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!

 

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 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

 

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?

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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.

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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!)

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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!

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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!

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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!!)

Tamsin

 

Event 144 – 10th March 2019 – Snow!

Well when I woke up on Sunday morning I wasn't expecting snow when I looked out of the window! I had to get dressed super quick and get myself up to Gedling Country Park earlier than normal to check out the course. Luckily the snow had melted on the paths and they were not slippy so we were good to go!

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Our fabulous volunteers who turned up to cheer you around the course were very pleased to see 43 juniors turn up to run, jog and walk our course. Unfortunately 3 of our runners had to retire early due to not feeling well so I hope that Charlie, James and Harry feel better now.

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We were amazed that despite the cold weather we had 6 first timers to Gedling junior parkrun (and 5 of these were completely new to junior parkrun) so hello to Miles, Rhianna, Amelia, Beatrice, Eva and Louie.

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The cold weather did not stop an amazing 14 of you achieving personal bests so well done to Oliver, Max, Esmee, Evelyn, Edward, Charley, James, Daniel, Lucas, Ryan, Arthur, Eve, Heidi and Erin.

We gave out milestone wristbands to Freya (half marathon) and Oliver (marathon) who had not collected them previously. Edward should have also collected his half marathon wristband so let the Run Director know next time you join us.

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It was lovely to see a family get together who had travelled from London and Yorkshire to visit their grandparents in Nottingham. We will hopefully see you again next time you are visiting!

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A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who braved the cold. This week we had Oliver and Jonathan keeping time, Ewan and Matthew bar code scanning, Sammy and Ed on the funnel, Bob and Erin tail walking and Ryan sorting tokens. Our magnificent marshals were Nick, Bo, Joanne, Zoe, Louisa, Eve, Madeline, Clare, Ray, Jolene and Martin. Please do let us know if you can volunteer, we would love to have you help us. I didn't realise until after Sunday that it was my 100th time volunteering for parkrun - it is amazing how quickly all the volunteering adds up!

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Before I go I just want to say thank you to Peter who was the Run Director last week. He is one of the Run Directors from Hucknall junior parkrun who stepped into help us out when none of us were available.

That's all for now, see you soon.

Helen

 

Event 141: 17th February

I think I may have mentioned before but I love parkrun!! It was a genuinely joyful experience on Sunday morning when 75 exceptionally motivated youngsters took a run around our lovely park after Sammy, Ewan and Louis warmed you up.

At least 11 runners were first timers to the world of parkrun and in fact there were a couple more who hadn't printed off their barcode. We hope you felt welcome and we look forward to seeing you again. There were 17 shiny New PBs so the warmer weather and lack of rain must have helped!

There have been a few changes with our email accounts and the way we store and share photographs. This is mainly just causing brain ache for the run directors whilst we work out how to embed photos in to these news reports. I think I've managed it but they might be a bit big!

And I can't quite work out how to get the volunteer photo in the right place but please pass on your thanks to this weeks excellent volunteers: Sharon ASTILL, Frances ASTILL, Louis ASTILL, Julie BRIDGES, Kevin ELTOFT-PREST, Tom ENGLAND, John ENGLAND, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Louis JAMSON, Sammy KING, Ian MARSHALL, Matthew MARSHALL, Tamsin MILLNS, Kelly MORPHUS, Bo NOWICKI, Joanne TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Alice TOWNEND, Ewan WANE, Mary WEATHERALL, Julie WEBSTER, Madeleine WELLS 

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Did you know that 2 of our Marshals were made for the job given that their surnames are Marshall! If you are also born to be a volunteer, please get in touch at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com and we'll get you added on.  Full training is provided and its really good fun - honest!

Jenny will be in the blue and white next week so I'll hand over to her for now!

Happy parkrunning! Tamsin x

 

 

 

Event 139 – 3rd February 2019

What a surprise it was that Gedling junior parkrun was not cancelled this week. We are use to how the course gets icy so when I arrived just after 7.30am on Sunday morning to inspect the course I was fully expecting to have to cancel and be back home shortly after to tuck into my breakfast! Luckily I was wrong and with only a couple of minor icy areas where we had extra marshals we were able to proceed.

What a fantastic morning we had too - 75 juniors and their grown ups joined us at Gedling Country Park to walk, jog and run up and down our hills and zig zags. Some juniors managed to come and visit us as their usual activities (football and rugby) were cancelled and we also had tourists from Hucknall, Rushcliffe and Long Eaton junior parkruns so welcome to you all.

We had 14 first timers to Gedling and 9 of whom were completely new to parkrun so hello to Ioan, Finley, Henry, Woody, Edward, Amy, Madeline, Martha and Heidi.

The cold did not stop you zooming around the course and 14 of you achieved a personal best so well done to Fleur, Edward, James, Finlay, Kitty, Rosa, Jacob, Edward, Daniel, Pippa, Olivia, Lexi, Harry and Isabelle.

Martha, Maisy and Edward all ran their 11th junior parkrun so have earnt their half marathon wristband.

Don't forget that when you reach 11 junior parkruns you have ran the equivalent of a half marathon, 21 is a marathon and 50 is an ultra marathon. Let the run director know and you can be presented with your wristband and you can print a certificate off the website on your parkrun profile. They are a great achievement and are really good towards badges at cubs/brownies etc and for show and tell at school.

Talking about schools - did you know that at least 22 out of the 75 juniors this week were from Woodthorpe Infant School or Arno Vale Junior School (they are a linked infant and junior school). Well done! Maybe you would like to see if any of your friends from school would like to join you next week?

Of course junior parkrun can not happen without our wonderful volunteers who were still smiling despite the cold weather. So a big thank you to our hi vis heros - Louis and Sammy were keeping time, Frances and Nick were scanning the bar codes, Ewan and Louis were on the funnel, Nic and Oliver were tailwalkers and the mountain marshals were Sharon, Jonathon. Joanne, Zoe, Richard, Tom, John, Jolene, Seb, Eve, Matthew, Linda, James, Michelle and Rob.

See you all soon

Helen
P.S Apologies for the lack of photos - I have had a few technical difficulties and will put them on facebook instead!

 

Event 123 – the last one this year!

Another year draws to a close... and since we're on New Year's Eve Eve, it's the last junior parkrun of the year too. Hasn't the time whizzed by? All those kilometres run, all those personal bests, all those wristbands given out, welcoming lots of new runners, having so many wonderful volunteers, getting some more new Run Directors and having the brilliant support of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. Fantastic!

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As ever, our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers did us proud and I think that Yasmin did a particularly good job of RD-ing with me this morning. She's very nearly finished her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and has been superb at juniors in all the roles she's taken on. We hope she won't leave us entirely once she's completed her award, but from the core team to you, Yasmin - thank you so much!

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Volunteering today, we had Kel and Sammy beeping everyone in with the stopwatches Jon, Emma, Jenny, Fiona, Matthew (and Jonah!), John, Michael, Jane, Thomas, Sam and Rob high fiving everyone around the course... Zoe and Joanne bipping barcodes (only 2 people forgot theirs today - great work guys... I wonder if we can get everyone to remember their barcodes for next week?)... Ewan and Louis managing the finish funnel, Nic tail walking and Felix sorting out the tokens at the end of the morning... plus Yasmine and me, Sarah, Run Directing. You all did a fantastic job so thank you for that!

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If anyone else would like to try their hand at volunteering while their little ones ran juniors, do give our volunteer co-ordinator team know \ post on our Facebook page and we'll pop your name down. It honestly is so much fun to cheer and support our runners all around the course - and even using the stop watches is dead simple too - we'll make sure we talk you through what you need to do and I promise it's much easier than you might think.

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It was also fantastic to see 35 runners today. We know how hard it is to get out of bed when it's dark out there and there are Christmas toys to be played with... but with 6 personal bests racked up today (great work Charlie, Miriam, Fearn, Martha, Lauren and Daniel!), all those Christmas choccies don't seem to have slowed up those running legs of all of you!

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Welcome also to our brand new parkrunners, William and Emily hope to see you again soon!

All that's left to be said is thank you for sharing your awesomeness with us this year, we'll see you on Jan 6th next year and be excited to see you as ever!

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Happy New Year and happy running!!

Sarah

PS Bobble Hat of the Day award goes to...
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Event 133 – 23rd December 2018 – the Christmas one!

It's Christmas! We had lots of Christmas fun this morning despite the rain! A big thank you to all the runners and their parents/carers for bringing you on a wet misty morning. We welcomed 34 jolly juniors to the holly hills at Gedling junior parkrun. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18.There were lots of seasonal Santa hats, Christmas jumpers and reindeer headbands so thank you to you all for joining in. It definitely helped give Christmas cheer to support our juniors get around the Christmas course. Gedling juniors 23rd december 2018 We had two festive first timers so welcome to Miriam and Daniel. Come back and see us again soon! Some tourists also came to see us so a big hello to Saoirse from Swadlincote, Oliver, Harrison and James from Leeds and Alastair and Rowan from London. Alastair and Rowan joined us last Christmas for their first ever junior parkrun and since then they have completed 47 junior parkruns at 19 different locations. Wow! Maybe we will see you again next Christmas?! Apologies if I have missed any tourists off - let me know and I will add you on. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Two wristbands were presented by the Christmas Tree to Saul (21 junior parkruns) and Mia (11 junior parkruns). However it also looks from the results that Alberto should have got his half marathon wristband and James should have got his marathon wristband so do let us know next time you see us and we will give you your wristbands. Well done to you all. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Seven of you got an early present by recording a personal best - congratulations to Mia, Oliver, Saoirse, Evan, Tom, Alastair and Rowan. An absolutely massive tinsel thank you to our wonderful volunteers who braved the rain to get to Gedling Country Park this morning to set up the course for you. Did you realise that out of the 21 volunteers today only 3 of us had juniors taking part - the rest were here just because they love junior parkrun! That is fantastic! This week we had Frances and Sammy keeping tinsel time, Louis and Oliver bar (humbug) code scanning, Louis and Ewan on the festive funnel and Zoe and Nicola tinsel tail walking. The merry marshals were Sharon, Sarah, Kelly, Nick, John, Jonathan, Joanne, Tamsin, Richard, Tom, Roger and Eloise. Of course there was also myself looking very silly as a Run Director dressed up a Christmas Tree! 2018-12-23_12-24-10 On behalf of everyone at Gedling junior parkrun we would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you soon. Gedling junior parkrun.  23 Dec 18. Helen

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