Running Down Dementia

A lovely report on Running Down Dementia from Bethan Wyn Roberts, one of the parkrun Dementia Champions, and who happens to be one of our regulars too. :) 
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Run 100km raise £100...
Thank you for the opportunity the other week to introduce the 2018 Running Down Dementia campaign at Conwy parkrun.  I was given the opportunity to speak before we headed off on our 5km run on Saturday the 7th April and as is always the case, as soon as I had finished, I thought of 101 other things to share with you.  So Kelly has kindly given me permission to ensure the information is shared with you via this report ... Diolch Kelly.
I have been involved in this initiative, as have many others at Conwy, for the past 3 years and I have found it to be a really easy way of engaging people in talking about the impact Dementia can have not only on the individual living with the illness but also on their carers, their loved ones and their extended family.
Dementia has no respect for age, the colour of your skin, your capacity to earn, your standing in the community, your ability to complete daily living tasks.  Slowly the disease robs you of these aspects of your life and you can become isolated.  Your family no longer means what it did to you.  You are no longer able to express yourself clearly.  You feel lost in familiar surroundings.  You become scared and can feel very much alone.
Right now 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia.  By taking part in Running Down Dementia you're giving hope to them and their families by funding vital dementia research.  Alzheimer's Research UK is proud to be the official charity partner of parkrun UK.  parkrunners have so far helped to raise more than £890,000 for world-class research into this illness.
So come on folks - are you willing to take part in this challenge either as individuals or as a Conwy parkrun group?  Register to take part in Running Down Dementia, connect your supporter page to your Strava or MapMyFitness account (or manually update tour runs), create a Supporter page to encourage friends and family to donate to your account and then simply get Running!!!!  It can be completed in as many runs/walks as you want as long as you complete the goal of 100 KM's and raising £100 before the 31st August 2018.
Thank you for your time in reading this message.  I am at Conwy most weeks (the clue will be that I am the one wearing my Running Down Dementia t-shirt with pride every week).  Please come and talk to me if there is any more information you require before you sign up.  I am so pleased to be able to share my passion for this brilliant campaign with you and I hope many of you feel able to join me and the 2,055 runners currently participating in the campaign to raise awareness and raise vital funds.
Diolch yn fawr iawn am ddarllen a gobeithio y gwnewch chi ymuno a mi yn y frwydr yn erbyn Dementia
Bethan Wyn Roberts.
 

Conwy parkrun 169 – warming up

The hottest Saturday of the year so far in Conwy saw another fantastic turnout at Conwy parkrun with 301 participants completing the course. There were 20 people making their Conwy debut, including 18 first time parkrunners. There were also 30 undercover athletes without barcodes, remember if you want your time recording you must bring a printed barcode with you.

The surprise of great weather was nothing compared to the shock all the regulars must have had when they arrived near the castle and saw Bob marshalling there instead of at his usual turnaround. This was due to an incident near Deganwy station that prevented him getting there in time, fortunately Stephen Dutton was able to fill in for him on his first outing as a hi-vis hero.

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After a tough 5km Stephen Skates of Prestatyn RC was first finisher in 18:04, closely followed by Kieran Lewis and Jodi Waters. This was Stephen’s 6th time as FF in 7 runs at Conwy, whereas for the first female today it was her first time on her 3rd visit to Conwy. Well done Diane Bygrave of Wilmslow RC. Mared Dafydd and Sian Beck were the next two female finishers, again not far behind.

Despite the warm conditions, 50 people managed to achieve PBs, including Andrew Chilcraft on his second visit to Conwy. Impressively it was his overall PB after 229 parkruns.

After forgetting to ask in the pre-run briefing (sorry) there were two runners achieving their 10 run junior milestone, Evan T Jones and Emma Weir. Congratulations to you both.

Finally from me a big thank you to all my volunteers who made it look like I know what I’m doing, they go by the names of:

Andrew CHILCRAFT  •   Cheryl FROST  •  Cynan GRIFFITHS  •  David Alan JONES  •  Erin ARMSTRONG  •  Jan CARFOOT  •  John HATTON  •  Julie MCGLASHAN  •  Keith CHAMBERLAIN  •  Kelly PRICE  •  Louise EDWARDS  •  Peter M W JONES  •  Robert ARMSTRONG  •  Sharon PRITCHARD  •  Sonja GRIFFITHS  •  Stephen DUTTON  •  Susan CALVERT  •  Tristian GREENFIELD

If you would like to join this list and get to wear the yellow (or orange) hi-vis jacket please either see us in the café after the run or drop us an email to conwyhelpers@parkrun.com and we can answer any questions you may have.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conwy parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 15:52 on 1st August 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jenny NESBITT who recorded a time of 17:43 on 26th December 2015 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 91.43% (22:10) on 8th July 2017 (event number 128).

Conwy parkrun started on 10th January 2015. Since then 6,815 participants have completed 36,084 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,420km, including 7,277 new Personal Bests.

 

Run report: Event 168.

Really sorry folks - Viktor sent this run report in on Tuesday and I got distracted mid-parkrun stuff and forgot to post it.  Apologies Viktor and thanks once again for writing a great report. :)

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Conwy parkrun #168 – Here Comes the Sun

Hi again folks, this report is brought to you by Vik again! Conditions this week were certainly dramatically better to the last time I came to Conwy Parkrun.  As one would expect, with such wonderful sunshine we had an excellent turnout of 361 parkrunners running, jogging and walking the course. We welcomed 68 lovely people for the first time and chalked up 64 new PBs, with 29 different clubs in attendance.

A special mention to GOG Triathlon Club for providing some tennis-racket-wielding selfless athletes for others to pace themselves with!

Shout-out to Anne Mynott on her hundredth run! Great stuff!

Thanks as usual Steve for your fab photos!

As always, the event was made possible by our fantastic volunteers so thanks to:
Sharon HUGHES • Sonja GRIFFITHS • Clive NADIN • Celia FREE • Erin ARMSTRONG • Robert ARMSTRONG • Angharad LEWIS • Elizabeth DRISCOLL • Megan NEW • Charley-Anne RUTTER • Peter M W JONES • John HATTON • Craig RUTTER • Rachel FLEMING • Stephanie CONWAY • Sarah STEWART • Glenn GRANT • Keith CHAMBERLAIN • Mared DAFYDD • Llinos DAVIES • Eduardo VEGA

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conwy parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 15:52 on 1st August 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jenny NESBITT who recorded a time of 17:43 on 26th December 2015 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 91.43% (22:10) on 8th July 2017 (event number 128).

Conwy parkrun started on 10th January 2015. Since then 6,781 participants have completed 35,783 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,915 km, including 7,227 new Personal Bests.

 

Conwy Parkrun #166 – A Grey Easter

Hi everyone, thanks for turning out on such a dismal day - at least it kept our numbers down a bit as we suspected we could be closing in on 400 runners.  The rain and the Easter 5k run in Llandudno helped to keep things a bit more intimate at parkrun this weekend instead. :)  Thanks to everyone who donated eggs - they went down well and it was lovely to have a nice treat at the end.  We haven't had a run report for ages - I know I said I was going to get back into it but I just can't manage it with my little helper trying to get near the computer at every opportunity...  Well this week we do have a run report, kindly written by a local tourist - if you can have such a thing!  Thanks Vik. :)  Enjoy folks. :)

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Hi there folks! This run report is brought to you by a Conwy Parkrun tourist, my name is Vik and although I live quite locally I’m a student at The University of Warwick, run for Warwick University AC, and am a regular at Leamington Parkrun where I normally pen reports just like this one. Despite the dreary conditions, this week saw 268 parkrunners turn out to run, jog, and walk the course. In addition to 71 first timers we saw 36 new personal bests (including mine!) go up on the board which is always great to see!

Despite the weather some really blistering times were recorded, it seems people were in somewhat of a hurry to finish! Stephen Skates took first place at an outstanding time of 17:06, not far behind Jo Buckley took first for the ladies with an impressive time of 19:47.

Among the juniors, Benjamin Gibson and Joseph Lewey recorded their tenth parkrun on Saturday, keep at it boys!

As always I would like to give a shout out to all of the volunteers who made this week’s event happen, as always it would simply not be possible without you!

Colin DAVIES • Ann D'ALBUQUERQUE • John D'ALBUQUERQUE • Jill THOMPSON • Robert ARMSTRONG • Janice SHEEL • Kelly PRICE • Susan CALVERT • Clive NADIN • Sharon PRITCHARD • Erin ARMSTRONG • Robert ARMSTRONG • Louise EDWARDS • Amanda DURBER • Anne DARLINGTON • Peter FREESTONE • Peter M W JONES • Rachel FLEMING • David EDWARDS • Steve JEFFERY • Mark MASON • Catherine MASON • Matthew TOSH • Keith CHAMBERLAIN • Hazel PARRY • Viktor HEWITT • Clair ATTERBURY • Ken POULTER • Claire PRESTON • Anthony PARVIN

That’s it from me everyone, see you soon!

Vik (A3109076)

The male record is held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 15:52 on 1st August 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jenny NESBITT who recorded a time of 17:43 on 26th December 2015 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 91.43% (22:10) on 8th July 2017 (event number 128).

Conwy parkrun started on 10th January 2015. Since then 6,667 participants have completed 35,149 parkruns covering a total distance of 175,745 km, including 7,093 new Personal Bests.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conwy parkrun Results Page.

 

 

Run report 149.

This week's run report has been very kindly written by Sue Calvert, one of our regular volunteers and runners.  This week Sue got do do both as she ran and then sent us her report - thanks Sue. Enjoy the read folks! :)

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"I picked 'Bailey the Shitzu' up by sneaking in my Son's house and collecting him, telling him "it's Conwy Park Run, and time for you to join me".  Bailey often Marshals with me or does a reluctant run.  No. 149 was a reluctant run!  I get him to weave in and out of the cones much to the amusement of Marshal Robert at the turn round point!

Saturday's Conwy parkrun had just under 200 happy smiling faces.  The weather was what I can only describe as 'Dreck'  but never dampens parkrun spirit.  Two runners stood out today, Adam Allison (senior male) in an incredible 17.48 and VM80-84 Robert Harrison-Jones in 26.57.  This is just what what parkrun is about - a celebration through the ages.  You are never too young or too old to achieve your goal.


The pacers were fab.  They were out marking various times which is an encouragement to achieve a PB.  They were very conscientious constantly checking their time and pace.  I wonder if they have sore arms carrying the pacer signs?

 
Natasha and Vicky were celebrating their 50th parkrun and ran the course with helium balloons.   Mark Jessett celebrated his 100th parkrun.  Well done and we look forward to seeing you Saturday for 51 and 101 runs.


I was pleased to meet Michelle and her 4 legged friend Belle, who was quite aptly 'tail walking'.  I so love this expression.  Which reminds me I must get my 'barkrun' doggie coat on Bailey. 

 

That's all folks.  I'm marshalling Saturday by the crossroads and will be cheering you all on".

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