Happy Birthday

115 children joined us this morning to help celebrate our 2nd Birthday
Thank you to everyone who braved the miserable weather and made it a really special occasion 

A gigantasaurus thank you to Thinkusaurus? who came out of hibernation to celebrate with us this morning. What an amazing inspiration this young man and his friends have been in Rugby during these turbulent times. The smiles he brought to the faces of the children (and adults) this morning really made our day! He even inspired one reluctant young park runner to take part in today’s run - TRULY AMAZING
There were some fantastic achievements this week - including 25 personal bests, 5 first timers, 3 half marathons and 3 full marathons (join us next week to collect your well earned bands)
We have 2 children who will achieve their half and full marathon at their next parkrun (we hope you choose ours to do this!)

As always the greatest achievement is the fact that 115 of our young people got up this morning and completed a parkrun 

A massive thank you again to our wonderful volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible. 

GEC Rec Junior parkrun #20

Another lovely day for a parkrun - professionally handled by our very capable Run Director and our great volunteers.

There was a huge turnout with 121 runners, 21 of which were GEC Rec first timers. We hope you enjoyed our course. We had 19 PBs.

Thank you to our lovely volunteers. As always, this couldn't be done without you!

Lee BECKER, Tomas BERRY, Samantha BOSWORTH, Louise BRADLEY, Samantha CARNEY, Charlotte CARTER, Laura DUNN, Jonathon GROVE, Jennifer HEATON, Carl HEATON, Simon HENRY, Mark A JENNINGS, Davina LAMBETH, Sharon LARGE, Jessica LARGE, Lynn LITTLE, Steph LOONEY, Chris LOONEY, Greg MORRIS, Eleanor MURPHY, Leona SAUNDERS, Kate SPENCE


GEC Rec Junior parkrun #16

69 happy junior parkrunners turned out today for our 16th event.

Congratulations to Emily, Esme, Persephone, Alice and Seth on their 10th parkrun!

There were six first timers today. A big welcome to the first timers, hope to see you again!

Ten of you achieved PBs today! If you don't know what a PB is - when someone asked my daughter this is she said, “I don't know, but it feels really good!”

Thanks to our amazing volunteers:
Tomas BERRY, Mila BILSLAND, Rosie BILSLAND, Carolyn BISHOP, Paul BISHOP, Janet BOX, Charlotte CARTER, Kate CLEMENTS, Matthew CLEMENTS, Duncan GORDON, Simon HENRY, Davina LAMBETH, Sharon LARGE, Lynn LITTLE, Steph LOONEY, Chris LOONEY, Eleanor MURPHY, Chloe MURPHY, Ross PRESCOTT, Vicki REILLY, Suzanne SWAN, Karthik VELLINGIRI, Karen WILLIAMS

Please sign up here to join the fun: gecrec-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com or on our Facebook page


GEC rec junior parkrun by Daniel

GEC Rec junior parkrun #15.


At a parkrun meeting on Monday, I realised that despite having run or volunteered at over 250 parkruns, I had never been to a junior parkrun.  This is mainly because when they were younger there were no events close by.

Being under strict physio instructions of not running a marathon this weekend I decided that I should volunteer instead.  So a quick search on the parkrun tourist tool and I found Rugby and Stratford both had new events and GEC Rec had a few gaps on the roster so I signed myself and daughter.  At 16 she is now too old to run a junior event but can be helpful - even if she isn't at home.

So at 8:30 my daughter an I arrived to an overcast sky at GEC Rec to volunteer.  Soon had our #HiVizJackets on ready to help. If any parent reading this hasn't yet worn the tabards yet sign up.  It doesn’t take much out of your day and no role is really that tricky, the lanyards explain your role and there is an RD or Volunteer Coordinator who can also show you what to do.  So as your child runs, jogs or walks around you can help make it happen, this is especially important in the summer months when regular volunteers are away on holiday. If you can help email gecrec-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com don’t worry you don’t have to commit to helping regularly you can help when you can.

On behalf of the 89 parkrunners today can I offer a huge thanks to Brian Thomas PETERS  • Carl HEATON • Charlotte CARTER • Clare PHEASANT • Davina LAMBETH • Duncan GORDON  • Emily ABBIS • Greg MORRIS • Jason CORTESE • Jennifer HEATON • Jenny BROWN • Jonathon GROVE  • Karen WILLIAMS • Kate SPENCE • Lauren ABBIS • Lynn LITTLE • Mike SPENCW • Paul ABBIS • Sophie ABBIS  • Stuart BRADLEY • Susan SPENCE for volunteering today being on of the #HiVizHeroes

After 15 weeks of GEC Rec parkrun happening each week a few new youngsters join the parkrun family and come along with their barcodes so a huge well done to :- LiMerryn HUTCHINS-MORANT, Esther HUTCHINS-MORANT, Arjan NANDHRA, Alfred TAYLOR, Ethan FRANKISH, Siddharth KARTHIK, Edward TAYLOR, Sienna KERR & Isabella KERR who all used their barcodes for the first at junior parkrun.

There are a few differences at junior parkrun to theSaturday 5km parkrun.  Unlike an adult parkrun the start of juniors starts with an energetic warm up, this week brilliantly led by some of the junior runners giving the 10 marshals on course time to get to their allocated positions. Another difference to the 5km parkrun is the lack of beeping GPS watches at the start although the runners charging off is exactly the same, even if the runners are just a little smaller.

The biggest and best difference is the respectful quiet during the run briefing, it is great how young runners and their parents listen carefully to what is being said - I wish that some of the adults on a Saturday could be seen and not heard as the RD does his briefing.

Once runners started, I wandered over to the scanning point with my phone and the Volunteer App all ready to go.  

I didn’t have to wait long to start my scanning as Isaac HUTCHINS-MORANT (JM11-14) raced over the line in 08:14 closely followed by an unknown junior girl!  Just like at the full 5km parkrun - No Barcode No result. The good news is that for those 8 unknown runners there is always next week to run again, just #dfyb (Don’t Forget Your Barcode)

The thing I really enjoy about parkrun is that it is a run not a race.  You are not competing against anyone but yourself. Each week your barcode gets zapped and it records a time and some weeks you run well and beat your best time over the course.  This week 12 runners manage to get a PB so a huge well done to James GORDON, Olivia HAWKINS, Sophie SIGGERS, Rebekah TATHAM, Persephone ALLEN, Seth MARKS, George SIGGERS, Oscar HYDE, Charlotte PHEASANT, Oscar HARLOCK, Lucy MCCLEMENTS & Hannah FAITH.

If you didn’t manage to run a PB this week… don’t worry you still had a lovely run in the park with lots of other parkrunners and you can try again next week.


Happy parkrunning


GEC Rec Junior parkrun #13

Well done to all 58 runners who braved the rain to take part in this weeks GEC Rec parkrun. Not surprisingly we only had four PBs. We did however have four first timers. I promise it's not always like this!

Congratulations to Riley who celebrated 10 parkruns today. Good job!

As always, a huge thank you to all those who came forward to volunteer.


GEC Rec junior parkrun #10

Today was our 10th parkrun! Several international guests joined us to celebrate with our volunteers and runners. Maxim, Russia's parkrun manager visited us to see how we do things in Rugby with the hope of setting up the first ever Russian junior parkrun!

Runners were clearly enjoying the conditions and there were 15 PBs. Good job! We had 18 first timers. We hope you all come back soon. Toby, George and Neave had big milestones. Well done to the three of you!

Once again a big thank you to all our volunteers. See you next week!


GEC Rec Junior parkrun #9

A warm and dry morning woke us on Sunday morning. Conditions were good with a gentle breeze.

We had 98 runners. There were 19 PBs. Well done! Sophie and Amelie reached their 10th and 20th parkruns. Good job!

The runner’s briefing warmly welcomed and introduced all runners to the course layout. There were a few first timers who are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode! 10 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning.

As always the event couldn’t happen without our awesome volunteers, so a huge thank you to the 23 who helped this week.

We look forward to seeing you next week.


GEC Rec Junior parkrun #8

Not a bad day weather wise for the GEC Rec juniors 8th parkrun. 95 of you ran our amazing course with 35 of you you achieving a new PB! Good job.

We had 12 runners new to GEC Rec Junior parkrun Rugby. Well done to Chloe for reaching her 30th park run.

Thank you to all out volunteers. If you would like to volunteer next week please email gecrec-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com.


GEC Rec Junior parkrun #7

After a week of weather for ducks, the sun finally came out for our 7th parkrun. The weather was comfortable for running and the weather fairies made sure the pesky rain that’s been drenching the town stayed away!

We had 98 runners supported by 20 superb volunteers. There were 32 PBs (33%). 14 first timers joined us this week and we had several milestones. Jasper and Sophie reached their 10 parkrun milestones. Well done!

Hope to see everyone next week, hopefully in some sunshine and slightly less rain than we’ve had this last week!!!


GEC Rec Junior parkrun #6

It was a lovely sunny morning in Rugby today. We had a large turnout of 104 runners, and 26 people doing their first parkrun at GEC Rec, Rugby including 21 people doing their first ever parkrun. Well done to Noah for coming in second place on his first ever parkrun!

The warm weather conditions suited many runners. 28 runners achieved Personal Bests for our course. This works out at almost 27% of everyone who ran today.

Congratulations go to Millie for running 50 parkruns!

Thanks once again to all the volunteers. We couldn't do it without you.

Finally, I would just like to make you aware that parkrun HQ recently launched 10 short videos on You Tube earlier this month which are well worth watching. The videos are fronted by Jessica Ennis-Hill, filmed by Sky TV and were sponsored by Vitality. They are all about 8-10 minutes long and are called “Jessica’s parkrun heroes”. They feature 10 people with inspirational stories for whom parkrun has
changed their lives.

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