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.I 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.