Wormwood Scrubs parkrun is cancelled on 2021-04-24 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

parkrun suspended until further notice


In line with the decision taken by parkrun HQ our weekly run at Wormwood Scrubs will be suspended until at least the end of March.

For further information, please visit: https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/

Stay safe and hope to see you all soon in the near future.

Event Director


Cancellation of parkrun at Wormwood Scrubs – March 14


Sadly conditions have only mildly improved since last week and there is still plenty of standing water and a whole lot of mud.
For the safety of all our participants I am once again sadly having to cancel this Saturday's run.

Here's hoping normal service will return next week.

Kind regards

Event Director


Cancellation of March 7th parkrun


Based on the condition of the course last week and the continued rain over the past days, which will make conditions even more challenging, the parkrun this coming Saturday will not go ahead.

For those of you who still want to run then I would suggest heading to Gladstone Park, Gunnersbury or Fulham Palace.

Here's hoping normal service can return at the Scrubs on March 14th.



Ben Le Rougetel
Event Director 


WS park run – Feb 22nd, 2020

“Is it actually getting muddier each week?!” “That was proper cross country!!” “Oh my god…”
Some quotes from the finish line today, amongst some smiling faces, a lot of well-earned sighs of relief, and some very, very muddy legs. Well done to all 77 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked their way around another swampy and windy Scrubs parkrun.
Big hello to the 7 first time parkrunners who made it out today (Peter Ives, Tom Hallam, Lewis Roberts, Harriet Robson, Valeria Lanata, Hastings Tarrant and Claire Pritchard), and a shout out to the further 19 of you who are new to Wormwood Scrubs - hope to see you all again.

First to finish was Gideon Reid, closely pursued by Dan Druce. Heather and Josie Pawley were the first women over the line, and also first timers at this course. Good job all!Even though you are statistically more likely to lose your shoe than get a PB at the moment, Katrine Thompson and Toni Snow have defied the odds and broken their previous records – top work! While there weren’t any ‘official’ t-shirt awarded milestones today, nice work Gideon Reid and Freddie Wilson who both hit 150 parkruns, and to Nathan Sutton who completed 200!And finally the crowd goes wild for the volunteers who made it all happen today, much appreciated – Andrea Broughton, Fraser Brydson, Marion Brydson, Craig Gunn, Robin Hamilton, Courtney Ireland, Peter Jordan, Ben Le Rougetel, Thomas Lindsay, Nick Michael and Paul Oppe.
Chuck the trainers through the wash and see you next time!


WS run report – Feb 8, 2020

Wormwood Scrubs is an underrated parkrun in the middle of London (wo)manned by a friendly team of volunteers. It is a deceptively tough course and should be a regular venue for walkers and runners who prefer to walk and run on grass (and some mud in winter).

It is flanked by a prison. One of the many remarkable things parkrun has achieved is to start parkruns in a few prisons. I read that it has given participating prisoners (and staff) a sense of purpose and achievement and is a weekly highlight.
John McAvoy, a Londoner, is currently the only Nike sponsored Ironman triathlete and he was a high profile armed robber who found redemption through the power of sport (read "Redemption: from Iron Bars to Ironman" for a truly remarkable story).
Maybe there will be a parkrun for Wormwood Scrubs prison one day.

So, this parkrun was well after Quitters' Day - well done to all of you for continuing to run. One of my favourite running quotes is by Haruki Murakami "Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest".

It was a nice, crisp morning and the mud slushed as the runners' feet pounded their way around the Scrubs. I think this course is deceptive because it is flat and appears benign but it is quite soft underfoot and when the course is wet the muddy stretch at the start and at the back makes for a hard slog (ok yesterday maybe all the way around). This makes it a nice challenge. Wormwood Scrubs does not attract one of the larger attendances of the London parkruns despite the wide spaces on the course. This adds to its charm.

The volunteers here are always friendly and we thank them once again for their time and effort. Parkrun cannot survive without its volunteers and we all ought to volunteer at least a few times a year. The volunteers on Saturday (and many of them volunteer regularly at Wormwood Scrubs) were: Ben le Rougetel, Charlie le Rougetel, Fraser Brydson, Marion Brydson, Robert Ferguson, Paul Woodgate, Fran Santos, Nick Michael, Craig Gunn, Peter Jordan and Frankie Lynch.

There were a number of newcomers to parkrun and a few first timers at the Scrubs. Welcome to the parkrun family to the newcomers and may you derive the enjoyment we all do from parkrun. Hopefully the first timers return to the Scrubs. Nick Michael has done an astonishing 360 parkruns at Wormwood Scrubs (387 overall) so we have a way to go to catch up. Rizwan Rauf (304; 323), Peter Jordan (276; 276), Marion Brydson (240; 254) and Fraser Brydson (232; 236) have all done well over 200 parkruns at the Scrubs - amazing by all and real dedication from Peter (there are other parkruns in London Peter).

Congratulations to all our parkrunners. Special mention to the first three Gideon Reid, Raoul Huysmans and Andrew Scott. Lola Raghavan, Lucy Pollock and Fran Lou were the first three women - well done to Fran on completing her 100th parkrun. Lola was also the first junior home - impressive! Josh Hallam was the first male junior to finish. Joaquim Pereira managed a Personal Best in tough conditions. Finally a mention for my running mate the Catalan with his eighth place (what are friends for if they can't mention you?). Well done folks!

Rob Bricout

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