Run Report Event No. 612 – 6th February 2016

 

Blustery Bushy!

 

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 longest funnel... in the world! (approx 114 metres)

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 funnel

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 bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’d pleased to hear from you!

 

Leonie Kennedy clicking 988 finishers today.

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

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

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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 joins the 250 club!

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.

 

For more info on the parkrun clubs and accompanying free t-shirts, and how to order them, do visit the parkrun support FAQ

 

 

New PBs

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!

 

PBs all round for Jasper, Oscar and Ben with Hayden & Andy supporting them!

 

 

parkrun tourists 

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!

 

Post run stretch!

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

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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 volunteering at the back of the funnel and Jan Franks giving out tokens

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

 

Points tables

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

 

parkrunners approaching the finish

 

Stats of the day

There were 988 parkrunners – 921 identified, 67 unidentified (6.8% of field).

How many?

  • 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).

 

How fast?

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).

 

parkrunners approaching the finish

 

That’s all for now, until next time!

 

 

Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch

 

 

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Run Report Event No. 611 – 30th January 2016

A CELEBRATION OF VOLUNTEERS

Where would we be without the volunteers? Well nowhere frankly. No volunteers, no parkrun. A world without parkrun – doesn’t bear thinking about. So I thought it would be nice to dedicate this report to our fantastic team of volunteers, and not just this week’s team, but every week’s, turning out in rain or shine (although in the case of Bushy it’s normally shine). So thank you on behalf of all us for the work you do, and apologies if I can’t mention you all by name.

This late January morning saw the 6th parkrun of the month – that’s a rare thing (did you do all 6? – pat on the back if you did). I don’t know about you but the overnight rain on the windows kept me awake, but true to form it was a dry if overcast morning on this parkrunday. The course was very muddy and wet in places, and care was recommended by Run Director Ray Coward. It was definitely a day for trail shoes, but not everyone stretches to such extravagances, although I must confess as a relative run-nut I have more running shoes than all other footwear combined, much to Mrs H’s annoyance.

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Care is advised by Run Director Ray Coward as he perches on the stepladder   2

 

This morning we had a full complement of marshals in place. Unfortunately the fluorescent bibs hadn’t arrived in time, so everyone was in civilian clothing, but the smiles were still there. On first base at 2km was Ellie Wallwork with Isabel and Nicola Jenkins, and it was Ellie’s birthday. Happy Birthday Ellie. Hope you had a great day.

3Ellie, Isabel and mum Nicola Jenkins at the 2km Marshal Point

Cleide Burgess was at the next marshalling point at 2.3km. Cleide has run 34 times at Bushy and once at Nonsuch, and clearly from the photo really enjoyed her day marshalling. Thanks Cleide.   4

Cleide Burgess enjoys marshalling

 

At the Teddington gate we had Alejandro Adarve, making sure no-one escaped into Sandy Lane. Alejandro has only run one parkrun in total, at Bushy (where else) in August 2015 but has already volunteered three times. That’s a cracking ratio Alejandro.

5Alejandro (second right) with adult helpers

Then came the slippery slog up Chestnut Avenue.   I don’t know about you but my pace always seems to drop at this point, so roll on warmer and dryer conditions. But coming into sight were the welcome faces of marshals Katie Wright and Jane Davidson guiding us into Cobblers Walk, and steering anyone from making an early detour to the Pheasantry for coffee. Jane has marshalled numerous times as well as running all her 127 parkruns at Bushy, the cradle of parkrun. 7

Katie Wright and Jane Davidson at start of Cobblers Walk

After the slippery Chestnut Ave, comes the perfectly paved Cobblers Walk. Time to up the pace, if you have any energy left, before the final blast past Heron Pond.   8

 

At the last marshalling point were Luke Harvey and Bev Williams generously waiting by Heron Pond and the bridge. Everyone is always pleased to see the marshals at point No9, as it’s only 500m to the finish, but they probably get the least number of “thanks marshal!” Everyone’s too tired! Even so, we hope you enjoyed your day, guiding all the puffed-out runners.

 

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Luke Harvey and Bev Williams

With over 1,000 runners again this week, the fantastic funnel team did their stuff. New comers to Bushy always marvel at the workings of the funnel, and indeed if its invention is not registered at the Patent Office it should be (Rodney?). Of course the funnel only works if people don’t stop on the line, which is why those lovely funnel managers offer encouragement, just when you are not quite at your best. One of my secret ambitions is to get a letter – I haven’t managed it yet.   10
Phil Bluer encourages the runners in the funnel

One of the fun jobs and popular with volunteers is handing out the tokens. You get to see all the runners and even talk to them. And everyone is so happy at that point. Of course there is also the pressure of not dropping the tokens in the mud, and dealing them out in the right order.

 

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Yue Man hands out the tokens with a smile.

One of the expert volunteer roles and what looks to be one of the most stressful is timekeeper. On the timing gun this week was parkrun stalwart Jack Kennedy. Jack didn’t manage any 5 person/second clicks, but did get 4 runners dead on the time 25:00 and 3 runners dead on 26:00. The busiest minute was the 28th with 87 parkrunners crossing the line. Continuing Rodney’s parkrunner of the week, we can announce that in place #611 to match the parkrun No was Andy Williams (28:16) with 56 parkruns under his belt. Andy normally runs at Richmond and has run Bushy 6 times. One of my favourite volunteer roles is scanning, although I have only done it a couple of times. You are always quite busy - there’s not much time to look around once the first few runners are through; you have to concentrate on the bleep-bleep of the scanners, but it’s very easy really. What’s interesting is all the sorts of places people have their barcode – phones don’t work of course, so it has to be paper, plastic or a wristband. I was thinking of having mine tattooed on my arm, but not sure it will work. Anyway with scanning, the time seems to shoot by, and before you know it the numbers have dwindled to a trickle as the final finishers come in. If you’ve not done it before they train you and you get to practise beforehand on a few sample barcodes.   12
Orla Lyons busy scanning

 

Of course once all the tokens have been scanned, they need to be sorted, which looks a fun job, bit like doing a jigsaw. They are first sorted into baskets of 100’s and then into actual number order over coffee in the Pheasantry, and this is when you find out which Nos are missing, hopefully none at all.

 

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If anyone fancies a go at volunteering, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com .   18

Pat McGrath and Ann Coward after successfully coordinating Bushy parkrun #611

 

Here is a full list of this week’s volunteers:

Alejandro ADARVE, Phil BLUER, Lyn BRYMER, Shirley BUCKLEY, Cleide BURGESS, Ray COWARD, Ann COWARD, Janet CUNNINGHAM, Jane DAVIDSON, Jonathan EVANS, Will FORD, Ray FRANKS, Katy FURBER, Helen GARDINER, Patricia GIBBONS, Dave James GRIFFITHS, Luke HARVEY, Matthew HARVEY, Tom HIGGINS, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Nicola JENKINS, Isabel JENKINS, Jack KENNEDY, Ali KENNEDY, Orla LYONS, Yue MAN, Freya MORRISON, Graham MORTIMER, Jen RICHARDSON, Duncan SCOBLE, James SELL, Merran SELL, Andy SIMMONDS, David STEWART, Norman TAYLOR, Lucy THATCHER, Madeline THOMAS, Alex TICKELL, Ellie WALLWORK, Bev WILLIAMS, Ed Lea WRIGGLESWORTH, Poppy WRIGHT

 

As well as all the fun jobs I have mentioned, you can also have a go at Lead Bike, and I can vouch for the fact that keeping ahead of some the lead runners takes quite an effort – even on a bike! David Stewart was the man in the saddle this week. If all that sounds a bit energetic, how about Tail Runner? Duncan Scoble was our very own Lanterne Rouge this week making sure everyone was accounted for. Duncan has volunteered 18 times, so only 7 more for the magic 25 and your very own purple volunteer shirt.

 

One of the great things about parkrun is the number of juniors taking part each week and volunteering too. Here were a young group I spotted after the run: Dominic Rhodes (JM11-14) with a great time of 20:10 (first in age category), brother Andrew Rhodes (JM11-14) 24:33, Helena Samarasinghe (JW11-14) 21:52 and Isabel Livesey (JW11-14) 24:37. The future of parkrun looks secure with these guys enjoying their day with 130 parkruns between them already.

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PBs

There were 84 PBs this week, despite the mud and the wind. That’s 7.8% of the field. However, no-one with 50 parkruns or more gained a PB.

 

Milestones

No-one hit the 250 mark this week, but Tracy Fraser is bubbling under on 249 – maybe next week Tracy? We had just one person hit the magic 100 mark this week. Take a bow Alex Fraser (JW15-17) (possibly related to Tracy?) who has run 88 of those 100 at Bushy. You should be receiving your black Tribesports shirt soon.

There were three people running their 50th parkrun today. Step forward Albert Cloud (JM11-14), Rhiannon Davies (JW15-17) and David Kimball (VM35-39). Rhiannon was also helping her mother Rebecca Hurley celebrate a notable birthday, and friends of the family had baked one of those extra special parkrun cakes, complete with barcode and parkrun motifs. A fantastic day for the family, and that cake looks just too good to eat.

 

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Four of our juniors reached the magic 10 and can order their white t-shirts:  James Munns, Lily O’Neill, Amber Futtit, May Ginnelly. James managed a PB as well. Keep up the good work. Not long to 50.

 

Results bit

First home to the Bushy Park tree this week was Kieran Gilfedder in 17:14 in his 37th parkrun, 7th at Bushy and his first time first-finisher. Second was that Unknown runner again (Don’t Forget Your Barcode!), third finisher was Neil Reissland in 17:23 in his 193rd  run and 6th at Bushy recording a fantastic 85.56%, fourth was Matthew Wyatt in 17:24. It must have been a tight finish as Lewis Banner clocked the same time of 17:24. Great stuff.

This week’s fastest time of 17:14 was the 39th lowest of all the 611 Bushy parkruns to date.

First female home was junior runner Rebecca Keddie (JW15-17) in 21:08 in her 25th parkrun. Second and third female finishers were also junior runners Sacha Kennedy (JW11-14) and Amber George (JW11-14) in the same time 21:10. Great times.

For the junior boys, first finisher was James John Milton (JM15-17) in 18:46, second was Robert Hutchinson (JM15-17) in 18:53 and third was Ben Nicholls-Mindlin (JM15-17) in 20:06. Great running all.

Only one runner exceeded the 80% age grading mark, which shows how difficult it was this week – the aforementioned Neil Reissland (85.56%). Neil,who normally runs at Roundshaw Downs and Banstead Woods obviously enjoys the flatlands of Bushy. More info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, is at the parkrun support FAQ.

 

Newcomers and parkrun tourists

49 people were doing their first ever parkrun – welcome to the club! Do come back.  In addition we had 30 parkrun tourists doing Bushy for the first time. The most experienced of whom was Matthew Harwood with 217 runs to his name. Matthew normally runs at Reading parkrun, so I hope you found Bushy to your liking and possibly a little less muddy?

 

Stats of the day

There were 1074 parkrunners – 990 identified, 84 unknown (7.8% of field).

27th most popular Bushy parkrun ever

How many?

  • Of the 990 identified parkrunners, there were:
  • 122 Juniors aged under 18 (12%) and 151 Seniors aged 19-34 (15%)
  • 717 Vets (72%) of which 96 are 35-39, 296 are 40-49, 248 are 50-59, 77 are 60+
  • 601 males (61%) and 389 females (39%)
  • Most common male age group was 50-54 (111 runners),
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (56 runners)

 

How fast?

  • Of the 1074 finishers, there were:
  • 36 runners sub 20 mins (3%),
  • 315 between 20:00-24:59 (29%)
  • 394 25:00-29:59 (37%)
  • 329over 30 mins (31%)
  • Midpoint time: 27:21
  • Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 37, 57, 64, 73, 84, 86, 81, 78, 87, 61
  • 87 finishers in the 28th minute.

 

Well that’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed my report and see you all next week.

Happy parkrunning!

 

Andrew Howarth (VM50-54)

 

 

Run Report Event No. 610 – 23rd January 2016

Some of you may well know that I am marathon training. There will, in fact, be a pretty big contingent of Bushy parkrunners down on the South coast on April 17th for the Brighton marathon.

This is week 4 of my 16 week training block and is an exciting one as this week was ‘recovery week’. The long runs build steadily for three weeks and then you have a shorter one to allow you to consolidate a bit. This meant Emma and I only had to do 10 miles and that meant that with a little bit of discipline in the week we could do our Long Slow on Saturday (incorporating parkrun) and then have a Sunday off – no alarm! Bliss! – especially seeing as every other weekend up until April will consist of early starts and porridge for breakfast for tempo Saturday and long run Sunday.

Anyway, it meant that while Emma ran to the park from home, I drove to Bushy and got the bulk of my run in before Ray even started his announcements! Getting to the park just before 8am was wonderful!

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I have been running in Bushy Park for the best part of a decade now and have probably been to every corner of the park, but there are some days when the park feels magical and this was one of them. The mist was pooling on the ground, trees covered in a touch of frost and I arrived just as the sun was rising! I probably only saw a dozen for the first hour – a few people walking their dogs, the odd runner getting in some early miles and Stewart Rose walking down to perform his usual task of setting up the funnel!

But the peace and beauty of the park was great!

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Bushy parkrun created my route – running the old course first to finish up at the big tree and then adding on the new version in reverse so you get in a good 10km before coming up Lime Avenue at 8:58 to the sight of a thousand runners waiting for the off!

Route
NB. Despite 200 odd parkruns, I managed to get lost. Doing the course in reverse made it difficult (for me) to work out which gate the turn back towards Cobblers Walk was and so I turned off a bit early!

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Then tack myself on to the back of the pack and a steady run to complete my ten miles as I wound my way through the field.

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The power of the field

One thing I have noticed over the time I have been running at Bushy is the impact of running alongside people. Last week, I ran with a friend of mine – well to be honest, we raced – and just got in under 20 minutes! Now, this is a quick time for me and obviously the marathon training is seeing me in good shape, but in training I can never get close to that! Not ever been sub 21 mins! There is something about having a group people around you that makes it easier. In theory it should be easier in training – no-one causing you to weave or check your stride, pretty much run the racing line etc. but there is something about having people around you that maybe gives you something to concentrate on other than the pain in your lungs and so it is easier – I don’t know!

Anyway, this phenomenon showed its impact today. I was planning on running 5 min/km pace and had been ticking them off at between 4:50 and 4:58. Nicely consistent, but I was starting to get tired and was then working out excuses – I should run with someone else to keep them company and if that means I am slower then no problems! But as soon as we started it all felt easy – a few chats with people on the way round, but my pace upped by about 10 seconds a kilometre! Nothing ground breaking, but I felt great and it was a nice way to tick off my long run for the week!

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Anyway, enough of my morning!

The 610th Bushy parkrun

An incredible 1,170 of you enjoyed the winter sun for a lap of Bushy Park, with a wonderful half century of new runners enjoying their first parkrun.

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It was great to see Unknown Athlete back at the top of the charts this week! It was his 35th time as first finisher, but before this weekend we hadn’t seen that since mid-November, so well done Unknown Runner!

Second home was Jonathan Cornish who ran a new PB of 15:43, with Tom Jervis (15:57) close behind. Then we had a big gap back to Ross Franks (17:06) and Tim Haughian (17:07)

Amongst the juniors, we saw Greg Atkins record the fastest time (17:46) with Alex Bagnall (19:07) and Luke Mace (19:12) completing the top three.

In the ladies event, Michelle Dillon was quickest in 17:58, followed home by Laura Dunn (18:49) and junior athlete Freya Thomson (19:07)

Freya was obviously quickest of the juniors with Ava White (21:03) and Ella Fryer (21:57) making up the podium.

Well done all of you!

End of the funnel with Ali Kennedy giving out tokens

New PBs, parkrun Club membership and Amazing Age Gradings

An incredible 144 runners recorded a new PB, but big congratulations goes to the following people who have more than 50 parkruns to their name!

Jonathan CORNISH, Tim BOWDEN, Ioan SMITH, Chris MEARA, Luke LAWRENCE, Chiara BORG, Bob HIGSON, Daniel CLARK, Jane GILL, Jake VAUGHAN, Alexander REYNOLDS, Manav BATH, Rebecca LUNN, Jovun BATH, Louise HUTTON-WILSON, Shems MORRISON and Joanna Serena BURGE

A special mention should go to Tim Bowden who is one of our regular pacers and a really top guy! This week Tim ran his first PB since Feb 2015! He only lowered it by 3 seconds, but recorded the agonising time of 20:01! So close! Next week? Or maybe have a week off pacing in Feb and tuck in behind the 20 minute guy!

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250 Club – No-one ran their 250th parkrun at Bushy this week

100 Club – Well done to Tim Hurdle, Oliver Edwards, David Noble and Chris Meara

50 Club – Stuart Rigley, Jessame Coulson, Lucy Hankey, James Step, Jim Sell and Alison Eley all should be ordering their smart new red T-shirt

10 Club – Awesome juniors Phoebe Saville, Sean Marcus and James Clifford all joined the exclusive 10 Club this week!

George and Suzie Longstaff at the finish with their fairy god-daughters!
Who knew we had two fairies in our midst!

In terms of WAVA Age Gradings, the top performance was by Michelle Dillon who recorded an incredible 86.27%. This would have been good enough for 97th place in the all-time list of Bushy parkrun athletes, but in this case Michelle is already 70th on the list from a previous run!

Also hitting the magic 80% mark though was Jonathan Cornish, Tom Jervis, Darryl Carter, Laurence Duffy, Freya Thomson and Polly Adams.

Well done!

 

Dawn Piper and Jan Franks at the finish

New Year Resolutions

This week was the fourth normal Saturday parkrun of 2016 and obviously there was the New Year’s Day one to make five. We always have a little bloom in the field during January as New Year’s resolutions inspire people to pull on their trainers and embrace the cold! But the question is how many of these people stay the course!

So looking at the 44 people who ran today and have either 4 or 5 parkruns to their name – I am letting people off having to turn out on New Year’s Day as that is only for crazy people! :O)

How many of them started parkrun in 2016 and have been dedicated ever since?

So I am proud to announce the fabulous five!…

 

Four runners started on Jan 2nd and has been ever present since.

Philip Peters (SM 30-34) started off his parkun record with a solid 25:28, but getting to know the course has seen him record two PBs to lower his target to 20:38

Jude Disney (VM45-49) has set a new PB every week. Moving from 31:35 to 29:01 this week. How long can he keep this sequence running?

Becky Pemble (JW11-14) is doing well improving her finish time by almost 6 ½ minutes and now is pushing hard to beat 33:49 each week

Caroline Pemble (VW40-44) is likely to be related and has seen similar improvement with her PB now sitting at 38:34!

NB. Hannah Pemble (JW10) also made her debut on Jan 2nd, but missed a week and so didn’t make the list! Keep going Hannah, as you have seen the biggest improvement of any Pemble in this list with almost 10 minutes of improvement and were only four seconds behind Becky who I assume is your big sister! Go Hannah!

But step forward the amazing Bob Geddes (VM65-69) who rocked up to Bushy parkrun for the first time on Jan 1st and since then it has been a fixture of his Saturday mornings! Four PBs out of four and an overall improvement of 12 ½ mins is pretty impressive – but I reckon there is more to come!

So the question is – how long will these superstars stay with us at Bushy. Will they fall by the wayside if it gets colder? Are they fair weather runners and a wet Saturday morning will result in the snooze button getting pressed? Will Becky beat Hannah to that coveted 10 shirt. Can Bob reach the 50 club in 2016? We’ll be watching you guys! And hoping we have some more converts!

Anyway, that’ll do for this week!

Take care

Andy W

Tail runner Paul Wood with Andrew Warden (10 runs)
Paul Wood - our tail runner for the day

 

Run Report Event No. 609 – 16th January 2016

 

Cold morning, warm welcome!

 

Winter arrived with a bump this week as the mild wet and muddy conditions of late were replaced with a cold, frosty and sunny Bushy Park for the 609th parkrun. It may have been a cold morning, but as always there was a warm welcome for the 1,134 parkrunners toeing the line on Lime Avenue, supported by pacers at odd numbered minutes, and aided by 43 enthusiastic volunteers! Clearly the pacers and firm going underfoot had the desired effect, as there was over 100 more PBs this time compared with last week, as 181 of you set a new PB, congratulations! We had 64 Bushy debutants, of which 49 of you were new to parkrun, a warm welcome to you all!

 

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I had such a good time on funnel last week I decided to return this week for some more funnel fun (you can’t have a funnel without having fun)! I was on the front gate with Michael Trott who did an excellent job with giving out the letters and Phil Bluer was also at the start of the funnel encouraging runners through superbly! Nick Blanchard was on back gate which I know he enjoys, thanks Nick, and thanks to all of the funnel team!

On pacer day you always get some busy periods in the funnel – usually just before the pacer finishes, and this time it was no different! David Worth did an excellent job on timer and he clicked 111 runners through in the 24th minute, and at 24:40 he clicked five runners and in doing so he joins the five clicks club – which now has six members: Oliver Bezzant, Andy Wingate, Simon Lane, Ally Manole, Leonie Kennedy and David Worth. Andy Wingate is the sole member of the six clicks club!

 

On such a stunning morning in Bushy Park we were very lucky to have Katrin Kroschinski taking photos of the event, capturing so many moments – they are well worth looking through if you haven’t seen them already, check them out here

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In all a team of 43 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 bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’d pleased to hear from you!

 

Full list of volunteers on the day:

Alex TICKELL  •  Amy SILLITOE  •  Ann COWARD  •  Dave James GRIFFITHS  •  David PAPWORTH  •  David V MATTHEWS  •  David WORTH  •  Dean SMITH  •  Donald BELL  •  Ed Lea WRIGGLESWORTH  •  Eddie ROBERTSON  •  Ellie WALLWORK  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Fran WYLDE  •  Graham MORTIMER  •  Ian BLYTHE  •  Jacqueline RICH  •  John P WOODS  •  Katherine CURTIS TYLER  •  Katrin KROSCHINSKI  •  Ken PEARSON  •  Lou COAKER  •  Lyn BRYMER  •  Madeline THOMAS  •  Marje SLADDEN  •  Martin MILTON  •  Michael TROTT  •  Natalie O'ROURKE  •  Neville TAYLOR  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Orla LYONS  •  Paul BERRY  •  Phil BLUER  •  Poppy WRIGHT  •  Ray COWARD  •  Richard KENNEDY  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Sheila FERGUSSON  •  Toby COOPER  •  Wendy STOKES  •  Will FORD  •  Yue MAN  •  Zoe LAWRENCE

 

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Without any further ado, let’s move on to this week’s headline makers.

 

Parking

An important reminder on parking at Bushy Park for parkrunners during our event. There were several cars in the main car park on Saturday morning which were not parked properly in parking bays and in some cases in dangerous positions, thereby blocking cars from entering/exiting the car park safely. The police were checking parking and giving out tickets on Saturday, and they will be doing the same this Saturday.

The picture below outlines the alternative parking options in Bushy Park:

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Please make sure you give yourself enough time to arrive early to get a space – i.e. if you arrive at 8:55, then the main car park will be full. Remember there are several alternatives to the main car park in the map above. If you come into the park from Teddington then your best option is The Pheasantry car park, or alternatively the slightly further car park just off of Cobbler’s Walk, opposite Bushy House – where there is ample parking. Please consider travelling on foot or bike if you are local, car-sharing or finding parking alternatives outside the park. Thank you.        

 

Pacers  

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As it was the third Saturday of the month, we had pacers at odd numbered minutes ranging from 21-35 minutes. There were a whopping 181 PBs on the day, no doubt helped by firm ground underfoot, but also by our group of pacers!  

This month’s heroes are listed below, and bracketed is the number of PBs there were in the 20 seconds before their scheduled pace time, and their actual time:  

21 minutes: Ian Fullen (7 PBs, 20:57)

23 minutes: David Pimm (5 PBs, 23:09)

25 minutes: Jed Leicester (7 PBs, 25:03)

27 minutes: Andrew Howarth (6 PBs, 27:01)

29 minutes: Nicholas Bowden and Tim Bowden (3 PBs, 28:59 and 29:00)

31 minutes: Jo Bourne (6 PBs, 31:05)

33 minutes: Zoe Riding (4 PBs, 33:08)

35 minutes: Andy Pillidge (1 PB, 34:59)    

 

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Ian Fullen - 21 minute pacer enjoying his run!    

 

The most accurate pacers were Nicholas Bowden, Tim Bowden and Andy Pillidge, whilst Ian Fullen and Jed Leicester earned the most PBs in their group! A big thanks to all the pacers!      

 

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There is now 460 members of the 250 club (49 of them were at Bushy this time), but there were no new members here this time! However there are several parkrunners who were present this time and are now closing in on this club: Paul Rostern (249 runs), Tracy Fraser (247), Ruth Hutton (246) and Les Brown (245).

Two runners joined the 100 club this week, well done to: Andrew Jordan and Robert Dean – well done, and you can soon look forward to receiving your black Tribesports 100 top very soon! On 99 not out are: David Noble, Oliver Edwards and Chris Meara.

 

Leonie (first female finisher and new PB) and Sacha Kennedy (joins 50 club) 

Leonie Kennedy (right) celebrates joining 50 club    

 

Another two parkrunners joined the 50 club and can look forward to ordering their red Tribesports 50 top very soon. Congratulations to: Stan Stennett and Leonie Kennedy! Leonie had provided some cakes for some of us to celebrate her achievement! She ran her fastest time since May 2015, well done Leonie and thanks for the cakes! A further five parkrunners are one run away from a half century: Kim Rowe, David Kimball, James Step, Louise Patterson and James (Jim) Sell.  

There were two new members of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only), congratulations to: George Osborne and Fred Draper! Another six junior parkrunners are one away from double figures: Phoebe Saville, James Munns, May Ginnelly, Lily O’Neill, James Clifford and Bodie Blake.    
For more info on the parkrun clubs and accompanying free t-shirts, and how to order them, do visit the parkrun support FAQ  

   

 

New PBs  

Unlike recent weeks, the mud was replaced with a firm frosty ground, combined with the pacers ensured 181 of you set new PBs, congratulations! Our most experienced parkrunner to set a new PB was last week’s parkrunner of the week, Sarah Mayall! She ran 25:52 for her first ever sub 26 minute time, taking a huge 37 seconds off her time on her 204th parkrun here! (205 runs overall). Well done Sarah!

One of my favourite moments this time was when Ian Haylock came through the funnel, telling me he’d set a new PB whilst still trying to get his breath back! Ian ran 19:37 on his 186th parkrun here (190 runs overall), taking nine seconds off his previous best set back in 2013, well done Ian!

Simon Lovegrove was running his 162nd Bushy parkrun (171 runs overall) and ran 27:24, taking 34 seconds off his previous best, whilst Crispin White took one second off his previous best from April 2014 as he ran 22:56 on his 102nd parkrun here (103 runs overall). Well done guys!

There were plenty more notable PBs achieved on the course, well done to: Francesca Thomas, Florence England, David Noble, Chris Meara, Katie Happs, David Porter, Tania Sullivan, Katy Neaves, Alexander Clay, Mark McKinnon, Shems Morrison, Thomas Clarke, Jovun Bath, and Luke Lawrence!    

 

Sacha Kennedy (JW11-14) ran a new PB of 19:55 on her 49th Bushy parkrun (61 runs overall) for her first sub 20 time and first female finisher taking a huge 37 seconds off her time! She was running alongside Andy Wingate the whole way round and I’m sure she appreciated his encouragement, well done to both of you! It was a good day for the Kennedys as Sacha’s sister Leonie Kennedy was celebrating her 50th run whilst their mum Ali Kennedy also set a new PB!

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Andy Wingate and Sacha Kennedy (new PB!)    

 

parkrun tourists

We had 64 parkrunners making their Bushy debut, with the most experienced being 100 club member Matthew Bough! Matthew is a regular at Bedfont Lakes parkrun with 110 parkruns there (a Bedfonto!), and joined us as their event unfortunately had to cancel due to icy conditions. I hope you enjoyed your morning at Bushy Matthew, thanks for coming! Also from Bedfont Lakes we welcomed their Co-Event Director Ian Cockram (333 parkruns) and Caroline Cockram (213 parkruns), it was good to see you both at Bushy!

 

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Ian and Caroline Cockram

 

Also making her Bushy debut was 81 time parkrunner Judith Prentis! She is a regular at Wimbledon Common with 58 of her runs there, and another 11 at Fulham Palace parkrun, with one overseas run completed at Mosman parkrun in Australia. Thanks for coming Judith and we hope you enjoyed the experience! Another first timer joining us was Andy Moore, running 20:13 for his fastest ever parkrun from his 60 parkruns, and his home run is at Coventry parkrun with 42 runs there. Thanks to both of you for coming and we hope you enjoyed the frosty conditions with a warm welcome!

It was also good to see many 26.2 RRC members visiting Bushy, and giving out flyers for the Valentine’s 10k in Chessington next month which this year takes place on Valentine’s Day!

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Now That’s What I Call A Stat Attack!

This edition of Stat Attack was inspired by Bushy parkrun regular Lisa Mainwaring (130 runs here, 151 runs overall). Lisa has recently been overseas running at Lake Joondalup in the suburbs of Perth in Western Australia, and on this time she ran there with a temperature of 35C! Given the current colder weather in Blighty, it got me thinking about what the range of temperature would be between the hottest parkrun and the coldest parkrun! Unsurprisingly the parkruns in the Perth area in Australia were the highest with 35C, whilst the two parkrun events in St. Petersburg in Russia were the coldest, at a bone chilling -19C, that’s a difference of 54 degrees! Most UK runs were around or below zero, other parkruns in Denmark and Poland were also below freezing, whilst parkruns in the southern hemisphere enjoyed temperatures in the 20s!

I put together this graph below which shows a few examples of temperatures at parkruns around the world for 16th January:

 

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Another brief Stat Attack of note – Stewart Rose did not run at event 609! Yes, you read that right! Stewart was on a consecutive streak of 97, keeping John Woods honest as he continues his streak of 144 in a row here. Stewart couldn’t run due to a nasty bug he’d picked up, and as well as setting up the double funnel as he does every week, he was also taking down unscannable athlete barcode numbers too.   John Woods & Stewart Rose

John Woods and Stewart Rose pre-parkrun
 

 

parkrunner of the week!

Last week’s featured parkrunner of the week – Sarah Mayall, went on to post a new PB this week, well done Sarah! Will the same happen next week? Just like last time I have picked the parkrunner who receives the same position token number as the event number for that particular week.

As it was event number 609, the parkrunner who finished with token 609 in a time of exactly 27:00 was Gaye Banfield! It was Gaye’s third parkrun and first of 2016, setting a new PB by 46 seconds! No doubt the encouragement of our 27 minute pacer – Andrew Howarth helped! She made her parkrun debut on 21 November 2015. Well done on the PB Gaye, and having taken off nearly a minute I’m sure there will be more to come!

 

Now for the results and stats bit!

 

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The results bit

 

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First finisher Rob Eveson

 

For the first time since 18th December 2015, the first finisher was not Andrius Jaksevicius! This time it was St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Rob Eveson, posting 16:49 (78.39%) on his 211th parkrun (177 at Bushy). The next two finishers had a very close sprint finish, which helped Gabriel Lewis of Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers post a new PB of 17:32 (78.14%) on his seventh parkrun, and Gabriel was the first junior finisher. The third registered finisher – Gareth Coady, also posted 17:32 (73.95%), just one second outside his PB on his 26th parkrun here (34 runs overall). Will Barker (17:46) and Tom Lovegrove (17:57) also posted sub 18 times.

 

Sprint finish!

Close sprint finish between second and third finishers!

 

The aforementioned Gabriel Lewis (17:32) was the first junior finisher, next was Samuel Reynolds, posting 19:14 (72.36%) on his 20th parkrun (19 at Bushy), just ahead of Jamie White, who finished in 19:15 (72.29%) for a new PB (by over two minutes – his last run was in 2014!) on his 41st parkrun (all at Bushy). The following junior males all posted sub 20 times also, well done to: James Wiles (19:26), Rufus King (19:31), Luke Mace (19:33), Joseph Middleton (19:39), Joe Killip (19:41) and Dominic Rhodes (19:49).

 

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First female finisher Sacha Kennedy

 

The first female finisher on the day was also a junior parkrunner, as Sacha Kennedy (JW11-14) of Ranelagh Harriers ran 19:55 (80.17%) for a new PB on her 61st parkrun (49 at Bushy)! Next was Rosy Gross, running 20:22 (73.90%) on her 65th parkrun (all at Bushy) and the third female finisher was the third most experienced female parkrunner in world – namely Polly Adams, as she ran 20:46 (80.47%) on her 405th parkrun (392 at Bushy).

The aforementioned Sacha Kennedy (19:55) was the first junior girl to finish, and she was followed by Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers athlete Kathryn Bartle, running 20:51 (75.38%) for a new PB by nearly a minute on her 35th parkrun (34 at Bushy). The third junior home was Jessica Mayer, who also posted a new PB of 21:10 (76.93%) on her 14th parkrun (8 at Bushy). Next was Leonie Kennedy, running 21:48 (73.24%) on her 50th parkrun (37 at Bushy), completing the sub 22 junior female finishers.

 

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Highest age grading scorers

The much firmer ground underfoot than of late helped produce some very high age gradings this week, as a magnificent seven posted percentages in the 80s. Nick Sirs (VM55-59) of Exeter Harriers ran 18:59 to earn 83.76%, Sue Lambert (VW70-74) scored 81.84% from her time of 29:06, and Bernie Mulvany (VM55-59) gained 81.49% as he ran 19:11. James Wiles (JM10) was the highest junior age grader on the day, running an outstanding 19:26 for a new PB and 81.22%. Polly Adams (VW50-54) scored 80.74% from her time of 20:46, Merran Sell (VW70-74) also scored 80.74% as she ran 28:02, and first female finisher Sacha Kennedy (JW11-14) ran a new PB of 19:55 for 80.17%.

For more info 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 1134 parkrunners – 1055 identified, 79 unidentified (5.5% of field).

How many?

  • Of the 1055 identified parkrunners, there were:
  • 181 PBs (17% of field) of which 4 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 64 Bushy first timers (6% of field) of which 49 were parkrun first timers (5% of field)
  • 136 Juniors aged under 18 (13%) and 165 Seniors aged 19-34 (16%)
  • 754 Vets (71%) of which 96 are 35-39, 330 are 40-49, 258 are 50-59, 70 are 60+
  • 610 males (58%) and 445 females (42%)
  • Most common male age group was 50-54 (112 runners – 18% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (74 runners – 17% of all females)
  • 206 club runners (20% of field) from 59 different clubs and 849 unattached (80%)
  • Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (70 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (15), 26.2 RRC (12), Ranelagh Harriers (9), and St Mary’s Richmond AC (6).

 

How fast?

  • Of the 1134 finishers, there were:
  • 53 runners sub 20 mins (5%), 776 between 20:00-29:59 (68%), 305 over 30 mins (27%)
  • Top 10% time: 21:00, Midpoint time: 26:26
  • Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 59, 63, 87, 85, 111, 73, 76, 62, 89, 71
  • 432 finishers between 22:00 and 26:59, average of 86.4 per minute
  • 111 finishers in the 24th minute.

 

How many parkruns?

  • 81021 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1055, averaging 76.8 parkruns each
  • 511 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (49.4% of identified field), of which
  • 200 members of the 50 club (19.0%)
  • 262 members of the 100 club (24.8%)
  • 49 members of the 250 club (4.6% of field) – Richard Fletcher (480 runs), John Hanscomb (478), Paul Killick (464), Danny Norman (463), Ramona Thevenet (433), John Woods (432), Simon Greenhill (425), Kirsty Bangham (421), Polly Adams (405), Ciaran Murphy (388), David Tyas (386), Stewart Holmes (378), Madge Bradsell (370), Walter Cormack (360), Mark Gratton (354), Malcolm Taylor (346), Suzan Baker (341), Bernie Mulvany (339), Jeremy Langdon (334), Ian Cockram (333), Jeremy Palmer (332), Carmen Palmer (329), Wally Garrod (327), Rory Waddell (325), Pat McGrath (313), Duncan Grant (311), Suzie Longstaff (305), Jason Venkatasamy (304), Richard Barker (300), Marjory Bluer (298), Steve Cochrane (296), Christopher Johnson (295), Malcolm Dickson (290), Helen Gardiner (289), Helen Jones (278), Jeremy Hawke (277), Liz Zass (272), Ewen Gibson (269), Michael Page (269), Joanne Green (266), John Hargest (262), Jonathan Cox (261), Geoff Miles (261), Steve Miller (260), Adam Wright (259), Wendy Robertson (259), Paul Belcher (253), Eric Shawdon (252) and Jack Kennedy (252).

 

Many thanks to Katrin for the photos in this run report!

 

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That’s all for now, until next time!

 

Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch

 

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Run Report Event No. 608 – 9th January 2016

 

Mud, sweat and cheers!

 

Oh yes, there was mud, there was sweat and most definitely lots of cheer! Despite the mud, there was a hint of sunshine and an audible buzz in the air with the year still young, as Run Director Ray Coward addressed the masses on Lime Avenue, parkrunners attired in a kaleidoscope of colours! In all there were 1,214 parkrunners – our fourth largest attendance ever! We had visitors from New Zealand amongst the 86 Bushy first timers, with 54 of you starting your parkrun journey, welcome along – we very much hope you’ll be back many more times and make those resolutions last!

 

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1,214 parkrunners set off on Lime Avenue

 

I was looking forward to being back on volunteering duty on the double funnel, and certainly much funnel fun was had! It was a very busy morning which flew by, especially as 109 of you finished in the 25th minute! Big thumbs up to Simon Lane on the timer, coolness personified as always! Well done to all the funnel team as well who did a superb job keeping everyone moving, especially with the increasing mud.

I was with Diane Mullen, who was giving out the prized funnel letters (a keepsake for about 2 minutes), as well as David Griffiths and Julie Melotte (who was excellent as funnel mud marshal, with no fallers)! We may try tweaking the funnel position slightly next time to give the ground some recovery time!

 

Lucy Thatcher was volunteer co-ordinator once more, and Jan Franks and Anne Woods were kept very busy giving out position tokens! In all a team of 34 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 let Pat McGrath know via bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’d pleased to hear from you!

Full list of volunteers on the day:

Alex TICKELL  •  Ali KENNEDY  •  Amy SILLITOE  •  Andrew MORRISON  •  Andrew RONKSLEY  •  Anne WOODS  •  Ciaran MURPHY  •  Dave James GRIFFITHS  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Ed Lea WRIGGLESWORTH  •  Eddie ROBERTSON  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Graham MORTIMER  •  Graham TITCOMBE  •  Ian BLYTHE  •  Jacqueline RICH  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Julie MELOTTE  •  Katherine CURTIS TYLER  •  Katy FURBER  •  Ken PEARSON  •  Lou COAKER  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Michael TROTT  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Norman TAYLOR  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard STEEDEN  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Simon LANE  •  Wendy STOKES  •  Will FORD  •  Yue MAN

 

Simon Lane clicked 1214 finishers today!

Timer Simon Lane poised to click another finisher!

 

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

 

parkrun tourists

As always we had plenty of tourists from far and wide, and none had travelled further than Lower Hutt parkrun regulars from New Zealand – Natalie Hogg (92 runs) and Simon Maister (55 runs)! Lower Hutt parkrun is based in Wellington in New Zealand - and it was the first parkrun event in the country when it began in May 2012, and now regularly attracts over 100 parkrunners every week. Natalie and Simon have also done plenty of tourism in Ireland, but this was their first run in the UK and enjoyed their morning with us. One particular highlight for them was the sight of roaming deer as they ran through the park, something us locals should never take for granted! Thanks for coming and enjoy the rest of your time here!

 

Lower Hutt (NZ) parkrun tourists Natalie and Simon

Natalie & Simon came from Lower Hutt parkrun (NZ) to join us!

 

Looking through the results it appears we had plenty of tourists from nearby Nonsuch parkrun! Unfortunately Nonsuch had to cancel their event this weekend due to the recent weather, so many of their regulars decided to join us! Amongst their group was Mark Spicer (162 runs), Alison Spicer (131), James Sawyer (108), Eileen Sawyer (105), Michelle O’Driscoll (101), Chris James (94), James Randall (88), Michael Barrett (86), Laura Hargreaves (75), Ellen Atkinson (63), Oliver Spicer (45) and Joshua Spicer (22). Thanks for choosing Bushy and we hope your event is back on next time!

250 club members Tim McIntyre (304 runs) and Sue McIntyre (295 runs) came to Bushy and they have done most of their runs at Banstead Woods and Nonsuch, however they are also very frequent tourists around the UK with one overseas parkrun at Krakow in Poland. Many thanks for coming!

Other tourists from around the UK included Reading parkrun regular James Dean (168 parkruns), Robbie McNab (131 runs), and he usually runs at Netley Abbey in Hampshire, and Mark Brocklehurst – Event Director at Hove parkrun joined us for his second run here (112 runs overall) and set a two minute PB in the process!

Much closer to Bushy we welcomed Richmond regular Malek Sharif (116 parkruns), Kingston regular James Scallan (56 runs), and Rob Millard – who has done most of his runs at Brockwell parkrun in south London, but he has managed to fit plenty of tourism from his current tally of 43 parkruns!

 

250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs  

parkrunew

 

There is now 457 members of the 250 club (51 of them were at Bushy yesterday), but there were no new members here this time! However there are several parkrunners present this time who are now closing in on this club: Paul Rostern (248 runs), Tracy Fraser (246), Ruth Hutton (245) and Duncan Ball (245).

Four runners joined the 100 club this week, well done to: Catherine Haughney, Loula Bell, Monica Morris and Edward Bell! On 99 not out is: Andrew Jordan.

 

A further eight parkrunners joined the 50 club and can look forward to ordering their red Tribesports 50 top very soon. Congratulations to: Max Zajdler, Chris Doggart, Alexander Reynolds, Hugo Studholme, Tim Woodcock, Andrew Limbrick, Helen Kyle and Nicola Short! Five more runners are one run away from a half century: Stan Stennett, Keith O’Loughlin, Richard Bulkley, Leonie Kennedy and Vicky Gardner.

There was one new member of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only), congratulations to Fredrik HutchingsGeorge Osborne (not the chancellor!) and James Proudfoot are one away from double figures.

For more info on the parkrun clubs and accompanying free t-shirts, and how to order them, do visit the parkrun support FAQ

 

New PBs

It would appear the mud thwarted some PB attempts this week judging by the relatively low figure of 78 PBs. Of those 78 PBs, none were achieved by those with at least 50 Bushy parkruns completed. The most experienced parkrunner to set a new PB this time was Isabel Melbourne! Isabel is just five and she has gradually lowered her PB in the last year, taking 23 seconds off this time with 29:32 on her 51st parkrun (47 runs at Bushy), amazing! Well done also to Andrew Overton, Nicola Overton and all 78 of you who set new PBs, congratulations and keep them coming!

 

Happy Birthday Ray!

RD Ray Coward addressing the masses

RD Ray Coward during his pre-run briefing

 

Our Run Director on the day Ray Coward kept the fact it was his birthday very quiet in the pre-run announcements, however his wife Ann had baked an excellent cake post-run for some of us to enjoy and let it be known it was his birthday! Clearly over 1200 people decided to celebrate your birthday with you Ray, many congratulations and thanks!

Birthday cake for RD Ray

 

parkrunner of the week!

In a new feature for 2016, I will be choosing a parkrunner to feature and put their name in lights in this section! It won’t be a completely random exercise – I intend to choose the parkrunner who receives the same position token number as the event number for that particular week. Hopefully this won’t end up being an unknown athlete!

As it was event number 608, the parkrunner who finished with token 608 in a time of 27:12 was Sarah Mayall! Sarah has completed 204 parkruns and began her parkrun journey at Bushy on 5th September 2009, running a time of 30:00 exactly, and she has since lowered her time by over three minutes and now has a PB of 26:27, which she set at event 600 on 28th November 2015.

Of her 204 runs, 203 have been completed at Bushy, with one tourist trip to the wonderfully named Maribyrnong parkrun in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia on 3rd January 2015. I had to look up the origin of the name “Maribyrnong”, which dates back to Aboriginal times, and the most common translation for this name is “I can hear a ringtail possum (See link here). There’s a piece of information which will never appear on any pub quiz anywhere… except in Maribyrnong perhaps!

Well done Sarah, you could possibly join the 250 club before the year is out!

 

Now for the results and stats bit!

 

parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #608   

 

The results bit  

Five in a row!

For the 25th occasion, the first finisher was Belgrave Harrier Andrius Jaksevicius once again, running 16:31 (79.41%) on his 150th parkrun (133 at Bushy). Andrius has been the first finisher for the last five Bushy parkruns (events 604-608: 25th December 2015 – 9th January 2016), equalling the record set by Anthony Jackson (events 508-512: 8th March – 5th April 2014) and Dermot Cummins (events 19-23: 5th February – 5th March 2005). Can anyone prevent Andrius from making it six in a row at event 609?

First finisher Andrius Jaksevicius
First finisher Andrius Jaksevicius - for the fifth time in a row!

 

The next finisher was indeed one of the other two parkrunners to have achieved five consecutive first finishes here, as Anthony Jackson of Sittingbourne Striders ran 17:15 (74.88%) on his 178th parkrun (160 at Bushy). A further two registered runners posted sub 18 times in the muddy conditions, well done to: Gareth Coady, who ran 17:58 (72.17%) on his 33rd parkrun (25 at Bushy), and Ross Franks of St Mary’s Richmond AC, posting 17:59 (71.73%) on his 44th parkrun (43 at Bushy).

For the junior boys, Luke Mace was first back to the finish tree, just ten seconds outside his PB with 19:23 (70.68%) on his 31st parkrun (all at Bushy). The following junior males all achieved sub 22 times, well done to: Samuel Reynolds (21:21), Max Zajdler (21:25), Matthew Tyas (21:30), Sam Atkins (21:39) and Ruairi Pyrgos (21:53).

 

The first registered female home was Becca Neale, and she ran 20:13 (73.21%) on her 26th parkrun (21 at Bushy). She was followed by Emma Stringer, posting 20:37 (71.79%) on her 45th parkrun (32 at Bushy), just ahead of Victoria Haslam who also ran 20:37 (71.79%) for a new PB on her 75th parkrun (19 at Bushy).

The next female finisher was the first junior, as Ranelagh Harrier Sacha Kennedy ran 20:44 (77.01%) on her 60th parkrun (48 at Bushy) A further seven junior girls achieved sub 24 times, well done to: Lucie Bishop (21:29), Jessica Mayer (22:12), Jasmine Findlay (22:37), Imogen King (22:45), Josephine Grist (23:34), and Maia White (23:50) and Helena White (23:51).

 

Buggy runner approaching the finish

One of the many buggy runners on the course approaching the finish!    

 

Highest age grading scorers

On another muddy week there were just three parkrunners who reached above 80% for their age grading, with the ladies leading the way this time! Jane Davies (VW65-69) of Epsom & Ewell Harriers posted another score in the 90s, as she ran 22:31 for 94.23%! Sue Lambert (VW70-74) of Serpentine RC ran 29:20 to earn 81.19%, whilst Polly Adams (VW50-54) ran 20:57 for 80.03%. The highest junior age graders were Sacha Kennedy (77.01%) and Sam Atkins (75.52%)

For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ

parkrunners gather on Lime Avenue

 

Stats of the day

There were 1214 runners – 1147 identified, 67 unidentified (5.5% of field).

How many?

  • Of the 1147 identified runners, there were:
  • 78 PBs (6% of field) of which 0 were runners with 50 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 86 Bushy first timers (7% of field) of which 51 were parkrun first timers (4% of field)
  • 138 Juniors aged under 18 (12%) and 195 Seniors aged 19-34 (17%)
  • 814 Vets (71%) of which 133 are 35-39, 354 are 40-49, 260 are 50-59, 67 are 60+
  • 688 males (60%) and 459 females (40%)
  • Most common male age group was 45-49 (135 runners – 20% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (71 runners – 15% of all females)
  • 237 club runners (21% of field) from 75 different clubs and 910 unattached (79%)
  • Top 6 clubs: Stragglers (71 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (11), Teddington Rugby Running Club (10), Ranelagh Harriers (9), Serpentine RC (8) and St Mary’s Richmond AC (8).

 

How fast?

  • Of the 1214 finishers, there were:
  • 42 runners sub 20 mins (3%), 821 between 20:00-29:59 (68%), 351 over 30 mins (29%)
  • Top 10% time: 21:36, Midpoint time: 27:11
  • Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 44, 58, 88, 77, 87, 109, 88, 82, 94, 94
  • 467 finishers between 25:00 and 29:59, average of 93.4 per minute
  • 109 finishers in the 25th minute.

 

How many parkruns?

  • 85335 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1147, averaging 74.4 parkruns each
  • 550 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (48% of identified field), of which
  • 215 members of the 50 club (18.7%)
  • 284 members of the 100 club (24.8%)
  • 51 members of the 250 club (4.5% of field) – Richard Fletcher (479 runs), John Hanscomb (477), Paul Killick (463), Ramona Thevenet (432), John Woods (431), Simon Greenhill (424), Kirsty Bangham (420), Polly Adams (404), Stewart Rose (402), David Tyas (385), Stewart Holmes (377), Madge Bradsell (369), Walter Cormack (359), Mark Gratton (353), Malcolm Taylor (345), Suzan Baker (340), Bernie Mulvany (338), Neil Davies (336), Jeremy Langdon (333), Jeremy Palmer (331), Sheila Fergusson (331), Carol Dickinson (331), Carmen Palmer (328), Roy Reeder (327), Rory Waddell (324), Pat McGrath (312), Peter Wedderburn (304), Tim McIntyre (304), Jason Venkatasamy (303), Richard Barker (299), Steve Cochrane (295), Sue McIntyre (295), Christopher Johnson (294), Malcolm Dickson (289), Helen Gardiner (288), Shane McDermott (287), Richard McChesney (281), Bob Anderson (277), Jeremy Hawke (276), Gill Wilson (274), Liz Zass (271), Michael Page (268), Christian Morris (265), Joanne Green (265), Vince Howley (263), John Hargest (261), Jonathan Cox (260), Wendy Robertson (258), Andrew Allen (252), Eric Shawdon (251) and Jack Kennedy (251).

 

And finally...

There are pacers on the 16th January, and as it’s an odd numbered month you can expect odd numbered pacers ranging from 21 to 35 minutes!

 

That’s all for now, until next time!

 

Feed the 5000 (metres)!

 

Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch

 

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