Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #112 14 April 2018

By Jasmine Sandalli
Photos by Sandhya Drew

Guys, what’s that bright light? Is it… can it be… sunshine?


Britain’s longest winter since the Ice Age – or at the very least Ice Age 2 – was finally punctuated by the first rays of spring a good two months INTO spring, making marathon prep that much more challenging than it usually is. Good luck to all of you racing in April and May who will have to risk running either in long johns because that’s all you could train in, or in an optimistic pair of short shorts still in their wrapping.

The inclement weather hasn’t deterred the hardy parkrunners of South West London however, and joining the roundabout regulars today were 51 fearless first timers! Making up nearly a tenth of the field, it was fantastic to see so many newcomers testing themselves against one of the most easily underestimated courses inside the M25. Another 16 runners were visiting Tooting for the first time, including junior parkrunner Herbie Clark, and we hope to see them all again soon.


Of the 566 finishers 107 recorded a new personal best, including second lady Hannah Lord with a time of 19:03. Clapham Chasers’ Lucie Custance was an agonising 2 seconds away from her own PB of 17:44, but she will no doubt take comfort from the fact that as well as first lady she was also second overall – what an absolutely stunning performance from a consistently brilliant runner! She came in 27 seconds behind Team Dillon’s Timothy Wood who led the field in 17 minutes and 19 seconds after the gun, and 10 seconds ahead of fellow Chaser Rob Sherwood.


Izzie and Thea Warren and Sid Steedman from the under 10s categories all recorded PBs today as well – fantastic work everyone! – and Izzie actually recorded her third PB in a row, which is incredible progress for someone on only her eighth parkrun. Testament to the inclusiveness of the event, the field included 20 parkrunners under eighteen, and 11 more over sixty. Among the victorious PB chasers were Victoria Spooner who snuck under 24 minutes for the first time, and Victoria Whittaker who whittled a whopping 44 seconds off her previous best from three weeks ago!

Emma Rogers recorded the only official milestone today, earning a red-shirt for her 50th parkrun! We’ll keep an eye out in future weeks for Christian Fielder, currently on 49 runs, and Joanna Ward who is two away from 100. Meanwhile Tunde Adeyemo of Sutton Runners takes the gong for most parkruns (today was number 322) as well as being one of only 7 runners who also have volunteered 25 times or more!


If you’d like to get your hands on one of those natty purple t-shirts please contact to find out how you can join the ranks of the priceless parkrun volunteers, and help us all keep this brilliant event going week after week. And for the 94 runners without a barcode today – you’ll kick yourself when you’re a run away from a milestone... :-)

Love and sunshine,

Jaz x


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Results Page. And photos of the event can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Flickr site.


Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #111 7 April 2018

By Richard Stansfield
Photos by Stuart Leeds

Normally I’d be up early on a Saturday preparing to run with my teenage son, but with the Brighton Marathon coming up and a self-diagnosed case of runner’s knee, I let him lie in this week whilst I listened to the golf on the radio before volunteering at Tooting Common parkrun #111.


Approaching the start it was a relief to see that the deep puddles on the path up from the Lido had gone. Today’s parkrunners wouldn’t be handicapped by any water features, but there was still plenty of mud around to catch out anyone who ended up in the rough. Feeling a bit below par I’d brought along a thermos of tea to keep me warm whilst seeing everyone made it safely through the wood into the funnel, and home to the 19th hole.

With lots of people back from their Easter holidays, 480 came along to walk, jog and run the three lap course. 72 were first timers at Tooting, 37 were running their first ever parkrun, and there were 29 who’d enjoyed their first parkrun so much they’d come back for their second, including Ellie THOMSON and Ellie THOMPSON - sadly not twins.


There were 84 new Personal Bests this week, including the aptly named Jonathan PACE, setting the pace and finishing 111st male in Tooting parkrun #111. There was also a new PB for Radha SHUMOOGAN, who finished 111st overall, whilst Nicole KAY came in 111st female. In fact four of the first five into the funnel set new PBs, though none of them could catch Alex DAVY from Leeds City AC, who led from start to finish. Alex came in 41 seconds ahead of Max HARRISON-TOSATTO from Serpentine RC in second, and third place went to Simon MESSENGER from Herne Hill Harriers. There were also new PBs for the first and third female finishers, Hannah BOWE and Laura ANDERSON, whilst Arabella JAMES came in second on her second parkrun. And Oritselumewo ALATAN set a new PB with a sprint to the line at the end of her second parkrun.


In the age gradings, Arabella JAMES’s 79.97% put her second overall, behind an impressive 84.73% for VM 55-59 Mike BOYLE of Herne Hill Harriers. Finishing 11th in the age gradings, with 71.81% and a new PB was JW10 Isobel PERRY. This was her 10th parkrun as a junior, making her eligible to claim the white parkrun milestone top. Not far behind Isobel in the age gradings with 66.15% was VW75-79 Mavis ORBAN, finishing her 62nd parkrun. There was also a new milestone for Alex GEACH, finishing his 50th parkrun, making him eligible to claim the red parkrun milestone top. And 100 parkrun veteran Rob FOSTER showed a spring in his step to set a new PB on his 106th parkrun.


As part of the run brief today, Liz ALLEN also announced that parkrun's official charity partner Alzheimer's Research UK launched their Running Down Dementia (RDD) campaign at the beginning of this month. They are asking parkrunners to walk/run 100k and raise £100 over the summer. If you're up for taking on this challenge, please take a look at
for more details.


Last but not least thanks to all our 25 volunteers:

Sai-Yee LAM • Simon James LEWIS • Jez ROBERTSON • Gary SALMON • Tanya BASSI • Rebecca AITCHISON • Gareth BRIGGS • Mark SHOTTON • Carol MCCALL • Richard STANSFIELD • Rebecca JACKSON • Tom BAKER • Imogen SWALES • Michael MCGETTIGAN • Sophia HAMILTON • Holly HAMILTON • Catherine DA GRACA • Nicola WORTON • Catherine LAW • Nicola LYTTLE • Alice HORNE • Stuart LEEDS • Phoebe LILL • Howard COAN • Soren FROOME-LEWIS

See you next weekend!


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Results Page. And photos of the event can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Flickr site.


Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #110 31 March 2018

By Graham Sutherland
Photos by John Linington

In Easter week, it was somewhat fitting that monsoon-like conditions of biblical proportions during the week had flooded the back path, rendering it almost unplayable; I was half expecting a plague of locusts to appear. But we parkrunners are made of sturdy stuff and 248 of you admirably ploughed on through the mud and puddles. And, as always, this would not have been made possible without our 25 wonderful volunteers this week - thank you.

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This week we had 11 first timers and 12 runners who have completed over 100 parkruns. Age categories ranged from JM10 right up to VW75-79, proving that parkrun really is inclusive! One of my favourite aspects of parkrun is the achievement of milestones. And this weekend, the Tooting Triangle laid out the milestone welcome Matt to a certain Mr WALSH who notched his 50th parkrun, all at Tooting!

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Despite the underfoot conditions, 46 runners (19%) achieved a course PB. Here is a special mention for a few at random:

Andrew CRAVEN: Craven's performance is certainly worthy of making this Newsround: All of his 16 parkruns have been at Tooting and, despite this being his first appearance in 10 months, he managed to take 20 seconds off his previous best.

Finn FROOME-LEWIS: Finn suddenly appeared menacingly above the surface water and drew screams from his fellow parkrunswimmers as they scattered out of his way. He took a large bite out of his previous PB. As a mere youngster he will only keep getting quicker.

Sarah HIRONS: An excellent PB for Sarah. Like all good runners, whenever she is not happy with a time she Hirons out any creases in her training plan and has now reaped the rewards!

The situation at the head of the field was as follows:


Male placings

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ALLEN has found the key to parkrun success, as Tobias was this weekend's first finished in a rapid 18:20, just 1 second outside his Tooting best.

Second over the line was an unknown (DFYB!).

First timer Ryan managed to RUSSELL up an excellent third finisher position.

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Tobias ALLEN (JM15-17) of Newbury AC was first over the line in 18:20

An unknown runner was second over the line

Ryan RUSSELL (SM30-34) was third over the line in 18:38


Female placings

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It is very apt that this religious weekend saw Hannah LORD as the first female to cross the line. She credits her success with having a meal of sausages, bacon, eggs and hash browns the previous evening - sounds like a Good Fry-Day!

I strongly suspect that Rachel ALLEN is related to our first male finisher Tobias. A very successful day for the athletes of Newbury - let's just hope they choose not to Bypass Tooting parkrun next week...

Third finisher was Alexandra McClelland in 21:51 - A palatial performance by Alexandra.

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Hannah LORD (SW25-29) was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:47

Rachel ALLEN (VW45-49) of Newbury AC was second (30th overall) over the line in 21:02

Alexandra MCCLELLAND (SW25-29) was third (41st overall) over the line in 21:51


That's your lot for this week. Thanks as always to our wonderful volunteers and see you all this coming weekend for #111!

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Results Page. And photos of the event can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Flickr site.


Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #109 24 March 2018

By Lorn Joseph
Photos by Richard Street


Despite having run a countless number of loops of Tooting Common over the past few months, today's run was the first time I have been to parkrun since Christmas. And that's because I'm running my first ever marathon on 22 April this year, which means my weekends are reserved for much longer runs. parkrun holds a very special place in my heart as my love for organised runs began with Slough parkrun on Boxing Day 2009. I had never heard of parkrun before but I went along with my sister and a few friends with a belly full of turkey and Christmas pud to see what it was all about. I remember loving how informal yet well-organised the event was – a friendly briefing at the start, an official start and finish line and times, but also people running with buggies and dogs on leads and lots of people chatting as they went. Despite feeling pretty nauseous all the way round, I was proud of myself for running the whole way and loved the atmosphere and feel of the whole event.

Fast forward to March 2018, 4 weeks away from (hopefully!) completing my first marathon and weekend runs have gone from 5k to an eye-watering 35k!!

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I am running the London Marathon with my sister Cara and we are running for Mind to raise awareness for the link between declining mental health and alcoholism – an illness which my dad lost his battle with on 1 April last year. My dad, who I loved very much, was an alcoholic. Alcoholism isn't something people talk about very much and there is still a real stigma and feeling of shame associated with it, both for those affected and also for their loved ones. However, alcoholism is a disease and we need to talk about it in the same way as cancer or heart disease. We need to end the shame, recognise the problem and campaign for better support for those affected.


It was losing Dad which spurred me and my sister to apply for a place to run the marathon for Mind and I was both ecstatic and terrified to find out in September that I had a place. Over the last 20 weeks I have been training 5-6 days a week through all weather (snow included!) and have upped my distance week on week, which will culminate in my long run on Good Friday of 22 miles. It has at times been pretty brutal; making yourself get out and run for three hours in the rain at the weekend has to be the greatest test of mental strength I've ever experienced. We have alongside our training been writing a blog about our story which can be found at We also have a challenging target of £4,000 to raise for Mind and this weekend we reached 60% of our fundraising target so are getting there. If you would like to sponsor us and donate to Mind below is the link to our sponsorship page.


Saturday's parkrun was particularly exciting for me as it was the first outing for my Mind running top which arrived in the post this week. And clearly the top gave me that little boost I needed as I got a new parkrun PB which I was chuffed to bits about! A lovely little sign that all of this running is paying off!


Anyway, a huge thank you to everyone at Tooting Common parkrun, all the volunteers and all the lovely runners. And well done to everyone for getting out there today. Here are some of the wonderful highlights from today's run.

This week 558 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 95 were first timers and. 120 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

Well done to Beth Corfe, Robin Jones and Robert Thornton-Smith, who all completed their 50th parkrun with us today and are eligible to claim the red parkrun milestone top.


The event was made possible by 33 volunteers: Liam O'HARE • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Michael John MORFEY • Sarah HIRONS • Yvette LEWIS • Mike STOREY • Rebecca AITCHISON • Mark SHOTTON • Evie NOSWORTHY • Alan WILKINSON • Rebecca JACKSON • Tom BAKER • Sarah HILTON • Rizwan HAFIZ • Stuart HAMILTON • Simon HOGG • Catherine DA GRACA • Imogen JOHNSON • James JOHNSON • Alexander JOHNSON • Carolina MOUNTFORD • Ben MOUNTFORD • Nicola WORTON • Sarah APPLEBY • Lorn JOSEPH • Teddy MOUNTFORD • Nicola LYTTLE • Kristin BAINBRIDGE • Philip PAPASAVVAS • Victoria SPOONER • Richard STREET • Thomas MCCARTHY • Laurel LEFKOW


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Results Page. And photos of the event can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Flickr site.


Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #108 17 March 2018

By Catherine Law
Photos by John Linington

What gets me out of bed on a cold, wintry, snowy Saturday morning? Well, it's Tooting Common parkrun. How did I get to this point?

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My daughter, Donna Law, informed me she was coming home to Tooting for her 200th parkrun in December 2016. I'd never done parkrun before, so thought I'd surprise her and join her for her big day. I'll never match her times, but that was never the aim. It's nice to get the occasional PB, and I'm sure I have another one left in me - just not yet.


We ran together again for my 50th parkrun in December 2017. The next time we will get together will be for her 250th at her new local, Letchworth parkrun. She has four more to complete, so I'll be doing a spot of tourism at Letchworth on that day.

I am so proud of what she has achieved through running. She is a real inspiration to me, as is Mavis. Mavis Orban is our most senior female runner at Tooting Common parkrun. I always struggle to keep up with her.

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It's nice to get out and blow away the cobwebs on a Saturday morning, all made possible by our volunteers. Big thank you to all of them, and all of you for turning up. See you all next Saturday.

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This week 328 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 20 were running their first ever parkrun. 47 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Gina Aldis, who ran her 50th parkrun with us today and is now eligible to claim the red parkrun milestone top. In addition, Florence Gill and Johanna Nicholson ran their 10th parkrun with us today and as junior runners are both eligible to claim the white parkrun milestone top.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Sai-Yee LAM • Liam O'HARE • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Michael John MORFEY • Ed TAYLOR • Yvette LEWIS • Kathryn EVANS • Victoria SMITH • Mattie ALLESTON • Katy PEEK • Mark SHOTTON • Carol MCCALL • Matthew ROGERS • Nic DOHERTY • Katie BARWELL • Sarah HILTON • Mike HAYDEN • Imogen JOHNSON • James JOHNSON • Alexander JOHNSON • Patti Ann COCHREN • John LININGTON • David HEPWORTH • Catherine LAW • Gearoid LAVERY • Nicola LYTTLE • George STRATTON • George GUEST • Dylan SIMPSON • Coco GREEN • Isobel BEINT • Laurel LEFKOW

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Results Page. And photos of the event can be found on the Tooting Common parkrun Flickr site.

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