Adroddiad Rhedeg Ymwelŵr / Guest Run Report 29/6/19

photo of Castle 29th June 2019

Gyda'r tarth yn codi o flynyddoedd Eryri cychwynodd parkrun Castell Penrhyn, gyda golygfeydd bendigedig o'r mynyddoedd a Môr yr Iwerydd.

Heddiw ymunodd rhedwyr o Wepre, Manceinion, Southampton, Somerset ac Iwerddon gyda'r rhedwyr arferol, a daeth llawer o bobl am y tro cyntaf, wedi eu dennu gan y tywydd braf. Gobeithiwn eich gweld yn fuan eto.

Llongyfarchiadau i Hayley, Shona, a Rob Perry am gwblhau eich 100fed parkrun, ac i bawb a gwblhaodd rhaglen Couch to 5k Castell Penrhyn heddiw. Llongyfarchiadau hefyd i James Deakin am gwblhau 1000 o filltiroedd eleni. Ac yn olaf, llongyfarchiadau mawr i Dennis ar ei briodas aur.

Y Rhedwr Cyntaf oedd Tomos Roberts a orffennodd mewn amser gwych o 17:42. Y Fenyw Gyntaf oedd Gemma Moore a orffennodd mewn amser o 20:08.

Diolch hefyd i'r holl wirfoddolwyr am rhoid eu amser i wneud y parkrun mor lwyddiannus (enwau isod). Gellir gweld holl canlyniadau heddiw ar dudalen canlyniadau parkrun Castell Penrhyn.

Summer has truly arrived and the week's warm weather attracted 193 runners, joggers, and walkers to Penrhyn Castle parkrun this morning. However, conditions were slightly muggy this morning with mist obscuring Snowdonia and the Irish Sea. As the run was about to start the mist was lifting and those who took part were treated to breathtaking views of the castle grounds rolling out towards the sea and up to Snowdonia, as well as the imposing castle itself!

Alongside Penrhyn's regulars, tourists made the journey over from, amongst other places, Wepre, Manchester, Somerset, Southampton, and even Ireland! Plenty of people took advantage of the warm weather to try parkrun for the first time. We hope to see you at parkrun again soon!

As we listened to Run Director Fran's announcements and waited for the start, we were standing together under an archway in one of the castle's courtyards: a very impressive place to hear about some spectacular milestones. Well done to Hayley, Shona, and Rob Perry for completing your 100th parkruns! Also, huge congratulations to all who graduated from Penrhyn's Couch to 5k programme. What a beautiful day to complete your first parkrun! Congratulations also to James Deakin on completing 1000 miles this year! Finally, massive congratulations from everyone at parkrun to Dennis who is celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary this week. When asked about what the secret of a happy marriage was he replied that it was 'find someone who can't run as fast as you!'

Just before we started, some droplets of rain threatened, but thankfully the rain held off leaving us dry but very warm. We set off from under the arch towards the grounds, appearing as though we were all escaping from the castle into Gwynedd's beautiful wilderness.  I, for one, can't remember ever having started a run in more beautiful surroundings. The castle towered over us as  we rounded one of its towers, revealing the  vast grounds and for those who could catch their breaths for long enough to admire it, a beautiful view down to the sea.

The first large lap started with a quick run down the hill followed by a slightly more difficult uphill section. By the second lap, runners and walkers were passing each other giving the parkrun a great community feel. Having completed two large laps, it was then time for the two smaller laps, meaning the hill was climbed for the 4th time before sprinting to the castle and heading towards well deserved coffee and cake!
Each lap finished in front of the castle meaning that every participant was loudly cheered but friends, family, and volunteers!

This week's First Finisher was Tomos Roberts, finishing in an impressive 17:42  and the Fastest Female was Gemma Moore completing the course in 20:08.

Last but not least, the event was made possible by 14 wonderful volunteers who encouraged and cheered the parkrunners around the course. On behalf of everyone who took part today, I would like to extend my thanks to them. The volunteers were:

Sally JONES • Eurwyn EDWARDS • Owain MORRIS • Jenny JONES • Fran LEWIS • Richard Gwyn JONES • Hayley MACDONALD-JONES • Megan MACDONALD-JONES • Ffion MACDONALD-JONES • Mike HAMER • Emily HUGHES • Marc HUGHES • Casey BAILLIE-YOUNG • Naomi STARKEY

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 8,850 participants have completed 37,389 parkruns covering a total distance of 186,945 km, including 7,048 new Personal Bests. A total of 587 individuals have volunteered 3,047 times.