We've only gone and done it again! Another successful and incredibly fun morning on the hills of Gedling Country Park. There are many reasons why today was great, just like there are every Sunday, but the main one, the reason that we all turn up is to see happy, smiley faces. Today was certainly no exception, a grand total of 47 sets of junior teeth grinned their way around the course, it definitely was a sight to see!
Now you all know that our milestone wristbands are earned and handed out when you have completed 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns. That in itself is a fantastic achievement, but today was extra special for one of our regulars; today Tegan took part in her 100th junior parkrun! Of those, 88 have been here at Gedling, what an amazing feat. Congratulations Tegan, we hope to see you here for many more Sundays. I think everyone will join me in saying that the special celebration cakes that your grown-ups brought along went down very well!
There must have been something in the air today as eleven of you managed to knock at least a second off your previous best time and record a new personal best, very well done to Leo, Theo, Jude, Tegan, Arthur, Jamie, Keris, Lucas, Mia, Millie and Alberto.
There was just the one first-timer today. Strangely it was his last time too! You've all seen Ewan, he's one of our most regular volunteers, always happy to help out and an absolute master of the pre-run warm up routine. Today he acted as tail walker and registered a time of 28:26. As it's his 15th birthday in the week, he'll be too old to record another time! From all of us here on the team, have a very happy birthday.
As usual, it is only right to thank the volunteers. Not only do they make sure that everyone gets around the course safely, there is also a bagful of high-fives and cheers up for grabs, anyone can have one, they're free! Todays roster was filled and overflowing, but that's not always the case. So if anybody fancies a stint in the hi-viz, please let us know. We're very friendly and every job is easy to do, come and have a go, what else are you doing at 9am on a Sunday morning? Drop us an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
So, I'll finish with a few more of my favourite pictures from the finish area today. Well done everybody.
Jenny is your Run Director next week, I know she is already looking forward to seeing you at the start line.
Bye for now, Jonathan. #loveparkrun
Oh and please, don't forget your barcode! #dfyb