Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #160 16 March 2019

When is a parkrun not a run in a park?

By Mark Shotton
Photos by Mark Shotton and Holly Hamilton

The growth of parkrun has been phenomenal over the past few years, with about 1450 of them now taking place every week in 20 countries across the world. And from the name you would be forgiven for thinking that they all happen on land used for recreation, but this is often not the case. Over time, ‘parkrun’ has become an umbrella term for a series of volunteer-led 5k events taking place on Saturday morning. parkruns are often along the coast, either on a seaside path (such as Hove Promenade parkrun or Worthing parkrun in Sussex) or entirely on sand (such as Inch Beach parkrun and Portrush parkrun on the island of Ireland). There are parkruns with routes around an island (such as Hamilton Island parkrun in the Whitsundays in Australia and Elagin Ostrov parkrun in St Petersburg in Russia), and one of the latest additions to the London set, Victoria Dock parkrun, is run entirely on dockside paths. In addition, in November 2017 Black Combe parkrun became the first ever weekly 5k event within the grounds of a prison. On my travels this month, I have been to two other parkruns that are also not a run in a park. One is around a bay in a European capital, and the other is along the walls of an Italian city.

Tokoinranta parkrun

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parkrun was first established in Finland in October of 2017 in the city of Tampere. Just under a year later, in late September 2018, the national capital Helsinki welcomed the country’s second parkrun.

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Töölönlahti Bay, with Finlandia Hall in the distance on the left

At around 20 minutes on foot from the main railway station, Tokoinranta parkrun is very easy to get to from the city centre. The course is an out and back, and the majority of the route is along the tarmac paths going around Töölönlahti Bay, a spot which is very popular with the local residents. Going round you are treated to views of Finlandia Hall, a striking marble-coloured congress and event venue designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, and the Finnish National Opera Hall. The turnaround point comes just after you have passed the latter building. The route round the bay and the start/finish stretch are both pancake flat. However, to get between the two you have to go up and over a railway bridge, and the climb up to the bridge is short and steep. It provides a real sting in the tail towards the end!

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The regular start/finish area with evidence on the left as to why it wasn't used on my visit

It is also worth noting that during the winter the location of the start/finish area can change. While the route around Töölönlahti Bay is usually free of ice, the path around the edge of Eläintarhanlahti Bay will often freeze over. This was the case when I visited, so the start/finish point moved to Kaisaniemenranta, on the other side of the bay. Finding the start is quite straightforward, though. The parkrun teardrop flag and event selfie frame are always placed out early, and if you can find them then you’ll know you’re in the right area!

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Tokoinranta parkrun is still quite a young event, and on my visit they attracted 28 participants – quite impressive given the cold and the grey skies. However, I can see it getting very popular during the summer and would heartily recommend giving it a go if you’re heading to Finland on holiday. Just be ready for the sting in the tail!

Mura di Lucca parkrun

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And they're off!

The weekend before my visit to Helsinki I headed to the other side of Europe and ran at Lucca in Italy. parkrun began in Italy in May 2015 with the launch of Uditore parkrun in Palermo and now boasts 16 events. Lucca is a town in Tuscany which is roughly hallway between Pisa and Florence. Lucca is renowned for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, which after they lost their military importance became a tree-lined pedestrian promenade. The route around the walls is 4.2 kilometres, and on 25 August 2018 it became the course for Mura di Lucca parkrun.

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The pre-run warm-up

The start of the parkrun is on the southern side of the walls, near the Porta San Pietro. Getting up onto the walls couldn’t be easier; all you have to do is walk up a very gentle and wide tarmac slope. You’ll know you’re in the right place if you can see the Antico Caffe delle Mura building in front of you. If you get there for around 8:40 you can also take part in the legendary Mura di Lucca parkrun warm-up. It lasts for about 10 minutes, and they really put you through your paces with a wide range of exercises and dynamic stretches that will get your heart pumping! After the warm up, everyone heads a little way down the path for the start. The briefing is done in both Italian and English, and visitors are made to feel very welcome.

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The Mura di Lucca parkun route

The route of Mura di Lucca parkrun is one anticlockwise lap of the walls, and to make up the extra 0.8 kilometres you begin by running in a clockwise direction towards a statue on the walls. You then go round the statue, return to where you started and begin the lap. Out of the 134 different parkruns I have been to, Mura di Lucca is definitely one of the most inspiring courses I have run; there is always something of interest to look at as you go round. To your left you can see everything you would expect to see in a Tuscan city – parks, gardens, churches, squares and the odd tower or two thrown in for good measure. And to your right you have beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside and the Apennine mountains in the distance. It really is as glorious a run as it sounds.

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The view to the left and to the right as you go round

The course is pancake flat, and as it is almost all tarmac road shoes will be fine all year round here. The weather on the day when I visited was slightly overcast, which made for great running conditions. This, coupled with the inspiring views around the course, led to me running my best time this year. The slight nip in the air meant that there was a lower than usual attendance of 48 when I visited. However, this will be a very popular parkrun in the summer, and I can definitely see them breaking the attendance record of 124 (which was set at the inaugural) very soon.

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Finishing strongly!

Mura di Lucca parkrun is definitely worth a go if you are in the area on holiday, though there are parkruns in nearby Terme and Florence which I'm sure are equally good. And as at Tokoinranta, the event selfie frame is well worth using too! I'd also heartily recommend exploring the maze of streets within the city walls after your run. See if you can find the tower with trees growing at the top!

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Also, if like me you are keen on running at parkruns in other countries then you might be interested to know that there is a new parkrun World Tourists group on Facebook. To become a member you need to have run at one parkrun in at least four of the (currently) 20 different countries that have parkruns. To join all you need to is click here and when prompted answer the question asking you which countries you have visited.

But what happened at Tooting?


This week 636 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 79 were first timers to Tooting and 31 were running their first ever parkrun. 61 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 37 different clubs took part.


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Nick Bester (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 17:18.
Timothy Wood (SM25-29) of Team Dillon was second over the line in 17:39.
Joshua Pewter (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was third over the line in 17:54.


Annie Byrne (SW25-29) was first over the line in 19:31 in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
Jordana Williamson (VW35-39) of Herne Hill Harriers was second over the line in a new PB of 21:44.
Helen Oldfield (VW50-54) of Herne Hill Harriers was third over the line in 21:52.


Congratulations to Stephanie Hellings, who ran her 50th parkrun with us today.


Aside from those mentioned above, other PBs of note today are as follows:

- Our junior stars this week were Herbie Clark, Gethin Parry, Sid Steedman, Jacob Dilley, Maria Carla Rodriguez Kanoti, Stelina Hossain, and Madeleine McGuigan, who all achieved new bests today.

- Charlotte Lord continued her impressive recent form, crossing the line in 26:49 which is an improvement of 5 seconds on the time she set last month.

- Rizwan Hafiz recorded a new PB for the first time since last November, improving his time by 26 seconds to finish in 25:11.

- Julian Abbott, today’s most experienced parkrunner with 387 runs under his belt, returned to run with us for the first time since October 2016 and bettered the time he set then by a very impressive 4 minutes and 10 seconds to cross the line in 23:50. Welcome back, Julian!

Three cheers for the volunteers!


The event was made possible by 36 volunteers: Richard BALLAM, Emily BARR, Isobel BEINT, Richard BOGLE, Cecilia BOGLE, Jake BUCK, Archie BULL, Christina BURMAN, Kris CHADWICK, Emily COOPER, Laura DE ROOY, Hugo DELAMAIN, Jaspal DHALLEY, Kathryn EVANS, Simon GALLACHER, Nicola Mary GEORGE, M H, Holly HAMILTON, Oliver HARTLEY, Mike HAYDEN, Stephanie HELLINGS, David HEPWORTH, Sarah HILTON, Catherine LAW, Iona MARNEY, Louisa MCLELLAN, Michael John MORFEY, Carolina MOUNTFORD, Joanna MUNDIE, Liam O'HARE, Mavis ORBAN, Emily OSBORN, Richard ROSENBERG, Mark SHOTTON, Tina For Gary TUNSTALL, David WHITE

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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 Report: Event #149 1 January 2019

Godt nytår!/Gott nytt år!

By Mark Shotton
Photos by Mark Shotton and Michael Ryan

Many of you will be aware that New Year’s Day is the one day in the year when you can run at two different parkruns on the same day and have both officially recorded. Our later than usual start of 10:30 therefore meant that some of you arrived on the Common today already having run 5k elsewhere – more about that later. Events close to one another will often coordinate their start times to allow people to complete a double. And last year’s establishment of a parkrun in Malmö, at the southern tip of Sweden, created for the first time the exciting possibility of runners combining a run there with one in Copenhagen – two parkruns in two different countries on the same day!


The Run Directors - Katherine Thomson (at Malmö Ribersborg) and Anne Petersen (at Amager Fælled)

The Denmark–Sweden New Year’s Day double was well publicised in advance, and as such attracted a lot of interest. A total of 141 people went over to complete both parkruns, the majority from the UK parkrun tourist crowd. It was well organised too, with a private Facebook being set up by Andy Moore from Peter Pan parkrun in Hull to coordinate meeting up, and members of both event teams joining to offer travel and accommodation tips. Anders Staffe, a regular at Amager Fælled parkrun, also helped out on the day by acting as a chaperone for those travelling by public transport between the two. The contribution of Andy and Anders to the double was immense, and I am sure I speak for everyone attending that we are thoroughly grateful to them both.


Andy and Anders - parkrun tourism legends!

Amager Fælled parkrun


With its first run taking place in May 2009, Amager Fælled parkrun is the 13th oldest parkrun in the world and was the first one set up outside of the UK. It is also the most conveniently located of the 3 Copenhagen parkruns from the point of view of making the trip to Sweden, so it made sense to hold the 9am event here.

Set in the middle of a vast area of common land within walking distance of the city centre, Amager Fælled parkrun is a simple to follow two lap course. DR Byen metro station, a 10 minute walk from the start line, is the closest public transport to the event. You can also hire a bike and cycle there - an option that seems to be very popular with locals. The run is pancake flat and the paths used are well maintained, so road shoes are the best option here. There are however no course marshals, and flour is used to indicate turns and the start line.

The 160 runners today did not set a new attendance record - that honour is still held by the 500th run, which took place in September last year. However, it came in as a close second. First overall finisher today was Jim Webb in 17:26, and hot on his heels was first female finisher Hannah Oldroyd, crossing the line in 17:53.

Crossing the ‎Øresund Strait


After completion of the first parkrun, next on the order of business was making the trip over to Malmö, which is separated from Copenhagen by the ‎Øresund Strait. The journey between the two cities was simplified in July 2000 by the opening of the ‎Øresund Bridge, a combined railway and motorway bridge that has in recent times been made famous by the Nordic crime TV series The Bridge. I am a big fan of the show, and the possibility of combining two things I love in one trip made doing this New Year’s Day double very appealing for me.

People made the journey across the bridge in different ways. Some went over in either hired or shared cars, but most took the train from ‎Ørestad (a couple of stops by metro from DR Byen) straight to Malmö Central station. Some of the quicker finishers combined the 9:45 train with a run from the station to the parkrun at the other end, but most people got the 10:02 and took a short bus ride instead.


Don't Forget Your Passport - DFYP!

Given that you are crossing a border as part of the journey, you do need to have your passport as you will be checked on the Swedish side (but not on the way to Denmark). The journey time between ‎Ørestad and Malmö is about 40 minutes, and an 11:00 start in Malmö made the journey quite tight. Most of us tourists ended up making a mad dash for the bus on arrival; I can only imagine what locals must have made of about 100 people in yellow bobble hats charging through the station at quarter to 11! But we all made it to the bus OK, and got to Ribersborg Beach in good time for the start.

Malmö Ribersborg parkrun


As mentioned previously, Malmö Ribersborg parkrun was only set up last year, and today was its 39th event. The event is a one lap course around the lawns next to Malmö’s main beach, and like Amager Fælled is a pancake flat run for which road shoes are ideal. The attendance of 152 comfortably set a new attendance record, the previous one being 79 at the inaugural. It also represented a huge jump up compared to recent turnouts - the previous Saturday had seen their lowest ever attendance of 12.

The course is very scenic, and you have great views of both the Øresund Strait and The Turning Torso as you go round. Today's run, however, was notable for two things. Firstly, there were a few obstacles in the form of boxes of spent firework shells dotted along the paths. They were no doubt used the night before - let's just say that the Scandinavians are keen on their New Year fireworks! Secondly, there was the wind blowing off the sea. We started out by running straight into it, and to say it was vicious is a massive understatement. This is reflected in the times of the first finishers, who as in Copenhagen were Jim Webb and Hannah Oldroyd - they finished in 18:23 and 18:48 respectively.

With the second run complete, we all went for fika - a coffee and cake break which is an important part of Swedish culture. The venue of choice in Malmö is the Ribersborgs Kallbadhus (pictured below), an open-air bathing house which was built in 1898 and is located 300 metres off shore. In addition to having coffee and cake you can also go for a refreshing dip in the sea, but I didn't on this occasion as I had forgotten my swimming trunks - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! ;)


The Denmark-Sweden New Year's Day parkrun double was a fantastic occasion to be part of, and I'd thoroughly recommend doing the trip yourself if you can. It is truly amazing what such a wonderful international organisation makes possible.

But what happened at Tooting?

Today 426 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 79 were first timers and 15 were running their first ever parkrun. 56 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 38 different clubs took part.


New Year’s Day Doubles

Of those arriving at the start line at 10:30 today, 46 people (or 11% of the field) had already run an event at 9:00. The most popular 9:00 run venue was Peckham Rye with 24 people heading there first, with Riddlesdown being the second most popular with 10 and Beckenham Place in third with 5. In addition, 3 people ran at Richmond and one person came from each of Highbury Fields, Old Deer Park, Lloyd and Bushy.

Male placings


Joshua Pewter (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 17:12.
Sam Davey (JM15-17) of Worcester AC was second over the line in 17:24 in his first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
An unknown runner was third over the line.

Female placings


Lucie Custance (VW35-39) of Clapham Chasers RC was first over the line in a new PB of 17:24.
Megan De Silva (VW35-39) of Ranelagh Harriers was second over the line in 19:23.
Lara Langston (SW25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was third over the line in a new PB of 19:41.



Congratulations to Abigail Hermon and Jasmine Sandalli, both of whom ran their 100th parkrun with us today.



Aside from those mentioned above, other PBs of note today are as follows:

- Our junior stars today were Dylan Sweet, Elouise Greatrex, Lydia Mycroft and Coco Green, achieving as they did new bests of 19:45, 23:56, 35:32 and 24:35 respectively.

- Ashley Wilkie had perfect vision today as he came home in an amazing 20:20.

- Clapham Chaser Joanne Hinsley continued her excellent recent form by recording her fourth successive course PB, this improving on her time from before Christmas by 32 seconds to 25:14.

- Clapham PiONEERs Michael Wiggins and Tiphaine Le Bian were obviously inspired by their 9am run at Peckham Rye as they beat their previous records by 14 seconds and 58 seconds to get 18:01 and 24:57 respectively.

- Clapham Common parkrun Co-Event Director Jennifer Woolgar ran with us for the first time since last July and improved her previous course best by 26 seconds to get 23:49. Welcome back, Jennifer!

Three cheers for the volunteers!


The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Commeletia ALLISON • Michael John MORFEY • Damien WILSON • Sam DALTON • Michael RYAN • Ken WILLIS • Mark SHOTTON • Robert DUNBAR • Charlotte THEEDOM • Jane HUGHES • Katherine CANE • Sergio R • Alan WILKINSON • Margaret ROGERS • Kevin PICKERING • Rob WOODWARD • Emma HAINSWORTH • Tom BAKER • Lisa PICKERING • Sarah HILTON • George JACKSON • Cal JONES • Nandor ORBAN • Susan VENNER • Kat HARDY-KING • Nicola WORTON • Kevin HUGHES • Cedar-Xuesong LUO • Libby HUNT • Gay LEE • Howard COAN • Jennifer SLATER • Laurel LEFKOW • Dana ELFRING • Simon GALLACHER • Stephen DARLINGTON • Mark O'NEILL

See you all again on Saturday for what will no doubt be a busy run – and Happy New Year!



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 #146 15 December 2018

By Nick Bester
Photos by Nick Bester and Dickon Thompson

It’s been two years since I visited my motherland, South Africa, and WOW did I forget how difficult a parkrun is on this side of the world. The parkrun I did is called Ebotse parkrun and is situated on the east side of Johannesburg and is a beast from the east.

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There has recently been some seriously hot weather in South Africa and this morning was no different. parkrun starts an hour earlier in South Africa and just as well as it was a soaring 31 degrees at 8am. There were 467 runners that participated in the event. I managed to come second which was a very distant second as the winner managed to do 16:31 which was almost two minutes faster than me. He came past me at such a speed, it made me look like I was looking for parking. To give an idea of how tough this parkrun is, I did Dulwich parkrun three weeks prior in 16:30. My time for this parkrun was 18:22 with a very similar effort level. It must have been the heat, running on uneven grass and dodging the Springboks. Bester was clearly not at his best this week.

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The vibe was very festive with all the marshals wearing Christmas hats. The main reason why we do Ebotse parkrun is for the killer breakfast we get afterwards and it was definitely worth it. It was actually my bachelors later that day so decided to have a shot and cocktail with my breakfast to get into the swing of things.

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But what happened at Tooting?


This week 414 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 18 were running their first ever parkrun. 64 recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 30 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by our fabulous first time Run Director Nicola LYTTLE and 34 other volunteers:

Sai-Yee LAM • Sandhya DREW • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Emily FOY • John KAZANTZIS • Kathryn EVANS • Nick BESTER • Mark SHOTTON • Maureen KENNY • Edward REES • Stuart MORRISON • Carol MCCALL • Richard BOGLE • Matthew EASTALL • Tom BAKER • Laura SWAN • Cecilia BOGLE • Stuart HAMILTON • Holly HAMILTON • Kat HARDY-KING • Marian KELLY • Kris CHADWICK • Alice HORNE • Howard COAN • Andy STRINGER • April MARRETTA LORD • Dana ELFRING • Oli GRIFFITHS • Simon GALLACHER • Dickon THOMPSON • Rosy ALEXANDER • Anna METCALFE • Francis ROSENBERG • Thomas WILLIAMSON

Male placings


Matthew CARTWRIGHT (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in 17:53.
Matthew DUCKETT (SM25-29) was second over the line in a new PB of 18:14.
Tomas O’HANLON (SM25-29) was third over the line in 18:48.

Female placings


Sophie JOHNSON (SW20-24) of Guildford and Godalming AC was first over the line in 20:52.
Ruth Jean CHALMERS (SW30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers was second over the line in 20:53.
Claire PARKER (SW30-34) was third over the line in 20:57 in her first ever appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.


Milestone shout outs are due to Scarlett WATTS and Lisa PICKERING, who both ran their 100th parkruns with us today, and Paul CANE, Stephen WORTLEY, Rupert NAYLOR, Sophie JOHNSON and Piers MASON who all ran their 50th parkruns. Piers also marked the occasion with a new PB. Finally, George GOWLAND, Sam MYCROFT and Jarvis HINES ran their 10th parkruns as juniors.


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Aside from those mentioned above, other PBs from today worthy of mention are as follows:

- Our junior stars of the week were Julian SAKROUGE, Alex GUEST, Lydia MYCROFT and Caitlin CHILTON, who recorded new PBs of 23:38, 24:57, 36:40 and 24:03 respectively.

- April MARRETTA LORD made it a volunteer and PB double, helping set up the finish funnel and recording a new best of 27:41.

- Rachel VICKERS recorded her best ever parkrun time with 22:58.

- Matthew EASTALL, Harriet NORTH and Jane TINGLE smashed the 20, 25 and 30 minute barriers with times of 19:50, 24:58 and 29:58 respectively.

- Lucinda HIGGIE ran with us for the second time and improved on the time she set a fortnight ago by an astonishing 5 minutes and 8 seconds to cross the line in 36:19! Well done, Lucinda!


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 #122 23 June 2018

A Sicilian Holiday

By Mike Morfey
Photos by Giorgio Cambiano, Vincenzo Ferro, John Linington, Mike Morfey and Modesto Pellitteri

Earlier this month my wife and I went on the first ever organised parkrun holiday to Sicily, put together by official parkrun partners and Balham-based adventure holiday company Exodus Travels. The holiday was from 1 to 10 June and took in two parkruns, with exploration of the island filling the week inbetween. There were about 20 of us on the trip, including Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of parkrun.


The holiday was superbly organised. We flew into and out of Catania airport and had guided tours most of the time, seeing local architecture and churches. We were also given ample free time to explore on our own if we wanted. Our tour guides were very informative, the accommodation was excellent and although temperatures ranged between 26c and 30c we went around the island in a comfortable air-conditioned coach.


The trip itself was amazing. As part of it we visited Catania, Syracuse, Cefalù, Ragusa and Palermo, saw the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento (a UNESCO World Heritage site), had a walk around Scopello nature reserve and hiked over half way up Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. And at the very end we had the chance to explore the town of Taormina, with its wonderful outdoor amphitheatre and Mt. Etna providing the perfect backdrop for our final day in Sicily.


Etna parkrun

Etna was the parkrun we visited on the first morning of the holiday. It is one of the newer Italian parkruns, having only started in December last year. It is held in a forested area called Red Mountain in the Mt. Etna region. If visiting, you should be prepared for an uphill walk of about 2k to the start. Also be prepared for warm temperatures; it was a surprising 26c at 9am when we ran it. After an introductory speech from Paul, we were off!


As might be expected given where it is located, Etna parkrun is an undulating 2 lap course. The terrain underfoot is difficult (featuring tree roots, gravel and uneven surfaces), so wearing trail shoes is a very good idea here. The visit of our touring party meant a new course attendance record of 61, increasing the weekly average by 33 percent! At 12 they had a record number of volunteers too – much fewer than we are used to at Tooting, though!


First to finish out of our touring group was Chris Tilley, a Bristol based runner, who with 21:01 finished 12 seconds ahead of Franklyn Young and 1 minute ahead of Paul. They were all well behind local runner Alfio Scalisi though, who was first to finish in an impressive 18:12. Another local runner, Carmela Motta, led the way for the women with 24:11. There was much socialising over cold drinks and pastries after the event.


Favorita parkrun

At the time of writing there are 12 Italian parkruns, and 5 of them are in Sicily. For our second parkrun of the trip we went to another one of them - Favorita in Palermo, the Sicilian capital. After Catania, Palermo is the most likely place where you might encounter the local Mafia. We were OK, though!


We arrived at Favorita by coach as we had to head off to the final stops on our tour directly afterwards. Paul again was introduced as the founder of parkrun before 78 of us (another new course attendance record) set off on a flat, 3 lap course through shrubland. There were also some wooded tree lined tracks, which with temperatures of 23/24c provided much welcome shade. Road shoes were fine for this course. While again the number of volunteers is not as big as at Tooting the course is well signposted, with directional arrows all around. However, this still did not stop me from going a few metres off course on one occasion!


In terms of results, Chris, Franklyn and Paul again finished first, second, and third out of our touring group with 19.25, 19:41 and 20:12 respectively. However, they were all behind local runner Calogero Di Gioia, who finished in 19:15. Local runners led the way for the women too, with Francesca and Barbara Vassallo finishing just behind Paul in 20:14. Unfortunately, 2 ladies in the group had falls this time round – one getting a cut over the eye which needed some local medical attention – but both recovered to finish. As at Etna, cakes and drinks were available at the end of the run. You can also take a post-parkrun shower at the local stadium for 2 euros.


In summary, our holiday was truly spectacular, with friendly staff and an expert driver. I look forward to seeing what Exodus Travels will organise next!


But what happened at Tooting?

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This week 619 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 40 were running their first ever parkrun. 117 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

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Many thanks to the 33 volunteers who helped make this event possible:

Paula LUESHING • Commeletia ALLISON • Alessandra MCCONVILLE • Michael John MORFEY • Tanya BASSI • Mark SHOTTON • Sarah O'CARROLL • Rebecca HUGGINS • Catherine FULLER • Rob WOODWARD • Emma HAINSWORTH • Matthew EASTALL • Charlotte BOYLE • Tom BAKER • Mike HAYDEN • Stuart HAMILTON • Holly HAMILTON • Kat HARDY-KING • Imogen JOHNSON • James JOHNSON • Alexander JOHNSON • Ewa HANCZAR • Luke HANSON • John LININGTON • Gay LEE • Anthea GORDON • Susie TELFORD • Bernard MUSCAT • Emil HARKNESS • Simon GALLACHER • Andy DE SANTIS • Emily COOPER • Gail FOSTER

Many thanks also to Andy Moore and his team from official parkrun partners Co-op, who were along to promote the opening of their new store in Balham and kindly provided runners with bottles of water at the finish line.

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Male placings:

An unknown runner was first over the line.
Ben MILLAR (VM40-44) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in a new PB of 17:27 – an improvement of 26 seconds on his previous best.
An unknown runner was third over the line.

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Female placings:
Felicity HANNON (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers RC was first over the line in 19:14.
Hannah LORD (SW25-29) was second over the line in 19:17.
Iona MUMBY (SW30-34) was third over the line in a new PB of 20:11 – an improvement of 34 seconds on her previous best.


Shout outs are due to Gareth BRIGGS, Adrian GRIST, Brenda HEIMANN, Simon HOGG, Anne SHEPPERD and Jay SIMMONDS, who all completed their 50th parkruns today and can now claim the red parkrun milestone t-shirt. Many thanks also to regular marshal Stuart HAMILTON, who volunteered with us for the 25th time and is now eligible for the purple parkrun volunteer shirt.

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A few PB picks from Saturday are as follows:

- Miranda GALLACHER, Thomas LACEY, Mason SQUIRES and Sid STEEDMAN were our star junior runners of the week, with new PBs of 23:20, 28:52, 25:18 and 28:24 respectively.
- Ryan WILLMOTT returned to run with us for the first time in a year. He has obviously been getting in some running practice inbetween as he improved on last year's time by an amazing 7 minutes and 53 seconds to get 18:39.
- Tanya BASSI and Andy DE SANTIS managed volunteering & PB doubles, packing up the start/finish kit afterwards and finishing in 23:18 and 23:12 respectively.
- Cathryn NASSE continued her excellent recent form with her second course PB this month, this time crossing the line in 30:54.
- Finally, Katherine ALLIN returned to run at Tooting Common for the first time since October 2016 and improved the time she recorded then by 2 minutes and 52 seconds to get 28:50. Welcome back, Katherine!

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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 #118 26 May 2018

parkrun à Paris

By Dan Watts
Photos by Dan Watts and Stuart Leeds

If parkruns had twin events then surely these would be the events which started on the same day? In which case Tooting Common parkrun has 4 twin events - Mount Edgcumbe parkrun in Torpoint, Cornwall; The Terrace parkrun in New South Wales, Australia; parkrun Volgograd Panorama in Volgograd Oblast, Russia; and parkrun du Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France, which this report will focus on.


When I found out the date Tooting Common parkrun was going to start I was initially a little disappointed I would not be able to make it. It would be my new home parkrun, but I'd already booked the Eurostar to Paris for that weekend (my wife is French and we regularly go to back to visit her family in Paris). That soon changed when I found out Paris were to get their first parkrun at Bois de Boulogne and the inaugural was when I was going to be there and the same date as Tooting Common - 30th January 2016.

Fast forward 2 years and a few months and I am back at parkrun du Bois de Boulogne for the 11th time and 9th run. It is a little tricky to find via public transport. The nearest metro stop is Porte d'Auteuil on Metro line 10, then about a 10 minute walk. If driving then there is plenty of free parking available. The usual course is a heart shape, with the left/west loop on trail paths which is done once clockwise and the right/east loop on tarmac paths done twice anti-clockwise. However with Roland-Garros starting this week we ran route B, which is 3 and a bit laps of the right/east loop of the heart.


The usual run director Nicolas VAISSIERE was not around this week so it was Douglas SUTHERLAND who delivered the pre-run briefing to the 33 runners, which was in English since the majority were tourists from the UK, Ireland, Australia and South Africa. It was a sweltering 21 degrees at 9am when we heard "à vos marques, prêts, partez!" and we all set off.

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First over the line was Jacob MILES in 18:22, followed by Jean GAVINI who was running his 50th parkrun (all in Paris - 47 at Bois de Boulogne and 3 at Montsouris) with 20:13. Alexander FRANKE was third to finish in his first ever parkrun in 20:34. First female finisher was Hannah NESBITT in 22:13, Emily BEVAN was second across the line in 24:19, and third female again in her first ever parkrun was Laure NICOLAS in 24:57. 2 others were running their first ever parkrun and for another 9 it was their first visit to Bois de Boulogne. 2 people managed new PBs - Alejandra JOURDAN with 28:35 and Bois de Boulonge regular Veronique PILAT in 28:41. We all enjoyed some treats afterwards thanks to my wife Scarlett WATTS bringing them as it was her birthday!

parkrun du Bois de Boulogne is a very different experience to Tooting Common as they normally average about 30 runners and around 6 volunteers, whereas Tooting often has about 500 runners and 30 volunteers. Their record attendance was 190 which was the day before the Paris marathon in April this year. Tooting has only once had less than that, and that was New Years Day 2017 with only 107. However, the smaller size makes it very social, making you able to chat with almost everyone there. It's always interesting to speak with people from all over the world, as well as the regular Parisians. If you are ever in Paris on a Saturday then make sure you visit one of the parkruns. The other one at Montsouris is 3 anti-clockwise laps of the park, and slightly easier to find with an RER stop inside the park.


Finally, don't panic if you don't get your result the same day, or indeed the next day - mine came through on Monday evening!

But what happened at Tooting?

At Tooting Common parkrun this week 473 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 35 were running their first ever parkrun. 103 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 25 different clubs took part.


Male placings

Luke PIKETT (VM35-39) of Clapham Chasers was first over the line in 16:50 – the sixth time he has done so.
Dermot BRYERS (VM35-39) of Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC was second over the line in 16:56.
Nick BESTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was third over the line in 17:01.

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Female placings

Katherine BROOK (SW25-29) was first over the line in 20:49 in her first ever parkrun.
Iona MUMBY (SW30-34) was second over the line in 21:02.
Sally GREENWOOD (SW20-24) was third over the line in 21:06.

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Katie MCPHILLIMY completed her 50th parkrun today and is now eligible to claim the red parkrun milestone t-shirt.

Notable PBs

- Jamie GOLIGHER and Oliver GODDIN both smashed the sub-20 barrier for the first time at parkrun, recording 19:45 and 19:55 respectively.

- Michael MCGETTIGAN recorded his first PB since December and went sub-24 for the first time at Tooting Common in the process, crossing the line in 23:58.

- Kristin BAINBRIDGE also recorded her first PB since December today, finishing in 24:21 which is an improvement of 25 seconds on last year’s effort.

- Anna HART continued her fine recent form with her third successive PB in her four visits to Tooting Common. Today she knocked an impressive minute and 14 seconds off her time earlier this month to finish in 28:33.

- Emma WADHAM returned for her second Tooting Common parkrun this week and knocked an excellent 2 minutes and 3 seconds off last week’s time to finish in 48:23.


Thanks to the volunteers

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers: Commeletia ALLISON • Sandhya DREW • Michael John MORFEY • Ken WILLIS • Gareth BRIGGS • Marie-Anne WONG • Claire JUDKINS • Evie NOSWORTHY • Dan WATTS • Mark STANDING • Richard BALLAM • Emma HAINSWORTH • Tom BAKER • Lisa PICKERING • Sarah HILTON • Cal JONES • Sophia HAMILTON • Nandor ORBAN • Holly HAMILTON • Imogen JOHNSON • James JOHNSON • Alexander JOHNSON • Jade PULLEN • Kris CHADWICK • Kirsten OLSON • Stuart LEEDS • Aaron WILSON • Bernard MUSCAT • Donald FREEMAN • James HENSBY • Dickon THOMPSON

If you’d like to join the Tooting Common team one week and ensure that this great event continues to take place, please e-mail


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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