Run Report Event No 806 – 14 September 2019

 

Can you hear me at the back??

 

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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!”

 

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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…

 

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The kissing point at 2km

 

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

 

David, Matthew and Tom at Teddington Gate.

 

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Carolyn and Rory on Chestnut Avenue.

 

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

 

Volunteers

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

John ALTMAN, Eva AMORY, Sam AMORY, Stuart AMORY, Jack BENNETT, Chris BRIMACOMBE, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Matthew CUNLIFFE, Lucas CURTIS, Phil DAVIES, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Lorna FIRMAN, Ray FRANKS, Janice FRANKS, Christine FRY, Tom GARDINER, Paige GOODWIN, Amelia GOODWIN, Emma HAWKEY, Olivia HEATLEY, Tom HONE, David HOPPE, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Oliver HUME, Stephen IGGLESDEN, Lucy KATESMARK, Margaret LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Max LILLYWHITE, Janet LIVESEY, Stephen MARFLEET, Steve MILLER, Kate MOWATT, Diane MULLEN, Rory Joseph MURPHY, Lucy NOBLE, David NOBLE, Paula NORMAN, Zainab OSAMA, David PAPWORTH, Rob PHILLIPS, Ian RILEY, Cashel RIORDAN, Hannah ROBERTSON, Grace ROBERTSON, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, James SELL, Jonty STEGMANN, Andrew STENT, Carol SWAFFER, Beth TEMPEST, Lucy THATCHER

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 bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’ll put you on the list for that week.

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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.
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Karl was with his family and friends visiting from Gloucester

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

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

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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.

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Goldie basking in her glory post run

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

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

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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

80%

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%

 

Milestones

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 https://running-challenges.co.uk/) but I hear stopwatch bingo still awaits…

 

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Jason at Squerryes Winery parkrun in Kent this week

The Results – first finishers

Men:

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

Women

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!

Girls

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

Boys

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.

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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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Run Report Event No 805 – 07 September 2019

There's a Deer in me funnel what am I gunna do?!

(Title to be sung to the UB40 tune of a similar name!)

Constructing the funnel was a little more challenging than usual this morning as a deer decided that it seemed like a nice place to graze. Fortunately it had moved on by the time the 1417 runners came through. 'Hind'sight of a previous occasion maybe!

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Whilst Ray and team were trying to construct the funnel, the other volunteers began to arrive and were given their instructions by Volunteer Coordinators Hannah, Sue and Andy.

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Among the volunteers today were regulars Catelin and Courtney. Special thanks to to Courtney for getting out of bed and volunteering on Saturday, as it was her 17th birthday. Sister Catelin also celebrates her 16th birthday on Tuesday. Happy Birthday girls!

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Thanks to all our lovely volunteers:
Paul BELCHER, Jack BENNETT, Marisa BILLETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Luca CERASALE, Paul CHAPMAN, Lou COAKER, Liz COLLISON, Ray COWARD, Lucas CURTIS, Jackie DUNKLEY, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Paige GOODWIN, Stella HAMMOND, Kate HAYWARD, Olivia HEATLEY, Heather Lynn HORLER, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Oliver HUME, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Amber JACKSON, Juliette JOWIT, Lucy KATESMARK, Maxine KELLY, Jack KENNEDY, Margaret LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Max LILLYWHITE, Fiona MCANENA, Steve MILLER, Graham MORTIMER, Pat NAIR, David NOBLE, Michelle O'GORMAN, Glennis PYE, Keith RIDING, Ian RILEY, Hannah ROBERTSON, Grace ROBERTSON, Merran SELL, Julie SMITH, Guy SNOWDEN, Jonty STEGMANN, Andrew STENT, Adam STEPHENS, Wendy STOKES, Pauline STONES, Beth TEMPEST, Peter David THOMPSON, Graham TITCOMBE, Bill WOODS

Why not get involved and volunteer? Check out the future roster, http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bushy/futureroster/  and if there is a position for which you would like to volunteer, simply email Pat at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and let him know. There is no future commitment, you are not expected to volunteer every week (unless of course you want to) and it's a lovely way to meet people - in fact, over 1000 of them!

Meeting and greeting First Timers today was Nick, who gave the briefing to those doing parkrun for the very first time and to visitors from across the world.

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Among those doing their first parkrun today were Sally with daughter Rebecca

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Another first time runner was Olivia who ran with Bailey in the pushchair.

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Olivia had been a keen runner and completed a number of marathons. However the nasty illness, Lymes Disease, caused by an infected tick bite, stopped her from running for quite some time. Olivia was keen for me to mention the potential danger of tick bites. You may have noticed warning posters around Bushy Park and Olivia's story highlights that we all need to be aware of the dangers. I have added a link to a Public Health England leaflet which gives helpful information about preventing tick bites and what to do if bitten.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/694158/PHE_Tick_Leaflet.pdf

Visitors I met on the way to the startline included:

Jacqueline from Nottingham whose local parkrun is Forest

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Running in another forest and making a pilgrimage to Bushy Park was Helen from Kidderminster who runs at Wyre Forest parkrun, a particularly hilly run with a 'cardiac hill at the end. Helen was looking forward to our lovely flat park.

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A group visiting Bushy from Peterborough were keen to get started

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As were the Up and Running Group

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Visiting from the other side of the world, was Jennifer whose club has the wonderful title, Running Mums Australia. Jennifer is the Run Director at Bathurst parkrun Australia. Apologies to friend from South Cerney Stragglers - I didn't catch your name.

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More Australian visitors, Gary and Jenny from Port Macquarie parkrun

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So, back to the run. Ray gave his brief before the off......

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......and they're away - Peter on the Lead Bike followed by the chasing pack!

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Some shots from the '800m to go corner' and some determined faces pushing on to the finish

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Queuing in the funnel, I met Sophie who is 6 years old and doing her first parkrun having completed over 20 junior runs - brilliant Sophie, well done.

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On my way round I got the chance to chat to Anthony pushing his twin girls Emilia and Eleanor along with their Grandmother Claire. Anthony is visiting Bushy Park from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and Claire is from Redruth in beautiful Cornwall.

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I also joined Indira, originally from India but now living in Canada. Whilst visiting here, Indira wanted to take the opportunity to experience parkrun.

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Also new to parkrun are Joanne and James from Johannesburg who have just moved to Teddington - welcome to you both. James did really well today. I met him on the way round at Teddington Gate where he was wondering how much further - but look at that sprint for the line! James, you are a natural!

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The statistics bit...

Of the 1417 parkrunners, 9 achieved an age grade of 80% and over, well done to:

Pos Parkrunner Time Age Grade Club Note
1 Gus COCKLE 14:57 86.29% Aldershot, Farnham & District AC New PB!
2 Jonathan CORNISH 15:06 85.43% Hercules Wimbledon AC PB stays at 00:14:52
5 Floren SCRAFTON 17:30 84.57% Westbury Harriers First Timer!
19 Maddy WHITMAN 18:20 84.55% Belgrave Harriers PB stays at 00:18:02
50 Emma HARRIS 19:38 84.38% Ranelagh Harriers PB stays at 00:19:25
85 Bev HARTIGAN 20:23 84.30% Coventry Godiva Harriers New PB!
179 Ruth HUTTON 22:01 80.09% South London Harriers PB stays at 00:19:14
206 Patricia RONKSLEY 22:38 83.36% Stragglers PB stays at 00:21:23
510 Rowena STENT 25.44 81.22% Stragglers PB stays at 00:23:48

Milestones

500

Many many congratulations to David Worth for achieving his 500th run today. David started parkrunning at Bushy Park in January 2007, and regularly runs at over 70% age grade - we are all very jealous David!.

David celebrated his achievement on Saturday alongside Anne Woods who reached her 250th Milestone last week. In what has become Milestone tradition, there was Prosecco to toast their achievement and a beautiful cake. Well done both.

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250

Well done to Alasdair Turner who completed his 250th park run - 231 of which were at Bushy. Welcome to the 250 club!

100

4 parkrunners joined the 100 club. Celebrating were Frances Wilding, Sarah Jane Kelland, Diana Herrera and Vera Parfitt. Well done ladies!

Also celebrating this week was Jem who achieved her 100 Milestone last week - more cake and lovely biscuits courtesy of Carol!

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50

Collecting their 50 club tee-shirt soon will be Ian HAWKES, Paul BANOUB, Anand AGGARWAL, Gemma STEVENSON, Amy SPIKEREIT, Susan CHAMBERS, Linda WHEELER together with Matthew BAIRD and Daniel BAIRD - well done all!.  Ian also achieved a PB and broke the tough 70% age grade barrier for the first time.

Speaking of PBs....

we had 170 of the little beauties on Saturday. It's tough getting that best ever time, and can take a lot of practise here at Bushy. So take inspiration at the following amazing parkrunners who tried, tried and then succeeded to PB this week.....

 

Parkrunner PB time no of parkruns...
on Saturday In Total At Bushy
Charley HARDWICK 19:13 235 235
Duncan SCOBLE 21:28 240 204
Wendy STOKES* 23:36 208 175
Michele RAYNER 26.42 150 149
John KEENAN 32.42 152 135
Will OFFER 18:10 161 117
Jem SRAI 22:53 101 71
James MORRIS 18:32 166 63

* assisted by brand new trainers!

Final photograph goes to the Tearaways on Tour. Debbie, Ian, Linda and Lucinda, with the sashes, were celebrating various achievements. Ian was celebrating his 150th Parkrun and Linda achieved her 50 milestone. Lucinda and Debbie were celebrating running at 20 different parkrun locations - hope you all enjoyed your run with us.

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See you next Saturday, and just look at the weather forecast!!

Stella Hammond

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Run Report Event No 804 – 31 August 2019

CAN YOU HEAR ME AT THE BACK?

 

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It was all about the sound this week.  We had fancy new bigger, better and louder speakers for Run Director Ray to impart his wisdom upon the 1583 athletes assembled at the start line.  Turns out some of you would rather talk louder than listen to Ray!  But if you could hear him at the back please let us know, we'd like the feedback (no pun intended).

 

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 Visitors

As ever folk flocked from all around the country (and world) to run at Bushy

IMG_5885This jolly bunch are visiting from Parklands in Northampton.  We had already met once this year at Zielona Gora in Poland, so it was nice to meet up again.

 

IMG_5894This fit looking bunch are from Harrogate. They came to do their Bushy pilgrimage and then were off to spend a lovely day at Hampton Court Palace.

 

IMG_5896Every 10 weeks or so the couch to 5km ladies from Walton come with an new group to run at Bushy.  For a few runners this was their first ever parkrun. Welcome and hope you enjoyed it.

 

IMG_5906This happy lot are from Queens Park Harriers.  You certainly won't lose them in crowd with their 'Where's Wally' stripes.

 

IMG_5960Suzanne and Russell win the award for the furthest away parkrun.  They're from Mount Ainslie in Canberra, Australia.  It's a beautiful trail course, but fraught with dangers; during the inaugural run an athlete was taken out by a kangaroo and ended up with a punctured lung and broken rib. They also have deadly snakes.  Apart from that it's well worth a visit.

 

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Volunteers

As ever our 51 fantastic volunteers are the backbone of the run.  It was an especially good and jolly team this week, so please say an enormous thank you to the following people.

Helen AYTON, Jude BENNETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Phil BLUER, Christopher BOX, Luca CERASALE, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Ray COWARD, Matthew CUNLIFFE, Christine FRY, Paige GOODWIN, Richard GRAY, George HARRIS, Robby HEDGES, Jamie HEPWORTH, Heather HODGE, Andrew HOWARTH, Susan HOWARTH, Melanie HOWES, Emilie HOWES, Ann JACHMICH, Amber JACKSON, Jack KENNEDY, Bert KIDWELL, Margaret LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Paul LEVENE, Max LILLYWHITE, Janet LIVESEY, Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH, Paul MOORE, Laura Helen MOSLEY, Lucy NOBLE, David NOBLE, Michelle O'GORMAN, Zainab OSAMA, Zaid OSAMA, Carmen PALMER, Michael POMFRET, Lucy PORTER, Simon R, Ian RILEY, Hannah ROBERTSON, Nick SAVILL, Anna SAVILL, Duncan SCOBLE, Kerry SCOTT, Jonty STEGMANN, Adam STEPHENS, Wendy STOKES, Carol SWAFFER

Why not get involved and volunteer?  You won't regret it. It's fun and free.

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IMG_5887 Duncan, one of the VC's was assigning a role to every volunteer.

 

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IMG_5900Andy needed a speaker to address the vast crowd at his First Timer Briefing

 

The Run

It was a glorious blue sky sunny day with temperatures of 17ºc, no wind and good conditions underfoot.  In fact it was a perfect day to be a parkrunner at Bushy.

IMG_5901Hands up if you're completely new to parkrun.  Welcome to all new runners, your Saturday mornings will never be the same again.

 

IMG_5902IMG_5904Pre-run preparations and limbering up

 

IMG_5909Marcus may only be 5 weeks old but he's already on his 5th parkrun with mum Erica.

 

IMG_5914Dan doing his level best to resemble the Diana fountain

 

IMG_5919Helen and one of the new louder speakers

 

IMG_5922And they're off!

 

IMG_59231583 of you ran, jogged, or walked this week.

 

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IMG_5940Max removed his finger from his nose to clap, along with dad Chris.

 

First finishers

Men

1. Dylan EVANS 15:37

2. Scott O'Connor 16:24

3. Robert Eveson 16:32

Women

1.  Karima Harris 19:14

2. Laura Thomas 19:29

3. Cordelia Parker 19:34

Boys

1. Miguel Caeiro 17:54

2. William Stark 18:48

3.Vishal Madhan 19:02 New PB

Girls

1.Juliet Drury 20:42

2. Alice Roberts 21:27

3. Francesca Bird 22:04

 

80% age grading

Very impressive stats this week especially to the amazing Jane Davies with 95.43%.  Three of these athletes also got PB's: Andrew Edge, Dan Domeniconi and Szymon CHOJNACKI.

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Milestones

Congratulations to the following athletes who achieved these milestones:

500

None this week, but bubbling under are Nigel Poole and David Worth both on 499.  Call me mystic Meg but I predict cake and fizz next week . . .

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Gemma Brierley-Rutter who got a PB to boot!

Anne Woods

100

Simon Petrou

Jem Srai.  She was the most improved runner last year with 20 PB's and managed one today as well!

Georgina Scutt

Julian Fairley

Justin Read

50

Nadine Way

David Kennedy

Joanna Huxley

Lauren Haines

Stewart Horne

Joe Silbery

Dominic Marchant

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Gregory Bowers

 

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IMG_5957Thank you once again to our trusty volunteers!

 

IMG_5893Now it's all be-hind you, we deerly hope to see you next week.

 

Wendy Stokes

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Tribute to a parkrun Dad – Hannah Simpson

I was thirteen when I first discovered the world of parkrun. I’d been introduced by a family friend who first told me about these weekly 5km runs whilst on holiday in Cornwall. “It’s much easier to get out of bed for,” Nicky told me, “when you can treat yourself to a full English breakfast afterwards.” A good enough incentive, I thought, as I polished off my third cream tea of the week.

Bushy Park was my nearest course and so it was there that I set out on my first ever parkrun, one chilly October morning in 2008. I remember that run well, not with great fondness, I’ll admit, the discomfort of not being able to breathe being the dominating memory. “Why has everyone actually chosen to do this,” was my recurring thought as I trailed behind hundreds of energetic-looking runners around the course. To my relief, I reached the final one hundred metres and standing there, as he would for the next ten years, was my dad.

“Go Hannah!” Dad shouted from the side-line as I attempted a sprint finish. For a man who, in his prime, could run a 10km race in 36 minutes, he was very supportive of my 30:05 debut performance. “Well done Han!” he called to me as I emerged from the funnel. “Wow, I wish there had been something like this in my day.”

You wouldn’t have guessed it from his unassuming and self-effacing character, but my dad was an exceptionally talented sportsman in his day. From a young age, Dad had been an avid footballer who found any opportunity to kick a ball around. This passion continued into his young adulthood where he played for his local team, never missing a training session and proving himself as a brilliant striker on the field. His natural flair and drive was recognised by Bangor Football Club in Northern Ireland, where he played alongside Gerry Armstrong at a semi-professional level.

Taking up the game in his mid-twenties, Dad quickly displayed a competence for hockey and went on to play for Lisnagarvey Hockey Club, one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious teams. It was here that Dad showed off his prowess for running during their weekly 5km and 10km training runs. According to one of his closest friends, his speed was the envy of all his fellow teammates as he would secure first position every single week. “No matter how hard I tried,” his friend lamented, “I could never keep up with your Dad. In all the years that we played, we never beat him!” As captain of the Men’s First XI, Dad’s reputation preceded him, which was how my mum first heard of the infamous Neville Simpson. They met at a social event, bonded over their shared love of hockey and, as they say, the rest is history.

Teddington Hockey Club was the club of choice when Dad first moved to England in 1987, and so it was the charming town of Teddington where my parents decided to put down roots. Little did they know that nearly two decades later and only a mile away, the first ever parkrun would take place. Frustratingly for Dad, by that time, a long term and recurring sports injury would prevent him from ever being able to participate.

After that first parkrun in 2008 which I struggled through, I was well and truly hooked. I was catching the running bug and soon the 5km run became mine and Dad’s weekly routine. Every Saturday morning, we would scramble into the car and race (within the 20mph speed limit) down Chestnut Avenue, I would hop out, run the three miles and Dad would cheer me on at every possible sighting. We would then hop back into the car and enjoy a de-brief about the run on the journey back home.

This regime continued for many years and even when I left home for university, Dad was still firmly invested in my parkrunning activity. I ran a personal best one week at Brighton’s Preston parkrun and a couple of hours later, Dad called me excitedly, expressing his delight at how I had beaten my record; he had checked my result online before I was even aware of having achieved my PB. That was my Dad. He was my cheerleader and he never failed to encourage me to keep on running. I was never going to break any records, but for him, what mattered was that I was getting out there, running my best and just enjoying.

Very sadly and unexpectedly, my wonderful Dad passed away on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend in May last year. Exactly a week before, Dad had taken me to what would be our last parkrun together. It was like any other Saturday. We were running late, we crawled through the park with the greatest urgency and I jumped out at the start-line. “Have a great run, Han,” Dad said, “and remember to enjoy!”

On that first weekend after Dad passed away, I knew exactly where he’d want me to be at 9 o’clock on the Saturday morning. And so, I found myself running past the deer, the smiling volunteers and all the familiar landmarks just as I had done countless times before. I did the same the next week, the following, and a couple after that, I completed my 200th parkrun. Of course, the day was bitter-sweet, but I have my mum, sister and best friend to thank for making it a really special occasion. Approaching the final home-straight, I hadn’t expected the big group of family friends who were there cheering me across the finish line. Nor had I anticipated the massive 2-0-0 pink balloons which Mum excitedly waved in the air! They had all surprised me, and it has firmly become one of my favourite parkrun memories. We cracked open the bubbly, soaked up the summer sun and enjoyed the post-parkrun buzz all around us. There I stood, Prosecco in hand, surrounded by people who loved my dad and reflected on the many happy Saturdays that he and I had spent there together.

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As we prepared for our first Christmas in 2018 without Dad, my family and I decided that it was only appropriate to mark it with a parkrun. So, on Christmas morning, my mum, brother, sister, cousin and I ran alongside two-hundred others in Wallace Park, Northern Ireland, the very same park where my dad grew up playing football. We were all there, along with his brother who cheered from the side-line, to honour the greatest parkrun advocate that we knew.

In May, we marked the first year since Dad’s passing. Again, it was the parkrun that brought my family and friends together as we ran, walked, chatted and laughed in memory of him, and to support the work of the British Heart Foundation. Friends and family as far away as Melbourne, Edinburgh and Belfast were also running the three miles in honour of Dad. We used to joke about how great he looked in pink, so we were all there, running in various shades of the colour to remember a wonderful man who so loved to see people getting out and running.

The parkrun has always been very special to me, particularly within the past year, and I know that it will continue to have huge importance throughout my life. In recent years, I’ve had the chance to run parkruns further afield including Roosevelt Island in Washington D.C., and Crissy Field in San Francisco. It is so encouraging to see how parkrun communities have emerged on the other side of the world and I look forward to running many more. But of course, Bushy Park will always be my home. For me, there’s nothing quite like starting off the weekend with a run where it all began, followed by an indulgent breakfast at the Teddington-famed Fallow Deer!

The Bushy parkrun alone has experienced the most incredible evolution. I personally have witnessed the numbers explode from a mere 400 in 2008, to roughly 1,400 runners who now partake in the race every week. My dad was increasingly uplifted by its popularity and I could see how the sense of community and spirit of goodwill gave him a boost each and every Saturday morning. As I continue to run the parkrun today, I find myself smiling at the sight of runners, volunteers, organisers and supporters showing up week-in-week-out, because I know what joy that brought to my dad.

So, here is my tribute to a devoted parkrun Dad. I could never forget how he spent his Saturday mornings standing at the finish line, often wrapped up from the cold or sheltering from the rain, just smiling and cheering me on. I have often questioned why I failed to inherit any of Dad’s natural sporting talent, I suppose many of those genes went to my brother. But with every Saturday that I find myself at the parkrun starting line, I realise that I, in fact, have inherited my dad’s love of running.

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Run Report Event No 803 – 24 August 2019

Carpe Diem

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Look at the size of those beauties! Bushy Park has always been a popular spot with anglers. They can fish there with an annual permit on Heron Lake and Leg of Mutton Lake. We know these lakes very well as we run past them at about 2k and in the last 400 metres before the finish. Carp fishermen (persons) are those normally clad in muted greens and browns sitting in similarly coloured bivvies (the small tent structures) beside the lakes. They are the most patient and can spend hours and hours waiting for a single bite. Carp of up to 40lbs have been caught in these ponds.

 

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Bushy was looking absolutely beautiful this weekend. I always like the quiet time between 08:00 and 08:30 when people are making their way from different directions within the park towards the start area.

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But then it's very easy to get carried away taking arty photos only to realise it's suddenly 08:45!

 

Visitors

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As always at Bushy we had lots of visitors and first timers on Saturday. In fact we're getting to the point where the person giving the First Timer's briefing may well need a loud hailer. Stella did her level best to make herself heard;

 

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This happy bunch are from Horley Harriers and during the summer months they like to travel around doing a few tourist runs. Their home parkrun is Tilgate.

 

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Jim, Will, Oli and Holly were visiting from Macclesfield parkrun where Jim is Event Director and Holly is event director at Victoria juniors. They say their weekends are totally dominated by parkrun! Will ran a very impressive time of 18:56 and was first junior finisher.

 

At the start

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Run Director Andy Wingate addressing 1354 athletes. Our indispensable volunteers numbered 48 this week. A big thank you to each and every one of you.

 

Alan PARRY  •  Alex TICKELL  •  Ali KENNEDY  •  Andrew John WINGATE  •  Andrew LUCAS  •  Anna SAVILL  •  Bert KIDWELL  •  Carole QUIGG  •  Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS  •  Catelin LE FRANC  •  Christine FRY  •  Dean SMITH  •  Diane WESSON  •  Donald BELL  •  Duncan SCOBLE  •  Eoin PARFITT  •  Grace ROBERTSON  •  Guy SNOWDEN  •  Hannah ROBERTSON  •  Ian RILEY  •  Jamie HEPWORTH  •  Jonty STEGMANN  •  Joy BELL  •  Jude BENNETT  •  Kevin QUINN  •  Lucy NOBLE  •  Lucy PORTER  •  Margaret LE FRANC  •  Matthew WILDE  •  Max LILLYWHITE  •  Mike TIVNEN  •  Natalie RUDLEY  •  Nick SAVILL  •  Nicolette CRINALL  •  Norman TAYLOR  •  Olivia HEATLEY  •  Paige GOODWIN  •  Phil BLUER  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard MOORE  •  Robby HEDGES  •  Samuel JONES  •  Sharon TEE  •  Stella HAMMOND  •  Steve ANDERSON  •  Suzanne GREEN  •  Tracey LENTHALL  •  Zaid OSAMA

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Bushy parkrun happen.

 

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Matthew on lead Bike gets that feeling like when you're a breakaway rider in the Tour de France and the peloton are trying to chase you down.

 

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'Thank you marshal'.

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Elisabeth is just awesome, that's all there is to it.  If you have a moment to stop and feel the love, do it. It's the best thing.  I promise you'll carry on your run with an added spring to your step.

 

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Number Crunching

First Finishers;

 

Men

1. James Quinlan.....16:05

2. Simon Baines.....16:11

3. Matthew Stevens.....16:41

 

Women

1. Sarah Astin.....17:29

2. Rosa Prideaux.....17:29 New PB

3. Emma Prideaux.....17:47 New PB

 

Boys

1. Will Nettle.....18:57

2.Yann Sydow.....19:07

3. Ross Hyde.....17:47

 

Girls

1. Sacha Kennedy.....19:28 New PB

2.Leonie Kennedy.....21:50

3. Chloe Fairclough.....22:55

 

Milestones

10

Lara McMillan (PB)

Alexander Sibal

Pedro Verdicchio

Euan Seymour

 

50

Gina Heatley

Nele Vergauwe

Layla Smith

Gemma Grey

Duncan Ross

Richie Harris

 

100

Diana Thompson

Geraldine Hancock (PB)

Eela Carr

Fay Ballard (PB)

Stephen Jarman

Martin Lee

Richard Hill

Ian Clarke

Mathew Thrower

David Spurle

 

250

Maryanne Bossen

 

Very well done to everyone who achieved a milestone this weekend.

 

Age Grading

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Fourteen athletes scored an age grading above 80% on Saturday. Well done to you and especially well done to Emma Prideaux who managed to score 90.16% Fantastic!

 

 

Post Run Stuff

 

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Sacha Kennedy (above, with Run Director Andy) was a regular runner at Bushy but now lives in Oxford. She returned to Bushy this weekend and brought back with her the Sonia O'Sullivan salver which was the ladies points trophy. It used to be handed out every year up until a few years ago. Sacha was the last recipient of it and thought we'd better have it back! She also managed a fabulous new PB of 19:28.

 

You've been framed

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Claire Hart and friends visiting from Dover. Thanks for making the effort!

 

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Sandy and friend after their first parkrun.

 

Celebrations

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Bushy regulars Verity and Keith were celebrating a 70th birthday and a 200th run. My mother always told me never to ask a lady her age so I'll let you decide which way around it is.

 

Finish

There we are, all done for another week, thanks for reading.

See you Saturday.

Duncan Scoble

 

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