Desborough Green Space junior parkrun is cancelled on 31 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Run Report #24 – 29 September – by Liz Almond

Today is National Get Outside Day and World Heart Day!

There's nothing better on a Sunday morning than junior parkrun, it's great fun even in the pouring rain. The children all doing their hearts some good.

Rainy weather on the first weekend of autumn didn't put them off, all eager to have some fun and run 2k!

Volunteers got to their places some marshalling around the course, some by the start and finish lines, timekeeping, bar code scanning etc.

Parents can be happy knowing their children are well taken care of and best of all they don't have to run with their children if they don't want to. A sigh of relief from some.

The Run Director Oonagh hands out wrist bands for those who are celebrating milestones. Then the RD gives a talk to everyone, letting them know course conditions and how to stay safe plus our volunteer marshals love giving the kids lots of high 5s along the course.

3 children with wrist bands today one reaching their ultra and 2 for half marathon distance. Many congratulations Sebastian on your ultra wristband, Thomas and Sophie on your half marathon wristbands.

Then it's the warm up and the children go crazy, you would not think they have any energy left to run but somehow they do.

And we all head to the start line. Tail walkers or should I say tail runners are ready with their dinosaur tails. Don't worry, our dinosaurs don't eat children, only chocolate!

321 and we're off and let me tell you those children are FAST, so fast in fact the first one to cross the line came in 8.49 minutes. Even the child at the back comes in at 20.18 minutes. No child is ever last. Our dinosaurs bring everyone to the finish line.

Well done Harry first boy to cross the finish line and Charlie first girl to cross the finish line. 1 first timer today Lucien Smith and 2 PBs (personal bests) by William and Elissia.

While a squirrel ran into the bushes to keep dry 27 children splashed in puddles, zoomed down high five hill and kept smiling to the end.

Dads often run with their kids, helping them along. Remember dads it is a fun run. The delight on their child's face as they beat dad to the finish. Parents don't cross the finish line. If you enjoy it, come join the grown up version where you can cross the finish line.

We're all done and dusted by 9.30am, volunteers clearing up and children ringing the bell after getting a PB. It always amazes me they still have enough energy to play afterwards.

Well done volunteers and every child for taking park in our 24th parkrun. We're always wanting volunteers so feel free to put your name down on the roster each week - saves standing around waiting for your child to finish.

Huge thank-you to our volunteers today for braving the rain: Liz ALMOND, Mike ALMOND, Victoria AMBERY, Harry AMBERY, Martha AMBERY, William AMBERY, Meera ASSAN, Rachel BELSON, Nicola BISHOP, Helen BRAY, Anna BREDENKAMP, Ava CULLEN, Rosie CULLEN, Hannah FENWICK, Sheila GILDER, Gabby HANSON ASSAN, Gordon HARVEY, Malcolm HEADLAND, Catherine HEADLAND, Sharon JONES, Oonagh LEWIS, Robin MCINTYRE, Leanne NIVEN, Jo PARISH, Matthew PELESZOK, Katy PURVIS, Bill ROBINSON, Cavan SULLIVAN, Natalie TAYLOR-MOORE, Victoria TAYLOR-SMITH, Harry THOMPSON.

I think Desborough is a pretty special course and we hope children keep coming back time and time again. If you do, you could get a wristband and a certificate!


14th July parkrun poem

Some 13 weeks ago the fun all began,

Around the greenspace not many folk ran

Then someone had this bright idea,

‘The children will love it, they have no fear’.


The marshall’s all turned up,

The scanners came too,

The run director confidently,

Told us all what to do,


And then in came the children,

Barcodes clutched in their hands,

The hi-viz heroes waited,

Sure it would all go to plan.


3,2,1, parkrun, and then they were off,

Some ran off quickly some soon tried to stop,

But they all kept on going they ran and they ran,

And the first run was over, as quick as it began.


And now it’s tradition, 

Well for us anyway

Sunday means parkrun, 

Then we get on with our day.


The number of runners has gone up and down,

But they all finish smiling, there’s never a frown.

The times just get quicker as everyone tries their best,

And more and more people pick up a yellow vest.


So long may it continue,

New runners all going strong,

The course, well that will never change,

It’s always just a quick 2 k long.


So big thanks to all that support the Greenspace parkrun,

The core team, the parents, the heroes who come,

But thank you, the children, your smiles as you run,

Your triumphs and pb’s all add to the fun.


Duke of Edinburgh report

Today, I volunteered at park run as finish token support, this is now my 2nd week of volunteering at park run. I have offered to volunteer at park run as part of my bronze DofE. In this role, I had another Marshall with me as this role is for two people. I handed the other Marshall a handful of tokens which then had to be passed to the children in order to be scanned with their personal barcode. I enjoyed this role, as it was nice to be near the other Marshalls and congratulating the children as they finished. This was my first time doing this role, yet it was quite easy to get in the swing of things. I believe that this role, is quite a good one as you can get to know the other Marshalls plus encouraging the children for the last little stretch of the run. I would like to do this role again as I enjoyed encouraging the kids. It was lovely to see the children’s smiles as they were approaching the finish line, I think that is the most rewarding part of participating in this role.


Desborough Greenspace Junior parkrun – Event 1



I was honoured to be invited to do Desborough Greenspace Junior parkrun’s first ever write up . We woke up super early and came down to the leisure centre park speedily because our mum was marshalling . As I entered the park I spotted lots of marshals already there , stood in groups of 5 or more . Since we were pretty much the only kids there we went and played on the skate ramps whilst we were waiting .

Soon the park started to fill up as it was almost time to start the run . I spotted my friends , who were also slightly nervous about doing this course for the first time . After the leader , Matt , gave us some helpful information we all walked towards the start line and at this point I was feeling mixed emotions , both scared and excited at the same time .

As the go signal went , a sea of children came hurtling towards Marshall 1 ( a.k.a. my mum ) . The look of fear on her face was amusing , well for me anyway . FUTURE PARK RUNNERS BEWARE : The grass is slippy and I took a tumble .

By the time we reached the first hill both of my friends had stitches but surprisingly I didn’t . After I reached the top of the hill , I had spotted two eggs for the egg hunt : one was attached to a branch by a purple ribbon and another on top of a stick which a marshal with a paper duck hat was holding

On the way back down the hill you are then faced with yet another hill which can feel tough at this point in the race . But do not worry as it is immediately followed by another downhill which leads to the finish line !! I sprinted along as the end was getting closer and the race was nearly done , so I thought I could push myself a little harder .

Then the race was done and I got my barcode scanned . I came number 50 out of 96 children and my time was 13 minutes and 28 seconds which is 3 minutes slower than my Harborough parkrun personal best but this course is a lot harder !!! As it was Easter , we all got to help ourselves to sweets and cakes at the finish line .

Finally a great big thank you to all the marshals for such a wonderful , bright and encouraging parkrun on Easter day !!! .

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