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 https://runtalkrun.com/ or @runtalkrun on Insta, and for specific Tooting RTR info e-mail me at email@example.com.
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
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.
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.