Bedford parkrun makes people happy! Saturday 29th March 2014

Thank you very much to everyone who came along to run, jog, walk and volunteer at this morning's Bedford parkrun. Also a big thank you to those of you who came along to the briefing, you should be there every time you attend Bedford parkrun for the information that we need to give before the event but today was a bit different.

Bedford parkrun makes people happy!

A group of people from "Bedford Happy" came along to our event and at the start of our briefing announced that we had been nominated by 250 Bedford parkrunners for making them happy and they presented us with a certificate. "Bedford parkrun is an official happy place. Making running a friendly and sociable activity and activating Bedford 's beautiful park".

Due to the unexpected announcement in the briefing, the Bedford parkrun briefing was a little different from the norm due to being lost for words. Come along next week to hear what our briefings are usually like!

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.

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, 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.

The weather was lovely for all of us, especially the fantastic volunteers who came out to help this morning. 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:

Well done to everyone who completed the 5k course this morning! Do not forget that Bedford parkrun is a barcode only event. If you do not have your barcode with you at the event you will not receive an official time.

And here is the report for this morning's event.....

Men's placings:
Edward TUSTING (SM20-24) of Cambridge University Modern Pentathlon club, was first over the line in 17:13 - first appearance.
An unknown runner was second.
Adrian MAIDMENT (VM35-39) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third over the line in 17:56.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Sean LANG (Bedford & County AC) 2903 pts.
David JENKINS (Unattached) 2047 pts.
Ralph MILLAR (Unattached) 2016 pts.

Women's placings:
Maisie PRITCHARD (JW11-14) of Bedford & County AC, was first (15th overall) over the line in 19:41 - first time in 10 appearances.
Ellie LAWTON (JW11-14) of Bedford & County AC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 20:14 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Nicola BOWERMAN (VW35-39) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was third (24th overall) over the line in 20:18.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anne FRETWELL (Unattached) 2908 pts.
Marisa MISTRY (Unattached) 2752 pts.
Jenny WILSON (Unattached) 2570 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Maisie PRITCHARD (JW11-14) was graded 81.12% for the time 19:41 (15th overall).
Edward BLYTHMAN (JM11-14) was graded 80.60% for the time 18:59 (9th overall).
Clive CARTER (VM55-59) was graded 80.03% for the time 19:22 (11th overall).

This week there were 225 runners, of whom 30 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Bedford parkrun started on 11th June 2011, and since then 3,740 different runners, including participants from 227 athletics clubs, have completed 19,916 runs covering a total distance of 99,580 km, and there have been 4,978 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 offer to help, please get in touch. We always like a bit of fancy dress on the special occasion dates.


  • Don't forget your barcode! See your initial registration email, your weekly parkrun newsletter, previous results emails, or you can request a reminder email. Phones don't scan, so please bring a printed copy.
  • We operate a "No barcode, No result" policy. If you forget your printed barcode, you won't get a time.
  • Coming along for the first time? Please make sure you have registered and also read the course description.
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