Event 144 – 10th March 2019 – Snow!

Well when I woke up on Sunday morning I wasn't expecting snow when I looked out of the window! I had to get dressed super quick and get myself up to Gedling Country Park earlier than normal to check out the course. Luckily the snow had melted on the paths and they were not slippy so we were good to go!

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Our fabulous volunteers who turned up to cheer you around the course were very pleased to see 43 juniors turn up to run, jog and walk our course. Unfortunately 3 of our runners had to retire early due to not feeling well so I hope that Charlie, James and Harry feel better now.

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We were amazed that despite the cold weather we had 6 first timers to Gedling junior parkrun (and 5 of these were completely new to junior parkrun) so hello to Miles, Rhianna, Amelia, Beatrice, Eva and Louie.

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The cold weather did not stop an amazing 14 of you achieving personal bests so well done to Oliver, Max, Esmee, Evelyn, Edward, Charley, James, Daniel, Lucas, Ryan, Arthur, Eve, Heidi and Erin.

We gave out milestone wristbands to Freya (half marathon) and Oliver (marathon) who had not collected them previously. Edward should have also collected his half marathon wristband so let the Run Director know next time you join us.

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It was lovely to see a family get together who had travelled from London and Yorkshire to visit their grandparents in Nottingham. We will hopefully see you again next time you are visiting!

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A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who braved the cold. This week we had Oliver and Jonathan keeping time, Ewan and Matthew bar code scanning, Sammy and Ed on the funnel, Bob and Erin tail walking and Ryan sorting tokens. Our magnificent marshals were Nick, Bo, Joanne, Zoe, Louisa, Eve, Madeline, Clare, Ray, Jolene and Martin. Please do let us know if you can volunteer, we would love to have you help us. I didn't realise until after Sunday that it was my 100th time volunteering for parkrun - it is amazing how quickly all the volunteering adds up!

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Before I go I just want to say thank you to Peter who was the Run Director last week. He is one of the Run Directors from Hucknall junior parkrun who stepped into help us out when none of us were available.

That's all for now, see you soon.

Helen

 

Event #142 – 24 February 2019 – the one with all the fog

It was an faintly apocalyptic start to the junior park run this week with a fog that promised to burn off any minute but kept returning.  At one point Kelly could see Richard - next moment she couldn't!!!  Richard has posted some much better photos on our facebook page.

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As ever we had a fabulous volunteer team of Alice, Charlie, Esther, Ewan, Helen, James, Joanne, Kelly, Kevin, Linda, Matthew, Nicola, Richard, Sammy, Tamsin, Tom and Zoe.  It takes a lot of volunteers to make sure everyone can run safely and it's a fab way to kick off your Sunday - if you're up for giving it a go do please contact the lovely Sarah on gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

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We had some wristbands to give out this week with Alex getting her half marathon and Anya getting her marathon wrist band - well done girls!!!!

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We also seemed to have a lot of teddies and cuddly toys in attendance this week.  Here is Jude and Martha with Stanley the bear who was spending time away from drama club to see what people got up to during the half term.  well done for getting all the way round Stanley!

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Another fabulous morning.  Just a couple of quick reminders - please don't bring dogs with you some of our runners are really quite afraid of them, please don't take tokens home with you - I know they make a lovely souvenir but if you make sure you bring your barcode seeing your/your child's time is even better.  And finally please make sure your children understand this is a friendly event - it's not a competitive event and we expect kindness and patience from all our finishers!

That's all folks - see you soon - Peter from another park run will be with you this week - please be gentle!!

 

Event 141: 17th February

I think I may have mentioned before but I love parkrun!! It was a genuinely joyful experience on Sunday morning when 75 exceptionally motivated youngsters took a run around our lovely park after Sammy, Ewan and Louis warmed you up.

At least 11 runners were first timers to the world of parkrun and in fact there were a couple more who hadn't printed off their barcode. We hope you felt welcome and we look forward to seeing you again. There were 17 shiny New PBs so the warmer weather and lack of rain must have helped!

There have been a few changes with our email accounts and the way we store and share photographs. This is mainly just causing brain ache for the run directors whilst we work out how to embed photos in to these news reports. I think I've managed it but they might be a bit big!

And I can't quite work out how to get the volunteer photo in the right place but please pass on your thanks to this weeks excellent volunteers: Sharon ASTILL, Frances ASTILL, Louis ASTILL, Julie BRIDGES, Kevin ELTOFT-PREST, Tom ENGLAND, John ENGLAND, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Louis JAMSON, Sammy KING, Ian MARSHALL, Matthew MARSHALL, Tamsin MILLNS, Kelly MORPHUS, Bo NOWICKI, Joanne TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Alice TOWNEND, Ewan WANE, Mary WEATHERALL, Julie WEBSTER, Madeleine WELLS 

[I might have actually managed a photo too now...]

Did you know that 2 of our Marshals were made for the job given that their surnames are Marshall! If you are also born to be a volunteer, please get in touch at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com and we'll get you added on.  Full training is provided and its really good fun - honest!

Jenny will be in the blue and white next week so I'll hand over to her for now!

Happy parkrunning! Tamsin x

 

 

 

Event 140: 10th of February 2019.

Wet. That's what we were! Wet.

It was the soggiest Sunday morning for quite a while today, but that did not stop 35 brave and determined junior parkrunners turning up and tackling the elements and the hills of Gedling. A massive well done to all of you and also to those adults who were responsible for getting you to and from the park.

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Despite the conditions, a fantastic thirteen of you somehow managed to record your fastest ever time, congratulations all of you. It's not all about speed though, today we welcomed four of you who were absolutely brand to junior parkrun. Welcome Grace, Riley, Joseph and Adam, we hope to see you all again very soon.

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We had a couple of juniors picking up their first wristbands today, both Ravi and Ada are now very proud owners of their half-marathon bands. Well done you two, keep on coming and you will soon get your marathon and ultra-marathon bands.

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There was a fine selection of umbrellas on show today too, helping to keep your marshals as dry as possible. We wouldn't be able to get this event up and running without the lovely volunteers and we are always on the look out for more happy helpers, willing to join to group. If you fancy it, just let your Run Director know, or drop us an email. Please note that the email address will change tomorrow (11 Feb 19) to gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com

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That's it from me. Tamsin takes the reins next week and I know she is looking forward to it.

See you soon, Jonathan. #loveparkrun

 

Event 139 – 3rd February 2019

What a surprise it was that Gedling junior parkrun was not cancelled this week. We are use to how the course gets icy so when I arrived just after 7.30am on Sunday morning to inspect the course I was fully expecting to have to cancel and be back home shortly after to tuck into my breakfast! Luckily I was wrong and with only a couple of minor icy areas where we had extra marshals we were able to proceed.

What a fantastic morning we had too - 75 juniors and their grown ups joined us at Gedling Country Park to walk, jog and run up and down our hills and zig zags. Some juniors managed to come and visit us as their usual activities (football and rugby) were cancelled and we also had tourists from Hucknall, Rushcliffe and Long Eaton junior parkruns so welcome to you all.

We had 14 first timers to Gedling and 9 of whom were completely new to parkrun so hello to Ioan, Finley, Henry, Woody, Edward, Amy, Madeline, Martha and Heidi.

The cold did not stop you zooming around the course and 14 of you achieved a personal best so well done to Fleur, Edward, James, Finlay, Kitty, Rosa, Jacob, Edward, Daniel, Pippa, Olivia, Lexi, Harry and Isabelle.

Martha, Maisy and Edward all ran their 11th junior parkrun so have earnt their half marathon wristband.

Don't forget that when you reach 11 junior parkruns you have ran the equivalent of a half marathon, 21 is a marathon and 50 is an ultra marathon. Let the run director know and you can be presented with your wristband and you can print a certificate off the website on your parkrun profile. They are a great achievement and are really good towards badges at cubs/brownies etc and for show and tell at school.

Talking about schools - did you know that at least 22 out of the 75 juniors this week were from Woodthorpe Infant School or Arno Vale Junior School (they are a linked infant and junior school). Well done! Maybe you would like to see if any of your friends from school would like to join you next week?

Of course junior parkrun can not happen without our wonderful volunteers who were still smiling despite the cold weather. So a big thank you to our hi vis heros - Louis and Sammy were keeping time, Frances and Nick were scanning the bar codes, Ewan and Louis were on the funnel, Nic and Oliver were tailwalkers and the mountain marshals were Sharon, Jonathon. Joanne, Zoe, Richard, Tom, John, Jolene, Seb, Eve, Matthew, Linda, James, Michelle and Rob.

See you all soon

Helen
P.S Apologies for the lack of photos - I have had a few technical difficulties and will put them on facebook instead!

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