Run Report Event No 801 – 10 August 2019

A Blustery Bushy: Back to the Beginning

A joint run report this week with guest reporter Sharon Fox supporting our regular scribe Kevin Quinn.

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Twelve months ago I was introduced to parkrun in an attempt to spend more time with my parkrun mad brother Andy, visiting from Australia. As most of you will appreciate, Saturdays have never been the same since. Since then I’ve run 34 events, 28 different ones in 3 countries with 18 volunteer roles and have become a complete parkrun challenge geek.

This Saturday''s visit to Bushy, (The Pilgrimage!) I think was particularly memorable for many reasons.
The parkrun bug and it’s amazing philosophy has caught the attention of the family and inspired them to get involved. My London based cousin Rachel, who’d been seriously unwell for a while , decided she’d like to try it. Imagine mine and Andy’s amazement when she announced her 'local' event was Bushy. Photos appeared on our family Facebook page with a certain Paul Sinton-Hewitt in the background and Dame Kelly Holmes there as well chatting to runners - she was just pleased to be there and didn’t understand the significance. She does now.

This Saturday I met my cousin who proudly showed me round her local event, where, over the last few weeks she’s made friends and found a new motivation for keeping well and getting involved in her local community.

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It was a day of challenging weather for the team that’s for sure.
There was plenty of water around and some interesting lumps and bumps at the start across the grass, but the sun came out (made it hot!) and then the gale force headwinds cooled you down, there were even a few spots of rain! Some fantastic marshalling made the run feel well supported too.

Afterwards I helped with token sorting. Una was doing a fab job, supported by Anand and Felix. The winds however were not helping and the moment the tokens starting flying off the table and across the field caused a brief panic for all, I can’t believe none were lost, mostly due to the perseverance of Anand and Felix chasing them across the grass.

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Other wind related incidents were kept to a minimum I think although Rachel had a conker fall on her head while in the funnel.

Of course we enjoyed coffee at The Pheasantry where there was a lovely atmosphere and then walked over to Hampton Court Palace for some more tourism and lunch.

This weeks parkrun ticked all the boxes for me regarding what parkrun is about;
• Time with family in a lovely location
• Community spirit
• A great run/walk/volunteer
• Post run coffee and a catch up

And taking it all back to the (parkrun) beginning gives all that extra significance for me this week.

Sharon Fox


Kevin Quinn takes up the story:

So, despite the near-collapse of the National Grid on Friday, on we go towards 900 prs at Bushy Park. I imagine the world will end on a Friday and Ray will still have the funnel ready for us the following day.

It was a strange morning for August with rain, streaks of sunlight and a persistent wind. After last week’s landmark celebration the numbers were back to around 1200 of which 209 were BP first timers.

 

HEADLINES

1194 runners (476 female; 645 male / 73 unknown runners)

51 volunteers (thanks, all)

209 BP first timers

39 brand new parkrunners

88 BP PBs

 

MILESTONES - congratulations

400– Wendy Robertson

250 – Tony Williams, Tim Godfray

200 – Colin Lovegrove, Philip John, Barry Pymont

100 – Matthew Eastall, Richard Eastall, Anthony Grover

50 – Alexandros Ouzounis, Peter Barnes, Hardy Giesler, Ian Towers, Carole Quigg, Stephen Lewis, Heather McCarthy, Sophie Coulson, Ben Morris

10 – Nate Brazier, Alexa Ashwood, Arthur Milles

 

Just 3 runners managed to defy the wind and make it over the 80% WFA mark – well done.

 

72 Arthur WHISTON 21:01 VM65-69 82.08%
47 Emma HARRIS 20:12 VW45-49 82.01%
79 Polly ADAMS 21:15 VW50-54 81.96%

 

Pics from the park

 

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Come on, summer, make an effort. The vols get together under wet, blue skies.

 

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Caroline, Nicola and Ollie were up from Tunbridge Wells

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John came over from Chiswick

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Stuart and Vicky were up from Chippenham and Denitsa and Marcin had come over from Fulham

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Brian and Sandy were over from Reading

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Colin was over from Malaysia where he is a run director. Having travelled all that way his wife, Caroline lost her barcode half an hour before the start while snapping the deer.
But a parkrun barcode is a hard thing to lose forever and it turned up in time.

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Tim was up from Ilfracombe and I met him as he looked for the start and again as he was looking for the finish. Good work, Tim!

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Alan and Andy were closely followed by Jo and Maria under brooding skies

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Sarah ran round with the two most handsome runners on Saturday: Ripley and Big Bert

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Happy faces from Tonbridge

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The finish in sight

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Time waits for no-one but the timers wait for everyone

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Helen, Amanda, Natalie in the funnel

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All go at the scanners

The Results Bit

For the men, the first three back to the big tree were:

1 Robert EVESON 16:42
2 Will CULLEN 17:34
3 James WALKER 17:57

For the women, the top three was

1 Niki DENSLEY 19:12
2 Jessica EARP 19:15
3 Aisling WALL 19:27

Due to the windy conditions I imagine, only three people managed to break the elusive 80% age grading barrier, so big congratulations to:

Arthur WHISTON 21:01 VM65-69 82.08%
Emma HARRIS 20:12 VW45-49 82.01%
Polly ADAMS 21:15 VW50-54 81.96%

And huge congratulations to the following who joined the various milestone clubs:

250 Club
Tim GODFRAY
Tony WILLIAMS

100 Club

Anthony GROVER
Richard EASTALL
Matthew EASTALL

50 Club

Ben MORRIS
Sophie COULSON
Alexandros OUZOUNIS
Heather MCCARTHY
Peter BARNES
Carole QUIGG
Ian TOWERS
Stephen P I LEWIS
Hardy GIESLER

And last, but not least, joining the junior 10 club

Arthur MILLES
Alexa ASHWOOD
Nate BRAZIER

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That's it for this week, see you next Saturday at 9am!

Kevin Quinn

 

 

Run Report Event No 800 – 3 August 2019

 

4000kms and Counting

 

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We human beings, we like to celebrate milestones and round numbers, so this weekend was a special one for Bushy and parkrun. On Saturday we celebrated our 800th event with fancy dress, milestone teeshirts, apricot, fizz and cake. Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt was on hand to help mark the occasion.

 

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Joy and Donald were ready to save the world

 

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I thought long and hard but a caption escaped me!

 

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Lorraine the Pink Lady

 

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Stefan the ballerina

 

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The Richie family run together at Bushy, although this was their first time running with Batman and Robin!

 

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Ian, Nick and Jack with a photograph from the start line of the first event.

 

Visitors

 

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The Falcous were visiting from Northumberland where Lesley and son Evan are run directors at Druridge Bay parkrun.

 

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Hazel Pert was visiting from Glasgow where she runs at Pollok parkrun

 

 Interesting facts bit

When parkrun began in 2004 things were a little different. Who remembers that Tony Blair was PM, Lance Armstrong was winning his 6th Tour de France (we all know how that turned out) Ugg boots were scuffing their way interminably up and down every High Street, Arsenal achieved their invincible season and 'The Special One' arrived at Chelsea.

Of those running at Bushy this week we had two runners with over 600 runs to their names.  Richard Fletcher on 635 and Ramona Thevenet on 625.  Also running were pioneer James Russell on 549 and parkrun founder Paul Sinton Hewitt on 440.  The runner with the highest number of runs worldwide is Darren Wood. Darren has run a total of 732 times with 257 of them at Bushy.  He has only missed 68 of the available 800 runs, which is a pretty impressive statistic!

 

At the start line

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Ray was our run director this week as he has been for a great many of the previous 799 events.

 

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1459 of us lined up for event number 800...

 

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...including Gill and Mike in their very fetching bows.

 

The Event bit

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No harm could befall us, not whilst Super Woman (person) was on the case.

 

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'Quick, Clas Ohlson in Kingston is holding a closing down sale!'

 

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Elisabeth was at her corner dressed up especially for us as Cleopatra with her friend David  who in his day was a regular runner, often running to work in the city.

 

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Elisabeth always gets a lot of love from our athletes. It's very heartwarming to stand for a minute and watch the waves, smiles and greetings she receives.

 

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...some even stop for a quick photo!

 

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400 metres to go.

 

The Finish bit

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Michelle and Jan on token duty

 

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Verity couldn't spell it out any clearer!

 

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This is a very important moment. maximum concentration needed from both parties.

 

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Don't even think about talking to Una while she's sorting the tokens!

 

Results

 

Men

1. Jonathan Hay 14:36

2. Rowan Axe 15:07

3. Andrius Jaksevicious 15:33

Women

1. Lia Radus 18:15 New PB

2. Alice Tozer 18:44 New PB

3. Sophie Biggs 19:34

Boys

1. Sonny Maund 16:40 New PB

2. Miguel Caeiro 17:37

3. Marcus Solomon 18:10

Girls

1. Lia Radus 18:15 New PB

2. Isabel Livesey 20:10

3. Iris Borwn 22:25

 

Milestones

500

Rory Waddell

250

Andrew Shennan

Hamish Ironside

100

Samantha Hanley

Abigail Rowcroft

Jane Ashley

Helen M Dixon

50

Ian Moutavchiev

George Chawla

Jonathan Davidson

Keshan Flores

Gerald Pinkney

James Edward Hill

Jennifer Slater New PB

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Many congratulations to Rory Waddell on becoming the latest member of our prestigious  500 club. Seen here in the purple tee shirt holding the sign, Rory had run 348 times at Bushy before moving to Sheffield where his nearest run is Graves parkrun. He's run there 122 times as well as at six other parkrun locations. He came back to Bushy especially to do his 500th run.

 

80% age grading

Nineteen athletes scored over 80% at the weekend, very well done to all of you and especially to Jonathan for his super quick time of 14:36.

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The post event bit

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Julia won the coveted prize for fastest unicorn of the weekend. She runs with MamaRun who encourage mums to get back into running.

 

800 Celebrations

 

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Fabulous biscuits from Carol...

 

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...and an amazing cake from Ann.

 

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Lots of folk stayed for fizz and nibbles.

 

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The person holding the 8 got the bum deal.

 

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...and finally

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Jan Franks was also celebrating a milestone this week. Saturday was her 250th time handing out our precious tokens. An amazing stat and a fantastic effort. Thank you very much for all your hard work from all of us Jan.

 

...and very finally

a huge thank you as always to our fabulous volunteers this week

Adam STEPHENS  •  Andrew BLYTH  •  Ann COWARD  •  Bert KIDWELL  •  Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS  •  Carolyn FOSTER  •  Colin DINWOODIE  •  Colin HAYLOCK  •  Dan MATTHEWS  •  David BREWIN  •  Denise MITCHELL  •  Donald BELL  •  Duncan SCOBLE  •  Edward MILLS  •  Ellen SPEAR  •  Eoin PARFITT  •  Ethan MATTHEWS  •  Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS  •  Hayden MATTHEWS  •  Helen NICOL  •  Ian RILEY  •  Jack BENNETT  •  Janice FRANKS  •  Julie SMITH  •  Leanne WEIR  •  Lorraine BULBECK  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Matthew CUNLIFFE  •  Matthew HARVEY  •  Max LILLYWHITE  •  Mirth RUSSELL  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Nicola SHORT  •  Nicolette CRINALL  •  Norman TAYLOR  •  Olivia HEATLEY  •  Peter THOMPSON  •  Ray COWARD  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard STEEDEN  •  Robby HEDGES  •  Samantha HANLEY  •  Samuel JONES  •  Steve LORDE  •  Steve MILLER  •  Susie MCNICOL  •  Tom HONE  •  Trevor HUGGINS  •  Trevor MITCHELL  •  Verity RIDING

 

Well there we are, thats it. We had a lovely morning on Saturday, here's to the next big round number.

Duncan Scoble

 

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Run Report Event No 799 – 27 July 2019

The one with the summer downpour

Weather/ conditions: that thing that never happens at 9am on a Saturday; otherwise mild

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840 runners
53 volunteers
200 first timers at Bushy parkrun – 162 visitors and 38 brand new parkrunners
57 new PBs

Well, you’d have taken it on Thursday, wouldn’t you? 35 Celsius in Bushy Park then. Today it was 16 with a steady summer rain and no wind. That wasn’t the problem. It was the torrential rain overnight that left the course waterlogged. In parts it was as flooded as I’ve ever seen it.

The field was a mere 840 today, down almost 400 on last week. In fact it’s the lowest since 1 Dec 2018 (which must have been the last time it rained at 9am on a Saturday).

In fact our attendance was so low that it was the first time in parkrun history that Bushy wasn't the busiest parkrun in the country - apart from that one time in 2012 when the Olympic road race went through the park and we had to cancel. The weather must have been better on the south coast as both Southampton and Poole had higher attendances than us. Hopefully the sun will be shining and you'll all be back for the 800th run next week?

And here’s something I didn’t know until now: rain on the screen of your smartphone can be like a rogue finger on the delete button. My list of visitors’ names wiped itself letter by letter in front of my eyes. There was no stopping it. Sorry to those who are consequently nameless in the photos – you can let us know who you are on our Facebook page.

Rain was no deterrent for Heather here, who usually runs at Whitley Bay parkrun and isn’t far off 200 parkruns. She’s the one with the collar on, because she has a broken neck. Yup.

Me: Why are you running with a broken neck?

Heather: Because I can’t do triathlon.

Me: How did you break your neck?

Heather: Triathlon.

Came off her bike, apparently. Makes wet feet in the park seem rather tame now, doesn’t it? So if you missed your parkrun this week, we'll see you next Saturday!

Heather the triathlete

Thanks to the volunteers

Jane ASHLEY, Graeme BALL, Tom BALL, Jack BENNETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Tim BOWDEN, David BREWIN, Liz COLLISON, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Steve COPPER, Nicolette CRINALL, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Carolyn FOSTER, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Paige GOODWIN, Robby HEDGES, Jamie HEPWORTH, Tom Jacob HOWARTH, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Jack KENNEDY, Bert KIDWELL, Clare LE VOIR, Max LILLYWHITE, Janet LIVESEY, Steve LORDE, Stephen MARFLEET, Fiona MCANENA, Tom MCKEEVER, Antoine NGUYEN, Michelle O'GORMAN, Zaid OSAMA, Jeremy PALMER, Rob PHILLIPS, Lucy PORTER, Will RAWLING, Ben RAWLING, Ian RILEY, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, Nicola SHORT, Jill SMITH, Guy SNOWDEN, Jonty STEGMANN, Adam STEPHENS, Carol SWAFFER, Marek SZPANOWSKI, Sharon TEE, Simon WALLWORK, Leanne WEIR, Cathy WOODALL, Fran WYLDE

Milestones

Bushy regulars Andy ANSTEY, Tony BAKER and Breda MCGREE reached their 250 today. David SITWELL visited from Oak Hill in North London for his. I think not a coincidence that Elisabeth SITWELL also ran at Bushy Park today for the first  time, though she’s one ahead of David on 251.

Black t shirts on the way for Jaroslav WISURA, Vincent FAY, Shivonne GRAHAM and Fiona ENGLAND. Fiona has done all 100 at Bushy. Two parkrunners made their Bushy debut for the occasion, Ben GOODWIN and Dean LIVERMORE.

Sally CLARKE came from Hadleigh parkrun in Essex for her 50th parkrun and her first at Bushy.

Junior runner Oliver DENSLEY, also at the birthplace of parkrun for the first time, ran his 10th parkrun today.

A few unofficial milestones too. Eric SHAWDON ran his 400th - all bar three of them have been at Bushy - and Trevor HUGGINS was back from injury for his 300th.

 

Speedy runners

Fastest men

Seyfu JAMAAL              15:27    SM18-19           86.30%

Dylan EVANS                15:30    SM25-29           83.23%

Andrius JAKSEVICIUS   16:18    VM35-39           82.52%

 

Fastest women

Holly WEEDALL            17:52    JW11-14           87.97%

Rosa PRIDEAUX           18:00    SW20-24          82.22%

Andrea STEYN              18:06    VW35-39          82.60%

 

Fastest junior girls

Holly WEEDALL            17:52    JW11-14           87.97%

Kiara VALKENBURG     19:26    JW15-17           79.76%

Isabel LIVESEY            19:38    JW15-17           76.99%

 

Fastest junior boys

Dan SLAVEN                18:20    JM11-14           79.09%

Tom WILSON               18:39    JM11-14           77.75%

Daniel DENSLEY           19:12    JM11-14           79.69%

 

Top age grades

12 super-fit people achieved an age-graded score of more than 80% today.

Emma PRIDEAUX         18:11                VW45-49          88.18%

Holly WEEDALL            17:52                JW11-14           87.97%

Seyfu JAMAAL              15:27                SM18-19           86.30%

Emma HARRIS            19:53                VW45-49          83.32%

Dylan EVANS                15:30                SM25-29           83.23%

Darren BRADLEY          17:35                VM45-49           83.22%

Andrea STEYN              18:06                VW35-39          82.60%

Andrius JAKSEVICIUS   16:18                VM35-39           82.52%

Rosa PRIDEAUX           18:00                SW20-24          82.22%

Andrew EDGE               18:07                VM50-54           81.42%

Oliver DENSLEY           21:06                JM10                80.65%

Polly ADAMS                21:41                VW50-54          80.32%

 

A few of today’s visitors

Lots of apricot for Nick’s visitors’ briefing.

Nick's briefing

There’s a good chance this is Joseph but I don’t know where he’s from, as it’s not on his t shirt.

Joseph

Sheryl from Ipswich Queensland parkrun in Australia

Sheryl from Australia

Anita and Leon from Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, which was the first parkrun outside London.

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Richard and Lucy (with twins on board) from Wyre Forest parkrun in Shropshire

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These three came from South Africa.

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Visitors from Northampton

The crowd from Northampton

….and Southampton

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Don't forget, next week it's our 800th run so hopefully the weather will be a bit better for our party in the park to celebrate. Please dress up in either fancy dress or your milestone t-shirts and join us for cake and fizz afterwards. Please feel free to bring a cake, drink or other goodies to add to the celebration...

 

Run Report Event No 798 – 20 July 2019

Over the Moon

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You can’t have failed to notice the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon this week, and the partial lunar eclipse.  Exactly 50 years ago Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon.  Which leads me to wonder how long will it be until the first parkrun on the moon?  Will it be called the Sea of Tranquility parkrun?  And how is the atmosphere in the Tea of Tranquility cafe?

As a point of interest there are 45 athletes called Neil Armstrong registered worldwide to parkrun, unsurprisingly no Buzz (or real name Edwin) Aldrin, but there are 98 Michael Collins (who stayed on the Command service module while the lunar module landed with the two more well known astronauts).

Back to earth there were plenty of athletes who were “over the moon” to be at Bushy this week, and several hoping the planets would align to give them a PB.

Things were a little damp and grey first thing, not a crater in sight but the algae on the pond made things a little other worldly.

 

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Visitors

As ever we had lots of enthusiastic visitors to Bushy this week.

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Volunteers

As ever we can’t thank our wonderful volunteers enough.  Each and every week they help to launch the event and ensure "the eagle has landed".

Justine ALBERT, Louise ATKINSON, Veronica BEANEY, Jude BENNETT, Phil BLUER, Timothy BRUCE, Lou COAKER, Charlotte COPPELLOTTI, Ray COWARD, Nicolette CRINALL, Julian DIAMOND, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Andrew DONNELLY, Ray FRANKS, Simon GREENHILL, Catherine HAUGHNEY, Robby HEDGES, Susan HOWARTH, Tom Jacob HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Oliver HUME, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Naomi JOHNS, Gareth JOHNS, Samuel JONES, Bert KIDWELL, Tracey LENTHALL, Max LILLYWHITE, Steve LORDE, Fiona MCANENA, Susie MCNICOL, Jennifer MELBOURNE, Thomas MELBOURNE, Emma May MURPHY, Antoine NGUYEN, Lucy NOBLE, Zaid OSAMA, Eoin PARFITT, Richard PATIENT, Ian RILEY, Adam SHERRIFF, Julie SMITH, Jonty STEGMANN, David STEWART, Wendy STOKES, Carol SWAFFER, Alex TICKELL, Mike TIVNEN, Jonathan TRISH, Richard VAN DER LEEDEN, Anne WOODS

Why not get involved and volunteer?

This week we had crack team of pacers to guide you to mission PB.

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The Run

It was a bit grey and there were some pretty deep puddles but our runners are made of the right stuff.  1231 of you set off today to orbit around the park.

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The results

First men

1. Dylan Evans 15:48 New PB!

2. Andrius Jaksevicius 15:57

3. Callum Gillet 16:16

First women

1. Lucy Marland 17:51

2. Anna Boniface 18:25

3. Claire Grima 18:34

First boys:

1. Ross Hyde 19:31

2. Ethan Flack 19:31

3. Ryan Lynch 20:48

First girls:

1. Isabel Livesey 20:14

2. Georgia Mae Davis 22:45

3. Josie Hughes 24:51

 

Over 80% grading

Out of this world!

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Milestones

Huge congratulations to the following athletes who achieved these milestones:

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John Pugh

Rodney McCulloch

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100

Joanne Sharman (from Desborough and Rothwell Running Club)

Josh Wreford

David Woodroffe

Sandy Johnstone

50

Owen Griffin

Nigel Rees

Karen Jamison

Luke Myers

Mark Fowler

Rex Stonehouse

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Aidan Lorde New PB

Elena Daviter-Nowell

 

We have touchdown

And that's it for another week.

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The Pheasantry

Whilst we had post run coffee, chatting, token sorting and general eating, the heavens opened, and we all thanked our lucky stars that Ray Coward had been our Run Director and held off the rain until after the run.

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Coming soon . . .

Saturday 3rd August is the 800th event at Bushy.  To celebrate we would love you to run in any fancy dress you deem appropriate, any milestone t-shirt, or indeed any parkrun t-shirt.  We will be providing tables and glasses and the odd bottle of prosecco, and would like to encourage you to bring your own cakes, biscuits, drinks, and fizz to help us celebrate this momentous occasion in style.

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Ride London are looking for volunteers on 4th August to help out in Bushy Park and Sandown Park at the start of two events.  It should be good fun and they will make a nice donation to Bushy parkrun if we can get a few people together.

More details below:
https://www.parkrun.org.uk/…/volunteers-needed-for-ride-lo…/

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This is mission control (AKA Wendy Stokes) signing off

 

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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

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Please e-mail bushyoffice@parkrun.com

 

Run Report Event No 797 – 13 July 2019

Fifty Nifties!

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Run Director Ray Coward provides the run briefing

On yet another glorious summer's day, a 1,261 strong field including the usual eclectic mix of tourists from near and far (in some cases very far!), regulars, the speedy and the leisurely were led round our glorious Royal Park by a man who became the first person to collect 50 Token No 1's at Bushy. In doing so, Andrius Jaksevicius surpasses the 49 first place finishes achieved by Anthony Jackson (before he emigrated to the home of the 2nd best cricketing country in the world), so many congratulations Andrius!

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Andrius is first back to the big oak for the 50th time

The Results – first finishers

Men:

Andrius Jaksevicius 15:41 VM35 - 39
Robert Eveson         16:31 SM20 - 24
Paul Lowe                16:57 VM35 - 39

Women

Rose Penfold           18:26 SW25 - 29
Zoe Cowell-Jones    19:15 VW35 - 39
Caroline Mollison     19:22 VW35 - 39

Junior Boys

Eddie Jordell           17:27 JM15 - 17
Marcus Solomon     18:10 JM10   (WOW!)
Ross Hyde              18:42 JM15 - 17

Junior Girls

Isabel Livesey         20:08 JW15 - 17
Katie Repper           20:24 JW15 - 17
Chloe Royle             21:04 JW11 - 14

 

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There were plenty of other firsts today, including a mammoth 150 completing their first parkrun at Bushy (of which 34 were brand new to parkrun) including.

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Marni & Mel from Adelaide

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Andres (left), the Event Director of Fletcher's Cover Parkrun, Washington DC

 

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James (left) from Cassiobury parkrun, completing his 150th Parkrun

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Christie & Tanya

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Jonathan, Tessa and Stephen from Bexley Parkrun

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Phil, Katheryn & Stephen from Barnsley, Leeds & Sheffield Parkruns

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Julie & David from Port Macquarie Parkrun, New South Wales

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John & Sarah

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Personal Bests

There were a whopping 119 personal bests achieved this week. Congratulations to you all, especially to Christian Morris who was running his 341st event at Bushy!

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Milestones

250 Club

Richard Steeden
Alan Fisher
Steve Hayton

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Steve Hayton gets a commemorative photo to mark 250 club membership

100 Club

Abigail RIEHL
Seth SMITH
Stuart GEPP
Darryl SWIFT

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50 Club

Ralph Isaacs
Sarah Melotte

 

10 Club

Eve Pickering
Aimee REDMAN
Elsa BUCZYNSKY
Holly PINNUCK

 

Well done to all who took part and volunteered; look forward to seeing you all soon

Chris Brimacombe

 

Don't forget you can now follow us on Instagram
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Twitter at www.twitter.com/bushyparkrun
and for Bushy parkrun on facebook
www.facebook.com/bushyparkrun

and for parkrun UK on facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/parkrunuk
Interested in volunteering at Bushy parkrun? Please e-mail bushyhelpers@parkrun.com

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Please e-mail bushyoffice@parkrun.com

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers needed for Ride London on 4th August

We've been given the opportunity to provide volunteers for two of the Prudential Ride London events starting in our area on 4th August, the organisers are hoping for people with local knowledge to get involved.

Details of both events can be found from either of the links below:

Prudential Ride London 19 

https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/19

This starts in Sandown Park and is a family oriented ride up to London.

Prudential Ride London Surrey Classic

https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/classic/
This starts in the main car park at Bushy Park and is the elite men's race so looks like will be a great atmosphere

The timings required for volunteers are, 11am - 4pm at both sites on Sunday 4th August and we're looking for around 25-30 volunteers in total. In return, Ride London give a donation to parkrun so hopefully that will be minced pies and mulled wine sorted out on Christmas Day!

If you're interested or want more details, please email Rob on bushy@parkrun.com

 

Run Report Event No 796 – 6 July 2019

Octogenarians United set a new record at Bushy

 

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The third annual Octogenarians United, meet up took place this past Saturday at the 796th bushy parkrun.

 

The over 80s gathering was organised by regular park runner attendee, George FROGLEY and the oldest runner to join the 250 club, Richard PITCAIRN-KNOWLES.

 

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The first meet up took place back in 2017 and had 15 octogenarians competing. Roughly 45 octogenarians participated this time round, which is a new record for this category at parkrun!

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The first male finisher from this age group was Douglas MILSOM of Hillingdon AC coming in with an impressive time of 27:17. Margaret WILLIAMS meanwhile was the first female finisher with a time of 34:09.

On completion of the run this year all the Octogenarian runners were presented with their own medal to recognise their achievement.

 

 

Results

 

The results side of things…

 

Andrius JAKSEVICIUS of Belgrave Harriers went one better than last week, first finisher with a time of 15:42. Andrius came 47 seconds ahead of second place finisher Craig JARMAN of Walton Athletics club, who set a new PB of 16:29. Szymon CHOJNACKI of Ranelagh Harriers rounded off the top three with a time of 17:12.

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Andrius in a cracking time of 15:42

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Craig with a PB on his 106th parkrun

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In the women’s category Mara YAMAUCHI just managed to hold off a fast finishing Laura O'CONNELL in an exciting sprint finish. The former came in with a time of 18:24, just two seconds ahead of Laura who finished in 18:26.

 

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Number of participants

There were 1365 participants in the 796th Bushy parkrun this week.

 

Visitors from other parkruns

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Visitors included Stuart who travelled from Perth, Australia to experience the home of parkrun.

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Volunteers

Thanks to this week's volunteers:

Adam STEPHENS  •  Alex TICKELL  •  Andrew FINCH  •  Andrew HOWARTH  •  Ann COWARD  •  Bernie CONWAY  •  Bob DEAN  •  Carl HOWES  •  Carol DICKINSON  •  Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS  •  Catelin LE FRANC  •  Charlotte COPPELLOTTI  •  Christine FRY  •  Claire SECKINGTON  •  Courtney LE FRANC  •  David BREWIN  •  Donald BELL  •  Emilie HOWES  •  Eniola ADEDEJI  •  Fran WYLDE  •  George HARRIS  •  Gert LINDEQUE  •  Grace ROBERTSON  •  Helen AYTON  •  Ian RILEY  •  Jack BENNETT  •  Jackie DUNKLEY  •  James SELL  •  Joanna HUXLEY  •  Joy BELL  •  Katherine WILDE  •  Laura WILDE  •  Linda GRIMES  •  Lucy NICHOLLS  •  Lucy NOBLE  •  Lucy PORTER  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Malcolm J TAYLOR  •  Margaret LE FRANC  •  Matthew CUNLIFFE  •  Max LILLYWHITE  •  Melanie HOWES  •  Merran SELL  •  Nick BLANCHARD  •  Nicolette CRINALL  •  Oliver HUME  •  Paige GOODWIN  •  Phil BLUER  •  Ray BAIRSTOW  •  Ray FRANKS  •  Richard MANNING  •  Richard STEEDEN  •  Rob PHILLIPS  •  Robby HEDGES  •  Samuel JONES  •  Simon R  •  Steve LORDE  •  Susie MCNICOL  •  Suzanne GREEN  •  Tim BOWDEN  •  Tom Jacob HOWARTH  •  Tom HONE  •  Zaid OSAMA

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

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Barcode scanning

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Please do not take our tokens home

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David, a frequent runner with the Sweatshop Community running club in Teddington, is seen here successfully helping to direct traffic in the funnel.

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Unique t-shirt

Don't forget you can now follow us on Instagram
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Twitter at www.twitter.com/bushyparkrun
and for Bushy parkrun on facebook
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Interested in volunteering at Bushy parkrun? Please e-mail bushyhelpers@parkrun.com

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Please e-mail bushyoffice@parkrun.com

 

 

Run Report Event No 795 – 29 June 2019

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Summer really did arrive at Bushy Park this morning, with a heatwave forecast for the day! This didn't deter 1337 of you turning up for the Saturday morning ritual in beautiful sunshine.

 

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Today there was also a 'mob match' between The Stragglers Running Club and Ranelagh Harriers, who, as per the label, turned up 'mob handed' and ready to do battle!

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Among the visitors to Bushy parkrun today were a number of runners from different parts of Australia. Ella and her family were visiting from Logan River parkrun in Brisbane. Ella had come to Bushy Park to complete her 100 milestone, well done Ella.

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From Parramatta parkrun in Sydney were Mel and Kathryn. Kathyrn was with us today to complete her 100 milestone. Kathryn told me that, by coincedence rather than planning, she ran her 50th run at the first parkrun to be held outside the UK, in Denmark.

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From Newcastle, Australia came the' Wooters' who had come over to run with two members of their 'flock' who had left Australia to become locals to Bushy Park. IMG_0822

Another group introduced to me by our own Mel Howes was Fordy Runs, a 'virtual running group'. Virtual running, now that sounds appealing, and requiring minimal effort! Of course I was wrong, they do actually run. Fordy Runs is an on-line virtual running community who get together to take part in many different runs and have raised significant funds for charity - a great group.

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9.00 o'clock and they were off.....................................

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Just over 15 minutes later, the first runners had completed their 5K and were crossing the finish line. Amazing running by:

Paul POLLOCK 15.20
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Andrius JAKSEVICIUS 15.33
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Wayne PARKER 16:14
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Followed by 1334 more runners puffing and panting their way across the finish line, not easy in today's heat. Incredibly, 83 of you got a new PB and 20 of you acheived an age grade of over 80% - a big well done to you all.
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Lorraine, a Bushy parkrun regular, introduced me to Natalyia from Russia who joined us for her 200th parkun today. Natalyia explained to me that she was responsible for setting up parkrun in Russia - wonderful.

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A mention most definitely needs to go to Marek, who 'literally' came straight to Bushy Park from the airport with his suitcase in order to take part today. Marek runs at Pole Mokotowskie parkrun in Warsaw. Wonderful to have you with us Marek and so glad you made it.

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Sarah joined us today from Livingston - what a great t-shirt!

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Final visitor mention to Georgia and Jemma. Georgia's home parkrun was Burnley, however, she has now moved to London and, along with Jemma, from Fulham parkrun, is running the London parkruns.

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As always, parkrun couldn't operate without our wonderful volunteers who today were:

Eniola ADEDEJI, Andy ANSTEY, Jude BENNETT, Jack BENNETT, Luca CERASALE, Margot COOPER, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Nicolette CRINALL, Matthew CUNLIFFE, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Deirdre DOE, Joanna EARP, Charlie EARP, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Stella HAMMOND, George HARRIS, Olivia HEATLEY, Jamie HEPWORTH, Tom HONE, Tom Jacob HOWARTH, Melanie HOWES, Emilie HOWES, Oliver HUME, Adam HYLAN, Dave KAHN, Jack KENNEDY, Katie KNOTT, Catelin LE FRANC, Clare LE VOIR, Lucy NICHOLLS, Lucy NOBLE, Matthew O'DONOVAN, Michelle O'GORMAN, Zaid OSAMA, Stephanie POOLE, David POOLE, Kevin QUINN, Verity RIDING, Ian RILEY, Grace ROBERTSON, Hannah ROBERTSON, Stewart ROSE, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, Julie SMITH, Adam STEPHENS, David STEWART, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Beth TEMPEST, Lucy THATCHER, Michael TROTT, Catherine WHEATLEY, Andrew John WINGATE, Fran WYLDE

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Mel moving you all along the funnel
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Jan on token duty
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We must congratulate Jan. Some, but probably not many of you, may know that Jan is an acomplished athlete. Last week, Jan won her age group at a sprint triathlon and so has qualified for world championships next year in Edmonton - how fantastic, well done Jan.

Milestones

Joining the 10 club today were:

Oliver PHILLIPS JM11-14
Laurent BLAIS JM10

50 club

Rebecca DUNNE SW30-34
Gorete FIGUEIRA VW40-44
Laure LOMBARDO VW35-39
Martine GOMES VW45-49
Colin DURNFORD VM70-74

100 club

Andrea DOWSETT VW50-54
Amanda KEEN SW25-29
Ella POLLARD JW11-14
Dianne DEDMAN VW60-64
Kathryn COX VW55-59

See you next week

Stella

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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

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Please e-mail bushyoffice@parkrun.com

 

Run Report Event No 794 – 22 June 2019

 

Summer's here

A warm and dry morning woke us on Saturday morning. Conditions were good with a gentle breeze but certainly a bit on the warm side. Run Director Ray Coward gave us the usual introductions, welcomes and rules and set us off on our way. There was a cloud of dust spread as we trundled up the path towards the cricket pitch and then back down Cobblers Walk. We had 1,414 runners (down 7 on last week) – our joint 21st biggest ever and the 13th time this year have had more than 1,400 runners.

 

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The Volunteers

 

As always the event couldn’t happen without them so a huge thank you to the 52 who helped us today -  Keith BALDWIN, Jude BENNETT, Jack BENNETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Shirley BUCKLEY, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Charlotte COPPELLOTTI, Ray COWARD, Nicolette CRINALL, Jack CROWTHER, Charlotte DUFF, Robert FREY, Paige GOODWIN, Amelia GOODWIN, Ian GRANGE, Suzanne GREEN, Simon GREENHILL, Stella HAMMOND, Olivia HEATLEY, Robby HEDGES, Susan HOWARTH, Tom Jacob HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Oliver HUME, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Katie KNOTT, Courtney LE FRANC, Catelin LE FRANC, Max LILLYWHITE, Ally MANOLE, Kristina MIDDLETON, Steve MILLER, Emma May MURPHY, Victoria MUSKET, Lucy NICHOLLS, Lucy NOBLE, Eleanor O'NEILL, Zaid OSAMA, David PAPWORTH, Eoin PARFITT, Will RAWLING, Ian RILEY, Grace ROBERTSON, Hannah ROBERTSON, Nick ROWE, Louise RUSSELL, Anna SAVILL, Julie SMITH, Pauline STONES, Malcolm J TAYLOR, Graham TITCOMBE, Diane WESSON

 

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We have now had 1,925 individuals volunteer a total of 20,129 times. If you have ever thought about volunteering I’d definitely recommend giving it a go, there are many varied roles available each week and newcomers are especially welcomed. E-mail Pat McGrath at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he can give guidance about the roles.

The Runners

Despite the weather there were 1,414 runners and we have now seen 54,509 different runners take part in Bushy parkrun and these athletes have now completed 564,050 runs covering an amazing 2,802,250KM including 77,064 new personal bests.

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We had 15 members of the 500 club, 147 runners in the 250 club, 310 in the 100 club and a further 237 in the 50 club. 76 runners either hadn’t registered or committed that dreaded event of forgetting their barcode #DFYB (Don’t Forget Your Barcode).

We had 202 people running at Bushy for the first time with 31 making their first ever parkrun. Welcome to everyone joining us for the first time and hope to see you all soon.
119 runners got PB’s in the sun.

 

Milestones

 
This Saturday we had no new members of the 500 club although there was a belated 500th celebration for regular Carol Dickinson who had celebrated her milestone a couple of weeks ago in Poland.

 

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Hitting 250 was Tony PIDGEON – this was his second time at Bushy with most of his runs being done at Swindon.

Joining the 100 club were:

James HELM
Fish FISHWICK
Mo WILLIAMS RUNNewport
Ruth COLE Stragglers
Ben FOWLER
Linda RETCHLESS
Andrew STRATTON Wymondham AC
Bob ORISHAGUNA
Chris EDMONDS

 

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We had 2 new members of the 50 club – well done to Andy HERMAN and Suzanne ANDERSON.

 

Juniors joining the 10 club were Thomas MELBOURNE and Billy BANNON.

 

Congratulations to all on your landmark achievements and look forward to you all running proudly in your new parkrun shirts.

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The Results Bit

First male finishers were Daniel JARVIS of Bedford & County AC in 14:46, ahead of Elliot DOREY in 15:18 and the 3rd man home was Jake SHELLEY of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers in 15:19.

First woman home was Lucy MARLAND of Cardiff AAC in 17:56, ahead of Emma DAVIS of Ward Park Harriers in 18:07 with Cordelia PARKER of Abingdon AC third home in 18:27

The female record is held by Justina HESLOP who recorded a time of 15:58 on 22nd October 2011 (event number 379). The male record is held by Andrew BADDELEY who recorded a time of 13:48 on 11th August 2012 (event number 422). The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 100.23% (21:30) on 24th September 2016 (event number 645).

Runners with age grades over 80% were

Chris FINILL 18:06 VM60-64 88.58% Harrow AC
Andrius JAKSEVICIUS 15:23 VM35-39 87.43% Belgrave Harriers
Daniel JARVIS 14:46 SM20-24 87.36% Bedford & County AC
Paul ROSS-DAVIES 20:02 VM65-69 87.02% Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC
Ruth HUTTON 20:38 VW50-54 85.46% South London Harriers
Emma HARRIS 19:34 VW45-49 84.67%
Elliott DOREY 15:18 SM25-29 84.31%
Jake SHELLEY 15:19 SM25-29 84.22% Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
Polly ADAMS 20:57 VW50-54 83.13%
Lucy MARLAND 17:56 SW30-34 82.71% Cardiff AAC
Eva OSBORNE 31:36 VW75-79 82.65% Wymondham AC
Emma DAVIS 18:07 SW30-34 82.06% Ward Park Runners
Mike DENNISON 19:58 VM60-64 81.05%
Ben MOONEY 19:10 VM55-59 80.87%
Joshua LOW 17:35 VM45-49 80.66%
Jeremy PALMER 19:03 VM55-59 80.66%
Patrick MCDOUGALL 18:35 VM50-54 80.63% Belgrave Harriers
Ted ENSER 17:38 JM11-14 80.43% Bracknell AC
Cordelia PARKER 18:27 SW20-24 80.22% Abingdon AC

 

The Random Number Generator

 

We now look at a few random numbers to give some coverage to those who otherwise may not have got a mention.

 

This week was event 794 at Bushy so claiming token 794 was Jamie BAIRD in 28:40 running with JM10 runner Daniel BAIRD

 

The average finish time of all Bushy parkrun is 27:03 and hitting the time on the nail was Kishore DESAI running his 214th event

 

As today is 22/6 ……... in position 226 was Mark FOWLER on his 48th run.

 

There have now been 564 thousand runs in our events at Bushy so in 564 was Ellie WARNER on her 108th parkrun.
 
Well done to all.

 

Human parkrun

 
There was a great image sent in by Max Woodward today with a great attempt from him and family / friends forming a human spelling of ‘parkrun’. Their efforts today – both the 5K and the picture were to celebrate his Dad – Doug (the man forming half of the letter k) being 5 months in remission from cancer. A great picture and even better story and sums up so much of what parkrun is all about – all the very for the future and lets see if any other groups can beat this brilliant attempt.

 

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Website

The talking point of parkrun world this week was the new webpage. After many years we got last week's results to notice a significant difference in the look and feel to the webpage. Same an any change and a bit like Marmite – some love it and some hate it. Though from messages coming out of HQ the previous webpage urgently needed updating to keep it running and whilst it looks a bit different the same things are there and the feel is similar. Give it a go and see what you think.

Home or Away

Bushy is obviously the birthplace of parkrun and every week we see numerous tourists making their ‘pilgrimage’ to join us. As Bushy runners however do you also travel or come along here every week? I’ve been lucky enough to run in England, Scotland, N.Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Germany, Poland and Denmark and whilst the accents and language may vary the spirit and feel of parkrun remains the same wherever you travel

Your barcode gets you a run at every event in the world and all take place on Saturday mornings – though start times do vary in some countries. Here are some fact about the world of parkrun and if you do only come to Bushy why not travel and give the world of parkrun tourism a go.

  • 1,562 events worldwide
  • 618 events in the UK
  • 56 events in Greater London
  • 10 events within a couple of parkruns of our start

o    Kingston, Crane Park, Hanworth, Richmond Park, Hazelwood, Old Deer Park, Wimbledon Common, Bedfont Lakes, Osterley, Nonsuch

How many have you done? So why not take your barcode on holiday and see if there is an event nearby.

Did you know you can install an extra fun parkrun extension on your pc or phone? "Running Challenges" is an extension that allows you to see even more stats about your parkrun story. Many people will be familiar with the A-Z parkrun challenge, but this extension gives you many other fun challenges to complete, such as:

  • The compass challenge - completing 4 parkruns, containing either North, South, East and West e.g. Southampton, Eastville or even Lowestoft

 

  • The Bee Gee Challenge - completing three parkruns starting with a B and three with a letter G!

 

  • Stopwatch Challenge – getting every finishing second e.g. 25:00, 27:01, 19:03 etc

 

  • Groundhog day – exactly the same finish time, 2 weeks running at the same event

 

…. and one for most of us to start with

 

  • Bushy Pilgrimage – A visit to the home of parkrun

 

There are many more and it's not just for runners/walkers. There is a whole section on volunteering too. The link below tells you how to set it up, it's a little fiddly but well worth the effort (note the PC version uses chrome but only firefox will work on phones).

https://running-challenges.co.uk/getstarted/

There’s always next week

The joy of parkrun is however your run went today, good or bad you always have another chance to have another go at this next week … same time, same place – just make sure you remember that barcode.

Have a good week and see you by the fountain next week.

Nick Rowe

Don't forget you can now follow us on Instagram
intagram.com/bushyparkrun

Twitter at www.twitter.com/bushyparkrun
and for Bushy parkrun on facebook
www.facebook.com/bushyparkrun

and for parkrun UK on facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/parkrunuk
Interested in volunteering at Bushy parkrun? Please e-mail bushyhelpers@parkrun.com

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Please e-mail bushyoffice@parkrun.com

 

Run Report Event No 793 – 15 June 2019

 

1000 parkruns!

 

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After a week of weather for ducks, it was not surprising to see them running wild around the coffee crowd outside the Pheasantry. But this parkrunday dawned fine and bright. Goldilocks weather. We had 1,421 assorted runners and walkers supported by 57 superb volunteers including a team of top pacers. There were 184 PBs (14%), 42 first timers and 163 doing Bushy for the first time. There were visitors from Brisbane, South Africa, Preston and Sittingbourne amongst other places. We had a host of milestones including two 500s and a 250.

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Simon gets matters in order

 

Volunteers

The new shortened funnel is bedding in well although it seems we still had a few funnel duckers this week which meant some adjustment to the results. Run Director was stepladder Simon Lane with timers Sue Graham-Kahn and Jack Bennett. Volunteers were expertly coordinated by Julie Papworth and Lucy Thatcher.

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Two of our hi viz heroes: Stewart who helps set up the funnel every week, and Alex off to safety check the course
 

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Richard and Bianca are often in hi viz but got to run this week – sporting the Contra look. Richard was one of our pacers
 

We had a total of 57 volunteers out in force this week, making everything possible. Many thanks to:

Jack BENNETT, Phil BLUER, Tim BOWDEN, David BREWIN, Jack CROWTHER, Matthew CUNLIFFE, Julian DIAMOND, Carol DICKINSON, Lorraine DILLAMORE, Laurence DUFFY, Robert EVESON, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Sue GRAHAM-KAHN, Suzanne GREEN, Thomas HALL, George HARRIS, Olivia HEATLEY, Robby HEDGES, Tom HONE, Susan HOWARTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Melanie HOWES, Oliver HUME, Samuel JONES, Simon LANE, Catelin LE FRANC, Max LILLYWHITE, Robert LOVEGROVE, Richard MATTHEWS, Fiona MCANENA, Kristina MIDDLETON, Lucy NICHOLLS, Lucy NOBLE, Jeremy PALMER, Carmen PALMER, David PAPWORTH, Julie PAPWORTH, Simon R, Ian RILEY, Adrian ROBERTS, Grace ROBERTSON, Hannah ROBERTSON, Johanna SARTORI, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, Julie SMITH, Andrew STENT, Adam STEPHENS, Pauline STONES, Carol SWAFFER, Lucy THATCHER, Alex TICKELL, Chris TYRRELL, Richard VAN DER LEEDEN, Mary Ellen WHITBY

Bushy parkrun always need volunteers so if you fancy a go, just drop an e-mail to Pat McGrath at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he’ll sort you out.

 

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One of Bushy’s five scanners, hard at work.

 

Being the third week of an even month we had the even pacers out in force – always great to see their flags waving. It always leads to that inevitable feeling of pressure to keep up with one of them and the debate about which one. Congratulations to Julian who managed to finish spot on 22 minutes. Pacer heaven.
 

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The crack team of pacers: 20 – Jeremy Palmer, 22- Julian Diamond, 24- Tim Bowden, 26 – Richard van der Leeden, 28 – Richard Mathews, 30 – Carol Dickinson, 32 – Adrian Roberts, 34 – Carmen Palmer
 

Tourists and other First timers

We had 163 first timers this week of whom 42 were doing their first ever parkrun.

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Ben and Gina from Preston parkrun and Red Rose Runners making the pilgrimage. Ben was doing his 200th parkrun and Gina was sporting a very fetching fox tail

 

Personal Bests

A whopping 184 runners achieved a PB today. 14 of those had run over 100 parkruns. Well done to:

Jon KINSEY 19:53 VM45-49 71.33% 26.2 RRC 337
Andy RICHARDSON 21:00 VM40-44 66.51% UK parkrun tourists 289
Andrew SHENNAN 23:43 VM55-59 65.92% 245
Gareth BEAVIS 19:25 VM35-39 67.90% Runsketeers 184
Zoe PLANT 21:36 SW20-24 68.52% Nailsea RC 178
Julie WILCOCK 28:50 VW45-49 55.61% Sheen Shufflers 173
Pauline BEGLEY-JONES 25:03 VW50-54 67.73% 122
David HUME 22:33 VM45-49 64.89% 120
Barnaby GOUGH 24:36 JM11-14 62.20% 117
Ruth BENNETT 22:43 VW45-49 71.31% Sheen Shufflers 114
Paul COOKE 27:07 VM45-49 53.53% 114
Eirwen CAMPBELL 23:30 VW35-39 64.68% SHAEF Shifters 113
Scott HILLMAN 21:44 VM45-49 65.26% 110
Suki Kaur BASSI 33:01 VW50-54 50.78% Walsall Arboretum Runners 102

80%

We had 15 people achieve 80% age grading or more. Special mention to Mara YAMAUCHI who achieved 88.32% for her time of 17:59 – a PB and first time under 18 minutes at Bushy:

 

Mara YAMAUCHI 17:59 VW45-49 88.32% Thames Hare & Hounds
Emma HARRIS 19:25 VW45-49 85.32%
Yasmin MARGHINI 17:49 JW15-17 84.85% Herne Hill Harriers
Christine ANTHONY 21:24 VW55-59 84.58% West Suffolk AC
Claire Louise SPENCER 18:21 VW40-44 83.83% Overton Harriers & AC
Polly ADAMS 20:56 VW50-54 83.20%
Isabel CLARK 17:55 SW30-34 82.98% Serpentine RC
Hannah CLEMENTS 21:59 VW55-59 82.34%
Mike DENNISON 19:45 VM60-64 81.94%
Becky MCNICHOLAS 19:27 VW45-49 81.66% Epsom Oddballs RC
Wayne PARKER 15:54 SM20-24 81.13%
Johanna TOFTE 19:13 JW15-17 80.66% Hercules Wimbledon AC
Rowena STENT 25:33 VW65-69 80.56% Stragglers
Joshua LOW 17:39 VM45-49 80.36%
Mitch PHILLIPS 19:19 VM55-59 80.24% Thames Turbo Triathlon

 

Milestones

10 Club
Eight juniors completed their 10th run to claim the pristine white shirt: well done to:

Tommy HOOPER 24:53 JM15-17 New PB!
Faysal HAASHI 25:18 JM15-17 PB stays at 00:24:20
Lucas CURTIS 27:20 JM11-14 PB stays at 00:25:59
Jemima DENNING 28:06 JW10 PB stays at 00:26:32
Freya JOHNSON 28:40 JW11-14 PB stays at 00:26:58
Natalia VOSSOU 29:12 JW10 New PB!
Grace JACOB 32:45 JW10 PB stays at 00:31:50
Ellis WHALEY 45:19 JM11-14 PB stays at 00:23:54

 

50 Club
Eight runners reached the milestone of 50 this week:

 

Mara YAMAUCHI 17:59 VW45-49 New PB!
Anthony MADDEN 21:48 VM45-49 New PB!
Alistair BREWIN 23:14 SM20-24 PB stays at 00:22:23
Jo HYNES 24:57 VW45-49 PB stays at 00:24:24
Joanna ELFERINK 27:52 VW35-39 First Timer!
Paul DENNING 28:07 VM40-44 PB stays at 00:20:10
Cara SILBERY 30:31 SW20-24 PB stays at 00:22:23
Sue DENNISON 32:16 VW50-54 PB stays at 00:31:06

 

100 club
Five runners celebrated 100 runs this week. Congratulations to;

Nina BROCKLEBANK 21:54 VW45-49 First Timer!
Thomas WEEDON 24:27 VM60-64 PB stays at 00:22:35
Chris BRADSHAW 24:35 VM35-39 First Timer!
Deirdre HIPWELL 30:22 VW55-59 PB stays at 00:30:02
James RICE 31:05 SM25-29 First Timer!

 

250 club
Two runners reached the magical 250 milestone this week – congratulations to Katherine MATTHEWS and Helen GILKES Katherine did her first run on 26 September 2009 and has run 216 times at Bushy. Today she was joined by her family and friends to celebrate in style. Meanwhile Helen did her first way back on 16 June 2007 and has run 245 times at Bushy.

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Katherine celebrates in style with friends and family

500 club
Like London buses you wait all day and then two come along at once. This time they will be dressed in blue. Step forward the legendary uber tourists and fellow Stragglers Becky THURTELL and Roy REEDER . Reading their parkrun CV is like opening the Encyclopaedia Britannica. It just goes on and on. Becky for example has done 274 different parkruns in 10 countries. She did her first on 5 February 2005 at Bushy and came 37th of a field of just 48 runners in 25:41. That day the legend John Hanscomb came 40th in 27:05 and our very own volunteer supremo Pat McGrath in 20th place in 20:58. Almost all the runners that day were attached to a club (or at least are now) and only one person ran over 30 minutes. Becky’s best age grading was 81.52% in 2016, she has been first finisher at 23 different parkrun venues and her PB remains 21:51 in 2015. She has a consecutive tourism streak of 54 different parkruns. She clearly loves life on the road.

Looking at Roy’s stats, he also likes to tour. He’s completed 241 different parkruns in 9 countries. Roy kicked off his parkrun odyssey on Christmas Day 2004 and was first finisher in only our 13th Bushy parkrun; his time was 17:21 (age category VM35-39). This was the first of many first finishers for Roy - 63 times so far with 4 at Bushy. His PB remains 16:22 on 6 August 2005.

Roy has completed all of the parkrun challenges except the double-ton (200 at one event) – he has done 115 Bushy parkruns and needs two more to complete the so called full Ponty (Pontefract, Pontypridd, Pontypool and Pont-y-Bala)! Speaking to Roy after his amazing 500th parkrun we reminisced about the life of an uber tourist. You have to be dedicated. He said there were occasions when he would pass through Bushy Park at 1 or 2am on a Saturday morning on the way to an event and was tempted to simply do Bushy (maybe not exactly at that time!). Roy says he will do his 250th different parkrun and then take stock – so we may see more of Roy at Bushy, Kingston and Crane Park.

Anyway to celebrate their 1,000 parkruns and 5,000km between them we had matching cakes, balloons, prosecco (of course) and lots of friends to help them consume it all…

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Matching cakes, but spot the differences!

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Seven of the sixteen 500 Club running at Bushy this week – Ramona, Polly, Julie, Suzan, Carol, Becky and Roy

News from the field

Congratulations and much admiration for Ian CUNNINGHAM, a regular runner at Bushy, who this week was one of those who returned from completing the legendary Comrades marathon ultrarun in South Africa. Ian was proudly showing off his shirt. Ian completed the 87km “up-course” in 9 hours 55mins. Astounding running.

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It was great to see the legend that is John HANSCOMB back with us for his 619th parkrun after having the minor issue of a pacemaker fitted – just in time for pacer week.

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Here is John with fellow octogenarians Wally and Ivan. Warming up for the octogenarians run on 6 July at Bushy

The Results – first finishers

Men:
Wayne PARKER (SM20-24) 15:54
James MALONEY (SM20-24) 16:35
Andrew CHRISTY (SM25-29) in 16:39

Women:
There was a real battle for first female finisher with the following finishing in 11th, 12th and 13th places.

Yasmin MARGHINI (JW15-17) in 17:49
Isabel CLARK (SW30-34) in 17:55
Mara YAMAUCHI (VW45-49) in 17:59

Junior women
Yasmin MARGHINI (JW15-17) in 17:49
Johanna TOFTE (JW15-17) in 19:13
Sophie LOMAS (JW11-14) in 20:16

Junior boys
The junior boys also had a finish line battle. These guys finished in positions 17th, 18th and 19th:
Dan SLAVEN (JM11-14) in 18:10 (New PB)
Joe BARKER (JM11-14) in 18:16
Tom WILSON (JM11-14) in 18:18

 

Stats of the day Bushy parkrun #762

1,421 parkrunners – 1,344 identified, 77 unknown (DFYB!) (5% of the field).

How many?
• Of the 1,344 identified parkrunners, there were:
• 126 Juniors aged under 18 (9%)
• 236 Seniors aged 18-34 (18%)
• 981 Vets aged 35-89 (73%)
• 594 females (44%) and 750 males (56%)

Weather conditions

• Umbrella quotient: 0 out of 5
• Temperature: 15˚C, mild and sunny.

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See you next week.

Andrew Howarth
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