The lure of a compulsive Saturday morning fitness fix. Run Report Event #96

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More grey than wet at today’s event. As part of the pre-event setup routine, the organisers had managed to cast a spell over the clouds to fend off the rain and keep us all dry. One participant appeared to have been run off the track early on and may have retired hurt. We haven’t seen anything like that since the last F1 grand prix. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to the participant concerned.

The first runners choosing to collect a completion token were Shane Donlon in an impressive time of 17 minutes 37 seconds and Ellie Cookson in an equally impressive time of 18 minutes 07 seconds.

The lure of a compulsive Saturday morning fitness fix encouraged 492 runners and some buggies and doggies to take to the course. There were an unusually high 129 first timers to Clapham Common of whom 48 were running their inaugural parkrun; a staggering 107 personal bests were set (21.7% of all runners) and 39 running clubs were represented. The inspiring list of running clubs included participants from well-known and highly respected clubs such as 26.2 RRC, SHAEF Shifters and Shropshire Shufflers.

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Official milestones recorded this week included Karen Steyn who notched up 50 runs and Chiara Du Plessis who clocked up 100 runs. Well done to the milestone runners!

A note to touring runners, do please consider volunteering at a touring event. There are plenty of roles that a tourist could easily do in addition to their own run. This is a useful way to advance one’s personal volunteer ratio and helps to sustain the support structure for all events. It is also quite rewarding to be part of the team.

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Run Director E Adejobi reminded all participants that there will not be an event next week due to another event taking place on the common. Similarly, there will be no run 2 Oct. One idea to fill the void on those two Saturday mornings, suggested by the RD, is to use the time to plan for future dates to participate as a volunteer! Home runners and tourists alike can sign up by emailing: claphamcommon@parkrun.comor just ask any of the other volunteers on a Saturday morning. It’s a well-known fact that volunteering doubles the quality of your smile on run days!

Lastly, well done to all those who took part; runners, amblers, volunteers, cheerleaders, future parkrunners in prams and especially the organisers.

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A special mention goes to tail limper Lucie Rycott who gracefully ‘bullied’ yours truly into scratching round in a semi-respectable time. In fact, all the volunteers enthusiastically cheered on the final two participants, it was great to be involved!

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Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the 41 volunteers who made this event happen:

E ADEJOBI, Susan BEWLEY, Carolyn BREIT, Daisy BRITTAIN, Janie CAESAR, Phil CAREY, Roisin CARLTON, John CASTLE, Jaspal DHALLEY, Kelly DIPPENAAR, Rebecca DOBSON, Harold DUCKWORTH, Dana ELFRING, John FRANKLIN, Katherine FRENCH, Alex GLASSBROOK, Richard GROVE, Cameron HUTTON, Emma JAMES, Becca KELLY, Ross KENNEDY, Jenny KESTERTON, Jon KEY, Peter LAMBERT, Charlie MASON, David MCCONWAY, Caroline MCLELLAN, Nia MORLELL, Alex MULLER, Andrew O'GORMAN, Cat PROWSE, Robert PULLMAN, Emma REDFERN, Priscilla ROBINSON, Ian RYCOTT, Lucie RYCOTT, Mark SMITH, Karen STEYN, Adam STREET, Gary WINDOW, Jennifer WOOLGAR