Bedford parkrun – Event No 427, 5 October 2019

This week we celebrated #parkrun15 - parkrun has been around a whole 15 years!
Paul Sinton-Hewitt holding balloons with the numbers 1 and 5
In 2004, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, was suffering from depression and unable to run - and was missing seeing his friends. So, he asked a bunch of them to meet at a park in London on a Saturday morning. 13 of them ran, and 5 volunteered to use the stopwatch, hand out finish position washers and write down names and times on a piece of paper. Afterwards they went for breakfast at a local cafe. Originally called the Bush Park Time Trials, these were the humble beginnings of parkrun.
This weekend, it was a beautiful autumn morning and Bedford parkrun was just one of more than 1990 parkrun events that took place, now across 21 different countries! Over 4 million people have now walked, run or jogged a parkrun and 519,965 people have volunteered. Today, at Bedford parkrun, we had 37 incredible volunteers. Usually this parkrun manages on less than half this number of volunteers, but thanks to the Bedford Harriers Athletic Club's Volunteer Takeover, almost all of the volunteer roles were covered by the club and they cheered and helped 395 finishers across the line.
The finish funnel was decorated with yellow and blue balloons and many parkrunners celebrated the occasion by completing the free weekly 5k timed event in an array of fancy dress. We had cow-girls, doctors, snails, pirates, Pokemon, knights, Wally, cops and robbers, fairies, dancers, ninjas, buzzy bees, and many more.
Collage of runners wearing fancy dress, including a ninja outfit, "where's wally", and a young pair as cops and robbers
As we were celebrating #parkrun15, I looked at the results to see if anyone had achieved any significant "15" milestones:

Ronnie Tannis finished in 15th position with his time of 20:29. Isaac Cherrie and Hannah Saddington both clocked 15s against the stopwatch, with their finish times of 25:15 and 27:15 respectively, and Andrew Johnson, Jenny Keens, Oliver Gaillard, Rita Chachu, Sebastian Jordan and Tim Sprake all completed their 15th parkrun.

Pacers from Bedford Harriers AC

Pacers from Bedford Harriers AC

Thank you to the enthusiastic support and volunteer pacing from the Bedford Harriers members Adam Hills, Shaun Busby, Joanne Smythe, Chris Fadden, Tim Southam, Justin Parker, Mike Brewer, Daniel Karaiskou, Debi Fisher, Claire Rulton and Katie Fletcher - 67 people achieved personal bests today.

First and last gents to finish were Liam Busby and Michael Crouch with times of 17:30 and 1:10:00. We had twelve children under the age of 11, and 17 ladies & gents in their 70's and so many incredible achievements in between. The final and fastest ladies were Deidre McCarthy and Leah Relton with times of 1:01:23 and 20:48 respectively.

Forty people chose to visit Bedford parkrun for the first time and of those, 21 took their initial parkrun steps and completed their first parkrun ever. Well done to you all. On the opposite spectrum, Ray Evans and Bridget Peacock have now completed 398 and 351 parkruns respectively. Other noticeable milestones include 100 completed parkruns by Freddie Jordan and Huafu Wang, and 50 completed parkruns by Scott Fallen, Christine Irvine, and Catherine Brewer who also achieved a PB.

Ray has run more Bedford parkruns than any other runner, and was running at Bedford for the 390th time today!

Pikachu volunteer Bev with one of our milestone 50 runners, Christine

Volunteer Bev with one of our milestone-50 runners, Christine

Thank you to: Andy COLE, Jane MOOR, Ethan Rulton, Helene BOLTON, Luke Sullivan RULTON, Lana DONNISON, Mike CANNING and Lauren TESTER for being our hi viz heroes alongside the Bedford Harriers volunteers - Duncan WORTHY, Tom BRASSINGTON, Tony BARNES, Karen SALLOWS, Louisa JACKSON, Beverley GOUS, Peter PACK, Phil SUPPLE,  Carolanne GIBSON, Christelle CELERIER, Alison BUTCHER, Elaine MASSIE, Richard LAWSON, Balbir KHINDA, Helen WHITING, Steve CRANE, Sara GALE, Stephen GALE. parkrun just wouldn't happen without you.

Any (left) is our most prolific volunteer at Bedford parkrun, despite having never run the course himself. This week was his 243rd occasion volunteering with us.

Andy (left) is our most prolific volunteer at Bedford parkrun. This week was his 243rd occasion volunteering with us.

You can find out more about the Bedford Harriers Athletics Club and the upcoming Bedford Harriers Half Marathon (which takes place on 1 December 2019) on their website.

If you'd like to see all the fantastic photographs from today's event, please check out the full albums here: Set 1 (start, and cafe area) and (**upload pending: Set 2 (start, and pond area)**). thank you so much to our photographers - Peter & Balbir.
The basic ethos of parkrun is that it is free for everyone, and anyone can volunteer, run, jog or walk.

If you'd like to volunteer at Bedford parkrun, please email and if you'd like to take part, we meet every Saturday at 8:50am at the bandstand for a 9am start.

Bedford parkrun started on 11th June 2011. Since then 14,606 participants have completed 116,402 parkruns covering a total distance of 582,010 km, including 21,228 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,110 individuals have volunteered 6,833 times.

Beverley Gous - A862069


2019 Bedford Harriers Half Marathon

The 16th Bedford Harriers Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, 1 December 2019, and is a measured, undulating, rural country road race around the villages to the west of the county town of Bedford.

2019 logo

Starting at 10:00am, the race to open to a maximum of 1500 athletes.

Course map

To Enter: £23.00 Affiliated, £25.00 Unaffiliated.

Race memento to all finishers, secure baggage storage, shower facilities and hot & cold refreshments are available.

Incorporates the Bedfordshire AAA County Championship, cash prizes as well as age group and team awards.

Course records held by Paul Martelletti 1:07:53 (male) in 2009 and Tracey Morris 1:16:36 (female) in 2005.

Hosted by the Bedford Harriers Athletics Club



Event 410 Run Report

Bedford parkrun - Event 410 - 18 May 2019

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Four hours after sun rise, keen parkrunners were not to be put off by the cat-and-dog weather and dutifully arrived at the bandstand in Bedford Park for another edition of their weekly parkrun. Fortunately, by the time the first timer briefing started, the liquid sunshine could no longer be found and it proved to be a deceptively warm morning.

Congratulations to Isaac Johnson who completed his first double digits parkrun and will soon earn the junior 10 t-shirt when he finished in a time of 26:19. Jane Revell and Andrew Corner completed their 50th parkruns at Bedford today. Jane finished in a time of 34:51 (obviously saving herself for the Sycamore (Marathon) Challenge the next day) whilst Andrew bagged himself a new PB with his time of 20:35. Sonia Gallaher racked up her 100th run in a time of 29:05. Ninety-nine of Sonia’s and all fifty of Jane’s runs have been at Bedford parkrun. Daniel Emkes earned the unofficial milestone of 200 runs and volunteered as a pacer too. Well done all.

31 people didn’t bring their barcodes, so are listed as ‘Unknown Athlete’ on the results. At least one of these was the first finisher, in a time of 17:02. Graham Hope was 2nd home and Peter Deardon 3rd, with times of 17:28 and 18:27. Between Graham and Peter, they have completed 335 runs between them, which still doesn’t even come close to Chris Beard, who completed his 468 parkrun (and 91st) at Bedford, nor Ray Evans 379 parkruns (373 at Bedford).

Forty-four people visited Bedford parkrun for the first time, and 18 of those tried a parkrun for the first time in their lives. We hope to see you back with us soon.

Caroline Brooks was first lady home in a time of 18:33, Julie Loxley and her dodgy barcode 2nd and Sarah Relton 3rd with their times of 21:14 and 22.06 respectively.

Ray Evans and Marion Hext were our oldest participants today and Bedford parkrun would not have taken place without the time chipped by our 21 volunteers:

Pasqualino NOTARO and Tony BARNES were our steadfast timekeepers, Stuart HOLMAN, Alex MUIRHEAD, Charles DICKS and Andy COLE’s cheering helped all the participants whilst Adam HILLS and Daniel EMKES pacing helped up to 49 achieve new BPs.

Mark KITELEY welcomed all the new parkrunners and tourists. Beverley GOUS was the Run Director and Lauren TESTER and Olivier GAILLARD made sure every one of the 347 runners received their finish token. Nicola WILKINS and Sarah DOWDING performed position saving manoeuvres in the funnel whilst Leigh KENDALL managed not to trip as she brought in the tail of parkrun.

Our barcode scanners / writer downers were Ella FOLEY, Simon COLE, Lana DONNISON, Caroline NASH and Megan WESTLAKE. Richard LAWSON wasn’t at parkrun this week and still managed to bag a volunteer credit? How? He sorted the tokens back into order, all ready for next week.

Weren’t we a lucky bunch. Thank you wonderful volunteers :)  



Cancellation of Event

Hi all
There will be NO parkrun at Bedford Park on the 27th July due to Proms in the Park


Run Report 29th June 2019

Bedford parkrun #416

29th June 2018

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437 people braved what must have been the hottest day of the year so far, to take part in the 416th Bedford parkrun. 49 were first timers to Bedford and 24 of these people were taking part in their very first parkrun! Well done all, hopefully you'll be back for another very soon!

Gary Blabber took the P1 token in 17:15, followed by Peter Deardon in 18:03 and Mark Pinder in 18:21.

First lady back was Hannah Broom (18:54), with Isabel Hessey (19:31) and Rosie Foster (20:05) close behind. All three of these ladies got new PBs - excellent running ladies!

64 of you recorded new Personal Bests- very impressive considering the weather today. Definitely time for a much deserved ice cream!.

Representatives of 34 different clubs took part including Bedford Harriers with their impressive pacing takeover.

As a tourist from Conkers in Leicestershire, I had a few stipulations for my latest tourist run. As a pregnant buggy runner, it needed to be flat(ish) ( tarmac if possible) with a nearby toilet, close to the family I was visiting in Huntingdon, and if possible in a scenic location. Throw in the added bonus of meeting up with a friend of mine who was pacing, and Bedford definitely ticked all the boxes. As someone who has spent quite a bit of time in Bedford, I didn't realise there was such a pretty park hidden close by! The lake, fancy buildings and lovely path made up for the 3 ascents of "Mount Bedford". Probably not that steep in reality, but it definitely felt it in today's sun!

Well done to Efraim Grey and Anabelle O'Toole on reaching the Junior-only milestone of 10 runs. 4 parkrunners also hit the 50 parkrun milestone (Richard, Justin, Ryan and Wendy)!

30 people forgot their barcodes today so can only be counted as UNKNOWN. Please don't forget your barcode #dfyb Without it, you can't get a time or a position.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Noel JONES • Joe WARREN • Adam HILLS • Duncan WORTHY • Stuart HOLMAN • Daniel EMKES • Geoff COURTNEY • Tony BARNES • Jonathan CARTER • Andy COLE • Beverley GOUS • Peter PACK • Mike BREWER • Laura MARSH • Charles DICKS • Henry WARREN • Alison BUTCHER • Alex MUIRHEAD • Elaine MASSIE • Richard LAWSON • John KELL • Steve CRANE • Lana DONNISON • Tim SPRAKE • Jagan SINGH • Megan WESTLAKE • Dirkie WOLVAARDT • Lauren TESTER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bedford parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Neilson HALL who recorded a time of 14:49 on 8th September 2012 (event number 68).

The female record is held by Rebecca MURRAY who recorded a time of 16:59 on 17th December 2016 (event number 283).

The Age Grade course record is held by Mary STRINGER who recorded 93.07% (21:09) on 6th April 2019 (event number 404).

Bedford parkrun started on 11th June 2011. Since then 14,127 participants have completed 112,231 parkruns covering a total distance of 561,155 km, including 20,664 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,066 individuals have volunteered 6,602 time

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