Report Event No 880 – 11 June 2022

A Volunteer Special

The first week in June was National Volunteers Week; a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you. I thought it would be nice therefore to use this addition of the run report to highlight the roles of the volunteers and to say thank you for their support.

ANYONE can, and is encouraged, to volunteer at parkrun. No special skills are required and there is no ongoing commitment. To make the cogs of Bushy parkrun turn smoothly, we require over 60 volunteers each week. We are lucky to have a fair number of young people volunteering as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. It has to be said, that some weeks, without them, we would be struggling to fill the positions.

The day before this parkrun, our wonderful coordinator of all volunteers, Pat, sent out a final plea email because we still had quite a few gaps on the roster. So please do consider volunteering, even if its only two or three times a year, it will make a big difference. Please email us if you would like to get involved and volunteer or speak to the Volunteer Coordinators by the Welcome flag.

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Pleading over, it's now time to say thank you to all the volunteers this week: Richard BATEDonald BELLNick BLANCHARDShirley BUCKLEYLauren BURKEJonathan BURSONJocelyn COLLIERuby COLQUHOUNNicolette CRINALLCarol DICKINSONDeirdre DOEJack EDWARDSSam EDWARDSRobert EVESONZoe Alison FAIZJake FOXErin GOODWINRichard GRAYStella HAMMONDMac HARROWELLJulie HAWORTHRobby HEDGESJack HINDEAndrew HOWARTHSusan HOWARTHGabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGSDewi JAMESAli KENNEDYLeonie KENNEDYKatie KNOTTCatelin LE FRANCMargaret LE FRANCAmanda LITTLECOTTAmelia MACFARLANEFiona MCANENARodney Howard MCCULLOCHJackie MELIASteve MILLERSimon MORTONDiane MULLENRyan MULLENJoseph MURPHYIsaac NOVELLKeara-Valentine O'BRIENRay O'NEILLCarmen PALMERJeremy PALMERRichard PATIENTTricia POWERSRosie RENDALLVerity RIDINGJames SELLPhoebe STOKESMatt SUNGAlexander SWEETINGCharlie THOMASAlexa TYNANSimon WALLWORKFi WEBSTERBill WOODS

So, as promised, a homage to the volunteers. Firstly, a big thanks to Pat who coordinates all the volunteer requests and completes the roster every week and has done so for many years.

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Today's Volunteer Coordinators were Verity and Steve, along with Jake. Their job is to check that everyone who signed up for the roster has turned up and knows what they are doing.

IMG_6801While this is going on, Jeremy who has volunteered to do the pre-event set up starts to build the all important funnel.

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Diane is a funnel manager and is getting the 'gate' ready. Ryan has the letters ready to give out when the gates are switched. Sounds complicated, but anyone wanting a go will be shown what to do.

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Andy, one of our Event Directors, assisted by Leonie (who was also a funnel manager), doing the pre-event set-up which involves lining up the speakers and setting out the start line. Run Director (and also mother of Leonie) Ali, in the background.

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Time is ticking on now and Nick gathers together all the first timers and Bushy visitors to explain the course, and importantly, where coffee can be found after the run.

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Gathering at the start are Fiona and Simon who both volunteer as guide runners for those who have a visual impairment. Today they are running with Jo and Alan. Fiona is always keen to add more volunteers to the guide roster, so again, please speak to us if you are interested.

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Nearly time for the start, and Run Director for this week, Ali, briefs the assembled multitude.

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Two of our DofE Volunteers Dewi and Jack making sure that nobody runs into the bin at the start before going off to tail walk. All parkruns have tail walkers to ensure that no one gets lost or left beind.

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Rosie was our third tailwalker today.

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The Marshalls

We have marshalls at strategic points along to course so that everyone knows where they are going. It's great fun being a marshall, your main role is to clap and cheer and encourage everyone along. It has to be said that there is a serious part to volunteering too. All volunteers wear high-vis jackets so they can be easily seen as well as a lanyard with the phone number of the Run Director, just in case there is an emergency.

At the 1km mark we have Bushy regular Zoe

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Ensuring that we all turn left, not right, Erin and Katie

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At the point where those who are more my pace can see the fast runners turning for home, we had Isaac, Alexander and Phoebe.

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At Elizabeth corner (named after one of our great supporters from the care home opposite) we had parkrun regular, Shirley.

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At Teddington Gate, Nicolette and Robby, with Ray and Matt keeping people away from the tree line along Chestnut Avenue.

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Turning towards the 4K mark on Cobblers Walk was Fi and at the turn where we have 800 metres to go were Deirdre and Sam accompanied by small dog!

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Last but definitely not least, Donald, a Busy Park Stalwart who kindly stood in at the last minute for the original marshall.

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The Finish

We have a team of funnel managers who 'gently' try to move everyone along the funnel so we don't have runners backing over the finish line. We also 'encourage' people not to duck out of the funnel as this messes up the times of everyone behind - who knew it was so complex?!

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Rodney watching for a gap to 'switch the gate'

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We have two timers clocking everyone that crosses the line, not an easy job at all, particularly around 25 minutes when a huge bulk of the runners finish. Today's timers were Lauren and Amelia.

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A team of scanners 'beeping' finish tokens and barcodes.

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Tokens taken over to the table to be sorted by Joseph and Mac.

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Sue and Ruby had been feverishly handing out tokens to finishers. Now as the rate of finishers slows down, Sue is able to bring the tokens down to the finish line. Similarly Catelin who had been in the team of scanners, now comes to greet the final finishers.

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Finally, someone has to pack all the kit away and take it home to store for next Saturday. Today it was the turn of Carol, who has volunteered at parkrun nearly 400 times, as well as running it over 500 times!! Carol can often be seen bringing her wonderful homemade banana cake for the volunteers. Lovely gesture, and much appreciated. Carol doesn't always walk around with a glass of prosecco, (just some of the time) this was from another runner's milestone celebration, more of which later.

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 Visitors

There were 1107 runners and walkers on a lovely sunny parkrun morning with a lot of visitors joining the run today. Walking down to the start I couldn't help but notice a dinosaur among the runners. The dinosaur turned out to be Mark who explained that he was wearing the costume for 24 hours to help support his wife Nina to raise money for Princess Alice Hospice. Mark had already commuted home from London as a dinosaur the day before, and was now going to run a 5K. The before and after shots demonstrate just how hard it was! It certainly didn't help that his fan broke half way round. Well done Mark.IMG_6819

 

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Joining us from Leeds, Samantha and Craig.

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We had a large contingent from Tczew parkrun in Poland. One of the members of the group explained to me that they are from a small town of 60,000 inhabitants and the previous week they had 1000 people at their parkrun, second place in Poland, quite a feat.

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A great group from Gorey parkrun

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I came across more visitors during the run. Unfortunately my technology let me down (or it may have been user error) so I'm afraid I don't have your names.

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I'm pretty sure that this duo were from Cleethorpes and Hartlepool

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I met this cheerful group from Orpington who had just finished and were admiring the park.

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And finally a group from Colchester Castle parkrun, whose names I did catch L - R, Hannah, Neil, Bret, Rob, Ben,Tania.

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I understand that we also had quite a big group from Hayle parkrun. Unfortunately public transport let them down and they raced across the start line just after 'the off'. I managed to catch one of your group on the way round; we hope you enjoyed your visit.

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The Run - can you spot yourself?

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Milestones and celebrations

I spotted two celebrations today, firstly Antonia celebrating her 350th run along with Nick celebrating his 50th.

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Milestones reached this week:

25 runs

9
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Male
6/623
71.60% age grade
18:01
PB 17:50
87
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Male
76/623
68.58% age grade
21:10
First Timer!
181
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Male
154/623
57.40% age grade
22:58
PB 22:44
198
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Male
168/623
59.70% age grade
23:12
PB 21:35
248
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Male
210/623
61.18% age grade
23:55
PB 22:02
264
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Male
220/623
60.47% age grade
24:12
PB 21:45
318
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Female
44/434
59.08% age grade
25:03
New PB!
483
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Female
97/434
54.64% age grade
27:07
PB 25:45
700
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Female
192/434
62.51% age grade
30:11
New PB!
730
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Female
206/434
48.26% age grade
30:42
PB 29:15
989
25 parkruns | Member of the 25 Club
Female
362/434
38.96% age grade
38:02
PB 34:12

50 runs

271
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Male
227/623
63.24% age grade
24:18
PB 20:58
328
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Male
263/623
56.32% age grade
25:11
PB 19:02
413
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Male
323/623
55.64% age grade
26:18
PB 24:55
431
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Male
333/623
54.75% age grade
26:31
PB 23:19
512
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Male
382/623
62.80% age grade
27:28
PB 26:43
515
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Female
109/434
53.85% age grade
27:29
PB 22:41
673
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Male
464/623
43.35% age grade
29:50
PB 26:56
685
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Female
186/434
52.94% age grade
30:00
PB 28:14
737
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Female
209/434
53.79% age grade
30:48
First Timer!
777
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Male
504/623
46.83% age grade
31:30
New PB!
938
50 parkruns | Member of the 50 Club
Female
330/434
42.86% age grade
35:28
First Timer!
953
Male
572/623
46.53% age grade
36:02
First Timer!

100 Runs

69
100 parkruns | Member of the 100 Club
Male
61/623
69.90% age grade
20:46
First Timer!
576
100 parkruns | Member of the 100 Club
Female
140/434
63.51% age grade
28:30
PB 24:24

Finally a very jolly 40th birthday celebration for Louise, with very good cake (thank you)!

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That's it for this week

See you Saturday to do it all over again!

Stella

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