Feeling hot, hot, hot

Conkers Run Report No. 439  – Saturday 29th June 2019


29th June. You may be forgiven for thinking the most significant thing about this date is the birthday of global pop star Nicole Scherzinger, or even that 12 years ago today Apple released the first version of the iPhone; a variant of which I’m using to write this very report (feeling old yet?). Well…not today. 29th June 2019 marks something much bigger, something much more powerful. Something that hundreds of thousands of people around the globe have been looking forward to for days. 29th June 2019, is parkrunday! And, what a parkrunday it was…!!

The morning started in the usual fashion we all know and love. You arrive at parkrun; friendly marshals guide you swiftly into a parking spot, get out of your car, quick nosey around for someone to talk to... ”excuse me, where are the loos please?” pick a hi-vis hero to chat to – Hey Iris!

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Nice to meet you! Iris Sturdy was in charge of the walking group at Conkers and told me all about the famous Cheeky Hill (we will come to that a bit later), the route, where the shady spots on the course would be. “It’s going to be a warm one” could be heard in stereo for the next 30 minutes by various people as they all began to arrive...and then we got down to the important stuff...parkrun time!

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Paul Parsons delivered us the first timers & tourists briefing, up stepped Roger onto his char for the main brief. Milestones congratulated, tourists welcomed, best wishes sent, couple of safety bits, and off we headed to the start line.

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Adam Kinson looking chilled on his 50th parkrun

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Three, 2, 1...and we are off! Sure enough, the Cheeky Hill greeted us like an old friend.

The sort of old friend who has just eaten your last Rolo...! However, you love them all the same.

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We hit the trails, glided along the canal, and made a dash back to the finish line. Token collected, token scanned, token sorted, volunteers thanked. Job done.

The course looked stunning in the sunshine, didn’t it?

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Celebrating Armed Forces Day by running with a 35lb rucksack.

The statty bits...

A mighty 535 of you ran, jogged or walked in the glorious sunshine!

There were 12 people BRAND NEW to parkrun! Welcome to the family Benjamin Abbott, Gemma Hiatt, Jack Harrison, Jess Glenny, Kiera Radford, Kieran Philpott, Paul Barnett, Paul Stevens, Philip Goodchild, Rosie Randall, Thomas Green. We hope to see you all again very soon!

We had 37 tourists with us, including parkrunners from Bromley, Leeds, New Zealand, Tees Barrage & York. Thanks for joining us, and tell your friends how wonderful Conkers parkrun is!

Despite how warm conditions were, a whopping 57 people recorded new personal bests! A huge well done to you all! Did that bell even stop ringing?

Four people joined the ever-growing 50 club. MASSIVE congratulations to Adam Kinson, Craig Rome, Sean Bullock and Wayne Gobey! Here’s to many more...

Representatives of 40 different running clubs took part.

Last but DEFINITELY not least. A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the wonderfully brilliant volunteers. parkrun simply cannot happen without the time you a generously donate to ensure the events run smoothly and safely. (Fancy giving it a go? Easy! Just get in touch with us and let us know what role you would like to try. The hi-vis will look great on you, I promise!)

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The event was made possible by 35 volunteers incuding Christina Hawtin operating the hot desk.

Nikki Aka Tigger REEVES • Roger COBB • Laurence KINGSCOTT • Christina HAWTIN • Jennifer CROSS • Romain CHAMBARD • Tracy DAVIES • Sam MCDERMOTT • Emily ATKINS • Tracey GLOVER • Vince ALEMAN • Ollie THURBON • Tommy DICKSON • Gregg MAYLES • Kevin BORLEY • Robin THORNE • Iris STURDY • Cian DOUGLAS • Ellie DICKSON • Lucy MCDERMOTT • Alice MCDERMOTT • Adrienne COLLARD • Susan MAYLES • Rod BARLOW • Dennis DICKINSON • David ASHMORE • Katie DENNIS • Paul PARSONS • Sophia ASHMORE • Sarah BOWEN • Marie CHAPMAN • Matt CHAPMAN • Sam CHAPMAN • Linda Kay DAKIN • Naomi EARL

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

That’s all folks….

Tommy Dickson, Horsforth Harriers (Leeds), crazy parkrun tourist, A779748.