Wimbledon Common Parkrun 521, 26th November 2016

So cold. So very cold. There was little consolation from the fact that we’re almost certainly going to see chillier Parkruns on the Common before the winter is out. But we might not see many as pretty. Clear blue skies, a million-watt sun and a teasing layer of mist combined to bring cheer to cold cheeks.

As did the quality of the course (“in great nick”). Relatively free of wet and with even the tricky tree-roots on the wooded back section visible above the leaf litter – for which, in part, we must be grateful to the pre-race volunteers – it’s no surprise to see 40 personal bests in field of 370.
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Just one newcomer 'fessed up at the start – the stats tell us 45 first-times attended, so encourage fresh faces to be brave next week. And we had our usual smattering of visitors, from afar afield as Bradford and New Zealand.

Neither, at time of writing, could be confirmed as having arrived from those departures-points by car. But plenty of Parkrunners still drive up to the Windmill, as many from both Parkun itself and other Common users will have noticed. The traffic is getting pretty heavy of a Saturday morning, so a couple of pleas:

  • If you can, please don’t drive to the Windmill. There are places to park elsewhere around the Common, and jogging to the start is a perfect way to warm-up for your 5k. (Plus, you get to skip the traffic jam!)
  • If you don’t have a choice (and plenty of people don’t), we’ve had a plea that drivers make every effort to park a little closer together than has been the case recently. Obviously there needs to be room to get out, but treat the car-park as you might one in the supermarket – nice and tight.

And remember, the people marshalling the cars are Parkrun volunteers, so the more organised we can be, the easier time they’ll have of it. A freezing day like last Saturday is always a time to spare a thought for those volunteering without an energetic run to stave off the shivers – so thank you again, volunteers!

A quick reminder that the Santa charity Parkrun will be happening on Saturday 17th. As usual, we’ll be running on Saturday 24th, but then also on Christmas Day (get the turkey in first thing and pop up to invigorate yourself for the day of gluttony ahead). And there will also be a New Year’s Day run.

Simon Woodington was the weekend’s ton-up man, clocking 21:42 in his hundredth run. On her 150th Elizabeth Willatts delivered a 56.5% age grading - well done her. And we had another iteration of what seems to be a regular occurrence now: the 200th Cup passing straight from one runner to another. In this case, Charlie Snow was the holder for a few seconds before Peter Collins took it on. IMG_0039

 

Onto the results

Lucy Woolhouse clocked 21:20 to cross the line first among the women – her 29th time as fastest female. Common first-timer Aimee Hargreaves of Stoke AC was second, just six seconds behind her. Third fastest woman was Diana Keeling in 22:06. That didn’t affect the annual women’s points competition, where Liz Ostrowski is still well clear of the field on 12257 pts.

Matt Gallagher clocked 17:21 to be first over the line for the 8th time in 95 appearances. Fellow Windmiler Nick McKay finished in 18:03 and Johan Olivier came home third just four second later. Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins finished with a time of 21:17 and narrowly holds onto his lead in the men’s annual points competition – his 11975 pts is only just edging out Nick’s 11811 pts – a total that will have benefited from that strong second place this week.

Only Lucy managed an age-grading above 80% – her 83.75% is outstanding, with Richard Evans scoring an impressive 78.47% and first-home Matt getting 76.95%.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 520 19th November 2016

 

 

Hats The Way To Do It

 

There was a distinct chill in the air on Saturday morning and with it came a plethora of wonderful cosy looking woolly hats. Time for a homage followed by a montage in celebration of this much loved winter favourite.

 

My Hat by Tony Mitten

 

Here’s my hat.

It holds my head,

The thoughts I’ve had

And the things I’ve read.

 

It keeps out the wind.

It keeps off the rain.

It hugs my hair

And warms my brain.

 

There’s me below it,

the sky above it.

It’s my lid.

And I love it.

 

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Thank you to Andrew Fickling for playing the role of run director this week. I loved the photo of him below in which he looks as though he is poised to burst forth with a rendition of Nessun dorma! All this makes me wonder if there are any talented runners in our ranks who would be game to become our first “singing run director.” If anyone out there is up for the challenge of singing the entire set of run director instructions, I will personally promise to accompany them on the tambourine!

 

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Landmarks of Note: Congratulations to Rich Hurrell on completing his 150th parkrun. Rich has often fallen victim to “heavy duvet syndrome” so his achievement is all the more impressive – well done Trickster.

 

PB of Note: Congratulations to Morgan Wroe who set his new PB on his 85th run (all of which have been here at Wimbledon). Morgan took his time down to 26.09, beating his previous best by a comfortable 12 seconds.  This is a fantastic and I am certain rewarding achievement, very well run Morgan.

 

Announcements: Ho, Ho, Ho!  Please note that there will be parkruns held on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day at 9am.

Merry Christmas

The Stats:

Male placings: Joe Toomey was first over the line in 17:16 - 7th time in 27 appearances, second was Graham Russ in a time of 17:27 and in third place was James Adams in 17:59.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Peter AFITY Collins is the lead on 11,713 points, followed by Nick McKay with 11,512 points and Stephen Johnson is in third place with 10,465 points.

Female placings: Lisa Trollope was first (24th overall) over the line in 20:47, on her first appearance!  In second place was Lucy Woolhouse in 21:10 on her 235th appearance! Alice Forbes finished in third place in 21:44.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Liz Ostrowski leads the way on 12,257 points, in second place is Natalie Fell with 10,375 points and Jasmine Paradinas with 10,118 points is in third place

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) was graded 84.41% for the time 21:10 (35th overall). Andrew Lenon (VM55-59) was graded 75.83% for the time 20:58 (29th overall). Vanda Caulfield (VW50-54) was graded 75.81% for the time 22:40 (64th overall).

This week there were 353 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 15,558 different runners, including participants from 669 athletics clubs, have completed 118,538 runs covering a total distance of 592,690 km, and there have been 20,129 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 00:15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (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.

 

 

I will leave you with one last shot from some of Louise Robinson's beautiful and atmospheric photos from last week.

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Report Writer Annie Tosh

Run Photographer Louise Robinson

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun : #519 : 12th November 2016

water-run!

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There's no feeling in my fingers, No feeling in my toes. The mud is all around us, All causing runners' woes...

Apologies to Wet Wet Wet, appropriately enough.

 

Welcome to Wimbledon Common water-run #1 - like a parkrun but much, much wetter! The weather fairies normally seem to look after us on parkrundays, but Saturday was a definite exception, and whilst the course has been muddier I don't think there have been many wetter days. you certainly wouldn't catch any self-respecting hornets venturing out in these conditions...  
 
The weather did mean we were treated to that uncommonest of rarities - a Wimbledon Common parkrun that started close to 9am! It did seem to catch out a few regulars used to a more leisurely start, and who were perhaps sheltering in their cars waiting for the last possible moment to emerge, only failing to notice the briefing being held under the big tree. Fortunately the 'white dots and arrows' survived long enough to tell the runners the route before being lashed into a batter by the rain and then trampled into mud pies.
 
There's not much to say about a day where most runners got in, did parkrun and retreated as fast as possible to a more natural Saturday morning habitat - perhaps to be back in front of their favourite kitchen related show, or tucked up in a warm cafe contemplating the US election results... It did mean that it was actually possible to get a table in the Windmill cafe for once, for which I and my sodden supporters were grateful.  

 

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Where does the lake end?

 

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How deep? Checking for illegal canoe usage...

 

Milestones

Margaret Lord reached 50 runs (28 of them at Wimbledon) and Jessica Searle reached 100 runs (95 at Wimbledon and including 4 runs in South Africa). There's a delay with t-shirts at the moment with Tribesports but you can look forward to your new apparel soon...

This week also saw Graham White complete his 150th run. The rain dampened (!) the opportunity for celebration, but it is only right that we recognise Graham who puts in a shift behind the scenes helping with the Volunteer coordination and results processing.

Despite the apocalyptic conditions there were 17 new PBs, most impressively from Georgia Hanley who improves her time on her 65th run at Wimbledon. A relatively low turnout of 214 runners included 17 first timers who weren't put off by the weather - it gets muddier but not much wetter and hopefully you'll be back in more pleasant conditions.

 

Volunteers

Remember that parkrun is free and relies on the hard work of a group of volunteers to keep going. Thanks this week to Alexander Hall,  Andrew Rice, Andy Allan,Anna Whiting, Bernadette Maher Allan, Bob Walsh, Charles Lawrie, Christopher Cull, Daniel Thornton, David Hall, Fiona Mclaren, Gary Forde, James Little, Jane Watson, Jaspal Dhalley, John Sabourin, Kylie Corso, Matthew Salisbury, Nicholas Garside, Niki Khanezai, Philip Tosh, Richard Evans, Sarah Ahsan, Simon Cheetham and Sniez T S.

This year's target is 300 different volunteers! To get involved take a look at the volunteer page.

 

First Finishers

 

Will Cullen of Radley AC was first over the line in 18:03 on his first appearance - the time indicative of the tough conditions. Eoin O'Connell of Morden Runners was second in 18:20 and Adam Harwood of Hercules Wimbledon AC was third in 18:32.

First Lady was Gina Galbraith also of Hercules Wimbledon AC in 20:09 (9th overall) - her 14th first finish. Lucy Woolhouse was second in 21:36 (22nd overall). Jackie Poole rounds out the podium with a time of 21:50 (24th overall).

 

Men's Standings

Familiar names Peter Collins and Nick McKay head up the list.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS (Wimbledon Windmilers) 11438 pts.
Nick MCKAY (Wimbledon Windmilers) 11216 pts.
Stephen JOHNSON (Unattached) 10165 pts.

 

Women's Standings

Liz Ostrowski holds on to top spot.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Liz OSTROWSKI (Unattached) 11987 pts.
Natalie FELL (Unattached) 10121 pts.
Jasmine PARADINAS (Unattached) 9818 pts.

 

Age Gradings

Just one run achieved an 80% Age Grading this week - Lucy Woolhouse with 82.72% for her time of 21:36 in 22nd place overall. Eoin O'Connell's 2nd place was worth 77.91% and Richard Evans rounds out the top three with 77.35% in 5th.

 

History

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 15,530 different runners, including participants from 668 athletics clubs, have completed 118,185 runs covering a total distance of 590,925 km, and there have been 20,097 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).

This week’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

Your parkrun reporter - Andy Rice

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun, event 518, 5 November 2016

Sometimes you just need cake

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Remember, remember...

It was Guy Fawkes Day – maybe we should have been running with sparklers. The weather, though, was more of a damp squib. Or, as parkrunner Helen Beeby described it, dank. I’m guessing she meant damp and cold, although in urban slang it also means awesome, just in case you hear anyone saying, ‘That parkrun was dank, man!’ (If they offer you some ‘digity dank’ though, be cautious.)

The bench this week was taken by Jo Manley – it was the first time I’d seen a female race director and it made a nice change. Turnout was high with 445 runners as it included visitors from Fulham Palace parkrun which was closed due to clearing up from the previous night’s fireworks. Other tourists included five members of the Blee family from Portrush in Northern Ireland – Jim, Rachel, Adam, Molly and Jack. I’m told Portrush has its own parkrun along a beautiful beach – definitely one to try if you are ever in that part of the world.

Before heading off for the start line we all sang Happy Birthday to Annie Tosh, who as I'm sure you know is one of our regular report writers and volunteers. She shares a birthday with VIvien Leigh, Lester Piggott and the ancient Mongol ruler Mahmud Ghazan.

Mighty milestones

These included 100 parkruns for sisters Katrina Osborne and Fiona McLaren, see the fab cake shown above, and also for Windmiler Rob Crane. John Worrall achieved his 50th run, while Richard Hurrell was on track to join the 150 club but was, I'm told, at home doing some last-minute packing for holiday. Jessica Searle and Simon Woodington might need to be thinking about cake, too, as they both clocked up 99 runs this week.

In all, members of 27 clubs took part – the prize for the best name going to Runnyhoneys running club. There were 65 first timers and 69 recorded new personal bests. There had been heavy rain on Friday but the course was in quite good condition – the best of the mud is yet to come.

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Keith Macintosh (VM40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first over the line in 17:08, his  10th time in 123 appearances. He ran so fast there isn’t even a photo of him, but he must be there somewhere on the start line, above. Keith also went on to win the Wimbledon Windmilers’ club championships 10K the following day and has now gone to compete in the first Nepal International Marathon.

Also in the men, Blair Laird (SM25-29) of Moray Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:43. Stephen Pearson (SM30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC, was third 17:46.

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Among the women, Gina Galbraith (VW40-44) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 19:30, her 13th time in 55 appearances. Ellen Weir (JW11-14) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second (42nd overall) over the line in an impressive 20:48. Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) (Unattached) was third (55th overall) over the line in 21:10 and has been first to finish on 28 previous occasions.

Dog watch

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For the safety of other runners, please remember to use a lead!

Age grading

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) was graded 84.41% for the time 21:10 (55th overall).Stuart Fraser (VM50-54) was graded 82.87% for the time 17:48 (4th overall). Keith Macintosh (VM40-44) was graded 80.84% for the time 17:08 (first overall).

Thanks to the volunteers: Adam Harwood, Andrew Bailey, Charles Lawrie, Colin Harris,  Dawn Payne, Gary Forde, Graham White,  Jo Manley,  Kylie Corso, Matt Bray,  Matthias Heger,  Nicola El Kadiri, Pete Mulholland, Philip Butler, Robert Fortes,  Robert Robinson,   Sandy Pfeifer, Stephen Harland and to Clive Scammell for the photos.

 

Points update

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 11161 pts. Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) 11050 pts. Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 10150 pts. Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 11712 pts. Natalie Fell (Unattached) 9859 pts. Jasmine Paradinas (Unattached) 9818 pts.

 

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to keep on volunteering.

Caroline Helder

 

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‘My wife said, 'Watcha doin’ today?‘ I said, ‘Nothing’. She said, ‘You did that yesterday’. I said, ‘I wasn’t finished.‘

 

 

 

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun report: event 517 October 29 2016

Flights of fancy

Parkrunning fans of the Archers will have nodded at Ian's words to Helen last Thursday...

The trees are in their Autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry,...

WB Yeats then goes off at a tangent about swans, but he starts well - as if he was with us on Saturday morning, one of those extraordinary October days where the combination of mist and colourful leaves are simply indescribably beautiful.

Kick-off

What was describable was the course, and race director for the day Graham White did a splendid job. The hornets are consigned to fading memories, and he welcomed twenty parkrun virgins and another twenty-two tourists. Steven Johnson caught up with his 200 Collins Cup from last week, making Chris Rebbeck qualifying this week wait another seven days to borrow the silverware. Lower down the order Robin Hutchinson and Philip Butler notched up 150 runs each and James Adams earned his red t-shirt with parkrun 50. Top of the pops was Mark Robson with his 250th outing, and with a quick thanks to this weeks volunteers Graham released us to the start line.
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Podium placings

Leading the men home was Mark Tatlow (SM25-29, Clapham Chasers RC), first over the line in 17:29 on his second appearance. James Adams (VM35-39, Guildford & Godalming AC) celebrated that fiftieth parkrun with a second place at 17:41, just one second ahead of previous winner on two occasions Adam Harwood (SM30-34, Hercules Wimbledon AC).

For the women, impressive youngster Tola Pearse (JW11-14, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC) made it two out of three with another first place (35th overall) at 20:46. Forty-seven times winner Lisa Thomas (VW50-54, Hercules Wimbledon AC) was second (40th overall) in 20:52 ahead of Louise OLDFIELD (VW40-44, Sheen Shufflers) (56th overall) with 21:20.
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Amongst the other 404 runners, 76 personal bests were recorded and three runners achieved age grade scores of over 80% (Liam O'Hare 82.40%, Lisa Thomas 81.31% and Volker Vogler 80.45%).

Points of order

We are into the last three months of the points competition, and the very observant may have wondered what was holding back last years points hungry Andrew Lenon? Time and Leisure readers will have realised what he has been up to reading this month's article on the fabulous Wimbledon Youth Choir. Great job Andrew (and Max Barley)!

For the men’s competition, it is looking like 2-1 to Wimbledon Windmilers with Peter AF Collins (10894 pts) and Nick McKay (10756 pts) holding off Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC on 9878 pts).

The leading woman are all unattached (at least in terms of Athletics club affiliations) with Liz Ostrowski (11457 pts) leading Natalie Fell (9644 pts) and Jasmine Paradinas (9581 pts).

History of Wimbledon Common parkrun

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 15,448 different runners, including participants from 663 athletics clubs, have completed 117,526 runs covering a total distance of 587,630 km, and there have been 20,012 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop with 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). Finally, 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.

Making it happen

A big thank you to the cast and crew for event 517: Alastair Brown, Christopher Cull, Jessica Glover, Charles Hampden-Smith, Matthias Heger, David Hopwood, Pippa Kyle, Charles Lawrie, Margaret Lord, Stephen MacNamara, Liam O’Hare, Sandy Pfeifer, Sue Rothwell, John Sasportas, Jane Scoon, Matthew Searle, Rebecca Searle, Orianna Vottre, Anne Walker, Bob Walsh, and Graham White.
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Alastair Brown

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