Run report for our 397th parkrun in Aberystwyth

Thanks to Lisa Nicholls of Riverfront Parkrun, Newport for visiting us this morning and also writing this run report!

At today's event #397, 121 people took part, 18 of which were first timers. Of all the runners the highest age grade goes to Balazs with 77.16%, he also came in as the 3rd finisher.

Some interesting facts about some of todays runners:

Gwion who was the first finisher, visited from Dolgellau, Adam who was visiting from Pendle, was 2nd over the line and Balazs, the highest grade age holder came through in 3rd. The 2 youngest finishers were in the 11-14 bracket: Ehran (from Pontypridd) and Alun who is a regular at this parkrun, his hometown of Aberystwyth. Then the most senior finisher, Lionel (80+) who regularly gives back to parkrun by volunteering.
When you see the full set of results, you will agree that this parkrun is one of the most inclusive events on offer in Wales. You don’t always need to be fast, you just need to go! See the full results here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/aberystwyth/results/latestresults/
You can be any type of runner, walker or jogger and still cross that finish line whether you are Mo Farah or Mo Bloggs.
In true parkrun style when there’s something to celebrate there is cake. Lynsey Wheeler celebrated her 50th parkrun this morning and the supplies were simply delicious as taste tested by todays run report writer. How wonderful also, that Susan and Martin completed their very first parkrun with us today. We do hope you had a great experience and you will continue on with your parkrun journey. You will most definitely find a whole new family and that will only expand with every parkrun you attend.
And now we must mention the 5 unknown runners that took part. Did you forget your barcode? Don’t you just hate it when that happens? Its a Friday night habit you must get into when you are getting your kit ready!

And then the finish line, we are always glad to get to it especially when all the marshals are cheering you on and what a wonderful bunch they were this morning. They selflessly give up their run to ensure all us 121 people can take part so please consider volunteering in future weeks to help the parkrun magic continue. As newbies to Aberystwyth we had a lovely warm welcome back in the rugby club. Our morning started perfectly with parkrun and finished perfectly with a full cooked breakfast and welsh tea.

Random stat, did you know that the town of Aberystwyth has the largest collection of books per head in the UK? The National library of Wales, holds 6.5 million books! Parkrun in Aberystwyth was also the one of the first parkruns to come to Wales!