Event number 179 23rd June 2018

Glorious sunshine and lovely conditions were what we ordered for today's Penrhyn parkrun, with 173 participants completing the two big and two small loops. Today, there were 15 1st timers to  parkrun and a further 24 visitors to Penrhyn which included parkrun tourists from Widnes (plus buggy!), Basingstoke, Huntingdon and Newport - hope you all enjoyed it!

Fastest finishers today were: Peter Hooker in 19:03, Peter Jones in 19:21 and Sion Roberts in 19:27. For the ladies, Helen Morgan was the first home in 23:27, closely followed by Rebecca Moorcroft in 23:31 and Mathilde Bue in 24:25. Deri Hockley was the fastest junior home in 23:33. There were representatives of 5 running clubs and 39 pbs were set today!

The only major milestone achieved this week was Felicity Hayes, completing her 100th (and 92nd at Penrhyn!) There were a couple of Green 250 shirts spotted and this week's most experienced parkrunner was Pat Jackson on her 288th. I'm going to mention Dennis Smith who last week completed his 150th parkrun, all of which have been at Penrhyn (today being 151). I believe that there may be one or two regulars hitting milestones next week so please message in or speak to the Run Director on the day to announce any future milestones

Finally, a big thank you to all the volunteers today who, a) helped out to allow the event to take place  and b) also  made my role as RD a lot easier! Please email or message in with your barcode details if you want to volunteer - 25 times and you get a lovely fetching aubergine coloured T shirt!

See you next week

Chris Williams (No Buggy today!)






Penrhyn parkrun # 178 – 16/06/2018

174 parkrunners this weekend sprinted, jogged, plodded, skipped and walked their way around the 2 big loops and 2 small loops for Penrhyn  parkrun Event 178.

The castle opened a new exhibition this weekend entitled Harrison's Garden by renowned artist Luke Jerram and hosts over 2000 clocks, none of which were useful in helping RD Kev Clark start at 9am and confirmed that there was less than a second between the 1st two finishers, both in 16:48 - well done to Owen Roberts on a new PB and to Russ Bentley! Neil Hockley was 3rd for the men in 18:36 and fastest junior going to Michael Henderson in19:34. Fastest lady was Shannen Gray in 23:09 with Holly Thomas 2nd in 23:36 and Anwen Hockley in23:44. also claiming fastest Junior Lady.

30 people were 1st timers to Penrhyn and 48 gained new pbs this weeked, with  at least18 running clubs represented. I spotted apricot shirts representing Newark, Pheonix and Tilgate parkruns and a special mention goes to visitor Ramona Mulligan who has left a lovely message on our facebook page.

There were no major Milestone mentions this week unfortunately although, looking at the regulars, there will be a few  50 and 100 t shirts appearing soon! It could be a while before we see the 1st Penrhyn 250 but there were a few of the elusive green vests yesterday and the most experienced parkrunner this week was Soheel Bhandari on his 379th parkrun in a time of 25:24.

On a slightly sour note, RD Kev mentioned about a volunteer receiving some verbal abuse last week and Even Director Gwion sent an email about some damage to a car belonging to a parkrunner. Both incidents are a huge surprise and this sort of thing is very few and far between at Penrhyn as normally, we receive comments about how supportive, friendly and encouraging it is as an event. Please email in if you do know anything about either incident. We are fully reliant on our volunteers to be able to run a parkrun each week and I fully appreciate and thank the efforts of those who turn up not to run, whether I am the RD, regular volunteer or parkrunner! Do it 25 times and you get a free T shirt (Why else do you think I do the run reports!) Please email or message with your barcode and whichever role you would like to do do!

See you next week!





#NHS70 Penrhyn parkrun Event number 177 9th June 2018

This week we joined parkruns across the UK in celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS. Given that the NHS was founded by Welshman Aneurin Bevan, it felt extra special to celebrate with other Welsh parkruns. We had beautiful weather and an excellent turn out - 256 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 74 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. We also had two gorgeous boys in buggies – regular Ollie, and little Ralf, (who last did the course in his mummy’s tummy!), both boys sensibly soaked up the sun and snoozed most of the way round!

There was a fantastic array of people in their NHS uniforms, and others in their pyjamas supporting the #endpjparalysis campaign.  We also had a team of ‘118’ runners! We gave all NHS staff present a very well deserved round of applause of thanks. We are very lucky and grateful to have a National Health Service and parkrun plays a vital role in supporting people to stay active and well. Thank you to Betsi Cadwaladr NHS Trust for providing us with selfie signs and pens, and to regular parkrunner Catrin, for the health promotion material and stethoscope – the juniors loved hearing heartbeats!

Representatives of 37 different clubs took part, and we had tourists from Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Huddersfield, France, Italy and New Zealand! – Croeso/ Welcome to all of you (and apologies if I have missed off the location of some tourists!) A special well done goes to our Italian visitor, Firouz, who celebrated his 100th parkrun with us today- da iawn/ well done!

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers – most of whom were NHS staff supporting the parkrun NHS takeover. We were especially grateful for the homemade cake brought by Shona and Philippa. Thank you to our volunteers:

Fran LEWIS • Mair STEAD • Catrin MACEY • Dale MACEY • Nel MACEY • Anest LEWIS • Heather JONES • Philippa ROGERS • Morgan ROGERS • Hefina EVANS • Shona PERRY • Finlay PERRY • Rob PERRY • Bethan ROGERS • Josie RHISIART • Cari GRIFFITHS • Sarah PLUM & Harry

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

The male record is held by Dan NASH who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th April 2018 (event number 168).
The female record is held by Alison LAVENDER who recorded a time of 17:55 on 26th May 2018 (event number 175).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire WILLIAMS who recorded 89.81% (19:08) on 9th April 2016 (event number 70).

Penrhyn parkrun started on 15th November 2014. Since then 6,770 participants have completed 27,987 parkruns covering a total distance of 139,935 km, including 5,410 new Personal Bests.



Penrhyn Event 175 – May 26th

Penrhyn # 175  saw a new record created for fastest lady. A huge congratulations to Alison Lavender who broke her previous record, gained a new course pb and pushed the female Record time under 18minutes to 17:55! All the more impressive was he fact she ran in her wedding veil too and was the fastest finisher overall -I think this is only the 2nd time this has happened!

Behind Alison were another 287 parkrunners of which there were 24 1st timers to parkrun plus another 61 Penrhyn 1st timers making the most of the bank holiday weekend, with apricot shirts representing Bramhall and Wythenshawe parkrun amongst others.

Fastest Male finisher was Rick Ralph in 18:48 and fastest junior being Samuel Lowin in 21:33 although there are a few unknowns so afraid I can’t give the details for top three in each category!

Milestones this week included Amy Harmens and Seth Owen achieving  Junior 10s and on her 50th parkrun was Cheryl Bate. This week’s most experienced parkrunner was Tim Murphy on his 283rd and finisher 175 was Unknown!

A big thank you to all the volunteers and was great to see the younger ones enjoying it - Tailrunner Louise Bastock and myself were in fits laughing at Megan, Huw and Tom saying well done to everyone!

See you next week



May 12th Event 173

A second sunny Penrhyn parkrun in May meant there were quite a few parkrunners completing the 2 big loops and 2 small loops. 248 parkrunners in fact plus 51 first timers on the course, several dogs and at least two buggies! With good conditions, 46 people recorded new Personal bests (including RD Hayley MacDonald-Jones by over a minute in 25:43 and fastest Junior Joe Charlton by 23 seconds in 22:54)

Fastest finisher today was Russell Bentley in 16:02 (sorry to tell you Russ, it was 1 second off your course PB!) followed by Tomos Roberts who must have been neck a neck with Stephen Jackson, both crossing the line in 16:47! For the Ladies, Lucy Williamson topped the table in 19:36, Elliw Haf in 20:41 and Francesca Mottola in 21:35 on her 1st visit to Penrhyn. Another  unusual 1st finisher this week goes to Meilyr Wyn who crossed in 31:01 after completing the course while juggling! Think that is a 1st for Penrhyn (look at the video on our facebook page!)

Visitors this week spotted in either club vests or Apricot were from Delamere and Stockport amongst others and rumour has it that another visitor today to Penrhyn was Damon Albarn from Blur who was recording in the castle with Cor Y Penrhyn Male Voice Choir.

With this being event 173, finisher 173 was Stephanie Hunisett in 32:19 and this week's most experienced parkrunner was Christian Eagle with 216, this being his 7th visit to Penrhyn,

A big thank you to RD James and his team of 12 volunteers this morning as without you, the event could not be held. Anyone wanting to volunteer, please email or message us with your barcode detail and which role you fancy doing!

See you next week - are we going for a hat-trick of sunny saturdays?







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