A Birthday Run!!!

My run report
28th April 2019

It was my 9th birthday today and I thought nothing better than to run with my BFFs (best friends forever) and my Bedford Junior Parkrun Family.


I was the one with the big 9 balloon so I’m sorry if it got in your way.


Today was also mine and my brothers 60th Junior parkrun.

The rain stayed away but it was nice and cool for the run today. We really needed the warm up today as it was chilly but that was really nice for running.


We had 68 runners today, with an amazing 5 first timers and 8 PBs.

Because we run so well and worked so hard we went out for an amazing breakfast. We didn’t get a PB but today I ran with two new runners and we ran together as a team, this is the best thing about parkrun, it’s a Run not a Race!


We wondered this morning if it was going to happen as we were short of volunteers, we love volunteering and I am working hard to get my 25 t-shirt. So, if you think you can run without your parent then please get them to join the high-vis team.

By Sophie Aged 9!


What a run…..

Run Report number 1 for 14th April!
(the special interview with Squishy still to come)
Well Bedford Juniors what an amazing run today! The sun was out and the course was fast.
Check the results out here
Today we had
45 runners
26 boys, 19 Girls
12 PB's
7 boys, 5 girls
14 First Times
8 boys, 6 girls
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And 1 visitor
To all the new people thank you for joining us today, we hope you had a good time and we would love to see you again.
To our regulars that got a PB - well done to you all
And to our regulars that just had a good run we hope you enjoyed it.
We need 2 things to put on a park run, fantastic runners (and we have those) and our lovely volunteers.
If you can help us as a volunteer please drop and email to bedford-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com and we can get you on the roster. All you need is a barcode number and we can sign you up.
Just a reminder that it is Easter Sunday next week so please feel free to come and run off all the chocolate that you may eat.
Until next Sunday
Have fun folkes....



Our youngest park run reporter!!!

Today's junior park run report come from James who is 4.


Today was my 3rd park run and I finished in Position 42. I have now run 6 km!


It was a bit cloudy today but wasn't too cold.


The best bit today was that my auntie ran it with me (and did as she was told!)


If someone has never been to park run before I will tell them its not scary and its really good.


My younger brother comes with me and cheers me on. My auntie volunteers at Bushy Parkrun, she marshalled and it was good fun.


I run with a grownup, I've run with my mummy, daddy, uncle and auntie so far! It's good because I like holding hands with them.


Thank you foreveryone who helps with parkrun.


Thank you for that fantastic report James, I think you are our youngest report writer. I am really pleased you are enjoying running at parkruns. Don't wear all your family out as you are running pretty fast!


We look forward to seeing you again soon (and whoever you bring this time to run with you )


My Marathon Wristband

Todays Junior run report comes from Matthew.

Now Matthew is a regular runner at Park run, he has completed 23 runs in total between us at Bedford Juniors and also with Milton Keynes junior parkrun and today he very kindly volunteered to do the junior write up.

I come to parkrun with my sister Lucy. Today I finished in 15th place. It was a bit windy and it made me run slower. The best thing about today's run was that it wasn't snowing.

And I got a wristband. The Marathon wristband that i got today was bright yellow.

If someone has never been to parkrun before I would tell them that it's fun. The people are friendly and after the run you feel good.

I think I have maybe run about 48km. I havent done an adults parkrun yet!

My mum and dad have both volunteered. They were marshals and this time mum did barcodes. She says it was fun cheering everyone on.

I don't run with a grownup which is good because my dad used to get in my way!!!

wrist band

Thank you so much for this excellent write up Matthew and congratulations on your marathon wrist band. We look forward to giving you your ultra later this year. We hope to see you, your mum and dad and of course your sister Lucy soon.


Happy Mothers day

Did you run today?

Has anyone got any good photos we can add to our post (and our page on the parkrun website?) If so please send them in to us bedford-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com and we can add them in.

Now as an RD I am not always good at remembering to thank our volunteers (and I should) Without them we really cant put on a park run. There is a lot that goes on both before and after the actual run.

If you would like to come and help please do more people are always welcome (especially as we approach holiday season). Young or old there are jobs for you and after 25 attempts you get a lovely FREE purple T Shirt

Well today, although not Sunny was a lovely day and I got (with my young helpers assistance) to hand out 3 wrist bands today. One Half Marathon and 2 fulls. Well done to Alice, Danny and Matthew. Great work!

The actual run itself today went without any false starts and, we had all finished and packed everything away before 9:25. This has to be one of the fastest runs we have had.

It was lovely to see some old faces in the starters as well, lovely to see you back again Evie.

So today we had

31 Runners
18 Boys, 13 Girls

4 Personal bests (all boys)

2 people who completed a milestone run today (Wrist bands for them next week, both will be getting their half marathon for 11 runs)

Lets have a look at who got PB's today!

Our first one goes to Cooper, he has only been running with us since February and this is his 3rd PB - with 07:54 on the clock he is 26 seconds faster off his first time. I look forward to seeing his time later in the year with this progress. Fantastic start to the year Cooper

Now George is one of our Volunteer runners, he has completed 113 runs over all with 76 of them at Junior Parkrun. A total distance 1,074 KM run this is his 19th PB, his second this year. Well done George - great running

Number 3 today is Hugh, now he also completed his 11th run today so with a PB as well double celebrations. His 5th PB since he started at Bedford Juniors and he is now 48 seconds than when he first joined us. A nice steady pace for him. Well done Hugh

Our final PB goes to Jesse, his 5th Parkrun and already on his 2nd PB! Jesse have you been eating runner beans? Ladies and gentleman this amazing young man hasn't run with us for a while but he must have been running elsewhere as he was an AMAZING 5 minutes and 10 seconds quicker than before with a PB today of 10:36! Absolutely brilliant Jesse!

So please join me in congratulating all of our young athletes today. Whether your got a PB or not hopefully you had fun and that is what it is all about.

Thank you for joining us and see you all next week (if you want to volunteer drop us an email bedford-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com)

Until then...

happy running.


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A tribe of mini helpers

Did you join us on Sunday for Park run?

How did your runner get on?

Wasn't it lovely weather to run in?

It looks like our little hic up with the finish tokens was sorted OK as no emails from anyone saying there was an issue so we are really happy about that So what else happened on Sunday? Well we seemed to have a little bit of a mini helper takeover. There was us in the cupboard when suddenly there were lots of smaller people grabbing everything and running to set everything up! In total we had 8 people running an volunteering!

Thanks mini tribe you were fab! I think everyone enjoyed the warm up loads, it was a great team effort and a fantastic start to a run (which only got better)

We did a test start, apparently 2 is the new 3 but then they were off.

60 runners

32 Boys, 28 Girls

Lets look at the first 5 in...

It was a brilliant and fast run for the 5 of them, no PB's but close. Boy, Girl, Girl, Girl then boy. A brilliant run from all 5 of them.

19 Personal Bests

11 Boys 8 Girls

Now there are far to many PB's to mention each one by name however, Sophie (26 seconds off) and Sebastian (19 seconds off) who were both part of the junior helpers both got a PB.

So does volunteering make you run faster?


Now the final PB i'm going to mention belongs to a young gentleman Ethan who finished just before our tail walker.

By this time the Children had the megaphone so he was yelled (sorry encouraged) in. It was his 4th run with us, his first PB and 19 seconds quicker than his first run. Nice steady running from him (and his dad) I wonder if dad is slowing him down? Well done Ethan

4 first timers

Now welcome to all of our first timers, there were 4 ladies who had their bar codes so have a time. It was nice to meet Beth at the end who said she had enjoyed it (and even helped handing round the biscuits). You had a great first run at 13:07, next time do your shoe lace up before you start and you will have a PB Welcome to Beth (her mum) and all the first timers - we hope to see you again at Bedford Juniors.

You can find our official web page at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bedford-juniors/ and if you look http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bedford-juniors/futureroster/ you will see our up coming rosters.

Its only Tuesday but we are collecting names for this weekend up to the start of April. Can you help us? We can only run the event with the help of our volunteers so, if you would like to join our tribe of yellow, orange and blue jackets please get in touch. just drop us an email bedford-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com with your park run ID, the date you can help and if there is a job you would like to try pop that down as well.

Volunteering is amazing fun, it seems to make the runners get PB's and its a brilliant start to the week so come and experience it for yourself :) See you Sunday to do it all again!!!!


Our Junior cheerleaders are the best!!!

Hello, Bedford junior parkrunners (or should I say park splashers!)


Well it was a wet one today and there is no doubt about that. Firstly we have a run report from someone who doesn’t like running.


“I came to the Jubilee Park - run to support my mum (who has recently got into running) and my brother who placed 1st with a amazing time of 7:21. I don't like running that much so I decided seeing as I was there , to write a report on how everyone was so supportive , kind and caring. Younger children were joining in despite the weather which was rainy. The volunteers guided the runners and were very encouraging to those who needed a boost to keep on going. The eagerness from the starting line was phenomenal and the funny warm up done by the director. Overall I think junior park-run is an excellent place to motivate younger ones who want to get into running. Thanks for reading, Daisy Robertson (age 12)


Daisy, thank you for writing this – this is a brilliant report. Are you sure you are only 12? This sounds like it could have been written by a journalist, it was so good!

So as Daisy said, her brother Lewis got an amazing time, and how amazing was his 7:21? 3 seconds off his personal best at 07:18. Only his 8th run with us but 3 PB’s so far and a full parkrun under his belt (which he finished in 24:37) so a runner to keep an eye on here.


As Daisy said, despite the rain there is a lot to write about again. Today we had….


38 runners (21 boys and 17 girls)

10 personal bests (6 boys and 4 girls)

No first timers or visitors ☹


We got to give out 3 wristbands today – a full marathon and 2 ultra-marathons. All of our wrist band receivers were supported by their grandparents as well. Thanks to them for the extra clapping and sorry it was such a wet day to get it, hehe.


We also had Edward celebrating his 6th birthday and I’m sure on the start line someone told me their birthday was this week (I couldn’t run after them to check as they are much faster than me).


Now I know we mention volunteers a lot but today I just wanted to say a little thank you to all the runner volunteers. The people I am about to mention helped with pre-run course checks, setting up, putting signs out and helping to tidy everything away at the end. Thank you to George, Sophie, Sebastian, Edith, Stephen & Cheyanne – volunteer credits being processed for you all.


Yes, parkrun is about running and that’s great, but with our juniors I think there is another side to how the children all join in. Have a look at the results. Sophie who got her Ultra band today with her brother George (who got a PB today) and Sophie was a brilliant pacer for her friend and for Sebastian who got a PB.


If you are looking to run around the 11:30 mark, look out for Sophie in the future – run with her and I’m sure you will get there. Thanks Sophie.


Have a look at all the results here. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bedford-juniors/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=108


As today’s Run Director, I was having great fun with the megaphone shouting at, sorry encouraging the children (until one of the timekeepers, as in Andrew, stole it from me). Anyway, when we were getting to about the 12-minute mark, a lot of the children who had already finished came to join me encouraging the rest of the children in. Well this little posse got bigger, there were shouts, high-5’s and we managed to spot Edith just after Marshall 7 and she was encouraged in by them.

That just left our tail walker Stephen to come in. 8 children I think including Edith all ran across the field to join him on the final half lap. For me this is what junior parkrun is all about – the way all of these children living in different areas and going to different schools all join as one, making new friends and supporting and encouraging everyone in.


So a personal thank you to every single one of those kids who did that. I know as a parent of one of them I am very proud to see it and I think every connected grownup should be proud as well! They are a credit to themselves and junior parkrun!

Thank you Bedford juniors!!!



A special visitor


On Sunday 3rd of February Bedford junior parkrun had a very special visitor. Olivia who is from Flitwick rainbows was brought to the run by her very responsible runner Lucy and her brother Matthew.

lucy matthew and olivia

So lets get this weeks run report from them (Olivia is the small person in the middle)


Lucy: Today parkrun was good!

Matthew: I really liked it, and it wasn’t really hot or cold it was in the middle. Today Mum dad and Lucy came to parkrun

Lucy: and I brought Olivia and I got her from rainbows. We normally do parkruns but it is Olivia’s first time.

Matthew: I think I have done about 19 park runs

Lucy: Ive done less and nearly on my half marathon.

Matthew: I have done more than as I have done my half marathon.

Lucy: if someone hasn’t done parkrun before I would say to them “just do it!”


So, despite it being -5 when we left for parkrun Matthew thinks it wasn’t too cold. Now that is a runner of any weather!


So lets learn a little more about these runners.


Matthew has indeed got his half marathon and he will be getting his full marathon soon. He has run 17 junior parkruns and 9 with us at Bedford.


His current PB is 9:59. His first Parkrun was at Milton Keynes junior, but his first PB was here at Bedford and in his 34km he has achieved 8 PB’s with an amazing 4 on trot!


Lucy is very close to her half marathon and if my maths are correct she will be getting hers on the same day Matthew gets his full. Look out for them on the awards before the run!


So Lucy has 9 parkruns on her log, 4 with us at Bedford. She has achieved 4 PB’s with 3 of them on the trot. She was a few seconds slower than her PB on Sunday so, who knows it looks like another one should be happening soon!!!!


Thank you Lucy, Matthew and Olivia for a brilliant run report this week and you both now have the volunteer credits for it. Congratulations


So what else happened at the run?

Today we had….


35 runners (17 boys and 18 girls)

6 personal bests (2 boys and 4 girls)

2 first timers (a Boy and a girl)

And no visitors


Want to know who they were? Have a look on the results and see if it was you.



We are always looking for children to do the run report for us each week, you can do it in a few ways. Write everything up and email it to us at bedford-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com , grab a piece of paper on the day and write it whilst you are at parkrun or, (and sometimes the easiest) ask for the run report form which has a lot of questions to answer and the answers make the report.


If you can help with run reports or marshalling for this weeks run please let us know


Wet, Windy and fun!!!

Good afternoon Bedford Juniors (and their adults on Facebook). Did you all have a good run today?

Today we had….

56 runners (32 boys, 22 girls and one person with no barcode)
8 personal bests (3 boys and 5 girls)
7 (yes I said 7) first timers (6 boys and a girl)
And 4 visitors

The children (boy and girl) with the most runs go to….
106 runs to our lady in position 49
74 runs to our young man in position 24

Want to know who they were? Have a look on the results and see if it was you.


We have 2 brilliant run reports for today. What’s also very nice about today’s run reports is that all 3 of these runners also helped to set the course out before the actual run and wrote these reports so they well and truly earnt their volunteer credits today!

Remember, 25 volunteer credits and you get a purple parkrun volunteer t shirt!
Volunteering is fun and you don’t need to be an adult to help. If you or your children are wanting to volunteer in the future, please either drop us a message on Facebook or email to bedford-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com. If you are also running, let us know and we will ensure you get a job that works with it.


Our first report is from Sebastian…

under 18 volunteers

"I have been coming to Bedford Juniors for just over a year. Today I came in position 18th and I was close to my personal best. So today it was cold and windy which wasn’t good weather to run in! The best thing about today’s run was seeing my friends Cheyanne and Steven. If someone has never been to parkrun before I would say ‘hope you have a good run and be careful’.

“I sometimes do adults, I think I have run 5 adults and around 31 juniors so 90 KM.

“I come to park run with Daddy and Claire. I sometimes do adult park runs. Adults is good because I have to pull Claire around the track.

“I volunteer by putting out cones for the finish funnel and doing first timers’ briefing, and I also do a course check where I walk / jog the route and clear away any big sticks and tell the Run Director about the course.

“I don’t run with a grown up and that’s good because Daddy slows me down!”

Sebastian guessed at 90 km. Just slightly over – he has completed 79km which is made up of 32 parkruns since September 2017, 5 adult and 27 junior. He has had 4 PBs and has volunteered 6 times (officially). His junior PB is 11:25 which is a minute quicker than his first junior run, and when he finishes his parkrun he normally runs to join the tail walkers and does another lap with them to encourage any children at the back.

Thanks for a great write up Sebastian!

Our second report is from Sophie and George. Today was their 50th Junior Parkrun and George came in 29th and Sophie 37th.

sophie and george

Sophie: “Today the course was cold, windy and wet with lots of puddles. The best thing about today was that George and I ran without Mum or Dad and I did a great time! I loved the cheering and the support and I enjoyed pacing and encouraging my friend.”

George: “If someone had never been before I’d say its great fun. It’s a great course – I loved it.”
Both: “We are brother and sister and come to parkrun together. Sometimes we run with our cousins.
“Today was a special run for us as we did our 50th junior Parkrun today. We are both member of the Redway Runners running club.

“We also do adult parkruns, mostly Luton Wardown. It’s longer and harder but we eat more cake. Sophie thinks she has run 285 KM and George 255km.

“We have volunteered before and so have our mum and dad. Yesterday we marshalled at Luton Wardown and last week Sophie did the first timers’ briefing.

“Sometimes we run with a grownup. With them is very annoying but they encourage us. Without them means that you can run freely and not sprint at the end.

“Finally we would like to say thank you to all the volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!”

So let’s check out their information…
George thinks he has run 255km and he is spot on – 31 adult and 50 junior parkruns. So in George’s 81 parkruns he has achieved 19 PBs, 4 on the trot!!! He has run at 20 different parkruns. His junior PB is 12:08 which is over 6 minutes faster than his first run at Bedford Juniors in 2017. George has volunteered 3 times.

Sophie thought she had run 285km – again, spot on at 37 adult and 50 junior parkruns. Sophie has run a few more times than George and has 87 runs behind her and 17PBs. She ran an amazing 48 times last year and has also volunteered 3 times.

Fab report Sophie and George and congratulations on your 50th junior. Can’t wait to give you wrist bands

So that is the end of todays write up. It just leaves me to say a final thank you to Sebastian, Sophie and George for helping today and providing us with such brilliant run reports.

If your runner had a PB today or an achievement, please give them a shout out below. Hope everyone has a fantastic week and see you just before 9 am next Sunday to do it all again!

under 18 volunteers


Happy 2nd Birthday to us!

Hello Bedford Juniors. I hope you all had a good run this morning and a good day.
Now we may have said happy birthday to Alison today, but it was Felicity (who was one of our report writers)’s 4th birthday yesterday and today was Bedford junior parkrun’s 104th run which makes us 2 today. Birthday celebrations all round!
Welcome to the first report of 2019! We have a lot to talk about today with 13 personal bests! I know I was shouting that people were going fast as they ran past me but I didn’t realise how fast as almost a quarter of runners today got a PB!!!
(so it's not my fault this is so long it's your fast children!)
Before I do the stats though we have 2 brilliant Junior Run Reports today.
Our first report is from Isaac and Felicity St Leger-Harris who were first timers with us today
Today was Felicity’s first parkrun ever and she joined us today aged 4 years and 1 day! However Isaac is a bit of a veteran and he said…
I normally do Buckingham adults parkrun. This was my first run at Bedford Juniors. The course was perfect today.
The best thing about today’s run was running with my family. It’s lots of fun to run with Mama and Papa and we like to run together. Mama and Papa have volunteered in most of the roles, and I’ve helped to marshal too.
If someone has never been to a junior park run before, they should come along as it’s lots of fun.
Thank you for a lovely event today – and happy fourth birthday to Felicity for yesterday.
I think I’ve run 16km so far and Felicity knows she has run 2 km.
Isaac you were spot on. 16 km run, 4 PB’s and a total of 8 junior parkruns in 3 different places – we hope to see you both another time at Bedford junior parkrun if you are visiting this area again

George and Henry Warren provided us with the second report today and the boys said the following…



It was cold today with some muddy patches and a bit windy, but the best thing about the run was that it was quite relaxing.

We do Great Denham and Bedford adults parkruns as well. It really helps. We’ve done the first timers briefing before too – it was fun.


We don’t run with grown ups. It’s good because you get to set your own pace. We run with our brothers and sisters, and sometime friends come as well.


If someone has never been to a junior park run before, give it a go – it doesn’t matter how fast you go! It’s fun, and everyone’s friendly and likes to cheer you on. Keep running!


George thinks he’s run 292K, and Henry thinks he’s run 420K – were they right?


Well almost – George has run 301km and he ran at 55 parkruns last year, and Henry is now on 390km and he ran at 68 parkruns last year. They have a total between them of 691km!!! Can anyone else beat that?


A big thank you to Isaac and Felicity (and their grown ups for helping with the writing), George and Henry for their reports. Thanks guys – you should now all have your run report volunteer credit

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