'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.
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.