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Bushy parkrun (formerly Bushy Park Time Trial) is a 5 km run that takes place every Saturday morning at 9am in Bushy Park, Teddington. It has taken place every week since October 2004. It is entirely run by volunteers, and is free to enter.

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History

The event started on October 2, 2004 with just 13 runners taking part in the inaugural event. The record number of runners completing the course was 806 people, set on October 3, 2009, the fifth anniversary event. The course record for men was set by the Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Craig Mottram in a time of exactly 14 minutes (June 10, 2006). Katrina Wootton holds the women's record of 16 minutes 20 seconds (January 1, 2009). This performance beat parkrun's longest standing record: Olympic Games silver medallist, Sonia O'Sullivan had previously held the record since June 18, 2005.

The organisers of Bushy parkrun went on to form parkrun (originally UKTT), an umbrella organisation that supports similar events around the UK (as well as one in Denmark and another in Zimbabwe). The event changed its name from Bushy Park Time Trial in October 2008.

Bushy parkrun is highly rated by the runners who have taken part in it, with a 96% overall rating and 98% reporting that they would take part again, in the Runners World running event survey.[1] The event is reported on a weekly basis by the local press,[2] and the parkrun phenomenon is gaining national exposure.[3]

List of famous people who have done the Bushy parkrun

Points Prize Winners

Season Men's Points Prize
John Hanscomb Trophy
Women's Points Prize
Sonia O'Sullivan Trophy
2004/2005 Darren Wood Gill Wilson
2005/2006 Shane McDermott Nicola Whitby
2006/2007 Tom Morgan Liz Souness
2007/2008 Mike Anderson Polly Adams
2008/2009 Tom Morgan Simone Rapa

Trivia

  • It has become famous locally for the events on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. At the 2007 New Year's Day event, Shane McDermott won the race despite wearing the clothes that he wore at the previous night's New Year celebration party.
  • In April 2007 it was awarded the title 'Best UK small event' at the inaugural Runner's Personal Best awards organised by the UK edition of Runner's World magazine.

As of August 22, 2009:

  • There have been 264 runnings of Bushy parkrun.
  • 9,499 people have run the event.
  • They have run it a total of 67,312 times.
  • People from 367 different clubs have run it.
  • 52 runners have completed more than 100 Bushy parkruns, including Darren Wood who has completed 226, and John Hanscomb, after whom the men's points competition trophy is named.

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Coordinates: 51°24′42″N 0°19′56″W / 51.41167°N 0.33222°W / 51.41167; -0.33222

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