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?
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.