junior parkrun, News - 17th May 2017
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Hi, I’m Jo Sinton-Hewitt, and I am Event Support Manager at parkrun UK and Run Director at Moormead junior parkrun.

 

I had the absolute pleasure of spending last weekend in Belfast as part of our series of regional tours around the UK. We visit a different region usually once every two months and invite all of our local core teams to come and meet us on the Friday evening as well as parkrunning the next day and volunteering at a junior parkrun event on the Sunday.

 

This weekend we were at Victoria Park with 65 juniors and their families.

 

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I like to change the volunteer role I take to get a different perspective on things and this time was lucky enough to be the Tail Runner.

 

Belfast Victoria juniors is the perfect course to be a Tail Runner as it is an out and back course to the cones and the wonderful cone marshal!

 

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So, I got to see all the participants and their families having fun, whilst having a chat, a bit of a skip and lots of fun too.

 

Victoria juniors is only about six months old and their participation is growing week on week. I think you can understand why when you meet their core team of volunteers.

 

Gary, their esteemed leader told us that when he is asked what junior parkrun is all about, he tells them ‘it’s about making friends.’ I was happy to see several groups of friends running today.

 

Chatting with one group of little girls en route they told me they were discussing running, jogging or walking. I wonder where they heard that?!

 

We always hope that our message of having fun is reaching the right ears – That no one should feel under pressure and that they choose how to take part in junior parkrun. I like to think these girls will come to the same conclusion as us.

 

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Jo Sinton-Hewitt

Event Support Manager – parkrun UK

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@parkrunjoanne

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