Run Report Event No 842 – 11th September 2021

Great to be back at Bushy

It was indeed great to be back at Bushy for event number 842. Having moved away during lockdown, Bushy is no longer my local event and for the first time in years we can’t see the course from our living room window, we now have to go nearly three miles to visit our nearest these days!

Having popped my name down to do the First Timers Briefing – I do like the sound of my own voice – Andy Howarth who looks after the run report rota collared me to pick up my run report pen after many years to compose a few words, while he and many others headed up north to take part in the Great North Run.

Absence certainly does make the heart grow funder and it was genuinely lovely to be back at Bushy and amongst friends at parkrun. And of course, being Bushy, it’s great to be among so many people running, walking and jogging around our beautiful park… in total 1016 took part on Saturday ably supported by 55 wonderful volunteers, so before we go any further, please give a big round of applause to our wonderful volunteers!

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Volunteering is great fun and really rewarding. Marshalling out on the course with a thousand people saying thank you to you by 10am is a great way to start the day, as are all the other roles you can do. If you would like to help, please get in touch with the wonderful Pat on bushy@parkrun.com

The sun was of course always going to shine on this particular Saturday as Ray Coward was on the Run Director microphone and of course legend has it that it never rains at 9am on Saturday when Ray is in charge. This week Ray was wonderfully supported by Wendy Scott as sign language support.

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Following that brilliant round of applause for our volunteers, please give an even louder hand if possible, for the 109 first timers who joined us at Bushy today including the 33 of you who ran your very first parkrun! We hope you enjoyed it and will be back for more very soon. While you’re on your feet clapping, please give one final big hand to the 100 of you who achieved a Personal Best on Saturday, well done…

Milestones

Nobody joined the 500 club this week but it’s amazing to look in the results and see that there were no fewer than 15 members of that illustrious club running on Saturday.

Two people joined the 250 club, huge congratulations to Ian Phillips and Justine Albert. Apologies in advance to Ian for the lack of further recognition in this report but for the sake of my home life I felt it was wiser to concentrate more on Justine’s achievement. More of that later.

Congratulations to the six people who joined the 100 club this week and all going well will be sporting a new black t-shirt very soon. Well done Tom Newman, Richard Nicholson, Gemma Sanders, David Rowsell, Ian Childs and Julia Hill.

Joining the fifty club and earning a red t-shirt were David Marshall, Giles Murphy and Katherine Bell and finally, joining the juniors 10 club were Ava McAndie and Tilly Parsons

Justine’s 250th

As previewed earlier on, a little bit more information about one of the new members of the 250 club. Justine’s first ever parkrun was on New Years Day 2013, just a few months after meeting a new bloke who convinced her that going for not just one parkrun, but two of them on NYD was a sensible thing to do. It was only a few years later when looking back, did she realise that her barcode at the second run at Kingston that day hadn’t registered, so today could well have been her 251st. She quickly caught the bug and as well as 149 runs at Bushy has also registered 101 runs in five other countries as well as running at a total of 54 events along the way. She’s completed the Pirate Challenge, Stopwatch Bingo and is just a q, y and a z away from the alphabet challenge.

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Apart from all the running, the PBs and the tourism challenges, the best thing about parkrun for Justine – and by association therefore, me – is all the friends that parkrun has helped us to make along the years and so many of them were there on Saturday to help Justine celebrate in the time honoured Bushy style, with a glass of fizz and a slice of cake! Huge thanks to Zoe for making the cake, and for Rachel who celebrated her birthday with a trip to Southsea which meant we had two cakes to share on Saturday! Happy Birthday Rach!

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I think that’s more than enough about Justine, so time to take a look at what else happened on Saturday

Amazing age graders

Well done to the six people who achieved an age grading over 80% at the weekend, something I have aspired to for years but unless I gain any super powers sometime soon I don’t think I’ll ever be achieving!

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Top Fives

Well done to the below for being the top five finishers in the ladies, men’s and junior sections…

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Top Five Men

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Top Five Junior Boys U11

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Top Five Junior Boys 11-14

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Top Five Junior Boys 15-17

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Top Five Junior Girls U11

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Top Five Junior Girls 11-14

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Top Five Junior Girls 15-17 

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Another branch off the big tree…

Just like buses, another branch fell off the finish line big tree last week, luckily the fencing round the tree is firmly in place so no one can get hurt but fingers crossed not too many branches continue to fall off as otherwise in a few years time we won’t know where to put the finish line.

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Community

We all know that the Bushy parkrun community is amazing but sometimes you hear a story which confirms what you already knew. I didn’t get to meet her in person but I did hear that Pam hurt her ankle on the way round and was overwhelmed by people who asked if she was okay, or needed help at all. She walked the rest of the course but it’s wonderful to hear the Bushy community spirit is alive and well…

And finally

A slightly self-indulgent note to finish on. I had nearly five years as Event Director at Bushy parkrun and I absolutely loved (nearly) every minute of it. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Even if I hadn’t moved over 100 miles away I think it was time to step down, as new people come in with new ideas and frankly better ways of doing things and that’s what keeps an event like Bushy forever improving… They’re already doing a brilliant job, but please do support Andy and Alex and the rest of the core team as more people start to return to parkrun over the weeks and months ahead. I can't wait to visit again soon and meet up with all the brilliant, amazing people who make Bushy parkrun the wonderful event it is.

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Happy parkrunning

Rob Phillips

 

Run Report Event No 840 – 28 August 2021

You Can Bank On Bushy

The Bank Holiday Weekend kicked off in Bushy with a "post Resumption" record field of 1162 and also featured a visit from the "Running Mayor of West London"..

 

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The legendary Bushy double funnel being expertly constructed by the magnificent volunteers.

 

 

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Possibly the widest startline in Parkrun UK?

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Run director Zoe delivers the pre-run briefing

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Verita was one of 50 runners brand new to parkrun; on her first outing to Bushy, and finished a creditable 3rd in her age category and will definitely be back for more.

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Femi & Rehya were from Kesgrave Parkrun near Ipswich used the bank holiday to combine a visit to Bushy with a trip to visit nearby family.

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It was wonderful to see Caitlin Limmer amongst the participants this week; Caitlin is an absolute inspiration to many of us, having founded the Ther Bearcat Running Club and directed The Turks Head 10K and the The Cabbage Patch 10 races which has raised 10's of thousands for charities. Caitlin has recently acquired the fun title of Running Mayor of West London as part of the #Runsome campaign.  This was launched earlier this year and is supported by Runners World and many others.  Of course the goal is to get people to run a bit more, to take the time to consider maybe using their feet more than their cars, the buses, and other transport.  Her role is just to encourage more and more to have the confidence to add more running to their life, which is of course what she has spent 17 years doing and what she will continue to do. If any parkrunners would like to find out more the website is www.runsome.org

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The scanning of the 1,162 in full flow.

Milestones

Joining the 100 club this week were:-

Ken Mclelland, Tim Hill and Louise Rigby

50 Club:-

Paul Cowling, Quentin Duff, Chris Staddon and Karen Belsham

10 Club:-

Daniel Erginoglu, Christopher Ritchie and Anna Hall

See you next week!

Chris Brimacombe

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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 839 – 21 August 2021

Green, Green Grass of Home

 

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Well who knew, just over the road from Bushy, Sir Tom Jones was playing at The Hampton Court Festival for  three nights and several of our visitors were making a weekend of it by doing their pilgrimage to Bushy in the morning and going to see Jones the Voice in the evening. Fair play, tidy.

 

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If we'd known Sir Tom was around he could've come over for a run, he'd have been very welcome. Afrer all, It's Not Unusual for us to have celebrity runners at Bushy.

 

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Here's VC Delilah, sorry Stella making sure all our volunteers know where they're going.

 

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Ok, no more song titles. Here's VI guide Susie checking in with Stella, She's a Lady, D'oh!

 

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This is Carmen and Jeremy. They were setting up the funnel, not Burnin" Down the House.

 

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With These Hands, Carol and Emily were setting up the token table.

Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Keith BALDWIN, Nick BLANCHARD, Phil BLUER, Jonathan BURSON, Ruby COLQUHOUN, Amy COOPER, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Ray COWARD, Richard EVANS, Stella HAMMOND, Anya HARDCASTLE, Tracey HARDCASTLE, Emilie HOWES, Melanie HOWES, Isolde HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Naomi ISRAEL, Maia JNAGAL, Paul KEELER, Ali KENNEDY, Leonie KENNEDY, Sacha KENNEDY, Freya Beatrice KING, Catelin LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, William LEA, Selma LEE, Heather LOCKWOOD, Angela MACSON, Ally MANOLE, Fiona MCANENA, Susie MCNICOL, Steve MILLER, Denise MITCHELL, Richard MOORE, Laura Helen MOSLEY, Diane MULLEN, Amelia NEWMAN, George NOBLE, Carmen PALMER, Jeremy PALMER, Peter REAY, Zach REID, Rosie RENDALL, Jacqueline RICH, Viv ROOT, Ann ROWSELL, Ceridwen SALISBURY, Duncan SCOBLEAlicia SMITH, Martin J SMITH, Eva SMITH-MARTIN, David STEWART, Wendy STOKES, Carol SWAFFER, Christina TAYLOR, Alex TICKELL, Henry TYSON, Heather WALLINGTON, Dorrie WHITING, Janet WILLIAMS, Louise ZASS-BANGHAM

Why not get involved and volunteer?

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"Who's doing their first parkrun today?" "I (Who Have Nothing) am."

Visitors

It's so nice to see visitors at Bushy again and chatting to them and hearing their stories is one of my favourite bits of parkrun.

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Rup Banerjee is originally from Kingston but has lived in Copenhagen for the last nine years. He was back home visiting his mum and was doing his first run at Bushy.

 

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The Carter family are from Carlisle and are down south on holiday.

 

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Dan, Nina, Carl and Kelly are members of Swansea Harriers, their local parkrun is Swansea Bay and they'd travelled up to run Bushy and to see Sir Tom. Crackin'!

 

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Phil and Maria live in Cardiff and were also going to see Sir Tom on Saturday evening. Phil set up Cardiff parkrun in 2008 and has volunteered over 500 times! Maria is originally from Paraguay and was running her 250th parkrun.

 

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Veronica, Caitlin, Lillie and Rachel are part of the Passa online running community.

 

The Event

 

1104 of us took part in event number 839, the weather was a touch humid perhaps but otherwise ideal. The first finisher ran a super speedy 14:43 and the tailwalkers clocked in at 1:15:57.

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Run Director Ali makes her pre event address. "Do What You've Gotta Do!"

 

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Emily, "I Need a Minute Of Your Time!"

 

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"I Got Your Number!"

 

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Lorraine was very happy to get a letter on her birthday and also a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday in The Pheasantry afterwards (Sir Tom would've come in handy!)

 

Stats

Men

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Women

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Boys

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Girls

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Zara Girling was third finisher in the women's catagory and first finisher amongst the girls. This was her first run at Bushy. Fantastic effort Zara!

 

Milestones

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We had ten athletes who reached milestones at the weekend. Four reached their fiftieth, five reached their hundredth and one her two hundredth and fiftieth. Many congratulations to you all.

 

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Nigel, seen here with wife Niamh (Do You Take This Man?), has taken his time to reach his hundred. He first ran back in May 2008 and ran his PB of 20:58 in 2009. By my reckoning, at this rate, he should reach his 250th in 2040!

 

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Léonie (on the right) ran her 100th on Saturday. Here she is with sister Sacha and mum (and Run Director) Ali.

 

Sweetest Picture Award

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Michelle was doing her first run back at Bushy since having twins Huck and Willow. 'Something 'Bout You Baby I like.'

 

Post Event bits

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Ray and Ali compiling the results with Léonie watching on to make sure her 100th run is there!

 

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Ian ran a PB of 18:55 on Saturday, his fourth in five weeks and his first time under nineteen minutes. Golden Days!

 

Well there we are, all done. Have a good week and see you Saturday.

Duncan (aka Sexbomb*)

*Allegedly

 

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parkrun Covid-19 Framework

Please note that there are one or two changes in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic on how parkrun is operating. Check out the parkrun COVID-19 Framework which has been supporting 5k and junior events around the world for some time now. parkrun will continue to operate under these guidelines until we are confident that it is appropriate to remove them permanently. In addition, have a look at the  COVID-19 Walker & Runner Code and the COVID-19 Volunteer Code for more information.

Access to Bushy Park

We encourage you to walk, jog or cycle to Bushy parkrun where possible. If you are driving, please note you can no longer drive through the park from Teddington Gate to the Lion Gate at Hampton Court or vice versa. Therefore, the Diana Fountain Car Park is only accessible via the Lion Gate on the Hampton Court side of the park and the Pheasantry car park is only accessible via Teddington Gate. 

In addition please note that the Pheasantry Gardens pedestrian gates now do not get unlocked until 9am, so if you plan to park in The Pheasantry car park please give yourself extra time to walk the long way around to the volunteer meeting point. In addition dogs are not allowed in the Woodland Gardens, and until 4 August all dogs are required to be on a lead in Bushy Park. Dogs need to be on a short lead at all parkruns.

Scanning

Please be aware that the scanning process is now undertaken on volunteer’s own smart phones using the Virtual Volunteer App. Please hold your personal barcode and finish token at arms length for them to scan and put the token in the bucket yourself so they don’t have to touch either. If you do not have a barcode, we cannot give you a time, just return your finish token to the volunteers collecting them. We cannot scan barcodes on phones. No barcode, no result.

Finally if you are thinking of visiting Bushy from afar as a tourist, please note that the parkrun COVID-19 framework notes that participants should be encouraged, where possible, to attend their local events and avoid unnecessary travel to non-local parkrun events.

Don't forget you can now follow us on Instagram
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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 838 – 14 August 2021

Drama but no drama...

Weather/ conditions: warm and dry (due to the Ray Coward effect, as explained in last week’s run report)

Headlines

1077 runners

66 volunteers

165 first timers at Bushy parkrun –107 visitors and 58 brand new parkrunners

115 new PBs

ambulances: 1 – Thank you to all the runners who stopped to help, gave first aid, called the paramedics, directed the ambulance, and provided emotional support. Thanks to you, the woman who collapsed is recovering, and will be fine.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Alan PARRY  •  Alexis PRINCE  •  Amelia GOODWIN  •  Amelia NEWMAN  •  Amy KING-HALE  •  Andrew ALLEN  •  Andrew HOWARTH  •  Ann COWARD  •  Anna GRAY  •  Billie PULMAN  •  Bryan HEPNAR  •  Carol SWAFFER  •  Catherine HAUGHNEY  •  Colin GOODWIN  •  David STEWART  •  Deirdre DOE  •  Diane MULLEN  •  Donald BELL  •  Emily RIMMER  •  Evie EDWARDS  •  Fiona MCANENA  •  Grace THOMSON  •  Heather LOCKWOOD  •  Holly BURGIN  •  Janet WILLIAMS  •  Jason ROGERS  •  Jeannie TAYLOR  •  Jill SMITH  •  John ALTMAN  •  Jonathan BURSON  •  Joy BELL  •  Laura Helen MOSLEY  •  Leonie KENNEDY  •  Libby HOLE  •  Lisa ROWLEDGE  •  Lorraine DILLAMORE  •  Lucy THATCHER  •  Maia JNAGAL  •  Martin J SMITH  •  Melanie HOWES  •  Mitchell BOOCOCK  •  Naomi ISRAEL  •  Niamh FINLAY  •  Phil BLUER  •  Philip WOOSTER  •  Ray O'NEILL  •  Richard MOORE  •  Robbie JONES  •  Robert DELPLANQUE  •  Robert EVESON  •  Rovena NDREU  •  Ruby COLQUHOUN  •  Ruth COLE  •  S ENGLAND  •  Sacha KENNEDY  •  Sally ROWE  •  Sam FUTCHER  •  Selma LEE  •  Sheila FERGUSSON  •  Simon LANE  •  Stephen MARFLEET  •  Suzanne GREEN  •  Tamsyn EVESON  •  Toni SHEW  •  Zach REID  •  Zoe Alison FAIZ

 

Milestones

One runner told me today he was “stuck in the 90s” during Covid. Committed parkrunners will know this doesn’t mean living in a flat on the edge of Harlem in New York City, or enduring months of uncomfortably hot weather, or even a strong attachment to the Spice Girls and Nirvana. Nope, in parkrunner-speak, it means the black t shirt is within grasp, and it’s a great moment. Here’s Bushy regular Nigel today, before and, hotter and happier, after his 100th parkrun.

 

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Jon FORSTER ran his 250 today. Visitor Mitchell BOOCOCK came from Yorkshire to run his 100th. Here he is at the visitors’ briefing with parents Joanne and Steven.

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Unofficial milestone for Jane DAVIDSON on her 300th parkrun, all but one at Bushy.

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.

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Here’s what VI runner Jo, pictured, has to say about guides at Bushy parkrun:

“I participated in my 115th parkrun on Saturday with Guide runner and now good friend Susie McNicol. It feels like such a long time ago that I nervously arrived in the car park on 29th April 2017 for my first parkrun. I was greeted by Margaret Le Franc who had kindly volunteered to run with me.  Margaret helped me to navigate my way round the course for the first time with a combination of running and walking - and the rest as they say is history.

“So what is guide running all about?  Basically it's like running with a friend or companion with the addition of communicating the upcoming possible obstacles and direction of the course ahead to someone who has less vision than yourself. There is no special training required. Ideally you should be able to run a couple of minutes faster than your runner - to allow for comfortable communication whilst running.

“There are a few basic pointers but everyone is different. The way that works best is by having a chat with your runner and working out what works for you both. There is no right or wrong way of doing things. Also as a visually impaired person I am used to having the odd knock or trip as part of life - so if this does happen when we are running together it's not a big issue and is probably my own fault so don't let the thought of "making a mistake" put you off.

“I have been lucky enough to have always had a guide when I wanted to take part in parkrun because of the dedication of those willing to come forward to run with me. To allow this to continue we are always looking for new guide running volunteers - I am more than happy to answer any questions directly or you can contact Fiona [by emailing bushy@parkrun.com]. My current pace is about 35 (with a PB of 31.35) so is not too taxing. Why not try something different and give it a go?”

 

VI runner Dan, pictured below, is closing in on his 250 milestone t shirt, but he says the best thing about parkrun is “you get to meet loads of people. I believe we should respect everyone, and parkrun is great for that.” He also has a plea to other parkrunners: “Please create space for people with a disability”.

 

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Plus, at Bushy there are often home-made cakes for the volunteers. (No prizes for guessing who this is.)

 

Cakes for the volunteers

 

Speedy runners

Fastest men

Top 3 males

Fastest women Top3 females

 

Fastest junior girls

221       Isabel MELBOURNE      JW11-14           23:29

268       Lucy NOBLE                JW15-17           24:10

415       Emily PHILLIPS           JW15-17           26:13

 

Fastest junior boys

15         Ahmed ABDELJALIL     JM15-17            18:18

21         Dominic DAVIDSON      JM15-17            18:27

59         Samuel HERN               JM11-14            19:59

 

See you next week!

 

Fiona McAnena

 

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 837 – 7 August 2021

Puddles everywhere!

Well that was a wet one! Possibly one of the rainiest Bushy parkruns ever. But that didn't stop 660 of you braving the conditions to take part and the 59 fantastic volunteers who stood, waved, cheered, timed, scanned and built things in the deluge.

The last time we had fewer than 660 athletes was 27 December 2014 in Event #551 when 638 took part. And this week Bushy was 3rd in the UK rankings with Poole parkrun topping the chart with 749 and Heaton Park in Manchester 2nd with 680 participants.

Our own ray of sunshine, and all round sun god, Ray Coward was Run Director this week and duly at 9am, the clouds parted and the deluge stopped. HooRay! However no sooner had we set off before it all started again and we had one of the wettest runs for a while. That said, I have it on good authority that Ray was originally going to be RD next week, but was swapped to this week; so next week WILL be sunny!  But this week, people were leaping and veering all over the place to avoid the puddles, and we had a couple of fallers in the slippy conditions.

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Puddle avoidance was key...

Volunteers

Huge thanks to the 59 volunteers this week who helped make it all happen:

 John ALTMANPhil BLUERAndrew BLYTHErica BROWNRichard BULKLEYJonathan BURSONEddie COLLMANSam COLLMANRuby COLQUHOUNAnn COWARDRay COWARDJonathan DICKINSONRobert EVESONSheila FERGUSSONSue GRAHAM-KAHNAnna GRAYSuzanne GREENSamantha HANLEYAndrew HOWARTHSusan HOWARTHEmilie HOWESMelanie HOWESGabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGSStephen IGGLESDENNaomi JOHNSIris JOHONSONRobbie JONESLeonie KENNEDYLisa MAINWARINGDenise MITCHELLLaura Helen MOSLEYEmma May MURPHYAmelia NEWMANNichola NEWMANGeorge NOBLERay O'NEILLBecky PEIRANILucy PORTERZach REIDVerity RIDINGIan RILEYEmily RIMMERAbbie ROSSAnna SAVILLNick SAVILLDuncan SCOBLEAllana SHEILToni SHEWPaul SINTON-HEWITTJill SMITHMartin J SMITHChris STADDONChloe STEELEDavid STEWARTWendy STOKESJeannie TAYLORAlex TICKELLMike TIVNENHeather WALLINGTON

Particularly well done to the marshalling team at Teddington Gate, along Chestnut Ave and at the turn into Cobblers Walk. The Royal Parks has asked us to try and avoid running under the trees on Chestnut Ave, to avoid compacting the roots of these important trees. There was a great response from the field encouraged by the new marshals along the Avenue and the use of a few little white flags.

Bushy is always in need of volunteers – this week for example we had just enough. If you fancy it, just drop an e-mail to the Bushy parkrun Office at bushy@parkrun.com and we’ll put you on the list for that week.

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Ann briefing our first timers.

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Lead bike this week was David

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All important timers Sue and Leonie centre and right

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On pre-event set up were Andrew and Wendy - in that rain!

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Scanning was particularly challenging this week. Ray shows how it's done.

First Timers & Tourists

There were 14 athletes doing their first ever parkrun, and one of the youngest amongst them was Jonah Thompson aged 7, seen below running with his Grandpa, Stuart Thompson. Jonah really enjoyed his first big parkrun and said it was quite easy as he had already run 7k on a previous occasion. Well done Jonah!

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Jonah strides forward with Grandpa

There were 60 people visiting Bushy for their first time, including Simon and Abigail Morgan from Colchester doing their 200th and 100th parkruns. Unfortunately the photo of Abigail and Simon I took was lost as my phone succumbed to the wet conditions. Arrgh!

Milestones

Congratulations to Richard Verth-Brown on his 250th parkrun and 32nd at Bushy. A regular at Nonsuch, Richard managed a Bushy PB of 21:19 and in those conditions too!  From his times, it looks like Richard has possibly been doing some lockdown training.

We had 3 athletes complete their 100th - step forward and claim black: Charlie Thursfield, Thomas Cassidy and Abigail Morgan. Charlie also managed a PB of 19:02.

Just one athlete completed their 50 milestone - congratulations to David Lawrence.

 

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Umbrella Quotient - 6 out of 5

Many thanks to Carol and Wendy for the photos this week. As mentioned my phone seems to have imploded.

See you next week!

Andrew Howarth

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
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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 836 – 31 July 2021

Business as usual

After the excitement of the 'great return' last Saturday, it's as if we've never been away.

Thank you as always to the volunteers who all arrive early to get everything ready. Coordinating the volunteers today were Julie and Verity - thank you ladies.

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Setting up the funnel, Diane

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VIP guest on funnel duty, Parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt with his wife Joanne

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Having sorted all the tokens, Sue, accompanied by Selma, was ready to dish them all out again.

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Earlier in the week we were looking a little short of volunteers for today and so we put out a call, and as usual, people stepped up to help.  We are very grateful to our volunteers, without whom parkrun would not happen. If you haven't volunteered before, please consider helping every so often, it's great fun and a way to meet people and feel part of the parkrun family. The future roster is on the website, just pop your name next to the position you fancy undertaking. https://www.parkrun.org.uk/bushy/volunteer/

As a bonus, there is always the chance that the lovely Carol has made cake for the volunteers!

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Many thanks to those who volunteered this week:

Andy ANSTEY, Keith BALDWIN, Tom BEDFORD, Natalie BERMAN, Nick BLANCHARD, James BOWELL, Daphne BOYLE, Mark BOYLE, Jonathan BURSON, Sam COLLMAN, Ray COWARD, Carol DICKINSON, Jonathan DICKINSON, John P DOHERTY, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Sheila FERGUSSON, Amelia GOODWIN, Suzanne GREEN, Stella HAMMOND, Hayden HARBUD, Catherine HAUGHNEY, Julie HAWORTH, Andrew HOWARTH, Susan HOWARTH, Melanie HOWES, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Iris JOHONSON, Ali KENNEDY, Sacha KENNEDY, Bert KIDWELL, Deborah Clare KING, Katie KNOTT, Selma LEE, Janet LIVESEY, Ally MANOLE, Fiona MCANENA, Susie MCNICOL, Denise MITCHELL, Marianne MORRIS, Laura Helen MOSLEY, Diane MULLEN, Simon NEIL, Michelle O'GORMAN, Ray O'NEILL, Julie PAPWORTH, Zach REID, Verity RIDING, Abbie ROSS, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, Duncan SCOBLE, Joanne SINTON-HEWITT, Paul SINTON-HEWITT, Alicia SMITH, Martin SMITH, Eva SMITH-MARTIN, Catherine STEELE, Chloe STEELE, Debbie TANTON, Bev WILLIAMS, Janet WILLIAMS, Andrew John WINGATE, Colin WOODS, Kerrie WOODS

On the subject of volunteering, we'd like to add people to our small group of guides for our visually impaired runners. You don't need experience, we provide training on how to do it, and our VI runners will be delighted to take you round the course. If you can help, please e-mail bushy@parkrun.com. You do not have to be a fast runner for this role.

VI guides and runners today: Susie and Jo, Fiona and Alan, Andy and Daniel

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As well as friends reuniting, there were 61 runners taking part in their first parkrun, all listening intently as Andy gave the first timers briefing.

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Amongst them were Sophia and Maddie with Mum Anna.

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Also Lucca and Ciara with Dad Jerome

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After a 'brief briefing' we were off.............

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No-one gets left behind at parkrun, thanks to the tail walkers.

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In twelve minutes, by my watch, the front runners were already on their way down Chestnut Avenue, hot on the heels of the Lead Bike (a very speedy Amelia).

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Please do remember that The Royal Parks have asked us to keep clear of the tree line and move over to the grass, so that we don't damage the roots of the trees.

800 Metres to go, and the final push for the line.

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Thank you marshals

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The wonderful feeling of crossing the finish line - thank you timers, Jonathan and Ally

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Keep moving through the funnel!

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A lovely array of Milestone T-shirts

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Is this a 500 milestone coming through?....

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On the subject of Milestones - congratulations to the following for achieving their Milestone T-Shirts

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Milestone 100

Milestone 250

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Well done Duncan, 500 runs is a fantastic achievement.

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Thank you scanners

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Finally a story about the Power of parkrun. Ian started running parkrun in 2012, and has always been a very good runner achieving a PB of 20:03 in 2018. Unfortunately, Ian suffered from a problem with his knee which meant that not long after achieving that PB, he was forced to stop running. Ian was told that he would need to lose some weight so that he could have an operation on his knee, something, that like most of us, he struggled with. Ian didn't give up parkrun however, he volunteered at nearly every event and could be seen as a Marshall on the course or scanning barcodes.

Lockdown was a time of change for most  of us, and for Ian it was his motivation to lose the weight so that he could take part in parkrun when it finally returned. As well as dieting, Ian walked, and walked and walked, 10K a day and often 20K a day at the weekend. Slowly but surely, the weight disappeared. Altogether, Ian lost an incredible 4 stone. Even better, it was decided that the weight that he had lost, had eased the problem with his knee, and that physiotherapy, rather than an operation would be sufficient. And so began what Ian called, Project 19.59 - the desire to complete parkrun in under 20 minutes. Fast forward to last week and Ian was on the start line of his first parkrun for three years, and I'm delighted to say, that he smashed his target and achieved a time of 19:32. This week he took nearly 20 seconds off that, with a time of 19:13. Ian should be very very proud of his achievement and it's wonderful that parkrun played a part in his motivation. What next for Ian? Project 18:59? Watch this space!!

Ian chatting to Paul Sinton-Hewitt and telling him his story.

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Thank you to Duncan and Wendy for some of the (better) photographs.

See you next Saturday

Stella

 

parkrun Covid-19 Framework

Please note that there are one or two changes in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic on how parkrun is operating. Check out the parkrun COVID-19 Framework which has been supporting 5k and junior events around the world for some time now. parkrun will continue to operate under these guidelines until we are confident that it is appropriate to remove them permanently. In addition, have a look at the  COVID-19 Walker & Runner Code and the COVID-19 Volunteer Code for more information.

Access to Bushy Park

We encourage you to walk, jog or cycle to Bushy parkrun where possible. If you are driving, please note you can no longer drive through the park from Teddington Gate to the Lion Gate at Hampton Court or vice versa. Therefore, the Diana Fountain Car Park is only accessible via the Lion Gate on the Hampton Court side of the park and the Pheasantry car park is only accessible via Teddington Gate. 

In addition please note that the Pheasantry Gardens pedestrian gates now do not get unlocked until 9am, so if you plan to park in The Pheasantry car park please give yourself extra time to walk the long way around to the volunteer meeting point. In addition dogs are not allowed in the Woodland Gardens, and until 4 August all dogs are required to be on a lead in Bushy Park. Dogs need to be on a short lead at all parkruns.

Scanning

Please be aware that the scanning process is now undertaken on volunteer’s own smart phones using the Virtual Volunteer App. Please hold your personal barcode and finish token at arms length for them to scan and put the token in the bucket yourself so they don’t have to touch either. If you do not have a barcode, we cannot give you a time, just return your finish token to the volunteers collecting them. We cannot scan barcodes on phones. No barcode, no result.

Finally if you are thinking of visiting Bushy from afar as a tourist, please note that the parkrun COVID-19 framework notes that participants should be encouraged, where possible, to attend their local events and avoid unnecessary travel to non-local parkrun events.

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 835 – 24 July 2021

This way to the restart

 

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What a glorious morning! The rain threatened to put a damper on things but in the end it held off and absolutely nothing could prevent the warm glow and sheer delight of the return of parkrun.  It's been 16 months and 8 days since we last all met up, and there was not a single face without a smile on it.  parkrun is so much more than a run, it's an event that brings us together as friends and a community, to laugh, chat, drink coffee, eat cake, and also to run. What the last 70 plus weeks have taught us is that we can cope apart but we are so much better and stronger together.

 

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Inevitably there have been some changes in that time both to the event and the people who run it.  Most significanly we've got a new bin and sign at the volunteer station.  Oh and we've also got brand new pink volunteer bibs.

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IMG_8571Zoë and Andy were in charge of coordinating our volunteers.

 

As a indicator of how happy parkrunners are to be back we had a record number of volunteers. 79 in total. A huge thanks to all the people who answered the call to help. The whole operation ran like clockwork and it was as if we had never been away.

The following volunteers made this event happen. If you want to help please contact Pat on bushy@parkrun.com

Andrew ALLEN, Mike BANGHAM, Lottie BILLETT, Marisa BILLETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Phil BLUER, David BREWIN, Erica BROWN, Liz COLLISON, Ann COWARD, Ray COWARD, Nicolette CRINALL, Pedro DAS GUPTA, Chris DAVIES, Julia DAVIES, Carol DICKINSON, Sally DONOVAN, Sabine DUFFY, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Sheila FERGUSSON, Suzanne GREEN, Simon GREENHILL, Tracey HARDCASTLE, Julie HAWORTH, Robby HEDGES, Bryan HEPNAR, Libby HOLE, Andrew HOWARTH, Susan HOWARTH, Tom Jacob HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Melanie HOWES, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Ann JACHMICH, Iris JOHONSON, Lucy KATESMARK, Paul KEELER, Ali KENNEDY, Leonie KENNEDY, Sacha KENNEDY, Bert KIDWELL, Katie KNOTT, Catelin LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Selma LEE, Ally MANOLE, Fiona MCANENA, Jackie MCLELLEN, Anthony MCNEILL, Susie MCNICOL, Steve MILLER, Denise MITCHELL, David MORLEY, Laura Helen MOSLEY, Diane MULLEN, Pat NAIR, Jason NOURSE, Ray O'NEILL, Jeremy PALMER, David PAPWORTH, Nick PEARSON, Rob PHILLIPS, Alexis PRINCE, Abbie ROSS, Lisa ROWLEDGE, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, Duncan SCOBLE, Chris SELF, Claire SEVERN, Julie SMITH, Wendy STOKES, Carol SWAFFER, Sharon TEE, Dorrie WHITING, Bev WILLIAMS, Andrew John WINGATE, Philip WOOSTER, Fran WYLDE

 

The fact that is does run so smoothly is down to much careful planning and organising behind the scenes, most of which is done by the Event Director.  Since our last event in March 2020 ED Rob Phillips has moved home and away from Bushy. Naturally he came back for our restart event and was our Run Director for the morning.  He has handed over to Andy Howarth on the left, who is now joint ED with Alex Tickell (not pictured).  It's fair to say that Rob is a very safe pair of hands and Andy and Alex have got some pretty big training shoes to fill!

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Another departure from our volunteer team is Ray Franks who has assembled the funnel for countless years, but decided it was time to hang up his flourescent tape. As a result the funnel is under new management, and is now being assembled by different volunteers each week. Experienced funnel builder Stewart Rose gave us funnel building lessons last week.  Suffice to say it's much more complicated that it looks.

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Naturally there was quite a bit of media interest in the restart of parkrun and we had a visit from Kirsty Woodbridge parkrun Communications Manager alongside BBC reporter John McManus and cameraman who were covering the event for BBC News, BBC World and Today on Radio 4

IMG_8465IMG_8487They interviewed Sue and Dave Bolton who had come from Rotherham to take part

 

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IMG_8484Nick Blanchard was back on The First Timers Briefing

 

IMG_8566Since we've been away some new parkrunners have arrived. There are now three generations of enthusiastic parkrunners in Verity, Zoë and baby Rafi

 

IMG_8479Some familiar faces have returned

 

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THE RUN

Following a consultation with Royal Parks there are also a few minor changes to the course.  The start line has moved south toward the playground to protect the anthills, (formed by the yellow meadow ant) and we have been asked to avoid running underneath the trees on Chestnut Avenue (more of that later).  The pre-run briefing is also now limited to 2 minutes (which may make some runners very happy) and just gave Rob enough time to welcome everyone back and thank the 79 volunteers.  The new start made for a spread out field and it was hard to gauge numbers, but in the end 1059 athletes ran, jogged or walked the course

 

IMG_8498 IMG_8497A huge cheer went up as Rob welcomed us back to Bushy

 

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Phil and Steve acting as human bollards to block hazards at the new start

 

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IMG_8537Wonderful encouragement from supporters

 

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d022f676-38b0-410c-936f-12158ab59788Bert, Carol and Emma not only tail walking but providing a recovery service for broken buggies

 

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THE RESULTS

First finishers

Men

1. Andrius Jaksevicius 15:53

2. Robert Eveson 16:29

3. Ryan Pegoraro 17:02

Women

1. Josie Savill 18:39

2. Kate McIntyre 19:48

3. Emma Stevens 19:52

Boys

1. Marcus Solomon 17:40 PB

2. Ahmed Abdejalil 18:10

3. Zac Horn 20:31

Girls

1. Lucy Noble 23:33 PB

2. Eve Strong 24:05 PB

3. Imogen Fevrier 25:30 PB

80% AGE GRADING

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MILESTONES

They've been waiting a while but finally these athletes earned their t-shirts. Well done everyone

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IMG_8559Sue and Lucy handing out the tokens

 

IMG_8563Nick Pearson scanning on the new app

 

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 AND FINALLY

It was back to the Pheasantry for pleasantries and to give Rob a small gift of our appreciation for his years as ED

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That's it for this week.  Don't forget that Bushy juniors is also back on Sunday 1 August

See you on Saturday

Wendy Stokes

 

parkrun Covid-19 Framework

Please note that there are one or two changes in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic on how parkrun is operating. Check out the parkrun COVID-19 Framework which has been supporting 5k and junior events around the world for some time now. parkrun will continue to operate under these guidelines until we are confident that it is appropriate to remove them permanently. In addition, have a look at the  COVID-19 Walker & Runner Code and the COVID-19 Volunteer Code for more information.

Access to Bushy Park

We encourage you to walk, jog or cycle to Bushy parkrun where possible. If you are driving, please note you can no longer drive through the park from Teddington Gate to the Lion Gate at Hampton Court or vice versa. Therefore, the Diana Fountain Car Park is only accessible via the Lion Gate on the Hampton Court side of the park and the Pheasantry car park is only accessible via Teddington Gate. 

In addition please note that the Pheasantry Gardens pedestrian gates now do not get unlocked until 9am, so if you plan to park in The Pheasantry car park please give yourself extra time to walk the long way around to the volunteer meeting point. In addition dogs are not allowed in the Woodland Gardens, and until 4 August all dogs are required to be on a lead in Bushy Park. Dogs need to be on a short lead at all parkruns.

Scanning

Please be aware that the scanning process is now undertaken on volunteer’s own smart phones using the Virtual Volunteer App. Please hold your personal barcode and finish token at arms length for them to scan and put the token in the bucket yourself so they don’t have to touch either. If you do not have a barcode, we cannot give you a time, just return your finish token to the volunteers collecting them. We cannot scan barcodes on phones. No barcode, no result.

Finally if you are thinking of visiting Bushy from afar as a tourist, please note that the parkrun COVID-19 framework notes that participants should be encouraged, where possible, to attend their local events and avoid unnecessary travel to non-local parkrun events.

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 833 – 7 March 2020

International Women's Day parkrun

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A brief history of International Women's Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visitors

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The Run

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

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First Finishers

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

Women

1. Michelle Dillon 18:36

2. Amy Aronson 19:42

3. Liz Fraser 19:58 PB

Girls

1. Riona Stockley 20:04

2. Emiko Salvi 20:13

3. Leonie Kennedy 20:19 PB

Men

1. Kurt Gibson 15:26

2. Luke Van Oudtshoorn 15:40

3. David Lewin 16:52 PB

Boys

1. Luke Van Oudtshoorn 15:40

2. Jacob Atwal 17:59

3. Declan Connolly 18:02

Age grading and PB's

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

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

Milestones

These athletes achieved the following milestones this week. Congratulations

250

Simon Wallwork

100

David Morley

Jonathan Stone

Charlotte Small

Glen Ridout

Paula Jones

Jennifer Stone

John Taylor

50

Akin Williams

Sam Coughlin

Lucy Taylor

Lucy Noble

Abigal Shackleton

Nick Spear

10

Joshua Allinson New PB!

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

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

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

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

Happy International Women's Day

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See you Saturday

Wendy Stokes (27 mins)

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 832 – 29 February 2020

 

“Oh you can’t say nothing to the pouring rain”

 

Weather/conditions: Soaking wet with paddy fields appearing at regular intervals

Apparently it’s now the meteorological spring and not only that, it’s been “a very wet winter”. I know it was wet at Bushy on Saturday but we still went ahead and down here we’ve had none of the floods we’ve seen in the west or further north. On Saturday it was wet and filthy but it was good fun. I think Ray and Ian were loving it as they set up the funnel and the scanners and I could see a people doing a few Gene Kelly moves on the way to the start. During the run itself it only took a few strides for everyone to give in and get sloshing around with the bog-snorkellers. By the time we got to the copse at 2k it was clear the going was very heavy and that if you weren’t an amphibian you’d be left behind. The last 800m were a bit tough mudder. If you wanted to avoid the worst of it a significant diversion was required so it was good to see that most people had given up and were happy to schlepp through the sloppy stuff. As we hit the camber and the last 200m some people were waving, others were drowning. The funnels were a welcome sight – if not exactly dry land.

Despite the dreadful weather, the Leap Day collection for the YMCA Foodbank in Hampton had plenty of donations – thanks to all. We’ll do it again!

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Zoe and Duncan looking after the donations

 

Some Stats

1029 ran, jogged or walked on Saturday;

74 volunteers made it happen – what a turn out on a day like that - thanks to all.

 

Just 2 runners made it above the 80% WFA mark in the mire. Hats off and special swimming badges to-

 

10 Simon Bean 19:00 60-64 85.18
34 Mike Dennison 20:16 60-64 80.51

 

Milestones – congrats to all.

 

300: Glennis Pye

250: Mark Davies

200: Chris Dunn, Andy Morgan, Claire Seckington

100: Nick McNally, Gearoid Lavery, Jakub Czeczotka, Alex Dixon, David Jones, Tarekegn Abeku, Ray Ladwa, Tony J Mansfield, Samantha Parker

50: Daniel Hotten, Graham Wheeler, Oliver Morgan, Rob Henry, Jessica Hotten, Paul Harvey, Duncan Hyde, Stephen Maddock, Kate Trafford-Jones, Dave Kahn, Katie Clare, Wasana Boonpeng-Mackeown, Ellie Hyde, Mary Galashan

 

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Wally’s back for no. 501 – good man

 

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Jakub (r) came over from Hackney to do his 100th pr along with Bruce

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It was that sort of morning

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Fashion corner special – clockwise from top left
Graham’s hat caught my eye
Anne was down from Stoke and I apologise for ambushing her
Caroline was over from Norfolk with her friend, Heather from Banstead Woods
Henry Carter and his psychedelic leggings made a splash

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Clockwise from top left-
Jennifer, Vicky and the speedy kids from Liverpool – great to see you
Run director and MC, Simon: “Parkrunners, I love you all”
Zoe, Lynn and Andrew down from Shepshed
Dave and Fiddy – the latter named after the famous malt

“We need a bigger boat.”

See you next Sat.

Kevin Quinn

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Run Report Event No 831 – 22 February 2020

 

Where's Wally?

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Some of you may have noticed a scattering of Wallys and Wendas out there this week. We were there to pay tribute to the redoubtable Wally Garrod on reaching his 500 milestone. Wally is really what parkrun is all about - having done his first one aged 69, he has been a regular and consistent performer ever since and a Bushy man at heart with 479 runs at the cradle of parkrun and a few tourist trips thrown in. More of Wally later and the celebrations and why he is such a special guy.

22 Feb dawned with the aftermath of Storm Dennis still resonating round the country with rivers gaining some of the highest levels recorded. The Thames is high, the Severn higher still so spare a thought for all those frustrated parkrunners not getting their fix, let alone all the poor people suffering flooding events. Next up will be Storm Ellen... But at Bushy 1,478 peeps shook off any water drops and lined up at the start. 1,500 or so is now looking like our new normal. 257 were First Timers to Bushy - a healthy group of tourists given the time of year and 63 of those were doing their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun Club! Your life may not be the same again. Hats off too to the 59 volunteers who helped it all happen.

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Where's Wenda?

If you want a look at the start of our parkrun, Keith Riding has put together a little video. Catch it here. Best moment for me is when Ray COWARD presents Wally with his 500 Club shirt - you don't know the strings that had to be pulled to make that happen...

Milestones

10 Club

Four juniors this week: Rebecca JONES, Isaac ROXBURGH, Rachel HAMMETT and Florence VICKERS will be receiving their pristine white shirts soon.

50 Club

Five this week. Congratulations to Julie REYNOLDS, Tom WATERSON, Clare TURNER, Christina MERRYFIELD and Jenny GILBERT.

100 Club

Just two this week: Ken WILSON and Edward CHUCK  who made the pilgrimage to do his 100th run.

250 Club

Two also this week. Step forward Peter DUNKLEY and Mark WHITELING. Green shirts being knitted now.

500 Club

Just one this week - some chap called Wally GARROD (VM80-84)

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Ray and Jan guide Wally home

Wally did his first parkrun in event #6 aged 69 on 6 November 2004. He finished 15th in a time of 24:38. He managed to secure his only Bushy PB some 13 weeks later in event #19 in 2005 - in a time of 24:13. But we all know parkrun is not about PBs. It's about being part of a global community. Doing your best yes, but also taking part whether that be a runner, walker or volunteering or a mixture of all three. Wally is certainly part of the Bushy community and much loved and respected by those that know him. Indeed Wally has now become the 111th member of the worldwide 500 Club.

Wally Garrod in his new 250 top!

Here is Wally in March 2014 sporting his new 250 top (old style)

Wally came to parkrun late in his running career. But he has had a long career as a runner with Ranelagh Harriers before 2004. He has a 10 mile PB of 59:49 and a Marathon PB of 3 hours 1 min 52 secs. One thing we noticed running with him on Saturday was his competitive instinct is unbowed. At the 4km mark, looking behind him, he was asking Ray, "Where's John - must beat John". John being his friend and fellow Ranelagh Harrier John Hanscombe who is also now a legend at Bushy and an octogenarian member of the 500 Club. And Wally is such a tough competitor. Despite suffering pancreatic cancer and having a double heart bypass operation, he was determined to reach his 500 milestone. Indeed only a few weeks ago Wally had a bad chest infection and did not look at all well, but despite the cold and damp conditions, he still got off his sick bed to run/walk to ensure he made his milestone this week.

I think it only leaves us to post a few photos of day which capture the celebrations perfectly.

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Wally with Anne who baked this superb celebratory cake

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Some right Wallys and John

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Wally obviously had to get the letter "W" - well done Diane! John looks suitably impressed

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Some of Wally's achievements

 

29 Feb - Leap into Action Day

Just a quick reminder that as next week's parkrunday is 29 Feb - Leap Day - and this won't happen again until 2048, we have a special Leap into Action Day - we’re asking parkrunners to donate to our local foodbank.

On the poster below, items above the line are especially useful whilst items below the line are always welcome.

Please bring your donations to the volunteer station before 9am on Saturday morning.

Many thanks!

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See you Saturday!

Andrew Howarth

 
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