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.

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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.



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!!’

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