Wimbledon Common parkrun – #710 – 16th October 2021

Parkrun added purpose to the start to a somewhat dreary day that offered a fine mist of rain to envelope the 430 runners who shrugged off a decidedly autumnal feel to the beginning of the weekend.

Wimbledon Common parkrun 710-10

The day almost looked like the start of a seasonal head cold and as we go into winter we should all remember that Covid is still very much with us and by exercising personal responsibility in addition to adhering to the remaining guidance we can all contribute making sure the things we enjoy stay available to us.

The field managed to produce 55 PB's. Interestingly of the 55, 35 were achieved by runners on 20 runs or less. Inspirational performance from one of our “VM's”, Dominic Ostrowski, who produced a PB on run 227 after a PB drought of 182 runs. For any doubters out there, time to banish the thought that your fastest runs may be behind you and that is before we even consider the dark art of age grading.


We all know the Candy Man can and the Muffin Man of course is a legend in Drury Lane. Well at Wimbledon we celebrated the 450th run for John Sabourin who provides the post Parkrun coffee and the Flapjack Snack so clearly in addition to Sammy Davis Jr, John can as well. Other milestones from Oscar Sims (Junior) who achieved 10 and Hugh Lenon on 300.

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First Finishers

First in this week was Laurence Hill on his maiden Wimbledon outing 17:49. He was followed by one of our regular juniors Will Taylor 17:59. Third over the line was Alexander Vanstone 18:02.

The Wimbledon ladies Lisa Thomas 20:54 and Lucy Woolhouse 20:56 came in first and second. Third was Louise Rowley 22:23 who joined us at Wimbledon Common the first time.

Thanks to the volunteers
Parkrun is committed to remaining free and relies on the hard work of a group of volunteers to keep going. As we have more barcode scanners each week in order to reduce crowding our need for volunteers has increased so it is even more important to join in.

Thanks to this week's volunteers: Tamsin ABBEY, Annette BARRETT, Matthew BEANEY, Robert BEEBY, Sally BOVILL, Claire BOYNTON, Jennifer BROOKES, Kylie CORSO, David CROWTHER, Charlie DAWE, Emma DAWE, Jaspal DHALLEY, Adam FENTON, Emma FREW, Nick GEORGE, Matthew HAUGHTON, Nick HUDSON, John HUDSPITH, Tessa KELLY, Sophie MCKAY, Amelie MOREL, Dominic OSTROWSKI, Matthew SALISBURY, Carly SCOTT, Matthew SEARLE, Laura SOLOMON, Mary-Ann TURNBULL, Bob WALSH, Gilmar WENDT, Graham WHITE