Happy New Year junior parkrunners!! First junior parkrun of the year and what a parkrun it was! We had a superb 68 runners join us on Mount Gedling and it was brilliant to see that we had 15 first timers join us. A very warm Gedling juniors welcome to Charlie, Eva, Ella, Amisha, Olivia, Marrissa, James, Harry T, Harry P, Charis, Talitha, Dominic, William, Oscar and Luke - we hope you had fun running up and down our crazy hills and we'd love to see you again another week!
As ever, junior parkrun just wouldn't happen if it weren't for our wonderful volunteers. We had 22 hi-vis heroes this morning and from setting up the course first thing to high fiving our juniors around the course, they did a terrific job. If you fancy having your name in lights another week, give Richard, our brand sparkling new volunteer co-ordinator, a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org or shout up on our Facebook page and he'll pop you on the roster no trouble. We promise you'll enjoy yourself and if you fancy helping out while your junior runner does their running, then we have roles you can slot into a treat!
Keeping everyone in order this week was Jonathan in his first go at Run Directing (you did a terrific job, Jonathan - thank you!); timekeeping we had Sammy and Jack; Marshalling we had Kel, James, Jonah, Tamsin, Richard, Clare, Ian, Wayne, Tabitha, Sarah, Ellie and Sam; barcode beeping were James and Yasmin; having fun in the finish fun-nel were Ewan and Christopher; Tail Walking was the lovely Nic; Bea did an awesome warm up; and me, Sarah, supported Jonathan, did the results processing and report writing and generally floated about happily!
And what about the running? Well, boy oh boy did you run your socks off today! We had a cracking 9 personal bests out there today and when our 15 new runners join us again another week, I bet there will be plenty more personal bests in the bag too! A huge well done to Seb, Oliver, Erin, Max, Alexander A, Alexander L-H, Rafe, Luke and Anastazia - you worked hard for those PBs this morning and I hope you're all feeling really proud of yourselves.
Congratulations to Jude and Erin who were first boy and girl respectively... and welcome to the Half Marathon club Jude and Alexander L-H - you've done 11 junior parkruns and you've well and truly earned those blue half marathon wristbands. Don't forget to go to your parkrun profile and print off your certificates too!
Next week, Tamsin will be Run Directing and no doubt we will have lots more little legs zooming up and down the hills. For now, sit back, relax and give yourselves a pat on the back for starting your Sunday off in a brilliant way!