Event number 362
13th January 2018
This week 556 people ran, jogged and walked the slightly damp course, of whom 53 were first timers and 64 recorded new P.B.s. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
Leading the returning group was first timer James Poole who crossed the line in an eye watering 16:51, followed briskly by Kristian Edwards in 17:27 and flying in third position was Matthew Tonks in 18:12.
Not to be outdone by the boys, Nicola Bowen came home in 12th position with a fantastic shiny new PB in 19:25, followed in 22nd by first timer Lauren Poole in a superb 20:26, one of the runners of the day for me was 3rd girl across the line Imogen Wolff who came in in a phenomenal 36th position with an outstanding time of 21:31, what makes her so awesome in my eyes is that Imogen is JW11-14 and this was her first ever 5k! I had the pleasure of trying to keep up with Imogen and despite me having a two foot height advantage, the pocket rocket easily left me for dust in the last 200m!
A new feature at this event was Funnel Manager Laurence Kingscott’s latest tool in his arsenal, this being the Funnel Zig Zag, this was put in place to lengthen the funnel to prevent a backlog of finishers trying to cross the line. Please heed the wisdom that I repeated continuously (as assistant trainee funnel sub-manager) on Saturday, that being to ‘KEEP MOVING AND KEEP IN ORDER PLEEAASE!’ Wise words, I think you’ll agree!
This week’s event was only made possible by a fantastic group of 29 awesome volunteers, these are:
Colin Hope, Richard Hope, John Frederick Potter, Janet Potter, Roger Cobb, Laurence Kingscott, Alison Cooper, Jennifer Cross, Dave Allery, Lyndsey Hill, Chris Hanman, Nicola Briggs, Fiona Betts, Tony Stone, Robin Thorne, Andrea Allen, Rebecca Myatt, Adrienne Collard, Andrew Brunt, Martin Prime, Kevin Lindsay-Smith, Lisa Williams, James Stephenson, David Ashmore, Elliot Woolley, Sally Collard, Jack Woolley, Sophia Ashmore and Mandy Myatt.
If you would like to be praised and appreciated by approximately 450 people one Saturday morning, perhaps you might want to give marshalling a try, it’s easy and it takes very little effort. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more details.
Whether we run, jog or walk, Conkers is the place to meet old friends and new people, have loves, laughs and tears, where everyone gets support and the injured get sympathy, a once a week chance to shout, clap, cheer or be shouted at, clapped and cheered. Friends are reunited and lasting friendships are formed, every single person an appreciated piece of the jigsaw that makes it the event it is, individually we are parkrunners, 'together we are Conkers parkrun'.
For Inge with love.
Chris Hanman x