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