For the third year in a row all of our Run Directors are involved with the Big Half half-marathon event taking place in London on 1st March. (Many of our regular volunteers are taking part too!). As a result, we are cancelling our junior parkrun on Sunday 1st March 2020.
Oh my gosh it was cold this morning - but bright and sunny and so we had a lovely 132 runners come and join in the fun...
So we had a great time - but were also wondering whether many of our fabulous runners and parents/guardians enjoy reading the run report as much as they like coming to junior parkrun.
So - a quick test - if you're reading this, let us know by liking our tweet (@HFjuniorparkrun), liking our post on facebook, or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And then everyone ran off
Thanks for coming, and see you next week!
108 runners joined us in the crisp autumn sun for Event 228 this morning.
We awarded wristbands to Anton, Esther and Adam who had reached their half-marathon goal, and to Alice who joined the ultra-marathon club with an orange wristband this week. Let us know if you have any wristbands due in your household for next week!
We are very grateful to all of our volunteers this week: Adele, Alex, Alice, Andrew, Eddie, Eloise, Freya, Frankie, Gemma, Jacqueline, Jess, Jo, Joseph, Judith, Kate, Kev, Laura, Luke, Lyra, Max, Ruth, Sara, Scott, Sharon, Sky, Suzanne, Zoe. A great mixture of new volunteers and regulars; adults and juniors. If you’d like to get involved, drop us an email - email@example.com. Lots of roles up for grabs for next week.
We didn’t have a volunteer Funnel Manager this morning so I stood by the side of the cones watching the runners go through. What a sight that was - so many focussed runners, sprint finishers, big smilers, happy walkers. Seeing 100+ kids complete a challenging hilly run with such pride on their faces at that finishing moment of glory makes it worth getting out of bed at the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning.
Thanks to everyone who gave us nice feedback about our event today - it really does make our day and it means a lot to know that people appreciate what we do.
One thing I forgot to mention at the park today was that as it’s Halloween on Thursday, if there is anyone who wants to give their costume a second outing at junior parkrun next Sunday, we’d love to see it!
And we had a lovely time after the run where a gang of us planted some flowering bulbs around two of the trees near our finish funnel area in memory of volunteer-extraordinaire Lucreta La Pierre who died last year. Thanks to everyone who took part, brought gardening tools and donated bulbs. Particular thanks to Zoe Negus for suggesting it, and to the Friends Of Hilly Fields, Glendale and Lewisham Council for their support. We are really excited to see what spring brings!!
We’ve got our next junior takeover on November 24th, where all of the volunteer roles will be done by under-18s (accompanied by an adult). Have a look at the roster and let us know if your family would like to take part. We’ve had a number of submissions for the position of Run Director and we’ll be announcing who the lucky recipient of the role will be in the coming weeks!
Hope you all have a great week and look forward to seeing you for more fun next Sunday,
Well done to the 80 junior parkrunners who completed our 2km course this morning. 3 ran for the first time. Well done to Miles, Ethan and Sophia. Congratulations to the 27 who ran a brand new personal best this morning.
Many thanks to the adults who came forward to make the event happen. Thanks to Luke Ashton, Sharon Barnett, Erica Brackenbury, Chris Callender, Heather Castle, Adam Cole, Oscar Cole, Amanda Dominy, Jacqueline Francis, Susan Hancock, Mary Hodgson, Julene Knox, Ruben Mathers, Layla Mathers, Suzanne McDougall, Simon Milward, Alex Smith, Kate Ward, Tien Wilde and Kev Wrake. Congratulations to Oscar Cole who volunteered for the 25th time.
Before the run began this morning, we awarded wristbands to Ruben Veninga, who received his half marathon wristband, and Peggy Knox who joined the ultra marathon club after 50 runs.
If you ran 11, 21 or 50 runs this morning, please let us know when you are next coming to Hilly Fields junior parkrun and we will be able to present your child with their wristband.
Hope you all had fun at junior parkrun this morning and have a great half term week. Hope to see you all again soon
Glenn - Run director
Well done to the 98 young people who finished the 2 laps of Hilly Fields this morning. 48 were boys, 40 were girls. If the 10 unknowns were also girls, we could have a 50/50 gender split this morning.
4 junior parkrunners ran for the first time, and congratulations to the 14 children and young people who got a brand new personal best.
Two entered the half marathon club (Eddie and Ruben). Please let us know when you're next coming to junior parkrun so we can present you with your blue wristband.
Massive thanks to the army of hi-vis heroes who made it all possible. Please let us know if you are available to volunteer in future weeks.
Happy Sunday everyone.
Glenn (Run Director)
PARKRUN NUMBER 225
What a glorious morning in Hilly Fields.
On Sunday 6th October 2019 it was Hilly Fields Junior Takeover number 4. Could we just say a big thank you to all of our children volunteers.
The volunteers were Jonah, Abigail, James, Claudia, Mateo, Daisy, Jake, Rosie, Imogen, Elina, Lyra, Isobel, Eloise, Oscar, Hector, Oliver, Johannes, Agnes, Silas, Luke, Lily, Bess and Joseph.
One of the volunteers Johannes got his blue wristband for running 11 parkruns, a half marathon. And another wristband was given out for 21 parkruns, a marathon a green wristband to Abigail.
We had 77 runners, a few first timers and a whopping 25 PBs!!!
This week for junior takeover our child run director was Freya (me).
I hope you all enjoyed the run as much as I did.
It's that time of year again...! It's only 1st October but we like to think we're an organised bunch so we've just submitted the official response to parkrun HQ that once again we will not be doing any extra junior parkruns over the Christmas period. But we will be running as usual on Sunday 22nd and Sunday 29th December 2019 and look forward to seeing many of you there!
Bright sunshine and 147 eager runners - amongst them 18 people doing their first ever junior parkrun, plus 25 new PBs (including the first and second girls to finish - Edie and Emily).
We were delighted to award wristbands to Brandon who collected his blue half-marathon band, Bonnie who collected both her half-marathon and green marathon band, and to Clifford who collected his ultra-marathon orange wristband. Well done to you all. And shout out to Theo Gaymes, first finisher today, who was doing his 150th junior parkrun.
Massive thanks to our volunteers this morning:
Adam, Adela, Alex, Amanda, Anya, Ed, Eibhlin, Eloise, Hector, James, Joseph, Kev, Layla, Linda, Mateo, Oscar, Roni, Ruth, Sam, Scott, Sharon (who was one of our timekeepers today despite a hand in plaster cast!), Sky, Suzanne, Thomas and Zoe.
The big news today was about our next junior takeovers. These special Sundays where all of the volunteer roles are done by under-18s are always EXTREMELY popular events - and we have not one, but two junior takeovers coming up before the end of the year; on 6th October in 3 weeks time, and again on 24th November. The roster always fills up very fast so don’t forget to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to bag a role for the juniors in your household. And this time around we’re opening up the coveted position of Run Director to all interested applicants. We got a few submissions of interest this morning at the park, but we’re also keen to hear from people during this week by email with applications to be Run Director (on either 6th October or 24th November), and we’ll be selecting some lucky juniors for the role soon!!
We also reminded everyone about our Big Half community places. Just a few left so if you fancy doing a half-marathon in London on 1st March 2020 at a reduced rate of £10 do get in touch - email@example.com. More information on the Big Half here.
The other lovely thing happening in Hilly Fields this morning was the Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust sponsored relay run. It was great to see so many of our junior runners and volunteers take part - as well as a big contingent of our Run Directors. Well done to our four junior parkrun runners Oscar, Jake, Ray and Lucien who won the event, completing 10k between them in about 42 minutes. And our Run Director Luke was on the 2nd place team along with some of the GoodGym gang. If you’d like to donate to the Marsha Phoenix event fund, don’t forget you can still do so online here at their Just Giving page.
Sam is on RD duty next week, check out the roster and do get in touch with him if you can volunteer.
Have a great week,
Lisa (Run Director Event 222)
A bright and sunny, if a little bit chilly, morning today for Event 221.
Great conditions for running, as illustrated by the 143 runners who joined us - and the 30 PBs amongst them.
Thanks as always to the volunteers: Abigail, Adam, Alex, Amanda, Andrew, Anya, Becca, Cameron, Clifford, Eloise, Harriet, Helga, James, Jenny, Joseph, Kev, Linda, Luke, Martin, Roni, Sam, Sharon, Suzanne McD, Suzanne S, Timo and Zoe - we couldn't do it without you!
Shout out in particular to Amanda who conquered her fear of timing this morning - here she is with fellow-timekeeper Sam.
And well done to Clifford, one of our junior volunteers (and token-sorter extraordinaire) who was proudly debuting his new 25 volunteer t-shirt today.
We also welcomed back Roni from our RD team who has been in the US for a few years, we took the opportunity to pose for a photo with her with the selfie-frame which had been returned following some triage work from a frisbee incident. See our Instagram for what happened next...!
Thanks to Helga for leading the warm-up and keeping everyone on their toes!
If you’d like to volunteer for next week, get in touch - lots of roles available!
In case you didn’t see the information in our volunteer email this week, we have been allocated a small number of Community Places for the 2020 Big Half, which takes place on 1st March 2020. The entry fee for Community Places is £10. Email us if you are interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We’ll be running as usual next Sunday morning from 9am, but if you fancy a spot of extra running for a good cause, we’ll also be involved with providing some of the kit for the Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust sponsored relay event which takes place at 11am. This is its 5th year, and it is a really fun community-based charity event which raises funds to cover the salary of a cook who prepares home-cooked meals for young homeless women at the charity’s hostel on Tressillian Road.
It’s a 10k relay, teams of 2-4 doing a 2.5km lap four times per team around Hilly Fields. Entry is free, to sign up contact Rebecca Long on email@example.com and start fundraising/make a donation via their JustGiving page.
All abilities welcome and it is guaranteed to be a feel-good event.
Have a great week everyone, see you next Sunday!
This week at Hilly Fields junior parkrun, as it was the end of the school holidays, our attendance seemed to go back to normal. We had a good turnout with 115 runners taking part.
Three blue half marathon wristbands were awarded this week, to James, Joshua and Tak, while Oscar received a green marathon one. Well done to you all!
Adam, Amanda, Amelia. Andrew, Clifford, Erica, Glenn, Harriet, Jacqueline, James, Jonah, Keiko, Kev, Linda, Luke, Matt, Niamh, Oscar, Paula, Peter, Robin, Sam, Sinead, Sky, Suzanne and Zoe were this week’s 26 hi-vis heroes. Without them the run would not have been possible, so a huge thank you to them all!
Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out next week or any date in the future.
See you all next week.