Event 106 – 17th July 2018 – Fathers’ Day!

What a special day it was on Sunday! On Fathers' Day we welcomed 54 young people with their parents and carers whizzing up the hills of Gedling.

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6 eager runners chose Sunday 17th June to kick their Dad's out of bed and record their first ever run at a parkrun. Well done Dexter, Ezekiel, Jack, Zach, Jamie and Penny, we hope to see you again soon. And a big Gedling welcome to Milo who was trying the hills of Gedling for the first time having started out at Forest Rec. We hope you enjoyed those hills!

The weather was cooler than it has been recently which must have suited the 14 pairs of speedy legs who recorded Personal Best times.

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Mia got in touch to say she hadn't claimed her half- marathon wrist band so here she is receiving her wristband on her 13th run at juniors. Looking at the results there are some big milestones coming up. Don't forget you can print off a certificate once you've completed your milestones and take them to school to tell all your friends about your achievements. We also know that you can use your certificates to earn badges at brownies, check with your cub master too to see if you can earn something there!

Gedling juniors 17th june 2018

Your volunteers today were:

Gedling juniors 17th june 2018

Nicola DICKINSON, James GILBERT, Eveline GRIFFITH, Nick HILL, Oliver HILL, Louis JAMSON, Yasmin KING, Jack MATTHEWS, Eloise MILLNS, Tamsin MILLNS, Kelly MORPHUS, Robert NEWTON, Samantha NEWTON, Jayne POTTER, Myles SOMERTON, Ian SULLIVAN, George SULLIVAN, Will SULLIVAN, Ruth SWAIN, Jonathan TANNER, Joanne TANNER

 

Event 105 – 10th June 2018

Another Sunday morning and another fabulous Gedling junior parkrun! We had 70 juniors (same number as last week) and their grown ups enjoying running, jogging and walking around our course.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

We welcomed 10 first timers to parkrun so hello to Siena, Bobby, Kai, Patrick, Darcy, Sophie, Sofia, Henry, Dulcie and Luke as well as Della and Ruby who have been to junior parkrun before but it was their first time embracing the hills of Gedling.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers warmed you all up and you also showed us how to do the floss! Some of the grown ups were also joining in but I think that they need to improve their moves until they are as good as the juniors!

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

There was some terrific personal bests this week so well done to Reece, James, Elliott, James, Leo, Henry, Ewan, Logan, Sammy, Martha, Lexie, Imogen, Eloise, Ivor and Bertie.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling juniors from Nic

Don't forget that you can collect a wristband and print a certificate off the parkrun website when you achieve 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Eloise and Rowan achieved their 11th junior parkrun this week. Rowan did not collect his wristband so do let the run director know next time. Isabella and James also collected their wristbands awarded from previous weeks. Here are Eloise and James collecting their wristbands.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

We want to say a massive thank you to our terrific volunteers. This week we had Myles and Ian keeping time, Jack and James bar code scanning, Yasmin managing the funnel, Louis handing out the tokens, Evie writing down the unscannable bar codes and sorting the tokens after the event and Ruth tail walking. The magnificent marshals were Eveline, Jonathan, Zoe, Joanne, Roger, Richard, Nicola, Jayne, Michael, James and Nic. Do let Richard, our volunteer coordinator know if you can help out. Other roles as a volunteer could be a photographer or run report writer. (I would certainly appreciate it if these roles could be filled when I am Run Director!)

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Tamsin is back as Run Director next week so I will be handing the blue and white vest over to her. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Helen

 

Event #103 – 27th May 2018

The sun came out on Sunday and we had a glorious time on the hills at Gedling junior parkrun where we welcomed 50 juniors and their adults. There were lots of new faces as we had 10 first timers- welcome Oliver, Ben, James, Eliott, Lexie, Anna, Harrison, Sasha, Matilda, Archie and Ivor- and there were celebrations all round as 7 shiny new PBs were set. A huge well done to Amnit, Henry, Sammy, Rosemary, Alexander, Lily and Rosa!

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Remember that you can be presented with a wristband when you achieve 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns; 3 were presented this week- a huge well done to all that have earned them!

Gedling juniors 27th june 2018

Junior parkrun couldn’t happen without our team of wonderful volunteers. This week we had Lyndsey as run director, Kelly and Yasmin keeping time, Zoe, Louis and Jonah scanning your barcodes, Ruth managing the funnel, James handing out finish tokens, Jayne tail walking while Madeleine sorted the tokens in the café with her well-deserved ice-cream! Our fantastic high-five-givers (and marshals) were Jonathan, Joanne, Jack, Matthew, Eveline, Richard, Sarah, James, Miriam, Ray, Madeline Jenny and Ewan.

Gedling junior parkrun 27th may 2018

Special mentions go to Jonah who celebrated his birthday on Sunday and decided to spend some of it at juniors scanning barcodes and to our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who warmed you up in style! We really appreciate all our volunteers’ help, particularly Richard who is our volunteer co-ordinator and works tirelessly to make sure the event can go ahead. Please let him know by email or on Facebook if you can help at any upcoming events.

Gedling junior parkrun 27th may 2018

We will hopefully see you again next week when Jonathan will have the Run Director vest on!

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(This isn't Jonathan but he took this great photo!)

Have a great week!

Lyndsey

 

Event #101 – 13th May 2018

The weather forecast had given out rain for today but all the smiling faces at Gedling junior parkrun had brought out the sunshine instead! What a beautiful morning to welcome 52 juniors and their adults to Gedling junior parkrun.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

Four 1st timers embraced our hills so welcome to Wynchester, Grace, Lily and Thomas.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

The sun must make you run faster as we had a sensational 16 personal bests so well done to Jonah, Imogen, Elsa, Martha, Ellie, Ivy, Matthew, Oliver, Lola, Jack, Molly, Leo, Emily, Esme, Aiden and Sailor.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

Remember that you can be presented with a wristband when you achieve 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Here is Jasper with his marathon wristband. Oliver should have also got his so do let the run director know the next time you come to junior parkrun so we can give you your wristband.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

We must say a massive thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who allow all the magic of Gedling junior parkrun to go ahead. This week we had Yasmin run directing, Emma and Kelly keeping the time, Ewan and Myles scanning the bar codes, Jack managing the funnel, James handing out the tokens, Jenny tail walking and Evie processed the results while Henry sorted the tokens. The magnificent marshals were Jonathan, Joanne, Zoe, Ellie, Rob, Roger, Richard, Clare, Sam, James and Eve.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

When you have volunteered 25 times our volunteers receive a lovely purple 25 volunteer T shirt. Well done to Henry who was on his 25th volunteer stint today. Although there are no other volunteer milestones it is definitely worth mentioning that 2 of our volunteers both volunteered for the 50th time today. So a big thank you to Ellie (who can usually be found on the first marshal point) and to Richard (pictured below) who is a regular marshal and is also our volunteer coordinator so please do respond when he asks for more volunteers! Let him know by email or on Facebook if you can help.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

Gedling junior parkrun has lots of regular volunteers (thank you to you all) but you probably can't help to notice our regular Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. There is Yasmin who did a fab job at Run Directing this morning who is doing her gold award so is volunteering with us for a year, prior to this she did 6 months for her silver award with us and volunteered for her bronze at 5K parkrun. Jack (top left) completed his gold volunteering stint in March and loves junior parkrun so much that he still comes every week and does a fab job at leading the warm up. James is currently volunteering for his silver award but also did his bronze with us. You can never miss James as he loves having the megaphone! Myles is volunteering with us for his silver award (and also tries to keep James out of trouble!) and Ewan for his bronze who does a great job at helping the warm up. There is also Louis who could not be with us this week as he was on a practice for his expedition.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

We will hopefully see you again next week when Tamsin will have the Run Director vest on.
Have a good week,

Helen

 

Event 100 – 6th May 2018

A couple of weeks ago, Gedling junior parkrun celebrated it's 2nd birthday. This week, we were 100! How is that possible? Only by the magic of junior parkrun!

Our 100th event was marked by a splendid display from that bright shiny thing in the sky (the sun!) which made for a beautiful morning for the 46 small sets of legs who ran, jogged and walked 2km of our fantastic Gedling Country Park.
Gedling Junior Parkrun 6th May 2018Lyndsey donned the run directors hi-vis for the first time ever, three cheers to Lyndsey for doing this, and apparently she enjoyed it so much, she wants to do it again! Hooray! 31957442_10156298761899509_4235228664599412736_o
Big thanks to all of our splendid volunteers that got to time you (Myles & Ewan), Scan you (James & Jack), hand out the finish tokens (Kelly & Louis), marshalling and giving out hi-5's (Jo, Rachel, Joanne, Jonathan, Zoe, Jenny, Emma, Clare, Samantha, Sam & Jayne) and making sure no one got left behind (Helen)
2018-05-08_08-05-53We couldn't run the event without the help of these hi-5 giving hi-vis wearing heroes. We are always welcoming new volunteers, so if you fancy giving it a go, please drop Richard an email, or put a comment on facebook. He'd love to hear from you and we'd love to see you.

Once Lyndsey had done the pre-run brief, our team of DofE volunteers led the warm up with plenty of energy and enthusiasm, grown ups - please be careful of the little ones during the warm up, one little person got tripped up and got a poorly knee, please make sure there's plenty of space around you! Gedling junior parkrun 100

Well done to Ciaran who was presented with his half marathon wristband, don't forget you can print out your certificate from your parkrun profile at https://www.parkrun.com/profile/

And then they were off! First across the line was Finn, Reece and Lewis, and for the girls it was Tegan, Amy and Chen, well done!
There were 5 new personal bests recorded, maybe the sunshine was encouraging you to run faster and get an ice cream! It was also the first time ever to junior parkrun for eight of you, we do hope you enjoyed it and come back soon.
Gedling junior parkrun 100

Once the tail walker was home, it was time to clear up and get those results processed and enjoy the bank holiday weekend sunshine.

Next week it's event 101 with Helen and Yasmin sharing the run directors hi-vis. Enjoy your week and see you on Sunday!

 

Event 97 – The 2nd Birthday Celebration

It was a privilege to be Run Director at our 97th run, just over 2 years after it all started. It was fantastic to see so many faces, old and new enjoying the sunshine and powering up the hills. There were lots of familiar names on the results on Sunday, many of whom I know were there on our first run when it all looked a bit more bleak with no play park or café and very few trees!

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Any way, enough of the nostalgia, lets get back to Sunday’s run. We had 63 runners, six of whom were brand new to parkrun. Unfortunately there won’t be cake every week but we promise a warm welcome and lots of fun!

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday 15th April 18

Very special thanks to regular volunteer and loyal supporter of Gedling juniors, Kelly Morphus for baking the fantastic cake. And Eloise and Madeleine for the cupcakes too.

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday 15th April 18

All the cake spurred seven of you to new PBs, well done all of you but especially to Charlie who achieved his PB on his 71st parkrun, most of which have been completed at Gedling. Also special mention to Theo who has completed the most junior parkruns of all the runners today with 77 runs – awesome! And whilst we are on the special mentions, there was lots of wrist band action on Sunday. With Bea receiving her Ultra band and Chen & Lewis being awarded their marathon bands – well done. Itlooks like Phoebe and Mia are due their half marathon wrist bands so please make yourselves known to the Run Director next time you visit.

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday 15th April 18

As always, we couldn’t do any of this without our volunteers, some of whom this week took the high vis superhero thing a bit too seriously.

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday 15th April 18

This week we had Nicola, Lyndsey, Ben, Richard, Samantha, Ian, Jo,  Zoe, Jonathan and Madeleine marshalling with Joanne, Kelly, James, Jack and Ewan at the sharp end dealing with the finish area and timing. Jayne ably brought you all home like a turtle superhero and there was me, Wally overseeing proceedings.

Gedling junior parkrun's 2nd birthday

It was great to see some of you dressed up for the occasion, I’ve included some photos below but please do visit our flickr  group for all the photos.

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Its over to Helen for next week's event. So if the London Marathon inspires you, get off your sofa and join her!

Signing off until next time, Tamsin (Wally)

 

 

 

Event 96 – 8th April 2018 – with flying feet and hidden pigs!

I asked my 8 year old son how he thought that I should start the run report this week and this is his opening sentence - "What another lovely morning at Gedling junior parkrun!" We had 36 fantastic runners, joggers and walkers negotiating the hills and zig zags that we love about Gedling country park.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

Two enthusiastic first timers to parkrun joined us today so welcome to Saul and Luca. Lilia and John who have ran at other junior parkruns tried out Gedling for the first time. We hope that you come and visit us again. Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

We had 5 juniors achieving a personal best so well done to Chloe, William, Joshua, Stefan and Henry. They have added to an amazing total of 967 personal bests at Gedling junior parkrun in the last 2 years.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

Remember that we give out milestone wristbands (and you can print off a certificate off the parkrun website) when you have achieved 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Today we presented Stefan and Rafe with their half marathon wristbands. Joshua should have had one as well so please ask the run director for one next time you are at junior parkrun.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

It is a fact that our volunteers are amazing! On Saturday afternoon we were short of 8 volunteers but when we put another request out lots of people came forward and filled the roster so a big thank you to you all. Today we had Evie and Kelly keeping time, Jack and James bar code scanning, Claire managing the funnel, Ewan handing out the tokens and Mandy tail walking. Our magnificent marshals were Roger, Sam, Libby, Hilary, Jon, Karen, Ben, Lyndsey, David, Rebecca, David and Lily.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

Claire and Adam were helping out with run directing and they sucessfully processed the results as practice for when they are on the core team of Newark junior parkrun so best of luck to them when this launches.

As always our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers led a fantastic warm up and even managed some flying feet!

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

Important news - next week is our 2nd birthday! Where has all that time gone? To celebrate we would like you to wear fancy dress (including parents!) although this is of course optional. I have also heard that there may be cake!

Which brings me round to a toy plastic pig. When David and Rebecca cleared away the cones at the out and back they found a toy plastic pig under the cones - answers on a postcard for how that got there please! Although I have my suspicions as to the culprits i.e. the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers - Jack and James who set this part of the course up!

Enjoy the birthday celebrations next week! A fantastic birthday present for junior parkrun would be to get the volunteer roster filled as soon as possible so please let us know if you can help out.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

Helen

 

Event 95 – April 1st 2018

This Sunday we welcomed 30 young athletes to the hills of Gedling. You could have said it was a normal junior parkrun day, it wasn’t….
It was Easter Sunday
It was April Fools Day
It was my first outing as run director for a junior parkrun…..!

After being a run director 32 times at the 5k event on a Saturday, you’d think it’d be a breeze, but no, I was as nervous as you could possibly imagine! What if the children don’t run the right way? Where do all the signs go? What if something goes wrong? Well, I needn’t have worried! When you’ve got a team of well trained volunteers, you don’t actually need to do much as RD except for looking organised!
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Well, as organised as you could possibly look with a set of bunny ears!

Big thanks to this weeks team, on timekeeping you had James and Ewan, on scanning was Ruth and Zoe, managing the funnel was Jack and Yasmin, marshalling the little legs round the course was Damian, Fyfe, Lyndsey, Ben, Adrian, Cathy, Simon, George, Jo, Joanne & Jonathan. And finally your tail walker was Amanda.
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If a volunteer team could be bottled and shared with the parkrun world it would be this one, thank you!

We also had a touch of parkrun royalty joining us, Cathy, who works for parkrun UK decided she’d like to join us on the hills with her husband Ade. Glad we were all on our best behaviour!

As it was Easter Sunday, there was a selection of chocolate eggs being handed out, and a few of us were wearing bunny ears, some looked better in their ears than others!

Half way through the pre-run brief, I got a text message from parkrun. They said that all junior events must start at 9:30, and if they shared the same venue as a 5k event, the juniors must run the 5k course.

Of course it was an April fool! I think that the only ones fooled by this were our DofE volunteer team! The majority of the juniors seemed quite happy to run 5k!

The main thing that I was worried about was leading the warmup, but I needn't have worried, as it was deflty taken care of by our fantastic DofE team.
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And then they were off! 30 pairs of legs (not counting the grown ups) went sprinting up towards the solar farm and began their first 2k of April.
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And within 9 minutes the first finisher zoomed across the finish line! Then it didn't take long for the remaining 29 to follow, Gedling junior parkrun.  1 Apr 18.
before long we were clearing up and thinking about a warm cup of coffee (and maybe some more chocolate).

Results were processed this week courtesy of Will, who, was supposed to be running, but had a sudden change of heart when being dragged out of bed and decided to volunteer instead!
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Teenagers!!

There were two first timers to the hills, one who was a first timer to the world of junior parkrun, we do hope you enjoyed it and come back soon. Four of you achieved new personal bests (well done), and Lewis joined the Marathon club, don't forget to claim your milestone wristband next time you visit Gedling!

Please do have a look at the future roster page, there are plenty of spots available for the coming weeks, it's a guaranteed hour of fun for a Sunday morning, drop us an email!

Well, that's all from me for now, have a good week and we look forward to welcoming you next Sunday.

 

Event 94 – 25th March 2018 – when the sun was shining and the snow had gone!

Hooray! After last week's cancellation due to snow we went ahead today with the sun shining and blue skies. Even though the clocks had changed and we had less sleep we still had an amazing 40 juniors join us today.

Gedling junior parkrun 25th March 2018

We welcomed James who was completely new to junior parkrun. Hope you enjoyed it James!

The sunshine was certainly encouraging you around the course today and 9 of you recorded a personal best so well done to Rafe, Megan, Phoebe, Anya, Seb, Rowan, Stefan, Tallyn and Isla.

Gedling junior parkrun 25th March 2018

Well done to Ewan who completed his 21st junior parkrun and collected his marathon wristband. (Sorry that there isn't a photo Ewan - it did not turn out very well!)

We were so pleased that the volunteer roster was full to bursting this week, it makes it much easier for us. So a big thank you to Jack (who also did the warm up) and Myles keeping time, Yasmin and Natalie barcode scanning, Tamsin and Richard on tokens and the funnel, Amanda tail walking and Helen as run director. Our magnificent marshals cheering you around the course were Jonathan, Joanne, Zoe, Ellie, Adam, Roger, Tony, Helen, Maisie, Lyndsey, Ben, James and Sarah.

Here are the volunteers all squashed up in our fab finish funnel. Below are Lyndsey and Ben who were busy setting up the course when we took the photo.

Gedling junior parkrun 25th March 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 25th March 2018

Please do let us know if you can volunteer over the next few weeks. We would love it if you could join us.

Do have a look on our facebook page - this week Tamsin has posted a video of our warm up from today. You all have so much energy!

Next week is Easter Sunday and Ian (who is the Event Director from Gedling 5K) will be your run director so please give him a lovely juniors welcome!

 

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:

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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.

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