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!

 

 

 

Event 239 – The International one

With the Rugby World Cup starting this weekend, I suppose it was quite apt that there was an international flavour to today's event, with visitors from Ireland, South Africa and Australia as well as Newcastle, Aberystwyth, Stoke, Rippon and Cambridge to mention a few! Unlike the Rugby, I am glad to say that nobody got sent home early though for misdemeanours although a few had forgotten their barcodes!!!!!  Great to see a large contingent from Breast Cancer Awareness too - great to have you all with us!

Conditions were perfect to visit the castle with the bright sunshine and gentle breeze making it making it a bit on the warm side to run in. However 192 runners ( plus a very fast buggy and a few dogs! )made it around the 2 big loops and 2 small loops.

The only Major Milestone achieved today was achieved by Chris Roberts (50th) but happy birthday to Malcolm Roberts who is 60 later this week. Most experienced runner this week was Penrhyn Legend, Dennis Smith with 216. At the opposite end of the range, there were 38 first timers to Penrhyn or Parkrun and 25 people recorded PBs - congratulations! 18 different running clubs were represented today

Congratulations to Raif Serrif, the fastest male today in 16.52 (also fastest Junior with JM15-17) and fastest lady was Lucy Williamson in 19.35.

As the RD this week, I am going to say  a massive thank you to all the volunteers this week, as without them, we would not be able to run this event! It is also great to hear parkrunners thanking the volunteers as they run past. I'm back as RD next week with the mini-marshall who is desperate to get a new milestone t shirt (25 for volunteers!)

Diolch

Chris "Buggy" Williams

 

 

 

Heulog a boeth – Another hot and sunny parkrun – Event number 232 Dydd Sadwrn 3ydd Awst

It was another stunning day weather wise - probably too hot for running but we won't complain!

This week we welcomed 228 people to our picturesque course.  For 93 people, it was their first visit to run, jog or walk the course. Big well done to the 27 people who recorded new Personal Bests  Da iawn!  Well Done!  We had representatives from 50 different clubs - all sporting very smart club tops.  We had tourists from up and down the UK - including Whitstable, Kent, Abertawe, Tunbridge Wells, South Yorkshire and a few other places that I didn't have time to write down in the welcome briefing!  Croeso iawn / welcome to you all.  We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in North Wales. If you have time, go visit the Eisteddfod in Llanrwst - it's a wonderful day out and celebration of Welsh Culture.

We celebrated some fantastic milestones today -  Eleanor Hallam and Edward Butt joined us from Higginson Park parkrun in Marlow. Edward celebrated his 100th parkrun and Eleanor achieved her 25th volunteer, having run her first ever parkrun at Penrhyn.  They are also celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this week - llongyfarchiadau! congratulations!.  We also gave a round of applause to Colin Price who achieved his 50th parkrun and celebrated his 55th birthday.  Penblwydd Hapus! Happy Birthday!  It was only when I was processing the results that I realised it was also my 50th volunteer today! My lovely parkrun family were quick to say "so where was the cake!!" oops!!  I also forgot to take photos today - which is not like me - never mind!

The event was made possible by 21 fabulous volunteers who gave up their lie in to make the run happen - Thank you so much - Diolch yn fawr iawn to:

Tony LISTER • Julia PHILLIPS • Simon LONGMAN • Annes WYN • Fran LEWIS • Hayley MACDONALD-JONES • Claire BISHOP • Anest LEWIS • Edward BUTT • Matt TAPPING • Cathy HEAVERS • Eleanor HALLAM • Delyth OSWY • Megan MACDONALD-JONES • Ruth SHARROCK • Hefina EVANS • Mike HAMER • Laura SUTTON • George ROWLAND • Sharon BAILLIE-YOUNG • Casey BAILLIE-YOUNG

Please do let us know if you are able to volunteer occasionally - it is a really great way to get to know your fellow parkrunners. If you have family that don't want to run but want to get involved, they are most welcome too and there are some roles you can do and still run.  We explain everything to you before the run.

If you'r interested in the finer detailed stats, today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page. But here's some interesting numbers for you:

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 a whopping 9,130 participants have completed 38,398 parkruns covering a total distance of 191,990 km, including 7,196 new Personal Bests. wow!  that's a lot of miles and trainers!  A total of 601 individuals have volunteered 3,142 times to make sure our parkrun goes ahead and remains free for everyone.

 

Run report by Pradeep Kumara Event No 231 27th July 2019

Saturday 27 July 2019 was quite a mild still morning after a week of unusually hot temperatures. It was perfect for walking, jogging or running the two big and two small laps around Penrhyn Castle. 178 park runners took on Penrhyn parkrun, event number 231. There were a lot of visitors to Penrhyn, a fantastic 52 first timers and representatives of 25 different clubs. Congratulations to the 23 people who recorded new Personal Bests! Congratulations too to the 2 people who reached their 50 milestones. Hope you had lots of cake from Penrhyn café to celebrate.

A big shout out to the following 18 volunteers who made this event possible: Anya JONES • Casey BAILLIE-YOUNG • Cathy HEAVERS • Claire BISHOP • Deiniol JONES • Derran LEUNG • Dion JONES • Emyr JONES • Hefina EVANS • Jenny JONES • Laura MCKENZIE • Magnus FORRESTER-BARKER • Neil GODDING • Pradeep KUMARA • Rohini CASH • Rose BISHOP • Sharon BAILLIE-YOUNG • Simon LONGMAN

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page.

Stats

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).

Penrhyn parkrun started on 15th November 2014. Since then 9,037 participants have completed 38,170 park runs covering a total distance of 190,850km.6,961 new Personal Bests. A total of 577 individuals have volunteered 2,996 times.

 

Penrhyn parkrun Event number 230 20th July 2019

men dressed as bride, spiderman, whoopee cushion and sheperd

Despite it being a bit of a drizzly day, we were delighted that 159 people ran, jogged and walked our penrhyn course.  We welcomed 34  first timers and 17 people recorded new Personal Bests - well done!  Gwych! . Representatives of 18 different clubs took part including a number of runners from Penyffordd Running Club. It was a pleasure to meet Rose, who marshalled as a tourist volunteer.  It was lovely to also meet tourists from Cardiff, Leeds and Suffolk ( or was it Sussex?  I know it was down south and started with an S!!) so thank you for choosing our parkrun during your holiday and we hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in the area.

Congratulations also to Tom, who looked very fetching in his wedding dress, with his 'maids of honour' sporting a spiderman outfit and  a delightful whoopee cushion ensemble.  Tom was celebrating his stag do and ran the whole course - sadly scary spice, Harry Potter, and cave man were too hungover to complete the course and were last seen crawling to the cafe pleading for coffee.........  All the best for your nuptials in September Tom!

The event was made possible by 21 marvellous volunteers - thank you so much for giving up your Saturday morning to make parkrun happen:

Sally JONES • Vivienne EDWARDS • Eurwyn EDWARDS • Louise BASTOCK • Elin Mair WALKER JONES • Emyr JONES • Jenny JONES • Fran LEWIS • Megan BASTOCK • Hefina EVANS • Richard PARRY • Lowri PRITCHARD • Huw BASTOCK • Alys PRITCHARD • Neil GODDING • Anya JONES • Rose WEIR • Sharon BAILLIE-YOUNG • Casey BAILLIE-YOUNG • Magnus FORRESTER-BARKER • Dion JONES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrhyn parkrun Results Page.

We did wonder if the record might be broken today, but not quite.  So the male record is still 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 8,985 participants have completed 37,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 189,990 km, including 7,146 new Personal Bests. A total of 599 individuals have volunteered 3,103 times.

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