So an odd Saturday morning for us parkrunners. No parkrun. The need to socially distance. A feeling of loss. What did we do? [Note, this was before the stricter guidance came into force.]
parkrun UK put on a quiz at 9am, so some of us took part in that. An impressive 10/15 for Sarah Glover and an unimpressive 6/15 from parkrun obsessive Linda Dodsworth, obviously so much more to learn. Favourite question was:
Q: Who has the faster average finish time, parkrunners with the surname 'Trott', 'Quick' or 'Canter'?
A: At the end of this non run report...
parkrun say they plan to do something like this at 9am each Sat so follow parkrun UK on facebook and we'll also aim to share their updates as we see them.
Super RD Ruth Mann had the kit and 'staged' a parkrun in their back garden
Note: Hubby Dave Sinton later went a run in Nidd Gorge. If you know Dave, you'll have to ask him what the result of that was...
Steve Dodsworth who managed to squeeze in parkrun 250 before the shut down, got his shirt during the week. He's currently trying to work out if he was the last person in the world to achieve the 250 milestone since he was Tail Walker and finished in a time of 1:06:07. He worked out Namibia and South Africa were the other countries outside the UK who could have a time later than him. 4 parkrun results checked manually for Namibia and no 250 milestones found for that day, then South Africa.... there are a lot of parkruns in South Africa.... too many to look through. He's since found out 166 parkrunners joined the 250 club that day worldwide, so all he has to do is look at each of their times individually. Hmm, we'll ask for updates each week to see how his checking is getting on.
A big wave to those who let us know they went for runs. The Coopers put on their tops and ran from their doorstep with Chris acting as Tail Walker, getting in some volunteering too. The Dodsworths ran a 5k from their doorstep (they set off 4 mins apart to give that extra impetus to speedy times, we can report Linda got caught at the 4k point and Steve recorded a sub 23 min 5k which he was happy with). Moira McTague ran a solo run in Nidderdale, Joanne Welling ran the Nidd Gorge. Plenty of post non parkrun coffee and refreshments were had. A big thank you to all for choosing not to do a freedom run on our route, ourselves and parkrun UK greatly appreciate that.
Whilst we're not parkrunning, please can you opt in to receiving volunteer emails from us. We're going to do a series of profiles and stories during these non parkrun weeks and we'll be using the volunteer email list to send out requests. To opt-in
1. Find a (Conyngham Hall) results email
2. Click on 'Volunteer Opt-in' (big orange button about half way down the email)
3. Click on 'Yes subscribe me' (If you're looking at a result from a different parkrun, at this point click on 'parkrun profile', then 'email options' and opt in/out to various parkruns.)
Lastly, keen to help out while parkrun is cancelled, our portable defib (provided by Knaresborough Lions and put in place by Restart Yorkshire) asked if they could be of any use elsewhere. They are currently allowing another unit to get serviced without loss of defib coverage so if your daily exercise takes you past Chain Lane Community Centre, please wave hello, or shout 'thank you volunteer!' as you go by, but maybe only if no-one will hear you
That's all for now folks. Stay safe.
parkrun quiz answer: Trott