Event # 42 The Slippery when WET one!

Sunday evening, always a bore, when you have Monday morning looming. This takes my mind off that, which is rather nice.
WOW, you guys were drenched and so were we! NOTHING like a hot tea after a parkrun, to process the results with.

This week 192 people ran on the 14th birthday year of parkrun, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 20 volunteers: A huge thanks to these hi viz heroes!

Our Pacers:
Russell MEAD


Other volunteers:
Hayley KEEBLE • Sharon HAWKINS • Clare BATES • Alison HUNT • Claire FOOKS • Robert LEE • Frank HIRD • Adam LANGFORD • Michelle AYRES • Luke LANGFORD • Alison MCDERMOTT • Martin JOHNSON • Annalisa FITZGERALD • Rebecca FITZGERALD • Ian BYFORD • Roger FENWICK • • Kim AYRES and Claire Thomas.

Congratulations to our Tail Walker, Claire Fooks, who celebrated her 50th Parkrun this week.

There was a few near misses, with fellow runners whizzing up to the finish line and having a little slip slide towards our token ladies!

Thank you to all that gave their tokens back for barcode scanning, no missing tokens this week... result! I heard the PB bell ringing, which is fab and so good to hear. Please sign up, drop us an email if you can spare an hour to volunteer every now and then.

Please please always TAKE a token when you finish. If you don't intend to have a time processed for yourself, just hand it to the barcode scanner where it can be separated from the main scanned tokens. Simples and no confusions within the results.

Have a lovely week and we 'll see you next week for another go!

Many thanks as always
Claire Thomas x


2019 New Years Day parkrun

We are once again delighted to be joining forces with Luton Wardown to host a New Years Day run.  Luton Wardown will kick off at 9:00 am and Houghton Hall will follow at 10:30 am.

The Houghton Hall Visitors Center Cafe will be open for post run drinks.

We look forward to seeing you at our event and getting 2019 off to a happy and healthy start.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Event #39 The one with all the balloons!

A beautiful morning for a Saturday morning park run, event #39 did not disappoint with a total of 241 runners and walkers.

Timer issues this week, caused mild panic stations as my two time keepers and I tried to figure out the problem, none the less I started the event just after 9am and was able to produce results as normal! It just goes to show, not every week runs as smoothly as we like.

As always its lovely to mingle with many of you throughout and after the event, never fails to blow me away, the strength and stamina I see.

We welcomed around 30 Arjo charity runners and walkers raising money for Alzheimer's Society. They did their own award ceremony and some even dressed up. A great charity and cause.

Thanks to our fabulous volunteers, who made it happen this week. We even had a few young recruits on token support and barcode scanner.

Adam LANGFORD • Alison HUNT • Bryn THOMAS • Claire THOMAS • Darcie THOMAS aged 7 • Denise MEEHAN • Emma CAHILL • Hannah BAILEY • Jake LANGFORD aged 11 • Jonathan VENNING • Lisa BRACKEN • Luke LANGFORD aged 7 • Mark WILCOCK • Paul KEECH • Roy BAKER • Sharon HAWKINS

There was 53 first time park runners this week! Well done to you.

Jed Noblett was a overall first finisher Saturday- with a fantastic time of 17 minutes 37 seconds and it was his 50th park run. Congratulations!
Second was David Haylett celebrating his 100th parkrun with us. Lots of shiny PBs and miletones scattered amongst the results. I also spied a 250 for Toney Streams! Club runners far local and not so local, a mention for Ashford and District Road Runners, in Kent.



# Event 32 The one with CAKE!

Evening All

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This week's theme was cake because who doesn't love cake? Cake for runners is the norm, a must, a god given right to indulge in after a run. I love a bit of socialising, a natter over a cuppa and some cake is always a winner- it brings people together.

Well done to Steve Buckle who finished first and with a shiny new PB with 17 minutes and 13 seconds! Also his 100th park run!  Congratulations!

First lady who finished  this week, Claire Piggins with 25 minutes 01 seconds. Well done.

Plenty of milestones shining on the results, well done to all.

Thank you who came to run, jog or walk Houghton Hall- more refreshing with the introduction of some blustery wind yet still humid and HOT. 178 of you lovely people joined us- 23 were first timers!! Which is lovely to hear- we'll see you again next week we hope!

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Two special announcements this week, our very own core Houghton Hall team milestones;

Jeannette and Martin 50 parkruns

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Hannah 25 volunteers- she kindly gave "25" numbered balloons out to our marshals this morning to hold.

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Our 19 hero's in the form of our volunteers this week are;

Dave MORGAN • Jeannette EAMES • Martin COWLEY • Matthew BARNETT • Claire THOMAS • Shelah SURGEY • Sharon HAWKINS • Alison HUNT • Claire BELMAR • Robert LEE • Samantha HINTON • Adam LANGFORD • Annalisa FITZGERALD • Dewi MORGAN • Ann BATES • Steve CROSSLEY • Hannah BAILEY • Denise MEEHAN • Paul HINTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Houghton Hall parkrun Results Page.

I nearly had to delay results until later in the day- as the pesky laptop wanted to do an update!! Luckily a bit of opening and closing delayed this update :0

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Next week, sees the return of the Pacers. If you wish to pace, please message us via the Houghton Hall Parkrun facebook page.

No tokens lost this week - happy days. :)

Thanks again, see you next time!

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Event# 29 Hello Pacers !

"Hell, that was HOT!"

What a beautiful day!

We started with a congratulations to Dunstable Road Runner's 10 week couch to 5K course. They have come such a long way and it was lovely to see some of them this morning, all kitted out ready to smash, for some, their first park run.



Group Leader, Lisa receiving flowers to say thanks from the group. A BIG hello to our Pacers, a first for Houghton Hall, and will now be a regular addition. Anyone can pace, just watch out for the facebook post in the week leading up to the event you wish to pace at or alternatively visit and email the future roster webpage. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/houghtonhall/futureroster James 21 minutes 36722691_10156474426089561_1840392601572737024_n

Neil 23 minutes


Phil 25 minutes


Lisa 30 minutes


Chloe 35 minutes


A fantastic addition and I think will prove popular as the months go on. These will take place once a month on the first Saturday of every month. We would like to buy the brand new pacer bibs, any donations are greatly appreciated to the Houghton Hall Parkrun webpage. This money helps Houghton Hall Parkrun buy new kit like bibs, hi-vizs or replace lost tokens.


I spied two 250 milestones which is absolutely fantastic, so well done to;

Chris who was 39th in place and Lesley in 130th place.

Well done to the runners also sporting the 25th volunteer award and any other great  10th 50th and 100th Parkrun milestones. That just shows great dedication! Keep it going! The T-shirts are great.


Please do be careful when entering and running through the forest- it can be slippy no matter the weather. thumbnail_20180707_093115_resized


We are unfortunately missing 5 TOKENS! If you suddenly find them lurking in your pocket or wallet please hand them back next week to any one in a hi viz. Numbers: 161, 195,197,200,202

A huge shout out to the team I was working with this morning, fab job. thumbnail_20180707_093228_resized thumbnail_20180707_093239_resized


Take a look at the following stats for this week.....

That's all for now folks, have a good one and we'll see you bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to take part next week!

Number of events: 29 Number of runners: 1,643 to date
Number of first finishers: 42 Number of clubs: 136 to date Number of PBs: 1,422 to date
Average number of runners per week: 179.1 Average number of runs per runner: 3.2 Biggest Attendance: 243 (still the highest flyer on New Year's Day!
Average run time: 00:31:10 Total hours run: 0Years 112Days 10Hrs 44Min 20Secs Total distance run: 25,970km
Female record holder:
Natalie LAWRENCE - 18:56 - Event 23 (26/05/18)
Male record holder:
Darren DEED - 14:53 - Event 21 (12/05/18)
Age graded record holder: Darren DEED - 91.71 % - 14:53 - Event 21 (12/05/18)






























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