International Parkrun Day celebrated in Bedford

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On Saturday 6 October, Bedford parkrun joined in the global celebration of 14 years’ of parkrun and International parkrun Day. We joined runners as they made their way to the starting line.

Every Saturday at 9am, hundreds of people of all ages gather in Bedford Park to take part in one of the biggest free, mass-participation and inclusive sporting activities throughout the globe.

Parkrun is a timed 5km run, organised by volunteers and open to absolutely anyone regardless of age and ability. It was established in Bushey Park 14 years ago and now takes place throughout the world, attracting over a quarter of a million participants.

Bedford joined the phenomenon in 2011 and has held 376 events since then, averaging 256.1 runners each week. 12,552 runners have taken part with 638 running clubs represented.

The female record is held by Rebecca Murray (16:59) and the male record is held by Neilson Hall (14:49). The average time is 28:34 and runners or walkers of all abilities are encouraged. Access Bedford attend to assist deaf and hearing impaired runners.

If you’d like to join in, register at www.parkrun.org.uk