Event 132: December 16th 2018. Chilly.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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


#131 – 9th December 2018

After what seemed like a week of never ending rain, the sun came out in time to welcome 32 runners and their families to Gedling Country Park.

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It was another celebration as we welcomed the 3rd member of the 100 club to our #parkrunfamily. Charlie has run 96 of his 100 runs at Gedling meaning he has rarely missed an opportunity to speed round the course. And today he was rewarded with a first finisher slot as well as a slice of this fantastic cake which he shared with us all, thank you!


There were a whopping 10 PBs on Sunday, that's almost a third of the field running faster than they ever have before, congratulations to you all. And for the first time in a long time, every runner had done our course at least once before. In fact, the average number or runs per finisher at Gedling is 7.3 although this Sunday over 2 thirds of you have already earned at least one wristband.

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The last of my stats for today's report is that since we started in 2016, a total of 948 individual runners have completed the course at Gedling. I think I speak for the whole core team when I say how proud we all are of the amount of people who have been touched by our little event. Sarah, Helen and I have been involved since the beginning and we have now welcomed Jonathan and Jenny to the RD team as well as being supported by our friends at Gedling parkrun. We also have some fantastic regular volunteers who we rely on heavily to put on the parkrun magic so from me, thank you!

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After the run on Sunday we went down to the Willowbrook for some refresher training. If you'd like to get a bit more involved, please just shout up and we can pass your a high vis!

On Sunday 16th Jonathan will be taking the reigns and then next week, Sunday 23rd will be our Christmas themed run, come as a reindeer, christmas tree, angel, father christmas, turkey or whatever takes your fancy!



Event 130 – the one where Sarah returned

A dull and miserable start to a Sunday morning. The hills were missing the sunshine today, but that didn't stop you coming to join us - hooray! We did witness a rainbow too so that’s a lovely sight to see.

We arrived at 8.15 to get the show on the road. We had one missing spot this morning but thank you to Ian arriving we had a full roster so thank you very much to our wonderful volunteers!


So we had Ian and Louis timing you through finishing line. Our lovely Marshals giving high five were Lindsey, Michele, Rob, Sam, Karen, Alice, Esther, James, Jonah, Tom and Kel. Team working the finishing area we had Ewan and Louis giving out the finishing tokens, barcode scanning you in were our brother and sister team Yasmin and Sammy. Nicola and Kitty ensured everyone got back safely as our tail walkers, Then there was me, Sarah in the Run Director vest - for the first time in a while - properly complaining it was too cold, but wearing a Christmas jumper to make up for the whinging!


There’s always room on the roster to volunteer so if any parents are free in the next few weeks please email in to juniors head office - gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com. We would very much appreciate it. We've also got a meeting next week after parkrun for anyone who's interested in getting a bit more involved and might be interested in roles such as volunteer coordinator or Run Director... full training would be provided and we'd love to have you join us!


43 of you tackled our course this morning. That’s a great turnout. There were two newbies to our wonderful course this morning so a huge Gedling juniors' welcome to Harry and Frieda. We hope you will join us again soon.

The weather must have helped because 5 off you achieved personal bests. That’s brilliant well done guys. Every single one of you ran your socks off this morning and it was lovely to see. Especially so many smiley faces who'd earned themselves plenty of high fives as they ran round the course.


We love hearing everyone’s stories of success and milestones so don’t forget if you think you're due your wristbands shout up to the Run Director on the day. Remember it's 11 runs for a half marathon wristband, 21 runs for a marathon band and 50 for an ultra marathon band. When you get to 100, you'll have a certificate to show off and lots of cheers from us all for such an amazing achievement!

We hear that there will be cake next week as Charlie joins the 100th junior parkrun. So if you love cake and running... we are definitely the place to be on Sunday.

Have a lovely week.

Happy Running Sarah x


Event 129 – The one where Jenny wore the blue vest.

The weather was pretty miserable for my first junior parkrun as RD and it felt like winter was really setting in. Nonetheless 31 brave runners turned out to enjoy themselves running 2k around the park.

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We had a great team of volunteers and with Alice Townend (and baby Joseph) and Peter Duff stepping in as last minute marshals which meant we got off to a good start not too long after 9am. It was a bit of a family affair this week with Yasmin’s brother Sammy coming back for his second stint as a Duke of Edinburgh volunteer, and John bringing along his son, daughter in law and grandson! Gedling junior parkrun 25th november

Ewan our regular volunteer who did his first and last ever junior park run as tail walker last week turned 15 and brought goodies in which the volunteers quickly devoured. By turn this week Erin did her first junior parkrun with her Dad as tailwalker and we hope this will be the first of many.

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It was an exciting day as Theo did his 100th run (which we celebrated with biscuits made by his family) and Tegan brought along her certificate that she got for doing her 100th run the week before. Bring yours next week Theo! The biscuits were a great motivator for those who were struggling at the top of the zig zags. Gedling junior parkrun 25th november

Although it was chilly it wasn’t as windy as it has been recently and we had 4 pbs and some excellent sprint finishes. We had a couple of first timers so we’ll hopefully see you all again soon!

Thanks as always to all the volunteers. Just a reminder that on Sunday 9th December, we will be running an information session for anyone who wants to learn more about volunteering at Junior parkrun. We'll be heading straight down to the Willowbrook in Gedling after the run where we can have a tasty breakfast and talk all things volunteering. Keep an eye on facebook for an event being set up.

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Gedling junior parkrun: Number 128. There was cake!

We've only gone and done it again!  Another successful and incredibly fun morning on the hills of Gedling Country Park.  There are many reasons why today was great, just like there are every Sunday, but the main one, the reason that we all turn up is to see happy, smiley faces.  Today was certainly no exception, a grand total of 47 sets of junior teeth grinned their way around the course, it definitely was a sight to see!

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Now you all know that our milestone wristbands are earned and handed out when you have completed 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns.  That in itself is a fantastic achievement, but today was extra special for one of our regulars; today Tegan took part in her 100th junior parkrun!  Of those, 88 have been here at Gedling, what an amazing feat.  Congratulations Tegan, we hope to see you here for many more Sundays.  I think everyone will join me in saying that the special celebration cakes that your grown-ups brought along went down very well!

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There must have been something in the air today as eleven of you managed to knock at least a second off your previous best time and record a new personal best, very well done to Leo, Theo, Jude, Tegan, Arthur, Jamie, Keris, Lucas, Mia, Millie and Alberto.

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There was just the one first-timer today.  Strangely it was his last time too!  You've all seen Ewan, he's one of our most regular volunteers, always happy to help out and an absolute master of the pre-run warm up routine.  Today he acted as tail walker and registered a time of 28:26.  As it's his 15th birthday in the week, he'll be too old to record another time!  From all of us here on the team, have a very happy birthday.

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As usual, it is only right to thank the volunteers.  Not only do they make sure that everyone gets around the course safely, there is also a bagful of high-fives and cheers up for grabs, anyone can have one, they're free!  Todays roster was filled and overflowing, but that's not always the case.  So if anybody fancies a stint in the hi-viz, please let us know.  We're very friendly and every job is easy to do, come and have a go, what else are you doing at 9am on a Sunday morning?  Drop us an email here:  gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

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So, I'll finish with a few more of my favourite pictures from the finish area today.  Well done everybody.

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Jenny is your Run Director next week, I know she is already looking forward to seeing you at the start line.

Bye for now, Jonathan.  #loveparkrun

Oh and please, don't forget your barcode!  #dfyb


Event 127 – 11th November 2018

Lots of thank you's this week at Gedling junior parkrun. Thank you to the volunteers who turned up at 8.15am in the rain to set up the course. Thank you to the 28 juniors who looked out their windows at home this morning and saw all the rain but still turned up to run and thank you to their parents and family for bringing their juniors to parkrun! However we were all rewarded by it stopping raining at 9am. Hooray!

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Out of the 28 juniors running we welcomed one first timer who was completely new to parkrun so hello to Imogen and welcome to Dylan who visited us from Hucknall junior parkrun for the first time.

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8 of you recorded a terrific personal best this week so well done to Rav, Jonas, Alberto, Scarlet, Samuel, Leo, Mia and Kitty. Kitty also ran her 11th junior parkrun to achieve her half marathon wristband.

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Our volunteers this week were Oliver and Nick keeping time, Yasmin and Ewan scanning bar codes, Louis was on the funnel and Jonathan, Zoe and Evie were the tail walkers. Our marshals were Madeline, Joanne, Kelly, John, Ruth, Eve, Tom, Karen, Richard, Sarah, Rob and Roger. Thank you! Gedling junior parkrun 11th November 2018

See you soon!



Event 126 – 4th November 2018

51 awesome young people and their responsible adults joined us on the chilly hills of Gedling Country Park this Sunday morning.

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It was so good to see so many faces, new and old all chatting, playing and enjoying being outdoors together. Whether you are chasing a PB or just enjoying the event as a runner or a volunteer, it is so great to hear your stories. I know that we had some first timers to parkrun on Sunday, 2 were recorded on the results so welcome Max and Tommy!

We gave out 2 wrist bands on Sunday. Here are Fred and Alice accepting their Half Marathon (11 runs) and ultra Marathon (50) wristbands respectively. If you think you are due a wristband whether you have been away for a while (like Fred who usually plays Rugby on a Sunday morning) or usually run elsewhere (like Alice who seems to have toured most of the local parkruns), just let the Run Director know and they will make sure that you get yours.

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Eight lovely runners recorded a PB on Sunday, congratulations to our first finisher Theo as well as Oliver, Mia, Arthur, Imogen, Ravi, Eloise and Scarlett for beating their own best times.

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Increasingly we are noticing that our juniors love volunteering as much as running, so if you’d rather put on the high vis on a Sunday morning, please sign up to the volunteer reminder emails on your parkrun profile. Thank you to all of the volunteers who joined us on Sunday, they were: Sharon ASTILL, Frances ASTILL, Louis ASTILL, Nicola DICKINSON, Nikki DIXON, Tom ENGLAND, John ENGLAND, Lily GREENWOOD, Eveline GRIFFITH, Nick HILL, Oliver HILL, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Louis JAMSON, Laura MCKAY, Eloise MILLNS, Tamsin MILLNS, Kelly MORPHUS, Jonah SINCLAIR, James SINCLAIR, Zoe TANNER, Joanne TANNER, Jonathan TANNER, Ewan WANE

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If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, or getting more involved in the Core Team, we will be holding an information session after the event on Sunday 9th December at the Willowbrook pub in Gedling. They serve breakfast from 9am (and beer if you are feeling festive!) so as well as finding out more we are hoping it will be a nice social event in warmer than usual surroundings! Hope to see you there and in the meantime, I will hand over to Helen for who will be wearing the Blue and white next week.



Event 125 – 28th October 2018

I always love Gedling junior parkrun but I especially loved it this morning. We had so many smiling faces! 53 juniors ran, jogged, walked, skipped and hopped around Gedling Country Park.

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Our warm up was lead by Jack and Ewan who were very coordinated!

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Welcome to Gabe, Samuel and Charlie who were first timers to junior parkrun and also to Evelyn who was on her first visit to Gedling.

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As you may be aware you can collect a wrist band and print off a certificate for when you have achieved 11 junior parkruns (half marathon), 21 junior parkruns (marathon) or 50 junior parkruns (ultra marathon). Evan forgot to collect his marathon wristband when he was due to it but he did collect it today so well done to him.

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We had a great number of personal bests this week - 13 of you ran your fastest time at Gedling junior parkrun so well done to Daniel, Oliver, Stefan, Isabelle, James, Eva, Ravi, Edward, Imogen, Sebastian, Ewan, Austin and Oscar.

There is one parkrunner who I am sure that you will all agree that I must give a special mention to. Gabe chose to join us on his 4th birthday! He also brought his own cheering crew of family and friends; 5 of whom were also volunteering. I am pretty confident that this was the most amount of supporters that any junior has ever brought to Gedling junior parkrun. Thank you to everyone for singing happy birthday to him - it was obvious that he loved all your singing!

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Here is Gabe's support crew-

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Here is Gabe's "Gorilla Grandad" joining in with the warm up-

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A big thank you to all our volunteers today. We had Jack and Laura being terrific time keepers, Zoe and Martyn being brilliant bar code scanners, Ewan and Jenny were fantastic on the funnel and Oliver and Jayne were terrific tail walkers. The magnificent marshals were Joanne, Emma, John, Nick, Jonathan, Ruth, Maria, Kelly, Suky, Bob, Roger, Helen and Maisie. After the event Evie sorted the tokens and Henry was the apprentice results processor.

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The milestone for volunteers is when you have volunteered 25 times and you earn yourself a lovely purple volunteer parkrun T shirt. Today was Jayne, who was one of our tail walkers, to volunteer 25 times so thank you to Jayne from everyone at parkrun. Do let us know if you would like to volunteer with us - we would love to have you join us.

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That's all folks, see you soon

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Event number 124. 21st October 2018.

After the dismal weather conditions of last week, it was lovely to be in the park today. Bright sunshine, smiles and a bumper turn-out of 67 junior athletes made Gedling junior parkrun number 124 a fantastic event.

It was great to see another seven brand new parkrunners today, we welcomed Beth, Ella, Alex, Arthur, Bea, Dylan and Noah to our glorious hills for the very first time. I really hope that you all come back for another try very soon.

Thirteen might be a number that is unlucky for some, but that's how many of you managed to get around the route quicker than you ever have before. Well done to all of you, there were a lot of very speedy finishes today, that might explain why my photographs are all a bit blurred!

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The volunteer roster was full this morning, but up to yesterday evening, it still had a few gaps. If anybody would like grab a hi-viz jacket and try it on for size, just drop us an email or have a word with the Run Director. All the jobs are nice and easy and you don't have to turn up every week, just when you can. Go on, give it a go.

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I always say thank you to our parkrunners and volunteers, if either didn't show up, there just wouldn't be a junior parkrun. However, I very rarely say thank you to the parents, guardians and all the other grown-ups who manage to get their youngsters to the start line. Whether you complete the course yourself or hang around cheering and clapping at the finish, thank you, your efforts don't go un-noticed.

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Please remember to bring your own printed barcode with you. We cannot give you a recorded time against your name if we can't scan you in.

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Next week sees Helen take the reins as your Run Director. See you on the hills, have a great week.

Jonathan. #loveparkrun


Event 122 & 123 – Double the fun!

I find myself sitting down with a cup of tea, a grumpy ginger cat and a MASSIVE slice of cake, desperately trying to dry off after a tremendous but oh so wet junior parkrun this morning. But first, let me tell you about what we got up to last Sunday, which was a very different day!

Event 122: 7th October. Last weekend was crisp, bright and very sunny. Because of the cancellations at Rushcliffe and Forest Rec junior parkruns, we had a grand total of 15 first timers to the rolling hills of Gedling in amongst the 47 finishers. It was wonderful to see so many new faces joining forces with our seasoned veterans, welcome one and all! Please come back again soon. We had a magnificent seven of you going quicker than ever before, so a huge well done and an online high-five from me.

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The usual band of happy volunteers turned up and made sure that every one got around safely, I'll do a roll-call a little bit further down the page, but it was also great to be joined by a couple of marshals making the trip from the cancelled runs. If anybody fancies looking gorgeous in the hi-viz, then please let us know, we are always very happy for new faces to come and take part. All of the roles are simple enough for even me to do, you'll get a full briefing and I guarantee that you will enjoy your Sunday morning as much as I do.

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Thank you to Helen for taking this wonderful picture from the bottom of the first hill. Doesn't our park look fantastic?

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Moving forward through time, we get to Event 123: 14th October. I woke up this morning to the sound of rain blowing against the bedroom window. Not a great start, but if there is something that gets me up and motoring on any Sunday morning, it's the thought of having fun on the hills, no matter what is falling from the sky. I certainly wasn't let down today, we may have been small in number, just 20 of you braved the conditions, but we were gigantic in effort! We even had two brand new runners today, welcome to Millie and Edward, I hope you'll be back again soon. Even in the unhelpful conditions, a famous five of you managed to record your quickest time so far. That is a great effort, well done.

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If there's one thing that can always be relied on, it's the energy, enthusiasm and general cheeriness of our volunteers. It's so easy to stay in the warm comfort of your own living room on a day like today, so thank you to all for donning raincoats, wellies, hats and brollies and lining our route. Today was the day that Jenny took over the reins as Run Director too, she had to cope with a dodgy megaphone and some of the soggiest barcodes ever presented for scanning, but I think she did a top job.

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For the last two weeks, our army of volunteers has been made up of Tamsin, Frances, Finlay, Sharon, Nick, Jack, Ian, Ruth, Joanne, Julie, Helen H, Richard, Zoe, Myles, Ewan, Yasmin, Kelly, Louis A, Oliver, Jenny, Emma, Esther, Jonah, James, Helen S, Jayne, Madeleine and Louis J. A massive thank you to you all.

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Today Sammy was presented with his half-marathon wristband for completing his 11th junior parkrun, well done Sammy, doesn't he looked chuffed?

As always, I'll leave you with some of my favourite pictures of our amazing junior parkrunners from the last two events. For more photographs, just pop over to our Flickr page, your smiling face will be in there somewhere.

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I'll be your Run Director next week, I'm already looking forward to seeing you all, whatever the weather!

Jonathan #loveparkrun

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