How I learned to stop worrying and love the mud (again)
There was a distinct chill in the air early yesterday morning as the mist lingered in the royal park, and the trees lining Chestnut Avenue were beginning to look bare. The soft and muddy conditions underfoot for the first and last kilometres meant some of you dusted off the trail shoes for the first time this winter. However it was business as usual with another four figure field as 1013 eager parkrunners toed the lined with 154 new pacer boosted PBs, 56 Bushy first timers with 37 of you completely new to parkrun, welcome along!
As it is an odd numbered month, we had some even numbered pacers yesterday to help assist your pursuit of a PB, as well as a couple of bonus odd numbered pacers for the very busy 25 and 27 minute targets, thank you to:
20:00 – Jeremy Palmer, 22:00 – Andy Wingate, 24:00 – Tim Bowden
25:00 – Jonathan Cox, 26:00 – Andrew Howarth, 27:00 – Jack Kennedy
28:00 – Vince Gannon, 30:00 – Steve Todd, 32:00 – Jo Bourne, 34:00 – Matthew Jaquiss
With 154 PBs on the course, clearly the pacers had the desired effect – this figure was only seven fewer than the 161 achieved on the tenth anniversary run which had nearly 700 more runners! Well done to the pacers for their metronomic pacing – special mentions to Jack Kennedy and Matthew Jaquiss who ran their exact time targets of 27 and 34 minutes respectively, while Vince Gannon was only one second outside his 28 min goal with 28:01, and all but one of the pacers were within ten seconds of their target!
If you think you can manage some metronomic pacing, then do get in touch with pacer co-ordinator Andy Pillidge via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’d be pleased to hear from you!
You can’t have a funnel without having fun
From my perspective volunteering at the front of the double funnel, I was looking forward to some funnel fun once again, marshalling the runners through the funnel together with an excellent team on the day. I was with Peter Filmer giving out letters and directing runners through the funnel, and it was certainly a very busy morning for the funnel team and particularly our two superb timers on the day – Hayden Matthews and Oliver Bezzant. There were two separate minutes which reached three figures, as there were 114 finishers between 26:00 and 26:59, and 100 between 24:00 and 24:59! The 26th minute in particular had two notable landmarks achieved…
With 114 finishers in the 26th minute, this was the seventh busiest ever minute at Bushy parkrun – the first six all occurred as part of the record breaking field of 1,705 on 4th October last month. The top 10 busiest ever minutes are shown below:
The second notable landmark was a brand new record on the day which stands as a benchmark for all future aspiring timers – FIVE clicks were achieved in a single second for the very first time! Of the two timers on the day, I believe 11 year old Oliver Bezzant’s timer file was used to process the results, so he gets the honour of being the first timer to achieve five clicks in a second, well done Oliver!
For the tenth anniversary run, the timer on the day Ally Manole clicked an astonishing 45 separate seconds with four finishers, so there was speculation that five clicks might not be possible – at least now we know otherwise! Will there ever be a second with six finishers?
In total there was an ever enthusiastic team of 31 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 email@example.com and he would be happy to hear from you!
We had several parkrun tourists visiting our royal park yesterday, the furthest traveller being 31 time parkrunner Roman Krajniewski from Poland! Of his previous 30 runs, 29 were by the Baltic port of Gdansk, with one run at Gdynia parkrun. Thanks for coming Roman, we hope you enjoyed your morning with us!
From Sheffield Hallam parkun we welcomed Jenn Dick on her 21st parkrun. Her previous 20 runs were all at Sheffield Hallam, while Nonsuch parkrun regular Adam Hammond was making his first run at Bushy on his 39th parkrun (38 runs at Nonsuch). Another Bushy first timer was Richard Sturdy on his 30th parkrun, Richard has run at several parkruns across south west London, as well as Milton Keynes parkrun. Thanks to all of you for coming, we hope you had a good time with us!
250 club member and Banstead Woods regular Stephen Cooney (258 runs at Banstead) was taking part in his fourth Bushy parkrun, and Stephen has also run at several other parkruns across London and the south east.
250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
There were no new members of the 250 club yesterday, however of those taking part, two parkrunners have moved on to 249 and could collect the bling top very soon – Richard Barker and Phil Bluer!
Two runners joined the 100 club this week – Hardev Bal and Glen Washington, well done guys! Soon you can replace red with black! One more runner could collect his ‘100’ black Adidas tee very soon, as Bruce McLaren is on 99 not out.
A terrific trio of runners joined the 50 club this week and will collect their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon – well done to Natty Powers (who ran a new PB), Paul Blezard and Mary Whitby! Another six runners are just one away from joining this club – Graham Perryman, Michael Axton, Richard Moore, Angela Macson, Jane Stenning and Malcolm Warner.
Two new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Laura Ruff and Phoebe Symmons. Another seven juniors are one away from receiving their ‘10’ white Adidas tops – Ed Laidlow, Katie Tuckwell (new PB), Kieran Stevenson, Oliver Fetherston-Dilke (new PB), Noah Carroll, Peter Walpole and Isabel Melbourne (new PB).
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
Of the 154 PBs, three were achieved by those with over 100 Bushy parkruns completed. David Spencer ran 19:41 on his 137th parkrun (121 at Bushy), taking over a minute off his previous best, while Philip Miles ran 24:57 for his first ever sub 25 time on his 120th lap at Bushy (124 runs overall). Oren Paynton just dipped under 22 minutes, running 21:59 on his 114th parkrun (112 at Bushy), taking 26 seconds off his previous best, well done guys!
96 time parkrunner Donald Bell (88 runs at Bushy) ran 32:48 to take 15 seconds off his previous best which was set in September 2013, well done Donald! Other notable PBers from 50 club members include Kathryn White, Glennis Pye and Pam Franks, well done ladies!
So those were some of the headline makers and record breakers, but how did the rest of you do?
The results bit
Collecting token number one for the second time was Belgrave Harrier Taras Telkovsky, running 16:27 (78.42%) on his 14th parkrun (all at Bushy), and he was closely followed by Bushy regular Andrius Jaksevicius with 16:29 on his 105th parkrun (89 at Bushy). Andrius was absent last Saturday as he finished second in the Ballbuster Duathlon on Box Hill! Completing the trio of sub 17 finishers was Bushy first timer James Silvey, running 16:36 (81.63%) on his fourth parkrun. Fourth finisher overall was Belgrave Harrier Will Cockerell in a time of 17:06 (79.82%) on his 66th parkrun (52 at Bushy), and the next runner home was the first junior as Harry Matthews ran 17:32 (77.00%) on his 135th parkrun (125 at Bushy) for St Mary’s Richmond AC. After Harry there were a further four junior males who achieved sub 20 times, well done to: Mike Price (18:57), Cameron Gibson (19:11), Cameron Chisholm (19:36) and Christian Harper (19:58).
Annabel Gummow was the first female finisher for the second time, running 18:27 (80.22%) for Bristol & West AC on her third parkrun (all at Bushy). Next was Sabrina Cant, running a new PB time of 20:42 (72.71%) on her 11th parkrun (all at Bushy), and she was closely followed by Bushy regular Polly Adams, who ran 20:49 (79.58%) on her 346th parkrun (338 at Bushy). A further three females sneaked inside 21 minutes – Nikki Nicholson (20:52) and Bushy first timers Julie Reynolds (20:54) and Jenn Dick (20:58).
The first junior girl home was Megan Fisher, who ran a new PB of 21:45 (71.26%) on her 7th parkrun (all at Bushy). The following junior girls all finished inside 24 minutes, well done to: Caitlin Wheeler (22:45), Ana Earl (22:46), Jessica Lillywhite (23:11), Maia Wallman (23:38) and Niamh Hyland (23:48).
Highest age grading scorers
A super seven runners achieved 80 plus age grading percentages on Saturday, with Jane Davies of Epsom & Ewell Harriers leading this list with another outstanding grading of 95.51% from her time of 21:53 in the VW65-69 category! Well done Jane!
There were a half dozen parkrunners on the day with an age grading in the 80s, well done to: James Silvey (81.63%), Laurence Duffy (81.32%), Ramona Thevenet (81.26%), Maurice Sharp (80.77%), Bernie Mulvany (80.66%), Annabel Gummow (80.22%)
For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ
Stats of the day
There were 1,013 runners – 949 identified, 64 unidentified (6% of field).
- Of the 949 identified runners, there were:
- 154 PBs (16% of field) of which 3 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
- 56 Bushy first timers (6% of field) of which 37 were parkrun first timers (4% of field)
- 134 Juniors aged under (14%) and 112 Seniors aged 19-34 (12%)
- 703 Vets (74%) of which 121 are 35-39, 298 are 40-49, 214 are 50-59, 70 are 60+
- 563 males (59%) and 386 females (41%)
- Most common male age group was 45-49 (107 runners – 19% of all males),
- Most common female age group was 45-49 (65 runners – 17% of all females)
- 118 club runners (12% of field) from 40 different clubs and 831 unattached (88%)
- Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (36 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (11), Ranelagh Harriers (8), Teddington Rugby Running Club (7), 26.2 RRC (5)
- Of the 1013 finishers, there were:
- 50 runners sub 20 mins (5%), 733 between 20:00-29:59 (72%), 230 over 30 mins (23%)
- Top 10% Overall/Male/Female time was 21:22/20:41/24:05
- Midpoint Overall/Male/Female time was 26:23/24:47/29:01
- Minute-by-minute number of finishers 20-29 minutes: 30, 87, 69, 81, 100, 59, 114, 62, 64, 67
- 423 finishers between 22:00 and 26:59, average of 84.6 per minute
- 114 finishers in the 26th minute and 100 in the 24th minute
- 5 finishers with 26:28 – the first ever second to achieve five finishers at Bushy
How many parkruns?
- 64832 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 949, averaging 68 parkruns each
- 431 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (45% of identified field), of which
- 187 members of the 50 club (20%)
- 209 members of the 100 club (22%)
- 35 members of the 250 club (3% of field) – Richard Fletcher (419 runs), Paul Killick (399), Kirsty Bangham (369), Simon Greenhill (369), John Woods (367), Ramona Thevenet (367), Polly Adams (346), Ciaran Murphy (338), Stewart Rose (338), Derek Blackmore (335), Paul Viveash (333), Liz Collison (327), Stewart Holmes (322), Madge Bradsell (319), Bernie Mulvany (306), Suzan Baker (300), Mark Gratton (298), Stephen Cooney (296), Malcolm Taylor (291), Carol Dickinson (284), Wally Garrod (282), Dave Griffiths (279), Jeremy Palmer (277), Ken Pearson (275), Carmen Palmer (275), Jeremy Langdon (272), Rory Waddell (266), Pat McGrath (263), Roger Wilson (261), Duncan Grant (258), Suzie Longstaff (256), Marjory Bluer (255), Gill Wilson (253), Alan Charlesworth (253) and Malcolm Dickson (251).
Taken tokens tally: ONE. Token 228! If you finished on or around this position, please check bag, pockets or behind the sofa to see if you have taken one of our tokens by accident and should you find one you can always return it to us next Saturday, thank you!
Next Saturday the Gazebo of Glory returns as Carol Dickinson and Suzan Baker return to give out t-shirts and cupcakes to those who have recently joined a new parkrun club, well done to you all!
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