Event #263 – World Mental Health Day

Renegade Runners takeover.

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This week's parkrun coincided with the weekend of World Mental Health Day and to show support this week's runners showed up in a sea of red and orange (Renegade colours). This was helped massively by the previous week's London Marathon having an orange finisher's t-shirt and a lot of rightfully proud runners wanting to show them off!

London t-shirts

In April 2020 we lost a dear friend and avid runner, Scott. Scott’s family, friends and fellow Renegade Runners have been fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation and to date have raised over £1,500 for the charity.

Around a dozen Renegades dusted off the Renegade t-shirts (many of which complained that over lockdown the shirts must have shrunk!) and took to the course on a chilly Saturday morning.

The event was a great showing of support with marshals and supporters spurring us on at every opportunity, but most of all it was about fun, which Scott was all about when it came to running! Silly poses for race photographers, joking with other runners on the way round, and generally just enjoying a good old run!

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Total Wellbeing Luton were on hand to give out advice, information and goodies to runners at the end of the race, a reminder of the support and local services available to us all.

Total well-being

You can find out more about the Mental Health Foundation and to donate please visit the Mental Health Foundation

You can find out more about the support and services provided by Luton Wellbeing Service

Mark Rees - Renegade Runners

Dates for your Diary:
30th October - Halloween parkrun. Time to dust out the fancy dress!
31st October - Love Luton 10k and Half Marathon A great day to get involved as either a runner or a supporter. How many parkrunners can you spot?

Interesting stuff:
The App
Download it from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.
Videos explaining how it works-
Virtual Volunteer App - scanning
Virtual Volunteer App - timing

Thank you to Tessa for taking photos this week, they can be found here
If you want to look through previous photos they are all available in our photo archive


Links to our photos by event and date

This page will get updated weekly once the most recent photos become available.

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Event #262 – Volunteers

This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
There are a few photos this week and they can be seen here -


Two fantastic milestones this week -  Deborah South & Curtis Karanja. 100 parkruns. Well done to both of you.

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I’m writing this run report watching the London Marathon and I’ll take this opportunity to say well done to all of our Luton Wardown parkrunners, either virtual or who were actually there, I hope you have all recovering well.
This brings me to the subject I was going to cover anyway…..VOLUNTEERS. If like me, you watched the London Marathon on Sunday, you will have noticed how well it was organised, especially this year due to Covid.  Groups of at least a thousand runners went off in time waves over a period of time, this could not have happened so efficiently without a mountain of volunteers. People who give up a small amount of their time so things run smoothly, so runners get a time at the end of it, giving out water bottles to those who want it, those making sure the route is safe, groups keeping an eye on participants belongings and so so much more.

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Yes, Luton Wardown parkrun is a much smaller event BUT it’s free and run entirely by volunteers. Without those giving up a small amount of their time, we wouldn’t have Luton Wardown parkrun!! Sure, you could go to a different parkrun, however I’m guessing Wardown is convenient or we wouldn’t get over 250 people turn up each week. The run directors give up their time to make sure the event goes ahead each week, Geoff and his helpers ensure the route is made as a safe as possible for you, to prevent trips and/or injuries.  The marshals will give you support and encouragement but most importantly keep an eye on everyone in case anybody needs help or first aid. The funnel managers make sure everyone doesn’t bunch up at the finish line and that they get the correct placing (to the best of their ability) those that give the tokens out and those that scan your tokens and barcode ensure you get a time after you’ve completed your 5k.  The tail walkers will always make sure no one is left behind and it means you will never come last.  As you all head home for your shower/Bath/cuppa, spare a thought for Geoff and a few others who are then closing down the route, making sure all the equipment has been collected, closely followed by the team that input your details to give you an email with your time and those who then sort the tokens so they are ready to give out in the correct order the following week.

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It is a fact that if we do not have enough volunteers each week, you WILL NOT get a time or even worse, our parkrun could be cancelled for that week.  (A few other parkruns have had this happen recently so it can happen) There is a requirement that ‘x’ amount of volunteers have to be there each week, if the run directors cannot cover the positions they will have no option but to cancel or if they are short of volunteers, they won’t be able to cover enough time keepers.  A few people have moaned lately that it isn’t fair to give everyone the time of 59:59, well, you know what you have to do then don’t you?  I’m often in the last few parkrunners to finish and it amazes me how many people are still at the finish line chatting. (That’s great we encourage a great, friendly, community spirit) However, why not offer to volunteer with the funnel or tokens if you are one of the fastest finishers and then have a chat at the cricket club over coffee and biscuits?  There are a few roles you could offer to do and still run and get a time. If you offered to volunteer just once a month or even every 2 months, we can all work together to keep Luton Wardown parkrun the greatest parkrun it can be.

I really, really hope lots of people read this and not the same people that always put their names down week after week, let’s give everyone a chance to take part.
Deb x

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The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Anthony GREEN • Maria PETTS • Kulwinder ASSRA • Peter BROWN • David MANSFIELD • Daniel THORNE • Geoffrey WHITE • Evelyn LUTTERODT • Amy MANSFIELD • Frank GICQUEL • Jon HIND • Amrik SINGH • Simon BUGG • Paul BRADY • Marion NOBLE • Ivor WEBB • Dawn KEVEREN • Katharine MUTTER • Sileshi TESEMA • Claire WORBY • Durcan WORBY • Teresa LOUGHBROUGH • Simon SHIRLEY • Hassan MARRIE • Nayana MISTRY • Anne PLANCHEREL • Sandy REEVE-SMITH • Andy REEVE-SMITH • Deb BIERTON • Dave FARRELL • Keith SAMPFORD • Miriam SWAIN • Martin ROGERS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Luton Wardown parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Darren DEED who recorded a time of 15:00 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 50).
The female record is held by Rebecca MURRAY who recorded a time of 17:12 on 18th March 2017 (event number 100).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gail DUCKWORTH who recorded 92.63% (21:15) on 9th September 2017 (event number 124).
Luton Wardown parkrun started on 18th April 2015. Since then 7,929 participants have completed 69,662 parkruns covering a total distance of 348,310 km, including 12,370 new Personal Bests. A total of 807 individuals have volunteered, covering 7,702 roles in total.

Dates for your Diary:
9th October- Renegade Runners volunteer takeover in support of World Mental Health Day. It's a colour-themed day too so please try and wear red and/or orange.
Total Well-being Luton will be involved too

Interesting stuff:

The App
Download it from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.
Videos explaining how it works-
Virtual Volunteer App - scanning
Virtual Volunteer App - timing


Event #261 – the one from an unwell writer

I'm sure for the vast majority of people, Saturday 25th September was a leisurely parkrun. 20 new PBs and 16 newbies joined in on our fun. However, I, and probably a few others, are an exception to that pleasantness I mentioned earlier.

Most people would sleep in if they're feeling unwell, but as the report writer, and my inability to accept defeat, I persevered to wake up 15 minutes before the event began, and run, albeit slightly uncomfortably, around Luton Wardown park. Was it worth it? Well, I didn't feel any better at the end, and was quite thirsty for the rest of the day, but overall, I suppose so.

So let this be a short lesson to all parkrunners reading this! Don't let your circumstances prevent you from doing what you want to do. If you've never taken a Zumba lesson in your life, go ahead and try. If you're too afraid to take a risk that could potentially be rewarding, just do it scared. Maybe don't push yourself to extremes if you need to rest, but at least attempt to go outside your comfort zone from time to time. Achievements feel very satisfying once earned, as I'm sure many of you know.

Hassan celebrating his 100th parkrun from the weekend before.


Speaking of other achievements, there were 2 milestones last Saturday! Benjamin Hing and Theresa Gunnell have now joined the 100 Club, a feat that they were most likely itching to achieve since Luton parkrun was resumed a few weeks ago. On behalf of all parkrunners, congratulations to you both.


Another accolade is needed for all our wonderful volunteers. Last Saturday was made possible by 30 volunteers, and without them, the 249 people that ran, jogged or walked the course wouldn't have ran, jogged or walked the course (at least without a recorded time on the Luton parkrun website). It would be an understatement to say that all Luton parkrunners are not grateful for our volunteers, and we hope more people will join the lovely ranks of the helpers that make the free event possible.

Now, it's time for the fastest placements for both sexes:

● Liam McNabola - 17:03
● Carl Squires - 18:04
● Paul Halford - 18:21

● Hannah Turner - 19:34
● Abi Brown - 22:36
● Celia Cobern - 23:22

The Luton parkrun community will always be united in spirit, ready to sprint, jog or walk our familiar parkrun course. Until next Saturday, parkrunners!


parkrun are celebrating their 17th anniversary this week and they are highlighting the positive effects volunteering has on people. You can read about it on the parkrun blog here.
We'd love to get the roster as full as possible this October, so not only would you help our event each week, you'd make the Run Director's life much easier. If you can help, please have a look at the roster here and email us at lutonwardown@parkrun.com.
Alternatively you can add your name to the roster sheet on the table before or after your parkrun.

Dates for your Diary:

9th October- Renegade Runners volunteer takeover in support of World Mental Health Day

Interesting stuff:

The App
Download it from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.
Videos explaining how it works-
Virtual Volunteer App - scanning
Virtual Volunteer App - timing



Event #260 – the one from the Doctor’s perspective.

This week 280 people came to parkrun number 260 at Wardown Park. Luckily for the 13 of those who joined us for the first time, it was a beautifully sunny day, a far cry from the cloudy, cold day when I came to my first run, 50 parkruns ago.

Back then, I couldn’t walk down the road without being short of breath. I’d never played any sports, I couldn’t swim, (still can’t ride a bike!) but after many weeks of listening to my colleague tell me how great it was, I was convinced, and came down at 9am.

I started way too fast, and hadn’t even reached the bridge before having to stop completely to try and breathe. I was trying to navigate holding my bottle (in case I got thirsty), my jacket (in case I got cold mid run – I did not), my headphones attached by a long wire to my phone (remember those?), my backpack (yes I tried to run wearing it).. and I thought, “I’m never coming back”.

But every time I turned a bend there was someone there clapping me towards them, and I thought, okay just this lap. Every time I slowed down to breathe, someone jogged past and told me to keep going. Those who sprinted past me still on lap one reassured me I was doing a good job and that it would soon be over. And by the time I made it up the hill the 4th time, I knew I was converted.


Then lockdown. Back to no exercise, no motivation, and worst of all, no parkrun.

I think we all certainly appreciate it a lot more now, having lost it for so long, and just taking that one small step over the start line can lead to amazing things. 31 people recorded new Personal Bests, including my friend who let me drag her to the finish line after a final sprint!


Having recently done a race elsewhere, with no volunteers, I realised the best thing about parkrun is not the running itself, but those you are running with.

Whether you run, jog, walk, or are being pushed in a pushchair, (still in awe of those pushing them with a massive smile!) you are one of 7,900 participants that have completed 69,164 parkruns covering a total distance of 345,820 km since the very first parkrun here back in April 2015.

A massive Congratulations to Jeffery and Hassan who have contributed massively to that figure with their 100 parkrun milestones! Amazing.


An even bigger THANK YOU to all the 33 volunteers who gave up their time this morning, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Results page.

“The only time you should ever look back, is to see how far you’ve come.”


Dates for your Diary:

9th October- Renegade Runners volunteer takeover in support of World Mental Health Day

You can see this week's photographs in our Google photo album.

Interesting stuff:

The App
Download it from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.
Videos explaining how it works-
Virtual Volunteer App - scanning
Virtual Volunteer App - timing


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