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.