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.
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.
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.