Erddig parkrun Event number 162 26th October 2019

Run Report by Alurie Dutton (Many thanks)

I woke up this morning, looked out of the window and was tempted to snuggle back under the duvet. I have never in my eight years of parkrun seen so much rain on a Saturday morning but I had promised two young friends, Amelia and Tom Cunnah that I would take them to Erddig parkrun, Amelia for her third run and Tom for his first. Any thoughts that they might not want to run were soon dispelled as they were up bright and early and raring to go. As I am chasing my 250th I wasn’t going to be deterred either! We arrived at Erddig in good time and joined the 18 others, 7 of whom were brand new to parkrun, with the remainder visiting from as far afield as Conwy, Corby, Derbyshire, Liverpool, Leeds,  Dewsbury, Surrey and London, for the first timers’ briefing. Before this, the run director, Alex, had warned everyone about the 20 foot long puddle, the ankle deep water and the mud, asking if they still wanted to run - of course they did! In the main briefing she reinforced the safety warnings telling everyone to take care and then we were ready to go.  We weren’t disappointed what fun we had splashing through the water, squelching through the mud and getting wetter and wetter in the rain.

The first person home was Daniel Weston (VM40-44) in 18.55 with an age graded score of 72.16% followed by Luke Walker (SM30-34) and Jose Eduardo Vega Perez (SM30-34). The first three  ladies were Susan Fourie (VW45-49) in 22.37 with an age graded score of 70.23%, Lilly Ross (SW20-24) and Myra Sae-Heng (SW30-34). There were eight PBS today which I think is quite amazing in such conditions. Well done to them and to all of those who ran, jogged or walked today.
It was a much smaller field than usual but the 102 hardy folk certainly looked to be enjoying themselves splashing through the puddles especially on the out and back stretch near the beginning!
Of course, this parkrun could not have taken place without the support of the amazing volunteers who stood in the rain to cheer us on and keep us out of trouble. They are absolute stars and deserve a great big thank you.
This was my second visit to Erddig and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Thank you.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Alexandra EDWARDS • David BARLOW • Huw JONES • Gareth HOUGHTON • Philip WALKER • Debbie DODD • Rob PARKIN • Sandra JONES • Sharon MARRIOTT • Jacqui LINCOLN • Claire MCGRADY • John TIPPING • Alexis BATY • Amy CHEETHAM • Charlie MOULTON-WILDE • Nigel SMITH • Joan WALKER • Lynsey Mccabe MCCABE • Kathryn WALTERS • Eleanor WALTERS • Caroline OLIJNYK • Kelly JONES • Tomos Henry MARRIOTT • Matthew HENDERSON • Neville JONES

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

The female record is held by Alison LAVENDER who recorded a time of 18:18 on 27th August 2016 (event number 16).
The male record is held by Matthew WILLIS who recorded a time of 15:46 on 26th May 2018 (event number 98).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 88.76% (22:50) on 29th October 2016 (event number 24).

Erddig parkrun started on 14th May 2016. Since then 7,619 participants have completed 37,210 parkruns covering a total distance of 186,050 km, including 7,888 new Personal Bests. A total of 594 individuals have volunteered 3,347 times.


Erddig Parkrun #155 31/8/2019 by Tourist Andrew Meadows – Thanks!

Erddig parkrun 155

With the weather just holding out for us, 268 hardy souls ran, jogged and walked this very Beautiful course. Following Alex's friendly and informative briefing we headed into the top woods for a hectic but well ran start, one runner who took a tumble was instantly helped by his fellow park runners and was on his way again with no issues. Good teamwork all. The route then opens out after heading down the slope and seeing runners off in the distance of beautiful scenery was an absolute pleasure. Then came the fun technical part through the other wooded section, which was enjoyed despite the looming knowledge that the “slope” was not too far away. With the slope just about defeated, I must say runners were greeted by the most enthusiastic and friendly funnel team I have come across. Congratulations to them, especially the young man handed tokens out. This enthusiasm continued right until the very end, so thank-you to them.


This week 268 Runners ran Erddig parkrun.

That's the third time that amount of runners has attended.
12 people ran their very first parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family.
There were a Whopping 56 Pb's that's 20% of their field getting PB's
Congratulations to MARTIN THOMPSON on his 50th parkrun. Enjoy the red t-shirt.

Congratulations to Paul FORD on his 100th parkrun (not with us). Enjoy the black t-shirt.

The runner with the most parkruns was Peter Darwen with 263 (first time at Erddig).

Out of the 268 Runners the was, 112 females, 156 Males, (unknowns default to male) (don't forget your barcodes) and 4 dogs (to my count).

There was also tourists.

Myself from Brecon, others from Worcester, Kimnel Bay, Kingsbury and even as far as Wepre....

21 clubs were represented. The most being from Wrexham ACC....

This weeks Parkrun was only possible because of the following volunteers



If you would like to help out one week, please email the friendly team at

On a personal note may I just say, everyone I spoke to today, runners and volunteers were incredibly friendly, I have terrible social anxiety and you all showed today how great parkrun is for bringing people together and promoting good mental and physical health.

Many thanks.

Erddig NT

(I borrowed this car to get home)


Erddig parkrun 24/08/19

This week 271 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

This week the sun shone on a beautiful Erddig hall this morning. This meant that we didn’t have the mud bath that we have had for the last few weeks. This week we had tourists from all over the country. Including a couple all the way from Australia.
I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in the minutes applause in the support of terry who sadly passed away last week at Northwich park, I know this was greatly received by Northwich parkrun. This shows that parkrun is one big family.

As always thank you to our amazing volunteers without whom parkrun wouldn’t happen.

Richard Stuart WESTWOOD • Alexandra EDWARDS • Philip WALKER • Barbara WARD • Debbie DODD • Michael EDWARDS • Gill MORRIS • Karl MOORE • Sharon MARRIOTT • Jacqui LINCOLN • John TIPPING • Karl HUGHES • Rhiannon DIXON • John DONE • Nigel SMITH • Martyn LINCOLN • Joan WALKER • Stuart PINCHBECK • Jason TURNER-PORELLO • Kathryn DAVIES • Hazel FIELD • Charlotte MCGRADY • Dylan WYNNE-JONES • Olivia DIXON • Bronwen WILLIAMS • Samantha HORACZEK • Michael HORACZEK • Dewi JONES • Hannah LINNEY • Ewan WYNNE-JONES



Erddig park run 17. 08.2019 event 153

This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Wonderful morning in North Wales at the enchanting Erddig parkrun in Wrexham!

It is a truly breathtaking parkrun, taking place in the grounds of Erddig Hall, a beautiful National Trust property. The views and the countryside are stunning and it was such a privilege to run here!

Thank you so much to the fabulous Run Director Nigel for the lovely welcome and to the volunteers, all of whom were exceptionally friendly and extremely encouraging! So many new friends made! Thank you for the Cleethorpes shout out in the speech and the Watford chants during the run!

It was one of the toughest parkruns I have done, with the terrain very slippery - a really glorious festival of mud! I was also very pleased to conquer 'sickness hill' - that is the polite term for the name the locals use for it! That was a very challenging incline and ultimately very rewarding - so pleased to get over the line in a time of 25.47.

Erddig is an absolute must to visit, the grounds are spectacular and the people are so lovely!

Diolch yn fawr iawn Erddig!!!

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Richard Stuart WESTWOOD • Yvonne RICHARDS • Kit NOBLE • Robin NOBLE • Fynn NOBLE • Freya NOBLE • Debbie DODD • Rachel NICKERSON • Gill MORRIS • Nigel CLIFF • Jacqui LINCOLN • Samantha WILLIAMS • John TIPPING • John DONE • Nigel SMITH • Martyn LINCOLN • Joan WALKER • Stuart PINCHBECK • Charlotte MCGRADY • Dylan WYNNE-JONES • Trevor COXON • Mia THOMAS • Rory DIXON • Olivia DIXON • Dewi JONES

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

The female record is held by Alison LAVENDER who recorded a time of 18:18 on 27th August 2016 (event number 16).
The male record is held by Matthew WILLIS who recorded a time of 15:46 on 26th May 2018 (event number 98).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 88.76% (22:50) on 29th October 2016 (event number 24).

Erddig parkrun started on 14th May 2016. Since then 7,244 participants have completed 35,050 parkruns covering a total distance of 175,250 km, including 7,524 new Personal Bests. A total of 567 individuals have volunteered 3,113 times.



Erddig parkrun. Event number 152. 10/08/2019

This week 258 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part

What do you do on a Saturday morning when you’re away for the weekend for your wedding anniversary?  The same as every other Saturday morning, you get up in time to go and take part in your local parkrun.  And that’s what Rob and I did this morning.  It was touch and go last night whether Erddig parkrun would go ahead because of the torrential rain they’d had during the week, but a message on Facebook first thing this morning confirmed it would take place, even if it would be a bit muddy!

Erddig is a National Trust property, so it was great to have access to their car park and toilet block, and as we walked to the start we were able to look in on the donkeys in their stable.  The run starts outside the hall, and it was great to see so many people gathering there, hi-viz heroes getting things ready and others chatting together and warming up.

Peter gave the first timers’ briefing and there were several people doing their very first parkrun, as well as lots of tourists.  Coming from York, we’re not used to hills, so it was a bit daunting to learn that there was rather a steep one to get up just before the finish! Not only that, there was a big puddle at the bottom of the hill that we’d probably have to run through as it was too big to jump over.  Not a PB day then, but the opportunity to experience a beautiful new course.

The first part of the course was through woodland, and I think we all soon realised that we’d have to either dodge or jump over the many puddles on the route or end up with wet feet.  There was then a narrow out and back section and as I began running the outward section, the faster runners were already on their way back, heading towards the house again.  There were also people running with dogs, someone with a double buggy, lots of small children, and a wide range of ages and speeds, and it was great to see so many people taking part.

We then found ourselves running down a steep downhill, and at the back of my mind I was remembering that I had to run back up this way again later.  At the bottom of the hill we came to the big puddle, and although I tried to jump it, it was too wide so I did end up with wet feet and muddy legs, but that was all part of the experience! There was then a grassy track and a bridge, before we re-entered woodland.  And then eventually, the aforementioned hill climb, where I have to admit that I did something I’ve very rarely done before on a parkrun, walked a few metres, until someone shouted to me that the finish was only just round the corner, and gave me the spur to dig in again.

The finish was back outside the hall, and I was very relieved to see the funnel come into view as we turned the corner!  Erddig parkrun is a tough but beautiful course, with very friendly and welcoming volunteers and runners, who were all encouraging everyone to keep going.

I think the hotel staff thought we were crazy when we turned back up there in our muddy clothes, but we did manage to make it back in time before they stopped serving breakfast!  Although, in our rush, Rob forgot to collect his top from outside the hall, so we’re also grateful to the event team who found it and will sort out to get it back to us.  Thank you to everyone for making us so welcome and to the volunteers for ensuring the event could take place.  I hope we’ll get chance to come and join you again sometime in the future.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Philip TUGWELL • Alexandra EDWARDS • Philip WALKER • Stephanie COOPER • Barbara WARD • Debbie DODD • Sharon MARRIOTT • Jacqui LINCOLN • Sheridan LANE • John TIPPING • Peter HOWELL • Martin LANE • Alison Carys TAYLOR • John WILLIAMS • John DONE • Peter HOLMES • Nigel SMITH • Martyn LINCOLN • Sarah GILL • Joan WALKER • Jamie YULE • Deryn POPPITT • Emma BASFORD • Felicity BRANDISH • David BROWN • Olivia DIXON • Tomos Henry MARRIOTT • Dewi JONES • Gethin TAYLOR

Thank you to Steph cooper from York for the run report.

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