Sunday 2nd September 2018 will go down in Gedling juniors history as one
of the best events ever! Who’d have thought the weekend before school
starts could be a cause for so much celebration?!
It started bright and early at 8.15 when the happy band of volunteers
arrived to welcome the fabulous Ellie Downie, Olympic gymnast to
Gedling Country Park. Ellie is supporting the #teamparkrun initiative
which aims to showcase lottery funded athletes and help promote the
benefits of parkrun. I hope you all agree she was a fantastic ambassador
for gymnastics, Nottingham and #teamparkrun.
The excitement didn’t end there, we also welcomed a film crew from
parkrun head office. They were soaking up the atmosphere and taking
shots of you as you ran around the course. Some of you were interviewed by
them afterwards. Watch the local news over the next couple of days as
the footage might just crop up. If not it will be used on the main
parkrun social media pages so keep your eyes peeled. Here’s Charlie and
Austin being interviewed:
We welcomed six brand new parkrunners this morning, Verity, Erin, Daisy,
Edward, Joe and Esme, we hope you enjoyed the run and look forward to
seeing you again. We guarantee a warm welcome and lots of fun but
can’t promise celebrities and film crew every week!
A massive congratulations to Amber for reaching her Ultra Marathon
milestone. She has completed all 50 of her runs with us here at Gedling
and we are all super proud of her achievement. I’m sure you won’t
forget being presented with your wristband by Ellie Downie in a hurry!
According to the results, Hannah and Luke recorded their 21st run today
and they too have now earnt a wristband. Please shout up next time you
are here and we will present yours. Don’t forget to print off your
certificates and take them to school to tell everyone what you have
achieved. You deserve all the kudos for the hard work you have put in
running up those hills!
Well done to Oliver, Jack, Jacob, Rory, Harriet, Leo and William for
recording a new PB today. Perhaps you were spurred on by the support
crew provided by Notts Women Runners Arnold Arrows who took a break from their long run
this morning to cheer you on. Thanks for popping by!
Each week we all take loads of photos and they are uploaded on to our
Flickr page which can be accessed straight from the website. Here’s the
We’ve signed up a new Run Director this week so keep an eye out for
Jenny over the next few weeks. If you’d like to get more involved,
just have a chat to one of the core team and ask us whatever you’d like
to know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question!
So as always we want to thank all our volunteers today - Richard, Eloise and Madeline joined Ellie as tail walkers, Myles and Zoe were keeping time, Louis and Ewan were bar code scanning and Louis and James were on the funnel.
Our magnificent marshals cheering you around the course were Jonathan, Ruth, Joanne, Sharon, Jenny, Nicola, Emma, Eve, Jayne, Ian and Kelly. Tamsin was enjoying herself as communications person with the press and run report writing, Evie processed the results and Helen was your run director.
Well we’re off to put our feet up but we’ll be back next week for