250 volunteers and a who’s who of parkrunners.

What rhymes with ‘he’s volunteered a lot?’ It’s ‘Laurence Kingscott’ of course! 250 parkruns is an impressive effort but volunteering 250 times is something else. On behalf of everyone at Conkers parkrun, thank you Laurence, and here’s to the next 250!

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How does one celebrate 250 volunteers at Conkers parkrun? Well some, it seems, hug their favourite tree.

This week we had 569 people for Laurence to manage in the funnel, 52 first timers of which 28 were having their first go at a parkrun for him to shout encouragement at and 87 he inspired to set a new PB. Is there no end to his talents?

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Now we know why Laurence was hugging the tree for some comfort. "How do I squeeze this lot through the finishing funnel?"

Besides Laurence, we had another 31 nice people that ensured this week’s parkrun didn’t end in disaster.
Nikki Aka Tigger REEVES • Cinzia DUNACHIE • Laura GRAVES • Christopher John MASON • Dawn STORER • Chris OSBORNE • Laurence KINGSCOTT • Jennifer CROSS • Carol GILL • Grania TOWLE • Yvonne FELTHOUSE • Ian BOAM • Samuel HILL • Ollie THURBON • Gregg MAYLES • Karl PHILLIPSON • Tracy EDGAR • Kevin BORLEY • Tony STONE • Andrea ALLEN • Amy STORER • Susan MAYLES • Elspeth DICKINSON • Dennis DICKINSON • Samantha PHIPPS • Harry PHIPPS • Ruth BOAM • Barbara CULVER • Dave WATTS • Chris ELSEGOOD • Naomi EARL • Teresa SWIFT


Despite Laurence’s efforts, not everyone will finish first, set a PB or be celebrating a milestone. For most parkrunners, this was just another ‘normal’ week on the Ennstone Trail. Let’s celebrate this normality by taking a closer look at six of this week’s parkrunners, chosen by a complex random number generator (my 9-year-old son).


Position 33 – Neil Holland

Neil is in the VM40-44 age category.

He has done 57 parkruns, all at Conkers.

He first ran in February 2018.

Neil has improved his PB an impressive 27 times!


Position 144 – Simon John Dunn

Simon is in the VM50-54 age category.

He has clocked 170 parkruns.

He has done three other parkruns, including one in Poland!

Neil joined Santa’s festivities by running on Christmas day last year, proving he isn’t a Grinch.


Position 255 – Verity Parker

Verity is in the SW20-29 age category.

She has completed 137 runs.

She has done 11 other parkruns, including the splendidly named Parke parkrun!

Verity first ventured onto a parkrun course way back in July 2012.


Position 329 – Mae Stenson

Mae is in the VW40-44 age category.

She recently reached 100 runs – well done!

She also likes Tail Walking!

Mae ran at Hafan Pwllheli last week, which had just 37 finishers.


Position 498 – Leo Wileman

Leo is one of our younger runners, in the JM11-14 age category.

He has 65 Senior parkruns AND 63 Junior parkruns – nice one Leo!

He set his latest PB in April 2019.

Leo ran on New Year’s Day this year!


Position 568 – Amy Storer

Amy is in the SW20-24 age category.

She has done 35 runs.

She first ran in May 2015.

Amy has done one other parkrun, a trio of runs in Manchester!