By Gemma Brierley-Rutter
Photos by Stuart Leeds
When Co-Event Director Mark Shotton asked me to write the run report for Tooting Common's parkrun's 3rd birthday I was honoured and immediately said "YES!" then panicked about what on earth I'd write about. See being a 3rd birthday, previous writers have already covered the journey (and in Tooting's case an epic journey) to bring it together. They'd covered how exciting it's been to see Tooting grow and the friendships that have been formed as the event became embedded into the community. They even covered how the event is run from ALL of the different volunteer roles. So, what was there left to write about? Especially as growing up writing was never exactly my forte.
But I guess in a funny way that's what parkrun is to me.
A platform that gives you the support to achieve something that you didn't feel was possible on your own. If you'd have spoken to the Gemma of January 2012 about getting up before 11am on a Saturday morning, let alone standing up in front of a huge group of runners to deliver a run briefing at 9am, you'd have gotten a very funny look indeed. However, 7 years and 13 parkrun briefings later I have no problem getting up and addressing the near 1,000 runners Tooting is now attracting. It's still highly unlikely I'll get my own weekly column, but I've now faced my own personal demon of public writing to say HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY TOOTING COMMON PARKRUN!
One of parkrun's aims is to make regular exercise a fun routine for everybody, irrelevant of your starting point or whether your goal is building up to running a whole lap without stopping or getting over the fear of public speaking or writing! Hopefully when you look on your first parkrun and all the runs since, like me, you'll be pleased with what you've achieved and won't be able to imagine your healthy life without parkrun.
Celebrating Tooting's 3rd anniversary this week, 802 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 127 were first timers and 51 were running their first ever parkrun. 130 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 61 different clubs took part.
Our local MP paid us a visit too!
The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:
Liam O'HARE • Michael John MORFEY • Gemma BRIERLEY-RUTTER • Rebecca AITCHISON • Karen SWANSTON • Mark SHOTTON • Abigail HERMON • Andrew THEEDOM • Dillon O'HARE • Christopher PILBIN • Alice ROBINSON • Rob WOODWARD • Richard BALLAM • Emma HAINSWORTH • Richard BOGLE • Sarah HILTON • Cecilia BOGLE • Nandor ORBAN • Holly HAMILTON • Sophie COLE • Victoria MARSHALL • Stephanie HELLINGS • Nicola WORTON • Richard ROSENBERG • Marian KELLY • Gay LEE • Zoe BUCKLAND • Ciro NICOLETTI • Nicola LYTTLE • Tom PEARMAN • Stuart LEEDS • Jennifer SLATER • Magdalena MALANOWICZ • Louisa MCLELLAN • Isobel BEINT • April MARRETTA LORD • Oli GRIFFITHS • Francesco MARRETTA LORD • Simon GALLACHER • Dickon THOMPSON • Emily COOPER • Rosy ALEXANDER • Anna METCALFE • Francis ROSENBERG • Christina BURMAN
Martin DICKSON (SM25-29) of Wimbledon Windmilers was first over the line in a new PB of 17:50.
Joshua CLARRICOATS (SM25-29) was second over the line in a new PB of 18:07.
Olly BELLAMY (SM25-29) of London City Athletics Club was third over the line in 18:07.
Lois BOND (SW25-29) of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC was first over the line in 19:14.
Emma KIERNAN (SW25-29) of Taunton AC was second over the line in a new PB of 19:19.
Rachel Claudia YOUNG (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers RC was third over the line in 21:12.
Congratulations are due to Robert STREET, who ran his 100th parkrun today, and to Samela BHATT, Kim BOYD, Victoria MARSHALL, Carlo NIC, Roger STEPHENSON and Brigid WALTERS, all of whom ran their 50th parkruns. In addition, Herbie CLARK ran his 10th parkrun as a junior.
Aside from those above, new PBs worthy of mention include the following:
- Our junior stars of the week were Curtis HINES, Alex GUEST, Leo WYNNE-WILLIAMS, Catherine LAM, Dulcie WILLIAMS, Katie GUEST, Eve WILLIAMS and Florence BREEN who all recorded new course bests today.
- James WASS, Jocelyn ROBINSON and Rachael JONES smashed the 20, 25 and 30 minute barriers today with times of 19:51, 24:55 and 29:54 respectively.
- April MARRETTA-LORD made it a volunteer-PB double, helping with set-up and close down whilst setting a new best time of 27:03.