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

 

Event 410 Run Report

Bedford parkrun - Event 410 - 18 May 2019

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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 :)  

 

 

Run Report 29th June 2019

Bedford parkrun #416

29th June 2018

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437 people braved what must have been the hottest day of the year so far, to take part in the 416th Bedford parkrun. 49 were first timers to Bedford and 24 of these people were taking part in their very first parkrun! Well done all, hopefully you'll be back for another very soon!

Gary Blabber took the P1 token in 17:15, followed by Peter Deardon in 18:03 and Mark Pinder in 18:21.

First lady back was Hannah Broom (18:54), with Isabel Hessey (19:31) and Rosie Foster (20:05) close behind. All three of these ladies got new PBs - excellent running ladies!

64 of you recorded new Personal Bests- very impressive considering the weather today. Definitely time for a much deserved ice cream!.

Representatives of 34 different clubs took part including Bedford Harriers with their impressive pacing takeover.

As a tourist from Conkers in Leicestershire, I had a few stipulations for my latest tourist run. As a pregnant buggy runner, it needed to be flat(ish) ( tarmac if possible) with a nearby toilet, close to the family I was visiting in Huntingdon, and if possible in a scenic location. Throw in the added bonus of meeting up with a friend of mine who was pacing, and Bedford definitely ticked all the boxes. As someone who has spent quite a bit of time in Bedford, I didn't realise there was such a pretty park hidden close by! The lake, fancy buildings and lovely path made up for the 3 ascents of "Mount Bedford". Probably not that steep in reality, but it definitely felt it in today's sun!

Well done to Efraim Grey and Anabelle O'Toole on reaching the Junior-only milestone of 10 runs. 4 parkrunners also hit the 50 parkrun milestone (Richard, Justin, Ryan and Wendy)!

30 people forgot their barcodes today so can only be counted as UNKNOWN. Please don't forget your barcode #dfyb Without it, you can't get a time or a position.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Noel JONES • Joe WARREN • Adam HILLS • Duncan WORTHY • Stuart HOLMAN • Daniel EMKES • Geoff COURTNEY • Tony BARNES • Jonathan CARTER • Andy COLE • Beverley GOUS • Peter PACK • Mike BREWER • Laura MARSH • Charles DICKS • Henry WARREN • Alison BUTCHER • Alex MUIRHEAD • Elaine MASSIE • Richard LAWSON • John KELL • Steve CRANE • Lana DONNISON • Tim SPRAKE • Jagan SINGH • Megan WESTLAKE • Dirkie WOLVAARDT • Lauren TESTER

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 14,127 participants have completed 112,231 parkruns covering a total distance of 561,155 km, including 20,664 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,066 individuals have volunteered 6,602 time

 

This week’s run report

Bedford #363– 17th November 2018

We are now well into November and my New Years' resolution still stands – to try and write a run report for every different parkrun event I visit this year! After managing to bag Gedling and Colwick on a New Year's Day double the challenge was set.

Sometimes I am organised and e-mail in a request for this roster role in advance, but not all. Like today many have been pick the venue based on lack of Run Report Writer and hope the RD of the day says yes!

Run Report writing is my way of saying thank you to the parkruns I visit. As a regular when you come huffing and puffing past a marshal and are barely able to gasp a thank you, you can offer your thanks at another time. As a tourist traveling in an ever increasing circle out from my home parkrun in Coventry that isn't possible. To this end I try to catch all the marshals at the beginning in a photo – but for Bedford parkrun volunteers are busy with cones constructing a finish funnel and marking the course – so the best I could manage was a team setting up!

The café is another great place to say thanks after the run over a cup of tea and a cake or cooked breakfast but alas for the second week running the need to be back home early meant this parkrun joy was missed.

But at least with the report I can offer my thanks and that of the other 357 runners today to our team of #HiVizHeroes :Alex MUIRHEAD • Andy COLE • Beverley CLAYTON • Beverley GOUS • Clive DAVIS • Douglas MCPHAIL • Helene BOLTON • Ian WILLIAMS • Jane MOORE • Janet DICKINSON • Kate BARNARD • Lynn CHRISTISON • Matt PYECROFT • Michael HUNTER • Pj LIGHTNING • Simon COLE • Skye BOLTON • Stuart HOLMAN that made this run possible.

It is worth any tourist or new parkrunner noting that a little reading of a parkrun's website could solve a little panic and stress before the start. Using the tourist tool and its link to Google maps had myself and the family right at the start of parkrun. I know this as the 'START' marker on the ground indicated this but no one in HiViz, No White and Blue RD tabard, No parkrunners... We weren't that early... Had Bedford parkrun been cancelled and I failed to notice and our 1hr 20min drive had all been for nothing? Thankfully a kind dog walker pointed us towards the bandstand! As my daughter informed me straight after, 'It said that on the course description!' Thanks for letting me know Beth!

At the bandstand a small group of parkrunners were gathered chatting – those milestone T-shirts are really good for letting any newcomer know that you are in the right location. Talking of milestones Dominic CARTER ran his 100th parkrun so hopefully will soon be able to wear his black club t-shirt. Finley CLEVERLEY & Vittorio PACI both ran their 50th parkrun so will soon be able to claim their Red top. 5 runners managed their 10th parkrun; however only Olivier Gaillard's result will show the white t-shirt icon as he was the only junior amongst those ranks. Sorry Louise YEXLEY, Fran WADE, Michael PARELLO & Sam HUDSON for not getting this honour but hopefully the recognition in this week's report will keep you focused until you can get an icon on the results page after your name.

The joy of parkrun keeps spreading and this week 13 runners used their barcode for the first time so welcome to:- Dorota WASEWICZ, Rodolphe MARRELEC, Jenny KEENS, Peter COOKE, Bessy CIAMPI, Grace ALLEN, Richard HILL, Ellen HILL, Timotei DICONESCU, Maria MORENO, Matt WALI, Dan ASHLEY & Catherine HOWES. We all hope you enjoyed your first parkrun and look forward to you returning at Bedford or at any other parkrun around the world on a Saturday morning with your barcode.

The Bedford course page on the website promised, '... a flat and fast course which consists of an even and hard surface loop throughout the 5k route' Well I certainly agree that the surface was certainly excellent for running fast but I definitely noticed a cheeky little slope up towards the pavilion that you got to enjoy 3 times!

The great thing about parkrun is that it can be used in so many different ways; as a way to get fitter through walking or as part of a couch to 5km program, a social run, part of a longer run – the parkrun sandwich or the icing on the long run cake, a speed test – time trial or even a race whether for the first token or just against fellow runners. Normally no matter what I say to myself at the start I head off like a chubby gazelle chased down by a horde of hungry lions – hence the need to write the report as I am in no condition to gasp a thank you after 100m!

This week I promised my wife I would pace her round just under 30 minutes, a nice comfortable pace for me, pleasing discomfort for her. As the GPS watch beeps passed we were off and running, not quite at pace at first due to the mass of runners having to find their own space and get into their pace and stride. However very soon the wide paths allowed runners to widen their gait and run.

The park was a riot of colour with the red and orange hues of the leaves and the technicoloured range of shirts worn by parkunners spread themselves over the paths. At just over halfway round I was lapped by the first runner home, on a two and a half lap course running at 30minutes it was bound to happen! I would love to offer my congratulations but this week the first finisher is... UNKNOWN! Hopefully they weren't so happy at taking that first place they decided to keep the token as a souvenir – remember you only borrow the placing tokens for a short while. Or maybe it was worse and they forgot their barcode #DFYB. As runners parkrun only ask one thing of us a printed out barcode – no barcode, no result, no exception. However Bedford & County AC's Holly HODGSKINSON (JW15-17) remembered her barcode as she came in 35th place in a time of 21:00 exactly to take the honours as first female. Lynne HARRIS (VW65-69) finished in 76th place in 23:42 but with this week's highest age grading of 86.85 %. Great running.

As I started the final lap, my pacing was on point but my wife wasn't so slowly I started to run away from her... or maybe she decided to forget about me! Crossing the line, just under the 30 mins I promised to pace, I collected my token and turned to see her on the finishing straight, well her time will show 30.XX so nearly there. One great thing is that if you don't get the time you want this week or a PB you always have another chance next week.

As with parkruns around the world Bedford needs people to help each week to make it happen, there are lots of other roles so if you fancy giving scanning a go, being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please send an e-mail - Bedfordhelpers@parkrun.com You might even fancy writing a run report. All the roles are very rewarding and it is fun being part of the team. It also helps you work towards that other icon on your results an aubergine V25 icon!

Thank you to everyone at Bedford for this week's lovely parkrun.

Happy parkrunning.

Daniel Connolly

 

300th parkrun special run report

Wow, what an event that turned out to be!  We had a record busting 528 runners and a near record 24 volunteers, including Mayor Dave Hodgson, who started off the morning’s run and marshalled at the finishing straight. Big thanks to him for coming along to help out and to cheer on our runners yesterday.  Our 300th run coincided with April 1st, so of course it’s the perfect opportunity to turn up in fancy dress, and to celebrate all that parkrun has meant to our runners in the 300 runs since June 2011.

Many congratulations to Simon Hunter and to junior runner Niamh, who were our first finishers at our 300th run-  Niamh even chose our event to knock out a PB in the process!   A number of our runners took a more leisurely or creative approach to running, and completed the course in a variety of crazy costumes.  The first finisher in a costume went to a pretty speedy traffic cone!  We’ve got a number of pictures of our run to share with you on our Bedford parkrun Flickr pages.  If you've got some pix of the day, we'd love to see them, so use the Flickr site to showcase your photos; you can navigate to it via our webpage here. 

We asked parkrunners for stories about Bedford parkrun.  Our very own Event Director, Ian Williams, was at the first event at Bedford, finishing in 40th place, and regular parkrunner Jenny Wilson also ran on that day.  On Saturday, Jenny ran as a VI Guide for Emma McCrossan as part of her training for the London Marathon, raising funds for Guide Dogs.  Linda Payne has been with us from the very beginning, running the first event with 16 other runners from Bedford Harriers- nowadays, she runs and volunteers whenever she can.  If you have a little look at who ran alongside these parkrun pioneers, you’ll also spot current Run Directors Noel Jones and Kate Barnard- it seems once you join parkrun, you’re hooked!

We have some great stories to tell about parkrunning at Bedford Park.  Jenny Freer got in touch to say that she ran with a buggy when daughter Tilly was 2 weeks old, which must make her the youngest participant! Along  with Gary, all of them can participate as a family, although Gary is apparently a bit faster- just wait until Tilly is a bit older, Gary!  Claire Keir joined us in Feb 2016 and is near to claiming her 50th run T shirt.  She joined with her sister Lisa Wright, who was our tailrunner on Saturday (did you spot ‘Where’s Wally? Well it was Lisa!)  You’ll also know Lisa from her London Marathon preparations, running this year for Stroke Association.  Claire and Lisa now run along with their sons, Sam and Olly, who love parkrun as much as their mums do! Daniel Hawking posted that he’s on a challenge to run 3 miles every day in April, and would be starting off with our 300th parkrun.  Let’s hope that was a great start for you, Daniel J

It was April Fool’s Day on Saturday, so of course we should expect the unexpected.  A stopwatch malfunctioned right at the end of the event, resetting the times for the first 250 finishers- eek!   A brilliant team of behind-the-scenes Bedford parkrun volunteers  (Bev, Noel, Ian and Kate) deserve massive thanks for working during the afternoon and evening to get the results as near accurate as possible by putting a shout out for running watch times and manually adjusting the affected results.  By this morning, the results had been resubmitted and there were 41 new PBs to add to the celebratory haul.  We are so grateful to the team for their efforts, and to all the volunteers – without them, we simply don’t have a parkrun.  Huge thanks to everyone who supported Saturday’s runners, and a big thank you for all the volunteers over the 300 runs who have helped us grow into such a popular event.  We’d love for you to join us as a volunteer two or three times a year, so go on, get into hi-viz very soon!

Next celebration will be on June 10th when we’ll be marking our 6th anniversary in the Park- but we’ll see you next week for our weekly run, walk or jog.

Happy parkrunning.

 

Bedford parkrun – 28th February 2015

Thank you to all who came along this morning; runners, joggers, walkers, volunteers, and spectators.

Congratulations to Samuel KAVANAGH who entered Club 10 today, and Joanna KNOX-WEERASINGHE who entered Club 50.

Today's run report is below.

Men's placings:
Wayne NELSON (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:13 - second time in 5 appearances.
Barry STRATFORD (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:47.
Alessandro PORCELLI (SM25-29) of Cambridge and Coleridge AC, was third over the line in 18:51.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Tony BARNES (Bedford Harriers AC) 2666 pts.
Lee BAILEY (Unattached) 2323 pts.
Peter DEARDON (Unattached) 1815 pts.

Women's placings:
Ellie LAWTON (JW15-17) of Bedford & County AC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 20:54 - 7th time in 21 appearances.
Sarah THOMSON (VW35-39) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was second (25th overall) over the line in 21:40 - was first to finish once before.
Katie BAILEY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 22:31 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Katie BAILEY (Unattached) 2998 pts.
Joanna KNOX-WEERASINGHE (Unattached) 2920 pts.
Rosie BAILEY (Bedford & County AC) 2890 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Karl HINER (VM45-49) was graded 77.22% for the time 18:57 (5th overall).
Alex ALSTON (JM11-14) was graded 77.14% for the time 19:50 (11th overall).
Sheila HUMPHRIES (VW60-64) was graded 75.68% for the time 25:38 (87th overall).

This week there were 246 runners, of whom 26 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Bedford parkrun started on 11th June 2011, and since then 4,968 different runners, including participants from 296 athletics clubs, have completed 30,340 runs covering a total distance of 151,700 km, and there have been 6,980 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.

 

Christmas Fancy Dress Run 20/12/14

A very big thank you to our Bedford parkrun family and friends who came along this morning in their Christmas fancy dress costume. The turkey( Dan) looked like he could have done with a few minutes in an oven to warm up.

The weather was perfect running weather, a bit spring-like without the rain.

It was really good to see and to chat to our fantastic Bedford parkrun supporters and also to those who have come along as newbies and tourists.

A bank card was found this morning. If this belongs to you, get in touch. It will be handed in to the local bank on Tuesday if not claimed by then.

Wishing all of our friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Men's placings:
Paul BODDEY (VM35-39) of Eton Manor AC, was first over the line in 17:54 - third time in 8 appearances.
James FRETWELL (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:37 - was first to finish once before.
Colin DEAR (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:15.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Tony BARNES (Bedford Harriers AC) 2190 pts.
Lee BAILEY (Unattached) 1743 pts.
James FRETWELL (Unattached) 1520 pts.

Women's placings:
Lauren RUSSELL (JW15-17) of Bedford & County AC, was first (11th overall) over the line in 20:34 - 7th time in 17 appearances.
Hannah SHELTON (JW11-14) of Bedford & County AC, was second (15th overall) over the line in 21:31.
Sofia Kathleen PERUSKO (JW10) of Bedford & County AC, was third (24th overall) over the line in 22:13 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Katie BAILEY (Unattached) 2214 pts.
Joanna KNOX-WEERASINGHE (Unattached) 2151 pts.
Rosie BAILEY (Bedford & County AC) 2134 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Catherine WRIGHT (VW60-64) was graded 82.83% for the time 23:06 (42nd overall).
Sofia Kathleen PERUSKO (JW10) was graded 76.82% for the time 22:13 (24th overall).
Sheila HUMPHRIES (VW60-64) was graded 75.73% for the time 25:37 (73rd overall).

This week there were 179 runners, of whom 15 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Bedford parkrun started on 11th June 2011, and since then 4,657 different runners, including participants from 279 athletics clubs, have completed 28,166 runs covering a total distance of 140,830 km, and there have been 6,645 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.

 

6 th December 2014

Don't forget that our fancy dress run is on Saturday 20th December!

 

 

Men's placings:
James FRETWELL (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:24 - first time in 44 appearances.
Gary SALMON (SM25-29) of Clapham Chasers RC, was second over the line in 18:30.
Tom SCOTT (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:10.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Tony BARNES (Bedford Harriers AC) 2097 pts.
Lee BAILEY (Unattached) 1586 pts.
James FRETWELL (Unattached) 1322 pts.

Women's placings:
Sarah THOMSON (VW35-39) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 21:33 - first appearance.
Joanna KNOX-WEERASINGHE (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 23:07 - was first to finish once before.
Lisa CHAPPLE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (47th overall) over the line in 24:09.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Katie BAILEY (Unattached) 2021 pts.
Joanna KNOX-WEERASINGHE (Unattached) 1977 pts.
Rosie BAILEY (Bedford & County AC) 1947 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jacky KEENAN (VW65-69) was graded 74.98% for the time 27:27 (93rd overall).
Thomas DEARDON (JM10) was graded 74.83% for the time 21:51 (18th overall).
Simon FISHER (VM50-54) was graded 72.91% for the time 20:44 (10th overall).

This week there were 148 runners, of whom 15 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Bedford parkrun started on 11th June 2011, and since then 4,630 different runners, including participants from 276 athletics clubs, have completed 27,808 runs covering a total distance of 139,040 km, and there have been 6,605 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 22/11/14

A very big thank you to everyone who cam along to run, jog, walk and volunteer this morning. Your support is very much appreciated.

Congratulations to those who entered a Club this morning; Martin - Club 10, Howard and Lucian - Club 50, Martin and Sian Club 100. Lucian is our youngest ever parkrunner to have achieved the Club 50 so far!

The rain stayed away for another good run in the park. it was great to see lots of friendly faces; our, regular Bedford parkrunners, newbies and tourists, including a family from the US.

Representatives from Bedford parkrun will be attending the Pride in Bedfordshire Awards on Thursday, having been shortlisted to the finals. Once again, thank you to those who gave their time and effort to nominate us. Thank you to those who will be attending the awards evening.

A note for your diaries is Saturday 20th December. This is our Christmas Fancy Dress Run.

And finally, well done to everyone who completed the 5k course today and to those who achieved PBs. Here is the report....

Men's placings:
Stuart STILL (VM45-49) of Bedford & County AC, was first over the line in 18:04 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
Jon LOCKWOOD (VM45-49) of Saint Edmund Pacers, was second over the line in 18:32.
Oliver DAVIES (JM11-14) of Bedford & County AC, was third over the line in 18:41.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Tony BARNES (Bedford Harriers AC) 2005 pts.
Lee BAILEY (Unattached) 1506 pts.
Paul COLLINS (Unattached) 1270 pts.

Women's placings:
Sofia Kathleen PERUSKO (JW10) of Bedford & County AC, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 21:33 - second time in 12 appearances.
Amber DEARDON (SW20-24) of Bedford Harriers AC, was second (32nd overall) over the line in 22:24.
Rosie BAILEY (JW11-14) of Bedford & County AC, was third (37th overall) over the line in 22:34.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Katie BAILEY (Unattached) 1825 pts.
Estelle SMITH (Bedford Harriers AC) 1809 pts.
Joanna KNOX-WEERASINGHE (Unattached) 1783 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sofia Kathleen PERUSKO (JW10) was graded 79.20% for the time 21:33 (22nd overall).
Stuart STILL (VM45-49) was graded 79.06% for the time 18:04 (first overall).
Oliver DAVIES (JM11-14) was graded 77.61% for the time 18:41 (third overall).

This week there were 205 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Bedford parkrun started on 11th June 2011, and since then 4,590 different runners, including participants from 272 athletics clubs, have completed 27,477 runs covering a total distance of 137,385 km, and there have been 6,541 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 15th November 2014

Well done to everyone who completed the course and also to those who achieved PBs. Congratulations to those who entered the Club 10, Club 50 and Club 100 this morning.

Also thank you to everyone who voted for Bedford parkrun in the Pride in Bedfordshire Awards 2014. We are finalists! A bit more information about it can be found after the report, please read it and vote for us!

Here is the report:

Men's placings:
Stuart STILL (VM45-49) of Bedford & County AC, was first over the line in 18:17 - 4th time in 5 appearances.
Paul COLLINS (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:56 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Tony BARNES (VM50-54) of Bedford Harriers AC, was third over the line in 19:04.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Tony BARNES (Bedford Harriers AC) 2005 pts.
Lee BAILEY (Unattached) 1406 pts.
Paul COLLINS (Unattached) 1270 pts.

Women's placings:
Erin MCCAFFRAY (JW11-14) of Bedford & County AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:41 - 11th time in 28 appearances.
Isobel EVEREST (VW40-44) of Biggleswade AC, was second (10th overall) over the line in 19:56 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Lauren RUSSELL (JW15-17) of Bedford & County AC, was third (16th overall) over the line in 20:39 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Katie BAILEY (Unattached) 1725 pts.
Estelle SMITH (Bedford Harriers AC) 1713 pts.
Joanna KNOX-WEERASINGHE (Unattached) 1686 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Erin MCCAFFRAY (JW11-14) was graded 79.85% for the time 19:41 (8th overall).
Stuart STILL (VM45-49) was graded 78.12% for the time 18:17 (first overall).
Tony BARNES (VM50-54) was graded 77.97% for the time 19:04 (third overall).

This week there were 228 runners, of whom 17 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Bedford parkrun started on 11th June 2011, and since then 4,572 different runners, including participants from 271 athletics clubs, have completed 27,272 runs covering a total distance of 136,360 km, and there have been 6,502 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.

Pride in Bedfordshire Awards - now is your chance to vote in the 'People's Choice Award' for Bedford parkrun, please follow this link below​ to the event site where details of all finalists, their vote code, charges and terms and conditions are available. And the listing will feature in the Bedfordshire titles this week. YOU HAVE TILL SUNDAY 16th NOVEMBER TO GET YOUR VOTE IN

http://jpmidlandsevents.co.uk/pride-in-bedfordshire-2014/

 

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