Bedford parkrun - Event 410 - 18 May 2019
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 :)