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2023 Update: The FASTEST and SLOWEST parkrun in Wales


Let me start by reiterating what I always say in blogs that look are speed. A fast parkrun does not me its the best, a slow parkrun doesn't mean its the worst!


Last year I wrote a blog about the fastest and slowest parkruns that you can find here, the 2023 data has been released so I've taken just the Welsh parkruns out to have a look at what has happened.


The method used to determine the fastest and slowest is the Standard Scratch Score (SSS) from here, if you want to know how the SSS is calculated, its explains in this video here. The lower the number the faster the course.




Last year the top 5 fastest parkruns in Wales were:

  1. Aberbeeg

  2. Swansea Bay

  3. Sandy Water

  4. Riverfront

  5. Groe

But there has been some change, Aberbeeg has lost its top spot and Cardiff has jumped from 7th to secure a spot:


2023 Updated fastest parkruns in Wales:

  1. Swansea Bay

  2. Cardiff

  3. Sandy Water

  4. Aberbeeg

  5. Riverfront

It's worth noting that the score uses finish times to calculate the pace, so it generally means that on average people are running it quicker than they used to. Obviously at locations where there have been a change of course this could be a big driver.


There has also been some change at the other end:


Last year the top 5 slowest parkruns in Wales were:

  1. Coed Cefn-pwll-du

  2. Wepre

  3. Trelai Park

  4. Haverfordwest

  5. Nant y Pandy

Hafan Pwllheli wasn't in the data last year, presume as they has less than 50 events prior to 2022. I'm again surprised to see Trelai in there, as its not that tough a course and the average time on the website is 30:23, but goes to show its based on actual finish times, not comparing courses by the same runner, so is highly dependent on the runners attending.


2023 Updated fastest slowest in Wales:

  1. Coed Cefn-pwll-du

  2. Hafan Pwllheli

  3. Wepre

  4. Nant y Pandy

  5. Trelai Park

 
 

Here is the full list in order of SSS, followed by alphabetically order:


  1. Swansea Bay parkrun parkrun 0.8

  2. Cardiff parkrun 1.0

  3. Sandy Water parkrun 1.0

  4. Aberbeeg parkrun 1.1

  5. Riverfront parkrun 1.1

  6. Groe parkrun 1.2

  7. Penallta parkrun 1.3

  8. Aberystwyth parkrun 1.3

  9. Severn Bridge parkrun 1.4

  10. Ruthin Memorial Playing Fields parkrun 1.4

  11. Pontypridd parkrun 1.5

  12. Bryn Bach parkrun 1.5

  13. Porthcawl parkrun 1.6

  14. Grangemoor parkrun 1.7

  15. Newtown parkrun 1.7

  16. Pont y Bala parkrun 1.7

  17. Cwmbran parkrun 1.8

  18. Aberdare parkrun 1.8

  19. Tremorfa parkrun 1.9

  20. Llanerchaeron parkrun 2.0

  21. Llanishen Park parkrun 2.1

  22. Rogiet parkrun 2.1

  23. Newport parkrun 2.2

  24. Brynaman parkrun 2.3

  25. Penrhyn parkrun 2.4

  26. Cosmeston Lakes parkrun 2.4

  27. Nova Prestatyn parkrun 2.5

  28. Conwy parkrun 2.5

  29. Newborough Forest parkrun 2.5

  30. Maesteg parkrun 2.6

  31. Llyn Llech Owain parkrun 2.7

  32. Dolgellau parkrun 2.7

  33. Gnoll parkrun 2.7

  34. Merthyr parkrun 2.8

  35. Pontypool parkrun 2.8

  36. Milford Waterfront parkrun 2.9

  37. Greenfield Valley parkrun 2.9

  38. Barry Island parkrun 3.0

  39. Colby parkrun 3.1

  40. Haverfordwest parkrun 3.1

  41. Erddig parkrun 3.3

  42. Trelai Park parkrun 3.4

  43. Nant y Pandy parkrun 3.5

  44. Wepre parkrun 5.7

  45. Hafan Pwllheli parkrun 5.9

  46. Coed Cefn-pwll-du parkrun 6.0

Alphabetical Order:

  1. Aberbeeg parkrun 1.1

  2. Aberdare parkrun 1.8

  3. Aberystwyth parkrun 1.3

  4. Barry Island parkrun 3.0

  5. Bryn Bach parkrun 1.5

  6. Brynaman parkrun 2.3

  7. Cardiff parkrun 1.0

  8. Coed Cefn-pwll-du parkrun 6.0

  9. Colby parkrun 3.1

  10. Conwy parkrun 2.5

  11. Cosmeston Lakes parkrun 2.4

  12. Cwmbran parkrun 1.8

  13. Dolgellau parkrun 2.7

  14. Erddig parkrun 3.3

  15. Gnoll parkrun 2.7

  16. Grangemoor parkrun 1.7

  17. Greenfield Valley parkrun 2.9

  18. Groe parkrun 1.2

  19. Hafan Pwllheli parkrun 5.9

  20. Haverfordwest parkrun 3.1

  21. Llanerchaeron parkrun 2.0

  22. Llanishen Park parkrun 2.1

  23. Llyn Llech Owain parkrun 2.7

  24. Maesteg parkrun 2.6

  25. Merthyr parkrun 2.8

  26. Milford Waterfront parkrun 2.9

  27. Nant y Pandy parkrun 3.5

  28. Newborough Forest parkrun 2.5

  29. Newport parkrun 2.2

  30. Newtown parkrun 1.7

  31. Nova Prestatyn parkrun 2.5

  32. Penallta parkrun 1.3

  33. Penrhyn parkrun 2.4

  34. Pont y Bala parkrun 1.7

  35. Pontypool parkrun 2.8

  36. Pontypridd parkrun 1.5

  37. Porthcawl parkrun 1.6

  38. Riverfront parkrun 1.1

  39. Rogiet parkrun 2.1

  40. Ruthin Memorial Playing Fields parkrun 1.4

  41. Sandy Water parkrun 1.0

  42. Severn Bridge parkrun 1.4

  43. Swansea Bay parkrun 0.8

  44. Trelai Park parkrun 3.4

  45. Tremorfa parkrun 1.9

  46. Wepre parkrun 5.7

If you the parkrun you are looking for is not included it maybe that it is too new to have date throughout 2022.

Let me know what you think, does any surprise you? Comment below or let me know on Facebook or Instagram




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