I’m Gonna Be (500 parkruns)
I would run 500 parkruns, and I would run 500 more!
Richard Fletcher joins Darren Wood in the 500 club!
Since Saturday 28th March 2015 and for over a year, Darren Wood had been the sole member of the 500 club, until now! Richard Fletcher joined Darren in this very exclusive club on Saturday, as he completed his 500th parkrun – and his 488th run here, well done Richard! Darren, now on 564 runs and a regular at Frimley Lodge, returned to Bushy to congratulate him personally which was a nice touch. There were balloons, cakes, and drinks to mark the occasion as Bushy regulars and tourists from as far as South Africa helped him celebrate this amazing achievement! Darren and Richard will be joined by more parkrunners in the 500 club, as Banstead Woods regular Neil Sunderland is on 497, and John Hanscomb is on 496.
Richard Fletcher celebrates his 500th parkrun!
Richard Fletcher made his parkrun debut just over ten years ago, on 4th March 2006 at event 77 of what was then called Bushy Park Time Trial (or BPTT for short), and he ran 22:05, where there were 136 finishers on that day. Richard is 10 years older now, but he was 10 seconds faster than his debut run, as he ran 21:55 on his 500th parkrun at event 631, where there were 1,086 finishers! parkrun has gone through many changes in the last decade, growing from one 5km event to hundreds across the world, and the addition of over a hundred junior 2km events! Richard posted his PB here on 2nd March 2013, running 19:39; as well as his 488 runs here he has run at Durham parkrun five times, Kingston parkrun twice and once each at Keswick, Nonsuch, Richmond, Southwick Country and Cambridge parkruns.
'500' cake with figurines!
After all the recent heavy rain, the going underfoot was declared soft, with lots of puddles around the course – which I’m sure the younger ones enjoyed going through especially, but I have no doubt some of the adults amongst you got into the spirit of it too! 1,086 parkrunners toed the line on Lime Avenue this time, assisted and cajoled by 51 volunteers, including our octet of even numbered pacers, with 145 new PBs set, well done to you all! We welcomed 98 Bushy first timers, with 55 of you new to parkrun, welcome along!
1086 parkrunners lined up on Lime Avenue
Ray Coward took charge as Run Director, assisted by volunteer co-ordinator Ann Coward. Ally Manole kept her cool on timer, with the busiest minute being the 25th with 95 finishers! Janice Franks and Oscar Blanchard were giving the position tokens; Stewart Rose set up the double funnel and looked after the kit, and Ray Franks co-ordinated the funnel team once more! Diane and Ethan Mullen teamed up on the front gate of the funnel, along with Ali Kennedy, whilst Nick Blanchard enjoyed his morning at the end of the funnel!
Diane Mullen and Ethan Mullen ready for funnel management!
In all a team of 51 volunteers were ready to marshal, time and register your run, as well as setup, pacing, 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!
Nick Blanchard managing the end of the double funnel
Full list of volunteers on the day:
Adrian ROBERTS • Alex PITT • Alex TICKELL • Ali KENNEDY • Ally MANOLE • Ann COWARD • Ashleigh FERRIS • Benjamin DAVIDSON • Chloe GELONA • Clive SPINDLEY • Daisy Eleanor KNOX • David PAPWORTH • David STEWART • Diane MULLEN • Eddie ROBERTSON • Emilie HOWES • Ethan MULLEN • Ethan NIGEL • Freya JUBB • George FORD • Ian CUNNINGHAM • Ian FULLEN • Jackie DUNKLEY • James PHILLIPS • James SELL • Janice FRANKS • Joanne BOURNE • Joe BOWMAN • Merran SELL • Michael TROTT • Mohammed FAIZ • Nick BLANCHARD • Oliver TAYLORMORTE • Oscar BLANCHARD • Phoebe TARVER • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Rei NDREU • Richard MATTHEWS • Rob PHILLIPS • Robert John DEAN • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Stephen PENPRAZE • Stewart ROSE • Suzanne GREEN • Thomas MADLE • Tom FLEMING • Trevor MORRIS • Vince GANNON • Will FORD • Yue MAN
Oscar Blanchard giving out finish tokens
Without any further ado, let’s move on to this week’s headline makers and record breakers!
As it was the third Saturday of the month, the pacers returned to assist you PB pursuit! It’s an even numbered month, so we had an octet of even numbered pacers for you ranging from 20-34 minutes. This month’s heroes were:
Ian Fullen – 20:00
Rob Phillips – 22:00
Joanne Bourne – 24:00
Ian Cunningham – 26:00
Vince Gannon – 28:00
Richard Matthews – 30:00
David Stewart – 32:00
Adrian Roberts – 34:00
Pacers - Even minutes
Well done to all the pacers who finished close to their target time and helped many set new personal bests, especially Vince Gannon who ran exactly 28:00! Jo Bourne had the most PB’ers finish near her time with five, closely followed by Ian Fullen and Vince Gannon with four!
500, 250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
As mentioned earlier, Richard Fletcher has joined Darren Wood in the 500 club, with Banstead Woods regular Neil Sunderland and John Hanscomb set to join them in the coming weeks as they are on 497 and 496 runs respectively.
There are now 642 members of the 250 club, and 62 of them were at Bushy this time! The newest member of this club is Karen Benson, congratulations! Karen was running her 40th parkrun here – she is a regular at Frimley Lodge parkrun, with 204 of her runs there – but she decided to join us to celebrate her milestone! You can look forward to receiving your forest green coloured Tribesports top in the post very soon I’m sure!
A further three parkrunners are within touching distance of the 250 club: Ian Cunningham (248 runs), Phil Bailey (247) and Edward Brunskill (246).
Another two parkrunners joined the 100 club this time! Congratulations to Mikey Askew and Alison Dawson! You can both look forward to wearing your new black Tribesports 100 t-shirt shortly! On 99 not out are: David Symmons and Paul Wood.
Five parkrunners celebrated joining the 50 club and will be wearing their red Tribesports 50 top with pride in the near future. Congratulations to: Dominic White, Jess Shaw, Jeremy Hepworth, Alastair Nelson and Ciaran O’Donnell! Another seven of you are one run away from a half-century: Kayleigh Copeland, Helena Samarasinghe, Rachel Revett, Edmund Fetherston-Dilke, Jeremy Tuckman and Isabella Clarke!
There was one new member of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only) this time: Kate Stenning! You will be receiving your white Tribesports 10 t-shirt, once you have ordered it, congratulations!
For more info on the parkrun clubs and accompanying free t-shirts, and how to order them, do visit the parkrun support FAQ
Conditions were set fair for chasing a PB, helped by our pacers too, as 145 of you snaffled a new PB! Of those 145, seven of you set a new PB here having completed at least a century of Bushy laps! Leading this list was 216-time Bushy parkrunner (235 runs in total) Jenny Melbourne, running 22:29, taking 18 seconds off her previous best set last month, congratulations! Clive Kintoff also managed his second PB in a month, as he ran 20:42 on his 140th Bushy parkrun (168 runs overall).
Katrin Kroschinski ran 22:49 to take a single second off her previous best, on her 149th run here (152 runs overall), for her first PB since last summer, well done! Paul Warrington ran his fourth PB in the last two months, running 20:41 on his 134th Bushy lap (143 runs overall). Penelope Roche ran 27:02 on her 111th parkrun at Bushy (125 runs in total), Richard Mead ran 19:48 on his 104th parkrun (all at Bushy), whilst new 100 club member Mikey Askew celebrated his 100th Bushy parkrun with a new PB of 20:22!
There were plenty of tourists from all corners of the UK, but our furthest travellers were Mark Smit (48 runs) and Cheryl Smit (92 runs) from Big Bay parkrun in South Africa! Their event takes place on the beach on the edge of Cape Town, with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and Robben Island en route! They have done lots of tourism around South Africa as well as Australia, but I know they were excited to come to Bushy and to meet our second 500 club member Richard Fletcher! We welcomed 100 club member Rob Millerd who was also joining us from South Africa for his 136th parkrun! Scrolling through Rob’s previous runs, he has done a lot of tourism around the parkrun world, but my three favourites by name which Rob has done have to be the Piggly Wiggly parkrun, Cannibals Cave parkrun and the Grey Goose parkrun! Thanks for coming and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the UK!
parkrun tourists Cheryl Smit and Mark Smit from South Africa
Bushy debutant Julie Stringer was running her 212th parkrun, and she visited us from Cambridge parkrun (153 runs there), thanks for coming Julie and we hope you enjoyed your morning with us! Woodley parkrun regulars Michael Southerton (208 runs) and Rhona Southerton (206 runs) joined us for their first trip to the cradle of parkrun, and from north of the border, Aberdeen parkrun regular Tony McGarva completed his first Bushy parkrun on his 140th run overall! Other notable Bushy first timers include: David Williamson, Hilary Rankin, Rebecca Rankin, Emily Proto and Richard Cowling!
As well as our experienced tourists, we welcomed a big group of parkrun first timers, called the Riverside Rebels from Walton, who built up their training and began their parkrun journey on Saturday – I hope you all enjoyed it and will be back very soon!
The Riverside Rebels - running their first parkrun!
Thanks to all of those who chose to visit Bushy, we hope you enjoyed the day and see you again soon!
parkrunner of the week!
In this 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 631, the parkrunner who finished with token 631 was… Wendy Robertson! Wendy was running her 278th parkrun, with 276 of those here at Bushy, and she has run once each at Pegwell Bay parkrun in Kent, and Poole parkrun in Dorset. She made her debut just over six years ago on 6th June 2009, and has since set a PB here of 26:31 on 12th April 2014.
Now for the results and stats bit!
The results bit
The first finisher was Warrington AC athlete Tom Jervis, running a new PB of 15:41 (82.25%) on his seventh parkrun (all at Bushy). Next was Andrew Lawrence of Morpeth Harriers, posting 16:31 (78.30%) on his 75th parkrun (51 runs at Bushy). Andrew was running at Bushy earlier this year in a Banana outfit to prepare for his attempt at the world record for the fastest Marathon in a banana costume, which he set at London in a time of 2:47:41! Completing the sub 17 registered finishers was the first junior home, as Lawrence Hollom set a new Bushy PB of 16:56 (79.72%) for Haslemere Border AC on his second run here (119 runs overall).
First finisher Tom Jervis
After Lawrence, the next junior male finisher was Joshua Foreman, running a new PB of 18:44 (75.71%) on his 33rd parkrun (26 at Bushy) for Aldershot, Farnham & District AC. Joseph O’Clery (JM15-17) ran 19:20 (71.98%) on his 24th parkrun (12 at Bushy), Euan Sinclair (JM11-14) ran 19:52 (74.83%) on his 15th parkrun (14 at Bushy), and Matthew O’Donovan (JM11-14) of Ranelagh Harriers completed the sub 20 junior male finishers, running 19:55 (74.64%) on his fifth parkrun (four at Bushy).
The first female finisher was Arena 80 AC’s Emily Proto, running 18:15 (81.10%) on her 84th parkrun (first run here). Next was Stragglers’ Maddie Garner, posting a new PB of 19:18 (76.68%) on her 85th parkrun (21 runs at Bushy). The third female finisher was the first junior home, as Epsom & Ewell Harrier Isobel Stockley ran a new PB of 19:27 (80.81%) on her 78th parkrun (seventh run here).
First female finisher Emily Proto
After Isobel, the next junior female finisher was Ranelagh Harrier Sacha Kennedy, and she ran 19:46 (79.51%) on her 80th parkrun (68 runs here). Junior runner Sasha Reed set a new PB on her second parkrun, with a time of 20:56 (74.04%). Another three junior girls finished inside 22 minutes, well done to: Jess Shaw (21:24), Leonie Kennedy (21:27), Ella Fryer (21:34) and Imogen King (21:37).
Highest age grading scorers
Eight parkrunners managed to break the 80% barrier for their age grading, and Jane Davies returned to top the list once more, as she ran 22:22 (94.86%) in the VW65-69 category. Polly Adams ran 20:09 to earn 83.21% in the VW50-54 category, and first finisher Tom Jervis’s PB of 15:41 scored 82.25% in the SM25-29 category. First female finisher and Bushy debutant Emily Proto ran 18:15 for 81.10% in the SW20-24 category. Isobel Stockley was the highest junior scorer, as she posted 80.81% from her PB time of 19:27 in the JW11-14. Well done also to: Ian Spencer (80.53%), Darryl Carter (80.52%) and Andrew Small (80.11%).
For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ
With 40 runs completed in this ‘Bushy year’, we are over halfway through the season, with 14 runs remaining. 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 9,193 points, and is 673 points ahead of Chris Brimacombe on 8,520, with Jeremy Langdon third on 8,370 – so as it stands the top three will be unchanged from last year! John Woods is the only male parkrunner yet to miss a Bushy parkrun since the anniversary run – extending his consecutive Bushy parkrun to 166 runs - a sequence of over three years dating back to 1st June 2013.
Leading the women’s points table is junior parkrunner Sacha Kennedy, as she has amassed 9,092 points, and she has a slender 30 point lead over Polly Adams on 9,062, with the current holder of the Sonia O’Sullivan salver, Ramona Thevenet, in third on 8,269 points – and Ramona is the only female parkrunner yet to miss a run in this ‘Bushy year’.
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 1086 parkrunners – 1026 identified, 60 unidentified (5.5% of field).
- Of the 1026 identified parkrunners, there were:
- 145 PBs (14.1% of field) of which 7 have completed 100 Bushy parkruns or more
- 98 Bushy first timers (9.6% of field) of which 55 were parkrun first timers (5.4% of field)
- 128 Juniors aged under 18 (12.5%) and 162 Seniors aged 18-34 (15.8%)
- 736 Vets (71.7%) of which 86 are 35-39, 298 are 40-49, 264 are 50-59, 88 are 60+
- 605 males (59.6%) and 421 females (40.4%)
- Most common male age group was 50-54 (106 runners – 17.5% of all males),
- Most common female age group was 45-49 (63 runners – 15.0% of all females)
- 214 club runners (20.7% of field) from 62 different clubs and 812 unattached (79.1%)
- Top 6 clubs: Stragglers (70 runners), Riverside Rebels (13), 26.2 RRC (11), Ranelagh Harriers (9), Sweatshop Running Community (8) and Teddington Rugby Running Club (8).
- Of the 1086 finishers, there were:
- 68 sub 20 mins (6.3%), 333 20:00-24:59 (30.7%), 391 25:00-29:59 (36.0%) and 274 over 30 mins (25.2%)
- Top 10% time: 20:49, Midpoint time: 26:31
- Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 51, 67, 64, 85, 66, 95, 64, 88, 84, 60
- 398 finishers between 24:00 and 28:59, average of 79.6 per minute
- 95 finishers in the 25th minute.
How many parkruns?
- 84691 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1026, averaging 82 parkruns each
- 500 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (48.7% of identified field), of which
- 170 members of the 50 club (16.6%)
- 266 members of the 100 club (25.9%)
- 62 members of the 250 club (6.0% of field)
- 2 members of the 500 club (0.2% of field) – Darren Wood (564 runs) and Richard Fletcher (500)
That’s all for now, until next time!
Vaughan Howells with his dog post run!
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