The course has become properly autumnal in the last couple of weeks. In many ways, a great time of year. The soil is damp and forgiving. Lots of leaves have fallen adding colour to the ground and cushioning to some extent the harder paths, shielding the shoe from mud and softening the footfall – although concealing a tree root or two. So the course is a joy to run on in many ways, but there is an increased risk of fall and care needs to be taken; and if a PB is your aim, then disappointment almost certainly awaits. Of course there is the return of some mud and some puddles but the course is far from waterlogged, at least for now. For those who have sweated buckets through the humidity of September and October, the greater chill, still not making you shiver, is welcome.
No dramas this week beyond the odd graze from a fall. A trio of regulars’ birthdays all fell on the day of the run, Andrew Fickling, Hugh Woolhouse and Matthew Searle, and all within a decade or so agewise ; otherwise sufficiently distinctive (and obviously distinguished), however, that there is not much danger of those gentlemen being taken for triplets. Very good to see them all at parkrun to mark the occasion.
Good also to see Liam O’Hare returning from injury – and many thanks to him for volunteering so much whilst injured; to adopt a schoolmasterly tone, a great example for others. Thanks, Liam, and congratulations on hitting 3rd Male Age Grade on the first run back.
In the men’s race, Nic Gould (pictured below) again hit first in 17.31, followed by Neil Riley in 18:04 and Nigel Shekleton in 18:37. Good times anyway and especially for the conditions.
As for the ladies, Lucy Woolhouse (pictured below) came in first for no less than the 22nd time, in 21:25, Amelia Ashton-Jones (21:49) and Justine Albert in second and third positions. Again, very good performances.
And age grade wise, Lucy, as often was first in this (possibly the most important as regards measuring performance) category also in 81.32 %, followed by Sandy Pfeiffer on 81.03% and Liam O’Hare on 79.81%. Anything around 80% in such conditions is exceptionally good going.
On the PB front there were none for anyone who had run at Wimbledon 10 times or more. But a mention must be made of Peter Wedderburn who did get a PB on his 258th parkrun overall, second run here and first for over four years – well done.
Good to see also that there were still plenty of first timers.
The stats follow:
Nic Gould (SM30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was first over the line in 17:31 - his11th time in 27 appearances.
Neil Riley (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:04. He has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Nigel Shekleton (SM25-29) of Carnethy Hill RC, was third over the line in 18:37.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 11809 pts.
Joe Busa (Unattached) 11339 pts.
Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 10970 pts.
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) (Unattached) was first (30th overall) over the line in 21:25 , the 22nd time in 179 appearances.
Amelia Ashton-Jones (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (36th overall) over the line in 21:49.
Justine Albert (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (52nd overall) over the line in 22:36.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lisa Margaret Thomas (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 11948 pts.
Lucy Woolhouse (Unattached) 11649 pts.
Natasha Hampden-Smith (Merton mini-marathon trial) 9832 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 81.32% for the time 21:25 (30th overall).
Sandy Pfeiffer (VM50-54) was graded 81.03% for the time 18:48 (5th overall).
Liam O'Hare (VM65-69) was graded 79.81% for the time 21:13 (29th overall).
This week there were 286 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.
Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 11,393 different runners, including participants from 487 athletics clubs, have completed 81,850 runs covering a total distance of 409,250 km, and there have been 15,020 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.