My husband and I are partial to a bit of parkrun tourism and this weeks chosen destination was Penrhyn. We travelled from snowbound Lancashire the previous day and felt rather smug when we realised the snow in North Wales was confined to the hills. Our smugness increased when parkrun after parkrun in the North West region was cancelled. We then noticed that Nant y Pandy had announced they were off, closely followed by Bodelwyddan. I fixed us both a stiff drink and we spent the rest of Friday evening with our fingers crossed and working out how long it would take us to get to Conwy or Newborough Forest if Penrhyn was cancelled. The torture of being a park run addict! Saturday wouldn’t be Saturday without our parkrun fix.
Thankfully, we need not have worried and Penrhyn parkrun certainly didn’t disappoint. We have both visited over 100 different parkrun venues and Penrhyn is certainly up there with the most stunning and picturesque. I ran with our dog and I loved the separate start for pooches and their humans. The start of parkrun makes dogs a bit giddy so this is a brilliant way of managing them.
So who did what on Saturday?
First place was scooped by someone sans barcode. In second place was Alex Cooper who came home in 19.05. This was his 47th park run of which 9 have been at Penrhyn. Third across the line was William Winter of St Radegund RDC in a personal best time of19.24. He has completed 131 parkruns and this was his second appearance at Penrhyn, his previous one being exactly a year ago.
What about the ladies?
In first place was Kristy Guneratne in a time of 20.51(overall 10th place) also from St Radegund RDC on her 403rd parkrun and second at Penrhyn. Kristy also ran at Penrhyn exactly a year ago and and was the fastest lady on that occasion too. Go Kristy! Second lady was Lauren Miller in 21.22 who was 14th overall and a Vegan Runner. This was her 45th parkrun and her 7th time at Penrhyn. Hannah Cooke followed her in third place and 21st overall on her 87th parkrun and her first at Penrhyn.
Four people achieved age gradings of over 70%
Robert Hind 74.68%
Kristy Guneratne 72.58
Chris Howell 72.12
Karen Shackleton 71.03
There were 202 runners, joggers and walkers and 19 volunteers on Saturday. Hats off to the hi viz heroes, parkrun wouldn't happen without them.
Of the 202 there were:
37 first timers at Penrhyn
17 first time ever parkrunners
57 personal bests
23 unknowns (Don’t Forget Your Barcode!)
The first parkrun took place at Penrhyn on 15th November 2014 and since then there have been:
8107 different runners
816 different running clubs
and a highest attendance of 341 in August 2017.
Until the next time, happy parkrunning everyone.
Karen Shackleton visiting from Bolton parkrun.