Happy 1st Birthday Conyngham Hall

This morning on facebook, at normal parkrun briefing time, we posted a little something to celebrate the incredible year which we’ve shared down at Conyngham Hall parkrun. We may not be able to meet at the moment, but hopefully the memories and messages will bring you some cheer! So many of us have found friendship, inspiration, support, enjoyment and community down at the ruins each Saturday, blessed as we are with a varied, interesting and scenic course. Whether you’ve jogged, run, walked or volunteered, we hope you can spend today looking back fondly on the past 12 months and look positively towards the day when we can back together, enjoying the fields, the climb, the loop and ‘that rock’ in the very near future. We’ll be back.

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This was made into a compilation with some video messages and a band appearance at the end. If we can work out how, we'll share that on here too (but even if you are not on facebook, you should be able to look at the facebook page and watch it).

Take care, stay safe and enjoy our birthday!

 

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!

 

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.

 

New Year, Same Great parkrun!

2019 was a special year for us at Conyngham Hall parkrun. It was the year it all began for us: Event number #1! We started with the 'A Course' in the Summer and saw many marvellous runners taking on Muddy Bank and storming up Conyngham Hall Hill!

Since those early days, we have had to make some adjustments to the course due to the Winter months and the challenges they bring with them... particularly the rain and the mud. Today we therefore ran our 'C Course', cutting out Muddy Bank and adding in some sections of two way traffic, allowing for a beautiful 5K walk, jog or run.

In the spirit of New Year, we had some people joining us for their first parkrun, and some people their third of the week! All were welcomed and encouraged by a fantastic set of volunteers, including our mini marshals on percussion!

We also had Baylee completing his 10th parkrun, which means he can now claim his Junior10 T-Shirt! Congratulations, Baylee!

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Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 32
4th January 2020

This week 171 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sean BRENNAN • Darren BURTON • Caroline DICKSON • Claire BURTON • James WRIGHT • Derek DOBINSON • Louise MAILE • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Julian CARR • Carla REDDISH • Euan MADDEN • Fyn LEES • Fraser DOBINSON • Emma KILMURRAY • Tom KILMURRAY • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Shannon SINTON • Beyhan AKYOLLU • Sebastian LEES • Ava DOBINSON • Jackie REED

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 2,206 participants have completed 4,773 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,865 km, including 757 new Personal Bests. A total of 213 individuals have volunteered 677 times.

 

Something a bit special!

The New Year. For some: just another day; a unit of measure. But for others: a time to gather with friends, think about trying something new, be optimistic and look to the future. It seemed to be that the latter was most in evidence at Conyngham Hall parkrun as the sun rose on a new decade...

It was indeed time for something new as our first ever New Year's Day event was scheduled for 10.30am, the next step in the short history of our event. Whilst optimistic, we frankly had little idea what might happen! All we could do was prepare, build our 'field of dreams' and see whether the parkrunners would come. The course was being laid out as the first sunbeams of the year appeared over the trees downstream on the River Nidd, illuminating the remnants of farm buildings which would form our extended finishers funnel for the day. As the volunteer team began to gather, we heard news from up the road that our friends at Harrogate had seen a healthy 9am turnout and that the ribbon of tarmac between our two towns now featured scores of runners headed for the old farm... What resulted was rather special - a real joy - take a look!

The sun breaks, the course is being set.

The sun breaks; the course is being set.

Just a few of the incredible 264 people who doubled-up, many of whom ran from Harrogate!

Just a few of the incredible 264 people who doubled-up!

By 10.30am briefing it was clear - we had a record on our hands!

By 10.30am it was clear - we had a record on our hands!

Amongst those taking in the briefing we had a gentleman from New Zealand and members of 70 different clubs!

Amongst those taking in the briefing we had a gentleman from New Zealand and members of 70 different clubs!

Amongst those heading up to the start there were 228 first-timers and members of 70 clubs!

Time to head up to the start. Somewhere in there we have 228 first-timers and a new fastest lady!

Lap 1 well underway and the first chance to greet fellow parkrunners heading int he opposite direction!

Lap 1 well underway and the first chance to greet fellow parkrunners heading in the opposite direction!

The Conyngham climb and our various 'undulations' proved popular!

The Conyngham climb and our various 'undulations' proved popular!

Just a few of the delighted participants out on the games field loop.

Just a few of the delighted participants out on the games field loop.

Conditions were great for an enjoyable run/jog/walk and plenty of cheering-on!

Conditions were great for an enjoyable run/jog/walk and plenty of cheering-on!

Our extended funnel worked (phew) and everyone was brilliantly behaved!

Our extended funnel worked (phew) and everyone was brilliantly behaved!

Lots of lovely chatter about the course afterwards as our 460 participants returned.

Lots of lovely chatter about the course afterwards as our 460 participants returned.

Hi-vis heroics - not a token dropped and we even saw the first appearance of the 'green tokens' to take us into the 400s!

Hi-vis heroics - not a token dropped and we even saw the first appearance of the 'green tokens' to take us into the 400s!

Our epic token-sorters at The Black Mulberry afterwards!

Our epic token-sorters at The Black Mulberry afterwards!

So a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in our New Year's Day event. It was truly memorable, but only happened with the involvement of our parkrunners, be they jogging, walking, running or volunteering.

Ah yes, volunteering... a beautiful roster of future events awaits you, so why not return to see us soon and perhaps consider lending a helping hand on the odd occasion. It's now statistically proven (in the recent parkrun study) to be even more rewarding than running! If you haven't done so already, why not opt-in to receive our volunteer emails? Pull up your results email, head down to the section marked 'Volunteer opt-in' and click the link there. We'd love to have you on board.

Finally, a reminder that Conyngham Hall parkrun returns sooner than usual on Saturday 4th January. Why not head down to take part or volunteer? email conynghamhall@parkrun.com to join Fiona and her team.

Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 31
1st January 2020

This week 460 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 228 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 70 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Lizzie MEDWELL • Clare PECKETT • Kelly SQUIRES • Stephen MORLAND • James WRIGHT • Catherine MORLAND • Libby BRENNAN • Nicola CARTER • Donna TUCKER • Sarah GORE • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • James WARBURTON • Andy DEIGHTON • Mark TAYLOR • Mark GARDNER • Tracy HATTEN • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Sarah CRAWSHAW • Maureen WORLEY • Helen HEATON • Isaac MORLAND • Anna MURPHY • John WORLEY • Ewan EDMONDSON • Katrina SKEER • Mary CRAWSHAW-RALLI • Kathryn LARWOOD • Paul REED • Jackie REED

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 2,153 participants have completed 4,602 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,010 km, including 727 new Personal Bests. A total of 211 individuals have volunteered 655 times.


So you made it to the bottom - well done you! Did you know that 6 of the participants finished in the same positions at both Harrogate and Conyngham Hall? You do now.

 

A Fun and Festive Frolic in the … Mud?

Whilst Christmas is nearly upon us, and the preparations for the big day are underway, we were very pleased to see such a wonderful turn out for our festive Santa parkrun with 116 of you walking, jogging or running around the beautiful Conyngham Hall.

Even though the white stuff that falls from the sky is yet to arrive, truly transforming our picturesque parkrun into a winter wonderland, we did our best to ensure our slightly muddy course provided a joyous experience for all of our santas, reindeers, elves and snowmen who joined us this week.

To help you get into the Christmas spirit, our team of wonderful volunteers had a few surprises in store for our parkrunners this week. Not only did they don some of their best Christmas fancy dress to cheer you round the undulations of Conyngham Hall and provide a sweet treat at the end (in return for you barcode!), but we also had a live brass ensemble playing some jolly Christmas songs out on the course and at the finish - Big shout out to The Morland Family Brass Band!

 

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Thank you to all who joined us and especially to our hi-viz heroes (both regular sized and miniature)! We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday for more parkrun fun in those hazy days between Christmas and New Year, when nobody knows what day it is.. except parkrun day of course!

 

Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 29
21st December 2019

This week 116 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Stephen MORLAND • James WRIGHT • Catherine MORLAND • Christina DOBINSON • Nicola CARTER • Luke MORLAND • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Mark SHELTON • Euan MADDEN • Fyn LEES • Lauren DOWNS • Louise BUCK • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Shannon SINTON • Andy EASTON • Margaret MANN • Elliott MORLAND • Isaac MORLAND • Sebastian LEES • Ava DOBINSON • Pete NOBLE • James NOBLE • Paul REED • Hazel MADDEN

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 Aisling WALL who recorded a time of 20:24 on 21st September 2019 (event number 16).
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 1,884 participants have completed 4,012 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,060 km, including 683 new Personal Bests. A total of 197 individuals have volunteered 606 times.

 

Starting Them Young – Mini Marshals

Another fantastic Conyngham Hall parkrun this morning, all thanks to a hardy bunch of volunteers who were willing to risk losing their fingers and toes to the December cold!

Amongst those wonderful volunteers, were some of our younger generation of hi-viz heroes. In the spirit of 'starting them young' at Conyngham hall, we had marshals and token support support from the under 8s and funnel management and tail walking by the under 18s, all of whom did a fantastic job in their respective roles.

I am sure that all of our runners agree that the smiles and cheers of encouragement from our Mini Marshals made all the difference to their runs this morning and we certainly appreciated having their helping hands on our team!

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If you have a budding Mini Marshal at home, we have lots of roles that they can come and join you in - we would love to have them (and you!) on the team! Just drop us an email at conynghamhallhelpers@parkrun.com.

Why not bring the Mini Marshals and 'barkrunners' to  join us next Saturday for our Santa parkrun? Christmas related fancy dress is not essential, but is obviously heavily encouraged! The much coveted title of 4000th finisher at Conyngham Hall parkrun is also still up for grabs, so grab your Santa hat we'll see you at the farm ruins - it could be you!

Now for the stats!

Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 28

14th December 2019

This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Lizzie MEDWELL • Kelly SQUIRES • Derek DOBINSON • Louise MAILE • Andy HULL • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Alan CARTER • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Brian SHAND • Mark SHELTON • Euan MADDEN • Fyn LEES • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Fraser DOBINSON • Jackie KNIGHT • Sebastian LEES • Ava DOBINSON • Janet ECCLES • James NOBLE • Paul REED • Hazel MADDEN

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 Aisling WALL who recorded a time of 20:24 on 21st September 2019 (event number 16).
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 1,854 participants have completed 3,896 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,480 km, including 670 new Personal Bests. A total of 195 individuals have volunteered 580 times.

 

A lovely day for a run in the park

Run #27 was brought to you by a fantastic team of volunteers and a great set of parkrunners, thank you all for coming.

Saturday dawned mildly and it was just getting light as the set up team arrived at Conyngham Hall to prepare for run #27. Many thanks to those helping with set up (we have written and photographic guides so anyone can help in this role, although it helps if you have completed the course) and it was remarked how lovely it was to be walking round early and seeing the route from a different perspective, and watching how the parkrun comes into being each Saturday morning.

We had 17 visitors experiencing Conyngham Hall parkrun for the first time, and 2 very special people completing their very first parkrun, congratulations Jamie McNamara and Wayne Shiu, we would love to see you back again next week.

In total, there were 83 parkrunners and the morning had a lovely feel to it. We cheered people on, our marshals were thanked, the finish area team encouraged everyone as they passed by the farm ruins mid lap, and we clapped lots of people across the line. Our tail walkers may not have had a relaxing stroll they might have been expecting since we were a speedy bunch and a jog/run was required to keep up.

The Black Mulberry cafe was abuzz with post parkrun chat and 'ooh look at those pancakes' and 'this sausage sandwich is great' and the RD even got to drink their coffee whilst it was hot since the results laptop had decided to pop off to Harrogate for some carol singing and so there was nothing to be done but drink the coffee, eat the rascal (that's a cake for our visiting readers, not a pet name for our laptop) wait until it came back and enjoy the chat.

That's it for this Saturday's report, the stats will be along in a moment, but first there are some great parkrun events coming along, so here's a little reminder:

Sat 14th - Christmas is a coming. Come along and parkrun, join us in the cafe then maybe purchase your remaining Christmas presents in the fantastic independent shops of Knaresborough. If we get a big field on Saturday, you could well be the 4,000th finisher of our parkrun.

Sat 21st - our last before Christmas and so this will be our Santa parkrun. Feel free to come along in suitable garb; a Santa hat, an elf costume, fairy wings, or dressed as a Christmas present? There are rumours of musical accompaniments along the way too.

We're not on Christmas Day (Harrogate is though, thank you Harrogate parkrun)

Sat 28th - that lovely in-between period for a lot of us, come along and either take part or volunteer, especially if you're either staying at home that week or visiting the area

Wed 1st Jan - exciting day. Not only the first day of a new decade but a first opportunity to complete a parkrun double with Harrogate parkrun @9am and Conyngham Hall @10:30am (other parkruns are available). If you want to set a speedy second parkrun time, you may want to go elsewhere since we are likely to be very busy and our paths are sometimes narrow so overtaking opportunities will be reduced and you may need to be extra courteous and shout more Happy New Year greetings along the way, but we'll be ready for you, and if you'd love to come and have a tootle round in the joyful spirit in which it is intended, then we'd love to have you. Now where is that info about printing extra barcodes...

And now for the stats

Conyngham Hall parkrun, Event number 27, 7th December 2019

This week 83 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Katie GRAY • Rob SNOW • Donald MORGAN • Stephen MORLAND • Andy HULL • Graham HYDE • Sarah GORE • Linda DODSWORTH • Mark SHELTON • Euan MADDEN • Ian POWELL • David SINTON • Isaac MORLAND • Pete NOBLE • Sarah NOBLE • James NOBLE • Paul REED

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 Aisling WALL who recorded a time of 20:24 on 21st September 2019 (event number 16).
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 1,830 participants have completed 3,802 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,010 km, including 660 new Personal Bests. A total of 192 individuals have volunteered 558 times.

 

Yellow globey thing

Conyngham Hall parkrun #26

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What a fantastic morning!  The yellow globey thing put in an appearance overhead in the big blue swathe of sky, a very welcome appearance indeed, and it was just beautiful out on the course.  It's on days like that when we realise how fortunate we are being able to put on the parkrun in parkland like that.  Stunning.  It was certainly on the chillier side of freezing, with one or two patches of the course which needed a bit of extra caution.  But after an early course inspection, it was all good and Conyngham Hall parkrun #26 was go!  At 08:30 we cracked open a few of the volunteers who had turned up early and defrosted them.  There was the odd mention of coffee and breakfast in the café afterwards, which seemed to switch the light back on in their eyes.

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This weekend we welcomed 48 Nidd Valley Road Runners back to Conyngham, this time to run the course as part of their club championship.  It was great to have you all back with us again so soon and hope you all really enjoyed it.  Once the RD had delivered the Run Brief (2 laps of the course, yes 2... 3 is too many and 1 is too few.. 2 shall be the number) it was all systems go.  166 runners/joggers were off.  If the tailwalkers were expecting a good chat and a talk on the way around, I'm afraid that wasn't the morning for it; today was tailrunners much to their surprise. But thank you Nat & Laura, you did a great job.

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We had 5 newcomers to parkrun (Welcome! You were amazing!), Joshua Bryer of NVRR doing his 50th parkrun (he managed to keep that one quiet), 43 New PBs and we welcomed parkrun tourists from as far afield as Yeovil (yes, somewhere below Sheffield), Barnsley, Beverley and Oakwell Hall - great to have you all with us.

Talking of café, we meet afterwards for a drink and cake, pancakes or cooked breakfast at The Black Mulberry on Waterside, over the road from the crossing by the entrance to the car park.  Please do come and have a chat with us there. If you do meet us in there, you might even get to know your official time before the results go out but no promises!  There are a number of great cafés in Knaresborough so it is well worth working your through them, one visit at a time.

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It is worth a quick mention of the volunteer roster over the next few weeks.  We are looking for volunteers to fill the vacant roles and would love to fill them well in advance; it helps the RDs sleep at night during the week before they are on.  If you have not tried volunteering before, please give it a go.  You will see a whole new side to parkrun that you didn't realise was there and it will bring a spark to the rest of your Saturday.

And one final bit of news, a reminder of our events taking place over the Christmas/New Year period.  Conyngham Hall parkrun will not be taking place on Christmas Day but it will be on at 10:30am on New Year's Day. And for those of you interested, yes, Harrogate is also on (at 09:00) on New Year's Day! And it is an approximately 3 mile run between the two. If you are interested.  On the off-chance.

Have a great week and now the stats...

This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Janet MORRIS • Stephen MORRIS • Stephen MORLAND • James WRIGHT • Nicola CARTER • Sarah GORE • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Natalie HALE • Mark SHELTON • Sharon SHILLITO • Mark TAYLOR • Laura WILMSHURST • Euan MADDEN • Fyn LEES • Poppy GORE • Molly GORE • David SINTON • Pete NOBLE • Janet ECCLES • Sarah NOBLE • Paul REED

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 Aisling WALL who recorded a time of 20:24 on 21st September 2019 (event number 16).
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 1,813 participants have completed 3,719 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,595 km, including 645 new Personal Bests. A total of 191 individuals have volunteered 541 times.

And welcome to the bottom of the stats again. If you are are reading this, well done you! Useful fact #37.  Did you know that Conyngham is an old English spelling of the word Cunningham. And one of our Run Directors has the name Cunningham... but there is no connection that we know of.

 

Conyngham Hall parkrun – 25 and counting

Saturday 23rd September 2019 saw Conygham Hall parkrun reach its first big milestone - a quarter century of events! Some rather 'significant' rain had been forecast but, in true parkrun tradition, it (mostly) held off long enough to allow our 81 intrepid participants to get their Saturday morning fix!

Now we wouldn't blame you if you don't always make it to the bottom of these weekly reports, where the statistics reside. But with that quarter-century now under our running belt it seems an opportune time to highlight what's happened since we began in May... We've already seen an incredible 3,553 runs made by 1,761 different participants, including a mighty 602 PBs! With 17,765km clocked in total that means you've passed the 11,000 miles mark! Wow.

This weekend, over a quarter of our field were first-timers at CH - you are all very welcome and it was a delight to see 10 PBs in spite of some trickier conditions underfoot, proving how vital a part parkrun can play in helping your improvement. A word at this point for Kevin O'Connell, who completed his third PB in as many weeks, whilst Kathryn Larwood incredibly clocked a sixth consecutive PB - that must a be a rare thing indeed! It might not be peak tourist season in town, but nonetheless we welcomed visitors from Blackpool, York, Thirsk, Canterbury and Cambridge. What also impressed was the careful and thoughtful way in which our parkrunners are tackling the variety of conditions underfoot at the moment, listening to the advice and taking great care - well done all!

Thank you so much to our crack team of volunteers who, as ever, carried out their roles brilliantly with lots of vocal support: Mark not only dragged himself and his coffee out early (Ed.: that's essential breakfast fuel, that is Steve!) to do setup with Isaac, but also provided support and cheer as our tail walker, whilst June, Martin, Mark, Andy, Paul brilliantly kept everyone heading in the right direction and not falling down Yorkshire Water's persistent pit! Back down at the farm, Lizzie was joined by our formidable DoE volunteer, Euan, to keep those tokens flying out. Euan's doing a fab job and will continue his 'tour de volunteering' over the coming weeks. Soggy barcodes were deciphered by Kelly whilst Mum-and-son duo Catherine and Isaac hit the timing buttons with swiss precision. Elder sibling Luke made his first visit to CR on scanning duty, shown the ropes by the expert Dave. Finally, whilst Shannon steered parkrunners to the finish, Ruth ensured that everything was suitably synchronised - ensuring that back in the ‘Black Mulberry’ the results popped out on time leaving plenty of time for those 'parkrun specials'! If you haven't called in yet, why not come and join us? (Ed. again: oooo, did someone say coffee....?)

As the days become darker and the temperature colder, the brilliant news is that there are still another 4 parkrundays before Christmas, also continuing over the festive period. So keep eye on the roster!  Thoughts now turn to event 26, but before that, more of those stats....

This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Lizzie MEDWELL • Kelly SQUIRES • June GRAHAM • Stephen MORRIS • Stephen MORLAND • Catherine MORLAND • Luke MORLAND • Mark SHELTON • Mark TAYLOR • Martin BROCK • Euan MADDEN • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Shannon SINTON • Andy EASTON • Isaac MORLAND • Paul REED

 

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 Aisling WALL who recorded a time of 20:24 on 21st September 2019 (event number 16).
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 1,761 participants have completed 3,553 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,765 km, including 602 new Personal Bests. A total of 190 individuals have volunteered 520 times.

And finally, welcome to the bottom of the run report.  We knew you could make it down here.  Hopefully see you in next week's run report?

 

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