Run Report Event No. 513 – 12th April 2014
Another Saturday morning + another bright and dry start to the day + another 900+ runners gathered by the start tree listening to Ray’s announcements = business as usual at Bushy parkrun!
In total 969 of us enjoyed another beautiful run in our lovely Royal Park, and we were joined this week by parkrun tourists from Havant who were in London for the Marathon. At the start of the run one lady very kindly handed in to Event Director Ray some contact lenses that had been lost... only to approach him at the end of the run to ask for them back because she had realised they were hers!
I always think that there’s an additional buzz in the air for runners on London Marathon weekend – I hope anyone running this year had a great day... it was a hot one! It is well and truly Spring marathon season at the moment and a couple of Bushy regulars ran amazing races at the Brighton Marathon last week: well done to the current leader of the female points table, Polly Adams, on her amazing 3:11:55 time and first place in her age group! And also well done to Liz Zass who finished an amazing 6th in her age group with a Good for Age time!
We are lucky to be surrounded by so many class runners here at Bushy and it is such a great hotbed of knowledge, information and sharing experiences - I, for one, really enjoy the hour (or two!) in the Pheasantry after parkrun listening to and quizzing fellow runners about events / distances they have competed in that I may one day be tempted to sign up for. Maybe because parkrun is a run not a race, I find everyone to be incredibly supportive and proud of each others’ achievements, which is a wonderful thing.
One such inspiring event is the Thames Path 100 mile race in 3 weeks time which sees around 300 runners attempt to run from Richmond to Oxford. My husband, Michael, is running it and I am therefore writing this report on Saturday afternoon from a noisy, busy coffee shop in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, having dropped him off somewhere on the Thames Path in Berkshire for a training run - I am awaiting his arrival 24 miles upstream! It’s a great opportunity for me to have a good look at this week’s Bushy parkrun results...
The results bit
This week I ran with friend Sharon Rowe and enjoyed, in her words, a really lovely ‘sedate’ run as I was running the marathon the next day. Needless to say, we missed Jermaine King Mays coming home as first finisher in 15:11 which is a new PB for him on his 5th parkrun – well done Jermaine! Jed Leicester, volunteering on the last tree, was too in awe of Jermaine’s speed that he missed taking a photo of him! Luckily Rodney McCulloch was on the ball and supplied this great action shot of Jermain...
Jed did, however, capture Paul Lowe coming in second in a time of 16:08.
Third finisher was Samuel Robinson in 16:30 also with a shiny new PB!
First female to the tree was Ruth Haynes in 18:58, followed by Joanna Rodriguez in 19:46 and then Florence Taylor in 19:59... speedy ladies!
Amongst our junior runners was Myles Kemp, first on the imaginary junior male podium, in a time of 19:13. Joining him on the second step was Edward Charles Gerald Soane in 19:51 on his first visit to Bushy parkrun, and on the third step with a time of 19:54 was Goldie Luzolo. On the top step of the junior female podium was Gemma Lucy Watts in a new PB of 21:58. Joining her was Danielle Thompson with a time of 22:47 in her first visit to Bushy parkrun and Jessica Lillywhite with her time of 23:11.
Maybe due to good conditions underfoot and warm, still air there were incredibly 165 new PBs this week which is 17% of the field... well done if that was you! Members of the 100 Club achieving a new PB this week were: Paul Boddey, Chris Brimacombe, Graham Shaw, Neil Hankey, Rebecca Lunn, Joseph Lahlou, Jennifer Kissane, Jacquie Robinson, Wendy Robertson, Jackie Dunkley and Rose O’Neil – well done! There are many interesting and differing ways that people set about aiming for a new PB on a Saturday morning – some follow a specific training plan to improve their 5K speed, others tuck in secretly behind someone they know can run that speed, others get a friend to pace them round and others simply GO FOR IT!!! Andy Wingate employed a novel technique last weekend in a 10K race as he wore for the first time a pair of trainers he bought a few months ago from a salesman who told him they were a ‘guaranteed PB in a box’... guess what?... new 10K PB!
One of the beauties of parkrun is that you don’t have to be a fast runner or attempt to get a new PB... you are rewarded with membership of the clubs through attendance. This week Carol and Emma Dickinson were on t-shirt duty under the gazebo giving away t-shirts to those parkrunners who have achieved milestones in the last month or two. This week there were no new members of the 250 Club, but we welcome Simon Neil to the 100 Club, and Phil Torode, Tracy Thompson, Chris Meara, Daniel Wren and Charles A Clifford to the 50 Club. Joseph Brown and Alex Moran were the 2 juniors to join the 10 Club this week. Look out for your emails, guys, and be sure to reply requesting your size...!
Thank you as ever to the volunteers this week that ensured Bushy parkrun could go ahead: Alex Fergusson, Alison Todd, Andrew John Wingate, Ann Coward, Anne Woods, Ayan Hyderi, Ayoub Benzerroun, Carol Margaret Dickinson, Carolyn Lovegrove, David Klein, Emma Dickinson, Florence Corvi, Fran Kendon, Graham Mortimer, Hayden Matthews, Janice Franks, Jed Leicester, Jim Holder, John A Stephens, Julie Melotte, Justine Albert, Lou Coaker, Michael Trott, Nick Wright, Pat McGrath, Peter Christian, Polly Adams, Ray Bairstow, Ray Coward, Ray Franks, Robert Lovegrove, Rodney Howard McCulloch, Romit Basu and Steve Smith. You don’t need to be called Ray to volunteer – although from the list above it looks as if it might help! – it is open to all runners and members of their family too. There are many roles to try and every parkrun depends on a certain number of volunteers each week in order to go ahead so, if you haven’t tried it before, please consider putting your name down by emailing email@example.com. It is fun and really interesting to see parkrun from the other side...
Happy running this week, and see you next Saturday... same time, same place!
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