Well that was fun wasn’t it? The sun was shining but it certainly felt a little bit chilly on Saturday morning at 9am as 1165 people toed the line at the start of the 623rd edition of Bushy parkrun. It certainly must have inspired something in the nation because just over 24 hours later, over 35,000 people spontaneously decided to turn up on Blackheath Common and run eight and a bit parkruns around the streets of London. More of that later…
Back to our little parkrun and not content with being brilliant runners, great volunteers and two of the smiliest people I know, our superstar twins Sacha and Leonie Kennedy took over as joint Run Directors this morning and did a fantastic job.
Sacha and Leonie – or possibly Leonie and Sacha
Alongside our brilliant run directors we had a fantastic team of volunteers scanning, marshalling, funnelling and all sorts of other things. So without further ado, please give a big round of applause to all the wonderful volunteers this weekend:
Adam SHERRIFF • Alex TICKELL • Ali KENNEDY • Amy SILLITOE • Andrew HOWARTH • Andrew MORRISON • Ann COWARD • Benjamin DAVIDSON • Carol Margaret DICKINSON • Daisy Eleanor KNOX • David PAPWORTH • David WORTH • Diane MULLEN • Dominic RHODES • Duncan SCOBLE • Eddie COLLMAN • Emilie HOWES • Freya MORRISON • George SOLOMON • Glennis PYE • Hayden MATTHEWS • Imogen KING • Ioan SMITH • Janet LIVESEY • Jennifer Anne BARKER • Jonathan EVANS • Julian DIAMOND • Leonie KENNEDY • Lyn BRYMER • Martin MILTON • Megan LUPO • Michelle ROWLEY • Naomi JOHNS • Nick BLANCHARD • Nick ROWE • Noah MOUNTSTEPHEN • Oscar BLANCHARD • Pedro DAS GUPTA • Phil BLUER • Polly ADAMS • Ralph BLACKBOURN • Ray BAIRSTOW • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Rei NDREU • Richard MOORE • Rob S JONES • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Sacha KENNEDY • Sam BENNETT • Sam COLLMAN • Stephen PENPRAZE • Tom FLEMING • Will FORD • Yue MAN
As always, if you fancy having a go at volunteering – it really is fun and I promise we will be nice to you – please do visit our How to Volunteer page at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bushy/volunteer/ and get involved.
Showing our love for Little Stoke parkrun (If you have good eyesight!)
So, this week there were 1165 runners, of whom 115 were first timers, thanks for choosing this weekend to join us at Bushy. Of those 115, 65 were completely new to parkrun, I hope you enjoyed the New Runners briefing – this week featuring Carl Dickinson on sign holding and David Papworth on talking. 136 people took advantage of the pretty good conditions and recorded new Personal Bests. I’ve forgotten what a personal best is…
New Runners briefing
So who came where at the sharp end of the field today then?
Top three in the men’s field were: Jonathan CORNISH of Hercules Wimbledon AC who was first over the line in a very quick 15:46, just 6 seconds outside his PB. Smashing his PB next was Harry MATTHEWS in a fantastic time of 16:15. There was a bit of a gap back to third where David HALLOWAY finished in 16:49 which was a new PB for him as well. Brilliant running all of you, times that most of us can only marvel at…
Jonathan CORNISH (Sorry it's not the most flattering picture!)
Harry MATTHEWS (Who doesn't even appear to be trying...)
In the ladies field Kate BROWN was first over the line in 18:11 – her 11th time as first finisher in 12 appearances. Next was Naomi LENANE who was second over the line in 18:19, followed by Nancy SCOTT who finished in a great new PB of 19:10.
For the junior boys, first back to the big tree was Joshua FOREMAN in 19.17 followed by Thomas SHEARMAN in 19.25. Making up the top three was Ethan PURDUE in 19.29. Congratulations to both Thomas and Ethan for getting new PBs.
For the Junior Ladies, Nancy SCOTT was first home in a new PB of 19.10. As well as Run Directing and taking it easy prior to the mini marathon the next day, Sacha KENNEDY was second junior lady home in a time of 20.24. Making up the top three was Caitlin CAHILL in 22.51
New Club Members
Two people joined the 250 Club this week, many congratulations to Barry KING and Rod FRASER. Barry has been running since 2007 and has run 234 of those runs at Bushy. He also seems to be remarkably consistent as every year his best time is a 21.xx apart from just one year. In 2014 his best time was 20.56 but I guess if you’re going to break the sequence it’s better to be quicker! Rod FRASER starting one year later in 2008 and has run a total of 245 times at Bushy – look forward to seeing you both in green shirts soon Gents.
Congratulations to Jim KINROSS who was the only new member of the 100 club this week. Enjoy swapping red for black soon.
A whopping five people joined the 50 club this week, so well done to: Joshua LOW, Katerina HUDECKOVA, Jo-Ann GWYNNE, Peter David THOMPSON & Carl HOWES.
Without wishing to single anyone out, Carl was the only one I saw running with a 50 balloon attached to him so he’s the only one who gets his picture in the report but well done everyone.
Amazingly we had no new members of the Junior 10 Club this week which I think is the first time I can recall this happening, certainly since I’ve been writing reports. Maybe they were all saving themselves for the mini marathon or junior parkrun on Sundays. Looking at Facebook it seems that Tribesports have received a large number of milestone t-shirts so if you are waiting to order one, check your profile for the link to order it.
Not quite new members but we’re getting that bit closer to having new members of the 500 club, which I think is still an exclusive club of one featuring Darren Wood. Bubbling under with the champagne on ice are Richard FLETCHER on 494 runs and John HANSCOMB on 490. Looking forward to seeing a lesser spotted blue 500 t-shirt at Bushy very soon.
Carl Howe wasn’t the only person celebrating his '50th' this weekend. Bushy regular and all round lovely lady Julie PAPWORTH celebrated her 50th birthday in true style with cake, prosecco and fruit juice after the run. The amount of people who were still milling around in the frankly quite chilly wind at about 10.30 shows not only the excellent quality of cakes but also how loved and respected Julie is by everyone at Bushy – hope you had a lovely rest of the day Julie.
Happy Birthday Julie
Talking of junior parkrun – which I sort of was earlier on – I am involved as part of the team trying to set up a new junior parkrun in the Feltham area. We could still do with a few more volunteers to get a decent number of people together to kick it off – we’re hoping to start sometime in the summer so if you have a couple of hours to spare on a Sunday morning and want to help get the youth of Feltham running do let me know. Who knows, we might find the next Mo Farah. If you drop firstname.lastname@example.org a line it will find its way back to me and I can put you in touch with the Event Director.
As mentioned earlier, apart from parkruns all over the country on Saturday morning there was another rather large running event taking place this weekend, namely the London Marathon (other marathons are available…) It’s very much marathon season at the moment and there were loads of Bushy people taking part, apologies in advance for missing any of you out who I don’t know about but we did have some fantastic times out there today – in fact anyone who completes a marathon in at all is fantastic in my eyes.
Of those I was keeping an eye on or have been told about, well done to speedy Ian FULLEN who finished in 2.51. Just behind was Roy REEDER who ran just under 2.54. Also going sub 3 was Stefan KRUEGER who finished in just under 2.58 as did Andrew Melbourne who finished in just over 2.58. Nick ROWE wasn’t that far behind in 3.21 and in turn he was just ahead of some bloke called Paul SINTON-HEWITT who ran 3.22. Malcolm DAVIES crossed the line in 3.33, a brilliant new PB so I’m reliably told! And last of the names I have, Jacqui SINCLAIR finished in 4.09 – well done everyone.
If you ran the marathon and I missed you out, I’m sorry - do post on our Facebook page how you did – and I hope you wear your medal with pride at work on Monday.
I also should mention how well many of our core Bushy regulars did last weekend down in Brighton. Andy WINGATE, Hayden MATTHEWS, Julie PAPWORTH, Kirsty BANGHAM, Stephen (Iggy) IGGLESDEN, Polly ADAMS and Zoe RIDING all did great… was lots of fun following them on the mobile app – which actually worked unlike the London one today!
And lastly in this ‘not actually talking about parkrun’ section, I have to mention the event Rachel LONERGAN (of the sticky out tongue picture from the last run report) is undertaking next week. Just as we all finish parkrun and head off for coffee and maybe a cheeky little cake, Rachel will be starting a 100 mile race in Richmond. Yes, you read that right.. 100 miles. Running all day and through the night and some of the next day as well – good luck Rachel, you’re mad but we know you’ll also be amazing! I think that’s it for now. I hope everyone had a great weekend whether you were running marathons or not, you were all brilliant Saturday morning.
See you next week… Rob