Report Event No 888 – 6 August 2022

Kiss me, Bushy – it’s a Nelson event

 

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parkrun tourists are a common sight at Bushy Park and most visit because they want to pay homage to the home of parkrun.  However, this Saturday was a little different.  There were visitors, lots of them, but most of them were pursuing an obscure parkrun challenge – the Nelson.  While many parkrunners  have heard about the Alphabeteer,  Tourist and even Fibonacci challenges, the Nelson isn’t so well-known, and requires a parkrun event with a number that’s divisible by 111.  This Saturday it was event 888, and a massive 1,384 people turned up to run, jog or walk our course, Bushy’s largest crowd, other than Christmas Day, since parkrun returned just over a year ago.

Volunteers

Event #888 wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful volunteers – all 60 of them – so a huge thank you to each and every one of you:

Ciaran MURPHY • Julie HAWORTH • Jackie MITCHELL • Chris BRIMACOMBE • Phil BLUER • Arwyn MORGAN • Rhys Thomas WILLIAMS • Louise BAKER • Fran WYLDE • Mark BLYTHE • Rhiannon WILLIAMS • Louise RUSSELL • Suzanne GREEN • Sarah Louise MARSHALL • Nick BLANCHARD • Alex TICKELL • Nick ROWE • Debbie TANTON • Colin WOODS • Verity RIDING • Daphne BOYLE • Joy BELL • Donald BELL • Susan HOWARTH • Ross William HOWARTH • Andrew HOWARTH • Jill SMITH • Lorraine DILLAMORE • Izabel GRINDAL • Jack EDWARDS • Duncan SCOBLE • Fi WEBSTER • Anna TUCKMAN • Margot COOPER • Tracy EDGAR • Isaac NOVELL • Debbie BRITTON • Anne FLUCK • Nicolette CRINALL • Chris LEONARD • Robby HEDGES • Beth DAVEY • Dewi JAMES • Alexa TYNAN • Richard BATE • Ross CAMERON • Peter HANCOCK • Oliver FORBES • Katie KNOTT • Jack HINDE • John WRIGHT • Annabel DAVEY • Paula NORMAN • Max BAYON • Ruby COLQUHOUN • Gemma JONES • Becky GRICE • Jocelyn COLLIE • Maeve MOTE • Alice MOTE

 

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One of our volunteers taking it easy before the crowds arrive 

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Nick delivering the First Timers Welcome 

We often get visitors asking if they can volunteer: we welcome them with open arms.  Just email us at bushy@parkrun.com.

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Arwyn MORGAN was timekeeping for the first time and loved it! -  a great week to choose with 1,384 clicks   

 

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Twins Alice & Maeve MOTE volunteered for the first time - starting their DoE journey

Nelson Challenge

The challenge is named after Admiral Nelson, one of the greatest naval commanders ever, who is often described as having one eye, one arm and one leg despite having two intact legs when he died at the Battle of Trafalgar near Cadiz in 1805.  He lost sight in his right eye while in command of land forces on the island of Corsica in 1794, and had most of his right arm amputated during the battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1797.  The term Nelson is widely used in cricket where the score of 111 and multiples of that number, are feared by many teams.

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No one told Run Director Andy HOWARTH that Nelson didn’t lose a leg 

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Time for one more stretch before the start 

 

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Round the corner at the cricket club 

 

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Entering Chestnut Avenue 

 

Dorking & Mole AC had the Nelson in their sights, with 17 of the club participating at Bushy this weekend and for nine of them, it was their first visit.  Like other clubs they have a parkrun WhatsApp to keep abreast of challenges, according to Ruth KAYPEE, who had already clocked up a 111 event at East Brighton and 444 at Orpington when she arrived at Bushy.  Kate MORRIS was among the Bushy first timers in the group, but she was more focused on completing her 50th milestone run - marked with her fastest parkun time ever of 31:38.  Congratulations Kate!

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A group of four from Morley left home at 4am to make the Bushy Nelson.  It was the first visit for all of them and Matt ROBERTS  was celebrating his parkrun anniversary having run his first parkrun at Roundhay last August.  He has completed an impressive 45, including Bushy, since then.  It wasn’t such an early start for the 10 runners from Prab’s Pain Club, a Guildford-based interval training group with 140 members.  Coach Prab SATYA said one of the team had notched up a new PB while three of them had delivered Bushy PBs.   Other groups of visitors included the Marlow Striders – nine of whom completed the course while Debbie BRITTON volunteered – and four of the fabulously named Promenade Plodders from Bognor Regis – Charlotte WIDDOWS, Gillian TAYLOR, Dawn THACKERY and Jean MORRIS - who have clocked up 595 parkruns between them.

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It was a 4am start for these visitors from Morley  

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Prab and his Pain Club 

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Visiting volunteer Debbie BRITTON and friends from Marlow Striders 

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Duke agrees to shares the frame with owners Roscoe and Harley-Rai BROWN 

 

None of the visitors managed to grab the all-important 888 finish token.  That honour went to a local - Valerie SMITH– who was completing her 15th parkrun and has run all of them at Bushy.  While there weren’t any Horatios participating in event 888,  Alistair NELSON - like Valerie another local - finished 346th in a time of 24:19. And there were four HARDYs running - Luke, Alice, Niamh and Louise.

 

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Charlotte MINCHELL visiting from Bromley to run with brother Paul KEELER and Stuart THOMPSON 

 

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Visitors from Ackworth  

 

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The Grice family visiting from Nottingham  

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Jackie MOUSLEY from Frimley Green who organised a family and friends reunion  

 

Milestones

This week we had two participants achieving 250 events – Pauline MULVANY and Heather HORLER – and two Helen’s reaching their 100th milestone – Helen FREEMAN and Helen VENTER.  They were joined in the 100 club by Mark HEPBURN, while 15 participants achieved their 50th and three can now wear a 25th milestone t-shirt.   A big round of applause for all of you – two hands required for that one.

 

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Helen FREEMAN proudly marking her 100th

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Helen and friends from Promenade Plodders 

 

50 Club

Well done to Christian Wetterberg, Ryan ALFORD-SMITH, Jessica FURBER, Jonathan BROWN, Sarah CLOUGH, Hutcheson KEVIN, Tom LEONARD, Ceri BENJAMIN, Anne WILLIAMS, Kate MORRIS, Belinda DUFF, Helena CHARLTON, Wendy STEWART, Anna GOMES and Lianna SEARLE.

And finally, on the topic of milestones,  eight-year-old  Felicity, known as Fliss, deserves a special mention for completing 50 different parkruns with her first visit to Bushy.  She clocked up an all-time PB of 34:45 to mark the occasion.

 

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Fliss celebrating 50 different parkruns and a new all-time PB 

 

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The final stretch  

 

The results

The fastest male finisher on Saturday was Kieran CLEMENTS (SM25-29) who crossed the line in 14:35 to continue his winning streak – six parkruns, first finisher every time.  First female finisher was Katherine STREAMS (VW50-54) who was 64th overall in a new PB of 19:29.  Her time gave her a massive 89.39% age grading.  Charles HOLDER (JM11-14) was first junior male, finishing 17th in a new PB of 17:40 while Ava MCANDIE (JW11-14) took the honour for the younger women when she finished 99th in 20:17, which was also a new PB.

Fast Men

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Fast women

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Fast young men

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Fast young women

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Top 5 age grading men

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Top 5 age grading women

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Alex KEELER and Ian RILEY who both clocked up PBs despite the heat 

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Our Nelson-themed RD keeps one eye on the all-important results processing 

 

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How better to end the morning with a picnic in the shade 

This week’s 1384 runners brought the total of number of participants at Bushy to over 70,000 - 70,221 in fact.  Between them, they have clocked up 677,646  finishes, 87,655 PBs and a staggering 3.38 million kilometres.  We’re looking forward to many of you returning next week – sadly event #999 is over two years away!

Izzy Grindal

 

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Report Event No 887 – 30 July 2022

Visitors galore!

 

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What another glorious morning in Bushy Park. 1,098 athletes this week with 65 wonderful  volunteers. There were some tired legs from the Wedding Day 7k the night before when conditions were a humid 25 degrees and it  was warm again at parkrun o'clock. What a hot July it has been and the Park is showing it. Amazingly the bracken seems to be surviving the hot and dry conditions but the grass areas are brown and baked dry, and a cloud of dust rises above the runners in the first km particularly - the Strava segment is not called The Dusty Drag for nothing.

We welcomed 217 first timers to Bushy this week. We are proving more popular than Brighton for a day trip. Pitsea Running Club were there in force, around 50 arriving by coach from in and around the Basildon area in  Essex.

 

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 Pitsea RC. Basildon & Wickford Memorial parkrun attendances took a dip this week 

 

More about our many visitors later.

Volunteers

This week we welcomed Richard BATE to the team of seven Run Directors at Bushy.  What a great addition he is. Richard has been a regular runner at Kingston and Bushy, but injury has forced him to concentrate more on the volunteering side. When he offered to take up Run Directing I am not sure he realised how much is involved each week in getting the kit together, briefing the timers and scanners and of course processing the results at the end. So a big round of applause for Richard and many thanks for getting involved. We have had some trouble with the speakers at Bushy but we think we've cracked it now and Richard was certainly audible to the throng.

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Richard gets us going

Many thanks to all the 65 brilliant volunteers this week:

Carol DICKINSON • Ciaran MURPHY • James SELL • John P WOODS • Liz COLLISON • Merran SELL • Ken PEARSON • Rhys Thomas WILLIAMS • Louise BAKER • Jack KENNEDY • Rhiannon WILLIAMS • Elizabeth GILROY-SCOTT • Richard MATTHEWS • Tom BUCKE • David SUMMERS • Nick BLANCHARD • Alex TICKELL • Ryan MULLEN • Nick ROWE • Robert HODGE • Joy BELL • Diane MULLEN • Donald BELL • Susan HOWARTH • Andrew HOWARTH • Lea ROCHESTER • Michael TROTT • Richard KENNEDY • Ali KENNEDY • Heather Lynn HORLER • Heather HODGE • Martin NICHOLDS • Sacha KENNEDY • Leonie KENNEDY • Laura Helen MOSLEY • Viv ROOT • Isaac NOVELL • Maxine KELLY • Jonathan BURSON • Melanie HOWES • Emilie HOWES • Wendy STOKES • Christopher WILLANS • Liz SAVAGE • Nicolette CRINALL • Eloise JARMAN • Keith BALDWIN • Robby HEDGES • Dewi JAMES • Fiona SCOTT • Richard BATE • Sarah-Jane KELLAND • Neo TIGEDI • Nicki PLEWS • Steve LORDE • Katie KNOTT • Emma May MURPHY • Rory Joseph MURPHY • Sam DERRICK • Max BAYON • David HOPPE • Gemma JONES • Charlie THOMAS • Ben STRADLING • Jocelyn COLLIE

August can be a tricky time for us to complete the volunteer roster, so if you can possibly help us out, you will enjoy an even warmer welcome than usual from our fantastic volunteer coordinator Pat McGrath. It really is very rewarding and lots of fun. Just email us at bushy@parkrun.com You don't need to be an expert at anything. We also have a few roles where you can also get a run credit.

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 Nick gives newbies the low down

 

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 David powers round the course as Lead Bike

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Liz at Elisabeth's corner

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Elizabeth at Elisabeth's corner

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Nicolette & Robbie do a great job at Teddington Gate

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The end is in sight! Tom and Maxine at the Bridge

Southwark parkrun was cancelled this week due to an event in the Park, so what better reason to make the pilgrimage. We welcomed expert timekeeper Nicki PLEWS and one of Southwark's RDs Madeleine BROWN.

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Nicki & Madeleine

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Some of the fab funnel team

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Scanning completes the set

Visitors

As well as Pitsea RC, we welcomed a small group from Chester-le-Street, County Durham. To keep their parkrun community engaged during lockdown they instigated a (not)parkrun challenge of 10 (not)parkruns raising funds for St Cuthbert's Hospice in the process and ensuring people remained active. Here below in their challenge t shirts.

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Karen & Ian Goulding, Kay Carriick, Kay &  Steve Duthie, Dave & Joyce Walsh

 

We also welcomed a small group of tourists from Sandall Park parkrun in Doncaster easily spotted in their rather fetching cow Ts. They had set off at 5am to make the pilgrimage.

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 Mark Kenworthy, Dawn Goodings, Trevor Blake and Marie-Louise Taylor

 

We had another coincidental meet up this week. Bushy seems to specialise in this. Two run directors and an event director from Sloughbottom parkrun Norwich and a run director from Catton parkrun  Norwich  all turned up by complete coincidence at Bushy Park. Two of them work together and never thought to mention it.  parkrun is a strong pull.

 

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Kate and Radley Fenn, Alison Read, Laura Palmer and Helen Vinsen from Norwich

FB_IMG_1659435977470Sandra and her mates thoroughly enjoyed their visit. "Well worth the early start from Bristol!".

Caroline CRANE of the Lonely Goat Running Club was celebrating her 50th birthday with friend Louise GOODWIN from Dorset. They both used to live in Dorset and whilst Louise has moved away they still meet at parkrun. Caroline says the Lonely Goat Running Club all started at Poole parkrun in 2017 and strives to bring people together through running. It  is fully affiliated to England Athletics and claims to be the largest running club in the country. Lonely Goats are regulars at Bushy.

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Regular visitors to Bushy are Horley Harriers. They have a six parkrun summer tour that concludes at the cradle of parkrun. The tour has a competitive element for men and women. This year their itinerary included Tilgate, Banstead Woods, Worthing, Nonsuch, East Brighton and then Bushy.  Here they are enjoying the delights of the Pheasantry.

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Milestones

500 Club - No-one this week.

 

250 Club -  Just the one this week. Andrew Gilroy-Scott can claim the revered green t shirt. Andrew has done all but three of his parkruns at Bushy.

 

100 Club - Four this week - congratulations to: Geraldine McLEOD, Simon MILLER, Catherine GIBBONS and Sam RUSSELL

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Sam celebrates his 100th

50 Club -    Three new members - well done to Samantha GRAY, Matt HOPPING, and Bella HILL.

In addition we had a number of other significant (arbitrary?) milestones. James GILLESPIE was visiting for the first time for his 300th parkrun. Rod FRASER and regular Bushy volunteer Chris BRIMACOMBE were doing their 400th parkruns and last but not least a very special Bushy person was doing their 600th parkrun. Yes the very quiet and retiring Carol "it was so hot!" DICKINSON. Carol baked her legendary banana cake for the volunteers.

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Finally there was one other milestone being celebrated at Bushy this week. Step forward all round brilliant chap and Team Bushy stalwart Ian CUNNINGHAM. It was Ian's 60th birthday but he is lucky enough to look at least 10 years younger. He also runs like a 40 year old, although he is currently nursing an injury.  Ian is often seen pacing others officially and unofficially. Happy birthday to Ian.

 

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The results

This week 1098 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 217 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 116 different clubs took part.

Umbrella quotient: 0 out of 5

Fast men

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First finisher Joshua Grace (14:51 PB). 26th fastest time at Bushy

 

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2nd finisher Marshall Smith (14:57 PB)

Fast women

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Fast girls

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Fast boys

 

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85%+ Age grading

 

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80%+ Age Grading

 

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 Louis needs a few more weeks training

 

Until next week...

Andy Howarth

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Report Event No 886 – 23 July 2022

Many happy returns

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Today marked a year since parkrun returned in the UK after the Covid pause, and what a joy it’s been to have it back in our lives! Celebrating with us were 1,038 athletes, ranging from 27 people running their first ever parkrun to John Woods running his 710th. There were 138 people running at Bushy for the first time, and 75 new PBs.

It was warm and sunny, and the park is still looking very dry after the recent record-breaking temperatures.

 

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Milestones

250 Club

Just one this week. Huge congratulations to R GREG from Ally Pally parkrun for earning his 250 t-shirt on his pilgrimage to Bushy today.

 

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 Ally Pally regulars on their pilgrimage

 

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A massive well done to Colin Lea on his 100th parkrun – he didn’t start his parkrun career until the age of 74!

50 Club

Cheers to Russell HALL, Nav John VAUGHAN, Toby SEYMOUR, Tom BEALE, David WOODALL and Jenny BAYLEY on their 50th runs today

 

Visitors

As always, we had some lovely visitors from far and wide, including Gareth DAVISON from Queensland, Australia.

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 Gareth DAVISON

 

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Vanessa and Andy Britton from Sheffield (with their very happy dog)

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Allen and Russell Dickinson-Deane, who missed the Newcastle Pride event to run at Bushy, but brought the Pride feeling with them.

 

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This is 11-year old Jeevi with Minreet  and Pritpal Kaur; they are all relatives of Rajinder Singh MBE, the skipping Sikh. Jeevi ran his first ever parkrun today, and looked cool as a cucumber afterwards!

 

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Here is Stephen Perry with his friends Roy and Daniel. Stephen is celebrating his “Londone” achievement (all the parkruns in London), and saved Bushy till last.

 

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Thanks as ever to the amazing volunteers, 59 of them today, for checking the course, setting up the event and taking it down again, looking after the kit, coordinating the volunteers, welcoming the first timers, being lead bike, marshalling, timing, managing the funnel, scanning, VI guiding, tailwalking, handing out tokens, and sorting them afterwards. Not to mention today’s wonderful Run Director, Lucy! If you would like to join in the volunteering fun, please email bushy@parkrun.com and Pat can add you to a future roster.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Martyn ALLENJohn ALTMANRichard BATEMax BAYONNick BLANCHARDPhil BLUERDavid BREWINLauren BURKEJonathan BURSONRoss CAMERONLiz COLLISONRay COWARDNicolette CRINALLCarol DICKINSONJonathan DICKINSONAmy EDGEWORTHOliver FORBESDaniel GARGIULOElizabeth GILROY-SCOTTWilliam GILROY-SCOTTCatherine HAUGHNEYRobby HEDGESAndrew HOWARTHSusan HOWARTHEmilie HOWESDewi JAMESGemma JONESAndrew William JORDANKatie KNOTTCatelin LE FRANCMargaret LE FRANCHeather LOCKWOODAmelia MACFARLANEAngela MACSONNicole MAGGLila MARCHANTFiona MCANENAFergus MCGUIGGANLaura Helen MOSLEYDiane MULLENRyan MULLENCiaran MURPHYMartin NICHOLDSNick NICHOLSONIsaac NOVELLRichard PATIENTIan RILEYStewart ROSEJenny SAUNDERSDuncan SCOBLEJill SMITHPhoebe STOKESWendy STOKESBen STRADLINGLucy THATCHERAlexa TYNANNina WATERSFi WEBSTERAnne WOODS

 

Results

First finisher was James Quinlan in a new PB of 15:45, seen here sharing the Spongebob vibe with his brothers Daniel (who finished 4th) and Ashley (who finished 29th).

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Fast men

 

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Fast women

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Junior girls

 

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Junior boys

 

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Age grading - 80%+

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Many thanks to Duncan SCOBLE for his wonderful photos.

See you all next week.

Sue Howarth

 

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Report Event No 885 -16 July 2022

"doing the Bushy pilgrim" – That's how it’s called, I've learned.

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This week we're handing over report duties to Karin (seen above with partner Daniel) a visitor from Hamburg who was very keen to contribute to the volunteer effort. Take it away Karin!

Hearing so much about the story of parkrun and Bushy Park, I wanted to go at some point to experience it myself. What a great an extraordinary experience I was about to encounter! On a quite hot morning for English circumstances with a lot of sun, we easily found Jonathan (RD) together with the volunteer coordinators, plus Pat, whom I've been exchanging emails before.

 

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"Since Covid we're not back to our regular numbers, yet. Only around 1000 participants we're getting nowadays.“ is what I heard from Pat while chatting before the start.
Low on numbers? Really??? If I only could add a picture of the question mark in my face from that moment to this report! So far the highest number of participants at parkrun Hasenheide were the two Marathon weekends in Berlin, with 517 and 733 people joining!

 

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Being the parkrun in Germany with the highest numbers of participants each week with roughly 80/90-120/150 runners, joggers or walkers, the marathon weekends were quite something. What an excitement of organisation for us on these two specific days (all before Covid times)!

 

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Now at Bushy parkrun it was finally my opportunity to be one of the crowd, starting via a how-many-meters-wide-start-line, being surrounded by other fast, faster or slower ones, kids with grandads, moms, fathers or mothers with baby cars, older, younger ones, sprinting with their dogs, visually impaired athletes with their guides. We all are getting caught by excitement, the atmosphere after the countdown to run and just wanting to move forward, keeping up with your neighbours and enjoying the momentum of being part of this big community

 

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Jonathan giving his pre event address.

 

981 “parkrunner” made it over the finish line in their own speed, where the 75 volunteers made all this possible. Thank you guys!

Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Andrew ALLENJohn ALTMANRichard BATENick BLANCHARDSimon BRICKNELLErica BROWNLauren BURKEJonathan BURSONRoss CAMERONLiz COLLISONAnn COWARDLara DENARORachel DERRICKSam DERRICKSimon DERRICKCarol DICKINSONJonathan DICKINSONJack EDWARDSOliver FORBESDaniel GARGIULOStella HAMMONDRobby HEDGESKarin HELLMANNAndrew HOWARTHRoss William HOWARTHSusan HOWARTHTim HURDLEGabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGSPaul IRWINPam JARMANGemma JONESJacquie KIRKKatie KNOTTChristine LAIDLAWCatelin LE FRANCMargaret LE FRANCSarah-Lou LEWISAmelia MACFARLANENicole MAGGClare MAGILLLila MARCHANTRichard MATTHEWSFergus MCGUIGGANEmma MILESSteve MILLERRichard MOOREGraham MORTIMERDiane MULLENSian MULLENCiaran MURPHYEmma May MURPHYMartin NICHOLDSNick NICHOLSONIsaac NOVELLAmy Rose O'HANLONMatt PARKERKen PEARSONZach REIDCeridwen SALISBURYDuncan SCOBLEAlex STEPHENSWendy STOKESBen STRADLINGCharlie THOMASBecky THURTELLAlexa TYNANRebecca WALLISSimon WESTGARTHRhiannon WILLIAMSRhys Thomas WILLIAMSEmma WINGATEAnne WOODSColin WOODSKerrie WOODS

Why not get involved and volunteer?

 

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Wendy gives the First Timer's Welcome with help from Carol.

 

"parkrun is only possible because of our lovely volunteers.“ Jonathan said through the mic, celebrating and thanking these special people, "and we‘ve 75 heroes helping out today!"

Wouh, that‘s more than participants we've in Hamburg (my home town, north of Germany) normally, with approximately around 30-40 lovely parkrunner and around 90 participants in record times. My dad, with his 84 years, is happily volunteering there as a marshal regularly.
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Simon was on Lead Bike.

 

As we've in Germany very low numbers on participants (and I'm meaning here the ones from 15, via 30 or around 50/60ish, where above 80 or 100 and more is already considered as a high participation event), for me running or walking always at the very end of the field is sometimes tough. Therefore it‘s something special of not being the only one running more or less alone after a few meters behind the start.
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How exciting and fun it is to chat with others while I‘ve to catch breath and try to recover from the "finishing sprint“. I can‘t believe I‘ve to wait in line to get my barcode scanned and I love it! Yeah, you probably never thought that there would be people like me, enjoying waiting and standing in a queue. ;-)
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What I love about parkrun is the coffee and mingling afterwards, where locals and internationals have nice chats, get to know each other or even make the base to become friends.

And only because of that, I got caught by surprise when I heard my name while I got my picture taken with the selfie- frame! There was the sweet couple from Australia, we've met six weeks ago in Malmö on the extra national day parkrun! How nice to see each other again and feeling like knowing each other already for a long time. We were also very glad to meet Michael, a very friendly local runner, who was so nice to help us to contact our hotel and even walk us back after the coffee through the park, to make sure we’re not getting lost. These are special moments, which aren't happening easily "in the ordinary world".
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Karin and Daniel with Helen and Stephen from Melbourne

 

Thank you all from Bushy team for this 885th parkrun! You‘re quite a special crowd, making this big event possible every single week, since so many years with all your spirit, happyness and soul, free and welcome for everyone. You all from the team, the marshals, volunteer coordinators, run director, photographer and every one with their role, plus cake maker (I know it isn't a role) made me and us felt so welcome! You've been so supportive, open, cheering and funny that it became an outstanding morning.

Sure I wanted to go to Bushy parkrun at some point, if possible, because I've heard a lot about it. And experiencing this is really getting the core feeling of the parkrun spirit! You make it happen. Every week. For the locals and pilgrims. ;-)

Many thanks to Karin for her report this week. It's very interesting to see Bushy from a visitor's perspective.

 

Visitors

Whilst we're on the subject of visitors, here are just a few of those who made their way to us this weekend;
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Next we have Lynn and Karen from Wigan.

 

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Here are Caroline and Darren from Milton Keynes.

 

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Biggin Runways were visiting for the first time...

 

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...as were these guys from Southend.

 

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It all turned into a hi-viz love in!

 

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Hew has lived in New Zealand for 22 years and was back visiting his twin brother Owen.

 

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Chris and Eileen from Portsmouth. Chris is a run director at Southsea parkrun.

 

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Amy and Alex from Oxford. Amy is Event Director at University Parks parkrun.

 

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Stefan and Emma. Stefan was running for the first time in a year due to injury and managed 19:47! Emma is fresh from running a women's record time of 5:07 at the local Arethusa Mile event on Wednesday.

 

 Results

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bushy parkrun Results Page

 

Men

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Women

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Boys

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Girls

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Milestones

Quite a quiet week for milestones this week but well done to all those who earned their 25, 50, or 100 tee shirts, especially my old neighbour Simon who got his 100!

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50

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25

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Pleasantries in the Pheasantry

Such lovely weather always makes the post event coffee and chat really enjoyable. The horrible winter chills seem a world away.
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Jonathan and Richard collate the results.

 

Well there we are, that's it for another week. Many thanks to Karin for her contribution to this week's report.
See you Saturday,

Duncan.

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Report Event No 884 – 9 July 2022

Bulli for you

 

We're starting today with An Amazing Coincidence.  Bulli is a small town in New South Wales, Australia about 70km south of Sydney. There's a beach called Bulli Beach and a parkrun called Sandon Point, which has an average of 150 runners each week and it takes around 10 volunteers to run it every week.

 

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Michael in the apricot top is one of the run directors at Sandon Point and had come along to Bushy with his brother Steve who lives here, and Simon (in the 250 top) who usually run at Bromley and Riddlesdown parkruns. They came to do the Bushy pilgrimage...

 

They got to the start line and low and behold who should Michael run into but Natalie, another run director at Sandon Point. They know each other well and neither had told the other that they were going to be there. Somehow they managed to find each other amongst the crowds at Bushy.  How's that for a coincidence!

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parkrun brings us together #loveparkrun

 

Our park is looking a bit parched at the moment and a heatwave is looming, but thankfully we had a fairly cool morning at around 18°, plenty of cloud cover and a bit of a breeze

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It's that time of the year when you can lounge on the grass before a run

 

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Richard on the left is an RD in training, he was learning the ropes of Volunteer Coordinating today with Event Director Alex

 

Visitors and Volunteers

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First time visitors to Bushy getting a helping hand from Nick

 

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Keith visiting from Black Park parkrun

 

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This jolly lot were visiting from Colchester

 

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Bernard and Rafal are Polish and live in Ireland and usually run at Corkagh parkrun. They've been trying out lots of lovely Irish parkruns including Bushy Dublin, but decided they needed to come and run at Bushy the original

 

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Louise from Huddersfield is hula hooping everyday in a different location to raise money for Macmillan. Rumour was she did some hula hooping during the run

 

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Dan one of our visually impaired runners, with his VI guide Emily.  Dan spends his entire time during the run saying hello to everyone on the course and is known by all

 

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Dan proudly sporting his new 250 t-shirt

 

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Duncan was on hand to stop anyone from running into the speakers. A task at which he failed spectacularly as one athlete ran straight in to it!

 

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Joanna is an RD from Gunnersbury parkrun which was cancelled due to an event in the park so she came to Bushy and volunteered as timekeeper.

Thank you Joanna and thank you to all 62 volunteers who made the event possible
Ann COWARD • Ciaran MURPHY • Jonathan DICKINSON • Liz COLLISON • Richard PATIENT • Rosie RENDALL • Steve MILLER • Cathy WOODALL • David STEWART • Carmen PALMER • Graham TITCOMBE • Jeremy PALMER • Ian CUNNINGHAM • Simon R • Zoe Alison FAIZ • Rob JONES • Louise RUSSELL • Suzanne GREEN • Nick BLANCHARD • Alex TICKELL • Nick ROWE • Colin WOODS • Diane MULLEN • Keith RIDING • Ali KENNEDY • Leonie KENNEDY • David PORTER • Zach REID • Jack EDWARDS • Becky PAGE • Phoebe STOKES • Fi WEBSTER • Mandy MOORE • Jonathan BURSON • Wendy STOKES • Shirley BUCKLEY • Nigel RATA • Susie MCNICOL • Kerrie WOODS • William PINCHARD • Robby HEDGES • Alexa TYNAN • Richard BATE • Lauren BURKE • Paul BARLOW • Fergus MCGUIGGAN • Stella HAMMOND • Ross CAMERON • David RUEGG • Joanna DUDZIAK • Emily WATTRET • Oliver FORBES • Simon DERRICK • Gert LINDEQUE • Jack HINDE • David J RODGERS • Emma May MURPHY • Sam DERRICK • Max BAYON • Charlie THOMAS • Ben STRADLING • Lila MARCHANT

See our volunteer page for information on how you can get involved.

 

Event number 884

This week 999 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 158 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 98 different clubs took part.

 

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We were in the capable hands of Zoe as Run Director

 

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Get out of the way!

 

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Lorraine loves running

 

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Thank you Marshal

 

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Crossing the bridge

 

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At the finish line

 

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First Finishers

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bushy parkrun Results Page

Men

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Women

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Boys

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Girls

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Milestones

250

Congratulations to the following runners who achieved their 250 t-shirt

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Not a bottle of prosecco in sight!

 

100

Congratulations to the following runners who achieved their 100 t-shirt

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Louisa celebrating with a cape (as you do)

 

50

Congratulations to the following runners who achieved their 50 t-shirt

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Fun in the funnel

 

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Our DoE volunteers sorting tokens

 

More visitors

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Jim is one of the core team from a new event in Maidstone called Mote park, which was on it's 5th event this week

 

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Laurence and Ros from Glasgow. Laurence is a cardiac arrest survivior and was keen to tell me he didn't need our defib as he's got his own installed. Ros hates running but has been doing it for the last 10 years!

 

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Chris from Knocknacarra parkun, which is Galway to you and I

 

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Daniel and Nicky usually run at Southampton parkrun

 

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Steve and Deb who have been running at Zuiderpark parkrun in The Hague, they've just moved back to England but were keen to give Zuiderpark a plug

 

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Crack team of volunteers packing the kit away (folding the table took 5 minutes)

 

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Zoe enjoying the sunshine whilst processing the results. Thanks Zoe!

 

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See you on Saturday

Wendy

 

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Report Event No 883 – 2 July 2022

parkrun for all ages

 

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This week saw the annual gathering of parkrunning octogenarians and nonagenarians at Bushy. George FROGLEY (VM80-85) and Richard PITCAIRN-KNOWLES (VM85-89) have been jointly organising this wonderful event since 2017. This was the 5th year, therefore, with no event in 2020. A total of 39 octogenarians and two nonagenarians made the trip this time, 32 men and nine women. Some great times were recorded including 26.45 by Martin GILLET (VM80-84) and 29.56 by Eva OSBORNE (VW80-84) of Wymondham AC as fastest man and woman. Eva's time represents a 93.54% age grading. Marcus PALMER (VM80-85) chose this event for his first ever parkrun, showing it's never too late to start. We hope this is the first of many.

The two over 90s were Geoff JACKSON and Albert YEE who recorded times of 49.48 and 51.05 respectively. An inspiration to us all.

We look forward to welcoming the gang back again next year.

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Wymondham AC with Rodney Freeburn and Eva Osborne representing the over 80s

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George Frogley with details of previous octogenarian events

20220702_084527Hillingdon AC were well represented including octogenarians Angela Duncan and  Douglas Milsom

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Volunteers

65 amazing people helped make it all happen this week. Many thanks to: John ALTMANAndy ANSTEYRichard BATEMax BAYONNatalie BERMANPhil BLUERTim BOWDENLauren BURKERoss CAMERONJocelyn COLLIERuby COLQUHOUNCarolyn COOPER-BURROWSGeorge DAUBNEYJulian DIAMONDLorraine DILLAMOREJack EDWARDSAnna EVANSMatthew FAYJamie FORBESOliver FORBESJake FOXDaniel GARGIULOIndia GREENHALGHJack HINDEHeather HODGEAndrew HOWARTHSusan HOWARTHMelanie HOWESHorace HUNGGemma JONESMaxine KELLYAli KENNEDYKatie KNOTTCatelin LE FRANCMargaret LE FRANCTracey LENTHALLRosalind LEWINAmelia MACFARLANEStephen MARFLEETFergus MCGUIGGANDiane MULLENAmanda MUNROMartin NICHOLDSIsaac NOVELLKeara-Valentine O'BRIENMichelle O'GORMANJulie PAPWORTHRichard PATIENTVictoria PAULORachel PHILLIPSDavid PORTERRosie RENDALLEjona REXHEPILea ROCHESTERNick ROWELouise RUSSELLJames SELLDavid STEWARTAlexander SWEETINGCharlie THOMASAlex TICKELLMichael TROTTEmily TUNGRhiannon WILLIAMSAndrew John WINGATE

Why not get involved and volunteer?

Many thanks to the athletes  from Shaef Shifters and others who stepped in to help in the funnel after their run.

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Victoria giving sign support 

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David and Phil await the charge

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Our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers are crucial each week. Here at 2km

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20220702_092458Maxine & Gemma were at Teddington Gate, expertly shepherding athletes away from the path under the trees

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Natalie & India were our lovely tail walkers this week, with sleeping "assistants"

20220702_082730We were grateful for help from local church group St John's Hampton Wick who took on various volunteer roles and handed out energy bars! Thank you!

Visitors

187 first timers to Bushy this week. Indeed there was quite a queue for the frame, and hats off to Julie for taking everyone's photo to capture their pilgrimage. One of the furthest travelled was Etienne REDANT visiting from Jo-burg, South Africa. Etienne was fascinated with the workings of our funnel as many visitors are!

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Milestones

500 Club

One new entrant this week. Step forward Bob ANDERSON (VM70-74). Bob has run 487 times at Bushy and just 8 times at Hanworth and a few others once or twice.

250 Club

None this week

100 Club

Congratulations to Anthony WYNN-RUFFHEAD (VM60-64) and Frances STANTON (SW25-29) on earning their black t shirts.

50 Club

Well done Brooke TAYLOR, Euan DOE and Luke COSTIN on reaching 50 runs.

The results

Fast men

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Fast Women

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Fast boys

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Fast girls

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90%ers

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80%ers

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Same time next week??

 

Andy Howarth

 

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Twitter at: www.twitter.com/bushyparkrun
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Interested in volunteering at Bushy parkrun? Please e-mail bushyhelpers@parkrun.com

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Report Event No 882 – 25 June 2022

A Festival of Visitors

 

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As Saturday approaches there’s always a touch of anxiety if you have volunteered to write the report.  After 881 events is there anything new to say about Bushy parkrun?  You know plenty of people will show up, come rain or shine, because it’s the country’s largest parkrun, but will there be anything to write about?  No need to have worried this week because at 9 am the sun was shining, 1,105 participants had gathered at the start, 60 volunteers were on hand to guide them round the course, and Bushy proved yet again that it's the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to stories.

With about 200,000 people running parkrun each week at over 1,700 events around the world, it’s easy to forget the first run was only in 2004.  So when someone reaches 500 runs and qualifies for the prized royal blue t-shirt, you know that they must have been an ‘early adopter’.  Peter WEDDERBURN is one such runner, having participated in the 17th running of the Bushy Park Time Trial as it was known in January 2005.  It was his first parkrun and he finished 26th.   Peter is well-known in Bushy and the surrounding neighbourhood as the founder of Quicksilver Running and the tireless organiser of several popular local races including the Hampton Court Half Marathon, the Harry Hawkes Summer Raceday as well as much loved club races such as the River Relay.

 

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 Peter Wedderburn lines up for his big 500, with Evan Bond 

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Peter post run enjoying a welcome glass of fizz

As someone who invests a considerable amount of time in ensuring others enjoy their running,  Peter understands the effort it takes to run an event like Bushy and what a critical role volunteers play.  So he would be the first to say a big thanks to all 60 who contributed on Saturday:

Volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Richard BATEMax BAYONJoy BELLPhil BLUEREva BOYDDavid BREWINMarnie BRUCEShirley BUCKLEYLauren BURKEJonathan BURSONRuth COLEJocelyn COLLIERuby COLQUHOUNMargot COOPERIan CUNNINGHAMJack EDWARDSSadie EVANSJake FOXDaniel GARGIULOMarion GOLDINGIzabel GRINDALClaire HOWARDAndrew HOWARTHSusan HOWARTHGemma JONESAli KENNEDYLeonie KENNEDYKatie KNOTTCatelin LE FRANCMargaret LE FRANCAmelia MACFARLANERodney Howard MCCULLOCHDavid MORLEYDiane MULLENRyan MULLENEmma May MURPHYIsaac NOVELLKeara-Valentine O'BRIENMartin OLIVERCarmen PALMERJulie PAPWORTHRichard PATIENTKen PEARSONRosie RENDALLLea ROCHESTERWendy ROLLASONJo ROSELouise RUSSELLDavid STEWARTPhoebe STOKESBen STRADLINGCarol SWAFFERAlexander SWEETINGAlex TICKELLAlexa TYNANAodan TYNANOrla WHITEStuart WITHYCOMBEColin WOODSKerrie WOODS

Why not get involved and volunteer?

 

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 Run Director Andy Howarth with Richard Bate who was shadowing him

 

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 David Morley delivering the first timers welcome for his first time

Milestones

Peter finished his 500th in 27:43,  someway off his PB of 22:50, but sixteen years have passed since that particular run.  In the intervening years he has tried 29 other events but stayed closed to home doing 449 of his runs at Kingston or Bushy.  He wasn’t the only participant on Saturday to be chasing a big number.  Five participants were delighted to have clocked up just half of Peter’s total this weekend, having hit their 250th milestone.  Lynn BLACKETT was visiting from Hartlepool for her milestone run, along with friends Ann SMITH and Karen WILKINSONAntonio STIFANI from Guildford and Neil GLENISTER from Marlow hadn’t come quite as far but are both seasoned tourists having each visited over 50 different events.  Also reaching 250 were Paul MCLAREN and Jeremy TUCKMAN, both Bushy regulars.  Jeremy’s run was made even more special because it was daughter Jessica TUCKMAN’s 100th run.

Joining Jessica in the 100 runs club, were Jezza LOCKE, Robert CHILDS, Linda FERRIDAY and Rosa VAZ.  We had five participants make their 50, while a further two hit 25.  Congratulations to all!

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 Lynn Blackett visiting from Hartlepool with Ann Smith and Karen Wilkinson

 

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Jessica and Jeremy Tuckman, both celebrating milestones

Milestones

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Helen Shanks marks her 50th with friend Lauren

Visitors

There were plenty of visitors this weekend- 144 people were enjoying Bushy for the first time and 29 were running a parkrun for the first time.  A group of 14 runners from Weston, members of the #noexcuses Flo & Co running group, had chosen to visit Bushy simply because they wanted “a day out”.

There were also nine first timers visiting from Totton RC including Ann-Marie VANDERPLANK who raised a smile or two with the teddy bear strapped to her back.  Ann-Marie is running the London Marathon this October for the Rose Road Association which supports young disabled people.  And Totton Teddy is doing all the training with Ann-Marie to encourage people to donate to the charity.

 

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Ann-Marie Vanderplank plus Teddy

Also using Bushy for training purposes, members of Teddington Athletic FC’s U10s team had decided to include parkrun in their off-season schedule – one suspects it was a parental decision.  Judging by some of the exhausted looks, football can’t resume soon enough.

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Members of Teddington Athletic’s U10 chose Bushy for some off-season training

Other visitors included Caroline BRADLEY, a regular at Vandeleur parkrun in County Clare who was running her 70th parkrun who was accompanied by friend Hedy LORANTJude SMALL was visiting from Walsall with Mum and Dad, Charlotte and Ben, to run his 50th.  The family were in Bushy (as well as the run report) on April 23rd when Ben ran his 100th parkrun, while Charlotte also ran her 100th milestone parkrun in the park in March 2020.

IMG-20220625-WA0007Caroline Bradley and Hedy Lorant from County Clare

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Jude, running his 50th with Dad Ben and Mum Charlotte

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Stephen and Andrew Green visiting from Uckfield

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A family outing for Nick, Ella and Alfie

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Results

The fastest male finisher on Saturday was Jake BOWLES (SM20-24) who crossed the line in a new PB of 16:16.  First female finisher was Emma STEVENS (SW25-29) who was 24th overall in a time of 18:38.  First timer Thomas TAYLOR (JM11-14) was the first junior male to enter the funnel when he finished 28th in a time of 18:51, while Ella HENDERSON (JW11-14) took the honour for the younger women when she finished 138th in 22:03.

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 One kilometre over, participants run past the cricket club

 

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 The trees provided some welcome shade

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 Approaching Heron Pond

 

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The legendary Bushy funnel

Fastest men

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Fastest women

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Fastest young men

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Fastest young women

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Top 5 age grading men

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Top 5 age grading women

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 After it all, we sort tokens, lots of them

IMG-20220625-WA0022A high-viz Fiat to match Julie and Sue’s volunteer jackets

This week’s 1,105  runners brought the total of number of participants to 69,000 at Bushy who between them, have clocked up 671,033  finishes, 87,118 PBs and a staggering 3.35 million kilometres.  We’re looking forward to a good number of them turning up again next week!

 

Izabel Grindal

 

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Report Event No 881 – 18 June 2022

Summer heat

Weather/ conditions: Scorchio!

Headlines

1027 runners

144 first timers at Bushy parkrun– 120 visitors and 24 brand new parkrunners

58 new PBs (in that heat!)

77 volunteers

It's a big old start line

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This week's Run Director, Zoe 

Today's run director, Zoe

 

Lots of visitors this week!  Nick welcomes them all 

Yet more visitors

First timers briefingMore visitors at the briefing

Thanks to this week's volunteers:

John ALTMAN, Andy ATKINSON, Nick BLANCHARD, Phil BLUER, Lauren BURKE, Jonathan BURSON, Eirwen CAMPBELL, Aaron CHAI, Louise CHAI, Jocelyn COLLIE, Sian COOLEY, Margot COOPER, Ann COWARD, Ray COWARD, Joanna DAVIS, Julian DIAMOND, Jonathan DICKINSON, Jack EDWARDS, Sam EDWARDS, Sadie EVANS, Robert EVESON, Mohammed FAIZ, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Jake FOX, Ian FULLEN, Fernando GONI, Erin GOODWIN, Sue GRAHAM-KAHN, Suzanne GREEN, Stella HAMMOND, Robby HEDGES, Brigid HIBBERD, Susan HOWARTH, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Dewi JAMES, Naomi JOHNS, Gemma JONES, Maria JOVANI, Tom LAY, Catelin LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Mike LIGHTFOOT, Janet LIVESEY, Elena MACIA, Sarah Louise MARSHALL, Fiona MCANENA, Rodney Howard MCCULLOCH, Fergus MCGUIGGAN, Susie MCNICOL, Steve MILLER, Marianne MORRIS, Sian MULLEN, Amanda MUNRO, Emma May MURPHY, Joseph MURPHY, Isaac NOVELL, Keara-Valentine O'BRIEN, Jeremy PALMER, Richard PATIENT, Simon R, Nigel RATA, David REY, Fiona SCOTT, Harvey SHACKLETON, David STEWART, Phoebe STOKES, Ben STRADLING, Carol SWAFFER, Alexander SWEETING, Alex TICKELL, Michael TROTT, Alexa TYNAN, Simon WALLWORK, Rhiannon WILLIAMS, Rhys Thomas WILLIAMS, Andrew John WINGATE, Emma WINGATE

Fiona with bells to cheer us all on 

Fiona with bells to cheer us all on

Visitors

Phyllis and Shawn from Rushcliff parkrun, Nottingham 

Phyllis and Shawn from Rushcliff parkrun, Nottingham

 

Helen doing her first ever parkrun 

Helen doing her first ever parkrun

 

Jenny and Llewellyn visiting from South Africa 

Jenny and Llewellyn visiting from South Africa

 

Aussie visitors from Varsity Lakes, Bunyaville, Forest Lake and Studley parkruns

Aussie visitors from Varsity Lakes, Bunyaville, Forest Lake and Student Park

Andrea and Dave visiting from Belfast 

Andrea and Dave visiting from Belfast

Tom's birthday visit from Salisbury 

 Tom's birthday visit from Salisbury

Sam and Karen, off to do a marathon at Denbies afterwards 

Sam and Karen, off to do a marathon at Denbies afterwards

A full pacer team. Many thanks Shaef Shifters and friends! 

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Milestones

14 official milestones today, with a really big one for Suzie LONGSTAFF (500), below.

 

Suzie doing her 500th parkrun

 

Green t shirts(250) for Paul HILLMAN and Zoe LAWRENCE

Black t shirts (100) for Richard SAUNDERS, Nicholas MARTIN, Kirsty SANDERS, Antoinette CARSTENS and Caron CRAWFORD.

Red tees (50) for Alice COCHRANE, Stephen LEE and Kerrie WOODS.

Four junior parkrunners get their white tee for 10 runs: Keir TOLLAN, Sammy WRIGHT, Logan DAPORTA-SHORE and Alex DAPORTA-SHORE.

 

Unofficial milestones for Stephen SAINSBURY (400), Breda MCGREE (300), Paul CASTLEDINE (200) and Nick BURNSIDE (200)

Want a faster route to milestone t shirts? Have you considered guide-running? You get a run credit and a volunteer credit, and you feel like a hero. Email bushy@parkrun.com if you’re interested.

 

Speedy runners 

Fastest men 

fastest men 881

Fastest women 

fastest women 881

Fastest junior girls

77   Poppy MARTIN JW15-17    75.92% age grade 20:25  First Timer!

86   Gabriella CECCHERINI JW15-17  74.15% age grade  20:38

96   Jasmine GILKES JW11-14  77.85% age grade  20:55  New PB!

 

Fastest junior boys

15   Peter LOWTHER  JM15-17 74.31% age grade 18:10   First Timer!

46   George NOBLE JM15-17  70.23% age grade  19:49  New PB!

48    Alfie PIKE  JM15-17  70.17% age grade  19:50

 

Top age grades

14 people ran over 80% age graded times today. Judy and Simon were over 91%. Don’t they feel the heat?!

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See you all next week.

 

Fiona McAnena

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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.

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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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Report Event No 879 – 4 June 2022

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Bushy parkrun, and third time lucky for us!

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The Woodland Gardens in Bushy

Today, as well as it being the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee parkrun event, it was also our third time lucky attempt at joining you at Bushy Park. We were all set to join you with friends from York and South Africa on Saturday 21st March 2020, but we all know that the Covid-19 lockdown meant that was the first week parkruns were cancelled.

Undeterred, we rebooked for 2nd April this year, only to test positive with Covid a few days earlier meaning we had to stay at home and receive photos of your course from our friends!

So, today we finally made it. Walking up from Teddington in the rain, we reached Bushy Park by 8.20am and couldn’t believe the number of people already there! It was a very well coordinated event, from the volunteer coordinators’ registration desk, through to the large course map for the first timers’ briefing, and the friendly marshals on the course. We’ve never experienced cycling marshals before, nor such large numbers of participants (New Earswick, our home parkrun, usually gets around 80 runners, and it’s a busy week if there’s 100+)

Quite a few people were sporting red, white and blue to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee, as well as a long list of people celebrating milestones. Sorry we didn’t get chance to take photos of everyone, but we did get one of Ruth Perkins and her friend, Amy Foxton. Ruth, from Manchester, was at Bushy as part of her birthday celebrations and Amy and Ruth’s partner, Chris Whitehead, were doing their first ever parkrun. Happy birthday, Ruth, hope you had a good day.

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One of those celebrating her 100th parkrun was Sophie Elsworth from Australia. Congratulations.

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Joe, our 13 year old grandson, decided to ‘go for it’ today and ended up with a PB.

Here are his comments about his first visit to Bushy parkrun:

Today there were really good conditions for running. It was mild and drizzling so it wasn’t too warm, and it’s a nice flat course with only one small incline. We saw deer on the course too. Perfect conditions for a PB and I’m really pleased I got one (22:17).

Rob is still regaining fitness after Covid and was delighted that he ran his fastest time for a few months. I ran/walked with our 11 year old granddaughter and it felt like a nature spotting trip - we saw squirrels, ducks, and a large herd of deer.

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We also chatted to Maria, from Canberra in Australia and we will be looking out for her when she visits Yorkshire later in the month.

 

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Thanks to all of the volunteers and well done to everyone for getting out and taking part this morning, especially those getting PBs, reaching milestones or doing their first parkrun.

Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Andrew ALLENJohn ALTMANMike BANGHAMRichard BATEMax BAYONJon BINNEYJonathan BURSONThomas CASSIDYJocelyn COLLIERuby COLQUHOUNJoseph COOPERMargot COOPERStephanie COOPERNicolette CRINALLJonathan DICKINSONRobert EVESONAlex FERGUSSONJake FOXErin GOODWINSimon GREENHILLStella HAMMONDMac HARROWELLCatherine HAUGHNEYRobby HEDGESJack HINDEAndrew HOWARTHSusan HOWARTHStephen IGGLESDENDewi JAMESGemma JONESKatie KNOTTCatelin LE FRANCCourtney LE FRANCMargaret LE FRANCGert LINDEQUEAmelia MACFARLANECaroline Juliet MACMILLANEben MACMILLANChloe MCCOOKELinz MCCOOKERodney Howard MCCULLOCHChristopher MCKIDDIESteve MILLERDiane MULLENRyan MULLENJoseph MURPHYIsaac NOVELLKeara-Valentine O'BRIENMichelle O'GORMANRichard PATIENTJan PRINCERosie RENDALLSally ROWEDuncan SCOBLEBetty SHARMASheila SHARMAWendy STOKESCarol SWAFFERAlexander SWEETINGCharlie THOMASAlex TICKELLAnna TUCKMANJeremy TUCKMANJessica TUCKMANAlexa TYNANRhiannon WILLIAMSRhys Thomas WILLIAMSKath A WILSON

Why not get involved and volunteer?

Incidentally, one of the friends we were supposed to visit with earlier in the year completed his 100th parkrun this morning at Millfield parkrun in Easingwold, North Yorkshire.  We missed seeing him run around the course dressed like this!!!

 

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We had a great time at Bushy parkrun and hope to join you again before too long!

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Steph & Joe Cooper

Results

Fast men

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Fast women

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Speedy Girls (all JW11-14)

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Speedy boys

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Top age graders

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Milestones

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100 Club

We had a record number of people joining the 100 Club this week. Step forward the following 15  and collect your coveted black t-shirts:

Alan TEELING, Morven BURDEN, Shaun ELLIS, Sophie ELSWORTH, Beth DANG, Miles KEAN, Juliet KEAN, Emmaline SPARKES, G SPARKES, Sylvia BAILEY, Michael GRAY, Camden REEVE, Duncan ROSS, Noel JENNINGS and Gina HEATLEY.

Well done all!

 

 

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