Wimbledon Common Parkrun 6 September 2014 Event no. 401

The story is that there is no story.

The event has been dogged by bad luck over the last couple of weeks – hornets and head-spearing branches causing painful injuries from which the victims have thankfully recovered, as well as much lesser problems such as exuberant canines. So perhaps there was a slightly nervous air of apprehension amongst some as we gathered pre-run on what was a more or less perfect early autumn morning this Saturday. Would something else completely unforeseeable occur ? But luckily the beautiful weather foretold a trouble free event on the participant front, not an ambulance in sight nor a first aid kit called into use. A mercifully uneventful week.

Following a more or less dry week, the course was in pretty benign shape, dry but not too dusty. There is still, however, a large persistent puddle blocking the way about half-way along the avenue leading from the lake to Nicola’s corner (where the run rejoins the “main road” up to the Windmill). But the slime-fests which characterised many of the runs up to June are a distant memory.

The weather, the conditions and the end of the holidays evidently persuaded a large number of new runners to give Wimbledon parkrun a go this week. There were 53 First Timers, roughly a seventh of the field which, for a run that has been going for 7 years is a sizeable proportion. A few were already parkrun veterans from other events but most were new parkrun participants and all are very welcome.

A topic which comes up is the question : is parkrun a race ?; the answer is no it isn’t and to call it a race might deter people from participation. In fact the great thing about parkrun is that it gives you the freedom to make of it what you will: it is what you make it. Based on entirely anecdotal evidence, some like to turn up and have a run mainly to get the blood going or put in some exercise at the start of the weekend; for others, the run is largely incidental to the craic; for others still, competing against friendly rivals – which, at the risk of official reprimand, one has to say can sometimes feel quite like a race - is the thing. Of course, almost everyone would like to improve their own times.

The first male runner home this week was Stephen Thackeray (pictured) a parkrun vet but running for the first time at Wimbledon, in the sparkling time of 17:16, followed in fairly close order by Fintan Parkinson (17:23) , his first time at Wimbledon too, so also very well done and Peter Justin Collins (17;36), of whom more below.

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The first female runner was Claire Grima (also pictured) in a very fast time of 18:12, followed by Lucy Woolhouse (20:36 and who also achieved the second highest age grade) and then Ruth Wallace (20:41), who is regaining form after her baby.

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The week’s best age grades– and arguably therefore the best performances – came from Sandy Pfeifer, Lucy Woolhouse and Marilyn Clarke; the first two 83% plus and the third 82% plus (details below), grades which are very difficult to attain: well done all.

In the same way that the weather attracted a lot of first timers, it also resulted in a large number of PBs. Well done to all those who achieved one. Peter Justin Collins (aka Peter Collins the younger) managed one on his 147th run, inevitably coupled with his highest ever age grade, a brilliant run; Scarlett Walker continues to go from strength to strength, going under 21 minutes (20:51) for the first time on her 50th run, a great run for the JW11-14 category. Other notable PBs include Joanna Ward (40 runs) Richard Young (38), Hilary Knight (31) and Barnaby Simpson among the adults and Celia Willis (16) and Charles Davis (17) among the juniors.

Before moving to the placings, it should be mentioned that Saturday was trouble free for participants, but not glitch free. There were timing problems which were seamlessly dealt with after the run, many thanks to Charles H-S and Kylie Corso amongst others.

Men's podium placings:
Stephen Thackeray (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:16.
Fintan Parkinson (VM35-39) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was second over the line in 17:23.
Peter Justin Collins (VM40-44) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third over the line in 17:36.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 9557 pts.
Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 9490 pts.
Joe Busa (Unattached) 8910 pts.

Women's podium placings:
Claire Grima (VW35-39) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 18:13 - 32nd time in 41 appearances.
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (31st overall) over the line in 20:36 - has been first to finish on 20 previous occasions.
Ruth Wallace (SW30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 20:41 - has been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lisa Margaret Thomas (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 9573 pts.
Lucy Woolhouse (Unattached) 8963 pts.
Natasha Hampden-Smith (Merton mini-marathon trial) 8090 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sandy Pfeifer (VM50-54) was graded 83.62% for the time 18:13 (6th overall).
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 83.41% for the time 20:36 (31st overall).
Marilyn Clarke (VW60-64) was graded 82.83% for the time 23:06 (96th overall).

This week there were 381 runners, of whom 53 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 10,992 different runners, including participants from 464 athletics clubs, have completed 78,404 runs covering a total distance of 392,020 km, and there have been 14,519 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.

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun weekly report: event number 400 August 30 2014

 

A sting in the tail 

If you’ve ever been at the funnel when the front runners finish, you’ll know how easy they make it look, and Benjamin Toomer (pictured below) was a classic example as he crossed the line with apparent ease to win in an excellent time of 17:02. That said, there was a right old ding-dong going on behind him for second and, as they crossed the flour, it was Knut Hegvold just ahead of Luke Andrew Davis. Some consolation for Luke was a 17:27 PB. Further back, with a look of steely determination etched on his face, came parkrun lensman Clive Scammell who with a fine run pulled off a PB on his 50th run, beating his previously fastest time by nearly a minute.
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The race to be first lady followed a familiar pattern with regular winner Lisa Thomas of Hercules AC making it a double top for the local club. Second lady was Wimbledon Windmilers’ long-distance ace Julia Donovan and in third, Amelia Ashdon-Jones.  

Unfortunately our 400th Wimbledon Common parkrun ended with a bizarre incident. A Hitchcockian horror unfolded as the tail end of the field approached the start line on the second lap. High in the hollow of an oak tree, a large and well-established hornets’ nest had been disturbed and its residents felt sufficiently threatened to sting anyone who was near. Several runners were stung, along with Robert Beeby and Colin Harris who ran back to help. Well done all those who provided help and first aid. 

Following the recent heart attack, broken shoulder and head-banging tree incidents, an ambulance was called once more. On this occasion those affected were thankfully, as far as I know, treated on the spot but it was a scary experience for those affected. parkrun #400 006

Hornets are not aggressive but will certainly defend a nest if they feel threatened. The nest itself was about three metres up in a hollow of the tree and who or what disturbed the nest is a mystery. The Rangers have no idea and have never known this to happen on the Common. Pest-control experts were called and the nest destroyed - hornets, grubs and all. I think we can be reassured there’s unlikely to be a sequel to ‘The Revenge of the Killer Hornets’. 

Who let the dogs out 

I overheard someone complaining about a dog, not on a lead, getting dangerously in the way of runners on the path towards Parkside. Apparently the dog belonged to one of the runners. If so, and it’s stating the bleedin’ obvious, this isn’t a good practice. Maybe, following the success of Junior parkrun, someone could start a Dog parkrun?  

Our 400th event 

Having clocked up 400 events, it’s interesting to look back to the very first Wimbledon Common parkrun. Having successfully established Bushy Park, on October 10 2004, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, ably abetted by Jim Desmond, set about establishing a second home for a Saturday morning 5k run. And so on January 6 2007 Wimbledon Common parkrun, or Wimbledon Common Time Trial (WCTT) as it was known then, got off to a flying start. Ian Higgins was at the first race, having heard about it from a fellow TH&H runner, thinking it would be an ideal event as he was recovering from injury. After five or so events, a few of the regulars met to elect key roles and in his absence Ian was elected Race Director! Our venerated leader until the beginning of this year, Ian knocked up 310 runs and hardly missed a single Saturday. He even got married on a Friday so he could be on duty at 09.00 the following morning. Among the familiar names running at that first event were Carol McCormack, our ever-present stalwart volunteer and Pete Mulholland, who today hands out the tokens, as well as priceless one-liners. Regular Wimbledon runners Paul Tibbs, Colin Price, Dennis Williams and Michael Daniels were also among the 51 at event # 1. 

A word of warning

For those who have started parkrun more recently, a word in your shell-like. For all the joys and wonderfulness of our Saturday morning buzz, be warned, it’s a gateway drug. It’s only a harmless 5k, you think, but before long someone in the café will whisper in your ear, ‘why not try a 10k’. Then you’re in with a bad group and, before you know it, joining an organised gang (there are two in Wimbledon alone) where brazen pushers, or ‘coaches’ as they coyly call them, will entice you to ever more dangerous kicks. First it’s the degradingly filthy ‘XC’ then an innocent-looking member will suggest a deadly ‘M’. You try a half to start with but, even as you’re sampling it, and the hit is coursing through your veins, you know in your heart you won’t be satisfied until you’ve experienced the full-blown thing. Some among us have sunk to depths of unimagined depravity going as far as two ‘M’s, one straight after the other and, I’ve heard it told, there are poor blighted souls who’ve been seen wandering the woods and shadowlands in the middle of the night unashamedly seeking new thrills. We’re all doomed. 

Facts and Figures

Top three men
Benjamin Toomer (SM25-29) Hercules Wimbledon AC 17:02, Knut Hegvold (VM50-54) Belgrave Harriers 17:25, Luke Andrew Davis (SM30-34) Clapham Chasers RC 17:27.

Top three women
Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW45-49) Hercules Wimbledon AC 20:09, Julia Donovan (SW30-34) Wimbledon Windmilers 21:08, Amelia Ashton-Jones (VW35-39) (Unattached) 21:14.

Best Age Grade scores:
Knut Hegvold (VM50-54) 86.03%, Sandy Pfeifer (VM50-54) 82.71%, Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW45-49) 82.22%

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Nick McKay 9490, Charles Hampden-Smith 9268, Joe Busa 8651

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Lisa Margaret Thomas 9573, Lucy Woolhouse 8664, Natasha Hampden-Smith 7864

This week there were 377 runners, of whom 48 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 10,940 different runners, including participants from 465 athletics clubs, have completed 78,023 runs covering a total distance of 390,115 km, and there have been 14,455 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Justina Heslop 16:33 (17.3.12)
The men's record is held by Chris Parr 15:04 (23.4.11)
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane Davies 92.99% (29.1.11)

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

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun, event number 399, 23 August 2014

 

In which we branch off with a cautionary tale…

 

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First this week, a word of warning: BEWARE OF THE TREE! Yes, the tree by the bench (pictured above); the one you all hang your bags and odd bits of clothing on; the one on which we thread the washing line and the 10/50/100/250-run t-shirts; the one you can’t miss. Well one runner wishes he had missed it – having survived the run and, indeed, recorded a PB (that narrows it down a little), he managed while retrieving his kit to bang his head hard on one of the branches. His head came off worse.

Being serious for a moment, the poor runner suffered a nasty cut, which bled quite profusely (as head wounds often do) and required attention – event director Charles Lawrie managed to staunch the flow of the red stuff and Hercules Wimbledon’s Hannah Fernando put her first-aid training to good use by expertly applying a bandage. And, not for the first time this year, Andrew Fickling hot-legged it to the rangers’ office. At time of writing, we don’t know what happened after they took him to their abode, though we’re sure it’s nothing worse than a slight headache or we’d have heard otherwise. But please please please please please, mind your heads!

And before we get to what we all turn up for, 50 club t-shirts have turned up for the following runners: Graham White, Steve Tallis, Christian Campain, Gavin Berry and Steve Cull. If you want them presented to you at a parkrun, let the run director on the day know and he or she will do the honours. Otherwise, they should be on display on the aforementioned washing line and you can serve yourself. Anyone else who is waiting for a t-shirt and would like to know where they stand should email wimbledonoffice@parkrun.com: please include information about the number of runs it represents, your size and which gender you spring from.

The run itself took place on a changeable morning, with some overnight rain creating a few puddles, though the course remained largely firm. Since then we’ve suffered un-August-like downpours “and the poppies with their black and secret centres lie shattered on the lawn” – which means we might already have seen the best of the conditions for this year on our beloved rectangle of common land.

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First in the men’s run was David Chambers (SM20-24, pictured) of Croydon Harriers, posting 17:19 in his debut here (but his 97th parkrun overall). Stephen Hurley (SM30-34) of Wimbledon Windmilers was second in 17:22 – this was Stephen’s first parkrun ever. Welcome, Stephen. And James Neave (VM35-39) of Clapham Chasers came in third in 17:26 – James has been first to finish on two previous occasions and this week’s time was a personal best.

In the men's annual points competition Nick McKay of Wimbledon Windmilers sits in pole position on 9,490 points; Charles Hampden-Smith of Hercules Wimbledon remains second on 8,986; and the unattached Joe Busa retains his third position on 8,417.

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In the women’s run, the unattached Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54, pictured) was first (38th overall) in 20:23 – this was Lucy’s 20th first place in 170 appearances. Genia Marek (SW25-29) of Belgrave Harriers was not far behind (44th overall) in 20:34, just two seconds outside her Wimbledon Common PB. Scarlett Walker (JW11-14) of Surbiton High School was third (54th overall) in 21:00, a PB by seven seconds – sub-21 beckons for young Scarlett, so well done to her: excellent running.

In the women's annual points competition Lisa Margaret Thomas of Hercules Wimbledon is top on 9,273 points; Lucy Woolhouse is second on 8,664; and Natasha Hampden-Smith of Merton mini-marathon trial is third on 7,864.

The best age-grade scores of the day were: Tom Conlon (VM50-54) at 84.69% for the time 17:51 (eighth overall); Lucy Woolhouse at 84.30% for the time 20:23 (38th overall); and
 Vic Maughn (VM50-54) at 84.10% for the time 17:49 (seventh overall).

This week there were 328 runners, of whom 43 were first timers and 72 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Just to mention a few PBs: Norman Urquia, a stalwart run director of Wimbledon Park junior parkrun on Sunday mornings, ran 19:44 in his 97th appearance here (out of 119 parkruns in total); in his 110th Wimbledon Common appearance (118 in total), and more than a year since his last, Chris Tinning took eight seconds off his best with 18:16; and in his 24th parkrun here, his 55th overall, Christian Campain posted 20:33, a 17-second improvement.

Milestones are approaching for some of Saturday’s runners. The redoubtable Colin Harris is seven runs away from 350. Nicola El-Kadiri is just 12 away from 300. Phil Tosh is a tantalising 10 runs away from the magical 250 (the last for which a t-shirt is awarded. At the moment). Jayne Pooley needs to run seven more times to rack up 200. The next parkruns for Francesca Thomas and Martin Gf Stacey will be their 100th. And Louise Beal actually passed a milestone by hitting 50 runs in what was her first appearance at Wimbledon, having run most of the time at Bushy Park – nice one, Lou!

Two youngsters qualified for their 10-run t-shirts: Thomas Dulson of Hercules and Finlay Russell, who posted a PB of 21:55.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6 January 2007. Since then 10,892 different runners, including participants from 463 athletics clubs, have completed 77,646 runs covering a total distance of 388,230km, and there have been 14,394 new PBs.

The women's record is held by Justina Heslop, who recorded 16:33 on 17 May 2012 (event number 271).
The men's record is held by Chris Parr, who sped round in 15:04 on 23 April 2011 (event number 224).
The age grade course record is held by Jane Davies, who scored an astonishing 92.99% (21:24) on 29 January 2011 (event number 212).

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

One last bit of advertising: the Royal London Society for Blind People would like to invite Wimbledon parkrunners to the UK's brand new exciting blindfold run, otherwise known as the charity challenge of the year.

You. A friend. One blindfold. 10k. Interested?

WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Park, London.

WHEN: 10:00am, 2nd November 2014.

DISTANCE: Both a 5k and 10k route are offered.

One thing's for sure – you've never run like this before.

PUSH YOUR LIMITS SO BLIND CHILDREN CAN BREAK THROUGH THEIRS.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 398 16th August 2014

See ... You Can Get Your Mojo Back!

In a week of handbags at dawn over in Switzerland at a certain little athletics tournament where Princess Paula and Mighty (5 and 10,000 metre gold medal winning) Mo were slugging it out (although I think they have kissed and made up now), there has been one stand out performance for me. Jo Pavey, age 40 won the 10,000m gold medal at the European Championships in Zurich last week, just 10 months after giving birth to her 2nd child making her the oldest female European Champion in history. Just how fantastically awesome is that? She is a mega inspiration to any runner but especially so to other females, even more so if they are aged 40 plus (like me) or if they are fairly new Mums like a very tenacious group of our parkrun ladies. So high fives all round to the following speedy Mums of Wimbledon Common parkrun:

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Denise Barnett placed 5th lady this week in a time of 21.58 which is her quickest time since the arrival of Sophie and her running is going from strength to strength, go Denise. Patricia Peever placed 7th lady this week in a time of 22.39, her quickest time at Wimbledon since the birth of Jasper. Her improvement was predictable for anyone who knows this determined speedster, it is only a matter of time before she will be back to her best, keep it up Patricia. Ruth Wallace ran in her 2nd parkrun post the arrival of wee Zoe recently in a time of 21.36 giving her 3rd place on that occasion. Ruth has won this event 21 times in total and if she continues in this vein, the up and coming cross country season should be a bit lively once more, well done Ruth. Bringing up the rear in this group, I mean literally on this occasion as she was course sweeper was Sarah Goodwin. Sarah has steadily been improving her parkrun times since little Caitlyn came along and she managed to run the Burnham Beeches half marathon on Sunday in a very respectable time of 1.47, not a PB for her but she is certainly getting back to her former pacey self, top work Sarah.

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So on to the Mystic “Pooley” Meg section of this weeks report. You may recall that fellow scribe Jayne picked Milan Misak for a win based on his recent form. He placed 2nd last week in a time of 17.54 which was a PB and having narrowly missed out on the win by 1 second he decided not to make that mistake again, instead he was our race winner this week in a PB time of 17.38 so very well done indeed Milan. Congratulations to Mystic Pooley too, I shall be bringing my copy of the Racing Post to parkrun next week so that we can put your powers to a more profitable use!

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Finally there is an interesting little battle going on at the moment which might well appeal to those who like me enjoy a flutter. Current standings for most wins at Wimbledon by a female are Claire Grima with 31 wins under her belt but in form runner and this weeks 1st placed lady in a time of 19.36 Lisa Thomas is coming up fast on the rails with 27 wins. Watch this space and on that note I must sign out and head off to Ladbrokes!

This weeks figures:-

Men's placings:
Milan Misak of Imperial College Cross Country & AC, was first over the line in 17:38 - first time in 46 appearances, an unknown runner was second and in third place was James Moorcroft of Hercules Wimbledon AC, in 17:50 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Nick McKay is in first place with 9198 points, second is our volunteer man Charles Hampden-Smith on 8706 points and in third place is Joe Busa with 8173 points.

Women's placings:
Lisa M Thomas of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (19th overall) over the line in 19:36 - 27th time in 160 appearances, in second place (20th overall) was Chloe Aitken an unattached runner in 16:39 and in the bronze position (37th overall) was Lucy Woolhouse, another unattached runner in 20:33 - has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lisa Thomas leads the way on 9273 points in second place is Lucy Woolhouse with 8364 points and in third place is Briarna Clifford on 7622 points.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lisa Thomas was graded 84.52% for the time 19:36.
Lucy Woolhouse was graded 83.62% for the time 20:33.
James Wallace was graded 78.49% for the time 19:55.

This week there were 314 runners, of whom 50 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 10,849 different runners, including participants from 460 athletics clubs, have completed 77,318 runs covering a total distance of 386,590 km, and there have been 14,322 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.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Weekly Report – Event No.397 – 9 August 2014

A bit of running and a lot of cycling

I ran on the Common during the week, and I must admit it was quite disconcerting to run on a hard, dry surface. Where were the puddles? Where was the mud? It just didn’t feel right at all. So I was rather pleased when it chucked it down on Friday night, returning the parkrun course to its soggy, muddy best. Not everyone shares my love of mud of course, and some people were heard to complain that they’d been splashed (shock horror!) by their fellow parkrunners going headlong through the many puddles. But we still had a good turnout - 261 runners, of whom 24 were first timers, and representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

In a closely fought battle for first place, James Moorcroft (SM20-24) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 17:53 – his first win in five appearances. Milan Misak (SM20-24) of Imperial College Cross Country & AC, crossed the line just one second later in 17:54. This was a new PB for Milan on his 45th run at Wimbledon Common (91 parkruns in total), coming almost a year after setting his last PB on the Common. Milan has been second on one previous occasion, and often features in the top 10. Something tells me he has his eye on the top spot. Matt Gallagher (SM30-34; unattached) was third over the line in 18:08 and has been first to finish on two previous occasions.

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Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 8902 pts.
  • Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 8419 pts.
  • Joe Busa (Unattached) 7927 pts.

 

In the women's race, Samantha Pickford (SW30-34) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first over the line (17th overall) in a new personal best time of 19:43. This is Sam’s 4th win in 31 appearances. A regular in the top three, Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54; unattached) was second (37th overall) in 20:45 and has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions. Lucy also achieved the best age-grade score, with 82.81%. Ruth Wallace (SW30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was third (53rd overall) in 21:36. Ruth has been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.

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Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Lisa Thomas (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 8973 pts.
  • Lucy Woolhouse (unattached) 8066 pts.
  • Briarna Clifford (unattached) 7622 pts.

 

After Lucy claimed the top age-grade score for the girls, men with the best age-grade scores were Volker Vogler (VM45-49), graded 78.33% for the time 18:32 (6th overall), and James Wallace (VM55-59), who was graded 77.97% for the time 20:03 (22nd overall).

This week, 43 runners recorded new personal bests. Young runners Ellie Deeks and William Hunt earned their 10-club t-shirts, with Ellie notching up a PB in the process to run under 28 minutes for the first time. James Hawker and Angharad Callaghan reached the 50-run milestone, while Amabel Watkins notched up her 100th parkrun. All being well, Philip Butler and Andrew Rice will make it to 100 next week.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Helen Beeby, Robert Beeby, Peter Brunnen, Peter J Collins, Kylie Corso, Charles Hampden-Smith, Tessa Kelly, Charles Lawrie, Carol McCormack, Pete Mulholland, Samantha Pickford, Jayne Pooley, Judith Prentis, Sue Rothwell, Lisa Thomas, Phil Tosh, Annie Tosh, Stephen Vey, Orianna Vottre.

The Beebys, Collinses and Toshes were taking it easy (and collecting some volunteer points at the same time) ahead of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100-mile cycling race on Sunday. I’m sure everyone was very disappointed to learn that the course was shortened to a mere 86 miles – leaving out Leith Hill and Box Hill – due to some appalling weather conditions on the day, but the cyclists (and their support teams) put in some sterling performances: Phil Tosh completed the course in 06:14:45, Robert Beeby in 06:46:08 and Clare Lyons-Collins (having stopped off en route for a bowl of pasta) in 07:58:14. Congratulations to everyone who took part. I hope you’ve managed to dry out by now, and that the chamois cream did its job.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 10,799 different runners, including participants from 459 athletics clubs, have completed 77,004 runs covering a total distance of 385,020 km, and there have been 14,280 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.

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