Foodbank Collection

Please help us support those less fortunate than ourselves this Christmas season.

Bedford parkrun will be organising a Foodbank collection on Saturday 14th December.

All items collected from runners/volunteers/members of the community will be taken to Bedford Foodbank and donated to those who need it most.

If every runner brought just one item, our core team would have car boots full with donations which would go a long way to making a difference for many families this Christmas.


Cancellation of Event

Hi all
There will be NO parkrun at Bedford Park on the 27th July due to Proms in the Park


Celebrate #parkrun13 with us!

On Saturday 7 October, parkrun turns 13 and we’re inviting you to celebrate #parkrun13 with us on International parkrun Day. 13 is an extra special number for us, as that was the number of runners who got together on 2 October 2004 to run the very first parkrun.

To celebrate how the international parkrun community has grown over the past 13 years, parkrun wants to collect a photograph of a personalised apricot top from every event in the world (where available), from Aberdeen in the UK, to Żary in Poland and we need your help!


Special guest athlete Caleb Hughes to join Bedford parkrun volunteers this Saturday!

On Saturday 19th August, to celebrate the public’s support of elite and community sport through playing The National Lottery, the nation’s sporting heroes will take to parkrun events across the UK to volunteer and inspire the nation to get active.  Read more about #teamparkrun here :-D

We are very excited to welcome World/European junior champion, and 2016 Euro Open Water 5k Bronze medallist Caleb Hughes as a guest tailwalker at Bedford parkrun this Saturday! 

We'd love everyone to come along to run, walk or jog with us and show Caleb the support we give to all parkrunners.  Our numerous triathletes and open water swimmers will probably be especially pleased to see him walking around the course. Pop along to say hi... oh, and of course, don't forget your barcode!

Make the 19th a special parkrun date to celebrate our wonderful community at Bedford parkrun.  We'd also love lots of volunteers to join Caleb, so don't forget to have a look at our volunteer roster at and email us at if you can help out.


Parkrun cancelled Saturday 5th August

Bedford Park will be host to the excellent Proms events this weekend;  80s and 90s night on Friday,  Kaiser Chiefs plus support on Saturday and the Proms in the Park with fireworks on Sunday.  It promises to be a fabulous weekend and we hope that many people get to go along to enjoy the music and atmosphere of it all.

This does mean that our regular parkrun has had to be cancelled this Saturday, but we'll be back again on Saturday 12th August for our weekly run, walk or jog.

What about a bit of parkrun tourism this weekend?  We have some fantastic parkrun venues not too far away, so why not pop along to say hi and try out a new course?  Here are some suggestion:


Rushmere - a beautiful two-lap course through mixed woodlands and conifer plantation

Wimpole Estate - single lap undulating cross country through National Trust parkland

Tring  - a single lap of Tring Park entirely on grass and dirt trails

Northampton - two laps of the perimeter tarmac paths of the Racecourse

Linford Wood - a windy, single lap all on tarmac and gravel path

Milton Keynes - a single lap of Willen Lake and the surrounding area

Huntingdon - two lap course including running through the woods

Kettering - two and a half laps in an anti-clockwise direction

(please note, Luton Wardown is a great parkrun, but it too will be cancelled on the 5th!)

Check out the parkrun website (  for more details on other alternative events. Wherever you end up this weekend, happy parkrunning!


Saturday 27th December 2014′s event

Due to the predicted snow fall and then it freezing into ice, there is a possibility that Bedford parkrun event scheduled for 27th December will be cancelled for health and safety reasons.

Whilst there may be a dusting of snow and ice in parts (although the forecast may be worse than this) in Bedford Park, some volunteers and parkrunners who do not live in its vicinity may find it even more difficult to get into Bedford.

Therefore it is advisable to revisit this page to see whether the event will or will not be taking place. However please be aware that the event can still even be cancelled at 9am if we deem it unsafe to continue.



Congratulations Bedford parkrun and Katarina Darcy!

Congratulations! Bedford parkrun and Katarina Darcy are finalists in the Pride in Bedfordshire Awards 2014

Firstly thank you to all of this year's nominators for taking the time to write about our event and about our Events Director, Katarina, for doing so much for the community.

It was very difficult for the judges to make the final decisions as so many amazing stories were received, but ultimately we have been selected this year and we are the people that are invited to the the awards presentation on the Thursday 27th November at the Bedford Corn Exchange 6.30-10.30pm

Tickets are available to you, fellow Bedford parkrunners and volunteers and family. Tickets are £26.50 for adults and £16.50 for under 12s and includes a three course meal, reception drink, musical entertainment, famous guests and the awards presentation.

We will need to confirm ticket requirements, so please email us ( Thursday 12pm and advise of any special dietary requirements (vegetarian/allergies etc) - This is very important as the venue need to pre-order these meals and will not be available to you on the night if you haven't already advised us in advance. Payment will also be required.

Dress code: smart /casual (no jeans or trainers)

Please also advise of any wheelchairs, deaf people, blind people with guide dogs etc as soon as possible

Please note tickets to this event go very quickly, so please contact me as soon as you can

On the night all finalists will be acknowledge on stage, in the programme and on the large AV screen and all finalists will receive a certificate with the winner receiving a trophy,

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 TO GET YOUR VOTE IN

​So please make sure you circulate this email to everyone you know.

Martin Keepfer
Bedford parkrun Committee


Pride in Bedfordshire 2014 Awards

This is to notify you that Bedford parkrun and Katarina Darcy (your Event Director) have been nominated and are now finalists in the Pride in Bedfordshire 2014 Awards.

Congratulations to our fantastic volunteers!


Bedford parkrun on 25th October 2014

Do not forget your barcode!

No barcode = No result.

No excuses and no exceptions!


Runners, joggers and walkers to meet by the band stand for 9am briefing.


Also: Bedford parkrun's Halloween Fancy Dress run is being held on Saturday 1st November 2014.



Final call for t-shirt collection

Will Comber, Jamie Lane, Joshua Huck, Danielle MacDonald, Kirsty Middleton, Gary Moore, Matthew Sellick, Lottie Wild, Imogen Wild, Harry Wheatcroft, Luke Swankie, Finola McDonagh

Your Club t-shirt has been with Bedford parkrun for some time. Please collect it at Bedford parkrun as soon as possible but definately before the end of the event on Saturday 15th November.

Award winners are notified several times during the run briefings. After a period of time announcements are made on our website and an email sent through (if the runner has given permission for us to do so). Unfortunately we can only now keep t-shirts for a limited time and some t-shirts have been waiting for several months with some being over a year! So this is our final push for t-shirt collection.

Your club t-shirt will not be available for collection after 15th November unless you email

Thank you,

Bedford parkrun.

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