Log in
Bridge to 10K
7,698 members โ€ข 9,373 posts

Swansea Parkrun. More fun times ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Met a lovely chap at the start who has run over 100 of these all over the country. He told me heโ€™s the kit man for Preston Northend football club who are playing Swansea today. He runs a Parkrun on the morning of every Saturday match and heโ€™s well into his 60s now and suffers with all kind of ailments. Hugely inspiring and just what I needed before I set off.

Swansea Parkrun is an out and back mainly flat course so I thought Iโ€™d go for a 5KM PB today despite getting lost and overdoing it on Thursday. I felt ok. Wind was light and from the sea and the rain held off till just after the end so conditions were perfect. I thought Iโ€™d be brave and start somewhere near the head of the field this time instead of my usual at the back slot. This only meant that I was being passed by the faster runners the whole way round which was quite disconcerting. Lesson learned there. I ainโ€™t no Mo Farah ๐Ÿ˜‚

I found a couple of runners who were at my pace so I tried to stick with them and it really worked as I had to dig really deep towards the end which Iโ€™d never have done if I was running on my own.

I read an article recently in the telegraph on how to run a PB in a Parkrun and the only thing I could remember was to โ€œruinโ€ it in the last 400metres. I think that means give it everything. So I did. And nearly collapsed as I passed the entrance to the funnel at the end and then collapsed onto the grass verge and hoped for the best ๐Ÿ˜‚

I think I saw Denovo at the turning point. At least I hope it was as I shouted out to her ๐Ÿ˜‚

Results showed my time as 24.27 which I am thrilled with. A new PB! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Well done to everyone who made it out for a run today!

22 Replies
oldest โ€ข newest

Fantastic post and amazing time. well done!

1 like
Reply

Thank you Flick. Only one left and thatโ€™s my lot for another year ๐Ÿ˜ข

1 like
Reply

There are a lot of inspiring runners out there and especially on here. Great news on the pb. I have also heard about the all in at the end but I never have enough left. I tend to keep at a pace the while way round. For me it's all about where you are in the pack when you start (usually over 600 people at the Coventry Park run). I was at the back today and took over 30seconds to get passed the start line but one day I will slow the pace and go for the final dash

1 like
Reply

So true. As soon as you get chatting to someone you realise that each person has their own struggle and I find listening to their stories so inspiring.

One of the great things I love about Parkruns is this myriad cross section of people who make no judgments, have no expectations of you and, like you, are running for the sheer love of it. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ

1 like
Reply

Yes, I was in the red jacket at the turn :)

Reply

Yay!! Only managed a gasping hello as I passed by. Well done on volunteering. Itโ€™s something Iโ€™d like to have a go but if I had the time.

Reply

Well done you on your time and PB!

I live less than 10 minutes walk away from the meeting point, so really have no excuse for not participating, all the more since I would otherwise just stay in bed till at least 10 am :D

1 like
Reply

Nice one โ˜๏ธ

Good day for โ€œbestsโ€, I had a seasonโ€™s best (PB was 4 years ago so probably out of reach) 23โ€™56โ€ today which I put down to fartleking about on the short bridge runs. Onwards and upwards!

Reply

Well done UTS. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ You are indeed a sprightly thing! Iโ€™m convinced intervals or fartleks are crucial for improving times.

Reply

Well done BrianUK, what a brilliant Parkrun for you. I just love hearing the stories from other runners.

Yes I had to defend my place this morning and when I turned to the pair who would have overtaken me, the chap said that doing a final sprint was the worst thing you could do as your heart beat raises and then you just stop. Thereโ€™s probably something in what he said (I think heโ€™s an instructor) but I was still glad they didnโ€™t catch me!

Is it Weymouth next week?

1 like
Reply

Well done Dexy5 on another Parkrun! ๐Ÿ‘ And also well done on staying ahead of the heavy breathers ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I think itโ€™s back to Chichester for my final Parkrun. Iโ€™d love to do the Worthing one but Iโ€™ll have given the hire car back by then as I fly on Monday. ๐Ÿ˜ข

1 like
Reply

UpTheStanley and I are both volunteering next week at Southsea otherwise we could have said hello at Chichester. Enjoy the final one and weโ€™ll see you parkrunning next summer

1 like
Reply

Oh thatโ€™s a shame. Would have been great to have met you both.

1 like
Reply

Wow, thatโ€™s fast Brian - well done! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธโค๏ธ

No way I can sprint for 400ms, so about 30m at the end will have to do! ๐Ÿ˜‚

1 like
Reply

Ha ha ha ๐Ÿ˜‚ I certainly wouldnโ€™t call what I did as sprinting. Just shuffling a bit faster. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It hurt like hell though so maybe Iโ€™ll think twice before doing it again. I swear I almost passed out when I collapsed in the verge ๐Ÿ˜ณ

1 like
Reply

๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณโค๏ธ

1 like
Reply

Well done Brian! So even without the amount of sleep that you had planned you achieved a PB. Impressive! Well done you! I am very pleased to have completed my first Parkrun today. So ๐Ÿ˜Š for you and for me!

1 like
Reply

๐Ÿ˜Š thank you so much! Yes a big well done โ˜บ๏ธ to everyone who got out today. Mind you itโ€™s absolutely raining cats and dogs here. Iโ€™m pretty glad that I didnโ€™t have to run in this. ๐Ÿ˜–

Reply

Congratulations for getting your PB at 24.27, the average time for a 5k is around 28 minutes, so you are now running faster than the majority of folk who take part in a 5k run, well done.

1 like
Reply

Thanks just insane and testament to the wonderful C25K app that gets us old slouches off our sofas and into a whole new life experience. Wow! I feel great! Thank,you ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

Reply

Very well done Brian!! What an amazing time!! Iโ€™m still buzzing after mine today!! Back to working Saturdays now until my next holiday in October!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Reply

Thanks Sara ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€ Yours was terrific too! Shame to have to wait so long before your next but spare a thought for me ๐Ÿ˜ข

1 like
Reply

You may also like...