Run Report Event No 810 – 12 October 2019


A tourist's perspective...


Like lemmings, many parkrunners get the urge to go on a journey.  Scientists (probably) can’t explain this drive, this urge to head back to where it all started. Bushy Park was the birthplace of parkrun 15 years and one week ago. Since those small beginnings parkrun has grown into the global phenomenon it is today, and Bushy has always been the big one in the UK. And we do mean big, setting attendance record after attendance record. It has previously broken the 2000 barrier but slightly suspect weather meant that numbers were down for their 810th event. Well I say down, it’s still the biggest with a mere 1096 athletes running, jogging or walking the 5k course.


As well as the regular attendees there were over 130 of us who were visiting Bushy for the first time. These tourists came from all corners of the UK and as far afield as South Africa and Japan. There were also 36 folk who were running their first ever parkrun event, and everyone made sure that  these new additions to the family were given a warm welcome and a big round of applause at the pre-event briefing.

Although it’s a famous place, in all honesty we didn’t really know what to expect as we headed down the M1. We were pretty sure it would be busier than anything we’d experienced before but there was a lot we didn’t know.



We didn’t know the start would be incredible, with 1000+ people charging up a wide, tree lined avenue.

We also didn’t know we’d be keeping an eye out for deer wandering about on the course.

We didn’t know the route would be almost perfect either. There was the odd puddle about but wet feet are part of the fun. The whole is nothing short of brilliant, and perfect for athletes of all abilities being flat and twisty so you never got bored, and never quite knew what was coming next. Especially if “what was coming next” was a stag having a swim in a lake.



As we know parkrun is always about much more than who was the quickest. While Eliud Kipchoge was off in Vienna dropping the fastest ever Marathon time below the near mythical 2 hour mark, in London’s leafy suburb a visitor was the first finisher, with Rob McTaggart getting round in 16:35. Lots of personal targets beaten too, well done to the 100+ athletes who bagged themselves a nice new PB time.

You’d think the scale of the event would not be without its problems, but the majestic, sweeping start and wide paths meant that there weren’t any holdups there. The double funnel that the team have implemented to handle the numbers also worked a treat, and there wasn’t really much delay in getting through and getting our barcodes scanned either.

The Bushy volunteers are, as you’d expect, awesome with plenty of support out on the course, and every twist and turned marshalled to make sure no one got lost. Although we were first timers here, one marshal did look slightly familiar. We checked the list of volunteers on the website after the event and, yes, that was actor (and parkrun regular) John Altman looking resplendent in his hi-viz cheering us on.


Its place in the history of parkrun aside, Bushy is a fantastic event that is as close to a “must do” as any we’ve visited. Add to that the fact there’s no better place for a post parkrun coffee and chat than the Pheasantry Café and, well, what more do you need?

Thank you Bushy, we’ll definitely see you again.

Iain Hawkins

The results from Event No 810


PB and over 100 runs


Bianca HOLLIS 21:37 VW45-49 73.48% F UK parkrun tourists 356
Louise DUFFY 24:33:00 VW50-54 68.30% F Border Reiver Runners 271
Bethany DUFFY 22:10 SW20-24 66.77% F Border Reiver Runners 253
Mark COOP 20:57 VM40-44 67.14% M 229
Emma POOLE 23:02 VW45-49 71.92% F Runnymede Runners 225
David CARTWRIGHT FORBES 23:46 VM35-39 56.59% M Farnham Runners 110

80% +


Emma HARRIS 19:56 VW45-49 83.11% Ranelagh Harriers
Polly ADAMS 21:15 VW50-54 82.98%
Shirley BUCKLEY 22:53 VW55-59 81.28% Stragglers

100 Club


Max Dylan Zorba ZAJDLER 20:23 SM20-24 M PB stays at 00:18:50
Сергей КИСЛЕНКО 20:41 VM50-54 M First Timer!
Eduardo SATO 22:22 VM40-44 M PB stays at 00:21:45
Bizzy WATSON 28:24:00 SW20-24 F Stragglers PB stays at 00:23:53
Jacquie KIRK 36:06:00 VW55-59 F Riverside Rebels PB stays at 00:32:21
Jan PRINCE 50:29:00 VW80-84 F Stragglers PB stays at 00:31:09


50 club


Samuel INGHAM 23:15 VM45-49 M PB stays at 00:21:29
Robert FREY 26:08:00 VM60-64 M PB stays at 00:22:31
Gareth LEWIS 29:07:00 VM50-54 M Cornelly Striders AC First Timer!
Sam WHATLEY 36:31:00 SM30-34 M PB stays at 00:23:19

10 club


Joshua PARFITT 27:41:00 JM15-17 48.77% M PB stays at 00:27:33 10
Caiden PALMER 28:03:00 JM11-14 51.69% M PB stays at 00:27:59 10
Maggie LAWRENCE 43:02:00 JW11-14 36.52% F PB stays at 00:34:42 10


Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #810

1,096 parkrunners – 1,033 identified, 63 unknown (DFYB!) (6% of the field).

How many?
• Of the 1,033 identified parkrunners, there were:
• 94 Juniors aged under 18 (9%)
• 145 Seniors aged 18-34 (19%)
• 793 Vets aged 35-89 (72%)
• 445 females (43%) and 588 males (57%)

Weather conditions

• Umbrella quotient: 2 out of 5
• Temperature: 15˚C, mild and drizzly.

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Run Report Event No 809 – 5 October 2019

Big Birthday Bash


Bushy parkrun turned 15 this Saturday with a huge outpouring of goodwill, love and general positivity.

IMG_6888Paul Sinton-Hewitt was on hand for the obligatory balloon photo. How proud he must be of the community that has grown up from his original concept back in 2004.

IMG_6926The real star of the show was of course Elisabeth Marris who came to the start (and finish) line for the first time ever, and had the most wonderful morning meeting many friends and visitors who just wanted to say hello to her.  This touching moment is our favourite photo of the day as it sums up the love and support that parkrun provides.

IMG_6932Elisabeth with the three Pauls: good friend Paul Killick and member of the 500 club; Paul Sinton-Hewitt parkrun founder; Paul Graham founder of junior parkrun.  Talk about friends in high places!

And really that is what parkrun is all about.  It started with Paul wanting to spend more time with his friends, and in the intervening 15 years it has created many long lasting friendships and communities.  The event itself is very important but it certainly isn't the only reason that people come back week after week.  We said it before and we'll say it again; parkrun has changed our lives forever, and for the better!  So thank you Paul and thank you to all the athletes and volunteers who have turned up over the years.

IMG_7074Carol Dickinson, Lorraine Dillamore, me (Wendy Stokes), Julie Papworth, Elisabeth Marris and daughter Lucy Marris, who have all become friends through parkrun.


Every year the Bushy core team give award to athletes and volunteers who have been outstanding in different ways.

IMG_6945The core team from left to right; Lucy Thatcher, Alex Tickell, Zoe Faiz, Duncan Scoble, Andy Howarth and Event Director Rob Phillips. Thanks to Wendy Scott who was signing proceedings.

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Our guest of honour was former Olympic GB athlete David Moorcroft OBE, who was on hand to dish out the awards.  In 1982 David famously broke the world 5000m record with a time of 13:00:41 at the Bislett Games in Oslo.  Rob our Event Director encouraged us all to look at our watches during the run when we got to 13 minutes to see where we were on the course, and to give us a sense of how fast he ran that day.  I admit to watching David's run when I got home, and if you haven't already done so have a look, it's a truly impressive achievement. He held the British record for the 3000m from 1982 until 2016 when it was broken by Sir Mo Farah. He also won two Commonwealth Gold Medals. He is currently the Chair pf parkrun UK and a keen advocate of all things parkrun. His local run is Coventry.



IMG_7888Most attended junior athlete went to Leah Patel who has run 48 times at Bushy

IMG_7889Most improved runner went to Steve Lorde who got 16 PB's


IMG_6960Bushy parkrun Family of the Year went to the Ronaldsons

IMG_7892Special award for our Duke of Edinburgh volunteer of the year went to Jack Bennett


IMG_7893Volunteer of the Year went to Ian Riley

IMG_6971IMG_6974And lastly the Spirit of parkrun award went to Elisabeth Marris, who Event Director Rob described as even more famous than Paul Sinton-Hewitt. When she lifted the award aloft with such obvious joy there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Pioneers and visitors

IMG_6942James Russell was one of the original 13 runners back in 2004. Then he finished in 8th position, whilst this week he was 192nd with a quicker time of 21:03.  There was definitely more room on the start line back then!


The first ever run report written by Paul Sinton-Hewitt back in 2004. John Kipps and Karen Broadbent / Weir were also at Bushy again this week to celebrate their 250th runs.

IMG_6919Darren Wood has run more parkruns than anyone else.  This week was run number 741. He missed the first event but ran at the second and has only missed 68 runs in 15 years. Carol Dickinson started on the second birthday in October 2006 and has a very impressive athlete number of A299.

IMG_6920Of course both are members of the 500 club!

IMG_7076Jonny Dickinson was sporting his t-shirt from the 5th anniversary.  Apparently he wasn't keen on the idea of painting on a 1 in Tipex.

IMG_6943Norman Harris was visiting from Eastbourne for his 100th run.  Last year he was seriously ill with flu and credits parkrun with saving his life.

IMG_6633These happy chaps are the Ugandan Crew from Burgess parkrun in Camberwell.  You may recognise them from the parkrun Heroes series with Jessica Ennis-Hill.  Next Saturday is Ugandan Independence Day and they were very keen for us to go along and sample the dancing and positivity they bring to their home parkrun.


As ever we couldn't manage an event of this magnitude without our trusted team of volunteers.  Please say a huge thank you to the following people:

Donald BELL, Joy BELL, Jack BENNETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Ted BRAMPTON, Shirley BUCKLEY, Ann COWARD, Lucas CURTIS, Dana ELFRING, Samantha FAGG, Carolyn FOSTER, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Paige GOODWIN, Amelia GOODWIN, Suzanne GREEN, Simon GREENHILL, Kate HAYWARD, Olivia HEATLEY, Helene HILL, Tom HONE, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Melanie HOWES, Amber JACKSON, Lucy KATESMARK, Sacha KENNEDY, Ali KENNEDY, Leonie KENNEDY, Anne KIRBY, Jacquie KIRK, Simon LANE, Margaret LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Max LILLYWHITE, Anne MASON, Hayden MATTHEWS, Andrew MAYALL, Gavin MEGAW, Toby MEGAW, Steve MILLER, Linda MOORCROFT, Diane MULLEN, Victoria MUSKET, Eleanor O'NEILL, Zainab OSAMA, David PAPWORTH, Rob PHILLIPS, Lucy PORTER, Simon R, Verity RIDING, Ian RILEY, Grace ROBERTSON, Hannah ROBERTSON, Wendy SCOTT, Alicia SMITH, Eva SMITH-MARTIN, Andrew STENT, Wendy STOKES, Hannah STURROCK, Carol SWAFFER, Debbie TANTON, Sharon TEE, Peter David THOMPSON, Andrew John WINGATE, Emma WINGATE

Why not get involved and volunteer? Trust me you'll love it!

IMG_6898Sue and Andy explaining the course.

The Run

This is such an epic run report that we've only just got to the running part!

We had a field of 1838 athletes, some 1825 more than 15 years ago.  It was a bit grey with a few puddles but we took it in our stride.

IMG_6980Andy Wingate was our Run Director, with Wendy Scott signing.

IMG_6983 IMG_6988 IMG_6991 IMG_6992Emma Dickinson in the red Bushy Park Time Trial t-shirt that was handed out at Christmas 2006.  There were only 150 made, so it only gets worn on very special occasions.

IMG_7004Norman on his 100th run.

IMG_7009This runner was heading off for a spot of badminton after she finished.

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IMG_7056Thank you marshals!

IMG_7124Hope he remembered his barcode!

IMG_7059Linda Moorcroft was marshalling, along with Ian Riley our Volunteer of the Year.

IMG_7067Elisabeth had a new position at the finish and got plenty of hellos, and high fives.

First Finishers


1. Andrius Jaksevicius 15:52

2. Aedan O'Brien 16:30

3. Jonny Brook 16:32


1. Emma Davis 18:10

2. Alice Tozer 19:13

3. Emma Headley 19:15


1. Jonny Brook 16:32

2. Fintan Kavanagh 16:40

3. Miguel Caeiro 17:31


1. Juilet Drury 19:36

2. Imogen Deakin 19:38

3. Lily O'Neill 19:53

80% age grading

The following runners achieved the coveted 80% and above age grading.  Well done!

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Congratulations to the following athletes on their achievements.


Karen Weir and John Kipps were in the original 13 runners on 2nd October 2004, and both celebrated their 250th run back at Bushy for the 15th birthday.

Back in 2004 Karen finished 10th with time of 24:56. This week she was in 443rd place with a time of 23:58.

John Kipps ran a time of 19:15 back in 2004 and came 3rd.  This week he ran 28:22 and finished in 791st position.

Joy Bell

Roger Lown

David Pope

Peter Weir

Darren Foreman


Cathi Hepworth  New PB

Jie Edwards

Victoria Seaman

Wendy Scott

Kathy Gargan

Norman John Harris

Johann Le Roux

Mike Pope


Amy Thompson

Jason Day

Emma Durnford

Alison Taylor

Rory Porter

Nicola Morris

Mark Williams


Hannah Norman

Sophie Chew New PB

Harriet Wiltshire

George Bloch New PB

Pleasantries in the Pheasantry

IMG_3786This is an illustrious table full of winners of the Volunteer of the Year award over the years. From left to right Rodney McCulloch 2014, Ray Franks 2010, Pat McGrath 2013, Jan Franks 2012, Ian Riley 2019

IMG_3788The award is known as the Timothy Bennet award. It is named after the cobbler who took on the Earl of Halifax in 1754 to keep a public foothpath in the park open after the enclosure act.  The tarmac path which is part of our current parkrun route is called Cobbler's Walk.

IMG_7215Volunteer of the Year in 2011 was Simon Lane (on the left)  sitting with his 'deer' friend Sean.

We had the absolute pleasure of sharing a coffee and a chat with David and Linda Moorcroft in the Pheasantry afterwards.  I asked him if it hurt to run 5km in 13 minutes and he replied that it was one of those rare occasions that you feel as if you're flying and could achieve anything.  Fingers crossed we all get to experience that feeling one day!

IMG_7150Left to right, Duncan Scoble, Carol Dickinson, David Moorcroft, Linda Moorcroft, Catherine Scoble, Wendy Stokes. Huge thanks to David and Linda for coming down from Coventry to be our guests of honour.



Well that's it until Saturday.  Hopefully this report goes someway to capturing the warm atmosphere of the morning and the huge outpouring of love for parkrun.  Here's to the next 15 years!

Wendy Stokes

with thanks to Carol, Linda and Stella for the extra photos.

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Run Report Event No 808 – 28 September 2019

Bushy park and the blustery day


Weather/conditions: Blustery and dry underfoot


It was a blowy day down at Bushy Park on Saturday. From deeper in the park you could hear the seasonal bellowing of the deer – mind you, there’s a lot of bellowing going on these days.



1329 runners (560 female; 700 male / 69 unknown runners)

52 volunteers (thanks, all)

203 BP first timers

30 brand new parkrunners

115 BP PBs



Milestones - congratulations

400 – Ruth HUTTON

300 – Matthew SEARLE

250 – Martin POWELL, Phil REAY

200 – Jim BUCKLE

100 – Richard SMITH, Keith BALDWIN, Mike LIGHTFOOT

50 – Stuart MANNERING, Callum STEWART, Ben DOWNE, Mark VCIKERY, Rosalind BATE, Natalie RUDLEY, Paul ENTICKNAP

10 – Sebastian ALLEN, Vivian OUZOUNIS



The following runners came back with WFAs above 80% - hats off


323 Jane DAVIES 24:09 VW70-74 93.72%
7 Gillian SANDERS 18:05 VW35-39 83.23%
1 Jonny BROOK 16:52 JM15-17 82.51%
99 Polly ADAMS 21:10 VW50-54 82.28%
3 Sam NESBITT 17:32 JM11-14 80.89%
563 Julie DRUMMOND 26:46 VW65-69 80.51%


Pics from the park – thanks to Verity for looking after the phone.


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There were a few Robert DeNiro’s out on Saturday morning – armed with cameras


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Stephen back at BP fresh from romping home in his category at Oxford the previous week


808 3

Martin (on the left) was doing his 250th run along with friends from Bristol: Claire, Tony, Steve


808 4

Marian, Sharon and Philip were over for the weekend from Castletown, Co. Kildare in Ireland. They regularly get 200+ there


808 5

David was over for work from Belfast (Stormont pr) and stayed around to run BP


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The Dnata company were having their global “Dnata4good” day


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parkrun’s birthday next week, Hannah’s birthday this week


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This is Jo’s rabbit called Piellie – Hebrew for “my elephant”. He’s been down before and seemed at home among the legs and leaves


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There was a coach-load of runners from the Midlands including Kelly, Kat and Tim from Dudley, Sandwell Valley and Redditch


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The ticker…


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PB for Dermot – great effort


808 12

Nigel and Anthony Madden from Naas parkrun – they’ve completed 47 out of the 90 parkruns in Ireland (thanks, Julie)


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The indomitable Wally Garrod – 484 parkruns


Next Saturday is parkrun’s 15th birthday – still only a teenager but growing fast.

See you there.


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Run Report Event No 807 – 21 September 2019

Summer’s still here


A beautiful warm and dry morning woke us on Saturday. Conditions were very good with just gentle breeze and not a cloud in the sky. Run Director Lucy Thatcher gave us the usual introductions, welcomes and rules and set us off on our way. There was a cloud of dust spread as we trundled up the path towards the cricket pitch and then back down Cobblers Walk. It certainly has been very dry recently and many of the parts of the course which will be mud in a few weeks time look more like a beach at the moment.




The Volunteers  As always the event couldn’t happen without them so a huge thank you to the 52 who helped us today -  John ALTMAN, Jack BENNETT, Phil BLUER, Shirley BUCKLEY, Shirley BUCKLEY, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Jackie DUNKLEY, Andrew FINCH, Ray FRANKS, Marianne FRYER, Amelia GOODWIN, Olivia HEATLEY, Marina HIPPLE, David HOPPE, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Oliver HUME, Amber JACKSON, Lucy KATESMARK, Jacquie KIRK, Margaret LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Max LILLYWHITE, Ally MANOLE, Denise MITCHELL, Kate MOWATT, Diane MULLEN, Ronit NARAYAN, George NOBLE, David NOBLE, Zainab OSAMA, Jeremy PALMER, Eoin PARFITT, Lucy PORTER, Simon R, Keith RIDING, Verity RIDING, Ian RILEY, Jo ROSE, Nick ROWE, Sumita SARMA, Duncan SCOBLE, Julie SMITH, Jonty STEGMANN, Wendy STOKES, Andrew SWAFFER, Beth TEMPEST, Lucy THATCHER, Tom WALSH, Marianne WELSH, Emma WINGATE

We have now had 1,983 individuals volunteer a total of 20,819 times. If you have ever thought about volunteering I’d definitely recommend giving it a go, there are many varied roles available each week and newcomers are especially welcomed. E-mail Pat McGrath at and he can give guidance about the roles.




The Runners


Despite the weather there were 1,388 runners (just 2 more than last week) and we have now seen 57,193  different runners take part in Bushy parkrun and these athletes have now completed 581,246 runs covering an amazing 2,906,230KM including 78,072 new personal bests.


We had 185 people running at Bushy for the first time with 171 runners getting PB’s in the sun.


We are very used to large attendances each week but did you know there are 8 other events in the UK which have seen over 1,000 runners. The records currently are:



Bushy Park 2011 25/12/2018
Southampton 1295 12/01/2019
Cardiff 1192 17/02/2018
Cannon Hill 1118 04/05/2019
Norwich 1104 25/12/2018
Milton Keynes 1075 31/08/2019
Poole 1039 12/01/2019
Clapham Common 1019 12/01/2019
Heaton Park 1001 02/03/2019
Tooting Common 953 05/01/2019
Nonsuch 949 04/05/2019
Bromley 942 31/08/2019
Eastville 941 01/01/2019
Chelmsford Central 912 01/06/2019
Coventry 904 12/01/2019
Sheffield Hallam 884 04/05/2019
Rising Sun 869 01/01/2019
Edinburgh 867 25/12/2018





This Saturday we had 2 new members of the 500 club – maybe a first for a couple to join the 500 club together? Congratulations to Jeremy PALMER and Carmen PALMER. Jeremy hit 499 a few weeks ago and being a gentleman kindly waited to scan his barcode for 500 until his wife joined him. Jeremy has a PB of 18.48 and has done 496 of his runs with us at Bushy. Also despite being in the VM55-59 age category he has gone sub 20 in every year since 2011. Carmen has done 497 of her runs with us with a PB of 27.40.


We had no new members of the 250 club.   Joining the 100 club were Emma MOORE, Louise RUSSELL and Leonard GRAINGER.   New to the 50 club were Iain M DUNN, Nicola PERRIN, Stacey WATSON and Brian ROBINSON.   In the juniors 10 club we welcomed Franci LYNES.




The Results Bit

First male finishers were Eoin PIERCE of Newham & Essex Beagles AC in 15:22 with our 2nd and 3rd finishers not having their barcodes! Next was Will STOCKLEY of Belgrave Harriers in 15:59 and Rocco ZAMAN-BROWNE of Manchester Harriers & AC in 16:25.

First woman home was Juliet HODDER of Wirral AC in 18:11, ahead of Abigal JONES of Poole Runners in 19:00 with Jenna MULLETT of Clapham Chasers RC  third home in 20:02

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 15:58 on 22nd October 2011 (event number 379). The male record is held by Andrew BADDELEY who recorded a time of 13:48 on 11th August 2012 (event number 422). The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 100.23% (21:30) on 24th September 2016 (event number 645).

Runners with age grades over 80% were

Steve WINDER 16:32 VM45-49 87.80 % Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Laurence DUFFY 18:30 VM55-59 85.95 % Stragglers
Eoin PIERCE 15:22 SM30-34 84.16 % Newham & Essex Beagles AC
Polly ADAMS 20:52 VW50-54 83.47 %
Zachary BOWLES 19:41 JM10 83.07 % Berkshire Youth Athletics Club
Dan DOMENICONI 16:51 VM40-44 82.20 % SHAEF Shifters
Juliet HODDER 18:11 SW18-19 81.67 % Wirral AC
Will STOCKLEY 15:59 SM20-24 81.54 % Belgrave Harriers
Rocco ZAMAN-BROWNE 16:25 SM18-19 81.22 % Manchester Harriers & AC
Merran SELL 29:53 VW75-79 81.15 % Stragglers
Jonathan MAINWARING 19:05 VM55-59 80.52 %
Mitchel COX 16:26 SM18-19 80.22 % Basildon AC

Special mention to Zachary BOWLES running 19:41 at just 10 years old – remember that name for the future.


The Random Number Generator


We now look at a few random numbers to give some coverage to those who otherwise may not have got a mention.


This week was event 807 at Bushy so claiming token 807 was Gary BRADSHAW running 28:48 on his 85th event


The average finish time of all Bushy parkrun is 27:07 and closest to this were Caroline Juliet MACMILLAN (94th run) and Anna Claire DEAKIN (71st run)


As today is 21/9 ……... in position 219 was Ellie MORGAN on her 28th run.


There have now been 581 thousand runs in our events at Bushy so in 581 was Danica MCGUINNESS on her 57th parkrun.


Well done to all.


The Giant Squirrel

You may have been a bit surprised to see a giant squirrel joining the masses at 9am this morning. This was Caitlin Limmer who runs the BEARCAT running club.   Caitlin kindly explained “I am the Royal Parks mascot for their Half Marathon on 13th October and am of course running it too with a couple of "body guard squirrels" too as my vision in the CHESTER costume is virtually non existent and also it is exceptionally hot.  I have done a marathon in a Fullers beer bottle before but I have to say this is proving just as challenging if not more (especially as I had to give up running 2 years ago due to ill health!).  Anyway it is a complete honour to be chosen to be their mascot and I will be I believe helping open the race too - I am raising money and awareness of MDS Patient Support Group (for people with blood cancer - I am the patron of the charity) and also for the wonderful Royal Parks Foundation who are in great needs of funds - of course so many of us use the Royal Parks and never get to donate back so I am very happy to play my part in this.  I shall be attending Richmond Parkrun next weekend too to try and raise awareness about all of this.  I am not asking people to dig too deep, I am trying to ask for everyone I come across in the next few weeks to donate me £1 and to see how high that total goes” -



15th Birthday

In 2 weeks it will be the 15th birthday of our favourite Saturday morning event. Make a note in your diaries and try to get down early that morning for the annual Bushy awards and celebration.

Want to be in the Club

Club membership is a big part of parkrun. This can have two different meanings with many people qualifying to become part of the 50, 100, 250 and even 500 clubs. To give free t-shirts is an amazing thing that parkrun manages to maintain, especially when you look at the numbers that have been issued in the past and continue to be issued each week.

50 Club (50 to 99 runs)       136,742         (1,313 new members last week)

100 Club (100 to 249 runs)  77,091          (585 new members last week)

250 Club (250 to 499 runs)  6,926            (96 new members last week)

500 Club (500 + runs)        74                (1 new member last week)

As well as parkrun's own clubs there are many members of running clubs and groups who are running each week. Whilst running clubs were once seen as elite organisations this has all changed with most clubs welcoming members of all levels. At Bushy we usually have hundreds of runners each week with a club name next to them in the results. We have had an incredible 2,190 different clubs who have run with us at the home of parkrun.

The club with the most parkrunners at Bushy is Stragglers with 730 runners who have run 42,592 runs between them.

Most Runners

Number of parkrunners  
Stragglers 730
Thames Turbo Triathlon 448
Ranelagh Harriers 423
26.2 RRC 264
ACS Cobham 210
Riverside Rebels 200
St Mary's Richmond AC 193
Clapham Chasers RC 188
Ful-On Tri 177
Ealing Eagles Running Club 164

Most Runs

Number of Runs  
Stragglers 42669
Ranelagh Harriers 8564
Thames Turbo Triathlon 7404
26.2 RRC 7064
St Mary's Richmond AC 5300
SHAEF Shifters 4517
Teddington Rugby Running Club 3909
Team Bushy 3620
Elmbridge RRC 2883
Sweatshop Running Community 2615


There’s always next week

The joy of parkrun is, no matter how your run went today, good or bad, you always have the chance to have another go next week … same time, same place – just make sure you remember that barcode.

Have a good week and see you by the fountain next week.

Nick Rowe

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Run Report Event No 806 – 14 September 2019


Can you hear me at the back??



A cool misty morning gave way to a glorious one for the 1,386 of us who completed Bushy parkrun #806 this fine September day. With so many runners gathered on the start, spread in a long line across the course, the core team decided more powerful speakers were needed for the RD’s briefing. What a fine piece of kit they are, standing some 6ft tall. You really have to shout now to talk over them.

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Rob & Lucy get to grips with the new speaker. “It's that button there!”



The outer reaches of the start line – we’ll soon be in the playground




Runners listening attentively


The old speakers have gone to good use with one being used for the First Timer’s Briefing this week led by David Papworth. Listening in I could hear we had visitors from Australia, Gloucester and Grimsby amongst other places.

Supporting us all in our run we had a fabulous 56 volunteers, including the invaluable contribution of a number of Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who help every week. I wonder how many of the Royal Family have done parkrun – answers on a postcard pls.
We had 180 people doing Bushy for the first time with 62 of those doing their first ever parkrun. 36 people were doing their 2nd parkrun – well done for coming back! We had a host of milestones including two 250s, four 100s and three 50s.

Thanks marshal!

We had two people called Marshall running this week - Sarah Louise and Gary. We also had plenty of other marshals.


Nick and Sanka at Kingston Gate


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Phil was giving high fives – his hand was getting a little sore by this stage…




The kissing point at 2km



Elisabeth’s corner – John joined her again this week.


David, Matthew and Tom at Teddington Gate.



Carolyn and Rory on Chestnut Avenue.



Take it to the bridge – Stuart, Sam & Eva with more high fives



We had a total of 56 volunteers out in force this week, making everything possible. Many thanks to:


Bushy parkrun always needs volunteers and it’s a great way to give something back. If you fancy it, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at and he’ll put you on the list for that week.



Tourists and other First timers

We had 180 first timers this week of whom 62 were doing their first ever parkrun which is another great addition to the parkrun community.

Karl was with his family and friends visiting from Gloucester


These guys are members of “Running for Time” a club based in Yeovil, some returning, some on their first visit to Bushy


The Bushy photoframe proves a popular prop. Here’s Georgia, Hannah and Paul on Hannah’s first parkrun


Riverside rebels get in the mood for Strictly


Dog section

We had our usual crop of wonderful pooches this week, with some assisting their owners and others not being quite so helpful.
First Dog this week was Goldie in a time of 21:21 – obviously falling into the former category with her assistant, Aaron Israel trailing in her wake.


Goldie basking in her glory post run


Jade takes a dip (cool down??) before her run


Love in the funnel – Delilah & Rocky check each other out


Bushy welcomes all well behaved dogs – especially dotty ones

Personal Bests

197 runners achieved a PB today. 17 of those had run over 100 parkruns. Well done to:

Emma POOLE 23:05 VW45-49 Runnymede Runners 221
Jack CLOTWORTHY 21:56 VM45-49 Running for Time 209
David NOLAN 19:45 VM45-49                               205
Michael WADDINGTON 15:37 SM25-29 Ware Joggers 191
Jenna WHISTLER 25:20 SW25-29 186
Sandra STOCKFORD 27:22 VW55-59 Running for Time 186
Andrew JOHNSON 20:38 VM40-44 163
Michele RAYNER 26:14 VW55-59 151
Tim BARTHOLOMEW 17:30 VM35-39 26.2 RRC 143
Rufus KING 18:00 SM18-19 126
Simon GALLANT 20:50 VM40-44 125
Lee TAYLOR 19:33 VM40-44 120
Richard GRAY 23:33 VM55-59 Stragglers 114
Abigail CARTER 23:38 SW20-24 112
Andrew MERRIMAN 20:24 SM30-34 110
Emma HAWKEY 23:01 VW40-44 Bournville Harriers 107
Jordan SMITH 22:52 SM25-29 106


We had 21 amazing people who achieved 80% age grading or more. Well done to:

Justn REID 17:00 VM45-49 86.08% Hercules Wimbledon AC
Polly ADAMS 20:31 VW50-54 84.89%
Sam NESBITT 16:50 JM11-14 84.26% Kingston AC and Polytechnic Harriers
Ellis CROSS 15:19 SM20-24 84.22% Aldershot, Farnham & District AC
Andrew EDGE 17:31 VM50-54 84.21% Thames Hare & Hounds
Ellen WEIR 18:30 JW15-17 83.78% Hercules Wimbledon AC
David COALES 17:32 VM45-49 83.46% Team Bath AC
Michael WADDINGTON 15:37 SM25-29 82.71% Ware Joggers
Peter GINGELL 18:50 VM55-59 82.30%
Ted MOCKETT 16:46 VM40-44 82.01% Ranelagh Harriers
Declan CONNOLLY 16:43 JM15-17 81.95% Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC
Julie DRUMMOND 26:25 VW65-69 81.58% Ranelagh Harriers
Sam DYKES 15:49 SM25-29 81.56% Loughborough Students AC
Peter WOODBURN 18:23 VM50-54 81.50% Thames Hare & Hounds
Merran SELL 29:47 VW75-79 81.42% Stragglers
Steve BOWRAN 18:09 VM50-54 81.27% Harpenden Arrows Running Club
Shirley BUCKLEY 22:36 VW55-59 81.19% Stragglers
Andy WEIR 18:31 VM50-54 80.92% Thames Hare & Hounds
Miguel CAEIRO 17:14 JM15-17 80.75%
Will BOWRAN 16:32 SM18-19 80.65% St Albans AC
Mark HARRIS 19:41 VM55-59 80.10%



10 Club
Four juniors completed their 10th run to claim the pristine white shirt: well done to:

Joe LAVIN 25:17 JM15-17 M PB stays at 00:19:32
Alec LEABACK 28:21 JM11-14 M PB stays at 00:22:49
Leo BROWN 34:29 JM10 M PB stays at 00:32:47
Alexi PALMER 41:48 JW11-14 F PB stays at 00:33:12

50 Club
Three runners reached the milestone of 50 this week. Well done to:

Marlon RICHARDSON 20:39 VM45-49 M PB stays at 00:20:29
Aron DAVIES 21:45 SM18-19 M PB stays at 00:20:07
Roy GLEW 24:51 VM65-69 M PB stays at 00:24:07

100 club
Four runners celebrated 100 runs this week. Congratulations to;

Ian LAWSON 21:04 VM45-49 M First Timer!
Will SAUNDERS 22:14 VM35-39 M First Timer!
Naomi JOHNS 23:26 VW45-49 F PB stays at 00:22:30
Jackie WILLIAMS 30:28 VW65-69 F PB stays at 00:29:51


250 club
Just two runners reached the magical 250 milestone this week – congratulations to Andy FAIRBURN and Denys LYONS. Andy started his parkrun journey on 12 January 2013 and has run 245 times at Bushy, only venturing to Kingston 3 times and Sheringham twice.
Denys meanwhile did his first way back on 25 March 2006 in Bushy parkrun #80. Denys has also done 245 runs at Bushy with 4 runs at Crane Park and 1 at Richmond.

500 club
No 500 clubbers this week. But on the verge of greatness are Carmen and Jeremy PALMER on 499 each – get set for next week…..

Cowell club
Latest entrant to the so-called “Cowell Club”, which is doing 100 different parkruns is Bushy regular Jason NOURSE, Jason has run at Bushy 214 times and has 320 runs under his belt. Not sure what challenge Jason will now set himself (see parkrun challenges at but I hear stopwatch bingo still awaits…




Jason at Squerryes Winery parkrun in Kent this week

The Results – first finishers


Ellis CROSS 15:19 SM20-24 84.22% Aldershot, Farnham & District AC First Timer!
Michael WADDINGTON 15:37 SM25-29 82.71% Ware Joggers New PB!
Sam DYKES 15:49 SM25-29 81.56% Loughborough Students AC PB stays at 00:15:49


Ellen WEIR 18:30 JW15-17 83.78% Hercules Wimbledon AC First Timer!
Isabel HESSEY 19:06 SW25-29 77.49% Lordshill Road Runners PB stays at 00:19:03
Rebecca SLEAP 19:30 SW30-34 75.90% Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC New PB!


Ellen WEIR 18:30 JW15-17 83.78% Hercules Wimbledon AC First Timer!
Isabel MELBOURNE 24:04 JW10 72.92% PB stays at 00:22:04
Lyla BAKER 25:21 JW11-14 65.61% PB stays at 00:23:47


Declan CONNOLLY 16:43 JM15-17 81.95% Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC New PB!
Sam NESBITT 16:50 JM11-14 84.26% Kingston AC and Polytechnic Harriers New PB!
Miguel CAEIRO 17:14 JM15-17 80.75% New PB!


Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #806

1,386 parkrunners – 1,305 identified, 81 unknown (DFYB!) (6% of the field).

How many?
• Of the 1,305 identified parkrunners, there were:
• 108 Juniors aged under 18 (9%)
• 237 Seniors aged 18-34 (19%)
• 959 Vets aged 35-89 (72%)
• 542 females (42%) and 763 males (58%)

Weather conditions

• Umbrella quotient: 0 out of 5
• Temperature: 13˚C, mild and sunny.


And finally, can I just thank the very kind person that found my bank card and handed it to the Run Director Rob. I was panicking at the start having lost it when using my phone to take photos, but perhaps I should not have worried, as if you are going to drop your bank card perhaps the parkrun community is the best place to do it.

See you next week!

Andrew Howarth

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