parkrun Dynasties, David Attenborough Stylie Not Aaron Spelling Stylie
(for guidance, the Attenborough series has less cat fights and better power dressing)
A busy bench week saw Peter Collins, Kylie Corso, Colin Harris and our run director Nick George all taking a turn on this cold and frosty morning. Throughout these announcements I observed a splendid array of funky toe tapping and foot stomping moves as people attempted to keep that biting, buff defeating, wind at bay. You've got to go a long way to see dance moves like the ones I spotted... perhaps check out David Attenborough's Paradise Birds on YouTube if you wish to view something similar, I can highly recommend the Carola's Parotia shaking a tail feather to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
I am sure that like me, many of you have been watching BBC1's fantastic Dynasties series in which Attenborough gives us a rare glimpse into the lives of Chimpanzees, Emperor Penguins, Lions of the Masai Mara, Painted Wolves and most recently magnificent Tigers. Do you ever wonder what it would be like to hear David's whispering voice describing the scene at your average parkrun? How would he perceive our "running" species and what traits and attributes would he note? Check out this footage from Saturday's run and imagine that great natural historian's fascinating dialogue.
The Great Migration
The Magnificent Herd Move In Unison
Reflections From The Water Hole
Our Human Side (Ruth Hayes turned her ankle on the course but finished with a little help from the pack)
VERY VERY IMPORTANT!
Finally, it is our Christmas Run next Saturday where there will be a collection, all the proceeds will go to the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Charity which helps with the upkeep of the Common. DONT embrace your inner Scrooge, DONT bring your Bah Humbug, DO remember notes are lighter to carry than coins, DO wear one of these and bring lots of this!
Congratulations to James Saville on reaching 150 parkruns, 87 have been completed at Wimbledon, more mince pies for you James, mighty work.
This week 345 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Simon CHEETHAM • Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH • Emilia FREEGARD • Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS • Annie TOSH • David HALL • Joe BUSA • Stephen WILLERTON • Oscar SMITH • Nick GEORGE • Luigi ATHERTON • Manon MOREL • India TRAINOR • Nick HUDSON • Matthias HEGER • Libby HIPKINS • Sally WINDLE • Ella HEGER • Sophie BRUNT • Becca SHUTE • Oliver GIRDHAM • Emily GLEESON • Caroline BARNARD • Charlie TAYLOR • Caroline LEE • Laura CRAY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (event number 224).
The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 92.99% (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212).
Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 21,205 participants have completed 166,291 parkruns covering a total distance of 831,455 km, including 26,149 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,066 individuals have volunteered 9,552 times.
Wildlife Photographer: Stephen Willerton
Jungle Journo: Annie Tosh