Gedling junior parkrun # 175 – 13/10/2019 The One with the Rabbit.

Before we opened the curtains this morning, we could tell they weren’t going to be the kindest of conditions for a run, with the sound of rain hammering on the windows. We arrived early at Gedling Park for a pre-run course inspection. Oliver, co-Run Directing for the first time, ran round the course upon our arrival, to check for flooding. Conditions were ok, with the only significant puddles at the start line, so were good to go!



Ewan was on site first, as usual, busy setting up the finish funnel; and soon the volunteers were arriving in their droves. A big thankyou to Sarah H-F for her usual fantastic efforts as Volunteering Coordinator; Once again we had a full roster of volunteers, with first time volunteers including Ted and James. After removing the rabbit*, we set about agreeing the marshalling positions, using the big map which Damian and Fyfe created last week, which was really helpful - so big thanks for that.
This week we were joined by three first timers (welcome to parkrun to Eva, Hollie & Max) - it’s always great to see first timers – hopefully we'll see you again some time very soon.

Well done to two runners (Talitha and Marrissa) on achieving and collecting their half-marathon wristbands (Don’t forget, when you reach 11, 21 or 50 runs, you are awarded a special wristband to show off!).

After a warm-up led by Ewan, Ted and James the run was on;

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There were 42 runners, which was a fantastic number, given the weather; so well done to all of you, and an extra well done to the 8 of you who achieved a new PB this week.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event happen: Fyfe BENNER, Emma BENNER, Damian BENNER, Jake BROUGHTON, Jenny BROWN, Laurence COE, Neil Scott FRANKLIN, Matilda FRANKLIN, Neil GREGORY, Oliver HILL, Nick HILL, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Matthew MARSHALL, James MARTIN, Angela MOSELEY, Michael QUALTROUGH, Isabella RIELEY, Jolene SANDERSON, Oliver SANDERSON, Ted SELBY, Helen SMALLEY, Helena STASZKIEWICZ, Zoe TANNER, Jonathan TANNER, Joanne TANNER, Neil TUCKER, Ewan WANE
Your run director next week will be Lyndsey. If you'd like to join Lyndsey on the volunteer team then email the office:

* The rabbit needed to be removed, because, to borrow from the Pythons ‘ 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This rabbit is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! … 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the ' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-RABBIT!!’


Gedling junior parkrun # 174 – the one with no massive ducks

This week Fyfe and I had our felt tips out to have a go at creating a totally-to-scale map of our new course. It's a work in progress but two things will become apparent if you look closely. One is that if it's to scale, that duck in the pond must be massive! The other is that I really can't draw cows. Anyway, I half-thought we'd have to leave it in the car, but the weather was loads better than expected.

Starting line

This week we were joined by six first timers and two tourists visiting for the first time. A massive welcome to Louie, William, Seth, Will, Matilda, Ella, Libby and Silvie. we hope you had a great time and that we'll see you again some time very soon. By the way, Ella has the distinction of being the 1234th runner at Gedling Juniors.


Well done to Hannah on achieving and collecting her marathon wristband. What an achievement! Don't forget to print off the certificate and show your teacher. I see we have some more milestones.

Finish line

After a warm-up led by Sammy and Ewan you were off! 65 of you crossed the line this morning. The first back was Finn, closely followed by Reece, Lewis and Jack; all three of whom got a new PB.

They weren't on their own though! 14 of you got PBs this week!

Into Stitch alley

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Damian Benner, Jake Broughton, Catriona Buckley, Sonny Chapman, Laurence Coe (and his Dad), Nicola Dickinson, Tom England, Josephine Franklin, Martha Franklin, Sammy King, Matthew Marshall, William Martin, Lucy Martin, Tamsin Millns, Richard Millns, Kelly Morphus, Bo Nowicki, Jolene Sanderson, Oliver Sanderson, Jonathan Tanner, Joanne Tanner, Zoe Tanner, Alice Townend, Ewan Wane and the ever-vigilant Sarah Horrigan-Fullard who coordinates all this.

Team Awesome

Your run director next week will be Nick. If you'd like to join Nick on Team Awesome (and why wouldn't you; it's awesome!) then email the office.


Event 173 – 29th September 2019 – the one where it didn’t rain!

It didn't rain, lovely people! It didn't rain! At 7am when I looked out of the window, it was pouring. Not a little bit of a shower, but a proper deluge. And yet, as 9am ticked around on the clock, the parkrun gods looked kindly down upon us and the sun came out. There I was prepared to rant merrily about the awful weather, kitted out in my bobble hat and mittens (in September!), but the weather behaved itself and it was lovely. Hooray!

It's been a while since I last Run Directed and though I was rusty, the new route was still shiny and special with 33 of you joining us for a run, jog, walk, skip or hop around the hills. We managed an incredible 12 PBs and it was awesome to welcome 6 first timers to Mount Gedders.

It was also lovely to be able to give out not one but two wristbands as Safeeya and Sophie earned their half marathon and marathon wristbands respectively. Don't forget to print out your certificates to show your teachers, both - we're really proud of you!

We're also really grateful to our wonderful volunteers. The new route needs an additional 4 marshal points and with the Robin Hood Half Marathon taking place today, the roster was looking scarily bare for most of the week... and yet, as ever, an amazing group came together to put on the junior parkrun show. If you would like to volunteer for next week and beyond, that would be fantastic. Just drop me an email to and we'll add you to the list of hi-vis heroes in a blink of an eye!

Thank you to Oli and Jake for time-keeping; Matthew, Nick (Hill and Horrigan!), Martyn, Laura, Karen, Neil (Franklin, Gregory and Tucker!), Catriona, Kelly, Debbie, Wayne, Tabitha, Keith and Isabella for marvelous marshaling; Matilda and Jolene for bipping barcodes; Sonny and Ewan for fabulous finish token flourishing; Madeleine (Wells) for terrific tail walking; Madeleine (Horrigan) for marshaling and finish token sorting; and lastly me, Sarah, trying not to forget anything as I put on the Run Director's over-sized vest once more.

There was also cake, courtesy of Maddy Horrigan who joined the 25-club yesterday after volunteering 25 times for parkrun - thank you for giving up so much of your time... and the cake was much appreciated by all too!

Our first finishers were Zara - who was soooooo close to a PB today - and Theo. Well done for a cracking run, both of you.

Also producing some fabulous runs were Seb, Tallyn, Fleur, Emma, Oscar, Sophie, Archie, Belle, Laura, Max, Alberto and Connie who earned new PBs - great stuff! Finally, a very warm welcome to William, Tristan and Annabelle who ran their very first parkruns. Team Gedling juniors hope you had fun with us on the zig-zags!

Right, that's me done for this week. It's been a blast! Next week you're in the safe hands of Damian and with luck the sunshine will join us again too.

Happy running all!



Event 170 – the one where you all got back from your hols

A beautiful morning to arrive at Gedling Country Park. 79 of you showed up to try our new route some of you took your grown ups out for some exercise too, which was very nice of you.

We were joined by 9 first timers this morning, including 3 doing their very first parkrun with us. Thank you for joining us! I hope you enjoyed our course and we hope to see you soon.

Emma and Joshua collected their half marathon wristbands. I noted Marrissa and Talitha became eligible for their's too! You can collect them on your next run. Well done all four of you. Also well done to the two boys who qualified for their marathon wristbands - great job.

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Finn and Sammy did the warm up before we moved over to our new starting position and, after we'd checked the coast was clear, you were off!

First back this week was Jake Greenhalgh with a time of 07:12 and a new PB. We at Gedling Junior Towers had to check if we could find a faster time, ever, at Gedling. We could only find one, from way back in 2016 . Very well done Jake; that was a very impressive performance.

First finisher

The rest of you did an amazing job too. So many PBs this week (I counted 19) and much more importantly, so many smiles! There was even a bit of impromptu high-fiving from you kids on the run in to the funnel as you supported each other to the finish. I think this should only be encouraged! We're all loving the party atmosphere at the new finish funnel!

Thank you also to all who are giving us your feedback on the new route. We're taking it all on board and continue to make little tweaks to where the cones go, how we do the start, manage the turn-around and manage the finish funnel. We're all having loads of fun and given the bright smiles we see there, I suspect you're all having fun too.

Team Awesome this week were Damian Benner, Jake Broughton, Jenny Brown, Karen Broughton, Tom England, Nick Hill, Oliver Hill, Finn Jones, Matthew Marshall, Kelly Morphus, Bo Nowicki, Matthew Ratcliffe, Louise Ratcliffe, Jolene Sanderson,Oliver Sanderson, Joanne Tanner, Thomas Wall, Julie Webster, Roger Smalley, Sammy King, Alice Townend, Zoe Tanner, Matilda Franklin, Nicola Dickinson and the ever awesome Sarah Horrigan-Fullard.

Team Awesome

Team Awesome will be led by Nick Hill next week. If you'd like to join the team, email


Event #169 – the one where everyone ran in a different direction





Well what an amazing day to shake things up a little - with a bit of a 'back to school starting afresh and trying new things' attitude we thought this Sunday would be the perfect day to test out the route that Tamsin, Sarah, Helen and others have been working on for the last few months.  And without just skipping to the end - I think we can declare it a great success and put out a great cheer to the team for putting in all the  hard work with stravas, maps, risk assessments and measuring wheels (yes like the ones you had a school that click).

Alice, Damian, Emma, Finn, Ian, Isabella, Joanne, John, Jonathan, Julie, Maddy, Matilda, Matthew,  Nick, Nick, Nicola, (three different people, my laptop didn't get stuck) Oliver, Rachel, Ray, Richard, Sarah, Susanne, Tamsin, Tom, and Zoe coped admirably with everything and everyone being in a different place and gave great constructive feedback on the layout so we can make it even better (for example by adding in some more cones in places and different signs).


The new route meant we had a much better start set up for a warm up - which this week was led very well by Tamsin in her woolly hat - she hasn't quite  stolen Ewan's warm up crown though!  and the finish was much smoother - it had a much friendlier feel as people were able to stand around and  watch and cheer without blocking the way for other park users.  It also meant siblings could wait on the  playground but still be close to the action.  Only one person was  sad that the route now means we run down the zig zags not up - you know who you are.....  There was obviously something you liked about the route though as we had 12 new pbs.  These guys were the first three finishers on the  new  route - great trailblazing!!!



We had an amazing outturn of volunteers on Sunday which was great - rules at parkrun juniors have now been updated nationally which means we do need a few more marshalls so please do sign up to help us out - you could have a lovely joyous and upbeat  view like this on a sunday morning then feel virtuous all day.  What could be better?  Exactly - now we're agreed on that drop the lovely Sarah and email on       SEE YOU SUNDAY!!!!


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