Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 645 16th March 2019


 Be-Bob-A-Lula I Do Mean Maybe?


The weekend provided a roller coaster of emotions for anyone who watched the dying throes of the 6 Nations. Wales, the most consistent team throughout, scooped Slam victory leaving the rest of us to do a bit of head scratching as we contemplate the Rugby World Cup later in the year.

Sooooo, head scratching was the order of the day on Saturday with parkrun throwing us a puzzling curve ball as well. Not quite a "Whodunit" more of a "Did-e-do-it"??? One of our regular parkrun photographers who is possibly more interested in a zoom lens than a zoom around the course was trading his box brownie for his box fresh... or so we thought. A lack of photographic evidence denoting this canter has sent a couple of his fellow snappers into a tizzy of doubt filled questions. Louise Robinson-Crusoe and James S-Pinks (I have changed their names to protect their anonymity) were tailing our mystery man and have begged for a photo to be included in this report... and do you think I could find one? Wait and see...


From start to finish Joe Toomey (below navy top yellow zip) of Hercules Wimbledon AC looked determined. He crossed the flour line first in a time of 17.38. 

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Milestone Man Robert - 250 runs for this charming man - Congratulations

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This River Dance demo was a day early for St Patrick's but we appreciate the sentiment.

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While this splendid hound is clearly no puddle dodger, he is clearly a lead dodger. Please remember to keep your dogs on a short lead when you are parkrunning!

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Finally... They seek him here, they seek him there, those cameras seek him everywhere. He's not in red he's not in black yet he won't escape this eagle eyed hack!!!

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This week 432 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.


Don't stand clear or at the rear, throw caution to the wind and VOLUNTEER. parkrun needs you.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Colin HARRIS • Adam FENTON • John Philip CARTER • Francesca CARTER • Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS • Matthew Luke SALISBURY • Annie TOSH • Sally Jane JONES • Emily KELLER • Clive SCAMMELL • Kylie CORSO • Carol SEARLE • Graham TRAINOR • India TRAINOR • Jo MANLEY • Nick HUDSON • Vijay NARAYANAN • Sally WINDLE • Ella HEGER • Clon ULRICK • Catherine PORTER • Christian FIELDER • Siân FIELDER • Charlie TAYLOR • Caroline LEE

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

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 22,019 participants have completed 173,221 parkruns covering a total distance of 866,105 km, including 26,856 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,096 individuals have volunteered 9,888 times.

Report Writer: Annie Tosh

Photographer: Clive "Clivey Baby" Scammel


Wimbledon Common parkrun event 644, 9 March 2019

The calm before the storm



It wasn't like this on Sunday


Blowing a hooley

As you probably noticed, it was a very windy weekend across the country, causing all sorts of disruption including the closure of Richmond and Bushy Parks on Sunday due to fallen trees, the cancellation of the the Marsden March charity walk and, further afield, the roof blowing off Tesco in Broadstairs. It also led to me being smacked in the face by a flying branch during my Sunday run, but at least it wasn’t a whole tree. Following hot on the heels of Erik in February and Freya last week, I don’t think this weather event had a name, but storm Gareth is brewing as I write (next on the list are Hannah and Idris, in case you were wondering).

Luckily for us on Saturday morning, though, conditions were still fairly calm and even the mud was pretty average for the time of year. There were 534 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. Of these, 63 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Members of 32 different clubs took part.




I told you – no more photos



Jenny Clements and Eleni Papandreou both earned their red T-shirts by completing 50 runs, so well done to them. And congratulations also to Paul Willatts who celebrated his 200th run and was presented with the Collins Cup. Looking ahead, fellow report writer Robert Fortes completed 249 runs, so could next week be a special one for him?



Willatts be his for long?



Ahead of the pack

First across the line was Joe Toomey (SM 25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC in 17:31, followed by Russell Beard (VM 40-44) of Clapham Chasers in 18:29 and Matt Gallagher (VM 35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers in 18:34.

For the women, first was Wimbledon regular Lucy Woolhouse (VW 55-59) in 20:55. She was followed by first-timer Lucy Butt (SW 25-29) of Aldershot, Farnham & District in 21:37 and Laura Jayne Carmichael  (SW30-34) of Serpentine in 22:33.


Spiky topic

As things seemed quite uneventful this week, we had to cast our net wider for controversial discussion points in the café afterwards, for example the legality of athlete Laura Muir’s new Nike racing spikes which she wore to win double gold in Glasgow. If they are not reasonably available to everyone, does that give her an unfair advantage? Or could she have won even if she'd been wearing high heels? We didn't get onto the hot topic of transgender athletes being allowed to compete in women’s sport, so we'll leave it for another day (hornet's nest alert).



So that's what 592 parkruns does to you


Not forgetting...

The event was only made possible by the volunteers:

Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH • Philip TOSH • Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS • Matthew SALISBURY • Caroline HELDER • Charlie SNOW • Gary FORDE • David CROWTHER • Graham WHITE • Bob WALSH • Louise ROBINSON • Manon MOREL • Dominic OSTROWSKI • India TRAINOR • Jane SCOON • Terrie Anne COWLEY • Ella HEGER • Melissa THOMPSON • Pam TODD • Christian FIELDER • Siân FIELDER • Oliver GIRDHAM • Caroline LEE • Jackie SMITH • Charlie TAYLOR • Finola RYAN


Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.


IMG_2082It's always good to see a dog on a short lead


Words: Caroline Helder. Photos: Louise Robinson


Wimbledon Common Parkrun Event #643, 2nd March 2019

Last week’s parkrun marks the first parkrun of March, but unfortunately this move towards spring did not necessarily make for better weather. February’s sunny spell far behind us, March has so far been grey and damp. However, one can always look at it from the perspective that a parkrun provides a perfect opportunity on a less sunny day to get out and about nonetheless, and appreciate being outdoors in spite of non-ideal weather conditions – all in great company too.

Wimbledon Common parkrun 643-151We have Bob Walsh to thank for the photographs of the run in this week’s report, but watch out in future for a potential new photographer coming your way. Young Ben was spotted eagerly tailing Bob, keen to try his hand at photography with his own ‘camera’. We’re always looking for volunteers at parkrun, so maybe you’ll see some original photographs by Ben if he joins the photographer rota. Let this also serve as your weekly reminder to sign up for a volunteer slot! Whether you’re a regular runner wanting to give back to the parkrun community by volunteering, or a new joiner who thinks volunteering would be a fun experience, we’re always in need of people to add to the rota. Wimbledon Common parkrun 643-8

This week’s report is actually coming to you remotely from Oxford (this parkrun reporter wanted to maintain her volunteering and report-writing from university). However, in the interest of maintaining my parkrun enthusiasm, and indeed being in the right mood to compose a good report, I still attended a parkrun this week, taking myself to the Oxford parkrun in Cutteslowe and Sunnymeade Park. Although I was disappointed not to be present at Wimbledon and absorb the local parkrun atmosphere, it felt very fitting to be embracing the parkrun spirit nonetheless.

This week 530 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun 643-47First over the line was Henry Silverstein of Hercules AC, with a time of 17:52. He was followed by Matt Gallagher of the Wimbledon Windmilers, who finished in 188:09. Third to finish was Dane Rickwood, who came in at 18:22. With regards to the female placings, Katie Lysons of Clapham Chasers RC finished first, placing 34th overall, with a time of 21:14. Catherine Jackson was the second woman to finish at 22:02, placing 53rd overall. The third female finisher was Laura Jayne Carmichael from Serpentine RC, placing 67th overall with a time of 22:37. Wimbledon Common parkrun 643-16
We have a number of great milestones to celebrate from last week’s run as well. Huge congratulations to Michael Parker for completing his 50th parkun, Holly Shao for her 200th, Adam Fenton and Peter Metcalf for their 250th, and Stephen Johnson for his 300th.

And finally, a big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Paul Tibbs, Simon Cheetham, Charles Hampden-Smith, Peter Collins, Doug Laidler, Malcolm Brookes, Tessa Kelly, Amelie Lloyd, Roger Reynolds, Jennifer Brookes, Bob Walsh, Rob Hitchmough, Manon Morel, Andrew Shields, Jessica Searle, Graham Trainor, Matthias Heger, Sally Windle, Ella Heger, Steven Rudland, Siân Fielder, and Charlie Taylor.

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

Writer: Jessica Searle

Photographer: Bob Walsh


Double Dash 5k, from the RNIB

Lizzi Wagner from the charity the RNIB contacted parkrun Towers with news of a new event. We have two regular vision-impaired runners at parkrun and wonderful people who give their time to guide them round what can be a tricky course. The RNIB event is designed for the visually impaired to take part, of course, but also to give potential guides some idea of what running with a blind person entails. Please note that there is a discount for parkrunners. Everyone and anyone can run, whether blind, partially sighted or unimpaired. Here's what Lizzi says:

"I work for the events team at RNIB, the UK’s leading sight-loss charity. We’re really passionate about getting more blind and partially sighted people running, and inspiring more sighted people to become guide runners.
"That’s why we’ve launched a brand new event, Double Dash 5k, inspired by blind and partially sighted people running with guides. Everyone runs in pairs, attached by the wrist with a running tether: it’s a test of fitness as well as collaboration and co-ordination.
"Our aim is to raise awareness for visually impaired running, guide running and, in the process, raise much-needed funds to break down the barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people in the UK. The first ever Double Dash 5k is taking place in the iconic Regent’s Park on Saturday 11 May.
"I’d also love to offer you a special parkrun discount for 25% off the entry fee – just use Dash25 on sign up.
"We’re so excited about this event and the potential to make running more accessible; and we want to make it a roaring success."

You can find more information at www.rnib.org.uk/double-dash.


Wimbledon Common parkrun – event 642, 23rd February 2019

Mist on the Common

Neither the thick mist nor the half term weekend deterred Wimbledon Common parkrunners, and 76 first timers joined the regulars to make a field of 540 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. The conditions were ideal, leading to an impressive (especially for February) 80 Personal Bests.

Misty morning
the briefing is here somewhere...

Before all that Race Director Robert Beeby sought to confuse, adding to the mayhem currently facing the country with an upside down briefing. After thanking the volunteers he ran through the key rules about eleven year old dogs and funnel ducking before rounding up the various milestones (which confusingly he did in the right order). He finished up by welcoming us to Wimbledon Common parkrun, at which point we probably should have all gone home…

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confused? you should be!


The juniors due to clock up their tenth run all stayed away, possibly on the half term ski slopes, but several other runners clocked up significant milestones. Moving into a red t-shirt was Madison Thimont with her 50th, whilst Ben Revill and David Grindrod earned the right to wear black with 100 events under their belts. Nothing new to wear, but kudos to Graham Trainor and Ruth Bescoby who spun round the 5km course for the 150th time, and Matthew Searle collected the Collins cup for his 200th run.

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the Collins cup getting ever taller

Harris-watch continues, with Wimbledon Common legend Colin Harris completing his 590th run. Current projections place Colin’s 600th party to be on Saturday 4th May…watch this space!

Meanwhile in Marlow…

The 26th Higginson course in Marlow welcomed 55 first timers to their total field of 195. Nestling amongst the Marlow newbies was our race director, Peter AF Collins clocking up his 450th parkrun. No explanation was offered as to why he was playing away, but congratulations Peter and congratulations for all the milestone achievements!

Podium roundup

Incredibly the fastest two men were both unknown and history doesn’t record whether they lost their barcodes en route or simply decided to run for the sake of it (very 20th Century). The third step was fully occupied by talented youngster Hector Revill (JM15-17, Hercules Wimbledon AC) with a time of 18:28 and the second and third recorded runners (4th and 5th in reality) were Peter J Collins (VM45-49, Hercules Wimbledon AC) and Keith MacIntosh (VM45-49, Wimbledon Windmilers) just four seconds apart at 18:55 and 18:59.

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the mystery winners?

Top of the ladies podium was Meriel Holden (VW45-49, Wimbledon Windmilers, 24th overall) at 20:31, followed by Rosalie Heller (SW25-29, 29th overall) in 20:50 and Julia Donovan (VW35-39, Wimbledon Windmilers, 36th overall) at 21:17.

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Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59, Wimbledon Windmilers) was top of the age graded challenge with 82.60%, followed by Meriel Holden (VW45-49, Wimbledon Windmilers) at 79.77% and Charles Hampden-Smith (VM55-59, Hercules Wimbledon AC) on 76.95%.

As always, full results and much more can be found here.

Making it happen

You were able to run at event 642 thanks to Colin Harris, Alastair Brown, Robert Beeby, Charles Hampden-Smith, Sophie Russell, Helen Beeby, Matthew Salisbury, Lucy Woolhouse, Joe Busa, Jasper Lloyd, Bob Walsh, Duncan Watkins, James Spinks, Graham Trainor, India Trainor, Jo Manley, Matthias Heger, Ella Heger, Steven Rudland, Siân Fielder, David Cobb, André Ramalhinho, James Spinks, and Charlie Taylor. These volunteers are members of a group of 1,092 individuals who have collectively supported Wimbledon Common parkrun 9,814 times. If you run more than a few times a year, please think about joining their ranks by taking a quick glance at the future roster checking the details of different roles here, and emailing the super friendly co-ordinator team with your preference.

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making it happen


Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 21,868 participants have completed 171,725 parkruns covering a total distance of 858,625 km, including 26,719 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, James Spinks and Catherine Woods

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