Event #142 – 24 February 2019 – the one with all the fog

It was an faintly apocalyptic start to the junior park run this week with a fog that promised to burn off any minute but kept returning.  At one point Kelly could see Richard - next moment she couldn't!!!  Richard has posted some much better photos on our facebook page.


As ever we had a fabulous volunteer team of Alice, Charlie, Esther, Ewan, Helen, James, Joanne, Kelly, Kevin, Linda, Matthew, Nicola, Richard, Sammy, Tamsin, Tom and Zoe.  It takes a lot of volunteers to make sure everyone can run safely and it's a fab way to kick off your Sunday - if you're up for giving it a go do please contact the lovely Sarah on gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com








We had some wristbands to give out this week with Alex getting her half marathon and Anya getting her marathon wrist band - well done girls!!!!


We also seemed to have a lot of teddies and cuddly toys in attendance this week.  Here is Jude and Martha with Stanley the bear who was spending time away from drama club to see what people got up to during the half term.  well done for getting all the way round Stanley!


Another fabulous morning.  Just a couple of quick reminders - please don't bring dogs with you some of our runners are really quite afraid of them, please don't take tokens home with you - I know they make a lovely souvenir but if you make sure you bring your barcode seeing your/your child's time is even better.  And finally please make sure your children understand this is a friendly event - it's not a competitive event and we expect kindness and patience from all our finishers!

That's all folks - see you soon - Peter from another park run will be with you this week - please be gentle!!


Event 141: 17th February

I think I may have mentioned before but I love parkrun!! It was a genuinely joyful experience on Sunday morning when 75 exceptionally motivated youngsters took a run around our lovely park after Sammy, Ewan and Louis warmed you up.

At least 11 runners were first timers to the world of parkrun and in fact there were a couple more who hadn't printed off their barcode. We hope you felt welcome and we look forward to seeing you again. There were 17 shiny New PBs so the warmer weather and lack of rain must have helped!

There have been a few changes with our email accounts and the way we store and share photographs. This is mainly just causing brain ache for the run directors whilst we work out how to embed photos in to these news reports. I think I've managed it but they might be a bit big!

And I can't quite work out how to get the volunteer photo in the right place but please pass on your thanks to this weeks excellent volunteers: Sharon ASTILL, Frances ASTILL, Louis ASTILL, Julie BRIDGES, Kevin ELTOFT-PREST, Tom ENGLAND, John ENGLAND, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Louis JAMSON, Sammy KING, Ian MARSHALL, Matthew MARSHALL, Tamsin MILLNS, Kelly MORPHUS, Bo NOWICKI, Joanne TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Alice TOWNEND, Ewan WANE, Mary WEATHERALL, Julie WEBSTER, Madeleine WELLS 

[I might have actually managed a photo too now...]

Did you know that 2 of our Marshals were made for the job given that their surnames are Marshall! If you are also born to be a volunteer, please get in touch at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com and we'll get you added on.  Full training is provided and its really good fun - honest!

Jenny will be in the blue and white next week so I'll hand over to her for now!

Happy parkrunning! Tamsin x




Event 140: 10th of February 2019.

Wet. That's what we were! Wet.

It was the soggiest Sunday morning for quite a while today, but that did not stop 35 brave and determined junior parkrunners turning up and tackling the elements and the hills of Gedling. A massive well done to all of you and also to those adults who were responsible for getting you to and from the park.

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Despite the conditions, a fantastic thirteen of you somehow managed to record your fastest ever time, congratulations all of you. It's not all about speed though, today we welcomed four of you who were absolutely brand to junior parkrun. Welcome Grace, Riley, Joseph and Adam, we hope to see you all again very soon.

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We had a couple of juniors picking up their first wristbands today, both Ravi and Ada are now very proud owners of their half-marathon bands. Well done you two, keep on coming and you will soon get your marathon and ultra-marathon bands.

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There was a fine selection of umbrellas on show today too, helping to keep your marshals as dry as possible. We wouldn't be able to get this event up and running without the lovely volunteers and we are always on the look out for more happy helpers, willing to join to group. If you fancy it, just let your Run Director know, or drop us an email. Please note that the email address will change tomorrow (11 Feb 19) to gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com

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That's it from me. Tamsin takes the reins next week and I know she is looking forward to it.

See you soon, Jonathan. #loveparkrun


Event 137: The one with the token panic!

One of the most beautiful sunrises that I have seen in a very long time was waiting for us on arrival at Gedling Country Park this morning. This is just one of the reasons that we love this place, add this to the wonderful sound of 64 excited junior parkrunners on the start line and ready to go and I can think of nowhere I would rather be on a Sunday morning. Just look at that view! Thank you to Richard for capturing a marvelous photograph.

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After a year or so of being a Run Director, I'm finally getting some of your names into my head! I will never complain about having to learn new ones though, so today it was just lovely to see so many of you turn out for your very first junior parkrun; Fleur, David, Jasper, Beatrice, Harry, Lauren, Martha and Gabriel, I hope that you enjoyed yourself this morning, It will be great to see you on the hills again very soon. Despite the chill in the air, a tremendous 13 of you managed to record your best time around the course, well done all of you and to everyone who got up and down the hills.

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After a very thorough warm-up, led by Sammy and Louis, it was time to go and 64 pairs of little legs thundered down to the dip. While that was happening, the rest of us made our way up to the finish line and got ready to welcome all of our juniors back in. Normally this is a very quiet time where we try to guess who we will see coming around the corner first, today was a little different! I'm not going to name any names, but somehow every single one of the finish tokens ended up on the floor, making a very interesting but stress inducing pattern on the pavement! This is when the famous Gedling team spirit kicked in and with the help of a couple of emergency volunteers, we managed to get everything picked up and in order before Finn appeared and sped his way through the finish funnel. Extra special thanks to Katrina, Jon and Finn's Dad for slowing down my heart rate!

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On that note, it's time to thank all of our volunteers. It's only because this lot turn up that we are able to line the route, hand out high-fives and make sure that you all get around safely. If any of you fancy giving the high-viz a go one week, then please do. All of the roles are fun and you'll be looked after from start to finish. go on, give it a try, you know it makes sense. Drop us an email or message us through our Facebook page and we'll get you on the roster.

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Next week Tamsin will be your Run Director, I hope she has as much fun as I did today! See you all very soon.

Jonathan. #loveparkrun


Event 136 – we finished before it rained!!!

The clouds over Gedling were ominous as we were setting off but this didn't stop a magnificent 78 of you coming along to take part this week, 8 of you who did your first ever parkrun!!!  We set ourselves the challenge (or rather we crossed our fingers) that we'd be all packed up by the time the black clouds in the distance turned into actual rain.....



We had a top team of volunteers this week of Jonathan, Joanne, Zoe, Sharon, Louis A, Frances, Susanne, Finn, Nicola, Tom, John, Emma, Eveline, Nick, Oliver, Louis J, Sammy, Richard, Madeleine, Kelly and Ewan.  Many of this team are regulars and they get themselves up onto the hills of Gedling of a Sunday come rain or shine to cheer and high five and make sure we can go ahead each week.  It really is great fun and if you would like to take part please email gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com and sign up!!


Everyone obviously had the same idea about getting finished before the rain set in as we had a brilliant 8 PBs too, I'm sure Ewan, Sammy and Louis' brilliant warm up also helped!!!



Thanks for making it such a great morning everyone, just two quick reminders, some of the children who come along don't like dogs so please don't bring them to the event unless they are assistance dogs and also children don't need their barcode until they exit the funnel so parents please could you not follow children down the funnel with their barcode it makes life tricky for the timekeepers.


Event 135 – Hello 2019!!!

Well it was a chilly start to the day (not sure why I’m surprised given it’s January) but we had an AMAZING turn out of volunteers. We had people on marshall points left right and centre and even invented a new one! We even had to pinch Hi-Vis tops from the 5k. This is a really unusual scenario though so please continue to volunteer by emailing gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com to make sure every week is really successful.

944C844D-687F-489A-BE59-29AA1733E817It was a good job we had so many people as we also had a storming turnout of runners with 67 people, 16 first timers and 9 PBs! What a way to start the year. Well done everyone. You definitely kept Frances, Louis J, Louis A, Zoe, Ewan, Yasmin and Sammy on the toes at the funnel – Zoe and Louis A did a particularly fine job of timekeeping given their fingers were frozen and I forgot to tell new parents not to go down the funnel!


We also had three milestones Tallyn and Imogen getting their half marathon wrist bands (11 runs) and Alana getting her marathon band (21 runs) – please let the run director know if you are doing a wrist band run and we can all give you a big round of applause.

4D82E6E5-FEDE-44CB-87DB-B12CB1E4EB99We also had the amazing marshalling team of Sharon, Susanne, Charlie, Heather, John, Tom, Nick. Oliver, Fiona, Mike, Helen, Joanne, Jon and Finn. Finn usually does the run so was very diligent on making sure the out and back was in just the right place! Nicola made sure everyone got home as tail walker. Thanks too to Louis, Ewan and Sammy for a very energetic warm up!



Parkrun is a great way to get started on a Sunday morning with a bit of fresh air – and the air is always ‘fresh’ in Gedling – although sometimes it comes in a bit too sideways! Hope to see you on the hills soon….


Event 123 – the last one this year!

Another year draws to a close... and since we're on New Year's Eve Eve, it's the last junior parkrun of the year too. Hasn't the time whizzed by? All those kilometres run, all those personal bests, all those wristbands given out, welcoming lots of new runners, having so many wonderful volunteers, getting some more new Run Directors and having the brilliant support of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. Fantastic!


As ever, our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers did us proud and I think that Yasmin did a particularly good job of RD-ing with me this morning. She's very nearly finished her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and has been superb at juniors in all the roles she's taken on. We hope she won't leave us entirely once she's completed her award, but from the core team to you, Yasmin - thank you so much!


Volunteering today, we had Kel and Sammy beeping everyone in with the stopwatches Jon, Emma, Jenny, Fiona, Matthew (and Jonah!), John, Michael, Jane, Thomas, Sam and Rob high fiving everyone around the course... Zoe and Joanne bipping barcodes (only 2 people forgot theirs today - great work guys... I wonder if we can get everyone to remember their barcodes for next week?)... Ewan and Louis managing the finish funnel, Nic tail walking and Felix sorting out the tokens at the end of the morning... plus Yasmine and me, Sarah, Run Directing. You all did a fantastic job so thank you for that!


If anyone else would like to try their hand at volunteering while their little ones ran juniors, do give our volunteer co-ordinator team know \ post on our Facebook page and we'll pop your name down. It honestly is so much fun to cheer and support our runners all around the course - and even using the stop watches is dead simple too - we'll make sure we talk you through what you need to do and I promise it's much easier than you might think.


It was also fantastic to see 35 runners today. We know how hard it is to get out of bed when it's dark out there and there are Christmas toys to be played with... but with 6 personal bests racked up today (great work Charlie, Miriam, Fearn, Martha, Lauren and Daniel!), all those Christmas choccies don't seem to have slowed up those running legs of all of you!


Welcome also to our brand new parkrunners, William and Emily hope to see you again soon!

All that's left to be said is thank you for sharing your awesomeness with us this year, we'll see you on Jan 6th next year and be excited to see you as ever!


Happy New Year and happy running!!


PS Bobble Hat of the Day award goes to...


Event 132: December 16th 2018. Chilly.

When I sit at home after a Gedling junior parkrun and I have to think about what to write in my run report, it is sometimes difficult to come up with something that is a little different from every other week. This week I have decided to pick up on something that never changes from one event to the next. That is the spirit of teamwork, community and general fantastic attitude that everybody involved in these junior events shows every time they turn up.

Whether you are there to run, jog or walk around our beautiful course, put on the hi-viz and dish out high fives or you're a grown up who comes along to support a junior parkrunner, we couldn't put on the show that we do without any of you. So right at the very start of the report, I would just like to say thank you to you all.

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You don't need me to remind you that it's winter now, and with that comes the usual list of problems when it comes to junior parkrun. After a course inspection was carried out today, we decided to give it a go. I was a little slippy in places, but a couple of our volunteers volunteered to double up on their roles and they made sure that all of our juniors were guided around the icy bits with great care. Thank you to Laura and Martyn for their extra effort, it made all the difference. All of our hi-viz heroes, Ian, John, George, Frances, Louis A, Ewan, Louis J, Joanne, Zoe, Nick, Oliver, Sharon, Yasmin and Sammy deserved their round of applause today.

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A grand total of 23 hardy souls made it around the course today and EVERYONE had their barcodes with them. It was great to see so many of you turn up and just wonderful that without exception, everyone seemed to go around with a big cheesy grin on their faces. What a brilliant way to start a Sunday! Despite the chill in the air, five of you even managed to zoom around in your fastest time ever, I suppose that's one way to keep warm!

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Next week is the last Gedling junior parkrun before Christmas day. Helen will be your Run Director and I know that she is looking forward to seeing you all. Please feel free to wear a festive jumper, hat, gloves, whatever you want to be a little bit Christmassy!

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So, until next week, it's bye from me. I'm off to dig out my reindeer antlers.

See you at the start line, Jonathan. #loveparkrun


#131 – 9th December 2018

After what seemed like a week of never ending rain, the sun came out in time to welcome 32 runners and their families to Gedling Country Park.

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It was another celebration as we welcomed the 3rd member of the 100 club to our #parkrunfamily. Charlie has run 96 of his 100 runs at Gedling meaning he has rarely missed an opportunity to speed round the course. And today he was rewarded with a first finisher slot as well as a slice of this fantastic cake which he shared with us all, thank you!


There were a whopping 10 PBs on Sunday, that's almost a third of the field running faster than they ever have before, congratulations to you all. And for the first time in a long time, every runner had done our course at least once before. In fact, the average number or runs per finisher at Gedling is 7.3 although this Sunday over 2 thirds of you have already earned at least one wristband.

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The last of my stats for today's report is that since we started in 2016, a total of 948 individual runners have completed the course at Gedling. I think I speak for the whole core team when I say how proud we all are of the amount of people who have been touched by our little event. Sarah, Helen and I have been involved since the beginning and we have now welcomed Jonathan and Jenny to the RD team as well as being supported by our friends at Gedling parkrun. We also have some fantastic regular volunteers who we rely on heavily to put on the parkrun magic so from me, thank you!

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After the run on Sunday we went down to the Willowbrook for some refresher training. If you'd like to get a bit more involved, please just shout up and we can pass your a high vis!

On Sunday 16th Jonathan will be taking the reigns and then next week, Sunday 23rd will be our Christmas themed run, come as a reindeer, christmas tree, angel, father christmas, turkey or whatever takes your fancy!



Event 130 – the one where Sarah returned

A dull and miserable start to a Sunday morning. The hills were missing the sunshine today, but that didn't stop you coming to join us - hooray! We did witness a rainbow too so that’s a lovely sight to see.

We arrived at 8.15 to get the show on the road. We had one missing spot this morning but thank you to Ian arriving we had a full roster so thank you very much to our wonderful volunteers!


So we had Ian and Louis timing you through finishing line. Our lovely Marshals giving high five were Lindsey, Michele, Rob, Sam, Karen, Alice, Esther, James, Jonah, Tom and Kel. Team working the finishing area we had Ewan and Louis giving out the finishing tokens, barcode scanning you in were our brother and sister team Yasmin and Sammy. Nicola and Kitty ensured everyone got back safely as our tail walkers, Then there was me, Sarah in the Run Director vest - for the first time in a while - properly complaining it was too cold, but wearing a Christmas jumper to make up for the whinging!


There’s always room on the roster to volunteer so if any parents are free in the next few weeks please email in to juniors head office - gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com. We would very much appreciate it. We've also got a meeting next week after parkrun for anyone who's interested in getting a bit more involved and might be interested in roles such as volunteer coordinator or Run Director... full training would be provided and we'd love to have you join us!


43 of you tackled our course this morning. That’s a great turnout. There were two newbies to our wonderful course this morning so a huge Gedling juniors' welcome to Harry and Frieda. We hope you will join us again soon.

The weather must have helped because 5 off you achieved personal bests. That’s brilliant well done guys. Every single one of you ran your socks off this morning and it was lovely to see. Especially so many smiley faces who'd earned themselves plenty of high fives as they ran round the course.


We love hearing everyone’s stories of success and milestones so don’t forget if you think you're due your wristbands shout up to the Run Director on the day. Remember it's 11 runs for a half marathon wristband, 21 runs for a marathon band and 50 for an ultra marathon band. When you get to 100, you'll have a certificate to show off and lots of cheers from us all for such an amazing achievement!

We hear that there will be cake next week as Charlie joins the 100th junior parkrun. So if you love cake and running... we are definitely the place to be on Sunday.

Have a lovely week.

Happy Running Sarah x

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