Wimbledon Common parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-19 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

11th September 2020

Event Director Opportunity

 

Peter Collins our wonderful parkrun event director is stepping down after three years in the role. We are therefore looking for someone new to take on the job, supported by our great volunteer team. We have a couple of possible volunteers in the frame but would like to make sure that anyone who might like to be considered has the opportunity to express their interest. If you’d like to be considered then please email us at wimbledon@parkrun.com by next Thursday, 17th September.

Everyone at parkrun, and in particular the volunteer team, would like to say a huge thank you to Peter for all his leadership and hard work over the past three years. He says it’s pretty simple but we see all he has done and are sincerely grateful. We hope to see him carrying on as a regular runner and a member of the Wimbledon common Parkrun community.

Kind Regards

Kylie Corso

 

 

 

Plans to return in October

In long-awaited good news, parkrun HQ has informed us, via the linked communication (please read it carefully), that it plans to return all parkruns in England to operation at some point in late October. It must be stressed that we do not yet know the exact date and, of course, return to 'normal' is subject to agreement with the common authorities.

When we do return it will be in full knowledge that the virus is still at large and sensible precautions will be taken to protect volunteers and runners, so far as they are possible. Anyone who has symptoms they think could be coronavirus should not attend. Those who have conditions that would make coming into contact with the virus dangerous should think very carefully about whether it is sensible to attend. It would probably be sensible for all attendees to bring a mask to wear during the pre-run briefing and in the finish funnel and any queues for scanning, though wearing them during the run will not be necessary.

Further information will be supplied as we get it. In the meantime, we will need volunteers to fill the various on-the-day positions in the first and subsequent events (wimbledon@parkrun.com), so please get in touch. And please stay safe.

Read the parkrun statement here

 

 

 

Nicola Whitford - Queen of Wimbledon Common parkrun

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Many of you will know Nicola as the heart and soul of Wimbledon Common parkrun. Sadly, she lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday May 26 at St. Raphael’s Hospice.

Nicola started parkrun on March 1 2008 and was one of its most popular and regular runners. As well as being one of the volunteer co-ordinating team, Nicola was the first female run director and the first and only female runner at our parkrun to complete 500 runs, qualifying for the coveted 500 T-shirt on August 10 2019. And to illustrate Nicola’s devotion to Wimbledon Common parkrun, all 500 of her runs were completed on the Common.

Nicola is unique in having a corner named after her. ‘Nicola’s Corner’ was named after her discovery that runners were cutting a corner and, wanting to uphold fair play, she was often to be heard at this corner ticking-off runners who tried to take the short cut.

A JustGiving page (link below) has been set up to fund a memorial bench to be placed at Nicola’s Corner, and for donations to Trevor Howell Ward at St. George’s Hospital and St. Raphael’s Hospice, both of which helped Nicola throughout her illness. We will all miss her and her infectious laughter.

https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nicola-whitford-memorial

 

All parkruns now suspended until the end of June

Dear parkrunners, today we received this notice from chief operating officer Tom Williams...

Dear all,

We can now confirm that parkrun events across the world will be suspended until the end of June. Please note that this represents a minimum time-frame for all parkrun countries and we expect most, if not all, closures to be in place for longer.

Despite this announcement of extended closure, our view of the future is increasingly optimistic as the situation continues to change rapidly and dynamically across the world. There is now a definite and positive move towards relaxation of restrictions, and every week we get closer to the point where parkrun events will return to their communities.

As lockdown restrictions start to lift across some territories in which we operate, we’d like to thank everyone for not going to their parkrun venues, at parkrun time. Importantly, please do not organise group gatherings of any sort at your parkrun locations until such time as parkrun events have officially returned in your region. This is critical in order to preserve the excellent relationships we have with local communities and stakeholders, as well as to ensure the safety of both parkrunners and other users of the space.

We continue to be cautious and thoughtful about parkrun’s return and we will, at all times, consider region-specific national and international government and public health guidance.

Whilst parkrun cannot recommence in any territory until the guidance allows, the restarting of parkrun will be a complex and sensitive process. It is imperative that any decision to recommence has the full and widespread support of volunteer teams, and the wider community. A major part of our energy over the next few weeks will be focused on gathering this understanding and insight, which will in turn inform our decision making.

Understanding the sentiment and feeling of our volunteers and communities is particularly key, as when the decision is made to restart parkrun, all parkrun events in that region will be required to start. Any events remaining closed would significantly and unreasonably increase pressure on those that open.

Volunteer happiness and welfare will always be at the heart of what we do and, prior to reopening any events, we will continue to collaborate with our communities in order to best understand local situations and implement appropriate processes in advance.

Thanks for your continued parkrun passion.

We are getting through this, together,

 

 

Run ‘The Mulholland Mile’…

 

...and help to finance a memorial bench for Hercules AC, Surrey and Wimbledon Common parkrun legend Pete Mulholland

PeteMulhollandOur friends at Hercules Wimbledon, the club Pete (in red, above, manning the finish funnel) served so well for 50 years and more, have informed us that they are organising 'The Mulholland Mile', a lockdown-friendly online event to raise money towards the £2,500 it costs to place a memorial bench on Wimbledon Common.

You might be aware that Pete, who helped to found Wimbledon Common parkrun and who would turn up in weather fair and foul week after week for many years to hand out tokens at the finish line, even as bad health consumed him, died at the age of 80 in March, having contracted coronavirus in hospital while being treated for injuries sustained in a fall.

The event is open to anyone who cares to take part and the organisers suggest a donation of £5 from all who enter, though of course any amount is welcome.

Entrants can run a single mile at any time between Tuesday 2 June (which would have been Pete's 81st birthday) and Tuesday 9 June. It doesn't matter how fast you run and a mile is within the scope of anyone. And please pass this news on to anyone you think would like to help.

Full details of the event and how to enter can be found here.

Please consider getting involved. Pete was a much-loved figure in the athletics world and since his passing tributes have poured in. You can read a selection on the Hercules Wimbledon AC website.

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