Slightly inclement

Conwy parkrun 203 saw 154 runners battle the elements on the riverside, where 14 people took advantage of the huge tailwind (at the start) to set new PBs. Tourists from South Manchester and York visited today, while we had 12 making their first run at Conwy. 7 of these were new to parkrun. If you can do today, you can do any day!

First finisher today was Martin Green (NWRR), closely followed by Andrew Kerr and Harry Driscoll. First female over the line was Sarah Gallacher of GOG Triathlon. A massive congratulations goes out to everyone today, that last ¾ of a mile was probably the windiest I can remember. A big well done especially to Oliver Howson who earnt his white T shirt by running his 10th parkrun, 9 of which have been with us.

We are back again next Saturday for our penultimate run of 2018 and soon after it will be our 4th birthday in January. There will be cake (I’d imagine), follow us on Facebook for more details.

Today’s parkrun was brought to you by these Superheroes in Hi-Vis:
Amanda DURBER • Annalisa THOMAS • Anthony HOWE • Bethan Wyn ROBERTS • Cheryl FROST • Colin PRICE • David Alan JONES • Erin ARMSTRONG • Glenn GRANT • Iorwerth ROBERTS • Jan CARFOOT • Jessica PRICE • John HATTON • Keith CHAMBERLAIN • Louise EDWARDS • Michael FINNIE • Michael HAYTON • Mike FLEMING • Peter M W JONES • Rachel FLEMING • Robert ARMSTRONG • Seghir MESSAMAH

 

Run report: Event 199.

This week we had the pleasure of a visit from Richard Amos, a tourist from Shropshire. Richard offered to write the run report - and what a lovely report it is. :) Thanks Richard - we're glad you enjoyed your run and hope that it was worth the early get up. :) :) :) Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Enjoy reading folks and thanks again Richard!

Oh, happy birthday for Sat Emily Bate and congrats on joining the 10 club too - amazing! Thanks for joining us as part of your celebrations. :) x

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Saturday mornings used to be about a lie in, then parkrun came along, so the lie in became a bit shorter and running started happening. Then the parkrun habit takes over and the 30 minute drive, becomes a 45 minute drive, then an a hour and so on until next thing you know you're booking holidays to parkrun!

Luckily this week there was no need for a plane, just a 5:30 alarm call for a coffee and a 2 hour drive from our home in Shropshire to North Wales to the beautiful Conwy. Wow, what an amazing setting you have! A fantastic castle and that beautiful nature reserve, a stunning venue for parkrun.

Arriving off the A55 at the island it was great to see a parkrun parking sign at the entrance, as by this point the satnav mas driving me mad! We were then to be greeted by two fantastic car park marshal’s Bob and Clive who were in complete control and guided us to our spot.

After a quick run to the toilet and a little inspection of the nature reserve we headed over to the briefings. Sowerby Bridge Snails had taken center stage and were leading a fantastic warm up, that seemed to inspire many others not from their club to get involved, awesome!

Speaking of awesome, Bethan Roberts’ first timers briefing went down really well with everybody. It was great to see so many people from different parkruns listening in. A big turnout of first timers due to the Conwy half the next day, including us. Being a parkrun tourist myself I’m always on the lookout for other cow cowls. It was great to meet Eileen Jones from Fell Foot parkrun who was completing her Pirate Challenge.

The route was great, mostly flat, which is always a win! Loved the out and back to the castle, and was great saying thank you to Bob at the cones. The marshals were very encouraging and really supportive all the way round. Special mention to the first finisher Steve Forsyth who ran with a massive smile and looked like he was having a great time, he also encouraged everybody on his way round and on his cool down run too!

parkrun done, time for cake! The café was lovely, a great view of the nature reserve, a good selection of cakes and also the option for a sausage or bacon bap. Lucy Brooks and I had the pleasure of having a chat with Clive Nadin, who told us all about Conwy parkrun and all the other amazing parkruns available in North Wales, I think it’s safe to say there will have to be a few more early morning drives to parkrun in North Wales in the coming months and we’ll definitely be back to Conwy too.

 

Conwy 180

I arrived not long after 8 this morning to find some of volunteers there already preparing for the run. Cones out, finish funnel posts being put together and signs arranged ready to go. As the clock ticked towards 9 o’clock the remaining volunteers turned up and get ready for their roles, and a few runners arrived as well.

It didn’t seem as hot as it has been recently but it was still pleasantly warm, with a slight breeze as everyone lined up for Conwy parkrun #180. Congratulations to Darren Dentith on your 100th run, and a big welcome to all first timers and tourists from around the UK (including St Andrews, Coventry and not forgetting Truro to name a few).

Everyone set off, running, jogging, walking or plodding (as one participant said they would), giving us the opportunity to set up the finish funnel. And guess how many parkrunners we had. My guess was rubbish; Erin was closest (but disappointed to be about 8 out).

First finisher today was Jose Eduardo VEGA PEREZ, the third time he has done so at Conwy. Simeon FAWCETT and Bryn WOODALL were the next two to cross the line. Simeon was the first to say how hot it was out there, and certainly not the last. Rhiannon KAMINK was the first female finisher, Jo HOUGHTON-DAVIES next followed by Rachel COOK who pipped Katy WEST by 2 seconds. Katy was one of 18 runners getting new PBs today, well done to you all. There were also 18 Unknown runners without barcodes, if you want to have your result recorded please bring a printed barcode next time.

This week’s edition of Conwy parkrun was brought to you by
Annalisa THOMAS  •  Anne DARLINGTON  •  Anthony HOWE  •  Brandon ROBERTS  •  Carla GREEN  •  David Alan JONES  •  Erin ARMSTRONG  •  Glenn GRANT  •  Hayley ROBERTS  •  Iorwerth ROBERTS  •  Keith CHAMBERLAIN  •  Martin GREEN  •  Moyra BALDWIN  •  Patrick KELLY  •  Peter M W JONES  •  Robert ARMSTRONG  •  Tristian GREENFIELD

If you would like to volunteer drop a message to conwyhelpers@parkrun.com You will receive a free cheer from all the runners at the start line and appreciation from everyone here at Conwy parkrun.  We always welcome extra help during the summer holidays when regular volunteers are on holidays (or touring at other runs like me).

Have a good weekend and hope to see you at the RSPB soon. Ant

 

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.

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