Event 106 – 17th July 2018 – Fathers’ Day!

What a special day it was on Sunday! On Fathers' Day we welcomed 54 young people with their parents and carers whizzing up the hills of Gedling.

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6 eager runners chose Sunday 17th June to kick their Dad's out of bed and record their first ever run at a parkrun. Well done Dexter, Ezekiel, Jack, Zach, Jamie and Penny, we hope to see you again soon. And a big Gedling welcome to Milo who was trying the hills of Gedling for the first time having started out at Forest Rec. We hope you enjoyed those hills!

The weather was cooler than it has been recently which must have suited the 14 pairs of speedy legs who recorded Personal Best times.

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Mia got in touch to say she hadn't claimed her half- marathon wrist band so here she is receiving her wristband on her 13th run at juniors. Looking at the results there are some big milestones coming up. Don't forget you can print off a certificate once you've completed your milestones and take them to school to tell all your friends about your achievements. We also know that you can use your certificates to earn badges at brownies, check with your cub master too to see if you can earn something there!

Gedling juniors 17th june 2018

Your volunteers today were:

Gedling juniors 17th june 2018

Nicola DICKINSON, James GILBERT, Eveline GRIFFITH, Nick HILL, Oliver HILL, Louis JAMSON, Yasmin KING, Jack MATTHEWS, Eloise MILLNS, Tamsin MILLNS, Kelly MORPHUS, Robert NEWTON, Samantha NEWTON, Jayne POTTER, Myles SOMERTON, Ian SULLIVAN, George SULLIVAN, Will SULLIVAN, Ruth SWAIN, Jonathan TANNER, Joanne TANNER

 

Event 105 – 10th June 2018

Another Sunday morning and another fabulous Gedling junior parkrun! We had 70 juniors (same number as last week) and their grown ups enjoying running, jogging and walking around our course.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

We welcomed 10 first timers to parkrun so hello to Siena, Bobby, Kai, Patrick, Darcy, Sophie, Sofia, Henry, Dulcie and Luke as well as Della and Ruby who have been to junior parkrun before but it was their first time embracing the hills of Gedling.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers warmed you all up and you also showed us how to do the floss! Some of the grown ups were also joining in but I think that they need to improve their moves until they are as good as the juniors!

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

There was some terrific personal bests this week so well done to Reece, James, Elliott, James, Leo, Henry, Ewan, Logan, Sammy, Martha, Lexie, Imogen, Eloise, Ivor and Bertie.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling juniors from Nic

Don't forget that you can collect a wristband and print a certificate off the parkrun website when you achieve 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Eloise and Rowan achieved their 11th junior parkrun this week. Rowan did not collect his wristband so do let the run director know next time. Isabella and James also collected their wristbands awarded from previous weeks. Here are Eloise and James collecting their wristbands.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

We want to say a massive thank you to our terrific volunteers. This week we had Myles and Ian keeping time, Jack and James bar code scanning, Yasmin managing the funnel, Louis handing out the tokens, Evie writing down the unscannable bar codes and sorting the tokens after the event and Ruth tail walking. The magnificent marshals were Eveline, Jonathan, Zoe, Joanne, Roger, Richard, Nicola, Jayne, Michael, James and Nic. Do let Richard, our volunteer coordinator know if you can help out. Other roles as a volunteer could be a photographer or run report writer. (I would certainly appreciate it if these roles could be filled when I am Run Director!)

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Tamsin is back as Run Director next week so I will be handing the blue and white vest over to her. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Helen

 

Event 104, 3rd June 2018.

What a morning that was!  Seventy of my favourite people turned up to walk, jog or run around our wonderful park. Not only that, many of you brought along a tame adult for some exercise and everyone was carefully marshalled, high-fived and cheered on by 22 happy volunteers.

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Today we welcomed visitors from Bromley and Rushcliffe juniors, we had 11 Gedling first-timers and of those, six of you were absolutely new to the parkrun family. Gedling junior parkrun is happy to have you, we hope that you enjoyed your trip up and down our hills and we look forward to seeing everyone come back as often as they can.

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Three of you glorious lot were awarded a milestone wristband today, very well done Madeline, Archie and Anya. Anyone can qualify for a wristband after completing 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns, so if you think that you are due to collect one, just speak to your friendly Run Director and we'll make sure that you're not disappointed. In order to qualify, your parkrun must be recorded, so don't forget to bring your scannable, printed barcode with you to the finish area.

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A huge thank you must go out to your volunteers, today was easy for me, we nearly ran out of hi-viz jackets, so many helpful people were willing to turn up and ensure that you all got around safely. It really wouldn't be possible to put the event on if the volunteers stay at home. Today, your smiling supporters were: Joanne, Eveline, Tamsin, Helen, Roger, Richard, Andrew, Nick, Lindsey, James, Evie, Louis and Mike. Scanning your barcodes were Ewan and the birthday girl Zoe. Time was kept tremendously well by Jack and Oliver. The funnel was managed by Myles and finish tokens were handed out by Yasmin. Archie managed to scoff a sausage cob whilst sorting the barcodes and last, but never least, the tail walker, making sure that you all got home was Nicola.

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If you ever fancy seeing just how good you could look in hi-viz (the answer is "very"), just drop us an email or speak to your Run Director on the day. We're always happy to say hello to more volunteers and I guarantee you'll enjoy it.

I think that has covered everything from another fantastic day on the hills of Gedling. We look forward to seeing you all have another go next week when Helen will be your Run Director, megaphone at hand and roster at the ready.

Well done everyone, Jonathan.

 

Event #103 – 27th May 2018

The sun came out on Sunday and we had a glorious time on the hills at Gedling junior parkrun where we welcomed 50 juniors and their adults. There were lots of new faces as we had 10 first timers- welcome Oliver, Ben, James, Eliott, Lexie, Anna, Harrison, Sasha, Matilda, Archie and Ivor- and there were celebrations all round as 7 shiny new PBs were set. A huge well done to Amnit, Henry, Sammy, Rosemary, Alexander, Lily and Rosa!

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Remember that you can be presented with a wristband when you achieve 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns; 3 were presented this week- a huge well done to all that have earned them!

Gedling juniors 27th june 2018

Junior parkrun couldn’t happen without our team of wonderful volunteers. This week we had Lyndsey as run director, Kelly and Yasmin keeping time, Zoe, Louis and Jonah scanning your barcodes, Ruth managing the funnel, James handing out finish tokens, Jayne tail walking while Madeleine sorted the tokens in the café with her well-deserved ice-cream! Our fantastic high-five-givers (and marshals) were Jonathan, Joanne, Jack, Matthew, Eveline, Richard, Sarah, James, Miriam, Ray, Madeline Jenny and Ewan.

Gedling junior parkrun 27th may 2018

Special mentions go to Jonah who celebrated his birthday on Sunday and decided to spend some of it at juniors scanning barcodes and to our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who warmed you up in style! We really appreciate all our volunteers’ help, particularly Richard who is our volunteer co-ordinator and works tirelessly to make sure the event can go ahead. Please let him know by email or on Facebook if you can help at any upcoming events.

Gedling junior parkrun 27th may 2018

We will hopefully see you again next week when Jonathan will have the Run Director vest on!

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(This isn't Jonathan but he took this great photo!)

Have a great week!

Lyndsey

 

Event 102 – 20th May 2018

What better way to spend a sunny Sunday than on the hills of Gedling Country Park run/walk/job/volunteering for junior parkrun? 63 runners and 20 volunteers agreed and what with all the enthusiastic adults accompanying their young people there was a real buzz this morning.

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We welcomed plenty of new faces today: Bertie, Frank and Henry recorded their first official runs at Gedling juniors, and there were a few more who haven't yet registered and got their barcode. Its easy to register and you only need to do it once. You can then print off a sheet of 6 barcodes that you can keep in your car, house, in your phone case, laminate and pin to you or whatever you need to do to make sure you don't forget your barcode #dfyb! All you need to do then is hand it to one of the barcode scanners at the finish and they will match it up with your finish token to give you a time. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

Gedling junior parkrun 20th may 18

We recorded 14 Personal Best times this morning which is epic considering how hot it was, well done to all of you and a special mention to John who was proud to take off almost a minute from his time. I didn't get a photo but promised him a special mention!

Gedling Junior Parkrun. 20 May 18.

Here are a few action shots from this morning's warm up which was led once again by Jack and Euan before Jack sprinted off to marshall point 7 in the middle of the zigzags:

 

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Your volunteers this morning were: Eloise MILLNS • Emma FURNESS • Eveline GRIFFITH • Ewan WANE • Jack MATTHEWS • James SINCLAIR • Jenny BROWN • Joanne TANNER • Jonah SINCLAIR • Jonathan TANNER • Joseph BANBURY • Kelly MORPHUS • Louis JAMSON • Nicola DICKINSON • Richard MILLNS • Ruth SWAIN • Samantha NEWTON • Tamsin MILLNS • Yasmin KING • Zoe TANNER

Thank you for your time and to all the people who have already booked in for future weeks. I've got most of the volunteers in this photo here:

Gedling junior parkrun 20th may 18

That's all from me this week. I'm handing over to the very capable Lyndsey who will be looking after you next week for a Bank Holiday special!

Tamsin x

 

 

 

 

Event #101 – 13th May 2018

The weather forecast had given out rain for today but all the smiling faces at Gedling junior parkrun had brought out the sunshine instead! What a beautiful morning to welcome 52 juniors and their adults to Gedling junior parkrun.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

Four 1st timers embraced our hills so welcome to Wynchester, Grace, Lily and Thomas.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

The sun must make you run faster as we had a sensational 16 personal bests so well done to Jonah, Imogen, Elsa, Martha, Ellie, Ivy, Matthew, Oliver, Lola, Jack, Molly, Leo, Emily, Esme, Aiden and Sailor.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

Remember that you can be presented with a wristband when you achieve 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Here is Jasper with his marathon wristband. Oliver should have also got his so do let the run director know the next time you come to junior parkrun so we can give you your wristband.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

We must say a massive thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who allow all the magic of Gedling junior parkrun to go ahead. This week we had Yasmin run directing, Emma and Kelly keeping the time, Ewan and Myles scanning the bar codes, Jack managing the funnel, James handing out the tokens, Jenny tail walking and Evie processed the results while Henry sorted the tokens. The magnificent marshals were Jonathan, Joanne, Zoe, Ellie, Rob, Roger, Richard, Clare, Sam, James and Eve.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

When you have volunteered 25 times our volunteers receive a lovely purple 25 volunteer T shirt. Well done to Henry who was on his 25th volunteer stint today. Although there are no other volunteer milestones it is definitely worth mentioning that 2 of our volunteers both volunteered for the 50th time today. So a big thank you to Ellie (who can usually be found on the first marshal point) and to Richard (pictured below) who is a regular marshal and is also our volunteer coordinator so please do respond when he asks for more volunteers! Let him know by email or on Facebook if you can help.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

Gedling junior parkrun has lots of regular volunteers (thank you to you all) but you probably can't help to notice our regular Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. There is Yasmin who did a fab job at Run Directing this morning who is doing her gold award so is volunteering with us for a year, prior to this she did 6 months for her silver award with us and volunteered for her bronze at 5K parkrun. Jack (top left) completed his gold volunteering stint in March and loves junior parkrun so much that he still comes every week and does a fab job at leading the warm up. James is currently volunteering for his silver award but also did his bronze with us. You can never miss James as he loves having the megaphone! Myles is volunteering with us for his silver award (and also tries to keep James out of trouble!) and Ewan for his bronze who does a great job at helping the warm up. There is also Louis who could not be with us this week as he was on a practice for his expedition.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

We will hopefully see you again next week when Tamsin will have the Run Director vest on.
Have a good week,

Helen

 

Event 100 – 6th May 2018

A couple of weeks ago, Gedling junior parkrun celebrated it's 2nd birthday. This week, we were 100! How is that possible? Only by the magic of junior parkrun!

Our 100th event was marked by a splendid display from that bright shiny thing in the sky (the sun!) which made for a beautiful morning for the 46 small sets of legs who ran, jogged and walked 2km of our fantastic Gedling Country Park.
Gedling Junior Parkrun 6th May 2018Lyndsey donned the run directors hi-vis for the first time ever, three cheers to Lyndsey for doing this, and apparently she enjoyed it so much, she wants to do it again! Hooray! 31957442_10156298761899509_4235228664599412736_o
Big thanks to all of our splendid volunteers that got to time you (Myles & Ewan), Scan you (James & Jack), hand out the finish tokens (Kelly & Louis), marshalling and giving out hi-5's (Jo, Rachel, Joanne, Jonathan, Zoe, Jenny, Emma, Clare, Samantha, Sam & Jayne) and making sure no one got left behind (Helen)
2018-05-08_08-05-53We couldn't run the event without the help of these hi-5 giving hi-vis wearing heroes. We are always welcoming new volunteers, so if you fancy giving it a go, please drop Richard an email, or put a comment on facebook. He'd love to hear from you and we'd love to see you.

Once Lyndsey had done the pre-run brief, our team of DofE volunteers led the warm up with plenty of energy and enthusiasm, grown ups - please be careful of the little ones during the warm up, one little person got tripped up and got a poorly knee, please make sure there's plenty of space around you! Gedling junior parkrun 100

Well done to Ciaran who was presented with his half marathon wristband, don't forget you can print out your certificate from your parkrun profile at https://www.parkrun.com/profile/

And then they were off! First across the line was Finn, Reece and Lewis, and for the girls it was Tegan, Amy and Chen, well done!
There were 5 new personal bests recorded, maybe the sunshine was encouraging you to run faster and get an ice cream! It was also the first time ever to junior parkrun for eight of you, we do hope you enjoyed it and come back soon.
Gedling junior parkrun 100

Once the tail walker was home, it was time to clear up and get those results processed and enjoy the bank holiday weekend sunshine.

Next week it's event 101 with Helen and Yasmin sharing the run directors hi-vis. Enjoy your week and see you on Sunday!

 

Event 99. The best way to start your Sunday.

First thing on a Sunday morning is fast becoming my favourite time of the week. Not only do I get to spend time at the beautiful Gedling Country Park, but I get to watch a group of youngsters run, jog or walk around our wonderful course.

This particular Sunday, I was joined by 41 keen participants aged between 4 and 14, some had brought a tame adult with them (always welcome) and a grand total of 21 willing and eager volunteers (more about them later). It certainly brings the park to life to see all the smiling faces and hear the noise of so many people having fun.

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After a terrific warm-up, led by our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, it was time for the countdown and the customary stampede to the bottom of the hill. Everyone was feeling energetic today, it must have been the few smudges of blue sky that got you all raring to go, is summer really here?

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A quick reminder that once you have completed 11 junior parkruns, you get your half-marathon wristband, at 21 you'll be eligible for the marathon band and for those of you you reach 50, it's the ultra-marathon band for you. Today we welcomed Fallon into the 21 club and Ciaran got his half, well done both of you. If you think that you are due a wristband for reaching one of these milestones, please give the Run Director a nudge.

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Please remember that if you want to be able to earn your wristbands, you must bring your individual parkrun barcode with you. If you haven't got it, we can't record your time and put it next to your name and it always seems a shame to have an empty slot on the results table.

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We are always on the lookout for extra helping hands, so if you fancy donning the hi-viz and making sure that Gedling junior parkrun can go ahead safely, please let the run director know or email us with your details at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

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This week our gorgeous gang were Jack and James who timed you, Zoe handed out the finish tokens, our Funnel Manager was Jayne and you were scanned in by Myles and James. Out on the course were Richard, Ellie, Ian, Sam, Rob, Kelly, Joanne, Jonah, Matthew, Simon and Will. Nicola was your tail walker and Yasmin & Jonathan shared the run director duties.

Next week, Ian will be your Run Director and it will be our 100th event, what a tremendous achievement by all concerned. Whether you walk, jog or run the course, if you are the taxi service that brings a parkrunner to Gedling or you are a hi-viz wearing volunteer, you are part of the wonder that is junior parkrun.

Well done everybody, see you on Sunday, Jonathan.

 

Event 98- 22nd April 2018

Hooray! The sun was shining for all of the 54 amazing runners this morning. Well done to you all, I saw lots of lovely smiling faces. Unfortunately I did not get a photo but I think that the winner of the biggest smile when crossing the finish funnel definitely goes to Kiera!

Gedling junior parkrun 22nd April 2018

We welcomed 2 first timers to parkrun - Molly and Amber. I know that Molly cycled up to Gedling country park as well as running - what a fantastic way to keep fit and healthy on a Sunday morning. Brodie and Harry, who are regulars at Rushcliffe junior parkrun, also joined us for the first time at Gedling so we hope that you enjoyed our hills.

Gedling junior parkrun 22nd April 2018

Six of you managed a fantastic personal best so big high fives to Dominic, Taranveer, Kian, Joshua, Jenson and John.

Here is Ewan and his Dad enjoying their morning run together. A great way to spend your Sunday morning with your family!

Gedling junior parkrun 22nd April 2018

Don't forget that you can earn a wristband when you have achieved 11 junior parkruns (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon). Tallyn should have got his half marathon wristband so do let the run director know next time you come to junior parkrun to get your wristband. As always a big thanks to our volunteers today. Jack, one of the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers was Run Director today and I am sure that you will agree that he did a great job. Louis was timekeeping, Yasmin and Zoe were barcode scanning, Ewan was managing the funnel, Joseph was giving out the tokens and Rob was tail walking. Our magnificent marshals were Lyndsey, Jonathan, Joanne, Kelly, Nicola, Sam, Liz, Jenny, Roger, Henry and Peter.

Gedling junior parkrun 22nd April 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 22nd April 2018

See you again soon!

Helen

 

Event 97 – The 2nd Birthday Celebration

It was a privilege to be Run Director at our 97th run, just over 2 years after it all started. It was fantastic to see so many faces, old and new enjoying the sunshine and powering up the hills. There were lots of familiar names on the results on Sunday, many of whom I know were there on our first run when it all looked a bit more bleak with no play park or café and very few trees!

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Any way, enough of the nostalgia, lets get back to Sunday’s run. We had 63 runners, six of whom were brand new to parkrun. Unfortunately there won’t be cake every week but we promise a warm welcome and lots of fun!

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday 15th April 18

Very special thanks to regular volunteer and loyal supporter of Gedling juniors, Kelly Morphus for baking the fantastic cake. And Eloise and Madeleine for the cupcakes too.

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday 15th April 18

All the cake spurred seven of you to new PBs, well done all of you but especially to Charlie who achieved his PB on his 71st parkrun, most of which have been completed at Gedling. Also special mention to Theo who has completed the most junior parkruns of all the runners today with 77 runs – awesome! And whilst we are on the special mentions, there was lots of wrist band action on Sunday. With Bea receiving her Ultra band and Chen & Lewis being awarded their marathon bands – well done. Itlooks like Phoebe and Mia are due their half marathon wrist bands so please make yourselves known to the Run Director next time you visit.

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday 15th April 18

As always, we couldn’t do any of this without our volunteers, some of whom this week took the high vis superhero thing a bit too seriously.

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday 15th April 18

This week we had Nicola, Lyndsey, Ben, Richard, Samantha, Ian, Jo,  Zoe, Jonathan and Madeleine marshalling with Joanne, Kelly, James, Jack and Ewan at the sharp end dealing with the finish area and timing. Jayne ably brought you all home like a turtle superhero and there was me, Wally overseeing proceedings.

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday

It was great to see some of you dressed up for the occasion, I’ve included some photos below but please do visit our flickr  group for all the photos.

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Its over to Helen for next week's event. So if the London Marathon inspires you, get off your sofa and join her!

Signing off until next time, Tamsin (Wally)

 

 

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