Event 159, 23rd of June 2019.

Another beautiful day in the park saw a magnificent 73 of you making your way around our course. Well done all of you for dragging yourselves (and your adults) out of bed and to the start line. It is always wonderful to see so many smiling faces and eager feet, ready to go.

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After an excellent warm-up, led by Frances and Ewan, we were off, and what an effort it was today. An incredible 20 of you went from start to finish in your own personal best time. Huge congratulations to you lot, well done. Also in our group today, we welcomed seven juniors who were new to Gedling and of those, five chose today to make their very first appearance at any junior parkrun. Welcome all of you, we hope to see you again very soon. This morning, five of our regulars were awarded their celebration wristbands; Emily and Edward got their half-marathon bands for completing 11 junior parkruns and Freya, Zara and Ravi have all taken part in 21 events and are now the proud owners of their marathon bands. Well done all of you.

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As always, we wouldn't be able to safely put on this event without some wonderful people. Your hi-viz heroes all give up their own time to clap, cheer and high-five you around the park. Over the next few weeks into summer, there are quite a few gaps on the volunteer roster, so please let us know, either in person or via email (gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com) if you fancy donning the tabard of tremendousness.

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Big cheers and hats off to our hi-vizzers today, Alice, Andy, Clare, Damiam, Ewan, Frances, Isabella, Joanne, Madeleine, Martyn, Matthew, Nick, Sarah, Sharon, Sonny, Tom and Zoe.

Sarah takes the reins next week, I know that she is already excited about seeing you all. Bring a friend, bring two, everyone is welcome to join in the Sunday fun.

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That's all folks! See you next week, Jonathan. #loveparkrun

 

Sun 9th June

What better way to spend a sunny Sunday than on the hills of Gedling Country Park for our junior parkrun! 87 super speedy runners and 26 volunteers definitely agreed, creating a real buzz this morning.

We welcomed plenty of new faces today: 7 recorded their first official runs at Gedling juniors, and there were a few more who haven't yet registered and got their barcode. It’s easy to register and you only need to do it once.

Overall we recorded 21 Personal Best times this morning which was amazing, and definitely rewarding to ring the PB-Cowbell at the end! Well done to all of you and a special mention to Joey and Jenny for completing their half marathons (11 runs), as well as Cairo for completing his full marathon (21 runs). Anyone can qualify for a wristband after completing 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns, so if you think that you are due to collect one, just speak to your friendly Run Director and we'll make sure that you're not disappointed.

A massive thank you to all of our volunteers who played a helping hand this morning. The lovely volunteers today were: Nick Hill, Frances Astill, Tom England, Sammy King, Sarah Horringan-Fullard, Matthew Marshal, Jonathan Tanner, Joanne Tanner, Sharon Astill, Bo Nowicki, Clare Cunningham, Tasmin Millns, Richard Millns, Helen Smalley, Ewan Wane, Zoe Tanner, John England, Isabella Riley, Catriona Buckley, Louis Astill, Madeleine Millns, Madeleine Horrigan, and Sonny Chapman.

Junior parkrun wouldn't happen without the efforts of our amazing volunteers, please do come and help out, it is loads of fun and none of the roles are difficult.

Thank you for coming to Gedling juniors to run, jog, walk or volunteer, see you next week when Sarah is back in the run director’s hi-vis.

Enjoy your week!

 

Event 155 – 26th May 2019 – The one where we got the run in before the rain

Well hello lovely people!  Another Sunday has popped along, and with it the loveliness of Gedling junior arrived with it. Given that it's the start of half term / a bank holiday weekend, I half thought that it would just be me and 20 volunteers standing around while everyone else was off by the seaside having a whale of a time.  But no!  We had 57 fabulous juniors and 6 runners new to Gedling with 4 of you being brand new to parkrun.  An especially warm welcome to Freya, Amen, Amelia, Lucia, Rohan, and Lyla... and of course a big Mount Gedders cheer for our lovely regulars as well!

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As ever, there was a great big clap for all of our brilliant volunteers.  We had Isabella and Zoe doing a terrific job of time keeping; Nick, Madeleine, Martyn, Matthew, Tom, Eve, Linda, Jo, Louisa, Michael, Cate (first volunteering stint ever and a very welcome addition - thanks, Cate!) and Ian marshaling, hi-fiving and cheering everyone round the course; Oliver and Clare barcode bipped, with Clare surviving her first ever stint on the scanner!; Sammy and Ewan manning the finish funnel as well as doing an awesome warm up; Laura tail walking and making sure everyone finished safe and sound, Maddy sorting finish tokens and me, Sarah, wearing the huge hi-vis jacket and being surrounded by fabulous people for the morning!

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It also gave me a ridiculous amount of pleasure that we had two unrelated Marshalls (Ian Marshall and Matthew Marshall) marshalling as well as Nick Hill marshaling the bottom of the hill.  I really do need to get out more... if you'd like to get out more how about having a go at volunteering?  Drop me an email to gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com and I'll get you added to the roster.  There are lots of fun easy jobs and plenty that will easily fit around your children running juniors.

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We had 10 PBs today - on the roll of honour were Joe, Sailor, Bella, Greta, Arthur, Hannah, Imogen, Amrit, Gabriel and Jessica. Well done all!  Not only did we have those to celebrate, but we now have a cow bell to celebrate, well, pretty much anything really.  If you've run your best time - ring it... if you've had a good time... ring it... if you need cheering up if you've had a tumble - ring it... if you just like ringing bells... ring it!  And it sure rang a lot this morning.  You guys are ace!

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So, another week draws to a close.  The results are online.  The run report is finished.  We managed to get parkrun done and dusted before the heavens opened.  Plus, I can see there are a few milestone wristbands ready to be awarded by Jonathan next week... so... on that exciting note...

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... Enjoy your half-term! And get those quick legs of yours out there for a run while you're at it!

Sarah H-F

 

Event 154 – 19th May 2019

On Sunday 19th May 2019 we were welcomed to Gedling Country Park with sunny skies and 92 juniors who ran, walked and jogged their way around our course.20190519_090219

The course was set up and our merry bunch of volunteers all had their roles given out in record time so we were able to have a prompt start time.

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Big thanks to our amazing hi-vis heroes, on timers we had Zoe and Isabella, managing the funnel was Richard and Matthew, and scanning the barcodes was Ewan and Jonathan. Out on the course, managing you safely round as marshals was Clare, Rachel, Tom, John, Nick, Madeleine, Sarah, Jonathan, Joanne, Mark and Julie. Finally, bringing up the rear as tail walkers was Bea and Nicola.
Thanks also to Madeleine and Eloise for their extra help with the funnel and token sorting.

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If you want to help out one week, have a look at our future volunteer roster to see if theres a job you fancy, and then drop Sarah an email at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com . Every role is really simple and everyone looks good in hi-vis!

There were a couple of half marathon writstbands handed out, these went to Finlay and Florence. Well done! Don’t forget to print off your half marathon certificate!

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And then you were off! Speeding your way round the park, up and down those hills! It was the perfect day for a PB as 13 of you scored new personal bests, well done!20190519_09020520190519_09112420190519_09113120190519_091148

That’s it from me for now, next week it’s Sarah being shouty with the megaphone!

 

Super Sunny Sunday. Event number 153.

Another beautiful day in our glorious park and a grand total of 89 junior parkrunners made it up and down the hills today. What a turnout! Very well done all of you, especially those who managed to drag their adults around the course as well, great work!

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There must have been something pretty energetic in the air today as 21 of you managed to record your personal best time around the course, well done all of you. One of the best things about junior parkrun is watching everybody at the finish, it really doesn't matter how quickly you get over the line or how many times you had a little breather on the way around. What matters is that everyone enjoys themselves, today was definitely one of those days, gigantic Cheshire cat grins everywhere!

So, 89 young faces legged it around this morning. Of those, twelve were brand new first-time junior parkrunners. A huge slap on the back and congratulations to Jessica, William, Mae, Ted, Jasper, Rayan, Aryan, Ivy, Cara, Navleen, Oscar and Ruby for making such a fantastic effort today. We all hope to see you here again very soon. Just a little reminder that this is a junior event for ages 4-14, adults are more than welcome to run around the course with the juniors, but please, don't go through the finish funnel, your time will not be recorded.

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Today I got to hand out a couple of wristbands too, Neve got her half-marathon band for completing 12 junior parkruns and Mia is now the proud owner of a marathon band for finishing her 21st, well done both of you. If you think that you are due to collect your celebration wristband next week, please let the Run Director know and we'll make sure that you don't miss out.

As always, we wouldn't be able to get this whole show off the ground if we didn't have our magnificent volunteers. Each week we need at least 19 hi-viz heroes to time, scan, high-five and cheer on our juniors. If you fancy a go at any time, please drop us an email or have a chat with your Run Director. We are always happy to welcome new faces to our happy group, the more the merrier. Thanks this week must go to Bo, Clare, Darren, Debra, Eveline, Ewan, Frances, Isabella, Joanne, Louis, Madeleine, Matthew, Nicola, Sammy, Sarah, Sharon, Tom and Zoe for all giving up a little bit of their Sunday morning.

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Next week Ian takes over for a spot of Run Directing, I'm sure that he is already looking forward to a great morning. See you on the hills folks, have a great week.

Jonathan. #loveparkrun.

 

Event 152 – The One with a new ‘H’

This Saturday saw a great turnout, as despite it being the first Gedling Junior Parkrun of May, conditions were on the bracing side of warm (temps at the start hovering around 7oC) - Our wonderful group of volunteers had to be well wrapped up!

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Thanks very much to those intrepid volunteers this week for all their efforts and enthusiasm: Sharon, Frances, Louis, Tom, Eveline, Oliver, Nick, Madeleine, Sarah, Sammy, Matthew, Caroline, Bo, James, Helen, Zoe, Joanne, Jonathan, Ewan and Madeleine.

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As it was my first time as RD, I was particularly grateful that there were loads of experienced volunteers around me, including at least 3 other RDs, helping to nudge me in the right direction when I’d forgotten various things ! And as is often the case, Ewan was there first, getting all the equipment out of the shed, and leading the funnel set-up – great work !

If you fancy a morning start of high fives and cheeriness then please email gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com to give it a go!

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This week we had 65 parkrunners and 6 first timers - welcome and well done to Joseph, Keira, Finn, Sharay, Dillon and Herbie !

We also had 10 New PBs: Amelia, Oliver, Jenny, Harry, Zara, Florence, Scarlett, Isobel, Hannah and Ben – fantastic effort, and well done to you all

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And very,very well done to Neve, for completing her 11th Junior Parkrun, and receiving her Half Marathon wrist-band. (If you didn't already know after 11 junior parkruns you can collect a half marathon wrist band, 21 a marathon band and 50 an ultra band. After 100 you get a certificate which is excellent value for a show and tell at school! )

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Once again, thanks to Ewan and Sammy for their energetic leading of the mass warm-up, that no doubt helped get the runners in a peak state of readiness !

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It was a great atmosphere, as usual with lots of smiling faces as people passed the finish line - just a little reminder parents - please don't go down the finish funnel it makes timekeeping very hard!!

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See you next Sunday folks!

 

Event 150- 21st April 2019 – Easter!

A big thank you to Ewan for writing the run report this week. Ewan was originally one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who has continued to come and volunteer every week even though he has completed his Duke of Edinburgh award. From all of us at Gedling junior parkrun we want to say thank you to Ewan for supporting us every week. He is always the first of the volunteers to arrive and start to get the course set up. You will also recognise him as one of the warm up team!

The warm weather matched everyone’s high spirits for the 150th Gedling junior parkrun, although it fortunately stayed cool enough, so the boxes of Easter Eggs managed to stay solid for the runners to enjoy at the finish.

Gedling junior parkrun 21st April 2019A brilliant volunteer turnout for this week saw us have more than we needed, enabling us to have extra marshals positioned around the course and volunteers around the finish area to distribute the Easter Bunny’s treats. However, this isn’t the case every week so if you want to start your day with smiling faces and high fives please consider volunteering every so often to make sure that we can continue long into the future. If you are interested please email Gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com . Gedling junior parkrun 21st April 2019

A huge thank you to this week’s volunteers Bo, Darren, Debra, Ewan, Finn, Frances, Helen, Joanne, John, Jon, Jonathan, Louis, Louisa, Lyndsey, Madeleine, Madeleine, Matthew, Nick, Nicola, Sammy, Sarah, Sharon, Tabitha, Wayne and Zoe for getting out of bed early and enabling the event to run as well as it did.

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We had 73 parkrunners joining us with 7 first timers and 16 PBs! Todays parkrunners have now ran 1927 junior parkruns between them, the equivalent of running from Gedling Country Park to Dubai and 40% of the way back!

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Both Harriet and Riley celebrated Easter Sunday by earning their half-marathon wristband! Please remember there are wristbands to celebrate half marathon (11 runs) marathon (21 runs) and ultramarathon (50 runs) - at 100 there is a certificate, if you let the run Director know we can celebrate!

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See you next week for the last run of April, where Tamsin will be your run director.

 

Event #149 – the one where we turned three!!

It was a good job everyone was excited to celebrate Gedling juniors parkrun turning three as it was a fairly miserable morning which did at one point involve some sleet. This was not the weather we had ordered. However prospect of the masses of cakes made by Sarah and Madeleine post run kept spirits high.

We had an excellent turnout of volunteers all wanting to join the celebrations and make sure there were plenty of high fives around the course, and parkrunners and volunteers alike included some of the original Gedling junior parkrun faces.

Thank you very much to Ben, Bo, Darren, Debbie, Emma, Helen, Ian, Neil, Jenny, Karen, Louisa, Madeleine, Nick, Nick, Peter, Roger, Sammy, Sarah, Tabitha and Wayne.  Week after week our fantastic volunteers get out of bed on a Sunday and whilst the actually getting out of bed bit can occasionally be a challenge - it's always worth it!  Smiling faces and high fives is a brilliant way to start your day.  If you would be interested in volunteering every now and again to make sure we can continue every Sunday please email Gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

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We had 69 parkrunners joining us with 11 first timers and 19 pbs!  I am sure it was the excellent warm up that led to such enthusiasm (or it may have been trying to out run the bad weather which appeared to be looming).

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And here are some of our parkrun regulars who I'm informed were there on day one, Finn, Theo and Fleur.

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And here are Greta and Arthur who both did their half marathon runs on our third birthday. Please remember there are wristbands to celebrate half marathon (11 runs) marathon (21 runs) and ultramarathon (50 runs) - at 100 there is a certificate, if you let the run Director know we can celebrate!

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See you next week for the Easter Sunday parkrun when the mighty Evan will be run directing with Lyndsey.

 

 

 

Event #148 – The one with the pink rabbit

Well this week alongside some of our fantastic volunteers we had the assistance of Lily's pink rabbit (with tailwalker Emma) which mistakenly got left in with the 5k kit the day before - here it is posing with the rest of the volunteers before having a holiday at my house this week!

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It being the beginning of the Easter holidays for many meant we didn't have some of our most regular volunteers this week and it was lovely to see some new faces.  Unfortunately that also meant my RD organisational flaws were on full display!

Thanks very much to Alyson, Bo, Brian, Caroline, Clare, Debra, Emma, Karen, Louis, Louisa, Mhairi, Nick. Oliver, Rory, Sammy, Sharon, Tabitha and Wayne for your top volunteering - if you fancy a morning start of high fives and cheeriness then please email gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com to give it a go!

This week we had 64 parkrunners, 6 first timers and 23 PBs - amazing work everyone!  I am sure it was the excellent warm up from Louis and Sammy that spurred everyone on!

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Micah, Bobby and Ivy collected their Half marathon wrist bands - here's Bobby having finished his 22nd parkrun.  If you didn't already know after 11 junior parkruns you can collect a half marathon wrist band, 21 a marathon band and 50 an ultra band.  After 100 you get a certificate which is excellent value for a show and tell at school!

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It was an excellent atmosphere with lots of smiling faces as people passed the finish line - just a little reminder parents - please don't go down the finish funnel it makes timekeeping very hard!!

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See you next Sunday folks!

 

 

Event 147 – 31st March 2019 – when the clocks changed

It was a lovely sunny morning for Gedling junior parkrun this week when we welcomed 50 juniors and their grown ups to zoom around our hills! 4 first timers joined us so hello to Jack, Connie, Emilia and Finlay. We loved how one of our first timers had matching running leggings with her mum! Don't they look great?

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Micah ran his 21st junior parkrun so he collected his marathon wristband and 3 of our other juniors collected wristbands from when they had forgotten to get them on recent weeks. When done to you all! Don't forget to print off your certificate off the website as well.

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Seven of our juniors recorded a personal best this morning so well done to Rhianna, Toby, Riley, Edward, Mia, Micah and Lewis.

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The clocks changed last night so an extra big thank you to our volunteers who had an hour less sleep last night and were still very smiley and encouraging of you around the course. So a big thank you to Zoe and Jenny keeping time, Louis and Ewan bar code scanning, Tamsin and Martyn on the funnel and handing out tokens, Nicola was tail walking and Evie sorted the tokens after the run. Our magnificent marshals were Jonathan, Joanne, Alyson, Richard, Emma, Eveline, Bo, Tom, Clare, Matthew and Roger.

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I tried the 5K's step and megaphone this morning to see if it would make it easier for everyone to hear me. It seemed to work - all the marshals around the course could hear me too!

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Have a great week and we hope to see you on the hills again soon.

Helen