5th Runiversary! Penrhyn parkrun Event number 247 – 16th November 2019

Mae amser yn hedfan! Wow how time flies!  Today we celebrated 5 years since Penrhyn parkrun started.  There are so many stories of friendships, milestones, life goals and even romance that have happened during that time, so it was lovely to welcome back Nicola Pye, who was the original Event Director and initiator of our wonderful parkrun. You've a lot to be proud of Nicola.   For the younger amongst us, it's hard to imagine a time when parkrun didn't exist - our regular juniors have literally grown up running and volunteering at penrhyn, yearning for the parkrun milestone of age 11 when they can ditch the parent and run free!. They have spent many a happy Saturday running, drinking hot chocolate and playing in the park.

A big part of our parkrun (aside from running)  is undoubtedly fancy dress and cake - and this week didn't disappoint!  There were some great outfits - well done to our fancy dress winner Dan the Dinosaur!  You may have noticed the egg and bacon running around the course - this launches the start of our friendly campaign - #bringbackthebaps - lots of people have said they miss breakfast in the cafe so we're in talks with the National Trust - fingers crossed!  If they say yes please make sure you support it.  Thank you to everyone who brought in the delicious cakes - they were enjoyed by the 157 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. The chocolate vegan cake was particularly tasty - thank you National Trust for donating that!. We welcomed representatives of 13 different clubs and we had 26 first timers, some of whom were here because they are running Conwy half marathon tomorrow - including the Red Rose Runners - pob lwc! Good luck! Remember the Orme is just an upwards flat section!. 16 people recorded new Personal Bests today - well done!  A big shout out goes to Megan Bastock.  Megan is one of our regular junior runners and she's been chasing a sub 30 for a few weeks - this week she did it!!!  gwych!!

As it was our birthday, we gave out a few awards.  Well done to:

Jenny Jones - Most Volunteers this year(29)

Dennis Smith - Most Runs this year (48)

Megan and Ffion Macdonald-Jones - Most Volunteers as a junior this year (17  each)

Alys Pritchard - Most runs as a junior - (36 runs)

Sally and Simon Longman , Kevin Clark and Rhi Willmott - Hi vis Heroes for fundraising for penrhyn parkrun

Elliw Haf (7), Tomos Roberts (6) - Most first finishes

Dan the Dinosaur ( we didn't know his surname!)  Best fancy dress - can you guess what he was wearing??

Vida Wills - Cheeriest marshal award and official naming of the top gate marshal point as 'Vida's Corner'.

The event was made possible by 13  amazing volunteers - thank you so much for giving up your Saturday morning and standing in the rain.  Thank you to Sally for the music this week!  The volunteers were:

Gwion DAVIES • Olwen DAVIES • Jenny JONES • Sally LONGMAN • Simon LONGMAN • Kevin CLARK • Laura MCKENZIE • Pradeep KUMARA • Katherine BIDDLE • Charlotte WILLIAMS • Hefina EVANS • Mike HAMER • Sion Llyr ROBERTS

If you like stats, you can find 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).

Whilst Penrhyn Castle was built by 1833, it wasn’t until November 15th 2014 that Penrhyn parkrun started.  Since then  9,700 participants have completed 40,797 parkruns covering a total distance of 203,985 km, including 7,537 new Personal Bests. A total of 637 individuals have volunteered 3,382 times.