Wimbledon Common Parkrun 685, 21st December 2019

Given this is the last parkrun, and parkrun report, before Christmas, the most fitting way to open this report is definitely to wish all runners and readers a very merry Christmas! I hope everyone enjoyed the run, despite the development of what was referred to as a ‘second lake’ on the course as a result of all the rain.


Perhaps the most exciting and report-worthy thing to happen at parkrun this week was the unexpected handing over of the baton! What is this baton, and why is it being handed over, you may ask? Well, this baton is currently being passed around between parkruns all over the country – presumably with the goal of it travelling to as many parkruns as possible. The baton arrives at a parkrun and is passed on to fellow runner who should be a parkrun ‘tourist’ (i.e. with another run as their usual parkrun), or going to another parkrun soon, and can therefore pass it on the next week.


So not only is it interesting to ask at the beginning of a parkrun if there are any tourists in the crowd, but it proved useful too! The furthest distance we saw this week were some runners from Wales – so they were entrusted with the baton, a process captured by our fantastic volunteer photographer for this week, James Spinks. Hopefully the progress of the baton will eventually extend internationally.


And now a closer look at this week’s results. This week 324 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part. First over the line this week was Matt Gallagher, of the Wimbledon Windmilers, with a speedy time of 18:01. He was followed by Sebastian Jones, from Clapham Chasers RC, who finished in 18:32. Third to finish was Russell Beard, also of Clapham Chasers RC, who completed the course in 18:43.


With regards to the female placings, Lucy Woolhouse finished first, placing 24th overall, with a time of 21:36. Millie Thorpe was the second woman to finish at 21:40, placing 25th overall. The third female finisher was Lisa Thomas of Hercules Wimbledon AC, placing 33rd overall with a time of 22:05.

We have some great milestones to celebrate from this week’s run as well, with six runners reaching a momentous round number. Huge congratulations to junior runner Sam Dyson for his 10th, Mike Knowles and Christine Fent for their 50th, Lloyd Williams for his 150th, Annette Barrett for her 200th, and Sally Aitken-Davies for her 250th!


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

And finally, a big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Simon Cheetham, Andrew Tee, Peter Collins, Chris Abell, John Hudspith, Sarah Robbins, Karen Walsh, Joe Busa, Kylie Corso, Peter Harris, Katie Driver, Bob Walsh, James Spinks, Clare Wood, Viz Patel, Dieter Schlegel, Matthew Searle, Jessica Searle, Katrina Osborne, Morgan Rennie, Georgia Rennie, Alexandra Maxwell, and Caroline Lee.

Writer: Jessica Searle

Photographer: James Spinks


Wimbledon Common Parkrun Event #670, 7th September 2019

Although clearly I am not the definitive authority on all things weather related, I find it difficult to imagine how conditions at this week’s parkrun could have been any better. The onset of cooler temperatures at our first run of the autumn was a clear marker of the fact that summer is well and truly at a close, but if anything, it took the edge of the heat of the previous weeks, making for a more bearable temperature during the run. However, we are not yet far enough into the cooler months to be seeing regular showers of rain, making the course mercifully mud-free for the time being.

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The excellent conditions at the week’s run, perhaps in combination with a boost of back-to-school or back-to-work motivation, mean we saw an incredible 87 Personal Bests – congratulations to everyone who pushed themselves that little bit extra this week and reaped the worthwhile reward of personal satisfaction! Number were high this week too, with Wimbledon Common parkrun 646 runners strong. Even if you’re not achieving Personal Bests, it’s also important to remember that going faster isn’t the only thing that matters with a run; even just showing up and making it around the course is a great achievement, and you can’t get a PB every time, so be proud of yourself no matter your time. Not only did we have cakes and seed bakes as refreshments this week (big thanks to John for consistently supplying sustenance to hungry runners), but there was also a supply of bananas. These were provided by Nuffield, who were also offering free 3-day gym trials, which should be a nice way for our runners to try out something new.

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And now a closer look at this week’s results. As mentioned above, this week 646 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part. First over the line this week was Conall McNally, of the Redhill Road Runners, with a speedy time of 17:19. Particular congratulations to him given he was a first timer at the course too! He was followed by Neil Riley, who finished in 17:29. Third to finish Alex Lee, who completed the course in 17:37, and was another first timer in Wimbledon. To my mind, this stands as a testament both to the quality of the run briefing directions and the internal compasses of the runners – they clearly navigated the course for the first time with a high degree of success!

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With regards to the female placings, Grace Batchelor finished first, placing 25th overall, with a time of 19:06. Lucy Woolhouse was the second woman to finish at 20:37, placing 47th overall. The third female finisher was Belinda Cottrill of Dulwich Runners AC, placing 49th overall with a time of 20:49. We have a huge amount of milestones to celebrate from this week’s run as well, with eight runners reaching a momentous round number. Huge congratulations to junior runner Angela Stables for her 10th, Conall McNally and Dan Gill for their 50th, Angharad Callaghan for his 100th, Anna Cairns for her 150th, Natasha Hampden-Smith for her 250th, Belinda Cottrill for her 300th, and John Krause for his 350th – what a whopping number of parkruns! Given that Conall McNally was both first finisher and a first timer to Wimbledon Common, I hope his first run with us was a memorable one for his 50th parkrun overall.

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And finally, a big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Colin Harris, Simon Cheetham, Francesca Carter, Peter Collins, Malcolm Brookes, Alan Greene, Simon Bodle, Paul Willatts, Charlie Snow, Karen Walsh, Kylie Corso, Stephen Johnson, Jennifer Brookes, Bob Walsh, Anthony James Harpur, Jessica Searle, Morgan Rennie, Joanne Coy, Gavin O’Malley, Steven Rudland, Adam Terry, Christine Fent, Tamsin Abbey, and Monalisa Praharaj. Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page. Writer: Jessica Searle Photographer: Bob Walsh


Wimbledon Common parkrun Event #667 – 17th August 2019

It was a a bright sunny morning when Sally summoned the assembled runners for the pre-run briefing. There were 472 runners, a smaller gathering than has been the case in recent weeks when the numbers in some cases have been in excess of 600 and to see more than 500 is a regular occurrence.

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We do not often report on the exploits of the pushchair people or the buggy brigade. I was unfortunately unable to run this week through back injury (never offer to carry your son-in-law's case when he has just arrived from Australia for a month's stay!). I was therefore able to watch the start of the run from the sidelines. The two speed merchants were right in front on the start line. Wimbledon Common parkrun 667-34

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The passengers seem pretty unruffled by the event!

At the halfway mark the first two had a time of around 9'20". The finishing order was as follows:
9th Adam Harwood in 18'53"
15th Nick McKay in 19'10"
49th Tim Steele in 21'04"
Pretty phenomenal when pushing a buggy as well as negotiating a course which is not flat and has tree roots and puddles. Well done!

Whilst on the subject of statistics, the first past the post, David Springer, did a new PB on his 48th run in 17'56". 2nd to finish was Alexander Vanstone in 18'06", only 6 seconds outside his PB. The 3rd finisher was Gordon Walding, also in a new PB of 18'12" on his 55th run.

Amongst the ladies Chloe Binley was the first in a new PB of 19'50". Next came Lucy Woolhouse in 20'51" and third was Estibaliz Guijarro in 21'18" on her first run at Wimbledon.

The best age graded scores were Lucy Woolhouse with 88.01% and Tom Conlon with 83.64%. There were 63 PB's recorded.

Recently my photographer colleague, Mr Bob Walsh, and I were discussing the effort put in by the less quick (not "slow"!) runners at Parkrun and arrived at the conclusion that they were putting in much more than the faster runners. They are struggling physically for longer, the mental effort is tougher, the wear and tear on the body has to be greater. Conversely the quicker runners have run for less time and have suffered less stress from all points of view. Then, just look at them at the finish - fresh as daisies and hardly out of breath. Less quick runners, you can hold your heads up high and puff your chests out (after you have recovered!!).

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He obviously knows the course well; no need to look!

Finally let me show you this photo. I am extremely reluctant to make any comment or provide a caption for fear of becoming involved in controversies over gender politics, parenting or how long is a piece of string. You can make your own....! I like it though!

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Lastly and very importantly we must thank today's volunteers: Joe BUSA, Kylie CORSO, Terrie Anne COWLEY, Lindsay DOY, Graeme DREWETT, Robert FORTES, Louise GREENWOOD, Christopher GREENWOOD, Natasha HAMPDEN-SMITH, Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH, Colin HARRIS, Nick HUDSON, Rhea HUDSON, Charles LAWRIE, Jo MANLEY, James MAY, Nick MCKAY, Edward NELSON, Gary PRITCHARD, Morgan RENNIE, Chiara SAMELE, Sally SCOON, Jane SCOON, Sophie TOOMEY, Bob WALSH.

Reporter: Robert Fortes
Photographer: Bob Walsh


Wimbledon Common Parkrun Event #661, 6th June 2019

Another Saturday means another parkrun, and this particular Saturday brought with it some gorgeous sunny weather. Certainly, the glorious sunshine clearly helped draw people in for the run – this week saw a whopping 527 runners in attendance. We can certainly hope for some more weekends with equally lovely weather over the rest of the summer – particularly as this dries up the usual puddles and mud on the course, which is ever so slightly speeds up the run and so helps shave off a few seconds (which can be crucial in achieving a PB!).


A very exciting announcement for this week was also the news that Kylie Corso has given birth! A dedicated runner and volunteer, Kylie is now mother to a healthy 9lbs 9oz baby boy, yet to be named. (Update: I have now been told that he has been named Evan Mark! A lovely name for a lovely baby) Huge congratulations to Kylie from all of us in the Wimbledon Common parkrun community. Who knows, maybe we’ll have her back running again soon, but joining those who take on the course with a buggy in tow.

A quick reminder as well – please do try to minimise your use of a car to get to parkrun as much as possible. Whether you cycle, take the bus, or share cars, everything is helpful to reduce the cars used to get to parkrun. Parking is still an issue, and the rangers are not happy for people to park in the road leading up to the carpark. Particularly with this coming weekend, as we see an especially busy period in Wimbledon due to the tennis, please keep car usage down as much as possible.


And now onto a summary of the run in facts and figures: As mentioned above, this week 527 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part. First over the line this week was Pierre Leroyer, with a speedy time of 17:50. He was followed by Ken Irungu, who finished in 18:04. Third to finish was unknown – it always surprises me when someone in a top spot doesn’t claim the position!

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With regards to the female placings, Julia Donovan of the Wimbledon Windmilers finished first, placing 25th overall, with a time of 19:39. Lisa Margaret Thomas of Hercules AC was the second woman to finish at 20:14, placing 30th overall. The third female finisher was Erin Andrews of the Cardiff Archers, placing 50th overall with a time of 20:50. We have a number of great milestones to celebrate from last week’s run as well.

Huge congratulations to Jack Hobden, Otto Levi, and Daphne Sarkany on completing their 10th parkruns, Colm Treacy on his 50th, Matt Gallagher on his 200th, and both Joe Busa and Dave Compton on their 250th parkruns! There are some fantastic milestones here, and while reading over the results I noticed that there are a lots of runners approaching their next big milestone – so do make sure you keep running, especially while the weather is lovely over the summer, and achieve those milestones.

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And finally, a big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Simon Cheetham, Charles Hampden-Smith, Peter Collins, Lucy Pugh, Simon Woodley, Karen Walsh, Elizabeth Parker, Bob Walsh, Rhea Hudson, Maya de Thabrew, Nick George, Jessica Searle, Vicky Lally, Terrie Anne Cowley, Margaret Joseph, Steven Rudland, Linda Kipping, Gary Kipping, Costa Nicolaou, Tamsin Abbey, Zillah Stone, and Sarah Ryan.

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

Writer: Jessica Searle

Photographer: Bob Walsh


Wimbledon Common 654: by the numbers

According to run director Ben Revill, the conditions on Saturday were made for PBs. Yes, the humidity felt a little high (77%, according to weather apps), but at a cool 12 degrees, no breeze and skies as white as post-10k running socks, it certainly felt like a day for speed.

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A day also for dust? The start/finish straight was very dry underfoot, but even with 616 runners, joggers and walkers pounding through, there was little by way of choking hazards. (Come talk to us again in July after the heatwave starts…) Six hundred and sixteen, by the way, is the fourth-highest turnout ever, and the graph of attendance for Wimbledon Common continues on its upward trajectory. We forecast 700 before the end of July.

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Ben’s intro was shorn of potential milestones – well, people verging on a round number have a surprisingly common tendency not to turn up the following week, so maybe it was a blessing that the email went missing. Even call-outs to runners elicited no milestones. None? You bunch of fibbers! Patrick Hill delivered PB of 21:57 on his 50th run. Teenager Gabriel Durand turned in his 100th run. And Matt Bray was 32nd over the line in his 300th run.

But that wasn’t the only big number. We had 92 Common first-timers – surely a record? – 38 of whom were doing their first-ever Parkrun. Welcome to them all. And was Ben right about the course conditions? We counted 96 personal bests. That’s more than 15% of the field with a fastest run –and if you add the Wimbledon first-timers, more than 30% of the field got round our two laps faster than they’ve ever done before.

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A great day, then, for Exodus Travel to be revealed as a sponsor for Parkrun. Now here’s a thing that didn’t come up in the briefing: Exodus actually runs holidays specifically to allow you to do a Parkrun in far off places – including Mount Etna, Cape Town and Treviso. So if you fancy being a tourist called out at an overseas Parkrun one sunny Saturday morning, give them a call.

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Slightly nearer to home (in terms of WC Parkrun tourists), we had a visit from Ware Joggers in Hertfordshire. According to one informer, their very own John Butcher may have lowered our VM85 course record by around 12 minutes. (Just when we thought the amazing numbers had ceased…) John was the subject of episode two of Jess Ennis’s Parkrun Heroes, featured recently on Sky. You can catch up with the episode here. He’s also a 250-er and has his 25-plus volunteering t-shirt, so we reckon John’s this weekend’s WCP Hero.

A quick look at notable runs. Lucy Woolhouse delivered a stunning run, as usual, to record an age-graded score of 87.38%. Top junior for age-grading was Henry Silverstein, whose sub-17 minute run (the fastest of the day) scored him 80.28%.
Please remember: don’t drive to the Windmill, volunteer at least four times this year and keep your dogs on a short leash. And that’s it!

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Wimbledon Common Parkrun Event #649, 13th April 2019

Two times of year always have a marked effects on parkrun attendance – those two times being the turn of the new year (with many New Year’s resolutions causing a spike in runner numbers!) and when the weather starts to improve as we move towards summer. Last week was no exception to this general observation; there was a very strong attendance of exactly 500.

20190413_091040_023We also saw a great number of new PBs last week, with 114 runners beating their previous best times – or more than 1 in every 5 runners. Not only does the nicer weather encourage people to get up and out of bed to kick start their weekend with a run, but it’s clearly also beneficial for the speed of the run. The absence of rain, and subsequent absence of mud, certainly improves one’s ability to plough straight on with the course without the mud to impede speed. The alternative, of course, is that everyone is finally reaping the benefits of sticking to those aforementioned New Year’s resolutions!

Special shout out goes to Jo Manley, a regular runner and volunteer, who knocked a whopping 17 seconds off her PB this week - her first PB in over 3 years!

Also notable for this week’s parkrun was a visit from physiotherapists from Connect Health in Merton. Short massages were on offer for both before and after the run, in exchange for a donation to Spread a Smile. Spread a Smile is a charity which supports children going through treatment for cancer, which I’m sure we can all agree is a really important and worthwhile cause. 20190413_090155_007

And now onto a summary of the run in facts and figures:

This week 500 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 114 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

First over the line this week was unknown – a rare occurrence for someone not to claim their number 1 spot! Whoever they were, they were followed by Henry Silverstein of Hercules AC, who finished in 16:58. Third to finish was Sam Barker, also of Hercules AC, who came in at 17:01.

20190413_092038_117With regards to the female placings, Lulu Weisz of Hercules RC finished first, placing 23rd overall, with a time of 19:58. Julia Donovan from the Wimbledon Windmilers was the second woman to finish at 20:11, placing 28th overall. The third female finisher was Tola Pearse from Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC, placing 29th overall with a time of 20:16.

We have a number of great milestones to celebrate from last week’s run as well. Huge congratulations to Finn Weisz on completing his 10th parkrun, Daniel Waterman and Suzanne Robinson on their 50ths, Sally Scoon on her 100th, and Brian McDermott and Cathy Devine on their 150ths. 20190413_091836_069

And finally, a big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Simon Cheetham, Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins, Chris Abell, Brian Golden, Alan Greene, Matthew Salisbury, Simon Birch, Sarah Robbins, Volker Vogler, Kylie Corso, Charles Robert Leonard, James Spinks, Margaret Lord, Jessica Searle, Graham Trainor, India Trainor, Katherine Jones, Jo Manley, Nick Hudson, Miranda Simmons, Guy Hallifax, David Hopwood, Ella Heger, Alex Heaver, Steven Rudland, Daniel Richards, and Caroline Lee.

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

Writer: Jessica Searle

Photographer: James Spinks


Wimbledon Common Parkrun Event #643, 2nd March 2019

Last week’s parkrun marks the first parkrun of March, but unfortunately this move towards spring did not necessarily make for better weather. February’s sunny spell far behind us, March has so far been grey and damp. However, one can always look at it from the perspective that a parkrun provides a perfect opportunity on a less sunny day to get out and about nonetheless, and appreciate being outdoors in spite of non-ideal weather conditions – all in great company too.

Wimbledon Common parkrun 643-151We have Bob Walsh to thank for the photographs of the run in this week’s report, but watch out in future for a potential new photographer coming your way. Young Ben was spotted eagerly tailing Bob, keen to try his hand at photography with his own ‘camera’. We’re always looking for volunteers at parkrun, so maybe you’ll see some original photographs by Ben if he joins the photographer rota. Let this also serve as your weekly reminder to sign up for a volunteer slot! Whether you’re a regular runner wanting to give back to the parkrun community by volunteering, or a new joiner who thinks volunteering would be a fun experience, we’re always in need of people to add to the rota. Wimbledon Common parkrun 643-8

This week’s report is actually coming to you remotely from Oxford (this parkrun reporter wanted to maintain her volunteering and report-writing from university). However, in the interest of maintaining my parkrun enthusiasm, and indeed being in the right mood to compose a good report, I still attended a parkrun this week, taking myself to the Oxford parkrun in Cutteslowe and Sunnymeade Park. Although I was disappointed not to be present at Wimbledon and absorb the local parkrun atmosphere, it felt very fitting to be embracing the parkrun spirit nonetheless.

This week 530 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Wimbledon Common parkrun 643-47First over the line was Henry Silverstein of Hercules AC, with a time of 17:52. He was followed by Matt Gallagher of the Wimbledon Windmilers, who finished in 188:09. Third to finish was Dane Rickwood, who came in at 18:22. With regards to the female placings, Katie Lysons of Clapham Chasers RC finished first, placing 34th overall, with a time of 21:14. Catherine Jackson was the second woman to finish at 22:02, placing 53rd overall. The third female finisher was Laura Jayne Carmichael from Serpentine RC, placing 67th overall with a time of 22:37. Wimbledon Common parkrun 643-16
We have a number of great milestones to celebrate from last week’s run as well. Huge congratulations to Michael Parker for completing his 50th parkun, Holly Shao for her 200th, Adam Fenton and Peter Metcalf for their 250th, and Stephen Johnson for his 300th.

And finally, a big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Paul Tibbs, Simon Cheetham, Charles Hampden-Smith, Peter Collins, Doug Laidler, Malcolm Brookes, Tessa Kelly, Amelie Lloyd, Roger Reynolds, Jennifer Brookes, Bob Walsh, Rob Hitchmough, Manon Morel, Andrew Shields, Jessica Searle, Graham Trainor, Matthias Heger, Sally Windle, Ella Heger, Steven Rudland, Siân Fielder, and Charlie Taylor.

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

Writer: Jessica Searle

Photographer: Bob Walsh


Wimbledon Common Parkrun Event #633, 22th December 2018

2019 is fast approaching, with this report marking the penultimate parkrun of the year (and depending on when the next report goes up, potentially the last report of the year too). This parkrun also marked our last parkrun before Christmas, as there was no Wimbledon parkrun on Christmas day this year – but regardless of whether you decided to have a quiet morning in, or ventured further afield than Wimbledon in order to seek out a Christmas day parkrun, I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas day.


Something else that I’d like to reflect on in this week’s report is how well I think the parkrun community has embodied the Christmas spirit that is so frequently mentioned at Christmas time. I am proud to say that over £700 was raised at the annual Santa run, a fantastic sum which really shows the generosity of spirit that we’re lucky to find here. On a similar note, if you’re feeling generous with your time and are looking for a New Year’s resolution in the run up to the New Year, why not sign up to volunteer next year? We are always looking for more volunteers, and it is a great way to get involved (other than by doing the run, of course!).


Just one final reminder: we need runners who bring their dogs along for the run to remember to keep their dogs on a leash! We have had some complaints recently, so please could you bear this in mind when bringing your dog along for the run. And now, onto the results for this week.

This week 410 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.


First over the line was Henry Silverstein of Hercules AC, with a time of 17:48. He was followed by David Grima, also from Hercules, who finished in 18:07. Third to finish was Matt Gallagher of the Wimbledon Windmilers, finishing in 18:19. With regards to the female placings, Gina Galbraith of Hercules AC finished first, placing 14th overall, with a time of 19:45. Julia Donovan of the Wimbledon Windmilers was the second woman to finish at 20:45, placing 23th overall. The third female finisher was Caitlin Lloyd from the Clapham Chasers RC, placing 32th overall, with a time of 21:16.


Huge congratulations to Will Taylor and Amelie Morel for completing their 10th parkruns, and to Alfie Hunter, Rob Hithchmough, and Saskia Robbins for their 50th.

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

And finally, a big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Robert Robinson, Nicola Whitford, Peter Collins, John Hudspith, Graeme Drewett, Jaspal Dhalley, Clive Scammell, Oscar Smith, Jennifer Brookes, Amelia Ashton-Jones, Anthony James Harpur, Nick Wright, Louise Robinson, Nick George, Manon Morel, Jessica Searle, Debbie MacDonald, Sally Windle, Ella Heger, Steven Rudland, Emily Gleeson, Caroline Lee, and Grace Caldwell.

Writer: Jessica Searle

Photographer: Louise Robinson


Wimbledon Common Parkrun 629

You know how people sometimes talk about “wet rain”? Obviously, all rain is wet, but some types of precipitation just feel like they soak through you that little bit more. Saturday’s Wimbledon Common Parkrun was the opposite: it was raining, but it felt oddly dry under foot.
Wimbledon Common parkrun 629-147Not actually dry dry, of course, and for the 428 hardly souls who braved the drizzle after one of the coldest weeks of the autumn so far, there were still puddles to be dodged and even a little mud to scrub off in the shower afterwards. But compared to recent weeks it was remarkably firm going, conditions that must have contributed to the 47 new personal bests – including a first sub-25 from Alex Muller and Catherine Porter smashing the 68% age-grading barrier with her new best of 25:22. Heck, if you can drive a double buggy round, it can't exactly be waterlogged...Wimbledon Common parkrun 629-186
Other milestones this week included Will Nicklin’s 200th (he shared the trophy presentation with Andrew Lenon, belatedly celebrating last week’s double-ton, below) and a 100th Parkrun for occasional Wimbledon visitor Chelsea Freckleton, who splits her time between us and Parkruns in Buckinghamshire. Well done Chelsea!
Wimbledon Common parkrun 629-10In terms of overall turn out, 428 is a great number given the unpromising skies when we all woke up. A quick analysis of runner numbers (see chart below) over time shows that the 13-week moving average for the size of the field (the red line) has now surpassed 500 for the first time.In previous years, we’d be hitting a winter trough about now. While that’s still on the cards, it seems a little late coming and the upward trend is clear: we’re seeing great resilience from runners this year. Number of runners with 13 week moving average
So the data shows the good news: more people loving the Parkrun vibe and getting their weekend off to a flying start with a community 5k. But we should guard against euphoria.

The car park is back to overflowing on Saturday mornings, and it’s easy to see why this is frustrating both to the Rangers and to other Common users. If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need to be reminded – but it’s also important to spread the word, as diplomatically but firmly as possible: don’t drive to Parkrun. Running, cycling and public transport are all ideal. And if you do have to drive, park the other side of the woods over on West Side Common – there are free parking bays there, and the 1km jog to the Windmill is the perfect warm-up and cool-down.

Worse, this weekend’s run director Malcolm Brookes had to deal with people parking on the lane to the car park. This is a nightmare for the Rangers and for Parkrun organisers. Again, please politely urge anyone you see doing this not to – it seriously jeopardises Parkrun. If people don’t like the guidelines (or never volunteer, for that matter) that’s fine – but they might be happier running in their neighbourhood park with Strava or Runkeeper to do their timekeeping, because you can’t really be said to be part of the Parkrun family if you do things that risk it having to end. (Lecture over.)

And we finish on a more upbeat note with a hearty ‘well done’ to all this week’s volunteers. If you’d like to join them and be part of making Parkrun possible, the details are all at the web site:

Alan GREENE • Bob WALSH • Charles HAMPDEN-SMITH • Colin HARRIS • Ella HEGER • Emily GLEESON • Erinna DIXIE • Grace CAL DWELL • Graham TRAINOR • India TRAINOR • Jo MANLEY • Joe BUSA • Laura CRAY • Liz OSTROWSKI • Malcolm BROOKES • Manon MOREL • Oscar SMITH • Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS • Richard YOUNG • Ruby AMES • Sally WINDLE • Simon BODLE • Stephen HARLAND • Stephen WILLERTON
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Wimbledon Common parkrun Weekly Report – Event #622 – 6th Oct 2018


This was a historic day in the life of Parkrun as it was International Parkrun Day - not that you would think so looking at the photo above. Everyone seems pretty relaxed.  I am sure most of you know that it started at Bushey Park on 2nd October 2004 with 13 runners and 3 volunteers.  It took some time to get going as it were - 2 years to be precise - and the second began here on Wimbledon Common.  Now there are 1600 events in the UK and other events in 20 countries around the world.  I can assure you from my own experience in Australia that the format is exactly the same around the world including the email after the run.


With this weight of history on his shoulders Malcolm Brookes, race Director for the day, introduced the event with the usual briefing including an instruction not to take home the tokens one receives at the finish.  It is perhaps worth mentioning  that at the early parkruns the finish tokens were washers from the local hardware store!  The briefing also included a strong recommendation to people not to bring their cars - you have heard this before - but also - and this is more serious - that people park their cars either in the car park or on the other side of Wimbledon Parkside in the side roads and then jog or walk to the event.  This Saturday apparently people were parking on the grass on the roundabout just before the car park.  I am sure that none of the readers of this column would do such a thing.



The weight of history has been too much....!

Now to the results. The first three past the post were, in order, Andy Weir, Adam Harwood and Hector Revill who had a new personal best. What was particularly interesting and commendable about Andy's performance is that he was first on an Age Grade basis with a score of 86.43%.   It does not often occur that the first past the post also has the highest Age Grade score.  There were 7 people with Age Grade scores of over 80% which is remarkable. Amongst those seven was the first lady finisher, Gina Galbraith. with an Age Grade score of 81.29%. 2nd and 3rd ladies were Julia Donovan and Denise Barnett respectively.

The total number of runners today was 487.  There were 46 First Timers (9.65%) to Wimbledon Common parkrun.  59 people (12.1%) achieved new Personal Best times.    Parkrun continues to thrive in Wimbledon from all points of view even if we are not yet big on the international stage. Nevertheless, we still have quite a number of regular international runners including several from Down Under.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Colin HARRIS • Lindsay DOY • Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS • Malcolm BROOKES • Isabel GWYTHER • Sarah ROBBINS • Jaspal DHALLEY • Robert FORTES • Gary FORDE • Chris JONES • Kylie CORSO • Oscar SMITH • Graham WHITE • James SPINKS • Talita ZAVRSNIK DE CAMPOS • James SISWICK • Dominic OSTROWSKI • Tamsin ABBEY • Grace CALDWELL • Ruby AMES • Laura CRAY • Paul WILKINSON

Report writer: Robert Fortes
Photographer: James Spinks

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