Wimbledon Common parkrun number 493, 14 May 2016

 

‘I am not a number. I am a free man. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered’

 

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Masses and masses of you. First male Keith Macintosh is in the blue singlet
 

The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that there were the same number of finishers this week as there were last time out: 460. An admittedly cursory scan of our 493-event old parkrun shows that this mirroring in consecutive weeks is far from unique. The first time it happened was in events 12 and 13, back in March 2007, when 59 turned up one week, and 59 the next. Since then, and before this latest occurrence, it has happened six more times, most recently when 293 ran on both 7 and 14 December 2013.

This week’s attendance constituted the equal third highest, beaten only by the 492 of 27 June last year and the 475 of 9 January this year. When you consider that only 51 ran the first parkrun on the common on 6 January 2007, that’s some growth. But it has been steady. It took almost a year to get the first three-figure participation (112 on 22 December 2007), more than another to beat 150 (155 on 18 April 2009) and almost another to get more than 200 (202 on 13 March 2010). Three hundred wasn’t breached until 14 January 2012 (308) and the first run to exceed 400 was on 8 June 2013 (414). Thirteen runs have attracted more than 400 participants – and when it happens, it does feel rather crowded! We await the first 500-plus attendance with some trepidation.

The lowest attendance was naturally in the early months, when a hardy 30 turned up for run number 28 on 14 July 2007. Only 16 runs have attracted fewer than 50, most recently the 45 who made their way to the common on a very wet and very muddy Christmas morning in 2012 – those of us who were there will never forget it. That was also the last time an event didn’t make it into three figures.

It’s interesting, too, to examine this week’s runners who’ve made the most parkrun appearances. Among those who’ve run most or all of their parkruns on Wimbledon pastures (Charles Hampden-Smith: 339 out of 360; Nick McKay: 324 out of 338; Ian Higgins: 335 out of 335) there were, this past Saturday, those very welcome runners who have spread their love around. This week, most notably, there were Ingrid Wagner and David Venter of the Stragglers club, who I’m guessing know each other and possibly accompany each other on their parkrun tourism. This was Ingrid’s fifth run at Wimbledon, but she’s clocked up 284 in total at 74 different events, including runs in Poland, South Africa and Iceland. David also completed his fifth run here, but has run 282 in total at 72 different events, and also in a variety of countries.

The beauty of it all is that there’s no set way to enjoy your parkrun experience: some race it, some use it for training, some just enjoy a chat as they run. Similarly, you can clock up parkrun after parkrun at the same place (the Higgins Method) or visit as many different ones as your fancy takes you.

Back to this week's run, and it was a Wimbledon one-two in both male and female events this week. On the male side, Windmilers’ Keith ‘The Machine’ Macintosh (VM40-44) was first over the line in 17:27, his second first place in three weeks and ninth in 112 appearances. His team-mate Nick ‘Nick’ McKay (VM35-39) was next in 17:44 – Nick, who waited so long to finish first, has done so six times. The unattached Doug Morton (SM30-34) was third over the line in 17:46 – he has been first to finish on seven occasions.

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For the women, it was a Hercules one-two, with Gina ‘John Kenneth’ Galbraith (VW40-44, flying above) crossing the line first (25th overall) in 20:05 – her 11th first place in 51 appearances – and Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) taking silver (38th overall) in 20:51 – Lisa has been first to finish on 46 occasions. As with the men, an unattached runner, Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) took the bronze (60th overall) in 21:42. Lucy has been first to finish on 26 occasions, and it’s good to see her running again after a nasty injury.

In the men’s annual points competition, Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins (Wimbledon Windmilers) has 5,524 points, Nick McKay (Wimbledon Windmilers) has 5,065 and Charles Hampden-Smith (Hercules Wimbledon) has 4,916.

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The women’s annual points competition is dominated by unattached runners, in the shape of Liz Ostrowski (above) 5,352 points, Danuta K Grabda, 4,670, and Natalie Fell, 4,555. The best age-grades were achieved by some familiar names: Sandy Pfeifer (VM55-59) was graded 84.93% for the time 18:15 (sixth overall); Lisa Margaret Thomas (VW50-54) was graded 81.37% for the time 20:51 (38th overall); Lucy Woolhouse (VW50-54) was graded 81.26% for the time 21:42 (60th overall). Among the 78 personal bests, Calum Hutchinson ran his first sub-20, posting 19:59, after 116 parkruns here. That’s his third PB of the year, all of them inching closer to that magic mark – and he’s a JM11-14.

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There were, as ever, some milestones: Natasha Hampden-Smith (top, with lovely cake) and Richard ‘Phileas Fogg’ Evans (above, with lovely trophy) both completed their 200th runs, and both have done nearly all of them here. Gemma Brennan finished her 100th parkrun, 90 of them here. Poised on the edge of greatness are: Sue Rothwell and Matthew Salisbury (both 249); David Hall (199); young Jessica Ward (99); Richard Crewe (49); and Anna Barker (one step away from the junior 10 t-shirt). A whopping 57 of this week’s runners were first timers, 36 of them doing their first-ever parkrun anywhere. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6 January 2007, and since then 14,428 different runners, including participants from 623 athletics clubs, have completed 108,554 runs covering a total distance of 542,770km. There have been 18,556 new Personal Bests. The female record is held by Justina Heslop 16:33 on 17 March 2012 (event number 271). The male record is held by Chris Parr: 15:04 on 23 April 2011 (event number 224). The age-grade record is held by Jane Davies, who achieved 92.99% for the time 21:24 on 29 January 2011 (event number 212). Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun results page.

Peter AF Collins
 

Milestone t-Shirts

Hopefully by now you’ve all seen the latest update on milestone t-shirts. If you click on the link 'manage my profile' in one of the results emails that you've received (following each run) then you should find another link to 'club progress'.  Click on that and it should show your entitlement to a milestone t-shirt and you can order from there. Everyone who is eligible to claim should have had their link enabled now but if not you are advised to contact us using this form.

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun, event 492, 7th May 2016

A Warm Busy Morning!

What a shock for a new runner, a warm relatively mud-less Parkrun at Wimbledon Common. The temperature was 16 degrees celcius, double the week before and definitely the hottest this year. We even had a 5 km per hour breeze from the east to help us keep a little cool!

The beautiful weather brought out runners, joggers and walkers. It was the third busiest ever Parkrun at the Common. 460 participants completed the course, with Pete Mulholland requesting more tokens to give out at the finishing line well before the final walker got home. Carol was kept busy too, scanning us all in, with her usual smiling face and words of support!

For your interest, the most participants completing the course was on 27th June 2015 when 490 completed, followed by 468 participants earlier this year on 9th January.

 

T-Shirt Milestones

Alexander Roberts completed his 10th Parkrun; all at the Common.  Jez Robertson completed his 100th Parkrun (60 at Wimbledon Common); returning to the Common for the first time since that mass turnout on 9th January.

 

Parking at Parkrun

Parking is getting fun at the common. As our numbers increase with the better weather parking closer together in the car park becomes more essential – I’ll have to start to loose some weight to get out of the door or learn to clamber to the other side of the car. Of course, there is always the option of car sharing, public transport, cycling, running, walking to the start line, but some of us find just getting around the 5K hard enough!

 

Parkrun Reaching Out!

Six months ago I first heard of Parkrun when they had a stand opposite mine at an exhibition. My immediate thoughts were “This is a great idea, but it is November ...  how far is 5K ... can I go that far ... how will Parkrun cope with me not seeing.” However, I took a Braille leaflet.

In January the same situation happened, Parkrun were next to me at an exhibition. I knew then that fate was saying something to me. Glen Turner said “I used to run at Wimbledon Common Parkrun and they’d be delighted to have you walking with them.” So now you know who to blame!

 

Taking the Plunge!

I decided to do Parkrun immediately, before wimping out with distance and weather excuses. Three days later, Kylie arranged for me to walk with her. I remember Kylie enquiring how quick I could run 5K in. I didn’t really have a clue apart from 45 minutes was about 15 minutes per mile. That sounded slow, but I had no idea really how far 5K was. I decided to say 30 minutes, as that sounded a good speed. Kylie kindly suggested that if I was walking the route then I might be a little slower!

My first impressions: a lovely walk, great chance to chat, it wasn’t exactly a dry course, but it was challenging and fun! My only slight reservation was that Kylie suggested I could jog some of the route the week after.

 

Thanks to this Week’s Volunteers

Daniel BERRY, Kylie CORSO, Lynn COX, Christopher CULL, Steven CULL, Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH, Mohd KHARBAT, Manuel LOVELL, Keith LUCK, Jo MANLEY, Carol MCCORMACK, Sophie MCKAY, Pete MULHOLLAND, Graham TRAINOR, Norman URQUIA, Volker VOGLER, Bob WALSH, Graham WHITE, James WINDLE, Soo YAU

 

Male placings:
Joe TOOMEY (SM20-24) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 17:07 - 6th time in 23 appearances.
Andy WEIR (VM45-49) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was second over the line in 17:35 - has been first to finish on 17 previous occasions.
Tony CARTER (SM25-29) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was third over the line in 17:44.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS (Wimbledon Windmilers) 5259 pts.
Nick MCKAY (Wimbledon Windmilers) 4766 pts.
Andrew LENON (Unattached) 4716 pts.

Female placings:
Gina GALBRAITH (VW40-44) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (33rd overall) over the line in 20:08 - 10th time in 50 appearances.
Julia DONOVAN (VW35-39) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (36th overall) over the line in 20:31 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
Lisa Margaret THOMAS (VW50-54) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was third (46th overall) over the line in 20:56 - has been first to finish on 46 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Liz OSTROWSKI (Unattached) 5084 pts.
Nicola EL KADIRI (Unattached) 4466 pts.
Danuta K GRABDA (Unattached) 4421 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sandy PFEIFER (VM55-59) was graded 85.71% for the time 18:05 (8th overall).
Andy WEIR (VM45-49) was graded 82.56% for the time 17:35 (second overall).
Lisa Margaret THOMAS (VW50-54) was graded 81.05% for the time 20:56 (46th overall).

This week there were 460 runners, of whom 66 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007, and since then 14,371 different runners, including participants from 621 athletics clubs, have completed 108,094 runs covering a total distance of 540,470 km, and there have been 18,478 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.

 

Writer: Lynn Cox

 

 

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!!

 

London Marathon Wimbledon parkunners 2016

 

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

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