Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #125 14 July 2018

By Jasmine Sandalli
Photos by Dickon Thompson

The weather this Saturday could only be described, in the immortal words of Caroline Aherne, as “scorchio”.

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10 degrees hotter than this time last year it was great for sunseekers, less so for PB seekers! On July 15th 2017 at parkrun number 77, there were 123 PBs among the 516 finishers (or 24%); today we saw 59 PBs registered from 483 finishers, just over 12% of the field.

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That said, it didn’t stop two of Herne Hill Harriers’ finest recording their fastest time on the course – Nick Bester had the edge with a 16:36 finish for first man, and Matthew Robertson came in 40 seconds behind. Nick actually ran the event a year ago and today his result improved by three places and almost a whole minute – great work Nick! Special mention also goes to the fourth place finisher Richard McDowell from Hercules Wimbledon who clocked in at 17 minutes and 42 seconds… while pushing a buggy. A Herculean effort indeed, especially the sprint finish. I couldn’t find out if this was officially our fastest buggy run at Tooting but it’s got to be up there!

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Meanwhile there was an equally strong show from the ladies, with Hannah Lord finishing first in 19:49, chased home by Shannon Sinclair in 20:04 and Clapham Chasers’ Bridie MacDonald in 21:03, who also bagged herself a PB. A great effort also from Natalie Warren in the 11-14 category who was not only the fastest of the under-15s with her PB time of 22:54, but also 8th lady! Despite the weather we saw a great breadth of results across all age categories, but especially in the juniors where 43% recorded a personal best, compared with 16% of seniors (20-34) and 12% of veterans (35 and above).

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Next up – permit me to go a bit stat crazy here, or just jump to the next paragraph! – my favourite roundup: the averages… :) Ben Parker finishing 242nd was our median position finisher (i.e. halfway through the field) in 27:10. The closest median time on the other hand was 36:47, beating 7% of the field, compared with this time last year where the median time of 32:48 was faster than 12%. Meanwhile the range of times today between first and last finisher was 16% larger than last year. What all this suggests is that the results are more bunched up than they used to be, and slightly more competitive, but we also saw a wider range of times today than we saw a year ago. Of course that could all be down to the heat and the fact the World Cup is on!

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While we’re talking about impressive numbers, our most experienced parkrunner today was Gary Slater, completing run number 402. Also representing the 250 club were Norman Urquia, David R Mason and Sarah Vaughan. Mike Hayden picked up his 100 shirt and Kevin Pickering is one run away from joining him – maybe next week? A special mention goes to our very own Cal Jones who marked her 50th parkrun with a fastest time around the Trioundabout, and who will be Run Director for next week’s takeover by the Clapham Chasers. She and 15 other parkrunners finished today having already banked 25 or more volunteering credits –if you’d like to work up to a snazzy purple shirt please contact tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com. A massive thank you also goes to the 36 who volunteered today, without whom nobody’s getting any shirts!

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To the 65 plucky runners who joined us for the first time – welcome to tropical Tooting! I promise it’s not always this brutal but at least we have the Lido to cool off in afterwards! :) And to the 71 runners who were too shy to make themselves known – or perhaps forgot their tag – I really do encourage you to bring your barcode and get your result. Even looking back a year from today it’s fascinating to see the leaps and bounds Tooting’s parkrunners have made and I’m so proud to see our little event grow and grow. I can’t run at the moment due to a broken foot (I’m dying of jealousy) but seeing everyone out there today reminded me what a strong community of parkrunners we have. Well done to everyone to made it, to all those fabulous smiles I saw on the way round, and hope you’re having a lovely summer.

Jaz x

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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 #124 7 July 2018

What a scorcher!

By Morgan Phillips
Photos by Alex Geach

This week’s parkrun coincided with a super-celebratory weekend for some. For football fans there was the World Cup quarter final match between England and Sweden which (spoiler alert!) saw England get through to the semi finals for the first time in 28 years. And in central London, Pride celebrated LGBT+ diversity with a march of 30,000 people, supported by hundreds of thousands more lining the streets.

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For me, and many other keen gardeners, my joy this weekend came from witnessing the flourishing of my tomato plants! The extended spell of exceptionally sunny weather and high temperatures has given them a huge boost, and I am looking forward to harvesting a bumper crop in the next few weeks.

Also celebrating this weekend were the 44 Tooting Common parkrunners that achieved new personal best times: Fantastic effort! Well done to you all. Highlights among the PBers were:

- Emma WADHAM, who took an impressive 29 seconds off the time she set at the end of May to get 47:54.
- Our star junior performers of the week, who were Isobel PERRY, Finn ATKINS and Sixtine GUERQUIN with times of 22:48, 24:37 and 29:53 respectively.
- Michelle DZUMBUNU, who improved her course PB by 1 min 38 seconds to get 30:24. Amazing achievement, Michelle!
- Amy DILKS, who recorded her fourth successive Tooting PB today - this time improving by 32 seconds to get 26:29.
- Kevin MCALISTER, Mariza HALKEMA and Alice MAC GORAIN, who smashed the 20, 25 and 30-minute barriers with times of 19:58, 24:40 and 28:59 respectively.

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Despite the intense heat, we had 450 people come along to walk, jog or run the course, 19 of whom were there for the first time ever, with 65 joining us here at Tooting Common for the first time. 33 different running clubs were represented among those taking part.

Our sole milestone achiever this week was veteran parkrunner Mike MORFEY, who completed his 150th parkrun as Tail Walker a week ahead of his 75th birthday. Fantastic achievement, Mike. Charlene WONG MIN and Ruth SLATER will achieve their 100 milestone the next time they parkrun.

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We also had some special visitors this week. Mark OUBORG and Anmol KHURANA came all the way from sunny Southwark parkrun, and parkrun tourist extraordinaire Chris COWELL made Tooting Common his 191st parkrun. Chris is the first person ever to have run at 100 different parkruns. It was great to have you all here!

Placings

Male placings

Joshua PEWTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 17:30.
Oliver KIDD (SM20-24) was second over the line in 17:34 in his first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
Thomas William LANCASTER (SM30-34) came in third at 18:10.

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Female placings

Bethan FRANCIS (SW25-29) of Avon Valley Runners was first over the line in 19:30 in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
Hannah LORD (SW25-29) was second over the line in 19:42.
Rebecca JACKSON (SW25-29) of Ealing Eagles Running Club was third over the line in 21:39.

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Our fastest women in the 65-69 age category were Raman SANGHA at 35.44, Stephanie NELMS at 36.38 and Gay LEE coming in at 36.41.

David HOPPER was our fastest male in the 75-79 category at 29.58, and Nandor ORBAN, namesake of the Hungarian Olympic Pentathlete and veteran parkrun volunteer, was the second fastest male in that age group at 47.14. Gratulálok, Nandor!

Volunteers

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I’d like to shout out a special thanks to the volunteers that made the event possible. Without your generosity parkrun would simply not be able to take place. Massive thanks to:

Liam O'HARE • Commeletia ALLISON • Joshua PEWTER • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Michael John MORFEY • Tina For Gary TUNSTALL • Sarah BURNE JAMES • Roy NASSE • Mark SHOTTON • Matt SEMPLE • Thomas JAMIL • Heidi SMITH • Alex GEACH • Tom BAKER • Sarah HILTON • Claire POWELL • Mavis ORBAN • Holly HAMILTON • Kat HARDY-KING • Stephanie HELLINGS • Morgan PHILLIPS • Catherine LAW • Laura DE ROOY • Nicola LYTTLE • Howard COAN • Adam LATHAM • Suthinee SUANGTHO • Oli GRIFFITHS • Simon GALLACHER

Remember, volunteering for one parkrun in ten is all that it takes to keep parkrun running. Please do step forward to give others a chance to participate. To get involved, take a look at the Tooting Common parkrun future roster and e-mail tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com stating what you'd like to do and when you'd like to do it.

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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 #123 30 June 2018

By Lucie Custance
Photos by Stuart Leeds

Running has been a big part of my life since school x-country many years ago - the small kid who didn’t say much but could run pretty fast. Not much has changed; when I go back home, near Newcastle, I always try and get to the Whitley Bay parkrun, which does loops of my old school run routes along the blustery sea front and I still have my proud dad at the finish line!

The reasons why I parkrun have changed a lot since I first started running them a few years ago. Back when I was at the top of my running and triathlon form I used the run as a tempo session to mix up my training and get a gauge of my speed going into races. I’m definitely more of an endurance runner, and 5ks hurt!

Then when pregnant with my daughter Ella (future junior parkrunner), I was lucky enough to run until week 38 of my pregnancy and parkrun was definitely the thing that kept me moving and enjoying exercise much more than plodding round on my own. After having Ella, parkrun was then my time to get a blast of running in and a motivator and boost to self-confidence seeing my times come back down without the pressure of a race. Now Ella is 20 months and when I’m not running, she comes with me to help marshal (shout encouragement at all the runners – although if you are accompanied by a dog or a pushchair, you will get an extra cheer). Tooting Common parkrun also has the added bonus of having post-run swings and ducks – Ella loves them too!

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Ella’s favourite pups this week!

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All of these phases have helped me see lots of reasons other people parkrun too; from first timers doing their first 5k to seasoned runners with multiple marathons and more under their belts, friends catching up, PB chasers, families keeping fit together, people having fun and many, many more reasons. parkrun is for everyone and that is why we love it.

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This week as the sun shone over Tooting Common, 541 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 38 were running their first ever parkrun. 87 recorded new Personal Bests (no doubt due in part to the encouragement from your lovely volunteers) and representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

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Male placings:
Nick BESTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in a new PB of 16:40 - an improvement of 6 seconds on his previous course best.
Ben MILLAR (VM40-44) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in 17:38.
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Female placings:
Shannon SINCLAIR (SW20-24) was first over the line in a new PB of 19:52 - an improvement of 25 seconds on her previous course best.
Sally GREENWOOD (SW20-24) was second over the line in 21:17.
Bridie MACDONALD (SW20-24) of Dacorum & Tring AC was third over the line in 21:22.

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Milestone shout outs are due to Sarah O'CARROLL, who completed her 100th parkrun today, Craig BARNEY, who completed his 50th parkrun today, and Nandor ORBAN, who volunteered at parkrun for the 25th time today. They are all now eligible to claim parkrun milestone t-shirts. In addition, a shout out should go to Kieran HOUSER, who ran his 150th parkrun today. Well done everyone!!

A few PB highlights are as follows:

- Regular VI runner Velma WILLIAMS, who improved her course PB by over 2 minutes with 40:09
- Anna HART and Anna HARTLEY both smashed the sub 28 and sub 30 minute barriers today with times of 27:46 and 29:41 respectively.
- Regular Run Director Tom BAKER beat the time he set in March by 17 seconds to get 27:14.
- Tracey-Jane FAIERS recorded her first PB since January, improving on her time then by 1 min 21 secs to get 40:13.
- Ella WADDINGHAM returned to Tooting Common for the first time since July last year and bettered her time then by 2 minutes 41 seconds to cross the line in 21:41. Welcome back, Ella! Great name btw.

And very importantly the event was made possible by 36.5 volunteers:

Sai-Yee LAM • Liam O'HARE • Lucie CUSTANCE and Ella • Commeletia ALLISON • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Michael John MORFEY • Ken WILLIS • Duncan Alastair Richmond TURNBULL • Andrew SIMMS • Mark SHOTTON • Carol MCCALL • Alan WILKINSON • Dillon O'HARE • Thomas JAMIL • Richard BALLAM • Emma HAINSWORTH • Richard BOGLE • Jay SIMMONDS • Sarah HILTON • Imogen SWALES • Edward SAYCE • Kristen BARNES • Mavis ORBAN • Nandor ORBAN • Holly HAMILTON • Kat HARDY-KING • Catherine DA GRACA • Morgan PHILLIPS • Emma WADHAM • Sarah GAWLEY • Stuart LEEDS • James HENSBY • Oli GRIFFITHS • Simon GALLACHER • Emily COOPER • Gail FOSTER

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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 #122 23 June 2018

A Sicilian Holiday

By Mike Morfey
Photos by Giorgio Cambiano, Vincenzo Ferro, John Linington, Mike Morfey and Modesto Pellitteri

Earlier this month my wife and I went on the first ever organised parkrun holiday to Sicily, put together by official parkrun partners and Balham-based adventure holiday company Exodus Travels. The holiday was from 1 to 10 June and took in two parkruns, with exploration of the island filling the week inbetween. There were about 20 of us on the trip, including Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of parkrun.

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The holiday was superbly organised. We flew into and out of Catania airport and had guided tours most of the time, seeing local architecture and churches. We were also given ample free time to explore on our own if we wanted. Our tour guides were very informative, the accommodation was excellent and although temperatures ranged between 26c and 30c we went around the island in a comfortable air-conditioned coach.

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The trip itself was amazing. As part of it we visited Catania, Syracuse, Cefalù, Ragusa and Palermo, saw the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento (a UNESCO World Heritage site), had a walk around Scopello nature reserve and hiked over half way up Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. And at the very end we had the chance to explore the town of Taormina, with its wonderful outdoor amphitheatre and Mt. Etna providing the perfect backdrop for our final day in Sicily.

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Etna parkrun

Etna was the parkrun we visited on the first morning of the holiday. It is one of the newer Italian parkruns, having only started in December last year. It is held in a forested area called Red Mountain in the Mt. Etna region. If visiting, you should be prepared for an uphill walk of about 2k to the start. Also be prepared for warm temperatures; it was a surprising 26c at 9am when we ran it. After an introductory speech from Paul, we were off!

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As might be expected given where it is located, Etna parkrun is an undulating 2 lap course. The terrain underfoot is difficult (featuring tree roots, gravel and uneven surfaces), so wearing trail shoes is a very good idea here. The visit of our touring party meant a new course attendance record of 61, increasing the weekly average by 33 percent! At 12 they had a record number of volunteers too – much fewer than we are used to at Tooting, though!

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First to finish out of our touring group was Chris Tilley, a Bristol based runner, who with 21:01 finished 12 seconds ahead of Franklyn Young and 1 minute ahead of Paul. They were all well behind local runner Alfio Scalisi though, who was first to finish in an impressive 18:12. Another local runner, Carmela Motta, led the way for the women with 24:11. There was much socialising over cold drinks and pastries after the event.

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Favorita parkrun

At the time of writing there are 12 Italian parkruns, and 5 of them are in Sicily. For our second parkrun of the trip we went to another one of them - Favorita in Palermo, the Sicilian capital. After Catania, Palermo is the most likely place where you might encounter the local Mafia. We were OK, though!

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We arrived at Favorita by coach as we had to head off to the final stops on our tour directly afterwards. Paul again was introduced as the founder of parkrun before 78 of us (another new course attendance record) set off on a flat, 3 lap course through shrubland. There were also some wooded tree lined tracks, which with temperatures of 23/24c provided much welcome shade. Road shoes were fine for this course. While again the number of volunteers is not as big as at Tooting the course is well signposted, with directional arrows all around. However, this still did not stop me from going a few metres off course on one occasion!

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In terms of results, Chris, Franklyn and Paul again finished first, second, and third out of our touring group with 19.25, 19:41 and 20:12 respectively. However, they were all behind local runner Calogero Di Gioia, who finished in 19:15. Local runners led the way for the women too, with Francesca and Barbara Vassallo finishing just behind Paul in 20:14. Unfortunately, 2 ladies in the group had falls this time round – one getting a cut over the eye which needed some local medical attention – but both recovered to finish. As at Etna, cakes and drinks were available at the end of the run. You can also take a post-parkrun shower at the local stadium for 2 euros.

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In summary, our holiday was truly spectacular, with friendly staff and an expert driver. I look forward to seeing what Exodus Travels will organise next!

 

But what happened at Tooting?

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This week 619 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 40 were running their first ever parkrun. 117 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

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Many thanks to the 33 volunteers who helped make this event possible:

Paula LUESHING • Commeletia ALLISON • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Michael John MORFEY • Tanya BASSI • Mark SHOTTON • Sarah O'CARROLL • Rebecca HUGGINS • Catherine FULLER • Rob WOODWARD • Emma HAINSWORTH • Matthew EASTALL • Charlotte BOYLE • Tom BAKER • Mike HAYDEN • Stuart HAMILTON • Holly HAMILTON • Kat HARDY-KING • Imogen JOHNSON • James JOHNSON • Alexander JOHNSON • Ewa HANCZAR • Luke HANSON • John LININGTON • Gay LEE • Anthea GORDON • Susie TELFORD • Bernard MUSCAT • Emil HARKNESS • Simon GALLACHER • Andy DE SANTIS • Emily COOPER • Gail FOSTER

Many thanks also to Andy Moore and his team from official parkrun partners Co-op, who were along to promote the opening of their new store in Balham and kindly provided runners with bottles of water at the finish line.

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Male placings:

An unknown runner was first over the line.
Ben MILLAR (VM40-44) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in a new PB of 17:27 – an improvement of 26 seconds on his previous best.
An unknown runner was third over the line.

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Female placings:
Felicity HANNON (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers RC was first over the line in 19:14.
Hannah LORD (SW25-29) was second over the line in 19:17.
Iona MUMBY (SW30-34) was third over the line in a new PB of 20:11 – an improvement of 34 seconds on her previous best.

Milestones

Shout outs are due to Gareth BRIGGS, Adrian GRIST, Brenda HEIMANN, Simon HOGG, Anne SHEPPERD and Jay SIMMONDS, who all completed their 50th parkruns today and can now claim the red parkrun milestone t-shirt. Many thanks also to regular marshal Stuart HAMILTON, who volunteered with us for the 25th time and is now eligible for the purple parkrun volunteer shirt.

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PBs

A few PB picks from Saturday are as follows:

- Miranda GALLACHER, Thomas LACEY, Mason SQUIRES and Sid STEEDMAN were our star junior runners of the week, with new PBs of 23:20, 28:52, 25:18 and 28:24 respectively.
- Ryan WILLMOTT returned to run with us for the first time in a year. He has obviously been getting in some running practice inbetween as he improved on last year's time by an amazing 7 minutes and 53 seconds to get 18:39.
- Tanya BASSI and Andy DE SANTIS managed volunteering & PB doubles, packing up the start/finish kit afterwards and finishing in 23:18 and 23:12 respectively.
- Cathryn NASSE continued her excellent recent form with her second course PB this month, this time crossing the line in 30:54.
- Finally, Katherine ALLIN returned to run at Tooting Common for the first time since October 2016 and improved the time she recorded then by 2 minutes and 52 seconds to get 28:50. Welcome back, Katherine!

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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 #121 16 June 2018

By Imogen, James and Sandy
Photos by Imogen

Some of you might have heard of the World Cup far far away in Russia. Well, there are some footballing superstars right on our doorstep too. A special mention to Immanuel and St Andrew CE primary school near Streatham Common, who visited Tooting Common parkrun for the first time. They have a running club every Thursday morning for runners to develop their skills and love of running. And their awesome school football team made a tremendous effort to raise money for the upkeep of their boys and girls football teams (including league and tournament fees, kit, equipment and team trips) by running 5k right here at the parkrun on Saturday. Here they are looking sporty after their run. Well done all round.

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This week the report is written by three of us, Imogen (15) and James and Sandy (both 13). We are siblings and are all doing the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award at Graveney school in Tooting. parkrun has a special programme that allows Duke of Edinburgh candidates to try out each role that volunteers can do on Saturdays. It’s a brilliant programme and it’s totally worth doing.

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James

In my opinion the parkrun is an amazing event for many reasons. You get some exercise and it is a great way to meet friends and the community. As a volunteer I love getting to know new people and helping my local community. It is really enjoyable and I would recommend anyone to give it a go. My favourite role as a volunteer would be barcode scanning. This is because you get to talk to the people when they’re elated at finishing and you get to know them. In the DofE, which I am doing, there is a Gold, Silver and Bronze award, of which I am doing Bronze. For this you have to do volunteering (I’m doing parkrun), a physical activity (I’m doing football) and skill (I’m doing drums). I do two of these for 3 months and one for 6 months. It is very fun and will hopefully give me more opportunities in life.

Sandy

Tooting Common parkrun is not only a sporting event but a social one as well. In the past few months of doing parkrun I have made friends with other volunteers as well as the runners. The parkrun consists of an amazing community and gives me the best possible start to my weekend. My favourite job as a volunteer would be marshalling as it is the best role for supporting the runners and helping them to complete their 5km goal. DofE is an incredible and important experience for young people that we are so lucky to have. In order to complete the Bronze award each student has to complete 6 months of a certain skill, 3 months of physical activity, and 3 months of volunteering. If you are doing DofE I couldn’t recommend a better place to go than here: Tooting Common parkrun.

Imogen

The Tooting parkrun is a very good way to help the community, meet others and have a genuinely fun time on your weekend. I love supporting the runners and cheering them on throughout the race. I’ve met so many new people and everyone is so friendly and kind. My favourite job as a volunteer has got to be timekeeping. Even though at times it can be quite stressful I find it very fun and I never get tired of it. Barcode scanning is at a close second, which I love to do as you get to talk to the runners and I enjoy it a lot. I am doing Bronze DofE this year, which is an extremely good way of getting young people to get active, help others and develop new skills. In my DofE I am doing the parkrun (my volunteering section), Ballet (my physical section) and Drama (my skills section) and for my expedition, which is another aspect of my DofE, my qualifying journey will be in July which I will hopefully complete to finish my DofE. I hope you will consider volunteering or taking part in the parkrun for a terrific experience.

See you all next week.

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This week 609 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 107 were first timers and 60 were running their first ever parkrun. 92 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

Many thanks to the 33 other volunteers who helped make this event possible:

Sai-Yee LAM • Liam O'HARE • Commeletia ALLISON • Gary SALMON • Gareth BRIGGS • Jenny YOUNG • Andrew THEEDOM • Carol MCCALL • Martin WHITE • Emma HAINSWORTH • Richard BOGLE • Spencer BARNES • Scott PATTERSON • Tom BAKER • Sarah HILTON • Nandor ORBAN • Holly HAMILTON • Bessie JIBUNOH • Catherine DA GRACA • Nicola WORTON • Bronwen GRAY • Scott GRAY • Stuart GRAY • Chris PEARSON • Benjamin SOUTHALL • Rosie AMERY • Jenni MUNDAY • Howard COAN • Isobel BEINT • April MARRETTA LORD • Simon GALLACHER • Andy DE SANTIS • Emily COOPER

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Male placings:
Nick BESTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 16:57.
Simon ZIELENIEWSKI (SM25-29) was second over the line in 17:26 in his first ever parkrun.
Simon MESSENGER (SM30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers was third over the line in 17:36.

Female placings:
Sarah GROVER (SW20-24) of Dacorum & Tring AC was first over the line in a new PB of 18:32 – an improvement of 44 seconds on her previous best.
Eve BUGLER (SW30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in 19:21.
Charlotte DAVIES (SW25-29) of Bedford & County AC was third over the line in 20:16 - first appearance.

Milestones
Shout outs are due to Robert ALTOFT, who completed his 50th parkrun today and can now claim the red parkrun milestone t-shirt, and Miranda GALLACHER, who completed her 10th 5k parkrun as a junior today and is eligible to claim the white junior milestone shirt. Miranda also marked the occasion by setting a new PB of 23:50, which is the first time she has achieved a sub-24 minute parkrun. Go Miranda!

PBs
A few other PB picks from Saturday are as follows:

- Andy DE SANTIS smashed the 25 minute barrier in some style, bettering the time he set two weeks ago by an impressive 3 minutes 20 seconds to get 24:50.

- Suzanna REED continued her fine recent form by recording her second successive PB in as many weeks, this time getting 41:09.

- Bessie JIBUNOH managed a volunteering & PB double, helping set up the start/finish area and going 2 minutes 23 seconds better than last week to finish in 31:27.

- Ladi DANMOLA went sub-21 for the first time at parkrun, knocking 11 seconds off his previous best to cross the line in 20:55.

- Finally, Kirsty FERGIE returned to Tooting Common for the first time since October 2017 and improved the time she recorded then by 16 seconds to get 27:28. Welcome back, Kirsty!

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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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