Event number 45 16th March 2019
Last week breezy was topped by this week's blustery. It was touch and go whether parkrun would happen. Friday afternoon's course conditions included many small branches on the course and near continuous puddles along Northside. Saturday's forecast had wind gusts over 40 mph by 11 a.m. but no more rain, a drying wind, some draining led to a dramatic improvement. The wind took a little while longer to wake up and provided a window to dash round the still muddy course
Nobody notices tail winds propelling runners along mid-stride, but everyone complains about headwinds and rightly so when you have to fight your way through. Heads up! or rather heads down - parkrun's 'a run not a race' so you can readily draft behind other runners and catch a little respite from the westerly as you pass white horses on Long Pond and turn close to mud club toward the bandstand.
Two weeks in a row exactly the same number (623) people ran, jogged and walked the two laps, via a very slippery blind corner - one or two mud slides there - dodging puddles and tree roots of Northside to the chicane of daffodil alley - all the while oblivious a tailwind to turn at Long Pond to fight the headwind.
Well done to all. Each week the sweepstake bets are placed on how many runners will show - the last minute surge from a desultory 300 at 8:55 to 600+ by the start has punters tearing their hair out. Poor weather doesn't tend to deter the committed visitors and tourists, as much as locals with the chance of a fair weather run in the future and the invitation of an extra hour in bed.
Almost a year on Clapham Common parkrun is registering more new parkrunners to Clapham Common 75% of whom live inside a mile of the bandstand; last week added 133 to the tally of 1677 for 2019 so far. As our first anniversary event approaches next week over 6,000 have registered for their first tentative steps with Clapham Common parkrun, setting out to join the growing parkrun family.
Welcome first timers to the free weekly timed 5km run. Congratulations for those 48 (8%) who ventured out to take their very first parkrun outing at event #45. To all those 41 running a 2nd parkrun - brilliant effort. You rose to meet a personal challenge; yes, the difficult bit is getting out of bed - it wasn't that bad, was it? Meanwhile for the 32 running their 3rd parkrun. How's that for a fresh start to the weekend? Well done to 73 runners recording new Personal Bests - a fantastic achievement.
75 (13%) visitors were first timers to Clapham Common - from as far afield as Tooting. Cosmopolitan London means that the French or Italian heard around the course could just as easily come from residents as visitors and this week's included a large Spanish contingent - with several youngsters keen to take on the 5k challenge and demonstrate their athletic prowess. (By the way we'd love to know how you got on.)
To all you unknowns: "You have to be in it to win it" - each run you scan counts toward your milestone running club and a free milestone shirt. 19% (118) of runners did not scan their barcode. DFYB - don't forget your barcode - bring and scan your printed barcode and position.
Milestone tee shirts are: 10 for juniors in white, dashing red for adults running 50 or black for 100. You too can earn one just like Thomas Snell earning his 100 milestone as a tourist this weekend at the home of parkrun- Bushy Park. Congratulations Thomas we'll be seeing you at Clapham soon no doubt. The 250 colour is a surprise but by the time you are close you'll know what colour it is.
Most important as well as most fetching of the tee shirts is the purple volunteer's club tee shirt. It's fastest to earn with just 25 volunteering occasions to join. Please join the volunteers - the more volunteers the merrier and the more occasions volunteers get to run.
A special trumpet fanfare with thanks to welcome Sarah Dodds into the volunteers club on her 25th event yesterday - all at Clapham Common. Time to put your order in Sarah ready for next week.
Last but most definitely not least thank you to all the 31 hi-vis heroes below making this and all parkruns events possible.
Michael CARNEY • Craig WILLIAMSON • Zoe WREN • Sarah DODDS • Frank ELSTON • Chris JONES • Bevis MAN • David SAUNDERS • Andy WILKINSON • Evie NOSWORTHY • Andrew ARCHER • Richard MUSCAT • Hannah BEHRENDT • Rebecca SPENCER • Charlie MASON • Ed KEEVIL • Kathryn STEPHENSON • Frazer BAILEY • James JOHNSON • Alexander JOHNSON • Cat PROWSE • E ADEJOBI • Kathryn KEEN • Dana ELFRING • Kate LOSOWSKY • Nigel HENEY • Seb HENEY • Louise JONES • Manny PASTOR • Jeremy SIMMONS • Jesse KORNBLUM
See you next week for our 1st anniversary …
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 7,781 participants have completed 23,231 parkruns covering a total distance of 116,155 km, including 4,304 new Personal Bests. A total of 483 individuals have volunteered 1,393 times.