Bank Holiday dampness

The Bank Holiday weekend lived up to its reputation and provided a rather damp Saturday morning for the runners at Conkers parkrun. The weather didn’t put off the 231 runners who completed the free, 5km timed run.

Tourist John Terry (Exeter Harriers) was first over the line in 17.14, just missing out on joining the exclusive sub 17 club. He was followed by Darren Jones (Ivanhoe Runners) in 18.23. Third male over the line was South Derbyshire Road Runners’ Shane Chapman who shaved 5 seconds off his previous best time to finish in 18.44.

First female over the line was club mate of the first male finisher: Debbie Marsden. Debbie did join the elite club of sub 20 minute females with her finish time of 19.28. Debbie was followed by talented junior runner (under 14) Isobel Armstrong who set her third personal best time in a row to cross the line in 21.06. Third female was Conkers’ regular and Ivanhoe Runner Rebecca Hallam in 21.13. Rebecca’s run put her top of the annual female points table.

Of the 231 runners there were 30 who ran for the first time at Conkers. Finish times varied from 17.14 to 45.34 (Hannah Talbott). Regular runner Andis Celinkis enjoyed his run as his fiancé Iveta completed her longest ever run of 5km in 42.01 – we hope to see Iveta back again soon. 45 runners set new personal best times with this week’s personal best times varying from third finisher Shane Chapman to junior Connor Ambler who finished in 47.21. Connor has improved by over 3 minutes in 3 runs.

As always the event could not go ahead without the volunteer team. Helping out this week were Andrew Harris, Heidi Elliott, Jack Skidmore, James Willoughby, Janet Potter, Judith Webster-Sanders, Kev Sanders, Luba Bonilla, Paula Speechley, Romain Chambard, Sam Cross and Seran Bradley. Between this team they have clocked up an impressive 66 volunteers in various roles!

To join in at Conkers parkrun for the free, weekly, timed 5km then complete a one-off registration at www.parkrun.com. The run is all inclusive and helps you to achieve your fitness goals. Mark Flanagan has completed 4 runs at Conkers and says ‘it is through the friendliness of everyone doing the parkrun that keeps pushing me towards my goal.’ Mark has improved from 34.45 to 27.49! The run begins at 9am at Conkers Waterside Centre.