Event 194 – the Girl Guides takeover!

Well, everyone who was at Gedling junior parkrun, whether running, jogging, walking, volunteering or observing all agreed that we had a fabulous time!

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It was a special week as we welcomed lots of Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows as part of their parkrun takeover. Thank you so much for joining us, we really did enjoy watching you all.

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Altogether we had 93 juniors having fun zooming down the zig zags and smiling away as they conquered the hill up to the finish line. I think we probably need a name for the hill - do let us know if you have any ideas? We welcomed 18 official first timers but I think that lots of the "unknowns" were also first timers. Do get registered on the parkrun website, print off a barcode and bring it with you next time you join us. I hope that you are all very proud of yourselves for what you achieved. I really did enjoy seeing so many smiley faces.

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We didn't have any milestones this week to award but remember that when you have ran 11 junior parkruns (half marathon), 21 (marathon) or 50 (ultra marathon) to let us know and we will award you with a wristband. You can also print a certificate off the parkrun website.

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Well done to Megan, Malachi, Freddie, Arthur, Arthur, Aurelia, Laura, Tommy, Patrick, Evie, Anais, Ellis and Darcy who all achieved a personal best.

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A first for Gedling junior parkrun this week was that we had two Girl Guides running the course barefoot! Why? Well they were inspired by Anna McNuff, who is the official ambassador for Girlguiding. She is an inspirational adventurer and former GB rower. Among her many adventures last year she ran 2,532 miles (the distance of 90 marathons) through Britain - completely barefoot! Along the way she delivered motivational talks including to some of the Guides who were with us at junior parkrun. Well done girls - I am sure that Anna, your Guide leaders, as well as us at junior parkrun are very proud of you.

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It does not matter how fast or how slow you are but I do think that it is worth congratulating Megan today who was the second finisher in a time of 07:41 which was a new course age category record for girls aged 11-14. In fact it is double congratulations as I know both Megan and her brother Ben, who was our first finisher, both achieved new course age category records at Wollaton parkrun the day before as well!

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Well of course none of this could have been achieved without our marvellous volunteers. So a massive thank you to them all. This week we had Katie, Damian, Emma, Tabitha, Wayne, Ann, Matthew, Richard, Tamsin, Rob, Sam, Jonathan, Charlotte and Deborah who clapped and cheered you around the course (but no high fives this week). Sharon and Danny were your tail walkers, Louis and Ewan were scanning the bar codes, Anysha was handing out the tokens while Tom managed the funnel and Rose and Siena were the timekeepers.

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I would like to say that we will see you next week but due to the current situation with Covid-19 that is looking uncertain. We are waiting for an official announcement from parkrun HQ tomorrow regarding how to proceed so do keep an eye on our website and social media. I would like to say a massive thank you from all the core team to all the juniors and their adults and the volunteers. We have really appreciated all your support and smiles. You really do make it worth getting up early on a Sunday morning even when it is raining and grey! One thing is for certain, that if we are cancelled, we will be back whenever that may be and we will always have a warm welcome for you all. #loveparkrun

I hope that you all keep safe and well

Helen

 

Event 191 – The one where the storm clouds cleared

The Weather over the past few weeks has been nothing short of horrible meaning that the hills of Gedling haven't seen the Junior parkrun gang for the last couple of weeks, so we were all delighted when the clouds broke and the rain stopped just in time for us to get event number 191 underway this Sunday.  Ewan did a fantastic job in the Run Director's tent on Sunday, making sure that all the marshall slots were covered and we could go ahead safely.

The early morning rain didn't put 20 of you fabulous runners and some grown ups off, and a massive well done to Finn and Danny for achieving their personal bests over the 2Km course. Hopefully the weather will start to improve over the next few weeks, and we can all start to look forward to a sunny Sunday run/walk/jog!

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Scarlett has been waiting 3 weeks to run her 50th with us here at Gedling and it was an absolute pleasure to present her with her wristband. Congratulations!

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In spite of the rain, we also had a great bunch of volunteers turn up to marshall, keep time, scan barcodes and manage the funnel. I know we mention them often but the event really couldn't happen if we didn't have them on board, so a huge Thank You, to anyone who has ever donned the high Viz. If you want to get involved and join the team of volunteers, let us know via our facebook page or by emailing the team gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com.

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We hope those of you who have been back to school after half term have had a good week so far, and we look forward to seeing you at Gedling Country Park again soon.

 

Event #188 – 19th January 2020

What a beautiful sunny morning it was at Gedling junior parkrun. With it being a cold night I was worried whether we would have to cancel due to ice. However with some extra cones and marshals on the course I decided that we were good to go.

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96 juniors and their grown ups were definately ready to have a morning wake up walk, jog or run around Gedling Country Park. It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces this morning so thank you to you all for turning up. I understand that even the car park got full this morning so fingers crossed the work on the car park extension will finish soon.

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We welcomed 9 first timers to parkrun so hello to Maya, Isla, Hanna, Poppy, Eva, Alfie, Olivia, Findley and Noah. Do come and see us again soon.

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There were some milestone wristbands to hand out - Tallyn got his ultra marathon wristband (50 junior parkruns) and Sophie got her half marathon (11 junior parkruns). I also noticed that Marrissa should have got her marathon wristband so do let the us know next time you join us. Well done to you all.

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There were PB's a plenty with 21 of you achieving your personal best time so well done to Archie, Isla, Imogen, Lily, Alexandra, Ruby, Georgia, Felix, Charlie, Evelyn, Adam, Oliver, Abigail, Isabella, David, Jodie, Jack, Madeline, Leo, Fyfe and Charley. Gedling junior parkrun has now had 1997 PB's so if you get a PB next week you have a chance of being our 2000th PB!

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As always we can not go ahead without our fantastic volunteers in the hi-viz so a massive thank you to the ones who were already on the roster and the extras who helped last minute to be "ice marshals"!
Our volunteers this week were:

Katie ANDREWS, Tom BLAKEY, Jake BROUGHTON, Karen BROUGHTON, Martyn CLARKE, Laurence COE, Julie DRIVER, Jim DRIVER, Tom ENGLAND, Neil Scott FRANKLIN, Matilda FRANKLIN, Andrew GUEST, Nick HILL, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Sammy KING, Matthew MARSHALL, Steve MARTIN, James MARTIN, Laura MCKAY, Emma OTTWAY, Rose PROBERT, Ted SELBY, Roger SMALLEY, Evie SMALLEY, Henry SMALLEY, Helen SMALLEY, Alice TOWNEND, Ewan WANE

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See you all next week!

Helen

 

Event 185 – 22nd December 2019

The last Gedling junior parkrun of 2019 was a pure festive frenzy!

Joining us by the shipping container in the hi-vis were Frances ASTILL, Louis ASTILL, Sharon ASTILL, Damian BENNER, Tom BLAKEY, Jake BROUGHTON, Anysha CHINYEMBA, Laurence COE, Matilda FRANKLIN, Oliver HILL, Nick HILL, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Lyndsey JOHNSON, Sammy KING, Matthew MARSHALL, Steve MARTIN, James MARTIN, Andrew MCLENNAGHAN, Ted SELBY, Helen SMALLEY, Richard SMITH, Will SULLIVAN, Ian SULLIVAN, George SULLIVAN, Joanne TANNER, Jonathan TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Ewan WANE.20191222_084852

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A huge thank you to our awesome volunteers for making the magic happen. If you fancy a stint in the hi-vis it’s super easy and no experience is necessary. Get in touch with us here or on Facebook, or let us know next Sunday.

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We welcomed some tourists from Swadlincote juniors and we had one first timer who chose the best hilly course in Nottingham to do their first junior parkrun.
We were also joined by four awesome clubs: Notts AC, Absolute Tri, Rushclffe AC and Ivanhoe Robins.
Well done to Saul Mansell who was awarded the “Ultra Marathon” wristband! 50 junior parkruns! That’s amazing, well done!
There is no event this Sunday. We are cancelled for the Christmas break.
Normal service will resume on the 5th January and the roster is quite bare, so please get in touch if you can help us put on the show.
In the meantime you can check out which 5k parkruns are hosting extra events on New Years Day here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/79839959_2382969332014918_1277004540012396544_n

A huge thank you to everyone who has walked, jogged, run or volunteer with us this year. This year we’ve welcomed 263 new registrants to the Gedling junior parkrun family, recorded 3162 runs by 611 parkrunners, all supported by 161 volunteers across 1184 volunteer occasions!

Until next year…
Love George & Ian

 

Event #184 – The one with the Big Community Relay baton

The excitement for this week's Gedling Junior parkrun started to build on Saturday morning when Tamsin, Jonathan, Helen and Nick indulged ourselves with a bit of 5km parkrun tourism to Dishley in Loughborough. We had heard a rumour that one of the coveted Community Realy Batons was going to be putting in an appearance. These batons were doing the rounds all summer to celebrate 15 years of parkrun. Whilst the GPS tracking has been turned off, many parkrun aficionados have been continuing their journey which you can track on the facebook group (#BigCommunityRelay Gold Batons). Helen used her best negotiation skills to bring this one back to Gedling.

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So first things first we briefed the volunteers and came up with a plan to pass the baton around as many of the attendees as possible. You can see our youngest volunteer with the rest of the crew having his turn.

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Then once Bella had received her half marathon wrist band, the baton was off!

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We asked a front runner to pass the baton to a marshall and it managed to make its way all the way round back to Seth at the end!

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We hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did (but then we are parkrun geeks!)

Sunday 22nd is our last before Christmas so please free to don the tinsel and Christmas jumpers. We might find some chocolate treats!

Tamsin

 

Event 183 – December 8th 2019 – the one with all the volunteers

Blink and another junior parkrun has whizzed by! It definitely felt like it was over in a flash this morning. We had 24 runners join us up on Mount Gedders this morning and for the first time ever, we had more volunteers than runners!! Maybe everyone was out Christmas shopping or put off by the forecast of wind and rain? It was lovely out... big blue skies, a bit of a breeze, but pretty darned nice for a run even so!

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So, who were all those wonderful volunteers? Well, we had Evie and Anysha stepping in at the last minute to act as time keepers; Matthew, Tamsin, Madeleine, Jonathan, Joanne, Steve, Karen, Jim, Julie, Nick, Bo, Madeleine, Eloise and Jake acting as marvellous marshals; Sammy and James scanning barcodes; Zoe and Ewan on finish funnel duty; Henry, Helen, Laurence and Ted tail walking the course; Matilda taking photos; Felix sorting tokens and me, Sarah, trying to keep everything running vaguely smoothly!

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That's 27 volunteers vs. 24 runners! Just shows what a team it takes to get our juniors running each Sunday morning, doesn't it? Even if there were only a couple of runners, we'd still need a full roster to go ahead safely. Speaking of which, if you'd like to volunteer for future weeks, why not drop us a line to gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com and I'll pop you on the roster.

I have a couple of special mentions this morning. Firstly, Ewan, who was presented with a parkrun water bottle today for having volunteered the most this past year. He's made a huge difference to us at Gedling juniors and, while we appreciate everything our volunteers do, Ewan goes the extra mile - turning up early to set up the course, helping out with our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, taking on the Run Director role etc - and he's still an under-18 himself. What a superstar!

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Also superstars this morning were Evie, Anysha, James and Sam, all of whom took on timing and barcode scanning using the parkrun app which we've never used before. And why did we choose today to use it? Well, because I'm a bit hopeless and didn't check to see if I'd got the timers and scanners in the bag this morning! Whoops! Thank you to you all for making a difference today.

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Our runners were also pretty darned awesome too. Our first finishers for boys and girls were Lewis and Sienna. Cassius, Safeeya, Paige and Seb earned themselves new personal bests this morning. Plus, George and Henry joined us for the very first time - so a warm welcome to you both and we'll look forward to seeing you again soon! There weren't any milestone wristbands to hand out today, but if you have done 11, 21 or 50 runs, make sure you let the Run Director know and you'll be awarded your half marathon, marathon or ultra marathon band, which we always love to give out.

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Rightie ho, that's me done for the week. Next week Tamsin is steering the good ship Gedling juniors. We've only got two more junior parkruns until Christmas and then we'll be taking a little break until the New Year when we start again on the 5th of January.

Happy running all!

Sarah H-F

 

Event # 182 – Pinch Punch, first of the month!

We have been looking forwards to the beginning of December in our house for a little while, which is why the first words I heard this morning were "Pinch, punch, first of the month" accompanied by strikes on the arm and then the words "Can I open my advent calendar now?!"

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I'll be honest, I hadn't slept all that well. I knew there was a genuine possibility I'd have to cancel the event and I don't think I was on my own, as I wasn't even the first member of the core team out there, inspecting the course. Not an easy decision, but we called it and we decided to go ahead.

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After the course inspection, I had a fairly easy morning. I got to hand over Run Director Duties to Ewan, knowing he'd do a great job! We're very lucky at Gedling Juniors to have such a team of bright, enthusiastic under 18's regularly involved. Ewan set up the funnel, handed out all the jobs, briefed anyone who needed to be briefed. Gave the volunteer brief, briefed the runners, led the warm up, started the runners off, handled the un-scannables, helped me manage a minor incident, closed down the course at the end and then he came over to the cafe and processed the results, too! So, I don't have much of a problem in declaring Ewan to be today's MVP.

Or at least I didn't until a little bird told me today was also Sarah HG's 50th time as volunteer coordinator, which means she's helped to fill over 1000 roles for 50 events!

And then I started feeling bad for trying to pick an MVP, so this week's Most Valued Players are everyone; Louis ASTILL, Sharon ASTILL, Frances ASTILL, Damian BENNER, Tom BLAKEY, Jake BROUGHTON, Chris COE, Laurence COE, Nicola DICKINSON, Julie DRIVER, Ann FISH, Eveline GRIFFITH, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Sammy KING, Matthew MARSHALL, James MARTIN, Steve MARTIN, Richard MILLNS, Bo NOWICKI, Isabella RIELEY, Joanne TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Jonathan TANNER, Ewan WANE, James WILKINS and Emma BENNER.

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No first timers with us this week, but a few milestones achieved. Oscar and David both qualified for the half marathon wristbands and Evan collected his Ultra Marathon wristband. Well done guys. If you think you've recently achieved a milestone but forgot to collect your wristband, please let us know.

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One of the many, many things I love about junior parkrun (and it's 5k sister - it'll never catch on, though) is how many of you and your parents looked outside on this cold and frosty morning and said "yeah, I'm up for that!". 32 of you put on your kit, lined up and set off on a cold, dark, December morning. Your energy and enthusiasm in infectious!

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Six of you even managed to achieve PBs this morning. well done Harrison, Oliver, Charlie, Oscar, Beatrice and Ethan. That's about 20% of the field.

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That wraps it up for me, for this week. I'll be handing the baton over to Sarah HG for next week.

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Helen

 

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:

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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….

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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!
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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.

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

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

Tamsin

 

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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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