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.


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



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


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.


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!


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!


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...


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...


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:


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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


Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #181 – 10th August 2019

“Blowin’ in the Wind”

“How many roads must a man walk down?” Bob KEOGH may have asked as one of 92 First Timers (and four Roberts) at an extremely windy Tooting Common parkrun on Saturday 10th August.

To which the answer, from one of the 41 volunteers, would surely have been along the lines of, “It’s three laps of the Tooting Triangle, anyone can take part, and you can walk, jog or run, whatever pace you want to go. Oh, and before you ask, it’s always been free.”

Music to the ears of the 624 people, several dogs, and a couple of small children in buggies, who had come from as far as Adelaide and Balham, Cardiff and Clapham, Streatham and Sydney, Tonbridge and Tooting, Wandsworth, Wimbledon and Yeovil, all to line up next to a bench on Tooting Common at 9am on Saturday morning.

Among the 92 Tooting First Timers, 44 were doing their first ever parkrun, and 27 their second. Hope to see you all back again soon. Before you know it you’ll be able to claim a 50th parkrun shirt like Francesco MARRETTA LORD, and then in no time be on the verge of your 100th like Hannah Davidson and Keith Sudbury. Don’t forget your barcodes next time Hannah and Keith!

Among the First Timers was a big turn out from Streatham-Croydon Rugby Football Club Ladies, who’re used to dealing with all weathers after a successful season where they won 10 of their 14 league games and finished 4th in their league. The club are based on Frant Road in Thornton Heath.

There was also a big group from The Running Charity, who use running to help young people, particularly those who are homeless or living in shelters, rebuild their lives. And it was Running Charity graduate Seyfu JAMAAL, who flew round the course in 15:29, the joint third fastest time ever run at Tooting, to be the first man home. Seyfu’s Age Grade of 86.11% was also the highest of the morning. He’s clearly in good form and wasn’t far off claiming another course record, to add to the 1:08:14 he set for the London Landmarks Half Marathon back in March. For anyone who wants to run that race next year The Running Charity has fundraising places available via their website.

The second and third men to finish were barcode-less, followed by another first timer at Tooting, Jethro HEALY, making his debut on the Triangle in 17:40. Then just one second separated JM15-17 Yousuf DARYABI, with 17:46, and JM15-17 Ingmar GUNN, with 17:47.

If that sounds close, then there was less than a second, and only a few centimetres, between the first two women to finish, with Clodagh O’CONNOR completing her second outing at Tooting in 21:31, the same time as Herne Hill Harrier, the amazingly consistent Helen OLDFIELD, who was completing her 62nd Tooting parkrun. Third woman, Isla CAMERON, who ran 21:49, might have enjoyed an extra lie-in before parkrun this Saturday. She usually runs Sydney’s Centennial parkrun, which starts at 7am. And fourth woman, in 21:53, was another Herne Hill Harrier, Shanon SINCLAIR, with 21:53.

It was another Australian woman, Maureen MOYLE from Adelaide Harriers, who set the best women’s age grade, with 80.53%, putting her well into the Top 100 age graded times for Tooting. Helen OLDFIELD’s 78.85% was the second highest women’s age graded time on Saturday, and Jane DELVES’ Tooting debut, saw her set the third highest women’s age grade with 72.45%.

Amongst the Juniors, Sebastian TAYLOR knocked another 19 seconds off his PB with 29:34, Jack TAYLOR took 31 seconds off his PB with 27:42, and Wren LAWSON-FOLEY was a whole 1:34 faster than last week, with 26:44. Sophie COLLINS improved her Tooting PB by almost a minute with 34:43, and Isabella BYE knocked a whole 1:06 off her previous PB set back in January with 35:03.

There were also 84 new Tooting PBs on Saturday, including a first sub 20 at Tooting for Ainsley PALMER, with 19:50, Andy SAXTON, on his 93rd parkrun, knocking 8 seconds off his previous Tooting PB, with 20:04, surely a sub-20 time if it hadn’t been so windy, and George BIRLEY, closing in on 20 minutes with 20:28 for his 30th parkrun. Samuel PIZEY went sub 25 for the first time on his 8th parkrun, with 24:53, Sean QUIGLEY got his first sub 30 at Tooting with 29:59, and Ben DE SMIT went sub 40 for the first time with 38:32. Katherine COWLING, back at Tooting for her 30th parkrun, set a new PB of 28:35, Georgina ROEBUCK knocked 39 seconds off her Tooting PB with a 27:05, Bradley BOSMAN improved his Tooting PB by 44 seconds, with 26:15, and Jane BUTLER showed the importance of marginal gains, shaving a second off her PB, set only last week, with 24:04.

Finally a big thank you to all of the 41 volunteers who made this event possible:

Stephanie BACKHOUSE, Tom BAKER, Richard BALLAM, Richard BOGLE, Steve BOSLEY, Sophie COLE, Catherine DA GRACA, Helen DAVIES, Sandhya DREW, Guy EAGLESFIELD, Simon GALLACHER, M H, Mike HAYDEN, Kieran HOUSER, Bessie JIBUNOH, Declan KEANE, Ece KURTARANER, Catherine LAW, Graham LEWIS, Carol MCCALL, Anna Kathryn MCKAY, Louisa MCLELLAN, Michael John MORFEY, Lula MUIR, Andrew MUIR, Kirsten OLSON, Simon OTTNER, Thomas PHILLIPPE, Lavinia PICKLES, Sean QUIGLEY, Emma ROGERS, Alexander SHARMA, Richard STANSFIELD, Niamh SYKES, Evie TROLOVE, Sara VALI, Michael WALLACE, Marie-Anne WONG, David WOODBRIDGE, Rob WOODWARD, Nicola WORTON


Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #178 20 July 2019

Tell me, have you ever met a parkrunner who didn't have a ridiculously complicated spreadsheet and a list of arbitrary goals? Having joined the 50 milestone club over a year ago and lost a bit of enthusiasm for getting up on Saturday mornings, I set myself the entirely unofficial goal of both running and volunteering at 20 different events. Sometimes having a target is all you need to rekindle your interest. It is a challenge that has taken me around London, as well as further afield and I am pleased to say I finally completed it on Saturday, with event #178 at Tooting Common my 20th different event. #achievementunlocked

It may be a made up goal rather than an official parkrun club, but for me, this challenge has given me a real awareness of how every parkrun event is just that little bit different. Recognising and celebrating those differences is important. For example, not all courses clearly encourage you to self-seed where you start in the field, with Tooting Common's predicted pace signs helping to reduce overtaking and allowing for a more comfortable start for all. A three-lap course allows you to see the wonderful marshals three times and also lends itself well to faster runners going all out, finishing their 5K then joining a slower friend on their final lap (and not going through the funnel a second time). Of course, the one constant across every parkrun event is the fabulously warm welcome - thanks for having me, Tooting Common!


First timers and tourists

There were 39 genuine first timers joining the parkrun family - a massive welcome to all of you. As Run Director Tom BAKER pointed out in his first timers briefing, your Saturdays will never be the same again. You're welcome to run each Saturday at Tooting Common, but that barcode is your passport to any parkrun in the world. You never know where it might take you!

Speaking of travel, there were 44 first-time tourists. Some (like me) joined from elsewhere in London (I know, we really made an effort) but others came from outside the M25 (shock, horror). To name a few, there were visitors from far-flung Aberdeen (Naomi MILNE), Ganavan Sands (Beatrix Siemering) and Ginninderra (Tony WALLACE).


There were two official milestones to celebrate this week with Marian KELLY and Joanna JONES both joining the 50 club. Home bird Marian has completed all of her 50 events at Tooting Common and even managed to slot in 14 different days volunteering, which is absolutely fantastic. Joanna has already ventured into a spot of parkrun tourism, having completed her 50 parkruns at 3 different events.

Well done to Marian and Joanna - here's to the next 50, wherever they might be!


Congratulations to Ashton Court repeat tourist Jack MILLAR who not only set a PB, but bagged the first finisher token. His time of 15:29 knocked four seconds off his previous best time, resulting in a PB for him not just at Tooting Common but an all-time PB across all seven different events he has completed. Not quite fast enough to take Tooting Common's all-time male record of 14:57, as set by Paul MARTELLETTI two and half years ago, but pretty impressive nonetheless! I'm sure I saw Jack heading towards the funnel just as I was finishing my first lap...

Bushy Park tourist Nick ROWE also did a terrific job with his time of 20:13, which is an all-time PB for him at Tooting Common, smashing his best time for 2018, 2017 and 2016. The longer the wait for the PB, the sweeter it is. Very well done, Nick!

Ben ARROWSUCH took an impressive 7 minutes 34 seconds off his Tooting Common PB, taking his best time down to 19:30. Welcome to the exclusive ranks of the Tooting Common 19-minute somethings!

Sarah LOCH managed her fifth ever PB with 33:30. That's an an average hit rate of one in every two parkruns being a PB - well done, Sarah! Just goes to show how all the hard work pays off.

There were 71 PBs in total and we hope lots of celebrations when everyone got their results. Some fab accomplishments - well done all!


With an event as big as Tooting Common, it takes a lot of volunteers to make it all happen. Around 40 people are needed for the event to go ahead smoothly each week. Run Director Tom BAKER struggled to get enough support for event #178 and made do with only 33 helpers, which isn't ideal. Not everyone can volunteer and that's perfectly fine, but with a field of over 500 each week, there are quite a lot of people who could probably volunteer and perhaps have not yet considered how they can get more involved.

Some roles mean you do need to be available throughout (like timekeeper!) and thus preclude you from running, but there are a surprisingly large number of roles you can combine with running, walking or jogging, no matter your pace. At Tooting Common, these include first timers briefing, pre-event setup, event day course check, volunteer co-ordinator, post-event close down, token sorting, run report writer and results processor. Groups of pacers also welcome!

If you can run in about 23 minutes or less, you can also combine running with barcode scanning or funnel management, allowing you to get your run in and still get the warm fuzzy glow that comes from being a hi-viz hero. There are lots of options!

Please do think about whether you can help out Tooting Common in the coming weeks and email the core team at if there are any dates you can do. They will only be too pleased to support you in volunteering for the first time and/or understanding how you can run and volunteer at the same time.

Friends, family, flatmates, random people on the street - bring them all with you. Whilst volunteers are often parkrunners giving something back, they don't actually have to ever run, walk or jog if they don't want to. If volunteering isn't for you, encouraging others to give volunteering a go is appreciated in itself!

The heroes of event #178

A very heartfelt thank you to the 32 other volunteers who made event #178 possible:


From the marshals who kept us all going, to the funnel managers who made sure we all behaved, thank you. Of course, an extra big thank you goes to Tom BAKER for overseeing the whole shebang!

Until the next time, happy parkrunning.


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