Run Report for Event 209

What a day! Google said dry, or at least only 20% chance of rain - be we got a few showers...

Even so, we had a great run.

Joseph was leading the warm-up for the 50th time - amazing! Here he is showing us how it's done:

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We had a crack squad running the finish funnel - no mistakes here, tip top timing and tokens!

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And a lovely bunch of runners...

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We had 27 PBs - incredibly, that's almost a quarter of this week's 116 runners getting a new PB. Great job y'all!

See you next week, when I'm sure we'll have the biggest turnout ever. Be there or be square!
Luke

 

Run Report, Event #208

We were so lucky to have bright blue skies and warm weather after a blustery Saturday! As I set up the course, the birds were singing and the park was pretty much deserted, bliss!

Our meeting point

Our meeting point

Our event was made possible by 23 volunteers stepping up to help, 23! This week we had a full roster mid-week, thanks to our GoodGym Lewisham friends having a volunteer takeover (ably assisted by a few of our regulars!). If you don't know about GoodGym have a look here - the Lewisham group meet at Glass Mill on a Monday evening at 6.45pm and run to community spaces and charities, to help out with a physical task, something for your adults to get involved with!

Top Timer Team!

Top Timer Team!

This week we were joined by six first-timers - welcome! Our regulars seemed boosted by a bit of solar power, with a whopping 37 getting a new personal best time (including our first boy ,Theo, and first girl, Honor)! Something we get even more excited about than times is commitment to getting involved, so I was delighted to hand out a few wristbands this week. Well done to Daisy, Gaia and Kian, who all received a blue 'Half Marathon' wristband and Magnus, who received his green 'Marathon' wristband. Adults, please remember, we can't keep track of milestones, so rely on you letting us know if your child is expecting a wristband (it's helpful if you do this ahead of the run, via email: hillyfields-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com - this is also the address you contact to volunteer).

One of our runners was hitting an even bigger milestone this week. Well done to Hector Day, who ran his 100th junior parkrun, wow!

We had a great turnout, with 143 athletes crossing the finish line. With this many people, it can get a bit crowded as everyone finishes, so please remember only children go through the finish area and it's great if you can leave space for those following after you (and no dogs, buggies, scooters or bikes through the funnel please...!). We look forward to seeing you all again next week, when Luke will be Run Director. He is looking very lonely on the roster right now and just look at how happy volunteering makes you feel!

Warm Glow

Warm Glow

Hi-Five!

Hi-Five!

See you soon!

Adele :)

 

Run Report for Event 207

We had a lovely sunny morning for our 207th Hilly Fields junior parkrun today... And 114 runners came along to enjoy it with us. Getting set up was a little tricky though - I think we overloaded the trolley!

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And the ground was a bit too hard to get the flag in - luckily Edward is very strong and was able to help!

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But once we got running everyone had a fab time... There were a dozen first timers, and seventeen new PBs - way to go HFjp!!

Hope to see you all again next week... when the good folks from GoodGym will be helping out :)
Luke

 

Claiming your child’s wristband

If you've been to junior parkrun at Hilly Fields more than a couple of times, you've probably seen us giving our wristbands to children who have completed 11, 21 or 50 runs. We think that coming back time and again, showing commitment and running these distances - a half marathon, a marathon or a 100km ultra-marathon - deserves recognition.

However, for us to be able to give your child a wristband, you need to tell us when they're eligible. Unfortunately, we don't get any notification from parkrun HQ to tell us when a child has hit a milestone, so we rely on parents letting us know.

So, when your child is eligible for a wristband, please let us know. The two best ways to do this are:

  • Drop us an email to the inbox - hillyfields-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com - in the week you'd like us to present your child's wristband, letting us know your child's name and how many parkruns they've done.
  • Come up and talk to the run director on the day, before the run briefing

Don't forget, wristbands are awarded after the required number of parkruns are completed (so for a child receiving a blue wristband for completing 11 parkruns, the wristband will be awarded at the 12th parkrun - but only if you tell us!).

We look forward to giving out many more wristbands in the coming weeks!

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Run Report for Event 205

This morning saw perfect running conditions at Hilly Fields for 111 runners. Today there were five first timers and 31 runners achieved personal bests!
Ellis, Julian and Robin joined the Half Marathon club and were awarded blue wristbands, while Summer joined the Marathon club and received a green wristband; well done to you all!
This week's parkrun was made possible by Adam, Adele, Amanda, Amelia, Andrew, Cameron, Clare, Clifford, Darryl, David, Eden, Glenn, Heather, Hector, Isabelle, Jacqueline, Jala, Jonah, Layla, Luke, Mary, Mateo, Oscar, Sarah, Silas, Suzanne and Tien. A huge thanks to each of you for volunteering.
If you would like to help next week, or any of the coming weeks just send an email to hillyfields-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com.
See you next week!

 

Happy 4th birthday to Hilly Fields junior parkrun

If a picture paints a thousand words, then a lot of pictures paints…an awful lot of words! Thanks to Suzanne, Oscar and Adam who were our photographers on Sunday, we will be making an album of birthday photos from our 4th birthday event which you can browse at your leisure on Facebook, but for now, here are some highlights from this week’s run.

We started bright and early, hanging bunting and balloons to set the scene.

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For fun, we ran the course in reverse today. This meant going down the big hill, rather than up it…

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…and then up the deceptively long gradual hill!

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Lots of people tried to run as fast as they could…
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... while others chose to stop for high-fives, to take a rest, or to pick up some good sticks, all of which is totally fine by us.
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The tail walkers made sure everyone reached the finish line safely – when they weren’t leaping about doing star jumps!
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Jacqueline’s cake was extremely popular, as were the other treats brought along by Clare and Amanda.

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We had 31 volunteers – here are some of them. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out.
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Here's the obligatory annual photo of the Run Directors! (Missing Sam and Glenn who couldn't make it this year)
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After the event we all played with the selfie frame, tidied away, and started thinking about next week. park run 12th May 2019-119 20190512_HFJrParkrun-100-web

Fun birthday facts:

• Children who were only just born when we started in 2015 are now old enough to register for a parkrun barcode.

• Three children - Barnaby, Rufus and Joseph - ran today and were also at our very first event. Eloise was also at the first event but was too young to run at the time. She had a great time running today. And Silas, who ran in the first event, was volunteering today.

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• We had 147 runners for our 4th birthday, which is a lot, but still not quite matching our record of 169 which was set on our 3rd birthday last year.

• 20,235 runs have been completed at our event over the years.

• The total distance that has been run is 40,470km.

• Between you, you have spent 186 days, 23 hours, 8 minutes and 35 seconds running at Hilly Fields junior parkrun.

We have lots more photos to share with you later in the week. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all three, so that you don't miss anything.

 

Run Report for Event 203

This bright and somewhat chilly morning saw 120 keen runners make their way around the course at Hilly Fields. There were 16 first timers and 18 runners who achieved PBs, well done everyone.
Today we were taking the annual snapshot survey to help understand the impact of junior parkrun beyond those running. Silas, Isobel and Joseph counted 78 adults running with children and 63 spectators! A special thanks to the three of you for helping with this; it's amazing to see how junior parkrun involves everyone.
As always there would be no junior parkrun without all of the amazing volunteers. A big thank you to, Joseph, Amanda, Isobel, Sam, Barnaby, Carl, Martin, Nick, Edward, Jacqueline, Silas, Mark, Isabelle, Kevin, Scott, Cameron, Layla, Ben, Joseph, Eden, Lisa, Adele, Hector, Alex, Sharon, Thi and Kev who helped this week.
If you would like to volunteer just send an email to hillyfields-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com.
Next week will be our 4th birthday!!! Feel free to bring something yummy to share.
Jacqueline
Run Director - Event 203

 

Time flies, runners fly, Luke flies!

That's right - this Sunday will be our 200th junior parkrun at Hilly Fields! How the time flies!

Speaking of flying, that's what you lot were doing around the park on Sunday, wow! Lots of really great running! There were seven official first-timers, and some others who aren't registered yet - don't forget to go to https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and fill in your details, print off the barcodes and bring them along on Sunday.

And speaking of flying again, here's Luke leading our warm-up - thanks Luke!

And thanks to all the other volunteers who make Hilly Fields junior parkrun happen each and every week. If you'd like to volunteer one week (there's no regular commitment needed), see the roster page or drop us an email at hillyfields-juniorshelpers@parkrun.com

See you next week for the big 200!

 

Well done to all our Big and Little Halfers

It was fantastic to see so many of our young people taking on the Little Half on Sunday 10th March, well done to all of you for braving the elements (hail!) and congratulations to all of you on your medals.

And well done too to all the parents and family members who took on the Big Half on the same day. We're really delighted to see how many parents have taken up running longer distances since joining their child for the 2k around Hilly Fields on a Sunday morning.

This week we were delighted to see so many of you with your medals and in your t-shirts, along with some running number pinned to the front of those of you who were doing your Big Mile with us after weather caused it to be cancelled in Greenwich Park last week. Don't forget to post a photo of yourself with your number on social media using the hashtags, and the people at the Big Mile will send your medal out to you.

Thank you to all of you for bringing your medals and t-shirts to show us, and congratulations on your achievements! You should all be really proud of yourselves!

Big Half and Little Half runners with their medals

On Sunday we had 134 runners at Hilly Fields junior parkrun, including four first-timers, well done to all of you! A massive 34 runners got a new PB (amazing!) and we gave out seven wristbands - wear them with pride! And to all the grown-ups, please remember if your child is due a wristband, you need to tell us, as we don't get any notifications about it. Either drop us an email in the week or come up to us before the run briefing.

See you all next week!

 

Run Report for event 195

It was yet another wet junior parkrun this week - I cannot remember the last time I was Run Director on a sunny day! Despite my terrible luck with the weather, we always get a good turnout and this week we had 78 runners, including 6 first timers.

Mateo led the warm-up for us. It was his first time in this role and he did a great job. If you would like to have a go at volunteering to lead the warm-up do let us know. It's a great way to volunteer if you still want to run afterwards.

Anya and Clifford sorted the tokens for us in the cafe after the run, putting them all back in order ready for next time. There were two tokens missing, which means two people took their tokens home. Please remember that tokens are not a present or a prize - we need them every week so even if you don't have your barcode with you, give the token to the volunteer doing scanning.

We had an amazing team of 25 volunteers this week. Thanks to everyone who came along with big smiles to help.

Don't forget, we have NO EVENT next week (Sunday March 10th), due to all of our core team being involved in the Big Half. Perhaps you will be out and about cheering runners en route, or you could go up to Hilly Fields and do a run with your family and friends anyway.

We will be back as usual on March 17th. Feel free to wear green in honour of St Patrick's Day!

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