RIP Peter Mulholland, parkrun legend


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.