Run Report Event No 833 – 7 March 2020

International Women's Day parkrun



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This week it was all about celebrating women at parkrun with a nationwide campaign to welcome as many women and girls as possible to parkrun on International Women's Day. 

At Bushy we chose to have an all female team of volunteers, and what a fantastic team they were! Not only did we have a record number of volunteers - 75 in total, we also fielded an all female team of pacers every minute from 21 to 35. It was the first time we have ever had double pacers, both odds and evens running at the same time.

IMG_1558Maria 21 minutes, Liz 22 minutes, Krysia 23 minutes, Justine 24 minutes, Brigid 25 minutes, Zoë 26 minutes, Wendy 27 minutes, Tracey 28 minutes, Eirwen 29 minutes, Carol 30 minutes, Helen 31 minutes, Linda 32 minutes, Carmen 33 minutes, Lorraine 34 minutes, Verity 35 minutes.

Special thanks to all our pacers, many of whom had never paced before. It's a daunting task trying to get an consistent pace amongst a field of over 1500 athletes, not to mention the mud and occasional losing of GPS when you go under trees, so really well done to you all, and to everyone who got PB's.  Andy who organises the pacing rota every month is always in need of people to step up so please contact us if you want to give it a go.  It's great fun and really rewarding to have runners approach you afterward to thank you for their PB's.

Thanks also to the fabulous pacers who stepped in at the last minute when it became clear there were going to be a few gaps in the roster.  An appeal was sent out on Facebook on Friday and all was sorted.  A special mention to Linda (32 mins) a tourist from Edinburgh, visiting Bushy for the first time, who kindly offered to help.

IMG_1772Brigid, Wendy, Lucy our RD, Carol, Linda, Lorraine and Verity

IMG_9985Julie had the task of co-ordinating our largest field of volunteers to date.  We had 75, which is more than some parkruns have runners!


IMG_0002Lucy was our Run Director

IMG_0021Rosanna, another hero who stepped in at the last minute as Lead Bike, especially impressive as little Teddy is only two weeks old

IMG_5825Christine sets up the funnel

IMG_2667Diane, Anna and Helene feeling the love for parkrun

IMG_2845Stella in mid flow at the pre run brief, with Sue holding the sign

Thanks to all the girls and women who made this event possible today.

Abbie ROSS  •  Alice WILSON  •  Amber JACKSON  •  Angela MACSON  • Ann COWARD  •  Anna SAVILL  •  Bianca HOLLIS  •  Brigid HIBBERD  •  Carmen PALMER  •  Carol DICKINSON  •  Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS  •  Catelin LE FRANC  •  Catherine HAUGHNEY  •  Catherine WHEATLEY  •  Charlotte THOMSON  •  Christine FRY  •  Colby WALLACE WATERSON  •  Courtney LE FRANC  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Diane WESSON  •  Dorrie WHITING  •  Eirwen CAMPBELL  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Emily RIMMER  •  Emma DICKINSON  •  Emma WINGATE  •  Erin GOODWIN  •  Fran WYLDE  •  Grace MORENO-MASEY  •  Helen AYTON  •  Helen DAVIES  •  Helene HILL  •  Iris JOHONSON  •  Jeannie TAYLOR  •  Julia CURLEY  •  Julia HILL  •  Julie PAPWORTH  •  Justine ALBERT  •  Katherine BELL  •  Katherine JONES  •  Katie KNOTT  •  Keira KING  •  Krysia SMITH  •  Lia TYNAN  •  Linda ROBERTSON  •  Liz KILLIP  •  Lola DACHTLER  •  Lorna CURRY  •  Lorraine DILLAMORE  •  Lucy KATESMARK  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Margaret LE FRANC  •  Maria JOVANI  •  Melanie HOWES  •  Paige GOODWIN  •  Patti CHADHA  •  Rachael MACKLEARN  •  Richard MOORE  •  Rosanna BARTLETT  •  Sarah Louise MARSHALL  •  Selma LEE  •  Sharon TEE  •  Shirley BUCKLEY  •  Sophia MONS  •  Stella HAMMOND  •  Sue GRAHAM-KAHN  •  Susan HOWARTH  •  Susie MCNICOL  •  Suzanne GREEN  •  Tamsyn EVESON  •  Tracey LENTHALL  •  Verity RIDING  •  Victoria MANN  •  Wendy STOKES  •  Zoe Alison FAIZ

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Bushy parkrun happen.

A brief history of International Women's Day

It’s difficult to say exactly when IWD began but it can be traced back to 1908, when women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours.

In 1910 the leader of the ‘women’s office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She suggested that every country should celebrate women on one day every year to push for their demands.

A conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries agreed to her suggestion and IWD was formed. In 1911 it was celebrated for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19.

In 1913 it was decided to transfer IWD to March 8, and it has been celebrated on that day ever since. The day was only recognised by the United Nations in 1975.  The colour chosen to represent IWD is purple.  Maybe next year we should go one step further and all wear purple?

International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action, which explains why parkrun has chosen it as a tool to encourage the participation of as many women and girls as possible.

And yes before you ask there is an International Men's Day in November . . .


IMG_9930This is Runcorn Rowing Club who had come to London for the Women's Head of the River Race. Unfortunately the Thames was running was too fast, and it was cancelled, but happily they were able to take part in IWD parkrun instead!

The Run

Event number 833. We had a field of 1504 runners with 35 first time female runners and 17 first time men.  Conditions were a little slippery, but nothing compared to the swamp conditions of last week.


First Finishers

I think it's only fitting to start with the women and girls this week


1. Michelle Dillon 18:36

2. Amy Aronson 19:42

3. Liz Fraser 19:58 PB


1. Riona Stockley 20:04

2. Emiko Salvi 20:13

3. Leonie Kennedy 20:19 PB


1. Kurt Gibson 15:26

2. Luke Van Oudtshoorn 15:40

3. David Lewin 16:52 PB


1. Luke Van Oudtshoorn 15:40

2. Jacob Atwal 17:59

3. Declan Connolly 18:02

Age grading and PB's

These athletes all got over 80% age grade.  Congratulations to you all, especially Liz Killip (22 minute pacer) who no doubt helped a fair few runners around her to PB's!

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A massive 191 of you got personal best times today, well done.  I hope at least some were down to the excellent pacing!


These athletes achieved the following milestones this week. Congratulations


Simon Wallwork


David Morley

Jonathan Stone

Charlotte Small

Glen Ridout

Paula Jones

Jennifer Stone

John Taylor


Akin Williams

Sam Coughlin

Lucy Taylor

Lucy Noble

Abigal Shackleton

Nick Spear


Joshua Allinson New PB!

edafe9ab-4b97-4fa5-9a2f-f0f8fad7c10aLucy scanning Ann, one of the tail walkers

123acb4b-0ab4-46cb-a68b-97c9a7c32d0cEmma packing away the funnel for another week

86b9e0e7-85b5-421d-ac96-2297f59022c6And then off to the Pheasantry for token sorting with Sue. I reckon there was some multi-tasking going on today . . ?

ea147e7b-3fd5-40e8-805d-cc7d376685e5Carol (30 mins) and Duncan demonstrating our new social distancing policy

That's it for this week.  What a fantastic morning we had.

Happy International Women's Day


See you Saturday

Wendy Stokes (27 mins)

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