02-11-19 Penrhyn parkrun #245 – The one when it went backwards

It was a slightly damp morning that greeted the 148 runners and walkers to the 245th running of Penrhyn parkrun.

My family and I had been stopping on Anglesey over the half term holiday and we decided to pop in to Penrhyn on the way back home.

We arrived about 8:20 and made our way up to the castle, “nobody mentioned it was hilly” came from my daughter, “oh yes, and it’s laps” I said

We were guided to the kit drop room by a lovely old chap who explained that the course was being run in reverse this week and went on to explain that there were 2 short steep uphill’s which were usually downs and 2 long uphill’s which were usually downs, I’m not sure we picked the right week.

After a quick warm up I introduced myself to this weeks RD, Kevin, and then waited for the run brief.

We set off and I was surprised to find that we were actually running downhill for quite a good stretch before we came to the short steep hill, back past the castle and then the same loop again. The 3rd loop took us out on the same paths but instead of turning left and up the hill we carried on downhill, I knew that whatever we go down has to be made up in the uphill, which turned out to be quite a long stretch of uphill. Having reached the castle for the 3rd time I knew that we had to do the long loop again which meant the long uphill again so I took it steady on the down and saved a bit for the up, past the front of the castle, a left turn and into the finish funnel, which is usually the start, and we were done.

I may have made the course sound quite tough, it wasn’t too bad actually, but I’m assured that the normal route feels a lot less hilly, more gradual uphills.

For saying that course was in the “tough” direction there were still 16 participants who achieved a pb this week, congratulations to you all.

There were 37 first timers and of those there were 5 attending their first ever parkrun, don’t worry It’s not addictive at all

There weren’t any official milestones this week but there was 1 gentleman running his 100th Penrhyn parkrun, Andy Goater, nice work Andy!

parkruns all over the world do no go ahead without volunteers, this week the following volunteers ensured that the event went ahead, thank you all.

Allison DONNELLY  •  Angie LAING  •  Boglarka Tunde INCZE  •  Colette PRICE  •  Derran LEUNG  •  Ellie SMITH  •  Ffion MACDONALD-JONES  •  Harri ROBERTS  •  Hilary JAQUES  •  Kevin CLARK  •  Megan MACDONALD-JONES  •  Ruth JONES  •  Sally JONES  •  Stephanie WISCHHUSEN  •  Tony LISTER  •  Vida WILLS  •  Zsofia INCZE

If you would like to volunteer you can look out for the Facebook post or simply email in at penrhyn@parkrun.com

All the roles are easy to master and full training is given, so please don’t be afraid to give it a try.

Thanks again to Kevin and his team, we loved our visit.

Written by Peter Hurdman (Rosliston parkrun)