Record fields at Bushy Park’s parkrun
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