They came, they saw, they conquered
First and third man over the line on Saturday were both running at Wimbledon Common for the first time. Ian Murdey of Beaumont Running Club (Leicester) crossed the line first in 18:25, while Shaun Bott of Belper Harriers (Derbyshire) finished third in 18:56. Sandwiched between our visiting speedsters, and only three seconds behind the leader, was Wimbledon Windmiler Mark Haworth.
Welcome visitors Ian Murdey (1st) and Shaun Bott (3rd)
Second man home Mark Haworth and first lady Ruth Wallace
Ruth Wallace, Thames Hare and Hounds, was first lady home in 20:20 followed by Wimbledon Windmiler Julia Donovan in 20:55 and third past the post was Lucy Woolhouse, 21:45. Lucy achieved this week's top age-grading with 80.08%. Other high scorers were visitor Ian Murdey, 76.38% and our erstwhile director Ian Higgins with 73.99%. But it's not just those going grey around the edges that score high percentages; well done Zac Purnell (JM11-14) who finished an impressive 5th in 19:42 with an age rating of 73.60%. Well done too Rob Clifford on his 100th run, and congratulations due next time out to Windmiler stalwart Bronwyn Mayo who ran her 49th parkrun.
He went, he saw, he conquered
Meanwhile, regular Common man, Gary Lloyd had travelled to the Far East (well beyond Hoxton) for his Saturday morning run, lining up with 39 others for the 31st running of the East Coast Park parkrun in Singapore. First man home was Singapore Shufflers' Totsuo Komoto in 18:58. Gary crossed the line in 26th spot in a respectable time of 25:28 but, more impressively, 1st in the VM70-74 age category setting a new course record. Well done Gary!
We all know that parkrun isn't a race, but a free-for-all to enjoy as you wish and everyone is a winner. Inevitably however the odd scrap goes on and Gary, pictured above, is my scrap-mate. When we were young men (VM65-69) I managed to finish ahead quite a few times. Naturally I was above such things as smug grins and sarky comments but relished the moments. For a while I had the VM70-74 group more or less to myself, until recently when Gary joined the old codgers and I now find myself trailing in his dust/mud! I've a cunning plan. I'm not suggesting pistols at dawn, although the Common would be a fine venue, but the gauntlet's down and later in the year I shall be firing up my Get Gary Campaign...
Hell or high water
I was otherwise engaged the week before so missed the special tree-obstacle feature, and a man crossing the line first in 17:25 with his dog on a lead, but this week I spotted nothing unusual to report and even the weather was pretty good, if cold. Temperatures in Singapore would have been about 10 times higher but the fastest times were about the same. Mud or sunshine, here or there, parkrun's a Saturday-morning treat whatever the variables throw at us.
Facts and Figures
Ian MURDEY (VM40-44) of Beaumont RC 18:25 - first appearance
Mark HAWORTH (SM20-24) of Wimbledon Windmilers 18:28
Shaun BOTT (SM30-34) of Belper Harriers 18:56
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Charles LAWRIE (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 900
Peter METCALF (Wimbledon Windmilers) 878
Sebastian VONS (Wimbledon Windmilers) 869
Ruth WALLACE (SW30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds, first (15th overall) 20:20 - 23rd time in 30 appearances
Julia DONOVAN (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, second (28th overall) 20:55 - first to finish on 3 previous occasions
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW50-54) (Unattached) third (37th overall) 21:45 - first to finish on 23 previous occasions
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kylie CORSO (Unattached) 900
Lisa Margaret THOMAS (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 900
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (Unattached) 897
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW50-54) was graded 80.08% for the time 21:45 (37th overall)
Ian MURDEY (VM40-44) was graded 76.38% for the time 18:25 (first overall)
Ian HIGGINS (VM50-54) was graded 73.99% for the time 20:15 (13th overall)
This week there were 361 runners, of whom 58 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part
Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 11,711 different runners, including participants from 500 athletics clubs, have completed 84,585 runs covering a total distance of 422,925 km, and there have been 15,181 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.