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Parkrun 196 -  March 7

I'm starting this run report with a volunteer shout out. If you have a look here you'll see that over the next six weeks there are 48 opportunities to be a parkrun hero and volunteer.

That's the good news. The bad news is only six of those spots have already been snapped up by our wonderful Wormwood Scrubs parkrunners.

Volunteering is easy and fun and the most rewarding way to spend your Saturday morning. Our events couldn't happen without our volunteers. So if you've got a big Sunday race coming up and you need a rest day on the Saturday, or perhaps you are struggling with an injury, then maybe this could be a great opportunity to help out. All you have to do is email us at wormwoodscrubshelpers@parkrun.com.

This week was our 196th parkrun at Wormwood Scrubs. And, guess what? It was the most beautiful sunny day with the temperature nudging double figures. The M.U.D. was still there. But the course is getting better. 43 runners toed the start line, including eight first timers. Six of our runners today achieved personal bests – congratulations Dave Gardner, Daniel Sharpe, Freddie Sims, Dayo Olufemi, Esther Carter and Judith McElhinney.

Two special shout outs this week – the first to Bedros and his son Avedis who have 87 Wormwood Scrubs parkruns between them – well done you two, it's a great achievement and we love having you with us; the second is to Simon Maddison, our February Sweatshop parkrunner of the month. Simon will be able to choose a brand new pair of shoes thanks to Sweatshop Notting Hill. Congratulations Mr Maddison!

First over the line this week was Martin GILLIES in 19:28 and first female finisher was Andrea BROUGHTON in 23:59. Andrea also made it on to this week's best age grade scores with 69.91%. Dave GARDNER was graded 70.99% and George REES 70.49%.

The women's leader board currently looks like this:
Charlotte LE ROUGETEL (Unattached) 2823 pts.
Marion BRYDSON (Thames Valley Harriers) 2335 pts – come on Maisie, get that foot better and get back to the Scrubs!
Kirstie TEW (Unattached) 2206 pts.

And the men's leader board? Here you go!
Rizwan RAUF (Unattached) 2936 pts.
Peter JORDAN (Thames Valley Harriers) 2645 pts.
Nick MICHAEL (Thames Valley Harriers) 2588 pts.
Nice recovery from Nick this weekend after he suffered a nasty ankle twist on the first lap.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Andrea BROUGHTON (VW50-54) was graded 69.91% for the time 23:59 (14th overall).

Thank you volunteers! You are awesome. They were woman of words (and tea and coffee) Charlotte LE ROUGETEL, photographer extraodinaire Fran 'Flickr' SANTOS, Clubhouse Kirstie TEW, top timekeeper Louise BROWNE, token-tastic Manuel CORRIENTE, scanner man Martin GILLIES , Rob 'rundirector' Ferguson, and the course curators Peter JORDAN and Rizwan RAUF.

Happy running.
Charlie.