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:
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.
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!
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:-
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.
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.