Cambridge junior parkrun is cancelled on 31 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The one with all the layers

Oh, what a difference a week makes!  We took a break, enjoyed the sunshine and came back to find that winter had returned to the course - with many of us misjudging the number of layers needed to keep warm having prematurely put away our big coat.

The amazing volunteers braved the bracing wind to marshal, time, clap and cheer home 145 brilliant parkrunners.  The splodgy puddle on the back straight was back with a vengeance but didn't hinder 16 personal bests.  We also welcomed 20 first timers who had the pleasure of the puddle for the first (and second) time.

First across the line, for the third time, was Nicholas representing the JM11-14 category.  If you're wondering what this means, it's for Junior Males between the ages of 11 and 14 years old.  Leading the way in the other categories were Conor (JM10), Juliette (JW10) and Lola (JW11-14).

Lola received her latest milestone wristband along with Noah, Joe, Sam, Samuel and Robert.  Well done to you all!

If your child is working towards a very coveted milestone wristband and you find yourself wanting to find out how it all works, then why not become a regular volunteer?  We're looking to spread the load in the core team by training up new Run Directors (the ones in the blue and white vest with the microphone).  It's not scary at all - the core team is very supporting and will guide you through the process.  If you're interested then come and have a chat.  We'll be in the café thawing out our feet by the fire until summer reappears!

Happy parkrunning!

Cambridge junior parkrun core team

 

The one with all the numbers

The sticky mud was back this week and it started to feel like spring as 145 children completed the 2km course. It was numbers day with many different milestones being achieved.

16 children did their first ever junior parkrun
26 children registered new personal bests
3 children did their achieved half marathon status (11 events)
2 children qualified for their marathon wristband (21 events)
The first finisher has now completed 100 junior parkruns
1 child came through the finish for the 150th time at a junior parkrun

The junior parkrun milestones (11, 21, 50 and 100 events) are accompanied by certificates which can be printed off from the website through a link in the child’s profile. They make great mementos and can be printed off several times if they want to take one into school for show and tell.

After everyone had finished, the core team warmed up in the café for the last time before it’s renovation. Keep an eye on our facebook page for updates.

Happy parkrunning!
Cambridge Junior parkrun Core Team

 

11/2/18: Mud, mud, glorious mud….

The sun had got his hat on this morning and so had many of our 121 junior parkrunners as the temperature only barely crept above freezing. The recent rain has left the main straight polka dotted with puddles and the woodland section more than a little sticky with mud. There were several reports of children returning to the sticky patches to retrieve lost shoes! Despite the underfoot conditions there were 14 personal bests. We welcomed nine first timers and congratulated Fred and Leo on their half marathon wristbands.

Special thanks go to all our volunteers today – five of whom were under 18 years old – as the biting wind made for chilly marshals and frozen fingers for the finish funnel crew.  It would be great to see some new faces volunteering. We explain the roles to you and take into account your preferences. If you like to meet your child at the finish, why not try being the number checker? If you have a speedy child, try Marshal position number 3 as it's the first to be relieved by the tail walker!

You can volunteer by e-mailing us or sending a message through our facebook site. The roster for the upcoming weeks is available through the "volunteer" section of the website where you can see what positions are available.

Happy parkrunning!

Cambridge Junior parkrun Core Team

 

Cambridge juniors: run report 14 Jan 2018

This Sunday we welcomed some brand new tokens to our kit.  Our previous ones were wearing out with all the fabulous use they get and a few occasionally go off on an adventure in a runner’s pocket so we felt it was time to replace the set.  The replacement of kit is only possible through the accumulation of donations we receive via the website (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge-juniors/aboutus/ ) as, like Milton Country Park, we don’t receive any additional funding. These donations have also helped to purchase a replacement horn which started our 177 plucky runners (13 of whom were brand new to junior parkrun) off through the puddles and the mud.

Overhearing one conversation in the café afterwards it appears that the mud was both sticky and slippy slidey.  It made me wonder how many classifications of mud there are! It was great to see all the smiles of the children as they venture around the course; on their own, with friends, or supporting parents alongside them.  We look forward to seeing you on the 21st January. (NB: we’re having a week off on 28th January due to another event in the park. If you love junior parkrun too much to miss a week, why not visit one of the other local junior parkruns that day? Check their webpage/social media and make sure you check the start time - some start at 9am, others at 10am.) Happy running! Cambridge junior parkrun core team

 

A year in the stats of Cambridge junior parkrun: 2017

We’ve had another fantastic year of running and volunteering and we celebrated our 3rd anniversary in the summer. Here’s a look back:

3102: the number of different children who have run at Cambridge juniors since we started in 2014 (1586 in 2017). Well done to each and every one of you!

557: the number of different volunteers who have helped us to put the event on since we started in 2014 (259 in 2017). A huge THANK YOU to you all.

925: the number of new runners who registered this year. Welcome!

This year we congratulated:

133 new half-marathon wristband recipients (earned at 11 runs)

95 new marathon wristband recipients (earned at 21 runs)

32 new ultra-marathon wristband recipients (earned at 50 runs)

3 juniors who reached the 100 run milestone

We’ll be back on 7 January 2018. As ever, if you’d like to get in touch you can email us on cambridge-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or follow us on Facebook @cambridgejuniorparkrun

Happy New Year!

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