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