What a surprise it was that Gedling junior parkrun was not cancelled this week. We are use to how the course gets icy so when I arrived just after 7.30am on Sunday morning to inspect the course I was fully expecting to have to cancel and be back home shortly after to tuck into my breakfast! Luckily I was wrong and with only a couple of minor icy areas where we had extra marshals we were able to proceed.
What a fantastic morning we had too - 75 juniors and their grown ups joined us at Gedling Country Park to walk, jog and run up and down our hills and zig zags. Some juniors managed to come and visit us as their usual activities (football and rugby) were cancelled and we also had tourists from Hucknall, Rushcliffe and Long Eaton junior parkruns so welcome to you all.
We had 14 first timers to Gedling and 9 of whom were completely new to parkrun so hello to Ioan, Finley, Henry, Woody, Edward, Amy, Madeline, Martha and Heidi.
The cold did not stop you zooming around the course and 14 of you achieved a personal best so well done to Fleur, Edward, James, Finlay, Kitty, Rosa, Jacob, Edward, Daniel, Pippa, Olivia, Lexi, Harry and Isabelle.
Martha, Maisy and Edward all ran their 11th junior parkrun so have earnt their half marathon wristband.
Don't forget that when you reach 11 junior parkruns you have ran the equivalent of a half marathon, 21 is a marathon and 50 is an ultra marathon. Let the run director know and you can be presented with your wristband and you can print a certificate off the website on your parkrun profile. They are a great achievement and are really good towards badges at cubs/brownies etc and for show and tell at school.
Talking about schools - did you know that at least 22 out of the 75 juniors this week were from Woodthorpe Infant School or Arno Vale Junior School (they are a linked infant and junior school). Well done! Maybe you would like to see if any of your friends from school would like to join you next week?
Of course junior parkrun can not happen without our wonderful volunteers who were still smiling despite the cold weather. So a big thank you to our hi vis heros - Louis and Sammy were keeping time, Frances and Nick were scanning the bar codes, Ewan and Louis were on the funnel, Nic and Oliver were tailwalkers and the mountain marshals were Sharon, Jonathon. Joanne, Zoe, Richard, Tom, John, Jolene, Seb, Eve, Matthew, Linda, James, Michelle and Rob.
See you all soon
P.S Apologies for the lack of photos - I have had a few technical difficulties and will put them on facebook instead!