The Cold and Crispy One
It was one of those rare and precious winter Saturdays when we turned up to the park and saw it bathed in early morning sun and shrouded in mist and crisp with frost. As we all know, our park is a beautiful place that looks at its best on mornings like these.
I combined my usual warm up run with photographic duties and may potentially have got carried away with the beautiful light and frosty conditions. It makes a lovely change from the usual grey and drab skies we normally get at this time of year.
And just to show how dedicated our wonderful volunteers are, here we have Nick, Anna and Sanka the dog walking to their marshalling point about half an hour before we all set off from the start.
Talking of volunteering, Joy and Sue were the volunteer coordinators this week. If you fancy having a go, please do. It's great fun and we'd love to have you along to help. Please email us using the link below. Many thanks to our volunteers this week;
Abbie ROSS • Amelia GOODWIN • Andrew HOWARTH • Anna SAVILL • Bert KIDWELL • Carol SWAFFER • Caroline ASHLEY • Carolyn FOSTER • Catelin LE FRANC • Colby WALLACE WATERSON • Courtney LE FRANC • David HOPPE • Diane MULLEN • Dorrie WHITING • Duncan SCOBLE • Emilie HOWES • Erin GOODWIN • Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS • Grace MORENO-MASEY • Ian RILEY • Iris JOHONSON • Jack KENNEDY • James Oliver WELCH • Jim KINROSS • Jo SMITH • Joy BELL • Karen WALLACE • Katie KNOTT • Keira KING • Lia TYNAN • Lola DACHTLER • Margaret LE FRANC • Mary ESTALL • Meera PANCHARATNAM • Michael TROTT • Nick BLANCHARD • Nick SAVILL • Paige GOODWIN • Phil BLUER • Ravi LOBO • Ray COWARD • Ray FRANKS • Ray O'NEILL • Ronit NARAYAN • Rosie RENDALL • Rowena STENT • Samantha HANLEY • Selma LEE • Sharon TEE • Simon GREENHILL • Sofia HAWKINS • Sophia MONS • Steve MILLER • Susan HOWARTH • Tamsyn EVESON • Ted BRAMPTON • Wally GARROD
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Bushy parkrun happen.
Ray Franks was setting up the funnel.
Andy gave the first timer's briefing.
And Ray Coward was Run Director.
As usual we had lots of folk visiting from near and far, including;
Sally from Taunton who was combining a visit for her granddaughter's first birthday with a run at Bushy.
Members of Worthing Harriers on their Bushy pilgrimage...
...and members of Selby Striders also on their Bushy pilgrimage. They were proud to tell me that Selby parkrun is officially the flatest in the world!
1620 athletes and 57 volunteers took part in event number 826. The weather was cold and crisp and beautiful but the conditions were a little slippery underfoot in places. We had 16 members of the 500 club running and 175 from the 250 club and at the other end of the scale we had 64 first timers. The first finisher stopped the clock at 16:00 and the tailwalker finished in 1:01:46.
Ray speaks to the masses.
Our crack team of pacers; Alex, Maria, Andy, Tim, Charlie, Richard, Adrian and Andy.
Waiting for the off.
Running over that lumpy bit near the start.
Settling into an even pace.
Around the cricket pitch.
Along Cobbler's Walk
We'll take any help we can get!
Wally offering words of encouragement at the bridge 400 metres from the finish.
Our fabled triple funnel was brought into action this week. I'm not saying it took a long time or anything but if we get the same number of runners next week I'm bringing a packed lunch.
1......Ben Chown 16:00 PB!
2.....Chis Dyson 16:52
3.....Cameron Forest 16:54
1.....Poppy Craig-McFeely 18:40
2.....Tia Chitty 19:23
3.....Mae Thompson 19:27 PB!
1.....Ross Hyde 18:04 PB!
2.....Marcus Solomon 18:12 PB!
3.....Freddie Bate 18:27 PB!
1.....Poppy Craig-Mcfeely 18:40
2.....Tia Chitty 19:23
3.....Lily O'Neil 20:38
Eight of our athletes managed the fantastic achievement of an age grading of 80% or over. It really is a very difficult thing to do. Very well done to you guys especially Marcus Solomon who managed an age grading of 86.72% and a new PB of 18:12. Marcus runs in the JM10 age group.
Peter has done most of his running at Pennington Flash parkrun but has also run at 35 other parkrun locations including Bushy for his 250th.
Mark and his 50 ballon.
Mel was celebrating her 50th birthday and her 150th run!
These handsome devils are David, John, Stewart, Jeremy and Malcom. They have been Bushy regulars for 12 years and always go for tea and a chat after their run. Although they didn't know each other initially they gradually became mates as they all ran at roughly the same time and shared a passion for football. If my maths is correct they have a combined run total of 2,878. That's a lot of cups of tea!
With cold hands and 1620 tokens to sort through it helps to have a sense of humour!
Well there we are, all done for another week.
See you on Saturday,
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