Event 258

Despite the potential windy bad weather of Storm Ciara on the way, Penrhyn parkrun was up and running as usual. Personally, I was glad it wasn’t cancelled, as I was visiting Bangor for the first time in 6 ½ years to watch the 10th anniversary of the Unibrass Contest at my alma mater – Bangor University, so I was relieved when the event was given the all-clear (especially as there weren’t any parkruns in North Wales when I was a student!)

This week, 221 people heeded the call of the early morning sunshine - running, jogging and walking the “two big laps, two small laps” course. Living and working near two castles in Warwickshire, the idea of running near sturdy masonry is familiar to me, but 42 new people decided to make the journey up towards Penrhyn castle today. 38 people even managed to beat their former selves, recording new Personal Bests. 21 university brass bands competed across 2 sections at Unibrass 2020, and much like the brass banders, there were representatives of 20 different clubs taking part at parkrun.

Both Unibrass and parkrun events are only made possible by amazing volunteers. Luckily 16 people gave up their Saturday to not even run! A big thank you to: Elin Mair WALKER JONES • Emyr JONES • Jenny JONES • Margaret OLIVER • Catrin MACEY • Nel MACEY • Derran LEUNG • Angie LAING • Christine WYCHERLEY • Clive WYCHERLEY • Vida WILLS • Laura SUTTON • Elwyn DAVIES • Ruth JONES • Tomos MATHER • Dai ROBERTS

Dragged along to parkrun by a family member/friend/potential date? Want to be a parkrun hero yourself and get showered in accolades? (mostly high-5s, sincere thanks, and after 25 Saturdays, a snazzy purple t-shirt!) Or maybe you just really like hi-vis? Then why not consider volunteering yourself! It’s very easy! Simply email: penrhynhelpers@parkrun.com

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page. Whilst there are no new milestones these week, (apart from Unibrass turning 10!), there are three impressive records that may require some Storm Ciara-esque wind assistance to beat: The male record is held by Dan NASH who recorded a time time of 15:37 on 7th April 2018 (event number 168). The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 17:49 on 28th July 2018 (event number 184). The Age Grade course record is held by Claire WILLIAMS who recorded 89.81% (19:08) on 9th April 2016 (event number 70).

Unibrass started on Saturday 19th February 2011, but Penrhyn parkrun started on Saturday 15th November 2014. Since then 9,996 participants have completed 42,662 parkruns covering a total distance of 213,310 km, including 7,798 new Personal Bests. A total of 658 individuals have volunteered 3,551 times.

A wonderful parkrun that I wish existed during my time studying at Bangor. Diolch yn fawr!

Rob Thompson

 

Event 256

A warmer parkrun this week saw  227 parkrunners making it around the castle grounds in lovely conditions at Penrhyn parkrun.  40 1st timers  with 24 visitors to  Penrhyn for hailing  from Warrington, Middlesborough, Manchester Birmingham, Curden Valley, Leeds and Lymm!

The most experienced parkrunner this week was Nick Pendleton and a milestone was celebrated by Daniel Starkey (also celebrating his 18th birthday this week!)

Fastest finisher this week was Tomos Roberts and his dog in a quick 16m40

Full results can be found here

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrhyn/results/latestresults/

As always, a big thank you to the volunteers - please message in if you would like to volunteer as without people to marshal, scan, time or set up, we would not be able to hold this event!

See you next week

CWB

 

Event 255(eventually!)

After last week's cancellation,  209 parkrunners made it around the castle grounds in cold but bright weather  at Penrhyn parkrun, with 35 being 1st timers and anther 16 visiting Penrhyn for the 1st time. Visitors this morning from Blackpool, Birmingham, Exeter and Hervey Bay in Australia!

When I arrived at the castle this morning, the temperature on the car dashboard was 1 degree and I'm not sure it warmed up that much so well done to the 29 people managed to get PBs

The most experienced parkrunner this week was Dennis Smith who was the tail walker and also celebrating his 76th birthday this week (also happy to birthday to Olwen Davies and Tony Lister.

Milestones recorded this week  - Just Sue Eckersley celebrating  her 50th parkrun

As always, a big thank you to the volunteers - please message in if you would like to volunteer as without people to marshal, scan, time or set up, we would not be able to hold this event!

Fastest finisher this week was Andy Savage in 18m43 who was then off to run the Pier to Pier 10K from Llandudno Pier  to Colwyn Bay er, well, where the pier was!!!! (NUTTER!)

Full results can be found here

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrhyn/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=255

See you next week

CWB

 

Event 254 – Happy New Year – Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Exactly 200 parkrunners made it around the castle grounds to start the New Year off at Penrhyn parkrun, with 30 being 1st timers and anther 16 visiting Penrhyn for the 1st time. I'm guessing a large number of 1st timers are sticking to the New Year's Resolutions so look forward to seeing you back next week!

Event Director Gwion described it as perfect conditions for running and 17 people managed to get PBs - well done! TheMost experienced parkrunner this week was Andrew Mason (I spotted the Blue 500 shirt!) with an amazing 602 parkruns!

The only major Milestone this week was achieved by Adrian Salter (50th parkrun) and tailwalker Derran had her birthday!

As always, a big thank you to the volunteers - please message in if you would like to volunteer as without people to marshal, scan, time or set up, we would not be able to hold this event!

Full results can be found here - https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrhyn/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=254

See you next week

CWB

 

5th Runiversary! Penrhyn parkrun Event number 247 – 16th November 2019

Mae amser yn hedfan! Wow how time flies!  Today we celebrated 5 years since Penrhyn parkrun started.  There are so many stories of friendships, milestones, life goals and even romance that have happened during that time, so it was lovely to welcome back Nicola Pye, who was the original Event Director and initiator of our wonderful parkrun. You've a lot to be proud of Nicola.   For the younger amongst us, it's hard to imagine a time when parkrun didn't exist - our regular juniors have literally grown up running and volunteering at penrhyn, yearning for the parkrun milestone of age 11 when they can ditch the parent and run free!. They have spent many a happy Saturday running, drinking hot chocolate and playing in the park.

A big part of our parkrun (aside from running)  is undoubtedly fancy dress and cake - and this week didn't disappoint!  There were some great outfits - well done to our fancy dress winner Dan the Dinosaur!  You may have noticed the egg and bacon running around the course - this launches the start of our friendly campaign - #bringbackthebaps - lots of people have said they miss breakfast in the cafe so we're in talks with the National Trust - fingers crossed!  If they say yes please make sure you support it.  Thank you to everyone who brought in the delicious cakes - they were enjoyed by the 157 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. The chocolate vegan cake was particularly tasty - thank you National Trust for donating that!. We welcomed representatives of 13 different clubs and we had 26 first timers, some of whom were here because they are running Conwy half marathon tomorrow - including the Red Rose Runners - pob lwc! Good luck! Remember the Orme is just an upwards flat section!. 16 people recorded new Personal Bests today - well done!  A big shout out goes to Megan Bastock.  Megan is one of our regular junior runners and she's been chasing a sub 30 for a few weeks - this week she did it!!!  gwych!!

As it was our birthday, we gave out a few awards.  Well done to:

Jenny Jones - Most Volunteers this year(29)

Dennis Smith - Most Runs this year (48)

Megan and Ffion Macdonald-Jones - Most Volunteers as a junior this year (17  each)

Alys Pritchard - Most runs as a junior - (36 runs)

Sally and Simon Longman , Kevin Clark and Rhi Willmott - Hi vis Heroes for fundraising for penrhyn parkrun

Elliw Haf (7), Tomos Roberts (6) - Most first finishes

Dan the Dinosaur ( we didn't know his surname!)  Best fancy dress - can you guess what he was wearing??

Vida Wills - Cheeriest marshal award and official naming of the top gate marshal point as 'Vida's Corner'.

The event was made possible by 13  amazing volunteers - thank you so much for giving up your Saturday morning and standing in the rain.  Thank you to Sally for the music this week!  The volunteers were:

Gwion DAVIES • Olwen DAVIES • Jenny JONES • Sally LONGMAN • Simon LONGMAN • Kevin CLARK • Laura MCKENZIE • Pradeep KUMARA • Katherine BIDDLE • Charlotte WILLIAMS • Hefina EVANS • Mike HAMER • Sion Llyr ROBERTS

If you like stats, you can find today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Dan NASH who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th April 2018 (event number 168).
The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 17:49 on 28th July 2018 (event number 184).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire WILLIAMS who recorded 89.81% (19:08) on 9th April 2016 (event number 70).

Whilst Penrhyn Castle was built by 1833, it wasn’t until November 15th 2014 that Penrhyn parkrun started.  Since then  9,700 participants have completed 40,797 parkruns covering a total distance of 203,985 km, including 7,537 new Personal Bests. A total of 637 individuals have volunteered 3,382 times.

 

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