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Run Report: Event #268 – The beginning of spring

Spring has finally graced us with its glorious presence after several weeks of miserable weather; daffodils, snowdrops and tulips are beginning to sprout on the borders of the run - a beautiful sight to keep the runners motivated. Today’s run took place under a constant spell of warming sunshine and almost cloudless blue skies: smiles shone all round despite the brisk wind – who knows if it provided our runners with a helping hand along the way?

This week we had a grand total, an outstanding round number, of 100 runners with Jake Frain finishing first at a whopping time of 8 minutes and 11 seconds; closely followed by Sian Evans shaving his heels – only 2 seconds behind - from Wreake and Soar valley AC with a time of 8 minutes and 13 seconds and in third we had Edward Orchard from Owls AC coming in at 8 minutes and 20 seconds. A few more statistics to crunch for this week’s run are: 9 first timers, 20 personal bests and unfortunately, 5 unknown runners so make sure you remember to bring your barcodes.

We would also like to wish Alice Howlett, who came in 18th place, a very big happy 7th birthday. Well done for coming out and running on your special day. Also, a massive congratulation is in order for Jenson Cherry who has completed a total of 50 park runs and has earned his new orange wristband!

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Kia Allcock - Samuel Brough – Ian E Jennings – Iuliia Kamanets – Nicki Litte – Dave Loseby – William Loseby – Anna Maudsley – Charlotte Mitchell – Isobel Oliver – Lindsey Oliver – Malcolm Ormsby – David Ricketts – Daniel Sayles – Jaimey Shephard – Beth Tafat – Christopher George Tate – Rachel Trivett – Ian Robert Wilson – Shailee Yadav - Vijay Yadav

With thanks to Shailee Yadav for writing this!



Twas the last junior parkrun before Christmas, and 49 intrepid participants and 21 volunteers were on hand to celebrate the last Aylestone junior parkrun of 2019. There was a good turn-out of Christmas sweaters, Santa hats and the like to mark the occasion. This Christmas ornamentation were present on the children, their parents and the volunteers too. There were also home-baked Christmas biscuits and a tin of oranges, courtesy of the Tafat family.




Our first finisher was George Miles-Thompson, who runs for Hinckley Running Club. His time of 8 minutes 2 seconds was a new personal best. He was followed home two seconds later by Kyle Wells. The third finisher was Edward Orchard, of the Owls Athletic Club, who also bagged a personal best (8 minutes 12 seconds). The first lady finisher was Amelia Smith, who crossed the line having clocked 9 minutes 39 seconds.49268674296_0d7f850b79_k


There were a total of six personal bests achieved on the day. We also had two youngsters reach 11 runs, earning them a Half Marathon wristband, and one who clocked up his 21st run, earning a Marathon wristband. Congratulations to all those runners on their achievements.

For the second week running, we had no first-timers. We also had no “Unknown” runners, for the first (and only!) time in 2019. This was an early and unexpected Christmas present to the Results Processor.

Thanks to our team of volunteers on the day, without whom the event cannot be run:
Kia Allicock • Kelvin Brearley • Gavin Campbell • Benjamin Cherry • Tina Cherry • Iuliia Kamanets • Nicki Little • Vanessa Loseby • William Loseby • Anna Maudsley • Caroline Naylor • Isobel Oliver • Lindsey Oliver • David Ricketts • Daniel Sayles • Beth Tafat • Christopher George Tate • Ian Robert Wilson • Imogen Victoria Wilson • Shailee Yadav • Vijay Yadav.

In the course of Event 260, Aylestone junior parkrun passed the 20,000 runs milestone. This has been achieved by 34 other junior parkruns previously, making Aylestone number 35 worldwide. To put the distance covered (40,000 km) in perspective, the circumference of the earth, measured around the equator, is 40,075 km, whilst travelling via both poles along a pair of lines of longitude the distance is a little less, namely 40,008 km. Both these distances were passed on Sunday. Therefore, it is reasonable to say that although Phileas Fogg, in Jules Verne’s story, went Around the World in 80 days, Aylestone junior parkrun did it in 260 days! Impressive, as unlike Phileas Fogg, it was all done under our own steam, without any vehicles, vessels or balloons.


In 2019, Aylestone junior parkrun held 51 events. There were a total of 4,501 runs by 883 identified runners. A total of 229 volunteers donated their time on Sunday morning a total of 1,135 times.

Thanks to everyone for their participation and support in the last twelve months. Here’s to the next year being as successful.

(Photographs, except the earth, courtesy of Imogen Wilson.)


Aylestone junior parkrun #250 and 5th birthday!

13th October 2019

It was a big weekend for running.  Internationally the Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge impressively broke the 2 hour marathon barrier at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge event in Vienna clocking 1 hour 59 minutes 40.2 seconds, whilst at the Chicago Marathon fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei broke Paula Radcliffe’s record by completing the distance in two hours 14 minutes 4 seconds.  More locally Leicester Victoria parkrun celebrated their  200 event milestone.

Even more impressive (we’re possibly biased) than any of that was the fact that Aylestone junior parkrun celebrated its fifth anniversary during the course of Event #250.  We are the 29th junior parkrun to celebrate this anniversary, alongside Whitstable junior parkrun, and Victoria junior parkrun, Glasgow, which also started on 12th October 2014.

The day got off to an interesting start, as one of our Co-Event Directors, Helen, together with her daughter, were interviewed live on Radio Leicester’s Jo Bostock Show to explain the joy of junior parkrun.  They did a very clear and impressive job.


To mark the occasion it had been decided that a junior takeover was in order, so that the adults could eat cake unhindered. The roster was pretty well completely filled by enthusiastic young volunteers, including the key roles of Run Director, Timers, Tokens and Scanners, as well as the Course Marshals.

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Unfortunately the parkrun weather fairy rather let us down as there was continuous rain throughout the run.  Notwithstanding that, and the fact that it was half-term, in addition to our junior volunteers, we had 54 participants, including eight First Timers.  Two of these First Timers were tourists, from the Nottingham area.  Everyone ran well, given the conditions, and a total of 12 Personal Bests were recorded.

Our first finisher was Edward Wright, who was followed home by Jacob Hood, and then the first lady, who came home in third, was Siân Evans.  It was fitting that these three stalwarts of Aylestone junior parkrun were prominent on this occasion. Edward is the runner with the largest number of first finishes in the last twelve months, amassing 22, whilst Jacob has 6 in the same timeframe.  Siân has three lady’s first finishes in the last few weeks, having shown a big improvement in her time recently.  Between the three of them they have amassed over 330 runs at Aylestone.

As is traditional, there was cake to celebrate.  Thanks a lot to all the bakers, young and old, who helped produce an impressive spread on the day.


Many kudos to our volunteers on the day, both young and not quite so young, who did a magnificent job in less than ideal weather:

Alice HOWLETT  •  Benjamin CHERRY  •  Beth TAFAT  •  Caroline NAYLOR  •  Charlotte LONG  •  Charlotte MITCHELL  •  Darwin MITCHELL  •  David RICKETTS  •  Dylan WALSH  •  Edward ORCHARD  •  Erin PARRY  •  Findlay METCALFE  •  Gavin CAMPBELL  •  Helen KIRK  •  Ian E JENNINGS  •  Ian Robert WILSON  •  Imogen LONG  •  Imogen POOLE  •  Isaac METCALFE  •  Kia ALLICOCK  •  Kian WALSH  •  Matthew NAYLOR  •  Mehmet ZEYTINLI  •  Oliver TOBIN  •  Ollie PAGE  •  Sam PAGE  •  Sebastian MITCHELL  •  Tina CHERRY.

In the last twelve months Aylestone junior parkrun has held 51 events.  In the course of these, 871 participants took part in 4,550 runs, travelling 9,100 kilometres in total. (This approximates to the distance between East Midlands Airport and Maputo Airport in Mozambique in the south of Africa.)


To staff the 51 events since our previous anniversary 231 volunteers completed 1,110 volunteer occasions.

Thanks to everyone for their participation and support in the last twelve months.  Here’s to the next year being as successful.


Aylestone junior parkrun #53 10th Oct 2015


Aylestone Junior parkrun
Event number 53
10th October 2015  

Autumn is in the air but the weather was warmly crisp on this fine morning as 51 invited guests turned up to party at the Aylestone rec for the 53rd running and 1st birthday of the Aylestone junior parkrun event.

Yes, who’d have thought 52 weeks had passed since 34 intrepid fledgling runners took part in the very first junior parkrun event at Aylestone park on 12th October 2014……….. yes indeed, 12 months have flown by and did you know that including that first run a total of 437 different junior runners, incorporating participants from 16 athletics clubs, have completed 2,441 runs covering a total distance of 4,882 km, and there have been 614 new Personal Bests.

Once again it was Kevin Waite who took the helm of this event on Sunday as Run Director and since this birthday run had a fancy-dress theme Kevin was crazy enough to lead by example as he turned up in a tiger-suit onesie !   Tiger-suit onesies eh ? They’re grrrrreeeaatt ! (You’ll have to access our Facebook page to see the piccies !)


Before the runners set off Kevin presented a blue wristband to Lewis Jadav for achieving the half-marathon distance of 11 parkrun events and green wristbands for full-marathon distance of 21 parkrun events went to Sophie Cole and Chloe Garrard. There was, of course, also the usual vigorous pre-run warm-up routine that run director, runners, parents and volunteers all enjoyed with differing degrees of stretched limbs and creaking bones !   Hey, even a blue fluffy glove puppet thingamijig took part………… see the piccies on the Facebook page !

First runner home this week was Alex Keeble in 7mins 40secs, holding a healthy lead over Ben Glover in second place in 8mins and 21secs. Props to Killen Odell who finished in third place in a cracking new PB of 8mins 30secs. And it was also a new PB for Eleanor Harwood who was the 4th placed runner back and the 1st lady in 8mins 31secs; she clearly pushed Killen all the way to the line !   Well done you all !

There were 8 parkrun first timers this week and a further 1 runner, Cerys Glover, new to Aylestone, touring away from Rushcliffe junior parkun. Fifteen runners ran their way to new personal best times this week !

Very happy to report no ‘UNKNOWN’ runners this week …………. Nice to see all runners get the credit their efforts deserve……….. so please keep on remembering to BRING YOUR BARCODE !

Birthday fare such as cakes, chocs and other unmentionables were enjoyed by the princesses, Spidermen, crazy-wigs, blue-puppet thingamijig, runners and all after the run.

Volunteers make the parkrun world go round !

Over the past year we’ve been lucky enough to entice 182 different volunteers into the various roles necessary to ensure that the kiddies have an event to come to on a Sunday morning. We need about 20 volunteers each week, some weeks we do struggle, all the roles are straight-forward to perform and full training is always given.

If you have been one of the 182 volunteers that has helped us out this year then it’s a big THANK YOU to you and please carry on volunteering, we need you.

If you have NOT YET tried your hand at volunteering then ………. we need you, the children need you !

Here is the link to the future volunteer roster for upcoming parkrun events at Aylestone: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/aylestone-juniors/futureroster/

Please help us fill the ‘BLANK’ spaces with YOUR NAME by contacting us on our facebook page or email us at aylestone-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

Event number 53

10th October 2015  


Male placings:
Alex KEEBLE (JM11-14) (Unattached) was first over the line in 07:40 - first time in 3 appearances.

Ben GLOVER (JM10) of Charnwood AC, was second over the line in 08:21.

Killen ODELL (JM10) (Unattached) was third over the line in 08:30.

Female placings
Eleanor HARWOOD (JW10) (Unattached) was first (4th overall) over the line in 08:31 - second time in 20 appearances.

Daisy HAGGIS (JW10) (Unattached) was second (6th overall) over the line in 08:56.

Tamsin MOORE (JW10) of Wreake Runners, was third (9th overall) over the line in 09:34.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Ben GLOVER (JM10) was graded 74.58% for the time 08:21 (second overall). Alex KEEBLE (JM11-14) was graded 73.00% for the time 07:40 (first overall). Eleanor HARWOOD (JW10) was graded 72.53% for the time 08:31 (4th overall).

This week there were 51 runners, of whom 9 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aylestone Junior parkrun Results Page.




Conrad Webbe


Aylestone junior parkrun #49 13th Sept 2015

Aylestone Junior parkrun
Event number 49
13th September 2015

For the second week running we were lucky enough to be greeted by a nice sunny disposition on the park as 52 raucous rampant runners gathered for the 49th running of the Aylestone junior parkrun event.


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And again for the second week running Kevin Waite led the line as Run Director, making the announcements and leading the warm-up in which he had the children jumping up and down and spinning and stretching in all directions.

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Big props this week to little birthday girl Jocelyn Hood who found that today was the first day that she was able to OFFICIALLY record her run around the park. She has been diligently turning up for many weeks with older brother Jacob and running around the course EVEN THOUGH she was unfortunately not allowed to record a time as she was under 4 years old. But that ALL CHANGED TODAY !

So yes, we all sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jocelyn before the run today (and she even got some balloons when she finished !). Not only that but older brother Jacob Hood was presented with a blue wristband for achieving the half-marathon distance of 11 parkrun events. Well done to the Hood kids !!

On your marks, get set ..............

For the 16th time Odhran Palmer-Holmes was the first finisher today in 7min26sec. A bit of a gap to second placed Zach Spence in 8mins flat. And he was followed home by brother Lucas Spence in 8mins 7secs.

First little lady home was Sophie Dunbobbin of Charnwood Athletics Club in 8mins 46 secs.

We said hello to 6 parkrun first-timers today and 7 runners recorded new personal best times.

Whoa………… five “UNKNOWN” runners this week………… we’d much rather be able to credit your name against your time peeps so please remember your barcodes in future ! You know it makes sense.

Here is the link to the future volunteer roster for upcoming parkrun events at Aylestone: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/aylestone-juniors/futureroster/

Please help us fill the ‘BLANK’ spaces with YOUR NAME by contacting us on our facebook page or email us at aylestone-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

A few facts for you:


Event number 49
13th September 2015

Male placings:
Odhran PALMER-HOLMES (JM11-14) of Leicester Coritanian AC, was first over the line in 07:26 - 16th time in 24 appearances.

Zach SPENCE (JM11-14) of Birstall RC, was second over the line in 08:00 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Lucas SPENCE (JM11-14) of Birstall RC, was third over the line in 08:07 - was first to finish once before.


Female placings:
Sophie DUNBOBBIN (JW10) of Charnwood AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 08:46 - first time in 11 appearances.

Lyla Mae BRYAN (JW10) of Wreake Runners, was second (7th overall) over the line in 08:47.

Holly JONES (JW11-14) of Leicester Coritanian AC, was third (9th overall) over the line in 09:15 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Odhran PALMER-HOLMES (JM11-14) was graded 73.20% for the time 07:26 (first overall).

Sophie DUNBOBBIN (JW10) was graded 72.47% for the time 08:46 (6th overall).

Lyla Mae BRYAN (JW10) was graded 72.33% for the time 08:47 (7th overall).

This week there were 52 runners, of whom 6 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different athletics clubs took part.


Conrad Webbe


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