The CSAA Road Relays have been held at London’s Finsbury Park since 1978 but records show that possibly the first Relays were at the City of London Arena in 1953. Up until 2015 when the Race moved from October to March the Men’s Team had 5 runners racing over the tough 2 lap course. From 2015 it became teams of 4. The Women’s event used to be a straight race over the 2.8 mile course but in 1993 a 3 Team Relay was introduced and has continued since then.
The 2018 event saw the highest number of participants since 2013 which was pleasing for the event’s organisers as consideration was being given to the events future and whether it could continue in the face of falling numbers. However, it still remains popular and will hopefully continue for the foreseeable future.
In this year’s Men’s Race HMRC/RCSL retained their title for the 11th successive year ahead of Ordnance Survey and DWP/HASSRA. The fastest Leg of the Day went to George Dollner (DWP/HASSRA) in his first CSAA event with the fine time of 14.19, which was the quickest since 2013.
In the Women’s Race MINERVA recorded their 3rd successive win with Victoria Carter (MINERVA) setting the fastest leg for the third time in the last four races. It was good to see three teams from Land Registry competing
Thanks must go to the CSAA organising team for their support and to coming along to time-keep, record, and produce the overall results on the day.
Bushy parkrun was the very first parkrun, founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt in October 2004 under its original name Bushy Park Time Trial. The event has become a pilgrimage for parkrunners attracting entrants from across the globe
A fast, flat course that runs anticlockwise from close to the Diana Fountain in Bushy Park. After 250 metres or so on grass, running parallel with the play park, the course moves onto a hoggin path towards the Church Grove gate. There is a left turn to take you around the edge of Hampton Wick Cricket Club. Continue towards the Hampton Wick gate and take a left turn into Cobbler’s Walk (also called Nightingale Lane). After passing The Leg-of-Mutton Pond there is a right turn onto a track towards the Sandy Lane gate. On reaching the gate, there is a left turn to take you along the perimeter (hoggin) path towards the Teddington Gate. A further left turn will take you onto the grass of Chestnut Avenue. There is another left turn back onto Cobbler’s Walk. A marshal will indicate the point at which you will make a right turn onto a track to run towards Heron Pond, over a little bridge, round the South side of the pond on a hoggin path or grass (your choice) – the finish is in sight!
Occasionally, the start will revert to the Diana Fountain end of Chestnut Avenue. This may be as a result of other events in the park or dangerous conditions.