JUNI-OR TAK-EOV-ER NUM-BER 4. PARKRUN NUMBER 225

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What a glorious morning in Hilly Fields.

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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.

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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.

IMG_4164One 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.

 

Christmas & New Year Events

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!

 

Run Report For Event 222 – and news of the next junior takeovers!

What a lovely morning in Hilly Fields!
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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 (hillyfieldsjuniors@parkrun.com) 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 - hillyfieldsjuniors@parkrun.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.

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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)

 

 

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.