Event #201 – the one with many more milestones!

Last week we had an array of milestones, from 150 parkruns to 25th volunteering! With so many, I'm sure many of you are baffled at how they could all be a coincidence:

50 Club:
● Christine Khan
● Hassan Married
● Julie Hurd
● Mathew Davies

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100 Club:
● Jenny Sawyer
● Jillian Russell

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25th Volunteering:
● Dwayne Karanja (Me, just in case you didn't know)

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Not an official milestone, but still amazing-
150 Club:
● Lizzie Evans
● Amanda Rankin

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If my math is correct, 9 people (in total) reached multiple milestones, which many would agree is not an easy task (even if all I did was write the reports). The parkrun community encourages you all to keep on going with your Saturday obsession, not just as a way of maintaining fitness, but also to continue the sense of community we share every time we pour our energy out into running, jogging and walking the 5k course. Congratulations you determined 9! (It feels strange congratulating myself through a report…).

Continuing on, 343 people endured the terrible winds that plagued the course, but despite that, an incredible 62 of those people recorded new Personal Bests. There were 28 first timers and 22 representatives of different sports clubs, such as Sutton Runners and Stopsley Striders Jogging Club.

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Parkrun would not be the same (or even functional) without the volunteers that volunteer every week to make sure the course is how it should be. To the 30 volunteers last week, your hard work is greatly appreciated and definitely not taken for granted. Your job is valued highly by our community.

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As usual, the male placings are as followed: first finisher - Robert Llyod Smith in 17:31; Lee Kieron Murphy, second finisher in 18:09; and finally Andy Young, third finisher in 18:13.
Now for the females: Linda Scanlan, first finisher in 22:08; Sarah Cashin, second finisher in 22:11; and finally Kerry Kitchener, third finisher in 23:17.

With that, I wrap up this report. Everyone in our Luton parkrun community looks forward to your presence, so make sure you're fully prepared for your favourite Saturday obsession!

Dwayne.

Lots of wonderful #201 photos can be found here.
For any historical photos you can spend a few hours browsing here.
The full results and a gazillion statistics can be found here.

Dates for your Diary
March 30th
 - parkrun/Foodbank Colour Run double
Fancy 10k on a Saturday morning? You could run parkrun at 9am then the Colour Run at 10:30am (registration at 10am) The entry fee includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, a medal and a food parcel for someone for 3 days.
Have a look here for more information.
April 13th - The Dave parkrun
We have a lot of Daves/Davids at our parkrun and today they will be taking over the volunteer roles. If you would like to join in please get in touch.

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April 20th - our 4th birthday parkrun and Easter Saturday

 

Links to our photos by event and date

This page will get updated weekly once the most recent photos become available.

March 2019: #199 2nd Mar || #200 9th Mar || #201 16th Mar || #202 23rd Mar

February 2019: #198 23rd Feb || #197 16th Feb

January 2019: #195 26th Jan || #194 19th Jan || #193 12th Jan || #192 5th Jan || #191 1st Jan

December 2018: #190 29th Dec || #189 22nd Dec || #188 15th Dec || #187 8th Dec || #186 1st Dec

November 2018: #185 24th Nov || #184 17th Nov || #183 10th Nov || #182 3rd Nov

October 2018: #181 27th Oct || #180 20th Oct || #179 13th Oct || #178 6th Oct

September 2018: #177 29th Sep || #176 22nd Sep || #175 15th Sep || #174 8th Sep || #173 1st Sep

August 2018: #172 25th Aug || #171 18th Aug || #170 11th Aug

July 2018: #169 28th July || #167 14th July

June 2018: #164 23rd Jun || #163 16th Jun || #162 9th Jun || #161 2nd Jun

May 2018: #160 26th May || #159 19th May || #157 5th May

April 2018: #156 28th Apr || #155 21st Apr || #154 14th Apr || #153 7th Apr

March 2018: #152 31st Mar || #151 24th Mar || #150 17th Mar

February 2018: #148 24th Feb || #147 17th Feb || #146 10th Feb || #145 3rd Feb

January 2018: #144 27th Jan || #143 20th Jan || #142 13th Jan || #141 6th Jan || #140 1st Jan

December 2017: #139 30th Dec || #138 23rd Dec || #137 9th Dec || #136 2nd Dec

November 2017: #135 25th Nov || #134 18th Nov || # 132 4th Nov

October 2017: #131 28th Oct || #128 7th Oct

September 2017: #127 30th Sep || #126 23rd Sep || #124 9th Sep || #123 2nd Sep

August 2017: #122 26th Aug || #121 19th Aug || #120 12th Aug

July 2017: #119 29th Jul || #118 22nd Jul || #117 15th Jul || #116 8th Jul || #115 1st Jul

June 2017: #114 24th Jun || #113 17th Jun || #112 10th Jun || #111 3rd Jun

May 2017: # 110 27th May || #109 20th May || #108 13th May || #107 6th May

April 2017: #106 29th Apr || #105 22nd Apr || #104 15th Apr || #103 8th Apr || #102 1st Apr

March 2017: #100 18th Mar || #99 11th Mar || #98 4th Mar

February 2017: #97 25th Feb || #96 18th Feb || #94 4th Feb

January 2017: #93 28th Jan || #92 21st Jan

December 2016: #88 31st Dec || #87 24th Dec || #86 17th Dec || #84 3rd Dec

November 2016: #83 26th Nov || #82 19th Nov || #80 5th Nov

October 2016: #79 29th Oct || #78 22nd Oct || #77 15th Oct || #76 8th Oct || #75 1st Oct

September 2016: #74 24th Sep || #73 10th Sep || #72 3rd Sep

August 2016: #71 27th Aug || #69 13th Aug || #68 6th Aug

July 2016: #67 30th Jul || #66 23rd Jul || #65 16th Jul || #64 9th Jul

June 2016: #62 25th Jun || #61 18th Jun || #60 11th Jun || #59 4th Jun

May 2016: #58 28th May || #56 14th May || #55 7th May

April 2016: #54 30th Apr || #53 23rd Apr || #52 16th Apr || #51 9th Apr || #50 2nd Apr

March 2016: #49 26th Mar || #48 19th Mar || #47 12th Mar

February 2016: #43 13th Feb

January 2016: #41 30th Jan || #40 23rd Jan || #39 16th Jan || #37 2nd Jan || #36 1st Jan

December 2015: #35 26th Dec || #34 19th Dec || #33 12th Dec || #32 5th Dec

November 2015: #31 28th Nov || #30 21st Nov || #28 7th Nov

October 2015: #27 31st Oct || #26 24th Oct || #25 17th Oct || #24 10th Oct || #23 3rd Oct

September 2015: #22 26th Sep || #21 19th Sep || #20 12th Sep || #19 5th Sep

August 2015: #18 29th Aug || #17 22nd Aug || #16 15th Aug || #15 8th Aug

July 2015: #14 25th Jul || #13 18th Jul || #12 11th Jul || #11 4th Jul

June 2015: #10 27th Jun || #9 20th Jun || #8 13th Jun || #7 6th Jun

May 2015: #6 30th May || #5 16th May || #4 9th May || #3 2nd May

April 2015: #2 25th Apr

 

Event #200 – the one with #ittakes2

200 parkruns!

In that time 6132 people have completed our course, covering 245,565k in the process! And they, in turn, have been supported by 648 volunteers, standing out in all weathers to set-up, clap, shout, encourage, time, scan and get the results out.
We have had fast people - the male course record is 15:00 minutes :-o Slow people - someone on crutches did it in 1:30:00, and anyone and everyone in between.

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But the numbers are only a tiny part of the story, the best part is the community that we have become - family, friends, acquaintances, rivals. A vibrant, active, diverse community who show the REAL Luton in a blaze of colour, running shoes and cake every Saturday morning!
And this weekend there was even more colour than usual as people embraced our #ittakes2 theme.

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For a few more figures for event 200 we had 13 new parkrunners, 60 PBs and quite a few people who reached milestones:
10 club - Ignacy BUHOWICZ
50 club - Jack MILSTED, Theresa GUNNELL
100 club - Jill GOODSON, Roy TURNER
25 club - Nick GILES
But, as always, we had a fun, sociable start to our Saturday morning.
This is Luton at it's best. Here's to the next 200!

Kate

Lots of wonderful #200 photos can be found here.
For any historical photos you can spend a few hours browsing here.
The full results and a gazillion statistics can be found here.

Dates for your Diary
March 30th
 - parkrun/Foodbank Colour Run double
Fancy 10k on a Saturday morning? You could run parkrun at 9am then the Colour Run at 10:30am (registration at 10am) The entry fee includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, a medal and a food parcel for someone for 3 days.
Have a look here for more information.
April 13th - The Dave parkrun
We have a lot of Daves/Davids at our parkrun and today they will be taking over the volunteer roles. If you would like to join in please get in touch.

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April 20th - our 4th birthday parkrun and Easter Saturday

 

Event #199 – the one where the Rooster finally flies the nest!

This is a story about a little Rooster-boy. Reece Giles ***** Stop Press ***** Headline news just in ***** PB for Run Director ***** KATE NEALE finally gets PB. Let me explain this: Kate brought parkrun to Luton so without her we wouldn’t have our weekly chase of Rob Barnes round Wardown park. Setting up our parkrun, Kate didn’t actually run this until event #8 where she ran a time of 29:44. Despite being our Run Director a whopping 45 times, and volunteering more times than I could be bothered to count up, she was always lacking something :-( . That something was two little letters, a P and a B in that last column on her results page. Although your first parkrun is naturally your PB, you don’t actually get the PB recorded on your profile. She never thought it would take 4 years to reach the highs of event #8, but a proud Kate has now earned those 2 letters, P and B, running a fantastic 29:39 and ringing the PB bell with great gusto. Well done Kate from all at Wardown :-) . Please don’t make us wait until 2023 for another one.
Did I mention Kate got her first Wardown PB?:

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Tourists from Rushden, Yorkshire, Cambridge (and Houghton Regis) joined us at Wardown for our first March parkrun in 2019. Nobody was sure whether to wear shorts and t-shirt (after last weeks sun) or trackies & woolly hat (there was one!) but the rain held off and it was neither warm nor cold. Among the runners were Katicia Blanchard, celebrating her 21st Birthday with a pink balloon. Evelyn ran her 150th, not an official milestone but it’s a long way between those 100 and 250 milestone t-shirts! RUN Harpenden had their 5k Graduation event, with lots of ‘first timers’ – well done all and we’ll see you again soon I’m sure.
Birthday Girl:

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Both Anthony Wightman & Phil Jenkins ran their 50th parkruns, the majority of these at Luton Wardown. Well done guys. Groundhog Day saw Ethan Rolfe run his 100th parkrun (for the second week running), bringing in cakes to celebrate (again). Can’t wait for next week’s parkrun where we’ll be celebrating Ethan’s 100th parkrun!!!

Lots of our parkrunners turned up and noticed a section of our normal course would be problematic, given the diggers/fencing/mud/trench blocking the course behind the boathouse. The works to build the new Bandstand had finally affected parkrun (after it has affected our Junior parkrun already). Rather than face a tough-mudder style fence-climb and mud-crawl, someone sensible made us divert round the front of the boathouse. That sensible someone (the RD) also told the masses to gather closer (during the run briefing) to hear about the ‘diversion’. The masses said “speak up, we can’t hear you”. Erm, come closer for the briefing then? Fear not, I have a solution: build a bandstand to have the run briefing at. I’d assume our diversion may be in place for a few weeks, until the Bandstand nears completion (or at least until the electrical cables have been laid to the boathouse). Let’s just hope that ‘Capital & Regional’ do not delay things by opposing the bandstand project (a little LTFC ‘new stadium’ satire for you there!).

While I’m in Victor Meldrew mode: we start around 09:10 every week, we’ve all got used to this. I’m starting to see people joining us halfway round the first lap. Please make it less obvious (you joined the runners in around 2nd or 3rd position). Surely everyone can get out of bed and get there for a 09:10 start?

Back to the little Rooster boy story. Reecey Rooster (aged 7) appeared with his family at Wardown event #2, just to see what was happening. Two weeks later, he ran parkrun for the first time, getting a time of 31:48. He must’ve been hooked, as he came back most weeks. Quite a few PB’s later, a wobbly “I don’t want to run any more” period, the Rooster recorded a PB of 23:00 as he left the JM10 age category with 129 parkruns to his name. Finally, the little Rooster made it to his 11th Birthday and was able to flee the nest. No longer must he run with a semi-responsible adult, recently Dad (as Mum is no longer quick enough to keep up with him). Thanks to all those who have accompanied him over the years: Rick, Erwin (who flogged him to a PB one week), Dave Smith, and those who’ve ran with us or taken him for a chunk of the run: Linda, Evelyn, Lisa Phee, Natalie Lawrence, Ben Smith (the 401 guy).
It’s nice to see that some of those who ran on Reece’s first parkrun are still here (Paula Nicol, Phillip Davies) seeing him more grown up. I don’t think back then any of them knew how parkrun would shape their next few years.
Now the Rooster is free, my biggest worry for him was how he would pace himself; he’s always relied on someone else to pace him and push him. Would he go out hard and crash & burn? Would he be sensible and start slowly, building to a speedy last lap? The answer is, I don’t know cos I wasn’t running with him! From speaking with him, he was a little nervous to start too close to the front, but he went well, only 47 seconds away from a PB, and recording his highest placed finish (28th to date). Looking at the results, he was 2nd out of 17 runners in his new category of JM11-14. Well done little Rooster boy – looks like you didn’t need Dad with you after all.
Look out for Reecey Rooster speeding past you in the coming weeks. Not far into the future will be ‘Rooster on tour’ allowing us both to try out some parkrun tourism. But spare a thought for the lonely Dad, who no longer has a running buddy to get him through his Saturday mornings. With next week’s #ittakes2 parkrun, I may just get my little Rooster-boy back! I’m off to talk Billy out of playing Saturday morning football – then I’ll have a little JM10 running buddy again. Or I could try to talk Cath into adoption (applicants must be between 4 and 10, and willing to run 5k every week).

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This week 318 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
First across the line was Rob Barnes (for the 68th time here at Wardown – did someone mention Groundhog Day earlier), in a speedy time of 17:32. Tomasz & young Paul Halford were the other podium places, sportingly letting Rob run away from them as early as the first hill. First finishing lady was Linda Scanlan, collecting her 20th first finisher accolade at Wardown. Rob & Linda are the male/female streets ahead (by quite some distance) in the ‘Runners with most first place finishes at Luton Wardown parkrun‘. Second and third placed were Judy Willits (who has been our ‘first finishing women’ 4 times before) and Rachael Dixon (has once been first finisher).

A big Thank You to our 33 volunteers:
Amanda RANKIN • Rebecca SHOTBOLT • Heather GRAY • Reg BRETT • Julia TOFFA • Malcolm RANKIN • Sharon ROBERTS • Nick GILES • Peter BROWN • Graham CROUCH • Geoffrey WHITE • Debbie CARTER • Andrew NORMAN • Jenny SAWYER • Frank GICQUEL • Michelle REEVES • Sue BLEE • Amrik SINGH • Jamie ROLFE • Kate POTTER • Heather TOWNSEND • Julie TYSOE • Claire WORBY • James AVIS • Jennifer AVIS • Stephen AVIS • Aman SULTAN • Nayana MISTRY • Deborah BAILEY • Sanjay ROY • Raheem ALI • Zakariya MIAH • Florence TOFFA

Three of these lovely volunteers reached the 25 milestone: Tina Giles (or ‘Mum’ as I call her!), Emma Caswell & Graham Crouch. I’m chasing you guys down, this is my 24th. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Luton Wardown parkrun Results Page.

Nick

Dates for your diary:

March 9th - our 200th parkrun   #ittakes2
To mark the occasion we want to make parkrun even more social!
We'd like you to consider using the event as an opportunity to run the entire thing with a running buddy.

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This could be someone you usually come with but don't run with, someone you've not seen for ages and would like a chance to catch up.
You may be planning to race on Sunday so could use Saturday to pace a friend. You may always run with a partner anyway, so this may not actually be any different for you!
You may even choose to be brave and try to find someone to run with on the day or in the weeks before (we may be able to help with this if there is the call).

We all know parkrun is having a big impact worldwide on the health and well being of hundreds of thousands of people. As well as getting out in the fresh air and moving around, friendship and community are a huge part of that.

We hope to have a photographer out on the course so if you'd like to show your support for each other and #ittakes2 we encourage you to plan to WEAR MATCHING COLOURS WITH YOUR RUNNING BUDDY. Any colour will do, the more you match the better, just make sure you are warm enough!

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You are also more than welcome to run in trios, quartets or whatever other multiple you can dream up. Just make sure you are matching!

While we may agree that #ittakes2 is a bit of a tenuous link to 200, we like the idea anyway and can't wait to see what you do with it!
Please spread the word
#ittakes2

March 30th - parkrun/Foodbank Colour Run double
Fancy 10k on a Saturday morning? You could run parkrun at 9am then the Colour Run at 10:30am (registration at 10am) The entry fee includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, a medal and a food parcel for someone for 3 days.
Have a look here for more information.

April 13th - The Dave parkrun
We have a lot of Daves/Davids at our parkrun and today they will be taking over the volunteer roles. If you would like to join in please get in touch.

April 20th - our 4th birthday parkrun
Details to follow.

 

Event #198 – the one with the Girlguiding Takeover

What a parkrun we had this week! Over 300 runners, joggers, interval runners and walkers came down bright and early to Wardown Park to participate. We were lucky to have a warm weather day with the sun starting to shine through. Not bad for a winter parkrun!

This week I (Jen Avis) was your Run Director. The 5K team decided to let me loose for the first time and Run Direct for you without them shadowing me! I hope I did ok for all. I had a great time and enjoyed watching you all come through the funnel after working so hard to complete the course.  I had the pleasure of having an Assistant Run Director with me this week, Julie Tysoe. Julie will be let loose to be your Run Director soon!  For those of you who don't know, Julie is my sister.  It was great to be a Run Director team with my big sis!

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We had a big celebration this week with Ethan Rolfe, one of our junior parkrunners, completing his 100th parkrun! Such an incredible achievement, especially for someone who's a junior parkrunner. Massive congratulations Ethan! We hope you enjoyed your 100th parkrun. We look forward to seeing you whizzing round the course with your new 100 t-shirt in the coming weeks!

This week we welcomed a humongous 40 first timers. Thank you all for joining us at Luton Wardown, we hope to see you again soon! We were visited also by tourists from the north - Shrewsbury and Stoke.

It was our monthly Chase the Pacer event. Our pacers worked hard to get your round the course in record time. Their hard work shows because a staggering 62 of you achieved new personal bests! Congratulations to you all! If you missed Chase the Pacer week, don't worry, you'll have an opportunity next month to participate.

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Our volunteers were outstanding this week, as always. We had an incredible 47 volunteers. I know this is said often, but it's true so here it comes again... Volunteers are invaluable, we really couldn't run parkrun without them. Perhaps if you haven't yet volunteered you could do so? You'd enjoy seeing parkrun from the other side. If you volunteer just once or twice a year, you would be helping others to run and be helping us to keep our parkrun the roaring success that it is!

Speaking of volunteers, this brings me onto the Girlguiding Takeover that took place this Saturday. Of our 47 volunteers, 25 of them (including me) are also members of Girlguiding. Representatives from both Luton North and South worked together on a PR stand behind our finish funnel.
I'd like to name each Girlguiding volunteer and participant in this report to express my thanks to them (and to spread the word of Girlguiding just that little bit more):

*Deborah Bachini, Paula Whittall, Ella Belmar, Chloe Reeves and 9 other girls from 2nd Stopsley Guides marshalled up the hill.
*Teresa Abbott, a Guider from 4th Luton Rainbows marshalled at the top of the hill
*Justyna Morys (a mum of a Brownie) was one of our tailwalkers
*Jessica Murphy of 4th Stopsley Brownies was one of our barcode scanners
*Donna Murphy (Jessica's mum) was one of our timekeepers
*Amanda Green was our marshal by the fountain (a Guider in Harpenden)
*Cheryl Dobson was our marshal by the bollards (a Guider in Harpenden)
*Lorena and Laura Holder (Guiders from North Luton) were part of the set-up crew
*Nikola Morys of 4th Stopsley Brownies ran part of the course
*Emilia Moore of 4th Stopsley Rainbows turned up in uniform to support runners coming into the funnel
*Jen Avis (Run Director) - a Guider at 4th Stopsley Rainbows and 4th Stopsley Brownies
*Linda Payne (a Guider from North Luton) was our number checker
*Gemma Pickering (a Guider from North Luton) was our photographer

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There is one Guiding member I've not listed above as I wanted to give her a special mention. Caitlin Darby from St Christopher's Rainbows, completed the course with her Dad, Thom. Caitlin completed the 5K whilst wearing her Rainbow uniform. This was Caitlin's very first 5K parkrun. Well done Caitlin, you did amazingly!

Another special mention I have is for Florence Hares. Florence was our other tailwalker this week and walked the course whilst wearing her Brownie uniform. This too was her very first 5K parkrun. Well done Florence, we hope to see you on the course again soon!

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We weren't the only parkrun to be taken over by Girlguiding this week. Locally, many other parkruns had a takeover too including Houghton Hall, Rushmere, Bedford and Great Denham.

Are you interested in joining Girlguiding as a volunteer? Men can also join too for certain roles. If so, please click here to register your interest.
Do you have a daughter who wants to join Guiding? Click here to register your daughter.

We have lots of fun coming up over the coming weeks at parkun! Here are some dates for your diary:

March 9th - our 200th parkrun #ittakes2
To mark the occasion we want to make parkrun even more social!
We'd like you to consider using the event as an opportunity to run the entire thing with a running buddy.

#ittakestwo 2

This could be someone you usually come with but don't run with, someone you've not seen for ages and would like a chance to catch up.
You may be planning to race on Sunday so could use Saturday to pace a friend. You may always run with a partner anyway, so this may not actually be any different for you!
You may even choose to be brave and try to find someone to run with on the day or in the weeks before (we may be able to help with this if there is the call).

We all know parkrun is having a big impact worldwide on the health and well being of hundreds of thousands of people. As well as getting out in the fresh air and moving around, friendship and community are a huge part of that.

We hope to have a photographer out on the course so if you'd like to show your support for each other and #ittakes2 we encourage you to plan to WEAR MATCHING COLOURS WITH YOUR RUNNING BUDDY. Any colour will do, the more you match the better, just make sure you are warm enough!

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You are also more than welcome to run in trios, quartets or whatever other multiple you can dream up. Just make sure you are matching!

While we may agree that #ittakes2 is a bit of a tenuous link to 200, we like the idea anyway and can't wait to see what you do with it!
Please spread the word #ittakes2

March 30th - parkrun/Foodbank Colour Run double
Fancy 10k on a Saturday morning? You could run parkrun at 9am then the Colour Run at 10:30am (registration at 10am) The entry fee includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, a medal and a food parcel for someone for 3 days.
Have a look here for more information.

April 13th - The Dave parkrun
We have a lot of Daves/Davids at our parkrun and today they will be taking over the volunteer roles. If you would like to join in please get in touch.

April 20th - our 4th birthday parkrun
Details to follow.

Thank you for reading this run report. Have a great week and I'll see you this coming Saturday!

Jen Avis :)

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