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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