What an eggcellent morning it was in this sunny corner of south-west London on parkrunday, with an eggstatic 1127 parkrunners for our second biggest field, lots of happy bunnies! Before you all go hopping mad, I’ll leave the Easter puns there!
1127 parkrunners charge down Chestnut Avenue
For this special weekend, we had some very special Superhero and Fairy Godmother pacers, which helped to produce a record breaking 219 PBs, congrats to you all! We also had a record breaking 132 first timers, and 92 parkrunners completely new to parkrun, of which 51 were female, helping to boost the overall male/female ratio on the day to 60/40% for the highest ever female percentage at Bushy.
In the parkrunworld many records were also set, with over 50,000 parkrunners taking part across the UK, and over 70,000 runners across the parkrunworld; amazing, well done to all the volunteers across the world who make it possible.
Watching the start from Volunteer Verge, I always try to guess how many runners are taking part – “it looks big” as one person sagely said alongside me, before Run Director Ray Coward said “Go!” Simon Lane on the timer knew he’d have a busy hour to come clicking runners across the finish line! I counted 27 seconds for the main bunch of runners to cross the start line, so I suspected it could be around 1100 runners.
1127 runners ready to set off in the sun
Fresh from his lead bike duties, David Papworth helped me at the front end of the funnel along with Michael Lonergan. It was the usual adrenaline filled funnel fun, with the 24th minute having 101 finishers and the 26th had 100 finishers; both of these minutes were boosted by runners trying to stay ahead of the 25:00 and 27:00 pacers.
Unfortunately there did seem to be a higher than usual proportion of funnel duckers yesterday. It is really important that you only cross the finish line once, and if you have crossed the finish line, please wait in the funnel to collect a position token! The timer does not have psychic powers to know who does and does not have a personal barcode – every runner that crosses the finish line has to receive a position token, this is to ensure the timer and tokens stay in sync!
In total there was an ever enthusiastic team of 29 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 email@example.com and he would be happy to hear from you!
Without any further ado, let’s start with this week’s headline makers and record breakers!
Fairy Godmothers vs Superheros!
To continue the recent theme of fancy dress pacers, for the Easter weekend we had an equal split of Fairy Godmother and Superhero pacers! One young parkrunner was heard to say “Quick, quick chase the fairy!” in pursuit of one of the pacers down Chestnut Avenue! There was a mixture of tutus, sparkly wands and capes on show, and as it was an even month, we had some “odd” pacers running at odd numbered minutes between 21 to 35, so a big thank you to:
- 21 mins – Stuart Amory
- 23 mins – Kevin Price
- 25 mins – Ian Cunningham
- 27 mins – Katrin Kroschinski
- 29 mins – Vince Gannon
- 31 mins – Jo Bourne
- 33 mins – Simon Rayner
- 35 mins – Emma Dickinson
Fairy Godmothers: Stuart Amory, Kevin Price, Ian Cunningham, Jo Bourne
Superheroes: Katrin Kroschinski, Vince Gannon, Simon Rayner, Emma Dickinson.
An octet of enthusiastic Fairy Godmother and Superhero pacers (Taken by Andy Pillidge)
I’ll hand over to pacing organiser Andy Pillidge, who was on the course to test the accuracy of our pacers:
“To add a bit of Easter fun we had a pacing accuracy competition, with Superheros versus Fairy Godmothers.
The result was that the Fairy Godmothers were the winners! To be fair, one of the Superheros stopped to pick up a fallen runner using super-lifting power just before the half way point, which made pacing a bit more of a challenge, but the result was (average difference from target pace measured at two points of the run) Fairy Godmothers: 8 seconds, Superheros: 11 seconds.
All pacers did a superb job, and were great sports for agreeing to dress up in such appallingly clashing colours. All pacers came in within 30 seconds of their target time. Three of the Fairy Godmothers crossed the line within 3 seconds of their target. (not official timing)”
Thanks Andy! So well done to all the pacers for supporting the runners and helping to achieve a record breaking number of PBs this week and for the very accurate pacing!
If you are a regular at Bushy parkrun and think you can manage some metronomic pacing (and don’t mind fancy dress), then do get in touch with Andy via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’d be pleased to hear from you!
The 21 minute pacer was easy enough to spot among the field!
Now That’s What I Call A Stat Attack #514
This week’s Stat Attack focuses on the age and gender distribution of parkrunners at Bushy, and how it’s changing.
Firstly, you may have noticed that a few of the parkrun age categories have changed slightly. For the juniors, the cut-off is now 18 years old rather than 20, so only runners aged 17 and under by the time they complete 10 runs are now eligible for the white Adidas ‘10’ t-shirt.
Also, to help parkrun event directors to enforce the parkrun policy of juniors aged 10 and under being accompanied by an adult, there are now three junior categories for boys and girls: 10 and under, 11-14 and 15-17. Those in the JM10 and JW10 categories are now more visible in the results. Unfortunately I did hear from an experienced parkrunner yesterday that there were several instances of younger runners aged 10 or below not being accompanied by an adult. Please note this policy has been in place for some time now and is there to ensure the safety of our younger parkrunners.
The other change that has been made to age categories is that the gents now become Vets (Veterans) five years earlier, so SM35-39 runners are now VM35-35, sorry guys! So I still have a few years before of running in the Senior category fortunately! This change has been made to be match the ladies who have always used the VW35-39 category.
So those are the changes to the age categories, but what about the changes over time at Bushy parkrun in terms of the average age and male/female ratio of our parkrunners?
The graph below shows the registered parkrunners taking part yesterday by age and gender – it shows that the highest percentage of runners are in their 40s, with the 45-49 being the largest group for males and females:
Interestingly it shows the male/female ratio varies for different age groups. Broadly speaking in the categories under 35, the male/female ratio is quite even (195 M/162 F), with more ladies taking part than men in their twenties (42 M/51 F). Over the age of 35, particularly in the age categories among the 40s and 50s there is nearly double the number of men taking part.
However in the over 60 categories, again the ratio is quite even (39 M/28 F). Overall yesterday’s percentage was 60% men, 40% women taking part, the highest ever female percentage at Bushy – does this suggest a trend in future that the female ratio will increase? I looked at the 92 first timers completely new to parkrun yesterday at Bushy to see the age and gender distribution of this group to find out what this indicates:
The graph above also suggests the percentage of women could continue to rise – with 51 of the 92 first timers being ladies. Across the age groups the number of new parkrunners are fairly even, apart from the VW40-44 ladies which could be an anomaly or not! In the long term, this could potentially mean a 50/50 male/female ratio could happen one day, and also the age groups could become more evenly balanced, although as we are all getting older, the loyal parkrunners will ensure the average parkrun age may continue to increase! Watch this space!
It was a combination of the second biggest ever field, good PB conditions in the spring sunshine and most significantly the superhero and fairy godmother pacers that ensured a whopping and record breaking 219 PBs were set!!! (That’s not a typo!)
Unsurprisingly with 219 PBs across the field, there were 23 parkrunners with at least 50 laps of Bushy completed who set a new PB! This list was led by 250-clubber Richard Barman! Richard is knocking on the door now of a sub 20 time, posting 20:10 yesterday on his 260th run (all at Bushy), taking six seconds off his previous best set last December, well done Richard! Next was Trevor Morris, who set a new PB on his 208th Bushy lap (209 runs overall), running 26:43 for his first ever sub 27 minute time, taking 23 seconds off his previous best set way back in January 2011! I’m sure Trevor had the 27 minute superhero pacer Katrin to thank for his time, well done Trevor!
100 club member Jennifer Kissane set her third consecutive PB this week with a time of 25:35 to celebrate her 150th Bushy parkrun in style! (153 parkruns overall). Jennifer took another 5 seconds off her PB, setting her fourth PB in her last 5 runs at Bushy, taking 33 seconds off her time in the process! Well done Jennifer! Brothers Lucas Roberts and Jude Roberts had cause to celebrate as they both set PBs this week! Jude ran 32:04 on his 151st parkrun (all at Bushy) to take nearly a minute off his previous best, while Lucas ran 27:45 on his 130th parkrun (all at Bushy), well done boys!
The following runners also set a new PB with at least 50 Bushy parkruns completed, well done to: Hannah Simpson, Alex Tickell, Ed Higgins, Harry Mann, Miriam Ellis, Stephen Penpraze, Nico Gerber, Matthew Dewar, Sean Broughton, Hardev Bal, Paul Happs, Mansour Amirparviz, Pat Price, Alice Jacobs, Lee Scott, Jill Pegler, Jason Frost and Caroline Anderson.
Two of our pacers heading towards the start - did they push you towards a new PB?
First timers on tour
Of the whopping 132 first timers, 40 had parkrun experience elsewhere, including three 100 club members making their pilgrimage to Bushy on this Easter weekend! The most experienced of this trio was Poole parkrun regular Gillian Cook, who ran 28:44 here on her 112th parkrun. Gillian has run 99 times at Poole, 5 at Worcester, 2 at Bramhall and Bournemouth and 1 each at Southwick, Southend and Princes parkrun in Liverpool. Thank you for coming Gillian, we hope you enjoyed your morning at Bushy!
Another Bushy debutant was Riddlesdown parkrunner Fiona Delaney, running here for the first time on her 109th parkrun in 27:34, and Fiona is a well-travelled tourist with this being her 14th different parkrun, mostly around the South East. She has run at Riddlesdown 71 times, Banstead Woods 20 times, Bromley three times, twice each at Lloyd Park, Roundshaw Downs and Crystal Palace and once each at Bedfont Lakes, Orpington, Nonsuch, Tonbridge, Cardiff, Tilgate, Whitley Bay and Newcastle! We hope you had a great Easter morning in the sun and thanks for coming!
The last but not least of our trio of Bushy first timers in the 100 club was another Riddlesdown regular, Tim Pinkney, making his Bushy debut on his 102nd parkrun in a time of 36:42. Like Fiona, Tim’s runs have been mostly but not exclusively around the London area, as Bushy was his 14th different parkrun! He has run 67 times at Riddlesdown, with 16 at Banstead Woods, 4 at Bromley, 2 each at Whitley Bay, Lloyd Park and Nonsuch, and 1 run each at Crystal Palace, Cardiff, Tilgate, Newcastle, Bedfont Lakes, Orpington, Roundshaw Downs and Tonbridge! Thanks for coming Tim, we hope you enjoyed your morning at Bushy, thanks for coming!
On a bumper tourist turnout, we had lots of first timers on tour with significant parkrun experience elsewhere, so welcome also to: Georgia Holden (76 parkruns), Philip Brines (70), Michael Cook (70), Daniel Bratton (68), Martin Gay (58), Max Dinning (56), Michael Barker (46), Benjamin Gay (42), Andrew Watson (40), Andrew Billany (40) and many more! Thanks to all of you for coming and hope to see you again soon!
Highest age-grading scorers
Eight runners achieved 80 plus scores, with the ladies taking the limelight this week. Jane Davies of Epsom & Ewell Harriers ran 21:20 to earn another brilliant percentage in the 90s with 96.48%! Her time of 21:20 set a new age category record in the VW65-69 category! Next was VW35-39 category record holder Michelle Dillon who ran 17:54 to earn 85.47% and was first female finisher. The following runners also achieved 80-plus scores, congrats to: Martin Shore (16:08 – 83.37%), Pamela Whitter (21:12 – 83.18%), Cassian Hyde (16:25 – 82.23%), Jonathan Stead (15:54 – 81.76%), Phillip Bearman Snr (17:57 – 81.09%) and Steve Smith (18:57 – 81.09%). For more info on what age grading percentages mean, visit the parkrun support FAQ
250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
Just one new member of the 100 club this week – well done to Glynda Mortimer of The Stragglers! Glynda now holds the record for “longest time taken to reach 100 club”, as she did her first run at the fifth ever parkrun (then known as Bushy Park Time Trial or BPTT). On that day in October 2004, Glynda ran 33:34 and was the 19th finisher of 22 runners, while yesterday she ran over a minute faster – 32:22 for token number 976 out of 1127 finishers – while the simple concept of a free, weekly 5km timed run has stayed the same over those 10 years, the size of the field has not! Fellow Straggler Denys Lyons is now just a single run away from receiving the ‘100’ black Adidas t-shirt.
Just two runners were inducted into the 50 club this week and will receive their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon, so congratulations go to Brendan Casey and Katie Happs! A further octet of runners on 49 not out are: Ross Williams, Mark Blythe, Simon Petrou, Jason Golder, Liam Canny, Rachel Glynn, Breda McGree and Simran Bal.
Three new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Matthew Rowe, Harry Vaughan and Nicholas Allen! Another two juniors are one away from earning their white ‘10’ Adidas tees – William Gilroy-Scott and Katie Bartholomew
Please remember to reply to the email you will receive after your 10th (juniors only), 50th or 100th 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, visit the parkrun support FAQ
So those were some of the headline makers and record breakers, but how did the rest of you do?
The results bit
For the seventh consecutive week, it required a sub-16 minute time to collect token number one. That accolade this week went to Jonathan Stead of Herne Hill Harriers on his 19th parkrun. It was only his second parkrun at Bushy, and his time of 15:54 (81.76%) was identical to his only other run here last month, remarkably consistent, but I can imagine you were hoping to be a second faster to get a new PB! The next two finishers did manage to set new PBs, starting with Martin Shore of Thames Hare and Hounds, running 16:08 (83.37%) for a new PB on his eighth parkrun (6 at Bushy), closely followed by the first junior finisher – Cassian Hyde of Hercules Wimbledon AC, who ran 16:25 (82.23%) on his 22nd parkrun (15 at Bushy).
First finisher Jonathan Stead
Another two runners got under 17 minutes – Taras Telkovsky running 16:36 (77.71%) on his sixth parkrun, and Bushy regular Andrius Jaksevicius with 16:42 (78.14%) on his 81st parkrun. The next two finishers both got new PBs, congrats to Ed Higgins who ran 17:08 (75.29%) for Thames Turbo Triathlon, and Martin French of Triathlon Europe who crossed the line in 17:23 (74.78%) on his third parkrun.
After Cassian Hyde, the next junior male finisher was Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harrier Joshua Hall with a new PB of 18:21 (75.84%) on his 12th parkrun, with Oliver Coppellotti dipping inside 20 minutes for 19:58 (74.46%) for a new PB on his second parkrun appearance for Walton AC.
The VW 35-39 record holder Michelle Dillon was first female finisher yet again, her eighth occasion leading the ladies home at Bushy from her 11 parkruns here (2 runs also at Crane Park) with another impressive sub 18 time of 17:54 to earn 85.47% for the second highest age grading of the day! The next two finishers both set brand new PBs, starting with Amy Aronson running 18:48 (78.72%) for Hercules Wimbledon AC on her ninth parkrun (5 at Bushy), and Nikki Nicholson also set a new PB, crossing the line in 19:38 (77.42%) for Elmbridge Road Runners on her 48th parkrun (43 at Bushy). Florence Taylor also dipped under 20 minutes with a time of 19:56 (74.25%) on her 109th parkrun for St Mary’s Richmond AC.
The first junior female finisher was Beatrice Williams of St Mary’s Richmond AC, setting a new PB time of 20:39 (77.32%) on her 41st parkrun, next was Bushy debutant Georgia Holden running 22:08 (71.01%) for South London Harriers on her 76th parkrun. Georgia was closely followed by Amelia Maguire of Surbiton High School running 22:16 on her 11th parkrun. Three more junior girls ran under 24 minutes, well done to: Lucy Horler (22:46), Sally Pethybridge (23:33) and Jessica Lillywhite (23:42).
Stats of the day
There were 1127 runners – 1029 identified, 98 unidentified (9% of field).
- Of the 1029 identified runners, there were:
- 219 PBs (21% of field) of which 23 were runners with 50 Bushy parkruns or more
- 132 Bushy first timers (13% of field) of which 92 were parkrun first timers (5% of field)
- Of the 92 parkrun first timers, 51 were female, 41 were male
- 151 Juniors (15%), 212 Seniors (21%), 666 Vets (65%) with 67 runners aged 60 or over (7%)
- 620 males (60%) and 409 females (40%)
- Most common male age group was 45-49 (101 runners – 16% of all males),
- Most common female age group was 45-49 (57 runners – 14% of all females)
- 198 club runners (19% of field) from 58 different clubs and 831 unattached (81%)
- Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (70 runners), Ranelagh Harriers (10), St Mary’s Richmond AC (9), Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers (8), 26.2 RRC, Elmbridge RRC, Teddington Rugby Running Club and Thames Turbo Triathlon (all 6 each)
- Of the 1127 finishers, there were:
- 61 runners sub 20 mins (5.4%), 793 between 20:00-29:59 (70.4%), 273 over 30 mins (24.2%)
- Top 10% Overall/Male/Female time was 20:59/20:08/23:45
- Midpoint Overall/Male/Female time was 26:09/24:08/28:46
- Minute-by-minute number of finishers 20-29 minutes: 53, 75, 84, 97, 101, 77, 100, 82, 81, 43
- 622 finishers between 22:00 and 28:59, average of 88.9 per minute
- 101 finishers in the 24th minute, and 100 finishers in 26th minute
How many parkruns?
- 57428 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 1029, averaging 55.8 parkruns each
- 394 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (38% of identified field), of which
- 184 members of the 50 club (18%)
- 185 members of the 100 club (18%)
- 25 members of the 250 club (2% of field) – John Hanscomb (404 parkruns), Richard Fletcher (391), Paul Killick (371), Simon Greenhill (351), John Woods (337), Ramona Thevenet (337), David Worth (309), Stewart Rose (308), Liz Collison (308), Stewart Holmes (296), Stuart Lodge (294), David Rowe (293), Madge Bradsell (291), Dale Durrans (283), Suzan Baker (283), Sheila Fergusson (275), Carol Dickinson (268), Malcolm Taylor (264), Richard Barman (260), Wally Garrod (257), Phillip Bearman Snr (256), Jeremy Palmer (254), Carmen Palmer (254), Pat McGrath (254) and Nicola Whitby (251).
Taken tokens tally: THREE – 870, 1113 and 1115. After three weeks of none going missing three managed to slip through the net! If you finished on or around these positions, please check bags, pockets or down the back of the sofa to see if you took one by accident, if you find one, please return it next week!
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