Wimbledon Common parkrun, event 507, 20 August 2016.

Nifty at 450!

 

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I can’t imagine running 450 parkruns. At my current rate of participation, I calculate it would take me another 50 years. Which is all the more reason to congratulate Colin Harris who achieved such an impressive milestone this week. If you don’t know Colin (above), when not running parkrun or pruning the course, he’s also an active member of Wimbledon Windmilers running club and has been spotted at a certain local pub indulging in a sneaky bit of karaoke. Unlike some of us, where he definitely won't be found is lying in bed at 9am on a Saturday morning.

 

Here comes the rain again...

 

parkrun 507-142The course was unusually mud-free this week, hurrah, so conditions were good. As we ran, it started showering lightly, but the rain really came down at around 9.45am. Incidentally, there was also rain at the men’s marathon in Rio. Did you know the 5k between 25k and 30k was run by the lead pack in 15:01? This is faster than our course record at Wimbledon! Galen Rupp, who mysteriously appears in the Wimbledon and Richmond parkrun results from time to time, took the bronze medal. He got several new hats during the race, each one with a little ice pack in it to help him stay cool. There's a top tip for you.

 

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Charles Lawrie does his bit for Team GB

 

Milestones

Well done to Hannah Chilton (JW10) and Matilda Russell (JW11-14) who both completed their 10th run. Peter Metcalf must have decided to leave his 150th run for another week, as he was nowhere to be seen, while David Ford is just 5k away from his 100th.

This week there were 336 runners, of whom 45 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part. We welcomed visitors from Scotland, Australia and South Africa among others.

 

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Tunes help you breathe more easily

 

Results

In this week’s placings, Jonny Earl (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:01, his 6th time in 21 appearances. Nick Marriage (SM30-34) of Wooters Runners, was second over the line in 17:11. James Winch (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:36 and was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 8926 pts. Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 8479 pts. Hugh Woolhouse (Unattached) 7786 pts.

In the female placings, Laura Blazey (SW30-34) of Ranelagh Harriers, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:10 - second time in 4 appearances. Karen Fenner (VW50-54) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (41st overall) over the line in 20:51 and was first to finish once before. Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (45th overall) over the line in 21:22 - has been first to finish on 26 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 8677 pts. Danuta K Grabda (Unattached) 7731 pts. Nicola El Kadiri (Unattached) 7607 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 82.53%. Karen Fenner (VW50-54) was graded 81.37%). Lloyd Hodgson (JM10) was graded 79.65% for the time 19:49 (22nd overall).

Many thanks

...to all this week's volunteers and to Bob Walsh for his excellent photos.

 

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Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

 

See you soon!

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Caroline Helder

 

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun: event 506, 13th August 2016

Super Saturday starts on the Common

What better way to relieve the tension of waiting for Farah, Ennis-Hill and Rutherford to deliver than a brisk (or otherwise) 5km run on Wimbledon Common? Despite the holiday season, race-director-for-the-day Sandy Pfeifer had a 354 strong crowd to address, including 38 newcomers. The weekly kaleidoscope of race-directors is to make sure that a non-runner is around throughout the morning, and of course Sandy is not the type of chap to miss a Saturday scamper. So he had already been out for a couple of laps, and had therefore caught Colin Harris in the act of pruning the course. This is something Colin does regularly, and it only gets mentioned occasionally, but anyone with a PB needs to thank him for keeping our favourite route well groomed!

Milestones

Sandy's search for milestones was a bit fruitless, with the known youngsters on nine runs AWOL (probably in Cornwall), and confusion over whether Andrew Davies took a week off last week, or had unspeakably ran his 250th somewhere else. I am glad to report it was the former, and many congratulations to Andrew passing this major milestone on Super Saturday. Equal congratulations to Oliver Sullivan, getting his junior ten t-shirt shaving a huge seven minutes off his previous PB. Missed man of the moment though was regular winner Nick McKay, quietly clocking up his 350th parkrun!
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...any milestones..?..yes!!

Oliver's tremendous PB effort was repeated elsewhere, with a massive sixty runners recording fastest times. A combination of Colin's course polishing and the super dry conditions (see the dust cloud below) helped the records tumble.

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Results

James Winch celebrated his first visit to the Common by crossing the line first with a time of 17:25. Wimbledon Windmiler Mark Bridges was a mere four seconds adrift, with seven times winner and fellow Windmiler Nick McKay completing the podium with 18:05.

It was Hercules Wimbledon on the top step for the women, with Medena Knespl taking the honours (34th overall) at 20:47, her tenth victory from 18 appearances. Unattached Alice Forbes was second (45th overall) at 21:16, and twenty-six times winner Lucy Woolhouse was third (54th overall) over the line in 21:30.

The points competition is starting to approach the pointy end of the year and the men are looking quite spread out with Nick McKay leading Peter AF Collins and Sandy Pfeifer (points totals 8926, 8212, 7690). The women’s leaderboard is topped by Liz Ostrowski with a commanding lead over much more closely matched Danuta Grabda and Natalie Fell (points totals 8403, 7443 and 7427).

Finally, it was Lucy Woolhouse taking the honours in terms of age graded scores, the only runner above 80% with a whopping 82.02%.

The spirit of the parkrun

Watching the drama unfolding in Rio reminds us of the amazing volunteers who made London 2012 so special. Our parkrun is no different, with its very existence dependent on an increasing raft of volunteers. If you haven't recorded your own personal contribution in the year of 300 unique volunteers then don't forget to click here to see the roles and gaps in the current rota. Meanwhile, massive thanks this week to Robert Beeby, Colin Blackett, Alastair Brown, Steven Cull, Christopher Cull, Julia Donovan, David Gold, David Hall, Charles Hampden-Smith, Colin Harris, Tessa Kelly, Thomas Martin, Pete Mulholland, Harsha Arunkumar Naik, Sandy Pfeifer, Roger Pratt, Sarah Robbins, Danya Sarayreh, George Trimm, Karen Walsh, Gilmar Wendt, and Elizabeth Willatts.

In the summer months, people have to turn their hands to unfamiliar jobs and always do them brilliantly. For example, we are normally spoiled with our photography team, stacked to the gills with DSLRs and lenses or every description. This week though, holidays mean we have our own "shot on an iPhone (or maybe Android)" collection, and yet they all capture the spirit of the event beautifully - thank you!
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Finally, on a personal note, each week there is always a fellow runner who inspires me. This week, it was Ian who caught me with 250m to go, and rather than showing me a clean pair of heels, stayed on my shoulder shouting encouragement until I flopped over the line just ahead of him. I set a year best by six seconds - seven of them were down to him. Thanks Ian :)

History...

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,975 different runners, including participants from 644 athletics clubs, have completed 113,295 runs covering a total distance of 566,475 km, and there have been 19,309 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop with 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). Finally, 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.

Alastair Brown

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun report: event 505 August 6 2016

 

A new benchmark

 

As foretold in the previous report, this week’s parkrun did forsooth begin with the dulcet tones of my lovely wife holding forth from the bench. What a great idea the rota of Run Directors is proving to be. It adds to the variety of the event, spreads the responsibility, gives a greater depth of knowledge and awareness to those taking part - and gives everyone a go at stand up! “First timers, tourists, regulars, lend me your ears,” quoth she, and a merry tale unfolded. As first timers go, I’ve not seen anything as spectacular as the performance of Phoebe Anderson (JW11-14). This was her first ever parkrun anywhere and she finished first lady with a time of 19:53 and a percentage rating of 79.04. Tourists came from as far as Nonsuch with others from Bilbao in Spain and South Carolina in the US of A. The regulars were not holding back; another bravura performance from Sandy Pfiefer gave him top place in the percentage stakes with 86.19%, the irrepressible Lucy Woolhouse came next with 81.45% and Benjamin Toomer third with 80.29%. Ben went home a happy man being first into the funnel with a 16:04 PB. A fantastic run, the fastest since Andy Greenleaf dipped into the 15s on October 31 2015. Another regular running really well is Doug Laidler (VW65-69) who, after 163 runs (155 on the Common), not only notched up a PB this week but three in his past four runs.

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Francesca holds forth

 

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Phoebe, dazzling debut

 

Welcome to the Club

A bumper-bundle of milestones were achieved this week. Congratulations to those joining the 10 Club: Peter Ash, Richard Crowley, Sophie Brunt, Harriet Chappell, Sophie Lavin and Kim Coffey who also set a new PB – well done! Those joining the 50 Club were Alex Silk, Nic Gould and Ben Shore who also set a new fastest time. It was a good day for the Goulds, Nic not only claiming a red shirt but finishing second while Annette came home third lady. Knocking up a ton and joining the 100 Club was Nico Delaney – well done young man!

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Ben, ahead from the off

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Regular Doug does it again

 

News flash

Those who love big cats and running (so far so good, Jayne and Richard) and getting their kit off, should hurry along to ZSL London Zoo this Thursday (August 11) for ‘Streak for Tigers’, a fundraising event where participants run naked through the zoo as part of the ZSL Tiger Campaign. Kit off is at 19.00. More info at zsl.org/streak

 

Ride on

Congratulations to regular Wimbledon Common parkrunners taking part in the previous week’s Ride London cycling event, among whom were Charles Hampden-Smith, Richard Evans, John Krause, Paul Tibbs and Robert Beeby. It was tiring and thirsty work, and that was just watching from outside the Rose and Crown!

 

Summer sails

Restoration work on the Windmill is well underway and scheduled to be finished later in the year. The good news is that it should be finished in time for the bicentenary of the Windmill in 2017. The initial work has concentrated on stopping water ingress through the tower; work that was scheduled to be carried out before the sail collapsed. The restoration has been supported by a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and generous donations from local residents of around £8,500. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at the Ranger’s Office.

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I'm 200 next year!

 

And finally

Fascinated by speed and sporting endeavour? Here’s something to boggle the mind. Tour de France winner Chris Froome, covered a distance of 3,519km (2,187miles) in a time of 89:04:48, which equates to an average speed of 39.6km/h (24.6mph).

 

Report by John Carter, Bird on the Bench Francesca Carter, visuals by Clive Scammell, and special thanks to Dave Cox for his impromptu emergency back-up timing

 

This week’s stats

Male placings: Benjamin TOOMER (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 16:04 - 20th time in 22 appearances, Nic GOULD (VM35-39) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was second over the line in 17:20 - has been first to finish on 15 previous occasions, Will COCKERELL (VM40-44) of Belgrave Harriers, was third over the line in 17:39 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions. Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Nick MCKAY (Wimbledon Windmilers) 8628 pts, Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS (Wimbledon Windmilers) 7943 pts, Sandy PFEIFER (Wimbledon Windmilers) 7690 pts. Female placings: Phoebe ANDERSON (JW11-14) of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 19:53 - first appearance, Medena KNESPL (SW25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second (27th overall) over the line in 20:05 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions, Annette GOULD (SW30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was third (35th overall) over the line in 20:51 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions. Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Liz OSTROWSKI (Unattached) 8130 pts, Nicola EL KADIRI (Unattached) 7185 pts, Natalie FELL (Unattached) 7173 pts. The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Sandy PFEIFER (VM55-59) was graded 86.19% for the time 17:59 (7th overall), Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW50-54) was graded 81.45% for the time 21:39 (49th overall), Benjamin TOOMER (SM25-29) was graded 80.29% for the time 16:04 (first overall). This week there were 334 runners, of whom 43 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,937 different runners, including participants from 642 athletics clubs, have completed 112,941 runs covering a total distance of 564,705 km, and there have been 19,249 new Personal Bests. The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris PARR who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (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 504 30th July 2016

 

The Course Of parkrun Never Did Run Smooth

 

So Shakespeare, here we go again. Once a year, a large group of my family make the pilgrimage to the Globe theatre for a cultural hook up with the great bard.  As a result, once a year, my husband says, after the event, "Can WE please tell YOUR family that we never again want to sign up for this annual jaunt!"  No matter what the genre of the production, he invariably proclaims the evening to be a great tragedy.  I have to say in defence of poor old WS that I have also heard the husband issue a similar soliloquy when he has finished running a marathon – the anguished cries of "Never never let me sign up for one of these again"!  In fairness there are other comparisons to be drawn, both play and run could be considered long, a battle of endurance and a bit physically uncomfortable but the outcome is nearly always the same, you will almost certainly give them another go next year.

Ok, so now I am pondering over other parkrun and Shakespeare oddities - here goes: Lend me your ears, it's all about the balcony scene.  Our run director for the purpose of this piece, Juliet, (Liam O'Hare was mesmerising in the role this week) will take to the balcony (OK, so it's a bench but go with it) for act 504 scene 5k and stage directions are given, mainly a series of left hand turns. You are reminded to watch out for other common actors, please don't attempt to upstage them and finally you are warned that one appearance on the stage is not acceptable, an encore must be performed before the curtain comes down.  Our resident reviewer is Pete Mulholland, he will critique your performance, remember, reviews can be mixed.

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Occasionally, if there is a particularly powerful performance, one can see it re-enacted. Charles Hampden-Smith's Juliet is beguiling as he beseeches from the balcony "Volunteers volunteers, where for art thou volunteers?” Although beware, this thespian is versatile and when it comes to the New Year honours list his range extends and he comes over all Lady Macbeth, so woe betide anyone who hasn't donned their volunteer yellow parkrun logoed ruff enough times!

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Lastly, look out next week for an up and coming starlet. Although she to will be playing Juliet, she has played a Merry Wife of Wimbledon (and has previously known successful Windsor runs). I have a tiny tip to pass onto this Juliet. When you gaze out from your balcony and wonder where the heck Romeo has got to, here's the deal. Grab your freedom-eth pass, hightail it out of Verona and head over to Lloyd Park where Romeo is treading the boards in Act 5 scene 26.2.

 

The Stats…

 

Male placings: Nick McKay of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first over the line in 17:47 - 7th time in 334 appearances, in second place was Nick’s Windmiler teammate Sandy Pfeifer in 18:05 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions and in third position was Griff Jones in 18:47.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Nick McKay leads the way on 8,333 points followed by Peter AF Collins with 7,943 points and Sandy Pfeifer on 7,396 points in third place.

Female placings: Medena Knespl of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (11th overall) over the line in 19:39 - 9th time in 16 appearances, in second place was Julia Donovan of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (38th overall) over the line in 21:24 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions, with Lucy Woolhouse in third position (43rd overall) over the line in 21:31 - has been first to finish on 26 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Liz Ostrowski is in the lead on 7,851 points followed by Nicola El Kadiri with 6,929 points and in third place is Natalie Fell on 6,912 points.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Sandy Pfeifer was graded 85.71% for the time 18:05 (second overall). Lucy Woolhouse was graded 81.95% for the time 21:31 (43rd overall). Chiara Samele was graded 77.81% for the time 22:23 (58th overall).

This week there were 308 runners, of whom 38 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,894 different runners, including participants from 642 athletics clubs, have completed 112,607 runs covering a total distance of 563,035 km, and there have been 19,194 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (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.

Report Writer: Annie Tosh (The Untamed Shrew)

Photographer: Karen Walsh

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event #503 – 23rd July 2016

As you all know the Run Directors change on a weekly basis as a result of a new rule whereby the Run Director cannot take part in the day’s run. Saturday seemed like a return to the past as Charles Hampden-Smith stood up on the park bench and welcomed us all but even then there was twist as the Run Director was in fact Carol McCormack. Our thanks to both.

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The terrible trio - John, Annette and Charles

The real Run Director, Charles Lawrie, was very busy celebrating his 400th run. Congratulations to Charles and thanks for the tremendous support you have given to the Wimbledon Parkrun over the years. Also deserving congratulations for reaching a significant milestone – 250th - is John Carter, a great supporter of Wimbledon Parkrun and a fellow report writer. I must also mention Annette Barrett who not only completed her 100th run but also managed a PB in the process. Then, as if to make a day of it and indulge in a bit of run fixing, they all came in together! They will of course be reported to the appropriate authorities and the usual sanctions will apply – more cake!! In addition congratulations are due to Martin White and Alan Martin who each ran their 50th, and Rob Clifford completed his 150th.

Another great supporter of Wimbledon and someone who deserves a mention this week is Sandy Pfeifer (see below for the details). He was first past the post for only the second time in 90 appearances. However he is regularly in the top ten finishers and always above 80% in terms of age grade. He was not that far away from his PB of 17’36” with a time of 17’ 46”. Sandy is also a regular volunteer.

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I have mentioned this week various people who are important cogs in the machine of Wimbledon Common Parkrun. There are currently somewhere between 350 and 400 runners who turn up every week, enjoy their run, have a free coffee or other drink and a piece of cake afterwards and then potter off home to enjoy their weekend. However it is worth noting that there are also 23 volunteers required to ensure that this event runs (no apologies for the pun!) smoothly. There are marshals to ensure that cars are parked properly, people who mark out the course, timekeepers, marshals at the finish ensuring an orderly passage through the finish funnel, bar code readers, bar code sorters and then someone with IT expertise who collates all the results and sends out the emails, not to mention the report writer and the photographer. I appreciate that this might sound like an appeal for volunteers – which it is to some extent – but I feel that it is worth stating the work that goes on behind the scenes to make Wimbledon Common Parkrun as enjoyable as it is.

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Total concentration.

One last comment. This is directed at people who leave it to the last moment to drive up to the Common. Kindly observe the queue that often develops at the car park and wait for the warden to permit entry. A couple of weeks ago one or two smart Alec’s (regrettably Parkrunners) veered out of the queue to go and get a parking place and nearly ran down some pedestrians. Try leaving the house 5 or 10 minutes earlier.

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This is why we do it...!!

Now for the stats.

Male placings:
Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first over the line in 17:46 - second time in 90 appearances.
Adam Harwood (SM30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second finisher in 17:46 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Will Cockerell (VM40-44) of Belgrave Harriers, was third over the line in 17:54 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 8033 pts.
Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 7671 pts.
Sandy Pfeifer (Wimbledon Windmilers) 7097 pts.

Female placings:
Rebecca Prince (SW30-34) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first (26th overall) to finish in 20:02 - third time in 3 appearances.
Sune Du Toit (VW40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (34th overall) over the line in 20:43.
Laura York (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third female finisher (52nd overall) in 21:34 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 7851 pts.
Nicola El Kadiri (Unattached) 6717 pts.
Natalie Fell (Unattached) 6637 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) was graded 87.24% for the time 17:46 (first overall).
Knut Hegvold (VM50-54) was graded 84.32% for the time 18:04 (4th overall).
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 81.13% for the time 21:44 (59th overall).

This week there were 387 runners, of whom 52 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,856 different runners, including participants from 637 athletics clubs, have completed 112,299 runs covering a total distance of 561,495 km, and there have been 19,127 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271).
The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (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.

Robert Fortes

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