Bedford parkrun 22 March 2014

A big thank you to everyone who came along this morning. The weather was good to us and it was fantastic to see lots of new and old faces.

Well done to everyone who completed the 5k course. Congratulations to everyone who entered the Club 10, Club 50 or Club 100 and to everyone who achieved PBs today.

A huge thank you to our fantastic volunteers who came out to volunteer this morning and we must also recognise and remember the volunteers who also work behind the scenes during the week and at the weekends to ensure that Bedford parkrun is possible. We always welcome new volunteers. Help on a Saturday morning at the event is for a maximum of an hour and a half and everyone of all ages and abilities are welcometo join us. It would be great to have further parkrunners come forward to help as it would give our regular volunteers a chance to run, jog, walk or have a day completely 'off'. Please click on the link for more information:

Bedford parkrun's course is highly suitable for parkrunners of all ages and abilities. We welcome everyone to participate from complete beginners to advance, runners, walkers, joggers and wheelchair athletes and wheelchair users. We also welcome runners with dogs (on a lead) and buggy runners.

Bedford parkrun prides itself in having an Events Director who is highly experienced and qualified in disability and disability sport and can support parkrunners with one or more disability at the event. We currently have parkrunners with a range of disabilities participating and one of our "T12" runners has finished in first place before. If you require the briefing to be provided in sign, Widgit, C2P or in another format or for general information, please contact our Director for further information at

If you attend Bedford parkrun on any Saturday and notice anything suspicious (verbally or physically, however minor), please inform the Run Director or one of the volunteers immediately, or as soon as possible at the event. This is to help us (and Bedford Borough Council) to help you have a fun, friendly and safe event.

Are you the lucky owner of one of our Club t-shirts? We have several Club 10 and Club 50 t-shirts awaiting collection. If your name is below, please come along to Bedford parkrun's briefing at 9am (by the bandstand) to collect your t-shirt or email If you do not want your Club t-shirt, please email us to let us know.    Jamie Lane, Joshua Huck, Peter Bishop, Will Comber, Monty Hanford, Kate Barnard, Luke Swankie, Kirsty Middleton, Abigail Jones, Harry Wheatcroft, Daniel Hemming. If you happen to know one of the named parkrunners, please tell them to read this and to collect their t-shirt.

Bedford parkrun Event 144 report......

Men's placings:
Craig PALMER (SM25-29) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was first over the line in 16:35 - second time in 2 appearances.
Stephen RICHARDSON (SM30-34) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second over the line in 17:31 - was first to finish once before.
Lewis CADMAN (SM25-29) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was third over the line in 17:56.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Sean LANG (Bedford & County AC) 2829 pts.
David JENKINS (Unattached) 2019 pts.
Ralph MILLAR (Unattached) 1969 pts.

Women's placings:
Ellie LAWTON (JW11-14) of Bedford & County AC, was first (15th overall) over the line in 20:16 - 4th time in 10 appearances.
Nicola BOWERMAN (VW35-39) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was second (20th overall) over the line in 21:04.
Rebecca TOWNSEND (SW25-29) of Leeds City AC, was third (35th overall) over the line in 22:14.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anne FRETWELL (Unattached) 2832 pts.
Marisa MISTRY (Unattached) 2752 pts.
Jenny WILSON (Unattached) 2499 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
David RANDALL (VM50-54) was graded 78.12% for the time 19:21 (10th overall).
Craig PALMER (SM25-29) was graded 77.79% for the time 16:35 (first overall).
Ellie LAWTON (JW11-14) was graded 77.55% for the time 20:16 (15th overall).

This week there were 258 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Bedford parkrun started on 11th June 2011, and since then 3,710 different runners, including participants from 224 athletics clubs, have completed 19,691 runs covering a total distance of 98,455 km, and there have been 4,925 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Sonia SAMUELS who ran in a time of 00:17:42 on 2011-12-17 (event number 28).
The men's record is held by Neilson HALL who ran in a time of 00:14:49 on 2012-09-08 (event number 68).
The Age Grade course record is held by James MCMAHON who recorded a 88.49% run (17:05) on 21st September 2013 (event number 118).

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


Bedford parkrun celebrates it's 3rd anniversary on Saturday 7th June 2014. If you have any suggestions on how to celebrate this special date and offers to help, please get in touch. We always like a bit of fancy dress on the special occasion dates.