An arctic wind blew and the skies were slate grey and overcast. Some of us had post Christmas blues, a few extra pounds around our middles and a few less pounds in our pockets. But the warm glow of parkrun lifted our spirits. Our parkrun family gives us a collective warmth, seeing friends, feeling good about running and the altruisim of volunteering.
It if wasn't for those wonderful 49 volunteers who helped set up, marshal, co-ordinate, record our times, manage the funnel, give out tokens, scan, brief, cycle at the front, and walk at the back, we wouldn't have a run so please let's all say a huge thank you to everyone who donated their time today.
Jude BENNETT, Allan BRAY, Marnie BRUCE, Toby DAVIES, Luca DEACON, Jonathan DICKINSON, Honey FINNAN, Ray FRANKS, Janice FRANKS, Sue GRAHAM-KAHN, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Melanie HOWES, Emilie HOWES, Ivor HUGHES, John HUTCHINGS, Natasha JORDAN DEWHURST, Lucy KATESMARK, Ali KENNEDY, Catelin LE FRANC, Alish MARCHANT, Joseph MILLS, Trevor MITCHELL, Ethan MULLEN, Diane MULLEN, Julie PAPWORTH, Ken PEARSON, Lydia PIEROS, RupertPOSTLETHWAITE, Rosie RENDALL, Mathilde RIOU, Hannah ROBERTSON, Andrew RONKSLEY, Nick ROWE, Sarah RUSSELL, Rebecca SAVAGE, Ethan SCOTT, Merran SELL, James SELL, Julie SMITH, Wendy STOKES, Carol SWAFFER, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Beth TEMPEST, Lucy THATCHER, Patrick TROUGHTON, Octavie VARGAS, Rosie VAUGHAN, Tabitha WODDIS
Ivor won the prize for the warmest outfit
Julie won the prize for the best hat
Andy won the prize for the most experienced assistant
A few visitors
Joan and Kevin Cuthbert were visiting from Paarl parkrun in Cape Town SA. Joan has run equal amount of parkruns in Richmond Park and her hometown parkrun, but this was her first visit to Bushy.
Speaking of First Timers
We had 78 First Timers. Welcome all and hope to see you again next week
1406 of us were sent on our merry way by Run Director Ali Kennedy.
The moon added an eerie glow to proceedings
The theme of the day was puddles. We dodged, jumped or sploshed our way through about 5000 puddles (no exaggeration)
Amazingly 98 of you managed PB's in all the slipping and sliding. Congratulations!
Bradley Goater comes in first
First woman Jessica Earp
1. Bradley Goater 15.22
2. Joe Branch 16.16
3. Andrew Christy 16.45
1. Jessica Earp 20.05
2. Victoria Haslam 20.11
3. Emma Harris 21.00
1. Quinn Whitman 19.11
2. Alexander Weatherstone 20.00
3. Luke Lawrence 20.30
1. Charlotte Dawson 22.14
2. Imogen Parker Elms 22.22
3. Beatrice Wilding 22.41
It's a thing of great beauty. A truly slick operation. On a personal note I was elated to get a letter. Apologies to everyone I held up whilst taking photos of it!
Your run may be over but the volunteers carry on with their good work
Summer Jarman ran her 10th parkrun clutching a pink star shaped balloon. And she got a PB!
James Ronaldson ( more of James in a moment )
James Ronaldson is a Bushy regular. He's only 7 and this week claimed his 100th t-shirt. He also has 91 junior parkruns to his name.
He did his first parkrun in October 2015. If he carries on like this by the time he's 10 he'll have done 250 runs, by the age of 15, 500 runs and if he carries on all his life, by the age of 65 he can have chalked up 3000! We're going to need some more t-shirts!
James with his family and his twin brother Matthew, who has already run his 100th run
James and his mum Nicola made some biscuits. Ooooh they were delicious!
Back to the S Lane from earlier . . .
Another Bushy regular is Simon Lane. He was celebrating his 10th anniversary at parkun. Not an official milestone but it gave me the chance to look back at his first run on 12th January 2008 run no. 178.
Back in those days there were only 413 runners. The first finisher was Danny Norman in a time of 17.04. Danny is one of the small group of 500 milestone runners (570). Unsurprisingly there were several of the other 500 milestoners running that day Darren Wood (650), Richard Fletcher (571), John Woods (539), Polly Adams (507), Ramona Thevenet (520), John Hanscomb (561). To put it into some cultural context, Gordon Brown was our Prime Minister, George W. Bush was President, January was a month of gales and norovirus and Prince Harry was courting Chelsy Davy.
And that's it. I'm off to clean my trainers.
See you all next week
with thanks to Lucy for additional photography.
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