Christmas 2019 & New Year 2020

As is always our tradition, we will be open for a Christmas Day parkrun at 9:00am. It is a fabulous start to the Christmas Day celebrations for families. Each year we have lots of children join us making for a fantastic atmosphere. We must also be aware that for some (and I hope not), it might be the only time they get to speak someone on that day.

We hope to have parking arrangements sorted out soon as we did last year.

On New Years Day we will also be open for a 9:00am parkrun, which will allow time for those who want to, to do the 'New Year Double'', after Conkers taking in another parkrun at one of our neighbouring parkruns like Rosliston or Markeaton.

More news as we get closer to the date, but if you want to volunteer on either of those days, it is not too soon to put your name down.



New Years Day 2018

We will be having our Conkers parkrun New Years Day Run on................... you guessed it January 1st, 2018. Usual time of 9:00am to shake any excesses of the previous night out of your system.

It is the one day of the year when parkrunners are allowed to register two runs on the same day. So if our friends at Rosliston / Kingsbury are having their run a little later, you will have time to make the journey for their parkruns after finishing your Conkers run.

Roger x



Christmas Day Run

I know that we shouldn't be mentioning Christmas this early even if some shops are already showing their seasonal products.

But we have to plan ahead and we just wanted to confirm that we will as usual have one of our fabulous parkruns on Christmas Day at 9.00AM. Last year we were overwhelmed by the number of families running together that morning; 405 people in total came to our Christmas Day Run. I can't think of a better way to start that day.

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Some of the over 400 Conkers parkrunners about to start their pre-Xmas breakfast run

An early yo ho ho




Not the Run Report

Conkers parkrun 16th January 2016

At 7:00am Mark Boast donned his head torch and headed out to the Conkers parkrun course to do a reconnaissance run safety check. Whilst parts of the course were manageable there were some areas of sheet ice and all the puddles were frozen. After consultation with Mark and other people who had been out on course, Run Director Sam Screaton made the very difficult decision to cancel the event. Emails were then sent out to inform volunteers of the cancellation and notices were posted on the website and facebook page. Whilst running on your own it’s easy to look ahead and adjust your course accordingly, when amongst 400+ runners, including first timers and children, it’s not. It is parkrun policy to cancel events that are too icy to be safely negotiated. For future events it’s always recommended that runners check the Conkers parkrun website and facebook page for up-to-date event notifications.

Thank you to everyone who had offered to volunteer today, please email if you would like to volunteer next week instead. A few of us manned the car park gates and Waterside entrance to inform runners of the cancellation. A huge thank you to you for doing so in the sub zero temperature: Erin Thompson, Jennifer Cross, Kevin Borley, Laurence Kingscott, Mark Boast, Samantha Screaton, and Tony Stone.


Kev Borley, Jen Cross, Tony Stone, Erin Thompson, Sam Screaton, Laurence Kingscott


Of the people who arrived at Conkers some decided to run the course at their own risk, including some parkrun tourists from Poplar. A warm welcome to you, we’re sorry you didn’t get to see us in action but please come back to visit us soon! Melanie Ratcliffe arrived with a box of delicious lemon drizzle cake which some runners had to fuel their run whilst others had a nibble when they got back. Don’t forget you can log your run as a freedom run by going into your parkrun profile and clicking on ‘freedom’.

The hospitality team at Conkers noticed there were runners going out on course and decided to open the café so that there was hot food and drinks available for them when they finished. A big thank you to Conkers who look after us week in week out.



To join in Conkers parkrun next Saturday simply register at, print your barcode and turn up at 8.50am at Conkers Waterside Centre. See your initial registration email, your weekly parkrun e-newsletter, or a previous results email to print your barcode. Phones don't scan, so please do bring a printed copy. Alternatively if you prefer a more durable barcode you can purchase plastic barcodes and wristbands from Please remember this is a barcode only event so DFYB (Don’t Forget Your Barcode!). Join us for a cuppa, brekky and a natter afterwards in the cafe.


EVENT CANCELLED – Saturday 16th January 2016

The event scheduled for Saturday 16th January has been cancelled due to extremely icy conditions on course.  The safety of runners, volunteers and supporters is paramount.  Sam - RD


Saturday 21st November – wear purple for Kayleigh Haywood

Our local community has been deeply affected by the disappearance and subsequent tragic news regarding local teenager and Ashby school student Kayleigh Haywood. For this Saturday's run 21st November, we would like to invite runners to wear purple (Kayleigh's favourite colour) as a united way of paying respect and remembering her life so cruely taken. One of Kayleigh's classmates Amy Bell will be collecting any donations people wish to make which will be forwarded to the family via official channels. We have the blessing of Kayeigh's family to proceed with this. We ask that any questions are directed to the inbox of facebook or emailed to and not posted as a thread. Many Thanks.

Sweatshop Prize – End of an Era

So it's the end of an era and October is the last prize to be awarded. It wasn't a hard to decision to make and Sam and I unanimously agreed that the recipient must be none other than Conkers parkrun's Dad, Andrew Harris!
Andrew set-up Conkers parkrun on 16th April 2011.  He has run 99 parkruns and will be running his 100th this weekend, which is a fitting celebration! Andrew has run 94 times at Conkers, 4 times at Braunstone and once at Ruscliffe pakrun. He ran his first parkrun at Conkers on Christmas Eve 2011 and his parkrun PB is 20:43 set at Conkers event #209 on the 7th March this year.
I know I'm not alone when I say thank you to Andrew for his hard work and dedication to Conkers parkrun which has enriched many of our lives in so many ways. Enjoy your 100th parkrun and have fun choosing your new shoes!
Jen and Sam

Christmas & New Years Day Events

We are pleased to announce, once again Conkers parkrun will host events on Friday 25th December 2015 at 9am and Friday 1st January 2016 at 9am.  These events will be dependant on having enough volunteers to run the event safely, rosters will be in circulation from the first week in December.


Important information for Sat 16th May 2015

Those of you that were at last weeks event would have seen the huge signs we had made and hopefully listened to the run briefing regarding car parking for this Saturday 16th May. THERE WILL BE LITTLE OR NO CAR PARKING this week due to a county wide Scout and Cubs event being held at Conkers waterside (where we normally gather). Because of this we will meet on the grassy bank by the canal as a few thousand children will be making their way into the waterside building between 8am and 9am and we need to give them space to do so.  It is likely scanning may also take place at the start finish, this will be decided on Sat morning.  Please come on foot or bike, and if driving please car share and wherever you do manage to park, please do so legally and courteously.  Please note the canal festival is also on so parking there is also restricted. Ensure you have a means to keep your barcodes attached to you if you usually leave them in the car or leave them in the key box.  Volunteers - you may want to leave home a little earlier to ensure you can get in and high vis'd up in plenty of time.  Thank You - Andrew & Sam

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