It was a grey and very blustery morning in the Royal Park for event number 612, but 988 of you were not be deterred! It was the first time since 2nd January we didn’t have a four figure attendance however! We had 62 Bushy debutants, of which 36 began their parkrun journey, a warm welcome to you all!
The double funnel: the longest parkrun funnel... in the world (approx 114 metres)
The 6th February was a significant date in my calendar as it was the anniversary of my first parkrun back in 2010. I remember wearing headphones for my first run – that was the only time I did, as it just didn’t feel right for me. Although I joined parkrun to improve my fitness, that’s not the reason I still come back for more each week; it’s definitely more about the people I’ve met along the way.
Whether you’ve have a good week or a really rubbish one, parkrun is always there for a pick-me-up every Saturday morning, catching up with your friends, in the fresh air, in beautiful surroundings, all for free. Why else would I get up so early on a cold Saturday morning? The few occasions I haven’t been at a parkrun on a Saturday morning, I do look at my watch at 9am and pause for thought, and I’m sure some of you have done the same!
Despite the wind, I enjoyed my run and it was good to catch up with a few people around the course. I spotted Ralph Blackbourn in the last 200 metres and I think we both gained a few seconds in the sprint finish! Sadly I just missed out on a prized funnel letter as it went to the lady in front of me in the funnel! There’s always next week! Zoe Riding did receive a letter however and she was particularly chuffed as you can see here!
Zoe Riding collects letter J in the double funnel!
Leonie Kennedy was cool and calm on the timer, and even clicked five finishers at 25:53! It’s the second time she has achieved this feat, congratulations! Emma Wingate took the helm as Run Director, assisted by Volunteer co-ordinator Lucy Thatcher, whilst Jan Franks and Norman Taylor were giving out the tokens! In all a team of 45 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and he’d pleased to hear from you!
Leonie Kennedy poised on the timer clicking 988 parkrunners home
Full list of volunteers on the day:
Alex TICKELL • Ali KENNEDY • Amelia BUTCHER • Andy SIMMONDS • Carmen PALMER • Dave James GRIFFITHS • David STEWART • Ed Lea WRIGGLESWORTH • Eddie ROBERTSON • Ellie WALLWORK • Emilie HOWES • Emma Anne WINGATE • Ewen GIBSON • Freya MORRISON • Graham MORTIMER • Graham TITCOMBE • Hannah REID • Ian BLYTHE • Jake VAUGHAN • Janice FRANKS • Jonathan EVANS • Jonathan MAINWARING • Juliette JOWIT • Leonie KENNEDY • Lucy THATCHER • Luke HARVEY • Madeline THOMAS • Malcolm J TAYLOR • Marje SLADDEN • Matilda VAUGHAN • Matthew HARVEY • Nick BLANCHARD • Nicola LOVEGROVE • Norman TAYLOR • Orla LYONS • Paul WOOD • Phil BLUER • Poppy WRIGHT • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Rob PHILLIPS • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Sandra WORTH • Will FORD • Yue MAN
Alex Tickell scanning barcodes
Without any further ado, let’s move on to this week’s headline makers and record breakers!
250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
There is now 488 members of the 250 club (47 of them were at Bushy this time), with the newest member being Tracy Fraser, well done! Tracy made her parkrun debut on 21st November 2009 at event 277, and she set her PB of 27:39 at event 322 on 18th September 2010. Of her 250 runs, 241 of them have been at Bushy, with six at Barnstaple, and one each at Chichester, Nonsuch Park and Maribyrnong parkrun – the latter being in Melbourne, Australia. Congratulations Tracy, hopefully you can order your forest green Tribesports 250 t-shirt very soon!
Tracy Fraser: newest member of the 250 club!
Three more parkrunners are closing in on this club: Ruth Hutton (249), Mike Taylor (247) and John Wilkins (247).
For the first time in absolutely ages there were no new members of the 100 club this week! On 98 not out are: Daniel Kintoff, Karen Burrows and Sharon Crichton.
Two Richards celebrated joining the 50 club and can look forward to ordering their red Tribesports 50 top very soon. Congratulations to: Richard Jefferies and Richard Bulkley! A further four of you are one run away from a half-century: James Morris, Alex Weber, Ciaran McConaghey and Sue Hellier.
There were three new members of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only), congratulations to: Samuel Beales, Lucy Atkins and Matthew Ronaldson – soon you can look forward to wearing your white Tribesports 10 t-shirt, congratulations!
Another eight junior parkrunners are one away from double figures: Maisie Jensen, Max Bailey, Zoe Brunskill, Sophie Desmond, Beatrice O’Riordan, Regan Mapletoft, Emma Strong and James Ronaldson.
It seems the wind blew some of your PB plans off course, as just two of you managed to set a new PB with at least 50 Bushy parkruns completed, congratulations to Ioan Smith and Jasper Bezzant!
Ioan Smith ran his first sub 20 time, running 19:49 on his 89th run here (90 runs overall), taking 13 seconds off his previous best set a fortnight earlier, well done Ioan! Jasper Bezzant ran 24:43 on his 54th run here (55 runs overall), taking a huge 85 seconds off his previous best, well done Jasper! I know he appreciated the support of Hayden Matthews, who was running with him and giving great encouragement! Andy Wingate was also encouraging a further two young junior runners to set new PBs as well! Excellent running and collective support, which is what it’s all about, well done guys!
York parkrun regular Robert Ward, of York Knavesmire Harriers, was our most experienced Bushy debutant, as he celebrated his 150th run with us! Robert has run 126 times at York, with plenty of other parkruns in Yorkshire, as well as Pollok parkrun in Glasgow and Portobello parkrun in Edinburgh. Rich Dixon was a first timer here on his 145th parkrun, and his home run is at Newcastle (122 runs), but like Robert he has done plenty of tourism around the UK.
From Norwich we welcomed John Scoggins (111 parkruns) for his first run at Bushy. John has run 26 times at Norwich parkrun, 22 times at Catton, and 12 at Finsbury Park. Sam White was another Bushy debutant, on his 104th parkrun, and is a regular at Longrun Meadow parkrun in Taunton with 80 runs there. Completing our quintet of 100 club Bushy debutants was Ricky Young, running for the brilliantly named The Fartlek Fliers. It was his 103rd run, and he usually runs at Arrow Valley parkrun in Redditch (90 runs).
Alan Lumb was another Bushy debutant on his 97th run, and his home run is Woodhouse Moor in Leeds (89 runs there). Thanks to all of the tourists for coming, and we hope you enjoyed your morning with us!
Michael Trott and David Papworth doing their post run stretch, very important!
parkrunner of the week!
In this relatively new 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 612, the parkrunner who finished with token 612 in a time of 28:48 was… David Worth! Having amassed 355 parkruns here (362 runs overall), David is one of our most experienced parkrunners! He made his debut at event 123 on 6th January 2007, running 27:45, and has a PB of 20:53 which he ran at event 485 on 12th October 2013. He has visited Nonsuch parkrun twice, and one run each at Finsbury Park, Milton Keynes, Black Park, Riddlesdown and Hackney Marshes. He has also volunteered on many occasions, and has been the timekeeper here on 24 occasions.
parkrun Performance Range
So, hands up if you were one of the lucky 500 who managed to order the newest parkrun t-shirt available from Tribesports? Available in apricot and in a full range of adult sizes, it is made from the same fit and material as the sought after club tops, and can be customised to feature your home run! More stock will be made available in the next few weeks, so I’m sure we will start seeing a lot more apricot at parkrun in coming weeks and months! And remember, all profits from the sale of the range go directly to parkrun, supporting the mission of a free run in any community that wants one. This is the first item available in the Tribesports parkrun Performance Range, and more will be released later this year!
Now for the results and stats bit!
The results bit
The first finisher was also a Bushy first timer, as Leeds City AC’s Alex Davy ran 16:40 (77.40%) on his 13th parkrun. Next was another Bushy debutant, as 100 club member John Scoggins ran 17:16 (75.97%) on his 111th parkrun for City of Norwich AC. The third registered finisher was the first junior home, as Aaron Farr ran 17:34 (76.85%) for St Mary’s Richmond AC on his 27th parkrun (26 at Bushy). The next three junior boys home all posted PBs, well done to: Reef Boericke (17:48), James Milton (18:19) and Kieran Desmond (18:34).
The first female finisher was a junior, as Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC athlete Hannah Novakovic ran 19:18 (78.32%) on her 23rd parkrun, with 18 of those at Bushy. Becca Neale also managed to dip under 20 minutes, posting 19:54 (74.37%) for Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers, and it was her 28th parkrun (23 at Bushy). The third female finisher was Walton AC’s Joanne Locker, and she ran 20:09 (75.43%) on her 11th parkrun (six at Bushy). After Hannah, the next two junior girls home were Imogen Deakin, who posted a 32 second PB, running 20:53 (77.97%), and Ranelagh Harrier Sacha Kennedy, who helped encourage Imogen to her PB and she ran 20:54 (76.40%) on her 63rd parkrun (51 at Bushy), well done girls!
Nick Blanchard on back gate funnel duty, with Jan Franks giving out the position tokens
Highest age grading scorers
The strong wind clearly had an effect on the age gradings, as no parkrunners achieved the magic 80% landmark! Bernie Mulvany (VM55-59) ran 19:37 to earn 79.69%, Polly Adams (VW50-54) scored 79.53% from her time of 21:05, and Mike Duggan (VM75-59) ran an outstanding 23:55, just three seconds shy of his PB here, earning him 79.23%. The highest junior age graders were Hannah Novakovic (78.32%), Reef Boericke (78.18%) and Imogen Deakin (77.97%).
For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ
With 21 runs completed in this ‘Bushy year’, the points tables are beginning to take shape The table began on the anniversary run on the first Saturday in October 2015, and will conclude at the end of September.
In pole position to receive the John Hanscomb trophy is Mark Gratton, as he leads the men’s points table with 4,959 points, and is 508 points ahead of Chris Brimacombe on 4,451 with Jeremy Langdon third on 4,331 – so as it stands the top three will be unchanged from last year! Five gents are yet to miss a run since the start of October: Jeremy Langdon, John Woods, Richard Fletcher, Ian Riley and Christopher Johnson!
Leading the women’s points table is junior parkrunner Sacha Kennedy, as she has amassed 4,651 points, and she has a slender nine point lead over Polly Adams on 4,642, with the current holder of the Sonia O’Sullivan salver, Ramona Thevenet, not far behind on 4,505 points. Three ladies have run every single Bushy parkrun since the anniversary run: Ramona Thevenet, Carmen Palmer and Sally Hazou!
Points are accumulated by the finishing position by gender for the respective tables, with the first male and female finishers receiving 250 points, the second finisher gets 249, third 248, etc. 250 points is awarded for the first three times you volunteer in the Bushy year between October and September. To find out more about the points tables and how it works, visit the parkrun support FAQ
Stats of the day
There were 988 parkrunners – 921 identified, 67 unidentified (6.8% of field).
- Of the 921 identified parkrunners, there were:
- 104 PBs (11% of field) of which 2 were runners with 50 Bushy parkruns or more
- 62 Bushy first timers (7% of field) of which 36 were parkrun first timers (4% of field)
- 124 Juniors aged under 18 (13.5%) and 125 Seniors aged 19-34 (13.5%)
- 672 Vets (73%) of which 79 are 35-39, 299 are 40-49, 228 are 50-59, 66 are 60+
- 539 males (58.5%) and 382 females (41.5%)
- Most common male age group was 45-49 (95 runners – 18% of all males),
- Most common female age group was 40-44 (66 runners – 17% of all females)
- 188 club runners (20% of field) from 58 different clubs and 733 unattached (80%)
- Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (62 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (12), Ranelagh Harriers (10), St Mary’s Richmond AC (10) and 26.2 RRC (7).
Of the 988 finishers, there were:
- 42 sub 20 mins (4%), 292 20:00-24:59 (29%), 366 25:00-29:59 (38%) and 288 over 30 mins (29%)
- Top 10% time: 21:36, Midpoint time: 27:16
- Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 31, 46, 61, 77, 77, 75, 62, 72, 91, 66
- 377 finishers between 24:00 and 28:59, average of 75.4 per minute
- 91 finishers in the 28th minute.
How many parkruns?
- 70851 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 921, averaging 76.6 parkruns each
- 447 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (48.5% of identified field), of which
- 180 members of the 50 club (19.5%)
- 220 members of the 100 club (23.4%)
- 47 members of the 250 club (4.6% of field) – Richard Fletcher (483 runs), John Hanscomb (481), Paul Killick (466), Ramona Thevenet (436), John Woods (435), Simon Greenhill (427), Kirsty Bangham (424), Polly Adams (408), Stewart Rose (405), David Tyas (389), Madge Bradsell (373), Liz Collison (367), Walter Cormack (362), David Worth (362), Mark Gratton (357), Suzan Baker (344), Bernie Mulvany (340), Jeremy Langdon (337), Jeremy Palmer (335), Carol Dickinson (335), Carmen Palmer (332), Wally Garrod (330), Rory Waddell (328), Pat McGrath (316), Suzie Longstaff (308), Richard Barker (302), Marjory Bluer (301), Christopher Johnson (298), Malcolm Dickson (293), Charles Worth (291), Helen Gardiner (291), Shane Mcdermott (288), Julie Melotte (287), Bob Anderson (280), Jeremy Hawke (280), Liz Zass (275), Michael Page (272), Joanne Green (269), Adam Wright (262), Wendy Robertson (262), Nick Wright (260), Neville Taylor (259), Darren Rolfe (255), Jack Kennedy (254), Jonathan Dickinson (253), Paul Rostern (252) and Tracy Fraser (250).
That’s all for now, until next time!
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