Christmas Day 2018

We are very pleased to confirm that we will be running Colchester junior parkrun on Christmas Day, the wonderful Chris Chandler will be your Run Director.

This has been very successful for the two years we've done Christmas Day, we look forward to burning off some of the christmas chocolate with you!



#117 – Sunday 7th October

Go on.. guess how many children were out running, skipping and walking their socks this morning on a beautiful autumnal morning..? 126!! 10 of these were first timers!!

Well done to Ted B for running his 50th junior parkrun, and to Harvey D, Milly EK, Starr S, Joseph H and Elsa S for running their 11th junior parkrun. Wristbands will be presented to you all next Sunday.

6 running clubs were represented by 8 juniors, with Finn from Colchester & Tendring AC leading the children into the finish in a remarkable time, sub 8 minutes and a junior parkrun PB for him!
Over 20 children also achieved a PB for time this morning, however every child who left their home to run with us this morning did their very best and all 126 should feel very very proud.

Ever wondered what the 'Age Grade' column is about? It is explained here (hopefully the link will work!)

Massive thank you to all fellow volunteers, without you none of this would happen for the children.
I'd also like to publicly thank every single volunteer on the Core Team (those still on the team and all of those who been on it previously). Like myself, they are all volunteers. A LOT of time is spent behind the scenes doing various tasks to ensure the run happens each week (from results processing to preparing wristbands, clearing the data from the gadgets to stringing up the finish tokens plus checking/responding the emails and many more little jobs that take up time).

See you all soon,
Run Director 7/10/18
Event Director


#112: Sunday 2nd September 2018

133 children came this morning to run, skip and walk around the 2 lap 2km course. It was great seeing so many still in their jim jams!

It was a morning of highs and lows, it was Jennie's last morning as VC. She has been a part of the team since the very beginning, a founding team member and has devoted many hours to the juniors. She is embarking on an exciting new journey and we wish her the very best.

Izzy has recently celebrated achieving 100 volunteer stints. Izzy volunteers for both us and Castle Park parkrun, her dedication is very impressive. Please do be inspired by her and consider volunteering for the juniors once in a while.

We were joined by Lewis Richardson, Team GB Boxer as part of the #teamparkrun. Lewis was fab! He led the warm up, started the run, tailwalked for one lap before coming to the finish to watch the children finish. AND he helped close down the event too, helping put the equipment way. We are truly grateful for his help and hope he comes back again soon!

These children achieved a milestone this morning:
Lilah M, Eloise L and Kayleigh S achieved the Half Marathon milestone.
Joshua L-S has achieved his Marathon milestone.
They will be called up on Sunday to receive their bands.

We have some bands that were achieved in May and June and remain unclaimed, I have taken them out of the bag as I needed to reassign them. If you believe your junior is due a wristband please let us know before the Saturday afternoon so we have time to get it ready.

We had 4 first timers, 26 PBs and 5 running clubs represented.

Your Run Director next week is Karen C, she is making her RD debut so make sure you listen to her. We also have a new VC, Christina G making her debut, please help her by arriving on time if you are volunteering so she can assign you the kit relevant to your role.

The children can't run if we haven't enough volunteers, so please help enable them to run by volunteering occasionally if logistical allow.

I hope all the children have a great start to their school term, whether going back to a new year/starting a new school or, like my youngest, starting school for the first time.

Have a great week,
ED (and todays RD)


#110 – 19th August 2018

Sunday stats for Colchester junior parkrun

7 first timers (We hope you had fun!)
27 PBs achieved (Well done speedy shoes)
112 runners (Thankyou all for coming!)
And a wonderful bunch of hi-vis heroes!

11 milestone runs completed- please check below for your child’s name! I will be calling out these names next Sunday so your child can collect their FREE milestone wristband

Half marathon (11 runs)
Neveah M
Olivia P
Eva VD
Holly L
Aidan L

Marathon (21 runs)
Ella L
Aidan F
Amelia B
Joshua W
Rachel S
Sammy B

We also have a growing band of uncollected wristbands. Please message us if you think your child is due a wristband or has collected their wristband as a tourist elsewhere. 



#109: 12th August 2018

Another brilliant morning, 91 children ran and walked their way to the finish funnel- completing 2k. The rain managed to hold off until afterwards as well!

Two children received their Marathon wristbands- well done! 15 of you got a PB, great effort!!

We had 8 first timers to junior parkrun who ran with us for the first time! We hope you enjoyed it and come back soon!

With it being the summer holidays, we could do with a show of hands for marshals. If we don't have enough, the children simply cannot run as we need a set number to proceed. Contact us and pop your name down, it's lots of fun!

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


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