We had sad news to start the notices at this week’s Parkrun. Wimbledon Windmiler Ian Threadgold sadly lost his life running on the Common on Sunday 15th November, despite the best efforts of fellow runners and paramedics. Ian had taken part in 21 Wimbledon Parkrun events. To show our respects to him, to his family and to his fellow Windmilers, Charles Hampden-Smith lead an impeccably observed minute’s silence.
It certainly felt like the first run of winter. As well as the chill in the air, Parkrunners faced cold mud and puddles on the brink of forming ice. (Thankfully, the morning’s sleet had given up by 9am.) The dress code has certainly shifted over the past week: running tights, gloves and hats are now a la mode.
The conditions dented attendance – but 226 runners braved the cold, including representatives of 24 different athletics clubs. And there were still 18 hardy first timers. Despite the greasy conditions, we had 6 new Personal Bests – so hearty congrats to Callum Whitefan, Emily Mar, Devon Meredith, Glen MacFarlane, Ryan Gardner and Amanda Powell-Smith.
The next Wimbledon Common Parkrun will see two very important milestones – not individual runners clocking up landmark runs or a record number of PBs (welcome though those both are). No, this twin record will be a collective achievement, only made possible by the entire community that is Parkrun.
On Saturday 28th November, after almost nine years, Wimbledon Common Parkrun will see it’s 100,000th finisher; its participants will have run half a million kilometers.
The wealth of data from Parkrun’s IT elves means we can be even more accurate: the 101st person over the line next Saturday will become our event’s 100,000th finish.
If it’s you claiming token 101, remember that you’re merely a milestone. Parkrun is, for us on Wimbledon Common this week in particular, a celebration of shared passion and collective effort. Every one of those finishers, from No.1 to No.100,000 has played their part.
That said, surely some kind of party is in order, right? (And let’s just hope at least 101 people show up!)
And do remember: those 100,000 finishes need volunteers every week to be possible. If you haven’t already, sign up to the volunteer email.
Onto the results
Richard Gregory of Ranelagh Harriers, was first over the line in 17:28 - the second time he’s been fastest in 5 appearances. Gregg Clark of Belgrave Harriers, followed him over the line in 17:37 - and has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions. Luke Pikett posted the third best time of 18:12.
He was only two seconds faster than Lucie Custance – keeping her 100% fastest women record at Wimbledon Common (well, two out of two ain’t bad), and delivering the best age-grade score (82.27%). Laura York was second woman over the line in 20:24, with Julia Donovan third, finishing in 20:37.
Danuta Grabda (11117 pts) is still well out in front of the women’s 2015 standings. Liz Ostrowski (10785 pts) and Sophie McKay (10467 pts) are vying for second. Peter Collins (11785 pts) is leading Andrew Lenon (11551 pts) and Nick McKay (11095 pts) in the men’s standings.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.