Event 6: Wimbledon Common

Wimbledon Team photo

Review

Today running around the beautiful Wimbledon Common parkland was nice and refreshing in cooler conditions than of late with a light drizzle in the air at the start of the race!

With Peter & Patrick

It was great to meet Peter Collins (in red) today in the flesh after chatting to him on a post that I placed on Runnersworld.co.uk website about my parkrun adventure! I ended up running with his brother in law Patrick (in white) in this race and trust me it will not be long before you break that 30 minute barrier, well done in getting a new PB today!

Special Mention to Liam todays run director apart from everybody making me feel welcome you have a great dry wit! The line that i loved when you introduced me to the Wimbledon parkrun community will stick in my mind forever, “Mark is running all 45 parkruns in the Greater London area in one year and this is event 6 and as you can see he is not running them in alphabetical order 🙂

Course

Wimbledon Route map

Run over two and a bit anticlockwise laps of trail paths that is for a large part run under a canopy of trees. This is a very flat course with only an 8 metre gain through its entire length but as stated on their course description with a large amount of rain it would be advisable to run in trail shoes!

Also an important note be very aware of the exposed tree roots on the course as the could be a potential trip hazard, to be fair to the team though they have sprayed white the most dangerous ones on the course!

Personal Stats

My parkrun time 31:57

Total accumulative miles 91

Important Info

Park Facilities

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

There is amble free parking catering for 300 cars and toilets are available before the start of the race. There is the windmill cafe available for a post race cuppa and all of these facilities are very close to the finish of the parkrun that is great!

Shame that the windmill was shrouded in scaffolding today due to the fact it’s blades are being refurbished with a lottery grant, been nice to have looked around the museum!

Final Verdict

Thank you for the very kind reception from everyone that I received on my visit today, keep reading my blog Peter and Liam do not change you have a priceless rare sense of humour that should be treasured!

Will definitely recommend,

Best

Mark

 


2 thoughts on “Event 6: Wimbledon Common

  1. Nice post, Mark, and lovely to meet you. Just to fill you in… in the first picture on the extreme right, with the long grey hair and beard, is Liam O’Hare, run director for the day; in the middle, blue top in front of your thumb is Charles Lawrie, event director; third from the left, blue-ish top under hi-viz is Charles Hampden-Smith, who organises the volunteers. In the second picture from left to right is John Krause (a member of the 100 marathon club, who did an Ironman the other week), me in the red, Hugh Woolhouse, who has no cartilage in his knees, you, Amy Davidson (my brother in law’s gf) and Patrick Booth, my brother in law. Good luck at Fulham.

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