Event 83 – 3rd December 2017

What a surprise waking up and stepping out of the house to a rather mild and pleasant morning, it felt like perfect running weather and 52 of you fabulous juniors thought so too!

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We started off this morning by rewarding our juniors their milestone wristbands as they have done an amazing job running 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns.  Don't forget to tell the run director when you are due for your wristband.  This week Hannah, Abbie, Alex and Samuel achieved their half marathon and Noah achieved a marathon, fantastic and well done!

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Our DofE volunteers James, Jack, Ewan and Christopher then delivered the warm up brilliantly to get all the juniors ready for a run.

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We were joined by one first timer this week, welcome and we hope you enjoyed our course.  A whopping 13 juniors achieved personal bests, great running from you all.

Lastly a big thank you to our volunteers and those who stepped in at the last minute so we could run the juniors safely, it's really appreciated that you all give your time on Sunday morning to help out.  Christopher and Jack kept time, Peter, Peter, Amanda, Fraser, Jonathan, Jon, Felix, Sarah, Kelly, Nicola and Rich marshalled, Ella and Ewan scanned everyone in, James managed the funnel, Rob handed out tokens, Sam tail walked you all safely around the course and Theo sorted tokens.

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Next week Helen will be wearing the run director vest and still needs some marshals for a full team, drop us an email at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or leave a message on our facebook page gedling junior parkrun if you can help out.

 

Event 82 – 26th November 2017

Bright blue skies, lovely sunshine... but ooooh it wasn't half cold up on Mount Gedling this morning.

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We welcomed 38 fabulous junior parkrunners including 1 brand new parkrunner (glad you came to join us, Alexander!) and despite it being frosty out there, 8 of you earned yourselves a PB... on the role of honour this week were Joshua, Sienna, Seb, Reece, Lucy, Fyfe, Tallyn and Kitty, didn't you all do well today!

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This morning's hi-vis heroes were awesome as ever. It was Nickesh's first time as run director for juniors and he did a great job - thanks, Nickesh! Thank you also to Sammy and Ewan on time keeping duty; Pete, Sam, Kelly, Jonathan, Sue, Allan, Sarah, Emma, Jenny, Tamsin and Richards who were marvellous marshals; Christopher and Felix who were brilliant at beeping barcodes; Jack and Martin who were fabulous at the finish funnel; Nic who tail walked tremendously; James who brought his own special skills to the loud hailer cheering everyone in; and me, Sarah, floating around supporting Nickesh on his first time as run director.

If you fancy a go at volunteering, that would be awesome! None of the jobs are difficult and you'll be talked through what you need to do on parkrunday... so why not join us? Email our volunteer co-ordinator Olivia at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or stop by our Facebook page and let us know you'd like to help. It's a brilliant way to start your Sunday and there's nothing quite like giving out high fives to all of our juniors as they whizz past!

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Talking of brilliant, we had a fair few wristbands to give out this morning. Heidi, Alice, Luke and Joshua all got their half marathon wristbands, while Effie and Libby earned the very impressive ultra marathon wristbands. Superb effort you guys! If you're due a wristband (11 runs for a half marathon wristband, 21 for a marathon and 50 for an ultramarathon) then just let the run director know and we'll make sure you're presented with it!

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Congratulations to Joshua and Lucy for being our first finishers this morning... and a massive congratulations for all of our runners today who absolutely stormed into the finish funnel! The number of juniors I saw running so fast they almost didn't get a finish token... well, I lost count!

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Olivia is in charge next week for our first run in December (which reminds me - we have a Christmas jumper juniors on Christmas Eve morning so tell your friends it'll be a really fun one!) and we're looking forward to it already!

Happy running!

Sarah

 

Event 81 – 19th November 2017

Crisp, fresh, frosty and sunny is the way to describe this morning, it didn't put you off though as 49 fabulous juniors joined us on the hills to tackle our 2km course around the park!

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This week I would like to start by thanking our amazing group of volunteers who turn up at 8.15 and help set out the course, wait patiently while I allocate marshalling spots and brief everyone on their roles for the morning.  It's not ideal when it's so cold but you all are happy to help out, muck in and make the magic happen!

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Today our team consisted of Olivia run directing, Peter and Jack keeping time, Peter, Ian, Alex, Amanda, Niamh, Fraser, Sarah, Kelly, Samantha, Jonathan, Clare and Ellie on marshalling points, Ella and Ewan barcode scanning, Sammy on token support, Christopher managing the funnel, Paula handing out tokens and Helen tail walking.

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And now to the good bit, this week Libby achieved her 50th run and received her ultra wristband, well done!

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We also had chocolate treats at the finish thanks to Dylan who was celebrating his 7th birthday! Our D of E volunteers Jack, Christopher, Ewan and Sammy then did a great job getting you all warmed up before running around the course.

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Welcome to our first timers who joined us, we hope to see you again soon. Just a reminder to register https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ so you can bring your barcode next time to record your runs. We had 7 unknown runners this week without barcodes and we would love it if you had a record of your amazing achievements so you can receive milestone wristbands when completing 11, 21 and 50 runs. This week saw 6 personal best times recorded, great work juniors!

That's all for this week so I will pass the blue and white run director vest over to Sarah so we can do it all again next week.

 

Event 80 – 12th November 2017 – The Cold One

Such a beautiful sunny morning for a junior parkrun! But it was cold, brrrr! 63 chilly children and their adults chivvied themselves out of their beds to run around our twisty turny course. I hope you've all warmed up with a hot chocolate!

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We welcomed 2 youngsters new to parkrun, we hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we enjoy putting it on. There were 5 of you new to Gedling, we hope to welcome you again soon. And once you've notched up 11, 21 and 50 runs you will be eligible to claim your wrist bands, just like Max and Zoe here who proudly claimed their Half Marathon bands. According to the results, Heidi and Noah are also entitled to a Half and a Full marathon band so please make yourselves known to the Run Director next time you visit.

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Despite the cold, 12 of you recorded a PB, well done! Here's Freya our first finishing female looking deservedly pleased with herself!

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An extra special heartfelt warm and fuzzy thank you to our volunteers today. Olivia and I were chatting this morning and realise that most of our volunteers are so regular and committed that they are on the hills more often than the Run Directors. I personally am really proud of the community that has built up around our little event in Gedling and love watching whole families coming down to volunteer and run together. The rota is full for next week but there's always room for more so if you aren't quite sure what's involved and would like to shadow a volunteer we would always welcome extras!

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Advanced warning that we WILL be running on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve but have declined the opportunity to host an extra event on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you'd like to bag a volunteer slot for either of our festive events, please email Olivia at the office gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com or comment on our facebook page.

 

Event 79 – 5th November 2017

The junior parkrunners were showing lots of sparkle at our 5th November Gedling junior parkrun. We had 62 juniors join us today for some rocket running, joyous jogging and whistling walking. (Yes we were struggling with bonfire themed words that begin with J! Let us know if you can think of one - your prize will be a free junior parkrun next week!)

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We welcomed one official first timer - welcome Kitty! However there was also at least one other first timer without their barcode so welcome to you too (sorry we don't know your name).

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The juniors today were like fizzing fireworks - 9 of you recorded a pyrotechnic personal best so well done to Rafe, Dylan, Seren, Saphia, Luke, Ella, Thomas, Rosemary and Esme. Of course it does not matter how fast or slow you run or walk - we just love that you are outside having exercise and enjoying yourselves.

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We had quite a few wristbands to hand out today so well done to Isaac, Ewan and Thomas who ran their 11th (half marathon) junior parkrun and Evan and Austin who ran their 21st (marathon) junior parkrun. Don't forget to also go on your parkrun profile to print off your certificate.

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Junior parkrun would not be able to go ahead without our amazing volunteers, who were on the hills at 815am in the cold getting the course ready for you. So a big thank you to our terrific time keepers Jack and Kelly, our magnificent marshals were Peter, Jonathan, Emma, Jenny, Robert, Samantha, Sammy, Clare, Roger, Sarah and Olivia, the brilliant bar code scanners were Sarah and Felix supported by Tom. On the fantastic funnel we had Christopher and James and terrifically tail walking were Amanda and Niamh and Helen was your run director.

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We had a little mishap with the tokens today so if you think that your result was not correct let us know and we will see if we can do anything about it.

Can we also remind you of our junior parkrun code - "No dogs on the course please" except of course for assistance dogs. Obviously we can not stop dogs who are with other park users but no dogs please with runners or parents on the course.

Now I know that you are all keen to get running but please can faster runners be aware of the other runners around you as we had an incident today when a junior was knocked over by another runner. Please help keep the parkrun fun for everyone!

That's all for now. We hope to see you again next week at Gedling when Tamsin will have the Run director vest on.

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