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!



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 161 – Sunday 7th July

It was great to be back in the giant Run Director's vest this weekend - its been too long!

The morning started as usual with our 20 volunteers meeting at the picnic bench to be assigned their duties for the run. As usual, the increasingly willing and able Ewan was there first to load up the trolley and layout the finish funnel. Ewan is one of our longest standing junior volunteers and he has volunteered almost 60 times with us at Gedling - thank you from us to you!

Gedling junior parkrun.  7 Jul 19.

We were also joined by visiting volunteers from Newark Juniors, Matthew and Louise, thanks for popping by! Once everything was set up, Sammy (another one of our fabulous junior volunteers with over 40 volunteer credits since 2017) and Ewan led the warm up and I handed out wrist bands to deserving participants who had reached milestones on Sunday. I didn't get photos of you all due to an unfortunate incident with my camera by the results show that Jacob was due his half marathon band whilst Reuben, Logan and Imogen all ran their 21st runs, earning their Marathon wristband. I'm fairly sure there was another band handed out too - well done all of you! Don't forget you can print off your certificate to show all your friends at school what a fabulous runner you are! Just ask a parent to log in to your parkrun profile to print it off.

Gedling junior parkrun.  7 Jul 19.

So, to the stats! 70 of you completed the course and only five runners didn't have their barcodes. There was quite a tussle at the finish between Finn and Joseph for the top spot, well done both of you for your super sprint finishes, earning you both shiny new PBs. In fact at least 16 of you recorded a new fastest time - I hope you were all rewarded with a warm glow all day. 3 of you were brand new to Gedling; Welcome and we hope to see you again Harriet, Sadie and Reuben.

Gedling junior parkrun.  7 Jul 19.

After the run it was off down to the Willowbrook in Gedling for a well earned breakfast where Madeleine, Eloise and Imogen sorted the tokens all ready to do it all again next week.

Helen will be ready for you just before 9am!


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!


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!


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 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.


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!


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...


... 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.

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.


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 . 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!

Big thanks to Ewan for leading the warm up and getting everyone raring to go20190519_090024.
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!


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 . 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.

Gedling junior parkrun 21st April 2019

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 21st April 2019

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 21st April 2019

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


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?

Gedling junior parkrun 31st March 2019

Gedling junior parkrun 31st March 2019

Gedling junior parkrun 31st March 2019

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 31st march 2019


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

Gedling junior parkrun 31st March 2019

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.

Gedling junior parkrun 31st March 2019

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!

Gedling junior parkrun 31st march 2019

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



Event 146 24/3/19 – Sunshine and cake!

Event 146 was a very special event for so many reasons, not least because it was our second biggest attendance with a whopping 95 pairs of legs completing our fabulous course. But why so many?

Gedling junior parkrun 24th march 2019


A little bird told me that Fyffe shared the parkrun love around his friends at school and invited them to join him for his 50th run.

Gedling junior parkrun 24th march 2019

He wasn't the only one reaching a milestone,Caleb and Finlay collected their Marathon bands and Finn collected his 50th band too (although he's a bit camera shy!)

Gedling junior parkrun 24th march 2019

Gedling junior parkrun 24th march 2019

There were a whopping 24 PBs on Sunday and at least nine youngsters joining us for the first time. There were also lots of visitors without barcodes so we hope you sign up and we see you again!

Gedling junior parkrun 24th march 2019

Thank you as always to our volunteers, some of whom were recruited by Helen from the 5km event. Its a win win win situation, Run, Volunteer and feel epic for supporting the Young people of Gedling!

Gedling junior parkrun 24th march 2019


Helen will be looking after you on Sunday (she takes a much better selfie than me)!

Don't forget the clocks change on Sunday (Happy Mothering Sunday!!)


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