Run Report Event No 800 – 3 August 2019

 

4000kms and Counting

 

IMG_4605

We human beings, we like to celebrate milestones and round numbers, so this weekend was a special one for Bushy and parkrun. On Saturday we celebrated our 800th event with fancy dress, milestone teeshirts, apricot, fizz and cake. Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt was on hand to help mark the occasion.

 

IMG_4485

Joy and Donald were ready to save the world

 

IMG_4484

I thought long and hard but a caption escaped me!

 

IMG_4497

Lorraine the Pink Lady

 

IMG_4498

Stefan the ballerina

 

IMG_4639

IMG_4482

The Richie family run together at Bushy, although this was their first time running with Batman and Robin!

 

IMG_4488

Ian, Nick and Jack with a photograph from the start line of the first event.

 

Visitors

 

IMG_4499

The Falcous were visiting from Northumberland where Lesley and son Evan are run directors at Druridge Bay parkrun.

 

IMG_4494

Hazel Pert was visiting from Glasgow where she runs at Pollok parkrun

 

 Interesting facts bit

When parkrun began in 2004 things were a little different. Who remembers that Tony Blair was PM, Lance Armstrong was winning his 6th Tour de France (we all know how that turned out) Ugg boots were scuffing their way interminably up and down every High Street, Arsenal achieved their invincible season and 'The Special One' arrived at Chelsea.

Of those running at Bushy this week we had two runners with over 600 runs to their names.  Richard Fletcher on 635 and Ramona Thevenet on 625.  Also running were pioneer James Russell on 549 and parkrun founder Paul Sinton Hewitt on 440.  The runner with the highest number of runs worldwide is Darren Wood. Darren has run a total of 732 times with 257 of them at Bushy.  He has only missed 68 of the available 800 runs, which is a pretty impressive statistic!

 

At the start line

IMG_4506

Ray was our run director this week as he has been for a great many of the previous 799 events.

 

IMG_0026

1459 of us lined up for event number 800...

 

IMG_4500

...including Gill and Mike in their very fetching bows.

 

The Event bit

IMG_4409

No harm could befall us, not whilst Super Woman (person) was on the case.

 

IMG_4081

'Quick, Clas Ohlson in Kingston is holding a closing down sale!'

 

IMG_2063

IMG_3505

IMG_4532

Elisabeth was at her corner dressed up especially for us as Cleopatra with her friend David  who in his day was a regular runner, often running to work in the city.

 

IMG_8736

Elisabeth always gets a lot of love from our athletes. It's very heartwarming to stand for a minute and watch the waves, smiles and greetings she receives.

 

5e8097ee-ade7-4179-995f-e4dd8f1c6aa5

...some even stop for a quick photo!

 

IMG_4539

IMG_4119

400 metres to go.

 

The Finish bit

IMG_4683

IMG_1113

Michelle and Jan on token duty

 

IMG_4564

Verity couldn't spell it out any clearer!

 

IMG_4573

This is a very important moment. maximum concentration needed from both parties.

 

IMG_4576

Don't even think about talking to Una while she's sorting the tokens!

 

Results

 

Men

1. Jonathan Hay 14:36

2. Rowan Axe 15:07

3. Andrius Jaksevicious 15:33

Women

1. Lia Radus 18:15 New PB

2. Alice Tozer 18:44 New PB

3. Sophie Biggs 19:34

Boys

1. Sonny Maund 16:40 New PB

2. Miguel Caeiro 17:37

3. Marcus Solomon 18:10

Girls

1. Lia Radus 18:15 New PB

2. Isabel Livesey 20:10

3. Iris Borwn 22:25

 

Milestones

500

Rory Waddell

250

Andrew Shennan

Hamish Ironside

100

Samantha Hanley

Abigail Rowcroft

Jane Ashley

Helen M Dixon

50

Ian Moutavchiev

George Chawla

Jonathan Davidson

Keshan Flores

Gerald Pinkney

James Edward Hill

Jennifer Slater New PB

10

Tilly Lodge

IMG_3770

Many congratulations to Rory Waddell on becoming the latest member of our prestigious  500 club. Seen here in the purple tee shirt holding the sign, Rory had run 348 times at Bushy before moving to Sheffield where his nearest run is Graves parkrun. He's run there 122 times as well as at six other parkrun locations. He came back to Bushy especially to do his 500th run.

 

80% age grading

Nineteen athletes scored over 80% at the weekend, very well done to all of you and especially to Jonathan for his super quick time of 14:36.

6C3BAA7C-6316-40F1-9A1B-3F13C7B7DE44

 

 

The post event bit

IMG_4586

Julia won the coveted prize for fastest unicorn of the weekend. She runs with MamaRun who encourage mums to get back into running.

 

800 Celebrations

 

IMG_2097

Fabulous biscuits from Carol...

 

IMG_4583

...and an amazing cake from Ann.

 

IMG_2529

Lots of folk stayed for fizz and nibbles.

 

IMG_4611

 

IMG_4480 2

The person holding the 8 got the bum deal.

 

IMG_3391IMG_5440

 

 

...and finally

IMG_4614

Jan Franks was also celebrating a milestone this week. Saturday was her 250th time handing out our precious tokens. An amazing stat and a fantastic effort. Thank you very much for all your hard work from all of us Jan.

 

...and very finally

a huge thank you as always to our fabulous volunteers this week

Adam STEPHENS  •  Andrew BLYTH  •  Ann COWARD  •  Bert KIDWELL  •  Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS  •  Carolyn FOSTER  •  Colin DINWOODIE  •  Colin HAYLOCK  •  Dan MATTHEWS  •  David BREWIN  •  Denise MITCHELL  •  Donald BELL  •  Duncan SCOBLE  •  Edward MILLS  •  Ellen SPEAR  •  Eoin PARFITT  •  Ethan MATTHEWS  •  Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Helen NICOL  •  Ian RILEY  •  Jack BENNETT  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Julie SMITH  •  Leanne WEIR  •  Lorraine BULBECK  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Matthew CUNLIFFE  •  Matthew HARVEY  •  Max LILLYWHITE  •  Mirth RUSSELL  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Nicola SHORT  •  Nicolette CRINALL  •  Norman TAYLOR  •  Olivia HEATLEY  •  Peter THOMPSON  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard STEEDEN  •  Robby HEDGES  •  Samantha HANLEY  •  Samuel JONES  •  Steve LORDE  •  Steve MILLER  •  Susie MCNICOL  •  Tom HONE  •  Trevor HUGGINS  •  Trevor MITCHELL  •  Verity RIDING

 

Well there we are, thats it. We had a lovely morning on Saturday, here's to the next big round number.

Duncan Scoble

 

Don't forget you can now follow us on Instagram
intagram.com/bushyparkrun

Twitter at www.twitter.com/bushyparkrun
and for Bushy parkrun on facebook
www.facebook.com/bushyparkrun

and for parkrun UK on facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/parkrunuk
Interested in volunteering at Bushy parkrun? Please e-mail bushyhelpers@parkrun.com

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Please e-mail bushyoffice@parkrun.com