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.

 

Visiting Conyngham Hall parkrun No. 34

January 18th 2020 saw me and my pals complete our first ever Conyngham Hall parkrun. We’re locals from York and we’ve been looking forward to coming since you launched...planning originally to come on an occasion the parkrun was cancelled.

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It was a beautiful cold, bright winter’s morning and the perfect conditions for a run...and it’s far from a PB course which meant I could enjoy a relaxed effort today.

 

We were joined by a volunteer roster full of people from the local Slimming World group, organised by Donna Tucker, and they were so enthusiastic and encouraging. I love a roster takeover, it’s such a great way to introduce new people to the joys of parkrun.

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Conyngham Hall parkrun is an ‘undulating’ course starting with some tarmac path that soon moves on to a degree of mud and grass. I really enjoyed the varied terrain and I have definitely used some different muscles today compared to when I run my standard ‘flat as a pancake’ York parkrun. It was the perfect opportunity to christen my new trail shoes, they are just a touch muddier than at 8.45 am this morning. It was great to see so many dogs out n about and enjoying a run today and I always have to say a special well done to all the under 11s that manage to out-sprint their responsible adult.

My husband was happily keeping me company for today's run but he was a little disappointed it wasn’t over with after lap 1. I welcomed another trip around the course to take it all in a little better. A sprint finish at the end between us but I nearly gave him the ‘win’ when I didn’t realise the finish line was a little further ahead. For me, parkrun isn’t about speed or my finishing time; it’s about spending time outdoors with friends...and the post-run caffeine/calories.

Conyngham Hall will be a regular tourist spot for us; joining our list of favourites including Fountains Abbey, Castle Howard and Dalby Forest. It will be great to see how your run changes over the seasons and we will no doubt be back in the Spring to experience it.

Abbie Brooks

 

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.