Look at the size of those beauties! Bushy Park has always been a popular spot with anglers. They can fish there with an annual permit on Heron Lake and Leg of Mutton Lake. We know these lakes very well as we run past them at about 2k and in the last 400 metres before the finish. Carp fishermen (persons) are those normally clad in muted greens and browns sitting in similarly coloured bivvies (the small tent structures) beside the lakes. They are the most patient and can spend hours and hours waiting for a single bite. Carp of up to 40lbs have been caught in these ponds.
Bushy was looking absolutely beautiful this weekend. I always like the quiet time between 08:00 and 08:30 when people are making their way from different directions within the park towards the start area.
But then it's very easy to get carried away taking arty photos only to realise it's suddenly 08:45!
As always at Bushy we had lots of visitors and first timers on Saturday. In fact we're getting to the point where the person giving the First Timer's briefing may well need a loud hailer. Stella did her level best to make herself heard;
This happy bunch are from Horley Harriers and during the summer months they like to travel around doing a few tourist runs. Their home parkrun is Tilgate.
Jim, Will, Oli and Holly were visiting from Macclesfield parkrun where Jim is Event Director and Holly is event director at Victoria juniors. They say their weekends are totally dominated by parkrun! Will ran a very impressive time of 18:56 and was first junior finisher.
At the start
Run Director Andy Wingate addressing 1354 athletes. Our indispensable volunteers numbered 48 this week. A big thank you to each and every one of you.
Alan PARRY • Alex TICKELL • Ali KENNEDY • Andrew John WINGATE • Andrew LUCAS • Anna SAVILL • Bert KIDWELL • Carole QUIGG • Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS • Catelin LE FRANC • Christine FRY • Dean SMITH • Diane WESSON • Donald BELL • Duncan SCOBLE • Eoin PARFITT • Grace ROBERTSON • Guy SNOWDEN • Hannah ROBERTSON • Ian RILEY • Jamie HEPWORTH • Jonty STEGMANN • Joy BELL • Jude BENNETT • Kevin QUINN • Lucy NOBLE • Lucy PORTER • Margaret LE FRANC • Matthew WILDE • Max LILLYWHITE • Mike TIVNEN • Natalie RUDLEY • Nick SAVILL • Nicolette CRINALL • Norman TAYLOR • Olivia HEATLEY • Paige GOODWIN • Phil BLUER • Ray FRANKS • Richard MOORE • Robby HEDGES • Samuel JONES • Sharon TEE • Stella HAMMOND • Steve ANDERSON • Suzanne GREEN • Tracey LENTHALL • Zaid OSAMA
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Bushy parkrun happen.
Matthew on lead Bike gets that feeling like when you're a breakaway rider in the Tour de France and the peloton are trying to chase you down.
'Thank you marshal'.
Elisabeth is just awesome, that's all there is to it. If you have a moment to stop and feel the love, do it. It's the best thing. I promise you'll carry on your run with an added spring to your step.
1. James Quinlan.....16:05
2. Simon Baines.....16:11
3. Matthew Stevens.....16:41
1. Sarah Astin.....17:29
2. Rosa Prideaux.....17:29 New PB
3. Emma Prideaux.....17:47 New PB
1. Will Nettle.....18:57
3. Ross Hyde.....17:47
1. Sacha Kennedy.....19:28 New PB
3. Chloe Fairclough.....22:55
Lara McMillan (PB)
Geraldine Hancock (PB)
Fay Ballard (PB)
Very well done to everyone who achieved a milestone this weekend.
Fourteen athletes scored an age grading above 80% on Saturday. Well done to you and especially well done to Emma Prideaux who managed to score 90.16% Fantastic!
Post Run Stuff
Sacha Kennedy (above, with Run Director Andy) was a regular runner at Bushy but now lives in Oxford. She returned to Bushy this weekend and brought back with her the Sonia O'Sullivan salver which was the ladies points trophy. It used to be handed out every year up until a few years ago. Sacha was the last recipient of it and thought we'd better have it back! She also managed a fabulous new PB of 19:28.
You've been framed
Claire Hart and friends visiting from Dover. Thanks for making the effort!
Sandy and friend after their first parkrun.
Bushy regulars Verity and Keith were celebrating a 70th birthday and a 200th run. My mother always told me never to ask a lady her age so I'll let you decide which way around it is.
There we are, all done for another week, thanks for reading.
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