Wimbledon Common Parkrun Event number 535 18th February 2017

It’s not quite spring. Not quite. The trees are still largely bare, the skies are grey. But for Wimbledon Common Parkrun 535, the tracks were firming underfoot and the temperatures rising. Like the first cuckoo, it’s a sure sign the seasons are turning when runners strip off their outer layer at the end of their first lap – the small pile of running jackets, caps and gloves a reminder that the tree buds can’t be far behind.

Not everyone means to leave their gear behind – and not everyone gets it back, either. So if you’ve lost a Garmin watch or a pair of green spectacles recently, do let the run director this week know. We can’t guarantee lost property will be a regular feature of the event reports, but we can surmise both those items might be important to their owners!

A quick word on volunteers. We had a round 400 runners this week, but the full complement of helpers to make Parkrun happen runs to more than 20. (Thanks to this week’s crop: Robert Beeby, Simon Bodle, Eileen Brandley, Francesca Carter, Jaspal Dhalley, Nicola El Kadiri, Peter Charles Gay, Jayne Hurrell, Robert Johnson, Charles Lawrie, Stephen Macnamara, Jo Manley, Sandy Pfeifer, Sarah Robbins, Mark Philip William Robson, John Sabourin, Matthew Salisbury, John Sasportas, Benjamin Toomer, Philip Tosh, Graham Trainor, Stephen Willerton and Richard Young.)

So do get along to the volunteer page on the Parkrun website and get involved. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wimbledon/volunteer/ Parkrun needs you! 20170218-WCPR-SJW-0592

Speaking of volunteering, Jas and Emma are organising a visually impaired running workshop on 15th March at 7pm at the Graveney School in Welham Road, Tooting, SW17 9BU. It’s a real inspirations to see VI runners at Wimbledon Common Parkrun, but supporting them isn’t as simple as just attaching an arm tether. But after their workshop, you’ll not only be able to partner VI Parkrunners, you’ll be qualified to help at any UK athletics event. If you're interested, make yourself known to the guys before the next Parkrun for more details.

One more public service announcement: the queues for the Windmill car park continue to be pretty severe, so considerate use of cars, car-sharing, biking and warm-up jogging to Parkrun is much recommended. But there has been an extensive outbreak of double-yellow lines on Westside Common and West Place – plus new paid parking bays on The Causeway. So drivers hoping to park up and do a 1km warm-up through the woods, beware.

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Four 50 milestones this week: Graham Parkin and Louise Robinson got the call from race director Jaspal Dhalley, but happy to report Giles Fallowfield and Andy Allan also notched the half-century.

The results

According to the database, we had 62 were first timers last weekend, and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. (Can you *not* record a PB on your first time?) Benjamin Toomer of Hercules Wimbledon AC was first over the line in 16:15. That’s his 24th fastest finisher in 27 appearances. Blair Laird crossed second in 17:21 and Richard Copp came in six seconds later. 20170218-WCPR-SJW-0787

Tara Bage of Brighton Phoenix clocked 20:05 – she’s two-for-two on fastest female. Lucy Woolhouse (second lady home in 21:12) is somewhat more seasoned, having been first to finish on 32 previous occasions. Lisa Margaret Thomas of Hercules Wimbledon AC is even more experienced, with 48 firsts under her belt, but recorded 21:40 for third finisher this week.

Matt Gallagher (Wimbledon Windmilers) retains top spot in the men’s annual point competition, clear on 2051 pts. Lucy has 2095 pts. In the female placings, so her sold time keeps her clear of Liz Ostrowski on 1946 pts.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 16,202 different runners, including participants from 695 athletics clubs, have completed 124,003 runs covering a total distance of 620,015 km, and there have been 20,715 new Personal Bests.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wimbledon/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=535

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun : #534 : 11th February 2017

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Weather Conditions and What’s Underfoot

One of the pleasures of choosing Wimbledon Common as your home Parkrun is that you never know how the previous few days weather will affect the course before you even get out of bed that day. I end up anxiously looking for dry days on my app for a week before Parkrun and hoping it might have dried out. Yes, on the previous Saturday I’m already thinking of the next week’s run.  Last year I think it had dried out by May, so not long to wait!

I like to work out how the temperature and precipitation will affect the footing. We had snow coming down during our pep talk, so I was really looking forward to experiencing sliding and squidging along in the flurries, but the gentle snow stopped just as we got to the start line.

 

Course Talk

I’ve had some great descriptions of the course over the last year. Some of my favourites are slimy, squidgy, gunky, concave camber, descending and tree toots – pick up those feet!

The most descriptive part of the course for me is nearing the end of Parkside and my thoughts definitely aren’t publishable. I wonder what other runners thoughts of the course are like!

 

Dogs Away 

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Our four legged companions on the muddy Parkrun course did excellent this week. Matt Gallagher and his dog came across the line in 17.09 just 10 seconds outside Matt’s PB – I didn’t get chance to ask whether his dogs time was a PB. Another two dogs completed the course in the top 10.  I’m just glad the dogs don’t get tokens and times, or I’d be even further down the field.

 

Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Jamie ASH VIE, Francesca CARTER, Simon CHEETHAM, Terrie Anne COWLEY, Lynn COX, David CROWTHER, Richard EVANS, Nick GEORGE, Guy GIBBONS, Trevor INGRAM, Sally Jane JONES, Charles LAWRIE, Gary Anthony LLOYD, Pete MULHOLLAND, Dominic OSTROWSKI, Sandy PFEIFER, Sue ROTHWELL, John SABOURIN, Philip TOSH, Norman URQUIA, Ursula WEEKES, Stephen WILLERTON, Lucy WOOLHOUSE, Hugh WOOLHOUSE
 

Writer:              Lynn Cox

Photographer:  Guy Gibbons

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun
Event number 534
11th February 2017

Male placings:
Matt GALLAGHER (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first over the line in 17:09 - 9th time in 104 appearances.
Adam HARWOOD (SM30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second over the line in 18:39 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Adrian THOMPSON (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:25.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Matt GALLAGHER (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1765 pts.
Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1588 pts.
Hugh WOOLHOUSE (Unattached) 1581 pts.

Female placings:
Alex BINLEY (SW25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 20:25 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (21st overall) over the line in 21:13 - has been first to finish on 32 previous occasions.
Chloe BINLEY (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (36th overall) over the line in 22:26.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (Unattached) 1796 pts.
Liz OSTROWSKI (Unattached) 1666 pts.
Louise WHITEHEAD (Unattached) 1618 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) was graded 84.21% for the time 21:13 (21st overall).
Tom CONLON (VM55-59) was graded 78.15% for the time 19:50 (4th overall).
Matt GALLAGHER (VM35-39) was graded 77.84% for the time 17:09 (first overall).

This week there were 297 runners, of whom 33 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 16,140 different runners, including participants from 693 athletics clubs, have completed 123,603 runs covering a total distance of 618,015 km, and there have been 20,660 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271).
The male record is held by Chris PARR who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (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 : #533 : 4th February 2017

Episode 533: A New Direction

 

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Left. I mean right. Wait, no, left.

 

This Saturday morning - in an unusual twist on the norm - we were implored to make a series of right hand turns... Right!? 'LEFT!' the gathered runners shouted. That's right: left. Right?

Of course only one runner ever needs to know the way, and for the rest of us mere mortals there is always someone just in front of us to quietly set a pace from, to tailgate and sprint past at the finish, to try and cling on to after an overly ambitious start, to splash us as we follow them through the mud, to get in the way of our excellent poses for the photographers and ultimately to turn to us at the finish and give us a 'Well run'. And failing that we have our famous white dots and arrows carefully laid out each week.

This week was as close as possible to a quintessential Wimbledon parkrun. The course can be dry, springy and quick at the right time of year. However the current mix of ankle-sapping mud and puddles that are just deep enough to add an element of doubt is definitely the norm. And we had the threat of rain, and maybe even felt some in the air - but never actually got a downpour. The runners taper further and further left and right of the big puddles in the 'through the woods' section after Kingsmere (I always stick to the right here, although there are dedicated followers of both schools of thought).

 

Milestones

Anthony Wroe and Jane Elizabeth Dunn notched up 100 runs. Anthony has run all 100 at Wimbledon whilst Jane also runs regularly with our neighbours in Richmond Park.

There were 19 new PBs, however the usual muddy conditions meant that only relative newcomers to the Common were able to improve on their best. Junior Sophie Wakeford set her best time since November on her 17th run at Wimbledon - knocking 40 seconds off her previous best! 327 runners included 43 first timers including tourists from Stratford-on-Avon, and more impressively from Brazil! The global phenomenon that is parkrun hasn't reached Brazil yet - although there was a one-off event in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics.

 

Volunteers

Remember that parkrun is free and relies on the hard work of a group of volunteers to keep going. Thanks this week to Adam Fenton, Andrew Rice, Carl-Warren Dudley, Charles Lawrie, Christopher Cull, Edward Nelson, Francesca Carter, Gary Forde, Graham Trainor, Guy Gibbons, Jo Manley, John Philip Carter, John Sasportas, Katherine Jones, Luigi Atherton, Michael Vlachos, Mike Knowles, Nick George, Paul Abraham, Paul Tibbs, Sally Atherton, Sandy Pfeifer, Stephen Willerton and Thomas Greenwood.

 

First Finishers

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Photo Finish!!

 

Frederick Slemeck of Hercules Wimbledon AC was first over the line in 16:45 - the 4th time in 5 appearances. He did just enough to edge out clubmate and 23-time first finisher Benjamin Toomer - who was credited with the same time. This must have been a great show for the assembled spectators and I wonder if there has ever been a closer finish! Matt Gallagher of Wimbledon Windmilers was third in 17:44.

First Lady was Alex Binley of Hercules Wimbledon AC in 20:13 (17th overall) - making it 3 for 3. Gina Galbraith was second in 20:59 (28th overall). Lucy Woolhouse rounds out the podium with a time of 21:24 (37th overall).

 

Age Gradings

Just one runner achieved an 80% Age Grading this week - once again Lucy Woolhouse with 83.49% for her time of 21:24. Lisa Margaret Thomas with 78.07% and Volker Vogler with 77.23% also put in strong performances.

 

History

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 16,106 different runners, including participants from 690 athletics clubs, have completed 123,305 runs covering a total distance of 616,525 km, and there have been 20,628 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).

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

Your parkrun reporter - Andy Rice

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun, Event # 532, 28th January 2017

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I thought we would have a feature on the preparation done by Parkrunners as my start point for this week's report. They are all candidates for the Ministry of Silly Walks!!(with acknowledgements to John Cleese).

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Well done, Lynn.

The most important milestone this week was Lynn Cox completing her 50th run. Lynn has impaired sight. She did her first Parkrun in over 50 minutes. Her PB is 34'21" - a fantastic achievement. She is also incidentally one of the Parkrun reporters. Congratulations are also due to Stephen Harland who completed his 200th Parkrun. Unfortunately he was not presented with the cup. The present holder appears to have held on to it!

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Who says that Parkrun cannot be graceful? He is appearing next week in Swan Lake - the large gentleman in the yellow top of course! See below.

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Hi, Folks. They are obviously at the beginning of the run - happy, smiling faces, not exhausted, enjoying the common, thinking of the weekend to come, glad to be on camera. That's Saturday morning Parkrun.

Let's leave the photos on that positive note and go on to......

The Results.

Male placings:
Benjamin Toomer (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 16:26 - 23rd time in 25 appearances. My question is "Does it get boring being first so many times?" I do not have that problem! Well done, Benjamin, nevertheless.
An unknown runner was second.
Matt Gallagher (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third to finish in 17:47 - has been first on 8 previous occasions. This is the third week running he has been on the podium

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Matt Gallagher (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1167 pts.
Michael Vlachos (Unattached) 1131 pts.
Christopher Cull (Unattached) 1116 pts.

Female placings:
Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) (Unattached) was first (29th overall) over the line in 21:21 - 32nd time in 244 appearances. Lucy clearly back to form.
Amelia Ashton-Jones (VW40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (57th overall) over the line in 22:25 - was first to finish once before.
Sophie Mckay (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third (78th overall) over the line in 23:21 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions. The benefits of not having to push the pushchair are obvious!!

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy Woolhouse (Unattached) 1198 pts.
Maria Chalcraft (Unattached) 1124 pts.
Jessica Searle (Unattached) 1079 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) was graded 83.68% for the time 21:21 (29th overall). It is worth noting that Lucy was the only runner with an age grade score over 80%.
Benjamin Toomer (SM25-29) was graded 78.50% for the time 16:26 (first overall).
Volker Vogler (VM50-54) was graded 78.11% for the time 18:53 (7th overall).

This week there were 378 runners, of whom 38 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 16,062 different runners, including participants from 691 athletics clubs, have completed 122,978 runs covering a total distance of 614,890 km, and there have been 20,608 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271).
The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (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).

Volunteers

As we all know Parkrun would not happen without the volunteers and so let's thank all those who volunteered today.

Bob WALSH • Bryn JONES • Catherine COLEMAN • Charles LAWRIE • Christopher CULL • Dieter SCHLEGEL • Graham TRAINOR • James WALLACE • Jo MANLEY • Laura BLAZEY • Liz OSTROWSKI • Paul JONES • Pete MULHOLLAND • Richard JUREIDINI • Robert FORTES • Sandy PFEIFER • Simon CHEETHAM • Stephen WILLERTON • Trevor INGRAM

Robert Fortes.

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

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun, event 531, 21st January 2017

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You know you have a mature event when the Race Director wasn't born for the inaugural run. Either that, or you are lucky enough to have such a well oiled and well supported machine that your nine year old superstar volunteer could run it!

Let's go with a mix of the two and give Christopher Cull a big thank you for despatching us off so efficiently on such a cold day. Most people will know Christopher - as well as directing the race today he's sorted tokens, been the tail runner, scanned barcodes a couple of times, cleared up after us all five times, but best of all set things up thirty-five times. Add mysterious "other" duties in 2014, and he has volunteered on 46 occasions, not to mention turned in some pretty punchy times (PB 21:29) with 103 park runs on Wimbledon Common and a few other tourist appearances. Thank you Christopher - you are what parkrun is all about!
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Nippy

It was a good job Christopher was efficient, the mercury read minus one degrees, and the 407 hardy souls from 27 different athletics clubs who thought a beautiful morning trumped the below freezing conditions were struggling to warm-up. Amongst the pack were 54 first timers and the frozen hard packed course facilitated no fewer than 54 new Personal Bests.
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Milestones were equally prolific with Valentino di Bon gaining his junior 10 t-shirt and Rudi Damhuis, David Sansom, Brynjar Agnarsson and Jane Watson all qualifying to run in red with 50 runs to their names. A gap at 100 runs was more than made up for by the neat symmetry of Chiara Samele notching up 150, Soo Yau lifting the 200 silverware, legendary marathon runner John Krause laying claim to a 250 t-shirt and Keith Walker making his 300th double circuit. Congratulations to all!

Podium honours

Benjamin Toomer (Hercules Wimbledon AC, SM25-29) crossed the line first again in 16:05 for the 22nd time in 24 appearances, well ahead of Danny Russell (Highgate Harriers, SM30-34) at 17:16. Eight times previous winner Matt Gallagher (Wimbledon Windmilers, VM35-39) took the third step in 17:33.

For the ladies, Gina Galbraith (Hercules Wimbledon AC, VW40-44) was first to arrive (28th overall) for the fifteenth time at 20:32, with thirty-one times winner Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) second (42nd overall) in 21:10. Diana Keeling (SW30-34) completed the picture with her third spot (65th overall) crossing the line in 22:19.

In addition to their podium positions, Lucy Woolhouse 84.41% and Benjamin Toomer 80.21% set the standard in the Age Grade stakes.

It is early days for the points competition, but for completeness Philip Tosh, Christopher Cull, Sandy Pfeifer all have 900 points. A handful of points separate Lucy Woolhouse (898), Diana Keeling (888) and Lynne Lloyd (860), but it is far too early for anyone to be getting excited!

History

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 16,023 different runners, including participants from 688 athletics clubs, have completed 122,600 runs covering a total distance of 613,000 km, and there have been 20,572 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (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).

Making it happen

parkrun relies on its volunteers each week, and event 531 was brought to you by Sarah Ahsan, Alastair Brown, Christopher Cull, Richard Evans, Ming Fong, Alexander Hall, David Hall, Nick Hudson, Sarah Jones, Niki Khanezai, Katherine Laidler, Jo Manley, Pete Mulholland, Sandy Pfeifer, Louise Robinson, John Sabourin, Alastair Stuart, Philip Tosh, Graham Trainor, Stephen Willerton, Tom Wood. We always need volunteers, please check out the future roster to see how you can follow Christopher's example!

Alastair Brown

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