Conkers parkrun No. 375 - April 21, 2018
This week’s event was a very important one because on Saturday it was the 7th Birthday of Conkers parkrun!
It was a lovely sunny day and lots came dressed for a party! It was also the second highest attendance at Conkers with 594 participants, 52 first-timers, 82 PB’s, representatives of 39 clubs took part. The event was made possible by 34 wonderful volunteers and of course the amazing core team of seven: Roger, James, Jen, Laurence, Lyndsey, Nicola and Seran!
The top three female finishers were Tracy Hinxman (who was actually 7th overall), Deborah Gilman and Rebecca Gentle.
The top three male finishers were Liam Bradbury, Ted Mockett and James Farmer. Congratulations to those six and to all the other participants who ran/walked/jogged the course this week!
As has become the tradition - it was the end of year awards ceremony! In the café, after parkrun, many people stayed to celebrate all that makes Conkers parkrun special. Some of the brilliant people who make the event so tremendous were given the recognition they deserve. It is always very hard to choose just one person for each award, which shows what an amazing community it is!
This year the awards went to:
Junior Award: Charlotte Carr for excellent volunteering, D of E participation (and also a good year of running).
Charlotte receiving her well deserved award from Lyndsey
Family Award (a new award this year to recognise a significant whole family contribution – recognising how we value families at Conkers!): The Kirkwood Family (attendance, volunteering and general jolly people).
The Kirkwood family - winners of the very first family of the year award.
Director’s Award: Denis Dickinson (Fab photos, running and volunteering himself and family members to fill roster gaps!).
Dennis Dickinson receiving the Directors Award
Volunteer Award: Lyndsey Hill (selfless sacrifice and all round mucking in).
Volunteer coordinator Jen awarding the Volunteer of the Year award to Lyndsey.
Men’s award: Rob Eaton (most top five finishes – he had to rush off to London Marathon after parkrun – Note: he completed it in less than 3 hours!).
Women’s award: Faith Tipper (most top three finishes)
Pacing award: Ivanhoe Runners (most accurate pacing – but only1.8 seconds separated them and SDRR who were the recipients of last year’s award).
The Queen of Ivanhoe Heather Swan receiving the pacing award on behalf of her club
Runners’ Runner: Chris Hanman (some know him as Wonki Donki, some as the smiley, encouraging chap who runs back along the course after he has finished!).
Nic Briggs presents Chris Hanman with the coveted 'Runners Runner' award
Original event director and Conkers parkrun founder- Andrew Harris - popped in on the special occasion and ended up presenting an award! When I started my 5K parkrun journey (aged 6) I used to call him ‘the parkrun judge’ as he was always at the finish line keeping an eye on the funnel!
I thought it would be nice to include a few things referring to the number 7 because it was the 7th birthday! This was event number 375 and Conkers parkrun started on 16th April 2011. Since then 11,279 participants have completed 107,260 parkruns covering a total distance of 536,300 km, including 18,069 new Personal Bests.
There are also 7 colours of the rainbow so lots of people showed up on Saturday wearing rainbow clothing or accessories, one of the ‘magnificent seven’ came and ran whilst still others were wearing ‘seven deadly sins’ costumes! A quick poll by those runners suggested that the sin of choice would be gluttony which was just as well as there were several choices of cake back at the café!!!
Three of the people whose 7th run it was today achieved new PBs, Chris Jones, Matthew Tombs and Rebecca Todd. They achieved times of 27.58, 28.21 and 42.41 respectively.
Val Crosby and Penny Manton did their 100th parkruns this week, crossing the line in 35.06 and 41.45. There was some tomfoolery with balloons en-route which ED Roger found himself literally entangled in! Two juniors achieved their 10th parkrun - Harry Bradshaw and Eva Stinchcombe. Well done to you all!
Centurian Val Crosby snares Roger
As you all know, there are seven days in the week – so in seven days we’ll be back at Conkers for another super event. With any luck it will be another lovely weather day!
By Eleanor Bradley - age 11 (in May. I am quite excited about my birthday already!)
ps. Although Roger said that there wouldn't be any girls jumping out of cakes at the birthday run, he didn't expect anyone to drop out of the bottom of one!!