Event number 124. 21st October 2018.

After the dismal weather conditions of last week, it was lovely to be in the park today. Bright sunshine, smiles and a bumper turn-out of 67 junior athletes made Gedling junior parkrun number 124 a fantastic event.

It was great to see another seven brand new parkrunners today, we welcomed Beth, Ella, Alex, Arthur, Bea, Dylan and Noah to our glorious hills for the very first time. I really hope that you all come back for another try very soon.

Thirteen might be a number that is unlucky for some, but that's how many of you managed to get around the route quicker than you ever have before. Well done to all of you, there were a lot of very speedy finishes today, that might explain why my photographs are all a bit blurred!

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The volunteer roster was full this morning, but up to yesterday evening, it still had a few gaps. If anybody would like grab a hi-viz jacket and try it on for size, just drop us an email or have a word with the Run Director. All the jobs are nice and easy and you don't have to turn up every week, just when you can. Go on, give it a go.

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I always say thank you to our parkrunners and volunteers, if either didn't show up, there just wouldn't be a junior parkrun. However, I very rarely say thank you to the parents, guardians and all the other grown-ups who manage to get their youngsters to the start line. Whether you complete the course yourself or hang around cheering and clapping at the finish, thank you, your efforts don't go un-noticed.

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Please remember to bring your own printed barcode with you. We cannot give you a recorded time against your name if we can't scan you in.

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Next week sees Helen take the reins as your Run Director. See you on the hills, have a great week.

Jonathan. #loveparkrun

 

Event 122 & 123 – Double the fun!

I find myself sitting down with a cup of tea, a grumpy ginger cat and a MASSIVE slice of cake, desperately trying to dry off after a tremendous but oh so wet junior parkrun this morning. But first, let me tell you about what we got up to last Sunday, which was a very different day!

Event 122: 7th October. Last weekend was crisp, bright and very sunny. Because of the cancellations at Rushcliffe and Forest Rec junior parkruns, we had a grand total of 15 first timers to the rolling hills of Gedling in amongst the 47 finishers. It was wonderful to see so many new faces joining forces with our seasoned veterans, welcome one and all! Please come back again soon. We had a magnificent seven of you going quicker than ever before, so a huge well done and an online high-five from me.

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The usual band of happy volunteers turned up and made sure that every one got around safely, I'll do a roll-call a little bit further down the page, but it was also great to be joined by a couple of marshals making the trip from the cancelled runs. If anybody fancies looking gorgeous in the hi-viz, then please let us know, we are always very happy for new faces to come and take part. All of the roles are simple enough for even me to do, you'll get a full briefing and I guarantee that you will enjoy your Sunday morning as much as I do.

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Thank you to Helen for taking this wonderful picture from the bottom of the first hill. Doesn't our park look fantastic?

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Moving forward through time, we get to Event 123: 14th October. I woke up this morning to the sound of rain blowing against the bedroom window. Not a great start, but if there is something that gets me up and motoring on any Sunday morning, it's the thought of having fun on the hills, no matter what is falling from the sky. I certainly wasn't let down today, we may have been small in number, just 20 of you braved the conditions, but we were gigantic in effort! We even had two brand new runners today, welcome to Millie and Edward, I hope you'll be back again soon. Even in the unhelpful conditions, a famous five of you managed to record your quickest time so far. That is a great effort, well done.

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If there's one thing that can always be relied on, it's the energy, enthusiasm and general cheeriness of our volunteers. It's so easy to stay in the warm comfort of your own living room on a day like today, so thank you to all for donning raincoats, wellies, hats and brollies and lining our route. Today was the day that Jenny took over the reins as Run Director too, she had to cope with a dodgy megaphone and some of the soggiest barcodes ever presented for scanning, but I think she did a top job.

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For the last two weeks, our army of volunteers has been made up of Tamsin, Frances, Finlay, Sharon, Nick, Jack, Ian, Ruth, Joanne, Julie, Helen H, Richard, Zoe, Myles, Ewan, Yasmin, Kelly, Louis A, Oliver, Jenny, Emma, Esther, Jonah, James, Helen S, Jayne, Madeleine and Louis J. A massive thank you to you all.

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Today Sammy was presented with his half-marathon wristband for completing his 11th junior parkrun, well done Sammy, doesn't he looked chuffed?

As always, I'll leave you with some of my favourite pictures of our amazing junior parkrunners from the last two events. For more photographs, just pop over to our Flickr page, your smiling face will be in there somewhere.

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I'll be your Run Director next week, I'm already looking forward to seeing you all, whatever the weather!

Jonathan #loveparkrun

 

September 23, 2018.

What a lovely morning for another edition of Gedling junior parkrun! Fresh Nottinghamshire air filled the lungs as we were setting up the course and thankfully, the rain that had been promised/threatened didn't appear.

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120 - The number of times that Gedling Country Park has echoed with the joyful noise that is our young athletes making their way up and down the hills.

3 - The amount of minutes that Ewan and Louis led the warm up. There's no better way to ensure that everybody is stretched off and ready to go. Great jumping!!

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34 - Juniors that walked, jogged or ran around the course today. Every single one of them with a huge smile on their face.

18 - Hi-viz heroes lining the course, making it a safe and happy event. Freely offering a high five, a cheer and some wonderful words of encouragement. Thank you Ewan, Zoe, Jack, Yasmin, James, Sam, Joanne, Rob, John, Oliver, Jon, Nicola, Kelly, Louis and Louis for doing what to do. If you fancy joining the team, have a chat with the Run Director on the day, or you could just drop us and email to gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com All of the jobs are pretty simple and stress-free, go on, you know you want to!

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2 - Gedling first timers. It is always fantastic to see some new faces here to pit their wits against the hills. We welcomed Alfie and Phoebe to Gedling for the first time and we hope to see you again very soon.

2 - Junior parkrun debuts. Today was the day that Mia and Amelie took part in their very first junior parkrun. It was brilliant to see you, please come back and have another go whenever you like.

1 - Half marathon wristband given away. Well done and congratulations to Micah on completing your eleventh junior parkrun today. You are on your way to the full marathon and ultra marathon bands. All you have to do is keep going through to your 22nd and 50th events and you'll have the full set to proudly show off.

6 - Half a dozen of my favourite photographs from today.

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If you want to see some more pictures (and there are plenty of them) just have a look at our Flickr page, a grin or two is guaranteed.

Next week Tamsin will be your Run Director, I know she's looking forward to it already. Have a great week folks, see you on the hills next Sunday.

Jonathan. #loveparkrun

 

Event number 118: 9th September 2018.

Each week when it's my turn to sit down and write the run report, I always think that I'll struggle to come up with the words which would accurately describe the events of that morning. I'm not sure that I need more than one word to describe today, BRILLIANT! Each of you who took part - brilliant. Every adult who was dragged along - brilliant. All of you who put on the hi-viz - brilliant!

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Today we had a wonderful turnout, 57 of you took a gamble on the forecast rain holding off for the morning and it certainly paid off. It was a terrific day for a run, jog or walk around our beautiful park, and a couple of you were doing it for the very first time, we all say a big welcome to Ravi and Rosie and hope to see you both again very soon.

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I also gave away three wristbands today, all to junior parkrunners who have completed their eleventh event, massive congratulations to Harry, James and Harriet, who all looked very pleased to have been given their half-marathon band. If you are due your wristband for completing your half-marathon, marathon or ultra-marathon, please let your Run Director know and we'll make sure that you get the wristband that you have earned.

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It's not all about the pace, but three of you managed to record a personal best time today, well done to Maisy, Joe and Betty who all knocked a few seconds off their best times. Remember that you will only get your time recorded if you bring your own, scannable barcode with you, our scanners don't work on mobile phones, so please make sure that your barcode is printed out (and not too creasy), that way you won't be disappointed.

As always, we wouldn't be able to put on the marvellous event without the lovely volunteers who give up their own time to cheer, high-five and encourage you around the course. Today, your hi-viz heroes were Effie DICKINSON • Eveline GRIFFITH • Ewan WANE • Frances ASTILL • Helen SMALLEY • Joanne TANNER • Jon POTTER • Katrina EDWARDS • Kelly MORPHUS • Louis ASTILL • Louis JAMSON • Nick HILL • Nicola DICKINSON • Oliver HILL • Richard MILLNS • Sharon ASTILL • Tamsin MILLNS • Yasmin KING • Zoe TANNER. Thank you to each and every one of you. If you fancy joining the team, just let us know. Every job is easy enough for me to do it, so nothing is too testing, you'll be fully briefed and looked after all the way. Go on, give it a go.

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I always like to finish off my reports with a few pictures of our junior parkrunners on the move. If you're not on here, have a little wander over to our Flickr group, I'm sure you'll find your smiley face in there.

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That's it for now folks, Ian is your Run Director next week. Have a BRILLIANT week and we'll see you next Sunday, happy, grinning and ready to go.

Jonathan. #loveparkrun

 

Event 114: 12th August 2018

Wow! What an awesome morning at Gedling Country Park we had. There may have been just 24 youngsters bombing round the park but that didn't make it any less eventful.

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Here is Grace who runs in the JW10 category and has just completed her 100th junior parkrun as well as having completed 50 5km parkruns! She started her junior parkrun journey at Markeaton juniors before trying out Long Eaton then Hucknall before finding Gedling parkrun. She has toured all over the country but chose to run her 100th run with us here at Gedling. By my reckoning she has completed 455 parkrun kilometres which is a truly inspirational feat! I am in awe! And she bought you lot cake and sweets?! I think we should be giving her a prize!

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And despite the rain early on, we still welcomed 5 brand new parkrunners. Jack, Jack, Alexis, Abigail and Esme, we hope to see you again soon (but please don't expect cake every time)!

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We had a visitors from Newark and the aptly named Hilly Fields parkrun in London who came in 1st and 2nd place on our fantastic course. I absolutely love the camaraderie in this photo of our 2 visitors - Well done Edward and Jake!

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There were 6 new PBs too - too much excitement for one morning!

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The volunteers had to take shelter before you arrived but the rain stopped in plenty of time for the run. Thank you for giving up your lay ins to make sure that parkrun is safe for all the participants. We welcome volunteers of all ages, so even if your youngster doesn't fancy running the hills, perhaps they'd like to come along and give the high vis a try. Everyone who completes 25 volunteer stints qualifies for a free purple milestone Tee and its surprising how quickly you can earn one. Please get in touch at gedling-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com if you can help in the next couple of weeks as we are quite short.

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Thats all from me, Tamsin, I'm handing over to Helen who'll be in charge next week.

 

Event 113: Sunday 5th August.

Today was the fiftieth time that I have been involved as a volunteer at Gedling junior parkrun. Over the last year or so, I can say that no event is like the one that came before it, or any other! Today was one of those that I will remember for a while: we had a birthday, a couple of stumbles and some international participation.

So, 39 of our finest junior athletes made it all the way around our course and four of you were having a go for the very first time, they were Gabriel, Gilbert, Emily and Joshua, hopefully you enjoyed it enough to come back for another try, well done. It's also worth noting that a grand total of twelve of you managed to shave some time off your previous best and record a new PB, that is amazing, huge congratulations.

There was runner celebrating something special today, Francesca let us all know that she was having her fifth birthday by dressing beautifully and attaching a celebration balloon to her costume! From all of us, happy birthday to you!

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As I said, 39 of you finished the course today but we started with 41. Leo and Dylan both had tumbles while they were running. The good news is that both boys had brought their grown ups with them, so with the help of our on-site first aid kit, they were both patched up. We hope you are both feeling better very soon and can come back to give the hills another go.

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As always, we cant do anything without our volunteers, today a tremendous 19 lined the route, timed and scanned you in. Thank you to Eveline, Ewan, Jack, Jenny, Joanne, Madeleine, Myles, Nick, Oliver, Richard, Rob, Ruth, Sam, Thomas, Tasmin and Zoe for all your help. I must say a MASSIVE thank you to Huw and Naoko who interupted their holiday from Hong Kong in order to volunteer today! Only another 24 times and you'll qualify for your stunning purple tee-shirt. If you can spare a few minutes on a Sunday morning, please let us know through the Facebook page, chat with a Run Director or drop an email to gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com and we'll get you on the roster.

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One of my favourite parts of the day is getting home and sorting through the photographs that have been taken. Two things always stand out, effort and enjoyment. Everybody always seems to try so hard and has a great time as they do. That is what makes me and the other volunteers come back, time after time.

Next week, your Run Director will be Tamsin, I'm sure that she is looking forward to seeing you all.

Bye for now, Jonathan. #loveparkrun

 

Event 112: Wet, windy & wonderful.

Who was expecting that? After weeks of scorching temperatures and glorious sunshine, this morning was a different story altogether. I arrived at Gedling Country Park at 8 o'clock, the car park was empty and the weather was pretty uninviting. But just 60 minutes later I had been joined by thirty of the smiliest young people, just slightly less eager adults who had been dragged along and a bevy of beautiful volunteers. It seems that whatever the weather, a junior parkrun will always give it a good go. Well done everyone.

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We all needed a warm up today, so Jack and Louis led the group with some vigorous bouncing, hopping and jogging on the spot. Also today, I handed out a couple of milestone wristbands; Abigail got her ultra marathon band for completing her 50th run and Joshua got his half marathon for completing his 11th last week, well done both of you. If any of you are due your wristbands for your 11th, 21st or 50th junior parkruns, please let me know and I'll make sure that you get a shout and your photo taken (if you want).

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Each and every junior parkrun can only take place if we have enough volunteers to cover all of the spaces and ensure that the runners are looked after. Over the next few weeks, due to the summer holiday season, we are looking a bit thin on the ground and could really do with some fresh faces to boost our numbers. If you think that you would like to help out, please speak to a Run Director, comment on our Facebook page or drop an email to gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

Your wondrous hi-viz heroes for today were Eveline, Jack, Jasper, Joanne, Jon, Katrina, Louis, Nick, Olivia, Peter, Peter, Ruth, Yasmin and Zoe. Some had been carried away on the breeze before the photo was taken...

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Today we had three brand new junior parkrunners, welcome and well done to Jack, Caitlin and Lily. we all hope that you come back again soon. Not only that, seven of you shrugged off the conditions and recorded your personal best times on the hills, Luke, Joshua, Max, Zach, Ella, James and Owen all managed to shave off a few seconds, very well done to you all.

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I'll be Run Directing again next week. It would be great to see you all again. Bring a friend, bring an adult, lets make it noisy! See you at the start line, Jonathan.

#loveparkrun

 

Event 111 – 22nd July 2018

Another warm morning saw 35 eager young people tacking the zig zags, out and backs and winding paths at Gedling Country Park. I love our varied course, and it was pointed out to me recently that when you look at it on a map, it looks a bit like an elephant. HAs anyone else ever noticed that?

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The slightly cooler start to this Sunday suited over a third of you to speed away to a PB, well done all of you!

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As always our volunteers were there bright and early to set up the course, remove the dog poo (oh, the glamour!) and make sure the run was put on safely for you. Our youngest volunteer Jonah managed incredibly well with the only working scanner. We have asked head office for a new one as we've managed to wear one out after over two years of beeping!

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Molly received her half marathon wristband and according to the results, Eddie is due his too so please make yourself known to Jonathan next week.

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We tried a different pose for the volunteer photo this week, thank you to
Linda, Charlie, James, Eveline, Nick, Oliver, Tony, Jack, Richard, Kelly, James, Jonah, Joanne, Zoe, Jonathan, Thomas and Ewan for all your help.

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That's me for a week, I'm off to cool down in Portugal and Jonathan will look after you on Sunday

Tamsin

 

Event 110. Sunday 15th July 2018.

I thought that last Sunday would be the warmest Gedling junior parkrun of the year, but it turns out that I was wrong! In what seems to be a never-ending summer, I was, as I always am, genuinely delighted to see so many of you turn up and have a go at our hills when there are so many more tempting options.

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I mean, if you had given and stayed in bed, you'd never have seen James catching himself out with the complications of the patting your head and rubbing your tummy exercise!

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Today, a wonderful 34 of you put on your trainers, gave up your Sunday morning lie-in and gave it your best shot. Amongst the group today were a magnificent seven who were experiencing junior parkrun for the very first time. A huge welcome and well done to Zoe, Haydn, Daniel, Bethany, Luke, Daniel and Levi. We hope to see you again very soon.

Despite the temperature, a few of you even managed to record your personal best times too, Maisy, Mylo, Leo, Theo, Sofia, Bobby, Sophie and Siena all managed to knock a second or two off their best efforts. It's not all about racing around though, today we had Reece and Fyfe collecting their wristbands for completing 21 junior parkruns, well done boys. Wrist bands are available when you have done 11, 21 or 50, so if you think that you're due one, please let one of the Run Directors know and we'll make sure you get some pretty funky wrist wear.

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As always, I have to say a massive thank you to our lovely volunteers. You know the score, if they didn't turn up, there wouldn't be a junior parkrun. It always amazes me just how keen people are to give up their time to help. Thank you Eveline, Ewan, James, Joanne, Kelly, Lily, Linda, Lisa, Louis, Michael, Myles, Nick, Nicola, Nikki, Oliver, Richard, Seren, Yasmin and Zoe. If you would like a go in the hi-viz, just let a Run Director know, or even email your details to gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com to get on the roster. Today, Zoe did her 25th stint in the hi-viz and has earned the right to claim a beautiful purple volunteer tee-shirt. Well done you.

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A special mention must go out today to Charlie who had a little tumble whilst out on the course. He was looked after by Nicola, our Tail Walker until his Mum arrived with some TLC and a plaster. Despite deciding not to complete the full course, Charlie was given a round of applause and a little cheer when he got back to the finish area. We hope to see you back, up and running as soon as possible.

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Have a great week folks, we look forward to seeing you on the hills of Gedling junior parkrun very soon indeed.

Bye for now, Jonathan.

 

Event 109. 8th July 2018.

At 0855 this morning, I was a little bit concerned that there would be more marshals than junior parkrunners, Gedling Country Park was pretty quiet to start off with. Where was every body? Still recovering from watching the World Cup or Wimbledon? Settling down to watch the British Grand Prix or the Tour de France? I needn't have worried, by 0900, 32 of our own sporting heroes were revved up and ready for the off.

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After a gentle warm-up led by Ewan, today's only Duke of Edinburgh volunteer, we counted down from five and the stampede started! Amongst those rushing over the line today was Reed, who collected his half-marathon wristband for completing 11 junior parkruns and Leo who was awarded his marathon wristband after his 21st last weekend.

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It's also always brilliant to see some new faces and today we welcomed five brand new junior parkrunners to our hills. Tyler, Ava, Summer, Toby and George all looked like they enjoyed themselves, we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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This week, almost all of our gang of Duke of Edinburgh volunteers were away on their expedition. I really hope that they had a great time and have lots of stories to tell. This meant that there were a few holes in the volunteer roster, however, the people of Gedling never let us down and all of the marshal points were filled with glorious hi-viz. Thank you to Eveline, Ewan, Jayne, Jenny, Joanne, Katrina, Kelly, Linda, Lisa, Michael, Nicola, Peter, Robert, Samantha, Seren and Zoe for giving up your time this morning.

If anyone would like to spend some time in the hi-viz, please let us know with an email to gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

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Thank you all, junior parkrunners, parents and volunteers for making Sunday mornings in the the park a fantastic event. Next week, Helen will have the megaphone of power, I know that see is looking forward to seeing another great turnout.

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See you at the start line, have a tremendous week. Jonathan

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