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


Wormwood Scrubs run report – Sep 28th

Thanks to Nick Davies from Gunnersbury PR for the report

Despite the threat of rain and with conditions somewhat slippery and muddy underfoot, another Saturday in west London meant a crowd of 135 descending on Wormwood Scrubs for their latest parkrun adventure to run, walk or jog 5km with visitors from Maidstone, Portsmouth Lakeside, Crane Park and Bushy Park adding to locals and first timers. Well done to everyone for completing another parkrun.
There are no winners at parkrun but there are first finishers - sadly we can't congratulate the first over the finishing line as they didn't bring their barcode to scan, one of 13 people to show up as "unknown" this week... #DFYB everyone! Congratulations to Gordon LOW and Emily DUDGEON as the first male and female with barcodes across the line!
13 was also the number for amount of shiny new PB's set today, impressive given the conditions underfoot were by no means perfect. Congratulations to all but special mention to Rizwan RAUF for getting back to back personal bests after 307 parkruns, 294 of which have been here at Wormwood... giving hope to us all that PB's can still come after all those runs! Rizwan's latest PB means that more than nine and half minutes have been taken off his first ever run time, a truly brilliant effort! Well done too, to David WANG with his 3rd PB in his last 4 parkruns, to Wormwood regular Megan ADAMS for breaking the 24 minute barrier and Carl SLOAN who has shaved 6 minutes off his first parkrun time in only 4 visits. Statistical result of the day goes to first time visitor Jon BIRCH who achieved the aesthetically pleasing time of 28.09 on the 28th of September.
Congratulations are due to Russell KELLEWAY on achieving the 100 parkrun milestone (79 of them here at Wormwood Scrubs) as well as Gill TAMPLIN and Megan SIVA for joining the 50 parkrun club. We look forward to seeing you all in your new milestone shirts soon! The most important milestone however is the completion of your first parkrun and today we had 6 people doing just that; well done to Louis WILLIAM, Ludovic MANLEY, Elaine MULLAN, Sophie SMITH, Jack WRIGHT and Jun ZHANG - we hope you enjoyed your first parkrun, see you again next Saturday?
Thanks as ever to the wonderful volunteers - it is probably said (rightly) in every run briefing by every Run Director each and every week but without volunteers parkrun simply wouldn't happen. There are gaps in the roster for the upcoming weeks, why not try your hand and help out? Click the link above this report marked "volunteer" and then "getting involved" to learn about the different types of volunteer roles, or ask the team at the next parkrun you do... or if you spot one you fancy, simply check under "future roster" to see when it is next needed and email the team. There are even several options that also allow you to run, walk or jog so you wouldn't have to miss out on doing a parkrun if you help with the set up, tidying up afterwards, tail walking or even typing a run report...

This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Nick MICHAEL • Nick DAVIES • Ben LE ROUGETEL • Marion BRYDSON • Fraser BRYDSON • Paul WOODGATE • Peter JORDAN • Amy INGRAM • Craig GUNN • James AKER • Tsz Yu MA

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wormwood Scrubs parkrun Results Page.


Run report – Sep 14, 2019

It was a beautiful sunny September morning for the 429th Wormwood Scrubs parkrun. 142 people completed the 2 lap course, which despite it being September was lovely and mud-free!

There were 36 first timers of which 14 completed their very first parkrun! Well done and welcome to the parkrun - hopefully see you again next week.
We had tourists from York, Cambridge, Huntingdon and I think a few more who didn't shout out - we hope you enjoyed Wormwood Scrubs! As well as tourists, there were also a total of 25 different clubs taking part.
A pretty impressive 34 people managed to achieve a personal best - well done to you and all the other runners. And of course our volunteers who without we wouldn't be able to run. This week special thanks goes to Nick MICHAEL • Sally Louise HIGGINS • Rizwan RAUF • Fran SANTOS • Ben LE ROUGETEL • Peter JORDAN • Stephen HUTCHINSON • Gill TAMPLIN • James AKER • Rita WHITTAKER

Wormwood Scrubs parkrun started on 11th June 2011. Since then 5,979 participants have completed 24,968 parkruns covering a total distance of 124,840 km, including 3,688 new Personal Bests. A total of 266 individuals have volunteered 3,457 times.


Wormwood Scrubs parkrun – September 7th

Event 428 – 7th September 2019 by Darren Horton

What a day to take in my first visit to Wormwood Scrubs Parkrun! I often work in London, and occasionally stay for the weekend. My home run is in East Yorkshire, at Hull where I am part of the report writing team, so I asked Ben if I could write yours this week from a tourist’s perspective. I firstly want to say that I really enjoyed visiting, not only was the run enjoyable but all regulars and visitors were so friendly and welcoming. I loved chatting to fellow parkrunners both at the start and finish – if parkrun could be replicated in modern life I’m sure there would be less social isolation.

This week’s parkrun was a monumental one – Wormwood Scrubs broke their attendance record! 186 parkrunners turned up to run, jog or walk the 5km over grassy terrain; sometimes smooth, sometimes gnarly, always easy to follow. The event was attended by many runners from Thames Valley Harriers who were celebrating an Open Day event (hence the fantastic superhero costumes). It brought a smile to my face when taking in views and enjoying birdsong when my eyes glanced over the fluorescent green figure, deftly moving over the autumnal scrubland, the lesser spotted Incredible Hulk.

Of the record-breaking 186 parkrunners, we had 55 first timers at Wormwood Scrubs and 15 taking part in their first ever parkrun event. With everyone welcome, congratulations to those of you who have nailed your 1st parkrun and I hope you have a fantastic journey wherever you parkrun. Lots of unknown runners so if this was a taster…next time buy in and print that barcode, you won’t regret starting.

Tourists & Finishers

Parkrun tourism has become quite the phenomenon hasn’t it! As well as the usual arrangement of personal events when visiting an area, looking for the nearest parkrun has also become important to us. I quickly realised that this isn’t just me haha! Having looked at the results I picked out so many runners from nearby London parkruns as well as further afield including Slough, Great Notley in Essex, Norwich, Liverpool, St. Helens, Aberdeen…oh, and Hull (that’ll be me).

Quick mentions go out to one of the longest parkrunners this week, Nuno VIDAL from Colchester who was visiting Wormwood Scrubs for the first time on his 201st parkrun – we swapped parkrun stories on the tube home. Two first timers this week are really clocking up their tourist points; Valerie HELLIAR from Bristol made Scrubs her 51st different parkrun event on her 148th run; Neil CURRANT’s home parkrun is in Luton but made Scrubs his 76th different event this week.

Overseas visitors too of course; John BOYLE from Ennis, Co. Clare in Ireland visited Scrubs for the first time on his 92nd parkrun. Mentions also to Daniel RIENDEAU from Ottawa, Canada & Jennifer DEACON from Brisbane, Australia. On behalf of Wormwood Scrubs Parkrun, a huge welcome to all visitors and hopefully you’ll be back again for another.

What about our first finishers this week I hear you ask. Let’s start with the female finishers and this week in 1st place was Charlotte BUCKLEY in 20:46. This was Charlotte’s 24th parkrun but only her second visit to Scrubs, having last visited in April 2016 when she also finished first! In 2nd place was Chase CERRELL in 22:36 who again was on her second visit to Scrubs. In 3rd place was Alice McKEON in 23:08 on her 16th parkrun; this was Alice’s first visit to Scrubs and she gave herself a best anywhere PB.

For the gents, in 1st place was Sage PEARCE-HIGGINS on his 38th parkrun; Sage finished in 16:39 which was his 24th time as a first finisher and with three PBs in his last five runs who knows what he has in store! Ryan KEANE was in 2nd place in 17:13 on his 52nd parkrun while Gordon LOW finished his 15th parkrun in 3rd place in 18:13; Gordon also attained the best age range graded run this week in 82.25%.

A mention also to this week’s fastest Junior Parkrunner Aidan FERRAND who finished in an impressive 20:17 on his (even more impressive) 109th parkrun. Keep going Aiden and a huge well done to all the top finishers this week!

Personal Bests & Volunteers

There were 22 Personal Bests this week including those already mentioned earlier. A new PB is always impressive, but particularly impressive when the number of runners increases. Perhaps this spurs us on at times, the pleasant weather and lack of rain certainly helped this week. Well done to everyone who secured a new PB and here are just a few quick mentions that I picked out from the results;

  • Adrian MAY finished in 24:37 while Nadia WHITAKER finished in 23:50 – they both ran their third consecutive PB in as many weeks.
  • John DONOVAN ran a new PB in 27:51 on his 16th parkrun at Scrubs, beating his 2017 personal best.
  • Roisin McALISTER finished her 17th parkrun in 32:37. This was her 6th PB of 2019 and has reduced the time of her first run by almost eight minutes.
  • Carolyn BUSINGYE was on her 73rd parkrun (67 at Scrubs); she knocked two minutes off her last PB and secured a new one finishing in 36:33.

Wormwood Scrubs Parkrun was supported by 10 volunteers this week. Remember that parkrun cannot happen without volunteers and you don’t need to be part of a core group to take part in the other side of parkrun. I first volunteered as a marshal when I had a dodgy ankle and never wanting to miss out, I asked to help. It was a great decision and also gives regular volunteers a break or a run themselves. Do help when you can (even if only once). This week’s hi-vis heroes who helped make parkrun possible and successful were;

Ben LE ROUGETEL  •  Candace BOVILL-TAYLOR  •  Craig GUNN  •  Darren HORTON  •  James AKER  •  James DOE  •  Joshua SPENDER  •  Nick MICHAEL  •  Paul OPPE  •  Rizwan RAUF

Well that’s it from me this week, I hope I haven’t gone on too long. Once again thanks to Ben and all the volunteer team, it was an absolute pleasure visiting and meeting so many new faces. So until next week when we do this all again, in the words of a ‘perhaps superhero’..…I’ll be back!


Wormwood Scrubs parkrun – run report June 15th

Myself and my friend Tracey visited Wormwood Scrubs parkrun this week. It was Tracey’s first ever parkrun and my 97th. My home parkrun is Crane Park over in Twickenham. I am in the process of completing all the parkruns in Greater London (there are currently 56 and rising!), so it was another London one ticked off the list for me. Tracey and I first met just over 16 years when delivering our just turned 16-year olds at Queen Charlotte's Hospital which is next door to this parkrun, so it was also a trip down memory lane for the two of us. Needless to say, our 16-year olds were in bed whilst we were enjoying the park run! Tracey really enjoyed her first parkrun. For me – having now done 29 different parkruns - it was one of the smallest and friendliest that I've done so far. I found running on grass hard going (although probably much better for my old knees!) but there was little to no mud which had been a small concern having done a bit of advance research!
So, with almost perfect running conditions, 137 of us walked, jogged or ran the 416th parkrun at Wormwood Scrubs. There were 23 unknowns #DFYB.
We welcomed an impressive 12 people to their very first parkrun and there were 15 first time visitors to Wormwood Scrubs. 7 people were doing that always tricky 2nd parkrun, and 4 of those 7 achieved a PB. Well done all!
There were visitors from several running clubs (alongside TVH obvs) including Kings Heath RC, Runnyhoneys, Derwent (Derby), CSSC, Mornington Chasers, North Shields Polytechnic and Serpentine.
Overall 24 people bagged a PB this week. This included Rizwan Rauf on his 298th parkrun. Inspiring stuff and just goes to show that we can still keep on improving even after many years of parkrunning!
In terms of official milestones, John Grigg and Richard Stone were both celebrating their 50th parkrun. John has completed 49 of his 50 at Wormwood Scrubs and Richard has completed 22 of his 50 at Wormwood Scrubs. An unofficial milestone for Nick Michael, completing his 350th parkrun yesterday, 326 at Wormwood. Nick has also completed a very impressive 168 volunteering roles. Well done all.
Satisfying stats awards go to:
Richard Stubbs 22.11
Tasos Soupios 24.24
Daniel Bending 25.00
Lizzie Pawsey 30.30
Alice Silva 33.33
David Lindsay 54.54
Our first male finishers were:
1 Matt Ryan 17.31 (with a new PB)
2 Gideon Reid 17.57
3 James Warren 18.16 (with a new PB)

First female finishers were:
1 Samantha Penn 23.53
2 Emily Januszewski 24.54
3 Zoe Vance 25.02 (new PB)

First juniors home were:
Joint 1st Louis Bilboul and Jamie Levinson 23.49
3 Louis de Rosee 23.52

5 runners broke the 70% Age Grade this week. In descending order they were Gideon Reid, Kevin McAleer, Matt Ryan, Simon Rubens, James Warren.
Well done to all the speedy people and to every single person who ran, jogged or walked.
None of this is possible without our wonderful volunteers. We are very grateful to all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning (and in some cases their own run) to help make this event happen.
We are always looking for volunteers so please do email if you’d like to get involved.
Thank you for having us!


Wormwood Scrubs Run report 13-04-19

Surprisingly, having lived in Hammersmith and Fulham my entire life, I had never been to Wormwood Scrubs and my mission to visit local parkruns is doubling up as a great way to explore my local community. I woke to an overcast chilly morning and after putting on a few extra layers, I met up with my good friend Jas from Tooting, bid farewell to Fulham and waved a warm welcome to Wormwood Scrubs.

A great big open grassland greeted us upon arrival. We weren’t the only newbies to Scrubs, as 21 first timers took part today. We made our way to the finish where everyone gathered before the start and could leave their belongings if needed. Soon 96 parkrunners made their way to the start and after a briefing by Run Director Ben, we were soon underway. I was a little nervous to parkrun at Scrubs, as I complete parkruns with my son in a jogging buggy and the two and a bit lap course around The Scrubs is entirely on grass. I found the course tough, with sneaky gradients on soft long grass combined with muddy pot holes and an undulating ground underfoot it was hard work for me, but fun for my passenger, as he let out an enthusiastic “Wohoo!” as he bounced and bumped as I bounded along. I think when you have these difficult parkruns it reminds you of why you run and why you take part in parkrun each week. Our running journeys take twists and turns and ups and downs but showing up, not giving up and being with others to share these moments with make the challenges a little less challenging.

Despite finding the course difficult I actually really enjoyed it! The route around Wormwood Scrubs felt like a cross country run, and the hustle and bustle of city life was soon forgotten and my focus was entirely on the course, plotting my footing and navigating the lumps and bumps. My time and potential pbs or not were no longer a concern and I ran for running.

Everyone at Scrubs this Saturday morning did themselves proud as they crossed the line. There were an amazing 20 pbs achieved. Isacc Adni was first through the funnel in 16:59, just one second outside his pb! The first female came third, well done to Emily Dudgeon who finished in 18:47 and also got the top age grade rating! Theo Signey was the first junior through the funnel in an impressive 25:47. A massive Kudos to James Malcom who not only completed the course in 20:03 but today was his 345th parkrun, which is equivalent to six and a half years of weekly parkruns!

Of course, parkrun never happens by magic, even if it sometimes seems like it! This week ten amazing superstars made todays parkrun possible: Charlie Le Rougetel, Run Director Ben Le Rougetel, Craig Gunn and Nick Michael for getting up super early to set up the course and getting everything ready, quick on the clicker timekeeper Gideon Reid, Amber Mullens for giving out those all-important finish tokens, Kirstie Tew who scanned the barcodes with a broken foot, Nick Davies brought the run home as tailwalker , Peter Jordan for putting Wormwood Scrubs parkrun to bed for another week and my dear friend from Tooting Jaspal Dhalley for inspiring me to write this run report.

Author: Claire O'Brien


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Above pic courtesy of Michael O'Brien (aged 4)



I can see why run reports are scarce – the attention needed by the garden this time of year has been competing strongly with this one. Apologies for slow posting.
It was a bit of a grey morning on the Scrubs with that chilly breeze out of the north-west corner but the ground is definitely drying out – a bit! More of that below.
My home run is Fareham, near Portsmouth, but when I'm in London Wormwood Scrubs is my local run and I really like the welcome of the Thames Valley Harriers (the flapjack over coffee after the run is legendary) and the variety of the cross-country challenge is fun. It seems to be drawing a steady stream of tourists and this week a group of first timers. I was one of those a year ago and got so bitten by the Parkrun bug that I've hardly missed a week since. I love it! Thank you Parkrunners for making it all that it is.
This Saturday there was a Parkrun milestone for Junior Leon doing his 10thrun and coming in on 23.24 as first male junior. There was also Annette from Poole preparing for the London Landmarks Half-marathon on Sunday. She achieved the best veteran female run of the event with an age graded percentage of 66.23%. A friend of mine was also running in the half-marathon. They got a lovely day for it and did some great fundraising.
I am nursing a calf injury so I was going slowly at the back but had the tail walker Keith from Reading for company part of the way. This is a family with a volunteering ethos including one of the younger generation contributing towards a Duke of Edinburgh award. Keep up the good work and thank you to Ben, Run Director, and all the volunteers.
This is Parkrun so there's always lots of encouragement – face to face as you meet the returners on the out and back course at Fareham and as you get lapped at the Scrubs. Encouragers included a shout out from an Ealing lad originally from South Africa with whom I'd had a chat over the bag drop before the start. I lived in South Africa for a few years, long before he was born, and used to holiday at a beautiful place called Uvongo Beach and St Michael's Bay where, guess what, there is now a Parkrun right alongside the Orange rocks where I played as a child. Maybe some tourism called for!
Talking of lapping, I like to try to keep ahead of all but the top ten on the first circuit but this was a slow day so I saw a lot of you passing me. Top female junior was Emma in 26.12 a new PB. Top female runner was Rosie Valance in 21.23. Recently as the Scrubs celebrated its 400thparkrun the first person over all was a female runner, Emily Dudgeon, congratulations – a big cheer for the female athletes! First in, top male runner and top Veteran male was Gordon in 18.32 running at an impressive 80.85%. Oh, and I, coming last, was first woman in my age category, so there :) – secretly that's why I like the Scrubs because in Fareham the women my age group are incredible with one of them functioning at close to 80% and there are women older than us achieving times of under 30 minutes but I love the stats because you can keep working on your own run whatever your age and stage.
And finally - “Oh, mud!” The cry went up just after the start where the stickiest patch still lingers. Don't wear your best trainers if you are coming to the Scrubs. At Fareham it is mostly a gravel path with only one big puddle between bramble patches just after the 2 k marshal where you can hit a hole in the solid base like a portal to another dimension. If the Scrubs mud is such a portal, fear not for Daleks getting through because, if they can't do stairs, they'll not catch a Park runner on this patch either!
Already looking forward to next Saturday!
Denise Perrett

Trooping the parkrunner

Wormwood Scrubs parkrun
Event number 364
9th June 2018

Wormwood Scrubs was busy on Saturday 9th June with the 24 hour football event and the softball / baseball. Nevertheless someone must have heard Nick Michael's suggestion to mow the grass further towards our course! The weather was overcast with a temperature of around 14 degrees and north-easterly wind of 14 km/h but the sun came out as we were running! The going was firm.

Run Director Rob Ferguson was also busy collecting volunteers and had some news:
- Wormwood Scrubs parkrun is cancelled on Saturday 23rd June due to another event taking place
- NO Gunnersbury parkrun for the month of July 2018 - and as we are one of the 3 parkruns within 3 miles of Gunnersbury (that usually attracts nearly 500 runners) we are expecting a large number of their regulars (like Ealing Eagles and West 4 Harriers) will be visiting. So please could we have more volunteers in July to act as marshals?

Gideon REID was running his 100th parkrun and was in high spirits running alongside the barefoot Sage PEARCE-HIGGINS and there was talk of PBs. Unfortunately my phone dropped out of my pocket on the opening straight and I had to go back to retrieve it before anyone trod on it so I had some catching up to do. Sharon LEMBERGER was running a good pace and gave me some encouragement as I caught up but I couldn't keep up her pace in the second half.

The first places were:

  1. Sage PEARCE-HIGGINS of Thames Valley Harriers in 17:12
  2. Gideon REID of Serpentine RC in 18:06
  3. Pierrer LEROYER set a new PB of 18:32

Amongst the Ladies:

  1. Sharon LEMBERGER kept up her 5 from 5 winning streak finishing in 20:37 just behind her PB of 20:34
  2. Janine MAKARONIDIS of London City Runners ran 24:54 in her Wormwood Scrubs debut
  3. Sonya Lukic of Ravenscourt Park Runners in 24:56

Adjusting for age and gender:

  1. Sharon LEMBERGER scored 76.31%
  2. Sage PEARCE-HIGGINS was very close with 76.26%
  3. Gideon REID was 75.41%

This week 110 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Robert FERGUSON was Run Director • Nick MICHAEL did Pre-Event Setup with Craig GUNN • Paul OPPE scanned all the barcodes • Rizwan RAUF was Tail Walker • James DOE was TimeKeeper • Fran SANTOS handed out the Finish Tokens • Marion BRYDSON was Tea Lady • Fraser BRYDSON did the washing up • James SPENDER wrote this report • Peter JORDAN did post-event close down

If you would like to help and volunteer, please email and check

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wormwood Scrubs parkrun Results Page.


Run Report #363

Congratulations to all 99 Parkrunners (not including the 5 dogs!) who ran today at Wormwood Scrubs. Welcome to the 14 first timers including Charlie Scott and Mia Denise Muhammad who are new to parkrun.


The Top Three Women Are:

  1. Sharon Lemberger (VW40-44) with a speedy time of 21:17
  2. Olivia Colegrave (JW11-14) with an impressive time of 23:43
  3. Kiran Randhawa (VW35-39) with a fast time of 24:33


The Top Three Men Are:

  1. Luke Whiley (SM30-34) with a winning time of 18:43 - his first at the Scrubs.
  2. Gideon Reid (VM40-44) with a classy time of 19:26
  3. Charlie Rollo (JM11-14) with an inspiring time of 19:45


Well done to the 11 children who ran the youngest being Alice Siva (JW10) who, between them, have run a whopping 267 Parkruns!


Also, well done to the 12 new Personal Bests. David Lindsay (VM55-59) managed to shave one second off his PB.  And somehow, Andrew Stevens (SM20-24) knocked a jaw-dropping 1 minute 53 seconds off his previous PB.


Good Luck to Gideon Reid who completed his 99th Parkrun and will be running their 100th next time. Way to get the T-shirt!


We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:








Catherine LINDSAY




(One volunteer even saved a packet of jelly babies from a pesky crow! (although the yellow jelly baby never came back alive))


Martha Siva


Momentous ParkRun in the Scrubs

Wormwood Scrubs parkrun
Event number 361
19th May 2018

It felt like a momentous May day for a parkrun at Wormwood Scrubs with a Royal Wedding in Windsor and the FA Cup final at Wembley!
The Scrubs was sunny, 14 degrees on the thermometer with a north-easterly breeze. Cracking conditions for PBs!
A large group of 102 assembled to run and Ben Le Rougetel explained the course and reminded us of today's newsworthy events: James Malcolm was running his 300th parkrun! That's 1500km or the distance from London to Cannes! Rizwan Rauf was running his 250th at Wormwood Scrubs.

I was returning after 3 weeks away running the Prague marathon for Kipepeo Foundation benefiting deprived children in Kenya. Thank you for your support over the three months of training - I set a new PB of 3:34:19. Please consider a small donation through BT MyDonate. My pacing was way too fast: leading as we passed the football pitches but soon Paul Woodgate, Thomas Barnes and Dominic Casey overtook me. Soon followed by Gideon Reid gliding by and the graceful Anna Lawson (I thought my days of chasing Imperial Ladies were over). Rob Ferguson calmly overtook me together with First Timer Ben Johnson.

Taking a closer look at the results, the first to cross the line were:

  1. Thomas Barnes in 18:37 - improving his PB by almost 30 seconds!
  2. Dominic Casey in 18:45 - also setting a PB
  3. Gideon Reid of Serpentine RC in 19:02

Leading the Ladies were:

  1. Anna Lawson of Imperial College Cross Country & AC in a new PB of 19:56!
  2. Amelia Carman of Queens Park Harriers in 23:16
  3. Fionn Hargreaves of UCL Athletics and Cross Country Club in 23:31

Adjusting for Age and Gender we have:

  1. Anna Lawson of Imperial College Cross Country with a cracking 74.25%
  2. Gideon Reid of Serpentine RC  with 71.72%
  3. Paul Woodgate of Thames Valley Harriers with 70.66%

We saw 26 new Personal Bests after Thomas, Dominic and Anna, there was:

  • Ralph Mathers in 21:26,
  • Joseph Nixon running his 14th parkrun at the Scrubs made it a hat-trick of PBs shaving another thirteen seconds off his PB from last week to finish in 23:11,
  • Matthew Peck of Ealing Eagles Running Club ran 23:12
  • Minty Martin and Alexandra Lane both set the PB of 24:21
  • Andre Treffeisen, running for the third time, set 24:38
  • Marcus Baker made it a string of four PBs from 16 Scrubs Parkruns in 24:43
  • Catherine Robinson went sub-25 for the first time to set 24:52
  • Adam Bye of Ravenscourt Park Runners ran 25:18, besting his previous 25:24 from 1st April last year
  • Ruari Rhodes ran 25:26 on his 12th visit to Wormwood Scrubs
  • Andrew Murray ran 25:30 on his 17th parkrun
  • Andy Walker of Transport for London parkrun club ran 27:00
  • Donna McGuigan improved by 33 seconds on her return to the Scrubs
  • Michael Law also ran 39 seconds faster than last week to set a new PB of 27:29
  • Kezia Pearce ran her 10th parkrun in a new PB of 27:40
  • Martha Siva was the fastest from her family in 27:55 shaving another 4 seconds off her PB from last month
  • Tessa Holladay set 28:57
  • Hughie Turner (VM70-74) improved to 30:06, good luck going sub-30!
  • Alice Parshall ran 30:57
  • Christine Mcleod improved on her return to 31:59
  • Olga Ilina ran 33:46 Личный рекорд!

There were some new families running: David Lindsay ran a new PB of 23:26, Catherine Lindsay handed out the finish tokens in a red, white and blue striped boater. Their son, Thomas, of The Fulham Boys School RC ran a first time 27:26. Arnie and Hayley Siva ran with their daughters, Megan (JW10) who finished first in 34:51 and Alice. Alice (JW10) drew a cheer for an impressive cart-wheel through the finish line in 41:31.

James Malcolm's 300th parkrun was celebrated in the Thames Valley Harriers clubhouse inside the Linford Christie stadium with James' signature millionaire shortbread replenishing burnt calories for the day ahead!

Looking forward to seeing pictures - please follow parkrun Flickr tips to add them to our photostream!

This week 102 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Nick MICHAEL did Pre-Event Setup • James DOE was Timekeeper • Charlie LE ROUGETEL was Tea Lady • Ben LE ROUGETEL was Run Director • Marion BRYDSON was Tea Lady • Fraser BRYDSON was Tea Boy • James SPENDER scanned barcodes and wrote this • Peter JORDAN was Tail Walker • Craig GUNN did pre-event setup • Catherine LINDSAY handed out the finish tokens!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wormwood Scrubs parkrun Results Page.

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