I thought that last Sunday would be the warmest Gedling junior parkrun of the year, but it turns out that I was wrong! In what seems to be a never-ending summer, I was, as I always am, genuinely delighted to see so many of you turn up and have a go at our hills when there are so many more tempting options.
I mean, if you had given and stayed in bed, you'd never have seen James catching himself out with the complications of the patting your head and rubbing your tummy exercise!
Today, a wonderful 34 of you put on your trainers, gave up your Sunday morning lie-in and gave it your best shot. Amongst the group today were a magnificent seven who were experiencing junior parkrun for the very first time. A huge welcome and well done to Zoe, Haydn, Daniel, Bethany, Luke, Daniel and Levi. We hope to see you again very soon.
Despite the temperature, a few of you even managed to record your personal best times too, Maisy, Mylo, Leo, Theo, Sofia, Bobby, Sophie and Siena all managed to knock a second or two off their best efforts. It's not all about racing around though, today we had Reece and Fyfe collecting their wristbands for completing 21 junior parkruns, well done boys. Wrist bands are available when you have done 11, 21 or 50, so if you think that you're due one, please let one of the Run Directors know and we'll make sure you get some pretty funky wrist wear.
As always, I have to say a massive thank you to our lovely volunteers. You know the score, if they didn't turn up, there wouldn't be a junior parkrun. It always amazes me just how keen people are to give up their time to help. Thank you Eveline, Ewan, James, Joanne, Kelly, Lily, Linda, Lisa, Louis, Michael, Myles, Nick, Nicola, Nikki, Oliver, Richard, Seren, Yasmin and Zoe. If you would like a go in the hi-viz, just let a Run Director know, or even email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the roster. Today, Zoe did her 25th stint in the hi-viz and has earned the right to claim a beautiful purple volunteer tee-shirt. Well done you.
A special mention must go out today to Charlie who had a little tumble whilst out on the course. He was looked after by Nicola, our Tail Walker until his Mum arrived with some TLC and a plaster. Despite deciding not to complete the full course, Charlie was given a round of applause and a little cheer when he got back to the finish area. We hope to see you back, up and running as soon as possible.
Have a great week folks, we look forward to seeing you on the hills of Gedling junior parkrun very soon indeed.
Bye for now, Jonathan.