Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #177 13 July 2019

I have been thinking hard about a new angle to take on the most recent episode of the Tooting Triangle parkrun, so today I’ll indulge myself in a view from the corner. Track Corner to be precise. That may mean very little to some of you reading this, but for the race officials, the three crunchy turning points on this tight little course all have their names.

As you charge away on the tarmac, past the tennis courts (keeping left, of course…you really do listen to those lovely placard-wielding marshals), buoyed up by the euphoria of actually making it to the start (again), you head towards Tooting Bec Road and execute a perfect left turn at what we call Track Corner. Why Track Corner? Well, behind the yelling loon entreating you all to keep left, is Tooting Bec Athletics Track: we’re a creative bunch, no?
You made it. You weren’t jostled (it really is a tight turn) and managed to avoid clipping someone else’s heels (and were utterly brilliant about making space for other park users…)
Now you are hurtling parallel to the main road and approach the next little tricksy turn. Another left turn and squeezing through the narrowest of gaps and cheered and cajoled by another clutch of chirpy marshals. You have just encountered Lido Corner. ‘Why? Why call it that?’ I hear you asking. Well, tucked behind the apex is Tooting Bec Lido…are you getting the hang of this?

It all gets rather hectic now as the path is very narrow and all entreaties to keep left (yes, we’re still shouting!) can seem impossible to respond to - such a thin path almost has no left or right – but sticking to the route has much to commend it: there are lots of exposed tree roots on either side and a runner had a close encounter with one recently that left her with a broken leg (she’s doing really well and had reserves of pain tolerance that defy description). As you approach the end of this path, the trafficky-roar of Bedford Hill Road comes into earshot (just above the sound of cheery marshals, obviously). You have now come to the third corner: would you like to guess what we call it?

For a triangular route, we do manage to defy the laws of geometry and squeeze in a fourth corner. It’s near the café. I can only imagine what it might be known as, but that’s where confusion potentially reigns as second and third lap runners part company, the former heading once more to gleefully encounter another three corners whilst the latter storm towards the finish area and a well-earned slump and a token reward (ahem). Luckily there are always some fab marshals on hand to bring order to the possible chaos and make sure you head off in the right direction.

Ok, that’s enough wittering from me. This is what you really came for – the stats. Here we go…

There were an AMAZING 628 runners who braved the full-on sunshine to canter round the course. Of these, 87 were having the first encounter with the triangle – 41 absolute new starters (welcome, come again!) and 46 visitors from afar (well, other parkruns – welcome too!).

There were 111 (that’s almost 20%) of the field who were unknown (no barcode). You won’t be reading this, and we have no idea who you are, but there were some tremendous times achieved and somewhere out there, Unknown Pleasures are well-deserved.

I had a suspicion that the warm conditions might put paid to many assaults on Mount PB, but 97 of you defied my expectations: what an amazing effort – congratulations to you all.
There was a healthy clutch of club runners in the mix this week (49), representing 28 different organisations. And, in spite of the lure of Junior parkrun, 25 younger runners galloped through the 5km and came out smiling. Particularly large hat-tips to Yousof Daryabi who clocked 18:48 whilst Martha Brennan, Imogen Shaw, and Robyn Eastlake all brushed the sub-30 barrier aside with ease, and all with PBs. Wow.

The first three female runners this week were Hannah Bowe, Isis McLachlan, and Helen Oldfield. They were joined (chased hard…) in the sub-22 club by Ruth Draisey, Nicola Kaye, Sarah Cakebread, and Ellen Kearns.

The first three male runners to frighten the scanners were Piers Aarnold, Nicholas Sharp, and Fred Davies. The sub-20 bunch included: Sam Batey, Daniel Wyness, Alexander Majewski, George Scott, Michael Tay, Tom Thornhill, Yousof Daryabi, Ciro Nicoletti, Thomas Willers, James Wass, Andrew Theedom, Gabriele Mora Ubertino, Paul Doyle, Mark Hudson, Hareth Bader, Adam Latham, Thomas James Gatenby, Alex Geach, Adam Williams, John Coles, Tom Grantham, Andrew Gormley, Sam Simmons, and Richard Salter.

Some other milestones to report are that Richard Salter, Tom Armstrong, Chris Pilcher, Luke Sarjant, Declan Keane, Bambi Thompson, David Collins, Louise Wiggins, Howard Coan clocked-up 25 runs today whilst Andrew Bright reached the heady-heights of 50. A casual glace thro’ the stats tells me that eight amazing people have completed 200+ runs. That is rather incredible.

Last but not least, a big, BIG, thank you to all of the volunteers who made the whole gig swing along so smoothly, all 38 of you and we always want/need more! Do come and join us. Do.

This week’s parkrun was brought to you by:
Alexander Sharma, Amanda Jones, Ammran Mamat, Archie Bull, Avone Keene, Carol Mccall, Catherine Law, Craig Barney, Dillon O'hare, Ece Kurtaraner, Edward Richardson, Fred Davies, Howard Coan, James Stocker, Jay Simmonds, Kris Chadwick, Laura De Rooy, Laura Swan, Liam O'hare, Liz A Smith, Lucy Moore, Mavis Orban, Michael Bukur, Michael John Morfey, Michael Turnham, Mike Hayden, Nicola Worton, O'hare Ciar, Richard Bogle, Rob Woodward, Simon Gallacher, Simon Hemsley, Sophie Cole, Stephanie Backhouse, Stephen Darlington, Therese Droog, Thomas Williamson, and Tom Baker.


Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #175 29 June 2019

Well, that was a hot one! I'm sure that was the first day this year that many of us hit our Factor 10, Factor 50 and Factor 100 sunscreen milestones!


Talking of milestones, we had a few this week:

We all say sehr gut to JERMAN as junior Freddie completed his 10th run, with a new PB

Congratulations to Emma, as JACKSON moonwalked her way to her 50th run

And SMITH will also be rEdwarded with a fine t-shirt as he also notched his 50th


We had 70 Tooting first timers this weekend, 31 of who were brand new to parkrun, the colours of 35 different running clubs were on show, and a massive 41 of you nabbed yourself a cheeky PB.

Male placings:

Procul Harum predicted this performance back in 1967, singing: 'And so it was that later, as the MILLAR told his tale, that her face at first just ghostly, turned a whiter shade of pale'. Well, I'm not surprised that Jack's mum was so shocked - any mother would be upon learning that her son had run the 11th fastest parkrun time in the country that weekend!

As you all know, PEWTER is an alloy comprised of tin, antimony, copper and bismuth. Which goes some way to explaining why Joshua's running technique is so rock solid. As his is willpower - he really showed his metal in the tiring closing stages


The FOXALL Corsa showed he has a fine racing chassis, and he handled the turns of the Tooting Triangle with aplomb to finish in an excellent 3rd place

Jack MILLAR (SM20-24) of Bristol and West AC was first across the line in 15:33

Joshua PEWTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was second to finish in 17:10

John FOXALL (SM30-34) of Ealing Eagles was the third quickest in 17:34

Female placings:

As most of you will also be aware, the REYNOLDS number is an important dimensionless quality in fluid mechanics. That may be, but on this occasion Martha got her pacing dimensions spot on during all 3 sections of the course. Her fluid running style reaped excellent rewards.

If you take a stroll down the high street of the Turkish tourist trap of Bodrum, you will find a hotel named the ISIS Hotel Goddess (true!). Well, McLachlan certainly put in a performance which deserves to be worshipped by us all.


Helen finished in a cracking 3rd place. However, she actually almost missed the start. She was on the other side of the common, wondering where all the parkrun masses were, when some helpful passing dog walker shouted "You're in the wrong place! That's the OLDFIELD! You'll be wanting the newer one near the café". Phew!

Martha REYNOLDS (SW25-29) (unattached) was first over the line in 20:38

Isis MCLACHLAN (SW30-34) (unattached) was second to finish in 21:02

Helen OLDFIELD (VW50-54) of Herne Hill Harriers was the third quickest in 21:21

The top age gradings came from Jack Millar (82.96%), Helen Oldfield (78.53%) and Felix Allen (76.33%)

Andrew Lambert (468) and Jonathan Mark Pegg (412) were easily the most prolific parkrunners amongst us on Saturday

We had 7 runners aged 70+ and 14 kids amongst us. This range is what i love about parkrun!

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



Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #174 22 June 2019

Unfortunately, we start this week with a negative comment. We spent £160 on replacement tokens two weeks ago. We lost 8 the first week and it would have been more than that this week but we found some in a bin and others discarded on the grass.

This week saw a perfectly warm Saturday for parkrun, unless you were recently diagnosed with a bad cough and asked to avoid running, like me! It's still a good opportunity to take part as a volunteer, have you tried it yet? It's my second year with parkrun and so far I've done a varied number of roles and events. It's always great to see people enjoying themselves in their runs or how some of you can get so quick with your dogs and buggies!

Congratulations to everyone who takes part and don't forget to volunteer.

The Tooting Common parkrun team have always been very supportive and inclusive, I fell in love with the variety of people you see at parkrun every week and most of these people live close by! As such an inclusive event, and as we reach the end of Pride Month next week (did you know it's Pride Month!?), have you heard of Pride Run 10K?
This is a run led by volunteers from the running team London Frontrunners in Victoria Park on 10 August. It's an event for the family and it includes a kids run, so bring your young ones too! The race entry price (£21 Adults / £5 Children) goes towards the running of the event and a charity we chose to support for the running year. This year we're working with Micro Rainbow International, a charity helping LGBT+ refugees in the UK. So get some colour on and come run with us for a good cause!
For more information

And now for some stats! The sunny Saturday brought 273 men, 256 women (That's a good split!) and 98 Unknowns. We also had 18 little ones! On milestones, Paul Boddey completed his +250 parkrun with a new PB of 18 minutes. 20 people completed 100 or more parkruns and 57 had done 50 or more. We had two anniversary runs Rosie Halahan and Ciar O'Hare both ran their 50th parkrun (congratulations).

91 people were Tooting parkrun first timers, we hope you enjoyed it and do come back.

A well deserved thank you to this week's volunteers:
Andrew WARDEN • Andy DE SANTIS • April MARRETTA LORD • Carol MCCALL • Cathryn NASSE • Ciro NICOLETTI • Claire POWELL • Ece KURTARANER • Emily BARR • Emily COOPER • Francesco MARRETTA LORD • Gavin NAZARETH • Graham LEWIS • Graham PETERSEN • Guy EAGLESFIELD • Helen JAQUES • Holly HAMILTON • Howard COAN • Inga BELLAHN • Iona MARNEY • Jay SIMMONDS • Jemima THOMAS • Keith SUDBURY • Laura DE ROOY • Laura SWAN • Lavinia PICKLES • Liam O'HARE • Liz A SMITH • Mark PICKLES • Mavis ORBAN • Michael RYAN • Nicola WORTON • O'Hare CIAR • Richard BOGLE • Richard ROSENBERG • Robert WEBB • Roy NASSE • Sarah HILTON • Simon GALLACHER • Simone RAGAVOOLOO • Stuart HAMILTON • Sumita MENON • Thomas WILLIAMSON • Victoria ROCKLIFFE


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.