Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #100 13 January 2018

By Simon Lewis
Photos by Stuart Leeds

The end of 2017 saw me spending most weekends running in different events around the country and I got out of the habit of running or volunteering at a parkrun. When I did manage a Saturday morning 5k, it was seldom at my beloved home parkrun of Tooting. So it has been great to be back, volunteering each week. The year started with the successful New Year’s Day run and has continued with 2 more events, one of which was a special number. It's our 2nd birthday in a couple of weeks so I'll leave the reminiscing until then, but it is hard to believe that we have made it to our 100th run. And what a great day it was.

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The weather fairies saw fit to increase the temperature a few degrees so our awesome volunteers weren't shivering too much. My 13 year old daughter Yvette was pleased. She was doing timing for the first time and was pleased not to be shaking as she recorded each runner home.

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A big shout out goes to junior runner Finn Dovey who completed his 10th parkrun today. And well done to our own Ken Willis, who went sub 24 for the first time with 23:39, and junior runner Dylan Sweet, who on his 49th parkrun with us improved his PB by 27 seconds to 20:02. Superb running!

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This week 817 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 180 were first timers and 120 were running their first ever parkrun. 140 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 38 volunteers – Mattie ALLESTON • Rosie AMERY • Cecilia BOGLE • Jehan-Zeb CHESTER • Amy DAWSON • Jaspal DHALLEY • Ninette FERNANDES • Oliver GREEN • Emma HAINSWORTH • Holly HAMILTON • Stuart HAMILTON • Ian HEALY • Sarah HILTON • Kieran HOUSER • Sarah HYMAS • Mark ISHAM • Kimberley JEFFERSON • Ben JONES • Hilary KNIGHT • Stan LAMBERT • Stuart LEEDS • Simon LEWIS • Yvette LEWIS • Russell MAKIN • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Orla MCLARNON • Elizabeth MOORE • Michael John MORFEY • Evie NOSWORTHY • Matthew ROGERS • Michael RYAN • Mark SHOTTON • Dylan SIMPSON • Graham SUTHERLAND • Martin WHITE • Ken WILLIS • Marie-Anne WONG • Nicola WORTON

Thank You Very Much

Simon

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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 #99 6 January 2018

By Stephanie Hellings
Photos by Michael Ryan

The 99th parkrun at Tooting Common was a fairly muddy affair. It was the first regular event of the year and my first parkrun in several months. My attendance was part of a New Year’s resolution to get back into regular running and it would appear a few other people had the same idea.

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For me, the best way to make sure that I keep up with regular exercise is to set myself some challenges to aim for. I’m not a natural runner, and although I generally enjoy it I’ve always struggled to make any improvements on time or distance. Having some events to aim for always encourages me to keep at it. Two years ago it was a summer of Cancer Research Race for Life 5k races ending with a Race for Life 40k Hike in the Peak District, and last year I stepped it up a bit by taking part in my first triathlon. Although I had that initial ‘What are you doing?!?’ moment as I walked into the Thames at Victoria Docks, I actually really enjoyed it. And the great thing about trying something new is that you always get a PB! In fact, I think I’ve got the tri bug because I followed it up with another one later in the year in the beautiful surroundings of Hever Castle, and although I found it tough pushing myself in a slightly longer distance (and up some fairly hideous hills) I still really enjoyed it. So this year my focus will be on preparing for a few more triathlons, my first being in June. Regularly turning up for parkrun is definitely going to play a big role in this so let’s see if I can keep up my New Year’s resolution and make it to every week. And let's see how many others do too.

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Now on to stats. This week we had 123 people running their first ever parkrun, 188 first timers at Tooting Common and a total field of 812 people. Well done to Luke PIKETT (SM30-34, Clapham Chasers RC), Jeff CUNNINGHAM (VM35-39, Herne Hill Harriers) and Nick BESTER (SM25-29, Boksburg AC) who were the first 3 males over the line in 16:59, 17:16 and 17:23 respectively. And Alexandra MCCLELLAND (SW25-29, Warwick University AC), Lois HOLLMAN (SW20-24) and Claire COOPLAND (SW30-34, Clapham Chasers RC) were the first 3 females to finish in 21:21, 21:48 and 21:50.

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Shout outs to Helen SLATER, who ran her 50th parkrun with us today, and junior runners Tobey TURL and Georgina WAIGHT, who both completed their tenth parkrun and are eligible for the white junior milestone shirt. And a very Happy Birthday to William TURVILL, whose gift to himself was finishing in 26:33 - 3 seconds off his course PB!

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There were a total of 39 PBs recorded today, with the best improvement of the week going to Ava HUDSON who got round the course in an amazing 3 mins 23 seconds quicker than her last PB in June of last year. Her new PB is exactly 38 mins. Jonathan PACE also achieved his first PB since July last year, improving by 54 seconds to 23:47. Richard WILLERS and Shaun O'GARA both went sub 23 in their second Tooting parkrun of the year, improving on their Monday runs to 22:49 and 22:57 respectively. And Bruce MOXHAM recorded his fourth successive Tooting Common parkrun PB, improving this time by 2 seconds to 26:47.

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Finally, a big thank you to the 30 volunteers who made the event possible: Tom BAKER, Craig BARNEY, Cecilia BOGLE, Ross BROWN, Malcolm CAMMACK, Jehan-Zeb CHESTER, Robert DUNBAR, Ian ELLWOOD, Oliver GREEN, George GUEST, Stephanie HELLINGS, Thomas JEFFERSON, Ben JONES, Cal JONES, Harriet KENNEDY, Stan LAMBERT, Simon James LEWIS, Yvette LEWIS, Paula LUESHING, Catriona MACARTHUR, Carol MCCALL, Evie NOSWORTHY, Nandor ORBAN, Michael RYAN, Mark SHOTTON, Dylan SIMPSON, Nellie PERRIN, Rosie WARD, Ken WILLIS and Rob WOODWARD.

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Without volunteers the event can’t take place and the great thing is that there are several roles that allow you to still take part in the run (including writing this report). Have a look at the volunteer pages to see descriptions of the roles available and where there are gaps over the next few weeks. You can always email tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com if you have any questions. And if you’ve ever wondered how long it takes to sort 800 odd finishing tokens back into order, it’s about an hour and 15 minutes!

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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 Report: Event #98 1 January 2018

By Cal Jones
Photos by Alex Geach

Happy New Year everyone! And what better way to start your year than a parkrun? A total of 281 hardy souls managed to extract themselves from their warm and cosy beds to tackle the Tooting triangle, and of these, 20 were experiencing their first ever parkrun (perhaps as a New Year’s resolution – in which case, keep it up!). A further 22 more managed to secure a PB, despite last night’s festivities, including first finisher Mr Alex, who beat Hercules Wimbledon’s David Lewin by just one second. Allan Whatmough of Ranelagh Harriers took the third spot.

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Hannah Lord was the first lady past the post in 20:29, almost a minute ahead of Anne Stevens. Vinh-Phuong Huang was not far behind in third with 21:42, and netted herself a PB of just over a minute in the process. Emily McGovern also knocked just over a minute off her PB today, finishing in 22:46 - congratulations, Emily!

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Tooting regular Dylan Sweet was the first junior, while Belgrave Harrier’s Patrick McDougall, running in the veteran male 50-54 category, secured the best age grading with an impressive time of 19 minutes exactly.

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A special mention, also, to Jane Hughes who notched up her 50th parkrun today. Nice going!

An extra special thank you goes to the volunteers, without whom parkrun would not be possible. If you have yet to make any resolutions, please consider volunteering a few times a year and help keep parkrun going. Please email tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com If you'd like to get involved.

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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.

 

London Mini Marathon Trials 2018 – Be Part of Team Wandsworth!

Enable Leisure and Culture are organising the Wandsworth trial event for the London Mini Marathon and will be selecting a number of Wandsworth-based runners to compete on behalf of Team Wandsworth in the Mini Marathon. The Mini Marathon takes place on 22 April 2018 (the same day as the London Marathon) and the course is the last 5k of the full marathon route. It is a really great event to be part of.

The Wandsworth trial event takes place on Sunday 4th February in Battersea Park. There will be a 5k race in different age categories for boys and girls aged under 17, as well as an under 11s fun run which is just 2k long. The event is aimed at both high performing athletes and those that just want to take part in a race.

For more information, please contact Matt Doherty on 020 8871 6857 or e-mail mdoherty@wandsworth.gov.uk. You can download the entry form here.

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Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #97 30 December 2017

By Ninette Fernandes
Photos by Holly Hamilton

Saturday was the final parkrun of 2017 so there was no way I was missing it. A chance to get in some much needed miles before the end of the year, a year which for me has been up and down with a hip injury, pulling out of events and general running disappointment. Thankfully I’m getting back to regular running and parkrun has been a great motivator over the past six months. It’s now a firm fixture in my week, and finally all 4 of the “Glasford Massive” have taken part - hurrah to Ben!

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The course today was wet and windy and the run was as “enjoyable” as ever but I gave it one final push and was pleased with my time. Nowhere near my PB but I’ll be working on that next year! I also volunteered this week which is a great way to support the event and meet people. I’d really recommend it, even just hanging back afterwards with a coffee while sorting the tokens is a great help and gives you chance to mull over your performance with your fellow participants.

Now for the stats…. In a field of 269 participants we had 34 new runners – 16 of whom ran their first parkrun. There were also representatives from 27 different clubs taking part. A fantastic 23 of you achieved PBs. And only one missing finishing token!

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Nick Bester of Boksburg AC was our first male finisher in 17.03, an unknown runner took second place and Matthew Cartwright of Herne Hill Harriers finished third in 18.39. Lucie Custance of Clapham Chasers was our first female finisher in 18.02, which is her current course PB. A first appearance for Lois Bond of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC brought her second place in 20.10 and Ann Brennan, another Chaser, came third in 20.38.

Many congratulations go to Roman Makarov and Michael Tay who both ran their 50th Parkrun today. Great stuff also from Ken Willis who marked completing 1000kms of running over the course of 2017 with a 23 sec improvement on his course PB to 24:22. Junior runner Samuel Eastoe continued his good run of form today by bettering the time he set a fortnight ago by a massive 2 mins 2 secs and has a new PB of 23:40. Scott Patterson went sub 25 for the first time, improving by 30 secs to 24:56, and Vee Bebe recorded his third successive PB, which at 26:13 is an incredible 4 mins 46 secs better than his time at the start of December. But the honour for biggest improvement of the week went to Dan Booth, who got round in an amazing 4:51 seconds quicker than at the end of last month and has a new PB of 22:08.

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Well done to Paul Cook who did a great job in his first stint as Run Director, and a huge thank you to the 24 other volunteers who made the event possible:

Sai-Yee Lam • Liam O'Hare • Ruth Slater • Michael John Morfey • Damien Wilson • Ninette Fernandes • Duncan Alastair Richmond Turnbull • Belma Kapetanovic • Ross Brown • Mark Shotton • Abigail Hermon • Ruth Jean Chalmers • Brigid Walters • Michael Wiggins • Tom Baker • Andrew Craven • Robert Street • Cecilia Bogle • Stuart Hamilton • Holly Hamilton • Helen Stephenson • Catherine Da Graca • Stiainin Jackson • Kirsten Olson.

Marvellous work everyone! I look forward to seeing more fabulous running from us all next year! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and best wishes for a 2018 full of running, happiness and volunteering fun!!

Ninette

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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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