A message from our Event Director

It has been fantastic to see how Barnsley junior parkrun has grown since we started back in December 2014. We have a wonderful community based around our weekly event and it's great for us to be part of the wider parkrun family too. A typical Sunday morning for us nowadays sees 80-odd juniors take part, with 40-odd parents joining them around the course, all supported by 15-20 volunteers who setup and marshal the course, timekeep, issue tokens, scan barcodes, close down, process results and manage our social media.

I need to ask for two things from you:
1. More Run Directors
2. A new Event Director

When we started up nearly five years ago, we always expected there to be a 'throughput' of junior runners and parents due to the age related eligibility. With this came an expectation that our pool of core volunteers would change over time. To an extent it has, but our Run Directors now are mainly those that were with us from the start.

For Barnsley junior parkrun to thrive, it is important that we bring new faces into the key roles in our volunteer team. You will have heard our RDs appealing for you to consider volunteering at most, if not every, pre-run briefing. parkrun is a community event and volunteering is open to everyone - and this very much applies to the RD and ED roles too. We really do need you to help out once in a while to keep our event going. To that end, it has been great for us to see lots of new faces donning a hi-vis vest over the past few weeks and months with us, and long may this continue!

However, we currently have just three active RDs. I would like that number to be at least 6, ideally 8, to ease the pressure on these key people and reduce the demands on their Sunday mornings.

On a personal level, I have been involved as a RD since we began and I have now been ED for nearly three years. My personal and working circumstances have changed over time and I now have other commitments that mean that it is increasingly difficult for me to fit everything into my week. It is time for me to hand over to someone new to bring some fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the role.

We would love to have a chat with any of you who are interested in getting involved, where we can answer any questions you might have. You can talk to any of our RDs on a Sunday morning, email us at barnsleyjuniors@parkrun.com, or contact us on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Many thanks for your support,


Event 125 – 9 July 2017

Hello everyone, here is the run report for Event 125 on Sunday 9 July 2017.

What a great morning it was. Beautiful blue sky, sunny and warm and we had over a hundred juniors taking part - our first 3-figure attendance since Event 120 at the end of May.

This week's team of high-fiving heroes in hi-vis who made it happen were:

Sara BOOTH, Christine CAPEWELL, Bill COTON, Simon EATON, Ian FRANCE, Jamie GODWIN, Jake HARRISON, Darrell HARRISON, Stephen HOLDER, Geoff HOLMES, Tracy HYLAND, Lyndsey JONES, Georgina JONES, Charlotte JONES, Jude MITCHELL, Joshua MITCHELL, Tony MURRAY, June SIMS, Paul STEPHENSON, Ailsa STOREY, Dawn L WALTON

I was in the RD hot-seat this week and after a couple of reminders in the pre-run brief about the junior parkrun rules, we handed out milestone wristbands to two of our juniors - blue ones this week for 11 runs, the half-marathon distance. You can see some photos over on our Facebook page. We must take this chance to apologise to a couple of our juniors who have completed 12 or 13 runs now and we've missed giving out their bands. We have corrected that now and will hand them out this coming Sunday.

After a briefing for the first timers (there were lots this week which is great to see) and another great warm-up led by Georgina, we were off!

The statistics for this week were:

104 juniors took part - well done to every one of you;

16 were First Timers, all doing their first ever junior parkrun - welcome to you all and we hope to see you again soon;

22 New PBs were recorded - high fives all round to you guys;

and we had 6 Unknowns - we know some of them were first timers too. Remember to register with parkrun, print and bring along your barcodes so that each run gets counted to your record.

The good news was that our shiny new set of finish tokens worked a treat (after the problems we had last week and a few weeks ago with the old set), and they all made it back to us without any going missing. Thank you!

We thought it would be worthwhile to recap on a couple of the points raised in the pre-run brief here, as a reminder for all:

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the course at junior parkruns. They are allowed to run (1 per runner and on a short leash) at the 5km Saturday parkruns, but are not permitted at junior events.

Course-cutting: Please don't cut corners (or bigger sections) out of the course. While parkrun is a very much a run and not a race where we encourage children to compete against their own times rather then each other, it can be off-putting to many of our juniors to see others cheating the course distance and gaining a finish position advantage.

Thanks for your support on these points.

We had a good number of volunteers adding their names to our roster for next week and beyond on Sunday, so we are in a good place for 16 July. As of now, we need 7 more of you to fill all the roles - please do get in touch with us via email, Facebook or Twitter if you can help us. Thank you!

Remember the following dates too:

23 July - Barnsley Hospice's Bubble Rush event is taking place in the park. We have made arrangements with them so that junior parkrun will go ahead. If anyone is interested in taking part in the Bubble Rush, see the hospice's website for more info here.

13 August - no junior parkrun - due to the Locke Park summer gala event.

That's it for this week, see you all on Sunday!


Event 124 – 2 July 2017

Hello everybody and welcome to the run report for Event 124.

We had a good response from our volunteers in the lead up to the event and thanks go to the following group of hi-vis heroes who kept our juniors supported from start to finish:


Tim was our Run Director this week and special thanks go to him for wrestling with the data to process the results this week! Before the run Tim handed out another ultra marathon orange wristband to one of our juniors who joins the select group with 50 runs to their name. Photo over on our Facebook page.

We had another solid turnout with 93 juniors taking part:

Another 9 First Timers joined us this week, each of them for their first ever junior parkrun;

A whopping 27 New PBs were recorded; and

4 Unknown runners.

You can see all of the results here.

As many of you will be aware we had some problems with scanning the finish tokens on Sunday. Huge thanks go to all of our volunteers on scanning duties, they all did a grand job in the circumstances and thanks you to everyone for your patience. The problem seems to be that after 2 and a half years of use our tokens are starting to wear and the scanner units are having difficulty reading them. As well as making it hard work in the finish funnel, it also gave Tim some extra work to do piecing the results together. Top job by all of the team - thank you! We have some new ones on order so all should be well again next time. (If you think your result is missing you can drop us an email on barnsley-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com and we will see if we can sort it out).

As I write this, we are still looking for around 8 volunteers to complete the roster for this coming Sunday 9 July. If you can spare half an hour of your time and would like to help us out, you can email us at barnsley-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com (or reply to the appeal email if you receive them), contact us on Facebook or Twitter, or add your name to the list for future weeks by seeing our RD at any event. It has been great to welcome some new faces to the volunteer pool over the past few months and it would be so helpful to all to continue this trend. And, if the thought of helping this event happen each week isn't enough to spur you on, every volunteer is entitled to a free t-shirt after they've volunteered 25 times!

We will see you all on Sunday!

Bye for now.


Event 123 – 25 June 2017

Hello everyone! We're back with the run report for Event 123 after missing the last couple of events.

Sunday was another good turnout with 82 juniors joining us - which is bang on our overall average attendance here at Barnsley juniors. Rest of the stats to follow...

Darrell was our Run Director this week and took charge of a full roster of volunteers. Thanks go to each and every one of them, and as we always say, the event simply couldn't happen without them:

Stephanie BOWER, Bill COTON, Simon EATON, Darrell HARRISON, Jake HARRISON, Tim HOBBS, Lyndsey JONES, Georgina JONES, Charlotte JONES, Gaynor LUNN, Jayne MANLEY, Jude MITCHELL, Tony MURRAY, June SIMS, Paul STEPHENSON, Martin SWIFT, Kathleen TAYLOR, Jennifer ULLETT, Tim WADE

Darrell handed out 3 milestone wristbands - 2 blue half marathon (11 runs) and 1 orange ultra marathon (50 runs!). It's always great to reward our juniors for these achievements and thanks to everyone for the applause you give to each of them in recognition. Head over to our Facebook page for some photos.

Georgina did a great job leading our warmup, supported by her sister Charlotte. Well done girls. Remember, if you'd like to help out with the warmup, juniors are always welcome to do so - just let our RD or warm-up leader know on the day.

It was a chillier day than last weekend for Event 122, but probably better conditions for running. Here are the stats:

82 juniors took part, of which

16 were First Timers doing their first ever parkruns - welcome!

14 recorded New PBs - well done

and we had just 1 Unknown in the results.

You can see the full results on our website here.

An important stat to note is that we passed through the 10,000 total runs barrier back in Event 121 on 4 June! The total number of runs completed over our 123 events now stands at 10,193. That's 20,386km covered by our juniors. That's more than the distance from Barnsley to Cape Town, South Africa and back again! Fantastic.

Looking ahead to next Sunday 2 July and our volunteer roster is looking in good shape. Thank you so much to all of you who have put your name down already. We very much appreciate it and doing so in good time makes the whole process so much less stressful for our core team. We need just 3 barcode scanners and 1 marshal to complete the roster, which is fantastic. You can check the state of the roster for future weeks here.

That's all for this week, see you on Sunday!


Event 120 – 28 May 2017

Hello and welcome to our latest run report.

On Sunday we welcomed a large number of you to Locke Park. 100 juniors took part, giving us our 4th highest attendance of the year and our 4th of the year into 3 figures.

Before the main briefing, we did a separate one specificaly for new and visiting runners. We think this is better for all, as we are getting healthy numbers of new runners most weeks now and it is important to explain the course and finish funnel process to them, without covering the same info every week for those who regularly attend. We've only being doing this for a few weeks, so we will see how it goes and may change it as time goes by.

We started the pre-run briefing with a short silence as a mark of respect for the tragedy in Manchester. This was very well observed and we thank you all for that and are proud of the maturity shown by the children.

We reminded everyone that there is no junior parkrun on 11 June (this is due to the classic car show event taking place in the park, and they need vehicles to be driving into the park to set up at the same time as we would be running). We then handed out just the one milestone wristband - a blue half-marathon one for 11 runs - to this young lady. Well done!


Jayne and Lyndsey then led another great warmup, and here's a photo. If you'd like to see a quick video clip, we posted one on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Sunday's volunteers were this wonderful lot:


Thanks to all of them for giving up the time to help out. These events can't happen without our volunteers and we would urge any of you who haven't tried it to give it a go. We really do need the support of as many of you as possible to ensure we fill our roster each week.

As you may have seen from our Twitter and Facebook posts, one of our scanner devices was playing up on Sunday leaving us with a bit of detective work to do with the data after the event. Thanks to those of you that knew which position you finished - that helped us to sort it all out.

A couple of issues that arose on Sunday have prompted us to remind you all of a couple of things.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the course at junior parkruns. They are allowed to run (1 per runner and on a short leash) at the 5km Saturday parkruns, but are not permitted at junior events.

Barcodes: Please check the barcodes you give to your children. We have had a few instances recently of children presenting their parent's barcode. The results system filters out overage runners from the results and records the place as an unknown. It's a lot easier for all concerned to check you've got the right one before you leave the house.

Thank you for your understanding.

So, on to the stats for Sunday:

100 runners;

13 First Timers - 12 joining us for their first ever event and 1 visiting from Nostell. Welcome to you all and it is great to see so many new faces each week;

22 New PBs - great work! Well done to you all;

and 7 Unkowns (now that we've pieced the data together!)

Looking a bit further ahead, another couple of dates for your diaries:

23 July - Barnsley Hospice's Bubble Rush event is taking place in the park. We have made arrangements with them so that junior parkrun will go ahead. If anyone is interested in taking part in the Bubble Rush, see the hospice's website for more info here.

13 August - no junior parkrun - due to the Locke Park summer gala event.

That's all for this week, see you on Sunday.


Event 119 – 21 May 2017

Hello everyone, and welcome to the run report for Event 119 - a 2017 record breaker!

We welcomed a big total of 133 junior participants to a sunny Locke Park on Sunday. This is comfortably our biggest attendance of 2017 (previous best this year was Event 118 the week before with 116) and our biggest for a day short of a whole year - way back to Event 71 on 22 May 2016 (with 145)! It is also our 4th highest ever attendance. Well done to everyone that took part, and to our volunteering team for managing it all. Also, when we consider the number of adults that take part with our juniors, then there were probably in excess of 200 people completing our 2km course. It's fantastic to see so many of you up and active on a Sunday morning!

Tess was our Run Director on Sunday, supported by a fabulous group of volunteers:


As ever, we are hugely grateful to them all for giving up their time to make the event happen.

As we are sure you all know by now, we are always looking for new people to add to our volunteer pool and welcome anyone that would like to volunteer, in order for us to fill our weekly rosters as easily as possible. None of the roles are difficult and we are always available to guide and train anyone knew to volunteering on any of the roles. Please see the future roster page in the volunteer section of our website for roles we need to fill, and let us know via email, Facebook or Twitter if you can help.

Tess handed out a load of milestone wrist bands during the pre-run brief and you can see a host of photos of our proud juniors over on our Facebook page. Remember folks, its a blue half-marathon band after 11 runs, a green marathon band after 22 runs and an orange ultra marathon band after 50 runs. The next milestone is a certificate to mark 100 runs, and we are very pleased to note that we have a handful of juniors within 20 or less of that target now. You can also download a certificate to accompany the 3 milestone wristbands via your parkrun profile. More info here:


After the run brief, it was off to the warmup. Remember - if it's your birthday on or around any Sunday (or #juniorparkrunday as we often call it) then let our warm-up leader or RD know and we will be happy to have you join us to lead the warmup.

And then we were off and going! The stats from Sunday are as follows:

133 juniors completed the course

17 First Timers joined us - 15 completing their first ever junior parkruns, and 2 visitors from Nostell and Graves junior parkruns. Welcome to you all!

35 New PBs were recorded, well done to you all! That pushes our all-time number of PB runs past 2000 (2014 now to be exact).

Unfortunately there were 7 Unknowns in the list. Don't forget you barcodes!

It is great to see the increasing numbers of juniors attending our event, and many families then enjoying the cafe and playground facilities in the park. Hopefully the better weather will see this continue through the summer months.

See you all on Sunday.

PS: Apologies for the lack of a run report last week for Event 118.




Event 117 – 7 May 2017

Hello all!

Another big attendance on Sunday and we fell just one short of a century this time, with 99 juniors taking part.

12 First Timers joined us, all taking part in their first ever junior parkrun - welcome to you all;

26 New PBs were recorded - well done to all of you;

Unfortunately there were 4 Unknowns - :-(

We also welcomed a few juniors visiting us from Leeds.

Thanks as always go out to this wonderful team in hi-vis, who made the magic happen for our juniors this week:


Before the start, we handed out a lot of blue and green - half marathon (11 runs) and marathon (21 runs) - milestone wristbands on Sunday. Thanks to everyone for the warm applause you give for our juniors every week, it's great to see them all being rewarded for their efforts and enjoying the recognition of their achievements. It's also very rewarding for us in the volunteering team to see the smiles on their faces as they collect their bands. We often post photos of the kids individually, but with so many this time, we opted for a 'team line-up' photo (although I think we missed one or two who were eager to head off for the warm-up), and here they are. Well done!


Dave did our warm up this week, and thanks to him for travelling from Leeds to help fill our volunteer roster. parkrun HQ asked us to carry out a quick headcount of how many adults ran the 2 km course on Sunday and after asking for a show of hands which I only half-managed to count, a head-count as everyone set-off gave a total of 53 adults this week in the field of 99 juniors. So we are helping a good number of mums and dads get active and fitter as well as our 4-14 year olds! A couple of issues on the day that are worthy of mention:

Firstly, we had a collision between runners at the finish line. Fortunately there was no significant injury, but it appears to have resulted from one runner changing direction at the last minute to cross the finish line. The course may be confusing for our younger and less experienced runners due to it being 'two-and-a bit' laps. It may help if we ask parents/guardians if you would check your children know to stay on the tarmac to pass to the right of the finish line on lap 1, same again on lap 2, and then through to the finish line on the grass to complete the course. Thank you.

Secondly, one of our tokens has gone missing. Number 91 hasn't made it back after the event and numbers 90 and 92 are really missing their buddy:


Position 91 is an unknown runner in our results which leads us to believe that the finisher has left taking the token and without having had their barcode scanned. If anyone thinks this may be their child, or they know who it may be, then please let us know. The tokens do cost money to replace, so we would love to have it back. Thanks.

Looking ahead to Sunday 14 May and Event 118, we have another big pile of milestone wristbands to hand out: 7 blue, 1 green and 1 orange ultra marathon (50 runs). It is really encouraging to see the number of these milestones that our juniors are notching up each week and is a good sign of the strength of the event now. As always we are looking forward to that and hopefully we can give out each of these little beauties on the day:


Finally the volunteer roster for Sunday 14 May is looking OK so far, but we are looking for 3 barcode scanners and 6 marshals to fill it. As ever, we would appreciate it if you could let us know as soon as you can by email, Facebook or Twitter if you can help us out. We really would like to expand our volunteer pool to ease the pressure on our 'regulars' (which will help us all as we move forward into holiday season), so do please consider adding your name to the list once in a while. Remember, if you haven't volunteered before, there is nothing to fear, we will provide guidance on what to do for each role. Huge thanks to all of you who step forward each week.

That's it for this week.

See you all on Sunday!



Event 116 – 30 April 2017

We had a good attendance on Sunday, with a total of 78 juniors joining us for the 2 laps of Locke Park. Our weekend stats looked like this:

78 juniors took part - just a few runners short of our overall average attendance (82);

8 First Timers - welcome to all, each doing their first ever junior parkrun;

20 New PBs - well done to each of you;

4 Unknown runners in the list :-( Remember #DFYB - don't forget your barcodes.

Laura was in the hot seat as Run Director this week and oversaw another successful event, assisted by this wonderful team of volunteers:


We managed to fill our roster ahead of the weekend for this event, which is great and thanks to you all for stepping forward. Having the roster complete before Friday is our aim each week and it helps keep our stress levels in check if we can achieve this, so thanks in advance to you all for your continuing support!

Stat fact: Over our 116 events to date, we have now had 1,162 different runners. This means that on average, we have 10 new runners at every event. This is great to see and shows a steady growth in our junior runner community.

Advance notice of cancelled events: Due to other events arranged in the park, we will be cancelling two events - on 11 June and 13 August. We will of course post reminders nearer the time of each, but please note the dates now. 11 June is the Classic Car Show and 13 August is the Summer Gala.

That's all for this week, see you on Sunday!


Event 115 – 23 April 2017

We enjoyed a lovely morning in Locke Park on Sunday, and broke the 100 attendees barrier with 102 juniors taking part - our biggest attendance since Event 90 way back on 9 October 2016. Fantastic! Well done and thank you to all who took part.

Tess was our Run Director and oversaw a wonderful team of volunteers - a huge 'Thank You' goes out to you all, as always:

Stephanie BOWER, Rainbow BURDEN - SHARP, Christine CAPEWELL, John DOWNING, Sheila DOWNING, Jason EVANS, Ian FRANCE, Jamie GODWIN, Jake HARRISON, Tess HICKMAN, Geoff HOLMES, Rachel LEE, Katie LEE, Jayne MANLEY, Tony MURRAY, Sheila OCARROLL, Paige ULLETT, Jennifer ULLETT, Tim WADE, Dawn L WALTON

Of those 102 juniors, we had:

11 First Timers - 10 of whom were taking part in their first ever junior parkrun and 1 visitor from Huddersfield. Welcome to you all!

15 New PBs - well done!

2 Unknowns - :-( - remember DFYB - don't forget your barcodes.

Looking ahead to Sunday 30 April, our roster is in reasonable shape with all of the finish area roles covered, but we do still need 6 marshals. Please let us know if you can help via email to barnsley-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com, or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

See you on Sunday!



Event 114 – 16 April 2017

Happy Easter! We enjoyed a bright but chilly start to Easter Sunday in Locke Park and were joined by a fair turnout on the day. Well done to everyone that made it - we saw the best of the day's weather and I'm sure you all enjoyed a chocolatey reward afterwards when you got home!

There were 50 juniors with us on Sunday. 6 First Timers - 4 completing their first ever junior parkruns and 2 visitors joining us from Huddersfield jpr - welcome to you all! 17 New PBs were recorded - were any of those chocolate-egg-powered I wonder? 19 volunteers made the event possible - thank you!

I was in the RD role on Sunday and would like to thank you all for adapting to the slight course layout change we needed to make to accommodate the setup for the Friends of Locke Park Easter Gala Day. No problems in the shortened finish funnel and the barcode scanning team did a great job. Thanks, as always, to the whole team of volunteers. This week's stars in hi-vis were:

Martin BALL, Stephanie BOWER, Rainbow BURDEN - SHARP, Christine CAPEWELL, Jake HARRISON, Darrell HARRISON, Tracy HYLAND, David John LEE, Jayne MANLEY, Jude MITCHELL, Tony MURRAY, Jayne OGLEY, Jason SHEPHERD, Paul STEPHENSON, Martin SWIFT, Kathleen TAYLOR, Dawn L WALTON, Ian WALTON, Karen WILSON

We handed out blue half-marathon wristbands (for 11 runs) to these 2 juniors before we set off for the warmup.


Jayne led our warm-up and got some great support from Amelia, decked out in bunny ears for the occasion. Remember kids, if you want to help out with the warm-up any time, just ask on the day!


On the subject of milestone wristbands, we have a few blue bands to award for 11 runs for children that haven't been for quite a while. So if you know any of the following or their families, please let them know: Ryan Joys, Jack White, and Lucas Malcolm.

Finally this week, a note on the volunteer roster. A few of you offered your services for next week while at the event on Sunday and this was great to see, thank you. The roster always needs filling though so please don't forget to let us know by email, Facebook or Twitter if you can help.

Thanks for your support and see you on Sunday!


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