Well it’s official. It’s the last month of the year and 'you-know-what' is looming. It’s bleak out there, the streets are crowded with people pushing to be at the front, social media is full of advice on how to survive it, and wherever you look you can't escape it. Yes the general election is upon us!
But thankfully by this time next week it will all be over, the political landscape may have changed but the Bushy landscape will always remain; a place where we can meet, chat and even run a little.
There are a few traditions you can always rely on; the Bushy Park Christmas trees are selling like hot mince pies . . .
Winter is here and the leaves have all dropped from the trees. The park was a bit grey and bleak on Saturday but nothing can dampen the spirits on a Bushy parkrun morning . . . . . . apart from waiting to be assigned your volunteer role!
Nik is the Duke of Edinburgh's Award parkrun Ambassador. He usually runs at Aberdeen but was here for a bit of work and took the opportunity to run at Bushy and meet a few of our DofE's. From left to right Selma, Katie, Lia, Nik, Colby, Meera.
The DofE Award is a programme for 14-24 year-olds run at three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. One of the sections they have to complete involves helping the community through volunteering, and as we know parkrun relies entirely on volunteers, so it's a happy symbiotic relationship. To achieve Bronze they need to volunteer on 13 separate occasions, to achieve Silver they need to volunteer on 26 separate occasions, and to achieve Gold they need to volunteer on 52 separate occasions. A considerable commitment, and we appreciate all they do.
Please say a huge thank you to all our fabulous volunteers:
Caroline ASHLEY, Jude BENNETT, Marisa BILLETT, Phil BLUER, Ted BRAMPTON, David BREWIN, Lou COAKER, Alexander COLLIE, Margot COOPER, Nicolette CRINALL, Lucas CURTIS, Lola DACHTLER, Doris DONDUR, Sheila FERGUSSON, Andrew FINCH, Paddy FITZPATRICK, Denise FOXE-KING, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Paige GOODWIN, Erin GOODWIN, Amelia GOODWIN, Simon GREENHILL, Catherine HAUGHNEY, Olivia HEATLEY, Robby HEDGES, David HOPPE, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Amber JACKSON, Lucy KATESMARK, Katie KNOTT, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Selma LEE, Tracey LENTHALL, Fiona MCANENA, Pat MCGRATH, Susie MCNICOL, Grace MORENO-MASEY, Ronit NARAYAN, Zainab OSAMA, Meera PANCHARATNAM, Rob PHILLIPS, Ian RILEY, Jo ROSE, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, Merran SELL, Allana SHEIL, Wendy STOKES, Peter David THOMPSON, Lia TYNAN, Colby WALLACE WATERSON, Dorrie WHITING, Andrew John WINGATE
Why not get involved and volunteer? We're a friendly bunch and we always need new volunteers.
It was 'Super-hero Saturday' which falls every year in early December as a tribute to Simon Blease, who was a keen Bushy runner. Excellent outfits all round although I think the dog wins the best expression prize!
It's an exhilarating experience to see this many people hurtling toward you at speed. So wonderful to see the different shapes, running styles, doggies, buggies and smiles!
Merry marshals: Ian (our Volunteer of the Year) along with Pat, sporting a fetching parkrun hat knitted by Mel on the occasion of his 500th run last week. It's entirely possible they were discussing the impending election as they enjoy a bit of political banter. So if you heard them say 'go left' it may not have been a purely directional command!
For reasons of political balance we now need to show photos of runners turning right (around the pond). This is Fiona who organises the visually impaired guide rota each week, running with Bushy regular Dan, who loves to run and chat to everyone around him.
1. Rhys William Boorman 16:15
2. Andrius Jaksevicius 16:31
3. Robert Tuer 17:18
1. Gemma Carter 19:47
2. Emma Harris 20:13
3. Linzey Ryan 20:15 (equalled her PB)
1. Jonty Stegman 18:36
2. Ross Hyde 18:41
3. Ben Wells 19:10 (New PB)
1. Janet Drury 20:22
2. Holly Mannion 21:10 (New PB)
3. Isabel Livesey 21:12
80% Age Grading
Congratulations to the following runners who achieved 80% plus
Congratulations to the three athletes who ran into the 250 club this week:
Taryn Hancock, Nicola Jenkins and Samantha Fagg
Taryn with her sister Kate who is RD at Kingston parkrun. Taryn has run exactly 200 times at Bushy, and she has also run at Brooklands, Kingston, Banstead Woods, Hazelwood and Moors Valley to name a few. Her sister surprised her with the balloon and she gamely ran around with it trying not to hit too many people in the face!
Congratulations to the five athletes who ran into the 100 club this week:
Mike Morris, Matthew Fay, Emma Norman, Sue Stewart and David Byrne (seen below)
Congratulations to the ten athletes who ran into the 50 club this week:
Michael Philip White, Martin Oliver, Fred Moore, Emma Pitt, Marion Broughton, Veronica Beaney, Marc Thomas, Leon Moore, Caroline McLennan (see photo below) and Neil Ronayne.
Caroline, in the middle, celebrating her 50th run and her 50th birthday! She is a member of the Riverside Rebels running club who often come to Bushy with their couch to 5km runners. This jolly bunch are part of the 5-10km group.
Just one junior athlete ran into the 10 club this week. Congratulations to Dominic Stenning who runs in the JM10-14 category.
As ever we had lots of visitors to Bushy this week. This is a handful of those lurking around the selfie frame.
David Classens is from North Beach, South Africa. He's run 103 parkruns and this is his first visit to Bushy. North Beach parkrun had 1167 athletes this week and David says their funnel is even bigger than ours. Given it's a flat scenic loop running adjacent to the beach with spectacular views along Durban's Golden Mile, I can see why!
AND FINALLY . . .
POST RUN COFFEE AND CHAT
Christmas is just around the corner, and in case you don't already know we are putting on an additional run on Christmas morning at 9am. Please come in any Christmas themed outfit, and if you're stuck for ideas here's some inspiration from last year. There were some crackers!
See you Saturday
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