Event 139 – 3rd February 2019

What a surprise it was that Gedling junior parkrun was not cancelled this week. We are use to how the course gets icy so when I arrived just after 7.30am on Sunday morning to inspect the course I was fully expecting to have to cancel and be back home shortly after to tuck into my breakfast! Luckily I was wrong and with only a couple of minor icy areas where we had extra marshals we were able to proceed.

What a fantastic morning we had too - 75 juniors and their grown ups joined us at Gedling Country Park to walk, jog and run up and down our hills and zig zags. Some juniors managed to come and visit us as their usual activities (football and rugby) were cancelled and we also had tourists from Hucknall, Rushcliffe and Long Eaton junior parkruns so welcome to you all.

We had 14 first timers to Gedling and 9 of whom were completely new to parkrun so hello to Ioan, Finley, Henry, Woody, Edward, Amy, Madeline, Martha and Heidi.

The cold did not stop you zooming around the course and 14 of you achieved a personal best so well done to Fleur, Edward, James, Finlay, Kitty, Rosa, Jacob, Edward, Daniel, Pippa, Olivia, Lexi, Harry and Isabelle.

Martha, Maisy and Edward all ran their 11th junior parkrun so have earnt their half marathon wristband.

Don't forget that when you reach 11 junior parkruns you have ran the equivalent of a half marathon, 21 is a marathon and 50 is an ultra marathon. Let the run director know and you can be presented with your wristband and you can print a certificate off the website on your parkrun profile. They are a great achievement and are really good towards badges at cubs/brownies etc and for show and tell at school.

Talking about schools - did you know that at least 22 out of the 75 juniors this week were from Woodthorpe Infant School or Arno Vale Junior School (they are a linked infant and junior school). Well done! Maybe you would like to see if any of your friends from school would like to join you next week?

Of course junior parkrun can not happen without our wonderful volunteers who were still smiling despite the cold weather. So a big thank you to our hi vis heros - Louis and Sammy were keeping time, Frances and Nick were scanning the bar codes, Ewan and Louis were on the funnel, Nic and Oliver were tailwalkers and the mountain marshals were Sharon, Jonathon. Joanne, Zoe, Richard, Tom, John, Jolene, Seb, Eve, Matthew, Linda, James, Michelle and Rob.

See you all soon

P.S Apologies for the lack of photos - I have had a few technical difficulties and will put them on facebook instead!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!


Happy New Year and happy running!!


PS Bobble Hat of the Day award goes to...


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


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!


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!


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!


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.


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 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!

Gedling junior parkrun 11th November 2018

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 11th November 2018

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 11th November 2018

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!



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.

Gedling junior parkrun 28th October 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 28th October 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 28th October 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 28th October 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 28th October 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 28th October 2018

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Our warm up was lead by Jack and Ewan who were very coordinated!

Gedling junior parkrun.  28 October 2018.

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.

Gedling junior parkrun.  28 October 2018.

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.

Gedling junior parkrun.  28 October 2018.

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!

Gedling junior parkrun.  28 October 2018.

Here is Gabe's support crew-

Gedling junior parkrun 28th October 2018

Here is Gabe's "Gorilla Grandad" joining in with the warm up-

Gedling junior parkrun.  28 October 2018.

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 28th October 2018

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

Gedling junior parkrun.  28 October 2018.



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!

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?
Gedling juniors 16-9-18
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.



Event 117 – 2nd September – when we had an Olympic gymnast as tailwalker!

Sunday 2nd September 2018 will go down in Gedling juniors history as one
of the best events ever! Who’d have thought the weekend before school
starts could be a cause for so much celebration?!

Gedling junior parkrun 2nd September 2018

It started bright and early at 8.15 when the happy band of volunteers
arrived to welcome the fabulous Ellie Downie, Olympic gymnast to
Gedling Country Park. Ellie is supporting the #teamparkrun initiative
which aims to showcase lottery funded athletes and help promote the
benefits of parkrun. I hope you all agree she was a fantastic ambassador
for gymnastics, Nottingham and #teamparkrun.

Gedling junior parkrun 2nd September 2018

The excitement didn’t end there, we also welcomed a film crew from
parkrun head office. They were soaking up the atmosphere and taking
shots of you as you ran around the course. Some of you were interviewed by
them afterwards. Watch the local news over the next couple of days as
the footage might just crop up. If not it will be used on the main
parkrun social media pages so keep your eyes peeled. Here’s Charlie and
Austin being interviewed:

Gedling juniors 2nd September 2018 #teamparkrun

We welcomed six brand new parkrunners this morning, Verity, Erin, Daisy,
Edward, Joe and Esme, we hope you enjoyed the run and look forward to
seeing you again. We guarantee a warm welcome and lots of fun but
can’t promise celebrities and film crew every week!

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A massive congratulations to Amber for reaching her Ultra Marathon
milestone. She has completed all 50 of her runs with us here at Gedling
and we are all super proud of her achievement. I’m sure you won’t
forget being presented with your wristband by Ellie Downie in a hurry!

Gedling juniors 2nd September 2018 #teamparkrun

According to the results, Hannah and Luke recorded their 21st run today
and they too have now earnt a wristband. Please shout up next time you
are here and we will present yours. Don’t forget to print off your
certificates and take them to school to tell everyone what you have
achieved. You deserve all the kudos for the hard work you have put in
running up those hills!

Well done to Oliver, Jack, Jacob, Rory, Harriet, Leo and William for
recording a new PB today. Perhaps you were spurred on by the support
crew provided by Notts Women Runners Arnold Arrows who took a break from their long run
this morning to cheer you on. Thanks for popping by!

Gedling junior parkrun 2nd September 2018

Each week we all take loads of photos and they are uploaded on to our
Flickr page which can be accessed straight from the website. Here’s the
link: https://www.flickr.com/groups/gedling-junior-parkrun/
We’ve signed up a new Run Director this week so keep an eye out for
Jenny over the next few weeks. If you’d like to get more involved,
just have a chat to one of the core team and ask us whatever you’d like
to know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question!

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So as always we want to thank all our volunteers today - Richard, Eloise and Madeline joined Ellie as tail walkers, Myles and Zoe were keeping time, Louis and Ewan were bar code scanning and Louis and James were on the funnel.

Gedling junior parkrun 2-9-18

Our magnificent marshals cheering you around the course were Jonathan, Ruth, Joanne, Sharon, Jenny, Nicola, Emma, Eve, Jayne, Ian and Kelly. Tamsin was enjoying herself as communications person with the press and run report writing, Evie processed the results and Helen was your run director.

Gedling junior parkrun 2-9-18

Well we’re off to put our feet up but we’ll be back next week for

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Event 115 – 19th August 2018

It was wonderful to see 34 juniors and their family/friends/carers on the hills of Gedling Country Park this week. There were lots of smiling, happy faces.

Gedling junior parkrun.  19 Aug 18.

We welcomed 3 runners completely new to parkrun so hello to Lily, Lucas and Scarlett. A family who regularly run at Rushcliffe junior parkrun also joined us for the first time so we hope that Alice, Oliver and William enjoyed our hills!

Gedling junior parkrun 19th August 2018

Gedling junior parkrun.  19 Aug 18.

A third of you recorded personal bests today so well done to Jake, Amber, Nathan, Fyfe, Micah, Lily, Noah, Gabriel, Sophie, Emily and Joshua.

Gedling junior parkrun 19th August 2018

Remember that when you have ran, jogged, skipped or walked 11 junior parkruns you receive a half marathon wristband, 21 is a marathon and 50 is an ultra marathon. This week Austin achieved his ultra marathon wristband - a big congratulations to Austin! He has ran 49 of his junior parkruns here at Gedling and one with our friends at Forest Rec juniors.

Gedling junior parkrun 19th August 2018

As always a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who were cheering you around the course. Our hi vis heroes this week were Myles, Zoe, Jonathan, Joanne, Amanda, Kelly, Glenn (all the way from Hilly Fields junior parkrun!), Rob, Sam, Martin, Aiden, Kate, Ian, Louis, James, Yasmin, Eve and John. A special mention to Joanne who volunteered for the 25th time this week which is the volunteer milestone and so she will be receiving the lovely purple volunteer T shirt.

Gedling junior parkrun 19th August 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 19th August 2018

Next week is the bank holiday weekend and George is going to be the Run Director so a big thank you to him for helping us out. We are really short of volunteers as a lot of the regular volunteers are away so we would appreciate all offers of help. Please let us know if you can volunteer!

Until next time, happy parkrunning!



Event 107 – 24th June 2018

Sunday 24th June was a scorching sunny morning, which brought out 61 little pairs of legs to run the hills of Gedling.

We'd had a fantastic response to our volunteer appeals which meant we had all the roles filled with a few marshals left over to spread a little more hi-vis magic around the course.

Junior parkrun wouldn't happen without the efforts of our amazing volunteers, on timing we had Richard and Yasmin, managing the funnel was Ewan and Zoe, and scanning those barcodes was Louis and Helen. Making up the marshal team was Denise, Lindsey, Kelly, Ellie, Sam, Jayne, Roger, Jo, Jonathan, Joanne, Thomas and Nic. Making sure everyone got round safe was Jack on tail walking duty, and that left me (Ian) with the RD's hi-vis on looking like I knew what I was doing!!
We all met up at 8:15 to get the course set up and all the signs out, and we were that efficient we even had time for a game of parkrun bingo.
What's parkrun bingo we hear you ask? We ask each volunteer for their guess of how many runners there will be (before we've seen them). Usually the RD pays attention and makes sure no twp people guess the same. The eye was taken off the ball as both Richard and Jo guessed 61, and they won! What you win at parkrun bingo is a little kudos, a free 5k on a Saturday morning at the event of your choice (or a Sunday if you're 14 or under) and another name check in the run report! Yes, it is just for fun!
Gedling juniors 24-06-18If you want a go at volunteering one day, please let us know, either by emailing our volunteer co-ordinator, drop us a message on Facebook, or put your name down on the paper roster on a Sunday morning. Please do come and help out, it is loads of fun and none of the roles are difficult. There are loads of gaps in the coming week which all need filling, take a look at our future roster page.

There was a couple of milestones to celebrate, Aiden was awarded with his half marathon wristband (11 runs) and Arthur was awarded with his ultra marathon wristband (50 runs). Well done both of you! Don't forget you can download your certificate from your parkrun profile. Gedling juniors 24-06-18

The warmup was led (as usual) by our dedicated warmer uppers Jack and Ewan, though I think that with the temperatures there wasn't a great deal of warming necessary!
Gedling juniors 24-06-18
After a 3-2-1-GO you were all off & running up & down those lovely hills in the sunsine.
First across the line for the boys was Jude and for the girls was Esme. We had 5 first timers to Gedling, we do hope you enjoyed it and come back next week, we had a tourist from Netley Abbey juniors in Southampton, and also a tourist from nearby Hucknall juniors who loved our hills!

Following our final finisher, we got the equipment tidied away and went for a cup of tea and a spot of results processing. We were extremely lucky in the fact we'd just done the results and volunteers, and then the computer decided to do a Windows update... what good timing! Thanks to Eloise and Madeline for sorting the tokens. We had three finish tokens go walkies from this event, if you have them can we please have them back? We need them!

Thank you for coming to Gedling juniors to run, jog, walk or volunteer, see you next week when Jonathan is back in the run directors hi-vis.

Enjoy your week!

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