Big news of the day at Wormwood Scrubs parkrun - the mud has returned! It was our first muddy run for six months and, in parts, the ground was pretty tricky underfoot. But despite its wintery appearance, the weather was reminiscent of summer at 20 degrees and with super high humidity.
Run director Martin Gillies kicked off this morning's run with an announcement about our very first Wormwood Scrubs Christmas social. This will be Christmas dinner and drinks on Saturday 6th December at a local bar. If you would like to come, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1497009507215770/ so we can get an idea on numbers and look for a suitable venue. Friends and family are, of course, more than welcome to join us.
It was extra busy on the Scrubs with lots of officials and runners floating about waiting for the South of England XC Relay Championships to start. We'd like to say a big congratulations to the Thames Valley Harriers senior women who were crowned champions.
This week there were 43 runners at the Scrubs, of whom five were first timers and two recorded new personal bests – congratulations Peter Barrow and Anthony Ball. Of our 43 runners, eight didn't have barcodes – it's not essential to have them, but if you are registered for parkrun, try and remember to bring them so that you at least get an official time and a point towards the red tee shirt, which segues neatly into big congratulations to Bedros Kabrielian who ran his 50th parkrun today – 36 at the Scrubs and 14 at Gunnersbury. We look forward to seeing you in your red shirt when it arrives.
First over the line and first in the men's placings was Gideon REID of Serpentine RC with a time of 19:54 – his fourth win in 16 appearances. Nuno MONTEIRO (SM30-34) was second in 20:36.
First female over the line this week was Patricia THOMAS of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC in 25:38 – her first time win in three appearances, with Kate O'DONOGHUE of Thames Valley Harriers finishing in second place in 26:35. Kate also looked after the course set up and close down this week, thank you Kate. We also managed to keep Poppy (Kate's dog) safe from harm this week (and from wandering off), which was a relief all round.
Current standing in the men's annual points competition (it's SO tight and all to play for):
Rizwan RAUF (Unattached) 1372 pts
Nick MICHAEL (Thames Valley Harriers) 1337 pts
Peter JORDAN (Thames Valley Harriers) 1281 pts.
Current standing in the women's annual points competition:
Charlotte LE ROUGETEL (Unattached) 1170 pts (WHOOP!)
Marion BRYDSON (Thames Valley Harriers) 1130 pts
Kirstie TEW (Unattached) 858 pts
Thank you, thank you, to our volunteers Ben LE ROUGETEL, Charlotte LE ROUGETEL, Janos BREZNICZKY, Kate O'DONOGHUE and Martin GILLIES. The roster is completely bare next weekend so if you are free to volunteer - perhaps you have an injury or a big run next Sunday - it would be great if you can help out. And if you are free at any point in November, that would be great.
You can find today's full results and a complete event history on the Wormwood Scrubs parkrun Results Page.
Happy running and see you next Saturday.
Here's a treat for any marathon runners, or potential marathon runners: Paul Oppe of Thames Valley Harriers will be giving a free Marathon Workshop at the TVH clubhouse after the Scrubs parkrun on 7th December. Thoroughly recommended - you'll get lots of sound advice from someone who really knows what he's talking about. There's more information at http://www.thamesvalleyharriers.com/Pages/WLMANmarathon131207.pdf
Look out for these Queen's Park Queens at the Scrubs parkrun tomorrow morning (Saturday 16th November) and give them a cheer. They are joining us as part of a weekend of sponsored running around half a dozen local parks to raise money for Children in Need. Some might be wearing tutus - their slogan is "nothing is tutu far!"
For those of you interested in learning more about volunteering, or maybe becoming a run director, our Event Director Anita and Run Director Debbie from Hammersmith and Fulham Council have organised an evening 'Get Together' to train you how to carry out these roles at the Scrubs parkruns. The session will take place on Tuesday 26th March, from 6pm to 8pm, at the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham offices, 77 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London W6 0LJ. It should be pretty straight-forward and fun, and there will be food!!! If you want to take part, or have any questions about the event, please email Anita : email@example.com