The New Year. For some: just another day; a unit of measure. But for others: a time to gather with friends, think about trying something new, be optimistic and look to the future. It seemed to be that the latter was most in evidence at Conyngham Hall parkrun as the sun rose on a new decade...
It was indeed time for something new as our first ever New Year's Day event was scheduled for 10.30am, the next step in the short history of our event. Whilst optimistic, we frankly had little idea what might happen! All we could do was prepare, build our 'field of dreams' and see whether the parkrunners would come. The course was being laid out as the first sunbeams of the year appeared over the trees downstream on the River Nidd, illuminating the remnants of farm buildings which would form our extended finishers funnel for the day. As the volunteer team began to gather, we heard news from up the road that our friends at Harrogate had seen a healthy 9am turnout and that the ribbon of tarmac between our two towns now featured scores of runners headed for the old farm... What resulted was rather special - a real joy - take a look!
The sun breaks; the course is being set.
Just a few of the incredible 264 people who doubled-up!
By 10.30am it was clear - we had a record on our hands!
Amongst those taking in the briefing we had a gentleman from New Zealand and members of 70 different clubs!
Time to head up to the start. Somewhere in there we have 228 first-timers and a new fastest lady!
Lap 1 well underway and the first chance to greet fellow parkrunners heading in the opposite direction!
The Conyngham climb and our various 'undulations' proved popular!
Just a few of the delighted participants out on the games field loop.
Conditions were great for an enjoyable run/jog/walk and plenty of cheering-on!
Our extended funnel worked (phew) and everyone was brilliantly behaved!
Lots of lovely chatter about the course afterwards as our 460 participants returned.
Hi-vis heroics - not a token dropped and we even saw the first appearance of the 'green tokens' to take us into the 400s!
Our epic token-sorters at The Black Mulberry afterwards!
So a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in our New Year's Day event. It was truly memorable, but only happened with the involvement of our parkrunners, be they jogging, walking, running or volunteering.
Ah yes, volunteering... a beautiful roster of future events awaits you, so why not return to see us soon and perhaps consider lending a helping hand on the odd occasion. It's now statistically proven (in the recent parkrun study) to be even more rewarding than running! If you haven't done so already, why not opt-in to receive our volunteer emails? Pull up your results email, head down to the section marked 'Volunteer opt-in' and click the link there. We'd love to have you on board.
Finally, a reminder that Conyngham Hall parkrun returns sooner than usual on Saturday 4th January. Why not head down to take part or volunteer? email email@example.com to join Fiona and her team.
Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 31
1st January 2020
This week 460 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 228 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 70 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:
Lizzie MEDWELL • Clare PECKETT • Kelly SQUIRES • Stephen MORLAND • James WRIGHT • Catherine MORLAND • Libby BRENNAN • Nicola CARTER • Donna TUCKER • Sarah GORE • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • James WARBURTON • Andy DEIGHTON • Mark TAYLOR • Mark GARDNER • Tracy HATTEN • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Sarah CRAWSHAW • Maureen WORLEY • Helen HEATON • Isaac MORLAND • Anna MURPHY • John WORLEY • Ewan EDMONDSON • Katrina SKEER • Mary CRAWSHAW-RALLI • Kathryn LARWOOD • Paul REED • Jackie REED
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conyngham Hall parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Reece DALTON who recorded a time of 17:18 on 29th June 2019 (event number 6).
The female record is held by Sophie WOOD who recorded a time of 19:42 on 1st January 2020 (event number 31).
The Age Grade course record is held by Geoffrey HOWARD who recorded 80.81% (23:27) on 18th May 2019 (event number 1).
Conyngham Hall parkrun started on 18th May 2019. Since then 2,153 participants have completed 4,602 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,010 km, including 727 new Personal Bests. A total of 211 individuals have volunteered 655 times.
So you made it to the bottom - well done you! Did you know that 6 of the participants finished in the same positions at both Harrogate and Conyngham Hall? You do now.