Wimbledon Common parkrun report: event 560 August 12 2017

 

May the fourth be with you

 

Is athletics the new Wimbledon tennis, when we sit on the edge of our seats cheering for the plucky Brits? The latest World Championship extravaganza was at Henman-levels of heartache. Time and again we finished fourth, usually missing bronze by an agonising blink of an eye. So, congratulations to this week's on-trend parkrun heroes, fourth across the line: Matt Gallagher and Francesca Lucas. Week in week out, our parkrun sees impressive effort up and down the field, and some very quick times at the front. Back in the Olympic Stadium, the 5k times seemed other-worldly. Laura Muir ran her final in 14:52, while Mo, in the Murray role as the Brit sprinkled with stardust, flew round in an astonishing 13:33.
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Trendy parkrunners Matt and Francesca
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Back on the Common, congratulations go to this week's gold medallist Robert Tuer who celebrated his 50th run in style: first over the line and with a PB time of 17:30. First lady this week was Alex Binley 19:58, and in silver and bronze spots: Gina Galbraith 20:42 and Ina Schauermann 20:49. Silver and bronze gents were Blair Laird 17:36 and Nick McKay 17:47. Last, but by no means least, this week's highest percentage podium achievers - perhaps the best measure of performance - were three VM55-59 likely lads: Knut Hegvold 80.66%, Richard Evans 78.40% and Charles Hampden-Smith 75.92%.

 

Well done this week's milestone runners. Samuel Johnson (JM11-14) joined the 10 Club, Knut Hegvold and Craig Peters hit 50, as well as the aforementioned Robert Tuer. Denise Barnett reached 100, and Sally Jones a nicely symmetrical 222. As we're surrounded by ponds, maybe we should introduce a Three Little Ducks award.

 

Special Offer 1 - Entry for Royal Parks Half Marathon - but be quick

 

A great offer for a great cause. Laura Roberts from Starfish Greathearts Foundation, a small charity working with community organisations in South Africa to care for vulnerable and orphaned children affected by HIV and poverty, is offering places in the Royal Parks Half. On October 8, this is one of the best running events in London with a route through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James's Park. The offer is a fundraising target of only £250 and your sponsorship will help Starfish to provide vital healthcare, education and shelter to vulnerable children in South Africa. All members of the Starfish team will receive a free Starfish running vest, fundraising pack, cheering support and refreshments in the charity marquee after the run. There is normally a £20 registration fee, but Laura is offering free registration for Wimbledon Common parkrunners. Registration closes this Friday August 18. Contact Kaeli.gibson@starfishcharity.org or call 0207 597 3797 by Friday to secure your place.
 

Special offer 2 - Breakfast run and picnic on Clapham Common

 

Starfish Breakfast Run and Picnic is on Clapham Common on Sunday September 24. The event is suitable for all ages and abilities. Fun and friendly, the run offers a choice of distances - 2k (under 12s), 5k, 10k or 15k. Everyone gets a t-shirt and medal, as well as a picnic basket to enjoy on the Common afterwards. There's also a tombola, face-painting, 100m dash for kids and other stalls for all members of the family. Laura is offering early-bird entry: 2k £8, 5k £14, 10k £17, 15k £20. To find out more, and book your place, go to https://starfishbreakfastrun2017.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Going to please

 

The course can never be just right for everyone. I saw the whole field go out, and watched everyone finish. I heard no complaints. I assume everyone found something to their liking.
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Some like it hot

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Some like it wet

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And some like a drink
 

And another thing

 

Back at the café, conversation switched from such pressing issues as whether the World Championship mascot was a hedgehog or a dinosaur, to the wisdom of buying a house overlooking the river without flood insurance. Meanwhile, in the background, a group of nine dogs, that wouldn't look out of place as draught excluders, was making such a racket that I wondered if Gareth Malone had run out of ideas and was auditioning for a dog choir. Cafe regular and Junior parkrunner, Barney Higgins (JM0-5), my go-to joke-master, asked: "Why did the egg go to the train station? Because it wanted to ride on the Eggspess".

 

Report by John Carter, photography by Louise Robinson

 

Facts and figures

 

Male placings:
Robert TUER (SM30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 17:30 - first time in 3 appearances.
Blair LAIRD (SM25-29) of Moray Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:36 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Nick MCKAY (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third over the line in 17:47 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Alex BINLEY (SW25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (19th overall) over the line in 19:58 - 10th time in 11 appearances.
Gina GALBRAITH (VW40-44) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second (30th overall) over the line in 20:42 - has been first to finish on 17 previous occasions.
Ina SCHAUERMANN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (33rd overall) over the line in 20:49.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Knut HEGVOLD (VM55-59) 80.66% for the time 19:03 (7th overall).
Richard EVANS (VM55-59) 78.40% for the time 19:36 (14th overall).
Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH (VM55-59) 75.92% for the time 20:25 (27th overall).

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Pete MULHOLLAND, Charles LAWRIE, Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH, John Philip CARTER, Francesca CARTER, Andrew FICKLING, Philip TOSH, James MAY, Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS, Matthew SALISBURY, Briarna CLIFFORD, Paul WILLATTS, Norman URQUIA, Jaspal DHALLEY, Robert FORTES, Sandy PFEIFER, Julia DONOVAN, Louise ROBINSON, Jeremy ROLLS, Oliver THORNTON-FLOWERS, Claudio SCOTTO, Warwick WAGNER, Darren FRANCIS and Nathan CUTTING

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 17,620 participants have completed 135,304 parkruns covering a total distance of 676,520 km, including 22,404 new Personal Bests.

This week 442 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

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

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 559 5th August 2017

 

August Temperatures May Be Cool – Not So For All August Running!

 

A cool wind blows in

With a blanket of silence.

Straining to listen

For those first few drops of rain,

The storm begins in earnest.

 

UNCOOL RUNNINGS

 

This week it’s fair to say that running has dominated the news headlines for a variety of reasons. Without wishing to dwell on the negative too much, all I can say is that I hope we won’t have to listen to the noise of booing at our Olympic stadium again. Please, please let the powers that be once and for all get a grip on this situation for the sake of our athletes and their fans!

 

Really UNCOOL Runnings!!

 

Let’s hope that the absolute moron who knocked a woman into the path of an oncoming bus while hogging the ground on a nearly empty Putney Bridge, reported this week, gets his name up in lights! It is our duty as decent human beings to share our spaces and try to look out for one another and thank goodness, we demonstrate how easy it is to do just this, week in week out at parkruns all over the world.
See, lots of us can share our running space - and it's brilliant.
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COOLEST EVER RUNNINGS – EVER!!!!

 

Mo Farah… Mens 10,000 metres final…last Saturday…BEST RACE EVER… Good luck for next Saturday, we will all be breaking out the honey and lemon in anticipation of more screaming.

And The Cool parkrun Kids…

Boxes are IN, contents are OUT.. Ben is down with the kids!
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The Boomerang Kids returning this week were Kevin, Patricia, Jasper and Joshua. (Kevin, Joshua and Nicola El Kadiri pictured below)

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The Seas Parted (OK, the puddles) for the return Of King Kid Himself Keith Robbins. High days and holidays. (Keith is sporting red and talking!) Event 559 (CS62)

And finally, we have Dave Ford, The Come Back Kid - Awesome!

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The Stats:

 

This week 514 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 92 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers: Paul Tibbs • Charles Lawrie • Charles Hampden-Smith • Philip TOSH • Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins • Adam Harwood • Annie TOSH • Matthew Salisbury • Lisa Wood • David C Wood • Edward Nelson • Briarna Clifford • Clive Scammell • Sandy Pfeifer • Liz Ostrowski • Trevor Ingram • Graham Trainor • Jo Manley • Miranda Simmons • Jane Scoon • Nicola Hedges • Clon Ulrick • Warwick Wagner • Nathan Cutting

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

Male placings: Francis Marsh of Herne Hill Harriers, was the first finisher in 17:21, Matt Gallagher (without hound) of Wimbledon Windmilers was second in 17:49 and in third place was Clapham Chaser Reuben McGregor in 18:07.

Female placings: Kate Drew of Taunton AC, was first in 19:09, second place went to Ali Campbell of Clapham Chasers in 19.42 with Sune Du Toit from Wimbledon Windmilers third in 20:58.

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Francis Marsh (VM50-54) – 85.69% for the time 17:21 (first overall). Diane Neil Mills (VW55-59) – 79.61% for the time 23:03 (111th overall). Hendrik Zietsman (VM50-54) – 78.74% for the time 18:44 (9th overall).

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 17,565 participants have completed 134,862 parkruns covering a total distance of 674,310 km, including 22,341 new Personal Bests.

 

RUNing Reporter: Annie Tosh

 

Eagle Eye Photographer: Clive Scammell

 

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun #558, 29th July 2017

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GO!

 

WARMEST THOU UP?

This week my attention is drawn to our photographer’s wonderful pictures of some of the pre-run warm-ups on display. This is an area of our sport which to my discredit I routinely ignore, no doubt having a lamentable impact on my times. The only warming up I partook in was basking in the sunshine which made a welcome appearance, although as I write from my desk on the Broadway during the following week I can report that it is spanking it down with rain once again. Hopefully this keeps the course springy, dampens down the dust clouds and a dry morning come next Saturday will make for perfect conditions once again.

Returning to the subject of warm-ups, I am sure a few stretches and a bit of a jog (not least from your car sensibly parked on a nearby road and not in the Windmill car-park…) might just make all the difference in your quest for those elusive few minutes and seconds towards that next PB.

 

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Fearful Symmetry

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Work it!

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That sunshine is my kind of warm-up...

 

Milestones

After the impressive recent spate of milestones there were very few this week. Kazim Nizam joins the Junior 10 club, and Nick George and Marianne MacNamara join the 50 club.

With the lack of conventional milestones I will also pick out Wimbledon parkrun stalwart Charles Lawrie who presumably hopped round his quadruple Nelson 444.

The most impressive PB of the 49 set on Saturday belongs to Sophie Lavin who set a new best on her 51st run round the Common, knocking off over a minute from the previous week.

This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Volunteers

Parkrun is committed to remaining free and relies on the hard work of a group of volunteers to keep going. Thanks to this week’s 25 volunteers: Pete Mulholland, Charles Lawrie, Charles Hampden-Smith, Geraldine Hellings, Francesca Carter, Andrew Fickling, Philip Tosh, Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins, James Hellings, Annette Barrett, David Hall, Sue Rothwell, Sophie Toomey, Guy Gibbons, Simon Bodle, Steven Cull, Andrew Rice, Claire Adams, Christopher Cull, Trevor Ingram, Colin Edwards, Jo Manley, Rudi Damhuis, Warwick Wagner and Nathan Cutting.

First Finishers

Joe Toomey of Hercules Wimbledon AC first over the line in 16:55 - the 11th occasion in 33 appearances. Nick McKay of Wimbledon Windmilers was second in 18:04 and Neil Watkins of Camberley & District AC was third in 18:17.

First Lady for the 36th time in 265 appearances was Lucy Woolhouse in 20:46 (38th overall). Junior Sophie Sargent of Clapham Chasers RC finished second in 21:21 (49th overall) and Julia Donovan of Wimbledon Windmilers was third in 21:26 (52nd overall).

Age Gradings

Lucy Woolhouse also headed the Age Gradings with 86.04% for her time of 20:46. Diane Neil Mills scored 80.78% for 22:43 in 81st place, and twelfth placed Richard Evanse rounds out the top three with 80.38% for 19:07.

History

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 17,473 participants have completed 134,348 parkruns covering a total distance of 671,740 km, including 22,285 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 number 557 22nd July 2017

 

 

It’s All So Marie Antoinette

 

Can anyone remember a Saturday morning recently when you didn’t take a large slice of cake and a class of Fizz for breakfast? If your answer to this question is NO then well done, your parkrun attendance has been excellent, award yourselves 3 gold stars. Surely Marie Antoinette with her well documented interest in cake (brioche to be specific) and Fizz (glass shape by her design) would be a big fan of our decadent Saturday morning gatherings on Wimbledon Common. She may even have been prompted to declare “Let them run 5K” as opposed to “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.”

 

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This week was no exception and thanks to Gary and Lynne Lloyd (pictured above) we all had the perfect excuse to indulge in our “not remotely” guilty pleasure. Congratulations to Gary who joined the 250 parkrun Blazing Squad and to Lynne who was presented with the Lawrie cup for notching up 200 parkruns. With 2 fantastic milestones to celebrate the Lloyd family (pictured below) were out in force as the results page testifies although Gary remains the leader of the gang on runs completed.

 

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 Don't Mess With This Run Director

 

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Francesca Carter was our splendid run director this week and a top job she did too. It was good to witness a decent expression of deferential bowing and scraping (see below) for this great lady who beckoned us to gather closer to listen to her pre-run briefing by saying “I don’t bite”. I guess this pair weren’t too sure about this claim!

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The Wanted List

 

Gavin is wanted for speeding. He scorched around the SOAR mile in a time of 5 minutes and 5/100ths of a second before his parkrun warmdown! Phew!!

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Lisa's back, how splendid!

 

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These two rogues are wanted for crimes against his and her outfits!

 

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And sometimes it is better to shove your head into a large stone water trough than to take that irritating cold call as this lady demonstrates - we've all been there!

 

The Stats

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

Male placings: Michael Crone of SA Orienteers, was first over the line in 16:24, on his first appearance. Harris Mier of Cornwall AC, was second in 16:45, with Nick McKay of Wimbledon Windmilers in third place in a time of 18:08.

Female placings: Claire Grima of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first in 18:41, her 35th win out of 46 runs. Anna Hall of Army AA, was in second place in 20:19, Lucy Woolhouse come third in a time of 21:08.

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Lucy Woolhouse (VW55-59) – 84.54% for the time 21:08 (41st overall). Harris Mier (JM15-17) – 83.08% for the time 16:45 (second overall). Claire Grima (VW40-44) – 81.89% for the time 18:41 (9th overall).

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 (e then convent 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 17,411 participants have completed 133,962 parkruns covering a total distance of 669,810 km, including 22,236 new Personal Bests.

Run Report Writer: Annie Tosh

Run Photographer: Bob Walsh

 

 

 

Wimbledon Common Parkrun Event 556, 15th July 2017

The Crowds Are Back!

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Now that the Lion’s Tour finished in a spectacular draw, our numbers are back at Wimbledon Common.  We had 496 people running, jogging and walking on Saturday with 70 PB’s and 85 first time participants. We had 33 number of clubs with Horley Harriers (20) being particularly well represented.

Even the weather was in our favour for a large turn out with near perfect conditions of a light SW breeze of 7 miles per hour and a temperature of 18 °C and humidity at 74%. We had a very light drizzle on the way down to the start line; just perfect!

Running his 250th was Simon Bodle who finished 41st.  Linda Payne chose to run her 50th here with her first visit to Wimbledon Common.  Junior Thomas Haunstetter finished 34th in a new PB on his 10th run.

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This weeks results were as follows:

Male placings:
Joe TOOMEY (SM20-24) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 17:02 - 10th time in 32 appearances.
Matt GALLAGHER (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second over the line in 17:24 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Blair LAIRD (SM25-29) of Moray Road Runners, was third over the line in 17:27 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Alex BINLEY (SW25-29) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 19:11 - 9th time in 10 appearances.
Claire Anna HALL (SW30-34) of Army AA, was second (31st overall) over the line in 19:59 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Caroline PYPER (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (33rd overall) over the line in 20:03 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Ros TABOR (VW65-69) – 86.36% for the time 24:34 (194th overall).
Lucy WOOLHOUSE (VW55-59) – 85.21% for the time 20:58 (52nd overall).
Volker VOGLER (VM50-54) – 81.31% for the time 18:17 (9th overall).

 

Colin’s 500th Parkrun

Our regular course gardener and puddle emptier, Colin Harris, was the 10th person globally to reach the 500th Parkrun goal; and he was the first who doesn’t run at Bushy! 460 of the 500 took place at Wimbledon Common, with the odd visits to Australia, Poland, South Africa and Scotland, as well as less glamorous locales, taking the remaining credits.

Colin has also volunteered 200 times and even did so on his 500th anniversary as he guided me to a course PB of 33.26 beating my previous PB by 55 Seconds.

On this auspicious occasion Colin was raising funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind and he asked me to personally thank all of you that gave so generously to raise £658.80 for this life changing charity - I can personally testify to what a difference a dog makes!  Anyone that forgot their money last week and would like to contribute next week, then Colin assures me that he will be willing to pass on the donations!

 

Don’t Let Injury Slow you Down

As most of you know injury doesn’t always stop us from reaching our goals.  Colin has often taken the Tail Walker role (notice the new name for this position) whilst injured. Carol Searle has magnificently jogged through her long term niggles on a weekly basis.  Annie Tosh is also working through a nasty recurring injury.

After a 53 week break, my partner Dave, also came back to Parkrun after a frustrated year of injuries.  He trained with a personal trainer who ensured he didn’t come back too early and checked that he ran sensibly.  With this assistance and a lot of patience Dave broke his PB by over 8 minutes to get a respectable 25:29.  Well done Dave and congratulations on your return.

 

Why Not Volunteer

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This run was brought to you with the help of 22 volunteers. There will be a role for you, so why not volunteer every now again!

Pete MULHOLLAND • Charles LAWRIE • Colin HARRIS • Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS • Chris ABELL • Stephen HARLAND • Briarna CLIFFORD • Sarah ROBBINS • Jaspal DHALLEY • Stephen WILLERTON • Kylie CORSO • Graham WHITE • Christopher CULL • Sandy PFEIFER • Trevor INGRAM • John SASPORTAS • Sally ATHERTON • Lynn COX • Sean JONES • Carmen GESSELL • Sarah JONES • Otto LEVI

Writer: Lynn Cox
Photographer : Stephen Willerton

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