Golden sunlight, super volunteers and a very special bucket

A crisp autumn morning and a fab set of volunteers welcomed 101 parkrunners to Conyngham this Saturday. We had 4 new parkrunners (a huge welcome to Eimear Connell, Laura Wood, Angela Milner and Diane Maguire). We really hope we see you back next weekend for your parkrun number 2, and bring some friends, everyone is welcome at parkrun, whether you run jog or walk the course, or just come along to watch. We don't mind how long anyone takes, we're just glad you have come along and are experiencing with us the wonderful thing that is parkrun. We also welcomed 27 visitors for their first visit to Conyngham, including from Leeds, Durham, Teeside and Reading. We hope you enjoyed our scenic course and didn't curse too much at the event team as you went up the hill past the hall for the second time. We had one milestone achieved, congratulations to James Noble (U18) for the completion of this 10th parkrun. We hope to see you sporting your 10 t-shirt very soon.

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Unfortunately, we had a faller who tripped on the raised tree roots to be found on the tarmac path around the games field. Grazing and bruising but thankfully no serious injuries and the pain is fading, although the missed opportunity is not, apparently they were 'flying' and on course for a PB, not sure which they were more annoyed about. As we say in the briefing, please do all take care with your footing. Whether or not that parkrunner was checking their pace on their watch at the time of the incident remains unknown...[Note, in case you are wondering, the faller was this run report writer's husband]

Something else we say in the briefing (and is stated on our website) is that the course is not suitable for buggies. We did have someone try this week and it consolidated our view (and they concurred) that allowing parkrunners with buggies is not sensible on our course. You are very welcome to walk round carrying your little one(s) though, and we do have one or two families that do so together, which is lovely to see.

We had an amazing set of volunteers this week, both experienced and new, who will all have enjoyed hearing lots of 'thank you's along the way. There are always lots of stories around our volunteers too which you probably don't always hear about so are some for you.

Thank you so much to all our volunteers with special shout outs to our family marshalling group at Squirrel Corner (thanks Derek, Fraser and Ava), our 'first time volunteer' marshal at Muddy Bank (Anne), our 'trying a new role' Funnel Manager (Amy), our early alarm clock set up crew (Ruth, Dave, Shannon, Steve and Jackie), our quietly brilliant Cony Gate marshal (Nicola), our in-training future RD (Steve), our super helpful number checker (Sally), our super experienced scanner yet trying a new marshalling role (Emily), our 'do you need an extra hand' very welcome marshals (Martin, Pete), our new role tail walkers (Robyn and Matilda), and who could forget our irrepressible visiting token sorter (Christian) who brought his own special token sorting bucket along. Apparently it used to be a Halloween bucket but that fell foul of a 'tragic play related injury' so is now a marvellous purple swirly bucket instead.

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As usual, we headed for our post parkrun refreshments and results processing. If you haven't yet, why not come and join us. We have a good chat and are happy to show you how the results processing magic works and you might even get to see your time ahead of everyone else.

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We are still planning to be on next week (but keep an eye on on the website and on facebook in case anything changes). The paracycling events are passing through Knaresborough in the afternoon so the High St is closed from 1145 so you either need to finish your post parkrun chatting and be out of the carpark by then, or make a day of it and stay until the road reopens around 1700. (Of course if you have run/walked/cycled to us you can come and go at your leisure.) It should be a great day  with a party at the castle grounds (live music and children's entertainment) and an historic steam engine and classic car display in the market square.

With a photo of our stunningly clad tail walkers to end on, we hope to see you all next week!

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and now for the stats....

Conyngham Hall parkrun, Event number 15, 14th September 2019

This week 101 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Martin GABRIEL • Stephen MORLAND • Derek DOBINSON • Nicola CARTER • Linda DODSWORTH • Martin SUTCLIFFE • Amy NAYLOR • Mark TAYLOR • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Fraser DOBINSON • Jackie KNIGHT • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Shannon SINTON • Robyn WATTS • Christian SUTCLIFFE • Ava DOBINSON • Pete NOBLE • Matilda WATTS • Anne THICKETT

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

The female record is held by Sarah MAILE who recorded a time of 20:47 on 18th May 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Reece DALTON who recorded a time of 17:18 on 29th June 2019 (event number 6).
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 1,416 participants have completed 2,513 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,565 km, including 436 new Personal Bests. A total of 119 individuals have volunteered 305 times.

 

 

Great North Run eve – Conyngham Hall parkrun #14

Perfect weather conditions for running at event number 14 for Conyngham Hall parkrun. We welcomed a large group of visitors this weekend. Chris Tinker and Stephen Morris, who came in position number 1 and 2, respectively, came with Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club runners. We also had groups from Dewsbury Road Runners, Hyde Park Harriers and Valley Strider AC (photos courtesy of Ian Watson). We hope you all enjoyed your visit.

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Junior runners Taylor Gledhill and Samuel Gibbins clocked up their 10th parkrun each. Taylor celebrated his with a new PB too.

Lots of our volunteers were keeping legs rested for peak performances at the Simplyheath Great North Run on Sunday. We hope they all thoroughly enjoyed the day! We were also joined by some very enthusiastic junior marshals, who cheered and provided high five power ups throughout the course.

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Sadly, token number 47 did not return home. However, as both 46 and 48 were feeling a bit lost, we have made a new one ready for next week.

We visited the cafe for breakfast, including some scrummy pancakes and fresh fruit while we processed the results. It was great to see so many park runners join us.

The official bit...

Conyngham Hall parkrun - Event #14

This week 179 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 81 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Andrea PRICE, Catherine MORLAND, David SINTON, Derek DOBINSON, Donna TUCKER, Fiona CUNNINGHAM, Fyn LEES, Jackie KNIGHT, James WRIGHT, Laura WILMSHURST, Libby BRENNAN, Margaret MANN, Mark TAYLOR, Mary HEATH, Natalie HALE, Pete NOBLE, Rob SNOW, Ruth MANN, Sean BRENNAN, Stephen MORLAND, Stephen MORRIS, Steve MILBURN, Vikki LOCKWOOD.

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conyngham Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Sarah MAILE who recorded a time of 20:47 on 18th May 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Reece DALTON who recorded a time of 17:18 on 29th June 2019 (event number 6).
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 1,385 participants have completed 2,412 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,060 km, including 404 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 13 – The Run Report

Well, the dust has settled on another parkrun day. Event number 13 turned out not to be unlucky after all (except for one of our finish tokens, but more about that later...). The rain held off, and the sun could even be seen poking its head around the clouds on occasion. Our trusty team of volunteers all jumped into action, and 114 parkrunners “enjoyed” the delights (?!) of Conyngham Hall parkrun.

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We had a few milestones this week, including both Andy Bell and Martin Gabriel reaching their 50 parkruns! And Dan Dooley visited us from afar to make it a total of 50 different parkrun events that he’s done. Thanks to Dan, all the volunteers also had a few nibbles to eat afterwards too - cheers Dan, you can come again!

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As our focus now shifts to the rest of the weekends activities, our hearts go out to poor little barcode finishing token number 47. Poor little chap has lost his way, and seems to have gone on a little break away from the rest of the token pack. If anyone sees him please feel free to send him back to the rest of his family next Saturday morning. We're sure he's having a great little adventure out there, but it would be nice to have him back so he can do his duty between numbers 46 and 48 next week!

And finally, a little volunteer call out request. We're always looking for volunteers to join the crew each week. It's good fun, easy and a great way to start the weekend, so please do keep your eye on the future roster page of the website and drop us an email to let us know if you can help.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and look forward to doing it all again next Saturday!

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So here’s the stats:

Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 13
31st August 2019

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Lizzie MEDWELL • Mhairi SELLAR • Stephen MORRIS • Caroline DICKSON • Stephen MORLAND • Catherine MORLAND • Julian CARR • Linda DODSWORTH • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Andy EASTON • Helen EASTON • David FEARNE • Austin FEARNE • Hetty FEARNE

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

The female record is held by Sarah MAILE who recorded a time of 20:47 on 18th May 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Reece DALTON who recorded a time of 17:18 on 29th June 2019 (event number 6).
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 1,301 participants have completed 2,233 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,165 km, including 364 new Personal Bests. A total of 107 individuals have volunteered 261 times.

 

A sunny start to a sunny weekend

Our volunteers really are a fabulous lot. We say it a lot but they are and your Saturday morning parkrun only takes place because of them, and each week it’s lovely to hear our visitors and regulars praise the encouragement and smiles they get from everyone, making us the very welcoming place we want our parkrun to be for everyone. This Saturday was no different.

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This week, we had the brilliant Isaac as our (U18) Funnel Manager. He did a great job keeping finishers in order and recording the synchronicity of the Timekeepers and the Finish Token hand-outer-er. If you’ve not volunteered yet, why not have a go. It really is enjoyable and you’ll be amazed (and likely delighted) at how many people say thank you to you. A lot of our volunteers are different people each week and you can volunteer as a pair with someone if you’d like. Parent/child marshal combinations are always good, there is Finish Tokens/Finish Token Support, or you could be our Timekeeper pairing. U18s need to volunteer with an adult unless they have a role in the finish area.

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Saturday was a really nice parkrun day. The set up squad arrived to misty views but the mist soon burned off and it was hot work on the top field. We had over 40 visiting parkrunners including Harpenden, Derbyshire/Leicestershire, Norwich, York, Durham, Hull and more. Comment on this post if we’ve missed you off, it’s always good to know who was with us and from where.

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Demonstrating that we are creatures of habit, the two week break meant that some forgot to come along for their 9am parkrun fix and we had the smaller but perfectly formed field size of 123 parkrunners. 2 people came along for their very first parkrun. Congratulations to Rebecca Smithson and Pauline Ward, we do hope you enjoyed it and we’ll see you again next week. We had 5 people recording their second ever parkrun so they are well on the way to this becoming an enjoyable obsession.

Congratulations to Jamie who completed his 10th parkrun and since he’s a junior that means he has now qualified to receive his free ’10’ milestone T-shirt. Our new and newish adult parkrunners, don’t get too excited, us adults need to get to ’50’ before we get a milestone t-shirt, but start coming regularly and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll get there. Volunteers have a milestone T-shirt too, eligible to claim once you’ve volunteered on 25 occasions.

The kit was packed away, our 'post event close down' course sweeper volunteer found nothing trying to stay longer in the sunshine, the results processing went smoothly and we enjoyed a good chat in the cafe afterwards. See you all to do it all again next week :-)

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And now for the stats:

Conyngham Hall parkrun, Event number 12, 24th August 2019

This week 123 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Stephen MORLAND • Catherine MORLAND • Libby BRENNAN • Nicola CARTER • Kevin LEWIS • Wendy LEWIS • Andy HULL • Frances HULL • Ian BOAM • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Alan CARTER • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Pam ANDERSON • Mark TAYLOR • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Emma HALL • Ian POWELL • Ruth BOAM • Ellie DURKIN • Isaac MORLAND

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

The female record is held by Sarah MAILE who recorded a time of 20:47 on 18th May 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Reece DALTON who recorded a time of 17:18 on 29th June 2019 (event number 6).
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 1,251 participants have completed 2,119 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,595 km, including 341 new Personal Bests. A total of 102 individuals have volunteered 244 times.

 

Volunteer milestones galore

We had a fantastic new Run Director on Saturday. Many thanks Ruth Mann, you were brilliant, and a lovely run report too, thank you!

It was a beautiful morning for running on Saturday and brought exactly 200 enthusiastic parkrunners to Conyngham hall. We had many visitors, including Neil from Poland, Andy Darby from Temple Newsam and a contingent of Ripon Runners. Hope you all had a fabulous parkrun!

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Twelve runners totally new to parkrun joined us for the first event in their, soon to be,
latest obsession. Additionally, 78 runners joined us as parkrun tourists. From our repeat
runners, 31 PBs were celebrated. Congratulations to all of you!
We also celebrated a couple of milestones. Gaynor Downs celebrated her 50 th parkrun with an excellent PB with her support crew from Knaresborough Striders in attendance

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and Louise Buck volunteered for the 25 th time doing a marvellous First Timers Briefing.

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We hope to see you both proudly wearing your milestone t-shirts in the not too distant future.

We had a couple of unofficial but well worth mentioning milestones. Adrian Wilkinson clocked up his 200 th park run and our amazing super scanner Emily Houghton
celebrated her 75 th volunteering role, an amazing achievement!

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When all runners had finished and the flags, cones and signs were collected from the course and packed ready for storing, the very last thing our volunteers had to do was put away the Conyngham parkrun pop up sign. We think we should have some folding signs courses as it proved to be a Krypton factor test, providing much hilarity for all volunteers still present. We counted six attempts and much scratching of heads before the sign finally made it to the bag.

As usual, we visited the Ugly Duckling cafe for some coffee and cake to sustain us while we processed the results. It was great to see so many parkrunners join us and remember you get 10% off if you show your barcode.

Please note we are cancelled Sat 10th and Sat 17th August due to a segway event in the
park both those weekends using key areas of our route ie the farm area and Horseshoe
field. If you fancy trying a segway, you now know where to go, otherwise it might be time
for some tourism either visiting Harrogate which was the previous home parkrun for a lot of
us so we’ll get to catch up with friends there, or maybe going further afield.

The official bit...
Conyngham Hall parkrun - Event #11
This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 90 were first timers and
31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Louise BUCK, George CUNNINGHAM, Fiona CUNNINGHAM, Linda DODSWORTH, Andy
EASTON, Sam FOSTER, Alex GIBSON, Emma HALL, Mary HEATH, Sally HOUGHTON, Emily

HOUGHTON, Andy HULL, Richard KNOWLES, William KNOWLES, Ruth MANN, Linz
MCCOOKE, Kaelin MCCOOKE, David SINTON, James WRIGHT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conyngham Hall
parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Sarah MAILE who recorded a time of 20:47 on 18th May 2019
(event number 1).
The male record is held by Reece DALTON who recorded a time of 17:18 on 29th June 2019
(event number 6).
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 1,206 participants have
completed 1,996 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,980 km, including 315 new Personal
Bests.

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