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