Run Report Event No. 581 – 18th July 2015


Summer breeze


On another perfect parkrun morning in a sunny Bushy Park, there was just a hint of a summer breeze and good running conditions as 179 of you set shiny new PBs, assisted by our octet of ‘odd’ numbered pacers! On a busy day all round there were celebrations, fancy dress and plenty of tourists and first timers amongst the 989 parkrunners gathered on Lime Avenue. There were 57 parkrunners making their Bushy debut, of which 36 were new to parkrun, welcome along!


parkrunners gathering for Bushy parkrun #581 on Lime Avenue

parkrunners line up on Lime Avenue (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)


Hayden Matthews took the helm as Run Director, assisted by Volunteer Co-ordinator Lucy Thatcher, while Sue Kahn clicked you all across the finish line on timer, peaking in the 24th minute with 85 finishers! Jan Franks and Emily Murray were on hand to give out the tokens, Ray Franks co-ordinated the double funnel once more and we had a full quota of marshals out on the course encouraging you on your way!   In all a team of 34 volunteers were 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! If you are interested then do let Pat McGrath know via and he’d pleased to hear from you!


Full list of volunteers on the day:

Alex TICKELL  •  Andrew RONKSLEY  •  Anne WOODS  •  Chris TYRRELL  •  Christopher HILL  •  David BREWIN  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Duncan SCOBLE  •  Emily MURRAY  •  Georgina BRAND  •  Graham MORTIMER  •  Hannah REID  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Heather Lynn HORLER  •  Helen GARDINER  •  Ian RILEY  •  Isabel HESSEY  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Mark CALWAY  •  Mike DENNISON  •  Oliver BEZZANT  •  Pat MCGRATH  •  Phil BLUER  •  Phoenix LOVE  •  Ralph BLACKBOURN  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Sandra WORTH  •  Sue GRAHAM-KAHN  •  Tracy REED  •  Will FORD  •  Yue MAN


Without any further ado, let’s move on to the headline makers and record breakers!


250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs

Congratulations to Ted Fraser, who became our newest member of the 250 club on Saturday, well done Ted! He made his parkrun debut at event 112 on 4th November 2006, running a palindromic time of 21:12, and has since set a PB here of 19:20 at event 358 on 28th May 2011. He has ran 223 times at Bushy, with 21 runs at Richmond parkrun, five runs at Kingston parkrun and one at the nearby Crane parkrun. You’ll soon be able to wear one of the new Tribesports 250 tops, which if you haven’t heard will now be green and will have ‘250’ on the back just like the other parkrun club tops!


The new 'Forest Green' 250 parkrun Tribesports t-shirt


After Ted several more parkrunners are closing in on the 250 club, including Vince Howley (249), Ewen Gibson (247), Jonathan Cox (244), Tim Wood (244), Peter Smith (243) and Joanne Green (243)

There’s now 292 members of the 250 club, although still just one member of the 500 club – Darren Wood (515 runs)! John Hanscomb (454 runs) and Richard Fletcher (453) who both ran at Bushy on Saturday, are next in line to reach 500.


A Happy Hundred!



After five enjoyable years being at Bushy parkrun, I’ve finally got round to joining the 100 club! I could probably count on both hands (and maybe a few toes) the number of Saturdays I’ve not had my parkrun fix – such is the lure whatever the weather.

I remember vividly running regularly the first year I was parkrunning, until I picked up a few injuries after joining the 50 club in 2011 – which I now see as a blessing as it enabled me to volunteer more, to an addictive level, and through this period I’ve got to know so many more people, make more friends and to get a wider perspective of the parkrun experience and particularly the Bushy community. This has meant it took me longer to reach 100 parkruns, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every single week, volunteering or running - I've especially enjoyed doing funnel management, writing run reports and looking out for those stats!



A happy hundred - thanks to Suzan Baker for putting this card together for me! (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)


It was a wonderful morning and great to celebrate reaching this landmark with the support and congratulations of many parkrunners and friends that I’ve got to know along the way, thank you for being a part of it - and for helping to consume all the cakes and drinks! And of course a big thank you to PSH without whom none of us would be a part of this great movement. I feel very lucky to be a part of it. I’ve enjoyed wearing my red 50 parkrun top with pride, but I’m looking forward to wearing the black Tribesports ‘100’ t-shirt very soon!



Also joining the 100 club, and will receive their black Tribesports ‘100’ t-shirts soon are: Kevin Quinn, Paul McGregor and Penelope Roche. Congratulations! Jeanne-Mari Van Rooyen is on 99 runs and could reach three figures this Saturday!

A quintet of parkrunners joined the 50 club, well done to: Joseph Parkinson, Robert Munro, Andrew Lowdon, Jackie Burton and Mary Percival. Sean Carpenter is one away from this club as he moved on to 49 runs. Two junior parkrunners joined the 10 club, congratulations to: Will Sapsed and Chloe Clatworthy!    


T-shirts update

It was great to see so many parkrun Tribesports shirts among the masses on Saturday, including the new ‘25 club’ shirt for volunteers! Tribesports are working hard to go through the backlog of parkrun club shirts starting with those who earned their shirts earliest, so if you joined a new club in 2015 you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer, and thanks for your patience!

To find out when you can claim your club shirt via Wiggle, you need to visit your parkrun profile. To access your profile you need to visit your latest results email, where you will find a ‘Manage My Profile’ button. Click this link to be taken into the parkrun website and select ‘Club Progress’. On this page you will see if you are able to claim your shirt yet. Do check shirt sizes on the Tribesports and Wiggle pages before ordering!



We had an octet of ‘odd’ numbered pacers assisting you in your PB pursuit, a big thank you to:

'Odd' pacers!

An octet of pacers! (Photo taken by Emma Wingate)

21 mins – Julian Diamond

23 mins – David Pimm

25 mins – Andrew Howarth

27 mins – Tim Hurdle

29 mins – Tim Bowden

31 mins – David Stewart

33 mins – Jack Kennedy

35 mins – Andy Pillidge


There were a couple of mentions on Facebook for our 33 min pacer Jack Kennedy, from Maggie Hoad and Charlotte Panayides, whilst David Symmons hugged the 21 min pacer Julian Diamond after he set a new PB!  


New PBs

A big thanks to our wonderful octet of pacers and with good running conditions, a whopping 179 new PBs were set, as 19% of the registered field ran their fastest ever Bushy parkrun on Saturday! Of these 179 PBs, six were set by those with 100 Bushy parkruns or more. This list was led by 250 club member Stewart Rose! Stewart ran 19:56 (78.43%) for his first ever sub 20 min time on his 375th parkrun! He had to wait a very long time to beat his previous best of 20:02, which he set on 11 Dec 2010 at event 334, and had a sequence of 237 Bushy parkruns without lowering this mark, so he was delighted to finally achieve his sub 20 goal!

What’s Stewart’s next target? Well he did mention trying to go sub 19:30, and of course he is currently on a sequence of 70 consecutive Bushy parkruns dating back to 5th April 2014, keeping the current consecutive Bushy parkruns holder John Woods (116 runs and counting) on his toes. As well as being a very consistent runner every week with age gradings in the high 70s, Stewart can usually be found setting up our double funnel each and every week at 8:30am, well done!

parkrun PBs for Stewart Rose and Michael Trott

parkrun PBs for Stewart Rose and Michael Trott


Congratulations to John Hargest who set a new PB on his 231st Bushy parkrun (237 runs overall), taking a single second off his previous best set last month to run 22:45 – I’m sure he got some good encouragement from our 23 minute pacer David Pimm! Well done John, closing in on the 250 club as well! Jonathan Mainwaring ran 18:28 for a new PB on his 148th Bushy parkrun (166 parkruns overall), taking three seconds off his previous best set almost two years ago, well done Jonathan!

Darren Franks ran 20:26 for his fifth PB of 2015 on his 149th parkrun here (151 runs overall), Louise Hutton-Wilson posted her first sub 27 time with 26:53 on her 110th Bushy parkrun (111 parkruns overall), and Tony Baker took nine seconds off his previous mark with 20:16 on his 108th parkrun (all at Bushy).

Well done all those who set new PBs with at least 50 Bushy laps completed: John Flynn, Andy Fairburn, Andy Simmonds, Michael Trott, Catherine Salmon, Joe Bowman, Christian Di Simone, Paul McLaren, David Symmons, James Morris, Kirsty Rumble, Joy Brollo, Manav Bath and Joseph Parkinson.


parkrun tourists

From the Ravenscourt Park Runners we welcomed Bushy debutants James Malcolm (191 parkruns) and James Doe (73 parkruns). They are both based at Wormwood Scrubs parkrun, but have done plenty of parkrun tourism across London!

Abingdon parkrunner John Last was a first timer here on his 176th parkrun and runs in the VM 75-79 category and posted an excellent 35:22! John has run mostly at Abingdon (119 runs) but he has also taken part at several other events across London and the Home Counties, and as far as Durham parkrun.

From Eastbourne Rovers AC we welcomed Eastbourne parkrun regulars Richard Davis (127 runs) and Debbie Davis (64 runs)! Their tourism has taken them across Sussex and Kent, and this was their first visit to Bushy!

Tourists from Eastbourne parkrun

Tourists Debbie Davis and Richard Davis from Eastbourne parkrun


Thanks to all of the tourists for coming, we hope you enjoyed a sunny parkrun day with us!



A flight of fancy (dress)

On rare occasions at Bushy parkrun you do see fancy dress, particularly at Christmas with reindeers, elves and Santas all in attendance, you might find the odd Easter bunny in the spring, and recently we had a parkrunner in full firefighter outfit. However, I’ve never seen an outfit like the one in the photo below, particularly on a warm summer morning! As we set off from Lime Avenue, I could hear a loud rustling noise and wondered what was happening, it certainly raised a smile or two! Unfortunately I didn’t catch your name afterwards, so hopefully if you read this you can make yourself known to us and why you decided to do it!



Not the most aerodynamic running attire! (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)


Couch to 5K

A big well done to Dave Linkson, who has graduated from the Couch to 5K programme and was running his third parkrun at Bushy on Saturday, and ran a new PB of 45:42, taking six minutes off his previous best! Congratulations!

Dave Linkson on his third parkrun

Couch to 5K graduate Dave Linkson after his third parkrun, setting a new PB!


Junior parkruns

I was at the inaugural Moormead junior parkrun at Moormead Park in Twickenham on Sunday morning, where lots of fun was had as this new weekly 2km event kicked off in style with 24 eager junior parkrunners – another weekly local junior parkrun to add to our sister monthly event at Bushy junior parkrun (first Sunday of every month at 11am).

So if you have a child aged 4-14 who takes part at Bushy juniors, then do consider trying out Moormead – it starts at 9am every Sunday! The team at Moormead are also welcoming volunteers, so if you are local to the area and can help out then do get in touch and they’d be delighted to hear from you! In all there are 56 junior parkruns across the UK now, so do check out the events page if you’re away with family over the summer holiday!


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



parkrunners passing the 2k mark (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)  


The results bit

For the fifteenth time, Belgrave Harrier Andrius Jaksevicius was the first finisher, running 16:04 (81.64%) on his 134th parkrun (118 runs at Bushy), and he was closely followed by Joe Croft with 16:15 (79.38%) to set a new PB on his 20th parkrun (11 at Bushy). The next two finishers did not register their times; however two further registered parkrunners managed to sneak under 17 minutes. St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Ben Gibbons ran 16:54 on his 205th parkrun (190 runs at Bushy), and Thames Turbo Triathlete Aidan Campbell ran his first ever sub 17 time with a well-timed 16:59 (75.96%) on his 32nd parkrun (24 at Bushy).


First finisher Andrius Jaksevicius
First finisher Andrius Jaksevicius at 4km (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)


The first junior male home was Thames Turbo Triathlete Ollie Hurdle, running 18:27 (75.43%) on his 27th parkrun (25 at Bushy). The next under 18 parkrunner back to the big tree was Max Zajdler in 20:05 (68.22%) on his 41st parkrun (all at Bushy), and he was closely followed by fellow junior Samuel Taylor, finishing in 20:14 (71.66%) on his ninth parkrun (all at Bushy). A further two juniors managed sub 21 times: Bill Downey (20:53) and Joseph Parkinson (20:58).


For the ladies, the first registered woman home was Tracy Barlow (no, not the TV character on Coronation Street!) as she ran an impressive 17:31 (84.49%) on her debut here on her second parkrun for Thames Valley Harriers. Next was Michelle Dillon and she ran 18:11 for 85.24% - the highest age graded percentage on the day on her 17th parkrun (15 at Bushy). Ruth Haynes completed the sub 20 female finishers as she ran 18:29 (80.07%) for Aldershot, Farnham & District AC on her fifth parkrun (all at Bushy).


First female finisher Tracy Barlow

First female finisher Tracy Barlow at 4km (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)


The first junior female finisher back to the big tree was Ranelagh Harrier Sacha Kennedy, as she ran 21:20 (74.84%) on her 39th parkrun (27 at Bushy). Next was Laura Howley for Thames Turbo Triathlon, with a time of 22:38 (69.44%) on her 55th parkrun (27 at Bushy), and just a second behind Laura was Amber George, running 22:39 (70.49%) on her 55th parkrun (all at Bushy). A further four junior girls managed sub 25 times, well done to: Beth Turton (23:23), Annabel Cooper (24:34), Chloe Fernandes (24:43) and Rosie Watts (24:51).        


Highest age grading scorers

A magnificent seven runners managed to achieve over 80% for their age grading this time, led by the ladies as Michelle Dillon, who ran 18:11 to earn an outstanding 85.24% in the VW40-44 age category, and first female finisher Tracy Barlow was next with 84.49% from her time of 17:31 in the SW30-34 category.   Congratulations also to: Laurence Duffy – 82.10% (VM55-59 – 18:43), first finisher Andrius Jaksevicius – 81.64% (SM30-34 – 16:04), Ramona Thevenet – 80.54% (VW55-59 – 22:11), Jonathan Mainwaring – 80.51% (VM50-54 – 18:28) and Ruth Haynes – 80.07% (SW20-24 – 18:29).

There were some high percentages amongst the junior parkrunners too, led by Joseph Parkinson, who earned 77.98% in the JM10 category for his time of 20:58, and it was a new PB for him to celebrate joining the 50 club! Harry Tuckman ran 21:18 for 76.76% in the JM10 category, Ollie Hurdle ran 18:27 for 75.43% in the JM15-17 category and Sacha Kennedy ran 21:20 for 74.84% in the JW11-14 category.

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


parkrunners heading towards Sandy Lane Gate after 2km (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)


Points tables

With 44 events completed in this year’s Bushy parkrun season (October 2014 until September 2015) and another 10 remaining, there’s less than a quarter of the season remaining!

Leading the men’s table currently is Mark Gratton, with 10,219 points, and he almost has an unassailable lead over second placed Chris Brimacombe on 9,375 and Andrius Jaksevicius is third with 8,697 points, ahead of Jeremy Langdon on 8,599 with Julian Diamond rounding out the top five on 8,335.

Leading the women’s table currently is Ramona Thevenet, with 9,854 points, and she has a 269 point lead over second placed Polly Adams on 9,585, and Brigid Hibberd is third with 8,654, ahead of Jennifer Darling on 8,291, with Niamh Hyland rounding out the top five on 7,727.

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


parkrunners heading to Lime Avenue for Bushy parkrun #581

parkrunners gather for the start on Lime Avenue (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)


Stats of the day

There were 989 runners – 920 identified, 69 unidentified (7% of field).

How many?

Of the 920 identified runners, there were:

    • 179 PBs (19% of field) of which 6 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
    • 57 Bushy first timers (6% of field) of which 36 were parkrun first timers (4% of field)
    • 87 Juniors aged under 18 (9%) and 170 Seniors aged 19-34 (18%)
    • 663 Vets (73%) of which 89 are 35-39, 274 are 40-49, 223 are 50-59, 77 are 60+
    • 553 males (60.1%) and 367 females (39.1%)
    • Most common male age group was 45-49 (94 runners – 17% of all males)
    • Most common female age group was 45-49 (59 runners – 16% of all females)
    • 197 club runners (21% of field) from 55 different clubs and 723 unattached (79%)
    • Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (64 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (14), Ranelagh Harriers (11), Sweatshop Running Community (10), St Mary’s Richmond AC (8).


How fast?

Of the 989 finishers, there were:

    • 74 runners sub 20 mins (7.5%), 649 between 20:00-29:59 (65.6%), 266 over 30 mins (26.9%)
    • Top 10% time: 20:42, Midpoint time: 26:32
    • Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 44, 46, 78, 59, 85, 68, 80, 65, 79, 45
    • 377 finishers between 24:00 and 28:59, average of 75.4 per minute
    • 85 finishers in the 24th minute.


How many parkruns? 

  • 64535 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 920, averaging 70 parkruns each
    • 412 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (45% of identified field), of which
    • 173 members of the 50 club (19%)
    • 203 members of the 100 club (22%)
    • 36 members of the 250 club (4% of field) – John Hanscomb (454), Richard Fletcher (453), Paul Killick (436), John Woods (404), Ramona Thevenet (404), Simon Greenhill (401), Polly Adams (377), Stewart Rose (375), Derek Blackmore (364), David Tyas (358), Philip Williamson (357), Liz Collison (353), David Worth (344), Madge Bradsell (344), Alex Williamson (335), Mark Gratton (333), Malcolm Taylor (324), Sheila Fergusson (318), Dale Durrans (316), Jeremy Palmer (309), Carol Dickinson (309), Carmen Palmer (307), Jeremy Langdon (306), Ken Pearson (296), Benjamin Williamson (284), Jason Venkatasamy (283), Roger Wilson (283), Richard Barker (278), Gill Wilson (273), Christopher Johnson (267), Bob Anderson (262), Jeremy Hawke (254), Trevor Morris (253), Keith Haworth (253), Dave Hall (252), Ted Fraser (250).


A big thank you to Katrin Kroschinski for the photos in this run report.


And finally…

From all at Bushy parkrun, we’d like to wish parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE a great celebratory morning for his 250th parkrun at Worcester parkrun this Saturday!


That’s all for now, see you next time!


(Photo taken by Emma from Roundhay parkrun)


Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch


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Run Report Event No. 580 – 11th July 2015


This week we had 1035 participants completing event no 580 which included a fast and thrilling sprint for first place, hot mid-summer conditions, two large parties from Fulham and Horley and another impressive haul of PB’s.



There were no new joiners of the 250 club this week, but joining the 100 club this week were Colin Coburn, Lionel jordan, Andy Fairburn and Shane Garrett.  Shane was marking the occasion by making his debut at the cradle whilst Andy marked the occasion by clipping 4 seconds off his PB!

Joining the 50 club this week were Alexander Chevalier, Paul O’Connell, Michael Larby, Ted Townsend and Catherine Stenson. Both of Alex’s parents Jonathan and Catherine joined him to mark the occasion, as did their gorgeous dog Stella (pictured below).


Xander Chevalier with his dog Stella!

Xander Chevalier joins the 50 club – Stella looks mighty pleased about it too!


Ted Townsend also had company to mark the occasion, as a number of Fulham RC clubmates and Fulham Palace parkrun made the pilgrimage to the cradle to make their Bushy debuts.

Fulham Palace parkrunners on tour!

Ted Townsend accompanied by fellow Fulham Palace parkrunners made their Bushy debut to mark Ted’s 50th parkrun.

Hannah Cox was the sole new joiner of the 10 club this week.


Horley Harriers On Tour!

Horley Harriers were out in force on the 10th leg of their 11 parkrun tour (the final leg this week will be at their home parkrun). Ben Short, who went sub 17 minutes to claim 7th place reported that most of the posse  were first timers, and many achieved PB’s and all thoroughly enjoyed their visit.


Horley Harriers on tour!

Horley Harriers on tour  


At The Front

Spectators were treated to a battle royal at the front of the field which saw Clapham Chaser Andy Maud sprint past Shaun Dixon in the closing yards resulting in both runners entering the all-time top 30 quickest times at Bushy with times of 15.09 and 15.10 respectively (only 3 seconds behind a certain Mo Farah’s parkrun time). Andy achieved a PB, whilst Shane, who was running at Bushy for the first time knocked 6 seconds off his previous best parkrun time which he set at Dulwich last September. Regular Andrius Jaksevicius was next home as he achieved he achieved his fifth sub 16 minute parkrun time (15.59).

First finisher Andy Maud clicked cross the line by the timer Simon Lane

Andy Maud sprints past Shaun Dixon in the battle to reach timer Simon Lane first.


A PB was also achieved by the first lady to reach Simon as Hayley Munn knocked 9 seconds off her previous best in a time of 17:37.

First female finisher Hayley Munn

Hayley Munn beats the crowds to enter a sparse funnel


Olympian triathlete Michelle Dillon was the next lady home in a time of 18:39 (WAVA score an impressive 83.11) who was a few seconds in front of Sarah Kingston whose time of 18:47 also earned an impressive WAVA score of 81.90%.

The Junior boys were led home by Jamie Millbank (18:18), Paul Taplin (19:23) and Ruari Pyrgos 19:26 and the Junior girls were led home by Sophie Alice Johnson (22:13), Imogen King (22:21) and Leonie Kennedy (22:38).



There were 95 PB’s registered today and impressively, 4 of these were achieved by members of the 100 club. They were Mathew Dewar (118 runs), Fiona Montgomery (110), John Flynn (117 runs) and Andy Fairburn (100).


And finally...

A couple of weeks ago, many of you would have noticed that many of the regular core team of volunteers were absent as they were taking part in relay teams or supporting at the Wimbleball Half Ironman Triathlon event in Exmoor. One of their spoils for their toils were a fetching set of tattoos which they some of them are proudly displaying below!

Hayden, Ray, Michael and Kirsty sporting their Ironman tattoos!

Hayden, Ray, Michael and Kirsty sporting their Ironman tattoos!


That’s all from me, looking forward to seeing many of you next time

Chris Brimacombe


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Run Report Event No. 579 – 4th July 2015

Well, that was a wonderful morning!

This week I ran to the park – I have a triathlon coming up and so am trying to get a bit serious about my training. That meant it was an early start and a trip to Shepperton Lake and then ran the 10km or so to Bushy Park in a kind of Swim-Run session. I left the lake with the weather hot, but overcast and in the next hour the clouds disappeared and so I arrived to a park bathed in sunshine. I was down to volunteer this week as timer and so got to spend a rather relaxing hour stood in the sunshine watching you all run across the line – it may be said that conditions were a bit warm for running, but I can confirm they were pretty much perfect for standing around!

When the weather is good, Bushy Park does look majestic and reminds everyone of how lucky we are to have such a beautiful park in our community!


parkrun unplugged

This week, we went ‘old-school’ and Ray had to remind himself of the days before our PA system and simply shout. The team did a brilliant job last week when all our usual RDs were away racing in Exmoor and I would imagine most of the crowd wouldn’t have noticed anything different to normal – however, someone forgot to switch off the speakers and so by the time this week rolled around the batteries were well and truly dead. No damage done and fortunately the wind was low enough that Ray’s booming voice did the job.

Ray going back to basics

Volunteering at Ride100

The only non-standard announcement which Ray made this week was about the Prudential Ride 100 which is on the 2nd August.  They are looking for volunteers and so if you are keen to get involved they would love to hear from you or speak to Ray next Saturday.

The 579th Bushy parkrun

This week we saw 968 runners complete a lap of the park.


First to cross the finish line was Andrius Jaksevicius (16:15) with Anthony Jackson (16:23) second and an unknown runner third. It means that Tim Haughian (17:06) who finished fifth completes to official male podium.

Andrius in the final few metres - sorry for the dodgy photo, I was also holding the timer

In the ladies event pro ITU-triathlete Emma Pallant visited Bushy and scorched round in 16:52 to record the fourth fastest time overall and the fastest of our ladies field. Second place went to Abbey McGhee (17:56) with Lydia Trow (18:49) third.

Emma flying to the finish line

Amongst the juniors, Ollie Hurdle showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels to record a new PB with time of 18:10. He was followed by a real fight to the finish between Samuel Shaw (19:01) and Cameron Gibson (19:04). The girls were led home by Lucy Marquand (22:08) with Ana Earl (22:32) and Imogen King (22:56) not far behind.

Well done everyone!

New PBs, Milestones and Age Graded

The hot conditions meant that PBs were in short supply, so congratulations to the 61 people who did set a new landmark! Only seven of them had more than 50 parkruns to their name, so congratulations to Oren Paynton, Victoria Hindle, Rachael Fraser, Adrian John Paul Field, Kavin Hoyle, Sandeep Bal and Akshay Kumar!

Not PB weather!

Only four runners hit that magic 80% WAVA Age Grading Threshold – they were led by the brilliant Emma Pallant (87.75%), but equally incredible were Andrius Jaksevicius, Abbey McGhee and Ruth Hutton!

100 Club – Jason Golder, John Skinner and Paula Ryan all ran their 100th parkrun this week and so will be looking forward to a new black T-shirt in their running drawer.

50 Club – An incredible 14 runners joined the 50 Club at Bushy this week, so well done to Alexander Keeler, Philip Bartholomew, Julian Paterek-Cotton, Pauline Worrall, Chirsty MacKenzie, Tim Foster, Matthew Carmody, Adele Smyth, Ian Clarke, Stephen McConnell, Pia Bone, Katy Neaves, Jon Crews and David Baker!

10 Club – No juniors ran their 10th parkrun!

Did you get yours signed?

This week, we were privileged to have parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt run at Bushy. He came to Bushy as the first stop in his book signing tour.

In case anyone isn’t aware, parkrun has produced an amazing photobook with photos from around the parkrun world, but including a few familiar faces. The book is really lovely and made extra special with the signature of the man who started it all!

Get your copy from and I am sure Paul will be at Bushy Park sometime to sign your copy

If you got your own copy, then it wouldn't be out of focus



T-Shirt Update

After a patient wait was can now happily say that the T-Shirts are now coming back into stock and the new system is up and running.

I think it is being slowly run through all the people who are due to claim a T-shirt, so if yours is not ready then please give it a few days.

However, if you go onto the results email you should have received this week (or any other week) you will notice a ‘Manage My Profile’ button. Click this to be taken into the parkrun website and there is a link to click for ‘Club Progress’.

Click here and you should then be able to request any Milestone T-Shirt you have reached!

parkrun 10parkrun 50parkrun 100parkrun vol


And if Jo Sinton-Hewitt runs next week, then she will be able to click on this link to claim her new 250 top! Well done, Jo!

I wonder how many new Tribesports T-Shirts we will see at Bushy next week? Sadly I won’t be there, as Emma and I will be in Madrid. Emma lazing on a sunlounger going golden brown, while I try desperately to avoid going lobster red in the 40o heat! Expect Emma to be wearing white next week to show off her tan and me in my old 50 shirt to limit the contrast to my face!

I am going to melt!

Take care and see you in a fortnight

Andy W

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Run Report Event No. 578 – 27th June 2015

There’s a first time for everything…

Bushy parkrun

Bushy First timer Andy Maud in the green vest sets off to be first finisher. 

While the Cowards were away…the volunteers did OK!

Bushy parkrun

It’s all about teamwork at Bushy and we made a great team!

Thanks to the volunteers We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Sharon ANDREW, Suzan BAKER, Phil BLUER, Georgina BRAND, Lou COAKER, Phil DAVIES, Sheila FERGUSSON, Zoe GILKS, Oliver HAINES-FRANCIS, Isabel HESSEY, Ali KENNEDY, Deborah Clare KING, Simon LANE, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Janet LIVESEY, Heather LOCKWOOD, Phoenix LOVE, Yue MAN, Ally MANOLE, Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH, Mark MCKINNON, Isabel MELBOURNE, Andrew MELBOURNE, Glynda MORTIMER, Graham MORTIMER, Diane MULLEN, David PAPWORTH, Julie PAPWORTH, Richie RYAN, James SELL, Lucy THATCHER, Paul D VIVEASH, Anne WOODS

No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time. James A.Baldwin

It may have been the last parkrunday of June but it was a day of firsts for many of us. No less than ninety-one runners joined us at Bushy for their debut lap of the ‘butterfly’ course and we warmly welcomed fifty one novices to the park on what could only be described as the best start to the weekend. Even the cream of the crop, first to cross the line was a first timer at Bushy. Our full team of volunteers included just one first timer, young Oliver Haines-Francis on safety bike, accompanied by his Dad Ed to lead the runners around the course and warn members of the public that there was a stampede of runners heading their way! Pedal power is crucial to fill this role!

Youngsters are more than welcome to volunteer and are usually shadowed by their parent. In this instance, Bushy’s littlest helper this week was towered by her Dad Andrew, but he didn’t steal her limelight. Isobel Melbourne requested her role on token support this week as she was supposedly resting her legs and ‘tapering’ for her Sunday 5k Race for Life.

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The pink bucket was more like a fashion accessory as it matched her outfit perfectly as she happily gathered the finish tokens from the team of scanners. I am not sure how much rest her little legs got though as she skipped around the park after her duties were done, refueled with a volunteer’s chocolate brownie. Well it’s all about the carb loading the day before a big race! Good luck Isobel!

It was my first time coordinating the volunteers on the new course and also my husband Dave’s debut role as Run Director.

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We were running this week’s event whilst the more familiar figures of the volunteer team were all away for the weekend in North Devon. The ‘Team Bushy’ members were not just there for the tea and scones, even though I am sure they did indulge in this Devonshire delight but they were all taking part in relay teams or supporting at the Wimbleball Half Ironman event in Exmoor. Here they all are, described as ‘happy finishers after the toughest 70.3 Ironman in Europe!’

A huge well done to them all, they all deserve as many scones they can possibly eat and I am pretty certain they will be celebrating in true Bushy style, cheers!

Meanwhile, we arrived bright and early at Bushy Park but alas we were not first to arrive! We spotted Julie Haworth crawling around the grass and battling with the breeze whilst assembling what we first thought was a massage table, only to realize that she was setting up in preparation for her husband’s post run celebration.

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In the meantime, Keith was still at home in bed, but thankfully made it in time to run his 251st parkrun and celebrate his milestone run of last week. Any excuse for fizz and cake, sadly by the time I actually made it to the gathering, the supplies had run dry!

First visitor to arrive for his first Bushy experience was Gary Hill from Guildford, whose usual parkrun was cancelled due to Armed Forces Day.

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There was a duo of Rebel Runners also in the field for the first time this week. They were taking part in the Medway parkrun challenge which was set up a month ago as their Kent home run at Great Lines Heritage Park was cancelled also due to the Armed Forces Day event.

Victoria Whitlock and Adrien Drew were just two of the 76 ‘Rebels’ who between them attended 34 events nationwide. The group included juniors through to age categories 75-79, two dogs and two boat trips over to the Isle of Wight. In total their challenge included 7,480.60 miles travelled plus a total of 380 kilometres ran. That’s some mileage to cover on a Saturday morning and just goes to show the great lengths that these thankfully well behaved Rebels will go to.

Mob Match

Bushy parkrun was this week the chosen venue for the Mob Match between running clubs 26.2 and Elmbridge Road Runners for a little friendly rivalry. 26.2 won in the attendance stakes with 30 attenders to Elmbridge’s 17 but the Surrey based club were most favorable as they supplied refreshing ice pops to all who took part, a welcome thirst quencher after the heated morning run. There was an abundance of cakes to devour too, not sure who won the bake off though!

Happy Birthday to you! 

Ranelagh runner Ashleigh Ferris returned to beautiful Bushy to run on her birthday with friends. They celebrated with croissants and fizz and just orange juice for her chauffeur friend who was on driving duties to the Berkshire village of Bray in the evening as they were heading to sample the Michelin star dishes of Heston Blumenthal. The 24 year old commented that it wasn’t a special birthday but I disagreed as every birthday is a special one, oh if only to be 24 again!

The Kennedy Clan

Afterwards at the Pheasantry, it’s always good to catch up with parkrunners, volunteers and to chat to people that you don’t really know but recognize their faces. So whilst the results were being processed I spotted the teenaged Kennedy twins Sacha and Leonie doing a grand job sorting tokens. It’s a great sight after the run, everyone enjoying coffee and cakes or bacon buns whilst also putting the finish tokens back into their numerical order. Their weekly fix not only includes the 5k run but these little rituals too. The Ranelagh girls were also joined by their big sister, who has recently started running and was visiting from Glasgow where she is now a Junior Doctor. It is always good to know if there is a Doctor on the premises! Proud Mum Ali volunteered today as she is concentrating on her longer runs in preparation for her next marathon in Bournemouth, her first autumn one though where she is trying to get accustomed to doing her longer runs during the warmer summer months. She told me that her dream in the future is to run a marathon as a family in approximately eight years when the twins are older and to coincide with her 60th birthday. Ali also added that this would be her final marathon too! The girls seemed pretty keen and I believe that this ambitious, fit family will follow their dreams with remarkable results.

So how did you all do at event number 578?

The event was under the directorship of David Papworth whom I must admit did a sterling job for his first appearance in this volunteer role. Give him some glamorous assistants, a stepladder and a microphone (rather than a paintbrush!) any parkrunday!

The sun was out, the sky was blue yet timer Ally Manole kept her cool as she clicked away for just over an hour. She even managed to become a new member of ‘5 clicks in one second’ club and not only did she click five finishers at 23:50 she repeated this achievement some two minutes later at 25:47. I have been reliably informed that she is the first timer to do such a feat twice in one event at Bushy! (Thanks to Rodney McCulloch for this stat attack!)

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The Results Bit:

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Simon Lane assists Director Dave Papworth with those all important results

First registered males across the finish line:

Welcome to first timer Andy Maud in a speedy 15:21. He plans to be more of a regular at Bushy as he moves to the area next month so watch this space as I am sure we will be seeing Andy’s name appear at the top of the results table in the future. He was chased round the pond by regulars Andrius Jaksevicius in 15:48 and Paul Lowe just 11 seconds later.

Junior Males were: Dylan Evans brought the boys home in 19.38 with Max Zajdler just 3 seconds after him. Luke Mace completed the young male trio in sub twenty with a time of 19.59.

First females across the finish line: Hayley Munn ran the new course for the first time and led the ladies to the oak tree in 17:56 on her return visit since summer 2014 as she now tends to run at Northampton parkrun. Ruth Haynes followed her home in 18:30 with Sarah Winter taking the bronze finish in 19:45.

Junior Females were: Teenager Sacha Kennedy was first to finish for the young ladies in 20:50. Imogen King crossed the line in 22:30 and Sacha’s twin sister Leonie made up the threesome with a slightly slower run for her but an enviable to most time of 23:06.

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The technical aspect of parkrun, over coffee of course!


The Stats Bit

How many?

There were 1082 tokens expertly handed out by the delightful duo Lucy and Sheila at the end of the funnel, all scanned and sorted by a terrific team!

Bushy parkrun

Who were they?

  • 390 of the identified field were female and 607 were male
  • 85 declined to register their result or simply had forgotten their barcode (tut tut!)
  • order them online in the format of tags/keyfobs (easily attached to your laces or keys), credit card style or wristbands - impress your fellow parkrunners and never forget it!
  • 91 runners were First Timers at Bushy Park, 51 of these were totally new to parkrun, welcome to our wonderful world!

How fast?

There were a whopping 179 runners who finished the month in style with New PBs! 24 of these participants have 50 or more parkruns to their name.

  • 55 registered runners impressed us with their sub 20 minutes!
  • The perfect ten runners had an age grading of 80% and above –

Mike TREES 17:08 VM50-54 87.45 %, Andy MAUD 15:21 SM30-34 84.47 %, Andrius JAKSEVICIUS 15:48 SM30-34 83.02 %, Hayley MUNN 17:56 SW20-24 82.53 %, Laurence DUFFY 18:29 VM50-54 82.42 %, Paul LOWE 15:59 SM30-34 81.65 %, Steve SMITH 19:02 VM55-59 81.44 %, Polly ADAMS 20:26 VW45-49 81.08 %, Paul GRAHAM 17:20 VM40-44 80.58 % and Ruth HAYNES 18:30 SW20-24 80.00 %.

The Special Plaudits Bit

Steady, septuagenarian runner Dave Hall completed his 250th lap of Bushy. His first parkrun was in September 2009 and he has been loyal to Bushy ever since. Even though his times may have slowed down over the years, his passion for his weekly 5k hasn’t. Well done Dave!

Consistent junior 11-14 runner Charley Hardwick has also been a regular at Bushy over the past 3 years and today completed his 100th lap just 34 seconds adrift of his PB of 21:57 set in March. Yet another faithful fellow, but add another 40 years to the age category, Alex Fergusson also completed his century this week. However last week he smashed his PB taking 10 seconds off his time set one year ago. Chris Jones is the third new member of the infamous 100 club yet has strayed from Teddington on just five parkrundays. Paula Ryan, Jason Golder and Colin Coburn each have one more lap to complete to be in their gang!

Mark Ronaldson’s Saturday mornings changed in the New Year in 2014 and this week he ran his 50th 5k. All bar one have been done at Bushy apart from when he took part at George parkrun in January. Where’s George you may wonder as I did?! (Answer is South Africa)

Waiting in the wings for their 50 tees are Jon Crews, Pia Bone, David Baker, Tim Foster, Anthony Lalsing, and Philip Bartholomew.

Youngster Joshua Coppellotti was the only junior to claim his 10 runs this week whereas under 10’s Fred Draper and Alex Frost (New PB!) are on a nifty 9 runs.

Confiscated barcodes!

Another one of my duties this week was as a roaming scanner to help relieve the queues and also to support and instruct anyone who wasn’t sure to do with their athlete’s barcode. I was somewhat shocked as to the state of some of them though, several of which just wouldn’t scan. Also the strange places where they were kept or how they were presented to me! Again it was a duty of firsts for me as I was handed sweaty trainers with barcode tags to scan, a foot in mid-air, the new wristbands which are just brilliant, a barcode dangling on the front of a man’s shorts, a very sweaty barcode which was kept in one lady’s bra, plus barcodes pinned to chests and breasts to be scanned! Several people had their barcodes confiscated by school teacher Suzan Baker as she was appalled at the dreadful state of them. We will always accept your paper barcode but this means that the result has to be entered into the results manually which gives the results processor even more work. The moral of this tale is: laminate your paper barcode to keep it sweat free or invest in the official parkrun tags or wristbands.

Just a quick note to Tom Higgins, did you forget something this week?!

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Enjoy the strawberries and cream this week and see you next parkrunday. Anyone for a Pimms?! (Thanks to all who contributed photos, you know who you are!)

Julie Papworth

The first time I see a jogger smiling, Ill consider it.Joan Rivers

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Tail runner Yue Man thoroughly enjoys her volunteer role.


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Run Report Event No. 577 – 20th June 2015


Pacers, PB’s and Parties


Warm but windless overcast conditions led to an abundance of fast times this week, and whilst there was a very short light smattering of rain some 25 minutes or so into the event, it didn’t stand much chance of dampening the celebrations of numerous and notable landmarks after the event.

During the pre-event announcement, Run Director Ray Coward passed on the sad news of the death of Robin Dickson, a member of the Bushy community and Thames Hare & Hounds who passed away during the previous weekend. Following a highly successful running career, Robin became a successful coach, having worked with Sonia O’Sullivan, Mara Yamauchi and Julia Bleasdale. He ran in 43 events at Bushy, and attended many more in his role as a coach, often seen at the 3Km point of the old course, providing encouragement to his many charges. His funeral will take place on 7th July 2015 at Reading Crematorium (55 All Hallows Road, Caversham RG4 5LP) at 2.30pm followed by a longer service of thanksgiving for Robin's life at the Caversham Baptist Church, South Street, RG4 8HY.


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Participants at the start line applaud Robin Dickson who sadly passed away during the previous weekend.


Ray also announced that our parkrun friends in Australia are also mourning the passing of the legendary Ron Clarke, who once broke 12 world records in 44 days and was the first patron of parkrun Australia, so we extend our sympathies to the Australian parkrun community and to all of his friends and family.


Pacer Week

Since skipping a month when switching to the new course, the pacers now run “even minute” times on “even months”.  This week’s team, compiled by Andy Pillidge included one volunteer completely new to pacing and a couple who were taking up the pacing challenge for the first time on the new course (I still haven’t sorted out a landmark for the 3Km & 4Km points – never know if I’m on for a good time until the finishing line). Unfazed, the team did an excellent job, achieving less than a 5 seconds average variance from their respective targets, so many thanks and well done to:-

Stuart Amory                     20 minutes – (this week’s star pacer, who was spot on)

Rob Phillips                         22 minutes

Tim Hurdle                          24 minutes

Andrew Howarth             26 minutes

David Stewart                    28 minutes

Graham Titcombe            30 minutes  (First time pacer)

Andy Wingate                   32 minutes

Chris Tyrell                          34 minutes


This month’s Even Pacer team


The performance of the pacers was perhaps surpassed by many of the field as a huge 179 of you took advantage of the near perfect conditions and our trusty pacers to register PB’s this week, a whopping 20.2% of the identified field (that’s the highest percentage of PB’s I’ve ever reported on), many of these new marks being in close proximity to the times achieved by our pacers.

Eight of you achieving PB’s this week are members of the 100 club, so congratulations to Mike Dennison, Dean Tyler, Susan Howarth, Patricia Gibbons, Harriet Dunstan, Tony Baker, John Flynn

and Natalie Carne.

Despite my allegiance to Anything But United, I should also mention Alex Fergusson who achieved a PB on his 99th parkrun, but hopefully any forthcoming 100 club celebrations won’t involve low flying pizza!


Landmarks Galore

There were not one, but 2 new joiners of the prestigious 250 club this week. Straggler Keith Haworth made his debut at the park some 10.5 years ago at event no 16 when the field was a little smaller – just 31 runners compared to today’s 947. Keith’s son and daughter Gemma and Tom also took part in today’s event.

Also joining the 250 club was Jeremy Hawke who has soared his way to this club in less than 6 years.


One Hundred!

3 runners qualified for their 100 club T-shirts this week, one of those being next week’s Run Director David Papworth. David’s 100 has included 70 runs at Bushy, the other 30 having been completed across 15 other venues near and far across the UK. To mark the occasion his wife Julie ensured she didn’t finish too far ahead of him, and, of course, celebratory bottles were opened afterwards!


David Papworth celebrates joining the 100 club!

Next week’s Run Director David Papworth celebrates his 100th parkrun.


Two ladies joined the 100 club this week; Bushy regular Natalie Carne celebrated in style by shaving 11 seconds of a PB that was set over 2 years ago! (I’m sure she’ll allow pacer Rob Phillips a little bit of credit for that one).  Ruth Ford chose to mark her 100th parkrun by motoring down from North Leicestershire to take part in her first ever visit to the Bushy event; hope you had a great time, Ruth and please visit again!

Four runners qualified for their red 50 club T-shirts this week; they were Orlando Gibson, Jake Vaughan, Manav Bath and Susie Jones.


Susie Jones celebrates joining the 50 club!

Susie Jones celebrates her 50 landmark with gusto 7.5 years after her debut parkrun


Our Ever-Present’s Non T-Shirt Landmarks

Some remarkable landmarks were celebrated by some remarkable people this week.  John Hanscomb, who was one of the London Marathon’s “ever presents” for the first 29 years of the event, ran his 450th parkrun this week, as did his rival to become the 2nd person in the world to reach the 500 club, Richard Fletcher.

John Woods ran within 8 seconds of his PB on his 400th parkrun which was also his 112th consecutive Bushy parkrun!

GB ultrarunner Ramona Thevenet, who leads the female points table, became the first lady to run her 400th parkrun.


1700 parkuns in one photo!

Ramona Thevenet (400), John Woods (400), John Hanscomb (450) and Richard Fletcher (450) have notched up 1700 parkruns between them!


The Speedy Ones

At the front of the field, Andrius Jaksevicius achieved his 13th first place finish at Bushy in a time of 16:18, followed by Jos Mutch (16:24) and Harry Matthews (16:51)

The quickest junior boys  were Ollie Hurdle (18:25) who jumped 2 seconds ahead of the PB he set last week, followed by Rufus King (19:27) and Jack Krohn (19:50).

The first lady back to the big tree was Kate Macharg who ran 19:47 to take an enormous 45 seconds off her PB on her 8th run at Bushy. Next were Ruth Hutton (20:00) and Emily Hogg (20:16).


WAVA Age Grade Achievements

The 6 runners to top the magic 80% mark this week were:-

Ruth HUTTON                                       20:00     VW50-54               83.83%

Michael Philip WHITE                          20:16     VM65-69               82.73%

Ramona THEVENET                              21:52     VW55-59               81.71%

Tony BRACKSTONE                              22:17     VM70-74               81.15%

Andrius JAKSEVICIUS                          16:18     SM30-34                80.47%

Phillip BEARMAN (SNR)                      18:26     VM50-54               80.02%


I’m sure there are many of you out there, who, like me, find performances such as those above incredibly inspirational; at Bushy, we are blessed with so much talent, that we can almost take it for granted that we will get performances such as those listed above. Over the years, I’ve been inspired by the achievements of parkrunners who are overcoming ailments and injuries, completing their first ever 5K runs in their 60’s, and achieving great performances despite being a long way off the ideal runners’ build! I’m regularly trailing in the wake of a regular at Bushy who is not only in an older age category, but is also of a stockier build. For those fellow runners who are also not of a premium runner’s build, you may like to have a look at the below!

The bad news is, this suggests that loosing 3lbs of my 13.5 stones would only allow me to improve my 5K time by 5 seconds! Oh well, it was just a thought….


Mike Page heading for the finish with his buggy.

The new course obviously isn’t deterring our brigade of buggy runners!


The calm before the storm for the timer Stephen Marfleet!

The calm before the storm…


Finally, many thanks to all the volunteers for making the event possible; If you haven’t tried volunteering yet, please consider it and contact Pat McGrath by emailing


Many thanks to Jed Leicester and Debbie King for the photos

Look forward to seeing you all this Saturday.


Chris Brimacombe


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