Words and photos by Nick Rowe
We woke on parkrunday morning to a wet start with a lot of wind. Fortunately by the time Run Director Nicola Lyttle had called us together for the briefing the weather had cleared up and we were even treated to a bit of sun during the run. The wind however hadn’t gone away and really bizarrely it seemed to be a headwind whichever way we went round the triangle - or maybe that was just me.
Event 172 saw 631 runners - slightly down on last week’s figure despite the cancellation of neighbouring Clapham so maybe the weather deterred a few this week. The event as always went smoothly, with the double funnel doing its usual magic and getting everyone a barcode and time. Despite the overnight rain there were hardly any puddles and even the grass on the 3rd part of the triangle was pretty dry so there were some good times run. The results took a while longer to finalise, but many thanks to everyone for their efforts in getting the results out to us and sorting out the gremlins in the system.
My parkrun story
Whilst this was my 14th run at Tooting it’s not my home event. I am a regular at Bushy parkrun and last week ran there for the 250th time. In all I’ve done 312 parkruns, have been fortunate enough to run at 43 different courses and even got to run in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Italy. Wherever you go, there is the same spirit and atmosphere at all parkrun events. My girlfriend Helen Davies lives in Tooting and is now a regular participant, so I certainly look on this event as my second home and certainly aim to be back on a regular basis in the coming months.
As always, the event couldn’t happen without them so a huge thank you to the 44 who helped us today - Stephanie BACKHOUSE, Emily BARR, Richard BOGLE, Ian BRANNEN, Jonathan BRAY, Gareth BRIGGS, Archie BULL, Sophie COLE, Emily COOPER, Emma DAVIES, Tom DODD, Matthew EASTALL, Dana ELFRING, Laura ELLIOTT, Kathryn EVANS, M H, Oliver HARTLEY, David HEPWORTH, Catherine LAW, Charlotte LEVIN, Nicola LYTTLE, Francesco MARRETTA LORD, April MARRETTA LORD, Alessandra MCCONVILLE, Mary MCDONALD, Louisa MCLELLAN, Sumita MENON, Roy NASSE, Ciro NICOLETTI, Nandor ORBAN, Lavinia PICKLES, Simone RAGAVOOLOO, Richard ROSENBERG, Nick ROWE, Michael RYAN, Mark SHOTTON, Ben SOUTHWARD, Richard STANSFIELD, Imogen SWALES, Andrew THEEDOM, Charlotte THEEDOM, Susan VENNER, David WHITE and Josephine WILDRIDGE.
Here at Tooting we have now had 1,037 individuals volunteer a total of 5,456 times. If you have ever thought about volunteering I’d definitely recommend giving it a go, there are many varied roles available each week and newcomers are especially welcomed. E-mail the team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they can give any guidance about the roles.
Despite the weather there were 631 runners, with 366 males and 364 females and 91 unknowns.
We have now seen 15,808 different runners take part in Tooting parkrun and these athletes have now completed 83,502 runs covering an amazing 417,510KM including 16,022 new personal bests.
We had no members of the 500 club, 8 runners in the 250 club, 36 in the 100 club and a further 67 in the 50 club. 91 runners either hadn’t registered or committed that dreaded event of forgetting their bar-code #DFYB (Don’t Forget Your Barcode).
We had 2 people running at Tooting for the first time but no one making their parkrun debut. Welcome to everyone joining us for the first time and we hope to see you all soon.
This Saturday we had no new members of the 500 or 250 club. Joining the 100 club was Russell MORRIS who ran 20:42. Russell has done 64 of his runs here at Tooting with us with an overall PB of 20 minutes exactly and has run at 23 different events.
We had 2 new members of the 50 club – well done to Adam DEDYNSKI and Katie MORIYAMA.
Congratulations to all on your landmark achievements and we look forward to you all running proudly in your new parkrun shirts.
The Results Bit
First male finishers were Alex MILNE of Enfield & Haringey in 15:55, just ahead of Andrew CLARKE of Herne Hill Harriers in 16:13 and with the 3rd man home was Joshua PEWTER of Herne Hill Harriers in 16:57.
First woman home was Alice MCGUSHIN of Clapham Chasers in 19;20, ahead of Rachel DORAN in 19:39 with Isis MCLACHAN third home in 21:12.
The female record is held by Chloe TIGHE who recorded a time of 17:08 on 29/4/17 (event number 66). The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 17:08 on 18/2/17 (event number 56). The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 92.81% (21:30) on 1/1/17 (event number 49).
The Random Number Generator
We now look at a few random numbers to give some coverage to those who otherwise may not have got a mention.
This week was event 172 at Tooting so claiming token 172 was Madeleine GASCOIGNE running 23:34 on her 30th parkrun.
The average finish time of all Tooting parkrun is 27:16 and hitting the time on the nail was Matthew ADAMS getting a PB on his 13th run!
As today is 8/6, in position 86 was Craig BAILEY running 21:18 on his 10th run.
There have now been 417 thousand km run at Tooting events so in 417 was Edward DAVIES running with 4th event with junior runner Sophie DAVIES.
Well done to all.
I always run parkrun without headphones; I like to be able to hear those around me, though you do hear some very odd sounds coming from the mouths of runners exerting themselves around the course! You also get a chance to hear the chorus of ‘thank you Marshal’ echoing around. However, for all of my other training runs I am plugged in to my headphones. Normally I have music blaring but I am also a big fan of podcasts and whilst running it’s good to hear a friendly voice, particularly when they are talking about the sport we all love. Here are my top 5 recommendations from the world of running podcasts – all available on spotify and iTunes:
1. With Me Now – hosted by long-standing Bushy runner Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood. This is an unofficial weekly update of all the goings on in parkrun world. Witty and with loads of friendly banter, this is a great way to learn about what is going on in the wider community. Danny is an uber tourist and often includes reviews of whatever new event the guys have been to. The duo formerly presented the popular parkrun show and it is so good to have them back together.
2. Free Weekly Timed – the official parkrun podcast, hosted by radio usually includes a guest interview and lots of parkrun chat and information.
3. Marathon Talk – for those of you who like to run a bit longer. This long running podcast (now up to episode 491) is hosted by parkrun Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams and Martin Yelling. Ideal for those long training runs, this show often runs almost 2 hours and includes a full guest interview each week.
4. That Running Podcast - the new kid on the block, this pod only started this year and is fast becoming a favourite of mine. Hosted by GB Olympian Ross Murray and fellow ex GB athlete Colin McCourt and gives a behind the scenes look at the world of elite athletics in a fun and entertaining way. There have been some great interviews so far, with current and former athletes letting you see what really happens in the world of the super speedsters.
5. Backstraight Boys (&Girl) - Hosted by Jody, Bayo and Claire Thomas, this covers the wider sport of athletics with news updates, banter and some amazing interviews. I’d recommend episode 35 which is all about parkrun, and it was after listening to this that I became a fan of this podcast.
There's always next week
The joy of parkrun is that however your run went today - good or bad - you always have another chance to have another go at this next week. Same time, same place – just make sure you remember that barcode.
Have a good week