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Before Saturday there were only 11 members of parkrun’s most exclusive Milestone club, the 500 club. It is fair to say that new members don’t come along very often, usually many weeks if not months apart. That all changed on Saturday however, when less than 3 minutes separated the 500 clubs two newest members. A huge congratulations to both Polly Adams and to Stewart Rose on the completion of their 500th parkruns.
Shortly before 9 o’clock our Run Director for the day Emma Wingate welcomed a field of 1096 runners and walkers on what was a very cold but dry December morning. Considering the temperature, numbers were surprisingly high, helped admittedly by a mob match between two of our local triathlon clubs, Thames Turbo and Ful-on Tri. Amongst the field were 42 people doing their very first parkrun. A very big welcome to all of you. Only 499 more runs and you can join Polly and Stewart in the 500 club. There were a further 62 tourists visiting Bushy for the very first time. A huge welcome to you also. The most experienced parkrunner visiting Bushy for the first time was Jan North. Jan usually runs at Andover parkrun. The fastest first time visitor to Bushy Park was seventh place finisher Ben Findlay in 16.42
This week we had a magnificent 59 volunteers. A very big thank you to Niamh Allerton, Aurelio Bax, Donald Bell, Mila Bokonjic, David Brewin, Phoebe Ann Carpenter, Kieron Jake Carpenter, Emily Cartwright, Sam Chau, Carolyn Cooper-Burrows, Debbie Davies, Toby Davies, Luca Deacon, Lorraine Dillamore, Mack Downey, Mary Estall, Penny Estall, Sheila Fergusson, Honey Finnan, Ray Franks, Tracy Fraser, Simon Greenhill, Susan Howarth, Andrew Howarth, Emilie Howes, Jo Humphrey, Rob S Jones, Natasha Jordan Dewhurst, Catelin Le Franc, Alish Marchant, Stephen Marfleet, Robert Morey, Freya Morrison, Diane Mullen, Ethan Mullen, Ciaran Murphy, Pat Nair, Julie Papworth, Peter Petersons, Lydia Pieros, Florence Polwin, Rupert Postlethwaite, Edie Proud, Rosie Rendall, Hannah Robertson, Rebecca Savage, Duncan Scoble, Ethan Scott, Julie Smith, Sharon Tee, Beth Tempest, Alex Tickell, Jessica Tuckman, Pablo Urdiales Antelo, Octavie Vargas, Sarah Vaughan, Rosie Vaughan, Emma Wingate and Tabitha Woddis.
As mentioned earlier we had 1096 finishers this week, 53 without barcodes. We had two Juniors runners completing their tenth parkrun. Well done to Oscar Mildon and Ocean Byrne.
There were a lucky thirteen new members of the 50 club this week. Congratulations to Lynsey Parker, Zac Newton, Gregory Coutouvidis, Bryan Hepnar, Joanna Chauhan, Annabel Crouch, Helen Beer, Mark Edwards, Thomas Cassidy, Lizzie Greenberg, Ed Horrox, Sophie Crumly and especially to Angelo Bella who managed to run a new p.b. of 18.43 on his 50th parkrun.
Congratulations also to the two new members of the 100 club this week Shelley Cockle and Mark Opie.
There were no new 250 club members this week.
And so to our two new 500 club members Polly Adams and Stewart Rose. One Thousand parkruns between them of which 967 have taken place in Bushy Park. Regular readers of the Bushy run report will be used to seeing the name Polly Adams every week, It will appear under the heading “Runners who achieved an Age Grading of more than 80% this week” Polly is a consistently fast runner who shows no sign of slowing down. Her fastest parkrun was achieved as recently as 29th April this year with a time of 19.44 which gave her an exceptionally high age grading of 85.98%.
Stewart & Polly
Stewart Rose ran his very first parkrun on 29 March 2008, which means he has completed all his 500 runs in less than 10 years. Amazing dedication Stewart. Clearly Stewart likes to run every Saturday. This does not mean that he does not like to volunteer. As well as regularly storing the equipment and bringing it all back the following Saturday, Stewart can often be found early on Saturday morning helping Ray Franks with the construction of the famous Bushy Double Funnel and again afterwards taking it all down. Your efforts are very much appreciated Stewart. From next Saturday onwards he will finally be able to swap his beloved Tottenham Hotspur replica shirt for a brand new 500 club shirt.
So it is possible to volunteer and not miss out on your weekly run. This week for example we had Sharon Tee and David Brewin as VI Guides and Florence Polwin, Beth Tempest, Mary Estall and Penny Estall as Tail Walkers. Or you could try Lead bike or even Run Report. So no excuses for not contacting Pat McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org and adding your name to the volunteer roster.
While on the subject of volunteering, an extra special thank you must go to the wonderful volunteers, who in the freezing cold winter months do roles such as Timekeeper and handing out Finish Tokens often without gloves. It is hard to press a stopwatch several times a second or to hand out finishing tokens at speed while wearing warm gloves. Another task made much more difficult in this freezing cold weather is putting all the finishing funnel flagpoles into the frozen ground.
First across the finishing line this week, once again, was Andrius Jaksevicius in his 164th parkrun with a time of 15.49. Andrius was followed by James Ellis running for Ful-On Tri, who was only 1 second outside his p.b. in a time of 16.15. Third place went to Will Russell from Thames Turbo in 16.21
First lady finisher was Sarah Lewis who finished in 14th place overall with a time of 17.35. This was Sarah’s very first parkrun and she recorded an age grading score of 85.31% which was the second highest of the day. Second lady home was Sophie Crumly from Newbury A.C. in a time of 18.11. This was Sophie’s 50th parkrun. She was followed home in third place by Kirsty Oswald who ran a new p.b. of 19.04 in her 11th parkrun.
The Junior Men’s Virtual podium was completely filled by athletes from Thames Turbo Triathlon Club. Only 5 places and 15 seconds separated all three. Spencer Bateman with a new p.b. of 17.53, in 16th place on his 47th run was closely followed in 18th place by Benjamin Dibley in 18.02. Just behind Benjamin was his teammate Jonny Brook with a new p.b. of 18.08 in his 31st parkrun.
Maddie Whitman of Belgrave Harriers (JW 11-14) ran her first parkrun as recently as 21 October and she clearly enjoyed it because Saturday was already her 5th appearance at Bushy where she was first junior lady home in a time of 19.51. Second Junior Lady Finisher was Helena Samarasinghe from St Mary’s Richmond with a new p.b. of 20.16 followed by Lois Caitlin Emma Ashcroft who also recorded a new p.b. of 20.54
It is great to see so many of our Juniors running such great times. Clearly they didn’t agree with me that it is way too cold to run fast. While on the subject of fast juniors, the highest Age Grading of the day was recorded by Marcus Solomon from Comet Triathlon Club with 86.82%. Marcus has run a total of 19 parkrun’s, all at Bushy and Saturday was his 12th p.b. and first time under 20 minutes with a fantastic time of 19.36. Marcus runs in the JM10 Age Category.
Excellent detailing on the 500 cakes
Christmas and New Year parkruns
As usual there will be two extra Bushy parkruns over the Christmas period, on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day. Both will start at 9am.
On New Year’s Day there will also be an extra parkrun in Kingston starting at 10am and at Crane Park starting at 10.30 so it is possible to start your New Year off with two parkrun’s.
That’s all from me.
Hope to see you all next parkrunday