Nearly 100 junior parkrunners came to Ravensknowle Park on Sunday to take part in our inaugural Tolson junior parkrun!
Despite some dodgy weather of late we were blessed with bright sunshine for our big day. Team Tolson (Louise, Helen, Ann, Clare and John) and the wonderful volunteers assembled the course and the start/finish line, with some excellent pavement art provided by the kids for good measure.
Meanwhile the lovely friends of Tolson set up the refreshments in the bowling hut ready for the finishers.
As 9am approached, the kids and parents gathered expectantly at the start, and Louise as resident run director briefed the assembled masses on the course and the basic rules to make sure everything went smoothly.
Next it was warm-up time and everyone got involved - jumps, squats, high knees and bum kicks!
After a lovely speech from Ann, chair of the Friends of Tolson and former Almondbury Ward councillor, Louise prepared to start the first ever junior parkrun at Ravensknowle park.
The run commenced with a loud toot of the air horn and they were off! A historical moment and what will be the first of many more junior parkruns at Tolson museum.
Despite some slight finish line confusion the run went well - all the volunteers worked together fantastically considering it was our first time. Cakes, drinks and games at the bowling hut were very well received - thanks again to the friends of Tolson!
There were some impressive times from our first batch of results - the top 3 came in as follows:
1st: Alex Stacey - 07m 49s
2nd: Anesh Tahir - 07m 54s
3rd: Laurence Grose - 08m 16s
Helen Ahmad (Run Director) said:
“Parkruns have such a lovely community feel and are so inclusive, with people of all abilities running together. The only person you are running against is yourself. It was lovely to see so many local children taking part and it was a great day for it.”
Louise Galvin (Event director) said:
“It was a real thrill seeing so many people in the Park on a beautiful morning and I loved being in charge of the megaphone!”
Clare Beecher (Run Director) said:
"It was my first parkrun and I thought the atmosphere was fantastic...
The kids all loved it and tried their very best and were so brilliantly supported by
all the volunteers. Bring on next week...."
We really hope you enjoyed our first event, we hope to see you all again very soon at the next Tolson junior parkrun! Don’t forget your barcode!