Pacers and PBs
After the last few weeks of mud, rain, ice and the gale force winds this week we had no excuses. One of those days which was a bit nippy standing round at the start, though once we started great conditions for running. Pretty firm underfoot on the grass bits, no puddles and a light breeze. It was pacer week too from 20 to 34 (being an even month) and this also helped to encourage some quick times. Run director Simon Lane took his usual place atop of his ladder to welcome runners from as far as Australia (and even Hampton and Molesey) to the home of parkrun. After a quick reminder from Rodney to move out of the way he set the runners off on their way with Andrew Howarth and Mike Tivnen taking the timer duties.
Duncan Scoble led the field (on lead bike) over the mole hills and the stampede moved towards Kingston. It really is an amazing sight, one which you don’t really appreciate when running yourself, 1,291 runners of all sizes, shapes and ages all coming together at 9am on a Saturday morning to test themselves, meet friends old and new and generally having healthy fun all round.
A big comeback
For those of you not on Facebook you may have missed this heart-warming story from Saturday …
A trip down memory lane... Way back in 2014, we received an email from a family in St Andrews asking if we could do them a favour. They were regular parkrunners up in Scotland and were travelling to Bushy. However, their super-quick eldest daughter, Anna Hedley, was under 11 and so needs to run with a responsible adult. Since, she was quicker than either Mum or Dad, could we possibly provide a suitable pacer for her as she was keen to break 20 mins (at aged 10!). We asked one of our quicker regulars, David Rowe, who happily accepted.r quicker regulars, David Rowe, who happily accepted.
That morning back in 2014 the youngster went off like a bullet, but faded a touch and finished in 20:05. Disaster!
Anna was back today, now 15 and so can run alone. I imagine she went off like a bullet again, but she didn't need David this week for her 17:26 and 9th place overall (1st lady and the 4th quickest lady in the whole of the UK this weekend). This is just as well, as whilst Bognor Regis is a slower course than our run, I am not sure if his most recent times of around 19 or 20 mins would have been that helpful!
It is great to see the super talented youngsters we get at Bushy growing up to be super talented teenagers. A 90% Age Grading suggests she is pretty special!
Here is Anna with her two younger sisters, Isla and Freya and her pacer when she couldn't quite go sub-20!
But the whole thing just reminded me how we get some amazing people at Bushy both in terms of running talent and in terms of generosity!
As always the event couldn’t happen without them so a huge thank you to the 56 who helped us today - Andy ANSTEY, Katie BARLOW, Joy BELL, Marisa BILLETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Phil BLUER, Chris BRIMACOMBE, Luca CERASALE, Isobel CHARLTON-LEE, Adam CONSTABLE, Ray COWARD, Ann COWARD, Nicolette CRINALL, Bob DEAN, Jackie DUNKLEY, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Charlotte FRASER, Lina FRIZZARIN, Christine FRY, Suzanne GREEN, Jad HAIDAR, Finley HARRISON, Robby HEDGES, Bianca HOLLIS, Andrew HOWARTH, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Mary HYDE, Stephen IGGLESDEN, Jack KENNEDY, Stefan KRUEGER, Simon LANE, Fiona MCANENA, James MORRIS, Laura Helen MOSLEY, Carmen PALMER, Eoin PARFITT, Vera PARFITT, Ella PATEL, Adrian RANDLE, Ian RILEY, Adrian ROBERTS, Wendy ROLLASON, Nick ROWE, Duncan SCOBLE, James SELL, Alexander SHAW, David STEWART, Carol SWAFFER, Lucy THATCHER, Stuart THOMPSON, Mike TIVNEN, Orla WHITE, Andrew John WINGATE, Fran WYLDE
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Despite the weather in the last few weeks we have seen numbers at Bushy holding steady, pointing at either we are a bunch of hardy all weather runners … or we had visitors from nearby cancelled parkuns and some of our regulars stayed under the warm duvet. Whatever we had 1,291 runners today with representatives of 99 different clubs present.
We have now seen 51,233 different runners take part in Bushy parkrun and these athletes have now completed 539,033 runs covering an amazing 2,695,165KM including 74,124 new personal bests.
We had 11 members of the 500 club, 139 runners in the 250 club, 287 in the 100 club and a further 204 in the 50 club. 60 runners either hadn’t registered or committed that dreaded event of forgetting their bar-code #DFYB (Don’t Forget Your Barcode).
Of the 132 people running their first Bushy event we welcomed 51 doing their first ever parkrun and 14 making the parkrun pilgrimage who had done at least 100 other runs – welcome to them and hope you enjoyed your day. These included 3 members of the 250 club who finally got to run where it all started, special welcome to Alison MORRISON who has done most of her runs at Swindon and Chippenham (326 runs), Robert DILWORTH whose home run is Conkers in Leicestershire (271 runs) and Trevor Alan ELLERY (259 runs) a regular at Southampton. Welcome to everyone joining us for the first time and hope to see you all soon.
Of the 95 runners who achieved their PB’s today 16 of them have over 100 parkruns to their name:
||Epsom & Ewell Harriers
||Clapham Chasers RC
|Callum KENNETT WHITE
|Matthew David TYAS
||St Mary's Richmond AC
||Lomond Hill Runners AAC
Some great runs from many of our regulars including 3 juniors Matthew TYAS has been a regular for many years running with (and now in front) of his Dad David – one of our proud 500 club members. In the same age category and few seconds apart was Ross HYDE who has done all of his runs with us and for the Junior women Gurleen GHOTRA who has run here 105 runs. Well to all who got PB’s and thanks again to the pacers who helped everyone on the course today.
This Saturday we had no new members of the 500 club – next person who ran today will be Jeremy LANGDON in 11 runs time
Unusually there were also no 250 club members today, Colin COBURN will be celebrating next week
Joining the 100 club we had 3 runners – Amanda COOPER, Giles JONES and Amanda RECONTRE.
We had 3 runners join the 50 club John COOPER, Sean DUNNE and Robert HILL.
For our juniors getting their 10 shirts were Henry WEBBER, Caitlin LEES and Amber HARPER.
Congratulations to all on your landmark achievements and look forward to you all running proudly in your new parkrun shirts.
The Results Bit
First male finisher was Johnathan CORNISH of Hercules Wimbledon in 15:00, just ahead of Elliot DOREY in 15:03 and with the 3rd man home was Andrius JAKSEVICIUS of Belgrave Harries in 15:36.
First woman home was the previously mentioned Anna HEDLEY of Fife AC in 17:26, ahead of Isabel ATKINS (who is also in the 15-17 age category) of Ranelagh Harriers in 18:34 just ahead of another three JW15-17 athletes Jessica MAYER in 19:13 and Imogen DEAKIN in 19:16 and Isabel LIVESEY of St Mary’s Richmond in 19:29. I am sure we have never had the first 5 finishers all in a junior age category – great running girls.
There were some amazing age grade performances with 17 runners breaking the 80% barrier:
||Epsom & Ewell Harriers
||Hercules Wimbledon AC
||Thames Hare & Hounds
||St Mary's Richmond AC
||St Mary's Richmond AC
||Epsom & Ewell Harriers
The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 15:58 on 22nd October 2011 (event number 379). The male record is held by Andrew BADDELEY who recorded a time of 13:48 on 11th August 2012 (event number 422). The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 100.23% (21:30) on 24th September 2016 (event number 645).
The Random Number Generator
As is becoming a tradition we look at a few random numbers to give some coverage to those who otherwise may not have got a mention.
This week was event 776 at Bushy so claiming token 776 was Bushy regular Matthew DUMBRELL with 28:36 on his 57th event and 56th at Bushy.
The average finish time of all Bushy parkrun is 26:59 and hitting the time on the nail was Paula HARTHARN-EVANS who was making her Bushy debut on her 131st parkrun. Paula has visited a number of events but her home run is Birkenhead with 93 runs.
As today is 16/2 ……... in position 162 was David PIMM of 26.2 RRC running 21:27 on 164th run and 123rd with us.
There have now been 539,033 parkruns locations completed in Bushy so in 539 was David GILBERT running 25:52 on his 59th parkrun all with us.
Well done to all.
I always run parkrun without headphones, I like to be able to hear those around me, though you do hear some very odd sounds coming from the mouths of runners exerting themselves around the course. You also get a chance to hear the chorus of ‘thank you Marshal’ echoing around. However for all of my other training runs I am plugged in to my headphones. Normally music blaring but I am a big fan of podcasts and whilst running it good to hear a friendly voice particularly when they are talking about the sport we all love. Here are my top 5 recommendations from the world of running podcasts – all available on spotify and itunes;
- With Me Now – hosted by long standing Bushy runner Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood. This is an unofficial weekly update of all the goings on in parkrun world. Witty and loads of friendly banter, this is a great way to learn what is going on in the wider community. Danny is an uber tourist (although still always comes back to Bushy for Christmas Day) and often includes reviews of whatever new event the guys have been to. The duo formerly presented the popular parkrun show and it is so good to have them back together. I would highly recommend any new listeners from Bushy listen to the episode based on Xmas Day with many interviews with Bushy regulars.
- Free Weekly Timed – the official parkrun podcast hosted by radio presenter Vassos Alexander and another uber tourist Louise Ayling. Each show lasts exactly 29 minutes (the average finish time for a parkrun) and often includes a guest interview.
- Marathon Talk – for those of you who like to run a bit longer. This long running podcast (now up to episode 475) is hosted by parkrun Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams and Martin Yelling. Ideal for those long training runs this show often runs almost 2 hours and includes a full guest interview each week.
- That Running Podcast - the new kid on the block, this pod only started this year and is fast becoming a favourite of mine. Hosted by GB Olympian Ross Murray and fellow ex GB athlete Colin McCourt and gives a behind the scenes look at the world of elite athletics in fun and entertaining way. There have been some great interviews so far with current and former athletes letting you see what really happens in the world of the super speedsters. Ross can often be found training in Bushy and on his parkrun debut last week was first finisher.
- Backstraight Boys (&Girl). Hosted by Jody, Bayo and Claire Thomas this covers the wider sport of athletics with news updates, banter and some amazing interviews. I’d recommend episode 35 which is all about parkrun and it was after listening to this that I became a fan of this pod.
It’s always on at Bushy
The nights are getting longer and the weatherman seems to think we are in for a spell of mild weather. We are incredibly lucky that here at Bushy we have NEVER had to cancel through bad weather. Running through snow, ice, puddles galore we have always managed to put on an event. 2 weeks ago in the UK over 250 events had to cancel due to conditions. The only time in 776 parkrun days that we have not been able to put on an event was in 2012 when the park and particularly much of our then first 1K and last part were used for the course of the Olympic mens cycling road race. So all being well we will all be back by the big fountain at the same time and same place next week.
See you then.
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