Pontypridd parkrun #303 – the one with no Ruth…

A view from the RD……

A sombre start to our parkrun today as we remembered the 2,977 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America, 20 years ago. Thank you to everyone who observed our 1 minute silence impeccably.

A busy crowd at the New Runners and Tourist brief with tourists from Weymouth and Bournemouth.  Also - 29 first timers, welcome to our lovely community.  A few milestones as well (look out for the shout-outs below!).

"Only" 305 runners on the start line this week, a drop of 100 from last week.... where have you all gone?? Come back next week please.  Perfect running conditions today, slowly we are getting the messages across about where to run on the course. Thank you to all those who continue to observe these rules.

Please please if you cross the finish line, take a token. Do not cross the finish line if you are not taking part in the parkrun AND do not cross the finish line twice!  We got the results out  in the end - maybe a place or two out but we had multiple issues due to funnel ducking and double-crossing (and another token mishap in the system).  Not our timers' fault - they were excellent.


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  • No accidents...
  • No incidents...
  • Everyone home safely...
  • Success!
So shall we do it again next week??  Thanks for all your lovely messages of support and for all the volunteers who have come forward for the coming weeks.  If you can help, get in touch:
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Now over to Gareth Howell who will be your RD for the next two weeks.



We have two frames for you all this week...

Julie Haigh - who ran her 100th Ponty parkrun at event 302. She would have been on 101 this week had she not forgotten her barcode! Congratulations Julie, fantastic effort.

John Carroll - oh, and what’s this we see? Mr Carroll almost escaping the eyes of our stats fairies.... we caught you just in time though . Congrats to JC for being our first selfie superstar in the V25 frame - another massive shift on the barcodes as well. Legendary stuff.


A few others ran milestones this week...

Paula Taylor - ran her 100th overall. Another centurion at Ponty, well done you!

Anthony Williams - ran his 100th at Ponty. Great effort from a Ponty parkrun legend!

Please both give us a shout if you would like a superstar selfie frame featured next week .


Some other shoutouts...

Jac Gardiner-Smith - our first finisher this week, and a Ponty PB to boot. Thanks for your shoutout to the Tail Walker as you zoomed past!

Lyndon and Alan - restoring the dynamic duo to their usual haunt at the top of the hill was one of the highlights of our event this week. The atmosphere up there was amazing, we loved it!!!

Krysten Hughes - who our Tail Walker (Gareth: co-ED but not a patch on Ruth at the tail, what a pro she is!) eventually caught up with on the last lap having lost a few groups of parkrunners on the way. Fantastic company for the walk home, lovely lovely lady.

To those who weren’t able to complete - please come and try again soon, it was lovely to have you .


Thanks to everyone for coming along, it’s a real privilege for us to be able see and share in your success. Keep your selfies and stories coming, they really do make a big difference to our parkrun community.

See you next week

The Ponty parkrun team


PS: sorry for lack of Thursday trivia this week. Sadly a bout of non-Covidy man flu put paid to that!
PPS: take care next week when if you are parking at the Gas Road site.  The rules around pay and display have now changed - hence Gareth getting himself a nice £25 bill on his windscreen last Saturday.  D'oh!!!


========= THE VITAL STATISTICS =========


This week 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:
Robert FLANAGAN • Anne M FOLLAN • Clair STEVENSON • Amanda JAMES • Gareth HOWELL • John CARROLL • Rachel BECKLEY • Trish TAZZINI-LLOYD • Esther SOWERBY • Rebecca HOUSE HOWE • Andy DEAN • Robert JOSLIN • Karl JOHNSON • Megan ROSE • Huw WILLIAMS • Gethin EDWARDS • Alan EARLY • Lyndon WALKER • Sean LYNE • Catherine POWELL • Neen CLEVERLEY • Wendy COLLIE • David SHEWRING • Huw DAVIES • Jordan BROWN • Richard COSTELLO • Rob CLARKE • Viv BURBIDGE-SMITH • Lianne EDMUNDS • Claire COSTELLO • Darcy DEAN • George HOWELL • Emma WILLIAMS
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 8,685 participants have completed 64,325 parkruns covering a total distance of 321,625 km, including 12,488 new Personal Bests. A total of 677 individuals have volunteered 6,675 times.