Event 175 – 13th October 2018

Wow what a windy morning on mount Gedling, but what was crazier was it was a fairly warm parkrun considering we are 13 days into October. So Saturday we had 109 of you that ran, jogged and walked our lovely course in extra windy conditions thrown in too. That didn't stop 12 newbies to Gedling and the wind must off helped a few off you as there was 8 personal best, unfortunately we didn't have the Pb bell out this morning because after our gazebo blow away to Mr Sullivans sadness,( we didn't laugh honest, Ok maybe Ruth did a little) we decided it was safer without tables blowing in the air too.

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Volunteers arrived swiftly at 8.15 and had a bit of a gym work out trying to ensure the signs, finishing tunnel all stayed in there right places without taking off like Mary  Poppins. A massive shout out to everyone who has volunteered without them, Gedling wouldn't go ahead. We had Kel and David timing you in.Claire ensuring the funnel was managed and in order with Dawn giving you your finishing tokens. Ian and June beep you in on the scanners, with the help of Gaz who was in charge of the clipboard. Marshalling around the course we had Caroline, Maureen and Hilary. Making sure everyone was back safely we had Sarah and Ruth tail walking you home. First time briefing was undertaken by Jenny. Then you had me Sarah getting back into the Run director vest and not moaning yet about how cold it is.....

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There are plenty of spaces on the roster going into the next few weeks, so if you could spare one week off no park running and volunteering instead that would be fab. Its super easy and full training will be given.You could be injured, resting ready for a big race whatever the circumstances Gedling would love for your help and it would make our Volunteer Coordinator Denise's job a little easier. So email in to Gedling office if you can assist.

After we had packed up, we headed back to the willow brook for tea and breakfast. Results were process without any errors and no missing tokens is always a happy smile on team Gedling's faces. A massive thank you to Ryan who made a special trip down to the pub with his dad to sort the tokens out. We really appreciate it. Also alongside Ryan we had the Noble brothers who gave a lending hand too. Thanks Juniors.

That is all for this week, so ill be handing over the vest to Helen.

Happy running Sarah x.



Christmas and New Years Day parkruns

As we move into October, it's time we gave you an update on our plans for Christmas Day and New Years Day. These are classed as special events where you are able to parkrun on a day other than a Saturday

Christmas Day - Gedling parkrun will not be hosting a special event, however, as in previous years other local events may decide to host an event. Keep an eye out on the Christmas Compendium closer to the time to find out which events are doing one.

New Years Day - Gedling parkrun will be hosting a special event, starting at 9:00 am sharp.
We have gained permission from Gedling Borough Council to host this event, but please note at this stage that it is unlikely the toilets or cafe will be open. If this changes closer to the time we will let you know.

New Years Day is the only day in the parkrun world where you are able to log two runs within one day. At the time of writing, Colwick are going to host an event at 10:30, so there is a good chance of you getting two runs in should you wish. Other events may also declare a run closer to the time, so again please look at the Christmas Compendium.

If you don't feel like running on New Years Day, we will of course need a full compliment of volunteers to make the event happen, plus a few extra barcode scanners to keep the queues down so people can get off to Colwick on time. If you want to volunteer, please let us know when you can.

We will share more information with you closer to the time.

Happy park running!



Event 173 29th September 2018

What a lovely sunny morning on mount Gedling and a very impressive turn out, 176 ran, jogged and walked our course. We wasn't expecting that which showed in our parkrun  bingo this morning ( Simon was our closest guess 165 and our highest figure by far). We had 47 first timers and 25 of you recorded personal bests, that is fantastic. Though I am sure I didn't hear the bell ring that many times so ensure you ring that bell and celebrate your successes with us. We had many tourists today making the most of forest being closed due to goose fair. We also welcomed Newark Striders who were on there tour and Rushcliffe Athletic who had decided to run Gedling and then have there hill training session afterwards. Welcome all.


We arrived at 8.15 and the volunteer team had set up and were enjoying the sun. A massive thank you to our volunteers this week. I know we say it all the time but without them we wouldn't be able to make Saturday work. We had Emma doing the first time briefing. Dominic and Harvey timing you guys through the finishing line, Caroline and Chris beeped you with there barcode scanners. Steve manage the funnel, while Jenny gave out tokens. Simon, Ruby and Emma ensured you didn't get lost on the course. Our regulars may have noticed we were down on a marshal this morning but they will be more next week. Sorry the last push support wasn't there. Finally we had Rachel with her two boys, Katie and Jackie ensuring you all got back safely. Thank you team. Also a big thank you Cath for stepping in after her run to write down barcodes which wouldn't scan. Jenny also took the megaphone to do run brief  as she prepares to join the Gedling core team. Then me Kel in the run leader vest not really doing much as i had a great team this morning. 42854238_940333076159113_1763236580706746368_n

We welcomed Claire Fletcher to the 50th club, 41 being here on mount Gedling, Also Lois Webb who we didn't realise was doing her 50th until after the brief but a massive well done with 49th being at Gedling. You must love those hills. We look forward to seeing those red tops. 42742608_685887965114785_9078507703403282432_n

While we are on celebrating, There is our top three today they were Graham Muffatt who was first and got himself a Pb, Maya Todd who was our first female through in second place and also gained the female course record for Gedling this morning with a very impressive time off 18.58 and then we had Matt Renshaw in third and he also achieved a Pb.Well done to all our runners this morning, just getting out and getting those trainers on is a fab start to the day.


After a lovely morning we headed off to the willow brook to process the results, We left Jayne in charge off sorting the tokens, something tells me she wont volunteer to do it again, someone who deals with numbers daily, made token sorting look like the hardest job in the world. A small technical issue with double data and no core Gedling team available due to commitments i wasn't sure if the result would be making there way to you so a massive thank you to Abi Cast for explaining what i needed to do. It was very much appreciated. 42766339_603864980011001_2072204484892688384_n

That's all for this week, hopefully the weather will be kind next week when Nickesh is back from his jollies and will be wearing the run director vest.

Happy running Kel


Event 172 – 22nd September 2018

Well what an event that was. A rookie Run Director, parkrun Ambassadors everywhere you turned, tourists from around the UK and George’s 100th parkrun marking the start of his new adventures as he leaves for university. It was an emotional one and there was cake!

Thanks to all the volunteers that made this event happen, you know we couldn’t do it without you:

We had a pre-run course check carried out by Adam & Lewis SCRIMSHAW who removed branches fallen after the winds on Saturday. Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD started us off with a thorough First Timers Briefing. We had a strong NWR contingent on parade with self-professed “dream teams” on timing & scanning – Julie BRIDGES, Kelly MORPHUS, Jo SULLIVAN & Nic WALTERS backed up by an equally strong funnel team of Marianne BURFORD & Stephen WELLS. Out on the course we had marshalling from Helen SWARBROOKE & Nikki DIXON & her Chief Marshal Lily GREENWOOD. Top of the zig-zag we had the TAYLOR family supporting Phoebe on her DofE volunteering. They had never been to Gedling Country Park but were guest volunteers from Brierley Forest parkrun. Thank you all for making the trip.  Bringing the runners safely home were Liz SPINKS & Maureen LIMB with their four -legged friends. Run photos & report writing brought to you by Claire FLETCHER. Then there’s me, Emma OTTWAY, making my Run Director debut on a rather terrifying weekend!

Chris, Lesley & Phoebe TAYLOR – your zig-zag crew

Tourists aplenty came to sample our hills (although the visiting Welsh contingent claimed they were only English hills not Welsh ones so were ‘easy’!). Great to see so much apricot on the course.
George's 100th parkrun

Visitors from Bristol, Burnham, Colwick, Hanley, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Markeaton, Newark & Northampton, Newport & Penallta in Wales to name a few all made it around the undulating course, many with smiling faces at the end too!

After suitably embarrassing George with some vital stats we got under way, balloon & all.


One of our bar code scanners got a bit excited when she spied an oversized bar code…. The lineage must’ve been out because it didn’t scan.

A fantastic 174 runners, walkers & tail waggers took to the hills with our first finisher this week being Darren POTTER in 17:28. Our first female finisher was Natalie CRAWFORD in 22:44.

A fabulous 34 of you recorded PB’s. Well done on your achievement. Don’t forget to ring that bell & ring it with pride if you get a PB (or even if you think you might have!). IMG_0927(1)

If anyone mistakenly took finish tokens number 59 & 74 home with them as a souvenir could you bring them along with you the next time you visit Mount Gedling.

Breakfast at the Willowbrook was a busy one with orders being shouted across the room but eventually everyone got their food, finish tokens were sorted, results processed & lots of satisfied customers sat happily catching up, chatting, eating & playing games.

I hope you all enjoyed your parkrun with us & our visitors will return when next in the area.

There are plenty of photos on the Gedling parkrun Flickr page so please take a look at your leisure  https://www.flickr.com/groups/gedling-parkrun/pool/

It just remains for me to say a massive thank you for all your kind comments & support on my debut RD shift & to wish George all the best in his University years. We hope to see you at Mount Gedling in the holidays – students have so many nowadays! George's 100th parkrun
Over to Kelly, your RD next week


Event 171 – 15th September 2018

We had fantastic conditions last Saturday up at Gedling and were greeted by a lovely sunny day and a very splendid 127 runners arrived including 10 first timers to Gedling.

Thanks to the volunteers who made event 171 happen: Claire and June managing the funnel; Dave, Kev & Maureen were your marshals; Paula and Max Banbury were timekeeping; Kel helped set-up; Sarah HF gave a excellent first timers' brief; Tom and Jim were barcode scanning; Sarah Tyler and Ruth were tail walker and let's not forget Kath and Jo who sorted the tokens in the pub afterwards.

Here they are looking resplendent in hi-vis jackets:


It was a special day for me, personally, as I clocked up my 100th week of volunteering.


Kelly, very kindly, made some cake for everyone- unfortunately for me there was not as much left as I hoped


On the running side of things- an amazing 20 pbs were recorded including that of Marlon with the amazing time of 17:38 who is pictured below ringing the bell


Well that's about it from me so until next week when Emma dons the rd vest for the first time...

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