Event #166 – the one with Marion’s story

I'm Marion and I am very proud to be one of your fellow parkrunners.

If you had told me 18 months ago that I would be addicted to getting active on a Saturday morning I would have laughed at you.

My Red Tee Shirt

At 59 I hadn't done any exercise since I was at school and frankly I found all those Lycra clad athletes intimidating. Running wasn't something people like me could do.

However, my perspective changed after my dad passed away. I became determined to get healthier even though the thought of jogging really scared me. My daughter had already joined parkrun and assured me that I could walk and jog at my own pace and that the tail walker would always be behind me.... I could never be the last to finish ... that made it feel not so scary.

Now I'm fitter and faster- a few weeks ago was my 50th event and I was thrilled with a PB of 38:36. My red '50' tee shirt is better than any medal as I get to wear it every week and remind myself that I can achieve it when I put my mind to it.

Me and Heather

I have enjoyed becoming part of this parkrun community and saying hello to familiar faces. Your encouragement week by week has helped me to achieve what I thought was impossible. Thank you.

This week on a beautiful sunny morning I was joined by 292 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers.

Milestones this week :

Running : 10 club - Lucy STOREY, 50 club - Emma CASWELL

Volunteer 25's : Rick HARES, Ursula HEWSON

The event was made possible by 26 amazing volunteers:

Stuart LAMOND • Louise CROSBY • David SMITH • David GREEN • Reg BRETT • Kate NEALE • Ash NEALE • Peter BROWN • Geoffrey WHITE • Evelyn LUTTERODT • Sarah PERRY • Andrew NORMAN • Martin BALL • Frank GICQUEL • Amrik SINGH • Karen BULL • David BULL • Marion NOBLE • Heather CHANDLER • Rick HARES • Eliott HARES • Kate POTTER • Theresa GUNNELL • Feroz KHAN • James AVIS • Paul GILES

Marion

Dates for Your Diary
14th July - Stopsley Striders Beginners Course Graduation and Pop-up Cafe - please bring food!
28th July - Chase the Pacer
4th August - Luton Mela so no parkrun at Luton. Where will you be visiting? The closest are Houghton Hall (3.9m), Heartwood Forest (8.7m), Gadebridge (9.3m), St Albans (9.9m), Stevenage (10.3m), Ellenbrook Fields (11.4m), Letchworth(11.4m), Rushmere (11.5m), Tring (12.4m), Panshanger (14.9m)
25th August - Bank Holiday Chase the Pacer with added Beach Party theme

 

 

Event #165 : the one with #saveourtown

As I stood at the Boathouse at 9 o'clock on Saturday morning and looked at a crowd of runners wearing #saveourtown stickers, I had to pinch myself.

When I first contacted the Luton Wardown parkrun team to ask whether we could host a special run to help support #saveourtown I was nervous about whether people would support it, and whether those who didn't know about our campaign would be keen to learn more...

I had no need to worry.

reflection

Time and time again the people of Luton (and beyond!) totally stun me with their enthusiasm, their warmth, their spirit and kind-heartedness.

I was at the parkrun with the #saveourtown campaign - an independent community campaign supporting the Newlands Park and Power Court proposals in Luton. It supports regeneration, investment, innovation and bringing opportunities and facilities to our town.

It was an incredibly warm morning, but despite the heat, 394 runners (the second highest attendance in Luton Wardown parkrun history, I'm reliably informed) turned out and joined us.

There are plenty of people who travelled from far and wide to be a part of the run - special mentions to Will Sherwood, who undertook an 150 mile round trip from Wiltshire to join us, James Parsons who ran 22 miles from Letchworth to Wardown Park and Dean Faulder who cycled 20 miles before completing the 5k.

Will SherwoodDean Faulder
Will on the left and Dean on the right

I'm pretty sure it was adrenaline, but even I managed a PB!

Me approaching the finish line
Me approaching the finish.

Thank you to everyone who came down to show their support for the campaign, and those who were intrigued enough to hang about at the end and talk to us about exactly what the Newlands Park and Power Court proposals would mean for Luton.

Keep in touch, and sign up for updates about our campaign at SaveOurTown

We've also been contacted by lots of runners asking if we can do #saveourtown parkrun part II, so watch this space...

Lauren

This week 394 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

This week's milestones : Alexis Weedon celebrated her 50th run & Ursula Hewson completed her 25th Volunteer role.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Finbar Terence WILLIS • Penny KILBEY • Louise CROSBY • David SMITH • Maria PETTS • Reg BRETT • Kate NEALE • Ash NEALE • Craig SWEET • Stewart READ • Richard EVANS • Liz EVANS • Emma BUTCHER • Kim CADDY • Dave THOMPSON • Jane KAMAU • Peter BROWN • Elizabeth MCGINLEY • Graham CROUCH • Geoffrey WHITE • Frank GICQUEL • Alan WHITE • Katie WHITE • Abigail BRUCE • Amrik SINGH • Karen BULL • David BULL • Paul BRADY • Ivor WEBB • Lesley LAWRENCE • Heather CHANDLER • Rick HARES • Kate POTTER • Nicola ABUBACKER • Rodica OANCEA • Samantha BEACHER • Shanmugathasan PATKUNAN

Dates for Your Diary
14th July - Stopsley Striders Beginners Course Graduation
28th July - Chase the Pacer
4th August - Luton Mela so no parkrun at Luton. Time to try out another location.

 

Event #164 – the one where This Girl Can!

There is a HUGE gender gap when it comes to sports participation, in 2014 there were 2 MILLION fewer 14- to 40-year-old women than men playing sport regularly.
The 'This Girl Can' campaign, funded by the National Lottery and developed by Sport England, aims to change this and help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from taking part in sport
It is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.
This Girl Can App Collage
All created using the 'This Girl Can' app

On Saturday I think we lived up to the 'This Girl Can' ambitions!
We had a massive 371 walkers, joggers and runners take part - 38 'Unknowns' (Don't Forget Your Barcode!), 150 men and 183 women. We also had more women than men amongst our awesome volunteers.
And every single person, male or female, young or old, fast or slow were out there doing their thing, getting hot and sweaty and, hopefully, enjoying themselves.

We also had some milestones to celebrate:
10 Club - Alissa-Jay Herelle (with a new PB!)
50 Club - Louise Crosby
100 Club - Gordon McCulloch and Kathy Sadler

Luton Wardown parkrun 23/6/18

'This Girl Can' definitely walk, jog, run and volunteer at parkrun.
See you all next week for more of the same :-)

Kate

Dates for Your Diary
30th June - Chase the Pacer
1st July- Wardown Junior parkrun starts. For age 4-14, distance 2k, 9am every Sunday. Volunteers will be welcome whether you have children or not. Contact them on wardown-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com
7th July - parkrun Curry Night at the Cricket Club. Sign up to reserve your place.

CURRY NIGHT

14th July - Stopsley Striders Beginners Course Graduation
28th July
 - Chase the Pacer
4th August - Luton Mela so no parkrun at Luton. Time to try out another location.

 

Event #163 – the one with even more poetry

The weather was mild,
Parkrunners went wild,
The run, as always, was difficult,
And to some, to finish, was a miracle;

Luton Wardown parkrun 16.6.18

Only two milestones from this week,
So two runners who kept their parkrun streak,
Joining the 10 Club is Erin-Marie Kelly,
And joining the 50 is Sue Potter, how merry;

Luton Wardown parkrun 16.6.18

273 people ran, jogged or walked the track,
With 22 first timers leaving with a six-pack,
44 recorded new personal bests,
And 12 sports representatives took over, those little pests...

Luton Wardown parkrun 16.6.18

We must thank the volunteers,
Who spur us on with their cheers,
For these events would not happen,
Without their devotion and their passion;

Luton Wardown parkrun 16.6.18

Now it's time for the male times,
Steven Buckle at 17:23 crossed the line,
With Robert Barnes, second, finishing at 17:58,
And George Storey, 18:06, feeling great;

Luton Wardown parkrun 16.6.18

As for the top three women,
Paula Nicol came first at 21:54, running as if she's on a mission,
Then came Lucy Storey with a time of 23:24,
And finally, Katerina Gurecka, 23,42, who's never done Luton parkrun before;

Luton Wardown parkrun 16.6.18

That's it for this week’s report,
Excuse me, for it's a little short,
We await you at parkrun again,
So you can join in on the mayhem!

Luton Wardown parkrun 16.6.18

Dwayne.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
23rd June
 - 
A special This Girl Can event - how many walking, jogging and running women can we get to come along?
Bring a friend, bring your mum, bring your running club mates.
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30th June - Chase the Pacer
July - Wardown Junior parkrun starts. For age 4-14, distance 2k, 9am every Sunday, volunteers needed.
7th July - parkrun Curry Night at the Cricket Club. Sign up to reserve your place.

CURRY NIGHT

28th July - Chase the Pacer
4th August - Luton Mela so no parkrun at Luton. Time to try out another loc

 

Event #162 – the one with the NHS’s 70th birthday

Well, that was a special one!
We had heroes with capes and without, we had cake (of course!), we had a HUGE birthday balloon, we had leaflets and we had a Thank You board.
Rather than use my words to tell you how amazing the NHS is, here are just a selection of what was written on Saturday:

NHS70 1

Thank you for taking care of my grandma and saving my dad with a new kidney xx

Fantastic work to all at the NHS. Many thanks to Teresa Ellis, midwife, for keeping me calm during birth 11 years ago

Thank you to all the staff at L&D hospital who looked after me when I had sepsis. Fantastic support from the cardiac rehab team - loved the keep fit classes!! Liz x

Thanks to paramedics and staff at the Lister following serious vehicle accident xxxx

For saving my son's life at 9 months old (Stephen Avis) I am eternally grateful x (Addenbrooks and L&D)

Thank you to all the fabulous NHS workers - where would we be without you!
Huge thank you to my Health Visitor, Chris Norgate - she will always be a very special person to me - Chris helped me with my twins who were born 6 weeks after I lost my mum. I really couldn't have done it without her. Lizzy E xxx

Ward 26, Dr Adler and all the staff . . . for looking after James Ascott on numerous occasions!

Positive mental health due to the NHS

Thank you to NICU for saving my life. Tues age 9

Massive thank you to the staff at L&D maternity for saving my life after the birth of my 2nd daughter xx

You took away my cancer. Thanks, Marion

Thank you for all the support from my asthma to all my mental issues from depression to my personal problems and my gender identity (trans) and now at Charing Cross getting help. JUST THANK YOU ALL!!

Lisa Hares and Jo Joy. Ipswich Hospital xxx

NHS70 2

L&D nurses helped me through a lot of pain for a couple of months. Thank you for being calm and kind

I'm still standing. Thank you NHS! x

Childbirth was not going to plan. Nurses, midwives, doctors. ALL of you are amazing. Thank you.

Thank you NHS for the fine treatment I received during my flexible sigmoidoscopy . . . it was almost pleasant.

To all the cleaners who keep us safe!

Thank you! Because of you I'm still here! xxx

We had quite a number of NHS staff with us too, both regulars and some who had been lured down for this event, hopefully you enjoyed yourselves and will be back?

To all my patients who inspire me to care x

Thank you NHS for saving lives every day. I'm proud to be a nurse!

Thank you to all the inspirational patients

Thanks to all my fab unsung colleagues

There were SO, SO many messages but this one sums it all up for me:
Not all heroes wear capes  

Kate

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
23rd June
 - 
A special This Girl Can event - how many walking, jogging and running women can we get to come along?
Bring a friend, bring your mum, bring your running club mates.
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30th June - Chase the Pacer
July - Wardown Junior parkrun starts. For age 4-14, distance 2k, 9am every Sunday, volunteers needed.
7th July - parkrun Curry Night at the Cricket Club - details to follow
28th July - Chase the Pacer
4th August - Luton Mela so no parkrun at Luton. Time to try out another loc

 

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