Run Report Event No. 535 – 13th September 2014


Cool Runnings!

A cooler but beautiful morning made way for great running conditions for the 939 runners turning up for the start at 9am for the 535th parkrun at Bushy Park.


Runners gathering at the start



Before Ray Coward started making some very important announcements to the runners. Carol Dickinson held the all-important sign board, requesting silence.


Carol Dickinson holding the important sign

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Ray Coward speaking to the runners

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During his announcements Ray Coward had to make a couple of points very clear to the runners, with no barcode, we cannot record your result, secondly the C word ‘consideration’, especially to the people who use the park, but also consideration to the deer and other wildlife in the park.


At 9am, Ray Coward set the runners off!



This was another great moment seeing the runners coming towards Teddington Gate, turning right towards Hampton Wick gate at the half way mark.


Turning right at Teddington Gate



The Funnel Management Team

The Funnel Management under the direction of Rodney McCulloch, were all in place to greet the leading runners over the finish line.


The Double Funnel Team at the ready



Finish Tokens

With 939 runners coming through the Double Funnel, Carol Dickinson & Fran Wylde were busy handing out the tokens to the runners


Carl Dickinson & Fran Wylde

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Finish Token Support

Julie Haworth was back up to the Finish token support team collecting tokens from runners without their barcodes.

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Barcode Scanners busy at work

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Liang Lu being registered by barcode scanner Liz Zass, achieving a sixth PB in a row, many congratulations.



I was scanning, with the wonderful Julie Melotte in the background looking out to register the next athlete to scan their barcode and position token.



The results

Out of the 939 runners there were 44 New Timers, and 139 runners achieving a new Personal Best (New PB), 15% of the field. The first man over the finish line was…

Andrew Lawrence in a time of 16:12finishing ahead of, Ross Franks in 16:23, and Owen Cima, in 16.51.


Andrew Lawrence

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The ladies were led home by Beth Carter, in 16.45, ahead of Joanne Harvey in 18:56, and Sarah Mulryan in 20:53


Beth Carter

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Sarah Longstaff – New member of the 250 club

Many congratulations to Sarah Longstaff who celebrated with friends at The Pheasantry completing her 250th run last week in style.





Also congratulations go to Duncan Grant who also joined the 250 club last week, fantastic achievement.


Patience & determination paid off as Jonathan Dickinson ran a new PB on his 199 parkrun in 19.33, five seconds off his PB from just over a year ago on the 7th September 2013. A fantastic achievement.

Jonathan Dickinson, a very happy parkrunner celebrating his new PB with his wife Carol Dickinson.



One more run to go to join the 250 club is…

Helen Gardner on 249, enjoy the moment


New members of the 100 Club are

Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Paul Keddie, Richard Lyons, Katherine Matthews & Joanna Friedman. – Many Congratulations


New members of the 50 Club are;

Peter Foot, Jonathan Lee, Jon Dawson, Imogen King & Samantha King, a fantastic achievement, congratulations to all of you.


Age Gradings over 80% this week were

Beth Carter 88.36%, Lawrence 83.47%, Joshua Poncia 80.88%, & Malcolm Fletcher 81.36%, many congratulations to you all.


Verity Riding waving to her husband Keith enjoying parkrun on another lovely Saturday morning


Verity Riding



And finally…

I really appreciate the support of Peter Denton & Keith Riding with their wonderful pictures, thank you both for your help, much appreciated


I am in Northern Ireland next weekend, but I will be back on the 4th October timing with Ally Manole. Enjoy running, be safe, and have a great week.

By the way, as a regular volunteer, I enjoy barcode scanning, so please DFYB (Don’t forget your barcode). No barcode – no result


Best wishes

Simon Lane


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Run Report Event No. 534 – 6th September 2014


Debutants Galore!

1076 runners set off on Bushy #534
1076 runners set off! (Photo by Rodney McCulloch)

This Saturday a bumper field of 1076 runners was boosted by 111 Bushy Park first timers, including Lex Chalmers, a regular Run Director at the Hamilton Lakes parkrun in New Zealand. Lex ran his lap around the cradle with his daughter Claire who was using her bar code for the first time having registered 4 years ago.



Also making their Bushy park debut were Newbury Runners Caroline Bamford and Brian Billington pictured below; Brian was running his 100th Parkrun today.




City University graduate Eleanor Brill made her debut at Bushy Park as part of her fund raising efforts to help with an upcoming trip to Cambodia where she will be working as a speech therapist in children’s hospitals in Phnom Penh for 3 months. Best of luck Eleanor with this incredible contribution you are making!



Eleanor Brill and Libby Worth after completing their debut run at Bushy…


Another inspirational debut was made by Simon Fleming from Winchester; in completing his lap around the park, he ran his first 5km run ever (at the age of 62) despite being asthmatic and in possession of 2 bad knees!


Simon Fleming celebrates his debut 5km


The full quota of volunteers on duty today was assisted by the below 70’s icon!

Jed Leicester with his lead bike Chopper!

Lead bike Jed Leicester reporting for duty on his Chopper bike!


The Results                                                                                                                        

With slightly cooler temperatures and no wind, pre-run expectations for some fast times were high today; Paul Lowe celebrated his 100th parkrun in style by reaching the big tree first in a time of 16:23. He was followed by Bushy Park debutant George Lowry whose time was 16:54. Jonny Muir was next back registering a time of 17:10.

The Junior male podium was made up of Joseph Bouakaze-Khan (17:35), Euan James Traynor (18:10) and Connor Dellapina (18:54) who was also a Bushy Park first timer.


Molly Savill was the fastest lady this week registering 20:22 followed by Fiona Ford (20:44) and Freya Thomson (20:47)

Freya was also the first Junior lady home, after which came Ana Earl (21:45) and Joanna Boxall (22:03).


1076 runners set off on Bushy #534



104 of you achieved a personal best time today; this included 2 members of the 100 club, James Bowry (122 runs) and John Ramsay (108). Also, well done to the members of the 50 club who achieved PB’s, Charlotte Axbey, Daphne Boyle, Tim Coombs, Polly Fraley and Barbara Tanton. Our August Sweatshop runner of the month, Zoe Riding continued to impress by equalling a recent PB that is almost 3 minutes quicker than the best mark that she held only a couple of months ago!



Joining the 50 club this week were Michael TROTT, Dan BURKE, Richard BROWNING, Paul BRACKLEY, Niamh HYLAND, Karen BROWNING and Alison DAWSON. There were 5 new joiners to the 100 club this week; congratulations to Paul LOWE, Ian RILEY, Katherine MELOTTE, Richard SEALY and Brian BILLINGTON.



Katherine Melotte complete with balloon and sash after completing her 100th run.


Outstanding WAVA Scores

We were treated to another inspirational performance by the legendary Jane Davies whose time of 21:10 in the 65-69 age group yielded an age grade topping 97% for the 2nd consecutive week.

Philip Bearman (SNR) was the only other runner to top 80% this week with his time of 18:16.


Finally, I’d like to sign off with a picture that captures the spirit of parkrun;  Brian Mountjoy-Row from Yeovil enjoying post-run time with his son-in-law and grandson Ian and Harrison Grey!




See you next Saturday,

Chris Brimacombe


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Run Report Event No. 533 – 30th August 2014

Back up to the big numbers!

This week we saw a big field at Bushy parkrun – in fact the first time over 1,000 runners since the end of May. The end of the school holidays usually brings a big crowd and so it turned out this week.

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We also arrived in the park to some bright sunshine and although it clouded over and turned a bit grey, it was stayed dry. Conditions weren’t that quick this week as there was a fair wind down the 4th kilometre, so anyone who recorded a PB this week should be confident there is more in the tank.

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The 533rd Bushy parkrun

Men's placings:

Will MACKAY (SM20-24) of Bedford & County AC, was first over the line in 16:00.

Paul LOWE (SM30-34) of Stragglers, was second over the line in 16:06.

Mike TREES (VM50-54) of Belgrave Harriers, was third over the line in 16:14

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Will Mackay follows the safety bike home

Women's placings:

Amy ARONSON (SW30-34) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (29th overall) over the line in 18:43

Aditi JOSHI (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) over the line in 19:06.

Clare GRAHAM (VW40-44) of Stragglers, was third (42nd overall) over the line in 19:20

Amongst the Juniors, we saw Harry Matthews (17:11) first back to the big tree with Lucas Phelps (18:09) and Rowland Blackmore (18:38) following him home/

Amber George (21:18) was the fastest of our Junior Ladies, just ahead of Antonia Clarke (21:25) and Sacha Kennedy (21:50)


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Steven Marfleet trying to keep up with the finishers

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Jan Franks and Ben Baker ensuring everyone gets the right finish position

A champion performance in third

It was nice to see the return of Clare Graham to Bushy parkrun, Clare has just returned from competing for Team GB in the European Vets Athletics Championships in Turkey. Clare had a very successful trip with medals in both her events – the 1,500m and 2000m Steeplechase!

Simply awesome performance, Clare and well done for following it up with a third trip to the podium


First Kirsty

The most auspicious of our awards this week goes to Kirsty Rumble, who was the fastest Kirsty around Bushy parkrun on her 30th lap. She finished ahead of Kirsty Bangham who recorded a 29:12 on her 301st Bushy parkrun. Unlucky again, Ms Bangham!


Great performances and new club memberships

119 runners recorded a new PB including an amazing 13 runners who have run 50 parkruns or more. So well done to Jack FARRAR, Rieko TREES, Paul MEARMAN, Tom WALLS, Chris MEARA, Katrin KROSCHINSKI, Lilian MACE, Samantha COUSINS, Sue POWELL, Jill PEGLER, Mike SILK and Geoff JACKSON.

I should also give a special mention to Alex Williamson who knocked a few seconds off his PB for the second week in a row – on his 319th parkrun! Amazing running Alex


George Silbery, Pollynanna Hall and Georgia Pringuer-James all joined the Junior 10 Club, whilst Bob Higson, Alasdair Turner and Fenn Porter are new members of the 50 Club. Robert Knell and Jane Llewellyn are new member of the 100 Club and Roger Wilson joined the most exclusive club of all  after recording 250 parkruns!

Roger is certainly the runner who has taken longest to join the 250 Club with his first outing at Bushy Park way back in run number four – on 23rd October 2004. Back when I was still at school!


Nine runners recorded WAVA Age Grades above the 80% threshold, so well done to Will MACKAY, Paul LOWE, Mike TREES, Laurence DUFFY, Bernie MULVANY, Clare GRAHAM, Deborah STEER, Jane DAVIES and Liz ZASS

Jane not only recorded above 80% - she actually recorded 97.94%. This means she is only 2% outside the Age Grading World Record!!! It was the highest ever Age Grade score at Bushy parkrun, braking her own record, and obviously set a new Age Category record!


End of season awards

There are only four more Bushy parkruns in our year and so the points championships are getting to the sharp end! Current standings in the competition for the John Hanscomb Trophy have taken a change this week as last week’s leader Andrius Jaksevicius missed the run giving a slender lead to Ed Higgins – who is fresh from his second place at last Monday’s Thames Turbo Triathlon


Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Ed HIGGINS (Thames Turbo Triathlon) 10693 pts.

Andrius JAKSEVICIUS (Unattached) 10630 pts.

Chris BRIMACOMBE (Unattached) 10547 pts.


The race for the Sonia O’Sullivan salver also tightened up as Polly Adams was also missing, allowing Jennifer Darling (who volunteered this week) to close the gap at the top to 353 points.


Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Polly ADAMS (Unattached) 11361 pts.

Jennifer DARLING (Stragglers) 11008 pts.

Ramona THEVENET (Woking AC) 10206 pts.


Anyway, that’s enough for this week


Take care

Andy W

PS. Thanks to Peter Denton for the photos

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It's not all fast paced


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Run Report Event No. 532 – 23rd August 2014

Another beautiful Saturday


The long weekend started this week with a lovely bright morning and whilst the air was a bit chillier than it has been over the last few weeks’ conditions were still good for a run. We saw the second 900 plus field in a row after a period of slightly smaller fields – well at least small for Bushy parkrun!

An early start in Haywards Heath

This week our numbers were swelled by a pretty big contingent from Burgess Hill Runners, who travelled up from Clair parkrun in Haywards Heath to run at the first parkrun and celebrate one of their juniors joining the 10 Club.

Burgess Hill Runners

Neil Dawson, the ED at Clair, has written a lovely blog about the day, which you can find here -

For me, the nicest thing was that it whilst they might have marvelled at the scale of our event (Clair regularly get somewhere around 150 runners)…

“There are so many people, they have a mobile PA system to do the event brief.  It makes our event look tiny (not that we’d have it any other way).”

“The number of volunteers required is amazing.  The finishing funnel is so long.  There were probably as many people volunteering in the funnel as we have at our event in total.”


The pride which Neil shows in Clair is evident and I was touched that he felt even being so much bigger in  terms of numbers of runners, we still share a lot of the same DNA. The things which make parkrun special is the community spirit evidently this is something that Bushy and Clair share in bucketloads!

The guys from  Burgess Hiller Runners were helpfully given directions to the start, offered bag storage space in someone’s car and generally found us to be incredibly welcoming! So thank you to everyone who made them feel at home – we can be proud that 20 odd runners went back to Clair parkrun with a really positive picture of their big brother!


The 532nd Bushy parkrun

920 runners completed a lap of our park with 126 people setting a new PB!

The fastest lap was recorded by Andrius Jaksevicius in 16:41, with Conor Kissane-Wood (17:06) and Max Lovell (17:15) not far behind! The fourth person home was our fastest lady with Molly Renfer scorching round the course in a new PB of 17:20! Behind Molly were Sarah Hazel (18:10) and Katie Green (19:03)

IMG_8513Andrius coming into the last few metres

With Molly Renfer not far behind!

The junior event this week saw a close run with Jamie Cornuaud (19:13) just coming home ahead of Will Sanders (19:22 – New PB!) and Joshua Poncia (19:52). Whilst the girls were led home by Amber George (21:11) ahead of Antonia Clarke (22:00 – New PB!) and Ana Earl (22:29)

A new awards category

I was chatting with a friend of mine at the recent Wedding Day 7k run in the park. At that event they have some extra prizes in slightly unusual categories.


Fastest couple -I think this is worked out on combined time – although we weren’t sure how they check it you are a legitimate couple (and probably don’t want to know!)

Fastest local – i.e. anyone who registers from an address with a specific postcode.

Anyway, Kirsty Bangham was again disappointed – despite living in the right locale, she was pipped for that and so was bemoaning the lack of more of these bespoke awards which she could maybe target. We agreed that the best race would be one where there was a prize for ‘First Kirsty!’ However, tragically, at the Wedding Day the organisers didn’t agree and so Kirsty went home empty-handed!

Since, writing the Run Reports gives me some rare power, I have decided to bring this award in to Bushy parkrun – at least for one week!

So this week, the first Kirsty award goes to…

Kirsty Faulkner who’s 25:25 lap of the park qualifies her for the most prestigious award of the week!

Well done, Kirsty – a brilliant performance!

PS – That’ll teach you to bugger off to Southwark, Bangham!!


Great performances and PBs

This week 126 runners set new markers, with eleven of our runners who have more than 50 parkruns to their record recording a new PB! Well done to Will Rawling, Alex Williamson, James Carter, Iain Gordon Hall, Paul Mearman, Justin Showell, Darren Franks, Charlotte Axbey and Zoe Riding.

I should include a special comment on Zoe – who has run 157 laps of Bushy park. Seemingly, she decided that she would run well within her abilities for the first 150 of them and so  reached mid June this year with a PB of 24:23. In the last six runs, she has set 5 new PBs – each by a decent margin culminating in this week’s new PB of 21:36! Zoe – the phrase sandbagging comes to mind!

Five runners this week hit the magic 80% WAVA Age Grading – so well done to Molly Renfer, Phil Bearman (Snr), Sarah Hazel, Laurence Duffy and Jane Davies!


New Clubs and Milestones

Seven juniors qualified for their white 10 T-Shirts, so well done to Tom Fitch, Hugo Lessing, Andrew Landon, Tom Maloney, Rio Lobo, Alexia Derbyshire and Georgia Wadey.

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Georgia - A very proud ten clubber!

Six runners joined the 50 Club including George Gray, Simon Rose, Isabel palmer, Alan Bone, Rowena Brimacombe and Elizabeth Ganpatsingh

And Nick Rowe joined the 100 Club – well done Nick!

We also are expecting a little flurry of 250 Club T-Shirts to be despatched to Bushy – with Roger Wilson joining Julie Melotte on 249, whilst Duncan Grant and Suzie Longstaff are just one behind!



A little incident

I should report that this week we also saw an incident.

This week Jo Bourne finished a little slower than usual, coming home in 26:13 – some three minutes down on her usual runs.

However, just around half way she and a cyclist had a coming together. Thankfully, Jo had had her Weetabix that morning and so despite face planting onto the path she picked herself up and with the help of Jonathan Dickinson even completed her run before being patched up at the local drop in centre. I am told the cyclist was also okay – which is a relief!

I didn’t see the incident, but am glad to report Jo is fine although she will be rocking a rather large bandage on her leg for a few days!

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who stopped to check on Jo and a big thank you to Jonathan for helping her round to the finish and patching her up.

Anyway, that’s enough for this week

Take care

Andy W

Thanks to Anthony Jackson and Neil Dawson for the photos



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Run Report Event No. 531 – 16th August 2014


On the up!

Just like most parkrun mornings at Bushy in the Summer of 2014, the Sun was out and sky was blue, and we had a bumper turnout of 942, this was the largest field this Summer (since the end of May), and with Autumn around the corner we can expect more of the same over the coming weeks. The figure of 942 was boosted by 93 Bushy first timers, with 58 runners completely new to parkrun, welcome along! An octet of ‘odd’ pacers were assembled to help achieve 150 PBs this time, more than double last week’s figure, thank you pacers!
942 parkrunners ready to go for Bushy parkrun #531
942 runners ready to go!


Event Director Ray Coward and Volunteer co-ordinator Ann Coward were away on holiday on a well-deserved break from volunteering duties at Bushy, as Andy Wingate took the helm yesterday, ably assisted by Volunteer co-ordinator Emma Wingate. Ally Manole was on timer – coping brilliantly with the busy funnel traffic – a peak of 97 finishers in the 24th minute!

The experienced duo of Pat McGrath and Ray Franks were giving out the position tokens at the end of the funnel, and I was helping further up the funnel at the front gate with Stephen Penpraze. Many lane switches were required to keep the funnel flowing smoothly; we reached the letter W – in all 22 funnel lane switches in the space of about 10 minutes, an excellent job by the whole funnel team!

In total there was an ever enthusiastic team of 24 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!


Come and Join In!

As mentioned in this week’s parkrun UK newsletter, Join In patron Eddie Izzard talks about volunteering at parkrun and why it is so great in this short video! If you haven’t volunteered and want to find out more about how to volunteer at parkrun, do visit and with 4 easy steps you can make sure you receive a weekly volunteering reminder email from your parkrun event!

P…p…p… pick up a pacer!

We had an enthusiastic octet of odd pacers between 21 and 35 minutes – their actual times are in brackets. They were:

An octet of odd pacers!


  • 21 minutes – Ian Fullen (20:58)
  • 23 minutes – Jo Bourne (22:54)
  • 25 minutes – Lawrence Bromley (24:56)
  • 27 minutes – Jed Leicester (27:00)
  • 29 minutes – Simon Rayner (28:50)
  • 31 minutes – David Stewart (30:50)
  • 33 minutes – Hayden Matthews (33:27)
  • 35 minutes – Chris Tyrrell (34:50)


Well done to all the pacers, especially Jed Leicester for running exactly 27:00! If you are a regular at Bushy parkrun and think you can manage some metronomic pacing, then do get in touch with Andy Pillidge at and he’d be delighted to hear from you!



parkrunners on tour!

From the Bristol-based Emerson’s Green Running Club, aka Team EGRC, we had seven Pomphrey Hill parkrun tourists who came to run Bushy parkrun for the very first time. There were five runners from the Grimshaw family - husband and wife Adrian Grimshaw (52 runs) and Meryl Grimshaw (28 runs) and their three children Megan Grimshaw (25 runs), Alyssa Grimshaw (15 runs) and Tiernan Grimshaw (11 runs). Also from Team EGRC were partners Anne Curry and Steve Burge, with Anne running a parkrun PB on her 11th parkrun and Steve celebrated joining the 50 club here!


Pomphrey Hill parkrun tourists
parkrun tourists from Pomphrey Hill parkrun


They had brought along their Pomphrey Hill parkrun mascot Humphrey too – who comes with them on all their parkrun tourist trips! The youngest of the group Tiernan Grimshaw joined the junior 10 club recently, and his family had put together a brilliant custom made parkrun t-shirt for him to wear with the words “run for fun” written on the front – I couldn’t agree more!
Tiernan Grimshaw with Mum Meryl Grimshaw
Tiernan Grimshaw in his parkrun shirt with Mum Meryl


On the back of Tiernan’s t-shirt was a list of all the parkruns he has run so far and the dates – what an excellent idea! I’m sure there will be plenty more runs to fill the t-shirt with, I wonder how many he will be able to fit on there!

Tiernan's parkruns so far
Tiernan's 11 parkruns so far!


A big thank you to all of you for coming, it was good to meet you and hope to see you again soon!


As well as our tourists from Bristol, we had many other tourists from far and wide! From Leeds parkrun we had 250 club member David Womersley – it was David’s second parkrun at Bushy and 270th parkrun overall, setting a new course PB here, well done! David runs in the VM60-64 category and has run 225 times at Leeds, and 21 times at Bradford, 8 at Harrogate, 4 at Roundhay in Leeds, 2 each at Pontefract, Wimbledon Common and Highbury Fields and 1 each at Skipton, York, Fountains Abbey and Gorleston Cliffs.

Stan White of the Elvet Runners was making his Bushy debut on his 133rd parkrun and is a regular at Durham parkrun with 118 runs there, but has also run three times at South Shields, twice at Greenwich and Sedgefield, and once at Gibside, Hilly Fields, Brighton & Hove, Fountains Abbey, Darlington South, Dulwich and Pollok parkrun in Glasgow.


Simon Elliot was running his first parkrun here on his 85th run overall, and is very well travelled, with a mix of parkruns in the UK and Australia! He has run 33 times at Norwich, but has also run 33 times at St Peter’s parkrun in Sydney! Most of his other runs have been in Australia, but in the UK Simon has also run at several parkruns, including St Albans, Catton, Blickling and Sheffield Hallam.

Vanessa Redmond is a regular at the Bristol-based Ashton Court parkrun, with 59 of her runs there, and was running here for the first time on her 76th parkrun. Vanessa has also run at Little Stoke parkrun 5 times, Pomphrey Hill twice and once each at Newport, Abingdon, Highbury Fields, Cheltenham, Southwick Country Park, Gunnersbury, Finsbury, Chipping Sodbury and Chippenham


Mike Harper was running his 99th parkrun, but only his third run here for a new PB on our course. Mike runs in the VM50-54 category and has run 23 times at Netley Abbey, 9 each at Eastleigh and Southampton, 7 each at Brighton & Hove, Southsea and Frimley Lodge, 5 each at Preston Park and Havant, 3 times at Old Deer Park, Guildford and Wimbledon Common, 2 each at Winchester, Brockenhurst and Rushmoor, with 1 each at Clair, Kingston, Chichester, Basingstoke, Crane Park, Eastbourne, Richmond, Dulwich and Bognor Regis!

From Kent we had several tourists and two Event Directors running here for the first time – Great Lines parkrun Event Director Tony Giles and his daughter Lucy Giles, and also Rebecca Ashby who is Event Director at Ashford parkrun.

Thanks to all the tourists for coming this week and we hope you enjoyed your time here!


250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
There were no new members of the 250 club; however Julie Melotte (249 runs) is now just one run away from joining this club, and of those who took park yesterday the next in line after Julie are Roger Wilson (248 runs), Suzie Longstaff (247), Helen Gardiner (245) and Marjory Bluer (245).

Two new members of the 100 club this week – Robert Mearman and Richard Steeden! Well done guys, 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: Mike Harper and Katherine Melotte.

A quintet of runners have been inducted into the 50 club this week and will receive their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon, so congratulations go to: Colin Haylock, Guy Lidbetter, Glenn Mitchell, Janyce Holmes and Steve Burge. Another five runners are on 49 not out: Dan Burke, Isabel Palmer, Alan Bone, Rowena Brimacombe and Jonathan Rourke.

Two new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Daniel Israel and Sam Owen.

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

New PBs

Of the 150 PBs set yesterday, just nine of them were set by those with at least 50 Bushy laps completed, 5 of which were in the 100 club. This list was led by 208 time parkrunner Kevin Dargue, running 20:46 on his 117th parkrun at Bushy, taking 56 seconds off his previous best here set back in March 2007, and this time also beat his previous parkrun best time of 21:36 set at Bedfont Lakes where he has run 88 times. Well done Kevin, I’m sure the 21 minute pacer helped!

Running consecutive PBs on his 125th parkrun (all at Bushy) was Franco Boeri, taking five seconds off his previous best in 21:28, while Darren Franks ran 22:03 to take 16 seconds off his old PB on his 119th parkrun (118 at Bushy). James Bowry ran 18:03 to beat his previous best by five seconds on his 120th parkrun (111 at Bushy), while John Kinsey ran his first PB at Bushy in nearly three years, running 20:29 on his 74th Bushy lap (141 parkruns overall).

Four more runners also achieved PBs with more than 50 Bushy parkruns under their belt, so congratulations go to Jane Davidson, Daphne Boyle, Steve Lansdown and Mark Moran!



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


The results bit

The week’s first finisher was also the first junior home, as Jamie Finnigan of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow ran 16:20 (82.65%) on his 56th parkrun (51 at Bushy). Andrius Jaksevicius crossed the line next in 16:40 (78.30%) on his 97th parkrun (81 at Bushy), just ahead of Michael Salt, who also ran 16:40 (78.00%) for a new PB on his third parkrun (all at Bushy).
First finisher Jamie Finnigan

First finisher Jamie Finnigan

Two more runners managed to get inside 17 minutes – the second junior finisher Aedan O’Brien ran 16:53 (79.96%) for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC on his 66th parkrun (57 at Bushy), with Bushy first timer Tom Solomon just a second behind with 16:54 (77.61%) on his 12th parkrun for Serpentine RC. Next was Thames Turbo Triathlon athlete Aidan Campbell running a new PB of 17:26 (74.00%) on his third parkrun (all at Bushy), just ahead of the third junior finisher Jivendra Singh with 17:27 (77.36%) for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC on his sixth parkrun (two at Bushy). Another two junior boys ran inside 20 minutes – Sol Harris-Woodfin (19:18) and Will Sanders (19:57).


The first registered female home was St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Kate Brown, in a new PB time of 17:31 (84.49%) on her fifth run at Bushy (12th parkrun overall). She was followed by Sarah Hazel, also running a new PB of 17:57 (82.45%) on her second parkrun (both at Bushy). The third female finisher was the first junior girl, as Hannah Novakovic ran 19:09 (79.90%) on her 17th parkrun (14 at Bushy). Completing the sub 20 female finishers was Rosy Gross, running 19:53 on her 37th parkrun (all at Bushy)
First female finisher Kate Brown

First female finisher Kate Brown


As well as Hannah Novakovic (19:09), the following junior girls also ran sub 24 times, well done to: Libby Brown (21:06), Antonia Clarke (22:09), Ana Earl (22:35), Sarah Lidbetter (22:52) and Ellen Fraser (23:22)
Highest age grading scorers

A super six runners managed 80 plus scores this time, and this list was led by Straggler Liz Killip, with an impressive 85.59% in the VW50-54 category from her time of 20:21, just 9 seconds outside her PB. Next was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Kate Brown, first female finisher who earned 84.49% for a new PB of 17:31 in the SW20-24 category. First and finisher overall Jamie Finnigan scored 82.65%, running 16:20 for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC in the JM15-17 category.

Sarah Hazel ran her a new PB of 17:57 on her second run to earn 82.45% in the SW25-29 category, while Straggler Pamela Whitter ran 21:31 to gain 81.95% in the VW50-54 category. Stubbington Green Runners athlete Mike Harper completed the 80-plus scorers, setting a new PB on his 99th run, with a time of 18:49 to score 80.96% in the VM50-54 category.

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


Points tables

In the Gents points table, the top 4 are very close, with just 299 points separating first and fourth, having all passed through the 10,000 point mark. In pole position to collect the John Hanscomb Trophy on October 4th is Andrius Jaksevicius on 10,380, and he has a 160 point lead over second placed Ed Higgins on 10,220. Chris Brimacombe completes the current top 3 on 10,124, while Phil Bearman (Snr) - the current holder of the John Hanscomb Trophy, has dropped from second to fourth having not run this week and remains on 10,081. Phil is a long way clear of fifth placed John Woods on 8,846 points, so it looks to be a four way contest for first place! The highest male junior on the points table is Robert Eveson, on 6,637 points and is 15th overall.

In the Ladies points table, Polly Adams is in pole position to regain the Sonia O’Sullivan Salver as she has 11114 points, extending her lead to 590 over second placed absentee Jennifer Darling, who remains on 10524. Ramona Thevenet completes the current top three with 9,762 points, with Janet Livesey next on 9,584 and Karen Whapshott-Downer in fifth with 8,662. Zoe Dennison is the leading junior girl with 6,424 points and 15th overall.

There are just six weeks remaining in this ‘Bushy year’ (October-September) so still plenty of time for positions to change! Looking down the points tables, only John Woods is yet to miss a run, as Paul Killick missed his first run of 2014 recently. John has run 66 parkruns at Bushy in a row, dating back to June 2013, and is just 19 runs away from overtaking Stewart Rose’s consecutive Bushy parkruns record!

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


Stats of the day

942 parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #531


There were 942 runners – 865 identified, 77 unidentified (9% of field).

How many?

  • Of the 865 identified runners, there were:
  • 150 PBs (17% of field) of which 9 were runners with 50 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 93 Bushy first timers (11% of field) of which 58 were parkrun first timers (7% of field)
  • Of the 58 parkrun first timers, 15 were juniors, 22 seniors and 21 vets
  • 111 Juniors (13%), 155 Seniors (18%), 599 Vets (69%) with 64 runners aged 60 or over (7%)
  • 547 males (63%) and 318 females (37%)
  • Most common male age group was 45-49 (89 runners – 16% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 50-54 (55 runners – 17% of all females)
  • 176 club runners (20% of field) from 58 different clubs and 689 unattached (80%)
  • Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (49 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (14), St Mary’s Richmond AC (13), Ranelagh Harriers (7), Serpentine RC (6)


How fast?

  • Of the 942 finishers, there were:
  • 52 runners sub 20 mins (6%), 643 between 20:00-29:59 (68%), 247 over 30 mins (26%)
  • Top 10% Overall/Male/Female time was 20:50/20:16/24:00
  • Midpoint Overall/Male/Female time was 26:16/24:22/29:06
  • Minute-by-minute number of finishers 20-29 minutes: 52, 47, 74, 67, 97, 57, 79, 50, 64, 56
  • 374 finishers between 22:00 and 26:59, average of 74.8 per minute
  • 97 finishers in the 24th minute.


How many parkruns?

  • 53127 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 865, averaging 61.4 parkruns each
  • 354 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (41% of identified field), of which
  • 167 members of the 50 club (19%)
  • 160 members of the 100 club (19%)
  • 27 members of the 250 club (3% of field) – Richard Fletcher (407), Paul Killick (387), Simon Greenhill (362), John Woods (354), Ramona Thevenet (354), Polly Adams (336), Ciaran Murphy (328), Stewart Rose (325), Paul D Viveash (325), David Worth (317), Walter Cormack (308), Madge Bradsell (307), Dale Durrans (297), Sheila Fergusson (290), Mark Gratton (289), Malcolm Taylor (279), Richard Barman (272), Wally Garrod (272), David Womersley (270), Dave Griffiths (268), Jeremy Palmer (266), Neil Davies (265), Ken Pearson (264), Carmen Palmer (264), Jeremy Langdon (260), Jason Venkatasamy (256), and Rory Waddell (255).


Taken tokens tally: THREE. Tokens 400, 877 and 936. I believe the first of these, 400 was dropped accidentally somewhere before reaching the scanners! But if you had token 877 or 936, please check bags or pockets to see if you have one of these and can return it to us on your next visit! See you next week!


Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch



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