Welcoming our visitors – event #38

One of the most heartening things about hosting a parkrun is providing a warm welcome to visitors from far and wide. Whether it’s parkrun tourists, world travellers or families visiting a local relative, there’s never a week when we’re not joined by some fine folk from a further afield. This week was no exception, as we welcomed participants from Avon Valley, Leigh-on-Sea, Huntingdon, Milton Keynes, Keighley, Barnsley, Scunthorpe, Walsall, Milnthorpe, Prestwich, Farsley, Skipton and York to name but a few!

Our lovely parkrunners head upwards on their second circuit
Our lovely parkrunners head upwards on their second circuit

As a relatively ‘new’ parkrun, we’re also seeing lots of local folk coming along to try out our course for the first time – and this took a boost this week with the unfortunate postponement of the excellent Fountains Abbey parkrun, many of whose regulars joined us, along with a number from the flooded Wetherby event. As a result, nearly a third of our field were with us for the first time – amazing! We hope that you will return to visit us again in future!

Beneath the busy bridge, the River Nidd roared in appreciation!

Beneath the busy bridge, the River Nidd roared in appreciation!

The sunny yellow of Nidd Valley was in abundance!

The sunny yellow of Nidd Valley was in abundance!

Bringing some welcome 'sunshine' to our event were the 47 yellow vests of Nidd
Valley Road Runners, who had relocated from Wetherby to test themselves around our event on the edge of Knaresborough.

We were fortunate that a couple of days of respite from the recent storms had given the course a chance to dry out and whilst still far from perfect, it offered a chance for 34 parkrunners to improve on their previous times around the circuit – impressive stuff!

One of our RD team, Julian, clearly enjoying 'just running'!

One of our RD team, Julian, clearly enjoying 'just running'!

Whilst the first little glimpses of Storm Dennis began to show at 9am, it didn’t dampen spirits and everyone did well to cope with conditions which literally changed with each step. As for the ever-dampening finish area, the words of Paul Simon seem apt: “…you know, the nearer your destination, the more you're slip slidin' away…”

One-Five-Two... where are you?

One-Five-Two... where are you?

As 220 satisfied parkrunners headed home to shelter from the incoming storm, they did so having ticked off their walks, jogs and runs for the day and our fantastic team of volunteers adjourned to process results and count tokens. On that note, we do have one token currently missing… if you collected token 152, or perhaps picked it up around the site, please would you let us know and we will reunite it with its friends.


Finally, THE STATISTICS:
This week 220 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Thomas WATSON • Caroline DICKSON • Stephen MORLAND • Catherine MORLAND • Libby BRENNAN • Nicola CARTER • Alex GIBSON • Linda DODSWORTH • Suzy WOOD • Joanne WELLING • Jackie KNIGHT • Isaac MORLAND • Jackie REED • Spike BROWNLEES • Kevin MILLAR • Tamia AVILA • John DICKSON
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 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 2,452 participants have completed 5,766 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,830 km, including 930 new Personal Bests. A total of 237 individuals have volunteered 794 times.


So, you made it to the bottom. Maybe you really love statistics, in which case it won’t have escaped your attention that at our next event we should pass the 2,500 mark for participants and in the next few weeks we should smash past 30,000km!