The Newborough Forest parkrun was launched on 23rd June and was the first ever parkrun event on the Isle of Anglesey. With a brilliant team of volunteers the parkrun event has grown from strength to strength and attracted local participants as well as parkrun friends from as far as Dubai, Australia, Germany, and various other countries. We have celebrated many milestones, birthdays and inspirational stories to date and look forward to many more over the coming weeks, months, and years. Last week saw 235 participants enjoying the event at Newborough Forest, where this week on 1st September we were back to the usual 140-180 participants.
Since the event started our first place finishers include:
Male First Finishers
Huw OWEN 00:17:29
Thomas KENNY 00:18:39
Oliver WILLIAMS 00:16:58
Rupert JORDAN 00:18:29
Adam DYSON 00:17:40
Leon FOSTER 00:17:33
Steve FORSYTH 00:17:21
Alasdair MACMILLAN 00:18:27
Kieran LEWIS 00:18:22
Tomos ROBERTS 00:16:24
Louis GUEST 00:18:17
Female First Finishers
Holly WEEDALL 00:17:49
Sarah MCROBIE-JONES 00:22:29
Amy MCKECHNIE 00:19:55
Claire WILLIAMS 00:21:03
Caroline KNIGHT 00:19:38
Ceri STEWART 00:21:44
Claire WILLIAMS 00:23:32
Sophie WOOD 00:19:39
Tracy ENTWISTLE 00:20:28
Elliw HAF 00:20:11
Olivia WIGGANS 00:22:04
The 5k route is a stunning 1 lap course which shares some lovely scenery alongside the world famous Llanddwyn Island. The event has attracted local participants from all across Anglesey who are totally new to parkrun. Each week we have also welcomed athletes from running clubs from all across the UK.
Top 10 clubs with members running at Newborough Forest parkrun include:
Club & Number of parkrunners
GOG Triathlon Club 17
Reading Roadrunners 16
Canicross Anglesey 13
Cybi Striders 13
Menai Track & Field 8
Eryri Harriers 8
Vale Royal AC 7
Warrington Running Club 7
Shropshire Shufflers 6
Betsi Runaways 6
Working alongside Sport Wales and Anglesey County Council the Newborough Forest parkrun will play a significant role in the local health and well being plan where it will inspire, motivate and create a real difference to the lives of hundreds / thousands of people of all ages and ability.
For the launch of such a fantastic event we have some quotes from key personnel who were involved in the planning and test event of the Newborough Forest parkrun which has proven very popular and attracted participants from all across Anglesey, Wales, UK and rest of the world.
Councillor Carwyn Elias Jones said "I am delighted to see the first parkrun set up on Anglesey, a free weekly 5k event suitable for all abilities. The Newborough Forest parkrun is in a stunning location and I would encourage everyone to register and enjoy the weekly event, it's a great opportunity for people to get physically active and at the same time be part of the parkrun community"
Sian Williams. Head of Operations, Natural Resources Wales said: "With its spectacular scenery and great running tracks, I'm sure Newborough forest and nature reserve will be a popular venue for these sociable community events."Park Runs are great opportunities for people to come together to enjoy exercise in great locations, with all the health benefits of being active outdoors.
"I wish the initiative well and look forward to joining the runners."
Rhun Ap Iorwerth Anglesey Assembly Member "I'm hugely excited for the Newborough Forest Parkrun and I'm sure the people of Anglesey will turn out in numbers to take part in such a great event over the coming weeks. It is brilliant to see so much work being done by people on Anglesey, who are volunteering their time to encourage individuals of all ages to undertake more healthy and active lifestyles, and what better way to keep fit than by getting involved in a 5km run around one of Anglesey's most beautiful spots."
Thanks to Rob Armstrong, Gwion Davies and Chris Davies from the parkrun Wales team who have been fantastic in supporting the new Newborough Forest parkrun event. Thanks to Geraint James, Sian Williams and the team from Natural Resources Wales in creating such a stunning 5k course for everyone to enjoy. Special thanks to Welsh Athletics and Bro Aberffraw for setting up the fantastic parkrun event and also Achub Calon Y Dyffryn for the defibrillator which is now on site 24/7 for benefit of the parkrun event and general public.
Newborough Forest parkrun Event number 11
1st September 2018
This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests and 12 were totally new to parkrun again this week. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. On a cool, clear and calm morning conditions were great at Newborough Forest and the female course record was testament to this as Holly Weedall of Vale Royal AC set a new record in 17:49 a week after her success in the England Championships where the u15's star took a bronze medal in the 1500m.
It was great to see Harri Roberts from Amlwch who is a keen sportsman putting his guide runner to the test at the stunning Newborough Forest as both participants had a sprint finish to the line with Harri claiming the honours, this will certainly be great preparation as Harri will be competing in the Sandman Sprint Triathlon in September to raise money for Prostate Cancer. All the best Harri #inspirational
A special 50th birthday was celebrated at Newborough Forest and it was great to welcome the crew from Warrington, hope you had a great time on Anglesey.
Newborough Forest parkrun only takes place due to the volunteers, this week's heroes in Hi-Vis were the 19 volunteers:
Carole RICHARDSON • Barry John EDWARDS • Christine YEARSLEY • Alan YEARSLEY • Delyth KENDRICK • Melanie WYMER • Emily WYMER • Adam WYMER • Chris ROGERS • Annie SIMMONITE • Amy EDWARDS • Delyth PARRY • Nia STEVENSON • Heledd Lewis JONES • Teleri Siôn Lewis JONES • Karen SOLEY • Dewi Redvers JONES • Owena HUGHES • James STEVENSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newborough Forest parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Tomos ROBERTS who recorded a time of 16:24 on 30th June 2018 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 17:49 on 1st September 2018 (event number 11).
The Age Grade course record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded 89.62% (17:49) on 1st September 2018 (event number 11).
Newborough Forest parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 922 participants have completed 1,470 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,350 km, including 207 new Personal Bests.
Volunteering at parkrun is a fun way to make friends, learn new skills and take an active role in the community, so anyone wishing to volunteer at future events can find out more by visiting the Newborough Forest parkrun website or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The full event results, photographs and information about the course is also available on the website. Photos from all our events can also be found on the Newborough Forest parkrun Flickr group.