We Parkrun hacks are always looking for a scoop to add interest to our weekly report. This is not easy and depends on events beyond our control. This week was no exception. Could I engineer something? Luck was on my side as you will now see.
First of all, briefing. Thanks to Alastair.
Volunteers - vital to the whole operation
and then from this
to this.... Parents, please be careful about showing this to your children if you wish them to continue doing Parkrun or indeed running at all
Our revered permanent Run Director, Charles Lawrie, according to totally unreliable sources, tripped over a blade of grass and this was the result. I do not wish to draw any conclusions from this - no decent hack would - but as I was told by a fellow Parkrunner when I tripped on the roots of a tree, "Pick your legs up"!!
Now for the stats.
This week 486 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
Stephen HURLEY (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first over the line and round the bend of the funnel to record a time of 16:53 - third time in 5 appearances.
Mark BRIDGES (VM40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second over the line and recorded a time of 17:21
Andy WEIR (VM45-49) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was third over the line in 17:32 - has been first to finish on 18 previous occasions.
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) (Unattached) was first (39th overall) over the line in 20:51 - 35th (yes 35th!- well done!) time in 260 appearances.
Laura YORK (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (42nd overall) over the line in 21:02 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Poppy CRAIG-MCFEELY (JW11-14) of Herne Hill Harriers, was third (44th overall) over the line in 21:11.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) – 85.69% for the time 20:51 (39th overall).
Andy WEIR (VM45-49) – 83.46% for the time 17:32 (third overall).
Mark BRIDGES (VM40-44) – 79.25% for the time 17:21 (second overall).
Congratulations are also due to Volker Vogler for completing his 100th Parkrun today.
The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271).
The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded 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 92.99% (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212).
Our thanks to the 22 volunteers who helped today:
Joe Toomey • Charles Lawrie • Alastair Brown • Richard Evans • Nicola El Kadiri • Bernadette Maher Allan • Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins • Annette Barrett • John Sabourin • Volker Vogler • Jaspal Dhalley • Robert Fortes • Christopher Cull • Bob Walsh • Harsha Arunkumar Naik • Nick Wright • Sandy Pfeifer • Warwick Wagner • Sarah Jones • Oliver Knight • Otto Levi • Nathan Cutting.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.
Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 17,129 participants have completed 131,828 parkruns covering a total distance of 659,140 km, including 21,938 new Personal Bests.
P.S. My thanks to Charles Lawrie without whose incident this report would not have been possible.