Bushy parkrun

I decided against Crystal Palace in the end, and opted for Bushy, the original and the largest of the parkruns.

It has a lot to recommend it.  It’s one lap, it’s flat, and it has a long, straight, wide start which minimises go-slows.  Added to this, the organisation is superb.  It started pretty much bang-on nine, the finishing funnel was efficient, and the results text came through at 11.16am, less than 90 mins after the 689th runner had finished.

I also managed to run it in my third fastest time, despite tacking it on as the end of my long (well, 8 mile*) run.

And it has deer. Lots and lots of deer.


It wasn’t for me.  For me, it was just too big.  Had it been my first parkrun, it might have been my last, because it just lacked what I think of as the parkrun spark.  Give me a smaller, quirkier, more intimate parkrun any day of the week.  Or any Saturday of the year.  Or something.

[*to clarify: I ran 8 miles in total. 5 miles pre parkrun and 3 miles parkrun]


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10 Responses to Bushy parkrun

  1. Bad Wabbit says:

    Its another one ticked off your list, so well done!

  2. Athena says:

    did you mean to do the runs in that order? how could you see the deer for the crowds of humans?

    • abradypus says:

      Ah – for the first 5 miles, the people were few and far between, making the deer easy to spot. And doing the runs in that order made sense. I run much more slowly by myself than with others, and left to my own devices will cut a long run short. Keeping the parkrun for the end meant I did the distance and sped up for the second part.

  3. plustenner says:

    well done! how many different ones have you done now? let me know if you decide to do Banstead again, I will join you 🙂

  4. shazruns says:

    I was in Bushy park recently and was amazed by the amoung of deer but did you see the Parrots that live there?

  5. runtezza says:

    Excellent effort — well done on the negative split!

  6. fortnightflo says:

    Ah I love deer – did they run alongside you? It’s a great idea to tag the parkrun on the end – I have started to do that with running club, run there and with to hit my 6 or 7 miles. Are you feeling confident about Windsor?

    • abradypus says:

      Yes and no. When I think that all I have to do is add a mile a week to my long run, I feel confident. When I think that I have to run as far as I have to date plus an hour, I don’t. I keep reminding myself that Windsor is just a training run for Royal Parks, which also helps a little.

  7. fortnightflo says:

    Exactly what I am thinking about RTTB – just another training run… Gosh how do people ever do marathons??

  8. zoecakes says:

    689 people at a Parkrun?! That’s huge – no wonder you weren’t keen! Still good practice for running in a crowd at Windsor and the Royal Parks half.

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