Thanks to Karl Johnson from Pontypridd for this Run Report:
Absolutely privileged to be writing your run report today, a parkrun that nearly didn’t happen for me. Today marked my 125th parkrun BUT for the first time I forgot my barcode, believe me it was a mega panic. With massive thanks to Premier Inn and some quick thinking we were eventually on track at 8:15am.... I hate being unorganised and late for parkrun.
Parke, a national trust site is just stunning - I have never run in such a beautiful location, and the April sunshine made for another perfect parkrun. A short wait to pay to park and a quick dash to the start line to be greeted by a fun and informative first runners brief, we were ready for the off.
Now I had been pre-warned of the small hill at the start of the course..... well in, sorry but no pre-warming will ever etch the memory of the HILL out of my mind, haha. Brilliant....
I can honestly say I have never experienced such a challenging parkrun in the 67 events I have now participated in, thank you.
Today saw 232 parkrunners attend Parke, with many first timers and the second highest attendance in its history. 33 new personal bests and 28 different running club members including a couple of local clubs to myself in South Wales - Pencoed Tri and Women’s running Penarth....
One final mention if I may - parkrun is a fantastic community and I’ve been fortunate to make some amazing friends from all over the county through this amazing movement. Today was no exception - turning up to an event and bumping into a lovely lady whom I’d previously met at Llyn Llech Owain parkrun back in November 2017 - Elizabeth Czaban.... a parkrunner at my neighbouring home event of Penalta.... no idea we were both touring and turn up to the same event... mental
Anyway enough blabbing - thank you to the amazing core volunteer team and volunteers today - you truly have a unique parkrun venue. Although I don’t usually revisit parkruns I will make an exception for your beautiful course in the future for sure!
With many thanks to all
This week 232 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:
Alison ENGLEDEW • Hugh MARSDEN • Kieran DORE • Sarah HEARN • Finn HEARN • Wilfrid TAYLOR • Ken DYER • Mary CORNISH • Karl JOHNSON • Jenny SPENCER • Toby PASCOE • John CORNISH • Kate WATT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Parke parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:44 on 11th August 2018 (event number 225).
The female record is held by Katie SYNGE-CURTIS who recorded a time of 19:45 on 8th September 2018 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Xavier BLY who recorded 84.68% (22:05) on 24th October 2015 (event number 82).
Parke parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 6,555 participants have completed 32,880 parkruns covering a total distance of 164,400 km, including 5,721 new Personal Bests. A total of 357 individuals have volunteered 3,333 times.