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.
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.


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


Event #229 – the one where parkrun turns 15!

15 Years Anniversary of parkrun – Happy Anniversary

It was the 229th Luton Wardown parkrun and it attracted 370 people. Out of the 370, 19 were first-timers whom their Saturday will never be same again. Well done on joining the parkrun family and welcome to your Saturday obsession. This morning's event saw a few milestones being celebrated as well. Darragh MCAVOCK and Katie HUMPHREYS celebrated their 10 milestone, Jonathan CONROY joined the 50 club and 100 milestone was achieved by Kat MILLER, Linda SCANLAN and Marion NOBLE. Visitors from Finsbury park, Barton Le Clay (huge applause) and others from different parts of the country joined the parkrun. I hope all enjoyed their run.


The run was very smooth and there was no accidents or injuries reported. Robert BARNES once again crossed the line in 17:19. An amazing 54 people recorded new Personal Bests on the day. There were some other aesthetically pleasing numbers scanned this week, Javier MOLINERO and Dave PEARCE both crossed the line in 21:40, Andy REEVE-SMITH and Jemma HOLMES in 26:32, Tariq MAHMOOD, Karolina RUCHLEWICZ and Erwin FLAGA, the trio crossed the line in 29:44. Lucy TRELEAVEN 25:51, David MIDDLEBROOK 25:52, Marija KEISA 25:53, Colin BONNER 25:54 and finally Shaan HAQUE 25:55. Sadly 68 people didn't remember the golden rule of parkrun #DFYB, Don't Forget Your Barcode! Or not registered at all. Please bring your barcode next time to get your accurate results.

New tokens were introduced on the day and the area around the finish line was a bit different than the usual. The funnel was extended to another section where finishers walk through to get their barcode and tokens scanned before leaving the funnel. This was to make sure that everyone leaves the tokens behind and not to lose a single one. Still, it was reported that 7 new tokens were missing on the day. Please make sure to return them back next Saturday.


Thank you to the many volunteers that made the event happen. If you've not volunteered before then have a think about trying it, all the roles are simple and it opens up a whole different side to parkrun, it really is more than just a run in the park.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Alison DEACON • Amy RUSSELL • Claire WORBY • David BROWN • David RUSSELL • Durcan WORBY • Erwin TADIAR • Frank GICQUEL • Geoffrey WHITE • Heather CHANDLER • James AVIS • Janice KING • Jo WHITE • Kate NEALE • Kate POTTER • Katie WHITE • Keith DANIELS • Kieran BROWN • Malcolm RANKIN • Mark LAYZELL • Nicola ABUBACKER • Pawel LACIAK • Penny KILBEY • Peter BROWN • Reg BRETT • Rick HARES • Rickey AVIS • Sileshi TESEMA • Simon BUGG • Sue POTTER • Sugra BI • Talib ABUBACKER • Taras HUZAR • Teresa LOUGHBROUGH.

Volunteers on the day (Thank you all.)

Saturday's full results and complete event history can be found here.

Last but not least, next Sunday on 13th October 2019, I will be running in London's Hyde Park at The Royal Parks Half Marathon. I am running to raise funds for “Link Ethiopia”, my preferred charity. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to those who sponsored me and donated to my charity and also those who are encouraging me for taking part in the tournament.

Link Ethiopia will be setting up a cheering spot at Mile 11 near Kensington Palace and a great cheese toasties stand. Link Ethiopia staff, trustees and supporters will be there to cheer us. You are welcome if you would like to cheer us, please join the Link Ethiopia stand. For other details in regards to the race day, click here to download a copy of Royal Park’s 2019 Runners’ Booklet and here for the Route map.

If you would like to donate please follow the link for my fundraising page via Virgin Money Giving here. If you would like to know more about Link Ethiopia, please visit their website here.

Thank you for your support.

Sileshi Tesema

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

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


Event #228 – the one with the W.I. takeover (and a bit more cake)

It’s not all Jam and Jerusalem ……

‘A tree branch is blocking the course’ ….. this was the message being received late Friday night.
As part of the set up team, I arrived in the park at 7:45 am prompt, found Geoff, said ‘what’s the score with the tree branch Geoff’ … to hear the reply ‘I came down early with my saw and I’ve sawn it up and moved it to the side’.
This totally sums up the dedication our volunteers have to ensuring that we have a safe run at Luton Wardown Park. Many of us turn up, run, eat cake and leave buzzing from the experience. We really need to acknowledge not only Geoff, but all the parkrun Run Directors and volunteers who make our Saturday morning parkrun possible.

Now.…. onto the main reason I was asked to write this weeks report.…. 27th September 1919 the Bedfordshire Womens Institute was founded. So last week we celebrated the centenary and WI’s around the county were asked to help in their local community to celebrate. I saw the Girl Guides take over parkrun last February and thought this would be a great idea for Bushmead WI to get involved in a community event.
A few of our members are regular parkrunners so when I suggested the idea it was met with lots of support. Not only the ladies who came on the day but a lot of our members baked cakes for the post run café. An abundance of cakes were arriving at my house on Friday afternoon, my biggest problem was to stop my family eating them!
We all thoroughly enjoyed helping out and for the first timers they were totally amazed by the whole event.


Bushmead WI is a relatively ‘new’ WI, we have been going for 5 years, set up because at that time there were no evening WI’s in Luton. It’s not all Jam and Jerusalem, we have had a go at pole dancing, line dancing and cocktail making evenings to name just a few of our activities. We have regular outings which are always great fun, for example, a day out in Brighton with afternoon tea and tour of the pavilion, and theatre trips. We are a group of 70 women who meet once a month for fun, friendship, coffee and cake!
There are 5 WI’s in Luton, Bushmead & Hightown Honeys are evening groups, Warden Hill, Stopsley and Stockwood Park are all daytime groups.
There are 83 WI’s around the county of Bedfordshire.

As well as celebrating Bedfordshire WI's 100 years, there were some other celebrations this week:

John Chapman ran his 100th parkrun.
Hibatullah Hassan & Aman Sultan ran their 10th parkrun (Juniors).

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John on his way to his 100th parkrun

Unofficial milestones, but still definitely worth mentioning:

Abdul Choudhury ran his 200th parkrun.
Reg Brett completed his 200th different volunteering day at our Junior event on Sunday.

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Abdul on his way to his 200th.

Thank you Wardown parkrunners for a fabulous morning.

Sara House

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

Dates for Your Diary:
October 5th - parkrun's 15th birthday and the introduction of our NEW TOKENS and redesigned finish funnel.
October 26th - Halloween Chase the Pacer
November 30th - Chase the Pacer


Event #227 – the one with another parkrun journey

My name is Paul and I thought I would tell you a little bit about my parkrun 'journey'. I ran my first parkrun in January 2017 as part of a new year's resolution to try something new every month. I wasn't sure if it would be for me but I'm sure most of you will be familiar with the feeling that 'parkrun' gets its hooks into you. The Run Directors often say 'your Saturday mornings will never be the same again' and in my case it was true.


For me one of the great things about parkrun is the stats. Some of which you can see below. I love tracking my progress over time and chasing those increasingly rare PBs. I also love knowing that so many people up and down the country are doing the same thing at 9 o'clock on a Saturday morning, which brings me to another thing I love about parkrun - tourism. I have now completed over 25 different parkruns and am in the process of trying to complete the parkrun alphabet, where you complete a parkrun starting with every letter apart from 'x'.


Having never been a runner I progressed to the Luton 10k, which I vowed would be the furthest I would ever run...Eventually I signed up for the Luton half-marathon, but that was it. I could never run further than that...I am now writing this report the day after completing my first full marathon. But this time I really mean it - no further than that.


Congratulations this week to Faiz Parkar and Teresa Loughbrough for completing their 50th parkruns. Congratulations also to Lucy Treleaven on her 100th and to Alison Deacon for her 25th volunteer.
Sara House also celebrated her 50th birthday and Dean Haywood his 150th run and 50th volunteer.

The first male finisher was Rob Barnes (as usual) and the first female across the line was Linda Scanlan.

This week's photos are thanks to Malcolm and can be found here.

Happy parkrunning.


Several hours can be wasted browsing past photos here.

Dates for Your Diary:
September 28th - Bedfordshire W.I. Takeover to mark their Centenary plus Chase the Pacer. There may be cake!
October 26th - Halloween Chase the Pacer
November 30th - Chase the Pacer


Event #226 – the one with My MS Walk Luton

Hi everyone, my name is David Allen the organiser of My MS Walk Luton and it is my absolute pleasure and honour to have been invited to write this week’s run report. What a glorious day it was not only for all the parkrun family and friends but also the 90 people who turned out to support the first My MS Walk in Luton.

I was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis 24 years ago. It shook my world and turned it upside-down. I knew right from the start MS was not going to define me. I became involved with the MS Society as a volunteer some 17 years ago after I was retired from my job with Royal Mail on health grounds. I have held various roles over the years, and I am a former chair of the Luton Dunstable and district group of the MS Society. My main role currently is as one of the vice chairs of the MS Societies England council covering Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire.

My MS Walk was developed to enable individuals or groups in local communities to be able to organise their own My MS Walk near where they live. It could be 2 friends walking together or as in our case we had over 90 people taking part in the first My MS Walk Luton where people could walk, run, wheel or stroll. All to raise vital funds to go towards research into MS.


I had no idea when I started how this would go, so for a first time, I am absolutely blown away at the level of support that has been shown this year. The community of Luton truly came together once again I am truly humbled and very proud. A MASSIVE “Thank You to You All” especially all the volunteers and marshal’s at Luton Wardown parkrun, you are all absolute stars and should be very proud of yourselves. Without your support our event would not have been possible. At the time of writing this report your fundraisers have raised an impressive £2,456 smashing the target set of £1,000. You should all be immensely proud of your achievement. On behalf of all of us living with MS “THANK YOU.”


Here are just a few examples of what your money can do……...



The plan going forward for our My MS Walk Luton is for it to be an annual event and hopefully see it grow as part of the excellent family here at Luton Wardown parkrun and with the support of our friends at Total Wellbeing Luton who will again be attending next year handing out some freebies . So, the date for next year’s My MS Walk Luton is the 12th September 2020. A new Eventbrite page for My MS Walk Luton 2020 will be live very soon and again it is FREE to register to take part. For those who can, I hope you will consider setting up your own MS Society My MS Walk JustGiving page to make it easy for your supporters to sponsor you. Don’t forget to join your page to the team Luton My MS Walk page.
To find out more about My MS Walk follow the link here.

To keep in touch with what is happening with My MS Walk Luton please drop by the Facebook page for the latest news. I will be posting photos and the finished promotional video that was shot for all to see once it is ready to go live. If you have any questions, feel free to message the page and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
To find out more about the MS Society and the support and services they offer go to the MS Society's website here.

To find support near you just scroll down the main page on the website and fill in your details and it will bring up all services available near to that location.


Results and volunteers

Luton Wardown parkrun
Saturday 14th September 2019
Event number 226

This week 383 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 14 of whom were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

This event was made possible by 45 volunteers:
Penny KILBEY • Anthony GREEN • Jillian RUSSELL • Alfred MANGUNDU • Reg BRETT • Kate NEALE • Ash NEALE • Mark LAYZELL • Dean HAYWOOD • Sara HOUSE • Kathy SADLER • David BROWN • Erwin TADIAR • Sam WHALEY • Linda PHILPOTT • Geoffrey WHITE • Tryphina COOPER • Amy DESIR • Frank GICQUEL • Simon BUGG • Karen BULL • David BULL • Terence PHILPOTT • Ivor WEBB • Lesley LAWRENCE • Kate POTTER • Dawn KEVEREN • Rhona MCKEE • Nicola ABUBACKER • Julie TYSOE • Sileshi TESEMA • Claire WORBY • Durcan WORBY • Jennifer AVIS • Rickey AVIS • Paul GILES • Michelle WITHEY • Deborah BAILEY • Antonia MUNN • Clare FLETCHER • Samantha ALDORINO • Sugra BI • Ruth SILESHI • Deb BIERTON • Tim NEWNS


The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Luton Wardown parkrun results page.

Milestones this week -
50 Club: Alice Rees Anthony Bewley
100 Club: Phillip Tubbs
25 volunteer: Nicola Abubacker

Thanks for reading and we'll see you all again next year.


Photographs this week are thanks to Dean Haywood and can be viewed here.
Several hours can be wasted browsing past photos here.

Dates for Your Diary:
September 28th - Bedfordshire W.I. Takeover to mark their Centenary plus Chase the Pacer. There may be cake!
October 26th - Halloween Chase the Pacer
November 30th - Chase the Pacer

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