Penrose parkrun – Event number 241 26th October 2019

This week were lucky enough to have a run report from visiting Seaton parkrun Event Director Carol.

As event director back in Seaton it is a real treat to get the opportunity to do some parkrun tourism. Arriving in pouring rain and high winds I wondered if anyone would be aim the car park, especially as there was some other sporting event on this morning! But I should never doubt parkrunners and especially hardy, dedicated parkrun volunteers. I was welcomed immediately by the team who had already been busy setting up.

An impressive 125 parkrunners completed the out and back course in the torrid conditions including ghosts, skeletons, mummies and pumpkins in honour of Halloween. Visitors came from Devon, Fulham, Kingston, Oxfordshire and, taking the prize for the furthest distance by a very long way, Australia.

The young RD, Jess, gave all of us tourists a lovely welcome as well as just the one first timer. Hopefully she will still get the parkrun bug and be back for more next week. We were then off running into the driving rain alongside the river but, even in the rain, it was very picturesque with the splendid autumnal trees along the route.

Recovering from injury I jogged along at the back with my dog chatting  to some of the other parkrunners. Meanwhile up at the front the first to finish was Benjamin Noad from Highgate in a PB of 16:52. He also topped the age grade table. First female finisher was Ruby Orchard celebrating her 50th parkrun in some style and finishing in 18:43.

The 14 high vis volunteers deserve massive praise for cheering us all on as well as doing all the set up and clear up in constant rain. Big thanks too for the spooky oranges and chocolates at the finish. A real treat.

Carol Austin
ED Seaton and parkrun ambassador

This week 125 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Ian MATTHEWS • Diane WARREN • Laura MILLWARD • Janna EYRE • Mick RANDALL • Hayley ORCHARD • Jesse LEWIS • Jenny PAYNE • Geoffrey BEACH • Sarah RICHARDS • Jess WHITEHOUSE • Jill RANDALL • Phoebe LAY • Steven BROWN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the 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 9,691 participants have completed 44,171 parkruns covering a total distance of 220,855 km, including 8,824 new Personal Bests. A total of 390 individuals have volunteered 3,237 times.