I asked my 8 year old son how he thought that I should start the run report this week and this is his opening sentence - "What another lovely morning at Gedling junior parkrun!" We had 36 fantastic runners, joggers and walkers negotiating the hills and zig zags that we love about Gedling country park.
Two enthusiastic first timers to parkrun joined us today so welcome to Saul and Luca. Lilia and John who have ran at other junior parkruns tried out Gedling for the first time. We hope that you come and visit us again.
We had 5 juniors achieving a personal best so well done to Chloe, William, Joshua, Stefan and Henry. They have added to an amazing total of 967 personal bests at Gedling junior parkrun in the last 2 years.
Remember that we give out milestone wristbands (and you can print off a certificate off the parkrun website) when you have achieved 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Today we presented Stefan and Rafe with their half marathon wristbands. Joshua should have had one as well so please ask the run director for one next time you are at junior parkrun.
It is a fact that our volunteers are amazing! On Saturday afternoon we were short of 8 volunteers but when we put another request out lots of people came forward and filled the roster so a big thank you to you all. Today we had Evie and Kelly keeping time, Jack and James bar code scanning, Claire managing the funnel, Ewan handing out the tokens and Mandy tail walking. Our magnificent marshals were Roger, Sam, Libby, Hilary, Jon, Karen, Ben, Lyndsey, David, Rebecca, David and Lily.
Claire and Adam were helping out with run directing and they sucessfully processed the results as practice for when they are on the core team of Newark junior parkrun so best of luck to them when this launches.
As always our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers led a fantastic warm up and even managed some flying feet!
Important news - next week is our 2nd birthday! Where has all that time gone? To celebrate we would like you to wear fancy dress (including parents!) although this is of course optional. I have also heard that there may be cake!
Which brings me round to a toy plastic pig. When David and Rebecca cleared away the cones at the out and back they found a toy plastic pig under the cones - answers on a postcard for how that got there please! Although I have my suspicions as to the culprits i.e. the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers - Jack and James who set this part of the course up!
Enjoy the birthday celebrations next week! A fantastic birthday present for junior parkrun would be to get the volunteer roster filled as soon as possible so please let us know if you can help out.