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.

 

London Mini Marathon Trials 2019 – 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 28 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 3rd 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 020 3959 0042 or e-mail dbrown@enablelc.org. You can download the entry form at https://enablelc.org/minimarathon.

Trial Poster 2019

 

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.