Event #187 – the one with our 45,000th finisher

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.

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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.

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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

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Congratulations to Antony Jones who got token 142 and was the 45,000th finisher!

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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

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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.

Thank you!

Katicia.

Dates for Your Diary
22nd December
- Christmas Fancy Dress parkrun
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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.

 

Event #186 – the one in the soggy weather and late results

This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

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This week we congratulate several runners and volunteers:

50 Club : Liz HARDING
25 Volunteer : Karen MULHOLLAND-MCGROARY

We also can add Evelyn Lutterodt on running every day for 2 years straight!

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It is safe to say the 'slow incline' was a challenge for all today in this lovely British-summer-esque weather (it was raining hard for a prolonged period of time, that's it put in layman's terms.) We were the victims of drastically depleted numbers. Several parkrunners were mad enough to make their way to a cross country race in the afternoon which promised to be a muddy affair.

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Many parkrunners later gathered at the cricket club in the evening for a curry night run by the members of the cricket club. A massive thank you goes out to the cricket club for putting that together for us. The food was delightful and the atmosphere was great! Hopefully another one will be organise in April, close to our 4th birthday!

We hope you all got your results, these have come through after a lot of hard work from the day's Run Director Kate Neale and fellow RD Dave Brown, you deserve a good rest now!

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Before I leave you with the stats for this week I have one thing to plug quickly...

Next Saturday (8th December) I will be having a cake sale in the cricket club after the run, please do come down! There is no set price for cakes, any donation will be fine! I will also be selling the last of my medals for the Bedfordshire Lions virtual run. To complete this virtual challenge you need to walk , run, jog, hike or even cycle 4 miles, 6 miles, 7 miles or 17 miles (or kilometres). This is all in support of my personal fundraising for the World Scout Jamboree next year in West Virginia. Any questions about this please do ask!

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Heather GRAY • Kate NEALE • Malcolm RANKIN • Talib ABUBACKER • Richard
EVANS • Liz EVANS • Peter BROWN • Geoffrey WHITE • Courtney LEE • Robert
BARNES • Frank GICQUEL • Mick GILES • Karen BULL • David BULL • Ivor
WEBB • Kate POTTER • Kirsty ANGEL • Claire WORBY • Sue PERRY • Jennifer
AVIS • Stephen AVIS • Aman SULTAN • Rodica OANCEA • Simon SHIRLEY •
Isabelle BUGG • Raheem ALI

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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 5,749 participants have completed 44,858 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,290 km, including 8,980 new Personal Bests. A total of 604 individuals have volunteered 5,098 times.

We hope to see you all next week!

Stephen

Dates for Your Diary
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.

 

 

Event #185 – the one with many more milestones.

The weather tried to deter the Luton Wardown parkrunners with a feeble attempt at scaring us with a little drizzle, but that did not work as 267 people still attended (although that amount is considerably less than the usual 300+ runners that come every week). Even the cold temperature didn't prevent these joggers from completing their run, allowing 36 people to get new PBs (unfortunately not me, however) and 22 new people to develop a new Saturday obsession (although that presents more opportunities for our precious barcodes to go missing). All in all, this recent run proves the resilience of the runners that make time for parkrun and that (almost) nothing can stop us from completing a 5K. Keep going parkrunners!

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On an even brighter note, several people reached amazing milestones! There's so many I'm going to have to list them:

10 Club: Ziyad Anwar
50 Club: Deborah South, Gail Dearing, Rosie Clark, Sarah Scott, Steve Brown and Tee Cooper
100 Club: Graham Crouch
25 Volunteer: David Smith.

Although not an official milestone, Run Director Kathy completed her 25th stint in the aforementioned role. Thank you for making our beloved parkrun run smoothly for the 25th time.

Congratulations to each and every one of you runners/volunteers that persevered to achieve these amazing goals. Keep up the great work, you nine.

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Another thing that we must mention is the incredible effort put in by the 41 volunteers last week. These guys laid out the course, encouraged the runners, sorted through the times and much more. It would be an understatement to say that every parkrunner appreciates all your hard work, but the least we can do is thank every one of you. Your efforts are never taken for granted.

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As per usual, the male timings are as follows: Rob Barnes, first finisher, with a time of 17:29; Adam Howlett, second finisher, coming in at 17:43; and Carl Squires, third finisher, at 18:06.

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For the women, Abi Brown, first finisher, came in at 22:30; Judy Willits, second finisher, with a time of 23:04; and then Joanne Richards, third finisher, at 24:52.

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And that wraps up this week's report! Make sure to dress suitably for the upcoming parkruns as we enter the winter months, because you seriously will not enjoy a 5K run in temperatures below zero unless you are well prepared.

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Dwayne

P.S. Please be mindful of other runners and always keep right unless you are overtaking. There's been a few incidents reported of people with headphones being unable to hear the “KEEP RIGHT!” warning, despite the usual bellowing of those two words…
This impacts the safety of all of parkrunners.

To become one of our amazing volunteers have a look at the future roster, choose a role and email us at lutonwardownhelpers@parkrun.com

For all the results and a wide range of statistics have a look here

Dates for Your Diary
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.

 

Event #184 – the one with a double birthday (and cake)

It was a chilly day yet as per normal people turned up in their masses. It may officially be winter but the weather didn't give the same feel.

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The ground was wet and the 'slow incline' was muddy, the cricket club however was not thanks to the no shoes rule! Despite the lack of pleasant weather, the park still had an autumnal and aesthetically pleasing look.

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Now for the stats, enjoy!

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Rebecca SHOTBOLT • Maria PETTS • Reg BRETT • Kate NEALE • Ash NEALE • Malcolm RANKIN • Lena PATEL • Vicki CROWSTON • Sharon ROBERTS • Peter BROWN • Geoffrey WHITE • Frank GICQUEL • Sue BLEE • Mick GILES • Simon BUGG • Karen BULL • David BULL • Jamie ROLFE • Ivor WEBB • Heather CHANDLER • Kate POTTER • Stephen AVIS • Aman SULTAN • Elisabeth GROVER • Laila PATEL • Joyce KEYS • Isabelle BUGG • Sanjay ROY

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Luton Wardown parkrun results page.

Today we also congratulate the following people for reaching their mile-stone parkrun, this could be you!

10 Club : Joshua HAMPSON WALLACE, Mitchell BURGESS

50 Club : Karin JOSE, Tracey LAWRENCE

On Saturday we also celebrated Aiden's and James' 12th birthday, happy birthday to the both of you!

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The male record is held by Darren DEED who recorded a time of 15:00 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 50).

The female record is held by Rebecca MURRAY who recorded a time of 17:12 on 18th March 2017 (event number 100).

The Age Grade course record is held by Gail DUCKWORTH who recorded 92.63% (21:15) on 9th September 2017 (event number 124).

Luton Wardown parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 5,707 participants have completed 44,399 parkruns covering a total distance of 221,995 km, including 8,928 new Personal Bests.

We hope to see you next week where you can 'chase the pacer' to get you ever closer to a nice new pb!

Stephen

Dates for Your Diary
24th November
- Chase the Pacer
1st December - parkrun Curry Night. Please book by Sunday 25th November. There will be a list to add your name to after parkrun or email us at lutonwardownoffice@parkrun.com
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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.

 

New Year’s Day parkrun

We will have an extra parkrun on New Year's Day.

We start at 9am

Houghton Hall start at 10:30am

You can do both and both will count.

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