Homecoming – Luton, Wardown

It is great to be back at Wardown park, Luton my home parkrun after being over a year away on this charity Capital Adventure! You forget what a beautiful park it is and a real privilege to run or volunteer on it every Saturday morning.

Over the past year I must admit it feels very odd looking from afar with what has happened at Luton parkrun that included very good friends celebrating parkrun milestones, 2nd year anniversary birthday and attendance figures regularly now over 300 runners, very impressive and it is all down to the hard work of the core team and this lovely local parkrun community of Luton!
We did though have the very sad news in the death Lisa Langford who was one of the founders of Luton parkrun, much loved and respected by all who met her, you will never be forgotten Lisa!
Lisa Langford
Also you remember all the fun happy parkrun times that you had there in the past!
It was lovely to meet so many old and new friends that turned up yesterday for my homecoming and it was very moving to see all again! Sorry did not have time to chat to you all yesterday
I even had the pleasure of meeting Lutons own international cricket legend Monty Panesar at the cricket club afterwards and you could not have asked for such a nicer person to meet either! That reminds me to see a few cricket matches before the summer comes to an end!
Selfie with Monty Panesar


Course map wardown

The course is 3 and a bit clockwise laps of Wardown park, that is almost entirely run on tarmac footpaths, there is though a short grass slope you have to navigate 4 times!

Wardown course slope

Important points to note

  • In winter or after prolonged periods of rain this grass slope could get tricky
  • There is a short bottleneck at the bridge over the boating lake at the far end of the course, so be courteous either being or overtaking at this point
  • Parts of the course are tree lined and does get slippery in the autumn period with fallen leaves

This is a lovely course that takes in the best parts of our park, but don’t take my word come and visit us!

Personal Stats

Today I was always going to be one the two the tail runner at my home parkrun, as it was all about occasion, time 1:02:22

Important Info

There are two small free car parks available inside the park with the main one feeding the museum Sat nav  LU2 7HA

There are toilet facilities and as well for the post run coffee we go to theLuton Town and Indians Cricket Club that is located behind the museum!

Park facilities include

Final Verdict

David Brown RD
First Time

Backing up David we had a 40 strong team of volunteers that included pacers, you all done a top job everyone!

Sorry in all the emotion and occasion I forgot to get a full volunteer team photo, but did get the next best photo with nearly all of the Run Directors at Luton, what a handsome bunch we make guys!


RD Wardown group shot

So I hope you will join us one day at Luton, run our beautiful park and sample our friendly hospitality, you have been told!

Finally at the end of a brilliant year of tourism around our beautiful capital 47 London parkruns. I salute all the parkrun events I have visited you are all a shining credit to your local communities and parkrun UK as a whole!

I also would like to mention everybody that has supported me in fundraising for Keech Hospice Care that includes donations, running events with me and last but definitely not least the staff and students at the University of Bedfordshire that helped on my crazy fundraising schemes that included the infamous man in a dress campaign 🙂

So what next, a rest me thinks, but at sometime in the future I will have the pleasure of running parkrun Greater London event no 48 South Norwood (starts 8 July) and in doing so rekindle my love affair with London parks and it’s people!

So finally I will hopefully bump into you all sometime soon and as famous run reporter Duncan of Pymmes parkrun once said of me, “the Circus comes to town” so you have been warned it could be your event next 🙂

Tail runner finishing



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