Event 258

Despite the potential windy bad weather of Storm Ciara on the way, Penrhyn parkrun was up and running as usual. Personally, I was glad it wasn’t cancelled, as I was visiting Bangor for the first time in 6 ½ years to watch the 10th anniversary of the Unibrass Contest at my alma mater – Bangor University, so I was relieved when the event was given the all-clear (especially as there weren’t any parkruns in North Wales when I was a student!)

This week, 221 people heeded the call of the early morning sunshine - running, jogging and walking the “two big laps, two small laps” course. Living and working near two castles in Warwickshire, the idea of running near sturdy masonry is familiar to me, but 42 new people decided to make the journey up towards Penrhyn castle today. 38 people even managed to beat their former selves, recording new Personal Bests. 21 university brass bands competed across 2 sections at Unibrass 2020, and much like the brass banders, there were representatives of 20 different clubs taking part at parkrun.

Both Unibrass and parkrun events are only made possible by amazing volunteers. Luckily 16 people gave up their Saturday to not even run! A big thank you to: Elin Mair WALKER JONES • Emyr JONES • Jenny JONES • Margaret OLIVER • Catrin MACEY • Nel MACEY • Derran LEUNG • Angie LAING • Christine WYCHERLEY • Clive WYCHERLEY • Vida WILLS • Laura SUTTON • Elwyn DAVIES • Ruth JONES • Tomos MATHER • Dai ROBERTS

Dragged along to parkrun by a family member/friend/potential date? Want to be a parkrun hero yourself and get showered in accolades? (mostly high-5s, sincere thanks, and after 25 Saturdays, a snazzy purple t-shirt!) Or maybe you just really like hi-vis? Then why not consider volunteering yourself! It’s very easy! Simply email: penrhynhelpers@parkrun.com

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page. Whilst there are no new milestones these week, (apart from Unibrass turning 10!), there are three impressive records that may require some Storm Ciara-esque wind assistance to beat: The male record is held by Dan NASH who recorded a time 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).

Unibrass started on Saturday 19th February 2011, but Penrhyn parkrun started on Saturday 15th November 2014. Since then 9,996 participants have completed 42,662 parkruns covering a total distance of 213,310 km, including 7,798 new Personal Bests. A total of 658 individuals have volunteered 3,551 times.

A wonderful parkrun that I wish existed during my time studying at Bangor. Diolch yn fawr!

Rob Thompson