Full congratulations to the thirty-six utterly focussed souls who managed to record Personal Bests in the trickiest of conditions, and double congratulations once again to female winner Katie Lysons, on her 98th run. Goodness knows what would have been possible if we had been running the non-hornet route on a balmy autumnal morning!

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

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The driest person on the course!

Making it happen

You were able to run at event 570 thanks to Pete Mulholland, Alastair Brown, David Ford, Matthew Salisbury, Sarah Goodwin, Briarna Clifford, Manuel Lovell, Emily Foy, Joe Busa, Katie Driver, Sandy Pfeifer, Louise Robinson, Robbie Wynne, Judith Prentis, Liz Ostrowski, India Trainor, Katherine Jones, Pam Todd, Lucy De Villiers, Otto Levi, and Gustavo Cray. Wimbledon Common parkrun depends upon our volunteers, and there are a number of gaps in the future roster. Please consider helping by visiting the volunteer pages and finding out how you can help make the next event happen.

History...

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 18,225 participants have completed 139,885 parkruns covering a total distance of 699,425 km, including 22,963 new Personal Bests. The male record is held by Chris Parr who recorded a time of 15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (event number 224), and the female record is held by Justina Heslop who recorded a time of 16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271). The Age Grade course record is held by Jane Davies who recorded 92.99% (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212).

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Bewigged chasers

Words Alastair Brown, pictures Louise Robinson

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun. Event number 569. 14th October 2017

Photos Will Be Added  ...  once the Flickr Security Checks are Passed !

 

Hornets Again

Near perfect conditions again for our eighth time on the alternate Hornets  Course, seventh time on this route. There were 415 runners, walkers and joggers participating, 43 first timers and 47 PB’s on a lovely dry course with its slight undulations, narrow parts and cambered slopes. It’s a very interesting route, which I personally enjoy a lot, but I’m now starting to feel a little course-sick for our regular route!

 

Unlapped

I’m sure some of you are enjoying the fact that the alternate course allows us to get around without being lapped. I know the first lap isn’t half the distance, but it is still a wonderful feeling to hit the corner going down towards Parkside without the front runners having overtaken you. It’s one of those little personal goals that we all aspire too when running for ourselves.

 

Milestones

Congratulations to Saskia Robbins (10th run), Teresa McCarthy, Ming Fong, Famida Aziz, Ben Dulieu, Mike Britton, and Alistair Campbell who all completed run 50.  This week’s big milestone was 200 achieved by Hugh Lenon.

Famida was at my second Parkrun in January 2016 and I remember the support she gave me as a newbie still wondering if I could even walk 5K. I was inspired from that first meeting, with her consistant fast walking which really gets through those kilometres.

So please remember that walking, jogging and running are permitted. Why not encourage some friends and family to take part with a lovely brisk or slow walk on a Saturday morning.  Parkrun is for all!

 

Volunteers

As a member of the Parkrun roster I’m very aware that we really do need more volunteers to help us keep putting on these events. If you haven’t volunteered for a while or never, then please consider doing so. The jobs are varied with a number of jobs allowing you to run too!

Thanks this week to our volunteers …

Simon CHEETHAM, Briarna CLIFFORD, Lynn COX, Gustavo CRAY, Christopher CULL, Richard EVANS, Adam FENTON, Tristan GESSELL, Daniel HOGGARTH, Jayne HURRELL, Otto LEVI, Margaret LORD, Jo MANLEY, Sophie MCKAY, Pete MULHOLLAND, Sandy PFEIFER, Chiara SAMELE, John SASPORTAS, Sophie TOOMEY, Graham TRAINOR, Norman URQUIA, Orianna VOTTRE, Stephen WILLERTON

 

Results

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

Male placings:
Dan ABBOTT (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:42 - first time in 3 appearances.
Sam BELL (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:49.
Nick MCKAY (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third over the line in 17:55 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Alex BINLEY (SW25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (5th overall) over the line in 19:39 - 13th time in 16 appearances.
Laura YORK (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (21st overall) over the line in 20:37 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Emilie BOKOR-INGRAM (VW35-39) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third (41st overall) over the line in 21:37 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Geraldine HELLINGS (VW55-59) – 77.57% for the time 23:20 (75th overall).
Andrew LENON (VM60-64) – 76.78% for the time 20:53 (24th overall).
Christopher CULL (JM10) – 75.69% for the time 21:36 (40th overall).

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (event number 224).
The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271).
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 18,174 participants have completed 139,501 parkruns covering a total distance of 697,505 km, including 22,927 new Personal Bests.

 

Writer:  Lynn Cox

 

 

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun. Event number 568. 7th October 2017

13th Anniversary - Lucky for Parkrun.

 

Sandy Pfeifer opened the proceedings in his usual brisk manner - it was not warm enough to hang around and enjoy the non-existent sunshine.  Today was the 13th anniversary of the very first parkrun in Bushy Park.  It has been a huge success both in the UK and internationally (15 countries). There have been 2.5 million participants. As Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder, says, it is "the friendships, the life-changing stories and the positivity that ...are the true measure of our success". Few running today would dispute that.

Although it was an important day in the annals of Parkrun, there was a run to do.

We were once again on the "long" course (that's what it feels like in parts with the nagging little incline towards the end). The hornets, who are responsible for this change of course, must be having a wicked chuckle.

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As far as we know he untangled himself and was able to run....

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You can also run parkrun.....

We have to congratulate Jo Manley and Graham Trainor on reaching the 100 run milestone. Jo and Graham gave us an interesting insight into their dietary routine. None of this new-fangled high protein, low fat, seed based regime for them...

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I would also draw your attention to the fashion statment made by Jo and Graham as they are both sporting the latest orange parkrun apparel, Jo with the tee shirt version and Graham with the vest. It is so #parkrun13.

Congratulations are also due to the following who completed their 50th run: Nicola Hedges, Sean Jones, Jane Graham and Chris Ford. Congratulations also to Mark Delaney who completed his 150th run.

Now for the numbers:

Male placings:
Thomas GREENWOOD (SM30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was first over the line in 17:20 - second time in 18 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
Adam HARWOOD (SM30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third to finish in 17:53 - he has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.


Female placings:

Amy ARONSON (SW30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:43 - 4th time in 7 appearances.
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (28th overall) in 20:46 - has been first to finish on 36 previous occasions. See below what a great performance this was as Lucy was top of the age grades.
Francesca LUCAS (SW30-34) (Unattached) finished third (37th overall) in 21:15.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) – 86.04% for the time 20:46 (28th overall).
Christopher CULL (JM10) – 75.99% for the time 21:31 (41st overall).
Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH (VM55-59) – 75.61% for the time 20:30 (22nd overall).

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

This week 416 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Pete MULHOLLAND • Colin HARRIS • Nicola EL KADIRI • Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS • David HALL • Jenny BROOKES • Sophie TOOMEY • Briarna CLIFFORD • Jonathan MCALLEN • Alexander HALL • Robert FORTES • Gary FORDE • Christopher CULL • Bob WALSH • Sandy PFEIFER • Andrew LENON • Laura BLAZEY • Dominic OSTROWSKI • Connie BAXTER • India TRAINOR • Niamh THOMPSON • Tristan GESSELL • Frances BAXTER • Darren FRANCIS • Gustavo CRAY

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 18,131 participants have completed 139,086 parkruns covering a total distance of 695,430 km, including 22,880 new Personal Bests.

Reporter: Robert Fortes
Photographer: Bob Walsh.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun, event number 567, 30 September 2017

Buzzing with energy

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‘Did you say there were hornets on the loose?‘ 

 

You may not know there’s a Japanese sports drink made of hornet spit, a substance which helps them to fly up to 60 miles per day at speeds of up to 25mph. If only we could derive such magical benefits from the hornets who are still nesting on our parkrun course. As it is, the only noticeable impact this week was that we were still using the alternative ‘B’ route. For me, it was the first time I’d run that course, so it made a pleasant change, apart from the fact that the event began while many of us were still walking to the start. I’m told this is because it’s difficult to see when everyone is there. But at least arriving late meant we avoided the inevitable bottleneck.

 

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On course

 

History lesson

As we ran along at an easy pace (remember this is not a race – necessarily!) John Sabourin gave me a bit of a tour and pointed out the monument to the Tangier Regiment, set up to in 1961 to commemorate their first parade 300 years before on 14 October 1661.

If you’re wondering how a regiment could have paraded on that hilly, muddy part of the common, that’s because before the 1970s the area was flat and open and comparatively treeless. The mounds now surrounding the site were formed from the spoil excavated when the new route of the A3, with the roundabout and underpass at the top of Putney Hill was constructed.

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Norman conquest

 

I kid you not

The Tangier Regiment would probably have found it equally odd to see 430 people running and jogging past that spot. This week 51 runners were first timers and 38 recorded new personal bests. Members of 32 different clubs took part, including the intriguingly named Lonely Goat Running Club, plus Dundee Road Runners, Blyth RC, Vegan Runners and Runnyhoneys Running Club.

Muddy milestones

Yuki Nowak (JM 15-17) joined the 10 club this week. Matt and Hannah Chilton, and Chelsea Freckleton can all look forward to receiving a red T-shirt after doing their 50th runs (I received mine yesterday, yay!). Chelsea also got a new PB, although maybe she should be in a blue shirt... Congratulations to Orianna Vottre on her 100th run.

 

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Orianna heads for run number 100, hotly pursued by Annie Tosh

 

A good week for the Windmilers

Matt Gallagher (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first over the line in 17:54 – his 11th time in 129 appearances. Dan Abbott (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:04. Keith Macintosh (VM40-44) also of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third over the line in 18:08 – Keith has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.

Sophie McKay (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first woman (46th overall) over the line in 22:08 – her 8th time in 299 appearances. Just one second behind her, Julia Donovan (VW35-39) also of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (47th overall) over the line in 22:09 and has been first to finish on 17 previous occasions. Jessica Rachael Rice (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers RC, was third (50th overall) over the line in 22:17.

 

 

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First lady Sophie leads second lady Julia (in the white cap)

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Volker Vogler (VM50-54) – 81.02% for the time 18:21.
Keith Macintosh (VM40-44) – 77.02% for the time 18:08.
Will Cockerell (VM40-44) – 76.81% for the time 18.

Don’t forget, the event was made possible by 24 volunteers including:

Pete MULHOLLAND • Charles LAWRIE • Richard EVANS • Nicola EL KADIRI • Katherine LAIDLER • Annette BARRETT • Briarna CLIFFORD • Caroline HIGHET • Emily FOY • Joe BUSA • Gary FORDE • Graham WHITE • Christopher CULL • Nicola BATTEY • Matthew SEARLE • Niamh THOMPSON • Pam TODD • Nina VAN GESSEL • Douglas GESSELL • Tristan GESSELL • Otto LEVI • Gustavo CRAY

 

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Please volunteer if you can

 

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

PS If you have entered the ballot for the London Marathon, good luck!

Words Caroline Helder, photos Guy Gibbons 

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(And of course a dog)
 

Wimbledon Common Event 566, 23rd Sept 2017

Wimbledon Common Event 566, 23rd Sept 2017
Title 23 Sept 2017

Hello Paul Rogan! Most of you might not know who Paul is. He was a first-timer at a calm and grey Wimbledon Common Park Run this weekend, some 600 miles away from his usual Parkrun in Elgin. But the Forres Harrier fair skipped round the “B” course (yes, the hornets are still nesting) and gained the rare distinction of being first over the line in his first ever Wimbledon Common parkrun. Well done you!

E’s sent north news of this feat, we hope, as we love to see tourists – whether they’re from as close as Croydon or as far as Huddersfield (the two picked out for attention on Saturday). Rest, son, then after your fast time, and consider that you were a full two minutes faster than the tenth senor’s time of 19:30.

(OK, enough “hornets’ nest” anagrams, Ed…) IMG_7922

We did have other visitors on Saturday. Camped out on the “B” course-only field was the check in for the Suunto Run Wimbledon, offering Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half and 10km events all in one package. Perhaps next year they’ll allow Parkrunners to count their 5k against the start of one of the other races…

Also taking place this weekend was the Berlin marathon. At least one of our number, Scott McKenzie, was sheepishly getting in a Parkrun to make up for the fact that his marathon training hadn’t gone quite as well as he would have liked to hit the start line in the German capital. Scott finished in 20:30 – pretty good, although Eliud Kipchoge did the first 5k of the marathon in 14:28. Which kind of makes you think.

As usual, there was the plea to avoid parking elsewhere on the Common (in a naughty attempt to sidestep the packed-out car park at the Windmill).

A reminder: you can use the parking bays that run down the Causeway – they’re free at the weekend and it’s a lovely 1km jog through the woods to reach the Windmill – a perfect warm-up (and warm down) for a Saturday 5k. Otherwise, biking is getting really popular and for many, the stroll to the start is a great way to fill your rings. (That’s not rude at all if you own an Apple Watch…)

Oh, and VOLUNTEER, PEOPLE! Parkrun is brilliant, but only works because everyone pitches in from time to time. It’s easy to join the volunteer roster and even stepping up three or four times a year makes all the difference.

 

On the subject of which…

Charles Lawrie, our event director, has announced that the time has come for him to step aside and give someone else the opportunity of taking on the role. “It may even be that the role could be shared between two people,” he writes. “There are two quite distinct parts to the role which means, I think, that it could reasonably be shared.”

If you or someone you know is passionate about Parkrun, now’s the time to consider this brilliant opportunity. Seriously: this is the kind of role that brightens the lives (and health) of hundreds of people and enriches the community – it’s a chance to make a real difference. If you’re interested, contact Charles via email or another of the regular organisers to find out more.

There will certainly be more fulsome, and better informed, praise for Charles’s contribution over the years in the weeks to come, when the handover eventually takes place. But your correspondent, for one, is happy to put on record a huge thank-you for ensuring that Wimbledon Common Parkrun has continued to grow develop under Charles’s care. (It’s also an excuse to repost a pic of him besting me in a sprint finish…)
Parkrun finish animation

 

Onto the results

This week 439 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

As notes, Paul Rogan finished in 17:29 to be the first runner home. Nick McKay and Robert Peacock were men two and three. First woman over the line was Alex Binley in 19:36. Laura York recorded 20:59 and Ina Schauermann (21:07) followed her in the female placings. Once again, Lucy Woolhouse topped the age grades with 84.14% - narrowly beating out Paul Rogan who was a smidge over 83%.

This weekend’s event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Pete MULHOLLAND • Charles LAWRIE • Nicola EL KADIRI • David FORD • Simon BODLE • Tessa KELLY • Joe BUSA • Peter METCALF • Kylie CORSO • Stephen JOHNSON • Graham WHITE • Richard YOUNG • Christopher CULL • Louise ROBINSON • Trevor INGRAM • Graham TRAINOR • Jo MANLEY • Michael VLACHOS • Nick HUDSON • Niamh THOMPSON • Joanne COY • David HOPWOOD • Otto LEVI • Paul FONTES • Gustavo CRAY • Robyn GALLOWAY

 

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

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