Lots going on in the next few weeks, so here's a roundup of news and events for the next few weeks. Keep a lookout on Facebook and Twitter for reminders and details of our events!
Saturday 18th March: Well done everyone- a chock full volunteer roster! Please give a very special welcome to Mark Layzell from Luton parkrun, who is volunteering with us as part of his 'Capital Adventures' challenge. That's 47 Greater London parkruns in one year for one great local charity Keech Hospice Care! Mark's joining us for Week 37, making his 38th run at Bushey Park also his 50th parkrun. Good luck and congratulations to Mark on his great challenge.
As part of the #parkrunfamily, we'd also like to wish our neighbour parkrun at Luton a very happy 100th parkrun. Enjoy your celebrations, folks!
Saturday 25th March: It's the last Saturday of the month, Pacers' Saturday, where we like to invite lots of pacers to help out other parkrunners in achieving their goals. Can you help with providing a steady run and encouragement at a time from 20mins up to 40mins? Get in touch via our volunteer page http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bedford/futureroster/ or email email@example.com. Remember that we run, walk or jog, so all paces are very much appreciated. If you'd like to run, walk or jog wearing your Red Nose, then we'll enjoy seeing that!
Saturday 1st April: Yes, we really are being April Fools this year, with a BIG celebration of our 300th parkrun at Bedford! Well done everyone for supporting our fantastic run in Bedford Park- many of you have been running with us from the very first run on 11th June 2011, when 104 runners took to the paths. Get in touch via Facebook or Twitter if you were at our very first run; we'd love to hear from you! More news on how we're celebrating will be posted...get ready for some fancy dress and some assistance from Dave the Mayor
We're going to be joined by some Couch to 5k graduates from Transition Coaching in Biggleswade, who are celebrating with their first 'run' after their excellent training. Give them a big cheer and a warm welcome to our parkrun- we hope they enjoy it as much as we do!
With the London Marathon coming up, some of our parkrunners are using the support of Bedford parkrun to get their training runs in. Here are the stories of regular runners Jenny Wilson and Lisa Wright, who are both running for their charities:
Jenny Wilson ran the London Marathon last year to raise a load of money for Guide Dogs, a charity very close to her heart. This year she's running again, this time guiding her good friend and guide dog user Emma McCrossan, who is training up to run a marathon for the very first time. It's an amazing achievement for both of them, and they're using our April 1st parkrun to kick off their 'Laps of Encouragement' to help them build up to 22 miles (or 18 laps of Bedford Park). We'd love it if some runners could do a lap or two (or more!) after parkrun has finished, to offer encouragement and to help Emma get a feel for running with people and obstacles round her. Come along and cheer from the Pavilion if you're not running. We wish Emma and Jenny lots of luck with their training- read more about this marvellous challenge here.
Regular parkrunner Lisa Wright has been blogging her progress towards her marathon goal this year, raising an astonishing amount already for Stroke Association. Lisa has a remarkable story to tell, being a survivor of a stroke herself in 2009. So far she's already raised nearly £4,000, twice her target for her challenge, so we're thrilled that Lisa's running challenge is going to do so much good. Read more about Lisa's story here.
Let us know if you're running the London Marathon this year- we're delighted to give you a mention and to offer our parkrun encouragement. Enjoy parkrunning in the coming weeks, everyone!