To be or not to be, that is the question! Event 214 – 23rd March 2019

This week was definitely about the wonder of volunteers and how vital they are to keep our fabulous parkrun literally, running.  You may have seen from the Facebook page that it was a little eventful this week with a last minute cancellation which was then ‘uncancelled’ when the electric came back on!  So thank you to all the volunteers for all you did this week.  We’re also seeing an increasing number of under 18s volunteering – we had 7 this week – which is absolutely brilliant!  There’s one special volunteer we need to say a huge congratulations and diolch yn fawr iawn to this week.   Louise Bastock celebrated her 100th volunteer!  Louise has made her way to Penrhyn from Caernarfon in all weathers, and sometimes setting off at an unearthly hour with Megan and Huw to get the bus to Penrhyn.  We’re delighted that Louise can now share her vast experience with Hafan Pwllheli parkrun, where she has become a Run Director – but she’s promised she’ll still come to Penrhyn too as we can’t bear to lose her!  Speaking of which, if you haven’t tried the new Hafan Pwllheli parkrun, give it a go – it’s all on the beach and you can’t help but hum chariots of fire as you plod along – it’s a toughie but well worth a visit.

This week 145 people ran, jogged and walked the course.  We had 15 first timers - a couple of which were joining as families.  We hope you enjoyed it – remember it’s ok to walk and we’re all there to cheer you on, so well done!  We hope you come back.

A whopping 35 of you recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 10 different clubs took part.  We also welcomed tourists from Cardiff, Liverpool and London – we hope you had a great weekend in North Wales.

Next weekend we have 9 of our local parkrunners undertaking a mad challenge to complete freedom runs on 5 parkrun routes in 5 hours for charity– ticking off each of the local parkruns from Newborough to Bodelwyddan.  We wish them all the best of luck – don’t’ forget to set your alarm clock for that 5am start!  Also next weekend is also parkrun in pyjamas week!  You can literally roll out of bed!  Upload your pyjama photos after parkrun to parkrun uk and you could win a mattress!

This weeks’ event was made possible by 18 amazing volunteers:

Iain LETTICE • Louise BASTOCK • Gwion DAVIES • Jenny JONES • Fran LEWIS • Jennifer M CHARLTON • Fflur LEWIS • Anest LEWIS • Ffion NORRIS • Derran LEUNG • Megan MACDONALD-JONES • Ffion MACDONALD-JONES • Sarah MARSH • Ann PIPE • Angie LAING • Emily HUGHES • Maija GIDDINGS • Magali ROBERTS

If you’re into stats, here’s the techie bit!

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

Whilst Penryn Castle was built by 1833, it wasn’t until November 15th 2014 that Penrhyn parkrun started.  Since then 8,308 participants have completed 34,869 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,345 km, including 6,606 new Personal Bests. A total of 556 individuals have volunteered 2,848 times.