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

 

Event 256

A warmer parkrun this week saw  227 parkrunners making it around the castle grounds in lovely conditions at Penrhyn parkrun.  40 1st timers  with 24 visitors to  Penrhyn for hailing  from Warrington, Middlesborough, Manchester Birmingham, Curden Valley, Leeds and Lymm!

The most experienced parkrunner this week was Nick Pendleton and a milestone was celebrated by Daniel Starkey (also celebrating his 18th birthday this week!)

Fastest finisher this week was Tomos Roberts and his dog in a quick 16m40

Full results can be found here

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrhyn/results/latestresults/

As always, a big thank you to the volunteers - please message in if you would like to volunteer as without people to marshal, scan, time or set up, we would not be able to hold this event!

See you next week

CWB

 

Event 255(eventually!)

After last week's cancellation,  209 parkrunners made it around the castle grounds in cold but bright weather  at Penrhyn parkrun, with 35 being 1st timers and anther 16 visiting Penrhyn for the 1st time. Visitors this morning from Blackpool, Birmingham, Exeter and Hervey Bay in Australia!

When I arrived at the castle this morning, the temperature on the car dashboard was 1 degree and I'm not sure it warmed up that much so well done to the 29 people managed to get PBs

The most experienced parkrunner this week was Dennis Smith who was the tail walker and also celebrating his 76th birthday this week (also happy to birthday to Olwen Davies and Tony Lister.

Milestones recorded this week  - Just Sue Eckersley celebrating  her 50th parkrun

As always, a big thank you to the volunteers - please message in if you would like to volunteer as without people to marshal, scan, time or set up, we would not be able to hold this event!

Fastest finisher this week was Andy Savage in 18m43 who was then off to run the Pier to Pier 10K from Llandudno Pier  to Colwyn Bay er, well, where the pier was!!!! (NUTTER!)

Full results can be found here

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrhyn/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=255

See you next week

CWB

 

Event 254 – Happy New Year – Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Exactly 200 parkrunners made it around the castle grounds to start the New Year off at Penrhyn parkrun, with 30 being 1st timers and anther 16 visiting Penrhyn for the 1st time. I'm guessing a large number of 1st timers are sticking to the New Year's Resolutions so look forward to seeing you back next week!

Event Director Gwion described it as perfect conditions for running and 17 people managed to get PBs - well done! TheMost experienced parkrunner this week was Andrew Mason (I spotted the Blue 500 shirt!) with an amazing 602 parkruns!

The only major Milestone this week was achieved by Adrian Salter (50th parkrun) and tailwalker Derran had her birthday!

As always, a big thank you to the volunteers - please message in if you would like to volunteer as without people to marshal, scan, time or set up, we would not be able to hold this event!

Full results can be found here - https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrhyn/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=254

See you next week

CWB

 

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.

 

 

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)

 

Bridging The Generational Gap. Event no. 243 – 19th October 2019

picture of rain

When I woke this morning it was really bucketing it down, but thankfully, by the time parkrun started, we just had a light drizzle.  That didn't stop 116 people  from running, jogging and walking around the castle.  We welcomed 19  first timers and 18 people gained new Personal Bests - brilliant!. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

What struck me about today's parkrun is how fantastic it is for all ages. We cheered young and old around the course today - I heard cheers of 'well done granny' as well as little people sprinting to the finish just ahead of their parent ( within arms reach - well done!).  Our volunteers today ranged from 70+  to 8 years old - all helping to set up and tidy away.  An extra special well done goes to Della, who was Junior Run Director today.  She helped explain the course ( how many big loops? how many small?), started the run off with the hooter and managed to recruit 8 volunteers for the roster.  Well done!

HALLOWEEN:  As you know, we love to dress up at Penrhyn - so we're looking forward to seeing witches, ghosts and pumpkins on 2nd November for our Halloween parkrun.  To add to the fun - we'll be running the course in reverse!

The event was made possible by 20 amazing volunteers who marshalled, timed, scanned, tidied, and cheered in the rain.  Thank you so much for your help today:

Tony LISTER • Vivienne EDWARDS • Eurwyn EDWARDS • Louise BASTOCK • Sally LONGMAN • Fran LEWIS • Jonathan TYLER • Sabina DUNKLING • Cathy HEAVERS • Corin HEAVERS • Robert PRITCHARD • Sarah MARSH • Mike HAMER • Vida WILLS • Laura SUTTON • Della MATTHEWS • Jonathan ERVINE • Allison DONNELLY • Joseph MATTHEWS • Stephanie WISCHHUSEN

If you like statistics, 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 9,583 participants have completed 40,285 parkruns covering a total distance of 201,425 km, including 7,471 new Personal Bests. A total of 630 individuals have pulled on a hi viz jacket and volunteered a whopping  3,324 times!

 

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 penrhyn@parkrun.com 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.

 

Event 241 – Autumn has definitely arrived……

Some awesome colours around the course this morning and that wasn't just the milestone t shirts or Hi-viz tops! Certainly, the pre-event course check saw a large number of wildlife on the course (there were a lot squirrels but Mini -Marshall is convinced he saw a bear in the distance by the Witch's hut!)

149 people managed to avoid the bears and squirrels, largely in thanks to the 20 marshals (and  new volunteer post of Bear Ranger!) and the conditions were great to run in. There were 31 1st timers to Penrhyn including visitors from Bath, Stoke, Slough, Melton Mowbray Edinburgh and Yorkshire.

First finisher was Kierren Jones in a strong 17m46 with Elaine Sargent the fastest lady in 24m11. Milestones were achieved this week  by Lowri Pritchard with her 100th run and Claire Bishop with her 25th volunteer (bring the T shirts next week!) and also Parkrun celebrated 15 years (what were Saturday mornings like without it?) This week's most experienced parkrunner was Jenny Zaremba with 317.

Its is around 6 weeks or so to go before we celebrate our 5th birthday and only 9 more parkruns until we celebrate our 250th!  That's my last stint as RD for a bit now so thanks and see you on the course over the next few week

 

CBW

 

 

 

 

Event 240 – The One by Finlay

We had another incredible show of effort across the board today, with 173 people in total, plus 3 dogs and 3 buggies!

There were 38 first timers today, and 28 recorded personal bests. 21 different club representatives came along, and there were visitors from all over the globe, including, Ormskirk, Exeter, Cambridge, Winchester, Derby, and even California and Japan! Meanwhile, the founder of parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, is in Japan today, opening the first Japanese parkrun! 

19 volunteers took to the sidelines to make this event possible:

Louise Bastock! Adanna Omaka! Angie Laing! Chris Buggy! Emyr Jones! Finlay Perry! Fran Lewis! Helen Salter! Huw Bastock! Jenny Jones! Louis Brookes! Marion Mayhead! Megan Bastock! Rachel Dolan! Richard Parry! Robbie Kiger! Terry Jones! Thomas Williams! Vida Wills!

The fastest runner today was Steve Forsyth, clocking in at 18:00, and the fastest buggy was Simon Cole in (an amazing - Edit Chris Buggy Williams!) 19:53!

The full results are easy to get at https://www.parkrun.org/penrhyn/, and if you feel like volunteering, it is always greatly appreciated!

Special Shoutouts:

Caroline from Ormskirk did her 150th parkrun today!

Nel the dog (who has run more than 100 parkruns herself!) is currently celebrating her 7th birthday!

Hayley and Charlotte ran all the way from their homes to parkrun today, and then ran parkrun aswell!

 

 

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