#106: Sunday 15th July 2018

Massive well done to RD Kat, her briefing was brilliant and above all else, there was no talking over her. Coupled with her incredible ability to project her voice across an impressive distance, it meant that everyone could hear the briefing (even marshals half way across the Rec who were heading to their marshal point!).

There was a great atmosphere, fun and relaxed. The new start funnel worked a treat and the future is looking bright for Colchester junior parkrun and the juniors attending each week.
There were 117 children who finished and it was a massive relief to all to see some children walking the course with smiles on their faces, it was very hot and I can't say I blame them! I suspect I'd have walked it myself yesterday!

We had 8 first timers and 22 PBs, plus 3 clubs represented by 5 children.

Dylan ran his 50th junior parkrun and achieved the Ultra Marathon milestone level, Nicholas and Jamie both ran their 11th and achieved the Half Marathon milestone.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who give us what is just a small amount of time, but enables a lot to happen. Without volunteers, this event simply cannot happen so from the bottom of my heart, to every single one of you, thank you. We are noticing that it is often the same people week in, week out. Quite often they are giving up their chance to run with their child so that others can run with theirs. If you can help us, even once in a blue moon, please do consider it. All roles are straight forward :-).

Next week we have our 'schools out for summer'run - feel free to wear your school top and bring your school friends. Try and get group shots if you can and send them to our page :-)
Sunday is also the last chance to take a picture at juniors showing how much you love it, best pic wins a special limited edition badge. Upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #LoveColchesterjuniorparkrun for a chance to win!

Have a great week,
Karrianne

 

#105 : 8th July 2018

A beautiful and sunny morning, gutted to have missed it myself but it was in safe hands with RD Chris and the team. I have heard all about it and having looked at the results and photo's - the children were all AMAZING!

To run in the heat is no mean feat, so as anticipated, not all children finished the 2k run. As a runner myself (when not injured or having asthma issues!!), I completely understand that sometimes, it is better to not finish and remain in one piece rather than finish and risk fainting.The children are smart, so if they need to stop due to the heat or thirst*, good for them, to know their bodies at such young ages is brilliant! And those that are able to run the 2k in heat - that is great!

* We strongly urge all juniors to have easy access to water whilst running, especially during this heat wave. Please remember that the GO4 cafe will refill water bottles with tap water for free. 

134 young athletes completed the course yesterday, a fantastic turn out! We had 10 juniors who were completely new to junior parkrun with us yesterday, and another who ran his 50th run on his first run with us! 27 children gained a PB yesterday too - quite astonishing considering the running conditions were not great. It was so hot!!

Colchester & Tendring AC, Tiptree Road Runners, Running Colchester, Jogging Made Easy and St Marys Lower School  were represented, by 9 children. The children did them proud, as always. If you would like to see your child listed against their club or school on the results, send me a message (confirming that the school /club gives us authority to add them) and we'll get them listed. I will be discussing this  more in due course.  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/colchester-juniors/results/clublist/

A special mention must go to Jared, who yesterday completed his 100th junior parkrun - he has completed every single one with us, so it is truly special. Well done Jared! 

Archie and Edwards completed an incredible 50th run yesterday, reaching Ultra Marathon status! Katie, Evie and Rene hit the 21 run milestone, Marathon status. Rebecca and Oliver are well on their way having achieved the first milestone, 11 and Half Marathon status. Every single one of them should feel so very proud. :-)

We are aware about the starting line up being quite wide now, and will be taking steps to make it better for all. With this in mind, and Lead VC Jennies brilliant idea, we will be introducing a start funnel. When your junior goes into the funnel, please be mindful as to where they put themselves. We want to ensure that all children are as safe as can be. Although we cannot say where children must place themselves, it does make sense from a safety aspect that the faster runners are at the front. Adults can run with their junior, but stay on the left hand side. If you wish to start with your junior (we understand that there are many reasons for this), please start at the back. As always, no adults are to enter the finish funnel. This is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children in the start area. The Run Director will not let the children start to run unless satisfied that it is safe to do so. We are also aware of cheeky juniors who are cutting the course, we will be able to identify the repeat offenders and will take action to stop it happening. We don't want to have to go serious with this as it is a run about fun, however it is causing a safety hazard (on top of what is technically cheating) as they are darting back into the run and causing a trip hazard. If it doesn't stop - we may have no choice but to remove them from the results. We'll obviously do a final and direct approach to them and their parents /guardians if it happens again. Hopefully they'll take heed before then.

Volunteers. Volunteers, Volunteers volunteers! I'm a volunteer, the run directors and volunteer coordinators are volunteers. We need more each week to carry out the roles which make junior parkrun happen. They are honestly all so straight forward! Without ample volunteers, we simply cannot let the children run. Please contact us and let us know if you can volunteer, like us, you'll be doing it for the kids.

 

Please have a look at our junior parkrun code which is the news item below. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be kept in the loop throughout the week!

Have a great week,

Karrianne

 

The junior parkrun code (9th July 2018)

 

Here is a reminder of our code.

1- A parent or guardian accompanies under 11's to and from the event.
2- For children aged 4 to 14.
3- Parents and guardians can take part too.
4- Pay attention to the pre-run briefing.
5- Respect the park and other park users.
6- Let children walk, jog, hop, skip and run for fun!
7- No dogs allowed.
8- Only children to enter the finish funnel.
9- No barcode, no time, no exception.
10- Thank the amazing volunteers.

Why am I reminding you of this I hear you ask?
With the hot weather, some children may struggle in the heat. If a child asks to stop and no finish as its too hot for them- please let them.

No child should feel unhappy nor distressed whilst participating in this event. There is absolutely no shame in a child knowing that its too hot for their body to finish.

If a child says its too hot and they want to stop - please let them. It could cause a medical situation if a child is made to continue running when they feel unable to.

It is critically important that ALL in attendance listen to the briefing prior to the run, this is there for safety reasons. The chatting can wait until the children start running.

Colchester junior parkrun have a duty of care to every child that runs with us each week, it is a responsibility and duty we take extremely seriously.

We strongly encourage the children to have easy access to water when running with us, and water bottles can be refilled for free at the GO4 cafe.

At Colchester junior parkrun- the junior ALWAYS comes first. It is their run (it's not a race!), their time, their choice. 

Thank you,
Karrianne
Event Director

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#103 : 1st July 2018

Wow! What a morning!

RD Hannah had her 2nd solo stint as Run Director and is doing a cracking job. I was unable to come today and am gutted I missed her warm up as I know she'd been practising it all week!

We had a great turnout - 140 children came out to be active with us this morning.

7 different clubs were represented, with William from the Harriers (Colchester) not only leading the juniors into the finish! Tiptree Roadrunners, St Mary's Lower School, Running Colchester, Jogging made Easy, Great Bentley RC and Colchester & Tendring AC.

There were a fantastic 14 juniors who came along for the first time, we hope they enjoyed it and come back next week. They have just 10 more runs until they qualify for their free Half Marathon Wristband.
17 juniors achieved Personal Bests - well done!!

Jared is just ONE RUN away from his 100th Colchester junior parkrun - make sure you cheer him loudly over the finish line next week, it's a remarkable achievement and inspiring dedication.

Joshua, Ethan, Benedict and Oliver all ran their 21st (Marathon distance)junior parkrun this morning. Efa and Charlotte ran their 11th (Half Marathon) junior parkrun today, qualifying them for their FREE Milestone Wristbands! They can get a certificate to take into school if they login to their parkrun account and click the 'Club Progress' link.

Every week, we are able to put this event on thanks to willing volunteers. Quite often it's the same people week in, week out (although we did have new volunteers today, thank you and welcome:-)) If you fancy helping us, let the Volunteer Coordinators know by contacting us on facebook.

On the topic of Volunteers, please remember to return all kit to the table after. This includes the 'Caution Runner' signs. We have to pay for our equipment and would rather not have to shell out to replace it all.

Finish tokens must also always be returned to us, they are the property of parkrun and are expensive to replace. We need them for the following week, so please return them.

Find us on Facebook /twitter and instragram if you haven't already to be kept up to date with what we do.

We'd love you to leave a review on our Facebook page if you get a chance.

Have a great week,
Karrianne
Event Director
#loveparkrun #loveColchesterjuniorparkrun

 

#102 : 24th June 2018

The first thing that I simply must say, is a HUGE well done to Hannah and Susie! This morning were their first ever solo appearances as Run Director /Volunteer Coordinator.
For Hannah- this involved her first briefing and first time processing the results. She did it all seamlessly. See below to find out what being a Run Director involves.

For Susie- this involved making sure that we had enough volunteers in the required roles so that we can let the children run, and it was her first time asking for volunteers, updating the roster, ticking people in and confirming it all so that those that helped us get their credits and so on. This is an role that often doesn't get the respect and understanding it deserves. It is quite possibly (asides from the Event Director role!) the role which takes the most time on a rolling basis.

I am honestly over the moon to have them both on my team, they've taken to it like ducks to water. I have another new RD and VC in the pipeline, it won't be long before we all get to give them a well done too.

As Event Director who has also been doing the Run Director role for recent weeks, it was a true pleasure to be able to stand back today and just watch it happen. Something which Debs (founder and my predecessor in the ED role) has mentioned before, it's truly quite overwhelmingly. The Core Team volunteers as well as all our volunteers deserve a big thank you so please try to take a moment to thank them each week.

Onto the children and the sole reason we are all here!!

Well, wow!! 159 children out up and early on a Sunday morning!!
Another good number of first timers, 14!! You'll never guess how many Personal Bests were recorded so I'll tell you - 38! We also had 6 different clubs represented, the juniors running under the club names were a true credit. If you would like your school registered as a club (following St Marys Lower Schools lead), get in touch and I'll get it sorted for you. It's free, and worthwhile for both the child and the school.

Jared is now just 2 runs away from achieving a staggering 100 runs, every single one he's done at Colchester junior parkrun.
Arlo and Lilly both hit the Marathon milestone, running their 21st junior parkruns with us this morning. Well done to both of you for running the equivalent of a marathon with junior parkrun!
Emily did her 11th run this morning, she finishes every time with an awesome sprint finish! That's the equivalent of a half marathon, a great feat!

It made my day to see Run Director Shawn's son and Colchester Harriers runner Harrison come over the line first with PB!

Don't forget our badge competition, only a handful in so far. Get a picture by our flag with the aim of highlighting how much the junior loves Colchester junior parkrun. Share the picture on our Facebook or twitter page and use the hashtags #LoveColchesterjuniorparkrun and #loveparkrun, the core team will pick who they think best captures us. The chosen junior will get a limited edition Colchester junior parkrun badge!

In recent weeks, the number of 'unknown runners' is increasing. Please make sure that you print off a barcode and bring it along. No barcode not only means no time at juniors, it means no wristband too. The wristbands ARE FREE, so please get their barcode printed so that they can work towards the milestones. If you haven't got access to a printer but want to get your junior logging their runs, please let me know.

Have a fantastic week!
Karrianne
Event Director

RUN DIRECTOR
The Run Director takes charge of the organisation on a particular parkrunday.

When undertaking this role the Run Director should not run or carry out any of the following tasks: pacing, tail walking, timekeeping, back-up timer, barcode scanning, finish tokens or marshal. Other ancillary volunteer tasks are allowed.

They have overall responsibility for event safety, will usually make the Pre-run Announcements, set the field on their way, and oversee proceedings during the event and at the finish line.

Most importantly, the Run Director decides whether the event should be cancelled or postponed or that an adjustment to the course is needed (because of bad weather or other circumstance). Such decisions will be taken with guidance from the other event organisers but the Run Director has the final say.

This role should not be confused with the Event Director (who takes a leadership role in the event's organising committee); while the Event Director may perform the Run Director role on a frequent basis, they are not the same.

Those under the age of 18 can be Run Directors, if accompanied by an adult Run Director.

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