Happy birthday to us! Happy birthday to us! Happy birthday dear Gedling junior parkrun... Happy birthday to us!
I can hardly believe it but a whole year has flown by from the very first Gedling juniors and now we are 1! We had absolutely perfect weather for a birthday celebration this morning and 60 happy juniors joined us on the hills. We also had a couple of Supermen, a trio of bunny rabbits, assorted superheroes and a few princesses scattered in for good measure as we fancy dressed our way through the morning! You all looked amazing and it was fab to see how great everyone looked today.
We also had some lovely first birthday cake from Tamsin... and Nicola Dickinson baked us some yummy chocolate birthday cookies too. Mmmmm mmmm!!!
As ever, we couldn't have had a parkrun at all without our lovely volunteers - thank you to all of you for coming along this morning... you are all superstars! We had James and Evie timing everyone in... Debbie, Sue, Melanie, Helen, Pete, Peter, Libby, Ellie, Kel, Wayne and Ian marshalling the mountaines... Jo was cake monitor (precision cake cutting skills duly employed!)... Jack and Issac beeped barcodes... Yasmin and Orla managed the finish funnel, and Abi and Martin tail ran terrifically!
Fleur did another excellent warm up for us and looked brilliant in her 25 volunteer t-shirt.
I know we always thank our volunteers, but it being our birthday it's worth us saying an extra couple of thank yous, firstly to someone who works busily behind the scenes throughout the year - and that's our awesome Volunteer Co-ordinator, Olivia. Liv does an amazing job of filling the roster each week and getting our parkrun off the ground, she also run directs and does a fab job of that too. She's also squeezing in training for a marathon and regularly volunteers straight after one of her long training runs. She's fab!
Secondly a warm and fuzzy group thank you to our core team. Helen, Tamsin, Abi and Liv all share the run directing with me and make parkrun magic happen every time they put on the huge run director's vest. From setting up for parkrun at 8:15 on a Sunday morning, to battling with Flickr and the run report each week... they do an amazing job and our running community wouldn't be here were it not for them all.
And what about the running? Well, we had a really brilliant sprint to the finish from Henry and Will this morning.
We also had a fantastic 7 personal bests this morning and 5 brand new parkrunners joining us, which was ace. Gedling juniors is a run not a race... so whether it was sprinting and feeling like you're so fast you're flying... or getting the giggles as you run down one of our hills... I really hope you had as much fun as we all did for our first birthday!
So - we made it. A whole year of us. Come rain or shine we've got our trainers on and got out there. We've had milestone wristbands earned. We've had personal bests galore. And most importantly of all, we've had fun! Here's to our next year of parkrunning. Let's see where it takes us!