Clapham Common parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-19 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

parkrun at home

Parkrun at Home Event #009

We’re on week 9 of no parkrun and for someone who went to parkrun every week for 92 weeks in a row until 14th March (except two: one I was running a half marathon in Lithuania and one I was running a 10k in Battersea Park), it’s feels a little odd.


parkrun HQ are keen to that parkrunners should not exercise at 9am on parkrun courses. This helps reduce gatherings and shows support for the communities we serve. Instead, have you tried tuning in to the Great Big parkrun Quiz on Saturday mornings? It's hosted by the lovely Vassos Alexander, on the parkrun YouTube channel. He also hosts the free weekly timed parkrun podcast – very much worth a listen to during the parkrun pause with excellent guests!

This morning I had a go at being Run Director in Lockdown (RDiL as I’m going to call it). I had my hi vis, my apricot T-shirt, my barcode, a cup of tea and some pancakes – an ideal morning if you ask me.


My RDiL was documented through our Instagram stories and started with a little intro, followed by course set-up. This involved taking my laptop into my back garden and making my tea & pancakes. A little different to usual.

I gave a First Timers briefing and an RDiL briefing (I stood on a chair for that one – it wouldn’t be right otherwise). I even did a little warm up around my garden. It takes 7 steps to get from one end to the other, which by my maths, if we assume one stride is 1m, I would need to do 714 lengths in order to do a 5k*. Thoughts so far: no desire to try it. Thoughts in the future: it might be fun. NB course conditions were pretty safe, under 11s don’t need to be within arm’s reach of an adult and dogs don’t need to be on a short leash. (Ed's note: shall we call that 6,000 for a marathon.) 


Armed with my pancakes, I was ready to start the quiz. Vassos welcomed us at 9am, and we crossed the start line at 9:06am. There were 3 laps: parkrun statistics, parkrun general knowledge, and parkrun true or false. I recorded a PB with a score of 7/15 with which I was pretty chuffed. (Ed's note this was a few weeks ago doubtless PBs each week since.)


Well done to everyone who participated this morning. Please do tag us on social media – we’re @claphamparkrun on Instagram and Twitter – we love to see what you’re up to on your Saturday mornings instead of running laps around the common with us. CCprEvent#57A-9

Please all stay safe, we look forward to seeing you as soon as we can. 

Ed's note: We'll be back when it's safe to host parkrun not until after June 30th at least.


The latest blog post from parkrun HQ is here


Event#91Keeping your left hand free

Once upon a time Saturday was parkrun day. To stop that memory from fading. Event#91 report has a nostalgic look at Clapham Common's with pictures of the rise to toddlerhood from our wintry test run two years ago.


In spite of the sad news of London Marathon being postponed, 432 of you ran, jogged and walked today’s Clapham Common Parkrun. In fact, today we met 90 first timers – if you like maths, that’s just over 20% of the runners today were trying out Parkrun for the first time. Hats off to you all for not letting a bit of rain stop you from joining the Parkrun community. Welcome!


It was great to be back on the Common after last week’s cancellation. Whilst the mud was still rearing its slippy head, a whopping 55 of you managed to get new PBs!
Thank you to everyone who listened to our Run Director, Cat Prowse, and kept their left hands out when receiving their tokens.

Did you spot the camera at the end of the funnel? Today’s Photographer, Becky Mursell, created a wonderful time-lapse of today’s event. (We cannot post it here check out our social media if we manage to post it there. Ed)
You can also follow Becky on Instagram (@beckymursellphotography) for more lovely running photography.


Top Age-Grade:
1. Craig WILLIAMSON (VM55-59) Beckenham RC - 19:58
2. Christopher PECK (VM35-39) Waverley Harriers - 17:26
3. Richard OLLINGTON (SM25-29) Thames Hare & Hounds - 17:12

Top Female Finishers:
1. Alice SINCLAIR (SW30-34) - 20:08
2. Francesca STOCCO (SW25-29) Clapham Chasers RC - 20:56
3. Jess BROWN (SW18-19) - City of Salisbury A & RC - 21:03

Top Male Finishers:
1. Richard OLLINGTON (SM25-29) Thames Hare & Hounds - 17:12
2. Christopher PECK (VM35-39) Waverley Harriers - 17:26
3. Charlie MASON (SM25-29) Clapham Chasers RC - 18:26

Random fact of the week:
Congratulations to Avi Giandi who ran a PB today of 21.05. Avi also has an impressive 272 Parkruns under his running belt and has volunteered over 200 times.


On that note, thank you to the 32 wonderful hi-vis heroes without whom Parkrun wouldn’t have happened today
Hi-vis heroes:
Stephen VEY • Avi GOVIND • Ian THOMPSON • Sarah DODDS • Frank ELSTON • Helen MCGURRIN • Andrew ARCHER • Jennifer WOOLGAR • Rebecca SPENCER • Ian BRANNEN • Elena CHAPMAN • Imogen JOHNSON • Daniel SCHRAMM • Cat PROWSE • E ADEJOBI • Ian RYCOTT • Susan BEWLEY • Dana ELFRING • Kate LOSOWSKY • Seb HENEY • Marco HARPER • Phoebe TAYLOR • Patrick SHARP • Richard TAYLOR • Dominic O'RIORDAN • Ines SUCHOMEL • Chris HILDEBRAND • Stefan PARRY • Amy GEALL • Chris HODGE • Phil CAREY • Lily BROOKE


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Clapham Common parkrun Results Page.


Event#90 Leap day parkrun

Leap day seems an age away and so much water's gone under the bridge since then. Here's to resuming parkrun just as soon as we can. psst it'll be drier then

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Saturday 29 February 2020 was the first ever leap day parkrun and the 271 (brave) people who ran, jogged or walked the course and the 32 strong-team of volunteers this week are now part of parkrun history.

The next time there is a leap day parkrun is in 2048 how many of us will still be participating at parkrun then and taking on 5 parkruns in February again?

After the persistent rain the course was again very heavy and muddy underfoot, but this did not prevent 11 people setting personal bests and 59 people choosing to run at Clapham Common for the first time.

Congratulations goes to those who celebrated milestones this week, including Adam Street who will soon be wearing his purple V25 t-shirt and Michael Eyley, Thea Domanski and myself who joined the 50 run club.

A huge thank you goes out to all this week’s hi-viz heroes who made leap day parkrun happen. Well done for enduring the wet bone chilling conditions:

Stephen VEY • Sophie A A SHAW • Jessica PARNWELL • Sarah DODDS • Andrew ARCHER • Rebecca SPENCER • Dean MAPABA • Imogen JOHNSON • Karrie HILL-HUGHES • Cat PROWSE • E ADEJOBI • Emma DAVIS • Sam EVANSON • Lucie RYCOTT • Susan BEWLEY • Dana ELFRING • Helen ROACH • Janie CAESAR • Seb HENEY • Karen STEYN • Helen O'BRIEN • Adam STREET • Phoebe TAYLOR • Patrick SHARP • Richard TAYLOR • Peter LAMBERT • Tim WHEATLEY • Amy GEALL • Leela MACE • Carolyn BREIT • Lily BROOKE • David MCCONWAY


Event#89: The Windy One



Better late than never … Here's hoping we get to reclaim parkrun day soon.

A few snaps of some of our cheerful volunteer crew - we miss our parkrun fix as well as  all of you  - runners and volunteers.

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We’ve had Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis, Storm E-something? Who can even keep up now?

Yes, event number 89 was a windy ordeal. A tough gig for the set up crew to say the least. That sign by the pond has been relegated for so many weeks now; it just doesn’t stand a chance against the elements.

Following a superb briefing from our Run Director, Henry, we set off *almost* on time. Hurrah! We fought the conditions (both this, and my sore marathon-training legs, form my top excuses for a slow time, just in case anyone was wondering) and got round those two exhausting laps.

Congratulations to the 699 parkrunners who ran, jogged or walked 5k.

William Bourne was first over the line at 17:11. Congrats William, and welcome to Clapham Common (he was a first timer).

Emily Fitz-Hugh was the first female with a time of 20:51, a PB! Well done!

145 people ran their first parkrun ever. How exciting, I hope you come back again and weren’t deterred by the wind.

106 personal bests were set which is awfully impressive given the conditions. Imagine how fast you’ll all go when the weather gets better!

Congratulations to Lottie Curnow on your 100th milestone, and Michael Eyley, Bobby Degale, Thea Domanski, and Helen Mcgurrin on their 50ths.

Finally, an enormous thank you to our fabulous volunteer team. If you’d like to get involved in volunteering, then drop us an email and we’ll sign you up. No experience necessary, we’ll teach you everything you need on the day.

See you all next week!


Event#88 Ignore storm Dennis, #bekind

Another Saturday, another parkrun and another storm! Having just recovered from storm Ciara, well done to all 630 tourists and locals who persevered and braved the wrath and menace of storm Dennis. Many would call us stupid or crazy, but we would say they don't know what they're missing.

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This week we are giving a special shout out to the tourists who in those conditions definitely get top marks for effort, we had visitors from Durham, Ireland and Australia. We even had a special group of spectators cheering us on in the form of Clapham's local (Egyptian?) geese. We also had many visitors from our local friends at Fulham palace parkrun who, [please note], had to cancel their event due to a lack of volunteers.

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So thank you to all 38 Clapham volunteers who despite the wind managed to stay standing and made the event happen. We really can't do it without volunteers so if you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.

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This week we had four amazing runners celebrate their 50th parkrun, well done Ros Housden, Catherine Scruton, Polly Taylor and Oliver Mitchell. Michael Burt chose to celebrate his 100th parkrun by visiting Clapham for the first time. We think you made a good choice.


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Unfortunately this Saturday will be remembered for the tragic passing of celebrity presenter Caroline Flack. Following on from this tragedy there has been the focus on being kind and generous and making the world a happier place, so this week we want to thank parkrun for its continued mission to create a healthier and happier planet.

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Parkrun is all about inclusiveness, well-being and feeling part of a community, no one should feel alone. So a little thought as we head into a new week is to remember to spread love and kindness. We encourage you to invite your friends, colleagues and neighbours to parkrun, to say thank you to the volunteers and other users of the park who wait for us to pass, to cheer in the runners who finish both before and after you and to chat to your competitors at the start line and in the finishing funnel. Who knows your random act of kindness could make someone's day.

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It costs nothing to add a little sunshine to someone's day so smile, be generous, celebrate and champion everyone and #bekind

See you all next week

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