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.