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.

 

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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