Pontypridd parkrun #305 – the one with volunteers galore and a guest writer!

The very awesome Daniel Connelly - our parkrun tourist completing his Full Ponty challenge - has penned this week’s run report.  Read on to get his take on this weekend’s fun!

We also have the solution to Thursday trivia (click here) and our fabby Sunday shoutouts below.  We hope you agree - this week’s report is EPIC! Enjoy...

#305 - Lido Envy!

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I love writing run reports!

My wife on the other hand doesn’t like me writing run reports!  Not because it takes me a good few hours tapping away at my computer when I could be meaningfully engaged in household tasks… In all probability she probably delights in the fact that I am out from under her feet causing more chaos than actual help!  It is the proofreading she dislikes.  Not because she finds it a challenge - she is amazing at it!  But she has to turn my stream of poorly punctuated prose into something readable - I get the plaudits, she just gets the pain!

And it is a lot of pain as I have written over 121 run reports!  It all started a while ago at my first home parkrun of Coventry, then as a way of recording my tourism journey and thanking those hi viz heroes who made the run possible.  Then one year as a resolution that grew and went slightly bonkers - to write a run report for every parkrun I visited that year!

Today it will be made worse!  Normally, my wife is with me on my trips but as she is currently injured and banned from running she decided that an early start wasn’t necessary for her so remained at home and would be timing at Stratford Upon Avon parkrun.  Although my son is on 95 different parkrun events he opted for 2 hours more in bed and would run as his mother timed.  And my daughter… She is at University in London!  So it was I would parkrun alone and my wife would have to decode my missive with no knowledge of the parkrun I am writing about - it wasn’t the first time and I doubt it will be the last!

Run report writing, just like parkrun itself had become a habit… One I am sure many of you reading this epic monologue would understand, especially Andy DAVIES today’s most experienced parkrunner (444 - blue t-shirt by Christmas 2022?), Saturday isn’t complete without your regular free 5km run in a park.  In fact it stops being Saturday but becomes parkrunday!

That was until 14th March 2020… when parkrun paused!  I am sure like many we thought it would be a few weeks… maybe a couple of months…  certainly not 17 months (more for Pontypridd parkrun as you closed early due to a flooded course!)

On the first Saturday, like many others around the UK I tried to replicate a parkrun that I was missing!  So just before 8:30 I woke my wife and son and walked them, bleary eyed, to our local park for our (not)parkrun.  They weren’t even that grateful that, unlike previous parkrun days, where they were woken and quickly bundled into a car at 6am and driven across the country to a parkrun, they could sleep in a bit.

For me, my (not)parkrun was very stress free! No worrying about car parking and finding the start - mind you Pontypridd parkrun today was a breeze for me!  Okay it was a 6am start but Gas Road car park was easy to find and £1 to park all day on a Saturday was a bargain, before a quick walk over the bridge crossing the Taff and I was in the park!

My first timers briefing at our (not) parkrun was a very small affair with my wife and son both parkrun veterans, and we had no first timers as you could only run with people in your household!

Karl Johnson’s briefing today was a very different affair! 16 tourists and 18 first time parkrunners!  So a huge welcome to Andrew Phillips, Carol Evans, Daniel Bateman, Dominic Barnes, Helen Odell, Josh Roderick, Kieran Cooling, Leah Marshall, Macauley Lewis, Maria Rees, Mark Glen, Nathan Morgan, Paige Myers, Rebecca Down, Rosalie Jones, Sai Bateman, Simon Kinsey & Tina Hughes; now you have used your barcode for the very first time at Pontypridd parkrun your Saturdays will never be the same!  So a huge welcome to the parkrun family and I hope that you will return to a parkrun soon and use your barcode again.

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My route was an accurately measured (always useful to own a calibrated measuring wheel - mind you, you do get some odd looks as you push it slowly around a park!) hilly two lap affair around a beautiful local park and just like Pontypridd my own course passed by a river, tennis courts, and a lido!  Mind you Kenilworth Lido is far smaller, hasn’t reopened and is threatened with closure, unlike the vibrant and fully booked National Lido of Wales in your park.  I was suffering from Lido envy before, during and after parkrun. It was with great regret that I didn’t plan my tourism earlier to book a post parkrun swim!  Next time!

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My (not) parkrun run briefing was a very quick affair, not because of a COVID framework that parkrun currently operates in but because we had no milestones!  Looking over the results there were 3 official milestones today.  Jim Mccann hit 50 parkruns today and with that will get an icon on the results and the option to buy a red milestone t-shirt & Carl Webber & Louise Lloyd both reached 100 runs, so they will have a chance to have a black 100 t-shirt.  Previously, milestone t-shirts were free but long term that wasn’t sustainable so last week alone - 746 runners joined the 50 club & 411 the 100 club.  There is also the chance for people to buy a replacement milestone t-shirt and I can’t wait to get a more roomy 250 t-shirt as my COVID kilos have made it more of a compression outfit than it was in March 2019!  The first time I got to wear my green parkrun at was at Wycombe Rye; another parkrun that has a lido!

Our (not) parkrun start line was a line over the path, wide enough for the three runners to toe the line side by side but 242 runners take up a lot of space in a line - you need a wide start like Bushy park for that!  However the estimated finish times that have appeared at parkruns post COVID to reduce crowding and passing make self seeding so much easier.  Just looking at someone doesn’t give you any idea how quick they move!  So knowing I would take about 34-35 minutes I moved back past the 30 minute marker, joined by Co-ED and first timers briefer Karl Johnson who claimed he would run with me as he would be going at that pace!  Always great to have company and a chat on a run.

As Gareth Howell and training RD Catherine Powell started the runners, it wasn’t long before chatting away over the first short lap I was blowing!  So I told Karl to enjoy his run and we would chat afterwards and whoosh he was gone!  However unlike my (not)parkruns, where my family ran off and left me, and I would follow the route on my own, Ynysangharad War Memorial Park was full of runners spread out onto the 3 longer loops running, jogging and walking parkrun at their pace.  But more importantly the route was packed with marshals!

Every parkrun needs marshals, not just to keep runners on course and turning to the finish after 3 laps or to offer encouraging shouts, claps and ringing cowbells to help keep us parkrunners motivated and moving; they are important for safety for us and other park users.  Event teams think carefully where they are needed, where interactions could occur, like by the Lido exit, at paths crossing the park and bridges and entries and like the AED are there in case we need help.

For my initial few (not)parkrun route, if any dog walker moved over to allow me to waddle past I would give a cheery, ‘Thank you marshal’ to them.  However, I stopped this when one lady gave a loud and rather confused comment to her husband, ‘But your name is James!”

If this was my regular parkun or run it would be amazing; add in a warm up and cooldown loop and you would have an amazing 7km run route with 5 hill reps!  However, a quicker than expected first small lap, my post lockdown chunk gain and total lack of any training meant by the time of the start of the uphill section by the Lido I was blowing… So I decided a brisk recovery pace was a good idea - okay it might have looked like a walk to none runners but I am sure my Garmin log will read fartlek run once I edit the description!  The one advantage of a walk, despite not needing oxygen at the top of the park, was that I could give a proper, ‘Thank you marshal’ to all those in pink our #HiVizHeros but as I volunteer to write a run report I get to post a huge THANK YOU to :- Andy REARDON  •  Anthony CARROLL  •  Anthony WILLIAMS  •  Bethan FORD  •  Blaine BURBIDGE-SMITH  •  Catherine HUGHES  •  Catherine POWELL  •  Charlie BLEASDALE  •  Clair STEVENSON  •  Claire COSTELLO  •  Claire LLOYD THOMAS  •  Dan TAYLOR  •  Deborah PRICE  •  Dianne DAVIES  •  Elaine COOPER  •  Elspeth WYNN  •  Emily ADAMS  •  Esther SOWERBY  •  Gareth HOWELL  •  George HOWELL  •  Glyn HICKS  •  Graham BINGHAM  •  John CARROLL  •  Karl JOHNSON  •  Kerri ALLEN  •  Lianne EDMUNDS  •  Lindy NALLY  •  Lyndon WALKER  •  Michael LOCKE  •  Patricia TAYLOR  •  Rebecca HOUSE HOWE  •  Rhys RICHARDS  •  Richard COSTELLO  •  Ruth COCHRAN  •  Sean LYNE  •  Steve NICHOLLS  •  Trish TAZZINI-LLOYD  •  Viv BURBIDGE-SMITH  •  Wendy COLLIE who made this event possible.

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As with parkruns around the world Pontypridd parkrun relies on volunteers to happen and the forthcoming roster is looking a bit sparse.  Don’t worry if you have never volunteered before or aren’t sure what to do, most roles are very simple but the RD of the day or volunteer coordinator will gladly show you what to do.  Just to prove how easy one of the roles is, have a look at my son’s quick 5 minute how to be a barcode scanner Youtube film… https://youtu.be/6WZyewcyPYw It is great fun to be involved with parkrun but without getting sweaty! So if you need a rest week, or you have picked up a niggle or an injury or you  have a non running relative who will come along,  just email in to pontypridd@parkrun.com There are even a few roles you can combine with a run…one is barcode scanner!  My aim is to be able to whizz around a parkrun, grab a Hi Viz, pull out my phone and jump on the scanning.  Unfortunately I am just not quick enough yet!

At the top of the slope in the park, with my breath under more control I started to run again and enjoy the long slope.  My speed picked up and I felt like a lion chasing it’s prey when whoosh… whoosh... woosh… Those speedy first finishers shot past!

With my family (not)parkruns I missed seeing those faster runners and how effortlessly they seem to glide past.  There are very few sports where elite athletes and the average person can take part in the same event but running and parkrun especially, get a whole spectrum of joining in.  So it was as I was half way into my first larger lap Pontyclun Road Runners’, Neil JONES (VM40-44) passed me and only a few minutes later crossed the line in 17:08 to be this week’s first finisher.  Another Pontyclun Road Runner, Cheryl LEE (VW40-44) passed me by the river and crossed the line in 18th overall in a new PB time of 20:21 to be the first lady home. Great running.  A full set of results can be found on the website.

By lap two the mizzley weather had lifted and although the sun was yet to break out the temperature rose and I was warm and clammy; not great weather for me to run in but it didn’t stop 30 runners from seeing those lovely words in the parkrun text - New PB. Aimee Jones, Aimee Panes, Allen Robin Isaksen, Angela Foster Swailes, Cameron Hopkins, Cheryl Lee, Crystal Jacobs, Emma Legge, Ffion Howe, Haydn Smith, Imogen Jones, Jacob Norris, Jenna Watts, Jon Harvey, Kristian Phillips, Leanne Addis, Leanne Talbot, Liam Hatch, Louise Nuttall, Luke Davies, Oliver Hughes, Paula Taylor, Ramaraj Ayyappan, Rebecca Woodridge, Sanna Ollula, Sebastian Haigh, Steve Baker, Steve Payne, Thomas Richards & Victoria Oreilly. Great running.  And if you didn’t manage it this week, you can always try again next parkrunday!

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The only thing I didn’t replicate in my own (not) parkruns was finish tokens!  When I started my family I used the parkrun APP to time us running so as each of us crossed my finish line I pressed the screen to time our runs - my wife and son may have measured and timed their run on their own GPS devices but nothing beats the thrill of a results text later with your official time!  Yes, I even sent them a results text a few hours after the event!

Turning into the final finishing straight at Ynysangharad, my legs had no sprint left in them, and thankfully no one was right behind me racing me for me to test this out.  Collecting my token and heading over to the scanners I was ready for the most important part of my parkrun day!

From my travels I have realised that parkrun is not just about the run but about the chatting and socialising after – and enjoying a chat post run in the café over a coffee, no matter how elaborate I made my own (not)parkrun breakfast it was always missing the most important element - other parkrunners!  My family are nice but… (ok Daniel, your proof-reader is not amused here…)

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As the team of volunteers finished up I headed over to the cafe and managed to order and eat a delicious vegetarian breakfast before the Core team had got their coffee!  Well I did have an early start!  So as the results were processed I enjoyed a lovely post parkrun chat with others.  If you have never gone back to the cafe after, give it a try!  You will gain so much more than the hour of your Saturday morning.

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With my final Ponty parkrun collected for a virtual challenge the drive home started; on route home my daughter rang to tell me all about her parkrun at Bushy Park!  An hour later, my son delighted in telling me that he had run an all time parkrun PB (well Stratford Upon Avon is a pancake flat three laps) - but was my wife the timer assisting him? So whilst we may not have been together but we could all enjoy parkrun!

Once again thanks to everyone at Pontypridd parkrun for a lovely parkrun and day out today.

Happy parkrunning.

Daniel Connolly

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co-ED’s comment: Thank you Daniel, your kind words meant so much to us this weekend.  We hope your parkrun travels bring you back our way again sometime soon.  Diolch Daniel, mor braf i weld chi ym Mhontypridd wythnos yma; gobeithiwn byddwn eich gweld chi cyn bo hir.

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*** THURSDAY TRIVIA ***

We also owe you an answer to our “extremely fun” Thursday Trivia question - what are our top 5 clubs by number of Ponty parkruns completed by their runners? We included the group of “No Club” participants as well.  So without further ado, our “tops of the pops” are...

  1. No Club (35,800)
  2. Pontypridd Roadents (6,190)
  3. Roberttown Road Runners (3,862)
  4. Pontyclun Road Runners (1,910)
  5. Aberdare Valley (1,524)

A special shoutout to one of our One Hit Wonders... Abu Dhabi Striders (event 276).  Now that’s a cracking bit of tourism!

Some great answers and debate on the Facebook channel ensued when we posed the question on Thursday.  A few of you forgot the “no club” group though - that’s by far our biggest, and our Number One.  Whether you belong to a club or not, we welcome all comers at Ponty. If you fancy taking the plunge and joining a running group or a club and need some help with the process or picking the right one for you, please do reach out to us - the Ponty/RCT area has some amazing running and athletics clubs and we can happily put you in touch with one.  There’s a strong tradition of club takeovers at Ponty - our next is on October 23rd with our friends at Pontyclun Road Runners.  Watch this space for more soon!

*** SUNDAY SHOUTOUTS ***

We don’t have any milestone selfies this week, but panic we must not. We’re chock-a-block with callouts anyway - as you saw from Daniel’s report above.  The ones we had on the sheet on Saturday morning were:

  • Carl Webber ran his 100th parkrun overall
  • Louise Lloyd ran her 100th parkrun overall
  • Gareth Jones ran his 200th parkrun overall - not an official milestone, but we’ll take it!
  • Daniel Connolly completed his full Ponty (but you probably guessed that already!)
  • Owen Pugsley had his 30th birthday.  Oh, and what’s this special little picture... ??! We have the name of the culprit in our AC-12 files (it’s quite a treasure trove), their secret is safe with us!

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We also got news of two of our Ponty parkrun family on tour in North Wales (Conwy) this week.  Peggy and Abby - we hope you enjoyed, see you again soon!

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One last (but not least) - a special shoutout to all runners at the Cardiff Bay 10k on Sunday!  Was great to see some of our core team and runners alike hitting the streets and smashing out the times.  Da iawn!

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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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  • Everyone home safely...
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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:
  • Email
  • DM
  • Comment on our social media posts
WE NEED OUR FABBY VOLUNTEERS TO KEEP US RUNNING SMOOTHLY EVERY WEEK. THANK YOU :)

Now over to Gareth Howell who will be your RD for the next two weeks.

 


THE SHOUTOUTS KEEP COMING!

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 .

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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 .

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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

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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!!!

 

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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.
 

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.
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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!
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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.

 

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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.
 

Pontypridd parkrun #301 – back again, in the sun this time!

We got there in the end! Ponty parkrun 301 – great to see you all back again for more fun in the sun.

A view from the RD (Gareth) and team...

First of all, the vital stats: this week 317 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Let’s also hear it for our fabby volunteers without whom we wouldn’t be able to run our lovely event...

Rhian HOPKINS • Abby Louise FORSTER • Fiona DAVIES • Elaine HICKS • Robert FLANAGAN • Dianne DAVIES • Ruth COCHRAN • Sandra DAVIES • Gareth HOWELL • John CARROLL • Laura MCCARTHY • Kian BISHOP • Trish TAZZINI-LLOYD • Jon HILDER • Mair JOHNSON • Karl JOHNSON • Lyndon WALKER • Sean LYNE • Catherine POWELL • Kerri ALLEN • Wendy COLLIE • Alison JONES • Peggy EDWARDS • Richard COSTELLO • Lianne EDMUNDS • Sian TAYLOR • Gwyneth LEIVERS • George HOWELL
Thank you!

We went from one extreme to the other with the weather this week. Doesn’t the park look incredible in the sunshine? Fantastic to see it looking so smart after the floods last year.

Conditions were perfect for a good crack at the course, and it showed with so many PBs. Looks like Ponty parkrunners are sun-seekers after all (I suspect we may have seen even more but for a few of us resting ahead of the Treforest 10k on Monday).

Personal highlights…

* First time on the podium! Hopefully the nerves didn’t show…
* A little sprinkling of “Wenglish”… about as much as Covid protocols would allow.
* My first time driving Dolly the Trolley.
* Hearing some more great feedback on the new course.
* And seeing so, so many happy faces in the sunshine.

Some things to think about next week…

* Practice with the megaphone and making sure the RD is in a place where everyone can hear easily.
* Do we need more cheerleaders on the last corner?!
* Is our new “stay on the inside” advice easier to follow than all the left-right-left stuff?? Let us know in the comments!
* The results system! Goodness me, it gave us a hard time today… we had the triple threat of (a) being unable to upload both stopwatches to the site (that’s why we always have two timers) (b) two parkrunners being assigned the same token (has that ever happened before?!) and (c) one of our timers being accosted by an angry bollard. Thanks Dianne for persevering, and Cath for playing the world’s most boring game of timer copy-paste afterward. Phew! Really sorry if any of you lost a PB in the second set of results… I can assure you that they are now accurate and it only took about 20(ish) episodes of Peppa Pig to distract our 1-year-old long enough to get the fix done.

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Who’s up for another instalment next week? Mr Johnson will be back in the hot seat for that one. Should be a cracker, especially if this lovely weather holds.

SELFIE CELEBS, EPISODE 2!!!
We've got Neen and Sharon taking centre stage this week. Congrats on your 100th at events 300 and 301 respectively. Brilliant effort - and we hope you love your selfie frames as much as we do.

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We had 50 milestones for Stuart Felix, Cath Neale (who we mentioned on the day) and Wyndham Roberts and Sian Wright (who we just noticed in the results). We also had a 100 for Owain Morris (also just noticed but not called on the day). Well done to you all. If any of you fancy a selfie frame and haven't had one, let us know!

Llongyfarchiadau!

Happy Sunday evening all. Hope you have a great bank holiday. Can't wait for #ponty302 already!

Thanks again to you all for your support and smiles. Take care.

G&K

 

Pontypridd parkrun – #300 – Welcome back

A view from the RD (Karl) and team...

Welcome back parkrunners, god we have missed you all

Would it really have been parkrunday without the wet stuff falling from the sky? Nooooooo

* A quick stint on BBC Radio Wales: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000yztx. (37 mins in)

* A soggy setup with our new trolley taking pride and place on the start line. Volunteers donning the new PINK Hi Viz jackets

* A busy crowd at the New Runners and Tourist brief with tourists from Crawley and Plymouth! (so sorry we forgot to mention you this morning)

* Milestones a plenty (see below!)

* The 21st highest attendance we've had at a Ponty parkrun (phenomenal given the weather). Our record is 491 - with the weather set fair for next week, could that go???

* The highest ever attendance for a "wet weather" Ponty parkrun (see the pointless graph below - the top 10 Ponty parkruns with 10mm or more of the wet stuff on the day)

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* And 375 brave and patient runners on the start line….

Awww it was good to have you all back! Think we got it mostly right, and thank you to all the volunteers that helped deliver the event! The scanning location was a huge hit with our volunteers, it’s a definite keeper!!

So things we got slightly wrong:

* Main run brief needs to be from the centre of the pack - or with a loudspeaker, sorry if you could not hear the from the back!

* T Junction marshal was missing (whoops, sorry!)

* Need to remind runners where to run more strongly, we don’t want any collisions on course with people overtaking

* Headphones, faster runners couldn’t be heard when trying to overtake.

BUT...
No accidents
No incidents
Everyone home safely!!

We also gave a very brief shout out on the line to four amazing parkrunners who ran milestone events: 50, 100 and 250. So - as promised the moment you've been waiting for ... oh yes: OUR FIRST BATCH OF VIRTUAL SELFIE CELEBS!!

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Congrats to Paul, Finlay, Rob and Claire - we hope you like them! Keep them coming - let us know during the week if you have a milestone coming up, and whether you would like to be featured here.

So shall we do it again next week??  Thanks for all your lovely messages of support and thanks - it’s amazing to have you back

Here’s to the next 300 events!

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

Pontypridd parkrun
Event number 300
21st August 2021

This week 375 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Rhian HOPKINS • Wendy WILLIAMS • Fiona DAVIES • Simon PRITCHARD • Michael LOCKE • Dianne DAVIES • Ruth COCHRAN • Sandra DAVIES • Gareth HOWELL • Trish TAZZINI-LLOYD • Rebecca HOUSE HOWE • Mair JOHNSON • Karl JOHNSON • Rhys ROBERTS • Lyndon WALKER • Sean LYNE • Joanne DENDLE • Catherine POWELL • Abigail GHUMAN • Ruth NORTHWAY • Huw DAVIES • Jackie JONES • Richard COSTELLO • Blaine BURBIDGE-SMITH • Viv BURBIDGE-SMITH • Lianne EDMUNDS • 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 8,569 participants have completed 63,296 parkruns covering a total distance of 316,480 km, including 12,324 new Personal Bests. A total of 665 individuals have volunteered 6,587 times.

 

Events 300 and 301 – Our big return!

You may have noticed that we’ve been away for a little while... well now we’re back! We’ve had everything life could throw at us over the last 18 months but we’ve stood tall, dusted ourselves off and got going again.  Whilst we’ve been away, you may have noticed some changes to how we do things:

  • A whole new event team - who have inherited an amazing parkrun courtesy of the incredible work done by Simon and Lisa Pritchard over so many years.
  • A facelift to the park! We certainly welcomed this change after the devastation caused by the floods last year.
  • A new course design - we’ve flip-reversed the big lap!
  • New rules and tweaks to the way we do things. All in the spirit of doing our bit among the chaos of Covid-19 these last months.

It’s great to tell you though that we’re back on line, and thanks to the magic of parkrun event support - have our access to the run report system back up and running!  Look out for the run reports for events 300 and 301 - they’ll follow shortly!

Diolch a croeso nol!

Gareth and Karl.

 

 

 

Event number 299 – 15th February 2020

Pontypridd parkrun
Event number 299
15th February 2020

This week 302 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Fiona DAVIES • Simon PRITCHARD • Lisa PRITCHARD • Ruth COCHRAN • Robert JOSLIN • Donald STEWART • Elspeth WYNN • Charlie OTLEY • Dan TAYLOR • Carl THOMAS • Anthony WILLIAMS • Rhys ROBERTS • Jaime MOLLOY • Loretta TOMKINSON • Alan EARLY • Lyndon WALKER • Neil HOOK-MACKENZIE • Fiona HOOK-MACKENZIE • Alison JONES • Clare RUSSELL • Rob CLARKE • David REES • Jenna COWLEY

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 8,518 participants have completed 62,921 parkruns covering a total distance of 314,605 km, including 12,277 new Personal Bests. A total of 662 individuals have volunteered 6,560 times.

 

Event number 298 8th February 2020

Pontypridd parkrun
Event number 298
8th February 2020

This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 98 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Simon PRITCHARD • Lisa PRITCHARD • Ruth COCHRAN • Iestyn HENSON • Trish TAZZINI-LLOYD • Donald STEWART • Elspeth WYNN • Charlie OTLEY • Dan TAYLOR • Karl JOHNSON • Rhys ROBERTS • Jaime MOLLOY • Liz HENSON • Lyndon WALKER • Sean LYNE • Neil HOOK-MACKENZIE • Carly WATSON • Fiona HOOK-MACKENZIE • Wendy COLLIE • David SANSOM • Alison JONES • Rob CLARKE • Blaine BURBIDGE-SMITH • David REES • Rebecca LEES • Nigel THORNE • Claire COSTELLO • Sian TAYLOR

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 8,497 participants have completed 62,619 parkruns covering a total distance of 313,095 km, including 12,242 new Personal Bests. A total of 662 individuals have volunteered 6,537 times.

 

Event number 297 – 1st February 2020

Pontypridd parkrun
Event number 297
1st February 2020

This week 410 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Rhian HOPKINS • Paul WILLIAMS • Ceri-Anne DAVIES • Jeffrey BAXTER • Simon PRITCHARD • Helen ROBERTS HUGHES • Dianne DAVIES • Lisa PRITCHARD • Ruth COCHRAN • Claire LLOYD THOMAS • Trish TAZZINI-LLOYD • Donald STEWART • Finn JOHNSON-DENNY • Dan TAYLOR • Rhys ROBERTS • Jaime MOLLOY • Naomi GREEN • Lyndon WALKER • Neil HOOK-MACKENZIE • Fiona HOOK-MACKENZIE • Alison JONES • Clare RUSSELL • Rob CLARKE • Lianne EDMUNDS • David REES • Kieran MORSE • Jenna COWLEY

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 male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:37 on 9th December 2017 (event number 195).
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 8,460 participants have completed 62,207 parkruns covering a total distance of 311,035 km, including 12,144 new Personal Bests. A total of 660 individuals have volunteered 6,509 times.

 

Event number 296 – 25th January 2020

Pontypridd parkrun
Event number 296
25th January 2020

This week 491 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Wendy WILLIAMS • Jeffrey BAXTER • Simon PRITCHARD • Nick GREEN • Lisa PRITCHARD • Angela LEWIS • Gareth HOWELL • Gail HAVARD • Trish TAZZINI-LLOYD • Esther SOWERBY • Donald STEWART • Charlie OTLEY • Dan TAYLOR • Karl JOHNSON • Rhys ROBERTS • Jaime MOLLOY • Lyndon WALKER • Amelia Rose REAKES LEWIS • Neil HOOK-MACKENZIE • Fiona HOOK-MACKENZIE • Clare RUSSELL • Richard COSTELLO • Rob CLARKE • David REES • Claire COSTELLO • Anna PITT

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 8,410 participants have completed 61,797 parkruns covering a total distance of 308,985 km, including 12,073 new Personal Bests. A total of 657 individuals have volunteered 6,482 times.

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