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 http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bedford/futureroster/ and email us at bedfordhelpers@parkrun.com if you can help out.


Bedford parkrun 300th run celebration on April 1st!

Amazing!  The first Bedford parkrun was on 11th June 2011, when 104 runners completed the course around the lovely Bedford Park.  Since then we've grown quite a bit and as we approach our 300th parkrun, we regularly have over 400 runners, walkers, joggers, buggy pushers and canine pals join us at 9am every Saturday morning.

This Saturday, we're celebrating our April Fool's 300th run with a fancy dress run- anything daft to raise a smile!  Join us at the bandstand at 8.50 for our special welcome briefing and to thank our volunteers who have made every one of those parkruns happen.  Mayor Dave Hodgson will be joining us as a volunteer- a big welcome and thanks to him and Bedford Council for supporting our great event in the park over the years.

Get in touch via Facebook or Twitter if you were at the very first Bedford parkrun, and we'd love to hear what parkrun means to you.  Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/bedfordparkrun/ and https://twitter.com/bedfordparkrun.

We'll be having a great time on Saturday, so come along to run, walk or jog with us.  Happy parkrunning and happy #bedfordparkrun300!



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 (bedfordoffice@parkrun.com)by 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


Bedford parkrun – FANCY DRESS RUN – Saturday 14th June 2014

Bedford parkrun is celebrating its 3rd anniversary on Saturday 14th June 2014 with a fancy dress run.

Please come along and celebrate with us!

Do not forget to come along to the briefing before the run, to congratulate all of our prize winners.

Everyone welcome!



Bedfordshire County Championships. 18th May 2014. Disability events.

The 2014 Beds AAA Track and Field County Championships are taking place at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium on Sunday 18th May 2014.

Do not get frighten off by the word "Championships" within the title as everyone aged 9 years to adult are welcome to participate.

There are lots of events taking place over the day including events for people with a disability.

For further information visit the website: http://bedfordshireaaa.org.uk/Beds%20AAA%20Website/bedsaaa/TandF/index.html

Volunteers are also welcome to help out on the day alongside the officials and others at the event.

Beds AAA also has a Facebook web page.


Pride in Bedfordshire Awards 2013 Invitation

Bedford parkrun is one of the finalists in the Pride in Bedfordshire 2013 Awards.

The awards will be presented at a gala event at the Bedford Corn Exchange on Thursday 28th November 2013. It is sure to be a fantastic night celebrating all that is best about our area, and will give some very special people and organisations a well-deserved pat on the back. Everyone attending will receive a three course meal, entertainment and music. Nitin Ganatra (Masood from EastEnders) is the special guest who will be hosting the awards presentation. Tickets are £25 (Adults) and £15.00 (Under 12's).

Bedford parkrun has been currently allocated a small table with 5 available seats (see prices above). If you would like to be part of this special evening, please email bedfordoffice@parkrun.com  This will be held on a "first come first served basis" as to who contacts us by email first (and then also pays the correct money in advance by 24th November). Should more than five people request a ticket, the sixth person and subsequent others will be held on a 'waiting list' in the order of their email received. There is a good possibility that the small table can be change to a larger one to cater for more people.


If you enjoy coming along to the Bedford parkrun event, please vote for us and here is how.....
Text your vote before midnight on Sunday 17th November to 61500, starting your message with the words BTC PRIDE then a space and the reference number of the person you are voting for (as printed below eg: 1001), followed by your name, your full address (including postcode), your daytime telephone number and email address (if you have one). Your message should contain no more than 160 characters.

1028 Katarina Darcey and Parkrun

The small print can be found on the link: http://www2.bedfordtoday.co.uk/pride2013/


Bedford parkun Saturday 9th June 2012

Bedford parkrun will  be celebrating the first anniversary by having a fancy dress run on Saturday 11th June 2012.


Everyone is welcome although you must bring your barcode to receive a result.


Fancy dress welcome for all Bedford parkrunners and volunteers. (but it is optional)




Volunteering in Bedford within Sport

Interested in volunteering in sports? Want to help out at Bedford parkrun? Looking forward to helping with the 15 Olympic and Paralympic countries staying in Bedford in the run up to the 2012 Games? Interested in gaining new skills bu supporting the new disability athletics sessions starting in Bedford?


On Thursday 3rd May 2012, I am providing a Sport Makers workshop at Bedford International Athletics Stadium between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. This is a free workshop available to everyone who is 16+, all abilities welcome. It will provide further information about Sport Makers and about the opportunities available in Bedford.

By becoming a Sport Maker you will receive free kit and other incentives for volunteering.

If you want to know more about Sport Makers or to book your free place, please go to www.sportmakers.co.uk


Thank you,

Katarina Darcy



Olympiand and Paralympians Coming to Bedford parkrun.

We are very hopeful that the 14 countries staying in Bedford will be participating in Bedford parkrun. I am unable to give you the dates as yet but these will be announced shortly.


In the meantime....


14 countries are heading to Bedford in the run up to the 2012 Games and I am looking for volunteers to provide fun, friendly and sociable activities for them. 13 of them are in the Paralympics and 1 country is in the Olympics. You could be an individual, club, group, society, school or other. If you are interested please message me giving your email address and I will provide you with further information. Thank you :-)


Katarina Darcy

Bedford parkrun Events Director



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