We can scarcely believe it has been a whole year since our little band of core team members set up a junior parkrun course for the very first time over at Eltham park south, nervously wondering whether anyone would turn up or whether the rain would hold off for another half an hour until the run was over.
But the rain did hold off (nearly every Sunday for an entire year!) and our junior runners did turn up. And Eltham junior parkrun was born.
That was February 28th 2016, and this Sunday we celebrated our first year of Eltham juniors with 70 runners, walkers and joggers crossing the finish funnel, and 26 volunteers cheering them on!
It has been a fantastic first year. We put on 48 events, welcomed 343 different junior parkrunners to Eltham park south, have seen 426 personal bests being set, helped 5 Duke of Edinburgh participants achieve their bronze volunteer award, and had 93 different volunteers helping us make it all happen!
A BIG Thank You to each and everyone of you that has been a part of our inaugural year; to all of our juniors and their adults that get up early on a Sunday morning to come to us for a run, and to all of our volunteers that sacrifice their weekend lie ins to get involved. We appreciate it. And today in particular, thank you to everyone that came along and donated their time - and cakes! - to help us celebrate
We can't wait to see what our next year brings!!!