Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park junior parkrun is cancelled on 12 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park junior parkrun: Event 12

Thanks to Anne Smith for this week's run report.

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A dry but blustery day waited for an intrepid 67 parkrunners today. It was good seeing children run, walk and sometimes skip before completing the sprint up our running track to the finish.

The blustery conditions did not stop Edward setting a new course record at our 12th event. 16 of you managed to set new PBs. Along with the fast times, we had several milestones:

* 3 half marathon (blue wristband)

* 1 marathon (green wristband)

Well done to the 18 first timers to Sheffield Olympic Legacy junior parkrun and especially welcome to the 5 children who completed their first ever parkrun. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and our course and hope to see you again soon. We are here every Sunday.

Over the last 12 parkruns, we have had 260 children take on our course and with the weather improving we're looking forward to more of you joining us in future weeks.

We are grateful to our volunteers who make the event possible every week. If you can help out then please email into sheffieldolpjuniors@parkrun.com. Volunteering is great fun and you’ll be very welcome

Finally, did you accidentally take home token number 16? We’d love to have him back for next week please.

 

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park junior parkrun: Event #10

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As one of the run directors for the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park junior parkrun, when I'm not volunteering as the RD I'm trying to have a go at all the other roles. This week was my first time as the tail walker and I can highly recommend it, though there is running as well as walking! It's one of the most enjoyable roles I've volunteered for so far, you get a chance to chat with runners and their families, offering encouragement to keep them going.

Our event on the 2nd February was our tenth event and it also marked the 1,000th kilometre run by our runners. As a small way of marking these milestones we were delighted to be able to hand out water bottles to all our runners, provided by the Sheffield Hallam University Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre. The AWRC is based at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park (the large wooden clad building at the start of the blue running track) and they have also carried out the national research for parkrun looking at the benefits of parkrun. So thank you once again for their support. You can find out more about the parkrun research HERE

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We were also supported on the day by a number of volunteers from the English Institute of Sport Sheffield. The EIS is at the far end of our course and also where we encourage people to join us after the event in the cafe. Thanks to them for helping us out on the day.

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As an event team, we're delighted with the progress made since our first event in November. It's great to see so many happy faces each week, regardless of the weather, from our volunteers, our runners and their families. Our 10th event saw 50 runners taking part, with 11 joining us for the first time, 2 running their first ever parkrun and two people achieving their 21st junior parkrun marathon milestone. We are continuing to be visited by parkrun tourists and as far as we know the Reed family, joining us from Market Harborough in Leicestershire, travelled the furthest for this event. We hope everyone enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing people at future events.

junior parkrun can't take place without volunteers so if you'd like to volunteer for future events you can find more details HERE. Tail walking is great fun, but every role is enjoyable, so why not get involved?

Richard

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Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park: Event Number 3

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On a cold, clear and crisp Sunday morning we were joined by 28 runners for our third junior parkrun at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. After the icy weather got in the way the previous week, we were delighted to be able to go ahead this week.

What was really positive was of those 28 runners, 12 joined us at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park for the first time and 5 had never run at a junior parkrun before. So that means in just three events we've had over 100 different runners join us at our new course and we've welcomed nearly 50 new young people who have never run a parkrun before!

As we all know parkrun is a run not a race but it was great to see our first two finishers (both experienced parkrunners) push each other to personal bests and then shake hands and congratulate each other on running so well. That's the spirit of parkrun but the spirit of junior parkrun is also the smiles, high fives and enjoyment amongst all the runners and of course the volunteers. We couldn't stage the event without volunteers so thank you to the 27 that joined us today to make it all possible. If you'd like to volunteer at future events then drop us an email at sheffieldolp-juniors@parkrun.com. Please also opt in on your parkrun profile page to receive volunteers updates directly from ourselves.

A little bit of advance warning as well (though Christmas isn't too far away) we've decided that we're going to hold an event on 29th December - the Sunday between Christmas and New Year. We're thinking that people might want to get some fresh air and get out and about during the holiday season. It will be 9am as usual with but with a special Christmas theme.

Before then we look forward to you joining us at next week's event.

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Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park junior parkrun launches

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We'd like to say a big thank you to all the runners, volunteers and supporters who joined us on 17th November for the very first Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park junior parkrun.

Despite the rain we had 48 runners running the two laps around the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. We were delighted that 20 of those had never run a parkrun before and so their first experience of the world of parkrun was with us. We look forward to seeing all the runners and plenty more in future weeks. Everyone should have received their results via email and / or text, if you spot any mistakes then just let us know.

We had some great feedback from both the volunteers and runners about how much they enjoyed the event, that it was a friendly atmosphere and how good the course was. The final sprint up the 100 metre track to the finish line really helped keep the tired legs moving.

One minor point is that we re-use the finish tokens every week - if you've accidentally taken token number 16 away with you then please let us know and drop it back with us next week.

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One of the consequences of the rain was that all the equipment was soaked through. Don't worry we'll make sure it's all dry and ready for next week. If you'd like to join us as a volunteer next week (and wear a dry hi-vis) then just let us know via sheffieldolp-juniors@parkrun.com  If you could please opt in (on the email options of your parkrun profile) to receive volunteer requests then that would be greatly appreciated.

Finally a big thank you to our supporters for kindly contributing towards the set up funding and making our junior parkrun possible - Sheffield International Venues, B Braun Medical Ltd, Henry Boot Construction, N Prime, BAM Construct UK, Smart Metal Solutions and Accelerate Running.

Look out for our Facebook page which will be launched this week. Please like it and spread the word about Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park junior parkrun. We look forward to seeing you next Sunday at 9am.

 

 

Successful Test Event

 

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We'd like to say a quick thank you to the volunteers and runners who joined us at our Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park junior parkrun test event. This was to check that everything worked with the course, the location of the marshals, the layout of the start and finish as well as making sure we could record times correctly.

We're delighted to say everything went well and we had some really useful feedback on minor improvements to make for the first official event taking place on Sunday 17th November at 9am. Please join us at that first event.

Remember to bring your barcode with you. If you've not got one yet, it's free to register HERE then print out your barcode. If you don't get chance then join us at the cafe at English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS) after next week's event and we can help you register.

As this was a test event, the times don't get uploaded to the official junior parkrun system, but for those that took part here are your times.

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