parkrun by Anest age 9 & 3/4

Croeso i report Parc rhedeg fi , gan Anest, 9 & 3/4 oed

This morning I went to parkrun and then I walked to the start line, but on the way I saw the leaves on the castle and they were red like a 50 T shirt. I looked towards the field and like usual the cows were there but they had a little company- there were sheep too . I got to top of the hill and saw a lot of visitors and they were wearing builders hats, so I went to ask why . I walked over but I was a bit shy so my mum asked if one person would come talk, so a boy with a cool yellow helmet came over and I asked 'why are you wearing builders helmets?' He said 'we are geologists and we are here to study the rocks and we felt like running today'. They were from Telford. I finally arrived at the start line (doggy start line) and my dog Nel started barking and all the dog started barking too! It was very noisy .

Finally Hayley said 'Go!' and we got to set off and run.  I saw Pauline running with her 50 balloons.  She was doing her 50th parkrun and my mum said as a joke 'happy birthday Pauline!' ( embarrassing!)  On the way round we splashed in lots of puddles and I looked at the trees and the leaves were brown, green and orange. On our second loop, in one part is was very muddy.  I had mud splashes up my legs, back and neck!  On the small loops I was going to brush my hand through the bushes but then I realised there were red berries, I thought for a second they were Rudolph noses hanging there!  In the end we went to the cafe and we saw Pauline with cakes and she let us have one.  yum.  We were on the way back to the car and mum forgot our dog and had to run back to get her!

Here's the grown up boring stuff....

This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Michael FINNIE • Helen ASLETT • Jenny JONES • Maria LORENZINI • Rhiannon HOLMES • Fflur LEWIS • Alan WINSTONE • Hayley MACDONALD-JONES • Paul Vaughan JONES • Sabina DUNKLING • Anwen EDWARDS • Anest LEWIS • Robert HIND • Kate WHEATCROFT • Megan MACDONALD-JONES • Ffion MACDONALD-JONES • Nicola WHEATCROFT • Mike HAMER • Rachel MOORE • Alastair BROWN • Giorgio BROWN

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

Male placings:
Tomos ROBERTS (SM25-29) of Meirionnydd Running Club, was first over the line in 17:52 - 9th time in 12 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
Elliot CORNER (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:20.

Female placings:
Elliw HAF (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (12th overall) over the line in 20:35 - 7th time in 18 appearances.
Gemma MOORE (SW30-34) of North Wales Road Runners, was second (14th overall) over the line in 20:54.
Clare DALLIMORE (SW25-29) of Mynyddwyr De Cymru, was third (22nd overall) over the line in 22:17.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Victor BELSHAW (VM55-59) – 79.29% for the time 19:43 (7th overall).
Brian WILLS (VM45-49) – 72.81% for the time 19:37 (6th overall).
Tomos ROBERTS (SM25-29) – 72.20% for the time 17:52 (first overall).

The female record is held by Alison LAVENDER who recorded a time of 18:02 on 30th April 2016 (event number 73).
The male record is held by Ben HARDING who recorded a time of 15:47 on 27th August 2016 (event number 90).
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 5,494 participants have completed 21,593 parkruns covering a total distance of 107,965 km, including 4,292 new Personal Bests.


Run Report Penrhyn Parkrun #144 30/09/2017

The rain was so heavy at times for Penrhyn Parkrun #144, the 154 finishers had to complete two large loops and two small loops of the castle and its new temporary moat today!

A big thank you to RD Emyr Jones and the team of volunteers for their efforts and cheers - Sally Longman as Music Marshall probably danced 5km today!

Not many visiting apricot shirts today but club vests spotted included Dulwhich runner Chris Vernon claiming this week’s joint most experienced parkrunner with Michael Finnie, both on 244 parkruns!
A total of 18 First timers made their way around the course and 22 parkrunners achieved a PB today in horrible conditions

Milestones mentions this week go to Jake Hind (JM10) who claimed the fastest Male Junior today on his tenth run and Megan Baker on her 50th! It would be remiss if me to not mention Eurwyn Edwards on his 25th volunteer session Last week and also thank you to everyone for the comments on my 100th parkrun - thanks RD Emyr for suitably embarrassing me and the centurion helmet, it may return as I believe there are two Penrhyn regulars on 99 runs!!!

This week saw Penrhyn Parkrun on BBC wales with the ‘Alfie’s Army’ programme which was filmed earlier in the summer.
A number of Penrhyn regulars will also be taking part for this weekend’s Cardiff Half marathon. The weather isn’t looking good but all the best to those who may be paddling rather than pounding the streets of Cardiff! Next Saturday also sees the Bangor 10k & half marathon take place with some parkrunners using the parkrun as a warm up beforehand and again good luck to those involved

Anyway, here are the placings:
Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Daragh REYNOLDS (SM20-24) of GOG Triathlon Club, was second over the line in 18:43 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Robert FOX (SM20-24) of City of York AC, was third over the line in 19:31.
Female placings:
Jody PARKER (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (28th overall) over the line in 22:53 - 4th time in 36 appearances.
Jenny WILLIAMSON (SW30-34) of Eryri Harriers, was second (29th overall) over the line in 23:10 - was first to finish once before.
Claire BISHOP (SW30-34) of Betsi Runaways, was third (42nd overall) over the line in 25:21.

Fastest Male Junior - Jake Hind - JM10-23.10
Fastest female junior - Caitlin Forrest JW11-1427.25


Run Report Penrhyn Parkrun #142 16/09/2017

Penrhyn castle managed to escape for an hour the temperamental weather of the previous week and was bathed in sunshine for Event #142 which had 189 participants.
Fastest finisher this week was Ewan Brown in a fast 16.20 on his 1st attempt at the course followed by regular Andy Savage of Cybi Striders in 18.02. Unfortunately finisher 3 and 4 were unknown so could be male or female!
Fastest lady that had her barcode scanned was Catherine Higgs in 20.17 followed by Mary Higgs in 21.07 and Claire Dallimore in 21.01. Congratulations to Catherine and Arthur too - RD James mentioned both in the briefing and it was easy to spot Catherine with her veil and marching running gear!
Fastest male and female Juniors today were Will Beaumont JM11-14 in 23.38 Lola Townsend JW10 in 26.08.
39 First timers today but I didn't spot any visiting apricot shirts today although I suspect there were quite a few visitors from out of the area. Also, 24PBs were recorded although I suspect both figures are higher due to the number of unknown finishers -17 in fact! DFYB ladies and gentlemen (but not dogs!)
Finisher #142 for event 142 was Heather Jones in 34.55 and this week's most experienced parkrunner was Chris Tasker in 24.36 on his 179th parkrun! Major Milestones this week saw Junior parkrunner Ffion Brook reach her tenth and there will be a couple of Penrhyn regulars reaching the century very soon looking at the stats! Better start baking the celebrations cakes.....
As always, a big thank you to RD James ( who kept his 100 milestone last week very quiet!!!!) and the team of volunteers who make the event possible - it is organised so efficiently that I had my result via text as I sat down for my coffee in the tearoom!!!! See you next week!

Run Report Penrhyn parkrun #141 9/9/2017

After the "woof-gate" event at last week's parkrun, Penrhyn parkrun 141 event saw 207 dog-gedly determined parkrunners get out of the traps quickly and round the castle grounds in weather that sometimes was raining cats and dogs!

There were 38 1st timers today with apricot tourist shirts seen representing Bramhall park, Richmond park, Conwy, Wepre and Longrun meadow (thanks for the chocolates!)

Leading the pack today was the whippet-like Tomos Roberts in 16.49 with Ryan Roberts a whisker behind in 16.51. 3rd place went to Cai LaTrobe Roberts in 17.28, also claiming the 1st Junior place.

Fastest ladies around the course today were Elliw Haf in 20.45 followed by Jody Parker in 22.31 and 3rd was Amy Underwood-Thompson in 23.56

With this being event 141, finisher 141 was Alys Pritchard in 33.51 and in the JW11-14 category

A big bark out for the 36 new PBs made this Saturday and the runner with the most parkrun appearances was Graham
Peak on 223 parkruns, gaining in 75th place overall in a time of 28.38

A major milestone for three parkrunners today! Congratulations to James Paton and Hefina Evans on reaching your 50th parkrun milestones! Also, Penrhyn have another centurion with regular RD James Harwood today in finally reaching his 100th parkrun with 60 events completed at Penrhyn as well as over 30 volunteer sessions. I suppose that it is quite apt following the theme of this report that James is a member of Canicross Anglesey!

With the castle holding an open weekend, it was great to see so many runners going for a coffee/tea/bonio after, adding to the social side of parkrun!

A big thank you to Jo and the "pack" of volunteers as always for helping things to run smoothly and safely! Please feel free to volunteer in future, either by signing the sheet or sending the team a message over Facebook. Without the volunteers on guard dog duty by the gravel track or tail walking, the event would not be able to take place


Run report #140 2nd September 2017

The 1st Penrhyn parkrun of September saw an unusual sight of the Hugh Napier steam train parked pretty close to the start funnel for Penrhyn 140! This added to the "Penrhyn experience" with the pre- run briefing for the 45 1st timers and visitors crowding around the train which, for me adds to the charm of Penrhyn parkrun!

196 runners set off on the 5km course with visitors in apricot shirts visible from Portsmouth and Southwick Country parkrun near Bath spotted amongst others and 27 PBs were recorded today - congratulations to those as this course is not easy (358th hardest out of 458 Uk parkruns for elevation according to

One person making it look easy today was fastest finisher Male placings:
Steffan SAYER of Menai Track & Field over the line in 17:03 - the 4th 1st place in 6 appearances and equaling his course PB!
An unknown runner was second and Andy Savage of Cybi Striders in 3rd in 18.50

Fastest ladies today were:
Jody PARKER first over the line (19th overall) in 22:24 - her third 1st female position in 34 appearances. Next was Rhiannon Amy WILLMOT in second (25th overall) in 23:07 followed by Nicole HAIGH of Newcastle Orienteering Club in third ( in 24:17)
As this was event #140, the runner who finished in this position was Kevin Williams in 33:42!

Most experienced parkrunner today was Nicola Tarrant completing her 340th. Possibly only the one Milestone marker achieved today with JM10 runner Tom Williams reaching his 10th on his birthday under his own steam and celebrating both with a load a cakes and PB! (a big thank you from me to all those who cheered my Tom on today and for the mention too Jo! Proud Dad moment!)

Runners representing 28 different clubs took part today - the top five clubs that are represented most often are:
-Eryri Harriers (90 members having run a total of 918 times) closely followed by
-Canicross Anglesey (33 members having run a total of 866 times),
-Cybi Striders in 3rd (44 members having run 543 times)
-Menai Track and Field (41 members having run 243 times)
- Betsi Runaways (13 members having run 204 times)

As always, a big thank you to the volunteers who make sure we can get around the course each week - please sign up to do these as without volunteers, the parkrun cannot go ahead!

See you all next week


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