We are gathered here today for the 662nd Bushy parkrun! And what a memorable parkrun day it was! There was the small matter of a parkrun wedding for Zoe and Mo (more of which below), as a congregation of 1,292 parkrunners gathered on Lime Avenue - aided by 44 volunteers! There were 76 parkrun first timers present for the first Saturday parkrun this year – welcome along, 80 of you managed to set a new PB in the mud – no mean feat, tourists from Australia; and there were numerous other celebrations a-happening on a mild morning in the royal park.
A parkrun wedding!
Every parkrun is special, but for Zoe and Mo it was a particularly special and memorable one that I’m sure they cherished - as they kicked off their wedding day in style with a parkrun! They shared their Saturday morning 5k run with close friends – many of which have been friendships that formed thanks to parkrun! It was great to see Zoe running in a white dress, and Mo looked very smart with his top hat! Here are a few photos from the morning:
It was a muddy morning at parkrun, so no doubt all the parkrunning wedding guests appreciated the few hours to change and shower before the actual wedding! I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Zoe and Mo on the best day of their lives I’m sure - have a wonderful honeymoon in New Zealand, and all the very best for the future!
The 662nd Bushy parkrun
Andy Wingate took charge as Run Director on this occasion, assisted by Volunteer co-ordinators Alex Tickell and Lucy Thatcher. Simon Lane did superbly as timekeeper once again, clicking all 1,292 of you at the finish (the second biggest field here), as did all the funnel team, particularly in the 25th minute when 106 of you finished, whilst Jan Franks and Ann Coward were giving out the tokens.
A big thanks to all our volunteers! In all a team of 44 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 email@example.com and he’d pleased to hear from you!
Full list of volunteers on the day:
Alex TICKELL • Alish MARCHANT • Andrew John WINGATE • Ann COWARD • Ashleigh FERRIS • Bethan STURDY • Carl HORNSETH • Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS • Carolyn FOSTER • Chris BRIMACOMBE • Dean FURBER • Denise MITCHELL • Eddie ROBERTSON • Emilie HOWES • Evie HINDE • Fanni VIGH • Glady GARTLAND • James SELL • Jamie CHAPMAN • Janice FRANKS • Jennifer MELBOURNE • Joby THOMAS • Joe DAVIS • John ROOT • Jonathan HARRIS • Jonathan HUGHES • Ken PEARSON • Kevin PRICE • Louis SAMARASINGHE • Lucy THATCHER • Luke HARVEY • Margaret LE FRANC • Nick BLANCHARD • Peter VIGH • Phil BLUER • Poppy WRIGHT • Ray FRANKS • Rob PHILLIPS • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Sam BARRETT • Simon LANE • Stephen PENPRAZE • Tim SYRAD • Trevor MITCHELL
Without any further ado, let’s move on to our headline makers and record breakers!
We had tourists from far and wide visiting the cradle of parkrun once more! Our furthest tourists came from Australia: Wendy Tan (88 runs), Miriam Tan (85 runs), Amelia Tan (37 runs) and Felicity Shand (49 runs)! Wendy, Miriam and Amelia are all from New South Wales, with their home runs at Dubbo, Singleton and St Peter’s – and they have been in the UK for a few weeks, taking in some other London parkruns. Felicity joined us from Brisbane, where she regularly runs at Rocks Riverside parkrun. I hope you’ve all enjoyed your time in London!
The most experienced parkrunning pair making their debut here were Bromley regulars Mike Simms (243 runs) and Janet Simms (230 runs). Rushmoor parkrunner Mike Anderson returned to Bushy on his 287th parkrun and Reading Roadrunner Aaron Chai (248 runs) visited us and set a new PB. Also from Reading were Peter Cook (242 runs) - a first timer here, Louise Atkinson (158 runs) and Kerry Eastwood – who also set a new Bushy PB (57 runs).
From Poole parkrun we welcomed Keith Hosking (181 runs); Maurice Goodrick (127 runs) joined us from Cambridge, and from Fulham Palace parkrun we had Robert Bricout (102 runs), and Alex Vallmajor (66 runs). The Baker came to Bushy from Yeovil: Luke Baker (88 runs), Samantha Baker (85 runs), Nathan Baker (58 runs) and Charlotte Baker (35 runs), and the McGregor family came from Huddersfield: Sally McGregor (78 runs), Dan McGregor (16 runs), Dominic McGregor (9 runs), Harriet McGregor (4 runs) and Florence McGregor (first run)!
We had lots more tourists, including: David Freeman (74 runs), Yvonne Freeman (46 runs), Robert Freeman (16 runs), Will Kozer (56 runs), Nicola Kozer (24 runs), Dave Miller (50 runs), Hanni Crockford (49 runs), Tom Crockford (47 runs), Dawn Shilling (80 runs), Kayleigh Copeland (62 runs) and Bill Lonsdale (98 runs).
Thanks to all of those who chose to visit Bushy for the first time, and returning tourists too!
There were three 500 club members taking part on Saturday – Richard Fletcher (527 runs), John Hanscomb (520) and Paul Killick (515); however there will be no new members into this club until the spring!
Sarah - a new member of the 250 club!
We had four new members of the 250 club this time, congratulations to: Federico Witt, David Matthews, Sarah Mayall and Rhys Williams!
Of those who ran at event 662, another four are you are closing in on 250 runs: Aaron Chai (248), Will Fuller (247), Robert Eveson (245) and Robert Mowbray (245).
Kishore - a new member of the 100 club, with his family!
Two of you joined the 100 club this time - congratulations go to Kishore Desai and Graeme Wilson! You can both look forward to ordering the black 100 Tribesports top very soon! The probability of cakes and drinks being laid out for parkrunners for event 663 looks very high, as seven of you are on 99 not out: Ravi Lobo, Owen Delaney, Chris French, Nick Utili, Bert Kidwell, Graham Comfort and Viv Root
Graeme - new member of the 100 club!
Four 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: Dave Miller – who chose to visit Bushy for the first time, Tim Allen, Trevor Struthers and Jessica Hart!
Another six of you are one run away from a half-century: Oliver Bowers, Dave Alvarez, Hanni Crockford, India Desai, Ajith Dharwar and Felicity Shand.
We had five new member of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only) congratulations to: Annabel Cooper, Joshua Earl, Ruby Kinchin, Jeremiah Bowden and Sophie Long!
The consensus seems to be it was one of if not the muddiest parkrun so far this winter, and that dented the PB count, as just 80 of you managed to set a new PB this time (6.5% of the field). Of those 80, none of these had completed more than a century of Bushy parkruns, and just four of you set a new PB with at least 50 runs here. The most experienced Bushy parkrunner here to set a new PB was Tom Harrison, as he ran a PB of 25:55 on his 86th run here (90 runs overall), taking a huge 66 seconds off his previous best from May 2016!
Katie Wilson ran a PB of 30:59 on her 69th parkrun at Bushy (73 runs overall) to take 11 seconds off her previous best. Edmund Fetherston-Dilke ran the aesthetically pleasing time of 22:22 to take 16 seconds off his PB on his 66th Bushy lap (72 runs overall), and Colin Woods shaved eight seconds off his PB on his 58th parkrun (all at Bushy), running 27:32.
Well done to all of you who set a new PB here, whether you’re a Bushy regular or a returning tourist! Congratulations and keep them coming!
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 662, the parkrunner who finished with token 662 was… Hardev Bal! Hardev was running his 195th parkrun, all of which have been at Bushy. He made his debut at event 421 on 4th August 2012, which if I recall was the Super Saturday at a certain big global sports event going on in London! Hardev ran 29:15 on that sunny August morning, and has since lowered his PB to 21:55 back in March 2015.
Now that’s what I call a Stat Attack!
On Saturday 7th January 2012 (Event 392) there were exactly 1,000 parkrunners present, and for the first time we had a four figure attendance. Precisely five years later, on Saturday 7th January 2017 (Event 662) it was was the 97th occasion we had at least a thousand parkrunners, with 1,292 taking part for the second biggest ever gathering at Bushy (only the 1,705 on 4th October 2014 for the 10th anniversary was higher)
Here's a stat to note for event 663... the number of completed runs stands at 399,445, so whoever receives token 555 (easy to remember) will be the 400,000th finisher - with a total of 2 million kilometres completed at Bushy parkrun. My guesstimate is it will happen around 26:10...
Above is a table showing how quickly we have reached 400,000 finishers, doubling the overall total in under four years!
Now for the results and stats bit!
The results bit
George Corcoran (SM20-24) was the first runner back to the big tree, posting 15:45 (81.90%) for a new PB for Newham & Essex Beagles AC. He was closely followed by Cardiff AAC’s Rowan Axe (SM25-29), running 15:52 (81.30%) on his 30th parkrun (8 runs at Bushy). The third registered finisher was Lewis Banner (SM25-29), running 17:01 (75.08%) for Stubbington Green Runners on his 36th parkrun (6 runs here), and just behind Lewis was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Rob Eveson (SM20-24), and he ran 17:05 (76.29%) on his 245th parkrun. A further three runners posted sub 18 times: Craig Jarman (17:23), Adam Atkinson (17:42) and Alastair McGeoch-Williams (17:54).
First two finishers home - Rowan and George
The next finisher home was the first junior, as Ollie Hurdle (JM15-17) ran 18:22 (73.50%) on his 51st parkrun (43 at Bushy) for Thames Turbo Triathlon. The second junior finisher was Rufus King (JM15-17), running 18:58 (72.23%) on his 108th parkrun (98 at Bushy), just ahead of Declan Connolly (JM11-14), posting a new PB of 19:00 (76.32%) on his 12th parkrun (all at Bushy). A further two juniors dipped under 20 minutes, well done to: Joseph Middleton (19:30) and Luke Mace (19:38).
The first female finisher was Kate Brown, (SW25-29) running 18:39 (79.36%) on her 30th parkrun (16 at Bushy) for St Mary’s Richmond AC. Next was Charlotte Chalwin (SW20-24) of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC, and she ran 18:50 (78.58%) on her 39th parkrun (6 runs here), and Bushy debutant Lorraine McNulty (SW25-29) was the third female back to the big tree, running exactly 20:00 (74.00%) on her 31st parkrun. Another five women posted sub 21 times, well done to: Rosy Gross (20:13), Julie Reynolds (20:23), Charlotte Healy (20:45), Louise Shaw (20:55) and Lucy Collins (20:57)
The first junior girl home was Annabel Cooper (JW15-17), running 21:24 (71.50%) on her tenth parkrun (all at Bushy) – well done Annabel, you can look forward to wearing the white Tribesports ‘10’ t-shirt! The next girl to finish was Isabel Livesey (JW11-14), who celebrated her 100th parkrun at Bushy by running 21:36 (72.76%) on what was her 103rd parkrun overall. Phoebe Saville (JW15-17) ran 22:09 (69.98%) on her 30th parkrun (all at Bushy), and a further three girls posted sub 23 times, well done to: Maiya Cardwell (22:17), Helena White (22:44), and Hannah Stewart (22:56).
Highest age grading scorers
The muddy conditions affected the tally of parkrunners scoring above 80% for their age grading, as just four of you managed the feat on this occasion. The list was led once again by Epsom & Ewell Harrier Jane Davies (VW65-69), posting 92.42% from her 23:19 time on her 172 parkrun. It was her 143rd Bushy parkrun, and she has never posted below 80%! Well done Jane. Mike Anderson (VM60-64) of Farnham Runners was making his first parkrun appearance here since July 2016, running 18:43 to earn 85.66%. Next was first finisher George Corcoran (SM20-24) with 81.90% as he ran 15:45 for Newham & Essex Beagles, closely followed by Cardiff AAC runner Rowan Axe (SM25-29), who ran 15:52 to post 81.30% on his 30th parkrun. The highest scoring junior was JM10 parkrunner Finley Robinson, earning 77.61% from his new PB of 21:04.
For more information on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ
Stats of the day
There were 1292 parkrunners! – 1227 identified, 65 unknown (5% of field).
- Of the 1227 identified parkrunners, there were:
- 80 PBs (6.5% of field) of which 4 have completed 50 Bushy parkruns or more
- 128 Bushy first timers (10.4% of field) of which 76 were parkrun first timers (6.2% of field)
- 156 Juniors aged under 18 (12.7%) and 208 Seniors aged 18-34 (17.0%)
- 863 Vets (70.3%) of which 114 are 35-39, 357 are 40-49, 291 are 50-59, 101 are 60+
- 708 males (57.7%) and 519 females (42.3%)
- Most common male age group was 45-49 (125 runners)
- Most common female age group was 40-44 (69 runners)
- 267 club runners (21.8% of field) from 75 different clubs and 960 unattached (78.2%)
- Top 10 clubs: Stragglers (74 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (15), Ranelagh Harriers (12), Team Bushy (9), 26.2 RRC (8), SHAEF Shifters (8), Sweatshop Running Community (8), St. Mary’s Richmond AC (7), Trafalgar Schools (7), St Mary’s Richmond AC (7), Serpentine RC (7).
- *Bushy Park based groups Team Bushy and SHAEF Shifters are new entries in the top 10 clubs!
- And... 1 parkrun wedding
- Of the 1292 finishers, there were:
- 55 sub 20 mins, 369 20:00-24:59, 435 25:00-29:59 and 433 over 30 mins
- Top 10% time: 21:15, Midpoint time: 27:30
- Number of finishers per minute: 20-30 mins: 56, 57, 88, 73, 95, 106, 74, 86, 95, 74, 86
- 456 finishers between 24:00 and 28:59, average of 91.2 per minute
- 106 finishers in the 25th minute.
How many parkruns?
- 101016 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1227, averaging 82.33 parkruns each
- 595 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (48.5% of identified field), of which
- 214 members of the 50 club (17.4%)
- 291 members of the 100 club (23.7%)
- 87 members of the 250 club (7.1% of field)
- 3 members of the 500 club (0.2% of field) – Richard Fletcher (527 runs), John Hanscomb (520) and Paul Killick (515 runs).
A big thanks to Andy Bell, Brigid Hibberd, Julie Papworth and Jed Leicester for the photos in this run report!
That’s all for now, until next time!
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