Foodbank collection

Dear Ian,

I am writing to say 'Thank You' to everyone at Bedford Park Run for your recent donation to Bedford Foodbank of 32.89 kg of non-perishable items.

Donations, such as yours, are a very welcome help in the on-going provision of items for those in our community who are in need. Unfortunately, the need for help from the Foodbank continues to increase year upon year and we now regularly feed around 500 people a month, giving them enough food for 3-4 days, or around 10 meals. The monthly food leaving our warehouse is generally in the region of 5-6 tonnes, so we are very grateful for all donations, whether money or food that we receive, as each one is vital for the ongoing work of the Foodbank, and is greatly appreciated.

You may be interested to know that in the last 2 months we have helped 1141 people, 382 of these were children.

Kind regards,
Chris

 

Bonus Christmas and New Year parkruns

Just a quick bit of news - we will be holding 'bonus' runs on December 25th and January 1st, alongside our usual Saturday runs. These will be at the usual time of 9am.

 

Celebrate #parkrun13 with us!

On Saturday 7 October, parkrun turns 13 and we’re inviting you to celebrate #parkrun13 with us on International parkrun Day. 13 is an extra special number for us, as that was the number of runners who got together on 2 October 2004 to run the very first parkrun.

To celebrate how the international parkrun community has grown over the past 13 years, parkrun wants to collect a photograph of a personalised apricot top from every event in the world (where available), from Aberdeen in the UK, to Żary in Poland and we need your help!

 

Special guest athlete Caleb Hughes to join Bedford parkrun volunteers this Saturday!

On Saturday 19th August, to celebrate the public’s support of elite and community sport through playing The National Lottery, the nation’s sporting heroes will take to parkrun events across the UK to volunteer and inspire the nation to get active.  Read more about #teamparkrun here :-D

We are very excited to welcome World/European junior champion, and 2016 Euro Open Water 5k Bronze medallist Caleb Hughes as a guest tailwalker at Bedford parkrun this Saturday! 

We'd love everyone to come along to run, walk or jog with us and show Caleb the support we give to all parkrunners.  Our numerous triathletes and open water swimmers will probably be especially pleased to see him walking around the course. Pop along to say hi... oh, and of course, don't forget your barcode!

Make the 19th a special parkrun date to celebrate our wonderful community at Bedford parkrun.  We'd also love lots of volunteers to join Caleb, so don't forget to have a look at our volunteer roster at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bedford/futureroster/ and email us at bedfordhelpers@parkrun.com if you can help out.

 

Parkrun cancelled Saturday 5th August

Bedford Park will be host to the excellent Proms events this weekend;  80s and 90s night on Friday,  Kaiser Chiefs plus support on Saturday and the Proms in the Park with fireworks on Sunday.  It promises to be a fabulous weekend and we hope that many people get to go along to enjoy the music and atmosphere of it all.

This does mean that our regular parkrun has had to be cancelled this Saturday, but we'll be back again on Saturday 12th August for our weekly run, walk or jog.

What about a bit of parkrun tourism this weekend?  We have some fantastic parkrun venues not too far away, so why not pop along to say hi and try out a new course?  Here are some suggestion:

 

Rushmere - a beautiful two-lap course through mixed woodlands and conifer plantation

Wimpole Estate - single lap undulating cross country through National Trust parkland

Tring  - a single lap of Tring Park entirely on grass and dirt trails

Northampton - two laps of the perimeter tarmac paths of the Racecourse

Linford Wood - a windy, single lap all on tarmac and gravel path

Milton Keynes - a single lap of Willen Lake and the surrounding area

Huntingdon - two lap course including running through the woods

Kettering - two and a half laps in an anti-clockwise direction

(please note, Luton Wardown is a great parkrun, but it too will be cancelled on the 5th!)

Check out the parkrun website (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/)  for more details on other alternative events. Wherever you end up this weekend, happy parkrunning!

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