Event Number #78 – 12th August 2017– As the clock strikes 9…

The parkrun Facebook page and twitter made this week's photo all about parkrun tourism.  This would be easy for me as I am a perpetual tourist of late, having not run at my home run this year, but I was on holiday in Chirk meaning that Errdig parkrun was only 8miles away – a parkrun that I hadn't run.

But my family and I ended up at Dolgellau parkrun a further 1hr 20min drive away.  Some may question my sanity at this – normally my wife!  However obviously she was feeling very relaxed after a week with me visiting National Trust properties and scoffing down vast quantities of picnic food and tea room cakes that she indulged my desire to tick off one of my 10 must do parkruns – Dolgellau.  Dolgellau often appears on weekly parkrun Stats, collated together on http://www.elliottline.com/parkrun in the smallest parkruns in the UK; a low finish token called.

However scanning over the results I see a numbers trend – greater numbers in the summer.  Maybe the better weather draws out local runners or more likely people holidaying in the area (even 1 hour away) can't miss their weekly parkrun fix and travel to a new one near where they are staying!

So it was that at 8:20 we found ourselves in a carpark in Dolgellau ready to parkrun.

For any visitors reading this news to give information about the parkrun before you visit key points...

·          Postcode for the carpark is spot on!  £1 per hour for up to 3 hours (You will need £3 if you visit the café).

·         Toilets cost 20p to spend a penny (or more).

·         The start (and finish) is in the corner of the car park!  VERY EASY TO FIND.

·         Road Shoes.

This week 32 first timers listed to the run briefing.  Only Walter KING had never heard one before as this was his first ever parkrun – whether Dolgellau is your home run or being away from home (on holiday) inspired you to run please come back again.

After the briefing was over there was no rush to start the parkrun as it was before 9am, the Run Director carefully looked at her watch (Garmin? TomTom?) for the satellite set time turned to 9am precisely before the off.  Just long enough in fact for my wife to run back to the car – drop her hoody rather than leaving it by the finish (it started to drizzle) and run back - I am sure a rolling start isn't allowed at the World Championships!

As runners streamed off along the flat riverside path the church clock chimed 9am.

Even though Dolgellau sits amongst a host of rolling hills the path follows the bubbling river (or over it on a bridge) – the route is flat...  very flat! My Garmin 920XT registered 13ft of total elevation on the whole route!  The only thing to slow me down (apart from a week of eating a cream tea each day) was the turn around the cones on the out and back route – that you do twice – so three u-turns.  At my size they aren't quick or pretty!  In fact on the last one I managed to kick the cone out the way for the poor marshal to replace for the runners behind me.

Despite the low clouds hovering menacingly over the hill tops and the initial drizzle before the start the rain held out for the first 20mintes of the run – those racing snakes could have finished, been scanned and sat back in their cars wet from only perspiration, not the rain.

With all my tourism if possible I offer to write a run report, not just as a record of my travels but as a way of properly thanking all the volunteer heroes in hi-viz who sacrificed their morning parkrun this morning so I along with 71 other runners could enjoy a lovely run – This is even more important today as by the 2nd loop I was blowing and unable to offer any more thanks to the marshals on course other than a thumbs up (and maybe an apology to the turn marshal as I kicked over the cone!) and having to stand out in the mizzle whilst us runners got to run between the rain drops.   So Ashley CHARLWOOD, Katie COLE, Karl COOPER, Elly DOWNING, Iwan EVANS, Zoe HOBBS, Gudrun JONES, Glyn ROWLANDS, Alison SMEDLEY, Sarah WELLS, Ben WELLS – many thanks..  As with parkruns around the country if you fancy giving scanning a go, fancy being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please look on the roster and e-mail - dolgellauhelpers@parkrun.com

Proper parkrun tourism always involves a trip to the Café afterwards and after a long drive I enjoyed my full (English or is it Welsh) breakfast with black pudding as my family had various bacon/egg/sausage batch options - vegetarian options available.  As I scooped up the last drop of egg with a hash brown my parkrun text came through – 30th place...  Just too many tourist visiting boosting up the numbers!

Thank you all for being so welcoming to me and my family.  Happy parkrunning.

Daniel Connolly

 As always a full set of today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dolgellau parkrun Results Page, but a few Stats highlights from today's run:-

Olly SHEPPARD (SM20-24) (Unattached) set a new PB to become this week's first finisher in 17:28.

Colchester Harriers AC's Rebecca COOKE (SW20-24) took the honour of first female runner home in 21:17.

4th finisher Stuart BURGESS (VM50-54) (Unattached) recorded the highest age grading of 79.97 % with his finish time of 19:03, as well as claiming the honour of most experienced parkrunner (based on number of runs 214 not age!)

 

Run report 77

As parkrun participants gathered this morning on the Marian there was a sense that it would be a good number....and it was! 84 people to be exact and almost 50% new to Dolgellau parkrun, which is fantastic to see. There were many complements from visitors about our route, which despite being surrounded by mountains, is actually one of the flatest routes in the UK!

Today saw 7 new PB's - well done to Peter Bailey, Harry Shakespeare, Eliott Beard, Lee Shakespeare, Laurence Shakespeare, Dawn Williamson and Ian Longbottom.

Please see below for more detailed results....

Dolgellau parkrun
Event number 77
5th August 2017

This week 84 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Gerald COOPER • Alexandra PRITCHARD • Elly DOWNING • Mat FENWICK • Ashley CHARLWOOD • Katie COLE • Allanah FENWICK • Christine OWEN • Kevin OWEN • Jacob BEARD • Jane LEEMING

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

Male placings:
Owen ROBERTS (SM20-24) of Eryri Harriers, was first over the line in 17:29 - 6th time in 8 appearances.
Benn WALKER (SM18-19) of Beccles and Bungay Harriers, was second over the line in 19:14.
Jamie COLLIER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:32.

Female placings:
Nicola HALL (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (24th overall) over the line in 24:16 - first appearance.
Jo WALKER (VW40-44) of Bungay Black Dog RC, was second (27th overall) over the line in 24:32.
Brionnie HASELDEN (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (33rd overall) over the line in 25:56.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Brenda JONES (VW75-79) – 81.91% for the time 30:08 (57th overall).
David WRIGHT (VM55-59) – 81.26% for the time 19:34 (4th overall).
Owen ROBERTS (SM20-24) – 74.55% for the time 17:29 (first overall).

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:29 on 20th February 2016 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Russell BENTLEY who recorded a time of 16:12 on 7th January 2017 (event number 47).
The Age Grade course record is held by Brenda JONES who recorded 87.49% (27:43) on 25th June 2016 (event number 20).

Dolgellau parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 1,444 participants have completed 3,030 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,150 km, including 494 new Personal Bests.

 

Run report 76

After a wet week, this morning started dry. The Anglesey Hassars, for Hwyl yr Haf were camped in the corner of the field prompting a few people wondering whether the horses would set a new course record.

We were joined by three volunteers from the soon to start Newtown parkrun (Helen, Andrew and Caroline) as well as 11 more regular volunteers - Thank You all!

Congratulations to all our runners - well done! A special mention to Rhodri DUNPHY,  Rhona JOHNSON, Huw ROBERTS,  Norma DUDLEY, Catherine SHERLOCK  and Jack PICKETT who all recorded PB's.

And, an extra special mention to Sian Stockford, who as a tail end volunteer, also logged her 50th run today. Llongyfachiadau Sian! Diolch yn Fawr!

A fantastic Saturday, thank you to everyone who supported us, and look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Summary results, and a link to the detailed results beneath!

Dolgellau parkrun
Event number 76
29th July 2017

This week 63 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Alison SMEDLEY • Sian STOCKFORD • Mat FENWICK • Ashley CHARLWOOD • Katie COLE • Allanah FENWICK • Christine OWEN • Gudrun JONES • Glyn ROWLANDS • Karl COOPER • Katie CHARLWOOD

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

Male placings:
Jack PICKETT (JM15-17) of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC, was first over the line in 17:47 - second time in 2 appearances.
Peter BANNISTER (SM20-24) of Tonbridge AC, was second over the line in 18:34.
Andrew WHEELER (VM50-54) of Bournville Harriers, was third over the line in 19:49.

Female placings:
Katharine HARRIS (JW15-17) of Abingdon AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 21:31 - first appearance.
Grace SMITH (JW11-14) of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC, was second (12th overall) over the line in 22:35 - was first to finish once before.
Dee ELLEN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 27:40.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Jack PICKETT (JM15-17) – 77.04% for the time 17:47 (first overall).
Andrew WHEELER (VM50-54) – 75.61% for the time 19:49 (third overall).
Ian SADLER (VM55-59) – 72.49% for the time 21:45 (11th overall).

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:29 on 20th February 2016 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Russell BENTLEY who recorded a time of 16:12 on 7th January 2017 (event number 47).
The Age Grade course record is held by Brenda JONES who recorded 87.49% (27:43) on 25th June 2016 (event number 20).

Dolgellau parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 1,403 participants have completed 2,946 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,730 km, including 487 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report 75

What a stunning day it was for our first parkrun of the school holidays. A show of hands showed a majority of the runners were visitors to the area and a large number were completely new to our parkrun course, in fact nearly half the participants! We hope you all enjoyed it and come back again soon.

We had some awesome volunteers as ever, some of whom were doing slightly different jobs and learning the ropes. We are really building a fantastic team of volunteers and are incredibly grateful to everyone who turns out week after week. The more the merrier of course, so if you feel inspired to get involved there is no commitment to do a certain number of Saturday's a year, just as and when you can.

Well done to those 9 people who smashed their PB's on the Dolgellau course and well done to all the children who ran this week and had big smiles on their faces.

Please see below for further details of this week's results....

Dolgellau parkrun
Event number 75
22nd July 2017

This week 63 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Alison SMEDLEY • Ashley CHARLWOOD • Katie COLE • Christine OWEN • Debra KOJS • Gudrun JONES • Andrew ELLIS • Glyn ROWLANDS • Karl COOPER • Jane LEEMING • Nick LEEMING • Kyle WATTS

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

Male placings:
Owen ROBERTS (SM20-24) of Eryri Harriers, was first over the line in 17:19 - 5th time in 7 appearances.
Tristan EVANS (SM30-34) of Meirionnydd Running Club, was second over the line in 18:11.
Daniel TOWEY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:28.

Female placings:
Llio EVANS (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (7th overall) over the line in 21:32 - 12th time in 13 appearances.
Nicki SULLIVAN (VW40-44) of Swinton RC, was second (12th overall) over the line in 22:48.
Bethan FORD (SW30-34) of Pontypridd Roadents AC, was third (17th overall) over the line in 24:01 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Brenda JONES (VW75-79) – 83.67% for the time 29:30 (45th overall).
Owen ROBERTS (SM20-24) – 75.26% for the time 17:19 (first overall).
Ian SADLER (VM55-59) – 71.99% for the time 21:54 (8th overall).

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:29 on 20th February 2016 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Russell BENTLEY who recorded a time of 16:12 on 7th January 2017 (event number 47).
The Age Grade course record is held by Brenda JONES who recorded 87.49% (27:43) on 25th June 2016 (event number 20).

Dolgellau parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 1,370 participants have completed 2,883 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,415 km, including 481 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report 74

A pretty wet start to this Saturday. This didn't stop 38 first time runners taking part.

This week was new for us, we've had wedding parties before, and now this week, a stag party - we hope that Andy McCoy had a good stay in Dolgellau.

With the rain, it was tough going out on the course, so a huge "Well Done" to Jo Doughty, this weeks only runner with a PB. Congratulations to all our finishers.

A massive thanks to all volunteers who were a little soggy - especially Gudrun and Glyn, marshalling out on the course!

See you next Saturday - hope there aren't too many sore heads from Sesiwn Fawr - 25 years. So runners, tourists and locals be aware there may be a few more people around than usual!

Result summary and link to detailed results beneath.

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PHOTO CREDIT - BEN WELLS

Dolgellau parkrun
Event number 74
15th July 2017

This week 62 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Ashley CHARLWOOD • Katie COLE • Christine OWEN • Kevin OWEN • Ben WELLS • Gudrun JONES • Iwan EVANS • Glyn ROWLANDS • Karl COOPER • Jane LEEMING • Katie CHARLWOOD

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

Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.
An unknown runner was second.
Ian GILES (VM50-54) of Cheltenham & County Harriers, was third over the line in 19:58.

Female placings:
Sophie DAVIES (JW15-17) (Unattached) was first (14th overall) over the line in 22:37 - first appearance.
Zoe DENNISON (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (21st overall) over the line in 23:57.
Kathryn HALL (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (22nd overall) over the line in 23:58.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Mike DENNISON (VM55-59) – 74.36% for the time 21:23 (8th overall).
Ian GILES (VM50-54) – 73.87% for the time 19:58 (third overall).
Gary MASON (VM50-54) – 73.50% for the time 20:04 (4th overall).

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 00:19:29 on 20th February 2016 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Russell BENTLEY who recorded a time of 00:16:12 on 7th January 2017 (event number 47).
The Age Grade course record is held by Brenda JONES who recorded 87.49% (27:43) on 25th June 2016 (event number 20).

Dolgellau parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 1,339 participants have completed 2,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,100 km, including 472 new Personal Bests.

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