It was a cold December morning. However, an incredible 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course. I positioned myself next to Frank, in his usual corner. This is my favourite place to watch people go past and not just because of the company of Frank – this is the place I see the most resilience. The push that people give themselves after the incline, and in the distance, the push people give themselves towards the finish.
I was truly overwhelmed by the many children taking part in this week's parkrun. Working in the PE department of a primary school it was lovely to see the children out in the cold keeping fit during winter with their families. The kids were powering through, giving Frank high-fives as they ran past. Perhaps giving their responsible adults a run for their money! I can just imagine what junior parkrun is like.
13 people experienced parkrun for the first time this week and 34 people recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
There are a few people to give a special mention to this week!
Andrew Norman on running his 100th parkrun
Sarah Murray on her 50th parkrun
Elaine Gidman on her 50th parkrun
Congratulations to Antony Jones who got token 142 and was the 45,000th finisher!
We also had Stephan selling cakes in the cricket club to fundraise for the World Scout Jamboree next year in West Virginia! The cakes looked yummy and I hope all went well!
On the 22nd December, I will be doing some fundraising of my own. This year I am raising money for Alzheimer's Research UK. With my Nan being diagnosed, it is something close to my heart.
You can help fund pioneering research by donating your parkrun time! Now don't worry I am not asking you to give me £30! Just take the minutes of your parkrun time on the 22nd and donate that. For example, if you get a time of 24 minutes you would donate £2.40. You can also half or double this time!
What better incentive to slow down and chat to fellow parkrunners
If you donate your time you will be given a Christmas themed prize! I will not be at parkrun this week, however, if you are interested there will be a sign-up sheet in the cricket club. If you have any questions please contact me or see Amanda Rankin at parkrun on Saturday.
This event was made possible by 31 volunteers
Louise CROSBY • David GREEN • Reg BRETT • Alan BULLIMORE • Malcolm RANKIN • Kathy SADLER • Taras HUZAR • Sharon ROBERTS • Peter BROWN • Erwin TADIAR • Graham CROUCH • Geoffrey WHITE • Frank GICQUEL • Tina GILES • Mick GILES • Ivor WEBB • Heather CHANDLER • Kate POTTER • Rhona MCKEE • Claire WORBY • Aiden WORBY • James AVIS • Rickey AVIS • Teresa LOUGHBROUGH • Aman SULTAN • Richard PIKE • Sophie PIKE • Laila PATEL • Katicia BLANCHARD • Isabelle BUGG • Raheem ALI
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Luton Wardown parkrun Results Page.
Luton Wardown parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 5,762 participants have completed 45,100 parkruns covering a total distance of 225,500 km, including 9,014 new Personal Bests. A total of 605 individuals have volunteered 5,129 times.
Dates for Your Diary
22nd December - Christmas Fancy Dress parkrun
Christmas cheer from 3 years ago!!
29th December - Last Chase the Pacer of 2018
1st January 2019 - New Years Day parkrun. The only day of the year where you can do two parkruns and get a credit for both. We start at 9am and your nearest other parkrun, Houghton Hall starts at 10:30am.