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!
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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!


Event 105 – 10th June 2018

Another Sunday morning and another fabulous Gedling junior parkrun! We had 70 juniors (same number as last week) and their grown ups enjoying running, jogging and walking around our course.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

We welcomed 10 first timers to parkrun so hello to Siena, Bobby, Kai, Patrick, Darcy, Sophie, Sofia, Henry, Dulcie and Luke as well as Della and Ruby who have been to junior parkrun before but it was their first time embracing the hills of Gedling.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers warmed you all up and you also showed us how to do the floss! Some of the grown ups were also joining in but I think that they need to improve their moves until they are as good as the juniors!

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

There was some terrific personal bests this week so well done to Reece, James, Elliott, James, Leo, Henry, Ewan, Logan, Sammy, Martha, Lexie, Imogen, Eloise, Ivor and Bertie.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling juniors from Nic

Don't forget that you can collect a wristband and print a certificate off the parkrun website when you achieve 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Eloise and Rowan achieved their 11th junior parkrun this week. Rowan did not collect his wristband so do let the run director know next time. Isabella and James also collected their wristbands awarded from previous weeks. Here are Eloise and James collecting their wristbands.

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

We want to say a massive thank you to our terrific volunteers. This week we had Myles and Ian keeping time, Jack and James bar code scanning, Yasmin managing the funnel, Louis handing out the tokens, Evie writing down the unscannable bar codes and sorting the tokens after the event and Ruth tail walking. The magnificent marshals were Eveline, Jonathan, Zoe, Joanne, Roger, Richard, Nicola, Jayne, Michael, James and Nic. Do let Richard, our volunteer coordinator know if you can help out. Other roles as a volunteer could be a photographer or run report writer. (I would certainly appreciate it if these roles could be filled when I am Run Director!)

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 10th June 2018

Tamsin is back as Run Director next week so I will be handing the blue and white vest over to her. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.



Event #101 – 13th May 2018

The weather forecast had given out rain for today but all the smiling faces at Gedling junior parkrun had brought out the sunshine instead! What a beautiful morning to welcome 52 juniors and their adults to Gedling junior parkrun.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

Four 1st timers embraced our hills so welcome to Wynchester, Grace, Lily and Thomas.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

The sun must make you run faster as we had a sensational 16 personal bests so well done to Jonah, Imogen, Elsa, Martha, Ellie, Ivy, Matthew, Oliver, Lola, Jack, Molly, Leo, Emily, Esme, Aiden and Sailor.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

Remember that you can be presented with a wristband when you achieve 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Here is Jasper with his marathon wristband. Oliver should have also got his so do let the run director know the next time you come to junior parkrun so we can give you your wristband.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

We must say a massive thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who allow all the magic of Gedling junior parkrun to go ahead. This week we had Yasmin run directing, Emma and Kelly keeping the time, Ewan and Myles scanning the bar codes, Jack managing the funnel, James handing out the tokens, Jenny tail walking and Evie processed the results while Henry sorted the tokens. The magnificent marshals were Jonathan, Joanne, Zoe, Ellie, Rob, Roger, Richard, Clare, Sam, James and Eve.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

When you have volunteered 25 times our volunteers receive a lovely purple 25 volunteer T shirt. Well done to Henry who was on his 25th volunteer stint today. Although there are no other volunteer milestones it is definitely worth mentioning that 2 of our volunteers both volunteered for the 50th time today. So a big thank you to Ellie (who can usually be found on the first marshal point) and to Richard (pictured below) who is a regular marshal and is also our volunteer coordinator so please do respond when he asks for more volunteers! Let him know by email or on Facebook if you can help.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

Gedling junior parkrun has lots of regular volunteers (thank you to you all) but you probably can't help to notice our regular Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. There is Yasmin who did a fab job at Run Directing this morning who is doing her gold award so is volunteering with us for a year, prior to this she did 6 months for her silver award with us and volunteered for her bronze at 5K parkrun. Jack (top left) completed his gold volunteering stint in March and loves junior parkrun so much that he still comes every week and does a fab job at leading the warm up. James is currently volunteering for his silver award but also did his bronze with us. You can never miss James as he loves having the megaphone! Myles is volunteering with us for his silver award (and also tries to keep James out of trouble!) and Ewan for his bronze who does a great job at helping the warm up. There is also Louis who could not be with us this week as he was on a practice for his expedition.

Gedling junior parkrun 13th May 2018

We will hopefully see you again next week when Tamsin will have the Run Director vest on.
Have a good week,



Event 100 – 6th May 2018

A couple of weeks ago, Gedling junior parkrun celebrated it's 2nd birthday. This week, we were 100! How is that possible? Only by the magic of junior parkrun!

Our 100th event was marked by a splendid display from that bright shiny thing in the sky (the sun!) which made for a beautiful morning for the 46 small sets of legs who ran, jogged and walked 2km of our fantastic Gedling Country Park.
Gedling Junior Parkrun 6th May 2018Lyndsey donned the run directors hi-vis for the first time ever, three cheers to Lyndsey for doing this, and apparently she enjoyed it so much, she wants to do it again! Hooray! 31957442_10156298761899509_4235228664599412736_o
Big thanks to all of our splendid volunteers that got to time you (Myles & Ewan), Scan you (James & Jack), hand out the finish tokens (Kelly & Louis), marshalling and giving out hi-5's (Jo, Rachel, Joanne, Jonathan, Zoe, Jenny, Emma, Clare, Samantha, Sam & Jayne) and making sure no one got left behind (Helen)
2018-05-08_08-05-53We couldn't run the event without the help of these hi-5 giving hi-vis wearing heroes. We are always welcoming new volunteers, so if you fancy giving it a go, please drop Richard an email, or put a comment on facebook. He'd love to hear from you and we'd love to see you.

Once Lyndsey had done the pre-run brief, our team of DofE volunteers led the warm up with plenty of energy and enthusiasm, grown ups - please be careful of the little ones during the warm up, one little person got tripped up and got a poorly knee, please make sure there's plenty of space around you! Gedling junior parkrun 100

Well done to Ciaran who was presented with his half marathon wristband, don't forget you can print out your certificate from your parkrun profile at https://www.parkrun.com/profile/

And then they were off! First across the line was Finn, Reece and Lewis, and for the girls it was Tegan, Amy and Chen, well done!
There were 5 new personal bests recorded, maybe the sunshine was encouraging you to run faster and get an ice cream! It was also the first time ever to junior parkrun for eight of you, we do hope you enjoyed it and come back soon.
Gedling junior parkrun 100

Once the tail walker was home, it was time to clear up and get those results processed and enjoy the bank holiday weekend sunshine.

Next week it's event 101 with Helen and Yasmin sharing the run directors hi-vis. Enjoy your week and see you on Sunday!


Event 96 – 8th April 2018 – with flying feet and hidden pigs!

I asked my 8 year old son how he thought that I should start the run report this week and this is his opening sentence - "What another lovely morning at Gedling junior parkrun!" We had 36 fantastic runners, joggers and walkers negotiating the hills and zig zags that we love about Gedling country park.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

Two enthusiastic first timers to parkrun joined us today so welcome to Saul and Luca. Lilia and John who have ran at other junior parkruns tried out Gedling for the first time. We hope that you come and visit us again. Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

We had 5 juniors achieving a personal best so well done to Chloe, William, Joshua, Stefan and Henry. They have added to an amazing total of 967 personal bests at Gedling junior parkrun in the last 2 years.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

Remember that we give out milestone wristbands (and you can print off a certificate off the parkrun website) when you have achieved 11 (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) junior parkruns. Today we presented Stefan and Rafe with their half marathon wristbands. Joshua should have had one as well so please ask the run director for one next time you are at junior parkrun.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

It is a fact that our volunteers are amazing! On Saturday afternoon we were short of 8 volunteers but when we put another request out lots of people came forward and filled the roster so a big thank you to you all. Today we had Evie and Kelly keeping time, Jack and James bar code scanning, Claire managing the funnel, Ewan handing out the tokens and Mandy tail walking. Our magnificent marshals were Roger, Sam, Libby, Hilary, Jon, Karen, Ben, Lyndsey, David, Rebecca, David and Lily.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

Claire and Adam were helping out with run directing and they sucessfully processed the results as practice for when they are on the core team of Newark junior parkrun so best of luck to them when this launches.

As always our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers led a fantastic warm up and even managed some flying feet!

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018

Important news - next week is our 2nd birthday! Where has all that time gone? To celebrate we would like you to wear fancy dress (including parents!) although this is of course optional. I have also heard that there may be cake!

Which brings me round to a toy plastic pig. When David and Rebecca cleared away the cones at the out and back they found a toy plastic pig under the cones - answers on a postcard for how that got there please! Although I have my suspicions as to the culprits i.e. the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers - Jack and James who set this part of the course up!

Enjoy the birthday celebrations next week! A fantastic birthday present for junior parkrun would be to get the volunteer roster filled as soon as possible so please let us know if you can help out.

Gedling junior parkrun 8th April 2018



Event 95 – April 1st 2018

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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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And within 9 minutes the first finisher zoomed across the finish line! Then it didn't take long for the remaining 29 to follow, Gedling junior parkrun.  1 Apr 18.
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!
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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.


Event 94 – 25th March 2018 – when the sun was shining and the snow had gone!

Hooray! After last week's cancellation due to snow we went ahead today with the sun shining and blue skies. Even though the clocks had changed and we had less sleep we still had an amazing 40 juniors join us today.

Gedling junior parkrun 25th March 2018

We welcomed James who was completely new to junior parkrun. Hope you enjoyed it James!

The sunshine was certainly encouraging you around the course today and 9 of you recorded a personal best so well done to Rafe, Megan, Phoebe, Anya, Seb, Rowan, Stefan, Tallyn and Isla.

Gedling junior parkrun 25th March 2018

Well done to Ewan who completed his 21st junior parkrun and collected his marathon wristband. (Sorry that there isn't a photo Ewan - it did not turn out very well!)

We were so pleased that the volunteer roster was full to bursting this week, it makes it much easier for us. So a big thank you to Jack (who also did the warm up) and Myles keeping time, Yasmin and Natalie barcode scanning, Tamsin and Richard on tokens and the funnel, Amanda tail walking and Helen as run director. Our magnificent marshals cheering you around the course were Jonathan, Joanne, Zoe, Ellie, Adam, Roger, Tony, Helen, Maisie, Lyndsey, Ben, James and Sarah.

Here are the volunteers all squashed up in our fab finish funnel. Below are Lyndsey and Ben who were busy setting up the course when we took the photo.

Gedling junior parkrun 25th March 2018

Gedling junior parkrun 25th March 2018

Please do let us know if you can volunteer over the next few weeks. We would love it if you could join us.

Do have a look on our facebook page - this week Tamsin has posted a video of our warm up from today. You all have so much energy!

Next week is Easter Sunday and Ian (who is the Event Director from Gedling 5K) will be your run director so please give him a lovely juniors welcome!


Event 91- 18th February 2018

Another fantastic morning at Gedling junior parkrun. We had lots of lovely comments today about how much people love junior parkrun so thank you for being part of the magic of Gedling junior parkrun.

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2018

We welcomed 2 official first timers - Kiera and Phoebe and hello to our first timers who did not have a bar code. We hope to see you all again soon!

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2018

There were 46 runners, joggers and walkers today, luckily the mist started to clear at 9am. When we set up the course there was hardly any visibility so we were a bit worried that we would not be able to see how super you were all doing.

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2019

An amazing 10 of you recorded a personal best this morning - well done to Dominic, Emily, Luke, Holly, Billy, Rafe, Oliver, Lewis, James and Henry.

Did you notice our lovely new finish funnel that has been donated to us? Here are the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers showing it off!

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2019

As always we had a fantastic bunch of volunteers this morning. A big thank you to Sammy and Jack keeping time, James, Louis and Myles bar code scanning, Yasmin managing the funnel, Ewan handing out the tokens, Evie sorted the tokens after the run, Roger tail walked and our magnicient marshals were Kelly, Rory, Hilary, Jonathan, Ellie, Karen, Natalie, Adam, Ian, Joanne, Zoe, Rita and Nic.

Gedling junior parkrun 18th February 2018

Did you realise that out of all our volunteers this morning 17 of them did not even have family running at junior parkrun? They were volunteering just because they love parkrun! Some of our volunteers also travelled some distance to be with us. Nic came from Beeston, Adam came from Sleaford but the winners of the furthest distance travelled are Rory and Hilary who came from Ipswich (although they were visiting family as well!) Rory has now volunteered at parkrun over 450 times and Hilary over 100 times. Wow! Isn't that amazing? Thank you for coming to visit us at Gedling juniors.

Next week our regular volunteer Jonathan will be doing his first time stint as Run Director so a big thanks to Jonathan.

See you again soon on the hills of Gedling.



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).

Gedling junior parkrun 28th January 2018

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 28th January 2018

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 28th January 2018

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 28th January 2018

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 14th jan 18

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!


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.

Gedling junior parkrun 14th jan 18

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!


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!


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