A beautiful and sunny morning, gutted to have missed it myself but it was in safe hands with RD Chris and the team. I have heard all about it and having looked at the results and photo's - the children were all AMAZING!
To run in the heat is no mean feat, so as anticipated, not all children finished the 2k run. As a runner myself (when not injured or having asthma issues!!), I completely understand that sometimes, it is better to not finish and remain in one piece rather than finish and risk fainting.The children are smart, so if they need to stop due to the heat or thirst*, good for them, to know their bodies at such young ages is brilliant! And those that are able to run the 2k in heat - that is great!
* We strongly urge all juniors to have easy access to water whilst running, especially during this heat wave. Please remember that the GO4 cafe will refill water bottles with tap water for free.
134 young athletes completed the course yesterday, a fantastic turn out! We had 10 juniors who were completely new to junior parkrun with us yesterday, and another who ran his 50th run on his first run with us! 27 children gained a PB yesterday too - quite astonishing considering the running conditions were not great. It was so hot!!
Colchester & Tendring AC, Tiptree Road Runners, Running Colchester, Jogging Made Easy and St Marys Lower School were represented, by 9 children. The children did them proud, as always. If you would like to see your child listed against their club or school on the results, send me a message (confirming that the school /club gives us authority to add them) and we'll get them listed. I will be discussing this more in due course. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/colchester-juniors/results/clublist/
A special mention must go to Jared, who yesterday completed his 100th junior parkrun - he has completed every single one with us, so it is truly special. Well done Jared!
Archie and Edwards completed an incredible 50th run yesterday, reaching Ultra Marathon status! Katie, Evie and Rene hit the 21 run milestone, Marathon status. Rebecca and Oliver are well on their way having achieved the first milestone, 11 and Half Marathon status. Every single one of them should feel so very proud.
We are aware about the starting line up being quite wide now, and will be taking steps to make it better for all. With this in mind, and Lead VC Jennies brilliant idea, we will be introducing a start funnel. When your junior goes into the funnel, please be mindful as to where they put themselves. We want to ensure that all children are as safe as can be. Although we cannot say where children must place themselves, it does make sense from a safety aspect that the faster runners are at the front. Adults can run with their junior, but stay on the left hand side. If you wish to start with your junior (we understand that there are many reasons for this), please start at the back. As always, no adults are to enter the finish funnel. This is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children in the start area. The Run Director will not let the children start to run unless satisfied that it is safe to do so. We are also aware of cheeky juniors who are cutting the course, we will be able to identify the repeat offenders and will take action to stop it happening. We don't want to have to go serious with this as it is a run about fun, however it is causing a safety hazard (on top of what is technically cheating) as they are darting back into the run and causing a trip hazard. If it doesn't stop - we may have no choice but to remove them from the results. We'll obviously do a final and direct approach to them and their parents /guardians if it happens again. Hopefully they'll take heed before then.
Volunteers. Volunteers, Volunteers volunteers! I'm a volunteer, the run directors and volunteer coordinators are volunteers. We need more each week to carry out the roles which make junior parkrun happen. They are honestly all so straight forward! Without ample volunteers, we simply cannot let the children run. Please contact us and let us know if you can volunteer, like us, you'll be doing it for the kids.
Please have a look at our junior parkrun code which is the news item below. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be kept in the loop throughout the week!
Have a great week,