Conkers parkrun No. 454 - October 12, 2019
The last time I visited Conkers was with two excited 6 and 9 year olds who are now 18 and 21 and tower over me.
As a parkrun Tourist, based in Redditch (Arrow Valley) Conkers has long been on my “to-do” list as I’d heard what a lovely friendly run it is. It seems that 49 others also had this on their list, as that’s how many first timers there were today!
We were blessed with a perfect weather window in what has been a very wet week.
I was welcomed into the fold by Roger, Run Director today, and everything was buzzing along nicely by 8.35. Then, a brief panic when a batch of tokens decided to jump out of the hands of their carer and scatter themselves all over the floor. All hands on deck as Charlotte took charge and everything was back on track, phew! After that, it was plain sailing, the event having the feel that it has done this 453 times before.
Oops!! These things happen. Plenty of time to get them on the table for for the team to work together for sort and back onto the holder.
First Timers Briefing was expertly delivered by Kathryn and she reassured the 21 first timers that everyone was really friendly there and they had nothing to worry about.
Everyone knew what they were doing, bespoke signs scattered the course to guide people into the right place at the start and along the course and the event seemed to run with ease.
The funnel team ready for action; a great job about to be done.
Some special mentions amongst the 524 runners and walkers today:
James Cobb ran his 390th parkrun today, the events parkrun veteran
Richard Miller and Lisa Wright ran their 299th , an arbitrary milestone approaches
Claire Smithard, Steven Walters, Nigel Davison, Katie Dennison’s ran their 99th so there could be
quite a few celebrations next week
Rebecca Wilkinson, Rob Twivey and Sadie Owen celebrated their 50th milestones, huge congratulations!
Rebecca Wilkinson all ballooned and smiley for her 50th parkrun. x
Sally Jeyes had the highest age grade of 83.50%, wow!
Morgan Fletcher a Junior under 10 achieved his PB in 22.41, awesome young man!!
Ivanhoe Runners were the best-represented club with 32 running today.
It was lovely to talk to so many people as I scanned their barcodes, so much effort and personal achievement, I love hearing everyone’s story each week.
Today's first three lady finishers being expertly organised by young Eloise.
Well done and thank you to all of our volunteers today (it was my arbitrary 24th volunteer event cheeky humble brag), please volunteer when you can, it’s a great way to get to meet people and it feels great too!
Amy STORER • Andrea BEATY • Brian RUNAGLE • Charlotte CARR • Charlotte WRIGHT • David ASHMORE • Dawn STORER • Dennis DICKINSON • Dyanne SARGEANT • Gregg MAYLES • Harry PHIPPS • Helen PEACH • Jennifer CROSS • Joanne COLEMAN • Kathryn BRAY • Katie DENNIS • Leon SPENCE • Lisa WILLIAMS • Lorraine SHIPLEY • Mae STENSON • Mark NUGENT • Mindy ASHTON • Naomi EARL • Nigel PALING • Ollie THURBON • Robert DILWORTH • Robin THORNE • Roger COBB • Sally COLLARD • Samantha PHIPPS • Sarahjane JONES • Sharon FOX • Sophia ASHMORE • Susan MAYLES • Tony STONE • Yvonne FELTHOUSE
I hope to visit again soon, thank you for having me Conkers
ps. Sometimes the event technology let's us down. This morning the event laptop had to be gently coaxed from its unresponsive mood.
Roger keeping the hammer in his left hand and out of view prior to waking the laptop.