So that was the 560th parkrun at Bushy Park and what a wet and muddy one it was too. Of course there was no rain at 9am because it never actually rains at that time on a Saturday but there had certainly been a spot of rain overnight and there were definitely one or two puddles out on the course and more than just a little bit of mud at the top of Chestnut Avenue and on playground corner. I can also vouch for the fact that some of the puddles were pretty deep and the water was absolutely freezing! There’s that horrible moment when you’re running in the middle of a big group and the person in front of you jumps and you’re already in mid stride and realise there is nowhere you are going other than right in the middle of a great big puddle. Horrible. I always thought I could have been an Olympic steeplechaser if it wasn’t for having to land with one foot in the water every 400 metres. That and my distinct lack of talent of course. Anyway, enough of my waffling, what happened at the 560th parkrun at Bushy Park?
As it was the third Saturday in an even month, it meant of course that it was an odd minutes pacer parkrun. Nothing odd about the pacers though, I have to say this month it was an exceptionally good looking bunch of pacers we had, although the guy doing the 21 minutes apologises for going off a bit slow and having to do quite a sharp final mile to get somewhere close to the 21 minute park. Everyone else seemed to have paced brilliantly well looking at the results for everyone below. (I always blame the timer anyway if I’m not exactly spot on!)
From left to right: Rob Phillips, Ian Fullen, Andy Pillidge, Katrin Kroschinski, Jack Kennedy, Vince Gannon, David Stewart and Jed Leicester. Jed can also be seen getting a slightly unorthodox pre run stretch in below. Thanks for the photos Rodney.
The number of starters was slightly down on previous weeks, possibly due to the rain or maybe the Hampton Court Half Marathon on the day after but we still had a very respectable turnout with 907 people coming under the starters orders of run director Andy Wingate.
First back to the big tree was Cassian Hyde (pictured below) in a brilliant time of 16.42 closely followed by Bushy regular Anthony Jackson in 16.51 and in third was a guy with a marvellous head of hair, an Arkansas vest and an America accent. Sadly he was listed as an Unknown Runner as although he has registered, he doesn’t have a printer. It’s amazing the things you hear after a run while looking for your sweatshirt. That made the third official finisher Nick Wright in a time of 17.39.
As for the ladies, they were led home by Julie Reynolds who finished in exactly 20.00, Isabel Hessey was next in 20.51 and Polly Adams was third in a time of 21.10 on her 360th parkrun.
Heading down to the Juniors, there was a very close race to be top of the metaphorical non podium (seeing as it’s a run, not a race), the first junior man home was Joshua Poncia in 19.39 with Samuel Taylor close behind in 19.55 and Jamie Benson coming in third in 19.58. Very impressively, all three of these men are in the JM11-14 category so finished ahead of many more senior juniors if that makes any sense to you!
Isobel Maria Stockley led the junior women home in a time of 21.39, just ahead of Jessica Nicholls-Mindlin in 21.51 with Caitlin Wheeler slightly further back in 22.45.
An amazing 71 people PB’d on a very muddy day so many congratulations to all of you. Congratulations also to those of who attending Bushy for the first time, a total of 71 people ran a lap of Bushy parkrun for the first time with 48 of those running a parkrun for the very first time. Welcome to one and all, we hope to see you again next week.
Just the three people broke the magic 80% WAVA Age grading this week (I soooo want to see my name in this section one day!) so many congratulations to:
Jane Davies – 96.61%
Mike Anderson – 85.07%
Tom Conlon – 83.47%
And last, but by no means least, some amazing people joined a new club and will be receiving a lovely new t-shirt from Tribesports sometime soon(ish).
Joining the 250 club were… well, no one actually but we did have three people joining the 100 club so many congratulations to Gaston Verdicchio, Deborah Downey and Mark Dukes while eight people joined the 50 club. So a round of applause for Joaquin Picola, Abigail Frame, Christopher Box, Mark Pattrick, Caitlin Wheeler, Tom Gardiner, David Symmons and James Morris. Just the two juniors joined the 10 club this week, so well done to Ruby Grant and Adam Sloan.
Of course, none of these times, t-shirts or top threes would have been possible without a brilliant bunch of volunteers turning up in the cold to make it happen. So a huge big thanks to the following:
Adam SHERRIFF • Andrew John WINGATE • Anna SAVILL • Brigid HIBBERD • Carol SWAFFER • Catelin LE FRANC • David KLEIN • David PAPWORTH • Heather Lynn HORLER • Janice FRANKS • Jeremy PALMER • John A STEPHENS • Joy BELL • Julie PAPWORTH • Justine ALBERT • Kirsty BANGHAM • Lucy THATCHER • Margaret Anne LE FRANC • Mohammed FAIZ • Nick SAVILL • Pedro DAS GUPTA • Ray FRANKS • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Ruth COLE • Sharon ANDREW • Stephen PENPRAZE • Susan HOWARTH • Zoe Alison RIDING
If you’d like to volunteer every once in a while – and it really is good fun and very rewarding – you can see more details at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bushy/volunteer/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
For those of who are regular readers of these reports, you may remember that I previously used the Fibonacci sequence to highlight those runners who may never get a mention in these reports otherwise except when they join a milestone club. So seeing as no one told me it was a rubbish idea I thought I’d try again with the mathematical thing and use Cubed numbers – luckily there aren’t absolutely loads of these between 1 and a 1000 as it’s getting a bit late on Sunday afternoon and I’m getting a bit hungry! For those of you who spent maths lessons passing notes to girls they fancied or used the calculator upside down to write rude words, you may not remember what a cubed number is… it’s simply when you multiply it by itself three times. So 1x1x1 = 1 and 2x2x2 =….
8 – Mike Anderson. As well as being the answer to 2x2x2, it’s also the finishing position of Mike Anderson, one of our triumvirate of 80% and above WAVA finishers. Mike is just 7 short of getting his 250 t-shirt and has run a total of 132 times around the home of parkrun. He also appears to be incredibly consistent with his personal best for every year from 2006 to 2015 being in the 80% and above range.
27 – Jon Barks was finisher number 27 on his 34th parkrun. Looking at his results it appears that Jon likes to keep his parkrunning fairly local, as while he has travelled further afield than Bushy, he’s only gone as far as Richmond, the Old Deer Park in Richmond and Crane Park. He’s also a member of Ful-On-Tri so no doubt very good on a bike and in the pool if his sub 20 minute time is anything to go by.
64 – Jonathan Gilkes came in 64th and is another triathlete, but this time with the marvellously alliterated club, Thames Turbo Triathlon. Jonathan is also closing in on a milestone as he is just three short of the 50 club.
125 – Ralph Blackbourn came in 125th on the occasion of his 153rd parkrun and his 132nd around Bushy. (For those of you who struggled in maths or are a bit confused, 125 = 5x5x5). Interestingly Ralph’s finishing time today of 22.27 is exactly the same as his best time back in 2010 but due to the wonders of WAVA age grading is a whole 1.19% better! Who says getting older is a bad thing?
216 – It had to happen at some point… an Unknown Runner came in 216th. So if you remember that was your finishing position, then sorry but you missed seeing your name in lights. Sort of. Perhaps you can think of a mathematical pattern I could choose in the future, remember your barcode and then ensure you finish in the chosen position to see your name featured?
343 – Karen Whapshott-Downer crossed the line in 343rd position and is another person closing in on that 250 t-shirt. Karen has run all of her 232 runs at Bushy Park, starting back at event 99 on 5th August 2006 which many of us may remember also for being the 32nd birthday of Ryu Seung-Min, the South Korean table tennis player who won gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics. I didn’t look at Wikipedia at all for that fact.
512 – Darren Eedy finished in 512th place in exactly the same time as Alisa Eedy who as she is a Junior runner and Darren is a vet runner, I’m going to assume is his daughter? I could of course be completely wrong and it could all be a bizarre coincidence – if so, please let us know! This was Darren’s 13th run around Bushy so it was definitely lucky for him although despite finishing in the same time, the results show you were one place below Alisa so bragging rights go to the younger generation this week!
729 – Lastly for our cube numbers (9x9x9 for those who are looking out of the window and wishing it was lunch time) we have Abhinav Singh. Abhinav was on his second run at parkrun and as he is a junior, he is just 8 away from a coveted t-shirt. His first run was just last week so hopefully parkrun is becoming a habit and we look forward to seeing you again next week!
I think that’s it for my mathematical musings this time. I hope you enjoyed reading this but more importantly I hope you enjoyed running, supporting or volunteering on Saturday and can’t wait to do it all again next Saturday. Until then…
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