The heat is on!
It was yet another hot and sunny Saturday morning for yesterday’s parkrun, with clear blue skies above. There was definitely a summer holiday feel to the morning, with 818 of you taking part and a relatively low figure of 69 PBs. However it does appear the warm weather did attract plenty of first timers, with 77 runners doing their first Bushy parkrun and of these 50 runners were completely new to parkrun, welcome along!
First timers and Families
Looking down the list of first timers there were plenty of families running together which is good to see. To name a few first timer families, there were: Peta and Stuart Williams, Lydia and Thomas Cronin, Jack Heales and Kit Heales, Maxi and Ali Gregory, Joshua and Jonathan Burson, and Oskar, Nigel, Anna and Evelyna Davies, welcome to all of you! I was informed by Rosie Rendall that she had three generations of her family taking part yesterday! Are there any others out there who have three generations taking part? Do let us know!
818 parkrunners ready to go!
The sport of funnel ducking!
I was at the front of the double finish funnel calling the lane switches, as usual the funnel team were kept on their toes looking out for funnel duckers! Most duckers tend to be newcomers who may not understand how the funnel works, but usually there is a volunteer or parkrunner on hand to explain why it is important to stay in the funnel. The golden rule is – every runner that crosses the finish line must collect a token. Every time someone does duck out of the funnel it affects every single runner behind them!
Most funnel duckings do tend to occur in the first 10 metres, and are usually fairly easy to spot. However on occasions there can be a case of “mistaken identity” when it comes to spotting a funnel ducker! Family members watching on the side can be mistaken for a parkrunner as they walk across the busy funnel lanes to catch the attention of another family member who has just finished! This tends to happen when they give a runner they know a drink or their personal barcode after they cross the finish line, enter the funnel and then exit again – hence mistaking them for being a ducker – this happens more than you might realise! It’s always great to see the family support and cheering for runners when they cross the line; but if you have not run the parkrun yourself, please refrain from entering the funnel lanes to support runners you know who are finishing as this will cause extra confusion – and could lead to you being mistaken for being a funnel ducker! Thank you!
In total there was an ever enthusiastic team of 28 volunteers ready to marshal, time and register your run. If you have ever considered volunteering, don’t be shy, give it a try! Get in touch with Pat McGrath at email@example.com and he would be happy to hear from you!
Andy 'horse guard' Pillidge holding the speaker!
Of the 69 new PBs set yesterday, just 3 of these were from parkrunners who have completed at least 50 laps at Bushy, although one PB stood out more than the others, particularly given the warm conditions! Zoe Riding ran 22:19 on her 155th parkrun (154 at Bushy, 1 at Princes parkrun in Liverpool), taking off a huge 114 seconds, nearly two minutes off her previous best of 24:13 which she set last month. She also had a group of her very own personal parkrun pacers – Andy Wingate, Hayden Matthews and Jed Leicester. Whether they can be hired out to be your very own personal parkrun pacers, and knock two minutes off your PB, remains to be seen! (Disclaimer: Sub 20 minute runners need not apply). It capped off a great week for Zoe, securing PBs over several distances! Well done on your run Zoe, sub 22 beckons!
Zoe Riding with her personal parkrun pacers Andy Wingate and Hayden Matthews
Congratulations also to Ian Riley who took a single second off his PB with 22:36 for consecutive PBs on his 95th parkrun (87 at Bushy), and Keith Dube ran 22:17 on his 86th parkrun (83 at Bushy) for his first PB since his fourth parkrun back in November 2012.
First timers on tour
With a combined 401 parkruns between them, Simon Kimpton (213 parkruns) and Pat Kimpton (188 parkruns) were making their first appearance at Bushy Park, welcome along – I hope you enjoyed your morning with us! They are both uber tourists, having both done 51 different parkruns, with 11 being inaugural runs so they are well placed on the “most events” table! Simon and Pat have both done over 100 runs at Hull parkrun, with the rest being dotted around the UK!
There was one more parkrunner with over 50 parkruns completed making their Bushy debut – Heidi Vickery of Ealing Eagles. It was Heidi’s 20 different parkrun and her 67th parkrun overall. Half of her runs have been at Gunnersbury, but she has also travelled far and wide with her tourism – as far as Amager Faelled in Denmark, as well as Edinburgh and Pontypool in Wales. Thanks for coming Heidi, I hope you enjoyed your morning!
250, 100, 50 and 10 clubs
Just one new member of the 100 club this week – Stephanie Hill! Well done, soon you can replace red with black! There’s a trio of runners who could collect their ‘100’ black Adidas tees soon, as on 99 not out we have: Clive Kintoff, Alex Hankey and Diane Mullen – have a ‘99’ ice cream to celebrate this landmark!
A super six runners have been inducted into the 50 club this week and will receive their ‘50’ red Adidas tees very soon, so congratulations go to Gordon Birkett, Joe Martin, Christopher Bone, Patrick Bevan, Mark Moran, and Clive Cheesman. Another seven runners are on 49 not out: George Gray, Victoria Short, Steve Crockett, Glenn Mitchell, Martyn Drake, Fenn Porter and Joe Fernandes.
Four new members of the junior 10 club this week, well done to: Sarah Thompson, Shae Lee Muchna, Ellie Ctori and Emily Richardson. Another two juniors are one away from earning their white ‘10’ Adidas tees – Hugo Lessing and Daniel Riding.
Please remember to reply to the email you will receive after your 10th (juniors only), 50th, 100th, or 250th parkruns (juniors – please note that the 2km junior parkruns do not count towards t-shirts), stating where you want to collect your t-shirt and what size! T-shirts are available for collection at Bushy Park on the second Saturday of every month (provided you have chosen Bushy as your home parkrun, and have replied to your congratulations email) For more info on the parkrun clubs and how to qualify for a t-shirt, visit the parkrun support FAQ
Now That’s What I Call A Stat Attack #528
This week’s Stat Attack focuses on the number of volunteers at Bushy we get each week. Whilst looking through the various stats pages on the parkrun website on most Saturday afternoons, I spotted a new column this week in the “Event history” page - for the number of volunteers taking part each week. It is a good record which shows how many helpers we’ve had every Saturday since October 2006. There are some records for the two years before that, but this period is incomplete. I’ve put together a graph (below) which shows the number of volunteers for every Bushy parkrun since the second anniversary on 7th October 2006.
The shape of the graph looks remarkably similar to the one for “Bushy attendance” – rising year on year, with a clear peak on the first Saturday of October each year for the anniversary celebrations. Usually more runners are expected to come on an anniversary so this explains why more volunteers would also be required too. Some areas of volunteering need extra help now compared to a few years ago with the rising numbers – particularly on funnel where in the days of a single funnel (pre 2012) there was only ever a maximum of 4-5 volunteers, whereas with the double funnel it’s probably… well… double that! (Front and back gatekeepers, letter givers, letter runners x2, ducker and chucker watchers x3, cheerleaders x5, etc!).
The record number of volunteers is 35 – it’s unlikely to increase much more than that, and looking at the graph it does show signs of a plateau over the last year, just like the “Bushy attendance” graph I did indicated a couple of weeks ago.
But to conclude, it does mean we will probably need lots of volunteers on the anniversary again in October, just like every year!
The results bit – NO BARCODE, NO TIME!!!
The first runner to cross the line ran a blistering 14:50, which was the fastest time at Bushy since August 2013, when Paul Pollock ran 14:36. However, the first four runners to cross the line were not registered – this has never happened before here! parkrun has operated on a “no barcode, no time” system since April 2010, so it was disappointing to see no official times registered, particularly with such exceptional performances like yesterday.
The first registered finisher was Andrius Jaksevicius, running 16:31 (79.01%) on his 94th parkrun (78 at Bushy). James Ellis was the other sub 17 finisher on the day, with 16:54 (77.61%) on his 12th parkrun here and his 41st parkrun for Clapham Chasers. Matt Carlisle was next, making his first appearance here since March 2010, running 17:17 (75.22%) on his sixth parkrun (4 at Bushy). Phillip Bearman (Snr) ran 17:34 – just four seconds outside his PB and it earned him 83.30% - his highest ever age grading on his 268th parkrun (266 at Bushy) and it was also the highest age grading of the day. Completing the sub 18 finishers was Bushy debutant Ben Evans, running 17:45 (74.27%) on his 19th parkrun for Guildford & Godalming AC.
Three junior boys got inside 20 minutes this week. Peter Christian ran 19:08 (70.56%) for St Mary’s Richmond AC on his 117th parkrun (101st at Bushy), and he was followed by Thames Turbo Triathlon’s Cameron Chisholm in a time of 19:36 (71.00%) on his 30th parkrun (28 at Bushy), with James Maloney also running 19:36 (69.90%) for a new PB on his 27th parkrun (all at Bushy).
The first female finisher overall was junior runner Hanna Lidbetter in 20:21 (74.28%) on her 28th parkrun (all at Bushy). She was followed by Alexis Prince, running 20:33 (72.99%) on her 17th parkrun (12 at Bushy). Tracey Hardcastle ran 20:45 (73.73%) on her 16th parkrun (all at Bushy). Lisa Muchna completed the sub 21 ladies’ quartet with 20:51 (76.18%) on her Bushy debut (fifth parkrun) for Pinetown & Districts AC.
The aforementioned Hanna Lidbetter was the first junior girl home in 20:21 and next was her sister Sarah Lidbetter in 23:41 (63.83%) on her 36th parkrun (all at Bushy). The third junior girl home was Kingston Polytechnic Harriers AC athlete Jessica Lillywhite, running 25:24 (65.49%) on her 24th parkrun (all at Bushy).
Barcode scanner, photo by Peter Denton
Highest age grading scorers
Just four runners managed 80 plus scores for their age grading, hardly surprising given the warm conditions at Bushy on Saturday morning. This list was led by Phillip Bearman (Snr), running 17:34 to earn 83.30% in the VM45-49 category. Straggler Laurence Duffy gained 82.19% from his time of 18:32 in the VM50-54 category, while Ramona Thevenet was the highest female scorer, running 21:42 for 81.26% in the VW50-54 category for Woking AC. Robert McCharg completes the quartet with 80.23% from his time of 18:23 in the VM50-54 category. The highest percentage recorded by a junior runner was Hanna Lidbetter with 74.28% from her 20:21 time in the JW15-17 category.
For more info on what age grading percentages mean, visit the parkrun support FAQ
In the gents points table, Phillip Bearman (Snr) has 9845 points, but has seen his lead cut to 210 points by Andrius Jaksevicius on 9635 points. Ed Higgins is next on 9532 points.
In the ladies points table, Polly Adams has 10380 points, with a 96 point lead over Jennifer Darling on 10284. Janet Livesey is next on 9374.
There are just nine weeks remaining in this ‘Bushy year’ (October-September) so still plenty of time for positions to change! Looking down the points tables, only two runners are yet to miss a single run – John Woods and Paul Killick. It was Paul’s 51st consecutive run at Bushy, while John has run 63 parkruns at Bushy in a row, dating back to June 2013, and is just 22 away from overtaking Stewart Rose’s consecutive Bushy parkruns record!
818 Runners setting off!
Stats of the day
There were 818 runners – 745 identified, 73 unidentified (9% of field).
- Of the 745 identified runners, there were:
- 69 PBs (9% of field) of which 3 were runners with 50 Bushy parkruns or more
- 77 Bushy first timers (10% of field) of which 50 were parkrun first timers (7% of field)
- Of the 50 parkrun first timers, 16 were juniors, 16 seniors and 18 vets
- 90 Juniors (12%), 127 Seniors (17%), 528 Vets (71%) with 56 runners aged 60 or over (8%)
- 484 males (65%) and 261 females (35%)
- Most common male age group was 45-49 (88 runners – 18% of all males),
- Most common female age group was 45-49 (39 runners – 15% of all females)
- 148 club runners (20% of field) from 48 different clubs and 597 unattached (80%)
- Top 5 clubs: Stragglers (50 runners), Thames Turbo Triathlon (9), Ranelagh Harriers (7), St Mary’s Richmond AC (7), Sweatshop Running Community (6)
- Of the 818 finishers, there were:
- 44 runners sub 20 mins (5.4%), 557 between 20:00-29:59 (68.1%), 217 over 30 mins (26.5%)
- Top 10% Overall/Male/Female time was 21:14/20:37/24:16
- Midpoint Overall/Male/Female time was 26:44/24:58/29:29
- Minute-by-minute number of finishers 20-29 minutes: 27, 47, 55, 69, 64, 53, 77, 53, 59, 53
- 316 finishers between 23:00 and 27:59, average of 63.2 per minute
- 77 finishers in the 26th minute.
How many parkruns?
- 47753 total parkruns completed from the identified field of 745, averaging 64.1 parkruns each
- 310 parkrunners completed at least 50 parkruns (42% of identified field), of which
- 144 members of the 50 club (19%)
- 142 members of the 100 club (19%)
- 24 members of the 250 club (3% of field) – John Hanscomb (416 parkruns), Richard Fletcher (404), Paul Killick (385), Kirsty Bangham (357), John P Woods (351), Ramona Thevenet (351), Polly Adams (333), Ciaran Murphy (325), Derek Blackmore (323), Stewart Rose (322), Paul D Viveash (322), Liz Collison (316), David Worth (315), David Tyas (312), Stewart Holmes (308), Sheila Fergusson (288), Malcolm J Taylor (276), Wally Garrod (269), Phillip Bearman Snr (268), Dave Griffiths (265), Ken Pearson (261), Jeremy Langdon (257), Jason Venkatasamy (253), and Rory Waddell (252).
Taken tokens tally: NONE! Well done to all the runners, the scanners and also Grace Watts and Mariella Gibson who were on bucket duty!
Well done to Grace and Mariella on bucket duty! Photo by Peter Denton
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