Where There's A Will – There's A Way.
OK Charles, if your are reading this weeks report from sunny and hopefully hurricane free Barbados, I just wanted to reassure you that this one was not on your watch. So, just sit back, relax and enjoy that Rum Punch – this one was on Adam!
While all the parkrun elves were scurrying around doing their good deeds. Nicola El Kadiri was out marking the course with oddly enough a Madeira cake mix. Adam Fenton (this week's race director) was out inspecting her handiwork, no doubt sceptical of the course marking merits of Madeira cake mix – maybe he is a Victoria Sponge man, who can say. Lisa Thomas was arranging our finishing funnel, all were unaware of the impending doom looming from the car park.
This week it was poor Sebastian Vons who fell foul of our recent unlucky streak and an ambulance was called when he came off his bike and took a nasty blow to the head. The poor chap looked utterly beaten up and dazed but was kindly looked after by Sune Du Toit and Julia Donovan. Julia took the sound decision to call an ambulance and she also fell on her sword by foregoing her run in favour of sticking with Seb while accompanying him to A & E where she waited with him while he received medical attention and waited for x-rays. I am relieved to report that although Seb's injuries looked alarming, he was patched up successfully and was spotted racing at the Cabbage Patch 10 miler the following day where he managed a very respectable time – well done to him and we wish him a speedy and full recovery. Thank you very much to Sune and Julia for their kind care and attention.
On a cheerier note, congratulations to Will Cockerell of Belgrave Harriers who was first over the Madeira line (a bit of a cake walk for him) in a time of 17.15 and to Ruth Wallace of Thames Hare & Hounds, (both pictured below) whose pre baby form is rapidly returning giving her a win for the ladies in a time of 20.33.
Congratulations must also be extended to the effervescent Hugh Woolhouse on completing his 178th parkrun and on his 66.94% age grading, splendid work Hugh!
Well done to David McCabe on reaching a century of parkruns and to Matt Gallagher who reached his fiftieth.
Finally, as our Harvest Festival weather gives way to something more traditional, I leave you with this poem, I hope it will make you all smile.
Who Likes The Rain (Could it be Hugh Woolhouse)?
“I,” said the duck. “I call it fun,
For I have my red rubbers on;
They make a little three-toed track,
In the soft, cool mud, - quack! Quack!”
“I!” cried the dandelion. “I!
My roots are thirsty, my buds are dry.”
And she lifted a tousled yellow head
Out of her green grassy bed.
“I hope 'twill pour! I hope 'twill pour!”
Purred the tree-toad at the gray bark door,
“For, with a broad leaf for a roof,
I am perfectly waterproof.”
Sang the Beverly Brook: “I laugh at every drop.
And wish they never need to stop
Till a big, big river I grow to be,
And could find my way to the sea.”
“I,” shouted Hugh Woolhouse “for I know I can hack it,
All I need is my trail shoes and the return of my pilfered parkrun 100 jacket,
Through every puddle and runlet and pool,
I will splash anyone in sight, cause I think it's cool!”
(My version of the Clara Doty Bates poem)
Men's placings: Will Cockerell of Belgrave Harriers, was first over the line in 17:15 - 5th time in 11 appearances. An unknown runner was second, and Knut Hegvold also of Belgrave Harriers, was in third position in 18:00, he has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Charles Hampden-Smith leads the way with 10673 points, followed by Joe Busa with 10359 points with Nick McKay in third place on 10078 points.
Women's placings: Ruth Wallace of Thames Hare & Hounds, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 20:33 - 22nd time in 28 appearances. Gina Galbraith of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second (25th overall) in a time of 20:36, she has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions. Samantha Pickford of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third (28th overall) in 20:41, she has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Lisa Thomas is in first place with 10752 points, second place on 10458 points is Lucy Woolhouse and in third place is Briarna Clifford on 8927 points.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Knut Hegvold (VM50-54) was graded 83.98% for the time 18:00 (third overall). Matt Shields (VM60-64) was graded 83.58% for the time 19:11 (10th overall). Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 81.39% for the time 21:24 (42nd overall).
This week there were 357 runners, of whom 54 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.
Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 11,259 different runners, including participants from 481 athletics clubs, have completed 80,551 runs covering a total distance of 402,755 km, and there have been 14,887 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 2012-03-17 (event number 271). The men's 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.