Bushy junior parkrun Event #108
Following in the footsteps of Lucy, who wrote your last run report after visiting in March I am a visitor too. I have been volunteering at Lloyd junior parkrun (in Croydon) for over 2 years now, but due to a cancellation this week was able to undertake my first voluntourism visiting you all at Bushy. As I arrived just after 8am the weather was not the best, it was raining, however a heron I saw in the car park was just the start of my fun and interesting morning.
After helping with the set up as best I could I met some of the other lovely and friendly volunteers, mostly regulars who knew exactly what was needed. Children, parents and other supporters soon began to arrive in good numbers so by the time Trevor, assisted by Elizabeth, started the warm up there was a really good crowd, and the weather was not dampening the spirits of anyone.
The warm up looked fun and there was great participation by all including in the lunge walk to the start area.
Next Run Director Paul gave the run briefing and there was great participation here too with confirming answers to the important safety briefings shouted back by one and all. At this point I began to worry a little, I was back up timer and I could see that with such an enthusiastic crowd it was going to be busy and challenging timing all these runners.
There were loud cheers as half-marathon wristbands were awarded to Lily and Seth - Well done to them both! There were also friendly cheers for first timers, tourists (more about them later) and all the volunteers.
On the subject of volunteering no Parkrun can take place without volunteers and there are a number of different roles so do please sign up if you can.
If you'd like to volunteer, either speak to Peej or Nicki at the next run or email email@example.com As well as ensuring the runs can take place it really is good fun encouraging the children, and seeing how much they enjoy themselves as they hop, skip jump and run around the course.
So soon after 9am Paul started the run jumping out of the way as the crowd of children and accompanying adults set off; I managed to get my timer started -phew first job done!
Bushy being an out and back course, rather than a 2 lap which I am used to meant everyone headed off in that straight line to the left of the avenue of trees disappearing into the distance, but so quickly the first finishers were back, running down the other side of that line of trees. It’s a really simple course, the main issue being avoiding, or perhaps not avoiding, the deer poo none of that on the course I’m used to!
This morning there were in fact 253 juniors, and I managed to click my timer as each of them headed into the finish funnel- phew second part of job done!
It really was a rather hectic 22 minutes or so as everyone finished. Thankfully Ann and Trevor who were managing the finish funnel ensured that only juniors were timed and that they stayed in the right order so that Carol and Wendy could give out the finish tokens in the correct order. I guess that Ray, Vijal and Ian would have been busy at the Barcode Scanning tables too, but honestly I did not have a chance to see, all my concentration was needed on that timer. I did notice a great variety in the running gear, even a little Spiderman scampered past me and best of all I noticed so many happy smiles, clearly as Paul had emphasised at the beginning you really were having fun.
So to the results in a little more detail, well done to Sonny the first finisher in a great time of 6:28 a PB for him too, and to Monica first girl finisher in a time of 8:16. There were a total of 84 PBs this week, well done to all of you, sorry but that really is too many for me to list all of you by name. We also welcomed 52 first timers to Bushy junior. A special welcome to the 44 who were on their first ever junior parkrun well done for turning out when the weather could have been better, we hope you had fun and will come back again soon. The results this week also show 54 unknown runners, probably a mixture of forgotten barcodes and unregistered runners. Please do remember to get a time and have the run recorded as yours you need to be registered, to bring a printed barcode with you, and to have it scanned at the end. To register you need to be at least 4 and no older than 14.
I must say that despite getting a little wet and ending up with rather cold hands I really did have a good time, everyone I met was friendly and smiling and a special thank you to the Mum I met in the coffee shop who insisted on buying me a much needed warming coffee, it was most welcome.
Finally, do remember there will be no event in August but I am sure you will all be back in September for more fun running.