Event 123 – the last one this year!

Another year draws to a close... and since we're on New Year's Eve Eve, it's the last junior parkrun of the year too. Hasn't the time whizzed by? All those kilometres run, all those personal bests, all those wristbands given out, welcoming lots of new runners, having so many wonderful volunteers, getting some more new Run Directors and having the brilliant support of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. Fantastic!

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As ever, our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers did us proud and I think that Yasmin did a particularly good job of RD-ing with me this morning. She's very nearly finished her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and has been superb at juniors in all the roles she's taken on. We hope she won't leave us entirely once she's completed her award, but from the core team to you, Yasmin - thank you so much!

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Volunteering today, we had Kel and Sammy beeping everyone in with the stopwatches Jon, Emma, Jenny, Fiona, Matthew (and Jonah!), John, Michael, Jane, Thomas, Sam and Rob high fiving everyone around the course... Zoe and Joanne bipping barcodes (only 2 people forgot theirs today - great work guys... I wonder if we can get everyone to remember their barcodes for next week?)... Ewan and Louis managing the finish funnel, Nic tail walking and Felix sorting out the tokens at the end of the morning... plus Yasmine and me, Sarah, Run Directing. You all did a fantastic job so thank you for that!

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If anyone else would like to try their hand at volunteering while their little ones ran juniors, do give our volunteer co-ordinator team know \ post on our Facebook page and we'll pop your name down. It honestly is so much fun to cheer and support our runners all around the course - and even using the stop watches is dead simple too - we'll make sure we talk you through what you need to do and I promise it's much easier than you might think.

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It was also fantastic to see 35 runners today. We know how hard it is to get out of bed when it's dark out there and there are Christmas toys to be played with... but with 6 personal bests racked up today (great work Charlie, Miriam, Fearn, Martha, Lauren and Daniel!), all those Christmas choccies don't seem to have slowed up those running legs of all of you!

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Welcome also to our brand new parkrunners, William and Emily hope to see you again soon!

All that's left to be said is thank you for sharing your awesomeness with us this year, we'll see you on Jan 6th next year and be excited to see you as ever!

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Happy New Year and happy running!!

Sarah

PS Bobble Hat of the Day award goes to...
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Event 133 – 23rd December 2018 – the Christmas one!

It's Christmas! We had lots of Christmas fun this morning despite the rain! A big thank you to all the runners and their parents/carers for bringing you on a wet misty morning. We welcomed 34 jolly juniors to the holly hills at Gedling junior parkrun. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18.There were lots of seasonal Santa hats, Christmas jumpers and reindeer headbands so thank you to you all for joining in. It definitely helped give Christmas cheer to support our juniors get around the Christmas course. Gedling juniors 23rd december 2018 We had two festive first timers so welcome to Miriam and Daniel. Come back and see us again soon! Some tourists also came to see us so a big hello to Saoirse from Swadlincote, Oliver, Harrison and James from Leeds and Alastair and Rowan from London. Alastair and Rowan joined us last Christmas for their first ever junior parkrun and since then they have completed 47 junior parkruns at 19 different locations. Wow! Maybe we will see you again next Christmas?! Apologies if I have missed any tourists off - let me know and I will add you on. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Two wristbands were presented by the Christmas Tree to Saul (21 junior parkruns) and Mia (11 junior parkruns). However it also looks from the results that Alberto should have got his half marathon wristband and James should have got his marathon wristband so do let us know next time you see us and we will give you your wristbands. Well done to you all. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Seven of you got an early present by recording a personal best - congratulations to Mia, Oliver, Saoirse, Evan, Tom, Alastair and Rowan. An absolutely massive tinsel thank you to our wonderful volunteers who braved the rain to get to Gedling Country Park this morning to set up the course for you. Did you realise that out of the 21 volunteers today only 3 of us had juniors taking part - the rest were here just because they love junior parkrun! That is fantastic! This week we had Frances and Sammy keeping tinsel time, Louis and Oliver bar (humbug) code scanning, Louis and Ewan on the festive funnel and Zoe and Nicola tinsel tail walking. The merry marshals were Sharon, Sarah, Kelly, Nick, John, Jonathan, Joanne, Tamsin, Richard, Tom, Roger and Eloise. Of course there was also myself looking very silly as a Run Director dressed up a Christmas Tree! 2018-12-23_12-24-10 On behalf of everyone at Gedling junior parkrun we would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you soon. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Helen

 

#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!

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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!

Tamsin

 

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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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!

Helen

 

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.

Tamsin

 

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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Helen

 

Event 121 – Sunday 30th September – the day the Firemen visited!

Sunday 30th September will no doubt be memorable for 1000s of runners across Nottinghamshire. It was the day of the Robin Hood half marathon and the mini mile which many of our regulars took part it. Well done to the 38 runners who came to the hills as well as all of our #parkrunfamily who were running down at the embankment.

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I absolutely #loveparkrun (not sure if I've mentioned it before) and these photos of these fantastic smiling families tells you exactly why!

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Six first timers were registered on the results on Sunday, welcome to parkrun Porsha, Pippa, Theirry, Mia and Greta. And also welcome to Daniel who was visiting us from Rushcliffe parkrun, we hope you enjoyed the variety and look forward to seeing you again.

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It wasn't just the Robin Hood runners who were recording their first half marathons, here's Jude, accepting his well earned wrist band (at least, the results say that Jude earnt one but I feel like I may have the name wrong - sorry if I have!). Also, Seb recorded his 21st Marathon run but didn't claim his wristband so please ask next time you visit.

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Most of you didn't notice but we had a visit from the Fire Brigade. One of the officers was supporting his son in the run so he took the opportunity to pop down with some information leaflets. They got a call just as most of your reached the top of the hill but it was lovely to see you so please pop in again.

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Thank you as always to our amazing volunteers, without whom this run wouldn't take place. We have a fantastic bunch of under 18s who choose to get out of bed early every Sunday to set up the course and lead the warmup. Most of them have now finished their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering stint but still come every week - thank you, we are so proud to have you with us.

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Here is a photo of the volunteers acting like Robin Hood. Visit the website for a roll call of everyone's names.

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On Sunday 7th October, Forest Rec and Ruschliffe are both cancelled so we hope to welcome lots of tourists.

See you back at the park on Sunday morning for more outdoor fun!!

Tamsin

 

Event 119 – 16th September 2018

Sunday brought a reminder of the fact that autumn is creeping in as we swap the t-shirts & flip-flops for jumpers and boots, but that didn't put off the 47 of you who joined us on the slightly breezy hills.
As we set up for the run, there were still a few marshal spots left on the roster, with a little bit of shuffling roles we were down to one short. Thanks to Michele for saving the day by being our last marshal, Jacob was happy to run without his mum, and his brother Charlie stayed with him throughout the run and paced him to a new PB! Well done Jacob! Great work!
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So if your little ones are starting to out pace you, you'd be welcome to volunteer instead! You'll have the chance to give them a hi-5 as they run around the course. Just drop us an email or let us know via facebook. We love volunteers and the event really couldn't happen without them. Your volunteer team for event 119 consisted of Sharon Astill, Frances Astill, Louis Astill, Nicola Dickinson, Katrina Edwards, James Gilbert, Eveline Griffith, Nick Hill, Oliver Hill, Louis Jamson, Yasmin King, Jack Matthews, Kelly Morphus, Robert Newton, Samantha Newton, Michele Noble, Jonah Sinclair, James Sinclair, Myles Somerton, Ian Sullivan, Joanne Tanner, Zoe Tanner, Ewan Wane. Many thanks to all of you. Gedling juniors 16-9-18

Big thanks as ever to our fantastic bunch of DofE volunteers for leading the warm up with amazing enthusiasm, whatever would we do without them?
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Well done to Bobby who recieved his half marathon wrist band. Don't forget you can also download your certificate to print out by visiting your profile at parkrun.com

After the warm up and wristband giving, off you flew heading for the first hill. Please be careful when you're running, poor Evelyn took a bit of a tumble and ended up with a cut knee, but after a spot of medical attention from her mum, she was back up and running and completed the course and went home with a fresh plaster on her knee!

Our first finisher was also the first lady finisher! Girl power! Gedling juniors 16-9-18

We welcomed 5 first timers to the wonderful hills of Gedling, thank you for making our event your first and hope you come back again. The slightly chilly weather conditions were perfect for the 7 of you who got a PB, great work!
That's all from me, have an enjoyable week and see you on Sunday when Jonathan dons the run-directors hi-vis.

Ian

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