Conwy parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-08 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Sad news.

It is with great sadness that we report that our fellow parkrunner, Rob Porter, died on Saturday. Many of you will know that Rob collapsed at the parkrun. He was immediately attended to by parkrunners at the scene and received the best possible care from nursing and medically qualified parkrunners, by the Welsh Ambulance Service, and the attendance of the Welsh Air Ambulance. Sadly, Rob never recovered and passed away at parkrun.


Our thoughts are with Rob’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
Many runners stopped and helped and the parkrun team would like to thank each and everyone involved for their help and support. In particular, we wish to thank the two doctors and the paramedic who stopped to help him, and our own volunteer, John Hatton who assisted them.


Many fellow runners have made enquiries about Rob through the parkrun office and social media in the last couple of days and we hope you will understand our wish to respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time before making this announcement.

His son has expressed the wish that we should celebrate Rob's life, and he will be running in his memory in his dad's Santa suit this Saturday (21st Dec), so please join us and Rob's family members at Saturday’s Christmas themed parkrun.

 

Conwy parkrun event 247

It’s Friday night and I’m chortling to myself as I write this short report for last weekend. I was a little concerned about how wet it was as it rained a bit on Friday. Not practically all day like this week!

Conwy parkrun event 247 starred our famous puddles on the Deganwy stretch, with a supporting cast of volunteers going by the names of:
David PARRY • Bethan Wyn ROBERTS • Erin ARMSTRONG • Robert ARMSTRONG • Kay HATTON • Iorwerth ROBERTS • William ARMSTRONG-JONES • Peter M W JONES • David Alan JONES • John HATTON • Anthony HOWE • Keith TUBMAN • Cheryl FROST • Glenn GRANT • Keith CHAMBERLAIN • Jennifer AVANN • Robert FRYER • Ken POULTER • Anthony PARVIN • Colin PRICE • Jessica PRICE • Maggie TUBMAN • Peter KNIGHT-GRIFFITH • Caitlin FITZGERALD
This week 253 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part. We had runners from Leeds, London, Vegan and Guernsey to name a few, and the most prolific parkrunner was Lonely Goat Ruth Chamberlain, running her 291st parkrun.
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The early finishers had the best conditions, first to cross the line was regular Martin Green (69 runs at Conwy), followed by Harri Jackson and Osian Griffiths (Harri being one of the 46 PB-ers). First female finisher was Rachel Williams, another of the 46. At our 247 event, the 247th finisher was first timer David Davies, running in the VM75-79 age group.IMG_20191019_092321

This week we had a number of milestone runs – Owen Mac earnt his white junior shirt by completing his 10th run (all at Conwy); Dawn Palmer-Reid, Alexandra Holt, Tessa Davis and Sian Welshman all ran their 50th runs. Sian even managed a PB. Finally, getting a shiny black 100 shirt will be Gethin Jones. Congratulations all of you!
That’s all for last week (I think), see you tomorrow!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conwy parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 15:52 on 1st August 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jenny NESBITT who recorded a time of 17:43 on 26th December 2015 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 91.43% (22:10) on 8th July 2017 (event number 128).
Conwy parkrun started on 10th January 2015. Since then 10,989 participants have completed 58,507 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,535 km, including 10,750 new Personal Bests. A total of 451 individuals have volunteered 4,658 times.

 

Conwy parkrun event 243

This week's run report is from a visitor, Lisa Wormleighton from Sale Water parkrun.

It’s Friday. It’s 4 O’clock. We’ve all finished work - it’s officially parkrun eve! But this week it going to be a little different, we are swapping the flat course of sale water parkrun for the even flatter course of Conwy parkrun, the banks of the Mersey for the Banks of the estuary. We are a South Manchester based running club called mileshyclub and we are going on tour.

12 of us intrepid explorers booked in the local youth hostel and started to relax. The views are beautiful and the weather is perfect!

We are up bright and early on Saturday (despite the Prosecco and gin consumed last night) and, being very keen, we are off on our run - to parkrun.

Running through the beautiful town and seeing the picturesque estuary and of course the stunning castle could only be described as utterly beautiful and inspiring.

When we arrive at the start point we are greeted with a warm welcome and the offer of the official photographer taking a few group shots.

What a beautiful course and plenty of opportunity to hi five fellow runners! We have had an awesome time in warm sunny conditions and we all left feeling accomplished and smiling.

Thank you to all the volunteers and core team at Conway parkrun for a cracking event and if any of you are near Manchester, come and find us at Sale Water parkrun - our course is nearly as pretty as yours.

Thank you all, we will be back.

 

Conwy 242 – Timeline of an RD

6am – wake up wondering there’s been any emails volunteering to fill the last marshal slot on the roster. Check, nope. Maybe I could shift people around, or possibly we’ll have someone turn up in the morning offering to help. Hmm, back to sleep.

7.30am – get up, quick breakfast, consider wearing shorts, opt for tracksuit trousers. Then leave to get to Conwy.

8am- hardly any traffic on the A55 through Llanddulas. Result! Feeling quite smug that I went for the trousers, it’s chilly even in the car.

8.15am – start setting up with some of my team already there. When I say start, what I really mean is everyone else does most of the work getting the posts out and putting signs around near the start area.

8.30am – more volunteers and runners start arriving. No extras…yet. On course marshal heads out with mirrors and signs to put out.

8.45am – getting busy. No last-minute volunteers, so have to send a barcode scanner out to be third marshal. Make sure all volunteers know what’s happening and what we need to do (although most are regulars and know what they are doing). Call people over for first timers briefing with Bethan.

8.55am – start pre-run messages. Always forget something I should say. Realise it’s now getting warm and regret not going for shorts. Manage to get the run started in reasonable time.

9.05am – watch last runners and tail walker leave the start area, then begin moving the posts and creating the finish funnel. Double check that everyone is ready for what is to come, especially a possible queue in the funnel due to only two scanners this week.

9.20am – first finisher Dilwyn Powell-Jones takes 39 seconds off his PB here at Conwy. Great going! Soon after Gemma Moore just pips Amy McKechnie to be first female in 19:56.

9.30am – 100th finisher. Scanning going pretty well.

9.40am – well over 200 finishers now, still running smoothly.

10:05am – tail walker finishes, finish funnel dismantled, signs collected in and put into storage for next weekend. Eventually head to RSPB café to process results. Realise I forgot to get the selfie frame out of the box. D’oh.

10:30am – stop for a chat with some visitors from Ormskirk parkrun. They commented on how much of a great morning they’d had – great weather and scenery.

10:40am – arrive in café, realised that the token sorters had been waiting for me. Begin transferring data from scanners and timers to laptop whilst tokens are sorted. Get list of tokens for runners without barcodes. Try and fail to connect to the internet. Repeatedly. Decide to take the laptop home to complete processing results.

11.35am – A55 roadworks :( See that the queue goes almost to Bodelwyddan on the other side. Make mental note for going to relay in Llandudno tomorrow.

12pm – upload data to results website. Enter results from unscannable barcodes (not many this week – despite the warm weather only a couple got ruined). Laminated barcodes are the way ahead, especially when it rains. Check token list from before and scanner files for any missing runners. Publish results, then update and confirm volunteer roster. Now, what’s for dinner?

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This week 294 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Bethan Wyn ROBERTS • Erin ARMSTRONG • Robert ARMSTRONG • Simon BLAIN • Elizabeth DRISCOLL • Peter M W JONES • David Alan JONES • John HATTON • Anthony HOWE • Keith TUBMAN • Cheryl FROST • Glenn GRANT • Keith CHAMBERLAIN • Jan CARFOOT • Ken POULTER • Colin PRICE • Michelle DACE • Jessica PRICE • Adanna OMAKA • Maggie TUBMAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conwy parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 15:52 on 1st August 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jenny NESBITT who recorded a time of 17:43 on 26th December 2015 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 91.43% (22:10) on 8th July 2017 (event number 128).

Conwy parkrun started on 10th January 2015. Since then 10,745 participants have completed 57,073 parkruns covering a total distance of 285,365 km, including 10,541 new Personal Bests. A total of 442 individuals have volunteered 4,545 times.

 

 

Event 234

As usual at Conwy we had some visitors, this time fellow tourist Gail Jazmik has written a run report for us. Take it away Gail...

Some weeks ago Conwy was chosen by our running clubs very own Prosecco princess, Jamielee Johnson as the location of her 100th parkrun on Saturday 20th July. Coincidentally, this date was also her birthday.

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Our little group are rather fond of castles. We visited Penrhyn earlier this year for my 100th different parkrun & Phil Grays 50th parkrun, and we have The Pastures parkrun at Alnwick Castle ready for Jeanette Mitchell's 100th parkrun & 50th different parkrun in September.
As we started to plan for today we realised it would be a triple celebration with Kathryn Grays 50th different event, and one of our younger members, Lyras 8th birthday.

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We emailed the core team to let them know there may be a few extra visitors from Start2Jog in Glossop, Ant replied to let us know he would be run director that day. We'd met Ant in May last year at Wepre parkrun, and by an amazing coincidence, he'd visited our home run at Glossop on Christmas Day 2017 when it was Jamielee's 50th parkrun!
16 of us made the trip from Glossop to Conwy. The directions on the website were very straightforward, there appeared to be plenty of parking spaces in the R.S.P.B carpark which was well marshalled by two hard working volunteers. Those of us who'd made the journey up this morning were very please to find clean toilets were available for use at the R.S.P.B. Centre.
There were 59 runners visiting Conwy for the first time, including 18 running their very first parkrun - well done to them, but a word of caution - parkrun can become very addictive!
Even with the inclines up to the bridge over the railway line, Conwy is a fast and flat course. It has great PB potential, borne out by the 35 runners achieving a PB this morning. If you are aiming for a PB I suggest you position yourself towards the front of the pack as the first couple of minutes after the start were a little congested. Runners soon thinned out and the 'keep left' rule was adhered to, resulting in an incident free run.
Most of our little group started towards the back, happy to take in the beautiful scenery and stop for a couple of 'Castle' selfies on the way round.

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Most runners completed the course in the sunshine, however the rain did arrive for the last few minutes of the run. Despite this, it was great to see many runners remaining to cheer everyone over the line.
There were plenty of celebration cakes & buns for the runners & volunteers at the finish line, then after the run most of the runners visited the R.S.P.B. cafe for a well earned drink.
Special mention to John Hatton who was barcode scanning for the 149th occasion today at Conwy and 150th overall volunteering stint (he had a go at marshalling once) - many thanks for all your hard work John.
Thanks to RD Ant for help in planning our visit and to all the volunteers for giving up their time to allow us to run. I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologise to one of the members of the North West UK parkrun tourist Facebook page, who admonished me earlier in the week when I inadvertently spelt Conwy the 'English' way in a post - sorry Gareth :-(

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