Guest review Bod Castle #20

Bodelwyddan Castle parkun #20 (part 3)

So after the shenanigans of the past couple of weeks Bodelwyddan parkrun number twenty got off to a flying start this weekend, with no snow, ice or winds whatsoever, no drainage problems on site, and instead a lovely warm February morning – who knew such a thing was possible!

The waffly bit..

I’d first intended to come across to Bodelwyddan two weeks back but ended up diverting to Crosby instead as snow cancelled play at the first outing - Having set off from Pontefract this morning fairly early for this one we had an easy journey across – still being slightly paranoid about cancellations, we ended up arriving a tad early (just in case!).

This gave us chance to have a wander round the site and take it all in:

Castle – Check

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Unexpected Test Trenches – Check

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Sunny Day - Check

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Course already set up on arrival! - Check

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Flattish course, mainly grass - nope, you’ve been listening to the wrong people..

‘Challenging’ hill up to the wooded section (twice) Most definitely - check!

Really enjoyed the run this morning - you’ve a lovely parkrun community here, Amazing surroundings, great views, and I’ll even forgive the pain of getting back up that hill for the second time for a finish funnel that looks like this..

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The Statty Bit:

A massive congratulations to ten people who got to run parkrun for the first time ever! Robert WRIGHT,Lorna BRENNAN, Natasha DYCHE, Robert GREEN, Heather POWELL, Eiry READ, Elfryn Wyn JONES, Elin LUCKOCK, Yvonne HUNTER & Danielle HEWITT! I’m sure they’ll be back, especially if you keep the parkrun weather fairy happy.

Our First Finisher Bryn WOODALL of Colwyn Bay AAC came through in a superfast 18:06, not only breaking his own PB for the course by over a minute, but also recording the second fastest time since the course record was set at the first event!

The First Female Finisher this morning was Bethan DOWSETT at 20:57 in third position, again setting a course PB and taking nearly 30-seconds off her last run here.

Quite some going here – with both Bryn and Bethan competing in the 15-17 age group – awesome work guys!

Visitors from far and wide this morning – Croydon, South Africa, and West Yorkshire* massively representing today, with runners from Holmfirth Harriers & Hyde Park Harriers** from Leeds making up more than 12% of the field!

We had total of 109 runners at the event of which a massive 34 of you set new Course PB’s today! So congratulations to: (deep breath): Bryn WOODALL, Joshua CEREFICE,
Bethan DOWSETT, Rob JACKSON, Tom BRERETON, Dean BINNS, Robin GREENLAND, Richard OWENS, Alan WEBSTER, Elen BAUGH, Helen ASHWORTH, John RAE, Michael OWEN, Simon PARKER, Joe SHELLEY, Rosemary ROGERS, David HALL, Gwenan JOHNSON, Elspeth FERGUSSON, Jonathan DAVIES, Louise PHILLIPS, Connor BOWERS, Mark BOWERS, Emily HARMAN, Christine PLANT, Laura CAMPBELL, Julie DAVIES, David THOMAS, Helen WILLIAMS, Richard WILLIAMS, Lisa GRAY, Gareth THOMAS, Fiona MARSTON, Abi HEWITT,

The event was made possible by your awesome volunteer team:
Gillian BREESE, Philip BREWER, Eva BREWER, Jan CARFOOT, Louise CLAYBROOK, Gary COUPE, Janette GREENHALGH, Natalie PARKER, Robert PARRY, Trudi PARRY, Meirion Wyn ROBERTS, Sarah TAIT, David G WILLIAMS

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

The Male record holder is Jack Pickett who recorded a time of 17:17 at Event 1 on 18/8/18). The Female record holder is Gemma MOORE who recorded a time of 20:35 at Event 15 on 1/12/18) The Age graded record holder is Ann D’ALBUQUERQUE who recorded an WAVA Age Graded percentage of 81.36 % with a time of 26:55 at Event 5 15/9/18.

Tom Elcock

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Bodelwyddan Castle parkrun #20

16th February 2019

*possibly slightly biased but it seemed like a big proportion for Wales!
** this is my club! And I didn’t even realise until the results were published!