Event #234 – the one the Arrows Beginners Graduates

35 volunteers made it possible for 321 people to run, jog and walk on a very cold and misty morning.

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A number of the volunteers were Harpenden Arrows, they were there supporting the graduates from their beginners course. Well done Juliana JONES, Jennie LASKAR, Geraldine ARCHBOLD-SHORE, Camilla TEMPLE, Maggie MOORE, Marta SERRA, Supirya KUMAR and Chloe HISKETT.

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We had 24 first timers, 34 PB's and 5 people joining milestone clubs. Danielle PAULING, Khaleel MIAH and Shakeel MIAH all joined the 10 club. Kelly BYWATERS joined the 50 club and Tina GILES joined the 100 club.

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First gent across the line was Rob BARNES in 18:27 and the first lady was Abi BROWN in 22:34.

I believe parkrun is all about numbers and here are some I like: 23:00 Hugo VEAZEY, 26:00 Omar SULTON, 29:00 Jenny FLANNAGAN and 33:00 Motin MIAH. 32:23 Ziaul LOTF and 38:38 Supriya KUMAR who was one of the Arrow graduates. And my favourite of the day 33:33 Samantha COLLETT.

The 35 volunteers were:

Stephen MCKEE • Mark WILCOCK • Rebecca SHOTBOLT • Anthony GREEN • Kate NEALE • Malcolm RANKIN • Richard EVANS • Taras HUZAR • Peter BROWN • Erwin TADIAR • Linda PHILPOTT • Geoffrey WHITE • David RUSSELL • Frank GICQUEL • Katie WHITE • Rob ALLEN • Simon BUGG • Marion NOBLE • Ivor WEBB • Rhona MCKEE • Nicola ABUBACKER • Theresa GUNNELL • Sileshi TESEMA • Claire WORBY • James AVIS • Rickey AVIS • Janice KING • Simon SHIRLEY • Morfydd PRICE • Anne PLANCHEREL • Sandy REEVE-SMITH • Andy REEVE-SMITH • Alex WILCOCK • Angela WOODS • Poorvi SRIVASTAVA

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 7,185 participants have completed 60,808 parkruns covering a total distance of 304,040 km, including 11,320 new Personal Bests. A total of 749 individuals have volunteered 6,718 times.

Theresa.

This week's photos are thanks to Malcolm and Amanda and can be found here.
Several hours can be wasted browsing past photos here.

If you fancy being a hi vis superhero have a look at our Future Roster, pick a role and email us at lutonwardown@parkrun.com

Dates for Your Diary:

November 30th - Chase the Pacer
December 21st - Christmas parkrun - FANCY DRESS!!

 

Event #233 – the one with Sue’s 100th parkrun

Well done to the 270 people who braved the rain, wind and cold on Saturday to take part in parkrun, as well as all the volunteers who made it happen. It was great as well to see so many people at the Cricket Club afterwards supporting England’s bid for the Rugby World cup, alas to no avail.

This Saturday was a milestone for quite a few people. Congratulations to Jodie White for completing her 10th parkrun, to Abbie Robinson, David Bull and Simon Robinson on their 50th, Rob Allen on his 100th and Reece who has completed an amazing 150 parkrun’s and is still a youngster! It was also my 100th parkrun which at one point I never thought that I would make it to!

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My running journey began almost three years ago following a throw away comment by my sister in law over the Christmas dinner table. Six days later, on New Year’s Eve 2016, I completed my first parkrun and the rest as they say is history. It is so true what the Run Directors say - parkrun does become your Saturday morning obsession.

After a year or so of gradually improving my time but still not being able to run the whole 5k, I joined Stopsley Striders Beginners course in 2018 which really helped to improve my stamina. Just as I was about to join the club, I became injured and decided to wait until I had recovered fully before joining. However I did take part in some of the official runs such as Hitchin Town 5K and Love Luton 10K.

Last November though, my world fell apart, I was diagnosed with Cancer and I have had an absolutely horrendous year getting through surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy. Running/walking and especially parkrun has made such a difference to my well-being and has helped me immensely to get over this.

I was determined to beat this disease and to keep life as normal as possible for my two children. This meant bringing Kate to parkrun each week so that she could hand out the finish tokens and so that I could crawl, walk or run around the course depending on how I was feeling.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all my parkrun friends who realised that I was determined to take part each week and really have gone above and beyond to help me; for literally holding me up as we walked around the course together with tears streaming down my face, for sitting with me when I felt faint, for getting help when I actually did faint and for happily sitting outside drinking tea in February during cold and flu session when I didn’t want to be indoors.

So many of you as well, called out messages as you ran passed me to keep me going as well as checking on me each week to make sure that I was okay. Some of you as well, met up with me outside of parkrun for a walk and more importantly allowed me to talk. I can not thank you enough!

Loads of you helped me raise money for Cancer Research by taking part in the Relay for Life and/or by sponsoring me. You are superstars!

Parkrun really is inclusive, it really doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, or how you look or even what you wear. Everyone is accepted for who they are and are made very welcome. The marshals do a fantastic job of cheering everyone on and the tail walkers will walk at the speed of the slowest or as on one memorable Saturday made sure that they were about 5m behind me!

Next week it will be a year since I was diagnosed and I have almost regained my strength and stamina. Thank you to everyone at Luton Wardown parkrun who have helped me get to where I am, you are all such amazing people.

Sue Potter

This week's photos are thanks to Lisa Phee and can be found here.
Several hours can be wasted browsing past photos here.

If you fancy being a hi vis superhero have a look at our Future Roster, pick a role and email us at lutonwardown@parkrun.com

Dates for Your Diary:

November 30th - Chase the Pacer
December 21st - Christmas parkrun - FANCY DRESS!!

 

Event #232 – the one in another poem

Another parkrun,
So joyous, please come!
Although it was cold,
Many runners were bold,
And finished the course,
But not by force.

evelyn

210 people jogging or walking,
25 first timers doing anything but talking,
23 new polished Personal Bests,
And 19 club representatives make up the rest.

The events are set,
By volunteers who fret,
Over the smallest details,
Unable to exhale,
Until everything is done,
For the sake of parkrun fun.

erwin

Dogs panting with their partner,
Buggy runners speeding far,
The marshalls smiling broadly,
And the tail walkers ambling orderly.

Parkrun, oh our obsession,
Every Saturday, it cures depression,
Stay safe, come prepared,
We're a community, so don't be scared!

P.S.

Ellen Farrell, Mumtaz Parker, Ruthie Doyle and Stephen Gomersall all recently joined the 50 Club! I cannot reiterate how fantastic these milestones are, and I encourage all of you to keep running, jogging or walking your way to you 50th, 100th and 250th parkrun. Once again, well done to you determined 4.

Dwayne.

This week's photos are thanks to Malcolm & Amanda and can be found here.
Several hours can be wasted browsing past photos here.

If you fancy being a hi vis superhero have a look at our Future Roster, pick a role and email us at lutonwardownhelpers@parkrun.com

Dates for Your Diary:

November 30th - Chase the Pacer
December 21st - Christmas parkrun - more fancy dress opportunities

 

Event #231 – the One with Team Luton (and some YMO)!

On a sunny – but cold – Saturday morning, despite the somewhat small matter of England playing Australia in the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup, 363 people turned up to run, jog and walk the course.
Over in Japan, while Eddie Jones’ team were navigating their way to a thumping win over the Aussies, more importantly, in the Luton Wardown parkrun, 27 of the participants were first-timers while 57 people recorded Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 clubs took part.
The regular attendees of the parkrun that turned up this weekend may have noticed some new faces cheering them on. Who were these people I hear you ask?
These were members of Team Luton and a couple of members of Team YMO (Young Minds Organisation).
Some of you may have heard of Team Luton before – we had taken over the parkrun in March this year as we were preparing for the London Marathon.
Our achievements over the past year – which culminated in over 20 of us running the 26.2 miles of the famous London course helped Team YMO to invite and encourage many people to join their team to run the Love Luton 10k and half marathon and raise money for a great cause.
If you are a regular to the Wardown parkrun and have noticed a big group of people warming up in a circle over the past couple of months – you’ve guessed it – that is Team YMO!
What of Team Luton? Well, after seeing how the “2 Fat Friends” Rana and Khudael went from a combined 48 stone to losing nearly 20 stone between them in a year and completing the London Marathon – the reverberations were felt by many – and helped encourage people to join Team Luton for this Sunday’s Love Luton 10k and half marathon while supporting a fantastic local charity.
I am sure that many of the parkrun attendees will be participating in either the 10k or half marathon this week. To those participating – Team Luton and Team YMO would like to wish you the very best of luck. There will be over 200 members of Team Luton and Team YMO participating in this weekend’s event – each team wearing colourful t-shirts. Please do come over and say hello!
For those of you that are not running on Sunday – we encourage you to come out and provide your support to all the runners.
See below some information about Team Luton and Team YMO and their charitable efforts.

Team Luton
Team Luton is supporting the Luton Curry Kitchen in supporting the needy and homeless of Luton.
The Curry Kitchen is a partnership project with Community Interest Luton and Discover Islam Luton which initiated in May 2015. During this period, homelessness was on the rise across UK and family poverty was increasing locally. As a community we felt we needed to do something to care and support one another during difficult times.
The Curry Kitchen provides 100 freshly cooked hot meals at Venue Central to those in need as well as delivering hot meals to various local housing shelters every week. The Curry Kitchen can provide this service only through the generous support of the community and local business and community organisations.
This weekly hot meal is providing a vital lifeline of food and friendship to many residents in Luton. Since May 2015, over 25,500 hot meals have been distributed to those in need across Luton.
Team Luton have been raising funds to continue providing weekly hot meals to support the needy and homeless of the town.

Team YMO
YMO Trust is charity dedicated to preventing child labour, advancing education and work skills for the benefit of all. They assist in the provision of education facilities in the interest of social welfare with the objective of improving the student’s and their family’s condition of life for generations to come. Their academies provide classes, vocational training courses and teach basic life skills. The Trust has successfully set up two academies and works closely with a large orphanage in Sylhet, Bangladesh.

YMO Love Luton Marathon Project
This year the YMO Trust wants to bring together a group of ‘everybodys’, people who would love to improve their health by making choice lifestyle changes while participating in a fun family event, namely the Love Luton 10k and Half Marathon.
Their main aim being three-fold:
1. Hoping to mobilise our community to engage with mainstream events to show our togetherness, our bond and our collective thinking.
2. Push eternal fence-sitters to finally start that journey towards health and fitness, amongst other kindred spirits and with a respectable goal at the end.
3. And finally, to expose the YMO Trust, its mission and achievements to date to a wider local and greater audience.

Achievements to date:

1. Have created a real good buzz in the community.
2. We have 102 runners of all ages with the common goal to become healthier and make positive lifestyle changes.
3. The YMO trust and its cause is generating great exposure and goodwill in the community.
4. The parkrun is now very well publicised and highly regarded in the first steps to health and fitness.
5. Some inspirational cases of individuals who have turned their lifestyles around; losing weight or rebalancing their life and work commitments or improving their health status.
6. Team YMO and Team Luton are interchangeable in our aims and efforts.
If anyone wants to find out more YMO please visit their website www.ymotrust.org

Saturday 19 th October 2019
Results and Volunteers
This week 363 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:
Louise CROSBY • Reg BRETT • Liz EVANS • Kathy SADLER • Valerie DAWSON •
Peter BROWN • David BROWN • Alan BARRY • Geoffrey WHITE • Frank GICQUEL
• Annelies GERBER • Sujel MIAH • Paul BRADY • Ivor WEBB • Shahed KOYES •
Julie TYSOE • Sileshi TESEMA • Claire WORBY • Kamal HUSSAIN • Durcan
WORBY • Janice KING • Teresa LOUGHBROUGH • Simon SHIRLEY • Shamim
MIAH • Eleanor BAYFIELD • Anne PLANCHEREL • Philippa BAYFIELD • Pawel
LACIAK • Khudael ASHRAF • Sandy REEVE-SMITH • Andy REEVE-SMITH • Conor
BARRY KEANE • Waled MANNAN • Mehbub KOYES • Zak HUSSAIN • Mostaque
KOYES • Rana MIAH • Sarah LOUGHBROUGH • Elaine WITHNAIL • Poorvi
SRIVASTAVA

Our first three male finishers were:
1. Sam White (18:02 – Taunton AC) First Timer!
2. Richard Sansom (18:17 – New PB!)
3. Lee Kieron Murphy (18:38 – Dunstable RRC)

Our first three female finishers were:
1. Linda Scanlan (21:28 – Stopsley Striders Jogging Club)
2. Abi Brown (22:36)
3. Lindsey Bierton (24:10 – Boxfit Tri)

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

Milestones
Official – 100 parkruns: Jon White
Unofficial – 100 volunteers: David Brown

Thanks for reading.

Khudael

We didn't have a photographer this week but several hours can be wasted browsing past photos here.

If you fancy being a hi vis superhero have a look at our Future Roster, pick a role and email us at lutonwardownhelpers@parkrun.com

Dates for Your Diary:

October 26th - Halloween Chase the Pacer - get the fancy dress ready!
November 30th - Chase the Pacer
December 21st - Christmas parkrun - more fancy dress opportunities

 

Event #230 – the one with many numbers

This weekend's run report has to be about numbers after an amazing weekend for distance running.

The overall number at parkrun dropped rather dramatically on Saturday with 277 walkers, joggers and runners taking part, 93 fewer than last week. Some no doubt put off by the weather but I know a number couldn't tear themselves away from the excitement building on their TV and laptop screens. Some of us may have found a solution to combining both events and were seen walking the course whilst glued to our phone screens!

So on Saturday the magic number was:

1:59:40 - Eliud Kipchoge - the first time anyone has run a marathon in under 2 hours.
2 HOURS!!
To put this into perspective in our parkrun world he ran:

5k in 14:10 - Only FIVE of the 51,363,611 parkruns completed in the past 15 years have been faster than Eliud's pace and he was running another 7.4 parkruns after that, mostly at the same pace!

10k in 28:20 (28:25 - Elaine Gidman)

15k in 42:34 (42:21 - Marion Noble in her brand new 100 t-shirt, 42:43 - Mohammed Azam)

And on Sunday it was:

2:14:05 - Brigid Kosgei broke Paula Radcliffe's 16 year old marathon World Record
She ran:

5k in 15:28 (only 2 people have ever gone quicker than this at Luton Wardown - Darren Deed who holds our course record of 15:00 and Ian Kimpton who ran 15:20)

10k in 31:28 (Bryony White with a new PB)

15k in 47:26 (47:01 Bex Webb)

To add to the numbers theme we had:

- 14 brand new parkrunners - we hope to see you again soon

- 39 awesome, and slightly soggy volunteers

- 50th parkrun - Peter Thornton

- 100th parkrun - Heidi Allen with a new PB.
Simon Bugg (with Missy's first run back after the heat of the summer and then a poorly  leg).
Carly Straughan who was one of our original core team but has moved on to pastures new.
John Ayton

and Dave Thompson-Trace who finished 60th on his 60th birthday :-o

We also had some aesthetically pleasing times:
22:22 - Patricia Cahill - first female finisher and a new PB, her 17th PB since starting running with us 6 months ago!
25:25 - Khaleel Miah doing his 8th run
34:34 - Andrew Kane doing his 2nd parkrun with a PB by 1min 24secs

And finally we had NO tokens missing.

So whether we take 14:20 to do a parkrun or 1:59:40 we all cover the same distance, we all do what we can - No Human Is Limited.

Kate

For a full set of results and a variety of stats have a look at our Results Table.

We didn't have a photographer this week but several hours can be wasted browsing past photos here.

If you fancy being a hi vis superhero have a look at our Future Roster, pick a role and email us at lutonwardownhelpers@parkrun.com

Dates for Your Diary:

October 19th - #TeamLuton takeover - it may be loud!
October 26th
 - Halloween Chase the Pacer - get the fancy dress ready!
November 30th - Chase the Pacer
December 21st - Christmas parkrun - more fancy dress opportunities

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