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.
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.