A good winter’s day for running, not too cold, not too windy, and not rainy at all. A thankful surprise given the weather of the last few days. The course is holding up well and so far there is more grass than mud on the back straight. 57 runners took part, including Ben LE ROUGETEL, who ducked out of the long trek to Greenwich for a 10k when Charlie decided the only 10k she was interested in was 10,000 more zzzzzzzzz’s. Snooze well, Charlie, but it’ll be great to see you next time.
Many thanks to our volunteers. Run Director Andrea BROUGHTON is off to the Lake District next week for a five-day adventure on the Bob Graham Round so we wish her good weather (well I do, I’m going with her), and George BARNES is volunteering as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award, so best of luck for that. Thank you also Ben LE ROUGETEL (tea maestro), Fran SANTOS (barcode scanning), Nick MICHAEL (set up), Peter JORDAN (close down) and Paul BARNES, Paul TAYLOR, Stephen HUTCHINSON, William PAYNTER and Kate O’DONOGHUE, variously timekeeper, finish tokens, photographer and run report writer.
Only one person can win outright, but we can all compete against ourselves, so many congratulations to Yang GUO, Natalie MAUNDERS, Sarah THORNTON, Felix JOHNSTON, Ewan HARRIS and David WILLIAMS who all achieved Personal Bests. Well done particularly to Yang, Natalie, Sarah and Felix who have run all their parkruns at Wormwood Scrubs, keep up the good work!
We were really pleased to see Andrea BOYLE, Andrzej LAKOMY, Rosie HICKS, Louise IRVING, Kezia PEARCE, James CREWDSON, Moyfrid KALVENES, Michael TANNER all at parkrun for the first time. I hope you enjoyed your run and do come and run with us again.
James MALCOLM and Philip JACKSON are our stand out loyal parkrunners – with 206 and 205 runs respectively. Looking forward to our first Wormwood Scrubs Regular’s 250 t-shirt sometime in 2016.
In the women’s race, Naomi HARRIS (JW11-14) of Reading AC, was first in 21:27 on her first appearance at Wormwood Scrubs. Moyfrid KALVENES, visiting from Bergen, Norway, was second in 27:17. However thanks to carelessness (or confusion?) her brother Lars KALVENES registered her as a male runner, so she appears in the results as VM35-39 in 29th place – sorry Moyfrid. Kate O'DONOGHUE took the official second place (31st overall) and Rachel WILLIS (SW30-34) was third (32nd overall) in 27:50.
In the men’s race, the winner didn’t bring a barcode, Richard FLINT (SM20-24) was second in 19:35 and Paul BARNES (VM45-49) was third in 19:40.
The women’s annual point competition is too close to call. Andrea CALDERWOOD remains in first place with 1453 pts, Marion BRYDSON (Thames Valley Harriers) is second with 1440 pts and Kirstie TEW (Thames Valley Harriers) has 1413 pts. In the men’s annual point competition Manuel CORRIENTE (Vegetarian Cycling and AC) has 1949 pts, James SPENDER has 1823 pts and Nick MICHAEL (Thames Valley Harriers) has 1723 pts.
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Looking forward to running with you soon.