Wimbledon Common parkrun, event number 502, 16 July 2016

 

Wedding or parkrun? No choice at all...

 

Thanks to the wonder that is the internet, we can discover the amazing things that happened on any given day in history. On 16 July in the year 622, for example, the Islamic calendar began. On the same day in 1377, Richard II was crowned king of England. In 1790, that auspicious date saw the District of Columbia established as the capital of the US of A. On 16 July 1935, Oklahoma City put in place the first parking meter (and presumably the first parking warden was sworn at). More ominously, on the same date in 1945, the first test of a nuclear weapon took place at Alamogordo, New Mexico. More happily, in 1951, JD Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye was published on that day (if you haven't read it, please do); and on 16 July 1969, the Apollo 11 was launched, carrying Neil Armstrong, ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins. Coming right up to date, on 16 July 2016, Wimbledon Common parkrun number 502 took place, but my lovely niece, Ruth, was married at the Great Barn in Ruislip at 11.30am – and, despite my most persuasive arguments, it was decided that I couldn’t attend both events. So, for the second time, I’m writing a report on a parkrun I neither ran in nor attended.

I’m reliably informed it was still a little muddy, but not too bad, and it’s a certainty that the weather was as warm as it turned out to be in the further reaches of north-west London. Apologies for the lack of pictures on this first draft: a little access problem with flickr...

 

Benjamin beats an Earl...

Down to the business. Benjamin Toomer (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 16:45, his 19th time in 21 appearances. The unattached Jonny Earl (SM30-34) came in an aristocratic second in 17:23 – Jonny has been first to finish five times. And third was Peter Justin Collins (VM45-49) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, in 17:48 – my namesake has been first to finish twice.

In the men’s annual points competition, Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) has established a daunting lead on 7,737 points. Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) slips back slightly on 7,417 points. And Charlie Snow (unattached) sits on the final podium spot on 6,824 points.

 

...but Prince comes out on top

As for the women, more titles: Rebecca Prince (SW30-34) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first (18th overall) in 20:06 – her second first place in two appearances. Gina Galbraith (VW40-44) of Hercules Wimbledon AC was second (22nd overall) in 20:30 – Gina has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions. And Laura York (SW25-29) (unattached) was third (38th overall) in 21:42. Laura has been first to finish twice.

In the women’s annual points competition, Liz Ostrowski (unattached) is pulling away on 7,851 points, Nicola El Kadiri (unattached) is second on 6,717, and Natalie Fell (unattached) lies third on 6,637 points.

The best age-graders this week were: Peter Justin Collins (VM45-49) on 79.68% for the time 17:48 (third overall), Volker Vogler (VM50-54) on 77.77% for the time 18:58 (9th overall) and Benjamin Toomer (SM25-29) on 77.01% for the time 16:45 (first overall).

There appeared to be just the one landmark run this week: well done to Warwick Wagner, who has been composed enough to earn his ten-run t-shirt for youngsters. Pure Rheingold! For future reference, Colin Harris is poised on 445, Charles Lawrie on 399, Nick McKay on 346, and Annette Barrett and Nico Delaney both on 99.

Florence England scored a PB at Wimbledon Common of 24:33, her first sub-25-minute run here, in her 60th appearance – her fifth PB in her last 13 runs at Wimbledon (she spreads her favours between the common and Bushy Park, where she’s run under 24 minutes). Chris Harper has had a rush of PBs this year, four in his last eight appearances, now standing at 21:27. And young Gabriel Durand has beaten his PB four times in the past six, to now post 22:59.

Thanks again to all our wonderful volunteers. If you haven't volunteered, please do. Bring your copy of Catcher in the Rye to pass the time.

This week there were 365 runners, of whom 45 were first timers and 42 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part. Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6 January 2007, and since then 14,804 different runners, including participants from 639 athletics clubs, have completed 111,912 runs covering a total distance of 559,560 km, and there have been 19,069 new personal bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop, who ran in a time of 16:33 on 17 March 2012 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris Parr, who ran in a time of 15:04 on 23 April 2011 (event number 224). The age grade course record is held by Jane Davies, who recorded 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.

Peter AF Collins

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun event 501, 9 July 2016

Game on!

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Was this the best weekend of sport ever? The Wimbledon finals, European Athletics, British Grand Prix, Tour de France, the final of the Euros… And to kick it all off, our 501st parkrun.

Even though you could, apparently, have spent 53 hours watching it all on TV this weekend, 357 people still made it off the sofa and up to the common on Saturday morning.

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It was especially nice to see Andy Murray (Dulwich Runners, VM 60-64) turning up, meaning the 76 runners who ran faster than him could say they beat Andy Murray at Wimbledon. I just wish Roger Federer had come along too.

Conditions this week were a bit less muddy than recently and the predicted rain held off, leading to 63 new PBs. One of those was Sean Jones who was also celebrating his 50th birthday. Congratulations! Apart from that, there were no obvious major milestones this week, so not much in the way of champagne and cake. John Carter is just two runs away from his 250th. Could that be the next big celebration?

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In the male placings, Benjamin Toomer (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 16:38, his 18th time in 20 appearances. Nick McKay (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second in 17:47. Thomas Greenwood (SM30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC, was third in 17:55.

Among the females, Annette Gould (SW30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 20:23, her third time in 18 appearances. Amelia Ritchie (SW30-34) of Ealing Eagles Running Club, was second (50th overall) over the line in 21:40 and Valerie Parocki (JW11-14) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was an impressive third (52nd overall) over the line in 21:47 and with an age grading of 76.36%.

There was also a great performance from Ros Tabor (VW65-69) who was graded 90.74% for the time 23:02 which puts her second ever in Wimbledon’s age graded league. Richard Evans (VM50-54) was graded 79.90% for the time 19:04 and Andrew Lenon (VM55-59) was graded 79.10% for the time 20:06.

This week there were 36 first-timers and representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

Many thanks to the volunteers who made all this possible: Carol McCormack  •  Charles Lawrie  •  Christopher Cull  •  Clive Scammell  •  Daniel Berry  •  David Crowther •  Francesca Carter  •  George Trimm  •  Graham Trainor  •  Harsha Arunkumar Naik  •  Jo Manley  •  Kylie Corso  •  Nick Hudson  •  Nicola Combe  •  Pete Mulholland  •  Philip Tosh  •  Robert Fortes  •  Sandy Pfeifer  •  Sarah Robbins  •  Steven Cull  •  Stewart Bond.

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Why not volunteer?

 

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 7442 pts. Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 7417 pts. Sandy Pfeifer (Wimbledon Windmilers) 6797 pts. Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 7571 pts. Nicola El Kadiri (Unattached) 6504 pts. Amelia Ashton-Jones (Wimbledon Windmilers) 6483 pts.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,759 different runners, including participants from 634 athletics clubs, have completed 111,547 runs covering a total distance of 557,735 km, and there have been 19,027 new Personal Bests. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.
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Dogs need cake too!

 

See you again soon.

Caroline Helder
 

Wimbledon Common parkrun : Event # 500!! : 2 July 2016

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500 Not Out

If the big 5-0-0 isn’t a time to trot out some statistics then I don’t know when is. Run director for the day Alastair Brown certainly thought so, and came out brandishing the result sheet for Wimbledon Common parkrun number 1  - way back on 6th January 2007. 51 runners took part that day including some familiar names…

So 500:

  • Only two individual parkrunners have run over 500 times. Look out for the  extremely rare light blue '500 club' shirt on your travels...
  • The Proclaimers would walk this many miles. And rinse and repeat.
  • 'D' as the Romans would have it.
  • A cutesy Fiat?
  • Rough quantity in kilograms of the cake consumed this week.
  • Not quite the highest first class cricket score (save that one for next week).
  • Number of Centre Court tickets available each day to punters in 'The Queue'. (Yes our noisy neighbours are having their annual tennis shindig...)
  • Oscar Millard (10 runs) is the 500th fastest person to complete Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:17.
  • This year saw the 100th running of the Indy 500.
  • The 500 Note is the highest denomination Euro banknote. You can get much more currency in a briefcase if you use €500s instead of £50s...
  • Bartholomew Cubbins had 500 hats.
  • Lulu King has the 500th best Age Grading at Wimbledon Common - 75.72% but only ran here once...

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Enough already. This week also saw the 111,111th finisher.

 

Milestones

The 500th run is a strong time to be setting a personal milestone too, and there were plenty! Amy Dunn, Alfie Hunter and Spencer Young ran their 10th runs, Max Barley and Tom Ellis ran their 50th, and Rosalind Highet and junior Christopher Cull ran number 100 - hoisted aloft for all to see before the run! Helen Beeby ran her 200th parkrun - all of them on the mud of Wimbledon Common.

There were 33 new PBs, although the persistently muddy conditions meant few of them were from regular runners at Wimbledon. Run of the day came from Gabriel Stone setting a new best after 82 runs at Wimbledon.

This week there were 324 runners, of whom 31 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

 

Volunteers

Remember that parkrun is free and relies on the hard work of a group of volunteers to keep going. Thanks this week to Alastair Brown, Andrew Rice, Bob Walsh, Carol McCormack, Charles Lawrie, Christopher Cull, Colin Harris, Graham White, Hugh Woolhouse, Jasmine Paradinas, Jennifer Brookes, John Sabourin, Katerina Vlckova, Kylie Corso, Lucy Woolhouse, Malcolm Brookes, Matthias Heger, Michael Vlachos, Nick Mckay, Pete Mulholland, Robbie Searle, Simon Cheetham, Stephen Johnson and Tessa Kelly.

This year's target is 300 different volunteers! By my count we are at 199 so it’s still on, although the last hundred will be harder to find. To get involved take a look at the volunteer page.

 

First Finishers

Benjamin Toomer of Hercules Wimbleodn AC was first over the line in 16:57 - his 17th first finish. Neil Riley was second in 17:41 and Will Cockerell (JM15-17) of Belgrave Harriers completed the trio in 17:55.

First Lady was Rebecca Prince of Wimbledon Windmilers in 22:17 (44th overall) on her first appearance on the Common. Rebecca Jackson finished second in 22:26 (48th overall). Sophie McKay also of Wimbledon Windmilers completes the set in 23:36 (68th overall).

 

Men's Standings

Just a single point in it at the top! And currently a triple podium for the Windmilers.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS (Wimbledon Windmilers) 7144 pts.
Nick MCKAY (Wimbledon Windmilers) 7143 pts.
Sandy PFEIFER (Wimbledon Windmilers) 6797 pts.

 

Women's Standings

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Liz OSTROWSKI (Unattached) 7289 pts.
Nicola EL KADIRI (Unattached) 6247 pts.
Jasmine PARADINAS (Unattached) 6235 pts.

That looks like an unassailable lead at the top? Is it….

 

Age Gradings

Once again Sandy Pfeifer heads the Age Gradings with 85.48% for his time of 18:08 in 5th place. Peter Lee's 9th place in 18:58 was worth 77.77% and third placedWill Cockerell rounds out the top three with 77.30% in 17:55.

 

History

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,723 different runners, including participants from 634 athletics clubs, have completed 111,190 runs covering a total distance of 555,950 km, and there have been 18,964 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 number 499 25 June 2016

Referendum? What Referendum?

British politics coughed up something momentous in the week leading up to Parkrun number 499. Many had strong feelings and many had conflicting views. But naturally none of it mattered on Saturday. We all agreed that the parkrun was a jolly good thing to do. We ran, spoke and laughed as volunteers and parkrunners, regardless of our political views.

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Sorry, but things are seldom that tranquil. I was witness to one incident of banter in which a two finger salute was traded between two parkrunners who held differing views on the Brexit referendum. But apart from the perpetrator, hugh shall not be named, and its recipient, it’s reasonably safe to say that most of us managed to leave the week’s politics outside the Common as we came in.

Left at the pond? Which pond? - there are thousands.

In race director Richard Evans’ pre-race briefing, we were asked to kindly respect other WC users. That’s generally good advice, I thought, one should never bring attention to an excess of odour from within the toilet cubicle or snigger at an unintended squeak of wind at the urinal.

“WC”, Richard continued, was his shorthand for “Wimbledon Common”. Ahh yes, of course! What was I thinking? Besides, with the state of the common after all that rain, you really can’t blame him for referring to our beloved quagmire as a toilet.

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Unofficial Longest parkrun

Why was Richard race directing? We all now know this means he wasn't running. Could he be getting lazy, or simply pushing forward with his impressive volunteering record. Or was he saving himself for other exploits on the weekend?

The answer may be, that Sunday was the annual Unofficial Longest parkrun day. A group of South West London parkrunners ran seven parkruns throughout the day: Starting at 9 am at Busy Park, on to Crane Park, Old Dear Park, Richmond Park, WC, Kingston and then back to Busy Park. Very impressively, however, Richard and John Krause together with Bushy Park local Rodney McCulloch, ran all the seven parkruns; but also ran between each one. They totalled 67 km for the day. Mention must also go to Lisa Thomas who accompanied them on her bike, keeping them going with supplies and sustenance.

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Here we have Richard, Lisa and John toasting a hard day's running. (Err, guys, I'm really sorry for making you do that extra half mile when I ran with you between Richmond Park and Wimbledon common.)

The Numbers

Results

First over the line was was Ben Toomer in 17:16, an unknown runner second (did someone forget their barcode?), Sandy Pfeifer was third in a time of 18:18. In the ladies, Julia Donovan came in first in 20:56 (22nd overall), next was Laura York in 21:50 (32nd overall) followed by Amelia Ashton-Jones in 22:50 (51st overall).

Annual Points Standings

The Men's annual points competition stays the same with Peter Collins on top spot with 6870 pts, Nick Mckay chomping at his heels with 6843 pts and Sandy Pfeifer in third with 6501 pts. Liz Ostrowski 7008 pts stays at the top of the women's annual points competition, Nicola El Kadiri moves up one to second with 2980 pts with Danuta Grabda slipping a position with 5955 pts.

Age Grade scores

Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) was graded 84.70% for the time 18:18 (third overall). Neil Watkins (VM45-49) was graded 75.79% for the time 19:00 (7th overall). Roger Pratt (VM55-59) was graded 75.33% for the time 20:24 (15th overall).

Stats

This week there were 287 runners, of whom 27 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests.

Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part. Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,692 different runners, including participants from 633 athletics clubs, have completed 110,866 runs covering a total distance of 554,330 km, and there have been 18,931 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). Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

Report Writer: Peter Metcalf
Parkrun Photographer: Louise Robinson

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 498 18 June 2016

 

Missed ‘Er and Misses – A Hurrell Guide To Mud Spattering

 

There is so much to talk about this week that I barely know where to begin and beware some of this report may even contain talk about running….

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Mr and Mrs Hurrell (nee Pooley) back to the fold of our parkrun. Jayne and Rich (who have clocked up a respectable 406 runs between them) were married on 12th June and such was the unbridled joy for this occasion that even some local Flamingos (I know, random ha?) were so tickled pink that they went into rapturous squawks and got into quite a flap, as this popular couple said their I do’s. Who knew that Flamingos had such a great sense of occasion – gotta love ‘em.

 

Flamingo

 

Hugh Done It

There was more cause for celebration as one half of another splendid running pair tonked up his 250th parkrun.  Hugh Woolhouse outshines wife Lucy on this occasion by being a few steps ahead of the game with 250 runs to Lucy’s 219  runs. Still, do bear up Lucy, some might say it’s not all about quantity- but let’s not be churlish, 250 is epic so a massive WELL DONE Hugh, top shout!
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Bench Mark

It was great to see the welcome return of Ian Higgins as this weeks race director. I was still in the process of “re-grouping” after a lively afternoon at the races the day before, so could be forgiven for thinking that I was experiencing some sort of flash-back as I listened to Ian’s witty repartee. Still, he seems to have lost none of his candid humour and timing as he delivered the pre-run talk with aplomb and orange stickers, nice one. Congratulations also goes out to the delightful David Watkins on completing his 200th parkrun. Here he is seen receiving the Collins Cup. David has run 199 of those 200 here at Wimbledon Common, what a fantastic show of loyalty and commitment.

 

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F.Y.I – You too could have your 5 mins in the sunshine and volunteer to be a race director as this has now become a roving role.  Just ask Charles Hampden – Smith or Kylie Corso, our volunteer coordinators.

 

Young Christopher Cull

Wowzer, sorry but I just have to mention him. He acquired a PB of 22.13 last month and was only 37 seconds off it this week. Colin Harris, who has scampered around this course no few than 410 times, has described the current underfoot conditions thus - “As muddy as I have ever seen it.” Given Christopher’s light frame and tender age, this achievement is rather astonishing to me. Keep on keeping on young man.

 

Mud Montage

 

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New Hacks

We welcome Lynn Cox and Peter Metcalf to our writing team, they are sure to be a refreshing addition so look out for their words of wisdom, coming to a parkrun report near you soon.

 

The Stats

Male placings: Phil Coales, was first over the line in 17:57, Sandy Pfeifer came second in 18:16 with Nick McKay third in a time of 18:21

Current leaders in the Men's annual points competition are dominated by members of that fine running club Wimbledon Windmilers, with the three top spots all members with PAFITY Collins on 6597 points, in second position is Nick McKay only 40 points behind on 6547 points and in third place Sandy Pfeifer with 6203 points.

Female placings: Carol Anne Vereker was first over the line in 21:07, in second place was Amelia Ashton-Jones in 22:37 and in third place was Jessica Pealing in 22:55, her first run on the Common in over 5 years.

Current leaders in the Women's annual points competition are: Liz Ostrowski leads the way on 6725 points with Danuta Grabda in second place with 5756 points and in third position is Nicola El Kadiri on 5680 points.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) was graded 84.85% for the time 18:16 (second overall). Richard Evans (VM50-54) was graded 78.25% for the time 19:28 (10th overall). Volker Vogler (VM50-54) was graded 75.71% for the time 19:29 (11th overall).

This week there were 342 runners, of whom 39 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,665 different runners, including participants from 633 athletics clubs, have completed 110,579 runs covering a total distance of 552,895 km, and there have been 18,900 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).

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

 

 

Report Writer:  Annie Tosh

Photographer Bob Walsh (in the main)

 

 

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