When I sit at home after a Gedling junior parkrun and I have to think about what to write in my run report, it is sometimes difficult to come up with something that is a little different from every other week. This week I have decided to pick up on something that never changes from one event to the next. That is the spirit of teamwork, community and general fantastic attitude that everybody involved in these junior events shows every time they turn up.
Whether you are there to run, jog or walk around our beautiful course, put on the hi-viz and dish out high fives or you're a grown up who comes along to support a junior parkrunner, we couldn't put on the show that we do without any of you. So right at the very start of the report, I would just like to say thank you to you all.
You don't need me to remind you that it's winter now, and with that comes the usual list of problems when it comes to junior parkrun. After a course inspection was carried out today, we decided to give it a go. I was a little slippy in places, but a couple of our volunteers volunteered to double up on their roles and they made sure that all of our juniors were guided around the icy bits with great care. Thank you to Laura and Martyn for their extra effort, it made all the difference. All of our hi-viz heroes, Ian, John, George, Frances, Louis A, Ewan, Louis J, Joanne, Zoe, Nick, Oliver, Sharon, Yasmin and Sammy deserved their round of applause today.
A grand total of 23 hardy souls made it around the course today and EVERYONE had their barcodes with them. It was great to see so many of you turn up and just wonderful that without exception, everyone seemed to go around with a big cheesy grin on their faces. What a brilliant way to start a Sunday! Despite the chill in the air, five of you even managed to zoom around in your fastest time ever, I suppose that's one way to keep warm!
Next week is the last Gedling junior parkrun before Christmas day. Helen will be your Run Director and I know that she is looking forward to seeing you all. Please feel free to wear a festive jumper, hat, gloves, whatever you want to be a little bit Christmassy!
So, until next week, it's bye from me. I'm off to dig out my reindeer antlers.
See you at the start line, Jonathan. #loveparkrun