parkrunner profile – Nicola Carter

Hurrah, a new profile. This time from super speedy Nicola Carter.

I ran my first parkrun at Harrogate in 2014 and, to be honest, I didn’t quite get the bug for a little while. It was the following year before I became more of a regular. 

Now, of course, I love it! Most Saturdays are spent running or volunteering,  particularly since Conyngham Hall started - I think it’s of huge benefit to the town, local and not so local runners and to the wider community, encouraging people who would not normally participate in an ‘organised event’ to do so.

My favourite volunteer roles are tail walking ( particularly with our puppy) and I also like marshalling as you get to see and cheer every single runner or walker on.  As a member of Knaresborough Striders, it’s a great opportunity to meet up with friends and we have ‘ticked off’ all the local parkruns for miles around, although Conyngham has to be my favourite! 

My husband and I like nothing better than hunting out dog-friendly hotels near a picturesque parkrun and sneaking off on a Friday night to enjoy a night away and a different run the next morning. On one such trip at Rutland Water, we found every other guest at the hotel was part of a wedding going on there- we had a great night chatting to the guests and wedding party and enjoying the music and entertainment! Unsurprisingly, we were the only ones running the following morning ;-)

Although there are obviously much wider and serious matters surrounding the current covid 19 situation, I am really looking forward to parkrun resuming and meeting at the ruins once again on a Saturday morning! 

We’re not very proficient at taking photos but this is my husband and I in Paris a couple of years ago, when nearly every other runner was part of a hen party from London. 

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(And a lovely apricot top you have there Nicola, we look forward to seeing it and you hopefully sometime soon.)