Graced By Dame Kelly
This week, we were honoured to host a moving tribute to Milo Little, whose friends, family, classmates and teachers from Raynes Park High School were meeting to run / walk in memory of Milo and to raise money for CLIC Sargent. Milo was sadly lost to cancer last year, and this week he would have celebrated his 16th birthday. Anyone wishing to donate to CLIC Sargent can do so here:-
Family, friends, classmates and teachers of Milo Little
The event was organised by teacher Ben Smith, who was adding to the challenge by carrying a 50 lb rucksack.
Supporters of Milo approaching the big oak.
To the delight of many of us, we were visited by a pretty good runner from Tonbridge; Dame Kelly Holmes was taking part in the filming of a documentary in the park.
Warming up ready to field the adoration of the 1265!
Dame Kelly took time out to meet regulars and visitors; those born after Athens 2004 and many who can still remember those amazing heroics vividly!
British Athletics’ First Lady talks to Parkrun’s First Man
Run director Rob Phillips on his best behaviour today as his boss (Dame Kelly) was around! Addressing the 1265 strong field prior to the event.
167 were taking part in their first parkrun at Bushy today, (over 14% of the registered field) of which 50 were brand new to Parkrun.
One of the first timers today was Bala from Malaysia (where they currently have 2 parkrun venues)
The magnificent Riverside Rebels provided 3 of the first timers completing their couch to 5K programme today; Congratulations to Sally, Karen and Lucy, hope to see you back here for more!
No new members joined the 500 or 250 club today. However, John Clifton from Arrow Valley parkrun marked his 300th run by making the trip down from the midlands with fellow runners from Arrow Valley and Redditch.
There were 4 runners joining the 100 club this week; Congratulations to:-
Charley Stephens (First timer at Bushy)
Actor John Altman overcomes knee pain to complete his first parkrun for nearly 2 years to join the 100 club and claim the privilege of a photo with Nick Blanchard!
Marianne Wyles (first timer at Bushy – her 50 runs have been achieved acrossed 48 Venues!)
Rebecca Turpin (first timer at Bushy!)
Fellow “moonrakers” (that’s a citizen of Wiltshire) from the City of Salisbury Athletics Club
Visitors from Huddersfield & Preston Parkruns
Lesley from Woodley parkrun
Visitors from Lincolnshire and Newark
Fairly blustery today (maybe costing 15 – 20 valuable seconds to my time?). However, there were still some super speedy performances today:-
1. Elliot Dorey 15:44
2. Will Woodcock 16:00
3. Simon Baines 16:32
1. Mara Yamauchi 18:31
2. Charlotte Ragan 19:04
3. Alice Patterson 19:26
1. Yann Sydow 19:16
2. Adam Conway 19:47
3. Ryan Lynch 20:41
1. Isabel Melbourne 22:40
2. Ellena Deakin 24:43
3. Abigail Shackleton 26:03
Bushy Personal Bests
119 achieved today; quite an achievement in this wind, particularly by the following members of the 250 and the 100 club:-
Michael Hickey (321 runs) 19:59
Richard Lyons (276 runs) 24:57
Catherine Stephens (120 runs) 23:55
Eirwen Campbell (112 runs) 23:46
Denise Von Roretz (112 runs) 29:54
My dog Daisy uses her considerable spaniel strength to drag my wife (Rowena) and my daughter (Rowena) into this week’s run report!
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