Shhhh - Don't Tell Me The Score!
Two questions sprung to mind on the way to this week's event:-
Would today be our lowest attended event of the year given the pull of a world cup semi final between our national side and the rugby gods of New Zealand?
Would I be able to complete my run report gathering duties and another obligation that will enable me to watch the recording of the above 4 hours late without knowing the result?
The answer to both questions turned out to be not quite! Whilst the field was over 220 lighter than last week's event, and only the 2nd event this year with fewer than 1000 runners, the 897 attendees this week still outstripped the 840 strong field that endured the downpour on the 27th July.
As to the 2nd question, despite keeping the car radio off and resisting the temptation to look at my phone, and disappearing to a desert island to walk some dogs (OK not a desert island, Desborough Island), even this remote spot couldn't protect me from picking up an inkling that something miraculous had indeed occurred in Tokyo.
High winds and slate grey (not all black) skies were countered by our Run Director, Ray "Of Sunshine" Coward, whose briefing included the news that Polly Adams was set to become the 3rd woman in the world to complete her 600th parkrun today (the first member of this exclusive club, Ramona Thevenet was also on the start line. Kirsty Bangham being the second).
A quick reminder that our Parkrun events are totally dependent on securing a team of volunteers; there’s a wide range of roles to choose from, it’s great fun and you get to meet lots of great people and the gratitude from the participants makes it an incredibly uplifting experience. So, to the uninitiated, I would strongly urge you to Send Pat an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Big thanks to this week's magnificent team of 51:-
: Jack BENNETT, Jude BENNETT, Phil BLUER, Chris BRIMACOMBE, Mark BROCKLEHURST, Mark CARROLL, Ray COWARD, Mohammed FAIZ, Carolyn FOSTER, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Joanne GREEN, John HARGEST, Olivia HEATLEY, Robby HEDGES, Helene HILL, David HOPPE, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Ann JACHMICH, Amber JACKSON, Linda KATESMARK, Lucy KATESMARK, Jack KENNEDY, Catelin LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Selma LEE, Rebecca LUNN, Fiona MCANENA, Susie MCNICOL, Emma MOLENA, Diane MULLEN, Ronit NARAYAN, Zainab OSAMA, Eoin PARFITT, Lucy PORTER, Kevin QUINN, Ian RILEY, Jo ROSE, Alicia SMITH, Eva SMITH-MARTIN, Jonty STEGMANN, Wendy STOKES, Debbie TANTON, Alex TICKELL, Michael TROTT, James Oliver WELCH, Dorrie WHITING
Of the 897, 109 chose this blustery day to run their first Bushy parkrun and 20 of these were undertaking their first ever parkrun.
John & Amanda Wilson from Derby after their first trip to the cradle
Tourists from Southampton
Jeremy Burey-Abraham and Lucy Hacking - Lucy completes her 1st Bushy Pilgrimage, her 50th different event and her 100th parkrun!
Darren & Amanda Francis from Paignton
Claire, Darryl & Gail from Hilly Fields & Nonsuch parkruns
Visitors from Towcester & Southampton
More Devonians! Parkrunners visiting from Exeter
Visitors from Eastleigh parkrun
Ridiculously, given the high winds, 52 of you managed a PB today.
Duncan Scoble (above) snaffled his 5th consecutive PB on his 244th parkrun!
Stealing the show yet again, Peellie the rabbit, in her Halloween costume, surrounded by admirers.
Many thanks to Zainab Osama and Carol Dickinson for some of the photos.
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