Run Report Event No 829 – 8 February 2020

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)

 

Headlines

1480 runners

54 volunteers

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.

 

Milestones

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?).

 

Milestones

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

 

Speedy runners

Fastest men

Ryan KEANE                17:11                SM25-29           75.07%

Jonathan STONE          17:55                SM30-34           72.56%

Will RAWLING               17:57                VM40-44           77.16%

 

Fastest women

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!

 

Jackie from Footscray
Jackie from Footscray

Liz, event director for Victoria juniors in Glasgow
Liz is Event Director of Victoria junior parkrun in Glasgow

Margaret from Tasmania
Margaret was visiting from Tasmania

Alan from Yeovil Montacute
Alan was visiting from Yeovil Montecute parkrun

First timers Maya, who's now old enough, and her mum Adele
First timers Maya with mum Adele

Mark from Black Park in Slough
Mark from Black Park parkrun near Slough

Mary, who is back at parkrun after a 15 year absence. Welcome back, Mary!
Mary who is back at parkrun after a 15 year absence. Last time Mary came to parkrun the whole barcode thing was rather informal, so she’s not in the results this week. Please come again Mary.

Christine, visiting from Woodhouse Moor in Leeds
Christine from Woodhouse Moor parkrun, near Leeds

A group of friends, Molly, Gerry and Jackie, meeting up at Bushy
Friends Molly, Gerry and Jackie meet up at Bushy

JB, Julie, Charlotte and John, here for John's 100th, and his 50th different location
JB, Julie, Charlotte and John, here for John's 100th and JB's 50th

Richard, Cameron, Louise and Georgia, all first timers, inspired by Richard's new year resolution (he says)
Richard, Cameron, Louise and Georgia, all first timers, all inspired by Richard's New Year's resolution (he says)

Richard, Event Director at Footscray
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.

Token sorting is a big job at Bushy
Token sorting is a major task these days. In some places they run a parkrun with a team this size.

Fiona McAnena

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