Their Cups Runneth Over (or under 20.00 minutes)
If you want to see some quality silverware where would you think to look? Maybe the Tower of London, Hatton Garden (not the safety deposit boxes – obvs) the London Silver Vaults or quite possibly Tiffanys. Well why not save yourself the bus fare and go instead to check out a more local exhibition. Just head to the Wool House in Wimbledon, it is positively “bling-tastic,” a magpie haven absolutely burgeoning with shiny silvery cups!
All joshing aside (temporary ceasefire only) I would certainly like to say a massive congratulations to Lucy and Hugh Woolhouse (pictured below) on doing the double double ton together on Saturday. On this occasion I shall not dwell on Lucy’s excellent running, if you need proof of this just check out the stats, they speak for themselves. Rather I should like to make more of the fact that this splendid running duo are exceedingly good eggs, always the sort to pitch up and pitch in, qualities that more parkrunners would do well to emulate so thanks a million to you both. Ok, Ok, Hugh, you surely didn’t think I would really drop the ball on this one, just for the record, Lucy recorded a PB time of 19.52 on Saturday giving her a gobsmaking age grading of 87.67%, the highest on the day.
Other wonderful milestones reached were by Elisabeth Bingham and Paul Abraham who both joined the 100 club. Paul is running well at the moment and narrowly missed out on a PB by 2 seconds, fingers crossed for next week Paul.
Dominic Ostrowski joins the 50 club showing remarkable loyalty to Wimbledon by completing 48 of those runs here.
The quintet who join the 10-tastic club this week are: Julia Behan, Beniamino Forchini, Flossie Gough, Jessie Whichelow and Aidan Watkins.
With course conditions turning from “Slippery Banana Skin” to just “Peachy” you would expect some decent times to be recorded at the weekend and the Wimbledon crowd did not disappoint with PBs zinging around like the ball bearing in a pinball machine. Just check out the run times of Brianna Clifford on 108 runs, Richard Mellor of HWAC on 82, Duncan Watkins on 73, Andrew Lenon on 72, Gemma Brennan on 59, Christine McNeil on 59 and James Hawker of W.W. on 57.
It is always cool to see a regular runner improving, and even more impressive to see a PB recorded by someone who has run this course no fewer than 261 times, Phil Tosh (pictured below) did exactly this on Saturday by recording a PB of 24.11. Oddly enough his last PB was recorded exactly a year ago to the weekend. He also ran a half marathon over in Connemara in Ireland recently and clocked up another PB over a very challenging course. It was noted on this occasion that he sported a rather nifty Connacht rugby shirt, a blatant (and fraudulent) attempt to garner local support but it did the trick. April is clearly a form month for Mr Tosh so keep your eyes peeled to see if he gets the trip at Aintree next year!
Stats for the day:
Male placings: Benjamin Toomer of Hercules Wimbledon AC (pictured below), was first over the line in 17:09 - 4th time in 5 appearances, an unknown runner was second, in third place was Matt Gallagher of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third in a time of 17:38.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Andrew Lenon is in the lead on 4394 points, in second place is PAFITY Collins on 4379 points and in third place is Robin Hutchinson with 4119 points.
Female placings: Lisa Thomas of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (21st overall) over the line in 19:48 - 40th time in 184 appearances, Lucy Woolhouse (see above) was second in 19:52 and in third place was Denise Barnett in 20:33.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Lucy Woolhouse leads the way on 4778 points, in second place is Danuta K Grabda with 4278 points and in third spot is Clare Gibbons on 4276 points.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 87.67% for the time 19:52 (24th overall). Lisa Thomas (VW50-54) was graded 84.68% for the time 19:48 (21st overall). Steve Gratton (VM55-59) was graded 81.05% for the time 19:37 (17th overall).
This week there were 396 runners, of whom 47 were first timers and 110 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.
Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 12,140 different runners, including participants from 511 athletics clubs, have completed 88,570 runs covering a total distance of 442,850 km, and there have been 15,835 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