Event 154 – 19th May 2019

On Sunday 19th May 2019 we were welcomed to Gedling Country Park with sunny skies and 92 juniors who ran, walked and jogged their way around our course.20190519_090219

The course was set up and our merry bunch of volunteers all had their roles given out in record time so we were able to have a prompt start time.

Big thanks to our amazing hi-vis heroes, on timers we had Zoe and Isabella, managing the funnel was Richard and Matthew, and scanning the barcodes was Ewan and Jonathan. Out on the course, managing you safely round as marshals was Clare, Rachel, Tom, John, Nick, Madeleine, Sarah, Jonathan, Joanne, Mark and Julie. Finally, bringing up the rear as tail walkers was Bea and Nicola.
Thanks also to Madeleine and Eloise for their extra help with the funnel and token sorting.


If you want to help out one week, have a look at our future volunteer roster to see if theres a job you fancy, and then drop Sarah an email at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com . Every role is really simple and everyone looks good in hi-vis!

There were a couple of half marathon writstbands handed out, these went to Finlay and Florence. Well done! Don’t forget to print off your half marathon certificate!

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And then you were off! Speeding your way round the park, up and down those hills! It was the perfect day for a PB as 13 of you scored new personal bests, well done!20190519_09020520190519_09112420190519_09113120190519_091148

That’s it from me for now, next week it’s Sarah being shouty with the megaphone!


Super Sunny Sunday. Event number 153.

Another beautiful day in our glorious park and a grand total of 89 junior parkrunners made it up and down the hills today. What a turnout! Very well done all of you, especially those who managed to drag their adults around the course as well, great work!

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There must have been something pretty energetic in the air today as 21 of you managed to record your personal best time around the course, well done all of you. One of the best things about junior parkrun is watching everybody at the finish, it really doesn't matter how quickly you get over the line or how many times you had a little breather on the way around. What matters is that everyone enjoys themselves, today was definitely one of those days, gigantic Cheshire cat grins everywhere!

So, 89 young faces legged it around this morning. Of those, twelve were brand new first-time junior parkrunners. A huge slap on the back and congratulations to Jessica, William, Mae, Ted, Jasper, Rayan, Aryan, Ivy, Cara, Navleen, Oscar and Ruby for making such a fantastic effort today. We all hope to see you here again very soon. Just a little reminder that this is a junior event for ages 4-14, adults are more than welcome to run around the course with the juniors, but please, don't go through the finish funnel, your time will not be recorded.

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Today I got to hand out a couple of wristbands too, Neve got her half-marathon band for completing 12 junior parkruns and Mia is now the proud owner of a marathon band for finishing her 21st, well done both of you. If you think that you are due to collect your celebration wristband next week, please let the Run Director know and we'll make sure that you don't miss out.

As always, we wouldn't be able to get this whole show off the ground if we didn't have our magnificent volunteers. Each week we need at least 19 hi-viz heroes to time, scan, high-five and cheer on our juniors. If you fancy a go at any time, please drop us an email or have a chat with your Run Director. We are always happy to welcome new faces to our happy group, the more the merrier. Thanks this week must go to Bo, Clare, Darren, Debra, Eveline, Ewan, Frances, Isabella, Joanne, Louis, Madeleine, Matthew, Nicola, Sammy, Sarah, Sharon, Tom and Zoe for all giving up a little bit of their Sunday morning.

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Next week Ian takes over for a spot of Run Directing, I'm sure that he is already looking forward to a great morning. See you on the hills folks, have a great week.

Jonathan. #loveparkrun.


Event 152 – The One with a new ‘H’

This Saturday saw a great turnout, as despite it being the first Gedling Junior Parkrun of May, conditions were on the bracing side of warm (temps at the start hovering around 7oC) - Our wonderful group of volunteers had to be well wrapped up!

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Thanks very much to those intrepid volunteers this week for all their efforts and enthusiasm: Sharon, Frances, Louis, Tom, Eveline, Oliver, Nick, Madeleine, Sarah, Sammy, Matthew, Caroline, Bo, James, Helen, Zoe, Joanne, Jonathan, Ewan and Madeleine.

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As it was my first time as RD, I was particularly grateful that there were loads of experienced volunteers around me, including at least 3 other RDs, helping to nudge me in the right direction when I’d forgotten various things ! And as is often the case, Ewan was there first, getting all the equipment out of the shed, and leading the funnel set-up – great work !

If you fancy a morning start of high fives and cheeriness then please email gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com to give it a go!

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This week we had 65 parkrunners and 6 first timers - welcome and well done to Joseph, Keira, Finn, Sharay, Dillon and Herbie !

We also had 10 New PBs: Amelia, Oliver, Jenny, Harry, Zara, Florence, Scarlett, Isobel, Hannah and Ben – fantastic effort, and well done to you all

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And very,very well done to Neve, for completing her 11th Junior Parkrun, and receiving her Half Marathon wrist-band. (If you didn't already know after 11 junior parkruns you can collect a half marathon wrist band, 21 a marathon band and 50 an ultra band. After 100 you get a certificate which is excellent value for a show and tell at school! )

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Once again, thanks to Ewan and Sammy for their energetic leading of the mass warm-up, that no doubt helped get the runners in a peak state of readiness !

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It was a great atmosphere, as usual with lots of smiling faces as people passed the finish line - just a little reminder parents - please don't go down the finish funnel it makes timekeeping very hard!!

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See you next Sunday folks!


Event 150- 21st April 2019 – Easter!

A big thank you to Ewan for writing the run report this week. Ewan was originally one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who has continued to come and volunteer every week even though he has completed his Duke of Edinburgh award. From all of us at Gedling junior parkrun we want to say thank you to Ewan for supporting us every week. He is always the first of the volunteers to arrive and start to get the course set up. You will also recognise him as one of the warm up team!

The warm weather matched everyone’s high spirits for the 150th Gedling junior parkrun, although it fortunately stayed cool enough, so the boxes of Easter Eggs managed to stay solid for the runners to enjoy at the finish.

Gedling junior parkrun 21st April 2019A brilliant volunteer turnout for this week saw us have more than we needed, enabling us to have extra marshals positioned around the course and volunteers around the finish area to distribute the Easter Bunny’s treats. However, this isn’t the case every week so if you want to start your day with smiling faces and high fives please consider volunteering every so often to make sure that we can continue long into the future. If you are interested please email Gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com . Gedling junior parkrun 21st April 2019

A huge thank you to this week’s volunteers Bo, Darren, Debra, Ewan, Finn, Frances, Helen, Joanne, John, Jon, Jonathan, Louis, Louisa, Lyndsey, Madeleine, Madeleine, Matthew, Nick, Nicola, Sammy, Sarah, Sharon, Tabitha, Wayne and Zoe for getting out of bed early and enabling the event to run as well as it did.

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We had 73 parkrunners joining us with 7 first timers and 16 PBs! Todays parkrunners have now ran 1927 junior parkruns between them, the equivalent of running from Gedling Country Park to Dubai and 40% of the way back!

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Both Harriet and Riley celebrated Easter Sunday by earning their half-marathon wristband! Please remember there are wristbands to celebrate half marathon (11 runs) marathon (21 runs) and ultramarathon (50 runs) - at 100 there is a certificate, if you let the run Director know we can celebrate!

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See you next week for the last run of April, where Tamsin will be your run director.


Event #149 – the one where we turned three!!

It was a good job everyone was excited to celebrate Gedling juniors parkrun turning three as it was a fairly miserable morning which did at one point involve some sleet. This was not the weather we had ordered. However prospect of the masses of cakes made by Sarah and Madeleine post run kept spirits high.

We had an excellent turnout of volunteers all wanting to join the celebrations and make sure there were plenty of high fives around the course, and parkrunners and volunteers alike included some of the original Gedling junior parkrun faces.

Thank you very much to Ben, Bo, Darren, Debbie, Emma, Helen, Ian, Neil, Jenny, Karen, Louisa, Madeleine, Nick, Nick, Peter, Roger, Sammy, Sarah, Tabitha and Wayne.  Week after week our fantastic volunteers get out of bed on a Sunday and whilst the actually getting out of bed bit can occasionally be a challenge - it's always worth it!  Smiling faces and high fives is a brilliant way to start your day.  If you would be interested in volunteering every now and again to make sure we can continue every Sunday please email Gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com


We had 69 parkrunners joining us with 11 first timers and 19 pbs!  I am sure it was the excellent warm up that led to such enthusiasm (or it may have been trying to out run the bad weather which appeared to be looming).



And here are some of our parkrun regulars who I'm informed were there on day one, Finn, Theo and Fleur.

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And here are Greta and Arthur who both did their half marathon runs on our third birthday. Please remember there are wristbands to celebrate half marathon (11 runs) marathon (21 runs) and ultramarathon (50 runs) - at 100 there is a certificate, if you let the run Director know we can celebrate!

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See you next week for the Easter Sunday parkrun when the mighty Evan will be run directing with Lyndsey.



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