Pontypridd parkrun – Event Number 302. The sun is back for more fun!

We have just finished up at Pontypridd junior parkrun, amazing turnout…. Here is this weeks run report - from the RD (Karl) and team...

Perfect conditions for parkrun this morning as ED Karl Johnson was back on the bench after ED Gareth Howell’s first stint as RD the previous week. Perfect conditions saw our biggest attendance since the return of parkrun in Wales.

We were joined by a tourist from Lancaster (you were most welcome, maybe adding to the “full Ponty” challenge?) and a group of runners supporting “50km for Kev”, was lovely to see and speak with you all, thank you for choosing Pontypridd parkrun…….

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A small wait for the off (sorry I couldn’t set you off early, parkrun rules) which saw 407 of you cross the finish line….. another missing token however.  Token 387 decided to go walkabouts, we think we know who so hopefully get it back this week.


Thank you once again to our amazing group of volunteers, I know I always say thank you, but truly this event wouldn’t happen without you.  Please consider helping us the next couple of weeks, we seem to have a big shortage of volunteers. Email at pontypridd@parkrun.com or DM us on social media.


We headed off to Café Lido after for a coffee, and a pretty trouble-free results processing… don’t forget guys: 50p off all hot drinks and a £1 discount off a drink + bacon/sausage bap.  We hope you all enjoyed, we are continually learning but things are certainly starting to settle down and we hope you are all loving being back with us all.

The shout-outs also keep coming - which we are absolutely loving.  So congrats to John Mead who ran his 100th overall - fantastic effort!  Also to a certain Ruth Cochran - who thought she could naughtily sneak her 150th Ponty parkrun past us.  No chance, we see all, from token thieves to milestones!

Well done both of you - amazing achievements. Llongyfarchiadau!
Some other shout-outs as well, first to Andrew How - who has crossed the line first at two of the three events since our return, running in at about the 17 minute mark. Excellent running, well done. The other is to Peggy Edwards - who not only came extra early to help us set up, but also set a barnstorming new PB during the event as well. Top bombing!


Thanks to Thursday Trivia we learned that the most popular surname at Ponty parkrun was indeed.... JONES !


It's unlikely that Sir Tom was one of them, but we couldn't resist posting a completely unnecessary photo of him here - just because.
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We've also got a nice infographic of the clans of Ponty parkrun mocked up here - take a look below. The bigger the name, the more finishers there are. We're nice and GDPR compliant here, so those who are "unique" names we've had to exclude.... enjoy having a gander though.
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Karl again next week on the bench, don't forget any coming milestones, birthdays or shoutouts, please let us know.


Until next Saturday at 9am (830 if you're a volunteer, 845 for first-timers at Ponty) , have a great week.


========= THE VITAL STATISTICS =========
This week 407 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Abby Louise FORSTER • Glyn HICKS • Dianne DAVIES • Clair STEVENSON • Ruth COCHRAN • Gareth HOWELL • John CARROLL • Ceridwen BOON • Mark DOUGLAS • Trish TAZZINI-LLOYD • Rebecca HOUSE HOWE • Karl JOHNSON • Catherine HUGHES • Sean LYNE • Joanne DENDLE • Kerri ALLEN • Ruth NORTHWAY • Wendy COLLIE • Alison JONES • David SHEWRING • Peggy EDWARDS • Huw DAVIES • Richard COSTELLO • Viv BURBIDGE-SMITH • Lianne EDMUNDS • Rebecca LEES • Claire COSTELLO
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pontypridd parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Tom MARSHALL who recorded a time of 14:43 on 26th November 2016 (event number 148).
The female record is held by Clara EVANS who recorded a time of 16:47 on 19th October 2019 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 93.49% (22:01) on 4th April 2015 (event number 74).
Pontypridd parkrun started on 12th October 2013. Since then 8,656 participants have completed 64,020 parkruns covering a total distance of 320,100 km, including 12,433 new Personal Bests. A total of 672 individuals have volunteered 6,642 times.