This weeks run report – Milestones, inclement weather, and lots of smiles

This weeks run report - a story of milestones, 'inclement' weather, but lots of smiles regardless!

On opening the curtains this morning the revelation was some quite heavy rain at 7am, and the phrase “hmmmm could be a wet one” may have been one of my first thoughts of the day… But despite our pre-event volunteer swimmers - I mean volunteers - getting wet while setting up, come 9am the rain stopped and all that was left was a rather wet Conyngham Hall parkrun course, with maybe a small dose of muddiness thrown in for good measure...

It didn’t seem to dampen any enthusiasm and 105 happy parkrunners all took on the scenic and undulating course. We had 40 first timers, and 3 people completely new to parkrun chose to make their parkrun debut this weekend with us. Welcome!

Our first finisher, Jonny Reep, was a first timer to the course although completed his 153rd parkrun in the meantime. He just pipped our most prolific first finisher (with 5 first finishes to his name), Tom Calvert, by a few seconds. Tom also recorded his 150th parkrun, along with Ian Pickles and Annabel Gratton who both joined us as first timers and both also recorded their 150th parkrun. While not an official milestone they do deserve a shout out for what is the equivalent of nearly 3 years of consecutive parkruns. They are now both nearly half way to Vicki Deritis total, who I noticed was a first timer today with us, and has a mighty 306 parkruns to her name. Good going all!

Also despite the ‘damp’ conditions we had 14 new PB’s this week. Impressive stuff.

We had the balloons out in force for Denise Cullingworth who achieved her 50th parkrun, and now has the coveted ‘50’ symbol next to her name in the results. Well done Denise!

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We elected to run the ‘C/B’ course again given the conditions, and from now on will consider this the ‘main’ course for the winter at least. I did notice that the bridge was particularly slippy today though, and while everyone got around fine I want to just remind everybody to take care if the weather is a bit more ‘inclemental’.

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Next weekend it’ll be our spooky parkrun, as it’s a few days out from Halloween. So don’t forget your fancy dress, and who knows… maybe the Troll from Troll Bridge may even make an appearance…!

Finally a big thank you for coming from all this weeks volunteers, plus a big thank you to all the volunteers without whom this event just wouldn't be possible:

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Our Event Director Linda is picking up the reigns for next weekend, so have a good week all and see you all at the ruins next Saturday. DFYB!

Julian

Here’s the stats for this week…:

Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 20
19th October 2019

This week 105 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Maurice KELLY • Pamela SINGLETON • Stephen MORRIS • Stephen MORLAND • James WRIGHT • Christina DOBINSON • Julian CARR • Andy DEIGHTON • Mark TAYLOR • Fyn LEES • Emma HALL • Jackie KNIGHT • Louise BUCK • Ruth MANN • Shannon SINTON • Andy EASTON • Geoffrey HARRISON • Ava DOBINSON • James NOBLE

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 1,603 participants have completed 3,030 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,150 km, including 518 new Personal Bests. A total of 142 individuals have volunteered 398 times.

 

 

 

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…

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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.

 

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