Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #172 8 June 2019

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.

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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.

The volunteers

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.

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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 and they can give any guidance about the roles.

The runners

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.

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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.

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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.

Running Chat

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

Nick Rowe

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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 #171 1 June 2019

By Cal Jones
Photos by Holly

It has been six months since I last ran the Tooting triangle (outside of training, anyway, since the common is five minutes up the road from me). Then, it was the second parkrun in a New Year’s Day double, along with Riddlesdown near Croydon.


I became a parkrunner not long after Tooting was added to London’s parkrun family. I missed the initial few events due to an injury, but once I was back on my feet I became a regular and took great satisfaction from seeing my PB improve. I knew there were other parkruns out there, but didn’t see the point in travelling when I had one just up the road.

Aside from a jaunt to Stretford when I was visiting a friend in Manchester, I stuck to Tooting for two years. It wasn’t until the beginning of 2018, prompted by increasing numbers at Tooting and a certain amount of ennui on my part, that I decided to see what else London had to offer.

My first stop was Fulham Palace, a popular parkrun with my clubmates in Clapham Chasers. Invigorated by running alongside the Thames, I determined to seek out more parkrun venues, and suddenly Saturdays had been transformed from routine to adventure. I was hooked.

I decided that I was going to attempt “Lon-Done” by completing every parkrun in London – quite an undertaking as there are currently 56 in London itself, several more just outside it and more being added all the time. Currently, I am around two thirds of the way through.

One thing I have learned is how wonderfully varied London’s parkrun venues are. I have visited Victoria Dock, the parkrun that isn’t actually in a park and is reachable by cable car, Banstead Woods which is a carpet of bluebells in spring, Rickmansworth, where the course winds around lakes created by the mining of stone for the old Wembley Stadium, and Northala Fields, where the rubble from that stadium now forms a series of large mounds. I have been to tiny parkruns such as Foots Cray which rarely get 100 runners all the way up to the original, Bushy Park, which gets around 1400. I have run flat parkruns like Burgess and hilly parkruns like Sunny Hill, which may well be the toughest in London; fully paved parkruns, muddy parkruns and even, this year at Roundshaw Downs, in the snow.

What they all have in common is the community spirit. The volunteers are always welcoming and there are always friendly runners to talk to. Whether you choose to stay at your home parkrun or travel, as I do, to others, there is no doubt that parkrun is something special.

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This week at Tooting, nearly 750 runners turned out for the sunshine. Joshua Pewter of Herne Hill Harriers finished first for the third week in a row, just ahead of visitor Richard Jones from Eastbourne.
Tooting regular and Iron Mum Lucie Custance was the first woman home, with Phillipa Williams of Elswick Harriers also under 18 minutes. Lucie also achieved the best age grading of the day at 85.96%.
Dylan Sweet was the first junior once again, while Madison Ogilvie was the top junior girl in an unbelievable 21:29.

Well done to everyone who sprinted, ran, jogged or walked the triangle in very warm conditions, and a big thank you also to the wonderful volunteers, without whom we could not have a parkrun.

See you all soon.


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 #170 25 May 2019

By Jasmine Sandalli

South West London is the home of parkrun, and here at Tooting we like to think we’re helping keep the Saturday morning tradition going strong! 632 runners, joggers and walkers conquered the Trioundabout this weekend, representing at least 33 different clubs from as far afield as France (probably) and as close to home as Herne Hill and Clapham.

And that’s exactly where our first two finishers hail from – Harrier Joshua Pewter earned himself a new PB with his time of 16:29 and Chaser Nick Bowker followed him home 35 seconds after that. Clocking 17:37 for third place was Oliver Li, one of 31 people completing their first official parkrun – welcome to the club everyone!

Meanwhile almost a fifth of the field followed Joshua’s example to set themselves a personal best for the course, including our first lady finisher Clodagh O’Connor; her time of 20:37 was enough to put her 35th overall and 21 seconds ahead of Isis McLachlan. However, my superhero cape of the day has to go to Madison Ogilivie representing the JW11-14 age category, who stormed in in third place for the ladies and 56th overall. *bow* *bow* *bow*

And the under-18s really showed us how it’s done today – not only did 7 of the 25 register a PB, but 4 of them made the top 100! Besides Madison we saw Curtis and Jarvis Hines in 37th and 29th places respectively with just 4 seconds separating them, and Tom Hook in 83rd. Welcome to the fold James Hemsley, Felix Boyd and Casper Shaw running their first ever parkrun today – we can’t wait to see you again next week!

Joshua, Nick and Madison also featured in our top 5 age graded scores today, joined by Ranelagh Harriers’ Paul Doyle with 76.12% and Clapham Chasers’ Ciro Nicoletti with 73.75%. These scores allow parkrunners to compare results by taking into account your age and sex relative to the world record for your category – of course they aren’t designed to be taken too seriously, but if you ever wanted to know who really is the best runner in your family… :-)

As you know, it’s not always about speed – consistency counts for a lot! Stephen Bennett was our most experienced parkrunner today, completing parkrun number 289, with Roadhogg Kathryn Evans not far behind on 245 and Kedar Acharya on 226. Congratulations to Chaser Lucy Butt who will shortly be the proud owner of a 100 shirt after today, and Jessica Needham and Grace Mapala who will get their red 50s soon! We’ll keep an eye out for Kathryn who could be picking up her 250 shirt in the next month or so, as well as Ciro Nicoletti and Patrick Ellen on 99 and Caroline Lodge and Sarah Hirons on 49.

Of course, you won’t want to be one of the 91 people who were recorded as ‘unknown’ so make sure you don’t leave the house without your barcode! You can print and laminate, you can even buy them in keyring and bracelet versions, you just can’t use them directly from your phone. (And don’t do what I did which was try to hang onto a barcode that was obviously about to break – sorry RD…) #dfyb

For those of you who like to dip your toe in the pool of geekery, here are my stats for the week:
35 minutes and 12 seconds separated the first and last finishers, giving us a mean finishing time of 34:05 – that’s a huge jump from the last time I reported here. That time would have put you in 591st place today. The median position (316) finished in 26:45, quite a way ahead of our average run time of 27:15 run by M Pearson in position 351 – that means that 55% of the field finished inside that average time. The average doesn’t seem to have changed much in the last couple of months but if this trend continues we should see it continue to come down. There’s your challenge, everyone!

Last but not least, a massive and heartfelt THANK YOU to our 40 volunteers who made today possible - and in particular to Marie-Anne Wong who volunteered at Tooting for the 50th time today. There are so many ways to help out, either by marshalling if you need to give your legs a break or by helping with the set up and token sorting so you can run as well - please contact if you’d like to get involved or you want to know how.

And 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 #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.


Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #162 30 March 2019

By Graham Sutherland
Photos by John Linington

An absolutely stunning March morn on Saturday saw a fantastic turnout of 703 runners and walkers. I don’t think it would be Obtuse of me to say that those of you who failed to hit the ‘Tooting Triangle’ this week are no doubt now showing the first sines of suffering from Acute disappointment. We had 99 Tooting first timers this weekend, 48 of you were brand new to parkrun, the colours of 36 different running clubs were on show, and a massive 127 (18%) of you were Scalene new PB heights, including me :) Anyway, enough of terrible triangle puns – I’ll stop protracting and just get straight to the point before I go even more off tangent.

Tooting Common Park Run #163

Congratulations to Stuart (35:24) who completed his 50th parkrun! You can often see Hamilton speeding down the Tooting parkrun track during his regular marshalling duties, so it is great to see him reach this special milestone.

I've chosen a few of the PB achievers at random to give a special mention to:

Tooting Common Park Run #163

- The performance of Andy was handy as PUSEY (20:56) broke 21 minutes for the first time in his 64th run at Tooting.

- KAZANTZIS can now throw his old PB down the John as he finally dipped under the magical 20 minute mark (19:49), 8 years and 273 runs after he first printed his barcode!

- I’m often asked how one can get stronger and faster at parkrun, and my answer is always the same – don’t forget to eat your BREADMAN! Full of carbs for energy. I’m delighted that Jessica (30:43) followed my advice and was rewarded with a fine new PB.

- Another source of improvement is to mix up your training and to think outside the BOX. Karina did just that and earned a new best (24:09).

- One final way to get your times down is to cheat and do a parkrun in some form of motorised transport. However, despite initial suspicions on account of her rapid improvement, I can confirm that Laura did complete the course CARLESS and earned a great time of 26:09.

Tooting Common Park Run #163

On a personal note, I would also like to bid a fond farewell to Clapham Chaser Alison (23:43). Despite being not long out of nappies, she has proved an inspiration to many at the club on account of her wonderful Ultra running exploits, including a recent one in Borneo where she was “almost killed” by a Krait snake. She informs me that “it was touch and go for a while”, although it’s possible that she may have been exaggerating slightly. Sadly, she is heading back up to Scotland and so will be deprived of the kind of lovely weather we had this past weekend – let’s just hope she handles the Caldwell.

Male placings

Tooting Common Park Run #163

- DFYB! A timely reminder, as our first finisher was an unknown runner.

- It is now obvious to everyone that Delaney has a Carload of running talent, as evidenced by his rapid time of 16:49.

- Before the run Matt was playing down his chances, declaring “I’ve not been feeling well, and still have a really nasty Kaufman”. Utter nonsense! A superb 17:36 clocking.

An unknown runner was 1st over the line.

Carl DELANEY (SM30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers was second to finish in 16:49

Matt KAUFMAN (VM35-39) of Ealing Eagles was the third quickest in 17:36

Female placings

Tooting Common Park Run #163

- A cracking 17:38 clocking by Lucie. I’m sure she’ll be back at Tooting again, and that this will therefore not be Custance’s Last Stand.

- The labours of Corbin earned due reward as Helena romped across the line in 18:44.

- A great run by Foster. Jordan was not Petrafied to go out hard, and was rewarded with a 3rd place finish. Amman to that.

Lucie CUSTANCE (VW35-39) of Clapham Chasers was first over the line in 17:38

Helena CORBIN (SW25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was second to finish in 18:44

Jordan FOSTER (SW25-29) of Nene Valley Harriers was the third quickest in 19:20

Tooting Common Park Run #163

Please take time to volunteer on occasion. This week’s event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Graham SUTHERLAND • Liam O'HARE • Inga BELLAHN • Ethan MCLAUGHLIN • Joshua PEWTER • Michael John MORFEY • Emily FOY • Kathryn EVANS • Lorna JOHN • Mark SHOTTON • Jenny YOUNG • Carol MCCALL • Helen DAVIES • Rob WOODWARD • Emma HAINSWORTH • Richard BOGLE • Rob LEAY • Sarah HILTON • Imogen SWALES • Cecilia BOGLE • Mavis ORBAN • Stephanie HELLINGS • Carolina MOUNTFORD • John LININGTON • Nicola WORTON • David WHITE • Nicola LYTTLE • Charlotte BRIGDEN • Iona MARNEY • Louisa MCLELLAN • Isobel BEINT • April MARRETTA LORD • Simon GALLACHER • Andy DE SANTIS • M H • Thomas WILLIAMSON • Saba NAYAB • Christina BURMAN • Archie BULL

Tooting Common Park Run #163

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 #161 23 March 2019

Flat, fast and funny in the sun

By Pippa White
Photos by Stuart Leeds


Tooting looks as if it’s going to be a fast PB style course where a long legged fit runner can scamper round in under 16 minutes. So I was looking forward to talking about a flat, fast and furious run. How wrong I was proved to be.

Visiting with a touring volunteer from Queen Elizabeth parkrun (not flat), we began our day getting lost – and then had a GPS fail when google maps went into melt down. For those of you similarly cartographically confused, head to the café when you finally ask someone where the parkrun is and if you are near the avenue of trees that are newly planted, you are quite close.


First timer briefing attended – tick. All barcodes on person, under 11s tethered closely and dogs on short leads: time to get started. And we got started by being corralled into approximate time bands. I wandered towards the rear of the pack and got started, fully intending a nice 30 to 28 minute-er in the spring sunshine.

Well, it was a planned 28 minutes until Megs, running with dad Matt, started chatting away giving ratings to leggings: flowery, sparkly, bit boring etc. An awesome younger parkrunner, she’s building up to the 5k and running two laps at present. I muscled into the conversation and this meant my first two laps were viewed through the lens of a child. I admired leggings, heard about her family, told
her about mine, looked at flowers, learned about the Lido, called out hi to the marshals, stopped a bit for a breather, started again when it became possible that her brother might lap us. A delightful and wonderful 2 laps. Thank you Megs for you conversation and friendliness. I’m just sorry we didn’t see the coolest parkrun dog. Lap 3 was looking lonelier but I ended up running around with Hannah
who finished her first ever 5k. Thank you very much all three of you for a happy, head clearing joyful event.

So what did you do?


47 of you did it for the first time and remembered your barcode. A number of you came and didn’t scan – 113 – which is rather higher than nationally. Over 1/6 th of a parkrun of 669 participants. Paper, or tag, just join in. However, well done 47 first ever parkrunners.

101 of you (with barcodes) were running Tooting for the first time – well done and do come back. Victoria SPOONER joined the 50 club, Joanne DAWES and Selina WRAY the 100 club. Awesome work, and may your t-shirt links go live shortly.

I had a different to planned parkrun and it was brilliant.


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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