Mud, Mud, Not So Glorious Mud on Wormwood Scrubs

Committed runners defy the murky conditions, reports Charlotte Le Rougetel

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Parkrun 195 -  February 28

Miserable, murky and, yes, you guessed it, muddy. That was the review from today's 37 committed trailers at Wormwood Scrubs parkrun.

Still two of those recorded new personal bests including Daniel Goggins, who has run with us four times now and broke through the 40 minute mark for the first time. Well done Daniel and a huge round of applause for coming back each week and giving it your all – your progress has been awesome.

Philip Corser was the second runner to break his parkrun record.

First over the line this week was Richard BROOK of Salford Harriers and AC in 20:13 – his first win in five appearances. Wormwood Scrubs regular was Gideon REID of Serpentine RC in 20:24 and third Daniel SHARPE in 21:40.

First female finisher this week was Kate O'DONOGHUE of Thames Valley Harriers in 28:21, her 12th time in 68 appearances. She was followed by Lan-Lan SMITH in 29:18 and Judith MCELHINNEY in 30:07.

Current standing in the men's annual points competition and the positions are static for another week:
- Rizwan RAUF (Unattached) 2855 pts.
- Peter JORDAN (Thames Valley Harriers) 2561 pts.
- Nick MICHAEL (Thames Valley Harriers) 2512 pts

Current standing in the women's annual points competition and, again, the positions remain the same here, too:
- Charlotte LE ROUGETEL (Unattached) 2728 pts.
- Marion BRYDSON (Thames Valley Harriers) 2335 pts.
- Kirstie TEW (Unattached) 2110 pts.

Thank you to our volunteers this week: run director Andrea BROUGHTON, timekeeper Ben LE ROUGETEL, token master Bradley CAHOON, report writer Charlotte LE ROUGETEL, photographer Fran SANTOS, tea boy Fraser BRYDSON and course setter upper and closer downer Rizwan RAUF.

Parkrun 194 - February 21

Apparently EVERYONE said today was the muddiest parkrun at Wormwood Scrubs this season and I couldn't agree more. The ground was the wettest, slippiest and muddiest I've ever seen. The puddles of mud were so deep it was like doing squats down the back straight and Fraser Brydson nearly lost his shoe on several occasions. Yep. It was a muddy one.

We had 47 runners this week including 10 first timers and, no surprises here, not a single PB!
Congratulations to Colm DOHERTY who ran his 50th parkrun this week, 39 of which have been at Wormwood Scrubs. Colm came in sixth today in a fantastic time of 23.44 – clearly he was skimming along on top of the mud, rather than getting sucked in by it.

A massive hug and pat on the back for this week's best sense of humour to Esther CARTER who fell face first in the mud less than half way round the first lap. She was a very tough mudder indeed, got straight back up, finished just nine seconds slower than last week and laughed all the way round. Esther is training for the London Marathon and also the Bath Half on March 1st.

Congratulations to Chris CAMERON who was first over the line in a very speedy winter time of 20:50. This was Chris' first appearance at the Scrubs, he can normally be found at Brockwell where, without the mud – did I mention there was mud today? – he crossed the line three minutes faster.

The second and third men to finish this week were Robin PHILLIPS of Westbury Harriers in 21:01 and Charles CRAVEN of Fulham RC in 22:08. This is Charles' fifth run at the Scrubs.

Our most frequent first place finisher, Andrea BROUGHTON, came first again crossing the line in 25:28. It's Andrea's 19th win in 46 appearances. She was followed closely by Megan HARDY in 28:12 and Kate O'DONOGHUE in 29:12.

Current standing in the men's annual points competition and nothing's changed! Nick was back at the Scrubs this week but he was too poorly to finish.
- Rizwan RAUF (Unattached) 2776 pts.
- Peter JORDAN (Thames Valley Harriers) 2561 pts.
- Nick MICHAEL (Thames Valley Harriers) 2434 pts.

Current standing in the women's annual points competition. Again nothing's changed here either, especially following Kirstie's sojourn to Copenhagen parkrun last weekend:
- Charlotte LE ROUGETEL (Unattached) 2728 pts.
- Marion BRYDSON (Thames Valley Harriers) 2335 pts.
- Kirstie TEW (Unattached) 2110 pts.

Thank you volunteers! YOU ARE THE BEST. This run report was brought to you by me Charlotte LE ROUGETEL. Thank you William PAYNTER for timing us and good luck tomorrow in the Hampton Court half marathon. Thanks for the teas, coffees and flapjacks, Fraser BRYDSON. Thanks for scanning our finishing tokens Martin GILLIES. Hope it went well on Parliament Hill this afternoon and good luck at Eastbourne next week. Oh and thanks to Simon MADDISON for handing those tokens to us in the first place. And of course thanks to Rizwan RAUF and Peter JORDAN for sticking all the flags and poles in the ground so we all knew where to run.

March 2, 2015