Event 82 – 26th November 2017

Bright blue skies, lovely sunshine... but ooooh it wasn't half cold up on Mount Gedling this morning.


We welcomed 38 fabulous junior parkrunners including 1 brand new parkrunner (glad you came to join us, Alexander!) and despite it being frosty out there, 8 of you earned yourselves a PB... on the role of honour this week were Joshua, Sienna, Seb, Reece, Lucy, Fyfe, Tallyn and Kitty, didn't you all do well today!


This morning's hi-vis heroes were awesome as ever. It was Nickesh's first time as run director for juniors and he did a great job - thanks, Nickesh! Thank you also to Sammy and Ewan on time keeping duty; Pete, Sam, Kelly, Jonathan, Sue, Allan, Sarah, Emma, Jenny, Tamsin and Richards who were marvellous marshals; Christopher and Felix who were brilliant at beeping barcodes; Jack and Martin who were fabulous at the finish funnel; Nic who tail walked tremendously; James who brought his own special skills to the loud hailer cheering everyone in; and me, Sarah, floating around supporting Nickesh on his first time as run director.

If you fancy a go at volunteering, that would be awesome! None of the jobs are difficult and you'll be talked through what you need to do on parkrunday... so why not join us? Email our volunteer co-ordinator Olivia at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or stop by our Facebook page and let us know you'd like to help. It's a brilliant way to start your Sunday and there's nothing quite like giving out high fives to all of our juniors as they whizz past!


Talking of brilliant, we had a fair few wristbands to give out this morning. Heidi, Alice, Luke and Joshua all got their half marathon wristbands, while Effie and Libby earned the very impressive ultra marathon wristbands. Superb effort you guys! If you're due a wristband (11 runs for a half marathon wristband, 21 for a marathon and 50 for an ultramarathon) then just let the run director know and we'll make sure you're presented with it!


Congratulations to Joshua and Lucy for being our first finishers this morning... and a massive congratulations for all of our runners today who absolutely stormed into the finish funnel! The number of juniors I saw running so fast they almost didn't get a finish token... well, I lost count!


Olivia is in charge next week for our first run in December (which reminds me - we have a Christmas jumper juniors on Christmas Eve morning so tell your friends it'll be a really fun one!) and we're looking forward to it already!

Happy running!



Event 79 – 5th November 2017

The junior parkrunners were showing lots of sparkle at our 5th November Gedling junior parkrun. We had 62 juniors join us today for some rocket running, joyous jogging and whistling walking. (Yes we were struggling with bonfire themed words that begin with J! Let us know if you can think of one - your prize will be a free junior parkrun next week!)

Gedling junior parkrun 5th November 2017

We welcomed one official first timer - welcome Kitty! However there was also at least one other first timer without their barcode so welcome to you too (sorry we don't know your name).

Gedling junior parkrun 5th November 2017

The juniors today were like fizzing fireworks - 9 of you recorded a pyrotechnic personal best so well done to Rafe, Dylan, Seren, Saphia, Luke, Ella, Thomas, Rosemary and Esme. Of course it does not matter how fast or slow you run or walk - we just love that you are outside having exercise and enjoying yourselves.

Gedling junior parkrun 5th November 2017

We had quite a few wristbands to hand out today so well done to Isaac, Ewan and Thomas who ran their 11th (half marathon) junior parkrun and Evan and Austin who ran their 21st (marathon) junior parkrun. Don't forget to also go on your parkrun profile to print off your certificate.

Gedling junior parkrun 5th November 2017

Junior parkrun would not be able to go ahead without our amazing volunteers, who were on the hills at 815am in the cold getting the course ready for you. So a big thank you to our terrific time keepers Jack and Kelly, our magnificent marshals were Peter, Jonathan, Emma, Jenny, Robert, Samantha, Sammy, Clare, Roger, Sarah and Olivia, the brilliant bar code scanners were Sarah and Felix supported by Tom. On the fantastic funnel we had Christopher and James and terrifically tail walking were Amanda and Niamh and Helen was your run director.

Gedling junior parkrun 5th November 2017

We had a little mishap with the tokens today so if you think that your result was not correct let us know and we will see if we can do anything about it.

Can we also remind you of our junior parkrun code - "No dogs on the course please" except of course for assistance dogs. Obviously we can not stop dogs who are with other park users but no dogs please with runners or parents on the course.

Now I know that you are all keen to get running but please can faster runners be aware of the other runners around you as we had an incident today when a junior was knocked over by another runner. Please help keep the parkrun fun for everyone!

That's all for now. We hope to see you again next week at Gedling when Tamsin will have the Run director vest on.


Event 75 – 8th October 2017

Wow! Event number 75 sure was a doozy, wasn't it! We had 83 perfect parkrunners, 22 volunteers, 13 first timers (welcome to our lovely Gedling hills!) and a cracking personal bests. On the PB role of honour this week we had Dylan, Jack, Zoe, Jack, Holly, Harriet, Thomas, Ivy, Zoe, Harriet, Dylan, Austin and Fallon.

A special well done to Fallon who not only scored herself a personal best, but she also got her half marathon wristband today with her 11th junior parkrun! Poppy also earned her half marathon wristband and I've just spotted that Adam earned his marathon wristband with 21 runs completed (let us know next weekend and we'll present you with your wristband too!)

As ever, our event couldn't take place if it weren't for our heroes in hi-vis... our amazing volunteers. Thank you particularly to those of you who stepped in to help at the last minute - Allan, Felix and Brian it was much appreciated. So, who did what? We had Kel and Jack on the stop watches; Jonathan, Amanda, James, Max, Allan, Brian, Rob, Sam, Jenny, Peter and Wayne marshalling the mountains; Nic and Felix beeping barcodes; Joe and Christopher managing the finish funnel; Sue brought up the rear as tail walker; and I, Sarah, wore the oversized run director's vest and attempted to keep the show on the road! You were all superstars!


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.


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!


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!



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.

Gedling junior parkrun 20th August 2017

We had 2 first timers - welcome Joshua and Jack! We hope to see you again soon.

Gedling junior parkrun 20th August 2017

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 20th August 2017

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 20th August 2017

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 20th August 2017

Olivia is your run director next week so come and join us if you want some fun on the playground - and a junior parkrun!

Gedling junior parkrun 20th August 2017


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.

Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

Gedling junior parkrun 23rd july 2017

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

Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

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

Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 23rd July 2017

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 2nd July 2017

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

Gedling junior parkrun 2nd July 2017

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

Gedling junior parkrun 2nd July 2017

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.)

Gedling junior parkrun 2nd July 2017

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 2nd July 2017

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 11th June 2017

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 11th June 2017

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 11th June 2017

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.


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!


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!



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!


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!



Event 54 – 14th May 2017

Gedling junior parkrun 14th May 2017

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 14th May 2017

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 14th May 2017

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 14th May 2017

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 14th May 2017

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

See you all soon.