1,300+ on the 13th
The decorations are back in the under-stairs cupboard and the New Year’s resolutions are pinned to the fridge. Time for parkrun! We had a sizeable number of first timers this week – 129 out of a total of 1,380 runners which was slightly down on last week but still a creditable turn out (8th highest).
With new runners and tourists all briefed on the course and the famous double funnel, we lined up to hear Run Director Simon Lane, stepladder to the fore, give us the low down on Bushy parkrun #717. This week we had runners from across the UK (Pennington Flash & Stormont to name but two) and from overseas, there was a mob match between two local rivals, and plenty of milestones at 100, 50 and 10.
Simon & stepladder
On his second consecutive outing as Lead Safety Bike was Patrick Troughton. Last week the first finisher was less than 16 minutes and Patrick said it was quite an effort to stay ahead which says something about the quality and fitness of some of the runners doing parkrun. I can recall at least one time when the lead bike was caught and overtaken, so if you volunteer for this role make sure your tyres are pumped up and you can do around 3 mins per km.
Patrick on Lead Bike
In total there were a fantastic 55 volunteers out in force, making everything possible. Please give your thanks to the following brilliant team:
Niamh ALLERTON, Sam AMORY, Stuart AMORY, Joy BELL, Marisa BILLETT, Louise BINGHAM, Mila BOKONJIC, David BREWIN, Pedro DAS GUPTA, Luca DEACON, Jonathan DICKINSON, Honey FINNAN, Carolyn FOSTER, Ray FRANKS, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Ivor HUGHES, Natasha JORDAN DEWHURST, Lucy KATESMARK, Jack KENNEDY, Simon LANE, Catelin LE FRANC, Anna MACLEAN, Philip J MARSH, Fiona MCANENA, Joseph MILLS, Robert MOREY, Freya MORRISON, Alan NOLAN-DAVIES, Ken PEARSON, Hannah PICKUP, Lydia PIEROS, Rupert POSTLETHWAITE, Nicole RIEHL, Hannah ROBERTSON, Andrew RONKSLEY, Stewart ROSE, Bernadette RYAN, Rebecca SAVAGE, Anna SAVILL, Ethan SCOTT, Joanne SINTON-HEWITT, Carol SWAFFER, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Sharon TEE, Beth TEMPEST, Lucy THATCHER, Alex TICKELL, Mike TIVNEN, Patrick TROUGHTON, Octavie VARGAS, Rosie VAUGHAN, Tabitha WODDIS
Bushy parkrun always need volunteers, so if you fancy a go at any of the many and varied roles, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at email@example.com and he’ll sort you out.
Friendliest marshals ever
Tourists and other First timers
We had 129 first timers to Bushy this week, and 68 of those were doing their first ever parkrun - over 5% of the field. Prize for the Bushy first timers with the most runs goes to Gareth LLEWELYN and Stuart HAMILTON on 268 and 208 runs respectively. They hale from Pennington Flash parkrun west of Manchester which is 3 laps in the Pennington Flash Country Park, the “Flash” being a small lake formed from coal mining subsidence and now home to a nature reserve and a parkrun!
We also had first timers Robert WHALEN, David ASKER and Dan SMITH from Norwich and St Albans parkruns with 395 runs between them. Welcome to parkrun’s birthplace.
Dan, David and Robert on their first visit to Bushy parkrun
Meanwhile I bumped into Sonia CLUITT (121 runs) just before the start. Sonia is seeking to complete 100 different parkruns by the time she is 60 in June. Normally running at Southampton parkrun, Bushy was No 92 on her list, and next week she will be in Rotherham – these tourists get to some exotic places.
Sonia on her 92nd different parkrun
Bushy welcomed a group of runners from the Peak District called Smiley Paces which is a 250 strong women-only running group based in the Peak District. One of the original 13 parkrun pioneers and a founder of the group, Karen WEIR (195 runs), was hosting them today. Karen explained that a number of the group had managed to get into the London Marathon so they were with us to sample the flat lands of Bushy as part of their training programme. Parkrun founder Paul SINTON-HEWITT was also on hand to welcome the group which includes Lucy MARRIS (148 runs) who is the daughter of the wonderful Elisabeth MARRIS who as Bushy regulars will know, is one of our most dedicated and more elderly marshals usually seated and cheering at the 2.3km mark. Lucy said that parkrun is the highlight of her week and she delights in all the thanks from passing runners.
Smiley Paces with Paul & Paul
Lucy, Paul and Paul
Elisabeth supports the Smiley Paces
Mob match/ Smack down
Bushy parkrun #717 hosted one of those informal club mob matches this time between Team Bushy resplendent in pink against local “rivals” SHAEF Shifters so named after the siting of the WWII Supreme HQ Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) in Bushy Park. The SHAEF Shifters were celebrating their first group parkrun as an official club affiliated to England Athletics. Great set of shirts on show.
Timers Jack Kennedy and Mike Tivnen delivered the goods this week with 140 PBs (11%). Of the Bushy regulars, congratulations to Paul WARRINGTON who took 5 seconds off his PB in 20:36 on his 214th run and 190th at Bushy. Danny CONYNGHAM scored aPB of 18:09 in his 128th parkrun and 90th at Bushy. Richard EVANS also achieved a PB on his 128th run and 123rd at Bushy in 21:08. For the juniors, James MORRIS ducked under 19 mins for the first time in 18:54 on his 125th parkrun and 57th at Bushy and Helena WHITE took1 second of her PB in 20:57 on her 91st parkrun.
Timers Mike & Jack show off their equipment
We had quite a few milestones to celebrate this week but no-one reached the magic 500 or 250 runs. Whilst there are two runners from Basingstoke and Black Park parkruns on 497 and others in the 490s, the next Bushy regular up for the legendary blue shirt will be David TYAS on 489 parkruns. Bubbling under the 250 milestone is Debbie BUTLER on 249.
We had 3 people celebrating 100 runs this week. Congratulations to Philippa GODDEN, Gary RYAN and Maria MCMAHON.
Congratulations to Philippa
We had 5 runners reach the magic milestone of 50 this week including junior parkrunners James CLIFFORD (JM10) and Harry LANGRIDGE (JM10). Also reaching 50 were: Helen CARRINGTON, Adrian MUNNS and Y BYRNE. Congratulations to all.
Two juniors completed their 10th run to claim the pristine white shirt: well done to Jonny REAY and Aoife SKUSE.
Reports on parkrun websites show a big surge in participants this week across the country and overseas. Southampton recorded its highest ever attendance with 1,134 runners. Further afield South Africa saw a massive increase with North Beach (Durban) getting 2,451 runners – a world record. Delta and Rietviei also had over 2,000 finishers. In SA they tend to have a higher proportion of walkers than here which helps boost overall participation and there are other reasons too.
Meanwhile for those who like a bit of a challenge, Bressay parkrun starts this week (20th January). It’s located on the Shetland Isles and you need to get a ferry from Lerwick – it’s not even on the main island (helpfully called Mainland). I like the fact that the finish line is “outside the Speldiburn Café”. Anyway, another one for the bucket list perhaps.
We had some familiar faces on the podium this week. Step forward:
Andrius JAKSEVICIUS (VM35-39) of Belgrave Harriers, was first finisher in 15:51 on his 166th parkrun.
Craig JARMAN (SM25-29) of Walton AC was second in 16:46
Robert EVESON (SM20-24) of St Mary’s Richmond AC, was third in 17:04
Congratulations too to Graham RUSS (SM30-34) on gaining 4th place on his first visit to Bushy from nearby Nonsuch parkrun.
Isabel HESSEY (SW25-29) was first over the line in 19:53, 56th overall.
Emma HARRIS (VW45-49), was second over the line in 20:38 (New PB!)
Rosy GROSS (VW35-39) was third in 20:50.
For the junior women, first finisher was Helena WHITE in 20:57, second was Laura HOWLEY in 21:37 and third was Holly Erin YOUD in 21:56.
For the junior boys there were PBs all over the podium. First finisher was George REES in 18:27 (New PB!) followed by Aidan AHERNE in 18:37 (New PB!) and third James MORRIS in 18:54 (New PB!)
Just four runners achieved 80% or more age grading:
Andrius JAKESEVICIUS (VM35-39) – 83.70% for the time 15:51
Paul SINTON-HEWITT (VM55-59) – 80.72% for the time 19:22
Teresa WILCOX (VW55-59) – 80.42% in 22:49
Mike DENNISON (VM55-59) – 80.03% in 19:52
Special mention to Rosemary ARMSTRONG (VW75-79) who achieved 79.99% in her first Bushy parkrun in a time of 30:19 and her 102nd parkrun.
Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #717
There were 1380 parkrunners – 1275 identified, 105 unknown (DFYB!) (8% of the field).
- Of the 1275 identified parkrunners, there were:
- 113 Juniors aged under 18 (9%) and 225 Seniors aged 18-34 (18%)
- 937 Vets (73%) of which 108 are 35-39, 364 are 40-49, 329 are 50-59, 103 are 60-69, 29 are 70+ and 4 are80+
- 555 females (44%) and 720 males (56%)
- Umbrella quotient: 0 out of 5
- Temperature: 6˚C, cold, cloudy, 9mph wind SE
- Of the 1028 identified finishers, there were:
- 57 runners sub 20 mins (4%),
- 333 between 20:00-24:59 (26%)
- 484 25:00-29:59 (38%)
- 401over 30 mins (32%)
- Midpoint time: 27:36
Bushy parkrun #718, 20th January 2018
Next week we welcome a group of at least 100 tourists from Tralee parkrun in the County of Kerry, Ireland with a group from Bere Island parkrun, so get ready for lots of green on show. I think the numbers could be up again….
That’s it for now.
See you on parkrunday!