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.