Evant #79 junior fun.

Junior parkrun #79 by Jacob Carty

To start, can I say thank you to all the volunteers. Without them this event would not go on.

But its not just adults that volunteer, we love to see junior volunteers. They can do their roles and still run. They are a credit to junior parkrun.

There were 2 marathon wristbands today- Amber Smith and Sophie Campbell. Well done. We will see you at the London marathon very soon

Junior parkrun does not always mean sprinting or running as fast as you can all the way round. We love to see skipping, walking, jogging and even hopping so long as you're having fun.

There were many PB’s today (including myself) and the weather was brilliant running conditions. Not much sun, not much wind. Bit chilly though, especially for the marshals, the high fives keep them warm.

Hope to see you next time, maybe you could be a volunteer too. If you volunteer 25 times you get a super cool t-shirt for free (except postage and packaging costs)

thank you for running today, you all were fab.

Don’t forget your barcode, as there were several people who didn’t get their time. #DNFYB

Volunteers this week: Nigel BELL, Hannah CAMPBELL, Laurence CARTY, James CARTY, Jonah CARTY, Caroline CARTY, Jacob CARTY, Joshua CARTY, Deborah COOK, Gina CRANE, Holly CROSBY, Lance DAWKINS, Raeanne ELLIOTT, Sharon HALL, Sam MORRIS, Thomas MUSSON, Becca MUSSON, Emma PARKES, Arjun PATEL, Nitin PATEL, Robert PILCHER, Abbie SMITH, Katy WILD


Event #78 – Eggcited

It’s not often that warm up at Central Park junior parkrun is led by a rabbit. But it certainly helped some of you, since 26 of you got a new personal best this week. Cracking running! Or it might have been the chocolate eggs for breakfast?

I was very eggcited to be allowed to write the run report for the first time, as I’ve been junior and Peterborough parkrunning for a long time and we visit the park most weeks as a family.

Thank you to all 70 children for coming along and running plus all the adults and volunteers who came to cheer you on.  A very warm welcome the 13 first-timers to Central Park junior parkrun today, and hope you will come again soon.

We would also like to congratulate the wristband winners: Edward Elkin and Thomas Barrows for their half marathon wristbands, and Frankie Morris for her marathon one.

I was watching on the finishing straight where I witnessed some amazing sprint finishes, plus some rabbit ears, face paints, and 2 children hopping across the finish line with giant rabbits.

We’d like to thank the warm-up rabbit (aka Roy Young) for being such a good sport, plus all of the core team, volunteers and marshals who made the event possible. You should ask your mum or dad or whoever gets you up early enough to make it to a park at 9am on Sunday, to volunteer as its pain-free and everyone is very friendly. It’s so easy even I could manage it.

Keep parkrunning, see you next week.

Isaac Dales, age 8, A2623358

To volunteer please join the Facebook group or  email us at centralparkjuniors@parkrun.com.


Event #73 ECR Takeover


By Jonah Carty age 8

Well done to everyone for coming to parkrun today. Today the volunteers all came from Eye Community Runners. They have a Junior section in which we meet every Thursday in term time at 5:45pm, at Lindisfarne pavilion, Eye. In my opinion it’s the best running club in the world! Wear GREEN to be SEEN! #greenarmy

First over the line was Natty Clifford with a time of 8:13. Well done!
First female home was Jessica Ingram in 5th place with a time of 9:24. Her little brother Ryan came 2nd with a time of 8:17.

In total 57 runners took part today, well done for all your efforts and thanks for the support.

Milestones to mention: Congratulations to Jeremy Taylor for completing enough parkruns to qualify for his marathon wrist band. Don’t forget to print out your certificate too.

It was a slightly different route today, with the finish on path not grass due to the recent wet weather. Thankfully today it wasn’t raining.

Oh and there was cake. Lovely millionaire shortbread made by one of our regular junior parkrunners. Thanks Lexie for them, they were yummy. If you ever feel like making more I’d be happy to test them for you.

parkrun can’t happen without its volunteers so a big cheer for all 28 volunteers today. If you haven’t ever volunteered its great fun and some roles mean you can run as well. If you volunteer 25 times you get a cool t-shirt too and it’s FREE!

I hope you enjoy parkrun as much as I do. Please come again, we will miss you if you don’t make it.

Thank you for reading, see you soon.


photo credit Claire Henson





A chilly one – event #67

We started this week's junior parkrun with a well deserved round of applause for EVERYONE who came along: the volunteers, the parents and friends, and most important the 38 kids taking part.


You all make junior parkrun happen every week, and when it's cold and you don't want to get out of bed, but you still do, you deserve a big clap!


Clappy hands were out in force for the brilliant five first time parkrunners at Central Park this week:

Lizzie Bumby, Harry Larham, Ivo Ellershaw Clarke, Eleanor Vandermerwe-Mahon, and Jack Shickell!


If you can brave -2 degrees, you can do anything. Come back soon!


It was a super-quick run this week - I think everyone wanted to get back home - so well done to all of you. 7 runners got new personal best times, including first finishers Riley Vines, and Ellie Barker.


We didn't give out any wristbands this week, though quite a few have been earned recently. If you let the Run Director know if you or your child is due a wristband next time you come along, we can present it during the run briefing.


And please do let us know on centralpark-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com if you can help out any upcoming Sunday.


We love volunteers the most. ;-)



#66 Yaxley takeover junior parkrun.

Today was my 4th junior parkrun and it was the most freezing day you could think of! Thank you to my friend Nell, who lent me her gloves to wear!

Today was also a first with a Yaxley Runners takeover - so there were lots of yellow bobble hats helping out!
1st finisher was Harry Friend with a PB of 8:15, and 1st girl was Lucy Shaw-Loan in 9:30 - both from Yaxley Runners!
There were 16 first-timers today - we hope you had fun, come back, and go on to be fabulous runners.
Well done to everyone today, especially the 7 of you who got a PB and to Bertrand Musson who recieved his Marathon wrist band (and got a PB!).
Lily Elliott
7 years old



parkrun Report – Event #60

It's about this time of year when there's a bit of trepidation about what weather Sunday morning is going to bring. Especially when Saturday afternoon is, quite frankly, horrific.
Thankfully we escaped the cold, wet and rain of the day before, and the 36 juniors and plethora of volunteers enjoyed a lovely winter's morning for Central Park junior parkrun number 60.
As always, there was plenty of great running on display from our youngsters, with Edward Elkin first across the line in eight minutes flat. Ryan Ingram was not far behind in 8:07, while Evie Hemmings led the girls home in 8:10.
There were three PB's recorded on the day, with Amber Smith, Ben Whitby and Ruby May Cranfield all recording their best ever times. Well done!
We also welcomed two new faces to Central Park, with Frankie and Poppy Dalton making their debuts. Hopefully they will both become familiar faces in the coming months.
As always, a massive shout out goes to our volunteers - without their help, we simply could not put on the event. Please get involved if you can, new helpers are warmly welcomed - check out the Facebook page or the website, or email us at centralpark-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com.
And finally, don't forget to get out that fancy dress for our special Christmas junior parkrun on Sunday!
Duncan Jackson.



Central park junior parkrun #57 – from a first time RD!

This Sunday in a slightly frosty Central Park was my first time as Run Director.  I could not have done this without the support of the brilliant team of volunteers in the background beforehand, on the Sunday morning setting up, getting the run going, and afterwards packing away and processing all the children's results.  Thank you.

This week before the start we handed out blue 'half marathon' wristbands to Jeremy Taylor and Jared Cobb – well done on 11 junior parkruns, and Edward Judd and Olivia Couzens collected their green 'marathon' wristbands for 21 junior parkruns.

On the day Alfie Larham ran his 50th junior parkrun, so we look forward to presenting him with an amazing orange 'ultra' wristband on his next run!

We had 35 children run, walk and skip round the park this week, some regulars and others who have only a few runs under their belt so far - and a special welcome to our first timer Ruby May Cranfield – we hope to see you again soon.

It was a close run towards the finish between Edward Elkin and Shae Gowler, with Shae crossing the line in front for a new PB, with Ed right behind.  Our first girl finisher was Heidi Goodley-Gray, and second girl Megan Ferris was only 1 second from her previous PB too.

It was lovely to see some amazing smiles from the children as they came through our finish funnel and great cheers from the proud parents, friends and volunteers – that's what it's all about.

Thank you to everyone for making my first event as RD so enjoyable - children, families and volunteers. We always welcome new helpers, so do come and chat on a Sunday, or email centralpark-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com if you'd like to get involved, put on a high-viz jacket and rattle those blue clappy hands.

See you next Sunday! And don't forget your barcodes #DFYB

Dawn FRIEND (A2092233)


Central Park junior parkrun #56

On Sunday 18 November 2018 a group of the friendliest, most helpful and kind children and grown-ups in the Peterborough area met up in our beautiful park.

We could see our breath for the first time this autumn, but the sun lit up the mist, Run Director Jacqui Smith welcomed us all quickly, and it was a good excuse to start the warm-up, which was led by fantastic first-time volunteer Yvonne Goodsell – thanks Yvonne!

62 children walked, ran and skipped around the course – congratulations to each and every one of you. 2 of you were taking part for the first time – extra congratulations and welcome to you. And to those who started but didn't quite make it to the end (my daughter), please come back and try again soon ;-)

It was great to see so many of you smiling, waving, hi-fiving and being so happy on the course today. So extra special congratulations go to all of you who helped a friend by holding hands, waiting for them, clapping or encouraging them, or going back to run with slower runners. You made all the grown-ups feel super-proud.

Well done to Natty Clifford and Jessica Pilcher, who finished first male and female.

Finally a big thank you to our other two new volunteer marshals, Becca and Tom Musson. WE LOVE NEW VOLUNTEERS!  If you are coming along and can spare a hand to help out, let us know on centralpark-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

You should all be very proud of yourselves. #loveparkrun

Gina Crane


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