Aberystwyth Parkrun # 436

On a pleasant morning in May it was time for Aberystwyth’s 436th parkrun and my first visit here.

I travelled through most of the early part of Friday by train to be greeted at my hotel withan unexpected glass of Prosecco.  It was then time to explore, locating the parkrun start ready for tomorrow and then walking up and down the coast before finally sitting in the sun with a cold beer and few new pigeon and seagull friends.

Having visited quite a few different parkrun locations I have over the recent years started picking increasing quirky reasons for matching them to particular weekends.  This time as it was Eurovision later in the evening and perhaps the most famous winner of the past being “Waterloo” then yes, believe it or not, it was time to visit Abba-rystwyth!

Even though Aberystwyth is heading towards its 10th birthday it didn’t stop 18 people coming to walk, jog or run the course for the first time.  The majority of those were tourists having their first parkrun here but it also included 1 person brand new to parkrun - a warm welcome to Penelope BAILEY – hopefully the first of many. 

The event would not however have been possible though without 17 wonderful volunteers:  Claire BAILEY, Damian BAKER, Hannah DEE, David DWYER, Alun EVANS, Lowri EVANS, Jade GAITELY, Alison GARROD, Brian GARROD, Jane JAMES, Oliwia JOZEFOWICZ, Clare LANCASTER, Ann PRICE, Rachel RICHARDS, Nathan ROBERTSHAW, Nick THOMPSON and Kornelia TWARDOWSKA.

Thanks to you all, with a special mention for Clare LANCASTER who reached the volunteering milestone of 25 events.

If you want to help in future weeks it would be greatly appreciated.  Please check our volunteer page for details https://www.parkrun.org.uk/aberystwyth/volunteer/futureroster/.

Today’s Run Director was Hannah DEE who had everything under control by the time that I arrived.  Unlike many parkruns the nature of the course means a minimum of two marshals, one at each end, who both did their roles brilliantly offering lots of support to the 114 of us who were passing by.

Conditions were good today other that a mysterious water feature that had appeared on part of the path needing a little care to cross.  The course was flat but slowed down a little by repeating a number of tight turns on each of the 3 laps, even seeing a slingshot method around a lamp post which was mightily impressive. 

First finisher today was Matthew CLARKE in a new personal best time of 19:03, one of thirteen people setting a new fastest time.   First female finisher was Luca RHODES in a time of 22:14 and first junior parkrunner was Leif EVANS.  Finally the highest age grade went to my namesake and sprint finish comrade Damian SIDNELL with an impressive 79%.  This also explains why I seemed to be getting some personalised support whilst I was running despite being 170 miles from home!

Damian (run reporter) being chased by Damian Sidnell

Damian (run reporter) being chased by Damian Sidnell

Congratulations to all of the above but also to everyone who came along today and completed the course.  Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ aberystwyth/results/latestresults/.

Usually when I attend a parkrun and nobody says they have reached an attendance milestone I generally find in the results that there were a few but they were just being shy but on this occasion it was true.  So in this case I’ll pick out Emily TANN and Ruth FLATMAN who both completed their 150th parkrun and I think coincidentally almost together over the line, just 7 seconds apart.   Another mention is for Adam & Carol Diane BULL who completed their 501st parkrun with us, they are two of the now 243 who qualify for the blue 500 T-shirt which we saw first-hand this morning.

Finally having recovered from my endeavours I said my farewells to Aberystwyth parkrun and those I had a chance to chat to throughout what had been a very enjoyable morning before heading off for a coffee and a final walk along the promenade.  Thank-you all for making this another memorable adventure.

Damian BAKER, a tourist from Daventry, signing off.

 

Aberystwyth parkrun Event number 435 – 7th May 2022

Saturday 7 May 2022 was a perfect Aberystwyth parkrun day. It was warm and sunny and felt like summer. Aberystwyth was stunning.  Spotted a few fellow park runners doing their pre-parkrun warm up along Aberystwyth promenade which was quiet and serene.  Course conditions along Plasgrug Avenue were good, though, as we were pre-warned, a little bit slippery rounding the corners.  116 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.  There were a lot of parkrun tourists and one from as far afield as Seattle! 

A big shout out to the following 17 volunteers who made this event possible: Peter HINXMAN • Lionel CURTIS • Joanne WALKER • Phillip LOWTHER • Laura MCKENZIE • Shelley ENDERS • Philip THOMAS • Linda PAASMAN • Rob PUGH • Irene GRIFFITHS • Hannah DEE • Mike INDEKA • Nathan ROBERTSHAW • Geraint JENKINS • Jennifer WILLOTT • Toby DRIVER • Vanessa WESTBURY 

The support from the volunteers and other spectators was very encouraging and the post parkrun café experience at the Express was a success. 

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aberystwyth parkrun Results Page  ( https://www.parkrun.org.uk/aberystwyth/results/latestresults/ ). 


The female record is held by Lauren JESKA who recorded a time of 17:38 on 22nd September 2012 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Adam BITCHELL who recorded a time of 15:12 on 19th September 2015 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anita WORTHING who recorded 91.73% (22:47) on 30th October 2021 (event number 411). 

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 5,185 participants have completed 34,490 parkruns covering a total distance of 172,450 km, including 5,699 new Personal Bests. A total of 487 individuals have volunteered 4,905 times.

 

Aberystwyth parkrun Event number 429, 26th March 2022

This week 97 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

It was a gloriously sunny morning, and felt more like Summer than March.

We had an engagement party join us, with the first finisher, who didn't have her barcode! Well done, unknown woman who finished in 18:15!

The engagement party, featuring first finisher

The engagement party, featuring first finisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the run people sat on the grass, chatting.

People milling around after the event

People milling around after the event

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Volunteers
Anita WORTHING • Helen ENOCH • Nick THOMPSON • Bridget HARPWOOD • Clare DONNISON • Catherine HOWARTH • Phillip LOWTHER • Louise AMERY • Emily FOOT • Rachel RICHARDS • Jade GAITELY • Rob PUGH • Angela SELF • Hannah DEE • Bethan EVANS • Dave HUMPHREYS

volunteers

volunteers

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

The female record is held by Lauren JESKA who recorded a time of 17:38 on 22nd September 2012 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Adam BITCHELL who recorded a time of 15:12 on 19th September 2015 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anita WORTHING who recorded 91.73% (22:47) on 30th October 2021 (event number 411).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 5,081 participants have completed 33,854 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,270 km, including 5,631 new Personal Bests. A total of 477 individuals have volunteered 4,803 times.

 

Aberystwyth parkrun 426 – #IWDParkrun

Crocuses

Crocuses or is it croci? Purple, white and green seemed appropriate for International Women's Day anyway.

This week 89 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

Sunny runners

Sunny runners

For International Women's Day we had an all-women volunteer team including some pacers running at beginner-friendly times (35 minutes, 40 minutes, and a jog-walk "we'll get around" pacing) to try and encourage women to join in and have a go.  Four people completed their first ever parkrun with us this morning and all of these were women, so maybe that worked. We also had 6 tourists at the event.

Daffodils and sunshine

Daffodils and sunshine

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Anita WORTHING • Helen ENOCH • Jane THOROGOOD • Clare BURGESS • Louise AMERY • Alison GARROD • Ruth FLATMAN • Bethan LOWTHER • Elizabeth KENSLER • Jade GAITELYHannah DEEAlison HOUGHTON • Bethan EVANS • Ann PRICE • Christine ZARGES • Meleri JAMES • Claire BAILEY


(Blue for Run Director, Orange for Tail Walkers, Pale Blue for Pacers and Pink Hi Viz for the  Hi Viz heroines)

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

 

The female record is held by Lauren JESKA who recorded a time of 17:38 on 22nd September 2012 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Adam BITCHELL who recorded a time of 15:12 on 19th September 2015 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anita WORTHING who recorded 91.73% (22:47) on 30th October 2021 (event number 411).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 5,024 participants have completed 33,545 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,725 km, including 5,585 new Personal Bests. A total of 465 individuals have volunteered 4,754 times.

 

Aberystwyth parkrun Event number 423

12th February 2022

This week 105 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

First male finisher this week was Edward Land, who pulled on some hi-viz and joined us as a funnel manager.  Our PBs this week included Nathan Robertshaw, who ran a PB then pulled on the hiviz and joined us as a barcode scanner. Thanks and well done to both Nathan and Ed!

Thanks are also due to Ian Brandreth who has spent many evenings this week running defib & CPR familiarisation sessions with groups of Aber Parkrun volunteers (and others). We are very grateful for the time, thought and expertise that Ian has put into these sessions, and also to all the volunteers who showed up to learn.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Edward LAND • Jane THOROGOOD • Nick THOMPSON • Derek (Des) MOORE • Martin TRANTER • Catherine HOWARTH • Amy GOODWIN • Phillip LOWTHER • Louise AMERY • Jade GAITELY • Philip THOMAS • Rob PUGH • Gwen HOPKINS • Irene GRIFFITHS • Hannah DEE • Julia LIEBESCHUETZ • Nathan ROBERTSHAW • Tom MORRISSEY • Dave HUMPHREYS • Martin KOFFER • Claire BAILEY

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

The female record is held by Lauren JESKA who recorded a time of 17:38 on 22nd September 2012 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Adam BITCHELL who recorded a time of 15:12 on 19th September 2015 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anita WORTHING who recorded 91.73% (22:47) on 30th October 2021 (event number 411).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,996 participants have completed 33,289 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,445 km, including 5,555 new Personal Bests. A total of 462 individuals have volunteered 4,698 times.

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