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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Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

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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Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

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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Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

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!

 

Event 58 – 11th June 2017

Yet another enjoyable junior parkrun with lots of smiley faces and bouncy feet! We welcomed 70 juniors and their parents/carers to the hills of Gedling Country Park. There were 4 first timers to Gedling and 3 of you were completely new to junior parkrun. We hope to see you again soon!

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It does not matter how fast or how slow you are at junior parkrun it really is the taking part that counts, enjoying the experience, getting some exercise, fresh air and socialising with the local community. We now have the added bonus of the cafe being open so there is the option of breakfast or ice cream after you have ran!

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14 of you must have had your weetabix on Sunday morning (other breakfast cereals are available) as you managed to achieve a personal best! We were also able to hand out half marathon wristbands (11 junior parkruns) to Chen, Holly and Finlay. Well done! Don't forget you can get a wristband for 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) and 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. You can also go on your profile on the parkrun website to print a certificate for your milestones.

Of course we always love to say a big thank you to our amazing volunteers. This week we had Nicola and Jack timekeeping, Naomi and Jonathan scanning the barcodes, Orla and Sean on the funnel, Olivia and Fleur tail running and Evie helping with the warm up. Marshalling the mountains were Roger, Wayne, Tabitha, Andy, Peter, Peter, Ian, Ian, Sam and Nicola and Helen was your run director.

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We would love to be able to get a full roster of volunteers prior to each week. It would be great if you could consider helping us out. Lots of juniors love volunteering too! Please let Olivia, our volunteer coordinator know if you can help via email, facebook or see the run director. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

That's all for now! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Event 57 – 4th June 2017

I don't know about you, but I do love 9am on a Sunday morning when our junior parkrunners are coming off the playground ready for their run... there's a real buzz of anticipation in the air and it's so much fun!  This morning was a real goodie too.  Memories of cold, grey, wet winter mornings are long gone and the sunshine and blue skies have well and truly taken over.  Just fantastic!

Making the magic happen as ever were our wonderful heroes in the hi-vis.

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Our volunteers did a brilliant job and I kept asking people if I'd forgotten to do something as everything happened almost too smoothly!  A big thank you to Martin and Jack the timekeeping two; Peter, Jayne, Sam, Kel, James, Jonathan, Kelly, Jenny, Tamsin, Richard, Ian M and Ian S for marvellous marshalling; Pete and Sean for barcode bipping; Debbie and Wayne on finish funnel fun duty; Nicola for her tremendous tail running and last but by no means least, Fleur, bringing the wow-factor to the warm-up!

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Talking of wow-factor, we had a couple of superstars picking up their half marathon wristbands this morning... Elizabeth and Oliver you've well and truly earned your wristbands on our beautiful hills and we can't wait to have you run with us again as you start to work towards your marathon bands.  Don't forget to go to your parkrun profile and print off your certificate in the meantime!

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So, what happened with the running?  Well, 68 of you took to the hills... we had 2 brand new parkrunners (welcome to parkrunning - we hope you had a great time!)... and there were 13 personal bests today.  We also had 8 'no barcodes' which meant that there was no time recorded for those runners... don't forget your barcodes next week!  Our finishers arrived at the line in anything from 7 minutes 34 seconds to 18 minutes and 48 seconds - and we were proud of the efforts that everyone put in this morning.  Tob job Team Gedling juniors!

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That's about it for me!  We've got spaces on next week's roster if you'd like to volunteer - just email Olivia or contact us via our Facebook page - we'll add your name to the great and the good with pleasure!

Enjoy what's left of your weekend and we'll see you on the hills next parkrunday!  Fingers and toes crossed the new visitors' centre is open too and we'll have somewhere to share a cuppa tea and a chat after the running's done. Can't wait!

Sarah

 

Event 54 – 14th May 2017

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This week's run report is courtesy of Will, one of our junior runners. If a junior would like to write the run report just let the run director know. Maybe it could count towards homework or a badge for brownies, cubs etc? We just need the text as an email and then we add the photos and publish it. It's as simple as that! So here is Will and his run report. Thanks Will!

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To start with I want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers for
making sure junior parkrun happened on Sunday, and while thanking them I
want to put a request out to everyone who comes and watches to have a go
at volunteering if you haven't already because it is really easy and
lots of fun.

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It was really sunny on Sunday morning and there were lots of juniors
ready to have a good run at 9am. After a fun warm up, we started off and
although it isn't a race a few of us battled it out from the start to
the end to see how well we could do. Junior parkrun appeals to lots of
different people and you can come along to walk, skip, hop or run it.
Everyone is welcome.

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It was only my second time at Gedling junior parkrun. It's certainly one
of the harder ones, but it's also one of my favourites and I can't wait
to come back soon.

There were a few milestone runners and even one ultra marathon runner.
The junior parkrun milestones are 11 (a half marathon), 21 (a marathon)
and 50 (an ultra marathon), you get a new wristband for each milestone.
Tegan got her ultra marathon band this week. Well done Tegan.

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This week there were 5 first timers - welcome to you all; 14 PB's, 59
runners and 24 volunteers.

See you all soon.

Will.

 

Event 47 – 26th March 2017

Well, I have got to admit that I was a bit worried on Sunday morning. Would any juniors turn up to Gedling junior parkrun or would you all still be in bed forgetting that the clocks had gone forward or would you all be busy making breakfast in bed for your mums? You did not disappoint me! 39 juniors turned up on a glorious sunny morning to run, jog, walk, hop and skip around our lovely park.

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We also had an amazing 9 first timers to parkrun so welcome to George, Eva, Frances, Theo, Mala, Arthur, Alexander, Lavinia and Holly. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

 

Five of you had a terrific personal best so well done to Reuben, Ollie, Noah, George and Jacob. Those personal bests have been added to the 531 personal bests that have already been recorded in our 47 events. Wow! That is an amazing number of personal bests!

We handed out a well deserved half marathon wrist band to Sam who has now done 11 junior parkruns. Don't forget you can get a wristband and download a certificate on the parkrun website when you have ran 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. There is also a new 100 junior parkrun club! (Although no wristband for this achievement)

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As always a massive thank you to our wonderful volunteers in the high vis. This week we had Yasmin and Evie terrifically keeping time, Kirstie, Allan, Ellie, Jenny, Debra, Tabitha, Wayne, Jayne, Abigail, Sarah, Jason and Peter magnificently marshalling the mountains, Martin and Sean were brilliant on the barcode scanning, Jack and Lesley were fantastic on the funnel, Susan was a terrific tail runner and Helen was your relieved run director that everything went to plan! A special thanks to Jack who also helped with the warm up!

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Please let us know if you would like to volunteer and we will pop you down in the roster. Your help would be much appreciated.

 

So that is it for another week, next week Olivia will be the run director and she looks forward to seeing you all there!

 

Helen

 

 

Event 44 – 5th March 2017

A fantastic turn out this morning at Gedling junior parkrun, 71 of you walked, jogged and ran around our course! We were a bit concerned the rain might come down on us but luckily that waited until we had all finished.

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We welcomed 10 first timers to the world of junior parkrun! We hope you enjoyed it and will be back again soon. There were also 3 tourists who were first timers to Gedling from Rushcliffe junior parkrun.

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The atmosphere was fabulous this morning - lots of smiles, thank you's, encouragement and happy faces! Thank you to you all for being there and being part of the magic of parkrun. Nobody forgot their barcodes so you will all have results this week!

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We were able to present a half marathon wrist band (11 junior parkruns) to Ruby and a marathon wrist band (21 junior parkruns) to Zachary. Well done both of you! Don't forgot to let the Run Director know when you are due a wrist band for when you have completed 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns. You can also print off a certificate from your profile on the parkrun website when you have achieved these milestones.

As well as our juniors running around the course the other important part of junior parkrun is our volunteers. Unfortunately we did not have enough volunteers to go ahead last week but we had plenty this week so a big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers in the high vis! We love to get the volunteer roster filled up as soon as possible so please let us know if you are able to help.

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This week we had Martin and Sue keeping the time, James, Jack and Roger scanning the barcodes, Isaac and Yasmin on the funnel, Nicola tailrunning, Jenny, Sean, Ed, Peter, Lorraine, Ellie, Libby, Louise, Ian, Lisa and Katie marshalling you around the course, Evie and Henry sorting the tokens and Helen was your run director. Thanks to our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who also helped with our warm up!

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Looking forward to seeing you all next week!

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