Wimbledon Common parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

RIP Peter Mulholland, parkrun legend

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Pete, red jacket, at his accustomed post back in the day

We’re very sad to advise that Peter Mulholland passed away on Wednesday 25th March 2020 aged 80. Pete had been in hospital after breaking his hip and contracted the coronavirus.

As many of you will know, Pete was a legendary figure in the local running community. In his prime he was an elite runner and in subsequent years he devoted a huge amount of time to running and athletics by volunteering through Hercules Wimbledon, Surrey Athletics and parkrun. His commitment was such that he was crowned the top athletics volunteer in London in 2014 and was awarded the Medal of Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2015.

Pete ran the inaugural Wimbledon Common parkrun on 6th January 2007 but that was his one and only parkrun at Wimbledon. He decided instead to support the event by volunteering and became one of the core group, volunteering week in and week out, come rain or shine, over the next 10 years and more. Pete made the finish tokens job his own, such that it’s generally known as ‘Pete’s job’ and he was always a friendly individual, greeting runners in the funnel at the end of the run. He had a great sense of humour and would often have a witty comment as runners crossed the line, but was always encouraging to everyone. Quite a few Hercules Wimbledon runners were recruited at the parkrun finish line!

In the last couple of years, Pete’s health started to deteriorate such that the volunteering became difficult for him but he still got up to parkrun on a very regular basis to watch, support, chat and have a coffee afterwards.

A great man and a true gent. You will be missed Pete but never forgotten.

Charles Hampden-Smith

Athletics Weekly has paid tribute here

WC parkrun Towers adds: Strava and social media have been awash with tributes to Pete since the sad news became known, suggesting he touched a lot of lives in the running world both at parkrun and more generally. The thoughts of everyone at Wimbledon Common parkrun go out to his family and friends.

 

All parkruns suspended until at least the end of April

Update from parkrun Global Chief Operating Officer, Tom Williams

Today’s update is to notify you that all parkrun events will now continue to be suspended until at least the end of April. This is in order to keep all parkrun countries following the same timeline for the moment, although we do expect suspensions to go beyond April.

Since deciding to close our events we have been working incredibly hard to action that decision, understand the implications of making it, and provide immediate support to parkrun communities around the world. And, with all events suspended, we are now able to begin work developing our strategy for supporting our communities during this difficult time and, one day, re-launching.

Going forward we will be publishing a global parkrun update every Tuesday (UK time), here.

We will get through this, together.

 

Coronavirus and ‘unofficial’ parkruns: don’t!

Just a word to point out that official parkrun guidance is that people should not turn up in groups at parkrun courses at 9am on Saturdays (or any time) to run 'unofficial' parkruns. Those who can and want to should of course take exercise, and it would be wrong to suggest otherwise, but we all need to use our common sense in this extraordinary situation. Please practise social distancing and keep you and your loved ones safe.
Peter Collins
Event director

 

Wimbledon Common parkrun, event number 697, 14th March 2020

So It's Goodnight From Me And Goodnight From Him

 

First and foremost may I please draw your attention to the update that our great Wimbledon Common parkrun event director Peter Collins has provided in the previous post. His information is accurate and up to date and the sentiment that he expresses is very much in keeping with the spirit of our running community.

So, let's take a moment to step away from the "C" word and enjoy some of the superb photos captured by Clive Scammell of the parkrun cool kids doing what they love...

Special K duo Kylie and Keith

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Lean into the corner, and air walk Lucy and marvellous Mel

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Leader of The Gang, PAF Collins (in his new parkrun 500 shirt)

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Laters alligators... thanks Chiara

Event 697 - CS(4)

 The Marvellous Milestones

Congratulations to Peter Metcalf on reaching 300 parkruns, great effort and well done.  Matthew McDadd and James Saville reached 200 parkruns, fab-u-lous. Katherine Paterson who reached 100 parkruns, peachy work. Ben Stanton and Lucy Marstrand reached the big Hawaii 5-O, splendid deeds indeed.

The Stats and heroes:

This week 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Sophie RUSSELL • Peter Alasdair Fergus COLLINS • Chris ABELL • Annie TOSH • David HALL • Malcolm BROOKES • Sarah ROBBINS • Alexander HALL • Clive SCAMMELL • Danuta K GRABDA • Gary FORDE • Graham WHITE • Michelle MASON • Bob WALSH • Clare WOOD • Dominic OSTROWSKI • Graham TRAINOR • India TRAINOR • Bronte TRAINOR • Katrina OSBORNE • Jo MANLEY • Georgia RENNIE • Becca SHUTE • Tamsin ABBEY • Caroline LEE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimbledon Common parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:04 on 23rd April 2011 (event number 224).
The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 16:33 on 17th March 2012 (event number 271).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 92.99% (21:24) on 29th January 2011 (event number 212).

Wimbledon Common parkrun started on 6th January 2007. Since then 25,268 participants have completed 198,884 parkruns covering a total distance of 994,420 km, including 29,903 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,213 individuals have volunteered 11,135 times.

Keep washing your hands, see you on the flip side.

Report Writer: Annie Tosh

Photographer: Clivey "Baby" Scammell

 

All UK parkruns cancelled until at least the end of March

Parkrun HQ has today said: “All parkrun events in the United Kingdom have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates. parkrun’s global position is published and will be updated here.”

This was only to be expected. This does not mean, of course, that you cannot go running if you feel healthy enough, but please take care of yourselves and loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you back on the common once we get through these extraordinary times. We will keep you updated.

Peter Collins
Event director

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