Run Report Event No. 548 – 13th December 2014

 

How I learned to stop worrying and love the cold!

 

1031 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #548
1,031 parkrunners set off! (Photo taken by Sarah Finney)

 

It was another cold morning at Bushy parkrun, not as cold as the previous week, but cold enough! The wintry feel did not affect the attendance at all, as a field of 1,031 parkrunners – the 13th biggest field and largest ever December field, had assembled on Chestnut Avenue, boosted by a big turnout from Thames Turbo Triathlon and Ful-On Tri clubs for their mob match! This meant there were over a century of Bushy first timers – 113 in all, with 60 runners completely new to parkrun, welcome along!

The ground was ‘good, soft in places’ as there was only a light frost overnight, but apart from the muddy first corner just after 1km it was fine underfoot in road shoes. It was a stunning day to enjoy the parkrun course, as the low sun filtered through the trees and low mist.

Andy Wingate took the helm as Run Director this week, and during his announcements he declared it was Verity Riding’s turn this week to decorate the Bushy parkrun Advent Tree in front of the gathered masses on Chestnut Avenue, congratulations Verity! Whose turn will it be next Saturday? You’ll have to wait and see…

 

Bushy parkrun Advent Tree
The Bushy parkrun Advent Tree! (Photo by Suzan Baker)

 

RD Andy was ably assisted by Volunteer Co-ordinator Julie Papworth and a team of 31 volunteers ready to marshal, time and register your run, as well as setup, looking after the kit for a week and writing the run report! If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! Do get in touch with Pat McGrath at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’d be pleased to hear from you!

 

Full list of volunteers on the day:

Alex TICKELL  •  Allan BRAY  •  Andrew John WINGATE  •  Andy SIMMONDS  •  Anne WOODS  •  Caroline PERRY  •  Charles WORTH  •  Courtney LE FRANC  •  David PAPWORTH  •  David WORTH  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Graham MORTIMER  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  James SELL  •  John A STEPHENS  •  John P WOODS  •  Joseph MOUNTSTEPHEN  •  Julie PAPWORTH  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Margaret Anne LE FRANC  •  Merran SELL  •  Paul WOOD  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard BARMAN  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Sheila FERGUSSON  •  Stephen PENPRAZE  •  Stuart RIGLEY  •  Suzan BAKER  •  Vicky GARDNER

 

Runners crossing the finish line
Funnel team encouraging runners through the funnel (Photo taken by Julie Papworth)

 

Mob match

The four figure field at Bushy was certainly boosted by the 77 Thames Turbo Triathlon runners, and 53 Ful-On Tri runners that took part in the mob match, a fantastic turnout! A big thanks to all of you for coming, we hoped you enjoyed your morning and see you again soon!

Thames Turbo Triathlon
Thames Turbo Triathlon and Ful On-Tri (left) pre-parkrun! (Photo courtesy of Roger Barr)

 

 

parkrun first timers on tour

As well as the mob match collective, we had plenty of other first timers at Bushy. 100 club member Alan Graham was making his Bushy debut on his 112th parkrun, with most of his previous runs at Southampton (58 runs) and Eastleigh (28 runs). Alan has also done plenty of parkrun tourism, with Bushy being his 18th different run! Thanks for coming!

 

Rory Murphy is Co-Event Director at Bedfont Lakes parkrun and he made his Bushy debut on his 95th parkrun. It was good to chat to Rory again, and I know he particularly enjoyed seeing the double funnel in action after he finished! Thanks for coming and especially for bringing the Ferrero Rocher sweets too, all cakes and sweets are always welcome here!

 

Rory Murphy and his Ferrero Rocher sweets!
Rory Murphy knows what the Bushy parkrunners want post parkrun!

 

North Down AC parkrunner Steve Wise was making his Bushy debut on his 85th parkrun. Steve has completed most of his runs at Victoria Park in Belfast with 52 there, while he has also run 11 times at Bedfont Lakes, although most of his recent runs have taken place at Bangor parkrun in Belfast. Kathleen Grundy (60 runs) and Ian Grundy (25 runs) had come from Darley parkrun in Derby, thanks for choosing to run with us at Bushy. Lordshill Road Runner Geoff Orme was another Bushy first timer on his 41st parkrun. Thanks to all you for running with us!

 

Horley Harriers club had brought along a group to Bushy – Fiona Montgomery set a new PB on her return here while Kevin Rice, Lisa Roberjot, Ben Short, Gary Andrews and Nicola Furness were all Bushy first timers! Their home run is Tilgate but they have already done plenty of touring so they clearly have the parkrun bug! Thanks for coming!

 

Horley Harriers RC
Horley Harriers Running Club come to Bushy! (Photo courtesy of Ben Short)

 

We also had a group of junior parkrunners from Lady Eleanor Holles School Boat Club based in Hampton. Alice Snelling set a new PB on joining the 10 club for juniors, whilst Catherine King, Katie Benson, Gemma King, Alice Woodward-Smith, Charlotte Bowyer, Tara Broekhuizen, Jiyaraj Saggu and Celia Matthews were all making their parkrun debuts! We hope to see you back again soon!

 

 

parkrun tourists

250 club members Tim McIntyre and Sue McIntyre also returned for their first run at Bushy since the tenth anniversary run at the start of October. Their home run is Banstead Woods, but they have done plenty of parkrun tourism across the UK, as well as an overseas trip to Krakow parkun in Poland, thanks for coming!

Another 250 club member, tourist addict and former Bushy regular Becky Thurtell also returned to Bushy for her first run since the tenth anniversary – since then she has run at Panshanger, Harcourt Hill, Tring, Harlow, Harrow Lodge, Walthamstow, Bath Skyline and Brentwood – which was her 101st different parkrun!

 

 

250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs

There was another new member inducted into the 250 club yesterday, congratulations to Jonathan Melunsky! Jonathan made his parkrun debut back in March 2007 and has run here 217 times, with his other 33 runs at Richmond. Well done Jonathan, you can look forward to collecting your bling shirt very soon!

 

Four runners joined the 100 club this week – congrats to Stuart Amory, Ashutosh Sharma, Joy Bell and Donald Bell!

 

Cakes for Donald & Joy Bell's 100th runs
Donald and Joy Bell in their new 100 club tops!

 

Husband and wife Donald and Joy Bell have been Bushy regulars since 2011, although they have also done a bit of tourism at Crane Park, Pollok Park in Glasgow and overseas at Clermont Waterfront in Florida! They had planned to run their 100th run together, and had brought along some very tasty cakes, it was great to see you both cross the line and have one of your cakes, thank you and well done on your achievement!

 

Cakes for Donald & Joy Bell's 100th runs
100 club cakes!

 

Stuart Amory was buggy running in some festive gear as he joined the 100 club and he can replace red with black very soon!

Stuart Amory joins the 100 club!
Stuart Amory joins the 100 club!

 

A trio of runners are on 99 not out and could collect their ‘100’ black Adidas tees very soon – Andrew Shennan, Kim Langridge and Sara Shorey!

A quartet of runners joined the 50 club this week and could collect their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon – well done to George King, Gavin Emsden, Emma Hazou, and Catelin Le Franc! Another ten runners are just one away from joining this club – Anthony Whelan, David Noble, Chris Wyatt, Catherine Murray, Wayne Yerrell, Evangelina Perdoni, Kelly Cheney, Stuart Trigg, Karen Tester and Lisa Emerson!

Two new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Luke Lawrence and Alice Snelling – who ran a new PB on her 10th run.

 

**parkrun club shirts update**

For more info on the parkrun clubs and how to qualify for a t-shirt, visit the parkrun support FAQ and read this week’s parkrun UK newsletter regarding the latest news on club t-shirt distribution plans for the future.

Suzan Baker was again giving out some of the backlog of t-shirts this week, which had not been previously claimed. If you are one of the people that were mentioned on the recent Facebook post and haven’t yet come to Bushy to collect your club shirt, Suzan will be giving them out again next Saturday (20th Dec). So if you are one of the lucky ones on the list then please come on down to Bushy if you can, and then you can get your top before Christmas!

 

Reindeer!

 

New PBs

Of the 112 PBs set yesterday, just one was from a parkrunner with more than 100 Bushy parkruns under their belt, so well done to Darren Franks (127 runs at Bushy, 128 runs overall). Darren ran 21:14 to take 13 seconds off his previous best. He has set five PBs in his last 10 runs, taking off nearly a minute in the process.

Will Rawling was running his 98th parkrun here (123 runs overall) and ran 17:44, taking 25 seconds off his previous PB for his first ever sub 18 time. Tom Haworth gained a new PB on his 87th Bushy parkrun (98 runs overall) with a time of 18:14 to take two seconds off his PB set back in 2013! Susan Noone took 19 seconds off her previous best on her 78th parkrun here (89 runs overall). Colin Cockburn, Gavin Ryan and Isolde Goffey also managed new PBs having completed more than 50 Bushy parkruns, well done to you all!

 

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Now That’s What I Call A Stat Attack!

This edition of Stat Attack looks at a Bushy parkrun record which has stood since December 2013 and looked like it would last for a long time, but just 12 months on it is now looking perilous! That record is for most consecutive parkruns at Bushy, which is currently 84 by Stewart Rose, which he completed between 26th May 2012 (event 412) and 21st December 2013 (event 495).

However, John Woods ran his 83rd consecutive Bushy parkrun yesterday, a span which dates back to 1st June 2013 (event 466). Barring anything dramatic happening during the week, John will equal Stewart’s record on Saturday, and is set to take the record on Christmas Day! This level of dedication does require some planning, making sure holidays don’t get in the way of Saturday morning plans whilst staying healthy and fit! Should John wish to set a longer record (which I think he does), he would reach the milestone of 100 consecutive Bushy runs on March 28th.

It should be noted Stewart may be already be planning on a long consecutive run of his own again, as he hasn’t missed a Bushy parkrun since 5th April 2014 (event 512), a sequence of 37 runs!

Ramona Thevenet is also on a long streak of consecutive runs at Bushy parkrun. Saturday's event was her 40th in a row since event 509 on 15th March 2014! Ramona has missed only one of the last 66 Bushy parkruns dating back to event 483 on 28th September 2013!

 

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

Barcode scanners
Barcode scanners ready to register runners (Photo taken by Julie Papworth)

 

The results bit

Drum roll… for the second time in a fortnight, the first finisher was… Unknown Athlete! Don’t forget your barcode next time please – no barcode, no time! The first registered runner to cross the line was Straggler Paul Lowe, who ran 16:11 (80.64%) on his 109th parkrun (81 runs at Bushy), and he was closely followed by another Bushy regular – Andrius Jaksevicius, as he ran 16:17 (80.31%) on his 109th parkrun (93 at Bushy), just two seconds outside his PB which he set last week. Completing the sub 17 finishers were two runners from the Ful-On Tri club, as they were competing with Thames Turbo Triathlon in a mob match on the day. The first of these was Bushy first timer Charlie Elliot running 16:44 (78.39%) on his fourth parkrun, and he was followed by fellow Ful-On Tri club member and another Bushy first timer Johan Olivier in 16:59 (76.55%) for his third parkrun.

Three junior boys achieved sub 20 times, led by St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete and experienced parkrunner Jamie Millbank, who ran 18:17 (73.84%) on his 185th parkrun (167 at Bushy). Thames Turbo Triathlon runner Alfie Crews ran a new PB of 19:33 (74.17%) on his 11th parkrun (6 at Bushy), while George King also gained a new PB to join the 50 club in style, running 19:38 (70.88%) on his second parkrun here (24 runs at Kingston, 24 runs at Richmond).

 

First female finisher Joanna Rodriguez
First female finisher Joanna Rodriguez (Photo taken by Julie Papworth)

 

Joanna Rodriguez of Woking AC was the first female finisher, crossing the line in 18:54 (84.01%) on her 52nd parkrun (42 at Bushy). The next lady home was Straggler Liz Killip, running 20:20 to earn the highest age grading score of the day with 85.66% in the VW50-54 category on her 75th parkrun (47 at Bushy), and she was closely followed by Bushy first timer and Denbigh Harrier, Emma Collins, running 20:24 (84.23%) on her fourth parkrun. Natalie Creswick (20:35), Isabel Hessey (20:47), Michele Richards (20:56) and Pamela Whitter (20:58) all secured sub 21 minute times as well.

The first junior girl to cross the line was Kathryn Bartle in 21:55 (72.85%) for Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers on her 22nd parkrun (all at Bushy); next was Caitlin Wheeler, running 22:21 (70.32%) on her 46th parkrun (44 at Bushy) and she was closely followed by Gabrielle Icmat, who ran 22:23 (71.33%) for Thames Turbo Triathlon on her 23rd parkrun (6 at Bushy). The following junior girls also broke 23 minutes, well done to: Megan Fisher (22:06), Isolde Goffey (22:37), Holly Turner (22:40) and Catherine King (22:44).

 

Highest age grading scorers

Eight runners achieved 80 plus age grading percentages on Saturday, led by the ladies this week as Straggler Liz Killip earned the highest score of the day with 85.66%, running 20:20 in the VW50-54 category. Fellow Straggler Pamela Whitter was next with 85.21% in the VW55-59 category and ran 20:58. Denbigh Harrier and Bushy first timer Emma Collins gained 84.23% from her time of 20:24 in the VW50-54 category, while Neil Scammell recorded the highest male percentage of the day as he ran 17:45 to earn 81.13% in the VM45-49 category. Congrats also to Michele Richards (81.05%), Liz Zass (80.91%), Paul Lowe (80.61%) and Andrius Jaksevicius (80.14%).

For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ

 

1031 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #548
1,031 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun (Photo taken by Sarah Finney)

 

Stats of the day

There were 1,031 runners – 954 identified, 77 unidentified (7% of field).

 

How many?

  • Of the 954 identified runners, there were:
  • 112 PBs (12% of field) of which 1 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 113 Bushy first timers (12% of field) of which 60 were parkrun first timers (6% of field)
  • 133 Juniors aged under 18 (14%) and 155 Seniors aged 19-34 (16%)
  • 666 Vets (70%) of which 105 are 35-39, 280 are 40-49, 206 are 50-59, 75 are 60+
  • 576 males (60%) and 378 females (40%)
  • Most common male age group was 45-49 (98 runners – 17% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (56 runners – 15% of all females)
  • 314 club runners (32% of field) from 57 different clubs and 640 unattached (68%)
  • Top 5 clubs: Thames Turbo Triathlon (77 runners), Stragglers (59), Ful-On Tri (53), St Mary’s Richmond AC (10), Lady Eleanor Holles School Boat Club (9)

 

How fast?

  • Of the 1031 finishers, there were:
  • 73 runners sub 20 mins (7%), 713 between 20:00-29:59 (69%), 245 over 30 mins (24%)
  • Top 10% time: 20:33, Midpoint time: 26:10
  • Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 55, 66, 79, 81, 71, 74, 72, 71, 85, 59
  • 369 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 73.8 per minute
  • 85 finishers in the 28th minute and 81 in the 23rd minute

 

How many parkruns?

  • 62852 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 954, averaging 65.88 parkruns each
  • 402 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (42% of identified field), of which
  • 172 members of the 50 club (18%)
  • 191 members of the 100 club (20%)
  • 39 members of the 250 club (4% of field) – Richard Fletcher (421 runs), Paul Killick (403), Simon Greenhill (372), John Woods (371), Ramona Thevenet (371), Ciaran Murphy (342), Stewart Rose (342), Derek Blackmore (338), Liz Collison (330), David Tyas (327), Stewart Holmes (326), Walter Cormack (322), Dale Durrans (308), Bernie Mulvany (307) Mark Gratton (302), Malcolm Taylor (294), Carol Dickinson (287), Becky Thurtell (285), Wally Garrod (284), Dave Griffiths (283), Neil Davies (281), Jeremy Palmer (281), Carmen Palmer (279), Ken Pearson (278), Phillip Bearman Snr (276), Roy Reeder (276), Jeremy Langdon (276), Rory Waddell (270), Pat McGrath (266), Tim McIntyre (265), Duncan Grant (261), Sue McIntrye (261), Suzie Longstaff (260), Helen Gardiner (258), Malcolm Dickson (254), Richard Barker (253), Julie Melotte (253), Graham Titcombe (251) and Jonathan Melunsky (250).

 

And finally…

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Christmas Compendium

As per usual there will be a Bushy parkrun on Christmas Day at the regular time of 9am, fancy dress is optional, but is actively encouraged! There will also be a New Year’s Day parkrun at 9am at Bushy, and this is the only day of the year where you can register two parkruns – and as nearby Kingston (10am) and Crane Park (10:30am) have later start times, there is the potential for a parkrun double! If you are away for the festive period, do check out the Christmas Compendium to avoid disappointment!

 

Pacers

Next Saturday is pacer day! Odd numbered pacers this time, between 21 and 35 minutes as the fairy godmother pacers are set to return, hoping to sprinkle some magic on your PBs!

 

I’ll leave you with this excellent photo captured by Suzan Baker of parkrun founder PSH CBE enjoying his morning, spectating at Bushy. Thanks also to Julie Papworth and Sarah Finney for their photos in this report too.

 

PSH CBE
PSH CBE enjoying the early morning sun at Bushy (Photo taken by Suzan Baker)

 

 

Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch

 

 

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Run Report Event No. 547 – 6th December 2014

 

Brrrrr!

 

Big Tree at Sunrise
The finish tree pre-parkrun (taken by Rodney McCulloch)

 

The first Saturday of December brought us some seasonal frosty conditions and more than 200 fewer runners than previous weeks. The question is, were the chilly conditions responsible for our smaller field? I would certainly suggest that a combination of Christmas shopping duties and the Stragglers mob match the next day were bigger factors, as on Christmas day 2012 an incredible 670 runners braved what were surely the wettest conditions in Bushy parkrun’s history (I personally wasn’t hardy enough to tackle the conditions on that occasion).

Frost-filled Chestnut Avenue
749 parkrunners lined up on a frosty Chestnut Avenue

 

Those who did brave the wintry conditions at this week’s event were treated to the unveiling of the Bushy Park Advent Tree, 18th birthday celebrations, fast running conditions, stunning views of the frosty park in sunlight and of course the warmth and assistance of the 25 wonderfully efficient volunteers who brushed the chilly conditions aside to breeze through their various duties in the usual autonomous and efficient manner that we have come to expect (but by no means take for granted!).

 

Run Director Ray Coward introduced the field to the Bushy Park advent tree, a brand new feature introduced by Suzan Baker; On each of the parkruns between now and Christmas, a runner or volunteer will be invited to hang a reindeer onto our tree. This week, it was the turn of Joe Papworth who was not only celebrating his 18th birthday but also joining the 50 club.

 

Bushy parkrun Advent Tree!
The Bushy parkrun Advent tree!

 

 

Ray also announced that the November’s Sweatshop runner of the month prize went to Michael Trott, who managed a staggering 6 PB’s in the space of 2 months to lower his PB by more than one and a half minutes!

 

Speedy Conditions

The firm ground and lack of wind suggested that fast time were on the cards today, and this proved to be the case, especially amongst the first trio back to the big tree who were Adam Villard 16:07 (just 4 seconds off his PB), Andrius Jaksevicius (16:16 – a new PB) and the first female finisher Melissa Courtney (16:44, also a new PB).

Also under 17 minutes was our fastest junior of the day, Jamie Milbank. The next male juniors home were Cameron Leckie (20:51) and Charlie Key (21:24)

After Melissa, the next ladies back to the tree were Rieko Trees (19:46 – New PB!) and Molly Savill (20:12 – just 3 seconds off her PB).

The quickest junior ladies were Jessica Wenlock (20:50), Isobel Chant (21:47) and Megan Fisher (22:31)

 

In all there 101 PB’s (14% of the identified field). Well done to all of you, but particularly to Richard Barker whose PB today took 17 seconds off the previous best he had set 2 years 10 months ago and was achieved on his 252nd parkrun! An achievement to be proud of. (Question to my fellow stat’s buffs; has a PB been achieved by a Bushy parkrunner on a higher number of runs? This is the highest number I recall seeing). (John P Woods ran a PB on his 360th parkrun at Bushy in September – Ed.)

 

Other members of the 100 club who achieved PB’s were:

Jamie MILLBANK, Philip MILES, Tom LOVEGROVE, Natalie SIMON and Andrius JAKSEVICIUS

 

Well done to the 50 club members who achieved PB’s; they were:

David GRIMA, Geoff JACKSON, Barbara TANTON, Mike SILK, Romit BASU, Robert Anthony WORLEY, Janice JORDAN, Roger TROUP, Charlotte AXBEY, Daniel LE FRANC, Keeley HOAD, Rieko TREES, Bob HIGSON, Lily WALDECK-EVANS, Dom EVANS and Joe PAPWORTH (Our 18th Birthday Boy – first person to join the 50 club on their 18th birthday and achieve a PB?)

Joe Papworth with his new 50 club top!
Joe Papworth celebrates a unique treble... 18th Birthday, 50 club and a PB!

 

 

Top Age Grade Scores

Melissa Courtney achieved by far the highest age grade score with 88.45%. Others to get above that prestigious 80% barrier were Liz Zass (81.32%), Adam Villard (80.35%), Andrius Jaksevicus (80.31) and Merran Sell (80.24%).

 

Landmarks Galore

A warm welcome to the 250 Club goes out to Charles Worth and Graham Titcombe. Graham has run every one of his 250 parkrun events at Bushy, having completed his first run just over 7 years ago. Charles also started this prestigious parkrun journey just over 7 years ago, and has visited 3 other parkrun venues.

There were also 2 new members of the 100 club. Neil Catchlove is a well-travelled parkrun tourist having visited 32 different events! It was an honour that you chose to visit the “cradle” to mark your 100th run Neil. Peter Dann also qualified for his black T-shirt today having clocked up most of his outings at Bushy and Richmond parks.

Joining the 50 club today were: Graham PERRYMAN, Joe PAPWORTH and David WHITEHEAD

And the juniors qualifying for their 10 club shirts today were: Megan FISHER, Estelle BOWDEN and Isabella CLARKE

 

I hope to see many of you again on Saturday – Have a great week.

Chris Brimacombe

 

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Run Report Event No. 546 – 29th November 2014

 

A beautiful autumnal morning

 

With lovely sunshine on a lovely beautiful autumnal morning, with only a slight chill in the air, it made for good running conditions for the 964 runners turning up for the start at 9am for the 546th parkrun at Bushy Park.

 

Runners listening to the announcements from Emma Wingate (Run Director) at the start.

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During the announcements, Emma made a couple of points very clear to the runners, one of which being that any parkrunner that doesn't have their personal barcode, cannot have their time and position recorded! No barcode, no time!

 

At 9am sharp, Emma sets the runners off!

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Tail runner

Diane Mullen very kindly offered to be Tail runner for this parkrun. Diane said she really enjoys the position helping the runners at the back of the field completing the course. This is Diane’s second time as Tail runner, other runners who have volunteered for this position are Lauren DawberCarol Dickinson & myself.

 

Diane Mullen - tail runner

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As the runners set off towards Teddington Gate, it was time to get ready to greet all the finishers across the finishing line.

 

The Double Funnel Management Team

Simon Neil & Jim Sell making final touches to the double funnel

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Jack Kennedy & Lou Coaker were ready to greet the runners across the finishing line, whilst in the background Ray Franks was giving final instructions to the rest of the Funnel Management Team.

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Finish Tokens

With 964 runners coming through the Double Funnel, no tokens went missing. A brilliant effort all round by the volunteers.

 

Barcode scanning team

Joseph Mountstephen, Florence Leicester, Lucy Thatcher, Oliver Bezzant, and myself.

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Lead bikePedro Das Gupta had done a superb job leading the runners around the course, in quite tricky conditions at times, especially the first and last kilometre.

 

Pedro Das Gupta

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The results

Out of the 964 runners there were 71 New Timers, of which 41 started their parkrun at Bushy Park. 97 runners achieved a new Personal Best (New PB), 10% of the field. The first man over the finish line was an unknown runner…

 

First finisher home - an unknown runner! Don't forget your barcode!

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The next runner registered over the line was Andrius Jaksevicius in a time of 16:26followed by Paul Lowe in 16:30, and Tom Fordyce, in 17.27.

The ladies were led home by Chloe Sharp New Timer, in 18.31, ahead of Reiko Trees in 20.00 New PB (wife of Bushy VM50-54 record holder Mike Trees), and Molly Riglin in 20:27.

 

Achievements

  • One more run to go to join the 250 club for… Charles Worth & Graham Titcombe as they are both on 249, enjoy the moment next Saturday if you're there!
  • New members of the 100 Club this week are: Florence EnglandEva Heap & Andrew Sell.
  • New members of the 50 Club are: Christopher HillPaul KeelerTim HurdleNadia MongelliPaul Chapman,Bhapinder Bath & Amanda Edgington.

 

Many congratulations to all of you.

 

Bubbling under on 49 runs are: Joe PapworthVictoria HindleBert Kidwell & Dean Furber.

 

 

Age Gradings over 80% this week were

Tom CONLON 17:36 VM50-54 85.89% M
Gary BLESSON 17:58 VM50-54 82.10% M
Phillip BEARMAN (SNR) 18:14 VM50-54 80.90% M
Chloe SHARP 18:31 JW11-14 84.88% F
Michele RICHARDS 20:28 VW50-54 82.90% F
Ramona THEVENET 21:50 VW50-54 80.76% F
Julie HAWORTH 22:35 VW55-59 80.15% F

 

Many congratulations to all of you

 

 

Finally, another volunteering role is collecting and bringing back the kit. The 23 poles used for the double funnel had already been collected. The rest of the kit was all packed and ready to go in Ann Coward’s car, ready for next week.

 

Some of the kit

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Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you all next Saturday.

 

Best wishes

Simon Lane

 

 

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Run Report No. 545 – 22nd November 2014

Run Report Event No. 545 – 22nd November 2014

I had my Saturday morning planned with military precision this week: set the alarm, leave the house early to run to Crane Park for a spot of parkrun tourism sandwiched into a long run, then back to the Pheasantry for coffee / cake / chatting… what could possibly go wrong?! Firstly I didn’t manage to leave the house particularly early but, in hindsight, that turned out to be a good thing because 1.43 miles en route to Crane Park I remembered that I was on Bushy parkrun Run Report duty this week and this is best done, for obvious reasons, having run at Bushy itself rather than anywhere else = sharp about turn and hotfooting it back to Bushy Park! Phew – I made it to the start line on time to listen to the announcements and then we were off down Chestnut Avenue!

957 runners ready to go on Bushy parkrun #545

This is what 957 runners look like 'on their marks'...

957 runners set off on Bushy parkrun #545

... and they're off!!

There were 957 of us enjoying the thankfully dry Autumnal conditions and around the 5k circuit of Bushy I saw far more familiar faces than I would have seen at Crane – there’s no place like home! At the start I bumped into our next door neighbours Andrew and Josie Barton who are aiming to reach their 50 runs by next Autumn, and on the way round I was able to wish Charlotte Bezzant a Happy Birthday for last weekend, chat with Phil Davies about how mild it was for November, overhear a conversation where a lady said “I won’t be able to run all the way round” – I wonder if she did?, have a bit of banter with Carmen Palmer at around half way and with Simon Neil at about 4km, and wish Phil Bluer congratulations on his 250th parkrun (more on that later!) which made me realize what a fabulous community spirit exists at Bushy parkrun!

The results bit

Our Bushy parkrun circuit is about the same length as many of the F1 grand prix circuits but parkrun doesn’t have to complicate matters like F1 does with ‘double point weekends’ so, very simply, the First Finisher this week and gaining 250 points was Andrius Jaksevicius in a time of 16:47.

First finisher Andrius Jaksevicius

Andrius approaching the line

He was joined on the imaginary podium by Alex McIntosh in second in a time of 16:55 and Harry Matthews in third in a time of 17:10 – Harry was also our first junior finisher this weekend. Chris Cecil was the second male junior home in 19:17 which was a new PB for him, followed by Cameron Chisholm in 19:27 completing the junior podium.

Our first female finisher was Olivia Stillman in a new PB time of 19:30 on her 16th parkrun. Olivia is a junior runner so heads up 2 imaginary podia. Second female finisher was Sabrina Cant in 20:34 which was also a new PB! She was followed in by Bushy regular Polly Adams in 20:52. The second junior female home was Caitlin Wheeler who finished as 6th female overall in a new PB time of 22:05, and she was joined on the junior podium by Kathryn Bartle in 22:11.

PBs and new tees

The soft conditions underfoot did not hamper the efforts of the first few runners as there were some great new PBs recorded above. In total 74 runners ran their fastest lap of Bushy Park – well done if you were one of them! Particular mention to those runners who managed a new PB as members of the 100 Club – James Baulch ran 19:45 on his 126th run and Kevin Dargue ran 20:18 on his 220th run – well done!

Of the 957 runners that toed the line this week there were 63 parkrunners on their first outing at Bushy. Some of these were tourists from other parkruns but 30 of these we taking part in their first ever parkrun – welcome! If you were one of our ‘First timers’ hopefully you enjoyed your morning and will be back next week. At the other end of the spectrum Paul Killick ran his 400th parkrun this weekend – WOW, what an achievement! This Saturday welcomed 2 runners to the hallowed 250 Club – well done to Richard Michael Barker and Phil Bluer who crossed the line with his sister Marjory who, in true sibling rivalry style, beat him to 250 runs by 6 runs!

Phil Bluer joins the 250 club

Phil Bluer and sister Marjory Bluer, both in the 250 club!

Phil, happy with his shiny new t-shirt

Carol and Suzan were handing out the t-shirts this weekend and there was some lively banter – I was on a lovely Autumn run with Suzan last year when she shouted “Hello Glen” to someone she was convinced was Glen Washington… it wasn’t and that person has forever been known as ‘Fake Glen.’ Suzan was therefore VERY pleased to be able to award ‘Real Glen’ his 100th Club t-shirt this weekend, him having completed his 100th run last week. There were no new members to the 100 Club this Saturday but Matt and Vicky Boulton, Peter James Dann, Florence England, Eva Susanne Heap and Joy Bell will all run their 100th run on their next outing. Congratulations to Thomas Philip Howard, Michael James Axton, Andrew Mills, Richard Moore, Malcolm Warner, Jane Stenning and Angela Macson who all joined the 50 Club this weekend! And well done to juniors Katie Tuckwell, Kieran Stevenson, Oliver Fetherston-Dilke and Isabel Melbourne who joined the 10 Club! Keep an eye out for your email and do make sure you reply so that your t-shirt can be waiting for you in the gazebo in December!

Isabel Melbourne joins the 10 club!

Isabel Melbourne celebrating her 10th run in style

As ever, many thanks to all the volunteers who made parkrun possible this week: Amanda LITTLECOTT, Ben DICKINSON, Carol Margaret DICKINSON, David OLSEN, Fiona ENGLAND, Georgina BRAND, Hayden MATTHEWS, Helen GARDINER, Janet PRINCE, Janice FRANKS, Jed LEICESTER, Joe DAWSON, John A STEPHENS, John SKINNER, Jonathan EVANS, Joseph MOUNTSTEPHEN, Julie PAPWORTH, Kevin QUINN, Lucy THATCHER, Margaret Anne LE FRANC, Oliver BEZZANT, Rachel Louise LONERGAN, Ray BAIRSTOW, Ray COWARD, Ray FRANKS, Richard BARMAN, Rob S JONES, Robert John DEAN, Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH, Sean BROUGHTON, Simon LANE, Stephen PENPRAZE, Steve REEVES, Sue EVANS, Sue GRAHAM-KAHN, Suzan BAKER and Trevor MITCHELL. If you would like to be on the receiving end of thanks from approximately 1000 people please get in touch with bushyhelpers@parkrun.com to get involved. There is a complete range of roles available, some of which still allow you to run as well, and you will receive a full briefing as to your role if you have not carried it out before. Volunteering, as well as being a vital part to parkrun, is also generally a very sociable aspect as you do get chance to chat with fellow volunteers before the runners start to reach you!

Lead bike Jed Leicester

Jed Leicester on lead bike, one of the more physical and less sociable volunteering roles!

Oh dear, it's now another whole week before the next parkrunday but I look forward to seeing you then!

Rachel

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Run Report Event No. 544 – 15th November 2014

 

How I learned to stop worrying and love the mud (again)

 

There was a distinct chill in the air early yesterday morning as the mist lingered in the royal park, and the trees lining Chestnut Avenue were beginning to look bare. The soft and muddy conditions underfoot for the first and last kilometres meant some of you dusted off the trail shoes for the first time this winter. However it was business as usual with another four figure field as 1013 eager parkrunners toed the lined with 154 new pacer boosted PBs, 56 Bushy first timers with 37 of you completely new to parkrun, welcome along!

 

1013 parkrunners getting ready for Bushy parkrun #544
1013 runners getting ready for Bushy parkrun #544

 

Pacers

As it is an odd numbered month, we had some even numbered pacers yesterday to help assist your pursuit of a PB, as well as a couple of bonus odd numbered pacers for the very busy 25 and 27 minute targets, thank you to:

 

20:00 – Jeremy Palmer, 22:00 – Andy Wingate, 24:00 – Tim Bowden

25:00 – Jonathan Cox, 26:00 – Andrew Howarth, 27:00 – Jack Kennedy

28:00 – Vince Gannon, 30:00 – Steve Todd, 32:00 – Jo Bourne, 34:00 – Matthew Jaquiss

 

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With 154 PBs on the course, clearly the pacers had the desired effect – this figure was only seven fewer than the 161 achieved on the tenth anniversary run which had nearly 700 more runners! Well done to the pacers for their metronomic pacing – special mentions to Jack Kennedy and Matthew Jaquiss who ran their exact time targets of 27 and 34 minutes respectively, while Vince Gannon was only one second outside his 28 min goal with 28:01, and all but one of the pacers were within ten seconds of their target!

 

If you think you can manage some metronomic pacing, then do get in touch with pacer co-ordinator Andy Pillidge via email at andy.pillidge@btinternet.com and he’d be pleased to hear from you!

 

 

You can’t have a funnel without having fun

From my perspective volunteering at the front of the double funnel, I was looking forward to some funnel fun once again, marshalling the runners through the funnel together with an excellent team on the day. I was with Peter Filmer giving out letters and directing runners through the funnel, and it was certainly a very busy morning for the funnel team and particularly our two superb timers on the day – Hayden Matthews and Oliver Bezzant. There were two separate minutes which reached three figures, as there were 114 finishers between 26:00 and 26:59, and 100 between 24:00 and 24:59! The 26th minute in particular had two notable landmarks achieved…

Funnel Traffic Bushy #544
Two minutes reached three figures for finishers

 

STOP PRESS!

With 114 finishers in the 26th minute, this was the seventh busiest ever minute at Bushy parkrun – the first six all occurred as part of the record breaking field of 1,705 on 4th October last month. The top 10 busiest ever minutes are shown below:

Top 10 Busiest minutes at Bushy parkrun

 

The second notable landmark was a brand new record on the day which stands as a benchmark for all future aspiring timers – FIVE clicks were achieved in a single second for the very first time! Of the two timers on the day, I believe 11 year old Oliver Bezzant’s timer file was used to process the results, so he gets the honour of being the first timer to achieve five clicks in a second, well done Oliver!

 

Five clicks in one second - 26:28
Five finishers in one second!

 

For the tenth anniversary run, the timer on the day Ally Manole clicked an astonishing 45 separate seconds with four finishers, so there was speculation that five clicks might not be possible – at least now we know otherwise! Will there ever be a second with six finishers?

In total there was an ever enthusiastic team of 31 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 bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he would be happy to hear from you!

 

 

parkrun tourists

We had several parkrun tourists visiting our royal park yesterday, the furthest traveller being 31 time parkrunner Roman Krajniewski from Poland! Of his previous 30 runs, 29 were by the Baltic port of Gdansk, with one run at Gdynia parkrun. Thanks for coming Roman, we hope you enjoyed your morning with us!

From Sheffield Hallam parkun we welcomed Jenn Dick on her 21st parkrun. Her previous 20 runs were all at Sheffield Hallam, while Nonsuch parkrun regular Adam Hammond was making his first run at Bushy on his 39th parkrun (38 runs at Nonsuch). Another Bushy first timer was Richard Sturdy on his 30th parkrun, Richard has run at several parkruns across south west London, as well as Milton Keynes parkrun. Thanks to all of you for coming, we hope you had a good time with us!

250 club member and Banstead Woods regular Stephen Cooney (258 runs at Banstead) was taking part in his fourth Bushy parkrun, and Stephen has also run at several other parkruns across London and the south east.

 

 

250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs

There were no new members of the 250 club yesterday, however of those taking part, two parkrunners have moved on to 249 and could collect the bling top very soon – Richard Barker and Phil Bluer!

 

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Two runners joined the 100 club this week – Hardev Bal and Glen Washington, well done guys! Soon you can replace red with black! One more runner could collect his ‘100’ black Adidas tee very soon, as Bruce McLaren is on 99 not out.

A terrific trio of runners joined the 50 club this week and will collect their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon – well done to Natty Powers (who ran a new PB), Paul Blezard and Mary Whitby! Another six runners are just one away from joining this club – Graham Perryman, Michael Axton, Richard Moore, Angela Macson, Jane Stenning and Malcolm Warner.

Two new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Laura Ruff and Phoebe Symmons. Another seven juniors are one away from receiving their ‘10’ white Adidas tops – Ed Laidlow, Katie Tuckwell (new PB), Kieran Stevenson, Oliver Fetherston-Dilke (new PB), Noah Carroll, Peter Walpole and Isabel Melbourne (new PB).

 

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 154 PBs, three were achieved by those with over 100 Bushy parkruns completed. David Spencer ran 19:41 on his 137th parkrun (121 at Bushy), taking over a minute off his previous best, while Philip Miles ran 24:57 for his first ever sub 25 time on his 120th lap at Bushy (124 runs overall). Oren Paynton just dipped under 22 minutes, running 21:59 on his 114th parkrun (112 at Bushy), taking 26 seconds off his previous best, well done guys!

96 time parkrunner Donald Bell (88 runs at Bushy) ran 32:48 to take 15 seconds off his previous best which was set in September 2013, well done Donald! Other notable PBers from 50 club members include Kathryn White, Glennis Pye and Pam Franks, well done ladies!

 

1013 parkrunners getting ready for Bushy parkrun #544

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

 

 

The results bit

 

First finisher Taras Telkovsky
First finisher Taras Telkovsky

 

Collecting token number one for the second time was Belgrave Harrier Taras Telkovsky, running 16:27 (78.42%) on his 14th parkrun (all at Bushy), and he was closely followed by Bushy regular Andrius Jaksevicius with 16:29 on his 105th parkrun (89 at Bushy). Andrius was absent last Saturday as he finished second in the Ballbuster Duathlon on Box Hill! Completing the trio of sub 17 finishers was Bushy first timer James Silvey, running 16:36 (81.63%) on his fourth parkrun. Fourth finisher overall was Belgrave Harrier Will Cockerell in a time of 17:06 (79.82%) on his 66th parkrun (52 at Bushy), and the next runner home was the first junior as Harry Matthews ran 17:32 (77.00%) on his 135th parkrun (125 at Bushy) for St Mary’s Richmond AC. After Harry there were a further four junior males who achieved sub 20 times, well done to: Mike Price (18:57), Cameron Gibson (19:11), Cameron Chisholm (19:36) and Christian Harper (19:58).

 

First female finisher Annabel Gummow
First female finisher Annabel Gummow

 

Annabel Gummow was the first female finisher for the second time, running 18:27 (80.22%) for Bristol & West AC on her third parkrun (all at Bushy). Next was Sabrina Cant, running a new PB time of 20:42 (72.71%) on her 11th parkrun (all at Bushy), and she was closely followed by Bushy regular Polly Adams, who ran 20:49 (79.58%) on her 346th parkrun (338 at Bushy). A further three females sneaked inside 21 minutes – Nikki Nicholson (20:52) and Bushy first timers Julie Reynolds (20:54) and Jenn Dick (20:58).

The first junior girl home was Megan Fisher, who ran a new PB of 21:45 (71.26%) on her 7th parkrun (all at Bushy). The following junior girls all finished inside 24 minutes, well done to: Caitlin Wheeler (22:45), Ana Earl (22:46), Jessica Lillywhite (23:11), Maia Wallman (23:38) and Niamh Hyland (23:48).

 

 

Highest age grading scorers

A super seven runners achieved 80 plus age grading percentages on Saturday, with Jane Davies of Epsom & Ewell Harriers leading this list with another outstanding grading of 95.51% from her time of 21:53 in the VW65-69 category! Well done Jane!

There were a half dozen parkrunners on the day with an age grading in the 80s, well done to: James Silvey (81.63%), Laurence Duffy (81.32%), Ramona Thevenet (81.26%), Maurice Sharp (80.77%), Bernie Mulvany (80.66%), Annabel Gummow (80.22%)

 

For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ

 

1013 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #544
1013 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #544

 

Stats of the day

There were 1,013 runners – 949 identified, 64 unidentified (6% of field).

 

How many?

  • Of the 949 identified runners, there were:
  • 154 PBs (16% of field) of which 3 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 56 Bushy first timers (6% of field) of which 37 were parkrun first timers (4% of field)
  • 134 Juniors aged under (14%) and 112 Seniors aged 19-34 (12%)
  • 703 Vets (74%) of which 121 are 35-39, 298 are 40-49, 214 are 50-59, 70 are 60+
  • 563 males (59%) and 386 females (41%)
  • Most common male age group was 45-49 (107 runners – 19% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (65 runners – 17% of all females)
  • 118 club runners (12% of field) from 40 different clubs and 831 unattached (88%)
  • Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (36 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (11), Ranelagh Harriers (8), Teddington Rugby Running Club (7), 26.2 RRC (5)

 

How fast?

  • Of the 1013 finishers, there were:
  • 50 runners sub 20 mins (5%), 733 between 20:00-29:59 (72%), 230 over 30 mins (23%)
  • Top 10% Overall/Male/Female time was 21:22/20:41/24:05
  • Midpoint Overall/Male/Female time was 26:23/24:47/29:01
  • Minute-by-minute number of finishers 20-29 minutes: 30, 87, 69, 81, 100, 59, 114, 62, 64, 67
  • 423 finishers between 22:00 and 26:59, average of 84.6 per minute
  • 114 finishers in the 26th minute and 100 in the 24th minute
  • 5 finishers with 26:28 – the first ever second to achieve five finishers at Bushy

 

How many parkruns?

  • 64832 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 949, averaging 68 parkruns each
  • 431 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (45% of identified field), of which
  • 187 members of the 50 club (20%)
  • 209 members of the 100 club (22%)
  • 35 members of the 250 club (3% of field) – Richard Fletcher (419 runs), Paul Killick (399), Kirsty Bangham (369), Simon Greenhill (369), John Woods (367), Ramona Thevenet (367), Polly Adams (346), Ciaran Murphy (338), Stewart Rose (338), Derek Blackmore (335), Paul Viveash (333), Liz Collison (327), Stewart Holmes (322), Madge Bradsell (319), Bernie Mulvany (306), Suzan Baker (300), Mark Gratton (298), Stephen Cooney (296), Malcolm Taylor (291), Carol Dickinson (284), Wally Garrod (282), Dave Griffiths (279), Jeremy Palmer (277), Ken Pearson (275), Carmen Palmer (275), Jeremy Langdon (272), Rory Waddell (266), Pat McGrath (263), Roger Wilson (261), Duncan Grant (258), Suzie Longstaff (256), Marjory Bluer (255), Gill Wilson (253), Alan Charlesworth (253) and Malcolm Dickson (251).

 

Taken tokens tally: ONE. Token 228! If you finished on or around this position, please check bag, pockets or behind the sofa to see if you have taken one of our tokens by accident and should you find one you can always return it to us next Saturday, thank you!

 

And finally…

Next Saturday the Gazebo of Glory returns as Carol Dickinson and Suzan Baker return to give out t-shirts and cupcakes to those who have recently joined a new parkrun club, well done to you all!

 

parkrun spectator by the finish area
parkrun spectator by the muddy finish area

 

Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch

 

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