Bushy parkrun celebrated another successful year last Saturday – it is now 6 years since the initial group of thirteen runners ran the first race back in 2004.
To help mark the occasion some famous faces were amongst the regulars, some reminiscing about their own experiences running in the park after having been members themselves.
The running club has grown each year as others have appeared across the country – almost 700 members turned up to help mark this special occasion.
Mo Farah, Andy Baddeley, Ray and Ann Coward (race directors) and Mitch Kealey.
Track stars Andy Baddeley, Mo Farah and Mitch Kealey awarded prizes to category winners, chatted to runners and crowds gathered and even signed an autograph or two! The full race write-up & results can be found here.
As well as prizes for the best runners, a “Volunteer of the Year” trophy was also awarded to Ray Franks for his tireless devotion to helping the events run smoothly as possible. Bushy parkrun are often short of volunteers so get in touch if you can help marshal whilst enjoying the splendid surroundings of the park on Saturday mornings.
Left to right: Jude Roberts (under 11’s prize), Philip Bearman Snr (2nd male), Phillip Bearman Jnr (1st junior male), Andy Baddeley, Alice Coaker-Basdell (1st junior female), Mitch Kealey, Mo Farah, Helen Jones (3rd female), Ray Franks (Volunteer of the year), Simone Rapa (1st female), Ciaran Murphy (3rd male), Mark Gratton (1st male), Polly Adams (2nd female).
Photos: David Rowe
[Update] Incidentally sports fans (or fans of nearby Parks) will be delighted to hear that the Olympics Committee have just released images of the set of 8 Olympic pins that will be used to showcase the Royal Parks. They will be available individually or as a collectible set. Only 3,000 of each pin are being produced. Initially they will probably be on sale through Royal Parks website (and perhaps on site within each park).
Designs of all of the pins can be found here.