Visiting Conyngham Hall parkrun No. 34

January 18th 2020 saw me and my pals complete our first ever Conyngham Hall parkrun. We’re locals from York and we’ve been looking forward to coming since you launched...planning originally to come on an occasion the parkrun was cancelled.

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It was a beautiful cold, bright winter’s morning and the perfect conditions for a run...and it’s far from a PB course which meant I could enjoy a relaxed effort today.

 

We were joined by a volunteer roster full of people from the local Slimming World group, organised by Donna Tucker, and they were so enthusiastic and encouraging. I love a roster takeover, it’s such a great way to introduce new people to the joys of parkrun.

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Conyngham Hall parkrun is an ‘undulating’ course starting with some tarmac path that soon moves on to a degree of mud and grass. I really enjoyed the varied terrain and I have definitely used some different muscles today compared to when I run my standard ‘flat as a pancake’ York parkrun. It was the perfect opportunity to christen my new trail shoes, they are just a touch muddier than at 8.45 am this morning. It was great to see so many dogs out n about and enjoying a run today and I always have to say a special well done to all the under 11s that manage to out-sprint their responsible adult.

My husband was happily keeping me company for today's run but he was a little disappointed it wasn’t over with after lap 1. I welcomed another trip around the course to take it all in a little better. A sprint finish at the end between us but I nearly gave him the ‘win’ when I didn’t realise the finish line was a little further ahead. For me, parkrun isn’t about speed or my finishing time; it’s about spending time outdoors with friends...and the post-run caffeine/calories.

Conyngham Hall will be a regular tourist spot for us; joining our list of favourites including Fountains Abbey, Castle Howard and Dalby Forest. It will be great to see how your run changes over the seasons and we will no doubt be back in the Spring to experience it.

Abbie Brooks

 

Windy in places on a record breaking weekend

It was a little blustery when I arrived to set the course up on Saturday morning. Would there be any trees down on the course, would the cones at the Hall gate stay put and would we have a record attendance if Harrogate parkrun was called off (the wind was even stronger on The Stray)…..all thoughts that went through my head! After our band of set up volunteers started to report back that there were no issues out on the course, my worries settled and by the time our first parkrunners were heading down the car park to the farm ruins for the briefing, the wind had died down nicely and we were ready to get event number 33 off at 9am sharp!

The course is well and truly a multi terrain course at present – nicely tarmaced paths, the slippy “bed race” slope, the gravelly climb to the top field and the damp, muddy grass of Horseshoe Field – but that doesn’t seem to be putting people off. We had tourists from Bradford and Harrogate parkruns (ok so I’m not really sure a trip from Harrogate classes as tourism!) to take on the course and they were part of history! Our 172 participants and 20 volunteers on Saturday were part of a bit of parkrun history – the first ever weekend to see more than 400,000 people walk, jog, run or volunteer at parkrun events in a single weekend! Well done everyone!

We have the fantastic Ruth taking on RD duties this coming Saturday and she will be assisted by a group from the Slimming World group in Harrogate who are doing a volunteer takeover. So with the volunteer roster looking very healthy for this Saturday, why not take a look for the forthcoming weeks and email us to get your name alongside one of the volunteer roles? You would be more than welcome and full training is given – why not make volunteering once a month a belated New Years resolution?!

Have a great week everyone!

 

Now for the stats from Saturday’s run…..

This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers: Stephen MORRIS • James WRIGHT • Christina DOBINSON • Nicola CARTER • Emma HARROP • Andrew HARROP • Euan MADDEN • Ian POWELL • Fiona SLIGHT • Jackie KNIGHT • Vanessa EL-ETRIBY • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Shannon SINTON • Andy EASTON • Leo EL-ETRIBY • Hugo EL-ETRIBY • Ava DOBINSON • Pete NOBLE • James NOBLE

Saturday’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 2,243 participants have completed 4,945 parkruns covering a total distance of 24,725 km, including 786 new Personal Bests. A total of 217 individuals have volunteered 697 times.

 

New Year, Same Great parkrun!

2019 was a special year for us at Conyngham Hall parkrun. It was the year it all began for us: Event number #1! We started with the 'A Course' in the Summer and saw many marvellous runners taking on Muddy Bank and storming up Conyngham Hall Hill!

Since those early days, we have had to make some adjustments to the course due to the Winter months and the challenges they bring with them... particularly the rain and the mud. Today we therefore ran our 'C Course', cutting out Muddy Bank and adding in some sections of two way traffic, allowing for a beautiful 5K walk, jog or run.

In the spirit of New Year, we had some people joining us for their first parkrun, and some people their third of the week! All were welcomed and encouraged by a fantastic set of volunteers, including our mini marshals on percussion!

We also had Baylee completing his 10th parkrun, which means he can now claim his Junior10 T-Shirt! Congratulations, Baylee!

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Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 32
4th January 2020

This week 171 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sean BRENNAN • Darren BURTON • Caroline DICKSON • Claire BURTON • James WRIGHT • Derek DOBINSON • Louise MAILE • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Julian CARR • Carla REDDISH • Euan MADDEN • Fyn LEES • Fraser DOBINSON • Emma KILMURRAY • Tom KILMURRAY • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Shannon SINTON • Beyhan AKYOLLU • Sebastian LEES • Ava DOBINSON • 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 2,206 participants have completed 4,773 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,865 km, including 757 new Personal Bests. A total of 213 individuals have volunteered 677 times.

 

Something a bit special!

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.

The sun breaks; the course is being set.

Just a few of the incredible 264 people who doubled-up, many of whom ran from Harrogate!

Just a few of the incredible 264 people who doubled-up!

By 10.30am briefing it was clear - we had a record on our hands!

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!

Amongst those taking in the briefing we had a gentleman from New Zealand and members of 70 different clubs!

Amongst those heading up to the start there were 228 first-timers and members of 70 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 int he opposite direction!

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!

The Conyngham climb and our various 'undulations' proved popular!

Just a few of the delighted participants out on the games field loop.

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!

Conditions were great for an enjoyable run/jog/walk and plenty of cheering-on!

Our extended funnel worked (phew) and everyone was brilliantly behaved!

Our extended funnel worked (phew) and everyone was brilliantly behaved!

Lots of lovely chatter about the course afterwards as our 460 participants returned.

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!

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!

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 conynghamhall@parkrun.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.

 

The Saturday in-between…

'Twas three nights after Christmas, and the Yorkshire town of Knaresborough was still. Children were still playing with their empty boxes, or presents, depending which were their favourites. Parents were still recovering from the festive period. And yet down in a local parkland there was a small hive of activity in those wee dark hours pre dawn. What was it I hear you ask...?

It was your pre-event volunteer set up team of course! And boy was it dark! We arrived at 0745 ready to unload all the kit, and soon realised that bringing a torch might have been a good idea... Still the sun soon graced us with it's cloud covered presence and as we unleashed all the signs and set up the course it thankfully got lighter.

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All to reveal a nice and fresh Conyngham Hall parkrun course just ready and waiting for the 130 parkrunners who came down to jog, walk or run round it and start their Saturday's the best way - the parkrun way! We had visitors from North, South, East and West, and one new first timer altogether. We hope you enjoyed our event and thank you for coming!

There was a little 'glitch' with one of the stop watches which decided that it didn't want to participate that morning, so all the pressure was on Timekeeper Steve and his trusty parkrun phone app. We convinced the other stopwatch to restart from scratch as the first finisher crossed the line so we had a backup of knowing how far the time gap between each runner was. This came in handy later when processing the results, and thankfully all was well, and over our post event coffee's with a little maths and jiggery pokery (technical term), the results were processed and despatched without much delay.

And so to the future... It's nearly New Years Day. It's nearly time for the Double if that's your New Year fancy. Harrogate parkrun is on at 9am and we are on at 10.30am, which means you can either have a lie in and still get to start the New Year with our parkrun, or you can take on the Double challenge, and start with an outing around Harrogate's Stray and then saunter/jog/run/drive/train down to Knaresborough for the Conyngham Hall parkrun.

We are expecting to be busy this New Years Day, so please be mindful of the limited parking in the Conyngham Hall car park and where possible try and use alternative means to get to us, or car share if you must use the car. We're also still looking for volunteers and given we're expecting to be busy the more the merrier would be very welcome indeed! Please drop us an email if you'd like to help. There's always the opportunity to run at Harrogate then come and volunteer with us - double bonus!

Thank you for joining us, and as ever a massive thank you to all this weeks volunteers without whom we couldn't make parkrun happen. See you on New Years day and DFYB!

Here's this weeks Stats to finish:

Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 30
28th December 2019

This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Stephen MORRIS • Stephen MORLAND • James WRIGHT • Catherine MORLAND • Andy HULL • Julian CARR • Mark SHELTON • Joanne MCGILLAN • Euan MADDEN • Ruth MANN • Shannon SINTON • Andy EASTON • Margaret MANN • Sarah NOBLE • James NOBLE • 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 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 1,925 participants have completed 4,142 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,710 km, including 704 new Personal Bests. A total of 200 individuals have volunteered 624 times.

 

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