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.

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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:

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- 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.

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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

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- 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

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- 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

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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

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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 #147 22 December 2018

By Graham Sutherland
Photos by Stuart Leeds

Saturday saw a fantastic crowd of 375 hit the Tooting Triangle for the last run before Christmas. Conditions were surprisingly warm and so most runners ditched their Fleece Navidad and ran in just a t-shirt and shorts.

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Festive fancy dress was plentiful, including Santa Claus and Rudolf who were responsible for keeping you cheeky little elves in the correct funnel order. They were due to be joined by The Snowman but he had accidentally swallowed some Christmas decorations the previous evening and so was forced to give it a miss due to a bad case of tinselitis. We also tried to persuade Dancer and Prancer to make guest appearances as barcode scanners but they wanted £500 each for doing so, and in the end we decided against it as they were just two deer...

But a huge thanks to all volunteers who did make it and elflessly pitched in to make our event happen - all of you have earned your Christmas excesses. Please e-mail tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com if you are willing to volunteer in the coming weeks.

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We had 30 Tooting first timers this weekend, 12 of you were brand new to parkrun, the colours of 30 different running clubs were on show, and 64 of you earned a superb new PB. I've chosen a few of the PB achievers at random to give a special mention to:

A new PB proved simple for Simon as HEMSLEY defied a hangover to finish in 23:24

Avone, one of our regular photographers, had been KEENE to get a new best for a while and he duly delivered in a time of 26:32

This performance by DUCK was a Christmas quacker as Stephen smashed his previous best, crossing the line in a rapid 19:34

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We also saw some milestones! Regular Tooting Run Director Rob WOODWARD notched his 100th, as did Clapham Chaser Joe Dean. Laura BOYLE celebrated her 50th, and I am delighted that we saw a 10th run for junior Sid STEEDMAN - a noble effort.

Male placings

Rutter left all of his rivals sMartin' with a rapid 17:03
Matt showed that he has the engine of a LamBORGHIni with a speedy 17:31
Tobias ALLENiated himself from the rest of the chasing pack to be next best in a new PB of 17:32

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Martin RUTTER (SM35-39) of Clapham Chasers was first over the line in 17:03
Matt BORGHI (SM20-24) (unattached) was second to finish in 17:31
Tobias Allen (JM15-17) of Newbury AC was the third quickest in 17:32

Female placings

Despite it not being a PB, Foster was not certainly not bitter at her excellent clocking of 18:44
Felicityations go to the Clapham Chaser as she posted yet HANNONother superb time of 19:19
Rachel made friends with the top 3 placings yet again, as Allen finished in a speedy 20:50

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Jordan FOSTER (SW25-29) of Nene Valley Harriers was first (8th overall) over the line in 18:44
Felicity HANNON (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers was second to finish (15th overall) in 19:19
Rachel ALLEN (SW45-49) of Newbury AC was the third quickest (36th overall) in 20:50

Well done all! See you all again next Saturday, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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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 #139 27 October 2018

By Graham Sutherland

A freezing October morn saw a fantastic crowd of 572 hardy souls brave the Tooting Triangle. 81 were Tooting first timers and 34 were running their first ever parkrun. A huge number of 104 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 33 different clubs took part. Unfortunately we also had 75 unknown runners who were either chose not to record their time as they were disgusted with their efforts, or more likely, forgot their barcode. As always, DFYB!

A huge thanks to the 34 volunteers who have up their time (as well as their fingers to frostbite). There are quite a few empty spots on the volunteer roster in the coming weeks, so please get in touch with tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com if you are willing to give up your time for a very worthy cause.

What I love about parkrun is the huge mix of abilities and the huge range of ages that it attracts. This week, I'm going to highlight the performances of a few of our younger athletes as I wish parkrun had existed when i was a wee nipper - television hadn't been invented then so it would have been nice to have something like parkrun to keep me off the mean streets of, erm, Sussex.

Overall we had 22 juniors aged under 18 which is fantastic. Of these, 3 achieved a new PB:

Jacob obviously did not DILLEY dally as he nipped under the magical 30 minute mark in 29:56

MONTAGUE obviously has excellent running genes, as Levi finished in 35:27

MANOLSON clocked 37:51 - the crowd were roaring Leo on down the home straight

Male placings

Nick proved himself to be the Bester a good bunch on the day with a rapid 17:05

Fuelled by his pre-race cup of tea, Leafe stole the second place finish in a speedy 17:56

Francesco 'Masiarati' fired up his sports engines and gunned his way down the Tooting track to a very quick 18:05

Nick BESTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 17:05
Jack LEAFE (SM25-29) of Clapham Chasers was second to finish in 17:56
Francesco MASIA (SM45-49) (unattached) was the third quickest in 18:05

Female placings

Esme wisely steered clear of a pre-race breakfast of Fillingham, as that extra weight would not have allowed her to romp round the course in a lightning 20:38.

Just one position behind was Victoria, whose on-course supporters raised the roof at Thatcher's excellent time of 20:40

Before the run Lobaciute promised her friends and family that she would finish in the top 3. Many did not belIeva, but she was true to her word, finishing in 21:11

Esme FILLINGHAM (SW25-29) of Newquay Road Runners was first (41st overall) over the line in 20:Victoria THATCHER (SW30-34) (unattached) was second to finish (42nd overall) in 20:40
Ieva LOBACIUTE (SW30-34) of Clapham Chasers was the third quickest (58th overall) in 21:11

Well done all! See you next week.

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 #126 21 July 2018

By Graham Sutherland
Photos by Benjamin Luke

This week we owe a huge thanks to the 40 members of the fantastic Clapham Chasers Running & Triathlon Club, who took over all the volunteer roles at our wonderful parkrun. Kudos in particular to Gary 'The Leaping' Salmon who volunteered for the 25th time and thus has earned his fetching purple t-shirt - wear it with pride Gary! The Chasers are a very friendly and sociable bunch, and the club caters for runners and triathletes of all abilities, so don't hesitate to check out their website and get yourself down to one of their sessions.

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Another hot and sunny day saw 551 people run, jog or walk the course, of whom 89 were Tooting first timers and 32 were running their first ever parkrun. 90 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 32 different clubs took part. Unfortunately we also had 78 unknown runners who either chose not to record their time as they were disgusted with their efforts, or more likely, forgot their barcode. As always, DFYB!

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We had a Milestone! Hats off to Kevin PICKERING! This particular Kevin was certainly not acting like a stroppy teenager as he smiled his way to the finish of his 100th parkrun, 94 of which have been at Tooting. Wonderful achievement!

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Here is a special mention for a few of the PB achievers chosen at random:

Kirsten OLSON (27:54): It wouldn't surprise me if Olson twins up now with a running coach, so that she can continue her excellent momentum after ducking under the magical 28 minute barrier for the first time in her 17th parkrun at Tooting

Chiara SAMELE (22:35): Chiara earned her PB tiara as she beat her previous PB by precisely 1 minute. An excellent clocking this weekend

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Simon MESSENGER (17:19): I have been ordered by HQ to state that this PB was made to look 'Simple by Simon'. I apologise for this bad play on words but I was given no choice - please don't shoot the Messenger! That would be a shame, especially as he ran such a fast time today...

Gavin NAZARETH (24:41): Nazareth has had improvements of biblical proportions recently. Gavin has taken off over 2 minutes in the space of 3 weeks. Cracking work Nazareth - this Israeli, really good running.

The situation at the head of the field was as follows:

 

Male placings

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Nick proved himself to be the Bester a good bunch on the day with a rapid new course PB of 16:35

'Speed Vessell Kessell' continued his fine form, narrowly missing out on the magical sub-17

Aidan's decision to iMercer himself in warm weather training over the summer months reaped rewards with a speedy 17:16

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Nick BESTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 16:35

James KESSELL (SM25-29) of Clapham Chasers was second to finish in 17:06

Aidan MERCER (SM35-39) of Clapham Chasers was the third quickest in 17:16

 

Female placings

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The Roses were out in full bloom on Saturday - a beautiful sight! It was the Clapham Chasers' Rose who Harveysted yet another 1st place parkrun finish with a speedy 18:43. And Penfold once again proved to be a wonderful sidekick to the parkrun superheros as she sauntered to 19:19 in her first Tooting outing.

Davis was actually on pacing duties and clocked 19:33 without even breaking a sweat - she is Stephinitely a very quick runner!

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Rose HARVEY (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers was first (15th overall) over the line in 18:43

Rose PENFOLD (SW25-29) was second to finish (19th overall) in 19:19

Steph DAVIS (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers was the third quickest (24th overall) in 19:33

 

Well done all! See you next week.

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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 #110 31 March 2018

By Graham Sutherland
Photos by John Linington

In Easter week, it was somewhat fitting that monsoon-like conditions of biblical proportions during the week had flooded the back path, rendering it almost unplayable; I was half expecting a plague of locusts to appear. But we parkrunners are made of sturdy stuff and 248 of you admirably ploughed on through the mud and puddles. And, as always, this would not have been made possible without our 25 wonderful volunteers this week - thank you.

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This week we had 11 first timers and 12 runners who have completed over 100 parkruns. Age categories ranged from JM10 right up to VW75-79, proving that parkrun really is inclusive! One of my favourite aspects of parkrun is the achievement of milestones. And this weekend, the Tooting Triangle laid out the milestone welcome Matt to a certain Mr WALSH who notched his 50th parkrun, all at Tooting!

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Despite the underfoot conditions, 46 runners (19%) achieved a course PB. Here is a special mention for a few at random:

Andrew CRAVEN: Craven's performance is certainly worthy of making this Newsround: All of his 16 parkruns have been at Tooting and, despite this being his first appearance in 10 months, he managed to take 20 seconds off his previous best.

Finn FROOME-LEWIS: Finn suddenly appeared menacingly above the surface water and drew screams from his fellow parkrunswimmers as they scattered out of his way. He took a large bite out of his previous PB. As a mere youngster he will only keep getting quicker.

Sarah HIRONS: An excellent PB for Sarah. Like all good runners, whenever she is not happy with a time she Hirons out any creases in her training plan and has now reaped the rewards!

The situation at the head of the field was as follows:

 

Male placings

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ALLEN has found the key to parkrun success, as Tobias was this weekend's first finished in a rapid 18:20, just 1 second outside his Tooting best.

Second over the line was an unknown (DFYB!).

First timer Ryan managed to RUSSELL up an excellent third finisher position.

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Tobias ALLEN (JM15-17) of Newbury AC was first over the line in 18:20

An unknown runner was second over the line

Ryan RUSSELL (SM30-34) was third over the line in 18:38

 

Female placings

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It is very apt that this religious weekend saw Hannah LORD as the first female to cross the line. She credits her success with having a meal of sausages, bacon, eggs and hash browns the previous evening - sounds like a Good Fry-Day!

I strongly suspect that Rachel ALLEN is related to our first male finisher Tobias. A very successful day for the athletes of Newbury - let's just hope they choose not to Bypass Tooting parkrun next week...

Third finisher was Alexandra MCCLELLAND in 21:51 - A palatial performance by Alexandra.

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Hannah LORD (SW25-29) was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:47

Rachel ALLEN (VW45-49) of Newbury AC was second (30th overall) over the line in 21:02

Alexandra MCCLELLAND (SW25-29) was third (41st overall) over the line in 21:51

 

That's your lot for this week. Thanks as always to our wonderful volunteers and see you all this coming weekend for #111!

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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 #77 15 July 2017

By Graham Sutherland
Photos by Andrew Warden

Excellent conditions for running saw 516 eager beavers line up at the start, ready to tackle the terrific Tooting Triangle. And many of these beavers put in dam good performances, gnawing away at their PB. In fact a huge 122 runners (24% of the field) achieved a PB. I think some of these deserve a special mention.

Andrew Theedom: Andrew achieved an excellent new PB in his 99th parkrun. Just one more run to go until the big 100 and, if he manages another PB then, it's quite possible that he will be given the Theedom of the Tooting city.

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Simon Lewis: Simon is one of the key members of the Tooting Volunteer team and it is excellent to see him get the opportunity to run for the 16th time here. And Lewis didn't just take a MORSEl off his previous PB, no he demolished it by almost a minute! I would like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to take a turn volunteering as many of the core team are also keen to run on occasion!

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Maurice Sharp: Maurice is in the 70-74 age category and produced a Sharp performance to shear quite a few seconds off his previous PB. This shows that age is no barrier to parkrun improvement!

What I personally love about parkrun is the community feel, and the fact that people of all abilities and all ages can enjoy it. Maurice was joined by Steve Newell (272 parkruns) and Suzanne Attwooll (247 parkruns) in the 70-74 category. At the other end of the age spectrum, I was delighted to see that we had 10 runners in the JM10 category. The fastest of these was Freddie Hake in a rapid 22:33 - Freddie certainly won't be having nightmares about his performance, as Hake proves that he is not a fish out of water in the adult parkrun events.

Some more stats for you. Tooting #77 saw 516 runners complete the course (12th highest) and 31 different running clubs represented. One runner, Pawel Kasprzak, achieved an official milestone as he completed his 50th run - nice one Pawel!

There were 87 Tooting first timers (17%), of which 50 were making their overall parkrun debut. It's incredible that, over 10 years after parkrun started, about 10% of the field are experiencing the joys for the very first time! #loveparkrun

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This week saw 71 unknown runners (14%) pop up in the results and so this is the perfect opportunity to remind you to DFYB!

The situation at the head of the field was as follows:

Male placings:

Paul Martelletti was first finisher in 15:29: Martelletti will certainly not be aPAULled by his run as he continued his 100% first finisher record at Tooting. Hugh Tibbs was second finisher in 16:55: Hugh flew at the end to take this position. Close behind as third finisher was Ben Hudson in 17:03: Hudson swooped like a Hawk to take this spot, confirming that he is a talonted runner.

Paul MARTELLETTI (VM35-39) of Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets was first over the line in 15:29
Hugh TIBBS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 16:55
Ben HUDSON (SM25-29) of Windrush was third over the line in 17:03

Female placings:

Heidi Marks her 16th run at Tooting with an excellent first finisher position, crossing the line in just under 20 mins. Second finisher was Alexandra McClelland in 21:44 - A palatial performance by Alexandra. Just behind was Victoria James in 21:46: James had a well earned Sit Down after the run after completing in such a rapid time

Heidi MARKS (SW30-34) of Clapham Chasers was first (41st overall) over the line in 19:58

Alexandra MCCLELLAND (SW20-24) of Warwick University AC was second (91st overall) over the line in 21:44
Victoria JAMES (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (93rd overall) over the line in 21:46

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Paul MARTELLETTI (VM35-39) – 86.22% for the time 15:29 (1st overall).

Patrick MCDOUGALL (VM50-54) - 80.67% for the time 18:17 (11th overall)

Hugh TIBBS (SM30-34) - 76.45% for the time 16:55 (2nd overall)

That's your lot for this week. Thanks as always to our wonderful volunteers and see you all this coming weekend for #78!

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