Run Report Event No. 541 – 25th October 2014

Taking good care
This week at Bushy Park there was a definite drop in temperature, a few more coats among the volunteers and whilst most of the field was still sporting shorts and T-shirts there was certainly some shivering going on whilst waiting for the off. I smiled at one caring spectating father who was stood on the start-line ready to take his running daughter’s coat at the last minute!
As usual, it stayed dry though and that was the important thing for the 964 runners who ran a lap of the park and certainly the volunteers who supported them.

964 parkrunners getting ready for Bushy parkrun #541

A special helping hand
This week, I was handing out the finish tokens, a role I have done on a number of occasions. In the week, however, I received an email from the BushyHelpers account saying my partner in crime would be a first-timer and so could I show them the ropes.

Not just any first timer though, but parkrun creator himself, Paul Sinton-Hewitt. Yes, PSH was running cross-country in a mob-match for his club Ranelagh and so didn’t want to exert himself too much in the morning and therefore decided to help out at his local run. So if you didn’t notice, then you had a 50:50 chance of getting your finish token from the guy who started it all and alternatively a 50:50 chance of getting is from a rubbish run reporter.

The 541st Bushy parkrun
This week, first back to the big tree was Rowan Axe, 15:24, who has finished first in all four of his Bushy parkruns. He had a clear gap ahead of Rocky Harrison, 16:10, and Andrius Jaksevicus, 16:45.

First finisher Rowan Axe

The ladies were all shown a clean pair of heels by Jill Harrison, albeit in the heart-breaking time of 20:01. Second home was Liz Killip, 20:21 and Polly Adams, 20:29, third.

Blake Oliver, 17:41, was the fastest of our juniors, followed by Connor Dellapina, 17:43, and Jamie Millbank, 17:59.

Megan Fisher, 21:52, was the first of our junior ladies ahead of Eleanor Keeler, 21:54, and Lucy Marquand, 21.57.

Amazing performances
Twelve athletes hit the magic 80% WAVA Age Grading with Jill Harrison, 20:01, recording the highest score of 90.42%. Well done also goes to Liz Killip, Nina Kirby-Rampling, Laurence Duffy, Rowan Axe, Brian Bennett, Polly Adams, Rob Hunt, Liz Zass, Rocky Harrison, Blake Oliver and Ramona Thevenet.

119 people recorded a new PB, with Darren Franks the most experienced after 123 Bushy parkruns.

964 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #541

The prefect score
Someone else who merits some congratulations is Michael Trott. Michael ran his 57th park run this week and also recorded a new PB of October. It means Michael has hit 4 out of 4 for October! Well done! Can he make it five in a row next week?

What does accompanying mean?
As has been said many times before there are very few rules at parkrun, but one of them has come up again and so I have been asked to explain it a little further.
Seeing the enjoyment children have at taking part in Bushy parkrun is wonderful and the younger generation are absolutely part of the amazing parkrun community, however they need to be taken care of.

UK Athletics rules say that children under 11 are not allowed to race 5km. parkrun manages to allow under 11s to take part, because as we all know parkrun is not really a race. However, UKA permit this and provide us with insurance only if…

…all children under 11 are accompanied throughout the entire 5km run by a parent or guardian.

We had an incident last week where a young girl was left behind by her mother because "she couldn't keep up". We cannot allow this as it could cause parkrun huge problems.

All under 11s need to be accompanied, and by that we mean kept within arm’s reach, the whole way round! If you are lucky to have a speedy offspring, then you are free to find an alternative responsible adult to run with the future superstar – but it is your responsibility to organise this.

I know this made sound overly authoritative, but we need to enforce this one as it is part of the rules parkrun must adhere to!

Anyway, that’ll do for this week

Take care
Andy W

PS. First Kirsty this week was Kirsty Rumble in 26:10 - Miss Bangham was having a week off!

parkrun spectator

As always, thanks to Rodney for the photos

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Run Report Event No. 540 – 18th October 2014

A writing debut

So it’s Saturday evening and I’m sat at my laptop nervously re-reading old run reports and looking through my notes and photos from earlier, hoping this debut will be more Wayne Rooney for Manchester United (hat-trick) rather than Jonathan Woodgate for Real Madrid (own goal and sent off). Of course now I’m worrying that’s two football references too many in a parkrun run report but it’s a bit too late for that now.
As usual, the first thing I do on parkrunday is look at the weather forecast on my phone, looking out of the window would of course involve getting out of bed. If the forecast was to be believed it looked like we would just about be the only hour of the morning without rain. Good work Ray and Hayden, whatever it is you do or say to ensure good weather every week, on behalf of a thousand or so people, thanks.


As today is the third Saturday in an even month, that means it’s a day for the odd pacers. Having suffered sleepless, nerveless Friday nights myself before pacing, it’s great to be able to give a big thanks to the eight pacers today who wore the tabard with pride and held their flags up high to help pace you to a PB. And yes, being slightly competitive, I did have a check through the results to see who came spot on with their timings, very impressive efforts all round!

Our awesome 'odd' pacers!

From right to left (because that’s the way I had already typed it)

Simon Rayner – 35 minutes
David Stewart – 33 minutes
Steve Todd – 31 minutes
Chris Tyrell – 29 minutes
Georgina Brand – 27 minutes
Julian Diamond – 25 minutes
Will Rambling – 23 minutes
Stuart Amory – 21 minutes

A sizeable crowd stood at the start, hanging on Run Director Hayden’s every word and as the clock struck 9, the timer was ready, the runners were steady and they were off – and the hardy team of volunteers wandered back to the big tree to set up funnels, don fluorescent jackets and learn how to use the barcode scanners. For the last two tasks we had surely two of the youngest volunteers in parkrun history and after about twenty attempts, this was the best shot I could get of the camera shy duo!


Just before the first of the runners came into sight around the final corner, a pretty large stag was spotted in the finishing area. Cries of ‘Rodney’ went up, which I assumed at first meant, quick, grab your camera and take some photos of the stag.. but no, it was a call to put a clearly well drilled funnel tape lowering scenario in place to let the stag wander on his way without getting caught up in funnel tape, volunteers and potentially 900 or so runners just about to finish. Luckily, all went well, poles were lowered, the stag wandered off into the bracken, I failed to get a decent picture of it and the first runner was suddenly 30 metres away from the finish.. so how did everyone do?

For parkrun number 540 we had a total of 967 runners, with 32 of you running for the first time. First across the line was a Mr Unknown Runner – who amazingly also managed to come second too. This Unknown fella has been first back a few times recently, what is it the cool parkrun kids say? Don’t Forget Your Barcode guys.


(Do you recognise this man? First across the line but no barcode sadly!)

This meant our first recorded finisher was George Corcoran in an amazing time of 16.21, ahead of Tim Haughian with 16.34 and Andrius Jakesvicius with 16.52 in 3rd.

Deborah Steer was first lady back in 19.57 with a very impressive WAVA score of 85.05%, beating her daughter by just 26 seconds into third place. Standing on step number two on the imaginary Bushy podium was the amazing Bushy debutant Karen Andrews - more often seen tearing round Netley Abbey! With Bushy legend Polly Adams running a parkrun for the 342nd time in 4th place.

First juniors home were Blake Oliver for the boys with a frankly ridiculous 18.05 and Ava White led the girls home in an equally impressive 21.36.

So what else happened at Bushy parkrun today? Well if I’ve worked out the results right, we had 8 people join the 50 club so well done Tom Greig, Silvia Sobral, Stuart Forrest, Lee Madle, Ben Taplin, Georgina Brand, Shelley Dudley and Kathryn Hone. Just the one person joined the 100 club and will shortly be swapping red for black, so many congratulations to Diane Reddish, pictured below with adoring family and fans..


Two people joined the 250 club this week, so please give a generous round of applause to Benjamin Williamson who has not only got out of bed for the equivalent of five years of Saturday mornings, he’s done it while not being old enough to vote. I’m pretty sure my teenage years weren’t spent getting up that early on a Saturday morning… Please remain standing and continue applauding for Alan Charlesworth who also joined the exclusive 250 club today, pictured below enjoying a well-earned glass of champagne, slice of cake and a hug from Ann Coward.


There are plenty of people close to getting their milestone t-shirts and I’ve been nudged in the ribs a few times today to point out that Justine Albert was the fastest of all the people completing 49 parkruns today. A random fact that I’m sure you can all sleep happier tonight knowing!

As always we had visitors from all over the country and indeed the world. I had the pleasure of scanning the barcode of a man who had come all the way from South Africa and a little closer to home we had a bunch of visitors from Hedge End Running Club all the way up the M3 from Southampton. Many thanks for visiting guys. You all seem to be first timers here at Bushy Park so I hope you enjoyed your trip to where it all began just over 10 years ago and you don’t leave it as long again until your next visit.

Hedge End

A run report really wouldn’t be complete without a big thank you to all the volunteers who help make it happen every week. So in alphabetical order, many thanks to:

Alex TICKELL , Andrew John WINGATE, Anne WOODS, Breda MCGREE, Carol Margaret DICKINSON, Carole JACKSON, Chris FORD, Chrissie GALE, Christina SHEPHERD, Diane MULLEN, Hayden MATTHEWS, Heather LOCKWOOD, Jackie BURTON, Jackie DUNKLEY , James BOWRY, Jeroen VONK, John A STEPHENS, Jonathan COX, Lou COAKER, Loula BELL, Lucy THATCHER, Michael James AXTON, Neil STEWART, Oliver BEZZANT, Paul KEDDIE, Ray BAIRSTOW, Ray COWARD, Ray FRANKS, Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH, Susan HOWARTH, Tom HAWORTH

Well that’s it pretty much it from me, I hope you enjoyed my first run report. Sadly I missed the equivalent parkrun this time last year as I was with my brother and sister at St. Peter’s hospital sitting with my Dad as he passed away. He was a keen runner and so it was lovely one year on to be able to don the barcode scanning jacket and play a small part in something amazing, helping nearly a thousand people have a great start to a Saturday morning.

Shall we do it all again next Saturday?
See you then and Don’t Forget Your Barcode…

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Run Report Event No. 539 – 11th October 2014

Having seen the weather reports leading into this weekend, it was a pleasant surprise this Saturday to be running in the sunshine… although why I should be surprised I don’t know because Event Director Ray always seems to manage to pull some sunshine and warmth out of his kit bag for us…!

Ray Coward addressing the 885 parkrunners

Many of you may have read an article last week called ‘What type of parkrunner are you?’ wherein the author had divided parkrunners into the following categories:
• The addict
• The pram-pusher
• The self-appointed coach
• The senior
• The splasher
• The parkrun tourist
• The disingenuous dasher
• The overdresser
• The volunteer
• The heavy-breather
• The gadget guru
• The recruiter
• The big finisher
• The analyser
• The writer – which are you?

Having been a bit of a parkrun tourist of late (5 of my last 10 parkruns have been in Woking, Wormwood Scrubs, Weymouth, Richmond and Strathclyde instead of Bushy) it was nice to come home this weekend, see friends and familiar faces, and catch up over coffee in the Pheasantry – as fun as it is to travel, there’s no place like home! I think I am therefore a bit of a mixture of the above parkrun types – tourist (aforementioned), writer (this week!), addict (goes without saying as I am wearing my parkrun 100 t-shirt and my new fleece as I write this report!) and volunteer (which is as much fun as running!)… I also think there is the fun potential to invent new types – I am certainly ‘The chatter’ as I really enjoy running and chatting to friends as we go round the 5k course. This week I was running with Kim Evans when, as we rounded the fountain, a lovely lady said to us, “Please get me round.” She was aiming for a “post-baby PB” and made it by 40 seconds – well done to Kelly Cheney! We also got to meet her 11 month daughter, Isla, in the funnel who had been pushed round in a buggy so maybe there’s another type – ‘The family parkrunner’.

After the lofty heights of 1705 runners last week we returned to a far more normal 885 runners this week. Of these, 28 were running their first ever parkrun, so had maybe been spurred on by the media coverage of parkrun’s 10th birthday last weekend… hopefully ‘The newbies’ enjoyed their first run and will be back MANY more times.

885 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #539

‘The first finisher’ this weekend was, astoundingly, ‘The Unknown’ – wow, finishing first and not being registered…! This may well be a case of DFYB (or Don’t Forget Your Barcode) as your result cannot be recorded without it… parkrun is charmingly simple with very few rules and regulations but this is one of them. I asked Ray if he would consider slotting me in to this position but, for some reason, he refused?! So, the first recorded runner and 2nd finisher overall was Taras Telkovsky in 16:46, followed in by Andrius Jaksevicius in 16:52. Third recorded male was Jonathon Ormerod in 17:31. The first female finisher was Joanne Harvey and she was 9th overall in a time of 18:35. Angel Collins was the second female finisher in19:43 on her first trip to Bushy. Completing the female podium was Zoe Birchenough in a time of 20:28 which was a New PB – well done Zoe!

Well done to Christian Harper who, finishing in 25th in a time of 19:50, was the first junior male past the tree. Alistair Highmoor was the second junior male in 19:57, followed in by Todd Harding in 20:14.

The junior females were lead in by Megan Fisher in 21:50 which was a New PB for her, followed by Imogen King in 22:53 also with a New PB and Caitlin Wheeler in 22:59.

The conditions were friendly enough this week to reward 98 runners with shiny New PBs – well done if you were one of them! New PBs were earned by the following parkrunners with 50 or more runs to their name: Darren Franks with 21:40 in his 122nd parkrun, Brendan Casey with 26:50 in his 66th run Michael Trott with 22:17 in his 55th event and his 2nd PB in a row (which frankly is just showing off!), Daniel le Franc with 25:38 in his 61st parkrun, David Bell with 19:24 in his 74th run, aforementioned Imogen King with 22:53 in her 54th event and Beth O’Brien in 23:31 in her 59th parkrun – well done all!

And, finally, returning to The Volunteer without whom parkrun could not take place – thank you this week to Alex TICKELL • Ann COWARD • Breda MCGREE • Carol Margaret DICKINSON • Carole JACKSON • Diane MULLEN • Hayden MATTHEWS • Heather WALLINGTON • Jack KENNEDY • Joe DAWSON • John A STEPHENS • Jonathan COX • Jonathan EVANS • Lucy THATCHER • Nick ROWE • Pat MCGRATH • Pedro DAS GUPTA • Ray BAIRSTOW • Ray FRANKS • Rob PHILLIPS • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Romit BASU • Sue EVANS • Sue GRAHAM-KAHN • Zoe Alison RIDING. If you have considered volunteering but are unsure what it may involve, do not fear as there are many varied roles available. To check which roles are available when, check out the Volunteer Page on the Bushy parkrun website and email to put your name down – you will receive the thanks of 800-1000 people!

885 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #539

I know a lot pf parkrunners were racing on Sunday in the Oxford, Peterborough, Wimbledon Common and Royal Parks Half Marathons as well as the Kingston Breakfast Run – I hope all races went well, and that you will be back by the start tree in Bushy Park on Saturday… see you there!


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Run Report Event No. 538 – 4th October 2014

Happy 10th Birthday parkrun!


1705 parkrunners set off
1,705 runners set off for our 10th birthday parkrun! (Photo taken by Sarah Finney)


On Saturday 2nd October 2004 at 9am – the first free timed 5 kilometre run took place in Bushy Park with 13 runners – the parkrun pioneers, and so an idea was born. Ten years on at Bushy we celebrated our anniversary of this day in wonderful style, with all 13 parkrun pioneers present amongst a record breaking gathering of 1,705 parkrunners on a truly magnificent, unforgettable and overwhelming morning. As we celebrated International parkrun Day across the world, there are now nearly 500 separate weekly 5km events, and over a million registered parkrunners – a fantastic legacy of that autumn morning run some 10 years ago, with a mere baker’s dozen toeing the line at Bushy Park.


Runners ready to go! (Photo taken by Harry Bryant)


Saturday mornings would be far poorer without parkrun in our lives; we do have a lot to thank our great leader – Paul Sinton Hewitt CBE for! parkrun is helping to build and strengthen communities, making new friends whilst encouraging us to be active and appreciate our lovely parks and open spaces across the world. Just stop for a moment and think about all the people who have come into your life since parkrun and made it better. I can’t think of another volunteer-led social movement that has helped change so many people’s lives for the better; it’s a privilege to be one of many thousands turning up each and every Saturday as part of the parkrun family. Well done on your richly deserved CBE, thank you PSH! Many of you were lucky enough to have your result scanned by by PSH on Saturday, as he was part of the scanning team on the day!

PSH CBE given his special award!
PSH CBE given his special award! (Photo taken by Jed Leicester)


As I walked into Bushy Park on Saturday morning just after 8am, I could hear the distant bellows from the stags scattered across the Royal Park, as well as the audible buzz from parkrunners as they began appearing from every direction! Runners arrived in all colours, with many parkrun club tops and 10th anniversary t-shirts present as tourists had flocked from across the world to celebrate with us! It was a great opportunity to catch up with many parkrunners I hadn’t seen for a while, as well as talking to a couple of the parkrun pioneers where I found out more about the early days of parkrun (or as it was known then as Bushy Park Time Trial). Excitement was building for the morning ahead as we then all headed over to the start area for a few special presentations before the run at 8:40am.


Award winners

The Bushy parkrun core team of volunteers – Ray Coward, Hayden Matthews, Andy Wingate, Carol Dickinson, Ann CowardEmma Wingate and Andy Pillidge were all present to give out the awards for the morning, together with PSH CBE, Tom Williams from parkrun UK and Nick Pearson from Sweatshop.

Bushy parkrun core team
The Bushy parkrun core volunteer team (Photo taken by Jed Leicester)


parkrun Pioneers

The parkrun pioneers

The 13 parkrun pioneers: Andrew Lane, Chris Owens, James Russell, John Kipps, Julie Drummond, Karen Weir, Matthew Morgan, Peter Wright, Rachel Rowan, Rachel Stanhope, Simon Lawrence, Steve Rowland and Tanya Wolken


As we all gathered on Chestnut Avenue at 8:40 for the presentations, it was a lovely moment to see the 13 parkrun pioneers reunited together for the very first time in ten years! They were all wearing the 10th anniversary t-shirts for the occasion, and were presented with specially made golden athlete barcodes, and a medal by our Junior prize winners Robert Eveson and Zoe Dennison! No matter how many millions of parkrunners there will be, there will only ever be 13 pioneers – you are the envy of many parkrunners, congratulations!


parkrun pioneer Andrew Lane with his special golden barcode and medal


John Hanscomb Trophy

This is awarded to the first male on the points table for the last year and is named after John Hanscomb – who has run more Bushy parkruns than anyone else (418 so far!), and also finished every London Marathon between 1981 and 2008!

This year’s recipient was Ed Higgins, with Chris Brimacombe second and Philip Bearman (Snr) third. Well done to you all!

Men's points prize winners
The top 3 in the men's points table with PSH (Photo taken by Jed Leicester)


Sonia O’Sullivan Salver

This is awarded to the first female on the points table for the last year and is named after Sonia O’Sullivan. Sonia held the female course record at Bushy for five years, and was the 5000m World Champion at Gothenburg in 1995 and Olympic Silver medallist at the same distance at the Sydney games in 2000, as well as being a three-time European champion on the track and a two-time World Cross Country champion!

This year’s recipient was Polly Adams, with Jennifer Darling second and Ramona Thevenet third. Congratulations!

Ladies points prize winners
The top 3 in the ladies points table with PSH (Photo taken by Jed Leicester)

Junior awards

Awards are also given for the highest junior male and female on the respective points tables, which this year was Robert Eveson and Zoe Dennison! Well done to both of you!

The awards for the 11 and under age group for the boy and girl with most runs were Rupert Reddish and Imogen King, congratulations!


Timothy Bennet Trophy

The Timothy Bennet Trophy is awarded each anniversary to the Volunteer of the Year. Timothy Bennet was a local shoemaker based in Hampton Wick – who, in 1754 successfully championed the cause for walkers in gaining a new public footpath through our favourite park, linking Hampton Wick and Hampton Hill, now known as Cobbler’s Walk. You may not have realised it, but each time you do a Bushy parkrun you cross Cobbler’s Walk twice! The award is given to the volunteer who has ‘gone the extra mile’ for Bushy parkrun. I was very honoured to be given this award, especially after the previous recipients Ray Franks, Simon Lane, Jan Franks and Pat McGrath, thank you very much! 

Rodney McCulloch and PSH
Rodney McCulloch with PSH (Photo taken by Jed Leicester)


Timers, are you ready?

With the presentations complete, it was “that time on a Saturday again” as the parkrunners were ready to set off! PSH said “Timers are you ready? On your marks, Go!” and off they went, and what an amazing sight it was to behold, all ages made up of friends and families running down Chestnut Avenue, with canine pals and buggies too! In all it took around 50 seconds for the start line to clear, as the army of over 40 volunteers – led by Ray Coward and Ann Coward, headed to their positions for the next hour!


The 538th Bushy parkrun

I headed over to the double funnel for an hour of ‘funnel fun’ (you can’t have a funnel without having fun), along with an excellent team of helpers and our two timers on the morning, Ally Manole and Simon Lane! Jan Franks and Zoe Riding were ready to give out tokens at the far end of the 70 metre long funnel, with 1500 plastic tokens ready, as well another 500 stickered ones, just incase we needed them (which we did!). As the lead bike and first finisher came into view – a stag started to approach, fortunately one of the funnel volunteers Peter Smith managed to usher him away! I was with Peter and Lou Coaker at the front of the double funnel, as we switched lanes every 20-30 seconds to keep both funnel lanes flowing as the runners arrived in their hundreds!


Bushy parkrun funnel team and timers
Some of the funnel team and the timers Ally Manole and Simon Lane!


Triple funnel

By 25 minutes around 700 finishers had already crossed the line, and by this point both lanes were looking very full! Jack Kennedy, who had already done lead bike then helped out on funnel and was the first to suggest we should use the outside of the funnel as a third lane, and it soon became clear we had no other option! – We used a third lane it and it worked perfectly, as over 200 runners headed down the outside of the funnel lane for the next couple of minutes – led by Jack and a funnel letter. It bought us vital extra time as the two double lanes started to clear, and then we could revert to the double funnel again! In all there were 30 funnel switches needed, a new record!


Bushy Funnel Traffic

A special mention to the timers – Ally Manole and Simon Lane as an unprecedented number of runners crossed the finish line! There were eight consecutive minutes with over 100 finishers, with the busiest minute being the 27th with a huge 152 finishers! There were 1180 finishers between 20:00 and 29:59 – in that 10 minute period alone there was just 4 fewer than the old Bushy attendance record of 1184! In all an incredible 1,705 runners crossed the line, a truly awe-inspiring effort from all the volunteers on the day – give yourselves a pat on the back!


Shems Marzouq cheered across the finish line!
Penultimate finisher Shems Marzouq cheered across the finish line (Photo taken by Danny Norman)


Full list of volunteers on the day:

Ally MANOLE  •  Andrew John WINGATE  •  Andy PILLIDGE  •  Ann COWARD  •  Anne WOODS  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Carole JACKSON  •  Charlie CROSTHWAITE  •  Chris P WRIGHT  •  David PAPWORTH  •  Emma Anne WINGATE  •  Gary BRIDGER  •  Glynda MORTIMER  •  Graham MORTIMER  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Helen BRETT  •  Helen GARDINER  •  Jack KENNEDY  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Joe DAWSON  •  John A STEPHENS  •  John P WOODS  •  Jonathan COX  •  Jonathan DICKINSON  •  Julie PAPWORTH  •  Katrin KROSCHINSKI  •  Lauren DAWBER  •  Liz ZASS  •  Lou COAKER  •  Mary HICKSON  •  Michelle MOSLEY  •  Oliver BEZZANT  •  Pat MCGRATH  •  Paul SINTON-HEWITT  •  Peter Gordon SMITH  •  Ralph BLACKBOURN  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Sarah DIXON  •  Sarah FINNEY  •  Sarah VAUGHAN  •  Simon LANE  •  Stefan KRUEGER  •  Steve BRETT  •  Sue GRAHAM-KAHN  •  Suzan BAKER  •  Zoe Alison RIDING


Bushy parkrun 4 October 2014
Tokens team Jan Franks and Zoe Riding busy giving out tokens! (Photo taken by Suzan Baker)


parkrun tourists

Of the 1,705 parkrunners – there were many tourists from far and wide, with 219 parkrunners making their Bushy debut and 130 different running clubs were represented across the world – more than double our regular weekly tally, and there were 51 250 club members toeing the line and a combined total of 104,636 parkruns among the field!


From Russia we had Svetlana Stanaford and Darrel Stanaford! Svetlana was one of the 58 runners making their parkrun debut on the day, while Darrel (of ULI Russia Runners) was running his eighth parkrun, five of which have been at Gorky Park parkrun in Moscow! Thank you for choosing to visit us on our birthday!

Svetlana Stanaford and Darrel Stanaford
Svetlana Stanaford and Darrel Stanaford


All the way from Newy parkrun in Australia we had several tourists, including Bushy first timers Ashlee Lucas (60th run) and Steve Lucas (53rd run) from the Wooters Runners! Thank you so much for coming so far to see us!

Steve Lucas and Ashlee Lucas
Steve Lucas and Ashlee Lucas


Across the UK we have had tourists come from many clubs, including: Airedale Dodgers, Avon Valley Runners, Bedford Harriers, Chineham Park Running Club, Cove Joggers, Dartford Road Runners, Elvet Striders, Exeter Harriers, Farnham Triathlon Club, Hart Road Runners, Hercules Wimbledon, Hyde Park Harriers, Leighton Buzzard AC, Les Croupiers RC, Lordshill Road Runners, Medway & Maidstone AC, Newham & Essex Beagles AC, Reading Roadrunners, Riverside Runners, Serpentine RC, Skegness Coasters, Sphinx AC, St Albans Striders, Stowmarket Striders RC, Tewkesbury AC, Vale of Aylesbury AC, Warwick University, Witney Road Runners, Wymondham AC and Yorkshire Wolds Runners.


Of those making their Bushy debut, 32 had completed 100 runs or more: Maria Lawrence (218 runs), Paul Slatford (208), Sophie McKay (201), Andy Wilkinson (196), Paul Smith (188), Kevin Jones (175), John Krause (165), Richard Evans (153), Natasha Hampden-Smith (147), Alan Lawrence (147), Colin Traer (146), Linda Crook (144), Tim Curry (143), Bernadette Kirrane (143), Darien O’Brien (141), Graham Clark (136), Andy Bailey (134), Kieran Beech (133), Michelle Rivett (133), Zoe Kingsmell (132), Libertine Bringas (121), Peter McGovern (121), Abigail Fudge (118), Glen Turner (117), Paul Pascoe (115), Angela Coates (115), Kevin Williams (112), Pete Williams (111), Cecily Day (110), John Jaap (107), Adam Penwarden (101) and Andrew Stockwell (100).


Bushy parkrun 4 October 2014
Darren Wood and Kirsty Bangham (Photo taken by Suzan Baker)

It was good to see Darren Wood returning for his 472nd parkrun (255th at Bushy) from his home run at Frimley Lodge (185 runs there) along with some friends from Frimley too! Here is Darren together with Bushy regular Kirsty Bangham (365 parkruns, 304 at Bushy). As the leading male and female parkrunners for most number of runs, they have a combined total of 837 runs!


From parkrun UK we had Tom Williams present, as well as the parkrun show presenters Danny Norman (391 runs), Nicola Forwood (235), Helen Williams (154) and Dennis Brandrick (31 runs) all taking part, while Hayden Matthews and Kerri French joined in to help on the funnel!

The parkrun show team
The parkrun show team comes to Bushy! (Photo courtesy of Helen Williams)


250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs

Moving on to the parkrun clubs as we had two more 250 club members feature this week on our birthday! Congratulations go to Andrew Kew Brown and Gill Wilson!

Andrew Brown made his parkrun debut at Bushy Park on event 130 on 24th February 2007, and his home run is at Richmond parkrun where he has run 199 times there. It was his 16th parkrun at Bushy, and he has also run 8 times at Brueton, on 7 occasions at Kingston, twice at Gunnersbury, Fulham Palace and Milton Keynes and once each at Wormwood Scrubs, Gladstone, Hilly Fields, Pollok Park, Old Deer Park, Plymvalley, Riddlesdown, Barrow, Crane Park, Osterley, Bedfont Lakes, Keswick, Bradford and Nonsuch. Well done Andrew!

Gill Wilson made her parkrun debut at Bushy Park on event number 4 on 23rd October 2004, and has run at Bushy on 199 occasions. Of her other 51 runs, 14 have been at Bedfont Lakes, 12 at Richmond Park, 3 at Banstead Woods, 2 each at Old Deer Park, Nonsuch, Wimbledon Common, Swindon and Kingston and she has run once each at Brighton & Hove, Gorleston Cliffs, Morden Hall (a one-off event), Black Park, Coventry, Gunnersbury, Exeter Riverside, Basingstoke, Roundshaw Downs, Bromley, Eastleigh and Wormwood Scrubs.

Having been a regular runner in the first year of parkrun (then known as Bushy Park Time Trial, or BPTT) Gill was the inaugural recipient of the Sonia O’Sullivan salver, rewarded to the first female on the points table each year. Well done Gill on joining your husband Roger in the 250 club (he reached this milestone last month)

Of those who ran on Saturday, the next parkrunners to join this ever-growing club are: Alan Charlesworth (248 runs), Malcolm Dickson (247), Mark Jennings (246) and Ian Giggs (245).




A terrific ten runners joined the 100 club this week – Andrius Jaksevicius, Andrew Stockwell (first timer at Bushy), Ian O’Brien, Kevin Wood, Ian Doyle, Tim Davies, Jed Leicester, Kim Evans, Rod Shears and Sean Broughton. What a great time to reach three figures! Soon you can replace red with black! A further two runners could collect their ‘100’ black Adidas tees soon, as on 99 not out we have: Gitty Bhatia and Parmjit Bal.

Just like the 100 club, we also have a perfect 10 new members of the 50 club this week to celebrate! This list included one of our parkrun pioneersSteve Rowland! After exactly 10 years, welcome to the 50 club Steve!

The following runners will also receive their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon, so congratulations go to: Chris Sutton (first timer at Bushy), Andrew Woodhouse, Fiona England, Ed Hall, Jamie Stockwell (first timer at Bushy), Christopher Butler, Emily Murray, Simon Wheatley and Catherine Salmon!

A further 11 runners are on 49 not out: Richard Bazeley, Amber George, Catherine Hemingway, Shelley Dudley, Tomas Andrews, Matilda Harper, Elizabeth Baker, Jim Mahoney, Philippa Casey, Christian Di Simone and Louise Neal-Hopes!


Three new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Joshua Freer, Rhiannon Pateman (new PB) and Ciara Macneil (first timer at Bushy). Another six juniors are one away from receiving their ‘10’ white Adidas tops – Benjamin Freer (new PB), Eleanor Keeler (new PB), Ethan Newton, Tarun Bath (new PB), Martha Prior and Louis Alexander.

Please remember to reply to the email you will receive after your 10th (juniors only), 50th, 100th, or 250th parkruns (juniors – please note that the 2km junior parkruns do not count towards t-shirts), stating where you want to collect your t-shirt and what size! For more info on the parkrun clubs and how to qualify for a t-shirt, visit the parkrun support FAQ


Happy Birthday parkrun!


New PBs

Of the 161 PBs set this week, just one of them was from a parkrunner with over 100 Bushy parkruns – congrats to John Ramsay! John ran 24:39 on his 112th parkrun (111 at Bushy) to earn his fifth consecutive PB here - taking 8 seconds off on this occasion, and in total he has taken off over a minute from his PB time since the start of September! Well done John!

Two of our parkrun pioneers set new course PBs on Saturday! Well done to Karen Weir who set a new PB on her 45th Bushy parkrun (129 runs overall with 66 at Richmond) and Matthew Morgan, who was running his fourth parkrun at Bushy – and his first run here since event 17 on 22nd January 2005!

Another notable course PB on the day was set by Brian Winstanley. It was Brian’s 91st lap of Bushy, but over the last year he has been a regular at nearby Crane Park (56 runs at Crane, 148 overall), so he returned for his first Bushy appearance since February 2013 and ran 23:50 to set a new PB here!

We had plenty of tourists from far and wide who returned to Bushy to set new course PBs on this special occasion! Well done to: Charles Hampden-Smith, Nick McKay, Mark Jennings, Ian Giggs, Elaine Brassington, Lisa Thomas, Martin Rutter, Peter Woodward, James Hughes, David Irwin, Pete ‘The Train’ Morris, Rosie Leyden, Joanne Hillier, Wiebke Kortum, James Ball, Andy Caie, Kay Lydall, Gemma Brierley and many, many more!


So those were some of the headline makers and record breakers, but how did the rest of you do?

1,705 parkrunners charging down Chestnut Avenue! (Photo taken by Colin Brassington)


The results bit 

Collecting token number one and followed by another 1,704 runners over the next hour was Jamie Taylor-Caldwell of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC in a new PB of 15:59 (80.71%) on his 17th parkrun (13 at Bushy). It was Jamie’s first run at Bushy in three years – you picked a good week to return! Jamie has also run at Richmond Park twice, and once each at Gunnersbury Park and Cannon Hill parkrun in Birmingham. He was followed by Olly Laws of Newham & Essex Beagles AC, running 16:13 (80.88%) on his 23rd parkrun (12 at Bushy). The next registered runner was Bushy regular Paul Lowe, with a time of 16:23 (79.65%) on his 103rd parkrun (79 at Bushy) for Stragglers.


First finisher Jamie Taylor-Caldwell (Photo taken by Colin Brassington)


The fourth finisher and first junior finisher overall was Calvin Chapman, running an outstanding 16:28 (83.20%) in a new PB time on his seventh parkrun (all at Bushy). After Jamie a further five runners dipped under 17 minutes. James Ellis ran 16:38 (78.86%) for Clapham Chasers on his 43rd parkrun (11 at Bushy), just ahead of Taras Telkovsky, who ran 16:40 (77.40%) on his 11th parkrun (all at Bushy). Bushy regular Andrius Jaksevicius joined the 100 club, and he crossed the line in 16:42 (78.14%) on his 84th parkrun here.

St Mary Richmond AC’s Sathira Don ran 16:46 (79.52%) to improve his PB here by 11 seconds on his 85th parkrun (37 at Bushy), and the second junior finisher home Neil Wellard rounded off the sub 17 finishers, posting a new PB of 16:48 (80.36%) on his 24th parkrun (3 at Bushy) for Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers. There were a further five junior runners who broke 18 minutes, well done to: Harry Matthews (17:07), Joseph Bouakaze-Khan (17:09), Patrick Goffey (17:22), Marco Arcuri (17:29) and Alex Sutton (17:58).


Kate Brown of St Mary’s Richmond AC was the first female finisher, crossing the line in 17:37 (84.01%) on her 13th parkrun (6 at Bushy). The next lady home was parkrun pioneer Rachel Rowan, running 19:25 (81.03%) for Ranelagh Harriers on her 13th parkrun (all at Bushy), and Lisa Thomas of Hercules Wimbledon completed the sub 20 female finishers, in a time of 19:52 (83.39%) to set a new PB on her 25th parkrun here (192 runs overall, 163 of which at Wimbledon Common).


First female finisher Kate Brown (Photo taken by Colin Brassington)


The next female finisher was the first junior home, as Thames Turbo Triathlon’s Freya Thomson ran a new PB of 20:05 to earn 79.50% for her age grading on her 15th parkrun (all at Bushy). The next junior girl to cross the line was Amber George, running 20:47 on her 49th parkrun (all at Bushy) and she was followed by Libby Brown of St Mary’s Richmond AC, who ran 21:05 (72.57%) on her 130th parkrun (17 runs at Bushy, 111 have been at Richmond). The following female juniors also dipped under 22 minutes, well done to: Eleanor Attridge (21:30), Ava White (21:30), Anna Uren (21:31), Harriet Johnson (21:33), Sacha Kennedy (21:34) and Eleanor Keeler (21:45).


Highest age grading scorers

A baker’s dozen of 13 runners achieved 80 plus age grading percentages on Saturday, with Jane Davies of Epsom & Ewell Harriers leading this list with another outstanding grading of 96.98% from her time of 21:33 in the VW65-69 category! Well done Jane!

There were 12 parkrunners on the day with an age grading in the 80s, well done to: Kate Brown (84.01%), Laurence Duffy (83.47%), Lisa Thomas (83.39%), Calvin Chapman (83.20%), Sonia Rowland (81.85%), Joseph Bouakaze-Khan (81.15%), Rachel Rowan (81.03%), Ramona Thevenet (80.95%), Olly Laws (80.88%), Jamie Taylor-Caldwell (80.71%), Bernie Mulvany (80.45%) and Neil Wellard (80.36%)


For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ


Cake! (Photo taken by Jed Leicester)


Stats of the day

There were 1,705 runners – 1574 identified, 131 unidentified (8% of field).


How many?

  • Of the 1574 identified runners, there were:
  • 161 PBs (10% of field) of which 1 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 219 Bushy first timers (14% of field) of which 58 were parkrun first timers (4% of field)
  • 241 Juniors (15%), 266 Seniors (17%), 1067 Vets (68%) with 92 runners aged 60 or over (6%)
  • 994 males (63%) and 580 females (37%)
  • Most common male age group was 45-49 (177 runners – 18% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (88 runners – 15% of all females)
  • 475 club runners (30% of field) from 130 different clubs and 1099 unattached (70%)
  • Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (95 runners), Ranelagh Harriers (34), St Mary’s Richmond AC (28), Thames Turbo Triathlon (28), 26.2 RRC (19)


How fast?

  • Of the 1705 finishers, there were:
  • 109 runners sub 20 mins (6.2%), 1180 between 20:00-29:59 (69.2%), 416 over 30 mins (24.4%)
  • Top 10% Overall/Male/Female time was 20:49/20:00/23:49
  • Midpoint Overall/Male/Female time was 26:34/24:59/29:15
  • Minute-by-minute number of finishers 20-31 minutes: 82, 90, 110, 125, 124, 146, 120, 152, 128, 103, 64, 70
  • 667 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 133 per minute
  • 152 finishers in the 27th minute and 146 in the 25th minute
  • 8 consecutive minutes with over 100 finishers, between 22:00 and 29:59


How many parkruns?

  • 104636 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1574, averaging 64 parkruns each
  • 690 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (44% of identified field), of which
  • 298 members of the 50 club (19%)
  • 341 members of the 100 club (22%)
  • 51 members of the 250 club (3% of field) – Darren Wood (472 runs), Richard Fletcher (414), Paul Killick (393), Danny Norman (392), Simon Greenhill (368), Kirsty Bangham (365), John Woods (361), Ramona Thevenet (361), Alan Collis (345), Polly Adams (340), Ciaran Murphy (333), Stewart Rose (332), Paul Viveash (328), Liz Collison (321), David Worth (320), David Tyas (318), Stewart Holmes (317), Stuart Lodge (314), Madge Bradsell (314), David Rowe (305), Bernie Mulvany (301), Dale Durrans (301), Alan Richardson (298), Mark Gratton (292), James Russell (292), Julie Garner (289), Charles Hampden-Smith (288), Malcolm Taylor (285), Richard Barman (277), Becky Thurtell (276), Dave Griffiths (273), Phillip Bearman Snr (272), Jeremy Palmer (271), Ken Pearson (269), Nicola Whitby (269), Carmen Palmer (269), Steve Cochrane (268), Jeremy Langdon (267), Roy Reeder (266), Jason Venkatasamy (262), Tim McIntyre (262), Nick McKay (261), Rory Waddell (260), Sue McIntyre (260), Roger Wilson (255), Peter Wedderburn (253), Duncan Grant (253), Helen Jones (251), Marjory Bluer (251), Andrew Kew Brown (250) and Gill Wilson (250).



A barcode souvenir!
One of the 205 stickered position token souvenirs for one week only!


Taken tokens tally: ONE. Token 1290! It’s amazing to think we only lost one token out of 1500 on Saturday! Well done to all the parkrunners, and also to Julie Papworth and Sarah Dixon who were on ‘bucket duty’ collecting all the unregistered position tokens! If you finished in positions 1501 onwards - you have a lovely souvenir of the day with a stickered token which we won't need back, congratulations!


Julie Papworth and Sarah Dixon on bucket duty! (Photo taken by Colin Brassington)


A big thank you to Jed Leicester, Sarah Finney, Suzan Baker and Colin Brassington for the photos in this report - you can find many more on the Bushy parkrun flickr page!

We only have to wait until Saturday to do it all over again for the 539th Bushy parkrun!


See you then!

Rodney McCulloch


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Run Report Event No. 537 – 27th September 2014


Stag Wars!


It was another beautiful morning to enjoy Bushy Park for the final parkrun before the 10th birthday celebrations! There was a carpet of brown and red leaves lining the path along Chestnut Avenue, and the sound of stags bellowing for the first time – a clear sign that Autumn has arrived! There were 961 runners, with 66 Bushy first timers, of which 43 were completely new to parkrun, while 142 of you achieved new PBs here, congratulations! There was also a big collective of junior runners – there were more juniors (under 18) than seniors (18-34) taking part.

961 runners set off on Bushy parkrun #537
961 runners set off!


Every week we receive the kit for our event from a volunteer who takes it away in their car the previous week before returning it the following week! Well it was Tom Higgins’ turn to do this last week – however the night before parkrun his wife went into labour, so he couldn’t come to Bushy to return the kit! It was down to Tom’s brother Ed Higgins – who was doing lead bike, to bring the kit along – just one vital piece he forgot – the hi-viz jackets! Fortunately all the parkrunners followed the instructions of the marshals and volunteers, minus their usual bright jackets! And congratulations to Tom and his wife on their new baby, I’m sure Tom will be speeding around the parkrun course with him/her in the buggy next year!

I was volunteering at the funnel once again, with an excellent team ready to encourage you all through the funnel from the finish line to the tokens team. The busiest period was the 23rd minute had 99 finishers – so it was an excellent job by David Worth on the timer too! Funnel volunteer Brigid Hibberd came up with a new innovation on our letter system when we switch lanes, as she took each letter and chaperoned the first parkrunner into the new funnel lane, it worked very well so we will use that system in future!


Carol Dickinson and Suzan Baker returned to give out some more t-shirts (and cupcakes) to those who have just joined the 10, 50 and 100 clubs, well done to you all! In total there was an ever enthusiastic team of 30 volunteers ready to marshal, time and register your run. If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! Get in touch with Pat McGrath at and he would be happy to hear from you!

Carol's cupcakes

Happy Birthday parkrun!

A reminder that Saturday is International parkrun Day! We will also be celebrating parkrun’s 10th birthday as well as Bushy parkrun’s 10th birthday! So do remember to arrive early, particularly if you are coming by car and try to park at The Pheasantry first – this only 5 minutes away from the start and is much quicker to leave the park afterwards too, but we hope you won’t be in any rush to leave when you’ve finished your run! As is customary at Bushy on the anniversary, there will be a few presentations taking place before the usual 9am start, so aim to get to the start area by 8:45am! The first 13 parkrunners from the 2nd October 2004 – the parkrun pioneers, will be present for the very first time together in 10 years!


250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs


Another two members joined the 250 club this week; congratulations go to Helen Jones and Marjory Bluer! Helen Jones has run 248 times at Bushy, with two also at Richmond Park and has a parkrun PB of 23:14 set back in 2010, and she made her debut here at event 190 on 5th April 2008! Marjory Bluer has run 175 times at Bushy, which means 75 of her runs have been on tour, where she has run at Black Park parkrun 32 times, Pollok parkrun in Glasgow 9 times, Kingston parkrun 4 times, Wycombe Rye three times, twice at Chelmsford and once each at another 25 different parkruns! Marjory made her parkrun debut just a week after Helen – at event 191 on 12th April 2008! Well done to you both!

Marjory Bluer
Marjory Bluer - newest member of the 250 club!

Another two parkrunners moved onto 249 runs and could run their 250th on our parkrun birthday – and they are Andrew Kew Brown and Gill Wilson.

There were four new members of the 100 club this week – Tom Haworth, Martin Burton, David Vaney and Ivan Alexander! Well done guys, soon you can replace red with black! A further three runners could collect their ‘100’ black Adidas tees soon, as on 99 not out we have: Andrius Jaksevicius, Sean Broughton and Jed Leicester.

Six more have been inducted into the 50 club this week and will receive their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon, so congratulations go to: Courtney Le Franc, Laura Mosley, Jim Holder, Crispin White, Andrew Clough and Peter Tozer! Another seven runners are on 49 not out: Andrew Lawrence, Lee Madle, Emily Murray, Antonia Kirkby, Stuart Forrest, Simon Wheatley and Fiona England!

Three new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Peter Bell, George Ratcliffe and Rosie Vaughan – who ran a new PB on her tenth run, well done Rosie!

Please remember to reply to the email you will receive after your 10th (juniors only), 50th, 100th, or 250th parkruns (juniors – please note that the 2km junior parkruns do not count towards t-shirts), stating where you want to collect your t-shirt and what size! For more info on the parkrun clubs and how to qualify for a t-shirt, visit the parkrun support FAQ


parkrunners on tour!

There was no contest this week for who had travelled the furthest to come to Bushy, as couple Janet Lanning (22 parkruns) and Robert Lanning (23 parkruns) had come from South Africa to take part! They have done a few other parkruns around Hampshire previously (at Havant and Alice Holt), as this is where they stay whilst in the UK. Their home run is Root 44 parkrun in South Africa and they have also run at Greenpoint in South Africa too. Thanks for coming - I hope you enjoyed your morning with us!

Robert Lanning and Janet Lanning
Robert and Janet Lanning


Bushy parkrun 27th September 2014
Janet Lanning at the first km mark (Photo by Kevin Wood)


We also had two 50 club members making their Bushy debut here on Saturday – welcome to Lynda Moore (67 runs) and Matthew Snelling (55 runs), thanks for coming!


New PBs

Of the 142 PBs set yesterday, just 19 of them were set by those who had completed at least 50 parkruns, 5 of which were in the 100 club, but only one of them was in the 250 club! John Woods was running his 360th parkrun (all at Bushy), and ran 19:46 to take 11 seconds off his previous best, which was set back in October 2012, well done John!

Laurence Duffy was taking part in his 180th parkrun (99 at Bushy) and ran 18:00 to take 15 seconds off his previous best set in December 2013, while Bianca Hollis took a huge 36 seconds off her old PB, running 21:51 on her 164th parkrun (61 at Bushy). Julian Diamond set a new PB of 19:26 on his 125th parkrun (124 at Bushy) and junior runner Peter Christian ran 18:48 to set a new PB on his 120th parkrun (104 at Bushy), well done to you all!

Completing those 100 club PBers was John Ramsay, who ran his fourth consecutive PB on his 111th parkrun (110 at Bushy). Since the start of September John has taken 49 seconds off his PB, and ran his first sub-25 time with 24:47, well done John!


Now that’s what I call a Stat Attack!

This week’s edition of Stat Attack focuses on looking back at 10 years of Bushy parkrun, and looking forward by making some predictions on what could happen in the future!


Overall stats

Here’s some overall stats on Bushy parkrun for the last 10 years, which you can also find at the bottom on any page while on the Bushy parkrun website.

Number of events: 537

Number of runners: 25,981

Number of runs completed: 270,984

Number of PBs: 44,160

Total distance run by all runners at Bushy: 1,354,920 kms


I’ve compiled two graphs below which show the weekly attendance since 2004, and also the total number of runs year-on-year to see if there are any trends.


Bushy weekly attendance


Runs completed by year


For the second graph showing the total number of runs completed, it reveals that the increase rate has started to slow, only increasing by around 3,000 more runs per year for the last 3 years, compared to previous rises of around 5,000 or even more! It looks likely that the next 12 months will break through the 50,000 runs barrier. The average attendance per year is still rising, but again this rate is starting to slow, with only a rise of about 50 parkrunners per year at Bushy, against previous annual increases of around 100.





Based on a few calculations, I have predicted 1,274 runners for this Saturday, but as with all predictions, I could be a long way out!


2013-14 review

Covering the last ‘Bushy parkrun year’ (between October 2013 and September 2014), parkrunners at Bushy have covered at total of 243,250 kilometres!

Of the 48,650 runs that took place in the last 12 months, the fastest was 14:44 set by John McDonnell on 9th August 2014. The fastest female time over this period was 16:33 by Tish Jones on 26th April 2014. The highest age-graded score was 99.60% set by Jane Davies, on 20th September 2014, running 20:59 in the VW65-69 category – an amazing all-time percentage score here.

The busiest Bushy parkrun of the year (and all-time for Bushy) was the 1,184 runners on 11th January 2014 – this broke the old record by 153 runners! The busiest minute in parkrun history was also achieved on this day, as 110 finishers came in the 28th minute! I wonder if one or both of these records will be broken on Saturday?


So those were some of the headline makers and record breakers, but how did the rest of you do?


961 runners set off on Bushy parkrun #537


The results bit

Bushy parkrun 27th September 2014
The first runners reaching the 1km mark (Photo by Kevin Wood)

It was a very tight finish to collect token number one with two runners dipping inside 16 minutes! Andrew Lawrence of Morpeth Harriers ran 15:58 (80.79%) and he was first finisher for the twelfth occasion at Bushy on his 49th parkrun (33 at Bushy). Andrew crossed the line just one second ahead of first timer Macauley Delo of West Suffolk AC in 15:59 (82.48%). It was Macauley’s first sub-16 time on his seventh parkrun, having run his previous six at Bury St Edmunds parkrun, with a course PB there of 16:00. Next was Taras Telkovsky, running 16:31 (78.10%) on his tenth parkrun (all at Bushy) and was just one second away from his PB! Completing the sub-17 finishers was Bushy regular Andrius Jaksevicius, in a time of 16:39 (78.38%) on his 99th parkrun (83 at Bushy). After Andrius there was a gap of nearly a minute until the next finishers, when Stragglers pair James Ruskin (17:25 – 74.93%) and Jonathan Ormerod (17:29 – 75.41%) crossed the line.

First finisher Andrew Lawrence
First finisher Andrew Lawrence

Just behind Jonathan were the first three junior males on the day, all achieving sub-18 times! The first junior finisher was St. Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Jamie Millbank, running 17:32 (77.00%) on his 180th parkrun (163 at Bushy), and he was closely followed by fellow St Mary’s runner Aaron Farr in 17:38 (77.69%) on his 25th parkrun (24 at Bushy). Completing the sub-18 trio of juniors was Bushy first timer Ben Tatters (20 runs at Richmond parkrun), running an outstanding parkrun PB of 17:39 on his 21st parkrun to earn 82.15% in the JM11-14 category, which was the highest junior age grading percentage of the day!

On a busy day for junior runners at Bushy, there were another 10 junior males who ran sub-20 times, well done to: Tom Garrett (18:13), Gabriel Lewis (18:26), Aaron Bruce (18:27), Samuel Shaw (18:28), Peter Christian (18:48), Jamie Benson (19:27), Harry Llewellyn (19:35), Matthieu Hildreth (19:40), Alistair Highmoor (19:42) and Kieran Desmond (19:45).


The junior girls dominated the first female finishers on Saturday, with four of the first five females being under 18! This list was led by junior runner Hannah Novakovic of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC, running 19:08 (79.97%) on her 18th parkrun (15 at Bushy). She was followed by fellow junior Beatrice Williams of St Mary’s Richmond AC, in a new PB time of 19:47 (79.44%) on her 48th parkrun (47 at Bushy). Next was Straggler Dee Smale with 20:09 in the VW50-54 category to earn 87.51% - which was the highest age grading of the day and it was her 42nd parkrun (39 at Bushy). Just behind Dee were another two junior girls, as Gabrielle Icmat ran 20:35 (77.57%) to earn a new PB on her fifth parkrun at Bushy (22 parkruns overall), and she was followed by Thames Turbo Triathlon runner Alice Patterson, running 20:45 (76.95%).

Another 12 junior girls achieved sub-24 min times, well done to: Sacha Kennedy (20:53), Anna Uren (21:38), Eleanor Attridge (21:52), Louise Mills (22:12), Ava White (22:22), Ellen Fraser (22:24), Jessica Mayer (22:38), Laura Howley (23:10), Caitlin Wheeler (23:11), Imogen Beagley (23:12), Freya Shaw (23:50) and Helen Samarasinghe (23:58).


Highest age grading scorers

A super seven runners achieved 80 plus age grading percentages on Saturday, with Dee Smale of Stragglers earning the highest percentage, with her time of 20:09 earning 87.51% in the VW50-54 category! Fellow Straggler Laurence Duffy was next with his PB time of 18:00 gaining 84.63% in the VM50-54 category! Bushy debutant Macauley Delo of West Suffolk AC achieved 82.48% with his parkrun PB time of 15:59 in the SM18-19 category, while fellow first timer and junior runner Ben Tatters ran 17:39 for 82.15% in the JM11-14 category.

Three more parkrunners also earned 80 plus scores – well done to Mike Farmery (81.58%), Ramona Thevenet (81.45%) and Andrew Lawrence (80.79%).

For more info on what age grading percentages mean, visit the parkrun support FAQ


Bushy parkrun 27th September 2014
One of the many buggy runners enjoying the course! Photo by Kevin Wood


Points tables

As the tenth year of Bushy parkrun has concluded, the points tables are now complete for the 54 runs which took place in the 2013-14 season between October 2013 and September 2014. Of the 8,270 runners who have run at Bushy in the last year, only John Woods has a 100% attendance of runs in this period with 54. John is currently on a consecutive streak of 72 runs, dating back to event 466 on 1st June 2013, and just 12 runs behind Stewart Rose’s record for most consecutive Bushy runs. Ramona Thevenet has only missed one run in the last year as well on 53, well done Ramona!


From this year’s points tables I have gleaned the following:

There were 4,893 male runners who have taken part in the last year, running a total of 26,687 runs – this is an average of 5.45 runs per parkrunner, covering a total distance of 133,435 kilometres!

There were 3,377 female runners who have taken part in the last year, running a total of 16,610 runs – this is an average of 4.92 runs per parkrunner, covering a total distance of 83,050 kilometres!

In total there were 8,270 registered parkrunners who have taken part at Bushy in the last year, running a total of 43,297 runs – this is an average of 5.24 runs per parkrunner, covering a total distance of 216,485 kilometres – or 8 circumnavigations of the Earth!


The final Gents points table has Ed Higgins at the top, and he will collect the John Hanscomb Trophy on Saturday as he has 11,669 points, finishing 224 points ahead of second-placed Chris Brimacombe on 11445, with Phillip Bearman (Snr) in third on 11,058. Andrius Jaksevicius (10,877 points) and John Woods (9,911 points) complete the top 5. The leading male junior is Robert Eveson on 7,346 points and is 17th overall.

The final Ladies points table has Polly Adams at the top, and she will collect the Sonia O’Sullivan salver this weekend, with a total of 12,103 points, finishing 151 points ahead of Jennifer Darling on 11,952, with Ramona Thevenet in third on 10,934. Janet Livesey (10,882 points) and Karen Whapshott-Downer (9,734 points) complete the top 5. The leading female junior is Zoe Dennison on 7,213 points and is 15th overall.


To find out more about the points tables and how the points are accumulated visit the parkrun support FAQ


Bushy parkrun 27th September 2014
Photo by Kevin Wood


Stats of the day

There were 961 runners – 897 identified, 64 unidentified (7% of field).


How many?

  • Of the 897 identified runners, there were:
  • 142 PBs (16% of field) of which 19 were runners with 50 parkruns or more
  • 66 Bushy first timers (7% of field) of which 43 were parkrun first timers (5% of field)
  • 141 Juniors (16%), 119 Seniors (13%), 637 Vets (71%) with 56 runners aged 60 or over (6%)
  • 559 males (62%) and 338 females (38%)
  • Most common male age group was 40-44 (91 runners – 16% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (50 runners – 15% of all females)
  • 180 club runners (20% of field) from 39 different clubs and 717 unattached (80%)
  • Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (63 runners), St Mary’s Richmond AC (16), Ranelagh Harriers (10), Thames Turbo Triathlon (10), Trafalgar Schools (8)


How fast?

  • Of the 961 finishers, there were:
  • 66 runners sub 20 mins (7%), 663 between 20:00-29:59 (69%), 232 over 30 mins (24%)
  • Top 10% Overall/Male/Female time was 20:45/19:44/23:54
  • Midpoint Overall/Male/Female time was 26:01/23:56/28:50
  • Minute-by-minute number of finishers 20-29 minutes: 47, 61, 63, 99, 75, 67, 72, 66, 69, 44
  • 379 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 75 per minute
  • 99 finishers in the 23rd minute.


How many parkruns?

  • 57358 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 897, averaging 64 parkruns each
  • 373 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (41% of identified field), of which
  • 173 members of the 50 club (19%)
  • 170 members of the 100 club (19%)
  • 30 members of the 250 club (3% of field) – Richard Fletcher (413), Paul Killick (392), Simon Greenhill (367), Kirsty Bangham (364), John Woods (360), Ramona Thevenet (360), Polly Adams (339), Ciaran Murphy (332), Stewart Rose (331), Derek Blackmore (330), Paul Viveash (327), Liz Collison (320), David Tyas (317), Stewart Holmes (316), Madge Bradsell (313), Dale Durrans (300), Malcolm Taylor (284), Wally Garrod (278), Richard Barman (276), Dave Griffiths (272), Ken Pearson (268), Jeremy Langdon (266), Jason Venkatasamy (261), Rory Waddell (259), Roger Wilson (254), Suzie Longstaff (253), Duncan Grant (252), Helen Gardiner (251), Helen Jones (250) and Marjory Bluer (250)


Taken tokens tally: THREE. Tokens 411, 676 and 883. If you finished on or around these positions in the results, please check bags or pockets to see if you have one of these and return it to us on your next visit!


And finally...

A final reminder, in case you weren’t aware that is International parkrun Day (IPD) this Saturday! There will be an extra great cause to celebrate as it will be parkrun’s 10th birthday and Bushy parkrun’s 10th birthday too! As is customary at Bushy on the anniversary, there will be a few presentations taking place before the usual 9am start, so aim to get to the start area by 8:45am! The first 13 parkrunners from the 2nd October 2004 – the parkrun pioneers, will be present for the very first time together in 10 years!

Finally, if you are able to come by bike or on foot that would be brilliant, but if you are coming by car do get here early and car-share with fellow parkrunners if you can too!


See you then!

Rodney McCulloch


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