Event 144 – 10th March 2019 – Snow!

Well when I woke up on Sunday morning I wasn't expecting snow when I looked out of the window! I had to get dressed super quick and get myself up to Gedling Country Park earlier than normal to check out the course. Luckily the snow had melted on the paths and they were not slippy so we were good to go!

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Our fabulous volunteers who turned up to cheer you around the course were very pleased to see 43 juniors turn up to run, jog and walk our course. Unfortunately 3 of our runners had to retire early due to not feeling well so I hope that Charlie, James and Harry feel better now.

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We were amazed that despite the cold weather we had 6 first timers to Gedling junior parkrun (and 5 of these were completely new to junior parkrun) so hello to Miles, Rhianna, Amelia, Beatrice, Eva and Louie.

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The cold weather did not stop an amazing 14 of you achieving personal bests so well done to Oliver, Max, Esmee, Evelyn, Edward, Charley, James, Daniel, Lucas, Ryan, Arthur, Eve, Heidi and Erin.

We gave out milestone wristbands to Freya (half marathon) and Oliver (marathon) who had not collected them previously. Edward should have also collected his half marathon wristband so let the Run Director know next time you join us.

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It was lovely to see a family get together who had travelled from London and Yorkshire to visit their grandparents in Nottingham. We will hopefully see you again next time you are visiting!

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A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who braved the cold. This week we had Oliver and Jonathan keeping time, Ewan and Matthew bar code scanning, Sammy and Ed on the funnel, Bob and Erin tail walking and Ryan sorting tokens. Our magnificent marshals were Nick, Bo, Joanne, Zoe, Louisa, Eve, Madeline, Clare, Ray, Jolene and Martin. Please do let us know if you can volunteer, we would love to have you help us. I didn't realise until after Sunday that it was my 100th time volunteering for parkrun - it is amazing how quickly all the volunteering adds up!

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Before I go I just want to say thank you to Peter who was the Run Director last week. He is one of the Run Directors from Hucknall junior parkrun who stepped into help us out when none of us were available.

That's all for now, see you soon.

Helen

 

Event #142 – 24 February 2019 – the one with all the fog

It was an faintly apocalyptic start to the junior park run this week with a fog that promised to burn off any minute but kept returning.  At one point Kelly could see Richard - next moment she couldn't!!!  Richard has posted some much better photos on our facebook page.

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As ever we had a fabulous volunteer team of Alice, Charlie, Esther, Ewan, Helen, James, Joanne, Kelly, Kevin, Linda, Matthew, Nicola, Richard, Sammy, Tamsin, Tom and Zoe.  It takes a lot of volunteers to make sure everyone can run safely and it's a fab way to kick off your Sunday - if you're up for giving it a go do please contact the lovely Sarah on gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

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We had some wristbands to give out this week with Alex getting her half marathon and Anya getting her marathon wrist band - well done girls!!!!

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We also seemed to have a lot of teddies and cuddly toys in attendance this week.  Here is Jude and Martha with Stanley the bear who was spending time away from drama club to see what people got up to during the half term.  well done for getting all the way round Stanley!

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Another fabulous morning.  Just a couple of quick reminders - please don't bring dogs with you some of our runners are really quite afraid of them, please don't take tokens home with you - I know they make a lovely souvenir but if you make sure you bring your barcode seeing your/your child's time is even better.  And finally please make sure your children understand this is a friendly event - it's not a competitive event and we expect kindness and patience from all our finishers!

That's all folks - see you soon - Peter from another park run will be with you this week - please be gentle!!

 

Event 141: 17th February

I think I may have mentioned before but I love parkrun!! It was a genuinely joyful experience on Sunday morning when 75 exceptionally motivated youngsters took a run around our lovely park after Sammy, Ewan and Louis warmed you up.

At least 11 runners were first timers to the world of parkrun and in fact there were a couple more who hadn't printed off their barcode. We hope you felt welcome and we look forward to seeing you again. There were 17 shiny New PBs so the warmer weather and lack of rain must have helped!

There have been a few changes with our email accounts and the way we store and share photographs. This is mainly just causing brain ache for the run directors whilst we work out how to embed photos in to these news reports. I think I've managed it but they might be a bit big!

And I can't quite work out how to get the volunteer photo in the right place but please pass on your thanks to this weeks excellent volunteers: Sharon ASTILL, Frances ASTILL, Louis ASTILL, Julie BRIDGES, Kevin ELTOFT-PREST, Tom ENGLAND, John ENGLAND, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Louis JAMSON, Sammy KING, Ian MARSHALL, Matthew MARSHALL, Tamsin MILLNS, Kelly MORPHUS, Bo NOWICKI, Joanne TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Alice TOWNEND, Ewan WANE, Mary WEATHERALL, Julie WEBSTER, Madeleine WELLS 

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Did you know that 2 of our Marshals were made for the job given that their surnames are Marshall! If you are also born to be a volunteer, please get in touch at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com and we'll get you added on.  Full training is provided and its really good fun - honest!

Jenny will be in the blue and white next week so I'll hand over to her for now!

Happy parkrunning! Tamsin x

 

 

 

Event 140: 10th of February 2019.

Wet. That's what we were! Wet.

It was the soggiest Sunday morning for quite a while today, but that did not stop 35 brave and determined junior parkrunners turning up and tackling the elements and the hills of Gedling. A massive well done to all of you and also to those adults who were responsible for getting you to and from the park.

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Despite the conditions, a fantastic thirteen of you somehow managed to record your fastest ever time, congratulations all of you. It's not all about speed though, today we welcomed four of you who were absolutely brand to junior parkrun. Welcome Grace, Riley, Joseph and Adam, we hope to see you all again very soon.

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We had a couple of juniors picking up their first wristbands today, both Ravi and Ada are now very proud owners of their half-marathon bands. Well done you two, keep on coming and you will soon get your marathon and ultra-marathon bands.

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There was a fine selection of umbrellas on show today too, helping to keep your marshals as dry as possible. We wouldn't be able to get this event up and running without the lovely volunteers and we are always on the look out for more happy helpers, willing to join to group. If you fancy it, just let your Run Director know, or drop us an email. Please note that the email address will change tomorrow (11 Feb 19) to gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com

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That's it from me. Tamsin takes the reins next week and I know she is looking forward to it.

See you soon, Jonathan. #loveparkrun

 

Event 139 – 3rd February 2019

What a surprise it was that Gedling junior parkrun was not cancelled this week. We are use to how the course gets icy so when I arrived just after 7.30am on Sunday morning to inspect the course I was fully expecting to have to cancel and be back home shortly after to tuck into my breakfast! Luckily I was wrong and with only a couple of minor icy areas where we had extra marshals we were able to proceed.

What a fantastic morning we had too - 75 juniors and their grown ups joined us at Gedling Country Park to walk, jog and run up and down our hills and zig zags. Some juniors managed to come and visit us as their usual activities (football and rugby) were cancelled and we also had tourists from Hucknall, Rushcliffe and Long Eaton junior parkruns so welcome to you all.

We had 14 first timers to Gedling and 9 of whom were completely new to parkrun so hello to Ioan, Finley, Henry, Woody, Edward, Amy, Madeline, Martha and Heidi.

The cold did not stop you zooming around the course and 14 of you achieved a personal best so well done to Fleur, Edward, James, Finlay, Kitty, Rosa, Jacob, Edward, Daniel, Pippa, Olivia, Lexi, Harry and Isabelle.

Martha, Maisy and Edward all ran their 11th junior parkrun so have earnt their half marathon wristband.

Don't forget that when you reach 11 junior parkruns you have ran the equivalent of a half marathon, 21 is a marathon and 50 is an ultra marathon. Let the run director know and you can be presented with your wristband and you can print a certificate off the website on your parkrun profile. They are a great achievement and are really good towards badges at cubs/brownies etc and for show and tell at school.

Talking about schools - did you know that at least 22 out of the 75 juniors this week were from Woodthorpe Infant School or Arno Vale Junior School (they are a linked infant and junior school). Well done! Maybe you would like to see if any of your friends from school would like to join you next week?

Of course junior parkrun can not happen without our wonderful volunteers who were still smiling despite the cold weather. So a big thank you to our hi vis heros - Louis and Sammy were keeping time, Frances and Nick were scanning the bar codes, Ewan and Louis were on the funnel, Nic and Oliver were tailwalkers and the mountain marshals were Sharon, Jonathon. Joanne, Zoe, Richard, Tom, John, Jolene, Seb, Eve, Matthew, Linda, James, Michelle and Rob.

See you all soon

Helen
P.S Apologies for the lack of photos - I have had a few technical difficulties and will put them on facebook instead!

 

Event 137: The one with the token panic!

One of the most beautiful sunrises that I have seen in a very long time was waiting for us on arrival at Gedling Country Park this morning. This is just one of the reasons that we love this place, add this to the wonderful sound of 64 excited junior parkrunners on the start line and ready to go and I can think of nowhere I would rather be on a Sunday morning. Just look at that view! Thank you to Richard for capturing a marvelous photograph.

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After a year or so of being a Run Director, I'm finally getting some of your names into my head! I will never complain about having to learn new ones though, so today it was just lovely to see so many of you turn out for your very first junior parkrun; Fleur, David, Jasper, Beatrice, Harry, Lauren, Martha and Gabriel, I hope that you enjoyed yourself this morning, It will be great to see you on the hills again very soon. Despite the chill in the air, a tremendous 13 of you managed to record your best time around the course, well done all of you and to everyone who got up and down the hills.

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After a very thorough warm-up, led by Sammy and Louis, it was time to go and 64 pairs of little legs thundered down to the dip. While that was happening, the rest of us made our way up to the finish line and got ready to welcome all of our juniors back in. Normally this is a very quiet time where we try to guess who we will see coming around the corner first, today was a little different! I'm not going to name any names, but somehow every single one of the finish tokens ended up on the floor, making a very interesting but stress inducing pattern on the pavement! This is when the famous Gedling team spirit kicked in and with the help of a couple of emergency volunteers, we managed to get everything picked up and in order before Finn appeared and sped his way through the finish funnel. Extra special thanks to Katrina, Jon and Finn's Dad for slowing down my heart rate!

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On that note, it's time to thank all of our volunteers. It's only because this lot turn up that we are able to line the route, hand out high-fives and make sure that you all get around safely. If any of you fancy giving the high-viz a go one week, then please do. All of the roles are fun and you'll be looked after from start to finish. go on, give it a try, you know it makes sense. Drop us an email or message us through our Facebook page and we'll get you on the roster.

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Next week Tamsin will be your Run Director, I hope she has as much fun as I did today! See you all very soon.

Jonathan. #loveparkrun

 

Event 136 – we finished before it rained!!!

The clouds over Gedling were ominous as we were setting off but this didn't stop a magnificent 78 of you coming along to take part this week, 8 of you who did your first ever parkrun!!!  We set ourselves the challenge (or rather we crossed our fingers) that we'd be all packed up by the time the black clouds in the distance turned into actual rain.....

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We had a top team of volunteers this week of Jonathan, Joanne, Zoe, Sharon, Louis A, Frances, Susanne, Finn, Nicola, Tom, John, Emma, Eveline, Nick, Oliver, Louis J, Sammy, Richard, Madeleine, Kelly and Ewan.  Many of this team are regulars and they get themselves up onto the hills of Gedling of a Sunday come rain or shine to cheer and high five and make sure we can go ahead each week.  It really is great fun and if you would like to take part please email gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com and sign up!!

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Everyone obviously had the same idea about getting finished before the rain set in as we had a brilliant 8 PBs too, I'm sure Ewan, Sammy and Louis' brilliant warm up also helped!!!

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Thanks for making it such a great morning everyone, just two quick reminders, some of the children who come along don't like dogs so please don't bring them to the event unless they are assistance dogs and also children don't need their barcode until they exit the funnel so parents please could you not follow children down the funnel with their barcode it makes life tricky for the timekeepers.
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Event 135 – Hello 2019!!!

Well it was a chilly start to the day (not sure why I’m surprised given it’s January) but we had an AMAZING turn out of volunteers. We had people on marshall points left right and centre and even invented a new one! We even had to pinch Hi-Vis tops from the 5k. This is a really unusual scenario though so please continue to volunteer by emailing gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com to make sure every week is really successful.

944C844D-687F-489A-BE59-29AA1733E817It was a good job we had so many people as we also had a storming turnout of runners with 67 people, 16 first timers and 9 PBs! What a way to start the year. Well done everyone. You definitely kept Frances, Louis J, Louis A, Zoe, Ewan, Yasmin and Sammy on the toes at the funnel – Zoe and Louis A did a particularly fine job of timekeeping given their fingers were frozen and I forgot to tell new parents not to go down the funnel!

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We also had three milestones Tallyn and Imogen getting their half marathon wrist bands (11 runs) and Alana getting her marathon band (21 runs) – please let the run director know if you are doing a wrist band run and we can all give you a big round of applause.

4D82E6E5-FEDE-44CB-87DB-B12CB1E4EB99We also had the amazing marshalling team of Sharon, Susanne, Charlie, Heather, John, Tom, Nick. Oliver, Fiona, Mike, Helen, Joanne, Jon and Finn. Finn usually does the run so was very diligent on making sure the out and back was in just the right place! Nicola made sure everyone got home as tail walker. Thanks too to Louis, Ewan and Sammy for a very energetic warm up!

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Parkrun is a great way to get started on a Sunday morning with a bit of fresh air – and the air is always ‘fresh’ in Gedling – although sometimes it comes in a bit too sideways! Hope to see you on the hills soon….

 

Event 123 – the last one this year!

Another year draws to a close... and since we're on New Year's Eve Eve, it's the last junior parkrun of the year too. Hasn't the time whizzed by? All those kilometres run, all those personal bests, all those wristbands given out, welcoming lots of new runners, having so many wonderful volunteers, getting some more new Run Directors and having the brilliant support of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. Fantastic!

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As ever, our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers did us proud and I think that Yasmin did a particularly good job of RD-ing with me this morning. She's very nearly finished her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and has been superb at juniors in all the roles she's taken on. We hope she won't leave us entirely once she's completed her award, but from the core team to you, Yasmin - thank you so much!

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Volunteering today, we had Kel and Sammy beeping everyone in with the stopwatches Jon, Emma, Jenny, Fiona, Matthew (and Jonah!), John, Michael, Jane, Thomas, Sam and Rob high fiving everyone around the course... Zoe and Joanne bipping barcodes (only 2 people forgot theirs today - great work guys... I wonder if we can get everyone to remember their barcodes for next week?)... Ewan and Louis managing the finish funnel, Nic tail walking and Felix sorting out the tokens at the end of the morning... plus Yasmine and me, Sarah, Run Directing. You all did a fantastic job so thank you for that!

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If anyone else would like to try their hand at volunteering while their little ones ran juniors, do give our volunteer co-ordinator team know \ post on our Facebook page and we'll pop your name down. It honestly is so much fun to cheer and support our runners all around the course - and even using the stop watches is dead simple too - we'll make sure we talk you through what you need to do and I promise it's much easier than you might think.

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It was also fantastic to see 35 runners today. We know how hard it is to get out of bed when it's dark out there and there are Christmas toys to be played with... but with 6 personal bests racked up today (great work Charlie, Miriam, Fearn, Martha, Lauren and Daniel!), all those Christmas choccies don't seem to have slowed up those running legs of all of you!

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Welcome also to our brand new parkrunners, William and Emily hope to see you again soon!

All that's left to be said is thank you for sharing your awesomeness with us this year, we'll see you on Jan 6th next year and be excited to see you as ever!

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Happy New Year and happy running!!

Sarah

PS Bobble Hat of the Day award goes to...
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Event 133 – 23rd December 2018 – the Christmas one!

It's Christmas! We had lots of Christmas fun this morning despite the rain! A big thank you to all the runners and their parents/carers for bringing you on a wet misty morning. We welcomed 34 jolly juniors to the holly hills at Gedling junior parkrun. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18.There were lots of seasonal Santa hats, Christmas jumpers and reindeer headbands so thank you to you all for joining in. It definitely helped give Christmas cheer to support our juniors get around the Christmas course. Gedling juniors 23rd december 2018 We had two festive first timers so welcome to Miriam and Daniel. Come back and see us again soon! Some tourists also came to see us so a big hello to Saoirse from Swadlincote, Oliver, Harrison and James from Leeds and Alastair and Rowan from London. Alastair and Rowan joined us last Christmas for their first ever junior parkrun and since then they have completed 47 junior parkruns at 19 different locations. Wow! Maybe we will see you again next Christmas?! Apologies if I have missed any tourists off - let me know and I will add you on. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Two wristbands were presented by the Christmas Tree to Saul (21 junior parkruns) and Mia (11 junior parkruns). However it also looks from the results that Alberto should have got his half marathon wristband and James should have got his marathon wristband so do let us know next time you see us and we will give you your wristbands. Well done to you all. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Seven of you got an early present by recording a personal best - congratulations to Mia, Oliver, Saoirse, Evan, Tom, Alastair and Rowan. An absolutely massive tinsel thank you to our wonderful volunteers who braved the rain to get to Gedling Country Park this morning to set up the course for you. Did you realise that out of the 21 volunteers today only 3 of us had juniors taking part - the rest were here just because they love junior parkrun! That is fantastic! This week we had Frances and Sammy keeping tinsel time, Louis and Oliver bar (humbug) code scanning, Louis and Ewan on the festive funnel and Zoe and Nicola tinsel tail walking. The merry marshals were Sharon, Sarah, Kelly, Nick, John, Jonathan, Joanne, Tamsin, Richard, Tom, Roger and Eloise. Of course there was also myself looking very silly as a Run Director dressed up a Christmas Tree! 2018-12-23_12-24-10 On behalf of everyone at Gedling junior parkrun we would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you soon. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Helen

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