Nicola Whitford - Queen of Wimbledon Common parkrun
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.