Run Report Event No 834 – 14 March 2020

Still Muddy

 

A glimpse of sunshine as Andy gives his run brief.

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But out there, the course is still rather muddy and damp as beautifully illustrated on the legs of today's course checker!

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Course checker is just one of the many volunteer positions that need filling each week. Please do check the roster and see if there is a job that you would like to do. If you are unsure, then email bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and Pat, our friendly Volunteer Coordinator will be happy to assist you.

Thank you to those of you who volunteered today: Rosanna BARTLETT, Jack BENNETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Allan BRAY, Lou COAKER, Alexander COLLIE, Julia CURLEY, Deirdre DOE, Fred William DRAPER, Zoe Alison FAIZ, Janice FRANKS, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Sam FUTCHER, Amelia GOODWIN, Erin GOODWIN, Paige GOODWIN, Stella HAMMOND, Bianca HOLLIS, Emilie HOWES, Melanie HOWES, Trevor HUGGINS, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Stephen IGGLESDEN, Iris JOHONSON, Robbie JONES, Jack KENNEDY, Keira KING, Amy KING-HALE, Katie KNOTT, Catelin LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Rachael MACKLEARN, Susie MCNICOL, Sophia MONS, Grace MORENO-MASEY, Diane MULLEN, Megan PORTER, Kevin QUINN, Ian RILEY, Emily RIMMER, Abbie ROSS, Duncan SCOBLE, Toni SHEW, Carol SWAFFER, Charlotte THOMSON, Richard VAN DER LEEDEN, Heather WALLINGTON, Rowan WALSH, James Oliver WELCH, Dorrie WHITING, Katherine WILDE, Laura WILDE, Alice WILSON, Andrew John WINGATE, Maja WOSZCZAK

Two more volunteers, Jan and Carol ready to give out tokens to the 1,148 runners who took part today.

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Some lovely photos out on the course taken by Brigid Hibberd

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Ladies in tutus! Must be a celebration - all will be revealed!

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Amongst the visitors today were Stacey Kite and three generations of her family who had travelled down from Leeds to run at Bushy parkrun.

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Also joining us today were a group from Lordshill Road Runners (Southampton). Abbie was a member of the group and was celebrating her 100th run today, well done Abbie.

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From Derbyshire, the Smalley Road Runners

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Achievements

Welcome to the 157 new visitors to Bushy Park.

94 Bushy PBs this week - many congratulations to you all. Worthy of a mention is PB regular David Gannon; 369 parkruns and still improving his PB. Jealous!

3 of this week's Bushy regulars have run over 1,500 times between them, and each achieved impressive age grades of over 80%. Congratulations to Ruth HUTTON  (87.15%), Polly ADAMS  (82.14%) and Jeremy PALMER (80.59%).

 

Milestones

5 runners reached the 250 milestone. Many congratulations to Mark COOP, Graham LAND, Kishore DESAI, Shaun FRY and Lorraine DILLAMORE. Graham and Shaun were running Bushy for the first time - come back soon!.

Lorraine Dillamore, a Bushy parkrun regular, celebrated her 250th run in style wearing a very fetching coloured tutu. The supporting cast dressed to match and certainly brightened up the proceedings. Very well done Lorraine.

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Photos courtesy of Wendy Stokes
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9 athletes reached their 100 milestone. Congratulations to Jane WHITROW who topped it with a PB - come back again soon!. Also achieving the milestone were Christopher BEAVIS, Abbigail DENT, James TRUEMAN, Nyree STEWART-BEAVIS, Mandy RAMSDEN, David BRIGHT, Clive NAISH and Rachel GREGORY.

Just 3 athletes to have a 50 t-shirt in the post this week. Well done Lianne FLYNN, Alec BROOM and Catherine REAY

Receiving their 10 Milestone t-shirt: Jacob KEMP-POTTER (JM10), Alice KEMP-POTTER (JW10) and Iris WHITE (JW10), all with very impressive times. Many congratulations to you.

Final photo by Brigid - spring has sprung!

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That's it for another week. I should finish by saying, that for the current position regarding COVID-19 and implications for parkrun events, please see https://www.parkrun.com/news and the parkrun social media pages below.

Stella Hammond

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Run Report Event No 825 – 11 January 2020

The Young Ones

Today a Bushy Park regular ran her 250th parkrun. Not too remarkable these days; today there were 188 people at Bushy parkrun who have run 250+ parkruns. However, what does make this particular young lady remarkable is that she is only 9 years old!! Isabel you are a star.

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Isabel's achievement is the inspiration for this week's report - the young people who turn up on a Saturday and trundle round 5K in all weathers. It has to be said, some are happier about it than others, but the fact they are there at all is to be commended.

The first youngster I met this morning was Eva, only 8 years old, and at parkrun as a volunteer. Today Eva was tailwalking - thank you so much Eva, your support is much appreciated.

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The next two were Sophie age 9 and Alice, just 4. They were visiting Bushy parkrun with their running group - Burgess Hill Runners

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Here are the rest of the group which includes the Brighton and Hove parkrun core team.

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Walking down to the start I met Eva aged 8 on her third parkrun and Jack aged 10 on his fourth.

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Sophie and Alice were both listening intently at the First Timer's briefing ably given by Mike Tivnen

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I came across teenager, Isla 13, at the briefing doing her first parkrun today......

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........ and at the start found Leah, another 13 year old, who has done over 200 parkruns.

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Counting down to the start now, and on the line I found regulars Seth age 7, and Kit age 5. Seth has done an amazing 124 parkruns. Kit ran parkrun number 56 today and got a new PB. Well done both of you.

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Georgie age 8 was waiting to start her 14th parkrun.

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Now back to Isabel who was with her family and waiting to run parkrun number 250

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Off we all go again for Bushy parkrun number 825. We had a field of 1663 runners - 152 less than last week, have they all fallen off the New Year's Resolution Band Wagon already?!!

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I spoke to a number of youngsters on the way round. I caught up with Ralph who was running as part of a group celebrating a 40th birthday. Ralph had not done parkrun before and had intended to stop at the 'Butterfly' where their cheer group was waiting. However, he decided to push on to the end, and beat me on a sprint to the line. Well done Ralph, hope to see you back again.

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Sporting a very fetching Spiderman top was 6 year old Tyler completing his 26th parkrun. Tyler has also completed 41 Junior Parkruns - well done Tyler.

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Daniel age 9 has done over 50 parkruns. Great action picture with excellent 'photobombing' by Joy!

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8 year old Molly was completing her first parkrun today and did really well.

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And so to the finish, as we walked, pushed, stumbled, jogged or sprinted our way across. The welcome sight of the funnel and the orange finish signs spurs us all on.

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Thank you funnel team

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So another parkrun is over, and as we mill about under the famous tree, chatting and basking in the post run glow, I find Matthew and James, the 9 year old twins who run at Bushy parkrun week in, and week out. Matthew has completed 213 runs and 168 Junior parkruns, James has completed 210 runs and 171 Junior parkruns - how amazing is that?!

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Some interesting stats about youngsters completing today's run

Totally useless fact:

Most popular female name for 17 and under was Sophie, followed by Ella
Most popular male name for 17 and under was Matthew, followed by Oliver/Olly

More interesting fact

We had 22 Junior men 10 years old and under (JM10)
These ranged from first time runners, second time runners (well done for coming back), to James and Matthew who have run over 200. One young man is two runs off his 50th, three have recently achieved their 50th and two are on the way to 100. Oliver and Seth are well over 100 now having completed 147 and 124 respectively.

There were 28 Junior women 10 years old and under (JW10)
There were eight first time runners, two on their 2nd and three on their 3rd. Two girls are not far off their 50th parkrun, one has just achieved hers and another half way between milestones on 70 runs. Then there is a massive gap to Isabel on her 250th.

What amazing statistics for children only 10 and under.

In the JM (11-14) we had 21 runners and in the JM (15-17) we had 19 young men.
In the JW (11-14) we had 20 runners and in the JW (15-17) we had 15 young women

Who says you can't get teenagers out of bed in the morning?! Well done to all of you and to the wonderful young volunteers who come out to help parkrun flow like a well oiled machine.

Volunteers

Thanks to all our volunteers this week, young and not so young:

Iain BELL, Jack BENNETT, Marisa BILLETT, Phil BLUER, Tim BOWDEN, Ted BRAMPTON, Alexander COLLIE, Janet CUNNINGHAM, Lucas CURTIS, Lola DACHTLER, Sheila FERGUSSON, Justine FOX, Jake FOX, Ray FRANKS, Christine FRY, Wally GARROD, Erin GOODWIN, Paige GOODWIN, Nicola GOSCOMB, Stella HAMMOND, Sofia HAWKINS, David HOPPE, Susan HOWARTH, Trevor HUGGINS, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Lucy KATESMARK, Keira KING, Jim KINROSS, Katie KNOTT, Liane KUFCHOCK, Catelin LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Courtney LE FRANC, Selma LEE, Stephen MARFLEET, Sophia MONS, Grace MORENO-MASEY, Diane MULLEN, Ronit NARAYAN, Martin NICHOLDS, Jason NOURSE, Paul OPPENHEIMER, Meera PANCHARATNAM, Kevin QUINN, Peter REAY, Verity RIDING, Ian RILEY, Sally ROWE, Alicia SMITH, Eva SMITH-MARTIN, Pauline STONES, Lucy THATCHER, Mike TIVNEN, Michael TROTT, Colby WALLACE WATERSON, Heather WALLINGTON, James Oliver WELCH, Dorrie WHITING

Visitors

Among the visitors were the Itchen spitfires

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From Australia, Karen, Abbie, Lara, Emily and Matti.

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From Wales, Beth whose home parkrun is Barry Island, and Ben who is sporting a t-shirt from the new Cosmeston Lakes parkrun nearby.

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A lovely group of Polish friends and partners joined us from various parkruns. Welcome to Karolina, Wojtek, Ewica, Kamila and Adam.

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Bushy parkrun regular Mel, and friends, from the Fordy Runs online running club were at Bushy parkrun today. The club had a challenge for all members across the country to get their shoes on this weekend and complete a run. Total miles logged by the club - over 4000, very impressive.

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Milestones

About to get their number 50 T-Shirt

Paul RUSTON
Jamie HOLLINS
Simon MACFARLANE
Izzy POWERS

Reaching their 100 milestone

Daniel GASK
Oliver BOWERS
David Thomas Simon LEEN
Kevin DAY
Ian LEWENDON
Gemma HIGGS - I met Gemma walking to the Pheasantry with her wonderful cake - well done Gemma

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Achieving their 250th milestone

Geoff NEWMAN
Stephen PENPRAZE
John HOLLANDS
Isabel MELBOURNE - Isabel has also completed 117 Junior parkruns

A very special well done to Isabel, and her lovely family with their never ending supply of cakes. Isabel celebrating below with brothers Oliver and Thomas.

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Finally, well done to the 96 of you who ran parkrun for the first time. We hope you enjoyed it, and are already hooked!

See you next week

Stella Hammond (thank you Duncan Scoble for the additional, and much better taken, photographs)

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Run Report Event No 819 – 14 December 2019

Let's Get This Parkrun Done!

Whether we awoke disappointed, elated or indifferent to the previous day's election results, even grey skies and slippery conditions provided the perfect pick-me-up for those wanting to forget all about politics for at least an hour or two!

Mob Match

Today's 1259 field was given a boost to the tune of 83 runners due to a mob match that was taking place between the Thames Turbo Triathlon and the Ful-On-Tri clubs. This is a friendly annual gathering (you may have spotted them sharing mince pies and mulled wine after the run), and is scored by ordering all participants by finish time, with top points going to the first finisher, down to 1 point for the last finisher.

The 44 runners of Thames Turbo edged the match (reversing the result from previous years) by 1833 points to Ful-On-Tri's 1653, which was largely thanks to the 528 points contributed by 13 runners from the excellent junior section of the Turbo's. In fact top scorer was junior triathlete Jonny Brook (7th place with a time of 17:18).

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Post mob-match photo of Ful-On-Tri and Thames Turbo

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PB's!

Despite the slippery conditions, 67 of you managed a PB today; Many congratulations to Charles Clifford who beat a 7.5 year old PB on his 169th Bushy Parkrun

Although not a PB, Shaef Shifter Tom Parmiter's performance deserves a special mention; He was celebrating his 34th birthday, and completed his 2nd parkrun since being diagnosed with a severe case of miopericarditis, which led to advise that he may never be able to run competitively again. This time last year Tom struggled to walk for 20 minutes, but his perseverance led to him achieving a speedy 19:34 today. Many congratulations!

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Good For Age

Just in case you need even more inspiration, many congratulations to the 12 runners who achieved an Age Grade score of above 80% despite the slippery conditions (love this category, you guys are my heroes!)

 

Nancy SCOTT                 17:48  83.15% age grade

Harvey DIXON                 15:34  82.87% age grade

Andrius JAKSEVICIUS    16:16  82.68% age grade

Emma HARRIS                20:21  82.39% age grade

Laurence DUFFY             19:30  81.54% age grade

Mara YAMAUCHI             19:43  81.32% age grade

Judy M. NUTTING            32:51  81.13% age grade

Teresa WILLCOX              23:18  80.97% age grade

Joanne HARVEY              18:17  80.95% age grade

 

Euan LEES                       17:41  80.77% age grade

Polly ADAMS                    21:51  80.70% age grade

Ruth PURBROOK            18:28  80.14% age grade

 

Fast Men

1 Harvey Dixon              15:34

2 Andrius Jaksevicius    16:16

3 Nicholas Landeau       16:48 (New to Parkrun!)

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Harvey earns the right to tread the funnel at it's least muddiest!

Fast Ladies

1 Nancy Scott                 17:48 (New PB!)

2 Joanne Harvey            18:17

3 Ruth Purbrook             18:28 (New PB!)

Fast Boys

1 Jonny Brook                 17:18

2  Ajay Welsh                  18:42 (New PB!)

3 Ross Hyde                   19:06

Fast Girls

1 Imogen Deakin           20:18

2 Isabel Livesey             21:30

3 Sophie Desmond        21:59 

Tourists

There were 125 runners visiting Bushy for the first time today, of which 23 were undertaking their first ever parkrun! Welcome aboard all, hope to see you back soon.

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Michael & Colleen from Menai parkrun in Sydney

 

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Visitors from Cleveland Parkrun, Australia

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David & Jenny from Lyme Park parkrun (one of my favourite courses! Stunning views)

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Visitors from Berlin & Eastbourne

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From Mole Valley

Milestones

250 Club

Emma Wager

100 Club

Michael Holmes, Louise Stent, Orla White, Allie Short,                                                       Alan Lightfoot, Amanda Littlecott, Juliette Jowit                                                                                                          

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Louise and friends celebrate 100!

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Volunteers

Don't forget to email Pat McGrath on bushyhelpers@parkrun.com if you would like to volunteer, particularly important at this time of year when we have extra parkruns on Christmas and New Year's Day. Many thanks to this week's Hi-Viz heroes:-

Jack BENNETTMarisa BILLETTPhil BLUERTim BOWDENTed BRAMPTONChris BRIMACOMBEShirley BUCKLEYAlexander COLLIELorna CURRYTamsyn EVESONPaddy FITZPATRICKJustine FOXJake FOXRay FRANKSJanice FRANKSChristine FRYAmelia GOODWINPaige GOODWINErin GOODWINClaude HARRYEmilie HOWESAnn JACHMICHIris JOHONSONJack KENNEDYKeira KINGJim KINROSSKatie KNOTTMargaret LE FRANCCatelin LE FRANCSelma LEESteve LORDESusie MCNICOLRonit NARAYANMeera PANCHARATNAMEllen PARRYPeter REAYIan RILEYSumita SARMADuncan SCOBLEMerran SELLWendy STOKESCarol SWAFFERMike TIVNENPip TODDMichael TROTTKaren WALLACEJames Oliver WELCHDorrie WHITING

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Gavin & George combined this week's event with purchasing their Xmas tree! Great efficiency guys!

Many thanks to Duncan, Wendy, Orla and Ed for providing photos.

See you Saturday

Chris Brimacombe

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Run Report Event No 814 – 9 November 2019

First Frost of the Season

A lovely crisp and rather chilly autumn day greeted us this morning.

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Arriving at 8.30, the park was still shrouded in fog, but the sun threatened to break through. Thanks to Rodney McCulloch for the two beautifully taken photos.

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Fifteen minutes later, and the fog melted away just in time for Nick to give his briefing to the first timers.

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Meanwhile, back at the finish, Ray was giving funnel management instructions to two of our wonderful Duke of Edinburgh volunteers.

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This week, we were all very fortunate that 19 lovely DofE young people got out of bed early on a Saturday morning to help ensure the smooth running of Bushy parkrun. Without their help, we would be struggling for volunteers some weeks. If you would like to help as a marshal or scanner or in one of the many other positions, please sign up as a volunteer. You don't have to help on a regular basis, just every now and then is fine, there is no commitment. Have a look at the volunteer rota which is available on the Bushy parkrun website under 'Volunteering' https://www.parkrun.org.uk/bushy/futureroster and see if there is anything you fancy. Drop an email to Pat at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com and he will add your name.

Many thanks to all the volunteers this week:

Anand AGGARWAL, Joy BELL, Jack BENNETT, Nick BLANCHARD, Ted BRAMPTON, Tony CATON, Carolyn COOPER-BURROWS, Lucas CURTIS, Lola DACHTLER, William DUMBRELL, Alex DUMBRELL, Paddy FITZPATRICK, Ray FRANKS, Janice FRANKS, Christine FRY, Paige GOODWIN, Stella HAMMOND, Samantha HANLEY, Olivia HEATLEY, David HOPPE, Andrew HOWARTH, Emilie HOWES, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Lucy KATESMARK, Bert KIDWELL, Katie KNOTT, Catelin LE FRANC, Margaret LE FRANC, Selma LEE, Angela MACSON, Stephen MARFLEET, Fiona MCANENA, Steve MILLER, Trevor MITCHELL, Grace MORENO-MASEY, Diane MULLEN, Zainab OSAMA, Meera PANCHARATNAM, Hannah ROBERTSON, Nick ROWE, Anna SAVILL, Nick SAVILL, Merran SELL, James SELL, Julie SMITH, Jonathan SMITH, Jonty STEGMANN, Carol SWAFFER, Lucy THATCHER, Alex TICKELL, Lia TYNAN, Colby WALLACE WATERSON, Simon WALLWORK, James Oliver WELCH, James WHISTLER, Dorrie WHITING, Andrew John WINGATE

AN APPEAL on behalf of WRAP UP LONDON

Some of you may have noticed Bushy parkrun regular Julie Papworth, stuffing coats into her boot this morning. This is because Julie has kindly volunteered to collect unwanted coats on behalf of the Wrap up London appeal. Coats are then distributed to homeless people who may be very much in need as the weather gets colder. If you are able to donate an unwanted coat to the appeal, Julie will again be collecting at Bushy parkrun on Saturday 16th November. You will be able to find Julie by the Volunteer Station (bin)! In case you are unsure who Julie is - see below.  Thank you for your support.

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....and now to the run

A total of 1331 of us set off at 9.00am to enjoy what had become a lovely morning (of course, it's parkrun day).

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Amongst our numbers were 32 First Timers - welcome to you all, hope you enjoyed it and will be back next week. One first timer who definitely had a good time was Georgina who was encouraged to come along to parkrun by her friend Neo.

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Another First Timer to be congratulated is Sophie. She had been round before in a buggy, but this was the first time she had gone round on two feet - brilliant, especially as Sophie is only 5 years old, well done Sophie.

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MILESTONES

10 RUNS

Junior runners who will be getting their 10 tee-shirts:

Isla, (JW 11-14) a Durham City Harrier, who was visiting today with her family and friends (you can see her picture in 'Today's Visitors'). Isla has completed 24 junior and 10 senior parkruns and today ran in an impressive time of 27:04, an age grade of 61.45%. Well done Isla.

Lexi (JW 10), a Bushy parkrun regular, is also to be congratulated today. Lexi has completed 16 junior and 10 Senior parkruns - fantastic achievement, well done Lexi.

50 RUNS

Congratulations to:

Oliver JACKMAN
Kate HOLMES (visiting Bushy Park for the first time today, from usual parkrun at Richmond - welcome Kate)
Steve LORDE
Charlotte FRAMPTON
Alex MAY

I spotted Alex proudly holding his '50' balloon at the start - well done Alex.

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100 RUNS

Lorna OLIVER
Annabel CROUCH
Kelly BURKE (pictured below)

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and Gavin SLATER (pictured below)

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PERSONAL BESTS

An amazing 104 of you achieved a PB this week - congratulations to you all. A special 'well done' should go to Ralph Blackbourn who has done nearly 300 runs and today achieved a PB. There is hope for us all! Well done also to Emma Poole and Georgina Lever who also achieved PBS and have both completed over 200 runs.

THE 80% AND OVER GROUP

Well done to the runners below who managed to achieve an impressive age grade of 80% and above.

Simon BAINES 88.52%
Pamela WHITTER 87.68%
Laurence DUFFY 85.10%
Andrius JAKSEVICIUS 84.50%
Vincent RIVIERE 84.10%
Polly ADAMS 84.03%
Ross FRANKS 81.82%
Stephen JACKSON 81.31%
Patricia RONKSLEY 81.15%
Luke PIKETT 81.06%
Jonathan MAINWARING 80.88%
Szymon CHOJNACKI 80.75%
Shirley BUCKLEY 80.46%

SOME OF TODAY'S VISITORS

Visiting us today from Guernsey - Francis

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From Brisbane - Stuart

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From Ryazan, Russia - Anna and Constantin

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From Splinters Running Group - Clare, Karen, Alice and Jenny

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From Durham - 'Durham Mum's on the run', Abigail and Vics, Elvert Striders, Rory and Corrine, and from Durham City Harriers, Isla (10 Parkruns today) and Lewis who is one parkrun behind his sister having achieved 9 senior runs and a fantastic 30 junior parkruns. Today Lewis (JM10) also had a great run time of 24:10, and age grade of 67.66% - well done Lewis - 10 tee-shirt next week.

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From 'Parkrun Laughs' a group of runners who met on Facebook and created a Group. Their group page states that they are a group dedicated to laughing along with parkrun - what could be better?! The group today hailed from across the country, and they all looked to be fulfilling their remit - lovely to meet you.

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We also had a running champion in our midst today. Charlotte Purdue and her training group joined us for parkrun. Charlotte has an impressive career history and is the UK junior record holder for the 10,000 m with a time of 32:36.75 minutes (quicker than my 5K)! This year Charlotte was 10th in the London marathon in an amazing time of 2:25:38.

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TIME TO GO HOME

The last bar-code is scanned and the volunteers troop off for their well earned coffee at The Pheasantry

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One lucky volunteer also gets to take home all the kit - and bring it back again next week!

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A special thanks to Una who is with us whatever the weather to help collect and sort the tokens. Here she is on her way to The Pheasantry, ably assisted by Les.

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The work isn't over yet. All the tokens, all 1331 of them, have to be sorted into groups of 50 ready for next week. This is mostly done over convivial conversation, a warm drink and frequently a sneaky bacon sarnie - well that's why we run isn't it?!

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Finally, some shots of the Woodland Garden with beautiful Autumn trees, to remind us, as if we need it, how lucky we are to have such a beautiful park in which to run.

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See you next week

Stella Hammond

 

Christmas and New Year

We're pleased to let everyone know that as in previous years, we will be hosting a parkrun at Bushy on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day, both will start at 9am.

On Christmas Day we'll be providing minced pies and mulled wine and as usual we'll be encouraging everyone to dress up in Fancy Dress!

On New Year's Day, if you're looking to do a double, please check the Christmas Compendium for other local parkruns that are starting at a time later than 9am.

 

Run Report Event No 792 – 8 June 2019

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:-

https://www.justgiving.com/remember/679768/Milo-Little

 

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Family, friends, classmates and teachers of Milo Little

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The event was organised by teacher Ben Smith, who was adding to the challenge by carrying a 50 lb rucksack.

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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.

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Warming up ready to field the adoration of the 1265!

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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!

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British Athletics’ First Lady talks to Parkrun’s First Man

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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.

First Timers

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.

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One of the first timers today was Bala from Malaysia (where they currently have 2 parkrun venues)

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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!

 

Milestones

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.

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There were 4 runners joining the 100 club this week; Congratulations to:-

Vicky Webb

Andrew Limbrick

John Altman

Charley Stephens (First timer at Bushy)

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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!

 

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Paul Angulo

Jamie Baird

Marianne Wyles (first timer at Bushy – her 50 runs have been achieved acrossed 48 Venues!)

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Joe Wilson

Rebecca Turpin (first timer at Bushy!)

More Visitors…

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Fellow “moonrakers” (that’s a citizen of Wiltshire) from the City of Salisbury Athletics Club

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Visitors from Huddersfield & Preston Parkruns

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Lesley from Woodley parkrun

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Visitors from Lincolnshire and Newark

The Run

Fairly blustery today (maybe costing 15 – 20 valuable seconds to my time?). However, there were still some super speedy performances today:-

First Men

1.       Elliot Dorey         15:44

2.       Will Woodcock  16:00

3.       Simon Baines     16:32

First  Women

1.       Mara Yamauchi 18:31

2.       Charlotte Ragan 19:04

3.       Alice Patterson                 19:26

Boys

1.       Yann Sydow       19:16

2.       Adam Conway   19:47

3.       Ryan Lynch         20:41

Girls

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

 

And Finally…

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My dog Daisy uses her considerable spaniel strength to drag my wife (Rowena) and my daughter (Rowena) into this week’s run report!

See you on Saturday...

Chris Brimacombe

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Run Report Event No 779 – 9 March 2019

Firstly, apologies that this is out so late. I really did mean to get this done by Sunday afternoon but we've recently changed TV packages so we now have Sky Sports & BT Sports at home... and what with the Six Nations Rugby and then Premiership Rugby, a bit of Chelsea v Wolves followed by Man Utd v Arsenal followed by T20 cricket and then to finish Sunday evening off Jo Konta was playing tennis in Indian Wells, it all seemed to have slipped away from me. And then my current life partner returned from a weekend away and asked me to do a 13 mile run with her on Monday evening and lovely though it was to spend nearly two hours on the mean streets of Teddington with her, I really didn't feel like writing much after that. And then today, you know... Brexit!

Anyway, on with the report. So is it Spring or is still the depths of winter? One minute it's warm and sunny, the next it feels like winter in Narnia. While it certainly felt like a pretty chilly wind out there for those of us running... it was apparently 'flipping cold marshalling at Teddington gate' according to another Rob on Facebook. He also said 'A big thanks to everyone who gave a "thank you marshalls". It makes a difference in the cold."

All 51 of our volunteers were amazing yesterday as always and while we couldn't get a picture of everyone (we really must try that one week) I did manage to get a pic of our crack team of Volunteer Co-ordinators during the calm before the storm.

Volunteers

Alex, Lucy & Jack - our wonderful VCs

At least we weren't running on Sunday morning or we might have been in danger of our first ever weather related cancellation at Bushy, the wind was so bad at one point that the park was actually closed due to the danger of falling branches and trees. We were worried over at Hanworth juniors that the wind was so strong some of the smaller ones might actually blow away...

By the way, I'm not really sure what's happened with the photos this week. I couldn't upload high resolution ones and I appear to have pressed the 'make them all really rubbish' quality by mistake.

 

A proper good news story

Colin v3

Andy, Penny, Colin, Bernie & John

For most people 26th January was a normal day but for the people in the picture above it was anything but. Colin (middle of pic) was doing his first ever parkrun but unfortunately at the 3.5km mark he suffered a cardiac arrest. Luckily for Colin, just behind him on the day was Bernie (pink top) who was also at Bushy parkrun for the first time, as a visitor from Rickmansworth parkrun. Luckily for Colin again, Bernie was a nurse, recognised what had happened and knew exactly what to do. Bernie took charge of the situation and along with other parkrunners, started chest compressions and ensured that an ambulance was called.

At the same time, our emergency procedures kicked in and Andy received a call on the emergency phone that all Run Directors dread... All parkruns across the country must have an AED (defibrillator) as part of their kit and getting this to the scene of an incident as quickly as possible is absolutely crucial in saving lives. As you can tell from the picture above, Andy was able to get it their quickly, Bernie put it to good use and they were able to hand him over to the paramedics in a position where they were able to save his life. I don't think anyone would mind me saying there were a few tears when they all met up yesterday morning.

On behalf of everyone at Bushy parkrun, I really do want to say a huge thank you to Bernie, Andy and everyone else who was involved in saving Colin's life...

In Other News

Huge congratulations to Debbie King for completing her 250th parkrun at Bushy on Saturday. There was no way we were going to miss celebrating this achievement as we were bombarded with messages from various friends to say could we mention it at the start of the run! It sounded like she had plenty of friends with her as Ray's shout out at the start seemed to get one of the biggest cheers I've ever heard at the start line at Bushy! Debbie started parkrunning back in 2013 and has completed 234 runs at Bushy with Old Deer Park being her second most favoured run with nine. We hope you had a great day and the t-shirt comes soon!

Debbie King

Debbie with the new selfie frame!

Continuing the milestone theme, huge congratulations also to Julie Owen for completing her 100th run yesterday and humouring me by celebrating with a pic in our selfie frame... Of her 100 runs, 92 were at Bushy Park and a little look at the running challenges website tells me that Julie achieved 'silver level obsessive' status in 2017 by running more than 40 parkruns in one year!



Julie also with the frame

In other milestone news this week, Chloe COLLINS & Patrick TIERNAN joined the 250 club. Chloe looks like she might be a bit of a tourist and was celebrating her 250th with a first visit to Bushy while Patrick started running at Bushy back in 2007 and has completed 245 runs at Bushy in that time.

Joining the 100 club alongside Julia were Paul HUTCHINGS, Trevor GRANT, Tegid LEWYS-LLOYD & Scott HILLMAN and joining the 50 club were Pete STYLES, Blaise JENNINGS, Caroline HOPKINS, Marianne FRYER, George RUTHERFORD, Rebecca SLEAP & Andrew WHITBREAD.

And last but by no means least, juniors joining the 10 club were Maisie WHALEY, Jasmine GILKES & Zac HOUGHTON

This week 1371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 157 were first timers and 112 recorded new Personal Bests

The Results Bit

Making her first appearance at Bushy, Charlotte EARL crossed the line as first lady in a time of 18:44 with a bit of a gap behind to Kelly DICKS in 19.29. Rebecca SLEAP rounded out the top three in 19.48 on her first visit to Bushy.

We also had two first timers to Bushy in the first three men to finish today, Richard LOVEJOY was first to brave the nasty headwind on the home straight to break the tape in 16.22, closely followed by Harry LAWSON in 16.45. Both of these gents are experienced parkrunners but decided to make the journey for the first time to the home of parkrun on Saturday. Completing the virtual podium was Tom TWEDDELL in 17.03.

The top three junior girls were Juliet DRURY, Iris BROWN & Poppy MITCHELL

For the junior boys the top three were Jonny BROOK, Matthew David TYAS and William STARK

And finally in the results bit, huge congratulations to the following eight people who achieved an amazing 80% age grading or above this week, five women and three men with ages ranging from 15-17 up to 65-69.

80 percent

 

A new Volunteer Role at Bushy

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed in the excellent monthly volunteer update that parkrun HQ send out that they have added a new volunteer role to the system that we're keen to add here. Basically it's called Event Day Course Checker and it involves someone checking out the whole course before the start and reporting back to the Run Director that all is okay before the start. It's ideal for those of you want to run and also volunteer as you can do as part of your warm up or if you cycle here, you might want to do an extra lap of the course to check all is well and there are no obstructions on the course or anything else that the RD might need to know about. If you fancy doing this one week, just drop us a mail at bushy@parkrun.com although I think the first couple of weeks have been snapped up already!

Some more photos

To finish, here are a few more photos that I managed to get on Saturday morning, as you can tell I didn't move too far with our trusty new - albeit slightly muddy - selfie frame.

First up are Clare, James and I'm pretty sure Jaden. James was here on the day parkrun began back in 2004 and has clocked up 530 parkruns in total and Clare actually has the joy of working for parkrun - and also confided on Saturday that Bushy was her favourite parkrun of all despite the fact she's only run at Bushy seven times and at Old Deer Park a whopping 76 times!

Claire, James

 

Little Stoke tourists at the home of parkrun!

Little Stoke

Next up are the Riverside Rebels, a local running group who are regulars at Bushy!

Riverside Rebels

James again with Paul Radmann who is a Run Director over in Germany with 39 runs at the beautiful Küchenholz parkrun!

James and parkrun Germany guy

We had a wonderful group who took the train down from Carlisle on Friday just to do Bushy parkrun. The wonderful group of DH Runners had a fantastic time and were last see in the Pheasantry enjoying the full Bushy experience - I hope you were given some tokens to sort!

Carlisle

And these guys... I'm really sorry but I can't remember who you were, but you were lovely and I know you enjoyed your morning at Bushy!

Frame people

 

Instagram

By the way, did you know we are on Instagram? Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/bushyparkrun/ for some of our most lovely pictures!

See you all on Saturday when I'll be the bloke in the blue & white hi-viz with the microphone.

Rob

 

Run Report Event No 777 – 23 February 2019

All change in the funnel

 

The theme of this morning's run was Fog - would there be light at the end of the 'new funnel'?

 

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed a slight variation on the normal funnel formation. We now have a funnel that is more of a 'cane shape' than a horse shoe thus ending earlier than expected. I wonder how many others, like me, got caught out this morning happily chatting not realising that I was already at the token 'distribution point'. Sorry token team, I will be ready with my hand out next week.

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Talking of the funnel, I met a lady today whilst queuing, who had been given a letter, and she had walked down the funnel to find someone to give it to, not realising what it was for! This was the lady's first time, and as she crossed the line, someone had thrust a laminated letter into her hand - confusion completely understandable. For anyone unsure how it all works, the funnel is a beautiful, well oiled machine with 'gates'. Because of the swelling ranks of Bushy parkrun runners, it is necessary to have a 'double funnel' to stop the queue backing over the finish line. So, when Ray is able to spot a gap between runners, the 'gate' is closed on one funnel and opened on the other. In order to keep your well earned position, the first person switching lanes gets a letter. These are given out in alphabetical order and the funnels are then emptied, also in alphabetical order. All clear now?!

Basically the rule is, if you get a letter, keep hold of it and as you approach the token team, hold it up high so they can see it. Other 'golden rules' of the funnel are 'stay in the order you finished'. This is because you are timed as you cross the finish line and the token you are then given at the end of the funnel corresponds with that time. Please, if you cross the finish line, stay in the funnel even if you don't have your barcode. If you leave the funnel, then that means that the time of everyone behind you will be out. If you know you are in a rush and don't have time to queue, just dip out to the side at the finish and your time won't be clocked. Simples!

If you don't have your barcode, and do cross the finish line, stay in the funnel and just drop your token into the box held by more volunteers at the end of the funnel. Remember, no barcode means no result. However, if you make a note of your number, you can still see what time you registered when the results come out (you will though be an unknown runner, we can't change that).

Enough of rules.........

 

Hunting for tourists in the fog I found a trio from Hook Runners - welcome Caroline, Mikita and Lisa.

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I also met Sarah from Melbourne, but somehow forgot to take her photo. apologies Sarah, I hope you  enjoyed your morning.

Bobby Bear, the class bear from St Stephen's School in St Margarets was raring to start his parkrun with friend Mel.

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Julie from New South Wales was here today to run her first ever Parkrun. As she was sporting a Chelsea hat, I thought she would would 'love' to have her photograph taken with Steve, a well known Man. City supporter - she looks delighted! Isn't it nice how parkrun brings people together!! Have fun at Wembley on Sunday both of you!!

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This is Georgia - no explanations needed, it's all on her back!
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Sarah and Richard joined us today from Exeter Riverside Parkrun - this was Richard's 50th run, so congratulations, hope you enjoyed it

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These interesting T-Shirts caught my eye. This is Tony and Alison, part of 'Band on the Run' a group of runners formed from the Wyton Royal Airforce Band in Huntingdon. Their running group started 3 years ago and now has 25 members made up from musicians and family members. Alison, I'm sorry I only took a photo of your back!

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Another big field today 1459 - the first timer's briefing is getting bigger and bigger.

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The fog was still quite heavy as we started out, but didn't dampen our spirits.

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The front runners coming out of the mist.

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As we cross the line, the fog has started to lift and there is a glimpse of a nice day to come.

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A penny for the thoughts of the two sensible people sitting down as we all puff and pant past them to the finish.

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This way Verity!!

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The new funnel of course works like a dream - thanks as always to Ray and the funnel team

 

A happy bunch of tourists at the finish - Norfolk Gazelles

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Another group who obviously enjoyed their run today were runners from Peckham Rye - Happy 60th to Butch (in the frame).

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The results bit....

1st home was Harvey Dixon in a truly impressive 14:58. Congratulations on your 86.19% age rated performance. Harvey joins the exclusive group of just 28 individuals to have broken 15 minutes at Bushy Park.
1st lady home was Hannah Irwin visiting us from Cambridge finishing in 16:59 with a 87.14% age rating. Well done Hannah!

In ideal running conditions, two age category records fell. Congratulations to Geraldine SCHAER who ran home in 19:18 to break the VW50-54 age category record with a 89.03% rating. Well done to Robert MCHARG whose impressive time of 17:21 and 88.57% was another age category best for VM55-59.

 

16 further impressive runs of over 80% to drool over were:

 

Laurence DUFFY        18:20      86.00%
Rachael WHEELER     22:05     85.43%
Polly ADAMS               20:43     84.07%
Fran KENDEN             24:34     83.79%
Deborah STEER          21:30     83.10%
Marcus SOLOMON     19:01      83.00%
Lily O'NEILL                 19:40      82.80%
Stephen POND            17:59      82.02%
Robert BATCHELOR   17:41      81.43%
Peter MITCHELL         17:30      81.05%
Jessica MAYER           19:08      81.01%
Rowena STENT           25:29      80.77%
Emma HARRIS            20:33      80.62%
Merran SELL                29:33      80.60%
Brigid HIBBERD           21:54      80.52%
Imogen DEAKIN           19:17      80.38%

 

Congratulations in particular to Bushy Park regular Michael Wilkins who achieve a PB of 21:07 at his Bushy Park run number 202. Sub 21 minutes next week Michael?

 

Milestones this week...

 

Included 7 athletes who achieved their super red 50 milestone tee-shirt.

Lucy CARTER
Lyla BAKER
Richard TAFFLER
Madeleine REARDON
Charlotte MCGEE
Elaine BRUCE
A special mention to Walid ZERHOUNI who celebrated with a PB as well.

 

3 athletes gained their coveted black 100 Milestone tee-shirt; Oliver MELBOURNE, Sharon O LEARY and also with a PB to celebrate Kevan BALDRY - well done all.

 

A further 3 athletes can look forward to joining the green 250 tee-shirt club. Well done Colin COBURN, Candice GODDARD and Paddy FITZPATRICK

 

No 500 milestones this week, but hopefully next week - Liz?

 

Finally, a very special milestone for the Riding family - Keith, Verity, daughter Zoe and her husband Mohammed who chalked up a family milestone of 1000 parkruns between them - what a great achievement.

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Thanks as always to the fantastic volunteers this morning, who were:

Stuart AMORY, Katie BARLOW, Jude BENNETT, Jack BENNETT, Phil BLUER, Chris BRIMACOMBE, Steve CARPENTER, Helen CARPENTER, Luca CERASALE, Ray COWARD, Alex FERGUSSON, Ray FRANKS, Janice FRANKS, Charlotte FRASER, Robert FREY, Christine FRY, Nicola GOSCOMB, Stella HAMMOND, Finley HARRISON, Robby HEDGES, Bianca HOLLIS, Melanie HOWES, Emilie HOWES, Gabriel HUXLEY-JENNINGS, Stephen IGGLESDEN, Rob S JONES, Samuel JONES, Clare LE VOIR, Angela MACSON, Hayden MATTHEWS, Fiona MCANENA, Steve MILLER, Richard MOORE, Eoin PARFITT, Ella PATEL, Keith RIDING, Ian RILEY, Nick SAVILL, Anna SAVILL, James SELL, Andrew STENT, Carol SWAFFER, Sharon TEE, Beth TEMPEST, Alex TICKELL, Andrew John WINGATE, Emma WINGATE, Fran WYLDE.

See you all next week

Stella Hammond

 

 

 

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Christmas and New Year Runs

Here at Bushy parkrun Towers we're all very excited by the upcoming Christmas festivies, especially as it gives us the opportunity to do FIVE parkruns in just over a week. All parkruns at Bushy start at 9am and details of all parkruns over the festive period are below:

22nd December - parkrun as normal
25th December - Christmas Day parkrun! Mulled wine, mince pies and fancy festive Christmas dress
29th December - parkrun as normal
1st January - New Year's Day parkrun

NYD is the only opportunity in the year to do more than one parkrun in a day. Following Bushy at 9am you might want to consider Kingston at 10am or Crane Park at 10.30am

If you're travelling this Christmas and New Year, the parkrun Christmas Compendium lets you know where you can get your parkrun fix across the UK:
http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/

We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year

 

Run Report Event No 752 – 15 September 2018

The Perfect Antidote To The End Of Summer

Apparently, the second Monday of September is considered to be the second most depressing day of the year behind Blue Monday (3rd Monday in January) due to factors such as the end of summer and the long stretch until our next holiday. Could that be a contributing factor as to why there were a bumper 1,392 runners (the 8th highest ever turnout at Bushy) turning up to our stunning Royal Park for a perfect pick-me-up?
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Alternatives to parkrun do exist in Bushy Park, but you may find them a bit of a drag and find yourself making little headway!

Nothing gloomy about the 35 brightly attired members of the ASL (the American School in London), who could be seen carrying out some impressive warm up routines before the start.IMG_1722

Even more distinctive were the Hawaiian shirts worn by Patrick Gleeson and his friends Colin and Mike who were celebrating Pat’s membership to the 250 club. All except 1 of Patrick’s parkruns have been at Bushy. IMG_1729

Josh Smith also qualified for his green top today.

Nichola Shervell had a triple celebration. 100th parkrun, 40th Birthday and a staggering PB taking more than 90 seconds off her previous best time at bushy.IMG_1731IMG_1737
Team Bushy’s Karen Wallace enjoys some fizz after completing her 100th parkrun in what was her 2nd paciest time.

Also joining the 100 club this week were John Cheal and Joshua Low.

First Timers

This week 76 runners undertook their first ever registered parkruns at Bushy, and this included this fabulous family of four who were visiting from Florida.IMG_1735Gary, Ivette, Nadia and Naomi complete their first ever parkrun. Welcome aboard!

Pacers

The 3rd week of an odd month meant we were treated to “odd minute” pacers, no doubt contributing to the mightily impressive 205 PB’s achieved. The below shows the pacer line-up today and the corresponding line-up just over 4 years ago, capturing the 2 occassions when young Floss has stepped up to the mark and put in two highly accurately paced runs.pacer
As well as odd minute pacers, Ian Fullen ran as a personal pacer for Zoe Faiz who was looking to add to the trio of recent PB’s that she has impressively achieved (not bad for someone who chalked off more than 300 parkruns!)

However, this week Zoe was definitely overshadowed by her mum Verity Riding today who took 21 seconds off her PB on her 283rd appearance at Bushy. Many congratulations Verity, great achievement!

A quick reminder that our parkrun events are totally dependent on securing a team of volunteers; there’s a wide range of roles to choose from, it’s great fun and you get to meet lots of great people and the gratitude from the participants makes it an incredibly uplifting experience. So, to the uninitiated, I would strongly urge you to Send Pat an email at bushyhelpers@parkrun.com IMG_1733
Apologies for the late publishing of this report; happily, we were blessed with a new addition to our family last week, hopefully the little lady will be a future parkrunner!

Chris Brimacombe

Photo credits: Jed Leicester

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