Event 104, 3rd June 2018.

What a morning that was!  Seventy of my favourite people turned up to walk, jog or run around our wonderful park. Not only that, many of you brought along a tame adult for some exercise and everyone was carefully marshalled, high-fived and cheered on by 22 happy volunteers.

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Today we welcomed visitors from Bromley and Rushcliffe juniors, we had 11 Gedling first-timers and of those, six of you were absolutely new to the parkrun family. Gedling junior parkrun is happy to have you, we hope that you enjoyed your trip up and down our hills and we look forward to seeing everyone come back as often as they can.

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Three of you glorious lot were awarded a milestone wristband today, very well done Madeline, Archie and Anya. Anyone can qualify for a wristband after completing 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns, so if you think that you are due to collect one, just speak to your friendly Run Director and we'll make sure that you're not disappointed. In order to qualify, your parkrun must be recorded, so don't forget to bring your scannable, printed barcode with you to the finish area.

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A huge thank you must go out to your volunteers, today was easy for me, we nearly ran out of hi-viz jackets, so many helpful people were willing to turn up and ensure that you all got around safely. It really wouldn't be possible to put the event on if the volunteers stay at home. Today, your smiling supporters were: Joanne, Eveline, Tamsin, Helen, Roger, Richard, Andrew, Nick, Lindsey, James, Evie, Louis and Mike. Scanning your barcodes were Ewan and the birthday girl Zoe. Time was kept tremendously well by Jack and Oliver. The funnel was managed by Myles and finish tokens were handed out by Yasmin. Archie managed to scoff a sausage cob whilst sorting the barcodes and last, but never least, the tail walker, making sure that you all got home was Nicola.

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If you ever fancy seeing just how good you could look in hi-viz (the answer is "very"), just drop us an email or speak to your Run Director on the day. We're always happy to say hello to more volunteers and I guarantee you'll enjoy it.

I think that has covered everything from another fantastic day on the hills of Gedling. We look forward to seeing you all have another go next week when Helen will be your Run Director, megaphone at hand and roster at the ready.

Well done everyone, Jonathan.

 

Event 102 – 20th May 2018

What better way to spend a sunny Sunday than on the hills of Gedling Country Park run/walk/job/volunteering for junior parkrun? 63 runners and 20 volunteers agreed and what with all the enthusiastic adults accompanying their young people there was a real buzz this morning.

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We welcomed plenty of new faces today: Bertie, Frank and Henry recorded their first official runs at Gedling juniors, and there were a few more who haven't yet registered and got their barcode. Its easy to register and you only need to do it once. You can then print off a sheet of 6 barcodes that you can keep in your car, house, in your phone case, laminate and pin to you or whatever you need to do to make sure you don't forget your barcode #dfyb! All you need to do then is hand it to one of the barcode scanners at the finish and they will match it up with your finish token to give you a time. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

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We recorded 14 Personal Best times this morning which is epic considering how hot it was, well done to all of you and a special mention to John who was proud to take off almost a minute from his time. I didn't get a photo but promised him a special mention!

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Here are a few action shots from this morning's warm up which was led once again by Jack and Euan before Jack sprinted off to marshall point 7 in the middle of the zigzags:

 

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Your volunteers this morning were: Eloise MILLNS • Emma FURNESS • Eveline GRIFFITH • Ewan WANE • Jack MATTHEWS • James SINCLAIR • Jenny BROWN • Joanne TANNER • Jonah SINCLAIR • Jonathan TANNER • Joseph BANBURY • Kelly MORPHUS • Louis JAMSON • Nicola DICKINSON • Richard MILLNS • Ruth SWAIN • Samantha NEWTON • Tamsin MILLNS • Yasmin KING • Zoe TANNER

Thank you for your time and to all the people who have already booked in for future weeks. I've got most of the volunteers in this photo here:

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That's all from me this week. I'm handing over to the very capable Lyndsey who will be looking after you next week for a Bank Holiday special!

Tamsin x

 

 

 

 

Event 99. The best way to start your Sunday.

First thing on a Sunday morning is fast becoming my favourite time of the week. Not only do I get to spend time at the beautiful Gedling Country Park, but I get to watch a group of youngsters run, jog or walk around our wonderful course.

This particular Sunday, I was joined by 41 keen participants aged between 4 and 14, some had brought a tame adult with them (always welcome) and a grand total of 21 willing and eager volunteers (more about them later). It certainly brings the park to life to see all the smiling faces and hear the noise of so many people having fun.

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After a terrific warm-up, led by our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, it was time for the countdown and the customary stampede to the bottom of the hill. Everyone was feeling energetic today, it must have been the few smudges of blue sky that got you all raring to go, is summer really here?

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A quick reminder that once you have completed 11 junior parkruns, you get your half-marathon wristband, at 21 you'll be eligible for the marathon band and for those of you you reach 50, it's the ultra-marathon band for you. Today we welcomed Fallon into the 21 club and Ciaran got his half, well done both of you. If you think that you are due a wristband for reaching one of these milestones, please give the Run Director a nudge.

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Please remember that if you want to be able to earn your wristbands, you must bring your individual parkrun barcode with you. If you haven't got it, we can't record your time and put it next to your name and it always seems a shame to have an empty slot on the results table.

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We are always on the lookout for extra helping hands, so if you fancy donning the hi-viz and making sure that Gedling junior parkrun can go ahead safely, please let the run director know or email us with your details at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

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This week our gorgeous gang were Jack and James who timed you, Zoe handed out the finish tokens, our Funnel Manager was Jayne and you were scanned in by Myles and James. Out on the course were Richard, Ellie, Ian, Sam, Rob, Kelly, Joanne, Jonah, Matthew, Simon and Will. Nicola was your tail walker and Yasmin & Jonathan shared the run director duties.

Next week, Ian will be your Run Director and it will be our 100th event, what a tremendous achievement by all concerned. Whether you walk, jog or run the course, if you are the taxi service that brings a parkrunner to Gedling or you are a hi-viz wearing volunteer, you are part of the wonder that is junior parkrun.

Well done everybody, see you on Sunday, Jonathan.

 

Event 98- 22nd April 2018

Hooray! The sun was shining for all of the 54 amazing runners this morning. Well done to you all, I saw lots of lovely smiling faces. Unfortunately I did not get a photo but I think that the winner of the biggest smile when crossing the finish funnel definitely goes to Kiera!

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We welcomed 2 first timers to parkrun - Molly and Amber. I know that Molly cycled up to Gedling country park as well as running - what a fantastic way to keep fit and healthy on a Sunday morning. Brodie and Harry, who are regulars at Rushcliffe junior parkrun, also joined us for the first time at Gedling so we hope that you enjoyed our hills.

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Six of you managed a fantastic personal best so big high fives to Dominic, Taranveer, Kian, Joshua, Jenson and John.

Here is Ewan and his Dad enjoying their morning run together. A great way to spend your Sunday morning with your family!

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Don't forget that you can earn a wristband when you have achieved 11 junior parkruns (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon). Tallyn should have got his half marathon wristband so do let the run director know next time you come to junior parkrun to get your wristband. As always a big thanks to our volunteers today. Jack, one of the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers was Run Director today and I am sure that you will agree that he did a great job. Louis was timekeeping, Yasmin and Zoe were barcode scanning, Ewan was managing the funnel, Joseph was giving out the tokens and Rob was tail walking. Our magnificent marshals were Lyndsey, Jonathan, Joanne, Kelly, Nicola, Sam, Liz, Jenny, Roger, Henry and Peter.

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See you again soon!

Helen

 

Event 97 – The 2nd Birthday Celebration

It was a privilege to be Run Director at our 97th run, just over 2 years after it all started. It was fantastic to see so many faces, old and new enjoying the sunshine and powering up the hills. There were lots of familiar names on the results on Sunday, many of whom I know were there on our first run when it all looked a bit more bleak with no play park or café and very few trees!

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Any way, enough of the nostalgia, lets get back to Sunday’s run. We had 63 runners, six of whom were brand new to parkrun. Unfortunately there won’t be cake every week but we promise a warm welcome and lots of fun!

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Very special thanks to regular volunteer and loyal supporter of Gedling juniors, Kelly Morphus for baking the fantastic cake. And Eloise and Madeleine for the cupcakes too.

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All the cake spurred seven of you to new PBs, well done all of you but especially to Charlie who achieved his PB on his 71st parkrun, most of which have been completed at Gedling. Also special mention to Theo who has completed the most junior parkruns of all the runners today with 77 runs – awesome! And whilst we are on the special mentions, there was lots of wrist band action on Sunday. With Bea receiving her Ultra band and Chen & Lewis being awarded their marathon bands – well done. Itlooks like Phoebe and Mia are due their half marathon wrist bands so please make yourselves known to the Run Director next time you visit.

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As always, we couldn’t do any of this without our volunteers, some of whom this week took the high vis superhero thing a bit too seriously.

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This week we had Nicola, Lyndsey, Ben, Richard, Samantha, Ian, Jo,  Zoe, Jonathan and Madeleine marshalling with Joanne, Kelly, James, Jack and Ewan at the sharp end dealing with the finish area and timing. Jayne ably brought you all home like a turtle superhero and there was me, Wally overseeing proceedings.

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It was great to see some of you dressed up for the occasion, I’ve included some photos below but please do visit our flickr  group for all the photos.

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Its over to Helen for next week's event. So if the London Marathon inspires you, get off your sofa and join her!

Signing off until next time, Tamsin (Wally)

 

 

 

Event 93 – Mothering Sunday 11th March – The one with the new Kit!

What a fabulous morning for some fun on the hills of Gedling. I thoroughly enjoyed starting off my Mothering Sunday with our lovely Gedling junior parkrun family, so nice to be back out there with no snow or ice to contend with. We had new kit to play with this week from head office including a flag which migrated from the start to the finish. Here it is at the start:

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And here it is at the finish with first finisher George who was visiting us all the way from Lincolnshire.

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We have discovered that Gedling is actually the closest junior parkrun to Lincolnshire so as well as today's visiting families we also have a regular family who commute over an hour each way to get to us. We appreciate your dedication and are so pleased that you feel welcome at our little event.

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We gave out half marathon wrist bands this morning to Leo and Fyffe, congratulations on your achievement and don't forget you can print off a certificate on your athlete profile to take to school and tell all your friends about parkrun.

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We welcomed six first timers to parkrun this morning which is 15% of the total runners in attendance. Well done! There were also 7 PBs today. Some of you may not have received your well done on your text or email due to a slight timing issue. Finishers after position 15 may well have been sent a text with a slower time. The results on the website are now accurate so check them out and well done all!

As usual a massive thank you to the volunteers. Here is a shot of most of us looking rather pleased with our shiny new lanyards, high vis, flag and Industrial strength megaphone (borrowed from the 5k event!). Check out our home page for a full list of name credits. https://www.parkrun.org.uk/gedling-juniors/

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Check out our flickr page for more photos from our events: https://www.flickr.com/groups/gedling-junior-parkrun/

I'm handing over to Jonathan for next week so until next time its good bye from me Tamsin.

 

Event 89 – February 4th 2018 – the one where we reached a milestone

What another brilliant week at Gedling junior parkrun this Sunday, finally after a few snowy weeks we have reached a landmark in our history. Last Sunday saw Charlie become the 5000th finisher of Gedling junior parkrun, which means that our amazing athletes have completed over 10,000 kilometres since we launched in 2016. Alongside Charlie were another 48 of you (and some willing adults!) tackling the hills.

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We had two wristbands to give out this week, congratulations to those dedicated people. Remember you get wristbands for completing 11 (half marathon, 21 (full marathon) and 50 (ultra marathon) parkruns so shout up to the Run Director if you qualify.

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The event wouldn’t be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers.
Nickesh popped over from the 5k event to Direct events, Bea and Bethan warmed you up, Tom and Nicola tail walked and in between, Wayne, Tabitha, Natalie, Tony, Richard, Madeleine, Tamsin, Kelly, Ellie, Sam, Helen and Roger marshalled the course and the funnel and finish area was staffed by our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers Louis, Sammy, Yasmin, Jack and Chris.

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And Eloise and Madeleine sorted the tokens ready for next week.

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See you on the hills on Sunday morning!

 

Event 86 – 31st December 2017 – the last one this year!

Hasn't this year just flown by? One minute we're enjoying summer sunshine, and next thing you know we're polishing off the last of the Christmas chocolates and seeing out the last few hours of the year. And what a way to do it by running with your friends at Mount Gedling. Despite the horrible dark and miserable rain first thing, we had 31 brave parkrunners come to join us. We also had one first timer - welcome to parkrun Oliver, we hope you enjoyed it! It was also lovely to chat to you all before the start and hear about how much fun you'd had at Christmas. You can't beat a junior parkrun for starting your day right!

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Huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers this morning too. You have been utterly brilliant all year and today was no exception. Our Duke of Edinburgh teens got the finish funnel set up in double quick time. Our junior volunteers were there bright and early. And the rest of our fabulous hi-vis heroes made magic happen and conjured a parkrun up out of nowhere. Thank you! If you'd like to have a go at volunteering, please let us know at gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com and we'll add you to the roster. It's lots of fun, you'll be talked through what you need to do and it's a great way of helping our youngsters have a terrific start to their Sundays!

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With their name in lights today we had Christopher and Ella on the stop watches (Ella's first go at timing and she did a great job); Jonathan, Amanda, Iain, Alex, Ed, Wayne, Tabiltha, Kel, Ellie, James, Jonah, Rob and Pete marshalling the mountains; Ewan and Felix beeping barcodes; Sammy and Jack on the finish funnel; Nic bringing up the rear as tail walker; Bea doing a wonderful warm-up; and me, Sarah, wearing the run director's vest and hoping the wheels didn't fall off the whole shebang! You all made the last junior parkrun of the year an absolute treat!

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Looking at the results, Amelia and Reece were our first finishers today... and only one runner managed a personal best out there (think everyone was probably too full of Christmas cake to run super fast!), and that runner was Leo. Great job today, Leo! Well done also to Ava who earned her half marathon wristband today - wear that wristband with pride and don't forget to print off your certificate from your parkrun profile page!

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Once everything was packed away safely, I headed off to process the results. We had a slight mishap with dropping a big batch of the finish tokens during the run this morning (whoops!), so I've hopefully sorted it all out on the results. If you spot that your result looks odd, just email us at gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com and I'll take a look for you!

All that remains is for me to thank you for a brilliant year of junior parkrunning... and to wish you a very Happy New Year. May 2018 be full of running, fun, friends and happiness!

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Happy running!

Sarah

 

Event 84 – Sunday 17th December 2017 The freeeeezing one!

Wow! After snow and ice caused us to cancel last week, I was determined to deliver a safe run for the people of Gedling so after an early morning course inspection, the hills were declared safe.

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26 hardy souls warmed up to run the course with the most awesome smiles. Thank you for making me smile on a Sunday morning, it warms the cockles!! It was a compact and bijoux event, perfectly formed with jewels of awesomeness.

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And even though the advice proceed with caution, regular runner Tegan was determined to clock up a PB, here she is rightly looking very happy with herself.

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Another regular Henry celebrated his 50th run and claimed his Ultra wristband and we welcomed one young lady totally new to parkrun.

Your volunteers were: Abigail COCHRAN • Allan COCHRAN • Amanda BURROWS • Christopher PIERCE • Ella PROBERT • Eloise MILLNS • Evie SMALLEY • Ewan WANE • Felix HORRIGAN • Helen SMALLEY • Jack MATTHEWS • James GILBERT • Jon POTTER • Jonathan TANNER • Kelly MORPHUS • Niamh BURROWS • Olivia DEACON • Richard MILLNS • Roger SMALLEY • Sammy KING • Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD • Susan COCHRAN • Tamsin MILLNS

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We can't wait to see you in your tinsel, elf hats, beards, baubles, Christmas jumpers and whatever else takes your fancy to celebrate Christmas Eve. And we'll be back on New Year's Eve too and we could do with some more of santa's helpers to make sure that we can say goodbye to 2017 in style. Please email gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com or comment on our facebook page if you can help.

Happy wrapping!
Tamsin

 

Event 82 – 26th November 2017

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Sarah

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