Wimbledon Common Parkrun 597, 14th April 2018

Here comes the sun!

This Saturday we enjoyed a Parkrun course lit by the sun, which has finally graced us with its presence after weeks of mud, rain and even snow. The course was still a little slippery, but hopefully the gorgeous weather predicted for this week will rid us of the last throes of wintery Parkruns.

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London 10 Mile 2018 –

This Saturday morning we heard all about this year’s upcoming London 10 Mile, held in Richmond Park, and in 2018 it has some very close links with Parkrun! The run is being opened this year by Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of Parkrun, and a percentage of the profits made by the event will be donated to Parkrun. So if you think you want to push yourself further than our Saturday morning 5k, this is definitely one to check out!

Milestones –

There weren’t a huge number of milestones today, but Charlie Snow and Martin Stacey made up for that, both of them running their 250th Parkrun – that’s almost ten years of Parkruns between them!

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Male stats –

Sam Barker of Hercules Wimbledon AC was first over the line at 18:26, with Nick Mckay of the Wimbledon Windmilers not far behind him at 18:40. Hector Revill of Hercules Wimbledon AC was third to finish at 18:43 – a new PB for him!

Female stats –

The first female to finish was Julia Donovan of the Wimbledon Windmilers at 21:21 (23rd overall), and Fenella Ross, a Parkrun first timer, was second, finishing in 21:51 (30th overall)! Niamh Thompson of Surbiton High School was the third female to cross the line at 22:24 (46th overall)– this Saturday was a great day for the teenagers of Parkrun, with Sam, Hector and Niamh all in the under 18 age categories!

Age grade scores –

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Dieter Schlegel (VM60-64) was graded 77.92% for the time 21:08 (20th overall).
Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) was graded 7661% for the time 22:44 (53rd overall).
Hector Revill (JM11-14) was graded 75.78% for the time 18:43 (3rd overall).

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

Finally, Parkrun would not be possible without the brilliant volunteers who put in so much hard work to make each Saturday enjoyable and smooth! Thank you to this week’s volunteers: Matthew Ash Vie, Nicola Battey, Tom Benwell, Karen Cadman, Simon Cheetham, Briarna Clifford, Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins, Peter J Collins, Kylie Corso, Christopher Cull, Steven Cull, Pierre Devitt, Katie Driver, Christina Haemmerli Schlegel, Charles Hampden-Smith, Colin Harris, Adam Harwood, Rosemary Hyde, Peter Langley, James May, Sarah Frances O'grady, Jina Park, Clive Scammell, Rebecca Searle.

Photographer: Clive Scammell

Writer: Rebecca Searle

 

Dress colourfully for our 600th run on 5 May

Remember the date: 5 May 2018 and Wimbledon Common's 600th edition. It's a fairly arbitrary number - we'll celebrate our 1,000th in a bigger way - but it's a nice big number, so... we would like you all to come dressed up as colourfully as you can. Dig out your most gaudy running top, wear make-up, put on a wig, do what you will. Let's make a big spectacle on the common on 5 May.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun – event 596, 7th April 2018

Where did all the mud go?

What a difference a week makes! After the appalling and treacherous conditions of the previous week, a few dry days, and the all important wind, had removed much (not all) of the standing water, allowing forty-six of the 386 strong field to power their way to personal bests.

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only isolated patches of standing water...

We also welcomed thirty-seven first timers; although the tourists were rather more local than usual with only Basingstoke trumping Kingston upon Thames.

Run Director Jaspal Dhalley was efficiently brisk, with the usual guidance on short leads for dogs, responsible adults for the under-twelves, respect for the other Common users and a brief classified announcement for the Caterham (not Canterbury) half-marathon and 10k.

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Go and RUN!

Milestones

A lean smattering of milestones this week with a slightly desperate Jaspal looking for volunteers to own up. David Watkins did, briefly claiming a t-shirt earning 250, before having a moment of panic that maybe this wasn’t his week. He should not have worried, it was! Other milestones were clocked up by Ali Mafi at 50, Peter Georgoiades with 300, and Keith Walker returning to Wimbledon Common from Banstead and Nonsuch to record his impressive 350th parkrun. Congratulations to all.

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Bet I can shake off this responsible adult!

On the subject of milestones and t-shirts, parkrun HQ are working through the backlog having in-sourced the distribution. Full details here and, if you are due a milestone reward, keep an eye on your e-mail, or log into your account and click “club progress”.

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jump start?

Results roundup

Ben Toomer (Hercules Wimbledon AC, SM25-29) was the first runner to disturb the finishing line flour with a time of 16:28, on his first appearance at Wimbledon Common this year. Elliot Palmer (Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, SM25-29) set a new PB of 16:42 to come second, and Martin Dickson (Wimbledon Windmilers, SM25-29) completed the podium with 17:48.

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Less muddy, yes. But sunglasses?!

Gina Galbraith (VW40-44) made it a double first for Hercules Wimbledon as the first woman with a time of 20:24. Julia Donovan (Wimbledon Windmilers, VW35-39) was second at 21:00 dead and the podium was completed by Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) at 21:28.

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Having a laugh...

Lucy's run put her top of the age graded scores with a stunning for any conditions mark of 84.32%. Also breaking the magic 80% was Dieter Schlegel (Wimbledon Windmilers, VM60-64) with 81.18%, and third place on an age basis was Volker Vogler (Wimbledon Windmilers, VM50-54) with 79.71%.

Full results can be found in the usual place right here.

Making it happen

You were able to run at event 596 thanks to Alastair Brown, Sarah Frances O’Grady, James May, Peter AF Collins, John Sabourin, Joe Busa, Jaspal Dhalley, Christine McNeill, Kylie Corso, Graham White, Christopher Cull, Bob Walsh, Connie Baxter, Graham Trainor, Matthew Ash Vie, Jo Manley, Terrie Anne Cowley, Ella Heger, Frances Baxter, Pierre Devitt, and Jina Park. Wimbledon Common parkrun depends upon our volunteers, and whilst the impending London Marathon means the next couple of events are almost fully covered, there is a sea of space in the future roster post 22nd April! There is a task for everyone (even a few where a swifter runner could still run), so please visit the volunteer pages, choose a role and help make a future event happen.

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F--I--V--E t-o-k-e-n sorters!

History...

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 19,382 participants have completed 149,761 parkruns covering a total distance of 748,805 km, including 23,853 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).

Words Alastair Brown, pictures Bob Walsh

 

Were you at the first Wimbledon Common parkrun?

Back on 6 January 2007, 51 people completed the first-ever Wimbledon Common parkrun. Were you one of the class of 2007? If so, we would welcome your presence at our 600th event, due to take place on 5 May. You don't even have to run. We know that some of the originals still take part regularly, some occasionally. Others have long gone and three have never again completed a parkrun. All will be welcome, however on 5 May. If you know any of the originals, please let them know of our milestone event, or at least get in touch with us at wimbledonoffice@parkrun.com.

 

Wimbledon Common Parkrun 595, 31st March 2018

Mud, Glorious Mud

These last few weeks have seen a good deal of uncommon weather, what with the multiple bouts of snow leading to some very wintry parkruns. This week, we had something that Britons are much more familiar with: rain. As Saturday approached, it crossed my mind that the rain would inevitably make the weekend’s parkrun very muddy.

Evidently others had a similar thought process – despite managing to draw in 295 runners the first time the Beast from the East struck, this week we were down to 272. However, I think that’s still an impressive number of people prepared to run 5k through the mud.

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Despite the challenges that climate issues add to a run (the body of water in the above photo could definitely pass for a lake, rather than simply being a very large puddle), it’s also good to consider the positives. The more challenges a run poses, the more rewarding it is at the end, so I’ve found – having frequented parkrun for the past 4 years, my family agreed that this was the muddiest we’d ever seen it, which only adds to the sense of achievement at wading through. I’m sure it also adds an extra layer of fun for anyone young enough/sufficiently in touch with their inner child to jump right in.

On the whole, although admittedly I am still looking forward to the summer months and the prospect of a dry course, it is nice to appreciate what mud can add to the parkrun experience (other than the task of washing your trainers – thanks Mum – as well as your running kit).

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His trainers will definitely be in need of a thorough wash

This week 272 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

First over the line was Elliot Palmer of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, with a time of 18:18. He was followed by Nick McKay, of the Wimbledon Windmilers, who finished in 18:36. Third to finish was Adam Harwood of Hercules Wimbledon AC, finishing in a time of 18:46.

With regards to the female placings, Lucy Woolhouse finished first, placing 25th overall, with a time of 21:53. Sophie McKay, of the Wimbledon Windmilers, was the second woman to finish at 23:35, placing 45th overall. The third female finisher was Lulu Weisz of Hercules Wimbledon AC, placing 50th overall, with a time of 23:40.

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Congratulations to Richard Brasil Crewe for completing his 10th parkrun and to Peter Marquand for his 100th.

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

And finally, a big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Colin Harris, Simon Cheetham, Sarah Frances O’Grady, Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins, Sue Rothwell, Matthew Salisbury, Sarah Robbins, Volker Vogler, Peter Metcalf, Simon Adams, Kylie Corso, Sandy Pfeifer, Louise Robinson, Nick George, Nicola Battey, Ben Revill, Jessica Searle, Matthew Ash Vie, Jo Manley, Nick Hudson, Ella Heger, Steven Rudland, and Pierre Devitt. IMG_9526 Writer: Jessica Searle

Photographer: Louise Robinson

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