Run Report Event No. 533 – 30th August 2014

Back up to the big numbers!

This week we saw a big field at Bushy parkrun – in fact the first time over 1,000 runners since the end of May. The end of the school holidays usually brings a big crowd and so it turned out this week.

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We also arrived in the park to some bright sunshine and although it clouded over and turned a bit grey, it was stayed dry. Conditions weren’t that quick this week as there was a fair wind down the 4th kilometre, so anyone who recorded a PB this week should be confident there is more in the tank.

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The 533rd Bushy parkrun

Men's placings:

Will MACKAY (SM20-24) of Bedford & County AC, was first over the line in 16:00.

Paul LOWE (SM30-34) of Stragglers, was second over the line in 16:06.

Mike TREES (VM50-54) of Belgrave Harriers, was third over the line in 16:14

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Will Mackay follows the safety bike home

Women's placings:

Amy ARONSON (SW30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (29th overall) over the line in 18:43

Aditi JOSHI (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) over the line in 19:06.

Clare GRAHAM (VW40-44) of Stragglers, was third (42nd overall) over the line in 19:20

Amongst the Juniors, we saw Harry Matthews (17:11) first back to the big tree with Lucas Phelps (18:09) and Rowland Blackmore (18:38) following him home/

Amber George (21:18) was the fastest of our Junior Ladies, just ahead of Antonia Clarke (21:25) and Sacha Kennedy (21:50)


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Steven Marfleet trying to keep up with the finishers

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Jan Franks and Ben Baker ensuring everyone gets the right finish position

A champion performance in third

It was nice to see the return of Clare Graham to Bushy parkrun, Clare has just returned from competing for Team GB in the European Vets Athletics Championships in Turkey. Clare had a very successful trip with medals in both her events – the 1,500m and 2000m Steeplechase!

Simply awesome performance, Clare and well done for following it up with a third trip to the podium


First Kirsty

The most auspicious of our awards this week goes to Kirsty Rumble, who was the fastest Kirsty around Bushy parkrun on her 30th lap. She finished ahead of Kirsty Bangham who recorded a 29:12 on her 301st Bushy parkrun. Unlucky again, Ms Bangham!


Great performances and new club memberships

119 runners recorded a new PB including an amazing 13 runners who have run 50 parkruns or more. So well done to Jack FARRAR, Rieko TREES, Paul MEARMAN, Tom WALLS, Chris MEARA, Katrin KROSCHINSKI, Lilian MACE, Samantha COUSINS, Sue POWELL, Jill PEGLER, Mike SILK and Geoff JACKSON.

I should also give a special mention to Alex Williamson who knocked a few seconds off his PB for the second week in a row – on his 319th parkrun! Amazing running Alex


George Silbery, Pollynanna Hall and Georgia Pringuer-James all joined the Junior 10 Club, whilst Bob Higson, Alasdair Turner and Fenn Porter are new members of the 50 Club. Robert Knell and Jane Llewellyn are new member of the 100 Club and Roger Wilson joined the most exclusive club of all  after recording 250 parkruns!

Roger is certainly the runner who has taken longest to join the 250 Club with his first outing at Bushy Park way back in run number four – on 23rd October 2004. Back when I was still at school!


Nine runners recorded WAVA Age Grades above the 80% threshold, so well done to Will MACKAY, Paul LOWE, Mike TREES, Laurence DUFFY, Bernie MULVANY, Clare GRAHAM, Deborah STEER, Jane DAVIES and Liz ZASS

Jane not only recorded above 80% - she actually recorded 97.94%. This means she is only 2% outside the Age Grading World Record!!! It was the highest ever Age Grade score at Bushy parkrun, braking her own record, and obviously set a new Age Category record!


End of season awards

There are only four more Bushy parkruns in our year and so the points championships are getting to the sharp end! Current standings in the competition for the John Hanscomb Trophy have taken a change this week as last week’s leader Andrius Jaksevicius missed the run giving a slender lead to Ed Higgins – who is fresh from his second place at last Monday’s Thames Turbo Triathlon


Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Ed HIGGINS (Thames Turbo Triathlon) 10693 pts.

Andrius JAKSEVICIUS (Unattached) 10630 pts.

Chris BRIMACOMBE (Unattached) 10547 pts.


The race for the Sonia O’Sullivan salver also tightened up as Polly Adams was also missing, allowing Jennifer Darling (who volunteered this week) to close the gap at the top to 353 points.


Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Polly ADAMS (Unattached) 11361 pts.

Jennifer DARLING (Stragglers) 11008 pts.

Ramona THEVENET (Woking AC) 10206 pts.


Anyway, that’s enough for this week


Take care

Andy W

PS. Thanks to Peter Denton for the photos

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It's not all fast paced


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Run Report Event No. 532 – 23rd August 2014

Another beautiful Saturday


The long weekend started this week with a lovely bright morning and whilst the air was a bit chillier than it has been over the last few weeks’ conditions were still good for a run. We saw the second 900 plus field in a row after a period of slightly smaller fields – well at least small for Bushy parkrun!

An early start in Haywards Heath

This week our numbers were swelled by a pretty big contingent from Burgess Hill Runners, who travelled up from Clair parkrun in Haywards Heath to run at the first parkrun and celebrate one of their juniors joining the 10 Club.

Burgess Hill Runners

Neil Dawson, the ED at Clair, has written a lovely blog about the day, which you can find here -

For me, the nicest thing was that it whilst they might have marvelled at the scale of our event (Clair regularly get somewhere around 150 runners)…

“There are so many people, they have a mobile PA system to do the event brief.  It makes our event look tiny (not that we’d have it any other way).”

“The number of volunteers required is amazing.  The finishing funnel is so long.  There were probably as many people volunteering in the funnel as we have at our event in total.”


The pride which Neil shows in Clair is evident and I was touched that he felt even being so much bigger in  terms of numbers of runners, we still share a lot of the same DNA. The things which make parkrun special is the community spirit evidently this is something that Bushy and Clair share in bucketloads!

The guys from  Burgess Hiller Runners were helpfully given directions to the start, offered bag storage space in someone’s car and generally found us to be incredibly welcoming! So thank you to everyone who made them feel at home – we can be proud that 20 odd runners went back to Clair parkrun with a really positive picture of their big brother!


The 532nd Bushy parkrun

920 runners completed a lap of our park with 126 people setting a new PB!

The fastest lap was recorded by Andrius Jaksevicius in 16:41, with Conor Kissane-Wood (17:06) and Max Lovell (17:15) not far behind! The fourth person home was our fastest lady with Molly Renfer scorching round the course in a new PB of 17:20! Behind Molly were Sarah Hazel (18:10) and Katie Green (19:03)

IMG_8513Andrius coming into the last few metres

With Molly Renfer not far behind!

The junior event this week saw a close run with Jamie Cornuaud (19:13) just coming home ahead of Will Sanders (19:22 – New PB!) and Joshua Poncia (19:52). Whilst the girls were led home by Amber George (21:11) ahead of Antonia Clarke (22:00 – New PB!) and Ana Earl (22:29)

A new awards category

I was chatting with a friend of mine at the recent Wedding Day 7k run in the park. At that event they have some extra prizes in slightly unusual categories.


Fastest couple -I think this is worked out on combined time – although we weren’t sure how they check it you are a legitimate couple (and probably don’t want to know!)

Fastest local – i.e. anyone who registers from an address with a specific postcode.

Anyway, Kirsty Bangham was again disappointed – despite living in the right locale, she was pipped for that and so was bemoaning the lack of more of these bespoke awards which she could maybe target. We agreed that the best race would be one where there was a prize for ‘First Kirsty!’ However, tragically, at the Wedding Day the organisers didn’t agree and so Kirsty went home empty-handed!

Since, writing the Run Reports gives me some rare power, I have decided to bring this award in to Bushy parkrun – at least for one week!

So this week, the first Kirsty award goes to…

Kirsty Faulkner who’s 25:25 lap of the park qualifies her for the most prestigious award of the week!

Well done, Kirsty – a brilliant performance!

PS – That’ll teach you to bugger off to Southwark, Bangham!!


Great performances and PBs

This week 126 runners set new markers, with eleven of our runners who have more than 50 parkruns to their record recording a new PB! Well done to Will Rawling, Alex Williamson, James Carter, Iain Gordon Hall, Paul Mearman, Justin Showell, Darren Franks, Charlotte Axbey and Zoe Riding.

I should include a special comment on Zoe – who has run 157 laps of Bushy park. Seemingly, she decided that she would run well within her abilities for the first 150 of them and so  reached mid June this year with a PB of 24:23. In the last six runs, she has set 5 new PBs – each by a decent margin culminating in this week’s new PB of 21:36! Zoe – the phrase sandbagging comes to mind!

Five runners this week hit the magic 80% WAVA Age Grading – so well done to Molly Renfer, Phil Bearman (Snr), Sarah Hazel, Laurence Duffy and Jane Davies!


New Clubs and Milestones

Seven juniors qualified for their white 10 T-Shirts, so well done to Tom Fitch, Hugo Lessing, Andrew Landon, Tom Maloney, Rio Lobo, Alexia Derbyshire and Georgia Wadey.

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Georgia - A very proud ten clubber!

Six runners joined the 50 Club including George Gray, Simon Rose, Isabel palmer, Alan Bone, Rowena Brimacombe and Elizabeth Ganpatsingh

And Nick Rowe joined the 100 Club – well done Nick!

We also are expecting a little flurry of 250 Club T-Shirts to be despatched to Bushy – with Roger Wilson joining Julie Melotte on 249, whilst Duncan Grant and Suzie Longstaff are just one behind!



A little incident

I should report that this week we also saw an incident.

This week Jo Bourne finished a little slower than usual, coming home in 26:13 – some three minutes down on her usual runs.

However, just around half way she and a cyclist had a coming together. Thankfully, Jo had had her Weetabix that morning and so despite face planting onto the path she picked herself up and with the help of Jonathan Dickinson even completed her run before being patched up at the local drop in centre. I am told the cyclist was also okay – which is a relief!

I didn’t see the incident, but am glad to report Jo is fine although she will be rocking a rather large bandage on her leg for a few days!

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who stopped to check on Jo and a big thank you to Jonathan for helping her round to the finish and patching her up.

Anyway, that’s enough for this week

Take care

Andy W

Thanks to Anthony Jackson and Neil Dawson for the photos



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Run Report Event No. 531 – 16th August 2014


On the up!

Just like most parkrun mornings at Bushy in the Summer of 2014, the Sun was out and sky was blue, and we had a bumper turnout of 942, this was the largest field this Summer (since the end of May), and with Autumn around the corner we can expect more of the same over the coming weeks. The figure of 942 was boosted by 93 Bushy first timers, with 58 runners completely new to parkrun, welcome along! An octet of ‘odd’ pacers were assembled to help achieve 150 PBs this time, more than double last week’s figure, thank you pacers!
942 parkrunners ready to go for Bushy parkrun #531
942 runners ready to go!


Event Director Ray Coward and Volunteer co-ordinator Ann Coward were away on holiday on a well-deserved break from volunteering duties at Bushy, as Andy Wingate took the helm yesterday, ably assisted by Volunteer co-ordinator Emma Wingate. Ally Manole was on timer – coping brilliantly with the busy funnel traffic – a peak of 97 finishers in the 24th minute!

The experienced duo of Pat McGrath and Ray Franks were giving out the position tokens at the end of the funnel, and I was helping further up the funnel at the front gate with Stephen Penpraze. Many lane switches were required to keep the funnel flowing smoothly; we reached the letter W – in all 22 funnel lane switches in the space of about 10 minutes, an excellent job by the whole funnel team!

In total there was an ever enthusiastic team of 24 volunteers ready to marshal, time and register your run. If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! Get in touch with Pat McGrath at and he would be happy to hear from you!


Come and Join In!

As mentioned in this week’s parkrun UK newsletter, Join In patron Eddie Izzard talks about volunteering at parkrun and why it is so great in this short video! If you haven’t volunteered and want to find out more about how to volunteer at parkrun, do visit and with 4 easy steps you can make sure you receive a weekly volunteering reminder email from your parkrun event!

P…p…p… pick up a pacer!

We had an enthusiastic octet of odd pacers between 21 and 35 minutes – their actual times are in brackets. They were:

An octet of odd pacers!


  • 21 minutes – Ian Fullen (20:58)
  • 23 minutes – Jo Bourne (22:54)
  • 25 minutes – Lawrence Bromley (24:56)
  • 27 minutes – Jed Leicester (27:00)
  • 29 minutes – Simon Rayner (28:50)
  • 31 minutes – David Stewart (30:50)
  • 33 minutes – Hayden Matthews (33:27)
  • 35 minutes – Chris Tyrrell (34:50)


Well done to all the pacers, especially Jed Leicester for running exactly 27:00! If you are a regular at Bushy parkrun and think you can manage some metronomic pacing, then do get in touch with Andy Pillidge at and he’d be delighted to hear from you!



parkrunners on tour!

From the Bristol-based Emerson’s Green Running Club, aka Team EGRC, we had seven Pomphrey Hill parkrun tourists who came to run Bushy parkrun for the very first time. There were five runners from the Grimshaw family - husband and wife Adrian Grimshaw (52 runs) and Meryl Grimshaw (28 runs) and their three children Megan Grimshaw (25 runs), Alyssa Grimshaw (15 runs) and Tiernan Grimshaw (11 runs). Also from Team EGRC were partners Anne Curry and Steve Burge, with Anne running a parkrun PB on her 11th parkrun and Steve celebrated joining the 50 club here!


Pomphrey Hill parkrun tourists
parkrun tourists from Pomphrey Hill parkrun


They had brought along their Pomphrey Hill parkrun mascot Humphrey too – who comes with them on all their parkrun tourist trips! The youngest of the group Tiernan Grimshaw joined the junior 10 club recently, and his family had put together a brilliant custom made parkrun t-shirt for him to wear with the words “run for fun” written on the front – I couldn’t agree more!
Tiernan Grimshaw with Mum Meryl Grimshaw
Tiernan Grimshaw in his parkrun shirt with Mum Meryl


On the back of Tiernan’s t-shirt was a list of all the parkruns he has run so far and the dates – what an excellent idea! I’m sure there will be plenty more runs to fill the t-shirt with, I wonder how many he will be able to fit on there!

Tiernan's parkruns so far
Tiernan's 11 parkruns so far!


A big thank you to all of you for coming, it was good to meet you and hope to see you again soon!


As well as our tourists from Bristol, we had many other tourists from far and wide! From Leeds parkrun we had 250 club member David Womersley – it was David’s second parkrun at Bushy and 270th parkrun overall, setting a new course PB here, well done! David runs in the VM60-64 category and has run 225 times at Leeds, and 21 times at Bradford, 8 at Harrogate, 4 at Roundhay in Leeds, 2 each at Pontefract, Wimbledon Common and Highbury Fields and 1 each at Skipton, York, Fountains Abbey and Gorleston Cliffs.

Stan White of the Elvet Runners was making his Bushy debut on his 133rd parkrun and is a regular at Durham parkrun with 118 runs there, but has also run three times at South Shields, twice at Greenwich and Sedgefield, and once at Gibside, Hilly Fields, Brighton & Hove, Fountains Abbey, Darlington South, Dulwich and Pollok parkrun in Glasgow.


Simon Elliot was running his first parkrun here on his 85th run overall, and is very well travelled, with a mix of parkruns in the UK and Australia! He has run 33 times at Norwich, but has also run 33 times at St Peter’s parkrun in Sydney! Most of his other runs have been in Australia, but in the UK Simon has also run at several parkruns, including St Albans, Catton, Blickling and Sheffield Hallam.

Vanessa Redmond is a regular at the Bristol-based Ashton Court parkrun, with 59 of her runs there, and was running here for the first time on her 76th parkrun. Vanessa has also run at Little Stoke parkrun 5 times, Pomphrey Hill twice and once each at Newport, Abingdon, Highbury Fields, Cheltenham, Southwick Country Park, Gunnersbury, Finsbury, Chipping Sodbury and Chippenham


Mike Harper was running his 99th parkrun, but only his third run here for a new PB on our course. Mike runs in the VM50-54 category and has run 23 times at Netley Abbey, 9 each at Eastleigh and Southampton, 7 each at Brighton & Hove, Southsea and Frimley Lodge, 5 each at Preston Park and Havant, 3 times at Old Deer Park, Guildford and Wimbledon Common, 2 each at Winchester, Brockenhurst and Rushmoor, with 1 each at Clair, Kingston, Chichester, Basingstoke, Crane Park, Eastbourne, Richmond, Dulwich and Bognor Regis!

From Kent we had several tourists and two Event Directors running here for the first time – Great Lines parkrun Event Director Tony Giles and his daughter Lucy Giles, and also Rebecca Ashby who is Event Director at Ashford parkrun.

Thanks to all the tourists for coming this week and we hope you enjoyed your time here!


250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
There were no new members of the 250 club; however Julie Melotte (249 runs) is now just one run away from joining this club, and of those who took park yesterday the next in line after Julie are Roger Wilson (248 runs), Suzie Longstaff (247), Helen Gardiner (245) and Marjory Bluer (245).

Two new members of the 100 club this week – Robert Mearman and Richard Steeden! Well done guys, soon you can replace red with black! A further two runners could collect their ‘100’ black Adidas tees soon, as on 99 not out we have: Mike Harper and Katherine Melotte.

A quintet of runners have been inducted into the 50 club this week and will receive their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon, so congratulations go to: Colin Haylock, Guy Lidbetter, Glenn Mitchell, Janyce Holmes and Steve Burge. Another five runners are on 49 not out: Dan Burke, Isabel Palmer, Alan Bone, Rowena Brimacombe and Jonathan Rourke.

Two new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Daniel Israel and Sam Owen.

Please remember to reply to the email you will receive after your 10th (juniors only), 50th, 100th, or 250th parkruns (juniors – please note that the 2km junior parkruns do not count towards t-shirts), stating where you want to collect your t-shirt and what size! For more info on the parkrun clubs and how to qualify for a t-shirt, visit the parkrun support FAQ

New PBs

Of the 150 PBs set yesterday, just nine of them were set by those with at least 50 Bushy laps completed, 5 of which were in the 100 club. This list was led by 208 time parkrunner Kevin Dargue, running 20:46 on his 117th parkrun at Bushy, taking 56 seconds off his previous best here set back in March 2007, and this time also beat his previous parkrun best time of 21:36 set at Bedfont Lakes where he has run 88 times. Well done Kevin, I’m sure the 21 minute pacer helped!

Running consecutive PBs on his 125th parkrun (all at Bushy) was Franco Boeri, taking five seconds off his previous best in 21:28, while Darren Franks ran 22:03 to take 16 seconds off his old PB on his 119th parkrun (118 at Bushy). James Bowry ran 18:03 to beat his previous best by five seconds on his 120th parkrun (111 at Bushy), while John Kinsey ran his first PB at Bushy in nearly three years, running 20:29 on his 74th Bushy lap (141 parkruns overall).

Four more runners also achieved PBs with more than 50 Bushy parkruns under their belt, so congratulations go to Jane Davidson, Daphne Boyle, Steve Lansdown and Mark Moran!



So those were some of the headline makers and record breakers, but how did the rest of you do?


The results bit

The week’s first finisher was also the first junior home, as Jamie Finnigan of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow ran 16:20 (82.65%) on his 56th parkrun (51 at Bushy). Andrius Jaksevicius crossed the line next in 16:40 (78.30%) on his 97th parkrun (81 at Bushy), just ahead of Michael Salt, who also ran 16:40 (78.00%) for a new PB on his third parkrun (all at Bushy).
First finisher Jamie Finnigan

First finisher Jamie Finnigan

Two more runners managed to get inside 17 minutes – the second junior finisher Aedan O’Brien ran 16:53 (79.96%) for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC on his 66th parkrun (57 at Bushy), with Bushy first timer Tom Solomon just a second behind with 16:54 (77.61%) on his 12th parkrun for Serpentine RC. Next was Thames Turbo Triathlon athlete Aidan Campbell running a new PB of 17:26 (74.00%) on his third parkrun (all at Bushy), just ahead of the third junior finisher Jivendra Singh with 17:27 (77.36%) for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC on his sixth parkrun (two at Bushy). Another two junior boys ran inside 20 minutes – Sol Harris-Woodfin (19:18) and Will Sanders (19:57).


The first registered female home was St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Kate Brown, in a new PB time of 17:31 (84.49%) on her fifth run at Bushy (12th parkrun overall). She was followed by Sarah Hazel, also running a new PB of 17:57 (82.45%) on her second parkrun (both at Bushy). The third female finisher was the first junior girl, as Hannah Novakovic ran 19:09 (79.90%) on her 17th parkrun (14 at Bushy). Completing the sub 20 female finishers was Rosy Gross, running 19:53 on her 37th parkrun (all at Bushy)
First female finisher Kate Brown

First female finisher Kate Brown


As well as Hannah Novakovic (19:09), the following junior girls also ran sub 24 times, well done to: Libby Brown (21:06), Antonia Clarke (22:09), Ana Earl (22:35), Sarah Lidbetter (22:52) and Ellen Fraser (23:22)
Highest age grading scorers

A super six runners managed 80 plus scores this time, and this list was led by Straggler Liz Killip, with an impressive 85.59% in the VW50-54 category from her time of 20:21, just 9 seconds outside her PB. Next was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Kate Brown, first female finisher who earned 84.49% for a new PB of 17:31 in the SW20-24 category. First and finisher overall Jamie Finnigan scored 82.65%, running 16:20 for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC in the JM15-17 category.

Sarah Hazel ran her a new PB of 17:57 on her second run to earn 82.45% in the SW25-29 category, while Straggler Pamela Whitter ran 21:31 to gain 81.95% in the VW50-54 category. Stubbington Green Runners athlete Mike Harper completed the 80-plus scorers, setting a new PB on his 99th run, with a time of 18:49 to score 80.96% in the VM50-54 category.

For more info on what age grading percentages mean, visit the parkrun support FAQ


Points tables

In the Gents points table, the top 4 are very close, with just 299 points separating first and fourth, having all passed through the 10,000 point mark. In pole position to collect the John Hanscomb Trophy on October 4th is Andrius Jaksevicius on 10,380, and he has a 160 point lead over second placed Ed Higgins on 10,220. Chris Brimacombe completes the current top 3 on 10,124, while Phil Bearman (Snr) - the current holder of the John Hanscomb Trophy, has dropped from second to fourth having not run this week and remains on 10,081. Phil is a long way clear of fifth placed John Woods on 8,846 points, so it looks to be a four way contest for first place! The highest male junior on the points table is Robert Eveson, on 6,637 points and is 15th overall.

In the Ladies points table, Polly Adams is in pole position to regain the Sonia O’Sullivan Salver as she has 11114 points, extending her lead to 590 over second placed absentee Jennifer Darling, who remains on 10524. Ramona Thevenet completes the current top three with 9,762 points, with Janet Livesey next on 9,584 and Karen Whapshott-Downer in fifth with 8,662. Zoe Dennison is the leading junior girl with 6,424 points and 15th overall.

There are just six weeks remaining in this ‘Bushy year’ (October-September) so still plenty of time for positions to change! Looking down the points tables, only John Woods is yet to miss a run, as Paul Killick missed his first run of 2014 recently. John has run 66 parkruns at Bushy in a row, dating back to June 2013, and is just 19 runs away from overtaking Stewart Rose’s consecutive Bushy parkruns record!

To find out more about the points tables and how points are accumulated visit the parkrun support FAQ


Stats of the day

942 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #531


There were 942 runners – 865 identified, 77 unidentified (9% of field).

How many?

  • Of the 865 identified runners, there were:
  • 150 PBs (17% of field) of which 9 were runners with 50 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 93 Bushy first timers (11% of field) of which 58 were parkrun first timers (7% of field)
  • Of the 58 parkrun first timers, 15 were juniors, 22 seniors and 21 vets
  • 111 Juniors (13%), 155 Seniors (18%), 599 Vets (69%) with 64 runners aged 60 or over (7%)
  • 547 males (63%) and 318 females (37%)
  • Most common male age group was 45-49 (89 runners – 16% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 50-54 (55 runners – 17% of all females)
  • 176 club runners (20% of field) from 58 different clubs and 689 unattached (80%)
  • Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (49 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (14), St Mary’s Richmond AC (13), Ranelagh Harriers (7), Serpentine RC (6)


How fast?

  • Of the 942 finishers, there were:
  • 52 runners sub 20 mins (6%), 643 between 20:00-29:59 (68%), 247 over 30 mins (26%)
  • Top 10% Overall/Male/Female time was 20:50/20:16/24:00
  • Midpoint Overall/Male/Female time was 26:16/24:22/29:06
  • Minute-by-minute number of finishers 20-29 minutes: 52, 47, 74, 67, 97, 57, 79, 50, 64, 56
  • 374 finishers between 22:00 and 26:59, average of 74.8 per minute
  • 97 finishers in the 24th minute.


How many parkruns?

  • 53127 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 865, averaging 61.4 parkruns each
  • 354 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (41% of identified field), of which
  • 167 members of the 50 club (19%)
  • 160 members of the 100 club (19%)
  • 27 members of the 250 club (3% of field) – Richard Fletcher (407), Paul Killick (387), Simon Greenhill (362), John Woods (354), Ramona Thevenet (354), Polly Adams (336), Ciaran Murphy (328), Stewart Rose (325), Paul D Viveash (325), David Worth (317), Walter Cormack (308), Madge Bradsell (307), Dale Durrans (297), Sheila Fergusson (290), Mark Gratton (289), Malcolm Taylor (279), Richard Barman (272), Wally Garrod (272), David Womersley (270), Dave Griffiths (268), Jeremy Palmer (266), Neil Davies (265), Ken Pearson (264), Carmen Palmer (264), Jeremy Langdon (260), Jason Venkatasamy (256), and Rory Waddell (255).


Taken tokens tally: THREE. Tokens 400, 877 and 936. I believe the first of these, 400 was dropped accidentally somewhere before reaching the scanners! But if you had token 877 or 936, please check bags or pockets to see if you have one of these and can return it to us on your next visit! See you next week!


Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch



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Run Report Event No. 530 – 9th August 2014


Another beautiful morning in Bushy Park

Despite overnight rain forming a few big puddles on the course, and the summer holiday season in full swing, it was business as usual, with 806 runners gathering at the start, greeted with beautiful weather in Bushy Park for the 530 Bushy Park parkrun.
Runners gathering at the start

806 runners ready for Bushy parkrun #530

photo taken by Rodney McCulloch


With perfect timing Ray Coward welcomed the runners and first timers to Bushy Park parkrun.

Ray Coward

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picture taken by Peter Denton


During his announcements Ray Coward had to make a couple of points very clear to the runners, with no barcode, we cannot record your result. Another point raised was the C word ‘consideration’, to the public, other runners, and also consideration to the volunteers. Without volunteers, there is no parkrun.

Ann Coward holding the speaker so everyone could hear the announcements

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picture taken by Peter Denton
Volunteering is so rewarding and so much fun!

Here's just some of the volunteer roles carried out on Saturday morning that made Bushy Park parkrun happen…


Lead bikes

Ben Dickinson & Jed Leicester were ready to lead the runners around the course

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picture taken by Jed Leicester


Runners on their way heading towards Teddington Gate

806 runners set off on Bushy parkrun #530

picture taken by Rodney McCulloch


Ben & Jed leading the runners safely around the course

photo 3

picture taken by Jed Leicester


The Barcode Scanners

Dianne Mullen, Steve Todd, Claire Ferguson, Heather Lockwood, Florence and myself were being reminded of few useful tips by Ray Coward when barcode scanning the runners.

Run 06-2

picture taken by Peter Denton


The Timer

David Worth waiting for the first runners to cross the finish line

Run 05-2

picture taken by Peter Denton

Finish Tokens – Anne Coward & Pat McGrath

Runners receiving their tokens from Ann Coward & Pat McGrath as they made their way through the Double Funnel.

Run 13

picture taken by Peter Denton


Finish Token Support

Peter Ernst & Faryn Ernst collecting tokens from runners who didn’t bring their barcode.

Run 10

picture taken by Peter Denton


Barcode Scanner - Florence Leicester getting ready to register the runners

Run 09

picture taken by Peter Denton


Simon Lane registering Liang Lu, running another PB in 21.34 many congratulations

Run 21

picture taken by Peter Denton


Bushy Park parkrun visitor Chris Bowern travelling all the way from Australia to run the course.


picture taken by Simon Lane


Chris Bowern arrived in London recently visiting friends and relatives for a couple of months. Chris has done some parkrun touring, visiting 25 different events out of a total of 61 parkruns.

Chris stated ‘how fantastic it was to see how different communities run their events’. Chris (VM 65-69) had a great run at Bushy Park, as a 1st Timer, running a time of 21.03.

Chris liked the tame deer that watched you totally unafraid as he cycled out of the park at the end of the event.

Chris, enjoy the rest of your visit


Wedding anniversary at Bushy Park parkrun

Both Sam Pratt & Christina Shepherd decided what a wonderful idea it would be to start celebrating their wedding anniversary in such beautiful surroundings and great weather by joining the other runners at Bushy Park parkrun.

Both Sam Pratt (SM 30-34) & Christina Shepherd (VM 35-39) running their 12 parkrun, both ran a time of 33.37, many congratulations on a very special day.

Sam Pratt & Christina Shepherd

Christina Shepherd and Sam Pratt - running together on their wedding anniversary

picture taken by Rodney McCulloch


The results

Out of the 806 runners there were 52 New Timers, and 97 runners achieved a new Personal Best (New PB), 12% of the field. The first man over the finish line was…

John McDonnell in a time of 14:44, New PB, finishing ahead of, Gus Upton in 16:06, New PB, and Andrius Jaksevius, in 16.36.

John McDonnell
First finisher John McDonnell

picture taken by Rodney McCulloch


The ladies were led home by Hayley Munn, in 17.54, ahead of Georgia Peel in 18:22, and Amy Greenhalgh in 19:23


    Junior finishers

The first Junior girl to finish was Olivia Stillman in 19.47, followed by Lia Radus in 20.03 and Alice Patterson 21.24

The first Junior boy was Matthew Kossatz in 18:05 (1st Timer) followed by Charlie Scates in 18.08 (1st Timer) and Jamie Millbank in 18.15.


    Getting closer to the 250 mark

was Benjamin Williamson JM(15-17) on 244 runs. Benjamin has run at Bushy Park 81 times but has also toured a few other parkruns including Royal Tunbridge Wells, Rushmmoor Park, Orpington & Hampstead Heath. Just six more runs to go!!


    Age Gradings over 80% this week were

John McDonnell, Gus Upton, Will Cockerill, Hayley Munn, Phillip Bearman (Snr), Matthew Kossatz, Matthew Kossatz, Robert McHarg, Georgia Peel, Lawrence Duffy, Olivia Stillman, Lia Radus, Ruth Hutton, Chris Bowern & Ramona Thevenet congratulations to all of you.

Congratulations to all the above


Age Gradings 90% and above

Jane Davies (VW 65-69) 96.26% - Fantastic achievement Jane, many congratulations.


The Pheasantry

It was such a lovely morning chatting with friends over tea and coffee at the Pheasantry, I didn’t leave until 12.40pm, that just proves what a friendly environment being involved in parkrun is.
And finally big thanks go to Peter Denton, Jed Leicester & Rodney McCulloch for taking the pictures
Enjoy running, be safe, see you all soon, and please DFYB (Don’t forget your barcode).

Simon Lane


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Run Report Event No. 529 – 2nd August 2014




Grey skies and even a short light smattering of rain around the 30 minute mark couldn’t stop a posse of friends & family celebrating 11 year old Ben Dickinson’s 100th lap around the park! Having celebrated his 11th Birthday last Wednesday, Ben and his family and friends ensured that his entry into the 100 club was to be an occasion marked in style….

Ben Dickinson getting ready for his last run in his 50 top.

Ben Dickinson getting ready for his last run in his 50 top.


His 100th lap was run to a group “photo fun run”, stopping off to take pictures at each kilometre point and at the hazard below.

Hazard sign


The mass finish gave timer Andy Wingate excellent “fastest finger” training…

Ben Dickinson crossing the line with a few supporters!


And the red T-shirt was swapped for a black one for the post-run celebrations accompanied by drinks and nibbles

Ben Dickinson knows how to celebrate joining the 100 club!


Other Landmarks
There were 2 other new members of the 100 club this week. Many Congratulations to Alex Hankey and Clive Kintoff who both made their parkrun debuts in November 2011 and have since averaged 2 parkruns every 3 weeks!
There were also 3 people who joined the 50 club this week; well done to Oliver Edwards, Victoria Short and Martyn Drake.

The Speedy Ones
It was nice to see that all of the top-10 finishers all had their barcodes this week; first to the big tree was Straggler Adam Villard in 16:30 who registered his 2nd Bushy parkrun of 2014.
First finisher Adam Villard


Not far behind was Andrius Jaksevicius who contrastingly has only missed 2 Bushy parkruns in 2014. Next to the big tree was the fastest lady of the day Bryony Proctor who was making her Bushy Park debut with an impressive time of 17:29. Bryony also achieved the highest age-grade score of the day with an impressive 84.65%, edging Tony Brackstone (83.93%). Well done to the other 3 runners breaking the 80% age-grade score, Bernie Mulvany, Olivia Stillman and Ramona Thevenet.

Junior Men were led home by Max Wilkinson (18:18), Oliver Hall (19:42) and George Hatto (20:52) who was making his parkrun debut.
Fastest junior ladies were Olivia Stillman (19:35), Sarah Lidbetter (22:56) and Lucy Marquand.


Welcome Aboard
Over 5% of the field were brand new to parkrun this week as 47 runners made their parkrun debuts. A further 27 runners were new to Bushy park including Gavin Irvine from Seapark AC in Northern Ireland.


PB Fest!
The slightly cooler conditions gave an incredible 124 of you personal bests; that’s over 15% of the identified field. Well done to all! Particular congratulations to Zoe Riding who achieved consecutive PBs on her 156th run, shaving 6 seconds off this time, having taken nearly 2 minutes off her PB the previous week! Another inspiration is Julian Diamond who has achieved a PB on his 119th run with an age-grade score topping 75%. Well done to our two 50 club members who achieved new PB’s Joanna Friedman and Matthew Searle.


That’s all from me this week, apart from thank you to Rodney McCulloch and Julie Papworth for the photos.


parkrunners setting off on Bushy parkrun #529

839 runners setting off!


Chris Brimacombe


Don't forget you can now follow us on Twitter at
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and for parkrun UK on facebook at

Still want more? . . . then listen to ‘the parkrun show’ podcast – out every Tuesday, with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood

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