5K Your Way at Conkers

Conkers parkrun Run Report No 443 - July 27, 2019

This week’s run report focuses on a new social group that has recently arrived at Conkers parkrun. This week saw the return of the third Conkers 5k Your Way: Move Against Cancer.

What is 5k Your Way?

5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer is a social group to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month. The first event launched a year ago at Forest Rec parkrun in Nottingham and now there are nearly fifty 5k Your Way events across the UK, with many more planned. Each event is hosted by ambassadors; the Conkers ambassador team are Ainslea Cross, Mark Boast and James Cobb who between them have ran well over 700 parkruns and most of those we - re at ConkersJu;ly 27, 2019

Ambassadors will run, walk (or both – you’re in charge) with you or to help you meet other people. 5k Your Way is for people affected by cancer in anyway: whether they have had cancer in the past, are living with it or undergoing treatment, working in cancer services or supporting a friend or family member with cancer. You can come on your own or with your friends/family, it doesn’t matter – we will be around to meet you before the run at the Conkers Waterside sign and for a drink in the café

Why was 5k Your Way introduced?

5k Your Way was founded by Lucy Gossage, Oncologist at Nottingham City Hospital , a 12 times Ironman Champion and Gemma Hillier-Moses, International Runner and Founder of MOVE charity (https://movecharity.org/ supporting young people living with and beyond cancer through physical activity) who was diagnosed with cancer herself at the age of 24 in 2012. They launched 5k Your Way to:

  • provide a monthly support network for those living with and beyond cancer by encouraging participation at a local parkrun the last Saturday of every month.
  • build friendships, reduce isolation and encourage participation in physical activity
  • To improve confidence and self-esteem.
  • To encourage health-care professionals to signpost patients and carers to parkrun as a way of improving health and well-being and encourage them to get involved too!

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Our group is growing and we look forward to welcoming lots more 5k Your Way members in the future! Like our Facebook page to get all the updates

https://www.facebook.com/Conkers-5K-Your-Way-Move-Against-Cancer-2186404625004470/

and visit https://5kyourway.org/ .

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 Linda, James, star of the run with a PB Lewis and Ainslea

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This week 518 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. We celebrated 250 milestones for Stephen Leafe and Andrea Corbet (and approximately 150 for Twiglet, we think). Ross Clarke and Lauren Carpenter both reached the 100 milestone with new PBs and Elaine Rasmussen celebrated 50 parkruns.

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Joining the 250 club along with Stephen Leafe is Andrea Corbet

The event was made possible by a 37-strong volunteer team:

Janet POTTER • Carolyn OSBORNE • Robert DILWORTH • Roger COBB • Jenny COURTNEY • Laurence KINGSCOTT • Ainslea CROSS • Jennifer CROSS • Seran Catherine BRADLEY • Romain CHAMBARD • Kevin LEWIS • Wendy LEWIS • Philip HUGHES • Anne HUGHES • Eleanor Isabelle Ann BRADLEY • Victoria CARR • Charlotte CARR • Tony NOBLE • Tracy EDGAR • Lindsey WRIGHT • Katharine LORD • Wendy STRETTON • Fiona BETTS • Tony STONE • Robin THORNE • Maria PICKEN • Sandy CHURCHWARD • Elspeth DICKINSON • Lisa WILLIAMS • Barbara CULVER • Jane KENNEDY • James KENNEDY • Penny BENNION • Susan FRENCH • Teresa SWIFT • Nick FRENCH • Mark MACINTOSH-

The full results can be found on the Conkers parkrun Results Page

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