Aberystwyth parkrun Event number 407

2nd October 2021

It was a damp day and forecast to be damper, but 101 people still ran, jogged and walked Aberystwyth parkrun this morning. 19 of these were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

We welcomed several new and returning students this week, including one who chose to spend their first Parkrun in a new town volunteering. Well done Ben!

Some runners near the start

Some runners near the start

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Helen WILLIAMS • Anita WORTHING • Jane THOROGOOD • Elinor THOROGOOD • Clare DONNISON • Sarah PURDON • David DOWSETT • Maggie COLLINGBORN • Moss INNS • Elinor JONES • Hannah DEE • Karen WILLIAMS • Ben SMITH • Gemma ATHERTON • Ann PRICE • Christine ZARGES

The volunteers at the finish area

The volunteers at the finish area

 

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 88.72% (21:52) on 10th December 2016 (event number 225).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,811 participants have completed 31,776 parkruns covering a total distance of 158,880 km, including 5,355 new Personal Bests. A total of 443 individuals have volunteered 4,416 times.

 

Finally, we’re back!

Aberystwyth parkrun: Event number 401

21st August 2021

This morning, for the first time since March 14th 2020, Aberystwyth Parkrun happened!

152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part, and 18 volunteers got very, very, very wet indeed.

The volunteers at the start.  Not as damp as we are going to be

The volunteers at the start. Not as damp as we are going to be

Runners taking the first corner

Runners taking the first corner

The run director, Nick, welcomed everyone to Plascrug park and highlighted a few changes to the Parkrun procedures as a result of the COVID shutdown (please try to stay 2m distant, please carry your barcode, please don't throw your jumpers at the volunteers, no hi-5s or spitting...). He also pointed out the weather and explained it was probably "not a good day for a personal best", given the conditions.

The first runners going around the cone

The first runners going around the cone

It turns out that our first finisher Ollie Thorogood wasn't paying attention to that thing about "not a good day for a PB" as he crossed the line in 16:10 - his fastest Parkrun time. Well done Ollie!  Our first woman across the line was Maggie Collingborn running her 199th Parkrun in a very respectable 22:55.

Well done too to the other PBs this morning: Rhys Jeremiah, Daniel Clemson, Karen Kemish, Trystan Roberts, Dave Humphreys, Wendy James, Anthony Scarth, Joseph Jones, Richard William Kirk, Brian Garrod, Vikki Foale, and Jennie Thomas.

The pack going around the cone

The pack going around the cone

Danny surrounded by fans and supporters

Danny surrounded by fans and supporters

A very special mention has to go to Aber AC's own Danny Thorogood, who completed this morning's Parkrun in 24:33 just over 3 months into recovery from a stroke. It was great to see Danny not only well enough to join the start line of our first Parkrun after lockdown, but also well enough to run the whole way pretty fast!

Tail walkers

Tail walkers

After the tail walkers (Lionel, Nicky and Sue) crossed the line the event was packed up and people reconvened in the Rugby Club for breakfast, and also to thank our outgoing Event Director Anita Worthing. Anita was instrumental in getting Aberystwyth Parkrun set up in the first place and has been our Event Director for years; she decided to hand over the reins to Em Foot with support from Nick Thompson. Here's Anita with some flowers this morning, to say thanks for all the work she's put in (she's still a run director though so you'll see her around).

Anita, our outgoing event director, with some flowers to say "thanks".

Anita, our outgoing event director, with some flowers to say "thanks".

On the volunteer side, it is safe to say that the conditions proved challenging for a volunteer team who were somewhat out of practice and also dealing with new procedures and technology.

Part of the post-COVID routine involves volunteers using their own phones for timekeeping and scanning, and one thing that is hard to use in a torrential downpour is a smartphone (even if it is in a waterproof case). One of the scanners had a problem with the app, and the timekeepers between them managed to record everyone but no one timekeeper got it 100% right. This meant we needed to drop back to that other not-particularly-waterproof technology: pen and paper!

Results processing

Results processing

So some of the times might be a little adrift from where they should have been, and our run directors had a job on their hands and had to do some spreadsheet wrangling to turn paper records and partial timings into a bunch of results.

Results processing in the rain? Easy!

Results processing in the rain? Easy!

The run directors also have the additional job of trying to ensure the kit's dry for next week... here's hoping that Wales gives us a little sunshine between now and then so the hi-viz can dry out.

Hi-Viz Dampness

Hi-Viz Dampness

These are the 18 volunteers who tested the limits of their waterproofing:

Helen Sarah STRETCH • Anita WORTHING • Peter HINXMAN • Nick THOMPSON • Ollie THOROGOOD • Lionel CURTIS • Sue LEWIS • Phillip LOWTHER • Sarah PURDON • Emily FOOT • Alison GARROD • Lucy KEMISH • Amanda EVANS • Hannah DEE • Megan WILLIAMS • Nicky HERRIOT • Ann PRICE • Christine ZARGES

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 88.72% (21:52) on 10th December 2016 (event number 225).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,684 participants have completed 31,109 parkruns covering a total distance of 155,545 km, including 5,261 new Personal Bests. A total of 435 individuals have volunteered 4,314 times.

A timekeeper (and run report writer) making her way to the finish line

A timekeeper (and run report writer) making her way to the finish line

 

Aber parkrun’s 400th event!

Aberystwyth parkrun
Event number 400
14th March 2020

What a wonderfully sunny morning it was to celebrate the 400th parkrun event at Aberystwyth!

Thank you this morning for coming out and celebrating with us, and thank you for all the wonderful donations of food for the Jubilee Storehouse foodbank
( https://www.facebook.com/JubileeStorehouse/ ).

Unfortunately, in all the excitement I forgot to take a photo of the boxes and bags full of tins, packets and all sorts of food that will be needed within our local community, but there was lots, and looked great piled up on and around the bench at the end of this morning's event.

Unfortunately, one of the scans didn't read the owner's barcode, and so we do not know who was in position 71. If you know this was you (in a time of between 28m21 and 28m39s, please would you let me know your full name and barcode, so I can add you into the results table?

Here are a couple of the photos I did take of our fantastic finishing area volunteers!

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There was also a very nice blue Sistema water bottle left on the bench. If this is yours, please let us know; it is in safe storage in the trolley with the other parkrun equipment!

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This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Helen Sarah STRETCH • Peter HINXMAN • Martin TRANTER • Lionel CURTIS • Carys TRANTER • Sarah PURDON • Louise AMERY • Richard MUNN • Andrew GARROD • Bethan EVANS • Nicky CASHMAN • Alun EDWARDS • Marion THOMSON • Ann PRICE • Derrick ADAMS

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 88.72% (21:52) on 10th December 2016 (event number 225).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,645 participants have completed 30,957 parkruns covering a total distance of 154,785 km, including 5,248 new Personal Bests. A total of 435 individuals have volunteered 4,296 times.

 

Event no.399

After the wind and rain of the last few parkruns thankfully this week conditions were not so bad for the 137 runners and walkers that made it around the Plas Crug 5k course today. Thanks, as always, go to the volunteers that made today's run possible and also to James Farmer who not only volunteered as the Token Sorter but also supplied cookies to celebrate his 300th parkrun.

Aberystwyth parkrun
Event number 399
7th March 2020
This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Anita WORTHING • Jane THOROGOOD • Elinor THOROGOOD • James FARMER • Phillip LOWTHER • David DOWSETT • Mel HOPKINS • Linda PAASMAN • Colin HARE • Alexander WILLIAMS • Irene GRIFFITHS • Tristan ROBINSON • Bethan EVANS • Steffi WILKINSON • Nicky HERRIOT • Heather ANKERS
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 88.72% (21:52) on 10th December 2016 (event number 225).
Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,634 participants have completed 30,816 parkruns covering a total distance of 154,080 km, including 5,228 new Personal Bests. A total of 434 individuals have volunteered 4,281 times.

 

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!

 

Aberystwyth parkrun Event 396

With various parkrun around the country cancelled ahead of Storm Dennis, in Aberystwyth after taking a dose of brave pills it was business as usual. As expected it was a bit soggy and blowy but 88 runners and walkers made it around the 5k course, with a couple of them ignoring the conditions to record new PBs. The incentive to complete the 5k as quick as possible was not only to post a good time, but also to get to the cakes brought along by Eli to celebrate her Birthday and Philip who was doing his 100th parkrun. Thanks to everyone that made it along today in the miserable weather, but especially to all of the volunteers that made the run possible.

Aberystwyth parkrun
Event number 396
15th February 2020

This week 88 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 0 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 88.72% (21:52) on 10th December 2016 (event number 225).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,585 participants have completed 30,432 parkruns covering a total distance of 152,160 km, including 5,188 new Personal Bests. A total of 425 individuals have volunteered 4,221 times.

 

Student Takeover Week

A sunny morning with blue skies greeted our parkrunners and student volunteers - the calm before Storm Ciara! It was great to see so many runners, 154 being the 3rd highest attendance, and the highest attendance of a non-Bank Holiday weekend! Thanks to the students for coping with the numbers and doing a great job.

Aberystwyth parkrun
Event number 395
8th February 2020

This week 154 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Anita WORTHING • Llyr AB EINION • Amy GOODWIN • Cara-Leanne FARLEY • Catrin HOPKINS • Adam HEPBURN • Irene GRIFFITHS • Ben LEE • Andrew HUGHES • Tom MORRISSEY • Bethan RILEY • Rhiannon TROOP

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 88.72% (21:52) on 10th December 2016 (event number 225).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,569 participants have completed 30,344 parkruns covering a total distance of 151,720 km, including 5,186 new Personal Bests. A total of 425 individuals have volunteered 4,221 times.

 

Aberystwyth parkrun Event number 393, 25th January 2020

This week 151 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We welcomed 11 people completing their first ever parkrun, and 9 tourists running Aberystwyth for the first time. 20 people recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

A panorama of the start of the run

A panorama of the start of the run

We had two significant milestones this week:
Ed Land ran his 100th parkrun, cheered on by the family including baby Dorothea.

Ed after running his 100th parkrun

Ed after running his 100th parkrun

Also, Anita Worthing volunteered for her 300th time (wow!). Given that Aberystwyth parkrun has been running since 2012, this means she averages about 37.5 volunteers a year. It's official she holds the age graded course record for running, but it's also pretty clear to us she holds the record for most frequent volunteer. Thanks!

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Anita WORTHING • Andrew Peter BAKEWELL • Mel HOPKINS • Karen DAVIES • Ruth FLATMAN • Linda PAASMAN • Irene GRIFFITHS • Andrew GARROD • Lynwen HUXTABLE • Hannah DEE • Tristan ROBINSON • Stuart WILLIAMS • Brian GARROD • Andrew RICHMOND

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 88.72% (21:52) on 10th December 2016 (event number 225).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,544 participants have completed 30,051 parkruns covering a total distance of 150,255 km, including 5,133 new Personal Bests. A total of 421 individuals have volunteered 4,195 times.

 

The first Saturday of the decade!

Perfect conditions greeted a good crowd of parkrunners keen to get the new year off to a good start with some cool fresh air and a bit of exercise. We had runners, joggers, walkers, buggies, dogs, new faces, and many familiar faces. The newest face was baby Dorothea in her buggy - watching from the sidelines for now with mum Lina, but it won't be long before they join the runners again!

Aberystwyth parkrun

Event number 390
4th January 2020

This week 121 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Anita WORTHING • Helen ENOCH • Deian CREUNANT • Owain SCHIAVONE • Jane E BAILEY • Lionel CURTIS • Phillip LOWTHER • Mel HOPKINS • Alison GARROD • Richard MUNN • Andrew GARROD • Moi SCHIAVONE • Bethan EVANS • Christine ZARGES • Michelle SYMES

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 88.72% (21:52) on 10th December 2016 (event number 225).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,488 participants have completed 29,632 parkruns covering a total distance of 148,160 km, including 5,076 new Personal Bests. A total of 420 individuals have volunteered 4,154 times.

 

 

Cold and Windy – event #385

A smaller field than normal ran on this wintry morning - maybe due to the forecast rain and gales, maybe Christmas shopping, maybe Christmas parties the night before.... anyway, the rain held off but the wind was evil and many runners looked quite dazed and battered when they reached the finish line. Never has the Rugby Club's breakfast and coffee been so welcome!

Aberystwyth parkrun
Event number 385
14th December 2019

This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 0 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 88.72% (21:52) on 10th December 2016 (event number 225).

Aberystwyth parkrun started on 1st September 2012. Since then 4,416 participants have completed 29,086 parkruns covering a total distance of 145,430 km, including 5,017 new Personal Bests. A total of 412 individuals have volunteered 4,061 times.

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