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....



What’s My Name?

What's my name?
molly 2
Am I....
  • Parky
  • Bedford Bob
  • Running Ralph
  • Running Rosie
  • Squishy
  • Molly the monster
Please pop over to https://www.facebook.com/bedfordjuniorparkrun/posts/562394734255729 and vote on what my name should be......
Thank you :)

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 )


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!!!!

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