Jaws is not really about a shark
There are learned folk in the film world who contend that Jaws is in fact a post-Watergate paranoid parable about corrupt authority, a depiction of masculinity in crisis or man's existential relationship with the sea.
So what is parkrun about? I think it's about our relationship with Bushy Park. Yep, we don't just come to run, we come to run in the park, it has a beautiful ever-changing nature, It's what keeps us coming back. That and our friendships and the quest for PB's, the collective enjoyment of forward momentum and a sense of wellbeing.
Bushy Park Carp are out and about at the moment.
I think the park is at it's best right now, the plants, trees and wildlife are all looking mighty fine and the temperature was just about right for a run although it was a touch windy if we're being picky.
As i'm carrying a bit of a knock at the moment I was on Lead Bike duties on Saturday ( more of that later ) and I took the opportunity to take a few snaps of our trees and wildlife.
Pathway from the bridge towards the finish.
A Hind having breakfast
And of course our lovely Oak.
The amount of preparation that goes into setting up the run every Saturday morning is more involved than you might think. It's an impressively slick operation to behold when you stand and watch it unfolding.
Ann and Alex coordinate the volunteers
One of our very important tables
Wendy points out the finish at the First Timer's Briefing.
Our fabulous pacers were:
20 mins - Ian Fullen, 22 mins - Kevin Price, 24 mins Jo Bourne, 26 mins - Zoe Faiz, 28 mins - Andy Pillidge, 30 mins - Adrian Roberts, 32 mins - Jed Leicester, 34 mins - Louise Atkinson.
Run /walkers - Ann Coward, Sue Kahn and Helen Gardiner.
and Run Director Rob is happy in his work.
Don't forget, it's great fun helping out on a Saturday morning, it really is. You get to experience 'the other side' of parkrun and genuinely do get to make new friends, even I have and I'm a miserable bugger!
Thank you very much to our altruistic band of volunteers, an all-round bunch of good eggs...
...Archie ADAMS, George AIREY, Sam BARRETT, Romit BASU, Joy BELL, Phil BLUER, Kieron Jake CARPENTER, Ray COWARD, Ann COWARD, Sophie DARKE, Pedro DAS GUPTA, Julia DAWSON, George FORD, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Zoe GILKS, Mike GRIFFITHS, Jon HARRISON, Emilie HOWES, Melanie HOWES, Ivor HUGHES, Simon LANE, Colin LEA, Janet LIVESEY, Ravi LOBO, Sharon LYONS, Angela MACSON, Yue MAN, Alish MARCHANT, Stephen MARFLEET, Fiona MCANENA, Oliver NOLAN-DAVIES, Alan NOLAN-DAVIES, Rob PHILLIPS, Callum REID, Rosie RENDALL, Jacqueline RICH, Duncan SCOBLE, James SELL, Wendy STOKES, Carol SWAFFER, Alex TICKELL, Morgan WILLIAMS, Sandra WORTH
Lead Bike; an apology.
As previously mentioned, I was supposed to be doing the lead bike role on Saturday but to cut a long story short, my chain malfunctioned at the start so I couldn't do it. Apologies to everyone for this but especially to first finisher and first timer Zac Randall who could probably have finished under his time of 16 minutes if he'd had someone to follow. Sorry Zac!
The running bit.
It's great fun watching everyone stream past at the start and then again rounding the turn into Warren Wood at the 2K mark.
1213 of you walked or ran around the course on Saturday, that really is an impressive number, one of our highest attendances to date. It was an impressive sight to see you all set off down the first 200 hundred metres as I struggled pathetically with my errant chain.
The first three men home were;
Zac Randall....... 16:00
The first three women were;
The first three junior boys were;
Archie Austin.....19:32 PB
Lucas James Allinson Rodrigues...19:44
Jonty Stegmann...20:20 ( matched his PB )
The first three junior girls were;
Charlotte Dawson...22:19 PB
Warren Wood is a good location to watch the run from. It's the place where more space becomes available and we've all just about settled into our pace. As we know Bushy Park was the place D Day was planned from during WWII, there was a huge camp to the left of Warren Wood stretching all the way across to Chestnut Avenue but there were also lots of smaller buildings and stores within Warren Wood too. Another thing to ponder as you run through there on a Saturday.
Big Red 50 Up
Andy has run 35 times at Bushy and has run at 9 other parkrun locations around the country. He has an impressive PB of 18:44
Amanda has run 41 times at Bushy and has run at three other parkrun locations around the country. Amanda has a PB of 26:06
Oliver has 50 parkruns to his name plus 18 junior parkruns. He has a PB of 27:17
Victoria has run 31 times at Bushy and 19 times at Richmond. She has PB of 28:06
The Marvelous, the Magnificent, the Magical 100
No one, nope, not a soul.
250 - Mighty and green like a T-Rex
Ian has run 227 times at Bushy, 21 times at Wimbledon Common and once each at Richmond and Crane Park. He has a PB of 21:18 and has set 4 PB's this year alone.
Carolyn has run 238 times at Bushy and 12 times at 8 different parkruns around the country. She has a PB of 29:20.
Big White 10
Archie has run 9 times at Bushy and once at Willoughby. He has a PB of 19:32
Lucas James Allinson Rodrigues
Lucas has run 10 times at Bushy and has a PB of 19:00.
Aidan has run 10 times at Bushy and has a PB of 21:21
William has run 4 times at Bushy and 6 at Crane Park. He also has 73 junior park runs to his name. He has a PB of 25:12 set this week.
Ian closing in on his 250 shirt.
400 metres of pain left
Nearly there Jo.
Folk popping in to say hello
It's always nice to chat to our many visitors and hear their stories before and after the run. This week was no exception as we welcomed many UK and overseas based runners. we had visitors from as far afield as Australia and America as well as Harrogate and Swindon.
Tanya Manson and Stephen Jackson from Bathurst parkrun 200kms west of Sydney. Stephen is due to take part in a cycling event in Toulouse.
Sharon Hardcastle and Jeremy Scott from Harrogate. They were down for the weekend and were planning on cycling around all the royal parks in London. Hope it went well!
Stuart Henderson and Neil Tiley from Chippenham and Swindon. Stuart ran a PB of 18:17 and is a parkrun ambassador. Neil was running his 50th different parkrun and his 303rd in total.
Captain America, aka Gary Blackman, was visiting with his mates from Horley Harriers for his stag do. He ran 20:15. Turns out Captain America is super quick!
So there we are, just about done.
RD Rob with Yue and Alex. Yue is fresh back to us after a huge stint of volunteering at the World Champs.
Please remember this.
And by 10:30 you'd never know any of us had ever been there...
See you Saturday,