Run Report Event No 799 – 27 July 2019

The one with the summer downpour

Weather/ conditions: that thing that never happens at 9am on a Saturday; otherwise mild

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840 runners
53 volunteers
200 first timers at Bushy parkrun – 162 visitors and 38 brand new parkrunners
57 new PBs

Well, you’d have taken it on Thursday, wouldn’t you? 35 Celsius in Bushy Park then. Today it was 16 with a steady summer rain and no wind. That wasn’t the problem. It was the torrential rain overnight that left the course waterlogged. In parts it was as flooded as I’ve ever seen it.

The field was a mere 840 today, down almost 400 on last week. In fact it’s the lowest since 1 Dec 2018 (which must have been the last time it rained at 9am on a Saturday).

In fact our attendance was so low that it was the first time in parkrun history that Bushy wasn't the busiest parkrun in the country - apart from that one time in 2012 when the Olympic road race went through the park and we had to cancel. The weather must have been better on the south coast as both Southampton and Poole had higher attendances than us. Hopefully the sun will be shining and you'll all be back for the 800th run next week?

And here’s something I didn’t know until now: rain on the screen of your smartphone can be like a rogue finger on the delete button. My list of visitors’ names wiped itself letter by letter in front of my eyes. There was no stopping it. Sorry to those who are consequently nameless in the photos – you can let us know who you are on our Facebook page.

Rain was no deterrent for Heather here, who usually runs at Whitley Bay parkrun and isn’t far off 200 parkruns. She’s the one with the collar on, because she has a broken neck. Yup.

Me: Why are you running with a broken neck?

Heather: Because I can’t do triathlon.

Me: How did you break your neck?

Heather: Triathlon.

Came off her bike, apparently. Makes wet feet in the park seem rather tame now, doesn’t it? So if you missed your parkrun this week, we'll see you next Saturday!

Heather the triathlete

Thanks to the volunteers

Jane ASHLEY, Graeme BALL, Tom BALL, Jack BENNETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Tim BOWDEN, David BREWIN, Liz COLLISON, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Steve COPPER, Nicolette CRINALL, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Carolyn FOSTER, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Paige GOODWIN, Robby HEDGES, Jamie HEPWORTH, Tom Jacob HOWARTH, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Jack KENNEDY, Bert KIDWELL, Clare LE VOIR, Max LILLYWHITE, Janet LIVESEY, Steve LORDE, Stephen MARFLEET, Fiona MCANENA, Tom MCKEEVER, Antoine NGUYEN, Michelle O'GORMAN, Zaid OSAMA, Jeremy PALMER, Rob PHILLIPS, Lucy PORTER, Will RAWLING, Ben RAWLING, Ian RILEY, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, Nicola SHORT, Jill SMITH, Guy SNOWDEN, Jonty STEGMANN, Adam STEPHENS, Carol SWAFFER, Marek SZPANOWSKI, Sharon TEE, Simon WALLWORK, Leanne WEIR, Cathy WOODALL, Fran WYLDE

Milestones

Bushy regulars Andy ANSTEY, Tony BAKER and Breda MCGREE reached their 250 today. David SITWELL visited from Oak Hill in North London for his. I think not a coincidence that Elisabeth SITWELL also ran at Bushy Park today for the first  time, though she’s one ahead of David on 251.

Black t shirts on the way for Jaroslav WISURA, Vincent FAY, Shivonne GRAHAM and Fiona ENGLAND. Fiona has done all 100 at Bushy. Two parkrunners made their Bushy debut for the occasion, Ben GOODWIN and Dean LIVERMORE.

Sally CLARKE came from Hadleigh parkrun in Essex for her 50th parkrun and her first at Bushy.

Junior runner Oliver DENSLEY, also at the birthplace of parkrun for the first time, ran his 10th parkrun today.

A few unofficial milestones too. Eric SHAWDON ran his 400th - all bar three of them have been at Bushy - and Trevor HUGGINS was back from injury for his 300th.

 

Speedy runners

Fastest men

Seyfu JAMAAL              15:27    SM18-19           86.30%

Dylan EVANS                15:30    SM25-29           83.23%

Andrius JAKSEVICIUS   16:18    VM35-39           82.52%

 

Fastest women

Holly WEEDALL            17:52    JW11-14           87.97%

Rosa PRIDEAUX           18:00    SW20-24          82.22%

Andrea STEYN              18:06    VW35-39          82.60%

 

Fastest junior girls

Holly WEEDALL            17:52    JW11-14           87.97%

Kiara VALKENBURG     19:26    JW15-17           79.76%

Isabel LIVESEY            19:38    JW15-17           76.99%

 

Fastest junior boys

Dan SLAVEN                18:20    JM11-14           79.09%

Tom WILSON               18:39    JM11-14           77.75%

Daniel DENSLEY           19:12    JM11-14           79.69%

 

Top age grades

12 super-fit people achieved an age-graded score of more than 80% today.

Emma PRIDEAUX         18:11                VW45-49          88.18%

Holly WEEDALL            17:52                JW11-14           87.97%

Seyfu JAMAAL              15:27                SM18-19           86.30%

Emma HARRIS            19:53                VW45-49          83.32%

Dylan EVANS                15:30                SM25-29           83.23%

Darren BRADLEY          17:35                VM45-49           83.22%

Andrea STEYN              18:06                VW35-39          82.60%

Andrius JAKSEVICIUS   16:18                VM35-39           82.52%

Rosa PRIDEAUX           18:00                SW20-24          82.22%

Andrew EDGE               18:07                VM50-54           81.42%

Oliver DENSLEY           21:06                JM10                80.65%

Polly ADAMS                21:41                VW50-54          80.32%

 

A few of today’s visitors

Lots of apricot for Nick’s visitors’ briefing.

Nick's briefing

There’s a good chance this is Joseph but I don’t know where he’s from, as it’s not on his t shirt.

Joseph

Sheryl from Ipswich Queensland parkrun in Australia

Sheryl from Australia

Anita and Leon from Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, which was the first parkrun outside London.

Anita and Leon

Richard and Lucy (with twins on board) from Wyre Forest parkrun in Shropshire

Richard and Lucy

These three came from South Africa.

visitors from South Africa

Visitors from Northampton

The crowd from Northampton

….and Southampton

Southampton

 

Don't forget, next week it's our 800th run so hopefully the weather will be a bit better for our party in the park to celebrate. Please dress up in either fancy dress or your milestone t-shirts and join us for cake and fizz afterwards. Please feel free to bring a cake, drink or other goodies to add to the celebration...