Run Report Event No 680 – 13th May 2017

The Joy of 13

We had coach loads making the trip to Bushy this week with significant visits from Chipping Sodbury parkrun and Ware Joggers. There was a parkrun record attempt, and of course the novelty of running the “old” course for a change, although not quite the oldest course variant.


Thirteen hundred plus is becoming the new norm. Once again Bushy hosted the highest number of parkrun participants in the UK as 1,330 runners, walkers, dogs and buggy-encapsulated children and babies completed the 680th Bushy parkrun on the 13th day of May. There are now three UK parkruns with 1,000+ participants: Bushy, Cannon Hill (Birmingham) and Southampton which had 1,074 this weekend, a new record for them.

We had a fantastic team of 50 volunteers out this week, including Ali Kennedy as our Run Director with the experienced team of Hayden Matthews and Emma Wingate on timekeeper and backup. One of the key roles on the day is to coordinate the 50 or so volunteers and Lucy Thatcher and Alex Tickell were there to ensure we had assorted marshals and funnel managers in the right place. The funnel management team did another great job. Always a bit tricky on this day to remember how and where to place all the poles given we only have this course once a year and the funnel is in a completely different place. It also had to be a little longer given numbers have increased since last year. All was fine because Ray Franks (13th on the list of volunteers) and Stewart Rose have good memories.

Michael Trott was on Lead Bike this week, and there was an expert team of scanners comprising Sophie Darke, Mike Dennison, George Ford, Luke Harvey and Yue Man.


Full list of volunteers this week:


If anyone fancies a go at volunteering, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at . It’s great fun to do.

Tourists and other First timers

We had the pleasure of two large tourist groups this week. At least 26 runners from Ware Joggers (where’s that? - in Hertfordshire) made their first visit to the cradle of parkrun, resplendent in their red and white kit. Their motto is “Run for Fun”. Simple, effective and makes a lot of sense. Good slogan for them: Be Ware Joggers? (I’ll get my coat). Their local parkrun is Panshanger which is in a very pleasant park near Hertford, slightly undulating so I am sure they enjoyed Bushy’s flat course. There were also a few from nearby Gunpowder parkrun.


Another group were visiting from the quaintly named Chipping Sodbury parkrun just north east of Bristol. There were also a few Little Stoke, Pomphrey Hill and Ashton Court apricots amongst the group.  They do go in for great names in this part of the country with members of Hogweed Trotters Running Club (motto: Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast, after a certain W. Shakespeare), Frampton Cotterell Harriers, Emerson’s Green RC, Westbury Harriers, Sole Sisters, Staple Hill Runners, Thornbury RC and Tetbury Dolphins RC all represented (and possibly more).


Amongst the Chipping Sodbury contingent , there were also a number of milestones, so step forward Laura Majewski and Andy Airey doing their 100th parkrun and Jenny McCallum on her 50th. Meanwhile Deborah Williams completed her 99th run so the 100 will have to wait until next week. IMG_0662[2]

Visiting from Tring parkrun were Run Director Katie Haines, and Gary and Gus Evans, all sporting parkrun t-shirts and big smiles. Katie managed to smash her best Tring time, which is an undulating course, in 23:49.


Winning the long distance tourist prize this week were the delightfully friendly Sandra Murphy and Mick Mirovic who normally run at Albert parkrun, Melbourne. Sandra was born in Liverpool and had recently returned “home” to run Knowsley parkrun. Sandra follows the Reds and Mick follows Spurs so it’s been a bit of mixed season for both. They were looking super happy after their first Bushy parkrun.   IMG_1018[1]

There were 60 people doing their first ever parkrun and I managed to capture a number of them, including an ecstatic Angela Mill who shouted to me as she passed that she was so happy to complete her first parkrun, and was a cancer survivor to boot - such a great achievement and she was clearly and rightly feeling very proud all round. Angela, you certainly made my day that much sweeter.




A reluctant finisher?

Personal Bests

There were 107 personal bests this week; not as many usual, so perhaps the old course is more challenging after all. Of the Bushy regulars, junior runner David Gannon (241 runs) managed to knock 1 second off his PB in 24:48. Heather Clarence managed her second consecutive PB in her 85th parkrun and 16th at Bushy. Heather normally runs at North Beach Durban, South Africa.  

The joy of 13

The world is split into people who walk under ladders and those that walk into them.” – Anon.

The number 13 presents horrors for some, opportunities for others. Did you know that flights on Friday 13th are significantly cheaper than other days due to the drop in demand? Your next opportunity to book a cheap long weekend away is Friday 13th October, or you could wait until Friday 13th April 2018. I know some people who have already booked ahead. The origins of triskaidekaphobia are unclear, but some relate it to the Last Supper where 13 sat at the table. There are people who refuse to attend or host a meal with 13 people, and will either disinvite a guest or more likely invite a 14th – I am always available.

Other famous examples include the fact that Apollo 13 suffered its “Houston, we have a problem” moment on 13th April. The Costa Concordia struck its reef on Friday 13thJanuary 2012 and more recently the Paris terrorist attacks were on Friday 13th.  I am sure there are many more such coincidences. Oddly enough the number 17 is unlucky in Italy where some planes have no row 17 and some hotels have no room 17. So maybe if flying to and from Italy, book for the 17th.  


There were no runners reaching the landmark 500 parkruns this week. Next up is Simon Greenhill on 492 - not long now for the coveted blue shirt.

250 club No runners reached the magic 250. Next up is Stephen Martin on 248.

100 club We had three people celebrating 100 runs this week. All were tourists, the aforementioned Laura Majewski and Andy Airey were joined by Andrew Hughes who normally runs at Gloucester North parkrun and was making his first visit to Bushy.

50 Club Seven runners reached 50 this week. Step forward to receive your red shirts: Margaret Balfour, Julia Booker, Rachel Bunnett, William Lea, Jenny McCallum, Justin Reid and Dominic Rhodes.

10 Club Six juniors achieved 10 runs and can order their pristine white shirts: Ewan Duncan (New PB!), Joe Gale (New PB!), Alice Griffiths (New PB!), Katie McCarthy, Lily-Ella Woodings, and Louis Woodward.

More joy of 13

The first ever parkrun had 13 participants and the 13th person that day was Simon Lawrence in 29:39. Simon still runs and last did so on New Year’s Day 2017 for his 11th parkrun (2 more needed Simon). In 13th place this week was Nick Wright in 17:49 in his 306th parkrun. 13th female finisher was junior Helena White (JW11-14) in a PB time of 21:36. I notice that time is 13 in 26 which itself is twice 13. It is also possible Helena is aged 13.

Finally congratulations to the following who completed their 13th parkrun, hopefully without incident: Philippa Agyemang, Richard Hayler, Sophie Anderson, Ali Newman, Matt Cockett, David Rey, Louise Zass-Bangham Trudi Messer, Jamie McPhee and Tim Slater.  

Main Results

First home to the Bushy Park oak tree was Jonathan Cornish in the rather fast time of 15:38 in his 76th parkrun. Second home after Mr Unknown was Ted Mockett in 16:51 in his 117th parkrun. Third finisher was Craig Jarman in 16:57. First female was Katy Hedgethorne in 18:05 and 20th overall, followed by Polly Adams, in 19:58 and third was Rosy Gross in 20:03.

For the junior ladies, first finisher was Isabel Livesey in 20:06 followed by Helena White in a PB time of 21:36 and Imogen King in 21:44. Fantastic running all round. For the junior boys, first finisher was Ollie Hurdle in 17:26 (New PB!) and 8th overall followed by James Milton in 19:02 and Ethan Newton in 19:26.  

Age Gradings

A total of ten runners exceeded the formidable 80% age grading mark: Polly Adams, Justin Reid, Jonathan Cornish, Katy Hedgethorne, Ramona Thevenet, Liz Zass, Sam Dobson, Mark Harris, Jonathan Mainwaring and Merran Sell. Special mention to youngster Sam Dobson (JM10) who also managed a New PB! in 20:10. Well done Sam.

Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #680

There were 1330 parkrunners – 1223 identified, 107 unknown (DFYB!) (8% of the field).

How many?

Of the 1223 identified parkrunners, there were:

  • 143 Juniors aged under 18 (12%) and 210 Seniors aged 18-34 (17%)
  •  869 Vets (71%) of which 120 are 35-39, 332 are 40-49, 299 are 50-59, 91 are 60-69, 23 are 70+ and 5 are 80+
  • 721 males (59%) and 502 females (41%)

  Weather conditions Umbrella quotient:  0 out of 5

  • Temperature: 15˚C, part sunny, south west wind, 11mph

How fast?

Of the 1223 identified finishers, there were:

  • 70 runners sub 20 mins (6%),
  • 372 between 20:00-24:59 (30%)
  • 405 25:00-29:59 (33%)
  • 376over 30 mins (31%)
  • Midpoint time: 27:05

Record attempt

Finally amongst the Ware Joggers, we were privileged to have John Butcher who will be 86 in August. It’s amazing what parkrun encourages these days whether doing a different parkrun every week or simply just turning up to your local one week in week out. John has set himself the goal of beating 20 different parkrun records in the VM85-89 age category. Bushy’s record in this category stands at 32:59 by Eric Shirley Snr on 24 January 2015 and John had a team of pacers out in force to give it a go. John said that this would be a tough one as his normal best time is around 33 minutes. As it happens, John came in on 33:11 so just missed the record by 13 seconds. Unlucky John. 33:11 is of course an anagram of 13:13.


If you want to see any more photos of the day please have a look at the Bushy Photo page at I was aiming to get a photo of every participant.

Happy parkrunning.

Andrew Howarth


Event number 679 – 6th May 2017

6th May 2017 – Records or not

It certainly seems to be a time for discussions about records. The world of Athletics was rocked this week with the IAAF proposal that all world records effectively get re-set. From a British perspective we could see word records for Paula Radcliffe and Jonathan Edwards effectively get wiped from the record books. There will certainly be some interesting discussions to come.

Many parkrunners were up even earlier on this particular Saturday morning to watch the Breaking 2 attempt by Nike in Monza. A 4.45am start made for early alarms but the site of Eliud Kipchoge storming round to just 25 seconds over the magical 2 hours. As always stats expert Rodney McCulloch broke this down to show just how fast he was running on average;

17.12 seconds per 100 metres
68.47 seconds per 400 metres
2:51 per kilometre
4:35 per mile
14:16 per 5km

14:16 for each of over 8 parkruns really brings it home the sheer speed he is running at. Of almost 420,000 attempts at the Bushy parkrun only 2 athletes have ever beaten that time …. And that’s just one 5km – not 8 of them and another mile plus at the end. Both the runners under that time are Olympians Andy Baddeley with 13:48 and Craig Mottram with 14:00. Maybe one day we can invite Mr Kipchoge along to Bushy and see how long we can stick with him for!


The world of parkrun has also been setting more records, last weekend saw the highest turnout for a parkrun weekend. In 1,089 event (957 5k’s and 157 Junior Events) worldwide we had an amazing 217,599 athletes complete their runs ably assisted by 17,633 volunteers. Meaning taking part in parkrun were an incredible 235,232 people. To think when those 13 lined up in our great park for the first event with no idea on the worldwide institution it would become. In April alone over 1 million parkruns were completed – the first million finishers took 7 years!


The weather was relatively mild but certainly windier than recent weeks, although it was a tailwind when turning off of Cobblers Walk for the last half mile so hopefully a few you had nice quick finishes. Run Director Ray Coward gave us the pre run briefing and after a few announcements set us off … bang on scheduled 9am start time.

We saw 1,368 runners for this event – once again one of the highest. Indeed of the biggest 7 attendances, 6 of them have been this year. The huge 10th anniversary being the exception

4/10/14         1,705
15/4/17         1,414
22/4/17         1,390
6/5/17          1,368
7/1/17          1,292
21/1/17         1,291
29/4/17         1,290

Rodney again did some excellent work on the finishers volumes with four separate minutes had over 100 finishers, with the busiest period between 28:00 and 28:59 with 120 finishers!


The Volunteers

This week we saw 65 volunteers turning up (the second highest number of volunteers we’ve had at bushy, just behin the 68 we had in January). The event couldn’t have happened without you all – your help really is appreciated.


The volunteers this week were Archie ADAMS, Ivan ALEXANDER, Sam BARRETT, Nicola BATTEY, Phil BLUER, David BREWIN, Chris BRIMACOMBE, Jennifer BROGAN, Jamie CHAPMAN, Ann COWARD, Ray COWARD, Tom CURSONS, Sophie DARKE, Pedro DAS GUPTA, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Niamh FINLAY, George FORD, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, James GREEN, Luke HARVEY, Brigid HIBBERD, Libby HORAN, Jackie HORAN, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Ivor HUGHES, Lucy KATESMARK, Sacha KENNEDY, Leonie KENNEDY, Ali KENNEDY, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Ethan MANN, Alish MARCHANT, Stephen MARFLEET, Kevin MC DAID, Fiona MCANENA, Andrew MEAD, Steve MILLER, Oliver NOLAN-DAVIES, Alan NOLAN-DAVIES, Andrew OVERTON, Carmen PALMER, David PAPWORTH, Peter PETERSONS, Rosie QUIRE, Brendan RAATH, Rosie RENDALL, Amy ROBERTSON, Eddie ROBERTSON, Nick ROWE, Natalie RUDLEY, Julie SMITH, Wendy STOKES, Lucy THATCHER, Alex TICKELL, Mike TIVNEN, Ellie WATERS, Alexander WEATHERSTONE, Diane WESSON, Andrew John WINGATE, Anne WOODS and Poppy WRIGHT.

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 1,368 finishers we welcomed 144 first timers to the birthplace of parkrun and hope to see all of you back again soon. Despite the windy conditions we saw an impressive 186 runners record Bushy PB’s.  72 different running clubs had runners represented.

We have now seen 38,434 different runners take part in Bushy parkrun and these athletes have now completed 419,749 runs covering an amazing 2,098,745KM including 61,449 personal bests.

We had 3 members of the 500 club at our parkrun today, along with 79 members of 250 club, 270 in the 100 club and a further 197 50 club runners. 89 runners either hadn’t registered or committed that dreaded event of forgetting their bar-code #DFYB.


Of the 186 runners who achieved their PB’s today 5 of them have 100 parkruns to their names which once again indicated the difficult nature of the course today. 

Richard SEALY 22:45 VM55-59                                             224
Jonathan SMITH 17:37 SM30-34 Ranelagh Harriers 147
Hazel PERT 27:01 VW55-59 Bellahouston Road Runners 135
Jill MATTHEWS 27:38 VW60-64 Parc Bryn Bach Running Club 120
Nicola SHORT 27:48 VW45-49                                             104



This Saturday saw no new members join the 500 club and the next runner today hitting the big 500 will be Simon GREENHILL who needs to complete 9 more runs to earn his blue shirt.


On a weekend where the DIAMOND league made its annual return in Doha and Kipchoge ran that amazing marathon with his pace makers shielding him in the innovative DIAMOND formation … it was fitting that our big celebration of the day was seen with Julian DIAMOND running his 250th parkrun. Julian is a popular and well recognised face around Bushy with 245 of his runs done here. Even when running 19 minute times he can be heard with his well-known shriek of ‘thank you Marshall’. To help him on his big day, members of his running club SHAEF shifters formed their own DIAMOND formation and helped Julian to his second best ever time of 19:22 – given the fact the Julian used to be an international rowing cox it was just as well they gave him some shelter from wind.

Joining Julian in the 250 club was Rebecca Lunn. Rebecca is a Bushy regular having done 247 of her runs with us. Rebecca ran 23:49 which was only 20 seconds outside her PB which she set in February this year. Well done to both – look forward to seeing the Green shirts soon.

Joining the 100 club were Rachel VAUGHAN and Rik KING. Rik is a Bushy regular having done 87 of his runs with us whilst Rachel has done 98 at the home of parkrun.

We had 10 runners join the 50 club, congratulations to Denise MITCHELL, Andrew DAVIDSON, Susan OLSEN, Janet OATES, Spencer SHEEN, Joseph TONG, Jamie OLIVER, Steve PUGH, Steve HAMILTON and William PINCHARD who also managed a PB with 24:00. Enjoy the red shirts guys.

For our juniors getting her 10 shirt was Katie SHEPPARD.



For the men Will RUSSELL (SM25-29) of Thames Turbo Triathlon was first over the line in 16:27 his second first finish on his 7th run with us. Craig JARMAN (SM25-29) was second finisher in 16;56 on his 59th parkrun and just behind him was Adam BENNETT (SM25-29) with a new PB of 17:13 on his 87th parkrun.

The female first back to the big tree was Nancy SCOTT (JW15-17) of Aldershot Farnham & District AC in 19;00 and 30th overall, second over the line was Emma HALEY (SW35-29) of Radley AC, (65th overall) with 19:47, Isabel LIVESEY (JW11-14) was third (72nd overall) in 20:01.

Best age grade performances of the day were by Mary LYNCH (VW 65-69) with 93.10% for her 22:27, Damien MARTIN (VM 50-54) 86.78% for 17:16 and 4th overall and in third was Polly ADAMS (VW 50-54) with 20:28 scoring 82.90%


The Random Number Generator

As always 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 679 at Bushy so claiming token 679 was …… Unknown Runner ….. what a week to forget your barcode! Either side of this were first timer Christopher KEARNS taking token 678 and Andrew MORRISON in 680th place on his 36th run.

The average finish time of all Bushy parkrun is 26:35 and hitting the time on the nail was Charles HIGGINS (JM15-17) on his 3rd event and this time was also a PB.

As today is 6/5 in position 65 was our second lady finisher Emma HALEY.

And after Kipchoge’s amazing 2:00:25 coming in with 20:25 was Anthony LESTER on his 2nd run and also getting a PB.

Well done to all.


Blast from the past next week

With next week being the Chestnut Parade on Sunday in Bushy Park there will be the usual pre event set up taking place on the first 400M of our course. So once again we will be going back to the old course – starting the other side of the car park road so as Ray says if you go the usual start you may be on your own. Enjoy your annual blast around the famous old course and that great 1km starting straight and see you all by the big tree (but from the other side!).

Until next week

Nick Rowe


Event number 678– 29th April 2017

Always on My Mind
Bushy parkrun 29th April 2017
Here we are again, another week has passed and what a week it has been, as for me it certainly was a memorable one as I got to run the London Marathon on my birthday. Apologies for those who have had enough of marathon talk, I am sure there are plenty of you but for me I am still living the dream and it will always be on my mind. It was the most amazing experience and my best birthday ever, I just loved every step of the way. Taking part in the greatest marathon lived up to my expectations and I finished smiling with a huge sense of achievement. Thank you to everyone who supported my journey throughout and to those who kindly donated to my charity, I was just overwhelmed by it all.
None of this could have happened if it wasn’t for 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer, the first ever woman to run the Boston Marathon as a registered entry under the name K V Switzer in 1967. She revolutionised women’s sports and some five years later, women were allowed to run at Boston Marathon officially. How fitting though that just two weeks ago, she ran Boston Marathon to commemorate and to celebrate what she has achieved in the past 50 years, wearing the same bib number 261 as that day when angry race officials attempted to grab her running number off her.
Kathrine Switzer
Thankfully they didn’t succeed and therefore I would like to dedicate this week’s Bushy parkrun to any Kathrines who ran today. Plus, another dedication too, but on the music front, to the great singer and songwriter Willie Nelson who today turned 84 years young. He wrote his first song aged 7, had his first number one in 1975 and won three Grammys in 1982 for his country version of one of my favourite songs ‘Always on my Mind’. With such namesakes in my thoughts, how appropriate that today is a special occasion for our future King and Queen as it also happens to be the royal couple’s sixth wedding anniversary. Prince William and Kate have spent the past few months heavily involved with the London Marathon’s charity ‘Heads Together’ and they were there supporting their runners along their journey. So, with this on my mind, I would like to recognise and give special mentions to: (this could be a marathon list!)

Ladies first so well done to Kathryn Bartle on her 43rd run in 22.21. Katherine Wilde completed the 5k in 32.23 on her 30th run, Katherine Jennings ran her 3rd parkrun with a new PB of 33.46, Katherine Curtis Tyler is coming back from injury and supposed to be taking it easy but didn’t in 26.48, Katharine Barton ran a PB on her second 5k whereas Kate Cuthbertson and Kate Wells were totally new to parkrun. Kate Brown was first lady home overall whereas Katies Shephard and Redford had new PBs! Katie West, Katy Furber, Katie Taylor, Katie Simmonds, Katie McCarthy, Katie Wilson, Katie Heywood-Taylor and Katie Happs contributed to the total runs of 852 of their namesakes. Well done ladies! I have since realised that the K can be a C so not to be feeling left out well done to Cate Sevilla who today ran her 3rd parkrun in 31.52, Catherine Haughney completed her 130th run in 26.17, Catherine Salmon run her 157th in 31.57, Cathi Hepworth and Cathy Bland have 164 runs between them, Catherine Hinchliffe from club Run Mummy Run ran a new PB in 22.03 on her 30th 5k and last but not least, welcome to the world of parkrun Catherine Terry who did her first ever parkrun in 34.16.This gives the Katherines a boost to 1337 parkruns!

Now to the Willies in the field. Well run to the first Will (Rawling) over the line in 17.31 on his 161st parkrun and missing out on his PB by just one second! William Snowden missed out on his PB by just 3 seconds in 22.41, William Willett has the most runs of 210 and was just 9 seconds away from his PB too! William Essex ran his 115th parkrun, Will Barker did his 56th, William Tope had his 17th run in 29.24, William Boss ran in 24.50 and William Shepherd was 22 seconds adrift of his PB in 21.23. Special mention to William Bea on his 48th run and a new PB of 21.24. Between these guys, they have run an impressive 673 5k runs, but sorry chaps, the Katherines have well and truly outrun the Wills on this noble occasion! Even if I add in Bill Woods to your list, who has run a staggering 233 runs, the ladies are still way ahead!

The lovely Livesey ladies
Bushy parkrun 29th April 2017
What I love about parkrun is meeting people and this week I had the pleasure of meeting young Isabel Livesey whose name I often spot in the results and in the report as she is a very fast runner! Isabel, as I discovered is the daughter of Janet, another lady whom I have had the pleasure of getting to know recently as we travelled to the start line of the London Marathon together last weekend. Janet and I would often see each other running in Bushy Park in the evenings after work or doing our long runs at weekends and then one day during a conversation the penny dropped as we discovered we were training for the same event! We even live pretty close to each other so it was great to be able to keep each other company as we waited at the vast blue start on marathon day.
Marathon start
It was Janet’s first marathon (and her first ballot attempt!) and she was rather nervous on the day not knowing what to expect. Unfortunately for her she had an off day and not her best run but she was still incredibly proud to have finished and did it well under the five-hour finish time. Meanwhile, teenaged daughter Isabel took part in the mini marathon where the fast youngsters (who all had to qualify) get to run the final 5k of the marathon route. No doubt, one day she will be following in her mum’s footsteps and running the whole 26.2 miles or maybe they will one day do it together. Isabel ran her first lap at Bushy in March 2013 in 26.45 whereas nowadays she is running sub 20 minutes and often leads the junior girls across the finish line, just like she did today! (You can read about Isabel’s success in the results bit!) There was a time when mum Janet completed the course quicker than her daughter but these days the roles have reversed as it often does with our children. Anyway, with the London Marathon ballot opening this week, I am sure that Janet will be entering again as I know that she is keen to have another go. It obviously wasn’t that bad then!
Bushy parkrun 29th April 2017
We did it!

An alphabet of parkrun
It’s as easy as ABC, 123 on this event which happens to be number 678. We all have our own thoughts about parkrun and what it means to us and I was feeling inspired by a well put together quadruple celebration this week which cleverly accumulated in WXYZ. More of that to follow…meanwhile I have put together a parkrun alphabet.
A is for all-inclusive, parkrun is for everyone
B is for Bushy Park where we love to run
C is for cakes as we deserve a sweet treat
D is for the deer tourists are keen to meet
E is for everyone as we are one big family
F is for fizz at the finish by the oak tree
G is for go at a steady pace
H is for healthy with a glow in our face
I is for injury which we suffer from time to time
J is for jubilation as we cross that finish line
K is for kisses as we greet our friends
L is for love of parkrun which never ends
M is for marshals supporting in hi-viz
N is for nine o’clock be sure not to miss
O is for organised which parkrun is for free
P is for personal bests which bring us such glee
Q is for quick which we all cannot be
R is for results as we wait excitedly
S is for scanners who scan our barcode
T is for tokens-don’t take them home!
U is for unique which we all are
V is for volunteering the best job by far!
W is for weekly, same time and place
X is for exhausted, it’s a run not a race!
Y is for you, it’s your run, just one lap
Z is for zzzz as we take an afternoon nap!

WXTZ 100 not out (which adds up to 400!)
This week there was just one celebration in the park that I could see and it involved not one but four 100 success stories. It was rather cleverly put together too as this quartet of alphabet sequential names have all become firm friends through parkrun and managed to achieve their milestones around the same time. They have all discovered that they all have many qualities in common and they have all bonded through their love of running, volunteering, drinking prosecco and eating cake! Let me introduce them!

W is for Wendy – she ran her 100th parkrun early April and did it in wondrous style with a PB of 24.17. She can often be heard doing the new runner’s briefing and recently she has volunteered as a VI guide at Bushy. She is a loyal Bushy runner and hasn’t strayed very far only trying other runs at Kingston and Richmond. She can often be spotted with Mollie the collie, usually looking for someone to take care of her whilst she runs!
X is for Alex – he’s a ‘Jack of all trades’ at Bushy and completed his 100th stint of volunteering at Bushy. He can usually be spotted scanning or co-ordinating the volunteers as these seem to be his favourite roles yet he has recently started running again as last week he did his 5th parkrun this year. He has run 186 in total with one being at Huntingdon which is where I believe his in-laws live.
Y is for Yue- she’s a female ‘Jack of all trades’ as she has tried her hand at many of the key volunteering roles and she is also celebrating her 100th time at Bushy. Her favourite role seems to be Volunteer Co-ordinator and barcode scanning but in 2015 she was a keen Tail Runner too. Yue has 70 parkruns to her name but hasn’t done a 5k here since May last year. In September 2015, she did a spot of impressive tourism in Denmark. (Yue was also one of the all-important volunteers at London Marathon and she greeted many of us at the finish!)
Z is for Zoe – she also ran her 100th parkrun at the beginning of April and has done 92 laps of the Bushy parkrun course. She can also be seen running at Crane Park or Kingston along with a touch of tourism at Tring, Keswick and Bath. She has also volunteered 58 times and is a keen marshal along the way.

It was a bit like a military operation as they each reached milestones at slightly different times and it was a case of when they were all free and more importantly when Carol’s glasses and tables were available! And here they are in alphabetical order!

So how did we all do at this week’s event?
The event was in the safe and sturdy hands of Rob Phillips and the aforementioned Alex and Yue were there ticking off the volunteers on their arrival. Hope you weren’t late!
Bushy April
The weather conditions were perfect and the ground was firm which would explain the speedy results and the terrific turnout. Leonie Kennedy clicked each and every one of us across the line so in order of appearance are:
The results bit:
Top trio of males were:
First runner home was keen Craig Jarman in a speedy 16.44, just 8 seconds off his PB and the 4th time he has led the Bushy field home out of his 58 5k’s here. He was followed by another ardent Bushy runner Richard Marriott on his 11th parkrun here some 9 seconds later with dedicated Mark Gratton claiming the third slot as a registered finisher in 17.12, just 4 seconds off his PB on his 403rd parkrun and his loyal 400th here in the Royal Park.

Top trio of females were:
Kate Brown led the ladies home for the 17th time out of her 19 laps at Bushy swiftly in 17.40. A big PB well done to the second lady home and the familiar feet of Polly Adams who impressed us all on her 469th parkrun and 450th at Bushy today by swiping 12 seconds off her previous best which she set just over 5 years ago to give her a new PB of 19.44! Way to go Polly! Third female was another regular here, junior runner Isabel Livesey (whom I had the pleasure of meeting today) in a nifty 19.52 on her 118th parkrun (114 at Bushy). She was just 6 seconds away from her PB set last week and unfortunately her recent runs of no less than 6 consecutive PB’s came to a halt this week but I am sure looking at how her times have been decreasing, it won’t remain there for long!

Top Juniors were:
Young Felix Vaughan was chasing Mark Gratton and he led the boys home on his 37th parkrun in a super swift 17.15 as he returned to Teddington for his second visit in just under three years and smashed his time by 2 minutes and 29 seconds, giving him a shiny new PB to be proud of! It’s also way ahead of any of his other runs where he usually runs at Reigate, maybe don’t leave it so long until next time! Ollie Hurdle jumped into second podium place in 17.29 on his 54th 5k followed by Bromley parkrunner, keen tourist and first timer to Bushy Robert Perry in 18.18 on his 169th parkrun.

The aforementioned third female finisher teenager Isabel Livesey led the girls home in 19.52. Junior parkrunner and another Bushy 5k regular Imogen King ran her 157th parkrun in 20.45 followed by another junior parkrunner Maisie Jensen completing this 11-14 year olds trio in 21.40 on her 17th parkrun. Well done to you all on such times many of us can only dream of!

The Stats Bit
How many?

There was just a slight dip in tokens handed out this week as only 1290 participants could be bothered to turn up! (100 less than last week) and for the sixth time this year where the tokens finished in the 1200’s.
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Who were they?
499 of the identified field were female, 719 were male whereas 72 declined to declare their result.
• 106 runners were First Timers at Bushy Park – 58 of these were totally new to parkrun. Welcome, Saturday mornings will never be the same again!
• A terrific ten runners had an age grading over 80%! WOW!
Well done to: Polly ADAMS 19:44 (VW 50-54) 85.98% Felix VAUGHAN 17:15 (JM11-14) 84.06 % Kate BROWN 17:40 (SW25-29) 83.77 % Bea DOWNEY 21:01 (VW50-54) 82.87 % Laurence DUFFY 18:46 (VM55-59) 82.59 % Paul STUART-SMITH 18:39 (VM55-59) 82.39 % Jonathan MAINWARING 18:27 (VM50-54) 81.93 % Mark HARRIS 18:48 (VM55-59) 81.74 % Peter LEE 18:04 (VM50-54) 81.64 % Ramona THEVENET 22:37 (VW55-59) 81.13 %
How fast?
• 70 registered runners sprung in under 20 minutes.
• The perfect conditions (and marathon legs maybe) speedily brought on a whopping 178 New PBs! Here’s a mention to the runners who have over one hundred runs to their name and managed to achieve PB’s this week! (and aren’t mentioned elsewhere in this report.) Ian Riley in 21.45 on his 235th run, Darren Franks in 18.49 on his 196th parkrun, Jim Holder has a new PB on his 150th parkrun in 22.08, Kirsty Kothakota sped round in 22.29 on her 187th run, Daphne Boyle on her 166th run did it in 26.16, Stuart Dwyer managed it in 20.38 on his 153rd 5k, Paul McGregor on his 149th in 23.04, Ramon Benitez managed a PB in 17.48 on his 131st run and Mark Whiteling on his 142nd outing did it in 23.31. Impressive running!

Special Plaudits

As we should be aware, it’s not all about running and this event couldn’t happen without the wonderful volunteers who make this happen every week.
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So, a moment of gratitude please to the following 60:
Send Pat an email at if you fancy having a turn.
Mollie the collie is in good hands, it's a dog's life.

On the other hand, there would be no need for volunteers if there were no runners turning up each week so well done to all of you who made this event possible by running it! Whatever your reason to run, you got out of bed and made it to the start line which is certainly the best beginning for the weekend ahead. Especially when it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, what a bonus!
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Milestone markers
No new members of the 500 club this week, John Woods was running his 501st parkrun after his celebrations last week and Simon Greenhill has just a top ten to go until he joins this clan of admirable human beings. There was a new comer to the prestigious 250 club as Richard Patient took his time and made his milestone eventually after eleven and a half years of parkrun. On 249 parkruns with just another lap to go are a trio of runners, like buses you wait for ages and then three come at once! Ranelagh runner Rob Kitchen, who has done just 20 of his runs at Bushy and the majority being at Richmond Park and a touch of touring too, Rebecca Lunn who has done all but three of her 5ks at Bushy plus Shaef Shifters Julian Diamond, who has strayed as far as Crane, Kingston and Chichester on 5 occasions. I wonder who will be celebrating and where next week?!

Greg Mace got in touch to notify his recent stat achievement on his 200th parkrun at Bushy that he finished in position 200 with his best time this year in 21.49.

I didn’t spot any extra celebrations in the park even though another top trio entered that well sought after 100 club and will be no doubt keen to claim their new black attire. They are: Aaron Israel, Stephanie Bowden and Nadia Mongelli whereas Rachel Vaughan and Bea Downey have one more 5k to go until it’s their chance to turn red to black.

A quartet of runners sneaked into the half a century club, well done to Robert Harper, Jennifer Koontz, Matthew Taylor and Andrew Goodwin. Another foursome is waiting to join you as Joseph Tong, Spencer Sheen, Andy Hazell and Andrew Davidson are keen to follow your footsteps.

Ruby Meadows, Lauren Turner and Sonny Noble can now claim their junior white top ten tops and what a way to commemorate the occasion than by getting a new PB which Lauren and Sonny did in 37.45 and 24.12 respectively. Joining them next will be young Jake Fox, Finn Ellis, Freddie Wood plus Katie Sheppard with a new PB too! What a way to go guys, just keep on running and turning up each week and before you know it your whites will turn to red!

PB’s with a difference
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Congratulations to fellow Straggler Stephen Penpraze who today ran his third consecutive PB! He finally dipped well under 21 minutes in a time of 20.52 on his 173rd parkrun. He has come a long way since his first parkrun in March 2012 when he ran in a respectable time of 30.08 and from there he continued to run steadily finishing in 27 or 28 minutes. Towards the end of last year, he also ran three consecutive PBs before he was forced to stop running due to injury. Stephen has since made a great comeback recently after the dreaded ‘plantar fasciitis’ forced him to withdraw from running his second marathon at Brighton this year. His injuries didn’t deter him from being involved at parkrun as he has often volunteered or supported his fellow parkrunners at events so his recent success is well rewarded. He hasn’t been dwelling in despondency either as the secret to his recent speed has been down to classes at the gym where he has spent many an hour sweating by taking part in spinning, body pump, yoga and Pilates. Just goes to show it’s not all about the running.

Another worthwhile mention goes out today to Chris Box who managed to run a PB on his 111th parkrun on marathon legs as he ran through the streets of London last week. He took 6 seconds off his previous PB set during marathon training in February giving him a new PB of 22.26.
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Goes to show that the long runs helped Boxy along the way but even though he ran an incredibly impressive marathon time of 3:58:18 on his fourth attempt, he narrowly missed out on his official PB by that annoying one second! Don’t beat yourself up Chris, there’s always next year!

Utter craziness brings Ultra-success!

In the words of TS Eliot, ‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go’.

There were a few Bushy regulars missing this week as they had bigger and better things on their minds as Rachel Lonergan, Peter Smith and Ralph Blackbourn set off up to Scotland to do The Highland Fling. You may be now imaging this trio swapping lycra for kilts and kicking their legs about to the tunes of bagpipes! However, unlike the traditional dance with the same name which involves them staying on the same spot throughout their performance, this Highland Fling is a 53-mile trail race which takes place every year in April. The route follows the West Highland Way, Scotland’s oldest official long distance footpath, through the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park where runners get to experience Scotland’s beautiful scenery. This sounds like a pretty tall order to me and not for the faint hearted (with elevations up to 2,300metres!) and I am pleased to share that all three of them made it back safely and under the cut off time of 15 hours! Peter described it as one of the toughest 50 mile ultras (and he has done quite a few), Ralph described the terrain as unforgiving but spectacular scenery, whereas Rachel (who completed the Thames Towpath 100 this time last year) described it as relentless mountainous ups and unrunnable downs with the most treacherous terrain imaginable but nevertheless she finished smiling!

Adding to this utter craziness that has taken over these Bushy locals was the task of taking on The Thames Towpath 100 miles which Andrew Melbourne decided to have a go at this weekend! Swapping his marathon miles for something a bit longer this year and with a journey of success and glory, he finished in 20hours 13 minutes and 14 seconds and in a highly incredible 29th place out of 209 finishers which is an astounding achievement.
The final finisher completed the course some 7 and a half hours after Andrew did and there was a long list of participants who had to drop out along the way so huge respect to anyone who takes on this mean feat. Undoubtedly, they are now all resting and putting their feet up.

Whatever your achievements, celebrate them in style! Have a great week!

Julie Papworth

‘Life is a marathon, not a sprint.’

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Run Report Event No. 677 – 22nd April 2017

After all the excitement of breaking into the 1400s last week and printing out new numbers just in case we hit the magic 1500 - it was slightly disappointing* to see that numbers were down this week at Bushy as we ‘only’ had 1390 runners take part in Bushy parkrun number 677, down from 1414 the week before. Where did those 24 people go? Resting ahead of something on Sunday maybe?
*Not disappointing really...

Looking at parkrun world through the eyes of social media it looked like loads of runners descended onto the London area this weekend, must have been something happening on Sunday – more of that later. The lovely people at parkrun HQ uploaded the graphic below showing the migration of parkrunners to London this weekend – I wonder if we’ll get a boost next weekend with people being inspired to take up running?

parkrun stats

With 131,026 people taking part in a UK parkrun this weekend, it’s good to see over 1% of those taking part at Bushy Park!

So this week 1390 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 187 were first timers, 178 recorded new Personal Bests and 1 of them was my niece – who I got to run with the whole way round AND she broke her PB too. But like the events on Sunday, more of that later.

The 1390 runners were looked after by a wonderful team of volunteers led by Andy as Run Director, Ann Coward and Alex Tickell as Volunteer Co-ordinators with you all clicked off as you cross the line by Andy Howarth on timer. It feels wrong to single those people out because everyone does such an amazing job every week. As Event Director I have the job of answering emails that come in and in the last two weeks we’ve had not far short of 3000 runners take part and I have only had one email in saying their time was missing. When you think about it, that really is amazing and I can’t stress highly enough that none of this is down to me – it’s down to the amazing volunteers we have here at Bushy, you’re great, every single one of you. So please put down your cup of tea, coffee or prosecco and give a big round of applause to the following:

Adam SHERRIFF  •  Alex TICKELL  •  Alexander WEATHERSTONE  •  Ali KENNEDY  •  Alish MARCHANT  •  Andrew ALLEN  •  Andrew HOWARTH  •  Andrew John WINGATE  •  Ann COWARD  •  Archie ADAMS  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Catelin LE FRANC  •  Christine M MUSGROVE  •  Christopher BOX  •  Courtney LE FRANC  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Duncan SCOBLE  •  Ellie WATERS  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Estelle BOWDEN  •  Ethan MULLEN  •  Fiona MCANENA  •  Fran KENDEN  •  Fran WYLDE  •  George FORD  •  Helena SAMARASINGHE  •  Imogen KING  •  Isabel LIVESEY  •  Ivor HUGHES  •  Jackie HORAN  •  Jacky SINCLAIR  •  Jacqueline RICH  •  Janet LIVESEY  •  Julie PAPWORTH  •  Julie SMITH  •  Kelly MORRIS  •  Leonie KENNEDY  •  Libby HORAN  •  Liz ZASS  •  Lorraine DILLAMORE  •  Lucy KATESMARK  •  Luke HARVEY  •  Maxine KELLY  •  Michael TROTT  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Pedro DAS GUPTA  •  Ravi LOBO  •  Ray COWARD •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Rosie QUIRE  •  Rosie RENDALL  •  Sally ROWE  •  Sam BARRETT  •  Sarah FRASER  •  Sue GRAHAM-KAHN  •  Susan HOWARTH  •  Toby FLETCHER  •  Wendy STOKES  •  Will RAWLING


Volunteers being amazing

As always, if you’d like to volunteer, Pat would love to hear from you. Please drop a line to and tell us when you’re available. It’s the most fun you can have wearing a hi-viz jacket on a Saturday morning at 9am.


And they're off...


So, who came where and did what on Saturday morning. For the men, first across the line was Daniel KASHI of Sale Harriers Manchester, in 16:19 – his first appearance at Bushy. An unknown runner was second so our official second finisher was Michael SALT line in a time of 16:42 and he was followed soon after by Craig Jarman who was third official finisher in 16.51.

For the ladies, Molly RENFER of Core Active Triathlon Club, was first over the line in 17:51 – the 9th time in 22 appearances she has been first back to the big tree. Nancy SCOTT of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was second over the line in 18:38 and she was followed over the line by Hannah NOVAKOVIC of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC, who was third in a time of 18:51

In the juniors, first junior lady was Nancy SCOTT followed by the incredibly awesome and talented Kate PHILLIPS in 22.11 and she was closely followed by the I’m sure as equally awesome (but she’s not my niece) Helena WHITE in 22.20!

Did I mention that my niece Kate PHILLIPS was awesome?

In the junior men section Harry GRACE was first back in 16.59 closely followed by Ethan NEWTON in 19.06 with James MORRIS joining them on the virtual podium. All three scored PBs on the day so absolutely top work all round there.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Bea DOWNEY (VW50-54) – 84.00% for the time 20:44
Polly ADAMS (VW50-54) – 83.72% for the time 20:16
Laurence DUFFY (VM55-59) – 83.41% for the time 18:35

I should also mention Ramona THEVENET who scored an age grading of 81.13% on the occasion of her 501st parkrun. Looks like she’s getting the hang of it.


Talking of people doing 500 runs, we had another runner joining the 500 club on Saturday. John Woods becomes the eighth person to join the 500 club and join the exclusive band of runners to don the blue 500 t-shirt. Of those 500 runs, an amazing 498 of them have been at Bushy with only a couple of trips to Longrun Meadow in Somerset to break the streak. John first ran a parkrun back in 2006 but that was already the 92nd running of the event so to get to 500 already is a very impressive achievement. There was also an amazing streak of consecutive Saturdays run somewhere in the middle of it but I can't put my finger on the stat right now. Hopefully someone can add this in to the comments on Facebook. Congratulations John.

John celebrating in 'alternative' Bushy style. Boddingtons at 9.30am

250 Club

Massive congratulations to Andy NEWTON who joined the 250 club on Saturday and availability of sizes permitting will soon be wearing the very smart green Tribesports t-shirt. Andy has run 208 times at Bushy, starting back in 2008.

100 Club

We had five people joining the 100 club on Saturday, so swapping red for black very soon will be: Julia SNEDDEN, Prim SMITH, Danny CONYNGHAM, Andrew MILLS and Nichola MURPHY.

50 Club

Joining the 50 Club and earning their first milestone t-shirt are: William ARNOLD, Neil KENT, Lisa HOWARTH, Barry DAVIS, Nina DOWELL, Jackie MCLELLEN, James HELM, James DINGWALL and Vicky WEBB.

10 Club

And last – but by no means least – joining the 10 club for junior runners we had: Ciara MCLEAN, Thomas O'REILLY and Sophie KOMINSKY. We look forward to seeing you all in your white 10 t-shirts soon.


Prim & Nina celebrating their achievements.

It’s interesting what you notice going through the results… Readers of a certain vintage may be pleased to know that Mr J R Hartley finished in 25.47 on Saturday. Let’s hope Waterstones in Teddington had a copy of Fly Fishing in stock.

Visually Impaired Runners

Some of you may have noticed that we recently invested in some red hi-viz vests for any guides we have running with visually impaired runners on a Saturday morning. We’re really keen to be as welcoming as possible to anyone at Bushy parkrun and I was really pleased to see last Saturday when Andy announced if we had anyone willing to volunteer as a guide runner, how many hands went up – thanks Wendy for being the first to step forwards. On that note, if anyone has friends, relatives, colleagues etc with a visual impairment who may want to do parkrun do please encourage them to get on touch – we’ll do all we can to find a guide for them. If anyone has any doubts about the benefits of parkrun, there’s a great blog from Alison Mead about doing parkrun as a visually impaired runner.


London Marathon

It’s with a little bit of trepidation that I launch into this section because I just know that I am going to miss someone out but let me just say massive congratulations to everyone who ran London Marathon on Sunday from Bushy parkrun. I hope you all had an amazing day and wore your medal with pride into work on Monday and are no longer walking down stairs backwards. I was up in town with my niece, (awesome) nephew and brother cheering my amazing sister in law round – my eyes aren’t what they used to be clearly because I only managed to spot her about ten yards before the start and at 600m to go!
I know from seeing pictures on FB over the weekend that many people did brilliantly and loads of supporters managed to spot people much better than I did. So well done to Andy Howarth, Rodney McCulloch, Ian Fullen (who took his anger out on losing to me in a sprint finish on Saturday to go sub three on Sunday!) Julie Papworth, Ian Haylock, Rob Jones, Liz Zass, Stewart Curtis, Gary Neville, Chris Box, David Worth and the many others no doubt that ran that I don’t know about. Please do let us know in the comments on Facebook or Twitter if you took part, we’d love to hear how it was.

A special mention for Julie Papworth though who not only ran the marathon but did it on her birthday too AND raised lots of money for guide dogs. Amazingly in the crowds of about a million people running and supporting I managed to bump into her at the end, of course she was celebrating with bubbly – quite right too!

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And not content with volunteering most Saturdays at Bushy, Yue Mann was hard at work at the finish line at the London marathon, looking very resplendent in matching tracksuit and cap. It's great to hear about so many parkrunners doing their bit to help put the London marathon on, we're a nice bunch of people aren't we?



Right, I think that's it for this week. Thanks to my brother for some of the photos, thanks to Facebook for some of the others and thanks to all you runners & volunteers for making Bushy parkrun such a wonderful place to be on a Saturday morning.

Until next time



Run Report Event No. 676 – 15th April 2017




It was a truly eggcellent parkrun on an eventful day for the 676th Bushy parkrun on Easter weekend. We had a new 500 club member, it was the second anniversary of the ‘butterfly course’, the second largest ever attendance here of 1414 boosted by 79 parkrun debutants, there was a whopping 227 PBs with the aid of our pacers… and our first ever tandem lead bike, courtesy of the Ridings – more of which below.


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Hayden Matthews was RD this time, assisted by Volunteer Co-ordinators Lucy Thatcher and Julie Papworth, and David Worth and Emilie Howes were the timers, for Emilie it was her first time, so clicking 1414 runners through will have been a good introduction for her, and she did very well! Janice Franks and Poppy Wright were giving out the tokens, and Ray Franks was co-ordinating the double funnel. I was on funnel for the first time in a few months, definitely got my rush of adrenaline manning the front gate switches of the double funnel watching everything unfold... it got very busy at times with three separate minutes having over 100 finishers!


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Ridings go riding

There once was a couple called Riding

To win parkrun they were biding

Sat astride their tandem

Keith steering at random

The Ridings won Bushy by riding!


Thanks to Suzan Baker for this limerick, with assistance from Liz Zass and Sheila Fergusson!


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Ridings raring to go!


We had our first ever duo on lead bike on Saturday, as Keith Riding and Verity Riding led the runners around the butterfly course. They had been keenly preparing for their moment, and as the first finisher ran 14:57, they were kept on their toes! The dry weather ensured a smooth ride, with only the corners presenting more of a challenge for our duo. Well done Keith and Verity, I look forward to seeing your next outing on the tandem bike at parkrun, it was a wonderful sight!


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The work is nearly done for Keith and Verity as they approach finish


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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Full list of volunteers on the day: Adam SHERRIFF  •  Alex TICKELL  •  Andrew HOWARTH  •  Ann COWARD  •  Brigid HIBBERD  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Courtney LE FRANC  •  David PAPWORTH  •  David STEWART  •  David WORTH  •  Dean FURBER  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Ellie WATERS  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Ethan MANN  •  Ethan MULLEN  •  Fiona MCANENA  •  George FORD  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Ian FULLEN  •  Ioan SMITH  •  Jackie HORAN  •  James SELL  •  Jamie CHAPMAN  •  Jane DAVIDSON  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Jeremy PALMER  •  Julie PAPWORTH  •  Julie SMITH  •  Keith RIDING  •  Krysia SMITH  •  Libby HORAN  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Luke HARVEY  •  Mark TRUEMAN  •  Mike TIVNEN  •  Natalie SIMON  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Paul WOOD  •  Pedro DAS GUPTA  •  Phil BLUER  •  Poppy WRIGHT  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Rosie QUIRE  •  Rosie RENDALL  •  Sabine DUFFY  •  Sam BARRETT  •  Sarah FRASER  •  Simon GREENHILL  •  Steve MILLER  •  Susan HOWARTH  •  Tim BOWDEN  •  Verity RIDING  •  Yue MAN  •  Zoe Alison FAIZ


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Token sorting team: sorting the tokens into sets of hundreds... extra trays needed this time!


Without any further ado, let’s move on to our headline makers and record breakers!



As it was the third Saturday of the month, we had pacers on the course at even numbered minutes from 20 to 34 minutes. A recent addition has been some run/walk pacers as well as our octet, so we had 10 pacers out on the course today:

  • 20 mins: Jeremy Palmer
  • 22 mins: Ian Fullen
  • 24 mins: Krysia Smith
  • 26 mins: Mark Trueman
  • 28 mins: Natalie Simon
  • 30 mins: Tim Bowden
  • 32 mins: Richard Matthews
  • 34 mins: Zoe Faiz
  • Run/Walk: Ann Coward
  • Run/Walk: Carol Dickinson


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Our pacers definitely had the desired effect, with a huge 227 PBs! Our most accurate pacers on the day were Ian Fullen and Mark Trueman with 22:00 and 26:00 respectively! A big thanks to all the pacers!


500, 250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs

We had our first new member of the 500 club since last autumn, as Ramona Thevenet completed her 500th parkrun to become the seventh person, and first woman, to join this club! Ramona ran her first ever parkrun on 22nd October 2005 in a time of 22:50, and she has since ran at Bushy 488 times, with a PB of 19:24 for an age grading of 87.46%! From her 12 other runs away from Bushy, she has run twice at Basingstoke, Banstead Woods and Kingston, and once each at Fulham Palace, Guildford, Richmond, Milton Keynes, Woking and Cardiff!

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Ramona is a very familiar face at Bushy, having hardly missed any runs here in the last few years... and as expected there were drinks and cakes for the occasion to celebrate the moment. Well done Ramona, soon you will able to wear the blue 500 top! Seven will become eight very soon as John Woods is on 499 runs and is set to join Ramona in the 500 club on Saturday… hopefully you will remember to bring some cake and drinks for everyone to enjoy afterwards John!


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Ramona celebrates joining the 500 club with fellow 500 club members Richard and Paul


We had one new member of the 250 club this time, congratulations to: Jo Newstead! Jo ran her first ever parkrun at event 92 on 17th June 2006, and has run at Bushy 209 times, with her other 41 runs at: Brueton (14), Kingston (6), Banstead Woods (5), Bedfont Lakes (5), Nonsuch (3), Richmond (3), Wimbledon Common (2), Worcester (1), Osterley (1), and Crane Park (1). Well done Jo, soon you can look forward to ordering the forest green ‘250’ Tribesports top!

Some more of you are closing in on 250 runs: Richard Patient (249), Andy Newton (249), Rebecca Lunn (247), Rob Kitchen (247), Deon Lombard (246) and Sarah Dennison (245)




Another six of you joined the 100 club this time and will soon be able to order their black ‘100’ Tribesports top! Daniel Turner and Ben Money both chose to come to Bushy for the first time on reaching three figures, joining James Step, Peter Tozer, Shirley Perrett and Elizabeth Histed into the 100 club, congratulations to you all! A further three parkrunners are on 99 not out and could reach three figures next time: Danny Conyngham, Andrew Mills, Stephanie Bowden and Nichola Murphy.

Six 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: Nicki Petitt, Phillip Wood, Giles Jones, Vicki Hyams, Eduardo Vilches and Gillian Wilson! Another eight parkrunners are one away from their half-century: Jason Twigg, Will Offer, Jonathon Munns, Catherine Holman, Andrew Goodwin, William Arnold, Barry Davis and Jackie McLellen.
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Giles - one of our new 50 club members!


We had three new members of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only) congratulations to: Benjamin Dibley, Rhuari Hill and Grace Courtenay-Wheeler.   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

With decent conditions underfoot, and the support of the pacers, a whopping 227 of you were whooping with a new personal best! This could well be the highest figure ever recorded here, with 1 in 6 registered runners (17%) setting a new PB! The accolade of ‘most experienced Bushy parkrunner to set a new PB’ goes to… Andrew Melbourne! Andrew ran 17:54 on his 240th Bushy lap (276 runs overall) for his first ever sub 18 time, taking 13 seconds off his previous best from last year. Congratulations Andrew!

A further 14 parkrunners set their fastest time here with at least 100 Bushy laps completed. Sarah Dennison returned for her first run here in three months and set a new Bushy PB of 22:55, taking three seconds off her time on her 157th run at Bushy (245 runs overall). Christoph Lombard ran 25:33 to shave nine seconds off his PB on his 152nd Bushy lap (230 runs overall), Christian Harper improved his PB by two seconds as he ran 19:35 on his 228th parkrun (all at Bushy), and Stephen Penpraze took seven seconds off his PB, posting 21:09 on his 161st lap here (171 runs overall).

Daphne Boyle set consecutive PBs, having set one last week she took 14 seconds off this time, running 26:23 on her 163rd Bushy parkrun (165 runs overall). Roger Troup took 21 seconds off his PB, running 22:16 on his 156th Bushy parkrun (159 runs total), and Imogen King also took 21 seconds off her PB, posting 20:01 on her 145th parkrun (156 runs overall) – I’m sure the 20 minute pacer helped Imogen get her PB, well done!

Robert Dean celebrated his 100th Bushy parkrun with his fastest ever time, running 21:46 on his 156th parkrun, Jim Holder ran his second consecutive PB with 22:35, taking 31 seconds off his previous best on his 139th Bushy lap (148 runs total), and Helen Carpenter set her first PB in over two years, running 25:33 on her 141st run here (143 runs overall).

Neil Stewart (121 runs, 120 at Bushy) ran 19:34 for his fourth PB in six weeks, whilst Isabel Livesey (117 runs, 113 at Bushy) ran 19:46 for her sixth consecutive PB in six weeks, taking nearly a minute off her time in the process! John de Sousa ended a two year wait for a personal best, posting 28:23 on his 116th parkrun (all at Bushy), and Naomi Berry ran 26:10 to end a four year wait for PB, taking 26 seconds off her time on her 114th parkrun (all at Bushy).


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parkrun tourists

We had a huge number of tourists visiting us to help boost the overall attendance to 1,414, as 189 parkrunners were making their debut at Bushy, with 110 of these having already run elsewhere! Looking down the list of clubs, we had visitors from: Doncaster AC, Glasgow Triathlon Club, Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club, Liverpool Harriers AC, Lytham St Annes RRC, Melbourne University AC, Middlesbrough AC, Pershore Plum Plodders, South Australian Road Runners Club, Southport Waterloo AC and Yeovil Town RRC! Thanks to all of you for joining us!

Our furthest travellers came from Torrens parkrun in Adelaide, Australia, as Graham Tottey (124 runs) and Vivienne Henderson (9 runs) took part in their first parkrun in the UK at Bushy parkrun, thanks for joining us over the Easter weekend! Jane A was running her first Bushy parkrun on her 178th parkrun, with most of her runs being at Greenwich, David Huen (159 runs) was a first timer from Wimpole Estate parkrun, and Joanna Davison (158 runs) and Will Davison (106 runs) came south from Leicester to visit the original parkrun.

We had two runners from Basingstoke parkrun making their debut here to celebrate joining the 100 club: Daniel Turner and Ben Money. From the east in Southend, Dan Slayford was another first timer on his 132nd parkrun, Jamie Bushnell (120 runs) and Rebecca Durey (107 runs) visited from Dartford and Ian Mussell came from Pomphrey Hill in Bristol on his 118th parkrun.

There was a large contingent from Rushmoor and Frimley parkruns, including Bushy first timers Louise Parker (147 runs), Stephanie Greenwood (82), Martin Greenwood (67), Evie Hearn (60), Bethany Hearn (58), Rachel Bishop (55), Lincoln Greenwood (11) and Caer Greenwood (6).

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Tourists from Frimley and Rushmoor 


The Padmanabhan family came down from Victoria parkrun in Glasgow, Scotland for their first parkrun here: Nina (12 runs), Alasdair (9 runs), Mia (8 runs) and Catriona (4 runs). From Pontypridd parkrun in Wales we were joined by Ceri Tapper (84 runs) and Claire Tapper (22 runs). Deb Stanfield (74 runs) and Dave Stanfield (71 runs) were first timers from Yeovil, whilst Daniel Appleton (39 runs) and Robin Appleton (35 runs) joined us from Sheffield.


Thanks to all of those who chose to visit Bushy for the first time, and returning tourists too!


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 676, the parkrunner who finished with token 676 was… Sharon Lee! Sharon set a new PB of 26:20 on her 16th Bushy parkrun, taking 21 seconds off her previous best, perhaps the support of our 26 minute pacer helped! Sharon’s only away parkrun was at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, and she made her debut at Bushy on 23rd January 2016.


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Stat Attack  

It’s all about the number two, as we have two notable stats for this edition of Stat Attack…

Ralph Blackbourn highlighted this spooky coincidence on his result on Saturday…   He ran a time of 22:00 He was the 220th male finisher And it was his 220th run!   I love these random numerical quirks; so many different variables have to fall into place to make it happen! If only the pacer Ian Fullen had finished ahead of Ralph, he would have ruined this sequence!

Ralph B


It’s been two years since we moved to the new ‘Butterfly course’! We began a new chapter at Bushy parkrun on 18th April 2015, with our first run on the new course, as 1249 runners toed the line on Lime Avenue for the first time. I’m sure most of us have got very used to the new course now, as it was our 107th run on the new course on Saturday as 1414 runners set off on Lime Avenue.

I had to share this wonderful sketch that Owen Delaney drew of the new course that we are now familiar with… the 2k turn off Cobbler’s Walk, the halfway point, Teddington Gate turn at 2 miles, and of course the final run for home departing Cobbler’s walk for the second time!


Bushy course by Owen Delaney

Owen's excellent sketch of the Butterfly course


Now for the results and stats bit!      


The results bit  

The first two finishers were both parkrun debutants, as Liverpool Harrier Daniel Jarvis ran 14:57 (86.62%), followed by Lachlan McArthur of Melbourne University AC, who posted a time of 15:51 (84.86%). Daniel’s time of 14:57 was the second fastest ever time on the new(ish) ‘butterfly course’, and the fastest Bushy parkrun time since October 31st 2015 (14:56 courtesy of Mohamed Mohamed), becoming the 20th man to run a sub 15 time at Bushy. The third registered finisher was Sittingbourne Strider Anthony Jackson, running 16:25 (78.98%) on his 199th parkrun (172 runs at Bushy). A further five registered runners posted sub 17 times: Josh Mutch (16:31), Neil Wellard (16:36), Ted Mockett (16:43), Will Barker (16:57) and James Quinlan (16:58).


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First finisher Daniel 


There were some speedy juniors this time, the fastest being Benjamin Dibley from Thames Turbo Triathlon, as he ran a new PB of 17:42 (78.63%) on his tenth parkrun for his first sub-18 time. The next four juniors were all running here for the first time: Harvey Dunmore (17:48 – 78.18%), Mahiis Hersi (18:51 – 76.92%), Najiib Hersi (19:20 – 79.14%), and George Rowland (19:26 – 72.98%). The next three juniors also posted sub 20 times, well done to: Kieran Desmond (19:37), Ethan Newton (19:44), Thomas Beare (19:46)


The first registered female finisher back to the big tree was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Kate Brown, running 17:49 (83.07%) on her 32nd parkrun (18 runs at Bushy), next was Olympian Mara Yamauchi, posting 18:41 (83.59%) on her eighth parkrun (six at Bushy). Gen Huss was the third female back to the big tree, setting a new PB of 19:29 (75.96%) on her fourth run here (25 runs overall). Isabel Livesey (19:46) and Polly Adams (19:59) completed the sub 20 finishers.

The aforementioned Isabel Livesey (JW11-14) was the first junior girl home, running 19:46 for an outstanding 79.51% age grading on her 113th Bushy parkrun (117 runs overall). She has certainly hit a purple patch in 2017, as it was her sixth consecutive parkrun PB at Bushy… for the sixth consecutive week! Since the start of the year she has lowered her personal best by 81 seconds, taking seven seconds off this time. Well done Isabel! The next female junior to finish was Imogen King (JW11-14), who also set a new PB of 20:01 (79.77%) on her 145th Bushy lap (156 runs overall). Just behind Imogen was Jessica Mayer (JW11-14), running 20:02 (79.70%) on her 24th parkrun (17 runs at Bushy). Another three juniors posted sub 21 times, well dome to: Anisa Ibrahim (20:11), Helena Samarasinghe (20:40) and Mira Padmanabhan (20:58).


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Highest age grading scorers

The firm going helped produce some fast times, and some high age grading percentages, as a baker’s dozen of you achieved over 80% for the age grading!   Jane Davies (VW65-69) ran 24:41 to earn 87.31%, first finisher Daniel Jarvis (SM20-24) scored 86.62% from his time of 14:57, Polly Adams (VW50-54) ran 19:59 for 84.90%, and parkrun debutant Lachlan McArthur (VM35-39) scored 84.86% from his time of 15:51. A further nine parkrunners had a percentage in the 80s, well done to: Bea Downey (83.73%), Peter Moysey (83.67%), Mara Yamauchi (83.59%), Kate Brown (83.07%), Sue Lambert (82.10%), Shirley Buckley (81.40%), Michael White (80.96%), Ceri Tapper (80.52%), and Ted Mockett (80.46%).   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 1414 parkrunners! – 1330 identified, 84 unknown (6% of field).

How many?

  • Of the 1330 identified parkrunners, there were:
  • 227 PBs (17.1% of field) of which 15 have completed 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 189 Bushy first timers (14.2% of field) of which 79 were parkrun first timers (5.9% of field)
  • 72 runners aged 10 or under (5.4%), 146 aged 11-19 (11%), 107 aged 20-29 (8.1%)
  • 223 runners aged 30-39 (16.8),
  • 201 Juniors aged under 18 (15.1%) and 206 Seniors aged 18-34 (15.5%)
  • 923 Vets (69.4%) of which 141 are 35-39, 362 are 40-49, 309 are 50-59, 111 are 60+
  • 776 males (58.3%) and 554 females (41.7%)
  • Most common male age group was 50-54 (121 runners)
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (85 runners)
  • 303 club runners (22.8% of field) from 99 different clubs and 1027 unattached (77.22%)
  • Top 6 clubs: Stragglers (71 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (17), Ranelagh Harriers (13), 26.2 RRC (10), SHAEF Shifters (10) and St Mary’s Richmond AC (10).


How fast?

  • Of the 1414 finishers, there were:
  • 87 sub 20 mins, 441 20:00-24:59, 495 25:00-29:59 and 391 over 30 mins
  • Top 10% time: 20:51, Average times: Median: 26:41, Mean: 27:34
  • Finishers per minute: 20-30 mins: 72, 88, 79, 119, 83, 114, 94, 109, 89, 89, 76
  • 519 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 103.8 per minute
  • 119 finishers in the 23rd minute, 114 in the 25th, and 109 in the 27th
  • 153 parkrunners achieved over 70% age grading, 13 over 80%
  • Average age grading of 57.68% from the identified field of 1330


How many parkruns?

  • 103817 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1330, averaging 78.06 parkruns each
  • 608 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (45.7% of identified field), of which
  • 220 members of the 50 club (16.5%)
  • 304 members of the 100 club (22.9%)
  • 80 members of the 250 club (6.0% of field)
  • 4 members of the 500 club (0.3% of field) – Richard Fletcher (541 runs), John Hanscomb (529), Paul Killick (529), and Ramona Thevenet (500).


That’s all for now, until next time!


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Rodney McCulloch


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