It never (rarely) rains at Bushy!
Our octet of pacers, together with RD debutant Ali Kennedy
As all of our core team were across the Channel in France (either parkrunning in Paris or en route to Vichy for an upcoming half Ironman triathlon), Ali Kennedy stepped up to the plate for her debut as Run Director, ably assisted by a superb team of 36 volunteers on the day supporting 1,068 runners – including our eight pacers, all of whom had to overcome some of the wettest conditions I can remember at Bushy in the six years I’ve been parkrunning here. The finish tree was more popular than usual for some shelter, but also to catch up with people too!
parkrunners catching up and taking shelter under the finish tree
At 9am the sun was briefly shining as we welcomed 105 Bushy first timers (53 of which were making their parkrun debut); but by 10am a rather large puddle appeared by the car park as you can see in the photo below! A bit of wet weather wasn’t going to dampen the enthusiasm of the morning though, and 119 of you still managed to post a new PB here, well done!
The puddle by the finish area by 10am... there was no puddle there an hour before!
Assisting Ali were the Volunteer co-ordinators Yue Man and Alex Tickell, David Worth shrugged off the showers to click you all across the line, Jan Franks and Anne Woods were giving out the tokens. Ray Franks co-ordinated the double funnel team, Mark Gratton was on lead bike and we had an excellent team of marshals out on the course, including Madge Bradsell at the crossover point. In all a team of 36 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. Thanks also to Sacha Kennedy and Leonie Kennedy who baked some cakes for last Saturday!
If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! If you are available to help, or would like to find out more, then do get in touch with Pat McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’d pleased to hear from you!
Jan Franks was prepared for the rain whilst giving out tokens with Anne Woods!
Full list of volunteers on the day:
Alex TICKELL • Ali KENNEDY • Andrew MORRISON • Anne WOODS • Ashleigh FERRIS • Chloe GELONA • Dan FINLAY • Dave James GRIFFITHS • David WORTH • Denise MITCHELL • Diane MULLEN • Dianne ODONOGHUE • Ethan MULLEN • Jacqueline RICH • James SELL • Janice FRANKS • John ROOT • Jonathan COX • Jonathan EVANS • Jonathan HUGHES • Leonie KENNEDY • Madge BRADSELL • Marje SLADDEN • Mark GRATTON • Nick BLANCHARD • Patrick MKANDAWIRE • Ray FRANKS • Richard KENNEDY • Richard STEEDEN • Richie O'DOWD • Simon LANE • Steve MILLER • Tasmin WAITE • Tessa LOVELL • Trevor MITCHELL • Yue MAN
Mark Gratton ready to go on lead bike
I decided to have a slightly easier run, and take some photos around the course whilst pestering a few people for a photo mid-run for the run report, as you will see below.
Without any further ado, let’s move on to this week’s headline makers and record breakers!
As it was third Saturday of an even month, we had even numbered minute pacers to help guide and encourage you around the course to a new PB, thanks to:
20 minutes– Lewis Keywood
22 minutes – Kevin Price
24 minutes – Mark Trueman
26 minutes – Adam Sheriff
28 minutes – Ian Cunningham
30 minutes – David Stewart
32 minutes – Richard Matthews
34 minutes – Adrian Roberts
All of the pacers finished close to their times, with honourable mentions to Lewis Keywood and Ian Cunningham, who were both just one second outside their target. Well done to all the pacers, they will return for odd numbered minutes between 21 and 35 minutes on 17th September!
Ian Cunningham pacing at 28 minutes
500, 250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
There were no new members of the 500 club this time, however Paul Killick is closing in on becoming the fifth number as Saturday was his 494th run.
There are now 745 members of the 250 club, and 45 of them were at Bushy this time, however we didn’t have any new members this time. The nearest parkrunners to 250 who ran last Saturday were: Allan Bray (247), Alexandra Mason (245) and Rob Jones (242).
We had one new member of the 100 club this time, congratulations to Shelley Dudley! Shelley has run 83 times at Bushy, and she has also run 17 times in South Africa at Greenpoint (10 times) and Constantia Greenbelt (7 times). You can look forward to ordering the black 100 Tribesports top very soon! Thomas Howard is on 99 not out and could reach three figures on Saturday.
Two of you celebrated joining the 50 club and will be wearing their red Tribesports 50 top with pride in the near future. Congratulations to: Philip Hitchinson and Maxine Kelly. Maxine and her friends had some tables out with cakes and drinks and didn’t allow the weather to rain on their parade!
Maxine Kelly celebrates joining the 50 club!
Another two of you are one run away from a half-century: Gareth Coady, Warren Margolin Andrew Johnson and Seiko Yazaki.
We had four new members of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only) congratulations to: Matthew O’Donovan, Zoe Brunskill, Finn Hanley and Lucy Smith!
Andy Howarth obliged my photo request at 3k!
Despite the wind and rain, 119 of you set a new PB, although just three of you set a new PB with at least 50 Bushy parkruns completed. The most experienced Bushy parkrunner to set a new PB was Manav Bath (92 runs, all at Bushy), as he ran 22:10, taking 39 seconds off his PB. Karl Hoade took even more time off his PB as he improved his time by 50 seconds to 21:28 on his 76th parkrun (all at Bushy). Sam Pratt ran his seventh PB of 2016, running 25:42 on his 70th Bushy parkrun (73 runs overall).
Simon Lane briefing the Bushy first timers and tourists
We had plenty of parkrun tourists once more, with our furthest travellers Issy Margolin (132 runs), Ann Margolin (132 runs) and Warren Margolin (49 runs) coming from the Celtic Harriers Running Club, based in Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa! Their regular run is at Rondebosch parkrun, thanks for coming and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the UK!
St Mary’s Richmond AC runner Michael Robinson-Chui was making his Bushy debut on his 177th parkrun. Michael usually runs at Crane parkrun (145 runs) and has also visited Grovelands parkrun in Enfield 30 times, along with a single visit to Cambridge parkrun. Thanks for coming Michael and we hope you had a good morning with us despite the rain.
Simon Bonner (159 runs) joined us for the first time from Mile End parkrun (147 runs) for his 11th different event, and Susan Blunt (139 runs) was another Bushy first timer and she usually runs at from nearby Nonsuch parkrun (134 runs). Nick Verde (122 runs) and Geoffrey Currell (117 runs) are both regular tourists from Bexley parkrun, as Bushy was their 38th and 36th different events respectively.
We had plenty more first timers at Bushy, including: Sarah Tyler (104 runs), Bruce Staples (98 runs), Edith Galliers (92 runs), Chris Try (87 runs), Linda Cassidy (81 runs), Christine Staples (79 runs), Alex Devereaux (78 runs), Alpheas Sithole (64 runs), Emily Cossar (61 runs), Paul Ingram (61 runs), Michael Try (53 runs), John Cave (53 runs), Tina Jordan (52 runs) and Louise Cave (47 runs)
Thanks to all of those who chose to visit Bushy, we hope you enjoyed the day and see you again soon!
172 and out
As some of you may have seen, there was a notable absentee at Bushy for the previous two weeks in August, as John Woods (463 runs) missed his first Bushy parkrun in over three years! John was on holiday and did his first spot of tourism at Longrun Meadow in Taunton, running there for two weeks before returning home for last Saturday. This means the benchmark of 172 consecutive Bushy parkruns has been set for those who wish to clear any other Saturday plans for the next three years!
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 640, the parkrunner who finished with token 640 was… Emily Bell! Emily was making her parkrun debut and runs in the SW20-24 category, and ran 27:55 this time, keeping just ahead of the 28 minute pacer!
Now for the results and stats bit!
Ali Kennedy addressing the masses on Lime Avenue - yes there was sunshine!
The results bit
The first two finishers back to the big tree were Bushy first timers, led by Maxwell Dumbrell of Horsham Joggers, running 15;45 (82.01%) on his 26th parkrun, followed by parkrun debutant Jack Wyllie of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, and he posted 16:15 (80.21%). Andrew Lawrence ran 16:33 (78.15%) for Morpeth Harriers on his 82nd parkrun (57 runs here, and St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Rob Eveson completed the sub 17 finishers, with 16:45 (77.81%) on his 234th parkrun (188 runs at Bushy). We won’t be seeing as much of Rob soon as he will shortly be starting his studies at Madrid University, all the best for it Rob and keep up the running there in between the lectures!
The fifth finisher home was the first female, as parkrun debutant Georgie Bruinvels ran 17:23 (85.14%) for Aldershot, Farnham & District. Louise Edwards of Berkshire Tri ran 20:16 (75.49%) on her ninth parkrun (3 runs at Bushy), and the third female home was the first junior, as Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Maayan Radus posted a new PB of 20:27 (79.63%) on her second parkrun here (14 runs overall), and she was followed by St Mary’s Richmond athlete Clare Graham, running 20:32 (78.08%) on her 144th parkrun (121 runs at Bushy).
For the juniors, the first junior home was Thames Turbo Triathlon’s Ollie Hurdle, running 19:10 (71.48%) on his 45th parkrun (37 runs at Bushy), not far behind Ollie was fellow Thames Turbo Triathlon runner and parkrun debutant Benjamin Dibley, posting 19:20 (73.36%). Completing the sub 20 minute junior finishers was Oliver Coppellotti of Walton AC, running 19:58 (71.04%) on his eighth parkrun (all at Bushy).
The first female junior home was Maayan Radus of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, running a new PB of 20:27 (79.63%), next was Sacha Kennedy of Oxford City AC, running 20:38 (76.17%) on her 88th parkrun (76 at Bushy), and Lucy Marquand posted 21:14 (71.19%) on her 41st parkrun (40 runs here).
Highest age grading scorers
Despite the challenging and ever increasing wet and windy conditions, seven of you managed to pass the 80% threshold for their age grading. The results currently state there was an age grading of 164.57% from Allan Bray, however this is a glitch within the results pages and should be updated soon.
Therefore the list of seven runners with an age grading above 80% was led by female first finisher and parkrun debutant Georgie Bruinvels (SW25-29), posting 85.14% from her time of 17:23. Next was male first finisher Maxwell Dumbrell (SM25-29) earning 82.01% as he ran 15:45. VW75-79 runner Sue Lambert scored 81.93%, running 29:36, and Andrew Fay (VM60-64) ran 19:41 for 81.46%. Bea Downey (80.80%), Ruth Hutton (80.60%) and Jack Wyllie (80.21%) also achieved over 80%, well done to you all!
For more information on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ
With 49 runs completed in this ‘Bushy year’, and with just over a month to go, there’s only 5 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 11,096 points. In second place at this stage is Jeremy Langdon with 10,271, and moving up to third place is Rob Jones on 10,016.
Leading the women’s points table is junior parkrunner Sacha Kennedy, as she has amassed 11,304 points, and she has extended her lead to 516 points over Polly Adams on 10,788, with the current holder of the Sonia O’Sullivan salver – Ramona Thevenet, in third on 9,947 points.
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
250 club member Mike Page heading for the finish in his double buggy!
Stats of the day
There were 1068 parkrunners – 982 identified, 86 unknown (8% of field).
- Of the 982 identified parkrunners, there were:
- 119 PBs (12.1% of field) of which 3 have completed 50 Bushy parkruns or more
- 105 Bushy first timers (10.7% of field) of which 53 were parkrun first timers (5.4% of field)
- 102 Juniors aged under 18 (10.4%) and 210 Seniors aged 18-34 (21.4%)
- 670 Vets (68.2%) of which 96 are 35-39, 252 are 40-49, 233 are 50-59, 89 are 60+
- 622 males (63.3%) and 335 females (36.7%)
- Most common male age group was 50-54 (90 runners – 14.4% of all males)
- Most common female age group was 50-54 (55 runners – 15.3% of all females)
- 208 club runners (21.2% of field) from 68 different clubs and 774 unattached (78.8%)
- Top 6 clubs: Stragglers (62 runners), 26.2 RRC (12), St Mary’s Richmond AC (11), Ranelagh Harriers (9), Sweatshop Running Community (7) and Thames Turbo Triathlon (7).
- Of the 1066 finishers, there were:
- 50 sub 20 mins, 346 20:00-24:59, 400 25:00-29:59 and 272 over 30 mins
- Top 10% time: 21:09, Midpoint time: 26:43
- Number of finishers per minute: 20-30 mins: 46, 73, 56, 103, 68, 86, 70, 93, 68, 83, 44
- 420 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 84 per minute
- 103 finishers in the 23rd minute.
How many parkruns?
- 72511 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 903, averaging 73.84 parkruns each
- 445 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (45.3% of identified field), of which
- 167 members of the 50 club (17.0%)
- 231 members of the 100 club (23.5%)
- 45 members of the 250 club (4.6% of field)
- 2 members of the 500 club (0.2% of field) – Richard Fletcher (506 runs) and John Hanscomb (502)
I am Team GB!
This Saturday, August 27th, parkruns across the UK, including our very own at Bushy are part of the I Am Team GB day as well as many other free events on the day on what will be the nation’s biggest ever sports day to encourage thousands of people to get active in their local community.
Courtesy of The National Lottery and ITV, and supported by the British Olympic Association and Join In, I Am Team GB will be holding thousands off events around the country, including parkrun! So try and find some red, white and blue to wear for parkrun and make it a celebration of sport and our wonderful achievements from Team GB! You can find out more here: https://www.joininuk.org/i-am-team-gb/
After the parkrun there’s many more events happening locally throughout the day where you can try out new sports for free, so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity and thanks to Join In, the BOA, National Lottery and ITV for making it happen! ITV will be dedicating one hour of their schedule (9:30-10:30am) to cover the event. To find more free events happening locally, search for your nearest events here (once you’ve come to parkrun of course!): http://iamteamgb.com/take-part/
That’s all for now, until next time!
Be Seeing You,
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