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.
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:
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
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