Tooting Common parkrun is cancelled on 11 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Tooting Common parkrun 29/02/2020 Event Number 210

Why parkrun in the rain?!

Around this time of year, new year’s resolutions have waned and the weather is not kind. Even still, nearly 250 participants turned out for Tooting Common parkrun for the first-ever leap year park run.

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I must admit, at 8.30 this morning, looking out at the relentless rain & wind, I  checked my email to see if the pre-course checks done by the first group of volunteers on site would result in cancellation. No such thing; I had signed up as a volunteer to take pictures, write up this report and help close down the event. 1,700 parkruns around the world couldn’t happen without volunteers. So out I went, and I’m glad I did.

The weather lightened up and a bit of muddy course and the idea of splashing through puddles made for quite a lighthearted crowd. Here are a few of the special moments from today:

Marcus, celebrating his parkrun leap year birthday. The next time he can do parkrun on his birthday will be 2048!

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Clare, after achieving her 50th parkrun completion. She moved away from the area and has most recently participated in Oak Hill parkrun in north London. She made the trip south today because she was one of Tooting Common parkrun’s core founding team and wanted to mark this milestone back at home base with a few friends.

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Kate, from Hamwic Harriers, usually does Southampton parkrun. She came up to visit her son in Clapham and head to the WHam v Southampton. We’re glad she was able to squeeze in Tooting Common parkrun.

Andrew, kept our tailwalker company around the course today. Look at that finish line smile.

And volunteer Rob, showing off his favourite parkrun foot gear. He says he gets his fastest times in these shoes that are meant to feel like barefoot running but with some protection. It just so happens they are his stalwart Brooks, the first-ever sports sponsor of parkrun, promoting their ‘Run Happy’ inclusive approach to being active and focus on community.

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Judging from my candid snaps of our other volunteers today, the happy tag makes a lot of sense!

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#loveparkrun

Photos and Run Report by Cindy Godwin

 

Tooting parkrun – Run Report 25-01-20 Event Number 205

I used to hate running... And then I started travelling for work and getting out of shape and I started running to get back into my clothes again. And then I started doing 10ks, half marathons and even marathons. During this period of time, parkrun started springing up around the world and I got involved in the closest ones which were about three miles from my house.

Now my nearest one is down the road. Tooting Common. In just a few years, it has become one of the biggest in the country. So far, more than 100,000 have joined in and crossed the finish line. Today we had 883.

I’m now an injured runner who gains inspiration to keep active from this diverse community of people trodding around our local park at 9am on a Saturday morning. Today I was able to participate in walk/run mode and also to volunteer - as photographer/run report writer. So, I got down to the start area a bit early, and lingered around the finish funnel at the end, to chat with people to find out what they were doing at parkrun today:

 

Dan & George - father & son doing their first ever parkrun; they didn’t realise to get a time you need to register in advance and bring your barcode. So today was a pilot parkrun for them and they’ll be back next week with their barcodes.

Dogs are welcomed. As runners or volunteers. Like this week’s marshall’s mascot.

Jacob & his mum - Jacob was excited to finish his 10th; he’ll get a special parkrun t-shirt for that. Pictures of him during & after.

Chris - he’s fast. There’s definitely a competitive spirit up at the front.

Single-buggy...Double-buggy...Respect!

Mavis & Nandor - this husband & wife team take turns running and marshalling. They both have achieved their 100.

Ashali - another volunteer. Doing the tail walker role. She likes to see everyone finish and how exciting it can be, no matter if you are first or last or somewhere in between.

By Cindy Godwin
 

Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #185 – 7th Sept 2019

parkrun from a personal point of view...

The best bit about parkrun volunteering is the smiles on the runners faces. I like to marshal at it; encouraging at muster points as we say in the events circuit. Track corner is a great spot to be vocal; the spiel varies and the response during and after the run is rewardingly favourable.

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I did exactly the same thing at the London Duathlon in Richmond Park the day after.

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The other best bit of volunteering is that your colleagues get to run; it's a nice rotation where no one misses out.

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I myself am training for a half marathon and a 10 miler; The Athletics Track opposite ideal for sprint work. Not far off 50 parkruns; one can use them as part of a training plan or a stand alone entry to getting fit.

Dogs, kids in pushchairs like it; everyone likes it. A chap who was watching ardently said he would do it for the first time this weekend.

So come and be part of it; sets you up for the Saturday. See you at Track corner.

To volunteer please email in at t

 

Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #184 – 31st August 2019

By Jessica Robson
Photos by Emma Hood

That was a sunny and bright Saturday parkrun to welcome an equally sunny Run Talk Run crew. The Run Talk Runners from the weekly Tooting meets came out in full force to provide volunteers and pacers for the 751 runners who turned up for their 5km start to the weekend.

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Run Talk Run Tooting meet on Monday nights from 7pm at the Wheatsheaf Pub in Tooting Bec before going on a 5k run in the local area at around 7:30. The group ranges from people that have just finished couch to 5km to those that are running sub 3 hour marathons. The group also offers a safe space in which people can feel comfortable to talk about their mental health. It’s about being able to create that outlet if you need it, whether it's work issues, family life or the fact that sometimes London can be a very isolating place. It’s also about lending an ear and offering avenues of support if things are getting too tough.

The Run Talk Run crew, who focus on providing support & connection to their runners, were well placed to support the incredible runners who came away with some outstanding achievements this week, with a whopping 113 people achieving a PB!

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Other notable achievements made this week

• Our junior stars this week are Joshua Aynsley, Yousof Daryabi, Caleb Monk and Freddie Raistrick-Scott, all of whom recorded new best times
• Regular Tooting volunteer April Marretta Lord shaved 5 seconds off her previous course record to set a new PB of 25:26.
• Jamie Morrison, Jodie Bellamy and Michael Farrance smashed the 20, 25 and 30 minute barriers today by recording times of 19:49, 24:56 and 29:30 respectively
• Today's most experienced parkrunner Ian Shorthouse of Crystal Palace Fun Runners (with 405 parkruns to his name) took almost a minute off the time he set with us in April to finish in 24:19
• parkrun tourist Jessica Buttigieg paid us a return visit today and chopped a highly impressive 6 minutes and 16 seconds off her time from March, crossing the line in 25:53. Welcome back, Jessica!

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Milestone shout-outs are due to Devon Buchanan, Simon Ottner and Matty Tong, all of whom ran their 50th parkrun today, and to Harry Lamb, who ran his 10th parkrun as a junior runner today.

There were a whopping 109 Tooting first timers this weekend, 42 of whom were brand new to parkrun. If the welcoming disposition of Run Talk Runners wasn't enough to make sure the runners make a return next week, then their baked goods definitely might be enough to swing it!

Male placings...

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Morgan Mitchell (SM20-24) of Fife AC was first over the line in 16:34 in his first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
Luke Pikett (VM35-39) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in 16:40.
An unknown runner was third over the line.

And as for the Women...

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Alice Sinclair (SW30-34) was first over the line in a new PB of 19:31.
Helen Oldfield (VW50-54) of Herne Hill Harriers was second over the line in a new PB of 20:50.
Naomi Boyer (SW25-29) was third over the line in 21:02 in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun

Serious kudos and thank yous to the brilliant Run Talk Run volunteers who made it possible:

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Bob HARRISON • Henry BROWN • Joshua PEWTER • Kathryn EVANS • Mark SHOTTON • Sapphire ROSTRON • Pippa WHITE • Harriet WHITE • Emma HAINSWORTH • Richard BOGLE • Imogen THOMAS • Nicola YOUNG • Sarah DUCKWORTH • Andrew COE • Cecilia BOGLE • Tahir SHAMS • David WHITE • Kate NICOLSON • Melissa SHEPHERD • Annabel HOWARD • Lisa PHAN • Foyez SYED • Nick EFSTATHIOU • Charlotte SUTHERLAND • Jessica ROBSON • Nicholas PILKINGTON • Dana ELFRING • Simon GALLACHER • Emma MURLEY • Isabel TORRES PÉREZ • Talat SHAMS • Marcus HUGHES • Genevieve FARRELL • Bayley CHAINEY • Aida ALVAREZ SUAREZ • Jessica GRAU • Tiago ALMEIDA • Francesca WOOD • Lisa BIRD • Emma HOOD • Emma KETTERINGHAM • Janis H CHAN • Cassie HILL

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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 #182 – 17th August 2019

The Clapham PiONEERs turned Tooting parkrun from apricot to orange this week, taking over most of the volunteer roles.

The friendly local running club welcomed 642 runners to the Tooting Triangle, 89 tackling the course for the time, and almost the same number of runners earned PBs (88), no doubt encouraged around the course by the orange-vested pacers and marshals.

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Several of Tooting’s quicker runners seem to have successfully chased the 19-minute pacer, Michael Wiggins, to clinch impressive PBs; special shout outs go to Steven John Underwood, Fayosi Oluokoya, and Reynald Pouchin. The 35-minute pacer, Vicky Spooner, also helped see in worthy new PBs from runners including Louise Blair, who knocked 1.5 minutes off her previous best. Well done, Louise!

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As for milestones, kudos are due to Keith Sudbury, who ran his 100th parkrun this week, as well as Nicola Yeates and Matt Price who both joined the 50 club.

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And of course, in true PiONEER style, the run was rounded off with an enticing array of sweet treats, including Anna’s iconic gingerbread army.

A quick rundown of the podium positions:

First timer Harry Mayne was the first man home in a very respectable 17:34. Not far behind was Jonathan Pim (17:39) and, in third, Edward Rees (17:58).

The first woman to enter the finish funnel was Clapham Chasers’ Lucy Butt in 21:18, which was also a PB, followed by Alexandra Ridout (21:23) and PiONEERs’ own Rosie Clarke in 21:36.

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As always, no parkrun could ever happen without our wonderful volunteers, so huge thanks to:

Sophie ASTLES, Sylvie BESSE, Amanda BROWNE, Kris CHADWICK, Elena CHAPMAN, Rosie CLARKE, Anneka DEW, Jaspal DHALLEY, Elise DOWELL, Kathryn EVANS, Catherine FULLER, Simon GALLACHER, Ryan GOLD, Sophie HAMBLIN, Roanne HATHAWAY, Bessie JIBUNOH, Bethany KNOWLES, Gay LEE, Graham LEWIS, Sarah MCGINNITY, Mike MORFEY, Lindsay MURRAY, Laureen OKANE, Claire PARKINSON, Pascal PATTERSON, Nicky PAVITT, Emma POOLE, Reynald POUCHIN, Paul PRENTICE, Neil PRICE, Anna PRINGLE, Cat PROWSE, Carmel SALVIDGE, Laura SINGLETON, Katie SNOWDEN, Rebecca SPENCER, Victoria SPOONER, Oliver TAYLOR, Andrew THOMPSON, Sophie WADE, David WHITE, Brian WIGGINS, Michael WIGGINS, Henry WILSON, Lucy WRIGHT

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