A re-route of the re-route…..Route C is the new Route B!

After a wet week, Saturday morning brought almost perfect overhead conditions for our 19th event but unfortunately the ground conditions were still a little soggy so we trod new ground and our 80 participants took on Route C for the first time. Our re-route of last weeks re-route (aka Route B) was due to the mud and puddles that had accumulated on ‘Muddy Slope’, so a new section across the middle of Horseshoe Field was measured on Friday and with an adjustment to the start line, a new 5km route was ready and waiting for our super parkrunners on Saturday!

Of the 80 who took on our new route, we welcomed 24 first timers including Zoe Wilson, Emily Young, Stuart Young and Ben Ward who were all taking on their first ever parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family!

Aileen Wilson was also a first timer, choosing our beautiful venue to celebrate her 50th parkrun. We hope to see you back at Conyngham Hall soon Aileen with your brand spanking new red 50 t-shirt on!

We love welcoming new people to Knaresborugh so a big shout out to all our visiting parkrunners, including Robert Devlin who joined us from his usual home parkrun in Edinburgh to complete his 10th parkrun.

A big THANKS to all our wonderful volunteers who took the new route in their stride, with a special thanks to Tracey Smith who marshalled the new 3-way junction at Troll Bridge on her first ever trip to a parkrun!

The weather is looking a bit mixed for the rest of the week but we don’t anticipate having to create a Route D for our 20th event…….well I don’t think we will…..over to you Julian!

Have a great week everyone…..only 5 more sleeps until parkrun day!

And now for the stats…..

Conyngham Hall parkrun Event number 19 - 12th October 2019

This week 80 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers: Sean BRENNAN • Stephen MORLAND • James WRIGHT • Libby BRENNAN • Nicola CARTER • Michael DOBSON • Sarah WORTHY • Linda DODSWORTH • Sima LOWERY • Fyn LEES • Deborah KING • Jonathan WATTS • Sebastian LEES • Matilda WATTS • Tracey SMITH

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 Aisling WALL who recorded a time of 20:24 on 21st September 2019 (event number 16). 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 1,563 participants have completed 2,925 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,625 km, including 504 new Personal Bests. A total of 139 individuals have volunteered 379 times.

 

How does parkrun make you feel?

We are on the countdown to Conyngham Hall parkrun #19 and wanted to share some recent results of a national parkrun survey with you and ask "How does parkrun make you feel?"

Of the 60,000 parkrunners who took part, 91% felt a sense of personal achievement from participating in parkrun, 89% said that their fitness had improved, 79% said parkrun made them feel happier and 69% reported improvements in their mental health. Do some of these results sound familiar to you?

We all participate in parkrun for different reasons, but there is always an overriding feeling every Saturday morning that its something special, that belongs to us all and mostly makes us smile....even after taking on the undulations of our course! Who would have thought that after 15 years, parkrun would be such a big part of so many peoples lives?

So if parkrun makes you feel good, why not bring a family member or friend down with you this Saturday and ask them at the end how it made them feel? The likelihood of a positive answer is high and the parkrun journey will have started for someone new.....pass on the parkrun happiness far and wide!

 

 

New Year’s Day parkrun

We're very excited to announce that we will be putting on an extra parkrun on New Year's Day starting at 10:30am. Our start is narrow and some of our paths are too, but if you would like to come along and join us in running/jogging/walking around our beautiful course then we would love to see you. Numbers might mean you have more time to spread New Year cheer to your fellow parkrunners and volunteers rather than overtake, and it might be busy in the finish area, but we'll prepare to do the best we can and the opportunity to put on this event is too good to miss, we hope you'll agree.

 

The re-route Run Report

The re-route run report…

So, our Saturday started out like any normal parkrun day. It was parkrun’s 15th birthday so the day had that little extra special feel too. Our pre-event set up volunteers (4 of us hardy folks with well used alarm clocks) turned up at the farm ruins just after 07:30, all eager and ready to go. The kit got unloaded from the car, the flags got put up, and off we all went to set up the 3 individual zones we use to organise all the flags and signs etc. While I was setting up around the farm, a runner who was coming back from his own run came up and uttered the phrase we all want to hear.. “You do know a part of the course is completely flooded don’t you?". Hmmm…. Shortly after Dave returned from setting up the Horseshoe field zone, and backed up the comments of the runner. The words flooded and muddy featured quite heavily in his feedback…

Muddy Bank

So off we went to explore, and it quickly became apparent that we had two choices..:

1 - Lots of wet feet, and very muddy people, or

2 - find a diversion!

So diversion it was, and as those of you who enjoyed the course on Saturday will know, route ‘B’ was born, and Muddy Bank was avoided! Only a minor detour around the trees but it does cut off the Muddy Bank descent, and the likely often flooded path at the bottom.

Actually it seems this small route change was well received, and we expect we will now keep this re-route for the winter months, as it does avoid the steep descent, and so will reduce the risks of slipping and sliding down the hill in what are likely to be often wet conditions (not that I’m pre-empting our beautiful winter weather of course…!). It does mean we need to start further up the first hill though to keep the distance correct (an added bonus if you didn’t particularly like that first starting climb). One lesson we learned this week is we’ll need to organise the start a little better if we move up the hill to avoid the crowding, but we’ve got ideas for that, and this weeks RD James will test out plan B for start B!

Overall though it seemed another pleasant morning was had by all, and we’ve had some great post event comments this week, so thanks for those - keep ‘em coming! It’s great to get feedback as our dedicated crew put a lot into making the event go smoothly each week, so a little pat on the back every now and then makes it all worthwhile!

And as always, we’re always on the lookout for new helpers to come and join us volunteering so just drop us a line at conynghamhallhelpers@parkrun.com and let us know if you can help. It really is easy and you’ll be well supported if you’ve not done any of the jobs before.

Until next week!

Julian

So here’s the stats:

Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 18
5th October 2019

This week 102 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Lizzie MEDWELL • Janet MORRIS • Stephen MORRIS • Caroline DICKSON • Christina DOBINSON • Sarah GORE • Julian CARR • Jennifer KOONTZ • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Poppy GORE • Molly GORE • Jackie KNIGHT • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Andy EASTON • Ava DOBINSON • Faith EASTON • Janet ECCLES

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 Aisling WALL who recorded a time of 20:24 on 21st September 2019 (event number 16).
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 1,539 participants have completed 2,845 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,225 km, including 485 new Personal Bests. A total of 133 individuals have volunteered 364 times.

 

 

Conyngham Hall parkrun #17 – run report

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Well, what a morning that was!  The promised-for rain faded by the time the course setup was finished and come the event itself, it was actually decent conditions.  No need for the snorkels and fins then but trail shoes were an advantage.  It was still a touch slippy underfoot and there were one or two challenges on some of the steeper downward flat sections. But on the whole people managed well.  We will be looking at the course over the coming days to see if we need to address the route for the more extreme wet weather conditions. One suggestion was a big plastic sheet and some washing up liquid to create a slide down Muddy Bank. Hmmm, wonder if we can get that one past HQ...???  There were visitors in town for the UCI World 'Cross-Training For Runners' Championships and we hope you have all enjoyed our fabulous Yorkshire hospitality. Honestly, it doesn't always rain like this so please do come back and visit us again.  Next week is the official 15th birthday of parkrun, which began on 2nd October 2004 in Bushy Park, London. So don your best parkrun apricot, put your best forward .... and complete a 5k before heading down to the café for a coffee and a chat!  Hope you all have a great week.

This week 99 people ran, jogged or walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Sean BRENNAN • Stephen MORRIS • Stephen MORLAND • Alex GIBSON • Sarah GORE • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Mark TAYLOR • Paul LISTER • Molly GORE • Fiona SLIGHT • Louise BUCK • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Emma FRANKLAND • Richard BRYANT • Sarah NOBLE • James NOBLE • Zoe FRANKLAND

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 Aisling WALL who recorded a time of 20:24 on 21st September 2019 (event number 16).
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 1,499 participants have completed 2,743 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,715 km, including 474 new Personal Bests. A total of 128 individuals have volunteered 345 times.

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