Nifty at 450!
I can’t imagine running 450 parkruns. At my current rate of participation, I calculate it would take me another 50 years. Which is all the more reason to congratulate Colin Harris who achieved such an impressive milestone this week. If you don’t know Colin (above), when not running parkrun or pruning the course, he’s also an active member of Wimbledon Windmilers running club and has been spotted at a certain local pub indulging in a sneaky bit of karaoke. Unlike some of us, where he definitely won't be found is lying in bed at 9am on a Saturday morning.
Here comes the rain again...
The course was unusually mud-free this week, hurrah, so conditions were good. As we ran, it started showering lightly, but the rain really came down at around 9.45am. Incidentally, there was also rain at the men’s marathon in Rio. Did you know the 5k between 25k and 30k was run by the lead pack in 15:01? This is faster than our course record at Wimbledon! Galen Rupp, who mysteriously appears in the Wimbledon and Richmond parkrun results from time to time, took the bronze medal. He got several new hats during the race, each one with a little ice pack in it to help him stay cool. There's a top tip for you.
Charles Lawrie does his bit for Team GB
Well done to Hannah Chilton (JW10) and Matilda Russell (JW11-14) who both completed their 10th run. Peter Metcalf must have decided to leave his 150th run for another week, as he was nowhere to be seen, while David Ford is just 5k away from his 100th.
This week there were 336 runners, of whom 45 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part. We welcomed visitors from Scotland, Australia and South Africa among others.
Tunes help you breathe more easily
In this week’s placings, Jonny Earl (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:01, his 6th time in 21 appearances. Nick Marriage (SM30-34) of Wooters Runners, was second over the line in 17:11. James Winch (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:36 and was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 8926 pts. Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 8479 pts. Hugh Woolhouse (Unattached) 7786 pts.
In the female placings, Laura Blazey (SW30-34) of Ranelagh Harriers, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:10 - second time in 4 appearances. Karen Fenner (VW50-54) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (41st overall) over the line in 20:51 and was first to finish once before. Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (45th overall) over the line in 21:22 - has been first to finish on 26 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 8677 pts. Danuta K Grabda (Unattached) 7731 pts. Nicola El Kadiri (Unattached) 7607 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 82.53%. Karen Fenner (VW50-54) was graded 81.37%). Lloyd Hodgson (JM10) was graded 79.65% for the time 19:49 (22nd overall).
...to all this week's volunteers and to Bob Walsh for his excellent photos.
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.
See you soon!