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.