Conkers parkrun – major tourist destination.

Conkers parkrun Run Report No. 437 -  June 15th 2019

Well - summer solstice is on Friday... meaning that summer is imminent with our longest day (hopefully full of sunshine!!!)  Although not quite summer weather, the weather was comfortable for running and the weather fairies made sure the pesky rain that’s been drenching the area stayed away!!!, today there wasn’t many of you staying away as 641 had managed to stay dry and made your way to Conkers!!  A special well done to 100 first timers that have decided to join us - we love seeing all you new faces coming and jogging or walking our trails - hope to see you again in the next few weeks. These included 27 brand new to parkrun and 73 tourists from as far away as New Zealand, Norwich, Exmouth and several from Kingsbury Water who unfortunately had to cancel.

We had representatives from 38 different clubs today, so if you feel like joining in with a bit more running there is bound to be a club local to wherever you are from - this parkrun is central to many different clubs, so would be many choices for those of you that would like to join in more. 


Our speedy guys today were representatives of 3 local clubs - Liam Bradbury (South Derbyshire Road Runners) with a new PB, Karl Wideman (Ivanhoe) also with a new PB and Rob Mace (Peel Road Runners) who joined us for his first time - where have you been??  Our storming ladies today were Sally Higgs, Ingrid Stevenson and Lucy McDermott, all three ladies got shiny new PB’s - they are on fire!! They weren’t the only ones, another 92 runners also celebrated with new PB’s (hope you rang the bell!)  A local group led by Michelle Darlaston - Michy’s Marvels joined us today from nearby Tamworth - hope you all enjoyed it!


Not many big milestones reach today, but a few smaller ones.... Starting with our juniors, they get the pleasure of a 10-parkrun milestone and T-shirt - today Taylor Olsen and Josh Deacon reached theirs!!! Next comes 50, and we had two reaching this milestone - Richard Boyce and James Bullock.  Hitting 100 parkruns were Mark White and Katie Fox - well done to you all!

A huge Mexican wave of thanks goes to our 35 volunteers who make this event possible - if you haven't volunteered, please have a go! There’s nothing difficult, just enthusiasm and arriving early are the only requirements!!


Hope to see everyone next week, hopefully in some sunshine and slightly less rain than we’ve had last week!!! We have asked Roger to please limit his singing to the hours of 10pm - 4am and only during the winter, so we can but hope!!