Run Report Event No. 587 – 29th August 2015

Run Report Event No. 587 – 29th August 2015

I was a little caught out by how warm it was this Saturday morning as I thought the weather forecast was for approximately 14 degrees and slightly cloudy…. it wasn’t till half way round the course that I recalled I had possibly been looking at the weather for the Isle of Tiree in Scotland which is where we will be NEXT Saturday – ooops! So, back to this Saturday and Bushy parkrun where it was sunny and really quite warm for the 945 runners who toed the startline.

Amongst them was Linda Coombes who is the Run Director at Warwick parkrun in Queensland, Australia. She and her family have been holidaying in the UK for the last four and a half weeks and have covered 4000 miles of our country in their hire car, but Linda HAD to come to Bushy parkrun whilst on her travels. Warning to anyone heading to Queensland for a parkrun: set your alarm clock because Linda told me that parkruns start at 7am in the state of Queensland!

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Linda, smiling, perhaps at the 2 hours extra in bed this morning versus her local parkrun!

After our chat, Linda dashed off to grab her camera because one of Bushy Park’s fine stags was brunching on acorns by the funnel tree. He seemed mighty content as he was still there an hour later! One theory is that the squirrels up the tree were dislodging the acorns, causing them to fall and keeping him well supplied! Luckily he didn’t interfere with the funnel managers who were busy keeping the runners in line.

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deer

I'm sure this Funnel Marshal helped cut down on the number of funnel duckers! (Stag photos courtesy of Warren Nolan and Dave Papworth)

Many thanks to all the 38 volunteers, including the funnel manager / deer marshals, who made this parkrun possible:

Michael BARNETT, Joy BELL, Oliver BEZZANT, Charlotte BEZZANT, Lyn BRYMER, Paolo COMBONI, Toby COOPER, Ray COWARD, Ann COWARD, Lauren DAWBER, Alison DAWSON, Carol Margaret DICKINSON, Sue EVANS, Jonathan EVANS, Sheila FERGUSSON, Mike FOSTER, Ray FRANKS, Suzanne GREEN, Carole JACKSON, Ali KENNEDY, Leonie KENNEDY, Richard KENNEDY, Rachel Louise LONERGAN, Yue MAN, Ally MANOLE, Steve MILLER, Patrick MKANDAWIRE, Diane MULLEN, Stephen PENPRAZE, John ROOT, Philippa SCHOFIELD, James SELL, Tracey SHEPHERD, Teddy SMITH, Mark STOCKWELL, Lucy THATCHER, Joby THOMAS, Fran WYLDE

As well funnel managing, there is a wide variety of roles available from setting up the funnel, marshalling on course, handing out or scanning finish tokens, lead bike etc so, if you have fancied volunteering one week but aren’t sure what it involves, drop bushyhelpers@parkrun.co.uk an email and Pat will find you a role you are comfortable with. You will also get fully briefed on the Saturday morning and thanked by 1000+ runners!

Those of you who ran Bushy parkrun on 23/2/13 may remember the snow falling as runners launched into a marriage proposal flashmob for Andrew and Danielle… fortunately Danielle said yes! (The video is available on You Tube by searching under ‘Bushy parkrun flashmob’, and still makes me smile!) Fast forward two and a half years, and Andrew and Danielle were back at Bushy parkrun this weekend from their home in Rochester, New York. There isn’t a parkrun near them so Andrew was keen to take the opportunity to return to Bushy, just a few days after celebrating their second wedding anniversary! CONGRATULATIONS!! Andrew finished Bushy parkrun this weekend in 24.45 which was 4 seconds faster than his post-proposal run back in 2013… how did everyone else do?

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Danielle and Andrew, back in Bushy Park a few days after their second wedding anniversary

The results bit!

Our first finisher this week was unknown so well done to JAMIE ASHTON who crossed the line in second place in a time of 16.11. As he was sandwiched between unknown runners, the fourth finisher was GEORGE MICHAEL CORCORAN in 16.38 and completing the podium was ANTHONY JACKSON in a time of 16.42.

First female finisher this week was RUTH HUTTON in 19.40, followed 23 seconds later by ANNETTE CHASE in her first parkrun at Bushy and CLARE GRAHAM in 20.14.

ARCHIE MAY was the first junior male to reach the timer in 18.27 on his first outing at Bushy parkrun, followed in by JOSEPH MIDDLETON in 19.27 just 3 seconds outside his PB, and DAVID MASON in 20.44.

The first junior female home was SACHA KENNEDY in a time of 21.13 ad 6th female finisher overall. JENNA EVANS set a new PB of 22.20 as second female junior, with IMOGEN DEAKIN in third in 22.49.

Well done everybody!

PBs and Club tees

The conditions obviously suited 99 of our runners this week as that was the number of running setting a new PB! Congratulations if that was you! And special congratulations to those runners with more than 100 parkruns to their name with new PBs this week: SIMON LOUGHRAN with 17.45 in his 128th parkrun, RALPH BLACKBOURNE with 19.54 in his 167th parkrun and KEVIN DARGUE 18.59 on his 245th parkrun.

Three juniors joined the 10 Club this weekend – well done to AISLING O’DONNELL, TOBY LEWIS-GILKS and ALFIE NEWSON. There were 2 new 50 club members – KATIE I WILSON and JASON SEWARDS, and 5 new members of the 100 Club this week – ROVENA NDREU, DAVID PIMM, JANET MARTIN, DAVID HUDSON (seen below celebrating in true Bushy parkrun style!) and ANDREW GRAHAM DICKSON. Congratulations!

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David Hudson, happy at having joined the 100 Club!

In true British Bank holiday style the rain has just started to fall as I write this report!  (And it probably is in Tiree too!)

Until next Saturday...!

Rachel

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Run Report Event No. 586 – 22nd August 2015

 

Feeling hot hot hot!

 

What a scorcher! After an indifferent summer of weather, last Saturday proved to be one of the hottest days of the year, with the thermometer already well into the low 20s come 9am as RD on the day Ray Coward addressed the 1029 parkrunners, with 89 Bushy first timers, of which 40 of you were new to parkrun, welcome along!

 

parkrunners set off on Lime Avenue

1029 parkrunners setting off on Lime Avenue

 

I was volunteering on the funnel to get my regular monthly funnel fix and it never disappoints, always frenetic but also fun too – and with the heat I was glad to be spectating and not running this time! With a relatively low figure of 80 PBs among the field, I could see the effects of the weather on parkrunners as they entered the funnel – it’s always important to be sufficiently hydrated before, during and after the run, especially so when it’s as warm as it was on Saturday – so don’t forget to bring a drink with you and something afterwards too!    

 

Keeping your cool!

As Leonie Kennedy continues to recover from her accident, she was making her debut as back-up timer! I believe she was very accurate on her first time clicking over a thousand runners on another busy morning at Bushy, keeping her cool! Having tried back-up timer myself (and not as accurate as Leonie I hasten to add!), the 45 minutes standing at the finish line clicking runners goes in a blur, just clicking colours as they pass you! I think I’ll stick to funnel, but don’t let me put you off – if you fancy trying back-up timer then do get in touch. Well done Leonie!

 

Timers Leonie Kennedy and Stephen Marfleet

Timers on the morning Leonie Kennedy and Stephen Marfleet

 

Paul Wood is one of our regular tail runner volunteers – which I know he enjoys as it gives him a chance to volunteer, log another parkrun and also to have a chat with some parkrunners around the course and to get to know them better. Paul is due to travel to Dubai soon for four months, up until Christmas; have a good time Paul and I’m sure you’ll have a tan come Christmas Day for your return to Bushy! He was with Lorna Browett on Saturday as she was taking part in her fourth parkrun, all this month. Here is Lorna with some friends and family after the run, it was good to meet you and well done to all of you! Yue Man is another one of our regular tail runners, also pictured below.

 

Paul Wood, Tyler Woodings, Vicki Ellott, Lorna Browett, Steve Browett, Andrew Morrison and Yue Man

From left to right: Paul Wood, Tyler Woodings, Vicki Ellott, Lorna Browett, Steve Browett, Andrew Morrison and Yue Man.

 

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! If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! if you are available to help then do let Pat McGrath know via bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’d pleased to hear from you!    

 

Full list of volunteers on the day: Alex TICKELL  •  Ali KENNEDY  •  Ally MANOLE  •  Andrew RONKSLEY  •  Anne WOODS  •  Ben BAKER  •  Bert KIDWELL  •  Charlotte BEZZANT  •  Dave James GRIFFITHS  •  David KLEIN  •  Graham MORTIMER  •  Helen GARDINER  •  Isabel HESSEY  •  Jacqueline RICH  •  James SELL  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Jasper BEZZANT  •  Jonathan HUGHES  •  Juliette JOWIT  •  Lauren DAWBER  •  Leonie KENNEDY  •  Liz ZASS  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Marje SLADDEN  •  Merran SELL  •  Patrick MKANDAWIRE  •  Paul WOOD  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Simon LANE  •  Stephen MARFLEET  •  Stewart ROSE  •  Stuart THOMPSON  •  Sue GRAHAM-KAHN  •  Suzan BAKER

 

Andrew Ronksley on lead bike

Andrew Ronksley on lead bike

 

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

 

New PBs

The heat affected the PB tally as just 80 of you set new PBs this time, none of which had completed a century of Bushy laps – so if you were one of the 80 give yourself a pat on the back, clearly more to come in cooler conditions! Our most experienced Bushy parkrunner to set a new PB was Katie Happs as she ran 34:29 on her 82nd Bushy parkrun (84 runs overall). Since making her Bushy debut over four years ago, Katie has taken over 10 minutes off her time, well done Katie! Kelly Cheney ran her second consecutive PB, with 25:20 on her 68th parkrun (all at Bushy), well done Kelly!

 

parkrun tourists

With the holiday season in full swing, tourists joined us from far and wide, with many of them making their debut here, we hope you all had a great time with us and enjoyed your morning!

From the Singapore Shufflers, Robert Bindless made his Bushy debut on his 18th parkrun. As his club name suggests, Robert has done most of his parkruns (15) at East Coast parkrun in Singapore! Did you know there was a parkrun in Singapore? It was hot at Bushy, but I’m sure compared to a humid day in South East Asia it must have felt a bit fresher in comparison! I hope you had a good time at Bushy!

From Leeds based Hyde Park Harriers, 250 club member David Womersley ran his fifth parkrun at Bushy, setting a new course PB. David is a regular at Woodhouse Moor parkrun with 251 runs there, 25 at Bradford, 11 at Harrogate, and he has run at 20 different events in total. Thanks for coming David!

 

parkrunners set off on Lime Avenue

James Fuller was a Bushy debutant on his 151st parkrun, with most of his previous runs at Poole (124 runs), and Blandford Forum parkrun regulars Ian Edwards (137 parkruns) and Sarah Chaloner (46 parkruns) also visited Bushy. Another 100 club member, Al Moutray (138 runs) was also a first timer here – he runs for the superbly named Chemring Spirits Running Club and has run 95 times at Eastleigh parkrun although most of his recent runs have been at Frimley Lodge parkrun. Emma Crayton celebrated joining the 50 club by joining us for the first time and she is a regular at Reigate Priory parkrun and runs for Dorking & Mole Valley AC. Congratulations Emma!

There were some more South coast based parkrunners who also made the trip to Bushy – From Havant parkrun and Victory AC we welcomed Nicola Stott (122 runs), Mary Short (72 runs), Ian Stott (70 runs) and Megan Stott (42 runs). From Little Stoke parkrun near Bristol, we had Heather Griffin (137 runs) and Andrew Griffin (63 runs), who were also taking part at Bushy for the first time.

From the North West, Shirley Wilson was making her Bushy debut on her 69th parkrun, and is a regular at Burnley parkrun, John Smith of Fylde Coast Runners was running his 45th parkrun and is usually at St Helens parkrun, whilst from Penrith parkrun the Bottomley family came to Bushy as Craig Bottomley of Eden Runners (48 runs), Sheila Bottomley (27 runs) and Roy Bottomley (22 runs) all made their first appearance here. Across the Pennines in the North East, Newcastle parkrun regular Sparrow Morley of Tyne Bridge Harriers made his Bushy debut on his 49th parkrun.

 

Thanks to all the tourists for coming, apologies if I missed you in the list above, and we hope you enjoyed your morning with us!

 

250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs   parkrunew

 

There was one new member of the illustrious 250 club this time, congratulations go to Ewen Gibson! Ewen celebrated in style by running his fastest parkrun in over four years as he ran 23:10! He made his debut at event 84 on 22 April 2006 and he has run 244 times here, with one run each at the nearby Richmond Park, Crane Park and Old Deer Park, with his other three runs across the Irish Sea in Ireland at Castlebar, Westport and Lees Road. Congratulations Ewen, you can soon look forward to wearing the new ‘Forest Green’ 250 Tribesports top!

Of those who ran this time, Jonathan Cox is next in line to join the 250 club as he is just three runs away on 247, Joanne Green is on 246, John Hargest is on 242, Wendy Robertson is on 240 and Jack Kennedy is also on 240 runs.

 

One runner joined the 100 club this week, well done to Breda McGree! On 99 not out is Paul Lacey, David Pimm, Andrew Dickson and Rovena Ndreu.

A fab five joined the 50 club: Colin Lovegrove, Jane Elmslie, Simon Edgington, Sean Carpenter and Emma Crayton! A further four runners are one away from a half century: Sparrow Morley, Jason Cohen, Anna Hampshire and Samantha King.

There were two new members of the junior 10 club for Under 18s – Alexander Frost and Jemima Baker. Ben Frampton and Zach Fenton are one away from double figures.

 

To find out more about the parkrun clubs, free t-shirts and how to qualify visit the parkrun support FAQ

 

parkrunners set off on Lime Avenue 

 

The results bit

Irish international athlete Paul Pollock was the first finisher, as he ran 15:17 (84.51%) on his ninth parkrun (six at Bushy), running for Abbey AC. After Paul, a further three parkrunners dipped under 17 minutes. Bushy debutant Richard McDowell ran 16:46 (79.13%) on his 14th parkrun for Hercules Wimbledon AC, finishing just ahead of St Mary’s Richmond AC athlete Tim Haughian, who also ran 16:46 (76.94%) on his 64th parkrun (47 at Bushy). Matt Atkins ran his first sub 17 time to set a new PB of 16:55 (80.69%) on his sixth parkrun (all at Bushy) to complete the sub 17 quartet.

 

First finisher Paul Pollock (15:17)

First finisher Paul Pollock

 

For the under 18 junior runners, the first three finishers were all named with differing versions of Oliver – Oliver, Ollie and Olly! The first of the three Olivers was Oliver Haines-Francis, running 18:18 (79.23%) in the JM11-14 category for Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers on his 66th parkrun (10 runs at Bushy). The next Oliver was Ollie Hurdle, running 18:37 (74.75%) in the JM15-17 category for Thames Turbo Triathlon on his 30th parkrun (26 at Bushy). Completing the sub 20 junior finishers was Olly Wilson, and he finished in a new PB time of 18:54 (78.66%) in the JM11-14 category for Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers on his third parkrun (all at Bushy).

 

The first female home was Sarah Kinsella of Stragglers, setting a new PB here of 18:44 (79.54%) on her 11th parkrun (10 at Bushy). Looking at Sarah’s Bushy parkrun record, she has set a new PB at all ten of her parkruns here, lowering her time by over seven minutes since her debut in 2011! Next was Nicole Swaffield, running 18:53 (78.38%) on her fifth parkrun (4 at Bushy) for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC. Completing the sub 20 female finishers was Tracey Hardcastle, as she ran 19:49 (77.63%) on her 26th parkrun (24 at Bushy).

 

First female finisher Sarah Kinsella (18:44)

First female finisher Sarah Kinsella

 

The first junior girl back to the big tree was Philippa Spawforth, running 21:45 (76.48%) on her 15th parkrun (all at Bushy), and she was closely followed by Lucy Marquand, as she ran 21:51 (70.02%) on her 29th parkrun (28 at Bushy). Ranelagh Harrier Sacha Kennedy was the third junior girl home, running 22:20 (71.49%) on her 42nd parkrun (30 at Bushy).      

 

Highest age grading scorers

There were some outstanding percentages on the age gradings this time, with nine parkrunners reaching the 80% mark. The list was led by Jane Davies with another exceptional score of 96.98% for her time of 21:33 in the VW65-69 category. Jane is a record holder in the VW60-64 and VW65-69 category! First finisher and international Irish athlete Paul Pollock earned 84.51% as he ran 15:17 in the SM25-29 category, Laurence Duffy (VM55-59) gained 84.12% after running 18:16, and the most experienced female parkrunner in the world – Ramona Thevenet (VW55-59) ran 21:42, which garnered 82.33%.

A further five parkrunners exceeded 80% for their age grading, well done to: Sarah Chaloner (82.15%), Julie Haworth (81.74%), David Womersley (80.71%), Matt Atkins (80.69%) and Michael White (80.22%),   For more info on what age grading percentages mean and how they are calculated, visit the parkrun support FAQ

 

parkrunners set off on Lime Avenue

 

Points tables

With 49 events completed in this year’s Bushy parkrun season (October 2014 until September 2015) and just 5 remaining, there’s not much time left for the positions to change.

Leading the men’s table is Mark Gratton, with 11,440 points, and he will collect the John Hanscomb trophy in October, as he has an unassailable lead of 1,444 points on second-placed Chris Brimacombe on 9,996, and Jeremy Langdon is third with 9,605 points, ahead of Andrius Jaksevicius on 9,197 with Julian Diamond rounding out the top five on 9,127.

Leading the women’s table is Ramona Thevenet, with 11,002 points, and she is in pole position to receive the Sonia O’Sullivan Salver, as she has a 459 point lead over second placed Polly Adams on 10,554, and Brigid Hibberd is third with 9,538, ahead of Jennifer Darling on 8,962, with Zoe Dennison rounding out the top five on 8,456.

 

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

 

parkrunners ready to set off on Lime Avenue

 

Stats of the day

There were 1029 runners – 945 identified, 84 unidentified (8% of field).

How many?

 

  • Of the 945 identified runners, there were:
  • 80 PBs (8% of field) of which 0 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 89 Bushy first timers (9% of field) of which 40 were parkrun first timers (4% of field)
  • 117 Juniors aged under 18 (12%) and 184 Seniors aged 19-34 (19%)
  • 644 Vets (69%) of which 111 are 35-39, 265 are 40-49, 207 are 50-59, 61 are 60+
  • 574 males (60.7%) and 371 females (39.3%)
  • Most common male age group was 45-49 (83 runners – 14% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 45-49 (55 runners – 15% of all females)
  • 195 club runners (21% of field) from 56 different clubs and 750 unattached (79%)
  • Top 10 clubs: Stragglers (55 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (14), Ranelagh Harriers (12), St Mary’s Richmond AC (12), Sweatshop Running Community (7), Teddington Rugby Running Club (7), Hercules Wimbledon AC (5), Serpentine RC (5), Wimbledon Windmilers (5) and Victory AC (4)

 

How fast?

 

  • Of the 1029 finishers, there were:
  • 69 runners sub 20 mins (6.7%), 645 between 20:00-29:59 (62.7%), 315 over 30 mins (30.6%)
  • Top 10% time: 20:56, Midpoint time: 26:52
  • Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 36, 66, 59, 87, 70, 65, 72, 77, 53, 60
  • 371 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 74.2 per minute
  • 87 finishers in the 23rd minute.

 

How many parkruns?

 

  • 61535 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 945, averaging 65 parkruns each
  • 393 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (42% of identified field), of which
  • 176 members of the 50 club (19%)
  • 179 members of the 100 club (19%)
  • 38 members of the 250 club (4% of field) – Paul Killick (441 runs), John Woods (409), Ramona Thevenet (409), Kirsty Bangham (402), Polly Adams (382), Stewart Rose (380), Ciaran Murphy (374), Derek Blackmore (368), David Tyas (363), Madge Bradsell (349), Alex Williamson (338), Mark Gratton (337), Malcolm Taylor (327), David Womersley (324), Sheila Fergusson (320), Carol Dickinson (314), Jeremy Langdon (311), Wally Garrod (310), Rory Waddell (304), Duncan Grant (293), Pat McGrath (292), Phil Bearman Snr (289), Suzie Longstaff (289), Jason Venkatasamy (286), Julie Melotte(280), Malcolm Dickson (275), Charles Worth (275), Christopher Johnson (272), Bob Anderson (266), Chris Tyrrell (259), Keith Haworth (258), Jeremy Hawke (257), Dennis Williams (254), Ted Fraser (253), Dave Hall (253), Christian Morris (252), Michael Page (251) and Ewen Gibson (250).

 

 

And finally…

Good luck to some of our Bushy regulars – Andy Wingate, Hayden Matthews, Katrin Kroschinski and Zoe Riding, who will be taking part in the Half Ironman triathlon at the picturesque Zell am See in the Austrian Alps this Saturday morning. Come 9am at Bushy they should be cycling up and down a mountain! Viel Glück!

 

Stag keeping cool

Stag keeping cool and hydrated at Bushy Park

 

That’s all for now, see you next time!

 

Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch

 

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Run Report Event No. 585 – 15th August 2015

 

Pacers, PBs and Plenty more besides

 

Hello and welcome to the run report for Bushy parkrun on 15th August 2015, the 585th running of this amazing event. I’m pleased to say this week we had a total of 1019 runners finish with a massive 79 of them being first timers at Bushy and of those 79, 45 of you were completely new to parkrun, welcome one and all. I took a leaf out of Rodney’s book from a recent parkrun report and decided to have a run and also do the run report at the same time.. which clearly is a strategy that seemed to work as I ended up running my fastest time of the year – still well down on where I want to be but that’s the beauty of parkrun isn’t it – there’s always next week!

 

Because I was out running on Saturday I wasn’t around to get any pictures of the first three back to the finish, so sorry to those of you hoping to see yourself with pained expressions on your faces with a big tree in the background. But you do get to see your name in lights (or at least capital letters) so many congratulations to the following.

 

parkrunners set off on Lime Avenue

Hopefully a few of the first finishers are in this pic from his week’s start  

 

First back was Robert EVESON in a time of 16.41 which very impressively was a PB after 194 runs. If I’m reading his profile right it was also his first time under 17 minutes and also the first time he’s been first finisher, so many congratulations Robert. Following closely behind was Will RUSSELL who was a first timer at Bushy and finished in a time of 16.44 and hot on Will’s heels was Tim HAUGHIAN with a time of 16.48. For those of you like me who are in age groups that begin with a V, all three of the above are under 29 so quite frankly should be disqualified as far as I’m concerned for being young…  

First lady back was also a first timer so a big well done to Lois BOND who finished in 18.37, a fantastic effort. It was another close finish as she was ahead of Megan DE SILVA of Ranelagh Harriers, another first timer who was just 5 seconds behind in a time of 18.42. Rounding out the top three was Becca NEALE who achieved a PB of 19.39 on her 17th run.

 

In the juniors, the boys were led home by Will SANDERS in a time of 18.28 which was a new PB on the occasion of his 10th run, enjoy the new t-shirt Will. Second was Sol HARRIS – WOODFIN in 19.03 and third was Kieran DESMOND in 19.16 which was a new PB for him – great running all of you.  

The girls were led back by Philippa SPAWFORTH in a new PB of 21.09, great effort Philippa. She was closely followed by Sacha KENNEDY in a time of 21.27 (who was also a first finisher at Moormead junior parkrun on Sunday morning, beating ALL the boys!) and in third was Lucy MARQUAND in 21.38 which was a PB too.  

 

A brilliant eight of you broke the magic 80% WAVA figure this week and I’m pleased to say they were all putting a hand up for the ‘older’ parkrunner as I hope they won’t mind me saying that every one of these eight is 45 or above, many congratulations to:

Marie SYNNOTT-WELLS – 85.04%

Liz ZASS – 84.56%

Laurence DUFFY – 83.51%

Ramona THEVENET – 82.91%

Pamela WHITTER – 82.72%

Michael Philip WHITE – 81.52%

Merran SELL – 81.03%

Polly ADAMS – 80.88%  

 

As always, we had a good number of people joining the clubs this week, hopefully your shiny new Tribe t-shirts will be arriving soon!

Joining the 10 club – Where there’s a Will, there must be a way as we had two new members of the Junior 10 club this week, congratulations Will SANDERS and Will STEPHEN

Joining the 50 club this week, please give a big round of applause to: Chris BOYLE, Danny CONYNGHAM, Jon FORSTER, Beatrice WILLIAMS, Matt WEBB, Dawn PIPER and Sarah Louise MARSHALL. A special well done to Dawn and Jon who ran PBs in celebration of their 50th run

Joining the 100 club this week was Matthew SEARLE who also celebrated by running a PB, which I think deserves a hearty pat on the back

And finally, joining the 250 club this week, which let’s not forget is pretty much five years worth of forgoing Saturday morning lie ins, was Michael Page who not only regularly runs round our lovely park but also does so these days while pushing a double buggy – surely worthy of a standing ovation.  

 

Mike Page joins the 250 club
Michael Page and friends…

 

The eagle eyed amongst you will hopefully have noticed that we had pacers out in force this week, helping you to try and achieve that all important PB or season’s best (for those of us who are never going to see their PB again..) Many thanks to the eight of you paced your way around – and top marks to Ian and Emma who hit their target times exactly.

There’s always much discussion afterwards regarding how the pacing went, whether you went off too fast or too slow and how many people you had around you at the end. While of course everyone did a great job, just for fun I looked at how many people achieved PBs within 10 seconds either side of the pacers target time. While there are no winners or losers at parkrun, I reckon Adam was the clear winner with 7 PBs achieved..

Ian = 5 new PBs

Andy = 2 new PBs

Michael = 2 new PBs

Adam = 7 new PBs

Jed = 2 new PBs

Graham = 2 new PBs

Steve = 5 new PBs

Emma – 2 new PBs

 

parkrun pacers

Many thanks to - Ian Fullen (and Albert), Andy Wingate, Michael Lonergan, Adam Sherriff, Jed Leicester, Graham Titcombe, Steve Todd, Emma Wingate    

 

Talking of people giving up their time to help others, it’s also time to say a very big thank you to the team of volunteers who made it happen this week. So I’m sure you’d all like to say another big round of thank yous to:

Ben BAKER, Suzan BAKER, Kirsty BANGHAM, Richard BARMAN, Phil BLUER, Mark BOYLE, Ray COWARD, Janet CUNNINGHAM, Pedro DAS GUPTA, Lauren DAWBER, Ben DICKINSON, Tamsyn EVESON, Sheila FERGUSSON, Polly FRALEY, Ray FRANKS, Dave James GRIFFITHS, Tom HIGGINS, Richard KENNEDY, Leonie KENNEDY, Bert KIDWELL, Paul LEVENE, Phoenix LOVE, Lisa MAINWARING, Yue MAN, Patrick MKANDAWIRE, David PAPWORTH, Julie PAPWORTH, Jacqueline RICH, John ROOT, James SELL, Marje SLADDEN, Lucy THATCHER, Joby THOMAS, Stuart THOMPSON, Paul D VIVEASH, Malcolm WARNER, Anne WOODS    

 

As we mention every week, it really is a lot of fun volunteering and we could always do with more volunteers to add to the list. So if you fancy volunteering lots or maybe just once in a while, please take a look at the volunteer page where you can find all the details about signing up to help: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bushy/volunteer/ If you’re lucky, you may even manage to get a cake at the end as a thank you!

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Julie and Suzan at the volunteer table with flowers on… (and cake)

 

There are also many bits and pieces that go on behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly. If my phone battery hadn’t died on Saturday morning you would probably be looking at a picture of Andy and Ray hunched over a small laptop, concentration etched on their faces, trying to sort through a minor issue with the results before they could be uploaded and texts/emails sent out. So if you’re anything like me on a Saturday morning and you spend far too much time staring at the phone waiting for that all important email to come through, just follow Gary Barlow and Take That’s advice, and have a little Patience… https://youtu.be/273eSvOwpKk

Anyway, back to the whole volunteering thing, it really is good fun, you get thanked by nearly a thousand people before 10am on a Saturday morning and you get to go home feeling good about yourself for the rest of the day!

 

A focused Kirsty Bangham on timer
Most jobs are fairly straight forward, anyone can do them!

 

Talking of volunteering, I’m not going to be around at parkrun next Saturday as I’ll be helping out at what promises to be a fantastic day of sporting fun for all the family over in Feltham. It’s an event called Super Saturday of Sport and it brings together all kinds of activities for kids to try out and have a go out for the first time. There are all kinds of sports there such as trampolining, rugby, boccia, badminton and many more to try out. It all takes place between 11 and 4pm so you can still get your parkrun fix in and then bring the kids along after. You can find more details on the website: http://www.supersaturdayofsport.co.uk/

That’s it for this week, sorry there are no random shout outs to people this week but blame Andy Murray for taking ages to beat Novak Djokovic on Sunday evening and IKEA is calling me now..

Until next time

Rob

 

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Run Report Event No. 584 – 8th August 2015

 

The sun always shines on Bushy

 

parkrunners listening to the pre-run announcements

1001 parkrunners lined up on Lime Avenue.

 

Another parkrun morning at Bushy, and another sunny summer day to kick off the weekend! Whatever else is happening during the week, you can always rely on the sun shining on Lime Avenue come 9am, as 1001 runners toed line this time with RD on the day Ray Coward addressing the masses. There were 102 parkrunners making their debut here, of which 55 were making their parkrun debut, welcome along! 124 new PBs were set, with five of these achieved by those with over 100 Bushy laps under their belt!

 

RD Ray Coward addresses the masses

RD Ray Coward addressing the masses before the start

 

As I had planned to volunteer this time, I was weighing up what to do; in the end I decided to be a marshal out on the course. I was lucky enough to be put on the crossover point where I could see parkrunners arrive at the 2km (Zoe Riding and Mo Faiz were marshalling there) and also at 4.3km where I was positioned. It was my first time doing it and I thoroughly enjoyed it as a change from my regular funnel fix.

I was trying to spot as many familiar faces as I could and encourage you on your way with 700 metres to go, it was a good feeling to get so many thank you’s or a thumbs up! I’ll definitely do it again and would recommend it if you haven’t tried it already! It was good to chat to lots of runners as they passed, including Jennifer Carr. Jennifer was running her second parkrun since recovering from a broken ankle, taking eight minutes off her time last week at her home run at Havant parkrun! Well done Jennifer and I hope you enjoyed your first time at Bushy!

 

Zoe Riding marshalling at 2km.

Zoe Riding marshalling at 2k - definitely the best dressed marshal!

 

In all a team of 33 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 on that day then do let Pat McGrath know via bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’d pleased to hear from you! It was Pat’s birthday on Saturday, so of course there were food and drink to celebrate with after his run!

Full list of volunteers on the day: Alex TICKELL  •  Ali KENNEDY  •  Allan BRAY  •  Ann COWARD  •  Annabel BRAY  •  Anne WOODS  •  Ben BAKER  •  Bert KIDWELL  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Florence LEICESTER  •  Keith RIDING  •  Kevin QUINN  •  Lauren DAWBER  •  Lisa MAINWARING  •  Lou COAKER  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Mike DENNISON  •  Mike SILK  •  Mohammed FAIZ  •  Paul D VIVEASH  •  Paul WOOD  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard BARMAN  •  Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH  •  Roger TROUP  •  Romit BASU  •  Sarah Rachel DENNISON  •  Sheila FERGUSSON  •  Simon LANE  •  Will RAWLING  •  Yue MAN  •  Zoe DENNISON

 

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

 

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Two parkrunners joined the 250 club this week, taking the overall tally of 250 club members to 306! Congratulations to Liz Zass and Christian Morris!

Liz Zass made her parkrun debut at the second anniversary of Bushy parkrun (then known as Bushy Park Time Trial) on 7th October 2006, running 26:39, when 378 runners were present. Liz is an awesome runner, very consistent and regularly posts age grading percentages in the high 70s and low 80s, with a best of 82.66% in the VW65-69 category, and a PB of 25:07 set on 24th May 2008. Of her 250 runs, 216 have been at Bushy, and her other 34 runs have been at 18 different parkruns across the UK. As it was Liz’s birthday, she had double cause to celebrate the occasion with cakes and fizz! That must have taken a bit of planning to reach 250 on your birthday Liz, or was it a remarkable co-incidence?

 

Liz Zass (right) joins the 250 club 

Liz Zass (right) heading for the finish on her 250th run (photo taken by Mike Bangham)

 

Christian Morris made his parkrun debut at event 74 on 11th February 2006, and has a PB of 20:22 which he set on 18th April 2009. He has run 238 times at Bushy, with his other 12 runs at the nearby Crane parkrun. Congratulations Christian! Both of you can look forward to your new Tribe ‘Forest Green’ 250 top very soon!

Of those who ran this time, Mike Page is just one away from joining this club, Jonathan Cox and Tim Wood are both on 245, Peter Smith has 244 runs and John Hargest is on 240.

 

Two runners joined the 100 club this week, well done to Michael Barnett and Lee Hopkins! Lee is a parkrun tourist, travelling around Yorkshire, however he chose to head south to make his debut at Bushy to reach three figures, we hope you had a good morning with us, congratulations! On 99 not out is Breda McGree.

A fab five joined the 50 club: Richard Kennedy, Owen Delaney, Ellen van Keulen, Claire Treliving and Margot Cooper, well done to all of you! Margot was running round with some very colourful balloons, but I gather via Twitter that they went skywards at 3k, this does explain the mystery of why I saw the balloons at 2k but not at 4.3k! Two more runners are one run away from a half century: Matt Webb and Jane Elmslie.

There was one new member of the 10 club – William Kirby-Rampling. Will Sanders, Will Stephens and Ben Wells are one away from double figures.    

 

New PBs  

New PBs for Stefan, Katrin and 250 club member Stewart Rose.

100 club members Stefan Krueger, Katrin Kroschinski and 250 club member Stewart Rose all set new PBs

 

Of the 124 PBs set on Saturday, just five were achieved by those with at least 100 Bushy parkruns completed. The most experienced Bushy parkrunner to set a new PB this time was 250 club member Stewart Rose. Stewart shaved a second off his previous best set last month, as he ran 19:55 (78.49%) on his 378th parkrun (372 at Bushy)! Stefan Krueger was running his 183rd parkrun (181 at Bushy) and ran 18:27 (72.36%) as he also took a second off his previous mark set in February this year.

Jonathan Mainwaring took five seconds off his best time, running 18:23 (80.87%) on his 169th parkrun (151 at Bushy), for his second PB of 2015. August seems to be a favourable month for Katrin Kroschinski (65.69%), as she ran a new PB of 22:50, taking four seconds off her previous best set in August 2014. Andy Fairburn ran 22:38 (69.66%) on his 104th parkrun (102 at Bushy) for his third PB here in five weeks! Well done to all of you!

 

 

parkrun tourists

There were plenty of tourists making their Bushy debut, we hope you all had a great time with us and enjoyed your morning! From the Ackworth Road Runners in Yorkshire we had Adrian Leach (222 runs) and Lee Hopkins – who celebrated joining the 100 club! Cambridge parkrun regular Karen Field (158 runs) joined us for the first time, and from Somerset, John Peake (135 runs) and Joe Peake (114 runs) were first timers here too.

Upton Court parkrun regular Lee Dumont (131 runs) was making his debut here, whilst the Carr family from Havant parkrun came to Bushy as Philip Carr (117 runs), Jacob Carr (76 runs) and Jennifer Carr (41 runs) all registered their first runs here. Jennifer runs for the superbly named ‘Cake Club’! Gareth Tucker (104 runs) and James Tucker (97 runs) ran together on their first visit to Bushy and they are regulars at the scenic Plymvalley parkrun.

From the Tailenders running club we had Harcourt Hill parkrun regulars Chris Griggs (93 runs) and Isobel Fray (9 runs) joining us for the first time. Alison Wasey (62 runs) and Kirsti Nelson (75 runs) both run for the Running Forever Running Club in Somerset and their regular parkrun is at Longrun Meadow. From the Stubbington Green Runners we had five parkrunners making their debut at Bushy: Marie McDonald (32 runs), Mark McDonald (31), Sarah Hobby (19), Phil Hobby (18) and Calum McDonald (9).

 

Thanks to all the tourists for coming and we hope you enjoyed your morning with us!

 

 

A tale of two octogenarians

For the last couple of years the incredible Madge Bradsell (VW80-84) has solely represented the octogenarians at Bushy with great distinction, and she can sometimes be found running with her greyhound Dash. Well now we can add John Hanscomb to the octogenarian club. John recently turned 80 and now runs in the VM80-84 category, a belated happy birthday John and congratulations. John is the most experienced Bushy parkrunner, having completed 453 parkruns here and has 457 runs overall, just 43 away from joining Darren Wood in the 500 club, keep it up John!

 

John Hanscomb on his first parkrun as an octogenarian!

John Hanscomb running his 453rd Bushy parkrun (457 runs overall), more Bushy parkruns than anyone else

 

 

Get well soon Leonie

One of our regular junior runners and a very speedy athlete too - Leonie Kennedy, sadly had a nasty bike accident whilst on holiday in Scotland with her family recently. It was good to see she was still smiling on Saturday at parkrun, as always! I’m sure with her spirit she will be fighting fit soon, in the meantime she intends to volunteer and would like to give back-up timer a try! Good luck with that Leonie, and with your recovery.

 

Don’t forget your barcode!

Bushy regular and 250 club member John Woods (407 runs, all at Bushy) forgot his barcode this time! John was having a brief return here during his holiday, and clearly in his frantic dash to get to Bushy to maintain his consecutive runs record, he forgot his barcode! Fortunately as he lives very close to the park, he was able to dash home to get his barcode scanned and to register his time for his 119th consecutive Bushy parkrun! Phew!

 

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

    parkrunners set off on Lime Avenue

 

The results bit

The first finisher was a first timer at Bushy, as Henry Pearce ran a blistering 15:24 (84.09%) for the sixth fastest time recorded here in 2015. The Tonbridge AC athlete has also run once at Hackney Marshes parkrun back in March. Bushy regular Andrew Lawrence was next, posting 16:15 (79.49%) for Morpeth Harriers on his 62nd parkrun (44 at Bushy). Completing the sub 17 finishers was Aldershot, Farnham & District runner Scott Smith-Bannister, as he ran 16:47 (88.58%) on his sixth parkrun (4 at Bushy).

 

First finisher Henry Pearce

First finisher and Bushy debutant Henry Pearce

 

For the under 18 junior runners, the first finisher was Oliver Haines-Francis, running 18:26 (78.66%) in the JM11-14 category for Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers on his 65th parkrun (9 runs at Bushy). Not far behind Oliver was Will Sanders, posting a new PB of 18:38 (74.69%) on his ninth parkrun (8 at Bushy). Next was Max Zadjler, running a new PB of 19:25 (70.56%) on his 44th parkrun (all at Bushy). A further three junior parkrunners ran sub 20 times, well done to: Calvin Ramsay (19:30), Ruairi Pyrgos (19:39) and Declan Connolly (19:49).

 

The first female home was Tracey Hardcastle (aka Nell McAndrew) as she ran 19:11 (80.19%) on her 24th parkrun (22 at Bushy). Next was Ranelagh Harrier Fiona Ford, posting 20:02 (79.28%) on her ninth parkrun (7 at Bushy). Becca Neale ran 20:23 (72.61%) on her 16th parkrun (14 at Bushy) and she was closely followed by Sophie Biggs as she got back to the big tree in 20:24 (76.55%) to set a new PB on her sixth parkrun (all at Bushy), completing the sub 21 minute finishers!

 

First female finisher Tracey Hardcastle
First female finisher Tracey Hardcastle

 

The first junior female back to the big tree was St Mary’s Richmond AC’s Sacha Kennedy, running 22:15 (71.76%) on her 40th parkrun (28 at Bushy). Next was Thames Turbo Triathlete Beth Turton, and she ran 24:04 (69.11%) on her fifth parkrun (all at Bushy). Imogen King posted 24:20 (66.92%) on her 87th parkrun (81 at Bushy) and Chloe Fernandes completed the female junior sub 25 min finishers, running 24:52 (62.33%) on her 33rd parkrun (all at Bushy).

 

 

parkrunners line up on Lime Avenue   

 

Highest age grading scorers

There were some outstanding percentages on the age gradings this time, with a dozen parkrunners reaching the 80% mark. The list was led by Jane Davies with another exceptional score of 97.59% for her time of 21:25 in the VW65-69 category. Jane is a record holder in the VW60-64 and VW65-69 category and continues to post amazing times, well done Jane! Scott Smith-Bannister ran 16:47 to earn 88.58% in the VM50-54 category, Scott is one of only three Bushy parkrunners to post a sub 17 time aged 50 or more (Mike Trees – 15:44 and Tim Ellis – 16:59 are the others).

Another ten runners reached 80% or more for their age grading on the day, well done to: Henry Pearce (84.09%), Laurence Duffy (83.97%), Michael White (82.87%), Ramona Thevenet (82.21%), Sue Lambert (81.15%), Jonathan Mainwaring (80.87%), Steve Smith (80.87%), Matthew Baldwin (80.81%), Tracey Hardcastle (80.19%) and Roy Reeder (80.18%).

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

 

Points tables

With 47 events completed in this year’s Bushy parkrun season (October 2014 until September 2015) and just 7 remaining, there’s not much time left for the positions to change.

Leading the men’s table is Mark Gratton, with 10,956 points, and he has a lead of over a thousand points on second-placed Chris Brimacombe on 9,814 and Jeremy Langdon is third with 9,214 points, ahead of Andrius Jaksevicius on 9,197 with Julian Diamond rounding out the top five on 8,937.

Leading the women’s table is Ramona Thevenet, with 10,531 points, and she has a 459 point lead over second placed Polly Adams on 10,072, and Brigid Hibberd is third with 9,101, ahead of Jennifer Darling on 8,518, with Niamh Hyland rounding out the top five on 8,043.

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

 

parkrunners listening to the pre-run announcements

 

Stats of the day

There were 1001 runners – 932 identified, 69 unidentified (7% of field).

 

How many?

  • Of the 932 identified runners, there were:
  • 124 PBs (13% of field) of which 5 were runners with 100 Bushy parkruns or more
  • 102 Bushy first timers (11% of field) of which 55 were parkrun first timers (6% of field)
  • 86 Juniors aged under 18 (9%) and 190 Seniors aged 19-34 (20%)
  • 656 Vets (71%) of which 118 are 35-39, 278 are 40-49, 191 are 50-59, 69 are 60+
  • 551 males (59.1%) and 381 females (40.9%)
  • Most common male age group was 40-44 (89 runners – 16% of all males),
  • Most common female age group was 35-39 (61 runners – 16% of all females)
  • 144 club runners (16% of field) from 52 different clubs and 765 unattached (84%)
  • Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (55 runners), Ranelagh Harriers (17), Thames Turbo Triathlon (11), Elmbridge RRC (9) and Sweatshop Running Community (6).

 

How fast?

  • Of the 1001 finishers, there were:
  • 57 runners sub 20 mins (6%), 644 between 20:00-29:59 (64%), 300 over 30 mins (30%)
  • Top 10% time: 21:07, Midpoint time: 27:05
  • Number of finishers per minute: 20-29 mins: 36, 53, 67, 78, 68, 71, 64, 90, 67, 50
  • 371 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 74.2 per minute
  • 90 finishers in the 27th minute.

 

How many parkruns?

  • 63147 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 932, averaging 68 parkruns each
  • 397 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (43% of identified field), of which
  • 164 members of the 50 club (18%)
  • 192 members of the 100 club (21%)
  • 39 members of the 250 club (4% of field) – John Hanscomb (457 runs), Richard Fletcher (456), Paul Killick (439), John Woods (407), Ramona Thevenet (407), Simon Greenhill (404), Kirsty Bangham (401), Stewart Rose (378), Ciaran Murphy (372), Derek Blackmore (366), David Tyas (361), Stewart Holmes (357), Madge Bradsell (347), David Worth (346), Mark Gratton (335), Julie Garner (334), Dale Durrans (319), Carol Dickinson (312), Jeremy Palmer (311), Carmen Palmer (309), Jeremy Langdon (309), Roy Reeder (307), Rory Waddell (302), Ken Pearson (299), Duncan Grant (291), Pat McGrath (290), Suzie Longstaff (287), Jason Venkatasamy (284), Richard Barker (281), Les Haswell (279), Julie Melotte (278), Jonathan Melunsky (276), Malcolm Dickson (274), Mark Travers (270), Christopher Johnson (270), Graham Titcombe (268), Bob Anderson (264), Keith Haworth (256), Rachel Brice (255), Christian Morris (250) and Liz Zass (250).

 

 

And finally…

It’s pacers this Saturday – even numbered month so it’s even numbered pacers between 20 and 34 minutes!

 

That’s all for now, see you next time!

 

Be Seeing You,

Rodney McCulloch

 

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Run Report Event No. 583 – 1st August 2015

A perfect morning

This week saw lovely sunshine, but the temperature wasn’t too warm to make running uncomfortable – well, no more uncomfortable than you chose to make it by running hard.

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This week I was RD and so was pretty pleased to get a positive report on the announcements. The last couple of weeks we have had problems with the speakers and so I was pleased that a full charge, a new set of batteries and a bit less wind meant it seemed like everyone could hear me! The volunteers did their jobs effortlessly and so once the announcements were out the way, my role was largely ceremonial. A few laps of the volunteers checking it was all going alright and then cheering in the last few runners.

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Some of the brilliant volunteer team

The 583rd Bushy parkrun

This week we saw 968 runners complete a lap of the park - incredibly they had an average of 68 parkruns to their name!

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The pack disappear into the distance!

Fastest back to the big tree was our regular 1-2 of Andrius Jaksevicius (16:12) and Andrew Lawrence (16:18)  with Scott Smith-Bannister (16:34) third.
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Our first finisher, Andrius

ITU Triathlon Pro, Emma Pallant (16:41) was fourth home, she was only 14 seconds off her PB but from a quic chat with her lovely coach, Michelle Dillon (also the Bushy VW 40-44 record holder). Emma incredibly was complaining of illness and had just got off a tough bike session. If she ever runs Bushy fresh then I would be confident that her PB will be getting a thrashing!

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Emma storming into the finish

The rest of the ladies podium was made up of Bushy first timers, Natalie Harvey (17:57) and Helen O’Neile (19:12).

In the Junior event, we saw Darcey Bourne (23:03), just pip Beatice Wilding (23:21) and Helena Samarasinghe (23:22) in a close finish. While first timer, Jack Davies (19:22) showed Ruairi Pyrgos (19:39) and the brilliantly named Max Dylan Zorba Zajdler (19:47) the way home!

Well done everyone.

 

New PBs and WAVA Thresholds

145 runners recorded a new PB, including an amazing 18 runners with more than 50 parkruns on their records. Well done to Tim GINNS, Michael MACNEIL, Andy CAIE, David CARTER, David Mark NOBLE, Peter MARTIN, Bob HIGSON, Will RUSSELL, Dean TYLER, Jane GILL, Ethan Andrew RUSSELL, Rikki PRINCE, Kieran BEECH, George BESSANT, David BESSANT, Louise SHERLOCK, Tim POULTNEY and  Catherine SALMON.

Eight runners beat the magic 80% Age Grading – top of the shop was Scott Smith-Bannister who recorded a rating of 89.74% - making Scott the 22nd highest rated athlete ever to run at Bushy parkrun.

Also well done to Andrius JAKSEVICIUS, Scott SMITH-BANNISTER, Emma PALLANT, Natalie HARVEY, Steve SMITH, Michael Philip WHITE, Jim BROWN and Liz ZASS.

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The parkrun Club membership

This week it was nice to see a fair smattering of the new Tribesports T-Shirts and of all different colours – Red 50s, Black 100s and the new Purple Volunteering tops. I didn’t notice any junior 10 Clubs ones, but they may well have been present.

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10 Club – Isla Carpenter and Oran Friar completed their 10th parkrun and so will be logging onto Wiggle to claim their new bit of kit!

50 Club – Mark Bateman and Christine Nicholson joined the 50 Club

100 Club – Andy Simmonds and Gavin George entered the 100 Club and so will be sprting a new black top in a week or two.

250 Club – No-one joined the 250 Club at Bushy this week, but we will only need to wait until next week when Christian Morris, Will Russell and Liz Zass will all have a chance to upgrade their black T-Shirt into the new Tribesport green!

 

The brilliant Andy Simmonds

Andy Simmonds first came to Bushy in May 2013 and has been pretty consistent in his attendance ever since.

There have only been 118 parkruns since his debut and so when you consider he has taken a few turns volunteering on the funnel then it highlights how quickly Andy caught the bug and became a regular. There was a handful of weeks where Andy cheated on Bushy and had a dalliance with Old Deer parkrun, but he soon saw the error of his ways and came back into the fold.

His improvement has been impressive with times over 27 minutes being replaced by those under 24 has seen Andy’s Age Grading creep up to 66% and a PB of 23:13 set only a few weeks ago.

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It was also lovely to see Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Bushy again. He is touring around parkruns at the minute, but drops in on Bushy whenever he can and it is lovely to see the guy who’s idea this all was!

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Fresh from organising the first volunteer milestone T-shirt, Paul finds out that Suzan Baker has instigated her own. She felt that one saying 'Cake and Champagne for breakfast' was far more apt for parkrun

 

And finally
We had a lovely contingent visting us from Albert parkrun. They included Tracey Quinn the ED of Albert parkrun in Middlesbrough and her daughter Alice as well as a whole gang of friends. Hopefully we made them welcome, although I did forget to put Alice in the results after her barcode didn't scan! I have fixed it now, but if you are ever visiting Middlesbrough and they remove you from the results then Tracey is simply exacting revenge for my muckup!
NB. She is now back in her rightful place in the results!

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The gang from Albert parkrun at the finish!

Right - that's enough for this week!
Take care and see you next weekend
Andy W

PS. Thanks to Suzan for some of the photos!

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Stay Classy

 

 

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