Gedling junior parkrun # 175 – 13/10/2019 The One with the Rabbit.

Before we opened the curtains this morning, we could tell they weren’t going to be the kindest of conditions for a run, with the sound of rain hammering on the windows. We arrived early at Gedling Park for a pre-run course inspection. Oliver, co-Run Directing for the first time, ran round the course upon our arrival, to check for flooding. Conditions were ok, with the only significant puddles at the start line, so were good to go!



Ewan was on site first, as usual, busy setting up the finish funnel; and soon the volunteers were arriving in their droves. A big thankyou to Sarah H-F for her usual fantastic efforts as Volunteering Coordinator; Once again we had a full roster of volunteers, with first time volunteers including Ted and James. After removing the rabbit*, we set about agreeing the marshalling positions, using the big map which Damian and Fyfe created last week, which was really helpful - so big thanks for that.
This week we were joined by three first timers (welcome to parkrun to Eva, Hollie & Max) - it’s always great to see first timers – hopefully we'll see you again some time very soon.

Well done to two runners (Talitha and Marrissa) on achieving and collecting their half-marathon wristbands (Don’t forget, when you reach 11, 21 or 50 runs, you are awarded a special wristband to show off!).

After a warm-up led by Ewan, Ted and James the run was on;

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There were 42 runners, which was a fantastic number, given the weather; so well done to all of you, and an extra well done to the 8 of you who achieved a new PB this week.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event happen: Fyfe BENNER, Emma BENNER, Damian BENNER, Jake BROUGHTON, Jenny BROWN, Laurence COE, Neil Scott FRANKLIN, Matilda FRANKLIN, Neil GREGORY, Oliver HILL, Nick HILL, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Matthew MARSHALL, James MARTIN, Angela MOSELEY, Michael QUALTROUGH, Isabella RIELEY, Jolene SANDERSON, Oliver SANDERSON, Ted SELBY, Helen SMALLEY, Helena STASZKIEWICZ, Zoe TANNER, Jonathan TANNER, Joanne TANNER, Neil TUCKER, Ewan WANE
Your run director next week will be Lyndsey. If you'd like to join Lyndsey on the volunteer team then email the office:

* The rabbit needed to be removed, because, to borrow from the Pythons ‘ 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This rabbit is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! … 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the ' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-RABBIT!!’


Gedling junior parkrun # 174 – the one with no massive ducks

This week Fyfe and I had our felt tips out to have a go at creating a totally-to-scale map of our new course. It's a work in progress but two things will become apparent if you look closely. One is that if it's to scale, that duck in the pond must be massive! The other is that I really can't draw cows. Anyway, I half-thought we'd have to leave it in the car, but the weather was loads better than expected.

Starting line

This week we were joined by six first timers and two tourists visiting for the first time. A massive welcome to Louie, William, Seth, Will, Matilda, Ella, Libby and Silvie. we hope you had a great time and that we'll see you again some time very soon. By the way, Ella has the distinction of being the 1234th runner at Gedling Juniors.


Well done to Hannah on achieving and collecting her marathon wristband. What an achievement! Don't forget to print off the certificate and show your teacher. I see we have some more milestones.

Finish line

After a warm-up led by Sammy and Ewan you were off! 65 of you crossed the line this morning. The first back was Finn, closely followed by Reece, Lewis and Jack; all three of whom got a new PB.

They weren't on their own though! 14 of you got PBs this week!

Into Stitch alley

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Damian Benner, Jake Broughton, Catriona Buckley, Sonny Chapman, Laurence Coe (and his Dad), Nicola Dickinson, Tom England, Josephine Franklin, Martha Franklin, Sammy King, Matthew Marshall, William Martin, Lucy Martin, Tamsin Millns, Richard Millns, Kelly Morphus, Bo Nowicki, Jolene Sanderson, Oliver Sanderson, Jonathan Tanner, Joanne Tanner, Zoe Tanner, Alice Townend, Ewan Wane and the ever-vigilant Sarah Horrigan-Fullard who coordinates all this.

Team Awesome

Your run director next week will be Nick. If you'd like to join Nick on Team Awesome (and why wouldn't you; it's awesome!) then email the office.


Event 173 – 29th September 2019 – the one where it didn’t rain!

It didn't rain, lovely people! It didn't rain! At 7am when I looked out of the window, it was pouring. Not a little bit of a shower, but a proper deluge. And yet, as 9am ticked around on the clock, the parkrun gods looked kindly down upon us and the sun came out. There I was prepared to rant merrily about the awful weather, kitted out in my bobble hat and mittens (in September!), but the weather behaved itself and it was lovely. Hooray!

It's been a while since I last Run Directed and though I was rusty, the new route was still shiny and special with 33 of you joining us for a run, jog, walk, skip or hop around the hills. We managed an incredible 12 PBs and it was awesome to welcome 6 first timers to Mount Gedders.

It was also lovely to be able to give out not one but two wristbands as Safeeya and Sophie earned their half marathon and marathon wristbands respectively. Don't forget to print out your certificates to show your teachers, both - we're really proud of you!

We're also really grateful to our wonderful volunteers. The new route needs an additional 4 marshal points and with the Robin Hood Half Marathon taking place today, the roster was looking scarily bare for most of the week... and yet, as ever, an amazing group came together to put on the junior parkrun show. If you would like to volunteer for next week and beyond, that would be fantastic. Just drop me an email to and we'll add you to the list of hi-vis heroes in a blink of an eye!

Thank you to Oli and Jake for time-keeping; Matthew, Nick (Hill and Horrigan!), Martyn, Laura, Karen, Neil (Franklin, Gregory and Tucker!), Catriona, Kelly, Debbie, Wayne, Tabitha, Keith and Isabella for marvelous marshaling; Matilda and Jolene for bipping barcodes; Sonny and Ewan for fabulous finish token flourishing; Madeleine (Wells) for terrific tail walking; Madeleine (Horrigan) for marshaling and finish token sorting; and lastly me, Sarah, trying not to forget anything as I put on the Run Director's over-sized vest once more.

There was also cake, courtesy of Maddy Horrigan who joined the 25-club yesterday after volunteering 25 times for parkrun - thank you for giving up so much of your time... and the cake was much appreciated by all too!

Our first finishers were Zara - who was soooooo close to a PB today - and Theo. Well done for a cracking run, both of you.

Also producing some fabulous runs were Seb, Tallyn, Fleur, Emma, Oscar, Sophie, Archie, Belle, Laura, Max, Alberto and Connie who earned new PBs - great stuff! Finally, a very warm welcome to William, Tristan and Annabelle who ran their very first parkruns. Team Gedling juniors hope you had fun with us on the zig-zags!

Right, that's me done for this week. It's been a blast! Next week you're in the safe hands of Damian and with luck the sunshine will join us again too.

Happy running all!



Event 170 – the one where you all got back from your hols

A beautiful morning to arrive at Gedling Country Park. 79 of you showed up to try our new route some of you took your grown ups out for some exercise too, which was very nice of you.

We were joined by 9 first timers this morning, including 3 doing their very first parkrun with us. Thank you for joining us! I hope you enjoyed our course and we hope to see you soon.

Emma and Joshua collected their half marathon wristbands. I noted Marrissa and Talitha became eligible for their's too! You can collect them on your next run. Well done all four of you. Also well done to the two boys who qualified for their marathon wristbands - great job.

wrist bands

Finn and Sammy did the warm up before we moved over to our new starting position and, after we'd checked the coast was clear, you were off!

First back this week was Jake Greenhalgh with a time of 07:12 and a new PB. We at Gedling Junior Towers had to check if we could find a faster time, ever, at Gedling. We could only find one, from way back in 2016 . Very well done Jake; that was a very impressive performance.

First finisher

The rest of you did an amazing job too. So many PBs this week (I counted 19) and much more importantly, so many smiles! There was even a bit of impromptu high-fiving from you kids on the run in to the funnel as you supported each other to the finish. I think this should only be encouraged! We're all loving the party atmosphere at the new finish funnel!

Thank you also to all who are giving us your feedback on the new route. We're taking it all on board and continue to make little tweaks to where the cones go, how we do the start, manage the turn-around and manage the finish funnel. We're all having loads of fun and given the bright smiles we see there, I suspect you're all having fun too.

Team Awesome this week were Damian Benner, Jake Broughton, Jenny Brown, Karen Broughton, Tom England, Nick Hill, Oliver Hill, Finn Jones, Matthew Marshall, Kelly Morphus, Bo Nowicki, Matthew Ratcliffe, Louise Ratcliffe, Jolene Sanderson,Oliver Sanderson, Joanne Tanner, Thomas Wall, Julie Webster, Roger Smalley, Sammy King, Alice Townend, Zoe Tanner, Matilda Franklin, Nicola Dickinson and the ever awesome Sarah Horrigan-Fullard.

Team Awesome

Team Awesome will be led by Nick Hill next week. If you'd like to join the team, email


Event #169 – the one where everyone ran in a different direction





Well what an amazing day to shake things up a little - with a bit of a 'back to school starting afresh and trying new things' attitude we thought this Sunday would be the perfect day to test out the route that Tamsin, Sarah, Helen and others have been working on for the last few months.  And without just skipping to the end - I think we can declare it a great success and put out a great cheer to the team for putting in all the  hard work with stravas, maps, risk assessments and measuring wheels (yes like the ones you had a school that click).

Alice, Damian, Emma, Finn, Ian, Isabella, Joanne, John, Jonathan, Julie, Maddy, Matilda, Matthew,  Nick, Nick, Nicola, (three different people, my laptop didn't get stuck) Oliver, Rachel, Ray, Richard, Sarah, Susanne, Tamsin, Tom, and Zoe coped admirably with everything and everyone being in a different place and gave great constructive feedback on the layout so we can make it even better (for example by adding in some more cones in places and different signs).


The new route meant we had a much better start set up for a warm up - which this week was led very well by Tamsin in her woolly hat - she hasn't quite  stolen Ewan's warm up crown though!  and the finish was much smoother - it had a much friendlier feel as people were able to stand around and  watch and cheer without blocking the way for other park users.  It also meant siblings could wait on the  playground but still be close to the action.  Only one person was  sad that the route now means we run down the zig zags not up - you know who you are.....  There was obviously something you liked about the route though as we had 12 new pbs.  These guys were the first three finishers on the  new  route - great trailblazing!!!



We had an amazing outturn of volunteers on Sunday which was great - rules at parkrun juniors have now been updated nationally which means we do need a few more marshalls so please do sign up to help us out - you could have a lovely joyous and upbeat  view like this on a sunday morning then feel virtuous all day.  What could be better?  Exactly - now we're agreed on that drop the lovely Sarah and email on       SEE YOU SUNDAY!!!!



Event 168 – The one where we had a baby size hi-vis

Well what a gorgeous day we had on Sunday for our 35 parkrunners, 5 of whom were there for the first time ever - it's surprisingly easier to get up early on a Sunday when the sun is shining!


The amazing volunteers all had smiles on their faces and only one person had a proper jumper on - you know who you are. As always a massive thank you to our amazing volunteers who make the whole thing run so smoothly, Ian, Martyn, Nicola, Tom, Emma, Oliver, Nick, Maddy, Nick, Matthew, Kelly, Brian, Bo, Michael, Isabella, James, Esther, Alice, and especially Ewan who runs the warm up every week - any volunteers for the warm up for other weeks to learn it with Ewan much appreciated!  Here's everyone properly warmed up and ready go!


We also had Joseph who whilst still young enough to be in a pushchair now has his own hi-vis and is the third generation of his family to be a volunteer (even if he isn't old enough to actually go on the roster yet).  If you would like to start a volunteering legacy and don't know where to start - an email to the lovely Sarah (who builds up and encourages the volunteers each week so we're all ready to go on a sunday) to put your name down is always appreciated.  You can find her on  Our roster is looking very sparse for the next few weeks so now's the time to come forward.

Here are some of our first finishers Matilda and Oliver, Oliver was one of our 2 pbs this week despite the blazing heat!


See you all next week!!


Event 167 – 18th August 2019

It was a warm, bright and sunny day for this weeks Gedling junior parkrun, which saw 51 runners (as well as several parents) smile their way through the course.

This week, Charlotte, Finlay and Isla all completed their first junior parkrun, and Scarlett earned her half-marathon wristband. We also saw 9 people set a new PB, so congratulations to Elijah, Oliver James, Hannah, Sadie, Henry, Archie, Dylan, Sophia and Ruby. Our first finisher was Lewis, whilst Talitha was the first female finisher.

Our traditional pre-run warm-up was led by myself (Ewan) and Sammy.

Of course, the event can’t happen without the volunteers so thanks to Catriona, Ciaran, Clare, Damian, Evie, Frances, Helen, Henry, Ian, Jake, Jenny, Karen, Linda, Madeleine, Madeleine, Matthew, Mhairi, Nick, Nick, Oliver, Richard, Rory, Sammy, Sarah and Sharon for wearing the high-vis this week. Also, an extra big “Thank you!” to Sarah, who, as well as being our Volunteer Co-Ordinator, has now volunteered at 250 various parkrun events. We are always looking for new volunteers, so please consider it if you are free on a Sunday morning.

Your run director next week, and for the first time, is going to be Sammy.



Run #166. 11/08/2019 – the shouty one.

Why so shouty? Well, it was my first time taking the reigns as run director and I quickly discovered that I didn't know how to work the loud haler. Whilst I do think I could have figured it out quickly, doing so whilst 52 pairs of legs were itching to get underway didn't seem the right thing to do. So, shouting! Hope you could all hear. I know those at the front certainly could.

Course conditions

Three children joined the half marathon club; Cai, Amy and Lara. Two joined the marathon club; Ollie and Riley. Four children collected their marathon wristband, which I think includes a bit of catch-up. Given that we didn't give out any half marathon wrist bands, I think we've got a bit more catching up to do in weeks to come.


Actually, that's not quite correct. I did give out one half marathon wristband by mistake. But that young runner left with the correct one and an apology.

The warm up was led by Ewan and Sammy. Thanks! Thanks also to the offer of running the warm up from our Long Eaton tourist. if you're down again, we'd love to get you on the roster to do this. It was a very kind offer.

Warm up

Speaking of which, we had first time visitors this morning from Forest Rec and Long Eaton. we hope you enjoyed our hills! For our other visitors, of which I know there were a few, we hope to see you again. We also welcome two runners for the first time and four runners back for their second run. Welcome back Alfie, Isabel, Henry and Levi.

Seven of you managed to get PBs this morning, even with all that wind! One of those was Ollie Pantling, newly minted member of the marathon club, who told me he thought he had. Pleased to see you were right. So, with our four first timers, 11 of you now have new benchmarks! Great stuff. Chloe Lilley was your first finisher.

first finihser

Finally, a mention for our volunteers. Stars, every one of them! Couple of special mentions. Firstly, myself! Firstly, my 6 yo son, Fyfe, has been desperate to do some scanning for a while now and under Ewan's expert tutelage, did a great job. Remember kids, you can volunteer any time like. You can do pretty much any role you like, too, but you might need a grown up to help you with some of them. secondly, another voluntourist for the second week running, this time Sharon Street from Long Eaton Juniors was your funnel manager. She did a superb job, is welcome back anytime, but given she's on their core team, I suspect she'll be busy most weeks with that. Saving the best for last, Tamsin Millns completed her 100th volunteering gig. Tamsin's contribution to Gedling juniors can't be understated. as well as being a key player at Gedling, Tamsin has completed 117 runs, which is a pretty impressive run to volunteering ratio, she's done 11 distinct volunteering roles and has a V-Index of 5 (meaning she's done 5 of those roles, 5 times).

Voluneer team

That's all folks! thanks again to all our volunteers. Your run director next week will be Helen Smalley.


Event #165 – 04/08/2019 (the one where I didn’t crash the car)

On my way to Gedling junior parkrun this morning to shadow Tamsin as run director, as well as Fyfe in the back of the car, I discovered I had an extra passenger. This one had 8 legs and I found him wandering up my leg as I was driving. Fortunately, I'm okay with spiders, so he was re-homed outside the car very quickly. No need to abandon the car in the road and run away screaming.

Arriving early and intact at Gedling Country Park, the sun was out and it was already getting warm. I found one keen volunteer already getting things ready, with the equipment coming out of the shed as the rest of the volunteer team arrived. This week we were lucky to have so many extra volunteers that we were able to have extra marshal points and relax a little more, with a bit of a party atmosphere. More numbers make light work! A rare luxury we'd love to enjoy some more. A big thank you to all this week's volunteers, especially our volun-tourists from Southampton. Hope to see you again, next time you're in town.
Volunteer team

63 young people joined us for the run and some of them brought their grown ups for a run, too. We had eleven children joining us for the first time, four of whom chose us for their very first parkrun. We are honored you chose us for your first parkrun and hope to see you again soon. Speaking of which, Mei Li, Amelia, Jasmine and Jack came back this week for their second run. Welcome back! We're delighted you returned.

Line up

Finley Young joined the Marathon club and collected his wristband. We noted also that Scarlett Foreman joined the Half Marathon club and Greta Dixon joined the marathon club, but didn't collect their wrist bands. Speak to a run director next week if you'd like to collect your wristband. Don't forget you can also download a certificate which you can use to impress your friends at school. Well done all three of you; we think you're amazing!

Marathon club

Formalities over and after a warm up led by Sonny, our runners were ready and they were off!

And they are off

Our job then was to see who came back again. The first person to do that this week was Alana Cook with a new PB. It was great to see a girl as first finisher. But wait, Zara Collinson was your second fastest finisher this week, too. The boys did outnumber the girls a little this week, but girls, you certainly weren't out-performed. Proof, if it were needed, that These Girls Can!

Alana on the Zig Zags

First finisher

As for our other 61 finishers, I don't know what you lot had for breakfast, but it worked! We had 12 new PBs in total! That, combined with the 11 children running at Gedling juniors for the first time gives a total of 23 (37%) setting new benchmarks for themselves.

Well done everyone who ran, walked, skipped, moon-walked or danced around our hills this morning, whether you were chasing a PB or just out to stretch your legs. You all won Sunday morning! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. I enjoyed it so much that I'm going back next week when myself (Damian) and Nick will be run directing together. Have a great week and hope to see you all next Sunday.


Event #164: Will it, won’t it? It didn’t!

On the way to the park this morning Zoe told me that there was a 94% chance of rain at 9 o'clock. Thankfully, the 6% chance of no rain was the stat that won and we managed to get through event 164 without being drenched; great news! Whatever the weather, there is ALWAYS a 100% chance of fun at Gedling junior parkrun and that was the case today.

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A grand total of fifty junior athletes made their way around our route this morning, it was wonderful to see so many of you managing to drag a grown-up or two along too, well done all! Some numbers for you: we had six first-timers, we welcomed Ben, Joe, Max, Elijah, Noah and Levi to Gedling for the very first time, please come back soon to see us again. A huge number of you, eight in total got your speedy feet on and recorded your fastest time ever around the course, well done to Leo, Jack, Cairo, Sadie, Harrison, Rowan, Noah and Poppy knocking a second or two off your best times.

Of course it's not all about going super fast from start to finish, however you chose to get around is good by us. If you run, walk, jog, skip or hop you'll get a special commemorative wristband to show off around school. These will be given to you when you've done 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns. If you think that you have earned some parkrun bling, just have a chat with your run director and we'll make sure that you don't miss out.

Talking of free stuff, did you know that when a volunteer has completed 25 stints in the hi-viz, they qualify for a beautiful purple parkrun tee-shirt? No? Well it's true! Over the next few weeks we are a little short of names for the volunteer list and we really can't put on these events without some amazing people. If you fancy donning the waistcoat of wonder, then please email us or have a chat with your run director. Each job is very simple, you'll get fully briefed and you'll feel good about yourself all day!

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Today's cast, handing out high-fives, clapping and cheering was Bo, Catriona, Charlie, Damian, Darren, Debra, Ian, Jake, Jenny, Joanne, John, John, Karen, Linda, Madeleine, Madeleine, Sammy, Sarah, Sonny, Tabitha, Tom and Zoe, phew! It was a special day for Madeleine too, she was happy to give up the morning of her sixteenth birthday to come and join in the junior parkrun fun. Happy birthday Moo!

That's about it for today, a massive thank you to Damian for shadowing me as he trains to become our newest run director. He'll be back next week with Tamsin, they will be sharing the megaphone duties and I know it will be great fun.

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Bye for now, have an amazing week, Jonathan. #loveparkrun

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