If you are a parkrun enthusiast, you will know that Bushy Park is where it all started 12 years ago. With over 1,000 runners on a typical week, it's probably the biggest parkrun.
My husband and I take the opportunity to be parkrun tourists whenever we are away for a weekend, and yesterday was the turn of Bushy Park. It's one of the London "royal" parks, filled with deer and a resident colony of parakeets. The terrain is flat with areas of low level ferns, trees and ponds. We saw heron on one of the ponds.
The parkrun takes a butterfly shaped single lap course, using a mix of compacted paths, grass and tarmac. Like all events I have attended, it was very friendly. A large volume of runners means a large volume of volunteers - over 50 in fact - many of them managing the extensive double funnel needed to finish the runners.
At this time of year the run takes place to the backdrop of the territorial behaviour of the deer - stags making warning sounds, marshalling their flock, occasionally rutting with rivals. You would be running along and spot horns in the nearby ferns, or hear a commotion.
We had a great time! With thanks to all at the run, this one is a definite recommend.