Parkrun’s first run on Tooting Common took place on 30 January , at 9am, with more than 150 runners turning out for the inaugural event.
The run took off on the Common from the corner of Hillbury Road and Dr Johnson Avenue. More than 30 volunteers helped to officiate the event and could be easily identified in high visibility vests.
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: "It’s been a long campaign, which many local residents have led and been involved in, so I am delighted that the first Parkrun event on Tooting Common finally took place on Saturday and, of course, the people of Tooting turned out in force”.
Sadiq added: “Parkrun provides the opportunity to run in a friendly and sociable environment, with the support of others. It also helps to attract new people to running, helps bring communities together and has clear public health benefits, including tackling obesity and improving physical well-being.
"As a keen runner myself, I was honoured to start the run. I was also honoured to welcome Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of Parkrun, to Tooting to celebrate with us”.
Sadiq added: “I first wrote to the Council back in October 2014 urging it to give permission for Parkrun, a not-for-profit organisation that runs free, weekly, volunteer-run, 5km runs around the country, to come to our wonderful local Common. So I was delighted to be able to see the fruition of so many months hard work for myself.
"Tooting Common is a wonderful community park. By holding regular Parkrun runs in Tooting, more people from across London will be able to discover and enjoy our open spaces, alongside Tooting locals”.
"Getting Parkrun to Tooting has been a long campaign, but I’m delighted we’ve finally crossed the finishing line.”
To learn more about Parkrun, or to register for the Tooting Common run, visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tootingcommon/.