A Grander Day Out – #214

A Grander Day Out

Saturday 11th April 2015 saw a number of important sporting events take place: the 168th Grand National; the 70th Women’s Boat Race; the 161st Men’s Boat Race; and most impressively the 214th Conkers parkrun.

Early morning rain resulted in the going being good to soft, but the weather did not deter the 303 dedicated runners who took on their own version of Canal Turn. We welcomed 40 first timers, including Adam and Richard Goodwin (both 29:00), and Tes and Simon Ludlow (38:43 and 38:44 respectively).  Hope to see all 40 of you again next Saturday!

First male over the finish line was David Jackson (17:50) – taking the No1 token for the first time in 49 appearances at Conkers. In her first appearance at Conkers, Rebecca Randell was the first female finisher (21:40) and 37th overall.

Despite the weather conditions, nearly a sixth of the field recorded new Personal Bests, including parkrun tourist Darren Foy (18:12), Glyn Burroughs (25:20), Sue Nunn (27:27), and Helen Simmons (33:33). A big congratulations to these and the other 40 runners who achieved a PB this week – remember pain is temporary, a PB is for life (or at least until you exceed it next time!).

Our Juniors also did amazingly well this week.  First finishers in each of the junior categories were: Nathan Paul Withington (JM10 in 27:04); Ethan Tebbutt (JM11-14 in 20:55); Euan Tebbutt (JM15-17 in 20:52); Lauren Ford (JW10 in 25:37); and Sian Straw (JW11-14 in 26:46).

Joining the 50 club this week were Kieran Desmond and Robert Briers.  This was Kieran’s first time at Conkers, having ran at many different parkruns and junior parkruns.  Meanwhile, Robert is a Conkers purist, undertaking every one of his runs on the Ennstone Trail.

Joining the 100 club this week was Conkers stalwart and Runners’ Runner nominee Anthony Wickwar. Labelled a ‘proper gent’ and ‘top fella’ by his fellow runners, Anthony has undertaken 96 of his 100 runs at Conkers. We salute you Anthony and hope one day we will also achieve this amazing feat……..



Anthony Wickwar during a recent appearance at Conkers

A big thank you to this week’s volunteers who, without them, parkrun simply would not happen:

Alison ALLFORD  •  Andrew HARRIS  •  Becky LENAGHAN  •  Brian RUNAGLE  •  Filip COMLEY  •  Heidi ELLIOTT  •  Heidi WEBB  •  Janet POTTER  •  John Frederick POTTER  •  Karen LOWRENCE  •  Kelvin PEERS  •  Laurence KINGSCOTT  •  Lindsey WRIGHT  •  Maria ALLEN  •  Maria JOHNSON  •  Martin YEOMANS  •  Michael SHERRATT  •  Michael SKIVINGTON  •  Neil MITCHELL  •  Robert DILWORTH  •  Samantha SCREATON  •  Simon REYNOLDS  •  Tony STONE  •  Wendy STRETTON


Why not give something back by volunteering? Get involved with volunteering by simply emailing conkershelpers@parkrun.com or contacting the core team through Facebook. If you would like to receive the volunteer appeal email you can opt in through your parkrun profile.

It is generally suggested by parkrun HQ that everyone should try to volunteer at least 3 times a year and this will ensure that the event remains available to all. Training will be given and nobody is asked to do anything they feel uncomfortable with. It’s also a great feeling knowing you’ve helped the event continue to be a success, so don’t be shy, give it a try!

12 runners came through on the results as unknown as they did not present a printed barcode. See your initial registration email, your weekly parkrun e-newsletter or a previous result email to print yours. PHONES DO NOT SCAN, so please bring a printed copy. If you would prefer a more durable barcode or wristband you can purchase them from http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ please remember this is a barcode only event so DFYB (don’t forget your barcode!)

To join in Conkers parkrun next Saturday simply register at www.parkrun.org.uk print your barcode off and turn up at 8.50am at Conkers Waterside Centre. See you there!