100 not out!!!

Over the last 10 months I cannot describe my family’s sadness, but there has been one bright shining light in my life that has been parkrun, with the people and beautiful parks I have run have touched my soul!

So, after 2 years of parkrun tourism I had to come back to Luton and Wardown park my home parkrun to run my 100th parkrun milestone!

Community parkrun Heroes

There are some people who are the mainstay of any parkrun community that are a credit to us all with Luton is no exception.

Here is just a simple of some of the selfless people at our parkrun!

  • Our very own Peter Brown super volunteer who cheers you on from Pete’s corner
  • Malcolm Rankin whose great pictures week in week out come rain or shine, gives us all happy memories to cherish!
  • Geoffrey, Ivor and Reg who are regularly volunteers, but in Geoffrey case when he walks parkrun faster with his walking stick than a lot of other people can run!
  • Leroy through his sterling work looking after the cafe at the cricket club and Ajit Vice Chairman of the cricket club who supports our use of their top facilities!

Last but definitely not least is Kate Neale without her hard work and determination there would never been a Luton parkrun, thanks Kate!

With Friends

On Saturday I was so lucky to be around so many close friends from tourist from Basingstoke, Darlington and St Alban’s, to both my running club and the local parkrun community, I feel truly blessed to know you all!

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Event Results

50 Club : John YOUNG, Paul BRADY, Sam WHALEY
100 Club : Mark LAYZELL

Luton Wardown parkrun
Event number 161
2nd June 2018
This week 282 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Liz DAVIES • Kate NEALE • Ash NEALE • Mark LAYZELL • Philip DAVIES • Carly STRAUGHAN • Malcolm RANKIN • Peter BROWN • Geoffrey WHITE • Robert BARNES • Frank GICQUEL • David BULL • Endre CZIRBESZ • Emily FEASEY • Ivor WEBB • Heather CHANDLER • Rick HARES • Eliott HARES • Kate POTTER • David WYNN • Nicola ABUBACKER • Claire WORBY • Chloe BAXTER • Durcan WORBY • Aiden WORBY • Katalin CZIRBESZ • Amani CHOUDHURY • Lena CZIRBESZ •

Final Verdict

I would like to thank Carly Straughan and her team of volunteers for making us all feel extremely welcome, plus at announcements a great plug Carly about my milestone run 🙂

With Wardown volunteer

For the record I have dedicate this run in the honour of my dad and good friends close relatives who have sadly passed away very recently!

I share your loss and despair, we should remember the good times with them and smile! On this point a special mention to friend and fellow tourist Ken Thomas who I run with at this event. I think our dads would have been proud of us today mate!

With Ken Thomas

So finally Luton thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making this a day that will live long in my memory!


Mark xxxx

Event 89 Castle Park 09-06-2018

Extra news

Wow what a lovely celebration cake from Novelty Cakes of Luton. I now know where to come for my Cowell Club 100th parkrun cake, delicious 🙂

100th Celebration Cake

Finally I would like to thank my work colleagues at the University of Bedfordshire  Rachel Hunt, Danielle Roberts, Mary Ferguson, Paul Hannington and Martin Thurlow that was a truly touching gift of a Luton Town FC personalised shirt. I run my 100th parkrun in this top and will wear it with honour in future whilst watching all the Luton Town games from now on!

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