The Young Ones
Today a Bushy Park regular ran her 250th parkrun. Not too remarkable these days; today there were 188 people at Bushy parkrun who have run 250+ parkruns. However, what does make this particular young lady remarkable is that she is only 9 years old!! Isabel you are a star.
Isabel's achievement is the inspiration for this week's report - the young people who turn up on a Saturday and trundle round 5K in all weathers. It has to be said, some are happier about it than others, but the fact they are there at all is to be commended.
The first youngster I met this morning was Eva, only 8 years old, and at parkrun as a volunteer. Today Eva was tailwalking - thank you so much Eva, your support is much appreciated.
The next two were Sophie age 9 and Alice, just 4. They were visiting Bushy parkrun with their running group - Burgess Hill Runners
Here are the rest of the group which includes the Brighton and Hove parkrun core team.
Walking down to the start I met Eva aged 8 on her third parkrun and Jack aged 10 on his fourth.
Sophie and Alice were both listening intently at the First Timer's briefing ably given by Mike Tivnen
I came across teenager, Isla 13, at the briefing doing her first parkrun today......
........ and at the start found Leah, another 13 year old, who has done over 200 parkruns.
Counting down to the start now, and on the line I found regulars Seth age 7, and Kit age 5. Seth has done an amazing 124 parkruns. Kit ran parkrun number 56 today and got a new PB. Well done both of you.
Georgie age 8 was waiting to start her 14th parkrun.
Now back to Isabel who was with her family and waiting to run parkrun number 250
Off we all go again for Bushy parkrun number 825. We had a field of 1663 runners - 152 less than last week, have they all fallen off the New Year's Resolution Band Wagon already?!!
I spoke to a number of youngsters on the way round. I caught up with Ralph who was running as part of a group celebrating a 40th birthday. Ralph had not done parkrun before and had intended to stop at the 'Butterfly' where their cheer group was waiting. However, he decided to push on to the end, and beat me on a sprint to the line. Well done Ralph, hope to see you back again.
Sporting a very fetching Spiderman top was 6 year old Tyler completing his 26th parkrun. Tyler has also completed 41 Junior Parkruns - well done Tyler.
Daniel age 9 has done over 50 parkruns. Great action picture with excellent 'photobombing' by Joy!
8 year old Molly was completing her first parkrun today and did really well.
And so to the finish, as we walked, pushed, stumbled, jogged or sprinted our way across. The welcome sight of the funnel and the orange finish signs spurs us all on.
Thank you funnel team
So another parkrun is over, and as we mill about under the famous tree, chatting and basking in the post run glow, I find Matthew and James, the 9 year old twins who run at Bushy parkrun week in, and week out. Matthew has completed 213 runs and 168 Junior parkruns, James has completed 210 runs and 171 Junior parkruns - how amazing is that?!
Some interesting stats about youngsters completing today's run
Totally useless fact:
Most popular female name for 17 and under was Sophie, followed by Ella
Most popular male name for 17 and under was Matthew, followed by Oliver/Olly
More interesting fact
We had 22 Junior men 10 years old and under (JM10)
These ranged from first time runners, second time runners (well done for coming back), to James and Matthew who have run over 200. One young man is two runs off his 50th, three have recently achieved their 50th and two are on the way to 100. Oliver and Seth are well over 100 now having completed 147 and 124 respectively.
There were 28 Junior women 10 years old and under (JW10)
There were eight first time runners, two on their 2nd and three on their 3rd. Two girls are not far off their 50th parkrun, one has just achieved hers and another half way between milestones on 70 runs. Then there is a massive gap to Isabel on her 250th.
What amazing statistics for children only 10 and under.
In the JM (11-14) we had 21 runners and in the JM (15-17) we had 19 young men.
In the JW (11-14) we had 20 runners and in the JW (15-17) we had 15 young women
Who says you can't get teenagers out of bed in the morning?! Well done to all of you and to the wonderful young volunteers who come out to help parkrun flow like a well oiled machine.
Thanks to all our volunteers this week, young and not so young:
Iain BELL, Jack BENNETT, Marisa BILLETT, Phil BLUER, Tim BOWDEN, Ted BRAMPTON, Alexander COLLIE, Janet CUNNINGHAM, Lucas CURTIS, Lola DACHTLER, Sheila FERGUSSON, Justine FOX, Jake FOX, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Wally GARROD, Erin GOODWIN, Paige GOODWIN, Nicola GOSCOMB, Stella HAMMOND, Sofia HAWKINS, David HOPPE, Susan HOWARTH, Trevor HUGGINS, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Lucy KATESMARK, Keira KING, Jim KINROSS, Katie KNOTT, Liane KUFCHOCK, Catelin LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Selma LEE, Stephen MARFLEET, Sophia MONS, Grace MORENO-MASEY, Diane MULLEN, Ronit NARAYAN, Martin NICHOLDS, Jason NOURSE, Paul OPPENHEIMER, Meera PANCHARATNAM, Kevin QUINN, Peter REAY, Verity RIDING, Ian RILEY, Sally ROWE, Alicia SMITH, Eva SMITH-MARTIN, Pauline STONES, Lucy THATCHER, Mike TIVNEN, Michael TROTT, Colby WALLACE WATERSON, Heather WALLINGTON, James Oliver WELCH, Dorrie WHITING
Among the visitors were the Itchen spitfires
From Australia, Karen, Abbie, Lara, Emily and Matti.
From Wales, Beth whose home parkrun is Barry Island, and Ben who is sporting a t-shirt from the new Cosmeston Lakes parkrun nearby.
A lovely group of Polish friends and partners joined us from various parkruns. Welcome to Karolina, Wojtek, Ewica, Kamila and Adam.
Bushy parkrun regular Mel, and friends, from the Fordy Runs online running club were at Bushy parkrun today. The club had a challenge for all members across the country to get their shoes on this weekend and complete a run. Total miles logged by the club - over 4000, very impressive.
About to get their number 50 T-Shirt
Reaching their 100 milestone
David Thomas Simon LEEN
Gemma HIGGS - I met Gemma walking to the Pheasantry with her wonderful cake - well done Gemma
Achieving their 250th milestone
Isabel MELBOURNE - Isabel has also completed 117 Junior parkruns
A very special well done to Isabel, and her lovely family with their never ending supply of cakes. Isabel celebrating below with brothers Oliver and Thomas.
Finally, well done to the 96 of you who ran parkrun for the first time. We hope you enjoyed it, and are already hooked!
See you next week
Stella Hammond (thank you Duncan Scoble for the additional, and much better taken, photographs)
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