Run Report Event No. 572 – 16th May 2015

A butterfly in the sunshine

This week, we saw our 7th biggest field ever as 1,109 runners completed a lap of the park. The sun shone and overall it was a great day for running. We were back on the ‘Butterfly course’ and on the ‘wide start’ after our little sojourn back to the old course last week. Having tried out both wide and narrow starting versions of the new course, I can confirm that the wide start is the favoured one and the one we will be using for at least the time being.

Jed with his 70's throwback bike

It was the first week we have had pacers on the new course and I know there was some nerves among them due to the lack of familiarity of the various landmarks. When you have run the same course a hundred times or whatever you get a feel for where you need to be at various points, but on this course everyone was, to some extent, in the dark!

As a first time pacer, Rodney (21 mins) obviously didn't get the memo about wearing back shorts! Shocking!

In the end, it was a cracking performance.

Rodney McCulloch on his first pacing gig topped the stats with a single second separating him from perfection (21:01). He was closely followed by fellow debutant Tim Hurdle (28:58) and old-hand David Stewart (32:58).

Rodney was requested to take good care of Sasha and Leonie as they were both going for PBs close to his 21 min pacing. One success and one failure - neither down to Rodney!

Well done guys! I hope you noticed the Tweet about how we should have pacers every week! Unfortunately, we can’t, but it is great to see how much you are all appreciated!

Where’s Chris?

This week we heard that Chris McDougall was aiming to run at Bushy this weekend.

For anyone who doesn’t recognise the name, Chris is the author of the bestselling book Born to Run. In the book he visits a reclusive Indian tribe in the Mexican Copper Canyons and marvels at their ability to run huge distances (over 100 miles) without getting the routine injuries of most runners. Chris then asserts that modern cushioned running shoes are a major cause of running injury, pointing to the thin sandals worn by Tarahumara runners. This book caused a huge explosion in the barefoot running movement and is why you will see a few of our contingent running barefoot or in minimalist shoes.

Unfortunately, for unknown reasons (although possibly illness as his Twitter feed suggests he is under the weather) Chris couldn’t make it to Bushy – or could he?...

Who is that masked man?

Sarah chatting to a masked fireman - an everyday occurrence in the Finney house

We did have one slightly strange sight at Bushy this week. Athlete number 1311404 is known on the parkrun system as Flame 999. All we know about Flame is that he runs in the VM45-49 Age Category, so can at least assume male! Flame is fund-raising for a fire brigade charity and I am told routinely gets challenges from various people which he has to achieve. This week he was challenged to run Bushy parkrun in full fire-fighting kit. He duly completed it in a cracking time considering his attire.

The Flame finishing with Suzan Baker just behind! ;O)

The one additional mystery is the fact that Flame has to wear a mirrored visor so no-one can see his face! He told us only one person actually knows his real identity!

However, I am pretty confident I know the secret – Chris McDougall was actually among us this week and instead of running in minimalist shoes decided to see how good fireman’s boots were are avoiding injury! I await the next book in the series – Born to Stomp!

The Flame a.k.a Chris at the finish

The 572nd Bushy parkrun

This week, we saw that nefarious character Unknown Athlete first back to the big tree. It was the  30th time Unknown has finished first at Bushy.

Not far behind was junior athlete Jamie Millbank (17:08) with Nick Wright (17:33) and Mark Gratton (17:35) not far behind.

Following them in was our first female – Kate Brown who finished in the super-quick time of 17:37 well clear of Julie Reynolds (19:11) and Vicki Brown (19:14).

In the junior event, obviously Jamie was first home with Oliver Coppellotti (18:14) and Joshua Poncia (18:44) completing the podium.

And we saw Sacha Kennedy record the fastest time amongst the girls (due to some brilliant pacing support). Sacha finished a little ahead of Poppy Jensen (20:57) and Libby Brown (21:00)

Andrew (27 mins) comes in with a huge gang of support


New Club Membership, PBs and WAVA Age Grades

Junior 10 Club – Well done to Charlotte Skelton who was the only one of our runners to qualify for the 10 Club this week.

50 Club – Will Grieg, Mark Trueman, Rebecca Oshea, William Walker and Stephen Aras all ran their 50th parkrun at Bushy

100 Club – Jonathan Tanton and Roy Stratford will be being fitted for the 100 Club gear soon

250 Club – No-one!


167 new PBs were recorded this week, with an incredible 32 people with 50 runs or more ot their name! Most experienced of the lot was junior runner and super-quick one at that – Benjamin Williamson on 278 runs! But congratulations also goes to…

Mark Christopher ROSE, Tom HAWORTH, Joshua PONCIA, Benjamin WILLIAMSON, Jack FARRAR, David CARTER, James MOORE, Bob HIGSON, David BREWIN, Louise MILLS, Ethan Andrew RUSSELL, Patricia GIBBONS, Dean FURBER, Peter WHITMAN, Dean TYLER, Tom GREIG, Charlotte AXBEY, Andy FAIRBURN, Bethy WELLS, Jaden RUSSELL, Evan RUSSELL, Romit BASU, Martin POWELL, David BARTON, Kelly CHENEY, Sharon CRICHTON, Valerie MILLS, Rovena NDREU, Simon LOVEGROVE, Deborah LINK, Gurleen GHOTRA and Susan HOWARTH! Blimey!


In terms of WAVA Age Grading, we  saw five athletes hitting the 80% marker. So well done to Kate Brown, Anthony Gilling, Ruth Hutton, Dorothy Beckett and Merran Sell

Well done to everyone who did something memorable this week!






A first timer – sort of!

This week was the first time I have run Bushy parkrun since the course change. Prior to this I have done a variety of volunteering roles over the last half dozen weeks and so it was with a little excitement that Emma and I drove into Bushy Park at about 8:15 on Saturday.

I had run the course once to film it, but that was with only one other runner around me and so I was interested to see how it felt with 1,000 or so people striving for the same objective. It was fascinating and I agree with a lot of the comments which people have had over the last few weeks.

  1. The Pinch

To be honest, the start was fine for me. I got off to a flyer and so was probably in the first 100 or so people to get to ‘the pinch’ and so actually that was pretty okay. However, I can see how it might be awkward a few seconds behind when the people who don’t shoot off like a lunatic get there. This is a shame and hopefully something that the community can work out through better seeding on the startline and just being prepared for what is to come. I noticed a few people cutting to the right of the tree at this point – it means they get a much clearer and flatter running surface and this is balanced against the additional 5m or so in distance run! That might well be worth it!

  1. Need to be aware of other park users

Running along the first kilometre we encountered a cyclist coming the other way and it was helpful to have a few runners shouting a warning to those coming behind. Anyone who walks or cycles along there are going to find 1,000 runners coming towards them a nuisance – hopefully they will see what is coming and get out of the way, but obviously they have just as much right as we do and so can everyone be careful and considerate of people coming the other way. Run with your head up and make sure you know what is going on!

  1. You are in the park more

The other thing I agreed with was that the new course is a little more fun – it is split up into smaller sections and you are in the park more (as opposed to around the perimeter)

  1. I can’t judge distances very well

My final realisation is how far it is from the little bridge between Heron and Leg of Mutton ponds to the finish line! I had thought this would be the place to start you sprint! I don’t think that is the case anymore!


Hearts and Communities

Finally - this week I had two emails about people collapsing while running – with very different emotions. On the good side, we heard some great news from a friend of Karen Whapshott-Downer – the lady who collapsed at Bushy a few weeks ago. She is out of hospital and continues to improve. She is still some way off running, but is now up and about and continuing her rehabilitation – this is awesome news, but shows how serious the situation was and the brilliant work her fellow parkrunners did in keeping her alive until the ambulance team could arrive.

On the flipside of the coin, I was passed on a very sad email which had been sent to our EDs, Ray and Hayden.

I was out on a run yesterday at lunch time when I came across a man who had collapsed on the towpath between Teddington lock and Richmond.  Myself and another bypasser attempted to revive him with CPR, and an ambulance was called, but it was too late.  After about 1hr of combined effort in trying to revive him, the paramedics took him to Kingston hospital - but the main paramedic said that he didn't hold any hope.  I've since spoken to the hospital and he was pronounced dead after arriving there.

I am not going to divulge any real details as it feels like it is not my place. Save to say the guy was in his late 40s and seemingly fit and healthy. I don’t know if he leaves family behind, but I am sure someone received the worst kind of phonecall this week.

I will say though that he carried no identification on him save for a parkrun barcode which gave the ambulance crew his name. I am told he was not a regular at our event (not that it matters), but he was one of our family and it is a terrible thing for someone to be cut down at such a young age.

This brings me onto two things…

I cannot ask people more strongly – please carry emergency contact details on you whenever you run! My wife has taken to slipping on her parkrun barcode wristband whenever she pulls on her trainers and for this I am grateful. Obviously I hope to God that nothing ever happens, but at least I know that I will be called quickly if something terrible does.

And secondly, we had a Core Team meeting this week as the new defibrillator has now been delivered. We went round to Ray and Ann’s to discuss how this should be used and also to get a little demonstration of its usage. I have to say it was a real confidence boost for me – I was very nervous about adding this to our kit, simply because I am not in any way First Aid trained and was scared that if the worst happened then I would mess something up and make a situation worse. However, from seeing the device and watching the accompanying DVD then I know that it couldn’t be easier – anyone could operate it! Basically you turn it on and an electronic voice then tells you everything you need to do – step by step! The machine won’t shock anyone who doesn’t need shocking and gives you advice on when to administer CPR etc.

Obviously, I hope the machine sits idly in the Run Directors kit-box every week until the end of eternity, but if the worst does happen then I am confident anyone could use it – even me!

It is testament to the caring and selfless nature of our running community that we could raise the £1,000 needed for such a purchase within about a fortnight – so thank you to everyone who contributed!

There is a small overhang of money, which we have said will be used to try to organise some First Aid courses for anyone of our runners who are interested. Ray and Ann are talking to the London Ambulance Service and as soon as we have more details we will let you know, but our aim is to get as many of our runners trained as we can. First Aid is a life skill and so goes beyond parkrun, so if we can help in some tiny way to build those skills then parkrun is doing another service to the community.

Anyway, that’s all for this week. Hope you all have a good week

Take care

Andy W

Our final finishers this week! Who seemed to enjoy very minute!

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Run Report Event No. 571 – 9th May 2015


We’re gonna rock down to Chestnut Avenue!


parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #571
1,063 parkrunners set off on Chestnut Avenue (photo taken by Chris Hill)


After new beginnings for Bushy parkrun on Lime Avenue over the past three weeks, for one week only we returned to the ‘old course’ as 1,063 eager parkrunners assembled on Chestnut Avenue yesterday as Lime Avenue was being prepared for the following day’s annual Chestnut Sunday celebrations. The new course has proved very popular in recent weeks, with many expressing it could be faster (myself included), but it was good to enjoy running along Chestnut Avenue once again, if only to see the sight of the trees in their full bloom, summer must be just around the corner!

Run Director Ray Coward had some very good news to announce that Bushy parkrun has now bought a defibrillator to include as part of the weekly kit. This would not have been possible without the extremely generous donations from the local community over the last month, so well done and a big thanks to all of you!


parkrunners ready to set off on Bushy parkrun #571
1,063 parkrunners ready to set off! (Photo taken by Chris Hill)


As it would only be a brief fling with the ‘old course’, I was keen to run despite being down to do the run report! Luckily I found one of the funnel volunteers, Christopher Hill, before the start and asked him to take a few photos at the start before I finished, thanks Chris! I had a particularly good run this week with my fastest parkrun for a while, which always give you a buzz for the rest of the weekend. Once I’d stretched post run, I began looking for stories around the finish area for the run report, which is always good fun, you never know what to expect. Well I say you never know what to expect, you can expect there will be the ‘three C’s’ somewhere: cakes, champagne and celebrations!

On the day RD Ray was assisted by volunteer co-ordinator Ann Coward, while Andy Wingate carefully clicked all 1,063 runners across the line. In all a team of 27 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! Do get in touch with Pat McGrath at and he’d be pleased to hear from you!


A quiet finish area before the runners arrive!
The finish area - a quiet place before the runners arrive! (Photo taken by Chris Hill)


Full list of volunteers on the day:

Ali KENNEDY  •  Andrew John WINGATE  •  Ann COWARD  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Christopher HILL  •  Dale DURRANS  •  David PAPWORTH  •  Emma Anne WINGATE  •  Eva-Maria BONIN  •  Jack KENNEDY  •  Jan PRINCE  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Joan WALES  •  John A STEPHENS  •  Jonathan EVANS  •  Lou COAKER  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Owen DELANEY  •  Polly ADAMS  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard BARMAN  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Simon LANE  •  Tom DELANEY  •  Trevor MITCHELL  •  Yue MAN


St Mary’s masseurs

We were lucky to have two masseurs from St Mary’s giving free massages as part of their training. They proved to be very popular as always, and I found out the calf area was the most requested place to massage on the morning! Thanks as always!
St Mary's provided free massages to parkrunners post-run


250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs

A big congratulations to two new members of the 250 clubSteve Miller and Rachel Brice!

Steve was running his 224th parkrun here, with 18 runs also at Cambridge, four at Grovelands in Enfield, three at Poole and one at Woodbank parkrun and he made his parkrun debut over nine years ago on 21st January 2006 at event 71. Rachel was running here 242nd Bushy parkrun, with three runs each at Basingstoke and Southampton, and one each at Yeovil Montacute and one. Well done to you both, not long to wait until the new Tribesports shirts arrive so you can wear your parkrun bling with pride!

The next runners in line to join this club are: Keith Haworth (246), Dave Hall (245), Ted Fraser (242).


A trio of runners joined the 100 club, well done to: Paul Levene, Carol Swaffer and Lilian Mace! Paul celebrated with his family in the now customary style of cakes and drinks!


Paul Levene joins the 100 club
Paul Levene celebrates joining the 100 club


A further five runners are on 99 not out and could join the 100 club next Saturday – Jonathan Hughes, Jonathan Tanton, Nicola Lovegrove, Joseph Howarth and Roy Stratford!


50 runs at 50!

Kevin Day celebrated his 50th birthday in style by joining the 50 club! He celebrated the occasion suitable with balloons and cakes galore! Well done Kevin!


Kevin Day runs his 50th parkrun on his 50th birthday
50 runs at 50 for Kevin Day (second right)


In all a fantastic five joined the 50 club this week – well done to Gary Bradshaw, Paul Hedley, Kevin Day, Eva Day and Keith Riding!

A trio of runners are one run away from reaching a half century: Joanna Girling, Julie Frizzarin and Deborah Link.


Paul Levene joins 100 club, Keith Riding and Kevin Day join 50 club
New club members Paul Levene (100), Keith Riding (50) and Kevin Day (50)


New PBs

Of the 115 PBs set yesterday, just two were from those with more than 100 Bushy parkruns under their belt. Franco Boeri ran 21:26 on his 155th parkrun (all at Bushy) to take two seconds off his previous PB which he set in August last year, well done Franco! First finisher Andrius Jaksevicius managed his first ever sub 16 minute time to run 15:59 on his 125th parkrun (109 at Bushy), taking a single second off his PB from last week! Andrius has now run three PBs in the last four weeks.


First finisher Andrius Jaksevicius
First finisher Andrius Jaksevicius running a new PB (photo taken by Chris Hill)


Paul Brackley took 29 seconds off his PB on his 66th Bushy lap (67 runs overall), running 23:33, Sharon Crichton ran 26:52 to shave four seconds off her previous best on her 59th Bushy parkrun (65 runs overall), and Deborah Link ran 30:08 on her 51st parkrun (all at Bushy) to take 38 seconds off her PB.



parkrun tourists

The most experienced parkrunner making his Bushy debut was Nick Riches, who celebrated his 200th parkrun by joining us. Nick is a regular at Gorleston Cliffs parkrun near Great Yarmouth as he has run 106 times there. Gorleston Cliffs is the easternmost parkrun in Britain! I hope you had a great morning Nick, thanks for coming!

Andrew Grafton was another Bushy first timer on his 42nd parkrun, with 31 of his previous runs at Wimbledon Common, although most of his recent runs have been at Guildford parkrun. Bushy debutant Andy Goddard was running his 41st parkrun, and is a Basingstoke regular with 39 of his previous runs there. Thanks for coming guys; we hope you enjoyed the experience!


So those were some of the headline makers and record breakers, but how did the rest of you do?


parkrunners ready to set off on Bushy parkrun #571


The results bit

For the twelfth time, Belgrave Harrier Andrius Jaksevicius was the first finisher as he ran a new PB of 15:59 (79.58%) on his 125th parkrun (109 at Bushy), for his first ever sub 16 minute time! Next back to the big tree was Sittingbourne Strider Anthony Jackson, who ran 16:18 (79.24%) on his 158th parkrun (144 at Bushy) for his fastest parkrun time in 12 months. He was followed by the first junior finisher, as St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Jamie Millbank ran 17:03 (79.18%) on his 194th parkrun (174 at Bushy), just Seven Seconds Away (classic 90s one hit wonder) from his PB which he set last week.


First junior finisher Jamie Millbank
First junior finisher Jamie Millbank (photo taken by Chris Hill)


After Jamie, the next junior finisher was Aaron Bruce, running 18:26 (75.50%) for Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers on his eighth parkrun (all at Bushy), and the third junior home was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Max Wilkinson, who ran 19:06 (71.73%) on his 122nd parkrun (115 at Bushy)


The first three ladies all crossed the finish line within 10 seconds, led by Julie Reynolds of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, running 19:10 (78.96%) to be just one second outside her PB on her 19th parkrun (13 at Bushy). Seven Seconds Away from Julie was Tracey Hardcastle (aka Nell McAndrew), running 19:17 on her 22nd parkrun (20 at Bushy), and she was closely followed by parkrun pioneer and Ranelagh Harrier Rachel Rowan, who crossed the line in 19:20 (81.38%) on her 14th parkrun (all at Bushy). A further three women managed sub 20 minute times, well done to: Clare Graham (19:29), Joanne Locker (19:54) and Anri Cohen (19:57).

Ranelagh Harrier Sacha Kennedy was the first junior girl home, as she ran 20:51 (76.58%) on her 36th parkrun (24 at Bushy), just four seconds outside her PB. Beatrice Wilding ran a new PB of 21:29 (74.32%) on her ninth parkrun (eight at Bushy) for Thames Turbo Triathlon, and the third junior girl to finish was Leonie Kennedy, running 21:54 (72.91%) for Ranelagh Harriers on her 40th parkrun (27 at Bushy).


Highest age grading scorers

Eight runners managed to achieve over 80% for their age grading this time! Laurence Duffy (VM50-54) ran 18:18 to earn 83.24% for the highest score of the day, and Andrius Jaksevicius (SM30-34) ran a new PB of 15:59 for 82.06%. The highest female scorer was Bushy regular Ramona Thevenet (VW55-59), who ran 21:52 to earn 81.71%. A further five runners reached over 80%, well done to: Clare Graham (81.52%), Rachel Rowan (81.38%), Steve Smith (81.36%), Merran Sell (80.39%) and Liz Zass (80.21%)

For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ


Points tables

With 34 events completed in this year’s Bushy parkrun season (October 2014 until September 2015) and another 20 remaining, we are well over halfway through the season.

Leading the men’s table currently is Mark Gratton, with 8,034 points, and he has a big lead over second placed Chris Brimacombe on 7,215 and Jeremy Langdon is third with 6,617 points, ahead of Andrius Jaksevicius on 6,454 with Julian Diamond rounding out the top five on 6,442.

Leading the women’s table currently is Ramona Thevenet, with 7,875 points, and she also has a big lead over second placed Polly Adams on 7,371, and Jennifer Darling is third with 6,695 points, ahead of Brigid Hibberd on 6,590, with Janet Livesey rounding out the top five on 6,082.

To find out more about the points tables work, and how points are accumulated, please visit the parkrun support FAQ


parkrunners set off on Bushy parkrun #571


Stats of the day

There were 1063 runners – 983 identified, 80 unidentified (7.5% of field).


How many?

  • Of the 983 identified runners, there were:
  • 115 PBs (12% of field) of which 2 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 62 Bushy first timers (6% of field) of which 42 were parkrun first timers (4% of field)
  • 115 Juniors aged under 18 (12%) and 170 Seniors aged 19-34 (17%)
  • 698 Vets (71%) of which 99 are 35-39, 289 are 40-49, 252 are 50-59, 58 are 60+
  • 585 males (59.5%) and 398 females (40.5%)
  • Most common male age group was 50-54 (105 runners – 18% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (62 runners – 16% of all females)
  • 210 club runners (21% of field) from 58 different clubs and 773 unattached (79%)
  • Top 6 clubs: Stragglers (65 runners), St Mary’s Richmond AC (15), Thames Turbo Triathlon (15), Ranelagh Harriers (13), Sweatshop Running Community (9), Teddington Rugby Running Club (9).


How fast?

  • Of the 1063 finishers, there were:
  • 63 runners sub 20 mins (6%), 719 between 20:00-29:59 (68%), 281 over 30 mins (26%)
  • Top 10% time: 21:01, Midpoint time: 26:37
  • Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 42, 53, 73, 74, 84, 76, 101, 72, 79, 65
  • 412 finishers between 24:00 and 28:59, average of 82.4 per minute
  • 101 finishers in the 26th minute.


How many parkruns?

  • 70674 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 983, averaging 71 parkruns each
  • 449 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (46% of identified field), of which
  • 183 members of the 50 club (19%)
  • 225 members of the 100 club (23%)
  • 41 members of the 250 club (4% of field) – John Hanscomb (445 runs), Richard Fletcher (444 runs), Paul Killick (426), John Woods (394), Ramona Thevenet (394), Simon Greenhill (392), Kirsty Bangham (392), Stewart Rose (365), Ciaran Murphy (360), Derek Blackmore (357), David Tyas (349), Stewart Holmes (347), Liz Collison (346), David Worth (339), Madge Bradsell (337), Mark Gratton (324), Suzan Baker (316), Malcolm Taylor (315), Sheila Fergusson (313), Jeremy Palmer (302), Wally Garrod (301), Carmen Palmer (300), Dave Griffiths (297), Jeremy Langdon (296), Rory Waddell (292), Ken Pearson (287), Pat McGrath (282), Steve Cochrane (281), Duncan Grant (280), Suzie Longstaff (280), Jason Venkatasamy (276), Marjory Bluer (274), Helen Gardiner (273), Richard Barker (271), Malcolm Dickson (268), Charles Worth (268), Graham Titcombe (260), Christopher Johnson (257), Bob Anderson (254), Steve Miller (250) and Rachel Brice (250).


Don’t forget that we will be returning to the new course once again next week and for the foreseeable future on Lime Avenue, see you there for it!


Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch


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Run Report Event No. 570 – 2nd May 2015

It’s a wide world after all!

This week we saw the 570th Bushy parkrun. 1,107 runners completed a lap of the course until grey skies and not the warmest of temperatures, but all seemed to enjoy themselves. We switched back to the wide start and people generally seemed happy with that decision and so I think that will be our regular startline on the new ‘Butterfly’ course.


Back to the old routine

Having said that, next Saturday (9th May) will see us revert back to the old course. It is Chestnut Sunday on the following day and so Lime Avenue will be a mass of tents as they setup for the annual celebration of the blossoming chestnut trees in the park. We will have a marshal stationed at the new start to remind anyone who is caught out by the change, but hopefully a mass of runners a hundred metres or so away will jog peoples’ memories.

The 570th Bushy parkrun

1,107 runners completed their lap of the park aided by an amazing group of volunteers – Thanks as always go to…

Ali KENNEDY  •  Ally MANOLE  •  Andy WINGATE  •  Beatrice FULLER  •  Ben DICKINSON  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Christopher HILL  •  Colin COBURN  •  David KLEIN  •  Dean FURBER  •  Emily MURRAY  •  Emma WINGATE  •  Georgina BRAND  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Heather WALLINGTON  •  Jackie DUNKLEY  •  Janice FRANKS  •  John A STEPHENS  •  Katy BANYARD  •  Kevin DAY  •  Liz ZASS  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Marcin DYSZKOWSKI  •  Michael TROTT  •  Mike TIVNEN  •  Olivia FULLER  •  Owen DELANEY  •  Paul KEDDIE  •  Phil BLUER  •  Phil DAVIES  •  Phoenix LOVE  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richie RYAN  •  Robert John DEAN  •  Stewart ROSE  •  Sue READ  •  Suzan BAKER  •  Will FULLER


For the third time in a row Taras Telkovsky (15:57) was the first finisher at Bushy. In fact he has been first back to the big tree every time we have run the new course. Maybe Taras will have a week off next week when we revert to the old course before resuming his dominance of the top step of the podium when we get back to Line Ave.

Taras taking first place for the third time in a row

Taras was followed home by Andrius Jaksevicius (16:00) and Paul Lowe (16:04). Andrius in second registered a new PB for his 108th lap of Bushy Park.

The ladies event was lead home by Isabel Brinsden who’s 19:10 was a new PB. Natalie Gentry (19:39) and Charlotte Chalwin (19:49) make up the top three.

Isabel closing in on the finish line


Amongst the juniors we saw Neil Wellard (16:29) record a new PB along with the fastest time. Neil was followed home by Jamie Millbank (16:56) (who also scored a New PB) and Max Wilkinson (18:57). Imogen King (22:22) was the fastest of the young ladies with Helena Samarasinghe (22:41) and Hettie Cloud (23:03) pushing her hard around the course.


In a new category, the ‘Vets’. The first runner home was Paul ‘Peej’ Graham in 17:07, followed by Nick Wright (17:48) and Mark Gratton (17:56). Joanna Shillington (20:07) showed a clean pair of heels to Ruth Hutton (20:23) and Kate Peacock (20:31).

I only bring the final category to the attention because of Paul ‘Peej’ Graham really. Peej was the driving force behind the creation of Junior parkrun and of that he should be very proud. However, his latest project is at the other end of the age spectrum. Last year his wife, Clare, competed in the Athletics World Masters Championships and picked up a couple of medals. Paul has decided that he is going to have a go too and so is about to start his training for Lyon later this year. His target today was sub-17 mins and so his 17:07 suggests he is not too far from where he wants to be.


Since she has offered to do me a favour next week, I will also point out that winner of the auspicious category of ‘first person called Kirsty’ was Kirsty Bangham in 29:27. This was especially good as it was part of a long-slow with Kirsty training for a marathon at the end of May. Well done, Bangham!

NB. She was also the slowest Kirsty, but we won’t dwell on that one!

Landmark runs, PBS and Club Membership

An amazing 158 runners recorded a new fastest time, including 21 people with more than 50 parkruns to their name. Congratulations goes to *deep breath*

Andrius Jacsevicius, Jamie Millbank, Joseph Middleton, Jon Bayliss, Dave Evans, Tony Baker, David Womersley, Thomas Howard, Emily Cartwright, Alasdair Turner, Scott Davison, Hettie Cloud, Charlotte Axbey, Nigel Poole, Paul Brackley, David Gannon, Freya King, Simon Lovegrove, Lorraine Dillamore and Deborah Hill!

Well done to Millie O’Rourke-Walker, Isabelle Bowe, Catherine Evans, Alexander Coe and Annabel Bray who all joined the Junior 10 Club this week.

Jade Brandt, Graham Jackson and Adam Wilson ran their 50th parkrun and so will be sporting new red T-Shirts when the new system is setup next month, while Richard Blagrove, Daniel Etheridge, Kerry Shury, Heather Horler and Janice Jordan went one better and joined the 100 Club!

No-one joined the 250 Club at Bushy this week, although Steve Miller, Chris Tyrrell and Rachel Brice are knocking on the door on 249!

Amazing achievements

Looking at the WAVA Age Grading, we saw 11 athletes beat the 80% threshold. Top of the list (as usual) was the incredible Jane Davies who’s 21:27 was good enough for 97.44%.

Congratulations also goes to Taras Telkovsky, Andrius Jaksevicius, Paul Lowe, Neil Wellard, Paul Graham, Phillip Bearman (Snr), Laurence Duffy, Peter Giles, Ruth Hutton and Ramona Thevenet!

Well done everyone!

The amazing Jane Davies

Since I was looking up the Masters World Champs whilst thinking about Peej going to Lyon, I thought I would offer some context for how amazing Jane Davies is as a runner.

Obviously in the realms of Bushy parkrun she is amazing. Jane’s highest Age Grade is 99.6% when she ran 20:59 in September last year.

The second best Age Grade recorded comes from multiple Age Group World Champion Mike Trees at 94.49% - a mark which Jane has bettered 40 times! She is a top class athlete!

However, looking outside of parkrun. The World Record for 5km in her VW65-69 Age Group is the 20:10 set by Angela Copson in Birmingham back in 2013. However, that is on a track – so the question is whether Jane could run 49 seconds faster on a track than around the bumps and bends of our park!

A bit of ‘research’ online and I get a few comments like this one…

One of the local grass running tracks where I live is about 70 seconds slower than the synthetic at Homebush. In February, I ran 20:14 on the grass and then three days later I did 19:04 at Homebush

Who knows if this is valid and it is fair to say that our course is a mixture of hogging path and tarmac which should be quick, but then a fair bit of bumpy and uneven grass which would be slower. Anyway, I reckon she would be pretty close, so I am starting a campaign to send Jane to Lyon with Peej!

****Send Jane Davies to the Lyon 2015 to bring back Gold!!!****

Amongst the eight athletes from around the world currently registered, she could take them all! In fact only Annik Kroes of France (21:11) would challenge her!


We’re gonna be famous

This week, we had a journalist and photographer from the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine visit us. Clare Geraghty is the magazine’s Features Writer and had been motivated to do a piece on the parkrun running community. She came down to Bushy as it was the original parkrun and interviewed a fair few people, so it will be interesting to see who makes ‘the cut’ when the article comes out at the end of the month. Suzan Baker gave her the tour and certainly she seemed to leave us in the coffee shop in a positive frame of mind about the article, so hopefully we will get a decent spread.


Thank you all

One quick update I should make. I am sure many of you will remember that after the collapse of one of our runners who is thankfully recovering from a heart attack, we asked for donations to fundraise for a defibrillator to include as part of our kit. We have been delighted with the response and donations have now topped £1,200 – which is incredible and shows the amazing generosity of our community. Thank you for all your help – anyone who still would like to donate please visit. and look for the Donate Button


Right, that’ll do for another week.

Take care and see you next week – back to the old start!

Andy W



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Run Report Event No. 569 – 25th April 2015

Run Report Event No. 569 – 25th April 2015

It was with a degree of trepidation that I left my house at 8.30am this Saturday because the skies were grey and it was actually raining!  However, I should have had more faith because by 9am the rain had stopped for the day and, although the ground was a little softer and damper than of late, we had another dry Bushy parkrun.

A slightly different start from the previous week meant that runners headed away from the Diana Fountain in a slightly narrower formation than last week which, from my vantage point, appeared to work well.

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931 runners toeing the amended start line for Week 2 of the new course

I always find it interesting volunteering because you get the chance to see the spectacle of around 1000 runners stampeding away from the start, as well as the sheer effort many runners put in towards the finish.  This week’s first finisher was Taras Telkovsky in a time of 15.52, seen here in a sprint finish with the lead bike powered by Jed Leicester.

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He was followed home along the pond by Martin Shore in 16.10.

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And joining them in third on the imaginary podium this week was Andrius Jaksevicius in a time of 16.17.

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First female finisher was Julie Reynolds in 19.16.

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She was followed in by Charlotte Emily Chalwin in 20.14 and Isabel Hessy in 20.28.

First home from our junior runners were:


  • Michael Biss in a New PB of 17.55
  • Joseph Middleton in 19.57
  • Luke Mace closely behind in 19.58


  • Helena Samarasinghe in 22.50
  • Niamh Hyland in 24.15
  • Isabel Henderson with a New PB of 24.36

Well done all!

Michael and Isabel weren’t the only runners to get shiny New PBs this week; in fact 82 New PBs were gained in total.  We were also joined by 87 First Timers so very much hope that they will return next week, maybe to bag a New PB of their own!

There was one new member to the 10 Club this week – well done to Freddy Short on his 10th run! Six runners joined the 50 Club – well done to Samantha Bulkeley, Julie Frizzarin, Beatriz Torres, David Barton, Joy Brollo and Sarah Elizabeth Derwent! Congratulations on their 100th run to Russell Holt, Tony Baker and Paul Warrington! And a massive well done to Mike Anderson for joining the 250 Club!

It is a big weekend in the UK running calendar with the London Marathon taking place on the Sunday and I know this means that many runners choose to run more slowly the day before or decide to volunteer.  Our vital volunteers, without whom parkrun cannot happen, this week were:

Ali KENNEDY  •  Ally MANOLE  •  Andrew John WINGATE  •  Ann COWARD  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Catelin LE FRANC  •  Charlotte BEZZANT  •  Christopher HILL  •  Dave James GRIFFITHS  •  David PAPWORTH  •  Emma Anne WINGATE  •  Florence LEICESTER  •  Fran WYLDE  •  Graham TITCOMBE  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Heather WALLINGTON  •  Hugh SMITH  •  Ian BENJAMIN  •  Imogen KING  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Jasper BEZZANT  •  Jed LEICESTER  •  John A STEPHENS  •  John P WOODS  •  Kate MATTHEWS  •  Liz ZASS  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Michelle O'GORMAN  •  Nick WRIGHT  •  Oliver BEZZANT  •  Philip J MARSH  •  Phoenix LOVE  •  Rachel Louise LONERGAN  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Romit BASU  •  Sharon ANDREW  •  Simon LANE  •  Vaughan HOWELLS  •  Will FORD

Taking inspiration from the marathon distance of 26.2 miles I have chosen the following runners to take their moment in the Run Report spotlight:

  • In a time of 26.20 – well done to Christopher Butler who finished in position 452 on his 67th run, 62 of which have been at Bushy parkrun.
  • In position 262 Luke Arthur ran his 27th Bushy parkrun, 28th parkrun overall, in a time of 23.38.
  • Three runners from the 26.2 RRC joined us this week: well done to Alastair McGeoch-Williams (20.57), Edward Brunskill (22.21) and Jon Kinsey (22.38)
  • Congratulations to the 26th male finisher, Matt Newberry, who finished in 19.18 which was a new PB on his third outing at Bushy in what was his 42nd parkrun overall.
  • Our 26th female finisher was Naomi Johns in a time of 23.52 which was just 12 seconds outside her PB on her 11th parkrun, all of which have been at Bushy.
  • And 5 runners completed their 26th parkrun this weekend: well done to Kishore Desai (28.18), Wendy Wakelin (27.26), Juliet Jowit (26.24), Julian Lipscombe (25.41) and Sally King (39.15).

Having just returned home from a tiring spell volunteering at the FGFA start of the marathon and then cheering from Mile 20, WELL DONE and CONGRATULATIONS to the many Bushy parkrun faces we saw on the streets of London… I hope your run went well and look forward to seeing the many medals and finishers t-shirts in Bushy park next Saturday!


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Run Report Event No. 568 – 18th April 2015

A new route to protect old roots*

*I’d love to say I came up with that title myself but am completely plagiarising one of our regular celebrity runners at Bushy parkrun, so despite not actually saying yes to my request on Twitter Rufus Hound, thanks for this week’s run report title.

So how was this week’s run then everyone, did anyone notice anything different?  My first duty of the day was to wander over to the ‘old’ start to make sure everyone knew where to go – and what a difference a week makes, this was 8.55 on Saturday morning at the old Bushy start line, notice anything missing?

Where is everybody?

Most people seemed to know where they were going so looks like a good job was done with announcements, social media postings and word of mouth – or maybe people just noticed the 1000+ runners in multi coloured clothing all heading in a different direction and sensibly decided to follow the crowd.  There was one lovely moment where a woman arrived at quite high speed just before 9am on a bike, chained it to a fence around a tree and then headed towards the ‘start’ where I was standing and did a complete 360 degree spin with a ‘where is everyone hiding?’ look on her face..

So unfortunately I missed all the excitement at the start but I’m reliably informed by those who were there that it looked a little something like this:

Is it the widest start in the whole of the parkrun world? 

Andy covered the reasons for the new course last week so with all the preparations done, all the twists and turns measured expertly and new course maps printed and distributed to the marshalls, the 568th running of Bushy Park parkrun was ready to go.  There was much talk beforehand of would the course be quicker, would people like it and would anyone get lost (thankfully not) but the big question I had was ‘Why is it being referred to as the butterfly course’?  I know Bushy Park reasonably well so know about the cricket pitch, the Millennium Woods and the playground but was there a Butterfly house or something that I wasn’t aware of we now went past or something like that?  Apparently I just need to turn my head to one side a bit when looking at the map…

We go where?

So anyway, the first running of the new butterfly route, how did it go?  From all the feedback I heard it seemed to go brilliantly.  People seemed to like the fact that you got to see quite a bit more of the park and what look like steep turns on the map aren’t as bad as they looked.  And you still get to finish by the big tree which I think is great.  One of the recurring themes after the run when talking to other volunteers was how amazing it looked to be a marshall out on the course.  As I’m sure you all noticed, we had more people than usual out on the course pointing you in the right direction and telling you which way to go at the various junctions and from nearly every marshalling point they said you got this great view of a massive group of runners from such a long way away.  So without further ado, many thanks to all of those below who gave up the chance to be amongst the first to run the new course and instead gave up their time to point you in the right direction, put up poles and sort all those pesky tokens back into some kind of order at the end.

Andrew John WINGATE  •  Andrew RONKSLEY  •  Andy PILLIDGE  •  Ann COWARD  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Charles WORTH  •  David PAPWORTH  •  David WORTH  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Emma Anne WINGATE  •  Graham MORTIMER  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Jed LEICESTER  •  Jennifer MELBOURNE  •  John A STEPHENS  •  Jonathan EVANS  •  Jonathan HUGHES  •  Joy BELL  •  Kate MATTHEWS  •  Kirin TAYLOR  •  Lou COAKER  •  Loula BELL  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Mike BANGHAM  •  Mike SILK  •  Oliver BEZZANT  •  Owen DELANEY  •  Paul KEDDIE  •  Paul WOOD  •  Phoenix LOVE  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard BARMAN  •   Sandra WORTH  •  Simon LANE  •  Susan HOWARTH  •  Teddy SMITH  •  Will FORD  •  Zoe Alison RIDING

The new route also gives you a great chance to see people at more than point along the run so if you do fancy volunteering sometime and give everyone or someone special a cheer out on the course it would be much appreciated.  Just go to here and find out more.

One of the new twists and turns!

Volunteers get to do all kinds of things on a Saturday morning, although some things are definitely best left to the core team!

Can you just wait there for 45 minutes please?


We had an amazing 1249 people complete Saturday’s run, the second biggest Bushy attendance ever.  It would have been a round 1250 but unfortunately Nick Rowe’s hamstring went ping after a couple of km and he took the difficult decision to walk back – hope it heals in time for next Sunday Nick and probably a good point to wish anyone running the London Marathon (other marathons are available) next week.

An amazing 82 people ran Bushy for the first time today, so will have no idea what all the fuss was about the new course and an amazing 100% of them all ran their best time at Bushy too.  Great work one and all..  As well as that a simply brilliant 169 of you ran a new PB today, hope you celebrated suitably afterwards.  So to answer one of the burning questions ‘Is the new course quicker than the old one?’  According to reliable parkrun statistician Rodney McCulloch, it’s probably a bit too early to tell but last week on the old route we had 14% of the field score PBs and this week it was 13%.  For a slightly less statistically relevant result you could just look at Rodney’s result as he ran the exactly the same time this week as he did last week on the old course, so maybe it’s not going to give me the 30sec boost I was hoping for!  Twitter seemed to suggest it was quicker though:


Other notable statistician Andy had thoughts on the matter too…

Of the 1,249 finishers yesterday, 531 ran the previous week and so you could assume they were at similar levels of fitness.


So of those 531 runners - 335 were quicker by an average of 90 seconds, 188 slower by 102 seconds and 8 ran the same time (including Rodney). If you combine these three groups it means the average runner was 20 seconds quicker on the Butterfly course.


Obviously, this might have been due to the strong wind last week, the new course being quicker or possibly something to do with the full moon - we just don't know! Certainly there are a load of people who ran a lot quicker or slower (45 runners changed time by more than 5 mins) and so most of the difference is made up of people who were not racing in one of the two weeks.


Anyway, I think we can conclusively put a random number on the page and claim the new course is about 20 seconds quicker - that might tempt Andy Baddeley or Mo Farah to come out of to play!


The first three people back to the tree in the wrong direction certainly seemed to enjoy the course as two of the first three managed to score Personal Bests and they all scored over 80% on the WAVA ratings.  The top three in full were Taras TELKOVSKY who finished in 15.42 for a new PB, Andrew Lawrence was close behind in 15.50 and in third was our regular vegan runner Andrius JAKSEVICIUS in a new PB of 16.03.

Taras and Andrew vying for the lead

Andrius warming down in the extra-long funnel

And I couldn’t resist adding this one, this is a shot of the first finisher Taras taking from the lead bike.

Aren’t you supposed to be in front Jed?

For the ladies, first back was Fiona DE MAUNY who also scored a new PB with a time of 18.35, followed by Julie REYNOLDS with 19.17 and Tracey HARDCASTLE with a n, n, n, nineteen 29 (sorry, poor joke and probably showing my age there!)

First junior back was Harry MATTHEWS in a time of 17.03, followed by Benjamin WILLIAMSON with 18.55 and then Joshua PONCIA with 19.07.  For the junior ladies the top three were, Ava WHITE in a time of 21.07, Isobel Maria STOCKLEY in a time of 21.44 (whose barcode I had the honour of scanning!) with Imogen KING scoring a new PB of 21.37

An amazing 10 people scored a fantastic WAVA rating of 80% or above, so well done to:


Marking the occasion of the new route by joining one of the prestigious parkrun clubs this week were:

Laurie MONTIER, Graham GOFFEY and Stuart John DWYER joined the 100 club this week and will soon be swapping red for black

Five people joined the 50 club this week so many congratulations to Deborah LINK, Debbie HIGGINS, Deborah HILL, Ellis MADLE and Laura MADLE

And finally Ava WHITE, Thomas BRENNER TRAN and Anna NORRIS all joined the Junior 10 club today so once TribeSports make them, you’ll all be getting your t-shirts sometime in June – hopefully!

Now my cunning plan of doing some proper ‘journalism’ and asking people after the run for their thoughts on the new route were slightly scuppered by a) forgetting how busy it is scanning and having no real time to talk and b) leaving my notebook in my car while having a coffee in the Pheasantry!  However, I did manage to get a few short quotes while scanning and the ones that stuck in my mind are:


‘Great finish by the pond’

‘Bit busy at start’

‘Too windy’

‘Loved it!’

A few more in depth answers were that it’s probably more spectator friendly as you can see people at the crossover point, the start is a bit bumpy and very narrow after a few hundred yards which could be tricky for non-regulars and running that way down Chestnut Avenue just felt wrong!  I’m sure the wonderful core team will make a few little tweaks here and there as the weeks go by but I must admit I am already enjoying the new addition to the parkrun kit that is needed because of the move away from the bank by the old start:



And finally, as you know I do like to try and give a shout out to people who may not otherwise get a mention in the run report.  Previously I’ve used the Fibonacci sequence, square numbers and other mathematical sequences to pick numbers.. if anyone can guess the method this week, post the answer on Facebook and you might win a prize (although to be fair, you probably won’t.)

60 – Jamie BENSON crossed the line in 60th place today and is I am sure a proud member of the 10 club and has done 13 parkruns in total, all of them at Bushy Park.  His time today gave him an age grading of 75.40% which is frankly very impressive…

90 - Max Dylan Zorba ZAJDLER is also a junior and by some bizarre coincidence has done the sort of opposite of Jamie by completing 31 parkruns, again all at the home of parkrun.  Max has dipped under 20 minutes once here and was only a few seconds outside that today.. he also has by far and away the best name I have seen for a long time, I have definite name envy! (Although if I’d been born a girl I was going to be called Esmerelda, - true story - so I’m not complaining too much)

148 – Crossing the line in 148th place was Jonathan COX who has run a total of 234 parkruns since 208 – and so in about 4 months will be picking up a bit of parkrun gold bling to add to the other t-shirts in his collection.  Actually, will the 250 t-shirt still be black with gold bits?  Does anyone know? Unlike Jamie and Max, Jonathan has headed further afield, running both Richmond AND Birmingham parkruns..

482 – A big hello to Sarah HOSEASON who has been running at Bushy since the 10th November 2012 when I wonder if she was inspired to attend because it was my brother’s 47th birthday that day?  Or maybe it was just because she’d heard how great parkrun was and just wanted to get involved.  Just nine runs to go for Sarah to join the 50 club.

537- Eddie ROBERTSON crossed the line in 537th place, to claim a new PB on his 19th run, the 7th PB in his runs at Bushy, a pretty impressive record if you ask me.  Eddie has run a few other parkruns including one at Nonsuch park near Epsom, the name of which caused me to very nearly miss a cross country race a few years ago as I genuinely believed my clubmates were playing a trick on me telling me I had to go to ‘Non Such’ park. Clearly in my head no such park existed…

686 - Glen WASHINGTON came in 686th place on the occasion of his 119th run.  Glen is a member of Teddington Rugby club who also ply their trade within Bushy Park and seem to take kids from as young as about three years old if their training sessions I’ve seen as I run past on a Sunday morning are anything to go by!  It’s very cute, although by the time they get a bit older it looks  a lot more scary!

785 – Charlotte Young was another recipient of a shiny PB on Saturday morning on the occasion of her fifth run.  Charlotte is a member of Thames Turbo Triathlon, one of the big triathlon clubs in the area so while the rest of us were probably struggling to get out of bed she was probably in the pool knocking out 100 laps and then while many of us were pondering what post run cake to have she was no doubt jumping on a road bike for a cheeky little 60 mile bike ride.  They’re mad these triathletes, awesome, but mad..

1012 – It’s a junior fest in the random name shout out section today as Isabella CLARKE crossed the line in 1012th today on her 25th run around Bushy Park.  Isabella’s first run was on 8th March 2014 so was no doubt inspired as many of us no doubt are by the birthday of Cyd Charisse from Singin in the Rain fame who was born on that day in 1921.  A great dancer and actress, she was rumoured to have been a runner in her early days and apparently had a 5km PB of 31.32 which was exactly the same time as Isabella ran today..

1156 – Our final random runner today I’m pleased to say is a first timer!  So it’s a very big hello and welcome to the rest of your life (on Saturday mornings at least) Allison Mead.  I hope you enjoyed your first run Allison and we look forward to welcoming you back again this weekend.  Just 49 runs to go for your first t-shirt!

That’s it from me for this week.  I’m looking forward to running the new route next weekend, look forward to seeing you all there.


Many thanks to Zoe, Jed, Andy and Carol for the photos.


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