Sunny Autumnal parkrun – event number 242, 12th October 2019

It was a lovely sunny day for parkrun. 188 people joined us to run, jog or walk the course.  32 were first timers and representatives of 18 different clubs took part. We welcomed people from Aylesbury, New Zealand, Norwich, Basingstoke, Brighton, Derbyshire and Newport - croeso iawn. It was lovely how many came to chat after the run to say how much they had enjoyed our course - we are so lucky to run in such a picturesque location.  Clearly the weather motivated some - 45 recorded new Personal Bests - well done! da iawn! An extra special well done goes to Tom Williams - he's a regular runner & volunteer and it's been a pleasure watching him progress from his days coaching dad from the buggy, to now running the course himself.  Today he knocked off a whopping 2 minutes off his pb!  Brilliant! Gwych!  I hope you are going to tell your teachers how speedy you are getting Tom!

A big well done goes out to Graham Simmons, from Aylesbury, who chose us to complete his 100th parkrun. We should also have said llongyfarchiadau / congratulations to our Event Director, Gwion Davies on his 50th parkrun - however he didn't realise until he'd had his results ( it's his age bechod!)   I hope you don't have to wait too long to claim that treasured black / red T shirt!  We also wished a happy birthday to Deri Hockley who turned 11 today.  It's a magical age in parkrun terms, you can officially run without an adult!  I hope you enjoyed the rest of your day. Penblwydd Hapus.

Mike and Julie Froggatt joined us as tourists from Dursley running club.  They were sporting a t-shirt I had never seen before - a parkrun world tourist top ( which aptly has a castle logo).  This is for parkrunners who have completed at least one parkrun in each of 4 parkrun countries. Unfortunately  we can't just nip across the border to log another country - according to the qualification definition England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland are all classed as 1 country as part of the UK (not separate countries).  This isn't an official parkrun top - but if you're interested there's a facebook group for it.  

The event was made possible by 18 wonderful volunteers - thank you so much for giving up your Saturday morning:

Jenny JONES • Fran LEWIS • Fiona PARRY • Anest LEWIS • Einir RANDALL • Hefina EVANS • Gwion Peris ROBERTS • Angie LAING • Lowri PRITCHARD • Laura DAVIES • Huw BASTOCK • Vida WILLS • Alys PRITCHARD • Alison HENDERSON-OWEN • Anya JONES • Marc HUGHES • Nicola WILLIAMS • Dion JONES

If you want to volunteer please email us at or put your name down on the clipboard or message us - we promise you'll really enjoy it.  There are plenty of roles you can do and still run.  You can do what Einir, Nicola and Fiona did and arrive early, run the parkrun course before parkrun, then volunteer - thanks ladies for doing the pre course check!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page, and if you're interested in stats here are a few:

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 9,564 participants have completed 40,169 parkruns covering a total distance of 200,845 km, including 7,453 new Personal Bests. A total of 626 individuals have volunteered 3,304 times.


Event 241 – Autumn has definitely arrived……

Some awesome colours around the course this morning and that wasn't just the milestone t shirts or Hi-viz tops! Certainly, the pre-event course check saw a large number of wildlife on the course (there were a lot squirrels but Mini -Marshall is convinced he saw a bear in the distance by the Witch's hut!)

149 people managed to avoid the bears and squirrels, largely in thanks to the 20 marshals (and  new volunteer post of Bear Ranger!) and the conditions were great to run in. There were 31 1st timers to Penrhyn including visitors from Bath, Stoke, Slough, Melton Mowbray Edinburgh and Yorkshire.

First finisher was Kierren Jones in a strong 17m46 with Elaine Sargent the fastest lady in 24m11. Milestones were achieved this week  by Lowri Pritchard with her 100th run and Claire Bishop with her 25th volunteer (bring the T shirts next week!) and also Parkrun celebrated 15 years (what were Saturday mornings like without it?) This week's most experienced parkrunner was Jenny Zaremba with 317.

Its is around 6 weeks or so to go before we celebrate our 5th birthday and only 9 more parkruns until we celebrate our 250th!  That's my last stint as RD for a bit now so thanks and see you on the course over the next few week







Event 240 – The One by Finlay

We had another incredible show of effort across the board today, with 173 people in total, plus 3 dogs and 3 buggies!

There were 38 first timers today, and 28 recorded personal bests. 21 different club representatives came along, and there were visitors from all over the globe, including, Ormskirk, Exeter, Cambridge, Winchester, Derby, and even California and Japan! Meanwhile, the founder of parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, is in Japan today, opening the first Japanese parkrun! 

19 volunteers took to the sidelines to make this event possible:

Louise Bastock! Adanna Omaka! Angie Laing! Chris Buggy! Emyr Jones! Finlay Perry! Fran Lewis! Helen Salter! Huw Bastock! Jenny Jones! Louis Brookes! Marion Mayhead! Megan Bastock! Rachel Dolan! Richard Parry! Robbie Kiger! Terry Jones! Thomas Williams! Vida Wills!

The fastest runner today was Steve Forsyth, clocking in at 18:00, and the fastest buggy was Simon Cole in (an amazing - Edit Chris Buggy Williams!) 19:53!

The full results are easy to get at, and if you feel like volunteering, it is always greatly appreciated!

Special Shoutouts:

Caroline from Ormskirk did her 150th parkrun today!

Nel the dog (who has run more than 100 parkruns herself!) is currently celebrating her 7th birthday!

Hayley and Charlotte ran all the way from their homes to parkrun today, and then ran parkrun aswell!




Event 239 – The International one

With the Rugby World Cup starting this weekend, I suppose it was quite apt that there was an international flavour to today's event, with visitors from Ireland, South Africa and Australia as well as Newcastle, Aberystwyth, Stoke, Rippon and Cambridge to mention a few! Unlike the Rugby, I am glad to say that nobody got sent home early though for misdemeanours although a few had forgotten their barcodes!!!!!  Great to see a large contingent from Breast Cancer Awareness too - great to have you all with us!

Conditions were perfect to visit the castle with the bright sunshine and gentle breeze making it making it a bit on the warm side to run in. However 192 runners ( plus a very fast buggy and a few dogs! )made it around the 2 big loops and 2 small loops.

The only Major Milestone achieved today was achieved by Chris Roberts (50th) but happy birthday to Malcolm Roberts who is 60 later this week. Most experienced runner this week was Penrhyn Legend, Dennis Smith with 216. At the opposite end of the range, there were 38 first timers to Penrhyn or Parkrun and 25 people recorded PBs - congratulations! 18 different running clubs were represented today

Congratulations to Raif Serrif, the fastest male today in 16.52 (also fastest Junior with JM15-17) and fastest lady was Lucy Williamson in 19.35.

As the RD this week, I am going to say  a massive thank you to all the volunteers this week, as without them, we would not be able to run this event! It is also great to hear parkrunners thanking the volunteers as they run past. I'm back as RD next week with the mini-marshall who is desperate to get a new milestone t shirt (25 for volunteers!)


Chris "Buggy" Williams




Heulog a boeth – Another hot and sunny parkrun – Event number 232 Dydd Sadwrn 3ydd Awst

It was another stunning day weather wise - probably too hot for running but we won't complain!

This week we welcomed 228 people to our picturesque course.  For 93 people, it was their first visit to run, jog or walk the course. Big well done to the 27 people who recorded new Personal Bests  Da iawn!  Well Done!  We had representatives from 50 different clubs - all sporting very smart club tops.  We had tourists from up and down the UK - including Whitstable, Kent, Abertawe, Tunbridge Wells, South Yorkshire and a few other places that I didn't have time to write down in the welcome briefing!  Croeso iawn / welcome to you all.  We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in North Wales. If you have time, go visit the Eisteddfod in Llanrwst - it's a wonderful day out and celebration of Welsh Culture.

We celebrated some fantastic milestones today -  Eleanor Hallam and Edward Butt joined us from Higginson Park parkrun in Marlow. Edward celebrated his 100th parkrun and Eleanor achieved her 25th volunteer, having run her first ever parkrun at Penrhyn.  They are also celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this week - llongyfarchiadau! congratulations!.  We also gave a round of applause to Colin Price who achieved his 50th parkrun and celebrated his 55th birthday.  Penblwydd Hapus! Happy Birthday!  It was only when I was processing the results that I realised it was also my 50th volunteer today! My lovely parkrun family were quick to say "so where was the cake!!" oops!!  I also forgot to take photos today - which is not like me - never mind!

The event was made possible by 21 fabulous volunteers who gave up their lie in to make the run happen - Thank you so much - Diolch yn fawr iawn to:

Tony LISTER • Julia PHILLIPS • Simon LONGMAN • Annes WYN • Fran LEWIS • Hayley MACDONALD-JONES • Claire BISHOP • Anest LEWIS • Edward BUTT • Matt TAPPING • Cathy HEAVERS • Eleanor HALLAM • Delyth OSWY • Megan MACDONALD-JONES • Ruth SHARROCK • Hefina EVANS • Mike HAMER • Laura SUTTON • George ROWLAND • Sharon BAILLIE-YOUNG • Casey BAILLIE-YOUNG

Please do let us know if you are able to volunteer occasionally - it is a really great way to get to know your fellow parkrunners. If you have family that don't want to run but want to get involved, they are most welcome too and there are some roles you can do and still run.  We explain everything to you before the run.

If you'r interested in the finer detailed stats, today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page. But here's some interesting numbers for you:

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 a whopping 9,130 participants have completed 38,398 parkruns covering a total distance of 191,990 km, including 7,196 new Personal Bests. wow!  that's a lot of miles and trainers!  A total of 601 individuals have volunteered 3,142 times to make sure our parkrun goes ahead and remains free for everyone.

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