Dunstable Downs parkrun
Event number 44 - Run report, plus the view from a tourist! 8th February 2020
On a chilly, breezy, muddy and overcast spring morning, 79 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Of these, 27 were first timers to Dunstable Downs (including me!), of which 6 of these were doing their first ever parkrun. Not doing their first parkrun was Paul FREYNE with an impressive 555 parkruns in total! 12 participants recorded new Personal Bests, with representatives of 17 different clubs taking part. Well done to all involved!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dunstable Downs parkrun Results Page.
Dunstable Downs parkrun today was my 22nd different parkrun venue. I live up in Stockport (Greater Manchester area) but was in the area visiting family this weekend, so took the opportunity to do a spot of parkrun tourism as part of a longer training run. It's amazing that although the concept of parkrun is the same wherever you go, you get so much variability between courses depending on the location. I have to say that Dunstable Downs is one of the most interesting and fun courses I've done on my travels - a proper undulating cross-country adventure with some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, and a nice challenge too (in a good way - don't let this put you off if you're reading this trying to decide whether to come or not!).
As always, the thing that makes parkrun so great is the friendly supportive atmosphere. Please remember that parkrun is only possible because of all the amazing volunteers. If you haven't volunteered before please consider supporting your local event, especially if you're a regular participant. Thank you to the 18 people involved today:
Daniel MULLIN • Gary SIDGWICK • John COYLE • Lisa MITCHINSON • Marcus MITCHINSON • Lynda HEMBURY • Harriett (Claire) HARMAN • Paul HEMBURY • Claire THORNE • Trish OWEN • Jake SUMMERSON • Nathan MULLIN • Annabel MULLIN • Vanathy SIVAKUMAR (Who also reached her 50th parkrun milestone!)• Lucy GATFIELD • Bill CRANE • Jon DANIELS • Laura MCNULTY
The female record is held by Rosie MCNABOLA who recorded a time of 19:29 on 6th July 2019 (event number 19).
The male record is held by Jamie BRYANT who recorded a time of 17:12 on 7th December 2019 (event number 39).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lynda HEMBURY who recorded 90.28% (22:07) on 31st August 2019 (event number 26).
Dunstable Downs parkrun started on 23rd February 2019. Since then 2,457 participants have completed 4,728 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,640 km, including 705 new Personal Bests. A total of 175 individuals have volunteered 688 times.