parkrunner profile – Pete Noble

Pete was the first to reply to our request for info about all your lovely parkrun stories

How did you get started at parkrun?
Started at parkrun in May 2019 at the inaugural Conyngham Hall event. Had heard of parkrun, but due to other commitments (kids football etc..) on a Saturday morning had never been able to attend.
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What does parkrun mean to you?
I love the community.  It is so nice to feel part of something bigger.  Volunteering is one of the best parts, along with the bacon butty in The Black Mulberry!  When we visited Wetherby recently, my son (James) commented that it felt weird not having a job!  Also like the little games you can play, like Alphabeteer etc. We go away in our caravan as often as we can and now the first question is where is the nearest parkrun and does it get us another letter.  We are all in our 30s (runs, not ages!) and we are hoping to get our 50 all on the same day.
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Do you have a favourite volunteering role?
Favourite role is Pre-event setup.  So nice to be at Conyngham nice and early, hearing the birds etc.  Also nice to be able to spend 30 mins or so just chatting to my son as we walk round placing cones!  And you can still do the run!
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What did you do on Saturday instead of parkrun?
Last Saturday we went to Swinsty to do a parkrun replacement.  Turns out most of North Yorkshire also thought that Swinsty would be quiet!  Ooops!
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Do you have an amusing/odd/wonderful parkrun anecdote to relate?
When we did the Blackpool parkrun on New Year's Day, wearing our Striders vests, we were in the queue for scanning when a very nice lady asked us if we knew her daughter who lives in Knaresborough.  Turns out it was our very own Linda Dodsworth's mum!!  We also went to The Tees Barrage for a weekend and bumped into another RD, Ruth and Dave! Small world!!
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Pete also sent in his favourite parkrun photo and asks us to guess where it is!
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Non parkrun report #1 – the lost parkrunners

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 :-)

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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.

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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.

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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.)

Thank you.

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 :-)

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That's all for now folks. Stay safe.

parkrun quiz answer: Trott

 

 

 

 

Any baby clothes for a good cause?

One of our regular volunteers over the last few months is returning to Ecuador where she has lived for the last 20 years. She wants to take back baby clothes for a family she knows over there who need any help we can give. If you have any baby clothes which are no longer required then please consider bringing them along either this Sat (14th) or next Sat (21st March). For age 1mth - 12mths, clean and in good condition, unisex or for a boy. Many thanks.

 

Conyngham Hall parkrun #39 – A series of unfortunate incidents……

International Women's Day parkrun started off as normal as any other parkrun. We had lots of parkrunners wearing purple in support of #IWDparkrun and our selfie frame was a great attraction. Sarah Gore definitely was the purpliest of purple runners!

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After our briefing we tried to fit all 150 walkers/joggers and runners into our selfie frame. Once photographed, we moved up to our start line and parkrun started without incident.

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That is were the 'normal' parkrun ended and the series of unfortunate incidents started. One of our barcode scanners struggled with scanning, leaving a few glitches in our results. Anyway, with our excellent funnel manager and chief rogue result sorter-outer, Linda Dodsworth, on the case, we knew it would all be fine. Therefore, we welcomed home our first lady on #IWDparkrun, Amelie Aylesbury; and this girl most definitely can!

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Just to prove these blokes can too, Stephen Morland, Tom Kilmurray and James Wright were the first three runners home this weekend.

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And not to be outdone, we captured the first barkrunner home too. Fantastic result on four little legs.

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As our parkrunners continued to come home, our expert finish token volunteer, Shannon Sinton, noticed a few tokens issued in the wrong order and quickly informed the funnel manager

At the same time, a young man slipped on the gravel and cut his knee. Break out the first aid kit! After a little clean up and plaster application, super trooper George Preece continued and finished parkrun perfectly.

With the few issues around scanning and token mix up, the run director and funnel manager went to a quiet room to check through all results manually to make sure they were all accurate. Once completed, results were sent and laptop clicked shut. However, when no results appeared, it became obvious something was amiss. On checking, it turned out the run director had sent the results to a test system and not the live one! Cue second round of sorting out the glitches in the results and final correct posting to the live system. Oh, what a morning!


The stats:

This week 150 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Lizzie MEDWELL • Thomas WATSON • Stephen MORRIS • Catherine MORLAND • Nicola CARTER • Linda DODSWORTH • Spike BROWNLEES • Jackie KNIGHT • Emma KILMURRAY • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Shannon SINTON • Janet ECCLES • Sarah NOBLE • James NOBLE • Kathryn LARWOOD • Jackie REED • John DICKSON • Hilary WELLING

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 2,484 participants have completed 5,916 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,580 km, including 964 new Personal Bests. A total of 239 individuals have volunteered 814 times.

So you have got to the bottom of the stats then. After such as eventful parkrun, the run director thanks everyone for their patience in waiting for their results yesterday. At least we can be happy they are accurate!

 

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…”

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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!

 

All the firsts at Conyngham Hall parkrun #37

A lovely cold and sunny morning greeted our first time run director, Shannon Sinton, at Conyngham Hall this week. It was lovely to see one of our frequent junior volunteers step up to the big job! All 130 runners were briefed and the hazards around our half path, half trial course expertly described. We had a shout out to Dave Glover, who competed his 50th parkrun with us and welcomed visitors from Durham and Horsforth.

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Shannon congratulated our first three gentlemen to complete the course: Phil Boynton, James Ireland and Stephen Morland. Phil (centre) was very complementary about the course and we are glad you enjoyed it!

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Our first junior runner came in an amazing 6th place overall. Absolutely fantastic result, Jamie Jelf, in the centre of the picture here, with his brother, Harry, on the left.

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Our first lady home was Mhairi Sellars. Mhairi is a frequent runner and volunteer at Conyngham and completed an extra lap after everyone had finished to make sure we had not left any flag or signs out on the course.

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Once we had collected all our equipment, we moved to the Black Mulberry for our usual Saturday morning treats while processing the results. Congratulations to all of this weeks runners and walkers and many thanks to all our volunteers; we couldn’t do it without all of you!

The official bit...
Conyngham Hall parkrun - Event #37
This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Lizzie MEDWELL • Mhairi SELLAR • Sean BRENNAN • Thomas WATSON • Stephen MORRIS • Linda DODSWORTH • Joanne WELLING • Ian POWELL • Emma KILMURRAY • Tom KILMURRAY • Ruth MANN • David SINTON • Shannon SINTON • Pete NOBLE • James NOBLE • Jackie REED • Spike BROWNLEES • Kevin MILLAR
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 2,389 participants have completed 5,546 parkruns covering a total distance of 27,730 km, including 894 new Personal Bests. A total of 234 individuals have volunteered 777 times.

 

The breezy one

It was certainly a breezy one on Saturday which means the course is starting to dry out beautifully and some faster times / PBs are starting to be set.

We had a fabulous 138 participants.  This is marginally down on recent weeks but Knaresborough Striders, the town's own running club, did have their annual club dinner the night before and to be honest, it was surprising to see as many of them as we did! (Ed: Other running clubs are available - some are almost as good.)

Our visitors are huge part of Conyngham Hall parkrun and this week we welcomed them from as far afield as Ecuador (great to have you back again) and Japan. A huge thank you goes to everyone because the constant feedback we get is "I can't believe everyone is so friendly!"

We had one of those rare quirks of fate in the results - Rod Wilson in at #38 was just pipped to the line Rob Milson at #37! It'll be interesting to see if we get anything pop up this week.

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Out post-event coffee...and pancakes... or tea cake....or sausage sandwich...or whatever you fancy, is at the Black Mulberry café along the waterside near the viaduct.  There's a great atmosphere and it's there we do the results processing and token sorting.  Please do join us for a bit of parkpfaff and general chit chat of all things parkrun.

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And so to the official bit.

This week 138 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Thomas WATSON • Nicola CARTER • Emma HARROP • Andy HULL • Sarah GORE • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Andrew HARROP • Paula WILKINSON • Mark TAYLOR • Joanne WELLING • Euan MADDEN • Emma HALL • Shannon SINTON • Brian NOBLE • Michael DOBSON • Pete NOBLE • James NOBLE • Paul REED • Jackie REED • Spike BROWNLEES • Kevin MILLAR

The 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).

And considering Conyngham Hall is roughly reckoned to be about 1½ minutes slower than other nearby parkruns, those are both crackin' times.

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 2,359 participants have completed 5,416 parkruns covering a total distance of 27,080 km, including 875 new Personal Bests. A total of 234 individuals have volunteered 759 times.

Did you know the beautiful wooden sculptures around the games field part of the course werer created by Yorkshire Driftwood, an organisation who offer support and creative opportunities to young people with disabilities.  Going by the scupltures we see on the course every week, there is some serious creative talent out there!

 

Celebrating female participation

On Sat 7th March, we will be joining in with the parkrun celebrations to mark International Women's Day (which falls on Sun 8th March) and will also support the 'This Girl Can' compaign. We want to get as many females participating and helping as possible, so bring along a female friend, family member or work colleague, especially if they've not been to parkrun before, or get in touch to be added to the volunteer roster (email us at conynghamhall@parkrun.com).

We'll have a special selfie frame for the day so you can snap and share away, and if you've got it, wear purple! We'd love to see a swathe of purple attired participants of all sexes shapes and sizes. Go on, start mentioning it to that person who you know would love parkrun and might need that extra bit of incentive to come along to their first.

 

The one with milestones, cake and a visit from a very important Mum

The weather was mild and the ground slightly drier than recent weeks as 153 parkrunners joined us on Saturday and helped celebrate milestones aplenty: Rod Wilson completed his 50th parkrun, Shane Corcoran joined the Cowell club by making Conyngham Hall the 100th different parkrun he had completed and Mark Taylor (Co ED) completed his 100th parkrun. (Amanda Schofield also achieved her 100th parkrun, we’ll give you a shout out next week Amanda!) The conditions lead to a fair few PBs and the celebrations meant we got to eat cake afterwards which is always a nice treat.

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Briefing done, we headed to the start, where checking of watches and positioning for PBs took place, and then 3..2..1.. parkrun! Great marshalling and encouraging from our fantastic marshals around the course as always.

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Just before 10, the tail walker was in and we were packing up heading for the cafe

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, where we were joined by two miscreants who had run at Wetherby before heading back to be with their nearest and dearest (I'm sure the Black Mulberry sausage and egg sandwiches had nothing to do with it).

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Results processing didn't go as smoothly as usual this week, due to gremlins hiding in the scanning file, so it took some extra sorting out and a re-publishing of results but we got there. The kit is now packed away, having a snooze in full readiness for doing it all again next Saturday.

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And now for the stats

Conyngham Hall parkrun, Event number 35, 25th January 2020

This week 154 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Thomas WATSON • Stephen MORRIS • Claire BURTON • Phillip HARRISON • Linda DODSWORTH • James STRUTT • Mark TAYLOR • Joanne WELLING • Ian POWELL • Ruth MANN • Shannon SINTON • Kathryn LARWOOD • Paul REED • Jackie REED • Spike BROWNLEES

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 2,329 participants have completed 5,278 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,390 km, including 853 new Personal Bests. A total of 232 individuals have volunteered 736 times.

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Final note, congratulations if you've made it this far. A big shout out to all our visitors this week including those from Oxford, Nottingham, London, Ireland, Leeds, Barnsley and my Mum visiting from Lytham (Mum started parkrun at the youthful age of 70 having never run in her life before. 18 months on and she's done 59 parkruns and volunteered over 10 times. Can you tell I'm proud?

Linda

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(My Mum)

 

Dates for your diary

Sat 29th February - a leap year day parkrun. It’s the first time Feb 29th has fallen on a Saturday since before parkrun began and the next time will be 2048, so it’s going to be a little bit special. Not sure how we’ll mark it yet, but we’ll be doing something, so make sure you join us that Saturday.

Sat 7th March - we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day (which falls on Sun 8th). Two ideas for this. 1. Everyone of all sexes to wear purple if they can to show their support. Plus, we’re going to have an all female volunteer team that day - girl power - so if you fancy getting involved, drop us a line.  We did consider having an all male volunteer team so all the the girls and women could run but decided that we preferred the control of organising it :-)

Sat 28th March - Youth takeover. The young have it. The volunteer team to be filled by our fantastic U18s in every role. The idea came from Shannon, one of our regular U18 volunteers and she will be our Run Director for the day. Don’t worry, we’ll keep an eye on them all. Any children wanting to marshal (and we do hope lots of you will) will sport the hi-vis and have the radio, but they’ll need to bring along a responsible adult to support them. In the finish area, we’ll have a mix of U18s who are fine doing the role on their own, plus some who need to bring along their adult support crew. We’ll also ensure we have a least one floating responsible adult from our core team keeping an overall eye on the finish area. It should be a great parkrun, get your names on the roster early.

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