A lovely write up from Alison

Penryn Campus parkrun
Event number 27
14th May 2022

Thanks to Alison Bremner for writing such an evocative and interesting race report. If you want to try your hand at writing the run report, let us know!

What’s the best part of waking up early on a Saturday morning? It has to be the promise of a good parkrun.
When we left Penzance for the 45 minute drive to our venue this morning, the weather was far less promising. Sunglasses, hat, rain jacket, change of clothes, barcode and postcode for Penryn Campus.
Whilst a university campus can be vast and the clear directions on the website indicated it was still possible to get lost, we were impressed to find parkrun signs at every turn from the moment we turned into the university. Car parking was free and plentiful and at the top of a hill, which was probably ominous, but was right next to the sports centre which offered use of their toilets from 8.30 and free showers if you are going on to spend the day in Falmouth.
When we had negotiated the parkrun signs to the front of Tremough house we were welcomed by a sea of pink. This could have been partly due to the incredible display of rhododendrons but in the main was due to the large group of welcoming volunteers. Headed up by Charlotte, the RD for today, two parkrun volunteer dogs (Coco and Treacle) made up the group of 14 who were happily welcoming the walkers, joggers and runners, 15 of which were first timers. There was a lot of chatting and enjoying the incredible backdrop of Tremough house which has its early history going back to 1309, remaining family owned until 1600s when it was bought by a wealthy merchant who had the vision of turning it into the beautiful estate we see today. In 1999 it was bought by the Combined Universities in Cornwall group, being developed into the Penryn campus, very nicely incorporated into the modern and colourful buildings visible through the gardens and trees. Either way it which makes for an impressive backdrop to a relaxed but thorough run briefing; note to self, a hill is mentioned along with 3 laps.
The first parkrun here took place on 16th October 2021. With a team ready to start just before Covid caused a break in parkrun, it is a testament to this wonderful, committed group of volunteers and participants, that they were ready to launch so soon after the restart last June. Kate, the Event Director, was not able to join us this morning, but did come along at the end to retrieve her loyal parkrun supporter, Treacle. So glad I got to meet you.
With all Cornish parkruns there is a tendency to attract tourists and today was no exception so welcome to our visitors from Brighton, Woodley, Plymouth, Witney, Denton Pastures, Wiltshire, Tamar Trails, Watford and more locally Penrose and Eden Project. But the biggest cheer went to Margaret Hatch from Perth, Australia. There was also a runner from Sydney who now lives in the UK, but a day for Australia, which possibly influenced the weather as the rain never appeared and the day just got sunnier and warmer. There were no milestones of note, though local runner, Kathryn Osborn, did her 98th run today so a credible milestone to look forward to there.
The biggest welcome must go to Jack Morris, first timer, first parkrun. We really hope you enjoyed it and come back for more. There were a couple who were enjoying the walk with our tail walker but they chose not to complete the 5k this week which is perfectly ok and it is a beautiful walk. We were very happy to see you.
With a 3,2,1, start we ran past the front of the house and over the ‘edge’ on a steep down hill path. The realisation that this is the out and back section 3 times, is blitzed by the beauty of the gardens and the rhododendrons, trees and views. Volunteer, Anna, turned us around at the bottom and sent us back up again, and again and then, just for good measure and for the certainty of a complete 5k, again for the third and final time. The description of the course doesn’t allow for just how lovely this parkrun is. It may not be the fastest around but definitely fabulous.
The first 3 to reach the time keepers all achieved personal best times, which just proves it can be done. Nick Martin in 20:31, followed by Niamh Smith in 21:54 and Ian Curnow in 22:27. There were 11 pbs in all which is awesome in a group of 43. Niamh did an amazing job but it is worth noting that the female course record is held by Emma Gould, who is a fell runner!
Age grade positions went to Nick Martin with 78:15%, then Niamh with 67:58% and 3rd, Colin Taylor with 67:49%.
It would be lovely to tie in event 27 with something magical in the numbers but the closest anyone came to that was Mark Hammond with a finishing time of 27.01.
So with a massive thank you to simply the best volunteer team ever (you really encompass everything parkrun is about) I will wish you all a very happy week and you know where you’re at next Sat.

Alison Bremner
Southwick Country parkrun, Wiltshire

This week 43 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Christina LAKE • Phil BRISTOW • Eva REYNOLDS • Alison BREMNER • Claire COLEMAN • Olivia GAY • Taryn BANKS • Jasmine JULYAN • Charlotte CROSS • Andrew HEATHER • Miriam LEYSHON • Claire TATTERSALL • Ian NEWMAN • Annabel TIMMINS • Lloyd SAUNDERS

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

The male record is held by Ben FOYLE who recorded a time of 17:09 on 30th October 2021 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Emma GOULD who recorded a time of 20:42 on 23rd April 2022 (event number 25).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jason PASCOE who recorded 84.55% (17:35) on 29th January 2022 (event number 14).

Penryn Campus parkrun started on 16th October 2021. Since then 801 participants have completed 1,503 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,515 km, including 225 new Personal Bests. A total of 92 individuals have volunteered 411 times.

 

 

Event number 26 – back with a bang after Bioblitz stopped play

Penryn Campus parkrun
Event number 26
7th May 2022

We were back after a week off while folks at the annual Bioblitz event counted bugs, peered at plants and tried to track down the illusive Beast of the Penryn Campus.

This week 49 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Roy NEWTON • Robin WATSON • Catherine , LEYSHON • Victoria HOSKEN • Charlie LONG • Kieran HUGHES • Eva REYNOLDS • Margaret HATCH • Olivia GAY • Taryn BANKS • Jasmine JULYAN • Charlotte CROSS • Michael LEYSHON • Claire TATTERSALL • Ian NEWMAN

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

The male record is held by Ben FOYLE who recorded a time of 17:09 on 30th October 2021 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Emma GOULD who recorded a time of 20:42 on 23rd April 2022 (event number 25).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jason PASCOE who recorded 84.55% (17:35) on 29th January 2022 (event number 14).

Penryn Campus parkrun started on 16th October 2021. Since then 786 participants have completed 1,460 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,300 km, including 214 new Personal Bests. A total of 90 individuals have volunteered 396 times.

 

A wonderful account from William Laye

This week, our report has been written by William Laye who gives a lovely account of why Penryn Campus parkrun is so special to him. Thanks William!

My partner and I were fortunate enough to finally get around to having a run out at Penryn Campus parkrun. Now living in Cumbria, we were visiting my family who live in Falmouth after my mother recently suffered a period of ill health. She’s a super keen parkrunner and has made Penryn one of her go to parkruns (albeit when in want of a challenge unlike the flat Penrose (let’s ignore the hill at Trelissick for a moment!)). In fact, you may have seen her at the turn around point sitting in her camping chair cheering everyone on.

I wanted to write this run report to say how much of an inspiration she is to me and my family. Whilst it has been a difficult few weeks to say the least, her strength and has been a shining light. Whilst the road to recovery is going to be gradual, not always linear, and difficult in places, I know she will be back parkrunning eventually and you’ll see her on the start line again. WE LOVE YOU MUM!!

IMG-20220423-WA0005For Penryn Campus #25! Here is your official review! I’ve completed 289 parkruns and almost 80 different events now. What I can say is you’ve got a cracking little parkrun here. It was especially noticeable how friendly the volunteers are everywhere on the course and it gave the morning a real feel good vibe.

The course is good. We were expecting a long steep descent on tarmac which isn’t the most pleasant thing let’s be honest. However we were pleased to find it’s only a short steep bit then a really nice gradient descent down to the turn followed by what felt like a more or less flat return back to the steep hill. You need a turnaround mascot on the post– a great opportunity is being missed there!! The three laps felt good and the very limited congestion all OK with everyone super friendly with encouragement. The surroundings are really pretty through the gardens, it feels as if you’re tucked away from it all which gives a concentrated sense of peace and quiet.

I’m surprised at how few runners there are at the event given how well organised and pleasant it is. I would take this as a positive in being a well-hidden secret for the ‘in the know’ runners to enjoy. So many parkruns have been overwhelmed and somewhat ruined by over congestion. Penryn parkrun would suffer similar growing pains above 150 runners with the out and back section with multiple laps and I think you should enjoy the moment for as long as it remains more tightknit.

I will remember this parkrun fondly and I can’t wait to return again in the near future. It will hold a particularly special place in my heart for the fact this was the first parkrun Mum could attend for some time and her little cheers at the turnaround point which we’re exceptional and emotional motivation to continue working hard. I think it’s a real testament to parkrun as a movement and Penryn Campus parkrun organisers/volunteers for the blossom of positive energy you’re able to create in a world that often seems increasingly fraught. You’re able to create a platform for great memories and personal achievement not least this past weekend for myself and my Mum. Thank you all so much!! There were 42 runners today and so it’s only appropriate to sign off with - so long and thanks for all the fish!! Au Revoir.

STATS

First of all, congratulations to Penryn Campus for achieving your purple 25 t-shirt! Here’s to another 25 by the end of the year and the coveted red t-shirt.

Thank you to this week’s volunteers who made the event happen - Catherine HORTON  •  Charlie LONG  •  Claire COLEMAN  •  Claire TATTERSALL  •  Daisy BOOKER  •  Eva REYNOLDS  •  Ian NEWMAN  •  Jasmine JULYAN  •  Jeremy BOOKER  •  Lloyd SAUNDERS  •  Miriam LEYSHON  •  Paul GLOVER  •  Ruth GRIMMER  •  Sue GLOVER  •  Taryn BANKS  •  Verity BOOKER – without you there isn’t a parkrun and all the runners are so grateful for your time.

There were 42 intrepid parkrunners this weekend and as we all know, 42 is the meaning of life so surely a good omen.

The top three women were Caroline Studd (3rd & first V55) in a PB of 27:29, Amy Warren (2nd) in a PB of 25:21, Emma Gould (1st finisher) in a new course record of 20:42.

For the men, Robin Watson (3rd & 1st V55) in 21:36 and the highest age grading of the weekend with 72.99%, Ben Morris (2nd) in a new PB of 19:48, William Laye (1st finisher) in 19:09.

The median runners were positions 21 & 22 for Linda Ashe and Austin Mayo, First timer and PB respectively.

Gareth Tucker was the runner with the most parkruns under his belt this week with a weighty 387! Only 113 to the light blue 500 – phew…

Ros Tucker was the runner with most volunteering under his name with 146, a well-deserved run around this weekend for him.

See you next week and happy parkrunning!!!

 

Event number 24

Penryn Campus parkrun
Event number 24
16th April 2022

This week 67 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Antony RIVAS • Catherine , LEYSHON • Louise BISHOP • Rod ALLDAY • Claire COLEMAN • Michael LEISHMAN • Jasmine JULYAN • Miriam LEYSHON • Sarah LAW • Hannah LAW • Claire TATTERSALL • Ian NEWMAN • Phoebe DORAN • Lloyd SAUNDERS

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

The male record is held by Ben FOYLE who recorded a time of 17:09 on 30th October 2021 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Sarah HOSKIN who recorded a time of 20:59 on 26th March 2022 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jason PASCOE who recorded 84.55% (17:35) on 29th January 2022 (event number 14).

Penryn Campus parkrun started on 16th October 2021. Since then 745 participants have completed 1,369 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,845 km, including 198 new Personal Bests. A total of 85 individuals have volunteered 365 times.

 

Event number 23 amongst the rhododendrons.

Penryn Campus parkrun
Event number 23
9th April 2022

The award-winning international collection of rhododendrons was giving a great display to our runners today as they completed the Penryn Campus parkrun in beautiful spring weather. Don't forget to hop onto our Facebook Page for new and info throughout the week. https://www.facebook.com/penryncampusparkrun

This week 42 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Roy NEWTON • Jeremy BOOKER • Catherine , LEYSHON • Charlie LONG • Rod ALLDAY • Eva REYNOLDS • Darren HOLLAND • Phillip FORDHAM • Olivia GAY • Taryn BANKS • Jasmine JULYAN • Miriam LEYSHON • Daisy BOOKER • Paul GLOVER • Colombe BIDAULT

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

The male record is held by Ben FOYLE who recorded a time of 17:09 on 30th October 2021 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Sarah HOSKIN who recorded a time of 20:59 on 26th March 2022 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jason PASCOE who recorded 84.55% (17:35) on 29th January 2022 (event number 14).

Penryn Campus parkrun started on 16th October 2021. Since then 697 participants have completed 1,302 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,510 km, including 193 new Personal Bests. A total of 81 individuals have volunteered 351 times.

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