The calm before the storm
Weather/ conditions: cool and dry, a bit muddy underfoot, no wind. (Next day, Bushy Park was closed because of high winds)
171 first timers at Bushy parkrun – 124 visitors and 47 brand new parkrunners
148 new PBs
A common question put to us Bushy parkrunners when we go on the road is, how do you manage so many runners? I suppose the answer is that, funnel aside, we largely manage ourselves. The start line is getting ever wider. Yet almost 1500 runners (and walkers) seem to converge onto the path by the cricket pitch at 1km with no friction at all. I’ve seen more argybargy in the Pheasantry coffee queue. Even accidental tumbles are rare. Today was splashy in places, slippery in others, but a huge field of 1480 runners got round in just over an hour, with results processed less than an hour later. It is truly impressive.
Steve AXBEY and Martin SMITH ran their 250th today. Steve’s first parkrun was at Bushy park in 2006, when it was still Bushy Park Time Trial. To record your time you sauntered up to a person with an excel printout and gave your name and finish position. Steve describes how it worked:
“Back in those days the marshals had a paper printout of everyone who was registered - so about 2000 names - in alphabetical order. We arrived at the marshal, announced our name "PLEASE GIVE YOUR SURNAME FIRST, THEN FIRST NAME" they used to say in the announcements pre-run (I think it might even have been Ray, even that long ago). The marshal would find you on the list and then you would then announce your position, which they noted down against your name.
Later they had a laptop, but it was still the same process - announce name and then position.
Then eventually they got scanners.”
Can you imagine the queue there’d be if we did that now? (Yes you can. Did I mention the Pheasantry?).
Black tees on the way for six new members of the 100 club: Khurram KHAN, Philip GODDEN, Peter FAN, John HOOKWAY, Michelle NOURSE and Mary ESTALL. Peter and John were both making the Bushy pilgrimage for the first time. Peter’s home parkrun is Ellenbrook Fields, which sounds rather lovely: “a privately-owned nature reserve adjacent to the University of Hertfordshire Sports Village outdoor pitches on de Havilland Campus, Hatfield.” John’s a peripatetic runner, with roots at Kingsway parkrun in Gloucester.
Red 50 tees for Mark FRAMPTON, Chris WOOLLEY, Jon HARPER, Jenny THORNE, Colin LEA, Sharon MORTASSAGNE, and Angela MILLS visiting from Lee-on-the-Solent/ Southampton.
Unofficial milestones for Allan BRAY running his 400th parkrun, Paul SIMON on 300, Jane LILLYWHITE, Merran SELL and Andrew DAVIDSON on 150.
Thanks to the volunteers
Jacquie ALLIX, Veronica BEANEY, Donald BELL, Jack BENNETT, Natasha BRAMBLE, Helen CARRINGTON, Patti CHADHA, Lucas CURTIS, Lola DACHTLER, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Sheila FERGUSSON, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Erin GOODWIN, Paige GOODWIN, Suzanne GREEN, David HOPPE, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Amber JACKSON, Robbie JONES, Juliette JOWIT, Lucy KATESMARK, Bert KIDWELL, Jim KINROSS, Katie KNOTT, Catelin LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Selma LEE, Gert LINDEQUE, Fiona MCANENA, Susie MCNICOL, Sophia MONS, Grace MORENO-MASEY, Diane MULLEN, Emma May MURPHY, Helen NICHOLLS, Meera PANCHARATNAM, Megan PORTER, Layla POWERS, Callum REID, Rosie RENDALL, Ian RILEY, Krysia SMITH, Adam STEPHENS, Carol SWAFFER, Peter David THOMPSON, Alex TICKELL, Mike TIVNEN, Michael TROTT, Lia TYNAN, Colby WALLACE WATERSON, Simon WESTGARTH, Andrew John WINGATE
Ryan KEANE 17:11 SM25-29 75.07%
Jonathan STONE 17:55 SM30-34 72.56%
Will RAWLING 17:57 VM40-44 77.16%
Isabel CLARK 17:29 SW30-34 85.03%
Michelle DILLON 18:26 VW45-49 86.98
Cordelia PARKER 18:32 SW25-29 79.86%
Fastest junior girls
Monica DEAKIN JW11-14 71.60% 21:57
Harriet WILTSHIRE JW11-14 68.93% 22:48
Sabina MERT JW11-14 70.63% 23:33 New PB!
Fastest junior boys
Adam Y CONWAY JM15-17 72.04% 19:01
Felix ALLEN JM11-14 75.39% 19:14
Zach HORN JM11-14 73.98% 19:36
Top age grades
Liz KILLIP VW55-59 90.07% 20:39
Michelle DILLON VW45-49 86.98% 18:26
Judy M. NUTTING VW80-84 85.42% 31:12 New PB! Again!
Isabel CLARK SW30-34 85.03% 17:29
Laurence DUFFY VM55-59 82.53% 19:16
Cordelia PARKER SW25-29 79.86% 18:32
Andrew DELL'ANNO VM55-59 79.56% 19:39
Stephen HIRD VM50-54 79.23% 18:37 New PB!
Richard is Event Director at Footscray, which he started when he thought Bexley was getting a bit busy. He is also a regional ambassador for parkrun UK. He came to Bushy today with a group of Footscray volunteers.
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