There’s a first time for everything…
Bushy First timer Andy Maud in the green vest sets off to be first finisher.
While the Cowards were away…the volunteers did OK!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
The Results Bit:
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.
The technical aspect of parkrun, over coffee of course!
The Stats Bit
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!
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!
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.
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. http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/
Just a quick note to Tom Higgins, did you forget something this week?!
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Tail runner Yue Man thoroughly enjoys her volunteer role.
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