Event 88 – 28th January 2018

We were so pleased this week that there was not any ice on the paths and so Gedling junior parkrun could go ahead. Remember that if we ever need to cancel a junior parkrun (which we try and avoid if at all possible) the first place to know about cancellations will be on our facebook page. (We can't update the website from our phones so are unable to do that while we are at the park).

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So back to event 88 - 40 juniors were running, jogging, skipping and walking our lovely route at Gedling country park.

We welcomed 2 first timers to parkrun - we hope you enjoyed it Reuben and Billy!

Since Gedling junior parkrun started we have had 914 personal bests recorded. Wow! Today Rafe and Eve added to the total of personal bests. Well done!

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We gave out a half marathon wristband today. Remember you get a wristband when you reach 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Don't forget to print your certificate off the parkrun website. Eve (who also got a PB) should have had her half marathon wristband today. Seth and Bethan should have had their marathon wristbands today so let the run director know next time you are here.

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So next week we should reach 10,000km ran by runners at Gedling junior parkrun! So if you are runner 36 next week you will be the lucky junior who reaches this milestone!

A massive thanks to all our volunteers. We were concerned that we would not be able to get enough volunteers this week and would love it if we could get the roster filled up in advance. If you can help please let us know on our facebook page or by email on gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com.

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So this week we had Ewan and Evie keeping time, Sammy and Christopher scanning bar codes, Jack handing out the tokens, Louis managing the funnel, Nicola tail walking, Helen was run director and the marshals giving out the high 5's were Maisie, Helen, Kelly, Karen, Sam, Roger, Rachel, Jenny, Peter, Rob, Tony and Natalie.

We look forward to seeing you next week when we welcome Nickesh in the run director vest.

 

Event 87 – 14th January 2018 – the first one this year!

Happy New Year junior parkrunners!! First junior parkrun of the year and what a parkrun it was! We had a superb 68 runners join us on Mount Gedling and it was brilliant to see that we had 15 first timers join us. A very warm Gedling juniors welcome to Charlie, Eva, Ella, Amisha, Olivia, Marrissa, James, Harry T, Harry P, Charis, Talitha, Dominic, William, Oscar and Luke - we hope you had fun running up and down our crazy hills and we'd love to see you again another week!

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As ever, junior parkrun just wouldn't happen if it weren't for our wonderful volunteers. We had 22 hi-vis heroes this morning and from setting up the course first thing to high fiving our juniors around the course, they did a terrific job. If you fancy having your name in lights another week, give Richard, our brand sparkling new volunteer co-ordinator, a quick email at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or shout up on our Facebook page and he'll pop you on the roster no trouble. We promise you'll enjoy yourself and if you fancy helping out while your junior runner does their running, then we have roles you can slot into a treat!

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Keeping everyone in order this week was Jonathan in his first go at Run Directing (you did a terrific job, Jonathan - thank you!); timekeeping we had Sammy and Jack; Marshalling we had Kel, James, Jonah, Tamsin, Richard, Clare, Ian, Wayne, Tabitha, Sarah, Ellie and Sam; barcode beeping were James and Yasmin; having fun in the finish fun-nel were Ewan and Christopher; Tail Walking was the lovely Nic; Bea did an awesome warm up; and me, Sarah, supported Jonathan, did the results processing and report writing and generally floated about happily!

And what about the running? Well, boy oh boy did you run your socks off today! We had a cracking 9 personal bests out there today and when our 15 new runners join us again another week, I bet there will be plenty more personal bests in the bag too! A huge well done to Seb, Oliver, Erin, Max, Alexander A, Alexander L-H, Rafe, Luke and Anastazia - you worked hard for those PBs this morning and I hope you're all feeling really proud of yourselves.

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Congratulations to Jude and Erin who were first boy and girl respectively... and welcome to the Half Marathon club Jude and Alexander L-H - you've done 11 junior parkruns and you've well and truly earned those blue half marathon wristbands. Don't forget to go to your parkrun profile and print off your certificates too!

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Next week, Tamsin will be Run Directing and no doubt we will have lots more little legs zooming up and down the hills. For now, sit back, relax and give yourselves a pat on the back for starting your Sunday off in a brilliant way!

Happy running!

Sarah

 

Event 85 – 24th December 2017 – the one with Jingle bells on!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Gedling juniors to all of our lovely runners and families who came to see us this morning.  I don't know who was more excited - our juniors... or me, getting the opportunity to dress up as an Elf for the morning.  You all looked amazing and absolutely rocked those Christmas jumpers and hats.  I bet they helped your legs work extra quick this morning.

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As ever, I need to say a huge big thank you to our wonderful volunteers. Some splendid Santa hats and reindeer antlers were worn and set off the hi-vis a treat

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With their names up in lights today were Sammy and Jack on the stop watches; Amanda, Sam, Roger, Jonathan, Nic, Sue, Allan, Olivia, Peter and Kel giving out festive high fives; Felix and Orla scanning the barco-ho-ho-des!; Ella and Ewan managing the finish funnel in Christmassy style, Helen doing tinselly tail walking; Fleur doing her best winter wonderland warm-up... and me, holding clipboard, loud hailer, pens, phone, wristbands and just about everything else and realising that elves don't have pockets, which is a bit of a nuisance if you're run directing!  Whoops!

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I don't know whether being super excited about Christmas helped... but of our 53 participants (9 of you were first timers and we hope you had a great time with us) this morning, a terrific 7 of you bagged yourselves a PB.  Well done!  In the PB hall of fame this morning were Reece, Anora, Matilda, Seb, Tallyn, Alexander and Ivy - you rocked it!

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An extra congratulations to Ivy today as she not only got a PB, but managed to earn her half marathon wristband - and wore some exceptionally cute reindeers on her head!

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It always amazes me to see where you all keep your barcodes as you run. Some are clipped to shoes. Some pinned on to tops. Some folded up into a scrunched up bundle! And my new favourite, Fleur, who wore hers in her hair! Genius!

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As we head towards the New Year, we wanted to remind you all that we will be holding a junior parkrun on New Year's Eve... so, what better way to see our 2017 than with a run?  Come and join us all then, and if you want to get your name on the roster, then please shout up.  We're very short of marshals as well as a barcode scanner and tail walker.  We need you!

A final special mention needs to go to one of our core team (all of whom are brilliant and help keep our parkrun alive week in and week out)... Olivia Deacon.  She is stepping back from the core team and I wanted to say what an utter superstar she has been for the past 18 months - not only a member of the core team and a fabulous run director, but she has also been our volunteer co-ordinator since we started and has done an absolutely tremendous job of helping to build our very special volunteer community.  Thank you so much, Olivia - we'll miss you lots and it's been an absolute pleasure to have you as part of the team.

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So... now that the kit is back in storage, results are processed, tokens sorted, photos uploaded and run report written, all I need to say is another very MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us to all of you. I hope you have a lovely time!

Happy running!

Sarah

 

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 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 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 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 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 64 – 23rd July 2017

Another Sunday morning and another fabulous Gedling junior parkrun! 50 juniors walked, jogged and ran our course. Unfortunately another 3 runners started but had to retire early so well done to them for being so brave and we hope that you will be back soon.

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We had 4 first timers to parkrun - we hope that you enjoyed it.

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10 of you achieved a personal best - well done to you all!

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It was a morning of marvellous milestones today! Ollie and Rebecca ran their 11th junior parkrun to receive their half marathon wristbands. Theo received his ultra marathon wristband for running an amazing 50 junior parkruns. He has ran all of these at Gedling so has only missed 14 of our events since we started. That's brilliant! Well done to you all! Don't forgot that you can also print a certificate from your profile on the parkrun website.

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Another milestone at parkrun is for when our volunteers have volunteered 25 times - they then receive a free purple volunteer T shirt. Today Evie, who was handing out the finish tokens, was on her 25th volunteer stint. Well done and thanks Evie!

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The rest of our volunteers were Christopher and Sean on the timers, Roger, Jonathan, Zoe, Wayne, Amanda, Tamsin, Samantha, Richard, Sarah, Kelly, Madeline and Eloise marshalling, James and Richard (who was multi tasking after he had marshalled) on the bar code scanners, Jack and Evie on the funnel, Debbie tail walking and Helen was your run director.

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We look forward to seeing you again next week when Sarah will be your run director!

 

Event 61 – 2nd July 2017

Another Gedling junior parkrun has whizzed by! We welcomed 72 juniors to the course who hopped, skipped, walked, jogged and ran around Gedling country park.

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We had an enthusiastic 11 first timers to Gedling and also welcomed tourists from High Wycombe.

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Personal bests were plenty - 16 of our juniors recorded impressive personal bests.

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Well done to our 3 runners who were presented with their milestone wristbands. Don't forgot you can print off a certificate from the parkrun website and receive a wristband when you achieve 11 junior parkruns (half marathon), 21 (marathon) and 50 junior parkruns (ultra marathon.)

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So that was our amazing runners but we don't have amazing runners without our amazing volunteers. This week we had our magnificent marshals - Peter, Roger, Christopher, Olivia, Peter, Samantha, Amanda, Allan, Rob and Tom. The terrific time keepers were Evie and Eloise (thanks Eloise - she thought that she was just coming for a sleepover with Evie and wasn't expecting to be roped in as timekeeper - her first experience of parkrun!) The brilliant bar code scanners were Jack and Orla, fantastic on the funnel were Yasmin, Jonathan and Zoe, wonderfully warming you up was Fleur, terrific tail walkers were Debbie and Tabitha and Helen was your run director.

We love how parkrun have changed the tail runner role to tail walker to promote how it does not matter how fast or how slow you are at parkrun - it is the taking part that counts!

If you would like to join our team our volunteers please contact us - we would love you to join us!

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Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

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