GREAT BUSHY BAKE OFF
Autumn arrived at Bushy with a bang. Gone was the 30 degree heat to be replaced by 13 degree drizzle. However in true Bushy fashion the precipitation eased for Emma Wingate’s pre run intro to the 1,034 runners gathered at the start, alongside the 54 volunteers helping to make it happen. But let’s face it, running in 30 degrees is no fun. Emma noted that joining us from Down Under and straight in from Heathrow was Anthony Claydon who I believe had actually flown in that morning from Oz, got a taxi straight to Bushy and plonked his suitcases by the coffee shop, with an “Hey mate where’s the start?”. Now that’s what you call a parkrun commute. Hats off to you buddy. Hope you enjoyed the run. Anthony normally runs at Kedron parkrun in Brisbane.
Assisting Emma today was none other than Andy Wingate as timekeeper, Ray Coward gave the new runners briefing ably assisted by Carol Dickinson. Alex Tickell and Yue Man were coordinating all the volunteers. This week we had a special guest with the return of longstanding marshal John “The Hand” Stephens who although keeping his hand in at the 2k marshal point was sadly without the big hand itself. Great to see John back with us encouraging the runners, if only for one week, having retired and moved to Spain. On the old course at the 4k point, John used to be a welcome sight in that final stretch and was always on hand with a few words of encouragement. We miss you John.
Ray Coward and Carol Dickinson deliver the New Runners Briefing
John Stephens with Verity and Zoe Riding and Wally Garrod. Sadly John had left his hand at home.
Volunteers gather in the gloom
Ray Franks explains the finer points of funnel management to newbies
Funnel construction well underway…
Here is a full list of the volunteers this week:
Polly ADAMS, Keith BALDWIN, Loula BELL, Helen BRETT, David BREWIN, Mig BURGESS, Vicky BURR, Debbie BUTLER, Ruth COLE, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Ray COWARD, Andrew FINCH, Ray FRANKS, Tracy FRASER, Dean FURBER, Zoe GILKS, Joanne GREEN, Andrew HOWARTH, Jonathan HUGHES, Leonie KENNEDY, Ali KENNEDY, Sacha KENNEDY, Margaret LE FRANC, Daniel LE FRANC, Florence LEICESTER, Tom LEICESTER, Lizzy LEICESTER, Megan LUPO, Thomas MADLE, Yue MAN, Hayden MATTHEWS, Mark MICHELMORE, Steve MILLER, Laura Helen MOSLEY, Ethan MULLEN, Diane MULLEN, James PHILLIPS, Eddie ROBERTSON, Wendy ROBERTSON, Andrew RODGER, Jacky SINCLAIR, John A STEPHENS, Carol SWAFFER, Oliver TAYLORMORTE, Madeline THOMAS, Rebecca THOMAS, Alex TICKELL, Matilda VAUGHAN, Rachael VAUGHAN, Jake VAUGHAN, Rosie VAUGHAN, Ellie WALLWORK, Emma Anne WINGATE, Andrew John WINGATE
If anyone fancies a go at volunteering, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at email@example.com . It’s great fun and we can only enjoy our weekly fix if there are enough volunteers.
Lead Bike, Andrew Finch awaits the start.
Are you ready…
Bushy Park: nature haven
Whilst we all notice the majestic deer in the park, there is actually far more wildlife and biodiversity than you might expect for a semi-urban park. Bushy is actually teeming with many other varied and important species, some of them more welcome than others. In fact only recently Bushy Park (and Home Park) were officially classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This designation is because of the internationally significant populations of rare insects, the exceptionally large numbers of ancient and veteran trees growing on the site, and the presence of extensive areas of special grassland habitat.
The trees at Bushy Park and Home Park are survivors of a wood-pasture management that dates back to the 15th century. More than 200 veteran trees have been identified in the parks of which 94 are classed as ancient – which for oaks is at least 400 years old – and there are 52 such specimens in the park. The site is one of only 44 sites nationally known to support more than 100 veteran trees and is the highest ranking of 10 comparable sites in the Greater London area.
The great age of many of the trees also provides habitat for many rare species of wood-feeding invertebrates and the site ranks amongst the top 5 in Britain for this highly specialised group of creatures, for which Britain has international importance.
Now I mentioned unwelcome visitors and sadly as well as the ringed-neck parakeets there are Chinese mitten crabs and signal crayfish in the water courses, and they can devastate native species so there are efforts to eradicate them. There have also been significant tree diseases including oak processionary moth which has originated from southern Europe and has flourished in Surrey and South London. The larvae of the moth, which appear in spring and early summer should be left well alone, as they can cause a very nasty rash, a sore throat and eye irritation. Thankfully there is a full scale eradication programme in place to protect people and trees and the number of incidents this year was much reduced from 2015.
Oak processionary moth caterpillars
Chinese mitten crab, so-called because they look like they wear furry mittens
OK that’s enough natural history, what about the run?
Well this being the third week of an odd month, we had a smattering of odd pacers spread evenly amongst us. All the way from 21mins to 35 mins, the deadly accurate team give up all thoughts of PBs for themselves to help us all get one instead. In reverse order as it were, the team comprised:
35 mins – Adrian Roberts
33 mins – Graham Titcombe (on his 300th parkun)
31 mins – David Stewart
29 mins – Jed Leicester
27 mins – Natalie Simon
25 mins – Jo Bourne
23 mins – Rob Phillips
21 mins - Jeremy Palmer
All the pacers were very close to their target times, but special mention to Jed Leicester, who receives this month’s Pinpoint Pacer Award with a time of exactly 29:00. Well done Jed – it must have been the hat!
This month’s pacer team
Our pacers in action – Jeremy Palmer (21 minutes) with fellow BPR legend, Stewart Rose
Rob Phillips (23 minutes)
Jo Bourne (25 mins)
Natalie Simon (27 mins)
Jed Leicester (29 mins)
David Stewart (31 mins)
Graham Titcombe (33 mins)
Adrian Roberts (35 mins)
Well the pacers must have had a major effect because a whopping 179 runners gained a PB this week. – that’s 17% of the whole field. Amongst the seasoned Bushy parkrunners gaining a PB were Simon Lovegrove (199 runs), Andrew Shennan (160 runs), Joseph Howarth (153 runs) (second consecutive PB), Matthew Dewar (141), and Roger Troup (137). Last but not least, Keith Riding gained a PB on his 100th parkrun. Well done Keith!
A special mention is due to Bryan Daniels-Hepnar (VM55-59) who has had a PB in each of his first 8 consecutive parkruns since 30th July, and all at Bushy. All I can say Bryan, is keep up the great work, but there may come a time when you don’t get a PB and sometimes this can last quite a few weeks, but when you do get one after a gap, it’s that much more special.
There were no runners reaching 500 parkruns this week, but bubbling under is Paul Killick on 498. With great timing, if Paul runs the next two weeks, he will manage to have his 500th run coincide with the 12th parkrun anniversary. Paul will be the 5th person in the world to be able to wear the 500 t-shirt. He is closely followed by parkrun stalwart and nomad Danny Norman on 496 runs. Danny has done 222 runs at Bushy, so maybe we will see him back in 4 weeks time.
There were two runners who joined the 250 club this week. Step forward and take a bow (and a green t-shirt) Steve Holden (VM55-60) who has completed 242 of his runs at Bushy and his first on 21 February 2009, and Allan Bray (VM60-64) who has undertaken all of his 250 runs at Bushy. Allan did his first run on 9 October 2010. There are now 779 members of the 250 club globally.
On 249 runs and ready to become Nos 780 and 781 and change black to green are Alexandra Mason (VW45-49) and Jim Desmond (VM45-49). Alexandra ran her first parkrun on 2nd September 2006; Jim’s first parkrun was on 16th October 2004 in event #3 at Bushy when he was 4th finisher out of 11 runners that day and ahead of Darren Wood in 9th place who was on his 2nd run (Darren has now completed 577 parkruns).
Special mention too to Graham Titcombe who completed his 300th parkrun and was one of our pacers as well.
An amazing four runners reached the magic 100 runs – get ready to wear black: Courtney Le Franc (JW11-14), Philly Bignall (VW55-59), Richard Brown (VM50-54) and the aforementioned Keith Riding (VM65-69) who, did I say, also managed a PB. Keith, with his family and friends celebrated in true Bushy style with lashings of cake and Prosecco.
Keith Riding can now wear black and drink prosecco
Keith Riding’s 100 cake gets cut – it came in 3 different flavours. Eat your heart out Mary B
The amazing Carol Dickinson (our very own Bushy Bake Off Champion) distributing her wonderful cakes to the volunteers
Funnel volunteer Ruth Cole with cake of course
Mike Dennison discusses the finer points of Cake v Prosecco (or both)
More cake eating… (we do run as well)
Our esteemed Run Director, Emma Wingate shows how to do it – she has two hands after all…
There were four people running their 50th parkrun today. Take a bow Sam Griffiths, Luke Mace, Hannah Johnson and Susanne Normann.Well done all.The red Tribesports t-shirts are on the way.
The results bit
First home to the Bushy Park tree this week was John McDonnell (SM20-24) in the formidable time of 15:30 in his 7th parkrun and his 5th at Bushy. Second was Jonathan Cornish (SM20-24) in 16:02 in his 64th parkrun closely followed by Andrew Lawrence (SM30-34) in 16:15 in his 84th parkrun.
First finisher John McDonnell
First female home was junior parkrunner Ava White (JW11-14) in a PB time of 19:24 in her 16th parkrun, all at Bushy. Second female finisher wasBecky McNicholas (VW44-49) in 19:43 in her 24th parkrun. Third to the tree was junior runner Alice Harray (JW15-17)in a PB time of 19:53 in her 37th parkrun.
For the junior girls, Ava and Alice were first and second and Jessica Mayer in a PB time of 19:55 was third home.
For the junior boys, first finisher was Jack Wallis in 17:07 in his first parkrun – a future overall first finisher in the making;second was Marcus Shantry in 17:39 (PB) and third was Andrew Smailes in 18:08 (also a PB).
First female finisher, Ava White
We had an amazing 12 runners take advantage of the cooler conditions and the presence of pacers to exceed the 80% age grading mark, 7 women and 5 men; so deep breath here they all are:
John McDonnell (SM20-24), Ava White (JW11-14), Bea Downey (VW50-54), Ruth Hutton (VW50-54), Jack Wallis (JM15-17), Justin Reid (VM45-49), Sue Lambert (VW75-79), Julie Haworth (VW55-59), Jonathan Cornish (SM20-24), Jessica Mayer (JW11-14), Richard Marriott (VM35-39)and Denise Rose (VW50-54).
A further 113 runners exceeded 70% age grading. That’s 13% of the field above 70%. I know some people wonder how the age gradings are calculated and what they mean. In simple terms it is a percentage of the world record time for that distance for that gender and age. So for example, the world record for a 53 year old woman running a 10km is 35:01. So if a 53 year old woman finishes a 10km in 45:18, she has an age-graded performance of 77.3% (which is 35:01 divided by 45:18). Age grades can allow rough comparisons between all runners, but parkrun advise they should not be taken too seriously. For example, they make no allowance for different weather conditions or the varying terrains of courses.
Guides for the visually impaired help make parkrun more accessible
Speedster and fellow run reporter Rodney McCulloch
The finish begins to get busy: around the 22:30 mark
At least one snug, warm and dry participant in this shot.
Verity Riding (100 shirt) with a strong finish
Newcomers and parkrun tourism
38 people were doing their first ever parkrun – welcome to the club! In addition we had 35 parkrun tourists doing Bushy for the first time, the most experienced of whom was Andrew Rice (SM30-34) on his 188th parkrun. Andrew normally runs at Wimbledon Common parkrun, so welcome to your noisy neighbour.
Libby Makinson (SW30-34) was visiting the cradle of parkrun from Hampstead Heath, on her 163rd parkrun so no doubt enjoyed the flat course. Another who clearly liked the course was Julie Townsend (VW50-54) of Hereford Ghost Runners who managed an all time parkrun PB on her one visit to Bushy out of 48 runs, the other all being at Hereford parkrun.
Lordshill Road Runners Antony Rickman (VM40-44), Kirsty Rickman (VW40-44) and Ian Bower (VM35-39) were visiting from Southampton. Meanwhile Jill Thompson (VW55-59) normally runs at Pontefract and said she loved her visit to Bushy and hopes to be back. I hope she brings some of the local cakes as I am very partial.
Louisa Reed handing her son Alfie Reed his coat, in the final stages of his first ever parkrun. Well done Alfie.
Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #644
There were 1034 parkrunners – 971 identified, 63 unknown (Don’t forget your Barcode!) (6% of the field).
- Of the 971 identified parkrunners, there were:
- 117 Juniors aged under 18 (12%) and 160 Seniors aged 18-34 (16%)
- 694 Vets (71%) of which 97 are 35-39, 285 are 40-49, 236 are 50-59, 59 are 60+
- 592 males (61%) and 379 females (39%)
- Number of cakes consumed – 3 large, 35 small (banana cake and chocolate)
- Of the 971 identified finishers, there were:
- 68 runners sub 20 mins (7%),
- 334 between 20:00-24:59 (34%)
- 321 25:00-29:59 (33%)
- 248 over 30 mins (26%)
- Midpoint time: 26:15
Happy parkrunning, happy baking.
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