The one with so many 250 celebrations
The sun was shining, a perfect winter’s morning with ice on the lake by the big tree and a touch of frost on the ground. Despite a decided chill in the air we had 1,211 runners line up to listen to Ray Coward give the pre-run briefing. There was a certainly a sense of celebration in the parkrun masses with no less than SIX people running their 250th parkrun – surely a record for that many to do their green shirt run at the same event. There are under 2,500 people in the world to have run 250 events out of 4 million people registered and we will look at some of the various stats for the club memberships a bit later. At 9am we were away and the firm ground and little wind made for some quick times as we headed round the 5k.
Despite it being great running conditions and the sunny morning made the park look lovely it was certainly chilly if you were stood around so once again a massive thank to you to all of the volunteers. The support and encouragement from them all before, during and after is brilliant – so please if you can talk on the course give them a thank you on your way round (or if talking isn’t possible even a wave or acknowledgement is appreciated).
The 52 volunteers this week were Niamh ALLERTON, Marilia ASTLE JONES, Donald BELL, Sean BLACKMORE, Alex BLACKMORE, Helen CARPENTER, Sam CHAU, Ray COWARD, Phil DAVIES, Jonathan DICKINSON, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Samantha FAGG, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Sheila FERGUSSON, Niamh FINLAY, Honey FINNAN, Ray FRANKS, Charlotte FRASER, Glady GARTLAND, Suzanne GREEN, Evie HINDE, Emilie HOWES, Ivor HUGHES, Samuel JONES, Natasha JORDAN DEWHURST, Lucy KATESMARK, Courtney LE FRANC, Sarah LOKY, Ally MANOLE, Joseph MILLS, Richard MOORE, Robert MOREY, Freya MORRISON, Ethan MULLEN, Diane MULLEN, Hannah PICKUP, Rupert POSTLETHWAITE, Nicole RIEHL, Nick ROWE, Sumita SARMA, Ethan SCOTT, Daniel SHACKLETON, Catherine STENSON, Bethan STURDY, Carol SWAFFER, Beth TEMPEST, Lucy THATCHER, Alex TICKELL, Mike TIVNEN, Jessica TUCKMAN, Harry VAUGHAN, Tabitha WODDIS
If you have ever thought about volunteering I’d definitely recommend giving it a go, there are many varied roles available each week and newcomers are especially welcomed. E-mail Pat McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org and he can give any guidance about the roles he can.
Of the 1,211 finishers we welcomed 103 first timers to the birthplace of parkrun and hope to see all of you back again by the fountain some Saturday morning in the near future. The good conditions helped 156 runners to a Bushy PB. In the 723 Bushy events we have now welcomed an amazing 43,781 different runners to our event with these parkrunners completing 472,437 events which totals an amazing 2,362,185km with 67,120 PB’s.
We had 9 members of the 500 club at our parkrun today, along with 116 members of 250-club, 250 in the 100-club and a further 206 50-club runners. 77 runners either hadn’t registered or had committed that dreaded event of forgetting their bar-code #DFYB.
Of the 156 runners who achieved their PB’s today 11 of them have over 100 parkruns to their names. Well done to all.
With no new members of the 500 club the focus moved to the 250 club with an incredible 6 new members of this famous group.
Leading the way with an incredible TRIPLE celebration was our very own German speedster Stefan Krueger who ran his 250th event on his 40th birthday and managed to get a PB with 17:56 all achieved wearing a very fetching birthday sash. Stefan can often be seen sporting a variety of incredibly colourful lycra outfits and as well as being a very accomplished runner, has now moved on to Ironman and can often be seen in Bushy Park or surrounding areas either running or biking, often still wet from an earlier swim.
You will all have heard of the Two Ronnies – eccentric British comedians with an amazing ability to twist the English language to comedy gold. Well this week it was all about the Two Ian’s – Messers Haylock and Fullen. Both Bushy regulars and members of newly formed Bushy running club the SHAEF Shifters who both did their 250th run. If any of you have heard Ian Haylock describe a parkrun or race you may wonder just what he’s talking about, as just like Mr Corbett and Barker he uses the English language in a very different way to most people. Words such as ‘print’ (finishing time), ‘Mo’s Office’ (Bushy Park), ‘Seb’s Office’ (Richmond Park hill) ‘out of pit and get operational’ (get up and run), Hollywood (a good time) and to celebrate Weight Training (drinking a pint). T
Always best to have a translator available when Ian H is in full post run flow.
Ian H did his first parkrun in November 2005 and has done 244 of his runs here at Bushy and also celebrated his 250th with PB of 18:52– Ian also ran a half marathon PB last weekend at Hampton Court with a ‘print’ of 87 minutes for a ‘Hollywood’ finish.
Ian Fullen was later starting in May 2010 and could often be seen running with a baby buggy – well known for festive fancy dress at the Xmas run …. Rudolph and sleigh. Ian F has done 241 of his runs at Bushy with a PB of a ridiculously quick 16:40 in 2016. Being a big Sunderland fan Ian F is well used to suffering and can often be found very late at night doing endless laps of the Arethusa Fountain in an attempt to clear his mind of his football team's form and generally make the deer dizzy.
Karsten Hill has done 238 of his events at Bushy with a best of 18:02 which he ran in 2013 and has completed 12 different events since his first run in 2009.
Gary Bridger who is a member of the local Stragglers RC ran his first run in 2008 and done 241 of his events with us at Bushy – he has a best of 22:44 in 2009 and certainly celebrated in style after the run.
The final member of the super 6 reaching the green shirt milestone was Andrew Russell who was making his Bushy debut. Andrew is a parkrun tourist having run 38 different events with most of his runs coming at Ashton Court in Bristol (67 runs) and the late great Little Stoke (57 runs) – hope you enjoyed your parkrun with us.
Joining the 100 club was Lenard Smith on his Bushy Debut as well. Lenard has done most of his runs at Eastleigh.
We also had 5 new members of the 50 club – Michelle Carter, Coman Wakefield, Alison Symmons, Neil Cornish and Chloe Baker.
Juniors joining the 10 club were Ella Bache-Sieg, Callum Bennett, Roxy Lamming and Alexander Weatherstone.
Well done to all!
One of Many
I’m sure I’m preaching to the converted but ever wondered how many people are running around the world every Saturday, getting the same parkrun fix that we are getting in Bushy – Elliot Line does some amazing weekly stats showing us exactly how many people are running …. and coming back for more. For last weekend's parkrun we saw:
- 23,000 people get their parkrun barcode
- 14,554 people become parkrunners doing their first ever event
- 11,568 parkrunners do their second run
- 9,601 parkrunners do their parkrun hat trick this week
- 149,168 of 2,525,658 (5.9%) of runners on fewer than 50 parkruns complete the 5k
- 32,024 of 84,487 (37.9%) of runners in the 50 club took part with 921 parkrunners joining the 50 club
- 22,696 of 41,414 (54.8%) of runners in the 100 club scanned their barcodes with a further 342 parkrunners join the 100 club
- 1,783 of 2,379 (74.9%) of runners in the 250 club, ran this week with 33 new members of the 250 club
- 14 of 15 (93.3%) of runners in the 500 club ran with no new members
So wherever you were; if you ran, you were amongst a huge worldwide group of 5k athletes. What an amazing creation parkrun is and over the next few years it will just get bigger and bigger.
For the men the first athlete forgot his barcode so first to register was Andrius Jaksevicius running 16:14 just ahead of Paul Lowe with 16:21 and Thomas Leppers third home in 16:48. The female first back to the big tree was Hannah Pollak in 19:02 ahead of Isabel Livesey (who was top Junior Woman) in 19:33 and Jessica Mayer (also a junior) in 19:47. Top Junior man was Pavit Singh Kullar with 17:32
Best age grade performances of the day was by Gary Neville who managed to drag himself out of bed for a rare parkrun outing and scored 84.57% with 18:48, second was our first man home Andrius with 82.24% and third was regular high scorer Ramona Thevenet with 22:38 (82.18%).
Lets go round again
With the marathon and half marathon season well in swing we are seeing many of our runners heading off for more miles after having their bar code scanned. If you are heading round the course again give a shout out to those still completing their 5k – we are a friendly bunch and any encouragement helps. Good luck to anyone with races coming up.
Milestone T-shirt update
Finally some good news if you are waiting for a milestone shirt with the following announcement from parkrun this week:
Last year we announced we would be bringing the production and supply of milestone t-shirts in-house, effectively taking control of a component of parkrun that has always proved to be difficult for third parties to manage.
The ramifications of that decision meant that we exited the partnerships that were in place with Tribe Sports and Wiggle, and had to order, sample, test and pay for the first 40,000 new milestone t-shirts. In addition we wanted to set up a new, fairer, claim system that addressed historical issues whereby some parkrunners missed out on longstanding claims while others were able to claim theirs.
I’m pleased to say these milestone t-shirts (the biggest delivery we have ever received) will arrive on time early next week. This first order includes stock of all milestones except white junior 10 t-shirts which will be covered in the second shipment later this year.
We are now finalising the claim process. We still have some testing to do over the next few weeks but we can confirm that we expect the new system to be up and running around mid-March. We will provide more information on how you go about claiming your wonderful new t-shirt as soon as it’s available to share.
Until next Saturday ….. keep running