Run Report Event No 18 – 25th January 2020

This weeks run report is kindly written for us by a visitor to our parkrun - Sue Martin.

Castle Howard – a parkrun like no other!

We were in North Yorkshire for the weekend and chose Castle Howard as our parkrun for this week. We weren’t disappointed!

The weather forecast for Saturday had looked promising all week with it due to be mild with no rain. However, I do find that looking out of the window can be a better guide to the weather and there was definitely water in the air! In fairness to the weather forecasters the water was hanging in the air rather than falling in drops, so technically it probably wasn’t rain. Any water that there was certainly didn’t dampen our spirits.

Our journey to the parkrun took us along some very impressive long straight roads, past obelisks and through arches, with wonderful countryside views all around – we were already impressed even before we arrived at the venue and saw Castle Howard itself!

The briefing was good humoured and informative, and there were some milestones of note with one runner doing their 50th parkrun, one doing their 150thcongratulations to you and to anyone who got a result for their stopwatch bingo!

The run was an out and back route which took in parts of the gardens as well as taking us past the front and back of the very impressive house. To be honest, I probably spent too long admiring the views of the house and grounds to be concentrating on getting a good time. The course was well marshalled by friendly and encouraging marshals – thank you marshal!

Castle Howard’s strapline is “a place like no other” and it is certainly the venue for a parkrun like no other!

I like to find out a little bit about where I am visiting. Castle Howard is a private residence, open to the public, which has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for over 300 years. Building started in 1699 and took over 100 years to complete. The building is not a castle in the conventional sense and is perhaps better described as a stately home. The title of castle is also used for English Country Houses that were built on the site of former military castles, in this case Henderskelfe Castle. The estate once had its own railway station!

Many people will know Castle Howard as Brideshead in the TV and film versions of Brideshead Revisited. It has also featured in many other films, including Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, an Arctic Monkeys video, and even as the Kremlin in the 1966 film The Spy with a Cold Nose.

On to a few parkrun stats, which is probably what I should be writing about - this week was run number 18. Of the 185 parkrunners 26 people were running their first ever parkrun and a further 82 did their first Castle Howard parkrun. 37 people achieved a PB – bravo!

20 volunteers made this week’s parkrun possible, so a massive thank you to all of you.

We really enjoyed our trip to North Yorkshire, which is a beautiful part of the world, and especially our visit to Castle Howard parkrun. For us, this is certainly one that will be “revisited”.

Thank you for a great parkrun and see you again!

The facts: 

This week 185 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Julia GAVIN • Dawn JACQUES • Jennifer ROBERTS • Matt JOHNSON • Sue MARTIN • Martyn WARWICK • Julie DOBSON • Julia CAMPBELL • Mandy NEWLOVE • Julie RYAN • John RYAN • Roger COWDY • Adam WATSON • Simon HUNTER • Liz WATSON • Colin CHARLES • Sarah HUNTER • Julie COWDY • David SKINNER • Richard JACKSON

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

The male record is held by Rob BYERS who recorded a time of 16:50 on 14th September 2019 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Rowena LEARY who recorded a time of 20:18 on 7th December 2019 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by Patricia BIELBY who recorded 85.15% (24:55) on 19th October 2019 (event number 6).

Castle Howard parkrun started on 14th September 2019. Since then 1,959 participants have completed 3,474 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,370 km, including 560 new Personal Bests. A total of 120 individuals have volunteered 336 times.