Penrhyn parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-22 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event 261

Great early spring  conditions for Event 261 today -gr nice, sunny, not too warm and with the occasional bit of drizzle and 14 squirrels on the course during the pre-event check!

158 parkrunners completed the 4 loops with 22 people running the Penrhyn course for the 1st time. 27 people recorded a new pb today so da iawn pawb! 22 different running cluns were also represented.

Milestones today were recorded by Junior runner Anya Hill (10th), Naomi Starkey on 50 and special mention to Paul Taylor on his 200th! A huge well done to Derran Leung, the tail walker on her 50th volunteer too! This week's most experienced runner was Dennis Smith on 242 - the green shirt is ever closer Dennis!

The National Trust have asked if we could provide any volunteers for the Easter weekend (Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th and Monday 13th April) to help with car parking with a donation being made to Parkrun which helps provide new equipment for us. Please email in if you feel you can volunteer on any of those dates.

Hopefully  we will see you again next week but please follow our social media to find out of any possible cancellations (The Run Director Curse of Chris is likely to hit soon but not sure even I can be blamed for this!!!) but if we do go ahead, please be sensible and bring your barcode too! Parkrun HQ have issued  a statement here -



Event 260

Many thanks to the 16 volunteers who enabled the 194 people to take part in Penrhyn Castle's 260th parkrun on Saturday.
What a stunning setting for a run, jog or walk starting within the walls of the mock castle from the ice tower and running through the portcullis to finish with views of the Menai Straits and the Snowdonian mountains whilst on the route.
For thirty seven people it was their first ever time at Penryhn parkrun and at least ten of those people were joining parkrun for the very first time, some of whom had been encouraged to join in by friends to celebrate International Women's Day. Welcome to the parkrun community, we hope you will join us again either at Penrhyn or any of the other many parkruns worldwide.
I visited with two friends from Stockport whilst on holiday and we got a surprise visit to cheer us on from two other friends who were staying locally. We all thought it was a very friendly and welcoming community, so once again, thank to all who enabled the run to happen.
Jasmine Dobson was the first female finisher. It was her third run at Penrhyn and the first time she was the first finisher. Matthew Edwin Roberts was the first male finisher and ran his 9th Penrhyn parkrun on Saturday and got a PB. Well done to both.
Hilary Jaques Megoran got the highest age grading overall, a staggering 84.88%. Matthew Edwin Roberts was second highest at 83.64, great achievements.
Suzanne Sutherland

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:

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

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



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

See you next week


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