Loose dogs and mud. The infamous old enemies of the crime fighter…
I'm not saying I'm Batman, I'm just saying nobody has ever seen me and Batman in a room together
After a week that gave us snow, hail, sleet, strong winds and bitter cold, the sun was shining for this week’s run on May Day weekend. As well as a visit from Batman (by the way, did you know there are organised Bat Walks on the common?) Morris dancers arrived to entertain us outside the café afterwards, so all the ingredients were there for a very enjoyable morning. Yes, the course was still quite muddy and wet but if you're a regular you'll be used to that by now. If you're Annie Tosh, you'll turn up in your wellies.
Some of the runners might still have been suffering from muscle soreness from last Sunday’s London Marathon (I know I was), but it was good to see so many turning up anyway, several of them proudly wearing this year’s red finishers’ tops.
Been there, done that, got the T-shirt...
A mere 26.2 miles didn’t stop Keith Macintosh (VM40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, from finishing first over the line in 17:06, his 8th time in 111 appearances. He ran a PB of 2:36 at London and raced again two days later on Tuesday. It was clearly a day for superheroes...
Keith leads the way
Richard McDowell (VM35-39) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second over the line in 17:32 and-has been first to finish on three previous occasions. Jonny Earl (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:38 and has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
In the female results, Julia Donovan (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first (29th overall) over the line in 20:23 - 13th time in 55 appearances. She was also fresh from doing a fantastic marathon PB of 3:03 at London.
Laura York (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:59 and has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third over the line in 21:03 and has been first to finish on 46 previous occasions.
There were milestones achieved by Malcolm Brookes and Katherine Tamlyn who both ran their 50th runs. Doug Laidler and Catherine Coleman reached 150, while Colin Harris still tops the list at 435.
I seem to have given my owner the slip...
This week there were 373 runners, of whom 56 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part, including Wimbledon Windmilers and Hercules Wimbledon AC.
In age gradings, Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) was graded 84.78% for the time 18:17. Keith Macintosh (VM40-44) was graded 80.99% for the time 17:06. Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) was graded 80.60% for the time 21:03.
Many thanks to all the volunteers: Jamie Ash Vie, Annette Barrett, Freya Bernard, Daniel Berry, Simon Cheetham, Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins, Steven Cull, Christopher Cull, Jane Dunn, Matt Earl, Charles Hampden-Smith, Charles Lawrie, Charles Robert Leonard, Carol McCormack, Sophie McKay, Pete Mulholland, Sandy Pfeifer, Matthew Salisbury, Maurice Sharp, Graham Trainor, George Trimm and Bob Walsh for the photographs.
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Currently in the Men's annual points competition: Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 5005 pts.Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 4472 pts. Andrew Lenon (Unattached) 4444 pts.
Currently in the Women's annual points competition: Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 5084 pts. Nicola El Kadiri (Unattached) 4237 pts. Danuta K Grabda (Unattached) 4169 pts.
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.
Until next week, May the fourth be with you.