Bedford parkrun is cancelled on 6 June 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

International Woman’s Day

On Saturday 7th March, Bedford PArk will play host to a special International Woman's Day parkrun.

We invite all women to join us and bring a friend.... parkrun is always more fun with a firend

We also invite all our particiapants to wear PURPLE in support of International Woman's Day and #Thisgirlcan

 

Bedford parkrun #445 – 01/02/2020

Bedford parkrun Event #445 - Saturday 1st Febrary 2020

An exciting Bedford parkrun today being not only my first, first timers briefing volunteering role and my first ever run report but also mine and Julia's 250th parkrun.

Arriving early at Bedford (and finding a parking space straight away!) myself, Julia (30 minute pacer) and Shae (official photographer) made our way in the sunshine to the bandstand to meet run director Duncan and the rest of the team. There is a great core team at Bedford with some amazing volunteers there week in week out so the set-up was completed very quickly.

First timers briefing completed for several new parkrunners and tourists from places such as the home of parkrun Bushy, and as far afield as Jersey we enjoyed the round of applause for our 250th milestone shout out then made our way to the start.

It’s a busy start at Bedford so being in a sensible place according to your finishing time is necessary. With Julia pacing at 30 minutes we positioned ourselves not far from the front, not our usual start place but got away safely with the rest of the large 480 runner field.

Bedford parkrun #445 – 01/02/2020 – pic 1

Bedford is a two and a half lap course round the park and lake with a slight incline on one side which means lots of support from volunteers and non-runners (and those that finish quickly) and with today’s brilliant running conditions everyone got home safely and we finished our 250th parkrun together with pacer Julia running a perfectly timed 30 minute pace of 29:56.

I think I created a new volunteering role today running with my volunteers hi-viz on. I’m calling it “Course Safety Runner” and today's duties included pointing out a couple of loose shoe laces, removing a discarded sleeping bag that had blown into the middle of the course,IMG_0901 and then once finished congratulating runners as they made their way down the finish funnel.

Once everyone was home we enjoyed a nice glass of bubbly provided by our friends Suzan (546 parkruns!) and husband Dom whilst chatting to fellow runners and volunteers.

Huge thanks to everyone at Bedford, especially Run Director Duncan for volunteering me to write this report.

See you again soon
(hopefully in a shiny new green parkrun shirt)

Sean USHER - A336490


Bedford parkrun #445 – 01/02/2020 – pic 2

This week 480 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Duncan WORTHY • Mel HARRADINE • Julia TEMPLEMAN • Sean USHER • Tony BARNES • Andy COLE • Barbara LEWANDOWSKI • Olivier GAILLARD • Milo HARRIS • Carl HASKELL • Abbie HASKELL • Oliver CODRINGTON • Shae USHER • Alison BUTCHER • Alex MUIRHEAD • Matthew HUSSEY • John KELL • Jenny KEENS • Mike CANNING • Tom PARSONAGE • Thomas MORRISH

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

Bedford parkrun #445 - 01/02/2020 – pic 3

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 15,489 participants have completed 123,640 parkruns covering a total distance of 618,200 km, including 22,101 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,155 individuals have volunteered 7,184 times.

 

Bedford parkrun #444 – 25/01/2020

Bedford parkrun Event #444 - Saturday 25th January 2020

On tour at Bedford parkrun

It is a rare treat for me to be able to be a parkrun tourist, so I was really looking forward to running at this event as part of a weekend in the Bedford area meeting up with some friends. On the Saturday morning I woke up to a cool, dry, still day – good running conditions.

Good old google maps said the park was 1.3 miles from my accommodation, so no point getting my car out, I ran to the park as my warmup. The 1.3 miles quickly turned into 3.9 miles when I had a #dfyb moment but fortunately had left myself plenty of time and got to the park for the second time at 08:45! Good pre-run briefing for people new to this parkrun, followed by a briefing for all then a short walk down the path to the start. Common with other parkruns the start was quite busy, but there were no issues and before I knew it, we were on our way. The course was described to me as two and a half laps around the park and it is exactly that, and apart from one little ‘lump’ (which you have to do three times) is flat and all on tarmac paths.

Although it was busy, the runners quickly thinned out and I tried to keep up a good pace but was a bit distracted taking in the beauty of the park, it really is lovely. Past the Pavilion and some very enthusiastic marshals cheering us on. Before I knew it I was at the end of lap one, and got into my stride. On one part of the course you run past a gym and I could see people inside running on treadmills. I am sure they have their reasons for running inside, but there is no way I would choose to run inside on a dry day when I could run around such an amazing park. All too quickly I was at the pavilion for the third time and heading to the finish. I whizzed through and got my token, onto scanning, very well organised and not at all phased by 455 finishers, well done!

One of the things I love about parkrun is everyone is so friendly and Bedford was no exception. Before the parkrun I talked to several people to ask them about the course. I chatted to a lovely couple who approached me after they saw my Stafford Harriers vest, they have connections to Stafford. One person did make me chuckle when they said Stafford Harriers is yellow but Bedford Harriers is gold, I believe they run in the same colours.Bedford parkrun #444 – 25/01/2020 – pic 1I bought a coffee in the Pavilion at the end and got talking to some other people about running shoes and the good old Nike debate on carbon fibre plates!

I have run at seven different parkruns, and whilst they were all good and special in themselves, I will remember Bedford for one of the nicest parks – I ran on a dull overcast day and it was good, in the summer it must be stunning. I don’t know when, if ever, I will be back in the area, but this is a parkrun I would like return to and recommend to anyone.
Thank you Bedford parkrun team xx

Melonie DEAKIN - A1603064

 


This week 455 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Felix HANKE • Tessa BROCKLEHURST • Julia TEMPLEMAN • Sean USHER • Andy COLE • Melonie DEAKIN • Patricia DICKS • Matthew CLEARY • Carl LANG • Julian BRUNT • Shae USHER • Alison ROSS • Alison BUTCHER • Alex MUIRHEAD • Leigh KENDALL • Elaine MASSIE • Matthew HUSSEY • Brenda WATSON • Richard LAWSON • Cheryl TIDDEMAN • Mike CANNING • Lauren TESTER • Tom PARSONAGE • Thomas MORRISH

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 15,442 participants have completed 123,160 parkruns covering a total distance of 615,800 km, including 22,039 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,152 individuals have volunteered 7,163 times.

 

Foodbank Collection

Please help us support those less fortunate than ourselves this Christmas season.

Bedford parkrun will be organising a Foodbank collection on Saturday 14th December.

All items collected from runners/volunteers/members of the community will be taken to Bedford Foodbank and donated to those who need it most.

If every runner brought just one item, our core team would have car boots full with donations which would go a long way to making a difference for many families this Christmas.

 

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 bedford@parkrun.com 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

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