Hello, my name is James Avis and I am writing the run report for you today! Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy…
Results and Volunteers
We had nice, warm weather on Saturday that welcomed our 372 people who ran, jogged, jeffed and walked. Heather had a very busy crowd listening to the first timers briefing as we had 45 first timers and tourists visiting us from other parkruns. We hope all of you had a great, fun experience and are sure to be joining us again soon, don’t be put off by the ‘hill’. Some of these tourists were from Houghton Hall (our friendly neighbouring parkrun), Norwich and Gloucester! As it was pacer week, 62 of our finishers got new Personal Bests. And finally, representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
Obviously, without the wonderful hi-vis heroes, parkrun just wouldn’t be possible and I think they all deserve a special mention for coming along and helping out, especially those who added their names down last minute to help Jen run everything as smoothly as possible. Here are the names of all the volunteers:
Aiden WORBY • Allan KIRK • Amanda RANKIN • Amber BAILEY • Annelies GERBER • Claire WORBY • Craig SWEET • Dave THOMPSON - TRACE • David BULL • Dean HAYWOOD • Deborah BAILEY • Durcan WORBY • Emma BUTCHER • Florence TOFFA • Frank GICQUEL • Geoffrey WHITE • Graham CROUCH • Heather CHANDLER • Ivor WEBB • James AVIS • Jennifer AVIS • Karen BULL • Kerry DEAR • Malcolm RANKIN • Marion NOBLE • Mark SMITH • Martin READ • Nick GILES • Nicola ABUBACKER • Paul BRADY • Peter BROWN • Reg BRETT • Sanjay ROY • Stephen AVIS • Taras HUZAR • Terence PHILPOTT • Vicki CROWSTON
Our first three male finishers were:
- Ian HALPIN (00:18:01, First Timer Tourist, Amptill & Filtwick Flyers RC)
- Edvin MAND (00:18:55 Regular top 3 Finisher)
- Tom HEMINGWAY (00:19:12, First Timer Tourist, Riverside Runners)
Our first three female finishers were:
- Hannah TURNER (00:19:46, Harpenden Arrows Running Club)
- Lucy STOREY (00:20:50, New PB and a very quick junior runner)
- Stacey HARRIS (00:21:59 St Albans Striders)
Today’s full results and a complete history can be found on the Luton Wardown parkrun Results Page.
A massive thank you and well done to one of our regular volunteers who completed his 100th volunteer stint on Saturday, it’s you Ivor!!! Well done and thank you for all of your help. Also, Paul Giles completed his 50th parkrun on Saturday, earning that well-deserved 50 red shirt. Last but not least, Wesley Thorne dressed up to celebrate his 100th parkrun, what a massive achievement. Wear that black 100 shirt with pride.
As you may have noticed, the carnival was being set up whilst the run was taking place. Thank you guys for keeping our course clear for us and putting mats over wires and cables to keep our runners safe.
Also, Luton Wardown parkrun and Wardown juniors are currently fundraising together to be able to buy a defibrilator for the parkruns as the nearest ones are at the fire station and the LTICC clubhouse, which if you don’t know, they are quite a bit away from where the courses are and for juniors, they only have access to the one in the fire station. We are halfway through fundraising and even the smallest contribution helps so please, if you can help us with our fundraising appeal page. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!
A bit about me...
Me running (bib number 1419) in Hackney, London.
My name is James Avis and if you don’t know me I am a runner and RD at both Luton Wardown parkrun and Wardown juniors. I enjoy running because you don’t have to be an athlete to have fun. The best bit about the 5K is definitely the fact that afterwards there’s always tea and cake and all the people you meet and the core team are kind and helpful. I’m not that quick as I normally get around 33-34 minutes at parkrun but I enjoy doing tourist parkruns. My top 5 tourist parkruns that I 100% suggest doing are:
- Bushy parkrun, the original parkrun is excellent for an entire day out around Hampton Court, the gardens, the mazes etc and this week they got over 1300 runners, the park is beautiful too.
- Mole Valley parkrun in Dorking, around Denbies vineyard. This was definitely a tough run but an absolutely amazing experience running through the vineyard. It is close to Worthing and Brighton, so we had a nice day at the seaside after too.
- Next up is Linford wood, in Milton Keynes. This is my favourite because of the fun route, the nice scenery and really easy to get to if you live in Luton.
- Sunny Hill, in Hendon, North London was extremely difficult to run with the amount and the size of the hills. We did this with Mark and Martin, the kings of all tourists, who run Wardown a lot too. I kind of felt honoured doing a tourist run with them All jokes aside, when you get to the top of the hill, the views across London and Wembley were phenomenal, also a short drive to get there.
- And finally, Poole parkrun in Dorset, was really fun and flat, running alongside the lake. I was there because we were on a little trip away and thought we would go whilst we were there. I love Poole (right next to Bournemouth), it’s a really nice place and I enjoy it when we go.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed…
Official photographs from Event 211 can be found here.
All the historical photos can be found here.
Dates for Your Diary
June 29th - Chase the Pacer
July 27th - Chase the Pacer
August 3rd - cancelled because of the Zee Luton Mela