Event 86 – 31st December 2017 – the last one this year!

Hasn't this year just flown by? One minute we're enjoying summer sunshine, and next thing you know we're polishing off the last of the Christmas chocolates and seeing out the last few hours of the year. And what a way to do it by running with your friends at Mount Gedling. Despite the horrible dark and miserable rain first thing, we had 31 brave parkrunners come to join us. We also had one first timer - welcome to parkrun Oliver, we hope you enjoyed it! It was also lovely to chat to you all before the start and hear about how much fun you'd had at Christmas. You can't beat a junior parkrun for starting your day right!

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Huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers this morning too. You have been utterly brilliant all year and today was no exception. Our Duke of Edinburgh teens got the finish funnel set up in double quick time. Our junior volunteers were there bright and early. And the rest of our fabulous hi-vis heroes made magic happen and conjured a parkrun up out of nowhere. Thank you! If you'd like to have a go at volunteering, please let us know at gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com and we'll add you to the roster. It's lots of fun, you'll be talked through what you need to do and it's a great way of helping our youngsters have a terrific start to their Sundays!

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With their name in lights today we had Christopher and Ella on the stop watches (Ella's first go at timing and she did a great job); Jonathan, Amanda, Iain, Alex, Ed, Wayne, Tabiltha, Kel, Ellie, James, Jonah, Rob and Pete marshalling the mountains; Ewan and Felix beeping barcodes; Sammy and Jack on the finish funnel; Nic bringing up the rear as tail walker; Bea doing a wonderful warm-up; and me, Sarah, wearing the run director's vest and hoping the wheels didn't fall off the whole shebang! You all made the last junior parkrun of the year an absolute treat!

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Looking at the results, Amelia and Reece were our first finishers today... and only one runner managed a personal best out there (think everyone was probably too full of Christmas cake to run super fast!), and that runner was Leo. Great job today, Leo! Well done also to Ava who earned her half marathon wristband today - wear that wristband with pride and don't forget to print off your certificate from your parkrun profile page!

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Once everything was packed away safely, I headed off to process the results. We had a slight mishap with dropping a big batch of the finish tokens during the run this morning (whoops!), so I've hopefully sorted it all out on the results. If you spot that your result looks odd, just email us at gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com and I'll take a look for you!

All that remains is for me to thank you for a brilliant year of junior parkrunning... and to wish you a very Happy New Year. May 2018 be full of running, fun, friends and happiness!

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Happy running!

Sarah