Saturday, July 14th was event 387 at Conkers, and surely the hottest. We are no longer discussing puddles, but the dust.
Four Hundred and Twenty Four of us ran, jogged and walked the course. Of those a fantastic 29 were first-timers at Conkers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests despite the heat – that requires a serious WOW.
Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
A huge thank you to volunteers John and Janet Potter, Laura Graves, Roger Cobb, Laurence Kingscott, Chrissy Betteridge, Chrissie Hawtin, Anthony Wickwar, Janet Hardy, Jennifer Cross, Shane Chapman, Lyndsey Hill, Chris Hanman, Nic Briggs, Sam Hill, Keith Baron, Victoria, Charlotte and Daniel Carr, Jo, Ludi and Elsa Iorio, Karen Potts, Jane Evans, Julie Hanson, Mark and Laura Nugent, Wynne Evans, Rachel Miller, Jenny Taylor Watson, Jane Bland, Lisa Williams, James and Mic Stephenson, Mark and Miles Blackburn and Gail Fellows.
Volunteers are invaluable to parkrunners as we cannot operate without them, and if marshalling I find it great fun shouting encouragement; especially at the bottom of Cheeky Hill. If you would like to have a go at volunteering please get in touch, you get a free t-shirt in a lovely ‘purpleish’ colour when you reach twenty-five.
If you are not receiving the volunteer emails, just go to your profile on the parkrun web page (www.parkrun.com) and opt in to ensure you get up to date information.
First male back to the funnel was Gavin McDermot in 16:35, followed by Chris Baxter in 17:05, James Farmer who is not even old enough to enter some races came in at 17:39. First lady was Tracy Hinxman in 19:16, Emily Wideman followed in at 20:50 and third lady was Nikki Reeves in 22:45.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conkers parkrun, N.W.Leicestershire Results Page
Reaching milestones were Jonathan Cole and Jason Marlow. Always let us know if you have a milestone coming up so that we can recognise it at the run brief.
We also must congratulate Nic Briggs who was doing her 251st volunteering stint. I was hoping to be able to show some facts from 251 years ago to do with running, alas nothing so I thought I would do On This Day; there was plenty for golf and tennis, just one fact for running – in 1912 Kenneth McArthur ran the then Olympic record marathon in 2:26:54 at the Stockholm Olympics, by coincidence that was also in sweltering heat.
parkrunners start to gather to listen to Nic's run brief.
Quote of the day comes from our ED, posting a picture of the start line at 8.00 am. He is noted as saying “it’s looking beautiful this morning and not so warm” I’m thinking he should have gone an hour later!
It’s looking beautiful this morning and not so warm. Come on down. He was right it is looking beautiful, but the 'not so warm' comment!!!!
If you have friends or relatives that think they would like to have a go at parkrun but are nervous, get them to watch the parkrun video perception vs reality.