The running weekend of the year – sun and smiles all the way
It’s hard to believe that only a month ago we had snow at Bushy for event 726 and now for the 731st event we were sweltering on a glorious morning. A combination of good weather and pre-marathon running fever brought 1,450 runners to Bushy. This is the 4th largest ever attendance at Bushy (and indeed all UK parkrun events). It certainly was a warm morning and the base layers and running tights had been replaced by shorts and vest tops as Run Director Ray Coward gave us his welcome talk.
As you finished the 5k with sweat dripping down your face I hope you took a moment to feel for those running London tomorrow who would still have another 7.44 parkruns to do. Often at the 37K point in London there is a big sign saying ‘just a parkrun to go’ – the last 5 is often the toughest and I’m sure there will be a few of our regulars thinking right I’ve only go to get down Cobbler’s Walk then past the pond as they are running along the embankment tomorrow.
We have had a large number of Busy regulars competing over 26.2 miles in recent weeks including Manchester, Hannover and Brighton … and special mention to Aaron Chai who ran in probably the toughest conditions I’ve seen at Boston last Monday. I think the conditions were ever more of shock to him after suffering the driving rain and freezing wind that the runners had to suffer.
I’ve been lucky enough to do 3 London marathons and the support you get especially when you hit the inevitable tough times is amazing so if you are free and fancy a morning watching a truly inspirational event please get yourself up there. The biggest risk is come next week you wont be able to resist putting in an entry in the ballot!
Good luck to all of those running tomorrow and thanks to those volunteering or going up to cheer the runners on.
The event today couldn’t have happened without the 58 Volunteers – your help really is appreciated. We have now had 1,720 different people volunteer on a total of 16,860 occasions.
The volunteers this week were Marilia ASTLE JONES, Ben BAKER, Phil BLUER, Lorna BROWETT, Shirley BUCKLEY, Ray COWARD, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Glady GARTLAND, Simon GREENHILL, Samantha HANLEY, Catherine HAUGHNEY, Evie HINDE, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Trevor HUGGINS, Samuel JONES, Lucy KATESMARK, Fran KENDEN, Rik KING, Stefan KRUEGER, Simon LANE, Joseph LANSDOWN, Mike LAPWORTH, Courtney LE FRANC, Isabel LIVESEY, Angela MACSON, Hayden MATTHEWS, Martin MILTON, Robert MOREY, Freya MORRISON, Diane MULLEN, Ethan MULLEN, Ben RAWLING, Will RAWLING, Nick ROWE, Sally ROWE, Ethan SCOTT, Daniel SHACKLETON, Jacky SINCLAIR, Emily May STAIN, Bethan STURDY, Carol SWAFFER, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Lucy THATCHER, Rebecca THOMAS, Hayley TOPLEY, Michael TROTT, Jessica TUCKMAN, Richard VAN DER LEEDEN, Harry VAUGHAN, Ellie WALLWORK, Sebastian WOJCIECHOWSKI, Nick WRIGHT, Fran WYLDE, Liz ZASS
In addition to those already mentioned it was also pacer week and a big thank you to those of you carrying the flags round and helping people to their target times. It certainly seemed to help with 178 PB’s.
A special welcome to Sebastian WOJCIECHOWSKI who was visiting us from Warsaw before running the marathon tomorrow and was one of our timekeepers and with Andrew Howarth . Sebastian is a regular at Warszawa-Ursynow where attendances are usually just below 100 so hope your clicking finger isn't too sore after today.
If you have ever thought about volunteering I’d definitely recommend giving it a go, there are many varied roles available each week and newcomers are especially welcomed. E-mail Pat McGrath at email@example.com and he can give any guidance about the roles he can.
Of the 1,450 finishers we welcomed an amazing 158 first timers to the birthplace of parkrun and hope to see all of you back again soon. As already mentioned the pacers helped an impressive 178 runner’s record Bushy PB’s. 109 different running clubs had runners represented. Amongst those visiting us for the first time were groups from Northwich Running Club, Saltaire Striders, Newcastle & District AC and Campbeltown Joggers.
We have now seen 481,544 completed runs at Bushy – so sometime over the summer we will have our half millionth finisher. Watch this space for more info. We have now gone over 40,000 registrations with Bushy as their home run and we have had 44,680 different people complete the 5k here at the park. The most popular postcode is TW11 9 – with 1,192 registrations – a popular parkrun home.
We had 10 members of the 500 club at our parkrun today, joined by 104 members of 250 club, 321 in the 100 club and a further 240 50 club runners.
A huge number of 88 runners either hadn’t registered or committed that dreaded event of forgetting their bar-code #DFYB. Of the 158 Bushy first timers we welcomed 42 people doing their first ever parkrun – welcome to the family and hope you enjoyed it guys.
Of the amazing 178 runners who achieved their PB’s today there 15 who got a PB having run more than 100 parkruns – well done to all.
||Swansea Harriers AC
||Thames Valley Harriers
This Saturday saw no new members join the 500 club – we will to wait another 7 weeks to see Ciaran Murphy joining the club as our next regular.
Joining the 250 club today was Adam WELLS (someone I’d played football with many years ago) of the Viceroy Triathlon Club. Adam has done 248 of his runs with us at Bushy and has a PB of 18:45 which he ran in 2016.
Joining the 100 club we had an impressive 7 runners - Debbie HIGGINS, Alan BONE, Isla Marcelle CARPENTER, Debbie THOROGOOD, Susie MCNICOL, Sally ROWE and Rob O'CONNOR
We had 4 runners join the 50 club – Sophie MULCAHY, Jane CLAREY and also on their Bushy debuts Dominic WATTS and Jonny EARL.
For our juniors getting their 10 shirts were George DAVIS and Alex AMPLEFORD.
Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing the new shirts soon.
The first home was Zak CURRAN (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC) with a speedy 15:41, closely followed home 4 seconds later by Matthew DICKINSON (Wells City Harriers) and then Conor KISSANE-WOOD (Thames Valley Harriers) in 15:51.
The female first back to the big tree was Lauren MAJOR (Cambridge University Hare & Hounds) in 17:44 and 13th overall which was also a PB, second over the line was Louise NASH (Hastings AC) in 18:36, Katie SIMMONDS was third in 19:03.
Best age grade performances of the day was a stunning 21:24 by Ruby HEWITT is in the Junior Girl 10 category scoring 96.57%, she was joined by Polly ADAMS (VW50-54) with 85.35% for her 20:08 and Ramona THEVENET (VW 55-59 Stragglers) with 84.23% for 22:05. Top man was Justin REID (SHAEF Shifters) with 83.99% for his 17:17.
The Random Number Generator
As is becoming a tradition we look at a few random numbers to give some coverage to those who otherwise may not have got a mention.
This week was event 731 at Bushy so claiming token 731 was Julia HILL who ran 27:50 on her 43rd event all of which have been here.
The average finish time of all Bushy parkrun is 26:47 and hitting the time on the nail was John HOLLANDS on his 191st event all but one of which have been at Bushy.
As today is 21/4 in position 214 was Andy STRONG (Tuff Fitty Triathlon Club) with 22:08 on his 26th run.
Last weekend throughout the world we had 1,162 parkrun events. So in position 1162 we had Daniel BAIRD (JM10) with 33:26 on his 14th event. In the UK alone we had 498 events and getting that token was Monika RESKOVA running a PB of 25:26 on her 40th parkrun.
Finally as its marathon weekend for those running 26.2 miles in position 262 was Lyndon DAVIES running 22:51 and a PB on his second run.
Well done to all.
Coming Back Stronger Than Ever
The parkrun newsletter this week highlighted one of our Bushy regulars – her fiancé Michael Pomfret writes My fiancee Lyzanne Warner has been running at parkrun since July 2016. Before this she had done very little running, although she was conscious of keeping fit having been a keen rower at school and university, and regularly rode horses in Bushy Park.
In April 2014 she was on a routine ride when the ex-race horse she was riding bolted without warning. She maintained her balance on the horse until it turned sharply and threw her to the ground at over 30mph. Luckily an off duty fireman was walking in the park and saw the whole thing, taking control of the situation and applying first aid. She was rushed to hospital by ambulance to find that the impact had burst a vertebra in her lower back, lacerated a kidney, and left her with nerve damage in her leg.
The next day, surgeons at St George’s Hospital removed the broken bones and secured her spine with metal implants. Within days Lyzzie had gained the strength to walk and was back to work within weeks, however she could do very little exercise and feared the implants failing.
She struggled to find the confidence to motivate herself knowing that she would need more surgery to remove the rods. For a year she tried to live a normal life and acted like nothing was wrong but she eventually began to suffer from anxiety attacks and flash backs. At this point she spoke to her GP and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
18 months after her first surgery, the metal implants were removed and she was given an external brace to wear for three months more. The brace was removed in January 2016, and Lyzzie had to get fit again, both for her physical health, and to strengthen the muscles supporting her damaged spine. She began strengthening in the gym with a personal trainer, starting with walking on a treadmill before even thinking of running.
We ran our first parkrun together in July 2016 at Bushy Park (our closest parkrun to family homes). parkrun not only helped her regain her fitness but also her confidence and helped her control her PTSD. Whenever we had a bad day we would go running, no matter the weather, and feel better for it, looking forward to the next attempt at a PB on Saturday morning.
She ran as a pacer for parkrun last year, which she wants to do again, and ran her 50th parkrun in January this year. She is now aiming for the 100 T-shirt by running regularly at Bromley and Bushy parkruns, has completed two half marathons, and will be running the London Marathon on Sunday.
I imagine the accident will never leave her, but she has retaken control of her life and without parkrun she would have struggled to achieve the recovery she has both physically and mentally.
We both have a lot to be thankful for parkrun, and hope that sharing this story will encourage others to keep running, not to give up however difficult it may be, and importantly not to be scared to admit they need help.
We will be getting married in October of this year in Teddington, and I intend to run the Bushy parkrun in the morning before the big event! We hope people keep supporting parkrun to keep it free and all of us running for many more years.
Good luck tomorrow Lyzzie and all the best for the other big day in October
Have a good week
A reminder that its Chestnut Sunday in 2 weeks and that means back to the old course – this is usually a once a year treat but it will be the second time this year after the Beast from the East hit earlier in 2018 – but next week its business as usual.
Final good luck to everyone running tomorrow and we look forward to seeing you all safely back by the big tree next week – proudly running in your finishers shirts
Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s event – have a good week and see you all by the fountain same time next Saturday.