3 Challenges from a Self-confessed mad woman

Conkers parkrun Non-run run report -  October 3, 2020

Non parkrun report numero 3 for me…

By now you have probably already thought I cannot read another one of the mad woman’s reports, however Roger kindly said I could write anything I wanted… so I have!!!

Still with me??? Here goes!!!

So, our joy at the announcement that we will be meeting back at our Conkers parkrun was short lived, when it was announced we would not be doing this any time soon. We were all so disappointed that our chance to chat rubbish, natter endlessly, smile and eat cake amongst our own kind was just not possible yet.

However, despite this, many have continued to go out in honour of the great parkrun and do the customary 5k, often in their bubbles of 6, keeping the great socialising part of parkrun going. There was even breakfasts to be had at debriefs afterwards; after being sanitized head to toe of course. There were newcomers, recorded by our very own master of records Dennis, and a rejoicing that our parkrun family was getting ever bigger, thanks for keeping us updated Dennis it is very much appreciated!

I’m sure you all agree running is so much more than just sticking on a pair of smelly trainers, its about being part of something so much bigger, a feeling of belonging, an extended family all done whilst keeping fit and boosting mental health – especially important during this time.

Believe it or not this week I had writers block and then it occurred to me it doesn’t matter what I write, it just matters that I need to do my bit for my parkrun family. With this in mind I decided to share with you some happy moments from my week, they are not big events but they are moments to cherish.

  • I watched my 3 year old granddaughter repeatedly run backwards and forwards through crunchy leaves fallen from a tree near my house, she asked me to run through with her and of course I did….. when did you last listen to the sound of the dry autumn leaves as you run through them??? Go do it it’s a magnificent sound!!!
  • I told my running buddy (the beautiful Helen Clarke) that I wanted some pine cones as we ran through a beautiful wood, she didn’t question why but running away she stopped, I carried on and thought nothing of it and as she came running from behind she handed me two pine cones beautifully formed. What she did not know was I wanted them to put in my wreath at Christmas and although our Christmas; being a house of 5 already would leave only room for one visitor. Helen will have a place at my house all of Christmas by handing me these beautiful cones. Have you walked in the woods yet and collected pine cones they make beautiful decorations?
  • Who has watched the Great British Bake Off this week? I love cake, I love baking it, I love eating it and sharing it with friends. When was the last time you met with friends to eat cake? I met with a friend over cake yesterday, who I had not seen for 6 months. Life felt good as we talked. There were only virtual hugs when we left, but that was enough for now. So I urge you to spare half hour and reach out to someone you’ve been too busy to see, eat cake and chat because tomorrow is not promised, why put off until tomorrow what you can do today!

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The smart girls guide to taking a mid run rest - Cone collecting!! :-) 

These are just a few of the things that made me happy this week and as we move through the next few months of uncertainty I urge you to try and look for at least one positive in every day.

Reading through on Facebook there are numerous people taking part in their own virtual challenges this weekend; London marathon etc, Kev Clarke taking me and Helen out once again and listening to us whittering on about wool, those that are just taking a step out their front door. By the time you read this all of these events will be over. So I want to congratulate you and say whatever challenge you have done this weekend you are amazing!!!!

Anyway, the ramblings of a mad woman are now over but I want to leave you with three challenges this week

  1. Smile – even from behind the masks we now wear the eyes can still smile
  2. Stop and take a look around you at the changing of the leaves – natures way of giving us something beautiful
  3. Be kind, reach out (metaphorically of course) and make someone’s day!

Teresa x

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Sub 22 Laura! 9th April 2016

Report by Laura Harper

9:00am on Saturday 9th April 2016 saw 377 runners take to the scenic parkrun route at Conkers, each with their own goals and expectations be that smashing a PB, shaking off the effects of a cheeky vino the night before, running the whole 5km for the first time or just being up at that time on a Saturday morning, to exercise no less!

Alex Benfield, sporting his South Derbyshire Road Runners vest was first to cross the line in 16.27, followed by South Derbyshire Road Runners Chris Pearson, who despite taking a tumble on the muddy trails still came in 2nd with an awesome 17.14 followed by Daniel Williams of Rugby & Northampton AC in third place in a time of 17.51.

For the women, consistently speedy Tracy Hinxman of Hatton Darts came in first and 26th overall with a time of 20.20 followed by South Derbyshire Road Runners treasure Christina Hawtin in 20.54 and 26th overall. Megan Lewis of Charnwood AC was third lady over the line in 21.07 to take 28th place.

60 of the runners achieved Personal Bests, to include myself, who with a little help from my South Derbyshire team mates; Kelly Knight and Andy Orme reduced my previous best by 26 seconds to weasel my way under 22 minutes and achieve 21.51.

Also recording a PB this week was 15 year old Alice Reed who having earned her 10 tee shirt last week has reduced her time from over 36 minutes to under 29 minutes with this week being her 6th PB on the trot! Well done Alice!   Congratulations also go to Lyndsey Hill on her 100th parkrun and in true Doniswives style, Holly Golightly, Molly Go-spritely, Dolly Go-frightly, Polly Go-nightly and Jolly Go-tightly added more than a sprinkling of glamour to the trails. 12990980_10154041542775797_3068184407681898710_n

Robert Dilworth clocked up his 150th parkrun and junior Ben was celebrating his 11th birthday and being able to run unaccompanied, much to the relief of a very tired Dad Mark (who celebrates a new age category tomorrow…)


Runners may have noticed, or even had a chat to the friendly parkrun approved researcher Richard Leech from University of Nottingham regarding his HALO study, if you didn't take a leaflet and are interested in finding out more or want to get involved please do visit https://nottingham.onlinesurverys.ac.uk/haloquestionnaire.


As always, the volunteers this week were awesome and the event could not go ahead without them. Please consider volunteering, you can sign up for volunteer notifications on the parkrun website.

Next week sees us celebrate Conkers parkrun's 5th birthday and provides another excuse to dress up, the theme being 'wood'. There will be a breakfast awards ceremony afterwards starting approximately 10:30am in the cafe where the seven awards will be presented together with the drawing of the raffle with some truly excellent prizes!

If you are looking to extend your parkrun experience, 'Run In the Forest', a five mile run predominantly on the trails in the Conkers area has been organised by South Derbyshire Road Runners on Sunday 17th April 2016 at 10:30am, starting at Conkers Waterside Centre. There are still some places left at £8.00 affiliated / £10.00 non-affiliated. The event also features a 1 mile fun run before the main race starting at 9:45am. Visit www.sdrr.co.uk for more details.

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