For a whole bunch of reasons, it has been a fair while since I last wrote one of these reports, but without really planning it I have picked a cracking week to choose to make my return. The final week of the Bushy season means that there is a load of stuff to talk about, plus there was whole host of people running milestone runs – it’s an easy week to find material!
An Indian Summer?
The last week or so the weather has been a bit colder and so driving into the park to beautiful sunshine was a real bonus. It encouraged a big field of 1,205 runners to put on their trainers, aided and abetted by an awesome squad of 47 volunteers! After it was all done and dusted then sitting outside the Pheasantry was a pleasant surprise.
Who knows how long the good weather will last, but let’s keep our fingers crossed for a few weeks’ yet! After a little announcement from Ray asking people to arrive a few minutes early next week for the presentation and our end of season festivities, Run Director Dave got things underway!
The 645th Bushy parkrun
The first runner back to the big tree was Jonathan Cornish who scorched round the course in 15:44. It was his 13th Bushy parkrun and he has come home first on 9 occasions to give him an incredible record.
Justin Reid recorded a new PB of 17:22 and just outpaced junior Zak Wort (17:25), but were some 90 seconds behind Jonathan.
Amongst the junior field, Zak was obviously fastest round the park, but was followed home by Ollie Hurdle (17:39) and Joshua Poncia (18:04) both of whom ran PB times!
In the ladies event, Kate Brown (18:26) was the first to cross the line, 38 seconds ahead of possible family member (or strange coincidence) Vicki Brown (19:04) with Jo Billings (19:21) completing the podium.
The junior girls were super-quick this week with Isobel Stockley just missing out on ducking under the 20 minute marker (20:01) but still leading the field. Isobel was just ahead of Freya Thomas (20:11) and Ella Fryer (20:39)
New PBs and Super Performances
There were 117 new PBs recorded this week (10% of the field) including 20 runners who have over 50 parkruns to their name. Well done to Joshua PONCIA, James HOPPE, Thomas C WILKINSON, Ella FRYER, Mark A INGHAM, James MORRIS, Michelle DAVIES, Steve REEVES, Daniel MORL, Riona STOCKLEY, Charles ALLEN, Anthony JOYCE, Seiko YAZAKI, Simon LOVEGROVE, Linda KATESMARK, Jeff CROSTHWAITE, Tania SULLIVAN, Valerie MILLS, Audrey CROSTHWAITE and Joyce VOCK.
12 runners recorded over 80% on the WAVA Age Grading, so well done goes to Jonathan CORNISH, Justn REID, Joshua PONCIA, Kate BROWN, John GRAHAM, Polly ADAMS, Ruth HUTTON, Bea DOWNEY, Julie HAWORTH, Liz ZASS and Sue LAMBERT.
Simply the greatest
A special mention goes to the incredible Jane Davies. Jane regularly tops the Age Grading table and in fact has the top 49 age gradings in the history of Bushy parkrun, multiple age-group world champion Mike Trees’ best time only just sneaks into the top 50 behind a list of Jane’s greatest hits!
This week she set a new standard. Her 21:30 was her fastest time for a year or so and gives her an Age Grading score of 100.23%!
The idea of WAVA Age Grading is that it denotes the amount of the course you would have completed when the best people in the world in your age group finish and so today Jane would have been ahead of the very best. She is an absolutely world class athlete.
NB. I am ignoring Allan Bray in the table as his numbers are obviously not correct.
The Bushy Points Championships 2015/16 season
In the men’s race for the John Hanscomb Trophy, it was a bit of a foregone conclusion early on as last year’s winner Mark Gratton built up a big lead and ends the season 280 points ahead of Jeremy Langdon despite missing four of the last six runs. Rob Jones completes the podium and has a big 850 point lead over Mark McKinnon in fourth place.
The Sonia O’Sullivan Salver will go to a new runner this year, although it was desperately close right up until September. Super Junior Sacha Kennedy spent most of the season with no more than a 15 point lead over last year’s winner Polly Adams and so it was always going to be a question of who blinked first. In the end a holiday ended Polly’s challenge, but she ends the season only 260 points behind Sacha. Ramona Thevenet finishes third, 900 points behind Polly, but with a healthy lead over Imogen King in fourth.
To show how close the race was between Sacha and Polly, both athletes ran 46 times and so the difference was mostly down to the addition volunteering session that Sacha did. Polly’s average time this season was 20:40, while Sacha’s was just 4 seconds quicker at 20:36. The two have raced each other 40 times this season and in the end Sacha led the series 23:17!
All you need is dedication…
Ramona Thevenet was the most dedicated runner at Bushy this year with 53 outings out of the 54 possible. John Woods and Stewart Rose were just one behind on 52 runs.
And in terms of combined Runs and Volunteers then it is John, Stewart and Yue Man who share the spoils with a total of 57. John and Stewart have 52 runs and 5 volunteers to their name, whilst Yue switches it around with 7 runs complementing her incredible 50 volunteering sessions.
Looking at pure volunteering then Ray Franks’ record of 51 volunteers just puts him above Yue as the most dedicated of our volunteers, but we should highlight how lucky we are at Bushy to have such a dedicated bunch of volunteers.
14 of our field volunteers on more than half the weeks available at Bushy, which shows incredible dedication. Huge thanks to Ray Franks, Alex Tickell, Nick Blanchard, Ray Coward, Andrew Morrison, Dave Giffiths, Yue Man, Ali Kennedy, Diane Mullen, Ann Coward, Emilie Howes and Janice Franks who are the real heroes of the Bushy year!
If you look further down the Female Points Table you will see a pretty unspectacular set of stats in 88th place.
Zoe Dennison – 17 runs – 1 volunteer – 3,859 points.
This is slightly surprising as Zoe has previously been a regular at Bushy, one of our most dedicated juniors with 219 outings at Bushy in a career of 270 parkruns. Last season, she took in 44 laps of Bushy parkrun and so 17 seems a bit low – however, the reason is obvious. Zoe finished her A-levels last summer and disappeared off to Bath Uni, meaning her weekly trip to Bushy was a little less likely.
Bath Skyline is the local parkrun. It has been going for a couple of years and actually shares the same Oct birthday as Bushy. It is a little smaller, but attracts a strong field of between 250 and 300 runners.
So last September, Zoe rocked up at Bath Skyline and found a new parkrun family. Her dedication has been pretty much perfect with 30 runs throughout her term time and not many missed weeks. It meant that when she left Bath to come back home for the long summer holiday she was comfortably in the lead of their Female Points Table, but with 14 weeks of summer holiday she had to sit and watch her lead chipped away.
Fortunately for Zoe, term time started again in the nick of time with her heading back West with only a small deficit to overcome the current leader, Ros Helps. She duly did this with 8th place on her first week back. A session of volunteering this week confirmed her place at the top of the table!
This week was a special week for Alex Mason who ran in her 100 shirt for possibly the last time – depending on the postman - as this week was her 250th parkrun (249 at Bushy) and she celebrated with her fastest time of the year.
John Rhodes and Chris Morrison will be upgrading red for black as they joined the 100 Club this week and Michael Gregory, John Gregory (maybe related), Eiko Southeron, Nicki Gray, Ella Rowe, Sue Lambert, Suzanne Holland and Mig Burgess all joined the 50 Club – Mig was tailrunner this week!
Well done all.
This week was also a special week for a few people who were celebrating landmark runs without new t-shirts – so well done to Kevin Quinn (150), Simon Lovegrove (200) and Kirsty Bangham (450).
Kirsty certainly celebrated in style with champagne and a fair bit of cake, meaning we can all look forward to a year’s time when she is set to become only the second lady to reach the 500 club – I reckon there will be more bubbles then too.
Kirsty is always fighting to be 'first Kirsty' at every event she takes part in (often the only trophy she is likely to be in the mix for) and so she should be pleased with a podium in this years Female Points Trophy.
1. Kirsty Rumble - 28 runs, 0 vols - 4,773 pts
2. Kirsty Kothakota - 25, 0 - 4,491pts
3. Kirsty Bangham - 26,5 - 3,877pts
If only you didn't do so much touristing, Kirst! You could have been somebody!
Next week awaits
Next week will obviously be a big week as it is International parkrun Day, our birthday and the 12th anniversary of parkrun – however it will also be special for Paul Killick who should become the 5th member of the 500 Club!
Anyway, that’ll do for this week
Thanks all and see you next week. 8:45 please – we have some announcements and celebrations to do!
PS. Thanks to Carol for the photography!