Event 43 – 19th February 2017

What a gorgeous morning it was for parkrunning!  Sparkly sunshine, not even the slightest breeze and 59 happy faces ready to run the hills.  Perfect!  We even had 11 first timers join us and a few tourists too - welcome to you all, we hope you enjoyed our lovely views on your way round the course!

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Keeping the show on the road, as ever, were our amazing band of volunteers.  We really couldn't do it without them and it was great to have some brand new volunteers join us as well as our regulars.  We've also got 5 Duke of Edinburgh volunteers with us at the moment, and they're doing a great job too.

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On stop watches we had Tamsin and James; managing the finish funnel were Jenny and Yasmin; beeping barcodes were Martin and Isaac; Debbie and Tabitha were tail running today; and Sean, Olivia, Orla, Peter, Jack, Richard, Kelly, Jayne and Ellie did a fabulous job of cheering our runners around the course this morning.  Thank you also to Fleur for leading the warm-up.  It's so great to have our juniors volunteering and making such a difference.  Love it!  If you fancy giving it a go and helping out, then just drop Liv, our volunteer co-ordinator, a line and she'll have you signed up in no time!

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We got to share in a few milestones this morning too.  Joe, Lucien, Ruby and Hugo joined our half marathon club and received their wristbands today.  Make sure you also look at your parkrun profile, guys... you'll be able to print off a certificate of your achievement there.  Congratulations!

There were some pretty quick legs out on the hills today.  It always amazes me how quick the morning flies by.  Twenty minutes and we're done!  

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All in all, it's been a real dose of happy on a Sunday morning.  If you have friends who haven't heard about junior parkrun, make sure you let them know there's free, safe, fun to be had with our 2k course every Sunday.  The more the merrier!

See you all next week
Sarah

 

Event 40 – 22nd January 2017

It may have been a bit chilly this morning but that did not stop 69 of you having big smiles on your faces as you ran, jogged and walked up and down the hills of Gedling junior parkrun.

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We welcomed 9 first timers and 5 of you achieved a personal best. Fantastic!

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Well done to Max who received his half marathon wristband for achieving 11 junior parkruns today. Don't forget to tell the run director when you have achieved 11 runs, 21 runs (marathon) or 50 runs (ultra marathon) to be given your wristband. We love giving them out!

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Apologies that we didn't have time to take a volunteer photo this morning but that doesn't mean that they are any less appreciated! We could not put on our event without our wonderful volunteers so a big thank you to them all. This week we had Debbie and Abigail keeping time, James and Sarah scanning the barcodes, Tamsin and Olivia looking after the funnel and tokens, Nicola tail running, Fleur doing the warm up, Richard, Peter, Peter, Susan, Isaac, Darren, Karen, Karen, Ellie, George and Tom marshalling and Helen was your run director.

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We always welcome new volunteers so let us know if you would like to be a high vis hero!

 

Event 37 -18th December 2016

The hills of Gedling Country Park were not how we had seen them before - there were Santa hats, reindeer ears, Christmas jumpers and lots of sparkly tinsel! We hope you enjoyed our festive Gedling junior parkrun.

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Our juniors had a great time decorating the finish funnel!

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40 jingly juniors ran, jogged and walked our parkrun and we welcomed 2 festive first timers - Charlotte and Chen. There was one personal best - well done Tilly!

We did not have any wristbands to hand out today but don't forget to tell the Run Director when you have reached 11(half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) runs. There are quite a few juniors who are due a wristband soon.

We had a new junior warm up leader this morning who did a fantastic job - well done Bea!

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As well as our jingle bells juniors we also need our brilliant bauble volunteers to make the magic of Gedling junior parkrun happen. A big thanks to them all!

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This week tinsely timekeeping were Tamsin and Debra, Susan and James had bells on the barcode scanners, the festive funnel was looked after by Richard and Yasmin, the good tidings tail runner was Olivia and wrapping up the warm up was Bea. Our mistletoe marshals were Wayne, Allan, Ian, Orla, George, Peter, Abigail, Ellie, Tabitha, Jenny, Nicola and Brian, Evie and Henry sorted the tinsel tokens and Helen was your Rudolph Run director!

Don't forget we are not holding a Gedling junior parkrun on Christmas Day or New Years Day but have a look on the parkrun website to see what events are happening if you would like to do some parkrun tourism.

We will see you all back on the hills on 8th January. We are looking forward to starting our fantastic new route then. The start point will be near to our current finish area.

Lastly all of the Gedling junior parkrun team would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We hope you enjoy the holidays and would like to thank everyone for your support during 2016. We look forward to many more junior parkruns in 2017!

 

Event 34 – 27th November 2016

It might have been a grey start to the day, but our brilliant junior parkrunners soon brightened things up.  We had 46 juniors joining us on the hills and we were so happy to have 6 first timers with us as well.  The more the merrier!

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As ever, we had the help of our terrific high-vis hero volunteers to get the show on the road.  We really couldn't do it without our 21 posts filled on the roster each week and although it's often a close run thing as to whether we get enough helpers, some how it always happens... so a big thank you to everyone who steps forward to help... and a warm welcome awaits for any new volunteers.  Just let Olivia know via email or via our Facebook page that you'd like to help, it's that simple!

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With their name in lights today were Mia and Fleur who did a fabulous job of warming everyone up;

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Abi and Debbie timekeeping in style; Evie and Olivia barcode beeping; Orla, Peter, Rob, James, Kelly, Yasmin, Ellie, Helen and Ian mountain marshalling; George and Karen flourishing finish tokens; Nicola bringing up the rear as our tremendous tail runner;  and me, Sarah with cold hands, cold nose, cold feet and a little cold Run Directing thrown in for good measure!

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What was brilliant this morning was the number of personal bests out there.  You guys were awesome!  11 personal bests today, so a huge well done to Ruby, Lucy, Arthur, Freya, George, Cian, William, Joseph, Hugo, Rebecca and Maria!  Great running!!

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It was also exciting to give out some of our lovely wristbands.  Kitty, Effie, Jacob and Caitlyn earned themselves their marathon wristbands with 21 runs... and Josh got one of our very special ultra marathon wristbands as he completed his 51st run.  What a lot of miles you've run between you!!

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And that was another parkrun done!  We had smiles, we had energy, we had zippy legs... what's not to love!  See you all next weekend!

Sarah

 

Event 33 – 20th November 2016

Well done to the 37 juniors who braved the cold at Gedling junior parkrun this morning. You all did some super running, jogging and walking up and down our lovely course.

We had 4 first timers (welcome to Gedling junior parkrun!) and 4 of you recorded a personal best.

Did you know that the juniors at Gedling junior parkrun have now ran, jogged and walked an amazing 4,122km - that is a long way!

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As always a big thanks to our volunteers. We had Evie and Sarah keeping the time, Ellie and Peter scanning the barcodes, Tabitha and Wayne on the funnel, Nicola tail running, Fleur doing the warm up, Yasmin, Orla, Peter, Allan, Suzanne, Kelly, Sarah, Tom, Susanne, Andrew and Lindsay marshalling and Helen was your run director.

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We were short of volunteers this morning so please consider helping out - even juniors can volunteer for some roles - here is Tabitha magnificently managing the funnel and Evie doing some terrific time keeping.

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See you next week!

 

Event 29 – 23rd October 2016

In the blink of an eye another junior parkrunday has been and gone... and we really had a goodie on our hands today.  Why so good?  Because the new children's playground has opened which not only means we don't need to divert our course anymore but also that our runners get to have a good old play after their run!  Hooray!!

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Mind you, it's not just the children who were on the play equipment.  There's photographic evidence that the adults snuck on there too!

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As you can see, our volunteers take their roles extremely seriously... no time for messing about, no siree Bob! A big thank you to everyone who gave their time this morning. Earlier in the week the roster was looking scarily empty but the parkrun fairies sent us more volunteers and we got that roster filled up in time. Phew! We had Allan, Sue, Orla, Peter, Kelly, Pete, Ellie and Suzanne marshalling the mountain; Debbie and Helen with their fingers on the timing triggers; George and Wayne flourishing finish tokens; Evie beeping barcodes; Sarah D tail running terrifically; Fleur and Grace (well done on your first warm-up leading this morning, Grace!) doing a wonderful warm-up and finally me, Sarah, run directing and driving the loud hailer.

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Once Fleur and Grace had got everyone warmed up... our runners were off. And boy oh boy did they do a great job today. We had 51 runners - including 4 brand new to parkrun (welcome to you all!) - and those PBs just kept coming, 14 of them today. Whoosh! Our first three boys were Finn in 08:44, Evan in 09:19 and Jacob in 10:15. For the girls we had Faith in 09:32, Evie in 10:56 and Natasha in 11:28. Great running, guys!

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One of the best bits of my morning was giving out wristbands. Natasha, Grace and Jacob earned their half marathon wristbands - congratulations you three! - and Fleur earned her full marathon wristband. That's a whole lot of miles you've run between you. I wonder how many wristbands we'll get to give out next week? I hope it's lots!

Right, that's me done for another week. Looking forward to seeing lots of you next week for our Halloween run. Come in your best scary fancy dress and there may just be some treats in store for you!

Sarah

 

Event 28 – 16th October 2016

It may have been raining on the hills of Gedling Country Park today but that did not stop a fantastic 41 juniors joining us for Gedling junior parkrun. Well done to you all for still smiling despite being very wet!

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We welcomed 5 first timers and tourists from Scotland! They must have heard how much fun we have at Gedling junior parkrun! The rain didn't stop 7  of you achieving personal bests. Amazing effort. The first finisher was Max (09:03) followed by Eben (09:34) and Evan (09:48). For the girls there were Erin (10:24) 4th overall, Lauren (11:55) 8th overall and Chloe (12:17) 11th overall.

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There was not any wristbands to hand out this week but do not forget to come and tell us if you are due a wristband. 11 junior runs  gets you a half marathon, 21 a marathon and 50 an ultra marathon.

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As always a massive thank you to our wonderful volunteers in the hi vis. This week we had Purba and Peter keeping the time, Peter, Wayne, Tabitha, Peter, Orla, Sarah, Jason, Dave, Andrew and George marshalling, Paula and Yasmin barcode scanning, Roger and Henry managing the funnel, Sarah tail running, Fleur warming everyone up, Evie sorting the tokens, Olivia coordinating the volunteer roster and Helen was your run director.

We always welcome more volunteers so please contact us via Facebook or email gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com to get your name on the roster.

See you all next week and hopefully it won't be as wet!

 

Event 26 – 2nd October 2016

The hills are alive.... with the sound of feet flying up the zig zags! What a lovely morning for a junior parkrun.

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Well done to the 51 runners that completed this mornings parkrun, including visitors from Hilly Fields junior parkrun in London. 9 of you ran a PB. Our male placings were Freddie, followed by Edward, then Ethan, and our female placings were Olivia, followed by Jorja, then Erin. The way you all power round the course is nothing short of amazing!

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All this fantastic running couldn't happen without our wonderful volunteers and we had a bumper number helping out today. A big thanks to our marshals Caitlin, Deborah, Ellie, Gordon, Jon, Karen, Peter D, Rachel, Suzanne, Tim, Wayne and Yasmin for getting everyone around the course safely. Your timekeepers were Peter S and Olivia. Barcode scanning was done by Peter H and Debbie with George manning the clipboard, our funnel manager was Paula with Mhairi and Ciaran giving out the finish tokens. Making sure no-one was left behind were your tail runners Helen, Evie and Henry. Your warm-up was led by Fleur and your Run Director was Abigail. We welcome volunteers of all ages - it's fun in the hi-vis so if you fancy giving it a try then just drop our volunteer co-ordinator Olivia a line at gedlingjuniorshelpers@parkrun.com or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

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It's exciting times up at Mount Gedling. The new playground area at Gedling Country Park is really beginning to take shape and should be open mid-late October which hopefully means some of the barriers that are lining the course will be removed in the next few weeks, and you'll have somewhere awesome to play after your run! Building work will be continuing however opposite the playground as the new visitor centre starts to be built.

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Looking forward to seeing you all again next week when Olivia will be taking the reins.

Abigail

 

Event 23 – 11th September 2016

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We had another fabulous morning on Sunday at Gedling junior parkrun. We were a little concerned that we might not be able to give you a time when someone - mentioning no names (but just so happens to be the Event Director!) forgot to bring the all important bag with timers and bar code scanners in it. However it arrived just in time - phew!

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We had 79 runners and we welcomed 16 first timers to Gedling junior parkrun. Everyone must have had their energy breakfasts as an amazing 19 of you recorded personal bests!

First finisher was Henry (08:15) followed by Josh (08:27) and Will (08:57). For the girls there were Faith (09:29), Katie (09:32) and Matilda (09:39).

We gave out a lot of wristbands this week. Well done to you all!

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As always a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers in the hi vis. This week we had Jo (visiting from Rushcliffe juniors) and Evie keeping the time, Debbie, David, Jason, Peter, Karen, Rob, Wayne, Philippa, Louise, Rachel, Peter and Paula marshaling, Peter and Sarah on the scanners, Kelly and Susanne on the funnel, Ellie tail running, Fleur doing the warm up and Helen was your run director.

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We are always looking for volunteers so please contact Olivia, our volunteer coordinator by email or Facebook to pop your name down. We are particularly short on the 25th September when a lot of our regular volunteers are participating in the Robin Hood half and full marathon.

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Looking forward to seeing you all soon at Gedling junior parkrun!

 

Event 22 – 4th September 2016

It's mid morning on Sunday and already junior parkrun has been and gone.  It happens so fast!  So, let's slow down a bit and chat about what happened today.  Well, the rain held off for us - result!  Plus, I think that with the summer holidays drawing to a close, we're getting more runners joining us once more - and that's brilliant!  We had 61 pairs of young legs joining us today and everyone of you put in lots of effort and did a great job.  11 of you were running at Gedling for the first time and we had a terrific 10 new personal best (PB) times recorded.

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As ever, our volunteers were superstars.  We really couldn't put on a junior parkrun without them and they were all excellent this morning.  I'm sure the support they give to our runners helps them to run just that little bit taller!  

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Out there marshalling for us were Karen, Abi, Wayne, Pete, Richard, Kel, Jon, Caitlin, Tim, Peter and Colin; on barcode bipping duties were Tamsin and Madeleine (great job, Madeleine - you managed that barcode scanner like a pro!); Debbie and Claire were timing everyone in; Jason and Amelie were terrific tail runners; and last there was me, Sarah, wearing the biggest run director's vest known to mankind!

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If you want to volunteer it's easy.  Just drop Olivia, our volunteer co-ordinator, an email to gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or hop on over to our Facebook page to let us know.  All of the roles are dead straightforward and will brighten up your Sunday morning a treat!

We had some really good results this morning - and it was great to see two of our first timers to Gedling taking the first finisher spots for boys and for girls!  Results were as follows:

Henry, was first over the line in 08:35 followed in by Freddie, in 09:09 and Zachary in third in 09:29.  For the girls, Matilda, was first (5th overall) over the line in 09:43, Rebecca  came in second (8th overall) over the line in 10:22 and Erin was third (12th overall) over the line in 10:52.  Super effort you guys!

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Great effort as well to Bethan who earned her half marathon wristband this morning.  Looking forward to giving out plenty more wristbands as the weeks go by!

One final thing - if you happened to go home with token number 27 this morning... could you bring it back next week? The other finish tokens are missing 27 and we'd hate for them to be sad!

That's me done for this morning.  One run report written, one junior parkrun held and one happy me that there were so many smiley faces out on our Gedling hills this morning!  See you all again next Sunday!!