I had my Saturday morning planned with military precision this week: set the alarm, leave the house early to run to Crane Park for a spot of parkrun tourism sandwiched into a long run, then back to the Pheasantry for coffee / cake / chatting… what could possibly go wrong?! Firstly I didn’t manage to leave the house particularly early but, in hindsight, that turned out to be a good thing because 1.43 miles en route to Crane Park I remembered that I was on Bushy parkrun Run Report duty this week and this is best done, for obvious reasons, having run at Bushy itself rather than anywhere else = sharp about turn and hotfooting it back to Bushy Park! Phew – I made it to the start line on time to listen to the announcements and then we were off down Chestnut Avenue!
This is what 957 runners look like 'on their marks'...
... and they're off!!
There were 957 of us enjoying the thankfully dry Autumnal conditions and around the 5k circuit of Bushy I saw far more familiar faces than I would have seen at Crane – there’s no place like home! At the start I bumped into our next door neighbours Andrew and Josie Barton who are aiming to reach their 50 runs by next Autumn, and on the way round I was able to wish Charlotte Bezzant a Happy Birthday for last weekend, chat with Phil Davies about how mild it was for November, overhear a conversation where a lady said “I won’t be able to run all the way round” – I wonder if she did?, have a bit of banter with Carmen Palmer at around half way and with Simon Neil at about 4km, and wish Phil Bluer congratulations on his 250th parkrun (more on that later!) which made me realize what a fabulous community spirit exists at Bushy parkrun!
The results bit
Our Bushy parkrun circuit is about the same length as many of the F1 grand prix circuits but parkrun doesn’t have to complicate matters like F1 does with ‘double point weekends’ so, very simply, the First Finisher this week and gaining 250 points was Andrius Jaksevicius in a time of 16:47.
Andrius approaching the line
He was joined on the imaginary podium by Alex McIntosh in second in a time of 16:55 and Harry Matthews in third in a time of 17:10 – Harry was also our first junior finisher this weekend. Chris Cecil was the second male junior home in 19:17 which was a new PB for him, followed by Cameron Chisholm in 19:27 completing the junior podium.
Our first female finisher was Olivia Stillman in a new PB time of 19:30 on her 16th parkrun. Olivia is a junior runner so heads up 2 imaginary podia. Second female finisher was Sabrina Cant in 20:34 which was also a new PB! She was followed in by Bushy regular Polly Adams in 20:52. The second junior female home was Caitlin Wheeler who finished as 6th female overall in a new PB time of 22:05, and she was joined on the junior podium by Kathryn Bartle in 22:11.
PBs and new tees
The soft conditions underfoot did not hamper the efforts of the first few runners as there were some great new PBs recorded above. In total 74 runners ran their fastest lap of Bushy Park – well done if you were one of them! Particular mention to those runners who managed a new PB as members of the 100 Club – James Baulch ran 19:45 on his 126th run and Kevin Dargue ran 20:18 on his 220th run – well done!
Of the 957 runners that toed the line this week there were 63 parkrunners on their first outing at Bushy. Some of these were tourists from other parkruns but 30 of these we taking part in their first ever parkrun – welcome! If you were one of our ‘First timers’ hopefully you enjoyed your morning and will be back next week. At the other end of the spectrum Paul Killick ran his 400th parkrun this weekend – WOW, what an achievement! This Saturday welcomed 2 runners to the hallowed 250 Club – well done to Richard Michael Barker and Phil Bluer who crossed the line with his sister Marjory who, in true sibling rivalry style, beat him to 250 runs by 6 runs!
Phil, happy with his shiny new t-shirt
Carol and Suzan were handing out the t-shirts this weekend and there was some lively banter – I was on a lovely Autumn run with Suzan last year when she shouted “Hello Glen” to someone she was convinced was Glen Washington… it wasn’t and that person has forever been known as ‘Fake Glen.’ Suzan was therefore VERY pleased to be able to award ‘Real Glen’ his 100th Club t-shirt this weekend, him having completed his 100th run last week. There were no new members to the 100 Club this Saturday but Matt and Vicky Boulton, Peter James Dann, Florence England, Eva Susanne Heap and Joy Bell will all run their 100th run on their next outing. Congratulations to Thomas Philip Howard, Michael James Axton, Andrew Mills, Richard Moore, Malcolm Warner, Jane Stenning and Angela Macson who all joined the 50 Club this weekend! And well done to juniors Katie Tuckwell, Kieran Stevenson, Oliver Fetherston-Dilke and Isabel Melbourne who joined the 10 Club! Keep an eye out for your email and do make sure you reply so that your t-shirt can be waiting for you in the gazebo in December!
Isabel Melbourne celebrating her 10th run in style
As ever, many thanks to all the volunteers who made parkrun possible this week: Amanda LITTLECOTT, Ben DICKINSON, Carol Margaret DICKINSON, David OLSEN, Fiona ENGLAND, Georgina BRAND, Hayden MATTHEWS, Helen GARDINER, Janet PRINCE, Janice FRANKS, Jed LEICESTER, Joe DAWSON, John A STEPHENS, John SKINNER, Jonathan EVANS, Joseph MOUNTSTEPHEN, Julie PAPWORTH, Kevin QUINN, Lucy THATCHER, Margaret Anne LE FRANC, Oliver BEZZANT, Rachel Louise LONERGAN, Ray BAIRSTOW, Ray COWARD, Ray FRANKS, Richard BARMAN, Rob S JONES, Robert John DEAN, Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH, Sean BROUGHTON, Simon LANE, Stephen PENPRAZE, Steve REEVES, Sue EVANS, Sue GRAHAM-KAHN, Suzan BAKER and Trevor MITCHELL. If you would like to be on the receiving end of thanks from approximately 1000 people please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. There is a complete range of roles available, some of which still allow you to run as well, and you will receive a full briefing as to your role if you have not carried it out before. Volunteering, as well as being a vital part to parkrun, is also generally a very sociable aspect as you do get chance to chat with fellow volunteers before the runners start to reach you!
Jed Leicester on lead bike, one of the more physical and less sociable volunteering roles!
Oh dear, it's now another whole week before the next parkrunday but I look forward to seeing you then!
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