The alarm went off at 5.30am on Saturday morning, after the initial thought of ‘this is madness its earlier than when we go to work’ somehow it was so much easier to find the motivation to get out of bed for it was parkrunday and we were off on adventures.
Our destination of choice this week was the stunning Penryhn parkrun a two hour drive from our home run of Telford, taking in the glorious North Wales coastline on the way.
Arriving just before 8.30am we made our way up towards the castle, Paul was volunteering as tail walker as he has run the course before, but Penryhn was a new course to me and a tick off on the personal challenge list to run all parkrun events in North and mid Wales.
As the runners gathered for the start it appeared that many were visiting the area for the bank holiday weekend and taking advantage of trying a new venue whilst 18 runners also arrived barcode in hand for their very first parkrun, welcome to the family.
Penrhyn Castle is set in stunning National Trust grounds with views out to sea and into Snowdonia. The course takes full advantage of the scenery starting with two clockwise undulating loops around the grounds. Each of the big loops is about a mile long before the last mile is broken down into two smaller clockwise loops finishing back at the castle.
Certainly one of the most picturesque parkruns that we have run and it is definitely on the list to revisit when hopefully we will have enough time to sample the highly recommended flapjack in the café.
Last but by no means least a massive ‘Thank you marshall’ goes to all the volunteers without whom parkrun could not go ahead.
This week 225 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Ann D'ALBUQUERQUE • John D'ALBUQUERQUE • Paul MUSGROVE • Juliana BERGEL • Louise BASTOCK • Chris WILLIAMS-BUGGY • Margaret OLIVER • Jo ALEXANDER • Megan BASTOCK • Philippa ROGERS • Hefina EVANS • Rob PERRY • Huw BASTOCK • Bethan ROGERS • Alwyn OLIVER • Gareth ROGERS • Thomas WILLIAMS • Esther GAO • Adanna OMAKA
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 Claire WILLIAMS who recorded 89.81% (19:08) on 9th April 2016 (event number 70).
Penrhyn parkrun started on 15th November 2014. Since then 8,688 participants have completed 36,536 parkruns covering a total distance of 182,680 km, including 6,898 new Personal Bests. A total of 573 individuals have volunteered 2,965 times.