Clapham Common parkrun event #36 – 12th January 2019

Hello, welcome and thank you to all parkrunners – young and older, sprinter, jogger or walker.

We hope you enjoyed your run and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Special thanks to the wonderful team of volunteers,  without whom parkrun could not take place.

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone but volunteering is fun and rewarding – do come and find out.

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My, how we've grown - that was quite a morning - perfect conditions for new participation records – if not for course records.  New Year resolutions meant participation levels rose to 1019 parkrunners - the second record of 2019. Last week Clapham Common was 6th largest parkrun in the UK!


Keep up those resolutions; since January 1st 2019 over 500 new parkrunners have registered at Clapham Common.


Clapham Common Event #036 12th Jan 2019

Finishers today included 320 first timers - new to parkrun and new to Clapham Common – to put that in perspective that’s more than the total 308 runners four weeks ago at event 32. Meanwhile 137 achieved new personal best times despite the extra traffic, compared to 150 who all ran personal bests at Clapham at the first event just 9 months ago.


We played host to a team of 12 runners from the local Clapham Park GP Practice the first step of cementing the 'parkrun practice' initiative to promote healthy lifestyles.



Among parkrun tourists from outside the UK we welcomed an Italian visitor but closer to home from Bushy was ‘prolific parkrun participant’ of the week Kirsty Bangham clocking up her 563rd parkrun with a PB, in second profilic place was Liz Zass, Kirsty's mum - who has a few to catch up at 392 but finished today achieving a very impressive 72.95% age grade.

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Third most prolific - self confessed parkrun addict – was Louise Ayling, co-host of the parkrun podcast 'FreeWeeklyTimed' who came for the first time, all the way from Wimbledon, to run her 380th - that 500 tee shirt is still a couple of years away!

Clapham Common Event #036 12th Jan 2019


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Thank you to our fabulous 38 volunteers, without you, this event would not be possible!

Nigel COLLINS • Eleanor ANDREWS • Sarah DODDS • Stephen Graham RICHARDS • Frank ELSTON • Chris JONES • Tom SCOTT • Laurent KSSIS • Catherine ARCHER • Sergio R • Evie NOSWORTHY • Niels HOLST • Andrew ARCHER • Helen JAQUES • Richard MUSCAT • Hannah BEHRENDT • Jennifer WOOLGAR • Rachel MAGNER • Jennifer HANRAHAN • Ian BRANNEN • Daniel BARRETT • James JOHNSON • Alexander JOHNSON • Richard CATTON • Sam NOAKES • Justine CHERRY-MACKLIN • Karrie HILL-HUGHES • E ADEJOBI • Lucie RYCOTT • Kate LOSOWSKY • Patrizia GNOATO • Catherine BEVIN • Richard TAYLOR • Aled SAMUEL • Claire HOWELLS • Veronica HENDRICKS • Manny PASTOR • Jeremy SIMMONS

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


Clapham Common parkrun event #35 – 5th January 2019

Happy New Year to One and All

As is usual at this time of year, the thoughts of new resolutions are created and are committed to.  Decisions are made to wake up early on a Saturday morning and join the local community for a run or stroll around the common, joining with others they may have seen in their daily lives

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Toeing the line this dry January day, of the 682 registered participants were 137 new members to the Clapham Common parkrun community running their first parkrun


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In total, we had 289 first timers, including David Bullas who has run 332 times and decided to venture to SW4 for the first time. However, David was not the runner with the most runs this morning, this title was taken by Micky Wheeler (405) followed in 2nd place, Julian Abbott (376)

Visitors came from far and wide - from the local areas of Tooting Common and Southwark to not so local   Brisbane, and Canberra -Australia

Welcome to you all and trust we will see you again in future weeks, and if you have registered, please do not forget your barcode.

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To make the event run smoothly and safely each week, we need many volunteers. This week’s Hi-Viz heroes were and thanks for braving the cold!!

Patrick McDougall • Henry Wilson • Ken Willis • Andrew Warden • Eleanor Andrews • Sarah Dodds • Frank Elston • Chris Jones • Paul Prentice • Sergio R • Richard Muscat • Hannah Behrendt • Jennifer Woolgar • Adam Woolgar • Molly Medhurst • Jennifer Hanrahan • Rebecca Spencer • Kimberley Jefferson • Alice Robinson • Emily Smith • Richard Catton • John Linington • Justine Cherry-Macklin • Karrie Hill-Hughes • James Goodwin • Alice Horne • Sarah-Jane Veitch • E Adejobi • Robert Jones • Lucie Rycott • Kate Losowsky • Sam Bell • Kate Brosnan • Veronica Hendricks • Manny Pastor • Jeremy Simmons

If you would like to volunteer at future events, please contact and let the team know
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Don’t forget that after each event we meet in the La Baita cafe for our après parkrun, which allows the perfect opportunity to catch up on how all our runs had gone

This week 871 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 289 were first timers and 102 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

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


Happy New Year from Clapham Common parkrun

At this time of year most of us sit and reflect on the year that’s been and plan goals for the year ahead and that’s no different for us here at Clapham common parkrun!

Just a short year ago, this parkrun was still in its embryonic stages. Thanks to Paul Cook’s vision and with Lambeth council’s support, a small team of hardy, enthusiastic parkrunners was assembled and in January started working together to turn this parkrun into a reality on March 24th 2018.

Clapham Common parkrun Event#001 24th March 2018

None of us could imagine the sheer enormity of what we were about to bring to life!

Since March 2018, 399 individuals have volunteered 1,029 times and have allowed 5,657 participants to complete 14,898 parkruns, covering a total distance of 74,490 km or twice round the world.
Ranging from fewer than 150 parkrunners on a cold damp December to 640 on return from summer holidays, who knows what highs new year resolutions will achieve?

Clapham Common #3 7-4-18 Lucy,s 90th birthday ( our 1st CC Parkrun!)

We've welcomed 90 year old Lucy, who completed her first parkrun with her son as a birthday treat and had the local Girl Guides take over our volunteering roles in September.



The early course record fell in December to new male course record of 15:14!!

On the last run of 2018 the spread between our first finisher and our Tail Walker was almost 50 minutes, proving that parkrun truly is for everyone and anyone – runner, walker, jogger & jeffer alike.

Clapham Common Parkrun 4th August

THANK YOU for your support and here’s to a happy, healthy parkrun filled year ahead. It's down to you (and hard to believe) we'll be 50 events old in a month or two.

We’re back on the 5th January and will be very happy to help you tick off your New Year’s resolution to volunteer at parkrun. Find our future volunteer roster here:
Drop our friendly Volunteer Coordinator an email at, if you would like to volunteer OR if you have any questions, they’ll be more than happy to help and explain our roles.

One of our resolutions is to increase Clapham Common parkrun volunteer pool. Holding safe events in 2018 was depended on 25 parkrunners volunteering 10 times or more and we all want to run in 2019.

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Please encourage your friends, family and fellow parkrunners to volunteer- it’s a fun way to spend a Saturday morning - and by opting-in on their parkrun profile to receive news and volunteer appeal emails they dawn keep in touch with all the happenings at Clapham - it's easy to do for several parkruns.

Wishing you a very happy new year!!

Clapham Common parkrun team


Clapham Common parkrun event #34 – 29th December 2019

Clapham Common parkrun have only gone and let me have a go at writing their run report, haven’t they?

Well, first things first, I just need to clarify that that was actually me who came in first place today as my surname is actually Athlete, first name Professional. I just go by the nickname of Unknown to blend in. Seriously, how did they manage to do it in 15:41?!

The story so far…

I’ve been told I can make this as long or as short as I like and there is 241 people who participated today that I can waffle on about who each have their own story. Mine goes a bit like this – I just run for the free cake. Done, right, who’s next? Oh also, this time last year I had done zero running and 0 parkruns. I started in May with a ten minute jog and haven’t missed one parkrun since the day of the Royal Wedding or more importantly the first parkrun I ever did as a marshal dressed in a suit. Of course no runner or volunteer showed up in their Sunday best, did they? Just me!

After many attempts at my home parkrun of Gadebridge, Hemel Hempstead, to get under 30 minutes I finally cracked it and so commenced tour de parkrun. Originally my goal was to do 10 different places by the end of the year. Today was the 20th but why Clapham Common? Simply because the train comes directly here (hint, hint, nudge, nudge come to Gadebridge especially if you like hills and there’s free yoga in the summer afterwards).

Some of my highlights to date

Best scenery: Ally Pally closely followed by Tring

Best hospitality: South Oxhey – they set up the free tea machine and cake for afterwards

Best toilet: Houghton Hall – You can bomb the base and it’s heated, proper posh!!

Best PB instrument: Rushmere has a giant gong

Now I’m wondering how much variety can I cram into the first 50 runs for the milestone T-shirts? There are 25 different volunteer roles to have a go at and many more than 50 different courses.


Also, I have been wondering how many different volunteer roles are possible to do on one parkrun day? So far I have conjured up a photographing tail walker who setup and closed the course, explained everything to first timers, wrote the run report, delivered the equipment, organised the volunteers, processed the results and sorted the tokens. Or all the above but instead a lead bike who grabs a barcode scanner at the end! Obviously it wouldn’t work at Clapham though as you’d crack your head going under the first tree.


Our trusty Tail Walker & Results Processor, Jen and Token Sorter, Kate.


Stats and kudos

33 people today managed to knock Clapham out the park with a new PB, 70 rocked up for the first time and 23 of which smashed their first ever parkrun. 12 people showed up for their tricky 2nd parkrun and 9 people complete a hattrick. One junior runner, Iona Alexander, completed number 10 today, well done, go and claim that junior milestone shirt! 3 people got to run number 25 half way to their free shirt! Who are these 32 Unknowns? Don’t forget your barcode… Robin Campbell completed his 220th different parkrun and completed all the London parkruns again, that’s a lot! Some tourists had come all the way from Edinburgh, Belfast and Bristol to join us plus a few hardy souls that had come all the way from Fulham too.


25 Volunteering legends:

Michael MANN • Henry WILSON • Rachel Claudia YOUNG • Sarah DODDS • Frank ELSTON • Kenneth BOSTON • Jennifer WOOLGAR • Adam WOOLGAR • Catherine PRICE • Matt PRICE • Paul STERLAND • Alice ROBINSON • Rachael BOWLER • James COUSINS • Richard CATTON • Karrie HILL-HUGHES • Nicole GREENSHIELDS • E ADEJOBI • Chris WILLIAMSON • Polly TAYLOR • Finlay TAYLOR • Laura SEARS • Veronica HENDRICKS • Sandrine SIMMONS • Jeremy SIMMONS


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


The female record is held by Lucy REID who recorded a time of 17:49 on 21st April 2018 (event number 5).

The male record is held by Luke CALDWELL who recorded a time of 15:15 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 33).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 92.62% (23:16) on 21st April 2018 (event number 5).

Clapham Common parkrun started on 24th March 2018. Since then 5,657 participants have completed 14,898 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,490 km, including 2,837 new Personal Bests. A total of 399 individuals have volunteered 1,029 times.


New Year’s Day Double

One final thing, in case you didn’t know you can do two parkruns on New Year’s Day as some courses start at the usual time of 9:00am whilst others are starting at 10:00am and 10:30am so be sure to get a double under your belt!

Use this helpful website to find your nearest


Written by Chris Williamson



Clapham Common parkrun event #32 – 15th December 2018

After Santa and his elves stopped Clapham Common parkrun last weekend, it was great to see 308 runners embrace a crisp and cold (but dry!) morning at event #32.
71 first timers, 62 PB’s and tourists from Denmark and Brisbane made for a great run!

It was a tight finish between 1st and 2nd place. Leader, Frederick Slemeck finished in a super speedy time of 16:21, closely followed by Finn Johnson in 16:23. Fantastic running!

The highest age grading this week was achieved by our second place female, Joasia Zakrzewski. She finished 27th overall in 19:50 and obtained an age grading of 78.15% representing Dumfries RFC. Not content with just running with us, Joasia also completed some voluntourism this week, volunteering as post event close down.

Another week rolls by without any milestones but William and Charlotte Scott, representing Run Wednesdays, are nail bitingly close to 250 with a respectable 248 runs each. This is equivalent to 1,240 kilometres (wow!).
With three Saturdays left of 2018, this achievement is certainly possible! How many parkruns have you done?

52 people unfortunately did not scan a barcode this week. As ever, no barcode no time! #DFYB

Feeling inspired by the season of goodwill? Email to find out more about volunteering in the next few weeks.

This event would not have been possible without the hard work of 24 volunteers. Our high-vis heroes to thank this week were:

Alexander CATLOW • Alice ROBINSON • Alison MCADAMS • Andrew THOMPSON • Charlie GRIMSHAW • Chris WICKS • E ADEJOBI • Elise DOWELL • Ellie CLARK • Emma WICKS • Frank ELSTON • Henry WILSON • Imogen JOHNSON • Joasia ZAKRZEWSKI • Kenneth BOSTON • Matthew William John BENNETT • Nick BEAVITT • Nigel COLLINS • Olivia LUDER • Rosemary POLLARD • Sarah DODDS • Sophie PAIN • Susie TELFORD • Tiphaine LE BIAN

**Next weekend we will be getting festive at Clapham Common parkrun - think Christmas Jumpers, Santa Hats, Mince Pies & prizes for the best fancy dress! **


If you would like to get an additional parkrun fix over the festive season and fancy trying out an alternative to Clapham Common - Check out the parkrun compendium here:

Local events taking part include Fulham Palace, Peckham Rye, Dulwich AND the home of parkrun Bushy park!


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