Wimbledon Common Parkrun Weekly Report 19 July 2014 Event Number 394

WIKER’S WORLD

The day dawned grey and drizzly after storms. But the course was much better than might have been expected given the recent downpours; the moisture had dampened the dust and softened the bumps and lumps into which every earth path on the common seems to have dried this year, so the going underfoot was good. The atmosphere, however, was sultry, more Hong Kong than Wimbledon. Clearly a good morning for perspiration.

No incidents or accidents this week, thankfully. But for Wimbledon parkrun a very notable week. It is the first time a woman has finished in first place overall. It was a terrific performance by Louise Wiker who has run here three times before and has the third fastest time for a woman over the course. Her time of 17:58 was very good indeed by any standards, particularly bearing in  mind the conditions: many runners said it felt like a sauna on their second lap. Louise, by contrast, looked a picture of composure as she came in to the finish (picture below). So many, many congratulations to her for a great run and a notable first - and I suspect and hope it will not be 7 years until the next female winner

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Talking of sultry weather our run director tells me that someone, not we think a parkrunner, was asking whether parkrun has a policy on lightning. I would be tempted to reply about lightning in a similar way to that in which a seriously ailing but remorselessly stiff-upper lipped and still bone dry humour-wise W. Somerset Maugham did on being asked a question about dying: words to the effect that it was not a pleasant experience "and I advise you to have nothing whatever to do with it". Alternatively, and I hope the further flippancy will be forgiven, I might suggest wearing flip-flops (rubber) although according to today’s (25/7) “Times” p. 3, telling a story of a woman whose life was saved by the chance fact she was wearing them when struck by lightning, their effectiveness depends on the thickness of the rubber; or as our run director suggests, more appropriately for our course for most of the year, try wellington boots. But seriously the answer is no, parkrun has no policy on lightning (or mud or snow etc) and offers no advice or guidance. We all take part at our own risk and using our own common sense.

Moving to the results, first lady and first runner home, as celebrated above was Louise Wiker in 17:58. It seems nowadays to be pretty unusual for Lisa Thomas not to win the race, but on Saturday she was second. But the weekend was not a wash out for Lisa, however, because apart from a very good time at parkrun which would have won the ladies' race most weeks and which most of us are envious of, not to mention top age grade, Lisa turned out at the Elmbridge 10 K on Sunday and took the V45 ladies category there. Lucy Woolhouse produced another very good run to finish third lady with a brilliant age grade. Notable that the first three ladies recorded the best three age grade scores – and in reality therefore best runs – overall, the order being Lisa, Lucy and Louise.

In the men's race Eoin O’Connell came in a comfortable first in 18:09, followed by Nick McKay and Peter Collins separated by just three seconds in 18:25 and 18:28. Very good runs by all of them, too.

There were, despite the humidity,  quite a few pbs. Very well done to all who got them. Invidious to single anyone out but it is always difficult to get a PB after 50 runs and Steve Cox brought his best time down to 20.48 on his 58th parkrun (56th here), a great achievement given the soupy conditions.

Women's Podium placings:
Louise Wiker (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (first overall) over the line in 17:58, her third time in 4 appearances.
Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW45-49) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second (15th overall) over the line in 19:45 and has been first to finish on 25 previous occasions.
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 20:36 and has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lisa Margaret Thomas (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 8082 pts.
Lucy Woolhouse (Unattached) 7171 pts.
Briarna Clifford (Unattached) 7116 pts.

Men's Podium placings:
Eoin O'CONNELL (VM40-44) of Serpentine RC, was first (second overall) over the line in 18:09, his 13th time in 42 appearances.
Nick McKay (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (third overall) over the line in 18:25.
Peter Justin Collins (VM40-44) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:28.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 8010 pts.
Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 7572 pts.
Joe Busa (Unattached) 7148 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW45-49) was graded 83.88% for the time 19:45 (15th overall).
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 83.41% for the time 20:36 (31st overall).
Louise Wiker (VW35-39) was graded 83.21% for the time 17:58 (first overall).

This week there were 263 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 10,701 different runners, including participants from 456 athletics clubs, have completed 76,142 runs covering a total distance of 380,710 km, and there have been 14,122 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.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 393 12th July 2014

Allez le parkrun 

As our Summer rolls on at what seems to be a faster pace than that of Matt Gallagher or Gina Galbraith last weekend, I cannot help but reflect upon what a splendid season of sporting events we have had and continue to enjoy. There is no time to linger on a sorrowful farewell to Djokovic or Kvitova or Germany or Argentina for these players have run their course in the great passage of play, for this year anyway. Instead we welcome some new characters to the fray, enter India v England who are bound to enthral at Lords this week and let us not forget the likes of poor Cavendish, Froome and Contador who exited the stage too early but who leave the race wide open for all those who are peddling hard over in France at the moment.

 I must confess to being absolutely fascinated by the Tour de France having watched the Grand Depart from Yorkshire on the television. I was determined to make my way to the Embankment in order to see the great spectacle of the Peloton whizzing past for myself and it did not fail to impress, an amazing blurr of colour and speed, athletes at the top of their sport. A little bit like our own Grand Depart at parkun only with a tad more lycra! I have noted that when a rider comes off his bicycle (this by the way brings painful new meaning to the term crashing out of a tournament) the commentary team often use the rather graphic phrase “He has left a lot of skin on the road there.” I suspect a few of us runners may also have left a few layers of our precious epidermis on Wimbledon Common over the years if the truth be told – a painful business this running.

So, let us check out this weeks Yellow Jersey winners at parkrun.

Men's placings:
Matt Gallagher was first over the line in 17:05 a PB, his second win in 37 appearances. James Wallage was second with a time of 18:03, he has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Nick McKay from Wimbledon Windmilers was third in 18:23.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Nick McKay has 7711 points, second place is our volunteer co-ordinator Charles Hampden-Smith on 7285 points and in third place is Joe Busa with 6906 points.

Women's placings:
Gina Galbraith of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 19:59, her 5th win in 31 appearances. Lucy Woolhouse was second (25th overall) in 20:12, Lucy has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions, and in third place with a new PB was Julia Donovan of Wimbledon Windmilers, in 20:37.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lisa Thomas leads the way on 7783 points followed by Lucy Woolhouse on 6873 points and in third place is Briarna Clifford with 6839 points.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 85.07% for the time 20:12 (25th overall).
Sandy Pfeifer (VM50-54) was graded 82.71% for the time 18:25 (4th overall).
Liam O'Hare (VM65-69) was graded 82.00% for the time 20:39 (33rd overall).

This week there were 331 runners, of whom 49 were first timers and an amazing 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Of those 66 PBs some of the more remarkable were Chris Abell who managed his on his 130th parkrun and his first since 25th August 2012, Debbie Richards who achieved hers on her 94th run, Stephen Johnson on his 91st, James Goodgame on his 82nd, Sebastian Hudspith on his 67th and Katie Keane on her 54th. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 10,677 different runners, including participants from 455 athletics clubs, have completed 75,879 runs covering a total distance of 379,395 km, and there have been 14,097 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.

Finally, Kylie Corso has asked me to explain that there was a hiccup with the timer machine last week and as a result, some of the times had to be estimated but are thought to be as accurate as can be. If you feel that your result was a long way out then please email her at wimblehelpers@parkrun.com

 

Wimbledon Common Parkrun Weekly Report – Event No. 392 – 5 July 2014

 

Canadian wins Wimbledon Women’s title – you cannot be serious!!

 

The sun shone on SW19. The court course was in tip-top condition, having been watered overnight. Wimbledon Village was decked out with flags; sellers of strawberries and Pimms were celebrating the best two weeks of the year; and long lines of tennis fans snaked around Wimbledon Park eagerly waiting for the climax of the 2014 Wimbledon fortnight. Over on the Common, 283 runners congregated, ready to record their own sporting achievements.

 

It didn’t take hawkeye to determine the men’s winner this week, with Matt Gallagher (SM30-34; unattached - pictured) crossing the line in 17:16, a clear 22 seconds ahead of Knut Hegvold (VM50-54) of Belgrave Harriers. This was Matt’s first win in 36 appearances (and a new PB), while Knut has been first to finish on five previous occasions. James Wallage (VM35-39; unattached) was third over the line in 18:20.

 

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Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 7413 pts.
  • Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 7285 pts.
  • Joe Busa (unattached) 6677 pts.

 

Eugenie Bouchard may not have fared so well over at the All England Club later in the afternoon, but on the Common our resident Canadian, Lisa Thomas (VW45-49; pictured) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:35. Lisa has already made a name for herself on grass (and mud; and sand; and puddles), today taking the women’s title for the 25th time in 154 appearances. Charlotte Clover (JW15-17) of Newbury AC, a newcomer to Wimbledon Common, was second (21st overall) over the line in 20:03. Gina Galbraith (VW35-39) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third (26th overall) over the line in 20:17. She has been first to finish on four previous occasions.

 

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Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Lisa Thomas (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 7491 pts.
  • Nicola El Kadiri (unattached) 6700 pts.
  • Lucy Woolhouse (unattached) 6574 pts.

 

Second-placed Knut Hegvold (VM50-54) recorded the best age grade score, with 84.97%. Lisa Thomas had to make do with second place in the age gradings (84.60%), while Liam O'Hare (VM65-69) was graded 82.27% for the time 20:35 (30th overall).

 

This week there were 28 first timers and 49 runners recorded new personal bests. The youngsters fared well in terms of PBs this week, with Ellen Weir (JW10) notching up her sixth PB in 18 parkruns and Alex Compton (JM11-14) achieving a new PB on his 29th appearance at Wimbledon Common. Ellen has also run 19 junior parkruns (Sundays, 9:30, Wimbledon Park – be there or be square).

 

Christian Campain joined the 50 club, Charlie Snow ran his 100th, and Sue Smedley and Adam Fenton reached the 150 milestone. Next week, all being well, Alexander Abraham and Stephen Willerton will run their 50th, Amabel Watkins and Stephen Jack will run their 100th and James Wallace will reach 200 to become the latest holder of the coveted Collins Cup. The next batch of club t-shirts will be arriving soon, so if you’re waiting for one look out for it on the washing line on 19 July.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 10,628 different runners, including participants from 455 athletics clubs, have completed 75,548 runs covering a total distance of 377,740 km, and there have been 14,031 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.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun weekly report: event number 390, 21 June 2014

 

The man from Donore done good

 

“This is the dead land/This is the cactus land”

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Well, not quite, but it’s certainly hotting up in these long World Cup summer days, and the abiding image at the start of Wimbledon Common parkrun at the moment is the cloud of dust created by 300 or so runners, a human-made maelstrom that would not disgrace The Grapes of Wrath. Nor, though our legs and lungs and minds might feel empty after 3.1 miles of toil, are we Eliot’s hollow men, “shape without form, shade without colour, paralysed force, gesture without motion”, for we have managed to rise from our beds, stuff ourselves into our polychromatic lycra, listen to the briefing for the umpteenth time and, in a sense, been motion itself for somewhere between 17 and 40 minutes.

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In an extremely tight finish, the first person over the dog-enticing icing sugar this week, in a time of 17:09, was Fergal Whitty (pictured, VM35-39) of Donore Harriers in his first-ever parkrun, which means of course that he has a precious 100 per cent record. A quick bit of research shows that Donore Harriers is based in Chapelizod (in Irish Séipéal Iosóid, meaning "Iseult's Chapel"), which the always reliable(!) Wikepaedia describes as a village preserved within the city of Dublin, lying in the wooded valley of the River Liffey. Apparently, it features prominently in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake – the village, not the running club, I think. You truly learn something every day; a warm welcome to Fergal, and well done sir.

In second position was the more familiar figure of Will Cockerell (VM40-44) – the Belgrave Harrier was a mere second behind in his 62nd parkrun. Will has been first here four times. Another 16 seconds back was the unattached but open to offers Adam Alexander (SM30-34), third in 17:26, a PB by 12 seconds.

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It’s beginning to get rather pointless explaining who finished first in the ladies’ run. Suffice to say Hercules Wimbledon’s Lisa Margaret Thomas (pictured, VW45-49) is the name, but this time her 19:52 in 27th place overall was not a PB – she was, she says, holding herself back for a race the next day. That’s Lisa’s 24th first position in 153 runs. Team-mate Gina Galbraith (VW35-39), the next lady home, in 20:03, apparently swears by chocolate – but beware of imitations: it has to be the right kind, and she refuses to comment on accusations that her preferred brand is stuffed full of performance-enhancing substances, such as sugar and cocoa. Gina, 32nd overall, has been first lady to finish on four occasions. Another serial winner, Lucy Woolhouse (unattached, VW50-54), has 19 wins under her belt, but had to be content with third this time, 41st overall, in 20:35.

In the men’s annual points competition, Charles Hampden-Smith of Hercules sits atop the pile with 7,285 points, ahead of 
Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) on 7,116 points and the unattached 
Joe Busa with 6,377 pts.

It’s a little less close in the women's event: 
Lisa Margaret Thomas is first on 7,191 points; 
Natasha Hampden-Smith (Merton mini-marathon trial) is second on 6,546 points; and 
Nicola El Kadiri (unattached) takes up third spot with 6,469 points.

The best age grades on Saturday were: 
Liam O’Hare (VM65-69) on 83.83% for his 20:12 (35th overall); Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) on 83.48% for the time 20:35 (41st overall); and Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW45-49) on 83.39% for the time 19:52 (27th overall).

Congratulations to Steven Cull of Wimbledon Windmilers, Duncan Watkins of that ubiquitous team "unattached" and Natasha Southorn of Merton mini-marathon trial, who all notched up their 50th parkruns and are thus in line for the coveted scarlet shirt if the event director can dig himself out of the mound of textile wrappers in his front room. Well done, too, to junior runner Calum Betteley, who completed his tenth run on Saturday.

Quite a few people are hovering in the 40s and the 90s, so if you know you have a t-shirt pending and would like it presented to you at the pre-run briefing once it arrives, let the event director know. You can check if your shirt is available by looking on the washing line attached to the trees by the bench – alternatively, given the weather, you could hang your washing out (but, please, not your grundies).

There was a hefty share of PBs this week – 77 – hardly a surprise in the better weather and with the harder ground, but well done to those who achieved this feat. It’s impossible to go through them all, but here are some honourable mentions: on his 116th parkrun, Norman Urquia smashed his previous best of 19:59, established last April, with 19:47; Mark Constantinou, with 102 parkruns now completed, but only three of them here, set his best time at any parkrun with a rather good 18:52 – pretty decent for a VM50-54 runner; Jason Mcintyre, 87 runs, set his second PB of the year with 21:32; 67-run Isabella Busa, JW11-14, set a new best for the first time since last October with 22:03, bringing that sub-22 into view; sister Imogen (same age group), 62 runs, kept it in the family with, yes, her first PB since last October, 23:37; and Fionn Clifford, JM10, set a wonderful PB of 23:55 on her 83rd parkrun.

This week there were 352 runners, of whom 25 were first-timers. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6 January 2007; since then, 10,600 different runners, including participants from 454 athletics clubs, have completed 75,265 runs covering a total distance of 376,325km, and there have been 13,982 new PBs.

The women's record is held by Justina Heslop, who ran in a time of 16:33 on 17 March 2012 (event number 271).
 The men's 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% for her 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.

As James Joyce wrote in Finnegans Wake, “first we feel, then we fall”, so take it easy out there if you’re feeling queasy in the warm weather, and mind you don’t fall in the dust and the ruts. And so this writer lives and laughs and loves and leaves.

 

Wimbledon Common Parkrun Weekly Report Event No. 390 June 21 2014

 

Honours List CBE for Mr parkrun

 Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the originator of parkrun and the man who kicked it all off, has been made a CBE in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List. “I am delighted,” Paul said, “it’s a great honour.” Just thirteen runners, the very first ‘first timers’, ran in Bushy Park on October 2 2004 to start what has become a worldwide success story. All of us - the thousands who have run on Wimbledon Common, and the millions all over the world - owe an immeasurable debt to Paul. I cannot think of a single person who has improved the wellbeing of so many in such a wonderfully enjoyable way as Paul has.  

 

Nick McKay leads the field at the start of his 250th parkrun  

Congratulations to Nick McKay (pictured below wearing a 100-club shirt) who was running his 250th parkrun and celebrating son Ben’s first birthday. Nick was running as high as third, finally finishing 6th in a respectable time of 18:03.

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Nick gets off to a flying start

 

This week’s top runners

Making his first appearance on Wimbledon Common, Hamish Cropper (SM30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC, turned in a fine performance to finish first in an impressive time of 17:17. Andy Weir (VM45-49) of Thames Hare & Hounds, followed him home 24 seconds later and James Wallage (VM35-39) (Unattached) filled the third spot in a time of 17:54.

Once again it was left to Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW45-49) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, to show the ladies the way home with an excellent win with another PB time of 19:24. Julia Donovan (SW30-34) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second in 21:02 and another excellent PB run from Scarlett Walker (JW11-14) of Surbiton High School, brought her home in third place just 13 seconds later.

Top percentage ratings this week were: Lisa Margaret Thomas 85.40%, Sheila Fox 82.69% and Sandy Pfeifer, just a few weeks back from injury, 82.57%

Further down the field, I spotted parkrun regulars Annie Tosh and Keith Robbins (Wimbledon’s answer to the Kenyans) running serenely together, and it was good to see that all their moving parts appeared to be in working order after their epic performances in last weekend’s 12-hour overnight Enduro, where they ran 56 and 50 miles respectively. The distance alone is amazing but, don't forget, it was on the Common, with hills, in the dark, dodging bats!
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Awesome twosome

 

Other stats and records 

Current standing in the annual points competition. Men: Charles Hampden-Smith 7001, Nick McKay 6823, Joe Busa 6143. Women: Lisa Margaret Thomas 6891, Natasha Hampden-Smith 6285, Nicola El Kadiri 6248

This week there were 355 runners, of whom 39 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 10,575 different runners, including participants from 451 athletics clubs, have completed 74,913 runs covering a total distance of 374,565 km, and there have been 13,929 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.

 

And finally

One volunteer job I couldn’t do is photographer. Fortunately we have a number of snappers who do an excellent job but, with my simple pocket-sized camera (to match my ability), I did manage to capture this rare Saturday morning visitor to the Common, heading westwards across a clear blue sky.

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Rare Saturday-morning siting

 

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