Event #180: the one where we didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits!

Despite the rain coming down again, we had a fantastic turnout at Gedling Junior Parkrun this morning: 58 smiley happy faces joined us out on the course supported by 25 wonderful volunteers.

We welcomed three people to the Parkrun family for the first time today, welcome Ethan, Sienna and Finnley. We also had three visitors to Gedling, Rosie, Edith and Arthur.

We also handed out three wrist bands but I think there were a couple more of you who earned them and didn't let us know so please let us know next week if you didn't collect yours so we can sort that for you. Wristbands are earned at when you have reached your 11th (half marathon), 21st (marathon) or 50th (ultra marathon) junior parkruns.

Ewan ensured we were ready and raring to go with a fantastic warm up and then we were off! Clearly there was something in the air today as an amazing 16 personal bests were set today. A huge well done to Alicia, Safeeya, Amelia, Ben, Henry, Daniel, Ella, Oscar, Scarlett, Sadie, Toby, Charlie, Joshua, Edward, Leo and Elijah!


As ever, a huge thank you goes to all our volunteers: Damian BENNER, Tom BLAKEY, Jake BROUGHTON, Catriona BUCKLEY, Laurence COE, Matilda FRANKLIN, Chris HILL, Nick HILL, Oliver HILL, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Kate HORTON, Lyndsey JOHNSON, Sammy KING, Matthew MARSHALL, James MARTIN, Steve MARTIN, Bo NOWICKI, Isabella RIELEY, Ted SELBY, Helen SMALLEY, Helena STASZKIEWICZ, Jonathan TANNER, Joanne TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Ewan WANE.

If you would like to volunteer in any future weeks please do let Sarah, our volunteer coordinator, know at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com to avoid us having any last minute panics about not having enough volunteers!

Finally, I had a few technical difficulties processing the results this morning so please do let me know if something isn't quite right so that I can look into it for you.

Have a great week everyone, see you all soon.



Event #179 – 10th November 2019

A big thank you to everyone who joined us at Gedling junior parkrun this morning. We had 64 runners and their grown ups as well as an amazing 30 volunteers!


We welcomed 9 "tourists" who had not been to Gedling junior parkrun before so hello to Cole, Joshua, Daniel, Jack, Dougie, Rory, Thomas, Joshua and Andrew who were all visiting us from other local junior parkruns at Hucknall, Worksop and Newark.


There were not any wristbands to hand out this week but do let us know when you have reached your 11th (half marathon), 21st (marathon) or 50th (ultra marathon) junior parkruns.

Well done to Olivia, Seth, Gilbert, Poppy, Charlie, Isla, River, Max, Connie, Joshua, Reuben, Will, Leo, Scarlett, Alberto, Jasper and Charley who all achieved a personal best this week.


We have 2 main ingredients to a successful junior parkrun - our runners of course but also our fantastic volunteers. On Friday evening we were very short of volunteers and thought that we would have to cancel this week but our local community stepped in and we had a fantastic team to cheer you on around the course and do all the necessary jobs around the finish funnel. So a big thank you to Laurence and Tom who were keeping time, Jake and Sammy scanning the bar codes helped by Isabella, James managing the funnel, Ewan handing out the tokens, Oliver and Louise tail walking and the magnificent marshals were Steve, Bo, Jenny, Claire, Chris, Max, Jenny, Peter, Emma, Martin, Laura, Lucy, Eveline, Karen, Neil, Nick, Josephine, Matthew and William.


Ewan also led the warm up, it is 2 years since he first started volunteering with us. He was only suppose to be here for 26 weeks as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award but 2 years on he is still here and rarely misses a week! So a big thank you to Ewan from us all.

If you would like to volunteer in any future weeks please do let Sarah, our volunteer coordinator, know at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com to avoid us having any last minute panics about not having enough volunteers!

See you soon



Event #178 – Sunday 3rd November

It's been a while but I absolutely loved being back on the hills of Gedling on Sunday morning Directing another 2km run / walk / job around our fabulous park. I say Directing, to be honest, our fabulous volunteers don’t need much directing any more but myself and Jake did our best to make sure all the marshall spots were safely covered off. Here’s a photo of some of the 24 volunteers who made it happen:


We had some fantastic milestones on Sunday too. A very shy Oliver claimed his half marathon wristband before the run but wanted remain under the radar. Another regular received their wristband after James spotted him with his hand up in the briefing even though I missed him. Not so shy were Jasper collecting his Ultra wristband having completed 50 runs….

Gedling juniors 3rd nov 2019

And Jonah wasn’t backwards in coming forwards marking his membership of the 100 club! No wristband for that but you do get an entry on the website. Jonah now joins his sister Grace and Jasper’s sister Tegan along with Theo and Fleur as the 5 members of Gedling junior’s exclusive 100 club!
Gedling juniors 3rd nov 2019


Now to the run, 60 of you completed the course today, 13 of whom managed a shiny new PB (including our milestone runners Jonah and Jasper, Oliver and Arthur). The first finishers were flying through the funnel and we had to check to see if the course record had been broken. It wasn’t but it was incredibly close so well done to Jude and Eddie on your new PBs.

Gedling juniors 3rd nov 2019

Welcome to Jessica and Lexie on your first junior parkruns, we hope to see you soon.


I’ve rambled on for long enough now so its over to Helen who’ll host next week’s run.



Gedling junior parkrun #177 – the halloween edition

I've been really looking forward to run directing this run. I love dressing up! I was so pleased so many of you got into the spirit for our spooky Halloween special too! I went for the scariest thing I could think of; a real apex predator! The silent killer of the deep. Death incarnate. A Great White shark! Imagine how deflated I felt when you lot started singing Baby Shark at me!

Dancing shark

We are very grateful to the terrifying team who made this event happen: Linda ALLEN, Emma BENNER, Damian BENNER, Tom BLAKEY, Jake BROUGHTON, Laurence COE, Chris COE, John ENGLAND, Tom ENGLAND, Ann FISH, Matilda FRANKLIN, Neil Scott FRANKLIN, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Matthew MARSHALL, Steve MARTIN, James MARTIN, Ted SELBY, Joanne TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Jonathan TANNER, Judith TOWNEND, Alice TOWNEND, Ewan WANE, Julie WEBSTER. Special thanks to Emma, who stepped in at short notice as a tailwalker (and provided her own tail), to Alice who did double duty as a marshal sprinting from marshal point 2 to marshal point 13; and to Ewan who led the warm up, set up the funnel and also did the umpteen other things Ewan does for us every week.

Team terrifying

Three mistakes happened this week that I will confess to. The first was I forgot the big tub of sweets I'd intended to hand out for all you trick or treaters. I guess next week it'll have to be tricks! (sorry Tamsin).

Skellington Ghost

The second mistake was I got my words the wrong way around and said parkrun was a race and not a run. NAUGHTY SHARK! BAD SHARK! I have had to sit on the step for 43 minutes this afternoon to think about my actions.

On the course

I got to give Seb Sanderson his wristband for completing 50 junior parkruns - What a star! If you're reading this, I suspect you already know that's the equivalent of an ultra marathon. I missed out on the opportunity to give a half marathon wristband to George and a marathon wristband to Esme Cope. Maybe one of the other run directors will have that honour in the coming weeks.

Ultra Marathon

After the warm up led by Ewan, we led you over to the start, corrected myself that it's a run and not a race and you were off!

warm up

You did an amazing job! For me, this week wasn't really about going fast, but having fun! I hope the four of you who joined us for the first time had fun.

On the course

There were another four of you who managed to get a new PB this morning including your first finisher, Ben Taylor. Your highest placed finisher this week by age grading was Megan Taylor, with an age grading of 71.58% in the JW11-14 group. If you're not sure what that means, it means she's quick! Really, really quick!

First finisher

My absolute, hands down, favourite bit from this morning was having young Gabriel, dressed as a very cool Spider-Man, ditch the finish line to run towards me instead, singing Baby Shark. Happy 5th birthday, Gabriel!


Which is what got me through Mistake No. 3, which was all to do with results processing. I'll not burden you with the details, but hopefully most of you now have your results! Five of you may still be waiting. If this is you, reach out to us and we'li do our best to recover your time.

Next week Tamsin will be leading an intrepid team of volunteers If you want to join in the fun, get in touch!


Gedling Junior Parkrun #176

After all the rain last Sunday, I spend most of the week checking the weather forecast to see if I would need to bring my snorkel and flippers along. Alas, when I opened the curtains, we had a lovely crisp day for event #176.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers who turned up ready and raring to go. This week, our high-vis heroes were:

Alan TOWNEND  •  Alice TOWNEND  •  Ann FISH  •  Chris COE  •  Eloise MILLNS  •  Ewan WANE  •  Jake BROUGHTON  •  James MARTIN  •  James MARTIN  •  Jenny BROWN  •  Joanne TANNER  •  Jolene SANDERSON  •  Jonathan TANNER  •  Josephine FRANKLIN  •  Laurel TOWNEND  •  Laurence COE  •  Lyndsey JOHNSON  •  Madeleine MILLNS  •  Matthew MARSHALL  •  Oliver SANDERSON  •  Richard MILLNS  •  Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD  •  Steve MARTIN  •  Tamsin MILLNS  •  Ted SELBY  •  Tom BLAKEY  •  Tom ENGLAND  •  Zoe TANNER



This was my first time in the Run Directors vest on the new route so the giant map from Damian and Fyfe was greatly appreciated as was all the help and support from our regular volunteers. If you would like to be a high vis hero at a future event, please drop Sarah a line and she will add you to the roster.

This week we were inundated with first timers. Welcome to the parkrun family Fred, Samuel, Nina, Erin, Olivia, Rosie and Imogen! We hope you enjoyed your run with us and will see you again soon.

We also had four runners who achieved a milestone run: Reece joined the ultra marathon club (50 runs) and Eve, Poppy and Isabella joined the half marathon club (11 runs). We think Mylo also joined the marathon club (21 runs) but didn't collect his wristband so let us know next time you run with us and we'll get that sorted for you.


There were 64 of you who joined us this week, with the girls edging out the boys with 39 runners and the boys with 25 runners (girl power!). After a fantastic warm-up led by Ewan, we were off! All that bouncing and jiggling around clearly did something as we also had 10 shiny new PBs earned this week, a huge well done  to you all!


Remember, next week is our Halloween run so please feel free to dress up in your spookiest outfits and join us for more fun. Your Run Director will be Damian and he currently needs a few more marshals so if you can help, please email the office and let us know :)

Have a great week all, happy running!



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: gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com.

* 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 gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com 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 gedling-juniorhelpers@parkrun.com


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
gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com       SEE YOU SUNDAY!!!!