Event 192 – the kids RD take-over one

Fyfe Benner (age 7) was Run Director on the morning, assisted by his Dad, Damian (age 43). Fyfe took charge of assigning marshal positions, giving the run brief and making his mother proud, whilst his Dad did the lesser, more boring duties, such as overseeing H&S, processing the results and writing the run report.

You'll have noticed we had another under 11 volunteering this week, too, which was young Finn, who took the marshal spot on Bunny Corner, at the top of the hill with his Mum. If any other kids want to get involved like Fyfe and Finn, rocking the Hi Vis, just let us know.

Fyfe and Dad in his big coat

The full volunteer team included a few people volunteering for the first time. I hope you all enjoyed it. We certainly appreciated your help!

Class of 192

We had some milestones this morning, with Ivy Miles collecting her half marathon wristband. Talitha Roberts and Daniel Charlton collected their marathon wristbands.

Wristband based glory

After expertly delivered the run brief, Francis, Archie and Ewan led the warm up

Warm up

We were also joined by four first timers. Welcome Harry Walker, Charlotte Carter-Smith, Anais Schoeman and Belle Walton! Also, welcome back to Aurelia Cooney who completed her second run with us.

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Fyfe got to do another important job, which was to set you all off running and 63 of you set off, many of you with your grown ups trying to keep up with you.

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Despite the wind or maybe helped by it, 11 of you managed to achieve a new PB this morning.

PB Performance

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That includes your first and second finishers Ben Taylor and Eddie Lowe. Both achieved new PBs of 07:18 and 07:25 respectively.



We had lots of fun waiting for you all back at the funnel.

Ewan time

We did have a few problems with some of the scanning, which can happen on busy and bright sunny mornings. If you think your result is missing, do let us know.

Scanners VS kids


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!



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!


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.


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 #190: Getting February off to a flying start!

It was a little grey and rainy at Gedling Juniors today but we didn't let that get us down. A fabulous 50 of you turned up despite the conditions, ready and raring to go!


We welcomed two new members to the Junior Parkrun family today, with Billy and Lance taking part for the first time. We hope that you had a fantastic run and that we will see you again soon.

Wristbands were earned by three runners this week: a huge well done to Molly for earning her marathon band (21 runs) and to Ben and Oliver for their half marathon bands (11 runs). Only one of you collected your band this week so come and see us next week to collect yours.


PBs were also earned by 13 runners today! Congratulations to Joseph, Charlie, Olivia, Noah, Sienna, Luke, Daniel, Archie, Hanna, Jodie, Eva, Austin and Kaydn!


The hills were alive with the sound of cheers, clapping and lots of encouragement with parents and volunteers alike supporting. As ever, a huge thank you to all our volunteers for helping make the magic happen this morning: Alice TOWNEND • Archie IBELL • Damian BENNER • Emma FURNESS • Ewan WANE • Frances ASTILL • Helen SMALLEY • Isabella RIELEY • Jake BROUGHTON • Jenny BROWN • Joanne TANNER • Jonathan TANNER • Julie DRIVER • Katie ANDREWS • Louis ASTILL • Lyndsey JOHNSON • Matthew MARSHALL • Myles SOMERTON • Neil GREGORY • Nick HILL • Oliver HILL • Roger SMALLEY • Rose PROBERT • Sammy KING • Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD • Sharon ASTILL • Siena LACEY • Sue UPSTONE • Ted SELBY • Tom BLAKEY • Tom ENGLAND • Zoe TANNER. We really couldn't do it without you and we really appreciate all your help.


A couple of special mentions this week. This week, Henry Smalley reached his 100th Junior Parkrun and what better way to celebrate it than with cake at the end! 100 parkruns is an incredible achievement and we are all really proud of you Henry.
Also today, Isabella Wright turned 9 and decided to celebrate her birthday by running at Gedling. We all hope you have a lovely rest of your birthday!

The high vis are drying out as we speak so we will see you again next week for more fun and laughter on the hills. See you then!


Event #189 – the one above zero.

64 young athletes and an assortment of their grown ups joined us on Mount Gedders this morning.

Young volunteers

Three of you scanned your barcodes for the first time today. Welcome to Joseph Bailey, Esme Ward and Markus Slabbert. We hope to see you again, soon. Just like Maya and Hanna Romaniuk who came back for their second run.

starting line

No one claimed their milestone wristbands this week, but I do note from the results that Abigail Pugh did make the milestone. Well done Abigail. You can collect your wristband, if you want to, any time you like.

The view from the flying dog squad

The first finisher this morning was Lewis Marston; his ninth time finishing first. A whopping 13 of you managed to get a PB.

First finisher

The team who enabled the magic to happen this morning were Katie ANDREWS, Daniel APPLEBY, Damian BENNER, Emma BENNER, Tom BLAKEY, Anysha CHINYEMBA, Laurence COE, Jim DRIVER, Julie DRIVER, Tom ENGLAND, Nick HILL, Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD, Archie IBELL, Sammy KING, Matthew MARSHALL, James MARTIN, Steve MARTIN, Richard MILLNS, Rose PROBERT, Isabella RIELEY, Ted SELBY, Joanne TANNER, Jonathan TANNER, Zoe TANNER, Alan TOWNEND, Alice TOWNEND, Laurel TOWNEND, Ewan WANE.

dream Team

Couple of special mentions. Danny Andrews who should be listed as a marshal with his Mum this morning, but I couldn't find him on the system. Dan Appleby who joined us for the first time and I hope we see again. Finally, James Martin, who has been coming down consistently and really helping out with his Dad Steve (who I've been calling John for months) and came to the end of his D of E bronze volunteering commitment today. Thank you for your contribution. We hope to see you again!

Finish funnels


Event #187 12 January – the one where EVERYBODY came to join in

Our intrepid band of volunteers braved the chilly morning with some new people joining the team which was brilliant.








It started off looking like we might have a quiet one and then suddenly EVERYONE arrived and we had a stunning 91 parkrunners - only 9 off our biggest total ever - thanks so much everyone for turning out and enjoying a very slightly muddy parkun.

We had an amazing 10 first timers and 22 Personal bests - lots of people starting 2020 as they mean to go on!


For all of you parents/guardians and general grownups that have made resolutions to do more for your community in 2020 - volunteering on a Sunday morning is super easy and super fun.  If you fancy giving it a go please contact gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com we'd love to have you join in.

Here are some fabulous photos that the team took - with, last but not least,  Damian's absolutely fantastic photo taken whilst tail walking.....

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Event #186 – The first one of 2020

Happy New Year Everyone ! And Happy New Year to all our 51 runners, all parents and family members who joined the runners, and all our wonderful volunteers !Our volunteers this week were: Linda, Damian, Tom, Michelle, Jake, Anysha, Charlie, Marie, Josie, Julie, Jim, Tom, Ann, John, Jon, Matilda, Nick, Oliver, Sarah, Lyndsey, Matthew, James, Steve, Tamsin, Ted, Joanne, Zoe, Jonathan and last but not least (in fact first arrive, as usual) Ewan

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It was nice to see the sun come out, as we were setting up the course, and the conditions were ideal for a run, which may have helped the 8 of you who achieved a new Personal Best Time.

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We had 9 First Timers at Gedling Juniors this week; welcome all of you, its always great to see new faces!


We had two runners who were celebrating new milestones, and received Half Marathon

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Well done to everyone !



And a final81985489_717906465281848_8843766454818963456_n word - if anyone would like to join a fantastic group of volunteers, please come and talk to us before after or during the next run, or via our Facebook page or email: gedling-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com. See you next week !



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.


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!



Event number 181, 24 November 2019.

It was a little damp and dull at Gedling Country Park this morning, but if there is one thing that brightens up my day, it's the sight and sound of our juniors warming up and getting ready for another crack at the course, smiles are always guaranteed.

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Fifty wonderful juniors jumped out of bed and persuaded an adult or two to accompany them to the park. Well done all, special congratulations go to the 14 of you who got new personal best times around our beautiful 2k course and the fantastic 4 that turned up for the very first time, well done and welcome to Seb, Cassius, Oliver and Connor. We hope you come back again soon. In an exciting finish, Tom just about pipped Megan to the post, I think that there may have been a tiny amount of family rivalry on show there! Today Freya was awarded her half-marathon wrist band as a special prize for completing her eleventh junior parkrun, huge congratulations. I also noticed that a couple of you are due your half-marathon bands too, so please let us know next week and we'll make sure you don't miss out.

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Twenty-seven people gave up their valuable time in order to get everyone around in safe fashion. A huge thank you to every involved. We have a great group of volunteers and we would always like a few more. Whether you're taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme or you just fancy making use of that spare hour that you may have, just drop us a line at gedlingjuniors@parkrun.com or have a chat with your friendly Run Director.

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Somebody pointed out to me that today was my 101st turn in the legendary hi-viz (100 at Gedling and just the one when I went rogue and ended up in Bury St. Edmunds). It's been an amazing couple of years and has seen me make so many new friends, I absolutely #loveparkrun.

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Damian and Ewan (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) are sharing the RD vest next week, I know that they are both looking forward to seeing you all. Until then, have a great week.



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 #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….

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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.


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


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