On the up!
Just like most parkrun mornings at Bushy in the Summer of 2014, the Sun was out and sky was blue, and we had a bumper turnout of 942, this was the largest field this Summer (since the end of May), and with Autumn around the corner we can expect more of the same over the coming weeks. The figure of 942 was boosted by 93 Bushy first timers, with 58 runners completely new to parkrun, welcome along! An octet of ‘odd’ pacers were assembled to help achieve 150 PBs this time, more than double last week’s figure, thank you pacers!
942 runners ready to go!
Event Director Ray Coward and Volunteer co-ordinator Ann Coward were away on holiday on a well-deserved break from volunteering duties at Bushy, as Andy Wingate took the helm yesterday, ably assisted by Volunteer co-ordinator Emma Wingate. Ally Manole was on timer – coping brilliantly with the busy funnel traffic – a peak of 97 finishers in the 24th minute!
The experienced duo of Pat McGrath and Ray Franks were giving out the position tokens at the end of the funnel, and I was helping further up the funnel at the front gate with Stephen Penpraze. Many lane switches were required to keep the funnel flowing smoothly; we reached the letter W – in all 22 funnel lane switches in the space of about 10 minutes, an excellent job by the whole funnel team!
In total there was an ever enthusiastic team of 24 volunteers ready to marshal, time and register your run. If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! Get in touch with Pat McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org and he would be happy to hear from you!
Come and Join In!
As mentioned in this week’s parkrun UK newsletter, Join In patron Eddie Izzard talks about volunteering at parkrun and why it is so great in this short video! If you haven’t volunteered and want to find out more about how to volunteer at parkrun, do visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/howtovolunteer/ and with 4 easy steps you can make sure you receive a weekly volunteering reminder email from your parkrun event!
P…p…p… pick up a pacer!
We had an enthusiastic octet of odd pacers between 21 and 35 minutes – their actual times are in brackets. They were:
An octet of odd pacers!
- 21 minutes – Ian Fullen (20:58)
- 23 minutes – Jo Bourne (22:54)
- 25 minutes – Lawrence Bromley (24:56)
- 27 minutes – Jed Leicester (27:00)
- 29 minutes – Simon Rayner (28:50)
- 31 minutes – David Stewart (30:50)
- 33 minutes – Hayden Matthews (33:27)
- 35 minutes – Chris Tyrrell (34:50)
Well done to all the pacers, especially Jed Leicester for running exactly 27:00! If you are a regular at Bushy parkrun and think you can manage some metronomic pacing, then do get in touch with Andy Pillidge at email@example.com and he’d be delighted to hear from you!
parkrunners on tour!
From the Bristol-based Emerson’s Green Running Club, aka Team EGRC, we had seven Pomphrey Hill parkrun tourists who came to run Bushy parkrun for the very first time. There were five runners from the Grimshaw family - husband and wife Adrian Grimshaw (52 runs) and Meryl Grimshaw (28 runs) and their three children Megan Grimshaw (25 runs), Alyssa Grimshaw (15 runs) and Tiernan Grimshaw (11 runs). Also from Team EGRC were partners Anne Curry and Steve Burge, with Anne running a parkrun PB on her 11th parkrun and Steve celebrated joining the 50 club here!
parkrun tourists from Pomphrey Hill parkrun
They had brought along their Pomphrey Hill parkrun mascot Humphrey too – who comes with them on all their parkrun tourist trips! The youngest of the group Tiernan Grimshaw joined the junior 10 club recently, and his family had put together a brilliant custom made parkrun t-shirt for him to wear with the words “run for fun” written on the front – I couldn’t agree more!
Tiernan Grimshaw in his parkrun shirt with Mum Meryl
On the back of Tiernan’s t-shirt was a list of all the parkruns he has run so far and the dates – what an excellent idea! I’m sure there will be plenty more runs to fill the t-shirt with, I wonder how many he will be able to fit on there!
Tiernan's 11 parkruns so far!
A big thank you to all of you for coming, it was good to meet you and hope to see you again soon!
As well as our tourists from Bristol, we had many other tourists from far and wide! From Leeds parkrun we had 250 club member David Womersley – it was David’s second parkrun at Bushy and 270th parkrun overall, setting a new course PB here, well done! David runs in the VM60-64 category and has run 225 times at Leeds, and 21 times at Bradford, 8 at Harrogate, 4 at Roundhay in Leeds, 2 each at Pontefract, Wimbledon Common and Highbury Fields and 1 each at Skipton, York, Fountains Abbey and Gorleston Cliffs.
Stan White of the Elvet Runners was making his Bushy debut on his 133rd parkrun and is a regular at Durham parkrun with 118 runs there, but has also run three times at South Shields, twice at Greenwich and Sedgefield, and once at Gibside, Hilly Fields, Brighton & Hove, Fountains Abbey, Darlington South, Dulwich and Pollok parkrun in Glasgow.
Simon Elliot was running his first parkrun here on his 85th run overall, and is very well travelled, with a mix of parkruns in the UK and Australia! He has run 33 times at Norwich, but has also run 33 times at St Peter’s parkrun in Sydney! Most of his other runs have been in Australia, but in the UK Simon has also run at several parkruns, including St Albans, Catton, Blickling and Sheffield Hallam.
Vanessa Redmond is a regular at the Bristol-based Ashton Court parkrun, with 59 of her runs there, and was running here for the first time on her 76th parkrun. Vanessa has also run at Little Stoke parkrun 5 times, Pomphrey Hill twice and once each at Newport, Abingdon, Highbury Fields, Cheltenham, Southwick Country Park, Gunnersbury, Finsbury, Chipping Sodbury and Chippenham
Mike Harper was running his 99th parkrun, but only his third run here for a new PB on our course. Mike runs in the VM50-54 category and has run 23 times at Netley Abbey, 9 each at Eastleigh and Southampton, 7 each at Brighton & Hove, Southsea and Frimley Lodge, 5 each at Preston Park and Havant, 3 times at Old Deer Park, Guildford and Wimbledon Common, 2 each at Winchester, Brockenhurst and Rushmoor, with 1 each at Clair, Kingston, Chichester, Basingstoke, Crane Park, Eastbourne, Richmond, Dulwich and Bognor Regis!
From Kent we had several tourists and two Event Directors running here for the first time – Great Lines parkrun Event Director Tony Giles and his daughter Lucy Giles, and also Rebecca Ashby who is Event Director at Ashford parkrun.
Thanks to all the tourists for coming this week and we hope you enjoyed your time here!
250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
There were no new members of the 250 club; however Julie Melotte (249 runs) is now just one run away from joining this club, and of those who took park yesterday the next in line after Julie are Roger Wilson (248 runs), Suzie Longstaff (247), Helen Gardiner (245) and Marjory Bluer (245).
Two new members of the 100 club this week – Robert Mearman and Richard Steeden! Well done guys, soon you can replace red with black! A further two runners could collect their ‘100’ black Adidas tees soon, as on 99 not out we have: Mike Harper and Katherine Melotte.
A quintet of runners have been inducted into the 50 club this week and will receive their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon, so congratulations go to: Colin Haylock, Guy Lidbetter, Glenn Mitchell, Janyce Holmes and Steve Burge. Another five runners are on 49 not out: Dan Burke, Isabel Palmer, Alan Bone, Rowena Brimacombe and Jonathan Rourke.
Two new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Daniel Israel and Sam Owen.
Please remember to reply to the email you will receive after your 10th (juniors only), 50th, 100th, or 250th parkruns (juniors – please note that the 2km junior parkruns do not count towards t-shirts), stating where you want to collect your t-shirt and what size! For more info on the parkrun clubs and how to qualify for a t-shirt, visit the parkrun support FAQ
Of the 150 PBs set yesterday, just nine of them were set by those with at least 50 Bushy laps completed, 5 of which were in the 100 club. This list was led by 208 time parkrunner Kevin Dargue, running 20:46 on his 117th parkrun at Bushy, taking 56 seconds off his previous best here set back in March 2007, and this time also beat his previous parkrun best time of 21:36 set at Bedfont Lakes where he has run 88 times. Well done Kevin, I’m sure the 21 minute pacer helped!
Running consecutive PBs on his 125th parkrun (all at Bushy) was Franco Boeri, taking five seconds off his previous best in 21:28, while Darren Franks ran 22:03 to take 16 seconds off his old PB on his 119th parkrun (118 at Bushy). James Bowry ran 18:03 to beat his previous best by five seconds on his 120th parkrun (111 at Bushy), while John Kinsey ran his first PB at Bushy in nearly three years, running 20:29 on his 74th Bushy lap (141 parkruns overall).
Four more runners also achieved PBs with more than 50 Bushy parkruns under their belt, so congratulations go to Jane Davidson, Daphne Boyle, Steve Lansdown and Mark Moran!
So those were some of the headline makers and record breakers, but how did the rest of you do?
The results bit
The week’s first finisher was also the first junior home, as Jamie Finnigan of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow ran 16:20 (82.65%) on his 56th parkrun (51 at Bushy). Andrius Jaksevicius crossed the line next in 16:40 (78.30%) on his 97th parkrun (81 at Bushy), just ahead of Michael Salt, who also ran 16:40 (78.00%) for a new PB on his third parkrun (all at Bushy).
First finisher Jamie Finnigan
Two more runners managed to get inside 17 minutes – the second junior finisher Aedan O’Brien ran 16:53 (79.96%) for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC on his 66th parkrun (57 at Bushy), with Bushy first timer Tom Solomon just a second behind with 16:54 (77.61%) on his 12th parkrun for Serpentine RC. Next was Thames Turbo Triathlon athlete Aidan Campbell running a new PB of 17:26 (74.00%) on his third parkrun (all at Bushy), just ahead of the third junior finisher Jivendra Singh with 17:27 (77.36%) for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC on his sixth parkrun (two at Bushy). Another two junior boys ran inside 20 minutes – Sol Harris-Woodfin (19:18) and Will Sanders (19:57).
The first registered female home was St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Kate Brown, in a new PB time of 17:31 (84.49%) on her fifth run at Bushy (12th parkrun overall). She was followed by Sarah Hazel, also running a new PB of 17:57 (82.45%) on her second parkrun (both at Bushy). The third female finisher was the first junior girl, as Hannah Novakovic ran 19:09 (79.90%) on her 17th parkrun (14 at Bushy). Completing the sub 20 female finishers was Rosy Gross, running 19:53 on her 37th parkrun (all at Bushy)
First female finisher Kate Brown
As well as Hannah Novakovic (19:09), the following junior girls also ran sub 24 times, well done to: Libby Brown (21:06), Antonia Clarke (22:09), Ana Earl (22:35), Sarah Lidbetter (22:52) and Ellen Fraser (23:22)
Highest age grading scorers
A super six runners managed 80 plus scores this time, and this list was led by Straggler Liz Killip, with an impressive 85.59% in the VW50-54 category from her time of 20:21, just 9 seconds outside her PB. Next was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Kate Brown, first female finisher who earned 84.49% for a new PB of 17:31 in the SW20-24 category. First and finisher overall Jamie Finnigan scored 82.65%, running 16:20 for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC in the JM15-17 category.
Sarah Hazel ran her a new PB of 17:57 on her second run to earn 82.45% in the SW25-29 category, while Straggler Pamela Whitter ran 21:31 to gain 81.95% in the VW50-54 category. Stubbington Green Runners athlete Mike Harper completed the 80-plus scorers, setting a new PB on his 99th run, with a time of 18:49 to score 80.96% in the VM50-54 category.
For more info on what age grading percentages mean, visit the parkrun support FAQ
In the Gents points table, the top 4 are very close, with just 299 points separating first and fourth, having all passed through the 10,000 point mark. In pole position to collect the John Hanscomb Trophy on October 4th is Andrius Jaksevicius on 10,380, and he has a 160 point lead over second placed Ed Higgins on 10,220. Chris Brimacombe completes the current top 3 on 10,124, while Phil Bearman (Snr) - the current holder of the John Hanscomb Trophy, has dropped from second to fourth having not run this week and remains on 10,081. Phil is a long way clear of fifth placed John Woods on 8,846 points, so it looks to be a four way contest for first place! The highest male junior on the points table is Robert Eveson, on 6,637 points and is 15th overall.
In the Ladies points table, Polly Adams is in pole position to regain the Sonia O’Sullivan Salver as she has 11114 points, extending her lead to 590 over second placed absentee Jennifer Darling, who remains on 10524. Ramona Thevenet completes the current top three with 9,762 points, with Janet Livesey next on 9,584 and Karen Whapshott-Downer in fifth with 8,662. Zoe Dennison is the leading junior girl with 6,424 points and 15th overall.
There are just six weeks remaining in this ‘Bushy year’ (October-September) so still plenty of time for positions to change! Looking down the points tables, only John Woods is yet to miss a run, as Paul Killick missed his first run of 2014 recently. John has run 66 parkruns at Bushy in a row, dating back to June 2013, and is just 19 runs away from overtaking Stewart Rose’s consecutive Bushy parkruns record!
To find out more about the points tables and how points are accumulated visit the parkrun support FAQ
Stats of the day
There were 942 runners – 865 identified, 77 unidentified (9% of field).
- Of the 865 identified runners, there were:
- 150 PBs (17% of field) of which 9 were runners with 50 Bushy parkruns or more
- 93 Bushy first timers (11% of field) of which 58 were parkrun first timers (7% of field)
- Of the 58 parkrun first timers, 15 were juniors, 22 seniors and 21 vets
- 111 Juniors (13%), 155 Seniors (18%), 599 Vets (69%) with 64 runners aged 60 or over (7%)
- 547 males (63%) and 318 females (37%)
- Most common male age group was 45-49 (89 runners – 16% of all males),
- Most common female age group was 50-54 (55 runners – 17% of all females)
- 176 club runners (20% of field) from 58 different clubs and 689 unattached (80%)
- Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (49 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (14), St Mary’s Richmond AC (13), Ranelagh Harriers (7), Serpentine RC (6)
- Of the 942 finishers, there were:
- 52 runners sub 20 mins (6%), 643 between 20:00-29:59 (68%), 247 over 30 mins (26%)
- Top 10% Overall/Male/Female time was 20:50/20:16/24:00
- Midpoint Overall/Male/Female time was 26:16/24:22/29:06
- Minute-by-minute number of finishers 20-29 minutes: 52, 47, 74, 67, 97, 57, 79, 50, 64, 56
- 374 finishers between 22:00 and 26:59, average of 74.8 per minute
- 97 finishers in the 24th minute.
How many parkruns?
- 53127 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 865, averaging 61.4 parkruns each
- 354 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (41% of identified field), of which
- 167 members of the 50 club (19%)
- 160 members of the 100 club (19%)
- 27 members of the 250 club (3% of field) – Richard Fletcher (407), Paul Killick (387), Simon Greenhill (362), John Woods (354), Ramona Thevenet (354), Polly Adams (336), Ciaran Murphy (328), Stewart Rose (325), Paul D Viveash (325), David Worth (317), Walter Cormack (308), Madge Bradsell (307), Dale Durrans (297), Sheila Fergusson (290), Mark Gratton (289), Malcolm Taylor (279), Richard Barman (272), Wally Garrod (272), David Womersley (270), Dave Griffiths (268), Jeremy Palmer (266), Neil Davies (265), Ken Pearson (264), Carmen Palmer (264), Jeremy Langdon (260), Jason Venkatasamy (256), and Rory Waddell (255).
Taken tokens tally: THREE. Tokens 400, 877 and 936. I believe the first of these, 400 was dropped accidentally somewhere before reaching the scanners! But if you had token 877 or 936, please check bags or pockets to see if you have one of these and can return it to us on your next visit! See you next week!
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