Event 93 – Mothering Sunday 11th March – The one with the new Kit!

What a fabulous morning for some fun on the hills of Gedling. I thoroughly enjoyed starting off my Mothering Sunday with our lovely Gedling junior parkrun family, so nice to be back out there with no snow or ice to contend with. We had new kit to play with this week from head office including a flag which migrated from the start to the finish. Here it is at the start:

Gedling junior parkrun 11th mar 2018

And here it is at the finish with first finisher George who was visiting us all the way from Lincolnshire.

Gedling junior parkrun 11th mar 2018

We have discovered that Gedling is actually the closest junior parkrun to Lincolnshire so as well as today's visiting families we also have a regular family who commute over an hour each way to get to us. We appreciate your dedication and are so pleased that you feel welcome at our little event.

Gedling junior parkrun 11th mar 2018

We gave out half marathon wrist bands this morning to Leo and Fyffe, congratulations on your achievement and don't forget you can print off a certificate on your athlete profile to take to school and tell all your friends about parkrun.

Gedling junior parkrun 11th mar 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 11th mar 2018

We welcomed six first timers to parkrun this morning which is 15% of the total runners in attendance. Well done! There were also 7 PBs today. Some of you may not have received your well done on your text or email due to a slight timing issue. Finishers after position 15 may well have been sent a text with a slower time. The results on the website are now accurate so check them out and well done all!

As usual a massive thank you to the volunteers. Here is a shot of most of us looking rather pleased with our shiny new lanyards, high vis, flag and Industrial strength megaphone (borrowed from the 5k event!). Check out our home page for a full list of name credits. https://www.parkrun.org.uk/gedling-juniors/

Gedling junior parkrun 11th mar 2018

Check out our flickr page for more photos from our events: https://www.flickr.com/groups/gedling-junior-parkrun/

I'm handing over to Jonathan for next week so until next time its good bye from me Tamsin.


Event 92: 25 Feb 18. Chills, hills and sausage cobs.

Well, what a great morning that was! A fantastic 49 of you wrapped up warm and joined us for a walk, jog or run around our beautiful park. A massive well done to all of you.

Gedling Junior Parkrun.  25 Feb 18.

As well as our three amazing first-timers (huge welcome and high fives to Oisin, Sophie and William), there was a whole gang of Parkrunners collecting their milestone wristbands. Don't forget that you get these when you have completed 11, 21 and 50 Junior Parkruns. Despite the close to freezing conditions, six of you even managed to record your best times, congratulations.

Gedling Junior Parkrun.  25 Feb 18.

As always, it was brilliant to see so many grown-ups coming along to support the juniors in their efforts. If any of you fancy trying on the hi-viz and joining our gang of volunteers, please speak to the Run Director next week or you could drop an email to gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

Gedling Junior Parkrun.  25 Feb 18.

We really wouldn't be able to put on this event without the happy helpers that are our volunteers. This week we say thank you to the marvelous marshals, Kelly, Sam, Sarah, Ellie, Joanne, James, David, Jonah, Zoe and Rob. The tremendous time-keepers were Yasmin and Louis, barcodes were superbly scanned by Ewan and Jack, the Finish Funnel was magnificently managed by Myles. Finish tokens were happily handed out by James and the tail was walked wonderfully by Helen. Thank you all very much indeed.

Gedling Junior Parkrun.  25 Feb 18.

That's it for now, hopefully we'll see you on the hills again next Sunday, ready to roll at 9am sharp when Helen will be in charge of the megaphone. Have a great week and keep smiling, see you all soon, Jonathan.


Event 91- 18th February 2018

Another fantastic morning at Gedling junior parkrun. We had lots of lovely comments today about how much people love junior parkrun so thank you for being part of the magic of Gedling junior parkrun.

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2018

We welcomed 2 official first timers - Kiera and Phoebe and hello to our first timers who did not have a bar code. We hope to see you all again soon!

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2018

There were 46 runners, joggers and walkers today, luckily the mist started to clear at 9am. When we set up the course there was hardly any visibility so we were a bit worried that we would not be able to see how super you were all doing.

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2019

An amazing 10 of you recorded a personal best this morning - well done to Dominic, Emily, Luke, Holly, Billy, Rafe, Oliver, Lewis, James and Henry.

Did you notice our lovely new finish funnel that has been donated to us? Here are the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers showing it off!

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2019

As always we had a fantastic bunch of volunteers this morning. A big thank you to Sammy and Jack keeping time, James, Louis and Myles bar code scanning, Yasmin managing the funnel, Ewan handing out the tokens, Evie sorted the tokens after the run, Roger tail walked and our magnicient marshals were Kelly, Rory, Hilary, Jonathan, Ellie, Karen, Natalie, Adam, Ian, Joanne, Zoe, Rita and Nic.

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2018

Did you realise that out of all our volunteers this morning 17 of them did not even have family running at junior parkrun? They were volunteering just because they love parkrun! Some of our volunteers also travelled some distance to be with us. Nic came from Beeston, Adam came from Sleaford but the winners of the furthest distance travelled are Rory and Hilary who came from Ipswich (although they were visiting family as well!) Rory has now volunteered at parkrun over 450 times and Hilary over 100 times. Wow! Isn't that amazing? Thank you for coming to visit us at Gedling juniors.

Next week our regular volunteer Jonathan will be doing his first time stint as Run Director so a big thanks to Jonathan.

See you again soon on the hills of Gedling.



Event 89 – February 4th 2018 – the one where we reached a milestone

What another brilliant week at Gedling junior parkrun this Sunday, finally after a few snowy weeks we have reached a landmark in our history. Last Sunday saw Charlie become the 5000th finisher of Gedling junior parkrun, which means that our amazing athletes have completed over 10,000 kilometres since we launched in 2016. Alongside Charlie were another 48 of you (and some willing adults!) tackling the hills.

Gedling juniors 4th feb 2018

We had two wristbands to give out this week, congratulations to those dedicated people. Remember you get wristbands for completing 11 (half marathon, 21 (full marathon) and 50 (ultra marathon) parkruns so shout up to the Run Director if you qualify.



The event wouldn’t be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers.
Nickesh popped over from the 5k event to Direct events, Bea and Bethan warmed you up, Tom and Nicola tail walked and in between, Wayne, Tabitha, Natalie, Tony, Richard, Madeleine, Tamsin, Kelly, Ellie, Sam, Helen and Roger marshalled the course and the funnel and finish area was staffed by our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers Louis, Sammy, Yasmin, Jack and Chris.


And Eloise and Madeleine sorted the tokens ready for next week.


See you on the hills on Sunday morning!


Event 88 – 28th January 2018

We were so pleased this week that there was not any ice on the paths and so Gedling junior parkrun could go ahead. Remember that if we ever need to cancel a junior parkrun (which we try and avoid if at all possible) the first place to know about cancellations will be on our facebook page. (We can't update the website from our phones so are unable to do that while we are at the park).

Gedling junior parkrun 28th January 2018

So back to event 88 - 40 juniors were running, jogging, skipping and walking our lovely route at Gedling country park.

We welcomed 2 first timers to parkrun - we hope you enjoyed it Reuben and Billy!

Since Gedling junior parkrun started we have had 914 personal bests recorded. Wow! Today Rafe and Eve added to the total of personal bests. Well done!

Gedling junior parkrun 28th January 2018

We gave out a half marathon wristband today. Remember you get a wristband when you reach 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Don't forget to print your certificate off the parkrun website. Eve (who also got a PB) should have had her half marathon wristband today. Seth and Bethan should have had their marathon wristbands today so let the run director know next time you are here.

Gedling junior parkrun 28th January 2018

So next week we should reach 10,000km ran by runners at Gedling junior parkrun! So if you are runner 36 next week you will be the lucky junior who reaches this milestone!

A massive thanks to all our volunteers. We were concerned that we would not be able to get enough volunteers this week and would love it if we could get the roster filled up in advance. If you can help please let us know on our facebook page or by email on gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com.

Gedling junior parkrun 28th January 2018

So this week we had Ewan and Evie keeping time, Sammy and Christopher scanning bar codes, Jack handing out the tokens, Louis managing the funnel, Nicola tail walking, Helen was run director and the marshals giving out the high 5's were Maisie, Helen, Kelly, Karen, Sam, Roger, Rachel, Jenny, Peter, Rob, Tony and Natalie.

We look forward to seeing you next week when we welcome Nickesh in the run director vest.


Event 87 – 14th January 2018 – the first one this year!

Happy New Year junior parkrunners!! First junior parkrun of the year and what a parkrun it was! We had a superb 68 runners join us on Mount Gedling and it was brilliant to see that we had 15 first timers join us. A very warm Gedling juniors welcome to Charlie, Eva, Ella, Amisha, Olivia, Marrissa, James, Harry T, Harry P, Charis, Talitha, Dominic, William, Oscar and Luke - we hope you had fun running up and down our crazy hills and we'd love to see you again another week!

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As ever, junior parkrun just wouldn't happen if it weren't for our wonderful volunteers. We had 22 hi-vis heroes this morning and from setting up the course first thing to high fiving our juniors around the course, they did a terrific job. If you fancy having your name in lights another week, give Richard, our brand sparkling new volunteer co-ordinator, a quick email at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or shout up on our Facebook page and he'll pop you on the roster no trouble. We promise you'll enjoy yourself and if you fancy helping out while your junior runner does their running, then we have roles you can slot into a treat!


Keeping everyone in order this week was Jonathan in his first go at Run Directing (you did a terrific job, Jonathan - thank you!); timekeeping we had Sammy and Jack; Marshalling we had Kel, James, Jonah, Tamsin, Richard, Clare, Ian, Wayne, Tabitha, Sarah, Ellie and Sam; barcode beeping were James and Yasmin; having fun in the finish fun-nel were Ewan and Christopher; Tail Walking was the lovely Nic; Bea did an awesome warm up; and me, Sarah, supported Jonathan, did the results processing and report writing and generally floated about happily!

And what about the running? Well, boy oh boy did you run your socks off today! We had a cracking 9 personal bests out there today and when our 15 new runners join us again another week, I bet there will be plenty more personal bests in the bag too! A huge well done to Seb, Oliver, Erin, Max, Alexander A, Alexander L-H, Rafe, Luke and Anastazia - you worked hard for those PBs this morning and I hope you're all feeling really proud of yourselves.

Gedling junior parkrun 14th jan 18

Congratulations to Jude and Erin who were first boy and girl respectively... and welcome to the Half Marathon club Jude and Alexander L-H - you've done 11 junior parkruns and you've well and truly earned those blue half marathon wristbands. Don't forget to go to your parkrun profile and print off your certificates too!


Next week, Tamsin will be Run Directing and no doubt we will have lots more little legs zooming up and down the hills. For now, sit back, relax and give yourselves a pat on the back for starting your Sunday off in a brilliant way!

Happy running!



Event 86 – 31st December 2017 – the last one this year!

Hasn't this year just flown by? One minute we're enjoying summer sunshine, and next thing you know we're polishing off the last of the Christmas chocolates and seeing out the last few hours of the year. And what a way to do it by running with your friends at Mount Gedling. Despite the horrible dark and miserable rain first thing, we had 31 brave parkrunners come to join us. We also had one first timer - welcome to parkrun Oliver, we hope you enjoyed it! It was also lovely to chat to you all before the start and hear about how much fun you'd had at Christmas. You can't beat a junior parkrun for starting your day right!


Huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers this morning too. You have been utterly brilliant all year and today was no exception. Our Duke of Edinburgh teens got the finish funnel set up in double quick time. Our junior volunteers were there bright and early. And the rest of our fabulous hi-vis heroes made magic happen and conjured a parkrun up out of nowhere. Thank you! If you'd like to have a go at volunteering, please let us know at gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com and we'll add you to the roster. It's lots of fun, you'll be talked through what you need to do and it's a great way of helping our youngsters have a terrific start to their Sundays!


With their name in lights today we had Christopher and Ella on the stop watches (Ella's first go at timing and she did a great job); Jonathan, Amanda, Iain, Alex, Ed, Wayne, Tabiltha, Kel, Ellie, James, Jonah, Rob and Pete marshalling the mountains; Ewan and Felix beeping barcodes; Sammy and Jack on the finish funnel; Nic bringing up the rear as tail walker; Bea doing a wonderful warm-up; and me, Sarah, wearing the run director's vest and hoping the wheels didn't fall off the whole shebang! You all made the last junior parkrun of the year an absolute treat!


Looking at the results, Amelia and Reece were our first finishers today... and only one runner managed a personal best out there (think everyone was probably too full of Christmas cake to run super fast!), and that runner was Leo. Great job today, Leo! Well done also to Ava who earned her half marathon wristband today - wear that wristband with pride and don't forget to print off your certificate from your parkrun profile page!


Once everything was packed away safely, I headed off to process the results. We had a slight mishap with dropping a big batch of the finish tokens during the run this morning (whoops!), so I've hopefully sorted it all out on the results. If you spot that your result looks odd, just email us at gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com and I'll take a look for you!

All that remains is for me to thank you for a brilliant year of junior parkrunning... and to wish you a very Happy New Year. May 2018 be full of running, fun, friends and happiness!


Happy running!



Event 85 – 24th December 2017 – the one with Jingle bells on!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Gedling juniors to all of our lovely runners and families who came to see us this morning.  I don't know who was more excited - our juniors... or me, getting the opportunity to dress up as an Elf for the morning.  You all looked amazing and absolutely rocked those Christmas jumpers and hats.  I bet they helped your legs work extra quick this morning.


As ever, I need to say a huge big thank you to our wonderful volunteers. Some splendid Santa hats and reindeer antlers were worn and set off the hi-vis a treat


With their names up in lights today were Sammy and Jack on the stop watches; Amanda, Sam, Roger, Jonathan, Nic, Sue, Allan, Olivia, Peter and Kel giving out festive high fives; Felix and Orla scanning the barco-ho-ho-des!; Ella and Ewan managing the finish funnel in Christmassy style, Helen doing tinselly tail walking; Fleur doing her best winter wonderland warm-up... and me, holding clipboard, loud hailer, pens, phone, wristbands and just about everything else and realising that elves don't have pockets, which is a bit of a nuisance if you're run directing!  Whoops!


I don't know whether being super excited about Christmas helped... but of our 53 participants (9 of you were first timers and we hope you had a great time with us) this morning, a terrific 7 of you bagged yourselves a PB.  Well done!  In the PB hall of fame this morning were Reece, Anora, Matilda, Seb, Tallyn, Alexander and Ivy - you rocked it!


An extra congratulations to Ivy today as she not only got a PB, but managed to earn her half marathon wristband - and wore some exceptionally cute reindeers on her head!


It always amazes me to see where you all keep your barcodes as you run. Some are clipped to shoes. Some pinned on to tops. Some folded up into a scrunched up bundle! And my new favourite, Fleur, who wore hers in her hair! Genius!


As we head towards the New Year, we wanted to remind you all that we will be holding a junior parkrun on New Year's Eve... so, what better way to see our 2017 than with a run?  Come and join us all then, and if you want to get your name on the roster, then please shout up.  We're very short of marshals as well as a barcode scanner and tail walker.  We need you!

A final special mention needs to go to one of our core team (all of whom are brilliant and help keep our parkrun alive week in and week out)... Olivia Deacon.  She is stepping back from the core team and I wanted to say what an utter superstar she has been for the past 18 months - not only a member of the core team and a fabulous run director, but she has also been our volunteer co-ordinator since we started and has done an absolutely tremendous job of helping to build our very special volunteer community.  Thank you so much, Olivia - we'll miss you lots and it's been an absolute pleasure to have you as part of the team.


So... now that the kit is back in storage, results are processed, tokens sorted, photos uploaded and run report written, all I need to say is another very MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us to all of you. I hope you have a lovely time!

Happy running!



Event 84 – Sunday 17th December 2017 The freeeeezing one!

Wow! After snow and ice caused us to cancel last week, I was determined to deliver a safe run for the people of Gedling so after an early morning course inspection, the hills were declared safe.

Gedling junior parkrun 17th december

26 hardy souls warmed up to run the course with the most awesome smiles. Thank you for making me smile on a Sunday morning, it warms the cockles!! It was a compact and bijoux event, perfectly formed with jewels of awesomeness.

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And even though the advice proceed with caution, regular runner Tegan was determined to clock up a PB, here she is rightly looking very happy with herself.

Gedling junior parkrun 17th december

Another regular Henry celebrated his 50th run and claimed his Ultra wristband and we welcomed one young lady totally new to parkrun.

Your volunteers were: Abigail COCHRAN • Allan COCHRAN • Amanda BURROWS • Christopher PIERCE • Ella PROBERT • Eloise MILLNS • Evie SMALLEY • Ewan WANE • Felix HORRIGAN • Helen SMALLEY • Jack MATTHEWS • James GILBERT • Jon POTTER • Jonathan TANNER • Kelly MORPHUS • Niamh BURROWS • Olivia DEACON • Richard MILLNS • Roger SMALLEY • Sammy KING • Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD • Susan COCHRAN • Tamsin MILLNS

Gedling junior parkrun 17th december

We can't wait to see you in your tinsel, elf hats, beards, baubles, Christmas jumpers and whatever else takes your fancy to celebrate Christmas Eve. And we'll be back on New Year's Eve too and we could do with some more of santa's helpers to make sure that we can say goodbye to 2017 in style. Please email gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com or comment on our facebook page if you can help.

Happy wrapping!


Event 83 – 3rd December 2017

What a surprise waking up and stepping out of the house to a rather mild and pleasant morning, it felt like perfect running weather and 52 of you fabulous juniors thought so too!

Dec 3

We started off this morning by rewarding our juniors their milestone wristbands as they have done an amazing job running 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns.  Don't forget to tell the run director when you are due for your wristband.  This week Hannah, Abbie, Alex and Samuel achieved their half marathon and Noah achieved a marathon, fantastic and well done!

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Our DofE volunteers James, Jack, Ewan and Christopher then delivered the warm up brilliantly to get all the juniors ready for a run.

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Dec 3

We were joined by one first timer this week, welcome and we hope you enjoyed our course.  A whopping 13 juniors achieved personal bests, great running from you all.

Lastly a big thank you to our volunteers and those who stepped in at the last minute so we could run the juniors safely, it's really appreciated that you all give your time on Sunday morning to help out.  Christopher and Jack kept time, Peter, Peter, Amanda, Fraser, Jonathan, Jon, Felix, Sarah, Kelly, Nicola and Rich marshalled, Ella and Ewan scanned everyone in, James managed the funnel, Rob handed out tokens, Sam tail walked you all safely around the course and Theo sorted tokens.

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Next week Helen will be wearing the run director vest and still needs some marshals for a full team, drop us an email at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or leave a message on our facebook page gedling junior parkrun if you can help out.

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