Over the Moon
You can’t have failed to notice the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon this week, and the partial lunar eclipse. Exactly 50 years ago Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. Which leads me to wonder how long will it be until the first parkrun on the moon? Will it be called the Sea of Tranquility parkrun? And how is the atmosphere in the Tea of Tranquility cafe?
As a point of interest there are 45 athletes called Neil Armstrong registered worldwide to parkrun, unsurprisingly no Buzz (or real name Edwin) Aldrin, but there are 98 Michael Collins (who stayed on the Command service module while the lunar module landed with the two more well known astronauts).
Back to earth there were plenty of athletes who were “over the moon” to be at Bushy this week, and several hoping the planets would align to give them a PB.
Things were a little damp and grey first thing, not a crater in sight but the algae on the pond made things a little other worldly.
As ever we had lots of enthusiastic visitors to Bushy this week.
As ever we can’t thank our wonderful volunteers enough. Each and every week they help to launch the event and ensure "the eagle has landed".
Justine ALBERT, Louise ATKINSON, Veronica BEANEY, Jude BENNETT, Phil BLUER, Timothy BRUCE, Lou COAKER, Charlotte COPPELLOTTI, Ray COWARD, Nicolette CRINALL, Julian DIAMOND, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Andrew DONNELLY, Ray FRANKS, Simon GREENHILL, Catherine HAUGHNEY, Robby HEDGES, Susan HOWARTH, Tom Jacob HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Oliver HUME, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Naomi JOHNS, Gareth JOHNS, Samuel JONES, Bert KIDWELL, Tracey LENTHALL, Max LILLYWHITE, Steve LORDE, Fiona MCANENA, Susie MCNICOL, Jennifer MELBOURNE, Thomas MELBOURNE, Emma May MURPHY, Antoine NGUYEN, Lucy NOBLE, Zaid OSAMA, Eoin PARFITT, Richard PATIENT, Ian RILEY, Adam SHERRIFF, Julie SMITH, Jonty STEGMANN, David STEWART, Wendy STOKES, Carol SWAFFER, Alex TICKELL, Mike TIVNEN, Jonathan TRISH, Richard VAN DER LEEDEN, Anne WOODS
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This week we had crack team of pacers to guide you to mission PB.
Left to right; 21 mins Gareth Johns, 23 mins Julian Diamond, 25 mins Richard Leedon, 27 mins Richard Patient, 29 mins Adam Sheriff, 31 mins Naomi Johns, 33 mins Louise Atkinson, 35 mins Justine Albert.
Left to right: Catherine and Andy were timekeepers, Ray was Run Director and Mike put the first timers through their paces. I overhead him tell the first time runners that their Saturday mornings would never be the same again, and how right he is!
It was a bit grey and there were some pretty deep puddles but our runners are made of the right stuff. 1231 of you set off today to orbit around the park.
1. Dylan Evans 15:48 New PB!
2. Andrius Jaksevicius 15:57
3. Callum Gillet 16:16
1. Lucy Marland 17:51
2. Anna Boniface 18:25
3. Claire Grima 18:34
1. Ross Hyde 19:31
2. Ethan Flack 19:31
3. Ryan Lynch 20:48
1. Isabel Livesey 20:14
2. Georgia Mae Davis 22:45
3. Josie Hughes 24:51
Over 80% grading
Out of this world!
Huge congratulations to the following athletes who achieved these milestones:
Joanne Sharman (from Desborough and Rothwell Running Club)
Aidan Lorde New PB
We have touchdown
And that's it for another week.
Whilst we had post run coffee, chatting, token sorting and general eating, the heavens opened, and we all thanked our lucky stars that Ray Coward had been our Run Director and held off the rain until after the run.
Meanwhile . . .
Coming soon . . .
Saturday 3rd August is the 800th event at Bushy. To celebrate we would love you to run in any fancy dress you deem appropriate, any milestone t-shirt, or indeed any parkrun t-shirt. We will be providing tables and glasses and the odd bottle of prosecco, and would like to encourage you to bring your own cakes, biscuits, drinks, and fizz to help us celebrate this momentous occasion in style.
Ride London are looking for volunteers on 4th August to help out in Bushy Park and Sandown Park at the start of two events. It should be good fun and they will make a nice donation to Bushy parkrun if we can get a few people together.
More details below:
This is mission control (AKA Wendy Stokes) signing off
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