Where was all the cake & prosecco??
What a beautiful August morning for parkrun – sunny, warm and a very light breeze. But wait, Ray Coward was not RD this morning so what was going on? All would be revealed….
I don’t know about you but the crowd for the First Timers Briefing seems to be getting bigger each week. Steve could have done with a megaphone to get the message to the throng that gathered at the start. We had visitors from Australia, South Africa, Cornwall, Northampton, Norwich, Leighton Buzzard, Itchen, Worcester, Bramley and many other places.
We had a total of 1,381 assorted runners and walkers supported by 57 superb volunteers including a team of top pacers. There were 145 PBs (11%), 71 first timers and 237 doing Bushy for the first time – 18% of the field. We had a host of milestones including four 250s, six 100s and five 50s.
Steve shouts to be heard: “Stay in the funnel”,
We had a total of 57 volunteers out in force this week, making everything possible. Many thanks to:
John ALTMAN, Jude BENNETT, Jack BENNETT, Andrew BLYTH, Tim BOWDEN, Shirley BUCKLEY, Matthew CUNLIFFE, Robert EVESON, Paddy FITZPATRICK, Carolyn FOSTER, Ray FRANKS, Charlotte FRASER, Christine FRY, Joanne GREEN, Catherine HAUGHNEY, Jamie HEPWORTH, Tom HONE, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Melanie HOWES, Emilie HOWES, Stephen IGGLESDEN, Amber JACKSON, Bert KIDWELL, Amanda LITTLECOTT, Janet LIVESEY, Isabel LIVESEY, Elena MACIA, Helen MARSHALL-BANKS, Julie MELOTTE, Steve MILLER, Lucy NICHOLLS, Zaid OSAMA, Rob PHILLIPS, Rupert POSTLETHWAITE, Richard POWNEY, Kevin QUINN, David REY, Ian RILEY, Adrian ROBERTS, Hannah ROBERTSON, Grace ROBERTSON, Natalie RUDLEY, Nick SAVILL, James SELL, Merran SELL, Adam SHERRIFF, Julie SMITH, Krysia SMITH, Pauline STONES, Carol SWAFFER, Norman TAYLOR, Beth TEMPEST, Karen WALLACE, Simon WALLWORK, Emma WINGATE, Andrew John WINGATE, John P WOODS
Rob before the full…
…of the start line. Are you left, right or centre?
Bushy parkrun always need volunteers and it’s a great way to give something back. If you fancy it, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll put you on the list for that week.
Things get busy under the Bushy tree
Elisabeth had a friendly marshal this week to keep her company…There were plenty of cheers and thanks for both John & Elisabeth
Being the third week of an even month we had a crack team of even numbered pacers out in force - 20-34mins. We have a had a lot of positive feedback about the work and encouragement of the pacers which really are a highlight of Bushy parkrun each month. Congratulations to everyone who got a PB with their help and if not there is always next week or next month if you need that extra nudge.
The crack team of pacers: 20 – Richard Powney, 22- Tim Bowden, 24- Krysia Smith, 26 – Andy Wingate, 28 – Charlie Fraser, 30 – Adam Sheriff, 32 – Adrian Roberts, 34 – Emma Wingate
Tourists and other First timers
We had 237 first timers this week of which 71 were doing their first ever parkrun which is a very healthy addition to the parkrun community.
Some of you may have noticed a number of coloured crayons running amongst us. This is a group of occasional parkrun tourists from Northampton parkrun. They often make a mark with fundraising events and certainly drew a lot of attention.
Northampton parkrun’s crayons
Itchen Spitfires in fine formation
Bramley Breezers on their Bushy pilgrimage
Bhawna was celebrating her 150 together with her son Denis and friends, just over from San Diego.
Hayley hails from Oz and has been over here for 10 months working on the Cricket World Cup. She loves parkrun to bits, and was today celebrating her 152nd parkrun with friends.
145 runners achieved a PB today. 15 of those had run over 100 parkruns. Well done to:
|Sandra HOOK||26:13||VW55-59||Hedge End Running Club||268|
|Emma POOLE||23:06||VW45-49||Runnymede Runners||217|
|Rachel Helen CANHAM||29:13||VW45-49||…||200|
|Thomas FLANNERY||19:00||VM35-39||Clapham Chasers RC||192|
|Alana Jayne WILLIAMS||30:16||SW30-34||Itchen Spitfires Running Club||168|
|Melissa DOOHAN||23:14||SW30-34||Boyle Athletic Club||165|
|Paul BURCHETT||19:14||VM40-44||Hastings Runners||154|
|Shana Banana BURCHETT||27:50||VW45-49||Vegan Runners||128|
|Ray MEDHURST||31:02||VM40-44||Feltham and Bedfont Runners Group||101|
We had 11 people achieve 80% age grading or more. Well done to:
|Peter MOYSEY||18:19||VM55-59||84.62%||Thames Turbo Triathlon|
|Alexa JOEL||17:59||VW35-39||83.13%||Billericay Striders RC|
|Marcus SOLOMON||19:06||JM10||82.64%||Comet Triathlon Club|
|Anna NEUMAIER||18:11||SW30-34||81.58%||Glenhuntly AC|
|Dave SWEET||19:45||VM60-64||81.18%||Billericay Striders RC|
|John MCKENZIE||20:34||VM60-64||80.06%||Hedge End Running Club|
Just one junior completed their 10th run to claim the pristine white shirt: well done to Haris Williams.
Five runners reached the milestone of 50 this week. Well done to:
|Ross GOODALL||26:00||VM40-44||M||PB stays at 00:22:56|
|Katrina PERKINS||31:17||VW35-39||F||New PB!|
|Nicky CRAMPTON||32:24||VW55-59||F||PB stays at 00:26:42|
|Mary DARGAN||33:18||VW55-59||F||First Timer!|
|Andrew MORRIS||37:23||VM55-59||M||PB stays at 00:34:54|
Six runners celebrated 100 runs this week. Congratulations to:
|Chris LONG||23:15||VM55-59||M||PB stays at 00:19:45|
|Kobus SMITH||25:17||VM45-49||M||First Timer!|
|Paul BRACKLEY||27:51||VM65-69||M||PB stays at 00:23:33|
|Sarah ALLEN||28:13||VW35-39||F||PB stays at 00:25:52|
|Phil PRESTON||28:21||VM60-64||M||PB stays at 00:26:50|
|Rosie CLIFFORD||40:05||VW40-44||F||First Timer!|
Four runners reached the magical 250 milestone this week – congratulations to John McKENZIE, Alexandra WATSON-USHER, Bob DEAN and Jason GOLDER. John and Alex had separately travelled to Bushy to do their 250. John normally runs at Netley Abbey near Southampton whilst Alex was making the pilgrimage from Roundhay near Leeds.
Alex’s husband Jason WATSON-USHER takes up the story:
“My wife is a massive parkrun "ambassador" who volunteers as the communications volunteer at our home run at Roundhay in Leeds. It was here that I used to be the Volunteer Coordinator, so I understand the amount of admin that goes into each and every event (I can only imagine how complex it is at your event!).
It's my wife's 250th parkrun this Saturday the 17th of August (one day before her birthday too) and she's chosen Bushy, the home of parkrun, to achieve this milestone.
She's so passionate about the whole parkrun ethos and promotes this at every opportunity. To the extent that she's convinced her two brothers to travel from parts of the UK and her sister and brother in law to head over from Ireland, just for this milestone event.”
So happy birthday Alex and hope you had a great day at Bushy. I bet you can’t wait for the green t shirt. Here is Alex with husband Jason and her brother and family:
Bob DEAN did his first parkrun on 14 July 2012 and has been a Bushy regular ever since, with 156 at the cradle of parkrun and a PB of 21:32. Bob and I often finish around the same time and is one of the guys I have met and chatted to in the funnel #parkrunbuddies. Bob told me he recently joined 26.2 Running Club to help focus his training so I may have to up my game to finish alongside. Here’s Bob after his triumphant 250th run:
No 500 clubbers this week. Next up looks to be between Jeremy PALMER on 498 and Nigel POOLE and David WORTH each on 497.
But there is news of another 500 clubber. The legendary uber tourist Roy REEDER achieved the incredible feat of doing his 250th different parkrun at Uckfield, East Sussex this weekend. Here is Roy suitably flagged alongside Bushy regulars and fellow 500 clubbers Carol DICKINSON and Becky THURTELL.
And strolling round the funnel I spotted our very own Ray “of sunshine” which explains the weather for the day! Ray has over 500 volunteer credits to his name. Here he is with “fellow” 500 clubber (on runs), Ramona.
The Results – first finishers
|James Steven HALL||16:45||SM20-24||77.01%||Wharfedale Harriers||PB stays at 00:15:25|
|Jake BOWLES||17:16||SM20-24||75.48%||First Timer!|
|Dan DOMENICONI||17:45||VM40-44||78.03%||SHAEF Shifters||PB stays at 00:17:00|
|Henrietta TARASEWICZ||17:56||VW35-39||83.64%||New PB!|
|Alexa JOEL||17:59||VW35-39||83.13%||Billericay Striders RC||First Timer!|
|Anna NEUMAIER||18:11||SW30-34||81.58%||Glenhuntly AC||First Timer!|
|Sophie OSBORN||20:10||JW11-14||79.17%||Epsom & Ewell Harriers||New PB!|
|Isabel LIVESEY||20:16||JW15-17||74.59%||St Mary's Richmond AC||PB stays at 00:19:12|
|Alice ROBERTS||22:27||JW11-14||71.12%||Surbiton High School||PB stays at 00:20:47|
|Marcus SOLOMON||19:06||JM10||82.64%||Comet Triathlon Club||PB stays at 00:18:29|
|Connor FOLEY||20:02||JM11-14||72.38%||PB stays at 00:19:23|
|Jesse HOLMES||20:27||JM15-17||66.99%||First Timer!|
First dog! Marley still pulling strongly with her owner Matthew just hanging in there… Finish time – 19:12
Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #802
1,381 parkrunners – 1,303 identified, 78 unknown (DFYB!) (6% of the field).
Of the 1,303 identified parkrunners, there were:
• 120 Juniors aged under 18 (9%)
• 248 Seniors aged 18-34 (19%)
• 934 Vets aged 35-89 (72%)
• 546 females (42%) and 757 males (58%)
• Umbrella quotient: 0 out of 5
• Temperature: 18˚C, mild and sunny.
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