Conkers parkrun, Event number 416 19th January 2019
This week 597 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.
And they are off, just short of 600 parkrunners running, jogging and walking the course
The day started with an enthusiastic talk about being healthy, social prescribing and the importance of parkrun. Nil Sanganee from Castle Medical Group was clearly inspirational and brought along a few new people to join in the event including many of the staff from Ashby, Ibstock and Measham. Well done to you all and we hope to see you returning soon.
Staff from parkrun practices in Ashby, Ibstock and Measham
Every week I am always amazed at the turnout and numbers seem to be on the increase. So many achievements and some this week are worthy of a mention. First timer Lee Dickinson finished in 8th place in an amazing time of 18.46. Helen Clarke who is going from strength to strength was delighted to get a new PB breaking the under 30 minutes barrier. Rhydian Douglas reached his 10th park run and also got a new PB. Marketa Dearden reached 100 park runs! Lovely to see many first timers including Kevin Lane, Natalie Poulter, Chloe Toon, Carly Toon. Also nice to see two new people from Badgers Running Club join us Anne Devenney and Vikki Smith.
Often you will see people running in various costumes and fancy dress throughout the year. Today was no exception in that Michael Adams set himself a personal challenge to run in a piece of chain armour!!
Michael Adams running in his armour (just for the hell of it!) :-)
Two tourists from Sheffield visited Conkers promoting Penguins; the animal, not the fine chocolate bar that they also had secreted in their gear. Carol & Lucy gained a lot of Conkers friends. Take a look at the Conkers Facebook page for an amusing write up of their visit.
Next week will see South Derbyshire Road Runners running in yellow vests with pacing times pinned to their backs. They are there to help anyone to chase a time, maybe a PB if they want to.
To end the run report I will do my usual attempt at poetry- so here goes:
Saturday morning go to Conkers
Maybe you think everyone is bonkers
See the crowds waiting by the tunnel
At the end of parkrun there will be a funnel
Get your token and head for some food
For the rest of the day you’ll be in a good mood!!
Everyone does a 5k
We all do it but in a different way!!
Walk, jog or run
Come back again and have some fun!!
to be met by the RD
James Cobb who welcomesyou with glee
The volunteers easy to spot,
Making it safe for the adults and the tots
Run, walk, jog - we don't mind,
Just have a great time, laugh and unwind!
At the end of the run, collect your token,
Without this, your time will be unspoken,
Meet in the café for a coffee and chat,
See you next Saturday - I'll hold you to that!!
Todays event could not have gone ahead without our lovely volunteers:-
James COBB • Leon SPENCE • Nikki Aka Tigger REEVES • Avril MOONEY • Andy LINDLEY • Chris OSBORNE • Laurence KINGSCOTT • Anthony WICKWAR • Jennifer CROSS • Victoria SMITH • Rebecca DICKINSON • Pauline COOPER • Mae STENSON • Chris HANMAN • Yvonne FELTHOUSE • Victoria CARR • Charlotte CARR • Maureen DANVERS • Lorraine SHIPLEY • Tony STONE • Robin THORNE • Sandra LAWLESS • Laura FOWLER • Jon DUMMER • Rob EATON • James STEPHENSON • Mic STEPHENSON • David ASHMORE • Chris ELSEGOOD • Steve SALT • Liz HOLLAND • Sophia ASHMORE • Glenn MANDER • Matt CHAPMAN • Meg JONES • James CANNON • Jake SCATTERGOOD
See you all next week!!