It was another very memorable parkrun day full of inspiration and perspiration as we gathered in the royal park once more for the 687th Bushy parkrun. Conditions felt much fresher than of late, but still very pleasant for the 1,096 parkrunners on Lime Avenue.
parkrunners gathering on Lime Avenue
Excitement was building as we saw the group of runners aged 80 and over meeting up before the start, co-ordinated by 250 club members George Frogley (VM80-84) and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles (VM80-84). George had planned to come to Bushy on 1st July and see how many other parkrunners aged over 80 they could get to Bushy for the day, and they came from as far as the West Midlands to be there for it! An amazing 15 runners lined up in their 80s (I’m fairly certain this is a record here!) which included some Bushy regulars, returning tourists and six Bushy first timers:
- Eric Shirley Snr (88!) is a double Olympian from 1956 and 1960, and is the UK V85 record holder for 400 and 800 metres and is our oldest ever participant at Bushy!
- John Butcher (85) runs for Ware Joggers and is usually at Gunpowder parkrun.
- Albert Yee (85) was running at Bushy for the first time, with 122 runs at Bromley.
- Madge Bradsell (85) is a Bushy parkrun legend and she was running her 395th parkrun here.
Madge Bradsell (VW85-89) nearing the finish of her 395th parkrun
- Joe Cleverly (84) is a Bushy first timer, with 28 runs at Bexley for New Eltham Joggers.
- Richard Pitcairn-Knowles (84) of Sevenoaks AC was the oldest runner to join the 250 club last year, and holds age category records at over 20 different events.
- Francis Lee (84) was another Bushy first timer with 205 runs at Greenwich for New Eltham Joggers.
100 club member Francis Lee was running here for the first time
- Tom Everitt (82) of Eton Manor AC is a regular at Hackney Marshes parkrun.
- Alan Anderson (82) has run over 200 times at Bushy, but is now a regular at Gunnersbury and is closing in on the 500 club with 464 runs!
- David Jordan (82) came from Walsall Arboretum parkrun and recently joined the 50 club.
- George Frogley (82) runs at Banstead Woods with 325 runs there, and was running at Bushy for the fourth time.
- Ronald Denney (81) was taking part at Bushy for the first time, and has 60 runs at Tonbridge parkrun
Wally Garrod having a sprint finish with John Altman (aka Nick Cotton from Eastenders)
- Wally Garrod (81) is a Bushy regular, with 390 runs in total. He is very easy to spot by his wide smile at the finish!
- John Hanscomb (81) is the oldest person to join the 500 club so far, with 538 runs to his name, and he completed every London Marathon from 1981 to 2008.
- Maurice Francis (80) was running at Bushy for the first time, with 204 runs at Oak Hill parkrun in Barnet
John Hanscomb completing his 538th parkrun!
Total age/runs of group
- Combined age: 1,246
- Combined number of runs: 3,430
It was fantastic to witness some of them reaching the finish, believing what is possible! There were cakes and drinks to properly celebrate the occasion, which they thoroughly appreciated. Thank you so much to all of you for coming and making it memorable day, and for giving us all something to aspire to.
Now That’s What I call at Stat Attack! Volume 687
There were a few notable stats and achievements from the day:
80s in the 80s!
Eric Shirley Snr was our oldest ever participant at Bushy parkrun at the age of 88, running a time of 33:14 for an age grading percentage in the 80s with 82%! Eric competed in two Olympic Games, in 1956 in Melbourne and 1960 in Rome, finishing 8th in the 3000 metres Steeplechase final in 1956, and today he is the UK record holder in the V85 category for the 400 and 800 metres!
New VM85-89 record
Eric Shirley Snr was the record holder in VM85-89 category here, until it was broken on Saturday by John Butcher of Ware Joggers! John had tried to break the record a few weeks earlier but missed out by just 12 seconds, so he was encouraged to return as part as the special over 80s gathering for another try! Fellow Ware Joggers Colin Naman and Carla Bell were supporting him on the way round, helping him achieve his goal with a new VM85-89 record of 32:17! Congratulations John!
John Butcher (second from right) heading for the finish in 32:17 - a new VM85-89 record!
The 687th Bushy parkrun
RD Ray addressing the gathering masses
For the 687th Bushy parkrun Ray Coward took the helm once more as Run Director, assisted by Volunteer Co-ordinators Julie Papworth and Yue Man. Leonie Kennedy and Emilie Howes were the timers, Sue Howarth and Kelly Morris were giving out the finish tokens, and Ray Franks co-ordinated the team of 11 funnel managers manning the 110 metre double funnel. We also had 5 barcode scanners, 8 marshals out on the course, 5 tail walkers, David Papworth was on lead bike, and Ann Coward was snapping away with my camera which I handed over to her just before 9am!
The timers Leonie and Emilie were poised!
In all a team of 43 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 email@example.com and he’d pleased to hear from you!
Kelly and Sue were giving out the tokens
Full list of volunteers on the day:
Alan NOLAN-DAVIES • Alex TICKELL • Ali KENNEDY • Alish MARCHANT • Andrew MORRISON • Andrew RONKSLEY • Angela MACSON • Ann COWARD • Annabelle SANDER • Becky POSTLETHWAITE • Callum REID • Carol Margaret DICKINSON • Colin LEA • David PAPWORTH • Donald BELL • Emilie HOWES • Fran WYLDE • Ivor HUGHES • James SELL • Janet LIVESEY • Janice FRANKS • Joy BELL • Julie PAPWORTH • Kelly MORRIS • Kieron Jake CARPENTER • Leonie KENNEDY • Lorraine DILLAMORE • Lucy THATCHER • Madeline THOMAS • Merran SELL • Michael TROTT • Mohammed FAIZ • Oliver NOLAN-DAVIES • Phil BLUER • Ravi LOBO • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Rupert POSTLETHWAITE • Sacha KENNEDY • Susan HOWARTH • Tom CURSONS • Yue MAN
Scanners scanning in the shadow of the famous finish tree
Without any further ado, let’s move on to our headline makers and record breakers!
We had a large number of first timer tourists visiting us as 130 parkrunners were making their debut at Bushy, with 84 of these having already run elsewhere, so Alex Tickell had quite a large gathering for the first timers’ briefing! Our furthest first timers joined us from Australia, as Keith Avery visited from Lake Mac (Macquarie) parkrun in the suburbs of Newcastle (New South Wales, not Tyneside) – it was his 154th run. John Curran visited from Kedron parkrun in Brisbane for his 77th parkrun.
Also from the Southern Hemisphere, Riann de Klerk (113 runs) and Jeanne de Klerk (72 runs) joined us from Upington parkrun in South Africa, and Salomien Boshoff (55 runs) came from Naval Hill parkrun in Bloemfontein.
Plenty of tourists from around the world were listening to Alex's first timers' briefing!
Antonio da Costa (93 runs) and Anique da Costa (62) began parkrunning in South Africa, but they moved to the UK at the end of 2015. Antonio and Anique don’t appear to have a home run, as they have never run the same event twice, as they have completed 93 and 62 different events respectively!
From Maidenhead we had a large group of first timers, including: Amanda Sutton, David Dyer, John Scaife, Benita Scaife, Ed Dimmock, Sarah Davies, Sam Davies, John Davies, Helen Preedy and Lucy Sutton.
Nuala Fee and Tom Fee joined us from Malahide parkrun in Dublin, and Alison Wynarczyk and Claire Wynarczyk came down from Newcastle parkrun to visit. We had three 100 club members making their debut at Bushy from Chipping Sodbury parkrun in Bristol: Kate Ball, Nicola Lewton and Marie Martin!
Alison and Claire came from Newcastle for their first run at Bushy
From the Ware Joggers we welcomed six of you: Paul Martin, Michelle Cross, Paul Cocklin, John Butcher, Colin Naman and Carla Bell, and from Wales we had 100 club members Jill Matthews and Phil Matthews making their debut at Bushy, and they run for Parc Bryn Bach Running Club.
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
No new members of the 500 club this time, however if Simon Greenhill is present on Saturday, he will become the ninth member of this club!
We had one new member of the 250 club this time, congratulations to: Prosanto Bose! Prosanto made his debut on 4th September 2010 at event 320, and has completed all 250 runs here, with a PB of 26:21 from November 2010. Congratulations Prosanto, soon you can look forward to ordering the forest green ‘250’ Tribesports top!
Some more of you are closing in on 250 runs: Rachel Clark (249), Mike Griffiths (248), Richard Matthews (248), Emma Wingate (247) and David Spencer (245).
We had one more member of the 100 club this time – James McCarthy, well done – soon you should be able to order their black ‘100’ Tribesports top! Another parkrunner is on 99 not out and could reach three figures next time: Jovun Bath.
Three 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: Robby Hedges, Margo Houlihan and Jonathan Salmon! Another eight of you are one away from a half century: Robert Tuer, Carey Grey, Frances Wilding, Carmel Brady, Andrew Rodger, John Davies, Liz Bennett and Mary Schofield.
We had two new members of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only) congratulations to: Ted James and Fiona Ndreu.
For more info on the parkrun clubs and accompanying free Tribesports t-shirts, and how to order them, do visit the parkrun support FAQ
146 of you set new PBs, but just 3 were achieved by those with over 100 runs at Bushy! Austin Molnar was the most experienced parkrunner to set a new personal best of 20:45, taking seven seconds off his PB on his 280th run (all at Bushy). 100 club member Will Rawling ran 17:24 to take six seconds off his PB on his 128th Bushy parkrun (166 runs overall) and Rachel Lee ran 24:23 for her first PB since 2013 on her 123rd run here (141 runs overall).
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 687, the parkrunner who finished with token 687 was…Catherine Stenson. Catherine ran 29:28 on her 76th parkrun, and she has completed 74 of her runs here, with two in Ireland at Cabinteely and Marlay. She has a PB of 26:12 and made her debut on 16th June 2012.
Now for the results and stats bit!
The results bit
It was a familiar first finisher back to the big tree, as Belgrave Harrier Andrius Jaksevicius posted 15:43 (84.41%) on his 138th run at Bushy (155 runs overall), collecting token number one at Bushy for the 29th time (only Anthony Jackson with 50 first finishers has more). Next was Ross Franks of St Mary’s Richmond AC, running a new PB of 15:53 (81.22%) on his 47th parkrun (46 at Bushy), taking four seconds off his previous best from 2010 – well done Ross!
The third finisher was Bushy first timer Sam Eglen, running 15:56 (80.96%) on his second parkrun, Will Russell ran 16:24 (78.66%) on his 40th parkrun (eight runs here) for Thames Turbo Triathlon, and SHAEF Shifter Justin Reid set a new parkrun PB of 16:41 (86.31%) on his 53rd parkrun, taking 17 seconds off his previous best last month – well done Justin!
Four junior males dipped under 20 minutes, led by Euan Sinclair (JM11-14), running 19:31 (74.38%) on his 28th parkrun (26 at Bushy) for Ranelagh Harriers. Stefan von Solms (JM11-14) was a Bushy first timer, and he ran 19:37 (73.92%) on his 32nd parkrun for St Mary’s Richmond AC. Luke Lawrence (JM15-17) was running his 77th parkrun (all at Bushy), and he posted 19:46, and James Morris (JM15-17) ran a new PB of 19:54 for his first sub 20 time on his 55th run here (109 runs overall).
The first female home was Molly Renfer of Core Triathlon Club, setting a new PB of 17:16 on her 25th parkrun (24 runs here). Next was Isabel Livesey, posting 19:50 (78.15%) on her 127th parkrun (123 runs at Bushy) for St Mary’s Richmond AC, and the third female back to the big tree was Bushy first timer Helen Preedy in a time of 20:13 (74.85%) on her 42nd parkrun for Team Kennet.
For the junior girls, Isabel Livesey (JW15-17) was the first finisher with 19:50 (78.15%), followed by fellow St Mary’s Richmond AC runner Helena Samarasinghe (JW15-17), with 20:46 (74.64%) on her 75th Bushy parkrun (78 runs overall). Imogen King (JW11-14) ran 22:38 (69.44%) on her 160th parkrun (149 at Bushy).
Highest age grading scorers
A dozen parkrunners achieved over 80% for their age grading, led by Justin Reid (VM45-49) with his parkrun PB of 16:41 earning him 86.31%! Well done Justin! Molly Renfer (SW20-24) also set a new PB and scored 85.71% as she ran 17:16. First finisher Andrius Jaksevicius (VM35-39) ran 15:43 which earned him 84.41%, Polly Adams (VW50-54) scored 83.86% from her time of 20:36, and Ruth Hutton (VW50-54) achieved 83.41%, running 20:36, and Bushy first timer David Dyer (VM55-59) ran 19:10 for a percentage of 82.26%.
Our oldest ever parkrunner at Bushy – Eric Shirley Snr (VM85-89), ran 33:14 at the age of 88, earning him 82.00%! Lucy Pitcairn-Knowles (VW50-54) ran 21:02 on her first run here for a score of 81.70%, Ross Franks (SM20-24) set a new PB of 15:53 for 81.22%, and Bernie Mulvany (VM55-59) reached 81.12% as he ran 19:36. Sam Eglen (SM20-24) ran 15:56 on his first run here for 80.96%, and Shirley Buckley (VW55-59) completed our dozen, running 22:18 to score 80.12%.
For more information on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ
Stats of the day
There were 1096 parkrunners! – 1032 identified, 64 unknown (5.8% of field).
- Of the 1032 identified parkrunners, there were:
- 146 PBs (14.2% of field) of which 3 have completed 100 Bushy parkruns or more
- 130 Bushy first timers (12.6% of field) of which 46 were parkrun first timers (4.5% of field)
- 81 junior runners (7.9%) aged under 18 and 186 seniors aged 18-34 (18%)
- 787 vets (74.1%), of which 35 were aged over 70 (3.4%) and 15 aged over 80 (1.5%)
- 584 males (56.6%) and 448 females (43.4%)
- Most common male age group was 50-54 (86 runners)
- Most common female age group was 45-49 (68 runners)
- 249 club runners (24.1% of field) from 86 different clubs and 783 unattached (75.9%)
- Top 8 clubs: Stragglers (63 runners), St Mary’s Richmond AC (13), Elmbridge RRC (12), Ranelagh Harriers (11), SHAEF Shifters (11), 26.2 RRC (7), Team Bushy (7) and Ware Joggers (6).
- Of the 1096 finishers, there were:
- 56 sub 20 mins, 308 20:00-24:59, 366 25:00-29:59 and 366 over 30 mins
- Top 10% time: 21:04, Average times: Median: 27:24, Mean: 27:58
- Finishers per minute: 20-30 mins: 46, 52, 67, 76, 67, 81, 73, 89, 49, 74, 65
- 386 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 77.2 per minute
- 89 finishers in the 27th minute and 81 in the 25th
- 116 parkrunners achieved over 70% age grading, 12 over 80%, 0 over 90%
- Average age grading of 57.11% from the identified field of 1032
How many parkruns?
- 94963 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1032, averaging 92.02 parkruns each
- 526 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (51% of identified field), of which
- 167 members of the 50 club (16.2%)
- 268 members of the 100 club (26%)
- 86 members of the 250 club (8.3% of field)
- 5 members of the 500 club (0.5% of field) – Richard Fletcher (552 runs), Paul Killick (540), John Hanscomb (538), John Woods (510) and Ramona Thevenet (510).
Teddington turns 800!
As part of a year of celebrations around Teddington, we will be joining in this Saturday with a fancy dress run – dress up as a local celebrity from the past or present, or perhaps find a theme related to the area. There's a prize for the best out, so we look forward to seeing your choices on Saturday!
That’s all for now, until next time!
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