#163 Winter is Here!

It was a good morning for the Leavesden juniors : a little sunshine, a clear morning and only a light breeze but very cold. The ground had recovered from the recent rainfall to maintain a good solid surface.
Freya . S having completed 11 runs was awarded a half-marathon band. Well done Freya!


Well done on your wristband!

Twenty five children braved the cold weather today, two runners achieved personal bests!!


A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers for their help and encouragement to all the youngsters (and parents), to keep going on this cold November day. Welcome to Poppy who is volunteering with us for her Duke of Edinburgh award! A special well done to Helen, Richard, Gary and Matthew who have now volunteered at Leavesden juniors 100 times! Thank you all for your ongoing dedication.


#163 volunteers


Thank you Helen, Matthew, Richard and Gary who have volunteered at Leavesden juniors 100 times! 101 for Matthew!)

Well that is it from me, I am going to sit with another hot chocolate to warm up and get those Christmas decs up! See you all next week


Group 2

PS: Here are the photos from this week by Wai Meng.
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Event #162: Winter is coming……

The volunteers, runner, walkers and joggers were all greeted to a rather chilly Sunday morning for our 162nd event (not the 166th, which is what I announced in the run brief). Did we let that phase us? Of course not!

At 8:45am (when we usually do our first timers briefing) we still didn't have any juniors in sight, no doubt staying in the car as long as possible to stay warm, but 5 minutes later and we had 51 brave juniors (and some brave adults too) ready to tackle our world-famous 2k course.


This week we had 28 Male and 23 Female juniors, 9 managed a brand new PB and we had 1 first timer (welcome to Leavesden Raphael R!). No wristbands were given out this week.

Group 2

Our wonderful dream team list of volunteers were: Soong-Kong AU-YEONG, Wai Meng AU-YEONG, Russell BARNES-HEATH, Amanda BARNETT, Emily BARNETT, Matthew BARNETT, Richard BARNETT, Charlotte HAWES, Frederick HAWES, Hannah HAWES, Sara HEAD, Annette HOWARD, Gary HOWARD, Susie JACKSON, Aimee PEACOCK, Chris PERRY, Emma PERRY, Mark PINNEY, Helen PLANT, Mark Anthony TRAVERS, Angela WILSON, Cameron WILSON and Campbell WILSON.


Matthew BARNETT is the 6th person to have volunteered at Leavesden junior parkrun on 100 separate occasions, and our youngest too (by many, many years)! A fantastic achievement, especially as we've only been going for 162 events. Well done Matthew! A little birdy tells me we might have a few more of our regular volunteers achieving this milestone very soon.

Get your thermals ready for next Sunday, I have a feeling you might just need them :-D


PS here are the photos by Wai Meng!


14th Nov 2021: fifty on a fine autumn morning

The clouds may have looked threatening and I swear I felt a brief drizzle at one point but very luckily, the weather remained kind for our 161st Leavesden juniors.

Volunteers: 23 high-vis heroes enabled our event to be possible! Thank you to: Wai Meng AU-YEONG, Amanda BARNETT, Emily BARNETT, Matthew BARNETT, Richard BARNETT, Kevin BARRETT, Alison CASS, Alannah DEAN, Stuart DEAN, Kezia ELLIOTT, Stella ELLIOTT, Charlotte HAWES, Peter HAWES, Annette HOWARD, Gary HOWARD, Chris LLOYD, Rasmi NANDA, Helen PLANT, Marcio RODRIGUES, Mark Anthony TRAVERS, Angela WILSON, Cameron WILSON and Campbell WILSON.


Thank you to this morning's 23 volunteers!

Welcome to Kevin who volunteered with us for the first time. Special mention to Alannah who volunteered at Leavesden juniors for the 50th time! Please help if you can as our event is completely dependent on volunteers and the roles are very straight forward! Check out the volunteer roster and email leavesden-juniors@parkrun.com with your parkrun barcode number!


Thanks Alannah for volunteering at Leavesden juniors 50 times!

First timers: Four! Welcome to Ellie J (visiting from Salt Hill), Ethan T (tackled Wycombe Rye last week!), Tilly F (regular at Riverside, St Neots) and Aaron T. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves and come back soon! Ellie was first girl and raising money for charity which is amazing!

First timers briefing

Emily tackling the first timers' briefing.

Wristbands: Congratulations to Lauren C and Jacob R who received their half bands (11 junior parkruns done!), Leo M who received his marathon (21 done!!) and to Matilda L who received her ultra band (50!!).

Wristband Collage

Congratulations to this week's wristband recipients!

PBs:: 10! Congratulations to Isaac B, Sami K, Freya G, Finley J, Benjamin N, Win F, Harrison G, Leo M, Hudson W and Reuben C who ran their fastest time at Leavesden juniors!


Alex from Mini Athletics was spreading the word about her classes for 2-7 year olds which are located in the local area including Leavesden Country Park! Please check out her website if you’re interested.
Hope you all have an enjoyable week and see you next Sunday morning!
Wai Meng

PS: For the first time since I've run directed, I had a results gremlin (two finish tokens decided they didn't want to be separated) which meant that anyone from position 23 onwards will receive a finish position one up from the token they got. Times should still be accurate though!
This week’s results, photos by Wai Meng and photos by Rasmi.
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#160 7th November: First Day as Run Director

Wow what a morning! An amazing 52 finishers at Leavesden today. We had 6 first timers which was lovely.

First timers

Volunteer Mark giving the first timers' briefing!

A big well done to Nancey. O and Oliver. S who received their half Marathon award today. Well done to you both! We also had Freddie. S who was our first ever finisher to run through the finish funnel wearing one shoe! Freddie I hope you managed to find it!


Congratulations to this week's wristband recipients!

I had a great morning taking on the role as Run Director. Thank you to the great family of volunteers we have at Leavesden you made my job very easy today. The sleepless night was worth it! Also a special mention to Annette who has now volunteered at Leavesden Juniors 100 times, great work Annette. Thank you for your ongoing commitment and giving up your Sunday morning lie ins!


#160 vollies


Well that's it from me, I hope you all have a lovely rest of your Sunday and see you next week!


PS: Here are this week's photos by Wai Meng.
Please check out the volunteer roster and email leavesden-juniors@parkrun.com with the dates when you can help!
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Collage #160


31st Oct 2021: Halloween parksplash!

Well. I do hope all the wonderful volunteers, juniors and adults have dried out by the time you read this! I had a vain hope that perhaps the weather forecast was greatly exaggerated but… nope. Thank you so much to the fab 24 volunteers who filled up the roster by Thursday which is always a huge relief: Wai Meng AU-YEONG, Amanda BARNETT, Emily BARNETT, Matthew BARNETT, Richard BARNETT, Andrew COX, Helen COX, Imogen COX, Kezia ELLIOTT, Charlotte HAWES, Sarah HAWKINS, Annette HOWARD, Gary HOWARD, Ruth KENT, Chris LLOYD, Aimee PEACOCK, Mark PINNEY, Helen PLANT, Katie SWAINSBURY, Mark Anthony TRAVERS, Angela WILSON, Cameron WILSON, Campbell WILSON and Lucy WILSON. The next time we see Annette will be the 100th time she’s volunteered at Leavesden juniors; thanks so much for your awesome dedication! Aimee, who has been the fab volunteer co-ordinator for the last few weeks is making her run director debut next week so if you are able to volunteer, please email leavesden-juniors@parkrun.com; all roles are straight forward and you can start your Sunday knowing you’ve made it possible for 4-14 year olds to have their free 2km!


Thank you so much to this week’s volunteers!

25 juniors braved the conditions this morning (turning up in poor weather tends to mean a higher finish position which is a nice incentive!). I was very impressed with the Halloween outfits! Volunteer Charlotte led an excellent Halloween themed warm-up (complete with sound effects) before we set off. Maybe it was the relief of finishing but there were plenty of smiles at the finish line from the juniors; congratulations to Hector G and Hannah H who were first boy and girl and well done to Abigail L who ran a PB! I was happy to present Beatrix C with her marathon wristband (21 junior parkruns done!). Noah S is one junior parkrun away from his 50th which is super exciting!


Well done Beatrix on achieving your marathon wristband!

If your child has done 11, 21 or 50 junior parkruns, please do tell the Run Director (or drop us an email, Facebook message or tweet) so their wristband can be presented. Don’t forget you can download a certificate too (go to ‘manage your profile’ on their results email). While we are on the subject of emails, you can also ‘opt in’ to the Leavesden juniors email distribution list so we can contact you if we need volunteers or we need to contact you due to a results query etc.


Hope you have a safe, spooky Halloween evening, enjoy your return to school (bring your classmates to Leavesden juniors!) and see you next week!
Wai Meng

This week's photos by Matthew.
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This week's results
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24th October #158

What a beautiful Sunday morning at Leavesden juniors today. Well done to the 47 finishers. A special well done to Tom C who well and truly smashed the course record at 06:57! Very close behind Tom was Harry T with a time of 07:05.


Special congratulations to Sebastian S completing his Ultra, Alice D completing her Marathon and Jake W completing his half marathon. A big well done to you all for such a great achievement.


In addition we had 10 first timers to Leavesden which was so nice and we hope to see you back here again.

1st timers

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of this lovely autumn sun. We are looking forward to welcoming you all back next week for some spooky Halloween fun!

Thank you again for all the Volunteers this week, you made my Job of volunteer coordinator very easy!


23 volunteers

See you all next week


PS: Here are this week's photos by Wai Meng.


17th October 2021 #157: My final RD shift!

Well done to all of our runners and parents for braving another soggy Sunday morning to come and take part at Leavesden.

As always, a massive 'thank you' to our volunteers Alison CASS • Amanda BARNETT • Angela WILSON • Annette HOWARD • Cameron WILSON • Campbell WILSON • Emily BARNETT • Gary HOWARD • Helen PLANT • Helen TERRY • Jamie BARTLETT • Jenny EDWARDS • Kezia ELLIOTT • Lucy WILSON • Mark PINNEY • Matthew BARNETT • Melissa KNIGHT • Niamh EDWARDS • Philip WILLS • Rasmi NANDA • Richard BARNETT • Stella ELLIOTT • Wai Meng AU-YEONG • Wanda BROCKIE • Will KNIGHT • William TERRY


Special mention has to go to Mark who was volunteering at Leavesden for the 100th time and to Rasmi for his 50th event. Thank you to both of you for giving up your time so generously.

Marky Moodle

We welcomed Evan, Benjamin, Amara, Benjy, Cerene and Isaac for the first time. We hope that you had fun and that we see you here again soon!


The first timers' briefing led by Mark.

Amongst our regular runners, Robin has now completed 21 junior parkruns and received his marathon wristband. Congratulations!


Congratulations on your wristband!

There were 13 personal bests run today - maybe the thought of getting out of the rain and in to the cafe for a hot chocolate spurred you all on? Well done to Oliver, Leigh, Ralph, Hudson, Sarah, Oliver, Matilda, Holly, Joshua, Evan, Joshua, Robin and Callan.


Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and we look forward to seeing you at Leavesden again soon!
Jenny (RD)

PS: Photos of our 157th Leavesden juniors can be found here. Thank you so much to Jenny for being Run Director at Leavesden juniors and hope to see you again soon! (Wai Meng)


10th October 2021: Run director debut!

A rather drizzly start but no shortage of sunny faces at Leavesden junior parkrun on Sunday! With four first timers joining – Nishka P, Harrison G, Ewan B, and Callan G (and a first timer Run Director), the wealth of experience from the superb volunteer team was even more appreciated than usual – thank you to an amazing team.




Lots of our juniors seem to thrive in the rain, and we had a massive 12 PBs this weeks, including Freddie H, Oliver S, Victor D, William G, Maisie H, Chloe D, Samuel E, Isobel T, Win F, Olivia D, Arthur T, and Abigail L. We also had a second completed Jr parkrun by Darla M, who is still 6 months off being old enough for a barcode! Congratulations also to Olivia L for getting her half marathon wristband, and Jessica W who just missed the presentation but we’d love to clap again next week! Honestly though, any under 14 who gets up on a Sunday and brings their energy and happiness with them to a drizzly morning is absolutely a WINNER, especially our stalwart U10 volunteer Cameron W, who has now volunteered 44 times.


A move (regression?) from Haikus, this week a limerick:

Our juniors love their Sunday parkrun
It’s great in the blazing hot sun
But it is even better
When the ground’s that bit wetter
First timers, PBs, too much fun!

All runners, poets, and volunteers welcome next week. Have a great week.

Run Director

PS: Here are this week's photos by Wai Meng.


#155 London Marathon Day

As I write this I am watching the amazing runners completing the London Marathon. One of our own Run Directors Mark is at the event and we wish him all the best! I wonder how many of our junior parkrunners will go on to complete a marathon - inspired by their time with us.

Today we had, on a rain free but slightly muddy course, 46 fabulous runners complete the event. Isabelle was the first finisher, with a great time of 8.42 followed closely by Freddie 10 seconds later. We welcomed Max - who joined us for his first junior parkrun. We hope you had a great time!

Congratulations to Zachary and Rory who collected their half marathon wrist bands and Eleanor who got her marathon one.

Of course these events are not possible without our amazing group of volunteers! So thank you to:
Wai Meng AU-YEONG, Amanda BARNETT, Emily BARNETT, Matthew BARNETT, Richard BARNETT, Jamie BARTLETT, Jos BARTLETT, Wanda BROCKIE, Alison CASS, Kezia ELLIOTT, Charlotte HAWES, Annette HOWARD, Gary HOWARD, Melissa KNIGHT, Will KNIGHT, Rasmi NANDA, Aimee PEACOCK, Helen PLANT, Daniel SWAINSBURY, Katie SWAINSBURY, Steve THOMAS, Mark Anthony TRAVERS, Linda WALKE, Angela WILSON, Campbell WILSON, Lucy WILSON. Special mention to Helen Plant who volunteered for the 100th time at parkrun! Remember - we are always looking for more people to help, so please get in touch!

A huge shout out to Aimee and Charlotte, who were shadowing me today as they are becoming new Run Directors at Leavesden. You will be amazing!

Right - I am off to see who I can spot running the London Marathon and to get myself registered for the 2022 ballot! Have a lovely rest of your Sunday and see you next time.


PS: Here are this week's photos.

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