On International Women's Day, this weeks run report was very kindly written by Sian Salter.
Since first hearing that Castle Howard had a parkrun back in September it was firmly on my to do list.
7th March would be the day as we were travelling down to Cheshire and stopped in our campervan nearby on the Friday night.
This was a personal celebration as it was my 100th parkrun and 50th different venue so great to do it at such a stunning location and the only Milestone of the day.
Sorry to anyone who got bopped in the face by my balloon.
It was a dry sunny morning (remember those) which was a welcome relief after the storms of the last few weeks. Of course I brought treats in the form of home made iced biscuits for the volunteers although the cake selection in the cafe afterwards did not disappoint and breakfast buns/hot drinks on offer too.
The venue was beautiful with the stunning Castle Howard as the backdrop to the run. The course was a mixture of tarmac and dirt tracks with a few out and backs round the house and lake. A cheeky hill up towards the finish which was back at the start line.
156 people took part with 49 first timers to this venue including 6 people finishing their first ever parkrun so a big welcome to you. There were 49 PB’s. The Volunteers were very friendly and enthusiastic with a very cheery welcome from the car park marshalls who couldn’t fail to put a huge smile on your face. 15 volunteers made it possible for us to run today.
So thanks for having me Castle Howard, I will definitely be back.
7th March was also International Women’s Day and we should never take it for granted that we are free to run each week or any time we like, free to drive ourselves unchaperoned in our own cars to these events. There are women round the world who are not allowed to run, drive or go out alone and need a man’s permission to travel. There are also women round the world who wouldn’t be able to read this report as they are denied education.
71 women ran at Castle Howard on International Women’s day, (3 for their first ever parkrun) 72 men and 12 unknowns so almost 50% of the field were women, great to see.
Stay strong women and celebrate the freedom to run, read and travel.
Now the facts:
This week 156 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Sian SALTER • Ruth Anne RUTT • Jill WASS • Peter WINTER • Mandy NEWLOVE • Azara STORM CHITTOCK • John RYAN • Roger COWDY • Liz WATSON • Colin CHARLES • Jane ASHWORTH • David LAKE • Julie COWDY • David SKINNER • Poppy WASS
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 2,305 participants have completed 4,392 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,960 km, including 772 new Personal Bests. A total of 135 individuals have volunteered 423 times.