Well, everyone who was at Gedling junior parkrun, whether running, jogging, walking, volunteering or observing all agreed that we had a fabulous time!
It was a special week as we welcomed lots of Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows as part of their parkrun takeover. Thank you so much for joining us, we really did enjoy watching you all.
Altogether we had 93 juniors having fun zooming down the zig zags and smiling away as they conquered the hill up to the finish line. I think we probably need a name for the hill - do let us know if you have any ideas? We welcomed 18 official first timers but I think that lots of the "unknowns" were also first timers. Do get registered on the parkrun website, print off a barcode and bring it with you next time you join us. I hope that you are all very proud of yourselves for what you achieved. I really did enjoy seeing so many smiley faces.
We didn't have any milestones this week to award but remember that when you have ran 11 junior parkruns (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) to let us know and we will award you with a wristband. You can also print a certificate off the parkrun website.
Well done to Megan, Malachi, Freddie, Arthur, Arthur, Aurelia, Laura, Tommy, Patrick, Evie, Anais, Ellis and Darcy who all achieved a personal best.
A first for Gedling junior parkrun this week was that we had two Girl Guides running the course barefoot! Why? Well they were inspired by Anna McNuff, who is the official ambassador for Girlguiding. She is an inspirational adventurer and former GB rower. Among her many adventures last year she ran 2,532 miles (the distance of 90 marathons) through Britain - completely barefoot! Along the way she delivered motivational talks including to some of the Guides who were with us at junior parkrun. Well done girls - I am sure that Anna, your Guide leaders, as well as us at junior parkrun are very proud of you.
It does not matter how fast or how slow you are but I do think that it is worth congratulating Megan today who was the second finisher in a time of 07:41 which was a new course age category record for girls aged 11-14. In fact it is double congratulations as I know both Megan and her brother Ben, who was our first finisher, both achieved new course age category records at Wollaton parkrun the day before as well!
Well of course none of this could have been achieved without our marvellous volunteers. So a massive thank you to them all. This week we had Katie, Damian, Emma, Tabitha, Wayne, Ann, Matthew, Richard, Tamsin, Rob, Sam, Jonathan, Charlotte and Deborah who clapped and cheered you around the course (but no high fives this week). Sharon and Danny were your tail walkers, Louis and Ewan were scanning the bar codes, Anysha was handing out the tokens while Tom managed the funnel and Rose and Siena were the timekeepers.
I would like to say that we will see you next week but due to the current situation with Covid-19 that is looking uncertain. We are waiting for an official announcement from parkrun HQ tomorrow regarding how to proceed so do keep an eye on our website and social media. I would like to say a massive thank you from all the core team to all the juniors and their adults and the volunteers. We have really appreciated all your support and smiles. You really do make it worth getting up early on a Sunday morning even when it is raining and grey! One thing is for certain, that if we are cancelled, we will be back whenever that may be and we will always have a warm welcome for you all. #loveparkrun
I hope that you all keep safe and well