Silver Scrubs Attracts Record January Turnout

77 parkrunners, including 17 first timers, undeterred by freezing conditions

Parkrun 294 - January 21

Fine weather at Wormwood Scrubs greeted 77 runners with bright, reflected sunlight and firm going as the mud had frozen solid. Rob Ferguson resumed run direction with a brief course guide for 17 first timers and an ice warning to take care over the hardened ruts, barracked from the back by Harry barking. Ben Le Rougetel volunteered as our first tail runner and finished just behind 2 First Timers, Abi and Xenia in just over 40 minutes. Well done to you all! Ben then sat down to relabel and restring all our 80 finish tokens. Thank you to all the frozen volunteers – Debbie did the timing, Gideon ran an amazing 18:51 and scanned, Fran did finish tokens and also took lots of beautiful photos, Craig did a great Pre-event setup in frozen ground and Pete tidied up. Marion and Fraser Brydson brewed up some much needed hot tea.  Thank you!

Amongst the men:

  1. Nick IMPEY (SM30-34) of Ranelagh Harriers, was first over the line in 17:38 keeping up his unbeaten streak at Wormwood Scrubs.
  2. Gideon REID (VM35-39) of Serpentine RC, was second in 18:51.
  3. First Timer Damian MACENHILL (VM45-49) of Striders of Croydon AC, was third in 19:14.

Current standings in the Men's annual points competition sees James MALCOLM (Thames Valley Harriers) with 2437 sneaking past Nick MICHAEL (Thames Valley Harriers) on 2411 points. Craig GUNN is in third place on 2198.
Amongst the Ladies,

  1. First Timer Becky LAURENCE (VW35-39) of Striders of Croydon AC, was first over the line in 22:56.
  2. Helen SCOTT (SW25-29) of Ealing Eagles Running Club, was second in 24:04.
  3. Natalie O CONNELL (SW25-29) was third over the line in 24:18.

That leaves Kirstie Tew (Thames Valley Harriers) leading in the Women's annual points competition from Charlie LE ROUGETEL (Thames Valley Harriers) on 1789 pts ahead of Lan-Lan SMITH with 1776 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  1. Nick IMPEY (SM30-34) was graded 74.39% for the time 17:38 just ahead of
  2. Damian MACENHILL (VM45-49) with 74.26%.
  3. Gideon REID (VM35-39) was graded 71.88%.

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


Hope to see you again next week!


Parkrun 293 - January 14

Following a week of sleet, snow and rain the mud was most definitely back at Wormwood Scrubs this morning as exactly 50 runners joined us for our 293rd event. A balmy 1 degree weather with a cool wind meant a chilly run with most dressed in long sleeves and long legs.

A special thank you this week to Tilly Brodie, from Hampstead parkrun, who became our first official tail runner. It is now mandatory for parkrun to have a tail runner, which means we are on the hunt for an additional volunteer each week.

Our weekly run can only happen thanks to our volunteers giving up their time so please do help if you can. All tasks are easy and fun and you will wear an achievement glow for the rest of the weekend.

Massive thank you to this week's volunteers - in additional to Tilly keeping things safe at the back of the pack, Doug was a great scanner, Fran timed and too pics, Peter took the course down after Craig and Nick had set it up, Charlie (that's me) wrote this, Paul handed out the finish tokens and the Brydsons handed out the tea (don't forget to switch the urn on next week Marion!) Looking after all of us and sorting out the results was run director Benny Le Roo.

So, to the results - male placings:

  • An unknown runner was first.
  • Karl STANSBIE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:34.
  • Charles CRAVEN (VM50-54) of Fulham RC, was third over the line in 20:05.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition and boy is it close!

  • Nick MICHAEL (Thames Valley Harriers) 2351 pts.
  • James MALCOLM (Thames Valley Harriers) 2341 pts.
  • Craig GUNN (Unattached) 2120 pts.

Female placings:

  • Beth TAYLOR (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (11th overall) over the line in 24:26 - first appearance.
  • Andrea BROUGHTON (VW50-54) of Thames Valley Harriers, was second (16th overall) over the line in 25:14 - has been first to finish on 29 previous occasions.
  • Sacha KEMP-POTTER (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (18th overall) over the line in 25:16.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition and we may be five months out but Kirstie is looking fresh for the double!:

  • Kirstie TEW (Thames Valley Harriers) 2171 pts.
  • Charlie LE ROUGETEL (Thames Valley Harriers) 1697 pts.
  • Lan-Lan SMITH (Unattached) 1685 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Charles CRAVEN (VM50-54) was graded 75.85% for the time 20:05 (third overall).
  • Andrea BROUGHTON (VW50-54) was graded 68.10% for the time 25:14 (16th overall).
  • Karl STANSBIE (SM30-34) was graded 66.10% for the time 19:34 (second overall).

This week there were 50 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different athletics clubs took part.

There were no milestones celebrated this week, but Andrea Broughton is just four away from her 100th and Peter Jordan is three away from his 150th!

Good luck to all the TVH runners at Trent Park this afternoon!

See you next week.

If you'd like to get involved in volunteering at the Wormwood Scrubs parkrun, please email


December 12, 2016