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