Event 6 – 20th November 2021

A report on the event from Carol Grant:

It was a great pleasure for me to finally run at Penryn campus today, because although a visitor now I was involved in the project from the beginning. Run director Rod Allday very kindly gave me a shout out in his introduction and I was very moved to get a round of applause from the runners.


Another name deserves mention, a guy called John Emmanuel Ragadio who set up a Facebook group in early 2019 called Falmouth parkrun – interested? I had recently moved to Falmouth from Brighton, and got in touch with John. Be careful what you wish for, because almost immediately John had to move to London for work and asked me to take over the group. I didn’t know many people in Falmouth and wasn’t familiar with any running routes. It turns out that getting involved in parkrun is a good way to make friends and learn about the local area!


It was through this that I met Rod and then others who now form the core team such as Kate and Jeremy. Over the next year we found a traffic free course, secured the funding, and got some practice with the wonderful core team at Penrose parkrun. Under the guidance of the regional parkrun ambassador we submitted our application and HQ gave us the green light.


Then along came Covid 19 in March 2020 which turned the light on our parkrun, and every other one, to red. All those simple things we took for granted such as running in a group and having a coffee afterwards, just stopped. I moved back to Brighton later that year and wondered if parkrun would ever start again at all.


Penryn Campus parkrun finally launched in October this year and I finally got to see the results of all that hard work. My thoughts were – what a beautiful location and what a hilly course! Despite its toughness it attracts the usual range of parkrunners - speedy club runners, people with buggies, runners with dogs, children.


Parkrun is magical, but it doesn’t happen by magic. I’d volunteered a few times before I got involved in setting one up, but I had no idea of the work that goes into creating a new event. If you’re reading this and you enjoyed running at Penryn today, support the brilliant core team and volunteer to keep it happening. That’s what I’ll be doing next time I’m back in Cornwall.


Penryn Campus welcomes a new parkrun!

Penryn Campus parkrun
Event number 1
16th October 2021

On a misty October morning, it was great to see 96 people running, jogging and walking the course of the new parkrun at the Penryn Campus. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Matthew BISCO • Roy NEWTON • Jeremy BOOKER • Jose WARE • Catherine , LEYSHON • T David GARRARD • Steve LAWRENCE • Christina LAKE • Sharon BROUGHTON • Amanda FOX • Rod ALLDAY • Eva REYNOLDS • Sarah BOOKER • Olivia GAY • Taryn BANKS • Peter HESKETH • Miriam LEYSHON • Ian NEWMAN

A huge thanks to the funders who made this launch possible: A&P, Falmouth Grant Foundation, Falmouth Rotary ClubFalmouth Town CouncilFalmouth UniversityIce TrikesPenryn Town CouncilSt Michael’s Resort and Spa and University of Exeter.


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 Alexander MCCARTNEY who recorded a time of 18:07 on 16th October 2021 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Ottilie BRIGHT who recorded a time of 22:14 on 16th October 2021 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Geoff LETCHFORD who recorded 76.45% (23:04) on 16th October 2021 (event number 1).

Penryn Campus parkrun started on 16th October 2021. Since then 96 participants have completed 96 parkruns covering a total distance of 480 km. A total of 18 individuals have volunteered 18 times.

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