Tooting Common parkrun Weekly Report: Event #184 – 31st August 2019

By Jessica Robson
Photos by Emma Hood

That was a sunny and bright Saturday parkrun to welcome an equally sunny Run Talk Run crew. The Run Talk Runners from the weekly Tooting meets came out in full force to provide volunteers and pacers for the 751 runners who turned up for their 5km start to the weekend.

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Run Talk Run Tooting meet on Monday nights from 7pm at the Wheatsheaf Pub in Tooting Bec before going on a 5k run in the local area at around 7:30. The group ranges from people that have just finished couch to 5km to those that are running sub 3 hour marathons. The group also offers a safe space in which people can feel comfortable to talk about their mental health. 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’s also about lending an ear and offering avenues of support if things are getting too tough.

The Run Talk Run crew, who focus on providing support & connection to their runners, were well placed to support the incredible runners who came away with some outstanding achievements this week, with a whopping 113 people achieving a PB!

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Other notable achievements made this week

• Our junior stars this week are Joshua Aynsley, Yousof Daryabi, Caleb Monk and Freddie Raistrick-Scott, all of whom recorded new best times
• Regular Tooting volunteer April Marretta Lord shaved 5 seconds off her previous course record to set a new PB of 25:26.
• Jamie Morrison, Jodie Bellamy and Michael Farrance smashed the 20, 25 and 30 minute barriers today by recording times of 19:49, 24:56 and 29:30 respectively
• Today's most experienced parkrunner Ian Shorthouse of Crystal Palace Fun Runners (with 405 parkruns to his name) took almost a minute off the time he set with us in April to finish in 24:19
• parkrun tourist Jessica Buttigieg paid us a return visit today and chopped a highly impressive 6 minutes and 16 seconds off her time from March, crossing the line in 25:53. Welcome back, Jessica!

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Milestone shout-outs are due to Devon Buchanan, Simon Ottner and Matty Tong, all of whom ran their 50th parkrun today, and to Harry Lamb, who ran his 10th parkrun as a junior runner today.

There were a whopping 109 Tooting first timers this weekend, 42 of whom were brand new to parkrun. If the welcoming disposition of Run Talk Runners wasn't enough to make sure the runners make a return next week, then their baked goods definitely might be enough to swing it!

Male placings...

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Morgan Mitchell (SM20-24) of Fife AC was first over the line in 16:34 in his first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.
Luke Pikett (VM35-39) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in 16:40.
An unknown runner was third over the line.

And as for the Women...

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Alice Sinclair (SW30-34) was first over the line in a new PB of 19:31.
Helen Oldfield (VW50-54) of Herne Hill Harriers was second over the line in a new PB of 20:50.
Naomi Boyer (SW25-29) was third over the line in 21:02 in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun

Serious kudos and thank yous to the brilliant Run Talk Run volunteers who made it possible:

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Bob HARRISON • Henry BROWN • Joshua PEWTER • Kathryn EVANS • Mark SHOTTON • Sapphire ROSTRON • Pippa WHITE • Harriet WHITE • Emma HAINSWORTH • Richard BOGLE • Imogen THOMAS • Nicola YOUNG • Sarah DUCKWORTH • Andrew COE • Cecilia BOGLE • Tahir SHAMS • David WHITE • Kate NICOLSON • Melissa SHEPHERD • Annabel HOWARD • Lisa PHAN • Foyez SYED • Nick EFSTATHIOU • Charlotte SUTHERLAND • Jessica ROBSON • Nicholas PILKINGTON • Dana ELFRING • Simon GALLACHER • Emma MURLEY • Isabel TORRES PÉREZ • Talat SHAMS • Marcus HUGHES • Genevieve FARRELL • Bayley CHAINEY • Aida ALVAREZ SUAREZ • Jessica GRAU • Tiago ALMEIDA • Francesca WOOD • Lisa BIRD • Emma HOOD • Emma KETTERINGHAM • Janis H CHAN • Cassie HILL

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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 #154 2 February 2019

By Zoe Buckland
Photos by Holly

On the icy, chilly morning of Saturday 2nd February 2019, members of Herne Hill Harriers athletics club turned out in force to lead a takeover at Tooting Common parkrun, and support the brilliant volunteers who make parkrun possible each week.

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And what a parkrun to remember! The previous evening we had been treated to a downpour of snow, and it was a very cold and wet morning. The course was partly flooded on the final straight that makes up the mile triangle, which required some fearless plodding through cold water, and there were icy patches to watch out for on the paths. But despite the weather, many south Londoners braved the conditions to take part! There were 564 participants, including over 20 Herne Hill Harriers and 74 Tooting parkrun first timers completing the course with great resilience and determination in those conditions!

It certainly wasn't an ideal day for PBs. However, we provided pacers for various times between 18 minutes and 32 minutes, with most of them coming in round about on target despite the unpredictable course conditions! A big thank you to all the pacers who turned out! It's always easier to push on through a tough run when you have other people to focus on and run with.

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I find the same benefit in running for a club. I have people to run with and push me to get faster and fitter. I did my first Tooting Common parkrun in January 2017 in just over 29 minutes. I found it really tough, I was scared of being out of breath and my legs ached afterwards. I joined Herne Hill Harriers that April and I started training on the track, running intervals on Tuesdays, and joining the club long runs on Sundays. Everyone was so friendly and the sessions were fun and inventive, and as challenging as you want to make them. I found myself knocking minutes off my parkrun time. Two years later, I'm finishing in around 23 minutes over 5k and I feel like I have plenty of room for improvement still if I keep training with the club!

Herne Hill Harriers is a local athletics club - we train at Tooting Bec Athletics Track, close to the parkrun course, and run around the local area to Streatham or Clapham as well. We are a friendly club of children and adults of all abilities and we cover track, middle and long distance, field events, cross country, and road racing. I've made some fantastic friends at the club, and it is so nice to have people locally to arrange to run with.

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So if you are looking for a fun, accessible and low cost way to keep fit, or want focused running training, consider trying out the club. Come join us on Tuesday evenings (7pm) on the track at Tooting Bec, on Thursday evenings (7:30pm) at Streatham Common by Rookery Cafe, or Sunday mornings at Tooting Bec Track for an informal long run (always followed by tea and cake!). Check out www.hernehillharriers.org for more details.

I hope to see you at a parkrun soon, hopefully on a warmer and drier day!

Zoe Buckland

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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 #151 12 January 2019

By Colin Harris
Photos by Louise Robinson

This time last year, there were 817 finishers at Tooting Common parkrun, which was the highest ever until last week when 953 people ran. This week wasn’t quite so many at a mere 939 but it’s good to see that the New Year Resolutions are still going strong. This was why a few of us came over from Wimbledon Windmilers to encourage those who want to do more running than just parkrun to consider joining a local running club, in particular Wimbledon Windmilers. It’s a lot cheaper than a gym and more sociable (like parkrun).

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If anyone is interested in finding out more about Wimbledon Windmilers, look at our website https://www.windmilers.org.uk/ , or drop an email to secretary@windmilers.org.uk. Mention that you heard about us at Tooting Common parkrun.

From the Windmilers, I was pacing 30 minutes and was joined by Norman (24 mins) and Chiara (26 mins). Louise took the photographs while Lindsay was Mrs Motivator on the first corner and James kept us moving down the funnel. It was his first experience of a double funnel – needed with such vast numbers. The crush at the start made it difficult to gauge how well we were setting the required pace and it was only at the end of the first lap that I could tell that I needed to go a fraction quicker, so apologies to anyone that started with me then couldn’t raise their pace to stay with me. I found myself moving through the field, but enjoyed encouraging those I passed to “Run Relaxed” and chatting with a dad and his two young lads, plus someone wearing his 100 shirt who will be competing in the Masters Championships in Glasgow, but wanted to run a parkrun there too (they start at 9.30 in Scotland). Towards the end, I caught up with a couple of my club members, including a junior who has recently started volunteering at Wimbledon Park juniors as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. She took great pleasure in sprinting past me in the closing straight with Mum struggling to keep up.

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Some people wondered why it took me such a long time to make the short journey from Wimbledon to Tooting. Jas and Mark had often been working on me when I see them at Wimbledon Park juniors where we regularly volunteer on Sunday mornings, but as I have run over 90% of my parkruns at Wimbledon and it’s only a mile walk from home it needs something special to drag me away, and today was one of those occasions. It was my brother who pointed out that I officially became a UK parkrun tourist today, running my 20th different event in the UK – I have also run in Australia, France, Poland and South Africa. What they say about a particular credit card, I say about my barcode: Don’t leave home without it!

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parkrun is more than the results of the people at the front, so many congratulations to those achieving landmarks: 10 runs by juniors Curtis Hines and Hugo Scott, and 50 runs by Ashley Gray, Sandrine Molina, Susan Venner and Sarah Hymas (today’s tail walker). A little birdie told me that congratulations are also due to two regular token sorters, Mattie Alleston and Victoria Smith, who recently got engaged.

This week 939 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 175 were first timers and 151 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

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The event could not take place without the fantastic work of the 45 volunteers, so step forward Rosy ALEXANDER, Mattie ALLESTON, Isobel BEINT, Inga BELLAHN, Cecilia BOGLE, Richard BOGLE, Gareth BRIGGS, Christina BURMAN, Malcolm CAMMACK, Andrew CHEUNG, Frances COLLIER-WRIGHT, Emily COOPER, Gillian DEANE, Jaspal DHALLEY, Lindsay DOY, Dana ELFRING, Ninette FERNANDES, Simon GALLACHER, Rizwan HAFIZ, Holly HAMILTON, Stuart HAMILTON, Janice HARDMAN, Colin HARRIS, Mike HAYDEN, Sarah HILTON, Sarah HYMAS, George JACKSON, Sai-Yee LAM, April MARRETTA LORD, Orla MCLARNON, Anna METCALFE, Michael John MORFEY, Louise ROBINSON, Francis ROSENBERG, Chiara SAMELE, Mark SHOTTON, Jay SIMMONDS, Michael SLATER, Victoria SMITH, James SPINKS, Andy STRINGER, Andrew THEEDOM, Norman URQUIA, Oliver WELLS and Dale WOODS to take a bow.

Thank you Tooting Common for today’s run, and I promise I won’t leave it so long to return.

Colin Harris
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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 #142 17 November 2018

By Anastasia Hancock
Photos by Thomas Hunter

The sun rose on parkrunday – previously widely known as Saturday - on to a slightly misty, warm and sunlit Tooting Common to reveal the much-fabled ‘perfect running conditions’.

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And with Co-Event Director Mark handing over the reins to GoodGym for the morning, it seems appropriate that we say thank you for all his hard work making Tooting parkrun happen every week with one of parkrun’s completely useless stats. Did you know that the average parkrun time for parkrunners named Marc is 25:10, whereas those named Mark average 25:46?

This week, the Mark, Marcs and everybody else numbered 549, of whom 66 were first timers to the Tooting triangle, and 24 were running their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family - there’s no looking back now!

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It was a great week for PBs - partly, we’d like to believe, thanks to the red t-shirted cheering squad (more on this later) hollering at the top of their voices. A magnificent 106 runners earned themselves a shiny new PB. Congratulations to you all! It was a good week for the clubs, with no less than 35 different AC runners taking on the course. Of these, our local club runners from Clapham Chasers had a very good day at the office, with James DORAN, Alison CALDWELL, Amy DILKS, Graham SUTHERLAND all recording new course bests.

There was some lovely running from the likes of Jennifer SLATER who dipped under that magic 25 minute barrier for the first time while Rizwan HAFIZ recorded his first course PB since December 2016 with a very tidy 25:37. It was a particularly great morning for the ladies too, with Jo CLOKE and Jane TINGLE continuing their recent good form with new PBs of 28:56 and 30:14 respectively, while Luz FOX took an amazing 3 minutes 27 seconds off the time she set last month, crossing the line in 41:04. What’s the secret Luz?!

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In a lesson for all of us, the barnstorming first runner over the line had forgotten his barcode, so his glory is but fleeting - #dfyb people! Print it out, laminate it, stuff it in your pocket, your shoe, your bra or your dog’s collar, but make sure you bring it with you! Chris GRAHAM (VM40-44)of Serpentine RC was second over the line in 17:42 in his first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun – but hopefully not his last! Following in his footsteps was Andrew SPURR (SM30-34) who was third over the line in 17:50, also in his first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun. Nice work, gentlemen!

The first three women over the line were club athletes, a massive well done to Clapham Chasers’ Iona MUMBY (SW30-34) who was first over the line in 20:35 and Ann BRENNAN (VW40-44) second in 20:40, and to Sue Jane TRUE (VW40-44) of Winchester and District AC was third over the line in 21:39 in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun. What a great morning for senior women runners.

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Although they were modestly quiet during the intro talk prior to the run, it was a big morning for Steve ELSON, who ran his 200th parkrun - Hurrah! – and to Leah MOSS who ran her 10th parkrun as a junior and can now claim a white milestone t-shirt.

There were some juniors who flew round the course, and started off the weekend with a parkrun PB. Give a cheer to junior stars of the week Julian SAKROUGE, Ned KLASENER, Jarvis HINES and Daisy FURMINGER, who recorded new course bests of 23:53, 24:21, 23:24 and 27:45 respectively.

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If you were one of the hundreds of runners who kicked off the weekend heading for that magic double funnel, you may have noticed that there were significantly more red tshirts than usual on Tooting Common. This was because GoodGym had taken over the volunteering and pacing roles – we are a community of runners who run to do good and keep fit. We run as a group to community projects where we volunteer our time and energy on a task before running back, and we also run to isolated elderly people’s houses to do jobs they can’t manage on their own. If this sounds like something you’d like to get involved in, and at the same time meeting a friendly crowd of like minded runners, then have a look at the GoodGym website (www.goodgym.org) for your local group. The Wandsworth group run every single Monday at 18:45 from the Battersea Arts Centre. We look forward to meeting you there!

Until then, happy running everyone and don’t forget that the 5k you covered last Saturday went towards a phenomenal total distance of 166,738,961 kilometres globally. How about that!

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The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Liam O'HARE • Jordan WHITE • Malcolm CAMMACK • Aislin MAGEEAN • Mark SHOTTON • Nicky GODFREY • Luke WOODWARD • Margaret ROGERS • Christopher O'DRISCOLL • Emma HAINSWORTH • Matthew STUART • Graham ATKINS • Anastasia HANCOCK • Jeremy HODGES • Emily MCGOVERN • James GILBERT • George JACKSON • Cecilia BOGLE • Mavis ORBAN • Holly HAMILTON • James DAVIES • Thomas HUNTER • Ruth LIN • Nicola WORTON • Alyx MURRAY-JACKMAN • Steph WHITE • Sarah MCKEAN • Jessica SHAW • Sophie HUMPHREY • Sylvie BESSE • Victoria MOLENKAMP • Alex BROWN • Helen KILLINGLEY • Paul GRAY • Rebecca ADAMS • Alice JONES • May EDMONDSON • Megan LEWIS • Philip WOODALL • Simon GALLACHER • Sian PRATLEY • Emily COOPER • Rosy ALEXANDER

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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 #129 18 August 2018

By Alice Horne
Photos by Avone Keene

A dull and overcast Saturday morning was brightened up by the orange vests of the Clapham PiONEERS at this week’s takeover of Tooting Common parkrun, with almost all of the 34 volunteer roles filled by the running club. To find out more about the Clapham PiONEERS Running Club, visit http://claphampioneers.co.uk

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It might be the school holidays, but it was busy-ness as usual with 495 parkrunners starting their weekend with a 5km run, jog, or walk. We also welcomed 75 first timers, 43 of whom were running their first ever parkrun, so an extra loud pioneer cheer for you! Whoop!

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Perhaps it was the cooler conditions, the inspiration of the recent European Athletics Championships, or the extra enthusiastic marshals, but an impressive 104 runners earned themselves a PB this week. Particularly noteworthy were our junior stars of the day: Soren FROOME-LEWIS, Esme FREEMAN and Imogen SHAW, who recorded new PBs of 34:06, 26:17 and 30:09 respectively.

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Louise WIGGINS also continued her fine recent form, getting her second course PB in successive weeks with 29:50, while Andrew LE PETIT and Velma WILLIAMS smashed the 25- and 40-minute barriers with times of 24:07 and 39:57 respectively. And thanks to the assistance of the 22-minute pacer Michael Wiggins, George DUNN improved his own PB by 22 seconds to get 22:05.

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Congratulations also go to my clubmates Andrew THOMPSON, Carmel SALVIDGE and Bethany KNOWLES who got PBs of 21:15, 22:22 and 22:44. Nice work everyone!

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Finally, a milestone shout out is due to Katherine CANE, who completed her 50th parkrun today. Congratulations Katherine!

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Orange you glad you made it round the Tooting triangle this week? With sweet treats including Anna’s infamous “gingerbread army”, the PiONEERS volunteers baked up a storm of well-earned goodies. But we’re not just brilliant bakers and eager cheerers, we’re also a super friendly bunch of local runners who love, well, running (and cake, and the odd drink). Join us on Tuesday evenings for a coached interval session, a 5km run – I know you can all manage that! – or a longer run, and reward yourself for the effort by heading to the pub afterwards.

On to the super speedy runners...

Male placings

Joshua PEWTER (SM25-29) of Herne Hill Harriers was first over the line in a new PB of 17:03 – an improvement of 7 seconds on his previous best.
Robin JONES (VM45-94) of Herne Hill Harriers was second over the line in 17:12.
An unknown runner was third over the line.

Female placings

Alexandra RIDOUT (SW30-34) was first over the line in a new PB of 21:08 – an improvement of 3 seconds on her previous best.
Emily KIRWAN (SW30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC was second over the line in a new PB of 21:36 on her 49th Tooting Common parkrun – an improvement of 14 seconds on her previous best.
Julia HENDERSON (VW45-49) of Helensburgh AAC was third over the line in 22:09 in her first appearance at Tooting Common parkrun.

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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 #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 #120 9 June 2018

By Morgan Phillips
Photos by Holly Hamilton

Glorious NHS-blue skies and NHS-blue themed outfits welcomed the Tooting Common parkrunners to this week’s run. NHS staff and health service supporters were out in force to mark the 70th anniversary of its birth.

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We had neonatal consultant Dr Laura De Rooy ably operating as Run Director on the day – very well done, Laura. Special thanks also go to Jack Dickenson of both St George’s Hospital Athletics Club and Herne Hill Harriers, who kindly organised pacers for the event, and to both Emma Pickles of Merton and Wandsworth CCGs and Carol McCall, who turned out with balloons and bunting to inject some pizzazz into the event.

It feels fitting at this point to make mention of the contribution parkrun makes to the function of the NHS: promoting the wellbeing of our local community, supporting us to take care of our future health, and encouraging people to become active no matter where they are in their journey towards fitness. As much as this week’s run was a celebration of the NHS, for me it was a celebration of parkrun by the NHS too.

Results

This week 605 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 86 were first timers and 45 were running their first ever parkrun. It was fantastic to have you all there, and we look forward to seeing more of you at future runs.

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An astonishing 137 people recorded new Personal Bests, including:

- Fleur ANDERSON, who smashed the 30 minute barrier this week in some style, beating her previous best by a staggering 2 minutes and 24 seconds to get 29:03. Well done Fleur.

- Steve ELSON, who recorded an impressive second PB in as many weeks and went sub-22 for the first time at parkrun since October 2013, crossing the line in 21:40.

- Morgan PHILLIPS and Damien WILSON, who both managed volunteer and PB doubles, setting up beforehand and sorting tokens afterwards while also getting 29:37 and 20:31 respectively.

- Simon WHIGHAM, who continued his recent fine form with another new PB, beating last week's effort by 9 seconds to get 18:44.

- Simon HEMSLEY, who went sub-24 at Tooting for the first time, improving his PB by 50 seconds to get 23:46.

We also had milestones from Philip MCNAMEE, completing his 50th parkrun today, along with Eden TURNER, a junior runner who completed her 10th 5k parkrun.

Finally, a quick nod to this week’s placings:

David WILSON (SM25-29) of Thames Hare & Hounds was first over the line in 16:10 in his first ever parkrun.
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Jamie PITCHER (SM25-29) was third over the line in a new PB of 17:32 - an improvement of 10 seconds on his previous best.

Alexandra MCCLELLAND (SW25-29) was first over the line in a new PB of 20:11 - an improvement of 2 seconds on her previous best.
Rosemary HURFORD (SW25-29) of Oxford University Cross Country Club was second over the line in a new PB of 20:17 - an improvement of 15 seconds on her previous best.
Iona MUMBY (SW30-34) was third over the line in 20:51.

Congratulations to you all.

Thanks to the volunteers

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At least half of the Tooting record turnout of 49 volunteers that made this parkrun possible today were NHS employees. Massive thanks to Rebecca ALBIN, Commeletia ALLISON, Kristin BAINBRIDGE, Kristen BARNES, Isobel BEINT, Richard BOGLE, Emma CASEY, Kris CHADWICK, Ruth Jean CHALMERS, Sophia CHASTELL, Andrew CLARKE, Jamie COLLYER, Chloe Nicola CONSTANTINOU, Emily COOPER, Laura DE ROOY, Andy DE SANTIS, Jack DICKENSON, May EDMONDSON, Donald FREEMAN, Simon GALLACHER, Emma HAINSWORTH, Holly HAMILTON, Alan HASANIC, Sarah HILTON, Alexander JOHNSON, Imogen JOHNSON, James JOHNSON, Catherine LAW, Nicola LYTTLE, Carol MCCALL, Phil MOSS, Rebecca MYERS, Gavern NEWSUM, Kirsten OLSON, Mavis ORBAN, Morgan PHILLIPS, Lisa PICKERING, Emma PICKLES, Caroline RIDER-DOBSON, Matthew ROGERS, Mark SHOTTON, Andrew SIMMS, Solomon STOTT, Darren TOWNSEND-HANDSCOMB, Clare TURNBULL, James WARD, Sarah WILLOUGHBY, Damien WILSON and David WOODS.

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 tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com. Helping out is a lot of fun - just ask our volunteers!

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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 #105 17 February 2018

By Pippa Messenger
Photos by Stuart Leeds

On the morning of Saturday 17th February 2018, it was Herne Hill Harriers’ turn to lead a takeover at Tooting Common parkrun for the second time. Members and friends of Herne Hill Harriers running club turned out to supplement the frequent volunteers who make parkrun happen. Many of the club (including myself) are regular parkrunners so it was lovely to be able to give back to such a great initiative and on our doorstep too.

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There were 641 runners, joggers, walkers and inbetweeners, including 28 Herne Hill Harriers and 106 Tooting parkrun first timers of which 52 were parkrun first timers, completing the course, on a gorgeous February morning!

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As an extra way to give back, we thought it’d be great to help as many people as possible to PBs by providing pacers every minute from 17 minutes all the way through to 32 minutes, with most of them coming in just about on target. Thank you to all the pacers who turned out! Everyone knows that it’s easier to battle the internal voice when you’re surrounded by other people or have someone else to focus on! That to me is the same benefit of training with a club - other people to push you to run better. With 140 people achieving a PB this tack certainly worked – well done all! It was great to help people, and this was echoed from the lovely comments from those that were around me and also those of the other pacers.

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Herne Hill Harriers is a community based athletics club generally based at Tooting Bec Athletics Track, close to the parkrun course. We are a friendly athletics club of children and adults of all abilities who do track, middle and long distance, field events, cross country, and road racing. I've made some fantastic friends and improved my running significantly since joining, I’ve gone from a running parkrun in around 25mins before joining to my current parkrun PB of 22:34, and it’s even given me the confidence (and people to train with on the those long lonely runs) to attempt a marathon, which I never thought would be possible. So, if you are looking for a fun, accessible and low cost way to keep fit, or want focused running training, consider trying out the club. Come join us on Tuesday evenings on the track at Tooting Bec or on Thursday evenings at either Tooting Common or Streatham Common. Check out www.hernehillharriers.org for more details.

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Milestones

Congratulations to Paul Enright and Damian Fleming, who both ran their 50th parkruns with us today and are now both eligible to claim the red parkrun milestone t-shirt.

Placings

Male placings: Nick Bowker from Clapham Chasers was first over the line in a PB time of 16:21. Second went to Andrew Clarke in a PB time 16:24 from Durham University XC Club and Herne Hill Harriers. Nick Bester (SM25-29) in his first outing in the Herne Hill Harriers vest (also of Boksburg AC), was third over the line in 16:46 (as the 17 minute pacer).

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Female placings: Helena Corbin (SW25-29) of Woking AC and Herne Hill Harriers was first (18th overall) over the line in 18:31. Hannah Lord (SW25-29) was second (46th overall) over the line in 19:51, and Colleen McConville (SW30-34) was third (60th overall) over the line with a new PB of 20:34.

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Age Grades

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Helena Corbin (SW25-29) – 79.93% for the time 18:31 (18th overall, 1st Female). Nick Bowker (SM30-34) – 79.51% for the time 16:21 (1st overall). Andrew Clarke (SM25-29) - 78.66%. for the time 16:24 (2nd overall).

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Star performers

Among the 140 PBs today, there were some great performances worthy of special mention. Well done to junior Harriers Jacob and Ben Harrison, who improved their course PBs today to 18:57 and 19:20 respectively. Junior runner Mya Bowe Howard also did wonderfully well, improving the time she set last November by 17 seconds to 36:53. Grace Murray bettered last month’s best result to get 29:41 today, and Layla Moosavi returned for a run with us for the first time since April 2016 and knocked 2 minutes 42 seconds off her previous result to get 38:48. But the single biggest improver of the week is Sophie Massey, who smashed the time she set last October by an amazing 4 minutes and 17 seconds to get a new PB of 32:56. Bravo to you all!

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Thanks to the volunteers

We also should give a big shout out to the volunteers without whom parkrun wouldn't be possible. They were Steve Bosley, Sarah Appleby, Andrew Archer, Nick Bester, Rosie Brett, Zoe Buckland, Eleanor Burrill, Malcolm Cammack, Anne Collett, Helen Couchman, Jocelyn Cruywagen, Jeff Cunningham, Eric Dol, Ninette Fernandes, Georgie Grgec, George Guest, Daniel Hallam, Stuart Hamilton, Mike Hayden, Sarah Hilton, Vanessa Holden, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Keeble, Stuart Leeds, Tony Macdowall, Becky Maitland, Simon Messenger, Pippa Messenger, Stuart Morrison, Gavern Newsum, Evie Nosworthy, Sarah O'Carroll, Liam O'Hare, Valdis Pauzers, Andrew Simms, Jakub Stegner, Imogen Swales, Gillian Wheeldon, Ken Willis, Damien Wilson, and Marie-Anne Wong.

Tooting Common parkrun is a great event and I enjoy both running it and volunteering. It's great for community engagement and meeting locals, and so is Herne Hill Harriers.

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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 #84 16 September 2017

By Ruth Jean Chalmers
Photos by Mark Shotton

So there was a Herne Hill Harriers take over at Tooting Common parkrun this weekend. HHH runners along with parkrun newbies and regulars combined forces to form a field of 538 runners. There were 97 first timers and 50 were running their first ever parkrun. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part. From 9 to 10 round the Common there was a fantastic mixture of males and females, young and old, runners, joggers, walkers and inbetweeners completing the course.

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As a HHH member I decided to volunteer along with fellow clubbies and parkrun regulars. I know that having some HHH pacers meant there were lots of PBs, with almost 30% of park runners improving. Well done all.

Star performances were seen by Jenni MUNDAY and David HEPWORTH – both smashed the 30 and 35 minute barriers in some style, finishing in 29:03 and 34:57 respectively. Chris PILBIN also broke the 20 minute barrier with a new overall parkrun PB of 19:58, and Sarah BROOMFIELD shaved an equally impressive 22 seconds off her own PB to finish in 23:30. Tunde ADEYEMO recorded an amazing new course PB of 21:43 in his 295th parkrun, and Roman MAKAROV and Elena GRINEVA also set new PBs of 23:30 and 29:14 respectively. But the single biggest improvement of the week came from junior runner Nicolas BLOISE, who bettered the time he set last month by an astounding 6 minutes and 9 seconds and has a new PB of 22:51!

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Milestones

Congratulations to Ireneusz PASTUSIAK and Claire POWELL, who both ran their 50th parkruns with us today and are now both eligible to claim the red parkrun milestone t-shirt.

Placings

Male placings: Unknown runners were both first and second. Nick BESTER (SM25-29) of Boksburg AC, was third over the line in 17:03, and has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Female placings: Faye BEECHENER (SW25-29) was first (25th overall) over the line in 19:25, the third time in 4 appearances she has done so. Megan POWELL (SW20-24) of King's College Triathalon Club, was second (28th overall) over the line in 19:36 and Eve BUGLER (SW30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC, was third (52nd overall) over the line in 20:45.

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Stephen DAVIES (VM45-49) – 85.06% for the time 17:04 (4th overall). Martin GILES (VM55-59) – 83.78% for the time 18:30 (20th overall). Robert LLOYD SMITH (VM40-44) – 81.78% for the time 17:12 (5th overall).

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We also should give a big shout out to the volunteers without whom parkrun wouldn't be possible. They were Steve BOSLEY, Ruth Jean CHALMERS, John FOXALL, Rizwan HAFIZ, Emma HAINSWORTH, Michelle HARMAN, Abigail HERMON, Kevin HUGHES, Robin JONES, Maureen KENNY, Alessandra MCCONVILLE, Fiona NICHOLSON, Johanna NICHOLSON, Sarah O'CARROLL, Mavis ORBAN, Valdis PAUZERS, Andy PUSEY, Duncan RIMMER, Mark SHOTTON, Ruth SLATER, Jakub STEGNER, Nigel STONE, Darren TOWNSEND-HANDSCOMB, James WARD and Charlene WONG MIN.

Tooting Common parkrun is a great event and I enjoy both running it and volunteering. It's great for community engagement and meeting locals, and so is HHH. We are a friendly club of children and adults of mixed abilities who do track, middle and long distance, field, cross country and athletics. I've made some fantastic friends and we regularly socialise. If you are looking for a fun, accessible and low cost way to keep fit or want focused running training, consider trying out the club. Come join us on Tuesday evenings on the track at Tooting Bec or on Thursday evenings at either Tooting Common or Streatham Common. Check out www.hernehillharriers.org for more details.

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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 #80 12 August 2017

By Anastasia Hancock
Photos by Thomas Hunter

After the torrential weather that saw south London get a month's worth of rain in one day last week, it was a lovely surprise to find the conditions for Saturday morning's Tooting Common parkrun were in our favour. Not only that, but this week we had the runners from GoodGym take over the volunteering and pacing roles, so it was the perfect opportunity to chase that time. A colossal 67 of you recorded new PBs!

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We also celebrated a number of milestone runs from our parkrun community, with Ken Willis running for the 100th time and coming in just one second outside his PB. Alessandra McConville ran her 50th, as did GoodGym's Frances Powrie who marked the occasion by pacing the 30 minute group.

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Well done Ken and Alessandra!

The first recorded finisher came in with a barnstorming 16:50, so well done to Tom Irons of Clapham Chasers who was also running the course for the first time – it didn't seem to hold him back! Just under 30 seconds behind him was another first time visitor, Simon O'Meara, from the University of Manchester cross country club, garnering a third place finish. It must have been the week for first timers, as the first female finisher was Vicki Cronin from Trafford AC who finished in a very respectable 18:35. Maria Halley of Clapham Chasers RC was second in 20:11, and Sarah Kellett of Black Pear Joggers was third in 22:10.

Among the huge 13% of you who recorded PBs, a notable result came from Chris Collins, who has knocked over one and a half minutes off since this time last year. After first female finisher Vicki Cronin's impressive 79.64% age grading result, special mention goes to Andrew Muir who with just under 78% age grading put in a great showing in the M45-49 group, finishing 8th overall. Our youngest runners had a great week, with Charles Calzia in the 11-14 male group finishing strong with a new PB, Emma Pound in the 11-14 female group crossing the line in 23:30, while JW10 runner Erin Dovey recorded a 37:56 finish. It's clear that the next generation of parkrunners are being inspired by the world champs this weekend!

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With a 31.04 minutes difference between our first and final finishers, our median run time was a speedy 25:42, so a big well done to Jay Simmonds who finished with 25:41. Aside from the GoodGym runners, who broke the volunteering record with almost 40 people, it was members of Clapham Chasers, followed by Herne Hill Harriers who fielded the biggest turn out from the clubs, but with a good spread of runners from all around the country, and 514 people overall, Tooting Common is obviously a very popular place to run!

A big thanks to all the volunteers, as always, who make the event the success it is on a weekly basis. If you were with us on Saturday you will have noticed a sea of red t-shirts emblazoned with GoodGym. GoodGym is a community of runners who run to do good and get fit – join GoodGym for weekly group runs all over the countries. The closest to Tooting is on Mondays at 18:45 from the Battersea Arts Centre, when a mob of happy runners run to a community organisation in the borough to do a helpful task, before doing a fitness session and then running back again. Everybody welcome! For more details, please visit https://www.goodgym.org/areas/wandsworth.

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If you'd like to help out at Tooting Common parkrun, it doesn't mean you have to skip the run as there are plenty of roles to be filled before and after. Just contact the team at tootingcommonhelpers@parkrun.com who will be delighted to hear from you. It's the best way to kick off your weekend, guaranteed!

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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.

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