Run #166. 11/08/2019 – the shouty one.

Why so shouty? Well, it was my first time taking the reigns as run director and I quickly discovered that I didn't know how to work the loud haler. Whilst I do think I could have figured it out quickly, doing so whilst 52 pairs of legs were itching to get underway didn't seem the right thing to do. So, shouting! Hope you could all hear. I know those at the front certainly could.

Course conditions

Three children joined the half marathon club; Cai, Amy and Lara. Two joined the marathon club; Ollie and Riley. Four children collected their marathon wristband, which I think includes a bit of catch-up. Given that we didn't give out any half marathon wrist bands, I think we've got a bit more catching up to do in weeks to come.


Actually, that's not quite correct. I did give out one half marathon wristband by mistake. But that young runner left with the correct one and an apology.

The warm up was led by Ewan and Sammy. Thanks! Thanks also to the offer of running the warm up from our Long Eaton tourist. if you're down again, we'd love to get you on the roster to do this. It was a very kind offer.

Warm up

Speaking of which, we had first time visitors this morning from Forest Rec and Long Eaton. we hope you enjoyed our hills! For our other visitors, of which I know there were a few, we hope to see you again. We also welcome two runners for the first time and four runners back for their second run. Welcome back Alfie, Isabel, Henry and Levi.

Seven of you managed to get PBs this morning, even with all that wind! One of those was Ollie Pantling, newly minted member of the marathon club, who told me he thought he had. Pleased to see you were right. So, with our four first timers, 11 of you now have new benchmarks! Great stuff. Chloe Lilley was your first finisher.

first finihser

Finally, a mention for our volunteers. Stars, every one of them! Couple of special mentions. Firstly, myself! Firstly, my 6 yo son, Fyfe, has been desperate to do some scanning for a while now and under Ewan's expert tutelage, did a great job. Remember kids, you can volunteer any time like. You can do pretty much any role you like, too, but you might need a grown up to help you with some of them. secondly, another voluntourist for the second week running, this time Sharon Street from Long Eaton Juniors was your funnel manager. She did a superb job, is welcome back anytime, but given she's on their core team, I suspect she'll be busy most weeks with that. Saving the best for last, Tamsin Millns completed her 100th volunteering gig. Tamsin's contribution to Gedling juniors can't be understated. as well as being a key player at Gedling, Tamsin has completed 117 runs, which is a pretty impressive run to volunteering ratio, she's done 11 distinct volunteering roles and has a V-Index of 5 (meaning she's done 5 of those roles, 5 times).

Voluneer team

That's all folks! thanks again to all our volunteers. Your run director next week will be Helen Smalley.


Event #165 – 04/08/2019 (the one where I didn’t crash the car)

On my way to Gedling junior parkrun this morning to shadow Tamsin as run director, as well as Fyfe in the back of the car, I discovered I had an extra passenger. This one had 8 legs and I found him wandering up my leg as I was driving. Fortunately, I'm okay with spiders, so he was re-homed outside the car very quickly. No need to abandon the car in the road and run away screaming.

Arriving early and intact at Gedling Country Park, the sun was out and it was already getting warm. I found one keen volunteer already getting things ready, with the equipment coming out of the shed as the rest of the volunteer team arrived. This week we were lucky to have so many extra volunteers that we were able to have extra marshal points and relax a little more, with a bit of a party atmosphere. More numbers make light work! A rare luxury we'd love to enjoy some more. A big thank you to all this week's volunteers, especially our volun-tourists from Southampton. Hope to see you again, next time you're in town.
Volunteer team

63 young people joined us for the run and some of them brought their grown ups for a run, too. We had eleven children joining us for the first time, four of whom chose us for their very first parkrun. We are honored you chose us for your first parkrun and hope to see you again soon. Speaking of which, Mei Li, Amelia, Jasmine and Jack came back this week for their second run. Welcome back! We're delighted you returned.

Line up

Finley Young joined the Marathon club and collected his wristband. We noted also that Scarlett Foreman joined the Half Marathon club and Greta Dixon joined the marathon club, but didn't collect their wrist bands. Speak to a run director next week if you'd like to collect your wristband. Don't forget you can also download a certificate which you can use to impress your friends at school. Well done all three of you; we think you're amazing!

Marathon club

Formalities over and after a warm up led by Sonny, our runners were ready and they were off!

And they are off

Our job then was to see who came back again. The first person to do that this week was Alana Cook with a new PB. It was great to see a girl as first finisher. But wait, Zara Collinson was your second fastest finisher this week, too. The boys did outnumber the girls a little this week, but girls, you certainly weren't out-performed. Proof, if it were needed, that These Girls Can!

Alana on the Zig Zags

First finisher

As for our other 61 finishers, I don't know what you lot had for breakfast, but it worked! We had 12 new PBs in total! That, combined with the 11 children running at Gedling juniors for the first time gives a total of 23 (37%) setting new benchmarks for themselves.

Well done everyone who ran, walked, skipped, moon-walked or danced around our hills this morning, whether you were chasing a PB or just out to stretch your legs. You all won Sunday morning! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. I enjoyed it so much that I'm going back next week when myself (Damian) and Nick will be run directing together. Have a great week and hope to see you all next Sunday.


Event #164: Will it, won’t it? It didn’t!

On the way to the park this morning Zoe told me that there was a 94% chance of rain at 9 o'clock. Thankfully, the 6% chance of no rain was the stat that won and we managed to get through event 164 without being drenched; great news! Whatever the weather, there is ALWAYS a 100% chance of fun at Gedling junior parkrun and that was the case today.

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A grand total of fifty junior athletes made their way around our route this morning, it was wonderful to see so many of you managing to drag a grown-up or two along too, well done all! Some numbers for you: we had six first-timers, we welcomed Ben, Joe, Max, Elijah, Noah and Levi to Gedling for the very first time, please come back soon to see us again. A huge number of you, eight in total got your speedy feet on and recorded your fastest time ever around the course, well done to Leo, Jack, Cairo, Sadie, Harrison, Rowan, Noah and Poppy knocking a second or two off your best times.

Of course it's not all about going super fast from start to finish, however you chose to get around is good by us. If you run, walk, jog, skip or hop you'll get a special commemorative wristband to show off around school. These will be given to you when you've done 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns. If you think that you have earned some parkrun bling, just have a chat with your run director and we'll make sure that you don't miss out.

Talking of free stuff, did you know that when a volunteer has completed 25 stints in the hi-viz, they qualify for a beautiful purple parkrun tee-shirt? No? Well it's true! Over the next few weeks we are a little short of names for the volunteer list and we really can't put on these events without some amazing people. If you fancy donning the waistcoat of wonder, then please email us or have a chat with your run director. Each job is very simple, you'll get fully briefed and you'll feel good about yourself all day!

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Today's cast, handing out high-fives, clapping and cheering was Bo, Catriona, Charlie, Damian, Darren, Debra, Ian, Jake, Jenny, Joanne, John, John, Karen, Linda, Madeleine, Madeleine, Sammy, Sarah, Sonny, Tabitha, Tom and Zoe, phew! It was a special day for Madeleine too, she was happy to give up the morning of her sixteenth birthday to come and join in the junior parkrun fun. Happy birthday Moo!

That's about it for today, a massive thank you to Damian for shadowing me as he trains to become our newest run director. He'll be back next week with Tamsin, they will be sharing the megaphone duties and I know it will be great fun.

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Bye for now, have an amazing week, Jonathan. #loveparkrun


Event 163 – 21/07/19

This Sunday was a pleasant Summer's day, perfect for parkrunning, park-jogging and park-walking and park-volunteering !

Our wonderful volunteers arrived bright and early as usual, all 22 of them, ready to take up their roles with their usual gusto.


Once again, Ewan was first there, leading the charge to set up the course.


We also had several new volunteers (well, new to me anyway!), so very warm welcome to you, and thanks very much, look forward to seeing you soon!!

The full list of volunteers this week, since they all deserve a shout, is: Linda ALLENMichelle BRADLEYIan BRINKLERJake BROUGHTONKaren E BROUGHTONCatriona BUCKLEYCharlie COLLINTom ENGLANDJohn ENGLANDNick HILLMax HILLMadeleine HORRIGANSarah HORRIGAN-FULLARDLouise KELLYEmily RATCLIFFEMatthew RATCLIFFELouise RATCLIFFEIsabella RIELEYJonathan TANNERJoanne TANNERZoe TANNEREwan WANE

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By 9 o'clock our willing runners, and wonderful parents had gathered in their masses, and we were ready to start the pre-run announcements (yes, sorry, I'll try and do it faster next time ! :-))


There were milestones reached by Evelyn and Sophie, who received Half-Marathon wristbands as a reward for completing 11 runs at Gedling Juniors. Very well done both of you !


Don't forget you can print off your certificate to show all your friends at school what a fabulous runner you are! Just ask a parent to log in to your parkrun profile to print it off.

Once again Ewan led the warm up, which proved very popular !


There were 64 children, and countless parents joining them so it was a great turn out, once again! There were 12 personal best times , and 9 first timers, so welcome one and all ! 

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We look forward to seeing you all next week, when Jonathan will be Run Director, at our wonderful, scenic , parkrun!

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Event 161 – Sunday 7th July

It was great to be back in the giant Run Director's vest this weekend - its been too long!

The morning started as usual with our 20 volunteers meeting at the picnic bench to be assigned their duties for the run. As usual, the increasingly willing and able Ewan was there first to load up the trolley and layout the finish funnel. Ewan is one of our longest standing junior volunteers and he has volunteered almost 60 times with us at Gedling - thank you from us to you!

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We were also joined by visiting volunteers from Newark Juniors, Matthew and Louise, thanks for popping by! Once everything was set up, Sammy (another one of our fabulous junior volunteers with over 40 volunteer credits since 2017) and Ewan led the warm up and I handed out wrist bands to deserving participants who had reached milestones on Sunday. I didn't get photos of you all due to an unfortunate incident with my camera by the results show that Jacob was due his half marathon band whilst Reuben, Logan and Imogen all ran their 21st runs, earning their Marathon wristband. I'm fairly sure there was another band handed out too - well done all of you! Don't forget you can print off your certificate to show all your friends at school what a fabulous runner you are! Just ask a parent to log in to your parkrun profile to print it off.

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So, to the stats! 70 of you completed the course and only five runners didn't have their barcodes. There was quite a tussle at the finish between Finn and Joseph for the top spot, well done both of you for your super sprint finishes, earning you both shiny new PBs. In fact at least 16 of you recorded a new fastest time - I hope you were all rewarded with a warm glow all day. 3 of you were brand new to Gedling; Welcome and we hope to see you again Harriet, Sadie and Reuben.

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After the run it was off down to the Willowbrook in Gedling for a well earned breakfast where Madeleine, Eloise and Imogen sorted the tokens all ready to do it all again next week.

Helen will be ready for you just before 9am!

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