Can you hear me at the back??
A cool misty morning gave way to a glorious one for the 1,386 of us who completed Bushy parkrun #806 this fine September day. With so many runners gathered on the start, spread in a long line across the course, the core team decided more powerful speakers were needed for the RD’s briefing. What a fine piece of kit they are, standing some 6ft tall. You really have to shout now to talk over them.
Rob & Lucy get to grips with the new speaker. “It's that button there!”
The outer reaches of the start line – we’ll soon be in the playground
Runners listening attentively
The old speakers have gone to good use with one being used for the First Timer’s Briefing this week led by David Papworth. Listening in I could hear we had visitors from Australia, Gloucester and Grimsby amongst other places.
Supporting us all in our run we had a fabulous 56 volunteers, including the invaluable contribution of a number of Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who help every week. I wonder how many of the Royal Family have done parkrun – answers on a postcard pls.
We had 180 people doing Bushy for the first time with 62 of those doing their first ever parkrun. 36 people were doing their 2nd parkrun – well done for coming back! We had a host of milestones including two 250s, four 100s and three 50s.
We had two people called Marshall running this week - Sarah Louise and Gary. We also had plenty of other marshals.
Nick and Sanka at Kingston Gate
Phil was giving high fives – his hand was getting a little sore by this stage…
The kissing point at 2km
Elisabeth’s corner – John joined her again this week.
David, Matthew and Tom at Teddington Gate.
Carolyn and Rory on Chestnut Avenue.
Take it to the bridge – Stuart, Sam & Eva with more high fives
We had a total of 56 volunteers out in force this week, making everything possible. Many thanks to:
John ALTMAN, Eva AMORY, Sam AMORY, Stuart AMORY, Jack BENNETT, Chris BRIMACOMBE, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Matthew CUNLIFFE, Lucas CURTIS, Phil DAVIES, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Lorna FIRMAN, Ray FRANKS, Janice FRANKS, Christine FRY, Tom GARDINER, Paige GOODWIN, Amelia GOODWIN, Emma HAWKEY, Olivia HEATLEY, Tom HONE, David HOPPE, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Oliver HUME, Stephen IGGLESDEN, Lucy KATESMARK, Margaret LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Max LILLYWHITE, Janet LIVESEY, Stephen MARFLEET, Steve MILLER, Kate MOWATT, Diane MULLEN, Rory Joseph MURPHY, Lucy NOBLE, David NOBLE, Paula NORMAN, Zainab OSAMA, David PAPWORTH, Rob PHILLIPS, Ian RILEY, Cashel RIORDAN, Hannah ROBERTSON, Grace ROBERTSON, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, James SELL, Jonty STEGMANN, Andrew STENT, Carol SWAFFER, Beth TEMPEST, Lucy THATCHER
Bushy parkrun always needs 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.
Tourists and other First timers
Karl was with his family and friends visiting from Gloucester
These guys are members of “Running for Time” a club based in Yeovil, some returning, some on their first visit to Bushy
The Bushy photoframe proves a popular prop. Here’s Georgia, Hannah and Paul on Hannah’s first parkrun
Riverside rebels get in the mood for Strictly
We had our usual crop of wonderful pooches this week, with some assisting their owners and others not being quite so helpful.
First Dog this week was Goldie in a time of 21:21 – obviously falling into the former category with her assistant, Aaron Israel trailing in her wake.
Goldie basking in her glory post run
Jade takes a dip (cool down??) before her run
Love in the funnel – Delilah & Rocky check each other out
Bushy welcomes all well behaved dogs – especially dotty ones
197 runners achieved a PB today. 17 of those had run over 100 parkruns. Well done to:
|Emma POOLE||23:05||VW45-49||Runnymede Runners||221|
|Jack CLOTWORTHY||21:56||VM45-49||Running for Time||209|
|Michael WADDINGTON||15:37||SM25-29||Ware Joggers||191|
|Sandra STOCKFORD||27:22||VW55-59||Running for Time||186|
|Tim BARTHOLOMEW||17:30||VM35-39||26.2 RRC||143|
|Emma HAWKEY||23:01||VW40-44||Bournville Harriers||107|
We had 21 amazing people who achieved 80% age grading or more. Well done to:
Four juniors completed their 10th run to claim the pristine white shirt: well done to:
|Joe LAVIN||25:17||JM15-17||M||PB stays at 00:19:32|
|Alec LEABACK||28:21||JM11-14||M||PB stays at 00:22:49|
|Leo BROWN||34:29||JM10||M||PB stays at 00:32:47|
|Alexi PALMER||41:48||JW11-14||F||PB stays at 00:33:12|
Three runners reached the milestone of 50 this week. Well done to:
|Marlon RICHARDSON||20:39||VM45-49||M||PB stays at 00:20:29|
|Aron DAVIES||21:45||SM18-19||M||PB stays at 00:20:07|
|Roy GLEW||24:51||VM65-69||M||PB stays at 00:24:07|
Four runners celebrated 100 runs this week. Congratulations to;
|Ian LAWSON||21:04||VM45-49||M||First Timer!|
|Will SAUNDERS||22:14||VM35-39||M||First Timer!|
|Naomi JOHNS||23:26||VW45-49||F||PB stays at 00:22:30|
|Jackie WILLIAMS||30:28||VW65-69||F||PB stays at 00:29:51|
Just two runners reached the magical 250 milestone this week – congratulations to Andy FAIRBURN and Denys LYONS. Andy started his parkrun journey on 12 January 2013 and has run 245 times at Bushy, only venturing to Kingston 3 times and Sheringham twice.
Denys meanwhile did his first way back on 25 March 2006 in Bushy parkrun #80. Denys has also done 245 runs at Bushy with 4 runs at Crane Park and 1 at Richmond.
No 500 clubbers this week. But on the verge of greatness are Carmen and Jeremy PALMER on 499 each – get set for next week…..
Latest entrant to the so-called “Cowell Club”, which is doing 100 different parkruns is Bushy regular Jason NOURSE, Jason has run at Bushy 214 times and has 320 runs under his belt. Not sure what challenge Jason will now set himself (see parkrun challenges at https://running-challenges.co.uk/) but I hear stopwatch bingo still awaits…
Jason at Squerryes Winery parkrun in Kent this week
The Results – first finishers
|Ellis CROSS||15:19||SM20-24||84.22%||Aldershot, Farnham & District AC||First Timer!|
|Michael WADDINGTON||15:37||SM25-29||82.71%||Ware Joggers||New PB!|
|Sam DYKES||15:49||SM25-29||81.56%||Loughborough Students AC||PB stays at 00:15:49|
|Ellen WEIR||18:30||JW15-17||83.78%||Hercules Wimbledon AC||First Timer!|
|Isabel HESSEY||19:06||SW25-29||77.49%||Lordshill Road Runners||PB stays at 00:19:03|
|Rebecca SLEAP||19:30||SW30-34||75.90%||Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC||New PB!|
|Ellen WEIR||18:30||JW15-17||83.78%||Hercules Wimbledon AC||First Timer!|
|Isabel MELBOURNE||24:04||JW10||72.92%||PB stays at 00:22:04|
|Lyla BAKER||25:21||JW11-14||65.61%||PB stays at 00:23:47|
|Declan CONNOLLY||16:43||JM15-17||81.95%||Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC||New PB!|
|Sam NESBITT||16:50||JM11-14||84.26%||Kingston AC and Polytechnic Harriers||New PB!|
|Miguel CAEIRO||17:14||JM15-17||80.75%||New PB!|
Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #806
1,386 parkrunners – 1,305 identified, 81 unknown (DFYB!) (6% of the field).
• Of the 1,305 identified parkrunners, there were:
• 108 Juniors aged under 18 (9%)
• 237 Seniors aged 18-34 (19%)
• 959 Vets aged 35-89 (72%)
• 542 females (42%) and 763 males (58%)
• Umbrella quotient: 0 out of 5
• Temperature: 13˚C, mild and sunny.
And finally, can I just thank the very kind person that found my bank card and handed it to the Run Director Rob. I was panicking at the start having lost it when using my phone to take photos, but perhaps I should not have worried, as if you are going to drop your bank card perhaps the parkrun community is the best place to do it.
See you next week!
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