Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #167 4 May 2019

Run, Luke

By Rob Woodward
Photos by Holly


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away parkrun was created. Actually that isn’t true, it was in October 2004 and Bushy Park is only 16 kms from Tooting Common: much shorter than the Kessel Run and therefore a very quick journey for the Millennium Falcon (certainly fewer than 12 parsecs).

Anyway to celebrate the fact it was Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), Jedi decided to Leia few references into this report for readers to chew(bacca) over.


While the weather was not particularly warm, it wasn’t as cold as Hoth, there were a few Reys of sun, it wasn’t as misty as Dagobah and while Tooting Common has plenty of trees, it's no Ewok Village. In fact ideal conditions all round for a run.

There were 737 runners, joggers and (sky)walkers taking on the Tooting Triangle. 106 of these were making their Tooting debut while 52 padawans were making their parkrun debut. An alliance of 41 clubs were represented while the force was strong within 157 who recorded new PBs.

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First to Lando into the metaphorical hutt was Joshua Pewter who Obi-Wan in a time of 16:48 (a new PB too). In R2D2nd place was Helena Corbin who Alderaan the course in 18:03 (also a PB) while Aaron Wilson was C3(PO)rd in 18:11. It is also worth noting that the actual second person into the funnel’s tractor beam was unknown so a good reminder to not BobaFett (forget) your barcode.


Milestones for those whose run today was not a Solo event were the new 100 clubbers Catherine Law, Alessandra McConville and Maxine Brown, the new 50 clubbers Suzi Norsworthy, Lorin McAuley and James Phillips, and the new junior 10 clubbers Alexandra Gray and Thomas Valverde Kosinski. Storming efforts everyone.


Of course parkrun only exists because of the work of the volunteers so big thanks to this week’s stars:

Joshua PEWTER • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Ken WILLIS • Andrew SIMMS • Taryn RETIEF • Nick BESTER • Alex LUMLEY • Roy NASSE • Mark SHOTTON • Carol MCCALL • Richard STANSFIELD • Simon HEMSLEY • Margaret ROGERS • Rob WOODWARD • Emma HAINSWORTH • Ross PRICE • Jay SIMMONDS • George DUNN • Claire POWELL • Graham PETERSEN • Keith SUDBURY • Laura SWAN • Oliver HARTLEY • Mike HAYDEN • Holly HAMILTON • Sophie COLE • Abdul Majid MUKADAM • Stephanie HELLINGS • Nick GIDDY • Russell MORRIS • Catherine LAW • Kris CHADWICK • Jennifer FERGUSON • Howard COAN • Liz A SMITH • Matt GARDNER • Isobel BEINT • Jane SHELLEY • Emily COOPER • Branwyn DARLINGTON • M H • Mark O'NEILL • Katy SMITH • Thomas WILLIAMSON • Stephanie BACKHOUSE

If you would like to volunteer, please contact or come and see us in the post-run gathering at the Cantina (the café on the Common). We know Yoda a good job.

May parkrun be with you, always.


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 #166 27 April 2019

By Ellie Clark
Photos by Michael Ryan

I finally made the trip down the Northern line to Tooting Common parkrun today, which brings my parkrun tourism up to 11 different courses. I often feel apprehensive as a tourist; every parkrun is unique and I find I have so many questions about the route and, most importantly, where I can join regulars for a coffee afterwards!


I was quickly put at ease by a reassuring first timers briefing. Volunteers at parkrun are always so friendly and Tooting is no exception. I was welcomed warmly by a bunch of excited volunteers but less so by the blustering winds and rain of Storm Hannah. 652 people were not deterred by the inclement weather and ran, jogged or walked the course. 92 of these people were first timers and 40 were running their first ever parkrun!

Congratulations to Clare Denison, Simon Gardner and Nick Giddy, who all ran their 50th parkrun today. In total, that’s 250km – a huge achievement! A special mention must also be given to Leo Wynne-Williams, who ran his 10th today as a junior. Great work, Leo!


117 people recorded new personal bests, including:

- Daintry Midgley who continued her excellent run of form by claiming her third PB in as many weeks, knocking an impressive 1 minute 58 seconds off last Saturday's effort to finish in 43:49. Amazing!

- Tomasz Wocial, Luke Bradley and Vanessa Hume smashed the 20, 25 and 30 minute barriers today with times of 19:56, 24:53 and 29:35 respectively.

- Lorna Pilbin returned to Tooting for the first time since June 2017 and knocked 49 seconds off her previous best, crossing the line in 24:33. Welcome back, Lorna!

parkrun simply would not take place without the hard work of volunteers. This week we thank 48 people who ensured this event was possible:

Liam O'HARE • Lucie CUSTANCE • Malcolm Eric VAUGHAN • Michael RYAN • Kathryn EVANS • Andrew SIMMS • Teresa FORGIONE • Ross BROWN • Kieran HOUSER • Marie-Anne WONG • Craig BARNEY • Ruth Jean CHALMERS • Charlotte HEALY • Margaret ROGERS • Suzi NORSWORTHY • Bernie CONWAY • Richard BOGLE • Ellie CLARK • Pritesh RANA • Robert WEBB • Oliver HARTLEY • Nandor ORBAN • Lorna MOXHAM • Sophie COLE • Bessie JIBUNOH • Richard ROSENBERG • Selina WRAY • Russell MORRIS • Catherine LAW • David WHITE • Gay LEE • Nicola LYTTLE • Linda GRIMES • Henry SUMNER • Howard COAN • Emily MORGAN • Iona MARNEY • Eleanor GRIMES • Louisa MCLELLAN • Isobel BEINT • April MARRETTA LORD • Simon GALLACHER • Emily BARR • Jan FARTHING • Christina BURMAN • Deborah PARRY • Archie BULL • Shane GOGGIN


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 #165 20 April 2019

By Dan Watts
Photos by Dan Watts and Alan Wilkinson

Three years ago my family and I were at a farewell party for some friends who were emigrating to Singapore. “You must come and visit us!”, they said. 'Oh we intend to', I thought - 'there's a parkrun in Singapore!'

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At that time there was just the one - East Coast Park parkrun, which started in June 2014. Now there are 3 - West Coast Park parkrun started in December 2016 and Bishan parkrun a year ago in April 2018. We booked to visit them in April 2019. On Saturday 20th April 2019 I visited the closest parkrun to their apartment - West Coast Park.

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I was really looking forward to experiencing a parkrun just 137km from the equator, and because of this also dreading the heat and humidity - not to mention the 7.30am start time! So with the alarm set for 6.30, we ordered a “Grab” (Asia’s version of Uber) and arrived at McDonalds at 7.15, with plenty of time to go and find the people in orange parkrun volunteer vests

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Just before 7.30 we had the first timers briefing, and the volunteers seemed surprised at how many first timers there were - 24 out of the 69 runners were first timers from all around the world.

West Coast Park parkrun is best described as an elongated figure of 8. The start is in the north west of the park and runners head south east, under an underpass (very similar to the one at Burgess) and do a clockwise loop of the south east. Then you head back up towards the start but then take the right fork for an anti-clockwise loop of the north west section. The finish is about 100m further on from the start.

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At 7.39am, with 31 degrees C and quite possibly 100% humidity, we set off. After the first 200m I realised I could not keep up the pace I’m used to in the UK and had to slow down a lot. After 25 mins and about 5 litres of sweat I had completed a run in my 7th different parkrun country. This is a relatively flat parkrun and in the UK would be considered a PB course, but with the heat and humidity it was really tough. Only the top 3 managed sub 20 - Michael MCCARTNEY in 19:48, Johnny LOW in 19:52 and Aryaman NAGPAL in 19:55. I was almost 6 minutes slower than my previous parkrun time, but kudos to my wife Scarlett WATTS who was 2 minutes quicker than her previous time!

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One thing I remember was overhearing a conversation which went something like this: There are 3 parkruns in Singapore. East Coast Park was the first, but West is best!

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But what happened at Tooting?

This week 489 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 74 were first timers and 33 were running their first ever parkrun.


Among the first timers today were Bushy regular Jonathan DICKINSON and parkrun Ambassadors Douglas Archibald CAMERON and KC LLOYD, and Phoebe HILARY, completing her first ever parkrun at the age of 86, became Tooting Common parkrun's eldest female parkrunner.


86 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 32 different clubs took part.




Gavin BRANDIE (VM40-44) of Clapham Chasers RC was first over the line in a new PB of 17:08.
Mark TATLOW (SM30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in a new PB of 17:22.
Olly BELLAMY (SM25-29) of London City Athletics Club was third over the line in a new PB of 17:33.



Lucie CUSTANCE (VW35-39) of Clapham Chasers RC was first over the line in 17:52.
Lois BOND (SW25-29) of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Harrow AC was second over the line in 19:20.
Ruth Jean CHALMERS (SW30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers was third over the line in 20:15.



Congratulations are due to Damian FLEMING, who completed his 100th parkrun today, and Helen OLDFIELD, who completed her 50th.


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


- Our junior stars this week were Riley JEIN, Sasha BENN, Finley ALLEN, Nicholas MONTAGUE and Verity O'CALLAGHAN, who all achieved new bests today.

- April MARRETTA LORD and Richard ROSENBERG made it a volunteering-PB double, helping set up and pack away while notching up new best times of 27:00 and 22:12 respectively.

- Jolanta URBANEK returned to Tooting Common for the first time in 3 weeks and improved the time she set over 2 years ago by over a minute, crossing the line in 23:18. Nice work, Jola!


Thanks to the volunteers

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:


Liam O'HARE • Lucie CUSTANCE • Michael John MORFEY • Nicola Mary GEORGE • Mark SHOTTON • Marie-Anne WONG • Roger STEPHENSON • Selina WRAY • Carol MCCALL • Alan WILKINSON • Dillon O'HARE • Dan WATTS • Richard STANSFIELD • Simon HEMSLEY • Richard BALLAM • Emma HAINSWORTH • Richard BOGLE • Michael O'CONNOR • Jaik O'CONNOR • Sarah HILTON • Laura SWAN • Cecilia BOGLE • Sophie COLE • Bessie JIBUNOH • Sarah ABBASIAN • Nicola WORTON • Bronwen GRAY • Saoirse CARBERRY • Richard ROSENBERG • Nicola LYTTLE • Howard COAN • Liz A SMITH • Louisa MCLELLAN • Isobel BEINT • April MARRETTA LORD • Simon GALLACHER • Thomas WILLIAMSON • Christina BURMAN • Nia MICHAEL-GEORGE


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 #164 13 April 2019

By Jasmine Sandalli
Photos by Simon Ottner

Marathon season is upon us! Those lucky enough to get a place in London, Brighton or Paris (or maybe even Boston) are lacing up for a taper run, while the rest of us mere mortals are enjoying the first break of spring (and more than likely, a bout of hayfever). And so far, touch wood, we haven’t been washed out by a torrential downpour.


Little surprise then that 690 hardy souls took on the Trioundabout this weekend, among them an incredible 43 first timers as well as 6 runners in the 200 club. Well, we think so anyway – 108 runners finished as unknowns today so there may well have been even more… #dfyb

With the participation numbers on the up, we trialled a new double funnel system today with great success, thanks to our 50 (!) amazing volunteers. The first to enter the new funnel was Herne Hill Harrier Nick Bester, adding yet another first place to his impressive haul of 17 before today – talk about consistent! He was chased in by Kent AC’s Peter Lighting on his first run at Tooting, finishing 7 seconds behind Nick in 17:01, with Clapham Chasers’ Joe Elliott just 11 seconds behind Peter for third place. In fact it was a pretty tightly packed field at the front, with 18 runners under 19 minutes; Sam Noakes just missed out on this threshold by clocking in 19:00 dead, but will surely be thrilled with his time nonetheless as it nabbed him a PB!


PBs also went to all of the first three lady finishers, including first lady Isis McLachlan, who took 9 seconds off her previous best time to finish in 20:29. Isis was clear ahead of Herne Hill Harriers’ Helen Oldfield in 21:03, and Taryn Retief from Boksburg AC was 43 seconds behind Helen. In fact, 160 runners registered a PB today, with 26.8% of female runners beating their previous best compared with 20.5% of male runners. And probably the most impressive PB mention of them all goes to Libby Mitchell of Royston Runners who took the highest age-grading score of the day (83.11%) while slicing 20 seconds off her time from three weeks ago!


There was also a great show from the 21 under-18s, 5 of whom ran their first ever parkrun and a further 7 clocking in their best time on this course. Special mentions go to Curtis Hines as first junior male (54th position overall) and Georgina Waight as first junior female (211th position overall), and Curtis also ranked among the top 20 age-grading scores.


We’ll keep a look out for Graham Spiby next week – he ran his 99th parkrun on Saturday and leads the charge for the next milestone, along with second lady Helen Oldfield and Emma Davies who are both on 49. Meanwhile William Frame, Simone Ragavooloo and Roshan Ramlugun all completed run number 50 to become eligible for the much-coveted red shirt – congratulations everyone!

And finally, my treat to myself – the stats… 40 minutes and 17 seconds separated the first and last finishers, so our mean time was 37:03 – Katherine Griffiths in position number 659 came closest to this. Meanwhile, David Patterson came in in median position 345 with a time of 26:42. Emma Graham finished exactly on our weekly average time of 27:15, and with 54% of the field finishing inside this time it looks promising that the average time will continue to drop.

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If you’re still here (I wouldn’t blame you if you weren’t) I’d like to sign off by thanking our brilliant volunteers, without whom Saturday mornings would look very different, and encourage all our runners to give up a run a year to help out. Please contact if you’d like to get involved or speak to one of the marshals at the next event, and if you find volunteering really isn’t for you that’s fine – just remember to always thank your marshals!

Love and laces

Jaz x


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 #163 6 April 2019

Run Talk Run

By Josh Pewter
Photos by Michael Ryan

One of the amazing things about parkrun is the positive effect it has on mental and physical wellbeing, to the effect that parkrun is now in places prescribed by GPs to encourage active lifestyles, reducing the need for medication. But parkrun can’t do this alone, and other initiatives are encouraged.

Run Talk Run have been meeting on Monday nights at the Wheatsheaf Pub in Tooting Bec since the start of January this year. We are a community that focusses on running 5km as a collective, and we don’t give a damn about pace. We have a group that ranges from people that have just finished couch to 5km to those that are running sub 3 hour marathons. It’s about getting together at the start of the week in a free, friendly group (...and sometimes we have a cheeky pint afterwards).

We also create a safe space in which people can feel comfortable to talk about their mental health. This is a huge spectrum and doesn’t have to be super serious. 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 is also lending an ear and offering avenues of support if things are getting too tough. It's also cool if you just want to come and run - pre-hab is just as important as rehab!

Running is incredibly cathartic, but so is doing it alongside great people. In the last few months we’ve grown to a group of 30. We geek out over our running goals, chat about everything from deep discussions to utter rubbish and use parkrun at the weekends as a great measure of our progress.


Run Talk Run was set up by Jessica Robson over a year ago and has successfully grown as a mental health community with groups not only all over London but also all over the UK, USA & Australia. So if you’re interested check out or @runtalkrun on Insta, and for specific Tooting RTR info e-mail me at

Failing that, if you want to give it a go just turn up & join us next Monday 7:15pm at the Wheatsheaf!

On to this week’s parkrun!


It was another fantastic turn out this week at Tooting. 646 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 92 were first timers and 44 were running their first ever parkrun. 134 recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

It's superb to see so many young parkrunners out in force, especially with the new Tooting Common junior parkrun just having started. Our junior stars of the week were Finn Maguire, Silas Gordon, Samuel Taylor, Curtis Hines, Jacob Dilley, Nicholas Taylor, Matthew Boyde, Peter Francis Kielty, Jake Bamford, Alex Chilton and Martha Brennan, who all recorded new bests today. Well done to you all!

Some other fantastic runs including Anthea Gordon who, while accompanying her under 11 year old son Silas, managed to run a first ever sub 27 finish of 26:39.

George Dunn continued his recent good form, knocking 17 seconds off the time he set a few weeks back to clock 21:30.


Regular set-up volunteer Nicola Worton notched up her first PB since February with a fabulous run of 31:27. Great work Nicola!

Lastly, a big shout out to my RTR group - Aida Alvarez Suarez achieved her first PB since starting running at Tooting parkrun in January, and ran a sub-30 parkrun for the first time by crossing the line in 29:47. Enhorabuena, Aida! Also massive shout outs to Sam Clough (28:33) for his first parkrun, accompanied by Gen Farrell (28:41) from RTR as well.

Milestone shout outs this week are due to Elena Grineva, who ran not only her 100th parkrun but also her 100th Tooting Common parkrun. She also marked the occasion with her first PB in a year and a half and went under 27 minutes for the first time, crossing the line in 26:36. In addition, Bruce Moxham and Lauren Haslam ran their 50th parkruns, with the latter also recording a new PB of 25:36. Finally, Olivia Burman also ran her 10th 5k parkrun as a junior.


The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Liam O'HARE • Joshua PEWTER • Steve ELSON • Michael John MORFEY • Michael RYAN • Tina For Gary TUNSTALL • Gareth BRIGGS • Sarah O'CARROLL • Jenny YOUNG • Marie-Anne WONG • Carol MCCALL • Dillon O'HARE • Dan WATTS • Simon HEMSLEY • Jay SIMMONDS • Pritesh RANA • Imogen SWALES • Laura SWAN • Oliver HARTLEY • Holly HAMILTON • Sophie COLE • Ben MOUNTFORD • Richard ROSENBERG • Gay LEE • Kris CHADWICK • Howard COAN • Victoria SPOONER • Richard WIGGS • Iona MARNEY • Gillian DEANE • Louisa MCLELLAN • Michael BUKUR • Carol GRIFFITHS • April MARRETTA LORD • Simon GALLACHER • Ava WATTS • M H • Gemma FULLER • Thomas WILLIAMSON • Emily BARR • Saba NAYAB • Christina BURMAN • Archie BULL

Male placings

Joe ELLIOTT (SM20-24) of Clapham Chasers RC was first over the line in 17:33.
James STOCKER (SM20-24) was second over the line in a new PB of 18:03.
An unknown runner was third over the line.

Female placings

Felicity HANNON (SW30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC was first over the line in 19:46.
Harriet HART (SW30-34) was second over the line in 20:04 in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
Aimee HARGREAVES (SW20-24) of Stoke AC was third over the line in 20:19 in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.


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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