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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 75 – 8th October 2017

Wow! Event number 75 sure was a doozy, wasn't it! We had 83 perfect parkrunners, 22 volunteers, 13 first timers (welcome to our lovely Gedling hills!) and a cracking personal bests. On the PB role of honour this week we had Dylan, Jack, Zoe, Jack, Holly, Harriet, Thomas, Ivy, Zoe, Harriet, Dylan, Austin and Fallon.

A special well done to Fallon who not only scored herself a personal best, but she also got her half marathon wristband today with her 11th junior parkrun! Poppy also earned her half marathon wristband and I've just spotted that Adam earned his marathon wristband with 21 runs completed (let us know next weekend and we'll present you with your wristband too!)

As ever, our event couldn't take place if it weren't for our heroes in hi-vis... our amazing volunteers. Thank you particularly to those of you who stepped in to help at the last minute - Allan, Felix and Brian it was much appreciated. So, who did what? We had Kel and Jack on the stop watches; Jonathan, Amanda, James, Max, Allan, Brian, Rob, Sam, Jenny, Peter and Wayne marshalling the mountains; Nic and Felix beeping barcodes; Joe and Christopher managing the finish funnel; Sue brought up the rear as tail walker; and I, Sarah, wore the oversized run director's vest and attempted to keep the show on the road! You were all superstars!

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If you would like to see your name in lights next week - or any future week - then please do shout up and we'll get you on the roster. It takes a minimum of 21 volunteers each week for juniors to take place so more help definitely makes the parkrun fairy (otherwise known as our lovely volunteer co-ordinator Olivia!) happy. I promise you'll have fun when you do it! Email us at gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com or head over to our Facebook page and volunteer there.

After some very enthusiastic warming up, the run was ready to start.

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And boy did you all go off like a rocket today! Those hills aren't easy but you did it. No skinned knees from slipping on the gravel today (phew!) and lots of happy faces at the end. Hooray! It really is a wonderful sight to see you all head off up that first hill and then to see you cross the finish line at the end. Well done to all of you. I hope you feel proud of yourselves today, you started off your Sunday with a little splash of awesome!

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While I remember, a head's up to you all that on the 29th of October, we'll be having our annual Halloween run. Come dressed as ghosts, ghouls, witches, wizards, vampires and zombies and let's get spooky!

So until next week, it's a bye from me! Helen will be in charge and I know she'll be looking forward to it already.

Happy running!

Sarah

 

Event 74 – 1st October 2017

Rain rain go away, come again another day....the rain was not going to spoil our fun and it didn't spoil yours either as a whopping 48 of you braved the grey skies to run walk and jog the course on the hills!

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When the volunteers arrived, it was looking a bit bleak with only a few cars in the car park and a very quiet play area.  We were all debating on how quite it was going to be this morning and then slowly but surely you all started to arrive and we were delighted at seeing you all on such a grotty morning.  The run briefing was done in what felt like record time and Fleur did a great job warming up to get you all started.  No wrist bands to hand out today so let the run director know if you are due one in the next few weeks, 11 runs for a half marathon, 21 for a marathon and 50 for a full marathon wristband.

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The results show four first timers who braved the rain, welcome and we hope to see you again, and a fabulous ten of you achieved a personal best!  It was wonderful to see so many of your grown ups joining in to so well done to you all for keeping up with your juniors.  Just a reminder, we had quite a few grown ups running into the funnel today which can be a bit confusing for our timekeepers when they are timing the juniors in, please remember to step around the funnel to let the juniors finish and get the cheers and recognition all by themselves.

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A big thank you to our hi-vis volunteers who turned up in the rain to help set up the course and pack away afterwards, you are brilliant!  James and Orla were on timekeeping, Roger, Peter, Sarah, Kelly, Nicola, Amanda, James, Robert and Sam all marshalled, Fleur and Jonathan scanned barcodes, Jack managed the funnel, Helen, Ella and Niamh tail walked, Fleur did the warm up and Olivia was run directing.

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Next week we will hopefully be basking in the sunshine without the grey clouds so join us then for another Sunday junior parkrun where Sarah will be wearing the run director vest.

Have a good week

Olivia

 

Event 73 – 24th September 2017

What a fabulous start to Sunday junior parkrun was! There were road closures due to the Robin Hood Marathon and lots of regulars and volunteers were getting involved with the mini marathon, half marathon, marathon and epic 24 hour running event at Belvoir Castle. Even so the Gedling juniors community stepped up to make sure that all 57 wonderful juniors had a great run.

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The warm up was lead by Theo and Jacob, demonstrating immense teamwork to make sure we all got off to a flying start.

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Caleb was presented with his half marathon wristband for completing his 11th run. And is also looks like Jasmine who was visiting us from Hucknall Juniors was due her wristband too so make sure you ask your Run Director next time you are at a junior event.

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And talking of visitors, we welcomed some from Rushcliffe who were cancelled as well as some tourists from Hucknall. But there were also a whopping 11 children brand new to parkrun who chose the hills of Gedling as their first experience - welcome to parkrun and we can't wait to see you again soon! Seven of you managed Personal Beest times this week, including Jacob who finished 2nd, pictured here with first placed Oliver.

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Here are some of our fabulous volunteers who make it all happen. We just love watching your smiles as your cross the line, it really sets us up for the day. Ella was also joining us for the first time as a volunteer to complete her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. She joins our other regular Duke of Edinburgh volunteers without whom we'd struggle to put the event on - thank you, you are all fab (even you Megaphone James!)

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Just a reminder that Junior parkrun is for children between the age of 4 and 14. Anyone presenting a barcode for a senior runner aged 15 or over will be automatically removed from the results. Our 5km event on a Sunday is open to juniors too, the only requirement is that under 11s must be within arm's length of their responsible adult.

And another reminder that if you are unhappy about your photo being included in the run report, or on our flickr page, please get in touch with us at gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

That's all from Run Director Tamsin, I'll pass over to Olivia who will be donning the blue Run Director's tent next week!

 

Event 72 – 17th September 2017

I do love Sunday mornings seeing all the smiling faces eager and ready for Gedling junior parkrun. This week we had 62 juniors walking, jogging and running around our course. We welcomed 11 first timers.

Gedling junior parkrun 17th September 2017We were warmed up helped by our fabulous Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who were demonstrating their range of swimming strokes on dry land! If any juniors would like to lead our warm up please let the run director know. It will count as a volunteer credit and when you have volunteered 25 times you get a lovely purple parkrun T shirt. Gedling junior parkrun 17th September 2017

7 of the juniors achieved their personal best this week.

Gedling junior parkrun 16th September 2017Chloe joins the half marathon wristband club and Finn and Joe joined the marathon wristband club. Finn was also first finisher and got a personal best so it was a terrific week for Finn! Well done all of you. Not all of you came to get your wrist bands off the run director so let us know next time you come to junior parkrun. Gedling junior parkrun 16th September 2017Did you know that our juniors at Gedling junior parkrun have now ran a total distance of 8156km over our 72 events? Wow! That is amazing! Gedling junior parkrun 16th September 2017To allow our junior parkrun to go ahead we have our fabulous volunteers in the hi-vis. This week we say a big thank you to Olivia and Sarah terrifically timekeeping, Jon and James brilliantly bar code scanning, Jenny and Jack being fabulous on the funnel and Nicola being a terrific tail walker. The magnificent marshals were Peter, Peter, Peter, (yes we had the 3 Peters marshalling again!) Kelly, Rob, Samantha, Catherine, Emma, Dave and Libby. Henry sorted the tokens out, Evie had her first attempt at processing the results and Helen was your run director. Gedling junior parkrun 17th September 2017Gedling junior parkrun 17th September 2017

Please let us know if you can help volunteer next week, we would love your help. Tamsin is your run director next week and I know she is looking forward to seeing you all!

 

Event 71 – 10th September 2017

It's like we have never been away from the hills with Sunday coming round so quickly, that must mean one thing....junior parkrun day!

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Today was event number 71 and would you believe it we had 71 juniors navigating their way around the course! 11 of you managed to complete the 2km with a personal best and 4 of you were recorded as first timers so a big welcome from us. There were 8 unknown runners today who won't get a run credit so don't forget to register via the parkrun website, print a barcode and bring your barcode with you next time as we always enjoy handing out half marathon (11 runs), marathon (21 runs) and ultra marathon (50 runs) wristbands to celebrate your achievements.

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This week we celebrated the achievements of Arthur, Oliver and Florence who all received their marathon wristbands! If you are due a wristband, just let the run director know so they can present it to you!

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A big thank you to our amazing hi-vis volunteers for this week. The team consisted of Kelly and James timekeeping, Peter, Samantha, Sarah, Allan, Peter, Roger, Jonathan, Robert, Ellie, Peter and Stuart marshalling, Orla and Libby barcode scanning, Wayne on tokens, Helen managing the funnel, Fleur doing the warm up, Caroline tail walking and Olivia run directing.

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Fingers crossed for another dry day next week when Helen will be taking charge of the equipment and volunteer roster! Until then, have a good week everyone.
Olivia

 

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 69 – 27th August 2017

August bank holiday weekend did not disappoint us with glorious sunshine out on the hills of Gedling Country Park.

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We were delighted to welcome 37 of you and with all but one of you returning to parkrun its not surprising there were so many smiles. Here's Sophie who was joining us for the first time with her brother Nathan who was returning after a break with a shiny new PB – well done!

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There were 11 PB's on Sunday, so the school holidays seem to be suiting you and giving you speedy legs.

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Harriet made herself known to me at the beginning to let me know she was running her 21st junior parkrun and claimed her marathon wrist band – what a fantastic achievement! Don't forget to print off your certificate by signing in to your profile https://www.parkrun.com/signin/ and clicking on Club Progress. It looks like James and Alexander were both due their half marathon wrist band for completing their 11th runs so please make yourself known to Sarah next weekend.

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A special thank you to our volunteers who have stepped up consistently throughout the holidays meaning we haven't had to cancel a single event! And special mention to Ian Sullivan our fantastic Event Director from Gedling Parkrun who chose to celebrate his 100th volunteering session with us here at the juniors. We have three marshall slots left for next week and there are slots available in to September so please contact Olivia on gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com to bag yourself an opportunity.

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Its over to Sarah for next week's run. Then its back to school for you all!!

 

Event 68 – 20th August 2017

At 0855 on Sunday morning we had about 5 juniors lining up for Gedling junior parkrun but then as if by magic at 0900 the magic of the playground ended and we had 27 fantastic runners at Gedling junior parkrun.

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We had 2 first timers - welcome Joshua and Jack! We hope to see you again soon.

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There may have only been 27 runners, with lots of people being on holidays, but that did not stop 6 of you recording a personal best so well done to Jack, Phoebe, Noah, Harriett, Mia and Henry!

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While you are on your holidays why don't you see whether there is a junior parkrun near your holiday that you can be a tourist at? It's always lovely to try a different parkrun but we look forward to you coming back to Gedling!

We did not hand out any milestone wristbands but looking from the results Chloe was due her marathon wristband so please come and see the run director next time you are at junior parkrun.

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Of course we want to say a big thank you to our fantastic volunteers, This week we had James and Christopher keeping the time (and giving out encouragement on the megaphone!), Amanda and Peter scanning barcodes, Jack and Libby on the funnel, Stephanie tail walking, Henry sorted the tokens, Jonathan, Samantha, Ray, Kelly, Roger, Jayne, Andy, Oliver, James, Rob and Louise marshalling and Helen was your run director.

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Olivia is your run director next week so come and join us if you want some fun on the playground - and a junior parkrun!

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Event 67-13th August 2017

We couldn't think of a better way to be greeted on a Sunday than with enthusiasm for running and the juniors had bags of it this morning!

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Glorious sunshine was orderd and it arrived on time ready for Charlie celebrating his 8th birthday and Sarah being awarded a fab t-shirt in recognition for run directing a whopping 50 times at Gedling junior parkrun and Gedling parkrun.  Not only that, we had Austin completing his 11th milestone (half marathon) and Oliver and Samuel reaching their 21st milestone (marathon), wow what a great start to the morning!

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There were 39 runners who joined us and five of you achieved personal bests!  There were also two first timers who we hope enjoyed our beautiful and slightly undulating 2 km course.

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The juniors continued their enthusiasm right to the finish funnel with lots of sprint finishes and lots of support for each other which makes us really happy to be part of junior parkrun...keep it up you fantastic lot!

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A big thank you to our volunteers who did a great job.  Fleur delivered the warm up like a professional supported by Jack and Orla.  Marshalling the hills today were Peter, Peter, Peter (yes there were three), Sarah, Richard, Andy, Martin, Ellie, Libby and Tom. Jack and Orla provided the timing, Christopher and Jonathon scanned the barcodes, Kelly managed the funnel, Jenny handed out tokens and Tamsin tail walked everyone safely round the course.

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Sadly it is now my time to hand over the duties of run directing to the very capable Helen for next week and I look forward to being back again the following week for some more amazing juniors working their way around the course!

Olivia

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