After all the excitement of breaking into the 1400s last week and printing out new numbers just in case we hit the magic 1500 - it was slightly disappointing* to see that numbers were down this week at Bushy as we ‘only’ had 1390 runners take part in Bushy parkrun number 677, down from 1414 the week before. Where did those 24 people go? Resting ahead of something on Sunday maybe?
*Not disappointing really...
Looking at parkrun world through the eyes of social media it looked like loads of runners descended onto the London area this weekend, must have been something happening on Sunday – more of that later. The lovely people at parkrun HQ uploaded the graphic below showing the migration of parkrunners to London this weekend – I wonder if we’ll get a boost next weekend with people being inspired to take up running?
With 131,026 people taking part in a UK parkrun this weekend, it’s good to see over 1% of those taking part at Bushy Park!
So this week 1390 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 187 were first timers, 178 recorded new Personal Bests and 1 of them was my niece – who I got to run with the whole way round AND she broke her PB too. But like the events on Sunday, more of that later.
The 1390 runners were looked after by a wonderful team of volunteers led by Andy as Run Director, Ann Coward and Alex Tickell as Volunteer Co-ordinators with you all clicked off as you cross the line by Andy Howarth on timer. It feels wrong to single those people out because everyone does such an amazing job every week. As Event Director I have the job of answering emails that come in and in the last two weeks we’ve had not far short of 3000 runners take part and I have only had one email in saying their time was missing. When you think about it, that really is amazing and I can’t stress highly enough that none of this is down to me – it’s down to the amazing volunteers we have here at Bushy, you’re great, every single one of you. So please put down your cup of tea, coffee or prosecco and give a big round of applause to the following:
Adam SHERRIFF • Alex TICKELL • Alexander WEATHERSTONE • Ali KENNEDY • Alish MARCHANT • Andrew ALLEN • Andrew HOWARTH • Andrew John WINGATE • Ann COWARD • Archie ADAMS • Carol Margaret DICKINSON • Catelin LE FRANC • Christine M MUSGROVE • Christopher BOX • Courtney LE FRANC • Diane MULLEN • Duncan SCOBLE • Ellie WATERS • Emilie HOWES • Estelle BOWDEN • Ethan MULLEN • Fiona MCANENA • Fran KENDEN • Fran WYLDE • George FORD • Helena SAMARASINGHE • Imogen KING • Isabel LIVESEY • Ivor HUGHES • Jackie HORAN • Jacky SINCLAIR • Jacqueline RICH • Janet LIVESEY • Julie PAPWORTH • Julie SMITH • Kelly MORRIS • Leonie KENNEDY • Libby HORAN • Liz ZASS • Lorraine DILLAMORE • Lucy KATESMARK • Luke HARVEY • Maxine KELLY • Michael TROTT • Nick BLANCHARD • Pedro DAS GUPTA • Ravi LOBO • Ray COWARD • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Rosie QUIRE • Rosie RENDALL • Sally ROWE • Sam BARRETT • Sarah FRASER • Sue GRAHAM-KAHN • Susan HOWARTH • Toby FLETCHER • Wendy STOKES • Will RAWLING
Volunteers being amazing
As always, if you’d like to volunteer, Pat would love to hear from you. Please drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us when you’re available. It’s the most fun you can have wearing a hi-viz jacket on a Saturday morning at 9am.
And they're off...
So, who came where and did what on Saturday morning. For the men, first across the line was Daniel KASHI of Sale Harriers Manchester, in 16:19 – his first appearance at Bushy. An unknown runner was second so our official second finisher was Michael SALT line in a time of 16:42 and he was followed soon after by Craig Jarman who was third official finisher in 16.51.
For the ladies, Molly RENFER of Core Active Triathlon Club, was first over the line in 17:51 – the 9th time in 22 appearances she has been first back to the big tree. Nancy SCOTT of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was second over the line in 18:38 and she was followed over the line by Hannah NOVAKOVIC of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC, who was third in a time of 18:51
In the juniors, first junior lady was Nancy SCOTT followed by the incredibly awesome and talented Kate PHILLIPS in 22.11 and she was closely followed by the I’m sure as equally awesome (but she’s not my niece) Helena WHITE in 22.20!
Did I mention that my niece Kate PHILLIPS was awesome?
In the junior men section Harry GRACE was first back in 16.59 closely followed by Ethan NEWTON in 19.06 with James MORRIS joining them on the virtual podium. All three scored PBs on the day so absolutely top work all round there.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Bea DOWNEY (VW50-54) – 84.00% for the time 20:44
Polly ADAMS (VW50-54) – 83.72% for the time 20:16
Laurence DUFFY (VM55-59) – 83.41% for the time 18:35
I should also mention Ramona THEVENET who scored an age grading of 81.13% on the occasion of her 501st parkrun. Looks like she’s getting the hang of it.
Talking of people doing 500 runs, we had another runner joining the 500 club on Saturday. John Woods becomes the eighth person to join the 500 club and join the exclusive band of runners to don the blue 500 t-shirt. Of those 500 runs, an amazing 498 of them have been at Bushy with only a couple of trips to Longrun Meadow in Somerset to break the streak. John first ran a parkrun back in 2006 but that was already the 92nd running of the event so to get to 500 already is a very impressive achievement. There was also an amazing streak of consecutive Saturdays run somewhere in the middle of it but I can't put my finger on the stat right now. Hopefully someone can add this in to the comments on Facebook. Congratulations John.
Massive congratulations to Andy NEWTON who joined the 250 club on Saturday and availability of sizes permitting will soon be wearing the very smart green Tribesports t-shirt. Andy has run 208 times at Bushy, starting back in 2008.
We had five people joining the 100 club on Saturday, so swapping red for black very soon will be: Julia SNEDDEN, Prim SMITH, Danny CONYNGHAM, Andrew MILLS and Nichola MURPHY.
Joining the 50 Club and earning their first milestone t-shirt are: William ARNOLD, Neil KENT, Lisa HOWARTH, Barry DAVIS, Nina DOWELL, Jackie MCLELLEN, James HELM, James DINGWALL and Vicky WEBB.
And last – but by no means least – joining the 10 club for junior runners we had: Ciara MCLEAN, Thomas O'REILLY and Sophie KOMINSKY. We look forward to seeing you all in your white 10 t-shirts soon.
Prim & Nina celebrating their achievements.
It’s interesting what you notice going through the results… Readers of a certain vintage may be pleased to know that Mr J R Hartley finished in 25.47 on Saturday. Let’s hope Waterstones in Teddington had a copy of Fly Fishing in stock.
Visually Impaired Runners
Some of you may have noticed that we recently invested in some red hi-viz vests for any guides we have running with visually impaired runners on a Saturday morning. We’re really keen to be as welcoming as possible to anyone at Bushy parkrun and I was really pleased to see last Saturday when Andy announced if we had anyone willing to volunteer as a guide runner, how many hands went up – thanks Wendy for being the first to step forwards. On that note, if anyone has friends, relatives, colleagues etc with a visual impairment who may want to do parkrun do please encourage them to get on touch – we’ll do all we can to find a guide for them. If anyone has any doubts about the benefits of parkrun, there’s a great blog from Alison Mead about doing parkrun as a visually impaired runner.
It’s with a little bit of trepidation that I launch into this section because I just know that I am going to miss someone out but let me just say massive congratulations to everyone who ran London Marathon on Sunday from Bushy parkrun. I hope you all had an amazing day and wore your medal with pride into work on Monday and are no longer walking down stairs backwards. I was up in town with my niece, (awesome) nephew and brother cheering my amazing sister in law round – my eyes aren’t what they used to be clearly because I only managed to spot her about ten yards before the start and at 600m to go!
I know from seeing pictures on FB over the weekend that many people did brilliantly and loads of supporters managed to spot people much better than I did. So well done to Andy Howarth, Rodney McCulloch, Ian Fullen (who took his anger out on losing to me in a sprint finish on Saturday to go sub three on Sunday!) Julie Papworth, Ian Haylock, Rob Jones, Liz Zass, Stewart Curtis, Gary Neville, Chris Box, David Worth and the many others no doubt that ran that I don’t know about. Please do let us know in the comments on Facebook or Twitter if you took part, we’d love to hear how it was.
A special mention for Julie Papworth though who not only ran the marathon but did it on her birthday too AND raised lots of money for guide dogs. Amazingly in the crowds of about a million people running and supporting I managed to bump into her at the end, of course she was celebrating with bubbly – quite right too!
And not content with volunteering most Saturdays at Bushy, Yue Mann was hard at work at the finish line at the London marathon, looking very resplendent in matching tracksuit and cap. It's great to hear about so many parkrunners doing their bit to help put the London marathon on, we're a nice bunch of people aren't we?
Right, I think that's it for this week. Thanks to my brother for some of the photos, thanks to Facebook for some of the others and thanks to all you runners & volunteers for making Bushy parkrun such a wonderful place to be on a Saturday morning.
Until next time