Well, after nearly 13 months away wasn’t it great to be back in the Rec for another junior parkrun! What started as a bright, cold morning soon gave way to a rather unexpected snow shower as we were getting everything ready but thankfully the parkrun weather fairies cleared it up for us before we got going.
First of all a huge thanks to all the volunteers for helping to put on the run. Your hard work and sunny disposition really set the tone for junior parkrun. Special thanks to DCS for kindly donating the hand sanitiser that we now use to deliver the run under the Covid framework, Stratford District Council for all their support and parkrun HQ for all the behind the scenes work needed to get parkrun up and running again.
Our first run back saw 82 children cross the line with a whopping 28 first time parkrunners! Among those new parkrunners were five girls who had been round the 5k course way back in 2017 as babies, carried by their mothers. Since then they have been pushed around the course in buggies by their mums and dads. This time though they ran the junior course under their own steam and they were accompanied by their fathers. Well done Hattie, Alma, Hetty, Tilly and Poppy - I hope it’s the first of many runs for you all!
We always like to celebrate participation at junior parkrun so there’s a special cheer for Matilda who did her 21st run and earned her marathon milestone wristband. Sadly, we are no longer presenting the wristbands during the run brief but if parents could just ask the run director on the day then we can present them with the wristband at the end of the run.
This Friday we heard the sad news of the death of HRH Prince Philip. Back in 1956, Prince Philip founded the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and it has gone on to offer many wonderful opportunities to thousands of young people across the world. We’ve been very fortunate to be able to offer volunteering opportunities to young people since we began Stratford junior parkrun in 2019. Our young volunteers carry out a range of roles at the run and you will often see them performing key tasks around the funnel area. They are always fun to work with and they really get into the spirit of the run. This week we welcomed back Ruth and Owain, who were handing out the finish tokens, and said hello to Megan who volunteered with us for the very first time and was on the first/last marshal point. We look forward to working with many more Duke of Edinburgh volunteers in the years to come.
(Ruth and Owain, Megan not pictured)
See you all again next week!