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.

 

A weekend of many distances Event number 229. 13th July 2019

karen Penny

Today's theme was definitely about distance.  We were delighted that Karen Penny joined us.  Karen is currently walking the Coast of Britain and Ireland for Alzheimers Research UK and she is trying to get to as many parkruns as possible during her 4 year walk around the Coast.  So far she has raised an amazing £37,000!   Well done Karen!   If you want to donate, Karen has a just giving page called penny rolls on.  It was also lovely to meet Bill and Frances Post who came all the way from Florida.  They are used to running parkrun at 7am!  Can you image if we had to start that early?! They got to Penrhyn early and helped me with the event set up - which I really appreciated.  It's a great example of how you can volunteer and still run - even if you are a tourist.

We had so many tourists today I couldn't write them all down - so apologies if I have missed you out - it was lovely to see you all anyway.  We welcomed people from Swansea, Cambridge, Glasgow, Yorkshire, Florida, Kent, Norfolk, Norwich, Monmouth, Teeside, Durham, Cardiff, Wakefield, Marlow, Forest of Dean, and I think New Zealand too?  We also had a tourist from Bangor Northern Ireland - the one person who can genuinely have Bangor has their home run! ( Regular Penrhyn parkfrunners - please alter your home run from Bangor to Penrhyn if you haven't already done so!)

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Welll done!   Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.  I particularly liked Hector Haines' club name - Hunters Bog Trotters!  Well done on position number 1 today Hector.

The event was made possible by 19  Hi-vis heroes:

Sally JONES • Bill POST • Frances POST • Gwion DAVIES • Maggie HOERGER • Gorgeous Trudie the roaring DINOSAUR •Jenny JONES • Fran LEWIS • Catrin MACEY • Dale MACEY • Nel MACEY • Megan MACDONALD-JONES • Ffion MACDONALD-JONES • Nicola AUSTIN • Laura DAVIES • Vivienne GRAY • Sharon BAILLIE-YOUNG • Casey BAILLIE-YOUNG • Kath SOUTHWORTH

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).

Whilst Penryn Castle was built by 1833, it wasn’t until November 15th 2014 that Penrhyn parkrun started.  Since then 8,951 participants have completed 37,839 parkruns covering a total distance of 189,195 km, including 7,130 new Personal Bests. A total of 593 individuals have volunteered 3,082 times.

 

Adroddiad Rhedeg Ymwelŵr / Guest Run Report 29/6/19

photo of Castle 29th June 2019

Gyda'r tarth yn codi o flynyddoedd Eryri cychwynodd parkrun Castell Penrhyn, gyda golygfeydd bendigedig o'r mynyddoedd a Môr yr Iwerydd.

Heddiw ymunodd rhedwyr o Wepre, Manceinion, Southampton, Somerset ac Iwerddon gyda'r rhedwyr arferol, a daeth llawer o bobl am y tro cyntaf, wedi eu dennu gan y tywydd braf. Gobeithiwn eich gweld yn fuan eto.

Llongyfarchiadau i Hayley, Shona, a Rob Perry am gwblhau eich 100fed parkrun, ac i bawb a gwblhaodd rhaglen Couch to 5k Castell Penrhyn heddiw. Llongyfarchiadau hefyd i James Deakin am gwblhau 1000 o filltiroedd eleni. Ac yn olaf, llongyfarchiadau mawr i Dennis ar ei briodas aur.

Y Rhedwr Cyntaf oedd Tomos Roberts a orffennodd mewn amser gwych o 17:42. Y Fenyw Gyntaf oedd Gemma Moore a orffennodd mewn amser o 20:08.

Diolch hefyd i'r holl wirfoddolwyr am rhoid eu amser i wneud y parkrun mor lwyddiannus (enwau isod). Gellir gweld holl canlyniadau heddiw ar dudalen canlyniadau parkrun Castell Penrhyn.

Summer has truly arrived and the week's warm weather attracted 193 runners, joggers, and walkers to Penrhyn Castle parkrun this morning. However, conditions were slightly muggy this morning with mist obscuring Snowdonia and the Irish Sea. As the run was about to start the mist was lifting and those who took part were treated to breathtaking views of the castle grounds rolling out towards the sea and up to Snowdonia, as well as the imposing castle itself!

Alongside Penrhyn's regulars, tourists made the journey over from, amongst other places, Wepre, Manchester, Somerset, Southampton, and even Ireland! Plenty of people took advantage of the warm weather to try parkrun for the first time. We hope to see you at parkrun again soon!

As we listened to Run Director Fran's announcements and waited for the start, we were standing together under an archway in one of the castle's courtyards: a very impressive place to hear about some spectacular milestones. Well done to Hayley, Shona, and Rob Perry for completing your 100th parkruns! Also, huge congratulations to all who graduated from Penrhyn's Couch to 5k programme. What a beautiful day to complete your first parkrun! Congratulations also to James Deakin on completing 1000 miles this year! Finally, massive congratulations from everyone at parkrun to Dennis who is celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary this week. When asked about what the secret of a happy marriage was he replied that it was 'find someone who can't run as fast as you!'

Just before we started, some droplets of rain threatened, but thankfully the rain held off leaving us dry but very warm. We set off from under the arch towards the grounds, appearing as though we were all escaping from the castle into Gwynedd's beautiful wilderness.  I, for one, can't remember ever having started a run in more beautiful surroundings. The castle towered over us as  we rounded one of its towers, revealing the  vast grounds and for those who could catch their breaths for long enough to admire it, a beautiful view down to the sea.

The first large lap started with a quick run down the hill followed by a slightly more difficult uphill section. By the second lap, runners and walkers were passing each other giving the parkrun a great community feel. Having completed two large laps, it was then time for the two smaller laps, meaning the hill was climbed for the 4th time before sprinting to the castle and heading towards well deserved coffee and cake!
Each lap finished in front of the castle meaning that every participant was loudly cheered but friends, family, and volunteers!

This week's First Finisher was Tomos Roberts, finishing in an impressive 17:42  and the Fastest Female was Gemma Moore completing the course in 20:08.

Last but not least, the event was made possible by 14 wonderful volunteers who encouraged and cheered the parkrunners around the course. On behalf of everyone who took part today, I would like to extend my thanks to them. The volunteers were:

Sally JONES • Eurwyn EDWARDS • Owain MORRIS • Jenny JONES • Fran LEWIS • Richard Gwyn JONES • Hayley MACDONALD-JONES • Megan MACDONALD-JONES • Ffion MACDONALD-JONES • Mike HAMER • Emily HUGHES • Marc HUGHES • Casey BAILLIE-YOUNG • Naomi STARKEY

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).

Penrhyn parkrun started on 15th November 2014. Since then 8,850 participants have completed 37,389 parkruns covering a total distance of 186,945 km, including 7,048 new Personal Bests. A total of 587 individuals have volunteered 3,047 times.

 

Penrhyn parkrun Event number 222 25th May 2019 – Tales from the tourists

The alarm went off at 5.30am on Saturday morning, after the initial thought of ‘this is madness its earlier than when we go to work’ somehow it was so much easier to find the motivation to get out of bed for it was parkrunday and we were off on adventures. 

 Our destination of choice this week was the stunning Penryhn parkrun a two hour drive from our home run of Telford, taking in the glorious North Wales coastline on the way. 

 Arriving just before 8.30am we made our way up towards the castle, Paul was volunteering as tail walker as he has run the course before, but Penryhn was a new course to me and a tick off on the personal challenge list to run all parkrun events in North and mid Wales.

 As the runners gathered for the start it appeared that many were visiting the area for the bank holiday weekend and taking advantage of trying a new venue whilst 18 runners also arrived barcode in hand for their very first parkrun, welcome to the family. 

 Penrhyn Castle is set in stunning National Trust grounds with views out to sea and into Snowdonia. The course takes full advantage of the scenery starting with two clockwise undulating loops around the grounds. Each of the big loops is about a mile long before the last mile is broken down into two smaller clockwise loops finishing back at the castle. 

 Certainly one of the most picturesque parkruns that we have run and it is definitely on the list to revisit when hopefully we will have enough time to sample the highly recommended flapjack in the café.

 Last but by no means least a massive ‘Thank you marshall’ goes to all the volunteers without whom parkrun could not go ahead. 

This week 225 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Ann D'ALBUQUERQUE • John D'ALBUQUERQUE • Paul MUSGROVE • Juliana BERGEL • Louise BASTOCK • Chris WILLIAMS-BUGGY • Margaret OLIVER • Jo ALEXANDER • Megan BASTOCK • Philippa ROGERS • Hefina EVANS • Rob PERRY • Huw BASTOCK • Bethan ROGERS • Alwyn OLIVER • Gareth ROGERS • Thomas WILLIAMS • Esther GAO • Adanna OMAKA

 

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).

Penrhyn parkrun started on 15th November 2014. Since then 8,688 participants have completed 36,536 parkruns covering a total distance of 182,680 km, including 6,898 new Personal Bests. A total of 573 individuals have volunteered 2,965 times.

 

 

Brownies at Penrhyn and milestone celebrations! 6.4.19

First, and most importantly, thank you to all our lovely volunteers this week – you're all amazing and park run couldn’t run (excuse the pun) without you! This week, our lovely volunteers were: Tony Lister, Eurwyn Edwards, Iain Lettice, Gwion Davies, Emyr Jones, Jennifer M Charlton, Sharon Prichard, Hayley MacDonald-Jones, Joseph Charlton, Ffion Norris, Heather Jones, Megan MacDonald-Jones, Hefina Evans, Angie Laing, Clive Wycherly and Maija Giddings.

There were some special guests at Park Run this week: Nant Ffrancon Brownies came along to complete their sports badge! They’ve been working up to it all term and 14 girls ran, jogged, skipped, giggled and walked the course to get their badge. Out mascot Brownie teddy bear even came along, although his legs were a little too short to run, so the girls helped carry him. The fastest Brownie got a great time of 36 minutes, her personal best!

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Along with the Brownies, there were 197 runners this week, 40 of whom were first timers – welcome to park run all of you. There were a whopping 25 personal bests this week! Keep it up folks, great job.

It was also a double celebration for Gregor and Finlay Perry, with Gregor celebrating his 50th parkrun and Finlay celebrating his 100th.  Gregor also managed to get in the top twenty finishers for the first time with a PB of 23.05, what a way to celebrate!!  Mum Shona marked the occassion with lots and lots of CAKE to share including an amazing multi-layer Salted Caramel Cake.  Megan also brought a cake which matched her brand new purple volunteer top.  Nom nom nom!!  We hope there's more milestones soon!

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Adroddiad Rhedeg Run report Penrhyn parkrun 30/3/ 2019

‘Roedd y tywydd yn berffaith i redeg heddiw, ar ôl i Emyr drefnu haul, dim glaw, awel ysgafn, a tymheredd uchel i fis Mawrth.

Daeth 17 o wirfoddolwyr i wasanaethu 222 o redwyr. Diolch yn fawr i Tracey COOL, Thandi GILDER, Levente INCZE, Emyr JONES, Deiniol JONES, Jenny JONES, Megan MACDONALD-JONES, Ffion MACDONALD-JONES, Catrin MACEY, Dale MACEY, Nel MACEY, Ann PIPE, Lowri PRITCHARD, Rhian ROBERTS, Carolyn SNELLGROVE, Gwyn WILLIAMS ac Eirian WILLIAMS. Heb yr arwyr yma, mi fuasai wedi bod yn fore gwahanol iawn.

Bydd un gwirfoddolwraig yn edrych ymlaen i gael crys piws newydd: llongyfarchiadau i Megan MACDONALD-JONES ar ei 25ain diwrnod o wirfoddoli! Mae hyn y cynnwys naw rôl wahanol. Da iawn ti Megan!

Megan is an expert barcode scanner!

Megan is an expert barcode scanner!

 

Dywedodd Simon LONGMAN nad oedd wedi sylweddoli mai heddiw oedd ei 150fed parkrun, ond ‘roedd Emyr wedi cofio a’i longyfarch.

‘Roedd 26 o redwyr yn rhedeg eu parkrun cyntaf heddiw. Croeso i chi i gyd i parkrun. ‘Rydan ni’n edrych ymlaen i’ch gweld eto cyn bo hir.

Cafodd 49 o’n rhedwyr eu hamser gorau yma, yn cynnwys Lowri PRITCHARD ar ôl rhedeg 68 gwaith ym Mhenrhyn, Sion Llyr ROBERTS ar ôl 46, a Russell BENTLEY. Llongyfarchiadau i chi i gyd.

Russell BENTLEY oedd y cyntaf dros y lein heddiw, gyda amser o 15:41. Hwn ydy’r ail gyflymaf amser ym Mhenrhyn erioed, allan o 35 091 o ganlyniadau!

Go Russell!

Fracesca MOTTOLA oedd y ferch gyntaf dros y lein, gyda amser o 21:11

Russell BENTLEY hefyd oedd y cyntaf ar y cyfrif “age grade”, 85.12%!

‘Roedd Duncan WATTS yn dathlu ei benblwydd yn 40 oed (anodd coelio gan ei fod wedi cwblhau’r cwrs mewn 21:59). Mi ddaeth a teisys (cacennau i chi o’r de) a ffrwchnedd (banana i chi sydd heb fod yn y caffi ar ôl parkrun Dolgellau!) i ni fwynhau, Diolch Duncan. Penblwydd hapus!

Efallai eich bod wedi sylwi fy mod i yn rhedeg 16 gwaith heddiw a gwirfoddoli 4 gwaith heddiw? Roedd y feddygfa wedi dod allan i ddathlu (dim ond 5 diwrnod o waith sydd gen i ar ôl efo nhw). ‘Roeddan nhw i gyd yn gwisgo masgiau efo fy ngwyneb arnynt, a crysau efo “Tîm Dr Wil” arnynt. Diolch i chi i gyd am wneud y diwrnod yn un arbennig i mi.

Gobeithio y gwelan ni chi i gyd ym Mhenrhyn eto cyn bo hir, mi fydd croeso mawr!

 

There was perfect weather for Penrhyn parkrun today, after Emyr, our run director, arranged sun, no rain, a light breeze and high temperature for March.

17 volunteers were there to serve 222 runners. Thank you very much to Tracey COOL, Thandi GILDER, Levente INCZE, Emyr JONES, Deiniol JONES, Jenny JONES, Megan MACDONALD-JONES, Ffion MACDONALD-JONES, Catrin MACEY, Dale MACEY, Nel MACEY, Ann PIPE, Lowri PRITCHARD, Rhian ROBERTS, Carolyn SNELLGROVE, Gwyn WILLIAMS and Eirian WILLIAMS. Without these heroes, it would have been a very different morning.

One volunteer will be looking forward to having a new purple shirt: congratulations to Megan MACDONALD-JONES on her 25th day of volunteering! These were in nine different roles. Well done Megan!

Megan is an expert barcode scanner!

Megan is an expert barcode scanner!

Simon LONGMAN hadn’t realised that he was running his 150th parkrun, but Emyr knew and congratulated him.

26 runners ran their first ever parkrun this morning. Welcome to parkrun, all of you! We’re looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

49 people had personal best here today, including Lowri PRITCHARD after running 68 times at Penrhyn, Sion Llyr Roberts after 46, and Russell BENTLEY. Congratulations to all of you.

Russell BENTLEY was the first across the line today, with a time of 15:47. This is the second fastest time ever at Penrhyn, out of 35 091 results!

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Fracesca MOTTOLA was the first lady across the line, with a time of 21:11

Russell BENTLEY was also first in age grade, 85.12%!

Duncan WATTS was celebrating his 40th birthday, (difficult to believe because he finished the course in 21:59). He brought bananas and cakes for us to enjoy. Thank you Duncan. Happy birthday!

Perhaps you noticed that I was running 16 times and volunteering 4 times today? The surgery had come out to celebrate (I only have 5 days left working with them). The were all wearing masks with my face on them, and shirts with “Tîm Dr Wil” on them. Thank you all for making the day special for me.

We hope that we’ll see you all in Penrhyn again before long: there’ll be a big welcome!

 

Gwyn Williams

 

To be or not to be, that is the question! Event 214 – 23rd March 2019

This week was definitely about the wonder of volunteers and how vital they are to keep our fabulous parkrun literally, running.  You may have seen from the Facebook page that it was a little eventful this week with a last minute cancellation which was then ‘uncancelled’ when the electric came back on!  So thank you to all the volunteers for all you did this week.  We’re also seeing an increasing number of under 18s volunteering – we had 7 this week – which is absolutely brilliant!  There’s one special volunteer we need to say a huge congratulations and diolch yn fawr iawn to this week.   Louise Bastock celebrated her 100th volunteer!  Louise has made her way to Penrhyn from Caernarfon in all weathers, and sometimes setting off at an unearthly hour with Megan and Huw to get the bus to Penrhyn.  We’re delighted that Louise can now share her vast experience with Hafan Pwllheli parkrun, where she has become a Run Director – but she’s promised she’ll still come to Penrhyn too as we can’t bear to lose her!  Speaking of which, if you haven’t tried the new Hafan Pwllheli parkrun, give it a go – it’s all on the beach and you can’t help but hum chariots of fire as you plod along – it’s a toughie but well worth a visit.

This week 145 people ran, jogged and walked the course.  We had 15 first timers - a couple of which were joining as families.  We hope you enjoyed it – remember it’s ok to walk and we’re all there to cheer you on, so well done!  We hope you come back.

A whopping 35 of you recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 10 different clubs took part.  We also welcomed tourists from Cardiff, Liverpool and London – we hope you had a great weekend in North Wales.

Next weekend we have 9 of our local parkrunners undertaking a mad challenge to complete freedom runs on 5 parkrun routes in 5 hours for charity– ticking off each of the local parkruns from Newborough to Bodelwyddan.  We wish them all the best of luck – don’t’ forget to set your alarm clock for that 5am start!  Also next weekend is also parkrun in pyjamas week!  You can literally roll out of bed!  Upload your pyjama photos after parkrun to parkrun uk and you could win a mattress!

This weeks’ event was made possible by 18 amazing volunteers:

Iain LETTICE • Louise BASTOCK • Gwion DAVIES • Jenny JONES • Fran LEWIS • Jennifer M CHARLTON • Fflur LEWIS • Anest LEWIS • Ffion NORRIS • Derran LEUNG • Megan MACDONALD-JONES • Ffion MACDONALD-JONES • Sarah MARSH • Ann PIPE • Angie LAING • Emily HUGHES • Maija GIDDINGS • Magali ROBERTS

If you’re into stats, here’s the techie bit!

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 Hidi JONES who recorded 91.18% (19:51) on 20th October 2018 (event number 195).

Whilst Penryn Castle was built by 1833, it wasn’t until November 15th 2014 that Penrhyn parkrun started.  Since then 8,308 participants have completed 34,869 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,345 km, including 6,606 new Personal Bests. A total of 556 individuals have volunteered 2,848 times.

 

 

A tourists view of Penrhyn on St David’s Day (well, the day after!)

Last December 3 of us from Start2Jog, a running club based in Glossop, Derbyshire realised that if the stars aligned and none of us got injured, parkrunday on 2nd March 2019 would be a triple celebration for us - Kathryn Grays 25th volunteer occasion, Phil Grays 50th different parkrun and my 100th different parkrun location.
The big question was, where would we run? We all wanted to run at a castle and Phil suggested Penrhyn. As it would be the day after St. Davids Day we realised there would be a fourth celebration.  A quick email was sent to the core team and our plan was put in motion.

There were a couple of challenging weekends before that - the first weekend in February saw many parkruns cancelled due to sudden heavy snowfalls, then the following week Storm Erik caused further parkrun disruption, but, with numerous backup plans in place, we got there - arriving at Penrhyn parkruns St. Davids Day celebration to achieve our personal milestones.  
Regulars at this parkrun don't need to be told how beautiful the surroundings are, but first time visitors like me can't fail to be impressed as they drive, cycle, run or walk up the driveway to this stunning neo-Norman castle. 
The pre-run briefing was held in a cobbled courtyard where we saw many of our fellow runners wearing red or yellow and sporting daffodils in celebration of St. Davids Day. As the Run Director shouted for us to 'Go!' we ran through the imposing archway and into the sunshine of the castle grounds for two laps of a large loop, followed by two laps of a smaller loop.  
The route affords impressive views of all aspects of the castle including a grassy carpet of daffodils, dancing in the breeze, and in the distance The Menai Straits and The Snowdonia National Park. The marshals were brilliant, especially the young lady who enthusiastically rang her cowbell every time we passed. 
The run finished in the old stable yard where the St. Davids Day celebration continued with home-made Welsh cakes for everyone.
We visited the on site cafe where we had a good breakfast, chatted with the local runners and volunteers, exchanged tips and stories with fellow tourists and shared our celebration cake.
Today was my 100th different parkrun location and Penrhyn has gone straight to 3rd place in my favourite parkrun list (being just beaten by Stormont and Fountains Abbey).

17 priceless volunteers enabled 195 runners to complete the course today.

This included 50 first timers to Penrhyn, and an amazing 33 runners who recorded PB's.
 First male finisher was Tomos ROBERTS
First female finisher was Ellis HAV
First junior male finisher (in a fantastic 3rd place) was Cameron SHAW
First junior female was Ella GRUNDY

For any tourists considering visiting, I'd suggest January to February when the snowdrops are in flower, March to April to see the carpet of daffodils, May to see the bluebells, the summer months for the fuchsia arch, autumn for the colourful falling leaves or the end of the year for winters views of the castle.  Whatever the occasion, put it on your list & visit - it really is magnificent! 
 
On a more serious note, last week, whilst visiting a parkrun in the East of England, a man standing in front of me during the pre-run briefing fainted.  He was attended to immediately by parkrunners and volunteers.
He was wearing a parkrun wrist and containing his emergency contact details.  This enabled the core team to make contact with his next of kin and to take him home.
Please, can I ask you all to make sure the 'In case of emergency' details and any pertinent medical information are up to date on your parkrun profile - you can find the link on your results / volunteer email, then reprint your barcode and the updated information will appear. 
It's useful to carry your barcode or wristband at all times when running, so your ICE number is always readily accessible, although hopefully won't ever be needed. 

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