The sun always shines on Bushy
1001 parkrunners lined up on Lime Avenue.
Another parkrun morning at Bushy, and another sunny summer day to kick off the weekend! Whatever else is happening during the week, you can always rely on the sun shining on Lime Avenue come 9am, as 1001 runners toed line this time with RD on the day Ray Coward addressing the masses. There were 102 parkrunners making their debut here, of which 55 were making their parkrun debut, welcome along! 124 new PBs were set, with five of these achieved by those with over 100 Bushy laps under their belt!
RD Ray Coward addressing the masses before the start
As I had planned to volunteer this time, I was weighing up what to do; in the end I decided to be a marshal out on the course. I was lucky enough to be put on the crossover point where I could see parkrunners arrive at the 2km (Zoe Riding and Mo Faiz were marshalling there) and also at 4.3km where I was positioned. It was my first time doing it and I thoroughly enjoyed it as a change from my regular funnel fix.
I was trying to spot as many familiar faces as I could and encourage you on your way with 700 metres to go, it was a good feeling to get so many thank you’s or a thumbs up! I’ll definitely do it again and would recommend it if you haven’t tried it already! It was good to chat to lots of runners as they passed, including Jennifer Carr. Jennifer was running her second parkrun since recovering from a broken ankle, taking eight minutes off her time last week at her home run at Havant parkrun! Well done Jennifer and I hope you enjoyed your first time at Bushy!
Zoe Riding marshalling at 2k - definitely the best dressed marshal!
In all a team of 33 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 on that day then do let Pat McGrath know via email@example.com and he’d pleased to hear from you! It was Pat’s birthday on Saturday, so of course there were food and drink to celebrate with after his run!
Full list of volunteers on the day: Alex TICKELL • Ali KENNEDY • Allan BRAY • Ann COWARD • Annabel BRAY • Anne WOODS • Ben BAKER • Bert KIDWELL • Diane MULLEN • Florence LEICESTER • Keith RIDING • Kevin QUINN • Lauren DAWBER • Lisa MAINWARING • Lou COAKER • Lucy THATCHER • Mike DENNISON • Mike SILK • Mohammed FAIZ • Paul D VIVEASH • Paul WOOD • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Richard BARMAN • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Roger TROUP • Romit BASU • Sarah Rachel DENNISON • Sheila FERGUSSON • Simon LANE • Will RAWLING • Yue MAN • Zoe DENNISON
Without any further ado, let’s move on to this week’s headline makers and record breakers!
250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
Two parkrunners joined the 250 club this week, taking the overall tally of 250 club members to 306! Congratulations to Liz Zass and Christian Morris!
Liz Zass made her parkrun debut at the second anniversary of Bushy parkrun (then known as Bushy Park Time Trial) on 7th October 2006, running 26:39, when 378 runners were present. Liz is an awesome runner, very consistent and regularly posts age grading percentages in the high 70s and low 80s, with a best of 82.66% in the VW65-69 category, and a PB of 25:07 set on 24th May 2008. Of her 250 runs, 216 have been at Bushy, and her other 34 runs have been at 18 different parkruns across the UK. As it was Liz’s birthday, she had double cause to celebrate the occasion with cakes and fizz! That must have taken a bit of planning to reach 250 on your birthday Liz, or was it a remarkable co-incidence?
Liz Zass (right) heading for the finish on her 250th run (photo taken by Mike Bangham)
Christian Morris made his parkrun debut at event 74 on 11th February 2006, and has a PB of 20:22 which he set on 18th April 2009. He has run 238 times at Bushy, with his other 12 runs at the nearby Crane parkrun. Congratulations Christian! Both of you can look forward to your new Tribe ‘Forest Green’ 250 top very soon!
Of those who ran this time, Mike Page is just one away from joining this club, Jonathan Cox and Tim Wood are both on 245, Peter Smith has 244 runs and John Hargest is on 240.
Two runners joined the 100 club this week, well done to Michael Barnett and Lee Hopkins! Lee is a parkrun tourist, travelling around Yorkshire, however he chose to head south to make his debut at Bushy to reach three figures, we hope you had a good morning with us, congratulations! On 99 not out is Breda McGree.
A fab five joined the 50 club: Richard Kennedy, Owen Delaney, Ellen van Keulen, Claire Treliving and Margot Cooper, well done to all of you! Margot was running round with some very colourful balloons, but I gather via Twitter that they went skywards at 3k, this does explain the mystery of why I saw the balloons at 2k but not at 4.3k! Two more runners are one run away from a half century: Matt Webb and Jane Elmslie.
There was one new member of the 10 club – William Kirby-Rampling. Will Sanders, Will Stephens and Ben Wells are one away from double figures.
100 club members Stefan Krueger, Katrin Kroschinski and 250 club member Stewart Rose all set new PBs
Of the 124 PBs set on Saturday, just five were achieved by those with at least 100 Bushy parkruns completed. The most experienced Bushy parkrunner to set a new PB this time was 250 club member Stewart Rose. Stewart shaved a second off his previous best set last month, as he ran 19:55 (78.49%) on his 378th parkrun (372 at Bushy)! Stefan Krueger was running his 183rd parkrun (181 at Bushy) and ran 18:27 (72.36%) as he also took a second off his previous mark set in February this year.
Jonathan Mainwaring took five seconds off his best time, running 18:23 (80.87%) on his 169th parkrun (151 at Bushy), for his second PB of 2015. August seems to be a favourable month for Katrin Kroschinski (65.69%), as she ran a new PB of 22:50, taking four seconds off her previous best set in August 2014. Andy Fairburn ran 22:38 (69.66%) on his 104th parkrun (102 at Bushy) for his third PB here in five weeks! Well done to all of you!
There were plenty of tourists making their Bushy debut, we hope you all had a great time with us and enjoyed your morning! From the Ackworth Road Runners in Yorkshire we had Adrian Leach (222 runs) and Lee Hopkins – who celebrated joining the 100 club! Cambridge parkrun regular Karen Field (158 runs) joined us for the first time, and from Somerset, John Peake (135 runs) and Joe Peake (114 runs) were first timers here too.
Upton Court parkrun regular Lee Dumont (131 runs) was making his debut here, whilst the Carr family from Havant parkrun came to Bushy as Philip Carr (117 runs), Jacob Carr (76 runs) and Jennifer Carr (41 runs) all registered their first runs here. Jennifer runs for the superbly named ‘Cake Club’! Gareth Tucker (104 runs) and James Tucker (97 runs) ran together on their first visit to Bushy and they are regulars at the scenic Plymvalley parkrun.
From the Tailenders running club we had Harcourt Hill parkrun regulars Chris Griggs (93 runs) and Isobel Fray (9 runs) joining us for the first time. Alison Wasey (62 runs) and Kirsti Nelson (75 runs) both run for the Running Forever Running Club in Somerset and their regular parkrun is at Longrun Meadow. From the Stubbington Green Runners we had five parkrunners making their debut at Bushy: Marie McDonald (32 runs), Mark McDonald (31), Sarah Hobby (19), Phil Hobby (18) and Calum McDonald (9).
Thanks to all the tourists for coming and we hope you enjoyed your morning with us!
A tale of two octogenarians
For the last couple of years the incredible Madge Bradsell (VW80-84) has solely represented the octogenarians at Bushy with great distinction, and she can sometimes be found running with her greyhound Dash. Well now we can add John Hanscomb to the octogenarian club. John recently turned 80 and now runs in the VM80-84 category, a belated happy birthday John and congratulations. John is the most experienced Bushy parkrunner, having completed 453 parkruns here and has 457 runs overall, just 43 away from joining Darren Wood in the 500 club, keep it up John!
John Hanscomb running his 453rd Bushy parkrun (457 runs overall), more Bushy parkruns than anyone else
Get well soon Leonie
One of our regular junior runners and a very speedy athlete too - Leonie Kennedy, sadly had a nasty bike accident whilst on holiday in Scotland with her family recently. It was good to see she was still smiling on Saturday at parkrun, as always! I’m sure with her spirit she will be fighting fit soon, in the meantime she intends to volunteer and would like to give back-up timer a try! Good luck with that Leonie, and with your recovery.
Don’t forget your barcode!
Bushy regular and 250 club member John Woods (407 runs, all at Bushy) forgot his barcode this time! John was having a brief return here during his holiday, and clearly in his frantic dash to get to Bushy to maintain his consecutive runs record, he forgot his barcode! Fortunately as he lives very close to the park, he was able to dash home to get his barcode scanned and to register his time for his 119th consecutive Bushy parkrun! Phew!
So those were the headline makers and record breakers, but how did the rest of you fare?
The results bit
The first finisher was a first timer at Bushy, as Henry Pearce ran a blistering 15:24 (84.09%) for the sixth fastest time recorded here in 2015. The Tonbridge AC athlete has also run once at Hackney Marshes parkrun back in March. Bushy regular Andrew Lawrence was next, posting 16:15 (79.49%) for Morpeth Harriers on his 62nd parkrun (44 at Bushy). Completing the sub 17 finishers was Aldershot, Farnham & District runner Scott Smith-Bannister, as he ran 16:47 (88.58%) on his sixth parkrun (4 at Bushy).
First finisher and Bushy debutant Henry Pearce
For the under 18 junior runners, the first finisher was Oliver Haines-Francis, running 18:26 (78.66%) in the JM11-14 category for Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers on his 65th parkrun (9 runs at Bushy). Not far behind Oliver was Will Sanders, posting a new PB of 18:38 (74.69%) on his ninth parkrun (8 at Bushy). Next was Max Zadjler, running a new PB of 19:25 (70.56%) on his 44th parkrun (all at Bushy). A further three junior parkrunners ran sub 20 times, well done to: Calvin Ramsay (19:30), Ruairi Pyrgos (19:39) and Declan Connolly (19:49).
The first female home was Tracey Hardcastle (aka Nell McAndrew) as she ran 19:11 (80.19%) on her 24th parkrun (22 at Bushy). Next was Ranelagh Harrier Fiona Ford, posting 20:02 (79.28%) on her ninth parkrun (7 at Bushy). Becca Neale ran 20:23 (72.61%) on her 16th parkrun (14 at Bushy) and she was closely followed by Sophie Biggs as she got back to the big tree in 20:24 (76.55%) to set a new PB on her sixth parkrun (all at Bushy), completing the sub 21 minute finishers!
First female finisher Tracey Hardcastle
The first junior female back to the big tree was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Sacha Kennedy, running 22:15 (71.76%) on her 40th parkrun (28 at Bushy). Next was Thames Turbo Triathlete Beth Turton, and she ran 24:04 (69.11%) on her fifth parkrun (all at Bushy). Imogen King posted 24:20 (66.92%) on her 87th parkrun (81 at Bushy) and Chloe Fernandes completed the female junior sub 25 min finishers, running 24:52 (62.33%) on her 33rd parkrun (all at Bushy).
Highest age grading scorers
There were some outstanding percentages on the age gradings this time, with a dozen parkrunners reaching the 80% mark. The list was led by Jane Davies with another exceptional score of 97.59% for her time of 21:25 in the VW65-69 category. Jane is a record holder in the VW60-64 and VW65-69 category and continues to post amazing times, well done Jane! Scott Smith-Bannister ran 16:47 to earn 88.58% in the VM50-54 category, Scott is one of only three Bushy parkrunners to post a sub 17 time aged 50 or more (Mike Trees – 15:44 and Tim Ellis – 16:59 are the others).
Another ten runners reached 80% or more for their age grading on the day, well done to: Henry Pearce (84.09%), Laurence Duffy (83.97%), Michael White (82.87%), Ramona Thevenet (82.21%), Sue Lambert (81.15%), Jonathan Mainwaring (80.87%), Steve Smith (80.87%), Matthew Baldwin (80.81%), Tracey Hardcastle (80.19%) and Roy Reeder (80.18%).
For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ
With 47 events completed in this year’s Bushy parkrun season (October 2014 until September 2015) and just 7 remaining, there’s not much time left for the positions to change.
Leading the men’s table is Mark Gratton, with 10,956 points, and he has a lead of over a thousand points on second-placed Chris Brimacombe on 9,814 and Jeremy Langdon is third with 9,214 points, ahead of Andrius Jaksevicius on 9,197 with Julian Diamond rounding out the top five on 8,937.
Leading the women’s table is Ramona Thevenet, with 10,531 points, and she has a 459 point lead over second placed Polly Adams on 10,072, and Brigid Hibberd is third with 9,101, ahead of Jennifer Darling on 8,518, with Niamh Hyland rounding out the top five on 8,043.
To find out more about the points tables work, and how points are accumulated, please visit the parkrun support FAQ
Stats of the day
There were 1001 runners – 932 identified, 69 unidentified (7% of field).
- Of the 932 identified runners, there were:
- 124 PBs (13% of field) of which 5 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
- 102 Bushy first timers (11% of field) of which 55 were parkrun first timers (6% of field)
- 86 Juniors aged under 18 (9%) and 190 Seniors aged 19-34 (20%)
- 656 Vets (71%) of which 118 are 35-39, 278 are 40-49, 191 are 50-59, 69 are 60+
- 551 males (59.1%) and 381 females (40.9%)
- Most common male age group was 40-44 (89 runners – 16% of all males),
- Most common female age group was 35-39 (61 runners – 16% of all females)
- 144 club runners (16% of field) from 52 different clubs and 765 unattached (84%)
- Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (55 runners), Ranelagh Harriers (17), Thames Turbo Triathlon (11), Elmbridge RRC (9) and Sweatshop Running Community (6).
- Of the 1001 finishers, there were:
- 57 runners sub 20 mins (6%), 644 between 20:00-29:59 (64%), 300 over 30 mins (30%)
- Top 10% time: 21:07, Midpoint time: 27:05
- Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 36, 53, 67, 78, 68, 71, 64, 90, 67, 50
- 371 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 74.2 per minute
- 90 finishers in the 27th minute.
How many parkruns?
- 63147 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 932, averaging 68 parkruns each
- 397 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (43% of identified field), of which
- 164 members of the 50 club (18%)
- 192 members of the 100 club (21%)
- 39 members of the 250 club (4% of field) – John Hanscomb (457 runs), Richard Fletcher (456), Paul Killick (439), John Woods (407), Ramona Thevenet (407), Simon Greenhill (404), Kirsty Bangham (401), Stewart Rose (378), Ciaran Murphy (372), Derek Blackmore (366), David Tyas (361), Stewart Holmes (357), Madge Bradsell (347), David Worth (346), Mark Gratton (335), Julie Garner (334), Dale Durrans (319), Carol Dickinson (312), Jeremy Palmer (311), Carmen Palmer (309), Jeremy Langdon (309), Roy Reeder (307), Rory Waddell (302), Ken Pearson (299), Duncan Grant (291), Pat McGrath (290), Suzie Longstaff (287), Jason Venkatasamy (284), Richard Barker (281), Les Haswell (279), Julie Melotte (278), Jonathan Melunsky (276), Malcolm Dickson (274), Mark Travers (270), Christopher Johnson (270), Graham Titcombe (268), Bob Anderson (264), Keith Haworth (256), Rachel Brice (255), Christian Morris (250) and Liz Zass (250).
It’s pacers this Saturday – even numbered month so it’s even numbered pacers between 20 and 34 minutes!
That’s all for now, see you next time!
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