HAPPY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Gedling juniors to all of our lovely runners and families who came to see us this morning. I don't know who was more excited - our juniors... or me, getting the opportunity to dress up as an Elf for the morning. You all looked amazing and absolutely rocked those Christmas jumpers and hats. I bet they helped your legs work extra quick this morning.
As ever, I need to say a huge big thank you to our wonderful volunteers. Some splendid Santa hats and reindeer antlers were worn and set off the hi-vis a treat
With their names up in lights today were Sammy and Jack on the stop watches; Amanda, Sam, Roger, Jonathan, Nic, Sue, Allan, Olivia, Peter and Kel giving out festive high fives; Felix and Orla scanning the barco-ho-ho-des!; Ella and Ewan managing the finish funnel in Christmassy style, Helen doing tinselly tail walking; Fleur doing her best winter wonderland warm-up... and me, holding clipboard, loud hailer, pens, phone, wristbands and just about everything else and realising that elves don't have pockets, which is a bit of a nuisance if you're run directing! Whoops!
I don't know whether being super excited about Christmas helped... but of our 53 participants (9 of you were first timers and we hope you had a great time with us) this morning, a terrific 7 of you bagged yourselves a PB. Well done! In the PB hall of fame this morning were Reece, Anora, Matilda, Seb, Tallyn, Alexander and Ivy - you rocked it!
An extra congratulations to Ivy today as she not only got a PB, but managed to earn her half marathon wristband - and wore some exceptionally cute reindeers on her head!
It always amazes me to see where you all keep your barcodes as you run. Some are clipped to shoes. Some pinned on to tops. Some folded up into a scrunched up bundle! And my new favourite, Fleur, who wore hers in her hair! Genius!
As we head towards the New Year, we wanted to remind you all that we will be holding a junior parkrun on New Year's Eve... so, what better way to see our 2017 than with a run? Come and join us all then, and if you want to get your name on the roster, then please shout up. We're very short of marshals as well as a barcode scanner and tail walker. We need you!
A final special mention needs to go to one of our core team (all of whom are brilliant and help keep our parkrun alive week in and week out)... Olivia Deacon. She is stepping back from the core team and I wanted to say what an utter superstar she has been for the past 18 months - not only a member of the core team and a fabulous run director, but she has also been our volunteer co-ordinator since we started and has done an absolutely tremendous job of helping to build our very special volunteer community. Thank you so much, Olivia - we'll miss you lots and it's been an absolute pleasure to have you as part of the team.
So... now that the kit is back in storage, results are processed, tokens sorted, photos uploaded and run report written, all I need to say is another very MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us to all of you. I hope you have a lovely time!