Run Report Event No 731 – 21 April 2018


The running weekend of the year – sun and smiles all the way


It’s hard to believe that only a month ago we had snow at Bushy for event 726 and now for the 731st event we were sweltering on a glorious morning. A combination of good weather and pre-marathon running fever brought 1,450 runners to Bushy. This is the 4th largest ever attendance at Bushy (and indeed all UK parkrun events). It certainly was a warm morning and the base layers and running tights had been replaced by shorts and vest tops as Run Director Ray Coward gave us his welcome talk.




As you finished the 5k with sweat dripping down your face I hope you took a moment to feel for those running London tomorrow who would still have another 7.44 parkruns to do. Often at the 37K point in London there is a big sign saying ‘just a parkrun to go’ – the last 5 is often the toughest and I’m sure there will be a few of our regulars thinking right I’ve only go to get down Cobbler’s Walk then past the pond as they are running along the embankment tomorrow.


We have had a large number of Busy regulars competing over 26.2 miles in recent weeks including Manchester, Hannover and Brighton … and special mention to Aaron Chai who ran in probably the toughest conditions I’ve seen at Boston last Monday. I think the conditions were ever more of shock to him after suffering the driving rain and freezing wind that the runners had to suffer.


I’ve been lucky enough to do 3 London marathons and the support you get especially when you hit the inevitable tough times is amazing so if you are free and fancy a morning watching a truly inspirational event please get yourself up there. The biggest risk is come next week you wont be able to resist putting in an entry in the ballot!


Good luck to all of those running tomorrow and thanks to those volunteering or going up to cheer the runners on.




The Volunteers
The event today couldn’t have happened without the 58 Volunteers – your help really is appreciated. We have now had 1,720 different people volunteer on a total of 16,860 occasions.

The volunteers this week were Marilia ASTLE JONES, Ben BAKER, Phil BLUER, Lorna BROWETT, Shirley BUCKLEY, Ray COWARD, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Glady GARTLAND, Simon GREENHILL, Samantha HANLEY, Catherine HAUGHNEY, Evie HINDE, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Trevor HUGGINS, Samuel JONES, Lucy KATESMARK, Fran KENDEN, Rik KING, Stefan KRUEGER, Simon LANE, Joseph LANSDOWN, Mike LAPWORTH, Courtney LE FRANC, Isabel LIVESEY, Angela MACSON, Hayden MATTHEWS, Martin MILTON, Robert MOREY, Freya MORRISON, Diane MULLEN, Ethan MULLEN, Ben RAWLING, Will RAWLING, Nick ROWE, Sally ROWE, Ethan SCOTT, Daniel SHACKLETON, Jacky SINCLAIR, Emily May STAIN, Bethan STURDY, Carol SWAFFER, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Lucy THATCHER, Rebecca THOMAS, Hayley TOPLEY, Michael TROTT, Jessica TUCKMAN, Richard VAN DER LEEDEN, Harry VAUGHAN, Ellie WALLWORK, Sebastian WOJCIECHOWSKI, Nick WRIGHT, Fran WYLDE, Liz ZASS


In addition to those already mentioned it was also pacer week and a big thank you to those of you carrying the flags round and helping people to their target times. It certainly seemed to help with 178 PB’s.



A special welcome to Sebastian WOJCIECHOWSKI who was visiting us from Warsaw before running the marathon tomorrow and was one of our timekeepers and with Andrew Howarth . Sebastian is a regular at Warszawa-Ursynow where attendances are usually just below 100 so hope your clicking finger isn't too sore after today.




If you have ever thought about volunteering I’d definitely recommend giving it a go, there are many varied roles available each week and newcomers are especially welcomed. E-mail Pat McGrath at and he can give any guidance about the roles he can.

The Runners

Of the 1,450 finishers we welcomed an amazing 158 first timers to the birthplace of parkrun and hope to see all of you back again soon. As already mentioned the pacers helped an impressive 178 runner’s record Bushy PB’s. 109 different running clubs had runners represented. Amongst those visiting us for the first time were groups from Northwich Running Club, Saltaire Striders, Newcastle & District AC and Campbeltown Joggers.


We have now seen 481,544 completed runs at Bushy – so sometime over the summer we will have our half millionth finisher. Watch this space for more info. We have now gone over 40,000 registrations with Bushy as their home run and we have had 44,680 different people complete the 5k here at the park. The most popular postcode is TW11 9 – with 1,192 registrations – a popular parkrun home.



We had 10 members of the 500 club at our parkrun today, joined by 104 members of 250 club, 321 in the 100 club and a further 240 50 club runners.


A huge number of 88 runners either hadn’t registered or committed that dreaded event of forgetting their bar-code #DFYB. Of the 158 Bushy first timers we welcomed 42 people doing their first ever parkrun – welcome to the family and hope you enjoyed it guys.

Of the amazing 178 runners who achieved their PB’s today there 15 who got a PB having run more than 100 parkruns – well done to all.  

Dave ALVAREZ 23:39 VM50-54 62.86%
Linda PHILLIPS 25:14 VW40-44 62.35% Westbury Harriers
Jenna WHISTLER 26:52 SW25-29 55.09%
Alex PRICE 17:00 SM20-24 76.67% Swansea Harriers AC
Conor KISSANE-WOOD 15:51 SM20-24 81.39% Thames Valley Harriers
John JONES 21:05 VM40-44 66.25%
Richard BAGGOTT 17:48 SM30-34 73.03% Stragglers
Andrew MAYALL 21:57 SM30-34 59.45%
Bryn HOLMES 23:08 VM45-49 61.74% Trentham RC
Joseph HOWARTH 20:43 JM15-17 65.16% Stragglers
Robin PHILLIPS 19:33 VM40-44 71.95% Westbury Harriers
Martin DELVE 22:21 VM50-54 66.00%
David GANNON 23:55 JM15-17 57.28%
Verity RIDING 33:00 VW65-69 65.30% Team Bushy
Rebecca LUNN 23:11 VW50-54 75.13%



This Saturday saw no new members join the 500 club – we will to wait another 7 weeks to see Ciaran Murphy joining the club as our next regular.  


Joining the 250 club today was Adam WELLS (someone I’d played football with many years ago) of the Viceroy Triathlon Club. Adam has done 248 of his runs with us at Bushy and has a PB of 18:45 which he ran in 2016.  


Joining the 100 club we had an impressive 7 runners - Debbie HIGGINS, Alan BONE, Isla Marcelle CARPENTER, Debbie THOROGOOD, Susie MCNICOL, Sally ROWE and Rob O'CONNOR    




We had 4 runners join the 50 club – Sophie MULCAHY, Jane CLAREY and also on their Bushy debuts Dominic WATTS and Jonny EARL.  


For our juniors getting their 10 shirts were George DAVIS and Alex AMPLEFORD.  


Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing the new shirts soon.



The first home was Zak CURRAN (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC) with a speedy 15:41, closely followed home 4 seconds later by Matthew DICKINSON (Wells City Harriers) and then Conor KISSANE-WOOD (Thames Valley Harriers) in 15:51.


The female first back to the big tree was Lauren MAJOR (Cambridge University Hare & Hounds) in 17:44 and 13th overall which was also a PB, second over the line was Louise NASH (Hastings AC) in 18:36, Katie SIMMONDS was third in 19:03.  


Best age grade performances of the day was a stunning 21:24 by Ruby HEWITT is in the Junior Girl 10 category scoring 96.57%, she was joined by Polly ADAMS (VW50-54) with 85.35% for her 20:08 and Ramona THEVENET (VW 55-59 Stragglers) with 84.23% for 22:05. Top man was Justin REID (SHAEF Shifters) with 83.99% for his 17:17.  




 The Random Number Generator  

As is becoming a tradition we look at a few random numbers to give some coverage to those who otherwise may not have got a mention.  


This week was event 731 at Bushy so claiming token 731 was Julia HILL who ran 27:50 on her 43rd event all of which have been here.  


The average finish time of all Bushy parkrun is 26:47 and hitting the time on the nail was John HOLLANDS on his 191st event all but one of which have been at Bushy.  


As today is 21/4 in position 214 was Andy STRONG (Tuff Fitty Triathlon Club) with 22:08 on his 26th run.  


Last weekend throughout the world we had 1,162 parkrun events. So in position 1162 we had Daniel BAIRD (JM10) with 33:26 on his 14th event. In the UK alone we had 498 events and getting that token was Monika RESKOVA running a PB of 25:26 on her 40th parkrun.  


Finally as its marathon weekend for those running 26.2 miles in position 262 was Lyndon DAVIES running 22:51 and a PB on his second run.  


Well done to all.  




 Coming Back Stronger Than Ever  

The parkrun newsletter this week highlighted one of our Bushy regulars – her fiancé Michael Pomfret writes My fiancee Lyzanne Warner has been running at parkrun since July 2016. Before this she had done very little running, although she was conscious of keeping fit having been a keen rower at school and university, and regularly rode horses in Bushy Park.


 In April 2014 she was on a routine ride when the ex-race horse she was riding bolted without warning. She maintained her balance on the horse until it turned sharply and threw her to the ground at over 30mph. Luckily an off duty fireman was walking in the park and saw the whole thing, taking control of the situation and applying first aid. She was rushed to hospital by ambulance to find that the impact had burst a vertebra in her lower back, lacerated a kidney, and left her with nerve damage in her leg.


 The next day, surgeons at St George’s Hospital removed the broken bones and secured her spine with metal implants. Within days Lyzzie had gained the strength to walk and was back to work within weeks, however she could do very little exercise and feared the implants failing.


 She struggled to find the confidence to motivate herself knowing that she would need more surgery to remove the rods. For a year she tried to live a normal life and acted like nothing was wrong but she eventually began to suffer from anxiety attacks and flash backs. At this point she spoke to her GP and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


 18 months after her first surgery, the metal implants were removed and she was given an external brace to wear for three months more. The brace was removed in January 2016, and Lyzzie had to get fit again, both for her physical health, and to strengthen the muscles supporting her damaged spine. She began strengthening in the gym with a personal trainer, starting with walking on a treadmill before even thinking of running.


 We ran our first parkrun together in July 2016 at Bushy Park (our closest parkrun to family homes). parkrun not only helped her regain her fitness but also her confidence and helped her control her PTSD. Whenever we had a bad day we would go running, no matter the weather, and feel better for it, looking forward to the next attempt at a PB on Saturday morning.


 She ran as a pacer for parkrun last year, which she wants to do again, and ran her 50th parkrun in January this year. She is now aiming for the 100 T-shirt by running regularly at Bromley and Bushy parkruns, has completed two half marathons, and will be running the London Marathon on Sunday.




  I imagine the accident will never leave her, but she has retaken control of her life and without parkrun she would have struggled to achieve the recovery she has both physically and mentally.


  We both have a lot to be thankful for parkrun, and hope that sharing this story will encourage others to keep running, not to give up however difficult it may be, and importantly not to be scared to admit they need help.


  We will be getting married in October of this year in Teddington, and I intend to run the Bushy parkrun in the morning before the big event! We hope people keep supporting parkrun to keep it free and all of us running for many more years.


  Good luck tomorrow Lyzzie and all the best for the other big day in October      


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A reminder that its Chestnut Sunday in 2 weeks and that means back to the old course – this is usually a once a year treat but it will be the second time this year after the Beast from the East hit earlier in 2018 – but next week its business as usual.


Final good luck to everyone running tomorrow and we look forward to seeing you all safely back by the big tree next week – proudly running in your finishers shirts


Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s event – have a good week and see you all by the fountain same time next Saturday.

Nick Rowe


Run Report Event No 730 – 14 April 2018


A Sunny Disposition

A funny thing happened this week; the sun came out, we had blue skies, and there were plenty of overwintered white limbs on show for the first time.  There was a definite whiff of summer and optimism in the air, and we found ourselves in need of actual sunglasses!
£100 prize to the first person to name all four people in the photos (only kidding!)
The Run
It was a truly beautiful morning for our 730th run. 1294 of us decided to enjoy the delights of beautiful Bushy Park.
We were in the safe hands of Run Director Ray Coward.  "Hands up if it's your first time getting your legs out this year?"
1294 people thundering toward you can be quite a daunting experience.
Hello Wendy! (great name)
Queuing up for high fives!
An even bigger thanks to our lovely marshals this week as an email was sent out on Friday afternoon asking for more marshals (there were only 4).  Within twenty minutes Pat had enough for one every 10 metres (well nearly).  Very heartwarming!
There are plenty of other volunteering jobs to be done each week, if you'd like to have a go please email Pat McGrath at
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Justine ALBERT, Eva AMORY, Sam AMORY, Stuart AMORY, Nick BLANCHARD, Phil BLUER, Shirley BUCKLEY, Ray COWARD, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Catherine HAUGHNEY, Julie HAWORTH, Evie HINDE, Emilie HOWES, Lucy KATESMARK, Joseph LANSDOWN, Mike LAPWORTH, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Elena MACIA, Jackie MCLELLEN, Martin MILTON, Robert MOREY, Freya MORRISON, Carmen PALMER, Rob PHILLIPS, Rupert POSTLETHWAITE, Simon R, Nicole RIEHL, Wendy ROLLASON, Ethan SCOTT, Katie SHEPPARD, Jacky SINCLAIR, Wendy STOKES, Bethan STURDY, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Lucy THATCHER, Alex TICKELL, Graham TITCOMBE, Christopher William TOMKINS, Jessica TUCKMAN, Clare TURNER, Harry VAUGHAN, Orla WHITE, Bev WILLIAMS, David WORTH
It's nearly over!
Nick Blanchard putting the fun into the funnel.
The Bushy oak tree basks in the sunshine.
Ray our RD doing his thing. Just don't ask him what he thinks about the Masterchef results!
 First Finishers

1. Andreas Jaksevicius 15:43.  This is his 40th first place position

2. Simon Goldsworthy 15:55

3. Thomas Moorcroft 16:51.  His first ever parkrun. He's also first place junior male finisher


1. Lauren Major 17:48 New PB

2. Isabel Hessey 19:24

3. Isabel Livesey 19:28.  She's also first junior female finisher

Junior Men

1. Thomas Moorcroft 16:51

2. Jaycob Kell 17:45

3. Nathan Janmohamed 18:11

Junior Women

1. Isabel Livesey 19:28

2. Charlotte Dawson 21:23

3. Holly Erin Youd 22:47

Of our field of 1294 runners 67 have volunteered over 25 times
This fit looking bunch are Trinity College from Perth, Western Australia.  They're on a European tour, off to Paris next.  In the middle is Mara Yamauchi, record holder for the second fastest time by a British woman over the marathon. Very exciting to have her at Bushy this week.
This jolly lot are after any excuse to drink prosecco at 9.30. Simon Berry is visiting from Cambridge to celebrate his birthday and run his 75th parkrun.  He invited friends from Biggleswade Athletic Club to meet him from far afield places like Whitehaven and Bedford.
Visitors from Netley parkrun near Southampton, they came to Bushy because John (in the blue) wasn't playing golf today so could drive. As good an excuse as any!
We at Bushy parkrun are always looking for an excuse to get slightly tipsy at 9.30am on a Saturday morning so we were very happy to share a glass  or two of Prosecco with Sarah Dixon who celebrated her 250th parkrun,  Sarah started back in 2007 and has run an impressive 246 runs at Bushy.  She ran her PB of 24.26 exactly 6 years to the day on 14/04/2012.
I don't know if it was just me but I think the fizz tasted even better bathed in sunshine.  Thanks Sarah
Sarah and son George
Yummy cake; a work of art
Beautiful biscuits by Ann Coward
Fran Wylde also ran her 250th parkrun.  She has run every single one at Bushy with the exception of one in Skipton.  She started in 2009 and her PB is 25:37
Gary Forde celebrated his 100th run with a PB of 20:42.  He has run 91 times at Wimbledon Common and twice at Bushy

Simon Gallant 27:11 He is regular at Bushy, Kingston and Richmond. His PB is 21:29

Claire Wright 28:24 Has run all 100 at Bushy with a PB of 25:26

Colin Woods 31:51 Has run all 100 at Bushy with a PB of 27:32


Steve Newham 25:23 Has run all 50 at Bushy

Hannah Bainbridge 26:11 Has run all 50 at Bushy

Jackie Williams 30:18 Has run 48 times at Bushy

Elaine Turner 33:14 Has run at 20 different parkruns and this was her first time at Bushy


Thomas Fleming ran his PB of 23:32
A Very Special 100 Milestone
Emile Howes celebrated her 100th volunteering stint with a bespoke high viz sparkly vest designed by her mum Mel.  We think we need more of these sparkly vests please Mel? Emile started as a DOE 2 years ago and loved it so much she carried on volunteering.  Most often to be found at the sharp end of the funnel as the runners cross the finish line handing out letters (no i).  Emilie is also our Volunteer of The Year.
And that is that.
Time to relax . . .
and hang up the high viz vests until next week
See you Saturday
Wendy Stokes
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Run Report Event No 729 – 07 April 2018


The Spring Has Sprung One



"Every man and every living creature has a sacred right to the gladness of springtime" said Leo Tolstoy and he knew a thing or two about emerging from the dark bowels of an endless winter. And so it came to pass on Saturday that we truly felt for the first time the delicate caress of a newborn springtime kiss. Or something.

For once our precious and selfless volunteers weren't condemned to shivering their way through the morning and I know from hearing the many "thank you marshals" around the course, in the funnel and at the scanning stations just how much their efforts are appreciated.

Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Eva AMORY, Sam AMORY, Stuart AMORY, Nick BLANCHARD, Phil BLUER, Allan BRAY, Lou COAKER, Ian CUNNINGHAM, Sheila FERGUSSON, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Ewen GIBSON, Melanie HOWES, Emilie HOWES, Trevor HUGGINS, Christopher JOHNSON, Jack KENNEDY, Simon LANE, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Tracey LENTHALL, Denise MITCHELL, David MORLEY, Georgia MOXEY, Hannah PICKUP, Edie PROUD, Rachel REVETT, Duncan SCOBLE, Ethan SCOTT, Daniel SHACKLETON, Jacky SINCLAIR, Julie SMITH, Catherine STENSON, David STEWART, Wendy STOKES, Carol SWAFFER, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Lucy THATCHER, Peter THOMPSON, Alex TICKELL, Graham TITCOMBE, Michael TROTT, Harry VAUGHAN

Why not get involved and volunteer?



On that note, you may have noticed that on the results page we now have a little purple 25 icon along side the names of those who have volunteered twenty five times or more. So as well as earning the purple teeshirt we now have a little visible milestone reminder for those who've been kind enough to give up their time. Which is nice. Interestingly out of a field of 1225 participants on Saturday only 71 have earned the purple shirt which makes for quite a select group to be a member of.


Talking of visible icons, Ann, Carol, Jonny and Ray have between them chalked up an incredible total of well over two thousand volunteer and run credits. Carol has a joint total of about seven hundred whilst Ann and Ray have a joint volunteer total of nine hundred and twenty eight. That's 928! The 500 volunteer group would be a very select group indeed!


As always we had a fair few folk visiting from different parts of the UK and further a field.


Kate and Richard are core team members from Heartwood Forest near St Albans which held its first event last summer.




Simon and Lisa were visiting from Rhodes parkrun in Sydney. Lisa was running her 150th.


This jolly bunch were visiting from Nonsuch park.


And this very happy group are New Milton under 11's rugby team. They were running at Bushy in the morning then nipping over to Twickers to be the guard of honour at Bath v Leicester and then on Sunday were playing at London Irish. Phew!

The running bit


1225 of us took part in event number 729 which is an increase over the last few weeks no doubt due to the more welcoming weather.


Wendy gives the first timer's briefing.


Lining up at the start.


Run Director Simon gives his briefing.


Last dash to the finish.


Looking fresh in apricot.


How can you..., I know but..., it's just that..., but it must..., and the stones... Fair play to our barefoot runners, of whom there are a few.


Got it! That exact moment when you know all the hard work was worth it.


An eye for detail. You know you're in safe hands when Michael is your scanner.



1: Andrius Jaksevicius.....15:57

2: Matt McDaniel.....16:02.....New PB

3: Sean Molloy.....16:31



1: Fiona De Mauny.....18:29

2: Isabel Hessey.....19:03.....New PB

3: Rosie Bouchard.....19:28.....New PB


Young Men

1: Jack Butler.....18:56

2: Harry Chappell.....19:21

3: Alexander Featherstone.....19:33.....New PB


Young Women

1: Rosie PB

2: Isabel Livesey.....19:46

3: Charlotte Dawson.....21:58



A relatively quiet week in terms of milestone achievements this week. But no less than hearty congratulations to these guys;

Arjun Swarup



Christopher Skeet

Maria Boariu

Flora Wilson



Barry Hurley..... All one hundred runs at Bushy starting in February 2014. Barry has a PB of 20:50

Barbara Anne Hill.....96 runs at Bushy starting in January 2011. Barbara Anne has a PB of 29:19


Big hugs to our milestone achievers this week.

Talking of milestones...


This weekend Wally Garrod  ( left ) and John Hanscomb ( with Paul Sinton-Hewitt ) achieved a combined run total of 1000. Wally first ran at Bushy in November 2004 at event number 6. He has run 429 times and has a PB of 24:13 which he ran in February 2005.

John first ran at Bushy in January 2005 at event number 18. he has a PB of 25:30 which he ran in February 2005. He has run 571 times. In 1953 John ran 18:10 in a three mile race around Regent's Park and he also ran the first 28 London marathons from 1981 to 2008.




Now then, this nice lady is called Lucy Jones. Lucy is training to do her first ever triathlon in Brighton later this year. She is doing it for CRY which offer a free heart screening service for the young, especially those involved in sport. Lucy's fund raising has a local connection which you can read more about here;

Good luck Lucy.

And so to breakfast


I love this part of parkrun. Breakfast, coffee and chat. Can't beat it.

It was even warm enough for Una to sort the tokens whilst sitting outside at the Pheasantry.

And finally...



By 10:30 you'd never know any of us had ever been there..... except for Brett van Gelder and recovery man Michael. Brett had arrived early and secured his usual parking spot and was listening to the radio when the battery died. Brett saw us set off but couldn't join in as he had to wait for Michael. I'm happy to report that Brett's car is back in rude health and hopefully he can join us this week.


Well that's it for this week,

see you Saturday,

Duncan Scoble


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Run Report Event No 728 – 31 March 2018


The Joys of Spring

Sorry for the tardiness of this week’s run report. A bit like the spring weather, I’m running a little late…

It’s supposed to be getting warmer isn’t it? Maybe spending this past week at cub camp and the associated lack of sleep has left my memory even more questionable than usual, but I seem to recall it was still cold and wet on last Saturday? Where were the sunshine and colours of spring? Well, we can always rely on Bushy parkrun to give the park some colour when it’s otherwise lacking.

As 1105 of us lined up at the start, things started to look more seasonal:

1  And the colours continued to brighten an otherwise grey morning along the course:   2



7And my new drone captured the colourful course well, with a possibly slightly inaccurate representation of milestone club colours (and apricot for everyone else) along the route:   8

Easter weekend = Carol’s Easter themed treats, which went down well and quickly!


We had 114 visitors for their first time at Bushy, including 7 visitors from running group Run Redbourn and St. Albans parkrun, with their youngest runner Rowan Daly, who finished in 11th position in 18:24, and Dave Saunders who completed his 150th parkrun. Welcome and congratulations!


Speaking of milestones, we had a few new club members this week:

    • Lottie BILLETT joined the junior 10 club, well done Lottie!
    • Matthew FAY and Simon DOWLING joined the 50 club
    • Tom HARRISON and Freya Beatrice KING joined the 100 club
    • And David TYAS joined the 500 club, but appeared to have a little trouble with his celebration balloons…



With a different kind of milestone, Matt the Runaway Groom was there to get a quick run in while his wife-to-be got ready for their big day. Congratulations to you both!



Thanks to all of this week’s 50 volunteers:

Stuart AMORY, Nick BLANCHARD, Phil BLUER, Mila BOKONJIC, Christopher BOX, Lou COAKER, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Pedro DAS GUPTA, Owen DELANEY, Sarah Rachel DENNISON, Jonathan DICKINSON, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Kerry DUNN, Jemima DUNN, Lynda ELMORE, Ray FRANKS, Glady GARTLAND, Ewen GIBSON, Brigid HIBBERD, Evie HINDE, Susan HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Sue LAMBERT, Simon LANE, Mike LAPWORTH, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Colin LEA, Tracey LENTHALL, Stephen MARFLEET, Martin MILTON, Freya MORRISON, Julie PAPWORTH, Peter PETERSONS, Edie PROUD, Sean RYAN, Anna SAVILL, Ethan SCOTT, Jacky SINCLAIR, Julie SMITH, Catherine STENSON, David STEWART, Bethan STURDY, Carol SWAFFER, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Sharon TEE, Patrick TROUGHTON, Harry VAUGHAN, Lorraine WALKER, Andrew John WINGATE

On to the results bit. Although she didn’t scan, I have it on good authority that our 2nd finisher was Phoebe Law who is the current British XC champion!

First 3 scanned finishers in each category:

For the women, we had Lauren MAJOR finish in 18:13, Isabel HESSEY in 20:03 and Rosy GROSS in 20:56

In the men’s field we saw Andrius JAKSEVICIUS finish first in 16:22, Joshua LOW in 18:06, and Danny CONYNGHAM in 18:19

For the junior girls, Kiara VALKENBURG in 19:42, Rosie BOUCHARD in 20:36 and Charlotte DAWSON in 22:02

In the junior boys category, Bilal BENTCHAKAL in 18:17, Harry CHAPPELL in 19:08 and Matthew David TYAS in 19:39.

And finally in the Easter Bunny category, we saw Brother BUNNY in 48:26, Baby BUNNY in 56:02, and Mummy BUNNY in 57:02. Yep, seriously! At least that’s what the results read when I captured a snapshot earlier in the week. All in full bunny outfits, but I didn’t manage to get a photo unfortunately. If anyone did, please send them to Bushy HQ!

Happy belated Easter everyone!



Run Report Event No 727 – 24 March 2018


Spring Forward!




After the beasts from the east came the warm(er) from the west. Great to see turnout up on the last few weeks with 1,237 assorted runners and walkers with myriad buggies and dogs enjoying the milder conditions. We had a number of milestones this week as well as numerous visitors from far and wide. There were 53 doing their first parkrun, 77 tourist first timers and 134 PBs – over 11% of the field.

As I entered the park I noticed a set of cameras and lighting rigs being set up – turns out the Co-op as parkrun partners were having a bit of photo shoot and a number of the Bushy massive were offering themselves as subjects. Look forward to seeing the results.




Our esteemed Event Director Rob Phillips was in charge this week. I think he mentioned everything parkrun but I don’t remember any reference to the clocks going forward – does anyone actually forget to do this? Well perhaps worse than forgetting is following the advice from the Guardian which last autumn told everyone to put the clocks forward thus making anyone taking notice 2 hours early for every meeting.

As every self-respecting young person knows it’s Spring Forward, Fall Back, although personally this feels like a further Americanisation of the Queen’s English. But then I did a bit research and it seems “fall” was coined in Tudor England (faule of leafe) and went out to the US with the early settlers but fell out of use here only to return with the said phrase last century. Still, I can grumble about “Trick or Treat”, “Santa Claus” or “Halloween”, thus confirming my membership of the club “Grumpy Old Men”.




In total there were a fantastic 47 volunteers out in force, making everything possible. Please give your thanks to the following brilliant team:

Karen BARLOW, Phil BLUER, Mila BOKONJIC, Helen CARPENTER, Jonathan DICKINSON, Kerry DUNN, Jemima DUNN, Andrew FINCH, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Glady GARTLAND, Brigid HIBBERD, Evie HINDE, Andrew HOWARTH, Melanie HOWES, Trevor HUGGINS, Christopher JOHNSON, Lucy KATESMARK, Jack KENNEDY, Mike LAPWORTH, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Hayden MATTHEWS, Fiona MCANENA, Steve MILLER, Martin MILTON, Freya MORRISON, Pat NAIR, Rob PHILLIPS, Rupert POSTLETHWAITE, Simon R, Peter REAY, Anna SAVILL, James SELL, Daniel SHACKLETON, Julie SMITH, Catherine STENSON, Bethan STURDY, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Lucy THATCHER, Alex TICKELL, Graham TITCOMBE, Jessica TUCKMAN, Richard VAN DER LEEDEN, Harry VAUGHAN

Bushy parkrun always need volunteers, so if you fancy a go at any of the many and varied roles, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at and he’ll sort you out. You get to wear hi viz and maybe even a silly hat:




Tourists and other First timers

We had 130 first timers to Bushy this week, and 53 of those were doing their first ever parkrun - 4.5% of the field. Prize for the Bushy first timers with the most runs goes to Rob WICKHAM on 263 runs closely followed by Gordon PEARSON and Nigel CRONIN from Peterborough parkrun on 210 and 208 parkruns. In fact there was a whole gaggle of runners from Peterborough and the community of nearby Eye making a trip to the cradle of parkrun.

Gordon said their visit was everything all 22 of them expected and more. For Gordon, seeing the deer was extra special – I think we sometimes take them for granted.

They also had a small celebration at the Pheasantry with Gary PARR completing 100 different parkrun events and Diane CONSTABLE doing her 50th different event with a buggy pushing 2 year old Lucy. Congratulations to all.




Visiting from Walsall Arboretum parkrun were the Tucker family. Members of Shabbarunners, Chris and Sarah were celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary with children Gillian and Stephen.



Personal Bests

Timers Jack KENNEDY and Melanie HOWES delivered the goods this week with 134 PBs (11%). Of the Bushy regulars, massive congratulations to Louise HUTTON-WILSON who took 6 seconds off her PB in 26:31 on her 216th run and 215th at Bushy.

Well done too to Janice JORDAN who secured a PB in her 208th run and 200th at Bushy. Her last PB was way over 3 years ago in March 2015.

Other notable PBs were secured by Mark DAVIES and Danny CONYNGHAM on their 157th and 134th runs.



Token sorting is for all ages



We had quite a few milestones to celebrate this week. However, no-one reached the magic 500 mark although David TYAS is on 499 – just one more week David and happy Easter Saturday.


250 club

Two runners reached the heady heights of 250 runs - step forward James WHISTLER and William WILLETT. James did his first parkrun way back on 8 October 2005, the week after the first anniversary of parkrun. There were just 56 runners that day and James came in 16th place in 20:31 in age category JM15-17. He now has a PB of 17:40.
James on the start line of his 250th

Meanwhile William did his first parkrun on 13 August 2011 in 23:49 and now runs regularly around 21:30. Coincidentally William shares his name with the ardent campaigner who led to the introduction of British Summer Time in the First World War. Thanks for the daylight William!


100 club

We had 2 people celebrating 100 runs this week. Congratulations to Nicholas MANN and junior parkrunner Tom HARRISON.


50 Club

We had an amazing 10 runners reach the magic milestone of 50 this week including junior parkrunners Kathryn BARTLE (JW 15-17) Harry CHAPPELL (JM15-17) and Katie McCARTHY (JW15-17). Also reaching 50 were: Ed ROWLAND, Kevin HANNIGAN, Mathew McDOWELL, Louise RUSSELL, Claire MARSTON, Daniel SLOME and Bhupindar CHOWDHARY. Congratulations to all.

Tom & Emma celebrate their milestones
Katie celebrates her 50

10 Club
Three juniors completed their 10th run to claim the pristine white shirt: well done to Mathew BAIRD, William HAMILTON and Zachary GRAVATT.


parkrun watch
My favourite Danish parkrun Nibe got 7 runners this week in its 399th parkrun. Across the pond Moberly parkrun in Missouri only managed 1 runner. Crossed fingers their numbers pick up soon. Meanwhile parkrun USA itself continues to grow with 19 parkruns and growing participation. There is even a competition to guess when they reach 1,000 total weekly runners. It’s the Jamaica Pond parkrun inaugural next week just in time for the Boston Marathon crowd so will this tip the balance?

Anyway back to Bushy…
Suzan gets the B she always wanted.

The Results

Male placings:
Daniel JARVIS (SM20-24) of Liverpool Harriers & AC in 15:16 in his 4th parkrun.
Matt ATKINS (VM44-49) of Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers in 16:02.
Mr Unknown 3rd finisher
Andrius JAKSEVICIUS (VM35-39) of Belgrave Harriers fourth finisher in 16:25


Female placings:
Molly Renfer (SW20-24) Core Active Triathlon Club was first over the line in 18:08, 24th overall.
Laura Addie (SW20-24) Hastings AC was second in 19:17 on her first visit to Bushy
Isabel LIVESEY (JW15-17) St Mary’s Richmond AC was third in 19:30


For the junior women, first finisher was Isabel in 19:30, second was Imogen DEAKIN in 19:53 and third was Iris BROWN in 21:09.

For the junior boys first finisher was George CHAPLIN in17:37 (New PB!) followed by Tom WILSON in 18:13 in his first ever parkrun! and third Harry CHAPPELL in 19:06 on his 50th parkrun and first time at Bushy


Age Gradings
Seven amazing runners achieved 80% or more age grading this week:

Matt ATKINS 16:02 VM40-44 87.11%
Justn REID 16:59 VM45-49 85.48%
Marcus SOLOMON 19:19 JM10 84.64%
Daniel JARVIS 15:16 SM20-24 84.50%
Paul GAYLOR 17:20 VM45-49 84.42%
Ruth HUTTON 20:45 VW50-54 83.94%
Andrius JAKSEVICIUS 16:25 VM35-39 81.32%


Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #727

There were 1237 parkrunners – 1177 identified, 60 unknown (DFYB!) (<5% of the field).

How many?

  • Of the 1177 identified parkrunners, there were:
  • 118 Juniors aged under 18 (10%) and 192 Seniors aged 18-34 (16%)
  • 866 Vets (74%) of which 112 are 35-39, 329 are 40-49, 311 are 50-59, 90 are 60-69, 21 are 70+ and 1 is 80+
  • 491 females (42%) and 686 males (58%)


Weather conditions

  • Umbrella quotient: 1 out of 5
  • Temperature: 8˚C, cool, cloudy, 5mph wind E


And finally…

I saw this tweet post parkrun:

You know it’s @bushyparkrun when you’re feeling really pleased with yourself after dropping 3:33 for the second km and then you get overtaken by a 12 year old boy and a bloke pushing a baby jogger.

See you on parkrunday and watch out for speeding buggies.

Andrew Howarth

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