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!
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.
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.
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.
And within 9 minutes the first finisher zoomed across the finish line! Then it didn't take long for the remaining 29 to follow,
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!
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.