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

 

Event 80 – 12th November 2017 – The Cold One

Such a beautiful sunny morning for a junior parkrun! But it was cold, brrrr! 63 chilly children and their adults chivvied themselves out of their beds to run around our twisty turny course. I hope you've all warmed up with a hot chocolate!

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We welcomed 2 youngsters new to parkrun, we hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we enjoy putting it on. There were 5 of you new to Gedling, we hope to welcome you again soon. And once you've notched up 11, 21 and 50 runs you will be eligible to claim your wrist bands, just like Max and Zoe here who proudly claimed their Half Marathon bands. According to the results, Heidi and Noah are also entitled to a Half and a Full marathon band so please make yourselves known to the Run Director next time you visit.

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Despite the cold, 12 of you recorded a PB, well done! Here's Freya our first finishing female looking deservedly pleased with herself!

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An extra special heartfelt warm and fuzzy thank you to our volunteers today. Olivia and I were chatting this morning and realise that most of our volunteers are so regular and committed that they are on the hills more often than the Run Directors. I personally am really proud of the community that has built up around our little event in Gedling and love watching whole families coming down to volunteer and run together. The rota is full for next week but there's always room for more so if you aren't quite sure what's involved and would like to shadow a volunteer we would always welcome extras!

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Advanced warning that we WILL be running on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve but have declined the opportunity to host an extra event on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you'd like to bag a volunteer slot for either of our festive events, please email Olivia at the office gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com or comment on our facebook page.

 

Event 77 – 29th October 2017 – the one that went bump in the night

I hope you've all recovered from the spooky goings on at Mount Gedling yesterday.  The place was full of scary characters - from zombie unicorns, to devils, skeletons, witches, werewolves and spiders - my poor nerves have only just recovered!

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A haunted 74 of you joined us on the hills and 2 of you were completely new to parkrun.  Welcome to our happy band of parkrunners Charlotte and Emma!

Our haunted hi-vis heroes as ever did a brilliant job of volunteering and making the ghoulish goings on happen.

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We had Ali, Iain, Amanda, Niamh, Tabitha, Wayne, Sarah, Claire, Orla, Peter, Pete, Ellie, Rob and Sam dishing out horrific hi-fives; Jack and Kel as terrifying timekeepers; Felix and Sammy frightening the finish funnel; Jon and James brutally bashing barcodes; Nic as the terribly scary tail walker and me, Sarah, casting evil spells on everyone as the rotted run director.  Bwahahahahaaaa!!

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If you fancy your turn in the volunteer hero corner another week, give us a shout.  Let Olivia our volunteer co-ordinator know via email or our Facebook page and she'll whip you down onto the roster before you can blink!

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Despite and hideous horrors lurking on every corner, an amazing 16 of you earned yourselves a shiny new personal best.  Stand up and take a bow to Maiya, Sienna, Rosemary, Samuel, Caleb, Arthur, Beatrice, Olivia, Stefan, Vivien, Grace, Dylan, Jessamine, Ivy, Marlow and Jack!  You are all awesome!

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Talking of all things awesome, it was also brilliant to be able to give out some more of our milestone wristbands - half marathons from Naylon, Will, Alice, Leo, Sienna, Rosemary and Ava - fantastic!  I know not all of you collected your wristbands yesterday, so come and speak to the run director next Sunday and we'll make sure you get yours.  In the meantime, go to your parkrun profile and print off your certificate - I bet your teachers would love to see what you've achieved!

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You were all fantastic today - whether you dressed up or not, whether you got a personal best or not... I saw lots of smiles and lots of quick legs and you all did a great job!

Until next week... happy running!

Sarah

 

 

 

Event 77 – 22nd October 2017 – The Windy One

In the style of an episode of the 90's classic friends, I'm calling event 77 "the windy one!" Storm Brian was blowing over head but that didn't deter Gedling's finest from coming out in full force (9 gale) to run up the hill, down the hill, up the zig zags, along the out and back and come storming to the finish! And 7 is our lucky number because  by the end of Sunday's run, a round 700 different individuals have completed our course. Myself and the core team are proud of each and every one of you, well done!

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We recorded at least 4 first timers to Gedling, 2 of whom were totally new to parkrun - welcome. And the wind assisted 11 of you to a new PB (don't worry, your times will still stand!!)

Here are Charlotte Esme and Charlie receiving their wrist bands to recognise their awesome achievements. I think there should have been another Charlie due to receive his band too so make yourself known to the Run Director next week and we can make sure you receive yours.

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Your high vis heros on Sunday were: Iain and Alex father and daughter team joining us for the first time as volunteers and already signed up for next week (see we don't bite, thank you!), the fantastic Susan reaching a regular volunteering milestone (your contribution is valued by us all) and our awesome regulars Sarah COTTRELL, Olivia DEACON, Nicola DICKINSON, James GILBERT, Felix HORRIGAN, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Peter HOULT, Jack MATTHEWS, Richard MILLNS, Tamsin MILLNS, Kelly MORPHUS, Ellie MORRISON, Robert NEWTON, Samantha NEWTON, Christopher PIERCE, Jonathan TANNER. 

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Also joining us for the first time was our new Duke of Edinburgh Bronze volunteer Sammy KING who lead the warm up fantastically. Here here is with our other fabulous youth volunteers, James, Jack and Chris

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Next week is our Spooky Halloween run. Please dress up if you'd like to, here's a reminder of last year's fun!

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Event 71 – 10th September 2017

It's like we have never been away from the hills with Sunday coming round so quickly, that must mean one thing....junior parkrun day!

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Today was event number 71 and would you believe it we had 71 juniors navigating their way around the course! 11 of you managed to complete the 2km with a personal best and 4 of you were recorded as first timers so a big welcome from us. There were 8 unknown runners today who won't get a run credit so don't forget to register via the parkrun website, print a barcode and bring your barcode with you next time as we always enjoy handing out half marathon (11 runs), marathon (21 runs) and ultra marathon (50 runs) wristbands to celebrate your achievements.

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This week we celebrated the achievements of Arthur, Oliver and Florence who all received their marathon wristbands! If you are due a wristband, just let the run director know so they can present it to you!

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A big thank you to our amazing hi-vis volunteers for this week. The team consisted of Kelly and James timekeeping, Peter, Samantha, Sarah, Allan, Peter, Roger, Jonathan, Robert, Ellie, Peter and Stuart marshalling, Orla and Libby barcode scanning, Wayne on tokens, Helen managing the funnel, Fleur doing the warm up, Caroline tail walking and Olivia run directing.

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Fingers crossed for another dry day next week when Helen will be taking charge of the equipment and volunteer roster! Until then, have a good week everyone.
Olivia

 

Event 69 – 27th August 2017

August bank holiday weekend did not disappoint us with glorious sunshine out on the hills of Gedling Country Park.

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We were delighted to welcome 37 of you and with all but one of you returning to parkrun its not surprising there were so many smiles. Here's Sophie who was joining us for the first time with her brother Nathan who was returning after a break with a shiny new PB – well done!

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There were 11 PB's on Sunday, so the school holidays seem to be suiting you and giving you speedy legs.

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Harriet made herself known to me at the beginning to let me know she was running her 21st junior parkrun and claimed her marathon wrist band – what a fantastic achievement! Don't forget to print off your certificate by signing in to your profile https://www.parkrun.com/signin/ and clicking on Club Progress. It looks like James and Alexander were both due their half marathon wrist band for completing their 11th runs so please make yourself known to Sarah next weekend.

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A special thank you to our volunteers who have stepped up consistently throughout the holidays meaning we haven't had to cancel a single event! And special mention to Ian Sullivan our fantastic Event Director from Gedling Parkrun who chose to celebrate his 100th volunteering session with us here at the juniors. We have three marshall slots left for next week and there are slots available in to September so please contact Olivia on gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com to bag yourself an opportunity.

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Its over to Sarah for next week's run. Then its back to school for you all!!

 

Event 66 – 5th August 2017

What a sunshiney dose of happiness this morning was! Our junior parkrun always seems to be over before you realise and today was no exception. From the buzz at the start to the bounce of the warm-up and into the running and results... whoosh! It's done!

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So, what are the stats that matter? Well... we had 37 juniors join us this morning, 21 volunteers helped get the show on the road... there were 8 PBs... 3 of you were new to Gedling juniors.

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We also gave out 3 wristbands as well. A massive Gedling juniors' congratulations to Niamh on her half marathon and to Elliot and Ellie who both earned their marathons wristbands today. Don't forget to look on your parkrun profiles, guys - there's a certificate there waiting to be printed off for you to keep! If you have a milestone run coming up then please let us know with a quick word to the run director... we just love to celebrate with you!

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Other things worth celebrating? Well, the brilliance of our volunteers that's for sure. At 8:30 we were three short on the roster... by 8:40, we had those slots filled and an extra 2 for marshalling duty as well. Thank you so much to all of you who volunteered. Olivia, our volunteer co-ordinator, does a wonderful job of getting the roster filled each week, but sometimes we're just short so having people step forward on the day and ask if we need a hand, well, that's definitely welcome! If you'd like to help next weekend where we're short of marshals again, then do drop Olivia a quick message or stop by our Facebook page.

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Who did what? Well, Olivia and Jon were on the stop watches timing everyone in; Wayne, Amanda, Peter, Jenny, Pete, Jonathan, Sam, Joanne, Jayne, Rob, Stuart and Glenn marshalled magnificently - and a particular thank you to Glenn who was visiting us from Hilly Fields and who was a great volunteer tourist; we also had Kel and Jeny beeping barcodes; Orla and Andrew managing the finish funnel; Debbie bringing up the rear as tail walker, Fleur doing a terrific warm up; and lastly me, Sarah, run directing and juggling clipboards and megaphones!

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Phew! There are a whole lot of ingredients that go into a happy junior parkrun, and it seems that we managed to have all of those ingredients today. I hope you enjoyed yourselves - I definitely saw a whole lot of quick legs and eager beavers this morning. I don't think I've ever been deafened as much as today when you all yelled back 'morning!' to me! Top work Team Gedling juniors! You rock!

Hope you have a lovely week ahead, enjoying those deliciously long summer holidays with your families. We'll see you again next Sunday.

Happy running!

Sarah

 

Event 65 – 30th July 2017

Phewie!  I've got my cuppa cha.  I've got myself a spot on the sofa.  It can only mean one thing... another junior parkrunday has whizzed by and the run report is waiting to be written!  And what a morning it was!  44 runners... 9 first timers (welcome to our beautiful hills!)... and a couple of handfuls of personal bests.  We had... *takes deep breath*... Joseph, Sylvie, Maddie, Ellie, Dylan, Sam, Lola, Marlow, Charlie and Niamh running their fastest Gedling juniors... and all with a super smile of satisfaction at the end.  Well done all of you!

Another big well done and thank you to our hi-vis heroes this morning.  

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We were a bit short on volunteers this morning, but thanks to Jonathan and Peter doubling up on roles and Jon stepping in to time keep at the last minute (feel the power of the stop watch, Jon!!) we got our lovely show on the road.

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Thanks to Kelly and Jon on the stop watches; Wayne, Amanda, Pete, Sarah, Sam, Peter, Jayne and Rob high fiving and marshalling the mountains; Jonathan and James on barcode bipping duty; Orla and Zoe (who won parkrun bingo this week!) on finish funnel fun; Debbie making sure everyone got round safely with some fabulous tail walking and Fleur doing a terrific warm up as usual!  

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Oh, and there was me, Sarah, run directing and getting tangled up in the 'far too large' run director vest!

A big Gedling juniors' round of applause for Jacob who earned his marathon wristband with us this morning - that's 21 junior parkruns done.. and 26 miles altogether!!  Wow!  

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As ever, if you know you're due a milestone wristband, do give the run director a shout before we get started so we can present you with your wristband and get you a huge clap for being so awesome!  It's 11 runs for a half marathon, 21 for a marathon and 50 for an ultra marathon band.

We know lots of you are off on your holidays soon, so have a lovely time and we can't wait to have you back with us!  Our volunteer roster is looking just a tad bare during August, so if you're around then come slip on the hi-vis of happiness and we'd love to have you along for the ride.  Just let Olivia, our volunteer co-ordinator know via Facebook or email and the magic will happen!

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Hope you all have a great week.  You did a fabulous job of running today - I hope you all feel proud of yourselves!  

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See you next Sunday!!

Sarah

 

Event 62 – July 9th 2017

We love waking up on a Sunday morning when the weather is perfect for getting on to the hills of Gedling Country Park to set up the course and welcome everyone to Gedling junior parkrun...and this morning didn't disappoint!

57 juniors thought exactly the same and joined us to run, jog, skip and walk their way around the 2km course to reach the finish funnel and get their barcodes scanned.  This week we had an amazing 10 personal best times and were joined by 7 first timers, a big welcome to you and we hope to see you again.

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There was one junior reaching their milestone this week, well done Noah for completing 11 runs and earning your half marathon wristband!  Don't forget to tell the run director when you reach your 11th (half marathon) 21st (marathon) and 50th (ultra marathon) runs so we can award you with your well earned wristbands.

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As always, I must mention the fabulous hi-vis wearing volunteers who make it all happen.  Peter and Jack were in charge of timekeeping, Peter, Jonathan, Wayne, Samantha, Ray, Elizabeth, Jenny, Sarah and Kelly marshalled brilliantly, Orla and Christopher were on barcode scanners beeping everyone in helped by Naomi with the clipboard, Debra looked after everyone managing the funnel, Yasmin handed out tokens with Tabitha as token support, Nicola followed you all around the course as a newly named tail walker, Fleur ran the warm up and Olivia wore the run director vest...phew what a list!

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Well that's all for now.  Just a reminder that we will run throughout the holidays because we love junior parkrun so if you are free to help out, just let us know at gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com  or visit our facebook page.

Time to hand over to Tamsin who will guide you safely through the 63rd junior event!

 

Event 60 – 25th June 2017

Wow! Junior parkrun was short but oh so sweet this morning as 50 of you ran round our hills in super quick time! 8 Personal Bests - and our first three finishers all managing to bag themselves a PB which was really fabulous to see.

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A massive thank you needs to be said to our volunteers this morning. Not only did they give their time for free but they chatted, high-fived, cheered and laughed their way through parkrun. It's such a great atmosphere to be part of - I'm a lucky old me to be part of that!

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So, who did what? Well, we had Jack and Shaun concentrating on the stop watches; Kel, Allan, Pete, Jonathan, Wayne, Zoe, Ray, Christopher, Ian, Jo and Tom (thank you for your last minute volunteering, Tom! An extra pair of hands is always appreciated) out and about marshalling the mountains; Nicola and Jenny beeping barcodes; Martin and James (the chaos twins) on finish funnel duty; Sue tail running and making sure our little legs got round safely; and lastly me, Sarah, brandishing the clipboard and megaphone and making sure the wheels didn't fall off!

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I know I'm always asking for volunteers... so I won't do that this week. Okay, that was a lie. Of course I'm going to ask for more volunteers! Just give Olivia, our fabulous volunteer co-ordinator and all round top sort, a shout and she'll get you added to the roster quick smart!

Talking of fabulous people - congratulations to our new wristband holders. Tabitha did her 21st run and earned her marathon wristband as did Logan, while Noah earned his half marathon wristband. Congratulations team! Don't forget to print your certificates from your parkrun profile page! If any of our brilliant runners have reached a milestone (11 runs for half marathon wristband, 21 runs for a marathon wristband; 50 runs for an ultra marathon band) and haven't yet had their wristband, just chat to the run director and they'll make sure you get one!

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Rightie ho! Think that's me just about done for another week. Enjoy what's left of the weekend - you've already been awesome today by coming to parkrun, so give yourselves a well earned pat on the back!

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Helen is driving the Gedling junior parkrun bus next week. Hold on tight until then and happy running all!

Sarah

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