Sunny Autumnal parkrun – event number 242, 12th October 2019

It was a lovely sunny day for parkrun. 188 people joined us to run, jog or walk the course.  32 were first timers and representatives of 18 different clubs took part. We welcomed people from Aylesbury, New Zealand, Norwich, Basingstoke, Brighton, Derbyshire and Newport - croeso iawn. It was lovely how many came to chat after the run to say how much they had enjoyed our course - we are so lucky to run in such a picturesque location.  Clearly the weather motivated some - 45 recorded new Personal Bests - well done! da iawn! An extra special well done goes to Tom Williams - he's a regular runner & volunteer and it's been a pleasure watching him progress from his days coaching dad from the buggy, to now running the course himself.  Today he knocked off a whopping 2 minutes off his pb!  Brilliant! Gwych!  I hope you are going to tell your teachers how speedy you are getting Tom!

A big well done goes out to Graham Simmons, from Aylesbury, who chose us to complete his 100th parkrun. We should also have said llongyfarchiadau / congratulations to our Event Director, Gwion Davies on his 50th parkrun - however he didn't realise until he'd had his results ( it's his age bechod!)   I hope you don't have to wait too long to claim that treasured black / red T shirt!  We also wished a happy birthday to Deri Hockley who turned 11 today.  It's a magical age in parkrun terms, you can officially run without an adult!  I hope you enjoyed the rest of your day. Penblwydd Hapus.

Mike and Julie Froggatt joined us as tourists from Dursley running club.  They were sporting a t-shirt I had never seen before - a parkrun world tourist top ( which aptly has a castle logo).  This is for parkrunners who have completed at least one parkrun in each of 4 parkrun countries. Unfortunately  we can't just nip across the border to log another country - according to the qualification definition England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland are all classed as 1 country as part of the UK (not separate countries).  This isn't an official parkrun top - but if you're interested there's a facebook group for it.  

The event was made possible by 18 wonderful volunteers - thank you so much for giving up your Saturday morning:

Jenny JONES • Fran LEWIS • Fiona PARRY • Anest LEWIS • Einir RANDALL • Hefina EVANS • Gwion Peris ROBERTS • Angie LAING • Lowri PRITCHARD • Laura DAVIES • Huw BASTOCK • Vida WILLS • Alys PRITCHARD • Alison HENDERSON-OWEN • Anya JONES • Marc HUGHES • Nicola WILLIAMS • Dion JONES

If you want to volunteer please email us at or put your name down on the clipboard or message us - we promise you'll really enjoy it.  There are plenty of roles you can do and still run.  You can do what Einir, Nicola and Fiona did and arrive early, run the parkrun course before parkrun, then volunteer - thanks ladies for doing the pre course check!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page, and if you're interested in stats here are a few:

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).

Whilst Penrhyn Castle was built by 1833, it wasn’t until November 15th 2014 that Penrhyn parkrun started.  Since then 9,564 participants have completed 40,169 parkruns covering a total distance of 200,845 km, including 7,453 new Personal Bests. A total of 626 individuals have volunteered 3,304 times.