16 weeks in and once again we were lucky with the weather as the sun was shining on a beautiful autumn morning. 73 youngsters completed the run today (with a further 3 completing one lap) including 10 first timers. I challenged all the children to give as many high fives as possible on their way round the marshals reported back that the children took on this challenge with their usual enthusiasm as our marshals got a lot of high fives!
We are yet to manage a week where we have the whole core team there but today I was lucky enough to have most of them there to volunteer and as our parkrun ambassadors were available as well we decided to take the opportunity to meet afterwards over cake (a staple as far as parkrun is concerned!), introduce our 2 newest team members to everyone and catch up on what has happened over the last 16 weeks (where has the time gone!) as well as make plans for the future.
With the support from the 86 people who have volunteered over the last 16 weeks the core team have transitioned from a set up team who drove the planning of the event to a very able team who run the event each week which means I even get the occasional Sunday off!
So what did we discuss over cake?
Christmas & New Year, far too early I know but we needed to confirm our intentions to parkrun HQ about events over the festive period (we are cancelling on 25th December and 1st January), a fancy dress event (coming soon on 30th October) and a foodbank collection in December (more on this later).
We also discussed how we can further get information out about junior parkrun in the local community including some work we are doing and have planned with local sports clubs, Scouting groups and schools – if you have any ideas of how we can link up with a local club/group you are involved with or spread the word of junior parkrun please let us know.
A very important part of the core teams’ job is safeguarding all the children that take part so we also discussed some of the latest policies and how we can best ensure these are applied at our event.
So who are your core team? In the team we have Sally, Stuart, Jill, Katie, Katharine, Stella, Lorienne, Scott, Alan and Beverley (Event Director) – the 2 missing from the photo are Lorienne and Scott. We are ably supported by our parkrun ambassadors – Julie and Mark (Julie is in the photo!)
If you want to join the core team, or even just volunteer please let us know, the more the merrier and we are happy to train you in any of the roles that we have available. If you want to know what the roles do you can get further information in this article (we don’t have all of them at Daventry Juniors) https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566523-What-do-the-volunteers-do- and the volunteer roster is http://www.parkrun.org.uk/daventry-juniors/futureroster/
Stats as always below:
Arthur TILT (JM10) of Rugby & Northampton AC, was first over the line in 08:00 - 8th time in 8 appearances.
Joel ALDRIDGE (JM10) (Unattached) was second over the line in 09:00.
Cameron JONES (JM11-14) (Unattached) was third over the line in 09:00 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Kaicie JONES (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (5th overall) over the line in 09:50 - second time in 11 appearances.
Mary HERBERT (JW10) (Unattached) was second (8th overall) over the line in 10:08.
Emily RUSSELL (JW10) (Unattached) was third (15th overall) over the line in 11:30.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Arthur TILT (JM10) was graded 74.82% for the time 08:00 (first overall).
Joshua ORCHARD (JM10) was graded 66.02% for the time 09:26 (4th overall).
Joel ALDRIDGE (JM10) was graded 64.18% for the time 09:00 (second overall).
This week there were 73 runners, of whom 10 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.
Daventry junior parkrun started on 19th June 2016, and since then 270 different runners, including participants from 6 athletics clubs, have completed 1,091 runs covering a total distance of 2,182 km, and there have been 347 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Trinity MCCLEARY who ran in a time of 00:08:08 on 14th August 2016 (event number 8).
The male record is held by Arthur TILT who ran in a time of 00:07:55 on 25th September 2016 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Arthur TILT who recorded a 75.60% run (07:55) on 25th September 2016 (event number 14).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Daventry junior parkrun Results Page.