Run report for event 226 – 13th October 2019

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)

 

Run Report for Event 221

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.

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Well done to Daisy who received her marathon wristband today.  Let us know if you have any wristbands due for next week in your family!

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.

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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...!

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Thanks to Helga for leading the warm-up and keeping everyone on their toes!

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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 (hillyfieldsjuniors@parkrun.com).

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 rlong@marshaphoenix.org and start fundraising/make a donation via their JustGiving page.
All abilities welcome and it is guaranteed to be a feel-good event.

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Have a great week everyone, see you next Sunday!
Lisa

 

Run Report for Event #220

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 hillyfields-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com if you can help out next week or any date in the future.
See you all next week.

 

Run Report for Event #217

While it was still a bit blowy today, we had a lovely sunny morning for parkrun - and a full roster of volunteers helping out.

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We had 78 runners, including five first timers - plus some fabulous visitors from Nottingham - my home town! Seven people got new PBs - not bad for a windy morning :)

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My favourite moment was when some of the kids started offering high-fives to the last runners entering the finish funnel -such great support!

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Thank you all and come again next week!

Luke

 

Run Report for Event #216

It's the holiday season, but great to see a good turnout today for Run 216 at Hilly Fields Juniors!

We were a bit short of volunteers on Friday night, but it all came good in the end with a number of people stepping up at the last minute - massive thanks to all and especially those who volunteered early ;-)

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We had 79 runners, and 10 of you got PBs - well done. We also had four first timers - great to see you all...

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And finally, a special shout out to superman, who put in a superb effort.

See you all next week!
Luke

 

Run report for event 215

This morning saw 72 runners complete the 'undulating' course at Hilly Fields. Immi received a green marathon wristband and Noah got a blue half-marathon one. Well done to you both!

As always the event was made possible by the following hi-viz heroes: Alex, Cameron, Erica, Frankie, Freya, Glenn, Gila, Heather, Isabelle, Jacqueline, Jennifer, Jo, Kev, Martin, Maysie, Molly, Phil, Sam, Silas, Sky and Suzanne. If you would like to help make the magic happen just email: hillyfields-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com.

See you next week!

 

 

Run report for event #213

I was worried that the rain shower of rain that made my feet wet while setting up the course might affect the turnout today but well done to the 111 children and young people who ran, jogged and walked with us this morning. 4 completed the course for the first time and 22 got brand new personal bests.

Our first finisher Guy completed his parkrun quadruple with a first finish at Hilly Fields parkrun and a new personal best of 18:09 (for 5km) before a new 2km personal best of 6:50 and another first finish today. Massive congratulations Guy!

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who made it all possible. Adam Cole, Amanda Dominy, Anya Quiney, Cameron Livingstone, Chris Callender, Clare Griffiths, Claudia Griffiths, Darryl Chamberlain, Eibhlin Vardy, Glenn Hancock, Helga Wittmann, Isabelle Guillemot-Barbour, Jala Aldous, James Griffiths, Judith Greeves, Kev Wrake, Lily Hancock, Martin Faulkner, Poppy Greeves, Robin Morgan, Sal Tebbs, Sally Drayton, Sam Broderick, Sky London and Suzanne Spalding.

Please let us know if you're available to volunteer next Sunday,

Many thanks,

Glenn Hancock - Run Director

 

 

Run Report, Event #212

After a gloriously sunny Saturday, the weather was a little less inviting as I set up the event yesterday morning! A very big thank you to Andrew, who helped me bring all the equipment up from the shed (it's very heavy) and politely pointed out that I might have put the finish sign up incorrectly...

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It's always super helpful to have a pre-run set-up volunteer, there's so much to organise, putting out the cones/marshal numbers, checking the course, setting out the start and finish areas. This is a role that can be done before you head out for the day, or before running with your child, because you are finished before 9am!

Another role that can be done alongside taking part is token sorting, this one is popular with children too (thank you Anya!). If you want to get in some exercise whilst volunteering, you could lead the warm-up (thank you Joseph!), or you could be tail-walker (thank you Sally, Edward, Hector and James!).

Fun on the move!

Fun on the move!

There are many more ways to get involved, with 24 volunteers making it happen this week - thank you all! It was touch-and-go as to whether we would be able to run this week though and I had to shout out from the bench to fill the gaps on the roster. Glenn is looking pretty lonely next Sunday, so make him smile and email: hillyfields-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com to add your name to the list!

We recorded 9 first-timers this week - welcome! There were quite a few 'unknown runners' too, who may well have been taking on their first ever junior parkrun, remember your barcode next time! I didn't have any wristbands to hand out this week, but Leo was running for the 100th time, amazing! He can now print off his certificate to celebrate this achievement. Out of our 89 finishers, 11 managed to run a personal best time - well done!

We hope you all had fun and that you will be lacing up again soon for some hilly fresh air and fun!

Adele :)

 

 

 

 

 

Run report for event 211 – Thank you and goodbye from me.

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117 runners and 24 volunteers joined me at Hilly Fields for my 25th and final time run directing junior parkrun. It was a lovely sunny morning with many friends and familiar faces in the park as we got set up and ready to run. We also had 9 first timers, including several who were attending a parkrun themed birthday party in the park (a fantastic idea and one I hope to steal when my daughter is old enough!)

Today I got to give wristbands to Kenzie, Mika, Alfie and Jude, all of whom had completed 21 junior parkruns - the equivalent of a marathon. Although I failed to say so during the briefing, Joseph was running his 150th junior parkrun yesterday! There isn’t a wristband or even a certificate for that, but it nevertheless deserves a mention. Joseph is still only 8 years old so I wonder how many runs he will be able to get to before he turns 14?

Remember, if you want to keep track of how many runs you have done, and earn wristbands, you need to register online with parkrun and bring your barcode every week.

After hearing Lisa talk about me moving away from London and me crying in front of you all, we got warmed up and started running. There were 23 personal bests this week as well as lots of happy smiles, excellent high-fives and people enjoying the company of their friends.

Many thanks from me to all of today’s volunteers, as well as all the others who have helped me put on events over the last four and a bit years. You’re all brilliant and I will miss you all.

 

Thank You, Natalie!

We’ve known it was on the cards for a while, but there was a message on our Run Directors’ WhatsApp group on Friday from Natalie, to let us know that this week’s event would be her last time to be a Run Director at Hilly Fields junior parkrun.

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She asked us not to make a fuss and of course we told her we would respect her wishes. But then we changed our minds and gave her a little thank you shout out from the bench this morning anyway!

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Natalie has been on our Run Directing team from the very start - right from the first discussion in Glenn’s sitting room in late 2014 (no photos exist to illustrate this!).

But we do have photos of her at our trial run event in March 2015 leading the warm up on what was probably one of the wettest days we have had at Hilly Fields (and we have had many!), as well as fun times captured on many other days over the last 4+ years and 210 events.

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We want to say a MASSIVE thank you to Natalie for being such a great person to have on our team, a dedicated Run Director and a wonderful friend. We will miss her a lot, but we know that she will come back to visit us soon.

Good Luck Natalie from all of your Hilly Fields junior parkrun family!

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