Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #155 9 February 2019

By Rizwan Hafiz
Photos by Alan Wilkinson

651 took part today, which shows that this is not a seasonal skew post New Years but an informed lifestyle choice, adding balance.

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It may have been muddy (that's our climate), but they ran under a blue sky and to a lovely backdrop. The photos of this week show an inspiring collective energy, and you can see in their eyes that they are up for this. It makes me want to run right now instead of being in the library.

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You can start running at any age. Your first parkrun starts with the first step and 85 were first timers and 48 were running their first ever parkrun. 75 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Male placings

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The first male to cross the finishing line is unknown in a ninja style.
Aaron WILSON (SM25-29) was second over the line in 17:58.
Myles PRESTON (SM30-34) of Mornington Chasers was third over the line in 18:00.

Female placings

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Megan DE SILVA (VW35-39) of Ranelagh Harriers was first over the line in 19:23.
Philippa COLVILLE (SW30-34) was second over the line in a new PB of 20:33.
Ally SINYARD (SW25-29) was third over the line in a new PB of 21:05.

Milestones

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Alex JENKINS, Siobhan MUNNELLY and Jason WRIGHT ran their 50th parkrun, and Siobhan tapped into the sense of occasion with a new PB. Well done all!

PB Highlights

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- Our junior stars were Hugo TURNER, Curtis HINES, Jacob DILLEY, Oscar DELZOPPO and Leo WYNNE-WILLIAMS, who all recorded new course bests
- Rachel VICKERS notched up her second successive course PB, beating the time she set in December by 11 seconds to get 22:48; well done.
- Sabina RUTA improved on her first run with us last week by an impressive minute and 47 seconds to cross the line in 31:53.

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parkrun would not be possible without our lovely volunteers. This week 40 people made the event happen: Sai-Yee LAM • Liam O'HARE • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Michael John MORFEY • Kathryn EVANS • Mark SHOTTON • Matt SEMPLE • Carol MCCALL • Alan WILKINSON • Christopher PILBIN • Rob WOODWARD • Richard BALLAM • Jay SIMMONDS • Claire POWELL • George JACKSON • Rizwan HAFIZ • Robert STREET • Oliver HARTLEY • Cal JONES • Cecilia BOGLE • Stuart HAMILTON • Holly HAMILTON • Sophie COLE • Richard ROSENBERG • Marian KELLY • Catherine LAW • David WHITE • Gay LEE • Ciro NICOLETTI • Kirsten OLSON • Louisa MCLELLAN • Isobel BEINT • Simon GALLACHER • Emily COOPER • Alexandra PORTEOUS • Rosy ALEXANDER • Francis ROSENBERG • Grace PLASTOW • Emily BARR • Saba NAYAB

The dust has settled on Saturday's run; hope to see you at a future one! #letsrun

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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 #154 2 February 2019

By Zoe Buckland
Photos by Holly

On the icy, chilly morning of Saturday 2nd February 2019, members of Herne Hill Harriers athletics club turned out in force to lead a takeover at Tooting Common parkrun, and support the brilliant volunteers who make parkrun possible each week.

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And what a parkrun to remember! The previous evening we had been treated to a downpour of snow, and it was a very cold and wet morning. The course was partly flooded on the final straight that makes up the mile triangle, which required some fearless plodding through cold water, and there were icy patches to watch out for on the paths. But despite the weather, many south Londoners braved the conditions to take part! There were 564 participants, including over 20 Herne Hill Harriers and 74 Tooting parkrun first timers completing the course with great resilience and determination in those conditions!

It certainly wasn't an ideal day for PBs. However, we provided pacers for various times between 18 minutes and 32 minutes, with most of them coming in round about on target despite the unpredictable course conditions! A big thank you to all the pacers who turned out! It's always easier to push on through a tough run when you have other people to focus on and run with.

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I find the same benefit in running for a club. I have people to run with and push me to get faster and fitter. I did my first Tooting Common parkrun in January 2017 in just over 29 minutes. I found it really tough, I was scared of being out of breath and my legs ached afterwards. I joined Herne Hill Harriers that April and I started training on the track, running intervals on Tuesdays, and joining the club long runs on Sundays. Everyone was so friendly and the sessions were fun and inventive, and as challenging as you want to make them. I found myself knocking minutes off my parkrun time. Two years later, I'm finishing in around 23 minutes over 5k and I feel like I have plenty of room for improvement still if I keep training with the club!

Herne Hill Harriers is a local athletics club - we train at Tooting Bec Athletics Track, close to the parkrun course, and run around the local area to Streatham or Clapham as well. We are a friendly club of children and adults of all abilities and we cover track, middle and long distance, field events, cross country, and road racing. I've made some fantastic friends at the club, and it is so nice to have people locally to arrange to run with.

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So if you are looking for a fun, accessible and low cost way to keep fit, or want focused running training, consider trying out the club. Come join us on Tuesday evenings (7pm) on the track at Tooting Bec, on Thursday evenings (7:30pm) at Streatham Common by Rookery Cafe, or Sunday mornings at Tooting Bec Track for an informal long run (always followed by tea and cake!). Check out www.hernehillharriers.org for more details.

I hope to see you at a parkrun soon, hopefully on a warmer and drier day!

Zoe Buckland

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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 #153 26 January 2019

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.

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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! :)

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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!

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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

Male placings

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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.

Female placings

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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.

Milestones

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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.

PBs

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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.

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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 #152 19 January 2019

Words and photos by Cecilia

I have been volunteering at parkrun now for over 6 months for my bronze and now silver Duke of Edinburgh, which I have thoroughly enjoyed for the duration of the time. I have loved trying and experiencing all of the different roles and positions at the event.

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Even though it was extremely cold this Saturday luckily it didn’t rain, and at some points the sun even came out to show support for our runners. This week 817 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 128 were first timers and 71 were running their first ever parkrun. 121 recorded new personal bests, and representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

By volunteering at parkrun I have learnt many new skills and overall I believe it has made me a more confident and responsible person and has really improved my teamwork skills. So far, one of my favorite roles has to be barcode scanning as it is a fundamental part of parkrun and you get to congratulate the runners on a fantastic achievement that I aspire to do one day - I have never actually run this parkrun but when I finish my volunteering I would love to. parkrun is a fantastic event that I look forward to every week, even though it does require an early start. It is the perfect combination between a sporting and social event, as it has given me the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends and I hope others are inspired to volunteer as parkrun only works with help from the volunteers.

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This week 39 volunteers made the event possible:

Steve BOSLEY • Janice HARDMAN • Luke HARDMAN • Andrew SIMMS • Malcolm CAMMACK • Mark SHOTTON • Andrew THEEDOM • Matt SEMPLE • Alan WILKINSON • Sarah BROOMFIELD • Christopher PILBIN • Orla MCLARNON • Joanne HINSLEY • Rob WOODWARD • Richard BOGLE • Alex GEACH • Tom BAKER • George JACKSON • Cecilia BOGLE • Stuart HAMILTON • Holly HAMILTON • Sophie COLE • Victoria MARSHALL • David HEPWORTH • Richard ROSENBERG • Marian KELLY • Catherine LAW • Laura DE ROOY • Gillian DEANE • Dana ELFRING • Simon GALLACHER • Emily COOPER • Rosy ALEXANDER • Anna METCALFE • Francis ROSENBERG • Thomas WILLIAMSON • Carrie PEARCE • Saba NAYAB • Christina BURMAN

Male placings

Joshua PEWTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 17:11
An unknown runner was second over the line.
Peter HART (SM25-29) of Southampton AC was third over the line in 17:30 in his first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.

Female placings

Lois BOND (SW25-29) of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC was first over the line in 19:12 in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
Johanna NICHOLSON (JW11-14) was second over the line in 20:04.
Sophie JOHNSON (SW20-24) of Guildford & Godalming AC was third over the line in 20:43. in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
Congratulations are definitely due to Stephen WEBB, who ran his 100th parkrun today, and to Aimee BYWATER-LUTMAN, Jo CLOKE, Ellie KENT and Liz LAURENCE, all of whom ran their 50th parkruns. In addition, Lottie GOWLAND and Alex GUEST both ran their 10th parkruns as juniors.

New PBs worthy of mention include the following:

- Our junior stars of the week were Omari MONTAGUE, Theodore ARVANITAKIS, Jacob DILLEY, Leo WYNNE-WILLIAMS and Esme FREEMAN, who all recorded new course bests today.
- It was a good day for the WIGGINS family, with both Brian and Louise crossing the line in new records of 26:00 and 28:34 respectively.
- Joe FITZGERALD, Anvar BADAKSHANOV and Richard FREEMAN smashed the 20, 25 and 30 minute barriers today with times of 19:34, 24:54 and 29:59 respectively.
- Sophie COLE made it a volunteer-PB double, helping with set-up and close down whilst setting a new best time of 28:42.
- Amy DILKS was obviously inspired by having her pink Ronhill jacket returned to her from last week as she knocked 49 seconds off last month's time to finish in 24:08. That might just be your lucky jacket now, Amy!

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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 #151 12 January 2019

By Colin Harris
Photos by Louise Robinson

This time last year, there were 817 finishers at Tooting Common parkrun, which was the highest ever until last week when 953 people ran. This week wasn’t quite so many at a mere 939 but it’s good to see that the New Year Resolutions are still going strong. This was why a few of us came over from Wimbledon Windmilers to encourage those who want to do more running than just parkrun to consider joining a local running club, in particular Wimbledon Windmilers. It’s a lot cheaper than a gym and more sociable (like parkrun).

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If anyone is interested in finding out more about Wimbledon Windmilers, look at our website https://www.windmilers.org.uk/ , or drop an email to secretary@windmilers.org.uk. Mention that you heard about us at Tooting Common parkrun.

From the Windmilers, I was pacing 30 minutes and was joined by Norman (24 mins) and Chiara (26 mins). Louise took the photographs while Lindsay was Mrs Motivator on the first corner and James kept us moving down the funnel. It was his first experience of a double funnel – needed with such vast numbers. The crush at the start made it difficult to gauge how well we were setting the required pace and it was only at the end of the first lap that I could tell that I needed to go a fraction quicker, so apologies to anyone that started with me then couldn’t raise their pace to stay with me. I found myself moving through the field, but enjoyed encouraging those I passed to “Run Relaxed” and chatting with a dad and his two young lads, plus someone wearing his 100 shirt who will be competing in the Masters Championships in Glasgow, but wanted to run a parkrun there too (they start at 9.30 in Scotland). Towards the end, I caught up with a couple of my club members, including a junior who has recently started volunteering at Wimbledon Park juniors as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. She took great pleasure in sprinting past me in the closing straight with Mum struggling to keep up.

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Some people wondered why it took me such a long time to make the short journey from Wimbledon to Tooting. Jas and Mark had often been working on me when I see them at Wimbledon Park juniors where we regularly volunteer on Sunday mornings, but as I have run over 90% of my parkruns at Wimbledon and it’s only a mile walk from home it needs something special to drag me away, and today was one of those occasions. It was my brother who pointed out that I officially became a UK parkrun tourist today, running my 20th different event in the UK – I have also run in Australia, France, Poland and South Africa. What they say about a particular credit card, I say about my barcode: Don’t leave home without it!

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parkrun is more than the results of the people at the front, so many congratulations to those achieving landmarks: 10 runs by juniors Curtis Hines and Hugo Scott, and 50 runs by Ashley Gray, Sandrine Molina, Susan Venner and Sarah Hymas (today’s tail walker). A little birdie told me that congratulations are also due to two regular token sorters, Mattie Alleston and Victoria Smith, who recently got engaged.

This week 939 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 175 were first timers and 151 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

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The event could not take place without the fantastic work of the 45 volunteers, so step forward Rosy ALEXANDER, Mattie ALLESTON, Isobel BEINT, Inga BELLAHN, Cecilia BOGLE, Richard BOGLE, Gareth BRIGGS, Christina BURMAN, Malcolm CAMMACK, Andrew CHEUNG, Frances COLLIER-WRIGHT, Emily COOPER, Gillian DEANE, Jaspal DHALLEY, Lindsay DOY, Dana ELFRING, Ninette FERNANDES, Simon GALLACHER, Rizwan HAFIZ, Holly HAMILTON, Stuart HAMILTON, Janice HARDMAN, Colin HARRIS, Mike HAYDEN, Sarah HILTON, Sarah HYMAS, George JACKSON, Sai-Yee LAM, April MARRETTA LORD, Orla MCLARNON, Anna METCALFE, Michael John MORFEY, Louise ROBINSON, Francis ROSENBERG, Chiara SAMELE, Mark SHOTTON, Jay SIMMONDS, Michael SLATER, Victoria SMITH, James SPINKS, Andy STRINGER, Andrew THEEDOM, Norman URQUIA, Oliver WELLS and Dale WOODS to take a bow.

Thank you Tooting Common for today’s run, and I promise I won’t leave it so long to return.

Colin Harris
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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 #150 5 January 2019

“We’re going to need a bigger funnel”

By Richard Stansfield
Photos by Holly Hamilton

Congratulations to all 953 people who ran, jogged and walked three laps of the Tooting Triangle on Saturday, you’re all record breakers! Just a few days ago Jasmine wondered, in the last run report of 2018, whether 2019 would see Tooting’s attendance record of 817 broken. Well it didn’t take long. With the help of 166 first timers at Tooting, 97 of whom were possibly putting New Year resolutions into action and running their first ever parkrun. It meant Tooting was the third biggest parkrun in the UK on Saturday, with only Southampton (1,062) and Bushy Park (1,505) seeing a larger turnout. All of whom were part of parkrun’s highest ever total turnout, over 340,000 participants. So you’re not just record breakers, you’re double record breakers! We hope you all enjoyed it and will come back soon.

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It’s amazing to think that it all started less than 15 years ago with just 13 people in Bushy Park, and even five years ago the total turnout at the start of 2014 was 40,000 parkrunners. And it wasn’t just Tooting that broke attendance records on the first Saturday of 2019. Over 70 new attendance records were set around the country. Our near neighbours Clapham Common were almost as busy, with 871 people taking part, making them the sixth busiest in the UK. Still a little way to go before we match the world’s biggest parkrun, North Beach, Durban, South Africa, with a record attendance of 2,527 set in January 2018. They must have a really big funnel.

Of course not all parkruns are that busy. If you want to get away from the crowds then Bickershaw parkrun, near Wigan, had just two participants on Saturday, who were outnumbered by the three volunteers. It may be the smallest parkrun in the country, but then you need an invitation from Her Majesty to be able to take part, as the course is completely within the grounds of a closed prison.

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One person who didn’t need to queue to pick up their finish token was Jeff Cunningham of Herne Hill Harriers, who was the first finisher in 17:05. The last time he was first across the line at Tooting was run number 75 back in 2017. The second man in didn’t have his barcode, so will remain anonymous, whilst the third finisher was Luke Pikett in 17:50, who must enjoy starting the year with a few laps of the Tooting Triangle, as he was the first finisher twelve months ago on the first Saturday of 2018.

Jordan Foster of Nene Valley Harriers, completing her 54th parkrun, and her fourth at Tooting, in 18:21, was the first woman to finish. Her time was a new Tooting PB for her, and with an age grading of 80.65% meant she also topped the age grade table ahead of Jeff Cunningham (77.66%) and Stefan Klasener (77.36%). Phoebe Heinrich of Clapham Runners, was the second woman in 21:17, in her first ever parkrun, and third woman was Sophie Wiles of Epsom Oddballs (a running club for all ages, shapes and sizes – now that’s a club I’d fit right in), finishing her 65th parkrun, and her first at Tooting, in 21:42.

Amongst the Juniors, Esme Freeman was the first Junior Woman in 24:50, just three seconds in front of the second Junior Woman, Georgina Waight, who’s well on her way to claiming her 50 milestone shirt in 2019, have already completed 41 parkruns. There were also some amazing Junior PBs. Isobel Burghes was over three and a half minutes faster than her last parkrun back in 2017, with a new PB of 25:10, Mabel McCarthy improved her PB from last November by over four minutes, finishing in 26:40, and Ella Pal set a new Tooting PB of 26:44 on her 110th full parkrun (she’s also done 118 junior parkruns!).

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Dylan Sweet was the first Junior Male to finish, once again dipping under 20 minutes, with a time of 19:58, on his 80th parkrun, whilst JM10 Freddie Hake exactly matched his time from before Christmas, with another 21:38, putting him sixth on the overall age gradings with 72.96%. Jacob Dilley improved his PB by over two minutes, finishing in 25:27, as he completed his 10th parkrun. Which means Jacob can now claim his white junior milestone shirt, along with Julian Sakrouge, who also finished his 10th parkrun on Saturday.

There’s also a black 100th parkrun top waiting for Orla McLarnon who reached that milestone on Saturday, and just missed out on a new PB at the same time, running her second fastest ever time at Tooting. Whilst Adam Walker completed his 200th parkrun, in a new Tooting PB of 18:36. Just 50 to go for his 250 milestone top.

If round numbers are your thing (and they are mine), then it was good to see some parkrunners breaking through 20, 25 and 30 minutes for the first time. Thomas Costin, who completed his first Tooting parkrun back in October in 26:11 and has gone on to set a new PB every time he’s run since, this time knocking another 72 seconds off his previous best, breaking 20 minutes with a magnificent 19:29. (What’s the secret of your training Thomas?) Neil Sutton broke through 25 minutes, with a new Tooting PB of 24:55 on his 267th parkrun, and Jennifer Denitto went under 30 for the first time with a new PB of 29:49. Amongst 112 PBs, regular Tooting Run Director Laura De Rooy knocked 15 seconds off her previous best from last May with a time of 27:07, and Sheen Montague continued his recent fine form, knocking another 49 seconds of his PB set just before Christmas, with 33:04. Well done, Sheen! And Sophie Cole made it a PB and volunteering double, after knocking almost two minutes off her previous Tooting PB with 31:02 she then helped sort all those 953 tokens in the café afterwards. (I wonder which was quicker.)

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A big thank you to Sophie and all of the 37 volunteers who made this event possible:

Lucie CUSTANCE • Joshua PEWTER • Janice HARDMAN • Celia DAWSON • Andrew SIMMS • Mark SHOTTON • Maureen KENNY • Craig BARNEY • Carol MCCALL • Sarah HYMAS • Richard STANSFIELD • Jordan FOSTER • Richard BALLAM • Richard BOGLE • Tom BAKER • Michael MCGETTIGAN • Jo CIELUCH • Cecilia BOGLE • Stuart HAMILTON • Mavis ORBAN • Holly HAMILTON • Sophie COLE • Kat HARDY-KING • Helen GOWER • Nicola WORTON • Simon FULLER • Kim BOYD • Madeleine GASCOIGNE • Gillian DEANE • April MARRETTA LORD • Dana ELFRING • Francesco MARRETTA LORD • Simon GALLACHER • Anna METCALFE • Francis ROSENBERG • Thomas WILLIAMSON • Christina BURMAN

See you next weekend!

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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 #149 1 January 2019

Godt nytår!/Gott nytt år!

By Mark Shotton
Photos by Mark Shotton and Michael Ryan

Many of you will be aware that New Year’s Day is the one day in the year when you can run at two different parkruns on the same day and have both officially recorded. Our later than usual start of 10:30 therefore meant that some of you arrived on the Common today already having run 5k elsewhere – more about that later. Events close to one another will often coordinate their start times to allow people to complete a double. And last year’s establishment of a parkrun in Malmö, at the southern tip of Sweden, created for the first time the exciting possibility of runners combining a run there with one in Copenhagen – two parkruns in two different countries on the same day!

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The Run Directors - Katherine Thomson (at Malmö Ribersborg) and Anne Petersen (at Amager Fælled)

The Denmark–Sweden New Year’s Day double was well publicised in advance, and as such attracted a lot of interest. A total of 141 people went over to complete both parkruns, the majority from the UK parkrun tourist crowd. It was well organised too, with a private Facebook being set up by Andy Moore from Peter Pan parkrun in Hull to coordinate meeting up, and members of both event teams joining to offer travel and accommodation tips. Anders Staffe, a regular at Amager Fælled parkrun, also helped out on the day by acting as a chaperone for those travelling by public transport between the two. The contribution of Andy and Anders to the double was immense, and I am sure I speak for everyone attending in saying that we were thoroughly grateful to them both.

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Andy and Anders - parkrun tourism legends!

Amager Fælled parkrun

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With its first run taking place in May 2009, Amager Fælled parkrun is the 13th oldest parkrun in the world and was the first one set up outside of the UK. It is also the most conveniently located of the 3 Copenhagen parkruns from the point of view of making the trip to Sweden, so it made sense to hold the 9am event here.

Set in the middle of a vast area of common land within walking distance of the city centre, Amager Fælled parkrun is a simple to follow two lap course. DR Byen metro station, a 10 minute walk from the start line, is the closest public transport to the event. You can also hire a bike and cycle there - an option that seems to be very popular with locals. The run is pancake flat and the paths used are well maintained, so road shoes are the best option here. There are however no course marshals, and flour is used to indicate turns and the start line.

The 160 runners today did not set a new attendance record - that honour is still held by the 500th run, which took place in September last year. However, it came in as a close second. First overall finisher today was Jim Webb in 17:26, and hot on his heels was first female finisher Hannah Oldroyd, crossing the line in 17:53.

Crossing the ‎Øresund Strait

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After completion of the first parkrun, next on the order of business was making the trip over to Malmö, which is separated from Copenhagen by the ‎Øresund Strait. The journey between the two cities was simplified in July 2000 by the opening of the ‎Øresund Bridge, a combined railway and motorway bridge that has in recent times been made famous by the Nordic crime TV series The Bridge. I am a big fan of the show, and the possibility of combining two things I love in one trip made doing this New Year’s Day double very appealing for me.

People made the journey across the bridge in different ways. Some went over in either hired or shared cars, but most took the train from ‎Ørestad (a couple of stops by metro from DR Byen) straight to Malmö Central station. Some of the quicker finishers combined the 9:45 train with a run from the station to the parkrun at the other end, but most people got the 10:02 and took a short bus ride instead.

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Don't Forget Your Passport - DFYP!

Given that you are crossing a border as part of the journey, you do need to have your passport as you will be checked on the Swedish side (but not on the way to Denmark). The journey time between ‎Ørestad and Malmö is about 40 minutes, and an 11:00 start in Malmö made the journey quite tight. Most of us tourists ended up making a mad dash for the bus on arrival; I can only imagine what locals must have made of about 100 people in yellow bobble hats charging through the station at quarter to 11! But we all made it to the bus OK, and got to Ribersborg Beach in good time for the start.

Malmö Ribersborg parkrun

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As mentioned previously, Malmö Ribersborg parkrun was only set up last year, and today was its 39th event. The event is a one lap course around the lawns next to Malmö’s main beach, and like Amager Fælled is a pancake flat run for which road shoes are ideal. The attendance of 152 comfortably set a new attendance record, the previous one being 79 at the inaugural. It also represented a huge jump up compared to recent turnouts - the previous Saturday had seen their lowest ever attendance of 12.

The course is very scenic, and you have great views of both the Øresund Strait and The Turning Torso as you go round. Today's run, however, was notable for two things. Firstly, there were a few obstacles in the form of boxes of spent firework shells dotted along the paths. They were no doubt used the night before - let's just say that the Scandinavians are keen on their New Year fireworks! Secondly, there was the wind blowing off the sea. We started out by running straight into it, and to say it was vicious is a massive understatement. This is reflected in the times of the first finishers, who as in Copenhagen were Jim Webb and Hannah Oldroyd - they finished in 18:23 and 18:48 respectively.

With the second run complete, we all went for fika - a coffee and cake break which is an important part of Swedish culture. The venue of choice in Malmö is the Ribersborgs Kallbadhus (pictured below), an open-air bathing house which was built in 1898 and is located 300 metres off shore. In addition to having coffee and cake you can also go for a refreshing dip in the sea, but I didn't on this occasion as I had forgotten my swimming trunks - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! ;)

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The Denmark-Sweden New Year's Day parkrun double was a fantastic occasion to be part of, and I'd thoroughly recommend doing the trip yourself if you can. It is truly amazing what such a wonderful international organisation makes possible.

But what happened at Tooting?

Today 426 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 79 were first timers and 15 were running their first ever parkrun. 56 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

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New Year’s Day Doubles

Of those arriving at the start line at 10:30 today, 46 people (or 11% of the field) had already run an event at 9:00. The most popular 9:00 run venue was Peckham Rye with 24 people heading there first, with Riddlesdown being the second most popular with 10 and Beckenham Place in third with 5. In addition, 3 people ran at Richmond and one person came from each of Highbury Fields, Old Deer Park, Lloyd and Bushy.

Male placings

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Joshua Pewter (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 17:12.
Sam Davey (JM15-17) of Worcester AC was second over the line in 17:24 in his first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
An unknown runner was third over the line.

Female placings

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Lucie Custance (VW35-39) of Clapham Chasers RC was first over the line in a new PB of 17:24.
Megan De Silva (VW35-39) of Ranelagh Harriers was second over the line in 19:23.
Lara Langston (SW25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was third over the line in a new PB of 19:41.

Milestones

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Congratulations to Abigail Hermon and Jasmine Sandalli, both of whom ran their 100th parkrun with us today.

PBs

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Aside from those mentioned above, other PBs of note today are as follows:

- Our junior stars today were Dylan Sweet, Elouise Greatrex, Lydia Mycroft and Coco Green, achieving as they did new bests of 19:45, 23:56, 35:32 and 24:35 respectively.

- Ashley Wilkie had perfect vision today as he came home in an amazing 20:20.

- Clapham Chaser Joanne Hinsley continued her excellent recent form by recording her fourth successive course PB, this improving on her time from before Christmas by 32 seconds to 25:14.

- Clapham PiONEERs Michael Wiggins and Tiphaine Le Bian were obviously inspired by their 9am run at Peckham Rye as they beat their previous records by 14 seconds and 58 seconds to get 18:01 and 24:57 respectively.

- Clapham Common parkrun Co-Event Director Jennifer Woolgar ran with us for the first time since last July and improved her previous course best by 26 seconds to get 23:49. Welcome back, Jennifer!

Three cheers for the volunteers!

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The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Commeletia ALLISON • Michael John MORFEY • Damien WILSON • Sam DALTON • Michael RYAN • Ken WILLIS • Mark SHOTTON • Robert DUNBAR • Charlotte THEEDOM • Jane HUGHES • Katherine CANE • Sergio R • Alan WILKINSON • Margaret ROGERS • Kevin PICKERING • Rob WOODWARD • Emma HAINSWORTH • Tom BAKER • Lisa PICKERING • Sarah HILTON • George JACKSON • Cal JONES • Nandor ORBAN • Susan VENNER • Kat HARDY-KING • Nicola WORTON • Kevin HUGHES • Cedar-Xuesong LUO • Libby HUNT • Gay LEE • Howard COAN • Jennifer SLATER • Laurel LEFKOW • Dana ELFRING • Simon GALLACHER • Stephen DARLINGTON • Mark O'NEILL

See you all again on Saturday for what will no doubt be a busy run – and Happy New Year!

Mark

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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 #148 29 December 2018

By Jasmine Sandalli
Photos by John Linington

What a year it’s been!

2018 has seen 51 parkrun events at Tooting Common, with 27,007 finishers racking up over 135,000 km. That many spins around the Trioundabout would take you three times around the world! Oo er, I’m a bit dizzy just thinking about that…

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Unsurprisingly, the highest turnouts came in January when 817 people upheld their New Year’s resolutions at event number 100, beating the previous record (set only a week before) by 5 people! Let’s see if we can do better in 2019 ;)

Nick Bester from Herne Hill Harriers took the highest number of first finishers for the men – an impressive 9 altogether – while Clapham Chaser Lucie Custance edged it for the ladies with a total of 6 in 2018, including the fastest ladies’ run of the year in 17:40 at event 115. The fastest men’s time of the year however goes to Jack Hallas of Wakefield and District, when his only appearance at Tooting three weeks ago finished in a blistering 15:50!

2018 also saw a number of age category records tumble: notable among those are Mavis Orban taking the fastest time for the VW75-79 category in 33:43 (AG 71.92%) and Joseph Aspinall the fastest VM80-84 in 28:50 (AG 72.89%). The juniors have also put on an amazing show this year, as Johanna Nicholson ran the fastest time for the JW11-14 category in – wait for it – 19:54 (!) bagging an 83.58% age grading score in the process. And speaking of age-grading – if my maths is on the ball – Austin Soane achieved the highest score of 2018 with 86.25%.

So once we’d reflected on all those amazing achievements, we had just one more thing to do – the final parkrun of the year! :) And looking at some of the stats, it seems as though perseverance was the key to many of our successes - a very appropriate sentiment for the New Year!

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Event number 148 saw 319 finishers, of whom 17 were tackling Tooting for the first time and a further 6 brave souls were completing their first ever parkrun. Watford Joggers’ Nana Agyei, who has never finished outside the top ten, turned his consistently fast performances into a first place finish today, finishing 1 second ahead of Aaron Wilson in 18:20. It would be a full minute before Liverpool University’s Ryan Willmott took the third place finish, 7 seconds clear of the rest of the pack. Nana’s efforts also earned him the top AG score for the day with 75.07% - what a brilliant effort for the end of the year.

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Meanwhile Kathryn Evans was the first lady home for what looks like her first time at Tooting, in a time of 22:30 – after 66 runs here what a fantastic payoff for the Roadhogg from Leicester! Linda Wain came in second in 23:04 and Gateshead Harriers’ Caroline Hudson took third place just 17 seconds later on her first time at Tooting. And representing the JM11-14 category another visitor, Alfie Reynolds, took the fastest time for the under-20s with an incredible time of 19:53 and eighth place overall – a result that also nabbed him the second highest age graded score of the day.

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The juniors led the charge for personal bests today, with Ruby Abbasian, Marla Babiker and Matilda Cockburn from the JW10 category and Jacob Dilley from JM11-14 all recording their fastest times at Tooting. Also among Team PB was Trioundabout regular and visually impaired runner Velma Williams, who took a whole minute off her previous best time – go Velma! And finally, a special shout out goes to April Marretta Lord, who coolly clocked a PB of 27:39 and still had time to turn in a volunteering stint. Not all heroes wear capes, people.

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First lady and multitasker supreme Kathryn Evans also took the accolade of most parkruns today on her 227th outing overall – getting pretty close to that 250 shirt – while picking up a volunteering credit as well! David Brown meanwhile celebrated his 50th parkrun today, while Abigail Hermon is just one away from a 100 – a target she’ll hit on New Year’s Day. For those of you that are struggling to run that elusive fastest time, it’s worth remembering that it’s not all about speed – the important thing is getting out there week after week, rain or shine.

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And finally, my favourite bit – the geeky stats…

There were runners from 25 different clubs, with the highest representation coming from Clapham Chasers. Even with a relatively small field (30% fewer runners than the weekly average) the first and last finishers were still separated by 30 minutes and 12 seconds, which goes to show the range of parkrunners that come to Tooting every week! 181 parkrunners (or 56.7% of the total) snuck inside the average finish time of 27:09, while Anna Hunscott came in exactly halfway through the field, clocking 26:30 in the median position (160th). The average time for the day however was 33:25, which would have landed you in 285th place.

Of course, you know the most important stat of all – the volunteers. 31 people gave their time up today – as you can see some of them were able to run as well! – and as parkrun simply doesn’t happen without them I’d like to give a MASSIVE shoutout to our parkrun angels. We wouldn’t be 148 events in if not for the support we get every week, so if you’d like to get involved please contact tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com or speak to one of the marshals at the next event.

Happy parkrunning everyone and Happy New Year!

Love and cake

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 #147 22 December 2018

By Graham Sutherland
Photos by Stuart Leeds

Saturday saw a fantastic crowd of 375 hit the Tooting Triangle for the last run before Christmas. Conditions were surprisingly warm and so most runners ditched their Fleece Navidad and ran in just a t-shirt and shorts.

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Festive fancy dress was plentiful, including Santa Claus and Rudolf who were responsible for keeping you cheeky little elves in the correct funnel order. They were due to be joined by The Snowman but he had accidentally swallowed some Christmas decorations the previous evening and so was forced to give it a miss due to a bad case of tinselitis. We also tried to persuade Dancer and Prancer to make guest appearances as barcode scanners but they wanted £500 each for doing so, and in the end we decided against it as they were just two deer...

But a huge thanks to all volunteers who did make it and elflessly pitched in to make our event happen - all of you have earned your Christmas excesses. Please e-mail tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com if you are willing to volunteer in the coming weeks.

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We had 30 Tooting first timers this weekend, 12 of you were brand new to parkrun, the colours of 30 different running clubs were on show, and 64 of you earned a superb new PB. I've chosen a few of the PB achievers at random to give a special mention to:

A new PB proved simple for Simon as HEMSLEY defied a hangover to finish in 23:24

Avone, one of our regular photographers, had been KEENE to get a new best for a while and he duly delivered in a time of 26:32

This performance by DUCK was a Christmas quacker as Stephen smashed his previous best, crossing the line in a rapid 19:34

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We also saw some milestones! Regular Tooting Run Director Rob WOODWARD notched his 100th, as did Clapham Chaser Joe Dean. Laura BOYLE celebrated her 50th, and I am delighted that we saw a 10th run for junior Sid STEEDMAN - a noble effort.

Male placings

Rutter left all of his rivals sMartin' with a rapid 17:03
Matt showed that he has the engine of a LamBORGHIni with a speedy 17:31
Tobias ALLENiated himself from the rest of the chasing pack to be next best in a new PB of 17:32

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Martin RUTTER (SM35-39) of Clapham Chasers was first over the line in 17:03
Matt BORGHI (SM20-24) (unattached) was second to finish in 17:31
Tobias Allen (JM15-17) of Newbury AC was the third quickest in 17:32

Female placings

Despite it not being a PB, Foster was not certainly not bitter at her excellent clocking of 18:44
Felicityations go to the Clapham Chaser as she posted yet HANNONother superb time of 19:19
Rachel made friends with the top 3 placings yet again, as Allen finished in a speedy 20:50

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Jordan FOSTER (SW25-29) of Nene Valley Harriers was first (8th overall) over the line in 18:44
Felicity HANNON (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers was second to finish (15th overall) in 19:19
Rachel ALLEN (SW45-49) of Newbury AC was the third quickest (36th overall) in 20:50

Well done all! See you all again next Saturday, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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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 #146 15 December 2018

By Nick Bester
Photos by Nick Bester and Dickon Thompson

It’s been two years since I visited my motherland, South Africa, and WOW did I forget how difficult a parkrun is on this side of the world. The parkrun I did is called Ebotse parkrun and is situated on the east side of Johannesburg and is a beast from the east.

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There has recently been some seriously hot weather in South Africa and this morning was no different. parkrun starts an hour earlier in South Africa and just as well as it was a soaring 31 degrees at 8am. There were 467 runners that participated in the event. I managed to come second which was a very distant second as the winner managed to do 16:31 which was almost two minutes faster than me. He came past me at such a speed, it made me look like I was looking for parking. To give an idea of how tough this parkrun is, I did Dulwich parkrun three weeks prior in 16:30. My time for this parkrun was 18:22 with a very similar effort level. It must have been the heat, running on uneven grass and dodging the Springboks. Bester was clearly not at his best this week.

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The vibe was very festive with all the marshals wearing Christmas hats. The main reason why we do Ebotse parkrun is for the killer breakfast we get afterwards and it was definitely worth it. It was actually my bachelors later that day so decided to have a shot and cocktail with my breakfast to get into the swing of things.

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But what happened at Tooting?

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This week 414 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 18 were running their first ever parkrun. 64 recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by our fabulous first time Run Director Nicola LYTTLE and 34 other volunteers:

Sai-Yee LAM • Sandhya DREW • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Emily FOY • John KAZANTZIS • Kathryn EVANS • Nick BESTER • Mark SHOTTON • Maureen KENNY • Edward REES • Stuart MORRISON • Carol MCCALL • Richard BOGLE • Matthew EASTALL • Tom BAKER • Laura SWAN • Cecilia BOGLE • Stuart HAMILTON • Holly HAMILTON • Kat HARDY-KING • Marian KELLY • Kris CHADWICK • Alice HORNE • Howard COAN • Andy STRINGER • April MARRETTA LORD • Dana ELFRING • Oli GRIFFITHS • Simon GALLACHER • Dickon THOMPSON • Rosy ALEXANDER • Anna METCALFE • Francis ROSENBERG • Thomas WILLIAMSON

Male placings

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Matthew CARTWRIGHT (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 17:53.
Matthew DUCKETT (SM25-29) was second over the line in a new PB of 18:14.
Tomas O’HANLON (SM25-29) was third over the line in 18:48.

Female placings

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Sophie JOHNSON (SW20-24) of Guildford and Godalming AC was first over the line in 20:52.
Ruth Jean CHALMERS (SW30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers was second over the line in 20:53.
Claire PARKER (SW30-34) was third over the line in 20:57 in her first ever appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.

Milestones

Milestone shout outs are due to Scarlett WATTS and Lisa PICKERING, who both ran their 100th parkruns with us today, and Paul CANE, Stephen WORTLEY, Rupert NAYLOR, Sophie JOHNSON and Piers MASON who all ran their 50th parkruns. Piers also marked the occasion with a new PB. Finally, George GOWLAND, Sam MYCROFT and Jarvis HINES ran their 10th parkruns as juniors.

PBs

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Aside from those mentioned above, other PBs from today worthy of mention are as follows:

- Our junior stars of the week were Julian SAKROUGE, Alex GUEST, Lydia MYCROFT and Caitlin CHILTON, who recorded new PBs of 23:38, 24:57, 36:40 and 24:03 respectively.

- April MARRETTA LORD made it a volunteer and PB double, helping set up the finish funnel and recording a new best of 27:41.

- Rachel VICKERS recorded her best ever parkrun time with 22:58.

- Matthew EASTALL, Harriet NORTH and Jane TINGLE smashed the 20, 25 and 30 minute barriers with times of 19:50, 24:58 and 29:58 respectively.

- Lucinda HIGGIE ran with us for the second time and improved on the time she set a fortnight ago by an astonishing 5 minutes and 8 seconds to cross the line in 36:19! Well done, Lucinda!

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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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