It took us 406 days (1-year, 1 month and 10 days) and quite a bit of waiting, some waiting and a little bit more waiting from Chippenham junior parkrun event number 185 to event number 186. Our hair grew, questionably at times in strange new ways and our young runner’s legs also grew.
Event report 25th April 2021: After our younglings were wound up like a coiled spring during the warm-up (how many times can a middle-aged flailing man holler high-knees?) they were let loose around the two-and-a-half laps of Monkton Park under a glorious crisp blue sky. Our inspiring young fitness champions were successfully marshalled and tail-walked around the park by the fabulous: Ben, Celia, Chris, Esme, Giles, Hazel, James, Jeff, Lindsay, Matt, Victoria, Ruth, Steve and Valerie. There are no high-fives at the moment but that only meant that our magnificent marshals had more whooping and cheering energy to help power performances on. Pics were snapped a plenty by the marvellous Julia.
As legs flew down the finish funnel each runner was clicked by our excellent timekeepers – Nicola and Dave. Finish tokens were successfully dropped into hands by Phil, supported by Alistair. Then barcodes were superbly and efficiently scanned by Phil, Jo and Martin.
As the results came in we totalled an awesome 62 finishers. 49 of them were those returning longer legs and we had a lucky (my new take on the number) 13 first-timers come and join us.
Thank you, fantastic runners, parents, guardians and volunteers, it wouldn’t be the amazing free weekly timed event it is without you. We will see you again this week, same time, same place, same parkrun love and positivity.
“Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday Chippenham junior parkun, Happy Birthday to us”, were the words that drifted across the breeze in Monkton Park this morning at 9am as we celebrated our fourth Birthday.
Over those four years we had 1,535 unique participants who cumulatively have made up 10,961 runs. We’ve had 298 volunteers who in total have made up 3,620 volunteer occasions. If we combine those figures that comes to a lovely 14,581 smiles that have been seen in Monkton Park every Sunday morning over the last four years. Three of today’s fantastic runners ran four years ago today also at our very first event, six of our fabulous volunteers were also down helping out four years ago too. The event can’t happen without either and we love and appreciate our community made up of runners, skippers, joggers, walkers and volunteers. Thank you.
This week we had 57 participants who were helped at least at some point during the event by the gusts of wind, well done! Nine achieved a PB, we also welcomed 8 first timers. Well done also to all the parents who battled with on-going parking issues in the area. Thank you to today’s 21 volunteers who did anything from high-fiving with our glorious new foam hands to time-keeping or cake management - thank you to all the lovely people who brought cakes and fruit down today for our mini celebration, delicious.
Esme, one of our fabulous DofEs wrote today's run report, thank you. We'd be lost without the support from our volunteers, young and old, and so many behind the scenes roles to choose from - run report writer, kit storage, token sorting... laundry master.
Run report - 12th of January 2020
On a bright and dewy Sunday morning 79 juniors ran the 180th Chippenham junior parkrun. A huge well done to the 19 parkrunners who set a new PB! And also to the 6 runners who joined us to do their first ever parkrun! So well done to everybody that made it a great event. We hope that everyone enjoyed parkrun today and enjoyed seeing the amazing rainbow that showed up at the very end! As always a big THANK YOU to the 19 volunteers who made this run possible. Another great parkrun and we’ll see you all next week for the next one!
What a year it has been... full of much fun and excitement in Chippenham junior parkrun.
Event #178 was our final run of the year (and decade) went wonderfully well, we were joined by 60 amazing runners who definitely filled our morning with festive happiness and joy...
7 of those superstars also got brand new personal bests - well done to them all!
We welcomed 4 first timers to their first ever parkrun, we hope you had an amazing time and we look forward to welcoming you all again soon!
We were helped by 18 AMAZING volunteers!
Now... as it's the end of year, we need to ask a few important questions we've been meaning to ask:
- where do we manage to find all of these lovely people called Marshal?
- why do they all love fluorescent yellow so much?
Finally on a more serious note, we need thank each and every one of our runners, parents, guardians and of course volunteers who have joined us this year - you've all made this year a magical experience for all of us!
See you next Sunday, don't foget your barcode! #dfyb