A review from a visiting runner

[Chris Walton visited our parkrun on Saturday, and sent us this review. It's great to hear what people think about our event - if you're a local or a tourist, send your reviews to bedfordoffice@parkrun.com and we'll publish the best ones on our news feed].

Chris writes:

My second visit to Bedford parkrun and a nice sunny day it was but a bit on the chilly side. When I arrived I decided to volunteer as a 30 minute pacer as I did on my previous visit too, last time it was a wonderful fulfilling role that bought PB's to several people however on this occasion I was billy no mates.

Well done to John Auld who was first passed the post in 17.16 achieving a new PB in the process and followed closely by running club mate Stewart Overton in 17.23 who was a first timer at Bedford. Third home was Simon Hunter in 18.12 in a close fought battle.

For the ladies Kirstie Meeten was first home in overall 10th position in a time of 19.52. Second for the ladies in a very hard fought battle between three parkrunners was Julie Loxley in a shared time of 21.13 achieving a new PB and third home was Ruby Abbott (JW 11-14) in 21.35 also achieving a new PB.

Young Sam Deardon (JM10) was the fastest in his category finishing in 20.56, blimey I'm jealous of that time, well done Sam.

The highest wava this week goes to Julie Loxley (VW50-54) who achieved an 82.09% score. Well done what a great wava achievement.

If you have never volunteered I think it's a great thing to do and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling too. If you lap anybody give them an encouraging shout out, it does lift spirits for those that aren't as quick.

Bedford parkrun is a very nice relaxed run around the boundary of the park and I hope I have a reason to visit Bedford and get back to parkrun again soon.

Chris Walton A1162463

 

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.

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