Blessed are the pacemakers!
You may well have seen a whole host of runners with terrible/brilliant religious running puns on their t-shirts – that is because this week marked the regular inter-church running mob-match. Basically a bunch of local church communities use Bushy parkrun to have a little competition, nominally see who is has the most or fastest runners, but more importantly meet up, have a run and catch up afterwards. It fits quite nicely with the parkrun ethos!
For them to choose this week, meant one of their t-shirts was most apt!
Yes, it was pacers week. It is normally eight, but this week we had nine awesome runners giving up their own runs to run an even pace, carry a flag and generally encourage others to PBs.
It is probably the nicest of roles at parkrun – you get to run around our beautiful course, usually at a pace which doesn’t make it feel like your heart is about to burst and at the end get the satisfaction that comes from having helped the runners around you! And you have burned enough calories to still justify a scone with clotted cream from the Pheasantry!
This week saw Lewis Keywood (21:01), Estelle and Tim Bowden (22:59), Andy Howarth (25:01), Michael Lonergan (27:07), Jed Leicester (28:59), Zoe Riding (30:55), Andy Pillidge (33:05) and Paul Wood (35:21) carrying the flags. The fact that half of them were within a second of their target time shows their class!
In terms of their impact - a total of 469 runners were deemed to be within their spheres of influence (within 30 seconds either side of target times) and an incredible 17.1% of those runners recorded PBs! Top performers were the fastest of our pacers with Lewis Keywood helping his followers to convert an incredible 24% of their times into PBs, while Estelle and Tim Burden were just behind on 23%.
Awesome job guys!
If anyone else fancies a go at carrying the flag – all you need is the ability to run at a reasonably consistent pace and a voice to shout a bit of encouragement - you never know you might get a message like this!
The 618th Bushy parkrun
As for the main event, after the fog of last week we had grey skies and a little bit of dampness in the air, but numbers were back and 1,060 of you enjoyed a lap of the park.
Fastest back to the big tree was Jonathan Cornish (15:40) with a new PB, he was followed home by debutant Matthew Arnold (16:02) and Robert Eveson (16:36) – also a new PB!
Amongst the ladies in the field, first place went to Michelle Dillon (17:59), with Nancy Scott’s new PB of 19:11 giving her second place ahead of Caroline Pleasance.
In the junior event, Nancy Scott was quickest of the girls, followed by Sacha Kennedy (20:09) and Phoebe Saville (20:55) – who also recorded a PB.
Ollie Hurdle (17:45) was fastest amongst the boys, while two PBs for James Maloney (18:44) and Luke Mace (18:46) completed the podium.
Well done everyone!
Incredible runs, new PBs and parkrun clubs
This week, we had pretty good conditions underfoot and eight runners used them to record more than 80% of their WAVA Age Grading. Top of the charts was (as usual) the amazing Jane Davies who recorded a 21:44 which was enough for 97.6% in the VW65-69 age group.
Also recording amazing times were Jonathan Cornish, Matthew Arnold, Michelle Dillon, Bernie Mulvany, Dee Smale, Polly Adams and Ramona Thevenet
181 runners recorded new PBs this week, this include 40 runners with more than 50 parkruns to their name. Most experienced was Stefan Krueger who has 198 laps of Bushy to his name out of 200 runs overall.
But big congratulations also goes to… (deep breath)
Jonathan CORNISH, Robert EVESON, Chris HUMPHRIS, Matthew STONE, Chris LEACH, Oren PAYNTON, Darren FRANKS, Ravi LOBO, John PUNT, Martin DRAKE, Thomas CLARKE, Martin BURTON, Micky WHEELER, David ROOT, William James WILLETT, Niamh HYLAND, Ian SMITH, Adam HUDSON, Alasdair TURNER, Estelle BOWDEN, Shelley COCKLE, Gavin HAMILTON, Rebecca LUNN, Abigail FRAME, Susan NOONE, Michael OGUNNAIKE, Sarah FRASER, Salima KARA, Elaine JONES, Ian JONES, Simon LOVEGROVE, Yan HUA, Emma HAZOU, Susan HOWARTH. Matthew TRIMMER, Sam PRATT. Elaine HAGGARTY, Eleanor WOODMAN and Bhawna PARMAR
I should also mention Sarah Fraser who also commemorated her 200th run with a new PB, and Bhawna Parmar who did the same on her 50th!
And finally in terms of new parkrun clubs…
Junior 10 Club – Nancy Scott, Jack Pearce, Christian Grose, Kyle Hancock and Marie Gray will be adding a new white t-shirt to their running kit in the next few days
50 Club – Mike Clark, Andrew Sherwood, Zoe Gilks, Bob Vickers, Ellie Clayton-Smith, Richard Inch and Bhawna Parmar all joined the 50 Club
100 Club – Ashley Freeman, Rachel Glynn, Jonathan Lee and Jill Pegler should be wearing the black top of the 100 club shortly
250 Club – No-one this week, but Allan Kuhar and Kathryn Ager both did their 249th at Bushy.
Well done everyone!
The points championship
This week marked the 27th parkrun of the Bushy calendar and so we are officially halfway through the season.
Looking at the various championship, the race for the Sonia O’Sullivan Salver couldn’t be closer.
Sacha Kennedy (5,884) leads Polly Adams (5,866) by just 18 points with Ramona Thevenet (5,803) only a few points further behind. The top three have a small lead on Shirley Buckley (5,576) in fourth.
Can Sacha hold on? – You can only gain volunteer points on three occasions during the year and she has used up two of hers already this year, whilst Polly and Ramona have kept theirs in the bank in case of injuries between now and October!
Sacha has been in great form with a fair few PBs in recent weeks, breaking 20 minutes for the first time and is averaging an amazing 245 points for each run.
Polly is hitting almost the same number of points per run (244) and so it couldn’t be closer – the points difference is simply down to Sacha’s volunteering.
Ramona is having to work a little harder and is down on 214 per run and so challenging due to having done three runs more than the two athletes above her.
It feels like it is between those three for the title.
Amongst the juniors, it is Sacha’s to lose with a 900 point lead over Niamh Hyland (4,988) – but with 6,750 points still up for grabs - who knows!
The John Hanscomb Trophy table has a little bit more room at the top.
Last year’s winner Mark Gratton again leads the way with 6,077 from his 25 runs and 1 volunteer (233 per run), giving him a handy lead over Chris Brimacombe (5,741) and Jeremy Langdon (5,610). Rob Jones (5,546) is certainly fighting for the podium, but Mark McKinnon (5,300) might be hoping for holidays amongst the people above him if he is to move up!
And amongst the juniors, Dominic Rhodes (3,034) leads Christian Harper (2,716), but there is still a long way to go and Austin Molnar’s dedication in running 24 times compared to Dominic’s 18 could see him move up from third in the second half of the season.
Anyway. Hope you all enjoyed a good run!
See you next week