Wimbledon Common Parkrun number 439, 16 May 2015

 

'Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car'

 

“If an alien was to hover a few hundred yards above the planet

It could be forgiven for thinking

That cars were the dominant life-form,

And that human beings were a kind of ambulatory fuel cell:

Injected when the car wished to move off,

And ejected when they were spent.”

 

So wrote Heathcote Williams in his epic anti-car poem Autogeddon, which is well worth a read, like so much of the reclusive man’s output. We have our own little weekly Autogeddon at Wimbledon Common parkrun and from time to time it threatens the existence of our event. It stands to reason that there isn’t nearly enough space in the car park for everyone if the near-400 runners we get at this time of year were all to drive here. And if the car park is full, you are simply not entitled to park where you like on the roads that lead on to the common, especially not if it means access to the rangers’ offices is hampered. Unfortunately, that’s what happened this week, and whatever each individual parkrunner feels about the situation, it does not go unnoticed in ranger HQ – and rightly so. The rangers have to be free to go about their work, much of which is devoted to ensuring that the competing demands on the common (from wildlife, ambulatory fuel cells, dogs, horses and so on) are both catered for and do not spoil things for each other.

I think most of us have driven to the common at one time or another, so this isn’t to say there’s no sympathy for individual runners in cars: sometimes getting here on foot or by bike, or on public transport, first thing on a Saturday morning can be a bind. Waking up and hopping in the car to arrive five minutes before the off is often the most attractive option, especially in the dank winter months. But please bear this in mind: parkrun happens with the permission of the powers that be, and as powers that be so often do, the powers that be have the power to... well... to be ruthless and stop it happening. So please, if you are driving, share a car if you can, and get here early enough for a place in the car park. If you can’t get in there, please park away from the common. Better still, run, walk or cycle here; or take the bus (number 93 from Wimbledon or, the other way, Putney gets you to Windmill Road). If all else fails, other parkruns are available.

Sorry to nag.

Well, event number 439 went ahead with a bit more mud than we’ve been used to, thanks to some unseasonal rain, often accompanied by some even more unseasonal cold winds, giving us some bizarre hot and cold weather even within a single hour. Nevertheless, there were 371 runners, of whom 40 were first timers – welcome to all you newbies and please come back (but not by car if you can help it).

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In the male event, first over the freshly baked line was Nic Gould (pictured above, SM30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds in 17:05 – this was his 13th first place in 29 appearances. An unknown runner was second. And the unattached Richard Crewe (VM35-39) was third in 17:29 – Richard has made the cut (Crewe. Cut. Gedditt? I’m wasted here), ie been first to finish, once before, and this week he was just four seconds outside his PB on the common.

In the men's annual points competition, it’s an unexpected return to first place for your writer, Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers), with 5,424 points. Andrew Lenon (unattached), who slipped back only because he didn’t run on Saturday – not in this parkrun, at least – is second on 5,215. And the estimable James Hawker (Wimbledon Windmilers) is third on 4,841.

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In the women’s event, Lisa Margaret Thomas (pictured above, VW50-54) of Hercules Wimbledon was first (28th overall) in 20:10 – amazingly, this was her 43rd first-to-finish in 187 appearances. Denise Barnett (VW40-44) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was second (36th overall) in 20:28 – Denise has been first to finish on five previous occasions. Samantha Pickford (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers was third (38th overall) in 20:36 – Samantha has been first to finish on four previous occasions.

In the women's annual points competition, there’s one old name and a couple who are less familiar with the thrill of a podium position, transient though it might be. (Incidentally, all are ‘unattached’, which shows you don’t have to belong to a running club to excel.) First is Lucy Woolhouse (unattached) on 5,974 points. Next is Danuta K Grabda (unattached) on 5,313 points. And third is Liz Ostrowski (pictured below, unattached) on 5,082. This, incidentally, was Liz’s 50th parkrun, so well done Mrs O.
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The best age-grade times were recorded by: Knut Hegvold (VM50-54) – graded 83.52% for the time 18:06 (6th overall); Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) – graded 83.14% for the time 20:10 (28th overall); and Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) – 83.07% for the time 20:58 (44th overall).

Fifty-two of you recorded personal bests. Among these were young Morgan Wroe (JM11-14), who posted 30:51 in his 35th appearance – the first sub-30 can’t be far away. Gordon Lilly of Hercules recorded his second PB here in as many weeks with 19:21, this in his 96th Wimbledon Common parkrun, his 103rd all told. And the fantastically named Fearghal Hainsworth chose his 33rd Wimbledon Common parkrun to get under 27 minutes here for the first time, by the unusual and devious means of getting under 26 minutes too – posting a brilliant 25:40.

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Some milestones to report: both Chiara Samele (pictured above with cake) and Richard J Mellor completed their 100th parkruns – 79 of Chiara’s have been on the common; Richard has done 83 on our hallowed ruts. As well as the aforementioned Liz Ostrowski, Wimbledon Common first-timer Kate Holden posted her 50th parkrun on Saturday – most of her others have been at Bolton. Well done, Kate.

And Fred Jimack, JM11-14, achieved the coveted youngsters’ white technical shirt by running his tenth Wimbledon Common parkrun.

Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part last Saturday.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6 January 2007; since then, 12,306 different runners, including participants from 523 athletics clubs, have completed 89,986 runs covering a total distance of 449,930 km, and there have been 16,075 new personal bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop, who ran in a time of 16:33 on 17 March 2012 (event number 271).

The male 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% (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.

These words were brought to you by Peter AF Collins. Other words are available.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun – Event number 438 – 9th May 2015

‘Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May…’

 

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After a week of windy weather and political upheaval, there wasn’t too much of either at Wimbledon parkrun on Saturday. It was a touch blustery, with more mud than last time, but nothing too extreme by the standards of the course.

 

Although race director Charles Lawrie wasn’t addressing the crowd this week, as far as I know he hasn’t gone the way of Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband or Nigel Farage – unless Adam Fenton wasn’t telling us something...

 

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The main announcement of the week was the arrival of the new yellow registration table (see below) and very smart it looked too.

 

 

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On the way to the start line, I met a relative of Wimbledon parkrun regular Andrew Jones who told me it was Andrew’s 50th birthday and a group of friends and relatives had got up very early and travelled from Portsmouth to support him. I see it was also Andrew’s 50th run at Wimbledon Common, which adds a nice symmetry.

 

This week there were 397 runners, of whom 51 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part. There were 37 members of the excellent Wimbledon Windmilers and 22 from the esteemed Hercules Wimbledon. Not that I am trying to stoke any local rivalry!

 

Talking of potential rivalries, Phil Tosh was unable to run this week because of a bad back, which means he is no longer one parkrun ahead of Peter (AF) Collins. Both have now done a paltry 273.

 

Jonathan Wright ran his 50th run this week and Chiara Samale her 99th, so she’ll be expecting a new T-shirt pretty soon. Congratulations to Teifi Evans and Natalie Little for joining the 10 Club.

 

As you can see below, there were a few dogs loose on the course - that's just one of them. At the risk of introducing a negative note, why do their owners allow it? It’s not fair on the runners (as I have found out, it can lead to serious injury) or the dogs themselves.

 

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Now that's more like it!

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Male placings

Benjamin Toomer (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 16:41 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
Richard Marshall Taylor (VM35-39) of Serpentine RC, was second over the line in 17:22.
Neil Fraser (SM25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third over the line in 17:29.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andrew Lenon (Unattached) 5215 pts.
Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 5162 pts.
Robin Hutchinson (Wimbledon Windmilers) 4640 pts.

 

Female placings

Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (28th overall) over the line in 20:01 - 42nd time in 186 appearances.
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (32nd overall) over the line in 20:16 - has been first to finish on 26 previous occasions.
Samantha Pickford (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third (52nd overall) over the line in 21:02 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Lucy Woolhouse (Unattached) 5677 pts.
Danuta K Grabda (Unattached) 5037 pts.
Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 4794 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 85.94% for the time 20:16 (32nd overall).
Tom Conlon (VM50-54) was graded 83.85% for the time 18:10 (6th overall).
Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) was graded 83.76% for the time 20:01 (28th overall).

 

Many thanks to this week’s volunteers: Adam Fenton • Amelia Ashton-Jones • Anthony Eastaway • Caroline Helder • Charles Hampden-Smith • Dominique Low • India Trainor • James Saville • Joe Busa • John Sabourin • Julia Donovan • Katherine Jones • Kylie Corso • Lisa Margaret Thomas • Manuel Lovell • Neil Guthrie • Pete Mulholland • Peter Brunnen • Sandy Pfeifer • Steven Cull • Thomas Flannery.

 

Caroline Helder

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 437 2nd May 2015

Marathoners return

Among the many black, red and white t-shirts at this Saturday’s run, those with keen eyes will also have spotted quite a number in blue...not a new parkrun milestone but a recent addition to the wardrobes of all those who completed the previous Sunday’s London marathon.  After last week’s bumper crop of volunteers, many marathoners returned to park running (or, let’s be honest, moderately fast park-hobbling) this Saturday.  While this slightly technologically-challenged report writer hasn’t found a way to fully compare the marathon results and parkrun points tables, John Krause appears to be the regular Wimbledon Common parkrunner with the fastest marathon time, at 3:08:52 – that’s fast!  Following behind him, we have Julia Donovan, then John Hudspith, Charles Hampden-Smith, Gina Galbraith, Clare Gibbons, Geraldine Hellings, Sarah Goodwin, Caroline Helder, Charlie Snow, John Carter and Alistair Brown.  I’m sure there were many more Wimbledon Common regulars out there undertaking the feat of 8.4 Parkruns in a row, with no week-long break or the prospect of a flapjack in between – congratulations to them all!  Given the difficulties of tying up the two sets of names, I may also have given recognition for running 26.2 miles to someone who actually spent Sunday lazing in bed followed by a boozy pub lunch – I say bask in the glory before somebody finds you out.  For those who are tempted for next year, the ballot is open until Friday.

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Huge congratulations must also go to April’s sweatshop prize winner, who was announced on Saturday.  For those who missed it, Christopher Cull has completed 54 parkruns and 36 junior parkruns.  His personal best for the 5k course at Wimbledon Common is 23:56 and his best time overall, achieved at Aberdeen, is 22:39.  Impressive statistics but all the more so when you hear that he’s just 7 years old.  Amazing!  Congratulations Christopher, my money will be on you at Tokyo 2020!

 

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437 GG (165) “Christopher addressing his adulating audience...and chaperone Colin eating his dust”

The course was puddle and mud-free, helping 81 runners achieve shiny new PBs.  The award for the most outstanding of these goes to John Krause, who completed the course for the 188th time, in 19 minutes 27 seconds, achieving an age-related grade of 78.32% just six days after the marathon.  Pretty impressive I’d say.  A special mention also for Nick Fairbrass who achieved a new PB of bang on 22 minutes...come on Nick we know you can break that magic 22 minute milestone next week!  Congratulations also go to Carol Searle who completed her 50th parkrun, in 30:03, and a big ‘welcome’ to the 38 first-timers who ran this week.

The results:

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Nick McKay of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first over the line (in 17:41), for the third time in 277 appearances (you wait how long...and then three come along in quick succession).  Adam Harwood of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second in 17:43 and third over the line was Andrew Lister (Unattached) in 17:49.

In the Men's annual points competition, Andrew Lenon is top of the table with 4944 pts, Peter AF Collins is in second place with 4910 pts and Peter Metcalf is in third place on 4497 pts. One of these men is still to get any of his points through volunteering so a great opportunity for him to bag a whole lot of points sometime soon we hope.

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Lisa Thomas of Hercules Wimbledon AC was first lady (42nd overall) over the line in 20:41 (her 41st time in 185 appearances).  Charlotte Bailey (Unattached) was second (51st overall) in a time of 21:10.  3rd lady was Emilie Bokor-Ingram of Hercules Wimbledon AC, (58th overall) over the line in 21:38.

In the Women's annual points competition, Lucy Woolhouse is leading with 5378 pts.  In second place is Danuta Grabda on 4753 pts and in third place is Sarah Goodwin on 4688 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) was graded 83.29% for the time 18:27,  Lisa Thomas (VW50-54) was graded 81.06% for the time 20:41 and James Wallace (VM55-59) was graded 80.24% for the time 19:29.

This week there were 344 runners, of whom 38 were first timers and 81 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 12,215 different runners, including participants from 517 athletics clubs, have completed 89,218 runs covering a total distance of 446,090 km, and there have been 15,972 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who ran in 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).
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.

Thank you to the volunteers: Carol McCormack, Charles Hampden-Smith, Charles Lawrie, Charlie Snow, David Lanfranchi, David Symons, Francesca Carter, Gary Forde, Guy Gibbons, Julia Donovan, Liam O'Hare, Lisa Thomas, Liz Ostrowski, Lucy Woolhouse, Miranda Simmons, Pete Mulholland,  Richard Evans, Sarah Goodwin, Simon Woodley.

Well, after Charles’ promotion of this report before Saturday’s run, I hope first time readers have been duly informed and entertained as promised.  If you haven’t...it was my first go at doing a report...I’ll try for a PB next time!

Sarah Goodwin

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event 436, 25th April 2015

Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote…

“When April’s sweet showers have reached down to the roots after the droughts of March, and bathed each one with the power to bring forth flowers…”

My translation of Middle English might lack rhythm, but the Prologue of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales seems apt after a light rain moistened the Wimbledon Common course on Friday night, cleared the air and created, as event director Charles Lawrie put it, “perfect running conditions.”

For “flowers” read PBs? Well, not quite. There was a fine crop this week, 56 in total. But after the frankly incredible 110 in event 435 the previous week (and 81 in event 434), even that impressive total was bound to look like a second flush of blossom rather than a mighty surge of sap.

Of course, the Canterbury pilgrims began their journey in a Southwark pub, and there’s a fair chance that’s where you’ll have found some of the Parkrun regulars on Sunday lunchtime after they’d completed the London Marathon – and perhaps goes some way to explain the less intense bout of record-setting on the Common, despite the great conditions. Because Charles was right: the showers had given the course some valuable spring without inflicting the greasy puddles and claggy mulch that gummed us up until March.

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“The kid’s got to tire. Seriously, how can the kid not tire!?”

The Marathon also meant many regulars were saving their legs for the 40km+ on Sunday, and the volunteer roster was fully loaded. Big thanks to Bob Walsh, Carol McCormack, Charles Hampden-Smith, Charles Lawrie, Clare Gibbons, Clare Turnbull, Geraldine Hellings, Gina Galbraith, Imogen Busa, Isabella Busa, Joe Busa, John Hudspith, John Krause, Julia Donovan, Liam O'hare, Lisa Margaret Thomas, Nick Mckay, Paul Busa, Pete Mulholland and Sarah Goodwin.

(You don’t have to be running a marathon at the weekend to volunteer, by the way. If you’re reading this report at all, you must love Parkrun. So you’re probably on the email list for opportunities to help make it happen every week. If you’re not getting that volunteer email – sign up now! It’s a small commitment, it’s really good fun, you’re making Parkrun possible… and the points! Think of the points!)

Despite the draw of the Marathon, we did have a couple of elite performances on Saturday. Mike Brewer celebrated his 250th run with his fastest time since 9th October 2010. Now that’s what we call a long-overdue return to form.

Dieter Schlegel, a Kingston Wheeler, posted his third successive PB, his second sub-20 minute run and his second age grade score above 80%. Nice work, Dieter (pictured below left). Meanwhile, 124-run veteran Stephen Johnson recorded his second sub-23 minute time… and lopped 17 seconds off his PB set two weeks ago. Also celebrating his first-ever sub-23 minute performance was Paul Abraham in his 101st run.

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Other special PB shout-outs: Tim Ash Vie’s 23:49 took him over 60% age graded score for the first time. And well done Viz Patel, whose third successive PB under 22 minutes has been delivered despite regular beer-and-chips marathons on Friday nights. (Your correspondent lives opposite Viz, and beat him to the sub-22 milestone last year. His current superior consistency and speed is simply revenge, I suspect.)

 

Notices

Lost-and-found now includes three tops, a pair of black gloves… and a debit card. Now, call me simplistic, but I’m wondering whether the name on the front of the card might be a clue as to its owner…

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Lost property is really getting out of hand…

Oh, and Richard Hurrell had happy birthday sang at him. We’ll save his blushes and merely mention that he’s newly grading VM40-44. (Richard, if you’re reading this, I’m disappointed to tell you my age graded score didn’t get any better when I moved up to VM45-49 in January. Some late-1960s child is making me look bad. Then I discovered that American Ed Benham ran 5k in 21:47 – ten seconds faster than my PB – when he was 20 days shy of his 82nd birthday. The guy only took up running in his 70s...)

Look out for Carol Searle next week, folks. She’s about to run her 50th Parkrun (she’s done 47 of her 49 at Wimbledon Common) and is on a hot streak. Five PBs in 2015, which have seen her record tumble from 31:27 in February to 28:42 last week. Give her some positive vibes for a new low in her 50th.

 

Onto the results

This week there were 304 runners, of whom 37 were first timers and 56 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Lucy Woolhouse was first woman over the line in 20:36 – the 26th time she’s recorded the fastest time in 201 appearances – leaving her top of the annual points competition (with 5,078pts). Amelia Ashton-Jones was second home in 21:22. Fellow Wimbledon Windmiler (and seven-time fastest woman) Sophie McKay was over the line third fastest at 21:39.

For the men, fastest finisher was Windmiler Matt Gallagher in 17:11. Jonny Earl was second over the line in 17:22; and Andy Robinson of Thames Hare & Hounds was third fastest in 17:38. That means Matt has equalled Andy’s seven fastest finishes – and joins him in the congested, eight-man “ninth equal club” in the men’s rankings for most first-place finishes.

But those results didn’t affect the men’s points standings, where Andrew Lenon still leads (on 4,672 pts) – aided by a fantastic PB this week, and his first sub-20 minute Wimbledon Parkrun. Well run, sir. Hard on his heels is Windmiler Peter Collins (4,646 pts) – who’s racked up 900 volunteer points this year already. It’s a reminder to get in touch with Charles Hampden-Smith and volunteer if you want to climb that league table...

Lucy (84.55% in VW50-54) and Andy (82.99% in VM45-49) were the leading age grade scores, with Vic Maughn (82.83% in VM50-54) coming home third with his 18:15.
As usual, the full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common Parkrun Results Page.

 

And finally…

As ever Parkrunner knows, there’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve out-kicked a fellow athlete in the final hundred metres or so, only to have them sucker punch sprint past you with ten strides to go. (It's not a race; but fellow runners are a great motivation, shall we say, to greater endeavours.) Shouldn’t there be no overtaking in sight of the cones or something?

Well, this week, your correspondent was thusly afflicted. Worse, the person with such a late surge was none other than event director Charles Lawrie who'd been on my shoulder for the whole second lap. All I’m going to say, Charles, is as a 343-run veteran you might “check your privilege” when you're sprinting a raw 58-timer like me. (But in the spirit of Parkrun, I salute you for giving me motivation to shave a couple of seconds off my time.)

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“That guy in the white’s been on my shoulder the whole run. I hope he hasn’t got a kick on him…”

"Look at his face... Just look at his face!"

The moment of surrender

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 435 18th April 2015

 

Their Cups Runneth Over (or under 20.00 minutes)

If you want to see some quality silverware where would you think to look?  Maybe the Tower of London, Hatton Garden (not the safety deposit boxes – obvs) the London Silver Vaults or quite possibly Tiffanys.  Well why not save yourself the bus fare and go instead to check out a more local exhibition.  Just head to the Wool House in Wimbledon, it is positively “bling-tastic,” a magpie haven absolutely burgeoning with shiny silvery cups!

All joshing aside (temporary ceasefire only) I would certainly like to say a massive congratulations to Lucy and Hugh Woolhouse (pictured below) on doing the double double ton together on Saturday.  On this occasion I shall not dwell on Lucy’s excellent running, if you need proof of this just check out the stats, they speak for themselves.  Rather I should like to make more of the fact that this splendid running duo are exceedingly good eggs, always the sort to pitch up and pitch in, qualities that more parkrunners would do well to emulate so thanks a million to you both. Ok, Ok, Hugh, you surely didn’t think I would really drop the ball on this one, just for the record, Lucy recorded a PB time of 19.52 on Saturday giving her a gobsmaking age grading of 87.67%, the highest on the day.

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Other wonderful milestones reached were by Elisabeth Bingham and Paul Abraham who both joined the 100 club.  Paul is running well at the moment and narrowly missed out on a PB by 2 seconds, fingers crossed for next week Paul.

Dominic Ostrowski joins the 50 club showing remarkable loyalty to Wimbledon by completing 48 of those runs here.

The quintet who join the 10-tastic club this week are: Julia Behan, Beniamino Forchini, Flossie Gough, Jessie Whichelow and Aidan Watkins.

With course conditions turning from “Slippery Banana Skin” to just “Peachy” you would expect some decent times to be recorded at the weekend and the Wimbledon crowd did not disappoint with PBs zinging around like the ball bearing in a pinball machine.  Just check out the run times of Brianna Clifford on 108 runs, Richard Mellor of HWAC on 82, Duncan Watkins on 73, Andrew Lenon on 72, Gemma Brennan on 59, Christine McNeil on 59 and James Hawker of W.W. on 57.

 

Nepotism Corner

It is always cool to see a regular runner improving, and even more impressive to see a PB recorded by someone who has run this course no fewer than 261 times, Phil Tosh (pictured below) did exactly this on Saturday by recording a PB of 24.11. Oddly enough his last PB was recorded exactly a year ago to the weekend. He also ran a half marathon over in Connemara in Ireland recently and clocked up another PB over a very challenging course.  It was noted on this occasion that he sported a rather nifty Connacht rugby shirt, a blatant (and fraudulent) attempt to garner local support but it did the trick. April is clearly a form month for Mr Tosh so keep your eyes peeled to see if he gets the trip at Aintree next year!

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Stats for the day:

Male placings: Benjamin Toomer of Hercules Wimbledon AC (pictured below), was first over the line in 17:09 - 4th time in 5 appearances, an unknown runner was second, in third place was Matt Gallagher of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third in a time of 17:38.

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Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Andrew Lenon is in the lead on 4394 points, in second place is PAFITY Collins on 4379 points and in third place is Robin Hutchinson with 4119 points.

Female placings: Lisa Thomas of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (21st overall) over the line in 19:48 - 40th time in 184 appearances, Lucy Woolhouse (see above) was second in 19:52 and in third place was Denise Barnett in 20:33.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Lucy Woolhouse leads the way on 4778 points, in second place is Danuta K Grabda with  4278 points and in third spot is Clare Gibbons on 4276 points.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Lucy Woolhouse  (VW50-54) was graded 87.67% for the time 19:52 (24th overall). Lisa Thomas (VW50-54) was graded 84.68% for the time 19:48 (21st overall). Steve Gratton (VM55-59) was graded 81.05% for the time 19:37 (17th overall).

This week there were 396 runners, of whom 47 were first timers and 110 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 12,140 different runners, including participants from 511 athletics clubs, have completed 88,570 runs covering a total distance of 442,850 km, and there have been 15,835 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in 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). 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

 

Annie Tosh

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