Run Report Event No. 640 – 20th August 2016

 

It never (rarely) rains at Bushy!

 

Pacers and RD Ali Kennedy

Our octet of pacers, together with RD debutant Ali Kennedy

 

As all of our core team were across the Channel in France (either parkrunning in Paris or en route to Vichy for an upcoming half Ironman triathlon), Ali Kennedy stepped up to the plate for her debut as Run Director, ably assisted by a superb team of 36 volunteers on the day supporting 1,068 runners – including our eight pacers, all of whom had to overcome some of the wettest conditions I can remember at Bushy in the six years I’ve been parkrunning here. The finish tree was more popular than usual for some shelter, but also to catch up with people too!

 

parkrunners sheltering under the finish tree

parkrunners catching up and taking shelter under the finish tree

 

At 9am the sun was briefly shining as we welcomed 105 Bushy first timers (53 of which were making their parkrun debut); but by 10am a rather large puddle appeared by the car park as you can see in the photo below! A bit of wet weather wasn’t going to dampen the enthusiasm of the morning though, and 119 of you still managed to post a new PB here, well done!

 

Puddle by the start at 10am

The puddle by the finish area by 10am... there was no puddle there an hour before! 

 

Assisting Ali were the Volunteer co-ordinators Yue Man and Alex Tickell, David Worth shrugged off the showers to click you all across the line, Jan Franks and Anne Woods were giving out the tokens. Ray Franks co-ordinated the double funnel team, Mark Gratton was on lead bike and we had an excellent team of marshals out on the course, including Madge Bradsell at the crossover point. In all a team of 36 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. Thanks also to Sacha Kennedy and Leonie Kennedy who baked some cakes for last Saturday!

If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! If you are available to help, or would like to find out more, then do get in touch with Pat McGrath at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’d pleased to hear from you!

 

Jan Franks giving out tokens

Jan Franks was prepared for the rain whilst giving out tokens with Anne Woods! 

 

Full list of volunteers on the day:

Alex TICKELL  •  Ali KENNEDY  •  Andrew MORRISON  •  Anne WOODS  •  Ashleigh FERRIS  •  Chloe GELONA  •  Dan FINLAY  •  Dave James GRIFFITHS  •  David WORTH  •  Denise MITCHELL  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Dianne ODONOGHUE  •  Ethan MULLEN  •  Jacqueline RICH  •  James SELL  •  Janice FRANKS  •  John ROOT  •  Jonathan COX  •  Jonathan EVANS  •  Jonathan HUGHES  •  Leonie KENNEDY  •  Madge BRADSELL  •  Marje SLADDEN  •  Mark GRATTON  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Patrick MKANDAWIRE  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard KENNEDY  •  Richard STEEDEN  •  Richie O'DOWD  •  Simon LANE  •  Steve MILLER  •  Tasmin WAITE  •  Tessa LOVELL  •  Trevor MITCHELL  •  Yue MAN

 

Mark Gratton on lead bike

Mark Gratton ready to go on lead bike

 

I decided to have a slightly easier run, and take some photos around the course whilst pestering a few people for a photo mid-run for the run report, as you will see below.

Without any further ado, let’s move on to this week’s headline makers and record breakers!

 

Pacers

As it was third Saturday of an even month, we had even numbered minute pacers to help guide and encourage you around the course to a new PB, thanks to:

 

Pacers

 

20 minutes– Lewis Keywood

22 minutes – Kevin Price

24 minutes – Mark Trueman

26 minutes – Adam Sheriff

28 minutes – Ian Cunningham

30 minutes – David Stewart

32 minutes – Richard Matthews

34 minutes – Adrian Roberts

 

All of the pacers finished close to their times, with honourable mentions to Lewis Keywood and Ian Cunningham, who were both just one second outside their target. Well done to all the pacers, they will return for odd numbered minutes between 21 and 35 minutes on 17th September!

 

Ian Cunningham pacing at 28 minutes

Ian Cunningham pacing at 28 minutes

 

 

500, 250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs

There were no new members of the 500 club this time, however Paul Killick is closing in on becoming the fifth number as Saturday was his 494th run.

There are now 745 members of the 250 club, and 45 of them were at Bushy this time, however we didn’t have any new members this time. The nearest parkrunners to 250 who ran last Saturday were: Allan Bray (247), Alexandra Mason (245) and Rob Jones (242).

 

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We had one new member of the 100 club this time, congratulations to Shelley Dudley! Shelley has run 83 times at Bushy, and she has also run 17 times in South Africa at Greenpoint (10 times) and Constantia Greenbelt (7 times). You can look forward to ordering the black 100 Tribesports top very soon! Thomas Howard is on 99 not out and could reach three figures on Saturday.

Two of you celebrated joining the 50 club and will be wearing their red Tribesports 50 top with pride in the near future. Congratulations to: Philip Hitchinson and Maxine Kelly. Maxine and her friends had some tables out with cakes and drinks and didn’t allow the weather to rain on their parade!

 

Maxine Kelly joins the 50 club!

Maxine Kelly celebrates joining the 50 club!

 

Another two of you are one run away from a half-century: Gareth Coady, Warren Margolin Andrew Johnson and Seiko Yazaki.

We had four new members of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only) congratulations to: Matthew O’Donovan, Zoe Brunskill, Finn Hanley and Lucy Smith!

For more info on the parkrun clubs and accompanying free t-shirts, and how to order them, do visit the parkrun support FAQ

 

Andrew Howarth at halfway

Andy Howarth obliged my photo request at 3k!

 

New PBs

Despite the wind and rain, 119 of you set a new PB, although just three of you set a new PB with at least 50 Bushy parkruns completed. The most experienced Bushy parkrunner to set a new PB was Manav Bath (92 runs, all at Bushy), as he ran 22:10, taking 39 seconds off his PB. Karl Hoade took even more time off his PB as he improved his time by 50 seconds to 21:28 on his 76th parkrun (all at Bushy). Sam Pratt ran his seventh PB of 2016, running 25:42 on his 70th Bushy parkrun (73 runs overall).

 

First timers briefing

Simon Lane briefing the Bushy first timers and tourists

 

parkrun tourists

We had plenty of parkrun tourists once more, with our furthest travellers Issy Margolin (132 runs), Ann Margolin (132 runs) and Warren Margolin (49 runs) coming from the Celtic Harriers Running Club, based in Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa! Their regular run is at Rondebosch parkrun, thanks for coming and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the UK!

St Mary’s Richmond AC runner Michael Robinson-Chui was making his Bushy debut on his 177th parkrun. Michael usually runs at Crane parkrun (145 runs) and has also visited Grovelands parkrun in Enfield 30 times, along with a single visit to Cambridge parkrun. Thanks for coming Michael and we hope you had a good morning with us despite the rain.

 

Simon Bonner (159 runs) joined us for the first time from Mile End parkrun (147 runs) for his 11th different event, and Susan Blunt (139 runs) was another Bushy first timer and she usually runs at from nearby Nonsuch parkrun (134 runs). Nick Verde (122 runs) and Geoffrey Currell (117 runs) are both regular tourists from Bexley parkrun, as Bushy was their 38th and 36th different events respectively.

We had plenty more first timers at Bushy, including: Sarah Tyler (104 runs), Bruce Staples (98 runs), Edith Galliers (92 runs), Chris Try (87 runs), Linda Cassidy (81 runs), Christine Staples (79 runs), Alex Devereaux (78 runs), Alpheas Sithole (64 runs), Emily Cossar (61 runs), Paul Ingram (61 runs), Michael Try (53 runs), John Cave (53 runs), Tina Jordan (52 runs) and Louise Cave (47 runs)

Thanks to all of those who chose to visit Bushy, we hope you enjoyed the day and see you again soon!

 

 

172 and out

As some of you may have seen, there was a notable absentee at Bushy for the previous two weeks in August, as John Woods (463 runs) missed his first Bushy parkrun in over three years! John was on holiday and did his first spot of tourism at Longrun Meadow in Taunton, running there for two weeks before returning home for last Saturday. This means the benchmark of 172 consecutive Bushy parkruns has been set for those who wish to clear any other Saturday plans for the next three years!

 

 

parkrunner of the week!

In this feature, I pick a ‘parkrunner of the week’, where a parkrunner will get their name in lights if they receive the same position token number as the event number for any particular week!

As it was event number 640, the parkrunner who finished with token 640 was… Emily Bell! Emily was making her parkrun debut and runs in the SW20-24 category, and ran 27:55 this time, keeping just ahead of the 28 minute pacer!

 

Now for the results and stats bit!

 

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 Ali Kennedy addressing the masses on Lime Avenue - yes there was sunshine!

 

The results bit

The first two finishers back to the big tree were Bushy first timers, led by Maxwell Dumbrell of Horsham Joggers, running 15;45 (82.01%) on his 26th parkrun, followed by parkrun debutant Jack Wyllie of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, and he posted 16:15 (80.21%). Andrew Lawrence ran 16:33 (78.15%) for Morpeth Harriers on his 82nd parkrun (57 runs here, and St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Rob Eveson completed the sub 17 finishers, with 16:45 (77.81%) on his 234th parkrun (188 runs at Bushy). We won’t be seeing as much of Rob soon as he will shortly be starting his studies at Madrid University, all the best for it Rob and keep up the running there in between the lectures!

The fifth finisher home was the first female, as parkrun debutant Georgie Bruinvels ran 17:23 (85.14%) for Aldershot, Farnham & District. Louise Edwards of Berkshire Tri ran 20:16 (75.49%) on her ninth parkrun (3 runs at Bushy), and the third female home was the first junior, as Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Maayan Radus posted a new PB of 20:27 (79.63%) on her second parkrun here (14 runs overall), and she was followed by St Mary’s Richmond athlete Clare Graham, running 20:32 (78.08%) on her 144th parkrun (121 runs at Bushy).
parkrunners setting off on Lime Avenue

For the juniors, the first junior home was Thames Turbo Triathlon’s Ollie Hurdle, running 19:10 (71.48%) on his 45th parkrun (37 runs at Bushy), not far behind Ollie was fellow Thames Turbo Triathlon runner and parkrun debutant Benjamin Dibley, posting 19:20 (73.36%). Completing the sub 20 minute junior finishers was Oliver Coppellotti of Walton AC, running 19:58 (71.04%) on his eighth parkrun (all at Bushy).

The first female junior home was Maayan Radus of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, running a new PB of 20:27 (79.63%), next was Sacha Kennedy of Oxford City AC, running 20:38 (76.17%) on her 88th parkrun (76 at Bushy), and Lucy Marquand posted 21:14 (71.19%) on her 41st parkrun (40 runs here).

 

parkrunners setting off on Lime Avenue

 

Highest age grading scorers

Despite the challenging and ever increasing wet and windy conditions, seven of you managed to pass the 80% threshold for their age grading. The results currently state there was an age grading of 164.57% from Allan Bray, however this is a glitch within the results pages and should be updated soon.

Therefore the list of seven runners with an age grading above 80% was led by female first finisher and parkrun debutant Georgie Bruinvels (SW25-29), posting 85.14% from her time of 17:23. Next was male first finisher Maxwell Dumbrell (SM25-29) earning 82.01% as he ran 15:45. VW75-79 runner Sue Lambert scored 81.93%, running 29:36, and Andrew Fay (VM60-64) ran 19:41 for 81.46%. Bea Downey (80.80%), Ruth Hutton (80.60%) and Jack Wyllie (80.21%) also achieved over 80%, well done to you all!

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

 

Runners going past the cricket field at 1k

 

Points tables

With 49 runs completed in this ‘Bushy year’, and with just over a month to go, there’s only 5 runs remaining. The table began on the anniversary run on the first Saturday in October 2015, and will conclude at the end of September.

In pole position to receive the John Hanscomb trophy is Mark Gratton, as he leads the men’s points table with 11,096 points. In second place at this stage is Jeremy Langdon with 10,271, and moving up to third place is Rob Jones on 10,016.

Leading the women’s points table is junior parkrunner Sacha Kennedy, as she has amassed 11,304 points, and she has extended her lead to 516 points over Polly Adams on 10,788, with the current holder of the Sonia O’Sullivan salverRamona Thevenet, in third on 9,947 points.

Points are accumulated by the finishing position by gender for the respective tables, with the first male and female finishers receiving 250 points, the second finisher gets 249, third 248, etc. 250 points is awarded for the first three times you volunteer in the Bushy year between October and September. To find out more about the points tables and how it works, visit the parkrun support FAQ

 

Mike Page running with his double buggy

250 club member Mike Page heading for the finish in his double buggy! 

 

Stats of the day

There were 1068 parkrunners – 982 identified, 86 unknown (8% of field).

How many?

  • Of the 982 identified parkrunners, there were:
  • 119 PBs (12.1% of field) of which 3 have completed 50 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 105 Bushy first timers (10.7% of field) of which 53 were parkrun first timers (5.4% of field)
  • 102 Juniors aged under 18 (10.4%) and 210 Seniors aged 18-34 (21.4%)
  • 670 Vets (68.2%) of which 96 are 35-39, 252 are 40-49, 233 are 50-59, 89 are 60+
  • 622 males (63.3%) and 335 females (36.7%)
  • Most common male age group was 50-54 (90 runners – 14.4% of all males)
  • Most common female age group was 50-54 (55 runners – 15.3% of all females)
  • 208 club runners (21.2% of field) from 68 different clubs and 774 unattached (78.8%)
  • Top 6 clubs: Stragglers (62 runners), 26.2 RRC (12), St Mary’s Richmond AC (11), Ranelagh Harriers (9), Sweatshop Running Community (7) and Thames Turbo Triathlon (7).

 

How fast?

  • Of the 1066 finishers, there were:
  • 50 sub 20 mins, 346 20:00-24:59, 400 25:00-29:59 and 272 over 30 mins
  • Top 10% time: 21:09, Midpoint time: 26:43
  • Number of finishers per minute: 20-30 mins: 46, 73, 56, 103, 68, 86, 70, 93, 68, 83, 44
  • 420 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 84 per minute
  • 103 finishers in the 23rd minute.

 

How many parkruns?

  • 72511 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 903, averaging 73.84 parkruns each
  • 445 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (45.3% of identified field), of which
  • 167 members of the 50 club (17.0%)
  • 231 members of the 100 club (23.5%)
  • 45 members of the 250 club (4.6% of field)
  • 2 members of the 500 club (0.2% of field) – Richard Fletcher (506 runs) and John Hanscomb (502)

 

parkrunners setting off on Lime Avenue
And finally…

 

I am Team GB!

This Saturday, August 27th, parkruns across the UK, including our very own at Bushy are part of the I Am Team GB day as well as many other free events on the day on what will be the nation’s biggest ever sports day to encourage thousands of people to get active in their local community.

Courtesy of The National Lottery and ITV, and supported by the British Olympic Association and Join In, I Am Team GB will be holding thousands off events around the country, including parkrun! So try and find some red, white and blue to wear for parkrun and make it a celebration of sport and our wonderful achievements from Team GB! You can find out more here: https://www.joininuk.org/i-am-team-gb/

After the parkrun there’s many more events happening locally throughout the day where you can try out new sports for free, so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity and thanks to Join In, the BOA, National Lottery and ITV for making it happen! ITV will be dedicating one hour of their schedule (9:30-10:30am) to cover the event. To find more free events happening locally, search for your nearest events here (once you’ve come to parkrun of course!): http://iamteamgb.com/take-part/

 

That’s all for now, until next time!

 

Heavy rain clearing towards Kingston at 10am
 

Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch

 

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Run Report Event No. 637 – 30th July 2016

 

The famous four

 

On Saturday 30th July 1966, history was made as England won the football World Cup when they beat West Germany 4-2 after extra time. And so 50 years later to the day, just a few miles down the road from Wembley, another piece of history was being made at Bushy Park, as octogenarian John Hanscomb became the fourth member of the 500 club on a memorable morning full of celebrations with friends old and new. John joins Darren Wood, Richard Fletcher and Neil Sunderland in this club.

 

John Hanscomb approaching the finish

Video of John Hanscomb reaching the finish of his 500th parkrun

 

It was a wonderful morning, and personally seeing John finish was quite a spine tingling moment, and just a few days shy of his 81st birthday on Wednesday too. He is a well-known and well liked member of the community at Bushy and beyond, and after his achievement he said a few words on how much it meant to him to make new friends here and also to thank PSH and parkrun for motivating him to continue his running into his 70s and now 80s. Well John, you motivate all of us every week I can assure you.

 

Here’s a few pictures which summed up John’s morning better than any words could:

 

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6-Finish  John Hanscomb and PSH

 

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John began his parkrunning at event 18 on 29th January 2005; on that day there were 19 runners, there’s a few more these days! Of his 500 runs, 496 have been at Bushy (more runs here than anyone else), with two each at Brighton & Hove and Nonsuch parkruns.

Of course his running days far precede parkrun. He was an ever-present at the London Marathon, running the first 28 events from 1981 to 2008, and as the picture below shows, he was running as a teenager back in 1953 for a 3 Mile road race in Regent’s Park in London, that’s seven decades of running!

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Congratulations John, and we look forward to seeing you run in your new 500 top, well done!

 

5-Start

For the 637th Bushy parkrun, there was light rain falling come 9am as RD Ray Coward made the pre-run announcements. Despite the summer holidays, we still had a big turnout of 963 of you, with 86 Bushy debutants, of which 41 were new to parkrun, welcome along! Assisting Ray as Volunteer Co-ordinator was Ann Coward, along with Yue Man; Léonie Kennedy clicked you all across the line, backed up by Mo Faiz, and Michael Trott and Jack Kennedy were giving out the tokens. In all a team of 46 volunteers were ready to marshal, time and register your run, as well as setup, looking after the kit for a week and writing the run report.

If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! If you are available to help, or would like to find out more, then do get in touch with Pat McGrath at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’d pleased to hear from you!

 

9-Finish

Volunteers at the finish area

 

 

Full list of volunteers on the day:

Alex TICKELL  •  Ali KENNEDY  •  Andrew RONKSLEY  •  Andrew William JORDAN  •  Ann COWARD  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Chloe GELONA  •  Dan FINLAY  •  Dave James GRIFFITHS  •  Denise MITCHELL  •  Duncan GRANT  •  Eddie ROBERTSON  •  Elizabeth BREWIN  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Ethan NIGEL  •  Freya JUBB  •  Graham TITCOMBE  •  Helen BRETT  •  Helen GARDINER  •  Jack KENNEDY  •  Jakob HOLDER  •  James PHILLIPS  •  Jill SMITH  •  Jim HOLDER  •  Julie MELOTTE  •  Katherine CURTIS TYLER  •  Leonie KENNEDY  •  Lou COAKER  •  Maggie HOAD  •  Malcolm J TAYLOR  •  Michael TROTT  •  Mike TIVNEN  •  Mohammed FAIZ  •  Oliver TAYLORMORTE  •  Patrick MKANDAWIRE  •  Paul SINTON-HEWITT  •  Peter David THOMPSON  •  Phil BLUER  •  Poppy HOLDER  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Roger DAVIES  •  Simon LANE  •  Thomas MADLE  •  Tom FLEMING  •  Yue MAN

 

Without any further ado, let’s move on to this week’s headline makers and record breakers!

 

500, 250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs

 
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John Hanscomb wearing his new 500 blue Tribesports t-shirt    

 

As mentioned above, John Hanscomb became the fourth member to join the 500 club! Of those who ran at Bushy on Saturday, Paul Killick (491 runs) is set to reach 500 in October, whilst John Woods and Ramona Thevenet (both on 460 runs) will have to wait until next spring to wear the exclusive blue t-shirt.

There are now 715 members of the 250 club, and 56 of them were at Bushy this time. Joining the 250 club this time were Edward Brunskill and Ian Cunningham, well done guys – you can look forward to ordering your free ‘250’ tribesports forest green t-shirt very soon!

Edward Brunskill was running his 211th parkrun here, and has run 19 times at Kingston, 8 at Crane Park, 3 at Banstead Woods, 2 at Poole parkrun and one each at: Chichester, Riddlesdown, Eastleigh, Richmond, Killerton, Oxford and Medina IOW.

Ian Cunningham decided to plan his 250th parkrun to coincide with his birthday, which took a bit of planning! Ian has run 214 times at Bushy but has packed in plenty of tourism with overseas visits to Root 44 parkrun in South Africa and parkrun Krakow in Poland, and he has run at 17 different events!

Ian Cunningham joins 250 club

A bespoke 250 balloon layout for Ian Cunningham joining the 250 club

 

There were multiple cake and drink celebrations going on post-parkrun, with John’s ‘500’ and Ian’s ‘250’ celebrations, as well as it being Ian’s birthday and Ben Dickinson’s birthday too - as he became a teenager on Saturday.

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A further three parkrunners are within touching distance of the 250 club: Hugh Smith (249 runs), Jon Samuel (247) and Jim Desmond (245).

 

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Remarkably there were no new members of the 100 club this time! However, Janine Fortune and Rob Devonport are just one away from reaching three figures!

Five of you celebrated joining the 50 club and will be wearing their red Tribesports 50 top with pride in the near future. Congratulations to: Jon Barks, Chris Denison Smith, Tom Jennings, Patrick Tonks and Matthew Thorne. Another two of you are one run away from a half-century: Ann Jachmich and Katie Tuckwell.

There were no new members of the junior 10 club (for under 18s only) this time, however Jacob Gelona is only one run away from double figures.

 

For more info on the parkrun clubs and accompanying free t-shirts, and how to order them, do visit the parkrun support FAQ

 

8-Finish     

New PBs

With light drizzle in the air, 123 of you set a new PB, of which four you set a new PB here with at least 100 Bushy parkruns completed. Congratulations to Franco Boeri who ran 21:01 to take 19 seconds off his PB on his 205th parkrun, all of which have been at Bushy. Ian Haylock ran 19:17 and shaved 20 seconds off his time on his 202nd parkrun, and it was his 198th Bushy lap. Simon Lovegrove ran his sixth PB of 2016 on his 185th Bushy parkrun (194 runs overall), taking 18 seconds his previous best with 26:15. Alasdair Turner ran his fifth PB this year, as he ran 22:15 on his 130th parkrun here (133 runs overall).      

 

parkrun tourists

We had plenty of parkrun tourists from all around the UK, with the most experienced Bushy first timer being West End Runner Conrad Webbe! Conrad was running his 194th parkrun, and his home run is at Braunstone near Leicester. Frances Deepwell also joined us from Braunstone and she was running her 118th parkrun. From Colchester Harriers AC we welcomed Colchester Castle regular John Wheatley for his 165th parkrun.

Ian Shepherd (147 runs) and Emma Shepherd (130 runs) joined us for their first parkrun here. They have done most of their runs at Little Stoke parkrun near Bristol, but as I’m sure most of you will know, the 5k event at Little Stoke has sadly been closed permanently since June. Thanks for coming to Bushy and I hope you enjoy your future parkrun adventures!

From the Purple Patch Runners we welcomed seven of you taking part here for the first time: Stuart Holmes (92 runs), Ann Davidson (71 runs), Joanna Day (68 runs), Barry Day (62 runs), Sharon Davidson (61 runs), Robert Streeter (46 runs) and Chris Donald (30 runs). Thanks to all of you for coming and we hope you enjoyed your morning with us!   Thanks to all of those who chose to visit Bushy, we hope you enjoyed the day and see you again soon!

 

parkrun wedding

As the very popular Wedding Day 7K took place the previous evening, it was very fitting that we had a parkrunner wearing a veil before his big day! James Morris (pictured below) ran on Saturday with his veil, I hope you took it off before the ceremony James I’m sure you had a fantastic day!

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James Morris (centre, wearing veil with aplomb) post-parkrun

 

 

parkrunner of the week!

In this new feature, I pick a ‘parkrunner of the week’, where a parkrunner will get their name in lights if they receive the same position token number as the event number for any particular week!

As it was event number 637, the parkrunner who finished with token 637 was… Jack Emery! Jack was running his second parkrun, having made his debut the previous week, and took nearly four minutes off his PB to run 29:06. Well done Jack!

 

Now for the results and stats bit!

5-Start     

The results bit

The first finisher this time was Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harrier Neil Wellard, running 16:14 (82.14%) on his 28th parkrun (seven at Bushy). Next was Rob Eveson of St. Mary’s Richmond AC, and he ran 16:53 (77.20%) on his 231st parkrun (187 here), and the third registered finisher was Craig Jarman, who ran 17:01 (75.81%) on his 28th parkrun (all at Bushy).

The first three female finishers were all Bushy first timers, led by Phoebe Law, who ran 17:14 (86.17%) for Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers on her 14th parkrun. Birchfield Harrier Chloe Richardson ran 17:45 (83.38%) on her 33rd parkrun; Chloe’s regular run is at Cannon Hill in Birmingham. The third female finisher home was Olympic athlete Claire Hallissey, running 18:22 (80.94%) on her 73rd parkrun for Bristol and West AC. Claire took part in the Olympic Marathon in London, and has done most of her runs at Tring parkrun.

 

First junior home was Nathan Janmohamed of Guildford and Godalming AC, running 18:20 (75.91%) on his sixth parkrun (five at Bushy). He was followed by fellow JM15-17 runner Andrew Smailes, posting 18:58 (73.37%) on his second parkrun for Brighton & Hove City AC. Completing the sub 20 junior finishers was Matthew O’Donovan, running a new PB of 19:48 (75.08%) on his eighth parkrun.

Leading the junior girls home was Oxford City AC runner Sacha Kennedy, running 20:57 (75.02%) on her 85th parkrun (73 at Bushy). Next was Thames Turbo Triathlon’s Beatrice Wilding posting 22:21 on her 19th parkrun (18 here), and the third junior girl home was Kate Phillips, running 23:40 (68.80%) on her 29th parkrun.        

 

Highest age grading scorers

Nine parkrunners managed to break the 80% barrier for their age grading, seven of which were female! Bushy first timer Phoebe Law (SW18-19) ran 17:14 for 86.17%, Claire Bond (VW45-49) ran 19:29 which scored 84.00%, Chloe Richardson (SW20-24) ran 17:45 to gain 83.38% and Polly Adams (VW50-54) ran 20:20 for 82.46%. Congratulations also to Neil Wellard (82.14%), Ruth Hutton (81.57%), Michael White (81.35%), Claire Hallissey (80.94%) and Bea Downey (80.24%)

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

 

Points tables

With 46 runs completed in this ‘Bushy year’, and with just two months to go, there are 8 runs remaining. The table began on the anniversary run on the first Saturday in October 2015, and will conclude at the end of September.

In pole position to receive the John Hanscomb trophy is Mark Gratton, as he leads the men’s points table with 10,394 points. Moving up into second place at this stage is Jeremy Langdon with 9,631, and he is 235 points clear of Chris Brimacombe on 9,396 in third.

Leading the women’s points table is junior parkrunner Sacha Kennedy, as she has amassed 10,562 points, and she has a slender 20 point lead over Polly Adams on 10,542, with the current holder of the Sonia O’Sullivan salver, Ramona Thevenet, in third on 9,620 points – and Ramona is the only female parkrunner yet to miss a run in this ‘Bushy year’.

Points are accumulated by the finishing position by gender for the respective tables, with the first male and female finishers receiving 250 points, the second finisher gets 249, third 248, etc. 250 points is awarded for the first three times you volunteer in the Bushy year between October and September.

To find out more about the points tables and how it works, visit the parkrun support FAQ

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Stats of the day

There were 963 parkrunners – 903 identified, 60 unidentified (6.2% of field).

How many?

  • Of the 903 identified parkrunners, there were:
  • 123 PBs (13.6% of field) of which 4 have completed 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 86 Bushy first timers (9.5% of field) of which 41 were parkrun first timers (4.5% of field)
  • 86 Juniors aged under 18 (9.5%) and 170 Seniors aged 18-34 (18.8%)
  • 647 Vets (71.7%) of which 88 are 35-39, 251 are 40-49, 218 are 50-59, 90 are 60+
  • 568 males (62.9%) and 335 females (37.1%)
  • Most common male age group was 50-54 (88 runners – 15.5% of all males)
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (54 runners – 16.1% of all females)
  • 184 club runners (20.4% of field) from 79 different clubs and 719 unattached (79.6%)
  • Top 7 clubs: Stragglers (43 runners), British Airways AC (10), Purple Patch Runners (8), Ranelagh Harriers (8), 26.2 RRC (6), Elmbridge RRC (6) and Thames Turbo Triathlon (6).

 

How fast?

  • Of the 963 finishers, there were:
  • 55 sub 20 mins, 292 20:00-24:59, 348 25:00-29:59 and 268 over 30 mins
  • Top 10% time: 20:51, Midpoint time: 26:43
  • Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 48, 59, 50, 72, 63, 62, 92, 64, 64, 66
  • 353 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 70.6 per minute
  • 92 finishers in the 26th minute.

 

How many parkruns?

  • 72557 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 903, averaging 80 parkruns each
  • 425 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (47% of identified field), of which
  • 146 members of the 50 club (16.2%)
  • 222 members of the 100 club (24.6%)
  • 56 members of the 250 club (6.2% of field)
  • 1 member of the 500 club (0.2% of field) – John Hanscomb (500 runs)

 

And finally…

 

Ride London 100

On Sunday the roads were closed across London and Surrey for the annual Ride London 100, with many parkrunners riding or volunteering. Well done to all of you who took part or helped out on Sunday.

 

 

172 and out?

As some previous stat attack followers will remember, John Woods has been on a consecutive streak of Bushy parkruns since event 466 on 1st June 2013, a sequence of 172 Bushy parkruns so far. However he will be on holiday in the West Country in a few days’ time. So will he be at Bushy on Saturday; or will he be absent for his very first away run on his 461st parkrun? You will have to wait until Saturday to find out!

Pictured below is John with Stewart Rose, who previously held the consecutive record here with 85.

 

John Woods (172 consecutive Bushy parkruns) and Stewart Rose (85 consecutive Bushy parkruns)

John Woods and Stewart Rose      

 

A big thank you to the roving photographers on the day: Carol Dickinson and Andy Howarth!

 

That’s all for now, until next time!

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Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch

 

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Run Report Event No. 636 – 23rd July 2016

 

HOT n SWEATY

 

Ooooh it was a hot one. Well not that hot, but possibly rather too warm at 9am when you are running 5k. Even so the warmth of the morning didn’t put off the 1,005 people that made the start line, not to mention the 47 or so volunteers helping to make it all happen.

Ray Coward was our Run Director for the day with Ann Coward and Alex Tickell coordinating all the volunteers. For some there was a quick shot of coffee before heading out to marshal or as a boost to funnel construction, which starts early. Indeed whilst some people can turn up at 9am, run 5k and be away by 9.20am, others have been there before 8am setting everything up, and may still be there at 11am to take it all down again and sort out the tokens. Here’s to the volunteers you lovely people.

 

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Volunteers sign in

 

 

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Ray Franks explains the finer points of funnel management

 

 

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Ann Coward briefing new comers

 

Here is a full list of the volunteers this week:

Andy ANSTEY, Keith BALDWIN, Sam BARRETT, Andy BARRETT, Sam BENNETT, Phil BLUER, Christopher BOX, David BREWIN, Ray COWARD, Ann COWARD, Katherine CURTIS TYLER, Carol Margaret DICKINSON, Mohammed FAIZ, Tom FLEMING, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Chloe GELONA, Duncan GRANT, Mark GRATTON, Dave James GRIFFITHS, Samantha HANLEY, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Jonathan HUGHES, Freya JUBB, Ali KENNEDY, Bert KIDWELL, Daisy Eleanor KNOX, Thomas MADLE, Yue MAN, Stephen MARFLEET, Steve MILLER, Patrick MKANDAWIRE, Graham MORTIMER, Ethan MULLEN, Diane MULLEN, Ethan NIGEL, Jeremy PALMER, James PHILLIPS, Alex PITT, Will RAWLING, Rosie RENDALL, Jacqueline RICH, Jill SMITH, Oliver TAYLORMORTE, Alex TICKELL, Tasmin WAITE

If anyone fancies a go at volunteering, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com . It’s great fun and we can only enjoy our weekly fix if there are enough volunteers.

 

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Ray Coward holds back the tide…

 

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….the dam bursts      

 

 

A bit about Bushy Park

I usually like to cover something random in the Run Report so, with your indulgence,  I thought I would cover the Park itself. I did a little research, and learned that Bushy became a Royal Park in 1529 when Cardinal Wolsey gave it to King Henry Vlll as part of a gift that also included Hampton Court. Until then, the park had been agricultural land. In the Middle Ages, the park reared rabbits for food in artificial warrens and there are still signs of the warrens in places. When the land was given to King Henry Vlll, he immediately created a deer chase, as you do. He built the brick wall around the park, presumably to keep the deer in and everyone else out. Sections of this wall remain along the north side of Hampton Court Road.

 

Diana fountain

The Diana Fountain was commissioned by King Charles l for his Queen, Henrietta Maria in the 1630s. The initial design was by Inigo Jones. It first stood at Somerset House but was moved by Oliver Cromwell to the Privy Garden at Hampton Court. In 1713 the statue and fountain were moved again to their current position by the architect, Sir Christopher Wren, who had redesigned the Chestnut Avenue at Bushy to make a long, formal route through the middle of the park. At one end, he added a large round pond and put the statue and fountain in the middle of it. The feature is known as the Diana fountain after the Roman goddess of hunting. But as I found out recently, the statue actually represents Diana's nymph, Arethusa.

 

Pokémon Go corner (skip this paragraph if you are older than 25)

The Diana Fountain is now a PokéStop, which is not something Sir Christopher Wren would have envisaged. And whilst on the subject, I am reliably informed that the Pheasantry is now a Pokémon Gym if you fancy giving your Drowzee a workout. Rather interestingly, or not, depending on your point of view, my son actually caught a few Pokémon whilst running this week’s parkrun. I am not sure how he managed to do this, but the scope for the young to multi-task when new technology is involved knows no bounds. However he did say there were rather too many Pidgies and Rattatas for his liking, and I don’t think it did much for his time. Anyway, next week we are going to have a big effort at taking the Pheasantry Gym for Team Instinct if anyone wants to join us…

 

 

Bushy Park and D-Day

In World War II, the US Air Force practically took over Bushy Park. Part of the Park became Camp Griffiss, the base for the US 8th Army Air Force, US Strategic Air Forces and later the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF). This was where General Eisenhower planned and oversaw Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of north-west Europe that began with the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.

It’s hard to believe but the whole of the 3rd kilometre of parkrun would have been row upon row of Nissen Huts at that time. Most of the camp's huts were removed by 1963 but if you look hard enough there are apparently remains of drain covers and stones poking through the grass. There are formal memorials to both the USAAF and SHAEF to the left of the parkrun course as we reach half way mark on the gravel path.

 

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The USAAF Memorial

 

 

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Eisenhower’s office is marked in brick with a flagpole

 

 

Ok enough of the history lesson, what about the run? Well below are some snaps I managed to grab at the start. Sorry if I didn’t managed to catch you. Maybe next time.

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After the start, two things always happen. First there are the handful of people who are running late, literally, and arrive just as the throng is disappearing in a dust plume – no PB this week for them. Second there is a slightly weird 15mins or so of calm that descends. It’s a short period of tranquillity before the tsunami of runners descends. The tide has gone out… and then first it’s a trickle of runners before the tidal wave hits the finish funnel and keeps going for some 20mins before it begins to ease off.

The funnel team really are a key part of the success of Bushy. Yes they do shout “encouragement” to clear the line and keep things moving, but this really is essential to keep the finish line free for the barrage that is behind you.

 

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The calm before the tsunami hits the funnel team and timers

 

 

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Mark Gratton on Lead Bike

 

 

Personal bests

We had 78 people setting a new fastest time – that’s a brilliant 8% given the warm conditions. Amongst the seasoned parkrunners gaining a PB were Amanda Burkinshaw (VW45-49) who took nearly 3 mins off her PB on her 207th parkrun and 15th at Bushy and  Malcolm Nicholls on his 201st parkrun and 31st at Bushy. Ian Riley gained a second PB in 2 weeks in 21:53 on his 196th parkrun and 176th at Bushy. The most experienced Bushy parkrunner with a PB. Well done Ian.

 

Milestones

There were no runners reaching 500 parkruns this week, but bubbling under is John Hanscomb on 499. More on John below. There was just one runner joining the 250 club this week. Step forward and take a bow (and a green t-shirt) Barnet Heeley (VM45-49). Barnet has completed 230 of his runs at Bushy, with a number also at Kingston, Bedfont Lakes and others. He did his first parkrun on 2 February 2008. Special mention too to David Stewart who completed his 200th parkrun. David is a regular fellow pacer and completed his first run on 27 February 2007.

An amazing six runners reached the magic 100 – step forward Rufus King (JM15-17), Andrew Finch (VM35-39), Ben Greig (JM11-14), Simon Wallwork (VM50-54), Sam Fraley (JM11-14)and Emily Murray (SW25-29). Ben Greig is a Bushy passionista having run all of his 100 runs at Bushy.  From the results it looks like Sam Fraley ran with his older brothers Alex and Oscar, but they have a little way to go to match his 100 runs.

Before the run I managed to catch sight of Emily Murray and her friends and family. Emily has run 95 times at Bushy, and even managed a PB last week on her 99th parkrun. This week she was definitely enjoying the moment, and graciously baked a number of lovely 100 t-shirt shaped cookies. Well done to Emily and well done to all of the new centurions.

 

 

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Emily Murray, friends and family (Emily is below the star balloon)

 

 

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Emily’s 100 cookies (I tried a few and they were good :)

 

There were four people running their 50th parkrun today. Take a bow Robert Boston, Jane Lillywhite, Steve Browett and Joyce Vock.

I caught up with Steve after his run. He has mixed up his runs between Bushy, Tilgate and Reigate Priory, but his most recent runs are all at Bushy. Well done Steve. You’ll have your shiny new red parkrun shirt very soon.

 

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Steve Browett and man’s best friend on their 50th parkrun, well Steve’s anyway.

 

 

Parkrun Tourists

Some of you may have noticed a smattering of 20-30 sapphire blue runners in our midst. These were the Horley Harriers Running Club on their annual parkrun tour. Ben Short, their leader, was telling me that each year they do 10 parkruns and this year Bushy Park was No 8 on their list. What a great day to choose Bushy! (btw, the sun always shines on BP).

Ben even managed to get on the podium as third finisher with a fantastic time of 16:52 and a Bushy Park PB. Special mention too to David Bull, 5th finisher in a BP PB of 17:23. Look forward to seeing you all next year, and will look out for you at Tilgate parkrun.

 

 

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Horley Harriers RC visit Bushy on their 10 parkrun tour

 

 

Two other tourists I spotted were Mark O’Callaghan and Danny Alexander from Kirkby Milers AC in Liverpool. Mark was doing his first Bushy run and normally runs at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool. Mark and Danny are doing a 37 mile ultra soon and Bushy parkrun was just a part of the morning’s training. Anyway, good luck with the ultra.

 

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Mark O'Callaghan and Danny Alexander from Kirkby Milers AC, Liverpool

 

The results bit

First home to the Bushy Park tree this week was Robert Eveson (SM20-24) in 16:44 in his 230th parkrun and his 186th at Bushy and his 2nd first finish. Robert was closely followed by fellow Southampton University undergrad Matthieu Marshall in16:45 in his first Bushy parkrun. Third finisher was Horley Harriers very own Ben Short in a PB of 16:52. Craig Jarman was fourth finisher in 16:56 completing the set of four people below 17 mins.

 

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Matthieu Marshall with pal Robert Eveson. Second and First Finishers

 

 

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Ben Short, Horley Harriers, 3rd finisher

 

 

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Craig Jarman, 4th finisher

 

 

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David Bull, Horley Harriers, 5th finisher

 

First female home was junior parkrunner Chloe Sharp (JM15-17) in 18:41 in her 27th parkrun and second visit to Bushy. Second female finisher wasBryher Bowness (SW20-24) in 19:19 in her first visit to Bushy and her 39th parkrun. Third to the tree was junior runner Isobel Stockley (JW11-14)in 19:38 in her 80th parkrun. Isobel normally runs at Nonsuch parkrun.

For the junior girls, Chloe and Isobel took first and second and Sacha Kennedy (21:04)was third home.

For the junior boys, first finisher was Ollie Hurdle in 18:20, second was Luigi Medri in 19:32 and third was Harry Tuckman (JM10)in 20:37 which was a PB in his 41st parkrun – brilliant running for someone not even 11 years old.

I must apologise to the female first finishers, as my phone took that very moment to become full to capacity, and it took me a few moments to create some space, so apologies for missing the key finishers. Here are a couple I managed to catch:

 

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Joseph Palmer (PB) closely tracked by Dad, Jeremy

 

 

Age Gradings

I don’t know about you, but this is where I am increasingly taking comfort, as I am inevitably getting older, but sadly no faster, well at 5k anyway. That said, I can only dream of 80%, though I still harbour ambitions for 70% one day…(currently at 67.64%).

We had just six runners take advantage of the good conditions to exceed the 80% age grading mark, 5 women and 1 man; so congratulations to June Petrie (VW50-54) in 20:05 (85.56%), Polly Adams (VW50-54) in 20:23 (82.26%), Chloe Sharp (JW15-17) in 18:41 (81.89%), Ruth Hutton (VW50-54) in 20:54 (81.18%), Philip Bearman Snr (VM50-54) in 18:21(81.02%) and Isobel Stockley (JW11-14) in 19:38 (80.05%). More info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, is at the parkrun support FAQ.

 

Newcomers and parkrun tourism

43 people were doing their first ever parkrun – welcome to the club! In addition we had 67 parkrun tourists doing Bushy for the first time, the most experienced of whom was David Walmsley (VM50-54) on his 296th parkrun. David normally runs at Hull parkrun. Also from Hull and enjoying their first visit to the cradle of parkrun was Amy Barton (JW11-14) in her 208th parkrun. Amy ran with her dad Richard Barton.

Robert Crangle ran Bushy for the first time. Robert is clearly a fanatical parkrun tourist – an uber-tourist. He is rapidly climbing up the Most Events table and has completed 63 different parkrun events out of 110 parkruns. (see: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/results/mostevents/).

I have always wondered about this approach to parkrun. It largely means travelling every Saturday and very possibly Friday night to a different part of the country and experiencing a new parkrun every week. I toyed with this myself at one stage and have managed 31 different parkruns which qualifies me to wear a yellow buff with cows on it called the Cow cowl, so named after the first person to complete 100 different parkruns, Chris Cowell.

Some people would seem to dedicate their whole being to this activity which is laudable but feels somewhat extreme. The most extreme seem to be doing every parkrun just once. No repeats anywhere, anytime. This is known as “Going for a Bailey”; trying to run your first 100 runs at 100 different events. Named after Gregory Bailey, the first parkrunner to get hooked on tourism early enough to do it. So far Gregory has done 145 UK parkruns, every one at a different course. Go Gregory! See also this link for more parkrun tourist terms courtesy of Louise Ayling – it’s a global industry!: https://abradypus.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/parkrun-tourist-jargon-buster/

 

Older runners

Finally I wanted to do a little focus on some of our more elderly runners. Along with those in age category JW10/JM10 speeding round the course, I think those in V80-84 are just fantastic. According to the results, we had 4 such runners on this parkrunday: As well as John Amos and Teresa Segovia we had the privilege of sharing the course with Madge Bradsell who completed her 392nd parkrun in 50:27 as well as the legend that is John Hanscomb who has now completed 499 runs, 495 at Bushy (with 2 at Nonsuch and 2 at Brighton). John completed his first run on 29th January 2005 and has a PB of 25:30. John says he plans to be at Bushy on 30th July for his 500th run, and I for one will be there to help him celebrate, and give him my respect.

 

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Madge Bradsell with Dash (ex-Battersea). Madge says he doesn’t always live up to his name…

 

 

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The legend, John Hanscomb

 

 

Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #636:

There were 1005 parkrunners – 938 identified, 67 unknown (Don’t forget your Barcode!) (6.6% of the field).

How many?

  • Of the 938 identified parkrunners, there were:
  • 103 Juniors aged under 18 (11%) and 161 Seniors aged 19-34 (17%)
  • 674 Vets (72%) of which 91 are 35-39, 298 are 40-49, 210 are 50-59, 75 are 60+
  • 565 males (60%) and 373 females (40%)

How fast?

  • Of the 938 identified finishers, there were:
  • 50 runners sub 20 mins (5%),
  • 278 between 20:00-24:59 (30%)
  • 336 25:00-29:59 (36%)
  • 274 over 30 mins (29%)
  • Midpoint time: 27:10

 

Finally, if anyone is running the Wedding Day 7k on Friday 29th July, then good luck and maybe see you there. Mrs H, my eldest Tom and I will be doing our best, and then enjoying the post-run picnic. If we don’t see you, maybe we will at Bushy parkrun #637 and John Hanscomb’s 500th.

Happy parkrunning.

 

Andrew Howarth

 

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Run Report Event No. 635 – 16th July 2016

It was a warm morning as 978 people completed the Bushy parkrun course for the 635th event at the home of parkrun. It was the turn of pacers and we had David Stewart, Mark Trueman, Jeremy Palmer, Jack Kennedy, Andrew John Wingate (masquerading as Emma), Adam Sherriff, Adrian Roberts and Tim Bowden helping people to PBs. At the start we were promised pacing to a couple of seconds and four of the pacers were spot on their times. There were 123 personal bests this week.

This Week%27s PacersAs this is my first run report I thought this week I would take a moment to think about those people who attended Bushy parkrun for the first time. Every week there are a small quantity of hands raised during the announcements heralding the people who have made their first venture to the beautiful Bushy Park. Whether they have run many times elsewhere and the cradle of parkrun is a tick on their parkrun bucket list or whether they have never run the distance before we hope that all 83 of you enjoyed it and will return for more.  

The fastest first timer was Michael Huntley who picked up the eighth finish token in 17:54. It was his fifteenth parkrun, with previous runs at Nonsuch and Highbury Fields.   The fastest first timer to parkrun was Rob Biagioni in a time of 21:02 in position 105. I hope that he enjoyed the run and will be back for more.

Sorting The Tokens

First across the finish line was Andrew Lawrence in a time of 16:13. It is his sixteenth time heading up the field and he was followed this time by an unknown runner. In third was Conor Kissane-Wood who finished in 16:35.

First woman was Isabel Clark in 19:17, her first time achieving this. Ruth Hutton was next woman in 20:30 and then Becca Neale was close behind her, being the third woman across the line, with a time of 20:35.

Claiming the title of fastest junior male was Kai Hanley in 19:46 followed by Dominic Rhodes in 20:10 and Matthew O'Donovan in 20:26 completing the top three junior male times.

The top three junior females came in consecutive female positions of fifth, sixth and seventh. They were Imogen King in 21:04, Lucy Marquand in 21:14 and Jess Shaw in 21:22 respectively.

The Finish Funnel

The best age grades were obtained by Ruth Hutton, Polly Adams and Lawrence Duffy with 82.76%, 80.42% and 79.90% respectively.

An Impressive Sprint Finish

Joining the 250 club this week was Phil Bailey, of which he has run 248 at Bushy. Ste Wrigglesworth and Victoria Fuller became the newest members of the 100 club at Bushy this week.

Zoë Dennison

 

Run Report Event No. 634 – 9th July 2016

Apologies in advance if this is not quite up to the usual standard you might expect from a Bushy parkrun run report but as a massive sports fan - did anyone else notice how much sport was on this weekend? Wimbledon finals, Tour de France, British Grand Prix and as I type, the final of Euro 2016 is on the TV. Great to see fantastic British triumphs in (nearly) all of them. Anyway, it hardly left time to get out of for a run, let alone write about the highlight of the sporting weekend, the 634th running of Bushy parkrun...

As always, we had a wonderful bunch of volunteers, marvellously led by Team Papworth with David acting as Run Director and Julie as Volunteer Co-ordinator number one, ably assisted by Alex Tickell as Volunteer Co-ordinator number two.  The number of volunteers seems to grow every week, which means the number of cakes that Carol bakes seems to get bigger every week too! So many thanks everyone for volunteering and a big thanks to Carol for the baking!

Adam COLLMAN  •  Alex PITT  •  Alex TICKELL  •  Ali KENNEDY  •  Andrew FINCH  •  Andrew MORRISON  •  Ann COWARD  •  Carol Margaret DICKINSON  •  Daisy Eleanor KNOX  •  Dan FINLAY  •  David PAPWORTH  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Eddie ROBERTSON  •  Ellie WALLWORK  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Ethan NIGEL  •  Freya JUBB  •  George FORD  •  Hal ADALAR  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Jack KENNEDY  •  James SELL  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Jessica BUTTIGIEG  •  Joe BOWMAN  •  Joey TOTHAM  •  Jonathan EVANS  •  Julie PAPWORTH  •  Karen WALLACE  •  Leonie KENNEDY  •  Liz ZASS  •  Madeline THOMAS  •  Merran SELL  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Oliver TAYLORMORTE  •  Oscar BLANCHARD  •  Patrick MKANDAWIRE  •  Philip TAUWHARE  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Rebecca THOMAS  •  Sam BENNETT  •  Simon LANE  •  Susan HOWARTH  •  Suzanne GREEN  •  Thomas MADLE  •  Tom FLEMING  •  Will RAWLING  •  Yue MAN

Cake

If anyone fancies volunteering, I can guarantee you'll be given a friendly welcome and that you'll absolutely love it... unfortunately I can't guarantee that Carol will bake every week. To find out about volunteering, simply click here. I was running this week, hence the lack of photos, and I reckon the support from the marshalls out on the course today was the best it has ever been, so thank you all for your support. I hope you all got lots of thanks from the 1015 runners who came past...

So what where the facts and figures from Saturday...  This week there were 1015 runners, of whom 79 were first timers and 99 recorded new Personal Bests - massive congratulations to you all.. 

Thomas Wilkinson joined the 250 club, of which 236 were at Bushy Park - look forward to seeing you in your green t-shirt soon!

We had four people joining the 100 club, many congratulations to Jane Stenning, Angela Campbell, Michael Wilkins and Bob Higson. Thank you to Angela for coming all the way from New Zealand to do your 100th run at the home of parkrun!

We also had four people joining the 50 club on Saturday, so a big round of applause to Ian Wild, Dan Domeniconi, Philippa Godden and Darryl Swift.

And last but not least, we had one new member of the 10 club for juniors this week, so well done to William Greenstreet who joined the club and celebrated with a new PB. Don't forget there are now a number of junior parkruns in the local area on a Sunday morning for 4-14 year olds. Bushy of course is monthly but we have Moormead in Twickenham on a weekly basis and also Hanworth over in Feltham - I'm not biased at all but the one in Hanworth does have a rather handsome Run Director every once in a while... although it is Moormead's first anniversary on Sunday so I'm sure there will be cake!

We also saw Richard Fletcher presented with his 500 club t-shirt, a truly impressive achievement... sadly I didn't get a photo but hopefully we can all take a closer look next Saturday if/when he wears it for the first time.

In the run (not a race) back to the Big Tree Sacha KENNEDY (JW11-14), was first lady over the line in 20:16, showing the adults how it's done... 
Polly ADAMS  was second over the line in 20:38 and she was followed by Clare GRAHAM of St Mary's Richmond AC, who was third over the line in 21:05 - Clare has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.

All of this means the race (can I say that?) to finish first in the points table is as follows:

Sacha KENNEDY (Oxford City AC) 9835 pts.
Polly ADAMS (Unattached) 9807 pts.
Ramona THEVENET (Stragglers) 8930 pts.

Interesting to see Sacha's new club listed as well - something you're not telling us Sacha?

For the men, Jonathan CORNISH of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 16:17, followed by Andrew LAWRENCE of Morpeth Harriers & AC, who was second over the line in 16:46. In third was Craig JARMAN who crossed the line in 17:17.

Top running all of you - none of those results affect the points table which if memory serves me correctly is very much 'as you were':

Mark GRATTON (St Mary's Richmond AC) 9664 pts.
Chris BRIMACOMBE (Unattached) 9172 pts.
Jeremy LANGDON (Unattached) 8996 pts.

In terms of age grading, the following all achieved amazing scores of over 80%:

Mike ANDERSON  was graded 84.72% for the time 18:46 
Polly ADAMS  was graded 81.26% for the time 20:38 
Bea DOWNEY was graded 81.18% for the time 21:10
Michael Philip WHITE was graded at exactly 80.00% for the time 21.10

Many months ago I was on Facebook and came across a conversation in the parkrun discussion group about people visiting different parkruns across the country. One lady said that she would love to visit Bushy but was a bit nervous because of all the crowds, parking, double funnel etc... Being the nice person that I am (I can be nice sometimes but like to hide it well) I said that I'd be happy to meet her and make sure she was okay and looked after if she did come down. Well, fast forward a few months and we were very glad to welcome the lovely JoYarnall from Walsall Arboretum parkrun!

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Little did I know that Jo was something of a celebrity in the running world, being a member of the 100 marathons club, which if you haven't heard of, only people who have run 100 marathons can join! As you can also see from her Cowell cowl (hope I've spelt that right?) she's also an avid parkrun tourist, having visited well over 20 different parkruns across the country. It was an absolute delight to have Jo visiting and I know she absolutely loved visiting us and hopefully a few of us can make the return trip one day back up to Walsall.

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So that was parkrun #634, I'm sure there were many more stories that I missed, do feel free to join us on Facebook and tell us what we missed, it's always great to hear stories that we may have missed.

And once again, a final apology that this is a bit late and lacking in photos of the day.. I forgot that I was due to do the run report, partly because I was so excited about my Saturday afternoon day out. This was the view I had, and I just felt it would be a bit rude to sit there tapping away on my laptop the whole way through, thank you Justine for inviting me!

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That's it for now, look forward to seeing you next weekend!

 

 

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