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.


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.


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