Be More Forrest!
Despite the iron grey skies, this week's event remained dry for most of the event and featured the arrival of the volunteer milestone T shirts, the achievement of some significant run milestones and a "first time" visitor who may have looked rather familiar to film fans!
First time visitor Rob Pope (more details later) at the startline.
Arrival Of The New Volunteer Milestone T Shirts
Earlier this year, Parkrun UK announced that it would be extending the Volunteer T-shirts, previously available to those that have volunteered 25 times, to include a volunteering equivalent of all the existing walking, jogging, running milestone clubs, so we now have jv10, v50, v100, v250, v500 to recognize the stalwarts who make our wonderful events across the globe happen on a weekly basis. Six people in the world have already qualified for their V500 T-shirts and two of those hail from our very own Bushy Parkrun, Ray Coward and Ray Franks. Congratulations and many thanks to both of you, and many thanks to all those that volunteered today, efforts are very much appreciated!
Carol dons her V250 T shirt to add to her collection which includes a 500 club running milestone.
Out On The Course
Even under grey skies, our Royal Park was still displaying resplendent autumn colours, showcasing our cheerful participants and volunteers nicely...
Many congratulations to Matthew Carmody who was the only Bushy participant to join the 250 club today. Matthew has run each and every one of his 250 parkruns at Bushy and began his parkrun journey 8 years ago.
Congratulations to this week's 3 new members who are
Joanne Usher (a first time Bushy visitor from Cambridgeshire)
Karen Wood (another first time Bushy visitor from Pembrokeshire)
Stella Hammond (Bushy regular and very active volunteer.
Stella Hammond celebrating her 100th Parkrun with Steve Miller who ran his 400th parkrun today
Dave Buchner chose Bushy as the site to achieve a rather remarkable achievement; He joins the 50 club at his 50th different parkrun event (gaining what Parkrun tourists call the "half cowell" badge). Dave started his parkrun journey nearly 3 years ago in South Africa, which is where 39 of his 50 events have been visited.
Other new joiners of the 50 club are:-
Alex Egan (who celebrated with a PB)
Marc Kearney (first time Bushy visitor from Northern Ireland)
Anne Marie Williams
Joanna Callaby (first time Bushy visitor)
No junior runners joined the 10 club this week.
Forrest Gump Visits Bushy Parkrun!
Bushy parkrun has been graced by numerous remarkable people over the years who have achieved incredible challenges over the years, but perhaps first-time Bushy visitor Rob Pope holds the title for taking on the craziest jaw-droppingly amazing running challenge I've ever heard of. 5 years ago, Rob began his bid to recreate the transcontinental run made famous by the 1994 film Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks's character sets out on a marathon of epic proportions – for no particular reason – from his home in fictional Greenbow, Alabama. In 422 days of running, Rob traversed the US from Mobile to Santa Monica, onwards to Death Valley, Tennessee, Baltimore, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Boston, Maine, Chicago, Minneapolis, Oregon, San Francisco, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona and more, covering an incredible 15,621 miles whilst raising money for the World Wildlife fund and Peace Direct. Unsurprisingly, Rob is the only person who has ever achieved this feat.
Last weekend, Rob was "at it" again, but this time taking on a Parkrun based challenge. Rob did 38 different parkruns from Blackpool to Bridlington in 41 hours, and decided that today would be a perfect time to visit the home of parkrun, where he was the 6th runner home, despite the previous weekend's exertions and donning Forrest's Nike Cortez leather trainers!
Rob's book, "Becoming Forrest" was published last week:- (https://www.waterstones.com/book/becoming-forrest/rob-pope/9780008472511) - should be an incredible read!
Rob meets a parkrunner whose son's favorite film is Forrest Gump.
Have a great week all, see you on Saturday.
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