This weeks run report – Milestones, inclement weather, and lots of smiles

This weeks run report - a story of milestones, 'inclement' weather, but lots of smiles regardless!

On opening the curtains this morning the revelation was some quite heavy rain at 7am, and the phrase “hmmmm could be a wet one” may have been one of my first thoughts of the day… But despite our pre-event volunteer swimmers - I mean volunteers - getting wet while setting up, come 9am the rain stopped and all that was left was a rather wet Conyngham Hall parkrun course, with maybe a small dose of muddiness thrown in for good measure...

It didn’t seem to dampen any enthusiasm and 105 happy parkrunners all took on the scenic and undulating course. We had 40 first timers, and 3 people completely new to parkrun chose to make their parkrun debut this weekend with us. Welcome!

Our first finisher, Jonny Reep, was a first timer to the course although completed his 153rd parkrun in the meantime. He just pipped our most prolific first finisher (with 5 first finishes to his name), Tom Calvert, by a few seconds. Tom also recorded his 150th parkrun, along with Ian Pickles and Annabel Gratton who both joined us as first timers and both also recorded their 150th parkrun. While not an official milestone they do deserve a shout out for what is the equivalent of nearly 3 years of consecutive parkruns. They are now both nearly half way to Vicki Deritis total, who I noticed was a first timer today with us, and has a mighty 306 parkruns to her name. Good going all!

Also despite the ‘damp’ conditions we had 14 new PB’s this week. Impressive stuff.

We had the balloons out in force for Denise Cullingworth who achieved her 50th parkrun, and now has the coveted ‘50’ symbol next to her name in the results. Well done Denise!

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We elected to run the ‘C/B’ course again given the conditions, and from now on will consider this the ‘main’ course for the winter at least. I did notice that the bridge was particularly slippy today though, and while everyone got around fine I want to just remind everybody to take care if the weather is a bit more ‘inclemental’.

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Next weekend it’ll be our spooky parkrun, as it’s a few days out from Halloween. So don’t forget your fancy dress, and who knows… maybe the Troll from Troll Bridge may even make an appearance…!

Finally a big thank you for coming from all this weeks volunteers, plus a big thank you to all the volunteers without whom this event just wouldn't be possible:

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Our Event Director Linda is picking up the reigns for next weekend, so have a good week all and see you all at the ruins next Saturday. DFYB!

Julian

Here’s the stats for this week…:

Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 20
19th October 2019

This week 105 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Maurice KELLY • Pamela SINGLETON • Stephen MORRIS • Stephen MORLAND • James WRIGHT • Christina DOBINSON • Julian CARR • Andy DEIGHTON • Mark TAYLOR • Fyn LEES • Emma HALL • Jackie KNIGHT • Louise BUCK • Ruth MANN • Shannon SINTON • Andy EASTON • Geoffrey HARRISON • Ava DOBINSON • James NOBLE

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 1,603 participants have completed 3,030 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,150 km, including 518 new Personal Bests. A total of 142 individuals have volunteered 398 times.

 

 

 

A re-route of the re-route…..Route C is the new Route B!

After a wet week, Saturday morning brought almost perfect overhead conditions for our 19th event but unfortunately the ground conditions were still a little soggy so we trod new ground and our 80 participants took on Route C for the first time. Our re-route of last weeks re-route (aka Route B) was due to the mud and puddles that had accumulated on ‘Muddy Slope’, so a new section across the middle of Horseshoe Field was measured on Friday and with an adjustment to the start line, a new 5km route was ready and waiting for our super parkrunners on Saturday!

Of the 80 who took on our new route, we welcomed 24 first timers including Zoe Wilson, Emily Young, Stuart Young and Ben Ward who were all taking on their first ever parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family!

Aileen Wilson was also a first timer, choosing our beautiful venue to celebrate her 50th parkrun. We hope to see you back at Conyngham Hall soon Aileen with your brand spanking new red 50 t-shirt on!

We love welcoming new people to Knaresborugh so a big shout out to all our visiting parkrunners, including Robert Devlin who joined us from his usual home parkrun in Edinburgh to complete his 10th parkrun.

A big THANKS to all our wonderful volunteers who took the new route in their stride, with a special thanks to Tracey Smith who marshalled the new 3-way junction at Troll Bridge on her first ever trip to a parkrun!

The weather is looking a bit mixed for the rest of the week but we don’t anticipate having to create a Route D for our 20th event…….well I don’t think we will…..over to you Julian!

Have a great week everyone…..only 5 more sleeps until parkrun day!

And now for the stats…..

Conyngham Hall parkrun Event number 19 - 12th October 2019

This week 80 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers: Sean BRENNAN • Stephen MORLAND • James WRIGHT • Libby BRENNAN • Nicola CARTER • Michael DOBSON • Sarah WORTHY • Linda DODSWORTH • Sima LOWERY • Fyn LEES • Deborah KING • Jonathan WATTS • Sebastian LEES • Matilda WATTS • Tracey SMITH

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 1,563 participants have completed 2,925 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,625 km, including 504 new Personal Bests. A total of 139 individuals have volunteered 379 times.

 

How does parkrun make you feel?

We are on the countdown to Conyngham Hall parkrun #19 and wanted to share some recent results of a national parkrun survey with you and ask "How does parkrun make you feel?"

Of the 60,000 parkrunners who took part, 91% felt a sense of personal achievement from participating in parkrun, 89% said that their fitness had improved, 79% said parkrun made them feel happier and 69% reported improvements in their mental health. Do some of these results sound familiar to you?

We all participate in parkrun for different reasons, but there is always an overriding feeling every Saturday morning that its something special, that belongs to us all and mostly makes us smile....even after taking on the undulations of our course! Who would have thought that after 15 years, parkrun would be such a big part of so many peoples lives?

So if parkrun makes you feel good, why not bring a family member or friend down with you this Saturday and ask them at the end how it made them feel? The likelihood of a positive answer is high and the parkrun journey will have started for someone new.....pass on the parkrun happiness far and wide!

 

 

New Year’s Day parkrun

We're very excited to announce that we will be putting on an extra parkrun on New Year's Day starting at 10:30am. Our start is narrow and some of our paths are too, but if you would like to come along and join us in running/jogging/walking around our beautiful course then we would love to see you. Numbers might mean you have more time to spread New Year cheer to your fellow parkrunners and volunteers rather than overtake, and it might be busy in the finish area, but we'll prepare to do the best we can and the opportunity to put on this event is too good to miss, we hope you'll agree.

 

The re-route Run Report

The re-route run report…

So, our Saturday started out like any normal parkrun day. It was parkrun’s 15th birthday so the day had that little extra special feel too. Our pre-event set up volunteers (4 of us hardy folks with well used alarm clocks) turned up at the farm ruins just after 07:30, all eager and ready to go. The kit got unloaded from the car, the flags got put up, and off we all went to set up the 3 individual zones we use to organise all the flags and signs etc. While I was setting up around the farm, a runner who was coming back from his own run came up and uttered the phrase we all want to hear.. “You do know a part of the course is completely flooded don’t you?". Hmmm…. Shortly after Dave returned from setting up the Horseshoe field zone, and backed up the comments of the runner. The words flooded and muddy featured quite heavily in his feedback…

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So off we went to explore, and it quickly became apparent that we had two choices..:

1 - Lots of wet feet, and very muddy people, or

2 - find a diversion!

So diversion it was, and as those of you who enjoyed the course on Saturday will know, route ‘B’ was born, and Muddy Bank was avoided! Only a minor detour around the trees but it does cut off the Muddy Bank descent, and the likely often flooded path at the bottom.

Actually it seems this small route change was well received, and we expect we will now keep this re-route for the winter months, as it does avoid the steep descent, and so will reduce the risks of slipping and sliding down the hill in what are likely to be often wet conditions (not that I’m pre-empting our beautiful winter weather of course…!). It does mean we need to start further up the first hill though to keep the distance correct (an added bonus if you didn’t particularly like that first starting climb). One lesson we learned this week is we’ll need to organise the start a little better if we move up the hill to avoid the crowding, but we’ve got ideas for that, and this weeks RD James will test out plan B for start B!

Overall though it seemed another pleasant morning was had by all, and we’ve had some great post event comments this week, so thanks for those - keep ‘em coming! It’s great to get feedback as our dedicated crew put a lot into making the event go smoothly each week, so a little pat on the back every now and then makes it all worthwhile!

And as always, we’re always on the lookout for new helpers to come and join us volunteering so just drop us a line at conynghamhallhelpers@parkrun.com and let us know if you can help. It really is easy and you’ll be well supported if you’ve not done any of the jobs before.

Until next week!

Julian

So here’s the stats:

Conyngham Hall parkrun
Event number 18
5th October 2019

This week 102 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Lizzie MEDWELL • Janet MORRIS • Stephen MORRIS • Caroline DICKSON • Christina DOBINSON • Sarah GORE • Julian CARR • Jennifer KOONTZ • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Poppy GORE • Molly GORE • Jackie KNIGHT • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Andy EASTON • Ava DOBINSON • Faith EASTON • Janet ECCLES

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 1,539 participants have completed 2,845 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,225 km, including 485 new Personal Bests. A total of 133 individuals have volunteered 364 times.

 

 

Conyngham Hall parkrun #17 – run report

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Well, what a morning that was!  The promised-for rain faded by the time the course setup was finished and come the event itself, it was actually decent conditions.  No need for the snorkels and fins then but trail shoes were an advantage.  It was still a touch slippy underfoot and there were one or two challenges on some of the steeper downward flat sections. But on the whole people managed well.  We will be looking at the course over the coming days to see if we need to address the route for the more extreme wet weather conditions. One suggestion was a big plastic sheet and some washing up liquid to create a slide down Muddy Bank. Hmmm, wonder if we can get that one past HQ...???  There were visitors in town for the UCI World 'Cross-Training For Runners' Championships and we hope you have all enjoyed our fabulous Yorkshire hospitality. Honestly, it doesn't always rain like this so please do come back and visit us again.  Next week is the official 15th birthday of parkrun, which began on 2nd October 2004 in Bushy Park, London. So don your best parkrun apricot, put your best forward .... and complete a 5k before heading down to the café for a coffee and a chat!  Hope you all have a great week.

This week 99 people ran, jogged or walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Sean BRENNAN • Stephen MORRIS • Stephen MORLAND • Alex GIBSON • Sarah GORE • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Mark TAYLOR • Paul LISTER • Molly GORE • Fiona SLIGHT • Louise BUCK • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Emma FRANKLAND • Richard BRYANT • Sarah NOBLE • James NOBLE • Zoe FRANKLAND

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 1,499 participants have completed 2,743 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,715 km, including 474 new Personal Bests. A total of 128 individuals have volunteered 345 times.

 

Conyngham Hall parkrun #16 Run Report

Well what an absolutely fabulous morning and start to an amazing weekend celebrating all things sport and Yorkshire. We were greeted early doors by wet dewy grass, bright blue skies and the hope of the warm sunshine to come. Saturday mornings quarter to eight on parkrun set up duties as the volunteers gather are just the best experience an RD can have... but don't take our word for it...

This week we had 131 parkrunners... 44 who were first timers... 31 who ran jog walked to new PB's... 2 parkrun ambassadors (nice to see you Frank Jones and Graham Pawley)... one brave faller who dusted herself down and sped off round the course... ED extraordinaire Linda completing her 200th parkrun and the marvellous Lizzie Medwell clocking up her 25th volunteer day whilst timing everyone home. Phew!

With all this wonderful exertion and community spirit it was only right and proper that we mosied on down Waterside to The Black Mulberry for the breakfasts of champions and one of the speediest results processing I have ever seen! Just as well, because we had to clear the car parks early before the UCI world champs para cycling kicked off the afternoon and an evening of partying in the Castle. Just brilliant to see the town out and about and so many parkrunners amongst them.

That's all for now... Be amazing in whatever you decide to do this week and we look forward to seeing you all next week either running jogging walking... or as one of our hi-viz heroes like this happy bunch below...

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And now for the numbers bit:

This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Lizzie MEDWELL • Sean BRENNAN • Caroline DICKSON • Claire BURTON • Stephen MORLAND • Christina DOBINSON • Libby BRENNAN • Andy HULL • Michael DOBSON • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Linda DODSWORTH • Alistair GAVINS • Amy NAYLOR • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Molly NAYLOR • Baz RODGER • Judith BROWN • Isaac MORLAND • Ava DOBINSON

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 1,460 participants have completed 2,644 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,220 km, including 467 new Personal Bests. A total of 122 individuals have volunteered 325 times.

 

Great North Run eve – Conyngham Hall parkrun #14

Perfect weather conditions for running at event number 14 for Conyngham Hall parkrun. We welcomed a large group of visitors this weekend. Chris Tinker and Stephen Morris, who came in position number 1 and 2, respectively, came with Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club runners. We also had groups from Dewsbury Road Runners, Hyde Park Harriers and Valley Strider AC (photos courtesy of Ian Watson). We hope you all enjoyed your visit.

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Junior runners Taylor Gledhill and Samuel Gibbins clocked up their 10th parkrun each. Taylor celebrated his with a new PB too.

Lots of our volunteers were keeping legs rested for peak performances at the Simplyheath Great North Run on Sunday. We hope they all thoroughly enjoyed the day! We were also joined by some very enthusiastic junior marshals, who cheered and provided high five power ups throughout the course.

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Sadly, token number 47 did not return home. However, as both 46 and 48 were feeling a bit lost, we have made a new one ready for next week.

We visited the cafe for breakfast, including some scrummy pancakes and fresh fruit while we processed the results. It was great to see so many park runners join us.

The official bit...

Conyngham Hall parkrun - Event #14

This week 179 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 81 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Andrea PRICE, Catherine MORLAND, David SINTON, Derek DOBINSON, Donna TUCKER, Fiona CUNNINGHAM, Fyn LEES, Jackie KNIGHT, James WRIGHT, Laura WILMSHURST, Libby BRENNAN, Margaret MANN, Mark TAYLOR, Mary HEATH, Natalie HALE, Pete NOBLE, Rob SNOW, Ruth MANN, Sean BRENNAN, Stephen MORLAND, Stephen MORRIS, Steve MILBURN, Vikki LOCKWOOD.

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conyngham Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Sarah MAILE who recorded a time of 20:47 on 18th May 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Reece DALTON who recorded a time of 17:18 on 29th June 2019 (event number 6).
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 1,385 participants have completed 2,412 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,060 km, including 404 new Personal Bests.

 

This weeks run report – Conyngham Hall parkun number 5!

Well, Conyngham Hall parkrun number 5 didn’t disappoint and even the sun came out to play, giving us probably our driest event yet. 199 park runners enjoyed our scenic and slightly undulating (wink wink) course!

We had parkrun Global COO Tom Williams turn up to support, fresh from his recent run at “Comrades” in South Africa (an 89km race) which he ran with his Dad. He said his legs weren’t quite up for a parkrun yet following that epic achievement....

We also had Nicola Forwood from the unofficial parkrun podcast "With Me Now" join us. Nicola participated in the event and then whipped her microphone out for an interview at the end. So if you sign up for her podcast and listen when this week’s episode comes out on Wednesday, you should get to hear the interview and her thoughts on our new(ish) parkrun. Hopefully she liked it...!

One thing we’ve noticed as we’ve got up and running (pardon the pun there...) is that given the rather tight nature of the course at places, and particularly the “gentle” uphill start, it is better if runners with dogs start towards the back to ensure that legs and leads don’t get tangled. It would be a great help if you are running with a dog if you could be extra mindful of this and ideally start towards the back to avoid getting tangled in the initial rush. Better all round for dogs and park runners!

This coming week we’ve got a fairly healthy volunteer roster already, but do feel free to drop us a line if you think you can help out in this coming, or any future week. So far we’ve had a good core team of volunteers getting our parkrun off to a flying start, but we really could do with widening the net to embrace other volunteers to help lighten the load from the core team, and also let us have a go at running the course too - there’s a few of us who still need to make our debuts! Worth also noting that this coming Saturday it is Endure24, so a large number of the core volunteers (myself included) will be heading to Bramham on Saturday lunchtime to participate, but assuming no complications we should be able to get the results out beforehand. Fingers crossed!

The stats from this week are below, and we look forward to doing it all again this coming Saturday. See you all at the ruins at 0855 for the briefing!

Julian

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This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 114 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

James WRIGHT • Libby BRENNAN • Nicola CARTER • Dan WILSON • Michael DOBSON • Sarah GORE • Julian CARR • Paula WILKINSON • Mark SHELTON • Mike CLEASBY • Mark TAYLOR • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • Fyn LEES • Emma HALL • Lily WILSON • Steven CORE • Jackie KNIGHT • Vanessa EL-ETRIBY • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Shannon SINTON • Isabelle CORE • Baz RODGER • Heidi CORE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Conyngham Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Sarah MAILE who recorded a time of 20:47 on 18th May 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Rob SCOTT who recorded a time of 17:43 on 18th May 2019 (event number 1).
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 725 participants have completed 993 parkruns covering a total distance of 4,965 km, including 139 new Personal Bests. A total of 52 individuals have volunteered 110 times.

 

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