Today was the fiftieth time that I have been involved as a volunteer at Gedling junior parkrun. Over the last year or so, I can say that no event is like the one that came before it, or any other! Today was one of those that I will remember for a while: we had a birthday, a couple of stumbles and some international participation.
So, 39 of our finest junior athletes made it all the way around our course and four of you were having a go for the very first time, they were Gabriel, Gilbert, Emily and Joshua, hopefully you enjoyed it enough to come back for another try, well done. It's also worth noting that a grand total of twelve of you managed to shave some time off your previous best and record a new PB, that is amazing, huge congratulations.
There was runner celebrating something special today, Francesca let us all know that she was having her fifth birthday by dressing beautifully and attaching a celebration balloon to her costume! From all of us, happy birthday to you!
As I said, 39 of you finished the course today but we started with 41. Leo and Dylan both had tumbles while they were running. The good news is that both boys had brought their grown ups with them, so with the help of our on-site first aid kit, they were both patched up. We hope you are both feeling better very soon and can come back to give the hills another go.
As always, we cant do anything without our volunteers, today a tremendous 19 lined the route, timed and scanned you in. Thank you to Eveline, Ewan, Jack, Jenny, Joanne, Madeleine, Myles, Nick, Oliver, Richard, Rob, Ruth, Sam, Thomas, Tasmin and Zoe for all your help. I must say a MASSIVE thank you to Huw and Naoko who interupted their holiday from Hong Kong in order to volunteer today! Only another 24 times and you'll qualify for your stunning purple tee-shirt. If you can spare a few minutes on a Sunday morning, please let us know through the Facebook page, chat with a Run Director or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you on the roster.
One of my favourite parts of the day is getting home and sorting through the photographs that have been taken. Two things always stand out, effort and enjoyment. Everybody always seems to try so hard and has a great time as they do. That is what makes me and the other volunteers come back, time after time.
Next week, your Run Director will be Tamsin, I'm sure that she is looking forward to seeing you all.
Bye for now, Jonathan. #loveparkrun