On another perfect parkrun morning in a sunny Bushy Park, there was just a hint of a summer breeze and good running conditions as 179 of you set shiny new PBs, assisted by our octet of ‘odd’ numbered pacers! On a busy day all round there were celebrations, fancy dress and plenty of tourists and first timers amongst the 989 parkrunners gathered on Lime Avenue. There were 57 parkrunners making their Bushy debut, of which 36 were new to parkrun, welcome along!
parkrunners line up on Lime Avenue (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)
Hayden Matthews took the helm as Run Director, assisted by Volunteer Co-ordinator Lucy Thatcher, while Sue Kahn clicked you all across the finish line on timer, peaking in the 24th minute with 85 finishers! Jan Franks and Emily Murray were on hand to give out the tokens, Ray Franks co-ordinated the double funnel once more and we had a full quota of marshals out on the course encouraging you on your way! In all a team of 34 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 interested then do let Pat McGrath know via firstname.lastname@example.org and he’d pleased to hear from you!
Full list of volunteers on the day:
Alex TICKELL • Andrew RONKSLEY • Anne WOODS • Chris TYRRELL • Christopher HILL • David BREWIN • Diane MULLEN • Duncan SCOBLE • Emily MURRAY • Georgina BRAND • Graham MORTIMER • Hannah REID • Hayden MATTHEWS • Heather Lynn HORLER • Helen GARDINER • Ian RILEY • Isabel HESSEY • Janice FRANKS • Lucy THATCHER • Mark CALWAY • Mike DENNISON • Oliver BEZZANT • Pat MCGRATH • Phil BLUER • Phoenix LOVE • Ralph BLACKBOURN • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH • Sandra WORTH • Sue GRAHAM-KAHN • Tracy REED • Will FORD • Yue MAN
Without any further ado, let’s move on to the headline makers and record breakers!
250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
Congratulations to Ted Fraser, who became our newest member of the 250 club on Saturday, well done Ted! He made his parkrun debut at event 112 on 4th November 2006, running a palindromic time of 21:12, and has since set a PB here of 19:20 at event 358 on 28th May 2011. He has ran 223 times at Bushy, with 21 runs at Richmond parkrun, five runs at Kingston parkrun and one at the nearby Crane parkrun. You’ll soon be able to wear one of the new Tribesports 250 tops, which if you haven’t heard will now be green and will have ‘250’ on the back just like the other parkrun club tops!
The new 'Forest Green' 250 parkrun Tribesports t-shirt
After Ted several more parkrunners are closing in on the 250 club, including Vince Howley (249), Ewen Gibson (247), Jonathan Cox (244), Tim Wood (244), Peter Smith (243) and Joanne Green (243)
There’s now 292 members of the 250 club, although still just one member of the 500 club – Darren Wood (515 runs)! John Hanscomb (454 runs) and Richard Fletcher (453) who both ran at Bushy on Saturday, are next in line to reach 500.
A Happy Hundred!
After five enjoyable years being at Bushy parkrun, I’ve finally got round to joining the 100 club! I could probably count on both hands (and maybe a few toes) the number of Saturdays I’ve not had my parkrun fix – such is the lure whatever the weather.
I remember vividly running regularly the first year I was parkrunning, until I picked up a few injuries after joining the 50 club in 2011 – which I now see as a blessing as it enabled me to volunteer more, to an addictive level, and through this period I’ve got to know so many more people, make more friends and to get a wider perspective of the parkrun experience and particularly the Bushy community. This has meant it took me longer to reach 100 parkruns, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every single week, volunteering or running - I've especially enjoyed doing funnel management, writing run reports and looking out for those stats!
A happy hundred - thanks to Suzan Baker for putting this card together for me! (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)
It was a wonderful morning and great to celebrate reaching this landmark with the support and congratulations of many parkrunners and friends that I’ve got to know along the way, thank you for being a part of it - and for helping to consume all the cakes and drinks! And of course a big thank you to PSH without whom none of us would be a part of this great movement. I feel very lucky to be a part of it. I’ve enjoyed wearing my red 50 parkrun top with pride, but I’m looking forward to wearing the black Tribesports ‘100’ t-shirt very soon!
Also joining the 100 club, and will receive their black Tribesports ‘100’ t-shirts soon are: Kevin Quinn, Paul McGregor and Penelope Roche. Congratulations! Jeanne-Mari Van Rooyen is on 99 runs and could reach three figures this Saturday!
A quintet of parkrunners joined the 50 club, well done to: Joseph Parkinson, Robert Munro, Andrew Lowdon, Jackie Burton and Mary Percival. Sean Carpenter is one away from this club as he moved on to 49 runs. Two junior parkrunners joined the 10 club, congratulations to: Will Sapsed and Chloe Clatworthy!
It was great to see so many parkrun Tribesports shirts among the masses on Saturday, including the new ‘25 club’ shirt for volunteers! Tribesports are working hard to go through the backlog of parkrun club shirts starting with those who earned their shirts earliest, so if you joined a new club in 2015 you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer, and thanks for your patience!
To find out when you can claim your club shirt via Wiggle, you need to visit your parkrun profile. To access your profile you need to visit your latest results email, where you will find a ‘Manage My Profile’ button. Click this link to be taken into the parkrun website and select ‘Club Progress’. On this page you will see if you are able to claim your shirt yet. Do check shirt sizes on the Tribesports and Wiggle pages before ordering!
We had an octet of ‘odd’ numbered pacers assisting you in your PB pursuit, a big thank you to:
An octet of pacers! (Photo taken by Emma Wingate)
21 mins – Julian Diamond
23 mins – David Pimm
25 mins – Andrew Howarth
27 mins – Tim Hurdle
29 mins – Tim Bowden
31 mins – David Stewart
33 mins – Jack Kennedy
35 mins – Andy Pillidge
There were a couple of mentions on Facebook for our 33 min pacer Jack Kennedy, from Maggie Hoad and Charlotte Panayides, whilst David Symmons hugged the 21 min pacer Julian Diamond after he set a new PB!
A big thanks to our wonderful octet of pacers and with good running conditions, a whopping 179 new PBs were set, as 19% of the registered field ran their fastest ever Bushy parkrun on Saturday! Of these 179 PBs, six were set by those with 100 Bushy parkruns or more. This list was led by 250 club member Stewart Rose! Stewart ran 19:56 (78.43%) for his first ever sub 20 min time on his 375th parkrun! He had to wait a very long time to beat his previous best of 20:02, which he set on 11 Dec 2010 at event 334, and had a sequence of 237 Bushy parkruns without lowering this mark, so he was delighted to finally achieve his sub 20 goal!
What’s Stewart’s next target? Well he did mention trying to go sub 19:30, and of course he is currently on a sequence of 70 consecutive Bushy parkruns dating back to 5th April 2014, keeping the current consecutive Bushy parkruns holder John Woods (116 runs and counting) on his toes. As well as being a very consistent runner every week with age gradings in the high 70s, Stewart can usually be found setting up our double funnel each and every week at 8:30am, well done!
parkrun PBs for Stewart Rose and Michael Trott
Congratulations to John Hargest who set a new PB on his 231st Bushy parkrun (237 runs overall), taking a single second off his previous best set last month to run 22:45 – I’m sure he got some good encouragement from our 23 minute pacer David Pimm! Well done John, closing in on the 250 club as well! Jonathan Mainwaring ran 18:28 for a new PB on his 148th Bushy parkrun (166 parkruns overall), taking three seconds off his previous best set almost two years ago, well done Jonathan!
Darren Franks ran 20:26 for his fifth PB of 2015 on his 149th parkrun here (151 runs overall), Louise Hutton-Wilson posted her first sub 27 time with 26:53 on her 110th Bushy parkrun (111 parkruns overall), and Tony Baker took nine seconds off his previous mark with 20:16 on his 108th parkrun (all at Bushy).
Well done all those who set new PBs with at least 50 Bushy laps completed: John Flynn, Andy Fairburn, Andy Simmonds, Michael Trott, Catherine Salmon, Joe Bowman, Christian Di Simone, Paul McLaren, David Symmons, James Morris, Kirsty Rumble, Joy Brollo, Manav Bath and Joseph Parkinson.
From the Ravenscourt Park Runners we welcomed Bushy debutants James Malcolm (191 parkruns) and James Doe (73 parkruns). They are both based at Wormwood Scrubs parkrun, but have done plenty of parkrun tourism across London!
Abingdon parkrunner John Last was a first timer here on his 176th parkrun and runs in the VM 75-79 category and posted an excellent 35:22! John has run mostly at Abingdon (119 runs) but he has also taken part at several other events across London and the Home Counties, and as far as Durham parkrun.
From Eastbourne Rovers AC we welcomed Eastbourne parkrun regulars Richard Davis (127 runs) and Debbie Davis (64 runs)! Their tourism has taken them across Sussex and Kent, and this was their first visit to Bushy!
Tourists Debbie Davis and Richard Davis from Eastbourne parkrun
Thanks to all of the tourists for coming, we hope you enjoyed a sunny parkrun day with us!
A flight of fancy (dress)
On rare occasions at Bushy parkrun you do see fancy dress, particularly at Christmas with reindeers, elves and Santas all in attendance, you might find the odd Easter bunny in the spring, and recently we had a parkrunner in full firefighter outfit. However, I’ve never seen an outfit like the one in the photo below, particularly on a warm summer morning! As we set off from Lime Avenue, I could hear a loud rustling noise and wondered what was happening, it certainly raised a smile or two! Unfortunately I didn’t catch your name afterwards, so hopefully if you read this you can make yourself known to us and why you decided to do it!
Not the most aerodynamic running attire! (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)
Couch to 5K
A big well done to Dave Linkson, who has graduated from the Couch to 5K programme and was running his third parkrun at Bushy on Saturday, and ran a new PB of 45:42, taking six minutes off his previous best! Congratulations!
Couch to 5K graduate Dave Linkson after his third parkrun, setting a new PB!
I was at the inaugural Moormead junior parkrun at Moormead Park in Twickenham on Sunday morning, where lots of fun was had as this new weekly 2km event kicked off in style with 24 eager junior parkrunners – another weekly local junior parkrun to add to our sister monthly event at Bushy junior parkrun (first Sunday of every month at 11am).
So if you have a child aged 4-14 who takes part at Bushy juniors, then do consider trying out Moormead – it starts at 9am every Sunday! The team at Moormead are also welcoming volunteers, so if you are local to the area and can help out then do get in touch and they’d be delighted to hear from you! In all there are 56 junior parkruns across the UK now, so do check out the events page if you’re away with family over the summer holiday!
So those were some of the headline makers and record breakers, but how did the rest of you do?
parkrunners passing the 2k mark (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)
The results bit
For the fifteenth time, Belgrave Harrier Andrius Jaksevicius was the first finisher, running 16:04 (81.64%) on his 134th parkrun (118 runs at Bushy), and he was closely followed by Joe Croft with 16:15 (79.38%) to set a new PB on his 20th parkrun (11 at Bushy). The next two finishers did not register their times; however two further registered parkrunners managed to sneak under 17 minutes. St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Ben Gibbons ran 16:54 on his 205th parkrun (190 runs at Bushy), and Thames Turbo Triathlete Aidan Campbell ran his first ever sub 17 time with a well-timed 16:59 (75.96%) on his 32nd parkrun (24 at Bushy).
The first junior male home was Thames Turbo Triathlete Ollie Hurdle, running 18:27 (75.43%) on his 27th parkrun (25 at Bushy). The next under 18 parkrunner back to the big tree was Max Zajdler in 20:05 (68.22%) on his 41st parkrun (all at Bushy), and he was closely followed by fellow junior Samuel Taylor, finishing in 20:14 (71.66%) on his ninth parkrun (all at Bushy). A further two juniors managed sub 21 times: Bill Downey (20:53) and Joseph Parkinson (20:58).
For the ladies, the first registered woman home was Tracy Barlow (no, not the TV character on Coronation Street!) as she ran an impressive 17:31 (84.49%) on her debut here on her second parkrun for Thames Valley Harriers. Next was Michelle Dillon and she ran 18:11 for 85.24% - the highest age graded percentage on the day on her 17th parkrun (15 at Bushy). Ruth Haynes completed the sub 20 female finishers as she ran 18:29 (80.07%) for Aldershot, Farnham & District AC on her fifth parkrun (all at Bushy).
First female finisher Tracy Barlow at 4km (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)
The first junior female finisher back to the big tree was Ranelagh Harrier Sacha Kennedy, as she ran 21:20 (74.84%) on her 39th parkrun (27 at Bushy). Next was Laura Howley for Thames Turbo Triathlon, with a time of 22:38 (69.44%) on her 55th parkrun (27 at Bushy), and just a second behind Laura was Amber George, running 22:39 (70.49%) on her 55th parkrun (all at Bushy). A further four junior girls managed sub 25 times, well done to: Beth Turton (23:23), Annabel Cooper (24:34), Chloe Fernandes (24:43) and Rosie Watts (24:51).
Highest age grading scorers
A magnificent seven runners managed to achieve over 80% for their age grading this time, led by the ladies as Michelle Dillon, who ran 18:11 to earn an outstanding 85.24% in the VW40-44 age category, and first female finisher Tracy Barlow was next with 84.49% from her time of 17:31 in the SW30-34 category. Congratulations also to: Laurence Duffy – 82.10% (VM55-59 – 18:43), first finisher Andrius Jaksevicius – 81.64% (SM30-34 – 16:04), Ramona Thevenet – 80.54% (VW55-59 – 22:11), Jonathan Mainwaring – 80.51% (VM50-54 – 18:28) and Ruth Haynes – 80.07% (SW20-24 – 18:29).
There were some high percentages amongst the junior parkrunners too, led by Joseph Parkinson, who earned 77.98% in the JM10 category for his time of 20:58, and it was a new PB for him to celebrate joining the 50 club! Harry Tuckman ran 21:18 for 76.76% in the JM10 category, Ollie Hurdle ran 18:27 for 75.43% in the JM15-17 category and Sacha Kennedy ran 21:20 for 74.84% in the JW11-14 category.
For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ
parkrunners heading towards Sandy Lane Gate after 2km (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)
With 44 events completed in this year’s Bushy parkrun season (October 2014 until September 2015) and another 10 remaining, there’s less than a quarter of the season remaining!
Leading the men’s table currently is Mark Gratton, with 10,219 points, and he almost has an unassailable lead over second placed Chris Brimacombe on 9,375 and Andrius Jaksevicius is third with 8,697 points, ahead of Jeremy Langdon on 8,599 with Julian Diamond rounding out the top five on 8,335.
Leading the women’s table currently is Ramona Thevenet, with 9,854 points, and she has a 269 point lead over second placed Polly Adams on 9,585, and Brigid Hibberd is third with 8,654, ahead of Jennifer Darling on 8,291, with Niamh Hyland rounding out the top five on 7,727.
parkrunners gather for the start on Lime Avenue (Photo taken by Katrin Kroschinski)
Stats of the day
There were 989 runners – 920 identified, 69 unidentified (7% of field).
Of the 920 identified runners, there were:
- 179 PBs (19% of field) of which 6 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
- 57 Bushy first timers (6% of field) of which 36 were parkrun first timers (4% of field)
- 87 Juniors aged under 18 (9%) and 170 Seniors aged 19-34 (18%)
- 663 Vets (73%) of which 89 are 35-39, 274 are 40-49, 223 are 50-59, 77 are 60+
- 553 males (60.1%) and 367 females (39.1%)
- Most common male age group was 45-49 (94 runners – 17% of all males)
- Most common female age group was 45-49 (59 runners – 16% of all females)
- 197 club runners (21% of field) from 55 different clubs and 723 unattached (79%)
- Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (64 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (14), Ranelagh Harriers (11), Sweatshop Running Community (10), St Mary’s Richmond AC (8).
Of the 989 finishers, there were:
- 74 runners sub 20 mins (7.5%), 649 between 20:00-29:59 (65.6%), 266 over 30 mins (26.9%)
- Top 10% time: 20:42, Midpoint time: 26:32
- Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 44, 46, 78, 59, 85, 68, 80, 65, 79, 45
- 377 finishers between 24:00 and 28:59, average of 75.4 per minute
- 85 finishers in the 24th minute.
How many parkruns?
- 64535 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 920, averaging 70 parkruns each
- 412 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (45% of identified field), of which
- 173 members of the 50 club (19%)
- 203 members of the 100 club (22%)
- 36 members of the 250 club (4% of field) – John Hanscomb (454), Richard Fletcher (453), Paul Killick (436), John Woods (404), Ramona Thevenet (404), Simon Greenhill (401), Polly Adams (377), Stewart Rose (375), Derek Blackmore (364), David Tyas (358), Philip Williamson (357), Liz Collison (353), David Worth (344), Madge Bradsell (344), Alex Williamson (335), Mark Gratton (333), Malcolm Taylor (324), Sheila Fergusson (318), Dale Durrans (316), Jeremy Palmer (309), Carol Dickinson (309), Carmen Palmer (307), Jeremy Langdon (306), Ken Pearson (296), Benjamin Williamson (284), Jason Venkatasamy (283), Roger Wilson (283), Richard Barker (278), Gill Wilson (273), Christopher Johnson (267), Bob Anderson (262), Jeremy Hawke (254), Trevor Morris (253), Keith Haworth (253), Dave Hall (252), Ted Fraser (250).
A big thank you to Katrin Kroschinski for the photos in this run report.
From all at Bushy parkrun, we’d like to wish parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE a great celebratory morning for his 250th parkrun at Worcester parkrun this Saturday!
That’s all for now, see you next time!
(Photo taken by Emma from Roundhay parkrun)
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