This week 126 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part. There was a slight breeze but the sun was shining and spirits were high!
This week 2 new members joined our team who normally run, jog or walk the course, and swapped their usual duties from participating to volunteering! A big thank you to Chris Gumn who was our tail walker and to David Walley and Teleri Jones for scanning the barcodes. We hope you enjoyed the volunteering side and will join us again soon!
My Path to Parkrun
Having been a keen runner for many years with the Beaumaris Town Road Runners and with Newborough forest as my training ground, it was with great delight that I heard there was to be a Parkrun there. Running has always been my ‘therapy’, you only have to jog a couple of miles to feel like the worries of the day have gone away but since being diagnosed with Osteoporosis and then subsequently having a baby, my trainers haven’t had the same usage for the last couple of years. Therefore, when I heard there was to be a Parkrun at Newborough Forest I decided that I would volunteer as this would be the closest I could be to actually participating for the time being.
Since the first Newborough Forest Parkrun back in June of 2018 I’ve volunteered at the majority of the Parkruns with my little baby boy who at the time was only a few weeks old. In the early days he came along in a sling and slept throughout the morning but now he’s like a little lord in his trail buggy being pushed along the forest tracks! He even has his own ‘mini marshal’ hi-vis jacket. The two of us spend quality time together each Saturday morning chattering away along the route to our marshalling point, then look forward to encouraging the runners as they pass, invariably with a ‘mini high five’ or ‘fist pump’, these small things are fun for us to do as well as distracting the runners from the slight incline!
Sometimes my son and I walk the route and other times we run. Because Parkrun is so inclusive, you can participate whatever your ability, you’ll never be last, there’s always a tail walker. It’s great volunteering, you feel like you’re giving something back, especially after running so many races over the years and seeing marshals in whatever the weather giving up their time so you can take part in the sport you love. One thing it has made me realise, is that even a little smile from a runner or a thumbs up is enough of a thank you, I’ll make sure I acknowledge every volunteer when I’m racing next time. My path back to running is a slow one but Parkrun is helping without any pressure. Parkrun has definitely added another dimension to my life along with a whole new group of wonderful friends.
Thanks to Carole for the above write up about her wonderful perspective on parkrun.
Newborough Forest parkrun
Event number 35
23rd February 2019
This week 126 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Rob HADDRELL • Suzanne WALLEY • David WALLEY • Carole RICHARDSON • Barry John EDWARDS • Annie SIMMONITE • Amy EDWARDS • Heledd Lewis JONES • Teleri Siôn Lewis JONES • Karen SOLEY • Owena HUGHES • James STEVENSON • Ann WILLIAMS • Ela Haf EDEWARDS • Morgan John EDWARDS • Gary WILLIAMS • Elen Mair ROBERTS • Christopher GUMN
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 Osian PERRIN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 29th September 2018 (event number 14).
The female record is held by Claire Louise SPENCER who recorded a time of 17:40 on 10th November 2018 (event number 19).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tina USHERWOOD who recorded 92.41% (19:20) on 24th November 2018 (event number 21).
Newborough Forest parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 1,876 participants have completed 4,078 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,390 km, including 739 new Personal Bests. A total of 96 individuals have volunteered 665 times.