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Record fields at Bushy Park’s parkrun

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RECORD-BREAK­ING NUM­BERS FOR PARKRUN OVER THE FES­TIVE PE­RIOD

THE Christ­mas Day parkrun in Bushy Park in south-west Lon­don proved a record-breaker with a mas­sive field of 2011 run­ners in all sorts of guises.

The size of the field smashed the pre­vi­ous parkrun record of 1705 set in Oc­to­ber 2015. One of the rea­sons why there might have been such a large turnout was be­cause the Wim­ble­don Com­mon con­ser­va­tors de­clined to al­low a Christ­mas Day parkrun there and as it’s only six miles away some run­ners who usu­ally com­pete at Wim­ble­don went to Bushy Park in­stead.

The 2000-plus field in­cluded more than 200 run­ners tak­ing part in the Bushy Park parkrun for the first time and 176 run­ners post­ing PBs.

As for the out­fits, a few years ago it used to be the odd

Santa bob­ble hat and some tin­sel tied to the waist. Now it’s like a West End pan­tomime of elves, San­tas, pix­ies, shep­herds watch­ing their flocks, holy in­fants, be­nign witches, Poké­mon, run­away bears and ba­nanas.

It proved just how far parkrun has come since the in­au­gu­ral event at Bushy Park in Oc­to­ber 2004 when there were just 13 fin­ish­ers.

Just for the record Jack

Rowe headed home the mas­sive field in 15:09 to take 62 sec­onds off his pre­vi­ous best set back in No­vem­ber 2012.

The Alder­shot, Farn­ham & Dis­trict run­ner was four sec­onds ahead of Andy Co­ley-Maud of Clapham Chasers with Ge­orge Cor­co­ran of Ne­wham & Es­sex Bea­gles, one of the many debu­tants, third.

More than 2000 run­ners at Bushy Park got into the Christ­mas spirit

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