Morton’s Red Hot Run Banishes the Blues
This week the top six runners all recorded sub 18 minute times with just 13 secs dividing the first three finishers and fourth placed Peter Justin Collins maintaining his red hot form with a new PB of 17:50 on his 124th run.
Before getting to this week’s results, here are a few important dates for your diaries…..
Next week – 21 December - it’s the Wimbledon Common parkrun charity Christmas Santa run in aid of the Wimbledon Guild. There will be someone from the Guild to explain all the good works they perform but take it from me they do a great job helping the less fortunate in our community. So let’s turn out in our hundreds and lend our support to this worthy charity. We ask each runner to donate £5. We will supply some Santa hats, mince pies and mulled wine. Sounds like a fun deal? We invite you to dress up in red and if you have your own Santa hats so much the better. And if you would also like to contribute some mince pies, the more the merrier.
We will be running a New Year’s Day event for those still standing after the evenings celebrations and for Christmas Day there is talk of organising a ‘Freedom’ run. This will not count as an official parkrun but Peter Brunnen has kindly offered to turn up to take photos and organise timing if there is an interest in this.
In the men’s event, Doug Morton (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:29 for the second time in 4 appearances. Keith MacIntosh (SM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second to finish in 17:39. He has won on 4 previous occasions. David Grima (SM35-39) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third in 17:42 having been the first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Current standings in the Men's annual points competition:
Ian Higgins (Thames Hare & Hounds) 12177 pts.
Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 12079 pts.
Joe Busa (Unattached) 10887 pts.
In the ladies’ event Emilie Bokor-Ingram (SW30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (29th overall) over the line in 20:16, her third win in 7 appearances.
Tamsin Ede (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) to finish in 20:32.
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) (Unattached) was hot on her heels third place (36th overall), finishing in a time of 20:36. She has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Current standings in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy Woolhouse (Unattached) 11352 pts.
Lisa Margaret Thomas (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 11274 pts.
Nicola El Kadiri (Unattached) 11147 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 83.41% for the time 20:36 (36th overall).
Sandy Pfeifer (VM50-54) was graded 81.05% for the time 18:39 (11th overall).
Volker Vogler (VM45-49) was graded 80.22% for the time 17:57 (5th overall).
This week there were 293 runners, of whom 25 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Apart from Peter Collins’ record run, there were PBs for a number of other runners with more than a few runs under their belts, including Mark Constantinou (88 events); Mike Harper (70); Calum Hutchinson (52) and Fionn Clifford (62). Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.
Congratulations to Clare Turnbull who completed her 100th event and to Anne Walker who ran her 50th parkrun. Next week it will be the turn of Gabriel Stone, Imogen Busa and Sheila Skinner to complete their 50th events.
Thanks as ever to today’s volunteers who included Anthony Eastaway, Carol McCormack, Charles Hampden-Smith, Diane Neil Mills, Elizabeth Willatts, Ian Higgins, Jamie Hay, Joe Busa, Kylie Corso, Lisa Thomas, Paul Willatts, Pete Mulholland, Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins, Richard Weston and Rob Crane.
Wimbledon parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 9,599 different runners, including participants from 410 athletics clubs, have completed 67,011 runs covering a total distance of 335,055 km, and there have been 12,968 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).