It was quite the most perfect Autumnal morning for event number 843. The sky was spectacular, the stags were bellowing, the mist was rising. Bushy was looking beautiful.
Even the poor old oak tree at the finish was looking good bathed in morning light, despite losing another limb
The pre event set up is quite a sight to behold. The building of the funnel and finish line is a serious affair
And it requires all hands (or should that be paws) on deck
Mel and Emilie. Emilie was post knee surgery but still on her game as timekeeper. She's off to uni this week and won't be around to volunteer so much. She joined us on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme back in 2015 and liked it so much she stayed on, and has now volunteered over 175 times. Good luck Emilie.
Duncan and Joy were co-ordinating the many volunteers who helped out this week
Whilst we're on the subject of volunteers we always need people to help so please drop us an email if you want to give it a go firstname.lastname@example.org Huge thanks to all our volunteers this week
Parmjit BAL, Chloe BAYLIS, Joy BELL, Nick BLANCHARD, Mark BLYTHE, Jonathan BURSON, Joshua BURSON, Alison COLENSO, Liz COLLISON, Ruby COLQUHOUN, Ann COWARD, Jonathan DICKINSON, Sally DONOVAN, Jackie DUNKLEY, Evie EDWARDS, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Amelia GOODWIN, Anna GRAY, Suzanne GREEN, Lizzie GREENBERG, Stella HAMMOND, Julie HAWORTH, Emilie HOWES, Melanie HOWES, Charlotte INGYON, Maia JNAGAL, Robbie JONES, Maxine KELLY, Katie KNOTT, Margaret LE FRANC, Heather LOCKWOOD, Patch Pik-Yan LUK, Roanna LYNCH, Nicole MAGG, Steve MILLER, Diane MULLEN, Ryan MULLEN, Emma May MURPHY, Rory Joseph MURPHY, Amelia NEWMAN, Jenny NICHOLSON, George NOBLE, Paula NORMAN, Graham PERRYMAN, Becky POSTLETHWAITE, Zach REID, Luke ROACH, Jo ROSE, Duncan SCOBLE, Chloe STEELE, David STEWART, Wendy STOKES, Alex TICKELL, Joanna TURNBULL, Henry TYSON, Dorrie WHITING, Ken WILSON
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Jones
Rob and Rachel are both regular runners at Bushy and met through Bushy parkrun. After courting strongly for 5 years they got married on Thursday, and were back at Bushy today to run together and of course celebrate with cake. Much happiness and joy to you both and many many years of parkrunning together.
The weather was a touch humid but otherwise ideal. We had a field of 1094 athletes. The first finisher ran a speedy 15:54 and the tailwalkers clocked in at 56:37.
Brothers James and Daniel from Aldershot wore their PB vests in the hope of beating their times. Neither of them quite managed it but they did come 2nd and 5th respectively so not too bad at all, and both ran their fastest times at Bushy. You can see the
Zoe was our Run Director this week.
We had 57 fabulous volunteers to cover around 15 different roles including marshaling, scanning, managing the funnel and handing out finish tokens. These two definitely got the best seats in the house!
We always need VI guides, and it's a great way to run and volunteer at the same time
Great to see so many happy runners out on the course today.
First finishers - men
Well done to Liam Stone for being the first finisher on his first visit to Bushy and for appearing twice in our results
First finishers - women
First finishers - boys
First finishers - girls
These athletes achieved their milestone runs this week, special praise goes to Kate Brown who was the fastest overall woman on her 50th run. Congratulations to you all!
I couldn't help noticing how many dogs we had today and how happy they all looked to be out and about. This is Tommy - what a cutie.
On the subject of dogs we've been asked by The Royal Parks to remind all dog owners that dogs aren't allowed in the Pheasantry Woodland Gardens. Please can you walk around the outside on your way to and from the run.
This is Grizz with her people - Simon, Louise, Peter and Paul. Simon started parkrun during the year it began and has clocked up 16 years of parkrunning. Not long after him his brother Peter joined him in 2007, followed by his sister Louise in 2008 and her partner Paul in 2010. Between them they've got a total of 54 years parkrunning and some pretty low barcode numbers.
We had vistors from Gorleston parkrun in Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) here to run The Hampton Court Half Marathon. Gorleston Cliffs parkrun sounds like it might be a good one to visit; the course is along the top, middle and bottom of the scenic cliffs. Potentially a tad more hilly than Bushy
And that's it for another week. Thank you to beautiful Bushy and our all weekly participants
See you on Saturday
parkrun Covid-19 Framework
Please note that there are one or two changes in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic on how parkrun is operating. Check out the parkrun COVID-19 Framework which has been supporting 5k and junior events around the world for some time now. parkrun will continue to operate under these guidelines until we are confident that it is appropriate to remove them permanently. In addition, have a look at the COVID-19 Walker & Runner Code and the COVID-19 Volunteer Code for more information.
Access to Bushy Park
We encourage you to walk, jog or cycle to Bushy parkrun where possible. If you are driving, please note you can no longer drive through the park from Teddington Gate to the Lion Gate at Hampton Court or vice versa. Therefore, the Diana Fountain Car Park is only accessible via the Lion Gate on the Hampton Court side of the park and the Pheasantry car park is only accessible via Teddington Gate.
In addition please note that the Pheasantry Gardens pedestrian gates now do not get unlocked until 9am, so if you plan to park in The Pheasantry car park please give yourself extra time to walk the long way around to the volunteer meeting point. In addition dogs are not allowed in the Woodland Gardens, and until 4 August all dogs are required to be on a lead in Bushy Park. Dogs need to be on a short lead at all parkruns.
Please be aware that the scanning process is now undertaken on volunteer’s own smart phones using the Virtual Volunteer App. Please hold your personal barcode and finish token at arms length for them to scan and put the token in the bucket yourself so they don’t have to touch either. If you do not have a barcode, we cannot give you a time, just return your finish token to the volunteers collecting them. We cannot scan barcodes on phones. No barcode, no result.
Finally if you are thinking of visiting Bushy from afar as a tourist, please note that the parkrun COVID-19 framework notes that participants should be encouraged, where possible, to attend their local events and avoid unnecessary travel to non-local parkrun events.
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