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 #143 24 November 2018

The Heroes In Hi-Vis

By Mark Shotton
Photos by Avone Keene and Dickon Thompson

In parkrun circles there is an oft repeated maxim – ‘it never rains at parkrun’. This refers to the curious phenomenon that regardless of the forecast there will be a window between 9 and 10 am on Saturday morning during which any bad weather will hold off, allowing parkrunners to complete their 5k run with the elements on their side. This phenomenon is part of what makes parkrun a little bit magical, and is attributed to the ‘parkrun weather fairies’ that allow for ideal weather conditions during the event. Now I’m not going to comment on the existence or otherwise of such supernatural beings. But what I will say is that if they do exist then they weren’t following their work instructions correctly this weekend. Conditions throughout the 143rd parkrun on Tooting Common were damp and drizzly. However, those taking part were given a wonderful welcome from the dedicated volunteers in hi-vis jackets who turn up whatever the weather to make sure that each parkrun event occurs.

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I am a keen parkrunner, and have completed 181 parkruns. However, I have always made sure I volunteer on a regular basis too, and have been involved at Tooting Common parkrun since the very beginning. I thoroughly enjoy helping out and today marked the 100th time I have done so at Tooting. And I would encourage you all to get involved on the volunteering side of parkrun when you are able to do so. Volunteering is immensely rewarding and can give your self-confidence a massive boost. None of the volunteering roles are that complicated, and you might well surprise yourself with the amount of responsibility you find you can take on. And if you help out at 25 events, you can get hold of one of the purple ‘25’ running shirts that you might have seen some runners and volunteers wearing.

Highlights and Honourable Mentions

Perhaps unsurprisingly given the weather, there were only 371 runners, joggers and walkers going round the Tooting Triangle on Event 143 – about two thirds of the attendance the previous week. However, the rain did not deter 46 first timers on the day, of whom 26 were running their first ever parkrun. Welcome, and we hope to see you all again soon!

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And while running conditions were less than ideal, there were some great performances in spite of this – no less than 64 people (18% of the field) recorded new Personal Bests. My pick of the PBs today are as follows:

- Our junior stars of the week are Joe ROBERTS, Curtis HINES, Nicholas MONTAGUE, Jarvis HINES, Martha BRENNAN, Mabel MCCarthy, Daisy FURMINGER and Grace ALLEN, who all recorded new course bests today

- Jo CLOKE recorded her third successive PB in as many weeks, this time taking 52 seconds off last week’s effort to finish in 28:04

- Kirsten OLSON dipped under 27 minutes for the first time at parkrun with 26:55

- April MARRETTA LORD made it a volunteer and PB double, helping set up the new double funnel and improving the time she set in June by 51 seconds to 27:50

- Amina KHATIB improved on her run earlier this month by an amazing 2 minutes and 50 seconds to cross the line in 42:38. Well done, Amina!

Finally, milestone shout outs are due to Richard BOGLE, who ran his 100th parkrun today, and to Emma HAINSWORTH and Isabal ROTHON who both ran their 50th. In addition, George FREEMAN ran his 10th parkrun as a junior and can now claim a white milestone t-shirt. Congratulations to you all!

Male placings

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Gavin ABBS (SM30-34) was first over the line in a new PB of 17:34.
The second runner over the line forgot his barcode so did not get a result - a timely reminder that you shouldn't forget it! #dfyb
Chris GRAHAM (VM40-44) of Serpentine RC was third over the line in 17:44.

Female placings

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Ruth Jean CHALMERS (SW30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 20:52.
Helen OLDFIELD (VW50-54) of Herne Hill Harriers RC was second over the line in 21:43 – equalling her course PB in the process.
Laura CHESHAM (SW30-34) of London City Athletics Club was third over the line in 21:59.

Thanks to the volunteers

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Finally, a big thank you goes out to the fabulous and super friendly Jas DHALLEY who did an excellent job as Run Director today. He was ably assisted by following 37 people in making today’s event happen:

Liam O'HARE • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Janice HARDMAN • Sara VALI • Michael RYAN • Andrew WARDEN • Roy NASSE • Mark SHOTTON • Carol MCCALL • Gina ALDIS • Richard STANSFIELD • Richard BALLAM • Richard BOGLE • Jay SIMMONDS • Claire POWELL • George JACKSON • Cecilia BOGLE • Mavis ORBAN • Holly HAMILTON • Kat HARDY-KING • David HEPWORTH • Richard ROSENBERG • Laura DE ROOY • Gary LAVERY • Madeleine GASCOIGNE • Isobel BEINT • April MARRETTA LORD • Dana ELFRING • Francesco MARRETTA LORD • Simon GALLACHER • Avone KEENE • Dickon THOMPSON • Emily COOPER • Marcus HUGHES • Rosy ALEXANDER • Anna METCALFE • Francis ROSENBERG

parkrun is organised by volunteers and the event team need help every week, so why not help out now and again? You can do so by having a look at the roster at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tootingcommon/futureroster/ and sending an e-mail to tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com stating which role you’d like to try out. You too could be a hero in hi-vis!

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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 #136 6 October 2018

Back to where it all began

By Mark Shotton
Photos by Mark Shotton and Holly Hamilton

For this week’s parkrun we marked the 14th International parkrunday, which celebrates what was then an informal 5k time trial taking place in Bushy Park in South West London on 2 October 2004. It has now has grown into a global phenomenon, with more than half a million runners running, jogging or walking around their local park each Saturday morning in twenty different countries around the globe. And this week I decided it would be fitting to make my fourth trip back to the place where it all began!

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The Bushy parkrun start line in 2004 (left) and in 2018 (right)

Needless to say, things have changed considerably at Bushy parkrun since the first event. In 2004 there were only 13 people together on the start line, but for 2018 1540 people did so - their third biggest attendance ever. Before the run itself the annual awards were handed out, with Vassos Alexander of BBC Radio 2 (and one of the hosts of the parkrun “Free Weekly Timed” podcast) doing the honours. A film crew from Sky News came along to record proceedings too.

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Pre-run photos featuring current Bushy parkrun ED Rob Phillips and radio presenter Vassos Alexander

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Bushy Park. The course itself has changed over the years but has always been a flat one lap route around the eastern section of the park. The current route resembles a butterfly in shape, and as such has lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Organisation at the finish by the big oak tree is quite superb too. The event team have developed a “double funnel” to manage the number of finishers they have now, and the team of 10 funnel managers do a great job of keeping runners in order until they have received their finish token.

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The big oak tree at the finish (left), the current course map (centre) and the finish funnel (right)

Bushy parkrun is also a great place to go for a milestone run or a catch-up with other parkrunners. Quite by chance, regular Tooting Run Director Mike Morfey had chosen today as the date to complete his Bushy pilgrimage, and he had opted to do so to meet up with the people he met on the organised parkrun holiday to Sicily earlier this year (a write-up of which is available here).

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Finally, another thing to note about Bushy Park (and another great reason to visit) is that it is a deer park. There are about 320 roaming freely, and you are likely to spot stags and does on your pre-run warm-up.

But what happened at Tooting?

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This week 640 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 105 were first timers and 40 were running their first ever parkrun. 113 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers: Sai-Yee LAM • Liam O'HARE • Sandhya DREW • Ken WILLIS • Tina For Gary TUNSTALL • Rebecca AITCHISON • Roy NASSE • Mark SHOTTON • Maureen KENNY • Paul DODOUNOU • Helen DAVIES • Kevin PICKERING • Rob WOODWARD • Man-Yee LAM • Emma HAINSWORTH • Tom BAKER • Victoria WHITTAKER • Brian WIGGINS • Robert STREET • Mavis ORBAN • Holly HAMILTON • Kat HARDY-KING • Carolina MOUNTFORD • Victoria BATES • Libby HUNT • Laura DE ROOY • Kris CHADWICK • Suzanne BROOKS • Dana ELFRING • Simon GALLACHER • Stephen DARLINGTON • Rosy ALEXANDER • Anna METCALFE

Male placings

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Jon HARRISON (SM25-29) of Chorlton Runners was first over the line in a new PB of 17:10 – an improvement of just over 1 minute on the time he set last month.
Matthew ROBERTSON (SM30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers was second over the line in a new PB of 17:15.
Nick BESTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was third over the line in 17:33.

Female placings

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Ruth DERVAN (SW30-34) (VW35-39) of Clapham PiONEERs was first over the line in a new PB of 20:21 – her third successive PB in as many Tooting Common parkruns.
Lyndall ALSTON (VW35-39) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in a new PB of 20:58 – an improvement of 7 seconds on the time she recorded this time last year.
Ghiselle GREEN (SW25-29) was third over the line in 21:08 in her first ever parkrun.

Milestones

Milestone shout outs are due to Jade MOUNTAIN, who ran her 100th parkrun with us today, and Tristan KAY and Hannah TANKARD who both ran their 50th parkruns. Hannah also marked the occasion with a new PB. Finally, Ned KLASENER ran his 10th parkrun as a junior.

PBs

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

- Our junior boys did very well this week, with Ashton MARTIN, William POTTER and Tom SWAFFIELD recording new PBs of 24:01, 25:38 and 21:12 respectively
- Our junior girls were not to be outdone, however, with Marta BABIKER, Esme FREEMAN, Amelia WALKER, Charlotte LAM and Georgina WAIGHT posting new records of 33:35, 23:43, 33:18, 26:00 and 24:26 respectively
- Rupert ROBINSON, Rachael LOGUE and Fiona WHITE smashed the 20, 25 and 30 minute barriers respectively with new bests of 19:35, 24:59 and 29:44
- Clapham Chaser Michael MCGETTIGAN knocked 22 seconds off his previous best to get 23:36
- Ros HOUSDEN ran with us for the first time since June and made an improvement of 1 minute and 5 seconds on the time she set then and has a new course best of 30:52. Welcome back, Ros!

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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 #116 12 May 2018

The Herne Hill Hen Do

By Mark Shotton
Photos by John Linington and Pippa Messenger

The weather fairies did an excellent job on the morning of 12 May, allowing the 116th Tooting Common parkrun to take place under cloudy spring skies while holding back the rain which was to follow later on in the day. The good weather drew out a bumper crowd of 675 runners, the fourth highest turnout in our history. Of those 675 there were 85 first timers, 47 of whom ran their first ever parkrun. I hope that you all enjoyed our event and that you come back again soon!

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The more observant of you might also have noticed a group of people running round in party mood and dressed in red and black striped tops. They were all on the hen do of Herne Hill Harriers member Helen COUCHMAN, who will be marrying club mate Daniel HALLAM next month. Their first date was apparently to a Harriers event approximately two and half years ago. At that time Dan was a member but Helen was not. She has been ever since, though.

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Helen is a keen parkrunner and is targeting improvements in her 5k time at the moment. However, for today the hen Harriers decided to fly together round our course a bit slower than normal and had the most fun they've ever had at parkrun. As part of proceedings for the day, Helen had also been tasked by her club mates with picking up faces of her husband-to-be dotted around the course, and I gather she managed this with ease. They all then headed off to the Lido afterwards, which is a great idea for a post parkrun workout. The pool temperature is still a bit chilly at the moment, though – as the hen party soon found out!

Highlights and Honourable Mentions

For the men, Luke PIKETT of Clapham Chasers RC finished in 16:56 and was first across the line today – the fifth time he has done so at our event. Juan David CASASBUENAS was not far behind him in second place with 17:03, which represents an improvement of 13 seconds on his previous course PB. And the third placed finisher was an unknown, which is a good time to remind you all not to forget your barcode as you won’t get a result without it. DFYB, people!

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Alexandra MCCLELLAND was first home for the women in 20:13, and in doing so recorded a new course PB for the first time since October last year. Helen’s club mate Lara LANGSTON was second with a new PB of 20:44, and not far behind in third was Sally GREENWOOD, who like Lara went sub 21 for the first time at TC with 20:56. Great work, folks!

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A total of 153 people achieved new PBs today. And aside from those referred to above, there were some other excellent performances worthy of note. Anna WYNNE-WILLIAMS, Carolina MOUNTFORD and Amy DILKS all smashed the 30 minute barrier today, improving their previous best times to finish in 29:32, 29:39, and 29:52 respectively. Regular marshal Sophia HAMILTON smashed her previous best by just over a minute to finish in 26:07, and Wioletta MARZEC-SUPEL beat last November’s time by an impressive 1 minute 48 seconds to set a new best of 27:37. Junior runner Hana MUKADAM, accompanied by Jolanta Urbanek, bettered the time she set last year by 5 seconds to 38:26, and brothers Oscar and Oliver WILKES both achieved their fourth successive PB at Tooting Common by registering 28:27 and 28:30 respectively. Dorset Doddler Nick BROOKE’s new PB of 19:46 was also the highest age-graded result of the day – a superb 84.82% – and Zoe KINGSMELL of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC not only took today’s gong for most parkruns by completing her 294th with us but also improved her course best by an astonishing 3 minutes 44 seconds to finish in 24:51. Finally, a special mention must go to Emily GAILER of Team Tangerine, who in her second parkrun with us bettered the time she set three months ago by a staggering 10 minutes and 36 seconds and has a new PB of 29:46! Bravo to you all!

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Event 116 was also a special one for Andy C SAXTON, Richard GERAGHTY and Emily KIRWAN, all of whom ran their 50th parkrun with us today. Congratulations, guys, and don’t forget to claim your parkrun milestone shirts – when they’re available, that is!

In terms of visitors from other parkruns, Crystal Palace stalwart Will H H DAVIS ran his 72nd parkrun with us today, finishing in a very respectable 19:59, and Brockwell and Burgess regular Douglas THOMSON ran his 55th, recording 23:12. We also welcomed Georgina O’BRIEN, a regular from Ashgrove parkrun near Brisbane, who with 30:29 ran the fastest parkrun time she has ever managed with us. We hope that you enjoyed your visit and that you come back again soon!

Three Cheers for the Voluncheers!

Finally, as RD for the day I’d like to pay tribute to the 28 wonderful people who helped make my job as easy as it was – Mattie ALLESTON, Commeletia ALLISON, Isobel BEINT, Gareth BRIGGS, Malcolm CAMMACK, Emily COOPER, Andy DE SANTIS, Donald FREEMAN, Anthea GORDON, Stuart HAMILTON, Michelle HARMAN, Abigail HERMON, Sarah HILTON, Rebecca HUGGINS, Alexander JOHNSON, Imogen JOHNSON, James JOHNSON, Marian KELLY, Simon James LEWIS, Yvette LEWIS, John LININGTON, Orla MCLARNON, Michael John MORFEY, Robert STREET, Andrew THEEDOM, Andrew WARDEN, Marie-Anne WONG and Phil WRIGHT. Thank you, guys – we couldn’t have put on the event without you, and you ensured a hen party had a great start to their weekend!

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If you are interested in volunteering at Tooting Common parkrun in the future, then please update your parkrun account options to receive our weekly volunteer appeal e-mails. You can do this by following the “Manage My Profile” link you will find in any of your run result e-mails. Once in “My Links”, you should then click on “Email options” to opt in for receiving volunteer appeal e-mails.

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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 #102 27 January 2018

Squashed Tomatoes and Stew

By Mark Shotton
Photos by Andrew Warden

 

After the rain, wind and grey skies of the previous week, it was great to see the sun come out for Tooting Common parkrun’s second anniversary event. Such occasions are usually a time for reflection, and in the customary briefing Run Director Simon LEWIS reeled off stats demonstrating the achievements of our runners. You have so far collectively managed 42,000 5k runs (equalling a total distance of 210,000 km) and have achieved over 8,000 Personal Best runs in that time. Congratulations, folks!

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However, there are other points to note about Tooting Common parkrun that show how much it has become an integral part of community life. Since 30 January 2016, no less than 584 people have volunteered to help organise the event on 2879 separate occasions. These figures include 19 pupils from local schools who have volunteered on 247 occasions to complete the volunteering section of their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award with us. We have also had four local running clubs organise “takeover” events and present themselves to our runners with a view to encouraging them to become part of a running club structure. And we will be looking to invite other local organisations to lead more “takeover” events over next year.

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One of the aims of parkrun is to break down barriers to participation in physical activity, and Tooting Common parkrun has been working hard to realise this aim at community level. For example, two visually impaired runners came forward looking to take part in our event. In response to this demand, our team arranged a Sight Loss Awareness workshop run by England Athletics for our regular volunteers – many thanks to Jas DHALLEY and Emma HAINSWORTH for their efforts in making this happen. And we now have four visually impaired people running regularly with us, assisted by trained VI guides. Over next year, we will look to do more to encourage local deaf or hard of hearing runners to participate, given that we are now able to offer British sign language interpretation of our run briefs. We are very grateful to Darren TOWNSEND-HANDSCOMB for his help with this.

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We also look to ensure our event is as safe for our runners to participate in as possible. To that end, I would like to give thanks to everyone within our community who made a donation over the past year so that we could purchase a defibrillator. And regular volunteer Jen HUNTER led an excellent training session on how to use it for some of our regular volunteers. Some of us were also fortunate enough to be able to attend a basic first aid course this year – many thanks to John HELME for inviting us along.

Finally, we would like to wish all our runners a healthy and happy 3rd year at Tooting Common parkrun and thank the wider community for welcoming us so warmly over the past two years.

Mark Shotton
Co-Event Director
Tooting Common parkrun

 

Results

This week 725 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 122 were first timers and 41 ran their first ever parkrun. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

 

Male placings

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Danny RUSSELL (SM30-34) of Highgate Harriers was first over the line in 16:46.

Alex HORTON (SM30-34) of Barnet and District AC was second over the line, recording a time of 16:57 in his first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.

Hugh TIBBS (SM30-34) was third over the line in 17:05.

 

Female placings

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Rose HARVEY (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers RC was first over the line with a time of 20:15.

Claire COOPLAND (SW30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in a new PB of 21:11.

Sarah LAWSON (SW20-24) of Winchester and District AC was third over the line in 21:19.

 

Milestone Runs

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Congratulations to Commeletia ALLISON, who ran her 100th parkrun with us today, and Ninette FERNANDES, who ran her 50th. Commeletia had double reason to celebrate today as she also knocked 55 seconds off her previous course PB to finish in 27:52. Well done, ladies!

 

PB! PB! PB!

Tooting Common parkrun  Event 102  2nd Birthday

130 people achieved new PBs at Tooting Common parkrun today, and there were several standout performances worthy of mention. For example, Oliver HAMLET, Orissa LLEWELYN, Jalal MIAH and Kat BLAKE showed they have been working hard at sticking to their New Year’s resolutions – they all achieved their third PB in their fourth successive Tooting Common parkrun, getting 18:46, 29:42, 30:24 and 32:10 respectively. Regular volunteers Jennifer WOOLGAR, Mavis ORBAN and Hilary KNIGHT all recorded new PBs for the first time since 2016 with improvements of 1:22, 30 seconds and 38 seconds to get 24:15, 33:43 and 34:03 respectively, and Kate MACDOUGALL notched up her fifth consecutive PB, beating last October’s effort by 13 seconds to finish in 33:02. Hector WAKEFIELD returned to our event for the first time since last January and set a new best of 23:22, and junior runner Izzie S WARREN bettered her time from last November by an amazing 1 minute and 17 seconds to finish in 28:30. But the single biggest improvement of the week came from Duncan TEMPLE, who smashed the time he set two weeks ago by an astounding 4 minutes and 48 seconds and has a new PB of 28:49! Bravo to you all!

 

Three cheers for the volunteers!

Tooting Common parkrun  Event 102  2nd Birthday

We are very grateful to the 35 volunteers who made this event happen: Mattie ALLESTON, Andrew ARCHER, Tom BAKER, Cecilia BOGLE, Jehan-Zeb CHESTER, Stuart COURT, Jaspal DHALLEY, Sandhya DREW, Oliver GREEN, Emma HAINSWORTH, Stuart HAMILTON, Sarah HILTON, Simon HOGG, Kieran HOUSER, Stiainin JACKSON, Thomas JEFFERSON, Ben JONES, Stan LAMBERT, Catherine LAW, Simon James LEWIS, Yvette LEWIS, Paula LUESHING, Carol MCCALL, Alessandra MCCONVILLE, Orla MCLARNON, Evie NOSWORTHY, Liam O'HARE, Georgina REEVES, Mark SHOTTON, Dylan SIMPSON, Victoria SMITH, Claire WALLS, Andrew WARDEN, Brian WIGGINS and Zoe WREN.

 

Happy Birthday to you, Tooting Common parkrun!

Tooting Common parkrun  Event 102  2nd Birthday

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 #61 25 March 2017

Ravenstone’s Return

By Mark Shotton
Photos by Frank Elston

As Run Director for the 61st Tooting Common parkrun I was in the fortunate position of presiding over an event bathed in glorious spring sunshine. The good weather drew out a crowd of 480 runners, the fifth highest turnout in our history. Of those 480 there were 82 first timers, 40 of whom ran their first ever parkrun. I hope that you all enjoyed our event and that you come back again soon!

Tooting Common parkrun event #61 25/03/2017

Gethin finishing strongly for Ravenstone Runners

We also welcomed seven juniors from the Ravenstone Runners, a club based at the nearby Ravenstone Primary School and organised by our Event Director Simon Lewis. They train every Thursday morning in term time, with periodic completion of our event as an aim. This Saturday was their third visit to the Common, and training must be going well if the amazing performances of their runners are anything to go by. For example, Max FITZPATRICK and Benedict HUGGINS both ran a sub-25 minute 5k for the first time, with times of 24:39 and 24:51. And Esther HUGGINS showed the biggest improvement on previous performance this week, bettering the time she got in June last year by an astounding 5 minutes and 7 seconds to finish in 28:20! Go Ravenstone!

Highlights and Honourable Mentions

For the men, Geoffrey HOWELL was first across the line today in 17:25, running his second fastest ever parkrun and improving the course PB he set last year by 18 seconds in the process. Nick BESTER of Boksburg AC took second place with 17:43 in his first parkrun in the UK, and Orlando BROOKE of Clapham Chasers AC took third in 17:45, an improvement of 19 seconds on his previous course PB. Georgia BEAZLEY-LONG was first home for the women in 21:19, bettering her previous PB by 9 seconds. Lara LANGSTON was second with a new PB of 21:28, and not far behind her was Katy COSTIN, who on her parkrun debut finished in a very respectable 22:04! Great work, folks!

Tooting Common parkrun event #61 25/03/2017

A total of 118 people (28% of the identified field) achieved new PBs today. And aside from those referred to above, there were some other excellent performances worthy of note. Josh WILCOX, Chris EVANS and Alex WATKINS all smashed the 20 minute barrier today, improving their previous best times by 28 seconds, 50 seconds and 14 seconds to finish in 19:34, 19:38, and 19:58 respectively. Sian DIXON and Katy BRENNAN both achieved their fifth successive PB in their fifth appearance at Tooting Common and also broke the 29 minute barrier for the first time. And Belgrave Harrier stalwart Patrick MCDOUGALL’s new PB of 18:52 was the highest age-graded result of the day – an impressive 78.18%. Finally, a special mention must go to Dason CHANDRAN, who in his second ever parkrun bettered the time he set two weeks ago by a staggering 4 minutes and 55 seconds and has a new PB of 21:25! Bravo to you all!

Event 61 was also a special one for Mile End regular Andrew TRAVIS, who chose Tooting Common as the place to run his 100th parkrun, and for Katie BARWELL, who completed her 50th parkrun today. Congratulations, guys – and don’t forget to claim your parkrun milestone shirts!

Tooting Common parkrun event #61 25/03/2017

In terms of visitors from other parkruns, Colwick regular Peter HUNT ran his 11th different parkrun and his 160th overall with us today, finishing in a very respectable time of 24:11. We also welcomed two regulars from Ebotse parkrun near Johannesburg in South Africa – second finisher Nick BESTER and his clubmate Taryn RETIEF. We hope that you enjoyed your visit and that you come back again soon!

Three Cheers for the Voluncheers!

Finally, as RD for the day I’d like to pay tribute to the 30 wonderful people who helped make my job as easy as it was – Sophie BROOKE, Jo CIELUCH, Lucie CUSTANCE, Jaspal DHALLEY, Sophia DONKIN, Steve ELSON, Frank ELSTON, Heather GORRIE, Matthew GREEN, Stuart HAMILTON, Sarah HILTON, Kevin HUGHES, Thomas JAMIL, Amelia JEWELL, Ryan KAOU, Michael KAZANTZIS, Simon LEWIS, Yvette LEWIS, Michelle MCAREE, Alessandra MCCONVILLE, Carolina MOUNTFORD, Ciar O'HARE, Dillon O'HARE, Liam O'HARE, Saf RAHMAN, Peter SNOWDON, Roger STEPHENSON, Hanna STREET, Andy THOMPSON and Alan WILKINSON. Thank you, guys – we couldn’t have put on the event without you!

If you are interested in volunteering at Tooting Common parkrun in the future, then please update your parkrun account options to receive our weekly volunteer appeal e-mails. You can do this by following the “Manage My Profile” link you will find in any of your run result e-mails. Once in “My Links”, you should then click on “Email options” to opt in for receiving volunteer appeal e-mails.

The Stats for Event 61

How many?

Of the 480 parkrunners, 419 were identified and 61 (13% of the field) were unknown.

Of the 419 identified parkrunners, there were:

• 23 juniors aged under 18 (5.5% of the field)

• 217 seniors aged 18-34 (51.8% of the field) of which 2 were 18-19, 20 were 20-24, 115 were 25-29 and 80 were 30-34

• 179 vets (42.7% of the field) of which 55 were 35-39, 47 were 40-44, 38 were 45-49, 19 were 50-54, 10 were 55-59, 5 were 60-64, 2 were 65-69 and 3 were 70+

• 229 males (55%) and 190 females (45%)

• 67 club runners (16% of the field) from 32 different clubs, and 352 unattached (84% of the field)

The most common male age group was 25-29 (56 runners)

The most common female age group was 25-29 (59 runners)

How fast?

Of the 480 finishers, there were:

• 34 sub 20 mins, 156 from 20:00 to 24:59, 167 from 25:00 to 29:59, 92 from 30:00 to 34:59, 25 from 35:00 to 39:59, and 6 over 40 mins

• Finishers per minute from 20 to 30 mins – 14, 36, 33, 33, 40, 33, 34, 31, 40, 34, 26

• The time needed to finish in the top 10% was 20:55, and the midpoint time was 26:33.

How many parkruns?

• 9326 parkruns completed from the identified field of 419, averaging 22 parkruns each

• 46 had completed at least 50 parkruns (11% of the identified field), of which 22 are members of the 50 club and 24 are members of the 100 club.

Tooting Common parkrun event #61 25/03/2017

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 #21 19 June 2016

This week RD and seasoned parkrun tourist Mark Shotton talks about his "Cowell" and the therapeutic qualities of volunteering at parkrun...

“So is there anything more satisfying than 100 different parkruns?”

This week at Tooting Common I completed my 100th different parkrun (known in parkrun tourist circles as the ‘Cowell’). My journey to the 100 began at Wimbledon Common on 13 July 2013 and has taken me all around London and the Home Counties and into Suffolk, Norfolk, Dorset, and Cambridgeshire. I’ve also been as far afield as Glasgow, Dublin and Paris for parkrunning.

Finding his way to 100 .. .
mark However, although I have thoroughly enjoyed going round seeing different parts of the country at 9:00 on a Saturday morning I am also acutely aware that my achievement would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers turning up week in week out to make sure that each parkrun event occurs.To that end, I have always made sure I volunteer on a regular basis and have been involved in Tooting Common parkrun since its launch this January. And I would encourage you all to give some of the different roles available when you are able.
Mark celebrates his 100th different parkrun
Volunteering is immensely satisfying, great fun and can do wonders for your self-confidence. If you volunteer 25 times at any parkrun, you are also eligible to apply via your parkrun accounts for the purple ‘25’ running shirt that you might have seen some runners wearing.Before I started volunteering at Tooting Common I had never done the Run Director role, and at the end of last year I would never have imagined that I would be able to get up and speak in front of over 200 people. But I have done so three times now. And if I can, you can too. mark_jas

Statistics from this week’s parkrun are as follows:

Male placings:

An unknown runner was first.
Jonathan BATTYE (SM30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC, was second over the line in 17:50.
Angus BEAUMONT (VM40-44) of Serpentine RC, was third over the line in 18:58.

Female placings:

Katie FERGUSON (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers RC, was first (25th overall) over the line in 20:40 - first time in 2 appearances.
Marie KIRTON (VW35-39) was second (31st overall) over the line in 20:53.
Kim TYLER (SW30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC, was third (42nd overall) over the line in 21:39.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Tom CONLON (VM55-59) was graded 78.33% for the time 19:37 (8th overall).
Anthony HARRAN (VM55-59) was graded 76.54% for the time 20:15 (18th overall).
Craig WILLIAMSON (VM50-54) was graded 75.80% for the time 19:46 (9th overall).

This week there were 330 runners, of whom 66 were first timers and 84 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

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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