Saturday 14th October 2017
Last Saturday was my 13th birthday, but today, there is a Surrey League cross country match and also, many of my regular visitors will be saving their legs for tomorrow’s Cabbage Patch 10, so I bet I get hardly anyone coming along to see me today…..
Our teenager wasn’t quite right there; a very healthy 1,233 runners (OK, who didn’t make it out of bed to make it a 1234?) turned out partake in the world’s only teenage parkrun, and amongst the throng were those celebrating an upcoming wedding, a birthday and milestones.
Wendy Rollason and Orla White kicked off their wedding weekend by both taking part in their 25th Bushy parkrun, having started their parkrun journeys on New Year’s Eve last year.
Mandy and Orla before the run
And after the run. Many congratulation ladies, hope Sunday was a great celebration!
Ray Coward took the helm as race director, thus guaranteeing that not only did the rain stay away, but we were also treated to some autumnal sunshine by the end of the event.
Ray carries out the pre-race briefing
Many thanks to all of the 53 volunteers ensuring another smooth successful event; they were:- Alex TICKELL • Amy ROBERTSON • Ann COWARD • Anna SAVILL • Beth TEMPEST • Brendan RAATH • Carole VINE • Catelin LE FRANC • Chris BRIMACOMBE • Chris TYRRELL • Christine FRY • Courtney LE FRANC • David BREWIN • David OLSEN • Emilie HOWES • Emily VINE • Ethan SCOTT • Fiona MCANENA • Florence POLWIN • George FORD • Ian CUNNINGHAM • Izzy CLARKE • Jack KENNEDY • Jacob ROLLASON • Janice FRANKS • Jessica TUCKMAN • Jonathan DICKINSON • Julie MELOTTE • Julie SMITH • Katie CLARE • Kieron Jake CARPENTER • Lou COAKER • Maggie HOAD • Malcolm J TAYLOR • Michalina SULKOWSKA • Mike DENNISON • Nick SAVILL • Owen PARRY • Pablo URDIALES ANTELO • Pam JARMAN • Pedro DAS GUPTA • Phoebe Ann CARPENTER • Ravi LOBO • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Robert MOREY • Rosie RENDALL • Rupert POSTLETHWAITE • Simon GREENHILL • Stephen PENPRAZE • Steve MILLER • Susan HOWARTH • Toby DAVIES • Wendy STOKES
As a non-runner this week, I spent a large part of the event by the finish-line, and whilst I thought I was reasonably au-fait with how our world famous double funnel operates, I hadn’t appreciated how quickly each of the funnels fill-up and thus how frantic the action needs to be for Ray Franks and his efficient funnel management team. Coupled with the good co-operation from the participants, it was a treat to witness how efficient the operation was, bar the occasional need to man handle selected "letter holders" wearing headphones into the alternate funnel!. Taking part is even more fun, so, to the uninitiated, I would strongly urge you to Send Pat an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you fancy having a turn, it’s great fun and you get to meet lots of great people and the gratitude from the participants makes it an incredibly uplifting experience.
The well marshalled double funnel in action.
There were a healthy 49 runners undertaking a parkrun for the very first time this week and a further 71 parkrunners visited Bushy for the first time this week. This included Charlie Deakin-Jones who chose to celebrate his 12th birthday by making the trip down from his native East Midlands along with sister Emily and his parents to run at the original event. Charlie also took part in the Junior parkrun at Moormead park the following day.
Visitors from Conkers parkrun
The Speedy Ones
Taking part in only his 3rd parkrun, junior runner Sam Southall took 52 seconds off his PB to be first back to the big Oak in a time of 17:21. On his 103rd lap round Bushy, Dan Domeniconi was next, registering his first podium finish with a time of 17:41. 3rd finisher was another junior runner, Eric Williams, who was returning to Bushy for the first time in over 2.5 years, registering a PB of 17:45. Junior runners occupied 3 of the top 5 places this week, with Kieron Desmond finishing in 5th place overall in a time of 18:17. The first lady back was Joanne Harvey, running her fisrst parkrun of the year in a time of 18:20.
The next lady back was a Bushy first timer; Jenni Cox ran 20:00 minutes, and she was followed by Alison Chapman, a Junior 11 – 14 runner, who picked up a 3rd successive PB with a time of 20:30.
The 2nd Junior lady was Charlotte Dawson (21:23) and the 3rd junior lady was Helena White (21:32).
High Age Category Scorers
The remarkable Jane Davies was easily the best performer in the age grading category, scoring an incredible 95.91% for her time of 22:50 in the Women’s 65-69 category. Ladies also took the next 2 spots with Polly Adams achieving 83.41% for her time of 20:36 in the VW50-54, and Merran Sell scoring 82.74% for her time of 28:18 in the VW 70-74 category.
Congratulations to the 5 others who also exceeded the magic 80% mark who were:-
Freddie Lett (80.8% for his time of 19:32 in JM10), Joanne Harvey (80.73% - 18:20 in SW25-29), Mitch Phillips (80.59% - 19.04 in VM 55-59), Sam Southall (80.21% - 17.21 in JM 15-17) and Adrian Cooper (80.04% - 18.17 in VM45-49).
This week, 2 runners joined the 250 club. They were Trevor Huggins (245 of those were at Bushy) and junior runner David Gannon who clocked up 112 of those runs at Bushy, the remainder being spread across an impressive 37 other senior parkrun events!
There were 4 new joiners to the 100 club – Clare Smith and Leanne Slater celebrated their respective landmarks by visiting the cradle of parkrun for the 1st time, whereas the other new members of the club, Stan Stennett and Katy Furber are regulars at Bushy.
Joining the 50 club this week were Christopher Convey, Sarah Keenan, Abigail Riehl and Steve Cook.
Junior runners joining the 10 club this week were Paddy Wheeler, Toby Clifford, Lucy Cleminson and Oliver Rao.
As we’re in the middle of the rutting season, the resident deer need to be treated with even more respect. The loud bellowing calls have been particularly dramatic during the last couple of weeks, but I did notice that the noise levels reduced quite significantly in the last couple of days. Apparently, the stags do not eat very much during the rutting season, perhaps explaining the sudden reduction in activity. Having said that, a few of us who were at the finishing point about 1 hour into the event were treated to quite an amusing skirmish, whereby 2 stags were pursuing the same doe, and subsequently decided to battle it out by locking antlers. This allowed a 3rd stag to leave the larger battling stags behind and take pole position in the pursuit of the retreating doe! Must be a lesson to be learnt from that.
Cabbage Patch 10
Many of the Bushy regulars were taking part in this famous 10 mile race the next day; having not run as far as this for over 14 years, it was particularly uplifting to see so many of the regular Bushy volunteers marshalling and dishing out bucket loads of encouragement to all, so a big thank you to all that helped with this event and whose encouragement made the completion of those final miles possible for me (just!). A big thanks to the wonderful event sponsors too! (Hope my wife is reading this).
That all from me; Have a great week, and hope to see many of you on Saturday.
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