Event 83 – 3rd December 2017

What a surprise waking up and stepping out of the house to a rather mild and pleasant morning, it felt like perfect running weather and 52 of you fabulous juniors thought so too!

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We started off this morning by rewarding our juniors their milestone wristbands as they have done an amazing job running 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns.  Don't forget to tell the run director when you are due for your wristband.  This week Hannah, Abbie, Alex and Samuel achieved their half marathon and Noah achieved a marathon, fantastic and well done!

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Our DofE volunteers James, Jack, Ewan and Christopher then delivered the warm up brilliantly to get all the juniors ready for a run.

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We were joined by one first timer this week, welcome and we hope you enjoyed our course.  A whopping 13 juniors achieved personal bests, great running from you all.

Lastly a big thank you to our volunteers and those who stepped in at the last minute so we could run the juniors safely, it's really appreciated that you all give your time on Sunday morning to help out.  Christopher and Jack kept time, Peter, Peter, Amanda, Fraser, Jonathan, Jon, Felix, Sarah, Kelly, Nicola and Rich marshalled, Ella and Ewan scanned everyone in, James managed the funnel, Rob handed out tokens, Sam tail walked you all safely around the course and Theo sorted tokens.

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Next week Helen will be wearing the run director vest and still needs some marshals for a full team, drop us an email at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or leave a message on our facebook page gedling junior parkrun if you can help out.

 

Event 82 – 26th November 2017

Bright blue skies, lovely sunshine... but ooooh it wasn't half cold up on Mount Gedling this morning.

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We welcomed 38 fabulous junior parkrunners including 1 brand new parkrunner (glad you came to join us, Alexander!) and despite it being frosty out there, 8 of you earned yourselves a PB... on the role of honour this week were Joshua, Sienna, Seb, Reece, Lucy, Fyfe, Tallyn and Kitty, didn't you all do well today!

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This morning's hi-vis heroes were awesome as ever. It was Nickesh's first time as run director for juniors and he did a great job - thanks, Nickesh! Thank you also to Sammy and Ewan on time keeping duty; Pete, Sam, Kelly, Jonathan, Sue, Allan, Sarah, Emma, Jenny, Tamsin and Richards who were marvellous marshals; Christopher and Felix who were brilliant at beeping barcodes; Jack and Martin who were fabulous at the finish funnel; Nic who tail walked tremendously; James who brought his own special skills to the loud hailer cheering everyone in; and me, Sarah, floating around supporting Nickesh on his first time as run director.

If you fancy a go at volunteering, that would be awesome! None of the jobs are difficult and you'll be talked through what you need to do on parkrunday... so why not join us? Email our volunteer co-ordinator Olivia at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or stop by our Facebook page and let us know you'd like to help. It's a brilliant way to start your Sunday and there's nothing quite like giving out high fives to all of our juniors as they whizz past!

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Talking of brilliant, we had a fair few wristbands to give out this morning. Heidi, Alice, Luke and Joshua all got their half marathon wristbands, while Effie and Libby earned the very impressive ultra marathon wristbands. Superb effort you guys! If you're due a wristband (11 runs for a half marathon wristband, 21 for a marathon and 50 for an ultramarathon) then just let the run director know and we'll make sure you're presented with it!

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Congratulations to Joshua and Lucy for being our first finishers this morning... and a massive congratulations for all of our runners today who absolutely stormed into the finish funnel! The number of juniors I saw running so fast they almost didn't get a finish token... well, I lost count!

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Olivia is in charge next week for our first run in December (which reminds me - we have a Christmas jumper juniors on Christmas Eve morning so tell your friends it'll be a really fun one!) and we're looking forward to it already!

Happy running!

Sarah

 

Event 81 – 19th November 2017

Crisp, fresh, frosty and sunny is the way to describe this morning, it didn't put you off though as 49 fabulous juniors joined us on the hills to tackle our 2km course around the park!

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This week I would like to start by thanking our amazing group of volunteers who turn up at 8.15 and help set out the course, wait patiently while I allocate marshalling spots and brief everyone on their roles for the morning.  It's not ideal when it's so cold but you all are happy to help out, muck in and make the magic happen!

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Today our team consisted of Olivia run directing, Peter and Jack keeping time, Peter, Ian, Alex, Amanda, Niamh, Fraser, Sarah, Kelly, Samantha, Jonathan, Clare and Ellie on marshalling points, Ella and Ewan barcode scanning, Sammy on token support, Christopher managing the funnel, Paula handing out tokens and Helen tail walking.

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And now to the good bit, this week Libby achieved her 50th run and received her ultra wristband, well done!

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We also had chocolate treats at the finish thanks to Dylan who was celebrating his 7th birthday! Our D of E volunteers Jack, Christopher, Ewan and Sammy then did a great job getting you all warmed up before running around the course.

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Welcome to our first timers who joined us, we hope to see you again soon. Just a reminder to register https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ so you can bring your barcode next time to record your runs. We had 7 unknown runners this week without barcodes and we would love it if you had a record of your amazing achievements so you can receive milestone wristbands when completing 11, 21 and 50 runs. This week saw 6 personal best times recorded, great work juniors!

That's all for this week so I will pass the blue and white run director vest over to Sarah so we can do it all again next week.

 

Event 80 – 12th November 2017 – The Cold One

Such a beautiful sunny morning for a junior parkrun! But it was cold, brrrr! 63 chilly children and their adults chivvied themselves out of their beds to run around our twisty turny course. I hope you've all warmed up with a hot chocolate!

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We welcomed 2 youngsters new to parkrun, we hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we enjoy putting it on. There were 5 of you new to Gedling, we hope to welcome you again soon. And once you've notched up 11, 21 and 50 runs you will be eligible to claim your wrist bands, just like Max and Zoe here who proudly claimed their Half Marathon bands. According to the results, Heidi and Noah are also entitled to a Half and a Full marathon band so please make yourselves known to the Run Director next time you visit.

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Despite the cold, 12 of you recorded a PB, well done! Here's Freya our first finishing female looking deservedly pleased with herself!

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An extra special heartfelt warm and fuzzy thank you to our volunteers today. Olivia and I were chatting this morning and realise that most of our volunteers are so regular and committed that they are on the hills more often than the Run Directors. I personally am really proud of the community that has built up around our little event in Gedling and love watching whole families coming down to volunteer and run together. The rota is full for next week but there's always room for more so if you aren't quite sure what's involved and would like to shadow a volunteer we would always welcome extras!

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Advanced warning that we WILL be running on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve but have declined the opportunity to host an extra event on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you'd like to bag a volunteer slot for either of our festive events, please email Olivia at the office gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com or comment on our facebook page.

 

Event 79 – 5th November 2017

The junior parkrunners were showing lots of sparkle at our 5th November Gedling junior parkrun. We had 62 juniors join us today for some rocket running, joyous jogging and whistling walking. (Yes we were struggling with bonfire themed words that begin with J! Let us know if you can think of one - your prize will be a free junior parkrun next week!)

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We welcomed one official first timer - welcome Kitty! However there was also at least one other first timer without their barcode so welcome to you too (sorry we don't know your name).

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The juniors today were like fizzing fireworks - 9 of you recorded a pyrotechnic personal best so well done to Rafe, Dylan, Seren, Saphia, Luke, Ella, Thomas, Rosemary and Esme. Of course it does not matter how fast or slow you run or walk - we just love that you are outside having exercise and enjoying yourselves.

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We had quite a few wristbands to hand out today so well done to Isaac, Ewan and Thomas who ran their 11th (half marathon) junior parkrun and Evan and Austin who ran their 21st (marathon) junior parkrun. Don't forget to also go on your parkrun profile to print off your certificate.

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Junior parkrun would not be able to go ahead without our amazing volunteers, who were on the hills at 815am in the cold getting the course ready for you. So a big thank you to our terrific time keepers Jack and Kelly, our magnificent marshals were Peter, Jonathan, Emma, Jenny, Robert, Samantha, Sammy, Clare, Roger, Sarah and Olivia, the brilliant bar code scanners were Sarah and Felix supported by Tom. On the fantastic funnel we had Christopher and James and terrifically tail walking were Amanda and Niamh and Helen was your run director.

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We had a little mishap with the tokens today so if you think that your result was not correct let us know and we will see if we can do anything about it.

Can we also remind you of our junior parkrun code - "No dogs on the course please" except of course for assistance dogs. Obviously we can not stop dogs who are with other park users but no dogs please with runners or parents on the course.

Now I know that you are all keen to get running but please can faster runners be aware of the other runners around you as we had an incident today when a junior was knocked over by another runner. Please help keep the parkrun fun for everyone!

That's all for now. We hope to see you again next week at Gedling when Tamsin will have the Run director vest on.

 

Event 77 – 29th October 2017 – the one that went bump in the night

I hope you've all recovered from the spooky goings on at Mount Gedling yesterday.  The place was full of scary characters - from zombie unicorns, to devils, skeletons, witches, werewolves and spiders - my poor nerves have only just recovered!

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A haunted 74 of you joined us on the hills and 2 of you were completely new to parkrun.  Welcome to our happy band of parkrunners Charlotte and Emma!

Our haunted hi-vis heroes as ever did a brilliant job of volunteering and making the ghoulish goings on happen.

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We had Ali, Iain, Amanda, Niamh, Tabitha, Wayne, Sarah, Claire, Orla, Peter, Pete, Ellie, Rob and Sam dishing out horrific hi-fives; Jack and Kel as terrifying timekeepers; Felix and Sammy frightening the finish funnel; Jon and James brutally bashing barcodes; Nic as the terribly scary tail walker and me, Sarah, casting evil spells on everyone as the rotted run director.  Bwahahahahaaaa!!

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If you fancy your turn in the volunteer hero corner another week, give us a shout.  Let Olivia our volunteer co-ordinator know via email or our Facebook page and she'll whip you down onto the roster before you can blink!

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Despite and hideous horrors lurking on every corner, an amazing 16 of you earned yourselves a shiny new personal best.  Stand up and take a bow to Maiya, Sienna, Rosemary, Samuel, Caleb, Arthur, Beatrice, Olivia, Stefan, Vivien, Grace, Dylan, Jessamine, Ivy, Marlow and Jack!  You are all awesome!

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Talking of all things awesome, it was also brilliant to be able to give out some more of our milestone wristbands - half marathons from Naylon, Will, Alice, Leo, Sienna, Rosemary and Ava - fantastic!  I know not all of you collected your wristbands yesterday, so come and speak to the run director next Sunday and we'll make sure you get yours.  In the meantime, go to your parkrun profile and print off your certificate - I bet your teachers would love to see what you've achieved!

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You were all fantastic today - whether you dressed up or not, whether you got a personal best or not... I saw lots of smiles and lots of quick legs and you all did a great job!

Until next week... happy running!

Sarah

 

 

 

Event 77 – 22nd October 2017 – The Windy One

In the style of an episode of the 90's classic friends, I'm calling event 77 "the windy one!" Storm Brian was blowing over head but that didn't deter Gedling's finest from coming out in full force (9 gale) to run up the hill, down the hill, up the zig zags, along the out and back and come storming to the finish! And 7 is our lucky number because  by the end of Sunday's run, a round 700 different individuals have completed our course. Myself and the core team are proud of each and every one of you, well done!

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We recorded at least 4 first timers to Gedling, 2 of whom were totally new to parkrun - welcome. And the wind assisted 11 of you to a new PB (don't worry, your times will still stand!!)

Here are Charlotte Esme and Charlie receiving their wrist bands to recognise their awesome achievements. I think there should have been another Charlie due to receive his band too so make yourself known to the Run Director next week and we can make sure you receive yours.

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Your high vis heros on Sunday were: Iain and Alex father and daughter team joining us for the first time as volunteers and already signed up for next week (see we don't bite, thank you!), the fantastic Susan reaching a regular volunteering milestone (your contribution is valued by us all) and our awesome regulars Sarah COTTRELL, Olivia DEACON, Nicola DICKINSON, James GILBERT, Felix HORRIGAN, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Peter HOULT, Jack MATTHEWS, Richard MILLNS, Tamsin MILLNS, Kelly MORPHUS, Ellie MORRISON, Robert NEWTON, Samantha NEWTON, Christopher PIERCE, Jonathan TANNER. 

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Also joining us for the first time was our new Duke of Edinburgh Bronze volunteer Sammy KING who lead the warm up fantastically. Here here is with our other fabulous youth volunteers, James, Jack and Chris

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Next week is our Spooky Halloween run. Please dress up if you'd like to, here's a reminder of last year's fun!

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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

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