Event 168 – The one where we had a baby size hi-vis

Well what a gorgeous day we had on Sunday for our 35 parkrunners, 5 of whom were there for the first time ever - it's surprisingly easier to get up early on a Sunday when the sun is shining!


The amazing volunteers all had smiles on their faces and only one person had a proper jumper on - you know who you are. As always a massive thank you to our amazing volunteers who make the whole thing run so smoothly, Ian, Martyn, Nicola, Tom, Emma, Oliver, Nick, Maddy, Nick, Matthew, Kelly, Brian, Bo, Michael, Isabella, James, Esther, Alice, and especially Ewan who runs the warm up every week - any volunteers for the warm up for other weeks to learn it with Ewan much appreciated!  Here's everyone properly warmed up and ready go!


We also had Joseph who whilst still young enough to be in a pushchair now has his own hi-vis and is the third generation of his family to be a volunteer (even if he isn't old enough to actually go on the roster yet).  If you would like to start a volunteering legacy and don't know where to start - an email to the lovely Sarah (who builds up and encourages the volunteers each week so we're all ready to go on a sunday) to put your name down is always appreciated.  You can find her on gedling-juniorhelpers@parkrun.com.  Our roster is looking very sparse for the next few weeks so now's the time to come forward.

Here are some of our first finishers Matilda and Oliver, Oliver was one of our 2 pbs this week despite the blazing heat!


See you all next week!!


Event 167 – 18th August 2019

It was a warm, bright and sunny day for this weeks Gedling junior parkrun, which saw 51 runners (as well as several parents) smile their way through the course.

This week, Charlotte, Finlay and Isla all completed their first junior parkrun, and Scarlett earned her half-marathon wristband. We also saw 9 people set a new PB, so congratulations to Elijah, Oliver James, Hannah, Sadie, Henry, Archie, Dylan, Sophia and Ruby. Our first finisher was Lewis, whilst Talitha was the first female finisher.

Our traditional pre-run warm-up was led by myself (Ewan) and Sammy.

Of course, the event can’t happen without the volunteers so thanks to Catriona, Ciaran, Clare, Damian, Evie, Frances, Helen, Henry, Ian, Jake, Jenny, Karen, Linda, Madeleine, Madeleine, Matthew, Mhairi, Nick, Nick, Oliver, Richard, Rory, Sammy, Sarah and Sharon for wearing the high-vis this week. Also, an extra big “Thank you!” to Sarah, who, as well as being our Volunteer Co-Ordinator, has now volunteered at 250 various parkrun events. We are always looking for new volunteers, so please consider it if you are free on a Sunday morning.

Your run director next week, and for the first time, is going to be Sammy.



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 #164: Will it, won’t it? It didn’t!

On the way to the park this morning Zoe told me that there was a 94% chance of rain at 9 o'clock. Thankfully, the 6% chance of no rain was the stat that won and we managed to get through event 164 without being drenched; great news! Whatever the weather, there is ALWAYS a 100% chance of fun at Gedling junior parkrun and that was the case today.

Gedling junior parkrun.  28 Jul 19.

A grand total of fifty junior athletes made their way around our route this morning, it was wonderful to see so many of you managing to drag a grown-up or two along too, well done all! Some numbers for you: we had six first-timers, we welcomed Ben, Joe, Max, Elijah, Noah and Levi to Gedling for the very first time, please come back soon to see us again. A huge number of you, eight in total got your speedy feet on and recorded your fastest time ever around the course, well done to Leo, Jack, Cairo, Sadie, Harrison, Rowan, Noah and Poppy knocking a second or two off your best times.

Of course it's not all about going super fast from start to finish, however you chose to get around is good by us. If you run, walk, jog, skip or hop you'll get a special commemorative wristband to show off around school. These will be given to you when you've done 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns. If you think that you have earned some parkrun bling, just have a chat with your run director and we'll make sure that you don't miss out.

Talking of free stuff, did you know that when a volunteer has completed 25 stints in the hi-viz, they qualify for a beautiful purple parkrun tee-shirt? No? Well it's true! Over the next few weeks we are a little short of names for the volunteer list and we really can't put on these events without some amazing people. If you fancy donning the waistcoat of wonder, then please email us or have a chat with your run director. Each job is very simple, you'll get fully briefed and you'll feel good about yourself all day!

Gedling junior parkrun.  28 Jul 19.

Today's cast, handing out high-fives, clapping and cheering was Bo, Catriona, Charlie, Damian, Darren, Debra, Ian, Jake, Jenny, Joanne, John, John, Karen, Linda, Madeleine, Madeleine, Sammy, Sarah, Sonny, Tabitha, Tom and Zoe, phew! It was a special day for Madeleine too, she was happy to give up the morning of her sixteenth birthday to come and join in the junior parkrun fun. Happy birthday Moo!

That's about it for today, a massive thank you to Damian for shadowing me as he trains to become our newest run director. He'll be back next week with Tamsin, they will be sharing the megaphone duties and I know it will be great fun.

Gedling junior parkrun.  28 Jul 19.

Bye for now, have an amazing week, Jonathan. #loveparkrun