Goodbye Doris, Hello Spring!
It was a rather grey, cool and breezy Bushy Park that greeted the parkrun masses on Saturday morning for event number 669, the final parkrun day of this meteorological winter (astronomical winter ends on March 20!). The legacy of Storm Doris was visible across the park, with loose branches scattered around, but thankfully no trees felled on the course, ensuring all 1,158 of us could enjoy our 5k in the park, thanks to the 57 volunteers.
Hayden Matthews was RD this time, assisted by Volunteer Co-ordinators Alex Tickell and Yue Man, with the experienced timer Jack Kennedy clicking you all for the 13th time. Carol Dickinson and Rob Phillips were giving out the finish tokens, for Carol it was her 86th time giving out finish tokens (including Bushy Juniors parkrun), but for Event Director Rob it was his first time, well done!
Junior volunteer Emilie Howes took on the high octane role of giving out the funnel letters at the start of the double funnel! Emilie started volunteering at Bushy parkrun last year as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award, however she clearly enjoys volunteering here, and on Saturday celebrated her 50th volunteering role in just over a year! She has done a variety of roles, including barcode scanning (21 times), funnel management (13 times), finish token support (9 times), marshalling (4 times), and finish tokens (3 times). Well done Emilie!
Emilie celebrates her 50th volunteering role!
In all a team of 57 volunteers were ready to marshal, time and register your run, as well as setup, looking after the kit for a week and writing the run report. If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! If you are available to help, or would like to find out more, then do get in touch with Pat McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’d pleased to hear from you!
Ray F co-ordinating the funnel team
Full list of volunteers on the day:
Alan NOLAN-DAVIES • Alex TICKELL • Andrew MORRISON • Ann COWARD • Anna-Lina MOERKING • Carol Margaret DICKINSON • Carolyn FOSTER • Chantal MATTHEWS • Claire TRELIVING • Courtney LE FRANC • Dean FURBER • Diane MULLEN • Dom GRANT • Eddie ROBERTSON • Ellie WATERS • Emilie HOWES • Emma HALEY • Ethan MANN • Ethan MULLEN • Eva BOYD • George SOLOMON • Glen WASHINGTON • Graham TITCOMBE • Hayden MATTHEWS • Jack KENNEDY • Jake CAMPBELL • James GREEN • James SELL • Jamie CHAPMAN • Joe DAVIS • Jonathan DICKINSON • Julie SMITH • Katy FURBER • Lee HYDE • Libby HORAN • Lorraine DILLAMORE • Lucy KATESMARK • Luke HARVEY • Mark MICHELMORE • Merran SELL • Mike SAWREY • Nick BLANCHARD • Oliver NOLAN-DAVIES • Paul KILLICK • Phil BLUER • Poppy WRIGHT • Rachel KELLETT • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Richard PATIENT • Rob PHILLIPS • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Rosie QUIRE • Sam BARRETT • Sarah FRASER • Tracey LENTHALL • Yue MAN
Emilie and Phil at the busy front gate area of the double funnel!
Without any further ado, let’s move on to our headline makers and record breakers!
We had tourists from far and wide visiting the cradle of parkrun once more!
From Dewsbury parkrun in Yorkshire we welcomed Rachel le Borgne (173 runs) and Alex Barr (143 runs) for their first visit to Bushy parkrun! They have both done lots of tourism around the UK, as well as an overseas trip to Bois du Boulogne parkrun in Paris! Thanks for joining us!
Over the Pennines and into Lancashire we had Ramona Mulligan (112 runs) visiting us from Cuerden Valley parkrun near Preston. For Ramona it was her first parkrun outside of Lancashire, thanks for coming to Bushy!
Ian Davidson (57 runs) travelled up from Southampton parkrun for his first run here, Paulina Erceg (57 runs) joined us from Woodley parkrun and Sarah Fellows (52 runs) was another Bushy first timer from Wolverhampton parkrun. We had some more Bushy first timers on tour, including: John Smith (46 runs), Cherry O’Sullivan (38 runs), Laura Hall (33 runs) and Craig Carpenter (30 runs).
Thanks to all of those who chose to visit Bushy for the first time, and returning tourists too!
500, 250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
There were three 500 club members taking part on Saturday – Richard Fletcher (534 runs), John Hanscomb (524), and Paul Killick (517). There’s several more parkrunners who are now closing in on 500, with Ramona Thevenet (493) and John Woods (492) being the nearest pursuants.
We had one new member of the 250 club this time, congratulations to: Carole Vine! Carole ran her first ever parkrun at event 158 on 8th September 2007, running 36:03, and has since lowered her time to 24:48 in October 2013. She has run 246 times at Bushy, three times at Crane Park and once at Poole parkrun. I spotted Carole’s balloon in the Pheasantry after the run, a custom made balloon, and she completed her run in a sash, pictured below! Well done Carole, soon you can look forward to ordering the forest green ‘250’ Tribesports top!
Carole - new member of the 250 club!
Some more of you are closing in on 250 runs: Charles Harmer (249 runs), Robert Mowbray (248), Jo Newstead (247) and Candy Taylor (247).
Another two of you joined the 100 club this time and will be able to order their black ‘100’ Tribesports top - congratulations go to: Ellen Fraser and Zoe Lawrence!
A further three parkrunners are on 99 not out and could reach three figures next time: Catelin Le Franc, Cathy Bland and Margaret Le Franc.
Five of you celebrated joining the 50 club and will be wearing the coveted red Tribesports 50 top with pride in the near future. Congratulations to: Craig Jarman, Cameron Fraser, Laura Smith, Sharon Inge and Michele Cobb. Diane Wesson is one run away from a half-century.
We six new members of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only) congratulations to: Fenella Challinor, Samuel Burge, Ryan Neal, Audrey Churchill, Roshan Parmar and Chloe Gelona.
The windy conditions in the royal park seemed to limit the PB count, with a relatively low figure of 122 PBs (11%) on the day – congratulations if you were one of the 122! There was only one parkrunner who set a new PB with over 100 Bushy parkruns completed, and that was Rob Eveson. It was a triple celebration for Rob, as he had his 21st birthday on Friday, and then set a new PB of 16:31, collecting token number one in the process! He took five seconds off his PB on his 197th Bushy parkrun, and he will have another celebration soon as it was his 246th parkrun and is just four runs away from joining the 250 club. Congratulations Rob!
Rob - the most prolific Bushy parkrunner to set a new PB this time
The only other parkrunner to PB with at least 50 parkruns completed at Bushy was Owain Rowlands, as he set a new PB of 20:57 for his first sub 21 time on his 90th parkrun here (91 runs overall), taking 25 seconds off in the process! Well done Owain.
parkrunner of the week!
In this feature, I pick a ‘parkrunner of the week’, where a parkrunner will get their name in lights if they receive the same position token number as the event number for any particular week!
As it was event number 669, the parkrunner who finished with token 669 was… Richard Moore! Richard was running his 154th parkrun, of which 127 have been at Bushy. He made his parkrun debut at event 489 on 9th November 2013, and has a PB of 24:03 from April 2016.
Stat Attack - Points tables
As announced on 25th November 2016 by Tom Williams from parkrun Global, the points tables will be phased out from the parkrun event websites next Friday (3rd March). With this in mind I thought it was a good moment to look through the points tables for the very last time to glean some stats (I do like a good stat or two!)
Male Points Table (after 24 events)
- From the final male points table, the top 3 are: Jeremy Langdon (4,921 points), Craig Jarman (4,551) and Dan Domeniconi (4,437).
- Since October 2016, 3,938 registered male parkrunners (623 juniors) have completed 14,856 runs – a total of 74,280 kilometres – the equivalent of going around the world three times.
- Four male parkrunners are yet to miss a Bushy parkrun since the anniversary run having completed the maximum 24 runs so far: Jeremy Langdon, John Woods, Malcolm Taylor and Simon Greenhill.
- A total of 682 separate volunteer roles have been completed by male Bushy parkrunners since October 2016!
- Ray Franks and Nick Blanchard have volunteered on the funnel at every Bushy parkrun since the anniversary run, and Alex Tickell has volunteered 20 times.
Female Points Table (after 24 events)
- From the final female points table, the top 3 are: Isabel Livesey (5,459 points), Polly Adams (5,129) and Rebecca Lunn (4,306).
- Since October 2016, 2,856 registered female parkrunners (424 juniors) have completed 9,614 runs – a total of 48,070 kilometres – the equivalent of going around the world twice.
- One female parkrunner is yet to miss a Bushy parkrun since the anniversary run having completed the maximum 24 runs so far: Carmen Palmer.
- A total of 552 separate volunteer roles have been completed by female Bushy parkrunners since October 2016!
- Emilie Howes and Yue Man have both volunteered 19 times since the anniversary run.
The results bit
This week’s first finisher was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Rob Eveson, posting a new PB of 16:31 (78.41%) on his 246th run (197 runs at Bushy). The next registered finisher was Greg Atkins, who also set a new PB of 17:03 (80.35%) on his twelfth parkrun here (17 runs overall), and of his twelve runs at Bushy, he has ran a new PB on ten occasions, lowering his time by over eight minutes in the process! Next was Bushy regular Craig Jarman, who celebrated his 50th run (all at Bushy) with a time of 17:16 (74.71%).
The next two runners back to the big tree were both juniors, as Reef Boericke set a new PB of 17:27 (78.51%) on his 11th parkrun (five at Bushy) for the Optima Racing Team, closely followed by Pavit Kullar, running a new PB of 17:33 (79.30%) for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC. Another nine junior (under 18) boys posted sub 20 times, well done to: Sam Southall (18:13), Benjamin Dibley (18:16), Matthew Hall (18:41), Joshua Poncia (18:48), Jacob Patterson (18:49), Spencer Bateman (18:59), Lucas Allinson Rodrigues (19:23) and Jonny Brook (19:32).
The first female finisher back to the big tree was junior runner Freya Thomson of St Mary’s Richmond AC, setting a new PB of 18:42 (82.89%) on her 20th parkrun (all at Bushy). Next was another junior, as Isabel Atkins also posted 18:42 (82.89%) on her 16th parkrun (ninth run here). The third female finisher was former Olympian Mara Yamauchi, running 18:47 (83.14%) for a new parkrun PB on her third run here (five runs overall). Another four females posted sub 20 times, well done to: Jessica Wenlock (19:09 – new PB by 40 seconds!), parkrun debutant Jennifer Silva (19:41), Alice Patterson (19:47) and Joanne Locker (19:53).
Four junior (under 18) girls ran under 20 minutes, and another five dipped under 22, well done to: Jessica Mayer (20:15), Fenella Challinor (20:49), Annabel Hobday (21:06), Isabel Livesey (21:27) and Beatrice Wilding (21:58).
Highest age grading scorers
A super six of you posted an age grading percentage over 80%, led by international athlete and Olympian Mara Yamauchi (VW40-44) of Harrow AC, running 18:47 for 83.14%. Mara has a marathon PB of 2:23:12, and is the second fastest British woman of all time over the distance!
Freya Thomson (JW15-17) and Freya Thomson (JW15-17) were the joint highest junior scorers, as they both earned 82.89% for St Mary’s Richmond AC and Ranelagh Harriers respectively. John Smith (VM60-64) ran 20:17 for 81.92%, Polly Adams (VW50-54) scored 80.86% as she ran 20:59, and Greg Atkins (JM15-17) ran 17:03 which earned him 80.35% for Ranelagh Harriers.
For more information on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ
Stats of the day
There were 1158 parkrunners! – 1090 identified, 68 unknown (6% of field).
- Of the 1090 identified parkrunners, there were:
- 122 PBs (11.2% of field) of which 1 has completed 100 Bushy parkruns or more
- 76 Bushy first timers (7% of field) of which 47 were parkrun first timers (4.3% of field)
- 166 Juniors aged under 18 (15.2%) and 173 Seniors aged 18-34 (15.9%)
- 751 Vets (68.9%) of which 106 are 35-39, 306 are 40-49, 254 are 50-59, 85 are 60+
- 629 males (57.7%) and 461 females (42.3%)
- Most common male age group was 45-49 (103 runners)
- Most common female age group was 40-44 (59 runners)
- 252 club runners (23.1% of field) from 74 different clubs and 838 unattached (76.9%)
- Top 10 clubs: Stragglers (56 runners), SHAEF Shifters (15), Ranelagh Harriers (14), St Mary’s Richmond AC (12), Thames Turbo Triathlon (12), 26.2 RRC (9), Sweatshop Running Community (9), Kingston AC and Polytechnic Harriers (8), Optima Racing Team (7) and Team Bushy (6).
- Of the 1158 finishers, there were:
- 75 sub 20 mins, 348 20:00-24:59, 410 25:00-29:59 and 325 over 30 mins
- Top 10% time: 20:55, Midpoint time: 26:45
- Finishers per minute: 20-30 mins: 47, 53, 75, 74, 99, 95, 79, 65, 86, 85, 49
- 424 finishers between 24:00 and 28:59, average of 84.8 per minute
- 99 finishers in the 24th minute, and 95 finishers in the 25th minute
How many parkruns?
- 90728 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1090, averaging 83.24 parkruns each
- 535 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (49.1% of identified field), of which
- 182 members of the 50 club (16.7%)
- 280 members of the 100 club (25.7%)
- 70 members of the 250 club (6.4% of field)
- 3 members of the 500 club (0.3% of field) – Richard Fletcher (534 runs), John Hanscomb (524) and Paul Killick (522).
That’s all for now, until next time!
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