Many of you are Parkrun tourists, visit other parkruns and no doubt have opinions about those you like more or less. I thought that this week it might be interesting to compare the composition of the runner group at Wimbledon Common with Clapham Common. The choice of Clapham Common is purely personal as it is in fact my nearest but I started parkrunning at Wimbledon and have a strong attachment to the people and the course. The two Parkruns are only 7.4km apart but there is a large difference in the demographic of the runners which reflects the differences in the population of the two areas. The two Parkruns are different insofar as Wimbledon Common is long established, has grown steadily over 13 years and numbers 688 events. Clapham Common has had only 83 events but has grown exponentially. Wimbledon had 717 runners (possibly the largest field ever at Wimbledon?) last week compared with 1310 at Clapham (certainly their largest field). The most interesting difference is in the age groups.
In the 20-30yr old group Wimbledon have 18.1% of total runners
Clapham have 44.3% of total runners
In the 30-40yr old group Wimbledon have 22.6% of total runners
Clapham have 18.6% of total runners
In the 40-50yr old group Wimbledon have 20.1% of total runners
Clapham have 7.2% of total runners
In the 50-60yr old group Wimbledon have 16.9% of total runners
Clapham have 3.9% of total runners
Unknowns make up 8.5% of total runners at Wimbledon and 23% at Clapham.
Many of the parkrunners are statistics geeks and so will find some of these figures interesting. I do personally, living in Clapham and runnning Wimbledon.
Let's move off such serious matters. What about some photos?
Now to the run itself. As I mentioned earlier, this is the largest Parkrun field ever to run at Wimbledon Common. I hope it is not just people who feel that they have to salvage their consciences after the Xmas excesses by taking some exercise and will stop in February.
The first two men over the line were both First Timers at Wimbledon: James Hall in 17'16" and Ian Ellwood in 18'17". Alexander Vanston was third in 18;25". The first three ladies were all bunched together: 43. Helen Record in 21'02' (she was also a First Timer) 44. Charlotte Davies in 21'03" and 45. Lucy Woolhouse in 21'05". There were 47 new PB's. Congratulations to all.
In terms of the Age graded scores only Lucy Woolhouse and Ros Tabor were over 80%. Congratulations. Obviously Ladies' day.
Lastly and very importantly we must thank today's volunteers: Annette BARRETT, Alex BINLEY, Sally BOVILL, Francesca CARTER, John Philip CARTER, Simon CHEETHAM, Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS, Kylie CORSO, Richard CROWLEY, Katie DRIVER, Robert FORTES, Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH, Georgie HARDING-EDGAR, Matthew HAUGHTON, Jayne HURRELL, Katherine JONES, Sophie LAVIN, Caroline LEE, Bronwyn MAYO, Diane NEIL MILLS, Sandy PFEIFER, Georgia RENNIE, Catherine Louise SPURIN, Andrew TEE, India TRAINOR, Ella WADDINGHAM, Karen WALSH, Bob WALSH, Clare WOOD
Report by: Robert Fortes
Photographer: Georgie Harding-Edgar.