Wimbledon Common parkrun, event 491, 30 April 2016

Loose dogs and mud. The infamous old enemies of the crime fighter…

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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.

 

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Puddle jumping

 

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.

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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...

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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.
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Speedy Jules

 

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.

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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. parkrun 491(8)

Why not try volunteering?

 

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.

Caroline Helder

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Wimbledon Common parkrun : Event #490 : 23rd April 2016

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‘Pre-1990 Snickers’ Weekend

(Other manufacturers of chocolate covered nougat and peanuts are available...probably.) One event and one event only dominated our TV screens and the thoughts of thousands of runners this weekend. Well that and the ever-present parkrun - I am sure that all of the London parkruns welcomed numerous parkrun tourists this weekend! I ran the marathon for the first time last year and could only jealously watch on this year - that damned ballot! I however do not have the slightest regret in missing out on all that winter training...

 

As I am sure you are all aware the parkrun supremo himself, Paul Sinton Hewitt ran the marathon in aid of Alzheimers Research UK - and is looking to break the record for the most individual donations to his cause! Parkrunners are asked to donate just £1 each…

 

Donate to ARUK for PSH!!

 

Paul finished in 3:32 and is pictured below alongside WImbledon parkrun regulars Nick McKay (2:49), Charles Hampden-Smith (3:16) and Richard Evans (3:02). This foursome has run well over 1000 combined parkruns!!

 

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Milestones

Lauren Shaw ran her 10th run, Gideon Shawyer ran his 50th, and Giorgio Deiana ran number 100.

There were 55 new PBs, although the persistently muddy conditions meant few of them were from regular runners at Wimbledon. However amongst them an impressive run from Steven Johnson lowering his mark after 173 runs at Wimbledon.

This week there were 360 runners, of whom 42 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.

 

Volunteers

Remember that parkrun is free and relies on the hard work of a group of volunteers to keep going. Thanks this week to Andrew Fickling, Andrew Rice, Anthony Eastaway, Brian Golden, Carol McCormack, Charles Hampden-Smith, Charles Lawrie, Christopher Cull, Ella Waddingham, George Trimm, Harsha Arunkumar Naik, Jo Manley, John Hudspith, John Krause, Julia Donovan, Louise Robinson, Nick McKay, Pete Mulholland, Richard Evans and Steven Cull.

There have now been 140 individual volunteers this year. The target is 300 different volunteers! To get involved take a look at the volunteer page.

 

First Finishers

Tommy Ashby was first over the line in 17:37 on his first appearance to go with a win at Guildford and a respectable 3rd place at Bushy Park. Will Cockerell of Belgrave Harriers was second in 17:45 and Edward Charlesworth (JM15-17) of Hercules Wimbledon AC completed the trio in 17:52.

First Lady was Megan De Silva of Ranelagh Harriers in 19:12 (9th overall) - making 2 wins from 2. Annette Gould of Thames Hare & Hounds finished second in 20:43 (26th overall). Marie Synnott-Wells also of Ranelagh Harriers completes the set in 20:53 (29th overall).

 

Men's Standings

‘The usual suspects’... PAFC still on course to retain his title.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS (Wimbledon Windmilers) 4705 pts.
Nick MCKAY (Wimbledon Windmilers) 4176 pts.
Andrew LENON (Unattached) 4172 pts.

 

Women's Standings

Some familiar names at the top...

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Liz OSTROWSKI (Unattached) 4804 pts.
Nicola EL KADIRI (Unattached) 3991 pts.
Danuta K GRABDA (Unattached) 3935 pts.

 

Age Gradings

Sandy Pfeifer headed the Age Gradings with 83.78% for their time of 18:30 in 6th place. Knut Hegvold's 4th place was worth 82.94% and First-Timer Madeleine Lomas rounds out the top three with 81.50% in 82nd overall (7th lady).

 

History

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,249 different runners, including participants from 620 athletics clubs, have completed 107,261 runs covering a total distance of 536,305 km, and there have been 18,343 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.

Still wiping the mud off: your parkrun reporter - Andy Rice

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Weekly Report – Event No.489 – 16 April 2016

In the spotlight

Parkrun made the national headlines this week – but sadly, for all the wrong reasons. The news that Stoke Giffird Parish Council had decided to levy a £1 per runner levy on its Parkrun has caused great disappointment, both for the local runners and for Parkrunners across the community.

Every Parkrun tries to work in harmony with its venue – by definition, a public space and one that the event itself will affect simply by taking place.

At Wimbledon Common, for example, the organising committee and the volunteers have done huge work in winning over the Rangers, and we provide both car park marshals and facilities clean-up to help them deal with the hundreds who join us each Saturday. Every week, the event director stresses the importance of respecting other Common users and the environment – and by doing so, we maintain the kind of relationship that, sadly for Little Stoke Parkrun, seems to have broken down there.

So it’s a great time to flag up the next Volunteers' Day on the Common: next Saturday at 10.30am. The day starts with coffee and cake then its off with the Rangers to work on Common maintenance. This is a fabulous way to give back not just to the Common itself, but to Parkrun. Please do stick around and join in – it’s also a perfect introduction to volunteering if you’ve never done so before.

 

You can help

Those positive steps are important. But even if you’re not able to volunteer, taking small steps to support the Rangers when we’re attending Parkrun makes a huge difference too.

Poor parking at the Windmill, in particular, has the potential to cause needless strife with the Rangers. So please park as close to neighbouring cars as safely possible to maximise capacity. And try not to, as one tardy runner did this weekend, arrive late and speed into the car park ignoring the marshals.

Hopefully the situation at Little Stoke Parkrun will be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. (There's a petition - sign!) And we want the Rangers and local authorities at the Common to see our Parkrun the way we do: a glorious use of shared land that enriches our community. Actions that make it harder for the event director to make this case should be avoided at all costs.

 

Him off the radio

The high profile of Parkrun in the media has prompted the Radio 4 show Broadcasting House to cover the appropriate use of parkland. In two Sundays’ time there will be a special edition on the use of open spaces for exercise and recreation –listeners are invited to email their opinions at bh@bbc.co.uk

The programme’s presenter, Paddy O’Connell (VM50-54), joined us for Event 489, and his first-time run could be heard on Sunday’s show, broadcast “as live”. His 35:05 brought him home 307th – running with dog and recording equipment, it was a solid performance. It was a positive way to cover the event, and we hope Paddy enjoyed it enough to come back soon.

One person doing more than the usual amount to promote our Parkrun is Bruce Li, who’s made available some great photos and a beautifully edited video of last week’s rain-soaked run. Check them out – you might have a starring role! https://youtu.be/La459EF4NUY (the photos are at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxRD1yq)

 

The mud-bloods

After that rash of news and notices, onto Saturday’s run. Cold but not bitter; wet but not raining. Every year we look out for the definitive change of season, and while we haven’t had it yet up on the Common, there are some encouraging signs. The mud wasn’t one of them.

Wet, slippy and deep, the worst sections of the course proved more than a match for even the lightest of feet. And with a few exceptions, it was case of fashion sportswear courtesy Jackson Pollack’s little-known brown period. That, of course, affected times, and no-one made it round in less than 18 minutes.

Despite the conditions, there was a healthy turnout of 348 runners, of whom 39 were first timers; but only 13 recorded new Personal Bests, a mark of how bad the mud was. David Lanfranchi and Norman Urquia both clocked up the big 200 – at the time of writing, it’s not clear which one of them claimed the milestone trophy (and therefore relinquished it after a couple of seconds). Andrew Burt and Katharina Hauck ran for a 50th time; Jonathan Ross Barnett was on his 100th.

 

Onto the results

Marna van Deventer (VW35-39) was first female runner over the line in 21:04 in her first appearance. It won’t be this muddy again, Marna – look forward to seeing you again for an even faster time. Just one second behind her was Lizeli Olivier (SW30-34) and then only four seconds after her, Julia Donovan (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers.

Andy Weir (VM45-49) of Thames Hare & Hounds, managed to lap that Paddy O’Connell off of the radio. He was first over the line in 18:09 – his 17th fastest runner accolade in 55 appearances. Nick McKay (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers was second over the line in 18:33, and Adam Harwood (SM30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC was third finisher in 18:37.

Peter Collins still leads the Men's annual points competition with 4437 pts. Liz Ostrowski has a strong lead in the women’s standings with 4521 pts.

 

Pictures to follow...

 

Wimbledon Parkrun Report 488; 9 April 2016

Free for all

The title could be a reference to the moments after the start; but that would be wrong, because considering the number of runners setting off, there is control and things go very smoothly in general. It is in fact, of course, talking about the basis of parkrun. What is probably the biggest challenge to hit parkrun to date is the attack on this idea which has occurred this week. It began in Little Stoke and has only happened there, but has managed to attract the, in my view completely misguided, support of a leader in “The Times” – see 14 April Edition and has led to discussion on the BBC. Hopefully the huge chorus of protest from Government level down will see the “free for all” basis maintained. It would be a huge shame, wholly unjustified and a seriously myopic and massively retrograde step if it was not. The issue has certainly overshadowed all else in the parkrun world this week.

Perhaps in anticipation of a less than good news week, the weather was very damp for this week’s run. Whether it was that or whether it was the pull of other commitments, the number of participants was markedly down this week. Those that did turn up were very upbeat, as usual, nonetheless.

There was still a good number of first timers – well done – but very few PBs and even fewer amongst those who had run a large number of runs at Wimbledon. So well done to all who did PBs but special congratulations to Freya Bernard who managed one on her 31st run here, despite the testing conditions.

As to which the normally pretty dry run in to the finish was awash, but that did not deter our race director from a sprint finish :

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The best outfit for the weather was the head to toe waterproof worn by one youngster and admirer of puddles. Parkrun 09.04.16-21

 

 

Below a message about places in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, a great run and a worthy cause:

 

Hello Park Runners!

I wonder if you could share this to your members and on your facebook
pages.

We have 7 places left in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon which
is a wonderful event taking in the great London landmarks and parks.
There is a minimum sponsorship of £350 to raise in order to take part
in this well sort after event. Please go to our website [1] for the
application form.

LUCY BURGESS

Events Assistant
(Working hours Wednesday - Friday 9am - 5pm)

THE J'S HOSPICE
Tel: 01245 475474
Email: Lucy.burgess@thejshospice.org.uk [2]
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And now for the stats

Male placings:
Adam Harwood (SM30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 18:12 - second time in 111 appearances.
Nick Mckay (VM35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second over the line in 18:48 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Keith Macintosh (VM40-44) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was third over the line in 18:53 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) 4157 pts.
Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon AC) 3870 pts.
Andrew Lenon (Unattached) 3605 pts.

Female placings:
Julia Donovan (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:50 - 12th time in 53 appearances.
Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was second (10th overall) over the line in 21:08 - has been first to finish on 46 previous occasions.
Emilie Bokor-Ingram (SW30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 22:02 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Liz Ostrowski (Unattached) 4221 pts.
Amelia Ashton-Jones (Wimbledon Windmilers) 3565 pts.
Nicola El-Kadiri (Unattached) 3557 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) was graded 80.28% for the time 21:08 (10th overall).
Charles Lawrie (VM65-69) was graded 73.62% for the time 23:00 (37th overall).
Keith Macintosh (VM40-44) was graded 73.35% for the time 18:53 (third overall).

This week there were 219 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,168 different runners, including participants from 613 athletics clubs, have completed 106,553 runs covering a total distance of 532,765 km, and there have been 18,275 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).

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

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun Event number 487 2nd April 2016

 

Take The Weight Off Slim Shady – Will The Real Pete Mulholland Please Stand Up, Please Stand Up?

 

While most of the voluntary roles we are called upon to perform have official sounding titles such as The Timekeeper, The Number Checker or The Funnel Manager, I have observed over the years that there is only one voluntary task that invites you to actually “be” someone else, at least for the duration of the run, after that, rather tediously, one has to revert to being oneself again.  The role in question is “being Pete Mulholland.”  I suppose the official definition would be something like The Token Person, but here at Wimbledon Common, we know it as being Pete, just as the person who hands the tokens to him is known as Pete’s assistant.

During the last two weeks we have had two Pete impersonators in a row (most un-Common as Pete rarely misses).  The first was Di Carter who in my opinion would do a pretty good Pete, she’s firm but fair and I reckon she has a decent repartee of one liners – a vital component in this illusion.  The second impression came this weekend from a bloke called Phil Tosh who I noticed wasted no time in falling into character.  Like a true method actor, he gleefully explained to Peter Collins junior that he had taken the bronze as he finished.  He continued in this vein by helpfully pointing out to a good many muddied fallers that it is most curious to have done so at the start of the flat racing season.

Robert Beeby valiantly stepped in as the engaging young pretender and did a splendid job as Pete’s assistant.  He may well have lofty aspirations to “be” Pete himself but his most rousing and hearty cheers for the first lady to cross the flour line that morning would have sadly lost him valuable Pete points.  While such brimming exuberance is commendable, it is not appropriate styling for doing a Pete.  More work needed on characterisation please Robert if you want the top slot!

 

There’s A Hole In Your Bucket Dear Colin, Dear Colin.

 

As I hopped out of the car on Saturday morning I was greeted by the sorry sight of a rather hobbling Colin Harris.  Quick as a flash I adjusted my facial expression to an appropriate one of doleful concern and enquired as to what tragedy had befallen him? What followed was a writer’s gift dear reader, I could have happily jumped straight back into the car and headed home, secure in the knowledge that I had a story in the bag.  I am glad I didn’t though as I would have hated to miss Simon Bodle’s home brew but more of that later.

It seems that Colin was concerned about the toll storm Katie had taken on our parkrun course. While concerns such as these, would for most of us, have simply prompted a switch to our trail shoes – NOT so for the more magnanimous and selfless Colin. He elected to take his bucket up to the Common last week and bail!  Yep, you did read that correctly, Colin went out and bailed water from the worse affected sections of our course last week and in the process, he badly tweaked his back. I once dubbed Colin “The Constant Gardener” when I spotted him tail running with a pair of secateurs, trimming low hanging perilous branches as he went.  The bailing incident has quite taken me to a new level of admiration though.  In deference to his good deeds, I shall resist channelling my natural “Impish Pete” self and not say “Blimey Colin, there’s still an awful lot of mud out there, any chance you could get a bigger bucket?” Instead I shall channel some positive Beeby energy and say “Bravo Colin, you really are a corker!”

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Finally to the much anticipated real ale review. I am partial to a glass or two of ale and was once involved in an ale-run in the name of carb loading research. I joined forces with two other ladies to run 13 miles while carrying a beer of choice (decanted the night before to negate fizz factor) to ascertain what if any merits could be gained.  All I can say is that Old Peculiar won and that we were a tad giggly by the time we arrived at Sheen gate.  As to the Bodle Brew, I would hesitate to describe it as a session ale but once the floaty bits settle it improves from sip to sip. Can I see a parkrun micro-brewery on the horizon...?

The Stats...

Male placings: Jonny Earl was first over the line in 18:00, his 5th win. Doug Morton was second in 18:19, he has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions and Peter Collins (junior) was third in 18:30  he has won the race on two previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Peter A F I T Y  Collins leads the way with 3871 points, in second place is Andrew Lenon on 3605 points and in third place is our volunteer chief executive Charles Hampden-Smith with 3576 points.

Female placings: Julia Donovan was first in 20:23 her 11th win, in second place despite taking a fall was Anna Garnier in 23:04, she has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions and in third place was Amelia Ashton-Jones in 23:12 who is looking for her second win.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Liz Ostrowski has taken an early lead with 3935 points, followed by Amelia Ashton-Jones with 3565 points and Nicola El Kadiri with 3283 points is in third place.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Anna Garnier (VW60-64) was graded 84.10% for the time 23:04 (57th overall). Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) was graded 82.01% for the time 18:54 (6th overall). Peter Justin Collins (VM45-49) was graded 76.67% for the time 18:30 (third overall).

This week there were 352 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,146 different runners, including participants from 613 athletics clubs, have completed 106,334 runs covering a total distance of 531,670 km, and there have been 18,258 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Justina Heslop who ran in a time of 16:33 on 2012-03-17 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris Parr who ran in a time of 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.

 

Writer: Annie Tosh

 

Photographer: Bob Walsh

 

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