Penrose parkrun – Event number 238 – 5th October 2019 – 15 years of parkrun!

A big thank you to Hilary Foster for this week's run report:-

It’s 15 years since Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE (aka PSHCBE, pron. Push-ker-ber) started the global phenomenon now known as parkrun.

While the original venue in a west London suburb welcomed over 1800 runners this morning, ‘only’ 244 runners, joggers and walkers braved the Cornish mizzle to celebrate in their own way at Penrose, almost as far south and west as you can get on the UK mainland.  This was just the right number for this course – enough to feel the parkrun ‘community spirit’, but not so many as to overcrowd the out-and-back route.

The start is easy to find, handily marked by a parkrun-branded feather flag on the roadside. I knew where I was headed though, with fond but now vague memories of adventures on the adjacent Helston Boating Lake as a child.  This was only my second visit to Penrose, my first visit in 2016 having been on the old course, a challenging trail run uphill through woods, along the coast path and across a muddy field. I was certainly looking forward to trying out this ‘new’, flatter route in my less-than-fit state.

When I arrived at 8.30am, the huge car park (next to Flora Motors) was practically empty, save for a few camper vans and a couple of coaches. However, within minutes, a steady stream of cars started arriving, volunteers and runners eventually emerging and heading for the flat grassy area adjacent to the start, or for a warm-up lap of the boating lake.

First-time parkrunners and visitors were all warmly welcomed by the RD on this grassy area, before joining the group on the start line for the main briefing. A few ‘shushes’ brought quiet for about 30 seconds, but it didn’t last, so I didn’t manage to hear all of the briefing. Please – out of respect to the RD and to other runners - keep quiet during the briefing.

Be warned – it’s worth placing yourself appropriately for your expected finish time as it’s a narrow start, with a wall at the back so you could get a bit squashed. Not being the fastest of runners, I like to start right at the back and see how far forward I can work during the run, but I did have to walk a little way before getting up to a gentle jog.  This week Penrose had a set of volunteer pacers – ranging from (I think) about 25 mins all the way up to 50 minutes, so I hope that some runners got some new PBs as a result!

The course features some gentle undulations, a bit of a sideways camber and a couple of slight bends, but otherwise is a fast, flat, out and back route on tarmac. Some don’t like out-and-backs, but I love them: seeing the faster runners coming back the other way, being able to gauge how I’m doing on the return leg based on features noticed on the way out, etc.

Highlights of today included the frequent shouts of “DADDY POWER!!!” from a young child in a buggy; the relaxing influence of the still waters of Loe Pool; reaching the turnaround point and knowing it was net downhill from there to the end; and the absolute best bit for me – coming up to overtake a mum and boy, proudly sporting a t-shirt printed with the parkrun logo and the number 1, chatting between them about Gruffaloes and Bear Hunts and thoroughly enjoying the young lad’s first parkrun. You may not have seen me grinning to myself as I passed you in my 100 t-shirt – but I just loved it!

Today’s first male finisher was Marcus BENNETTO of Forest of Dean AC, a regular runner and volunteer at Forest of Dean parkrun, running a course PB of 17:26 on his second visit to Penrose.

First female finisher was Carol RANDALL of Mounts Bay Harriers, a loyal Penrose parkrunner, who ran her 25th Penrose parkrun in a time of 21:43.

First junior male was Thomas TREGEAR (JM11-14) of Mounts Bay Harriers, with a new PB of 23:59.

First junior female was Daisy WOOD (JW11-14), also with a new PB of 24:03:00.

In total, 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course this week.

27 of these ran at Penrose for the first time, including 8 who completed their FIRST EVER parkrun. Of these, 4 were juniors just starting out on their parkrun journey. That’s fantastic – hope you all enjoyed it!

8 further participants completed their ‘difficult second’ parkrun – in other words, the first one didn’t put them off and they’ve come back for more!

36 parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests on the Penrose course, and representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The great thing about Penrose compared to my home run of Cannon Hill (Birmingham) is that the course needs very few marshals, as there’s so little chance of going the wrong way! This week’s event was made possible by 23 hi-vis heroes (volunteers):

Alex ROBERTS  •  Andrew CROY  •  Craig TONKIN  •  Dave BUNT  •  Dean EVANS  •  Graham STORER  •  Hana GRIFFITHS  •  Hannah DUTCHAK  •  Hilary FOSTER  •  James LAY  •  Jess WHITEHOUSE  •  Jesse LEWIS  •  Jill RANDALL  •  Jules LEWIS  •  Laura MILLWARD  •  Mick RANDALL  •  Peter BATES  •  Philip MCNEVIN  •  Phoebe LAY  •  Sarah WRIGHT  •  Steve PATTEN  •  Sue SYKES  •  Yvonne TURNER

All parkruns rely on volunteers to keep going week-in, week-out. Without them, parkruns simply wouldn’t happen. If you’d like to get involved, please

All parkruns rely on volunteers to keep going week-in, week-out. Without them, parkruns simply wouldn’t happen. If you’d like to get involved, please email penrosehelpers@parkrun.com (or your local parkrun if not Penrose).

For today's full results and a complete event history go to Penrose parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Grace BROCK who recorded a time of 16:32 on 29th December 2018 (event number 197).
The male record is held by Peter LE GRICE who recorded a time of 14:38 on 1st January 2019 (event number 198).
The Age Grade course record is held by Emma STEPTO who recorded 93.43% (17:31) on 25th August 2018 (event number 178).

Penrose parkrun started on 28th March 2015. Since then 9,634 participants have completed 43,622 parkruns covering a total distance of 218,110 km, including 8,737 new Personal Bests. A total of 390 individuals have volunteered 3,192 times.

  email penrosehelpers@parkrun.com (or your local parkrun if not Penrose).

For today's full results and a complete event history go to Penrose parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Grace BROCK who recorded a time of 16:32 on 29th December 2018 (event number 197).
The male record is held by Peter LE GRICE who recorded a time of 14:38 on 1st January 2019 (event number 198).
The Age Grade course record is held by Emma STEPTO who recorded 93.43% (17:31) on 25th August 2018 (event number 178).

Penrose parkrun started on 28th March 2015. Since then 9,634 participants have completed 43,622 parkruns covering a total distance of 218,110 km, including 8,737 new Personal Bests. A total of 390 individuals have volunteered 3,192 times.