Run Report Event No. 669 – 25th February 2017


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.


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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!


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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!


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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 and he’d pleased to hear from you!

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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


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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!


parkrun tourists

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.


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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!


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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 CobbDiane 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.


For more info on the parkrun clubs and accompanying free Tribesports t-shirts, and how to order them, do visit the parkrun support FAQ


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New PBs

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!


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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.


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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.


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Now for the results and stats bit!


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).


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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


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Stats of the day

There were 1158 parkrunners! – 1090 identified, 68 unknown (6% of field).

How many?

  • 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).


How fast?

  • 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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Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch


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Run Report 668 – 18th February 2017

Don’t mention the S word

What a contrast. Sleet and freezing temps last week gave way to relatively mild and dry conditions. 1,163 runners agreed, 285 more than last week. They were joined by 52 lovely volunteers making it all happen. Quite a few were taking a rest from parkrun before the Hampton Court Half Marathon the following day, a race that has become more popular since its inception in 2014.

When my wife and I started doing parkrun some 5 years ago, we never imagined that one day we would be running half marathons and even a marathon. The Hampton Court Half was the first long race we attempted in 2014, so it holds a personal place for us and it’s great to see a local run grow and improve each year.

Joining a running club was another move I didn’t envisage. We are so glad we did as it makes the whole experience so much more sociable and enjoyable. We have made a lot more friends and it’s reassuring to realise that clubs are not exclusive and not just for speedy runners. We chose Stragglers as it was close to where we live, and has a reputation for being open, diverse and friendly. But there are so many friendly local clubs to choose from including Ranelagh Harriers, 26.2, Walton AC, BeaRCat RC, or the Thames Turbo Triathlon. There is also the Sweatshop Running Community which meets on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays in Teddington.

A recent addition to the local running club fold has been SHAEF Shifters, a group that has grown within and around Bushy Park parkrun. They meet on Saturday, of course, and also Thursday nights.  They have a website and a Strava and FB presence and are looking to welcome new runners of all abilities. The name is in honour of the people who supported and were part of the Supreme HQ Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) which was based in Bushy Park and oversaw the 1944 D-Day landings and liberation of Europe.  It’s hard to imagine there was such a large military presence in the Park all those years ago and of course the efforts of SHAEF have enabled us all to enjoy the freedom of the Park today.

Whilst parkrun grew out of the running community, it is now very much a community based activity, and the evidence bears this out. For example at Bushy this week, of the identified runners, there were only 241 (22%) who had listed a club but a whopping 858 (78%) unattached runners.

We had a full team of 52 volunteers out this week, including Andy Wingate as our RD and Sue Graham-Kahn was our all important timekeeper.

Mohammed Faiz was on Lead Bike, and had to get his skates on with the first finisher completing the run in 15:25. Indeed the runner had a coterie of 3 other “support” bikes following close by shouting encouragement which looked a little risky and is perhaps not recommended for future runs.
IMG_0328[1]  Full list of volunteers this week: Adrian ROBERTS  •  Alex TICKELL  •  Andrew HOWARTH  •  Andrew John WINGATE  •  Andrew MORRISON  •  Ashleigh FERRIS  •  Brigid HIBBERD  •  Dean FURBER  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Eddie ROBERTSON  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Ethan MULLEN  •  Eva BOYD  •  Fiona MCANENA  •  Graham TITCOMBE  •  Helen BRETT  •  Ian CUNNINGHAM  •  Ian FULLEN  •  Ioan SMITH  •  Jacopo ANNONIO-TIBALDI  •  James GREEN  •  James SELL  •  Jamie CHAPMAN  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Jeremy PALMER  •  Jonathan HUGHES  •  Joy BELL  •  Julie PAPWORTH  •  Julie SMITH  •  Katherine WILDE  •  Kevin PRICE  •  Krysia SMITH  •  Loula BELL  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Matthew WILDE  •  Merran SELL  •  Mohammed FAIZ  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Phil BLUER  •  Ravi LOBO  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Rhys Thomas WILLIAMS  •  Richard MATTHEWS  •  Rob S JONES  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Sandra WORTH  •  Sharon TEE  •  Sue GRAHAM-KAHN  •  Susan HOWARTH  •  Timothy JACOB  •  Wendy STOKES  •  Yue MAN   If anyone fancies a go at volunteering, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at .

First timers and tourists

We had a sprinkling of parkrun first timers with 39 people choosing 18th Feb 2017 to do their first parkrun and there were 54 tourists making their first visit to Bushy.  One of our long distance travellers was Bertus Byker (27:08) from South Africa on his 117th parkrun. Bertus usually runs at Belville parkrun in Cape Town which incidentally had 1,335 runners today, in only its 109th parkrun (1,513 on 21st Jan), putting even big old Bushy into the shade. Indeed a number of the South African parkruns are getting well over 1,000 runners – I spotted Durbanville 1,110; Gilloolys 1,120; Century City 1,230 (after only 41 parkruns) and North Beach, Durban getting 1,611 today, with a massive 1,933 runners two weeks ago – that was the highest I could find on a quick scan and could be a world record. South Africa has well and truly bought into parkrun. Oh and remember if you are heading that way, many of them start at 8am so you get an even shorter lie in. If that puts you off, here is a short and sweet Course Description from North Beach:

The North Beach Parkrun is a flat scenic loop along the beach front from Sun Coast Casino towards uShaka Marine World. Runners can enjoy the wide path, viby atmosphere and coast line views along Durban's Golden Mile.

Mrs H, pack your bags…

We had a very happy group of tourists from Rugby and the North Warwickshire area including Alison Clark (146 runs), Elaine Robinson (136) and Lisa Jay (98 runs) with sons Aidan (93 runs), Leo (57 runs) and friend Dylan (67 runs). Lisa is one of the RDs at Rugby who put on a great event when 100+ parkrun tourists bowled up to their parkrun 2 weeks ago. Anne Mathews (72 runs) joined Lisa from Badgers Running Club, only the second time a Badger has run at Bushy. Meanwhile David Parton (145 runs) and Kim Stevens (103 runs) were making their first visit to the home of parkrun from nearby Reading.





Third week of February meant we had a crack team of even pacers, all deadly accurate. Here is the team: 20 mins: Jeremy Palmer;  22 mins: Kevin Price;  24 mins: Ian Cunningham;  26 mins: Tim Jacob;  28 mins: Krysia Smith;  30 mins: Richard Matthews;  32 mins: Graham Titcombe;  34 mins: Adrian Roberts.

Jeremy, Ian and Richard all stood in at short notice so many thanks are due to them. However, this month’s parkrun Pacer gold watch goes to Ian Cunningham who surely must have been that unknown runner on 24:00. Ian is either being modest, forgetful or possibly keeping his average up. Either way, great pacing.



Personal Bests

There were 180 personal bests this week – up on normal but not unusual given it was pacer week. The three most experienced PBers were all in Ian’s sector: Rebecca Lunn (239 runs) managed to knock 13 seconds off her PB in 23:29. Lesley Chamberlin (155 runs) managed her 3rd PB in a row and at 23:31 is a shade under 80%. Finally Richard Wilson (125 runs) – a regular Richmond Park runner managed to knock 2 minutes off his Bushy PB in 23:42.

Meanwhile in Jeremy’s cluster, Victoria Haslam (124 runs) a member of 26.2 managed a PB of 19:29, whilst junior parkrunner Isabel Livesey (109 runs) managed her second PB this year knocking 10 seconds of her time to record 20:42 – the training is working Isabel.

Congratulations to Christopher Box (109 runs) on his first PB of 22:32 for almost 3 years. This is all the more amazing given Christopher  had landed at Heathrow Airport at 5am that morning from a trip to Japan, went home for a shower and then straight to parkrun, as you do. Possibly our longest distance “tourist”.

Anna Tuckman managed the double feat of running her 100th parkrun and gaining a PB in 25:10 – that’s just greedy. More of Anna later. Other notable PBs included junior parkrunners Freya King (25:42), Joseph Middleton (18:44) and Luke Lawrence (19:36). Finally congratulations to Niamh Findlay (66 runs) whoran a PB of 23:49, her first time under 24 mins, and again I suspect Ian can take some of the credit.




There were no runners reaching 500 parkruns this week, although if you wait a few weeks – let’s say Easter - we will get two in quick succession with Ramona Thevenet on 492 and John Woods on 491.

250 club

We had just one person reach the magic 250 this week. Step forward and claim your sought-after green shirt, Gavin Prince. Gavin did his first parkrun on 31 January 2009 at event #235 and whilst his PB was back in 2010, Gavin has regularly increased his age grading score since that time. Next up for the milestone is Carole Vine on 249.

100 club

We also had just one person reach 100 runs.  Anna Tuckman completed this feat and was in such a good mood, ran a PB to boot. Anna started her parkrun journey on 18 Jan 2014 and has completed 92 runs at Bushy. Indeed the Tuckman family were out in force with son Harry (JM10) flying round in 21:03 (his PB is 20:00) and husband Jeremy pacing Anna to 25:10.

Bubbling under on 99 runs are Jamie Parkes, David Wellard and Zoe Lawrence.

50 Club

Three runners reached 50 this week. Step forward Christopher Slavin, Nicola Lloyd and Sarah Colclough. Both Christopher and Nicola ran PBs and Christopher, who is over 70, ran a time of 21:38 for an age grading of over 83% on his second visit to Bushy from Croxteth Hall parkrun, Liverpool.

10 Club

Just one junior, Poppy Hughes, reached 10 runs to claim her white t-shirt. Poppy ran exactly 25:00 dead and her PB is 22:00, so clearly likes finishing on the dot.

Other milestones

With a combined total of 500 parkruns between them, Jack Kennedy (300 runs) and Tessa Lovell (200 runs) were in celebratory mood. Tessa had prepared some rather excellent brownies and there was a little bubbly to help wash them down. To cap it all, it was also Jack’s birthday, so what a great way to celebrate.

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Jack in celebratory mood

 Results Bit

First home to the Bushy Park tree was James Steven Hall in 15:25. Second home was Neil Wellard in 16:14. Third known finisher was Mike Sawrey in 16:28.

First female was Katy Hedgethorne in 17:41(PB) followed by Charlotte Chalwin in 18:17 (PB) and Victoria Haslam in 19:29.

For the junior ladies, first finisher was Jessica Mayer in 20:19 followed by Isabel Livesey in a PB time of 20:42 and Imogen Deakin in 20:45.

For the junior boys, first finisher was Harry Grace in a time of 17:18 (PB) followed by Aaron Bruce in 17:39 (PB) and Sol Harris-Woodfin in 18:14.

Age Gradings

A total of twelve runners exceeded the 80% age grading mark, including Jane Davies who came in with 96% for her run time of 22:25. Awesome running.  The others in order were: James Steven Hall, Jacky Balfour, Katy Hedgethorne, Chrisopher Slavin, Justn Reid, Polly Adams, Neil Wellard, Stephen Whitehead, Charlotte Chalwin, Ramona Thevenet and Sue Lambert. Well done too to Thomas Shearman (JM11-14) who ran a PB time of 19:08 for 79.97% grading – oh for 1 second.  


Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #668

There were 1163 parkrunners – 1099 identified, 64 unknown (DFYB!) (5.5% of the field).

How many?

  • Of the 1099 identified parkrunners, there were:
  • 151 Juniors aged under 18 (14%) and 157 Seniors aged 18-34 (14%)
  • 791 Vets (72%) of which 96 are 35-39, 312 are 40-49, 281 are 50-59, 82 are 60-69, 20 are 70+
  • 651 males (59%) and 448 females (41%)

 Weather conditions

  • Umbrella quotient:  0 out of 5
  • Temperature: 8˚C, cloudy

How fast?

  • Of the 1099 identified finishers, there were:
  • 65 runners sub 20 mins (6%),
  • 323 between 20:00-24:59 (30%)
  • 385 25:00-29:59 (34%)
  • 324over 30 mins (30%)
  • Midpoint time: 26:50


Have you ever had a letter in the funnel? – some people seem to get them quite regularly, and others just dream of this privilege. I didn’t realise that it’s become almost a sport, so get well in with the funnel managers (definitely no stopping on the line) and see what happens….

For example, here’s a happy couple.

IMG_0321[1]Can I have a P please Bob?

Some of you may have noticed this group of superheroes completing their run on Saturday. Stuart Amory tells me they were running for the charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers ( which is dedicated to supporting bereaved British Forces children and young people. High fives all round! IMG_0320[1]

Happy parkrunning. Let’s hope these spring-like conditions persist (oh drat, I mentioned it).


 Andrew Howarth


Run Report 667 – 11th February 2017

Run Report 667 - 11th February 2017

The one with the snow flurries!
Brrr… it was a cold, damp morning this Saturday with flurries of snow greeting the 878 runners. Somewhat surprisingly, 67 people chose to make this freezing cold Saturday their first Bushy parkrun! Let’s hope they are now hooked and will return on a more pleasant morning...


Whilst we were listening (and shivering!) to Run Director Rob Phillips’ pre-run briefing those of us who know Owen Delaney, a Bushy parkrunner who recently joined the 100 Club and who was taking part in the Arc of Attrition, spared a thought for him. This is a brutal 100 mile race around the Cornish coastline (which is probably beautiful in Summer!) and by 9.00am on Saturday Owen had already been running for 21 hours! He completed the event which, in itself is an amazing achievement, in a fantastic time of 32 hours 18 minutes, and can be seen below looking tired but thrilled with his buckle - WELL DONE OWEN!


Whilst parkrun doesn’t hand out buckles for achievements we are lucky to be able to work towards the milestone t-shirts. There were no new green t-shirts earned this week, but Richard van der Leeden and Martin Smith will hopefully soon be sporting fab new black Tribesports t-shirts as they both joined the 100 Club this week. Martin estimates he has run about 75% of his runs with his buggy and can be seen below with one of his passengers, Kit, and the other previous passenger Seth (JM10) powered himself around in a time of 42.45.


New red 50 t-shirts will be on order shortly for Chris Adams and Michael Toohey, and 3 juniors have earned themselves a 10 t-shirt: well done to Bella Asgher, Carmen Mallinson-Pocock and Jamie Fitzsimmons who also bagged a New PB to go along with his t-shirt!

78 other runners managed to run New PBs this week which, given the slightly muddy conditions, is a great achievement! Lesley Chamberlin of British Airways AC scored a new PB of 23.59 in her 154th parkrun!  And well done to you if you achieved a New PB of your own!

An unknown runner was first finisher this week… I wonder whether this was deliberate or whether someone forgot their barcode. If so it is a harsh reminder to remember this one vital piece of kit each week #DFYB! Steve GARDNER (SM25-29) of Belgrave Harriers, was second over the line in 17:00 followed by Zak WORT (JM15-17) of Kingston AC and Polytechnic Harriers, who was third over the line overall in 17:05, and our first junior finisher.
 Emma HALEY (SW25-29) of Radley AC, was first female over the line (and 21st overall) in 19:35 - this is her first first finish in 3 appearances. She was followed in the female rankings by Rosy GROSS (VW35-39) who was second female finisher and 50th overall in 20:24. They were both joined on the imaginary female podium by Jessica MAYER (JW11-14) in a time of 20:51, and our first female junior finisher this week.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Philip PEARSON (VM50-54) was graded 81.76% for his time of 18:11 (12th overall), Liz ZASS (VW70-74) was graded 81.07% for her time of 27:28 and Polly ADAMS (VW50-54) was graded 80.28% for her time of 21:08.

On the parkrun closest to Valentine’s Day we had some fantastically romantic-named runners taking part: ROMEO Sogol ran his first parkrun ever this weekend in a time of 40.04 but there were no Juliets taking part (although one Julie ran and another volunteered!) Stewart ROSE ran his 457th parkrun in a time of 22.10 and will surely be starting his countdown to his blue 500 Club t-shirt?! Rebecca LOVE finished in 716th place in a time of 31.56 on her 10th parkrun, and Tessa LOVEll is now just one run away from a double century, finishing in a time of 27.58 in her 199th run. Carolyn LOVEgrove ran her 231st parkrun this weekend finishing in a time of 31.46, Colin LOVEgrove finished in 310th place in a time of 24.40 and Kathryn LOVEgrove finished about one minute ahead of Colin in a time of 23.49.

There was a lot of love and appreciation shown around the course for the volunteers braving the cold conditions so that we could run… it is always great to hear so many calls of ‘Thank you marshals’ on the corners! So THANK YOU this week to Alan NOLAN-DAVIES  •  Alex TICKELL  •  Alish MARCHANT  •  Andrew FINCH  •  Andrew John WINGATE  •  Andrew MORRISON  •  Carmen PALMER  •  Ciaran MURPHY  •  David BREWIN  •  David SHELDON  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Ellie WATERS  •  Eva BOYD  •  Fanni VIGH  •  Jake CAMPBELL  •  James GREEN  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Joe DAVIS  •  John P WOODS  •  Julie PAPWORTH  •  Lou COAKER  •  Lucy KATESMARK  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Luke HARVEY  •  Margaret LE FRANC  •  Margot COOPER  •  Michael TROTT  •  Mike TIVNEN  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Oliver NOLAN-DAVIES  •  Pat NAIR  •  Peter David THOMPSON  •  Peter VIGH  •  Phil BLUER  •  Phil DAVIES  •  Poppy WRIGHT  •  Rachel Louise LONERGAN  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Rob PHILLIPS  •  Rosie QUIRE  •  Sarah FRASER  •  Simon PETROU  •  Stephen PENPRAZE  •  Steve MILLER  •  Sue LAMBERT  •  Susan HOWARTH  •  Wendy STOKES  •  Yue MAN.

Until next week, when the weather forecast currently predicts a milder temperature and dark clouds…


Run Report 666 – 4th February 2017

Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste... I've been around for a long, long year. Stole many a man's soul to waste...

There were no Satan's, Lucifer's or Devil's in today's results so it looks like we weren't visited by anyone from the underworld on the occasion of the 666th running of Bushy parkrun. Instead we had 1012 runners, of whom 80 were first timers and 110 recorded new Personal Bests, which I make to be over 10% of the field, very impressive... We had representatives of 73 different athletics clubs took part. In total we have now had 36,914 different runners go for a 5km run around our beautiful park, covering a total of 2,020,580 km. Not bad for an event that started with 13 friends running round a park in 2004.

As always, we had an amazing bunch of volunteers helping out today, under the watchful eye of Hayden as Run Director with Alex and Ann looking after the volunteers, ensuring that everyone knew where they were going and what they were doing. I was out marshalling at the crossover point and it was genuinely lovely to have so many people thanking the marshals as they went past. In total we had 54 volunteers out and about on the course today, so please give a big round of applause to the following:

Alan NOLAN-DAVIES • Alex TICKELL • Ally MANOLE • Ann COWARD • Ashleigh FERRIS • Bethan STURDY • Carmen PALMER • Carolyn FOSTER • Catelin LE FRANC • Colette DORAN • Dom GRANT • Eddie ROBERTSON • Ellie WATERS • Emilie HOWES • Ethan MANN • Evie HINDE • Fanni VIGH • George SOLOMON • Glady GARTLAND • Hayden MATTHEWS • Jack KENNEDY • Jackie MELIA • Jake CAMPBELL • Jakob HOLDER • James SELL • Jamie CHAPMAN • Jerry GOODWIN • Jim HOLDER • Joe DAVIS • Jonathan HUGHES • Laura BAKER • Luke HARVEY • Margaret LE FRANC • Margot COOPER • Merran SELL • Nick BLANCHARD • Oliver NOLAN-DAVIES • Pedro DAS GUPTA • Peter VIGH • Poppy HOLDER • Poppy WRIGHT • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Richard STEEDEN • Rosie QUIRE • Rosie STEEDEN-BEACH • Sam BARRETT • Sarah FRASER • Sheila FERGUSSON • Simon Daniel EDGINGTON • Stephanie BOWDEN • Timothy JACOB • Toby FLETCHER

We should also give a big thanks to the Duke of Edinburgh award volunteers we have with us every week at the moment. I'm pretty sure 9am in a park on a Saturday morning isn't the natural habitat for most teenagers but it's great to see them getting involved, supporting runners and taking on important roles every week. I know a couple have finished their stints this week, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you fancy coming back and volunteering or running again sometime soon.

We say it every week, but volunteering really is very rewarding and if you've never done it before, it's great to see how parkrun 'runs' from the other side of the fence. To volunteer, simply email Pat on and let him know when you're available and you can always find out a bit more about volunteering here


A view from the crossover point


50% of the runners in the 500 club were in action today, great to Richard Fletcher, John Hanscomb and Paul Killick out on the course today. We had no one joining the 500 club on Saturday, nor quite surprisingly did we have anyone joining the 250 club.

One man who was wearing his 250 club t-shirt for the first time was Jonathan, who finally got round to ordering his green 250 t-short a full year after qualifying for it! If and when I ever get to 250 I think I'll have tried to order it by 10am on the day I run my 250th!


In what looks like a very quiet week for celebrations, only Ruth Battersby joined the 100 club, but she certainly celebrated in style with a lovely balloon and cakes and croissants for pretty much the whole of the field! We look forward to seeing you in your new shiny black Tribesports top soon!

We had a few more people joining the 50 club, so many congratulations to Monika SWIFT who got a new PB, Alistair ADAMS, Adam CONSTABLE, Toby COOPER, Francesca CLARKE, Melanie HOWES (who had a lovely balloon too!) & James WALSH who was making his debut at Bushy. I hope Wiggle have your t-shirt size in stock when you order, or you can of course wait 12 months if you like...

And finally, well done to the following juniors who joined the 10 club this week, so congratulations to: Luke MORGAN, Pavit Singh KULLAR, Lulu BENNETT and Emma SMITH who celebrated with a new PB.


150 runs between them


50 up and a new PB

Scores on the doors

For the ladies, Angel COLLINS was first finisher in 18:55, the second time in 5 appearances she has been first. Victoria HASLAM was second over the line in 20:05 followed very closely by Charlotte HEALY who was third to finish, just two seconds behind in 20:07.

For the men, Jonathan CORNISH was first back to the big tree in 15:33 - the 12th time in 18 appearances he has been first across the line. There was a pretty big gap back to Craig JARMAN who was second in 17:07 and following Craig was Adam ATKINSON who was third over the line in 17:30.

For the juniors, first across the line for the girls was Imogen KING in a brand new PB of 20:22. There was a bit of a gap back to Helena WHITE who was second finisher in 22:24 with Poppy PARRY in third on the occasion of her parkrun debut with a time of 22.30

The young men were led home by Kieran DESMOND in 17:37, swiftly followed by Samuel REYNOLDS in 17:46. Making up the virtual podium was Jacob PATTERSON in bang on 18 minutes, top work all...

An amazing eight of you smashed the 80% age grading score this week which is a fantastic achievement so congratulations to Mary ANSTEY, Simon BEAN, Sue LAMBERT, Jonathan CORNISH, Justin REID, Julie HAWORTH, Polly ADAMS and Bernie MULVANY. Once again, our very own Brigid HIBBERD was soooo close to beating the 80% barrier, sure it will happen very soon Brigid, I'm sure we have the prosecco on ice just in case.

What else was happening?

It was lovely to see a group of tourists from Little Stoke come and visit us at Bushy on Saturday. Many of you will know that sadly Little Stoke parkrun had to close last year as the parish council decided they wanted to charge parkrun or individual parkrunners to run on a Saturday morning and of course that goes against parkrun’s philosophy of providing free, weekly timed runs. While it's very sad that Little Stoke had to close it does mean that runners from there are treated like royalty when they go on tour now and I'm sure the apricot t-shirts with Little Stoke on them will be worth a fortune in years to come.

Amanda and the rest of the Little Stoke gang.

Talking of parkrun being free forever, the eagle eyed amongst you may have spotted that the parkrun logo on the website homepage has changed slightly in the last couple of days, to include parkrun's new partnership with Vitality. Day to day nothing will change with your Saturday parkrun, it just means that parkrun can continue to grow and keep delivering a free, weekly parkrun to every community that wants one. And if you want to know more about Vitality, have a word with the very lovely Nick, who manages the end bit of the funnel before you get your tokens each week...

While taking photos with our wonderful selfie frame I met the lovely Vera who had just completed her first ever parkrun and (I'm pretty sure) had loved every minute of it. Do please encourage friends and family to come down and give us a go. As you know we're a pretty friendly bunch and there's always a New Runners briefing at about 8.50 near the start if people don't know what to do..


The lovely Vera

And that was it really for this lovely Saturday morning at Bushy. I'm sure there were many more stories to be told, if you are on Facebook or Twitter, do tell us all about them.

It wasn't quite it for parkrun last weekend because Sunday brought not one, but two junior parkruns for me in the local area. I was lucky enough to be timekeeping at Hanworth junior parkrun with eight amazing juniors and then I rushed over to Bushy to catch slightly more take to the start line at the once a month Bushy juniors.


Hanworth juniors


Bushy juniors

So if you are 4-14 or have kids of that age and fancy doubling your parkrun fun of a weekend, do head over to to see what events are on Sunday mornings around here..

Until next time - Rob

PS - if anyone knows how to stop making the photos so big, please do let me know!


Run Report Event 665 – 28th January 2017

28th January 2017 – The Slippy One

After last week’s glorious sunny and crisp morning the weather today was decidedly gloomy. With some overnight rain and the frost finally coming out of the ground it left conditions decidedly slippy in places – particularly where the course narrows at the start and the last half mile. When you add in a tough headwind that really hit you turning into Chestnut Avenue it all made conditions far harder than recent weeks (that’s my excuse anyway). Despite all of this we still saw 1,125 parkrunners line up at the start to listen to Run Director Ray Coward give the run briefing and then set us off on our way round the park.

Despite numbers being slightly down this week we are still seeing huge numbers attend our event – indeed if you look at six biggest attendances four of these have happened in the past month.

4/10/14         1,705
7/1/17           1,292
21/1/17        1,291
25/12/16      1,262
18/4/15`       1,252
14/1/17        1,243

It’s not just Bushy that is seeing these large numbers of parkrunners and last weekend throughout the world we saw some incredible statistics. 1,028 events were held of which 141 were junior parkruns. These saw 198,568 runners complete the 5k and 10,905 juniors do the shorter version. When you add in 15,832 volunteers over the weekend it meant 225,305 people were involved in last weeks events – amazing when you consider how it all started.


The Volunteers

 Last last week we saw a Bushy record being set with 68 volunteers turning up and this weeks event couldn’t have happened without the 52 volunteers who helped and cheered us round the course – your help really is appreciated.


The volunteers this week were Jacopo ANNONIO-TIBALDI, Sam BARRETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Jake CAMPBELL, Jamie CHAPMAN, Ray COWARD, Ann COWARD, Pedro DAS GUPTA, Jane DAVIDSON, Joe DAVIS, Robert John DEAN, Simon Daniel EDGINGTON, Toby FLETCHER, Ray FRANKS, Sarah FRASER, Glady GARTLAND, Jerry GOODWIN, Dom GRANT, Luke HARVEY, Evie HINDE, Carl HORNSETH, Emilie HOWES, Lucy KATESMARK, Margaret LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Tracey LENTHALL, Yue MAN, Ethan MANN, Alish MARCHANT, Stephen MARFLEET, Andrew MORRISON, Diane MULLEN, Ethan MULLEN, Ciaran MURPHY, Oliver NOLAN-DAVIES, Alan NOLAN-DAVIES, Rosie QUIRE, Rachel REVETT, Stewart ROSE, Nick ROWE, Duncan SCOBLE, James SELL, Julie SMITH, George SOLOMON, Bethan STURDY, Alex TICKELL, Graham TITCOMBE, Peter VIGH, Fanni VIGH, Ellie WATERS, Georgia Rose WELCH and Bill WOODS


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 and he can give any guidance about the roles he can.


The Runners

Of the 1,125 finishers we welcomed 95 first timers to the birthplace of parkrun and hope to see all of you back again soon. Despite the awkward conditions we saw 87 runners record Bushy PB’s.  66 different running clubs had runners represented.


We have now seen 36,834 different runners take part in Bushy parkrun and these athletes have now completed 403,104 runs covering an amazing 2,015,520KM


We had 2 members of the 500 club at our parkrun today, along with 80 members of 250 club, 247 in the 100 club and a further 177 50 club runners.


63 runners either hadn’t registered or committed that dreaded event of forgetting their bar-code #DFYB. Of the 1162 of us who brought along their bits of paper, plastic, wristbands 640 of them were male and 522 females.



Of the 87 runners who achieved their PB’s today none of them have 50 parkruns to their names which one again indicated the difficult nature of the course today. The athletes with most runs who recorded Bushy best were Sarah HARRIS (VW 35-39) who clocked 24:29 on her 49th event. Liz SAVAGE (VW 50-54) ran 33.03 on her 44th parkrun and Georgia MURPHY (JW15-17) was timed at 24:16 on her 36th run. Well done to everyone who saw those special letters PB next to their names in the results.


A runner who had more than one reason to celebrate was Oliver MELBOURNE who at the age of 4 ran his 10th parkrun in a PB of 35:51 and will be celebrating a PB with a white T-shirt to follow with a big 10 on the back. To celebrate Oliver’s big day his family who are all Bushy regulars donned their best fancy dress outfits and all looked Incredible! Oliver was helped round by parents Andrew and Jennifer along with sister Isabel with his little brother supporting from the buggy.



This Saturday saw no new members join the 500 club and our next regular hitting the big 500 will be John WOODS who needs to complete 12 more runs to earn his blue shirt.


No new members of the 250 club were seen either this week with the closest being Carole VINE and Gavin PRINCE who are both now on 247 runs.


Joining the 100 club was Steven GORE who made his first pilgrimage to Bushy to run his 100th event clocking exactly 20:00. Steven is a dedicated tourist and today was his 44th different event – his best time over 5k is 19:01 (which as it’s my PB as well I think is a great time to run) which he did at Worsley Woods. Congratulations Steven. We also saw Ruth BATTERSBY move on to 99 and she will be looking forward to her big day shortly.


We had 3 runners join the 50 club Stuart CHALMERS running 28:11 plus Peter Marquand recording 25:45. Special mention must go to young Tom DELANEY (JM 11-14) who ran 25:36 to finish his 50th parkrun event and on Sunday he should also complete his 50th Junior parkrun tomorrow – a great weekend of running Tom.


We also saw 5 other runners move within one run of getting their prized red club shirts Melanie HOWES, Monica SWIFT, Stuart HAWKES, Toby COOPER and Sarah HARRIS.


For our juniors getting his 10 shirt along with Oliver MELBOURNE was Gwilym BRADLEY (JM15-17).


For the men Craig JARMAN (SM25-29) was first over the line in 17:25 his second first finish on his 46th parkrun. Samuel REYNOLDS (JM15-17) was second finisher in 17:39 which was also a PB on his 30th parkrun and just behind him was James BARNETT (VM 35-39) with 17:42 on his 12th parkrun.

The female first back to the big tree Mara YAMUCHI (VW40-44) of Harrow AC  in 18:57 and 17th overall, second over the line was Susannah WEILAND (VW40-44) of Sheen Shufflers, (20th overall) finishing just 10 seconds behind with 19:07, Kate DREW (SW18-19) was third (53rd overall) in 20:12.

Best age grade performances of the day were by the impressive Edward MACKENZIE (JM10) who was graded 90.59% with 19:39 on his first ever parkrun. Mara YAMUCHI (VW40-44) was graded 82.41% as first female and Kevin BEST (VM 60-64) was graded 81.12% for the time 20:29.



Running Legend


A few of you may recognise the name of our first female finisher Mara Yumuchi – this was Mara’s 4th parkrun and second at Bushy though she is best known for longer distances. Mara has the second fastest time by a British woman over the marathon (with only Paul Radcliffe ahead of her on the all time rankings). Mara is one of our greatest ever distance athletes with a marathon best of 2:23:12 and a 5k best of 15:34 – she finished 6th in the Olympic Marathon in Beijing 2008 and the following year came 2nd in the London Marathon. She has had impressive wins over her career including the 2010 New York Half Marathon and Osaka Marathon in 2008.


Mara also picked up a medal in the Commonwealth Games 10,000M in Melbourne in 2006 running 31:49. She represented Britain in London 2012 and retired from competitive athletics in January 2013 and it’s great to see her running with us all at Bushy.



The Random Number Generator

As is becoming a tradition we look at a few random numbers to give some coverage to those who otherwise may not have got a mention.


This week was event 665 at Bushy so claiming token 665 was Susanne NORMAN (VW45-49) who ran 28;27 on her 59th event, she is a member of Kingfisher Triathletes and this was her 26th lap of the park.


The average finish time of all Bushy parkrun is 26:31 and hitting the time on the nail was Linda KATESMARK (VW50-54) on her 67th event all of which have been at Bushy – Linda ran her PB of 24:53 last week.


As today is 28/1 in position 281 was Martin DELVE (VM45-49) running 23:43 on his 188th event all but 2 of which have been here.



Amazing the total time of the 13,736,131 parkruns completed in the UK is 728 Years, 271 days, 4 Hours, 18 minutes and 58 Seconds. So we look at position 728 and find Helen CARPENTER (VW45-49) with 29:17 on her 132nd run – 130 of those at the home of parkrun.


Finally there have now been 78,132 events in the UK with the average attendance just under 176 so with token 176 is Ian RILEY (SM30-34) with 22:23 on his 222nd parkrun and today was his 200th at Bushy – his best time here being 21:53.


Well done to all.


Always next week

One of the many joys of parkrun is unlike many events if things don’t go as you hoped or if they went better than expected then you only have to wait 7 days and we get to do it all over again – have a good week and see you by the fountain next Saturday.


Nick Rowe

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