Event 76 – 15th October 2017

Another fun junior parkrun has whizzed by! 78 runners had smiling faces and everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves.

Gedling junior parkrun 15th October 2017

We welcomed 4 first timers - Grace, Maisy, Tallyn and Betty.

Gedling junior parkrun 15th October 2017

A whopping 23 of you recorded personal bests - no wonder so many of you had happy faces!

Gedling junior parkrun 15th October 2017

A big well done to those of you who achieved a milestone today - Charlie and Kitty have both been regular junior parkrunners at Gedling and achieved their ultra marathon (50 junior parkruns) wristbands. We also awarded 2 other runners their wristbands. Don't forget to let the run director know when you have ran 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns to receive your milestone wristband. You can then also go on your profile on the parkrun website to print off a milestone certificate.

Gedling junior parkrun 15th October 2017

One of the many things that I love about parkrun is how supportive all how community are of each other. Highlights today included seeing juniors high fiveing each other after they had ran well.

I also love how so many juniors love volunteering. So a big thank you to our junior volunteers today who gave up their time to allow other juniors to run - Niamh, Evie and Tabitha helped to marshal, Bea was a tail walker, Madeline and Eloise helped on the funnel and Evie was a time keeper. We also had several young adults volunteering - James timekeeping, Felix and James marshalling and Jack and Ella were bar code scanning.

Gedling junior parkrun 15th October 2017

Of course I can not forget our adults who were volunteering as well - Claire, Amanda, Wayne, Sarah, Kelly, Roger, Sue and Sam were marshalling, Richard was handing out the tokens, Nicola was tail walking and Helen was your run director.

Gedling junior parkrun 15th October 2017

So that means half of our volunteers were under 18! What an asset they are to our local community. A big thank you to all our volunteers.

Don't forget that on the 29th October it is our Halloween junior parkrun with optional fancy dress.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Helen

 

Event 70 – 3rd September 2017

It's Sunday... it's runday... it's funday... it's junior parkrunday! Hooray!! And I can barely believe that another parkrun has whizzed by. It was great to have 58 of you join us on the hills this morning.

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With almost everyone back from their summer holidays it's brilliant to see you coming back to parkrun on a Sunday morning. It would be great to see even more of you, so next week, 10th September, is 'Bring a friend' week. Tell your friends at school, at swimming, at football, at gymnastics, at dancing... wherever! Let them know how much fun you have at parkrun on a Sunday and see if they'd like to come too next Sunday!

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As usual parkrun was brought to you by our amazing volunteers. We had Christopher and Kel on time keeping duty; Peter, Sam, Debbie, Jenny, James B, Pete, Tamsin, Sue, Ellie, Rob and Roger out marshalling the mountains and giving out lots of high fives; Jack and Amanda beeped barcodes; Nicola and James G were fabulous at the finish funnel; Helen brought everyone home safely with terrific tail-walking; and me, Sarah, did a spot of run directing! An extra special mention for Kel today - it was the 100th time she's volunteered at Gedling juniors / Gedling parkrun and we think that's an awesome achievement. Thank you for all you bring to parkrun!

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Talking of awesome achievements, we had some of our milestone wristbands to give out today (which we love doing). Evie had done an incredible 50 junior parkruns to earn her Ultra Marathon wristband, while James had achieved his Half Marathon wristband with 11 runs completed (and well done on that shiny new PB too, James!). Congratulations guys, it was great to be able to celebrate with you this morning. As ever, if you have a milestone run coming up, just chat with the run director before the start and we'll make sure you're presented with your wristband!

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I think that the summer break has really helped everyone get their fast legs on. A brilliant 8 of you got personal bests this morning - Abbie, Arthur, Ivy, Anastazia, Charley, Sam, James and Austin - you did a terrific job. No matter what your time though, I definitely saw lots of little legs trying their hardest and saw lots of sprint finishes too. Pat yourselves on the back!

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Rightie ho, I think that's me done. The results have been processed. The volunteers have had their thank you emails. And I've enjoyed writing this report and thinking about what a lovely way junior parkrun is to kickstart your Sunday!

Don't forget to bring a friend with you next week, and we can't wait to see you back then.

Happy running!

Sarah

 

Event 60 – 25th June 2017

Wow! Junior parkrun was short but oh so sweet this morning as 50 of you ran round our hills in super quick time! 8 Personal Bests - and our first three finishers all managing to bag themselves a PB which was really fabulous to see.

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A massive thank you needs to be said to our volunteers this morning. Not only did they give their time for free but they chatted, high-fived, cheered and laughed their way through parkrun. It's such a great atmosphere to be part of - I'm a lucky old me to be part of that!

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So, who did what? Well, we had Jack and Shaun concentrating on the stop watches; Kel, Allan, Pete, Jonathan, Wayne, Zoe, Ray, Christopher, Ian, Jo and Tom (thank you for your last minute volunteering, Tom! An extra pair of hands is always appreciated) out and about marshalling the mountains; Nicola and Jenny beeping barcodes; Martin and James (the chaos twins) on finish funnel duty; Sue tail running and making sure our little legs got round safely; and lastly me, Sarah, brandishing the clipboard and megaphone and making sure the wheels didn't fall off!

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I know I'm always asking for volunteers... so I won't do that this week. Okay, that was a lie. Of course I'm going to ask for more volunteers! Just give Olivia, our fabulous volunteer co-ordinator and all round top sort, a shout and she'll get you added to the roster quick smart!

Talking of fabulous people - congratulations to our new wristband holders. Tabitha did her 21st run and earned her marathon wristband as did Logan, while Noah earned his half marathon wristband. Congratulations team! Don't forget to print your certificates from your parkrun profile page! If any of our brilliant runners have reached a milestone (11 runs for half marathon wristband, 21 runs for a marathon wristband; 50 runs for an ultra marathon band) and haven't yet had their wristband, just chat to the run director and they'll make sure you get one!

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Rightie ho! Think that's me just about done for another week. Enjoy what's left of the weekend - you've already been awesome today by coming to parkrun, so give yourselves a well earned pat on the back!

Gedling juniors, June 25th 2017

Helen is driving the Gedling junior parkrun bus next week. Hold on tight until then and happy running all!

Sarah

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