Run Report Event No. 677 – 22nd April 2017

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?

parkrun stats

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 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.

John celebrating in 'alternative' Bushy style. Boddingtons at 9.30am

250 Club

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.

100 Club

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.

50 Club

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.

10 Club

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.


London Marathon

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!

Julie 2

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



Run Report Event No. 676 – 15th April 2017




It was a truly eggcellent parkrun on an eventful day for the 676th Bushy parkrun on Easter weekend. We had a new 500 club member, it was the second anniversary of the ‘butterfly course’, the second largest ever attendance here of 1414 boosted by 79 parkrun debutants, there was a whopping 227 PBs with the aid of our pacers… and our first ever tandem lead bike, courtesy of the Ridings – more of which below.


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Hayden Matthews was RD this time, assisted by Volunteer Co-ordinators Lucy Thatcher and Julie Papworth, and David Worth and Emilie Howes were the timers, for Emilie it was her first time, so clicking 1414 runners through will have been a good introduction for her, and she did very well! Janice Franks and Poppy Wright were giving out the tokens, and Ray Franks was co-ordinating the double funnel. I was on funnel for the first time in a few months, definitely got my rush of adrenaline manning the front gate switches of the double funnel watching everything unfold... it got very busy at times with three separate minutes having over 100 finishers!


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Ridings go riding

There once was a couple called Riding

To win parkrun they were biding

Sat astride their tandem

Keith steering at random

The Ridings won Bushy by riding!


Thanks to Suzan Baker for this limerick, with assistance from Liz Zass and Sheila Fergusson!


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Ridings raring to go!


We had our first ever duo on lead bike on Saturday, as Keith Riding and Verity Riding led the runners around the butterfly course. They had been keenly preparing for their moment, and as the first finisher ran 14:57, they were kept on their toes! The dry weather ensured a smooth ride, with only the corners presenting more of a challenge for our duo. Well done Keith and Verity, I look forward to seeing your next outing on the tandem bike at parkrun, it was a wonderful sight!


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The work is nearly done for Keith and Verity as they approach finish


In all a team of 57 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 available to help, or would like to find out more, then do get in touch with Pat McGrath at and he’d pleased to hear from you!


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Full list of volunteers on the day: Adam SHERRIFF  •  Alex TICKELL  •  Andrew HOWARTH  •  Ann COWARD  •  Brigid HIBBERD  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Courtney LE FRANC  •  David PAPWORTH  •  David STEWART  •  David WORTH  •  Dean FURBER  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Ellie WATERS  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Ethan MANN  •  Ethan MULLEN  •  Fiona MCANENA  •  George FORD  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Ian FULLEN  •  Ioan SMITH  •  Jackie HORAN  •  James SELL  •  Jamie CHAPMAN  •  Jane DAVIDSON  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Jeremy PALMER  •  Julie PAPWORTH  •  Julie SMITH  •  Keith RIDING  •  Krysia SMITH  •  Libby HORAN  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Luke HARVEY  •  Mark TRUEMAN  •  Mike TIVNEN  •  Natalie SIMON  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Paul WOOD  •  Pedro DAS GUPTA  •  Phil BLUER  •  Poppy WRIGHT  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Rosie QUIRE  •  Rosie RENDALL  •  Sabine DUFFY  •  Sam BARRETT  •  Sarah FRASER  •  Simon GREENHILL  •  Steve MILLER  •  Susan HOWARTH  •  Tim BOWDEN  •  Verity RIDING  •  Yue MAN  •  Zoe Alison FAIZ


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Token sorting team: sorting the tokens into sets of hundreds... extra trays needed this time!


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



As it was the third Saturday of the month, we had pacers on the course at even numbered minutes from 20 to 34 minutes. A recent addition has been some run/walk pacers as well as our octet, so we had 10 pacers out on the course today:

  • 20 mins: Jeremy Palmer
  • 22 mins: Ian Fullen
  • 24 mins: Krysia Smith
  • 26 mins: Mark Trueman
  • 28 mins: Natalie Simon
  • 30 mins: Tim Bowden
  • 32 mins: Richard Matthews
  • 34 mins: Zoe Faiz
  • Run/Walk: Ann Coward
  • Run/Walk: Carol Dickinson


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Our pacers definitely had the desired effect, with a huge 227 PBs! Our most accurate pacers on the day were Ian Fullen and Mark Trueman with 22:00 and 26:00 respectively! A big thanks to all the pacers!


500, 250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs

We had our first new member of the 500 club since last autumn, as Ramona Thevenet completed her 500th parkrun to become the seventh person, and first woman, to join this club! Ramona ran her first ever parkrun on 22nd October 2005 in a time of 22:50, and she has since ran at Bushy 488 times, with a PB of 19:24 for an age grading of 87.46%! From her 12 other runs away from Bushy, she has run twice at Basingstoke, Banstead Woods and Kingston, and once each at Fulham Palace, Guildford, Richmond, Milton Keynes, Woking and Cardiff!

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Ramona is a very familiar face at Bushy, having hardly missed any runs here in the last few years... and as expected there were drinks and cakes for the occasion to celebrate the moment. Well done Ramona, soon you will able to wear the blue 500 top! Seven will become eight very soon as John Woods is on 499 runs and is set to join Ramona in the 500 club on Saturday… hopefully you will remember to bring some cake and drinks for everyone to enjoy afterwards John!


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Ramona celebrates joining the 500 club with fellow 500 club members Richard and Paul


We had one new member of the 250 club this time, congratulations to: Jo Newstead! Jo ran her first ever parkrun at event 92 on 17th June 2006, and has run at Bushy 209 times, with her other 41 runs at: Brueton (14), Kingston (6), Banstead Woods (5), Bedfont Lakes (5), Nonsuch (3), Richmond (3), Wimbledon Common (2), Worcester (1), Osterley (1), and Crane Park (1). Well done Jo, soon you can look forward to ordering the forest green ‘250’ Tribesports top!

Some more of you are closing in on 250 runs: Richard Patient (249), Andy Newton (249), Rebecca Lunn (247), Rob Kitchen (247), Deon Lombard (246) and Sarah Dennison (245)




Another six of you joined the 100 club this time and will soon be able to order their black ‘100’ Tribesports top! Daniel Turner and Ben Money both chose to come to Bushy for the first time on reaching three figures, joining James Step, Peter Tozer, Shirley Perrett and Elizabeth Histed into the 100 club, congratulations to you all! A further three parkrunners are on 99 not out and could reach three figures next time: Danny Conyngham, Andrew Mills, Stephanie Bowden and Nichola Murphy.

Six of you celebrated joining the 50 club and will be wearing the coveted red Tribesports 50 top with pride in the near future. Congratulations to: Nicki Petitt, Phillip Wood, Giles Jones, Vicki Hyams, Eduardo Vilches and Gillian Wilson! Another eight parkrunners are one away from their half-century: Jason Twigg, Will Offer, Jonathon Munns, Catherine Holman, Andrew Goodwin, William Arnold, Barry Davis and Jackie McLellen.
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Giles - one of our new 50 club members!


We had three new members of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only) congratulations to: Benjamin Dibley, Rhuari Hill and Grace Courtenay-Wheeler.   For more info on the parkrun clubs and accompanying free Tribesports t-shirts, and how to order them, do visit the parkrun support FAQ    

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New PBs

With decent conditions underfoot, and the support of the pacers, a whopping 227 of you were whooping with a new personal best! This could well be the highest figure ever recorded here, with 1 in 6 registered runners (17%) setting a new PB! The accolade of ‘most experienced Bushy parkrunner to set a new PB’ goes to… Andrew Melbourne! Andrew ran 17:54 on his 240th Bushy lap (276 runs overall) for his first ever sub 18 time, taking 13 seconds off his previous best from last year. Congratulations Andrew!

A further 14 parkrunners set their fastest time here with at least 100 Bushy laps completed. Sarah Dennison returned for her first run here in three months and set a new Bushy PB of 22:55, taking three seconds off her time on her 157th run at Bushy (245 runs overall). Christoph Lombard ran 25:33 to shave nine seconds off his PB on his 152nd Bushy lap (230 runs overall), Christian Harper improved his PB by two seconds as he ran 19:35 on his 228th parkrun (all at Bushy), and Stephen Penpraze took seven seconds off his PB, posting 21:09 on his 161st lap here (171 runs overall).

Daphne Boyle set consecutive PBs, having set one last week she took 14 seconds off this time, running 26:23 on her 163rd Bushy parkrun (165 runs overall). Roger Troup took 21 seconds off his PB, running 22:16 on his 156th Bushy parkrun (159 runs total), and Imogen King also took 21 seconds off her PB, posting 20:01 on her 145th parkrun (156 runs overall) – I’m sure the 20 minute pacer helped Imogen get her PB, well done!

Robert Dean celebrated his 100th Bushy parkrun with his fastest ever time, running 21:46 on his 156th parkrun, Jim Holder ran his second consecutive PB with 22:35, taking 31 seconds off his previous best on his 139th Bushy lap (148 runs total), and Helen Carpenter set her first PB in over two years, running 25:33 on her 141st run here (143 runs overall).

Neil Stewart (121 runs, 120 at Bushy) ran 19:34 for his fourth PB in six weeks, whilst Isabel Livesey (117 runs, 113 at Bushy) ran 19:46 for her sixth consecutive PB in six weeks, taking nearly a minute off her time in the process! John de Sousa ended a two year wait for a personal best, posting 28:23 on his 116th parkrun (all at Bushy), and Naomi Berry ran 26:10 to end a four year wait for PB, taking 26 seconds off her time on her 114th parkrun (all at Bushy).


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parkrun tourists

We had a huge number of tourists visiting us to help boost the overall attendance to 1,414, as 189 parkrunners were making their debut at Bushy, with 110 of these having already run elsewhere! Looking down the list of clubs, we had visitors from: Doncaster AC, Glasgow Triathlon Club, Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club, Liverpool Harriers AC, Lytham St Annes RRC, Melbourne University AC, Middlesbrough AC, Pershore Plum Plodders, South Australian Road Runners Club, Southport Waterloo AC and Yeovil Town RRC! Thanks to all of you for joining us!

Our furthest travellers came from Torrens parkrun in Adelaide, Australia, as Graham Tottey (124 runs) and Vivienne Henderson (9 runs) took part in their first parkrun in the UK at Bushy parkrun, thanks for joining us over the Easter weekend! Jane A was running her first Bushy parkrun on her 178th parkrun, with most of her runs being at Greenwich, David Huen (159 runs) was a first timer from Wimpole Estate parkrun, and Joanna Davison (158 runs) and Will Davison (106 runs) came south from Leicester to visit the original parkrun.

We had two runners from Basingstoke parkrun making their debut here to celebrate joining the 100 club: Daniel Turner and Ben Money. From the east in Southend, Dan Slayford was another first timer on his 132nd parkrun, Jamie Bushnell (120 runs) and Rebecca Durey (107 runs) visited from Dartford and Ian Mussell came from Pomphrey Hill in Bristol on his 118th parkrun.

There was a large contingent from Rushmoor and Frimley parkruns, including Bushy first timers Louise Parker (147 runs), Stephanie Greenwood (82), Martin Greenwood (67), Evie Hearn (60), Bethany Hearn (58), Rachel Bishop (55), Lincoln Greenwood (11) and Caer Greenwood (6).

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Tourists from Frimley and Rushmoor 


The Padmanabhan family came down from Victoria parkrun in Glasgow, Scotland for their first parkrun here: Nina (12 runs), Alasdair (9 runs), Mia (8 runs) and Catriona (4 runs). From Pontypridd parkrun in Wales we were joined by Ceri Tapper (84 runs) and Claire Tapper (22 runs). Deb Stanfield (74 runs) and Dave Stanfield (71 runs) were first timers from Yeovil, whilst Daniel Appleton (39 runs) and Robin Appleton (35 runs) joined us from Sheffield.


Thanks to all of those who chose to visit Bushy for the first time, and returning tourists too!


parkrunner of the week!

In this feature, I pick a ‘parkrunner of the week’, where a parkrunner will get their name in lights if they receive the same position token number as the event number for any particular week!

As it was event number 676, the parkrunner who finished with token 676 was… Sharon Lee! Sharon set a new PB of 26:20 on her 16th Bushy parkrun, taking 21 seconds off her previous best, perhaps the support of our 26 minute pacer helped! Sharon’s only away parkrun was at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, and she made her debut at Bushy on 23rd January 2016.


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Stat Attack  

It’s all about the number two, as we have two notable stats for this edition of Stat Attack…

Ralph Blackbourn highlighted this spooky coincidence on his result on Saturday…   He ran a time of 22:00 He was the 220th male finisher And it was his 220th run!   I love these random numerical quirks; so many different variables have to fall into place to make it happen! If only the pacer Ian Fullen had finished ahead of Ralph, he would have ruined this sequence!

Ralph B


It’s been two years since we moved to the new ‘Butterfly course’! We began a new chapter at Bushy parkrun on 18th April 2015, with our first run on the new course, as 1249 runners toed the line on Lime Avenue for the first time. I’m sure most of us have got very used to the new course now, as it was our 107th run on the new course on Saturday as 1414 runners set off on Lime Avenue.

I had to share this wonderful sketch that Owen Delaney drew of the new course that we are now familiar with… the 2k turn off Cobbler’s Walk, the halfway point, Teddington Gate turn at 2 miles, and of course the final run for home departing Cobbler’s walk for the second time!


Bushy course by Owen Delaney

Owen's excellent sketch of the Butterfly course


Now for the results and stats bit!      


The results bit  

The first two finishers were both parkrun debutants, as Liverpool Harrier Daniel Jarvis ran 14:57 (86.62%), followed by Lachlan McArthur of Melbourne University AC, who posted a time of 15:51 (84.86%). Daniel’s time of 14:57 was the second fastest ever time on the new(ish) ‘butterfly course’, and the fastest Bushy parkrun time since October 31st 2015 (14:56 courtesy of Mohamed Mohamed), becoming the 20th man to run a sub 15 time at Bushy. The third registered finisher was Sittingbourne Strider Anthony Jackson, running 16:25 (78.98%) on his 199th parkrun (172 runs at Bushy). A further five registered runners posted sub 17 times: Josh Mutch (16:31), Neil Wellard (16:36), Ted Mockett (16:43), Will Barker (16:57) and James Quinlan (16:58).


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First finisher Daniel 


There were some speedy juniors this time, the fastest being Benjamin Dibley from Thames Turbo Triathlon, as he ran a new PB of 17:42 (78.63%) on his tenth parkrun for his first sub-18 time. The next four juniors were all running here for the first time: Harvey Dunmore (17:48 – 78.18%), Mahiis Hersi (18:51 – 76.92%), Najiib Hersi (19:20 – 79.14%), and George Rowland (19:26 – 72.98%). The next three juniors also posted sub 20 times, well done to: Kieran Desmond (19:37), Ethan Newton (19:44), Thomas Beare (19:46)


The first registered female finisher back to the big tree was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Kate Brown, running 17:49 (83.07%) on her 32nd parkrun (18 runs at Bushy), next was Olympian Mara Yamauchi, posting 18:41 (83.59%) on her eighth parkrun (six at Bushy). Gen Huss was the third female back to the big tree, setting a new PB of 19:29 (75.96%) on her fourth run here (25 runs overall). Isabel Livesey (19:46) and Polly Adams (19:59) completed the sub 20 finishers.

The aforementioned Isabel Livesey (JW11-14) was the first junior girl home, running 19:46 for an outstanding 79.51% age grading on her 113th Bushy parkrun (117 runs overall). She has certainly hit a purple patch in 2017, as it was her sixth consecutive parkrun PB at Bushy… for the sixth consecutive week! Since the start of the year she has lowered her personal best by 81 seconds, taking seven seconds off this time. Well done Isabel! The next female junior to finish was Imogen King (JW11-14), who also set a new PB of 20:01 (79.77%) on her 145th Bushy lap (156 runs overall). Just behind Imogen was Jessica Mayer (JW11-14), running 20:02 (79.70%) on her 24th parkrun (17 runs at Bushy). Another three juniors posted sub 21 times, well dome to: Anisa Ibrahim (20:11), Helena Samarasinghe (20:40) and Mira Padmanabhan (20:58).


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Highest age grading scorers

The firm going helped produce some fast times, and some high age grading percentages, as a baker’s dozen of you achieved over 80% for the age grading!   Jane Davies (VW65-69) ran 24:41 to earn 87.31%, first finisher Daniel Jarvis (SM20-24) scored 86.62% from his time of 14:57, Polly Adams (VW50-54) ran 19:59 for 84.90%, and parkrun debutant Lachlan McArthur (VM35-39) scored 84.86% from his time of 15:51. A further nine parkrunners had a percentage in the 80s, well done to: Bea Downey (83.73%), Peter Moysey (83.67%), Mara Yamauchi (83.59%), Kate Brown (83.07%), Sue Lambert (82.10%), Shirley Buckley (81.40%), Michael White (80.96%), Ceri Tapper (80.52%), and Ted Mockett (80.46%).   For more information on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ


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Stats of the day

There were 1414 parkrunners! – 1330 identified, 84 unknown (6% of field).

How many?

  • Of the 1330 identified parkrunners, there were:
  • 227 PBs (17.1% of field) of which 15 have completed 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 189 Bushy first timers (14.2% of field) of which 79 were parkrun first timers (5.9% of field)
  • 72 runners aged 10 or under (5.4%), 146 aged 11-19 (11%), 107 aged 20-29 (8.1%)
  • 223 runners aged 30-39 (16.8),
  • 201 Juniors aged under 18 (15.1%) and 206 Seniors aged 18-34 (15.5%)
  • 923 Vets (69.4%) of which 141 are 35-39, 362 are 40-49, 309 are 50-59, 111 are 60+
  • 776 males (58.3%) and 554 females (41.7%)
  • Most common male age group was 50-54 (121 runners)
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (85 runners)
  • 303 club runners (22.8% of field) from 99 different clubs and 1027 unattached (77.22%)
  • Top 6 clubs: Stragglers (71 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (17), Ranelagh Harriers (13), 26.2 RRC (10), SHAEF Shifters (10) and St Mary’s Richmond AC (10).


How fast?

  • Of the 1414 finishers, there were:
  • 87 sub 20 mins, 441 20:00-24:59, 495 25:00-29:59 and 391 over 30 mins
  • Top 10% time: 20:51, Average times: Median: 26:41, Mean: 27:34
  • Finishers per minute: 20-30 mins: 72, 88, 79, 119, 83, 114, 94, 109, 89, 89, 76
  • 519 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 103.8 per minute
  • 119 finishers in the 23rd minute, 114 in the 25th, and 109 in the 27th
  • 153 parkrunners achieved over 70% age grading, 13 over 80%
  • Average age grading of 57.68% from the identified field of 1330


How many parkruns?

  • 103817 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1330, averaging 78.06 parkruns each
  • 608 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (45.7% of identified field), of which
  • 220 members of the 50 club (16.5%)
  • 304 members of the 100 club (22.9%)
  • 80 members of the 250 club (6.0% of field)
  • 4 members of the 500 club (0.3% of field) – Richard Fletcher (541 runs), John Hanscomb (529), Paul Killick (529), and Ramona Thevenet (500).


That’s all for now, until next time!


Bushy parkrun #676 - 15th April 2017 (29)


Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch


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Run Report Event 675 – 8th April 2017

The Nice and Sunny One


What an absolutely glorious day greeted us on Saturday. Light winds, bright sunlight and clear blue skies. A truely splendid parkrun morning.



Entering the park at Church grove and running the first K in reverse up towards the start is my preferred warm up route and it's always nice to see other park runners along the way. I enjoy the sense of anticipation and general hum of conversation as other runners meet and greet friends at the playground area. It always surprises me how quickly our disparate group of merry runners gathers into an orderly formation, ready for the off at 09.00.

And They're off

Saturday also marked the 170th running of the Grand National at Aintree and while we couldn't offer a share of the £561,000 prize money there were a few nice cup cakes and brownies floating around at the finish. Our total of 1146 runners and riders were chomping at the bit and ready for the off. We were expertly corralled by first time clark of the course ( sorry run director ) Simon Lane who managed to keep us all reined in as we jockeyed for position. Simon had us under starters orders and the flag was raised at exactly 09.00am.Simon was an enthusiastic adopter of the step ladder technique, first patented I think, by Ray Coward.


Now, if ever you wanted an odds on favourite at Bushy you wouldn't go far wrong with Anthony Jackson. Before today Anthony had finished first past the post on no less than 49 occasions. He duly made it 50 this morning in a time of 16 minutes 20 seconds on his 198 run. Anthony has run 171 times at Bushy and has also been first finisher at seven other park runs. He has been first finisher in more than a quarter of his runs. A fantastic achievement.


A fabulous way to experience just how quick our fastest athletes run is to volunteer for the lead bike role. It's probably the only way the vast majority of us will get round the course in under 17 minutes and is an exhilarating volunteer role. Just be ready to keep ahead of the lead runners because they really do motor along.


At the other end of the event but no less important is the tail runner role. If you're carrying a knock or just fancy a gentle walk / jog around the course at the back of the field it's a very enjoyable but vital position. You also get a run credit and it's quite an honour to finish in the lanterne rouge position.


If you don't fancy signing up to volunteer officially you can always help with the sorting of the used finish tokens for a few minutes after your run. It's a very jolly way to chat with other runners whilst struggling to read the small numbers on the tokens!


Eventually they end up neatly ordered and ready to go again.


We even have an officially labelled finish token table. An event this slick doesn't just fall together!


I would wholeheartedly recommend trying out a volunteer role, it's a great way to see the other side of parkrun and you'll be surprised at just how often you get a valid excuse to drink Processo at 10 o'clock in the morning!

Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Archie ADAMS, Tony BAKER, Tom BARRETT, Andy BARRETT, Sam BARRETT, Romit BASU, Nick BLANCHARD, Jennifer BROGAN, Jamie CHAPMAN, Adam CONSTABLE, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Joe DAVIS, Julian DIAMOND, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Sheila FERGUSSON, Toby FLETCHER, George FORD, Ray FRANKS, Janice FRANKS, Sarah FRASER, Katy FURBER, Dean FURBER, Luke HARVEY, Gill HIGGINS, Libby HORAN, Jackie HORAN, Jonathan HUGHES, Carol JENNINGS, Simon LANE, Ravi LOBO, Yue MAN, Stephen MARFLEET, Fiona MCANENA, Jackie MELIA, Trevor MITCHELL, Diane MULLEN, Ethan MULLEN, Rob PHILLIPS, Rosie QUIRE, Rosie RENDALL, Nick ROWE, Nick SAVILL, Duncan SCOBLE, Julie SMITH, Wendy STOKES, Alex TICKELL, Ellie WATERS, Anne WOODS, Poppy WRIGHT

email Pat McGrath at if you fancy giving it a go.

The New Runners Bit


The new runner's briefing is always attended by a mixture of brand new park runners and those visiting from other events. On Saturday we had visitors from around the UK as well as Wendy and Simon Yates and their daughter Giverny all the way from Valhalla run in South Africa. Wendy is the run director at that event. South Africa has fully embraced the parkrun ethos and they now have 100 events. Amazingly 21 of those events have record attendances of over a thousand runners. The North Beach event had an attendance of 1933 in February of this year and the highest ever number of runners for an event in South Africa was at the now sadly discontinued Voortrekker Monument which had a total of 2060 for it's last run. Also visiting from South Africa were Mike and Sally Sage from Johannesburg.

A little closer to home Sarah and Matt Curtin were visiting from Plymvalley in Plymouth.


 How we all did

So, on this lovely morning we had 1146 runners of whom 81were unregistered ( DFYB ) There were 444 females and 621 males.

We had a high number of PB's, 189 of you ran your quickest times ever at Bushy, very well done to everyone for those.


50 club: 175 runners

100 club: 246 runners

250 club: 70 runners

500 club: 2 runners


Juniors ( age10 - 17 ) 120 runners

Seniors ( age 18 - 34) 186 runners

veterans ( age 35 - 89 ) 759 runners


17 of you managed the faintly ridiculous achievement of an age grading above 80%

Hats off to;

Sam Bodoano - 85.93%

Paul Stuart-Smith - 85.21%

Philip Pearson - 85.11%

Mara Yamauchi - 84.80%

Bea Downey - 83.40%

Sue Lambert - 82.92%

Alex Parsons - 82.70%

Laurence Duffy - 82.67%

Julie Haworth - 81.76%

Paul O'Callaghan - 81.46%

Malcolm Fletcher - 81.34%

Andrew Keane - 80.92%

Jessica Meyer - 80.84%

Shirley Buckley - 80.48%

Olukorede Fasina - 80.33%

Michael Philip White - 80.27%

Andy Goddard - 80.18%


Fastest folk

First finishers for the men

Anthony Jackson in 16:20

Matt Reed in 16:28

Paul O'Callaghan in 16:38


For the women

Mara Yamauchi in 18:25 ( a new PB )

Hannah Novakovic in 18:51

Emma Haley in 19:42


Big numbers


50 club

We have two new members joining the 50 club today. Both Andy Shipley and Rob Wakeling started their parkrun careers at roughly the same time in the autumn of 2015 and both have stayed faithful to Bushy by doing all their runs there. Big congratulations to you both.

Andy is a visually impaired runner and has run 40 times with his guide Jonathan Huges. His other guides have been Andy Finch and Claire Treliving. Andy would like to encourage more visually impaired runners to give parkrun a try. It's worth noting that we have more guides than visually impaired runners at the moment so there really is no excuse! Plus we have a spanking new set of orange bibs for the guides too!


100 Club

We have three new members of the iconic 100 club today. Wendy Stokes, Richard Jeffries and Graham Robin Saunders.

Richard started his parkrun career as long ago as 2006 and has run all of his 100 at Bushy. He achieved his super quick PB of 19:39 in February of last year.

Graham first ran in 2009 and ran his PB of 24:27 in September 2012. He's strayed from Bushy just twice, both times at our near neighbour Kingston.

Wendy started parkrun in 2014 and has run 96 times at Bushy. She has also run three times at Kingston and once at Richmond Park. Wendy ran her PB today in a time of 24:17, especially for her 100th. She was busy this morning having also given the New Runners Briefing before we all set off.


On a more negative note for Wendy, she also has the distinct misfortune of being married to me. No wonder she runs so much!

250 Club - no new members

500 Club - no new members

10 Club

Reece Morgan - JM10   PB 27:26

Lotte Muir - JW15-17    PB 29:55

Christian Clark-Trew - JM11-14   PB 27:25

Very well done to you three. Next stop 50!


The Big 5-OO

We're all excited for Ramona Thevenet as she closes in on being the first female member of the hallowed 500 Club. Fingers crossed for next week!


What It's All About



At Christmas Steph Howarth, encouraged by her son Patrick, decided to try the couch to 5K programme. Nine weeks later she ran her first parkrun at Bushy. "it feels fantastic!" said Steph. Congratulations to you both.


Sunny finishers



Serious clipboard consultation


Other Happenings

After last week's run some of us went on an hour long CPR course in nearby Thames Ditton. It was run by Michelle Ashwell who is a specialist nurse, a parkrun ambassador and event director at South Oxhey. Somehow she managed to find time in her busy schedule to impart some of her extensive knowledge to us during a very informative and enjoyable session.





As Run Director Simon reminded us all before this week's run, we also have a portable defibrillator situated at the start area of our run at Bushy.



Coffee and Cake

Don't forget, there's always time for coffee and cake at the Pheasantry after your run.


...especially if theres some hardcore number crunching to do!



And Finally...

huge congratulations to some of our regulars who ran the Brighton marathon in very hot conditions on Sunday;

Rob Jones
Ian Fullen
Nick Rowe
Rachel Lonergan
Julian Diamond
Ioan Smith
Emma Wingate
Zoe Faiz
Aaron Chai



Nick finished in the fantastic time of 3:28:21

I could be wrong but I think that's like running eight and a half parkruns at about 25 minutes each.







See you on Saturday.

Duncan Scoble

P.S. Thank you to Rodney for the stats.


Run Report Event 674 – 1st April 2017

Spring has well and truly sprung. The few clouds that hung around couldn’t mask the fact it was getting warmer and despite a fairly strong breeze – which certainly made the second half of the run harder than the first (well for me anyway), conditions were good underfoot for the 674th Bushy Parkrun. Run director Andy Wingate gave the pre-run introductions and welcomes to some notable tourists and visitors. The 1,087 runners were so keen to start that we’d lined up a few meters back from the official start, so all of you who got PB’s by a second you owe a special thank you to the Volunteers who noticed our collective error.

Numbers were slightly down on the last few weeks which could be explained by many of the local schools breaking up and families getting away for early breaks but still well into 4 figures.

Last week throughout the world there were an incredible 915 parkruns with a further 155 Junior events (a record) with overall total participants of 201,852 runners and 12,707 volunteers. Enough to fill the Nou Camp Stadium twice over with the remainder filling the Stoop rugby ground – just hope everyone would get to shower first!


The event today couldn’t have happened without the 40 Volunteers – your help really is appreciated.


The volunteers this week were Archie ADAMS, Sam BARRETT, Romit BASU, Nick BLANCHARD, Ann COWARD, Ray COWARD, Joe DAVIS, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Colette DORAN, Ashleigh FERRIS, Toby FLETCHER, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Dean FURBER, Emma HALEY, Catherine HAUGHNEY, Libby HORAN, Lucy KATESMARK, Jack KENNEDY, Ali KENNEDY, Ravi LOBO, Yue MAN, Ethan MANN, Steve MILLER, Denise MITCHELL, Diane MULLEN, Ethan MULLEN, Alan NOLAN-DAVIES, Oliver NOLAN-DAVIES, Rosie QUIRE, Nick ROWE, Jill SMITH, Wendy STOKES, Lucy THATCHER, Alex TICKELL, Michael TROTT, Ellie WATERS,Andrew John WINGATE, Poppy WRIGHT and Fran WYLDE


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 and he can give any guidance about the roles he can. Since Bushy started 1,505 people have volunteered on 13,863 occasions and each and every one is very much appreciated.



The Runners


Of the 1,087 finishers we welcomed 81 first timers to the birthplace of parkrun and hope to see all of you back again soon. Despite the wind the conditions were good and we saw an impressive 132 runner’s record Bushy PB’s.  82 different running clubs had runners represented.


We have now seen 37,701 different runners take part in Bushy parkrun and these athletes have now completed 413,141 events and during this time we have seen 60,491 PB’s. In 2017 alone in the first 3 months (and a day) 4,939 runners have completed 15,747 runs.


We had 3 members of the 500 club at our parkrun today, along with 68 members of 250 club, 277 in the 100 club and a further 159 50 club runners.


A huge number of 98 runners either hadn’t registered or committed that dreaded event of forgetting their bar-code #DFYB. Of the 989 of us who brought along their bits of paper, plastic, wristbands 571 of them were male and 418 females.




Of the amazing 132 runners who achieved their PB’s today there were a number who got a PB having completed 100 parkruns or more, congrats to all of them!



Isabel LIVESEY 19:59 JW11-14 St Mary's Richmond AC 115
Robin BOON 19:27 VM45-49 - 129
David GOODENOUGH 20:03 VM50-54 - 129
Jim HOLDER 23:06 VM40-44 - 147
Michael SMITH 26:59 VM65-69 - 171
Neil CATCHLOVE 17:52 VM40-44 Lordshill Road Runners 200
Tom HIGGS 15:55 SM20-24 South London Harriers 227
David GANNON 24:49 JM15-17 - 235
Matthew BAILEY 23:30 VM40-44 Bramley Trail Runners 250
Aaron CHAI 19:32 VM35-39 Reading Roadrunners 259

Matthew BAILEY celebrated his 250th with a Bushy best on his second run here as was Tom HIGGS and NEIL CATCHLOVE. David GOODENOUGH was on his 3rd Bushy run and Robin BOON his 6th. Michael SMITH is an Ashton Court regular (a course which has an incredibly tough uphill first half and then back down the hill in the second) and this was his 8th Bushy event.


Aaron CHAI broke the 20 minute barrier for the first time on his 17th Bushy event – the long winter miles for his forthcoming marathon also paying dividends on the shorter events.


David GANNON however has completed 105 events here and has achieved PB’s in his last 2 events here having not seen the magic letters since May 2015. Jim HOLDER ran his PB on his 138th Bushy event and a first PB since the end of April last year.

Last but certainly not least is the amazing Isabel LIVESEY who is in the JW 11-14 category. On her 115th event and 111 of which have been here managed to get sub 20 for the first time with a brilliant 19:59 – this must have been even sweeter having just missed sub 20 last week with 20:00 – well done Isabel and I’m sure there will be many more PB’s in the years to come.



This Saturday saw no new members join the 500 club but we won’t have to wait long with 2 of our regulars hitting the big 500 very soon. Ramona THEVENET now needs just 2 more runs whilst John WOODS who needs to complete 3 more runs to earn his blue shirt.


Matthew BAILEY visited the birthplace of parkrun for the 2nd time to celebrate his 250th event, he has done a number of different events but most of his runs have been his 204 at Basingstoke where his all-time best is 22:40


Joining the 100 club we had an impressive 8 runners, six of whom were Bushy regulars – welcome to black t-shirt club to Robin Mark WALPOLE (93 at Bushy), Caroline PRESTON (all 100 with us), Phil STOCKER (79), Zoe GILKS (91), Estelle BOWDEN (91) and Jamie PARKES (99).


We were pleased to see Bushy debuts from new Centurions Barrie John NICHOLLS and Rich GREEN – hope you enjoyed it lads.


We had 6 runners join the 50 club – Caitriona ARMSTRONG (49 at Bushy), Mandy COOPER (all here), Steve CARPENTER (48), Doug PEMBLE (39), Michael THOROGOOD (37) and Michael CHRISTER (41). Special well done to the two Michaels who combined the 50 celebrations with PB’s


For our juniors getting his 10 shirt was George BEAL.


Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing the new shirts soon.




For the men both the first and third finishers committed the cardinal parkrun sin of having no barcode so our first registered finisher was Tom HIGGS of South London Harriers (SM20-24) in 15:55 on his second run with us – this was also an overall parkrun PB on Tom’s 227th event. Ben SENDALL (SM20-24) of Wycombe Phoenix Harriers & AC was second finisher with a barcode in 16:13 on his first Bushy run – a time which was also his best parkrun ever and next was Matt ATKINS (VM 40-44) with 16:40 on his 23rd parkrun.


The female first back to the big tree was Kate TOWERTON (SW30-34) of Winchester & District AC  in 18:17 and 24th overall – her 3rd first finish in 4 runs here, second over the line was the previously mentioned Isabel LIVESEY (JW11-14) of St Mary’s Richmond AC, (77th overall) finishing with a PB 19:59, Zoe BIRCENOUGH (VW40-44) was third (83rd overall) in 20:10.


Best age grade performances of the day were by Matt ATKINS (VM40-44) who was graded 83.10% with 16:40 and 3rd registered male finisher as we’ve seen above. Bea DOWNEY (VW 50-54) scored 82.61% for her 21:05, next was first finisher Tom HIGGS scored 81.88% and second woman was Polly ADAMS with 81.70% (VW 50-54) for her 20:46.


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 674 at Bushy so claiming token 674 was Kirin TAYLOR of Kingfisher Triathletes (VW35-39) who ran 28:36 on her 143rd event and this was her 134th lap of the park.

The average finish time of all Bushy parkrun is 26:33 and hitting the time on the nail was Houram HAKI (VM45-49) on her 21st event all of which have been at Bushy

As today is 1/4 in position 14 was Neil Catchlove (VM40-44) running 17:52 on his 200th event, this was his second visit here and a course best. This time was only 10 seconds off his all-time best, set at his home course of Southampton.

Its always good to get a PB and even better when it’s a landmark time – so well done to Jackie WILLIAMS (VW 60-64) who snaked under the half hour with 29:59 on her 18th parkrun – 17 of which have been here.

As we’ve seen already last weekend throughout the world we had 915 parkrun events. So in position 915 we had Phoebe Ann CAPRENTER (JW15-17) who ran 32:58 on her 37th run all of which have been at Bushy ….. plus 6 junior events also here. In the UK we had 443 events and getting that token was Christopher JENNER with 25:45 (VM50-54) on his 113th event – all but one at Bushy – the other being Nonsuch.

Well done to all.

The Joy of Spectating

Almost every weekend recently has seen our local area hosting a series of running events on Sunday mornings in parks, roads and by the river from 10K’s to half marathons and even the odd 20 miler. Having run a few of these it’s always brilliant to see a friendly parkrun face en-route – either running or spectating. Many of us have marathons coming in the next few weeks and even more will be lining the routes especially in London to cheer on our fellow parkrunners. Having run a few marathons and spectated a few more I can say it can be as tiring spending hours on your feet cheering on the steady stream of runners trying to spot our friends and clubmates as actually pounding the 26.2 miles (well almost). As a runner this support really is appreciated and makes a huge difference especially when things get a bit tough.

This week I got the programme for my Brighton marathon next week and was delighted to see many of our Bushy regulars highlighted as the face of race spectating - they have set the bar for us all to follow in the coming weeks. Well done Stefan, Katrin, Rachel and Emma (and Michael who was cruelly edited out of the printed version).

Good luck to everyone running events in the next few weeks and a big thank you in advance to those spectating, your support really does make a difference.

One person who has already run a marathon was someone who very much used to be a regular at Bushy, Andrius JAKSEVICIUS. He was a regular top three finisher here and this weekend also came in the top three at the Manchester marathon, running an amazing 2.24!

Welcome to barkrun

Bushy is often the founder of all that’s new in parkrun, and whilst we will be the first in the UK to bring in the latest introduction, it's St Annes in Dublin who claimed the world’s first on this new innovation. After much feedback from dog owners and especially those with more than one canine friend we will introduce barkrun. The event will start at the same time but restrictions on numbers of dogs and the requirements for leads to be used will be lifted and after a number of requests canine barkrun barcodes will be issued for the first time with special bones to be given after the usual 50, 100 & 250 events and a special prize for puppies completing 10.

Obviously this will be a special event and will therefore only take place when the 1st April falls on a Saturday :-) (and hopefully by then everyone will have forgotten we ever said this!)

Have a good week

Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s event – have a good week and see you all by the fountain same time next Saturday.


Nick Rowe


Run Report Event 673 – 25th March 2017

The Sunny One

The first Bushy parkrun of spring and the sun was out and the sky blue. Indeed the weatherman had said fine today bringing 1,212 people out on this beautiful March morning. Whilst there were no clouds to spoil the view, a keen east wind took the edge off the temperature.

We had a full team of 52 volunteers out this week, including Ali Kennedy as our Run Director with daughter Leonie as timekeeper and Ann Coward and Yue Man coordinating the volunteers. Meanwhile Leonie’s twin sister Sacha was at the finish line of the double funnel ensuring no-one stopped on the line and letters were handed out quickly and calmly. In the absence of Nick B at the business end of the funnel – we missed you Nick – we had Ray Coward to keep order and ensure everything worked smoothly. Brilliant team work as ever from all the volunteers on the funnel to cope with the masses of runners crossing the line.


Michael Trott was on Lead Bike this week, with an expert team of scanners comprising Mike Tivnen, Graham Titcombe, Alex Tickell, Anna-Lina Moerking and Pedro Das Gupta.

Talking of experts, they don’t get much more so than Janice Franks and Carol Dickinson handing out 1,212 tokens between them. Ever wondered what happens if a token goes missing? Well unfortunately they do almost every week (DFtHYTB - Don’t Forget to Hand Your Token Back) and when they do someone has to make a new one – step forward Ray Franks, funnel and token management supremo.



F is for Fun in the funnel - the joy of getting a letter

Full list of volunteers this week: Archie ADAMS, Sam BARRETT, Jamie CHAPMAN, Lou COAKER, Ray COWARD, Ann COWARD, Pedro DAS GUPTA, Joe DAVIS, Carol Margaret DICKINSON, Emma DICKINSON, Lorraine DILLAMORE, George FORD, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Dean FURBER, Helen GARDINER, Dom GRANT, James GREEN, Jonathan HARRIS, Luke HARVEY, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Timothy JACOB, Naomi JOHNS, Lucy KATESMARK, Leonie KENNEDY, Richard KENNEDY, Ali KENNEDY, Sacha KENNEDY, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Tracey LENTHALL, Ravi LOBO, Yue MAN, Ethan MANN, Alish MARCHANT, Anna-Lina MOERKING, Andrew MORRISON, Jeremy PALMER, Rosie QUIRE, Eddie ROBERTSON, Julie SMITH, Lucy THATCHER, Alex TICKELL, Graham TITCOMBE, Mike TIVNEN, Claire TRELIVING, Michael TROTT, Alexander WEATHERSTONE

If anyone fancies a go at volunteering, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at


Some of this week's volunteers and runners

First timers and tourists

We had the equivalent of a bus load of parkrun first timers with 60 people choosing 25th March 2017 to do their first parkrun – what a fine  day to choose - and there were 55 tourists making their first visit to Bushy.

Jan Kaiser (247 runs) and son Finn (20 runs) had travelled from Norwich parkrun. Meanwhile Finlay Pennington (172 runs) was visiting from Inverness and more recently has been running on Teesside. We had a couple of big club groups making the pilgrimage to the cradle of parkrun – Stopsley Striders Jogging Club from Luton brought 10 runners, Farnham Runners had 7 people running and biggest of all Riverside Rebels were 22 strong with a number of first timers.



Mark Eagleton (104 runs) had chosen Bushy to do his 50th different parkrun – what’s known as a half cowell, so named after Chris Cowell the first person to do 100 different parkruns. Becky and Peter Laurence (163 and 150 runs) were visiting from Riddlesdown parkrun near Croydon. Elisabeth Peck (134 runs) and Claire Goldstone (131 runs) were visiting from Thetford AC and normally run at Brandon Country Park parkrun in the Thetford Forest (sounds lovely!)


There were three generations of one family all running their first ever parkrun today and not only that, they were visiting from Belgium where sadly there are no parkruns yet. Granddaughter Iris ((JW10) ran with grandfather Daniel (VM75-79) and dad Joel. After the run, Iris whose time was 35:17 said it was very easy and couldn’t wait to do another, and is hoping they might get parkrun in Belgium.


Personal Bests

There were 180 personal bests this week, up on normal but not unusual given the relatively good conditions. Of the Bushy regulars, Lyndsey Gardner (244 runs) managed to knock over a minute off her PB in 27:54 – a full 7 years since her last PB. Have some cake Lyndsey! Congratulations to William Willett (205 runs) on a PB of 20:34 knocking 9 seconds of his old one from October. Well done too to Samantha Fagg (145 runs) on her PB of 26:31 after 4 years waiting and first time under 27 minutes. Mark McKinnion (121 runs) managed a PB of 17:49 in his 93rd time at Bushy and he was 7th finisher. Neil Stewart (118 runs) achieved a 3rd run in a row under 20 minutes and a PB of 19:43. Junior runner Isabel Livesey (114 runs) managed her 3rd PB in a row in a great time of 20:00 exactly, (oh for one more second – next week Isabel!). Wendy Stokes (98 runs) ran a PB time of 24:37, nearly 2 years since her last one. Finally junior runner Jovun Bath (87 runs all at Bushy) ran a PB time of 22:50. Well done to all the runners who managed a PB this week.


Useless fact of the week

The biannual ritual of the clocks took place this week of course – do people actually forget to do this? This all started in 1916 after a campaign by a builder called William Willett, from Farnham. I wonder if he’s related to his namesake who ran a PB this week? Various ideas to extend the concept have been mooted including moving the clocks on an hour for the whole of year so we are on the same time as Central Europe. This has been opposed by some in the north of the UK partly because it would still be dark at 10am in winter but would have the benefit of very light evenings in the summer. If the Union is ever broken, the idea may return.


There were no runners reaching the landmark 500 parkruns this week, although bubbling under are Ramona Thevenet on 497 and John Woods on 496 – not long now for those coveted blue shirts.

250 club  We had two people reach the magic 250 this week, Bev Williams and Candy Taylor. Bev has completed 210 runs at Bushy with her first one way back on 3 January 2009. Candy has completed 247 runs at Bushy with her first on 9 February 2008 having ventured three times outside south west London to SW England at Exeter Riverside and Killerton parkruns. Bev has delved into international parkrunning with visits to South Africa and France. Bev visited parkrun des Dougnes, Cubezais near Bordeaux in the summer of 2015 and achieved 12th place, just ahead of Donald and Joy Bell that day (more of them later). There were 16 runners that day.  This parkrun has had 96 runs and looking at the historique du footing (event history) they get about eight parkrunners on average each week, and twice in their history just one parkrunner turned up – first finisher and tail runner on the same day. The neighbouring parkrun de Mandavit to the south of Bordeaux, had only eight parkrunners this week, and three volunteers on hand! The week before they had just two runners and one of those was “inconnu”. The first finisher was timed 30:12. Maybe we should have a Bushy trip to Bordeaux to give them a boost. Bushy to Bordeaux anyone?

100 club We had three people celebrating 100 runs this week. Step forward and order your black shirts: Richard Evans, Nicola Short and Laura Baker. Bubbling under are Estelle Bowden, Zoe Gilks, Robin Walpole and Peter Tozer.

50 Club Six runners reached 50 this week. Stephanie Brooksbank, David Pearmain, Joshua Coppellotti, Liz Savage, Christina Shepherd and Mark Layzell can all now wear red. Mark was a first time visitor with friends from Stopsley Jogging



Josh on his 50th run

10 Club  Four juniors achieved 10 runs and can order their pristine white shirts: Thomas Shearman, Emily Coulson (PB as well), Theo Butcher, and Claudia Hurley.


First home to the Bushy Park oak tree was Craig Jarman in 16:52. Second home was David Grima in a PB time of 17:00 in his 117th parkrun. Third finisher was Lewis Banner in 17:05. First female was Isabel Clark in a PB time of 18:02 and 10th overall, followed by Claire Grima, making it a Grima family double,in 18:20 and third home was Sarah Hazel in 18:34. For the junior ladies, first finisher was Ella Fryer in 19:53 followed by Isabel Livesey in a PB time of 20:00 and Carla Novakovic in 20:20. Fantastic running all round. For the junior boys, first finisher was Joshua Poncia in 18:34 followed by Dominic Rhodes in 19:03 and Ethan Newton in 19:34.

Age Gradings

A total of seven runners exceeded the 80% age grading mark: Simon Bean, Claire Grima, Isabel Clark, Bea Downey, Julie Haworth, Laurence Duffy and Ella Fryer.

Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #672

There were 1212 parkrunners – 1140 identified, 72 unknown (DFYB!) (6% of the field). How many?

Of the 1140 identified parkrunners, there were:

    • 132 Juniors aged under 18 (12%) and 183 Seniors aged 18-34 (16%)
    • 825 Vets (72%) of which 112 are 35-39, 327 are 40-49, 277 are 50-59, 84 are 60-69, 23 are 70+ and 2 are 80+
    • 686 males (60%) and 454 females (40%)

 Weather conditions

      • Umbrella quotient:  0 out of 5
      • Temperature: 8˚C, sunny, cool east wind

How fast?

Of the 1140 identified finishers, there were:

    • 63 runners sub 20 mins (5%),
    • 362 between 20:00-24:59 (32%)
    • 408 25:00-29:59 (36%)
    • 307 over 30 mins (27%
    • Midpoint time: 26:36

Wonder Woman turned up at Bushy this week, in the shape of Mark Layzell of Stopsley Striders Jogging Club– possibly one of the more hirsute Wonder Women on the scene. Mark was on a mission to complete all 47 parkruns in London in a year and this was No 37 and all for Keech Hospice Care covering Beds, Herts and Milton Keynes. Mark had chosen to come to Bushy to complete his 50th parkrun and the following day was celebrating his 50th birthday. So far he has raised £1300. Good luck with the mission Mark and happy birthday.


Mark was not the only person celebrating 50. The lovely Donald and Joy Bell were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Both in their 70s, Donald and Joy are regulars at Bushy with Donald having completed 178 runs and Joy not far behind on 169.  Many congratulations to Donald and Joy.


And finally, we have a number of dogs running at Bushy parkrun, and one of my favourites, and a good breed for the role, is the Beagle. I managed to catch parkrun stalwart Leah with owner Alex Hankey just after her latest run. Leah positively revels in running. Mother Missy has now been retired having reaching the grand age of nine, but Leah continues the tradition and Alex uses a full harness to capture her power and keep Leah on the straight and narrow.


If you want to see any more photos of the day please have a look at the Bushy Photo page at

Happy parkrunning.

Andrew Howarth

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