Back in love with parkrun

I have a shocking confession to make... Recently I've been feeling a bit jaded about parkrun!  I know right?  Shocking!  I have 80 something runs under my belt and 45 volunteer points.  Its transformed my social life and given me some of my closest friends but lately I'd fallen a little bit out of love.  Sometimes life gets in the way, the dark wet mornings of winter, never ending housework, demanding job, husband working Saturday mornings and the prospect of dragging 2 tweenagers out of their beds has meant that 9 times out of ten I have stayed in bed on a Saturday morning.  Its like eating fruit, you know its good for you and you'd feel better if you just ate an apple but sometimes its just too much bother! But this morning it was my turn to be Run Director, I have to go, otherwise I risk a row from ED Gwion (and he's a teacher,therefore - scary).  I get home from a work trip to Cardiff at 9.45 on a Friday night and nothing has been prepared, there's rosters to print and scanners to charge.  I sort it out and go to bed wondering if I'll wake up in time. Dutifully I wake up at 7, drag kids out of bed with the promise of cake and hot chocolates, pack the car and get to Penrhyn for 8 o clock.  The kids start getting the cones and signs out and I do a bit of a course check.  Its a lovely sunny morning, the smell of spring is in the air, there's snowdrops and crocuses and birds singing.  At about 8.25 the first few volunteers start to arrive, along with a few mini volunteers.  Then the runners start to arrive, is gets busier and busier and I notice that everyone is smiling and chatting.  There's a lovely happy, buzzy atmosphere, spring is in the air and everyone is feeling it.  All of a sudden its 8.55, OMG I need to do the new runners briefing, and there's loads of them, all looking happy and excited.  Some are visiting from other parkruns, for some its there first one ever and you can see the trepidation on their faces. My megaphone is broken so I ask everyone to be quiet and astonishingly, no-one chats in the run briefing, and even more surprisingly - I don't forget anything! We cheer as runners run by, everything goes ahead without a hiccup thanks to the volunteers.  One daughter is happily on barcodes and other other is busy recruiting volunteers.  All is done by 10am, everything gets packed away (again with help) and I go home and realise that I am ABSOLUTELY BUZZING!!!  PARKUN IS BRILLIANT!!  LIFE AFFIRMING!! AMAZING!! ALL THE WORLDS PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED BY PARKRUN!!

YES!!  I'M BACK IN LOVE WITH PARKRUN!!

Love Hayley xx

This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Eurwyn EDWARDS • Iain LETTICE • Elin Mair WALKER JONES • Emyr JONES • Hayley MACDONALD-JONES • Ffion NORRIS • Megan MACDONALD-JONES • Ffion MACDONALD-JONES • Carwyn JONES • Angie LAING • Sam TAGGER • Christine WYCHERLEY • Nigel JONES • Alwyn OLIVER • Catherine UNWIN • Maija GIDDINGS • Paula OWEN • Thomas RIDGWAY • Tomos JONES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page.

Summary of the first 5 male finishers

1 Dilwyn POWELL-JONES 18:28 VM35-39 71.39 %
2 John DAVIES 18:48 SM25-29 68.62 %
3 Meilyr WYN 19:20 VM35-39 70.09 %
4 Peter BRODEY 19:46 SM25-29 65.26 %
5 Eddie NEALE 20:16 SM20-24 64.31 %

Summary of top 5 female finishers

1 Lauren MILLER 20:55 SW20-24 70.76 %
2 Clair ATTERBURY 23:05 VW40-44 66.64 %
3 Sarah GOULDEN 23:09 SW30-34 63.93 %
4 Isabelle SHAW 23:47 JW11-14 68.47 %
5 Amy HARRINGTON 23:54 SW20-24 61.92 %

Finally, after the conversation I had with Clive about the importance of age grade scores he'll be pleased to see he's at the top of the first 5 finishers by age grade!

1 Clive WYCHERLEY 22:07 VM60-64 74.45 %
2 Dilwyn POWELL-JONES 18:28 VM35-39 71.39 %
3 Lauren MILLER 20:55 SW20-24 70.76 %
4 Meilyr WYN 19:20 VM35-39 70.09 %
5 Tom WEBB 21:56 JM11-14 69.76 %

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 Hidi JONES who recorded 91.18% (19:51) on 20th October 2018 (event number 195).

Penrhyn parkrun started on 15th November 2014. Since then 8,150 participants have completed 34,111 parkruns covering a total distance of 170,555 km, including 6,457 new Personal Bests. A total of 544 individuals have volunteered 2,782 times.