Event 183 – December 8th 2019 – the one with all the volunteers

Blink and another junior parkrun has whizzed by! It definitely felt like it was over in a flash this morning. We had 24 runners join us up on Mount Gedders this morning and for the first time ever, we had more volunteers than runners!! Maybe everyone was out Christmas shopping or put off by the forecast of wind and rain? It was lovely out... big blue skies, a bit of a breeze, but pretty darned nice for a run even so!

Gedling junior parkrun 8/12/19

So, who were all those wonderful volunteers? Well, we had Evie and Anysha stepping in at the last minute to act as time keepers; Matthew, Tamsin, Madeleine, Jonathan, Joanne, Steve, Karen, Jim, Julie, Nick, Bo, Madeleine, Eloise and Jake acting as marvellous marshals; Sammy and James scanning barcodes; Zoe and Ewan on finish funnel duty; Henry, Helen, Laurence and Ted tail walking the course; Matilda taking photos; Felix sorting tokens and me, Sarah, trying to keep everything running vaguely smoothly!

Gedling junior parkrun 8/12/19

That's 27 volunteers vs. 24 runners! Just shows what a team it takes to get our juniors running each Sunday morning, doesn't it? Even if there were only a couple of runners, we'd still need a full roster to go ahead safely. Speaking of which, if you'd like to volunteer for future weeks, why not drop us a line to gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com and I'll pop you on the roster.

I have a couple of special mentions this morning. Firstly, Ewan, who was presented with a parkrun water bottle today for having volunteered the most this past year. He's made a huge difference to us at Gedling juniors and, while we appreciate everything our volunteers do, Ewan goes the extra mile - turning up early to set up the course, helping out with our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, taking on the Run Director role etc - and he's still an under-18 himself. What a superstar!

Gedling junior parkrun 8/12/19

Also superstars this morning were Evie, Anysha, James and Sam, all of whom took on timing and barcode scanning using the parkrun app which we've never used before. And why did we choose today to use it? Well, because I'm a bit hopeless and didn't check to see if I'd got the timers and scanners in the bag this morning! Whoops! Thank you to you all for making a difference today.

Gedling junior parkrun 8/12/19

Gedling junior parkrun 8/12/19

Our runners were also pretty darned awesome too. Our first finishers for boys and girls were Lewis and Sienna. Cassius, Safeeya, Paige and Seb earned themselves new personal bests this morning. Plus, George and Henry joined us for the very first time - so a warm welcome to you both and we'll look forward to seeing you again soon! There weren't any milestone wristbands to hand out today, but if you have done 11, 21 or 50 runs, make sure you let the Run Director know and you'll be awarded your half marathon, marathon or ultra marathon band, which we always love to give out.

Gedling junior parkrun 8/12/19

Rightie ho, that's me done for the week. Next week Tamsin is steering the good ship Gedling juniors. We've only got two more junior parkruns until Christmas and then we'll be taking a little break until the New Year when we start again on the 5th of January.

Happy running all!

Sarah H-F


Event # 182 – Pinch Punch, first of the month!

We have been looking forwards to the beginning of December in our house for a little while, which is why the first words I heard this morning were "Pinch, punch, first of the month" accompanied by strikes on the arm and then the words "Can I open my advent calendar now?!"

frostry swing

I'll be honest, I hadn't slept all that well. I knew there was a genuine possibility I'd have to cancel the event and I don't think I was on my own, as I wasn't even the first member of the core team out there, inspecting the course. Not an easy decision, but we called it and we decided to go ahead.

Frosty fox

After the course inspection, I had a fairly easy morning. I got to hand over Run Director Duties to Ewan, knowing he'd do a great job! We're very lucky at Gedling Juniors to have such a team of bright, enthusiastic under 18's regularly involved. Ewan set up the funnel, handed out all the jobs, briefed anyone who needed to be briefed. Gave the volunteer brief, briefed the runners, led the warm up, started the runners off, handled the un-scannables, helped me manage a minor incident, closed down the course at the end and then he came over to the cafe and processed the results, too! So, I don't have much of a problem in declaring Ewan to be today's MVP.

Or at least I didn't until a little bird told me today was also Sarah HG's 50th time as volunteer coordinator, which means she's helped to fill over 1000 roles for 50 events!

And then I started feeling bad for trying to pick an MVP, so this week's Most Valued Players are everyone; Louis ASTILL, Sharon ASTILL, Frances ASTILL, Damian BENNER, Tom BLAKEY, Jake BROUGHTON, Chris COE, Laurence COE, Nicola DICKINSON, Julie DRIVER, Ann FISH, Eveline GRIFFITH, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Sammy KING, Matthew MARSHALL, James MARTIN, Steve MARTIN, Richard MILLNS, Bo NOWICKI, Isabella RIELEY, Joanne TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Jonathan TANNER, Ewan WANE, James WILKINS and Emma BENNER.

Team Awesome!

No first timers with us this week, but a few milestones achieved. Oscar and David both qualified for the half marathon wristbands and Evan collected his Ultra Marathon wristband. Well done guys. If you think you've recently achieved a milestone but forgot to collect your wristband, please let us know.


One of the many, many things I love about junior parkrun (and it's 5k sister - it'll never catch on, though) is how many of you and your parents looked outside on this cold and frosty morning and said "yeah, I'm up for that!". 32 of you put on your kit, lined up and set off on a cold, dark, December morning. Your energy and enthusiasm in infectious!

Happy runners at 11

Six of you even managed to achieve PBs this morning. well done Harrison, Oliver, Charlie, Oscar, Beatrice and Ethan. That's about 20% of the field.

Flying feet at 11

That wraps it up for me, for this week. I'll be handing the baton over to Sarah HG for next week.


Event number 181, 24 November 2019.

It was a little damp and dull at Gedling Country Park this morning, but if there is one thing that brightens up my day, it's the sight and sound of our juniors warming up and getting ready for another crack at the course, smiles are always guaranteed.

Gedling junior parkrun. 24 Nov 19.

Fifty wonderful juniors jumped out of bed and persuaded an adult or two to accompany them to the park. Well done all, special congratulations go to the 14 of you who got new personal best times around our beautiful 2k course and the fantastic 4 that turned up for the very first time, well done and welcome to Seb, Cassius, Oliver and Connor. We hope you come back again soon. In an exciting finish, Tom just about pipped Megan to the post, I think that there may have been a tiny amount of family rivalry on show there! Today Freya was awarded her half-marathon wrist band as a special prize for completing her eleventh junior parkrun, huge congratulations. I also noticed that a couple of you are due your half-marathon bands too, so please let us know next week and we'll make sure you don't miss out.

Gedling junior parkrun. 24 Nov 19.   Gedling junior parkrun. 24 Nov 19.

Twenty-seven people gave up their valuable time in order to get everyone around in safe fashion. A huge thank you to every involved. We have a great group of volunteers and we would always like a few more. Whether you're taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme or you just fancy making use of that spare hour that you may have, just drop us a line at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com or have a chat with your friendly Run Director.

Gedling junior parkrun. 24 Nov 19.

Somebody pointed out to me that today was my 101st turn in the legendary hi-viz (100 at Gedling and just the one when I went rogue and ended up in Bury St. Edmunds). It's been an amazing couple of years and has seen me make so many new friends, I absolutely #loveparkrun.

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Damian and Ewan (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) are sharing the RD vest next week, I know that they are both looking forward to seeing you all. Until then, have a great week.



Event #180: the one where we didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits!

Despite the rain coming down again, we had a fantastic turnout at Gedling Junior Parkrun this morning: 58 smiley happy faces joined us out on the course supported by 25 wonderful volunteers.

We welcomed three people to the Parkrun family for the first time today, welcome Ethan, Sienna and Finnley. We also had three visitors to Gedling, Rosie, Edith and Arthur.

We also handed out three wrist bands but I think there were a couple more of you who earned them and didn't let us know so please let us know next week if you didn't collect yours so we can sort that for you. Wristbands are earned at when you have reached your 11th (half marathon), 21st (marathon) or 50th (ultra marathon) junior parkruns.

Ewan ensured we were ready and raring to go with a fantastic warm up and then we were off! Clearly there was something in the air today as an amazing 16 personal bests were set today. A huge well done to Alicia, Safeeya, Amelia, Ben, Henry, Daniel, Ella, Oscar, Scarlett, Sadie, Toby, Charlie, Joshua, Edward, Leo and Elijah!


As ever, a huge thank you goes to all our volunteers: Damian BENNER, Tom BLAKEY, Jake BROUGHTON, Catriona BUCKLEY, Laurence COE, Matilda FRANKLIN, Chris HILL, Nick HILL, Oliver HILL, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Kate HORTON, Lyndsey JOHNSON, Sammy KING, Matthew MARSHALL, James MARTIN, Steve MARTIN, Bo NOWICKI, Isabella RIELEY, Ted SELBY, Helen SMALLEY, Helena STASZKIEWICZ, Jonathan TANNER, Joanne TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Ewan WANE.

If you would like to volunteer in any future weeks please do let Sarah, our volunteer coordinator, know at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com to avoid us having any last minute panics about not having enough volunteers!

Finally, I had a few technical difficulties processing the results this morning so please do let me know if something isn't quite right so that I can look into it for you.

Have a great week everyone, see you all soon.



Event #179 – 10th November 2019

A big thank you to everyone who joined us at Gedling junior parkrun this morning. We had 64 runners and their grown ups as well as an amazing 30 volunteers!


We welcomed 9 "tourists" who had not been to Gedling junior parkrun before so hello to Cole, Joshua, Daniel, Jack, Dougie, Rory, Thomas, Joshua and Andrew who were all visiting us from other local junior parkruns at Hucknall, Worksop and Newark.


There were not any wristbands to hand out this week but do let us know when you have reached your 11th (half marathon), 21st (marathon) or 50th (ultra marathon) junior parkruns.

Well done to Olivia, Seth, Gilbert, Poppy, Charlie, Isla, River, Max, Connie, Joshua, Reuben, Will, Leo, Scarlett, Alberto, Jasper and Charley who all achieved a personal best this week.


We have 2 main ingredients to a successful junior parkrun - our runners of course but also our fantastic volunteers. On Friday evening we were very short of volunteers and thought that we would have to cancel this week but our local community stepped in and we had a fantastic team to cheer you on around the course and do all the necessary jobs around the finish funnel. So a big thank you to Laurence and Tom who were keeping time, Jake and Sammy scanning the bar codes helped by Isabella, James managing the funnel, Ewan handing out the tokens, Oliver and Louise tail walking and the magnificent marshals were Steve, Bo, Jenny, Claire, Chris, Max, Jenny, Peter, Emma, Martin, Laura, Lucy, Eveline, Karen, Neil, Nick, Josephine, Matthew and William.


Ewan also led the warm up, it is 2 years since he first started volunteering with us. He was only suppose to be here for 26 weeks as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award but 2 years on he is still here and rarely misses a week! So a big thank you to Ewan from us all.

If you would like to volunteer in any future weeks please do let Sarah, our volunteer coordinator, know at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com to avoid us having any last minute panics about not having enough volunteers!

See you soon


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