Event 122 – Nine Superstars

Wardown junior parkrun - Event 122

This Sunday's junior parkrun was led by yours truly. I was joined by sixteen superhero volunteers who wore their hi-viz jackets with pride and ensured that event 122 was a safe and happy event for the children. Thank you volunteers for giving up part of your Sunday morning - it is much appreciated.

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The Nine Superstars

  1. Dynamite Dawid - our 1st finisher with a new PB!
  2. Wonderful William - welcome to Wardown junior parkrun!
  3. Powerful Piotr - our 3rd male finisher.
  4. Terrific Thomas - welcome to Wardown junior parkrun!
  5. King Khaliulah - a superb finisher.
  6. Remarkable Rafatulah - our 1st female finisher!
  7. Jolly Joey - two parkruns to go for your marathon wristband!
  8. Hardworking Harry - daddy couldn't catch you!
  9. Jubilant Jack -mummy couldn't catch you!

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If you are interested in volunteering then please opt in to the emailing list, if you have not already (there is a link on your results email). That way you will receive notifications from junior parkrun regarding information about the event as well as requests for volunteers. If you want to know more, please contact us at wardown-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 14th of August

Karen ♥

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Event 121 – Speedy running in the cool rain

Wardown Junior parkrun - event 121

There was some light drizzle on Sunday morning which brought some welcome relief from the intense heat we have been experiencing. It must have made for good running conditions as you all did brilliantly; six of you achieved a personal best and there were some amazing sprint finishes!

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Event 121 brought the following:

  • 22 fabulous finishers
  • 13 brilliant boys
  •   9 great girls
  •   6 perfect PBs - congratulations to James, Olivia, Sophie, George, Theo and Nova
  • 17 vital volunteers; a special thank you to our amazing junior volunteers; Chloe, Alex and Emily
  •  2 fantastic first timers; welcome to Saoirse and Lois. We hope you enjoyed it and will be back again soon.

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Milestones

Congratulations to Dawid and Khaliulah who collected their blue half marathon wristbands. 11 junior parkruns - a fantastic achievement!

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Thank you to all our volunteers who kept everyone safe and smiling. It was great to welcome back the Hing Family who normally run the Bedford Junior parkrun.

Over the summer break, we find it more challenging to fill our volunteer roster as many of our regular hi-vis heroes are unavailable. We would really appreciate any help you are able to offer over the coming weeks. Don’t worry if you’ve never volunteered before, as full instructions will be given beforehand and there is nothing too challenging! If you would like to sign up, please contact us at: wardownjuniors@parkrun.com.

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We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday 7th August.

 

Event 120 – Sunny Sunday

As I left home early on Sunday morning with my fantastic set up crew (thank you Chloe and Joshua) the sun had disappeared and it seemed cooler than it had been earlier in the week (thankfully).
By the time all of our amazing 13 volunteers had arrived the sun decided to make an appearance and the heat had definitely had started to set in, by the time I had finished the warm up it felt decidedly warmer than the start of the day!
We had 21 runners finish the event, congratulations to our first finisher George in an amazing time of 8:01. We had 1 PB, well done Nova and 1 first timer, welcome Maya, we hope to see you again soon.
If you are interested in volunteering then please opt in to the emailing list, if you have not already (there is a link on your results email). That way you will receive notifications from junior parkrun regarding information about the event as well as requests for volunteers. If you want to know more, please contact us at wardown-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 31st July.

 

Event 119 – Such a beautiful morning

Wardown junior parkrun - event 119

18 wonderful volunteers and 21 amazing children joined us on a glorious beautiful morning for our 119th event.

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Event 119 brought the following:

  • 21 fabulous finishers
  • 15 brilliant boys
  • 5 great girls
  • 3 perfect PBs - huge congratulations to George, Luke and James.
  • 18 vital volunteers
  • 1 fantastic first timer; welcome to Muhummud
  • 1 unknown - DFYB

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A special thank you to our junior volunteers - James, Seren, Alex and Chloe.

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If you are interested in volunteering then please opt in to the emailing list, if you have not already (there is a link on your results email). That way you will receive notifications from junior parkrun regarding information about the event as well as requests for volunteers. If you want to know more, please contact us at wardown-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 24th of July

Karen ♥

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Event 118 – Blue skies and sunshine

Wardown Junior parkrun - event 118

We were met with clear blue skies and lovely sunshine as we joined together for event 118.

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Although the running conditions were hot, six of you still managed to achieve personal bests and there were some very impressive sprint finishes!

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Event 118 brought the following:

  • 27 fabulous finishers
  • 20 brilliant boys
  •   5 great girls
  •   2 unknowns (DFYB)
  •   6  perfect PBs – congratulations to Jack, Harry, Joseph, Seren, Matthew and George
  • 19 vital volunteers – a special thank you to our amazing junior volunteers; Alex, Emily and Thomas.
  •   3 fantastic first timers; welcome to Safi, Kiran and Jay

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Milestones

Congratulations to Joseph who collected his blue half marathon wristband, 11 junior parkruns - a fantastic achievement! The band must have helped him to run faster as he then went on to get a PB! Well done, Joseph.

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Thank you to all our amazing volunteers who did a great job encouraging the juniors and getting them safely round the course.

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If you are interested in volunteering please opt-in to the emailing list, if you haven't already (there is a link in your result e-mail), that way you will receive notifications from junior parkrun with information about the event as well as requests for volunteers. If you want to know more, please contact us as wardown-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com.

See you on Sunday 17th July for event 119.

 

Event 117 – Our 4th birthday!

Event 117 - Our 4th birthday!

Happy birthday to us!

Happy birthday to us!

Happy birthday Wardown junior parkrun!

Happy birthday to us!

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Birthday celebrations

A gorgeous sunny morning greeted myself and my husband Dave as we arrived at Wardown park to set up for our 117th event - our 4th birthday!

Dave and Kathryn very kindly provided the balloons, banners, party blowers, whistles, sweets and treats. Thank you both so much. The sweets and treats went down beautifully with the children and adults. The whistles could be heard across the whole park - such lovely sounds, we're sure the grown-ups were thrilled when we suggested the children take their whistles home with them.

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The ever so wonderful June led the warm-up with our 38 juniors. Thank you June - the children were in awe of you.

Our 4th birthday brought the following:

  • 38 fabulous finishers
  • 30 brilliant boys
  • 6 great girls
  • 10 perfect PBs - huge congratulations to Luke, Khaliulah, Jamie, William, George, Ibrahim, Alex, Sofia, Lara and Grace.
  • 16 vital volunteers
  • 4 fantastic first timers; welcome to Marshall, Sarah, Harry and Jack.
  • 2 unknowns - DFYB

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A special thank you to our junior volunteers - Thomas, Chloe & Alex.

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Milestones

Congratulations to Alf who collected his green marathon wristband, 21 junior parkruns - an outstanding achievement!

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A big happy 4th birthday to our very special junior parkrun from yours truly. I am proud of each and every child that has participated in the 117 events we have held so far. We wouldn't have been able to hold these events without the amazing volunteers and I'd like to express my sincere gratitude for the time you have given so freely.

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And last but not least a big thank you to the wonderful core team that make up our junior parkrun family.

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If you are interested in volunteering then please opt in to the emailing list, if you have not already (there is a link on your results email). That way you will receive notifications from junior parkrun regarding information about the event as well as requests for volunteers. If you want to know more, please contact us at wardown-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 10th of July

Karen ♥

 

Event 116 – Go go go goslings!

Wardown junior parkrun - event 116

Such a beautiful sunny morning for our 116th event. We were joined by 16 wonderful volunteers, 27 amazing children and a gaggle of goslings.

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Event 116 brought the following:

  • 27 fabulous finishers
  • 18 brilliant boys
  • 8 great girls
  • 4 perfect PBs - huge congratulations to Isobel, Khaliulah, Maja and Sofia.
  • 16 vital volunteers
  • 8 fantastic first timers; welcome to George H, George L, Luke, Matthew, Muhammed, Isabel, Ibrahim and Noah.
  • 1 unknown - DFYB
  • A gaggle of goslings

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A special thank you to our junior volunteers - Thomas, Chloe & Alex.

 

Milestones

Congratulations to Amelie who collected her blue half marathon wristband, 11 junior parkruns - a brilliant achievement!

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If you are interested in volunteering then please opt in to the emailing list, if you have not already (there is a link on your results email). That way you will receive notifications from junior parkrun regarding information about the event as well as requests for volunteers. If you want to know more, please contact us at wardown-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 3rd of July

Karen ♥

 

Event 114 – Litter picking and Laughter

After arriving at the boat house to meet the set up team my first job, with the aid of a couple of willing(ish) helpers and a pair of rubber gloves, was picking up the litter that was scattered all around the starting point and on the course.  Not very pleasant but absolutely necessary to ensure our juniors didn't injure themselves whilst participating.thumbnail 114 1

Of the 29 juniors who took part on Sunday, 11 of them were first timers! This was a fantastic boost to our numbers.  Welcome to Noah, Jamie, Rhys, Imelda, Joseph, Hannah, Lauren, Natalie, Amelia, Catherine and Henry.  We hope you enjoyed Parkrun and that it will now become your new Sunday obsession.

A huge congratulations to Amelie who absolutely flew around the course and came in first with a very impressive time of 7:37, which also happened to be a PB!

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The first boy home was Edward in a brilliant time of 8:26.

Our PB triangle was working overtime on Sunday with 9 juniors achieving PB's.  Well done to Amelie, Oliver, Alf, Finley, Joshua, Jonathan, Joseph, Billy and Isabella.

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There were 2 unknowns - Don't forget your barcodes!  Well done to each participant who ran, walked, hopped, skipped and high-five turbo boosted themselves around the course. You are all superstars!thumbnail 114 4

I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to the 19 hi-vis heroes who did an amazing job keeping our juniors safe.  We welcomed June and John who volunteered this week.  They normally attend as spectators when their grandson visits from Bristol and he participates as a tourist.  June told me they decided they'd like to give something back and we're delighted they chose us.  June did a fantastic warm up, helped by newcomer Amelia, and then she and John took on the important role of marshals.  I could hear June's tambourine from the finish line!thumbnail 114 5

If you would like to 'give something back', like June and John are, please consider volunteering for us occasionally.  The roles aren't difficult, it takes no more than an hour of your time, you'll have fun, it'll make you feel great and all the juniors and their responsible adults will think you're awesome!  If my sales pitch has convinced you to help please comment below or e-mail us if you would like to be a hi-vis hero too.

Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope to see you on Sunday.

Debbie (Run Director)

 

Event 112 – Let’s talk about Dave F.

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A beautiful sunny morning greeted myself and my husband Dave as we arrived at Wardown Park to set up the course.

Thank you Dave for setting up week in week out, taking on a volunteer role (marshalling this week) and then making sure the trolley is neat and tidy at the end of each event ready for the following Sunday.

Our regular father and son duo, Mick and Josh soon joined us and went to help Dave finish setting up.

Thank you Mick and Josh for assisting Dave and thanks Josh for pulling the trolley around the course. Many hands make light work. Extra thanks to Mick for marshalling and Josh for barcode scanning.

The marvellous marshals arrived; Martin, Anne, Thom & Dan (another regular father and son duo) and Claire (who also happens to be a much valued part of our team).

Thank you for ensuring our juniors are safe as they complete their event and thank you for your cheers of encouragement for each and every child that pass your marshal spot.

Mother and daughter Michelle (also one of our fabulous RD's) and Chloe thank you for timekeeping this week.

Thank you to our terrific tailwalkers Diane and Adrian. We all know that you absolutely love your 2k workout on a Sunday morning. So far you have made sure that all children are accounted for 27 times. Thank you.

Dawn thank you for taking such wonderful photos.

A huge thank you to Dave F for offering to do finish tokens this week.

Thank you to the children that helped me lead the warm-up, the adults that brought their child/children to Wardown junior parkrun and of course the children themselves. You are all superstars.

15 wonderful volunteers and 24 amazing children joined us for our 112th event.

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Event 112 brought the following:

  • 24 fabulous finishers
  • 15 brilliant boys
  • 4 great girls
  • 6 perfect PBs - huge congratulations to Dawid, Piotr, Rafatulah, Abdul-Kareem, Molly and Alexander.
  • 15 vital volunteers
  • 7 fantastic first timers; welcome to Alex, Umar, Nikodem, Johnathan, Adam, Jude and Stevie.
  • 5 unknowns - DFYB

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Congratulations to Caitlin who completed her 21st junior parkrun - an outstanding achievement. Your green wristband is waiting to be given to you next week. Very well done!

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A special thank you to our junior volunteers - Dan, Chloe & Joshua.

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Now let's talk about Dave F...

Dave is a regular volunteer at our junior parkrun - he has marshalled for us eleven times and has also taken on the role of timekeeping, barcode scanning, been a tailwalker and has sorted the tokens at the end of the event. When Dave told us that he was having an operation on his knee we wished him well and wasn't quite sure when we would see him next. To my utmost delight, Dave answered my plea for volunteers and very kindly offered to do finish tokens this week.

Those of you that have been lucky to have met Dave will agree with me in saying that he is one of the friendliest people to talk to. He is always up for a laugh, likes to have a chat and has a kind and cheerful disposition. We are very grateful to have you Dave.

Thank you once again Dave for giving up your time this week and volunteering at our junior parkrun. On behalf of the team we wish you a very speedy recovery.

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On Sunday 5th of June we are taking part in an extra special Thank You Day as part of the nationwide Together coalition. This is a chance to celebrate togetherness and gratitude at parkrun events.

#ThankYouDay #parkrunTogether

We are going to have a red, white and blue theme so please feel free to wear these colours if you wish to do so. To express our sincere gratitude to every single volunteer that has ensured we have a safe and enjoyable event each and every week, we will be providing cake - please come and join us.

If you are interested in volunteering then please opt in to the emailing list, if you have not already (there is a link on your results email). That way you will receive notifications from junior parkrun regarding information about the event as well as requests for volunteers. If you want to know more, please contact us at wardown-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

 

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 5th of June

 

Karen ♥

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Event 111 – Sunny Sunday Superstars

On a glorious Sunday morning we welcomed 19 amazing young people (and some equally awesome adults!) to Wardown Junior parkrun.

Well done to our first finisher Edward who equalled his PB.

We also said hello to four first timers, Abdul-Kareem, Beatrice, Rosalie and Yumi and hope they enjoyed their run, and will come back again soon.

Six runners achieved PB's, congratulations to Anna, Ewan, Khaliulah, Seren, Mykhailo and Rafatulah.

Last but not least, thank you to the 21 fantastic volunteers, without whom Wardown Junior parkrun would not be able to take place. If you are interested in volunteering then please opt into the emailing list, if you have not already (there is a link on your results e-mail), that way you will receive notifications from Junior Parkrun regarding information about the event as well as requests for volunteers. If your want to know more, please contact us at wardown-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

We look forward to seeing on Sunday 29th May for event number 112.

Michelle

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