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Parkrun 152 - May 3

It was a perfect day for running. The sky was clear, the sun was shining and the air was cool. A slight breeze, but that wasn’t really going to bother anybody. The course had transformed itself as if by magic into a running-friendly softish surface, courtesy of the recent rain, but without the mud and puddles of the winter months.

36 runners toed the starting line, including 8 first timers at the Scrubs. We were especially pleased to welcome back current male points champion Tim Barlow, who had brought along his three-month-old son Rafferty for his first Parkrun experience.

First runner home was Simon Hill in 19:34, followed by Geoffrey Keast in 19:40 and Gildas Braine from Queens Park Runners in 20:03. First lady home was Phillippa Keast in 20:23, followed by Andrea Broughton of Thames Valley Harriers in 22:42 and Camilla West of Ealing Eagles in 23:31.

Congratulations to Anthony Delaney, Camilla West, William Paynter, Laila Miles, Andrew Peaple and Annabel Andrew, all of whom ran personal bests today!

Thanks to the volunteers this week, without whom the Parkrun would not happen: Run Director Rob Ferguson, David Jackson, Gideon Reid, Paula Fitzpatrick and Rizwan Rauf. Thanks also to Nick Michael, who - in the absence of Marion and Fraser this week, off on a well-deserved break in Amsterdam - opened up the clubhouse, undertook the all-important task of putting on the urn so that we could all have refreshments after the race, and then served the teas and coffees.

We rely on volunteers, so if you’d like to get involved in volunteering at the Wormwood Scrubs Parkrun, please email

See you next week!


Parkrun 151 - April 26

Following a deluge in London on Friday, the ground was spike-friendly soft again at Wormwood Scrubs this weekend.

Thankfully, come Saturday morning, the rain held off, the wind died down and the sun crept out for the field of 41 parkrunners.

Gideon Reid was first over the line this week with a time of 19:01 – his second win at the Scrubs. The first female runner to cross the line was Maire Neilson Gorman with a time of 21:09. This was her fourth first place out of four appearances.

Eight first timers joined us, including five London Fire Brigade officers, and five of our runners recorded PBs. Congratulations!

With only six weeks or so until the end of our year (11th June), the women’s and men’s league tables are currently headed by Marion Brydson with 2974 points and Nick Michael with 3519 points, respectively.

Without meaning to jinx her, Marion is exactly 500 points ahead of her closest rival and looks set for a comfortable win. Nick, however, is just 38 points clear of Peter Jordan making it all to play for in the battle for the men’s trophy.

Massive thanks to our volunteers – Martin Gillies, Ben Le Rougetel, Debbie Peters-Mill, Matthieu Prevot and Rizwan Rauf. If you can volunteer, please get in touch. You get 100 points (to a maximum of 300) each time you help out!
See you next week.

Charlie Le Rougetel


May 8, 2014