Event 35 @ Newborough parkrun

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.
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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.

 

2nd February 2019

This week saw a band of weather warnings across Wales which caused quite a few parkruns to be cancelled due to snow and ice. We were lucky enough to still go ahead with 115 participants taking part!

A big warm welcome to all first timers and tourist from near and far who joined us this weekend, we hope you enjoyed your run, jog or walk at Newborough Forest parkrun and will join us again if not this weekend very soon!
Congratulations and a big well done to all who gained a personal best this week, brilliant!!

Some beautiful pictures taken by our volunteers.
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Volunteering at Park Run

I saw an advert for a planning meeting to set up a local park run in Newborough, as I live so near to Newborough Forest I thought I’d go along to be nosey more than anything. It was obvious how much work had already been done so I decided to put my name down as a volunteer.

Little did I know the effect it would have on me. Park Run is in my diary for every Saturday for the foreseeable future.

Volunteering at Newborough Forest Park Run, what can I say? I do a lot of volunteering with a variety groups, but being a Park Run volunteer is simply the best. I find it the most positive experience of any of my volunteer jobs. Even getting up early on a Saturday morning to help set up is OK. Our volunteers are like one big happy family. I’ve even got my husband involved.

The runners are so appreciative of what we do that it makes everything worthwhile. As a Park Run, we’ve been going just over 8 months, and already the bond between us is great. We had our first social ‘do’ at Christmas and we are now planning our Easter social gathering. As a senior citizen it is great for me to mix with the younger volunteers. I’ve managed to get my 25 T-shirt. Who would have thought I’d reach that many. I’ve been wet, hot and cold but I still keep coming back for more. The lure of hot chocolate and a bacon butty with my fellow band of volunteers at a local cafe keeps me going.

I’ve managed to do a variety of roles from race director to tail walker. The atmosphere at the finish line as our marshals encourage and cheer-in the runners is amazing.

So, if you can’t run or walk 5k you will get just as much out of being part of the Park Run volunteer family.

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A big thank you to Chris for the above write up on her personal experience with us at Newborough Forest parkrun, who also happened to be our RD today!

All smiles from our hi-vis heros at the finish line. No matter what the weather they are always smiling!
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Newborough Forest #30 and #31

So far this year we have been very lucky with the weather being on our side, a little bit of a chill in the air and a slight breeze but thankfully the rain has held off. It's great to see all the tourist and locals that have joined us since we started back in June 2018 and the amount of support and feedback has been amazing!

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A picture of a red sky over Newborough Forest whilst setting up the course.

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141 participants joined us with James Harwood ( part of Anglesey Canicross club) crossing coming in 1st with a time of 19.04, brilliant Effort well done James!

A big warm welcome as always to our first timers who joined us
Cameron LAWRENCE, Mike POLLARD, Jill REINSCH, Millie DAVIES, Lucy VAMPLEW, Tyson CHEUNG, Martin OWEN,
Peter ROBERTS, Yvonne NEARY, Charlie HUGHES, Michelle HIBBS, Alan JORDAN, Kyle ROWLANDS, Lesley POLLARD, Simon BROMLEY, James WHEELER, Richard MARSHALL, Fiona SANDOM, Emily CAMPION, Tomos PICKAVANCE, Gwenno EVANS, Neville CROSS, Charlotte WRIGHT, Matthew THORNETON-FIELD, Liam WRIGHT, Osian JONES, Owain FARRAR, Roy JONES,Riley JONES,
Kevin JONES, Siôn JONES, William HUGHES, Lucy BARBOUR-HILL, Logan WILLIAMS,Lynsey HIND, Gary TIMMINS, Andrea WILLIAMS, Matthew WILLIAMS, Cai JONES, Dyfrig JONES, Louise LEONARD, Emily HUGHES, Gruffydd HEALD, Ben HEALD, Elin JONES, Rhys ROWLANDS, Wiliam ROWLANDS, Holly WATKINSON, Llifon ROWLANDS, Wil PICKAVANCE, Dan SAYER, Orlaith JONES, Olivia PARRY.

Congratulations on the following to achieving personal bests, great effort by all keep up the good work!
Jasmine SHARP, Tom BROMLEY, Stephen HAWTHORNTHWAITE, Sam LOMAS, Lee GROVES, Angharad RHISIART, Chris BALDWIN, Nicholas MARSHALL, Oliver HIND, Daniel MARSHALL, Sam BLANDFORD-ELLIOTT, Alicia STANLEY, Millicent BLANDFORD-ELLIOTT, Sophie LUCAS, Arwel STEPHEN, Ceri ROBERTS, Martin KELLY-ROBERTS, Alice LOMAX, Lowri EVANS, Rhodri EVANS,Lois HUGHES, Gayle HAMER, Ffion HUGHES, Jacob LLOYD-HUGHES, Rhian LLOYD-HUGHES, Dawn WILDE, Emily TATTERSALL.

Carole Richardson received her 25 volunteer t-shirt last week and joined us this week wearing it with pride. A big thank you for volunteering with us and your continued support and time. Carole brings her son Caleb with her who is the youngest of our 'mini marshals' but has started a fab hat craze as he rocks up to parkrun with a new hat.

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A big warm welcome to Dan who joined and completed his first ever parkrun, Dan was joined by Brian who volunteered to be his guide around the course.
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Without our volunteers, Newborough parkrun wouldn't be able to go ahead. A big thank you goes out to you all for giving up your time on Saturday mornings and helping things run smoothly.
If you would like to join in the volunteering side please email us at newboroughforest@parkrun.com we promise you we will welcome you with warm arms and a smile and you will enjoy every second of it.

Here is one of our volunteers Karen Soley in action doing her runners brief as run director.
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#31
Another dry morning with a bitter cold breeze, but the trees soon sheltered the slight breeze throughout the course. With 96 runners, joggers and walkers taking part they were soon keen to get started to get warm!
PICTURE OF RUNNERS AT THE START!

As always we thank our volunteers for giving up their time and helping things run smoothly, but this week I thought i'd share the extra mile that our high vis heros really go too. With the damp mornings runners, joggers and walkers wanting to take off a layer of clothing before they start they leave their item of clothing by the start line on the floor. Our thoughtful High Vis heros collect participants items of clothing and take them to the finish line but not only do they take them to the finish line they have thought of a clever way by using the little bark branches of the trees and using them as hooks so items no loner get damp on the floor.
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A warm welcome to all first timers and tourists who joined us this week, with one of the runners quoting " It was well worth the 3 and a half hours car journey here this morning, from the volunteers smiles and cheering throughout the course to the beautiful scenic views. Definitely one of the nicest parkruns I have done so far".

A big well done and congratulations to everyone who achieved a PB this, brilliant effort to all of the following:
Jonathan TYLER, Charles ALLINGTON, Peter BRODEY, Ceri STEWART, Paul ROBERTS, Laura SUTTON, Sion Llyr ROBERTS, Lee GROVES, Nia ALLEN, Alan JORDAN, Richard JONES, Richard LOMAX, Arwel STEPHEN, Teja P, Brad CONNELL, Dan SAYER, David WALLEY, Christopher GUMN, Mike RIPLEY.

For our post event drinks, we went down to The Model Village, which has just been taken over and recently opened up again. Each time we have had a very warm welcome and what they have done is brilliant and we highly recommend a visit. Here are some of our 'mini marshals' enjoying a train ride after they enjoyed a lovely hot chocolate.
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Happy New Year from Newborough Forest parkrun!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! With it being the only time of the year that you can run a 'double parkrun' we wasn't sure on how many walkers, joggers or runners would turn up but were we in for a surprise, as we kept looking at the start line we could see more and more participants eager to start their new year off with the first 2019 parkrun to their name. A massive 341 runners, joggers and walkers joined us and we couldn't of asked for better weather. The sun was shining and it was a dry day with a little chill in the air.

It was lovely to welcome all tourists and first timers who joined us some coming all the way from Canada, New Zealand South Wales and England.

Andrew DAVIES, Llyr APGERAINT-ROBERTS, Andy SAVAGE, Neal HOCKLEY,
Harry DRISCOLL, John FORD, Charlotte GRANDFIELD, Kevin CLARK, Dave OSBORNE, Adrian SELL, David G WILLIAMS, Alison HOPKINS, Andy DODD, Arwel LEWIS, Henry MORRISON, Kristian LOWE, Ian MULLIGAN, Andrew PARKER, Tammy LEWIS-JONES, Joseph MATTHEWS, Rhys JONES, Ben WOODS, Ian ROBSON, Nephi ALTY, Nia WRIGHT MORGAN, Luke SELLERS, Hywel WILLIAMS,Tom ELCOCK, Cai DAFYDD, David WILLIAMS, Robert RODRIGUES, Mark DUNSCOMBE, Anwen HOCKLEY, Paul BARNETT, Paul WOODS, Emily ILIFFE, Ann GODDARD, Elen Haf JONES, Nigel HOLMES, Owain Alun GRIFFITHS,
Russell ELDER, Gareth E GRIFFITHS, Bern STEVENSON, Mari JONES, Darren MCMAHON, Carrie CARRUTHERS, Elizabeth DRISCOLL, Sam EVANS, Karl TRUSWELL, Barry SMITH, Matt RUST, Darren SEENEY, Islay SELLAR, Oliver CHANDRAN, Ryan JONES, Sarah OSBORNE, Andrzej DZIEMIANKO, Anke HAGEMI, Adrian KINGSNORTH, Eurwyn EDWARDS, Bill POWIS, Matthew TOSH, Calum HATTERSLEY, Jason GREEN, Angharad RHISIART, Jo EVANS, Rachel SERGEANT, Michael WYMER, Neil THOMAS, Di HOLMES, Linda BAXTER, Fiona CUNNINGTON, Dylan PYE, Carol HOWE, Helen ROBERTS, Nia ALBISTON, Adrian HUMPHREYS, Hugh GODFREY, Morgan ROGERS, Ceri ABBIT, David STOKES, Ruth GREEN,Nicola BRANN, Emily BURGESS, John STORY, Bridget STEVENSON, Anna JONES, Dave MAY, Jen WILLIAMS, Alan SAWOJKA, Natalia ORIGO, Kate WHITE, Steven HERBERT, Heather VARLEY, Alison WOODS, Richard FURNISS, Bronagh MAGUIRE, Nigel JONES, Charlotte WOODS, Caroline WILLIAMS, Jayne LLOYD, David FORD, Melanie LOWE, Tamsyn THRING, Hannah STOKES, Gillian STOKES, Pat D MORGAN, Daniel HUGHES,Hywel JONES, Alex ROGERS, Mike RUST, Janice CADYWOULD, Anona SAMPSON, Rhian JONES, Gregor PERRY, Vivienne EDWARDS, Barbara ENNIS, Rachel MOORE, Della MATTHEWS, Carol WADESON, Melanie YOUNG, Andrea DZIEMIANKO, Stephanie WIDDOWSON, Sarah AUBREY, Rachel CLARKE, Bessie O'DELL, Annie PRITCHARD, Jenny MORRIS, Bethan ROGERS, Orian LATHAM,Gareth ROGERS, Philippa ROGERS, Laura DAVIES, Martin KELLY-ROBERTS, Elenid JONES,Zoe MORRIS, Riis PRITCHARD, Steven PRITCHARD, Gwenllian ROBERTS, Anne SMITH, John HUMPHREYS, Stephanie WISCHHUSEN, Suzanne HARPUR, Sean HARPUR, Emma JONES, Thandiwe GILDER, Will SWIFT, Ian CUNNINGTON, Rob EVANS, Georgina SWIFT, Finlay PERRY, Shona PERRY, Fran LEWIS, Kamal CHAUHAN, Neil SUMMERS, Patrick HUGHES, Enlli THOMAS, Vikki HARPER, Claire PRESTON, Helen HUGHES, Jadeen ABBIT, Dylan ABBIT, Katherine Victoria REECE, Catrin BOND, Cara THOMAS,Claire KAUR, Rhys Meiriog WILLIAMS, Sadie Môn JONES, Ffion HUGHES, Suzanna GARNETT, Caleb ROBERTS, Aron RHISIART, Tomos RHISIART, Josie RHISIART, Debbie JONES, Christine CLARK, Elis EVANS, Keira TRUSWELL, Cian OWEN, Maggi PAAP, Gwenlli Llewelyn WILLIAMS,Craig WADESON, Susan WHITEHOUSE, Robert EVANS, Adam EDGE, Jason HUGHES.

Congratulations to the following on getting your p.b's, fantastic effort by all.
Peter JONES, Owen POOLEY, David ELLIS, Rob SHEPHERD, Andy JOHN, Mark EVANS, Sion ROBERTS, Dewi WILLIAMS, Chris ROBERTS, Sian ELLIS,Rhodri WILLIAMS, Llinos DAVIES, Max GRUNDY, Rhian HARPER OWEN, Laura PARKIN, Peter Adam SCOTT-JONES, Mike JENNINGS, Lisa WILLIAMS, Sara SAWICZ, Tom LINDLEY, Colin LINDLEY, Fiona SELLAR, Nerys JONES, Huw OHRI, Thomas EVANS, Steven KILLEN, Vicky Anna ARMSTRONG, Dylan M MORGAN, Claire HUNTER, Jason ROSEVEARE, Helen ASLETT, Jai CHAUHAN, Sonja GRIFFITHS, Hedd RHYS, Gwyn MOSELEY, Vicky JONES, Debbie WILLIAMS, Mari JONES-EVANS, Shaun KING, Pat WILSON, Amber CHAUHAN, Matt TAPPING, Sarah ATCHINSON, Martin ATCHINSON,

 

A great end to a superb 2018 with event #26 at the stunning Newborough Forest!

What a great end to 2018 with 109 participants taking part and 24 high vis heroes on duty for event number 26. It has been a fantastic journey to date with 2803 participants over 26 weeks. A huge thanks goes to our parkrun Ambassadors, Geraint and the team at Natural Resources Wales and obviously all the amazing parkrun marshals, It's fantastic to see new friendships develop and the army of volunteers expanding.

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Huge congratulations to all participants who have completed a parkrun and well done to Claire and Osian who hold the quickest time for 2018 and Tina for her age group graded record. Whether you run, jog or walk you are all inspirational and each week we welcome new participants to the parkrun family.

Female record holder: Claire Louise SPENCER - 17:40 - Event 19 (10/11/18)
Male record holder: Osian PERRIN - 16:11 - Event 14 (29/09/18)
Age graded record holder: Tina USHERWOOD - 92.41 % - 19:20 - Event 21 (24/11/18)

It was great to welcome parkrun tourists from a variety of countries this weekend which included Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and England, the fantastic feedback once again complementing the scenic views, the stunning 1 lap route and the amazing and friendly marshals.

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This week we welcomed 9 new participants to the world of parkrun as they celebrated their first ever event with us at Newborough Forest. Congratulations to you all:

Erik WASKIEWICZ
Natalie SHELBY-JAMES
Allison DONNELLY
Aaron SHELBY-JAMES
Neil SHAWCROSS
Roz SCOURSE
Evie BAYMAN
Sarah ATCHINSON
Martin ATCHINSON

Some important milestones were also reached this week with:

Emma WATT 10th event
Gwynfor JAMES 10th event
Rob Hadrell 30th event

Our most experienced parkruner of the day was Mark CRAGG who has 199 events to his name - it would be great to have you back to celebrate your 200th in style on Tuesday / New Years Day.

We will have several members of the volunteering team reaching their 25th event on Tuesday 1st January, what better way to start 2019 reaching that milestone and being awarded their parkrun tee-shirts, absolutely fantastic and congratulations!

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Conditions were calm and pleasant on Saturday with the trees sheltering the participants and this was reflected with 12 new pb's once again this week. Congratulations to everyone and well done to the crew below who finished 2018 with a pb:

Peter JONES
Traci SHIPLEY
Maureen WILKINS
Ceridwen Ana EVANS
Toby SHIPLEY
Wendy JAMES
Gwynfor JAMES
Llinos DAVIES
Sarah ELLWOOD
Jessica WYMER
Lisa WILLIAMS
Michelle ADAMS

To celebrate New Years Day Newborough Forest will be hosting a parkrun on Tuesday 1st January with a 10am start. There is usually a £5 entry fee to the car park at 10am however to celebrate our first day in 2019 entry to the car park will be free to participants who display their barcode. What a great gesture from Natural Resources Wales, so why not join us on New Years Day and enjoy a post event walk or even a New Years Day Dip with the family at the world famous beach and Llanddwyn Island.

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Newborough Forest parkrun
Event number 26
29th December 2018

This week 109 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Rob HADDRELL • Carole RICHARDSON • Jane WINSTONE • Barry John EDWARDS • Delyth KENDRICK • Lily-Rose HADDRELL • Chris ROGERS • Annie SIMMONITE • Amy EDWARDS • Heledd Lewis JONES • Teleri Siôn Lewis JONES • Karen SOLEY • Dewi Redvers JONES • David SOLEY • Eban GEAL • Sophie LUCAS • Dafydd ROBERTS • Guy SOLEY • Ann WILLIAMS • Ela Haf EDEWARDS • Morgan John EDWARDS • Gary WILLIAMS • Shannon JONES • Callum BIBBY

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 1,427 participants have completed 2,803 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,015 km, including 478 new Personal Bests. A total of 88 individuals have volunteered 485 times.

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