A Drought in Wimbledon Beats the Flooding
Fate plays some funny, and often cruel, tricks. But for a chance run by a student returning to Wimbledon this weekend on a brief visit from university we would have had our first lady winner. But for her decision to put in her first appearance this week we would have witnessed Nick McKay’s long overdue first win.
Towards the southern end of Wimbledon Common residents of houses with basements close to the golf course have been sand bagging their drives as the road outside has become submerged. Meanwhile this Saturday at the other end of the common, close to the windmill, a drought dominated events – Sarah Drought, that is. Sarah enjoyed a fabulous debut at Wimbledon parkrun, heading the ladies event and equalling the highest placed finish overall by a lady at Wimbledon.
In the men’s event, Joe Toomey (SM20-24) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 17:53 to record his third win in 14 appearances. Nick McKay (SM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (third overall) to finish in 18:49.
Milan Misak (SM20-24) of Imperial College Cross Country & AC, was third (4th overall) in 18:50.
Current standings in the Men's annual points competition:
Sandy Pfeifer (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1782 pts.
Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 1743 pts.
Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1625 pts.
In the lady’s event, Sarah Drought (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (second overall) over the line in 18:42 on her debut appearance. Lisa Thomas (VW45-49) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second (16th overall) in 21:00. She has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions. Samantha Pickford (SW30-34) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third (18th overall) to finish in 21:18. She has won on 3 previous occasions.
Current standings in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy Woolhouse (Unattached) 1794 pts.
Briarna Clifford (Unattached) 1666 pts.
Emma Price (Unattached) 1636 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 79.55% for the time 21:36 (21st overall).
Sarah Drought (SW25-29) was graded 79.14% for the time 18:42 (second overall).
Lisa Thomas (VW45-49) was graded 77.94% for the time 21:00 (16th overall).
This week there were 225 runners, of whom 26 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Purely by chance I happened to notice that Melanie Morin who has run the last five Wimbledon parkruns has achieved PBs on each of her last four runs - despite the conditions getting progressively worse - and lowered her time by 3 mins 45 secs overall. Some achievement!
Congratulations to Norman Urquia who completed his 100th run this week and qualifies for his 100 Club t-shirt and running jacket. Since he started parkrun in October 2011, he has achieved 18 PBs and lowered his time by 5mins 17 secs overall. Next week Chris Tinning is due to run his 100th event. Ann Kirby and Max Dinning are about to run their 50th.
We have a large number of t-shirts awaiting their owners:
10 Club t-shirts
Helena Mogg; Katerina Perch; Bryn Davies; Niall Soloman; Alexander Peters; Alex Dodd; Joel Delaney; Jasmin Good; Kristin Perch; Lara Rowell; Michael Lammie; Charles Davis; Joe Benjamin; Neil Arora
50 Club t-shirts
Caroline Highet; Joe Thompson; Jez Robertson; Clive Davies; Marley Hutchinson; Susan Hutchinson; Luigi Giorgi; Simon Birch; Catherine McKeever
In addition we have two small 50 Club t-shirts that have lost their name tags. I'm afraid that hanging them up on the washing line in the wet weather has obliterated the names. I can only suggest that if you think one of these might be yours please would you speak with one of the event organisers and if you do end up claiming one please leave your name so that we can keep track of all outstanding claims.
With potentially treacherous conditions underfoot, we ask runners to be particularly careful of falling over in the mud or tripping over tree roots. The choice often is whether to run through or around puddles. Either choice has its pitfalls. Try to avoid the puddles and you risk slipping on the sloping and muddy edges. Go through the puddles and there is the possibility of tripping over an unseen object.
Unfortunately, the latter happened to David Hall this week as he ran through the woods just past Kingsmere. He ended up with a badly gashed leg which required a lot of cleaning out and eight stitches inserted under general anaesthetic. We wish David a speedy recovery and ask everyone to take care.
Many thanks to this week’s volunteers who included Andrew Fickling, Anthony Eastaway, Carol McCormack, Charles Hampden-Smith, Chiara Samele, Clive Scammell, Kylie Corso, Lauren Nelson, Lisa Thomas, Mike Forder, Pete Mulholland, Sandy Pfeifer and Sophie Toomey.
Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.
Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 9,905 different runners, including participants from 420 athletics clubs, have completed 69,245 runs covering a total distance of 346,225 km, and there have been 13,106 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 16:33 on 17 March 2012 (event number 271). The men's 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 a 92.99% run (21:24) on 29 January 2011 (event number 212).