Well done to everyone that took part in parkrun today! What a glorious morning it was to run!
This was my first parkrun in 4 months as I had been in training mode for both the London and Belfast marathons. Although I have volunteered at every opportunity over the last 4 months, it was nice to run today for a change. I would 100% recommend volunteering if you have a Saturday morning where you are not running or busy, because the camaraderie between the volunteers at Luton is something very special. Without the hard work they put in behind the scenes, parkrun would not be possible and I hope I speak on behalf of everyone to say how grateful we all are for them.
It was parkrun that initially gave me the courage to run with so many other people and that eventually gave me confidence to run longer distances and eventually complete two marathons in a week as part of my efforts to raise money for Headway, a brain injury charity. If you'd like to donate to my cause, you can do it here.
It was fantastic to see so many people from the Luton parkrun community also run at the London Marathon. A special mention must go the Team Luton for their outstanding efforts for Children with Cancer UK and to Phillipe Sleet who like me, won a place in the ballot but raised a significant amount for Guide Dogs UK.
Well done to Rob Barnes for hitting a PB as the first finisher in a time of 16:41. Well done to all the first timers that ran today as well. I hope you all enjoyed it and come back for some more!
The coming together of so many local people (and some tourists) to run on a Saturday morning is a great boost to their physical and mental health. I always find it amazing how much of a national institution parkrun has become. Here are some statistics I’m going to throw at you to put things into perspective:
There were 351 parkrun finishers today.
This equates to 1755 kms in total between all finishers.
This converted to miles is 1091 miles.
This is approximately the distance from Wardown park to the outskirts of Budapest.
In the UK as a whole there were 156,641 parkrunners.
This equates to 783,205 km which is 486,661 miles
This would be enough miles to take you to the moon and back.
A couple of other things to mention today:
You may have seen pairs of runners with their hands linked to each other and with one wearing a blindfold. There are a number of volunteers who have been training as a guide runner to help those with a visual impairment. Again, it is so incredible to see the community spirit in matters like this. All I would ask, is please be aware of them during your parkrun. From a safety point of view please make sure you are positioned to the right to let others pass on your left.
Please do also consider giving anything you can towards our defibrillator fundraising appeal. The current defibrillators are located at the cricket club and at Studley Road Fire station. It would take a significant amount of time to get a defibrillator to anyone that is experiencing a cardiac arrest, so having one of our own would massively decrease the chances of death! The aim is to raise £900. If every parkrunner donated £3 (the cost of a cup of coffee), we would have be able to deal with any cardiac arrest in the quickest time possible. Donating is really easy. Please click here and then click DONATE TO PARKRUN.
Stay classy Luton parkrunners
Although there was no official photographer on Saturday, all the historical photos can be found here.
Dates for Your Diary
May 25th - Chase the Pacer.