Baby it’s cold outside!
It was a day to wrap up warm and bring lots of layers. Severe weather had been sweeping across the country during the week and the media had been warning us about a dramatic event known as ‘thundersnow’. In the end, that never happened (nor a frost quake or a firenado) but temperatures on Saturday morning were barely above freezing all the same.
Back to reality
Being the second week of the year, it was a return to business as usual after all the excitement of the parkruns over Christmas, New Year and the 10th anniversary celebrations last week (how come I never get those ones to write about?) But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 461 (not far off last week's record turn out of 494) runners who turned up, including a couple of visitors from France.
It was his 100th run for Wimbledon Windmiler Guy Surtees but, despite his local connections, only his third at Wimbledon Common. Senan Doohan of Lauriston RRC also celebrated his century and his 48th run at Wimbledon. James Little and Emma Toumi both reached the big 50, while John Krause, who kindly hosted the parkrun party at his house last week, will hit 250 at his next event.
Quite a few runners found themselves having to queue to get over the finish line and into the funnel this week – not an event I can remember happening before. This led to some discussions about whether we need a second funnel for busy weeks, as at Bushy Park (although it's unclear how this would work with the finish tokens) or whether (more likely) the current funnel should be extended.
Blair Laird (SM25-29) of Moray Road Runners, didn’t have to queue however. He was first over the line in 18:02, his first time in four appearances. Matt Gallagher (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second over the line in 18:28 and has been first to finish on eight previous occasions. James Goymour (SM30-34) of Belgrave Harriers, was third over the line in 18:54.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: it's early days but after winning the Good Egg award last week, Phil Tosh (Wimbledon Windmilers) is a strong contender with 600 pts. Matt Bray (Wimbledon Windmilers) and Gary Forde (Hercules Wimbledon AC) also have 600 pts.
As for the ladies...
Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) (Unattached) was first (30th overall) over the line in 21:22, her 31st time in 242 appearances. Amelia Ashton-Jones (VW40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (47th overall) over the line in 22:12 and was first to finish once before. Sarah Green (SW30-34) of Witney Road Runners, was third (48th overall) over the line in 22:15 and was also first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Lucy Woolhouse (Unattached) 599 pts. Sarah Green (Witney Road Runners) 596 pts. Amelia Ashton-Jones (Wimbledon Windmilers) 595 pts.
Travelling in style
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Lucy Woolhouse was graded 83.62% for the time 21:22 (30th overall). Richard Evans (VM55-59) was graded 78.80% for the time 19:30 (7th overall). Volker Vogler (VM50-54) was graded 77.23% for the time 19:06 (5th overall).
This week there were 69 first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.
Many thanks to all the volunteers and to Clive Scammell for the photos. See you soon.